PROFILE PHOTO COURTESY OF KIMBERLEY KUFAAS PHOTOGRAPHY Tyson’s Thoughts is a weekly column posted every Thursday at and in print the following Wednesday. Have some thoughts about my thoughts? email

Cut your losses and fix the old pool

Council needs to let the Multiplex Project pipe dream go and batten down the hatches financially.

I’m not going to be writing about COVID-19 this week, don’t worry.

Instead, I’m going to be discussing Port Hardy’s ill-fated Multiplex Pool Project and what the future now holds for it.

Sadly, it was announced by the district on Friday (March 27) that the monies needed to break ground won’t be arriving, as the provincial government has officially declined to help out.

So where exactly does the District of Port Hardy go from here?

That’s a good question, and realistically, there are two obvious options to choose from, which I’ll list below:

1. Abandon the project altogether and upgrade the old pool; or

2. Keep looking for additional grant funding and continue to delay the project.

This is such a tough choice to have to make. On one hand, who doesn’t want a shiny brand new swimming pool with all the latest features?

On the other hand, what can the District of Port Hardy realistically afford?

In my opinion (and that’s exactly what Tyson’s Thoughts is, my opinion) I think council needs to just let the “Multiplex Pool Project” pipe dream go and batten down the hatches financially.

With the way the world is currently going, every North Island municipal government needs to ensure they are being 100 per cent fiscally responsible to the taxpayers in the region.

Tyson Whitney is an award-winning journalist who was born and raised in Port Hardy. His family has lived in Port Hardy for more than 40 years. He graduated with a degree in writing from Vancouver Island University in 2008. Email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Three weekly direct flights from Port Hardy to Vancouver starting June 1

Direct between Bella Bella and Vancouver not resuming at this time

UPDATE: Local taxi company applying to opertate north island bus route

Waivin’ Flags Taxi wants to operate Route 5 between Cambpell River and Port Hardy

Change in service: Port Hardy is switching from bi-weekly garbage pick up to weekly schedule

The cost for the weekly garbage pick up service is an additional $30.12 annually.

Cancelling bus service between Campbell River and Port Hardy will compromise health access, region warns

Mount Waddington Health Network says transportation primary factor for rural health access

Badinotti makes cash donations to North Island food banks

‘it’s fantastic that they are supporting community organizations like this’

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

Stolen gargoyle returns to its perch on central Vancouver Island yard

Petey, a concrete gargoyle statue, was returned by Nanaimo RCMP after being found by city crew

Pregnant B.C. woman catches COVID-19 days before giving birth

Michelle Hunter said it was like a horror movie when caught COVID-19

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

B.C. teacher reprimanded for sharing homophobic and sexist memes, making racist comments

Klaus Hardy Breslauer was accused of making a laundry list of concerning decisions as a science teacher

COVID-19: B.C. too dependent on foreign food production workers

New B.C. job site links unemployed with farm, seafood work

RCMP remind public to leave dogs chilling at home on hot days

Dogsafe has designed a Dog in a Hot Car Responder Checklist

Another Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ found in Lower Mainland

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

Most Read