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Artistic youth shine at provincials Speech artist Alenor Boyd wins category at performing arts competition SARA DONNELLY

STAR TURN: Speech arts competitor Alenor Boyd [above], 16, received the top prize in her category of intermediate Shakespeare at BC Festival of Performing Arts held recently in Victoria. Fellow Powell River entrants Nicolas Colosanto, 14, and Haley Spenst, 17, achieved honourable mentions in their categories. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO



A trio of local competitors from Powell River received high praise and recognition at the recent BC Festival of Performing Arts in Victoria. Nicolas Colasanto, 14, earned honourable mention in classical guitar, Haley Spenst, 17, received an honourable mention in intermediate musical variety and Alenor Boyd, 16, won in her category, intermediate Shakespeare. In order to qualify for provincials as a competitor, performers must win their respective category at Powell River Festival of Performing Arts. For Boyd, who has been involved in speech arts for 11 years, the experience was exciting and a bit nerve-wracking. “I was a little out of my element,” said Boyd. “It was my first time qualifying for provincials. It was a totally new setting. We had different acoustics and the stage was a little rickety.” The monologue she performed ended with her character dramatically storming off the stage. This provided $479,000 SEMI-WATERFRONT

an outcome she had not rehearsed. “When I went to run offstage the Get the Peak Go stage suddenly splittobeneath my feet,” iPhone app now she said. available in the Despite the stage malfunction and App Store or iTunes some butterflies, Boyd triumphed. “I did one of Helena’s parts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, act one, scene one,” said Boyd. The soliloquy provided lots of opportunity to practice her theatrical skills, she added. “I got to flop around and cry all over the stage and be very dramatic,” she said. Get the Peak to Go iPhone app now Boydavailable said sheinwas the first introduced to dramatic speech App Store or iTunesarts by Kim Knowlson, a teacher when she was a primary student at Henderson Elementary School. “When I was in grade two she brought me along with the grade five class to watch the monologues and she got me hooked on it,” said Boyd. Knowlson, who now teaches at Edgehill Elementary School, recently invited Boyd to perform her monologue and talk to her class, an experience Boyd said she treasures. “It’s like going full circle,” said Boyd. “I’m now helping with the people who helped teach me. It touched my heart.” Unlike many of her competitors, Boyd is self-taught and relies on her mother Kate’s help to learn her scenes. “Most people go to lessons, but I’ve always just had my mom support me,” she said. “We figure it out together.”



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Road construction underway in ‘the cut’ Plans call for wider shoulders on major Powell River thoroughfares DAVID BRINDLE

“The cut,” as it is known by longtime Powell River residents, has long been one of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians and cyclists within city limits. Now work has begun to make the stretch of Highway 101/Marine Avenue from Willingdon Beach to Brooks Secondary School safer. The major road improvement project, one of many currently delaying and tying up traffic around Powell River, will widen and pave the shoulders along the section of road that cuts

through Millenium Park and Lot 450. Marine Avenue is BC provincial Highway 101 and under the jurisdiction of BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. In a media release, the ministry stated that the construction will widen the paved shoulders in areas between Hemlock Street and Haul Road. Also, a crossculvert at Laurel Street is being replaced to improve drainage. The work will take a few weeks to complete and cost approximately $150,000, according to the release. Widening and paving the shoulders on both sides of Highway 101/Marine Avenue from Hemlock Street to Alberni Street is also part of a long-term plan. The wider paved shoulders will provide room for pedestrians to walk and cyclists to ride on the shoulder of

Highway 101, according to the ministry. The entire stretch will not be completed this summer. The ministry stated that it is prioritizing locations. This is one of the busiest years of late for road work in Powell River, according to City of Powell River director of infrastructure Tor Birtig. The biggest project the city has going is phase four of the Municipal Cycling Pan. “We're doing the bike lane from Joyce and Manson avenues through to Drake Street and then on to Timberlane,” said Birtig. The paving will be completed the week of June 18 and then road markings and signage will be installed, he added. When this phase of 7.6 kilometres is completed, Powell River’s cycling infrastructure will link Westview and Cranberry to the Townsite using dedicated

CITY CYCLING: A section of Highway 101/Marine Avenue will soon have wider, paved shoulders to make the section of road safer for pedestrians and cyclists. DAVID BRINDLE PHOTO

bike lanes and shared lanes. Birtig said the city is planning for more road work beginning at the end of June on sections of Maple Avenue in Townsite and at the top of Kemano Street in Westview.

Other smaller jobs are upcoming but nothing has been finalized, according to Birtig. Excavation work currently underway along the frontage of Powell River General

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City responds to anti-abortion event at Willingdon Beach Powell River Pro-Life Society to place 10,000 small flags at Loggers Memorial Bowl DAVID BRINDLE

A controversial event p l a n n e d fo r L o g g e r s Memorial Bowl on Saturday, June 23, has caused City of Powell River and Powell River Logger Sports to correct some misconceptions about public use of the venue. Powell River Pro-Life Society has received permission from the city’s parks, recreation and culture department to place 10,000 tiny flags in the bowl at Willingdon Beach Park. In a media release, city parks, recreation and culture stated that it is a matter of free speech, but some on city council have concerns about the media release not being authorized. “Council did not know there was a press release being drafted, nor did we have an opportunity to see it prior to it being sent to all media,” said councillor CaroleAnn

Leishman. She added that she believed someone on city staff must have taken it upon themselves to write the statement due to pressure from Logger Sports organizers. Logger Sports began receiving public feedback about the anti-abortion gathering and posted an announcement on its Facebook page on June 13. “This is to inform everyone that Powell River Logger Sports does not own Loggers Memorial Bowl at Willingdon Beach,” stated Logger Sports director of promotions and marketing Sherri Wiebe in the post. Wiebe said Logger Sports organizers determined it was necessary to make the statement because an executive member received a phone call from a sponsor. “They didn’t want to sponsor us if we were going to let them use our space, so we had to make it clear that it was not our space,” said Wiebe. “We didn’t want anybody else to think we were affiliated with it and that it was our event that was happening at our logger sports bowl.” According to a presentation made by pro-life society secretary Fraser Field at a committee of the whole

CONTENTIOUS EVENT: Powell River Pro-Life Society plans to place flags at Loggers Memorial Bowl during an event at the Willingdon Beach venue on Saturday, June 23. DAVID BRINDLE PHOTO

meeting in April, the 10,000 flags each represent 10 per cent of the 100,000 abortions that take place in Canada every year. Fraser said the event is intended “to bring to the attention of Powell River residents the fact that Canada has no law governing abortion.” He added that nothing the group will be doing is wrong and freedoms of belief, conscience and speech are fundamental to democracy. In the city statement, parks, recreation and culture director Ray Boogaards said the bowl site is a public park that the city owns and books and his department is neutral when it comes to community organizations.

“The city cannot stop taxpayers from using public facilities if requested and booked through the department,” stated Boogaards. “Free speech is an important principle of Canadian society.” Loggers Memorial Bowl was built in 2016, the same year residents rallied to bring logger sports back to Powell River after an 11year absence on the summer event calendar. “We are not affiliated with anything that happens on those grounds in any way and we rent the grounds and pay to have Logger Sports events there,” said Wiebe. She added that other events held at the venue are out of the group’s control.

Leishman said Powell River needs a public events policy to have more control over future events. “Without a public events policy giving staff the authority to deny any events that are not in the public interest and/or potentially breach the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, any group, including hate speech groups, racially-biased groups and groups promoting to recriminalize abortion and restrict women’s rights are able to rent any of the city’s facilities,” said Leishman. The pro-life demonstration will take place between 9 am and 1 pm and, according to Leishman, many residents she has spoken to are not happy.

“It is very upsetting for a lot of individuals who have contacted me,” said Leishman. The event will happen on the same day one of the Hulks, YOGN-82, is submerged off Willingdon Beach, “which will see a lot of unaware residents having to walk past this awkward and contentious display,” said Leishman. “If there is any silver lining to this entire debacle, it has raised the awareness that currently women cannot obtain abortions in Powell River, which a lot of us didn’t know, so hopefully we can change that and help women have more choice about what they do with their own bodies.”

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No one has been charged yet in the investigation of an incident

under investigation, that this was an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the public,” said RCMP Island District media relations spokesperson corporal Tammy Douglas. “The police are not looking for any suspects at this time.” After receiving a report at 3:30 pm on June 13, the body of a deceased, unidentified female was found by Powell River RCMP near a vehicle in the ditch in the Duck Lake Road area.

Foul play is suspected, according to the RCMP statement. It is believed to have been an isolated incident. The investigation by Powell River RCMP remains ongoing with assistance from Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit. Under the federal Privacy Act, names can only be released when information has been sworn and, therefore, is publicly available,



RCMP said was a suspicious death in Powell River on June 13. A 19-year-old unidentified male was taken into custody by Powell River RCMP after the discovery of a body south of the city, according to a statement by RCMP Island District. Because the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been laid, police cannot release any names of those involved. “I can confirm that the file is still WAREHOUSE

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City receives report on cannabis sales survey Public discussion raises issue of access to medicinal marijuana DAVID BRINDLE

On June 19, the Senate of Canada passed the Trudeau government’s legislation to legalize cannabis in Canada. At the same time, City of Powell River committee of the whole received a report on the public engagement process the city undertook to gauge residents’ responses to the development of municipal regulations concerning cannabis sales. The information will be used as city staff drafts new bylaws for approval by council. A total of 618 people completed the survey at three

public information meetings, online, by email and in writing, according to city manager of economic development Scott Randolph. The survey suggests 52.5 per cent of Powell River residents are not worried at all about pending legalization. Concern was shown by 38.7 per cent of respondents regarding youth access and 41 per cent worried about public marijuana smoking and vaping. The issue of smoking was one of the major issues raised by the public, according to Randolph. “The federal government is saying, ‘We’re only going to legalize some oils and topicals, at a certain potency, and dry bud,’” said Randolph. “Some people are scratching their heads and saying, ‘That doesn’t make a lot of sense.’” Under the new legislation, some products, including topicals, edibles and vape oils, will not be immediately

and legally available for a year, according to councillor Maggie Hathaway. Councillor Rob Southcott said he attended all three public meetings and most of the discussion was around medicinal marijuana, where most topicals and oils are used, not recreational. “I do find it ironic that the considered legalization will put commercial producers in position to provide recreational marijuana and the way most people use it recreationally is smoking,” said Southcott, “but it will marginalize the really advanced craft industry that has produced specialized products over many years for the specific use of users who need it.” Randolph said many respondents want council to advocate on behalf of medicinal users to federal and provincial governments. “Survival of compassion clubs and non-profit dis-

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: As the date for legalization of cannabis in Canada nears, City of Powell River council is using information gathered from residents to draft new bylaws regarding sales in the area. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

pensaries was a big issue we heard about over and over again, and the access to higher potency extracted products,” said Randolph. Southcott said a second irony is that after decades of government attempts to combat tobacco smoking, it is now advocating another form of smoking. Property owners ex-

pressed concerns about neighbours who smoke pot, especially outdoors, according to Randolph. “We heard a number of times, ‘What if I’m sitting on my deck and my neighbour is smoking cannabis on their deck and I have to smell it?’” said Randolph. “That comes back to private enjoyment of property.”

Other issues raised by respondents include the majority, 66.6 per cent, feeling there should be between two and 10 cannabis stores licensed to operate in Powell River. Most people indicated stores should be allowed anywhere in the city, but not near schools, and operate during the same hours as liquor stores.



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1. TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Alberni Street, 6800 block Powell River RCMP received a report of mischief to a vehicle where all four tires of a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix were slashed. The incident occurred the previous night. 2. TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Franklin Avenue Powell River RCMP received a report of a theft of LED lights and light cables from two Kenworth tractor trailer units parked on Franklin Avenue the previous night. The LED lights and light cables are worth approximately $600.


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Regional district release staff remuneration Report includes expenses for board members and employees DAVID BRINDLE

Remuneration and expenses paid to Powell River Regional District members on its board of directors in 2017 have been publicly released according to BC government compensation disclosure guidelines. District chair and Electoral Area A director Patrick Brabazon received $30,387.93, which is an increase of approximately 10 per cent over 2016. Brabazon received an additional $10,737.12 for expenses last year but not as much as Electoral Area E director Merrick Anderson. Anderson represents Lasqueti Island

on the board; his expenses amounted to $14,844.41. Chief administrative officer Al Radke was the highest paid senior staff member, receiving $134,798.93 with expenses of $20,944.41. Total remuneration paid to elected officials was $138,416.76, plus total expenses paid of $45,660.26. Here is a list of what elected officials and members of the board were paid last year in remuneration (R) and expenses (E): District chair and Electoral Area A director Patrick Brabazon, $30,387.93 (R); $10,737.12 (E). Electoral Area B director Stan Gisborne, $50 (E). Electoral Area C director Colin Palmer, $24,105.06 (R); $8,443.03 (E). Electoral Area D director Sandy McCormick, $20,612,02 (R); $6,140.76 (E). Electoral Area E director Merrick Anderson, $20,131.18 (R); $14,844.41 (E). Municipal board member CaroleAnn

Leishman, $12,592.81 (R); 1,217.27 (E). Municipal board member Russell Brewer, $12,112.81 (R); $1,242.27 (E). Regional Hospital Board member Larry Louie, $100 (R); $59 (E). Electoral Area Area B alternate board member Alan Rebane, $16,824.95 (R); $1,990.17 (E). Other alternates: $1,550 (R); $935.33 (E). Total: $138,416.76 (R); $45,660.26 (E). Other employees earning $100,000 and over in 2017 include: Chief administrative officer Al Radke, $134,798.93 (R); $20,944.41 (E). Financial services manager Linda Greenan, $104,149.35 (R); $6,010,06 (E). Asset management and strategic initiatives manager Mike Wall, $101,492.84 (R), $13,368.58 (E). Administrative services manager Brenda Paquin, $100,713.55 (R); $5,816.59 (E). Total of all other employees: $1,677,509.05 (R), $203,844.02 (E).

Catalyst and union reach deal Powell River mill workers to vote on tentative new contract DAVID BRINDLE

A new four-year agreement between Catalyst Paper Corporation and Unifor has been reached. The announcement was

made on Monday, June 18. According to a statement from Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, the agreement remains tentative and details will be released upon ratification by union members. The vote will take place next week. In the statement, Unifor said its bargaining team supports the agreement, calling it a fair and reasonable settlement.

The contract is Catalyst’s first positive news since March when the United States Department of Commerce slapped a 22 per cent anti-dumping duty on products produced by Catalyst, threatening its three BC mills. Unifor calls the protectionist trade measures bully tariffs. "These jobs are the backbone of entire communities," stated Unifor west-

Traffic accident claims life DAVID BRINDLE

A single-vehicle traffic accident north of Powell River on Saturday, June 16, claimed the life of a 41-year-old male.

According to a statement released by Powell River RCMP on Monday, June 18, a blue 1999 Ford Explorer travelling northbound on Highway 101 near Malaspina Road lost control on a corner and was found next to a tree. The

ern regional director Joie Warnock. "We will continue to fight for workers and their families and for the future of the forestry industry." After selling off its US assets recently, Catalyst’s only holdings are mills in Powell River, Crofton and Port Alberni. The new contract covers Catalyst members represented by Unifor locals 1, 76, 592, 686 and 1132.

man, who was the SUVs sole occupant, was pronounced dead on the scene. RCMP received the call at 12:46 am. An investigation is continuing. Police will not be releasing the name of the deceased.

2018 Chowder Challenge results

2018 Chowder Champion: Sli-City Grill Runners up: The Boardwalk Restaurant and Culinary Magic - John D Wall Honourable tastings to: Jay’s Place Cafe, Julie’s Airport Cafe, Grouse House B&B, McKinney’s Pub, Snickers Restaurant, Strikers Bar and Grill and Town Centre Hotel. Northside Volunteer Fire Department Association would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who contributed to the Chowder Challenge: Aaron Service and Supplies, Catalyst Paper Corporation, Cottage Creek Bake Shop, Laughing Oyster Restautant, Mitchell Brothers, Nancy’s Bakery, Panago Pizza, Paradise Island Foods, Quality Foods, Safeway, Save-On-Foods, Tla’amin Nation, 32 Lakes Coffee and Roger Landmaid for the musical entertainment. Many thanks to the following businesses that contributed so generously in support of the Chowder Challenge’s silent auction to benefit Northside Fire Department Association: Aero Services, Alert First Aid, The Boardwalk Restaurant, The Brick, Culaccino Restaurant, Canadian Tire, Coles Book Store, Fruits & Roots Juice Bar, Great Balls of Wool, Jack’s Boat Yard, Huber Ink, Lund Auto Outboard, Lund Hotel, Lund Water Taxi, Marine Traders, Max Cameron Theatre, Mother Nature, Mrytle Point Golf Club, The Patricia Theatre, Peoples Jewellers, Pet Value, Pete’s Plumbing, Pollen Sweaters, Powell River Outdoors, Putters Mini-Golf, Rare Earth Pottery, River City Coffee, RONA Powell River, Shoppers Drug Mart, Springtime Garden Center, Sunlund By-The-Sea, Sweet Shoppe, Terracentric Coastal Adventures, Tourism Powell River, Tug-Ghum Gallery, Valley Building Supplies, Vanderkemp Sales and Services, Velma’s Candy, Wind Spirit Gallery and Witsend Wonders. Shellfish Festival Committee would also like to thank: Lund Hotel, Lund Harbour Authority, The Boardwalk Restaurant, Nancy’s Bakery, Lund Water Taxi, E & J Levy for providing the venues. Thanks to the Active Malaspina Mariculture Association (AMMA) for providing the shellfish, BC Transit for providing bus service, Northside Volunteer Fire Department for the Chowder Challenge and Pancake Breakfast, Powell River Regional District’s Let’s Talk Trash Team for its recycling centre, and Powell River Peak for promotion. A special thanks to Theo Angell, Sheila and Chris for the awesome Pirate Treasure Hunt, and the musicians, cooks, vendors, committees and others who volunteered their time and skills to make this event so much fun. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!


PUBLIC PAY: Year-to-year comparisons at Powell River Regional District indicate remuneration and expenses mostly increased between 2016 and 2017. DAVID BRINDLE PHOTO

Our thanks to the many people who attended Lund Shellfish Festival from May 25 to 27 and enjoyed seafood, music, cooking demonstrations, shopping, tours and other ocean-side delights.

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Valued combo With the sound of symphony and choral music filling the air of our community for a month, the benefits accruing from International Choral Kathaumixw and Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) are as numerous as the musical notes emanating from their concerts and competitions. Monetary benefits can be calculated and extrapolated based on the numbers these two events attract. Kathaumixw choirs include hundreds of singers, conductors and fans. With those visiting choirs filling local accommodations and eating at restaurants, the choral festival provides a huge economic benefit. Families who host billeting choirs fill grocery carts at local stores with more items than usual in order to prepare meals for their guests. PRISMA has an orchestra of 90 and a couple dozen faculty members. Students and guest artists stay in commercial accommodations and All visitors purchase some are also billeted. souvenirs of their time in All visitors purchase Powell River, boosting souvenirs of their time in Powell River, boosting the local economy with the local economy with an injection of their hardan injection of their hardearned travel dollars. earned travel dollars. At PRISMA on the Beach on Saturday, June 16, food and other vendors were provided with an opportunity to prepare and sell their specialities to an audience of thousands, which contributed to their economic well-being and provided an additional cultural flare to the event. An outdoor beach concert allows families and individuals to hear symphony music without any ticket price at all. Seeing young children playing on the grass while being exposed to the music is one of the special joys of this annual event. People of all income levels can participate without any financial barriers. How many communities have the benefit of hearing some of the greatest symphony music ever written without having to take a ferry, book a hotel room or pay a high ticket price? Cultural benefits coincide with the financial impact of these events. Meeting people from different countries, learning about their cultures and sharing ours is an immeasurable benefit. Who has attended a Gala Closing Concert of Kathaumixw and not been affected by the mass choir and audience singing our national anthem and Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom? In addition to the natural beauty of its surroundings and the extended welcoming of its residents, Powell River has a long history of volunteering for large cultural undertakings. It is a combination that contributes an invaluable component to the lifestyle of our ocean-side community.

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Leave the fawns alone By Lesley Armstrong Never touch a young fawn. If you see one lying somewhere, know that its mother will return; it has not been abandoned. They are not sturdy enough to forage with their mother so they remain lying down in “freeze frame” until she returns. Mother may be gone as long as 24 hours. If someone who comes across a young fawn on its own becomes concerned after several hours and thinks that something dire must have happened, remember that hovering around, repeatedly “checking” on the fawn will only result in its mother staying away longer. Some does have even been reported to return to nurse after dusk, then lay down to sleep in an area away from their young, another protection adaptation DNA’d into this species in an effort to to preserve the lives of newborns. If,

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Society, a licensed mammal rehabilitation centre in Langley. Each weighed less than five pounds. Travel is so stressful for injured wildlife, but in the case of young deer, it would be life threatening. These two will eventually be released in the forests surrounding the Fraser Valley. Some people may applaud, thinking there are Travel is so stressful for two fewer deer to eat their injured wildlife, but in plants, however, there are many plant species that the case of these deer, it deer do not care for. Fences would be life threatening. help, predators need to have food and, well, they were ficer Andrew Anaka and Doctor here first. They are also graceful Barnes from Westview Veterinary and beautiful to watch. Clinic both contacted Powell River Another perspective might be Orphaned Wildlife Society. that to see a wild deer is unheard Without a facility to house and of now on much of this overpopucare for the two, a volunteer he- lated planet. licopter owner flew over from Nanaimo in order to transport Lesley Armstrong is a Powell River the fawns to Critter Care Wildlife Orphaned Wildlife Society member. ALICIA NEWMAN

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LETTERS » We love our chickens In response to the recent article on chickens in Powell River [“Powell River residents call foul on more fouls,” June 8], to be honest, I find it overwhelmingly depressing to encounter this hopefully not too prevalent attitude toward anything new or forward thinking. The entire issue of keeping chickens within the city was researched, pilot programs were conducted and the issue was discussed and debated. The decision was made to follow in the path of many urban areas such as Vancouver, Nanaimo, and

even New York City, where a few chickens are allowed. I find the kind of thinking in opposition to innovation, in this case allowing a few chickens, encourages just more red tape, regulations, permits and situations that are time consuming and difficult to enforce for municipal employees whose time and our tax dollars could be more effectively spent. What’s next? Penalties or rules around hanging your clothes on a clothesline to dry or growing vegetables in your front yard? We are fortunate in this town that has been in transition and could have very

easily followed a downward turn with the shrinking number of people employed at the mill that, instead, it seems to have been “discovered.” Simply check the real estate market or school district enrolments. Many of the young people who are either returning to the community or moving here from large urban areas are doing so simply because they can live in a place less complicated and with fewer rules. I’m very impressed by their attitude around creating community. We all have to live together and grow tolerance in this day of increased awareness

around food security, eating local, eating clean and carbon footprints, et cetera. Let us not go backwards. We spent considerable time and money building a beautiful coop for our “girls.” We love our chickens, the grandchildren have given them names and the first thing they want to do when they come over is check for eggs. I’m so happy I can give them this small awareness of where our food comes from in this age of prepackaged everything and a total disconnect from what actually sustains us. Shaunalee Yates Marine Avenue

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Why would anyone want to change our current voting system, called first past the post (FPTP) or winner take all? Oh, right, I almost forgot: we would get fair results, a truly representative legislature, greater voter engagement and turnout, more collaboration, more accountability, more civility, better representation of diversity and voter choice, stability and an end to the whip-saw of ideological policy reversals when governments change. Perhaps some have forgotten BC examples such as as when Bill Bennett Junior of the Socreds implemented a scorched-earth program, sweeping away or slashing dozens of programs it took ordinary residents decades to accomplish or when Gordon Campbell did the same thing (remember when hospital food actually was food). Now we have a fresh example to watch as it unfolds in Ontario, where Doug Ford, a politician who boasts about not knowing anything about running a province, is about to start governing. His first act? Cancelling


the cap and trade system of dealing with CO2 emissions and killing an agreement with Quebec and California. Does it matter that the cancellation will cost Ontario taxpayers billions in revenue? Apparently not, although it is not clear Ford even knows this. And what about this defender of the little guy freezing the minimum wage at $14 an hour, killing the rise to $15 scheduled by the Liberals? It doesn’t matter to millionaire Ford because he has never been close to poverty. But mostly what doesn’t matter to Mr. Ford is that he won a majority of seats with just 40 per cent of the vote. In other words, 60 per cent

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of those who voted wanted to keep all the things Ford loves to hate. But it’s not just Ford. People were fed up with premier Kathleen Wynne and 15 years of Liberal arrogance, even with their relatively progressive policies; 15 years of any party’s government is too long. But if Ontario had been using a system of proportional representation for 15 years, voters’ discontent would never have reached such a level of anger that electing a human wrecking ball seemed like a good idea. People voted for change but what they will get is chaos, uncertainty and nasty, hyper-partisan politics. I’m sorry, but there is simply no way you can call this a democracy functioning in the interests of society. It’s a system that locks in often infantile party politics and shuts out people who just want to see government work for them. Yes, FPTP is easy to understand because we are used to it. And we will have to do some real work as citizens to get a handle on the options we have been given in the fall referendum. But we


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Interacting with babies builds compassion Roots of Empathy celebrates over ten years in region SARA DONNELLY

Educator, author and social entrepreneur Mary Gordon started Roots of Empathy in Ontario in 1996. The program that brings babies into classrooms to build compassion and understanding among young students is now practised around the world. In Powell River, Roots of Empathy has run since 2005. A recent celebration was held to acknowledge its successes and the people who make it happen, most notably the young families who bring their tiny babies to the schools. “They’ve taken the time out of their busy lives to share the magic of their baby’s first year,” said School District 47 special education

coordinator Theresa Verdiel about the families. This year, Vanessa Comtois and her baby, Owen, 13 months, visited students from kindergarten to grade three at Texada Elementary School with classroom facilitator Karen May. Brittany Carr and her baby, Cade, 10 months, visited teacher Lucien Ervington’s kindergarten/grade one class at Kelly Creek Community School with facilitator Cheryl Langdale. “It’s definitely breaking barriers and opens up the communication in many different ways,” said Comtois of the school visits. “The kids now know Owen very well. They’ve seen him grow up in that little year.” Carr agreed that the program helps the children to communicate more freely. “It gets the kids to open up with all their questions and stories and how they relate to Cade,” she said. Research conducted by the University of BC since 2000 indicates significant decreases in aggres-

sion among participants, according to Roots of Empathy regional coordinator Adrianna Austin. “These babies are really powerful,” said Austin. “A lot of teachers will do a more academic subject after Roots of Empathy because the children’s brains are primed for it. They’ve had that hit of oxytocin and they’re calm; the executive functioning skills are there.” Children also learn a lot about themselves through their interactions with the infants, said Verdiel. “Finding the humanity in the baby helps the students find the humanity in themselves,” she said. This year the program reached more than 155,000 students in BC, almost one million across Canada and in 11 countries worldwide. The impact of the program on future generations cannot be underestimated, said Austin. “Building an inclusive and compassionate society,” she added, “will definitely be the keys to Canada’s success.”


TINY TEACHERS: Roots of Empathy participants including, [from left] Brittany and Cade Carr, 10 months, and Vanessa and Owen Comtois, 13 months, were recently celebrated at an event held at School District 47 offices. The program currently runs at two schools in the district. SARA DONNELLY PHOTO


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City gardener set to retire Brenda Powell reflects on fulfilling career beautifying city spaces SARA DONNELLY

After 32 years working with City of Powell River, Brenda Powell is retiring. Powell got her start at Powell River Recreation Complex pool in 1986 and worked with the aquatics department until 2000 when she started looking at other city opportunities. After a stint working half the year at the public works yard and the other half at the pool, a posting came up in the parks department. It was then that Powell discovered her calling; she loved to work outside with plants. Powell said particular highlights have been landscaping the gardens around city hall and Dwight Hall, where

she was given a lot of freedom to plant what she wanted to. “I’ve had a great deal of satisfaction picking out what I feel like planting,” she said. “That was one of my favourite things.” Maintaining all the city’s gardens has been an intensive, year-round process, but all the fresh air and outdoor work has kept her fit and healthy, she added. Looking back on her more than three decades working for the city, Powell said it has been a fulfilling career and retirement is going to be bittersweet. “I’m really going to miss my coworkers and I’ll be keeping an eye on them,” she said. Retirement plans include travelling and doing some light gardening of her own, however, not on the scale of her work with the city. “You’d think I’d have lots of gardening at home,” said Powell. “I just have a few things in pots.”

GARDEN JOY: City of Powell River landscaper Brenda Powell is retiring after more than 30 years of beautifying outdoor spaces throughout the community. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Volunteer professionals teach free CPR training Weekend event offers life-saving skills SARA DONNELLY

As temperatures rise in the summer, so do the num-

ber of unforeseen accidents. Knowing how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can be vital in emergency situations, but many people lack the knowledge or confidence to perform it, according to Vancouver Coastal Health clinical educator Jaime Gallaher.

“I’m a CPR instructor and as an emergency nurse I know a lot of people don’t get timely CPR,” said Gallaher. “People are afraid to do the compressions. We know from the evidence that’s the number one thing you could do to actually save a life for anybody who collapses, both

young and old.” The opportunity to learn CPR free of charge from skilled professionals will take place this Sunday, June 24, between 1 and 4 pm at PowTown CrossFit, 4504 Fernwood Avenue. Volunteers from Powell River Fire Rescue, Powell River General Hospital and

BC Ambulance Service will be on hand to teach the emergency procedure. The hope is to get as many people of all ages educated and confident to perform the potentially life saving technique, said Gallaher. “I’d love to get at least 50 people trained but even if we get 25 that’d be 25 more

people in the community who know CPR,” she added. “A lot of times the cost is a barrier, so we’re happy to make this a free event and a fun day.” Area residents are welcome to drop in or book a 30-minute learning session. For more information, contact Gallaher at 604.223.7906.


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SUNKEN TREASURE: Students from Brooks Secondary School dive club recently had the opportunity to explore YOGN-82, the first of a proposed four ships from Powell River’s famous breakwater that will be sunk to start a new life as an underwater reef. ANJI SMITH PHOTO

This weekend the first of a proposed four ships from Powell River’s famous breakwater at Catalyst Paper Corporation’s mill, known as the Hulks, will be sunk and become an artificial reef attracting wildlife and divers. YOGN-82 will sink between 11 am and 12 noon on Saturday, June 23, with spectator viewing possible at Willingdon Beach. Those watching from the water will be kept 1,500 feet back from the vessel as the sinking will involve blasting holes into its concrete hull. Although some in the community will miss the ship’s familiar sight, others see it as an opportunity to finally explore one of the Hulks. “I know some people are sad to see them go,” said local dive shop owner Gary Lambeth. “But they’re not really going. Right now nobody can go on them or look at them except from a distance, but in a week if you want to go to her, I can take you there.” YOGN-82 has had a few career changes in its 74-year life. Steel shortages during the second world war led the US military to order the construction of small fleets of oceangoing concrete ships and barges. YOGN-82 was constructed in National City, California, in 1944. “YO”

stands for yard oiler, “G” for gasoline and “N” for no power, as the barge did not have any engines. It was one of 10 wartime ships purchased by the Powell River Company to serve as the pulp and paper mill’s breakwater. As mill production decreased, so did the need for so many Hulks. The idea of creating a local artificial reef has been discussed in the community for decades. It finally became a reality when Catalyst began working with the Artificial Reef Society of BC (ARSBC) three years ago. “In terms of looking for something that’s environmentally responsible and allows the legacy of the Hulks to endure, we thought this was the most appropriate action,” said Catalyst environmental manager Phil Lum. “We’re quite proud and happy that the Artificial Reef Society partnered with us and led the way for us to be able to make this happen.” This will be the ninth reef project the reef society has been involved in provincially. After performing a number of survey dives a barren spot of seafloor large enough to accommodate all four wrecks, and desert-like enough to meet government requirements, was found about halfway between Willingdon Beach and the mill. “This will be the most unique and creative marine habitat project ever undertaken by our society,” stated ARSBC president Howie Robins in a media release. “This will be a dive back into maritime history for adventure divers worldwide.”

According to ARSBC, concrete is one of the best materials for artificial reefs as it quickly becomes an oasis and habitat for marine life. “Unlike some of the steel boats they’ve sunk, these boats are going to get covered in no time and it’s going to be absolutely beautiful,” said Lambeth. The ship will be submerged about 2,000 feet from Willingdon Beach breakwater at depths easily reached by novice divers. “She’ll be sitting in water that’s between about 80 and 100 feet at the bottom and she’s about 35 or 40 feet tall so new divers can get to her,” said Lambeth. Divers will also be able to explore inside the ship. “It’ll be a nice training boat for wreckpenetration diving because it’s quite simple and there are lots of entrances and exits,” he added. The ultimate goal of sinking four ships will make the reef unique in the world. “If that should happen, Powell River would be on the world dive map simply because there are only a couple places on earth that have clusters of boats like this,” said Lambeth. “It’s kind of more amazing than people realize. One boat is great but to have a cluster of four makes it spectacular.” For now, however, Lambeth is excited people will finally be able to dive to YOGN-82. “It’ll be fabulous for business and tourism, but for me personally I just can’t wait to dive on it,” he said. “It’s such a neat boat.”

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Classic car has sentimental value Colin Matheson bought his 1967 candy-apple-red Ford Fairlane convertible the year after it rolled off the assembly line. The 1967 model was the sixth generation of the car. It was the first generation 1955 Ford Fairlane that had its peak movie performance in offensive and forgotten comedian Andrew Dice Clay’s feature film debut in the 1990 movie, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Clay is crude. The car, whether it’s a 1955 or 1967, is classic. What’s the story of your car? It had fewer than 5,000 miles on it when I bought it. I’ve had it for 50 years. The lines are beautiful. It’s a beautiful car from that era. It really represents those years and one of the most gorgeous cars that they produced.

Is this the first car you ever had in your life? No, I had other cars, but this is the first decent car I had. Did you ever expect to keep it this long? No. What happened is my oldest boy got to be 16 and I let him drive it and he blew the head gasket one night. So I drove it into the garage and it sat for about 20 years. I found a guy in Port Alberni who restored cars and he only took one vehicle at a time. I just happened to be over there and he pulled into a gas station with this little hot rod that he had and I was over admiring it. I asked him who did all the work on it and he said, “That’s what I do. I work on cars.” So I said, “Are you interested in doing a ‘67 Fairlane because

I have this thing sitting in my garage just deteriorating.” He said, “Yes.” Have you had offers on it? Yes I have. I don’t even want to tell you because you wouldn’t believe me. A salesman at a Ford dealership in Abbotsford was walking around looking at it and he said, “You want to sell your car?” I said, “No I don’t,” and he said, “Oh yeah, everything’s for sale.” I said, “Not this,” and he said, “Well if I was to offer you $50,000, I bet you’d sell it.” I said, “Not a chance.” He looked at me and then he made another offer; I won’t even tell you what it was. I stopped for a second and thought, “this guy’s crazy” and then he looked at me and said, “I’m getting close aren’t I?” I said, “No you’re not.” It has sentimental value.

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City offers free outdoor summer music


Another reason to enjoy a picnic in the park starts Wednesday, June 27, with free summer evening concerts at Willingdon Beach. The music will also occur on the last Wednesday of the month in July and August. Musicians will take to the stage at the Rotary Pavilion with performances between 6:30 and 8 pm at the all-ages events. Music

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acoustic harmonies. Hollowed Sound combines the didgeridoo with drums, percussion and a unique wooden drum called a tamboa. Musical styles range from calm to upbeat and energizing. The July 25 concert will feature the jazz and swing tunes of Powell River’s bLUES bUSTERS. On August 29, country rock act Paradise will take the stage.






munity recreation program coordinator Shawna Rahier. “Of course it always comes down to funding.” Upcoming performances include sets from Dawson Jaxon and Renelle, and Hollowed Sound. Jaxon is a two-time winner of Powell River Idol and will be joined by singer-songwriter Renelle. Together they will be performing



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Superstar takes on BC Bike Race Mountain biker Jeremiah Bishop enters single-track stage race in Powell River DAVID BRINDLE

The Peak continues its series profiling some of the elite competitors in the BC Bike Race, which arrives in Powell River on July 8 for stage three on July 9. BC Bike Race (BCBR) bills itself as the ultimate single track experience. Among the racers in their spandex suits are the superheroes of the sport, including Jeremiah Bishop from the United States. Bishop dominates stage races such as BCBR. Nobody in North America has a better record and BCBR is one of the few on a short list of ultra-endurance mountain bike races he has not competed in and won. “My initial, really basic research into the race is that it's a little bit more like successive days of cross-country racing,” said Bishop. “So shorter stages, a little more explosive, no really long sustained climbs. It will require a very good ability to recover and do high power efforts for shorter climbs and then have really good technique to save energy through the single track.” Bishop has done his research but admits to not knowing exactly what to expect in Powell River or on the other stages of BCBR. “I'll be at a disadvantage as far as not knowing the course,” he said. “I just need to ride safely and really just see what I can do with

where I am on the courses. There are a lot of other races and exploits and this one is probably a little more skill-based than some of the other events I've done.” The 42-year old hails from Harrisburg, West Virginia. He is one of the oldest elite riders competing in the eight-stage BCBR. The riders visit Powell River for stage three on Monday, July 9. “I’m making it happen this year because you have to do these things when you can,” said Bishop. “Now is the time to do it if I'm going to do it while I'm fast.” Other aspects make a top elite cyclist than just pedalling hard, he added. “The interesting thing in these stage races is they don’t often come down to who has the best day among the best riders,” said Bishop. “It comes down to who doesn't have a bad day.” He said what keeps him going against much younger riders is that he lives and breathes cycling. “That's a big part of it,” said Bishop. “What I've found is if you really want it and train hard you can compete with the younger guys, and that's a big piece of why I'm still able to do it. I have a passion for cycling.” Bishop is a member of the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team, which is among the top three teams in the world for ultra-endurance mountain bike racing. He said he is looking forward to BC Bike Race because it is an opportunity to race for himself. “I have a hunger to go out and see what I can do and I’m really hoping I can get back that magic form,” said Bishop. “If I have that form, everybody else is going to be having a tough time.”

FIRST VISIT: Dominating mountain biker Jeremiah Bishop is competing in the BC Bike Race for the first time this year. Bishop will tackle the Powell River course on Monday, July 9. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Brooks track and field continues to grow Powell River student athletes medal at provincial track and field championships DAVID BRINDLE

Track and field athletes from Brooks Secondary School had a breakthrough year in 2018. At the recent BC High School Track and Field Championships in Langley, Brooks was one of the top teams in the AA junior division, returning to Powell River with six medals. Samantha Baron, 16, was a gold medalist in 300-metre junior hurdles, claimed SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN: After only three years, Brooks Secondary School’s track and field team shared a winning 2018 a silver in 80-metre hurdles season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO and just missed the podi-

um in long jump, finishing fourth. Also in the junior division, Drew Sundberg, 15, brought home a haul of three bronze medals in long jump, triple jump and javelin, and Keegan Abbott, 16, brought home bronze in discus. Other notable finishes were Chris Fisher, 16, a junior running against more experienced grade 12 athletes, who placed fourth in senior steeplechase. Cole Baron, 14, finished just out of the medals with a fourth in grade eight boys high jump. Three years ago, Brooks teacher Graham Cocksedge decided he wanted to bring back track and field and asked Connie Polman Tuin, Scott Glaspey and Jeff Pollitt to coach with him. This year, Dean Thorsell took over duties as head coach, adding Cale Hernandez to the coaching staff with Polman Tulin, Glaspey and Cocksedge.

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1105 Obituaries

Audrey Bellavance May 2, 1922 – June 14, 2018

Audrey passed away peacefully with family and friends by her side. She was born in Prince George, BC, the youngest of eight children. A longtime resident of Powell River, Audrey was predeceased by her husband Marcel, her daughter Marcia and dearest friend Ella. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. A very special thank-you to Bill and Barb, who were always there when needed. Many thanks to Dr. Evans and the wonderful staff at Kiwanis Manor. There will be no service at Audrey’s request.

Louise Mary Salina May 1, 1958 - May 8, 2018

It is with deep and profound sadness the family of Louise Salina announces her passing at the age of 60. Born in Powell River, she leaves to mourn her husband Renzo Salina, her daughters Ashley (Dan) Martens and Carolyn (Alexander) Paterson, and her son Matthew Salina. Louise will also be remembered by her three grandsons Lucas, Noah and Jamie, her parents Eddie and Elsie Needham, as well as her brother Wayne (Tamie) Needham and nephew Mitchell Needham. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 23, at St. David and St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 6310 Sycamore Street. Memorial donations in memory of Louise may be made to the Vancouver Hospice Society, 4615 Granville Street Vancouver, BC, V6H 3M1, or to the Canadian Cancer Society. We love you, Louise, and we miss you so much.

Martha Anne Olson (née Ingraham) March 16, 1935 - June 15, 2018

On the evening of June 15, Martha (Mom) peacefully slipped away from us. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years Leonard and is survived by her children James (Jim) Olson, Terry and Tammy (TnT) Olson, Laurie and Garry Derby, Mike Olson and Stef; grandchildren Jody Lamoureux and Cyntha, Cody Derby and Felicia, Spencer Derby and Tyne, Jesse Olson and Haley, Chase Olson and Morgan, and Sadie Peters and James; and great-grandchildren Akien, Henry, Stella, Marcus, Noah and Maren. Martha’s early years were spent moving from mining camp to mining camp as her father was a civil engineer, settling down for the most part in Squamish, BC, where she played on the high school basketball team. She studied for a career in teaching, which brought her to Powell River to teach her first classes in Lund. Martha will be dearly missed by friends and family, including the gang at Powell River Health-Care Auxiliary Economy Shop, and the countless children she taught in elementary school. Martha loved her yard and gardens but most of all she loved her large family. Martha requested no service. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, which would be appreciated. Rest peacefully Mom


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Denise Lynn Hume (née Bond) 1946 - 2018

It is with great sadness we announce Denise Lynn Hume passed away (medically assisted) with family and friends at her side. She was predeceased by her parents Eunice and Bill Bond, and brothers Graham and Elwood. Denise is survived by her special loving husband Alister; stepdaughter Heather/Jeff: Nathan/ John; stepson Andrew/ Martina: Nicholas/Michael; brother Bert; sister Wilma: Myria/ Cleamon: Asher/Arwyn; sisters-in-law Marlene and Gloria; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please give to the cancer, ALS or MS societies.

CHAINSAW CARVER Moving to town, looking to purchase a quiet property.

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Powell River Hospital Foundation is working to provide better health care for the citizens of Powell River. Please donate “In Memory”

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2018 Dry Grad committee would like to thank everyone who volunteered and supported this year’s Dry Grad Thank you also to the graduates and their families for all the help and support along the way to making Dry Grad 2018 a wonderful success Armitage Mens Wear Bootlegger Sportzone Save-On-Foods Paperworks Gift Gallery Simply Bronze Lordco Parts Sublime Fashions & Accessories Beyond Bliss Powell River Outdoors afterglow Hair Lounge Western Forest Products 7-Eleven and Petro Canada Mother Nature Feather Point Jewellery Powell River Tattoo Company Thick Aaron Service & Supply

Palm Beach Estates Scotiabank City of Powell River BC Liquor Stores RONA Powell River Lockeroom Sporting Goods Client Loan (Powell River Town Centre) Rockit Music Rob Stewart – Stewart Systems Norman Cheshire Pacific Coastal Airlines Pacific Point Market Safeway City Transfer Augusta Recyclers Shoppers Drug Mart Falcon Electric Pollen Sweaters Squatter’s Creek Wines & Designs Vanderkemp Sales and Service

Malaspina Massage Clinic Image 1 Salon & Spa Massullo Motors Strikers Bar & Grill Drew Ferguson Point Group Hospitality Scizzors Salon & Body Works Myrtle Point Golf Club Fits to a T Brookfield Renewable Power Coast Fitness Better Bodies Gym Westview U Vin U brew Limited Taws Starbucks The Patricia Theatre Nelson Roofing & Sheet Metal Snap-on Tools The Nutcracker Market

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604.485.5313 HEALING THE PAIN OF ABORTION RACHELS VINEYARD MINISTRIES 1.877.Hope.4.Me 1.877.467.3463 KIWANIS GIANT BOOK SALE and Marmalade Sale Saturday, June 23 10 am to 1 pm 4943 Kiwanis Avenue Proceeds to Jumpstart

1125 Lost TWO RINGS lost around the Scotiabank area. First ring is gold, native carved thunder bird design. Second ring, a gold band with birth stones in it. If found please call 604.483.4437.

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1205 Career Opportunities MEDICALTRANSCRIPTION! In-demand career! Employers have work-at-home positions available. Get online training you need from an employer-trusted program. Visit: or 1.855.768.3362 to start training for your work-at-home career today! TYPE 1 DIABETES? TROUBLE WALKING? Hip or Knee Replacement, or conditions causing restrictions in daily activities? $2,000 tax credit, $40,000 refund cheque/ rebates. Disability Tax Credit 1.844.453.5372.

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COUNTER SALES person for local automotive and industrial parts store. Please apply by email to kejohnson@

CARPENTER AVAILABLE, forty years experience, finishing, framing and forms. Call Dave 778.991.7914.

HIGH PRESSURE compressed air four-stage regulating panel. 10,000 PSI down to 200 PSI, double set up, classco gauges. Asking $350 to view call 604.486.6979.


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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.

COAST BERRY Company is looking for a processing plant crew, part-time/full-time, July 1 Please - September 15. Please send a resume to info@coastberryrecycle this newspaper. COAST BERRY Company is looking for blueberry pick-ers July 1 - September 15. Must be reliable and have own transportation. Please send resume to

LAUGHING OYSTER, is looking for an assistant to fill any utility position, cleaning, bartending, yard work, dishwashing and minor maintenance. Full time, $15 an hour. Call Dave 604.483.9775. SHEFIELD EXPRESS is looking for a part/full time employee with experience. Apply with resume at #60 - 7100 Alberni Street.

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

604.483.6153 RETIRED INDIVIDUAL with extensive experience in property management\maintenance with self contained travel trailer, looking for property caretaker\security position. Email:

SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 - MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & 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. “MEGA MADNESS SALE - CRAZY DEALS ON ALL BUILDINGS! 20X23 $5,798. 23X25 $5,744. 25X27 $6,639. 30X31 $8,488. 32X35 $9,954. One End Wall included. Pioneer Steel 1.855.212.7036.

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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. FILING CABINET, four draw, legal size, like new. $125. 604.485.4770. SIX - 245/70 19.5 tires, RV or truck, $150 each. Call 604.485.7993.

2145 Wanted KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, large set preferred, will consider all condition and types, please call 604.414.4598 or email MOTORHOME CLASS A, B or C, older but in good condition, must have slide and walk around bed. Call 604.414.8382.

Powell River & Region Transition House Society The Grace House Manager will: • lead Grace House staff members to positively support women, and their children, who have experienced domestic violence in relationships • liaise with community organizations on behalf of Grace House • represent Powell River & Region Transition House Society, specifically Grace House, at various community events • promote Powell River & Region Transition House Society principles throughout the community • understand and communicate the limitations of provincial mandates to community agencies • take responsibility for and direct the day-to-day running of the House • direct all personnel and human resources for Grace House • support the Executive Director in management duties related to Grace House.

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Powell River & Region Transition House Society

The STV Outreach Coordinator will: • provide support to women who have experienced violence in relationships • liaise with community organizations • represent Powell River & Region Transition House Society at various community events • promote Powell River & Region Transition House Society principles • facilitate and support clients moving to independent living • organize and facilitate proactive community workshops, as required.

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experience in community development and/or women’s anti-violence work (Combinations of education and experience will be considered.) understanding from a feminist perspective high energy appropriate empathic skills a clear understanding of the social and personal effects of domestic violence a clear understanding of the importance of safety and confidentiality for women and children a current RCMP criminal record check access to a safe and dependable vehicle and a Class 5 Driver’s Licence.

Please submit a complete application package, including names of three professional references to Julie Chambers, Executive Director, 209-6975 Alberni Street, Powell River, BC, V8A 2B8, or via email: by Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 4 pm. This is a unionized, part time position which will begin on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Thank you for your interest in our Society. considered for interview will be contacted.

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The successful candidate will have: • a degree/diploma in Social Services plus five years experience in community development and/or women’s anti-violence work (Combinations of education and experience will be considered.) • understanding from a feminist perspective • high energy • appropriate empathic skills • a clear understanding of the social and personal effects of domestic violence • a clear understanding of the importance of safety and confidentiality for women and children • a current RCMP criminal record check • access to a safe and dependable vehicle and a Class 5 Driver’s Licence. Please submit a complete application package, including names of three professional references to Julie Chambers, Executive Director, 209-6975 Alberni Street, Powell River, BC, V8A 2B8, or via email: by Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 4 pm. This is a non-unionized, part time management position which will begin on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Thank you for your interest in our Society. considered for interview will be contacted.

WANTED ROTOTILLER, rear-tine tiller preferred. A machine with large wheels with tines located on the back of the machine. Call 604.414.4598 or email WANT TO buy a house in Powell River, any condition. Call Jen 604.414.4645.

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6025 For Sale by Owner 2’ - 3’ BLIGHT resistant filberts “sacaweeja” $18 each. Healthy stock, recent arrivals from Fraser Valley. Contact 604.483.4007.

6030 Houses for Sale

Please recycle this newspaper. 2009 FREIGHTLINER Diesel DDT15, new gravel box and pump, high-lift elect tarp, 18 speed Eaton transmission, new seats. $85,000 OBO 604.578.0777.

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

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HOUSE MANAGER 30 hours per week

Stopping the Violence Outreach Program Coordinator -Part time 17.5 hours per week

RIDE-ON lawn mowers, running or not, cash for some. Contact Don at 604.487.0487.

The City of Powell River (the City) is pleased to invite proposals for the development of a new Municipal Website (the Project) at


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Request for Proposals New Municipal Website

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Project Description The City is seeking a qualified consultant or company to develop and create a new website for the municipality that is user-friendly, compatible with any device, visually pleasing, and informative. The work is expected to be completed by October 31, 2018.

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Background The front end of the City of Powell River’s website is out of date, difficult to navigate, and not easily viewed or rendered across a wide range of platforms and devices. Mayor and Council, staff, and the public have made it clear that the site needs to be redeveloped to be more user friendly, better organized, informative, and visually pleasing. The new website must be simple to navigate, and also act as a gateway to the City’s social medial channels. It must also integrate with the City’s iCompass meetings and file management module.

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Scope of Work The following activities are expected to be completed in redeveloping the front end of the City’s website: 1. Work with each department and City Council to identify what information should be presented on the site and how it should be structured. 2. Design a Beta version of the site for review that can be accessed and tested on a wide range of platforms and devices. 3. Train staff on how to add and edit content on the site. 4. Deliver a website that is fully functional and free of bugs 5. Provide aftercare on an as-needed basis for at least three months after the new site is launched and operational The full Request for Proposals can be accessed online at: Website%20Redevelopment.pdf?handle=47B7651CDCF B4609814A53BCFFA0AB9C Hardcopy versions of the Request for Proposals can be accessed at the Administration Desk at Powell River City Hall, 6910 Duncan Street, Powell River, BC. Please direct any comments or questions regarding this Request for Proposals at the office of Scott Randolph, M a n a g e r o f E c o n o m i c D ev e l o p m e n t a n d Communications, at 604.485.8653, or

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

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9115 Auto Miscellaneous Certified mechanics on duty

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604.483.8200 6965 Suites for Rent AVAILABLE JULY 1, brandnew ocean view executive one bedroom plus den at Oceanside Resort.Adult only living with long term lease. Stainless steel appliances, covered parking. Must see to appreciate. From $950 per month. Phone 604.485.2435.

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2010 GT Mustang Convertible V8 4.6L. Duel Shift, all the goodies. 11,000 km. $22,000. 604.485.9586.

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2013 HYUNDAI Elantra GL, low kms, great condition. $9,500 call 604-487-0097.

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2001 HONDA Shadow, 11,500 km, $3,500. Call John, 604.485.3077. 2014 YAMAHA TW200, 500 km excellent condition, $4,500. Call 604.485.4925.

9145 Cars 2006 DODGE Charger RT 5.7, many extras, garage kept, all receipts, pictures available. Call 604.483.8057. or 604.485.5384.

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THE CITY OF POWELL RIVER NOTICE OF PROPOSED ASSISTANCE AND PROPERTY DISPOSITION In accordance with Sections 24 and 26(3) of the Community Charter, the Council of the City of Powell River (the “City”) gives notice of proposed assistance and a proposed disposition of property in respect of a Purchase and Sale Agreement dated for reference May 11, 2018 (the “Agreement”) between the City, the Provincial Rental Housing Commission (“PRHC”) and Inclusion Powell River Society (“Inclusion”). Under the terms of the Agreement, Inclusion will sell to the City the property located at 7025 Duncan Street, Powell River, BC and legally described as PID: 010-569-049, Lot E Except: Part Dedicated to Road on Plan LMP41887, Block 44 District Lot 5306 Group 1 New Westminster District Plan 7556 (the “Duncan Street Property”). The Duncan Street Property has a market value of approximately $78,000 and under the terms of the Agreement, the City will pay nominal consideration and PRHC will pay the sum of $78,000 to Inclusion for the transfer of the Duncan Street Property to the City. In return, the City will transfer to PRHC the property located on Ontario Avenue, Powell River, BC and legally described as PID: 010-959-670 Lot 6 Block 2 District Lot 5731 Plan 6303 as shown in the sketch plan below (the “Ontario Avenue Property”) for nominal consideration. The market value of the Ontario Avenue Property is approximately $187,000. The transfer of the Ontario Avenue Property to PRHC is subject to registration of a covenant that obligates PRHC to construct an affordable housing development consisting of at least 27 units of affordable housing designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements of a development permit to be issued by the City. Sketch plans of the Ontario Avenue Property and Duncan Street Property are shown below:

Ontario Avenue

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Duncan Street

To review the aforementioned agreement or for enquiries, please contact the Scott Randolph, the City’s Manager of Economic Development and Communications, 6910 Duncan Street, Powell River, BC V8A 1V4 (Tel. 604-485-8653; Email:

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9160 Trucks & Vans 1993 DODGE Diesel Ext Cab 4x4, 140k, automatic, aftermarket 4 inch exhaust, turbo housing and injectors, engine brake, $20,900. Call 604.483.8050 or email rapp@ 2008 TACOMA TRD Quad Cab, 195 kms, 4.0 auto, 6 inch lift, 35 inch tires, $18,900. Call 604.483.8050 or email rapp@

9185 Boats 16’ LIFETIMER welded boat, 60-horsepower Yamaha two stroke, comes with Roadrunner trailer, $9,100. Call 604.485.5297.

5520 Legal/Public Notices CITY OF POWELL RIVER NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS 2018 PROPERTY TAX NOTICES The City of Powell River has mailed the 2018 property tax notices and reminds property owners that the due date for payment is Tuesday, July 3, 2018. If you have not received your 2018 tax notice, please contact City Hall. All unpaid 2018 taxes (including unclaimed home owner grants, deferment applications and deferment renewals) are subject to a 10% PENALTY AFTER JULY 3, 2018 WAYS TO PAY • Online banking - avoid the long lines at City Hall leading up to the property tax due date by paying online through your bank. Set up the City of Powell River Property Tax as a payee (exact wording varies between financial institutions) and enter your folio number (RBC requires 12 digits, so add 0’s in front of folio number). If eligible, the home owner grant can be claimed online (see instructions below). • In person at your bank - DO NOT claim the home owner grant at your financial institution. • By Mail - City of Powell River, 6910 Duncan St, Powell River, BC, V8A 1V4. Payment MUST be received at City Hall by the due date regardless of the mailing date. • In person at City Hall (6910 Duncan St) - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays). • After hours - drop cheque with folio number in the drop box at the front entrance to City Hall (left side). Commercial water bills are also due on July 3, 2018. No online payment option is available for commercial water bills. PAYMENT METHODS Pay by cash, cheque or debit card (know your daily debit card limit). Cheques post-dated to July 3, 2018 will be accepted. Please note, we DO NOT accept credit cards for property tax payments. WAYS TO CLAIM YOUR HOME OWNER GRANT • Online - visit and click the eHOG link. You will need your folio number and access code found on your property tax notice. • In person at City Hall - please ensure to complete and sign the home owner grant application found on the bottom of your 2018 property tax notice. • After hours - drop your completed and signed home owner grant application in the drop box at the front entrance to City Hall (left side). Residential property tax deferment programs are available to home owners who are: • 55 years or older, a surviving spouse, or a person with disabilities; or • Financially supporting a child under the age of 18 at any time during the calendar year. Additional information and applications for the home owner grant, residential tax deferment programs, and 2019 tax instalment prepayment plan can be found at If you have any questions, please email, or call either 604.485.8620 or 604.485.8621.

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Rock • Garden Mediums • Dump and Slinger Truck /Excavators Monday to Friday 7 am-5 pm Saturdays 9 am-4 pm Closed holidays


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604.483.8007 SAND AND GRAVEL PRODUCTS TOPSOIL • QUARRY ROCK SLINGER TRUCK • GRAVEL TRUCK EXCAVATIONS • LAND CLEARING 9185 Boats 15’ DORY-TYPE rowboat WESTSAIL 32, new Beta - sailboat, fiberglass over diesel engine, dodger, GPS, marine ply. Comes with VHF, 12-volt fridge, hot water, trailer, ready to row or sail. diesel stove, moorage paid 604.485.2234 Will take 6-9 horsepower until 2019, $24,000 OBO. outboard motor in trade, lo- 604.485.2935. cated in Powell River. Call 1.204.901.0224. 9220 RVs/Campers/Trailers 1992 BAYLINER 3058, excellent condition. Can be seen at Westview North Harbour D6. Asking $29,000. Call 604.483.6829 or 604.483.4456. 19’ CALAIS six hours on 210 HP V6, leg rebuilt 2016,two scotty electric downriggers, good overall condition, $16,000. Call 604.414.8155. 2004 SEASWIRL Striper 26’ (estate sale) 5.7 litre Volvo gas, trailer, survey great shape, $49,900. Call Chris 604.414.3960. 24’ EX-COMMERCIAL HD/ FG boat, 5.9-litre Cummins diesel. Special for prawn and crab fishing, $20,000, OBO. Call 604.487.0890. 3488 BAYLINER, Cummings engine, low hours, $80,000, contact 604.483.6641. 40’ TOLLYCRAFT cruiser, twin gas V-8 engines, extras, great shape, $75,000. OBO, 604.414.3960. MARTIN 29 sailboat, mainsail three genoas, storm jib, 10 hp, inboard, Volvo, diesel, $12,000 or OBO. Call 604.483.4104. READY FOR cruising 28’ liveaboard, economical, reliable, four cylinder diesel, $7,500. View at Westview Harbour “Niki” call 604.414.4483.

1996 BIG Foot 11.5’ camper, 3 piece bathroom, winter furnace package,basement, solar panel, $8,900. Call 604.483.8050 or email rapp@

2085 Garage Sales #21 - 4020 Saturna Avenue Saturday, June 23 9 am to 1 pm Rain or shine 3400 Ontario Avenue (off Toba) Saturday, June 23 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Multi family and lots of stuff 3952 Westview Avenue Saturday, June 23 8 am to 12 noon Sunday, June 24 8 am to 12 noon, moving sale, no early birds. 7092 Tahsis Street Saturday, June 23 8 am - on Prawn traps, household items/plants. 7218 Warner Street Saturday, June 23 8 am to 2 pm Rain or Shine 9981 Kelly Creek Road Sunday, June 24 9 am to 4 pm Multi family, weather permitting.


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