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The City of Fort St. John received an award for international excellence from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities last weekend. The FCM recognized the city May 12 for its outstanding institutional contribution to the organization’s Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America program (CISAL), and helping municipalities in Peru find ways to improve their governance and build economic development opportunities. Fort St. John is one of 17 local governments in Canada taking part in the program, but the city has been most exceptional in the level of its commitment to the program and the technical assistance it’s been providing, said Christopher Yeomans, director of the CISAL program.

“If we want a healthy nation, we need healthy communities,” Yeomans said. The FCM also awarded Mayor Lori Ackerman and City Manager Dianne Hunter for their participation in the program, which is funded by the federal government. The three awards were handed out at a ceremony at Lone Wolf Golf Course that ended a weeklong international study tour of the Peace Region by South American leaders from Peru and Colombia.  In her closing speech, Ackerman admitted she deleted the first invitation that arrived in her email inbox asking the city to take part in the CISAL program, “because we were so busy.” But when a second invitation arrived, Ackerman said she recognized the program was an opportunity that couldn’t be ignored.

Since 2017, Ackerman and Hunter, along with other city officials have visited communities in the Chumbivilcas province in the Cusco region of Peru numerous times to identify opportunities and give advice on how to plan and build their communities, from infrastructure to social agencies. “For us, we went down to learn, to listen, and to see what was going on and make recommendations,” Ackerman said. Last week, Ackerman and other local politicians and dignitaries toured the international mission around the region, visiting frontline service providers, Conuma Coal mines, the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, local schools and colleges, Site C, Doig River First Nation, and the Peace View Hutterite Colony. See PARTNERSHIP on A3

Northern Medical Program celebrates Class of 2018 matt preprost

Thirty-one students graduated from the University of Northern B.C.’s Northern Medical Program last week, with one of them starting a two-year family medicine residency in Fort St. John this summer. The Class of 2018 traded their graduation gowns for their long coats at a ceremony in Prince George on May 11. It’s the 11th graduating class to come out of the program, a site of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and delivered in partnership with UNBC. The graduates now move into two to seven years of medical residency and fellowship training, depending on their specialty. Fifteen graduates will enter family medicine residency

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programs in rural and smaller centres in B.C. and across the country. Five of those graduates will train in Northern B.C. — four in Prince George and one in Fort St. John. Dr. Lida Hellqvist will start

her two-year family medicine residency in Fort St. John July 3 at the hospital and a local clinic. Two graduates will also enter psychiatry residency in Prince George. The remaining students have matched to a wide range of specialties including obstetrics and gynecology (3); internal medicine (4); hematological pathology; medical microbiology; general surgery; anesthesiology; urology; and pediatrics. The Class of 2018 includes 14 graduates from Northern BC, including six from Prince George. There were no students from Northeast B.C. in this year’s class. The Northern Medical Program graduation celebration was held ahead of the formal graduation for students, which takes place May 22 at UBC. There, the students will receive their official medical degrees.

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The federal government won’t argue against suspending work on the Site C dam pending the outcome of a treaty rights infringement case making it way through the courts. Ottawa served notice to the B.C. Supreme Court that it remains neutral on the question of an injunction being sought by the West Moberly First Nation ahead of trial, according to the Canadian Press. The move leaves the province alone to defend the decision to build the $10.7-billion dam and argue to continue construction at the injunction hearing. “Canada has laid down its weapons. Now it’s time for B.C. to disarm,” West Moberly Chief Roland Willson said in a statement. “If the Premier truly wishes to respect the constitution and the Treaty 8 rights it protects, he shouldn’t be encouraging BC Hydro to destroy those rights before the courts have the chance to weigh in.” See SITE C on A7

Meeting for cannabis zoning rules on May 22 matt preprost

Fort St. John councillors want the city’s cannabis zoning rules sorted out and ready in time for federal legalization this summer. Councillors voted Monday that a draft zoning bylaw and communications plan be presented at a special meeting May 22, in a bid to expedite public consultations and implement changes ahead recreational cannabis legalization targetted for July 1. “For us, honestly, we need to lead, we need to show support for the fact this is becoming law. The task is up to us to do this,” Coun. Trevor Bolin said. “If we lead the charge with how we feel it should be, I think it will make that timeline doable.” Planners were looking for approval on temporary zoning bylaw amendments that would have both defined and banned cannabis operations, giving them more time to consult residents and sort out the nuances expected to come with legalization. Councillors, however, rejected those amendments. Instead, they want to see a draft bylaw next week that allows for cannabis operations in downtown core, general, and service commercial zones, and considers setbacks from schools and parks. See CANNABIS on A11





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My mom and the monster who hid under my bed CHOCOLATE CHUCKLE: We start this week’s news chewing with a tasty item from Poland. A tanker truck flipped and spilled several tons of liquid dark chocolate. It took crews days to clean up the sticky, mess. (Maybe they should have invited people to lick it up.) In pictures of the incident, the street looks like it was paved with chocolate. Here in Fort St. John, city hall is too cheap to pave our streets with delicious chocolate. They use asphalt — which tastes very bad. I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM: And speaking of tasty treats, a dairy in the U.S. has come out with ham-flavoured ice cream. What’s next? Beef Tenderloin Yogurt? BEAR BULLETIN: In Innisfail, Alberta,

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South American leaders look to replicate community building success matt preprost

An international delegation from South America got a boots on the ground look last week at the role women play in community building and resource development in Northeast B.C. The delegation, sponsored through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), arrived May 6 and visited various social agencies from the women’s centre to the child development centre, toured Tumbler Ridge, and took in the first day of the Spark women’s conference on Wednesday, among other activities. “We need more female leaders and decision makers in society,” said Christopher Yeomans, director of FCM’s Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America program (CISAL). “We’re really getting a chance to get a taste of what this region has to offer, and how women are playing such an important role in the development of the Peace.” Since 2017, the City of Fort St. John has been working with four municipalities in the Chumbivilcas province in the Cusco region of Peru through the CISAL program, which is funded by the federal government. The Chumbivilcas and the Peace Country are a continent apart, or 5,640 miles as the crow flies. But the CISAL program has allowed for an exchange of ideas between the municipalities, according to Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, on how to build sustainable communities in tandem with the industries operating in their respective backyards. “This has been an opportun-

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Ana Lucia Cruz Cjuno, a councillor from the Capacmarca district in Peru, speaks with media at the Spark women’s conference in Fort St. John on May 9, 2018.

ity for us to show them the importance of how to connect with industry,” Ackerman said. “Just like in Canada, it’s the senior levels of government that make the decision if, in their case, a mine, is going to move forward or not. So, how do you engage to make sure those mining companies are actually participating in your community by leaving your community better off in so many ways: contributing to the social agencies, contributing to education, and making sure the infrastructure is going to hold up?” City officials have already visited and toured the municipalities in the Chumbivilcas province, some with populations of a couple thousand to others the size of Fort St. John. They are a 240-kilometre

City tax rates set for 2018 Fort St. John city councillors approved Monday municipal tax rates for 2018. Tax rates will increase 2.17 per cent due to a four per cent drop in overall assessments this year. The increased rates are needed to maintain the revenue and services at 2017 levels, the city says. Residential tax rates will increase to $4.86 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from $4.75, meaning homeowners who saw

their property values drop on par with or more than the city average will pay less this year. Homeowners who saw their property values stay the same will pay around $40 more come tax time. The bylaw sets major industrial rates at $26.97, light industrial at $24.64, business rates at $13.67, recreational rates at $10.24, and farm rates at $1.45. Utilities rates remain the same at $40.

Mascot makeover approved Fort St. John city councillors approved Monday an updated look to the city’s mascot, Frozen John. The city will be trading in Frozen John’s old, outdated costume with a more modern look that reflects its branding guidelines. The new look from Bam! Mascots trades in Frozen John’s old, bright orange jacket with a ‘sunshine’ yellow jacket one; instead of a multi-coloured scarf and toque, Frozen John keeps

his head and neck warm with a matching ‘energy’ blue scarf and toque. The cost for the updated mascot costume is estimated at $6,930, which includes manufacturing, shipping, and a custom-made storage bag. Coun. Larry Evans was the only councillor who voted against the updated costume. The costume will be unveiled at a city celebration, depending on the timeline for manufacturing.

drive from Cusco that can take between six to eight hours because of the poor state of infrastructure, Ackerman said. “You’re only going 240 kilometres, so that tells you a little bit about the state of their infrastructure,” Ackerman said of the commute. “That alone leaves them literally in a closed economy. So, when you’re talking about appropriate and adequate healthcare, education and public safety … if something was to happen it take them awhile to get there.” Last week’s visit to Canada was a chance for South American leaders to network with community leaders here and learn from their experiences directly. “These ladies have heard what we have recommended.

Now, we’ve had opportunity to introduce them to the expertise in our community,” Ackerman said. “Now, they are actually hearing it. They’re seeing these programs and how they work, and how they dovetail together at the community level, how the municipality supports them, and how you ensure that industry, from a municipality’s perspective, supports them as well, and the importance of that, so society can move along together.” The delegation included leaders from Peru and Colombia, who say women still face barriers in participating in the economic development and politics of their countries. Replicating some of the success stories in the Peace Region can help them to create social change in their

own communities, they say. Colombia, for example, is in the midst of a peace process, said Esther Maria Jalilie Garcia, mayor for the northern Colombian town of Arjona, population 72,500. “In Colombia, women have suffered from mistreatment and abuse, and now we need to empower women so we can begin to generate change in their homes and their country,” Garcia said through a translator. “The role of women will be crucial in this peace process to help us build families, help us build homes.” Ana Lucia Cruz Cjuno, a councillor from the Capacmarca district in Peru, said her district was able to start a women’s organization to undertake a range of community projects thanks to the CISAL program and working with Fort St. John. “In Peru, unfortunately it’s a chauvinistic male society,” Cjuno said, also through a translator. “They think women should be housewives, and here we see that women are empowered. There are many of these learnings that we can take back and implement in Cusco and Peru.” The exchange through the CISAL program is also a chance to reflect on what works and what doesn’t in the Peace Region, Ackerman said. “Having the opportunity to go down and see what they’re facing, and then come back to our community, it’s allowed us to see our community through a different lens,” Ackerman said. “That’s really significant, to be able to step back and look at your community. you can be a little more critical about some of the stuff that you’re doing and how you can engage.”

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The tour was built around what was observed in Peru, and designed to show leaders how industry can work in tandem with tourism, how social agencies fill the gap between business and government, and how the city negotiated a deal over a megaproject in its backyard, among other goals, Ackerman said. “We will cherish everything we’ve learned,” Ackerman said. “We can see where we can do better. It gives us the change to reach out out just knowing that regardless of where you live, everybody struggles.” Yudy Pulgarin, mayor for the Colombian municipality of Frontino, said many communities in her area suffered from a lack of basic infrastructure including roads, bridges, communications, and schools, when she was elected. The CISAL program has become a fundamental partner in preparing her government for good administration and economic development planning, she said. Eberth Molina, CISAL’s pro-

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Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman with Couns. Lilia Hansen, Gord Klassen, Bruce Christensen, and City Manager Dianne Hunter.

gram co-ordinator in Cusco, said the international exchange has been important not only for the knowledge that’s been shared, but the sense of belonging and friendship that’s been built between communities. “Behind all of this, there are challenges that unite us,” he said. “Development is everyone’s responsibility.” The Federation of Canadian

Municipalities spends $15 million a year on international programs and partnerships. “We hold our international partnerships as an important part of what we do,” said Garth Frizzell, a Prince George city councillor and vice-president of the FCM. “There are many towns and districts who strive to be involved and rejoice to get to be a part of them.”

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Hana Davies, third from left, with Abbeyfield House residents on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018.

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A Fort St. John student went above and beyond to show her love and appreciation this past Mother’s Day. Hana Davies spent her Sunday visiting with residents at the Peace Villa care home and Abbeyfield House to deliver a carnation, chocolate,



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do something nice for them,” said Davies, a Grade 7 student at Bert Bowes. Nancy Pennycook, a cook at Abbeyfield, said the six ladies of the house were surprised by the visit and out-of-the blue gifts. “That was the most beautiful gesture ever,” Pennycook said. “That’s kudos to a momma,” she added with a laugh.

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and card to the women living there. With permission from the care centres, Davies drafted up a budget, secured a sponsor, and hand delivered the surprises. “I was riding by the hospital recently and saw a bunch of seniors out front of the care centre, they were so nice and friendly, I just felt I wanted to

The District of Hudson’s Hope’s 500kW municipal solar array will be largely unaffected by BC Hydro’s net metering program amendments, Mayor Gwen Johansson says. In April, BC Hydro announced eligibility requirements for the program are changing in response to applicants who exceeded their electricity needs – up to 50 times in some cases. A year-end review of the program is planned to address the issue of oversized generating facilities. However, the district’s array was submitted and approved

before April 20, when the new policy took effect, Johansson said. “Our project was designed to offset the district’s electricity demand, rather than to generate extra and sell it to BC Hydro,” Johansson said. While the curling rink is the only building in the district’s grid-tie system that could potentially produce a surplus, the original policy still applies, Johansson noted. The original rate of 10 cents per kWh for unused power will be honoured, she said. At present rates, it’s estimated that the district will save around $70,000 a year, or $2 million over the next 30 years with the solar array.

With panels installed just last summer at the arena, public works shop, curling club, visitor centre, sewage treatment plant, and district office, a solar celebration is planned to commemorate the array. The celebration will be held on June 2 at the public works shop in the Jamieson subdivision, with the public invited to attend. It starts at 10 a.m. with a commissioning ceremony, a noon barbeque, a 1 p.m. info session, and a guided tour at 2 p.m. Tom Summer is a Hudson’s Hope correspondent for the Alaska Highway News. Email your news tips to

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irst, a disclosure: I do not have any interests in the City of Fort St. John beyond being a long-term resident and contract yoga teacher for the rec department. I’m not affiliated with the development of any zoning bylaws. I’m contracted from time to time to complete independent appraisal assignments. Second, another disclosure: My opinions in this column are not intended to represent an opinion for or against any decisions the city has or will make in regards to bylaw amendments in response to the legalization of marijuana effectiv. The legalization of marijuana falls under federal jurisdiction. The city anticipates that zoning bylaw amendments to consider permitting cannabis-related uses within the city won’t be ready until after the proposed July 1 federal legalization date. The city has the ability to regulate cannabis operation through the zoning bylaw regulations. Cannabis operation is a new definition proposed as the


cultivating, growing, producing, packaging, storing, distributing, dispensing, advertising, trading or selling of cannabis or its derivatives but excludes a medical marijuana production facility. The city has created a very informative presentation that was presented to the committee of the whole in regards to next steps required. B.C.’s Liquor Distribution Branch will operate a new standalone network of public retail stores. The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch will be responsible for licensing private stores and monitoring the retail sector. City council has voted to continue on with the creation of the bylaw amendment that will consider the new federal legalization. Public consultation is a very important part of this process.

Here is where public input becomes very important. Fort St. John has a very diverse population and it’s important to capture the input from all areas. I believe the consultation for cannabis use in the city should be much more engaging than past public consultations for other important amendments. There should be more opportunity beyond open houses and online surveys. My suggestion would be to put a call out for representatives of all interested stakeholders to attend an engagement that will offer education and presentation of the ideas for consideration. From that, move onto roundtable discussions around the issues arising from each proposed decision. There will be an opportunity to request further requirements as well as overall decision proposed. There is a level of stakeholder engagement that ranges from educate, inform, collaborate, etc. I would suggest you research what each level of engagement entails and that the public consultation in this process is col-

laborative. I would be happy to supply info regarding the spectrum of engagement. I would encourage the City to offer this as a collaborative event. A well facilitated event can offer opportunity for the voice of the entire community to be heard. FINAL WORD Work within your local interest groups, service groups, and social safety net to ensure all viewpoints are received and recommendations are heard fully. There are many issues at hand that will require consideration. Make sure as residents of the city you take the time to consider all impacts. Here are a few questions: Can I grow cannabis in my backyard? Will the consumption of cannabis be similar to that of alcohol or tobacco? Will retail outlets be government outlets only? Will there be a limit on how many stores can operate within the city? Where will they be prohibited? Can I create a production plant in my home? These are a few questions that come to mind, I am sure you have more. Be informed, get involved!

The glamorous lives of the glampers


’m sorry for what I said when we were parking the trailer. I spied that saying on a coffee mug this weekend and if there had been coffee in my mouth at the time, I would have spit it out laughing. It doesn’t matter if your marriage or relationship is rock solid — backing a holiday trailer or fifth wheel into a tiny campground slot will test any relationship. The stress begins building at home when someone is tasked with, “can you tell me when I am over the trailer hitch?” I don’t know about you, but when I am tasked with directing the pickup so that it is perfectly over the trailer hitch, I manage to stand in a spot where Driver cannot see me. My officious hand gestures fall on deaf ears… or eyes and the tension between Driver and myself begins to build. Park lights come on, the truck door opens, and Driver will ask, “Hey beautiful, would you mind moving a little to the left? I can’t see you very well and I would hate to run you over.” Sorry – I lied. The truck slams into park, the truck door will fly open and Driver will bark, “Are you TRYING to stand in the only spot where I can’t see you!” And then he will hop back into the truck as I try to reposition myself. I guide him as he backs the trailer and, once satisfied with the position, I hold my hand up as the international sign for stop. Truck door opens and he will come out and inspect the positioning of the truck hitch to the trailer hitch. “Sweetheart, that won’t quite work because we are four inches offset between the truck and trailer. If you don’t mind, I will pull up a bit and we will try that


again.” Yikes! Sorry – I lied again. When he notices that the hitch is still offset by four inches, he will sigh loudly out of frustration and say, “do you need glasses?” He returns to the pickup, puts it in drive, and the truck pulls forward a few metres. I see the back up lights come on indicating that we are trying it one more time. I gesture that he should, “come back a little further, a little further,” and once again I hold my hand up to indicate he should stop. This time I may or may not have used only one finger on my left hand as a gesture. Glorious! The truck hitch and trailer hitch are perfectly aligned and smiles appear all round! We are almost ready to hit the road on our first Glamping trip of the season. The road trip is normally uneventful. There is a stop for Tim Horton’s coffee and then we hit the open road. Going to be a great weekend! Arriving at the campground of choice, we merge into the lineup of pickups and trailers who are circling the campground at 10km per hour as they try to determine the stall they should call home for the next two days. We are all of the same mindset. “That one! No, that one! What about that one?” is the conversation for the next 10 minutes as we figure out which stall is: close enough to firewood, far enough from

the outhouse so we don’t have to smell the chemicals or hear the door slam all night long, and far enough from the park attendant so he doesn’t hear our generator when we fire it up before 9 a.m. The perfect spot found, we commence positioning the trailer. I jump out and stand where Driver cannot see me, and the same scenario from the earlier in our home driveway will replay. This time though I forget that we have a pullout on our trailer and direct Driver to back up tight against a thatch of trees. “Sweetie pie, how are we going to open the pullout you silly goose?” and a laughing Driver will pull forward and redirect the trailer away from the trees. I lied again. The truck door slams and Driver marches over and looks at me and then at the thatch of trees and then back at me and then back at the trees. Then Driver returns to truck and starts the parking process once again. I shrug my shoulders and take a drink of the cold beer that I had squirreled away in my purse at the beginning of the drive because I knew how much fun parking the trailer could be. Finally, we are situated. The pullout is far enough away from the trees, we are somewhat level and paradise is now found. We sit around the roaring campfire watching everyone else park their trailers — the silence of nature punctuated by profanities and crying and we say to one another, “I love watching other people park their trailers.” Happy Glamping this holiday weekend. Judy Kucharuk is a lover of sarcasm, witty people and footnotes. Follow her @judylaine

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Fort St. John city councillors approved Monday a pair of contracts for the design and construction management of a new RCMP detachment. Council approved a $1.1-million contract for architectural and managing consultant services to KMBR Architects of Vancouver. Council also approved a $1.6-million contract for pre-construction and construction management serves to Unitech Construction Management of Delta. “The procurement of both the lead architect and the construction manager are critical next steps in the development of the new RCMP headquarters,” Wally Ferris, the city’s general manager of community services, writes in an administrative report. “These two positions … will provide professional advice in design, constructability and project management to successfully deliver this complex project.” KMBR completed the city’s feasibility

study and initial concept designs for a new detachment in 2017. The existing detachment is 35 years old and nearing the end of its service life with no ability to meet the future policing needs of the city. The city has estimated a new detachment will cost as much as $43 million to build. Under the current plan, the province would pay for 40 per cent of the construction costs in annual lease payments over 20 years. The city is looking to fund the rest through its Peace River Agreement funding and capital reserves, as well as through grants from Ottawa and other agencies. In his report, Ferris notes the contract awards do not “commit the city to financial obligations related to facility design and construction of the new detachment until council is satisfied with respect to the written confirmation of funding commitments by the province of BC, and federal government.” “Ongoing efforts are underway to identify potential grant opportunities that may assist in this project,” Ferris notes.

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cohol level over .08. • Bradley Curtis Hodgins (born 1964) received an absolute discharge and assessed a $100 victim surcharge for willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer. Dawson Creek Law Courts • Kelly Ann Beale (born 1993) was fined $1,500, handed a ninemonth driving ban, and assessed a $225 victim surcharge for driving without due care, attention, or consideration. • Brandon Richard Allen (born 1991) received a conditional discharge, ordered to 12 months of probation, and assessed a $100 victim surcharge for assault. • Erin Renee Reynolds (born 1990) was fined $500 and assessed a $75 victim surcharge for driving with a suspended licence. — Tom Summer

Fort St. John RCMP are searching for a tire slasher who targeted more than two dozen vehicles last weekend. Several residents woke up to their tires slashed on May 13, police said in a news release. More than 25 vehicles were targeted in the area of 86 Street

between 85 and 96 Avenues. Anyone with information is asked to call the detachment at 250-787-8100. Tips can also be made through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. A cash reward up to $2,000 will be paid for information leading to an arrest and charge.

Fort St. John RCMP are looking for help finding a trio of people involved in a suspicious occurrence over the weekend. According to police, a man was seen picking up young boy four to five years old in the Subway parking lot at 97 Avenue and 100 Street on May 12 between 10:30 and 11 a.m., when the child and his mother began screaming and drew the attention of a nearby witness. Police say the witness confronted the man and instructed him to put the child down. The man did and left the scene on foot toward the pool on 96 Av-

enue. The mother and child left the scene walking toward 102 Street. Police are investigating and want to confirm the wellbeing of the woman and child. They are looking to speak with anyone who may have information that could identify those involved, and others who may have also been involved. All three are described as being of South Asian of Middle Eastern descent. Anyone with information is asked to call the detachment at 250-787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 


• Jairus Bachnick (born 1985) was fined $1,000 and assessed a $300 victim surcharge for carrying a concealed weapon or a prohibited device and ammo. Bachnick was further fined $100 and assessed a $30 victim surcharge for possession of a controlled substance. • Kevin Martin Drader (born 1979) was fined $1,000, handed 12 months of probation, handed a one-year criminal driving ban, and assessed a $100 victim surcharge for care or control of a vehicle or vessel with a blood al-

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POLICE W E E K May 13 - 19, 2018 Honouring the men and women who keep us safe everyday.

National Police Week began in 1970 as a way for police to connect with their communities and increase awareness about the services they provide. Community policing is at the heart of Police Week, as it’s an opportunity for police and community members to get to know each other.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR ALL OUR POLICE OFFICERS The men and women of the RCMP in BC take great pride in providing professional service to the communities they serve. It is reassuring for them to hear that they have made a difference in someone’s life. If you have had a good experience with one of our RCMP members, units or detachments, we encourage you to email us about it in the official language of your choice at

FROM FORT ST JOHN - I wanted to post this on your page, but Today I watched a police officer turn his lights on, pull over and

get out of his car. He approached an older lady who had been standing on the corner. I thought he was going to reprimand her or something but instead he did something I’d never seen before... he offered her his elbow. He then proceeded to walk the lady across the street. Made me think... not all police officers are going to give you heck for something and there are people out there that want to make the city a better place. #randomeactsofkindness #bcrcmp

FROM FORT NELSON - I wanted to thank you for your assistance on June 29th, 2017. My friend and riding partner were on a motorcycle trip from Charlotte,

North Carolina to Alaska and returning to southern California. After covering 4,000 miles, we were excited about actually being on the Alaska Highway and enjoying the breathtaking scenery in British Columbia on our ride. At about 150 KM before reaching Ft. Nelson, I moved to the wrong side of the road and hit a pot hole, which I can see from the video that was running on my motorcycle was marked for repair. Fortunately for me my riding partner and some helpful travelers helped to comfort me and assist with traffic. I personally do not remember much of anything about the accident and the assistance that the RMCP provided. My riding partner did tell me that your officers helped to remove the equipment off my motorcycle and keep it at the station until one of us could pick it up. My partner said the next day when he went to get the luggage, you carried the luggage and equipment from the station to the rental car for him. I have always had deep respect for law enforcement and this instance continues to reenforce my respect and admiration of those who protect and serve across the globe. My wife, family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your assistance that day. May you all be blessed and kept safe.

FROM PRINCE GEORGE - Around 4:30 this morning, officers from the Prince George Detachment, with the help of a K9 unit, apprehended an apparent runaway criminal hiding in my back yard, right outside my son’s basement bedroom window. Having previously been awakened by a noise, I got up to investigate (from the inside, looking out) and got to see members of the local police force in action. WOW! While it was scary as hell to see police, weapons drawn, following the police dog around the side of my house, I was impressed by their outwardly appearing calmness, and, given the situation, their relative quietness in executing the resulting takedown. And then they even apologized to us for waking us! Absolutely no need for that...they were doing their job (and doing it very well!), keeping people safe! Huge thank you’s and kudos to these officers! Wish I could give you all more!!! And although I heard them praise the dog, I sure hope that dog gets a nice juicy steak for its work early this morning! When taken out later this morning, my little Shih Tzu was “nose to the ground,” investigating this scene. Mine is very much an “animal friendly” house/yard, and I know that police dog had to disregard a whole lot of scents to do its job (Kudos to its trainer!). Thank You, PG RCMP, for a job well done!!! Information from:


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every spark a catalyst “Live your life as if it is Day One. Strive to make an impact on someone’s life.” These words reverberated throughout the Spark Women’s Leadership Conference held May 9 and 10 in Fort St John. Organizers were thrilled to engage Drew Dudley, former director of one of the largest university leadership development programs in Canada at the University of Toronto, as the keynote speaker.

Dudley, who is now the founder and chief catalyst of Day One Leadership, was the inspiration for the 2018 Spark Conference after organizers were motivated by his TEDx talk titled, “Leading with Lollipops.” His energetic presentation style combined with funny, emotional anecdotes left the Spark audience with the motivation and strategies to create their own culture of leadership in the workplace. — Judy Kucharuk

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Timber supply unchanged The allowable annual cut for the Fort St. John Timber Supply Area will remain at 2,115,00 million cubic metres, the provincial forests ministry has announced. “By maintaining the Fort St. John allowable annual cut, while limiting the amount and species of timber harvested from the southern and central portion of the TSA, I’m confident my decision supports the sustainability of the timber supply,” Diane Nicholls, the province’s chief forester, said in a release May 10. Under the Forest Act, the chief forester must determine the allowable annual cut in each of the province’s 37 timber supply areas and 34 tree farm licences at least once every 10 years, according to the province. The allowable annual cut in the Fort St. John area includes two partitions: 1.2 million cubic metres per year for coniferous trees, and 915,000 cubic metres for deciduous trees. A maximum of 672,000 cubic

metres of coniferous trees and 512,000 cubic metres of deciduous trees are allowed annually from southern and central parts of the timber supply area. These partitions and allowable limits address public and First Nations concerns that timber harvesting is concentrated in the core area of the TSA and impacts wildlife habitat, the ministry noted in the announcement. “The chief forester’s determination takes into account winter range for ungulates, including boreal caribou, mountain caribou and Stone’s sheep, as well as habitat requirements for other wildlife, which are managed by excluding or limiting harvest in wildlife habitat areas,” the ministry stated. The timber supply area includes 4.6 million hectares around Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, and Taylor. There are two saw mills and one oriented strand board facility operating in the area.

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Councillors also want to see a one-kilometre radius between retail cannabis outlets similar to liquor stores. They don’t see a need to regulate business hours, the number of retail stores allowed inside the city, and security measures beyond what may be set by provincial legislation. The bylaw would also address other issues such as industrial production and manufacturing, while the communications strategy would outline plans for public open houses and an online public survey. Coun. Gord Klassen said it made more sense to go to the community with a proposal, instead of implementing a prohibition first and then going through a back-and-forth feedback process. “It’ll help speed it up,” Klassen said. Coun. Lilia Hansen, serving as acting mayor in absence of Lori Ackerman, said public feedback is still key to the process. “If we’re going to ask for the public’s engagement, I want to make sure it’s reflected in the bylaws,” Hansen said. “We want to know what the public is thinking.” The province introduced three pieces of legislation April 26 that outline regulations to allow for recreational cannabis to be produced and sold in B.C., as well as the penalties for those caught driving under the influence. Municipalities, however, have the ultimate say over whether growers, distributors, and retailers will be allowed to set up shop — and where — in their communities through their zoning bylaws. Entrepreneurs looking to set up shop also need approval from local governments first before the province will consider issuing them a retail licence. City planners were wanting the zoning prohibition based on legal advice, and concerns that six weeks wasn’t enough time to consult residents, conduct research, and draft a bylaw. “That’s not a huge amount of time to prepare and host ample public engagement opportunities to engage with constituents and gather feedback from the public,” planner Ashley Murphey said. “In order to do effective

public engagement, it will push us past the July 1 legalization date.” The proposed prohibition would have protected the city while it took the extra time to do its work and legalization came into force, Murphey noted. “We will begin to receive applications for these uses, but have no criteria on which to approve or refuse them,” she said. “Rhat could be setting us up in not a great position in the community if were approving some, not approving others, and not having consistent criteria to follow.” Murphey said meeting council’s direction was a “tall order.” City staff now have a Thursday deadline this week to prepare and submit a report ahead of the long weekend. However, some groundwork has been laid, including some draft maps and an online survey, Murphey said. There are currently 889 commercially-zoned properties in the city that allow for a retail store as a permitted use. Bolin noted both provincial and federal legislation is expected to be tweaked over the coming years after legalization is in place, and that the city will likely be making tweaks to its bylaws as well. The city will also be crunched with planning the upcoming election, as well as staff holidays during the summer, he said. Coun. Byron Stewart noted his concerns around the city’s timeline being in sync with the federal government’s, and said the city should be ready now. Cannabis stores would be following similar procedures to owning a liquor store, and the city will also have business license requirements, he noted. “Our expectation is a storefront that blends with the community,” Stewart said. “It’s no different than if somebody wanted to sell burgers or chips or shoes, or a product that’s legal to sell to someone over 19.” Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government’s plans to legalize recreational cannabis by this summer will go ahead without delay.

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Canine cruciate disease explained


ruciate disease is the most common orthopedic condition in dogs and often requires surgical treatment. Inside the dog’s knee there are two crossing ligaments joining the femur and the tibia. These are known as the cranial and caudal cruciate ligaments. The cranial cruciate ligament is similar to the ACL (or anterior cruciate ligament) in humans. The cranial cruciate ligament is one of the most important stabilizers inside the canine knee joint. It prevents forward motion of the tibia out from under the femur. A complete or partial rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament leads to joint instability and lameness. If left untreated, this can result in severe arthritis as unnatural movement damages protective joint cartilage. There is also a cartilage like structure

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called the meniscus that sits between the femur and tibia bones. It is important for shock absorption, position-sensing and load-bearing and is often damaged when the knee is unstable secondary to cruciate disease. How is cruciate rupture diagnosed? During an examination, your veterinarian will feel both knees and test for unusual instability in the knee joint. If your veterinarian suspects ligament rupture has occurred they will recommend taking

There are multiple factors that can contribute to the rupture or tearing of the cranial cruciate ligament. These include age, obesity, and breed/genetic predisposition. Medium to large breed dogs over the age of four are more likely to be affected, but it can be seen in small dogs and rarely in cats as well. In most cases, degeneration of the ligament occurs gradually over months or years before rupture. Unlike humans, (think football players that injure their ACL) sudden traumatic rupture of an otherwise healthy ligament is rare in dogs. Due to the degenerative nature of the disease in dogs it is common

for both knees to be affected and up to 60 per cent of dogs that have cruciate disease in one knee will have the other knee have issues in the future. Treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture In the vast majority of cases, surgical treatment of cruciate ligament rupture is recommended and will give the best outcome for recovery and return to function. There are a number of different surgical techniques and options available. Your veterinarian will guide you to which option is best for your dog. The recovery process Postoperative home care is crucial to optimal recovery and it takes a number of months before dogs can return to

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Longing for the promise of the future


ometimes I think I was born 50 or 100 years too soon. I long for a sleek electric car that does zero to 60 in three seconds, comes with a million mile guarantee, costs pennies a day to drive, and produces zero pollution. Better yet, no car at all, just slick public transit and a network of highspeed electric trains for long distance travel. I long for a time when we all generate all the electricity and heat we need from sunlight and geothermal energy, right at our homes and in our communities, effortlessly. I long for a time when our climate has been stabilized, and we are on the ultimate mission of restoring this amazing planet to its original fecundity, rich and vibrant, the oceans and land teaming with life again. Today we’re going to get serious and talk about why these are not just nice ideas, but critically necessary ones. Welcome to the Anthropocene A new term has emerged to describe the era in which we are living: the Anthropocene, the geological epoch dominated by human beings. We have now changed pretty well everything about our little blue marble that a species can change, excelling at haphazardly mucking with things and ignoring the consequences. Toxic pollutants are now everywhere, from pole to pole, in all the air, water and soil, from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans. The ice caps at both poles are melting at absurd rates, as well as most of the glaciers. Ocean levels, as predicted, are rising. The acidity and temperature


of all the world’s lakes, seas and oceans have increased, threatening everything that lives in them. Species are going extinct at a rate not seen for millions of years. And now it is clear that we are destabilizing the weather systems in unpredictable ways by dumping billions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, threatening our very existence on this little planet. Increased wildfires around the world, increases in storm frequency and severity, the death of coral reefs, massive and persistent droughts and heat waves. It’s starting to happen, not in the far and distant future, but now. Most world governments have reluctantly agreed: to save our economies and ourselves, carbon dioxide and methane, mostly released by the burning of fossil fuels, must quickly be reduced and then practically eliminated. Optimism bias A recent survey found that about 80 per cent of Canadians agree that the climate is changing, but about half of those were unsure as to why it was happening. One in six outright denied that humans had anything to do with it. Eighty percent knew nothing about carbon trading, and almost nothing about renewable energy. Only 14 per cent thought that climate change would affect them “a great deal,” one

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third thought it would affect them “moderately” in their lifetimes, and half said “very little or not at all.” This is just human nature, of course. We are built to deal with the immediate problems of our own individual lives, primarily those that affect the next few hours, days or weeks. This is called “optimism bias.” Long-term collective problems that encompass our entire planet are a bit much for most folks, understandably. We also suffer from “ecological amnesia” – the world we are born into is the world we consider to be “normal.” With each generation the amount of environmental degradation increases, but each generation takes that amount to be the norm. That’s how things can get steadily worse, but no one seems to notice.

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Cadet corps preparing for their annual review of the month (with the exception of Victoria Day) will be our usual band, drill, and administration night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Every Wednesday, from May 9 onwards till the end of the cadet year will be a variety of regular training, uniform workshops, and ACR practice. Marksmanship will still be running every Friday until the end of the cadet year, 4 to 6 p.m. We’ll finish off the year with some fun Frisbee golf on Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., finishing off the year strong!

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That’s where the government is supposed to come in, and on that front Canada has fallen far behind. Yes, we need to put a price on carbon pollution, and that money re-invested in clean energy. Now. Both wind and solar have reached “grid parity” meaning the electricity they create now costs equal to or less than conventional energy. The transition to clean energy will boost the economy, create countless jobs and make us more efficient and competitive. We know what to do, we know how to do it, and it could save our collective butts. What, exactly, are we waiting for?

This month is our final official month of the cadet year. We are aiming our efforts toward preparing for our Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) and camp. For our Annual Ceremonial Review, it is our time at the end of the year to showcase all that we have learned and to hand out awards. To make sure this is perfect, we will be running practices at the curling club on Wednesday, May 23, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, May 25, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., all for our main event on Saturday, May 26 starting at 10 a.m. for the public. Every Monday until the end

Emma Lavigne is a cadet with the 2276 PPCLI Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Corps.

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A pilgrimage to Knock


spent New Year’s Eve 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. I went on a pub crawl that talked about the history of Celtic music. The pubs that we frequented were always empty upon our arrival, allowing the musicians to speak plainly to us. At the last pub, we were each asked to sing a song from our home country. I sang Bad Timing by Blue Rodeo. I walked home from the final stop amongst Hogmanay revelers in Temple Bar feeling empty. The next morning, I caught a flight to Sligo. A secondary school English teacher, I yearned to see Yeats’ country, but everything was shut down in Sligo on January 1, a bank holiday in Ireland. A hired taxi drove me to all of the local Yeats’ hot spots. The driver took me to the Drumcliff grave of Yeats, and I placed a pebble on his headstone alongside the others already there. “Why do you think he wanted to be laid to rest here?” I asked the driver. “No idea, love. He’s feet first to the sea here though.” He drove me to the Yeats’ family Sandymount summer house along the shore and then to the Lake Isle of Innisfree. The last stop was at the Sligo library where a statue of Yeats usually stood, but it’d been flattened by a drunk driver on New Year’s night. “That’s yer man there,” he said. “Flat as a pancake, he is.” Sligo remained closed on January 2, another bank holiday in Ireland, so I decided to visit the Marion Shrine in Knock. I knew of Knock because my father’s sister, Sadie, often journeyed to Knock with fellow Glasgow pilgrims. On August 21, 1879, Mary, Joseph, and John the Evangelist appeared at an altar before fifteen witnesses at Knock. On that altar was a lamb and a cross, and a host of angels appeared above the altar. While I stood in the rain for more than an hour awaiting the Knock bus, which was running on a bank holiday schedule, I chatted with a


young couple from a tropical country who thought they’d arrived in hell as they shivered in the icy Irish rain. We were so grateful to see the bus arrive, and to warm up as we were driven to the shrine an hour from Sligo. I was shocked by Knock’s diminutive size; it was but a tiny village. I prayed my rosary by the marked graves of the many visionaries, and attended Mass in the new church, which had a beautiful white carving on its front that depicted the vision of Mary, Joseph, and John standing next to the altar upon which stood the Lamb of God and a crucifix. I went to confession in the old cathedral and shopped for Knock souvenirs before heading back to Sligo for the night. The following day I needed to fly from Sligo to Dublin then onto Glasgow in preparation for my journey home to Canada where a good teaching position awaited me, but where I had little else. I didn’t feel an overpowering sense of the sacred while I was in Knock; however, I did feel that my prayers were heard and was hopeful that Mary would intercede on my behalf ensuring my prayers would be answered in God’s time and in His way. I’d always craved that close maternal connection with Mary in the absence of any closeness with my own mother, and that 2004 Knock pilgrimage launched my quest to grow closer to Mary by visiting more Marion shrines in the future. 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


Our roster of contributors is growing and we’re looking to add more! Email Editor Matt Preprost at to learn how you can become involved! HOROSCOPE ARIES (MARCH 21 TO APRIL 19) Your home routine will be interrupted today. Small appliances might break down or minor breakages could occur. Surprise company might knock on your door! TAURUS (APRIL 20 TO MAY 20) This is a mildly accidentprone day, so pay attention to everything you say and do. Expect surprising news or a change in your daily routine. GEMINI (MAY 21 TO JUNE 20) Keep an eye on your money and possessions today, because something unusual might occur. You might find money; you might lose money. Protect what you own from loss, damage or theft. CANCER (JUNE 21 TO JULY 22) You feel impulsive and restless today! It’s just what it is — so go with the flow. By all means, take a break from routine work. (You need it.) LEO (JULY 23 TO AUG. 22) Something going on behind the scenes might catch you off guard today. Fortunately, it’s minor, not major. Nevertheless, get ready for a few surprises. VIRGO (AUG. 23 TO SEPT. 22) You might meet a real character today. Or possibly, someone you know will do something you least expect. Stay light on your feet so that you can be ready for the unexpected. LIBRA (SEPT. 23 TO OCT. 22) A parent or boss will surprise you today. This person might

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say something that puts you off or makes you feel amazed, or even ill at ease. Don’t overreact, and don’t quit your day job. SCORPIO (OCT. 23 TO NOV. 21) You might have a sudden opportunity to travel today. Conversely, scheduled travel plans might change. Allow extra time to cope with everything. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 TO DEC. 21) Double-check your banking as well as arrangements about shared property and inheritances, because something unusual might trigger some changes. Don’t be caught napping! CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 TO JAN. 19) A friend or partner might change your plans today. This person might want to do something different. He or she might even want to act separately or alone. Be ready for a few surprises. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 TO FEB. 18) Your job routine will have a few changes today due to computer crashes, power outages, staff shortages, canceled meetings — it will be something. Allow extra time so that you have wiggle room to cope with this. PISCES (FEB. 19 TO MARCH 20) A surprise invitation might delight you today. New love might blossom! Conversely, social plans might be changed or canceled. Parents should be vigilant about their kids today to avoid accidents.

How to Help a Worried Friend Dear Annie: I have a friend who is going through a tough time, and I am wondering how I can help her. She was a single mother who raised two daughters and a son on her own. I am still amazed at how she provided a safe and loving home for her children all by herself. Her daughters are married and living in different states with their families. Her 40-year-old son was also married; however, he went through a nasty divorce last year and moved back to live with my friend. He is currently unemployed. His car was recently rear-ended. When the police arrived, they smelled alcohol on his breath and gave him a Breathalyzer test. He was found to be legally drunk and was arrested. This was the start of a huge financial and emotional burden for my friend. She calls me crying several times a week because she is so worried about her situation and about her son. As someone looking in from the outside, I feel that he could be depressed because his marriage ended and he continues to experience drama when dealing with his ex-wife. I think he could benefit from counseling, but I feel uncomfortable telling her this because of the financial burden


she is already feeling. Aside from being a shoulder to cry on, is there anything else I could do? She is a lovely lady, and I want to help, but this situation has made me feel helpless as a friend. -- Helpless in Hot Springs Dear Helpless in Hot Springs: Your mere presence is more help than you could ever know. A shoulder to cry on is an invaluable thing to offer a friend. Because you two are so close, it wouldn’t be inappropriate for you to suggest that her son might benefit from therapy. Mental health care is not necessarily the huge financial burden that many assume it is. Therapy websites, such as BetterHelp and Talkspace, offer individual care from licensed therapists starting at about $35 a week, and if her son has Medicaid, he can look for covered providers at

Dear Annie: I’m writing to you about an issue I’ve never seen addressed in this column. As my daughter and new sonin-law opened their wedding cards, they received one from a cousin who attended the wedding. The card was empty, with no gift card or check inside. Do we send a thank-you note for “sharing our special day with us” and the beautiful card? We know it’s a guest’s choice to give a gift, but what if the cousin intended to put a cash gift in the card and then forgot? And is she expecting a thank-you card? It’s a funny situation. How should we handle it? -- Left Wondering Dear Left Wondering: She most likely didn’t forget to include the gift, and if she did, she’d remember on her own soon enough. Perhaps she’s just not in a position to give a gift right now and wanted to send a card to at least recognize the special occasion. I’d leave it be. A side note: You asked, “Do we send a thank-you note?” I hope you don’t mean that you’re writing the thank-you notes for your daughter and son-in-law. Send your questions for Annie Lane to To find out more about Annie Lane and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2017 CREATORS.COM

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re you looking to help preserve, present, and learn about the history of the North Peace Region of British Columbia? There are many ways you can do this from volunteering to becoming a member of the North Peace Historical Society. Annual memberships are very inexpensive and entitle you to visit the museum as many times as you want in that year. This is great as we host and develop special exhibits throughout the year. Funds from membership help with exhibits, events, programs, caring for our collection, and improving the information about our collection. If you are a business, consider becoming a corporate member of the museum. Corporate members are issued tax receipts for their donation as well as quarterly reports and a membership certificate. Their businesses are listed as supporters on the museum’s website. Corporate members help preserve, store, present, and exhibit artefacts, photographs, documents, and archaeological artefacts. Contact the museum at 250-787-0430 or to find out more! Archives & Collections We’ve responded to 40 archival inquiries so far this year from land records to genealogy to photographs. We’re here to help you learn more about the history of your community and

family. Most of the archival services we offer are free if you come into the museum with minimal charges for photocopies and photographs, and inquiries longer than 30 minutes requiring staff/volunteer time. Our archival volunteers have been busy organizing our newspaper collection this month as well as scanning information about past and present residents and improving the database records of our historic photographs. Upcoming Events • Cemetery Tour: Alaska Highway Edition Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Fort St. John Cemetery Join us for a guided cemetery tour of the Fort St. John Cemetery on 100 Ave. Learn about the connection of many of the people buried there to the Alaska Highway. From construction workers to entrepreneurs to ambulance drivers, the cemetery is full of people who worked and lived along the highway. Tour is $10 and can be paid at the gate of the cemetery prior to the tour. This is not a scary tour! We share stories (humorous, informative, and sometimes sad) about these people and the history of the highway while standing by their graves. It is not a ghost tour! Heather Sjoblom is manager and curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. For more upcoming events, visit

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65cc 1. Drew Roberts 2. Jayden Ostaszewski

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MX 2 Novice 1. Josh Heck 2. Chelan Merwin


MX 2 Jr. 1. Austin Douglas 2. Brady Lawlor


MX 3 Expert 1. Erik Harvey 2. Tim Doll 80cc (7-11) 1. Carter Roberts 2. Nathan Sendziak See for full list of results.


Dominic Roberts, during the 50cc (4-6) beginner class, at the PMA’s Taylor Mother’s Day race on May 13.

A motocross victory is the perfect Mother’s Day gift DILLON GIANCOLA

For Deanna Roberts, there is no better way to spend her Mother’s Day then watching her children race at the Taylor Motocross Track, especially when they win. “It’s phenomenal, it makes me want to cry. It’s pretty special because I know how much they want to win,” Roberts said. Roberts and her husband Calvin have been taking their three sons to both Peace Motocross Association (PMA) and MRC motocross races for four years, and the Taylor Mother’s Day race is something they look forward to every year. “I love it, because it’s something they love to do and it makes me happy. We really enjoy doing it together, as it’s such a family sport,” she said. Roberts’ oldest son, Carter,

11, won his first race on May 13 in the 85cc (7-11) class. Drew, nine, won his first race Sunday as well, in the 65cc class. Drew won the 2017 PMA year-end trophy in the 50cc (7-9) class. “It’s so awesome, especially winning against the kids that have been racing here for a while and are usually so much faster than me,” Drew said. Drew said the Taylor track was one of his favourites, because of the large corners. Roberts’ youngest son, Dominic, competed in his first-ever PMA race at just four years old. He drove in the two 50cc (4-6) beginner races on the mini track during the intermission, finishing third both times. He was leading each race before falling off his bike mid-way through. “It’s very intense watching him out there. My heart was beating and I felt sick, but it’s


Deanna Roberts with her sons Drew, Carter, and Dominic, at the Taylor Motocross Track on May 13.

exciting,” Roberts said. Dominic had just competed in his first race at the MRC’s Quesnel race a couple weeks ago, but already looks like he will follow in his brother’s footsteps.

The Roberts family, from Charlie Lake, will spend almost every weekend at race tracks this summer. “We sure love it, and look forward to it every time,” Roberts said.

Junior rodeo provincials hit Hudson’s Hope this weekend

Rylie Bondaroff, Tyler Pederson lead all around DILLON GIANCOLA

The Junior Provincial Finals for the B.C. High School Rodeo Association will take over Hudson’s Hope this weekend, May 19 to 21. The top 12 contestants in each event from each of the two regions will participate in three days of scoring, with hopes of finishing in the top four of each event and qualifying for the nationals in Huron, South Dakota, and the Canadian finals in Merritt, B.C. The North Region features a strong group of riders, including a very competitive girls class. Rylie Bondaroff and Twiggy Esau, both out of Arras, lead the girls all around standings heading



into provincials with 298 and 268 points, respectively. Fort St. John’s Kali-Clare Atkings is a close third with 264.5 points. Bondaroff is a really strong and competitive rider, according to BCHSRA treasurer Lynn Peck, and is in it to win. She is best in the roping events and goat tying. Esau, in just her second year, is really hard to beat in pole bending, while Atkings qualified for every event except pole bending and is a threat to win every one. “We have a really competitive group of girls AUSTIN COZICAR PHOTO this year, who could all win Twiggy Esau at the pole bending event in Chetwynd on April 28. at provincials and won’t bend A wildcard for the boys is people at Hudson’s Hope. under pressure,” Peck said. For the boys, Tyler rookie Korbin Mills of Pink She is competing in barrel Perderson of Gundy and Mountain, who sits fourth in racing, pole bending, goat Jesse Jones from Dawson the all around, and is strong tying and break away roping. “If she goes out there and Creek are the ones to beat in team roping and goat has fun, she could really from the North Region. tying. Peck said that Fort St. John’s upset the apple cart for those Pederson leads the boys all around with 410 points, and Molly English, a rookie, has other girls,” said Peck. a chance to surprise some The rodeos start at 10 a.m. Jones is in second with 322.

his is a little embarrassing, or at least sacrilegious, to admit, but I’ve never driven a dirt bike before. And it’s not for a lack of opportunity— I grew up in a tiny northern town, so much that it’s officially a village — where outdoor activities like dirt biking and hunting are common place. I don’t have any regrets about it, but it would have been a fun activity to add to my past time. For the record, I’ve never gone hunting either, but that’s a story for a different day and not helping me win over fans in Fort St. John. What I’m trying to say, is I would fair poorly on a motocross track, regardless if it was an actual race or not. I couldn’t even imagine being good enough to race, much less win, at the age of four. On Mother’s Day, kids aged four to six took part in two 50cc beginner races, and it was awesome. When I was a kid, being four years old was all about cheating at the memory game, and not understanding a powerplay. The thing I most remember about being four was I had a cool mullet. No, most mullets aren’t cool, but mine was. On Sunday, kids who were not even enrolled in preschool were out riding a motorized vehicle. This was just the beginners class, so the focus wasn’t on winning, although about half of the class was in it to win it (a separate, 4-6 intermediate class exists for advanced riders). After the first race, the winner drove across the finish line, pumping his fist, like he was a pro. Like he had been winning races as a three-yearold and was thrilled that he hadn’t lost a step in his old age. Even stranger was that all the beginner kids had their parents start their bikes for them and greet them after each race. This rider had nobody with him, as far as I could tell, and didn’t seem to mind. I would cry after a race even if I won, were I in his shoes. I’ve been thinking, what sport could I see myself winning as a fouryear-old? Bowling, perhaps. I loved it as a kid and still do, but I probably didn’t get my first strike until I was 10. I guess some of us were born to be racing dirt bikes and playing hockey before we hit Grade 1, and some of us are born to be really good at hide and seek. Whatever our fates, being good at motocross is definitely better. Dillon Giancola covers Peace Region sports for the Alaska Highway News. Email him at

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5th Mower Mayhem goes May 18 to 20 Dillon giancola

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Nicholas Soares of the Fort St. John Bantam Grizzlies, takes a shot on net during the team’s 5-5 tie against the Williams Lake Big Horns on May 13. Soares had a hat trick earlier Sunday morning in the Grizzlies 7-3 win against Williams Lake.

It doesn’t matter what the sport or event is, if the organizing group puts enough effort and hours into it, the sport will grow. That’s what’s happening with Mower Mayhem, the annual lawn mower racing event entering its fifth year. The first Mower Mayhem weekend of 2018 is this weekend, May 18 to 20. A second weekend will take place in September. The weekend will start with a pig roast and show and shine available to all, Friday night. The races will begin at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Organizer Jason Westgate is expecting more than 40 mowers this weekend. That’s up from the 38 that raced in 2017 and 30 in 2016. The event keeps growing, even as regular racers can’t make it.

“We have guys racing this year that haven’t in the past, and regulars that aren’t able to this year. A lot of people are still just hearing about us and want to give it a whirl,” said Westgate. Westgate said the biggest surprise about the event over the years has been the speed of the mowers. “We were pushing them 60 to 70km/ hr the first couple years and they weren’t at all reliable. Now we can get them going 80 to 90km/hr and they’re fairly reliable.” All classes of racing are returning this weekend, including the women’s power puff event, youth racing, and four classes of mowers, including stock and modified. The event takes place at the Mower Mayhem Oval, just off Johnson Road, near the bottom of the South Taylor hill.

Nikoleychuk breaks bench press records at GPC National Championship Dillon giancola

Everyone knows at least one person who loves to work out and thinks they can bench a lot, but few people can say they’ve bench pressed 500 pounds, especially in a national competition. Rob Nikoleychuk of Fort St. John was in Regina for the 2018 Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC) National / Canadian Powerlifting Federation (CPF) Western Canadian Championships May 5 and 6. His lifts of 500 pounds in the bench equipped event and 440 in the bench raw event, both in the 100kg (220lbs) weight class, were good enough for Canadian titles, as well as Canadian records in both the GPC and CPF. It was an impressive weekend for Nikoleychuk, who already held the Canadian bench press and deadlift records for the 82.5kg (181lbs) weight class. “It feels great. My first attempt in

equipped, I got a no lift because I moved my foot, so I started getting nervous. The second and third lifts were good and I got close to the number I wanted,” he said. Equipped bench press involves the use of a supportive bench shirt, designed to help protect the body and help lift more weight. As a result, the winning lift in equipped bench press is higher than in raw bench press, where no additional equipment is used. Each contestant gets three attempts, with each subsequent attempt needing to be equal to or higher than the previous lift’s weight, which the contestant chooses. The two winning lifts in Regina were both personal bests for Nikoleychuk, who has been competing in powerlifting since 2012, when his friend Vince Graham, a seven-time world champion, suggested Nikoleychuk try out a disciplined sport like powerlifting. “It changed my life and I lived


smarter after that. You really need to focus on eating properly and working out, and there’s not much time for going out and partying,” Nikoleychuk said, who currently works out for an hour a day, five to six days a week. Nikoleychuk is slated to compete in more 2018 competitions. He will be in Prince George on May 27 for the CPF Canadian Open, and his sights set on breaking records in the Canadian Powerlifting League, in Red Deer on August 11. Powerlifting consists of three different types of lifts: bench press, deadlift, and squats. Currently, Nikoleychuk is only competing in bench press after tearing both his L4 and L5 vertebrae during a deadlift last year. “It took a long time to come back and I was so sore. I was finally able to work out again and feel better, and hopefully I’ll be able to all three lifts again in the future,” he said.

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Rob Nikoleychuk, with his gold medals from the GPC National Championship.

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

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Chilean teen Joaquin Niemann is set for his third professional start at the AT&T Byron Nelson. The last time he teed it up in Texas, Niemann was sixth at the Valero Texas Open. The Byron Nelson Championship is one of the most storied tournaments on the PGA Tour. It began in 1926 as the Dallas Open Tournament with MacDonald Smith as the inaugural champion. Byron Nelson became a part of the event as the host in 1968. Last year, Billy Horschel (pictured below) dispatched Jason Day when Day stunningly missed a 4-foot par putt on the first extra hole.

Course Stats Yards: 7,380 Par: 71 Course record: 60 Tournament record: 259 Defending champion: Billy Horschel

Tiger Woods finished T-11 at Webb Simpson won The PLAYERS The PLAYERS Championship Championship The former world No. 1 turned in his best score in relation to par since 2013, a 7-under-par 65 in Saturday’s third round, then closed out his first visit to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass since 2015 with a 69 in Sunday’s final round Tournament Results of The PLAYERS Championship. “I played Player Score Earnings 1. Webb Simpson -18 $1,980,000 so well on the weekend but unfortunately, T2. Charl Schwartzel -14 $821,333 I didn’t cash it in,” Woods said. “Especially T2. Jimmy Walker -14 $821,333 T2. Xander Schauffele -14 $821,333 today because I hit it so well, I had it going, but I just didn’t close it out.” Webb Simpson, a former U.S. Open champion who has spent three years reinventing Brooks Koepka made albatross himself after the anchor putting ban, claimed Brooks Koepka holed out for his fifth PGA Tour win by four shots at The double-eagle on the par 5 16th PLAYERS Championship on Sunday. “It’s hole on Sunday at The PLAYERS been a long time. We did it,” Simpson said. It Championship. From 208 yards was Simpson’s first win since taking out the away with a 6-iron, Koepka became just the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las second player to ever make a double-eagle, or Vegas in October 2013. The win vaulted the albatross, on the par-5 16th hole. 32-year-old to eighth place in the FedEx Cup.

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One of the common issues the amateur Network golfer has that causes a loss of power GOLF in the golf swing is a reverse pivot. A GOLF reverse pivot occurs when the weight GOLF of the golfer moves to their front foot CBS during the backswing, which causes GOLF the spine to tilt in the wrong direction. In trying to CBS keep your head still, you prevent a good shoulder turn from happening as well as the proper weight Pro Golf Trivia shift to the back foot. In order to correct a reverse pivot problem, here are a couple of suggestions. What PGA Tour player has the most The most important key is to make sure that your hole in ones? hips stay still on your backswing. You have to imagine that you are in a drum and your hips do a) Billy Mayfair c) Gibby Gilbert not touch either side of the drum on the backswing. b) Bob Tway d) Robert Allenby The second piece of advice is to get your sternum Answer: d) Robert Allenby has made 10 hole in directly over your back foot at the top of the backswing to ensure the proper weight distribution. ones in his PGA Tour career.


Last Week in Pro Golf

FedEx Cup Standings Through May 13, 2018

1) Justin Thomas 1,874 pts. / 5 top tens

2) Jason Day

1,533 pts. / 4 top tens

3) Phil Mickelson 1,348 pts. / 6 top tens

FedEx Cup Standings continued... Player Points 4) Patton Kizzire 1,329 5) Patrick Reed 1,315 6) Bubba Watson 1,292 7) Dustin Johnson 1,228 8) Webb Simpson 1,228 9) Jon Rahm 1,144 10) Tony Finau 1,118


Top 10s 4 6 4 5 5 3 5

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 B3

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The NPSS girls soccer team.

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Cameron Copes keeps his eye on the ball at a practice/tryout out for North Peace Minor Baseball’s pee wee A travel team.

The NPSS girls soccer team was in Prince George last weekend for North Central Zones. They won both games in dominant fashion, becoming Zone champions and qualifying for the B.C. AAA Girls Soccer

Provincials, May 30 to June 1. The NPSS track and field team, along with Dr. Kearney and Bert Bowes students, were in Quesnel for Zones, May 15 and 16, after this edition of the News went to press.

NPSS Roughnecks team focused on teaching the game, growing culture Dillon giancola

The NPSS Roughnecks rugby team was in Grande Prairie on May 9 for their second league game of the year, and lost a close one to Peace Wapiti Academy, 17-12. The five point loss was a lot better than their 81-7 lopsided loss to the St. Joe’s Celtics in Fort St. John on May 2. The game against PWA was played using only 12 players a side instead of the usual 15, because the Grande Prairie team only had 10 players to show up. NPSS had to lend three players to PWA to make the game happen, so there is some solace to take in a losing effort. The lack of players is an issue that usually plagues the Roughnecks, now

in their seventh year as a program. This year, however, 22 kids came out at the beginning of the year, compared to the 13 that played in 2017. “The amount of players we have this year is refreshing,” said Clayton Woodruff, one of the team’s coaches. Before the first league game on May 2, NPSS went to St. Joe’s for a rugby sevens tournament, and lost four players for the season to injury. The team has had enough players going forward because of four grade nine players that have come out this season — two each from Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney. “The junior players have been our most dedicated, and haven’t missed a single practice,” Woodruff said. Woodruff said he’s seen the NPSS

program go through some ups and downs throughout the years, but thinks things are trending back in the right direction. There were eight returning players this year from 2017, and although he’ll lose eight graduating students after this season, he thinks there will be at least 10 returning students in 2019. The NPSS team focuses mostly on introductory rugby, as the season is short and many of the players haven’t played before or are unfamiliar with the game. Still, some have gone to play and have success elsewhere. Woodruff’s son, Tye, played for NPSS and is now playing with the Victoria Island University team in Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Hornets men’s team. Tye Woodruff won the Hornets’ award for

best reserve back of the 2017-18 season. The next test for the Roughnecks was a home game on May 16, after press time, against Charles Spencer from Grande Prairie. NPSS needed to win if they had a hope of making the playoffs. The other three teams that NPSS competes against are all from Grande Prairie. Dawson Creek has had a team in the past, but was unable to field a team this year. Woodruff said the expenses and travel required to compete against B.C. teams such as Prince George and Williams Lake is too great for where the Roughnecks program is at. “We’re just happy to play here, and are trying to keep the costs down,” said Woodruff.

PRO RACING THIS WEEK Racing News, Stats & Trivia Kevin Harvick Born: Dec. 8, 1975 Crew Chief: Rodney Childers Car: Ford

Year 2018 2017

Wins 5 2

Top 10s 10 23

Avg. Finish 7.8 11.1

This Week’s Cup Series Race: All-Star Race Race Details

Race Preview

Location: Concord, N.C. Date: Saturday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. Last Year’s Winner: Kyle Busch

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Shape: Quad-oval Distance: 1.5 miles Turns / Straights: 24º / 5º

The All-Star race is an exhibition race between the race winners from the previous season and the beginning of the current season, as well as all past event winners, and previous Cup Series champions who attempted to run the entire previous season. Two other ways to become eligible to race in the event are winning one of the five Showdown races or by winning the fan vote. The first running of the race was held in 1985 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and has been run there every year except in 1986 when it was run at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Darrell Waltrip won the first All-Star race in 1985.

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

Points 503 491 484 396 393 386 380 376 365 356

Xfinity Series Top Ten Top 10s 9 10 10 6 6 7 7 7 6 7

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

Points 401 363 349 343 343 323 304 285 277 270

Top 10s 10 7 6 6 7 7 6 4 5 5

N A S C A R has explored options to sell a majority stake According to Reuters, the France family, which founded and controls NASCAR, is working with Goldman Sachs Group to identify a purchaser. Reigning Cup champion Martin Truex Jr., while acknowledging that the sale talk is in the preliminary stages, said some fresh ideas by ownership might be welcomed. “There are a lot of things that are done because they’ve always been done that way that maybe we can look at and talk about away from the track,” Truex said. Some of those changes could include adjustments to the schedule as well as rotating some races such as the All-Star Race and seasonending race among different tracks. Who is going to fill Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s shoes? Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a dominant figure in NASCAR during the last 15 seasons. He wasn’t the winningest driver, but every year since 2003 he was chosen as the sanctioning body’s Most Popular Driver. Best known to most auto racing fans as “Junior,” his retirement after last season left a massive void in the sport. “We’re fortunate to have a great fan base, but we probably won’t win (Most Popular Driver),” Kevin Harvick said. “I’d say the next guy that’s going to take that reign is going to be Chase Elliott.” Elliott’s father, Bill, won Most Popular Driver a record 16 times from 1984-2002.

Racing Trivia At which track did Kevin Harvick win his first Cup Series race? a) Daytona b) Atlanta

c) Kansas d) Michigan




Kevin Harvick tied Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson for the most career wins at Kansas Motor Speedway Saturday night, when he came from behind to win the KC Masterpiece 400. Charging from sixth place and chasing race leader Martin Truex Jr. after a restart on Lap 259 of 267, Harvick found speed in the top lane with five laps left and passed Truex on the outside through Turns 3 and 4 on the penultimate lap. It was his second consecutive win and his fifth in 12 starts this season.

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Answer : b) Kevin Harvick’s first win in the Cup Series came in the 2001 race at Atlanta.

Last Weekend’s Race: Kevin Harvick won at Kansas

B4 THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018


Tending the roots of your health starts in the garden


ardening isn’t really my cup of tea as I tend to kill things rather than help them thrive, but for many people it is the perfect de-stressor. The garden is a place for them to go and forget about the worries of the day and get a little bit of a sweat on at the same time. Having your own garden and growing your own vegetables has many benefits both mentally and physically. Research has found gardening decreases stress and anxiety, which can also decrease your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Studies have shown a link between gardening and a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease of up to 50 per cent. Gardening gives everyone a sense of responsibility and accomplishment,

Stephenie Sutherland HEALTH HACKS

boosting your self-esteem and happiness. By growing your own fresh veggies, you’re also getting far more nutrients from your veggies and saving money. You won’t have to head to the store to get your beans and carrots; you’ll just have to step out your door. Spending time in the dirt can help to boost your immune system. Some exposure to the dirt and naturally-occurring microbes

outside has been shown to decrease risk of allergies in children, and may help adult, out-of-whack immune systems. Gardening can be a great workout, helping you to strengthen muscles and lose weight, all while getting your daily dose of vitamin D from the sunshine. Lastly, the combination of decreased anxiety and stress and exercise can help you sleep better at night. Now is the perfect time to start your garden. You only need a small patch of dirt in your yard and a little bit of time and patience. In no time at all you’ll begin to see your hard work sprouting up from the ground, and then you won’t have to wait long until it is on the plate in front of you.

McAvany, Woodward win skating awards Two Peace Passage Figure Skating Club skaters, Lane McAvany and Abigail Woodward, won Skate Canada section awards over the weekend. Lane McAvany, 17, won the Skate Canada Section STARSKATE award. This award is given to the skater that is involved not only within their Club, but the community as well. McAvany is an Honors student at North Peace Secondary School, the afternoon CANSKATE Coach, and the STAR 1 Co Coach with Peace Passage Skating Club. McAvany is also coaching with the City of Fort St. John’s recreational skating programs and will be attending the University of British Columbia in the fall on a full honors scholarship, with the goal of receiveing her CPA. She mentors with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program in Fort St. John. Abigail Woodward, three, won the CanSkater of the Year award. Woodward is the newest and youngest member of the Peace Passage Skating Club. This award goes to the skater who shows the love for the sport and drive to continue in it. — Bobbi-Lee Woodward SUPPLIED PHOTO

Abigail Woodward, coach Amanda Thomas, Lane McAvany, and Peace Passage President Sandra Carmichael.

I’d like to thank a couple more sponsors: Shell Canada Summersend Balance for hosting a private clinic for our youngest members Julia Fellers, for providing weekly riding lessons Becky Newsham of Rundown Ranchography for taking photos at our events We also wanted to thank Meike Nielson and Scott Taylor for hosting our club for a saddle fitting clinic. We learned a lot, and it was a really good time. We got to see and feel correct and incorrect fits for different horses. We got to look at lots of different types of saddles on different horses and see what worked and what didn’t. We talked about how to improve saddle fit with the aid of saddle pads – saddles are expensive enough that we can’t buy a new one for every new horse! We also learned that when our horse gains or

The British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study in 2013 stating that gardening can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in those age 60+ by up to 30 per cent. This study shows just how beneficial a little bit of extra activity in a day can be. Stephenie Sutherland is a Fort St. John student studying nutrition and food sciences. She can found at the gym, hiking local trails, and serving up a hot cuppa joe at Whole Wheat and Honey. Have a question? Email her at stephenie.

2018 cricket season begins May 27 DILLON GIANCOLA

Calling all bowlers and batsmen, the North Peace Cricket Foundation’s 2018 season, and third overall, begins with two league matches on May 20. Last year’s league tournament had four teams competing for the title, which the Chances Roadrunners won by beating the Roadrunners 117-116 in the final. This year, both teams will be back, as will two others. A fifth team will join the mix this year, from Dawson Creek. Games will take place each Sunday from May 27 until August 12, and will run from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Although the foundation leased a piece of land by Charlie Lake for five years in December,

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NPCF president Joel David said they haven’t been able to renovate the field in time for the start of the season, due to a lack of funding. “We’re low funded, and need help, but it takes some time. Hopefully we can have the field ready to go by August,” said David. The games will be played at Dr. Kearney Middle School until June 10, and move to the lower NPSS field on June 17. In addition to league play this year, the NPCF will hold an Inter-City Tournament, beginning August 19. Teams from Grande Prairie, Prince George and possible Dawson Creek will travel to Fort St. John to decide which Peace Region city is the best, at least in terms of playing cricket.

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loses weight, it can affect how our saddles fit. We learned what to look for in a well-made and well-balanced saddle. The members really appreciated this information. On Wednesday May 2, Shannon Wiens, who is an EC/NCCP instructor, came to one of our meetings to talk about horse conformation. We looked at pictures of correct and incorrect conformation, and then looked at some real horses. Shannon has a few tools to measure shoulder angles and hip angles, and we got to mark our findings on the horses with chalk. Our club also has several members doing the mini project- that is, miniature horses! Our riding instructor, Julia Fellers, hosted the mini play date at her farm. The participating members are teaching their miniature ponies tricks, and driving (carts not cars!) Our members are doing weekly riding lessons with Julia Fellers to get ready for Achievement Days. Achievement Days will be July 6th and 7th. Come on out! Our horses will be clipped, bathed, and ready to show. Our Cloverbud members will have a display table to show their scrapbooks and posters, and Summersend Balance will host a private clinic for our youngest members. There will be lots to see, including all the other 4-H projects from the other clubs.

“My name is Harlan Giesbrecht, and my horse is Coco Kilo Bar – or Coke for short! Coke really likes to go fast and so do I. Coke is the perfect horse for me! This is my third year in the Beatton Community 4-H Club, and my first year as a Junior member. This is my second year as a reporter (last year, when I was a Cloverbud, I was the junior reporter). My plans this year is to do some roping with Coke, do some horse shows, and of course, 4-H Achievement Days!”

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Sarah Dickie’s piece “Beaded Cape” won a Chosen Award.

2018 Regional Juried Art Exhibit results The 36th annual Peace Liard Regional Juried Art Exhibit opened May 4 at the Phoenix Theatre in Fort Nelson. More than 90 pieces were exhibited, and judged by Paul Crawford and Lee Claremont. The prestigious event, put on by the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council and the Northern Rockies Arts Council, provides emerging and seasoned artists with the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and network with fellow artists within the Peace River and the Northern Rockies. The exhibit is on display at the Phoenix Theatre until May 24. Call the theatre at 250-7742241 for more info. Results: SUPPLIED PHOTO

Distinguished Award ($1,000):

Co-adjudicator Lee Claremont and RJAE artist Ken Forest.

Earth and Pine #227 / Earth and Cedar 1 – Lynette Gullackson and Linda Doherty Gullackson, Fort Nelson

ie, Fort St. John 5. Imprint of 1/5,240 – Kit Fast, Dawson Creek 6. Curiosity – Monicque Jacobs, Fort Nelson 7. quest(ion) – Mary Mottishaw, Dawson Creek 8. Crow Sky – Peter Shaw, Fort St. John 9. Three Feathers – Dora Van Rensburg, Fort St. John

Recognition Award ($500): Kisâkihitin nikosis – Kristy Auger, Fort St. John Most Experimental ($200): Promise of Spring – Sandy Troudt, Fort St. John Chosen Awards (the following 9 awards plus the three above will be included in the PLRAC’s 2019 Calendar): 1. Sess – Kim Ans, Fort St. John 2. In her Footsteps / Auntie’s House – Crystal Behn-Dettieh, Fort Nelson 3. Cirsium arvense: Thistles – Justine Bouchard, Dawson Creek 4. Beaded Cape – Sarah Dick-

Honorable Mentions 1. Pulse of the North – Ryan Dickie, Fort Nelson 2. Grouse Mask – Curtis Henry Dickie, Fort Nelson 3. Pitcher – Marilyn Farrow, Chetwynd 4. Symphony in Sepia – Ken Forest, Charlie Lake 5. Study of a Woman – Amy Gothard, Fort St. John 6. Fire Storm – Dawn Gullackson, Fort Nelson 7. Between Heaven and Earth – Irene Gut, Cecil Lake


Paul Crawford, co-adjudicator and Jeff Beale, of Encana, who provides the cash awards for the RJAE.

8. As a Moth to a Flame – Emilie Mattson, Rolla 9. Mandala in Copper – Isam Sharkiye, Fort Nelson 10. Tree Tops – Judy Templeton, Fort St. John 11. An Unlikely Explosion – Rebekah and Joan Zimmer, Tumbler Ridge


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For the late Len Gardner of Edmonton, formerly of Fort St. John, will be held Saturday May 26th at 2:00pm from Hamre’s Funeral Chapel. If so desired expressions of sympathy can be made in memory of Len to the Jean Gardner Memorial Fund through the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be forwarded through 53853


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Coming EvEnts Mile “O” Quilter’s Guild meets every Tuesday & Thursday in Dawson Creek at KPAC in Studio #10 at 7pm

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2018 DAWSON CITY International Gold Show. The northernmost placer mining and consumer trade show. May 18th & 19th. Visit for information. Or call 867-9935274.

PC Roots Group Building Open: Every Saturday Sept-June 10:00am-12:00pm to members wanting to use the genealogy library. A member will be available by appointment to anyone requiring help on how to get started on your family history. Everyone is welcome. We are located in the small building in NAR Park. For appointment call: Lynn- 250-7824058. Neil- 250-7827651. Website

SATURDAY May 19, 2018 - COUNTRY MUSIC DANCE-Music by “Let R’ Rip” at the Senior Citizens Hall, 1101 McKellar Ave, Dawson Creek. Dance from 8:30- 12:30 Admission includes lunch. For more information phone Linda at 250843-7418 or Joanne 250-782-0158

SUNDAYS: FAMILY TREE HELP - Peace Country Roots Group Meeting - Fourth Sunday of each Month at the CALVIN KRUK CENTRE in Dawson Creek 1:30pm

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION! In-demand career! Employers have work-at-home positions available. Get online training you need from an employertrusted program. Visit: or 1855-768-3362 to start training for your workat-home career today!

For hire: Caregiver to look after my children: 7 ear old girl & 1 year old boy. $12 per hour. 40 hours per week. Permanent Full-time. Work in employer’s home/94 Ave, Fort St John, BC. Completion of Secondary School, some college/ CEPEG/Vocational or technical training in child care or related field. 1 to 2 years experience supervision of children. Assist children on personal hygiene. Plan, prepare meals for children, participate in games, reading and may perform light housekeeping. Accomodation could be made available on a live-in basis at no cost. But not a condition of employment. Apply be email: herbert_barateta@yah

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Acquired Brain Injury Support Group: ABI Support group meets every 2nd & 4th Thursday of month at 6:00pm at the Northern Brain Injury Association office: #11-1405 102 Ave Dawson Creek. Please call 250-719-4673 for more information.


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Save the Dates July 13, 5:00 pm to July 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm for the Annual Mile Zero Cruisers Summer Cruise weekend starts with Registration held at the Dawson Co-op. Bring down your pride and joy and register for the Summer Cruise Car Show weekend. All registrants will receive access to all weekend events as well as a chance to win prizes. Check in this paper for more details closer to the show!

PC Roots Group Meeting: 4th Sunday/month - from Sept-June 1:30pm in the Archives Room at The Calvin Kruk Center. Getting started on family tree research, need Help? Come learn & share experiences with other amateur genealogists. New members welcome. For more info call: Lynn- 250-7824058. Neil- 250-7827651. Website

South Peace Historical Society Meetings Third Wednesday of the month. In Dawson Creek at the Calvin Kruk Centre Archives Room at 2 pm.

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Notice - Public Review of Forest Stewardship Plan Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp Inc., Chetwynd Forest Industries, Louisiana Pacific, Canfor, Tumbler Ridge Community Forest, Little Prairie Community Forest and BC Timber Sales (the Proponents) havewritten a replacement Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) which will guide our forest management activities in the Peace Resource District. The FSP specifies strategies to be implemented by the Proponents for the management of forest values impacted by our timber harvesting, road building and reforestation activities.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre

11308 Alaska Rd., Fort St. John, B.C. (Beside Chances Casino)

Supper at 6:00pm

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Dawson Creek Seniors Hall Activities 1011 McKellar Ave. Floor curling, carpet bowling, pool, line dancing, bridge, crib, darts, bingo, Wellness Exercise, craft classes. Schedules are available at the hall. Come and see our hall and try out our activities.


Duties / skills will include but not limited to: 1. Skilled in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook 2. Answering phones and dealing with the public’s inquiries / concerns 3. Perform receptionist duties including typing letters and correspondence Support payroll environment with: 1. New hire packages 2. Shift Schedules 3. Employee communication 4. Collective Agreement language 5. Seniority Lists 6. Check employee timecards and submit for processing Please submit resumes to:”


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Yellowhead Road & Bridge (North Peace) Ltd. is currently accepting applications for:

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Meeting at 7:00pm

The FSP is available for public review and comment from May 7, 2018 until July 5, 2018. Copies of the FSP are available for review between 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, until July 5th, 2018 at the following locations:

Review of 2017 financial statement, Sales increase of 41.5% to $86.0million and a net savings of $5.2million or 6.5%

BC Timber Sales: 9000 - 17th Street, Dawson Creek, BC - attention Stephanie Smith RPF tele phone - (250) 784-1228, email

Election of 1 director for 3-year term 2 special resolutions:

Louisiana Pacific: 116 - 116th Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC- attention Clinton Gould RFT telephone - (250) 782-3302 ext. 247, email

(1) Nomination of directors from the floor: That the Old by-law of:

Canfor: 4700 – 50th Street, Chetwynd, BC - attention Jolene Fellhauer FIT telephone (250) 788-4361,

80 - a member may nominate a candidate for director either before or at an annual general meeting at which a director is to be elected.

West Fraser: 3598 West Fraser Road, Chetwynd, BC - attention Ken Wolfe RPF telephone (250)788-4429 -

Be replace with Proposed by-law: 80 - a member wanting to become a director must ensure that his/ger nomination is submitted to the Co-operatives Administration office a minimum of 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting at which a director is to be elected (2) Director remuneration: A director would be paid 50% of current FCL rate, secretary of the Board 65% of FCL current rate, and president of the Board 80% of the current FCL per diem rate of 2018 and would be indexed yearly.

Interested in letting your name stand for the Board of Directors of Fort St. John Co-operative Association? Directors participate joinly with a total of 7 Directors in planning and controlling the affairs of the co-operative, guided by the associations By-laws and Policies, so that it effectively moves toward achieving the objective of the Co-operative. Please pick up nomination form at the Adminstration Office. The form should be dropped off at the office prior to May 17, 2018

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Mark Fonda RFT - Planning Superintendent, Louisiana Pacific Corporation 116 – 116th Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3C8 Email






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Part 4 – Council Proceedings - Section 16 Order of Proceedings and Business will be amended to include a specific section on the agenda for Council to consider Development Variance Permit/Temporary Use Permit Administration Reports. The rationale for the change is to allow both the applicant and affected residents the opportunity to address Council regarding a proposed application. For more information about the changes to the Council Procedure Amendment Bylaw or to receive a copy of the proposed bylaw, please contact Janet Prestley, Director of Legislative and Administrative Services by calling (250) 787-8153 or by email at

Delivered under the direction of Simon Fraser University, the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE) program has been operating at Northern Lights College for over twenty-seven years. The AHCOTE program invites applications from experienced teachers interested in an appointment as a Coordinator and/or Faculty Associate for the next student cohort, beginning September 2018.

Dental Receptionist Peace Country Dental Clinic F/T Dental Recep− tionist, Mon−Fri. Enthusiastic and committed with good verbal com− munication skills. Formal dental re− ception training preferred, but train− ing available for right applicant. EX− AN PowerPractice knowledge an asset. Computer skills a must. Please send resume to: reception www.peacecountry


Faculty of Education Professional Programs Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE) Program

Burger King Fort St John is hiring Crew (Starting $12), Supervisors (Starting at $15), Assistant Manager (Starting at $17) and Managers (Starting $18.75). Previous experience an asset, but not necessary as Crew will be trained. Business management, training, schooling is an asset for Supervisors, assistant managers and Managers. Please send resumes to

The Proponents invite interested parties to provide comment for consideration as we finalize the replacement FSP. Revisions may be made to the FSP as a result of comments received during the review period. Written submissions received prior to 4 pm July 5th 2018 are welcome, and should be sent to:

City Council will be considering first three readings of Council Procedure Amendment Bylaw No. 2427, 2018 at the May 28, 2018 Regular Meeting.


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Limited complimentary tickets available for Supper Must be picked up prior to: May 19, 2018 Sorry no Children Please

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Thursday at 9:30 amNew Beginnings Baptist Church in DC, 10221-18th St.-TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Phone: Gail at 250-782-7208 for more info.

The Coordinator will hold a full-time (1.0) appointment split between a half-time (0.5) Coordinator and a half-time (0.5) Faculty Associate throughout the duration of the program, from September 2018 until December 2019, with a two-week orientation period in August 2018. The Coordinator plays an advisory role for the Faculty Associate, providing support and consultation on a variety of program matters, including student performance. In consultation with the Faculty Associate, the Coordinator is also responsible for arranging student practicum placements within the school districts and for liaison that will enhance the students’ exposure to professional expertise within the school districts. Coordinators visit area schools regularly, developing supportive relationships with teachers and School Associates. The Faculty Associate will hold a full-time (1.0) appointment throughout the duration of the program, from September 2018 until December 2019, with a twoweek orientation period in August 2018. The Faculty Associate works collaboratively with the Coordinator and is primarily responsible for student instruction and supervision.

Candidates should note that the selection process for all AHCOTE positions is highly competitive. The Faculty of Education welcomes applicants from a variety of backgrounds that reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Selection of candidates is based on the following criteria: • demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team • willingness to examine and refine one's practice • curriculum and instructional needs of the program • normally five years of demonstrated excellence in public school teaching • sensitivity to equity issues • work experience with adult learners (recommended) • previous School Associate experience (recommended) • experience with computer technology (recommended)


for the late

ROLLAND BLANCHETTE OF FORT ST. JOHN will be held Thursday, May 24th at 2:00pm from the Catholic Church of the Resurrec�on.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made in memory of Rolland to the Fort St. John Hospital Founda�on Peace Villa Fund.

Condolences may be forwarded through


Permissive Property Tax Exemption Applications Due by June 15, 2018

In accordance with Permissive Property Tax Exemptions Policy No. 21/14, the City of Fort St. John is accepting new applications from eligible non-profit organizations until June 15, 2018 for property tax exemptions. The application criteria is included in the policy. Please note that there is no obligation for Council to grant a permissive tax exemption and eligibility is in accordance with Section 224 of the Community Charter. All applications must be submitted to the City’s Corporate Administration Department. Applications are available at City Hall, 10631 – 100 Street, and on the City’s website at For any inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Janet Prestley, Director of Legislative and Administrative Services at 250-787-8153.

Applications are available online at: Completed applications and supporting documents are due through our online system by no later than May 24th, 2018. If you have any questions regarding this posting, please contact: Program Manager, Karen Hansen at 778.782.4358 or

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Fort St. John CO-OP Petroleum Dept.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Expansion We will be adding 4 DEF dispensers at the 91st Ave location and construction will be from May 23 to June 27. During this time the diesel side of the Cardlock will be closed off. Only the east side of the Cardlock will be open which means only smaller vehicles will have access. We ask our members to fuel up at our airport site location during the construction period. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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23 GOLF COURSE LOTS - Cranbrook, BC. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, June 13 in Edmonton. 23 parcels of recreational/residential real estate in the River’s Crossing Golf Course Community. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; Brokerage: Ritchie Bros. Real Estate Services Ltd.;

Yard Sale May 18 4-8pm and May 19 9am-3pm. No Early Birds 9203-99Ave

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Livestock FOR SALE: 2-Yr-Old Blue Colour Speckled Park Bull, Papers, Proven Breeder, 80lb BW. 250219-1394

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Business services Arctic Duct Cleaning, Furnace & duct cleaning, Chimney sweep. 250-787-7217 (FSJ)


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Mobile/Manufactured HoMes for sale

Pine Ridge Modular Homes 14’, 16’ & 20’. Double Wides available S.R.I. Homes (250)262-2847 (250)261-0251 email:

ApArtments/ Condos for BIRCHVIEW MANOR Furnished and Unfurnished 1 Bedroom Suites. Adults Only, Senior Discount. Bus Stop at Front Door. 250-784-5817 Dawson Creek Northern Lights Apartments has 1 Bedroom/Bachelor Apartments Available. Cable/Heat, Water/Hot Water Included. Please Phone : 250-782-7130. ASK FOR INCENTIVES

Basement suites Basement Suite or Furnished Rooms for Rent in D.C. Includes utilities/wi-fi/TV/laundry/private-entrance/parking. No Pets/Drugs. Phone: 250-782-0001

GaraGe SaleS Yard Sale 12217 Juniper Ave Clairmont Sub. Saturday May 19, 2018 9am-4pm

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FOR SALE 2006 Triple E Motor Home Commander 32 ft. with 2 slides

Base Budget Grant Applications Due by June 15, 2018

In accordance with Base Budget Grant Policy No. 105/17, the City of Fort St. John is accepting applications until June 15, 2018 for the 2019 fiscal year. This application deadline coincides with the City’s budget deliberation process that takes place in early fall. It is expected that groups who apply through this program will be advised of Council’s decision by early January, 2019.

For more info call

250-782-2757 or 250-219-3454

The primary purpose of a base budget grant is to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations that provide fee for services, programs and capital projects.


All grant applications must be submitted to the City’s Corporate Administration Department. Applications are available at City Hall, 10631 – 100 Street, and on the City’s website at An audited or reviewed financial statement is required as part of the application.

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All organizations who apply for a base budget grant must make a presentation to Council between August and October. Staff will contact all of the applicants to schedule meeting times. For any inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Janet Prestley, Director of Legislative and Administrative Services at 250-787-8153 or Laura Howes, Deputy City Clerk at 250-787-5796.

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Li-Car Management Group

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

Phone: 250-785-2662

Duplexes for rent 2 Bedroom non smoking Rancher Suite located downtown Fort St John. Includes utilities, laundry/dishwasher/furniture as needed. Small domestic pet ok. $1250 p/mo Ph 250-789-9127

Houses For rent For Rent 2 bedroom house next to new mall being built at Charlie Lake. Large parking area for large trucks. 250-785--5073

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Invita�on to Tender – Hudson’s Hope Transfer Sta�on Site A�endant The Peace River Regional District invites the submission of bids from qualified individuals or companies to supply the services of site a�endant, for a three year period, at the Hudson’s Hope Transfer Sta�on. Interested par�es may obtain a copy of the tender document from the Regional District’s website at: h�p:// For more informa�on, call (250) 784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773.

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FORT ST. JOHN & DISTRICT CHURCH DIRECTORY ANGLICAN CHURCH of CANADA NoRTH PEACE PARISH Please join us at our temporary location at the Peace Lutheran Church @ 1:30pm Ph: 250-785-6471 “All are Invited and Welcome Here” - (Luke 14:23) SERVICES St. Martin’s, fort St. John, BC Sundays 1:30 p.m. Rev. Enid Pow ********** Church of the Good Shepherd Taylor, BC - Sundays 10:00 a.m. ********** St. Matthias, Cecil Lake, BC 3rd Sun. of the Month 3:00 p.m. Holy Communion BAHA’I fAITH BAHA’I fAITH National Baha’i Information 1-800-433-3284 Regular Firesides Mondays @ 8:00 p.m. Deepenings continued Wednesdays at 250-787-0089 Next Feast Info. 250-787-0089 ********** BAPTIST CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 9607-107th Ave., fSJ Ph. (Office) 250-785-4307 Pastor: Michael Hayes Associate Pastor: Doug Janzen SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE 10:30AM ********** CATHoLIC RoMAN CATHoLIC CHURCH (Resurrection Church) Pastor: Rev. Louis Kwena Phone 250-785-3413 MASSES: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday - 10:00 a.m. oNLY OFFICE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. BAPTISM: Contact the Pastor 3 months before baptism. MARRIAGES: Contact the Pastor 6 months before the wedding. ********** ALLIANCE CHURCH 9804-99 Ave., fort St. John, BC V1J 3T8 Ph: 250-785-4644 fax: 250-785-8932 e-mail: SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE: 9:15am & 11:00am KIDVILLE: for ages 2yrs.-Gr.6 @ 9:15am **********

CoMMUNITY CHURCH CHARLIE LAKE CoMMUNITY CHURCH Associate Pastor: Jared Braun 250-785-1723 fax: 250-785-4136 SUNDAY SCHooL: 10:40am SUNDAY WoRSHIP: 10:40am 1st left turn off Alaska Highway past the Charlie Lake Store. ********** PEACE CoMMUNITY CHURCH 10556-100th Street, Taylor, BC Pastor: Wally Pohlmann Phone: 250-789-3045 HoURS: 9:00am-Noon Monday-Wednesday & friday Email: Website: SUNDAY ADULT CLASS - 9:30am SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE - 10:30am ********** EVANGELICAL foRT ST. JoHN EVANGELICAL MISSIoN 8220-89th Avenue, fSJ Pastor: Andy Wiebe Sunday School September-June begins at 9:30am Sunday mornings. Worship Service - 10:45am Phone: 250-787-2550 ******* INTERDENoMINATIoNAL UPPER PINE GoSPEL CHAPEL Church Phone: 250-827-3833 Email: Board Chairman: Andy Burkholder 250-827-3811 Box 66, Rose Prairie, BC ********** LUTHERAN PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 9812-108th Avenue, fort St. John, BC V1J 2R3 Office Phone: 250-785-2718 Pastor: Rev. Kebede Dibaba Regular Worship Schedule: 9:00am Youth, Adult Bible Study 10:00am Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School ********** PEACE RIVER MUSLIM ASSoCIATIoN Information: 250-787-1264 Jumm’a (Friday) Prayer @ 1:00pm 203-10903-100th Street, fort St. John, BC email: ********** MENNoNITE NoRTH PEACE MENNoNITE BRETHREN CHURCH North Peace Mennonite Brethren Church 10816 106 St. fort St. John, BC V1J 5V2 250-785-3869 Lead Pastor: Andrew Eby Associate Pastor of Youth & Young Adults: Don Banman SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES: 9:15am & 11:00am **********

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

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

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





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Kim Van wins at Nail Nation Expo

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Kim Van from Fort St. John travelled to Calgary to attend the Nail Nation Expo and participate in their lash competitions April 29 and 30. Van placed second for handmade volume lashes, which was done on a live model with a three hour time limit, and first for the photographic lashes competition, submitted by e-mail. The theme for the photo contest was

super human woman. Van chose to do a half fire, half ice woman with hair and makeup courtesy of Fairy Wings Costumes and Things and photography courtesy of Cassia Lawrence Photography. “It was so much fun and stressful. I would encourage anybody in the nail and lash industry to attend the Nail Nation Expo next year. I made some great connections and learned a ton,” said Van.

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Kim Van’s half ice, half fire woman design.

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The Fort St. John and Area Senior’s Care Foundation holds its Music Jamboree June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the senior’s hall. The jamboree offers a pancake breakfast for $5 and the same for a hot dog or hamburger lunch. Admission by donation. All proceeds help seniors stay in their homes longer.

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