Telus lines to North Island homes: get them while they’re free

That and other items from the District of Port Hardy's recent council meeting

Some brief items from the District of Port

Hardy council meeting last week:

• Coun. Pat Corbett-Labatt suggested residents,

even if they don’t sign up for Telus services,

allow Telus to put their lines to homes.

“Right now, there’s no charge to string the

line to your house,” said Corbett-Labatt.

“It’s free now, later

on it may not be.”

• Despite concerns from staff,

councillors decided to allow the

North Island Relay for Life

Committee to block the fire

lane at Port Hardy Secondary

School for the event May 27.

The committee also said in a letter

to the district it will be delivering letters to

people in the surrounding neighbouhoods to

notify them of the event (which runs from 6

p.m. until midnight) “And we will do everything

withing our power to mitigate the noise.”

• Courtenay city council is considering a bylaw

that will ensure there’s free parking at the new

Comox Valley Hosital. Campbell River did exactly

that recently. This is a good thing for North

Islanders, said Mayor Hank Bood.

“This is good for the citizens of Port Hardy

who can find a free parking space after travelling

three hours,” said Bood.

• Coun. Fred Robertson, with

a laugh, to the mayor after the

discussion about sending the

district’s input to the BC Ferries

Commission about the

purchase of a new vessel (see

story page 1): “Can you guarantee

our suggestions will be

observed?”

• Council and staff gave their

approval to Port Hardy Minor Hockey to put

a water bottle filling station/fountain at Don

Cruickshank Memorial Arena. Port Hardy

Minor Hockey says it will purchase the station

and pay for the associated electrical costs.

Similar units are already in the Port McNeill’s

Chilton Regional Arena and Fort Rupert School.