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Get the Peak to Go iPhone app now available in the App or iTunes BIG IMPACT: Students from Coast Mountain Academy and Brooks Secondary School were on Harwood Island last week to help clean up debris. Over two days they Store collected more than 30 huge bags of trash off a portion of the uninhabited island’s shoreline. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Beach cleanup a community effort Students pitch in to pick up trash on local shores SARA DONNELLY

A recent trip ashore on Texada Island revealed unexpected and worrying amounts of trash for commercial diver Sasha Van Kessel. “I was out on my boat along the north end of Texada and ended up going to shore,” he said. “On this one beach the amount of styrofoam was just staggering.”

Van Kessel set about removing the debris on his own. “I decided it couldn’t stay there,” he added. Single-handedly, he collected 20 huge bags of trash. “There were a lot of big pieces of styrofoam,” he said. “When it breaks down into those little tiny pieces it’s really hard to get it out of the environment at that point.” This issue has been well documented in what are known as the ocean’s great garbage patches, enormous areas where tiny pieces of plastic converge, trapped by ocean currents. Van Kessel enlisted the help of Powell River Regional District’s Let’s Talk Trash Team, which organizes and funds larger beach cleanups throughout the region. Last year, three cleanups occurred and this year the group is planning $479,000 OCEAN VIEW


more, according to Let’s Talk Trash Team member Abby McLennan. “Texada, Harwood, Savary and Okeover Inlet are the four organized cleanups this year and then one will hopefully happen on the mainland,” she said. On April 18 and 19 a group of some 65 youth, led by students from Coast Mountain Academy, joined the project traveling to Harwood Island to help tidy the beach. Students from Brooks Secondary School were also involved and the experience provided opportunities for learning and mentorship as well as making an impact on the environment, according to Coast Mountain Academy program coordinator Ryan Barfoot. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to take what we learn about »2

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Students ‘overwhelmed’ by volume of debris 1« HARWOOD in a theoretical context in the classroom and see on the news and apply it to the real world,” he said. What struck students upon arrival on the uninhabited island was the volume of debris. “The first day we went there ever yone felt a bit overwhelmed,” said Solomon Rashleigh, 17. “It was a lot more than we were expecting.” Much of the trash included personal items, according to Sofia Slatter, 17. This, she said, made participants mindful of changes they can make in their daily lives to leave less behind. “There were a lot of lighters, bottles, plastic bags and a ton of straws,” said Slatter. “People definitely said they’re committing to using fewer bottles and not

buying lighters when they don’t need to.” The amount of styrofoam led students to question who ultimately should be paying for cleanups like this. “It would be really powerful to take people in charge of distributing, manufacturing and paying for that styrofoam out here to see what they’re causing,” said Tyra Thulin, 17. “ I t h i n k t h e y ’d b e surprised.” These questions resonate strongly with McLennan. “Right now taxpayers are paying for the cleanups and paying for what’s going to the dump or getting recycled,” she said. “It’s all coming from taxpayers who aren’t necessarily the people distributing that out into the environment.” The regional district has teamed with nonprofit environmental conserva-

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tion group Ocean Legacy Foundation for the recycling and upcycling of about 80 per cent of the material, said McLennan. “Otherwise everything would just be going in the garbage,” she added. A ccording to Ocean Legacy, Canadians currently toss out almost three billion plastic bags each year. Much of it ends up in the ocean, where it causes serious harm to marine life. Large corporations are major contributors to single-use plastic pollution with items such as plastic straws, cups and bags. A bill tabled by CourtenayAlberni MP Gord Johns last year has called for a national strategy surrounding marine pollution and clean up. Bill M-151 came about partly in response to more than 2,000 large plastic aquaculture feed bags washing up

on several beaches that are part of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve last November. Over the course of the two-day cleanup, local students collected more than 30 large bags from just a small section of Harwood. The experience left them feeling hopeful that their involvement can make an impact, said Slatter. “It makes you feel like you’re making a difference even if it’s a small difference,” she added. Van Kessel said students should know their actions are how real change begins. “It’s a big difference,” said Van Kessel. “It’s a lot of styrofoam that’s not going to be in the environment anymore. You guys should be really proud of yourselves.” To become involved in or organize local beach cleanups email info@letstalktrash. ca or call 604.485.2260.

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Province hosts meeting to discuss Catalyst

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CATALYST CONCERNS: The BC government recently held a meeting among stakeholders most affected by protectionist trade measures slapped on Catalyst Paper Corporation by the United States Department of Commerce. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

is placing on the issue. Formosa said the NDP government, including ministers and MLAs, as well as mayors from communities most directly affected by challenges currently facing Catalyst, and union executives received a status update from the paper com-

far and what they’re going to continue to do, and then from there we all discussed what we could do to step it up.” Powell River-Sunshine Coast-MLA Nicholas Simons said the meeting demonstrated solidarity between parties that strongly believe

The premier talked about what the province has done so far and what they’re going to continue to do, and then from there we all discussed what we could do to step it up. DAVE FORMOSA


the “unfair tariffs” need to be fought. “We’re unified in our voice, hoping the federal government continues to lobby the US government hard on this issue,” said Simons. “Obviously it’s concerning to all of our

communities affected.” Simons added that the premier and Ralston will continue discussions with Canada’s foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland. Both Simons and Formosa said US ambassador Kelly Craft has been fully briefed on Canada’s position. In addition to steps the premier and provincial ministers will take and action planned by Unifor, the largest private sector union in Canada that also represents Catalyst workers, Formosa said mayors will be lobbying the Trudeau government “in conjunction with them all and that could mean us going to Ottawa and meeting with the western Liberal caucus.” Not only has Catalyst been hit by US anti-dumping duties, but a shortage of fibre has recently forced Catalyst to curtail production on paper machine 11 at the Powell River mill. That action is in effect from April 17 to May 7.

Mill- town communities facing uncertainty about their major employer include Powell River, Port Alberni and North Cowichan. “The situation facing paper producers is very, very serious and the response from the province and federal government reflects that,” said Simons. “The workers are very concerned, the company is very concerned and our communities are concerned because the industry has been the cornerstone of economic success for many years and there’s no reason that should change, especially when the current issue is the result of unfair trade practices.” The province’s contingent also included BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver; minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development Doug Donaldson, BC Liberal Party and opposition leader Andrew Wilkinson and deputy ministers.



pany’s president and chief executive officer Ned Dwyer. “We got an overview from Ned Dwyer where the company is at, how it’s affecting them and what its major issues are,” said Formosa. “The premier talked about what the province has done so WAREHOUSE


An invitation to a high-level meeting in Victoria about Catalyst Paper Corporation on April 19 came from BC minister of jobs, trade and technology Bruce Ralston, but it was premier John Horgan’s event, according to City of Powell River mayor Dave Formosa. Horgan chaired the meeting that ended with a united front intent on getting the federal government to pay the same attention to the protectionist trade war being waged by the United States against the newsprint industry as it has to Canada’s steel and aluminum industry. “We’re concerned,” said Formosa. “Are they working hard enough and do they realize how many jobs are at stake in BC? It’s 1,800 direct jobs, but it’s 6,000 indirect jobs. It’s a united front and things are being done, but we need to step it up.” Only one item was on the meeting agenda: the recent determination by the United States Department of Commerce to impose duties of more than 28 per cent on Catalyst’s exports of uncoated groundwood paper. The fact that Horgan led the meeting, the urgency under which it was called and the stakeholders in attendance underscored the seriousness of Catalyst’s business sustainability and the importance the province





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City of Powell River is fast-tracking approval for construction of a shelter at the dog park off Joyce Avenue between Duncan and Field Streets behind Powell River Gymnastics. The recommendation from the city’s parks, recreation and culture department at committee of the whole on April 17 was for council to accept donated material and construction of the dog park shelter by local Rotary clubs. The dog park was constructed in 2016. Since then city staff has received feedback from users about what they would like to see included in the park. Rotary Club of Powell River suggested a shelter because a large number of seniors use the dog park and have to stand in inclement weather. A shelter would also provide a shady area under hot summer conditions and create a social space for seniors or anybody using the dog park. Total cost of the material required to build the shelter is more than $5,000, which will be donated by the Rotary clubs. The city’s cost to construct a concrete floor will be up to $1,600.

Setting it straight In the April 18 issue story “Tla’amin Nation seeks dissolution of PRSC” we reported that upon dissolution PRSC lands would be given over to Tla’amin as treaty lands, when in fact the two sides would divide ownership of the remaining lands held by PRSC. Tla’amin would take Gibson’s Beach and request the city’s consent to have the property designated as Treaty Settlement Lands. The old golf course lands in Townsite and Block 56 would go to the city.

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Public Notice Powell River Energy plans to mechanically brush under its transmission line from March 19 to April 30, 2018. This work is required to mitigate the risk posed by tall vegetation reducing the clearance under the transmission line. The hours of work will be between 07:00 and 19:00.

SUPPORT ISSUE: [From left] City of Powell River mayor Dave Formosa and councillors CaroleAnn Leishman and Russell Brewer recently agreed that providing business references to Powell River Chamber of Commerce is not the city’s role. DAVID BRINDLE PHOTO

For your safety, if you require passage through the work areas, please signal the crew so that they may temporarily stop work prior to your entry.

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1. MONDAY, APRIL 16 Michigan Avenue, 4300 block Powell River RCMP received a report of mischief at École Côte du Soleil. Through investigation, it was learned that an unknown person(s) had spray-painted graffiti on the playground equipment and also attempted to set the playground equipment on fire, causing considerable damage. Garbage was also left behind, including empty beer cans and smashed glass bottles, which created a safety hazard for students. RCMP urge the public to report any suspicious groups who may be congregating in public places such as schools at night. This type of behaviour can often cost schools a considerable amount to clean up and often cause significant safety hazards for unsuspecting children who utilize playgrounds during school hours. 2. TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Marine Avenue, 5400 block Powell River RCMP received a report of a theft of a purple Norco bike with red grips from an area near the turf field at Brooks Secondary School. The bicycle had been secured with a lock, which was cut off during the theft. 3. SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Joyce Avenue, 4400 block Powell River RCMP were notified of disturbing comments made on a number of Powell River social networking sites. The comments referenced issues with teens prowling around Powell River and some suggestions of using paint-ball guns and hot oils to dissuade the suspects from returning. RCMP advise the public not to take matters into their own hands, and if suspicious persons are observed, to immediately notify police, who can deal with the situation as they are lawfully trained to do.


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BREAK AND7300 ENTERS = 0 Street block Duncan THEFTS = 1 At approximately 4:15 am Powell River RCMP attended a break and enter at a MISCHIEF =business. 3 A MacBook laptop computer was stolen from the business. Police continue to investigate and anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact RCMP at 604.485.6255 or

for a list of applicable businesses and was given names for three contractors. “ W hat we responded with, because the question was rather vague whether they were doing logging, subdivision paved roads or gravel roads, was three road DAVID BRINDLE building engineers we've worked with in subdivision purposes,” said city direcPowell River Chamber of tor of infrastructure Tor These are cases reported to Commerce has condemned Birtig. “They happened to be Powell River RCMP in the City of Powell River for in Gibsons and Vancouver past two weeks. If you have the crimes a lack of supportinformation of localaboutIsland because we don't have listed here or any other crimes, business. local engineers.” call Powell River RCMP at But it is all a misunderAfter a further search, 604.485.6255 or Crime standing, according to a Miller found there were at Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS. discussion among city coun- least six Powell River concillors in response to the tractors, as well as two based charge at the April 17 com- on Texada Island, but did mittee of the whole meeting. not stipulate if those com“There was a miscommu- panies were engineers or nication and a misunder- builders. standing and we've over“The chamber board of come that,” said councillor directors is unanimous in Karen Skadsheim. “We defi- condemning this lack of nitely do give preferences to support for local business businesses within our own by city staff since, more hometown.” than anything, we need to The chamber wrote a let- experience the backing and ter to mayor and council on endorsement of our comMarch 21, signed by the or- munity leaders, resources ganization’s president Cory and personnel,” the chamCarr, detailing a case of “gen- ber stated in the letter. “We uine concern for the well-be- expect this matter will be ing of our community.” taken seriously since future According to the letter, ramifications for this kind an Alberta-based company of non-local support are had asked the chamber for far-reaching.” contact information for Carr said that while the road engineers and road complaint was sparked by builders in the Powell River one case, the intent of the area. Chamber manager Kim letter was to show the city Miller approached 2 the city how seriously the chamber


takes the matter. “We definitely want to make a point of bringing it to their attention just so the city understands what a part of the economic puzzle they make up,” said Carr. “It's everybody working together to get the best result.” Mayor Dave Formosa said it is not a city matter. “I don't think the city should be involved in referring any company to a third party,” said Formosa. Councillors CaroleAnn Leishman and Russell Brewer said they agreed that it was not the city’s responsibility to be researching, recommending or referencing any business for the chamber. “That's the chamber’s role,” said Brewer. “But I was a little bit disappointed with the tone of their letter. It could have been resolved differently.” If it were possible for the city to provide anything, and Brewer added that he did not know if it was, it should be limited to a list of licensed businesses in Powell River. According to Carr, if the city had provided a list of Powell River companies that offer the requested services it would have been absolutely fine. “What they did do,” said Carr, “was suggest exterior companies from Powell River.”

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SEWAGE SYSTEM: City of Powell River’s department of infrastructure is recommending the Willingdon Beach Trail route as the best option for conveying sewage from Westview to the new wastewater treatment plant in Townsite. DAVID BRINDLE PHOTO

Beach Trail for replacement of pumps and electrical, while Marine Avenue would be $2.3 million,” said Birtig. Councillor Rob Southcott said within those cost considerations, energy efficiency is particularly relevant. “When we're talking about money and the economic difference between the two plans,” said Southcott, “that money interprets very directly into carbon footprint and energy utilization, which is consistent with an intention stated by council three years ago.” The biggest concern with the Willingdon Beach Trail route is from Powell River residents wanting to protect the popular seaside walk, according to Birtig. The conveyance project would require excavation of a trench along the pathway for an 18-inch pipe, one metre in depth, he said. “We're talking about a very narrow trench that would encompass that pipe and we would do whatever it took to mitigate as much of those tree roots as possible,” said Birtig. He added that di-

rectional drilling could be used to avoid the root masses of 15 trees identified as being “of concern.” Councillor Russell Brewer said he was confident a pipe can be put along pathway and the trail will look much as it does now. “It's not going to be destroyed, as has been implied,” said Brewer. “It will be a better trail in the end. I walk the trail all the time. I value that trail as much as everybody else and to continuously have insinuations that somehow we want to destroy it by potentially putting in a pipe there is ridiculous, frankly.” Staff is awaiting numerous reports, including the ground-penetrating radar and 3D imaging report on the route, and archaeological and riparian assessments. Mayor Dave Formosa promised a full public consultation process. "I'm sure the general public will have every opportunity to see how we move forward,” said Formosa, “on each stage as we get to construction.”

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Another step of approval for Powell River’s new Townsite wastewater treatment plant is the selection of the conveyance route from Westview to the new location. At the City of Powell River committee of the whole meeting on April 17, council had its first look at the two options it is being asked to consider. City director of infrastructure Tor Birtig recommended council select the Willingdon Beach Trail route over the Marine Avenue route. “The capital costs to go through those two routes is basically the same,” said Birtig. ”We are looking at approximately $6.2 million for the Willingdon Beach Trail and Marine Avenue comes in slightly higher at $6.21 million. So those capital costs are in essence the same.” Birtig said the problem with the Marine Avenue route is operational energy and equipment costs because of extra horsepower required for pumping. “What that translates to is electrical costs for the Willingdon Beach Trail would be approximately $32,000 a year, while the Marine Avenue cost would be $122,000,” said Birtig. “So that's a $90,000 difference in energy alone.” Extra horsepower also means more costly pumps, which would need replacement after approximately 15 years, according to Birtig. “After 15 years the total cost would be over $700,00 for the Willingdon

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Market meets many needs Major work parties have been taking place over the past several weeks to spruce up the grounds, booths and facilities at Powell River Farmers’ Market in Paradise Valley for its season-opening weekend. While the market offers a central location for residents and visitors to buy locally grown produce, eggs, bread and meat, just as important is the function it serves as a gathering place that promotes social interaction and reduces social isolation for some people in our community. Meeting up with family and friends or bumping into old acquaintances goes hand in hand with checking out the latest crafts, wares and plants for sale, sampling local food and international dishes or heading to that one booth that always has your favourite snack. Increasing concern about Each season it seems local food security and there is a new farm what is used to grow our food has provided an imin the region. petus for people to make investments in farming over the past several years. Each season it seems there is a new farm in the region. As well as individuals, stores and restaurants are supporting those farms by purchasing their produce, eggs and meat. Farm gate booths dot various roadways and the two-day weekly market is yet another avenue for sales. Powell River’s history is filled with stories about farming families from Stillwater to Lund. It was home to more than a few dairy farms and home milk delivery was the norm. Perhaps the most endearing aspect of the market is the onstage entertainment, provided by a carousel of local musicians from a variety of backgrounds, styles and age groups. A reason is not required for heading to the market, nor is a full wallet or purse. A leisurely Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon can be spent lounging near the stage or on the grass, listening to music and conversing with friends or strangers. Behind the scenes work in preparation for visitors goes largely unnoticed, but chores involving gathering leaves and moving a winter’s worth of other accumulated fallen debris have been undertaken by a team of volunteers and vendors to have the grounds ready for the crowds. By the time the first visitor walks into the market, picnic tables will be set up, the sandbox will be filled and infrastructure projects, including washroom facility updates, will be complete. Farmers is the main word in the market’s name, however, it is about much more than food. It fills a social need as well as our bellies.

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Brigade destruction affects everyone By Marie Rumley T here is no funeral or “Celebration of Life” for the St. John Ambulance branch and brigade that started in Powell River in 1911. Founding member George Clapp saw a need for safety in the mill in the early years and began by ensuring every supervisor was trained in first aid through St. John Ambulance. Training was held in church basements and individual homes. It was not until some very passionate people decided they needed a more permanent place that the old firehall in Townsite was converted over to be used as a training centre, as well as a place for the brigade to hold meetings and store first-aid equipment. Powell River Regional District was very generous in allowing

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this to happen at very little cost to St. John Ambulance and it believed the organization to be a tremendous benefit to the community, of which it was. The operation proved very viable, with numerous different courses of first aid being taught

The group converged on the St. John Ambulance building and began their pillage of the contents of the building. from the basics right up to level three, as well as CPR. Last month, a group of people came into Powell River and began the destruction. There was no courtesy to let brigade members know prior to them coming to

enable members to retrieve any of their personal belongings or memorabilia. There was no dignity or respect for our dedicated volunteers. The group converged on the St. John Ambulance building and began their pillage of the contents of the building. Out went everything: furniture, desks, chairs, shelving, personal items that belonged to brigade members, memorabilia dating back to 1911, files, books, binders, you name it. They boxed it up and it either went to the dump, was shredded or they took it with them when they left. When asked by a passerby why they were carrying this massacre out the answer was, “just following orders.” Is St. John Ambulance operating its “not-for-profit” organi»7


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LETTERS » Mr. Crossley ended his letter [“Letters: Laws recognize women’s rights,” April 18] by saying an alternative to the flag display [“Antiabortion group plans demonstration,” April 11] would be a million kind words and a million hugs. It does not have to be either or. We will let people know the truth about abortion in Canada. But for those needing or wanting kind words and hugs, they will be there in abundance too. That is what pro life is all about. Can’t or would rather not attend the display? Give us a call. We are always ready to

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Kudos to crabbing fines The seizure of the traps and fining these two rogue commercial crabbers is very good news for many of us on Savary Island [Crabbers face fines for overfishing in Powell River,” April 18]. I have been, along with several others, in touch with Matt Conley many times over the last three years with violations around the Indian Point area

on Savary. We have managed to reduce the commercial pressure by initiating a residential crabbing zone from June to September, which is sometimes honoured by commercial crabbers. Not only are they overfishing and depleting the stocks but they drop their string of traps among the mooring buoys, tangle with them occasionally and drag them, unsetting the mooring anchors. Just ask Gord Coles, who sets most of the moorings on Savary. Good work DFO. I know you are undermanned. Dave Reid Peak website user

6« VIEWPOINT zation in such a way that it is now a profit-making business? Does it feel there is no longer a need for volunteers while hiding under the umbrella of being a not-for-profit? It would appear the powers that be are evolving into something that does not coincide with the past reputation of a well-respected

organization, which was committed to enabling residents of Powell River to improve their health, safety and quality of life. What has it become? Who is taking the profits? What is happening to the gaming money that was once disbursed to the brigades? These are questions that need answers.

For every individual in this town who has ever taken a first-aid course and all organizations that have depended on brigade members to carry out their duties as first-aid attendants at a softball game, track meet, hockey tournament, Terry Fox Run, Kathaumixw or Blackberry Festival, or any other community event,

make your feelings known on how this destruction is going to affect you and your family, and residents of Powell River. An apology is the least we can demand of the one who is giving the orders. Marie Rumley is a retired branch manager of St. John Ambulance in Powell River.

BUSINESS BRIEFS New architect Jenny Whitten, a registered architect, is offering architectural services in Powell River as Roost Studio. She designed the Sunset Homes affordable seniors housing complex proposed for Joyce Avenue near Duncan Street.

Rebranding business Raincoast Kombucha is growing and rebranding. The business launched new bottles in shops around the Lower Mainland in late March.

Mobile grill Sli City Grill Mobile Food Truck and Catering will officially launch its mobile food truck on May 15 at a yet-tobe-determined location.

Online presence The Knack recently launched a Canada-wide e-commerce site. The women’s clothing boutique opened in Powell River in 1989.

Library staffing Powell River Public Library has a new assistant chief librarian, Natalie Porter. Sonia Zagwyn takes over as children’s services coordinator.

Expanded hours Edie Rae’s Cafe in The Old Courthouse Inn is now open seven days a week. Frankie’s Place Day Spa also opened recently at the inn.

Paddling season Stillwater Paddleboards will have rentals available at

Willingdon Beach starting May 15. Mitchell’s Canoe, Kayak & SUP Sales & Rentals is now renting and selling stand-up paddleboards.

Branching out Fruits and Roots Juice Bar made its move to Town Centre Mall and features a display case from Just Soul Foods.

Deli debut Ecossentials Local Market welcomes 7 Sprouts Plant-Based Deli to its restaurant space.

New digs Artique, Powell River’s Collective Art Gallery, has moved to 6820 Alberni Street and Rockit Music’s Rockit Fuel Cafe is now open at 4400 Marine Avenue.

Letters to the Editor/Viewpoint The Peak publishes all letters it receives regarding the stories on its pages, as long as letters are signed, dated, and include the writer’s address and a daytime telephone number for verification. We do not publish anonymous letters. The exceptions are those letters which may be libellous, in bad taste, or describe an incident involving other people which, to be fair, should allow both sides to be aired in a news story. Letters should not exceed 350 words and Viewpoints must be approximately 500 words. The Peak reserves the right to edit based on taste, legality, clarity, and length. Opinions expressed in Letters to the Editor and Viewpoints are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Peak or its employees.

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Efforts move closer to saving ‘Heart of Savary’ Pledges to protect important ecosystem on Savary Island from development DAVID BRINDLE

Groups dedicated to the environmental protection of the “Heart of Savary” have met a March 31 deadline for pledged donations. “Yes we did it,” said Savary Island Land Trust executive director Liz Webster. “The conditions were removed in late March and the deal will close May 30.” Savary Island Land Trust has led a 20-year effort to save the last remaining undeveloped section of the island, the most densely subdivided island in the Georgia Strait. As of March 7, $2.5 million had been raised and another $1.5 million was needed in order to meet the $4 million purchase price for the land.


Fundraising efforts were helped by a group called Friends of Savary Island, which includes three prominent Vancouver businessmen and longtime seasonal residents of Savary. One of the friends, John O’Neill, is more cautious of saying the deal is done because the money still has to be collected. “Yes, we've been very successful in our campaign,” said O’Neill. “Now we're actually getting the pledges, getting the actual donations into the hands of the Nature Trust of British Columbia and then the trust can close on the land at the end of May.” The Nature Trust will own the land, which includes one third of the tiny island that measures seven and a half kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres at its widest point. The area is the last remaining undivided and undeveloped wilderness on Savary; the 350-acre middle third of the narrow, overgrown sandbar forms a saddle between the island’s two plateaus and encompasses both sides of the

“ta-um” to be amazed PROTECTED PLACE: Donations are being collected to complete the purchase of land called the “Heart of Savary.” The Duck Bay sand dunes on Savary Island, considered the best example of a coastal dune ecosystem in Canada, would become a protected area owned by Nature Trust of BC. DEAN VAN’T SCHIP PHOTO

island with 12,000 feet of coastline and the north and south facing beaches.


O’Neill said it was a tremendous groundswell of community participation, including approximately

100 individuals and families on Savary, who pledged “to protect a pristine piece of British Columbia.”

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Community provides opportunities Nomination deadline: May 1 at 5 pm 8th Annual Women of the Year Awards Dinner: May 16

Nominate an outstanding woman For the 2018 Awards, there are three categories: A) Outstanding Woman In Business

B) Outstanding Woman With A Home-Based Business C) Influential Woman In Community Service

Note: Nominators do not have to be a member of Powell River Women in Business, nor do nominees. Nomination forms can be downloaded from and emailed to, or dropped off at Relish Interiors at 4670B Marine Avenue, when completed.

Awards Dinner

Our 8th Annual Women of the Year Awards Dinner will be held on May 16 at the Town Centre Hotel. WIB had a record number of nominees last year! We are looking forward to repeating that for 2018. Nominations are open until 5 pm on May 1.

Highlighting Great Achievers

For the past several years, Powell River Women In Business has held the Women of the Year Awards. This is our way of acknowledging and encouraging the women in our community to continue to do the good works that they put great effort, time and knowledge into, benefiting all of us and strengthening our community.

Powell River offers more options for returning mother and daughter SARA DONNELLY

Many people who grew up in Powell River and left may have considered returning to live here at some point, however, the question, “what will I do for work?” is often top of mind. This was definitely the case for recent returnee Caitlin Bryant. Bryant moved with her family to Lund as a teenager and after finishing her schooling, having a daughter and working locally for several years, she said she decided the time was right to pursue an education in arts administration in Vancouver. “When my daughter was just starting school I realized if I want to make a move and get out to university it should be now for her schedule,” said Bryant. Bryant and her daughter Claire, now 11, moved to the Lower Mainland in 2013 and Bryant began her studies. “I did a great program that had six months of course work and six months of practicum in arts administration,” said Bryant, who was then able to secure work in her field on a mostly contract basis. She and Claire made frequent trips back to Powell River. “We were coming up all throughout because we have family here and Claire’s dad is here,” said Bryant. After a while it was clear the work experience she was gaining in the city did not measure up to the happiness and quality of life she and her daughter had when they visited Powell River, she added.

WELCOME BACK: Caitlin Bryant REWARDING RETURN: Caitlin Bryant made the move back to Powell River with her daughter one year ago and encourages others considering the return to just go for it. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“We would come up camping and Claire didn’t want to leave, and I couldn’t argue,” said Bryant. “Nothing stood up to camping and having a more relaxed lifestyle closer to family.” However, work was Br yant’s main concern about returning as she felt like she was finally making strides professionally. “I was kind of on an upswing, trying to figure out how it was going to continue in Powell River and nervous about that,” said Bryant. When they did finally make the move, Bryant said she was pleasantly surprised by the opportunities she has been able to find. “The work I’ve picked up here is work that I would not have gotten in Vancouver simply because there are so many people there looking for work in the arts,” she said. Bryant said the key to carving out a niche in a smaller community such as Powell

River is being self-directed, having an entrepreneurial spirit and, above all, talking to people. “You have the opportunity here to make really personal connections and people really care about each other,” she added. Bryant said she hopes her story can help allay fears of others who may be considering the move but are concerned about the practicalities. “Work is something people are often worried about moving here,” said Bryant. “But the cost of living and pace of life is slower so it’s easier to piecemeal things together, more than in the city.” Bryant said she encourages others to return because now that she is back she sees many more possibilities. “Just jump in and create a life for yourself here,” said Bryant. “That’s the opportunity.”

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Healing journey and recovery continues for teenager Mother and daughter Bonnie and Kendra McLeod happy and hopeful to be home SARA DONNELLY

For Kendra McLeod and her mother Bonnie, it is good to finally be at home. The two recently travelled back to Powell River after more than a year of living at BC Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, where Kendra has been fighting for her life. Last year, Kendra had a bad case of the flu she just could not seem to shake. Her parents noticed their usually upbeat and energetic daughter, now 13, was sleeping all the time and not her usual self. Several doctors visits were inconclusive, but on April 3, 2017, the family learned she had acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the bone marrow. Kendra began an intense course of chemotherapy and had a bone marrow transplant last August. “They did the transplant and I got a very bad case of graph versus host disease [GvHD],” said Kendra. “That resulted in lung failure. They didn’t think I was going to make it; they had their suspicions but I pulled through.”

The lung complications are known as bronchiolitis obliterans, which cause sharp pains, shortness of breath and oxygen shortage. “They call it popcorn lungs,” said Bonnie. “Kendra has very little use of her lungs right now. They don’t know if it is reversible.” Kendra underwent surgery just after Christmas and is on medications to try and treat the GvHD. The medical care she receives is among the best in the world. Researchers at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute are currently the world leaders in discovering biomarkers for children with GvHD. The creation of these biomarkers will allow bone marrow transplant doctors around the world to identify GvHD before it causes severe life-threatening diseases, according Doctor Kirk Schultz, director of the Transplantation Applied Biomarker laboratory at BC Children’s Hospital and Kendra’s transplant physician. “We are so close to using GvHD biomarkers to prevent the development of GvHD in kids,” said Schultz. “I am convinced with the work we are doing right now that within three years we will prevent the suffering Kendra endured from GvHD.” For now, Kendra and her family are cautiously optimistic she will be able to remain at home. “The next two and a half weeks is a trial to see how she does,” said Bonnie.

GLAD TO BE HOME: Kendra McLeod [right] and her mother Bonnie are happy to be back in Powell River after more than a year in BC Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, where Kendra has been fighting leukemia. She is now dealing with complications from a bone marrow transplant. SARA DONNELLY PHOTO

Top priorities are visits with family and friends, and lots of love from their two puppy dogs, according to Kendra. “I’m really excited to see my niece and nephew,” she said. The family is hopeful she will be able to begin grade eight this September at Brooks Secondary School. “We’re hoping, but we don’t know what that looks like right now,” said Bonnie. They remain upbeat and, above all, thankful to the community of Powell River for the huge level of support they have received.

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City of Powell River public meeting On Wednesday, May 2, at 7 pm in the Powell River Recreation Complex Elm Room, there will be a public meeting to discuss dog parks and to plan for the future.

Residents and dog owners interested in providing input into dog parks are invited to attend the meeting.


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know how important it is,” she said. Sometimes it can be the smallest, most unexpected kindnesses that make a huge difference in a day, said Bonnie. “A letter showing up in the mail is huge when you’re spending so much time in the hospital,” she said. “We got letters from people we didn’t even know, just words

Topics will include: • Communication with dog park users • Opening of new dog parks, and off-leash beaches and trail systems • Off-leash park areas • Facilities and improvements at dog parks, including shelters, potable water, washrooms and parking • Any changes to the existing use of a majority of Townsite Park as an off-leash dog park • Addressing issues related to not cleaning up after animals, dogs digging holes on sports fields, aggressive animals, community outreach, communication, enforcement options, etc.


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“You can’t thank everybody enough, said Bonnie. “You really realize how much the community has your back.” As the recipient of more than 30 transfusions, Kendra stresses the importance of donating blood. “I can’t donate any blood now that I’ve had a bone marrow transplant and that made me very sad because I

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Villa advances to provincial cup quarterfinals Soccer team wins emotional game in front of hometown fans DAVID BRINDLE reporter@prpeak

In a game full of drama, Powell River Villa soccer club defeated Fraser Valley Blue Devils 2-1 in extra time on April 22 to advance to the quarterfinals of the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup. With about 200 boisterous hometown fans behind them, Villa scored first in the opening half on a set play from Jake Kenmuir, Villa’s attacking midfielder and reigning Vancouver Island Soccer Association (VISL) Division 3A MVP. Kenmuir kicked a corner to veteran striker Kye Taylor, who finished the play with a classic header. The Blue Devils tied the score at 1-1 with ten minutes remaining in regulation time, but Kenmuir scored the winning goal in overtime. Villa’s latest signing, Greg Smith, assisted on Kenmuir’s goal. On a run

down the right side, Smith beat his opponent and set up Kenmuir for a nice, easy tap-in winner. Smith is a big addition to Villa’s lineup. He previously played for University of BC Thunderbirds and professionally in Europe with German Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus. He also represented Canada at the U17 level. Villa coach Chris McDonough said, to put Smith’s skill level into perspective, he was playing about eight divisions higher than the level Julius Ulrich was playing in Germany. Ulrich was a standout with Villa and a top-ten scorer in VISL Division 3A last year before returning to Germany. “Greg has moved to Powell River and is working as a physiotherapist,” said McDonough. “We’re excited to have him on board for the provincial cup run.” Sunday’s game was the most exciting match Villa has played this year. The home team had flashes of playing well but the rust did show from not having played a game since winning the Division 3A title two and a-half months ago. Villa

BALL BATTLE: New Powell River Villa team member Greg Smith battles for ball possession with two Fraser Valley Blue Devils in BC Soccer Provincial B Cup soccer action at Timberlane Park on Sunday, April 22. Villa advanced to the provincial quarterfinal round with a 2-1 win in extra time. ALICIA BAAS PHOTO

missed numerous chances and came up against a strong goalkeeper for the Blue Devils. “Their goaltender was a m a z i n g , re a l l y,” s a i d McDonough. “He made a bunch of crazy saves and

kept us to 1-0.” It was a physical and heated game with emotions running high on both sides, particularly at the end of the match with a lot of back and forth chatter between the players.

“They were probably not expecting to come up here and lose to a small-town team up in the middle of nowhere,” said McDonough. “These guys came really prepared, coming up the night before, and they had a big

lineup. They gave us a really tough game.” Villa plays its provincial cup quarter-final match against Fraser Valley Red Devils at 12 pm on Sunday, April 29, at Timberlane Park.

Young athlete turns in gold medal performance Figure skater Jaya Nouwens achieves top prize at Vancouver Island competition SARA DONNELLY

FIRST GOLD: Figure skater Jaya Nouwens, 12, won the top prize in her category at a figure skating competition held earlier this month in Parksville. The gold medal was also her first-ever in competition. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In her third competition of the year, 12-year-old Powell River figure skater Jaya Nouwens achieved the top prize. Out of 11 skaters, Nouwens won in the Star 4 Under 13 category at Skate Canada’s 2018 Super Series in Parksville earlier this month. “She was very happy,” said Jaya’s mother Wendy Nouwens. “It’s a first gold and her first medal.”

The grade six student has been involved in the local skating program for four years. Competition can be especially fierce for local skaters as competitors from the Lower Mainland get more ice time and training than skaters in smaller communities, said Wendy. “It can be a challenge because we’re with the BC coast region and sometimes you’re competing against skaters who skate year-round,” she added. “We only have ice until the end of May and that just started happening. Before we would end in March.” Jaya practises six hours per week, which is considered full-time, according to Wendy. “In Vancouver some of those skaters are 10 to 20 hours a week, so it’s stiffer competition,” she said.

The competition in Parksville may have provided a more level playing field as it had more skaters from Vancouver Island and Yukon, said Wendy. “They’re a bit more on par with us for their ice availability,” she added. Jaya changed up her routine in her third competition and added a more difficult component that may have boosted her points with the judges. “She added an axel combo,” said Wendy. “She was pretty nervous about doing it twice in a program because it’s easy to fall.” The routine also had a 1920s flapper theme and music from the film The Great Gatsby, which seemed to go over well with the audience, added Wendy. “The judges seemed to really like that,” she said.

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Marilyn Diane Lewis

February 7, 1944 - April 16, 2018 Powell River, BC

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Marilyn Diane Lewis (née MacLeod). With her devoted husband and loving family at her side, Marilyn’s courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) ended on Monday the 16th of April 2018. Marilyn was born in Powell River on the seventh day of February, 1944, and is survived by her husband of 53 years Thomas William (Tom) Lewis; sons Kent (Jen) of Powell River and Dean (Jenn) of Nanaimo, along with daughter Shawnali Rollins (Dean) of Duncan and nine grandchildren Blake, Bo, Joel, Anna, Ashley, Erika, Tyson, Tommy and Taylor; sister Karen Edwards (John) of Surrey and niece Tracey Burshtynski (David) of Maple Ridge and nephew Chad Edwards (Debbie) of Langley, including many extended family and friends both locally and abroad. She was predeceased by her parents Gordon MacLeod and Eleanor “Nellie” MacLeod (Hartley) of Powell River. Marilyn spent her early years residing in Wildwood and Townsite prior to moving to North Vancouver in 1952 when her father was transferred with the Powell River Company. Marilyn resided on Keith Road and attended Ridgeway School and Sutherland Junior High, where she acquired some lifelong friends. She returned back to Powell River in 1963 and soon after met the love of her life in 1964. Tom adored Marilyn and the pair married on May 29, 1965, in North Vancouver after trying, unsuccessfully, to elope. Marilyn spent a number of years employed with the school district as a teacher’s aide and later enjoyed working at Pagani & Sons Shoes. Marilyn’s obvious passion was her kids and she unselfishly spent numerous hours volunteering on executives with minor hockey and baseball, coaching girls softball, supporting Job’s Daughters, organizing billets for the Powell River Paper Kings Hockey Club and championing for the Kids’ Christmas Cheer Fund. Marilyn loved spending time with her kids and very much enjoyed their circle of great friends. She belonged to a special group of ladies as part of the “Sewing Club” and they stayed close meeting monthly for over 50 years. Marilyn deeply cherished her nine grandchildren and followed them lovingly to many hockey arenas, sports fields, dance recitals, swimming pools and concert performances. She was at her best while spending time at the family cabin on the lake with her loved ones playing cards and listening to music. Our profound sadness is eased by the well wishes and condolences of many supportive friends and family. The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to Doctor Brad Schweitzer and the entire medical team at Powell River General Hospital, the ALS Society, Carole McCormick and the crew at Rexall Pharmacy for their kind ways. A special thank-you also to the “girls from club” and Lucia Martnig for their special visits and blessings during Mom’s final days. We couldn’t be any prouder of Dad’s love and exceptional care for Mom, along with the constant support of her daughterin-law Jen, as this allowed for Mom to stay active in her home during this past year. A celebration of life is planned for May 5, at 1 pm at the United Church located at 6932 Crofton Street. As per Mom’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to BC Children’s Hospital at

Rose Gatt (née Agius) December 13, 1932 - April 19, 2018

With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Rose. She is survived by her husband of 66 years George and children Charlie (Ingrid), Grace (Robert) and Ray (Debbie). She was predeceased by her son Joe in 1982, her brothers Joe, Louis, Fred and her sister Carmeline. Rose is also survived by her brothers John, Silvano and Edwin, along with her sisters-in-law Pera, Mary and Adrie, brotherin-law Charlie and many nieces and nephews. She adored her seven grandchildren Erin (Brad), Marsha (Marcelle), Aimee, Dean (Jodi), Laura (Chris), Angela (Ryan) and Adam (Karla) and also her eight great-grandchildren. Rose led a very active and involved life. She loved to travel and volunteer. We would like to thank Dr. Rossouw, staff at Evergreen Care Unit and especially the staff at Willingdon Creek Village for their compassionate care. Rose will be deeply missed but we know she led a happy life with love from her family and friends. Prayers will be held at 5 pm on Friday, April 27. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, April 28, at Church of the Assumption. A reception will follow at St. Joseph’s Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

(Robert) Scott Sager January 18, 1947 - April 21, 2018

He’s in his Saviour’s arms! Free of struggles with cancer, free of struggles with the reminisces of a stroke. Surrounded by love, Scott came to the end of his earthly journey. He ran the race and finished it well. Scott was born in Ottawa, worked his way up in the corporate world in Toronto and moved to Powell River 30 years ago to raise his children and follow his dream to build a house with his own hands. In his preretirement, a term he coined, he took on new challenges as well as checking things off his bucket list. He founded the first emu farm in BC, drove a school bus and garbage truck in Nova Scotia, and took on a heritage bed and breakfast with his wife Elke in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Powell River was his home base all along until the couple moved back full time. Scott applied his brilliant mind and problem-solving skills to a number of community organizations ranging from business development, tourism, church and the seniors’ centre. Left behind are his wife Elke, children Shane (Anne), Adam, Shannon (Kyle, Kayla, Emily and precious grandchild Scarlett), and step-daughter Joelle. The depth of love and sadness felt cannot be described. A heartfelt thank-you to all the wonderful individuals who helped us along in this journey, especially nurse practitioner Erin Rubikoff, Dr. Reierson, first responders, ambulance attendants, staff in the emergency department, ICU, all supporting staff, and friends. A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, April 29, at Cranberry Seniors Centre. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Powell River Hospital Foundation is requested.

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A celebration of life will be held at Town Centre Hotel on Saturday, April 28, at 2 pm. We are looking forward to reconnecting and reminiscing with all who knew him.

JENSEN, Michael W. May 1, 1950 - March 23, 2018 Sadly, on March 23rd, the ’Magical’ Captain Mike Jensen of Lund, BC passed on. So many family and friends do, and will, miss him so very much. Known as an amazing Partner, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle and friend we will certainly miss his ’wonderful’ attempts at singing and dancing... Rachelle, his daughter, remembers he was... ’quite a crooner’, and adored hearing him sing. "What a joy it would be to hear his laughter and listen to just one more of his epic tales." Lovingly remembered by his life partner Letitia, his daughter Rachelle and son-in-law Steve, grandson Connor, sister Rhonda and brother-in-law Mike, and their children, Amber and Geoff, brother Matthew, his son Cordell and brother Doug and his partner, Nicole, along with their children Matthew and Brian and their families. We will have a Celebration of Mike’s Life at 2:30 PM, July 14th, 2018 at Craig Park in Lund, BC.

Corinne Lenora Mitchell March 15, 1943 - April 18, 2018

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Corinne Lenora Mitchell. Corinne is survived by her partner of many years Ted Hartley, her children Gary, Melvin and Judy, her grandchildren Jordan (Cindy), Nora (Clayton), Kaycee (Stuart), Carmen (Paul), Jenna (Graeme), Megan, Stuart, Dylan, Terri, Erin (Dan), Taylor, eight greatgrandchildren, siblings Alvin Wilson (Susan), Mia Louie (Larry) and Donny (Connie), and many nieces and nephews. Corinne was predeceased by her parents Charlie and Nora Wilson, her son Terry, her husband Joe Mitchell, her brother Norman Gallagher and sister in law Anne Hackett. Corinne dedicated her life to her nursing career, providing excellent health care in the Tla’amin community, Nanaimo and Vancouver. She enjoyed sharing important information on a variety of health topics, always in a nurturing manner. A wake will be held on Thursday, April 26, starting at 4 pm. A traditional celebration of life service will take place on Friday, April 27, starting at 10 am. Luncheon immediately to follow. Both services will occur at the Salish Centre, Tla’amin Nation. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Vancouver Native Health Society.

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SATURDAYS, 8:30-9:30 pm Hospital Boardroom SUNDAYS, 8-9 pm Alano Club


Mary Johnson's 95th Birthday

Joy Conference

May 3 and 4 • 7 pm nighty ARC Centre • 7055 Alberni Street Peter Jackson Catch the Fire Ministry Are you longing for a breakthrough but can’t seem to find it? Do you feel dry and distant from God? Peter has been privileged to impart the revelation of God’s love all over the world, which brings a security and stability to lives. Peter walks in joy and releases joy in meetings. Free. No registration required Open to all.

ROOFING, GUTTERS, locally owned and established business. Over 450 roofs done locally. Don’t wait, get your free quote now. Gutter cleaning and repairs available, 604.344.0548.

1010 Announcements


HUGE PLANT SALE STARTING AT $6.98 Choose from Japanese red maples, hydrangeas, phlox, lilacs, spireas, purple coneflowers, hostas, dianthus, Asters, grasses, bee balm and much more. Rhodos and others priced individually. Cash only.


(on straight stretch between Armour Road and Stark Road) Watch traffic carefully when turning in driveway

Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29 • 9 am - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 • 9 am - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13 • 9 am - 5 pm

5520 Legal/Public Notices

1020 Birthdays

Thursday, April 26 1 to 4 pm 6945 Crofton Street RSVP to Ann: 604.483.6308

1040 Card of Thanks

Thank you

NOTICE OF UPCOMING WORKS HAYWIRE BAY PARK ACCESS BRIDGE The Powell River Regional District will be undertaking repairs to the Haywire Bay Regional Park access bridge. The work window is anticipated to be April 30 through May 18, but is subject to multiple conditions, including weather. Access to the park will be unavailable while this work is taking place. Please monitor the Regional District website at for updates to the work schedule and for park opening details or contact our operational services staff at 604.487.1380. Mike Wall, Manager of Asset Management & Strategic Initiatives

I am eternally grateful to a number of special people during my husband’s (Michael Heron) long illness and in his recent passing. Words cannot adequately express the immense gratitude I have for the wonderful care Michael received from Powell River Home Support nurses; Terri, who provided his physio; doctors Sally Watson, Chris Morward and David May; paramedics; reverend Faun Harriman and my church community, who held me up and prayed for Michael and our family; my dear family and friends, who provided constant love and support and helped me keep one foot in front of the other while nourishing me with food and care; and to all those who contributed to the personalized and beautiful celebration of Michael’s life on April 17. As I reflect on these last few months and weeks, though my heart is heavy with grief, it is also overflowing with gratitude and love because of all of you. With sincere appreciation, Laurie Heron.

1215 General Employment

8220 Lawn Care


Get free help in your job search. Resumé, career planning and coaching, workshops, training funds. Find out what you are eligible for at, email, phone us at 604.485.7958 or visit Career Link, a WorkBC Employment Services Centre at 4511 Marine Avenue.

LAWN CARE, ODD JOBS, and DUMP HAULING. Need a helping hand around your home? Give us a call today and ask for Corey. Not sure if we’d do it? Just ask! 604-223-4408

Notice of Public Hearing The Council of the City of Powell River hereby gives notice that it will meet and hold a Public Hearing, May 3, 2018, at 6:30 pm, in Council Chambers of City Hall, 6910 Duncan Street, Powell River, B.C. to consider proposed Bylaw 2502, 2017 and Bylaw 2503, 2017. The intent of proposed Bylaw 2502, 2018 is to amend Schedule B of Sustainable Official Community Plan Bylaw 2370, 2014, being the Official Land Use Designation Map, by re-designating the subject lands as shown outlined in bold on the map below, from “Millsite Industrial” to “Employment Centre.” The intent of proposed Bylaw 2503, 2018 is to amend Schedule A of Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, being the Official Zoning Map, by rezoning the subject lands as shown outlined in bold on the map below from “Millsite Industrial (M3)” to “General Industrial (M1)”. The purpose of the bylaw amendments is to reflect that these lands are no longer owned and operated by the Catalyst Paper Corporation.

1205 Career Opportunities

Permanent Family Enhancement Counsellor Family Preservation and Reunification Duties: Provide family preservation and reunification counselling, support, information and group-parent training programs to families who are experiencing intense conflict or stress and where children may be at risk of abuse or neglect. Service is delivered primarily in community settings and client homes, and will require flexible hours. Qualifications: Minimum education requirement of BA in related field (eg. social work, child and youth care) and strong training and experience in the following areas: family preservation and reunification programs, family dynamics, parent training and parenting techniques, counselling, group facilitation, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, early child development, teaching and communication. Experience demonstrating excellent intervention skills, satisfactory criminal record check and a vehicle is required. Terms: 35 hours per week. Please email akurtz@prcyfss. com for a complete position description. Resumes to: or to Powell River Child, Youth and Family Services, 7105 Nootka Street, Powell River, BC, V8A 5E3 Deadline: 12 pm, May 7, 2018

All persons who believe that their interest is affected by the proposed Bylaws shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on the matters contained in the Bylaws, copies of which may be examined at City Hall, 6910 Duncan Street Powell River, B.C. during the regular office hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, from April 6, 2018 up to and including May 3, 2018, prior to the Public Hearing. Chris Jackson Corporate Officer

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1230 Work Wanted

5015 Business Opportunities

CLAY GLOSLEE Construction

BREAKING NEWS AMAZING B U S I N E S S C O N C E P T. Increase’s Investment Value Over Eight Times in Twelve months. First Investors Can Make a Fortune. Call Now for More Info 1.866.668.6629. WEBSITE

Concrete foundation, drainage, retaining walls, fences, kitchen and bathroom renovation specialist, tiles, drywall, foundation to rooftop, contracts and hourly. 604.483.6153

1405 Education APPLY NOW: A $2,500 Penny Wise scholarship is available for women entering the Journalism Certificate Program at Langara College in Vancouver. Application deadline April 30, 2018. Send applications to fbula@langara. ca. More information:

2060 For Sale Miscellaneous BIO-DIESEL processing equipment. Manually operated, turns used veggy oil into Bio-Diesel. Batch size 40 US gallons. Good condition, $650 or OBO, arrange to view. Call 604.486.6979. HIGH PRESSURE compressed air four-stage regulating panel. 10,000 psi down to 200 psi, double set up, classco guages. Asking $350 to view call 604.486.6979.

Peak Classifieds

604.485.5313 SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 - MAKE MONEY and SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info and DVD: w w w. N o r wo o d Saw- m i l l s. com/400ot 1.800.567.0404 ext: 400ot. STEEL BUILDING SALE. “BIG BLOW OUT SALE - ALL BUILDINGS REDUCED TO CLEAR!”20X21 $5,560 23X23 $5,523 25X25 $6,896 32X33 $9,629. 33X33 $9,332. One End Wall included. Pioneer Steel 1.855.212.7036.

2080 Furniture ANTIQUE HUTCH, late 1800searly 1900s. 604.483.6503.

H I P O R K N E E REPLACEMENT? Arthritic Conditions/COPD? Restrictions in Walking/Dressing? Disability Tax Credit $2,000 Tax Credit $20,000 Refund. Apply Today For Assistance: 1.844.453.5372.

5050 Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Why suffer Employment/Licensing loss? Travel/Business opportunities? Be embarrassed? Think: Criminal Pardon. US Entry Waiver. Record Purge. File Destruction. Free Consultation 1.800.347.2540.

6030 Houses for Sale

6040 Lots & Acreages for Sale ACREAGE FOR sale. Three minutes from city centre on Allen Avenue, fruit trees, $299,000. 604.483.1632.

6505 Apartments/Condos for Rent LARGE, BRIGHT 2-bdrm apartment in Townsite, clawfoot tub, wood floors, N/S, $825/mth, includes heat, call after 5pm, 604.483.6376.

6515 Commercial

Sand and Gravel

PAD RENTAL, RV home, or tall trailer in Lang Bay. Close to beach and store, own house number, own hydro, $290/mth on a one year-contract. Call Max 604.578.8880.

5520 Legal/Public Notices

The “Texada Medical Centre” works were substantially completed on April 9, 2018, by Darren Marquis Construction Ltd. All related holdback funds will be released June 3, 2018. For related information please contact Mike Wall, Manager of Asset Management and Strategic Initiatives at 604-485-2260 or

1988 FORD 30’ RV, motorhome, runs great, good condition, 95 kms, $6,500, OBO, call 604.223.2702.

9145 Cars

FURNISHED AND utilities included bachelor suite available at Oceanside Resort. Security deposit and references required. $700/mth phone 604.485.2435. 2010 GT Mustang Convertible V8 4.6L. Duel Shift, all the goodies. 11,000 km. $22,000. 604.485.9586.

40’ TOLLYCRAFT cruiser, twin gas V-8 engines, extras, great shape, $75,000. OBO, 604.414.3960.

6975 Wanted to Rent SINGLE RETIRED male looking for a small two bedroom home. Excellent references, call 604.302.1719.

604.485.2234 8095 Contracting

GRD CONTRACTING -Siding / Soffit -Decks / Fences -Renovations -Window Replacement - and more ! Free estimates 604-989-0777

Certified mechanics on duty

604.485.7927 9135 Motorcycles

9145 Cars 2006 DODGE Charger RT5.7, many extras, garage kept, all receipts, pictures available. Call 604.483.8057. or 604.485.5384. 2006 FORD Escape XLT, fully loaded, 116,190 kms, great all weather tires, $4,500. Call 604.489.0078.

2085 Garage Sales 6366 King Avenue Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 9:30 am - 2 pm

1991 SEARAY, excellent Multi-family and weather condition. 270DR, 28.7’, 9’ permitting beam, two Mercruiser, 4.3L 6872 Harvie Avenue V6604.485.2234 inboard/outboard motors, $14,000 OBO. 604.414.4705. Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 24’ EX-COMMERCIAL HD/ FG boat, 5.9-litre Cummins 9 am - 2 pm diesel. Special for prawn and Powell River crab fishing, $20,000, OBO. United Church Call 604.487.0890. Trinity Hall 3488 BAYLINER, Cummings Corner of Michigan engine, low hours, $80,000, and Crofton contact 604.483.6641.


2014 YAMAHA TW200, 500 km excellent condition, $4,500. Call 604.485.4925. Public Notification of Substantial Completion

9220 RVs/Campers/Trailers

16’ LIFETIMER welded boat, 60-horsepower Yamaha two stroke, comes with Roadrunner trailer, $9,400. 604.485.5297.

Monday to Friday 7 am-5 pm Saturdays 9 am-4 pm Closed holidays

604.483.8200 6915 Mobiles/Pads

15’ DORY-TYPE rowboat sailboat, fiberglass over marine ply. Comes with trailer, ready to row or sail. Will take 6-9 horsepower outboard motor in trade, located in Powell River. Call 1.204.901.0224.

Rock • Garden Mediums • Dump and Slinger Truck /Excavators

FOUR SNOW tires and rims, 17” 225/45 R17, Nittosn2 91T, they fit a VW Jetta, and have 80 per cent tread life, $500 OBO. 604.485.7292.

KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, large set preferred, will consider all condition and types, please call 604.414.4598 or email

9185 Boats

• Quarry

9115 Auto Miscellaneous


WOULD LIKE to buy used yard ornaments that require painting. Call 604.485.7747.



2145 Wanted

2145 Wanted


WESTVIEW, LARGE 1-bdrm, five appliances, suits single, N/S, N/P $850/mth plus 1/3rd utilities, available mid-May. Call or text 778.549.9449.

9185 Boats

2007 MERCEDES E350, A-1 MUST SELL, 28’ fiberglass condition throughout, a must cruiser, suitable for live aboard, see. $60,000 new, asking trailer included, four-cylinder $8,500 OBO. 604.483.1734. diesel engine, $12,000 OBO. 2013 HYUNDAI Elantra GL, 604.414.4483. low kms, well maintained, WESTSAIL 32, new Beta 604.485.2234 needs nothing, recently at a diesel engine, dodger, GPS, Hyundai Dealership for re-call VHF, 12-volt fridge, hot water, and updates. $10,500, call diesel stove, moorage paid 604.487.0097. until 2019, $24,000 OBO. 604.485.2935.

Stevenson Road, Powell River, BC

6965 Suites for Rent

HALF DUPLEX level entry, 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom, living room, dining room, den, deck with partial view. Asking $339,900. Call 604.223.3739.

9145 Cars

8325 Sand & Gravel


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Friday, April 27 12 pm - 4 pm Saturday, April 28 9 am - 12 pm

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