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Fort St. John city councillors have approved two intersection upgrades downtown that will be key to the rebuilding of 100 Street. On Monday, council approved $500,000 in spending to add traffic signals at 98 Street and 100 Avenue, and to upgrade the signals at 102 Street and 100 Avenue. Upgrading both are needed ahead of 100 Street upgrades, planned to start in 2020. “Regardless of what we do, we need these signals to handle the traffic diversion around the downtown core,” engineering manager Jim Stewart said. The city plans to start re-

building 100 Street in 2020 to replace aging underground infrastructure. The work will run between 96 and 105 avenues, and take up to five years to complete. The upgrade at 98 Street and 100 Avenue is long overdue. City staff note the dangers of the busy crossing, and ICBC statistics show there were 35 crashes between 2013 and 2017, with 10 of those causing injury or death. The intersection is “underutilized intersection as it is hard to go straight across or turn left,” Victor Shopland, general manager of integrated services, wrote in a report to council. Meanwhile, the city will reconfigure the signals at 102 Street and 100 Avenue to add

a left turn to alleviate existing and future traffic backups to 99 and 101 avenues. “With more traffic being directed along 102 St this would only be exacerbated. The addition of left turn lanes will rectify this problem,” Shopland wrote. The city is paying for the upgrades through an extra onetime payment of $885,000 in gas tax revenues. The rest of that extra payment will go into reserves. Including the extra payment, the city is receiving $1.3 million in gas tax revenues this year. The city has spent gas tax monies on trails, sidewalks, street lights, garbage and recycling carts, and the new dog park.

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The two Port Alberni teens suspected in three northern B.C. murders killed themselves, a Manitoba medical examiner has ruled. Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were found dead in the Manitoba brush near the Nelson River Wednesday, Aug. 7. “The RCMP can also confirm that the two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire,” police said on Monday. The pair led police on a crosscountry chase since two bodies were found on the side of the Alaska Highway in northeastern B.C. Four days later, another body was found on Highway 37 near Dease Lake. “Police can also confirm that two firearms were also located with the two deceased males and forensic analysis is underway in order to definitively confirm that these weapons are connected with the northern B.C. homicide investigations,” police said. It was apparent they had been alive while police searched the Gillam, Man., area for two weeks, police said. What led police to the area was a burned out vehicle belonging to Leonard Dyck, a retired University of B.C. lecturer, whose body was found by a road near Dease Lake on B.C.’s Highway 37. Canada-wide warrants were issued for McLeod and Schmegelsky, who were charged with second-degree murder in connection with Dyck’s death. His body was found a few kilometres from the teens’ burnedout pickup truck on Highway 37.At first, police said the teens were missing. The childhood friends were also suspects in the killings of American Chynna Deese and Australian Lucas Fowler. Their bodies were found along the Alaska Highway July 15 near their van. Police said last week the Dyck and Deese-Fowler homicides were related. B.C. RCMP will be completing a review of the case “within the next few weeks” after which the families will be updated and information released publicly. RCMP assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett said Aug. 7 that the suspects’ deaths do not mean the homicide case is over, he said. Hackett said the B.C. case remains open until all evidence is assessed to confirm investigative theories. That would include ruling out any other possible suspects. There is significant evidence that links both crime scenes together, Hackett said, but added there doesn’t appear to be anything linking the victims.





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Hannah Braun of Fort St. John celebrates her 7th birthday at the pool in Taylor, Aug. 9, 2019. The swimming pool will close for the season Friday, Aug. 16, with a free three-hour pizza party beginning at 3:30pm. Over the next few weeks will be transferred back to a curling rink for the upcoming fall and winter season. dave lueneberg photo

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DISNEY DISS: We start news chewing in Hollywood. Disney announced they will remake Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin may be in the new version of the movie. But instead of portraying the young hero Kevin, Macaulay will play one of the bad guys who are trying to break into the house. Wow, that’s different! That would be like a Star Trek remake with William Shatner playing a Klingon.

me snow was angel dandruff. And wind was fairy flatulence. CARD CHAOS: A study shows sales of greeting cards are half what they were five years ago. I guess things change. Five years ago my wife would need four hours in the store to select the right greeting card. Now she needs just two hours.

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FOSSIL FACT: Next, it’s fossil news. Scientists announced they havefound the fossil of a 19 million year old prehistoric parrot. This parrot could have sat on a perch in Fred Flintstone’s living room. Actually, that’s unlikely. This ancient parrot was four feet tall and had a vicious beak. When a Polly like that wants a cracker, you don’t argue.

MOVIES: While we’re on the topic of 129.9 movies, Peace Country theatres showed Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. B.C. Average 136.3 The story of how a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens all of humanAlberta Average 102.9 ity. Gee, I hate it when cyber-genetically t St. John, BC - 7 Day Forecast - Environment Canada enhanced villains do that. Why can’t cyber-genetically enhanced villains do Saskatchewan Avg. 112.9 small-scale bad stuff? Like shoplifting. Or vandalism. Or jaywalking. By the way: Manitoba Average 108.2 You know you’re getting old when you watch a Fast & Furious movie and you wonder what kind of rates these guys pay Ontario Average 116.7 > But Home > Environment and natural resources Weather for auto insurance. do weinformation really need more Fast & Furious movies? They’ve > Quebec British AverageColumbia 122.3 made at least 20 of them. How long will it be before these guys are so old they do a movie titled Sluggish & Annoyed? New Brunswick Avg 121.7 Fort St. John

BILLION BULLETIN: There’s a report the Apple company will invest one (B) billion dollars in its new video streaming service. That’s a lot of money, but I know they have it. One billion dollars is how much I have personally paid to Apple to replace cracked screens on iPhones.

CHICKEN CHUCKLE: And while we’re BALL BULLETIN: A new study shows discussing birds, on CBC last week there those fast food restaurant ball pits are was an item about how some senior liv- contaminated with dirt, vomit, feces and ing facilities in Canada have “therapy urine. Gee, when they hear about the chickens” for residents to care for. I get study, kids will want to play in there even my “therapy chickens” at KFC. more. > Weather > Local forecasts BORIS BULLETIN: Britain’s new Prime BEE BULLETIN: There’s another study Minister Boris Johnson continued to that shows the honeybee population is settle into his new job. He’s a scary look- declining. On TV an expert said the aving dude. And this just in from London: erage honeybee produces less than two The guy who styles Boris’s hair was arres- teaspoons of honey in its entire lifetime. DORA DISS: Also in Peace Country ted and charged with drunk barbering. So I guess when bees do that “busy as a t Nelson, - 7Avg Day Forecast - Environment Canada Observed at: Fort St. John Airport 10:00 AM MST Tuesday 13 August 2019 NovaBC Scotia Current Conditions 114.7 theatres: The new Dora The Explorer bee” thing, they’re faking it. movie. If you have kids you know Dora. WEATHER WOES: Back home in the She claims an explorer. Temperatu… But Dora Peace, the summer of 2019WSW continues to PSYCHIC KICK: Before I go, I should PEI Average Condition: Partlyshe’s Cloudy 14.6°C Wind: 15 km/h 115.5 always carries a map clearly marked be one of the worst summers in recor- mention last week was Psychic Week. Pressure: 102.3 kPa Dew point: Visibil… km in the I consulted a psychic who predicted I with her destination. Plus she only goes ded10.2°C history, with only a few48 breaks Newfoundland Avg. 126.2 placesRising that are close to her home. Humidity: Geez, rain. When I was a little kid my Grandma would fail to come up with a funny comTendency: 74% what a phony! told me rain was liquid sunshine. But I ment about Psychic Week. He was right. > > Environment Weather > Local forecasts CAD$Home per litre, prices as of August 13 and natural resources > Weather information never believed her. Because she also told Source:> British Columbia

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Royals abuzz over Fort St. John bee group matt preprost

A Fort St. John group working to boost global bee populations has received a Royal spotlight from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen Beescause as one of 15 organizations they plan to promote throughout the month of August, part of their monthly Forces For Change social media campaign. “It was pretty stunning for sure, a little surreal, for little town Fort St. John guys to get recognition for what we’re trying to do, and some real help in advocating for our cause,” said co-founder Maurice Allen. Maurice and Chris Wheeler launched Beescause in 2018, which is working to build and place beehives in more urban environments around the world, from public areas to neighbourhood backyards. They do their work with funding they receive from the sale of bracelets and through a Foster A Hive program. So far, they have placed beehives around Fort St. John, Edmonton, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Kelowna. “We put beehives in urban environments to help pollinate those urban environments, because the pollinators are under threat and having massive decline,” Allen said.

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“We use our beehives to ensure the planet stays pollinated.” The group has seen an immediate boost since being selected by the Royal couple, Allen said. The goal is to grow into a global movement, and help the next generation get over built-in fears of bees, Allen said. “This is really just a grassroots movement. We’re just getting started,” he said. “The more bracelets we sell, the more hives we place.” The Duke and Duchess selected Beescause after soliciting input from their followers on Instagram, which drew more than 50,000 comments when they put the call out last week. They announced the organizations they would spotlight on July 31. “These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another. We were so happy to learn about them and are now able to share them with you!” they wrote on Instagram. The couple have been promoting different causes each month as part of their Forces for Change campaign. In June, they highlighted LGBT groups in recognition of Pride, and highlighted various environmental causes in July.

Taylor water line upgrade matt preprost

Taylor councillors have approved a $289,000 upgrade to a section of the district’s potable water line that has been prone to leaks. Council approved the project Tuesday, awarding the work to Big League Utilities Corp. The upgrade will see 460 metres of ductile iron pipe replaced with more durable polyethylene pipe. The metal pipe was installed in 2010 as part of a complete replacement of the water line, but it has been prone to leaks due to corrosion caused by hot soil conditions, and ongoing sloughing of the river bank, according to operations director Ryan Nelson. The district already replaced 44 metres of the metal pipe in 2017 because it was installed and buried without bedding, and without electrode protection to help prevent corrosion. That replacement was installed over land where most of the ground movement occurs. Polyethylene pipe can handle water pressures, and is able to move with the hill and be placed back in position without shutting down the

water system for long periods needed for repairs, Nelson said. “This has proven successful in reducing the number of repairs required and down time of the system,” Nelson noted in a report to council. “Since an extreme erosion event occurred in the spring of 2018, where 20 meters of river bank was washed away, the ground movement in this area has increased and a longer length of pipe is at risk of pulling apart, beyond what was replaced in 2017.” Council was concerned with the cost of the replacement, initially pegged around $176,000 before it went out to bid in June. The district received just two bids for the work, one of which was disqualified. The cost includes certain construction requirements, such as bedding material for the new pipe, contingencies, and performance bonds, Nelson noted. “I’m not entirely comfortable, but in order to have this done before winter time, it needs to be done,” Mayor Rob Fraser said. The project will be paid for through capital water reserves. Roughly $435,500 will remain in the reserves after the upgrade.

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Close to 50 people turned out to the Peace Valley Cemetery tour in Taylor on Aug. 9, 2019. The history of 12 pioneers were told, and the tour also included a visit next door to the Church of the Good Shepherd.


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No long-term plan to monitor Old Fort hills for future slides matt preprost Youngsters enjoy the annual duck race at the Fort St. John Petroleum Association’s 10th annual family camping weekend at Peace Island Park, Aug. 11, 2019.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING District of Taylor Zoning Bylaw No. 783, 2014, Amendment Bylaw No. 835, 2019.

Public Hearing Date: August 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM District of Taylor Municipal Hall – Council Chambers 10007 – 100A Street, Taylor, BC

NOTICE is given in accordance with Section 466 of the Local Government Act that the District of Taylor Council is considering amendments to District of Taylor Zoning Bylaw No. 783, 2014 (as amended). A Public Hearing on proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw is scheduled for August 19, 2019 commencing at 7:00 pm in the District of Taylor Municipal Hall at 10007 – 100A Street. The public hearing provides an opportunity for the public, including individuals who believe their interest in property may be affected by the proposed bylaw, to speak or submit written comments about it. The proposed amendments in District of Taylor Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 835, 2019 would, if they are adopted, permit Micro (Craft) Brewery, Craft Distillery, and/or Cannabis Retail uses but only on properties located in the District of Taylor's Commercial (C-1) and Service Commercial (C-2) Zones (for reference please see following map). Written submissions regarding the proposed amendments may be submitted to the District of Taylor Municipal Of�ice until August 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM for inclusion in the meeting agenda. After that time, written submissions will generally be accepted until 4:00 pm on the date of the public hearing. All written submissions will be read at the Public Hearing. Oral and written submissions will also be received at the Public Hearing. All written and verbal submissions will become part of the public record.

A copy of District of Taylor Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 835, 2019 may be inspected at the District of Taylor Municipal Of�ice, 10007 – 100A Street, Taylor, BC between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday inclusive, excluding statutory holidays. A copy of District of Taylor Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 835, 2019 can also be inspected on the District of Taylor website: Telephone inquiries should be directed to District staff at 250-789-3392.

The Old Fort landslide hasn’t moved much since it slipped nearly a year ago, and there are no plans to monitor the rest of the hills above the riverside community, the province says. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says it’s unlikely the remaining hillside above Old Fort will see a “dramatic slippage” that will further impact homes. If it were to slip, it would be slow-moving, similar to the weeks-long slide that began at the end of September 2018, he said. “Given the risk assessment of this slide, there is no current plan to monitor the entire hillside,” Farnworth wrote in a July 26 letter to government officials in the Peace region. Very minimal movement has been detected since that initial slide, Farnworth said, which sent more than eight million cubic metres of earth and trees toward the Peace River, destroying one house, several utility lines, and the only road in and out of the community. The ministry of transportation continues to monitor the slide for movement through a network of 10 sensors placed throughout the debris. There has been no significant movement this summer, and movement during spring runoff was less than expected, a spokesperson said. The highest recorded movement in the spring was three centimetres per day, and most were less than one centimetre per day, they said. “This movement was well within reasonable limits and did not pose any safety risk,” the spokesperson said. “We do not anticipate any further substantial movement of the slide at this time. For the safety of the people who live in the area, and as a precautionary measure, we will continue to monitor the activity of the area.” At its peak, the slide was moving dozens of metres in a single day, and when Farnworth flew to Fort St. John to survey the slide two weeks after it began. The ministry has protocols in place to respond to any significant new movement, and to share that information with both the provincial and local governments, Farnworth said.


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While the landslide has changed natural drainage patterns in the area, there are no plans to reshape or revegetate the fallen slope, Farnworth said, nor are any other landslide mitigation measures be-



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Bedrock failure Geotechnical engineers have said the slide was caused by a failure in the bedrock at the head of the landslide, where a gravel quarry had been operating on the hillside above Old Fort. The ground beneath the slide had been moving for months before it finally gave way in a massive collapse on Sept. 30. More than 150 residents were ordered to evacuate the following week, and were kept out of their homes for nearly a month. The landslide triggered another slide below the iconic Peace River viewpoint, which remains closed, and sent a large tension crack splitting out to the east toward Old Fort homes. Core samples have been taken from the quarry to study the subsurface conditions under the slide area to better understand the cause and extent of the failure, as well as current slope stability to determine setbacks for any future operations. There is critical civic infrastructure along the Old Fort hills, including Fort St. John’s south sewage lagoon and discharge line, its raw water supply line, and the micro-hydro power station. While none of those were damaged by the landslide, the City of Fort St. John is spending $200,000 this year to study the stability of the hills and future risks to those pieces of infrastructure.

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ing considered. “Changes in the drainage pattern can be expected following a landslide,” Farnworth said, adding ministry staff have met with property owners to provide advice and address any concerns. “It will take some time to fully ascertain the changes that have occurred in the area and whether there are reasonable actions that may be taken.” The ministry of transportation is continuing to monitor Old Fort Road, a section of which was rebuilt with gravel through the landslide debris. The ministry will plan to hard surface the road once its confident the slide area has stabilized. “The ministry would like to see the area experience at least another spring of slide stabilization before we make that determination,” the spokesperson said. Some minor improvements to the road, such as approaches and new culverts, are to be made this year. The ministry is working to address outstanding garbage and debris piles, Farnworth said.

Three provincial park boat launches in the Peace region have been identified as priorities for repair or replacement in the next five years, but how quickly the funds will flow from the province remains to be seen. BC Parks has identified the launches at One Island Lake, Charlie Lake, and Gwillim Lake as priorities, with an estimated tab of at least $1.2 million. But the agency sees scarce dollars for capital investments in the Peace. In 2018, total funding was just $625,000. While $350,000 of that went to building a new boat launch at Swan Lake, that left less than half the budget for other priority projects, local officials say. “A lack of capital infrastructure funding allocated to the BC Parks in our region dictates that BC Parks staff balance priorities to decrease operating deficiencies and to increase services for the public without sufficient funding to do so,” Brad Sperling, chair of the Peace River Regional District, wrote in a June letter to environment minister George Heyman, who is responsible for provincial park spending. There are 10 boat launches in provincial parks in the Peace region. The regional district has been lobbying for an increase in capital spending after the boat launch at Charlie Lake was abruptly closed last fall without notice or consultation with lake users and residents. Provincial parks in the Peace region already operate with an annual subsidy of nearly $1 million a year, Sperling noted. “If more capital investments were made into parks in the region, it is likely

that they would attract more users and the annual operating deficiency could decrease,” he wrote. With construction costs up to 50% higher in the Peace than the Lower Mainland, the tab to fix the boat launches at One Island, Charlie, and Gwillim lakes is likely to be much higher than $1.2 million when the projects go to tender, Sperling said. The province has budgeted $41.5 million for BC Parks this year, up from $40.4 million in 2018. Visitors to provincial and national parks in B.C. have soared from 20 million to 25 million over the last five years, according to the BC Parks Foundation. While the government has increased capital spending in provincial parks, the cost to repair and replace aging park infrastructure across B.C. is growing, along with demands for more services, Heyman said. “Like all levels of government, we must continue to make difficult choices about where and how we invest our capital dollars,” Heyman wrote in a July 25 response letter to the regional district. Capital dollars for parks are earmarked based on infrastructure levels, demand and use, and health and safety issues in a particular region, Heyman said. “As such, much of the capital investment goes into facilities such as water and sewage systems, roads, bridges and trails, and major campgrounds and day use areas,” Heyman wrote. Parks staff continue to evaluate options for Charlie Lake, Heyman said. He suggested the regional district meet with him at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in September to discuss ways to secure more funding for parks initiatives in the region.


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news in brief Highlights from the city council meeting held Monday, August 12, 2019: Contracts • Council approved a $50,000 sole-sourced contract to Vancouver-based consultant Judy Brooks to develop an energy literacy brand guide. The city had put out a request for proposals for the work at the direction of council, however, none were received. Brooks has experience developing brand guides for the BC Chamber as well as Whistler, city staff said. Staff had planned to solesource the work to Brooks in May, though council deferred that decision citing concerns over sole-sourcing the work. City staff could not answer why Brooks did not submit a proposal after it was put out to bid. The guide will give staff direction and clarity about terminology, messaging, and language to use when talking about the city’s energy literacy efforts, including its passive house, micro-hydro station, and a nearly finished water reclamation facility. Other business • Council approved two downtown intersection upgrades that will be key to the rebuilding of 100 Street: traffic signals will be added at 98 Street and 100 Avenue, and the traffic signals at 102 Street and 100 Avenue will be upgraded to add left turns. City staff say both changes are needed to handle the traffic that will be diverted onto 98 and 102 streets during an estimated five years of construction. Read more on page A1. • Council approved adding seven properties to the city’s growing list of homes with illegal secondary suites. Bylaw contravention notices were approved for 10415 109 Street and 10417 109 Street; 10907

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City council with members the Fort St. John Community Action Team and Healthy FSJ, Aug. 12, 2019.

101 Avenue and 10909 101 Avenue; and 11008 104A Avenue, 11010 104A Avenue, and 11114 104A Avenue. The notices will be registered with the land titles office.

12 years. The event will be held Sept. 12, with the trip estimated to cost $545 for registration, travel, hotel, and per diems, charged to council’s travel account.

• Council approved staff to apply for up to $100,000 in provincial grant funding to help fund a feasibility study for a new visitor centre. Read more on page A9.

• Council approved the acting mayor to attend a rally in support of the forestry industry in Mackenzie on Aug. 22. The Mackenzie Matters Rally comes after widespread mill curtailments across the province.

• Council reconfirmed Mayor Lori Ackerman’s appointment to the Union of BC Municipalities Special Committee on Climate Action. It was a formality after receiving clarification that UBCM will reimburse the city for expenses related to the mayor’s appointment, including travel and per diems. The committee is made up of local governments, academics, industry, and environmental groups to identify voluntary actions cities and towns can take to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. The committee is expected to meet up to seven times in Vancouver over the next year. • Council approved the acting mayor to attend an upcoming celebration for Don Gnatiuk, who is retiring as president and CEO of Grande Prairie Regional College after

• Engineer Alma Medina was recognized with a 15-year long service award. Medina joined the city in August 2014 as an engineering technologist before taking on a role development officer, before being reclassified as an engineer. • David Joy, general manager of corporate services, and Jim Stewart, engineering manager, were recognized for obtaining their Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning. The two will use the education to help inform asset management plans being developed for the city. Proclamations • August 25 to 31 was proclaimed Overdose Awareness Week to raise awareness of the occurrences of overdoses, and

reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. The Fort St. John Community Action Team and Healthy FSJ will hold a number of public events during the week, including a documentary film screening on Aug. 26, naloxone training and a candelight vigil Aug. 27, and a community barbecue Aug. 30.

“It’s also a great time to honour the year of programming we’ve had over the past year, really making a big impact in the education and awareness in Fort St. John and the surrounding communities,” said Julianne Kucheran of the Community Action Team. — Matt Preprost

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he North Peace Museum has an excellent display detailing the boats that navigated the Peace River between the Vermillion Shoots to the Post at Hudson’s Hope. The Ne Parle Pas Rapids west of Hudson’s Hope kept them from going any further up the river. Please feel welcome to visit the Museum and take in this wonderful display. The following is just a taste of the type of boats that plied the Peace River for almost 200 years. There is a booklet of photos available at the Museum called Where Go The Boats. Transportation by way of the river came to an end with the building of the Alaska Highway. “Until 1952, the history of the Peace River Country was intimately associated with the boats, and the boats with the history.” So opens the book, Where Go The Boats. Between 1792 and 1952 the best, and sometimes only way, into the Peace Country was by boat. Of course, the first boats were canoes, dugout or otherwise, and were used by both the indigenous people and the nonnative traders. In later years, the North West Mounted Police even used canoes, although police officials seemed to have been more concerned with the correct painting of their canoes than with the efficiency of the vessel for its purpose. N.C.O.’s along the river pleaded for power launches to better patrol their domains. They received permission to paint their canoe, provided the correct colour scheme was used: “Canoes are to be painted black with a yellow band 1½ inches running from end to end, three inches below the gunwale and the letters R.N.W.M.P., the division letters and division number of canoe, painted at both ends on opposite sides…” reads one directive. By the turn of the 20th Century, traffic on the river had increased to a point where up to 200 boats could be on the river at high water. These boats ranged in size from rafts right up to the stern wheelers, and carried every thing from people to livestock to lumber, and everything in between. The first dairy cow brought to the Peace came in by boat and was deposited at the Bear Flat landing for the Dopp family. The steamer Peace River, a sternwheeler 110 feet long, had passenger accommodations for 25 and a freight capacity of about 80 tons. The Hudson’s Bay Company usually managed each season to complete three trips from Fort Vermillion to Fort St. John and return, a distance of about 500 miles.

Photo of the D.A. Thomas with Old Fort St. John in the background.

Larry Evans On one occasion in 1906, Captain Guillion had taken the boat as far as Hudson’s Hope. In 1908, the government installed a new ferry at Peace River Crossing. On the first trip up from Fort Vermillion that year, the steamer’s stack had to be cut to get under the cables. The Grenfell enjoyed a healthy share of the traffic and trade on the river, first under Captain Magar and later with Captain Forrest in command. On one trip in 1912, Allie Brick shipped as cook when the regular man took ill. He regaled the passengers with tall tales of the north. The Cadenhead family were aboard for that occasion. Douglas Cadenhead remained to become one of the most famous river men on the Peace, operating first for himself and later both as pilot, on the D.A. Thomas and as superintendent in charge of the Weenusk for the Hudson’s Bay. The Cadenhead family settled at the confluence of the Halfway and Peace Rivers, making the stopping place for the boats known as Cadenhead Landing. This was later settled by the Tompkins family. In the middle of September 1914, disaster struck the Grenfell. The little steamer had been grounded on a sandbar about 15 miles above Fort St. John; all but two members of the crew were busy


returning freight to Fort St. John when the Grenfell suddenly became afire. Since there were only the two men on board and no steam, she soon was a mass of flames. ‘Largest Steamboat to Ply the Canadian Inland Waters!’ rang the headline in the Peace River news on June 2, 1916. This was announcing the launching of the D.A. Thomas. Granted this claim is exaggerated, but she was the largest ever to serve the Mackenzie River system, and she was a beauty. The D.A. Thomas provided her passengers with the utmost in comfort and conveniences. The large staterooms were equipped with electricity as well as hot and cold running water. Lower berths were 36 inches wide, rather than the usual 30 inches. Uppers were standard, 26 inches. The dining lounge boasted white linen and the finest silver. Attractive saloons, or parlours, for ladies and gentlemen, added to the comfort of the passengers. From 1916 until the close of navigation in 1921, the D.A. Thomas plied the Peace under captains Bucey and Herrling, her strident whistle a familiar sound from Hudson’s Hope to the Vermillion Chutes. On a more personal note, local pioneer Woodrow Chapple arrived in this country as a young lad with his parents on the D.A. Thomas, as did many settlers. Following several groundings and mishaps, the D.A. Thomas limped to her final resting place at Fort Fitzgerald, her parts used in other boats. Larry Evans is a former fire chief, city councillor, and lifelong historian living in Fort St. John.

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Wild animals can’t be left unchecked in urban areas


ne can’t seem to watch the morning news without hearing from another distraught person moaning and groaning about another bear being needlessly “euthanized” by what they call, our uncaring conservation officers. “Warning,” says the news reader, “you will hear the shots, and that maybe disturbing to some of you,” as in the background you see another YouTube video of a bear racing down an urban street with a whole posse of uniformed COs and police officers in hot pursuit. Bang! Bang! The video abruptly ends, as the thought of anyone seeing another dead bear is too much to bare. The moaning goes on: “Why can’t we just chase them away with dogs?” Or, “why can’t we move them to somewhere else?”Or, “why can’t we allow them to live here, as bears were here before people?” It goes on. Yet, nowhere in this discussion, does our media come up with the novel thought that maybe, just maybe, we have too many bears, and that is the problem. Maybe it’s not just about how we live our lives or keep our communities, not about our garbage, fruit trees, gardens, or BBQs. Maybe it is about too many

bears trying to make their living in our space. While this goes on, our big city media ignores the need to have an open and honest discussion about bears and having bear hunters help keep our burgeoning bear population under control, for fear of upsetting their viewers. In some areas, and especially where bears have moved into urban environments, there is a need to reduce their populations so we don’t have to watch this same scene repeat over and over. If we don’t do something, those cute little cubs will learn to grow up and call these communities their home and the problems will only expand. And, this isn’t just about bears. Other urban animals pose similar problems in our communities. Recent headlines are much the same:’Too many geese, pooping in our parks’; or, ‘Too many rabbits eating our gardens’; or, ‘Too many deer eating everything they can’; or, “Too many coyotes killing our cats’; and so on. Ask our city cousins about a solution and they will almost universally all say the same things: hire more people to capture these birds and beasts and move them somewhere else, or catch them and sterilize them, or move them

Evan Saugstad to farms for displaced animals, or find their nests and break their eggs. To us country folk, there is another option. Although many of our city cousins would call us their “redneck” country cousins for thinking this, we do tend to have more cost effective and permanent solutions. Why not, at no cost to the taxpayer, allow a few good hunters the opportunity to remove these animals and recycle them back into our food supply stream and, heaven forbid, at the same time employ some of our taxidermists to process a these hides and fur for the walls of those dreaded trophy hunters? Well, city cousins, it can work, and it does in other places. For the most part, look no further than some of our indigenous communities. How many of them have these same problems for very long? Doesn’t seem to take them much time to solve these types of problems, and somehow, their solutions don’t seem to capture the

same media attention, as say, that unfortunate black bear in Coquitlam. City folk, close your eyes, cover your ears, or whatever it takes, and your problems could soon be solved. It can be painless, other than when you do wake up and look outside, and, exclaim, “Oh, my god, there is blood on my lawn.” But, no fear, blood is a great natural fertilizer, and will leave your lawn looking much greener. I say this, partly in jest, but also partly in facing our collective reality as I live in an urban setting and occasionally have wild pests show up in my yard. The reality is we cannot let wild animal populations go unchecked in urban settings and expect not to have problems. The urban environment has become their home. Most all animals can learn to live in our communities if we let them, and with regular human contact, they will lose all fear of us. Other than turning communities into concert and steel fortresses, we have three options. 1. Chase and harass them until they leave and hope they don’t become your neighbor’s problem; 2. Catch and move them in the hopes they don’t come

back or create your neighbor’s problem 3. Use trained hunters to trap or shoot these same animals and make some use out of their meat and hides. We need to wake up to the reality that we cannot afford to let all black bears roam the streets of Coquitlam or grizzlies to live in people’s yards in Bella Coola any more than letting all geese have free-reign of Kelowna’s parks, the deer in Cranbrook, or the bunnies in Victoria’s, or the coyotes in Surrey. In my simple world, we do have cost effective alternatives. Train and permit some of our dedicated hunters do this for free and return the meat and hides back into our supply chain. Why pay our overworked COs to kill them and, in many cases, dispose of the carcasses in the local landfill? And, as part of the solution for bear control, reinstitute the hunting season on grizzlies and craft better regulations that will encourage more hunters to hunt more black bears, especially in those areas adjacent to our communities. Evan Saugstad is a former mayor of Chetwynd, and lives in Fort St. John.

Alien Messages: Our neighbors, the Sikhs We are gathering at the Sikh Temple in Fort St. John with our Sikh friends Shubhdeep Kaur (Shubh), who is acting as a representative of Sikh Temple, or Gurudwara, as it is called, and Hirdayjeet Singh (Hirday), who is an initated Sikh, to talk about the Sikhs, their religion, their lifestyle and their image. We want to get them closer to their Fort St. John neighbors.

ing at the Salvation Army, here in Fort St. John.” Kalpana: “What is the women’s role in Sikhism?” Hirday: “Guru Nanak founded Sikhism in 1469, opposing the oppression and injustice of the caste system that was prevalent in India. He was a revolutionary equalitarian who proclaimed all human beings were equal and he affirmed equality among men and women as one of the tenets of our religion. And this was back in the 1400s!”

Charo: “Many people wrongly associate your turban and your beard with the foreboding image of Osama Bin Laden threatening the world, his long finger pointing at us ominously as he warned that he was going to initate the Mother of All Wars. Have you felt that in Fort St. John?”

Kalpana: “That’s a wonderful precept, one that everyone should follow, but, as an Indian, I know there is still a long ways to walk for Indian women of all religions to conquer their rightful place in modern society.”

Hirday: “Unfortunately, yes. This is a generalized mistake among people in Canada and the United States. We have absolutely nothing to do with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. We reject violence and, as much as we respect Islam, it is not our religion. Our turbans are an article of faith, to protect what we call the Tenth Gate, which is the chakra that connects us with God. We don’t shave because we believe that God made us perfect and there is no need to shave or cut His creation. We are often discriminated for our appearance and we have even suffered some racial attacks here in Fort St. John. In one of them, some teenagers targeted an elder and they punched him, took his turban off and left him there on the floor, on two different occasions.” Shubh : “It is very sad when these things happen because an immigrant’s life is already tough as it is. We are peaceful people. We have a mission to connect with God through meditation, to work honestly, to fight hunger and to have compassion to other human beings. At our Temple here in Fort St. John, we offer “Langar”, free meals every Sunday after our religious service and everyone is invited. You don’t need to be a Sikh. We welcome everyone and we do not try to convert our guests because we respect every religion and we believe there is truth in each of them. For us, eating together is a sign of equality, of fellowship. Our main temple, the Golden Temple of Amristar, in India, serves 50,000 free meals daily, and even double that amount on holidays, all of it donated and cooked by Sikhs, 90% of them volunteers.”

Charo: “I agree. Even as a non-Indian, I would love to see the end of arranged marriages and more freedom for women to pursue their dreams, but it’s refreshing to find equality among the teachings of a religion. As Sikhs, how do you manage to fit your profound spirituality into this materialistic society we have in Canada?”


Kalpana: “Those are big numbers! And I know that whenever there is a catastrophe in India, you can always find the Sikh serving food to those affected and offering as much help as they can. I remember particularly a flood in my region, Tamil Nadu. Lots of people were standing on their homes roofs waiting for rescue, and the Sikh were distributing food on boats.” Shubh : “And our mission is not only limited to India. Khalsa Aid is an international NGO based on Sikh principles of selfless service and universal love, whose ultimate goal is that people recognize the Whole Human Race as one. Their main efforts are currently focused on Syria.” Charo: “Also many Sikhs can be found volunteer-

Hirday: “Every morning I connect with God through meditation and this helps me to stay focused throughout the day and it makes me happy from the inside. When you are happy from the inside, it is very difficult to throw you out of your spirituality path. This connection is the most important thing for me so I work to make it better every day.” Charo: “Do you believe one day the whole world will be like that? Happy from the inside? Connected?” Hirday: “Yes! Because we all are God’s children, right? So one way or another we are all going to be connected with God. The question is, how many reincarnations will we need for that.” Charo Lloret is from Spain; Kalpana Loganathan is from India. Both call Fort St. John home. Each week, they’ll reflect on their experiences immigrating to Canada and settling into their new homes in Fort St. John through a series of dialogues called Alien Messages.

NDP forestry policy for B.C. takes another nose dive


t a time when he is most needed, the man in charge of the forest ministry appears to be missing in action – still. Doug Donaldson is the NDP Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD). He is also one of the few MLAs the NDP managed to get elected outside of the Lower Mainland in the 2017 provincial election. As such, Donaldson holds one of the key cabinet portfolios and should be the guy who speaks up for northern and rural communities like ours that depend on

natural resources for a living. We have presented options to help the industry. These recommendations have fallen on deaf ears. Unfortunately for us, when the going got tough, Donaldson stopped showing. The botched caribou recovery plan was the first example, when a frustrated John Horgan was forced to reach out to former BC Liberal MLA Blair Lekstrom to shore up a disaster in the making, which is still a disaster in the making. The second major blow to Donaldson’s reputation came in the form of a demotion when responsibility for wildfire


recovery was taken away and handed to a more senior minister. Now, Donaldson appears to be at odds with the NDP’s longstanding opposition to raw log exports when he announced July 19 that export limits would double on the North Coast. This prompted an angry president of Skeena Sawmills, Roger Keery, to

write directly to Premier Horgan and complain that the new “selling the best and keeping the rest” policy was in direct conflict with the NDP’s supposed plan to ban log exports and refine more wood products in B.C. After Skeena Sawmills invested millions to upgrade their facilities and install a new pellet plant operation, Keery has good reason to protest the NDP’s plan to encourage more raw logs exports. In desperation, Horgan has appointed Lower Mainland MLA Ravi Kahlon as Donaldson’s parliamentary secretary, who will be responsible for launching a public relations campaign in

communities hardest-hit by mill closures. Born and raised in Victoria, Kahlon is a nice guy with an impressive background in field hockey, but make no mistake, he doesn’t have enough knowledge of the forest industry or the experience necessary in rural communities to save Donaldson’s skin – or make things better. The question is, how long will Horgan keep Donaldson in cabinet while the forest industry continues to nose dive? Dan Davies is MLA for Peace River North.


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Unemployment rate at 4.9% Employment in Northeast B.C. grew by 900 in July, pushing the region’s unemployment rate down down nearly two percentage points to 4.9%. In an estimated labour force of 41,200, there were 39,200 employed and 2,000 unemployed, according to the latest report released Friday, August 9. Unemployment in the region was recorded at 6.6% cent in June, with 38,300 employed. Year-over-year, the unemployment rate is down significantly from July 2018, when it sat at 7.4%. However, last year there were more people working in a larger overall labour force, with 40,300 people employed in a pool of 43,500. The region is hovering around the provincial average, which recorded a 4.4% unemployment rate for July. The province lost 4,800 jobs last month.


Site C sets second-straight worker record

Most jobs lost were full-time positions — down 12,900 — while gains were made in parttime positions with 8,100 jobs added. It’s the second consecutive month the province has experienced declines after posting 3,700 losses in June. The prior two months the province saw gains of 10,300 jobs in May and 5,900 jobs in April. In July, B.C. posted major gains in educational services, up 10,900 jobs month-overmonth, and accommodations and food services, up 5,300. It posted minor job gains in construction, up 900, and in agriculture, up 300. The province posted job losses in forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas, down 2,500 jobs; and manufacturing, down 4,200. It also posted losses in transportation and warehousing jobs, down 4,500; and professional, scientific, and technical services jobs, down 4,600. — Matt Preprost

Employment on BC Hydro’s Site C dam set a new record for the second straight month in June. The workforce increased to a new record of 4,634 workers in June 2019, including new highs for the number of apprentices and indigenous and women workers on the project, according to the latest report from BC Hydro. The workforce was up 249 workers from May, which had also set record workforce numbers. “This increase reflects the scope of work on the project on and off site with project components like the diversion tunnels, the roller compacted concrete (RCC) spillway buttress, the generating station and the Highway # 29 realignments at Cache Creek west and at the Halfway River,” project spokesman Dave Conway said.

In June, there were 829 Peace Region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, an increase of 67 month-overmonth, and representing 18% of the project’s total workforce. Local workers make up 21% of the construction and nonconstruction workforce total of 3,930 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations. BC Hydro reports 189 apprentices, 361 indigenous people, and 538 women were working on the project in June. Those are also the highest numbers to date on the project. There were nine temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions in June, BC Hydro reported, and another 48 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program, it said.

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The Fort St. John Petroleum Association honoured two community members Saturday night for their contributions to the oil and gas industry. Art Jarvis was named Oilman of the Year for exceptional dedication and service to the oil and gas industry. Dave Marshall received the Ivor Miller Award for exceptional dedication and service to the Petroleum Association. The Oilmen are celebrating their 10th annual Family Camping Weekend, with a record 500-plus taking part down at Peace Island Park, and with support from more than 200 sponsors.


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NorthRiver Midstream plans to deactivate the Buckinghorse Petroleum Development Road. The decision comes as the company abandons the Buckinghorse gas plant, which it acquired through a sale of Enbridge facilities and infrastructure in the region in 2018. Though the plant hasn’t been operational in 20 years, the road has still been maintained, Talese Shilleto, external affairs, told Fort St. John city councillors on Monday. “We’re working to abandon that plant, which means it’s not deactivated, but it’s actually gone and can’t be reactivated,” Shiletto said. “We’re looking to deactivate the road.” The road leads to the nearby Redfern-Keily Provincial Park. NorthRiver is talking with a producer in the area to take over its permit for the first three kilometres of the road, Shiletto said, which could maintain some access into the area. Shiletto acknowledged the road is popular with recreationists. Talks are also ongoing with BC Parks, the Oil and Gas Commission, and the ministry of forests, lands, and natural resources about the road deactivation and potential transfer, she said. Deactivation is planned to start in September. By deactivating the road, North River will be required to remove all bridges and culverts, re-establish natural drainages, stabilize slopes, barricade the road, and post warning signs.

“We will be maintaining the road until we go into deactivation of that road,” Shilleto said. In a statement, BC Parks said it was concerned about the proposed deactivation, noting it works with both Rec Sites and Trails BC as well as the Moose ATV Club and Northland Trailblazers Snowmobile Club to manage the Redfern trail into the Muskwa Kechika and Redfern-Keily Park. Deactivating the road would include decommissioning a bridge located 2.7 kilometres from Highway 97. Currently, winter staging for the Red Fern Trail is located approximately five kilometres from Highway 97, and summer staging is located approximately 16 kilometres from the highway, the agency noted. Deactivation would result in an additional 2.3 kilometres of snowmobile access and 13.3 kilometres of summer hiking access, provided that the water course can be passed at kilometre 2.7, it said. “When an official request to deactivate the road is submitted to the BC Oil and Gas Commission BC Parks will ensure that our concerns as expressed above are discussed with the Commission,” a spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the company anticipates the sale of Enbridge’s federally-regulated plants and pipelines to formally close in October. It’s also planning to build two kilometres of new small-inch pipeline to connect its Highway gas plant to a TC Energy metering station, and allow it to tie in to the North Montney Mainline.



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The City of Fort St. John will seek up to $100,000 in provincial grant funding to help study its options for a new visitor centre. The city will apply to the rural dividend program this month as it plans to carry out a feasibility study on moving the centre from its home in the Pomeroy Sport Centre. The study would confirm a site location, produce concept designs and prelimin-

ary cost estimates, and recommend potential amenities, themes, and partners. “Council has commented that it is anxious to move the Visitor Information Center from its temporary location into a permanent home,” city manager Dianne Hunter wrote in a report to council. “This grant will assist in developing plans to proceed with that direction.” The centre’s current home was only supposed to be temporary after it moved from 100 Street

and 96 Avenue in 2013. The city has eight acres of land along the Alaska Highway near Station 44 that it had initially set aside for a new visitor centre, though the study could identify a more suitable location. The deadline for applications to the rural dividend program is Aug. 15. If a grant is approved, the city would be responsible for contributing up to $20,000 toward the study, or 20%. Construction on a new building could start as early as 2021.

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.C. forests have been hit hard in so many ways, from past years’ fires, timber supply, allowable cut, pine beetle, spraying, caribou protection plans, tariffs, loss of a softwood lumber agreement, political pressures, and more. Systems are designed for the outcomes achieved. Our forests are in trouble – environmentally and systemically. How does every facet work together to achieve a balance in the industry? Globalization is also a contributor to these opposing market forces. August 9 was the final day of work for the local Louisiana Pacific OSB mill. Northern B.C. is reported to be home to 39% of pulp and paper mills, 55% of the province’s sawmills, 79% of pellet mills, and 45% of veneer plywood and panel mills. Northern economies are very dependent on forestry. The State of Forestry in Northern BC reported by

Northern Development Initiative Trust reports that 1 in 5 jobs in Northern B.C. are tied to the forestry sector. That report goes on to indicate that, as of July 10, with four mill closures, there were 710 direct jobs affected, which impacts an estimated 1,500 indirect jobs and an estimated annual payroll of $40 million. The payroll loss due to curtailment is an estimated $175,000 per week per mill. One thing that is for certain in the north is there will be ups and downs. The challenge is balancing the ups and downs between resource industries. Slow, steady sustainable growth offers more stability than the boom-bust we are accustomed to in the north. We have a strong community and we are resilient. Contractors will need to react quickly to remain competitive for a smaller market share. Larger organizations will need to downsize


to cut unnecessary costs. The fallout in the community trickles into the service shops, the supply stores and retail sector. It is a time for tightening the belt and spending less for the forest industry and their employees. I see small communities become more resilient. How do we support one another through economic hardship? Secondary jobs are now becoming the primary jobs. Stay at home dads are embracing an opportunity to better their family in ways never experienced. I look around the community and am constantly identifying opportunities for small businesses to thrive.


As a larger community how can we come together to help incubate small business ideas? Cottage industries create an opportunity to sell goods or services locally. Several businesses can partner together and share space. What is a business co-op? Could one be organized? How do we gather like-minded people with a similar vision? I see a huge opportunity for a commercial kitchen to service many businesses and organizations. Multiple businesses together can create a small store front to sell their cumulative goods. Could we create the framework for this to come together? Brand what we do best. Quality service you can count on. I personally have changed my spending habits. My preference is to shop/eat/support local people. Sure, we all have the odd visit out of town, but

it is no longer the weekly or monthly visit. Maybe you really aren’t saving anything when you go out of town and overspend. If memory serves from the Hydro project employee demand, we are entering a period that requires the most manpower. This will help offset some of the job losses. On the upside, there is a lot more resource activity and pipeline construction currently. These are temporary, short-term jobs… which we are quite familiar with. No pansies allowed in the north. Ride the wave. Reliance rules. Edwina Nearhood is a lifelong resident of Fort St. John. Her 30-year experience in the appraisal industry offers a unique lens on the challenges associated with the economic forces impacting real estate and the community.


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Parks Day – July 27, 2019

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Thank you to all groups who attended the 4th annual Parks Day to encourage learning and awareness of the outdoors and environment at regional parks. Organizations in attendance included BC Conservation Officers, the Chetwynd Search and Rescue Organization, the Chetwynd Public Library, BC Wildfire Service and Peace River Regional District staff.

Thank you to everyone who attended the CLFD Open House and Car Wash on July 20th. Six new volunteer applications were submitted during the recruitment period. For more information on how to become a volunteer firefighter, call the Charlie Lake Fire Hall at 250-785-1424 or visit

The Regional Board approved the following applications:

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Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Review The contract for the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Review RFP #11-2019 was awarded to Morrison Hershfield at the cost of $120,666.21.

The 4 Sam Ventures Ltd. application to rezone a 26.5 ha (65.6 ac) portion of the subject property in the Arras area from ‘A-2’ (Large Agriculture Holdings Zone) to ‘R-6’ (Residential 6 Zone) and a 34.2 ha (84.6 ac) portion of the subject property from ‘A-2’ (Large Agriculture Holdings Zone) to ‘A-1’ (Small Agriculture Holdings Zone) as part of an ALC conditionally approved two (2) lot subdivision along a railway rightof-way

Watch delegation presentations and read presentation materials: agendas/2019/2019-23-124544505/AGENDA.html

The Country Acres Developments Ltd. application to rezone the subject property in the Prespatou area from A-2 (Large Agricultural Holdings Zone) to R-2 (Residential 2 Zone) within PRRD Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 1996. The applicants intend to develop the property in phases, for an eventual total of twelve ±4 ha. (±10 ac) lots and one ±12 ha (±30 ac) residential lot.

Shaw Communications Shaw Communications presented the Enhanced Connectivity Fibre Optic Broadband Project to the PRRD Board. The fibre cable project can be designed to include break out points where local service providers can connect and create a distribution network to service households and businesses. They hope to begin construction in Spring 2020.

The Brewster application to redesignate and rezone a 31.6 ha (78.1 ac) portion of the subject property from ‘Settlement’ to ‘Resource Agricultural’ and R-4 (Residential 4 Zone) to A-1 (Small Agricultural Holdings Zone), to support agricultural and resource extraction purposes. The Dawson Creek Sportsman’s Club application to extend the existing gun range t by re-designating the adjacent property from ‘Agriculture’ to ‘Parks, Recreation and Natural Environment’, and rezoning from A-2 (Large Agricultural Holdings Zone) to P-2 (Civic, Assembly and Institutional Zone).

Policy Manual Updates The Regional Board reviewed updates to the PRRD policy manual and repealed several outdated policies regarding administration and environmental services. Once the review of the entire policy manual has been completed, the PRRD policy manual will be posted online.

ALR Applications The Regional Board supported the following ALR applications to proceed to the ALC: The Bassett application for subdivision within the ALR, to subdivide a 4.8 ha (11.9 ac) portion of the total 11.3 ha (28 ac) property. The Peaceland Farms application for subdivision within the ALR, to subdivide the subject property, resulting in a 7.90 ha (19.52 ac) parcel and an 8.70 ha (21.50 ac) remainder separated by the Mile 95 Upper Halfway River Highway right-of-way. No farmland will be taken out of production.

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation The Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation presented the West Moberly First Nation Treaty Land Entitlement selections to the PRRD Board.

Blair Lekstrom, Community Liaison Blair Lekstrom, Community Liaison to Premier Horgan on Caribou, presented his report titled ‘The Path Forward to Recover the Caribou Plan in Northern British Columbia’ to the PRRD Board. The report detailed objectives, engagements, and findings as well as recommendations. The Board resolved to endorse the report as written and request a timeline and scope for further engagement from Premier Horgan. Northern Health Northern Health presented their most recent recruitment and retention report to the PRRD Board with details on activities carried out to recruit medical professionals to the Peace region and keep them here. The Board contributes significant funding to this initiative, and through student grants for education as well

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Local News of mischief. • Charles Richard Calahasen (born 1975) was fined $500, given a one-year driving ban, and assessed a $75 Sentences handed out in victim surcharged for drivFort St. John, Dawson Creek, ing while prohibited/licence and Chetwynd provincial suspended. • Jessica Lorraine Murcourts for the week ending Auray (born 1988) was issued a gust 9, 2019. one-year $1,000 peace bond for causing fear of injury or Fort St. John Law Courts damage. • Robert James Speir (born • Bryce Peter Bidulka (born 1998) was granted a condition- 1962) was sentenced to 40 al discharge with a one-year days jail, fined $1,500, given a three-year criminal driving probation order for assault. • Curtis Jeffrey Bagan (born ban, and a one-year probation 1991) was fined $250 for each order for impaired driving. of two counts of breaching Speir was fined $1,500 and assessed a $225 victim surcharge probation. for driving with a suspended licence. Dawson Creek Law Courts

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Chetwynd Law Courts • Colin Michael Tetz (born 1988) was fined $1,000 and given a one-year criminal driving ban for impaired driving. — Matt Preprost

Alleged child rapist could have victims here, police say A Regina man charged with six counts of sexually assaulting a minor may have more victims in Northeast B.C., police say. Christopher Cameron Duke, 49, was arrested August 1, 2019, after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl on July 31, the Regina Police Service said in a news release. Duke is charged with six counts of sexual assault and sexual interference, and was released on bail on August 9. Regina police say he may have other victims in Canada that have not been reported. He was in Dawson Creek and Taylor in June and July, travelling from Fort Saskatchewan, they said. He was also seen in Esterhazy from November 2018 to February 2019. He has a campsite at Craven Country Campground in Saskatchewan.


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Northern B.C. RCMP search for suspect after kidnapping attempt RCMP in northeast B.C. and northwest Alberta are searching for a man wanted in connection with an alleged kidnapping attempt of a road flagger on Highway 29. The incident happened on Sunday morning around 9 a.m. Sunday near Szoo Road, around 40 kilometres west of Fort St. John. Police say a dark blue van with silver striping approached the lone female flagger, and an unknown man jumped out of the back doors and tried to pull her in. After a struggle, the man got back in the van, which drove off toward’s Hudson’s Hope, police said. The victim did not recognize the man, police said. Fort St. John RCMP is investigating and canvassing property owners in the area for information and video surveillance. The detachment has partnered with RCMP in

Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Grande Prairie, and traffic services members throughout northern B.C., to help identify and find the suspect and suspect van. The van is described as: - dark blue with silver striping - chrome on front grille - barn style rear doors The suspect is described as: - caucasian male - approximately 5’9 - no accent when he spoke “We’re asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP,” Sgt. Joelle LaChance said. “Your dash cam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime.” Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8140. — Matt Preprost

Truck driver seriously injured after Alaska Highway rollover A truck driver was seriously injured after a tanker carrying liquefied natural gas rolled over on the Alaska Highway early Monday morning. The accident happened just before 2 a.m. south of Wonowon, police and environment ministry officials say. The driver was taken to hospital as cleanup crews respond to the incident. The cause of the rollover is under investig-

ation by police. Ministry officials say 50 litres of diesel fuel was spilled from the truck’s saddle tanks, and that the leak was plugged. No LNG was spilled or released from the truck. However, the gas was flared to empty the tank before the truck can be rolled over and recovered, a ministry official said. — Matt Preprost •


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Still life, wild life, night sights, a dam site... this month’s exhibit at Peace Gallery North, Captured, opened Friday tonight. It features more than 50 pieces from eight local photographers. “I felt like photography was under -represented,” says gallery manager Bev Berg. “We have a lot of painters in a whole bunch of mediums and different styles, but there were very few photographs

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There’s a new hangout spot now open for youth in Fort St. John. A $20,000 donation from Canadian Natural Resources gave a boost to get the SuperPark Community Rec Centre up and running. A formal grand opening is set for Sept. 7. “Canadian Natural Resources Limited is the very reason this adventure began!! The stars aligned and doors opened for the Community in

a way we didn’t expected happening for years to come!” the centre wrote in a post to supporters on Facebook. The rec centre is an expansion of the neighbouring North Peace Family SuperPark and its indoor playground. The rec centre geared toward pre-teens and teens and features a video gaming centre, table games, climbing wall, pool tables, basketball hoops and more. Both are operated by the non-profit North Peace Family SuperPark Society.

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Apparently, this dog gets to sleep with her at home, so hey, why not here? It ruins intimacy and makes it hard to sleep. She apologizes, but is doing nothing to train this dog to accept the floor as its dog bed. Am I out of line to want our bed dog-free? What does this say for our chances? -- Doggone it!


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Dear Doggone It: Actions speak, or should I say bark, louder than words. It is time to have another conversation with your girlfriend about her dog. Sleeping in bed with your dog is a very personal decision. Studies have shown that it can be therapeutic for both the dog and owner.

My husband passed away two years ago from a massive heart attack. We never had a chance to say goodbye, and I miss him very much. My dearest friends were with me when he passed. They are all still couples, and they have kept me busy with activities and invites to dinner -- but have not asked me how I am doing.

But this depends on personal preference, and your preference is not to have the dog in bed while her preference is to have him with her. She may apologize for allowing the dog in bed, but her actions say that she loves

Yet, other friends who have lost their spouse have often asked me how am I doing. They understand the loss and the lonely nights. I finally went to counseling for about six months and came to

the conclusion that there will be times when “waves of emotion” are triggered by a movie or an ad or even a clue in a crossword puzzle, and that these moments are a reflection of a wonderful marriage and that I should cherish them. I think my “couple” friends don’t ask because they don’t want to think about experiencing the loss themselves. So I appreciate their keeping me involved in my daytime activities. As a senior citizen, I will be there for them when their losses come. Many thanks to my friends who have lost a loved one. Your concern and texts saying “Good night!” have been ever so comforting. -- Still Missing My Sweetheart in New England Dear Still Missing My Sweetheart: I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story. You were brave enough to seek professional help for your grief, and I commend you for that. I hope your letter brings comfort to those who are in a similar position.

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Jacob Gardner hangs on for dear life during his bull riding run at the Dawson Creek Stampede on August 11, 2019. He finished in third place.

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Jacob Gardner loves being a cowboy. More specifically, he loves the cowboy way of life — constantly being on the road, meeting good people, and doing what he loves: bull riding and steer wrestling. Gardner has been competing in rodeos since he was 10, and going to pro rodeos for five years. Now, at age 23, he is having his best year on both the Finning Canada Pro Tour and Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada circuit, and is ready to take his career to the next level. Gardner was third in the Finning bull riding standings prior to the Dawson Creek Rodeo August 9 to 11, and is currently eighth in the PBR standings, both career highs. He is coming off a third-place bull riding finish at Dawson, for which he won $1,534.23, a third-place steer wrestling finish in La Crete on August 7, and a tie for second in steer wrestling at the Jasper Heritage Rodeo, August 7 to 10. If you’re counting, that’s three cheques in one week. “This is my best year so far but I don’t plan on it being the best one. I really want to finish first in the tour for bull riding and win a Canadian title, and the same with PBR,” Gardner said.

Gardner already has a Canadian title though. He was the 2018 Canadian Professional All Around Cowboy, as he is a dual threat of sorts, being able to place in the money in either bull riding or steer wrestling at any given rodeo. Gardner says there are a number of reasons why he is seeing more success this year. “I’ve matured as an athlete, and have stayed healthy this year, so I can compete all the time. I’ve also been focusing on doing good at the bigger rodeos where the money is this year,” said Gardner. That’s not to say he hasn’t had significant injuries and bull riding isn’t dangerous. Gardner has had a couple bad concussions, which he said aren’t fun, as well as a dislocated shoulder and broken ankle. Peace Region Cowboy Originally hailing from Fort St. John, Gardner’s parents moved to Dawson Creek after he graduated and that is his current home base. Well, sort of. The truth is Gardner is always on the road. He has a roommate in Strathmore he stays with sometimes, and a travelling partner in Calgary. But mostly he stays, “wherever a guy can find a place to stay or park a camper.”

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Jacob Gardner after his run at Dawson Creek on August 11, 2019.

His life isn’t going to normalize any-time soon. He has made $17,831.05 in Canadian rodeos this summer, and another $10,936.56 from PBR, and thinks he’s ready to make the jump to competing at the American rodeos full time in the winter. “I’ve been working regular jobs the past couple winters, but I keep telling myself I can make a living out of this and this year I’m going to try and do that this winter and

see how it works out,” said Gardner. Gardner has yet to make a Calgary Stampede, another goal of his, and he’ll receive an automatic entry if he wins the Finning title. For now, he’ll keep going from rodeo to rodeo and trying his best to hang on to that bull for eight seconds. Or, as Gardner calls it — the cowboy way of life. “Living the way you want and doing what you want,” Gardner said.

y brother was supposed to be named Bianca. Well, he was supposed to be a girl but he wasn’t, and my parents weren’t gutsy enough 25 years ago to name their son Bianca. I’ve always thought Bianca was a weird name (full apologies to all Biancas out there), the punch line to a joke, but Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu is starting to change that. Andreescu won the Roger’s Cup on August 11, becoming the first Canadian to win the tournament in 50 years. Andreescu is awesome, and super fun to watch. She’s feisty, hits the ball hard, and is really, really good. The Roger’s Cup has always been a painful watch — Canadians get their hopes up that one of our own will finally win the home tournament, only for our hopes to be dashed. Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard, and Denis Shapovalov all looked like they had what it took but never pulled it off. That it was Andreescu who finally got it done and not one of the aforementioned players or future star Felix Auger-Aliassime is shocking, especially because she’s come out of nowhere this year, and because of the hurdles she faced in the tournament. She had conditioning issues early on, and later seemed to pull her right hamstring, playing the last three matches with bandages around her right quad. She fell behind in both the quarterfinal and semifinal just to somehow get it done. Plus, it was clear she was hurt and playing injured, yet I was convinced she could and would get it done. I was thrilled that she was playing Serena Williams in the final. I wasn’t thrilled that the match ended after four games (Williams withdrew down 3-1 with an injury), but it’s wild that the player who was injured all week, Andreescu, won that way. The last time I felt this way about cheering for a Canadian woman tennis player, it was when Eugenie Bouchard lost in the final at Wimbledon in 2014. I’m not sure if I liked her as much as a player but she was Canadian and cheering for her was the thing to do. She didn’t get over the hump but I think Andreescu will. The funny thing is, Andreescu is not your typical tennis player. She doesn’t look like the other players, and she yells a lot when she’s both mad and happy. She even cheers when her opponent hits a ball into the net or hits a shot long, which players don’t really do. To be honest, she reminds me a lot of Williams, who I’ve often criticized. I’m interested to see as Andreescu’s star rises, how other people feel when they watch her play. But, for now, all I know is that she’s made the name Bianca cool, and that’s something I never thought I’d see happen.

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Kevin Stinson three-peats as Lakepoint charity pro-am raises $12,500 for mental health matt preprost

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Kevin Stinson (centre) celebrates his third straight Lakepoint Charity Pro-Am championship win with Vancouver Golf Tour Commissioner Fraser Mulholland and Troy Knight, general manager of Lakepoint Golf and Country Club, Aug. 10, 2019.

Results Professional 1. Kevin Stinson (142) 2. Andrew Funk (142) 3. Mike Griffin (142) T4. Garrett Kucher (144) T4. Riley Lamb (144)

Pro-Am 1. Lobo Picker 2. Raven Oilfield 3. PJ Oilfield Services 4. Tracker Contracting 5. Chopped Leaf 6. Petron Communications

It’s fair to say Kevin Stinson knows the Lakepoint golf course like the back of his hand. For a third straight year, the 33-year-old golfer from Abbotsford is the Mighty Peace Brewing Co. Charity Pro-Am Champion. Stinson won the weekend at Charlie Lake with a final score of -2, winning with a birdie on the first playoff hole, and taking home a purse of $3,200. Stinson had an excellent round on Saturday, August 10, winning the round at four under par, the lowest round for the tournament, and bouncing back from a sluggish start on Friday where he finished tied for seventh after shooting two over par. “The course is a lot different than it usually is with all the rain and stuff, so it played a lot longer,” Stinson said. “It took a while to get used to that and then it was better today.” Andrew Funk and Mike Griffin finished tied for second at two under par, each winning $1,900. Ninety golfers took part in the Charity Pro-Am, part of the Vancouver Golf Tour, with a field of 18 professionals. Local Lone Wolf pro Larry Ramstad finished seventh at +1 with a $925 take.

“The whole goal is to show the course and the region and northern hospitality,” said Fraser Mulholland, tour president and commissioner. The tournament raised more than $12,500 in support of the North Peace Mental Health Society. Funds will support the society’s programming, in particular client support and wellness. That includes group activities like bowling and camping, or self-improvement courses like first aid or food safe. The society also runs a clubhouse that supports more than a dozen clients suffering from depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and other disorders. “A lot of people who have mental illness, they close themselves in, they retreat from society,” said executive director Ed Goerzen. “It’s important to get people out and interacting with others, getting them into activities in the clubhouse with others and outside in the public, so they can meet people and talk to people, and get socializing again back in normal society.” Supporting the mental health society was close to the hearts of tournament organizers and the Lakepoint family after losing friend, club member, and pro-am tournament regular Dustin Hill, said coorganizer Justin McKinnon.

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How to repair green damage


reens damage can occur on golf courses for a number of reasons, such as day-to-day traffic, environmental conditions, disease and, of course, vandalism. Being located here in the northern part of country we get some harsh and unforgiving winters that can result in ice damage and disease that can take extensive amounts of time and effort to repair. Recently, our course endured some vandalism involving a quad or sideby-side that drove in circles damaging one of our greens. It takes time and

Craig Simpson effort to repair this, and involves over seeding and sanding, which can also cause damage to our reel mowers. That, in turn, will involve more time and effort in sharpening these pieces of machinery.


Disease can also cause extensive damage to golf courses. With the use of fungicides, golf courses are always in a battle with environmental conditions as it relates to turf disease. Shoulder seasons such as spring and fall can be adverse times as cool moist conditions can play a significant role in turf being affected. Disease can set in overnight and require an immediate spray to combat against further damage. With disease and winter damage, there’s a point where sprays and chemical application can be too late

and replacement is the only option. Replacement consists of over seeding and sanding, taking plugs from a nursery green or a practice green and replacing dead areas or an overall resodding of the green. These are the main reasons greens can see damage throughout the year. But minimal damage can still occur through daily play from ball marks hitting the green. So, when you’re out there playing, fix your ball marks and two or three others. This well help the consistency of the putting surfaces.

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The city of Chicago and the Western Golf Association once again play host to the BMW Championship The BMW Championship is the second of three FedEx Cup playoff events on the PGA Tour schedule. The tournament is open to the 70 FedEx Cup points leaders following the Northern Trust. The BMW Championship will be held at Medinah Country Club this year. Founded in the 1920s by a group of Shriners, the club boasts three courses, all designed by Tom Bendelow. Course No. 3 has held the Ryder Cup, three U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships.

PGA Tour to review pace of play, consider penalty After days of controversy and a few high-profile examples of slow play involving golfer Bryson DeChambeau, the PGA Tour announced Sunday that it will review its policy and consider ways to penalize players even if their group is not out of position. The issue boiled over when video of DeChambeau made the social media rounds after he twice took an excessive amount of time to hit shots during the second round at Liberty National, site of the Northern Trust. What particularly raised the ire of other players and those criticizing DeChambeau was him taking more than two minutes to hit a putt on the eighth green during Friday’s round. He stalked it from all sides, studied his greenreading book several times before finally hitting the putt and missing. The PGA Tour rules have a general time limit of 40 seconds to hit any shot, but players are not timed unless their group is out of position.

Patrick Reed rolled in three straight putts, one for par and two for birdies, that allowed him to overtake Jon Rahm and hold off Abraham Ancer to win the Northern Trust. Reed closed with a 2-under 69 after a breezy afternoon in which a half-dozen players were in the mix on the back nine. “It’s been a little too long,” said Reed, whose last victory was the 2018 Masters. “What better place to do it than here.” Points count four times as much in the playoffs, so the victory vaulted him to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup.

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FedEx Cup Standings

Course Stats Yards: 7,657 Par: 72 18-hole record: 59 72-hole record: 261 Defending champion: Keegan Bradley

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The golf cart is one of the great innovations on the home course for the amateur golfer, but it can get us into a world of trouble at times. The biggest error comes when we park our cart, walk to the ball out in the fairway and then realize that we brought the wrong club. More times than not, in a rush, we just decide to go ahead and swing with the club that was brought Pro Golf Trivia and a poor shot is the usual result. The resolution to this quandary is quite simple. On the ride to Which golfer won the FedEx Cup by your shot, think about the club selection that you the smallest margin? are probably going to need. Consider all factors including yardage, wind direction and any elevation a) Rory McIlroy c) Brandt Snedeker changes involved. Then, the most important aspect b) Billy Horschel d) Bill Haas is to carry multiple clubs from the cart to your ball. Answer: d) Bill Haas won the 2011 FedEx Cup by only While this will cause a bit more strenuous exercise, 15 points over Webb Simpson. getting the right club is what needs to be done. Time 3-7pm 3-7pm 12-2pm 2-6pm 12-2pm 2-6pm



Last Week in Pro Golf Patrick Reed won the Northern Trust

Tournament Results Player Score Earnings 1. Patrick Reed -16 $1,665,000 2. Abraham Ancer -15 $999,000 T3. Harold Varner III -14 $536,500 T3. Jon Rahm -14 $536,500

Through Aug. 11, 2019

1) Brooks Koepka 2,980 pts. / 8 top tens

2) Patrick Reed 2,774 pts. / 4 top tens

3) Rory McIlroy 2,670 pts. / 13 top tens

FedEx Cup Standings continued... Player Points 4) Matt Kuchar 2,313 5) Jon Rahm 2,097 6) Patrick Cantlay 1,957 7) Xander Schauffele 1,858 8) Abraham Ancer 1,822 9) Gary Woodland 1,820 10) Dustin Johnson 1,819


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Phillip Phelan top Fort St. John runner again at Emperor’s Challenge dillon giancola

Kris Swanson won the Emperor’s Challenge on August 10 for the 20th time, not bad considering this was the 21st edition of the race. His time of 1:24:23 was 38 seconds better than his 1:25:01 that won it all last year. Swanson won by just five minutes in 2019 compared to winning by 11 a year ago. The top Fort St. John runner in the 20km distance was Phillip Phelan, in 15th place with a time of 1:48:04. Phelan was the top local in

2018 as well. He ran the race in a minute and 12 seconds faster in 2019. The top female runners from Fort St. Johh, were mother and daughter Nikki and Bailey Haugan, who crossed the finish line together with a time of 1:49:24. They finished an impressive 17th overall, and were the second and third fastest female runners overall. For the full list of results, go to

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Above: Fort St. John’s Sarah McKinnon pushes through the fog during the Emperor’s Challenge on August 10, 2019. Left: Runners were eager to climb the mountain at the start of the Emperor’s Challenge.

Huskies looking for players, billets

Predators holding tryouts August 24, 25

The start of the 2019-20 Fort St. John Huskies season is just more than a month away, which means training camp is right around the corner. The Huskies have a few spots open and are encouraging those interested to register. The team is also looking for some more billets to house players. Huskies camp goes August 30 to September 1 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. To register, fill out a form here and send it to GM Jeremy Clothier at If you’re interested in being a billet, contact the Huskies through their

Another season of top-notch regional female hockey is about to begin, and the Predators Elite Female Hockey Society is looking for new players to join the teams and make their mark. The Predators are holding tryouts for the peewee, bantam and midget teams on August 24 and 25 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. Girls from across the Peace Region are invited to try out. For more information or to register, contact the Predators at The deadline to register is August 22.

Facebook page or website. Billets get tickets to each home game and are compensated monthly. Here is the training camp schedule: Friday August 30, 2019 7:00PM - 9:15PM: 1st Ice Time Saturday August 31, 2019 9:00AM - 10:45AM: 2nd Ice Time TBA: Fitness Testing 7:00PM - 9:45PM: 3rd Ice Time Sunday September 1, 2019 12:00PM - 2:45PM: 4th Ice Time

Here is the training camp schedule: August 24: 11:00am Check-in starts 12:00-12:45pm Peewee Skills 12:45pm-1:45pm Bantam Skills 2:00pm-3:00pm Midget Skills (check-in 1 hour prior to ice times) August 25: 12:00-1:45pm Peewee Skills & Game 2:00-3:45pm Bantam Skills & Game 4:00-5:45pm Midget Skills & Game

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Location: Bristol, Tenn. Date: Saturday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. Last Year’s Pole: Kyle Larson - 127.792 mph Last Year’s Winner: Kurt Busch

Bristol Motor Speedway

Shape: Oval Distance: 0.533 miles Turns / Straights: 36º / 16º

In the fall of 1969, Bristol Motor Speedway was reshaped and re-measured. The turns were banked at 36 degrees and it became a 0.533-mile oval, or the “World’s Fastest Half Mile”. Improvements continued, bringing its current seating capacity to 160,000. The concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide with straightaways 650 feet long. “Racin’ the way it ought’a be” is the slogan that this raceway uses because it is the shortest track with the highest banking which makes for exciting racing. In a series of national polls, Bristol’s August night race ranked ahead of the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis as the overwhelming fan favorite.

Last Weekend’s Race: Kevin Harvick won at Michigan Kevin Harvick overcame early race trouble to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 for the second consecutive season. “We just had a really fast car all weekend,” Harvick said. “Our car handled really well today.” The win capped an impressive season for Ford Performance at Michigan International Speedway. The manufacturer swept both races after Joey Logano won the FireKeepers Casino 400 in June. Ford has posted four consecutive wins at its home track.

Kevin Harvick Born: Dec. 8, 1975 Crew Chief: Rodney Childers Car: Ford

Year 2019 2018

Wins 2 8

Top 10s 15 29

Avg. Finish 11.2 8.8

2019 Standings Cup Series Top Ten Drivers 1) Kyle Busch 2) Joey Logano 3) Kevin Harvick 4) Denny Hamlin 5) Martin Truex, Jr. 6) Brad Keselowski 7) Chase Elliott 8) Kurt Busch 9) Ryan Blaney 10) Alex Bowman

Points 892 872 822 815 805 754 711 701 654 653

Xfinity Series Top Ten Top 10s 19 14 15 15 15 12 9 12 10 7

Drivers 1) Tyler Reddick 2) Christopher Bell 3) Cole Custer 4) Justin Allgaier 5) Austin Cindric 6) Chase Briscoe 7) Noah Gragson 8) Justin Haley 9) Michael Annett 10) John Hunter Nemechek

Points 929 901 824 773 746 703 702 658 657 613

Top 10s 18 15 14 13 15 16 13 15 14 11

Ford to unveil new XFINITY Series Mustang on August 15 Ford Performance will unveil its fifth allnew Mustang race car in the past year with the unveiling of its NASCAR Xfinity Series model that will race in 2020. The event is set to take place Thursday, Aug. 15 at Ford Media Clubhouse at Kruse & Muer on Woodward in Royal Oak, Mich. The latest Mustang race car was developed as a joint effort of Ford Design, Ford Performance engineering and the Ford Performance Technical Center, where advanced development tools and simulators are advancing both race vehicles and production vehicles for Ford customers. In the past 12 months, Ford Performance has debuted new Mustang versions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, National Hot Rod Association Funny Car division, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, and sportsman drag racing with the popular Cobra Jet. Rick Ware Racing to run No. 54 at Bristol with J.J. Yeley driving and sponsorship from Slayer The iconic Thrash/Punk/Metal band, and Nuclear Blast Records recording artist, Slayer, will join Rick Ware Racing as the primary sponsor on the No. 54 entry at Bristol Motor Speedway, promoting the bands Final World Tour. Piloting the Slayer Chevrolet is Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran, JJ Yeley. “It’s exciting and awesome that Rick and the boys are wearing the Slayer banner making us a part of NASCAR history!” commented Tom Araya from Slayer.

Racing Trivia What is the only year since 2013 that Kevin Harvick has finished the season outside the top 3? a) 2014 b) 2015

c) 2016 d) 2017




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Answer : c) Kevin Harvick finished the 2016 season in 8th place.

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Rewards that come with change


f you’ve been reading my columns regularly, you’ve most likely picked up on the fact that I don’t sugarcoat the challenges that come with changing your routine and lifestyle. I believe it’s a disservice to people if I’m not upfront with them about the realities of a lifestyle change. On the other hand, I don’t want the struggles to overshadow the fact that making changes to your life is very rewarding and results in many positive experiences. This article will focus on some of the mental and physical rewards of change. We are told that changing our diet and adding exercise into our daily routine boosts our energy and builds our self-confidence. The fact is, these are two very real benefits that come from a lifestyle change. Diet fuels not just our bodies but our brains so we feel energized and able to exercise. In

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turn, increasing our activity level boosts our happiness and decreases our stress through the release of chemicals called endorphins. We also build confidence when we test our physical limits through exercise and surpass our own expectations of what we thought possible. This brings us to another positive benefit of change – a shift in our perspective. We may feel stuck under the weight of preconceived notions

about what we are capable of. When we go about changing our lifestyle we have to build new skills and rely on our natural abilities to be successful and those preconceived beliefs and attitudes are tested. We get to raise the bar of whats possible and see what we are truly able to achieve. Developing new skills may seem more like a challenge than a benefit of change but only if we choose to see it that way. Expanding our skillset actually helps us grow as a person and we become better equipped to take on bigger goals down the road. Lifestyle changes benefit not just us but those we care about as well. When we make a lifestyle change we are choosing to take care of ourselves and better our health. Taking this important action makes it possible for us to be there for our families and friends because we have the physical

and mental strength to do so. This is an amazing reward that comes from making changes to our daily routine and habits. As a coach, I believe it’s important to direct our attention to the positive side of change as it helps build up our resolve to keep going when we experience struggle or failure in the process. If you’re thinking about making a lifestyle change I encourage you to make a list of how doing so would positively affect your life and use it to motivate you throughout the journey. I’d love to hear about the positive benefits you’ve experienced from making lifestyle changes. You can reach me at: All emails are kept confidential. Caitlyn Harbottle is a Peace Region nutrition coach.

Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch celebrates up and down season dillon giancola

Everyone has bad or off years, where things just don’t go your way and obstacles keep popping up. That’s how this season of Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch felt, as rain, cancellations, and a lack of teams made things difficult. However, the league held its yearend tournament on August 10 and 11, and despite having just 17 teams take part across four divisions, it was as successful and fun a tournament as always. “I think the wrap-up went really well. The weather held out, the fog burned off nicely, and we received nothing but positive feedback,” said Slow Pitch President Dave Sawer. The Warriors won the A event, while the Brew Jays (B), Backccountry (C), and The Howlers (D) made up the rest of the division champions. The weather seemed to be the biggest factor in the down season, as some teams had as many as six games cancelled in the month of July alone, resulting in a feeling like the season was over long before the actual yearend tournament. “There was also a lot of things going on this weekend, with the Oilmen’s Family Campout, the Dawson Creek Rodeo, and Taylor Slow Pitch yearend as well. It was a perfect storm,” said Sawer.

The Fort St. John league was set to hose its firs-ever SPN National slow pitch tournament, the Energetic City Showdown, in July this year, but that was cancelled two weeks out due to a lack of teams. It was frustrating for Sawer and the rest of the executive, but he said that tournaments were cancelled throughout the Peace Region and it was an off-year for slow pitch all around. “It wasn’t just us that seemed to have an off year. Grande Prairie’s league lost double-digit teams, and even tournaments down in Leduc were cancelled. Hopefully next year ball will be back in the limelight,” Sawer said. Sawer is optimistic that the SPN tournament will finally take place as well. “It might not be next year, we may need a couple years to regrow the steam and momentum, but the volunteers and community support was there, we just had a lack of teams,” said Sawer. When games were played this summer, Sawer was happy with how things went. “The season went really well, and we learned a lot. We’re really trying to make it fun for everyone at their playing level, and there were no major issues or negative conduct,” said Sawer. “There was just people wanting to make the league better as a whole.”

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Above: The Warriors took the A division and the championship trophy on August 11, 2019. Below: Shawn Stoddard of Wrecking Crue launches a double to centre field during the C division semi-final against Velocity.

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Left: Chetwynd’s Rylee Trenholm was second in barrel racing at the Dawson Creek Rodeo with a run of 16.025 seconds on August 10, 2019. She won $2,057.58. Above: Ky Marshall secures the rope around his calf’s neck during the tie-down roping event at the Dawson Creek Rodeo.

Lone Wolf Junior Tournament results Lone Wolf Golf Course held its second annual Junior Golf Tournament on August 12, 2019. “Everyone who came was a winner! We had a great day, the weather was wonderful, the juniors were fantastic and some great golf was played,” said Lone Wolf Marketing and Events Coordinator L.J. Lawson. Results are below.

Par 3 1. Staal Kirka - 44 2. Titus Stead - 52 3. Devon Esau

18 hole - 13 & over 1. Jaxson McGillis - 79 2. Benjamin Lourod - 83 3. Alex Scheck - 84

Chipping (1,2,3) 8 & under - Titus, Staal, Rykker 9 & 10 - Ethan, Devon, Isiah 11 & 12 - Brady, Brayden, Chaz 13+ - Ben, Lauryn, Alex

18 hole - 12 & under 1. Easton Goulet - 108 2. Trip Turnbull - 111 3. Jarrett Lawson - 112 9 hole - 11 & over 1. Ethan Byford - 58 2. Jacob Foley - 61 3. Carson Esau - 67

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From left: Trip Turnbull (2nd), Jarrett Lawson (3rd) and Easton Goulet (1st) accept their awards for the 12 and under 18-hole class at the Lone Wolf Junior Tournament on August 12, 2019.

9 hole - 10 & under 1. Ethan Scott 58 2. Ben Oliver - 60 3. Ashley Lawson - 62

Closest to the Pin (1,2,3) 8 & under - Titus, Rykker, Staal 9 & 10 - Ben, Ashley, Moses 11& 12 - Jarrett, Ben, Carson 13+ - Isaac, Evan, Ben

Longest Drive (1,2,3) 8 & under - Rykker, Staal, Titus 9 & 10 - Jakob, Ashley, Ella 11 & 12 - Brady, Chaz, Alexander 13+ - Alex, Evan, Ethan Putting 8 & under - Staal, Rykker, Titus 9 & 10 - Jakob, Ethan, Donovan 11 & 12 - Brayden, Ben, Alex 13+ - Isaac, Evan, Ben


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Revenue and membership is up at the Lone Golf Colf Club this year, said General Manager Ryan Galay in the club’s quarterly report, presented to the District of Taylor August 6. As of June 30, membership revenue is up by $19,886 compared to that time last year, while expenses have remained similar. “The membership grew again this year, which is rare in the golf industry this day and age and it’s great to see. It’s a course that is up and coming,” Galay said. Another reason the club has seen an increase in revenue is the early start to the season compared to other courses in the area. “Because of the early start the LWGC benefitted from early pro card and green fee sales while no other golf clubs in the area had yet opened,” Galay said in the report. Galay, who is in his first year with Lone Wolf,

said he couldn’t be happier with how things are going. “Being a part of the district is great. It’s allowed me to see some different things that golf pros don’t get to experience, and I’m really happy with what we have going on at the course this summer,” said Galay. The course experienced an instance of vandalism recently when a small recreation vehicle drove on the 11th green and left tire tracks and damage to the course. While the tracks are still visible, Galay said the grounds crew was able to get out early the next morning and begin repairs, which include hand-seeding the damaged spots and the grass is expected to grow back quickly. “It’s frustrating when it happens. It’s vandalism, and just like any other business, it costs you mine, but our grounds crew did a fantastic job and they fixed it as quickly as possible,” Galay said.

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Chef-of-the-day Brad Boyd bastes the roast pig with a beer-like syrup while golfers are out on the course for the Bold Summer Scramble & Pig Roast at Lone Wolf August 10, 2019.

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B Side 1. DRS - 40 2. Grip It and Sip It - 38 3. Dude Where’s My Par? - 30 4. REMAX Old Boys - 26 5. Apex Distribution - 22 6. Northern Metalic - 18 7. Murray GM - 10 T8. Painted Pony - 8 T8. Vector - 8 10. IMI Critical Engineering - 6 11. McRae Powder Coating - 2 Fort St. John Links Red Division T1. Links Loopers T1. The Channel 4 News Team 3. Doug’s Duffers 4. Westar All-Stars 5. Injunuity Oilfield 6. Discover Canada Tours 7. Kokanee Sixpack

Lone Wolf 1. Big Chief Ventures - 39 2. Ram Oilfield - 31 T3. Big Charles Safety - 30 T3. PJ Oilfield Services - 30 T3. TransPeace Construction - 30 T6. Brads Furniture and Appl. - 29.5 T6. McLean Oilfield - 29.5 8. Bold Promotions - 29 9. Cameron River Logistics - 27.5 10. BC Rail Old-Timers - 26.5 11. Weapons of Grass Dest. - 26 T12. City of FSJ - 25 T12. TD Pencil Pushing Punks - 25 14. Zedi - 24 15. Smokey and the Bandits - 22.5 T16. Catapult - 21.5 T16. Team Beer - 21.5 18. Rogers Trucking - 21 T19. Tirecraft - 20 T19. Enbridge Smashies - 20 T21. Anderson Water Services - 17.5 T21. Tailored Vac - 17.5 T23. Smith Fuel - 16.5 T23. Canfor Taylor Pulp - 16.5 25. Alpine Glass - 16 26. Arctic Spas - 15.5 27. Brandt Tractor - 4


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CHURCHILL, Joan September 17, 1921 – July 15, 2019

PC Roots Group Meeting: 4th Sunday/month - from Sept-June 1:30pm in the Roots Building at NAR Park. Getting started on family tree research, need Help? Come learn & share experiences with other amateur genealogists. New members welcome. For more info call: Lynn- 250-7824058. Neil- 250-7827651. Website SATURDAYS: LEARN YOUR ROOTS - Genealogy information NAR PARK ROOTS BUILDING 10:00am Save the Dates July 10, 11, 12, 2020 for the Mile Zero Cruisers Summer Cruise weekend Bring down your pride and joy and register for the Car Show weekend. For online Registration and more information:

Born September 17, 1921 in Kamloops, BC, Joan passed away on July 15, 2019 in Kelowna, BC. She is survived by her loving family; daughter Ann (Ron) Thompson of Oyama, BC and her four grandsons; Steven (Lori) Thompson and their children Andrea and Kristy; David (Jessica) Thompson and their children Dean and Ben; Max and his son Kole; and Marc; her sister, Elspeth Lindsey; and her brother-in-law Rodger Dickson. She was predeceased by her son, John Everett Churchill; her brothers John Burris and Stewart (Jean) Burris; her sister Helen Dickson; and brother-in-law Graham Lindsay; and nephew John Burris.

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FORT ST. JOHN & DISTRICT CHURCH DIRECTORY ANGLICAN CHURCH of CANADA NoRTH PEACE PARISH Please join us at our temporary location at the Peace Lutheran Church @ 1:30pm Ph: 250-785-6471 “All are Invited and Welcome Here” - (Luke 14:23) SERVICES St. Martin’s, fort St. John, BC Reverend: Christopher Samson Sundays 1:30 p.m. ********** Church of the Good Shepherd Taylor, BC - Sundays 10:00 a.m. ********** St. Matthias, Cecil Lake, BC 3rd Sun. of the Month 4:00 p.m. Holy Communion ********** BAHA’I fAITH BAHA’I fAITH National Baha’i Information 1-800-433-3284 Regular Firesides Mondays @ 8:00 p.m. Deepenings continued Wednesdays at 250-787-0089 Next Feast Info. 250-787-0089 ********** BAPTIST CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 9607-107th Ave., fSJ Ph. (Office) 250-785-4307 Pastor: Michael Hayes Associate Pastor: Doug Janzen SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE 10:30AM ********** BAPTIST CHARLIE LAkE CoMMUNITY CHURCH 12731 244 B Road, Charlie Lake (1st left turn off the Alaska Hwy. past the Charlie Lake Store) 250-785-1723 Lead Pastor: Joshua Goetz Associate Pastor: Jared Braun Sunday Worship: 10:40 AM Sunday School during the service nursery-grade 6 ********** CATHoLIC RoMAN CATHoLIC CHURCH (Resurrection Church) Pastor: Rev. Aruldhas Lucas, SAC Phone 250-785-3413 MASSES: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday - 10:00 a.m. oNLY OFFICE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 -12:00 noon & 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. BAPTISM: Contact the Pastor 3 months before baptism. MARRIAGES: Contact the Pastor 6 months before the wedding. **********

ALLIANCE CHURCH 9804-99 Ave., fort St. John, BC V1J 3T8 Ph: 250-785-4644 fax: 250-785-8932 e-mail: SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE: 10:00am ********** CoMMUNITY PEACE CoMMUNITY CHURCH 10556-100th Street, Taylor, BC Pastor: Wally Pohlmann Phone: 250-789-3045 HoURS: 9:00am-Noon Monday-Wednesday & friday Email: Website: SUNDAY ADULT CLASS - 9:30am SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE - 10:30am ********** EVANGELICAL foRT ST. JoHN EVANGELICAL MISSIoN 8220-89th Avenue, fSJ Sunday School September-June begins at 9:30am Sunday mornings. Worship Service - 10:45am Phone: 250-787-2550 ******* INTERDENoMINATIoNAL UPPER PINE GoSPEL CHAPEL Church Phone: 250-827-3833 Email: Board Chairman: Andy Burkholder 250-827-3811 Box 66, Rose Prairie, BC ********** LUTHERAN PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 9812-108th Avenue, fort St. John, BC V1J 2R3 Office Phone: 250-785-2718 Pastor: Rev. Kebede Dibaba Regular Worship Schedule: 9:00am Youth, Adult Bible Study 10:00am Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School ********** PEACE RIVER MUSLIM ASSoCIATIoN Information: 250-787-1264 Jumm’a (Friday) Prayer @ 1:00pm 203-10903-100th Street, fort St. John, BC email: ********** MENNoNITE NoRTH PEACE MENNoNITE BRETHREN CHURCH North Peace Mennonite Brethren Church 10816 106 St. fort St. John, BC V1J 5V2 250-785-3869 Lead Pastor: Andrew Eby Associate Pastor of Youth & Young Adults: Don Banman SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES: 9:00am & 11:00am **********

MENNoNITE MoNTNEY MENNoNITE CHURCH SUNDAY MoRNING: Sunday School & Worship: 9:30am SUNDAY EVENING: 2nd & 4th Sundays: 7:00pm Everyone Welcome! Pastor Warren Martin Phone: (250) 827-3231 ********** NoNDENoMINATIoNAL CHRISTIAN LIfE CENTRE “Associated with “Fellowship of Christian Assemblies” “King Jesus is Lord Over the Peace” 8923-112th Avenue, fort St. John, BC V1J 6G2 website: Ph: 250-785-4040 fax: 250-785-4021 Pastor Steve Oboh Principal of Christian Life School: Garry Jones Everyone Welcome Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00am Nursery available and Sunday School is held during the sermon for ages 3-12 years. Christian Life Centre is “Home of Christian Life School” ********** foRT ST. JoHN NATIVE BIBLE fELLoWSHIP Sunday Worship: 11:00am Wed., Night Bible Study: 7:30pm Pastor John A Giesbrecht 250-785-0127 ********** GIDEoNS INTERNATIoNAL Fort St. John Camp Ray Hein 250-827-3636 John Giesbrecht 250-785-0127 ********** NoRTHERN LIGHTS CHURCH INTERNATIoNAL (Rose Prairie, BC Sunday Service: Pre-Service Prayer: 10:30am Worship Service: 11:00am Everyone Welcome ********** THE SHELTER CHURCH “...the Lord will be a shelter for His people” Joel 3:6 9808-98A Ave. fort St. John, BC 250-785-3888 SUNDAY SERVICE: 10am Pastor: Oral Benterud 250-785-9151 ********** PENTECoSTAL THE PENTECoSTALS of foRT ST. JoHN Phone: 250-787-9888 Pastor: Jason McLaughlin Sunday 10am Service, Sunday School Youth Sunday 11am Worship Service Tuesday 7pm Prayer Wednesday 7pm Bibile Study Friday 7pm Youth **********

PENTECoSTAL ASSEMBLIES of CANADA EVANGEL CHAPEL 10040-100 St., fort St. John Phone: 250-785-3386 Fax: 250-785-8345 Lead Pastor: Tony Warriner Sunday Services: 9:00am, 11:00am ********** The Journey 10011-100 St., fort St. John Phone: 250-785-6254 Pastor: Larry Lorentz Services: Sundays: 10:30am Tuesdays: 7:00pm **********

PRESBYTERIAN fort St. John Presbyterian Church 9907-98th St., fort St. John, BC Phone: 250-785-2482 fax: 250-785-2482 12:30 p.m. - Pie and Coffee 1:00 p.m. - Worship Service Everyone is invited to participate ********** REfoRMED TRINITY CoVENANT CHURCH Sunday Service: 10:00am Meets at the The Plaza 8111 100th Ave fort St. John, BC Elder: Desmond Jones Phone: 250-785-8289 Affiliated with C.R.E.C. ********** THE SALVATIoN ARMY THE SALVATIoN ARMY Sunday Worship Service: 10:30am 10116-100th Ave., fort St. John, BC Come Worship With Us. For information; Phone 250-785-0506 or food Bank 250-785-0500 ********** SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 9008-100th Avenue, fort St. John, BC Phone: 250-785-8632 Pastor: Cavin Chwyl Phone: 250-719-7949 Saturday Service: 9:30am ********** UNITED CHURCH of CANADA ST. LUkE’S UNITED 9907-98 St., fort St. John, BC Office: 250-785-2919 Rev. Rick Marsh Email: Sunday Worship Service @ 10:00am All are Welcome! The United Church of Canada is a Union of Congregationalist, Methodist & Presbyterian Churches in Canada formed in 1925.


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