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Gold River's Cody Savey contending for a spot on a TV show for aboriginal hockey prospects

July 20, 2017

Just a few short weeks after completing Grade 10, Mowachaht/Muchalaht’s 15-year-old Cody Savey has flown to Winnipeg to take part in a television show that promises to further develop his ice hockey skills as he pursues a WHL career.

Hit the Ice is an APTN reality television series that brings together 30 of Canada’s most promising young aboriginal hockey players for three weeks of intense training. The television shows provides a unique opportunity for Canada’s most promising young aboriginal hockey prospects.

“It’s a chance to make their mark, improve their skills, show off their talent to pro-level coaches, scouts and players … and take aim at that one dream,” said Producer Jason Brennan.

Hit the Ice started in 2012 and is now filming its sixth season with a new set of young aboriginal Canadian hockey players that includes Nuu-chah-nulth teen Cody Savey. “We take 30 of Canada’s top indigenous prospects and put them through NHL-calibre training,” said Brennan.

The players take part in two weeks of intense physical training and workshops that include nutrition education and team bonding exercises as they prepare for the show finale – the big game.

It is during the final game with a mystery team that the players receive their payoff. They’re not paid money for their efforts but they get a once in a lifetime chance to play in front of the discerning eyes of professional junior hockey scouts and the chance to be invited to junior hockey camps. This is an important stepping stone to the pros and a chance they might otherwise not get.

Savey has already played in junior hockey camps. On Feb. 13, 2017 he signed a Standard Player Agreement with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. He will be going to Seattle in August to continue his training.

Even so, Brennan says Cody Savey made the cut and will not be one of the players eliminated from the show on July 19.

Savey, who stands 6-1, weighing in at 210 pounds, is the youngest player in this season of Hit the Ice.

“He’s the youngest player and he needs some work, but with his size and age, he’s got a lot of potential,” Brennan told Ha-Shilth-Sa. “We will help him develop.”

Savey has already spent a week in training which he says has been hard.

“I am learning a lot, it’s lots of work and pretty hard but I am sure I can push through,” he said.

The training is intense and players get to work with former NHL players like coach John Chabot who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Redwings. In addition, guest coaches are brought in.

During season five of Hit the Ice, players worked with former NHL guest coaches, Gerard Gallant, Mark Stone, Ryan Garbutt and Cody McCormick.

Cody’s family couldn’t be with him in Winnipeg but they cheer for him at their Gold River home.

“Hard work pays off and Cody has been very lucky to have great coaches and a supportive group of family and friends,” said Cody’s mother Eva.

“He has sacrificed a lot to play for the love of the game

I miss him always but we also sacrifice our time with him so he can be successful,” she added.

Season six of Hit the Ice will premier in February 2018 on APTN. There is a Hit the Ice website that shows highlights of previous seasons.

Cody Savey will turn 16 later this month. His plans include heading back to training camp in Seattle in August, then return to school for Grade 11.

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Trevena continues pushing for 21st century level of connectivity for all North Island

July 17, 2017

When it comes to access to true high speed, broadband internet, not all things are equal across the North Island. Many rural communities face slower speeds than their urban counterparts and some even lack service altogether.

“I am continuing my campaign to ensure that households and businesses across the North Island have access to true high speed, broadband internet” said Claire Trevena, MLA North Island, in a recent letter to people and businesses in her constituency.

“I am putting together a profile of the constituency for government and the large internet providers in the hope that having a constituency-wide business case will assist in persuading both Ministers and corporations for the need for 21st century level of connectivity,” she said.

Trevena is particularly interested in:

• The impact on individual businesses – both existing and potential. What are the daily struggles businesses face by not having the speedy connection? Have businesses used connectivity in their decision to either start up or not?

• The impact on education – both in the classroom, for homework and for distance learning. Do students have equality of access compared with those in urban centres; how much reliance is there on connectivity for out of school projects? Are problems with connectivity affecting educational outcomes? How many people are doing distance education, or have given up because of poor internet access?

• The impact on the quality of life. Are people choosing to leave or choosing not to settle in community because of problems with connectivity? Are people losing access to benefits and programmes because of inability to connect?

• The impact on tourism. Are there any quantative or anecdotal reports on whether connectivity plays into tourists choosing to come or not come to the North Island?

“Everyone needs to have access to high speed, broadband internet and people living in rural communities should not have to continually fight to get an utility service that most people around the world take for granted.”

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Minutes From Last Council Meeting

July 16, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Village of Gold River held Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Council Chambers of the Village Office located at 499 Muchalat Drive commencing at 7:00 p.m. 

PRESENT:         Mayor B. Unger 
            Councillor K. Begon
            Councillor D. Curr
            Councillor R. MacLeod            
            Councillor G. Waterman Min
STAFF:         Mr. L. Plourde, Administrator 

Call to Order 

Mayor Unger called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 

Approval of Agenda 

MOVED and seconded that the agenda be approved as presented. 


Adoption of Minutes 

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held June 19, 2017. 

MOVED and seconded that the minutes be adopted as circulated. 



Administrator  -  Block C (Public Road Access) License of Occupation. 

MOVED and seconded that the report be received. 


MOVED and seconded that the Village accept the proposed 10 year License of Occupation (License No. V922326) over Block C and the Mayor and Administrator sign the Agreement accordingly. 


Deputy Director of Finance  -  Accounts Payable Listing for June 2017. 

MOVED and seconded that the report be received. 


Dave Leitch, CAO, Strathcona Regional District regarding Emergency Mass Notification System Report. 

MOVED and seconded that the information be received. 


Council Information Items 

Mayor Unger thanked Louise Karlsson and the Canada Day 150 Committee for the July 1st weekend events. 

Councillor Curr spoke of “fertilizing” lakes with plankton/phytoplankton to enhance growth of fish/much research required.  Councillor Curr to continue to follow up. 

UBCM Convention Reminder - Mayor Unger and the Administrator to identify UBCM Cabinet Minister meetings. and request Council to provide suggestions for meetings. 


Barry Avis, Chair, VIRL Board of Trustees regarding 2016 Annual Report:  Inspiring Communities. 

Charmaine Enns, Medial Health Officer, Island Health regarding Local Health Area Profiles. 

MOVED and seconded that the correspondence be received. 



MOVED and seconded that the meeting terminate. 

Time:  7:30 p.m.     CARRIED





B. Unger                                                Mayor      L. Plourde             Corporate Administrator


Certified correct by the Corporate Administrator     ____________________________________                            L. Plourde               Corporate Administrator

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