Emergency Management Information Session

An upcoming forum looks to educate Haida Gwaii residents on emergency preparedness
and tsunami hazards.
Tsunami public education forums scheduled for February 10th – 13th, 2014 in various
communities throughout Haida Gwaii will include representatives from Emergency
Management BC, Environment Canada and local governments.
In the past two years there have been two tsunami warnings triggered by earthquakes —
one in October, 2012 and one in January, 2013.
The forum will include a presentation on the basics of tsunamis by Teron Moore, Seismic
Specialist with Emergency Management BC, as well as detailed information on Environment
Canada’s Weatheradio – a network of radio transmitters stretching from the Gulf of Mexico
into Canada’s Arctic and from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to provide continuous
broadcasts of weather information and instant updates when weather threatens – from an
Environment Canada weather services specialist, Anne McCarthy.
“The foundation of emergency management is predicated on the ability of individuals to ensure
that they are prepared for emergencies on a personal level, in their homes and workplaces,”
said Maurie Hurst, northwest regional manager for Emergency Management BC.
A question and answer period will wrap up the forum, with Hurst and other officials from
Emergency Management BC and Environment Canada fielding questions from Haida Gwaii
The tsunami public education forum will take place in the various locations throughout
Haida Gwaii on February 10th – 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The forum is open to
everyone, and all Haida Gwaii residents are strongly encouraged to attend. For more
detailed information on the upcoming emergency management forum in your community,
please visit your community’s website, the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District’s
website, or watch for information in upcoming issues of the Observer.
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For more information:
Joan Merrick, Chief Administrative Officer
Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District
Tel.: (250) 624-2002 Extension 23

2014 Centennial Calendars

The Village of Port Clements is proud to offer 2014 Centennial Calendars for sale.  They are $10 each and can be bought from various retail outlets on Haida Gwaii or ordered through the Village Office.  They are full of great archival pictures of the Village of Port Clements and include daily details about historic events in Port Clements over the past 100 years.  Call 250-557-4295 or email deputy to purchase a calendar or pop by Bayview Market or Renco Gas in Port Clements – other local retailers will have them soon.

Centennial Committee

The inaugural meeting of the Centennial Committee will be held Thursday September 5, 2013 at 7pm in Council Chambers.  Everyone is welcome.  Come out and share your ideas for how we can celebrate next year.  This is a great way to learn about the history of Port Clements and become part of the celebration ceremonies for 2014.  For more information contact Sharon Ferretti at 250-557-4295 or email


Great Performances Haida Gwaii 2013

Join other small business owners in a 1 day journey exploring the tools for moving from ‘self-employed’ to ‘business owner/great performance’.

Registration deadline August 9!

  • 5 hours of education; solid no-nonsense fundamentals that REALLY grow businesses
  • a copy of Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century
  • The complete Great Performances workbook for your business
  • Membership in the Great Performances online community*
  • Refreshments & Lunch included

For registration information and more details please click on the event link here …

Centennial Committee

celebrateThe Village of Port Clements will be forming a Centennial Committee which will liaison with various other committees to organize the extra events that will be happening next year during Canada Days to celebrate our 100th anniversary.  Council will be looking for representatives from the Seniors Group and Museum as well as any other interested individuals.  In addition to planning events for next year this committee will also be exploring upgrades to the Community Park in anticipation of next year’s big event.  This is a great committee to become involved with—it is literally a once in a lifetime event!!  For more information please call the office at 250-557-4295.  We appreciate your input!!!!


2013 Tax Sale

In cases that property taxes are delinquent on September 16, 2013 properties will be advertised for sale in the Observer and then sold at the property tax sale on Monday September 30, 2013 at 10:00am at the Council Chambers.  Please ensure that any delinquent amounts are paid in full prior to September 30, 2013 to avoid being sold at the tax sale.  To avoid having property listed in the Observer, delinquent payments must be received prior to 1pm Friday September 13, 2013.

Change of Address

Please note that in order to change your address on your property tax notices you must contact BC Assessment which you can do via email at or by phoning 1-800-990-1116.

Regulations and our Water System

“Chlorine is a disinfectant added to drinking water to reduce or eliminate microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses, which can be present in water supplies.  The addition of chlorine to our drinking water has greatly reduced the risk of waterborne disease.” – Health Canada.

Chlorination—a contentious issue to say the least.  This article seeks to provide you with an understanding of how the safety of drinking water works in Canada and where Port Clements fits in that picture.
There are several pieces of legislation that deal with public drinking water systems be they Federally via Health Canada, Provincially via the Drinking Water Protection Act or Regionally as authorized under the Public Health Act which gets relegated to the Health Authorities to implement via their Environmental Health Officers.

A couple of related quotes from Northern Health’s Website:
“The mission of the Public Health Protection Program is to protect the health of Northern communities through education and inspection strategies designed to reduce health risks to the public. “

Operators of water systems are required to complete training, monitor treatment equipment, report hazards and collect water samples, as part of maintaining a safe water system. Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) routinely inspect, assess and interpret sample results for water systems. EHOs assign hazard ratings to water systems during inspections. A low hazard rating generally means a system is well run and safe to drink. Water systems that are given a high hazard rating are generally placed on a boil water notice until the source of contamination is contained, adequate treatment is installed, treatment system is corrected or hazard is removed. Lack of treatment, interruption of treatment, microbiological or chemical contamination can result in a boil water notice or a do not use notice.”

Currently the Village of Port Clements is rated as “low” by Northern Health meaning we have good quality water.  Our water permit states that:
“d) a free available Chlorine residual of not less than 0.2mg/l must be maintained within the distribution system.”

Health Canada has a publication out (June 2009) called the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality—Guideline Technical Document—Chlorine.  In the Executive summary it states:
“Disinfection is an essential component of public drinking water treatment; the health risks associated with disinfection by-products are much less than the risks from consuming water that has not been adequately disinfected.  Free chlorine concentrations in most Canadian drinking water distribution systems range from 0.04 to 2.0mg/l.”

Therefore at a rating of 0.2mg/l we are on the low side of treatment requirements here in Port Clements.  Chlorine residual requirements are determined by the Environmental Health Officers and vary from municipality to municipality within provinces based on system-specific requirements.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that areas with little risk of cholera or related outbreaks should maintain a free chlorine residual range of 0.2 to 0.5mg/l.  We are on the very bottom range of this recommendation.

It is not necessary to further filter water at private residences but if individuals prefer to remove the residual chlorine there are a variety of filter systems available that can be added to your entire system or just at one tap.  However, if you use a filter make sure you change it regularly or you could actually cause the water to become contaminated.  Alternatively, chlorine will evaporate from the water if left standing for 2-3 hours in open air and sunlight or 48 hours if refrigerated.  Also adding citrus fruit or vitamin C will cause chlorine to evaporate in approximately one hour