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Harbours get Fed funding

Say “ahh”

Wood carver Glenn Greensides of Sayward creates a grizzly bear head from a block of red cedar under an awning set up at Sayward Junction Sunday. Greensides was using the carving as practice for a full-size sculpture of a Kodiak grizzly — more than nine feet tall — that he will be making for Knight Inlet Lodge. J.R. Rardon photo

Gazette staff The feds are about to inject some cash into a pair of major North Island projects. Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Small Craft Harbours Program will undertake necessary dredging, and major repair and maintenance projects at approximately 135 fishing harbours across Canada as well as minor projects at many other harbours. For the North Island, that means cash for two local harbour projects — the floating wharf project at Port McNeill and completion of construction of the rock breakwater at Sointula. The money was announced Tuesday by the North Island’s own MP, John Duncan, on behalf of the Keith Ashfield, minister of Fisheries and Oceans. “Today the Government is sending a clear message that it understands the great value small craft harbours bring to our communities,” said Duncan. “These projects will provide the repairs needed today, so that our communities can benefit tomorrow.” Added Ashfield: “We are pleased to fund the repair and maintenance work that will ensure small craft harbours are open, safe and in good repair for the fishers who rely on them.”

Providers lobby for gaming grant J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL — The new chair of the B.C. Association for Charitable Gaming’s grant program review faced a small audience during a videoconference here late in August. But he still received an earful. Michelle Hess of the Sointula Resource Centre Society and Kate Pinsenault of the North Island Early Child Development Society were the only attendees of the conference, held at

Community Futures Mount Waddington’s offices. They alternately lobbied and responded to questions from Leslie “Skip” Triplett, who was named in July to head the BCACG’s review of its gaming grant program. After holding several public meetings in larger communities, Triplett was taking part in his first videoconference related to the gaming grant review. “My mandate is broad,” Triplett said. “And the first part of it is to make sure the government has a clear idea

of the value recipients offer as it decides how to use scarce resources.” The three discussed multiyear funding, streamlining of the grant application and renewal process, restoring funding to adult arts and sports groups, and a potential self-reporting system. But when Triplett asked how the women felt about the BCACG changing the category system currently used to distribute money across various provider types, Hess and Pinsenault quickly steered the subject

back to the critical need for gaming grant funds in smaller communities. “We have a broad mandate, and we’re terribly understaffed,” said Pinsenault, whose organization provides child care, early childhood education and parent instruction and counseling. “There’s no way we can survive without gaming grant funding.” Pinsenault went on to point out the challenges of fund-raising in an area where the same small group of donors is approached by

every organization in need of funds. “We’re all hitting up the same people who have been hit economically themselves.” Hess represents the only society on Malcolm Island that provides clients services in job searching and networking, free computer access and access to a range of government programs, as well as providing tourist information services. “If we close, it’s not like people go up the road to the next provider,” Hess said.

“We’re the only game in town.” Triplett acknowledged their concerns, and left the women with an encouraging note. “When I was in Vancouver I talked to people from larger organizations and at least a half-dozen current and former MLAs,” he said. “The big boys and girls said, ‘Be careful of the smaller communities, because they don’t have as many resources.’ “Just be aware, you’re on peoples’ minds.”





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Thousands of books in the palm of your hand Mike D’Amour Gazette staff A Regrettable Smithy Worthy Inn. The above is an anagram for: Try something new at the library. Granted, it’s not great wordplay — and the reason for the anagram will be made clear - but the Port Hardy branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library does have something new to offer its devotees. It’s Kobo, an e-reader that allows the borrower to tap into thousands of books. “It’s no surprise things like the Internet and the easy availability has affected library circulation and (the Kobo) is a way of us reaching readers we might not have normally reached with just print media in the library,” said Nikka Price, circulation supervisor of the local library. “It’s one more way of bringing in more readers ... it’s a way for us to stay relevant.” Kobos are slim tablets that are

given to library customers preloaded with 100 books. But readers aren’t limited to the preloads, said Price. “They can go online, they can download books of their choice and read them like they normally would with a hard copy book,” she said. ““We have anything from new, popular fiction, to manuals on how to fix your vehicle.” Library staff will teach the uninitiated how to use the book and lenders are able to use the Kobo for three weeks before it must be returned — no extensions. “We only have two of the Kobos right now and we want to make sure everyone who wants a chance to try them has that chance to try them out and play with them,” Price said. However, Price said if there was a real strong demand for the e-readers, “we could probably make a case for more here.” And, oh, Kobo is, of course, an anagram of book.

Nikka Price, circulation supervisor of the Port Hardy branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library, with a Kobo, one of the ereaders the library now loans out. Mike D’Amour photo

Education in the province — by the numbers VICTORIA - The following facts provide a snapshot of British Columbia’s education system. Enrolment for the 2011-12 school year • 540,696 estimated full-time public school students - a decrease of more than 57,000 students since 2000-01. • 57,858 estimated English-as-Second-Language students - 21 fewer than in last year. • 53,913 estimated Aboriginal students - 283 fewer than last year. • 7,644 estimated non-graduated adult students - 442 more than last year. Early Learning Class Size

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• For the fifth consecutive year, more than 94 per cent of classes in school districts throughout B.C. had 30 or fewer students in 2010-11. • More than 98 per cent of classes had 32 or fewer students. • A total of 4,712 classes had 15 or fewer students in 2010-11. • B.C. has one of the lowest FTE Enrolment/FTE Educator ratios in Canada: 16.7. • There were a total of 8,778 educational assistants in 2010-11. Independent schools • There are a total of 347 independent

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General Meeting resume Sept. 13

Chamber Update submitted by Chamber Manager Cheryl Jorgenson

A Big THANK-YOU The Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying the 12th Annual OrcaFest! It was great to see so many community members and visitors taking part in the festivities. Special thanks to all of the Volunteers, Sponsors and people who contributed to the success of the event. To our Slo Pitch Crew, Logger Sports, OrcaFest Car Show and Captain Kurt of the PORT radio-Excellente! A grateful thank you to the OrcaFest Committee: Miles Trevor, Sarah Hamilton, Gene Wickstrom, Gaby Wickstrom and Jen Lok. To the intrepid summer staff of the Port McNeill Visitor Centre 2011You’re the best! Thanks for holding down the fort! Great job! To Port McNeill Enterprises…You’re the best! Thanks for the assist with the Rotary Stage. 2012 Parade Winners: Business-Ministry of Forests Service Club-Port McNeill Rotary Club Horses-Reinforest Riders Bicycles-Christina Cyr & Becky Cyr Community Service-BC Ambulance Service Best Vehicle-EJ Klassen Non-Profit-Dragon Slayers Honorable Mention to the following businesses for their holiday windows: Timberland Sports Centre Gate House Theatre North Island Studio

Chamber of Commerce General Meetings Resume! Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce resumes their General Meetings for all Chamber Members. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the Port McNeill business community, to stay current with the Chamber World and exchange ideas! Do not disregard this very useful operating tool and join us! Next Executive Director’s Meeting: 13-September-11 @ 11:30am Next General Membership Meeting: 27-September-11 @ 12:00pm Please call for meeting locations. Port McNeill Visitor Centre Hours of Operation: September 2011 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (These hours are subject to change without notice) Submissions to Chamber Update Members can make submissions to the Chamber Update by phone 250-956-3131; faxing 250-956-3132 or email pmccc@ to the Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce. Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre 1594 Beach Drive, P.O. Box 129 Port McNeill, B.C. V0N2R0 Tel 250-956-3131 Fax 250-956-3132 this message is sponsored by the

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What — Saturday already? Rocky the pug receives a good scrubbing by volunteer Alex Shore at the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor Info Centre dog wash and hot dog roast on Saturday. Money raised went to help with renovations to the Info Centre. Sandy Grenier photo

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Mary Mavis Special to the Gazette The Volunteer Transportation Network is looking for a few good men and women with clean driver’s licences and some time to donate to help those in need of a ride. The Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN) helps enhance the quality of life and contributes to the health and greater independence for North Island residents as a part of the overall transit strategy for the region. Many of our VTN clients are individuals who have mobility challenges and senior citizens who are no longer able to drive. VTN drivers transport clients to medical

appointments, court appearances, banks, post office, prescription pick ups, food banks, and the grocery store, as well as to educational programs and training oportunities. This service — partially funded by the Regional District of Mount Waddington, fundraisers and donations from refering agencies, clients and their families — was first implemented in December 2007 and is only provided within the Regional District of Mount Waddington. The VTN Program provides eligible North Island residents access to a variety of services and local events that aren’t available in every community.

The overall vision of the VTN Program is to integrate clients residing in remote communitites where transit service is limited to the transit system. Literally driving the program are VTN volunteers who use their personal vehicles to provide door-to-door service to clients who are not able to access regular public transit. Making it more familiar and comfortable is the fact volunteers are dispatched from the community in which they live, so there’s no long drives for pickups. Training workshops, survival kits and a monthly reimbursements for the kilometers driven are provided for volunteer drivers.

The VTN is looking for volunteer drivers in Port Hardy, Coal Harbour and Fort Rupert. Volunteer drivers must provide a driver’s abstract and complete a criminal record check before they begin to transport clients. Interested volunteers are asked to call the Regional District of Mount Waddington’s transit coordinator, Mary Mavis, at the North Island Community Services Society office in Port McNeill at 250-956-3151. Further information about the VTN Program is available on the North Island Community Services Society website at

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I yam what I yam — a very tasty dip


y husband and I were in Courtenay earlier this summer when it was wet and drizzly here on the North Island, but was glorious and sunny from Campbell River south. Any time we’re in Courtenay we have to go to the Mad Chef Cafe which has unbelievably innovative and scrumptious food. So we sat outside — yes it was warm enough to sit on the patio — and ordered our lunch. I ordered an amazing taco in which there was a chipotle yam mash as the condiment of sorts. So, from that meal, I have morphed the chipotle yam mash into this dip on which I used my girls — and some of the boys — at Pacific Coastal Airlines as guinea pigs. They were blown away by the flavour and I really hope you will be too.

Appetite’s Delight

Roasted Chipotle Yam and Goat Cheese Dip


Putting it together: Take one yam and the chipotle pepper and blend well with a stick blender or emulsion blender until the chipotle pepper is completely incorporated into the yam. Transfer the yam and chipotle mixture into the bowl

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of a mixer and add in the rest of the roasted yam, salt, brown sugar and garlic and mix until smooth. Remove from mixing bowl and place in a separate bowl. Wash mixing bowl, then add the goat cheese, diced red pepper and cilantro and mix until well incorporated. Take half of the yam mixture and spread it evenly on the bottom of an eight-inch pie plate, then spread all the goat cheese mixture evenly on top, then top agai with the rest of the yam mixture. Cover the top with the corn kernels, tomato and Asiago cheese. Place in the oven at 350ºF for 45 to 60 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, rice crackers, sourdough bread or vegetables. NOTE: For those of you out there who will read “Chipotle” and then skip to the next article, please realize that there is just enough chipotle pepper in this dish to add a touch of heat and smokiness which compliments the goat cheese, peppers and corn. Also, to make this dish less time consuming on the day of preparation, cook yams and corn on the cob for dinner the night before and just make extra!

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• 2 yams – roasted and peeled • 1 canned chipotle pepper (there are usually 6 to 8 in a can) • ½ tsp salt • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar • ½ tsp minced garlic • ½ lb. goat cheese (goat cheese is so expensive up here so I usually buy it at Super Store or Wal-Mart where a pound usually is around $6) • ½ red pepper – diced very small • ½ tsp minced cilantro • 2 cobs cooked corn — kernels removed • ½ vine ripened tomato, diced small • 1 tbsp Asiago cheese

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Bras for a Cause Fund Raiser Many Thanks to the Port McNeill merchants whose contributions helped us celebrate and all those who designed a bra for our Breast Cancer Fund Raiser. Timberland Sports The Gallery Gift Shop Absolutely Grape ShopRite/ Rona

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Thanks also to all those who created a one-of-a-kind BRA and donated the entry fee to the BC Cancer Society. And last but not least, a Thank You to all those who voted on their favorite bra and made a donation to breast cancer research! The winners by Public Vote were: 1st Place - Alex Young 2nd Place - Kyleigh Mollinga 3rd Place - Kathryn Burgess

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The true N.I. advantage We’ve been hearing about the North Island advantage for some time and wondering what it could be. Sure, we have some of the most naturally beautiful country in the world. The pace is relaxed and no one really sweats the small stuff (saw a great bumper sticker the other day: Relax. You’re on the island). But the real advantage, what makes the North Island truly great has been in front of us the whole time. We were reminded of that just last weekend in the small community on Malcolm Island during a resurrected Salmon Days festival. It seemed at times all 800 or so Sointulians turned out for the festivities which included a parade, live shows, local wares and food — including a traditionally cooked salmon dinner — and a Friday night dance that lasted until the wee hours the next day. What makes it all so remarkable is Salmon Days was an event last seen in the early 1980s. It disappeared about the same time the fish that gave the festival its name were making themselves scarce. But the remembrances of past Salmon Days were crystal clear to many and, as Myrna Williams, chief organizer of this year’s event, said: “It means home.” So, with a core group of volunteers, Salmon Days was reborn with help coming from all corners of the community: from those who participated in the parade, to those setting up the stage and the microphones, the sometimes reluctant participants in the Salmon Days Queen pageant, the wonderful, wonderful people behind the beer garden to the commercial fishermen who gave up some of their valuable catch to raise money for local charity. So, there’s no need to search for North Island advantages. They’ve been here the whole time.

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Are you happy with the results of the HST vote?

Yes 52%

No 47% Total votes received for this question: 17 Voting deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.

Outstanding town spirit is just one way to describe the brilliant resurrection of Salmon Days in Sointula after a nearly 30 year absence.

Sigh. Summer just seemed to arrive on the North Island and already there are hints of autumn in the air.

‘People’s victory’ means pain ahead VICTORIA – NDP leader Adrian Dix couldn’t contain his glee at the result of the harmonized sales tax referendum. He seemed positively giddy the provincial budget will forgo $3 billion in revenue over the next few years, and clearly relishes the prospect of getting back to the legislature to resume his demands for more spending in every ministry of the B.C. government. He can start soon, standing in passionate solidarity with B.C.’s 40,000 public school teachers as they strike to press their demands for huge increases in salary and benefits that already exceed what most private sector workers get. This is the “people’s victory” that Dix crowed about. B.C. and the rest of the country are entering a perilous time where retired people outnumber the young and pension plans grow increasingly fragile. An efficient tax system that

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ends the advantage given to services over goods, while raising revenue to lift up the poorest people, is now a dirty word. Any kind of meaningful tax reform will be politically radioactive for years to come. Resource industries, the movie business and other private sector job generators can now plan for a significant B.C. disadvantage in 2013. Meanwhile, demand for government services to take

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care of the great grey blob that is my generation can only soar. I mentioned a while back Canada passed another significant milestone. Statistics Canada reported on people fortunate enough to have employer-supported pension plans in addition to government pension. And it turns out 2010 was the first year in the country’s history where more public sector workers enjoyed this benefit than private sector workers. Author Mark Steyn talks about this problem in relation to the troubles in Europe. He refers to the “Government Party,” which is the ever-growing public sector, and the “Dependency Party,” which is everyone on pensions and welfare. When those two “parties” constitute a majority, they can force the government to satisfy their demands without regard to economic reality. A member of

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When the verdict came in on the HST referendum, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon talked about going around to consult the public on how to reinstate the provincial sales tax. He vowed that B.C. will somehow still balance its budget in two years, and seemed to leave the door open to some minor modifications of the sales tax system. Premier Christy Clark quickly shut that door. It would be “disrespectful” to do anything other than bring back the post-war PST in all its rustic beauty, with the little boutique exemptions like bicycles and Toyota Priuses that have been attached by politicians over the years. Thea cost to this “people’s victory” will involve reducing public services, raising taxes or both. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and   twitter. com/tomfletcherbc

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Cyclists' behaviour appalling, unsafe Dear editor, I know I cannot be the first, and certainly not the last, person who is less than thrilled with the way cyclists in this town behave. I am sure I am joined by other residents who are frustrated with the lack of safety and concern cyclists show towards those of us either operating vehicles or walking on the sidewalks. Last week I was turning left onto Gray Street from Rupert Street. I stopped and waited for traffic to clear, then began to turn when I saw a man and his young daughter riding their bikes on the sidewalk. Without any signal, they hopped off the sidewalk

and rode across the road and into the crosswalk where I had begun to make my turn. I stopped, shocked that they not even paused, but just rode out in front of me. I started to go again — the father and daughter now across and riding again on the sidewalk — when another young girl who I ‘d not seen came flying off the sidewalk into the crosswalk that I was now in the middle of. Seeing me she just about toppled over on her bike. It all happened very quickly I was obviously shaken. They did not dismount from their bikes and the

Donation appreciated Dear editor: The Port McNeill and District Museum would like to thank Shoprite Port McNeill for its recent donation of a vacuum cleaner. Derek Kowalchuk, curator Port McNeill

Honesty applauded Dear editor: Thank you for your honesty. I would like to thank Norah Brown who found my valet containing a large amount of money, bank cards and personal items in Carrot Park on Tuesday August 16, and returned it to the police station. If Norah is reading this letter, I want you to know I am most grateful and appreciate your honesty. My humble thank you for not just rescuing my valet but for showing the world young people are still wonderful. Thank you so much for your honesty and integrity, and may you be rewarded many more times throughout your life. Yana Hrdy Port Hardy

Letters to the editor

"What will it take for people to follow basic rules for biking? Someone getting hit — or worse, killed?" man was ahead of his daughter(s) so he couldn’t properly supervise their crossing. I couldn’t believe a parent could be so negligent in teaching their child basic bike safety. Less than a week later I was turning left off of Pine Street onto Granville Street and again had a close call when two teenagers riding their bikes came down from the gravel path from Highview Trailer Park,

crossed over the road without looking, cut in front of me and continued down the road and then hopped onto the sidewalk close to the hospital. Neither of them slowed down to check both ways, dismount from their bikes or were even wearing helmets. A person operating a bicycle on the road has the same rights and duties as a driver of a vehicle. A person operating a bicycle;

• Must not ride on a sidewalk unless authorized by a bylaw or unless otherwise directed by a sign. • Must not, for the purpose of crossing a highway, ride on a crosswalk unless authorized to do so by a bylaw or unless otherwise directed by a sign. • By law, you have to wear helmets. These are the three most basic rules that are apparently lost of the majority of cyclists in town. I do not feel when out walking I should have to get off the sidewalk because there’re people riding bikes on the sidewalk. When I’m operating a vehicle I am cautious and respectful of other drivers.

If you’re riding on the road you have to adhere to the same rules as if you were in a vehicle. Perhaps there should be a basics review in the elementary schools come September on bike safety. The law of having to wear helmets should be enforced. And to the parents out biking with their children, be more responsible and teach basic bike safety instead of leading a bad example. What will it take for people to follow basic rules for biking? Someone getting hit — or worse, killed? Carly Perkovich Port Hardy

Don't turn back on clean energy Dear Editor, The results of the recent BC Hydro rate review have left me very concerned about our province’s energy future.  I am fearful that clean energy development in our province will be abandoned in favour of cheap coal power imported from the United States.  Such a strategy might allow BC Hydro to keep rates down and placate customers and voters, but it would also be environmentally regressive and economically

"Let's not allow ourselves to become dependent on imported coal power just because it happens to look cheap today." short sighted. If we are going to suddenly turn our backs on clean energy, then why don’t we just cut the pretence and build coal burning plants here in BC? How popular would that be?  Not very, I suspect.  But is it really any different

than importing coal power? And how cheap is coal power going to be a few years from now when the price of carbon emissions is finally factored in? The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has already declared carbon emissions to be

Support leads to badly needed surgery Dear editor: Thank-you for your interest in Bruce Melan’s health. At present he has seen a surgeon at Royal Columbian Hospital and is tentatively scheduled for the needed surgery for mid September. This all came about from the cry for help I put out on Facebook, I am usually very skeptical about computer social networking.   On Sunday, Aug. 21, I voiced my con-

cerns and asked people to post my plea, hoping some one would hear, that is exactly what happened. Some ANGEL went one step further and printed my plea and handed it to a surgeon who is the Director of Surgeries in Fraser Health Authority. Dr. Blair took it upon himself to call me at home and set up Bruce for an appointment Tuesday August 23. I want to thank-you for

your concern about Bruce and his health as well as our family's struggle. We know this is just the beginning of a very long road ahead; he has been told he will probably be in the hospital for 1 - 2 months to heal. At least we can start our new journey thanks to all the support we have received. Sincerely, Nancy Melan (Bruce’s Wife) Langley

an air pollutant, and that means stricter regulations and carbon fees are not far behind. Let’s not allow ourselves to become dependent on imported coal power just because it happens to look cheap today.  As we all know, looks can be deceiving and what appears to be a cheap and easy answer today could end up leaving us seriously unprepared for the future and costing us dearly.  Sandra Robinson Maple Ridge

OrcaFest helps kids at Christmas Dear editor: I would like to thank the Port Mcneill Chamber of Commerce for a job well done at Orca Fest. I represented Operation Christmas Child in the marketplace area. Visitors and members of our beautiful North Island community greeted me with smiles and interest as they came up to my table.  It was a privilege to talk with so many people about filling a shoebox with school supplies, hygiene items and toys — a box of love for suffering children worldwide. For information on where to pick up an Operation Christmas Child shoebox and an information packet, please contact Susan at 250-902-1040. Susan Mitchell Port McNeill

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Hot Spots

September 1 Tickets on sale beginning today for Oct. 1 Port Hardy Museum Annual Fundraiser Dinner, speaker Mickey Flanagan from Keltic Seafoods. Tickets

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 open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Temporary Fossil Exhibit. • Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. 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). • 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. • Aug 30 then every other Tuesday: Footcare clinic at Hardy Bay Seniors 9-5pm. FMI 250-949-7252. • Whale Interpretive Centre: Telegraph Cove open 8:30am-6:30pm daily in July & August. FMI 250-9283129.

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September 2-4 Renshinkan Dojo hosts Akido and tactical martial arts seminar at Robert Scott Elementary School gymnasium, featuring sensei Dr. Frank Gallo. Training open to students of any martial art or rank, from any organization or dojo. Sessions Friday 6-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration $125, forms and waivers available from Renshinkan dojo, Room 4, Robert Scott Elementary. Info, Arnet Hales at 250-9499542. September 2 Gate House Theatre presents Mr. Popper’s Penguins, 7 p.m. All tickets $5. Info,

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September 6 Gate House Theatre presents To Sir With Love, 7 p.m., as part of Classic Movie Tuesday’s Sidney Poitier month. All tickets $5. Info, www.gatehouseca. org

September 3 Gate House Theatre Saturday matinee showing of Pebble and the Penguin, 2:30 p.m. All tickets $5. Info,

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September 3-4 North Island Harley Owners Group Toy and Rod Run and Stomp. Toy and Rod Run from Community Hall in Port McNeill to Port Hardy Saturday a.m. Pig Roast and Stomp with live music from Steelhead, beginning 4 p.m. at 704 Eagleridge Rd., Hyde Creek. Tickets $25 available at Bo-Banee’s Cafe. H.O.G. Poker Run begins Sunday 11 a.m. at Gus’s Bar and Grill in Port McNeill.

September 6 North Island Employment Job Search Workshop, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Networking, labour market information, how to choose the right style of resume and how to write a powerful cover letter, Internet job searching, using email and the best websites for looking for work. Come join us for this powerful, modern approach to job search. You must pre-register for this workshop so call 250-949-5736.

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September 10 Tri Port Dragon Boat Society’s second annual dragon boat regatta, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the waterfront in Port Hardy. Dragon boat races, benefit auction, entertainment, kids games, beer garden and vendors. Info, Cora 250-949-7867 or corabella.nelson@

September 10 and 11 Mt. Waddington Regional Fall Fair at Port Alice Arena. Theme is Tradition, Transition, and Tomorrow. Exhibit booklets available soon in local libraries. Volunteers are still welcome.To volunteer or for more information, call Corrine Tiberghien at 250284-3594 or Carol Prescott at 250-284-3518.

September 10 Sointula Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Follow the signs to #25 2nd Street. Artisans, bakers, gardeners, more. Info, Sally at 250-9736593.

September 11 Dinner and a pre-release movie at Port Hardy Baptist Church. Two showings: 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. $4 per person.


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September 13 Gate House Theatre presents In the Heat of the Night, 7 p.m., All tickets $5. Info, www.gatehouseca. org

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

An emotional ride


Port Alberni Mountie wells up while explaining his reasons for joining Tour de Rock Susan Quinn Black Press

Tom Gill is a mix of emotions as he pauses during a weekend training ride, his bright blue and yellow Spandex cycling outfit a contrast to the dull green of his rural surroundings. He can’t help grinning as he talks about how psyched he is to be riding in this year’s Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. But the grin quickly fades and tears threaten as he talks about his motivation. It’s the kids. “I’m as soft as they come; kids win,” he says. “The first people I’m interested in all the time are the kids.” Special feature The Tour de Black Press Rock is a gruelling, newspapers on two-week bicycle Vancouver Island tour that happens will publish this every September special feature page and October on spotlighting police Vancouver Island. officers taking part in Law enforcement this year’s Canadian officers and media Cancer Society members embark on Cops for Cancer the journey to raise Tour de Rock. awareness and funds for research into pediatric cancers. This year there are 22 riders who will start out in Port Alice on Sept. 24 and wrap up their Island-wide trip Oct. 7 in Victoria. Gill is an RCMP constable in the traffic division at the Port Alberni detachment. He and the rest of the Tour de Rock team were presented to the public on May 14, but those who had applied have been training since last March in the hopes they would be chosen. A relatively new member to the force – he graduated from RCMP Depot in Regina, Sask. in September 2008 – Gill put his name in for the Tour the first year he was on the force, then trained for a while in his second year. He knew because Port Alberni’s detachment is so small that only one rider could be chosen per year, and last year was not to be his. He was willing to wait. Port Alberni was Gill’s first posting in the RCMP, and he loves living and working here. He started out in general duty and in May switched to the traffic division. He attended a function where Laurel

Black Press photo

Port Alberni RCMP Const. Tom Gill prepares to ride in the 2011 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. He’s trying to raise $25,000. Middelaer spoke about the tragic death of her four-year-old daughter Alexa, killed by a drunk driver in Ladner. Middelaer’s words were powerful, he says. “It’s a focus of mine to take impaired drivers off the road. You can make a difference in a family’s future by making the road safe,” he says. He also wants to make a difference in the fight against cancer. “I believe our youth that are going through this, if we can cure them, they will be our leaders.”

Gill is paired with a junior rider, Brett Wasylyniuk, a young boy from the Alberni Valley who has rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer found in the connective tissue between muscles and bones. He hasn’t spent too much time with Wasylyniuk, though: the boy has been away receiving treatment. To support Gill in his tour, go online to and follow the links to his personal page. Or support any one of the fundraisers listed elsewhere on this page.

ON TOUR: This year’s Tour de Rock begins in Port Alice on Saturday, Sept. 24 and ends Friday, Oct. 7 in Victoria. Tour de Rock raises funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research and programs. HELP OUT: Donations to Tour de Rock can be made at FIND OUT: To catch up on all the Tour de Rock news, including rider profiles, please go online to:

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Daisy blooms at Tour de Rock fundraiser

J.R. Rardon Gazette staff SAYWARD — It is fitting that six-yearold Daisy Irwin lives for the moment. Since being diagnosed with a rare form of infant leukemia at 10 weeks of age, every moment of her life has been special for her parents and older sister. And Daisy became just as special to the residents of this small North Vancouver Island village, when she, her father Patrick and eight-year-old sister Molly traveled from their home in Sooke to take part in Sayward’s fundraising showcase for the 2011 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. “Oh, she is so precious,” said Bryanne Stacey, president of the Tour de Rock Sayward Association. “Both the girls are beautiful kids.” Daisy is a junior rider attached to RCMP Cpl. Manon Chouinard of Victoria, who was stationed in Sayward from 1999-2002. Chouinard was in New York to compete in the World Police and Fire Games and was unable to attend the Sayward fundraiser, which included a fishing derby Saturday and a best-ball golf tournament Sunday at Rainbow’s End Golf Course. Daisy appeared in her stead, and quickly became the centre of attention. Sporting a head of blond curls topped by a pink cap with her namesake flower poking out from it, Daisy behaved like any healthy, happy sixyear-old. Which she is now, having been in remission since undergoing three rounds of chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant by the age of six months. “She spent eight months in hospital,” said Patrick Irwin. “We lived in Ronald McDonald house during that time. Molly was two (years old), so she’s been involved the whole time.” The entire family has been involved in the fight against cancer

Cancer survivor Daisy Irwin of Sooke, 6, putts on the ninth green Sunday during the Sayward Tour de Rock golf tournament at Rainbow’s End Golf Course. Irwin appeared in Sayward as the junior rider for RCMP Cpl. Manon Chouinard, who was formerly stationed in Sayward. At right, Irwin leaps for a donation from Sayward golfer Doug Dyson. J.R. Rardon photos

since. Patrick’s wife Emma, who remained at home with the couple’s newest addition, 10-month-old daughter Violet, runs an online support group for families dealing with the rare infant leukemia that struck Daisy. Both Molly and Daisy have been junior riders in previous years, Daisy has attended Camp Homewood near Maple Ridge, and the family joined Daisy for a trip to Disney World in Florida three years ago through the Make a Wish Foundation. Patrick said his daughter has been treated as a VIP at all these events, but he was still overwhelmed by the reception his family received on its first visit to Sayward. “It’s so incredible, for such a small town, how many people get involved,” he said. “There’s so much outpouring from the community, and that’s really what this is about.” Mayor John MacDonald and his wife Susan put up the Irwins in an RV for the weekend, and Norm and Gail Kirschener took them out on a fishing trip during Saturday’s derby, where Daisy helped net a salmon and the group caught several cod.

“The cods were pretty tough,” said Molly, who plans to shave her dark, shoulder-length hair during a send-off party for the riders in Victoria later this month and who has raised more than $150 for her locks. Organizers said Saturday’s events, which included a beer garden, barbecue, and raffle and 50/50 draws, brought in approximately $1,000 for Cops for Cancer. Another $1,000+ was expected from Sunday’s golfing and raffle. The fishing derby was the brainchild of current Sayward RCMP officer Rod Pick, who took part in Sunday’s golf tourney. “I just got the ball rolling, and the volunteers have been incredible,” said Pick. “We’re hoping to keep it going from here forward.” Sayward, which also forwarded $1,000 from events held in support of the Tour on Canada Day, will have one last chance to display its generosity when riders roll into the village on Sept. 26. During Sunday’s golf tournament, Daisy and Molly parked in lawn chairs alongside the ninth green, playing handheld video games while waiting for four-

somes to approach the green. After each group putted, the players were offered a chance

to putt against the girls for a $5 Tour donation. Nobody turned down the offer.

So what was Daisy’s most enjoyable part of the weekend? “For now, my favou-

rite part is golf,” she said. After all, she was living for the moment.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Time is now for forest talks

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Port McNeill Legion, 2631 Mine Rd., forestry professionals, First Nations members, community leaders, conservationists, academics, forest practitioners and members of the public are invited to the Canadian Institute of Forestry and Vancouver Island University-sponsored: A Conversation On B.C. Forests to share views and concerns over the long-term health of BC forests. This is the first of three articles leading up to the confab.

Bill Bourgeois Special to the Gazette Why have a conversation on B.C. forests? Early in 2009 and through 2010 concerns were voiced by a number of professional foresters and biologists, conservationists, academics, community leaders, forest support companies and First Nations regarding the future

of B.C. forests. It was the view of this wide range of traditional perspectives that greater attention was needed as to whether our forests will meet societal expectations over the long-term. The areas of concern related to actions taken or not taken in forest management and to realize the full value from the forest resources and protecting the forest environment. During the independent conversations, a number of initiatives were identified, generating the concept of the Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities (HFHC): A conversation on BC forests. It was viewed that community and citizen issues had to be brought forward to decision-makers. However, this must be done in a non-partisan, volunteersupported way and based on sound technical information

without campaign spin. The HFHC was designed to catalyze dialogue with natural resource experts and local communities — including members of the forestry profession, aboriginals and nonaboriginals, community advocates, conservationists, youth and concerned citizens — to inform decision-makers about the people’s vision for the forest lands of B.C. and identify areas for improving longterm sustainable management to ensure healthy forests and healthy communities for a brighter B.C. future. The objectives were to raise the profile of forest management for development and debate of political party platforms leading up to the next provincial election and inform decision-makers on the communities’ vision for BC forest lands, including local and regional perspec-

tives and issues. The HFHC process includes three components: 1) securing background information from experts in the field, 2) holding Community Dialogue Sessions to acquire community views and suggestions, and 3) providing a website and social media mechanisms to share information and enhance public dialogue. The Sept. 15 Community Dialogue Session in Port McNeill provides an opportunity for North Island residents to share their concerns, issues and suggested actions to encourage decision-makers to move the forest to a condition that will meet their longterm needs. Bill Bourgeois is the Coordinator for the HFHC initiative and a professional forester with a PhD and 35 years experience in the forest industry and consulting.

Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards

Gazette staff The best solutions to the challenges facing Canada’s communities are often found locally. For this reason, in January 2011, the Prime Minister announced the creation of the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards to recognize the enormous contribution volunteers make to Canada. The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize the exceptional contributions of volunteers, local businesses and innovative not-forprofit organizations in improving the wellbeing of families and

their communities. If you know a volunteer, innovative notfor-profit organization or a local business that makes a positive impact on your community, you can nominate them today! The deadline for nominations is midnight (EDT) on September 9, 2011. Nominations submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the deadline. • All nominees must have contributed to addressing social challenges in their community. • Political and public advocacy work are

excluded. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony which will be held in the winter and their achievements will be profiled. All award recipients will receive a medal, a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards pin and a letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister. In addition, regional award recipients will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant. National award recipients will be eligible to

Notice to Port McNeill Residents Phase 5 of the Watermain Replacement Project has started.

identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant. In order to be eligible to receive a grant, grant recipients must be notfor-profit organizations, including registered charities, helping improve life outcomes

for people with disabilities, children and families, and other vulnerable populations. For more info call 1-877-825-0434 or email to the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards at info-pmva@

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There may be times when you do not have access to your driveway or off street parking for a day or so. Residents affected will be notified a day in advance.

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Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. September 2-4 Slo-pitch Labour Day Slo-pitch Tournament in Port Alice. Game times tba. September 3-4 Motocross Tri-Port Motorbike and ATV Club hosts Vancouver Island Motocross fall series racing at 7 Mile Track. 10 a.m. start both days. Adults $10, youth 15-under $5, under5 free. Concession by Northern Lights Restaurant. Also, clinic and exhibition ride each day for 50cc peewee and 70-80cc youth and trail riders who would like to experience track racing. $10 for clinic either day. Info, Mark at 250-956-9873 or Martin, 250-949-9951. September 3-4 Motor sports Tri-Port Motor Sports Club stock car racing. 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Round 2 of 2011 Dust Bowl held during Sunday’s show, with trophies for drivers and door prizes for fans. Concession, kids play area. $5 adults, $3 youth, $2 children. Info, Theresa, 250-949-7273. September 6-10 Hockey North Island Eagles rep tryouts at Chilton Regional Arena. Time schedule tba. Info, Tanya, 250-956-4836. September 10 Dragonboating Triport Dragonboat Society regatta, Rotary Park, Port Hardy 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dragon boat races, vendors, entertainment, beer garden. Info, Cora at corabella.nelson@ September 10-11 Golf Men’s Open tournament at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club. $135 entry fee for 36 holes, entry deadline Saturday, Sept. 3. To register or for info, 250-949-9818.

Drag lesson: drive, don't think J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL — In the world of bracket drag racing, there are a lot of ways to lose a heat. On Saturday, Port Hardy’s Collin Shaw learned a new one. Bidding for a second straight Sportsman Class title at the North Island Timing Association’s Rumble on the Runway fourth series event, Shaw erased his dial-in time and used a white dauber to paint a slightly slower time on the window of his Pontiac G8 before his final heat against Ron Clark of Port Alberni. Shaw then “broke out,” beating that new dial-in time by threethousandths of a second and settling for second place. “I screwed up,” Shaw admitted. “I started out at 8.57, but I’d been consistently running slower. I changed my dial-in too much.” Adding insult to injury, Clark also broke out, but still won as his margin of error was less than Shaw's. "It was close," said Clark, who went on to sweep the class with another win Sunday. "Close lights, close race. It's all good." Now Shaw will wait to see if it cost him. Last weekend’s races on the one eighth-mile track at Port McNeill Airport wrapped up the five-race Rumble on the Runway 2011 points series. Organizer Maureen “Mo” Anderson will now total the points to determine shares of the $5,000 to be awarded to the top 10 overall finishers. With his victory in the third race in July, and a third-place finisher in the opening round in June, Shaw entered last weekend in the hunt for the top prize. Other local drivers among the points leaders included Port McNeill Pro Class

Port McNeill's Bill McDonald leaps his Plymouth Arrow from the starting line during Rumble on the Runway Saturday at Port McNeill Airport. Below left, the starting tree provided drivers a variety of information. Below J.R. Rardon photos right, Port Hardy's Collin Shaw burns out before a heat race.

"Every racer I've talked to, they love it here. They love the atmosphere." Tim Walton

driver Tim Walton and Port McNeill Super-Pro driver Terry Mackay, each of whom won day championships during the July event. Last weekend did not go quite as well for North Island racers, as visiting riders took each division title on both days. In the Super-Pro Class, Howard Hilborn of Duncan edged Ken

Anderson of Courtenay in Saturday’s final and Eric Shields of Parksville won Sunday’s final over Mike Hutmacher of Courtenay. In the Pro Class, Tim Bartell of Campbell River edged Dave McRae of Powell River for Saturday’s title and Ed Walcot of Port Alberni took Sunday’s title over Jeff Bowell of

Nanaimo, with Walton placing third. Walton was among the local drivers who gave a thumbs-up to the expanded race schedule in Port McNeill, which was bumped from two to three weekends this summer. “It’s awesome,” Walton said. “It’s a lot of work, though. Still, you don’t have to travel, and it’s a good

track. Every racer I’ve talked to, they love it here. They love the atmosphere.” The field was bolstered with the addition of a quartet of Powell River drivers making their first appearance at the track, and they promised to return for next season’s series. “We still need volunteers,” said Anderson. “But if we can keep it

up, we should be able to draw crowds. I know the Saanich Police said they’d be up with their (930-horsepower) car two or three times.” In addition to the overall track points trophies and prize money, NITA will award top-5 prizes in each of the three classifications during a postseason bash at the Legion Hall in Port McNeill.


'Fast and furious' Gazette staff One week after the North Island’s 2011 drag-racing season wrapped up, local motor sports enthusiasts will have two more events to take in this weekend. Motocross The Triport Motorbike and ATV Club wraps up the local motocross racing season at the 1.9-kilometre 7 Mile Track Saturday and Sunday when it hosts the third and fourth rounds of the Vancouver Island Motocross Association’s fall season. The club will hold a practice session for riders Friday, then commence the first of two motos each day at 10 a.m. on the recently reconfigured track, which boasts the only covered starting area on the Island. “We’re looking forward to a fast and furi-

Sports Briefs ous fall,” club president Mark Ellis said. A special clinic and exhibition race will be offered during the lunch break for 50cc peewees and 70-80cc youth riders both days. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth 15-under, and free for children under five. Registration for the youth clinic and ride is $10. Flaggers are also being sought for the weekend, and those interested can earn money for helping out while getting a prime view of the action. To volunteer or for more information, call Mark at 250-956-9873. Stock cars The Tri-port Motor Sports Club hosts a doubleheader weekend of racing at Tri-Port

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Sports & Recreation

Speedway, featuring the second and final round of the Dust Bowl trophy series Sunday at 1 p.m. The weekend begins with racing under the lights Saturday, with time-ins commencing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each session for adults, $3 for youth and seniors and $2 for children. Golf deadline A few spots remain this week in the annual Seven Hills Men’s Open Golf Tournament, but you’ll have to move quickly to get into the Sept. 10-11 event at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club. Registration for the 36-hole gross/net championship is $135, and entries will be taken only through this Saturday, Sept. 3. To register or for more information, call the pro shop at 250949-9818.

PORT MCNEILL MINOR HOCKEY REGISTRATION Welcome back to all players! If you are returning to Port McNeill Minor Hockey you should have received your registration package in the mail. If you are new to the Association, you can pick up a registration package at TIMBERLAND SPORTS. Please return registration packages by September 10, 2011.

as a memorial for John Walkus, the father of tourney organizer Dennis Walkus. The tournament was started by Dennis as a memorial for his brother,

Clarence Walkus. In its second year, it memorialized his mother Mary and sister Doreen. The Gazette regrets these errors.

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Athlete of the Week Rod pick The Sayward RCMP officer helped start the village’s first fishing derby for Cops for Cancer and took part in the fundraising golf tournament. J.R. Rardon photo

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North Island Life

From fond memories to present day reality:

Salmon Days are back, baby! Mike D’Amour Gazette Staff he community of Sointula and Malcolm Island guests fell hook, line and sinker for a revitalized Salmon Days, a festival that had been belly up for nearly 30 years. Folks pointed to longtime resident Myrna Williams as the driving force behind the move to resurrect Salmon Days. Williams, who is extraordinarily reluctant to take all the credit, said the town had been hosting a fall fair the last couple of years. “It was small but successful,” she said. From that, the idea of a reinvigorated Salmon Days was born, she said. “But it wasn’t just me, there were so many wonderful people involved,” said Williams, who noted Malcolm Island residents Alden Barnett and Kathy Hamilton were instrumental in the planning and execution of the festival. However, there was also a core group of a dozen volunteers who pulled together to make sure the event went off without a hitch. “When you say Salmon Days to anybody they say, ‘I’m


Preparing salmon for the hot coals.

Tuula Lewis receives her royal regalia from Myrna Williams after being chosen 2011 Salmon Days Queen.

there,” Williams said. “It means home.” Wanda Laughlin said she believes Salmon Days died when it became too large to handle “The last Salmon Days was in 1983,” she said. “It got bigger but it didn’t have the number of (volunteers) it needed, and fishing changed to the point it was hard to get fish.” In fact, Williams said she was unsure until the last minute if the community wanted to embrace the new festival. “I nearly cried when I saw all the people at the parade because I really was worried only two or three might show up.” Her fears were unfounded when the festivities began Saturday with a colourful parade that started along the town’s people-lined main drag before it wound up at the ball fields where hundreds enjoyed everything from live entertainment, booths loaded with North Island wares and food and a dinner where traditionally cooked sockeye salmon was the main attraction. Williams said organizers are looking forward to 2012 Salmon Days. “Everything is in place for next year,” she said.

Wanda Laughlin Myrna Williams


Juggling in the parade.


For more Salmon Days photos — accompanied by an original music compositon, Fishing Up North, by Port McNeill’s own Ron Mollinga — please go to North Island Gazette videos at Mike D’Amour photos

When is that parade gonna start? Salmon cooking in a traditional way, staked out over hot coals

Dragon boaters out for a Sunday paddle.


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B.C. circle road trip is sensational T

Cherie Thiessen Black Press correspondent he snow-cloaked Coast Mountains elbow the Skeena River, dripping long, silvery waterfalls, and there’s a tang of cottonwood wafting through the campervan window as we dawdle down Highway 16 from Prince Rupert to Prince George. Also known as the Yellowhead Highway, the narrow road invites a slower pace. We pull over to gawk and guzzle tea in our snug little RV. Enclosed like turtles, we’re never disappointed with meals, transportation or hotels. All we need are campsites and there are plenty from which to choose, from scenic provincial and federal parks to fully serviced, strategically placed private sites. We’re giddy with endless choices and wide-open spaces. Day 3 of our nine-day road trip and it’s already a winner, in spite of moody May weather. Day 1 took us 500 kilometres up Vancouver Island from Victoria to Port Hardy and, if that wasn’t scenic enough, we then indulged in a spectacular 22-hour Inside Passage cruise to Prince Rupert aboard the B.C. Ferries’ MV Northern Expedition. Who would have thought so many waterfalls could be crammed into one small corner of B.C.’s coast? Soon after, we squeezed into Grenville Channel, rubbing shoulders with forest and rock. Then came the killer whales. Chief steward Lorne Campbell, who has been on this route for 11 years, says they’re the star attraction. “When and where do we see whales? It’s the number-one question passengers ask,” Campbell says. “We often see them, especially around Bella Bella and the southern section, mostly humpbacks, sometimes orcas and grey whales during migrations.” In a holiday of superlatives, this cruise is a lexiconic masterpiece. Day 3 starts with a detour to the North Pacific Cannery Museum at Port Edward near Prince Rupert, a National Historic site.

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Established in 1889, it’s the oldest remaining fish cannery on North America’s West Coast. Each building, perched on wood pilings along the banks of the Inverness Passage, tells a story about the lost industry and the workers who lived here. The site is impressive, but lonely. On this circle trip, we meet raucous rivers like the Skeena, the Bulkley, the Thompson and the Fraser, but, while the scenery is a big attraction, so is First Nations culture and history: The traditional fishing at Moricetown, the totems at Kitwanga and the famed ‘Ksan Waiting to Heritage Site. This afternoon, we’re heading to Old Hazelton and ‘Ksan, an historical Gitksan village at the confluence of the Bulkley and Skeena rivers. Crossing the one-lane suspension bridge over Hagwilget Canyon is an adventure in itself and camping at ‘Ksan after wandering among the totems and lodges allows us to absorb the spirit of this culture. Sitting at our iconic campfire toasting sooty marshmallows, we feel that if we weren’t camping, we would have missed something intangible. After a sleep interlaced with the sound of frogs, and followed by a breakfast ‘al fresco,’ we’re off to join Highway 97 at Prince George, taking time out for lakeside camping at Fort Fraser. Day 5 catches us climbing the 81 kilometres to Barkerville, where Billy Barker struck it rich in 1862, but wound up dying in a pauper’s grave. Snow still squats on each side of the muddy street as dainty damsels in period costume lift their sweeping petticoats, going about their 19th-century business in this historic gold-rush town. We eat doughnuts from the bakery, watch the blacksmith at work, take in a performance at the Theatre Royal and eavesdrop on a stern schoolmistress giving a lesson to a classroom full of 21st-century students.

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board the MV Northern Expedition in Bear Cove, near Port Hardy. Cherie Thiessen photo Eventually, it’s back to Highway 97 and Dragon Lake for another night of frog song. On Day 6, we cruise alongside grasslands, with the ubiquitous Coast Mountains a smudge in the sky. Ponderosa Pine and sagebrush appear and we join the Trans-Canada Highway at Cache Creek. Just before Lytton is Kumsheen, a tiny but glorious strip of campsites, tents, tepees and adventure, sandwiched between the Thompson River and the road. The sun’s out and Kumsheen is famous for whitewater rafting. Planning a garage sale? Boost your profits with an ad in the We spend an extra day here. Classifieds. It’s an easy and affordable way to bring more business to your door! It’s Day 8 and we’re smack dab Come in and place your garage sale with us in the Fraser Canyon, swaying high Place your ad at 000-000-0000 or and you will get balloons and signs to put up over Hell’s Gate on the airtram. around the community. Operating since 1971, the hair-raisTheFor Pearson Classifieds as littlePress as $6.21 + HST ing trip may be the longest two min7305 Market St. Port Hardy utes of your life. As you dangle over that boiling stew, just imagine how NORTH ISLAND Simon Fraser felt as he approached in his flimsy canoe. Our last day is spent in Vancouver. The circle is complete. B.C.’s scenery, history, attractions, and recreation keep pulling us back on the road and RVing makes it so easy to succumb.




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

MEDICAL OFFICE Trainees needed! Hospitals & Dr.’s need medical office & medical admin staff. No experience? Need training? Career training & job placement available. 1888-748-4126.

STATIONARY ENGINEERS 2nd, 3rd & 4th Class. Dynamic manufacturing & processing company in Vancouver is currently accepting applications. Competitive wage and benefits package. Email resumes to


‘Namgis Health Centre is seeking a


1990 Kenworth Logging Truck. Good 3406 CAT and 18 speed, c/w tri-axle Columbia trailer. Truck needs some repairs,call for more info. Best offer or trade. 250-245-8282. SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BUILDING SALE... “Rock bottom prices� 25x40x12 $7350. 30x60x15 $12,700. 35x70x16 $15,990. 40x80x16 $20,990. 47x100x18 $25,800. 60x140x20 $50,600. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers Direct 1-800-668-5422. CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad & get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-981-5991 CAN’T GET up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. DO-IT-YOURSELF STEEL buildings Priced to Clear Make an Offer! Ask About Free Delivery, most areas! Call for Quick Quote and Free Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

FOR SALE: •Trailer hitch (class 3) for Ford Ranger/Mazda truck, 8 months old. $200. •Grade 80, 20’ tow chain with hooks (new) $80. Call 250-949-8928

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

2004 CHEV 1500 4x4. Std. 6cyl. S/box. Red. Exc. Cond. 34,000km. $10,000 Call 250956-2175.



50% CO-OWNER sought for professionally managed late model Meridian 391 luxury motor yacht with prime moorage downtown Vancouver. Skippering/training available. 6 0 4 - 6 6 9 - 2 2 4 8 .

BARGE CAMP: Wood Barge 131’LX38’4.5”X9’8.5”D c/w: Atco trailer complex mounted on barge deck consisting of 20 rooms, kitchen, pantry, dining room, head and shower facilities, laundry facilities, small repair shop, twin Cummins 60Kw diesel gensets. Survey available. Location: Zeballos. $59,500 Call for more details. 250.703.3551.

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 RED ENVELOPE- Unique & Personalized Gifts for All Your Friends & Family! Starting at $19.95 Visit for an extra 20% off or call 1-888-4735407 WIZARD 327L electric Organ with bench, 40” glass & chrome coffee table, T.V. & stand, speakers, etc. To view at Port McNeill Seniors call Helen 250-956-3673.

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED WANTED- 4 burner and oven propane stove for ski cabin. In good working condition. Reasonably priced(cash basis). Call Bob at 250-956-4516.

REAL ESTATE ACREAGE 82.8 ACRES, 300’ lakefront, S Cariboo. Beautiful, pastoral, private, rural setting. Borders crown land. Adjacent 80+ acre parcel available. view/lonebutte/ann/

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

RECREATIONAL PROPERTY RARE OPPORTUNITY: waterfront property on beautiful Jim Lake, 0.83-acre with 360 sq ft insulated cabin, located near Green Lake/Watch Lake. Rare privacy, only three lots on the lake, good fishing for rainbows to 10 lbs, nice swimming, surrounded by crown land. Great trails for hiking, ATV and snowmobile. Seasonal 10-km back road access in 4x4 or pick-up. FSBO. $230,000. 250-395-0599. (Please see


FOR SALE BY OWNER OLDER HOME in Port McNeill, on 2 lots with ocean view, over 3100 sq ft, must be seen, please phone 250-9563546 for viewing.


Situated on quiet cul-de-sac in Hyde Creek, Pt McNeill. 3 bdrm, 2 bath double wide w/full addition & solarium sunroom. 2239 sq ft on 2 acres. W/shop & outbuildings. $230,000 Call 250-923-9414

HOMES WANTED MATURE COUPLE looking for house to rent with the option to buy in the Port Hardy or Port McNeill area. Can provide excellent references. If you have a home to rent and would like good responsible tenants. Please call us at 250-9496878.

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

MOBILE HOMES & PARKS NEWER Mobile Home Lake Country Photos MLS10023957 $65,000 250-766 -5081 (3 bed 2 bath 4 app)

MORTGAGES Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-685-6181

REAL ESTATE SERVICES BEAUTIFUL ACREAGE in picturesque Shell River Valley, Manitoba for sale. 50+ acres, beautiful home, gorgeous gardens and untapped potential. Contact Sandy Donald, Royal LePage Martin Liberty Realty, 204-724-5743. QUATSINO, 7 6 lots. 3.75 to 21.7 acres, $100,000-125,000 plus HST. courtesy to Realtors Call: 250-245-7357.


2 Bdrm apts., Furnished available Sept. 1. Clean, quiet, renovated & upgraded. Rural setting, overlooking harbour. $500./mo., References req’d. 1-250-949-8855 or email: 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


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


PORT HARDY 2 bdrm apt, Byng Rd. Pets? N/S, ref. req. Aval now. $525.250-949-6319. PORT HARDY Large 3 bdrm condo, NP/,N/S, heat & hot water included. W/D in unit. Available Oct 1. $775/mo. Ref. req. Call 250-949-7085. PORT MCNEILL: 2 bdrm apt in quiet 4-plex. New laminate flooring, stove and electric F/P Fresh paint throughout. Inclds hydro, satellite TV, W/D. $800./mo. (250)956-2324.

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


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.

SEAHAVEN APARTMENTS 7070 Shorncliffe St. P.O. Box 222 Port Hardy, BC 2 bedroom unit available. Fridge, stove, balcony, blinds, laundry on premises. Quiet, adult building, non smoking, no pets. References required. Inquiries contact Janet 250-949-8501 Fax 250-902-0690 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 Furnished elegantly or unfurnished executive style, 1 or 2 bedroom suites. Quiet, clean, excellent views. Call 250-949-9698

PORT HARDY Highland Manor •Bachelor •1 bdrm •1 bdrm furnished References Call Jason 250-949-0192


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

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

Phone Rick 250-956-4555

FULLY EQUIPPED Restaurant for rent in busy central Port Hardy Hotel. Available Sept. 2011. 30 seats up to 140 seats. Rent is negotiable for the right client. Phone 250949-8899 for more info.



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HOMES FOR RENT NICE 3 bedroom, 2 bath home at 9485 Mayors Way, Port Hardy for rent. Professional couples, NS, No Pets. $900/mo plus utilities. Available mid September. Call 289 876-9513 or email

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QUALICUM River Estates, 2brm 2bth rancher 6app. fp. irrigation, covered patio, fenced yard. on 1/2 1100 sq ft shop 1450/mo. av Oct. 1st. 250 951 2329/

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ROOMS FOR RENT PORT HARDY, room for rent in house, satellite TV & internet incl’d, $400 mo. Contact Mike or Kim 250-902-0330.


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250-949-6225 or 250-230-2007 or email me at:



TOWNHOUSES PORT HARDY: Central, like new, 2 bdrm, $675. Avail. Immed. (604)418-3626 or email:

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PORT HARDY: Central, like new, in gated comm., 3 bdrm, $800. Avail. Immed. (604)4183626 email


Emily Ashford of Port McNeill, 3, enjoys a juice break during the recent OrcaFest celebration.

AUTO FINANCING FREE CASH back with $0 down at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery.

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1885 Chelan Cres - $98,900 1944 Kathleen Cres - $105,000 - SOLD! 905 Lanqvist Road - $189,000 - NEW PRICE! 2141 Camosun Cres - $175,000 - NEW PRICE! 2651 Cardena Cres - $247,000 2634 Cardena Cres - $255,000 2525 Cardena Cres - $325,000 906 Lanqvist Road, Hyde Creek - $348,000 2848 Woodland Dr - $399,000


Lot 1, 1st Street - 10 Acres - $260,000 Lot 2, 1st Street - 25 Acres - $450,000


110 Skana Place - $199,000 114 Skana Place - $55,000 63 Orca Way - $129,000 - NEW PRICE! View these properties for sale at or by contacting us a Jeffrey Jones & Company, (250) 956-3358. If you are interested in listing your property for sale with us, our fee is 4% on the first $100,000 and 2% on any amount above that sale price. This includes all filing fees, legal fees and appraisal fees.

Call our office today for an appointment to list your house.

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