Beach and (below) A backhoe shapes a large pile of soil at 7 Mile Landfill Monday. The pile represents the first of several barge loads of contaminated soil to be deposited at the landfill by Hazco Environmental Services.

Year in review: March

New Mountie boss, ferry upgrade, rescued sea lion in the news

  • Jan. 2, 2012 11:00 a.m.

Cheryl Elliott became the new manager of the Harvest Food Bank after founder and manager Pierre Beaulieu announced he would retire.

• Chandra Hovde presented Port Alice council with an Automatic External Defibrillator. Hovde was one of 300 people who applied for the 200 surplus AEDs left over from the 2010 Winter Olympics.

• A new RCMP staff sergeant took over the Port Hardy detachment.

Staff Sgt. Anna-Marie Mallard formally introduced herself to Port Hardy council Feb. 22.

“My passion is smaller communities,” said the seasoned officer, who worked in the Arctic, Alert Bay, Bella Bella and Campbell River before coming to Port Hardy.

• Following an 11-month, $15 million refit and upgrade, the new-look Quadra Queen II resumed service on the Port McNeill, Sointula and Alert Bay route.

• 7 Mile Landfill began accepting truckloads of contaminated soil.

• Port Hardy’s Joanne Ranger was named School Bus Driver of the Year by the Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia. Ranger, who’s since retired this year, delivered 320,000 students 493,000 kilometres during her 32-year, collision-free career.

• Green energy pioneer Nomis Power Corp unveiled its Nahwitti Windfarm Project to Port Hardy residents and invited public comment on the project during an open house at the Civic Centre.

• Students in Gail Henderson’s class at Sea View Elementary created a book,  Kaouk, the Trailer Park Sea Lion, and dedicated it to the North Island’s Marine Detective, Jackie Hildering. The Grade 4/5/6 class wrote the book that blends the known facts of the case of the sea lion that decided to leave the inlet and take refuge in a  Port Alice trailer park with their own theories about what happened.

Ardie Bazinet , a councillor for the Village of Port Alice, arranged to have 50 copies of the book printed at no cost to the students. The books sold for $10, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre that came to the aid of the young male sea lion.  It was taken to the Vancouver Aquarium to recover and later released.

Just Posted

Port Hardy Reigns compete in Nanaimo at Island Championships

“We are very fortunate to have this opportunity for our youth in Port Hardy”

Derina Harvey Band – Heartfelt, Energetic, Celtic rock comes to Port Hardy

Front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience.

OPINION: Urgent care room will cost lives

“Seniors, of any demographic, are the most vulnerable to the loss of emergency care.”

James Hayward coroner’s inquest rescheduled hours away from where RCMP shooting occured

The family is “a bit disappointed that it’s going to be held in Campbell River”

Deadline looming for North Island College scholarship applications

Students have until April 24 to apply for a record number of… Continue reading

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Most Read