News

(raw log protest)
 
Close to 100 environmentalists and forestry workers joined together to hold at protest march on Friday
 
They were protesting the continued export of raw logs, which they say have increased dramatically since the last round of protests more than 7 years ago.
 
Alberni - Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser says the blame clearly rests at the feet of the provincial liberal government
 
The rally was organized by the Public and Private Workers of Canada, Unifor, the Wilderness Committee and other environmental groups.
 
 
(pioneer cottages)
 
Residents of Pioneer Cottages are being asked to accept a voluntary rent increase or face the possible sale of their homes
 
Alberni Valley Senior Citizens Homes Society president George Rogers said the problem surfaced last year when the city was forced to rescind their tax-exempt status, saddling the society with an unexpected $40,000 annual tax bill.
 
Residents were given voluntary rent increase agreement forms and have until Wednesday to decide whether to sign or not.
 
Rogers said most people who attended a Wednesday night meeting understood the problem facing the society, but the question now is whether residents will be able to afford the change.
 
Residents of Pioneer Cottages say they're being threatened to accept a deal they don't believe to be true
 
Lynn McKay said they're going to be forming their own group, and are demanding more detailed financial information from the society that runs the cottages
 
McKay says she doesn't want to see the cottages sold, or residents moved into Pioneer Towers prematurely, but says a proposed monthly rent increase of $159 is going to be difficult - and in some cases impossible - for the current residents to meet
 
 
 
(tyee landing)
 
The new boardwalk alongside Fishermans Harbour received its name last week
 
Tyee Landing was selected from dozens of submissions, and a large carved sign was unveiled by the Port Authority
 
Business Development Director Dave McCormick says the area is already becoming a hub of economic activity on the waterfront
 
The new fuel dock could be open by Salmon Fest weekend, and there are already requests from entrepreneurs to set up floating restaurants and other businesses at the pier
 
 
 

Sports


The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announced the acquisition of 20 year old defenceman Paul Savage on Monday. A Surrey native, Savage played the last two seasons with the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League where he picked up 17 points and 119 penalty minutes in 78 games played. 

The Port Alberni Men's Slopitch League season came to close on Friday, with Jim's repeating as league champs with a 13-9 win over the Black Sox. League Awards were presented after the game, with Chad Plouffe of Jim's winning the batting title with Ryan Devries of the Pirates taking home rookie of the year honours and Kyle Fletcher of Jim's being named the Most Valuable Player. 

The Alberni Valley Pee Wee B Tyee's Lacrosse team qualified for the provincial championships over the weekend after winning a best of three series in Duncan against Juan de Fuca. The Tyee's lost game one 5-3 on Saturday, then stayed alive on Sunday with a 6-4 win in game two. They booked their ticket to the Provincials in Richmond this weekend by winning game three in overtime.

The British Columbia Hockey League has released their complete schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The Bulldogs begin their 15th season September 9th and 10th when they visit Nanaimo and Victoria. Their Home Opener is September 16th when they host the Clippers.
 
The Tlupiich Games are back again next month, with Track and Field getting underway August 10th at Bob Daily Stadium at 3:00pm with the Opening Ceremonies to follow. August 11 sees Track and Field action starting at 9:00am and 3 on 3 Basketball at the Alberni Athletic Hall starting at 4:00pm. On August 12 Canoe Races go at Canal Beach starting at 9:00am. Slo-pitch and Fast-ball Tournaments go August 13th and 14th. For more information on sporting events contact Richard Samuel, Tlu-piich Games Coordinator at 250.724.5757 

The Sproat Lake Watersports Association is hosting the BC Provincial Wakeboarding Championships July 29th to 31st. The public is invited to attend and watch from the dock or beach as riders compete for a chance to represent BC at the National level. There will be silent auction items and a raffle table as well as a concession.