The District of Port Hardy got a new partner in its economic development plans — the Province of British Columbia. Officials of the district and the Ministry of Economic Development signed a Communities First Agreement that will allow Port Hardy to collaborate directly with the province to improve its overall economic health.
• During the seasons he roamed historic Telegraph Cove, Buddy the Shi Tzu developed a fan following among seasonal visitors. A couple of years and five surgeries after a cougar attack left him without sight, Buddy was introduced to a whole new fan base when a television film crew highlighted the postcard backdrop of the century-old tourist destination and taped Buddy and new canine partner Joey for the program Pet Heroes, which aired on CMT Network.
The taping included extensive interviews with Buddy’s owner Mary Borrowman and Port Hardy veterinarian Dr. Michael Paul, who initially treated Buddy after the Feb., 2009 attack in broad daylight on the Telegraph Cove boardwalk.
• Friends and family gathered to remember Robert Davis, a long-time Port Hardy resident and avid fisherman who was killed in a tragic boating incident.
Davis was seen by a crew member aboard a fishing boat who reported seeing the 70-year-old clinging to the bow rope of his upside down, 16-foot boat floating on the west side of Hardy Bay, between Duval Point and the Tsulquate River.
Davis slipped under the water before the fishermen could get to him.
• Hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s flood, Port Hardy council announced it will be using close to a half-million dollars in grant cash to fix decrepit culverts.
Rick Davidge, chief administrative officer, said the September 2010 deluge caused the worst flooding this community has experienced and damaged “about 400 or 500” homes. Council announced $400,000 would be coming into city coffers via the provincially-funded Towns For Tomorrow, a provincial program. All the cash went toward new culverts.
• North Island native Georgia Murray said she was thrilled to learn a song she wrote hit No.1 in Korea, but not so happy her work had been plagiarized.The Port McNeill born singer/songwriter discovered parts of her 2009 song We’ll Never Know were used in the song Swing, performed by Hyori Lee, a South Korean pop sensation. It hit the No. 1 spot April 4, 2010.