Disturbing Discoveries

Via Joanne Folkins:

In the past week, the heads of two dead kittens have been found in the bedding of a new litter.  In both cases, there was no body; and one kitten did not belong to the litter in the first place.

One death with a head left over could have been caused by an animal, but two such — found in the same place– suggests human cruelty, which is not only illegal but also immoral.

If anyone has information regarding these deaths, could the person please contact the Gold River Cat Society at 250-283-7606 and leave us an anonymous message.

Thank you.

My (Kyra) two cents – the police should be contacted as well in this matter.  Please call the office Joanne and advise the members 283-2227 (if you haven’t already).

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Bake Sale May 15th

Bake Sale Cody Savey

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April 30th Issue of The Record Now Online

Click the photo below to view the April 30th issue of The Record.  (PDF viewer required.)

April 30th Record

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An Arctic Adventure

It’s been almost three weeks since Jason Fiddler arrived in Iqaluit, Nunavut.  The first thing he texted me was “It’s beautiful here, bright blue skies and so sunny! You have to wear sunglasses all the time!”  (His glass is always half full, I’ll give him that. :) )


Beautiful sunset the first night he arrived.

He arrived late in the afternoon that first day, and the guys already had him playing hockey that evening!  He then played all weekend in the 2014 Northern Hockey Challenge.  The CBC news link only reported on the young teams, and Jay of course was on the Old Timer’s team which got no press whatsoever!  His team however,  managed to place second in their grey hair/no hair division!

Jason said he’s very surprised at what a bustling city Iqaluit is. (Pop is around 8000+)  When you look at photos, it doesn’t look like much, but buildings are made to be functional, and don’t have fancy exteriors or grounds.  Once you step inside the buildings, they are amazing, Jason said.  Especially buildings like the Legislature (Iqaluit is the Capital City of Nunavut), and other Government/Territorial buildings.  Gorgeous Inuit carvings and cultural artifact are everywhere.

And you will also see historical buildings such as this:

HBC trading post

HBC trading post

If you click on the photo to enlarge, you will see the date – 1670!

His belongings and truck have not arrived yet – they said it could take anywhere from two weeks to two months! (Items go by train to the East, then by barge or plane to Iqaluit.)  So for now, he is driving this bad boy:

Iqaluit ATVIt’s legal to drive these on the roads, as well as ATV’s, Ski-Doos, dog sleds, etc.  It’s black, and convertible – just like the vehicle he left sitting in my driveway!

Speaking of dog sleds, yes, they are everywhere.  The dogs here are very, very important to their owners and are well taken care of.  In the Winter months, the dog teams are housed on the frozen bay.  That way the ‘mess’ and any remaining dog food melts into the bay in the Spring and is gone.

dog sled

Jason’s responsibilities have increased 100 fold from Nootka Sound.  He is still waiting for Parliament to officially sign off on his commission to Inspector, so until that happens, he has to wear a suit and tie to work – can’t wear his new duds until the Privy Council does it’s thing.  His official title in the interim is  A/OIC Qikiqtani District (Acting Officer in Charge of Qikiqtani District (Kick-a-tan-ee).  Qikiqtani District is in red below. The pink is the rest of the Territory of Nunavut.


Territory of Nunavut

He oversees 13 Detachments within his District on Baffin and Ellesmere Islands.


Click this photo to enlarge.

So far, he has flown and visited two of the Detachments he oversees:  Pangnirtung (Pop around 1400) and Qikiqtarjuaq. (Pop around 520)  Any guess how to pronounce those?  Pang-nir-tung, which is pretty strait forward (Pang for short), and Kick-a-tar-ju-wack.  (Those are my bust guesses based on how I’ve heard them.)

RCMP Plane

Landing in Qikiqtarguaq

Landing in Qikiqtarguaq

St. Michael and all Angels Church in Qikiqtarjuaq

St. Michael and all Angels Church in Qikiqtarjuaq

Frozen bay at Pangnirtung

Frozen bay at Pangnirtung

Pangnirtung airport

Pangnirtung airport

Pangnirtung blubber company

Pangnirtung blubber company

This past week he has been the on-call Officer for the entire Territory of Nunavut.  If any of the Detachment Commanders anywhere in Nunavut need assistance with a major file, they notify Jason immediately.  This has kept him very busy overseeing major files, and making the decision to fly Special Teams to these areas or not.   So far he has dealt with a murder, suicides and a man wandering town with a shotgun threatening to shoot everyone.  This is not all in the city of Iqaluit remember, this is throughout the entire Territory.

That kept him pretty busy this past week, and definitely left him lacking serious sleep!  He wanted a new challenge, and I think he’s got it!

He has mentioned that he’s got the homesick feelings a couple of times.  He misses the Detachment here in Gold River, and of course misses all his friends and his hockey buddies! (Awwww)

More updates to come as I get them – once his computer arrives, I expect many more photos!

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Cast your vote for the road that makes you cringe


Until May 26, vote for a road you feel is unsafe and in desperate need of repair or redesign.  BCAA will share complete survey results with government to encourage improvements.  Roads receiving 10 votes or more will be highlighted in the report provided to road authorities.  So, share this with your community, family and friends.  The road you dread could end up on the Top 10 “Worst Roads” List.

Vote for B.C.’s ‘Worst’ Road!  Which road frustrates you the most?  And, what about it makes you cringe?  Speak out and cast your vote now.

Vote for BC’s Worst Road here

Step 1: Search for your road

Enter the street name and city then hit the search button. If your road appears in the drop down menu, select it and then hit the search button. Navigate the map to find your road.

Step 2: Select your road

Single click on the stretch of road you want to vote for and then click on the red pinpoint.

Step 3: Click on “VOTE FOR THIS ROAD NOW”

Step 4: Enter your information and you’re done!

We’ll share complete survey results with government to encourage improvements. Roads which receive 10 votes or more will be highlighted in the report to government. So, share this with your community, family and friends.

I just voted and received this message:

Thanks for your vote!

Gold River Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia is now ranked number 25 in British Columbia.

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Strathcona Food Security Project’s Draft Reports & Open Houses

Press Release – May 9, 2014

Strathcona Food Security Project releases draft reports for public review

Do you care about food? The Strathcona Food Security Project has now released its draft reports for public comment. This joint initiative between North Island College and Island Health details the results of the research undertaken in the fall of 2013 on food security in the Strathcona Region.

Food security is when everyone has access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their food preferences, and is produced sustainably.

“The Project visited many Strathcona communities to listen to what people had to say about their food security, and now we’re checking in to make sure that we’ve got it right,” says Cynthia Bendickson, Project Coordinator. “We definitely have some challenges, including limited access to local farm products and many people struggling to afford healthy food, but it was great to hear about how much gardening, fishing and hunting is happening in Strathcona and how it seems to be on the increase.”

The draft reports include a Food Security Needs Assessment, a Food Security Networking Hub Feasibility Assessment, and a Food Security Action Plan Framework. They are available to access on the Project blog at www.strathconafoodsecurity.wordpress.com and comments are open until June 8, 2014. A series of open houses will be held to provide an opportunity to discuss any questions and specific feedback with Project staff. Open houses will take place in the following communities:

  • • Kyuquot and Zeballos, May 12 & 13
  • • Tahsis and Gold River, May 24
  • • Campbell River, May 28
  • • Sayward, May 29
  • • Cortes Island and Quadra Island, May 31

For more details please visit the blog or contact Cynthia Bendickson, Project Coordinator at cbendickson [at] gmail [dot] com or (250) 202-1320.

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School Board Meeting – Kyuquot

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014, AT 4 PM
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Operations Administrator Needed – Gold River

Ops Admin - NFO (May 2014)  External Posting

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Super Valu Specials May 9th – 15th

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385 Nimpkish Drive – $199,000

Bring Your Business Ideas

EXCELLENT BUY on this commercial property in Gold River!! The building (built in 1997) is approx. 3000 sq ft, new roof in 2010, the .41 acre lot has extra service hookups for any future development! Current layout is for a restaurant on the main and three office spaces upstairs, however, there are many other permitted uses such as retail & market, licensed premises, clubroo ms, etc – also possible to have a caretaker suite up! A chance to open your own business & rent out any extra space to help with the mortgage! Beautiful mountain views and a great location near shopping and motel!

Owner Wants Sold & is Open To Offers!

For more information, or to view, please contact Donna Reynolds, Century 21 Arbutus Realty, at 250-283-7515.

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