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North Island women team up to crochet joey pouches

By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle,  January 17 2020

A small group of North Island women has been busy crocheting cozy pouches to be sent off to help animals devastated by Australian bush fires.

The pouches will be used to hold baby kangaroos, called joeys like a mother’s pouch.

The local campaign was spearheaded by Sointula resident Sally Peart.

“I’m a crocheter with lots of yarn and saw a call for help,” Peart said.

That call came from the Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Guild. 

The Guild was created on Jan. 4 and already has over 10,000 members, from all over Canada and Australia. The group was created to give members a platform to discuss their plans and ideas to send products to Australia, to help with animal rescue efforts.

After seeing the Guild’s call for help, Peart asked for volunteers on Facebook and five women from Port McNeill and another crafter from Sointula quickly stepped forward.

So far, Peart has made six pouches in various sizes.

The women are using worsted weight yarn and a specific crochet stitch to help keep the weave tight. Once they arrived in Australia, each pouch will then have removable inserts.

Photo  — Sally Peart

Two women from Sointula and five from Port McNeill have been busy crocheting joey pouches to send to Australia.

There’s some trash talking going on in the Regional District of Mount Waddington (RDMW) these days.

The RDMW is in the process of updating its Solid Waste Management Plan and is asking for community input.

“The Plan is all about how we will manage our trash, including ways to recycle, reuse and compost.  The new plan, which we expect to be ready by this summer, will guide how the North Island will manage its solid waste over the coming decade,” said RDMW Manager of Operations Patrick Donaghy.

“Garbage/recycling is one of those issues that impacts us all. Some people want more recycling. Some want us to look at collecting food waste from homes and businesses,” Donaghy said.

To help ensure the plan meets the diverse needs of North Island communities, the RDMW has prepared an online questionnaire, available through their website, to see what the public thinks of current services and programs, as well as to gather ideas for the future.

The questionnaire should take about 10 minutes to complete and those that fill it out could win one of five $50 gift certificates to local retailers or restaurants of the winners’ choice.

The last plan was drawn up in 1996. Since that time there have been closures of small landfills and establishing transfer stations; a regional recycling system was implemented; a user pay disposal system was introduced; a scale was installed at 7 Mile Landfill; and a goal was set to reduce waste disposed by 50 per cent.

RDMW launches solid waste questionnaire

By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle,  January 17 2020

Photo  — Regional District of Mount Waddington

The RDMW is in the process of updating its Solid Waste Management Plan and is asking for community input.


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