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Mowi Canada West, which operates Marine Harvest fish farms in B.C., says the Aqua Tromoy is the most technologically advanced vessel ever to serve the Canadian aquaculture industry.

The Polish-built, 77-metre vessel, which launched last year, can hold 3,000 cubic metres of water, the equivalent of eight Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Mowi says the ship is an important tool in its pest management strategy, partly because it can lift farmed salmon from their pens and bathe them in fresh water to remove pests such as sea lice.

Mowi's managing director Diane Morrison says the Aqua Tromoy allows the company to proactively manage fish health in an environmentally friendly manner.

The ship is currently moored in Duncan Bay, just north of Campbell River.

The Aqua Tromoy has triple the capacity of any other Mowi vessel, Morrison says in a statement.

"Onboard reverse osmosis systems ... can generate ... fresh water from sea water to fill the holds in 24 hours," the release says.

"Atlantic salmon are lifted aboard from farm pens and immersed in the fresh water, which is harmless to the fish, but removes sea lice and other saltwater microbes and parasites that do not tolerate low-salinity water well.”

Before the water is pumped back into the ocean, it is passed through filters to capture and retain any parasites, the company says.

The diesel-powered ship, carrying a live-aboard crew of nine, also has an on-board water treatment process, while the engine system uses urea to reduce nitrogen oxide pollutants in exhaust gases.

Mowi Canada West employs 600 people and operates salmon farms and processing plants in Surrey and on eastern Vancouver Island, the Broughton Archipelago and central coast, producing 45,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon each year.

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North Isalnd College Has Record Amount Of Money For Students

April 23, 2019

North Island College has a record $500,000 available in awards for new and returning students.

According to a release from NIC, the college has more than 520 awards worth $515,000 available to students for 2019.

Last year the school only had $412,000 available to 452 students.

The awards are available to both current and future NIC students, including those coming directly from high school, or returning to school to train for a new career.

Students just have to fill out a single application which grants them access to hundreds of awards based on their academic performance, financial need, career interests or community involvement.

Ilona Horgen, NIC Foundation board chair says rewards like these can really help students get to their dream career.

“Not only does it make an immediate difference by supporting students in their education, it makes a lasting difference in our communities as those students become health care professionals, business owners or trades people,” said Horgen.

For those who wish to apply, the application deadline is Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

For more information and to find the online application form, visit foundation.nic.bc.ca/students.

Snowbirds to fly over Comox’s Marina Park April 28 during Royal LePage Snow to Surf

April 21, 2019

COMOX, B.C. – We have lift-off on April 28th.

On Wednesday, Comox council members approved a request for the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds to fly over Marina Park during next weekend’s Royal LePage Snow to Surf event.

The request came from Janice Sandholm of the Royal LePage Snow to Surf Society.

Happening next Sunday, April 28th, Royal LePage Snow to Surf features alpine skiing, cross country skiing, running, mountain biking, kayaking, road cycling and canoeing.

Competitors start at the top of Mount Washington, go down to mountain, across Comox Lake and paddle up the Courtenay River to Comox Harbour.

READ MORE: The Annual Royal Lepage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race is almost here

The flyby will happen between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on April 28th.

The timing coincides with the regular scheduled training runs that will be conducted over the Comox Valley by the Snowbirds from April 17 to May 7.

The Snowbirds special coordinator requires a letter stating:

“The municipality of Comox, BC is supportive of a flyby by RCAF Aircraft as low as 500 feet, flyby for the planned Royal LePage Snow to Surf being held in Comox, BC for transit, practice, and shows on 28 April 2019.”

The B.C. stops in this year’s Snowbirds airshow will be in Quesnel, Penticton, and Abbotsford.

The Valley will not be getting an official airshow, but they will be practicing here for the next three weeks.

According to the team’s communication officer, the team will be flying over the valley on these days:

Saturday (April 20 and 27): 10:05 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 4: 11:40 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Sunday (April 21 and 28): 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Every time slot may not be used because they are scheduled around the commercial air traffic in and out of Comox and are also weather dependent.

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Hybrid Diesel Ferries Coming To A Terminal Near You

April 15, 2019

 BC Ferries is launching a new class of ferries in the next few years.

The Island Class will service four routes and will be hybrid diesel-electric vessels. According to the project’s site page, the company aims to have the new ferries added to the fleet by 2020-2021.

By 2020, there will be one new ferry each for the Powell River-Texada and Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula routes.

By 2021, there will be two ferries each for the Campbell River-Quadra Island and Nanaimo Harbour-Gabriola Island routes.

The new Island Class ferries will each be able to carry 47 vehicles and up to 450 passengers and crew. Each ferry will be double-ended for easy loading and unloading, wide vehicle lanes, dedicated foot passenger paths, as well as space for bicycle parking.

The new vessels will “utilize some of the most advanced clean marine technology in the world”, according to BC Ferries. The vessels will also have the capacity for full electric operation in the future.

Other key features of the new vessels include:

  • low energy consumption

  • ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel source

  • hull, thrusters, and propellers designed for minimal underwater radiated noise

  • fully-contained wastewater system

  • designed for maneuverability and comfortable coastal water travel at all times of the year

BC Ferries will be holding drop-in information sessions regarding the new project in spring for the Powell River-Texada and Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula routes. Drop-in information sessions for the Campbell River-Quadra Island and Nanaimo-Gabriola Island routes will be held in the fall.

BC Ferries is launching the new ferries as a result of community feedback, asking for more frequent sailings, increasing passenger and vehicle capacity on vessels, as well as reducing line-ups and congestion on local roads and terminals. 

According to the project’s site page, the old vessels will be retired and disposed of in an environmentally-conscious manner. The Quadra Queen II, which services the Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula route, will serve as relief, filling in for other ships to allow retirement for older vessels. 

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18 new long-term care beds have been added to Discovery Harbour Seniors Community.

January 01, 2020

Campbell River now has a total of 264 publicly-funded long-term beds, according to a press release from Island Health.

Island Health funded the additions to help the province meet their goal of 3.36 direct care hours per resident day, according to Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“Day by day we are building on our commitment to ensuring seniors have access to the care and services they require,” said Drix.

“These new long-term care beds build upon the Province’s investment of $240 million over three years.”

The new beds are located in private rooms so residents are able to access different services and amenities on site and within the community.

The rooms let residents visit one another, meet with the staff and guests throughout common area around the property.

“We want to make sure our aging population has access to safe and supportive care in their community, close to family and friends.” said Leah Hollins, Island Health board chair.

Discovery Harbour has the highest level of recognition in its patient care from Accreditation Canada, according to Al Jina, owner of Park Place Seniors Living

“The new beds are a much-needed resource for the seniors of Campbell River and surrounding area.” said Jina.

Legal Pot Finally Coming To Campbell River

April 10, 2019

Muse Cannabis has cleared the final paperwork hurdle in the process to become Campbell River’s first legal recreational cannabis retailer.

The company was granted approval by the city back in January, but technically that was only a “recommendation” sent to the province for consideration. That consideration has now been given and the company has been awarded its license.

The Campbell River location will be the second store the company will open – the first being on South Granville Street in Vancouver – and is expected to be open in late June or early July.

“We’re just in the process of filing for a building permit with the city, which we expect to have by the end of April,” says Mike McKee, the company’s chief financial officer. “Our plan is to hold off on starting construction until the beginning of June because we want to get our South Granville store open and sort of work with the layout and make sure there aren’t any tweaks we want to make to it before construction in Campbell River.”

That renovation will cost the company somewhere in the neighbourhood of $400,000, McKee says.

“We’ll be doing some pretty extensive tenant improvements,” he says. “We really want to have a premium offering and a beautiful space, so we’re investing a significant amount of money to make the brand come alive.”

A major part of that brand, McKee says, is what the company is calling the “concierge experience.”

“There is so much in the way of offerings that it can be overwhelming to the consumer,” McKee says. “Particularly for the first few years, the consumer is not necessarily going to be well educated on all the products and the outcomes from consuming the various strains of cannabis. We want to make sure that when somebody comes in the store, there is somebody from our team who can work with them and go through all the various product offerings and explain how they work and what outcome they can expect. Then the next time they come in, they can talk to that same person, tell them what they liked and didn’t like about the product and together they can continue to tailor things to that consumer.”

RELATED: Campbell River approves its first pot shop

Speaking of offerings, McKee says the store’s stock will grow over time as new offerings come to the market.

“At the beginning, it will be primarily dried flower and oils, but unlike a lot of dispensaries in the Lower Mainland who have gone with 600 to 800 square feet, we’ve gone with a much larger footprint because our plan is to be able to incorporate edibles as well as beverages into the offerings, probably about this time next year. And obviously we’ll have various retail items and paraphernalia that people will use to consume the product.”

And while many have been clamouring for some time for a retailer in Campbell River, wondering what the hold up was – recreational cannabis has been legal for about six months, after all – McKee says that blame can’t be placed on the either the city or the province.

“The city has been great to work with on this,” he says. “They had a very pragmatic process and were very up front with us … the whole process was very straightforward. I think that in two or three years time people will have forgotten about how difficult and complicated it may have been at the beginning. Both the city and the province have taken a very careful approach in making sure that this is going to be successful in the long run. It’s a little short-term pain for a long-term gain, I think.”

The Campbell River location of Muse Cannabis will be in the Willow Point plaza near Discovery Foods between Ox Restaurant and Coast Community Credit Union – the company’s old Jak’s Beer Wine and Spirits location.

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Council Report From April 1 Meeting

April 05, 2019

Gold River Village Council - April 1, 2019

Suzanne Trevis:  Please note these are not the official minutes of the meeting.

Present at the regular council meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Brenda Patrick, Kirsty Begon and Joe Sinclair. Councillor Rachel Stratton was absent. Village Administrator, Larry Plourde was also present. There were seven members of the public, and the press, in the gallery.

There were no questions from the public this week.

Two late items were added to the agenda and minutes from the Regular Council Meeting held March 18 were adopted. There were eight reports tonight.

The first from Utilities Supervisor, Michael Lott, was regarding the Disposition of the Wells at the Municipal Campground.  An inspection report from Island Health Environmental Health in 2011 had indicated significant repairs were needed, not just to the pumps, but to procedures regarding testing of the water etc.  Council of the day had temporarily deactivated the pumps.  Island Health is now following up and saying if they are not being used, they need to be properly decommissioned.  Council considered what would be required to continue providing potable water at the site and the $20,000+ it would cost is not at all feasible considering what the campground brings in.  They chose to permanently decommission both wells.

The second report was from Ken Smith.  Ken has been managing the Municipal Campground on a contract basis since 2011.  His report showed that the number of visitors to the campground has continued to rise each year.  Guests in 2014 totalled 499, by 2018 that number was up to 848! Everyone agreed he has been doing a good job and his application for the current term was renewed for another two years.

Deputy Treasurer, Maxine McLean had submitted Payment of Accounts for February, however, there seemed to be a computer glitch and a number of items showing dates were listed with 2018 instead of 2019. The Administrator apologized to council for the oversight and said he would look into it.

Councillor Patrick submitted a report on the Library Board Meeting she attended in March.  Regionally  VIRL has been hosting Indigenous Elders as part of their Indigenous Voices Program.  We have been fortunate to be part of that program here in Gold River.  They have also agreed to waive fines on children’s books.  The annual ‘Our Teen Voices’ creative writing contest is currently underway.  Teens are asked to write about teen issues and submissions will be accepted up to April 30, 2019. As well as cash prizes, finalists will have their work published.  There was also some discussion regarding the rising costs associated with building and maintenance on buildings within the VIRL system. Current bids on a new library in Sayward have come in at double the anticipated budget.

Councillor Patrick also reported on the Chamber of Commerce executive committee meeting held March 21st. They discussed a training programme for students working at the info centre in the summer, and others who work in a front line capacity with tourists.  We want our hosts to be knowledgeable about local attractions, businesses within Nootka Sound, and history of the area.  The goal of those involved is to create a formal Tourist Information Host Training Guide.

The next report was actually the minutes of the Economic Development Committee meeting held March 11.  One initiative of the group has been to commission ‘Community Calendar whiteboards’, which will be on display in the old SuperValu store windows.  The community will be able to forward notices of events to a dedicated email that will be posted on the calendar, or at a dedicated drop off point, yet to be determined. The group hopes to have them in place soon.  Cost estimates for an information kiosk & tree removal on the strip of land between Larch Place and the Village Square parking lot will be presented in the near future.  The EDC is talking to the Rangers to see if they are interested in twinning their ‘Town Cleanup’ event with the removal of the planters in the Village Square.  There was discussion at this point about whether the village’s ‘Unsightly Premises’ bylaw could be utilized in some way, noting the plaza has been ‘a challenge to Tourism and Economic Development for the Village’.  It was eventually determined that this option might not be applicable.  They also discussed updates to the Tourism Information Booth Training previously mentioned. Trainees should be well informed and have first hand knowledge of the Uchuck, trails and the Upana Caves.  They also saw this as a good opportunity to engage with the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation.  They went on to discuss the need for an updated Village website, affordable housing solutions and issues with CMHC funding.

Both the 4th Quarter Financial Report for 2018, and the 2019-2023 Financial Plan/Budget included a lot of detailed financial information with regards to the running of the village.  Anyone interested in the details can access the information at the Village Office.  Additionally, the village will be hosting a public presentation of the five year Financial Plan 2019-2023 in Council Chambers on Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm.

Council passed first reading of the 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 715, 2019.  They also adopted three bylaws addressing Garbage, Water & Sewer amendments for 2019.

Seven items of correspondence were received.

•   Rural Dividend Funding of $29,140 was awarded to the village for the ‘Village Commercial Sector Development’ project. This project encompasses 4 or 5 items from the Ec Dev committee ‘wish list’, including public wifi. 

•   The trail committee was requesting additional funding for signage and a brochure holder to be placed at the Tourist Info Centre.  Council had originally okayed up to $1,000, but the quote was now coming in at over $3,000.  Councillor Patrick asked whether there was a less expensive option. After some discussion council agreed to pass the request on to the Ec Dev committee to investigate further and possibly supply funding out of grant money that was just received.

•   MLA, Claire Trevena forwarded copies of two letters written to the Ministers of Finance and Public Safety in regards to issues recently discussed with Mayor & Council.

•   The City of Victoria forwarded copies of six resolutions they recently passed. Three were to be shared with all local governments in BC: Observed Inhalation Sites for Overdose Prevention, Safer Drug Supply to Save Lives in BC, and Shifting Investment to Low Emission Transportation. Three were to be shared with members of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities: Revitalizing Island Rail, Promoting and Enabling GHG Reductions, and protecting Old Growth Forests. Most of these were received without comment, but the item regarding Old Growth Forests caused a stir. In it, the City of Victoria calls for a moratorium on all old growth forests on Vancouver Island, and amendments to the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan.  It goes on to also resolve to work with local communities, first nations, labour organizations etc.  This wasn’t good enough for some North Island Mayors, including Mayor Unger, who are wondering where Victoria gets off telling them how to manage forests.  Working with them after the fact wouldn’t help all of the small businesses and North Island Communities, who are already pursuing sustainable management and value added initiatives. A moratorium at this point would mean the loss of more than 1700 jobs on the island and the west coast of BC and would be devastating to communities such as Gold River.

•   A letter from the Mayor of Kitimat regarding graduated licensing for Motorcycles was received without comment.

•   A late item to the agenda from Linda Perchaluk, one of the operators of the Arena Concession this past season, was asking why they had to shut down their “take out” services at the arena.  Apparently the village had received a query asking why they were still operating when there was no ice in the facility.  It was then pointed out that the lease for the concession clearly states: they are there to service those people attending functions at the arena (hockey, figure skating, curling, carnivals etc) they are only to be open when the arena is in use, they are not to cater outside of the facility, and they are not to hold dinners unless a room in the facility is being rented for that purpose.  The administrator went on to point out that as the lease had also run out March 31, 2019, it was no longer an issue.

Mayor Unger advised everyone that Councillor Patrick has been able to secure a room in Powell River enabling her to attend the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Annual General Meeting later this month. It did not look like we were going to be able to attend this year due to a shortage of accommodation. 

During Question Period resident Dawn Dakin asked a question about taxes that got rather convoluted. Resident and Elder Larry Andrews also encouraged Mayor and Council to include MMFN in any discussions and/or issues regarding old growth trees.  Mayor Unger reassured him that they have a very good relationship with local First Nations and information is regularly shared with both Band Manager, Kevin Kowalchuck  and Lands Manager Dorothy Hunt.

The Mayor then went on to introduce our new CAO, Brad McRae, and it became apparent that this was Mr. Plourde’s last meeting as the Administrator!  Larry has served the community as CAO for more than 27 years. He remains under contract until September, helping the new CAO and working on a few side projects.  The Mayor said a few words of thanks and Larry, after a few emotional comments, showed great restraint in only telling of a few of the more colourful experiences he’s had while on the job for the village.   It seemed a little anticlimactic, though I’m sure there is a much more memorable celebration being planned somewhere.  There was a picture, and a quick round of hugs, then we all got back to business.  Council adjourned in-camera pursuant to the Community Charter section 90(1)(c) labour relations or other employee relations, and the rest of us headed home.

The next Council Meeting will take place Monday, April 15 at 7pm

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