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Town battles ice conditions By Cameron Orr Smithers/Interior News
The Town of Smithers is burning through more fuel to keep up with an unusually icy winter. The town said last week that they’ve gone through 36,511 litres of diesel in snow clearing operations during the period of November and December 2011, and January this year. That’s a 37 per cent rise from the same period the year before which saw them go through 26,586 litres. Unusual temperatures for the winter, with continual freezethaw, as well as rain, which started before Christmas and continues this month,
have been hard on the town. “We’re certainly taking it seriously and our public works department has been working like crazy to do everything they can to stay on top of it,” said Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach. The town notes that conditions have also done a number for pothole growth and increased cracking on roads. Council in response have recommended increased funding for the road patching program in 2012. Bachrach also added that they’ll have to look at possibly raising the general road maintenance budget if this sort of winter is going to be repeated.
Rock spending on a roll in northwestern region By Cameron Orr Smithers / Interior News
To a non-geologist onlooker, Rock Talk may cause eyes to glaze with an abundance of technical jargon. However the annual Smithers-based conference on mineral exploration and mining had some rocking good news. Christine Ogryzlo, communications director for the Smithers Exploration Group, said that there are two
main things that people in the Bulkley Valley should know about the industry this year. “First of all, northwestern British Columbia is the busiest part of this province as a dense area for mineral exploration. In 2011, half of the expenditures on mineral exploration took place in northwestern British Columbia. There was a record $220 million spent on exploration...That’s pretty impressive,” she said.
The other thing that people should know is that Smithers itself has a “critical mass” of professionals and support companies for the industry. “Smithers plays a very important role in the projects that are all the way...to the Yukon border.” Smithers continues to be an attractive town for the industry with the abundance of professionals and also the well-serviced airport. Ogryzlo also said
that there is no reason to expect the high level of spending on exploration for the region to go down anytime soon. “That’s because of the driving of the commodity prices. Commodity prices for copper, for gold, any of the precious metals, are at record highs,” she said. In regional geologist Jeff Kyba’s presentation he pointed out that the $220 million spent in the northwest is an increase of $48
million from 2010, and includes at least 54 drilling projects and 21 projects with over $2 million in expenditures. In the Omenica region, exploration spending also grew to $71.5 million, according to the report of John DeGrace, a contraction regional geologist based in Prince George. That is an increase from $33 million in 2010. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach thinks that Smithers is
poised to benefit from industry activity in the coming years. He added that the town is lucky to have the Smithers Exploration Group to promote exploration activity in the area. Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson, also the official opposition’s mining critic, said that he will take mining issues to the legislature and will be questioning the government on priority spending for the mining sector. See ROCKS on Page A4
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RAMP talk brings critics, supporters By Andrew Hudson Smithers/Interior News
Organizer Ben Heemskerk brought a hard hat to a Feb. 22 open house about a summer trail use plan for the Bulkley timber supply area, and it wasn’t a bad idea. To judge by standing shows of support, half the people who filled the seats, stairs and upper balcony in the Northwest Community College foyer came calling to scrap the plan. “Why do we need a RAMP?” asked Telkwa resident Ted Cullis, who says the Recreational Access Management Plan is an attempt by bureaucrats and foreign-born “transplants” to tell long-time valley residents where they can or can’t ride their ATVs. Heemskerk, a member of the volunteer board that re-convened the RAMP last October, said the plan is needed to protect the Bulkley’s many undesiginated summer
trails. “All the places I used to recreate as a kid—they’re all housing developments now,” he said, speaking of his childhood home in the Okanagan. “If we can get it right now, it’ll make a difference 50 years from now when this valley continues to change.” As for who sits on the RAMP table, Heemskerk said the key is to strike a balance of off-roaders, horse riders, hikers and other user groups—not to discriminate based on length of residency. “That’s not fair,” he said. “Everybody should be included in a planning process for community they live in.” Rick Fuerst, a Telkwa councillor who also called for scrapping the RAMP, agreed that length of residency should not be an issue. The problem, Fuerst said, is that a lot of motorized users do not feel the RAMP can fairly represent their interests.
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Jeff Anderson, chair of the Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board, speaks at a Feb. 22 open house on a summer trails plan. “I beat the drums to get a lot of people out. If I had more time, I could have had a thousand people at that meeting,” he said. Fuerst said it’s not enough that six of the 12 RAMP members simply own an off-road vehicle, and two are members of the BV Quad Riders Club— the process should involve elected officials. “They talk about being the voice of the public, and I think an elected body definitely is that, just by its nature,” he said. Fellow Telkwa councillor Rimas Zitkauskas made a similar call at the meeting, suggesting that summer trails planning should
be handled by the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako. But the 736,000hectare Bulkley timber supply area stretches far outside regional district boundaries, said Kevin Eskelin, a recreation officer with B.C.’s Recreation Sites and Trails Branch. Eskelin also said that designating and maintaing trails on Crown land is ultimately a provincial responsibility. From the early 2000s until 2008, the B.C. government formed RAMPs in Vanderhoof, Golden, Fernie, Cranbrook and several towns in the Kootenays. Those plans were made with advisory committees made up of
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MLA reacts to governmentâ€™s budget By Cameron Orr and Tom Fletcher Smithers / Interior News
The B.C. government is restricting spending increases and keeping its small business income tax alive to meet its balanced budget target before the 2013 election. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon presented his first budget Tuesday, with a deficit of $969 million for the fiscal year starting April 1, as B.C. pays to end the harmonized sales tax. His three-year plan predicts a $154 million surplus in 201314 and $250 million
surplus the following year. To do that, the budget aims to hold government spending growth down to two per cent for three years, with most of it going to health and education. That leaves most other ministries with little or no increase for inflation, a restriction that is expected to reduce overall B.C. government staff from about 27,000 this year to 25,000 by 2014-15. Falcon also reversed course on business taxes. The government has been promising for years that it would elimi-
nate the small business income tax this spring, after lowering it to the current 2.5 per cent. Now it will continue at 2.5 per cent until B.C.â€™s financial picture improves. Falcon is also considering a one per cent increase in the general corporate tax rate to 11 per cent, but not for another year depending on financial conditions. That move positions the B.C. Liberals politically for an election against NDP leader Adrian Dix, who has called for a corporate tax increase. Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson suggested
that the finance minister did the best job he could but added that his â€˜bossâ€™, Christy Clark, has no solid vision for the future of the province. He slammed cutbacks in the budget in the Ministry of Advanced Education, pointing to the Industry Trade Association in particular which has a $9 million cutback, he said. â€œWhen weâ€™ve got a college like Northwest Community College thatâ€™s struggling financially, I was hoping to see more emphasis on the skills training thatâ€™s needed,â€? said Donaldson. He said heâ€™s not
More help for housing, seniors Finance Minister Kevin Falcon found money in his restraint budget Tuesday to boost home building and renovations. First-time buyers are eligible for up to $10,000, but only if they buy a new home. That follows a harmonized sales tax
break announced last week, which raises the threshold for an HST rebate on new homes from $525,000 to $850,000. The HST rebate was also extended to the purchase of new vacation homes, offered until the HST reverts to the old provincial sales
tax in March, 2013. Falcon also announced a new seniorsâ€™ home renovation tax credit offers up to $1,000 for upgrades and modifications that allow seniors to remain in their homes. B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim
Sinclair blasted the housing bonus, which he said goes mainly to wealthy people who can afford new homes, while government services for seniors, forestry and other needs canâ€™t keep up.
suggesting every ministry needs to see more funding but that with the prospect of further increased spending on resource extractions in the north a jobs plan is needed to give local people the skills to work. â€œIf you donâ€™t have that then a jobs plan is next to meaningless unless youâ€™ve got the training component,â€? he said. He also noted that nothing was mentioned about forestry in the budget, a fact he said he found shocking.
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The Town of Smithers extends a BIG thank you to all those who helped to make this yearâ€™s Spirit of the Mountains Winter Festival a success. We hope you enjoyed the five days of activities and events that were planned. Our Event Organizers include: Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society Bulkley Valley Backpackers Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski Club BV Pool & Recreation Centre BV Search and Rescue Hudson Bay Mountain MOST for Children ECD Smithers Lions Club Trails North B & T Wagon Rides Smithers Community Services Association - Literacy Outreach Smithers Steelheads Hockey group Smithers Works and Operations staff Smithers Recreation staff Smithers Curling Club If you would like to host an activity during next yearâ€™s Fesitval, please contact Andrew Hillaby, Director of Recreation, Parks & Culture at 250.847.1600.
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Tanker concerns minimal By Malcolm Baxter Kitimat / Black Press
Transport Canada says its TERMPOL review of the Northern Gateway project “has not identified any regulatory issues or gaps or the need to consider any new regulatory requirements at this time.” TERMPOL is short for Technical Review Process of Marine Terminal Systems and Transhipment Sites. Transport Canada explains, “TERMPOL is an extensive, though voluntary review process in which proponents involved in building and operating a marine terminal system for bulk handling of oil, chemicals and liquefied gases can participate.” Enbridge did take part in the process and “would be expected to fully implement its commitments and intentions” detailed in its submissions to the process. Transport Canada said the Cana-
dian Coast Guard reviewed the waterways the oil tankers would use, the size of the largest tankers, marine traffic density and factors affecting manoeuvrability. They found that the proposed route complied with national and international regulations and provided “the required clearances for good vessel manoeuvrability and allowances for very large crude carriers (VLCC).” It noted that was consistent with the results from simulations undertaken by Enbridge. Transport Canada went so far as to say that those results showed VLCCs “are capable of navigating the entire route unassisted.” In other words, escort tugs are not necessary, which Transport Canada says is consistent with the opinions of Pacific Pilotage Authority Canada and BC Coast Pilots . However, Enbridge has committed to the
use of such tugs and, as mentioned above, would therefore be expected to live up to that commitment. The BC pilots had pointed to some narrow spots “as warranting caution for two-way traffic.” And the Canadian Coast Guard had noted the Lewis Passage-Wright Sound area “warrants some caution as a result of multi-directional traffic.” However, in practice the pilots organisation would “adjust a vessel’s speed to avoid meeting other vessels in these areas.” Transport Canada noted speeds may have to be adjusted to take into account traffic in the Wright Sound area. The report also pointed out that with increased shipping, there could be an increased threat to the “well-being of marine populations [primarily whales] along the shipping route. And that Enbridge has said it would take steps “to avoid contact with mammals.”
Public confidence needed ROCKS from p. A1 Among the focuses for Donaldson is development a framework around First Nation consultation. As deputy chair for the Select Standing Committee on Finance, he said he heard om a lot of people in the private sector saying they want the government to establish more certainty over their role in consultation.
He’ll also be questioning the government over budget estimates for the environmental assessment office. He said that it appears the EAO is not getting an increase to its budget this year, which Donaldson finds troubling as there is a potential of $32 billion in investments for the north in the next few years. No more funding could create a
backlog of permitting, he said. “Nobody can argue against looking for increased efficiencies but if it comes to cutting corners that’s going to lead to unnecessary delays so we need to have public confidence in the environmental assessment process,” he said. This was the 23rd year for the Rock Talk conference.
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Keeper of valley history Curator enjoys new post By Cameron Orr Smithers / Interior News
It didn’t take Michelle Reguly long to be shocked by Smithers history. The Bulkley Valley Museum’s new curator, in the job now for close to three months, left small-town Ontario to take the post in smalltown B.C. and has found the area a very welcoming and friendly community. As for what shocked her about our local history, it was one of Smithers’ little known — at least to people from outside the area— fact that we are the original home of the egg carton. “The egg carton. Did not know about the egg carton at all,” she said when asked if there has been anything surprising about Bulkley Valley history. The safe transport of eggs is, of course, only a small part of local history. Since arriving in town from an area relatively near Sudbury, Ontario she has been cramming a century’s worth of knowledge, thanks to the information sources of Bulkley Valley Museum Director Fergus Tomlin, locally written books, and the
collected wisdom of residents. “I love visitors. They either have stories or presents. I’m okay with that,” said Reguly, who doesn’t let any air of dryness surround her work as a collector of old things.
It’s sort of a scavenger hunt through time. — Michelle Reguly
She said there have been a lot of people who have come in to tell her about many previously untold stories of the valley. She welcomes the knowledge. “Lots to learn, lots to learn,” she said. “[And] still lots to learn.” With a Masters in museum studies from the University of Sydney in Australia, she knows a lot about the craft of chronicling history, but she’s also very good at breaking down, in simple terms, what it is she does. “It’s sort of a scavenger hunt through
time,” she said. Her journey to curatorship started, naturally, many years ago. She said that as a child, during her family vacations, art galleries and museums were a common stop and she developed a fond appreciation of those places. Initially her desire was to take up being an artist and have her works on display, but it eventually shifted to being the person displaying the objects. “It came about when I discovered I couldn’t draw straight lines with rulers, I realized I need to get out of making art and displaying art,” she said. Being able to take museum studies in the warm climate of Australia was a bonus. Right now she’s overseeing The Grey exhibit, showcasing information on the recent Hollywood film that was produced partly in Smithers. In the spring they’ll be presenting another exhibit, that one on the Titanic and it’s infamous voyage. And yes, there is a Smithers connection to that tragedy. If you want to know how we’re involved, you’ll have to see the show.
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Michelle Reguly poses for a photo during a welcome luncheon in her honour at the Old Church. Last working for a museum in Ontario, she has settled in to the Bulkley Valley and has gone to work discovering many of the region’s secrets.
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Man Art The Gallery challenged men to break out of their traditional crafts or trades and let loose their creative, artistic spirits. Feb. 28-March 31. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 124pm. More info: www.smithersart.org, email@example.com, 250-847-3898. Opening reception for Man Art, Friday, March 2, 7-9 p.m. at the Smithers Art Gallery. Come along and discover the artists you might not have known existed! All welcome and admission is free. Smithers Film Society March 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. Pina. Growing fruit in the Bulkley Valley March 5, 7 p.m., NWCC Gathering Area. Three fruit growers discussing their strategies for growing strawberries, raspberries, and tree fruits in the north.
Yukon Adventure: Rafting the Firth River Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. at NWCC. Slides and talk by Brenda Anderson and Debbie Courtliff for the BV Naturalists. Watoto Children’s Choir Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m. at Mountain View Assembly for one performance only. Free admission. An opportunity is made available for you to contribute financially to the Watoto Children’s Choir. Seniors Income Tax Clinic Saturday, March 10, 1-4 p.m. at Pioneer Activity Centre. Please Call Staffie at 250-847-2380 for an appointment. The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue Saturday, March 10, 8:3011:30 p.m. at the Hudson Bay Lodge. www.cheesecakeburlesque. com.
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remember walking into a shop on Main Street my first weekend in town. I was here to get a feel for what Smithers was all about after I had said yes to a job as this paper’s editor. I had only been a reporter at the even-smaller town paper the Kitimat Northern Sentinel so taking the spot as editor here was a daunting prospect. I talked to the guy behind the counter and remarked that I hoped that, given my ‘freshness’ to the job, people wou would give me a fair N THE INE shake and time to adshak Cameron Orr just. I suppose my fear was that this town was going to rip me apart in goin the early days. In a calm, soothing voice the guy replied that no, the town wouldn’t. That was the television moment where I took a comically large gulp before a break to commercial. Well, it’s been 903 days since I published my introductory column in the paper (I used an online ‘date calculator’ to figure that out) and for the most part I think things worked out pretty well in the end. At least from what people are telling me. I haven’t come out of this experience entirely bruise-free. I’ve been rightly, and sometimes not-sorightly, chewed out for things that were in the paper by, um, some of our more passionate readers. Really, though, that tells me people take intense pride in the paper, and want it to be the best and most accurate source for news. It’s a mandate that I’ve strived towards ever since arriving. I’m confident that my replacement, Percy Hébert, will take this paper and make it even better. He’s a finalist for two Ma Murray newspaper awards this year, it should be noted, an indication of the quality of work you can expect from him. I’ll let him fill you in on what he’s all about next week. March 7 will be his first issue of The Interior News, incidentally the last day that I’ll be a resident of the Town of Smithers. From myself, I wish him a great 903 days and more as editor of the paper. A big thanks needs to go to everyone in the Bulkley Valley who have supported me, pushed me to be better, and who have sent in letters over the years. It’s been a wild ride. Of course thanks to my Interior News co-workers who guided me along in my early days and who continue to be a rock solid newspaper team. I will certainly miss this town, I’ll miss the Bulkley Valley as a whole, and I’ll miss seeing a constant stream of my eye-rolling puns in this paper’s headlines. I’ve had fun being here, and I hope you’ve had fun having me.
Birders reporting numbers of sick redpolls
have to have a little bit of a brag here; today it was plus-7 degrees. Did you hear that? Not as warm in the northeast but as most often seems to be the case the sun did shine. Many of you have called about the increasing number of common redpolls coming to the feeders. Included in those reports are the sightings of some birds that seem sick. You will notice these birds easily. They are usually quite puffed up and lethargic. The problem is that birds who feed in large flocks
poop where they eat and the result is salmonella. There happened to be a couple articles about pine siskins on the coast having the same issue. The Vancouver Sun and the Province had this information. What can we do? First, make sure all the old seed is raked up. Clean your feeders with a 10 per cent bleach solution. Air dry the feeders before you put them back. One suggestion was that if sick birds are detected take down the feeders. Make sure sick birds are picked up.
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way. I burn the dead birds in a wood stove if it happens that illness comes this way. So far I have not seen any. Wash your hands after handling sick birds. Sorry to go on and on about that but it did seem important. I should have mentioned more about all tio the owls folks seem to be seeing. A couple great grey owls seen gre ac across the way near Ty Tyhee Lake. I have heard the saw whet owl most evenings. Jean from Fort Nelson has a good group of evening grosbeaks at her feeder. She has
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Successful Alzheimer’s walk Editor : Thanks for walking, Smithers. To everyone who helped make the 2012 Investors Group Walk for Memories a success: You’ve helped make a difference for people in our community who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Through our event and 23 others held around the province on Jan. 29, we’ve raised more than $690,000 – and counting – to support the work of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. This amount exceeds our record-breaking totals from last year. Smithers alone raised over $7,600 and money is still coming in. If you would still like to donate, contact the Investors Group office at 250-847-9620.
Funds raised help people who are impacted by the disease to have the confidence and skills to maintain quality of life, and support research into the causes, more effective treatments and a cure. Special thanks to our dedicated volunteer committee for the countless hours each of you has contributed, and also to all care givers who were the special honouree’s of this year’s walk. We’ll see you in 2013. Save the date: Jan. 27, 2013. Visit www.walkformemories.com for more information. Shauna Peterson Smithers Investors Group Office
Talking Long Guns Editor: “The Conservative Party described the registry as ‘wasteful and inef-
fective’ which needlessly targeted law-abiding Canadians...They claimed the registry did nothing to reduce crime.” (Interior News, Feb. 22) Bill C-10, which creates mandatory minimum sentences for minor marijuana offences, targets law-abiding Canadians, is wasteful, ineffective, and does nothing to reduce crime. I guess the Long Gun Registry needs to be scrapped so we can afford to put non-violent offenders in jail instead those who own weapons that can kill others. Conservative reasoning: You never know when a psychotic potsmoker is going to point a reefer at an innocent person and pull the trigger. Clearly, people in possession of pot are much more dangerous to society than drunks in possession of firearms. David Dickinson Hazelton
Another long gun rebuttal Editor: Cullen defends vote on long gun registry (Interior News, Feb. 22, A4) could be dismissed as the ranting of a curmudgeon who hates firearms. Unfortunately there is more to that. Since he has lost credence among the law-abiding gun owners a long time ago, Mr. Cullen has now turned to scare mongering among the uninitiated. His statement that “gun shops have to call the National Firearms Centre when sell-
t a town council meeting Patrick Stewart was knitting a toque. Learned to knit at Scotch & Stitch, hosted by Brown Eyed Girl Knitting Shop (no longer in business). Ellen was with him, she learned to knit as a child in Germany. Most Saturday mornings there is a group, sometimes 18 in number, who meet to knit together. The Old Farmer’s Almanac turns 220 this year. Abraham Lincoln reportedly used the almanac to discount a witness in an 1858 murder trial. The almanac has had only 13 editors over the years. During World War II a copy was found in a German spy’s coat pocket. Another book to check out: Forgotten Bookmarks. Owner of a used book store, the author found all kinds of bookmarks and started a collection. When our IEW FROM library has the annual book sale there are alTHE ORCH ways interesting bookLorraine Doiron marks to be found. They are collected and handed out to people who have purchased books. Anniversaries and warm congratulations: Andre and Toby Coupe, 34 years; Jim and Fay Van Horn, 50 years; Excited, proud grandmother Shirley, her first grandchild was born on Oct. 13, 2011, Aiden Walter Atkinson, parents are Chris and Lori. Time to start planning that garden. In Our Backyard continues with Seed Propagation. Local gardener Irene Howard shares her knowledge of starting garden plants, seed germination, transplanting, soil mixes, hardening off, plant biology, diseases and troubleshooting. It’s on March 12, 7 p.m. at the library. I rotate my crop to different parts of my garden. Have been growing potatoes that are scabby, do not look good but are still edible. Can’t figure out why this happens. Ever since I used sheep manure, not sure if that is the cause. This workshop should be helpful. Am planning on doing some canning this year. The website bhg. com/yesyoucan has downloadable instructions for fruits, vegetables, safety guidelines, delicious recipes for pickles, jams, more. Man Art, showcasing original creations by men, different media, is running at the Smithers Art Gallery. Runs from Feb. 28 to Mar. 31. Opening reception on Friday, March 2, 7-9 p.m. CICK 93.9 FM’s outreach project: Smithers’ first Arts ‘zine! Free, and found at news stands around town. Watch for a CICK window display at Interior Stationery. Station is also holding a fundraiser called Casino Royale DJ Dance Party, with Lightning Guitar Monsters (5 year old DJ Ari), SLOB, Thorium Sericulture, Red Burn, The Abyss, to name a few. Come dressed to dance and game the night away. It’s on Saturday Mar. 3, starting from 8:30 p.m. At the Elks Hall. Tickets are $10 at Mountain Eagle Books, BC Web or call CICK at 250-847-8769. Visit smithersradio.com to find more information on the station.
ing a gun when private sellers don’t have such provisions,” is hogwash. Does he think the Conservatives are so daft that they want to start a new long gun registry? Once Bill C-19 passes the Senate — the chamber of sober second thoughts — and becomes law, any transactions concerning non-restricted long guns will be based on the concept that each participant is the holder of a valid Firearms Licence. That document is the size of a driver’s licence and has a photograph of the owner. See LETTERS on p. A8
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rudent, defined as “careful in managing resources so as to provide for the future”, is a laudable goal when discussing public finances in these economic times. In fact, BC Liberal Finance Minister Kevin Falcon used it numerous times leading up to, and during, the provincial budget Feb. 21. But I was wondering what the word actually meant to the finance minster or his government when I opened the 2012/13 budget documents to find the seventh annual deficit in the BC Liberal’s 12-year legacy and another $7 billion added to the provincial debt next year. The minister knew these figures in advance and yet continued with his ‘prudent’ messaging. I believe that shows a significant credibility gap for this government. This ‘say one thing and do another’ approach is evident in many other outcomes
Doug Donaldson off the 2012/13 budget despite what Premier Clark and her MLAs are saying publicly. I focus on what these contradictions mean to Stikine’s rural communities and people. The first example is about skills training for people living in the northwest. One way of providing for the future is through training opportunities so that local people have the best chance for local jobs. Yet last year Northwest Community College’s trades training allocation from the provincial Industrial Training Authority was cut by 4%.
In this budget, ITA funding is slashed by more than $9 million. The implications for trades programming are worrying. The Ministry of Advanced Education budget is being cut back at a time when each college across the north is facing a million dollar plu deficit. This does plus not bode well for core fun funding being sought by NWCC’s award winning win School of Exploration and Mining, let alone expanding to meet labour market needs. The budget means we are setting the stage for a ‘fly in, fly out’ labour force. This scenario would be an injustice for residents of the northwest, where unemployment is higher than average. The second example that stood out for me is that the word ‘forestry’ or ‘forests’ did not appear once in the minister’s budget speech. And yet, the auditor general’s recent report said the government’s reforestation efforts are not
keeping up with the growing inventory of land needing restocking and that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has no real plan around forest management. The response in the budget? A $20 million cut in the next two years in silviculture, inventory and forest restoration activities. It makes one wonder how that is managing in a way to provide for the future. Forestry built many of our communities – it can still provide good jobs but the public forests must get the attention they deserve from government. Oh, and a sample of what did get funded in next year’s budget? $15 million for an advertising campaign to promote the BC Liberal’s jobs plan. And the Officer of Premier’s $9 million budget remained intact. Odd priorities and ones that don’t match up with what is needed in the north. Doug Donaldson is the Stikine MLA.
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Country still has gun control LETTERS from p. A7 It has to be renewed every five years with a current passport-like photograph. There is no prior warning and it is up to each individual not to miss the deadline. The standing order “you must apply to renew your licence before the expiry date on your current licence” leaves no doubt that any laggard faces the confiscation of his
firearms. If this isn’t gun control, what is? Incidentally, there is a curious aspect to Mr. Cullen’s tirade about the “lack of gun control”, the “potential bootleg market” and the “ease for gangs to get guns.” When he talks about the licence verification provision, intentionally or not, he uses the all-encompassing word ‘gun’ rather than the dis-
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actions of the latter have always involved the Firearms Centre. That provision is not likely to change and there is no reason that it should. Walter Hromatka Smithers
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Steelheads loss won’t dampen spirits for SMP Cup victory By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News
The Steelheads faced a disappointing loss this past weekend against the Williams Lake Stampeders in the first game of the SMP Cup final, however it’s not dampening their spirits as they prepare to take on the Stampeders at home in only a few short days. At the first step on to the ‘fish tank’ bus, the Steelheads were feeling loose and ready for the task at hand. After a team meal and warm up session at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Center the Steelheads came out flying, a technique that has found them sound success this season. Exploding out of the gate, they quickly took dominance over Stampeder territory early in the game. However, this was a much different game than the Steelheads have been use to lately. So far in the playoffs the Steelheads have been blowing the competition out of the water though with the Stampeders it’s turning into a different story. Both teams are skilled
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Steelheads forwards Rob Miller and Ian Smith rush the Stampeders’ net as a loose puck floats free. The Steelheads had a number of chances to score but just couldn’t get the bounces they needed Saturday night in Williams Lake. and have the drive to win, so it will be a gritty battle to the end. The first period was scoreless. Each team found numerous chances but neither team could finish. Smithers netminder Mike Wall, and Williams Lake goaltender Justin Foote were outstanding, rejecting 43 and 35 shots respectively. Crushing hits and flaring tempers made this by far the best game of the season so far. The second period had a bit of a slow start for the Steelheads, who
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were trapped behind the blue line for most of the period which lead to a Stampeder goal at 5:49 into the second. “They’re out there communicating with each other really well,” said head coach Tom DeVries during the second intermission. “They’re staying positive and very excited for the third period so hopefully good things will happen and we’ll get a goal.” Despite the fact that they didn’t achieve that this game they are very optimistic about
the next two games at home. Toward the end of the game tensions were running high, as the Steelheads pulled Wall in the dying seconds of the game to try and break one through. Coming up short the Steelheads lost their first game of the 2011-2012 season 1-0, ending their unbeaten streak and posting a 22-1 record by the end of the game. “We got unlucky in a few places. We played really well, we’re not down on ourselves for the way we played, not like last
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Smithers Captain Darryl Young leads his team on to the ice for the first game of the final round of the SMP Cup playoffs at the Cariboo Recreation Complex in Williams Lake, Sat. Feb. 25. year when we stunk the building,” assistant caption Ryan DeVries told The Interior News.
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Skating to the classics By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News
The Smithers figure skating club will be performing this year’s carnival this weekend with a new twist that may have you dancing from your seats. In the past the carnival has been focused on telling a particular story. This year athletes will be skating to the sounds and memories of classic films like Footloose and Grease. “All of the skaters have worked so hard at memorizing their numbers,” said head
coach Melissa Robinson. “I have had high expectations by giving all of the kids more then one number to remember. The costumes are great this year and all of the kids seem to be having fun.” This past weekend the club was in Kitimat for a jamboree, with skaters coming in from all over the Northwest region. While in Prince Rupert, Smithers figure skater Samantha Fallows received the prestigious Senior Artistic award, recognizing her
for her effort to create a superb performance. With more than 80 skaters a part of the club this year the Smithers figure skaters will be preparing to host their own northwest competition next year after having another successful year that will come to a close this weekend with the final carnival and the event is sure to please. The carnival, called ‘A Night at The Movies’, will kick off March 2. at 6:30 p.m. at the Smithers Civic Center.
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Twelve pairs of skiers took to the slopes of Hudson Bay Mountain for an afternoon of light-hearted competition for Winterland’s Amazing Race competition. The skiers had to complete a series of challenges on the hill for the eventual prize of bragging rights — and $300 to spend at Winterland. The team of Erin Havard and Claire Challen smoked the competition to place first. In second place was Mark Rossman and Becky Misener. Katherine Gattiker and Sam Hildebrandt came in at third. Winterland owner Richard Norton said it was an event designed all around having fun. The challenges covered the gamut from trying to find an image in a magazine to skiing a mild slope blindfolded while your partner guided you with only their voice. They also had to do other things such as taking pictures with skiers who weren’t competing, eating eight soda crackers without any water, and blowing a bubble with bubble gum. In short, it wasn’t just a skiing competition. “If you could ski well you could get from one challenge to the next pretty easily,” said Norton. But skill didn’t translate to success in the race necessarily. He said the interest is out there to possibly do a summertime Amazing Race in town.
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Two BV Otters were in the lanes this weekend competing at the Western Championships in Winnipeg, looking to top the podium once again. Brian Dohler and Brett Zollen, 17, have been training for months and their hard work finally paid off, qualifying to compete in three events in Winnipeg. Dohler is a long distance specialist, in freestyle, sprint and backstroke putting up a new personal best to qualify at 2:08.45. Zollen is a breaststroke and freestyle sprint specialist, completing his 100 metre breast stroke with a time of 1:08.76. Both swimmers have at-
tracted attention for Swim BC as the top swimmers of Points North as they head to the Western Championships. “This year, the competition was hosted in Winnipeg, February 16-19,” wrote Otters head coach Saskia Terporten in an email to The Interior News. “This short course (25 m) competition serves as an excellent racing and development opportunity for Youth and Junior competitors.” The BV Otters will also be hosting a swim meet here in Smithers for March 10-11, with teams from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat competing against some of the top swimmer in the north for the top of the podium.
In 1913 a new community was in design. Surveyors working for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad were laying out the streets that we in Smithers walk and drive upon today! January 1, 2013 we will begin our centennial celebration. Smithers Centennial 2013 belongs to all residents of Smithers – current and former. If you would like to plan or be part of an event for our Centennial year, we invite you to get started and join the team. August 3 – 10 has been selected for the Smithers 2013 Homecoming. Please invite your friends and family to visit Smithers then. Many event ideas are being worked on now, but what will make our centennial memorable for each and every one of us, is how we participate. You are encouraged to plan an event with your friends and family or with your sport club or community organization. Events can be very small or very large. If you are part of an ongoing or annual event or tournament, we urge you to consider adopting the Smithers Centennial 2013 theme and feel free to use our logo. Some of the events and projects we are aware of include a Centennial Calendar, History of Hockey, Centennial Concerts, historical exhibits, and storytelling. We are in the process of constructing a website at www.smithers2013.com, so check it out in the next few weeks. There is also a facebook page “Smithers Centennial 2013” which is one other way to stay in touch and share ideas. Please contact any of the team you know Gladys Atrill, Chair Jo Ann Groves, Vice Chair David McKenzie, Finance Cheryl Ann Stahel, Marketing Heather Gallagher, Marketing Grant Harris, Marketing Sean Mitchell, Centennial 2013 Legacy Marlene Raddatz, Administration Bill Goodacre, Homecoming Carli Heinrichs, Centennial 2013 Quilt Sharon Carrington, Entertainment Or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A new program at the Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Smithers is bringing high level paramedic training to rural ambulance workers. The Justice Institute of B.C. has teamed up with the NWCC to bring the Primary Care Paramedic Program, which is the second level of ambulance training in the province. The first level is Emergency Medical Responder. All of the students in this current program, 12 in the current intake, are currently medical responders for BC Ambulance. This training, which traditionally isn’t well available in rural communities, means paramedics can provide even better support to their patients. Greg Wright, the JIBC’s regional train-
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ing coordinator, said that this second level of training begins with anatomy and physiology and moves onto other topics such as administering IVs and protocols for various medicines. “What this means is they can actually assist patients by providing drugs to patients in situations they normally wouldn’t be able to receive them, particularly in rural communities,” added Steven Mills, the JIBC’s PCP program coordinator. “They can actually take, for example, a patient who is having an asthma attack and they can provide that patient medication.” This new level of training will also help paramedics handle patients on longer trips. “In rural communities there’s often a lot of transport time to hospital, so sometimes paramedics really need to be able to provide fluid replace-
The paramedics taking their second level training in Smithers.
ment to keep patients alive until they can get to the hospital,” said Mills. NWCC Smithers campus principal Regina Saimoto said this program is in response to a need expressed in many communities, including Smithers. “It’s great for our community to have this level of training,” said Saimoto. The program is also running in Port McNeill and will open in the future in Dawson Creek and Kamloops. The students in
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Monday April 2nd @ 7pm: Patrick Williston - Maple Syrup harvesting. Looking for a great read? Check out these best sellers now at the library: • Kill Shot: Vince Flynn • The Virgin Cure: Ami McKay • Steve Jobs: Walter Isaacson • Quiet: Susan Cain • Falling Backwards: Jann Arden Remember you can access your Library account around the clock through the Library’s website: smithers.bclibrary.ca . You can browse our collection, place an item on hold, or renew items. Drop by the library at 3817 Alfred Avenue, telephone 250-847-3043 or email contact@smitherslibrary. ca. Join us on facebook for regular library updates and event listings.
this program have come from all over the northwestern region. Saimoto adds that this is a part-time program meaning people can continue to work while training.
“The more of those obstacles that we can take away in terms of accessibility...makes it more likely that people can take advantage of those opportunities,” she said.
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This month’s book chosen by the Early Childhood Educators is Connected Parenting, written by the Canadian author, Jennifer Kolari. Kolari promotes approaching our children with compassion, setting reasonable limits, and supporting them as they make good decisions in an easy to read, humorous style. “This book will not give you a perfect child, but will give you more tools to deal with those times when your child’s behaviour is, inevitably, less than perfect” (pg 276).
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COMMUNITY SCRABBLE ROUSERS The fourth annual Scrabble tournament was held at the Smithers library last Friday evening, as a group of 11 wordsmiths challenged each other for lexical dominance.
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Gallery a man’s world for March By Cameron Orr Smithers / Interior News
Don’t expect Man Art to be a collection of cliches like raised toilet seats or continuous loops of instant replays. Man Art will be a venue for male artists across the northwest to show that they’re more than just the trade they use to make a living. Michel Kafer with the Smithers Art Gal-
lery said that the origin of this show was from women-oriented shows from years ago. At the time it was suggested a man’s show would be a good idea. She recently put out a call for men to submit their own art for the show, and there will be over 20 artists on display for the show which opened yesterday. The opening reception is on Mar. 2 at 7 p.m.
“There is a full range of skills and ages and diversity,” said Kafer about what people can expect. “There are people coming from Haida Gwaii all the way to Prince George too.” She said the show will help to identify men as artists. Lots of men, she said, work using various crafting skills but those are always used in traditional ways. “I did ask that
people step outside of that rather than building their typical things,” she said. With a wide range of mediums, people can expect to come away seeing a little of everything. Man Art runs to Mar. 31. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.
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In order to preserve road base strength, pursuant to Section 66 of the Transportation Act, and to provisions of the Commercial Transport Act, notice is hereby given that load restrictions may be placed on short notice in the near future on all highways within the Bulkley Stikine District, including areas from Burns Lake west to Kitwanga, and north to the Yukon border, including Atlin. Restrictions will be imposed in each service area, as conditions warrant. The restrictions will limit vehicles to 100 per cent, 80 per cent, 70 per cent or 50 per cent of legal axle loading. Overweight permits will not be granted and all term overweight permits are invalid for the duration of the restrictions. Trucking and transportation companies, as well as the general public, should govern themselves accordingly. Your cooperation in adhering to the above regulations is appreciated. If you normally receive bulk deliveries of water, fuel, livestock feed or other produce, please plan ahead so interruption to your deliveries will be minimized. Dated in Smithers, British Columbia, this 22nd day of February, 2012. Carl Lutz, District Manager Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Bulkley Stikine District
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RESPONSIBLE MINE DEVELOPMENT IS ABOUT INVESTING IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES For many people across B.C., mining means opportunity. The industry creates jobs at mine sites and spinoffs for surrounding businesses, the economic bene¿ts of which are often spread across nearby villages, towns and cities. In addition to employment, mining companies also have a responsibility to respect and contribute to the communities in which they operate. Seabridge believes strongly in responsible mining and making a connection with the communities in which it does business. For example, last year Seabridge participated in several community initiatives in northern B.C., including the Gitxsan Summit, the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Community College job fair. The company also donated to the Stewart Christmas Hamper program, the Gitanyow family dance, the Mount Rainey Figure Skating Club and the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair. As for its proposed KSM Project, located 65 kilometres northwest of Stewart, Seabridge has visited local communities around the region to outline its proposed KSM Project mine plan and, more importantly, to listen to what citizens have to say about the development.
A common theme that arises is the need to create more jobs in the region, particularly for young people, many of whom are leaving their homes to look for work elsewhere. But, with the electri¿cation of Highway 37 and new development projects on the horizon, including Seabridge’s proposed KSM Project, the job prospects are starting to look a lot more promising. Canada’s mining sector is growing at twice the rate of the economy, with a forecasted shortfall of almost 100,000 workers over the coming decade. In B.C. alone, it’s estimated the industry will need 15,000 additional workers over the next 10 years amid ¿erce competition from other provinces and industries for labour with similar skill sets. Mining companies are responding by trying to attract under-represented groups to the industry, including members of Canada’s aboriginal communities, to ensure a strong provincial and national mining sector for years to come.
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known as Pathways to Success (P2S), in three, 10-person PS2 training programs in Gitanyow, Gitxsan and Tahltan communities this year. Finding staff is already an issue for exploration and mining projects in B.C., according to Laurie Sterritt, BC AMTA’s executive director. “Seabridge’s contribution clearly demonstrates they understand that workforce capacity development in Aboriginal communities is a way to deliver business results,” Sterritt said. For more on the KSM Project, visit the Northwest Community College Trades Career Fair in March in Terrace; the Tahltan Central Council’s youth conference in Dease Lake in April; and the Minerals North conference in Burns Lake in May. You can also drop by the KSM Project of¿ce located at 1235 Main Street in Smithers (250.847.4704). To learn more about the BC AMTA P2S program, visit www.bcamta. ca.
Seabridge is taking action by investing in local communities, including a $100,000 contribution it recently made to the British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) to help fund a skills upgrading program,
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Birthing challenges at Wrinch By Shannon Hurst Hazelton / Interior News
Wrinch Memorial Hospital has recently been sending expecting mothers to surrounding hospitals due to renovations. However, delivering babies has been an ongoing issue at the hospital for many years. Long time Hazelton doctor, Charlie Eckfeldt, said they have had three doctors who could deliver but there are other challenges that come in to play. “We’ve had three doctors doing deliveries for the past few years: Dr. Kim, Dr. Mawhorter and myself, not to mention having the help of several Family Practice Residents,” he said.
“The Residents are in their final year of their training and have already done quite a few deliveries while in Prince George at the [university hospital]. However, staffing continues to be a challenge with our small pool of registered nurses. If one is away for holiday or illness we have trouble finding someone who hasn’t just finished a 12 hour shift or isn’t already slated to work on the ward or emergency room. Having an extra third RN for the delivery room is considered the standard of practice now, to ensure safety for the mom and her baby. Yet the Northern Health Authority is scrambling to pro-
vide services with far less money than they have had in previous years so we can’t hire more full time nurses right now.” In addition to already tight and restricted financial demands, Hazelton residents recently learned that both Dr. Laskowski and Dr. Eckfeldt are retiring and that is a great concern as to what will happen to the obstetrical services at Wrinch. “Dr. Laskowski is moving from family medicine to practicing anesthesia in Smithers, but remains committed to the Hazeltons and will try and provide anesthesia for us about half of the year,” Dr. Eckfeldt said. See MOMS on p. B2
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A NEW LOOK Country Herbs health food store in Two Mile has undergone renovations this winter and added a new floor, more floor room, a new freezer and a whole new look. For owner Lorna McLeod the hard work of her husband to create an improved store is greatly appreciated. “I feel like I have a whole new lease on my business and to be able to offer more to my customers is very meaningful to me,” she said. She continued, “I am really grateful to my community and it’s not just Hazelton, I have customers from Smithers and Terrace and Stewart and without their support, none of this would be possible.”
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Where are we? ast week I tried to shed light on our stance regarding land negotiations, and to point out what governments want for us. To see their ulterior motives, one only has to look at the state of our reserves. All negotiations invite opposition to what is negotiated—this is why rules are agreed to at the outset. Teams from Canada, B.C., the B.C. Treaty Commission and the Gitxsan all look out for their own interests. But they work towards what will be a historical document—a treaty setting out how we will live together forever more. The law says we, the Gitxsan hereditary chiefs, are the title holders. Meanwhile, the Gitxsan Unity movement is adamant that the negotiators and staff have to go. Together with the bands, they
want to take over negotiations. Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs started with band leadership, but they abandoned that setup because it meant being puppets of the government and suing themselves. I can’t imagine moving under the bands in 2012. Will we talk about 70 instead of the 33,000 square kilometres laid out in Delgamuukw? Bands set up a vote to trounce the Gitxsan Hereditary chiefs and the GTS. They ran
a telephone campaign to get voters out. They say they got 749 votes to 81. What about the 8,000 other eligible Gitxsan who did not feel the sky was falling in and did not care to vote? Treaty making is done in stages. Towards the end, our negotiators will bring an “agreement in principle” to all Gitxsan. Until the Gitxsan ratify it, it is not a full agreement. Any treaty benefits must provide better lives for all Gitxsan, and accurate stats will be needed to document this. Our efforts are being clouded by negative comments from our opposition. In any case, we are tangled in courts. We hope we get through this one way or another, for the good of all.
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Important to keep deliveries local for moms MOMS from p. B1 “I have stopped my family medicine practice as of October and will concentrate on providing anesthesia for Wrinch Hospital and the other half of the year not covered by Dr. Laskowski. I want to stay involved in obstetrics with the MORE OB program and seeing prenatal patients and doing deliveries whenever possible. I’m really not retiring, just changing focus,” said Eckfeldt. In the meantime,
Wrinch’s doctor clinic is looking for two new permanent family doctors who will be expected to do deliveries as well, Eckfeldt said. As for why so many mothers are being sent elsewhere to deliver their babies such as Smithers, Terrace, Prince George and Vancouver and the risks related to that, Eckfeldt said it all depends on the situation. “The studies show that women with ‘low risk’ pregnancies are better off and their
babies are better off if they can deliver in their home community even in smaller communities that regularly deliver babies and many don’t have C-Section capabilities,” he said. “Those moms and their babies seem to benefit from familiar surroundings and better support from their families and they have more natural deliveries with fewer complications and few C-Sections. However, the safety of mom and baby is the most impor-
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worth it to try and deliver as many babies as possible locally. “It is worth it because it is important to our community and after all, most pregnancies and deliveries go well,” he said. For now, expecting mothers can be rest assured that Wrinch Memorial Hospital will continue to do as much as they can for them and their families despite current challenges and set backs in the medical profession.
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Credit union gives boost to hospital By Shannon Hurst Hazelton / Interior News
The Wrinch Memorial Hospital received some much needed help last week when members of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union presented it with a cheque for $6,500. The money will be used to help provide extra training for two nurses, Line Vienneau and Elena Raykov, who are enrolled in the Surgical Skills course. The money will allow the two to take an extra six months of training and return to the Hazeltons which, for Medical Director of the United Church Health Services Doctor Peter Newbery, is greatly appreciated. “Their new skills will make it possible for our [operating room] to provide 24 hour availability,” he said. “The evidence from across Canada and around the world is that as rural operating rooms close — something that has been happening in-
creasingly in the name of efficiency — the small community loses not only an operating room but the added skills to deliver better emergency room, hospital service as well as higher level nursing. In turn, without the operating room, it becomes more difficult to recruit doctors and nurses to small communities.” Health Services Administrator Edward David and Director of Care Sue Livingston formulated a plan for supporting the training of new Operating Room nurses, Dr. Charlie Eckfeldt said. “The credit union funds will be supplemented by other sources including the Wrinch Hospital Auxiliary, the United Chruch’s Grace Dempster Educational Fund for Nurses, the United Church Health Services Society, the Wrinch Foundation, and Dr. Marlowe Haskins and myself who will continue to support local surgical
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and maternity care,” he said. “Having these nurses who are committed to our community will also help our maternity services that will be stronger since we’ll be better able to provide C-section back up for women delivering here. Nursing and doctor shortages have made it a challenge to provide this service over the past year, but we clearly hear the message from the patients that they wan to continue delivering babies here.” Dr. Eckfeldt added that the additional help from the Bulkley Valley District Hospital, Terrace’s Mills Memorial, and Kitimat General Hospital tht will to go towards practicum op-
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portunities for Hazelton nurses is greatly appreciated. In addition to the training for the nurses, the Wrinch Memorial Hospital’s emergency room has been under renovations for the past month, David said. “The Northern Health Authority has provided funding for emergency room renovations, including some improvements to the Sterile Supply Department and Operating Room,” he said. “NHA is supportive of Wrinch
continuing low risk obstetrical care as well as a surgical facility for revisiting specialists such as general surgery, ear, nose, throat, dentistry, urology and gynecology.” While current renovations have made it a challenge to provide their previous level of care, Eckfeldt said the disruption of service is only temporary. “The administration and hospital staff have worked hard to keep the reduction of service to a minimum,” he said.
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During the week of Feb. 20 to 27, the New Hazelton RCMP responded to 46 calls for service. On Feb. 22, the RCMP received a complaint of a sand truck that had been stolen from the Gitanmaax Band Office. The vehicle was a white GMC. It was located a short time later on Highway 62 near the Hagwilget Bridge. The vehicle was seized and towed to a compound where Forensic Identification Section examined the vehicle for fingerprints. The investigation is still ongoing as of this date. Anyone with information on any suspects or witnesses to the theft of this vehicle are asked to contact New Hazelton RCMP. On Feb. 24, the RCMP received information of a male
involved in trafficking cocaine at a liquor establishment in Hazelton. As a result of the information, an investigation was conducted and two plain-clothes officers arrested the male for possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine. The male was found with a quantity of cocaine in his pocket and later released with a court date in June The suspect, a 21-year-old male from the Gitanmaax area is well known to police. The name is not being released pending approval of charges and the RCMP are requesting the publicâ€™s assistance in identifying individuals who are suspected of trafficking drugs. Anyone with information can contact the RCMP at 250-8425244 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Get ready for some softball As the snow begins to melt thoughts of summer are springing up and with them comes the plans to start playing softball for Hazelton children and residents. Registration for the two childrenâ€™s teams, age 4-7 and age 8-12 as well as for the womenâ€™s team and two mixed adult teams will start in March. Registration forms will be avail-
able around town or by emailing the South Hazelton Community Association. They would like to start looking at numbers of players in the next few weeks and are asking anyone who is interested or would like their children to play or is willing to volunteer or coach to please contact the SHCA via email at southhazelton.ca@ gmail.com.
Missoula theatre to bring back the music After the great success of the Missoula Childrenâ€™s Theatre production last year, Barb Janze is bringing back the talented young group back to the Hazeltons. This yearâ€™s musical will be called the The Wiz of the West and rehearsals will start on May 7-12 after school. Anyone who is between the ages
of 5 and 18 is invited to come out and join in the fun. Janze does need to know how many people are interested in participating and she has asked parents and students to email her to let her know. For more information and to sign up please email Janze at barbara.janze@ cmsd.bc.ca.
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HELEN CLAUDIA DUTCH June 5, 1929 – February 12, 2012
Helen left us peacefully surrounded by her family after sharing a lifetime of love and laughter with everyone she knew. She will be well remembered for her love of animals and the amazing artistry she put into her painting, crafting, cooking and ﬂower arranging. Helen also loved spending time in the outdoors while RV’ing with her friends from the Good Sam Club. Her patience, love and giving spirit meant she could never pass by a charity rafﬂe without buying a few, but would never look to see if she won because it didn’t matter. She leaves behind the love of her life husband Harold, her brother, her children, grandchildren and countless friends far and wide who loved her. In lieu of ﬂowers send donations to Cowichan Hospice Society or the SPCA. Friends gathered with the family on Monday, February 27 from 12noon to 3pm at the Chemainus Legion.
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what they were learning when it came to the Candace Savages. A few days later I was told about Dr. Deagel, a well known and well-loved local doctor who had apparently had success helping injured birds. Thankfully he graciously agreed to meet Charlie. However aft after assessing Charlie’s inj injury he concluded that the wing was broken at the shoulder and there wa was little one could d do. He did try to set the bone for us and off Charlie and I went back home. It seems I had a new friend for a few years we thought and although it was illegal to keep Charlie, I wasn’t about to kill him. As the months passed, he quickly became part of the family living in his tree beside my bed and adapted to life inside in strange ways. He learned to eat out See CROW on p. B11
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Are you looking to start a career in the Diamond Drilling Industry? We are looking for strong, ﬁt people who… • Are interested in performing hard physical work in remote camp settings • Enjoy working in a team environment with a progressive and growing company that offers opportunity for growth and advancement • Are able to refrain from alcohol & drugs while working • Can work 12 hours a day, with 28 days in/14 days out shift rotations • Have good judgment, mechanical aptitude; strong work ethic and computer experience are preferred The Driller’s Helper Course is a comprehensive pre-employment program that prepares individuals to be able to work in the ﬁeld of diamond drilling. At the end of the program you will have knowledge of: • Understanding of Safe Work Practices • WHMIS Certiﬁcate • Occupational First Aid Level 1 • First Aid Transportation Endorsement • Spill Response Training Certiﬁcate • Bear Awareness • Connection & Use of Construction Headers Propane Certiﬁcate • Hands on experience from a Hy-Tech drill set up in our yard • Supply pump set up and maintenance • Ontario Common Core Surface Training • Chainsaw Operation • Drill assembly • Hose Line • Helicopter Safety • Drill tear down and helicopter moves • Site clean-up and environmental responsibility • Safe operation of power tools and equipment (track vehicles, ATV’s, skidders)
This position is part-time, and ﬁll-in replacement. The successful applicant must be computer literate. You must be a team player and able to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment. Duties include dealing with the public, reception, handling cash, data entry and other general ofﬁce tasks as assigned. Training will be provided. Please submit your resume and cover letter in conﬁdence to:
Grant Harris Publisher / Sales Manager Box 2560, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Only qualiﬁed applicants will be contacted for an interview.
For more information and to obtain an application please visit our Website at: email@example.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Application Deadline: April 9th, 2012
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE/DETAILER Responsibilities include: Clerical Duties, Renting and Detailing Vehicles. Applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends. No experience necessary, full training is provided. ** All applicants must present a valid drivers licence**
Your experience includes several years of related industry experience as a Manager or Estimator. You have strong management experience and a sound understanding of theoretical principles and concepts related to material damage handling, adjusting and settling.
HELP WANTED Applications are being accepted for part-time
Candidates are to bring resumes into the Smithers Airport or Mail to: NATIONAL CAR AND TRUCK RENTAL Box 2949, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 ATTN: STEPHANIE Ph: 250-847-2216 Fax: 250-847-2448
Inside Sales Opportunity B.V. Home Centre Telkwa is looking for a fulltime, year-round, in-store sales person to start in March. Experience in retail building supply or construction industry a deﬁnite asset but will to train the right individual. We’re looking for a team player who can handle the occasional stress associated with providing excellent customer service. Must be capable of learning our computer system. Competitive wage and beneﬁt package. Please drop-off or email a resume and covering letter to email@example.com or fax to 250-846-5807 BV Home Centre Telkwa
DISPATCHER LOCATION: Smithers, BC Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd. is looking for an experienced Dispatcher for its Smithers operation. The successful applicant will be responsible for dispatching equipment and personnel to the proper work locations. In addition the Dispatcher will be responsible to supervise the driving staff to ensure compliance of regulatory and company policies. QUALIFICATIONS: • Dispatch experience an asset • Supervisory experience an asset • Ef¿ciently utilize computers and various software programs • Comfortable using electronic tracking system to locate drivers and communicate with drivers • Represent the company professionally at all times • Highly organized and able to multi-task in a fast paced environment • Able to work additional hours as needed • Experience with billing and reports are preferred • Must be dependable and able to function independently • Solid understanding of Hours of Service regulations for professional drivers. REMIT RESUMES TO: Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd. Attn: Smithers Branch firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (800) 571-2057 Fax: (250) 847-0107
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 The Interior News
Help Wanted PRT Summit Nursery
Looking for work? Are you a Team player, Energetic and Active? If so We offer Flexible work hours, Great Working Environment inside our Greenhouses High Earnings for Motivated People Be Part of Reforestation Come Join the Green Team Seasonal work starting immediately Apply in person at our nursery located On Skillhorn Rd in Telkwa Phone 846-5882
Credit Supervisor Reporting to the CFO you will supervise credit and collections for thirty-four retail and wholesale locations. You will be responsible for credit checks, reconciling A/R accounts, approval and processing of credit applications, reviewing outstanding receivables, setting collection targets, determining bad debts and third party collection requirements. AWG Northern Industries Inc. offers a wage based on qualifications and experience and has an excellent benefit package. This is a full-time position based in Smithers. All interested applicants should forward their resumes in confidence to: Laura Stanton, VP AWG Northern Industries Inc. Box 850, 3424 Highway 16 E., Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 E-mail: email@example.com Fax: 250-877-7610 www.all-westglass.com
Capri Motor Inn is now accepting resumes for
Basic Purpose of Position: • to provide exceptional customer service by greeting and serving passengers at airport counters and gates Key Activities: • using an airline computerized system • customer service and answering inquiries from passengers • make reservations and assessing fares • ticketing and complete daily sales reports • passenger check-in • check, weigh the baggage, calculate any excess baggage charges and process payment QualiÀcations: • minimum of one year customer service experience • experience working with computers • must have a high school diploma or equivalent • excellent interpersonal and communications skills • English language required • French language is considered an asset To view the full job description or to apply to current openings in advance, please visit: www.Áyjazz.ca/careers
Line Cook Must have experience, able to multi task, work on own and have food safe. Drop resume off at front desk or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Capri Motor Inn
A Part / Full time Merchandiser Cashier is needed for Shoppers Drug Mart beginning immediately. Drop resume off ATTN: Angela or email to: email@example.com
A part-time sales clerk is required (14 to 28 hours per week including some Saturdays). Duties include customer service, restocking, general cleaning, and teaching Kids’ Craft classes. It is important that applicants have good organizational skills and be able to work independently without much supervision. Interested parties should submit their resume, with references, by Wednesday, March 7 at 5:00 pm to Arlene deGelder, Memory Makers Scrapbooking & Crafts, 3773 - 3rd Avenue, Smithers, BC.
OFFICE ASSISTANT Looking for casual legal of¿ce assistant to work on Fridays and holiday relief in a quiet country of¿ce. Legal and of¿ce experience would be an asset. Please forward your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 250-847-8920.
Terrace Ofﬁce is HIRING
Now Hiring Part-Time CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENT Smithers
Home Support Workers Care Aides, LPN’s and RN’s for Terrace, Smithers, Hazelton, Kitimat & Prince Rupert
Please respond by March 15th, 2012 to Cindy Mangnus RN, Client Care Manager at 250-641-2211 or 250-635-2274 or mail resumes ATT: Linda Preston, Ofﬁce Manager, #106B - 4741 Lakelse Skeena Mall, Terrace, BC V8G 4R9
Employment Opportunity P/T Order Assembler (5 Positions) Bulkley Valley Wholesale (BVW) is looking to ¿ll part time positions to support it’s growth. Ideal candidates can comfortably lift 50LB, are responsible, reliable and work well in a team setting. Accuracy, safety and speed are the right attributes to be successful in this role. Duties include picking and preparing outgoing loads for delivery to our customers in the northwest. What we offer is Àexible part time work during the evenings. Typically shifts will begin after regular store hours and last 4-6 hours depending on business needs and your availability. If this quick paced environment and evening shift provides a good ¿t for you, please apply with your resume in to the main of¿ce at BVW. Make sure to include “P/T Order Assembler” in the heading. Apply to: Ian Ricketts, Manager, BV Wholesale, Smithers, 250-847-3313 Smithers Community Services Association Job Posting Part-Time / Relief Coverage Emergency Shelter Support Worker Competition #286 Position Summary: The Emergency Shelter Support Worker will work directly with homeless persons who are seeking shelter. The facility is designed to serve up to nine clients at a time. The support worker will do intake with clients, Data Entry, serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, cleaning of bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry/shower facilities, common room and staff area. This position will consist of days, evenings, nightshift and weekends. It will also include connecting clients to other service providers and resources. Successful application will be able to multi-task, have a high energy level and provide self-care. A thorough knowledge of the community and First Nation Culture is an asset. Qualifications: Continuing Post Secondary Education, University or have certificate/diploma in Social Service Worker, Human Service Worker, or Community Support Worker. Must have Food Safe and willing to be trained in Non-violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, First Aid, Suicide Intervention, Universal Health Precautions and Cultural Awareness training. Starting wage is $18/hr. Apply with resume and cover letter (state competition #286 on resume) to: Smithers Community Services Association 3715 Railway Ave., Smithers Mail to: Box 3759, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Fax: 847-3712 Email: email@example.com Closing date: Friday, March 2, 2012 Job Description available by request @ SCSA or visit website: www.scsa.ca
ASPHALT PAVING Personnel Required: Paving contractor in the beautiful BC Interior requires paving personnel for all aspects of Asphalt Lay-down. Applicants should have minimum 1 years’ experience in Highway, commercial and residential paving, although candidates with construction experience will be considered for training. Please forward resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: email@example.com Visit: www.vivint.ca GENERAL LABOURER / CARPENTER required. 40 hrs/week. March and part of April 2012. Must have carpentry skills and references. $15 - $20/hr depending on skills. E-mail Mike Sanborn: firstname.lastname@example.org
HHDI RECRUITING is hiring on behalf of Baker Hughes Baker Hughes Alberta based oilﬁeld services company is currently hiring;
DRIVER EQUIPMENT OPERATORS & SERVICE SUPERVISORS Class 1 or 3 License required.
HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to: email@example.com SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, beneﬁts, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Income Opportunity EARN EXTRA Cash! - P/T, F/T Immediate openings for men & women. Easy computer work, others positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed. www.HWC-BC.com
Trades, Technical FABRICATOR/WELDER. This position is full time. Broadwater’s fabrication shop operates under a collective agreement with I.W. 712. Wages and full beneﬁts including medical, dental, extended care and pension are provided. Broadwater is a growing company servicing the Northwest Region of BC. If you would like to be part of our fabrication team, send resume to: Broadwater Industries (2011) Ltd Fax: 250624-5668 Email: email@example.com Required Immediately! Journeyman RV Technician for Kamloops largest RV Dealership. Jubilee RV Centre offers excellent wage compensation, medical & dental beneﬁts, ongoing industry training and year round employment. Come join our team in sunny and warm Kamloops, where you will be appreciated, love our climate and enjoy all our outdoor activities! Please forward your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Attention Steve Joyce - Service Manager WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset Journeyman Pressman. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and beneﬁts. Email resume: email@example.com. WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset 1st & 2nd Pressmen. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and beneﬁts. Email resume: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Interior News Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Lake Babine Nation JOB POSTING
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JOB SUMMARY: Seeking an energetic practicing Licensed Practical Nurse [aka Registered Practical Nurse] to work with a team of Nurses and Home Care staff. Position is required to monitor and drive clients, gather health vital information, develop care plans, and share information with registered nurse/doctor/nurse practitioner to determine best care for the clients. DEADLINE: March 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM SUBMIT RESUME & CERTIFICATION TO: Vincent Joseph, Health Director Lake Babine Nation P.O. Box 297, Burns Lake, B.C. V0J 1E0 Fax: 250-692-4792
250-847-4829 Veterinarian Services
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS COORDINATOR The Village of Telkwa is seeking the services of a Coordinator to create an â€œAge-Friendly Planâ€? for the Village. Some of the Coordinator activities would be to: â€˘ review the existing World Health Organization agefriendly standards; â€˘ review the Village of Telkwaâ€™s current plans, policies, maps, etc.; â€˘ engage local seniors groups and conduct public meeting and survey to determine the needs and wants for aging in place; â€˘ examine and summarize the results of these consultations; â€˘ Prepare a ďŹ nal report on ďŹ ndings; and â€˘ Produce an age-friendly action plan The hourly rate offered to the successful proponent is $25.00. The Village of Telkwa has a total of $4,000 to contract this service, made possible by a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities, the Seniors Housing Support Initiative, and the Ministry of Health. The duration of this contract is anticipated to be approximately 160 hours spread over a period of 3 months (March, April, May). If you are interested in this contract opportunity, please submit a written proposal including your experience no later than 4:00 PM, March 9, 2012 to: Jane Stevenson Box 220, 1415 Hankin Avenue, Telkwa, BC V0J 2X0 Ph: 250-846-5212; Fax: 250-846-9572; email: email@example.com (460-07)
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HAY, no rain, Timothy/brome, wrapped round bales. $50/bale. (250)846-9430 OATS AND BARLEY for sale by the pound. Whole or rolled. 847-2408. Leave message.
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$200 & Under WIEDER 8530 Home Gym; barely used, instructions, setup directions. $200 obo or TRADE. Really need to get out of house. 250-847-9137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$400 & Under 8HP MERCURY outboard, runs great. $350. (250)8469454
Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Donâ€™t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certiďŹ cation, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind and a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.
STEEL BUILDINGS for all uses! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands Now! Call for Free Brochure - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170. STEEL OF a deal - building sale! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.
SHOP LOCALLY We encourage you to shop local to support our communityâ€™s economy health and growth
FIREWOOD for sale. Dry pine by the cord. $130 round or $165 split. Delivered Smithers area. Phone 250-847-5779.
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Furniture FLIP-OUT double sofa bed, $200 obo. 250-847-9794
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Heavy Duty Machinery
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WEEKLY house cleaning services. References available. (250)847-3013.
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Welding and Fabrication Business opportunity or equipment for sale from prior business in Smithers area.
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Real Estate Acreage for Sale 80 ACRES of Land for sale, Smithers Finest Building Lot. www.wix.com/ oonjit/1359malkowroad
For Sale By Owner 5 BDRM HOME IN TELKWA FOR SALE 3200 sq ft, 4 bath, includes washer & dryer, fridge & stove, dishwasher hot tub, natural gas, contact 250-845-3315
HOUSE FOR SALE
Equipment noted, Accupress, Accushear, milling machine, lathes, total package, inquire @ job 250-847-7928, cell 250-877-2434.
5 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, 2,100 sq. ft., 9â€™ Ceilings, Double Carport, Covered Porch, Sundeck, Heated, wired shop, Woodshed, Greenhouse, Gardens, 1 acre fenced & landscaped, 2008 New Home Warranty approved. Call 250-846-9585
BUY ME! Iâ€™M CUTE! Affordable 980 sq.ft. home on 75â€™ lot. Completely renoâ€™d, new roof, siding, carport, bath, ďŹ‚ooring, windows and more incl. updated kitchen w/ specials like under cabinet lighting. 3917-3rd Ave. $194,500 (250)847-1391
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 The Interior News
Homes for Rent
Scrap Car Removal
COZY 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home for rent in Telkwa. Quiet dead end street near school. All new appliances. Fully renovated. Custom kitchen. Lrg decks, fenced yard, lrg shed, garden space. $1200/mo (not including utilities). Call Dan or Jen @ 250-846-5295
SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288
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PRIME RETAIL / OFFICE space for lease #1-3767 2nd Ave. in downtown Smithers. Extensive parking areas. 2190 sq. ft. Avail. April 2012. $12/sq. ft. triple net for one year lease. $11/sq. ft. for three year lease. For more info call 250-847-0831
HARRIS AUTO WRECKERS LTD 3471 Old Babine Lake Road Smithers, BC V0J 2N6 Phone: 847-2114 Fax: 847-1445 Email: email@example.com
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For Sale By Owner
Cars - Domestic
2,046 sq. ft. Renovated House 5 Lots + Mortgage Helper
A single unspayed cat can produce 470,000 offspring in just seven years.
Storage / Workshop (24 x 24) • Wood shed Garden shed (8 x 10) • Fenced Yard • RV Parking 10 appliances • All window coverings included Mature, low maintenance landscaping To view call: 250-847-2559
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Lots BUILDING LOT FOR SALE on Schibli Street. Last One! 250-846-5993
Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent SMITHERS upper 2 bdrm, Clean unit. Balcony, sep. storage rm. Ref’s req’d. Very quiet bldg. $695/m. (250)847-4453.
Homes for Rent 3 BDRM house on Kidd Rd. Fenced yard, c/p, el. heat, n/s, n/p, f/s/w/d. $750/mo. 250635-2839 or 250-635-0367. 4051 7TH AVE Immaculate updated 3 bdrm rancher. $1300/mo. Apr 1st. 1yr lease. n/p n/s. Ph: Sonia 847-0937
259,000 hwy kms, V6, auto, fully loaded, 8 leather seats, 2 heated, p/mirrors, programmable driver seat memory, dual climate, running boards, fog lights, cruise, 6 CD, tow pkg, roof rack, one owner, good condition. Studded tires for sale if interested.
1723 Tower Street ~ Telkwa
3 Bedroom 3 Bath Executive Style Rancher. Full Walk Out Basement. Vaulted Ceilings, Wrap Around Sundeck.
“DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN” A Pest Management Plan (PMP), unique identiﬁer # CFP HSTN 2012-2017, has been proposed by Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Forest Management Group, Houston Division.
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Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has established a Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel to receive any complaints about the preparation of the tax rolls used in the collection of parcel taxes. In the Smithers area, the Regional District uses parcel taxes for both the Glacier Gulch Water Diversion and Lake Kathlyn Aquatic Weed Harvesting services. The parcel tax rolls for these services may be inspected from February 16, 2012 to March 2, 2012 at the ofﬁces of the Regional District (37 Third Ave., Burns Lake, B.C.) during regular ofﬁce hours (8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday). In order for a complaint to be heard, it must be received in writing by 4:30 pm on March 2, 2012. If any complaints are received, the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel will sit at 1:00 pm on Thursday March 8, 2012 in the Board Room of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (37 Third Ave., Burns Lake, B.C.) to consider written complaints received by the deadline. Further information can be obtained by phoning Hans Berndorff, Financial Administrator of the Regional District (toll free at 1-800-320-3339) or by visiting the Regional District ofﬁces during regular ofﬁce hours.
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37, 3RD Avenue, PH: 250-692-3195 PO Box 820, TF: 800-320-3339 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 FX: 250-692-3305 www.rdbn.bc.ca E-MAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Houston Ofﬁce mailing address is: Post Ofﬁce Box 158, 1397 Morice River Road, Houston, British Columbia, V0J 1Z0 or Telephone number: (250) 845-5103, Fax number(250) 8455294, E-mail Walter.Tymkow@canfor.com. Copies of the proposed PMP and map may be examined @ the above noted location by appointment with the Walter Tymkow, RFT or or by accessing the Plan from our ftp site using the following address and password. ftp://ftp.canfor.com/outgoing/houston/PMP/ userid: EcoSystem password: F0rest4Tr33s This proposed PMP covers Canfor’s managed silviculture obligations in the Nadina Forest District. This includes the following communities: Burns Lake, Houston and Smithers. The herbicides listed below are proposed for use within the context of this PMP for vegetation control using ground based application methods. Herbicide Trade Name
Application Usage Ground
Pesticide Control Products Act #
Vision, Vision Max Vantage Forestry, Weed-Master
19899, 27736, 26884, 29009
Release, Garlon RTU
This proposed PMP shall be in force for a ﬁve year period (2012-2017) from the date that the Pesticide Use Notice has been conﬁrmed by the BC Ministry Environment (MOE).
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A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the PMP, may send copies of the information to the applicant at the address above within 30 days of the publication of this notice.
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THREE RIVERS REPORT
Charlie mended his wings, learned to fly away CROW from p. B6 He learned to eat out of our hand on day two, the cat and him worked out their differences on day three and within a few weeks he decided that if my alarm didn’t go off at 7 a.m. he would kindly become the alarm. The more I learned about Charlie, the more I was amazed at how intelligent and intuitive he was. People who came by always stopped to say hello to Charlie and although there is a two year old crow at the University of New York that has a 67,000 word vocabulary, Charlie wasn’t going to be speaking any sentences anytime soon. I soon learned that they become very attached to their rescuers and researchers said he would not do well if separated from me. This concerned me a tad as
we like to travel and I wasn’t sure how that was going to work. At the end of the summer I built Charlie an outside cage off my bedroom window so he could go out and in at his liking but I really wanted to see if he could fly. After discussing it with many people they suggested maybe not trying incase he couldn’t and then got re-injured. But he flew through the house so I decided I would keep him for the winter and release him in the spring. However, Charlie had other ideas and in late September he decided he was ready on his own and made a perfectly round hole in the cage and flew away one day. I was so happy and so relieved and yet I was also worried but took comfort in the fact that it was in nature’s hands and I had done my part.
For the past five months I have looked at every crow I saw and wondered if he was okay. Then miraculously last Wednesday I was loading up the papers at Chevron when I heard a squawk and looked down to see a crow with a slightly deformed wing at my feet. I knew instantly it was Charlie and promptly said “Hello Charlie, love ya pretty bird.” With that he gave one more little squawk and flew up to the top of the Chevron sign where his family was waiting. There really aren’t words to describe how happy I was, how relieved I was and how honoured I was. While many people will call me crazy, I wanted to share our unique story about Charlie. I wanted to let people know that
sometimes a little help goes a long way, that sometimes the little things and showing compassion can pay off in ways you never expected and also that while there are a lot of crows in the world, they are far wiser than we know. I told the children that it didn’t matter what colour Charlie was, how big or small
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he was or the fact there were millions of birds in the world just like him, everyone and every life is special and deserves a chance. So if you happen to be in New Hazelton and notice a crow with a right wing that won’t quite fold up, say ‘hi’ to Charlie, and you never know, he may say hi back.
Relay for Life 2012 May 26 & 27 , 1 pm to 7 am The day light challenge With a burning light to keep the night Remembering cancer never sleeps The change worked well last year so we are continuing the pattern We can make this relay better then ever
Our challenge to you is to bring someone new to our Relay A new team captain! A new survivor! A new care giver! A new volunteer! A new corporate sponsor!
I read because . . .
Attention Team Captains The Team kick off for Relay is on March 6th at 7 pm at the Cancer Society on Main street. We would like to invite anyone in the community that may be thinking about volunteering to come out that night and get some information from us.
We step forward to say We celebrate survivors, we remember loved ones lost and we ﬁght back!
I read because I just learned to read and now I can learn about horses by myself. - Melissa Pesch
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Bulkley Valley Real Estate
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17747 Grantham Rd, Smithers
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3913 Alfred Avenue
1475 Chestnut St, Telkwa
5995 Old Babine Lake Road
2969 Nineteenth Avenue
4024 Walnut Drive
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Excellent investment, 2 houses 75x125 lot, 1-2 bdrm, 1-1 bdrm Main has newer vinyl siding Huge wraparound sundeck
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1461 Driftwood Cres, Smithers
3844 Henry Road, Smithers
Lot 9 Whistler Road
545 Columbia Street
5091 Lk Kathlyn Rd, Smithers
Purposed Lot A Second Ave
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Immaculate Silverking home Bright open layout, big kitchen 3 bdrm + den, main floor master Manicured yard with gardens
Pick up your FREE copy of our map of the Bulkley Valley View extra colour photos of our listings on the internet at www.remaxsmithersbc.ca or EMAIL US at email@example.com
3.34 acres highway frontage Commercial zoning, retail Service station, office…or? Visual tour @ www.askmel.ca
Dave & Sonia
Peter Lund Res. 847-3435
Donna Grudgfield Res. 847-3787
+/- 5 acre building lot Established driveway Minutes from town Mobiles allowed
Leo Lubbers Res. 847-3869
Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335
2 acres, riverfront 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home Excellently maintained, updated 3 tier deck, great landscaping
Dave Barclay Cell. 847-0365
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2010s.f. fam home on 2.439 acres New nat gas furnace, heat pump, fp Vaulted ceilings, heated kitch floor Close to Lake Kathlyn
Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725
Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770
Alida Kyle Res. 877-6050
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