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The ice slides in Centennial Park proved once again to be the most popular part of the High On Ice winter festival, for both kids and adults. Pictured, Kathryn Hill and her daughter, one-year-old Darbie, go for slide on Feb. 12. Turn to B14 for more photos from the event.

In 2015, it was far too cold. In 2016, temperatures soared well above zero. In 2017, the High On Ice winter festival faced a new weatherrelated adversary: the wind. Wind gusts that were close to 90km/hr made keeping the tall, narrow ice sculptures that were on display in Centennial Park too dangerous to stay standing, says Ross deBoer, director of recreation and leisure services for the City. “One of the sculptures had started to move and pieces started falling off so we made the call—too many people around, beautiful mornings, it wasn’t safe,� he said, adding it was a tough call to make considering the time and energy that goes into the annual festival. There were hopes that the fire and ice tower that traditionally closes the festival would be able to stay up and that event would go forward, but by Sunday afternoon, it was taken down as well. “It’s frustrating, it’s frustrating for the carvers, we had such an amazing week leading up to this, it was fabulous for all this,� said deBoer, referencing the cold snap Fort St. John had last week before the long weekend. “It’s frustrating for the public coming to see the sculptures that aren’t there anymore.� The winds not only led to the tearing down of the sculptures, but also the cancellation of several other events, including the silly bobsled races, horse-drawn sleigh rides and the Evangel Chapel’s church in the park and kids carnival. After three years of weather extremes, organizers are hoping the weather will be just right for next year’s festival. “That’s Fort St. John, you just got to go with it,� laughed deBoer.

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Plans for a fifth apartment of seniors housing in Fort St. John got a $10,000 kickstart on Thursday. The Northern Metalic Group of Companies made the donation to the North Peace Seniors Housing Society, kickstarting the organization’s fundraising campaign for the estimated $3.5-million facility. “It’s a huge step forward. You have to cook a lot of hamburgers to make $10,000 profit ,� society treasurer Bob Trobak said with a laugh after

receiving the donation. “Corporate donations, or personal donations from individuals are more than welcome and they will be going to a good use.� The non-profit society has more than 130 people on its waiting list, and the list grows by the day, Trobak said. The society is looking to build Apartment Five on the land of the former Elks seniors’ home at 111 Avenue and 98 Street. Preliminary plans have already been completed, though its too soon to say how many units will be built. See SENIORS on A3

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From left: Michelle Giblak, Wayne Klassen, and Bob Trobak. The Northern Metalic Group of Companies made a $10,000 donation to the North Peace Seniors Housing Society last week, kickstarting the organization’s fundraising campaign to build a fifth apartment of seniours housing in Fort St. John.

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The Fort Nelson Conservation Officer Service is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals in this photo. Both males were hunting in the vicinity of the Turnagain River in North East BC during the final week of July, 2016. The men are alleged to have hunted an animal out of season. If you have any information that can assist in identifying these individuals, please contact the 24/7 RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277

Why you need your own personal Zamboni COFFEE CHAOS: Our first item proves news chewing can be a very disgusting business. A gourmet coffee available soon in Canada comes from beans that were swallowed and digested by elephants and then gathered from their poop. Wow, elephant poop coffee! I predict Starbucks will be replaced by Dumbo Butts. BRRRRRRR! Last week we were hit with extremely cold temperatures. You know it’s cold in the Peace Country when the teeth on the giant beaver in Beaverlodge are chattering so loud they can be heard in Hythe.

to remove a Barbie doll from its packaging, you know it’s going to take a couple of months to undo the twist ties from 36 Barbie dolls.

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PREGGERS: Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z say THEY are thrilled to be pregnant. It’s kind of ridiculous when a husband and wife say THEY are pregnant. A guy who thinks he’s also pregnant with his wife is like the guy who put the battery in Lady Gaga’s wireless microphone and now he thinks he sang with her at the Super Bowl.

CAFFEINE CATASTROPHE: In England, scientists doing a caffeine study accidentPREVAILING PRICES ally gave two students a dose that was STAR BORES: Movie producer George the equivalent of 300 cups of coffee. The Lucas will build a Star Wars museum Dawson Creek PUTIN, DARN TOOTIN’ In Russia, evil students will be OK. Just as soon as they featuring his personal collection of mem106.9 ohn, BC - 7 Day Forecast - Environment Canada https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-78_metric_e.html President Vladimir Putin will play in an are retrained to blink. orabilia. Stuff like: The original Christmas exhibition hockey game against a team of tree air freshener that hung inside Darth Fort St. John 112.9 visiting NHL stars. If the NHL team beats ZAMBONI ZINGER: In Saanich, BC: Vader’s mask. Plus an original handPutin’s team I predict the entire NHL team Police pulled over a guy who was clearing cranked light saber. Alberta-B.C. border 104.9 will be found mysteriously dead. And in snow from his street with his own personevery player’s mouth, a poison puck. al Zamboni. He bought it several years ago iPHUN: There’s a report the next iPhone and keeps it running. Remember I said will have a curved screen. Why is that? Fort Nelson 122.9 DOGGY DATING: On the Internet this: When Zambonis are outlawed, only Easy answer: Somebody figured out you Environment and natural resources  Weather information dogs. Weather outlaws Local will forecasts  British Columbia can make more money replacing cracked there’s now a dating website for have Zambonis. Groundbirch 109.9 Click on www dot Doggy Dating Dot Com. curved screens than you can make replaThe “www” stands for Woof! Woof! Woof! DENTAL MENTAL: In Malaysia, a fake cing cracked flat screens. dentist with no qualifications ran a sucChetwynd on, BC - 7 Day Forecast -112.9 EnvironmentCHEESE CanadaCHUMP: Last week in cessful https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-83_metric_e.html clinic after picking up dental skills SMELL THIS: We started with a disgustPennsylvania, a man was charged with by watching videos on YouTube. Hey, don’t ing item, let’s end the same way. FisherObserved at: Fort St. John Airport 9:00 AM MST Tuesday 14 February 2017 Tumbler Ridge 119.9 robbing a pizza delivery driver. The knock it. That’s how I started my lucrative men in Asia found a 176 pound piece of pizza bandit’s name is Cheese. (Sheldon sideline as a brain surgeon. whale vomit. It’s worth $3-million. PerCondition: Cloudy Temperature: 0.8°C Wind: SE 9 km/h Prince George Cheese) Hey, going through life with the fume companies use tiny drops of whale 99.9 Mostly name “Cheese” has gotta be tough. AnyBARBIE BULLETIN: In Calgary: Thieves Pressure: 101.1 kPa Dew point: -1.1°C Visibility: 24 km vomit in their products. Other disgusting way you slice it. stole a woman’s valuable collection of 36 ingredients in that expensive perfume you Hythe N/A Falling Tendency: Humidity: 87%Barbie dolls. They did not touch vintage gave your wife for Valentine’s Day: Grizzly DETAILS: In the Netherlands, Ken doll. Why do I think Barbie never bear earwax. Rat belly button lint. Turtle  Weather  Weather her  Local  British Environment and natural resources DUTCH information forecasts Columbia Grande Prairie the crime rate is so low, the Dutch govtouched Ken either? The 36 Barbie dolls toe jam. 97.4 ernment is closing many prisons. Some were in their original packaging. If you’re Bob Snyder can be reached at: crimes don’t exist in their country. There the parent of a little girl and you ever had chewsthenews@fastmail.com Calgary

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A group of more than 100 members of the Fort Nelson First Nation say they’ve given the federal government notice of its intentions to establish a new First Nation in Northeast B.C. The group, Thecannie Koé First Nation, says its governance structure would be based on family clans and traditional land-based values. “Basically we’re not being represented here,” said William Capot-Blanc, who says he represents more than 100 members. While Capot-Blanc was unable to reveal much citing legal reasons, he did say the group is looking to remain a part of Treaty 8 and have Fort Nelson lands divided between the groups. Calls to Fort Nelson First Nation chief and council and the Indigenous Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada were not returned by press time. SENIORS FROM A1

The society is looking to build up its treasury for the project before approaching government agencies for support. “We thought we should have some funds available so we can go there saying, ‘This is what we’ve done. We’ve got the land, we’ve got the plans, we have X number of dollars. We’re committed to this and we’d just like some assistance,’” Trobak said. Wayne Klassen, general manager of Northern Metalic Hose and Rigging, said the company made the donation with the future of the community in mind. “More and more people are actually deciding to retire here and aren’t moving south as much as they used to, and so we definitely need the housing,” Klassen said. “We think this is important for our seniors … and we’re all headed that direction, it might be something that we’re going to be wanting to move into a few years from now,” he added with a laugh. Northern Metalic has donated between $40,000 to $50,000 to the seniors housing society over the last number of years. He hopes other corporate partners in the community will get on board to support the society’s initiative. “It’s a community endeavour and there’s a lot of local people, long-term people we would be helping out in this,” he said. “It’s community based. I can’t see why people wouldn’t get on board with it.” To learn more about the North Peace Seniors Housing Society, call 250-785-8983.

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The 43rd annual CDC Talent Show is just around the corner, and the Fort St. John Child Development Centre is already well on their way to their fundraising goal. The CDC is working to raise $100,000 to help with upgrades to its hydrotherapy pool, and members of the community and local businesses are helping out. “February has been proclaimed CDC month, so throughout the month a variety of different organizations that are participating in CDC Month activities,” said Crystal Kalas, early years centre and special services coordinator for the CDC. Dairy Queen will be collecting coins throughout the month of February, while Save On Foods will

do the same the week of Feb. 26. Other businesses will be contributing to the fundraising efforts during the month, including Mic Suds, ZooFood, The Great Canadian Oil Change, Booster Juice and The Hair Bin. The fundraising continues with the annual ArcTech Welding and Machining Day for the Kids on March 2, and culminates with the Talent Show on March 3. There will be performances from the centre’s preschool classes, and CDC staff are putting together a special act for the show. “It’s been a few years since the staff has done something, so I’m pretty excited to see them do their performance,” said Kalas Those interested in performing in the Talent Show or looking for more information can email talent@ cdcfsj.ca or call 250-785-3200.

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Fort St. John Child Development Centre physical therapist Alisha Hahn and early years centre coordinator Crystal Kalas stand with the poolside lift the centre is looking to update through fundraising this month.

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The Fort St. John Child Development Centre is in need of upgrades for its hydrotherapy pool equipment. The pool is used by children at the centre, as well as other kids in the community, said CDC physical therapist Alisha Hahn. “What we’re really trying to do is upgrade the equipment that makes the pool accessible for the kids that use it,” she said. The CDC wants to replace the current poolside lift that helps kids get in and out of the water, which is getting old and outdated. “The new lift will offer more postural support, a head rest, chest wrapping, a foot rest,” said Hahn, adding it will have “controls that are more portable, so you don’t have to have one person on the pool deck and a separate person in the water, you can have one person with the child the whole time.” They are also looking at upgrading the floor lift in the changing area, which provides extra support to lift

kids out of their chairs, which like the poolside lift is getting older and slower. The CDC is also looking at replacing the boiler that keeps the pool water warm, said Hahn. “Our hydrotherapy pool is heated— it’s like warm bath water, which is really helpful to allow muscles to relax and have better flexibility and doing stretches,” she said. Hydrotherapy is a useful tool as well as a very flexible tool for Hahn to use with the kids she works with for a number of reasons. “Kids who are getting into weight bearing after surgery, the buoyancy of the water can reduce the work against gravity for them,” she said. “If kids are doing strengthening, core strengthening play, working on their stability and walking, that’s a really good tool to have the water for.” She noted that the water had enough resistance to make activities as challenging as the child needs for their therapy. “The pressure of the water is also good for blood flow and circulation, which is good for healing.”

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As concerned Peace River residents assembled at Watson’s Slough to commemorate World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 and ponder the threat of logging this ecological treasure, I started to reminisce about what a loss it would be on so many levels. However, there may be hope as we understand that BC Hydro is considering the regional district request to defer such action, at least for the short term. As I considered this, my thoughts went back to an earlier day, when conflict resolution seemed a lot simpler. It must have been back in the early 1960s, at least before Jimmy Watson moved to Christina Falls to get away from civilization. He had cleared off a portion of the slough and the Bear Flat team was challenging all comers for the “Peace Valley Slough Hockey Championship.” The Hudson’s Hope team, with a few Fort St. John ringers, showed up on a clear bright February day, and they had at it with the valley folk. The muskrat pushups defined the rink’s southern boundary, bull rushes lined the north bank, and break-aways often ended in the snow piled just beyond the goal posts marked by moccasin rubbers. I am not sure who actually won, but we all got a few things sorted out on the ice and were better for it. When the Bear Flat enforcer

knocked my uncle into the snow bank with a hip check, and sneered “…remember that elbow in Hudson’s Hope two years ago !” we all knew that an old score had been settled. So my modest proposal to BC Hydro is instead of stewing on the pros and cons in some boardroom, why not spend some quality time on Watson’s Slough in a hockey game with the valley folks, winner take all. You have got enough consultants wandering around out there tying flagging tape on to trees, and I am sure they would enjoy a break to clear off a patch of ice. We would even allow you to bring in a few ringers to help you out. Perhaps your CEO would be interested in cutting a figure or two, and we hear the premier is quite a hand on slick ice. And sure, even bring in the Minister of Energy, he is the enforcer type and you might need some beef and bravado on your bench. And who knows, there might even be an independent MLA around who would consent to referee! Oh, and just a heads up, it will be “Bear Flat rules,” …you can probably relate, they are sort of like “consultation,” we won’t tell you exactly what they are until we win and the decision is made, and then we will tell you what we wanted you to know in the first place. Well, what do you say? The puck is in your snowbank! —Ross Peck, Farrell Creek

volunteer as tribute, but not really because I was obligated to show up. When a big thick envelope with a bright yellow sheet of paper tells you must be at the courthouse on a certain day and time, you show up. No questions. I’d never been summoned for jury duty before—it always seemed like something that happened to other people, but not any that I actually knew. At least this can get checked off the ‘things I’ve done’ list. And it really does feel like the Hunger Games, or some other futuristic dystopian process where people are randomly selected and confined to pass judgment on their fellow humans. Juries are important to the judicial system, don’t get me wrong. I think I’ve just watched way too much Law & Order over the years it’s warped my perception of the courts—especially the Canadian courts. I took a Law class in high school and we did hold a mock trial, but it didn’t necessarily show us exactly how a trial works. For one thing, a group just volunteered to serve as the jury, no one was summoned and selected. I wasn’t adequately prepared, Law class! So here’s what I learned from jury summons: First, get there early because there won’t be any parking near the courthouse if you try to be on time. I don’t know why that didn’t cross my mind, but it didn’t. Second, there’s going to be lots of people in an enclosed space, so factor that into what you decide to wear. It gets very hot very quickly. Third, yeah it’s kind of pain, but just roll with it, because if nothing else, you’ll have an interesting story to tell your friends. Aleisha Hendry is a proud feminist writer who loves cold weather, her cats, roller skates and righteous indignation. Follow her on Twitter at @aleishahendry

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here does not appear to be a human gene that programs us to know when we have achieved “enough.” Instead we are genetically programmed to always strive for “more” which, up to this point, has made a lot of sense. One buffalo is great, but two would just be better. In fact, if I had four I could work on how to store that meat, so in lean times my family and I could get by. Thus all science and technology was born, and in the blink of an eye members of the human species were walking on the moon. For the million years or so we have inhabited on our little planet more or less in our present form, more was definitely better. And of course it still is, to a point. But when billions of intelligent beings want a continuous, never-ending “more” (driven at first by necessity and then, when the basics are fairly well covered, by the genetic imperative of survival at any cost through growth), the answer to survival becomes a threat to survival. The world’s resources are finite. The ability of our planet to absorb our pollution is limited. Our desires and imaginations are not. In the midst of the abundance

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that much of the world enjoys today, “more” can become so very large, so very much measured in the billions and trillions, that it becomes destructive, threatening the survival of our species and so many others with us. This represents a complete reversal of the evolutionary imperative. Can we handle such unprecedented change? Can we come to terms with “good enough for now” and “living more lightly on the Earth?” Can quality of life replace quantity? ALONE BUT NOT ALONE Perhaps a new cosmic perspective will help us come to our senses. Thanks to robotic space probes we have now had a good look at the other planets in our solar system, our planetary neighbourhood. They are all hostile, deadly environments. Nothing compares to Earth. We are perfectly adapted to living here, and trying to sustainably

live on another planet (like Elon Musk’s dream of a colony on Mars) will be difficult in the extreme. Looking even further out, we see that we are not alone in the vast and cosmic sweep of the universe. We have for the first time discovered thousands of other planets orbiting other stars, a few of which will no doubt be much like Earth. But they are so vastly, unimaginably far away that travelling at the speed of our fastest space probe, it would take tens of thousands of years to get to the nearest star. We are not alone. We are part of a vast, complex and beautiful cosmic web of life, but we are isolated by infinite, incomprehensible distances. We are on our own here, and our next job is to figure out how to live happily and sustainably within the limits set by a finite planet. Anyway, saving the Earth is infinitely safer, easier and saner than preparing to leave it. Developing renewable energy resources produced by the sun, wind, the tides and the geothermal heat of the Earth is cheap and easy compared to spaceflight. The technology needed to move quickly to a low carbon world is simple com-

pared to building spaceships and Mars colonies. A BETTER DREAM Its not technology that is lacking, nor understanding, knowledge, or information. Not anymore. The problem that holds us back and may ultimately defeat us is the outdated biological imperative of infinite, unlimited, endless growth. The boundless, unsustainable, suicidal “more” that drives us as individuals and the world economy is the biggest single issue we must now face and overcome. The dream of a stable and clean environment run by renewable energy, where quality replaces quantity, is a dream that calls on the better part of humanity. It calls for cooperation and commitment to something we can only do together. It calls on our intellects to create and invent many new good things, and it calls on our hearts to care for our children, future generations, and a compassion for all living things on this paradise planet we call home.. Don Pettit is a founding member of the Peace Energy Cooperative. He can be reached at dpettit@pris.ca


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 A7

LOCAL NEWS

Bat expert keeping eyes peeled for white nose syndrome A local bat expert is asking residents to keep their eyes peeled for a deadly disease reducing bat populations across North America. Inge-Jean Hansen, a wildlife biologist based in Arras, is asking for the public’s help cataloguing bats that have fallen to white nose syndrome. The syndrome is an invasive fungus first observed in North America in 2006 that disrupts the bat’s nasal cavity and causes them to become restless. If a bat is flying in winter, there’s a good chance it is afflicted with the disease, Hansen said. “It’s kind of death by a thousand cuts,” she said. “They’ll die of starvation and dehydration, because they’re using all this energy when they should be resting.” Hansen organizes the local chapter of the BC Community Bat Program, a provincial monitoring initiative. Bat experts have long expected white nose syndrome would make its way across the continent, but the disease is spreading faster than expected. Last March, two confirmed cases of white nose syndrome were observed in bats near Seattle. “All of a sudden B.C. went from five to ten years to figure out where bats are hibernating and which bats we have in certain places, to zero,” she said. “We’re expecting (white nose syndrome) will be found in B.C. this winter.” In an agricultural area like the Peace, white nose could be particularly dangerous. The little brown bat, one of the region’s most populous

species, eats around 1,200 mosquito-sized insects and hour. Others have evolved to eat moths that damage timber forests. As of 2014, the region’s two dominant bat species were added to federal endangered species lists. According to a USDA study, replacing the “ecosystem services” bat perform would require spending about $52

billion on pesticides each year. Hansen asks anyone who finds a dead bat or sees a bat flying out of season to contact the Northeast B.C. bat program at 1-855922-2287, or email peace@ bcbats.ca. Do not touch the bat. If you or a pet come into contact with a bat, seek medical advice as there is a risk of rabies.

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LOCAL NEWS

World U-17 Hockey Challenge returns to the Peace Region MATT PREPROST editor@ahnfsj.ca

Once just wasn’t enough. Fort St. John and Dawson Creek will once again invite the world to Northeast B.C. as hosts of the World U-17 Hockey Challenge Nov. 5 to 11, with games set for the North Peace Arena and Encana Events Centre. After the success of the 2015 tournament, Hockey Canada decided to bring the tournament back to the Peace Region in November, it was announced Feb. 8 at the North Peace Arena. “This is a significant opportunity for us,” said Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman. “What it really does is show our youth what they can achieve to have this calibre of event in our communities again.” Three Canadian teams will anchor the eight-team tournament again this year—Canada Red, Canada White and Canada Black—as the top up-andcoming talent from around the world compete over the course of seven days. The two cities co-hosted the tournament in 2015, where Canada White pounded Russia

6-2 to win gold. Sweden took bronze after beating Canada Red 3-0. The tournament pumped roughly $6 million into the local economy, with Dawson Creek and Fort St. John sharing a $120,000 legacy from event proceeds. An additional $50,000 was donated to minor hockey associations from 50/50 sales. “When you think about the legacy of hockey and what it’s meant to our communities, and the kids that are growing up playing the game, and we all follow them in this rink and the Memorial Arena in Dawson ... that is part of our life,” Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said. “And I think about how that’s built ... the fabric of our communities in this great game that it is.” The tournament is put on in partnership between the Canadian Hockey League and BC Hockey. It’s often the first international exposure emerging hockey players around the world receive, Hockey Canada President and CEO Tom Renney said. “It’s a great opportunity for the players to showcase their

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Paul van Nostrand, Mayors Lori Ackerman and Dale Bumstead, and Richard Powell at the announcement on Feb. 8 in Fort St. John.

skills on a world stage,” Renney said in a statement. “For our Canadian players, it is the first step into the Hockey

Canada Program of Excellence and a chance to test themselves against an international field, while performing in high-pres-

sure games.” Ticket sales and schedules are expected to be launched later this year.

Pan African Caribbean Association ready to celebrate Black History Month

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M. Shamalla and the Pan African Caribbean Association are ready to celebrate Black History Month and want the community to join them.

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February is Black History Month, and the Pan African Caribbean Association of Fort St. John wants the whole community to celebrate with them. The PACA is once again hosting an evening of food and music on Feb. 18 to celebrate their African ancestry. “It’s the people who are living here that are of African and Caribbean ancestry and trying to share our culture and give people an opportunity to hear our music, try our food, and give them an opportunity to experience our culture and make them realize they are a part of our community, just as we are a part of their community,” said M. Shamalla, one of the organizers of the event. There will be entertainment from Congolese musical group La-Rhumba, which Shamalla says will feature lots of dancing and upbeat music. “Different regions of Africa are

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known for different things, Congolese are known for their dancing and their music, it’s going to be a treat,” she said. There will also be a food from all corners of Africa and the Caribbean, including jerk chicken from Jamaica, a beef dish from Kenya, a fish dish from Nigeria and other food from Ethiopia. The PACA is also holding an essay contest for students in middle and high school with a theme based on Black History Month— The crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. Shamalla says the event will be a great night for everyone in the community. “Every time I invite someone to something they say, ‘well, we’re not from Africa’ and I say it doesn’t matter because it’s for everybody.” The Black History Month celebration takes place on Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Fort St. John Curling Club. Tickets are limited and are available on Eventbrite or by calling 250-329-7696.

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When Fort St. John realtor Aaron Braaten travelled recently to Palm Springs for a meeting with 227 of his colleagues, he was surprised to learn he was the only one among the bunch with a signed office lease. As the owner of 2% Realty in Fort St. John, he had been leasing space on 100 Street since opening shop two years ago. But the revelation his colleagues were using virtual or shared office spaces made him take a close at his books and find ways to cut his costs. He turned to co-working, ditched the office, and freed up thousands of monthly expenses from his ledger as he heads into his third year of business.

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LOCAL NEWS

B.C. as a whole outpaced nation in population growth CENSUS FROM A3

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Braaten and his local colleagues were the first tenant of The Current, but manager Karma Pratt says she’s looking to build a roster of complementary services around them—including a mortgage broker and other related business and creative services. “We wanted to create a space that could leverage your economies: we have a downtown location, we have great exposure if you want to build or grow your business, but we also have the benefit of bringing in multiple users to this space and that’s the whole concept of a co-working space: create a more affordable place to do business,” she said. The mortgage broker expected to set up shop later this month is from Dawson Creek and looking to expand her clientèle, Pratt said. “This is the perfect stepping stone,” she said. “It allows them to come to build their business, and ideally grow to a place where they can outgrow this place. “It would be awesome if we could act as a business incubator helping to cultivate local economic development.” Though the concept of coworking sprung up in San Francisco in 2005 and quickly spread across the United States and Europe, it’s uptake has been a tad slower in Canada. But the concept was a perfect fit for Fort St. John, said Pratt, as it weathers an economic downturn in global commodity prices. “We’ve seen great big shifts economically here,” she said. “And I think that the businesses that are continuing to thrive in what is a different environment than what we’re used to are the ones that are willing to evolve.” For Braaten, it was evolve or die, as Fort St. John saw property sales drop from 691 in 2015 to 397 last year. “Everybody felt it,” he said. “A lot of the oilfield guys I work closely with, they took a big pay cut, and now we’re seeing a recovery. We weren’t completely removed from that. We had to adjust our books as well and make it work.” He’s hoping to help lure a lawyer and advertising company to The Current to keep his businesses and clients connected. “It’s our capacity be a one-stop shop, but also just a place to collaborate with other businesses and network,” he said. “That’s the way the world is now. The more connected you are, the more likely they’ll be to do business with you.”


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LOCAL NEWS

Fedderly adds name as independent to MLA race

COURT DOCKET A summary of what went on in Peace Region courts for the week ending Feb. 10. There were no cases up for disposition in Fort Nelson and Hudson’s Hope. Fort St John Law Courts

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The provincial election race for Peace River North has seen the entry of a third independent candidate seeking to replace Pat Pimm in May. Fort St. John businessman Bob Fedderly formally launched his campaign last week “The timing is right. I think we really need to take a look at how politics is done here,” he said. “I’ve looked at the slate of candidates so far and I think I have the best chance to win.” Fedderly was born in Dawson Creek, grew up in Hudson’s Hope, and attended agricultural school in Fairview before incorporating his business, Fedderly Transportation in 1980. He’s been mulling a run for the last year and studying the issues facing the riding, citing jobs, infrastructure, and cleaning up politics as his top three priorities. When it comes to the local economy, natural gas liquids development remains a strong point for the region, while the future of B.C.’s LNG picture remains unclear, he said. “The liquids are where the money is at and kept this area going. It’s feeding a ton of families in this area right now,” he said. “We don’t have to look too far north. Fort Nelson, unfortunately, has suffered with the fact they have dry gas. I think we have to work on how to address some of that, but for right now, we can be exporting every liquid on the carbon chain.” The region must also focus on maintaining its relationship with U.S. consumers, where the region’s dry processed gas is destined, he said. Beyond oil and gas, Fedderly sees opportunity to marry the biomass and forestry industries when it comes to alternative energy development in the province. He is opposed to Site C, calling its economics “terrible” and only a short-term job generator. “What’s going to happen when it’s done? People will have to go back to what they were doing before Site C came along,” he said. “We’re already buying electricity and paying other private producers not to produce, yet we’re investing in huge infrastructure that we can’t afford right now. If we put that $10 billion into … smaller scaleable projects, natural gas, biomass, wind, solar, etcetera, all of these items, once they’re hooked to BC Hydro’s legacy reservoirs all become firm power.” On infrastructure, replacing the Taylor bridge and keep rural and resource roads in good condition are top priorities. “We have a government more concerned with building bridges within a 40-kilometre radius of Vancouver than they are with making sure we’ve got a timed out bridge in Taylor that needs to be replaced,” Fedderly said. Railway tracks in the region can also be upgraded to enable more access for gas producers to ship their product, he added. “How much does that add to cost if we don’t have a track that will take full, 50 to 100-car trains? How does that put us on a competitive scale?” he said. Fedderly is running as an independent alongside Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser and local biologist and agrologist Jeff Richert. Dan Davies is in the running representing the BC Liberals.

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• Bonita D. G. Graham (born 1984) was given a conditional discharge with a 12-month probation order,

and assessed a $100 victim surcharge for two counts of criminal harassment. • Jamie Alison Dennis (born 1984) was fined $600, handed an 18-month driving ban, and assessed a $90 victim surcharge for three counts of driving while prohibited by court order. Dennis was fined another $600, handed a second 18-month driving ban, and assessed a $90 victim surcharge, for one count of driving an uninsured vehicle or trailer. • Corbyn Ellis Endicott (born 1991) was fined $500,

and assessed a $75 victim surcharge for one count of driving with a prohibited/suspended licence. • Brandon Eric Robichaud (born 1995) was fined $1,000, handed a one-year driving ban, and assessed a $150 victim surcharge for one count of driving with a prohibited/ suspended licence. Robichaud was also fined $1,500, handed a 12-month driving ban, and assessed a $225 victim surcharge for three counts of driving with a prohibited/suspended licence. — Tom Summer,

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Fort St. John businessman Bob Fedderly said “the timing was right” as he launched his provincial election campaign last week. “I think we really need to take a look at how politics is done here,” he says.

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STEM challenges sharpen students’ thinking skills MATT PREPROST editor@ahnfsj.ca

Students at Robert Ogilvie Elementary are honing their skills with a series of challenges meant to sharpen their thinking when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math. Last week, students gathered in the gymnasium to show off and test more than 90 marble mazes built using cardboard, candy containers, popsicle sticks, Lego, and any other material they could find. It was the second challenge for interested students, after teachers challenged them to see how long of a paper chain they could make with just one sheet of paper. “We want to get their creativity and collaboration skills going,” Prin-

cipal Kathy Scheck said. “We want to get them thinking outside the box, thinking about ways they can entertain themselves without being on a computer.” At one table, Grade 6 student Mayela Fischer was showcasing her three-tier maze complete with marble traps and built using cardboard, wooden blocks and a candy box. “I thought it would cool. I love that kind of stuff,” she said as she demonstrated how to roll a marble throughout the maze. As a young student who is growing up on a farm in Cecil Lake, Fischer says the skills need to design and build her structure, as well as the STEM challenges in general, will go a long way. “I get to learn a lot more,” she said.

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“I live on a farm so maybe it will help me when I’m working on the farm when I’m older.” The challenges are co-ordinated every two weeks by teacher-librarian Laurie Dressler for students inside and outside of the classroom. Student engagement nearly doubled from the first challenge to this one, and Dressler expects more students to take part during the next challenge: making a toy using whatever materials they can find. “The kids learn from each other. That’s the exciting part,” she said. “I took some time out of my own Grade 5-6 class and we built them in the classroom, and the discussions that were going on and the creativity, we don’t have to teach them, they just get their ideas and run with it.”

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A14 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

LOCAL NEWS

MMRP a ‘catalyst’ for opening minds Women’s Resource Society brings new show to FSJ for annual V-Day campaign ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

A cast of local women and men will tackle the not-so-pleasant topic of violence against women in a way they hope will open people’s eyes, but also give them hope. The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is presenting A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer (MMRP) for its annual V-Day campaign to end violence against women. The society has done the classic V-Day show, The Vagina Monologues, for the last 10 years and decided to change thing up this year with MMRP. Long-time V-Day performer and first time director of the show Jen Pimm has found working with these actors on this particular to be a gratifying experience thus far. “The cast has been a dream, it’s been so supportive,” she said. Pimm is doing the monologue My Revolution Begins In My Body, which is from the original Vagina Monologues, but one that she felt should be included in this year’s show. The MMRP monologues are very raw and heavy, so adding a more uplifting story like Revolution will help bring the show full circle. The inclusion of men in this year’s production also brings the show to a different level, Pimm says. “I’ve said that stopping violence

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There were wild costumes and ball puns as far as the eye could see at the second annual High On Ice dodgeball tournament over the weekend. With 26 teams registered, organizers had the round robin portion running smoothly in 10 minutes of play. “It’s cool to see such a large contingent of people show up for this,” said Ryan Harvey, one of the organizers of the tournament. Proceeds from the dodgeball tournament went to the North Peace Gymnastics Association, and saw over $1,500 brought in for the group. Coach Mimi Lessard from the NPGA

said it was wonderful to have that kind of support from the community. “We’re so, so grateful,” she said. “It’s so exciting because it gets us out in the community and shows what we have to offer, it also gets hype up about our new facility and out new gym.” It all came down to a final, untimed, best-of-three rounds game, where the Lucky Dodgers II team claimed the win. One of the great things about dodgeball is that anyone can play it, no matter their skill or fitness level. “Between being that inclusive and one of the few completely adult friendly events that we have during High On Ice it’s been a huge success,” said Harvey.

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Top Left: The Lucky Dodgers II team came away with the championship at the second annual High On Ice Dodgeball Tournament on Feb. 11. Above: The costumes are almost as important as hitting your opponent with the ball at the High On Ice Dodgeball Tournament.

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Devin Gallant, Mandy Gallant, Olga Schulenburg and Erica Thomas Schulenburg were on hand at the sledge hockey try out for the High On Ice winter festival on Feb. 11.

Sports council wants to see sledge hockey grow ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

Using your upper strength to not only get yourself moving, but to also score a goal is what makes sledge hockey such a fun and challenging sport. The Fort St. John Sports Council held a sledge hockey tryout on Feb. 11 as part of the High On Ice winter festival. “We have more people here this year than we did last year, so the word is getting out,” said Mandy Gallant, one of the organizers for the sports council. The council has had the sleds for a couple years, and while it hasn’t quite caught on yet, those that do come out to try it really enjoy it. Olga Schulenburg, another organizer

of the event for the sports council, and Gallant both have children that require use of a wheelchair, so they want to give people a different perspective on Canada’s sport. “We’re trying to get more awareness out there, both of us having children with physical disabilities means they cannot partake in regular hockey or skating, so this gives kids in the district the opportunity to try something different they can take part in,” said Schulenburg. Both women hope to see sledge hockey grow in popularity in Fort St. John, much in the way wheelchair basketball has within the school district. “It’s nice to get people out there to try it out, it’s a lot of fun,” said Schulenburg.

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Flyers square off against Rangers in NPHL west division finals

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The Ross H. Maclean Peewee Flyers took on the JDA Storm from Grande Prairie at the North Peace Arena on Feb. 11.

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The Fort St. John Senior Flyers face off against tonight the Spirit River Rangers tonight on home ice in the first game of the North Peace Hockey League west division finals. The Flyers handily dispensed the Dawson Creek Canucks in quarter finals action last week, sending the Canucks packing for the season after a 7-2 drubbing in game five action on home ice Feb. 9. The Flyers took the best-of-seven series 4-1. Fort St. John won four of fives games played against Spirit River this season, with one being in a shootout, according to NPHL Statistician Chris Clegg. Fort St. John won both games in Spirit River and two of three at home. The five games were decided by a total of 13 goals. HARDWARE HANDED OUT

Meanwhile, three Flyers were named to the NPHL All-Star Teams this season. Rick Cleaver was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, leading the NPHL and Flyers in scoring with 31 goals and 32 assists. Cleaver was also named to the West Division All-Star team for the second straight season. Adam Horst was given the NPHL’s Best Centre Award for the second time. Horst netted 19 goals and picked up another 19 assists this season. Andrew Leriger was named Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 17-5 record and claiming the league’s Lawrence Cup for placing first overall in the regular season. Leriger is the second coach to win the award after Bob Kalb in the 2004-05 season. Travis McLean, Adam Horst, and Jeff Shipton were also named to the West Division All-Star team.

PRO GOLF WEEKLY UPDATE Golf News, Tips, Trivia & Stats

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

FedEx Cup Standings Through Nov. 13, 2016

1) Hideki Matsuyama 850 pts. / 2 top tens

2) Justin Thomas 614 pts. / 2 top tens

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4) Brendan Steele 556 pts. / 1 top tens

5) Rod Pampling 507 pts. / 1 top tens

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Huskies clinch third, meet Vipers in quarter-finals MATT PREPROST editor@ahnfsj.ca

The Fort St. John Huskies clinched third place in the North West Junior Hockey League standings this season. The Huskies turned away the Sexsmith Vipers with a 8-1 win at the North Peace Arena Feb. 12 to finish the regular season 17-10 with three overtime losses. Vipers forward Joel Demarcke was given a game misconduct and match penalty for an attempt to injure Huskies forward Bradley Dixon with a stick to the face in the third period. Forward Jacob Lang lead HALEY LABOUCANE PHOTOS the team in scoring and points this season, sending 14 pucks The Fort St. John Huskies took on the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks (below) and the North Peace Navigators (above) last week to clinch third place in the North West past the goal line and record- Junior Hockey League. ing 28 assists for 42 points. He was followed by forwards Gary Loewen and Matthew Apsassin, with 28 and 24 points, respectively. The Vipers finished in the NWJHL basement at a record a 5-23 and two overtime losses for just 12 points on the season. The team mustered just 87 goals this season compared to the Huskies’ 99. The Huskies won the season series against the Vipers, nabbing four wins and two losses, one of them in overtime. The first playoff game between the two teams has yet to be announced. Visit nwjhl.com for more information.

W EEKLY P RO R ACING U PDATE Racing News, Stats & Trivia

2016 Final Standings 2016 Chase for the Cup Sprint Cup Championship

Location: Daytona Beach, Fla. Date: Feb. 18th, 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Sports 1 Last Year’s Winner: Denny Hamlin Race Record: Buddy Baker 177.602 in 1980

Daytona International Speedway Track Details Distance: 2.5 miles Shape: Tri-Oval Banking/Turns: 31 degrees

The Clash at Daytona is an exhibition event held the weekend before the Daytona 500. The race is made up of three segments, culminating in a 20-lap sprint to the finish. Like the All-Star Race held at Charlotte, the race awards no championship points but instead offers a large cash purse, which is supposed to encourage an allout driving style not seen in regular-season races. Only drivers who were 2016 Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016, and drivers who qualified for the 2016 Chase are eligible. The defending winner of the Clash at Daytona is Denny Hamlin.

Driver 1) Daniel Suarez 2) Elliott Sadler 3) Justin Allgaier 4) Erik Jones 5) Ty Dillon 6) Ryan Reed 7) Blake Koch 8) Brennan Poole 9) Ryan Sieg 10) Brandon Jones

1) Jimmie Johnson Points: 5040

2) Joey Logano Points: 5037

3) Kyle Busch Points: 5035

4) Carl Edwards Points: 5007

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Racing News Tony Stewart returned to Sprint Car Racing Tony Stewart returned to sprint car racing last week. Stewart finished a disappointing 17th in the 26-car main event late Thursday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. He ended the night arguing with a fellow driver and complaining with officials. Stewart was driving a sprint car for the first time since he accidentally struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in upstate New York in 2014. Stewart is still facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the driver’s family. Stewart, who retired from NASCAR after last season, declined comment after the dirt-track event out of respect for the Ward family and later said he didn’t want his racing to even appear like he’s “rubbing it in the Wards’ faces.” He said he plans to keep a low profile during the event, racing again Friday and Saturday at the three-eighths mile track.

NASCAR will not permit damaged race cars to return to track NASCAR will not permit damaged race cars to return to the track this season unless the repairs can be made on pit road within a tight window. The ban on wrecked race cars continuing to compete was announced last week in a series of rule updates for the 2017 season. NASCAR said the new rule prevents severely damaged race cars from returning to the track and creating a safety hazard for other teams.

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Results of the Final 2016 Race: Jimmie Johnson won the Ford EcoBoost 400 The people who had crowded into Jimmie Johnson’s pit box erupted in cheers and tears, doling out high-fives and bear hugs, as the driver clinched his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup championship! Johnson could only muster a single sentence, “I don’t even know what to say.” Fortunately, plenty of other drivers were more than willing to do the talking for him. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon, who stood on Johnson’s pit box for the race’s final laps, was among those grinning, shaking hands and also shaking his head. Johnson had led only the last three laps of the race, after starting last in the 40-car field. After Johnson’s victory, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said, “It is incredible what Jimmie’s been able to do in this sport in such a short period of time.”

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Figure skaters bring home hardware from GP ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

The Fort St. John Figure Skating Club had another successful competition weekend with an array of accolades earned for these athletes. Club coach Jen Hammond said the club skaters did very well at the competition in Grande Prairie “This competition is usually one of the funner ones for our club, and because it’s so close to us we had quite a few participants,” she said. The club has a lot of skaters competing at rhe Star 2 level, which means it’s their first time with their own solo. “This group of girls has had to work extra hard on memorizing their new programs, and to be able to go out there and perform them in such a short amount of time, we are really proud of them,” said Hammond. One of the standouts at the competition for Hammond was Addison Stone, who competes in the Star 4 U10 event. “(She) had a beautiful skate.

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She’s really matured this season and it’s really showing off in her performances,” said Hammond. Skating in Star 1, Saedra Acko earned a Silver Report, Kendall Fleming took home a Bronze Report and Kamryn Fleming, Kelsie Hardy and Chloe Stokes all got Merit Reports. In Star 2, Sarah Giesbrecht and Madyn Peebles earned

Gold Reports, while Emily Brain, Peyton Elliot, Katelynn Hardy, Madeline Perret and Kenzi Steiner got Bronze Reports, and Caitlin Ferguson took home a Merit Report. The next level up, Tristan Lefebvre earned a Bronze Report in Star 3 and Intro Interpretive; Harlee Peck earned a Silver Report in Star 3 and a Bronze Report in her Intro Interpretive; Jasmine

Whitford earned Silver Reports in her Star 3 and Intro Interpretive; and Shaye Peebles got a Gold Report in Star 3 and a Silver Report in Intro Interpretive. Addison Stone won first place in Star 4 (U-10) and got a Gold Report in her Intro Interpretive; Rylee Peck placed fourth in Star 4 (13 and Over), and got a Silver Report for her Intro Interpretive. Samantha

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NWJHL Standings as of Feb. 14 GP W 1 Flyers 30 21 2 Navigators 30 18 3 Huskies 30 17 4 Jr. Canucks 30 16 5 JDA Kings 30 13 6 Vipers 30 5

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Playoff Standings as of Feb. 14 East Division Finals Grimshaw Huskies vs Falher Pirates Game 1, Feb. 16, Grimshaw Memorial Arena West Division Finals Fort St. John Flyers vs Spirit River Rangers Game 1, Feb. 16, North Peace Arena

Jenkins got fifth in Star 4 (U13) and a Silver Report for Intro Interpretive. Jillian Stone earned first place in Star 5 (U-13) and a Gold Report in Intro Interpretive; Emma Eggiman earned second place in Star 5 (U-13) and a Gold Report in Intro Interpretive; Emma Shipalesky took fourth places in Star 5 (U-13) and a Gold Report in Intro Interpretive; and Sophie Stevens took third place in Star 5 (U-13) and first place in her Bronze Interpretive. Haley Patterson took second place in Star 5 (13 and Over) and earned a Gold Report on her Intro Interpretive. Emma Stevens claimed second place in Star 6 and first place in her Silver Interpretive. Coming up for the Fort St. John Figure Skating Club is a competition a little closer to home with the Totem Competition in Dawson Creek Feb. 17 and 18, and them March 3-5 the club has 13 skaters heading to Kelowna for the Super Series Final as the last competition of the season.

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Green Valley 4-H Report Devyn Peever Green Valley 4H day of communications, this is where your leaders pick a topic for you and you have one minutes to write a speech and have to present your topic within 1-2 minutes. The top two members from each of the projects had the opportunity to go to the District communications in March. The Green Valley communications will be held on February 18, 2017. Good luck to everyone who will be participating. I would like to give a special thanks to Trimtek for sponsoring us

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Arts & Culture

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The cast and crew of Stage North’s dinner theatre presentation COLOSSEUM were hard at work on Feb. 13 to put the finishing touches on the Valentine’s Day show at the Pomeroy Hotel. The show opened to a capacity crowd, with two other engagements set for Feb. 24 and 25. Visit alaskahighwaynews.ca or stagenorth.eventbrite.com for more information. Above: From left: Musicians Mathew Savard, Catherine Johnson, Taylor Thomas, and Joel Primeau rehearse the production’s live score. Bottom Left: Paige Ryder (left) stars as Isla, COLOSSEUM’s Maitre ‘D, who proves to be smarter than her half-wit schtick. Beckie Lussier stars as Marlee Miller, one of COLOSSEUM’s overworked waitresses, and an aspiring artist who can’t catch a compliment from a disgruntled patron. Bottom Right: Kevin Smith (left) stars as Hal Daisey, who gets promoted from the prep station to line cook after COLOSSEUM head chef Emilio Largo (played by Kyle Behrens, centre) fires a man for chopping cilantro improperly.

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The country-style Clayton is a spacious home, to say the least. And it’s built over a basement to boot. With five or six bedrooms and four roomy gathering spaces, it is well suited to the needs of a large family. Shuttered windows and a wide covered porch with wooden handrails add to the attractiveness of the inviting front facade. Doors to the three-car garage open on the left side, not the front. Stepping into the two-story entry, you notice a parlor to the left and a stairway to the right. At the top of the stairs is a loft. Facing forward, the loft overlooks the entry, including a view of the plant shelf over the door. Facing the rear, it overlooks the vaulted great room. Four bedrooms are upstairs, along with a two-section bathroom, and a deep attic storage area. Two of the bedrooms have small gabled dormers; the third bedroom has a larger one.

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Not to be outdone, the fourth bedroom boasts the largest closet. Back on the main floor, the large kitchen is open to the great room and dining room. The kitchen ceiling is flat while the great room, dining room, and nearby four-season porch all have vaulted ceilings. Aside from its size, the kitchen’s most notable feature is a jumbo-size gas grill, great for turning out mountains of burgers, pancakes, or grilled-cheese sandwiches. Windows line two walls of the Clayton’s bright four-season porch. The owners’ suite’s deep walk-in closet doubles as a passthrough connecting the two areas. Owners’ bath amenities include a double vanity, shower and private toilet. The study could serve as a home office or bedroom. Associated Designs is the original source for the Clayton 10-292. For more information or to view other designs, visit www.AssociatedDesigns. com or call 800-634-0123.

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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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The Tin Man (Jacob Chmelyk) is in awe that he finally has a heart.

The Wizard of Oz a real treat for the whole family ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

Those who followed the yellow brick road to the North Peace Cultural Centre for the opening night of Stage North’s production of The Wizard of Oz were in for a treat, and not just from the candy being sold in the concourse. This show is based on the 1939 film of the same name, but the cast members have taken their characters and really made them their own. Elysia Cruz deserves all the praise for her turn as Dorothy— she captured the essence of the character while still being true to herself as the actor. She also had the job to bringing Toto all over the stage and tying the animal actor up to various set pieces, while not losing any train of thought and staying in character. All the actors, which also included some very talented

dancers, were wonderful in their roles, especially Dorothy’s friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Dorothy’s journey just wouldn’t be the same without these three, and Benjamin Wheeler, Jacob Chmelyk, and Dennis Szalai made it all the better. Perhaps I’m a little biased, but my favourite character in Oz has always been the Wicked Witch of the West, and Stevi Eby did her great justice. Not only the voice and cackle, which were excellent, but I think the whole audience jumped when she threw that fireball. The stage crew had a massive undertaking with this show. The number of set pieces and scene changes that had to happen with those set pieces—the Witch’s castle is perhaps one of the largest sets I’ve seen Stage North put together—was pretty amazing. The orchestra also deserves heaps of praise for setting the

mood for every scene and playing on between the set changes. There’s just someone about having the show’s music live as opposed to canned that makes it that much better. Perhaps one of the most unintentionally amusing parts of the show was courtesy of Toto, played by Juno. She found the fake apples in the first act far more interesting than the Tin Man’s song, proceeding to chew them up on the side of the stage. The joy of working with animals, I suppose. Aside from a few technical glitches—static from mics, a wayward curtain, and one tree that didn’t want to stay upright near the end—opening night for The Wizard of Oz went well, and Stage North should be proud of themselves. They’ve got a great family production on their hands. The Wizard of Oz runs Feb. 16, 17, and 18 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

The Wicked Witch of the West was not impressed to see that a house had been dropped on her sister in the Stage North production ofThe Wizard of Oz on Feb. 10. ALEISHA HENDRY PHOTO

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Chocolate festival gets icy and spicy ALEISHA HENDRY ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

It was a sweet affair for both bakers and tasters at the Fire and Ice: An Event in Chocolate. Five professional bakers took the icy and spicy theme and created delicious confections that would satisfy any sweet tooth. Two awards were handed out, one for best flavour and one of best sculpture work. Melanie Plowright of Whole Wheat and Honey took home the best flavour with her dark chocolate cinnamon/white chocolate mint truffles. “We tried to keep to the theme as much as possible, so the dark chocolate one was inspired from my recent trip to Mexico—Mexican hot chocolate is spicy and chocolately and rich so we tried to go with that, and for the white chocolate, mint just goes well with it,” she said. He win wasn’t without it’s tribulations—her display piece met with a tragic end before it could be delivered to the festival. “There was a little mishap, a little structural issue, so there

was going to be a tower with the truffles… there was a little sugar work done as well and then unfortunately it took a little tumble and became a casualty,” she said. “But it all worked out anyway.” The best sculpture work went to Nicole Sztabkowski of Nicole’s Sweet Temptations with her dragon cakes. The 3D cakes, a red fire dragon and a blue ice dragon, took 30 hours to create, says Sztabkowski. “It feels pretty awesome,” she said. “To me, when I heard fire and ice, it just went together. I didn’t foresee making anything else.” Sztabkowski, who runs her baking business out of her home, also took home the People’s Choice award. “I just love doing it—it’s art to me,” she said. The Fire and Ice event was a new take on the traditional Chocolate Festival, which the Peace Arts Gallery Society decided to change up this year. Fire and Ice brought in for the Let’s Art after school program.

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Above: Fire and Ice Dragons from Nicole’s Sweet Temptations,. Left: Cake from Diane Hoffman. Bottom Left: Chocolate Cream Puff tower from The Beam. Below: Sweet sculpture from the Little Sweet Shop

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Winning bakers Nicole Sztabkowski and Melanie Plowright at the Fire and Ice: An Event in Chocolate.

HOROSCOPE

ARIES (MARCH 21 TO APRIL 19) Talk to groups or classes today, especially with younger people. This also is a good day to do some goal setting for the future. TAURUS (APRIL 20 TO MAY 20) You are mentally energetic today, which is why you will make a good impression talking to bosses, parents and VIPs. Don’t hesitate to share your ideas! GEMINI (MAY 21 TO JUNE 20) It is easy to study today or learn anything new. You also will love to make travel plans and have discussions about philosophy, religion, politics and metaphysics. CANCER (JUNE 21 TO JULY 22) This is a good day to discuss shared property, inheritances, taxes and debt. You have the mental energy to plow through a lot of red-tape details. LEO (JULY 23 TO AUG. 22) Discussions with partners and close friends will be lively and dynamic today. Everyone is full of bright ideas, and of course, you are quick to see the bottom line and grasp the big picture. VIRGO (AUG. 23 TO SEPT. 22) This will be a productive day at work because you can communicate well with others. In addition, you have the energy to work with your hands and accomplish something.

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LIBRA (SEPT. 23 TO OCT. 22) You are creative today. Get busy working in the arts, the entertainment world, the hospitality industry or anything to do with sports or children. SCORPIO (OCT. 23 TO NOV. 21) This is an excellent day to tackle home repairs. It’s also a great day for family discussions, because you have a desire to communicate. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 TO DEC. 21) Writers, salespeople, actors and teachers are empowered today. You are keen to communicate and you have great ideas. This is because your mental energy is strong. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 TO JAN. 19) You’re full of moneymaking ideas today. It’s a good idea to write them down in case you want to act on one of them later. (It’s not every day that we have bright ideas.) AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 TO FEB. 18) Mercury is in your sign now, which is why you are so keen to communicate to others. You have ideas and dreams, and you want to enlighten others by sharing these ideas. PISCES (FEB. 19 TO MARCH 20) Research of any kind will go well today, because you have the motivation, stamina and the attention to detail that is needed. Yes!

Declining Relationship With Daughter Dear Annie: My ex-husband was emotionally, verbally and physically abusive, and he was a womanizer from the very beginning. So I divorced him in the 1980s; I then kept custody of our daughter. All was good between my daughter and me for 10 years -- before my ex managed to work his way back into my life with his usual charm. I really thought he had changed. What’s that old saying about a leopard? I have to confess that we both drank a lot. But I seemed to be the only one at fault for everything. His abuse got worse and worse over the years. He did and said anything to destroy my self-esteem and credibility with my friends and even my co-workers. He managed to destroy my relationship with my daughter, too. They started to hang out in the bars together, and she started to treat me just as he did. They planned for weeks to throw me out when I temporarily lost my job, and they tried to hurt me in other ways. They would huddle in corners of bars together, kissing as if they were lovers, watching my reactions to their behavior. I had people ask me whether they were actually sleeping together, and to be honest, I

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wasn’t really sure. It came to a head one night when she was getting ready to go out with her dad again while I was sleeping. She was going to leave her 18-month-old son with me without even letting me know I was baby-sitting. I woke up before she left and was very angry when I figured it out. I woke the child up and told him Mommy was going bye-bye and asked whether he wanted to go with her. At this point, she hit me and knocked me down. Before I could get up, she hit me again. Then she called her dad, and he told me to get out, which I did. I went back to work shortly after this, thank goodness, but they left me with nothing. I had to start all over again. To this day, my daughter has never apologized for any of her behavior or actions. Trust me; having your child treat you like a piece of garbage isn’t something that’s easy to get over. She has also tried to turn everyone she knows against me ever since then, even my current husband.

She is doing exactly the same things her father did. I no longer drink at all, for the record. I don’t know where to go from here. She says she has tried to have a relationship with me, but I just don’t see it happening, not with the hatefulness still coming at me. Should I try to repair the damage that has been done, or should I just walk completely away? If this is her way of showing love, I don’t think I want her love anymore. -- Wits’ End Dear Wits’: There is, unfortunately, much more to hash out here than the space of this column allows. But it sounds as if the years of abuse from your ex-husband saddled you with a lot of emotional baggage that you’re still carrying today, and I strongly recommend seeing a therapist. If you’re unable to see one in person, consider using BetterHelp or Talkspace. These websites connect patients with health care professionals via video chats, text messages and phone calls. I hope you and your daughter can build a healthy relationship together over time. 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 2017 CREATORS.COM


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Horsemanship helps Hudson’s Hope students learn leadership Students from Hudson’s Hope School paid a visit to the Horse Ranch on Feb. 8 as part of the school’s Natural Horsemanship class. Glenn Stewart assesses the students to see if they can move on to more advanced techniques. Right: Glenn Stewart stands with Jared Grant, Brooklyn Howard and Alex MacNeil, who all passed their Stage One horsemanship. ALEISHA HENDRY PHOTOS

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ast column looked at the importance of dental health for our pets, and how a pretty smile must be backed up by healthy teeth below the gum line in order to keep the body healthy and the teeth in place as long as possible. This week we are going to touch on some frequently asked questions that we get asked about pet dentistry. Is the anesthetic going to be risky for Chewy? Minimizing the risk of an anesthetic is a job that veterinarians take very seriously, from the quickest wound repair, to longer bone surgeries, to dental procedures in our oldest pets. Physical examinations and tests are used before the procedures to assess suitability for anesthesia and to decide on the best combinations of drugs and intravenous fluids for each pet. This is followed by dedicated monitoring of their body systems, as well as direct supervision from a team of a veterinarian and technicians. No medical professional is going to tell you that anesthetics are ’risk free’, but there is little that is worth having in life is risk free. It is certainly worthwhile to give Chewy a longer, healthier, less painful life by having a healthy mouth. What is included for the money that I’m spending? When you are given a dental estimate there is a list of items that are included in the collective pricing for a dentistry. There are also unlisted items that are performed as part of a dental cleaning. In addition to the procedures for the anesthetic discussed above, a full mouth exam is also performed—looking at the teeth, probing root pockets and all the soft tissue in the mouth. Full dental scaling on ALL surfaces of the teeth (even the tough to reach between the teeth/back of the mouth areas) is followed by polishing and finally flushing of any remaining dental debris, tartar and bacteria. All this while Chewy is snuggled up under a cozy heated blanket. Chewy will wake up under direct supervision in the recovery ward until you come to pick him up (usually later the same day). When you pick up Chewy, the caring veterinary team goes over

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the procedure, any necessary medications and recommendations. A follow up progress exam is included to ensure the mouth is healing nicely. From start to finish, the average time that staff are involved with each dentistry is between one and two hours. How often will Chewy need to have a dentistry? Every one of our furry friends is an individual both in personality and in their dental hygiene. They all have different spacing of the teeth, different chewing habits, different diets and treats they enjoy, as well as saliva that forms tartar at different rates, so there is variability in when they need dentistry. However, for smaller animals especially, it is fairly normal to need a professional cleaning once a year. Dental assessments at their yearly wellness exams help to decide on the frequency required by your pet. Remember that a once yearly dentistry for them is the equivalent of us humans going five to seven years between professional dental cleanings. Can Chewy eat his regular food afterwards? Most patients are happily chewing their food later the same day. Even with extractions or tooth removals, once the source of pain has been removed, and they have been given some pain medication, they are happier to eat than before. You may find that you are given some suggestions by your veterinary team on changes to Chewy’s diet that will help him have a healthier mouth and possibly have longer intervals between cleanings. These are a small selection of the questions that thoughtful pet caregivers ask when they are doing the best for their furry loved ones. Be sure to ask your veterinarian these questions and more so you can comfortably choose better dental hygiene and a better quality of life for the ‘Chewy’ in your life.

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 North Peace Cultural Center fort St. John, BC Elder: Mike Donovan Phone: 250-787-7702 matthew@trinitycovenant.ca 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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The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public on progress made by the forest licencees and the BC Timber Sales Program in achieving Sustainable Forest Management requirements as indicated in the CSA Z809-08 standard. The general public is invited to attend the public portion of the meeting, which starts at 6:00 pm. The meeting agenda also provides time for the general public to ask questions or provide input on forest management issues. Public intending to make a presentation must contact Darrell Regimbald one week prior to the public meeting. For further information on the Fort St. John Pilot Project, visit our website at www.fsjpilotproject.com

For information concerning the meeting, or how to become a PAG member contact Darrell Regimbald @ 250-787-3651 or Stephanie Smith @ 250-784-1228.

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Fred leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Fern of 55 years, four sons Raymond, Ronald (Diosa), Roger, Russell (Shelly), ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many extended family members. Fred is also survived by four brothers and five sisters.

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Fred was born and raised in Fort St. John, BC, the seventh of fifteen children. He was a long time member of Operating Engineers Local 115, and moved all over BC on many jobs. In 1977 he moved his family to Kimberley where he owned and operated Alpine Welding until he retired in 2000. Then, he and Fern spent six months a year in Port McNeil, BC doing what they loved – fishing off their boat “Daybreaker”. Being Metis, Fred was a hunter and always provided meat for the family and always shared whatever he had with others.

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Notice of Public Advisory Group (PAG) Meeting Fort St John Pilot Project The Fort St. John Pilot Project is a collaborative forest management planning initiative between forest licencees and the BC Timber Sales Program in the Fort St. John Timber Supply Area. A PAG meeting will be held on Wednesday March 8th, 2017 in the Fort St. John Northern Grand Hotel.

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God saw you getting tired When a cure was not to be So he put his arms around you and whispered “Come to me” So when we saw you sleeping, so peaceful and free from pain, we could not wish you back to suffer that again.

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In tears we saw you sinking, we watched you fade away You faced your task with courage Your spirit did not bend And still you kept on fighting until the very end

Competition No. 2016-95

The City of Fort St. John is recruiting auxiliary on call Firefighters. Successful applicants must have the commitment and time to attend two hour practice sessions weekly (Thursday evenings) and to attend emergency callouts whenever available. Applicants must reside within the Fort St. John Fire Department fire protection area. Applicants are required to have an RCMP criminal record search completed before recruit training.

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Always remembered and forever missed by your wife, children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren, family and friends

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MILE 0 QUILTERS GUILD: Tuesdays & Thursdays 7PM at Calvin Kruk Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek

SATURDAYS: LEARN YOUR ROOTS - Genealogy information NAR PARK ROOTS BUILDING 10:00am peacecountryroots.ca

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Fred passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family at his side.

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Charles Murray Church

(75) passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home in Fort St. John, BC. Murray was born in Swift Current, SK September 16, 1941. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping and fishing. He made many many lifelong friends in a career he enjoyed. Murray had a great sense of humor and was well known as a prankster. Murray is survived by his wife Lois; daughter Bonnie (George) and grandson Dane; his sister Judy (Rod) Robertson; nephews David and Jim (Lori); niece Leanne (Radu) and their children Melanie, Martin and Shelby Fox, step-daughter Shaunagh McLeod and children. Murray’s family was important to him and he loved to hear from them and looked forward to all gatherings and reunions. A special thanks for Sandra (Bruce) Dickie, Cameron (Pam) Lockwood and Bluewave Energy. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 14 from 9:30-11:30 am from Hamre’s Funeral Chapel, Fort St. John, BC. Memorial services will be held Friday, February 17 at 2:00 pm from Warren’s Funeral Home, Swift Current, BC. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made in memory of Murray to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation Cancer Treatment Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hamresfuneral.com “He will be missed”

BENNETT, Cory

June 21, 1981 - February 5, 2017 How do you say good-bye to someone who had such an impact in so many lives. Cory had a long six year battle with brain cancer which he fought every day with that awesome funny humour of his. Cory leaves behind his beloved son, Jonathan, who was his true inspiration. He also leaves behind his parents, Briyan and Carol. Cory was the best brother to his sister, Tabitha (Garrett) and was an unreal uncle to his nephew, Hunter. Cory’s true passions in life were the mountains, hunting and guiding. His smile, infectious laugh, kind heart and work ethic were only a few of his many qualities. Because Cory was so special and touched so many lives, there are too many friends and family to be named. From our family, we are truly grateful to everyone who had a chance to be a part of Cory’s journey.

COMING EVENTS DAWSON CREEK 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 FEB 18 - 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 KNIT NIGHT: Thursdays at Faking Sanity Cafe in Dawson Creek6:30 to 8:30 PM.

The Encana Events Centre (www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com) operated by Spectra Venue Management (www.SpectraExperiences.com) is the premier event facility providing a wide range of sports and entertainment opportunities for the Alberta and British Columbia Peace Region. We are currently seeking an Operations Laborer and a Facility Operator who are energetic, mature, highly motivated and detail-orientated and a customer-focused team player possessing a positive attitude. These positions are full time and come with a competitive wage and a comprehensive benefits package. The Operations Laborer will be responsible for the setup, tear down of events as well as preforming facility maintenance tasks such as painting, drywall repairs, housekeeping, and other various tasks. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, computer and communication skills along with being able to work within a team environment. This position can be physically demanding and evening and weekend shifts will be required. Your ability to work with minimum supervision, performs duties in a safe manner, and consistently demonstrates efficient, effective use of time and resources will ensure your success. The Facility Operator will assist the Chief Engineer in the overall facility maintenance including the preparation and maintenance of the ice surface, automated building controls, HVAC, electrical systems, preventative maintenance programs, and general building repairs. Duties include, but are not limited to, the repair of machinery, performing preventive maintenance of HVAC and boiler systems and general equipment such as plumbing, electrical and refrigeration systems. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, computer and communication skills along with being able to work within a team environment. Minimum requirements include 5th Class Refrigeration Endorsement or 4th Class Power Engineering ticket, Red seal Plumber or Electrical ticket may be considered. This position can be physically demanding and evening and weekend shifts will be required. Your ability to work with minimum supervision, performs duties in a safe manner, and consistently demonstrates efficient, effective use of time and resources will ensure your success. To review the job descriptions please visit: www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com/connect-with-us/careers. Please mail your cover letter and current resume to the attention of Ryan MacIvor, General Manager, Spectra Venue Management, # 1, 300 Highway # 2, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 0A4, or email to rmacivor@dawsoncreekeventscentre.com. We appreciate all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Peace Country Roots Group hold their monthly meeting Sunday, February 26th at 1:30pm, located in the small building in the NAR Park.

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Looking for a new opportunity? Submit your resume today! Purchaser: This is a full-time position in a busy environment with a great working atmosphere! Our client is looking for a Purchaser with a background in parts management for a 6-month term, with possible extension, or permanent hire.

On February 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., the Celebration of Cory’s Life will be held at Charlie Lake Church where Cory had so many cherished memories. Arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY FUNERAL HOME, 4303 P.V. Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4 Phone: (250) 542-4333. Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com R0011377738

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BLUEWAVE ENERGY IN DAWSON CREEK IS HIRING PERMANENT CLASS 1 DRIVERS Apply today at parkland.ca or bring your re− sume and abstract to 2801−92nd Avenue, Dawson Creek.

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Responsibilities include: Creating and overseeing PO’s, obtaining price quotes from vendors, & monitoring purchase and report progress. We’re looking for someone with excellent MS Office skills and attention to detail who is willing to start immediately!

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The BC Liquor Distribution Branch is seeking janitorial companies with commercial cleaning experience to bid on one or more of the 6 stores in the Peace River Area. If you qualify go to: http://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca and search under BC Liquor Distribution Branch for Janitorial Services in the Peace River Area.

Data Entry Clerk: This is a full-time position as a Maintenance Data Entry Clerk for approximately 9-12 months, with possible extension or permanent hire. Our client is looking for someone who has experience as a maintenance clerk and above average keyboarding skills.

Bid Number: ITQ2017-02-28C

We’re looking for someone ready to start immediately, with a valid Class 5 License & good typing skills.

Responsibilities include: Converting job plans and maintenance data into a digital format.

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Cremation has taken place. The family will hold a private celebration of his life on the July 1st weekend.


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Li-Car Management Group

We have a variety of apartments, town homes, executive homes, and duplexes for rent. To apply for these,please email reception@licar.ca or visit our website at www.licar.ca

Phone: 250-785-2662

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Operations Shift Leader We are looking for a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Operations Shift Leader at our NGL Fractionation Plant & Storage Facility in Sarnia, ON. Reporting to the Facility Team Leader, this position is responsible for leading and supporting the safe, reliable and environmentally compliant operation of the facility. The successful candidate must be able to work a regular 12-hour rotation and maintain permanent residency within 100km of the Plant. Relocation assistance will be provided for this role. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their resume online prior to March 7, 2017. Visit www.plainsmidstream.com for more info.

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Open Mic Coffee House hosted by Peace Songwriters Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Faking Sanity Cafe - corner of 9th St & 103 Ave, Dawson Creek. Admission by donation. Sound system and sound tech on site, just plug and play. Come to perform, come to enjoy local talent. Beverages and cookies available. All welcome. 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 Players 0n February 23, 24 and 25 starting at 7:30 PM Present the comedy “Red Velvet cake War”, a dessert theatre at South Peace United Church Upper Hall, 1300-104th Avenue, Dawson Creek. Same production as a Dessert Matinee on Sunday, February 26 starting at 2:00 pm. Tickets ($20.) at Simple Pleasures in Dawson Creek. Open seating unless you reserve a table of 8. Queries, phone Mary at 250-786-5085

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Manager Required for 2 Buildings in Peace River. Experience is a Must. Fax Resume to 604669-1801

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3BR/2BA TAYLOR 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile on large fenced lot in N. Taylor. Includes jetted tub; deck and shed. References required. Available March 1st. $1385 + util. Prefer n/s. Mature. 250−793−4546 or 604−813−8775. emdhomes@gmail.com

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GENERAL EMPLOYMENT For Hire: caregiver to look after my 2 children; 4 year old girl and 3 year old boy. Permanent, full time at a rate of 11.50/hour for 40 hrs/week. Completion of Secondary School : some college/CEGEP/ vocational. 1 to 2 years experience supervision or care for children. Accommodation available on a live-in basis at no cost, but is not a condition of employment. Main duties include: supervise and care; assist/guide children on personal hygiene; meal preparation; organize and participate in children’s activities and may perform light housekeeping. Applicatant may apply via email: joan24garcia@ yahoo. Caregiver for a Baby (Nanny) $11/hr, full time. Duties are: Supervise and care for a baby; Bathe, dress and feed the baby; oversee baby’s activi− ties; Tend to the emo− t i o n a l w e l l−b e i n g , maintain safe and healthy environment; Keep daily activities and health info regarding the baby. Minimum of secondary education. Optional accommoda− tion available at no charge on a live in ba− sis. Note, this is not a condition for employ− ment. Send resume to: marygo nzales.cruz@yahoo.com

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DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Murphy PMP – 2017/21 Murphy Oil Company Ltd. Murphy Oil Company Ltd. C/O Chantale Wold 10218 – 10 Street Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3T4 Telephone number: 250.782.6383

Reference Number: Applicant’s name: Applicant’s address:

Area to which PMP applies, etc.:The area(s) to which this PMP apply include all of Murphy Oil Company Ltd.’s assets within the Peace River Regional District . A combination of mechanical, physical and chemical controls are being proposed for use to control problem vegetation within these areas. Proposed duration of the PMP:

July 15, 2016 – July 15, 2021

Details of pesticides to be used: Methods used to apply the below products may include: boom sprayer, boomless nozzle sprayer, hose and/or nozzle sprayer, backpack sprayer, wick and/or wiper. The herbicides under application include: 2,4-­‐D 2,4-­‐DB Acetic acid Aminopyralid Aminocyclopyrachlor Aminopyralid-­‐metsulfuron-­‐methyl Amitrol Ammonium  soap  of  fatty  acids Bromacil Chlorsulfuron Clopyralid Dicamba Diflufenzopyr Diuron

Flumioxazin Fluroxypyr Glyphosate Imazapyr Indaziflam Iron (present  as  FeHEDTA) MCPA  amine Mecoprop Metsufuron  methyl Phoma  Macrostoma Picloram Propyzamide Pyroxasulfone Sodium  chloride Triclopyr

Copies of the proposed PMP and associated maps of the proposed treatment area may be examined in detail at the following address:

Gemini Corporation 10543-100 Street Fort St John, BC V1J 3Z4

Murphy Oil Company Ltd. 10218 – 10 Street Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3T4

A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the Pest Management Plan, may send copies of the information to the applicant at the address above within 30 days of the publication of this notice.

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HEAVY DUTY  MECHANICS     LaPrairie  Works  is  a  diversified  and  growing  full-­‐service  contractor.  With  over  25  years  of   LaPrairie  Works   operating   experience   in  Western  Canada,  our  core  business  areas  include  on  and  off  highway   Location:   Grimshaw,  Alberta   hauling,  road  and  bridge  maintenance,  road     construction,  earthworks,  oilfield  services,  mine   LaPrairie   Works    diversified  and  growing  full-­‐service  contractor.  With  over  25  years  of   contracting   and   site  is  saervices. operating  experience  in  Western  Canada,  our  core  business  areas  include  on  and  off  highway     hauling,  road  and  bridge  maintenance,  road  construction,  earthworks,  oilfield  services,  mine   We  have   immediate   openings   contracting   and  site   services. for  experienced  Heavy  Duty  Mechanics  to  complement  our   expanding   team  of  transportation  and  logistics  professionals  in  the  Peace  Region.  These  are     We  phermanent   ave  immediate   openings  fbor   experienced   Heavy  Duty   Mechanics   to  ccomplement   full-­‐time   positions   ased   in  Grimshaw,   Alberta   and   ome  with  otur   he  unique   expanding  team  of  transportation  and  logistics  professionals  in  the  Peace  Region.  These  are   opportunity   t o   l ive   i n   t he   b eautiful   P eace   R iver   R egion.         I deal   c andidates   will  meet  the   full-­‐time  permanent  positions  based  in  Grimshaw,  Alberta  and  come  with  the  unique   following   criteria:   opportunity   to  live  in  the  beautiful  Peace  River  Region.        Ideal  candidates  will  meet  the   following  criteria:     •   Journeyman  or  Interprovincial  Red  Seal  Heavy  Duty  Mechanic     • Journeyman  or  Interprovincial  Red  Seal  Heavy  Duty  Mechanic     • C.V.I.P.   an  aasset   • C.V.I.P.   n  asset   • Demonstrated   initiative  wwith   sound   work   thic   ethic   • Demonstrated   initiative   ith   sound   weork   • Energetic   individual;  aable   ble  to   ww ork   unsupervised   in  shop  ion   r  fsield   setting   • Energetic   individual;   to   ork   unsupervised   hop   or  field  setting   • Flexibility  to  accommodate  after  hours  call-­‐outs   • Flexibility   t o   a ccommodate   a fter   h ours   c all-­‐outs   • Computer  skills  an  asset   • Computer   skills  laicense   n  asset   • Valid  driver’s   and  clean  abstract   •   Valid  driver’s  license  and  clean  abstract   LaPrairie  Works  offers  a  highly  competitive  remuneration  package  plus  a  range  of  benefits  and     genuine  opportunities  for  career  progression.  Relocation  assistance  is  available.   LaPrairie  Works  offers  a  highly  competitive  remuneration  package  plus  a  range  of  benefits  and   To  otake   advantage  of  ftor   his  coareer   pportunity,   please  send  R your   resume  to:   genuine   pportunities   progression.   elocation   assistance  is  available.    Human  Resources  Department  

To take  advantage  of  this  opportunity,  please  send  your   resume   to:   Email   careers@laprairiegroup.com  

Fax (403)  767-­‐9932  

     

We thank  you  for  your  interest  in  employment  with  us:   Only  those  persons  selected  for  interview  will  be  contacted  

We thank  you  for  your  interest  in  employment  with  us:   Only  those  persons  selected  for  interview  will  be  contacted  

GENERAL EMPLOYMENT

                                                                                                                                                                                               

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LAPRAIRIE  WORKS  INC   Location:    Grimshaw,  AB    

LaPrairie Works  is  a  diversified  and  growing  full  service  contractor  with  over  25  years  of  operating  experience  in   Western   Canada.   We   are   proud   to   be   an   equal   opportunity   employer.     Our   Highway   Maintenance   Group   operates   long  term  contracts  to  maintain  highways  in  Northwestern  Alberta.          Safety  and  Quality  are  significant  priorities,   and   we   take   pride   in   keeping   our   roads   safe   for   everyone.   We   are   actively   recruiting   for   an   enthusiastic   HSE,   QA/QC  Coordinator  to  travel  within  our  region  to  support  the  Quality  and  Safety  of  all  our  operations  year  round.   • • • • • • •

NCSO or  CSRP  designation   5  years’  experience  in  a  related  position   Good  working  knowledge  of  Microsoft  Office  Programs   Direct  knowledge  of  QA/QC  methodologies   Highly  motivated  and  self-­‐directed,  capable  of  multi-­‐tasking   Detail  oriented  and  an  analytical  thinker,  with  good  communication  skills   Class  3  license  a  plus,  with  a  good  driving  record  

You will   conduct   regular   tours   of   our   operating   region   to   facilitate   a   variety   of   worksite   health   and   safety   inspection,  HSE  audits,  operational  QA/QC  inspections,  testing  and  evaluations,  and  related  audit  reporting  of  our   maintenance  activities.    A  company  vehicle  is  provided  for  your  use.   This  position  is  located  at  our  main  facility  in  Grimshaw,  AB,  and  the  successful  candidate  would  be  required  to  live   in  the  area.    Relocation  assistance  is  available.   LaPrairie  Works  offers  a  comprehensive  suite  of  benefits  and  competitive  wages.         To  apply  for  his  exciting  opportunity,  please  send  your  resume  to:       careers@laprairiegroup.com     or  fax  to     (403)  767  9932     We  encourage  all  who  are  qualified  and  interested  to  apply  in  confidence,   however,  only  those  in  consideration  will  be  contacted.  

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NORTH PEACE HISTORICAL SOCIETY - REQUEST FOR QUOTE The NPHS requires quotes for renovating the exterior north and south sides of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum:

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• Remove and dispose of existing wood siding

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• Install Red Hardie Plank on bottom four feet and Harris Cream Hardie Plank on the top eight feet of the wall to match addition siding as well as trim and flashings For more information contact Heather Sjoblom at 250-787-0430 or fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail. com or stop by the museum at 9323 100th St. Quotes must be submitted by March 3, 2017.

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ESTATE SALE 3 BEDROOM 100 AMP SERVICE. SOLD AS IS WHERE IS. $235,000 MLS#R2123243

OFFICE BLDG. IDEAL FOR A TRAINING CENTER WITH CLASSROOMS, KITCHEN FACILITIES, BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS, LARGE RECEPTION AREA, 9388 SQ FT ON TWO FLOORS, OWNER WILL SELL UNDER LEASE PURCHASE WITH 20% OF RENT TO BE APPLIED TO THE SALE PRICE, TERMS NEGOTIABLE, CALL ANNETTE OR GARY FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Suncor Energy E&P Partnership 2017-2022

Suncor Energy E&P Partnership in Fort St. John is in the process of developing a Pest Management Plan (PMP). This plan will describe a vegetation management program using integrated pest management, including the use of herbicides. Geographical boundaries are as follows; West boundary being the Alberta border, North boundary being the Sikanni Chief, West boundary being Hudson Hope, and South boundary being Dawson Creek. The related communities in the PMP are Fort St. John, Taylor, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson Hope, and Wonowon. The proposed PMP will be in effect from May 1, 2017 until April 30, 2022. The purpose of this plan is to identify, prevent, and control noxious weeds and vegetation, as well as reduce fire hazards. The plan addresses health, safety, environmental, and wildlife considerations associated with pest management. Methods considered in this plan are to include: • Mechanical (mowing, mulching, and power trimmers) • Prevention (seeding) • Herbicide (applications by backpack, ATV’s with boomless nozzles, hand wands) • Manual (weed pulling) Pesticides considered under this plan include: • Aminopyralid - Milestone • Picloram - Tordon • Imazapyr - Plateau • Clopyralid - Curtail • Glyphosate - Round Up or equivalent • Metsulfuron - methyl - Escort

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• Dicamba - Banville • 2,4-D • Simazine • Triclopyr - Garlon • Flumioxazin - Payload • MCPA

A copy of the Draft PMP may be viewed at the following address

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WANTED: SHORT−TERM ACCOMODATIONS Seeking short−term, furnished accommoda− tions for pipeline workers in the Dawson Creek area. If you have a room or suite available for rent, please call (250) 784−1788 and leave a message with your name, details of the room/ suite, location, and call back number. 250−784−1788 STAY ON TOP OF THE

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SALES/AGENTS Sales for Water Treatment Systems Earn up to $120,000/ year. Rapidly expanding water purification firm requires salesperson for the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Prespa− tou and surrounding areas selling water pu− rification systems to farms, acreages, vil− lages and towns. Must have direct selling skills. Salary, car allowance, fuel and hotel expenses paid. Majority of leads pro− vided. Submit resume to:

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The Water Clinic Fax: 306−242−1223 Email: mike@ thewaterclinic.com

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Peace River Regional District is seeking the services of an Informaƒon Technology Managed Services Provider to provide a full range of IT support services, including onsite and remote system maintenance, advanced desktop support and troubleshooƒng, proacƒve network management, soŠware licensing management, equipment warranty management and assisƒng in IT asset tracking and resource planning The Request for Proposal documents may be viewed on the Regional District’s website at: h p://prrd.bc.ca/category/tenders/rfps or www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca or

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SUITES FOR RENT Dawson Creek-An Executive New Home with 5 Bedrooms, 3&1/2Bath, Double Garage, Fenced Yard. In-Law suite. Available March 1st. 250-6638913

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© 2016 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 32, No. 18

Follow this “recipe” and start a lemonade stand of your own!

Have you heard the phrase, “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees”? The sad truth is, money does not grow on trees. We have searched the world over and can’t find one anywhere. But what if we did? It might look something like this. How much money can you find growing on our silly money tree? (Each “leaf” is a $1 bill.)

Discuss with your child ways you earned spending money when you were a child. Help them think of ways th can earn moneyey .

The Big Question Do you plan how to use your money wisely — for spending, saving, investing and donating? But how do you get money to put in the bank?

It might be nice if people would just give you money. But most people get money by earning it. That means they do some sort of work in exchange for money. This is called income.

You will need to invest a little cash to get started. Visit or call a local store to find out the cost of the items you need. Add up your costs to determine your price and profit. Here is what the math looks like:

EXPENSES: 12 lemons cost ............................... $1.20 1 3/4 cups of sugar cost ................. .20 10 paper cups cost ......................... .60 Total cost for 10 cups of lemonade: $2.00 INCOME: 10 cups of lemonade at 50¢ each ... $5.00

PROFIT: (The money you make after covering your expenses) ................. $3.00 Try this to earn some money: Ask the neighbors on your block If you can take their pooches For a nice long

With a box for a counter, There’s money to be made From lemons, water, sugar By selling

Earning money around the house Really isn’t super hard. Just ask a parent if you can help By weeding in the

On a hot day, you might sell 100 cups of lemonade! How much money would you earn?

Make a big sign to attract people to your stand. If it is OK with your neighbors, put up several signs to direct people to your stand.

Can you think of three more ways you could earn some money?

Maybe someone that you know, Maybe even right next door, Would pay you a buck or two To pick up something from the

If you have some old toys Here’s an idea that will not fail: You can make yourself money By having a garage

A lemonade stand can be just a box or a portable table. Remember to smile and say “Thank you!” to every customer.

Look through the newspaper for pairs of words that rhyme. Can you find five or more pairs in a short time? Standards Link: Reading Comprehension: Follow written directions.

Olivia and Logan each set up a lemonade stand. Count how much money they each made. Who made the most?

INVESTING DONATING INCOME LEMONS RHYMES GARAGE MONEY TREES TRUTH BLOCK GROW EARN BANK WORK KIDS

R M G N I T A N O D

H A K R N B L O C K Y I N A C G M Y O H

M N E E O S E E R T

This week’s word:

DONATE

E Y G R M O W N W U

The verb donate means to make a gift of or contribute.

E G A R A G R M R T

Tom was able to donate a large sum of money to the school’s fundraiser.

S N O M E L W O O R

N B A N K G S D I K I N V E S T I N G T

Try to use the word donate in a sentence today when talking with your friends and family members.

Are numbers needed?

Find an advertisement in your newspaper. Rewrite the ad and substitute the words many, few, several, etc. for the numbers. Are the numbers necessary? Why or why not? Standards Link: Math: Students solve problems and justify their reasoning.

How do you earn money? Do you do chores? What kind of jobs do you do?


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High On Ice winter festival 2017 The wind may have cut things short at High On Ice this year, but Fort St. John residents weren’t deterred, taking in all the events the festival had to offer. Photos by Aleisha Hendry and Haley LaBoucane.


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