This is a short blog to let those of you who were unable to place a comment to MFLNRO on the afternoon of April 9, 2015. April 9 was the last day to submit but I had trouble in doing so. Having submitted my comment on the first application around 11.30 a.m., I was horrified at being unable to submit for the second application as the comment link had vanished! I spent time searching back and forth and finally found a way to submit via the history pages on my computer that I had opened the day before and morning of the 9th; I managed to submit around 12.30 p.m.. on April 9, 2015
The problem was reported by a wonderfully diligent person to the MFLNRO / Front Counter and Diana Watson at the Ministry has extended the deadline a few days more into next week if there are still comments to be sent in, please email: email@example.com
Diana Watson is one of the Land Officers and is one of three final decision makers on these applications.
Please if you have not done so already, or found yourselves shut out around 12.00 noon on Thursday, April 9, please take an opportunity over the weekend and email Diana Watson your comments. Please include the file number for both applications and mention as well that you were unable to find the comment link on the afternoon of April 9, 2015.
The two applications: Please check our previous blog for any further information on this.
(1) Johnstone Strait between Hanson Island and Telegraph Cove (File: #1414321)
(2) Broughton Strait, western end of Malcolm Island (File: #1414325)
This afternoon we attended a special gathering to pay tribute to and honour the life of Kurt along with his family and friends down at Orcalab. It was important for us to attend as we have known Kurt for as long as we can remember while visiting Orcalab over a span of some 28 summers with Kurt always in attendance. When we headed out from Alert Bay this afternoon, strong SE winds were still blowing, an aftermath from yesterdays gale but once nearing calmer waters in Blackfish Sound we could see the blows of three humpback whales with one breaching multiple times near Flower Island in Blackfish Sound. Orcalab was as beautiful as ever with new volunteers already arrived for their summer work and as Kurt’s family welcomed us warmly along with Helena and Paul and many other friends already arrived to share in the gathering, we felt good having made the journey to share with them as well. It was just as Kurt would have wanted, good friends and family present and all of us gathered together at the Lab because we wanted to be there to share. Kurt has touched us all with his gentle and quiet manner and his presence at Orcalab will be so sadly missed. The poems below were posted on the orcalab website March 13, 2014 along with many other tributes for Kurt. http://orcalab.org/2014/03/11/remembering-kurt/
Kurt ~ A Beautiful Soul Remembered ~
Quietly spoken and humble,
kind and gentle in manner,
a decent human being
with a big heart
and soul that is shining brightly.
Kurt ~ In Gratitude ~
Your work here at the lab is done
You taught all of us and we thank you.
We are grateful for the heartfelt gifts
that you gave throughout the years
and for all of those creative gifts
that surround us here at the lab.
For thirty or so summers
you worked and walked among us
touching our lives with your simple grace
and loving ways,
your beauty shining outwards
through the twinkling of your eyes.
Peacefully and quietly
you went about your day,
bestowing your magic upon us and around us
so that small parts of you can be seen everywhere,
a beautiful reflection of you,
reminding us always that you have not gone far.
~ Maureen Towers March 13, 2014
Kurt worked with wood making bowls and mushrooms amongst other wooden articles that he would generously give away especially to volunteers when they left Hanson Island after their summer had ended. Friends attending today received one of his beautiful mushrooms given by his family.
What a wonderful time we shared with the A30’s today, our entire time with them was spent sailing and it was so lovely as well, being able to listen to their A-Clan calls and echolocation via our hydrophone trailing behind us as we sailed along. The morning was a gorgeous one with a red sky reflecting across the waters here in Alert Bay while in Alder Bay when we arrived, the lighting had changed to blues and greens with golden glints and it was beautiful listening to the cries of gulls who had gathered in large numbers, a familiar sound as summer begins to wane. Today it was at the bottom end of Hanson Island where we encountered the A30’s this morning, they were foraging in Blackney Passage, spread out, A39 was in the lead this time, foraging close to the Hanson Island shoreline when they began travelling to the west; the A50’s came behind with the A54’s following and A38 lingered awhile in Blackney Passage before he too made his way west but a distance out from the shoreline. With our mainsail up and a light southeasterly wind blowing it was perfect for moving us along, quietly at the same pace as the orcas. What an incredible experience we all shared in when the A54’s turned back to forage nearby us, and unbelievably A93 commenced to forage intensely around our boat. Back and forth, lunge feeding at the stern with giant lunging splashes and swimming alongside the hull and then back and forth at the bow, it was phenomenal viewing to say the least! Looking through the photographs taken for identification, it was easy to ascertain from the open saddle patch that the orca was none other than four year old A93. Leaving the orcas to continue on their way foraging west, we made our way in through Weynton Island (small passage) viewing numerous hauled out Harbour Seals and Pigeon Guillemots while in the distance the blow of a Humpback Whale was sighted. En route to viewing the whale we enjoyed observing the leisurely pace of several Stellar Sea-Lions, lying in shallow waters, they were unperturbed at our watching them! The Humpback Whale was moving about considerably in Weynton Passage in the flooding current, there were herring balls++ with gulls++ feeding on them as well. Also seen today: Dall’s Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Black Oyster Catchers, a Double Crested Cormorant, Bald Eagles and an Eaglet sitting high in branches, Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Ruddy Turnstones, Gulls of numerous species++.