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Duncan re-appointed as minister Gazette staff Newly re-elected Member of Parliament John Duncan has been re-appointed as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. “I am very honoured to be a part of Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet and to be re-appointed to the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development portfolio,” said Duncan in a press release. “I have had the great opportunity to build important relationships with aboriginal leaders across Canada, sign important tripartite

agreements on issues such as education and child and family services, and engage in dialogue and cooperation with First Nation, Inuit and Métis people. I look forward to continuing to work with aboriginal leaders and communities throughout Canada.” Duncan won the Vancouver Island North seat May 2 after narrowly defeating the NDP’s Ronna-Rae Leonard by about 1,800 votes. The win was the sixth for Duncan, who has only been defeated once in the last

seven federal elections, but the first time he has been part of a majority government. Duncan was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development during his last term. “As the newly re-elected Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North I am also committed to remaining a strong voice for our coastal communities in this government,” said Duncan, who is a long-time resident of Vancouver Island who has worked in the logging industry.

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Vote for best essay The North Island Gazette needs your help to choose our annual scholarship winner. The successful student will receive $500 from the North Island Gazette at their graduation ceremonies in June. This year, students were asked to answer the question, “If you were editor of the North Island Gazette, what would you change and why?� To vote for the essay you think answers the question best, call the Gazette at 250-949-6225, email or fax 250-9497655 by noon, Monday May 30. many things the way they are. I would maintain a focus on community events and try my best to install a sense of pride in the people who live here. In addition to showcasing the communities, sports and local news, I would add a section to the newspaper about secrets to life and recreation on the North Island. This segment would be in every issue of the Gazette year round. During the winter months, it would have one or two articles that would ideally be written not by newspaper staff but by members of the communities. These articles could vary from a story about

the history of where we live, to a map of West Coast beaches, to a piece about the Kwak’wala language. In ths summer months the section would expand to help tourists during their time on the North Island. It could include maps, ferry schedules, bear safety and lots of advertisements for businesses that cater to guests, along with the usual articles. We are lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and it has so much to offer us. If I were editor of the Gazette I would try to share that with as many people as possible.

If I were editor of the North Island Gazette, one major change I would make would be to encourage more high school students, from the North Island, to have more of an active participation in the newspaper. I would encourage this because of the school papers being discontinued, not allowing for people to have an active role in a journalism position. Having a more active role for young adults in the paper allows not only for a different perspective for a story or photography but allows them to have a creative and positive outlet for themselves. It is during high school that they begin to think of postsecondary school. What might they study? How does it connect

to their interests? What school offers the program? A teenager can begin to feel the pressure of what their future may one day be like and in order for them to get a better picture of what they may do for their future, many students choose to join a club or find a creative outlet that will help them with their decision. Having them involved with the North Island Gazette may help them with choosing a career in journalism. For students that choose to take advantage to work as a freelance journalist at North Island Gazette would lead to vast opportunities for themselves. Chances that the paper may give young adults would be an ability to report from a younger person’s point of view,

drawing a younger demographic into local news and events. They also become a strong and positive role model within the community, allowing for community members to see them in a light of responsibility and maturity. With more students encouraged to be a part of the newspaper, it would also allow for teenagers to open doors for themselves. They would be able to use their work for applications for universities or future jobs. The portfolio of that student’s work being displayed to people outside of the community, it would not only promote themselves but the North Island as well. For it’s the graduates of today that are the future of tomorrow and with guidance, they will be successful adults.

If I were an editor at the North Island Gazette, I would insert a small article each week about a local, national or global occurrence focusing on youth. I think an article such as this would increase the number of youths reading the local paper and give them something to respond to. It will create the option for them to become aware and involved in what is happening around the world and in our community. The article could be focused on organizations involving and created by youth, such as the Youth Movement or give youth the opportunity to voice their opinions on national issues, such as the present election. It could also include an advertise-

ment for youth-focused activities, such as dances, movies or other entertainment. Another example of a possible advertisement would be for the WFN Fishing Town contest, where the town with the most votes wins $25,000 for improvements. The article would be composed by a teen or a group of teens, who want to be more active in the community. Continuing with the example of the Fishing Town Contest, if Port Hardy won and the youth had used the spot to advertise the event and promote our community, they could be involved with the decision of where the money would be used. This creates the opportunity for responsibility

and leadership among teens. The article would be small but incorporate colour to draw attention from the public. If there was positive feedback from the public, the article could be increased in size or changed in another way according to the ideas of the youth. It would be designed and written completely by youth and the topic would also be chosen by the teens, with the approval of another Gazette writer or the editor. I believe that by giving teens the opportunity to voice their opinions in the community, as well as design their own article aimed at other teens, this will not only increase the number of readers of the North Island Gazette but increase youth involvement in the community and eventually, the nation.




I love the North Island. I love the trees and the ocean, the fish and the bears, and the beaches and trails. But have lived here for a long time. I know where the fish bite and where the bears like to hang out. I know which beaches are good for swimming or surfing or looking in tide pools and which trails you can walk without having to wade through mud. I can appreciate the North Island because I know about all of the amazing things that it has to offer but there are too many people who do not. If I were editor of the North Island Gazette, I would keep

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Post offices could take strike action

Port Hardy Sparks Mackenzie Moore, Madison Grenier, Kirsten Strussi, Emma Harrison and Jerzie Cheetham embarked on their first Girl Guide cookie sale last week. Their Guide leader is Stephanie Richmond. Sandy Grenier photo

Port Hardy post office can pick up their newspaper at the Gazette office on Market Street in Port Hardy. If that is not convenient, call our office at 250-949-6225 to arrange to have your subscription extended for the duration of the strike. Those living outside the North Island region would have their subscriptions extended as well. The North Island Gazette will continue to be available from our regular store outlets in North Island communities. As well, the North Island Gazette can be read in full on our website at If you have questions please call the Gazette at 250-949-6225.

False alarms will cost Teresa Bird Gazette staff PORT HARDY – Sending a false alarm to emergency personnel could be costly. A bylaw written at the request of the fire chief in Port Hardy proposes to fine property owners for the sounding of false alarms. “One business had a mechanical problem and every week at 2 or 3 a.m. the fire alarm would go off,” said Gloria Le Gal, direc-

tor of corporate services. “This went on for months. The business refused to repair the alarm and finally the fire department refused to respond.” That experience prompted the new bylaw that defines a false alarm as any time an alarm sounds for a test, a mechanical failure, an error or as a deception of emergency services personnel. Under the new bylaw, property own-

ers are responsible for false alarm calls from their properties. However, the first two calls within 12 months would not be charged a fee. Third and fourth call outs for emergency personnel in the same year would be fined $400 each, while $600 would be charged for any further calls. The District would send a bill to the property owner. If it is unpaid at the end of the year, the amount

Teresa Bird Gazette staff PORT McNEILL – Property owners won’t pay more taxes this year. In fact, they will likely pay less, said Mayor Gerry Furney. The tax rate in Port McNeill is not changing from last year and, unless a property’s value has increased significantly, the taxes should be about the same for 2011, said Furney. But a $200 increase

“We’ve decided to tell people they’ve got $200 in their jeans; we’re not going to take any of it.” Gerry Furney

in the homeowner grant for residents of rural areas could mean a lower tax bill than last year. “We looked at the

200 bucks for the homeowner grant,” said the mayor. ‘We decided to tell people they’ve got $200 in their jeans; we’re not going to take

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would be added to their property tax bill. As well, apartment buildings that don’t have live-in managers have also been a problem when an alarm is set off by pranksters and the new bylaw calls for property owners to provide contact information for three people who could respond to turn the alarm off. “The bylaw gives us tools for dealing with the problem,” said Le Gal.

McNeill holds line on taxes any of it.” Other municipalities, including Port Hardy, have taken the opportunity to raise tax rates a bit and/or give some sectors, such as businesses, a break. In Port McNeill, the regular tax rate for businesses is about 1.5 times that of residential, said Furney. “We really can live without an increase as long as we continue to run things tightly.”

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Gazette staff The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is now in a legal position to strike and could give 72 hours notice of strike action. Only the Port Hardy post office would be impacted on the North Island as other post offices are represented by a different union. However, mail connecting to communities outside the North Island would also be halted. In the event of a Canada Post mail strike, Gazette subscribers who have their paper delivered by mail may see some disruption to their service. For those served by Port McNeill, Alert Bay and Sointula post offices, service will not be disrupted. Those served by the


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New school superintendent named Gazette Staff Dr. Scott Benwell will become the next Superintendent of Schools and C.E.O. for School District 85, the Board of Education announced last week. Benwell will replace Kathy Bedard, who is retiring after six years’ service to the students of the North Island. He will assume the position effective August 1. Benwell is cur-

rently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in School District No. 78 (FraserCascade). He started working as a teacher in 1993, became a school principal in 1996, and has served in a variety of district leadership roles since 2005. “Scott Benwell is an accomplished educator and a community leader,� Board Chair Leightan Wishart said. “He is a strong propo-

from nent for education and Leadership) students, and the Board University of Calgary. is confident he will Principal Appointed build positive relationThe Board of Education ships with all our education partners during this time of change.� Dr. Benwell has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Curriculum) from University of Victoria, a Master of Arts (Leadership and Training) from Royal Roads University and a Doctor of Philosophy ( E d u c a t i o n a l

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Only you can prevent bear attacks Two weeks ago the media released data confirming that most deaths caused by bears were by boars (males) and not sows (females). This is nothing new, and has been documented going back more than twenty years. Throughout the years, research and data collection has confirmed that more than 60 per cent of all human fatalities by black bears that could be inferred were predatory — and less than 2% of grizzly attacks were predatory — in all these cases that could be confirmed more than 90 per cent were boars. As for the grizzly population, 98 per cent of fatalities resulted from defensive attacks. Most bear attacks are preventable. Sharp and focused observation skills will prevent surprise meetings while body language and your own attitude can alter the behaviour pat-

tern of a bear that has a bit of attitude. Over 30 years of chasing both grizzly and black bear, there has been one constant: no two meetings have

Our Backyard with Lawrence Woodall ever been the same. In thousands of encounters, I can count on both hands where there may have been potential bear attitude issues that needed to be readjusted through the altering of both attitude and body language. There is no black-and-white answer for these events; there are several shades of grey and an accumulation of experiences to

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determine my course of action. Two cases in the last three years: one grizzly and one black, both boars. With the black bear, we had been camping

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we backed off to give him some room, he decided to follow with ears erect. If this had been his initial pursuit I would have backed off further to see if he would continue following, since he had already shown aggression and then followed. I then stopped and spoke in a firm voice. He came to a stop. It was decision-making time for both of us. Taking two steps forward, I could see his facial expression and body language change. The decision was made and a habituated bear was chased hard into the drink. He hit the water full flight and didn’t stop running once reaching the other bank. Last year while hiking through the sub alpine we ran into a 700-pound grizzly. He continued in our direction, so we backed off until we reached a bit of a clearing. Upon

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This grizzly walked past peaceably when human intruders got out of its line of scent. Lawrence Woodall photo

reaching the clearing, the grizzly boar stopped to scent and smacked the ground. We were approximately 100 feet directly upwind. This has happened twice before with grizzlies in the past; we moved off the direct line of wind, and the grizzly lum-

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taken: one aggressive and one passive, but both changed the attitude of the bears in these cases. And after thirty years I still have all my fingers and toes. Then again, I haven’t had a shower in a while when meeting my bears.

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COMMENTARY Comments? Box 458, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0 250-949-6225 Fax 250-949-7655 or email us at

Editor bids farewell Change is exciting but goodbyes are hard. This week I say goodbye to the North Island Gazette. Fifteen years ago, I took a picture at a Girl Guide event and submitted it to the Gazette. They offered me a job. That was the beginning of an incredible journey that has given me the opportunity to do the work I love. Not every day has been a good one. There have been some tough stories to cover, some sad days on the North Island. But there have been some really good ones too, and I continue to be optimistic that the North Island has a vibrant future ahead, thanks to the unique brand of people who choose to live here. It is a privilege to be a North Islander. The people here are proud, incredibly generous, hard-working and persevering. They understand what community really is. So this has been a wonderful place to raise a family, work, volunteer, and learn. But it is time to move on. Paradoxically, the opportunities and challenges afforded me here at the Gazette have made it necessary to leave: to take on new challenges and opportunities. New people, fresh ideas, new perspectives, new ways of doing things will keep the Gazette fresh and contemporary as the North Island continues to reinvent itself. But for me it is goodbye to the North Island Gazette and all its readers and its wonderful staff. Thank you all. ~Teresa Bird

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HST debate heats up as vote nears VICTORIA – My feedback on the harmonized sales tax debate is running hotter as taxpayers await Premier Christy Clark’s “bold” changes to the tax, due to be revealed any day. In response to several angry readers, I will restate what I had hoped was obvious by now. All but the poorest consumers (myself included) are paying more tax under the HST than they were under the old provincial sales tax. The richest pay by far the most. The “embedded” PST has been removed from many products, but evidence isn’t yet clear that this is being passed on to consumers, as economists predict. What is clear is that businesses are benefiting. What is still in dispute is what businesses are helped most. Doug Donaldson, the NDP MLA for Stikine, objected to my statement last week that he was wrong about the HST beneficiaries being “Liberal donor

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corporations.” So again I will state the obvious, that forest, mining and other resource companies donate to the B.C. Liberals. (The NDP is on record as wanting to increase corporate income and capital taxes.) Donaldson goes wrong when he specifies “corporations” rather than small business. Consider the forest industry. Over the past 20 years the entire B.C. industry contracted out its harvesting

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operations, based on the well-tested principle that independent contractors are more efficient than inflexible, strike-prone major forest operators. That has been a painful process, not just economically but in terms of worker safety. But it’s exactly the kind of globalmarket shift that is being imposed on B.C. As mentioned last week, you may not like that, but you shouldn’t believe those who try to pretend it’s not happening. And those big “corporations” had their major machinery and equipment exempted from sales tax long before the HST. It’s the small contractors who are now getting the benefit. NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston notes that anyone can incorporate for tax purposes. It’s common for doctors, dentists and lawyers such as Ralston. But is it practical to expect the owner-operator of a logging truck to do that? A member of

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The independent truck drivers I’ve met are more concerned about paying their next fuel bill than hiring a lawyer to incorporate them. I have also argued that migration of retirees will dominate B.C.’s population growth in the coming years. This is another group that reports less income but has significant consumption. A recent BC Stats study shows that I overstated the impact of retirees. Since 1961, only seven per cent of migrants to B.C. have been 65 or older. Younger people are coming here to work, and increasingly they will be self-employed or in small business. The NDP supports lowering small business income tax to zero. They should also support the HST. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter for Black Press.

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Don't ignore hunting orphans Bear math Dear editor, I just viewed, with tear-filled eyes the Chek 6 story about orphaned twin bears, born around February, that are now in the care of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC) The story says that the hunter observed the adult bear and did not see any cubs. After killing the sow he heard noises and discovered her cubs. The unnamed

hunter did the right thing in contacting conservationists and then helping to capture the little fellas. They were more than three days without care before they could be caught and transported to the NIWRC. I wonder how many other hunters leave unknown orphaned cubs? Seems to me that area wildlife rescuers are dealing with orphaned cubs every year.

"I wonder how many other hunters leave unknown orphaned cubs?" With all this wonderful revenue we as a province collect from hunters perhaps we should

Coast is no place for oil Dear editor, Unfortunately one of the first statements from our now prime minister with a majority is that he is not against lifting the moratorium on oil tankers plying the West Coast. Too bad birds and fish do not have the privilege to vote. This pipeline and these oil tankers must be fought with everything we have. Just to repeat this: We are dealing here with the dirtiest oil there is, the Alberta tar sands. Then we intend to build a pipeline right across our province to reach the West Coast. Then, to add insult to injury, to bring in oil tankers, 1,000-feet long (three times the length of a football field), carrying two million barrels oil, 200 per year. And then, this oil would go to China to fuel their industry, to produce goods to sell to us, to keep our industrial workers unemployed. What

happened to alternating espousal of the protectionist moves by our historic two parties to protect Canadian industry? Detroit was laid waste by 25 per cent due to globalization. China I hear is booming and there is a dynamism similar to when the second world war started and the 11,000,000 unemployed of the USA finally were put to work. A dynamism of activities materially, never mind spiritual values in our age. Native people up north and in and on our pristine coast: fight this oil business with everything you have at your disposal. Your Creator, the Great Spirit, will be with you on this and assure you have a future. There is no future with oil – only a postponing the agony until the stuff runs out anyway, and run out it will. Wilheim Waldstein Port Hardy

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pour it into the coffers that rely on donations to care for the animals left orphaned. Not too likely there will be an end to killing the animals that people from all over the world marvel at when they see them on the sides of the road, and in Dear editor, nature on the North Island. Re: US hunters not welcome, May Sad. 12. Karla Broadfoot What a bunch of nonsense! Port Hardy In the article the writer states the man said “we got 54 in 4 days” when in reality he likely said “we SAW 54 in 4 days”. It is very common for hunters to see many bears while hunting on Northern Vancouver Island because it has one of the highest numbers of black bears in North America. There is no possible way they could have shot 54 bears; for one, Americans can’t hunt in B.C. without a licenced guide, and secondly the limit is two black bears a year, and thirdly, shame on the editor for allowing such garbage to be printed in the paper without getting the facts straight! This is nothing but a bunch of dishonest BS from anit-hunters trying to misguide the general public about hunting in B.C. Richard Benko White Rock

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A couple takes advantage of the balmy weather along the Port McNeill waterfront over the May J.R. Rardon photo Long Weekend.

Kids' kindness is an inspiration Dear editor, Our church just finished up our AWANA children’s program for the year. It has been a privilege to spend Monday afternoons and evenings getting to know some great kids from Port McNeill. Our group this year ranged in age from 4-12. The children are smart, talented, eager to learn and

full of fun, but what strikes me most about them is their kindness. They speak kind words to each other and to their leaders. They share and offer to help out when they see a need. Kindness is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “The quality of being warm-hearted, considerate, humane and sympathetic.” I see all of these qualities

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in many children today. Kids fundraising for the poor, the hungry and the sick. Kids helping their neighbours. Kids caring about the environment. Kids standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. A Russian proverb says, “A kind word is like a spring day.” Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be

kind and compassionate to one another...” and Mark Twain said, “Kindness is the language in which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” I have much faith in this generation that they will continue to be kind. Susan Mitchell Port McNeill

Dear editor, With reference to my letter in the April 21st Gazette, about Port McNeill’s removal of the waterfront gardens, I have had a lot of positive comments and additional information about the waterfront rose garden. According to Carla Franklin-Young, she was the last in a line of gardeners who lovingly created and tended the Western Forest Products lands on Port McNeill’s waterfront. As far as we could determine, Mr. and Mrs. Betts, Dora Nelson, Joyce and Joe Ronyecz and Hilda Prachnau preceded Carla in the development of the gardens. Carla also stated that the heritage rose garden was designed and put in by herself with volunteer labour from her late husband Ken Franklin. Ken also was a great help with other plantings and rockeries throughout the gardens. In her phone call with me, she concurred with our disappointment in seeing the character of the gardens disappear. Sharon Barratt Port McNeill

The goal is to publish every letter, so keep them brief, clear and to the point. Be hard on the problem, not the person; skip quotes except where readily confirmable; accept editing for length and legality. Include full name and home community (plus phone number to confirm authorship). Mail, fax, email or drop off c/o the editor by 4:00 pm Friday.

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May 28 Relay for Life in Port McNeill. A 12 hour relay event from 12 noon to midnight. Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back at this annual event that is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Visit to register or donate and check out the North Island Relay for Life Facebook page to hear about all the great fundraising projects. Contact Lisa Brown at 250-956-5150 or Scott Mitchell at 250956-3182.

MEETINGS & ONGOING EVENTS • Are you interested in being part of the team? Join the PH Fire Dept. drop-in meeting every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the fire halls. • Port Hardy Museum & Gift Shop open 1:00 to 5:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday.. • Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00 -2:00. Open daily July & August. FMI • PH Youth Health Clinic: Tues 3-5pm drop in. Family Place (back door). • PM Youth Health Clinic: Thurs 3-5pm drop in. Public Health office (beside town office). • Every 1st & 3rd Saturday at 7pm: Coal Harbour Activity Centre Game Night. Bring a friend. Free. FMI 250-949-0575. • PH Lions Club Bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 5:30pm. • The German Edelweiss Cultural Club meets Thurs. at 7pm in PH Inn Pub. FMI 250-230-1376. • Free Women's Yoga at Family Place PH. Thursdays @ 2:30-4:30. Please bring a mat/towel and wear comfortable clothing. • May 30: Filomi Days mtg 6pm at CafÊ Guido. Bring your ideas. FMI Debbie 250-949-6888. • July 9: 116th Haviland Reunion. FMI David 519-879-6657 or

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May 29 Port Alice Lions Annual Dog Walk to raise money for purchasing and training guide dogs. Meet at the community centre parking lot to register at 11:30 a.m. A 30-45 minute walk begins at 12 noon. Photo contest to see who looks most like their furry friend. Either bring your own photo or let us take one. Donation forms sent home with students and from locations around the Village.

June 6 Representatives from home care, occupational therapy and a diabetic nurse will be on hand at the Hardy Bay Seniors Centre 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

May 29 Four sessions of life drawing lessons. May 29, June 27, Sep. 25 and Oct. 23, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: $40. Location: Jessie Roland’s B&B, 5710 Hardy Bay Road, Port Hardy. Proceeds support North Vancouver Island Artist Society. Call or email Lyn Barton at 250-949-7763

June 8 Barry Tuck will give a presentation on behalf of Yates Funeral Services at the Hardy Bay Seniors Centre 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

June 2, 3 and 4 The Father, a riveting drama by the Port Hardy Secondary School drama department will leave you questioning the role of parents and the nature of relationships. Doors open at 6:30, performance starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Cafe Guido for $8. Tickets will be available at the doors for $10. June 5 Pancake breakfast at Hardy Bay Seniors Centre 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to kick off Seniors Week. Small order $3, medium $5, large $7.

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July 2 Tri-Port Music Festival, noon-7 p.m. at Cluxewe Resort. Featuring Todd Butler, Turnpike Bandits, Richelle Andre and other acts across a spectrum of music styles. Children’s playground, concession, beer garden and vendors. Tickets $10 at Bo-Banee’s Cafe, Cafe Guido, Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce and Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce. Info, Dave 250-230-0776.

Through the roof Richard Klaric of Port McNeill works between rafters during the Tri-Port Motorbike and ATV Club's installation of the covered starting gate at 7 Mile Motocross Track.

July 15-17 Annual Filomi Days celebration in Port Hardy; theme “Glory Days� recalls the glory of its fishing, logging and mining heritage. Filomi sale, dragon boat regatta, street hockey tournament, much more. Volunteers still encouraged to take part. FMI, Debbie Huddlestan, 250-949-6888.

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August 20 Orcafest in Port McNeill. Start planning your float. Plan for the whole family to participate. September 10 and 11 Regional Fall Fair at Port Alice Arena. Exhibits, booths, concession, entertainment. Info, Carol 250-2843518. December 3 Christmas Showcase 2011. Previous exhibitors will receive application forms in mid-summer. Contact Lioness Anne Dumonceaux by email: marcanne@telus. net or phone 250-956-3770.

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Driving on Victoria Lake Freeway I am constantly being road called West Main. admonished for writing Somewhat separated by the about peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite access road from Port Alice, places; ones that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the eastern section is called mind sharing but not with Port Alice Main and runs to hordes of tourists and other the end of the lake, termioutsiders. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if they dis- nating at Cayeghle Creek covered these places and where a condemned bridge now stops you my newspafrom circumnaviper article will gating the lake. It blow the whole is, nevertheless, a thing wide pretty drive and open. Not true, the creek probecause most vides some good of the time I fishing, but be paint and write aware you will about places have to retrace that have been North Island A Brush with your steps! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really too icons for years. Henschel bad that the bridge One of these is with Gordon is gone because Victoria Lake. Henschel the Victoria Lake Hardly a surMain on the prise to anyone living in Port Alice, other side has some great this exceptionally beautiful sites, including Spruce Bay body of water is their back- with a superb grove of old yard; one that they use for growth spruce as well as a everything from picnick- cozy campsite. In order to ing and fishing outings to get to this, however, one locations for summer cot- must start back at the Link tages and, often, permanent River Campsite and drive a homes. The painting shown long distance to reach this here is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victoria attraction. I love painting this area Lake Freewayâ&#x20AC;? because it is a well used logging as soon as the spring sun

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are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. This ban covers all B.C. Parks, Crown and private lands, but does

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VIHA warns of scam The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) is warning area businesses to be aware of a telemarketing company that is soliciting donations for a children’s activity book that is neither approved nor endorsed by VIHA and its local hospitals. Recently businesses in Victoria and Campbell River were contacted by telemarketers and asked to donate money to purchase an activity/ colouring book for children. The telemarketers claim sales will benefit children hospitalized within the Vancouver Island Health Authority. VIHA does not support the campaign, as donations do not benefit the hospitals, the health authority or patients. Vancouver Island businesses were targeted by similar telemarketing campaigns in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. VIHA has written to the company asking them to stop soliciting businesses for this purpose. VIHA also filed formal complaints with the Competition Bureau and the Business Practices Consumer Protection Authority. The company behind the scheme has previously targeted businesses in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and the United States. In December 2003, the US Federal Trade Commission won an injunction preventing the company from making false claims regarding the marketing of any products or services for donation. The Vancouver Island Health Authority is always grateful for donations to support legitimate hospital projects. Anyone wishing to make a donation to benefit hospital services should contact their local hospital foundation: www. foundations.htm

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Just for You

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Seniors’ Week Sunday, June 5th - Saturday, June 11th

Happy Retirement Dad!! It’s about time! Love your family

Thank You The Port Hardy Minor Hockey Club would like to THANK all those who generously sponsored our teams and tournaments during the 2010/2011 hockey season. Also we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers that made last season successful. Everyone from the moms and dads getting the players to the arena, to the schedulers, registrars, referees, managers, coaches, tournament coordinators, equipment managers, secretary, treasurer and timekeepers.

Hardy Bay Seniors Citizens Society 9150 Granville St, Port Hardy

Sunday, June 5th Pancake Breakfast: 9am-1pm (tickets available at the door)

Many events and happenings throughout the week. Please check the Gazette for times.

Saturday, June 11th Hamburger & Hot Dog Sale 11am-2:30pm (by donation) We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the seniors. We welcome anyone 55 & over & younger people 19-54 to join as an associate member, as we all are aging one day at a time.

Also a special thank you to the staff at the arena for keeping the arena in great shape and being available for skate sharpening, helping out with pucks when we needed and for the countless other emergencies that come up, thank you. As you can see it takes many people volunteering their time to make minor hockey the success that it is in our community. Please consider how you can help. For the coming season we desperately need adult referees and a Head Coach. Interested - contact Graham Richards 250-949-9588

Thank You Eagle View Parent Advisory would like to thank all the volunteers and patrons for another successful FUN FAIR. We raised just over $3700.00 to put towards our new playground. A special thank you for donating prizes or time go out to : The Port Hardy Volunteer Fire Dept. Scotia Bay B&B Fields Escape Bistro & Gallery People’s Drug Mart Julia & Brittany’s Paterson & Associates Triport Renovations Blonde Ambition Liz Kufaas Janine Noel Sabrina Dent Graphics West A& W Scotiabank The Source Redden Net Vaso’s Port Hardy Florists Boods Bootery Smyth & Co Scarlet Point Seafoods North Star Cycle & Sports OK Tire See you next year!

Marine Harvest BC Ferry Corporation Overwaitea Coastal Community Credit Union The Clothes Inn Keltic Seafoods Bear Cove Cottages Cindy Henschel Shop Rite The Bread Shed Emcon The Noel Family Salon Safari Nicole Handley Market St Cafe Quarterdeck Inn Mo’s GCB Ventures Ltd Leah Wilson WFP Holberg Div. The Howich family T&T Pastries Kelly’s Chocolates Klassen’s

Lil’Amigos Daycare The Cove K&K Home Hardware Brenda Chapman Supreme Convenience Town Taxi North Island Lanes Esso Insurance Centre North Island Trans. Malones Bistro Badinotti Net Services Tara McCart Susan Emerson The Moult Family Bonnie Bernard Dixie Travers The Mortgage Corp. The Kinley Family The teachers and the custodians too, sorry if I forgot anyone - we appreciate it all!!

We are half way there!

Thank You Thank you to all who donated to the Port McNeill Lions Auction on May 14. Thank you to all the bidders and to the successful bidders for making the auction a success. Special thank you to Chris Stewart, Anne Dumonceaux, Christina Hinton and the Port McNeill Lioness Club. Thank you to John Trevor of Dirty Jacks Computer Repairs for his expertise. You all helped us help the less fortunate. – Port McNeill Lions Club

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on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. Today Slo-pitch Port Hardy Slo-pitch League games at Beaver Harbour Park. Alkes v. Smokers, Storm v. Ballerz, Bushcats v. Salmon Kings, all 7 p.m. May 28 Baseball Port McNeill vs. Port Hardy, 6 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark.

New track a big hit

May 29 Stock car racing Tri-port Motorsports Club points races, 1 p.m., Tri-port Speedway. Info, Theresa, 250-9497273. Baseball Hyde Creek vs. Port Hardy, 6 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. June 4 Baseball Port Hardy vs. Port McNeill, 6 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. June 5 Baseball Port McNeill vs. Hyde Creek, 6 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. June 8 Track & field Districtwide Elementary School track meet at NISS Track, Port McNeill. Running, jumping and throwing events, concession, awards. June 9 Baseball Port Hardy vs. Hyde Creek, 6:45 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. June 11-12 Mountain biking Rumblefest Mountain Bike race series at Rumble Mountain, Port Alice. Cross-country race Saturday, noon. Downhill race Sunday, 10 a.m. Info, www. June 12 Stock car racing Season points racing at Tri-Port Speedway, 1 p.m. Concession open. Info, 250-949-7273.

Clockwise from left: Brody Low of Port McNeill digs into a turn, Dallas Bradshaw of Port Alice overtops a berm while running too hot into the corner; Jason Abernethy of Port McNeill hits the first jump well ahead of a pack of riders exiting the hole shot; and Blaine Morrow (35) stays clear of the carnage as Tyler Pedersen and Trevor Devlin slide downhill. J.R. Rardon photos

J.R. Rardon Gazette staff 7 MILE — The first races at the newly reconfigured motocross track are in the books, and the riders have issued their verdict: the volunteer crew of Triport Motorbike and ATV Club has topped itself. “This is the best (track), hands down,” said Matt Kerrigan, one of a half-dozen riders who caravaned from Salt Spring Island for Round 6 and 7 of the Vancouver Island Motocross Association’s spring series last weekend. “It was already the best, and with the changes it’s even better. Talk around the track this weekend was that we should have the nationals here instead of at Nanaimo.” The 2011 Monster Energy MX Nationals Series returns to Vancouver Island for the first time in three years with racing at The Wastelands in Nanaimo June 11-12. Local organizers and visiting riders alike hope someday the influx of pro riders will make the journey to the North Island to compete on the just-completed 1.7-kilometre 7 Mile Track, complete with the first covered starting area on the Island.

“It’s awesome,” Port Alice rider Dallas Bradshaw said of the new layout, which includes a long, uphill run to a tight hole shot, new double jumps and a big uphill jump early in the lap. “I think it’s way more fun.” Port McNeill’s Jason Abernethy continued his domination of the Junior GP and Junior MX-2 classes, sweeping motos both Saturday and Sunday in the latter and sweeping the former Saturday before retiring unbeaten for the weekend. Local club president Mark Ellis, who spearheaded the resurrection of the track three years ago with a dedicated group of fellow volunteers, closed his weekend by winning the final moto in the Vet Junior class. Bradshaw posted three runner-up finishes for the local club, earning second-place trophies in the Beginner MX-2 class both days and in the Beginner GP class Saturday. Other local competitors included Brody Low, Arnie Irving and Travis Cote of Port McNeill and Tanner Smithson of Port Hardy. Local rider results appear in Scoreboard, page 14.


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Sports Scoreboard MOTOCROSS Vancouver Island Motocross Association Spring Series Round 6 - local rider results (Rider, moto 1, moto 2, points) Plus 40 4. Mark Ellis (3,4) 38; 6. Stuart Abernethy (5,6) 31. Junior GP 1. Jason Abernethy (1,1) 50; 8. Tanner Smithson (6,12) 24; 10. Brody Low (14,10) 18; 13. Travis Cote (12,14) 16; 15. Arnie Irving (16,11) 15. Beginner GP 2. Dallas Bradshaw (2,2) 44; 3. Nathan Watt (3,3) 40. Vet Junior 3. Mark Ellis (4,2) 40; 4. Stuart Abernethy (3,4) 38. Beginner MX-2 2. Dallas Bradshaw (4,2) 40; 3. Nathan Watt (3,3) 40. Junior MX-2 1. Jason Abernethy (1,1) 50; 10. Brody Low (8,12) 22; 16. Travis Cote (13,17) 12; 19. Arnie Irving (16,0) 5.

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Port McNeill Canadian Legion Branch 281 held its club golf tournament in a scramble format recently at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club. Here, Steve Amos and Larry Bartlett J.R. Rardon photo watch teammate Tim Demoe putt on the ninth hole.

Round 7 results Plus 40 4. Mark Ellis (3,5) 36; 5. Stuart Abernethy (5,4) 34. Junior GP 11. Brody Low (13,10) 19; 12.

Arnie Irving (12,12) 18. Beginner GP 3. Dallas Bradshaw (4,3) 38; 6. Nathan Watt (0,4) 18. Vet Junior 2. Mark Ellis (5,1) 41; 3. Stuart Abernethy (2,4) 40. Beginner MX-2 2. Dallas Bradshaw (2,3) 42. Junior MX-2 1. Jason Abernethy (1,1) 50; 13. Brody Low (14,13) 15; 14. Arnie Irving (13,14) 15. BASEBALL Sointula Baseball Tournament May 21-23 Hyde Creek Hillbillies 18, Sointula Family Affair 0 Port McNeill Rangers 10, Sointula Young Guns 0 Comox Ravishing Radishes 16, Sointula Old Guys 4 Comox Terrible Turnips 9, Family Affair 2 Hillbillies 7, Young Guns 1 Ravishing Radishes 4, Rangers 1 Hillbillies 10, Terrible Turnips 3 Ravishing Radishes 10, Young Guns 1 Family Affair 6, Old Guys 6 Rangers 4, Terrible Turnips 3 Hillbillies 5, Ravishing Radishes 2 Old Guys 12, Young Guns 1 Rangers 5, Old Guys 3 Terrible Turnips 5, Family Affair 4 Championship:Hillbillies 7, Ravishing Radishes 2

Stock cars roll this weekend Gazette staff One week after the big motocross event at 7 Mile Track, motor sports enthusiasts will have another opportunity to hear the engines roar as the Tri-Port Motor Sports Club kicks off its 2011 stock car racing season at Tri-Port Speedway. Sunday’s racing begins at 1 p.m. at the track, located off Bronze Road in the Tacan Industrial Area just south of Port Hardy. The event is the first in an ambitious 14-race schedule, including a Father’s Day race June 19 featuring free admission for all dads, a Filomi Days race held as part of Port Hardy’s annual summer celebration July 16, and the inaugural Dust Bowl event Aug.

20. Tri-Port Speedway features a full concession, washroom facilities remodeled last season, and a play area for kids. For information, call 250-949-7273. Hockey camp deadline Time is running out for Port McNeill Minor Hockey players to get a discount to a pair of hockey camps coming to Chilton Regional Arena in July. Skaters who register with Port McNeill Minor Hockey before June 1 receive a $50 rebate of registration to either camp, sponsored by Strategic Forest Management and Port McNeill Minor Hockey. Port McNeill Clayton Stoner, a defense-

Sports Briefs man with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, will bring the Vancouver Island Hockey Clinic to the arena from July 4-8. Registration is $395 and registration forms are online at The third Lou Lemire Summer Hockey Skills camp will follow July 11-15. The registration fee is $395 until June 1,

and $425 after June 1. Registration and other camp info is available at Learn to skate The Port McNeill Figure Skating Club has announced its annual Learn to Skate summer lesson program will begin Monday, June 27 at Chilton Regional Arena. The Week 1 session will be held from June 27-30 from 4-4:45 p.m.

each day. Week 2 lessons will follow July 4-8, from 2:30-3:15 p.m. each day. Cost for the lessons is $75. A one-day registration session will be held at the arena June 8 from 3-5 p.m. Registration forms may also be picked up at Timberland Sports in Port McNeill, filled out and dropped off during registration. For more info, call Elizabeth at 250-9563995.

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ATHLETE of the Week DALLAS BRADSHAW The Port Alice rider claimed three runner-up finishes last weekend in motocross racing at 7 Mile Track. J.R. Rardon photo

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Greg Johnson of the Port McNeill Rangers strokes a single in Sunday's game against the Comox Valley's Terrible Turnips. Below, Port McNeill hurler Nick Russell delivers a pitch, and Sointula Family Affair shortstop Dale Tanner tries to gather the ball. J.R. Rardon photos

Sointula tourney a family affair J.R. Rardon Gazette staff SOINTULA — When his manager came out of the dugout to relieve him in the bottom of the sixth inning, Sointula Family Affair pitcher Zack Swanson threw down the ball in indignation. Then he flung his glove for good measure, and threw his arms into the air. He might have been less demonstrative had the manager not been his father, Art Swanson. The Sointula Family Affair, the brainchild of longtime local Ross Michelson, was the newest entry into last weekend’s annual Sointula Baseball Tournament. Their colour-coded T-shirts identified the players by family — yellow for the Shuttlesworths, dark green for Swansons, black for Munroes, red for Michelsons and light green for Tanners. “Ross came up with the idea around Christmastime,” said Art Swanson, who had three children on the team. “He figured this might be the last year we could play with our kids.” The team mixed parents with children born and raised in Sointula, many of them who have moved away and returned for the annual long-weekend reunion. In the dugout and on the field, it was clear the squad emphasized fun over competition. “There’s been a lot of joking and ribbing. Inter-generational stuff, if you know what I mean,” John

Shuttleswoth said. The creation of the team was not without repercussions, however. The centerpiece of the tournament, which included teams from Port McNeill, Hyde Creek and the Comox Valley, has always been the showdown between Sointula’s Old Guys and Young Guns teams. The Family Affair raided from both of those established teams to fill its roster. “I think I ruffled some feathers in town,” Michelson admitted. “But I figured it would be the only chance I’d have to play with my kids. “There’s still a Young Guns team; they got some other players from the surrounding communities. But I took all their pitchers and catchers.” After absorbing an 18-0 loss to eventual tourney champion Hyde Creek in the opening game, the Family Affair eventually settled in and

became competitive on the field. They played to a 6-6 tie with the Sointula Old Guys Sunday in a game halted due to a time limit, then dropped a narrow 5-4 decision Monday to the Terrible Turnips, one of the two visiting clubs from Comox. The Hyde Creek

Hillbillies won their second straight tournament title, finishing with a 5-0 record by topping Comox’s Ravishing Radishes 7-2 in Monday’s final. The Radishes and the Port McNeill Rangers each finished with 3-1 records in round-robin play. The Radishes won the tiebreaker

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"I think I ruffled some feathers in town." Ross Michelson

into the final based on their 4-1 win over the Rangers, which denied the Rangers a title shot against their North Vancouver Island Baseball League rivals. After a breezy,

chilling opening day, Sunday and Monday were blessed by sunny skies and warm temperatures. The kids playground adjacent to the field was filled, as was the beer-garden area where the tradi-

tional oyster feed was held. On Sunday, a bigscreen television was set up under a canopy and connected to a satellite dish to show the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-2 NHL playoff win over San Jose. It marked the third weekend in a row the Hillbillies got to watch hockey at a ballfield, after teammate Keith Balcke set up a dish and placed a TV in the dugout at Hyde Creek Ballpark the previous two weeks. This time, the television was installed by the Sointula Lions Club, which raffled it off following the game. Had the Lions not put up the television, however, Balcke was ready again. “Keith brought all his stuff in his truck,” Hillbillies teammate Ray Bono said. “They wouldn’t let him put it up.”

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World No Tobacco Day, a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative is held every year on May 31. Its goal is to encourage governments around the world to work toward stricter regulations of tobacco products as well as draw attention to all the health problems that tobacco use can cause. Heartburn is a common problem that often can be treated with non-prescription drugs. However, if the condition becomes chronic and you experience symptoms like difficulty swallowing, coughing, hoarseness, chest pain, vomiting or black tarry stools, seek medical help right away. It could be a serious problem. Sometimes the smallest things in our body do huge jobs. One teaspoonful of blood contains about 25 million red blood cells. These cells are made in the bone marrow in about 7 days and last for about three months. Their main job is to transport oxygen to the lungs and other body tissues. A pretty important job. Carbon monoxide, that poisonous gas found in car exhaust, is also found in cigarette smoke. The gas sticks to the red blood cells better than oxygen thus depriving the body of the life-given oxygen. Another “con” on the list of pros and cons of smoking tobacco. It is said that smoking is one of the hardest addictions to kick. If stopping smoking is still on your 2011 list of resolutions, talk to our pharmacists about the various methods to stop. We’d be happy to help. w w w . p e o p l e s d r u g m a r t . c o m

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Employment Opportunities There are four positions being offered at Gwa’sala‘Nakwaxda’xw School. It is currently looking for one Kindergarten Teacher (1.0 FTE), one Grade 3/4 Teacher (1.0FTE), one Special Education Worker (1.0 FTE) and one Custodian. This is a band operated Independent Group 2 school. It enrolls 140 students from Nursery to Grade 7. The two teaching jobs require BCCT teacher certification. Also experience working in a First Nation’s setting is valuable. The Special Education Worker requires a high school diploma. In addition, experience in early childhood education is an asset. The Custodian position is 20 hours per week and training in WHMIS is important. These are all one year positions. There is the possibility that the Kindergarten Teacher, Special Education Worker and Custodian positions will be continuing appointments. The Grade 3/4 Teacher position is for one year maternity leave. Closing date for all positions is June 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm. Please fax, mail or email resumes complete with cover letter, supporting documents and references to: Reed Allen, Principal Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw School Box 1799, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 Tel: 250-949-7743 Fax: 250-949-7422 Email: LEGALS


Tree Farm Licence 6 Draft Management Plan #10 Available for Review TFL 6, held by Western Forest Products Inc. (WFP), covers roughly 170,000 hectares of land on northern Vancouver Island in the vicinity of Quatsino Sound. The Management Plan provides a general description of the TFL, a brief history of the TFL, a list of publicly available planning documents that guide WFP’s operations on the TFL and a timber supply analysis for the TFL. The timber supply analysis provides information to assist the Chief Forester of BC in determining the allowable annual cut (AAC) for TFL 6. The draft management plan for TFL 6 is available for public review from June 1, 2011 until August 1, 2011 during normal business hours at the following locations (please call ahead to arrange an appointment to view): • WFP Port McNeill office, 1921 South West Main, Port McNeill. Ph: (250) 956-5200 • WFP Holberg office, #1 Main Street, Holberg. Ph: (250) 288-3362 • WFP Timberlands office, #118-1334 Island Highway, Campbell River. Ph: (250) 286-3767 • Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations office, 2217 Mine Road, Port McNeill. Ph: (250) 956-5000 You can also find the draft Management Plan and reference maps at: Please write, fax or email comments to: TFL 6 Management Plan #10 Western Forest Products Inc. #118-1334 Island Highway Campbell River, BC V9W 8C9 Fax: (250) 286-3375 Email:


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Project Manager The Regional District of Mount Waddington (Vancouver Island North) has signed a two year Labour Market Partnership (LMP) agreement with the Province of British Columbia to implement the North Island Coordinated Workforce Strategy (2010) running until December 31st 2012. This is a ten point plan seeking to improve communitybased rural-remote workforce development across all employers and institutional service providers for the next two years. A self-starting project management contractor is required to take forward these important initiatives and liaise with the North Island stakeholders who will form the basis of a new, volunteer-driven, network. For a full description of the duties involved and type of candidate sought, please review or download the full job description to be found on the employment page at Apply (with cover letter, resume and three references) to: Regional District of Mount Waddington 2044 McNeill Road, Box 729 Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 Neil Smith, Manager of Economic Development 250-956-3301 Deadline: June 3rd 2011 at 4:00pm Start date for the successful applicant will be no later than August 1st 2011.

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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

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The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service is excited to announce a limited time offer on the purchase of a Green Cone.

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Traditional as well as contemporary; Turkoman, Tabriz, Kashan, Heriz, Bukhara, Khal Mohamedi, Chobi, Nain, Qum, Triabal Balouch, Julien, one of a kind Village Rugs, Master Work by renowned artisans, Runners, Scatter Rugs, Oversized and many large Dining, Living Room sizes.


7050 RUPERT STREET, PORT HARDY Terms: Cash,Visa, MC, Amex, and certiďŹ ed cheques. 15% Buyers premium plus HST in effect. Some items in advertisement are subject to prior sales/error/omissions. All sales are ďŹ nal. For more info call 604.229.1800. Licensed auctioneers.

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