(shipping news) The Port Alberni Port Authority is about to start stacking logs on their docks next week, as they try out a faster way of loading ships. Terminal Manager Mike Carter says loading logs from the dock instead of from the water will be good for business. Carter says hemlock bundles often sink before they can be loaded on the ship, costing forest companies thousands of dollars. The port will stockpile 3500 cubic metres of logs from Island Timberlands, and will load them onto ships bound for Korea and China later in May.
(dass) Court dates for former investment advisor Charles Dass have now been set.
The preliminary inquiry runs for 7 days starting on May 13th,  and Ian Hay, crown counsel from the commercial crimes unit in Vancouver plans to call 8 witnesses. Dass faces six counts of theft over $5000, six counts of fraud, and two counts of using forged documents. It is alleged that he stole almost $3.9 million from two Alberni Valley dairy farming families, who gave him money for investment in GICs and other low-risk investments. Dass has already been fined more than $300,000 by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, and banned from the brokerage business for life.
(tsunami cash) The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust has been awarded $17,000 to clean up tsunami debris along the shoreline in the Tofino-Long Beach area.It's part of a million dollars given to BC by the Government of Japan to fund tsunami clean-up projects along the west coast.More than $660,000 has been handed out so far to shoreline clean-up projects, even though a recent report from the University of Hawaii says most debris from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami has either sunk, or is stuck in the massive Pacific Garbage patch.Ministry of Environment spokesman David Karn said the government will hold back a portion of the Japanese funding to address invasive species risks if another boat or large object from Japan washes up on our shores.


The Bulldogs Spring Identification Camp gets going on Friday at the Multplex and goes throughout the weekend.

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are gearing up to welcome over 70
prospects to 2014 Spring Identification Camp that starts Friday, April 18, 2014 and runs
until Sunday, April 20, 2014.

As always, all the camp scrimmage games are open to the public free of charge. The
games are scheduled for:

Friday, April 18: Blue vs Orange 2:30-4:45pm, Green vs Gold 5:00-7:15pm
Saturday, April 19: Orange vs Green 9:00-11:15am, Blue vs Gold 11:30-1:45pm, Blue vs
Green 4:00-6:15pm, and Orange vs Gold 6:30-8:45pm. Sunday, April 20: 8:00-9:30am and 10:45-12:15pm. Sunday teams will be determined based on the win/loss record from the Friday and Saturday games.

In addition to the games, players will also be put through fitness testing, participate in
an educational seminar conducted by Bulldogs educational advisor Tom McEvay, and a
separate goalie-only ice session with Bulldogs goalie coach Alex Evin. “We pride ourselves for running a first-class identification camp,” said Alberni Valley Bulldogs general manager and head coach Kevin Willison. “We interact daily with the players, have our scouting staff on-hand, and invite local Junior B teams to give the prospects the best opportunity to showcase their skills.”

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are also welcoming a strong group of local players to this
year’s camp. “It’s a great opportunity for the local players to experience the level of play and what it’s going to take to play at the BCHL level,” added Willison. Every player exits the camp with a face-to-face meeting with the coaching staff where
information and feedback is exchanged.

Once the Port Alberni spring camp concludes, the Bulldogs staff will start to focus their
attention on the team’s second spring identification camp to be held in Osoyoos, BC,
from May 2-4, 2014. The Osoyoos spring camp is filling up fast but there are still a few
spaces available for forwards and defense. Registration for the Osoyoos camp is
available online at