(ped bridge) City Councillor Jack McLeman says if the city is to take health indicators seriously, they need to at least build a 10th Avenue pedestrian bridge over Roger Creek. City voters will be faced with a referendum question in November on whether the city should spend an estimated $14.6 million on a car bridge, which Councillor Dan Washington says should put the issue to bed once and for all. Alberni voters passed two previous referendums for a 10th Avenue Crossing, but those projects were contingent on provincial funding that never came. McLeman said because this referendum is non-binding it's meaningless, but if a large bridge seems cost prohibitive, the city should start with a pedestrian bridge joining the two sides of town. That motion was defeated.
(catalyst) Catalyst Paper saw their profits cut by more than 70% in the last quarter, from $25 to $7 million. A planned maintenance outage at the Crofton pulp mill, higher power costs due to a hydroelectricity rate increase, a stronger Canadian dollar and lower transaction prices for pulp and all paper grades conspired towards the drop. On the upside, Catalyst achieved a new record in paper productivity in the quarter, and are already seeing improved pulp production according to Catalyst President and CEO Joe Nemeth. A scheduled total mill outage in Powell River, and boiler shut downs at all three mills will affect third quarter earnings, but it is hoped a new Power Smart Program will help reduce the effect of energy cost rate increases.
(meals) The Meals-on-wheels Program is facing a cash crunch. The local program delivers a thousand meals a month to seniors trying to maintain their independance as well as some shut-ins, but a loss of $6,000 from the Charity Golf Classic has put the organization in the hole. Meal-on-wheels president Claude Lavertu said the golf tournament cycles through different charities each year, and his group is now looking for new funding sources to make up the shortfall. They also need another dozen drivers if people are looking for a place to volunteer.
(salmon fest) In an effort to attract more anglers to town, the Salmon Festival Committee has increased the top prizes. The biggest chinook of each day will net $5000 instead of $3000, and the prize for the biggest of the Labour Day Weekend will earn $10,000 instead of $7000. Derby Tickets will also have to rise to pay for the prize increase, and will be $40 per rod this year, up from $30.
Former Alberni Valley Bulldogs Head Coach and Port Alberni Native Jim Hiller has been hired by the NHL's Detroit Red Wings as an Associate Coach under Mike Babcock. Hiller Coached the Bulldogs for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons, with 05-06 seeing the team ranked #2 in the National Rankings while winning 20 straight games.
Alberni Valley Track Club athlete Rylee Mitchell turned in a great performance at the North American Indigenous Games as he dominated the U16 Boys Javelin competition with a NAIG record throw. Mitchell would then go on to win a Gold in the Triple Jump, two Silvers in the 300 and 800 metre runs, and a Bronze as part of the 4X400 metre relay team.
Kenna Harding and Chelsey Charlesowrth also picked up Gold medals with Team BC for U19 Volleyball
Christina Proteau won the Mid-Amateur division at the Canadian Women's Amateur Golf Championship in Woodstock, Ontario on Friday by seven strokes of Helene Chartrand of Quebec. With the win Proteau gets exemptions into the Canadian Pacific Women's Open and the US Women's Amateur