New director hard at work

  • Sep. 30, 2009 11:00 a.m.

Moresby Island’s new regional district director, Evan Putterill, attended his first management committee meeting on Sept. 24 in Sandspit. Mr. Putterill reported that he had been to a protocol meeting with all the islands’ leaders on Sept. 23 where community forestry had been the topic of discussion. He also attended his first Misty Islands Economic Development board meeting as the Sandspit rep and said a motion had been passed to invite the islands’ band councils to have representation in the organization. The board also discussed a company that is looking at doing restoration and remediation at the site of the old mine in Jedway. Mr. Putterill said there is a postage stamp-sized piece of land that is not in the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site and a new company called Gil-Mark Industries is interested in recovering magnetite from the ore left at Jedway. At least one principal of the company is a local. He said anyone wanting more information about MIEDS should talk to executive director Travis Glasman, who was also at the meeting. Committee member Gord Usher asked how MIEDS was involved with the company. Mr. Glasman said he is working with them to help them get past any barriers they face and to help locals get training needed to work in the industry. The company projects there will be 30 full-time jobs and 30 secondary jobs over 30 years.