More than 200 people hiked up Argyle Street last evening as part of a reconciliation march.
Tseshaht Chief Councillor Cynthia Dick said there has been a noticible rise in racism in the Alberni Valley and throughout the world over the past year.
Cynthia Dick, along with co-organizer Jolleen Dick from Hupacasath spoke before council, asking more work be done to bring Alberni communities together.
Port Alberni Mayor Ruttan said council endorsed three recommendations including forming a committee to develop a local plan on what concrete actions can be take towards reconciliation.
The city has made a deal to bring down the former Arrowview Hotel and make a land swap for the property.
Owner Dean Johnson will pay for the demolition and site remediation, and will hand over the two uptown lots it sits on, in exchange for 4 small city lots beside his Greenport Hotel.
Mayor Mike Ruttan says it's a good deal for the city.
The city will formalize the swap of the Athol Street property for the lots on Alexander Road after full demolition and environmental abatement has been completed.
(Huu-ay-aht / LNG)
The Huu-ay-aht First Nation announced their support of a Liquified Natural Gas plant within their territory.
Members voted 70% in favour of a continued partnership with Steelhead LNG, who are proposing the construction of a $30 billion facility at Sarita Bay.
Huu-ay-aht executive council member John Jack says the deal is good for everyone
Steelhead president Nigel Kozemko says they hope to reach a final investment decision in 2019, and make their first shipment by 2024.
Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert Dennis said now that First Nations members have given the go-ahead, his council will now begin meeting with Bamfield community members and neighbouring First Nations to address their concerns

(bicycle crash)

A Port Alberni man suffered life-threatening injuries after crashing his bicycle on Third Ave yesterday morning.

The 30 year old man was riding his bike down 3rd Ave when he suddenly lost control near Strathern Street, and fell off his bike landing hard on the ground.

He was unconscious and unresponsive at the scene.

RCMP spokesperson Corporal Amelia Hayden said the man was not wearing a helmet, and investigators are still trying to figure out why he crashed.

He was taken to hospital in Victoria but according to a friend, is on the road to recovery.


Alberni District Secondary School Second in the Province
Alberni District Secondary School’s Wrestling Team showed their prowess once again finishing second overall in the Aggregate competition at the 2017 BC High School Wrestling Championships in Salmon Arm.  The Armada finished behind Saint Thomas Moore of Burnaby in this prestigious category that combines both the male and female divisions.  Maple Ridge was third.
There were 100 schools represented at this year’s BC High School Championships.  In addition to the combined team standings the Armada boys team finished fourth in their division and the girls were top 10. The ADSS boys were only 10 points behind eventual boys champion New Westminster Secondary. Tamanawis of Surrey were second and WJ Mouat of Abbotsford third just ahead of ADSS. St Thomas Moore won the girls team title with Mission second and Cowichan third.
The Armada had an amazing 11 athletes finish in the top 6 of their weight classes and many others were only one or two wins away from finishing top 6.  ADSS was led by the gold medal performance of Grade 11 wrestler Aaron Badovinac.  Badovinac was ranked #1 all season at 74 kg and capped his season as Provincial Champion. Badovinac wrestled well winning his gold medal match by a pin late in the first round against a tough Khalid Emani of Surrey’s Tamanawis Secondary.
“It was great to see Aaron win the gold medal today,” commented ADSS Coach John McDonald.  “Aaron was fighting an illness and was unable to practice over the past two weeks.  He got healthy just in time and although he wasn’t quite at 100% he showed a lot of grit to get the win.  He was a finalist last year when he finished second as only a grade 10 so it it was nice to win gold this time. He is one of the top high school wrestlers in Canada right now. ”
Grade 11 Ravi Manhas was also a finalist for the Armada.  “Ravi completely dominated his preliminary matches at 45 kg, pinning his opponents in less than 30 seconds” noted Coach Chris Bodnar.  “His semi final was a little bit tougher but he won that by pin too.  In the final he came up against a very tough opponent and had to settle for the silver medal.  Ravi is now a three time provincial medalist with one more year to add to his count.”
The Armada also had two female finalists.  In the 75 kilogram division it was a rematch of the Island Championships with Paige Maher facing off against Erin Geddie of Esquimalt.  “Despite facing the National Champion in Grade 12, Paige had an exciting match and threatened Geddie with a couple of explosive attacks,” noted her aunt and assistant ADSS coach Jeannette Badovinac.  It wasn’t enough as Geddie’s experience and strength were just too much for the much younger Maher.  Winning a silver medal in Grade 8 is amazing and Maher is going to be a force to be reckoned with over her next 4 years of high school wrestling.
Kyla McAuley finished with the silver medal in the 110 kilogram class loosing  the final to a Amanda Silveri from Saint Thomas Moore. McAuley is another of the young guns ADSS has coming up in their program.
Daniel Spencer won a hard fought bronze medal at 78 kilograms.  “Daniel injured himself in practice and was in a sling most of the week. He showed a lot grit and determination wrestling through adversity and coming through on the back side,” noted Coach McDonald. Spencer lost his first match of the BC’s and came back to win six straight to claim the bronze.
Seth Price (51kg), Isaac McDonald (60kg) and Morgan Dagenais (60kg) finished fifth in their divisions.  Bobby McKenzie (38kg), Lane Harris (84kg), and Trenton Vanderkooi (110kg) contributed valuable team points finishing sixth. All of these wrestlers had terrific BC’s and were so close to being in the medal rounds.
“We lost some heart breaking semi final matches on Friday night,” commented Russ Bodnar.  “Lane was so close to getting through to the final and Trenton wrestled really smart all tournament long.  Seth Price had his opponent worried too.  A few seconds or a couple more points and it would have been a different story.  But I guess that is wrestling.  Our whole team should be proud of how they wrestled.  They worked hard to get here and we sometimes take for granted just how tough it is to compete at this level.”
Trevor Barker, Morgan Dagenais, Trenton Vanderkooi, and Lane Harris are key members of the Armada team who graduate this year.  They will leave some big shoes to fill however, the bulk of the team returns and are looking forward to hosting the 2018 BC High School Wrestling Championships in Port Alberni at the Multiplex.
The tournament in Salmon Arm marks the official end of the High School season.  A handful of wrestlers have been invited to participate in training and competitive opportunities with Team BC over the next few months.  Most will turn their attention to developing their athletic skills by playing other sports.  A handful of wrestlers will be travelling to Windsor to compete in the Cadet/Juvenile National Championships.  Local wrestling families and supporters need to put April 18th on their calendar for the 39th Annual Wrestling Awards Night at the Italian Hall.

Vancouver Island Ladies Non Contact Hockey 
Sunday March 5th
Courtenay Whalers 3 JAL Design Panthers 8 

Ladies Non Contact Hockey
Round Robin Playoffs Week 1
Sunday March 5th
Shooters vs Hockey Bags 2 

Men's Non Contact Hockey League
Friday March 3

Hetherington 1 vs MacDermotts 0
Urgels 3 vs Coulsons 5
Blue Marlin 1 vs Skytec 0

Sunday March 5

Magic Moments 8 vs Boston Pizza 2

The Pee Wee Rep Bulldogs qualified for the Provincials with a last-minute 6-5 win over the Triport Eagles in the deciding game of the Best of Three Island Finals series Sunday at the Multiplex. The Eagles forced Game Three with a 6-5 win in game two. The Provincials are in Dawson Creek later this month.