(boundaries) Elections BC is suggesting an adjustment to this provincial riding, due to unequal populations in Courtenay Comox and Alberni Pacific Rim. According to BC Electoral Boundaries Commission chairman Tom Melnik, the Courtenay riding is 22% above the provincial average for population within a riding, and Alberni Pacific Rim is 18% below Alberni - Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser said he expected some boundary changes to be recommended, and he'll watch the process as it unfolds. A Federal taskforce came to similar conclusions last year, and changed the federal riding of Nanaimo - Alberni to the new riding of Alberni - Comox. The provincial commission will hold public hearings in April, and make a final report to the legislature in September, and could take effect for the next provincial election in 2017
(forestry) City Councillor and regional District Director Jack McLeman is upset Alberni was left out of the provincial forest ministry's new rural advisory council. A person from Port McNeill was selected to be on the 14-member council, and will provide advice to the ministry on rural economic development. Considering the Alberni Valley has mills and many types of forest tenures, McLeman said the province would have better served to appoint someone from here. McLeman says he intends to speak to the Forest Minister about this new group, and find a way to get Alberni involved
(MVI) The driver of a logging truck suffered minor injuries and required some stitches after his truck flipped on Highway 4 at Chalet Road yesterday afternoon. Oceanside RCMP say the truck blew a tire and the driver lost control, flipping the truck and spilling the load of logs across the highway, which was closed for 2 hours as a result. Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Officers are investigating.
(LCB) Many Government liquor stores, including the one in Port Alberni, will now be open Sundays and extended weekday hours, starting April 1st. Changes to provincial liquor laws mean many government liquor stores will now be open Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 pm.The Port Alberni store will now be open until 7 pm Monday to Thursday, and 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. According to a Liquor Distribution Branch spokesperson, the change reflect the new policy that government liquor stores pay the same wholesale price as private liquor stores, and they compete on a fairly equal footing
MITCH MAKIN COMMITS TO THE WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce that captain
Mitch Makin has committed to the NCAA Division 1 program of the Western Michigan
Makin spent the last three seasons as a Bulldog after being acquired by Kevin Willison from
his former team the Olds Grizzlys in exchange for 1994-born defenseman Marc Eremenko.
Makin ended up playing for the Bulldogs in 141 regular season games, contributing 42 goals
and 58 assists for a total of 100 points. Moreover, Makin helped lead the Bulldogs to 28
playoff game appearances over his last three seasons.
In 2014/15, Makin was named captain of the Bulldogs. He stepped his game up even more
after significant injuries to Evan Tironese and Kurt Gosselin. Since January 1st, Makin led
with 34 points in the final 26 regular season games.
Makin is the third Alberni Valley Bulldogs player to join the Western Michigan Broncos in
recent years, following in the footsteps of goalie Frank Slubowski and defenseman Kenny
Morrison. Slubowski ended up being named to the 2011/12 NCAA (CCHA) All-Rookie Team
as well as the NCAA (CCHA) Tournament MVP after guiding the Broncos to the CCHA
Championships. Slubowski went on to being named to the NCAA (CCHA) Second All-Star
Team in 2012/13. Morrison, who a few weeks ago was signed by the Calgary Flames, also
made an impact with the Broncos as he was named to the 2012/13 NCAA (CCHA) All-
There were several teams that expressed interest in Makin, but Western Michigan became
the best fit.
"I would like to thank the Bulldogs organization for everything they have done for me," said
Makin. "Special thanks to my parents, coaches Kevin Willison and Adam Hayduk, my billets
Larry and Nancy Doucette, Tom McEvay, and to everyone in the Alberni Valley for all the
support given to me during my three years in Port Alberni," added Makin. "My experience
and memories will last a lifetime. I am fortunate to have played my junior hockey is such an
awesome place. I'm excited to attend Western Michigan and play for the Broncos. Thank
you to everyone that supported me!"
Makin went on to say that he will especially miss the outstanding fan support that created
such an amazing atmosphere for every home game at Weyerhaeuser Arena and how the
best fans in the BCHL took that same home ice atmosphere on the road in the playoffs to
Victoria's and Nanaimo's rinks.
The entire Alberni Valley Bulldogs family wishes to thank Mitch for his three years of service
and wishes him all the best as he continues the next chapter of his hockey career at
For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley
Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison
Former Bulldog Kenney Morrison had a fantastic professional hockey debut Saturday night, scoring once and adding two assists for three points for the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League. Morrison signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames last week.
A learn to play softball program being offered to Grades 4 – 8 SD70 Students. The program is free and all equipment is provided. School District 70 in partnership with Alberni Valley Minor Softball is hosting the program. It is designed to give students a fun introduction to softball and allow them to develop basic skills.
Who: Grades 4 - 8 Students from any SD70 School.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 31, April 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 & 23 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 4:45 pm
Where: Glenwood Center.
What to Bring? PE Strip (T-Shirt & Shorts/loose fitting pants) and a baseball/softball glove if you have one. All equipment will be provided for those without
The Black Sheep Rugby Club is looking for new players. Any Men 18 years and up who want to try their hand at Rugby are encouraged to come out and see what it's all about. They have players from 19 to 63, so they can find a place for anyone who wants to play. Practices go every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 at the Black Sheep Rugby Club at the top of Argyle.
The Sheep got back to their winning ways on Saturday at home, beating the Nanaimo Hornets 31-24 with Anthony Selva winning the Man of the Match award. The Sheep have won 7 of their last 8 games. They have a two week break before hosting Capilano.
The Alberni Valley Men's Non-Contact Hockey League is looking for new players.
The former Port Alberni Rookie and Alberni Valley Non-Contact Hockey Leagues have merged and are looking for players 19 and over of all levels to join the new recreational league. If you love to play Canada’s game, we can find a place for you!To join a team or to spare for the league, email firstname.lastname@example.org and come out to our Shinny starting Thursday September 18th at 9:30PM at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.
Thursday March 19- Urgels Auto Collision 2 vs Westisle Construction 0
Men's NCHL scores from the weekend:
John Robbins 5 vs Hetherington 1
Friday March 20- Magic Moments 3 vs Canadian Tire/Jal Designs 7
Coulsons 3 vs Cariboo On Site 1
Sunday a March 22- MacDermotts 1 vs John Robbins 2
Ladies Non Contact Hockey
STINGERS 4 vs Shooters 2 (5th vs 6th)
Chicks With Sticks 1 vs HOCKEY BAGS 2 (shootout) (3rd vs 4th)
Bombers 1 vs BREAKERS 4 (1st vs 2nd)
** BREAKERS - CHAMPIONS*