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Mayors Unit With a Message To Union & Western Forest Products

Six mayors and an acting mayor from communities affected by the Western Forest Products and United Steelworkers labour dispute have penned a letter asking for a resolution to the ongoing strike.


Since July, nearly 3,000 Western Forest Products employees and contracted workers at six Island manufacturing plants and timberlands around the coast have been on strike.


United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 has said it’s on strike over wages, the potential loss of pensions, long-term disability, seniority rights and working conditions.


This week, WFP and USW headed back to the bargaining table.


The Nov. 13 letter, which says “we need both sides to be earnest in their bargaining and seek a resolution as soon as possible,” was signed by Port McNeill Mayor Gabrielle Wickstrom, Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas, Powell River Acting Mayor George Doubt, Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, Sayward Mayor John MacDonald, North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring and Gold River Mayor Brad Unger.

Lucky Lager Soap???

A gift for the man that has everything?

A popular Vancouver Island soap company is launching a Lucky Lager beer-scented soap just in time for the holidays. The soap, simply called Lucky Lager Beer Soap, combines the smell of beer with essential oils to create a highly moisturizing soap with a thick lather, according to Vancouver Island Soap Works founder Debbie Cooper.

"This is not a fad soap but a soap that we designed to replace commercial soap," Cooper told CTV News. "Our soap is one of the mildest you can use and is a high-moisturizing soap that makes a nice lather."

The soap is made by combining beer with the company's traditional soap recipes to create a hoppy scent that eventually transitions to a more conventional soap smell.

"Well, I'm an island girl, born and raised, and I've had my soap company for a few years now and we've made Guinness beer soap," said Cooper. "We replace the water in the soap when we manufacture and process it."

Using the same process, Cooper and her team have added Lucky Lager to a red-hued bar that is designed to resemble a brick. Cooper said the brick aesthetic was inspired by the hard working type of person that tends to enjoy a Lucky Lager. "We thought about it and went, 'Yeah, let's make some Lucky Beer soap and let's see what people say about it,'" said Cooper. "And it's been a big hit!"

"It's the perfect Christmas gift for the Lucky beer drinker as a stocking stuffer," Cooper said.

Lucky Lager Beer Soap can be found at any Red Barn Market on the island for $6.99 per bar. They will also be available at Thrifty Foods in the coming weeks, said Cooper.

For more information on the soap, visit the Vancouver Island Soap Works website here.  

Drop In Day

We are still looking for folks to fill spots at our upcoming MSDPR day. In order for our community to continue having social services/supports attend in person, we need to show them that there is a need and want for their services! Information below:

What: Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction - Drop in Day. Tracy from the MSDPR will be here to assist with basic information and requests related to Provincial (BC) benefits and programs.

Where: Multipurpose room, Gold River Health Clinic

When: Friday, November 29th 2019. 10:30am-2:30pm

Please see attached poster. To sign up for limited time slots, please call Kaitlyn at 250-283-2626 x 64431. All others will be seen on a first come first serve, drop in basis. We will try and see as many folks as possible however based on need/attendance space may be limited. Information is limited to PWD/IA/Medical services only. Supplements, programs, entitlements, and benefits. Address updates and direct deposit enrollment. This is for Provincial benefits only, does not include Federal programs such as CPP/OAS/EI etc.

Please call for more information or to sign up!
























One Step Closer To Cell Service!

The footing is week the tower goes up!

A Message From North & South VI Logging Communities Unite

Finally! We will be on the road once again making food deliveries! Due to logistics, we will be heading to Gold River first on Wednesday, November 13th & should arrive at approximately 11:00 am. 🤞

We will be at the top shack picket line on Western Drive as long as it takes to ensure everyone receives groceries.
If you are unable to get out to the picket line to pick up groceries, please send your significant other! ❤️

This is for anyone in the forest industry that has been affected by the labour dispute. Please remember that you need to bring either your union card or a pay stub that shows your employer along with one piece of ID. 🥰

We will be heading to Sayward & Campbell River on Friday, November 15th, time TBD. Logistically it just isn’t possible for us to deliver to all 3 communities in 1 day, so we are splitting the days. 🥰

Soldiers & Seniors Ride For Free On Monday

BC Ferries says both soldiers and seniors will sail for free tomorrow.

It’s also adding 24  sailings for the Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to  Swartz Bay (Victoria) route and two more for the Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) route.

It says active, reserve and retired military personnel, as well as cadets, will receive free travel on its routes in honour of their service.

The free fare applies to passengers when they present Canadian military identification or if they are travelling in uniform.

BC Ferries says seniors will also be able to travel for free on Remembrance Day with the presentation of a BC Services Card, BC Driver’s License, BC Identification Card or Birth Certificate.

To honour and respect Canada’s fallen veterans, all Canadian flags onboard BC Ferries vessels will fly at half-mast and two minutes of silence will happen at 11:00am on the vessels and at terminals.

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New Open Burning Regulations

July 11, 2019

More guiding documents will be published ahead of the fall burning season.

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Nov 15 & 29, Dec 14 & 28th
The following is a paid advertisement placed by DANIEL A. CARROLL. C/O Fulton & Company, November 8, 2019.

NO. H88550




                               IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA



                        CIBC MORTGAGES INC.











To:       The Respondent KEVIN ROBERT BORZEL

TAKE NOTICE THAT on October 7, 2019, an order was made for service on you of a Petition issued from the NANAIMO Registry of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in proceeding number H88550 by way of this advertisement.

In the proceeding, the plaintiff/petitioner claim(s) the following relief against you:

(a)        an Order Nisi of foreclosure with a six (6) month redemption period (re:  Lot 44, Plan 18225);

(b)        Judgment for the mortgage balance;

(c)        Party and party costs at Scale A;

You must file a responding pleading/response to petition within the period required under the Supreme Court Civil Rules failing which further proceedings, including judgment, may be taken against you without notice to you.

You may obtain, from the NANAIMO Registry, at 35 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC, a copy of the Petition and the order providing for service by this advertisement.

This advertisement is placed by DANIEL A. CARROLL, whose address for service is:  c/o Fulton & Company LLP, 300 – 350 Lansdowne Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 1Y1 Attention:  Daniel A. Carroll

Fax number address for service (if any):  (250) 851-2300

Updates From The Ridge

Just a reminder that the Ridge will be closed for Remembrance Day. The LadiesLunch is this Tuesday, if you haven't already done so, book your table...And dates are  filling up fast for Christmas Staff parties to book  your party today

Community Health Fair

The next Gold River Community Health Fair will be held Saturday November 30th from 10am-2pm in the Arena Lounge! More details will be posted shortly, but make sure to add us to your calendar!

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction - Drop in Day

Tracy from the MSDPR will be here to assist with basic information and requests related to Provincial (BC) benefits and programs.

Where: Multipurpose room, Gold River Health Clinic

When: Friday, November 29th 2019. 10:30am-2:30pm

Please see attached poster. To sign up for limited time slots, please call Kaitlyn at 250-283-2626 x 64431. All others will be seen on a first come first serve, drop in basis. We will try and see as many folks as possible however based on need/attendance space may be limited.

Information is limited to PWD/IA/Medical services only. Supplements, programs, entitlements, and benefits. Address updates and direct deposit enrollment. This is for Provincial benefits only, does not include Federal programs such as CPP/OAS/EI etc.

Please call for more information or to sign up!

Support The Food Bank

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Claire Trevena Announces $139,360 In Funding

 Claire Trevena is welcoming $139,360 in Community Gaming Grant funding to parent advisory councils to benefit students in the North Island.

“Extracurricular programs are essential to a child’s healthy development,” said Claire Trevena, MLA for the North Island. “I’m proud our government is supporting parents so they can continue to provide stimulating and enriching school-based experiences.”

Schools receive PAC funding each year to provide students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with a variety of extracurricular experiences including field trips, sports and playground equipment, music, and writing and debate competitions.

MLA Trevena said this year 27 school PACs are receiving $139,360 in Gaming Grant funding in her constituency.

Trevena said the New Democrat government believes that no child should be denied opportunities because their family can’t afford it, and that programs like the Community Gaming Grants and the new Playground Equipment Program help level the playing field.

Quick Facts:

  • The Community Gaming Grants Branch provides funding to parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) to support the enhancement of extracurricular opportunities for K-12 students in British Columbia.

  • For the 2019-2020 school year, more than 1,300 PACs and DPACs throughout B.C. are receiving approximately $11 million in Community Gaming Grant funding. Community Gaming Grants provide up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations throughout British Columbia each year.

  • Funding amounts for PACs are currently set at a rate of $20 per student. The total grant amount is based on student enrollment as of the start of the previous school year. The grant funding amount for DPACs is currently set at $2,500 per year.

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WFP proposes binding arbitration to striking workers

Western Forest Products has a proposal for its striking workers.

That proposal is binding arbitration. The company says it’s inviting the United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 back to the negotiating table. The arbitration would be handled by independent mediators Vince Ready and Amanda Rogers.

Talks have broken down between the workers and the company and WFP says there are no future mediation dates scheduled at this time. WFP says it believes progress was made on several proposals during mediated talks this month and the company remains available to resume discussions at any time.

“Our employees, contractors, their families, our customers and operating communities are all counting on us to resolve the labour dispute,” said Don Demens, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western.

“While we were encouraged by the progress we made during previous mediated talks, with no future dates scheduled, this step demonstrates our commitment to getting employees back to work and products to our customers.”

The strike has been going one since July 1st and affects all of WFP’s United Steelworkers certified manufacturing and timberlands operations in British Columbia, impacting approximately 1,500 of the company’s hourly employees and approximately 1,500 employees working for the company’s timberland operations and contractors.

Suspect in Nootka Sound stabbing assault arrested

On October 30th 2019 just after 4pm the Nootka Sound RCMP received a complaint of a male who had been the victim of an aggravated assault at his residence.

Nootka Sound RCMP Frontline members attended and found the man in serious medical distress suffering from a stab wound. First aid measures were immediately applied by the members and requests for advanced emergency medical aid was made. While treating the victim, information was learned who the alleged suspect was.

While the victim was being treated for their injuries by medical professionals, Nootka Sound RCMP members located the suspect who was arrested without incident. Due to the serious injuries sustained by the victim, it was necessary for emergency transport from Nootka Sound to a larger medical facility.

"As the Nootka Sound RCMP Detachment Commander I would like to thank all emergency personnel who helped on this very serious incident, especially the BC Ambulance paramedics who assisted" said Sergeant Joshua Wiese "Their dedication, speed and actions may have prevented a tragedy."

The Nootka Sound RCMP continue to investigate this matter, and have spoken with the Vancouver Island District General Investigation service for their direction and assistance.

The suspect remains in custody and the Nootka Sound RCMP do not feel there is a threat to the public.

Gold River Music Project

The Gold River Music Project aims to promote music for young people in our community. Last June, we raised close to $400 with a concert at Clayworks. This money can help support one or two students who would like to take music lessons from local teachers. If you are interested please email There is a short application process and a student(s) will be chosen from these applicants.

(Thanks to Kathleen O'Reily for this story via facebook)

Oh Christmas Tree

Cougar Attack

October 29, 2019

Rick Boyle was outside his house at around 4 a.m. with two dogs while Laura Boyle was inside. Their cat, who was an indoor cat, snuck outside.



Laura said Rick was in the process of getting the cat when a cougar came up from behind and attacked her. Rick fought off the cougar. The cougar then chased after one of the dog’s going into the house. Rick then went into the house and fought the cougar off with a broom until it fled.


The cat was badly injured and had to be put down. The dog had two puncture wounds but is recovering. Laura said the BC Conservation Officer Service was notified but were not dispatched to that call.

 Conservation Officer James Hilgemann said there have been three cougars spotted throughout the village: a mother and her kitten and another adult estimated to be around 120 pounds (54 kilograms).


At 5:30 a.m., a person out walking a dog saw a feral cat bolt out from under a car. A cougar was reported in watching the cat and dog but was not aggressive.


There was another report of a cougar sighting Monday afternoon and a BC Conservation Officer was using dogs to look for that cougar. Alyshia Larsen, Laura and Rick’s daughter, said the cougar was shot in a yard.


Hilgemann said an elderly woman reported teenagers chasing the female cougar and its baby on Friday night. The pair did leave the area.


If a cougar is found, it will be put down as it has become too habituated to a populated area. Hilgemann said there have probably been other sightings that have been shared on social media but not reported to the BC Conservation Officer Service.


“There’s a high abundance of feral cats in Gold River,” Hilgemann said.


“That brings in the cougars.”


Hilgemann said residents should keep their pets on leashes when they are out for a walk and supervise them when they are let out at night.


“When cats are at large, of course they’re [cougars] are going to be interested,” Hilgemann said.


Under the BC Wildlife Act, a BC Conservation Officer can kill a dog that is at large in a wildlife management area or at large and harassing wildlife. An officer may kill a cat at large where wildlife is usually found.


Gold River residents are also asked to protect themselves against possible cougar encounters.


If you do see a cougar, stay calm and keep the cougar in view, pick up children immediately. Children frighten easily and the noise and movements they make could provoke an attack. Back away slowly, ensuring that the animal has a clear avenue of escape.


You should then make yourself look as large as possible and keep the cougar in front of you at all times. Never run or turn your back on a cougar, sudden movement may provoke an attack.


If a cougar shows interest, respond aggressively, maintain eye contact with the cougar, show your teeth and make loud noise. Arm yourself with rocks or sticks as weapons.


If a cougar attacks, fight back, convince the cougar you are a threat and not prey, use anything you can as a weapon. Focus your attack on the cougar’s face and eyes. Use rocks, sticks, bear spray or personal belongings as weapons. This will convince the cougar that you are not prey but are a threat.


Hilgemann said it’s a good idea to carry a fixed knife on a belt and pepper spray. If a cougar poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety, call the Conservation Officer Service call centre at 1-877-952-7277.  (Editor's Note:  The above story was written by CHEK News)

NIC’s Kitchen Assistant Program returning to Campbell River

After a successful launch of the Employment Transition Kitchen Assistant program at NIC, it’s returning to the Campbell River campus.

The program teaches students the skills they need to work in the foodservice industry. It is designed to fill the gaps of businesses looking for great employees to fill entry-level positions.

Students spend 15 weeks completing employability coursework and certifications, including WHMIS and Food Safe. They then move into the NIC teaching kitchen to complete six weeks before beginning a month-long practicum.

Local Executive Chef, Daniel Dycke, from SoCal Restaurant says the restaurant industry has a real need for trained and invested entry-level staff.

“I’ve seen first hand how diversity can create a strong team,” said Dycke. “It’s been a rewarding experience to work with the students in the Kitchen Assistant program and I look forward to doing so again.”

If you are interested in applying email Kathy O’Donnell at or call 250-923-9774.

To learn more about the Employment Transition Kitchen Assistant Program, click here.

Virtual Palative Support Care Now Availalbe

Wayne Green moved to Port Hardy after nearly a year in Victoria General hospital recovering from a complicated surgery for a disease affecting his spine. It had until that point rendered him a secondary quadriplegic. To many people’s surprise, he recovered from the ordeal and eventually chose to relocate to this rural Northern Vancouver Island community. He liked its small town feel and affordable living and thought it would be the ideal place to peacefully heal. The last thing he expected was to be at the centre of a high-tech revolution in healthcare delivery.     There's a great video from island health that explains the program, click here

Children's Health Hub

The Community Dental Hygienist Ethel Henry will be at the Children's Health Hub on Wednesday November 6, 2019. Contact the Hub to make a FREE appointment for your child(ren) ages 0-3yrs. #250-283-7108