Quatsino Monthly Newsletter
April 2022

* created by Gwen Hansen

Meetings, Gatherings & Events:

* The ‘Tsunami Preparedness Week’ High Ground Hike - April 10-16, 2022 - is hosted by Prepared BC. Get tsunami prepared and enter to win prizes! To participate in Quatsino’s High Ground Hike:

1. Between April 10th and 16th - go to one of Quatsino’s NINE tsunami-safe High Ground Rally Sites. This location is where you need to go to be safe during a tsunami alert. (map is included on pg. 4)

2. Take a selfie showing the Rally Site sign to prove you were there.

3. Post your selfie on ‘ PreparedBC ‘ - Facebook or Twitter - under #HighGroundSelfie22, and you'll be entered to win one of 47 prizes from PreparedBC.
1 of 2 Preparedness kits for 4
1 of 4 Preparedness kits for 2
1 of 5 phone charger kits
1 of 6 Grab-&-Go-Bag starter kits
1 of 10 waterproof headlamps
1 of 20 phone banks

4. Add #QuatsinoHGH to win one of 4 additional prizes.
1 of 2 PreparedBC backpacks
1 hand crank/battery/solar-powered radio
1 WorkSafeBC Basic First Aid Kit

For full contest rules go to: www.preparedbc.ca/highgroundhike

* The Quatsino Museum & Archives will be opened from 12:00pm to 4:30pm during the Easter Long-weekend (April 16, 17 & 18) then every weekend from 1:00 – 2:00 for the rest of spring.

* The next Community Dinner at Kagoagh Lodge will be on Saturday April 16th . Bar opens at 5:30pm and dinner is served at 6:30pm. For details and to RSVP please contact Gina at gina@kagoagh.com.

* If you would like to help plan & organize the July long weekend ‘Quatsino Days’ stop in at the Library on Sunday April 17th at 10:00.

* On Easter Sunday, April 17th, Lars Justinen will be playing traditional pipe organ hymns on his digital keyboard for 2 hours, from noon to 2pm. Everyone is welcomed to drop in for a few minutes of Easter meditation in St. Olaf’s Church. Enjoy this informal opportunity to enjoy a few traditional pipe organ melodies in this special environment.

* There will be a virtual public information session to mark the start of Phase 2 of the ‘Northwest Vancouver Island (tsunami) Risk Assessment Project’ on Wednesday April 27th from 7-8pm via Zoom (link below). You are receiving this invitation because you live in a community that is part of Phase 2. There will be a 30-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes for questions and answers. · Online via Zoom link - https://uvic.zoom.us/j/88473290914 · Telephone 778-907-2071 / Meeting ID: 884 7329 0914
Should you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact Project Manager Soroush Kouhi, PhD at skouhi@uvic.ca or 250- 472-5400

* The next General Meeting of the Quatsino Archives Association (QAA) will be on Saturday, April 30th at 1:00pm in the Museum. Everyone is welcome! - 2022 Membership dues: $10.00



 

Community News:

- Many of us in Quatsino are troubled by the recent conflict in Ukraine and have chosen to show our support by donating to the Red Cross’s

Ukrainian Relief Fund. If you are interested in doing the same you can do so from their website: https://www.redcross.ca/donate/appe

al/donate-to-the-ukraine, or call at 1-800-418-1111, or text UKRAINE to 20222. QRO


- A supply of Emergency Dehydrated food for our Reception Centre at the School has arrived. Thank you to the RDMW for covering the cost!

Also, the Bergh Cove Organic Schoolyard (BCOS) has covered the cost (+ $200.00) of a small propane burner & tank for the Reception

Centre. Thank you BCOS members! QRO
 

- Connected Coast Project update: ‘The construction of the backbone fibre optics undersea cable project started on the northern segment of the BC Coast and will be moving south as permits allow.The Quatsino landing site is planned to be constructed and ready for community connection in the spring of 2023. We are hopeful that the West Coast portion of Vancouver Island cable will be connected to community landing sites by the summer of 2023,however, it is dependent upon the permitting process. I would encourage you to sign up for our alerts and quarterly updates. Here is the latest update: https://connectedcoast.ca/news/.There is a signup at the bottom of the page, along with our social media accounts.Please reach out if you have any questions regarding the Connected Coast project or the last mile infrastructure that will connect homes

and businesses to the Connected Coast high-speed internet.’ Renée – rlaboucane@srd.ca

 

- Quatsino’s 2022 (blue) ‘Telephone Directory’ can be purchased at the Post Office or at the

Museum - $1.00.
 

- The Quatsino Library & Living Room is open every Sunday from 10:00 to 1:00. Coffee, tea, and goodies available by donation.

 

- A red Honda gas-powered portable winch, valued at $3,000.00, was taken from an outbuilding next to the home of Josh Solga &

Kaity Woodworth (E-195b) sometime between March 8th and March 22nd. The police have been notified. If you have any information, please call the Port Hardy RCMP at 250-949-6335.
 

- The Museum’s last haul-out of refundable bottles & cans brought in almost $1,600.00! All well rinsed refundable beverage containers (juice, booze, water, pop, milk, and plant-based milk) can be dropped off in the covered sorting area behind the Museum or in a designated box

inside the Recycling Depot. Thank you to all who donate to this ongoing fundraiser! QAA
 

- There is a new AIRBNB listed for Quatsino! Check out- ‘Seaside Oceanfront Guest Cottage’.

 

- The MWRD is organizing a scrap metal haul-out. An inventory of the scrap metals and vehicles that are lying around Quatsino would

be beneficial. Pictures, locations and/or metal weight estimates are all relevant information and can be sent to mohlerquatsino@gmail.com.

When the MWRD has a haul-out date confirmed these metals should be brought close to the road or to the transfer station. RDMW
 

- The hazardous waste cans and containers at the Transfer Station have been re-sorted into the ‘new’ donated fish totes and will be shipped

out with the next garbage, recycling, or scrap metal haul-out. Residents should keep bringing these kinds of wastes to the transfer station for

safe disposal. RDMW
 

- To join the facebook page "Quatsino Life" search: https://www.facebook.com/groups/294641568548902//
 

- The Bergh Cove Public Wharf’s bylaw is in effect and all moored users must register their vessels as per Bylaw 982. Moored users are monitored, and a compliance procedure is being developed. Please register your vessels using the drop-box in the wharf shed. RDMW

 

- When dropping off your kitchen food waste in the compost barrel beside the Recycling Depot remember give it a few twirls so the composting

process can work. [NO plastic bags!] - Old books are recyclable in Quatsino’s Recycling Depot and a specific tote is set aside for them. This includes hardcover books,encyclopedias, and paperbacks.
 

- As of Oct. 29, 2021, proof of vaccine is required to ride aboard the ‘mail boat’. This is a Canada Post mandate as Canada Post charters the watertaxi to pick-up and deliver Quatsino’s mail. The maximum 5-person capacity per trip is still ineffect so reserve early.
 

- If you see any issues with the Colony Lake Trail, the Lake Picnic Area & outhouse, or the Bergh Road Trail please do what you can to

make them safe anor contact the QRO if needed so a work party can be organized.

- Our highest tide this month: Apr. 20th, at 2:22am @ 3.9m [12ft 10in], and our lowest tide: Apr. 19th at 8:32am @ 0.2m [8in].

Looking for Work / Looking to Hire:
 

- The RDMW is still looking for an individual or group to fulfill the roles of Bergh Cove Public Wharfinger and Quatsino Transfer Station/Recycling Depot Attendant. The two roles will require a minimum of three hours each per week for a total of six hours per week. The successful applicant will be an independent contractor and will be paid $24.00/hr. Questions? contact Patrick Donaghy at 250-230-1505 or pdonaghy@rdmw.bc.ca.
 

Buy? / Sell? / Free? / Trade?

- FOR SALE – Concrete gravel mix “Quatsino Navvy”. $100 per cubic yard (around 1.5 tons) contact Andrew @ 230-0827.
 

- FOR SALE - 2006 Ford Expedition, automatic, 4WD, 211,000 kms. $3,000.00. Call or text Mark at 250-230-3710

 

- PROPERTY WANTED: Lifelong Gulf Island recluse seeking calmer waters and looking forward to participating in the community as a

year-round resident. Although recently retired, my background is in wooden boatbuilding, house building/repairs and fixing anything that

needs fix'n. I am looking for a waterfront acreage with some privacy.... cabin would be fine..... some shop space and a gardening area

would be good. If you're thinking of selling or you know of anything in the area for sale -

please call Michael at 250 335 1135 or email islandsafar@hotmail.com.
 

- FREE - Five small outdoor bamboo bushes free to a good home. Bring a shovel! Kim 949-9922
 

-Anyone have any extra-large plant pots they are no longer using? I would like to put them to use at the community garden.

Even the blue floats that are sawed in half! Kim @ 949-9922
 

- Split firewood for sale. $200 a truck load. For more information contact Kaity @ 250-949-1155
 

-Does anyone have fishing net floats or crab net floats that they no longer need or are no longer usable? Would like for decorative purposes only,

so can be in rough shape. Thanks. Kim 949-9922
 

- FOR SALE: 10 cu. Ft. freezer, 25HP Husky air compressor and a dbl. bed frame. Call or text 519-301-3355 or visit E-3-60. Colleen Jaques
 

Roses / Raspberries:

* ROSES to Andrew Hansen, Colleen Jaques, Mike Addison, and Sue & Allen Mohler for helping to quickly cleaning up the mess left at Ken Harvie’s home on Mar. 13th. GH

 

History: Aug. 1988 – house fire on Drake Island.
 

“I had a good fire going when the chimney flared up. I should have taken the fire extinguisher and shot it into the front of the fire box. That would

have put out the fire in a hurry. Little bits of creosote kept catching fire and flying out the chimney. Wherever they landed on the roof a small fire would break out. I took off my leather shoes so I wouldn’t slip and climbed onto the roof with the hose. There wasn’t a nozzle on the end, so I used my thumb to spray the water onto the hot spots. Soon the roof was ablaze, and I got a waft of hot air that almost knocked me over. I could

have fallen forward and gone right through the burning roof, so I decided to get off there in a hurry.
 

Back inside I tried to get the fire extinguisher off the kitchen cabinet. I pulled it so hard that the whole side fell off and all my dishes smashed

on the floor. Another extinguisher was on the other wall but when I touched it, it was too hot to use. My 22 was beside it - must have cost $40.00. The wood butt would have been cool enough to hold if I’d have thought of it, but I didn’t, so that went up in smoke too. I should have saved the table and 8 chairs probably worth $100.00 but I left them too. The propane fridge could have been saved too. All I needed to do was push it over and it would have been out the door. The fortunate thing was I’d been sorting through my papers and books on my bed for quite a while. It was so crowded on the bed I hardly had a place to sleep. I grabbed all four corners of the sheet and bundled the works out into the yard. I took another bundle of things out too, but I guess I didn’t put them far enough away because they all got scorched. ...” – John Donaldson (from a Sept. 26, 1992, interview)
 

John, a fisherman for 40 years, survived three house fires (Vancouver - 1912, Drake Island - 1964 & 1988) and Quatsino’s West-End mud slide (Nov. 9, 1989), in each he lost basically all his possessions and yet he freely gave his money to those he felt needed it. He passed away in

Quatsino Oct. 27, 1992, at the age of 91.
 

~ Quatsino Museum and Archives

 

Compiled & circulated by email to Quatsino’s residents and property owners, posted on local bulletin boards, and

printed for pick-up at the Quatsino Post Office, by the Quatsino Residents’ Organization. 2022 Membership: $20.00.

ARCHIVE:   March 2022
Meetings, Gatherings & Events:

 

* The Bergh Cove Organic Schoolyard (BCOS) will be holding its AGM on Saturday, March 5th at 11:00am in the School. Everyone is welcome!
 

* The Quatsino Library & Living Room is open Sundays from 10:00 to 1:00. Masks required.
 

* For now - the Quatsino Museum & Archives will be opened to the public only on request by calling Gwen @230-1544 or Di @949-7879. Masks required.
 

* The Kagoagh Lodge is hoping to restart their monthly Community Dinners in April. Check on the ‘Quatsino Life’ facebook page for details.
 

Community News:
 

- The RDMW is providing our Emergency Preparedness Team with funds to purchase a supply of Emergency Dehydrated food for our Reception Centre at the School. In the event of a major disaster our community will need to be self-sufficient for many days before help can arrive.
 

- Daylight Savings Time begins on March 13th... time to change the batteries in all your smoke detectors, check all your fire extinguishers and check & updateyour Emergency ‘Grab and Go’ bags. This is also a good time to do your Emergency High Ground Evacuation drill – time yourself as you take your Grab & Go bags & the misc. items you plan to take and walk to your nearest high ground rally site.
 

- The Quatsino Archives Association (QAA) held its AGM on Sat., Feb. 12th. The AGM Financial Report & Minutes have been sent out to all members and the Charity Information Return plus BC Society Annual Report have been submitted. Membership $10.00.

 

- The ‘Quatsino Telephone Directory’ has been updated for 2022. You can pick up a copy at the Post Office or at the Museum @ $1.00.
 

- The Museum had a haul-out of refundable bottles & cans on Feb. 10th. Over the past nine months people have dropped off 17 mega totes worth of refundables! Once again Emmett has donated his services to barge everything over to Coal Harbour.
 

- The QRO will use all the QF&RS bank balance plus its own funds to pay off the final $290.00 BC Hydro bill for the Fire Hall. In the long term this annual cost is beyond the QROs financial capability and so the Fire Hall’s power has been disconnected. The Fire Hall will soon be going GREEN by using RDMW Grant Funding to purchase and install a solar lighting system.
 

- Quatsino’s July 1st Long Weekend Celebration is being organized by the QRO as an opportunity to bring our community together. If you have ideas for fun outdoor activities and/or would like to help, contact john.tyler@gmail.com .
 

- BC Return-it-Centers have a long list of refundable beverage containers they are now accepting: https://www.return-it.ca/beverage/products/ In Quatsino refundable beverage containers can be dropped off behind the Museum. Our ‘Quatsino Homes & Properties for Sale’ list for Spring - 2022 has been circulated & posted on our community Notice Boards. If you have anything to add to our next list, please contact: quatsino.residents.organization@gmail.com Bergh Cove Organic Schoolyard (BCOS) has only 2 raised garden beds left to rent for the next growing season - $15.00/bed. For more information contact: berghcove.garden@gmail.com.

 

- There is a new AIRBNB listed for Quatsino! Check it out- ‘Seaside Oceanfront Guest Cottage’.
 

- Reminder - when dropping off your kitchen food waste in the compost barrel beside the Recycling Depot remember give it a few twirlers so the composting process can work. [NO plastic bags!]
 

- To join the facebook page "Quatsino Life" search: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2946415685489

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- Anyone five years of age or older is eligible for the Covid vaccine. You can book your appointment online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated or call 1-833-838-2323.
 

- If you see any issues with the Colony Lake Trail, the Lake Picnic Area & outhouse, or the Bergh Road Trail please do what you can to make them safe or contact the QRO so a work party can be organized.
 

- Quatsino’s average snow fall during the month of March is 22.94cm (9”) – last year we had 20cm (8”) of snow overnight on March 14th!

- Our highest tide this month: Mar. 2nd, at 12:17pm @ 3.9m [12ft 9.5in], and our lowest tide: Mar. 2nd at

6:53pm @ 0.4m [1ft. 3.7in]. Buy? / Sell? / Free? / Trade?
 

-FOR SALE - 2006 Ford Expedition, automatic, 4WD, 211,000 kms. $3,000.00. Call or text Mark- 230-3710
 

-FOR SALE - Alder firewood logs. Short logging truckload, approx. 4 to 5 cords - delivered.

$150 per load. Contact Andrew @ 250-230-0827
 

-FREE - Five small outdoor bamboo bushes free to a good home. Bring a shovel! Kim 949-9922
 

-Anyone have any extra-large plant pots they are no longer using? I would like to put them to use. Even the blue floats that are sawed in half! Kim 949-9922

 

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-Anyone have any fishing net floats or crab net floats that they no longer need or are no longer usable?

Would like for decorative purposes only, so can be in rough shape. Thanks. Kim
 

Roses / Raspberries:
* A ROSE to all who donated the 17 mega totes of refundable beverage containers to the Museum!

* A ROSE to Julian, Donnie, Andrew & Jonathan for helping haul the refundables to the wharf. QAA

* A ROSE to Negrita for the beautiful flower arrangement at the Post Office! Spring arrived early this year!! KJ & CA
 

History: Nov. 23, 1909

 

Pulp Mill Enterprise Suspends and Men Thrown Out of Work. Word has been received of the closing down of the sawmill at Quatsino, which has been in operation in connection with pulp enterprise [Port Alice Pulp Mill], in that district and there is great dissatisfaction among the settlers and others resident there, in consequence. It is reported that the pulp company [Quatsino Pulp and Paper Company] had secured a two years’ extension of time in which to proceed with the enterprise from the government, and the opinion as expressed at Quatsino is that the government is to be censured for allowing the promoters such latitude. Another grievance reported from that district relates to the closing down of the public school. A Quatsino correspondent says that the teacher of the school [Prof. Carl Brink Christensen] has been absent from his duties for a fortnight, and there is a suspicion that he has been sent to Holberg settlement to do some electioneering on behalf of the government candidate. The correspondent adds that a majority of those resident at Quatsino are desirous of seeing the re-election of Mr. Brewster, the Liberal candidate. Victoria Times Colonist- pg. 9

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Compiled & circulated by email to Quatsino’s residents and property owners, posted on local bulletin boards and printed for pick-up at the Quatsino Post Office by the Quatsino Residents’ Organization.