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Fort Nelson FN buys landmark for $862K The Fort Nelson First Nation has bought the historic Fort Nelson Hotel with plans to turn it around into an indigenous showpiece in Northeast B.C. The First Nation sealed the deal for the hotel, along with associated retail, mobile home park, and townhouse developments, for $862,000 in May through a court-ordered sale. Chief Harrison Dickie says the purchase is an economic and cultural development opportunity for his First Nation and the region. “It was a no-brainer to pursue purchasing it,” Dickie said. “Owning that central, historic property gives us immediate place to showcase our local heritage and culture on a steady stream of year-to-year traffic.” The original Fort Nelson Hotel was built in 1952, with an addition built in 1980, ac-

cording to sale documents. The property lends itself well to careers the First Nations has been training its members for in culinary arts, hospitality, and carpentry, Dickie said. The plan is to target the emerging aboriginal tourism industry, Dickie said, and to “imprint” a First Nations cultural presence in the community through renovations. “There’s not a huge cultural presence in the Northeast like you would see … in Squamish, Whistler, Vancouver, Terrace,

Smithers. They all have that First Nations identity to their communities. This gives us an opportunity to do that,” Dickie said. “There’s a lot of models for success for similar projects. Imprinting our heritage, our artists’ work, our cultural design, our look and feel to the establishment and rooms gives an identity to the hotel instead of the cookie cutter look you see in the north.” See HOTEL on A3

Few reported UFO sightings from Northern B.C. in 2017 If aliens cruised the skies over Northeast B.C. in 2017, it appears they went unnoticed — or, at the very least, unreported. Ufology Research, based in Manitoba, released its 2017 Canadian UFO Survey this week, with 1,101 eyewitness accounts reported from across the country. “Results of this study show that many people continue to report unusual objects in the sky, and some of these objects do not have obvious explanations,” researchers write. “Many witnesses are pilots, police and other individu-

als with reasonably good observing capabilities and good judgment.” There were 128 sightings reported from British Columbia, mostly in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the Interior. At least a dozen sightings were attributed to B.C., but no exact location was given. While there were no reports attributed to locations in Northeast B.C., there were a few sightings reported from Northern B.C. in 2017: • On June 10, a silent, bright white light was reported to be travelling east in Prince Rupert. • On July 24, an irregular

shaped object was reported to be moving in the sky in a photo from Quesnel. • On Aug. 8, a white, reflective disc-shaped object was reported high in the sky in Prince George. Other translucent discs were later found on photos. • On Dec. 22, a clouded orb near the moon was reported to be giving off a smoke ring in Prince Rupert. • On Dec. 23, two white objects were discovered on a photo of a winter scene in Prince George. On Dec. 24, white objects were also reported to be found on photo of scenery, again in Prince George.

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The Child Development Centre in Fort St John unveiled its natureinspired adventure playground on Tuesday, giving kids a chance to scamper between rocks and wooden play structures, scrawl on a chalkboard, climb through tunnels, explore an interpretative forest and more. The natural design elements are meant to stimulate imaginations, and promote motor fitness skills and cognitive development. “We have been told these type of playgrounds are good for children who look at the world with different perspectives and who have different challenges,” said Andy Ackerman, board chair. The playground was dedicated and named after the Nelson family, who live next to the centre and were thanked profusely for their patience and ever-present neighbourly smiles during construction.

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Bulls, Rubik’s cubes, UFOs, garbage, Hot Wheels MARS MEMO: We begin our weekly news chewing session out in space. This month the Planet Mars is extra close to Earth. It’s clearly visible in the night sky. Mars is a quiet place. Martians hate being close to Earth. They can hear those teenagers in Fort St John who drive around with windows down, blasting loud rap music.

UFO LOL: In a report published last week, Canada is one of the top countries Fort Nelson 151.9 for UFO sightings, with an average of three per day. Most of those are in Quebec. If Groundbirch 133.9 space aliens land in Quebec, they will be in very big trouble if they don’t say “Take us to t St. John, BC 7 Day Forecast Environment Canada your leader” in English and French. Chetwynd

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PHONE PHACT: In a study released last week: One in five cell phone users have dropped a phone in the toilet. People today have it too easy. When I was young we had to unplug the phone from the wall before we could drop it in the toilet.

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MOSQUITO MEMO: The best way to repel mosquitoes is to wear light colored clothing, that’s according to an expert on TV. I’m not so sure that will work with Peace Country mosquitoes. Our mosquitoes are so smart, they were probably watching TV, COFFEE CHAOS: A new study shows so now they know all about the light clothdrinking coffee every day may reduce a ing trick. You have to admit: If mosquito https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-78_metric_e.html man’s risk of prostate cancer. Guys, be very bites didn’t itch and irritate your skin, moscautious if you walk into Starbucks and quitoes would be considered pretty darn there’s a doctor wearing a rubber glove. cool critters. cubes solved while wearing a blindfold and using only his toes. And, most Rubik’s cubes solved while riding a skateboard and using only his nose and chin. Boring!

SOCCER SHOCKER: In the World Cup of soccer, the final game was France vs Croatia. Does anybody know ANYTHING about GARBAGE GAG: On CBC, a top scientHAWAII HA HA: Hawaii has banned Croatia? Croatia is the country my nasty ist said our planet has a big problem with most they contain chemicPrince George 138.9 high school teacher pulled out of her bag garbage, we’re running out of places to put als thatsunscreens, damage coral reefs. If you visit Home  Environment and naturalofresources  Weather  Weatherit.There’s Local forecasts  British Columbia tricks to make sure Iinformation failed geography. only so much garbage Holly- Hawaii, being burned to a crisp by the sun Hythe 137.8 wood can turn into movies. will make a pleasant change from being BULL BULLETIN: In Spain, it was the burned to a crisp by the volcano. Annual Running of the Bulls, where bulls THE WHEEL DEAL: Last week, marked Grande Prairie 132.4 chase stupid SEVERE people through the streets. WATCH the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels, the WHAT’S UP, DOC?: A new study shows THUNDERSTORM  The bulls train for this all year. Some of little toy cars. My family was poor. My seeing the same doctor over the years will Calgary 130.2 t Nelson, BC - 7 Day Forecast - Environment Canada them take trampling lessons. Reports say parents https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-83_metric_e.html couldn’t afford Hot Wheels. I had help you live longer. Plus, you may actually many of the participants in the Running of Warm Wheels. get to finish reading the magazine that’s Observed Fort St. John Airport 11:23 AM MST Tuesday 17 July 2018 Edmonton Current Conditions the Bulls were drunk on cheap wine. at: And been in your doctor’s waiting room since 130.1 the humans had a few drinks too. STAB STORY: The next stop on our 1994. news chewing world tour is WNW Miami18 Beach, Partly Cloudy Temperature: 22.1°C Wind: gust 28 Vancouver 154.2 Condition: RUBIK REPORT: Meanwhile in India, a Florida. Last week, a man with no arms GOSSIP GAG: A new scientific study Pressure: 101.5 kPa Dew point: 9.0°C km/h man set a record by solving 2,474 Rubik’s stabbed another man with scissors he held shows the human brain is wired for gosTendency: Falling Humidity: 43% Humidex: 23 Victoria Home  Environment151.8 and naturalcubes resources  Weather  Weather Local  British in 24 hours, usinginformation only one hand. I’m inhis feet.forecasts Before they caughtColumbia the armless sip. The scientist who did the study did Visibility: 81 km tired of hearing about guys who break Ru- stabber, police issued a warning saying he a bunch of other stuff too. Call me if you Tumbler Ridge

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Education minister’s absence from new school announcement criticized A playground spat over attendance has started over Fort St. John’s newly announced elementary school. On June 28, the province announced $30.8 million for a new elementary school across from the hospital, to address a mounting crunch of classroom space on the east side of the city. Missing, however, was Education Minister Rob Fleming, who announced the news in a press release. That drew surprise and disappointment from Peace River North MLA Dan Davies, who only learned of the news after being contacted by the Alaska Highway News. Davies said Fleming should have made the trip to Fort St. John to announce the

news in person. “This is a significant project for our city, yet the education minister took a pass on coming up north to announce it to our school district and community,” Davies, education critic for the BC Liberals, said in a statement. “In my view, this significant project deserves better than a written statement from the minister.” That’s since prompted a sharp rebuke from Fleming, who said he was busy with a cabinet meeting at the time of the announcement. The province chose to announce the news before the end of the school year to speed up the tendering process and avoid the risk of rising construction

costs, Fleming said. “What’s more important to Mr. Davies? Getting critical announcements and getting projects underway, or having photo ops? I know what my priority is,” Fleming said. “The school district wanted to go to tendering immediately, and they want to get this project started as soon as possible so they can meet the enrolment growth they’re seeing. I got this project through treasury board as quickly as I could, and then we wanted to announce it before the school year was over. If Mr. Davies thinks we should have delayed until September, and waste potential millions of dollars in cost escalations for this project, then his priorities are ab-

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The property maintains 20 full-time staff, with up to 40 jobs in all when the restaurant, lounge, and property management are in full swing, Dickie said. Another dozen jobs will open up once renovation plans are set, allowing carpentry students to continue their apprenticeships, he added. Dickie couldn’t estimate the cost of renovations, pending discussions with community members and the First Nations planning and economic development board on what those plans will look like. He estimated a two-year turnaround from purchase to a grand reopening. Still, the purchase has generated some controversy among some of the First Nation’s members, who oppose the decision over a lack of consultation and consent, and sent a petition

claiming no confidence in the council to the federal government. Dickie dismissed the concerns, saying the property was bought on a tight timeline well under the $1.2 million asking price, and knowing there’d be opposition from the community. “As elected council, we’re delegated to make those decisions,” Dickie said. “That’s the approach First Nations need to take. You have to make business decisions, and we knew that as council members. We don’t always have the luxury of a long, drawn out community engagement process. “This opportunity ties in with a lot of our other projects. The economy will pick up in Fort Nelson soon, and, owning a central location, it was an opportune time at that price to get into the market.”

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WorkSafeBC issued six inspection reports and wrote 15 orders against an unspecified contractor, while the provincial ministry of energy issued another two inspection reports and three orders against a contractor, according to the report. “During the reporting period, BC Hydro also developed its own plan to achieve the safety results we want. As part of that plan, we have implemented a senior-level safety steering committee with all prime contractors to address shared safety issues and opportunities,” O’Riley writes. “We’re also hiring a permanent senior field safety manager and are regularly holding on-site safety conferences to improve the project’s safety performance and culture.” Meanwhile, BC Hydro is finalizing an agreement with Peace River Hydro Partners to settle construction delays

and overruns, and to meet key project milestones such as the planned river diversion starting in 2020. “The total potential cost of the agreement over the life of the project is $325 million,” O’Riley writes. “While the agreement will draw on our contingency budget from the main civil works contract, we have been able to manage the costs within the existing construction budget. Therefore, there is no impact to the overall project budget.” Since the reporting period, the project’s health status has been upgraded to “yellow,” or having some concerns, O’Riley notes, as problems are addressed. He also notes several major contracts were awarded in the first three months of the year, including contracts for the generating station and spillways civil works, the Site C substation, and the powerhouse and gantry cranes.

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solutely wrong.” Davies said he was “thrilled” by the funding announcement, adding the process began under the former Liberal government. “This is a big day for our students, local school officials and other stakeholders, and I sure hope we’ll get a chance to celebrate together when the groundbreaking or ribbon-cutting takes place. I look forward to it,” Davies said. Construction on the new Northeast Elementary school is planned to start in summer 2019, and be ready for students in fall 2021. It will have a capacity of 505 spaces for students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. According to education

ministry figures, School District 60 had 3,845 elementary students in 2016-17, and was at 123% operating capacity for school space. The former Liberal government announced funding for the new Ma Murray Community School at the school district’s Aboriginal Education Centre in November 2015, a ceremony that included then education minister Mike Bernier, then MLA Pat Pimm, Mayor Lori Ackerman, and school officials. Fleming said he hopes to make the grand opening of Ma Murray in the fall. “We’re looking at being available for that school opening,” he said.

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Updates from JULY 9, 2018 Council Meetings PROCLAMATION – GLOBAL DAY OF INCLUSION Council proclaimed July 21, 2018 as ‘Global Day of Inclusion’ in the City of Fort St. John. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the global Special Olympics movement with the first Special Olympics Games being held in Chicago, Illinois. Special Olympics’ vision for a more inclusive world has grown to become a global movement for change and social justice that uses sport, health and education to empower people with and without intellectual disabilities around the world. Special Olympics help to build communities of understanding, inclusion and respect. STAFF RECOGNITION • Council acknowledged the upcoming retirement of Jim Rogers, Director of Protective Services, commending him for his many years of service with the City of Fort St. John. • Council presented a Long Service Award to Laura Howes, Deputy City Clerk, in recognition of her 5 years of service as an employee of the City of Fort St. John. TRANSIT FEE WAIVER REQUEST POLICY Council approved Transit Fee Waiver Request Policy No. 138/18. This policy will allow staff to approve requests from local schools for the donation of bus tickets for classes to ride City Transit during field trips. The value of the bus tickets provided will not exceed $250 per event and the total amount of waivers approved will not exceed $1,000 per year. Requests will be approved on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. ADDITIONAL FLAGPOLE AT CITY HALL FOR FIRST NATIONS FLAG Council directed staff to provide a report to Council regarding the installation of an additional flagpole at City Hall to be used for the purpose of flying a First Nations’ flag. COAT OF ARMS FOR CITY OF FORT ST. JOHN The City has been working with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on the development of a Coat of Arms for the City of Fort St. John for approximately two years. An artist rendering was brought forward to a Council workshop in December 2017. Based on feedback from Council, a revised artist rendering was provided to Council at the July 9th Regular meeting. Council advised that it still had issues with the proposed design and did not feel that the symbols adequately reflected this thriving, robust community. It was decided to abandon this project at this point. If a future Council wishes to develop a Coat of Arms, the project can proceed. TENDER AWARDS • Council awarded the tender for the Centennial Park Redevelopment project to the low bidder, Northern Legendary Construction Ltd., from Fort St John, BC, for the unit rates in their tender submission dated July 5, 2018, totaling $5,498,798.20. • A report was provided to Council advising that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the services of an Event Coordinator for the Ice Carving Component of the City’s High on Ice Festival was awarded to Myanna Consulting for a three year term from 2019 to 2021. The proposal from Myanna Consulting was the only one received by the City and met all the criteria of the RFP. Myanna Consulting has been the City’s consultant for this annual event for the past five years and has worked well with City staff in coordinating this event. BYLAWS • Freedom of Information Bylaw No. 2426, 2018 was adopted by title only. This bylaw is required under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and replaces the current bylaw which has not been updated since 1994. • Bylaw Enforcement Notice Bylaw No. 2428, 2018 was adopted by title only. This bylaw establishes a local government bylaw dispute adjudication system which replaces the Provincial Court as the venue for resolving disputes of municipal bylaw infractions. • An analysis of the Cannabis Consultation data received from the public was presented at the Committee of the Whole meeting, as well as recommendations from staff that the use ‘Cannabis Retail’ be permitted in C-2 (Downtown Core Commercial); C-3 (General Commercial); and C-4 (Service Commercial) zones in the City. In addition, staff recommended that the use ‘Cannabis Retail’ be prohibited within 200 metres of a school; 100 metres of a park; and 100 metres of another Cannabis Retail use. At the Regular meeting, Council amended proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2419, 2018 to allow the use ‘Cannabis Retail’ only in the C-2 (Downtown Core Commercial) zone. As well Council removed the 100 metre setback between cannabis stores from the proposed bylaw. The 200 metre setback from a school and the 100 metre setback from a park were approved by Council and remain in the bylaw. The bylaw was then introduced and read for the first and second times by title only, as amended. A Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday July 23, 2018 in City Hall Council Chambers to allow the public an opportunity to provide input on the bylaw.

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Interest growing in LGBT Safe Place program Nearly a dozen businesses in Fort St. John have come on board with a new RCMP program to provide safe spaces for the city’s LGBT community. Cpl. Steven Francoeur introduced the Safe Place program to Rotarians Thursday afternoon as it rolls out across B.C. “The mission of Safe Place is to increase safety for the LGBTQ and two-spirited community by providing them a place of refuge if they are a victim of crime or have any concern for their personal safety,” said Francoeur, the crime prevention co-ordinator with the Fort St. John RCMP. “Our national priority is to provide safe communities, and that is all inclusive. We matt preprost Photos want to make sure the community is safe Cpl. Steven Francouer, crime prevention co-ordinator for the Fort St. John RCMP, talks about the for everybody.” new RCMP Safe Place program at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Fort St. John on July 12, 2018. So far, Burger King, Supplement King, Gateway Esso, Remax, the library, the “If they’re being followed, harassed, “People are doing these crimes out of Northern Environmental Action Team, stalked, whatever, they can go to these pure hate,” Francoeur said. Stonebridge Hotel, First Nations Health places and call police and we’ll come and Francoeur did not have statistics for Authority, and Freedom Physiotherapy help them out,” Francoeur said. Fort St. John immediately available with are on board, Francouer said. The city is Businesses are monitored for com- his presentation. also looking to bring its facilities into the plaints from the community, and their The program began in Seattle and program, he said. participation in the program can be re- quickly spread to Vancouver, where more Businesses can sign up for the pro- voked, Francoeur said. than 300 businesses are now involved, gram, and are subject to a screening In 2014, there were 155 hate crimes Francoeur said. Prince Rupert was the process, Francoeur said. If approved, against the LGBT community in Canada first RCMP detachment to roll out the businesses sign a pledge and get a decal — only a fraction of the true scale of the program in Canada. to post in their shop windows to let the problem as most incidents go unreporThose interested in joining the proLGBT community know it’s a place to ted, Francoeur said. Of those that do, 65 gram in Fort St. John can contact Franfeel welcome and call police for help, if per cent involve violence, from common couer at 250-787-8142, or via email at needed. assault to assault with a weapon. steven.francoeur@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Crime prevention volunteers sought The Fort St. John RCMP and the North Peace Justice Society are recruiting volunteers for its speed watch and block watch crime prevention programs. Speed Watch is an ICBC sponsored educational program aimed at reducing incidents of speeding. This program not only provides awareness to drivers who are speeding, but also provides valuable data to the RCMP and ICBC on areas where speeding is a significant problem. Using portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, volunteers monitor speeds in school and playground zones, high crash zones, and neighbourhood streets. Volunteers record the speed of vehicles and forward these reports to police and ICBC. Areas with high incidents of speeding will be considered for future RCMP enforcement. The Block Watch program is a partnership between police and citizens that draws on members of the community for help in preventing and reducing neighbourhood crime. Those interested in getting involved can contact Francoeur at 250-7878142 or steven.francoeur@rcmp-grc. gc.ca, or the North Peace Justice Society at 250-263-9209.

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Fort St. John RCMP are looking for two men wanted on outstanding warrants. A warrant was issued on March 28 for the arrest of Byron Eric Horne, 32, for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a prohibited weapon. Horne is described as: • 6’4 tall (193 cm) • 181 pounds (82kg) • First Nations • Black hair • Brown eyes • blue flame tattoo on his right wrist and forearm • A skull with jester hat tattoo on his left shoulder • A skull with Viking helmet tattoo on his left arm above the elbow Multiple warrants have been issued for the arrest of Cory Joe

Miskenack, 29, for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon, failure to comply with probation, and failure to comply with conditions of an undertaking. Miskenack is described as: • 5’6 tall (168 cm) • 161 pounds (73kg) • First Nations • Black hair • Brown eyes • Life tattoo o his left hand • Love tattoo on his right hand • Cross tattoo on his right forearm Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Tips can be made anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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A Fort St. John man arrested on drug trafficking charges in Halifax can be released on bail, a Nova Scotia judge has ruled. Darcy Peter Bailey, 46, can be released on $10,000 cash bail when lawyers finalize the plan for his release, expected Wednesday, according to a report from the Chronicle Herald. Bailey was one of three men charged with conspiracy to import cocaine after 150 kilograms of cocaine was seized from a ship in the Port of Halifax in June. The cocaine was found hid-


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Modernizing our democracy, a case for proportional representation

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fter the fall of the Roman empire, the Medieval era bequeathed Manorialism on civilization, an oppressive, feudal system where the titled and kings organized the society into the haves and have-nots. Although some would argue that trade flourished because of agricultural and technological innovations, ironically and coincidentally, it was the beginning of climate change that allowed crop yields to increase. Meanwhile, societal dichotomization of peasants into villages that owed rent and labour services, knights and other lower status nobles indebted for military service allowed the overlords to enjoy unbridled privileges while the rest are in bondage, even with the approval of the church. This continued for centuries, and it would take the theology of Thomas Aquinas and the advent of scholasticism for faith to become reasonable. Scholastic philosophy started articulating and defending dogmas in an increasingly pluralistic context. Those who would later dubbed these thinkers leftists and radicals ingeniously denied their humanistic origin as an outgrowth of and a departure from Christian monastic schools. However, the battle between the franchised and the disenfranchised has begun on a full scale and it would continue until today. The phenomenal cultural revolution called Renaissance not only ushered a flowering of vernacular literatures, art, and philosophical pursuits, it revolutionized democracy by taking the concepts of humanistic tendencies and aspirations into astronomical levels. This marked a sharp break from the Medieval “dark ages,” a sudden burst of human opportunism and intellectual light after the supposed gloom of the stag-

nant Middle Ages. The accompanying modernization theories, illustrated by Social Darwinism and the ideas of German sociologist Max Weber, stress not only the process of change, but also the responses to that change. Historians, while looking at internal dynamics of social and cultural structures, have linked many of the trappings of modernization such as the processes of urbanization, industrialization, and the spread of education to human agency. In critical sociological theory, modernization is linked to an overarching process of rationalization where the individual becomes increasingly important. In political jargon, this individual is a voter, who, with his or her civic exercise, can help reshape the legislative landscape. Today in the 21st Century, despite immense bouts of technological breakthroughs in all of our spheres of life, our political structure, instead of disseminating the fruits of these achievements, is trying to place us in another form of human bondage, not unlike the feudal system of the Middle Ages. The NDP’s proposal of proportional representation — PR — is a recipe to prevent it and perfect our democratic institution of self-governance, its own contribution to this eternal quest for the betterment of the human race. One of the lasting legacies of the Renaissance era is the questioning and eventual modernization of many European monarchies. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most European countries dramatically expanded the franchised to include the working class, abolished plural voting for the wealthy, and reduced the power of the landed gentry in undemocratic upper legislative chambers. During the same period,

some of these countries replaced their electoral systems featuring winner-take-all with some versions of PR. Since Braunias in the 1930s, scholars have drawn a connection between these transformations and the enfranchisement of the working class and the redefinition of the word democracy. The goal of this article is to illustrate some historical perspectives and hopefully allay your concerns. Proportional representation is devised to represent your wishes of choosing the representatives that reflect your values, and not the party’s. It seeks to balance the number of seats a party wins to the number of votes it receives. The simplest explanation is what is called the Hare quota, obtained by dividing the total number of votes cast by the number of seats to be filled. In big electoral districts, the greater the number of seats to be filled, the greater proportionality of representation possible, and vice versa. An argument against PR is that it requires a “degree in political science” for “an ordinary voter” to choose a representative. I reject this condescending notion of the electorate as political neophytes. Rather than being discouraged, most voters that I have come across welcome the opportunity to be better informed before making their choices. Another claim is that the unintended plurality of representatives where there are more than two main parties leads to unstable, hung legislative bodies or weak governments. In actual fact, political stability abound in many European countries where PR is helping to create electoral fairness. In some cases, the absence of clear majorities has led to smart governance, either through workable non-executive political

agreements (like we have in B.C. now) or encourage non-partisan co-operation for the common good. Needless to say, but worth mentioning that the political apprehension being experienced in B.C. today was present in New Zealand of the early 1990s. However, the political experiment has enjoyed a popular support among the electorate. Two decades later, three out of every five Kiwis voted to keep it in a referendum, a reference made by Attorney General David Eby in his report and recommendations on electoral reform in B.C. As a stark illustration of the inadequacy of the current political system of first-past-the-post, the new Ontario Conservative government has just won only 40% of the votes, but is being rewarded with 100% of the governing power. The concept of political modernization is one of the key issues that we have to confront as we strive to continue the our democratic experiment. We have to capture the structural transformations that may or not have consequences for day-today policy practices. My final point on the PR issue is that support for it is not only progressive, socialist tendency. It is commonly employed in countries like Germany, Norway, Denmark, the UK, etc., where there have been successful liberal and conservative governments. To conclude, I remind everyone that the enfranchisement of the working class, which we all belong to, will not be complete without political empowerment. This empowerment can only come when we can collectively and truly choose our representatives. Donald Fajemisin, an NDP member, is an educator and a resident of Fort St. John

Is there a limit to the firepower we give our police?

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ow would you feel if you attended the next community function and saw RCMP members standing around the perimeter carrying Colt Canada C8 carbine rifles? I am piggybacking off of a conversation from CBC radio that happened following Prince George Canada Day celebrations, where the police were on scene at the park and noticeably carrying the powerful and controversial weapon. I have wondered what reaction we would have had given the same circumstances? Would there have been a public outcry? Would anyone have noticed? Four or five hours to the north of Prince

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George, but perhaps light years away in thinking when it comes to guns. Many of us in the north have grown up around guns, whether it is hunting rifles or shotguns. It used to be a common sight to see them on gun racks in vehicles or on display in elaborate gun cases. Even as I type

that, I can’t believe how times have changed as laws and society has evolved. The sight of guns is not terrifying — crazy people using guns are terrifying. I would far prefer our RCMP members to serve and protect us using the same firepower as the criminal. Having them attend large community functions with that same firepower in hand, is not a bad thing. The juvenile thinking that nothing could ever happen up in here is misguided. Having our RCMP members present at large, outdoor events is forward thinking. Shouldn’t we also give them the proper tools to do their job?


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Province needs to take proactive approach to battling our wildfires

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his spring brought back many memories from my six years working as an air attack officer with the Yukon Forest Service in the early 1990s, fighting fires across northern Canada and Alaska, using retardant and water dropping aircraft. As I was working out in my yard here in Fort St John, taking advantage of our great weather, the familiar roar of large engine aircraft coming and going from our airport, got me thinking about fires, and why are we always fighting large fires, especially when they all start so small. And why, here in the north, are we continually told by the Forest Service that they are “monitoring” some of our fires, seeing how big they can let them get and by how many people we need to evacuate before they wake up, round up some workers, and equipment and then go try put them out. Before I go too far, I do realize we cannot, and never will be able to suppress all forest fires in the first 24 hour burning period (called the initial attack or IA period). But this is the government’s primary objective for fire suppression, with some exceptions, such as for safety of crew, life over property, private property over wilderness values, etc. B.C., and our other provinces and territories, do have excellent initial attack personnel and equipment, and do a great job when called too, but sometimes these teams are not called on to do their work until the fires are well past control and have gotten so large that it take a lot more than them to extinguish. We all can remember last year’s fires and the evacuations in the southern half of the province, and remember from previous years when

Evan Saugstad MY VIEW

we had our fair share of large fires that had their own evacuations and left us with huge areas burned, and wondering why. Last year, after the fire season was over, B.C. commissioned a great report, Addressing the New Normal: 21st Century Disaster Management in British Columbia, and came up with 108 recommendations. Although there are too many to comment on here, one stands out that I believe can help all our communities and land users when it comes to keeping our fires small, our communities and resources safe, and things much “greener.” Recommendation number 18 addresses what we used to call “pre-suppression” planning, which is the process of being ready to fight fires as and when they occur. Although, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development states they have implemented 19 of the 108 recommendations, this wasn’t one of them. Recommendation number 18 reads: “Develop strategic partnerships and operational agreements with key community members, forest professionals, First Nations, tenure holders (forest, range, guide outfitters and others), as suitable to provide increased response capacity and promote resilience across the land

base. As part of this arrangement, BC should consider training and registering partners.” From my perspective, this is key to maintaining our forests and controlling fires. This is where government commits to funding adequate resources to be available when a fire starts — and not just when they get so big that we, the pubic, demands action. This is where we, as rural communities, need to tell government what is important to us, and where and when they should be putting their efforts and resources. But, this hasn’t happened, not yet, and I doubt it will, unless we have our local elected officials (municipal, First Nations, regional districts) ask that this recommendation be carried out, and that they hold public meetings with all land users, and ask that the ministry commit to attacking all small fires no matter where they occur during their first 24-hour period, until such time that local land users tell them something different. I say this as I hear a spokesperson from the ministry say they didn’t have the resources to attack all of our most recent fires, despite not much of anything going on in the rest of the province, or Canada, that our fires weren’t threatening lives or private property (but now they are), or that June is our rainy month and so on. I get upset. Why can a bureaucrat living somewhere well south of here decide that they will let our fires burn our forests, our caribou habitat, our gas fields, our timber harvesting land base, our traplines and so on, and we get left to pay the price, with whatever the fires leave? Unfortunately, this approach isn’t new. It happens with

too much regularity. Remember the Hudson’s Hope’s evacuation in 2014? The ministry watched that fire for a week until Hudson’s Hope was evacuated, then spent millions trying to put it out, nevermind how much timber harvesting land base was blackened and future jobs lost. Or our fires of May 2016 with their evacuations? Not having adequate fire crews for initial attack does result in more large fires. Protecting our forests and their multiple values are important to us, to our livelihoods and the existence of many forest critters and ecosystems, and especially given the pressures we put on our land base through our extensive use by industries and recreational practices. I also take hope, as if the province is going to follow the recommendations of this report, that they also follow the closing advice: “With this report and our recommendations, we are proposing a substantial departure from existing practices around the handling of flood, debris flows and wildfires in our province. We are advocating for a partnership of First Nations governments, as well as local, provincial and federal governments in better preparing for emergencies. It is also imperative that we move to a multi-year, multi-pronged approach to community safety — one that involves concerted, proactive investment before emergencies happen.” From up here, and from my point of view, the world is still flat. Evan Saugstad lives in Fort St. John.

Tumbler Ridge is a true treasure of the Peace

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ot sure what it is: age, ignorance, being busy, or always thinking of that next excuse to get out of dodge and go on a vacation. It’s strange how we have a tendency to take for granted what we have right in our own backyard. One place that gets overlooked is Tumbler Ridge, a place that, over the years, I have visits more often and for good reason — its a great place to play. With such a vast amount of area to cover and a variety of recreational opportunities, this is the place to go in the Peace Region. The tourism info centre in Tumbler Ridge is second to none, and should be your first stop of the trip to get maps, advice, and area information. The one aspect that I truly enjoy is the hiking trails and the variety of hikes that are available to outdoor enthusiasts. July and August are prime time. One group of hikes that are a quite popular and scenic are located south of town. A drive up the Murray River Forest Service Road south of Tumbler Ridge will lead you to a nice day of short hikes into three waterfalls with the final stop for lunch or picnic. A combo hike of Nesbitt’s Knee Falls and Barbour Falls is worth the trip with both hikes being a short walk in the woods to reach your destination. Nesbitt’s Knee Falls does have a couple short sections of steep terrain but nothing that would prevent you from taking the kids, and has a wonderful plunge pool to wade into after a short scramble down the slope to the base of the falls. Not a bad option on a hot summer day. Barbour Falls on the other hand, has a side trail to a swimming hole for a quick dip. Both trails have been upgraded in the last year and with snow pack still in the alpine and a rather wet summer we have had, both falls are pushing a decent amount water this time of year. After Nesbitt’s Knee and Barbour Falls have been tackled, head back up the Murray River FSR and end the day at Kinuseo

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Falls with a short hike into the viewing area and a picnic. If you haven’t been there before, go, it’s worth the trip. The roads have the right amount of signage along the way to make sure you do not lose your way. The second area that is a favorite of many hikers is Mt. Spieker. This hike is accessed via the Wolverine Valley and is the exact opposite of the waterfall hikes. After a short but steep hike up the old coal exploration trail, you reach a different world — the alpine tundra. What is great about Mt Spieker are the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys and the different wildlife species that inhabit the high mountain meadows. Word of caution: be prepared when you hike up into the alpine, the weather can change at a moment’s notice. This time of year the meadows are in flower and that whistling you hear in the background are the marmots, always perched on the boulders taking in some rays. As always, be prepared for the elements when hiking outdoors and never forget you are in bear country so carrying bear spray, at minimum, is essential. If you haven’t spent much time in the Tumbler Ridge area and are looking to spend some time in the great outdoors this summer, take a drive south and don’t forget to stop in at the info centre as they will point you in the right direction. There are so many options to choose from that your first trip will most certainly not be your last. Jeff Richert lives in Taylor.

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Writers festival a chance to showcase student talent

Taylor firefighter Andrew Wingo presents Mayor Rob Fraser with a plaque recognizing the district’s support for the 2018 hoselay competition. The event brought in more than 40 firefighters from across the region, and raised more than $7,500 for local and provincial charities.

The 2018 Words North writing festival will showcase regional writers of all ages. On Sunday, September 30, a student reading will be held at the Dawson Creek Public Library. If you are a high school or college student who would like to share your writing, contact Donna Kane at dkane@ pris.ca. Here is a look at just one of our region’s talented young writers who will be reading at this event. Amy Crandall is a seventeen-year-old avid reader and novelist born and raised in British Columbia. She began writing in elementary school, publishing her first story on Wattpad.com at the age of thirteen. With the support of her loved ones and newfound friends on the site, Amy continued to share her thoughts and interests in the form of storytelling. Before her Wattpad.com days, she was published in A Celebration of Poets – Summer 2012 (Creative Communication, 2012) for her poem My Garden. That experience only drove her desire to further pursue writing. Her first full-

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Application to Amend Environmental Assessment Certificate, #E14-02, for the Site C Clean Energy Project

Invitation to Comment BC Hydro, (the “Certificate Holder”) has submitted an application for an amendment of the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) #E14-02 for the Site C Clean Energy project (the “Project”), issued on October 14, 2014, and amended on June 22, 2018 under the Environmental Assessment Act.

The Decision Statement under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, issued by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change on November 25, 2014, contains conditions regarding BC Hydro’s obligations in regard to the Project. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will consider comments received by EAO regarding potential adverse environmental effects from the proposed project changes and the proposed mitigation measures in the context of the Decision Statement.

The Project is located approximately 5 km southwest of Fort St. John, BC. The Project is made up of an earthfill dam along with the associated generating station, spillways, reservoir, substation, transmission lines, and Highway 29 realignments.

Decision Statement: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/ evaluations/document/100567?culture=en-CA

The application for amendment is focused on changes to the source of quarry and excavated materials used in some aspects of construction. The following change is proposed: •

EAO accepts public comments through the following ways: • By Online Form: https://projects.eao.gov.bc.ca/p/site-c-clean-energy/ commentperiod/5b4641795229790024209571

Revisions to allow for West Pine Quarry as a potential additional source of quarry and excavated material for the construction of: a. Highway 29 Realignment b. Hudson’s Hope shoreline protection c. Other areas along the reservoir requiring protection during reservoir filling

• By Mail: Kim Walters, Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1

The public comment period is 30-days. During this period, the public is invited to submit concerns regarding new or additional adverse impacts that might result from the proposed amendment. The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed changes are identified for consideration as part of the amendment process. The comment period will begin on July 30, 2018, and conclude on August 29, 2018. All comments within the scope of the application for amendment will be considered as part of EAO’s review.

An electronic copy of the Certificate Holder’s application for amendment is available at: EAO website: https://projects.eao.gov.bc.ca/p/site-c-clean-energy/ docs?folder=1130 Certificate Holder website: www.sitecproject.com

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NOTE: All submissions received by the EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Amendment are considered public and will be posted to the EAO website.

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Construction is set to begin on five new potable water stations throughout Electoral Area B. The water treatment and bulk loading stations are being built in Buick, Rose Prairie, Feye Spring, Prespatou, and Goodlow starting this month, and work will carry on through to mid-October. Water will be shut off at the stations for a period of no more than five days, the Peace River Regional District said in a news release Monday. Advance notice will be provided so residents can make alternative arrangements for water, the district says. Only one station is expected to be down at a time during construction. The construction schedule is as follows: • Buick, Rose Prairie and Feye Spring: mid-July to mid-September • Prespatou and Goodlow: mid-September to mid-October

Construction is being carried out by Bear Mountain Construction of Dawson Creek, which was awarded a $3.4-million contract in May. Flowpoint was awarded a $1.5-million contract to supply the water treatment equipment and pre-fabricated buildings last December. In a referendum held last June, Area B residents voted overwhelming in favour of establishing a potable water function. The need to convert existing untreated water facilities in the region arose when provincial regulations began requiring all regional districts to provide treated water or no water at all. The district would be liable if contaminated water from a PRRD well causes illness or death. In November 2015, a similar proposal for potable water services through new property taxes in Areas B, C, and D was defeated by voters.

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Pembina Pipeline Corp. has partnered with Food Banks BC to expand a grant program that will help distribute fresh food to those in need across Northern B.C. The Fresh Food Fund will distribute $33,000 to food banks across the region to help buy meat, dairy, and produce from the community. In Fort St. John, the Salvation Army received a $4,000 grant, money the organization says will go a long way in supplementing the donations it receives to fill hungry bellies with healthy, wholesome food. “We are grateful to be able to share a variety of food, and this grant significantly helps to offset the costs of fresh, nutritious food,” said Cameron Eggie, executive director, in a news release. “Grants like these are especially helpful during the summer months. Summertime donations are typically lower but the demand is still very high.” Pembina established the fund in Alberta in 2016, and has put nearly $400,000 into the hands of food banks

across its operations in Western Canada since. The fund is targetted at food banks in rural areas with a population of 100,000 or less. “We are very excited to be able to offer this grant for the first time ever in B.C., and to help food banks acquire fresh, nutritious, and local food,” said Jeff Spenst, supervisor of Pembina’s Fort St. John district. “Food is such a basic need, and I can’t think of anything more important than making sure that our friends and neighbours in our communities don’t go hungry.” Food Banks BC is the provincial association of food banks, which works to address food insecurity and build the resources of food banks operating in the province. Pembina’s expansion of the program into B.C. is welcomed, officials say. “Fresh, perishable foods are so critical to good health and thanks to the Pembina Fresh Food Fund, food banks will have an opportunity to ensure clients receive nutritious food.” said Laura Lansink, executive director.


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The Double H Saddle Club celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend. Local rancher and original member Dick Ardill says the club has brought a lot of people together over the years, especially in the early days when the town lacked community entertainment. “We supplied stock for the rodeo, we’d haul them the night before and haul them back again afterwards – there was a lot of work to it, but it was fun at the same time,” said Ardill. Commercialization changed the face of rodeo, says Ardill. “In those days, nobody worked for money, it was all just volunteers. There were no prizes to start with, you rode for the fun of it,” Ardill said. Double H President Elisabeth Haagsman says the non-profit continues to be

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volunteer driven. “I love hearing all the stories that are told by our older members. We have so many mem-

bers that don’t even ride and they still have their heart in this place,” Haagsman said. The riding arena also sports

the province’s only equine program in a public school. “It gives everyone a chance. School is different for every-

one, some kids do better with animals,” said former Double H president Rene Ardill. Double H member and riding instructor Liza Ryhmer echoed Ardill’s sentiment. “Hudson’s Hope has no malls, no movie theatres, not a lot of places to hang out —- what I’ve noticed is that there’s groups of kids who come together, who are able to follow a common interest, which is horses and rodeo,” Ryhmer said. Robin Milliken, club secretary, says while sponsorship is a challenge, Hudson’s Hope has produced a lot of rodeo talent — the hometown to Salt Lake City silver medalist Deb Guelly and Calgary Stampede rider Jake Watson. “Being in a small town is rewarding: you know your group, you know your friends, you come together to put on a good show and you’re proud of it,” Millken said.

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July land sale plummets to $27,000 After a remarkable June that brought in more than $42 million, B.C. saw its earnings plummet to practically nothing at its sale of petroleum and natural gas rights this month. The province netted a paltry $26,938 on the sale of two drilling licences on July 11. Scott Land and Lease picked up the licences, one for $16,732.32, and another for $7,357.68. Both cover 264 hectares northeast of Inga Lake and the Alaska Highway. It’s a far cry from the June sale, which was buoyed by Landsolutions GP Inc. picking up a drilling licence for $42.05

million near Halfway River First Nation. The province has earned roughly $60 million from land sales so far this year. Compared to 2017, the province had brought in $155 million through July. Most of that was on the backs of two drilling licences: one for $35 million near Dawson Creek in January, and another for $77 million at Inga/Altares in July. Year-over-year, industry has picked up 51 drilling licences in 2018, down from 53. Industry has picked up another 22 leases for the year, down from 26 in 2017. The July sale also marks a new low for 2018. The previous low was in April, when the province brought in $202,000 on the sale of two drilling licences. The next sale is set for Aug. 15.

Site C workforce jumps to 2,810 Employment on BC Hydro’s Site C dam jumped to 2,810 workers in May. That’s up from 2,242 workers on the project in April, according to figures released by BC Hydro July 11. “The month over month increase in the employment statistics is due to a number of factors including: the seasonal nature of the construction work; the start of mobilization of AFDE’s workforce; the start of the environmental and heritage contractor’s field season as well as the engineering field investigations for the high-

way 29 realignment work,” Site C spokesman Dave Conway said. There were 657 residents from the Peace Region on site employed as construction and non-construction contractors, or 23 per cent of the project’s total workforce. Local workers make up 30 per cent of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 2,160 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations. There were a total of 2,358 workers, 84 per cent, from B.C. in construction and nonconstruction contractors, engineers and project team jobs. BC Hydro says there were three temporary foreign workers employed on the

project in April, along with 37 apprentices, 226 First Nations people, and 370 women. The bulk of the project’s construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with more than 650 employed on the project in May. There were another 300 labourers, 300 engineers, and nearly 250 other professionals, technicians, and office staff. Workforce numbers are collected monthly from contractors, which are also required under contract to report on indigenous inclusion and women participation on the project. The figures do not include indirect or induced employment, BC Hydro says, while figures are not broken down by full-time or part-time work.

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Notice is given that a draft Pest Management Plan has been prepared by CN to control vegetation within certain property owned or operated by CN within the province of British Columbia as identified more fully below, on all track ballasts, rights-of-way, station grounds, rail yards, bridges, road and pedestrian crossings, and around shops, buildings and communications and signals infrastructure using the principles of integrated pest management. The use of pesticides is intended within the area to which the Pest Management Plan applies. The pest management activities are to be carried out within CN’s subdivisions of Ashcroft, Clearwater, Okanagan, Lumby, Rawlison, Squamish, New Westminster, Brownsville, Lillooet, Yale Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Fraser, Mackenzie, Prince George, Stuart, Takla, Tumbler, Albreda, Robson and Tete Jaune. The section of CN’s network covered by this Pest Management Plan is shown on the following map:

The pesticides and application methods proposed for use under this plan includes: Truvist or Navius containing aminocyclopyrachlor, Milestone or Clearview containing aminopyralid, Timber Fume containing chloropicrin, Truvist or Telar containing chlorsulfuron, Banvel or Overdrive containing dicamba, Overdrive containing diflufenzopyr, Karmex or Diurex containing Diuron, Torpedo containing flumioxazin, OcTTain containing fluroxypyr, RoundUp, RoundUp WeatherMax, RT540, VP480 or VisionMax containing glyphosate, Arsenal containing imazapyr, Esplanade containing indaziflam, Escort, Navius or Clearview containing metsulfuron-methyl, Tordon 22k or Aspect containing picloram, Torpedo containing pyroxasulfone, Detail containing saflufenacil, Garlon containing triclopyr, 2,4-D Amine 600, Aspect or OcTTain containing 2,4-D to be applied using ground-based methods and may include backpack, wick/wipe on applicator, power hose and nozzle, shrouded boom sprayer and radiarc sprayer. Other methods that may be undertaken at any time are mechanical or manual and include hand removal or cutting, weed trimming, mowing, brush cutters and chain saws. The proposed duration of the Pest Management Plan is from September 2018 and five (5) years hence, until 2023. An electronic copy of the draft Pest Management Plan with maps of the proposed treatment areas may be examined at the following address: www.cn.ca/vegetationbc. A hard copy of the draft Pest Management Plan may be requested by contacting the individual listed above. 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 CN at the address above within 30 days of the publication of this notice. July 19th, 2018.


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Fort St. John real estate sales stable in first half of 2018 There were 245 properties sold for $100.8 million in the first six months of 2017. Fort Nelson sales In Fort Nelson, 50 properties worth $5.1 million were sold by the end of June, according to the board. That’s up from the 25 properties worth $4.6 million in the same period last year. Half of the 20 single family homes sold since January sold for less than $83,000, and took an average of 162 days to sell, according to the board. Overall, single-family home prices have dropped from an average of $163,384 in 2017, down to $113,690 so far this year. As of June 30, there were 748 properties of all types available for purchase through MLS listings in the Fort St. John area. There were 97 properties listedin the Fort Nelson area.

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Real estate sales in Fort St. John have remained flat in the first half of 2018, while home prices continue to decline. The BC Northern Real Estate Board released its mid-year results on Wednesday, showing a total of 243 properties worth $90.1 million were sold in Fort St. John in the first six months of the year. Of those sales, 151 were single-family homes that spent an average of 84 days on the market and sold for an average price of $364,635. Compared to the first half of 2017, realtors had sold 114 single-family homes for an average price of $405,044. The city has also seen the sale of 18 half-duplexes (-8), six manufactured homes (-23), 22 homes on acreages (-7), and 10 vacant lots (-7) so far this year. “The market is currently stable,” the board observed in a news release. “Anecdotal reports suggest that people in the area are optimistic about plans for LNG exports.”

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court docket A summary of sentences and fines handed out in Peace Region courts for the week ending July 13, 2018. Fort St. John Law Courts • Jackie Danny Williams (born 1989) was sentenced to 147 days in jail, ordered to forfeit prohibited items, and assessed a $100 victim surcharge

for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm contrary to court order, and carrying a prohibited device or concealing ammo. • Philip Clayton Testawitch (born 1988) was sentenced to 15 days in jail for theft $5,000 or under. • Darcy James Hull (born 1982) was fined $3,000 and assessed a $900 victim surcharge for possession of stolen property over $5,000. • Ryan Charles Barber (born 1975) was fined $1,000

and assessed a $150 victim surcharge for driving without a driver’s licence. • Julia Alarice Lattie (born 1981) was fined $500, handed a one-year driving ban, and assessed a $75 victim surcharge for driving with a suspended licence. Dawson Creek Law Courts • Ross Gilbert Capot Blanc (born 1980) was sentenced to 60 days in jail and assessed a $100 victim surcharge for willfully resisting or obstructing a

peace officer. Capot Blanc was further fined $1,000, handed a one-year driving ban, and assessed a $150 victim surcharge for driving with a suspended licence. Capot Blanc was further sentenced to 78 days in jail and assessed a $200 victim surcharge for a charge of common nuisance endangering life. • Shawn Damien Bottle (born 1989) was fined $500, handed a one-year driving ban, and assessed a $75 victim surcharge for driving with a suspended licence. — Tom Summer

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Jean Copeland (Marshall) Not even the rain could dampen the spirit, of those attending the Reunion on June 29th, 30th and July 1, 2018. Mike and Janet Marshall, Hawthorn and Mary Marshall and parents, Mr. and Mrs. McCullock arrived in Rose Prairie to their homestead in 1928. Jean (Marshall) Copeland is the only original family member remaining. Jean was only two when they arrived, you can do the math. Geraldine and Ralph were born later. We have lost 3 members in the last 3 months from that generation. Jean has been a very active participant on our reunion committee. She sold raffle tickets and looked after the guest book all weekend, as well as played music and sang the song that her dad, Mike Marshall wrote in 1929, called “WHERE THE GREAT PEACE RIVER FLOWS”. The North Peace Fall Fair Grounds was alive with activity. We had family members come from as far away as Whitehorse to the north, Surrey and White Rock to the south, Hazelton to the west and Coal Lake to the east. The children were kept busy with face painting, a treasure hunt, scavenger hunt and a children’s auction. Some adults even braved the rain for horse shoe, others played cards and just visited each other. We had an Adult Auction to raise money for the next reunion. Both evenings there was singing and lots of music. We had a get together in memory of the passing of 5 dearly loved members whom we lost in the last 3 months. The kitchen volunteers prepared delicious food all weekend for everyone. Thank you so much to Trojan Oilfield Safety Supplies for the use of their barbecue with all propane supplied. A BIG THANK YOU to all those that worked so hard to make this weekend a success. A special thanks from Janet to Terry Marshall for all the behind the scene organization. A very BIG THANK YOU to those that have stepped forward for the next reunion in 2020.

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HOROSCOPE ARIES (MARCH 21 TO APRIL 19) You feel uncertain about your goals, which makes you resentful about group pressures. It’s OK to have second thoughts about things. It’s a changing world! TAURUS (APRIL 20 TO MAY 20) You thought you knew what you wanted with your career and life direction, but lately you’re not sure. Mars is retrograde at the top of your chart, and that shakes things up. GEMINI (MAY 21 TO JUNE 20) You’re excited to learn new things. However, part of you wonders if you’re being brainwashed. You’re not. You’re just checking things out. CANCER (JUNE 21 TO JULY 22) It was clear how you wanted to handle shared property and inheritances, but now you’re having second thoughts. That’s OK. These are important issues. LEO (JULY 23 TO AUG. 22) Mars opposite your sign all summer makes you annoyed with partners. You either can be grumpy this summer, or patient and happy. It’s your choice. (Happy sounds better.) VIRGO (AUG. 23 TO SEPT. 22) Don’t worry if you feel confused about your job now. One moment you’re turned on, and the next you’re turned off. That’s the story for the entire summer! LIBRA (SEPT. 23 TO OCT. 22) You have vacation ideas and party plans that are exciting.

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Then suddenly they don’t appeal to you, and you want to change your mind. That’s OK. It happens. Ditto for romance.

PISCES (FEB. 19 TO MARCH 20) If you believe in something, you can make it a reality. However, this summer you will question some of the things you believe in. Don’t worry — many feel this way as well.

Angela Griffin PEACE REFLECTIONS

shows that Mary was literate, a visionary and a healer. Some surmise it was Mary who taught Christ to make a mud paste with spittle to put on the eyes of the blind in need of sight. Modern scholars view Mary Magdalene as one of Jesus’ most prominent disciples, who likely bankrolled His mission and who certainly stood by Him to the end. In 2016, Pope Francis raised the July 22 memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a feast day on the church’s liturgical calendar as a call for Christians to reflect more deeply on the dignity of women. Catholic clergy and laity have been fighting for the ordination of women since the early 1970s. According to recent polls, the majority of Catholics favor the ordination of women. Womenpriests is a renewal movement within the Catholic Church that began in Germany with the ordination of seven women on the Danube River in 2002. Yet, the Vatican remains adamant in its refusal to acknowledge the ordination of women. In 2008, the Vatican decreed that any woman who sought ordination, or bishop who conferred holy orders on her, would be excommunicated. It went a step further in 2010, categorizing any such attempt as delicta graviora — a grave crime against the church — the same category as priests who sexually abuse children. Ordained women priests and female bishops are reclaiming an ancient spiritual heritage to shape a more inclusive, Christ-centered 21st Century Catholic Church. If the Church continues to refuse to shift from antiquated patriarchy, it will lose more followers who will have no choice but to define themselves as spiritual, not religious. The Peace is a place of many peoples and faiths. In this space, readers are invited to share their own reflections of faith in the Peace. If you have a story of faith you’d like to share, email angelamarygriffin@gmail.com.

Acknowledging an Empty Card

Dear Annie: My daughter graduated from high school a SCORPIO (OCT. 23 TO NOV. 21) few weeks ago and had sent out This summer you are undecided announcements to family and about certain situations at home friends. She has been receiving or within the family. One day you congratulations cards and notes know what you want, then the in the mail, and some have innext day, you change your mind. cluded monetary gifts to acThis is not insane; it’s human knowledge her going to college nature. Relax. in the fall or just in celebration of her big life event. Monetary SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 TO DEC. 21) gifts are definitely not expected, You can expect to be unsure but I’m concerned about how to about some financial plans this address a card that arrived from summer. One moment you’re family friends who have been gung-ho, and then the next in our lives since my daughmoment, you’re second-guessing ter’s birth; they are the in-laws things. of one of my siblings. The card arrived with nothing enclosed, CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 TO JAN. 19) and though that is not unusual, This is a tricky summer. At the envelope was open/untimes you are confident, and sealed (looked as though it was then suddenly you are privately never sealed), and the card was wondering what you’re really inserted with the open portion doing. That’s normal. Mars is in facing up. I’m thinking one of retrograde. two things happened. Either a check or cash was included AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 TO FEB. 18) and fell out or was taken out or Your confidence is challenged nothing was enclosed and the this summer, and this will envelope was mailed without continue until November. Don’t being sealed well. worry if in the midst of feeling like you know what you’re doing, you suddenly question everything.

Catholic, male acquaintance told me it annoys him when people identify as spiritual, not religious. In response, he began identifying himself as religious, not spiritual. So, what’s the difference? Spirituality incorporates a relationship and dialogue with a higher presence. Religion is an institutionalized system of beliefs and practices in service of a higher, supernatural power often called God. More people identify as spiritual rather than religious. Increasingly, young women in particular shun patriarchal religions. On Palm Sunday 2018, Catholic youth implored Pope Francis to usher their Church into the 21st century by welcoming female priests and also allowing priests to marry. The Church responded that Jesus had already spoken regarding these matters. The Vatican means that Jesus did not allow married or female priests; however, Peter, the rock upon which Christ built His church — the first pope — was a married man. Jesus also had female followers. Mary Magdalene was as much a disciple of Christ as any male apostle. Mary Magdalene was not widely thought of as a prostitute until the 6th Century when Pope Gregory the Great depicted Mary Magdalene as the anonymous, sinful woman mentioned in the chapter before Mary is introduced in the Gospel of Luke. Feminist scholars believe Pope Gregory created this narrative around Mary Magdalene because crafting this legacy in connection with Christ’s most renowned female follower kept women in a place of lowliness within Church hierarchy. It wasn’t until 1969 that the Catholic Church stated that Mary Magdalene was distinct from the sinful woman mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. Mary Magdalene came from a wealthy family in the thriving fishing village of Magdala, located on the Sea of Galilee. She was an independent woman who had unrestricted time and wealth, laden neither by father or husband, whose life was dramatically changed by her encounter with Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel of Mary, an early Christian text,

My quandary is whether I should mention something to the senders or not. If they did enclose something, they would want to know that it was missing when it arrived, but if they didn’t, I don’t want to make them feel uncomfortable by mentioning it. What is the best way to handle this type of situation? -- Grateful for Love From

with some people insisting on calling me Jane.

Annie Lane DEAR ANNIE

Family and Friends Dear Grateful: Before I answer your question, I want to tell you how much I love your signature. Gratitude is one of the best life skills that anyone can cultivate, and the fact that you are feeling gratitude for two of the most important things in the world -- your family and your friends -- is excellent. As for the card in question, your thoughts make perfect sense. If my check were taken or I didn’t seal my envelope, I would want my friend to tell me. Thank your longtime friends for the card, and explain to them the way the envelope arrived -- that it looked as if someone tampered with it. Dear Annie: How happy I was to see my name, Janie, in print in your column. The writer to you was frustrated when people misspelled or mispronounced her given name, so she chose the nickname Janie. Then she couldn’t win, as people got that wrong, too, calling her Jane. No one can better relate to her anger than I can, for in my many years, I have had to live

It so happens that I’m proud of my name. Some years ago, a second cousin whom I’d never met surprised me with a letter saying she had found my name and address in her mother’s address book and she wanted me to know we have the same name. Thus began a correspondence between us. When she and her husband did a lot of traveling last summer, they went out of their way to come to Shreveport, Louisiana, to meet me and spend the day with me. Our names brought us together, she being named for her grandmother, who was my great-aunt. A niece named after me visits often. When we’re out and about, we attract attention by calling each other Janie. I’m not always proud of myself, but I stay proud of my full name. -Janie Griffith Dear Janie Griffith: It sounds as though you have a lot to be proud of, for your sibling to have named a daughter after you. Thank you for writing with a testament to how names can bring people together, too. 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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Tate Haugan a world champion once again DILLON GIANCOLA sports@ahnfsj.ca

For the second time in his young career, Tate Haugan is a world champion triathlete. This time, it’s the 2018 Junior Men’s Fyn ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship. Haugan won the race the morning of July 10, in Fyn, Denmark, with a time of one hour, seven minutes and 32 seconds. Haugan beat out Denmark’s Oscar Gladney Rundqvist by 36 seconds. Haugan built up a sizeable lead after the swim and the bike portion, although Denmark’s Gladney Rundqvist was able to make up 36 seconds on Haugan in the run. In all, 22 juniors competed in the race. Haugan was the only one from Canada. Haugan left at the beginning of June to race in Osaka, Japan, then carried on to Sittard, Netherlands. He was based out of Sittard for seven weeks, training with his team and travelling to races throughout Europe. He raced in Wuustwezel, Belgium and Holten, Netherlands before moving on to Svendborg, Denmark to race the ITU Junior Cross Triathlon World Championships where he was crowned the Junior World Champion. Haugan will be living and training in Victoria for the rest of the summer, and doing some racing within Canada. His next major races will be the Kelowna CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and the Montreal CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, both in August.

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Taylor One-Pitch tourney goes July 20 to 22 DILLON GIANCOLA sports@ahnfsj.ca

Both hitting and pitching are hard enough when it comes to slow pitch without limiting the pitch-count to one. Patient batters try to wait for the best pitch, while crafty pitchers will attempt to get hitters to swing at the worst possible strikes, but when it comes to onepitch tournaments, that strategy gets thrown out the window. Ball players will have another chance to play this unique style of slow pitch at the Taylor Mixed Slo Pitch League’s One Pitch Tournament, July

20 to 22, at the Taylor Ball Diamonds. For years, the tournament was only open to the league’s nine teams, but this year, the tournament organizers decided to open play to all teams, including those from the Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society. The reason of that is the tournament fees will go towards safety fence capping for the Taylor diamonds next season, something the Fort St. John league bought this year. As well, the annual Arnie Isberg Memorial 1-Pitch Tournament is so popular that it only made sense to reach out

to a wider group. “One pitch tournaments are really fun. The games are quick, and more relaxed, while offering a fast pace and still that competitive edge,” said organizer Tyson Hildebrand. Hildebrand said there have been several incidents this year of people getting scraped up by the top of a fence and is looking forward to buying fence capping. So far, 16 teams have registered, double the number that played in 2017. All teams are guaranteed four games, and can camp at the diamonds for free.

t’s been said that golf is a good walk spoiled, and to that I say, whose walking? Few inventions in the past 100 years have been more important than the golf cart. It provides stamina for those of us who think walking for fours, nevermind carrying a very heavy, awkward-shaped backpack, is a bad idea, and allows us to put that energy into our swings. It’s all about making sure only our backs hurt after a four-hour round, not our legs. But I’m not here to talk about the benefits of carting over walking, nor will I talk about how charging golfers per seat for a cart is immoral, but that’s a story for another day. Instead, I want to talk about how no other sport brings about the highs and lows of selfesteem like the game of golf. We’ve all heard horror stories of people slamming clubs like Tiger Woods or breaking them across a tree. I broke a club once myself many years ago, partly by accident, but those days are behind me. In reality, golf isn’t just about cheering when you get a birdie and being mad when you four putt, or chip a ball over the green. It’s about the experience, enjoying the warm weather and beautiful scenery, and getting a slight bit of exercise, all the while hoping one day you’ll actually become as good of a golfer as you want to be. That’s the thing about golf, you can never stop improving, as long as you keep putting the time into it and don’t blow out both of your knees. You don’t need to be fast, or tall, or skinny, or young. You just need to try things, and keep tweaking your game. I go golfing quite a bit. I’m not terrible, and am definitely better than I was 10 years ago, or when I started golfing in high school. But I’m nowhere near as good as I want to be, let alone as good as a lot of people I know who golf as often as I do. My youngest brother is one example. He golfs less than half the amount I do, but is consistently eight strokes better than me. I beat him once in Phoenix in 2011 and I still remember it vividly. When you have friends who are the same level as golfer as you, it brings you closer together. You’ve both experienced the feeling of failed dreams, and you can push each other, knowing that maybe you could actually win. The best part of having a mediocre golfer for a friend is when they say, “hey, bogey golf, nothing wrong with that,” every time you miss a painfully close putt for par. I’m not saying all good golfers are bad people. In fact, the best part about golf is anyone can be good. When you hear that someone who doesn’t look athletic can shoot 80 consistently, or is a scratch golfer, you immediately say, “no way, that’s really impressive,” every time. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when a good golfer tells you “good shot.” You can be golfing with someone who just birdied a 580-yard par 5, and your third shot can travel 160 yards and bounce off the fringe before landing in a bunker, and hearing a good golfer tell you that was a good shot immediately erases the sting of a double bogey. The Peace Region is full of golf tournaments right now, both for charity and for sport. Certainly not this year, but maybe two years from now, I’ll finish fifth in the fourth flight of a tournament, and that will be good enough for me. Dillon Giancola covers Peace Region sports for the Alaska Highway News. Email him at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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On Saturday, July 7, Lisa and Byron Stewart hosted their 14th annual Monkey N’ Around Bocce Tournament. There were 24 competing with an age range of 8 to 61. The morning could not dampen of this fun filled Mexican Fiesta themed day of Bocce. The 2018 champions are Kerris and Teresa German. Above, from left: From left, Byron Stewart, Kerris German, Teresa German, and Lisa Stewart.

Peace Motocross Association rides July 21 Dillon giancola sports@ahnfsj.ca

As the 2018 Peace Motocross Association season starts the second half, it returns to the North Peace this weekend for the first time since the season began in Taylor. Peace River hosts two days of racing this weekend, July 14 and 15, before Fort St. John gets a turn on July 21. The Fort St. John day will be round seven out of 10. Racing begins at 9 a.m., and all classes, including beginners, kids, ladies and pros will race twice each. Go to the PMA’s website to see the race order. Below is a list of the leaders in each PMA class, prior to the Peace River races. Braden

Gunter has the most points of all leaders with 194, while Nathan Sendziak has 191 in the 80cc 7-11 class. Season Leaders (after round 4 of 10) Youth - Scott Hopson 162 points 50cc 4-6 Beginner - Lincon Lessard 135 50cc 7-9 - Easton Rouble 166 50cc Intermediate - Hunter Stephan 169 65cc - Cormick McFadden 181 80cc 12-16 - Easton Hall 165 80cc 7-11 - Nathan Sendziak 191 Ladies - Caslynd Plante 175

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Bike riders have one more week to register for the 2018 Tour of the Peace, the bike ride which raises money for Type 1 Diabetes research. However, this year, runners and walkers can participate as well. On September 8, people will embark on either a 150km bike ride, a 75km bike ride, a 10km run or a 5 km walk from Peace Island Park. Registration closes on July 23. Organizer Dan Webster said he and the organizing committee added the other disciplines to make the event more accessible. “Not everyone was able to do a 150km bike ride. But people want to participate and we want to fundraise so this is a no-brainer,” Webster said. The Tour of the Peace has raised between $15,000 and $20,000 its first two years, but Webster said they would like to raise around $30,000 this

year. The extra disciplines will enable more people to participate than the 18 riders that came out the past two years. Each participant is responsible for raising a minimum amount. Webster said the early registration deadline exists to allow his team to prepare for the extra people this year, as a lot of work goes in to organizing it and making sure the event is safe. The money goes towards JDRF, formally known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “JDRF is our charity of choice. They’re leading the way for the most inventive and hopeful message for a cure and improved control with diabetes,” Webster said. Webster encouraged those who would like to contribute but are unable to bike or run, to donate to one of the riders. Registration can be done through the JDRF website at jdrfca.donordrive.com.

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As is tradition, the University of Victoria Vikes Soccer Teams are headed back to Fort St. John to host another Vikes Summer Camp, July 23 to 27. The camps will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, at either the Dr. Kearney Middle School or Surerus soccer fields, though all campers will meet at Dr. Kearney each morning.

Fresh off the excitement of the World Cup, the camp will look to capture that spirit and teach it to the next generations. Vikes Head Coach Wilson, who played in the 1986 World Cup with Team Canada, will lead the camp once again. Here’s a video showing some of Wilson’s career highlights. The camps will focus on teaching individual skill and knowledge of the game, and is open to all players born between 1999 and 2010.

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The Open Championship returns to Carnoustie for just the eighth time The Open Championship’s long and glorious history began in 1860 when it was first staged by members of the Prestwick Golf Club. Eight men participated in a three-round event, with Willie Park capturing the first championship. The Claret Jug is synonymous with the Open title as the winner gets the Jug. However, it was not until 1873 when the Claret Jug became a mainstay for the winner. Harry Vardon holds the record for the most victories in this event, winning six different times. Last year, Jordan Spieth (pictured below) defeated Matt Kuchar by three strokes at Royal Birkdale.

John Daly withdraws from Open Championship John Daly is missing the Open Championship for only the fourth time since he first became eligible as a surprise major champion. Daly has notified the R&A that he is withdrawing because of a knee injury. Daly also cited his knee injury in asking for a cart at the U.S. Senior Open, a request that was denied. He played the following week at The Greenbrier on the PGA Tour and missed the cut. Daly, who also withdrew from last week’s Senior Players Championship after the second round, said in a tweet Saturday that his knee pain was “unbearable.” Daly won The Open in 1995 at St. Andrews in a playoff over Costantino Rocca. He first became eligible for the major in 1992, a year after he won the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick as the ninth alternate. He has not made the cut at The Open since 2010.

Michael Kim won the John Deere Classic

Michael Kim obliterated TPC Deere Run, shooting a tournament record 27-under par to win the John Deere Classic by eight shots over Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon. After building a fivestroke lead heading into the final round, Kim slammed the door shut Sunday and finished the weekend with a final round 5-under par 66. “I started playing at eight years old,” Kim, now 25, said. “You dream about playing on the PGA Tour, winning on the PGA Tour.”

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FedEx Cup Standings

Course Stats Yards: 7,402 Par: 71 72-hole record: 264 18-hole record: 62 Defending champion: Jordan Spieth

TV Coverage Day Time Thursday 1:30am-4:00pm Friday 1:30am-4:00pm Saturday 4:30am-7:00am Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm Sunday 4:30am-7:00am Sunday 7:00am-2:30pm

Golf shoes are apparel that need quite a bit of care, yet they rarely get the attention that they need. One of the main problems is that they shrink due to the elements as well as storage. The best way to keep your golf shoes in prime condition is to insert a shoe tree inside your shoe. This will hold the shoe’s shape, minimize shrinkage and eliminate moisture buildup. If you Pro Golf Trivia have leather golf shoes, you should treat them with either polish or a silicone spray. Today, most Which golfer has the most runner-up golf courses want you to wear soft golf spikes finishes at the Open Championship? instead of the old metal ones. If you still have metal spikes and one comes loose, the standard a) Phil Mickelson c) Jack Nicklaus spike wrench will do the job. However, if you do b) Sergio Garcia d) Ben Crenshaw not have a spike wrench to use, try using a divot Answer: c) Jack Nicklaus finished runner-up at the repair tool or a towel that is pressed firmly against the golf shoe spike. Open Championship a record 7 times. Network GOLF GOLF GOLF NBC GOLF NBC

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Tournament Results Player Score Earnings 1. Michael Kim -27 $1,044,000 T2. Francesco Molinari -19 $382,800 T2. Joel Dahmen -19 $382,800 T2. Sam Ryder -19 $382,800 T2. Bronson Burgoon -19 $382,800

Through July 15, 2018

1) Dustin Johnson 2,013 pts. / 8 top tens

2) Justin Thomas 1,986 pts. / 6 top tens

3) Bubba Watson 1,854 pts. / 5 top tens

FedEx Cup Standings continued... Player Points 4) Justin Rose 1,743 5) Jason Day 1,603 6) Bryson DeChambeau 1,578 7) Patrick Reed 1,491 8) Phil Mickelson 1,468 9) Patton Kizzire 1,361 10) Tony Finau 1,327

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun golf tournament results Great weather, excellent course conditions marked the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Golf Tournament at Lone Wolf on Saturday, July 14. The tournament saw 100 ladies participate in two formats, stroke play and a two-person scramble, for the biggest ladies tournament in the Peace.

Czerwinski, Patricia Sagert and Carol Wolford Stroke Play: Championship Flight – Low Gross: Pam Hunter, Low Net: Dorothy Trask First Flight – Low Gross: Lori Stewart, Low Net: Patricia Sagert

Results: Scramble Play: Stroke Play Championship Winner: Pam Hunter, who shot 91 Scramble Championship Winners: the mother/daughter team of Tonnie & Jacqueline Trim, shooting 80 Closest to the Pin: Amanda Vega, Deanne Lawson and Nicole Wallace Longest Drive: Leslie Wagar and Carol Wolford Longest Putt: Mary

Championship Flight: Jacqueline & Tonnie Trim First Flight: Jeannie Attridge & Helen Boyd Second Flight: Theresa Mucci-Rogers/Merilyn Spani Most Scrambled: Brandy Utz and Dawn Gray The next tournament on the Lone Wolf calendar is the Lone Wolf Classic Men’s Tournament jr photography photo July 21 and 22. Crystal Callum and LJ Lawson presenting trophies to Scramble Championship winners Tonnie & Jacqueline Trim

Peace Country Open results Championship flight Winner: Travis Eggers (148) Runner up: Stef Brandmann (152)

Senior championship flight Winner: Percy Peterkin (151) Runner up: Gene Danyluk (158)

Men’s first flight Winner: Brad Gunson (165) Runner up: Jeff Kalb (166)

Senior first flight Winner: Don Hoffmeyer (175) Runner up: Joel Vysohlia (178)

Men’s second flight Winner: Dale Szoo (171) Runner up: Lindley Wnek (172) Men’s third flight Winner: Brian Baker (187) Runner up: Jonathan Norris (188)

Ladies championship flight Winner: Cheryl Lequiere (182) * playoff Runner up: Linda Harvey (182)

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Two ladies celebrated their birthdays at the tournament. Pictured here is Carol Wolford, Amber Lindley, Karen Ganderton and birthday girl, Iris Trapp.

PRO RACING THIS WEEK Racing News, Stats & Trivia Martin Truex Jr. Born: June 29, 1980 Crew Chief: Cole Pearn Car: Toyota

Year 2018 2017

Wins 4 8

Top 10s 13 26

Avg. Finish 9.4 9.4

This Week’s Cup Series Race: New Hampshire 301 Race Details

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Location: Loudon, N.H. Date: Sunday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. Last Year’s Pole: Martin Truex, Jr. - 133.077 mph Last Year’s Winner: Denny Hamlin

New Hampshire Motor Speedway has become New England’s NASCAR mecca for drivers and fans that travel here from all over the country to attend races. The two Cup Series races at NHMS, also known as “The Magic Mile”, are the largest spectator sporting events in New England with over 100,000 guests in attendance at each race. Located g near Loudon, the Speedway is about one hour from Boston, two hours from Portland, Maine, and Providence, R.I., and is easily accessible from Vermont and Canada. Last a week’s winner, Martin Truex Jr., finished 3rd w in last year’s race.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Shape: Oval Distance: 1.058 miles Turns / Straights: 12º / 2º

2018 Standings Cup Series Top Ten Drivers 1) Kyle Busch 2) Kevin Harvick 3) Martin Truex, Jr. 4) Joey Logano 5) Brad Keselowski 6) Clint Bowyer 7) Kurt Busch 8) Kyle Larson 9) Denny Hamlin 10) Ryan Blaney

Points 799 740 689 648 630 629 601 581 559 546

Xfinity Series Top Ten Top 10s 15 15 13 14 11 10 10 11 10 9

Drivers 1) Elliott Sadler 2) Daniel Hemric 3) Cole Custer 4) Christopher Bell 5) Justin Allgaier 6) Tyler Reddick 7) Brandon Jones 8) Ryan Truex 9) Matt Tifft 10) Austin Cindric

Points 608 608 605 591 569 541 500 479 458 428

Top 10s 14 13 13 10 12 11 7 7 7 6

Toyota Supra announced for NASCAR XFINITY Series competition Toyota announced the Supra will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019, when it will make its competition debut at Daytona to begin a maiden voyage that will vault the iconic sports car back into the spotlight. Rumors of the Supra’s return have been circulated for years. Recent hints, have alluded to the return of Toyota’s famed sports car, but the NASCAR announcement confirmed the speculation. “When you talk Toyota and cool cars, the Supra is the first thing that comes to mind for many auto enthusiasts,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing. “The Supra’s return in production form is huge news, but now we’re also going to see this iconic sports car return to American motorsport.” NASCAR will not use All-Star aero package again this season The drafting package used during the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend continues to be a discussion point for NASCAR competition officials, tracks, teams, manufacturers and engine builders. The conversation now, though, is centered on how to potentially implement elements of it in 2019 at the earliest. The rules package used at the All-Star Race that included aero ducts, a higher spoiler, plates and an older splitter, will not be used in the Monster Energy Series again in 2018.

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Martin Truex Jr, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, dominated the Quaker State 400 for the second straight year Saturday night, then performed an extended scorching of his tires as fans stood and cheered. The victory was his fourth this season and the 19th of his career for the 38-year-old native of Trenton, N.J. “I enjoy every single one of these wins like it’s my first because you never know when it’s going to end, “ Truex said. “I’m just trying to ride the wave of momentum and go for another championship.”

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Last Weekend’s Race: Martin Truex Jr. won at Kentucky


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Avoiding dietary self-destruction PUBLIC HEARING

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hen we talk about habit change in terms of food and eating, we’re talking about a lifetime of behaviours developed and shaped by our environment, experiences, and emotional response. Habits are a product of us and we are a product of our habits. Our choices to live where we live, drive a specific route home, shop at certain places, and buy specific foods are all driven by the emotional responses we’ve developed through our life experiences. I’m going to come right out and say something that may really upset some people: this is the key reason why diet or eating systems don’t work on principle — no two people are the same. We all have different experiences in life that have led us to where we are today. Now, there may be some who have exceptional resolve and can stick to a program found in a book over the course of years, but how are they maintaining that routine? If it’s an obsession or a tool they’re using to manage a form of damage, then the diet plan has now become the disordered behaviour. But the difference between intuitively eating well and using a published eating system is the ability to think for yourself and listen to your body with self-aware accountability. Following a book may be helpful to some, but the empowerment that comes with thinking for yourself is lifelong — and that’s what sustainable habit change does. It can be hard to change our dietary routine for the better and actually make it stick, but most people who have gone through something bad know exactly how emotions take over: we feel like binging, or we feel the need to control every last calorie that goes into

our bodies. This emotional response triggers disordered eating patterns, and if the emotional trigger isn’t dealt with, a person can end up with a serious eating disorder. Laying the groundwork for sustainable habit change starts by making small incremental goals for yourself. Let’s use an example: One client had a problem with eating junk food in massive quantities — 5,000 to 6,000 calories in one sitting. Instead of focusing on that “mountain” of a problem, I introduced a slight change in his routine: water We developed a new habit of drinking water before bed and in the morning, and very soon his junk food habit had shrunk by 75 per cent without so much as one craving. This is a sustainable change because even if he goes back to his old ways, which he did on a few occasions, the sickness that followed immediately reminded him of the new habit. He can now enjoy a dessert bowl of ice cream and not feel the need to eat the whole carton. So what was his trigger? That’s confidential, but I can say the best way to deal with the trigger involves a lot of talking, identifying emotions, and retraining the pattern. He has seen tremendous improvement, but he’s still working with me. This type of lifelong behaviour isn’t changed overnight. It takes time, diligence, and accountability. If you’re having problems with making permanent changes in your diet, try not to blame yourself. Start with a small positive change in your eating routine, and see how the rest of your daily pattern is affected. Caitlyn Harbottle is a Peace Region nutrition coach.

JULY 23, 2018 6:00 p.m. – City Hall Council Chambers Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2419, 2018 The City is proposing to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 2181, 2014 and Peace River Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 1343, 2001 for those properties included in the 2014 and 2016 boundary extensions to include the following definitions: Cannabis

Means cannabis as defined in the Federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or Cannabis Act and includes any products containing cannabis;

Cannabis Retail

Means the retail sale of cannabis or cannabis accessories as lawfully permitted and authorized under the Provincial Cannabis Control and Licensing Act;

Recreational Cannabis Production Facility Means a facility used for the cultivation, growth, processing, testing, storing, destruction, packaging, shipping or distribution of cannabis or its derivatives for recreational purposes, as lawfully permitted and authorized under the Federal Cannabis Act; Retail cannabis stores will be permitted in Zoning Bylaw No. 2181, 2014 C-2 Downtown Core Commercial zones with the following prohibitions: · Cannot be located within 200 metres (in a straight line from closest parcel line to closest parcel line) of a school; or · Within 100 metres (in a straight line from closest parcel line to closest parcel line) of a park. Cannabis Retail, Recreational Cannabis Production Facility and Medical Marihuana Production Facility are prohibited in all other zones including properties zoned C-2 General Commercial under Peace River Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 1343, 2001. Copies of the proposed bylaw and related documents may be inspected at City Hall – 10631 – 100 Street, Fort St. John, BC between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from July 16 to 23, 2018. At the hearing, the public will be allowed to make presentations to Council or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw.

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Mini Stock Challenge results Sunday Mini sprints 1st #14 Wyatt Graham 2nd #50 Keagen Wallace 3rd #21 Cody Willis

Saturday Mini Sprints 1st #14 Wyatt Graham 2nd #12 Tyson LeClerc 3rd #50 Keagen Wallace Mini Jrs 1st #49 Austin Kube 2nd #55 Chantal Richards 3rd #4 Devon Beebe

Mini Jr 1st #44 Russel Duncan 2nd #49 Austin Kube 3rd #Devon Beebe

Mini Adults 1st #26 Dan Harrison 2nd #69 Jamie Legal

Bombers 1st #3 Clint Mason 2nd #22 Chelsea Babcock 3rd #46 Calvin Hildebrand

Bombers 1st #46 Calvin Hildebrand 2nd #3 Clint Mason 3rd #4 Matt Burdock

IMCA Modifieds 1st #25 Darren Morin 2nd #92 Matt Richards 3rd #93 Al Scarfo

IMCA Modifieds 1st #99 AJ Everton 2nd #25 Darren Morin 3rd #71 Dennis Wurst 4th #93 Al Scarfo

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Mini Stock Challenge Winners 1st #69 Jamie Legal 2nd #49 Austin Kube 3rd #44 Russel Duncan

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The Mighty Peace, acrylic on canvas, Alison Newth.

Pull of the Peace, spirit of the North captured in new exhibit Alison Newth and Diana Hofmann didn’t plan to tread similar territory when putting together their debut exhibit for Peace Gallery North. But when you’re bound by the same surroundings and happen to be good friends since elementary school, layering the same themes and settings into your work, it turns out, is simply second nature. Newth and Hofmann unveiled their first exhibit, Nature Captured, to a well-attended opening at the gallery on July 13. “I think with most artists, you do a lot of nature,” says Newth. “I love the Fort St. John area, and the Peace River is very inspiring.” Nature Captured is a lively contrast of Newth’s vibrant, colourful acrylics of her favourite river viewpoints, paired

with Hofmann’s monochrome prints of wild life that jump off the wall with carefully chosen bursts of colour. Both grew up in the area and attended Alwin Holland, but only recently became involved in the local arts scene. “The area, I don’t think there is much changed,” says Hofmann. “It’s the same beauty. But doing art, you pay way more attention than you did before.” Not only paying attention, but preserving detail. Newth’s work capture views of the Peace River before it will be inundated by the Site C dam, such as Bear Flat. “You want to appreciate things while you have it,” Newth says. Both credit the Flying Colours Artists’ Association for pushing them to take the arts

more seriously, and for pushing them into the scene, first through group exhibitions, and now with an exhibition to call their own. “Before Flying Colours, I didn’t do art. I doodled a lot,” says Hofmann. “The very first day I went there, someone gave me a piece of linoleum to carve and from there I’ve been obsessed with printmaking. It consumes you.” Art, as it is for most, is an escape, a reminder to step outside and immerse oneself in their imagination. “I feel we’re very consumed indoors with technology,” Newth says. “When you look outside, there’s so much to appreciate.” Nature Captured is on display at Peace Gallery North until Aug. 4.

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The Stage North theatre troupe all smiles at the Mainstage Festival in Vernon.

Stage North shines at Mainstage theatre fest Fort St. John’s Stage North Theatre Society swept the awards at Mainstage in Vernon earlier this month with two entries. Stage’s Blackbird won the Second Best Stage Production and Best Set Decorating and Properties while Mary’s Wedding was honoured with the Best Workshop Play. Mainstage is the provincial annual showcase and competition for community theatre. Blackbird narrowly missed the top award which went to Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre with their production of Calendar Girls. Taking the Best

Decorating award came to no surprise to Lauren Brotman who was the adjudicator at the Peace River Zone Theatre Festival in Fort St. John when Blackbird was select to represent the Zone at Mainstage. Ms Brotman was very impressed with the design of the set of Blackbird which takes place in a lunch room of a warehouse. She stated that Stage North’s production was one of the very best she had seen of this, her favorite play. Actors Dennis Szalai and Bronwyn Hall invested many hours in rehearsal and set con-

struction in bringing Blackbird to the stage. Along with the production team of Rob Laventure, Cynthia Vance, Elysia Cruz and Kevin Smith, Dennis and Bronwyn took part in workshops in all aspects of theatre and saw the other eight competing plays throughout the nine day event. Stage North is also proud of Mary’s Wedding who was invited to be a workshop play at Mainstage. Actors Cody McGillvray and Emry Mika brought home an award for the Best Workshop Play. Working with professional actor Andre

McIlvoy, the actors dive into the script with audience participants over a two day period working all aspect of the play in different ways. Blackbird and Mary’s Wedding were the last two productions of a very successful year for Stage North. At the Annual General Meeting on August 19, the entire year will be reviewed and the new play season will be unveiled. Stage North is open to all people young and old to learn skills in acting, lighting, sound and back stage techniques. For more information, visit stagenorth.ca


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Court Bailiff’s Sale The court bailiff will offer for sale by sealed bid the interest of the following judgment debtor, M.R. VENTURES LTD., in the following goods and chattels purported to be 1998 Western Star Gravel Box Truck VIN# 2WLRDDCJ1WK951092 1982 McCoy Gravel Pup VIN# 6EP20008 Sold on an as is, where is basis. Sealed bids will be received at the court bailiff’s at the noted address below, up to the hour of 1:30 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2018. Sale may be subject to cancellation without notice. The court bailiff reserves the right to adjourn the sale without notice and may apply to the court for further direction if the need arises. Terms of Sale: Each bid must be accompanied by a bank draft or money order for 10 per cent of the bid made payable to the court bailiff’s office. The balance of the bid, plus Social Services Tax and GST (if applicable), to be paid immediately upon acceptance of the bid. Failure to pay the balance at the agreed time may result in forfeiture of the deposit. To view the vehicle, call or visit

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DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Application #: TAQA – BC 2013 - 2018

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TAQA North Ltd., 2100, 308 – 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0H7. Tel: (403) 724-5000, Fax: (403) 724-5001. Attention: Wes Bell, wes.bell@taqa.ca

The purpose of the proposed Pest Management Plan (PMP) is to manage vegetation, including noxious weeds and invasive plants on all land owned leased, and/or controlled by TAQA North Ltd. (hereafter TAQA) for oil and gas production, transmission, distribution and storage within the plan area, including oil and gas wells and associated production facilities, access roads), pipelines and processing plants. These sites are located in proximity to the communities of Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. All sites are within the geographic boundaries of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and Peace River Regional District. Using the principles of integrated vegetation management (IPM), the pest management methods proposed for use may include seeding, re-vegetation, hand-pulling/cutting, mowing, string trimmers, deep ripping, caping, brushing (selective slashing), biological control agents, and the use of pesticides. The use of pesticides is intended within the area to which the PMP applies. The common name and some example(s) of trade names of the pesticides proposed for use under this plan include: aminopyralid (Milestone, Restore), clopyralid (Transline), dicamba (Dyvel, Killex, Banvel, Vanquish), glyphosate (Roundup, Roundup Weathermax, Vantage, Vantage Plus, Credit, Touchdown), metsulfuron methyl (Escort, Ally), 2.4-D (2,4-D Amine 500, 2,4-D Amine 600). Application methods include: cut surface, basal bark, injection and foliar. The proposed duration of the PMP is from March 1, 2013 to March 1, 2018. A draft copy of the proposed PMP may be examined in detail at: 1. TAQA North Ltd., 2100, 308 - 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0H7, 2. Synergy Aspen Environmental 9904 - 106th Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 1V8, 3. TAQA North Ltd., 525, 9909 - 102nd Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2V4, or 4. Request a electronic copy by sending an email to: Wes.Bell@taqa.ca “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”. 53963

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South Peace Historical Society Meetings Third Wednesday of the month. In Dawson Creek at the Calvin Kruk Centre Archives Room at 2 pm. SUNDAYS: FAMILY TREE HELP - Peace Country Roots Group Meeting - Fourth Sunday of each Month at the CALVIN KRUK CENTRE in Dawson Creek 1:30pm

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William Henry Sutton was born on July 3, 1937 in Flin Flon, MB, moving in 1951 with his family to Pitt Meadows, BC. He served for seven years in the Royal Canadian Navy, apprenticing as an Engine Room Artificer (machinist). Later, while living in Merritt, BC, a beautiful young Public Health nurse caught his eye, and he asked her for a date. On July 8, 1967, Bill married Jill Catherine Pattison and they started together a life of much love, many adventures, and lots of laughs. After completing his Teacher Training at UBC, Bill and Jill travelled, with new daughter Melinda, north to Hudson Hope, where Bill began his teaching career. Son Thomas was born in Chetwynd two years later. (Though Tom was nearly born in the car between H.H. and Chetwynd, as Bill did insist on stopping for a bit on the way to the hospital to admire the beautiful mid−December Northern Lights.) After a transfer to Fort St. John in 1974, he and Jill bought their 25−acre property outside Baldonnel and happily spent the next 41 years there, until making the move into town. During Bill’s many years working in FSJ, he transitioned from classroom teaching at Doc Kearney and then North Peace Senior Secondary to Special Services where he was instrumental in developing a student apprenticeship program. After retiring, Bill worked with T.R.A.D.E.S. Never one to have fewer than two books on the go, Bill was a valued Library Board member in both Hudson Hope and FSJ. Sharp to the end, Bill’s brain was the repository of so many wonderful and varied facts that playing Trivial Pursuit with him was a complete bummer, unless, of course, you were on his team. Forever curious and engaged with people and the world around him, lover of hikes, the night sky, floating in any sort of vessel, philosophical and political discussions, world history, and other activities and topics too numerous to list, the gain of that perfect fishing hole in the sky is decidedly our loss. Left to figure out crossword clues and historical miscellanea on their own are dear wife of 51 years, Jill; lucky kids Melinda (John Downie) of Toronto, ON; and Tom (Jennifer, and grandsons Spencer and Rowan) of Canberra, Australia. Bill is also survived by brothers Brian (Bronwen) of Maberly, ON and Lawrence (Ann) of Whonnock, BC.

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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land

Take notice that Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. from Vancouver, BC, has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD), Northeast Region, for an Investigative Wind Power tenure situated on Provincial Crown land located at Mt. Suprenant (Chetwynd), Peace River District). The Lands File for this application is 8014439. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to Joyce Veller, Authorization Officer, Northeast Region, MFLNRO, at 100-10003-110th Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 6M7, (250)7873438. Comments will be received by MFLNRO up to September 1, 2018. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/index.jsp for more information and a map of the application area or send comments directly to: AuthorizingAgency.FortStJohn@gov.bc.ca A Government decision for this application is expected on or after September 1, 2018.

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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land

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An estimated 200 paddlers turned out to the 13th annual Paddle for the Peace on July 14, 2018. Below, photos from a day on the Peace River, following the paddle from the Halfway River to Bear Flat, and journeying further downstream to the Site C construction zone. matt preprost Photos / see more and read more at alaskahighwaynews.ca

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