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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approvals for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansions on Tuesday, at the same time killing the proposed Northern Gateway project. The decisions come ahead of a Dec. 9 meeting between Trudeau and provincial and territorial premiers. “It is a major win for Canadian workers, Canadian families, and the Canadian economy now and into the future,� Trudeau said in first announcing approval of the Trans Mountain expansion. Trans Mountain is one of two major pipelines already crossing British Columbia

and its proposed $6.8-billion expansion would triple its capacity from 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta to 890,000 barrels—helping Canada diversify oil exports away from the U.S. Its approval includes 157 binding conditions set out by the National Energy Board, Trudeau noted, adding the project would not have been approved without the government of Alberta’s own carbon-pricing efforts and cap on oilsands emissions. “We took this decision today because we believe it is in the best interests of Canada and Canadians,� Trudeau said, noting the pipeline would create 15,000 “new middle-

class jobs.� “And as long as Kinder Morgan respects the stringent conditions put forward by the National Energy Board, this project will get built—because it’s in the national interest of Canadians, because we need to get our resources to market in safe, responsible ways, and that is exactly what we’re going to do.� Trudeau also reiterated his election pledge to ban crude oil tanker’s on B.C. north coast in announcing his decision on Northern Gateway. “Very shortly we’ll introduce legislation to make this tanker moratorium the law,� he said. Meanwhile, Trudeau’s

approval of Enbridge’s $7.5-billion Line 3 expansion will see the replacement of the half-century old pipeline and boost pipeline capacity from Alberta to Wisconsin. The pipeline decisions follow weeks of Liberal government announcements designed to show it is serious about combating climate change, including an accelerated coal phase-out, and a national floor price on carbon emissions starting in 2018. Trudeau has also rolled out a $1.5-billion marine protection plan to aid responses to tanker and fuel spills along the country’s coast in recent weeks. See PIPELINES on A9

Apartment vacancies skyrocket to 30% JONNY WAKEFIELD reporter@dcdn.ca

Apartment vacancy rates in the Peace Region are once again the highest in British Columbia, according to new data from Canada’s housing agency. But local real estate professionals are divided on whether the numbers accurately reflect the market. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) blamed low oil prices and oversupply for climbing vacancy rates in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek in its annual rental market

survey, released Nov. 28. Fort St. John saw its vacancy rates surge from 12.1 per cent to 30.7 per cent. At 34.8 per cent, the town’s vacancy rate for one-bedroom apartments was the highest single rate in the province. Dawson Creek, meanwhile, recorded an overall rental vacancy rate of 19.1 per cent in October, 4.5 points higher than the same time last year. Downtown Prince George was a distant third, with a vacancy rate of just 5.6 per cent. Peace Region rents declined slightly with rising vacancies,

from an average $975 a month for all apartment types in Dawson Creek to $923, and $1,031 to $962 in Fort St. John. That puts both cities on par with Kelowna, which had average rents of $976. The average apartment in Vancouver, meanwhile, sat at $1,223. CMHC ‘out to lunch’ However, there is debate among local real estate professionals over whether the CMHC numbers accurately reflect vacancies in the region. Doug Scott, a residential real

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Forgot your computer password? SPY GUY: The chief of Canada’s intelligence agency says China is trying to steal Canadian technology secrets. I guess we’ll know there’s a problem when China starts selling cheap inferior poutine. And yes, Canada has an intelligence agency. Currently their main job is to feed false information to Justin Bieber in the U.S. about how bad things are back home so he never returns to Canada.

JET JEST: Last week an Alaskan Airlines passenger plane flew a 3,000 mile flight powered by fuel made from wood chips. Dawson Creek 104.7 That’s correct, the plane was powered by tree limbs and waste wood from forests. Fort St. John It’s just a matter of time until you board a 112.9 plane, the flight attendant hands you an ax John, BC - 7 Day Forecast - Environment and aCanada log, and says “Start chopping!” Alberta-B.C. border PREVAILING PRICES

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CURSE WORSE: According to a study Fort Nelson N/A published last week by Marist College in New York: Cursing is linked to intelligence. People who frequently use swear words Groundbirch N/A are more likely to have a higher IQ, a wider vocabulary, and more skill at understandEnvironment resources  Weather information  Weather Chetwynd and natural 115.9 ing problems. No (BLEEP)!

believes Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons broke up because of global warming. (I personally believe global warming could be reduced if Santa stopped putting all that coal in kids’ stockings)

Bob Snyder CHEWS THE NEWS

Black Friday, the day bargain shoppers go nuts. I was pushed and shoved and kicked and flattened. And that was before I left my house. I remember one Black Friday back when I was a little kid. My dad said: “We’re going out to get you a trampoline”. We arrived at the mall. I said: “Where’s the trampoline store?” Dad replied: “Did I say a trampoline? I meant trampled. I always get those two confused”.

CRAWL Y’ALL: According to an item on CBC, the latest fitness fad is crawling. You get down on your hands and knees and you crawl around on the floor. It was invented by a guy who lost a contact lens. BULL BULLETIN: Last Tuesday in Regina, a bull escaped from an agricultural trade show. It was seen running around downtown in the early morning. The bull was recaptured shortly after 8 a.m. before any china shops opened.

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PASSWORD PROBLEM: On CBC an expert predicted computer and Internet passwords will eventually be replaced by selfies. Instead of typing in a password you’ll hold your phone up to your face. But that’s in the future. Right now for all of my Internet passwords I use the word “incorrect”. When I forget my password I get an automatic reminder that the password is “incorrect”.

POLARITY HILARITY: Meteorologists FART FIASCO: In Ottawa, a Calgary say the North Pole is an amazing 36 degrees Member of Parliament made people un- warmer than normal for this time of year. SOCCER STUFF: Last week in Montreal, happy by using the word “fart” in a House Santa’s sweating so much his bowlful of jelly an important soccer game was delayed on, BC - 7 George Day Forecast 101.9 - Environment Canada https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-83_metric_e.html Prince of Commons speech. She refused toat:apolonowAirport HALF a3:00 bowlful of jelly. How hot it when 2016 officials noticed the lines painted Observed Fort St. is John PM MST Tuesday 29isNovember urrent Conditions gize for using a four letter word that’s asso- at the North Pole? If you receive Christmas on the field were wrong. The playing area Hythe ciatedCloudy with an impolite noise from the rear gifts that were made in Santa’s workshop, was too small. Soccer players need lots of N/A Partly Condition: Temperature: -9.7°C Wind: ESE 12 km/h end. By the way, another four letter word you may notice a faint smell of elf B.O. space. When they’re on the ground, fakPressure: 101.5 kPa often use that’s associated Dew point: -11.3°C Wind Chill: -16 Canadians with ing an injury, throwing their arms and legs Grande Prairie 89.9 Falling Tendency: Humidity: 88% Visibility:accord24 km around, if they don’t have enough space “impolite”, “noise”, and “rear end”: “Yank.” GLOBAL GIGGLE: Meanwhile, (“Trump” is FIVE letters) ing to an Internet survey, an increasing somebody could get hurt. Calgary of senior citizens now believe in Bob Snyder can be reached at: 84.9 Environment and natural resources  Weather information  Weather number Local forecasts  British Columbia SHOP TILL YOU DROP: Friday was climate change. For example: My Grandma chewsthenews@fastmail.com

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 A3

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Animal control, camping fees, reservations, and special use permits are all on the table as part of changes being considered to the bylaw governing Taylor’s Peace Island Park. The district will hold a public meeting in council chambers on Dec. 5 to gather feedback and ideas and how to improve the current bylaw, introduced in 1991. “It’s gotten out of date, there’s been a lot of changes down there,” Mayor Rob Fraser said. A committee of district and park staff as well as councillors was formed to review the old bylaw and “beat it up,” Fraser said to reflect current day use of the park. The park saw nearly 9,500 visits in 2015, a 75 per cent increase from 2006 when the park saw 5,389 campers. “The more it gets used, the more you need to have the opportunity to understand what’s happening down there,” Fraser said. “(The public meeting) gives us an opportunity to get feedback from the public with those changes, or anything the committee missed they’d like to see.” Proposed changes to the bylaw tackle issues of unattended and off leash animals, waiving fees for persons with disabilities for sites that are not fully serviced, rules on length of stays, and setting the structure for reservations and special events. “It has been (an issue),” Fraser said of animal control at the park. “Some people will bring their pets and will leave them tied up outside while they go on the river. It’s not just loose pets, it’s the care and control of any pets.” The park is owned by BC Hydro and leased back to the district to maintain and operate. Hydro has put in 22 new full-service campsites at the park as part of an agreement with the district over construction of the Site C dam. Fraser said the discussion will also centre on how those new sites are rented out. “Hydro gets the opportunity to use them first, how do we get use them after that?” he said. The public meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in council chambers. A copy of the proposed changes will be available for public review from Dec. 1 to 13 at the district office or on the district’s website. The district will accept written submissions until Dec. 13.

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“Three months ago, there was substantial vacancy, but things turned around quickly.” Scott, who has around 200 rental properties in the city, said market conditions were still soft, but “we’re going the other direction. We’re climbing out of the hole. I’ve never seen the town busier.” Lita Powell of Fort St. John’s Li-car Management Group, however, said the numbers were “bang on.” In fact, the CMHC might be underestimating Fort St. John’s vacancy rates, she said. “The real vacancy in Fort St. John is much closer to 35 per cent,” she said. “The CMHC vacancy rate misses a substantial number of units,” including any buildings smaller than eight units. “When you consider the number of duplex units built in the past four years in Fort St. John, I suspect they make up a substantial number of the vacancies,” she said. Speculation over Site C and oil and gas projects triggered a residential building boom that has left the Fort St. John rental market over supplied, Powell said. While the economy may be recovering, the majority of new hires are people living in the community who were unemployed, she said. There simply aren’t enough of those workers to fill all the new rental units on the market. “Although it is getting busier, all that’s happening is those unemployed people are going back to work. No one is moving into the community to fill the vacancies,” she said. Powell added that Site C dam construction is having almost no impact on the local rental market because the majority of workers are living in the construction camp on-site. “Why anybody would have thought the building of Site C would be a boon for Fort St. John completely baffles me,” she said. “BC Hydro has never promised in all of the years since Site C first showed up on their books...that they would house their workers in the municipal boundaries, they never promised they would hire local.”

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Amusement company mulls indoor park in city MATT PREPROST editor@ahnfsj.ca

An amusement company is looking at revving up an indoor park in Fort St. John that could be home to everything from gokarting to an arcade, mini golf to a children’s playground. City businessman Trevor Bolin says he’s been approached about the possibility of the indoor amusement park that would anchor his ongoing Gateway Plaza development along the Alaska Highway. While the first phase of that development, which includes a gas station and commercial complex, is nearing completion, Bolin says he has plans for a second building where

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If they do, the company would look at building a go-kart track, mini golf, an arcade, and indoor play centre. Bolin said such a development would also be a boon for local tourism and encourage visitors to stay in the city instead of just driving through. “I took on the task through the Gateway page (on Facebook) to see what the potential buy-in would be from the community and I have to say it’s been absolutely overwhelming,� Bolin said. “I am going to spend the rest of the weekend collecting the thoughts from the pages and share them next week with the company. “I know they are going to take some time to look at the business case side of it,� he added.

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PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT NOTICE of PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO BOARD PROCEDURE BYLAW In accordance with the Local Government Act, notice is hereby given that the Peace River Regional District Board intends to consider adoption of amendments to Peace River Regional District Board Procedure Bylaw No. 2200, 2015 at the January 12, 2017 Regular Board Meeting which starts at 10:00 a.m., in the Board meeting room at the Peace River Regional District office, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC. In general terms, the proposed amendments which will be presented in Board Procedure Amendment Bylaw No. 2278, 2016 include the following: • Adding a new section titled, “Gallery Comments or Questionsâ€? to the order of business at Regular Board Meetings; • Setting time limits and general procedures to be followed when accepting comments or questions from the gallery. A copy of the draft Board Procedure Amendment Bylaw No. 2278, 2016 is available for viewing at www.prrd.bc.ca or in person at the Peace River Regional District offices at either: 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC or 9505 100th Street, Fort St. John, BC between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except Statutory Holidays. Written submissions may be delivered to either of the above addresses or sent via email to: Reception.dc@prrd.bc.ca. 33104

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Teriney and Robert McGuire were recognized by the city with a pair of long service awards on Monday. Teriney has been with the city for a decade, starting at the North Peace Leisuire Pool as an on-call pool attendant in October 2006. She later moved into a full-time position, and became an aquatic supervisor in January 2011. She holds certifications as a lifesaving instructor, a water safety instructor trainer, and a first aid instructor. She’s also a certified fitness, yoga, and Aquafit instructor. Robert, meanwhile, began his career with the city on a two-month term as an engineering assistant in 1998, returning again in a permanent position in November 2001. He became an engineering technologist in October 2008, putting his expertise to use in the city’s development services department.

Super Park group keeps focus on indoor playground mission MATT PREPROST editor@ahnfsj.ca

Talks of a private indoor amusement centre in Fort St. John aren’t deterring members of the North Peace Family Super Park Society from its plans of developing a similar project for families in the city. News broke early this week that an unnamed company is looking at bringing an indoor amusement park to town, with local developer Trevor Bolin helping to facilitate those discussions for his Gateway Plaza development along the Alaska Highway. The Super Park Society has been ALEISHA HENDRY PHOTO working over the last five years The Fort St. John Super Park Society’s float in to advocate and fundraise for an the Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 18. indoor children’s play space in Fort St. John. Jaandi Roemer, chair and founder of the organization, says the with special consideration to child group continues those efforts, along with sensory and physical differences,� with boosting its membership and Roemer said. welcoming a number of fresh faces on “We cannot fault a business for its board of directors. meeting a need—but we hope that our “Mr. Bolin obviously sees the community; of which are a part and same need we at the Society and the love so much, sees that we can work community as a whole sees—FSJ needs together to provide a truly enriching an safe, fun, indoor play facilities that inclusive space for our children. serves families,� Roemer said. “If this does come to fruition we “Mr. Bolin had approached the will continue to focus on our mission. Society previously regarding our There will always be more that we can possible interest in purchasing such do to serve, engage and support local a franchise—we are a government families through play and learning registered non profit and it would be opportunities,� she said. unallowed for public raised funds to be The group is in the midst of preparing used for private for profit business. So for its upcoming winter carnival, set for instead we would like to have a centre Jan. 28 at Bert Ambrose Elementary. where all the profits are put right back It’s also finalized details of its annual into the community in terms of us masquerade ball fundraiser, Roemer being able to provide free play days, said. sponsoring families, and providing free “For those looking to get involved we play programs.� are always welcoming volunteers,� she The group envisions designing said. and operating its space so it can be “We appreciate the community’s accessible to children of all abilities and continued support and are excited for disabilities, and be affordable enough our future indoor play opportunities.� for low-income families. To keep updated on the society and “Our mission is and always has its endeavours, visit facebook.com/ been to serve this community by being FortStJohnSuperPark. To get involved, financially accessible to all families, call Roemer at 250-262-2703.


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Two Peace River plots ID’d for Site C parks JONNY WAKEFIELD reporter@dcdn.ca

Chetwynd has picked out two plots of land on the Peace River that could become parks as part of a benefits deal with BC Hydro over the Site C dam. District officials toured the sites this summer, which include a camping area on the south bank of the Peace River that would overlook the $8.8 billion dam and a viewpoint at the confluence of the Pine and Peace Rivers. Both sites are on Crown land. They are largely undeveloped, but are already popular recreation sites with backcountry users. BC Hydro has agreed to give the District of Chetwynd $200,000 to develop recreation areas to make up for disruptions the town will experience during construction of the controversial megaproject. Despite being far from the dam site itself, the town on the west side of the Pine Pass will see a major increase in traffic due to dam construction, including trucks hauling the stone that will divert the Peace River. The fund to develop south bank sites is one of several BC Hydro plans to compensate boaters, hunters and campers for land lost to Site C’s 83-kilometre reservoir. Peace River Regional District (PRRD) officials have been critical of the proposals, however. This summer, the board

declined a role in administering a Site C recreation fund, saying the PRRD risked being saddled with the cost of maintaining park sites in exchange for one-time funding that amounts to a “drop in the bucket.” District of Chetwynd officials toured three sites for potential parks before settling on two. One, dubbed the Lakeside Camping area, is easy to access by vehicle and would be upgraded with campsites, fire pits, picnic tables, a gazebo and pit toilets, at a cost of around $148,000. “Future expansion capability also exists at this site, should demand warrant, and the river (future lake) views at this location are truly inspiring,” the report states. The other is being called the Peace/ Pine Valley Park Reserve and offers “dramatic views of the Pine River Valley, the meandering river and nearby railway grade,” as well as access to “unique grasslands” and a road that leads to an abandoned industrial area near the Peace River. Upgrading the site with pit toilets, picnic tables and camping areas would cost around $51,000. In a PRRD report, staff noted the areas are already used by campers and hunters and “their development may not be considered a benefit to the public.” Site C still faces legal challenges from two area First Nations.

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Geopark researchers stumble upon uncharted waterfall Charles Helm was scanning grainy satellite images on Google Earth this summer when he spotted a white dot at the base of a cliff in the wilderness southeast of Tumbler Ridge. For Helm, the town doctor and author of Exploring Tumbler Ridge, those few pixels were worth investigating. A short time later, Helm and a group of hikers made their way to the spot on the map and found a 120-foot high waterfall pouring out of a depression between two cliff faces. They decided to call it Sync Falls. “Nobody in Tumbler Ridge, or nobody we’ve ever encountered, actually knows about it,” he said. Researchers at Tumbler Ridge’s Global Geopark say the fact they’re still stumbling across uncharted waterfalls and caves suggested there are even more spectacular finds in the hills, mountains, and canyons around Tumbler Ridge. Helm, who led the town’s push to become a UNESCO Geopark, hesitates to use the word “discovery” to describe Sync Falls. Someone has almost certainly seen the waterfall before, whether a helicopter pilot, hunter or First Nations person, he said. “This thing would be marked on the topographical map, it’s not like some surveyor missed it,” said Helm. “What we mean by ‘discover’ is nobody we’ve ever encountered knows about it. And we’ve gone to the people who know the area very, very well.” Sync Falls could just be the tip of the iceberg. Sarah Waters, manager of the Geopark, says she knows of even more waterfalls and caves that have never been described. She spotted one this summer on a flyover of Monkman Park to take photos for tourism brochures.

“You’ve got this massive limestone wall, and theres just this big waterfall coming out of it,” she said. “I don’t think that one is on the map.” Finding a waterfall in 2016 is extremely rare. In 2013, explorer Adam Shoalts plunged over an uncharted waterfall while canoeing on the Again River in Northern Quebec—a find which made international headlines. Bigger than the headlines, though, are the implications for the region’s biodiversity, Waters says. Tumbler Ridge’s geopark lies between Banff and Jasper National Parks and the Muskwa-Kechika wilderness area, which wildlife biologists call the Serengeti of North America for its diversity of large mammals. “Our population density and the way exploration has been approached in the past (means), yes, there are still amazing discoveries out there,” Waters said—including rare and potentially undocumented species. “They’ve studied the areas to the south, and they’ve studied the areas to the north, but they haven’t really studied us,” she said. “We’re the gap in between.” Established in the 1980s as a coal town in the foothills of the Rockies, Tumbler Ridge became a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2014 in a bid to shore up tourism after a series of devastating mine closures. In 2001, UNESCO created the geopark system to recognize and preserve areas of global geological significance. Tumbler Ridge’s geopark now includes what may be the largest dinosaur track site on earth. The area is now one of 120 geopark sites worldwide and only the second in North America. Helm said Tumbler Ridge is one of the few areas in the Global Geopark system where new discoveries are being made. “I think we’re pretty darn unique,” he said.

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Letters to the Editor JUST HOW FLAWED IS THAT POLL? (Re: ‘Independent Site C poll flawed, BC Hydro says,’ Alaska Highway News, Nov. 17, 2016) The BCUC is indeed reviewing Hydro’s load forecast, but the Liberals won’t allow the BCUC to use this information to determine whether or not Site C is needed. This despite the fact that the dam’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) specifically recommended that the BCUC make such a determination. Hydro uses twisted logic to claim the poll is incorrect in stating that energy demand has remained flat for the past 10 years. Just because there was an economic recession and other jurisdictions also saw a decrease in demand does not negate the fact that Hydro’s demand is the same today as it was 10 years ago. Nor does the fact that demand is now forecast to grow negate what happened over the past 10 years. Hydro stated that 900 MW Burrard Thermal was shut down as a cost-saving measure because it wasn’t needed. Now Hydro says that without Site C, BC will have a capacity deficit of 8 per cent and an energy deficit of 2 per cent within 10 years. If Burrard had been retained, these deficits would not occur. Hydro never mentioned that a $9 billion dam would be required to replace Burrard’s power. Hydro says it undertook a comparison of alternative resource options, including natural gas. However, when the JRP asked Hydro for an in-depth analysis of a gasfired power plant vs Site C, Hydro did not comply, maintaining that such a plant was illegal under the Clean Energy Act. No independent review. Now the Liberals are bombarding us with TV ads stating that LNG is clean energy. Natural gas burned domestically is even cleaner, as it does not have to be liquefied first, saving enormously on energy and emissions. Hydro repeats ad nauseam how affordable Site C will be, but fails to mention that the JRP recommended that the BCUC study the financial viability of the dam, as the Panel didn’t trust Hydro’s numbers. Site C may be the most studied project in the provinces history, but some of those studies resulted in the project being rejected. And rapid advances in energy technology make many of the past studies obsolete. Just because something has been studied to death is not justification to build it. In summary Hydro routinely omits key details in its statements about Site C, which is very misleading to the general public. —Martin Cavin, Port Moody, B.C. COLEMAN BLOWING PRE-ELECTION SMOKE Re: (Petronas to make LNG decision in B.C. by April, gas minister says, Alaska Highway News, Nov. 24) During the run-up to BC election 2013, the BC Liberal party made many promises.

Christy Clark claimed: • “LNG would retire BC’s debt” • “Create a $100 billion prosperity fund” • “Eliminate the BC sales tax” • “Create over 100,000 jobs” • “A trillion dollars in economic activity” British Columbia voters were led astray, promised riches beyond our imagination. Four years later, there still isn’t a shovel in the ground. Woodfibre has said it is going forward, however, they have many conditions to resolve and no shovels will be in the ground until after the 2017 election, maybe even never. One day after Petronas secured a federal environmental greenlight, the story broke from Reuters about Petronas shopping their stake in PNW LNG. That revelation led Rich Coleman and Spencer Sproule to leap to action, vigorously denying the Reuters article. What happened next? Rich Coleman reported that Petronas denied the rumors in an email, yet that email has never been sourced, or confirmed. Furthermore, Petronas has a webpage containing all their official press releases. There has not been a single official press release from Petronas confirming anything Rich Coleman has said. The last Petronas press release about PNW LNG was on September 28, 2016, wherein Petronas states they have to review the project. The current LNG market is saturated with a glut of LNG, prices have bottomed out, the LNG glut and LNG demand won’t balance for at least a decade, maybe much longer if more LNG projects are built. Petronas’ PNW LNG equity partners have been very silent, no partner has said anything on the record about proceeding with PNW LNG. The BC Liberals in 2012/2013, and in particularly in the 2013 election run-up, promised unimaginable riches accruing from LNG. Those promises probably won them the 2013 election, and it appears to this well-informed and well-studied LNG expert that the BC Liberals are doubling down on their LNG riches promise for

election 2017. And judging from the BC Liberal Government multi-million dollar taxpayer paid ad blitz featuring suspect LNG spin, the BC Liberals are at it again. —Grant Gough, Lower Mainland Writer, Blogger and LNG researcher CULTURE ALIVE IN FORT ST. JOHN The Buddy Holly Story played to a record crowd of 1,912 people last month at the North Peace Cultural Centre. In 40 years, Stage North has never topped 1,581 ticket sales until now. The buzz around town is still humming with the songs of Peggy Sue, Rave On and the other great rock and roll classics of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Stage North is proud of the cast and crew who brought The Buddy Holly Story to the stage. Many people have requested that we tour this show or, at the least, put it on again for those who missed it. There are challenges to staging live theatre in our community and to tour means overcoming even more obstacles. All of the 50 plus people who worked on Buddy are volunteers. As office and company employees, oilfield workers, construction crew, bridge inspectors, teachers and store owners, they all have jobs and families and they bring their mazing talents to live theatre on their own time and at their own expense. Rehearsals are demanding and some have to negotiate holiday time during the run of the show to make sure they can stay in town and get to costume and makeup call on time. In order to tour, the odds of coordinating the large number of people able to get off work for the duration of the tour is not impossible but highly unlikely. Touring is not out of the question for future shows but touring must be part of the plans from the very beginning, a year in advance. when Stage North selects the show. We are fortunate to have so much talent in Fort St. John and area. —Kevin Smith, President, Stage North Theatre Society

Is LNG opportunity slipping away or can we make it happen for B.C.?

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arlier this month Rich Coleman, British Columbia’s Minister of Natural Gas Development, reported that the owners of the Pacific Northwest LNG project will make a decision on whether to proceed with the project by April 2017. This is later than we’d originally heard. Why the delay? It may be because the owners completed their original costing work on this initiative over four years ago and many things have changed since then. Among them: • Crude oil and natural gas prices around the world have declined dramatically, significantly reducing the cash flow available to the project owners to fund the required capital investment; • Current natural gas prices in Asia (the likely destination of the LNG produced in Canada)

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have fallen particularly hard; • Numerous other LNG export facilities in the Pacific basin have already started up, increasing supply and keeping downward pressure on future LNG pricing; • The Panama Canal has been expanded to enable movement of large LNG tankers. This makes it much less expensive for new LNG export facilities like Cheniere Energy Partners’ facility in Louisiana to reach LNG markets in Asia – further increasing the potential future supply; • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency approved the construction of the project

but approval is subject to 190 legally binding, but in some cases ambiguous, conditions. The owners will be required to comply with these conditions before, during and after construction of the LNG terminal. Determining exactly how to comply with each of the conditions and the expected costs of doing so will be challenging. Despite these significant challenges, let’s remember the positives: • The Montney Formation, the area in BC from which the LNG will be extracted, is one of largest and most prolific oil and gas resources in the world. It is well understood, compact and can be developed efficiently with already proven technology; • BC’s provincial government is a strong supporter of this initiative and Canada is a much safer place to make investments than many other countries in

the world; • There is a strong contingent of experienced, energetic and innovative suppliers who are helping the project to drive costs down and achieve substantial efficiencies; • Perhaps most importantly BC has a deep pool of well trained, willing and able workers in the north who are keen to take on the challenge of safely constructing one of the largest capital projects that will ever be built in Canada. We hope the project owners won’t let this one slip away and call on them instead to focus on the project’s many advantages. Give British Columbians the opportunity to make this project a reality and we will do you proud. Tim Maryon is vice-president of sales and business development at Peace Country Petroleum in Fort St. John.


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New anthology celebrates northern perspectives From the streets to the serene, Peace Talks features the works of 18 local writers A new anthology of works by Fort St. John writers has hit the local bookshelves just in time for Christmas, offering readers a window into life in the north. Peace Talks features more than 30 short stories and poems by 18 writers, a months-long process that started earlier this summer ended with a book signing outside Cole’s in the Totem Mall this past weekend. Compiled and published on a shoestring budget, editor Ronnie Roberts says the anthology features a diverse range of stories and writers, many who have just been published for the first time. “What we tried to do when we were assembling them (the stories), we tried to have… a mixture of short, long, serious, uplifting, a bit of a downer, a window into a life, religious, not religious, nitty gritty street… a real variety, and it truly is a verity. The voices are very, very different,” Roberts said. “It’s a marvellous window into living in the north. If you sat there and you read that whole book, you would have a true picture of a wide variety of experiences of living up here.” The concept for the anthology incubated in the Fort St. John Public Library, where a group of writers meet regularly to share and discuss their work. “The north is underrepresented, or perhaps Hollywood-ized, or vilified as rough and tumble place,” Roberts said. “Yeah, it’s rough and tumble, it is, but the people are so kind as well. “We had decided if we are going to write here, let’s write what we know. Or if you can’t do that, write about something peace related, tranquility,” she said. Glenn Palmer is one of the contributors, with two pieces in the anthology. His short story, North Peace Blues, is one of the pieces that anchors the book and

offers readers a glimpse into living on the streets of Fort St. John. In it, Palmer marries his personal experience of finding himself in the Salvation Army shelter for six weeks, with the experience of a man he recently met who moved to the area for work at the Site C dam, only to lose the job after his first day. “I was looking around for a new story to write,” Palmer said. “He was in a situation where you had to go to court, he had a child and child support payments, and this was going to be his lifeline. I just tried to imagine what that would that be like for somebody in that condition to wind up stuck in Fort St. John with no money and no resources, and not having any information about how to survive on the streets.” His other contribution to the anthology, North Peace Coda, is a prequel to North Peace Blues that further delves into one of its characters. Palmer, who moved to Fort St. John in 2012, said his stories offer readers a different point of view compared to people who have lived in the city for some time. “It shows a side of life in Fort St. John that most people aren’t even aware exists: the homeless people, the people in the shelter, the people in the streets,” he said. “Once you wind up in there (the shelter)... people don’t see you anymore. That’s one of the themes of the two stories. Once you are a street person, you are pretty much invisible. People see you, but they look through you or around you. They don’t notice what you’re doing unless you’re doing something really awful like sh***ing in the middle of a sidewalk. “Apart from that, nobody sees you. It’s a strange experience,” he said. To learn more about the anthology, visit Writers of the Peace on Facebook, or email peacewrite@gmail.com.

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Local writers celebrated the launch of Peace Talks: An Anthology of Peace Region Stories outside Coles in the Totem Mall on Nov. 26.

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December has arrived, the snow is here to stay, so what better way to ring in the holiday season than with an evening of carols. Three local choirs will do just that on Sunday, Dec. 4, with Carol Fest at the Peace Lutheran Church in Fort St. John. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Alleluia Children’s Choir, while the Northern Lights Youth Choir will perform at 7 p.m. The North Peace Community Choir will perform at both services, each expected to last about 75 minutes.

The choirs will be accompanied by a small string ensemble, and both services will include a variety of carols, both traditional and new, along with selected readings. “It presents the story of Christmas in song and word,” said Rhonda Scott with the North Peace Community Choir. “It challenges all of us to think of others as we come into a busy season.” The performances are free and open to all ages, and attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate in support of the Salvation Army and the Women’s Resource Centre. The choirs will also be accepting offerings to support a local charity.

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Fort St. John RCMP are searching for the suspect in a liquor store robbery earlier this month. On Nov. 11 at about 1:45 p.m., police responded to a report of an armed robber of the On The Rocks Liquor Store located 10688 Alder Crescent. The suspect entered the store, produced a black handgun and demanded money from the cash register. He obtained an undisclosed

amount of cash and fled the scene on foot, heading west along the Alaska Highway frontage Road. The suspect is described as Caucasian, between 5’6 and 5’8 tall. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt with a hood, a black balaclava over his face, sunglasses, clack sweatpants and black running shoes. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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Affording the cost of your kid’s sports without breaking the bank Kids like to play and that’s a good thing. Playing promotes health and fitness and being part of a sports team of any kind is not only a terrific way to make friends, it’s also a lot of fun. But playing sports can be costly and not everyone can pay for it. A recent survey published in the Globe and Mail estimates

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training camps, new uniforms and equipment and on and on—as it comes up. So you won’t have to wing it, here are some tips for making sure those games don’t break the bank. • Track your expenses: The first step to being in control of the costs is understanding how much

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eliminated in 2017.) • Share a ride: Save money by splitting the expenses of travelling to practices, games and tournaments with other families. • Pack a lunch: Instead of eating while on the road, bring coolers filled with fresh food from home. • Buy second-hand: As your kids outgrow their equipment, look for stores that sell gentlyused sporting goods. You can also relist their outgrown equipment online or sell it back to the used retailer. There’s no doubt about it— sports encourage a lifetime of health and fitness and are an important part of your kid’s development. Make sure your kid’s sports fit into your family’s overall financial plan by talking to your professional advisor soon.

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December 2016 Invasive Species Awareness

The Regional Board authorized staff to work with the Invasive Species Council of BC to create and install signage in the five Regional Parks to highlight the undesirable effects of releasing non-native aquatic species into rivers and lakes in the Peace River Regional District

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The Regional Board approved the following recommendations from the AAC:

Electoral Area “C” Brad Sperling was elected the PRRD Chair and Electoral Area ”E” Director Dan Rose was elected Vice Chair. Both were acclaimed the Chair and Vice Chair respectively for the Hospital Board.

Season’s Greetings from the Board & Staff of the Peace River Regional District  Wishing you all the Joys of the Season & Happiness throughout the coming year

Building and Plumbing Inspection Services

The District of Chetwynd requires a qualified Building Inspector on a temporary basis. The Peace River Regional District and District of Chetwynd will enter in to an agreement for the PRRD to provide building and plumbing inspection services at the hourly rate of $60.00, plus applicable taxes.

Potable Water Service Update

On October 20, the Rural Budgets Administration Committee (RBAC) approved funding to determine the feasibility, design and cost of developing potable water sites in Electoral Area ‘B’. A Request for Proposals to carry out the feasibility study will be publicly issued. Director Goodings is in the process of forming an Electoral Area B Water Advisory Committee to assist in developing a potable water service proposal for residents in Area ‘B’. Based on the input received from the Advisory Committee members, the Director will work with staff on finalizing proposal details that will be used to prepare a Service Establishment Bylaw to bring forward for the Board’s consideration.

Annual Grant

The Board approved a $3,000 grant to the Peace Country Beef Promotional Society for the purpose of hosting the Peace Country Beef Congress on January 6 and 7, 2017.

Delegations & Presentations UNESCO Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark

Sarah Waters and Dr. Charles Helm updated the Board on the activities of the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark over the past year.

World U-17 Men’s Hockey Challenge

Barry Reynard from the City of Dawson Creek and Wally Ferris from the City of Fort St. John made a presentation to the Board about an upcoming sponsorship opportunity for the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge taking place October 26 to November 4, 2017. The Canadian Hockey League and BC Hockey are in discussions with Dawson Creek and Fort St. John to co-host the event. They invited the Regional District to assist in the planning, marketing and hosting the event once the negotiations are completed with Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Building Inspection Update

The Regional Board adopted the following resolution: “That the Building Inspection function remain as is and a sub-regional Building Inspection service not be pursued at this time.”

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Hazardous structures built without permit

1. The invasive plant education program will be expanded to include methods for composting bagged invasive plants. 2 A copy of the “Discussion Paper regarding the review of ALR Applications” will be sent to each AAC member organization and members at large, requesting that they respond in writing stating their position (including reasons) regarding whether the Regional District should, or should not, discontinue reviewing and responding to ALR applications. The responses will be reviewed by the AAC prior to any decision on the matter by the Board.

The Board will impose a remedial action requirement in response to hazardous conditions of a structure on the property of Darrell and Barbara Williams in Electoral Area “C”. This action is pursuant to section 305 of the Local Government Act and Division 12 of Part 3 of the Community Charter; Hazardous structures built without OCP Zoning Amendment permit, contrary to BC Building Code and located in an area subject to The Board adopted the Cushway OCP amendment landslides. application to amend the OCP from Ag (Agriculture) to C (Civic) and to amend the zoning from A-2 (Large Public question period at Board meetings Agricultural Holdings Zone) to P-2 (Civic, Assembly and The Board approved that at the Order of Business at Regular Board Institutional Zone) for a ~2 ha portion of the subject Meetings will include a section directly following the ‘Adoption of property to ensure the existing school is zoned correctly. Agenda’ section, titled, “Gallery Comments or Questions”. Further, that comments or questions be limited to items and topics appearing 2017- 2020 Communications Plan on the current Board meeting agenda. Further, that each individual The Board received the 2013–2016 Communication question or comment be limited to two (2) minutes and the maximum time allotted for this agenda item be limited to 15 minutes. Plan Strategy Audit Report Card for information. The Further, that the Board may resolve by a two-thirds (2/3’s) majority Board approved the 2017–2020 Communication Plan to waive compliance with any part of these procedures. Staff were Strategy. The strategy and the report card can be viewed directed to bring forward a Board Procedure Amendment Bylaw. at http://prrd.bc.ca/engage/communications-strategyconsultation/

U-17 Legacy Fund

The Board authorized staff to investigate partnering with other organizations to provide a coaching symposium to the public, to be partially paid for using legacy funds from the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. A report will be brought back to the Board with more detail.

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The Board approved forwarding the Harroff and Duncan subdivision in the ALR applications to the ALC.

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Agricultural Land Reserve Applications

The Board authorized staff to work with the District of Chetwynd to conduct a public consultation regarding the proposed plans by the District of Chetwynd to use funding available from BC Hydro, through the Site C Dam Project, to develop recreation opportunities on the south bank of the Peace River. As part of the District of “Chetwynd Community Agreement Amendment #1” BC Hydro has committed to making a payment of $200,000 to the District of Chetwynd for the creation of south bank recreation sites.

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Fort St. John students Allison Smook and Diane Stowe were recognized at the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia’s (CPABC) CPA convocation ceremony in Vancouver on Nov. 26. Students recognized at the ceremony have either become designated members of CPABC this year or will be eligible for membership. “We welcome the newest Chartered Professional Accountants to the profession,” said Dave Hallinan, chair of the CPABC board of directors. “These students make up the final cohort of the CGA program and have earned their designations through rigorous training and assessment of their business and accounting competencies.”

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More than 60 turbines will soon be spinning at what will be British Columbia’s largest wind farm. Construction of the Meikle Wind Energy Project is nearly complete, with operations expected to start over the next three months, according to project manager Michael Thompson. “Right now, we’re working inside the wind turbines to get them tested and commissioned,” Thompson said. “Our expectation is that (we) may start generating the initial power in the next few days if all goes according to plan. And then over the next couple of months we’ll get everything up and running, and be formally at commercial operations with BC Hydro early in the new year.” Pattern Development began construction $450-million project near Tumbler Ridge in October 2014, installing 61 wind turbine generators capable of producing 185 megawatts of electricity—enough to power an estimated 54,000 homes per year. Pattern Development has a 25-year purchase agreement with BC Hydro for the power produced at Meikle Wind, which will feed into transmission lines adjacent to the project and into the grid. It’s the company’s third wind project in Western Canada, and will grow B.C.’s wind power capacity by more than 30 per cent. “We find working in jurisdictions with longterm power purchase agreements with very credit-worthy organizations like BC Hydro is very attractive to us,” Thompson said. “We have projects in Ontario and Manitoba already, this is our third in Western Canada, but it definitely adds significant amount to our Canadian operations.” The project will generate an estimated $70 million in payments for property taxes, Crown leases, wind participation rent and community benefits during the first 25 years of operation. There were 200 workers at the peak of construction. Once operational, the wind farm will generate 10 permanent full-time jobs, plus contractors, Thompson said. Wind energy accounts for 18 per cent of independent power produced in B.C., with more than 80 per cent of that energy produced in the Peace Region, according to a recent report by Hemmera, an environmental consultancy firm.

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COURT DOCKET A look at what went on in Peace Region provincial courts for the week ending Nov. 25. Fort St. John Law Courts: • Elizabeth Shaun Shepherd (born 1966) was fined $2,500 in restitution, given a conditional discharge, a six-month probation order, and ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge for breach of a probation order. • Terri Lynn Wolfe (born 1978) was sentenced to one day in jail and one year probation for assault, one day in jail for two counts of breach of probation, all committed in Fort St. John. Wolfe was also assessed $300 in victim surcharges on the counts. Fort Nelson Law Courts: • Jacqueline Koren Dennis (born 1974) was given a 14day jail sentence, banned from driving for one year, and ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge for being in care or control of a vehicle or vessel while impaired.

PEACE REGION

CRIME IN BRIEF HIT-AND-RUN WITNESSES SOUGHT Fort St. John RCMP are looking for witnesses to a hit and run near North Peace Secondary School last week. Police say they received a report that a pedestrian was struck while crossing the road at 86 Street and 93 Avenue on Nov. 23 around 5:30 p.m. The vehicle, believed to have been a black SUV, fled the scene and driven by a woman, according to police. “The caller did not pay much attention to the possible

• Nathaniel Woodrow Hewlett (born 1998) was fined $1,000, banned from driving for nine months, and ordered to pay a $300 victim surcharge a lesser included charge of driving without reasonable consideration. The initial charge was dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. • Bradley Allen Dennis Johnson (born 1986) was fined $500, banned from driving for one year, and ordered to pay a $75 victim surcharge for driving while prohibited/licence suspended. • Trevor Curtis Tsakoza (born 1987) was fined $1,000 or ordered to pay a $300 victim surcharge for breach of a probation order. Tsakoza was further fined $1,000, given a 12-month driving ban, and ordered to pay another $300 victim surcharge for being in the care or control of a vehicle or vessel while impaired. • Harley James Fell (born 1996) was given a 12-month conditional sentence and ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge for being in the possession of a controlled substance. • David Lee Walesky (born 1984) given a conditional

discharge, a six-month probation order, and a $100 victim surcharge for one count of theft under $5,000. • Ryan Eric Whitehead (born 1995) was ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge for breach of a probation order. • Adrian John Mearow (born 1995) was given a conditional discharge, a 12-month probation order, and ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge for causing a disturbance and wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer. • Gregory James Behn (born 1982) was given an 18-month probation order, a six-year firearms ban, ordered to submit a DNA sample, and ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge for uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

suspect vehicle as their attention was focused on the wellbeing of the pedestrian,” Sgt. Dave Tyreman said in a release. Police believe there may have been other witnesses to the accident, and are asking anyone with information to call the detachment.

a resident was uploading images of child sexual abuse, police say. Police identified a suspect, who then moved from Abbotsford to Dawson Creek. Officers executed a search warrant at home in Dawson Creek on Oct. 25, seizing a computer and file storage devices. Jason Christopher Reedel was later arrested and charged Nov. 21 with possessing and distribution of child pornography. He has not been found guilty of the charges. Police say Reedel was previously convicted of child pornography possession in 2014. It is unclear whether Reedel will be tried in Dawson Creek or Abbotsford. —Matt Preprost, Jonny Wakefield

MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES A joint investigation involving Dawson Creek RCMP and the Abbotsford Police Department has ended with the arrest of a 41-year-old man on child pornography charges. The investigation began in August 2016 in Abbotsford after police there received information

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Rule of thirds The eye has been studied by enthusiasts for years. A twoeared artist with a combover named John Thomas Smith came up with the rule of thirds in the 1700s. After that, all his paintings looked the same. The rule applies to linear lines and flow within an image by placing the horizon at either the top or the bottom third of the image, also placing the subject in the opposing linear lines to the left or right third of the image or vice versa. Thus making the subject pop out of the photo like the girl did on the TV from the movie The Ring. Using this method of framing is crucial if you want to keep a consistent standard in a critical world of photography. However, all rules were meant to be broken, and nobody is that straight. I think we are all a little crazy, but only others can see it. Vincent Van Gogh thought he was totally normal until he fried his own ear in butter. A good example of when to break the rules is when the subject fills the frame. That doesn’t mean that you should be taking close ups of peoples rears. Architecture, skies, highly textured subjects, and any other reason that you can think of to break the rules. Breaking the rules is usually more fun and can really get the imagination flowing, just don’t get thrown in the slammer. I like to break the rules when taking photos of very

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symmetrical subjects: bridges, scaffolding, brick walls, etc. There are many situations where I like to curve the rule of thirds. When not to break the rule of thirds There are times when I absolutely will not break the rule of thirds. I stick to my guidelines when someone is depending on me to deliver a great product. I shoot a lot of portraiture. When delivering a product, you want to make sure it is the best that you can possibly deliver each and every time. When I am shooting my Canon at people, I want to make sure that I focus on the eye. I like to set my focus point in a position of one third from the top and one third from the right. I position my subject, my horizon and my camera so that my horizon is in the opposing third to my focal point and then focus on the dominant eye. Darcy Shawchek is a photographer based in Fort St. John, who is on a mission to capture the breathtaking and majestic Peace River area through the lens, day or night. Email him your photography questions at dr.shawchek@ gmail.com


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Rebuilding Hospital Foundation makes contribution to MRI machine Fort Nelson’s ‘devastated’ forestry sector permanent fixture at the hospital. “We are extremely pleased that the Fort St. John Hospital will be receiving a permanent MRI,” said Gord Klassen, FSJ Hospital Foundation executive director. “The installation of this equipment in our hospital aligns perfectly with the

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When a pair of Fort Nelson timber processing plants closed eight years ago, the town didn’t feel the impact right away. For many workers, finding employment in the booming Horn River natural gas play was relatively easy. But with hundreds of oil and gas jobs wiped out by the economic downturn, the regional municipality’s plan to revitalize its timber sector is taking on new urgency. “Right now, the forestry industry is just about devastated,” Mayor Bill Streeper said. “(But) the forestry died the same time the natural gas took right off, and a lot of people just switched over from one to the other.” “That gas area peaked and it fell,” he added, “and we’re sitting now on some pretty sad times.” Before the collapse of the U.S. housing market in 2008, Fort Nelson was home to Canfor OSB and plywood plants that employed around 500 people, and enjoyed a reputation as one of the province’s most prosperous timber towns. Mike Gilbert, community development officer with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, said the regional office still has a plaque from when Fort Nelson was named B.C.’s 2006 Forestry Capital. “As forestry petered out, oil and gas was on the upswing,” Gilbert said. “It took up the slack. But as that started to taper as well…our sustainability (as a community) became an issue.” For the town of 3,900, there are real questions about the community’s survival. According to district estimates, the Northern Rockies region lost 1,000 people since the last census—largely due to the oil and gas downturn. Gilbert hopes a revitalized forestry industry will help prop up the regional economy when oil and gas is down—and vice versa. In 2013, the region launched a Forestry Rejuvenation Project aimed at tackling the issues that led to the collapse in the regional forestry industry. Those issues include transportation troubles and questions about the supply of labour, as well as lingering uncertainty over the softwood lumber agreement. The plan has had mixed results. On the one hand, Streeper is optimistic about the prospects of a community forest licence that would give the municipality control over 50,000 cubic metres of timber. That licence is currently being reviewed by the forests ministry, he said. But one of the biggest problems has been changes to the B.C. Forest Act, which no longer require timber licence holders to process wood in the area where it was harvested. That means much of the boreal forest logged around Fort Nelson is being processed in mills to the south. On Nov. 15, the regional municipality put out a news release criticizing the province’s forest tenure system. Changes to so-called mill appurtenancy provisions, as well as “failure” to enforce pulpwood agreements tying forest tenures to processing at specific mills is “dramatically impacting smaller B.C. communities such as Fort Nelson,” the region wrote. “It has rendered them collateral damage and threatens their economic sustainability.”

The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is making a contribution to the new MRI machine coming to the hospital. The foundation is putting $150,000 towards the MRI machine, which will be a

Foundation’s mandate to ‘enhance patient care and comfort’, so it was obvious to us that we should contribute to this project.” The funds are coming out of the Cancer Treatment and Diagnostic Fund, which were raised during the 2015 and 2016 Bluey Day events. At the moment, patients

needing MRIs have to leave the Fort St. John area. The MRI machine will help reduce wait times and improve access to imaging services, and with anticipated population growth, there will be an increase in demand for MRIs. The installation of the MRI is expected to take place in the spring of 2017.

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Shaya Jeffery started out as a dancer. It wasn’t until she was six years old and saw a video of figure skating that she decided that was the sport for her. The 15-year-old has been a long time member of the Fort St. John Figure Skating Club and is working her way up in the world of competitive figure skating. “I actually picked skating because I like doing things individually and skating is very independent,” she said. “My first time competing I was a little nervous, but after my program, I knew I had to do this.” She did her first competitive skate at eight years old, and moved into the competitive stream at 11 years old. That direction leads to being part of teams, attending seminars and performing at a much higher level. Her hard work has paid off, as Jeffery is now part of the Skate Canada prospect development team, which is for skaters that show the potential to compete on the national and international stage. In order to follow her dreams of someday making it to the Olympics, Jeffery had to leave her hometown and move to West Kelowna, where she attends Mount Boucherie Secondary School.

The school has its own year-round ice rink, which Jeffery makes use of everyday. “I find school a lot easer now because I don’t have to worry about being behind because I need to go somewhere for two months to get training,” she said. Her schedule usually sees her on the ice after school, except on Wednesdays, when she hits the ice before classes. Jeffery had several competitions this season, including the Super Series Final Summer Skate in Burnaby, where she took silver in pre-novice ladies. In October, she competed in the Super Series Final competition in Kamloops where she finished off with a score of 61.17. She then competed at the biggest competition of the year for competitive skaters at a provincial level, which was the 2017 Skate Canada BC/YT Sectional Championships earlier this month. She did two programs competing against the top 46 skaters in B.C. with a combined score of 66.66, as well as bringing home the 2017 Skate Canada BC/YT Section CNCR Champion award. Despite her move, Jeffery still represents the FSJFSC, and is proud to do so. “I definitely do miss skating with them,” she said. “It’s like home, you don’t have to worry abut anything on the ice, you’re family is on the ice.”

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When Austin Crossley got a call from the Prince Albert Raiders on Nov. 21, he didn’t hesitate in saying yes to their offer to join the team. With his mother quickly joining him in Nanaimo, the two set off on a Western Canadian road trip, and by Thursday, the 17-year-old defenceman had inked a deal with the Western Hockey League squad. “It was just all sinking in at once. It was a pretty surreal experience, going through Canada, going through all the mountains, then going across the plains,” Crossley said. “It was a good trip. I had lots of time to think about how good of an opportunity this is for me.” Crossley has played 25 games with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League this season, netting a goal and an assist, along with 22 penalty minutes. Earlier this year, Crossley was crowned a national champion when he represented B.C. at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Mississauga, with the team going undefeated and capturing gold at the tournament. His performance in the tournament was solid, earning the most valuable defenseman award, one that he earned while playing with a broken hand. The play and work ethic of the sixfoot, 204-pound defenceman hasn’t


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Inconnus make a splash in Prince George swim meet ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

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Crossley joins two other players welcomed to the Raiders lineup last week, including 1999-born defenceman Max Martin and 1998born winger Kolby Johnson, both acquired in a trade with the Prince George Cougars. “Austin is a good, young defenceman that defends well and has good hockey sense,” Raiders General Manager Curtis Hunt said. “We have noticed a steady improvement in his game since he came to our training camp. He has a great attitude and work ethic and he’s displayed leadership attributes during his career. We believe he fits

well into our plans in the short and long-term.” While the Raiders prepped for a Friday night matchup against the Medicine Hat Tigers and a bid to snap a six-game losing skid, Crossley had a good excuse for missing the morning skate—he was registering for school. Crossley couldn’t say when he’d make his on-ice debut with the team. “I only have one practice under my belt and I still need time to learn the systems,” he said. “It’s tough to say. Whenever coach thinks I’m ready.” Crossley credited his family, past

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coaches, and Raiders B.C. scout Curtis Brownlee for helping to elevate him to major junior hockey, and the next level of his young hockey career. “Everything put together,” he said. “Off-ice training, on-ice training, just learning to be a part of a community, so many different communities over the years, because I’ve been moving around quite bit for hockey the past couple years. “Learning to be a good member of a community and helping out and donating your time to charity and what not, whatever you have to do.”

Thirteen Inconnu swimmers braved the snowy weather to take part in the Medical Northern Invitational swim meet in Prince George. Inconnu assistant coach Steve Sadownik was pleased with how the kids did at the meet. “Our kids get a chance to swim against new people, they don’t get to race those kids often,” he said of the competition, which included swimmers from Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Smithers, Quesnel, Chetwynd, Williams Lake, Fort St. John and Prince George. The Inconnu contingency included athletes that were wellseasoned swimmers, as well as some newer faces to the club. Sadownik noted this particular meet is a good chance for the 10 and Under swimmers, including Matthew Amler, Sofie Pedersen, Viggo Pedersen, Rylan

Pomeroy, and Nate Rogers, to experience competing in a larger facility. The older swimmers had a good showing as well. Veteran swimmers Owen Lang and Alexandria Hedges took home the overall aggregate trophy for scoring the most points in their respective age groups. Hedges also took home the eliminator swim off prize for the top female IM swimmer at the meet, with Brittany Welsh taking home second place and Jayden Forster finishing fifth. “I was really happy. They were going for best times, and it’s still relatively early in the season, so to be achieving best times for our national caliber swimmers is a good indication of things to come,” he said. Up next for the Inconnu Swim Club is a meet in home waters, the annual Winter Freeze Invitational, taking place at the North Peace Leisure Pool from Dec. 2-4.

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This Week: The RSM Classic

This week, the PGA Tour will travel to Sea Island, Georgia for the RSM Classic. The tournament is held at the Defending: Kevin Kisner Seaside Golf Club. Seaside was Winning Score: 22-under par originally built as a nine hole Winning Share: $1,026,000 course by legendary English architects Colt and Alison in 1929. In 1973, Joe Lee designed Marshside Nine. These two distinct nines were transformed into the current world-class Seaside course in 1999 by Tom Fazio. Seaside is prominently placed on Golf Digest’s list of “Top 100 Courses in the United States.” Seaside Course Sea Island, Ga. 7,055 yards, Par 70

Golf TV Schedule PGA Event: RSM Classic Day Time Thu, 11/17 1:30pm-4:30pm Fri, 11/18 1:30pm-4:30pm Sat, 11/19 1:30pm-4:30pm Sun, 11/20 1:30pm-4:30pm

Pat Perez shot a final round Tournament Results 4-under par 67 to win the 1. Pat Perez OHL Classic at Mayakoba Score: -21 Earnings: $1,260,000 on Sunday. Perez defeated 2. Gary Woodland third-round leader Gary Woodland Score: -19 by two strokes on the Greg Earnings: $756,000 Norman-designed El Camaleon 3. Russell Knox Score: -18 course. Perez, who also won the Earnings: $476,000 2009 Bob Hope Classic, charged from way back in the field with a 9-under 62 on Saturday. The 40-year-old former Arizona State player birdied five of the first eight holes and had a bogey on the par-four 12th.

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The Zurich Classic played in New Orleans annually is rumored to become a team event starting in 2017. The event will feature 80 teams of two. Both members of the winning team will receive the two-year Tour exemption that typically accompanies a victory in an official event, and each winning player will receive 400 FedEx Cup points. A regular tournament offers 500 points to the winner and 300 to the runner-up. The PGA Tour has not had an official team event on its schedule since 1981. The Walt Disney World Golf Classic was the last official PGA Tour tournament that used a team play format.

Lessons from the Golf Pro One of the big faults that the amateur golfer finds is when they hit a shot into trouble. A professional can find a way to escape disaster, but the general rule for an amateur is that trouble leads to more trouble. The one shot that causes the amateur the most trouble is when a tee shot goes into the woods. We’re so mad when our shot is out of the fairway and in a tree that it usually leads to a second erratic shot. Consequently, most people race up to find the shot, just grab a club and hack away. Instead, a more sensible plan is the best course of action. Picking the right club with the proper loft is essential. Too much loft could lead to your shot going into the overhanging leaves. Not enough loft will result in the ball getting hung up in the woods again.

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Turned Professional: 1997 FedEx Cup Ranking: 3rd World Ranking: 332nd PGA Tour Wins: 2

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2) Justin Thomas 614 pts. / 2 top tens

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4) Brendan Steele 556 pts. / 1 top tens

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Flyers drop Rangers 5-4 in record 14-round shootout MATT PREPROST editor@ahnfsj.ca

The Fort St. John Flyers and Spirit River Rangers battled late into the night Nov. 24 for a shootout that went down in the history books. The Flyers skated away with a 5-4 win, with Brady Busche netting the game-winning goal after 14 rounds of shootout action. It’s a new record for the league, North Peace Hockey League statistician Chris Clegg confirmed. The Rangers held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but the Flyers quickly bounced back in the second, with Robbie Sidhu, Adam Horst, and Brennan Giroux putting the home team up 3-1, with assists by Dan Pappin, Cole Calliou, and Rick Cleaver. Riley Jebb closed the gap for the Rangers in the last four minutes, ending the period 3-2. The Rangers took advantage of two Flyers’ penalties in the third, quickly tying things up less than two minutes into the third period with a power play goal by Alex Curran. Jace Zahara would put the Rangers ahead 4-3 with another power play goal at 8:01. The Flyers’ Rick Cleaver tied the game back up with five

minutes left in the game, forcing the game into overtime. The teams exchanged only two shots on net in five minutes of sudden death action, forcing a shootout. The game remained tied until the 14th shot on net, with the Busche netting the final goal for the Flyers, while the Rangers’ Spencer Ross missing the final shot. The two teams were evenly matched with 32 shots on a goal each, with Flyers net minder Troy Hunt turning away 28 Sr. Flyers Cole Calliou and Daniel Pappin fight to keep the puck in the Rangers’ end on Nov. 24. shots. FALHER HANDS FLYERS FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON Jason Bouchard followed the proverbial ‘X’ on the treasure map and delivered the bounty for the Falher Pirates in a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Saturday, Nov. 26. Bouchard scored the game winner for Falher with just over four minutes left in the game after a scrappy bout that saw the Flyers pick up 11 penalties, seven of them in the first period alone. The win improves Falher’s record to 3-4, while the Flyers sit at 7-1 and still on top of the West Division standings of the North Peace Hockey League. Neil Maisonneuve opened

the scoring for Falher in the first period, slipping a power play puck behind Travis McLean at 8:32. It was the only power play goal of the period for the Pirates despite the Flyers being shorthanded and in the sin bin for much of the first with seven penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct for Cole Calliou. The Pirates widened their lead to 2-0 less than a minute into the second on another power play goal by Denis Rochon. But the Flyers rebounded and would take a 3-2 lead by the end of the second, with a pair of goals by Jeff Shipton, and another by Rick Cleaver.

Despite firing 15 shots on net in the third, the Flyers were unable to get another puck past Pirates netminder Jordan Panasiuk, who made 30 saves on the night. Dave Lawrence tied the game up for the Pirates in the third, with another quick goal less than a minute into the period. The teams would battle for the lead for the rest of the third until Bouchard slipped the game winner past McLean, who made 24 saves on the night. TEDDY BEAR TOSS COMING UP The Flyers travel to Dawson Creek on Tuesday to face the Canucks (5-2-1) before hosting the Grande Prairie Athletics (5-

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2-1) on Thursday. The team will then travel to Grimshaw on Dec. 3 to square off against the Huskies (4-2). Meanwhile, the team is gearing up for its annual Teddy Bear Toss in support of the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Flyers will face the Canucks with puck drop at 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. Fans are asked to bring a brand new teddy bear to throw on the ice after the Flyers’ first goal of the night. The bears will be collected for children in need in the community. Fans are reminded to wrap their bears in plastic or a shopping bag to prevent them from becoming wet from the ice surface.

Huskies split weekend tilt with Navigators, lose leading scorer MATT PREPROST editor@ahnfsj.ca

The Fort St. John Huskies split a twogame homestand against the North Peace Navigators last weekend, and will be without their leading scorer as they head into a pair of home games this weekend. On Saturday, the Huskies took a dominant 5-3 win over the Navigators, with Thomas Webster, Adam Bowie and Jared Lowen putting the home team up 3-1

after two periods of play. Despite a quick goal by the Navigators’ Josh Sylvain at 0.28 in the the third to tighten the score at 3-2, Brandon Howard would score the game winner at 4:06 to put the pups up 4-2. Geoff Dick added extra insurance on a power play goal with less than four minutes left to play to give the Huskies a two-point edge after a score by the Navigators’ Luke Bellerose. The Huskies kept Navigators’ netminder Ryan Noble thoroughly busy

all night, firing 48 shots on goal, while Jonathan Bateman made 18 saves on 21 shots for the pups. Kyle Crawford skated away with the game’s first star, assisting on four of the Huskies’ goals for the evening. But with four players out of the lineup on Sunday afternoon, the Huskies couldn’t contain an aggressive burst from the Navigators in round two of the double header. The Huskies dropped the match 4-2, struggling to keep the puck out of their

own zone through two periods, which helped the Navigators take a 3-1 lead into the third. Jacob Lang would score a power play goal five minutes into the final frame, but it wasn’t enough for a tired Huskies bench. Drew Fudger scored the Huskies other goal. “I don’t know if it was them being more aggressive or us just pulling off the gas pedal a little bit,” assistant coach Todd Alexander said following the game. See HUSKIES on B4

WEEKLY PRO RACING UPDATE Postseason Racing News, Stats & Trivia

All-Time Top Driver’s Bio

This Week’s Racing News

Ned Jarrett

Veteran driver Casey Mears is looking for a new ride after Germain Racing announced Ty Dillon will race the team’s No. 13 car in NASCAR’s Cup Series next season. Mears had a deal with Germain and sponsor GEICO through 2018, but a frustrating season with Mears finishing 28th in the standings, as well as likely significant support from RCR for Dillon, spurred the change. Ty, 24, follows older brother Austin into the top NASCAR series. The Dillons are grandsons of team owner Richard Childress, and Germain Racing is in a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. Ty Dillon finished third in the Xfinity Series standings last year. He was fifth in the 2016 points after failing to advance out of the first round of its Chase. He has one win in the Xfinity Series, coming in the 2014 race at Indianapolis. Childress said his grandson “has done an exceptional job for us at RCR in every series he has raced in.”

Nov. 28, 1995 - Current Cup Series driver Chase Elliott was born on this day. In 2014, Elliott won the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, becoming the first rookie to win a national series championship in NASCAR. In 2016, in his Daytona 500 debut, Elliott won the pole with a speed of 196.314 miles per hour (315.937 km/h). At the age of 20, he became the youngest pole-sitter in 500 history. He is the son of 1988 Winston Cup Series champion Bill Elliott.

Racing Trivia Which driver raced the #3 car before Dale Earnhardt?

Born: Oct. 12, 1932 Cup wins: 50 Cup top-tens: 239 Cup championships: 2

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a) Richard Petty c) Richard Childress b) Bobby Allison d) Ned Jarrett Answer : c) Richard Childress changed to #3 in 1976 as a tribute to Junior Johnson’s past as a driver. Earnhardt first drove the #3 in 1981.

Racing History

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Ned Jarret won 50 races during his career, tied for 11th all time with Junior Johnson. He also won the NASCAR Championship in 1961 and 1965. Jarrett raced in his first national race at the 1953 Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway. He was out after 10 laps after the engine leaked oil. In 1959, he was looking to pursue a career in Grand National (now Sprint Cup) series. He purchased a Junior Johnson Ford for $2,000. He did not have enough money to cover the check, so he waited until the bank closed to write the check, entered two races, and won them both to cover the cost of his car. He won his first championship in 1961. In 1965, Jarrett became a super star when he won 13 races and another Grand National championship. On October 13, 2010 Ned Jarrett was selected to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as one of the five 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees.

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Viens ‘Class A’ play impresses HUSKIES FROM B3

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The Navigators rushed Huskies netminder Jonathan Bateman in a 5-3 loss on Saturday, Nov. 26.

“It took us a long time. We had some terrible decisions along the wall in our zone, we really struggled to get the puck out and it put a lot of pressure on our entire group of defencemen and that’s kind of where it went for most of the night. “Obviously, we played a little bit better in the third period, started getting pucks out a little bit more, but by then, you know from (Saturday’s) game, playing three lines for the bulk of the game, and our D had a lot of pressure in our zone, so we started getting tired legs and it was hard for us to get those pucks in the far end but that’s our own fault from just our start. “Our mental game wasn’t ready to go tonight and it took awhile to get it going and when it did get going it was too late,” he said. HOWARD OUT THREE GAMES

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Huskies forward Jacob Lang sneaks a puck in behind Navigators netminder Trevor Withers on a third period power playon Nov. 27.

The Huskies were without their leading scorer Brandon Howard, suspended three games after picking up a match

penalty at the end of Saturday’s game for a slew foot. Thomas Webster also picked up a single game suspension Saturday for fighting in the last 10 minutes with the Navigators’ Davis Rose. “We’re supposed to have the next man up mentality,” Alexander said. “That line (Saturday) night did an excellent job, real physical, and we were missing that presence tonight. Everybody seemed to be waiting around looking to see who was going to fill that role and no one actually ended up filling that role.” One player that did stand out on Sunday, however, was Tavis Viens, who turned away 32 of 36 pucks sent his way in only his second game this season. “He had some Class A saves out there,” Alexander said. “He absolutely did his job. We had one player really going and that was the goaltender and he held us in there and gave us the opportunity to win this game, and the boys just couldn’t pull through for him.” Viens, who made the jump

SCOREBOARD NWJHL Standings as of Nov. 29 GP W L OTL 1 Navigators 18 13 5 0 2 Jr. Canucks 18 12 6 0 3 Flyers 17 11 6 0 4 JDA Kings 17 9 6 2 5 Huskies 18 9 7 2 6 Vipers 18 7 10 1 7 Blades 18 1 17 0

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up from the Northeast B.C. and Yukon Midget Trackers, said the biggest adjustment for him was the size and speed and the Navigators’ offence. “I knew they were a good team but I didn’t know the could move the puck so well,” he said. “They can move it, especially on the power play, they can move it way faster than what we could keep up with, and that was our downfall unfortunately.” The Huskies, now 9-7, will host Fairview (11-6) and Beaverlodge (1-17) on Friday and Saturday at the North Peace Arena. The team will be without Howard until Dec. 10, but Alexander says they will still get a key component in Joshua Robinson, and a few other players, back in the lineup. “That will definitely help us,” he said, noting the team will miss Howard’s physical presence on the ice. “Those are the choices you make. He made a poor choice at the end of the game and you got to suffer the consequences.”

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Prespatou 4-H Community Club

Hello again

The Prespatou 4-H club had their first meeting and weigh-in on November 12. The weigh-in went well, all the beef members have picked beautiful animals and we are looking forward to seeing how they progress throughout the year. At the meeting that was held after the weigh-in we voted all our club executives, the Prespatou 4-H beef, sheep, and photography clubs were all present for this meeting. Club president - Jessica Dick Vice president - Ruth Wiebe Secretary - Lynette Wiebe Treasurer - Gloria Loewen Safety officer - Savannah Loewen Club reporter - Anita Wiebe We were all very happy with how the votes turned out and we are looking forward to seeing how the 4-H year progresses.

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Arts & Culture

“I wanted to see what other kinds of audiences we could get in Fort St. John into the theatre.”

CONTACT US ALEISHA HENDRY 250-785-5631 ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

— Nadine Aulin

Love is a gamble North Peace Secondary School brings Guys and Dolls to the stage ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

All the glitz, glamour and gambling of 1940s New York City will be brought to life by local students this weekend. The North Peace Secondary School production of Guys and Dolls features plenty of music, illegal gambling, and even a little romance. Teacher Nadine Aulin chose Guys and Dolls as a way to change things up. “I’m quite fond of the music itself, I think it was a fun segue away from some of the Disney stuff and I wanted to see what other kinds of audiences we could get in Fort St. John into the theatre. I’m hoping Guys and Dolls will bring in a wide range of people,” she said. Guys and Dolls tells the story of a group of gamblers looking to find a location for a high stakes craps game. A bet is made to land the money needed to secure a location for the game, and chaos ensues. The mastermind behind the game is Nathan Detroit, played by Alexander Collins. Nathan has two very different sides, says Collins. “Nathan’s kind of a funny guy, he’s a bit two-faced in that he has a business persona and a personal persona,” said Collin. “So when he’s with his men, Benny and Nicely, his hired guys, he’s very stern and ‘I only want things done when I want them done,’ really

conservative, but at the same time he’s also really tender and loving to his fiancée even though he’s incredibly scared of committment.” Nathan’s long-suffering fiancée Adelaide is played by Elan Miller-Jeannotte, who has to deal with Nathan’s inability to commit, even though the pair have been together for 14 years. “She knows that he’s ready but he doesn’t want to admit it, because he’s so afraid of commitment because he’s so into the craps game, she feels like she’s coming second to his gambling,” said Miller-Jeannotte. In order to get the $1,000 needed to hold the craps game, Nathan makes a bet with Sky Masterson, played by Brenden Wan, a gambler who cannot refuse any bet. “He’s a very, very confident high stakes gambler, he loves to make bets for lots of money over the craziest things. He’s never found anyone he’s really loved, maybe his parents, but he’s not found that one girl because he’s a player,” said Wan. That all changes when Sky meets Sarah, the woman Nathan bets him to take to Havana. How does it all turn out? You’ll have to check out the show to find out. Guys and Dolls runs Dec. 2-3 and 8-10 at the North Peace Cultural Centre. For more information, call 250-785-1992.

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Above: Nathan (Alexander Collins) tries to reason with his long-suffering girlfriend Adelaide (Elan Miller-Jeannotte) during the song “Sue Me.” Below: The ensemble works on a song during rehearsals. Guys and Dolls opens on Dec. 2 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

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ARTS & CULTURE

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Sherry Normandeau, Lani Belcher, Reesa Chuback, and Pamela Marquardt of On Our Way Home Animal Rescue pose with Santa at the Home 2 Suites Hilton hotel on Nov. 26. The group hosted a holiday photo session for pet owners, raising $564.60 to help with its veterinary bills. “We would like to thank our community partner Home 2 Hotel and Christina Lee Seguin and Nadya McLean for letting us have the event there. To the Phoenix Volunteer Club for bringing Santa during his busy time, to Felisa Dela Torre for supplying us with some delicious food, and to Aleksandra Wright for providing us with her time to do that photography,” Belcher said.

Call for artist submissions for trencher public art project ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

Peace Region artists have the opportunity to be part of a public art project will be on display in the region for years to come. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway, the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council is working with regional artist to turn an old trencher used in the construction of the highway into a public art sculpture. The PLRAC is looking for local artist to submit designs that will be displayed on the caterpillar tracks of the trencher. Guidelines include creating a design that reflects the artist’s view of the Northeast. Designs should be as simple as possible, as they will be laser cut onto metal plates that will be installed on the caterpillar tracks. The curators and advisor of the project will select three to five designs, and those selected will receive $500. The main work on the trencher is being done by three Peace Region artists under the guidance of world-renowned indigenous artist Brian Jungen. Indigenous artist Adrienne Greyeyes will work on the engine, covering it with beads made of enameled aluminum.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 B7

ARTS & CULTURE

North Peace Cultural Centre back in the black After a couple years in financial turmoil, the NPCC looks ahead to its 25th anniversary in 2017 ALEISHAN HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

The North Peace Cultural Centre is just in the black this year after being slightly in the red in 2015. The North Peace Cultural Society, which is the governing board of the NPCC, held its Annual General Meeting on Nov. 16, where financial statements showed some increases and a few decreases in where the revenue was coming from. This year, the NPCC is ahead by $22,155, which is an improvement over last year, where they were $331 in the hole. “We are really hoping to keep in the black, but we’re doing financially quite well compared to two years ago,” said Melissa Paakkonen, treasurer of the North Peace Cultural Society. One area that helped increase revenue came from offering more classes at the artSpace pre-school, as well as offering workshops with the Flying Colours Artists Association. “As they’re getting bigger and better, we’re reaping the benefits, because it helps offset their costs so they can do bigger and better things,” said Paakkonen. In 2015, the NPCC made $87,237 from class registrations, and in 2016, $116,322 was brought in from class registrations. Donations to the NPCC were down in 2016, only receiving $24,076, whereas in 2015 the NPCC received $54,576 in donations. This is likely due to the economic downturn, Paakkonen said. “We’re noticing as soon as that happened, people are less willing to hand over money, which is a little sad, but it pushes us a little harder to manage our cash flow and actually start grant writing.” Grant money from the City of Fort St. John went up slightly—from $207,968 in 2015 to $209,698 in 2016—which will be about the same going forward, says Paakkonen.

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Melissa Paakkonen, treasurer of the North Peace Cultural Society, is pleased with how the North Peace Cultural Centre has done financially in 2016.

“With the city we are in a Cultural Services Agreement…it stabilized how much money we get from them.” The NPCC received the same amount from the Peace River Regional District, $42,187, but saw even more come in from the District of Taylor, $19,000 as opposed to $7,000 last year. “They wanted updates to get funding, so we gave them updates and they gave us money,” said Paakkonen. Another source of revenue where the NPCC is turning a profit is the selling of Magic: The Gathering cards—the NPCC concourse has become a hub for local players. “We’re not just arts, we’re culture and this is a culture, so we’re really happy to have them,” said Paakkonen.

The box office has expanded to in“Still bring in shows that stretch the clude Pokemon cards and table top boundaries in terms of what is norgames such as Settlers of Cataan, which mal for Fort St. John, but still give the brought in $10,896. community what they really want,” she Looking ahead to 2017, Paakkonen said. says the society is looking forward to celebrating the NPCC’s 25th anniversary, which will likely be marked during the Bright Nights in June event on June 9, 2017. Denturist The society is looking at doAdrianna Salo, DD, RD ing some renovations to the • Services Direct to the Public • Full & Partial Denture Fabrication interior and exterior of the • Dentures Over Implants • Relines • Same Day Repairs • Accept all Insurance Plans building, but that will likely be Open Saturday by Appointment a three-phase project. “Serving the Peace Country since 1972” Paakkonen says they are also working at bringing a variety of #2, 10415 - 10th Street, Tel: (250) 782-2740 different shows to the theatre. Dawson Creek, BC Toll Free: 1 (866) 782-2740

Canadian Country Christmas this weekend What’s the best way to get in the holiday spirit? Christmas music, of course. There will be plenty of holiday tunes when the Canadian Country Christmas show rolls into the Lido Theatre on Dec. 4. Canadian country stars Jamie Warren, Thomas Wade, Erin HOROSCOPE ARIES (MARCH 21 TO APRIL 19) This is a fabulous day to schmooze with others. Enjoy your interactions with groups and friends, as well as partners and those who are close to you. Laugh it up! TAURUS (APRIL 20 TO MAY 20) Today you make a great impression on bosses, parents, VIPs and anyone in a position of authority (including the police). Your ambition is strong, and so is your confidence. GEMINI (MAY 21 TO JUNE 20) Do whatever you can to take a vacation or find a change of scenery, because you need this. Today you want adventure, thrills and a chance to learn something new and exciting! CANCER (JUNE 21 TO JULY 22) This is an excellent day to discuss shared property, taxes, debt and inheritances, because quite likely you will end up laughing all the way to the bank. These discussions will benefit you. LEO (JULY 23 TO AUG. 22) Your interactions with others are positive and dynamic today, primarily because you have lots of energy. Because enthusiasm is always contagious, people are pumped to be in your presence. VIRGO (AUG. 23 TO SEPT. 22) You will get a lot done at work today because you are energetic, focused and upbeat. A happy mind that is ready to

Haley and Sean Hogan will play their hits along with all your holiday favourites. The show is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society and Kordyban Lodge in Prince George. For more information, call 250-787-7100. — Aleisha Hendry For Thursday December 1, 2016

work is unstoppable! LIBRA (SEPT. 23 TO OCT. 22) Accept all invitations to party, because today is a wonderful, social day for you. Enjoy the arts, sports events, playful times with children and romantic liaisons. SCORPIO (OCT. 23 TO NOV. 21) Increased activity and chaos on the home front might be a challenge. However, today you have the energy to pull your act together at home. Do what you can. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 TO DEC. 21) Because you are in such a positive frame of mind today, you will be successful in all your communication. This is great news for those of you who sell, market, teach, act or write for a living. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 TO JAN. 19) This is a moneymaking day for you! Trust your moneymaking ideas. All of your financial negotiations will benefit you. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 TO FEB. 18) Fiery Mars is in your sign today, dancing with lucky Jupiter. This gives you lots of positive get up and go! It’s a great day for athletics and outdoor activities. PISCES (FEB. 19 TO MARCH 20) Secret liaisons will be exciting today. (This includes private love affairs.) You’re happy to work alone today.

Had a Dad Dear Annie: My nephew, “Bill,” married “Helen.” Helen had a 2-year-old son, “Dylan.” Helen told Bill that Dylan’s father had given up his parental rights, so Bill legally and happily adopted baby Dylan. We all came to deeply love baby Dylan. He was adorable, bright and sweet. Dylan quickly felt close to all his many cousins. Four years later, Helen abruptly left Bill for another man. When Bill attempted to get visitation with Dylan, Helen informed the court that Dylan’s father had never really given up his parental rights, so therefore the adoption became void. Tragically, none of us in the family ever saw Dylan again. How could 6-year-old Dylan begin to understand this? He loved Bill more than anyone in the world, and then one day he never saw him again! We do not know what his mother told him. How could his mother hurt him like this? I often wonder whether children are ever going to have any rights of their own in our courts. So far, the only rights kids have are not to be starved and not to be beaten. Our children are still lawfully treated as property of their parents. Our courts look out for the parents’ rights. When will our laws become in favor of what is in the best interest of the child? -Still Crying

Annie Lane DEAR ANNIE

Dear Crying: Look further into the laws in your state. I think there is a good chance your nephew has recourse here to see Dylan again, especially as he adopted him -- or at least was led to believe he did. Some states do have laws that take such factors into consideration, with the goal of doing what’s best for the child. Don’t give up hope. Dear Annie: I feel that your reply to “Serially Disappointed” was a cop-out. I hear what this young woman is saying. I am in my early 60s and have been divorced for 15 years. The men I meet are seriously lacking in relationship and basic life skills. I will admit I settled for much less than I should have with my most recent three partners because they had many good qualities that attracted me. One decided after three years that I was “too fat” (I am a size 12), and he met a woman who is shorter than I am but not thinner. Another, after two years, told me he had a boyfriend and thought it was OK to date us both at the same time because he is bisexual. I ended the relationship, and six months later, he was married to a

woman. Another one sat on my couch one day and began crying, telling me he missed his wife, whom he had divorced five years earlier. (They eventually remarried.) My friends, all married or in long-term relationships, said, “Take some time for yourself!” I don’t know what they were thinking when I’d been spending most birthdays, Christmas Eves and New Year’s Eves alone for years. I haven’t dated for two years. Now the same friends say, “You have to get yourself out there!” I go to movies, plays and other events alone. I bicycle on busy bike paths, and I work a job. But the truth is that no one has the answer as to why most single men are so out of whack. So they tell you silly things -- for example, “Learn how to be happy with yourself.” “Serially Disappointed” gave no indication she is not happy with herself, and I am indeed happy with who I am. I just wish I could find a quality single guy in his 60s before he is snatched up by one of the millions of intelligent, compassionate, kind single women out there looking. -- Will Anyone Love Me When I’m 64? Send your questions for Annie Lane to dearannie@creators.com. To find out more about Annie Lane and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2016 CREATORS.COM


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Community

CONTACT US ALEISHA HENDRY 250-785-5631 ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

“We’re a community-based team, and this is a big way of giving back to the community.” - Allen Karasiuk

Food drives aim to fill shelves at Salvation Army The food bank needs more donations to keep up with the local demand

Food bank shelves are looking a little bare this time of year, which means it’s time to fill those shelves for people in need. The 18 Wheels of Christmas food drive, as well as the annual Huskies Fill The Bus food drive take place this coming weekend. Captain Sheldon Feener says the events couldn’t come at a better time, as the shelves at the food bank are looking pretty empty at the moment. “It’s crunch time and our list for the food bank is getting shorter and shorter,” he said. “After the first weekend in December we’re going to be able to increase that list and get some more options into people’s bellies.” Feener says he’s not picky about what people want to donate; they will take pretty much anything at this point. The food bank has freezers where meat can be stored, be it beef, chicken, pork or wild game. “If there’s any hunters that have any—I know at some point in time you get a little extra in your freezer and think ‘we’re never going to be able to eat all of this’—I know lots of people who would love some,” said Feener. The food bank can also accept produce, which is a fairly new thing for them, and Feener says he will welcome any fresh vegetables people bring in. “It’s great to be able to get some of those things in people’s orders and allow them to have fresh produce as well.” The 18 Wheels of Christmas sets us shop in the parking lot of Safeway, where people can drop off donations to help fill up a semi-trailer. People can choose their own items to donate, or Safeway has pre-made bags of food items already done up. “By coming together and working together we can draw positive attention to engaging the community as a whole, and

of course they have responded unbelievably,” said Niki Hedges, community development officer for the United Way of Northern BC. The 18 Wheels of Christmas takes place Dec. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Safeway. The Huskies Fill The Bus aims to fill the team’s travel bus—and then some—by heading out into the community and going door-to-door for donations. Organizer Allen Karasiuk says he’s always pleased with how the team steps up for the event. “We’re a community-based team, and this is a big way of giving back to the community,” he said. The team usually collects about 20,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army. People can also drop off donations at the North Peace Arena from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Dec. 4. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Huskies Fill The Bus can call Allen Karasiuk at 250-261-9466. WAYS PEOPLE CAN HELP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON 18 Wheels of Christmas Food Drive Dec. 2-4 at Safeway Huskies Fill The Bus Dec. 4, North Peace Arena Santa’s Anonymous Hamper Fundraiser Dec. 1-2 at Home Hardware Christmas Pyjama Drive Ongoing with donation boxes set up at Unforgettable Memories, Baked, Whole Wheat and Honey Café, Fort Bowling Lanes, Browns Socialhouse, London Bull, The Hub Market and the Kids Arena Field House. Toy Drive Until Mid-December at Century 21 Did we miss something? Email ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

Volunteers needed for Salvation Army Kettle Campaign ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

The Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Campaign technically started on Nov. 24, but with a lack of volunteer bell ringers, no kettles were put out in the community. Salvation Army Captain Sheldon Feener says the situation is desperate—they only had one volunteer for one shift at one location on Nov. 25. “We’re struggling to find volunteers this year, so if anyone is interested in signing up for a shift, we would welcome it,” said Feener Kettles are set up at Save-On Foods, Safeway, No Frills and Walmart, as well as BC Liquor Store on the weekends. Each shift is two hours long and

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people can pick whichever shift works for them. The Kettle Campaign’s fundraising goal this year is $65,000. To volunteer for the Kettle Campaign, call Sheldon or Bhalveen at 250-261-1933.

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Salvation Army Captain Sheldon Feener is looking forward to seeing the food bank shelves filled after this coming weekend, when two major food drives wrap up.

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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 Lutheran Church 9812 108 Ave Ph: 250-785-6471 “All are Invited and Welcome Here” - (Luke 14:23) SERVICES St. Martin’s, fort St. John, BC Sundays 1:30 p.m. Rev. Enid Pow ********** Church of the Good Shepherd Taylor, BC - Sundays 9:30 a.m. ********** St. Matthias, Cecil Lake, BC 3rd Sun. of the Month 3:00 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 250-7870089 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 ********** CATHoLIC RoMAN CATHoLIC CHURCH (Resurrection Church) Pastor: Rev. Vener Sabacan Phone 250-785-3413 www.fsjcatholic.ca MASSES: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday - 10:00 a.m. oNLY OFFICE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. BAPTISM: Contact the Pastor 3 months before baptism. MARRIAGES: Contact the Pastor 3 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: office@fsjalliance.ca www.fsjalliance.ca SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE: 9:15am & 11:00am KIDVILLE: for ages 2yrs.-Gr.6 @ 9:15am **********

CoMMUNITY CHURCH CHARLIE LAKE CoMMUNITY CHURCH Lead Pastor: Alfred Reschke Associate Pastor: Jared Braun 250-785-1723 fax: 250-785-4136 clcc@pris.ca SUNDAY SCHooL: 9:30am SUNDAY WoRSHIP: 10:40am 1st left turn off Alaska Highway past the Charlie Lake Store. ********** PEACE CoMMUNITY CHURCH 10556-100th Street, Taylor, BC Pastor: Wally Pohlmann Phone: 250-789-3045 HoURS: 9:00am-Noon Monday-Wednesday & friday Email: office@taylorchurch.ca Website: www.taylorchurch.ca SUNDAY ADULT CLASS - 9:30am SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE - 10:30am ********** EVANGELICAL foRT ST. JoHN EVANGELICAL MISSIoN 8220-89th Avenue, fSJ Pastor: Andy Wiebe 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: upgc@pris.ca 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: tahermorsi@shaw.ca ********** 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: 9:15am & 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: www.christianlifefsj.ca 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: 9:30am, 11:00am www.evangelfsj.com ********** 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 Quality Inn Northern Grand 100th Ave & 98th St., fort St. John, BC Elder: Mike Donovan Phone: 250-787-7702 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 fax: 250-785-2788 Email: stlukeuc@telus.net 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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COMMUNITY

What is biosecurity and what does it mean? P

eople think ‘biosecurity’ is what we see on the news, or at the movies with scary genetically-enhanced agents kept in a special facility. The hero has to break through the top notch security and don his special full body impermeable gear to save the world by destroying the nasty viral cultures in their petri dishes. Or the news story shows a special team arriving at the site of a new deadly disease outbreak all wearing space suits as they examine patients and study the situation. In recent history, we have the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Zika virus concerns in Central and South America. Many will remember the hoof and mouth outbreak in the UK. The news stories

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were about quarantine orders on areas of farmland and the mass disposal of infected animals. All very distressing and dramatic! These extreme examples make us feel that biosecurity is difficult and perhaps a kind of futuristic science fiction that does not apply to regular folks. Let’s break down biosecurity to simple tasks and practices we do every day already. We learn early not to put certain things in our mouths. This is basic biosecurity for

our bodies as many harmful things enter our body via our mouths. We cook food. We wash our hands. We do our dishes and keep our living space clean. We don’t walk around in our house with rubber boots that were worn outside. We wash our clothing and our bedding. All hygiene is based on principles of personal biosecurity. Now think about common illnesses, like a cold or the flu. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve in the crook of your arm. Take a squirt of hand sanitizer when you enter or leave a building. Avoid known sources of infection. Sometimes hospitals and other care facilities issue quarantine notices to prevent unnecessary traffic through their facility.

These practices apply to our animals too. Picking up pet waste helps prevent disease transmission, and makes our parks and urban spaces much more attractive to use another day! On farms, animals live in close contact and contamination occurs when animals walk around where their own droppings fall. It makes good sense not to walk in someone else’s barnyard and then your own wearing the same shoes. A simple way to NOT share dirt from one barnyard to the next! Most of these basic biosecurity practices people have learned over centuries of living in communities together. We learn things from our elders that have been passed along for the health and wellbeing

of the whole community. We don’t all need to walk around in our personal biosecurity suit (even though it may be fun for a while!). We just need to practice good hygiene and consider how to avoid bringing microscopic infectious agents from one place to another— our homes, farms, communities, and countries. Dr. Perry Spitzer is an owner and director of North Peace Veterinary Clinic Ltd. with his life and veterinary partner, Dr. Corinne Spitzer. Perry enjoys all aspects of mixed veterinary practice, with strong ties to large animal veterinary medicine and the beef industry. Outside work, Perry enjoys outdoor activities, farming and his own livestock.

Animals of the Week Snoopy & Murphy Brown If you’re looking for a playful goofball to join your home, then Snoopy and Murphy Brown are prime candidates. These balls of fluff were found near the 269 Road and are happy to not be in the great outdoors anymore. Snoopy’s striking colouring is sure to draw you in and his bright blue eyes will melt your heart. Murphy Brown is a lovely lady with equally gorgeous features, with her yellow eyes and

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adorable half-moustache. These cats like to chase each other around and get into all kinds of mischief, at least once they are comfortable in their surroundings. The North Peace SPCA is holding its annual Brrs to Purrs event, which has half price adoption fees for all adult cats, including these two. Visit the North Peace SPCA branch to find out more. — Aleisha Hendry

Murphy Brown.

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A generous wrap-around porch greets visitors to the country-style Corbin, a medium-size home that offers plenty of family living space, both formal and informal. Owners of the home could confine their living to the ground floor if they wish, since the owners' suite is on this level. That leaves the second floor for children, visiting grandchildren, or other guests. A long custom-shaped eating bar provides partial separation between the kitchen and the family room. Otherwise the area is wide open. Vaulted to the second floor (as is the dining room), the family room, nook, and kitchen are bathed in natural light from a wealth of windows. The second floor landing forms a unique bridge that overlooks the family room to the back, and the dining room and entryway to the front. Holiday and formal gatherings can spread out in the spacious dining room and parlor. The parlor has a brick fireplace and is brightened by a

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Bedroom 14' x 11'

Owners’ Suite 14' x 15'

Nook 11' x 10'

Vaulted Family 17'6" x 12'4" Dn

Kitchen Vaulted Dining 11'4" x 14'1"

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Vaulted Bedroom 14' x 11'

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First Floor 1560 sq.ft. Second Floor 550 sq.ft. Living Area 2110 sq.ft. Garage 600 sq.ft. Dimensions 55'x64' 2000 SERIES

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Super clean and close to 2 schools and park! Quiet location here has an attached garage and still room for RV's. Very nice yard space with mature trees and private deck area. Inside you will feel the spaciousness of the great room sizes and a rec room downstairs you can have game night and movie night at the same time!

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Springtime sunrise over Tea Creek Valley will fill your home with natural sunlight where you can sit and enjoy the start of the day in professionally designed, restaurant quality kitchen. 10' walls and glass to match brings in the quiet peacefulness of your surroundings like every home should. The second floor has its own laundry room for the 4 bedrooms service and the master suite is a resort quality retreat space to relax and recharge in.

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9' walls, daylight basement, landscaped and appliances included! Excellent maintenance and yard access for future garage! Perfect starter/retirement home so get into this one before it goes!

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Clean & tidy! Large lot with good access for future garage and parking! Close to amenities, this property has good zoning and a great layout for a rental suite or just enjoy all the space!


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Left: Youngsters Olivia and Charlotte get a helping hand from St. Nick at the Bowling with Santa event at the Fort Bowling Lanes Nov. 27. Right: Santa poses with his Elven volunteers Laura, Taylor, Elia, Karis, and Hannah. The event raised $280 for the K.I.D.S. Making A Difference Club, a youth-driven club motivated to make a difference in the world.

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ne of my favourite moments when traveling and staying by myself in a hotel is lying in bed and drinking coffee. I almost feel a little naughty laying there in my king bed, propped up by a massive number of pillows and surrounded with white linen. Anyway, I digress (as usual). Why does hotel room coffee have to taste like disappointment? Even when they supply a Keurig in the room, the coffee still doesn’t taste good. Even when the little pods they supply are from a well-known, well-established coffee company, the coffee still doesn’t taste great. I think it is because of the coffee accouterment that they supply: the little pouch of sugar and powdered coffee whitener and plastic stick that they provide. The coffee might be from Starbucks, but the “stuff” they provide for you to create your java experience is sub par. Who wants powdered whitener? Blech! I find myself packing my suitcase with items of clothing suitable for running downstairs in the morning and

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getting coffee from the hotel lobby, where there is real cream and cups larger than a thimble. Normally it is a pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt and a longish, oversized sweater and my runners. If I were to die in the hotel room and the police looked through my suitcase, they might even inadvertently identify me as a ‘fitness enthusiast’ because of said outfit. But no, that is my coffee fetchin’ outfit. I can throw on that outfit sans bra (because I have a long, oversized sweater, right? Always thinking aren’t I?), throw my hair into a ponytail and head downstairs to the lobby to get a decent cup of coffee. This is where cup size comes in—and no, we are not talking about me going braless down to the lobby. No, the size of the coffee cup that they provide. If I am going to run downstairs

to get my morning coffee, I want a cup large enough so that I don’t have to return for more! This past weekend, the cups in the hotel were teeny, tiny and certainly I would need to take more than one cup back to my room. They were those paper and foam combo cups that did little to protect from the heat of the hot coffee. I needed two cups to make one normal cup and I needed four cups to make one Judy-sized cup of coffee. So I filled four wee cups with coffee, used the real milk to help facilitate my perfect java experience and then I stacked the cups and carried two in each hand back to my room. Hot! They were hot! I could feel my fingerprints disappearing. The darn elevator stopped at every floor and the frozen smile on my face hid the pain I was feeling. Finally the door opened on my floor and I launched myself forward, sprinting down the hall towards my room. Sprinting is not really the correct word because I couldn’t run with the cups balancing, but I could ‘walk with purpose’ all the

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and swipe it again and again the red light appeared on the sensor. What? The third attempt gave me the same results and I realized that the card had become demagnetized or something to that effect, which meant I had to go back downstairs and get it replaced. I had to go back downstairs, leaving my coffee that I worked so hard to get. Fifteen minutes had passed by the time I was able to shed my yoga costume, don my pajama’s and crawl back into my bed to enjoy what was left of my coffee. And guess what? It was barely warm. So I fired up the Keurig, made myself a cup, used the crappy coffee whitener and had my coffee. Yes, it tasted like disappointment. Judy Kucharuk is a lover of sarcasm, witty people and footnotes. You can read her book “Naked Tuesday” or catch her on CBC Radio Daybreak North where she shares her “Peace of Mind”. Follow her on twitter @ judylaine

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Ashleigh Paizee and her two-year-old son Tristan drop Wags the big stuffed dog off at the Fort St. John Public Library for the annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

while trying not to spill. Arriving at my door, both hands otherwise occupied, I wonder how I am going to do this? My room key card is in the waistband of my yoga pants, and my hands are full of hot coffee cups balancing precariously. I look around for a ledge, but nope, nothing. Looks like it was time to put the yoga pants to use! I began to squat very, very slowly, trying to remain ramrod straight, but trying to get as low to the ground as I could without spilling. Success!!!!! I then carefully placed the cups of coffee on the carpet and went to stand up. That didn’t go quite a smoothly and I stumbled back, my foot catching one of the towers of coffee, spilling it everywhere. Ughh, so close to completing my mission. I find my keycard, open the door and retrieve my remaining tower of coffee. Then I go back out the door to clean up the mess I made. You are thinking I forgot my card right? No, I remembered to grab my key card and I went to swipe it and the red light appeared on the sensor. So I flip it over

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As temperatures start to drop, we are encouraging people who are thinking about adopting a furry family member to consider cats; and turn brrrs into purrs this holiday season during our upcoming adoption event. Presented by Hill’s® Science Diet® the sale runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 5 and all cat and kitten adoption fees are 50 per cent off! Adoption included a free vet exam, 6 weeks of free emergency based pet insurance, initial vaccination, worming, ear mite/flea treatment, microchip implant, tattoo and spay or neuter! All cats are microchipped, and for only $12 annually or a $45 lifetime fee, the animal will be registered in the province-wide BC Pet Registry, bcpetregistry.ca, to help ensure if a pet is lost, he can be found and reunited with his family. We’re reminding people that when one cat is adopted, it frees up shelter space and allows us to bring another cat in from the cold. We have taken in 451 cats and kittens this year – right now, there’s more than 45 felines currently in care who need loving, forever homes. We have a current waiting list of over 75 felines in need. Homeless cats are a major issue across B.C., often suffering from injury, illness, predator attacks and frostbite. Illegal abandonment and animals who aren’t spayed or neutered contribute to the problem, as well as cats without permanent identification like a microchip or a tattoo, who are never reunited with their guardians. This is a great opportunity for those thinking of adding a Christmas kitty to their families to take advantage and help us empty the shelter before those joyful days are upon us! How wonderful would it

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be if no animals were in the shelter this Christmas? We encourage you to have a family discussion and ensure that you are dedicated to the next 10 to 15 or even 20 years of life with this animal. With good luck you will have a long happy life together and all family members should be ready and happy to commit to that animal’s needs. We ask you to consider that having your new addition home and settled in before the gatherings begin may be better for the pet especially. The hectic gatherings and excess noise make it difficult for new arrivals to adjust properly to the home. Some animals, if too nervous, may have fear based house soiling issues, avoidance behaviors and there have even been reports of new pets bolting from doors or causing injury or damage when they panic. Instead, choose your family addition now. Have it home during these next few weeks and build memories of kittens climbing in the tree and laugh at the wrapping paper debacle that occurs! Please be mindful of Holiday Hazards as well. Items like Poinsettias, Lilies, chocolate, alcohol, some nuts and fruits are poisonous to pets and can turn the most joyful holiday into a tragedy. For more info on dangerous holiday items please contact your local vet clinic. To view our adoptable animals please visit spca. bc.ca/adopt . Or stop by the shelter, located at 9311-81 Ave, from noon until 4PM Tuesday through Saturday.

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SERVICE TECHNICIAN - NATIONAL BUSINESS TELUS National Business Delivery team members are responsible for providing industry leading data, converged, integrated solutions and voice across multiple platforms in an ever-changing and evolving technology world. We are a team of approximately 600 members across Canada; who pride ourselves on being the face of TELUS for all of our business clients, both large and small. We are looking to grow our dynamic team and further invest in our communities across Western Canada; our team members are highly accountable and take responsibility to ensure that we are driving the ultimate client experience. Now is your chance to be a part of something special. The TELUS National Business Delivery team is currently recruiting for Business Service Technicians. This is an exciting role with a wide range of duties and responsibilities; we are looking for candidates to provide exceptional customer service and solutions to our business clients. The successful candidates will be self-motivated individuals who are highly engaged, passionate and work well in a team setting thus creating a positive and collaborative working environment. We believe in being excellent corporate citizens, therefore our employees give back to our communities and create shareholder value by volunteering their time and effort on a regular basis. Are you ready to join us on our journey? 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You will have the opportunity to build a long term career with a leading-edge team that strongly believes in giving back to the communities in which we work, live and serve - Become the technical sales and service consultant for our business customers in the work environment, understanding their needs and becoming their advocate. - Nothing is day to day about this job - with every customer install you will get to learn their business and how TELUS helps them get the job done. Whether it is data service, Optik TV, public WIFI or fibre optic services, every customer interaction will be unique and exciting! We pride ourselves on quality, but sometimes things break, when it does you get to be the hero that gets our business customers up and running in no time flat! - Similar to our Lions, Pandas, Parrots and Bunnies, just to name a few, you too can be the face of TELUS! Take this opportunity to radiate your enthusiasm about TELUS products and services to our business clients. Positions are currently available in the following locations: British Columbia - Dawson Creek - Fort St John - Grand Forks - Revelstoke - Williams Lake Required Skills & Abilities: - Maintain a high level of performance under the pressure of time constraints and a fast-paced changing environment using demonstrated effective decision-making skills while under limited supervision. - Demonstrated ability to identify problems and situations, take appropriate action, implement solutions or escalate as required - Ability to manage a physically demanding workload which may include climbing poles and working in a variety of indoor/outdoor environments and weather conditions. - Must have analytical and technical problem solving skills and/or related work experience - Must have technical aptitude and the ability to do fine, precise work with their hands - Must have the ability to or willingness to learn proper operation of hand and power tools, and test equipment - Normal colour vision to work with colour-coded wiring - Must follow safe work practices and abide by all safety rules and regulations. - Must be willing and able to work various shifts as assigned including evenings, weekends and statutory holidays to meet customer/business needs, including working out of town assignments that may preclude your ability to return home as required. - Fluent in English including demonstrated professional oral and written communications skills - Must possess Personal Computer navigational skills - Must meet applicable testing requirements and pass all related exams - Some limited areas may require an ability and/or willingness to: - Work in confined spaces, on bridges, towers or other fixtures at a height of 20 meters or more above the ground or water level - Travel in small aircraft, aerial tramways, helicopters, etc. Main Responsibilities: - Passionate about technology and have the dexterity to learn new products and features and recommend meaningful solutions to our customers - Skill to deliver great customer experience in any environment and to be motivated by personal interaction - Strong communication skills that allow you to interact with customers and provide them with world class service - Teamwork makes the dream work - must have ability to positively contribute in a team setting Education & Experience: - Must have completed a minimum Grade 12 Diploma with at least Grade 11 math (Transcripts and/or diplomas will be required) - Clean and valid Class 5 Driver’s License or other provincial equivalent (Driver’s license and abstract will be required) Who is TELUS? We’re a high-performing team of individuals who collectively make TELUS one of the leading telecommunications companies in Canada. Our competitive consumer offerings include wireline, wireless, internet and Optik TV. We also deliver a compelling range of products and services for small, medium and large businesses; and have carved out a leadership position in the health, energy, finance and public sector markets with innovative industry specific solutions. The TELUS team is as diverse as the society we live in and the customers we serve. We’re also passionate about creating success for our customers, our shareholders, our communities and our team. And we do so by living the TELUS values and delivering on our Customers First commitments. Do you share our passion? At TELUS, you create future friendly® possibilities. 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BADMINTON CLUB From Sept. 19, 2016 to April 26, 2017 Mondays & Wednesdays Time: 7:30-9:30 pm Central Campus Gym Dawson Creek Do not play on any statutory or school holidays. Go on the school website to check on the holidays Please pay before you start playing. Players under 16 years must have an adult with them. You will need clean gym shoes and a racquet. Contact Dan or Judy Pandachuck: 250782-4783 DEC 3- COUNTRY MUSIC DANCE-Music by Night Sounds at the Senior Citizens Hall, 1101 McKellar Ave, Dawson Creek. Dance from 8:30- 12:30 Admission includes lunch. 19 years and over welcome. For more information phone Fred at 250-7822192 or Linda at 250843-7418

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Save the Dates July 7, 5:00 pm to July 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm for the 23rd Annual Mile Zero Cruisers Summer Cruise weekend starts with Registration held at the Dawson Co-op. Bring down your pride and joy and register for the 2017 Summer Cruise Car Show weekend. All registrants will receive access to all weekend events as well as a chance to win prizes. Check in this paper for more details closer to the show! South Peace Historical Society Meetings Third Wednesday of the month. In Dawson Creek at the Calvin Kruk Centre Archives Room at 2 pm. SUNDAYS: FAMILY TREE HELP - Peace Country Roots Group Meeting - Fourth Sunday of each Month at the CALVIN KRUK CENTRE in Dawson Creek 1:30pm

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Notice is hereby given that the Licensee Glynnis Maundrell of Woodlot 1781 intends to make application pursuit to Section 47.1(2)(b) of the Forest Act to delete the private lands from Woodlot 1781, located in the Beatton River Airport Road area of Northeast BC. Inquiries/comments regarding the deletion must be made to Chris Maundrell, RPF by January 5, 2017. Only written inquires/comments received by the above date will be responded to. Information about this deletion can be obtained by contacting Chris Maundrell, RPF at the office of Adlard Environmental Ltd., PO Box 293 Charlie Lake, BC V0C 1H0, 13831 275 Road Charlie Lake, BC.

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Beatton Journals

December 1916

Fri 1st Continues fine weather. Self at odd jobs. Cutting fire wood. River clear of Ice. Sat 2nd Continues fine weather. Self in Office. Boys haulling firewood. Cloudy towards evening and looks like snow. Sun 3rd A light fall of snow this morning but cleared later on. The Mail arrived this evening from Pouce Coupe. Agliss brought it over in his Canoe along with the 2 Policemen.

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man, HB Inspector as passenger. Cloudy towards evening.

Sat 9th Continues cold & stormy with snow. The River freezing over in good shape. The boys went for a load of Hay. 30 below zero this morning.

Mon 18th Stormy with snow. Self in Office. Mr. Barthman in Office. A lot of people around.

Sun 10th Snowed all day with a cold north wind. Cleared up in the evening.

Tues 19th A fine mild day but cloudy and looks like snow. Mr. Bartleman left this morning with the Mail Man for Hudson’s Hope. Self at odd jobs.

Mon 11th A fine clear day and much warmer. Self at wood pile. The boys went for hay.

Mon 4th Self in Office. All the men from the Flat was up after their Mail. Quite a crowd around. Continues fine. Very little Ice running.

Tues 12th Snow all day. Cleared up at evening. The boys haulling hay. Ice still weak and overflowing. Old Caincade came up from the Flat.

Tues 5th The Mail left for Pouce Coupe this morning. They crossed in a canoe. The Mail also left for H. Hope. Self & George cutting firewood.

Wed 13th A fine clear day. Self at wood pile. George cutting fire wood in the bush. Moniker crossed over the River this morning.

Wed 6th A fine clear day but cold with a north wind. Self at odd jobs. Got Mr. Birley of Revillion to shoe the team. A lot of Ice running again today. Thurs 7th Cold. The boys haulling hay. Self making a hay rack. A lot of Ice running. 24 below Zero. Fri 8th The River froze over today and is still rising. Cold & stormy with snow towards evening.

Thurs 14th Blowing a strong Chinook Wind. The boys went for hay. Self at odd jobs. A lot of water on the Ice. Fri 15th Continues mild weather. The boys haulling hay. Birley haulling hay down on the Ice. Sat 16th A fine clear day. Self bothered with toothache all day. George haulling hay. Sun 17th A fine mild day. The Mail arrived this evening. Mr. Bate-

Frank Beatton Wed 27th Continues very cold. 50 Zero below this Morning. Self busy in store with Indians. George went for a load of hay from the Ranche. Thurs 28th A little milder. 25 below Z this morning. Joe Appasassin and the Wolf left this morning. Self cutting fire wood. George haulling wood.

Wed 20th 22 below Z this morning. Self cutting fire wood on Island. The Boys haulling hay. Cold all day.

Fri 29th Self out cutting fire wood. George haulling. Much milder weather. Walter King came in from the Lake. He is killing very little Furs.

Thurs 21st 35 below Z this morning. Self in bush cutting fire wood. The Boys haulling. Very cold all day.

Sat 30th Self in Office. Very mild day. Montaigne’s band patched in to Fish Creek.

Fri 22nd Cloudy with a light fall of snow. Self as yesterday. Continues cold. 30 below this morning.

Sun 31st The last day of the year. A lot of Indians around and brought a lot of Furs. A number of them paid their depts. Self busy all day. Attachie’s crowd arrived from up Cache Creek.

Sat 23rd Continues cold. Self busy around the store. The Boys at wood. Sun 24th Continues very cold. Mon 25th Christmas Day. A few of the Settlers around. 42 below Z this morning and continued cold all day. Tues 26th Very cold. 45 below this morning. Self at odd jobs. Joe Appasassin & the Young Wolf arrived from Cut Bank River.

The Alaska Highway News is now carrying the journals of pioneer Frank Beatton, who was clerk for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Old Fort St. John. His journals will appear the first Thursday of every month. Digital images of the journals are available to view for research purposes at the North Peace Museum.

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