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Low overhead for industry, clean air for all Allan Wishart Free Press It’s a made-in-B.C. approach, and now the B.C. government is getting behind it. On Friday morning, at the board meeting of the Central Interior Logging Association, Environment Minister Terry Lake announced $2 million in funding over the next two years for the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative (COAC). The cooperative provides financing to member companies to modify vehicles which use fossil fuel. Drivers also receive training in ways to reduce fuel use and emissions. The reductions in greenhouse gases are tracked and used as carbon offsets, which are then sold, transferred or traded by COAC. The proceeds of the sales then return to the members as dividends. “As we are here in the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum,” Lake said, “it’s not difficult to be reminded of the impact of forestry on the region. “We also can’t ignore the impact some of these vehicles have on the environment.” He said COAC “meets all the targets for innovation.” “We think it’s a seed that is going to grow.” Mel Gulbranson of Gulbranson Logging in Vanderhoof says his first experience with COAC CEO George Stedeford was probably similar to most. “I didn’t understand all the figures George had with him,

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Northern Health penalized for surgery waits Andrew Hudson Interior News

Mel Gulbranson said burning 350,000 less litres of fuel every year would give his logging company an advantage. photo by Allan Wishart but he said the idea would work “It was the fastest sell job and it would save us money.” I’ve ever done, but it obviously Gulbranson said his company worked.” has installed the tracking units on Stedeford said one thing the 27 vehicles so far and plans to do companies needed to realize was the rest of them at breakup. that the impact on the environ“We use about 3.5 million litres ment didn’t necessarily end with of fuel in the company every year. their vehicles. If we can save 10 per cent of that, “The operators can make that’s 350,000 litres. changes in their driving habits “At the price of fuel these days, when they’re behind the controls that’s a lot of money.” of the heavy equipment, but they Logging is a very competitive may drive their own vehicle difindustry, he reminded the others ferently as well. there, and any advantage helps. “They see how our ideas can “We’ll know more next year save money, and they pass those when we get the first set of results, ideas on to their family and but it sounds good.” friends,” Stedeford said. COAC chairperson MaryAnne He thanked Lake for the supArcand remembered the first port, and said it would help COAC meeting she had with Lake about immensely. the initiative. “This support will allow us to “I was right behind someone build and roll out the program on who wanted to create a new park a long-term basis. The cost savor something, and their meeting ings we as a group realize from went long. I went from having 20 this will allow you to re-invest in minutes to having 10 minutes to your company and your equiphaving about five minutes. ment.”

Northern Health failed to meet wait-times targets for three key surgeries in 2010-2011, and as a result lost out on $790,000 in extra incentive funding offered by Victoria. That is less than a tenth of a per cent of Northern Health’s total revenues last year, which came to $650 million. But spokesperson Jessica Quinn said the incentive funding will keep Northern Health focused on cutting down surgical wait times. “We’re constantly working on improving access and shortening wait lists wherever we can,” she said. “This is an area of focus for us, and we’re striving to meet the targets that the government set out for us.” The targets apply to cataract surgery, knee and hip replacements— three surgeries for which wait lists have been a well-known problem in B.C., says health ministry spokesperson Ryan Jabs. “In the past, we’ve basically just given the health authorities their funding allocations and left it at that,” he said. “But there was no real incentive tied to whether they did meet their goals.” Specifically, the targets require that 90 per cent of patients who need a hip or knee replacement get it done with six and a half months of being ready for surgery. That time window shrinks to four months for patients who need cataracts removed.

Northern Health performed the worst on those targets among B.C. health authorities last year, with more than a third of hip replacement patients waiting too long and nearly half of knee and cataract surgeries exceeding the target. By contrast, only one per cent of Vancouver Coastal patients waited longer than 26 weeks for hip or knee surgeries, and just four per cent waited longer than the target for cataracts. As a result, that region, which takes in Vancouver, Richmond and the North Shore, lost none of its incentive funding. A draft report on surgeries in the Northern Health area, which runs across B.C. from Valemount to Atlin, said the region is characterized by relatively low patient volumes, hospitals that are far apart, and a limited number of specialists. Quinn said that recruiting and retaining surgeons has also been a challenge to Northern Health for a long time. For example, staff at Bulkley Valley District Hospital struggled for years to replace a general surgeon. The hospital has since moved to a visiting surgeon model, a system that has worked well and may be adopted by other rural hospitals. This is the third year that B.C.’s health ministry has held back funding when wait times for knee, hip and cataract surgeries. aren’t met. That represents the stick in the government’s stick-and-carrot approach. Continued on page 2


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Express Forestry must take stock, be careful with what’s left Apryl Veld Omineca Express Battles with government over wildfire fighting resources and demands for more better managed forests is on the minds of Nechako Valley residents and members of local government. News that timber supplies are dwindling faster than originally believed, had the province on the defense last week, but forest groups took note of the auditor general’s warnings that cut reductions could be on the horizon sooner than previously thought. The spokesman for the BC Lumber Trade Council John Allan said communities are going to have to look at options and estimates for supplies, as numerous setbacks have taken their toll on B.C.’s interior forests. “A number of issues have come up,” Allan explained, “there’s the ongoing mountain pine beetle damage, then we’ve had a number of severe forest fires, along with temperature changes ... and what these leave in their wake, either dead trees or more slash (wood waste) out there as fire hazards.” The B.C. auditor general’s report last week criticized the forest ministry for not reforesting enough, not funding enough initiatives, and also for having inventories dating back to the 1980s and 90s. “It’s interesting that forest companies’ tree planting is in balance, but it seems the forest ministry got behind on replacing what’s been lost,” the lumber trade guy noted. The Burns Lake mill fire was also an intense wake up call, spotlighting hardship for towns that don’t have a lot of industries to take the place of one main forest-based employer. “These events of the past few weeks crystalized into discussions about what

Walk for Fribjon Bjornson – Community marches against violence Jonas Gagnon Caledonia Courier Saturday, February 25, people showed up in force to support the Bjornsons and protest violence in the community. Emotion was thick in Kwah Hall before the march, with both of Fribjon's parents speaking to the crowd, and members of Perry 'PJ' Sebastian Jr's (who is currently missing) family speaking. The line of people during the march nearly reached from the National Historic Site back to Kwah Hall. Once at the house the ceremony was touching, causing even more tears to flow.

government is responsible for,” Allan explained. The lumber industry has been doing very well in B.C. coming out of the downturn, he said, and that we’re getting a real boost from China’s need for lumber exports. What’s uncertain, however is if we can keep up with the demand. “Forestry is still a major contributor to the economy,” Allan emphasized, so having reduced timber supplies can cause major disruptions. With large parts of the Central Interior dependent on available wood for logging, many communities are concerned that poor management could put them in jeopardy. Residents were told recently that one of their wildfire protection crews from the Nechako Valley is being re-assigned elsewhere. That’s not sitting well with local government.

“They’re taking one of our (fire-fighting) crews out of the Vanderhoof area and assigning them in Fort Nelson, which just doesn’t make any sense,” Vanderhoof mayor, Gerry Thiessen “They’re taking one of our (fire-fighting) crews out of the Vanderhoof area and assigning them in Fort Nelson, which just doesn’t make any sense,” Vanderhoof mayor, Gerry Thiessen said, “the amount of fires they’ve had up there aren’t near

what we’ve had here.” One thing that’s important to us here is our wood supply, the Vanderhoof mayor emphasized. The Binta Lake fire in 2010 took out about 100,000 acres of forested land and was one of the most intense wildfires in North America, leaving huge tracts of once-forested places in desert conditions. “There will not be anything that will grow there for 100 years because the mineral soil having been burned so badly,” Thiessen noted. “And it not only burned the pine beetle killed trees,” the mayor explained, “but it burned with such intensity, and so far that it wiped out a lot of the plantation trees that were planted 20-30 years ago.” This is why the local wood supply that was supposed to mature in the next 40-50 years has been severely reduced. The outlook is not rosy when you note the 24 million acres of trees killed by the mountain pine beetle in the Central Interior - the kill’s epicenter - and that these will not be worth harvesting past their shelf life around 2018. “So after 2018 we’re going to need to be very careful what trees we’re harvesting and we need to keep stepping up protection for the trees that won’t yet be ready for harvest,” Thiessen said. He suspects it’s possible technology could reduce the forest’s wait for harvest through fertilizing and other means, but at this rate, it’s a given there will be years of reduced cut. And while economies of forest-based towns in this region’s are more fragile, so we need to be extra vigilant in protecting area forests, Thiessen noted. “We want our communities to go back to the government and say, ‘No, this is where the fires are, and we should be increasing our fire protection, not reducing it,’” he added.

Region to see highest growth rate for seniors Continued from page 1 Jabs said the holdbacks are balanced by a new “patient-focused funding” that started in 2010. Under that program, Northern Health got an extra $2.2 million to expand hip replacement and other hip surgeries last year. That meant 740 hip surgeries were done in 2011, a 44 per cent increase from the previous year. “The big reason why we’re doing this is because there’s increased volume,” said Jabs. “There’s a continual increased demand.” In a province that is quickly ageing, demand for knee, hip and cataract surgeries is expected to continue rising. Northern Health has the highest projected growth rate for seniors among all B.C. health authorities.

Jabs cautioned that the wait-times targets are based on averages. Patients who require surgeries right away can be treated in a few weeks or days, he said. Urgent surgeries are one reason northerners may travel to hospitals in other parts of B.C. About a third of Northern Health patients who had hip replacements and 15 per cent of patients who had knee replacements last year went to hospitals in the Lower Mainland. —With files from Jeff Nagel

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Student accosted on walk home Jonas Gagnon Black Press Last Wednesday a student was accosted while walking home from school. During lunch hour, while the student was walking home for lunch, a male in a blue car with dice hanging from the rear view mirror and flower decorated seat covers accosted her. The student was not injured and was able to return to her house. The male is described as being an older teenager or young adult, medium build, medium height, light complexion, either bald or very close shaven, with a dark beard, goatee and facial piercing. The male was wearing a black and grey jacket over a blue shirt and a hat with hand written lettering on it. He asked the student for her parent’s e-mail and bank account number and if she had any money on her. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Fort St. James RCMP at 250-9968269 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS A3


First Nation’s Summit achievement award goes to Tl’azt’en, Edward John Submitted

munities”, said Dan Smith, also a member of the summit’s political executive. “Chief John has been at the forefront of First Nations politics for decades. Whether through his leadership in helping to establish the process for treaty negotiations in BC or his involvement in the development of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, he has always fought to better the lives of aboriginal people.” Grand Chief Edward John, a Hereditary Chief of Tl’azt’en Nation located in Northern BC, has been a

lawyer for more than 30 years. He holds a B.A. from the University of Victoria, an LL.B from the University of British Columbia and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. He is currently serving his ninth consecutive term as an elected member of the First Nations Summit political executive. He is also in the second year of a three year term as the North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

Traffic safety progress made in Fort St. James

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The First Nations Summit is sending congratulations to Tl’azt’en Grand Chief Edward John, a longstanding member of the First Nations Summit political executive and recognized B.C. First Nations leader, who received a 2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Award (Politics) February 24, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. “We congratulate Chief John on this well-deserved honour. He is a highly respected leader who has

Submitted The Municipal Council of Fort St James is informing the public of initiatives under way in the area to address highway safety concerns. This is partly in response to the recent stoppage of traffic on Highway 27 through Nak’azdli Reserve #1 on January 11 and 12, and the subsequent press release from Nak’azdli band council. Municipal council agrees with the band council that there are many safety issues in our communities and on our roads that concern everyone. There are many individuals and groups that have been working tirelessly to address these issues to improve highway safety and prevent another tragic incident such as the one that occurred on November 4, 2011. The following is a list of some of the efforts to date by various groups: Angel Ransom, Comprehensive Community Plan Coordinator for Nak’azdli Band, has conducted two meetings to discuss various traffic safety concerns, which were attended by individuals representing RCMP, Ministry of Transportation and Industry (MOTI), contractors, First Nations, local governments, and interested members of the public. Gretchen Vogelsang, a Pinchi Lake

dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of social and economic justice for Indigenous people at the local, provincial, national and international levels”, said Chief Doug White, a member of the summit’s political executive. “Chief John’s impact on the First Nations political landscape has been significant. He has consistently stepped out in a leadership role to fight and advocate for the recognition and protection of our rights and title as well as to close the social and economic gaps faced by our com-

Road resident, facilitated a meeting on November 22, 2011, to raise awareness of safety concerns with the heavy traffic on the Germanson Hwy. (North Road) and how we can develop a common code of courtesy for the users of this road. Mrs. Madhok’s Grade 6 class at Sowchea Elementary School began their “Be Seen, Be Safe” reflective bracelet campaign which expects to raise enough money to buy and distribute to each and every child in our region a reflective arm band to be worn at all times for safety reasons. The transportation ministry has provided portable speed reader boards that display drivers’ speed and remind them to keep within the speed limit. The local RCMP detachment has increased speed enforcement and has purchased radar meters. Pullouts on Highway 27 were made in 2010 and 2011 as a direct result of local government lobbying. Municipal council during the past term (2009-2011) participated in local and regional road safety meetings, and last September met with MOTI rep, Blair Lekstrom to submit a detailed report on the present and anticipated increases in traffic through the Fort St. James area. They urged the ministry to make appropriate infra-

structure and maintenance improvements to Hwy. 27, including north, south and through town. The possibility of a bypass industrial route was also discussed. The transportation ministry committed to working with the community to improve the highway. MLA, John Rustad noted he would push for funding the planned improvements in the 2012 provincial budget. The newly elected mayor and council, as part of their commitment during the recent election campaign, have formed a transportation committee, co-chaired by councillor Joan Burdeniuk and Councillor Russ Gingrich along with representatives from local governments and first nations, RCMP, Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Forests, School District No. 91, among others, will gather as many ideas to solve safety concerns for the region. They will set firm goals for the community to pursue, under a single umbrella organization. Council has contributed $500 towards a safety reminder sign on the highway, and $1,000 towards Sowchea’s bracelet campaign. For more information please contact the district of Fort St. James by phone:250-996-8233 or e-mail:

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Fraser Lake Secondary student, Kailee Duncan is off to Prince George March 3, for the Prince George Citizen Regional Spelling BEE. “I’ve been twice before,” says Duncan, “and my sister, Carissa also has been twice.” The Grade 8 spelling maven said last time competed she tied for third place. So does experience help at spelling competitions? “It gets more relaxing and I’m not as nervous,” she said, but when things get tense, “I tell myself to keep calm.” And yet the stakes are high, as the winner of the regional goes onto the national spelling bee. Duncan said the bees are entertaining as well as educational. “It’s really fun and you get to learn new words and meet new people,” she explained. She said her trick is to break down the words into syllables. Duncan’s coach is Mrs Chmelyk who is the Fraser Lake school’s librarian, who also coaches other spellers thanks in part to Duncan’s efforts to recruit them. “I encourage lots of my friends,” Duncan notes, “I tell them it’s cool being up on the stage.”


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Fraser Lake skate around the world Come and skate around the world with the Fraser Lake Skating Club, Saturday March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Village of Fraser Lake arena. Door by donation. Come out and check out what the skaters have learned throughout the year. It’s expected to be a lot of fun. Kathryn Kerr

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Vanderhoof student scholarships Submitted Over three hundred and five of one thousand University of Alberta, Augustana campus students have been awarded scholarships and awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. Receiving such awards are: Kathryn Kerr, of Vanderhoof, a fourth year bachelor of music student, was awarded a total of $4,275 for scholastic distinction, voice, and choral, funded by the Betsy Ness Scott Dean’s entrance citation - 3rd renewal, the Dolores V. Nelson Schultz memorial award in voice, an Augustana Faculty Fine Arts award in vocal music, and an Augustana faculty fine arts award in choral. Michelle Schmidt, of Vanderhoof, a first year bachelor of arts student, was awarded

a total of $5,500 for academic excellence, non-Alberta residency, and basketball, funded by the Verda and J.D. McNeill scholarship, an Augustana non-Alberta incentive entrance award, a University of Alberta academic excellence scholarship, and an Augustana faculty athletic award in basketball. Stephanie Schmidt, of Vanderhoof, a second year bachelor of arts student, was awarded a total of $1,500 for academic achievement, funded by an Augustana faculty transfer student award. Brenden Stephen, of Vanderhoof, a second year bachelor of science student, was awarded a total of $2,000 for hockey, funded by The Norsemen Inn Camrose Corporation, JPC Foundation award and

Augustana faculty award in hockey. More than $560,000 was provided to UAlberta Augustana campus students in scholarships and awards recognizing excellence in academics, fine arts, athletics, and leadership. support comes from generous donors, investment earnings on endowments, and from faculty funded awards. As the premier public liberal arts and sciences campus of UAlberta, Augustana campus offers four year bachelor degree programs in humanities, social sciences, sciences, fine arts, management and combined science/education. Located in Camrose, Alberta, UAlberta’s Augustana campus remains committed to providing students with a high quality, undergraduate education.

Trauma accreditation for Northern Health celebrated Submitted The Northern Health Board of Directors met for its latest regular meeting in Quesnel where they heard that Northern Health has been granted trauma accreditation across the region. Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace and Fort St. John Hospital both received level V accreditation, and the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) in Prince George received level III. “The system of integrated services that Northern Health has built proved to be a strength across the region,” said Dr. Charles Jago, NH Board Chair. “The process of accreditation itself has improved our trauma system and services.” Another highlight was a presentation by Brandon Grant, NH men’s health coordinator, on the initiatives and work that has sprung from the community consultation on men’s health. The board applauded the innovative outreach that is being conducted to inform, educate and create change in how men approach health and health conversations throughout the North. “Our communities were approached last year to provide input into how we can reach men and support them to make healthy choices,” said Cathy Ulrich, CEO of Northern Health. “The work our staff are doing is creative and the approach to accessing men on their own terms and in places they will be is proving successful and effective.” The board also received an update on the activation of the Code Orange protocol across Northern Health in response to the recent fire at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake. The response of northern health physicians and staff, particularly in Burns Lake, along with provincial partners such as BC Bedline and BC Ambulance, was exceptional during this terrible incident. “The decision making, responsiveness and com-

mitment of physicians, nurses and staff was exceptional,” said Dr. Charles Jago, NH board chair. “We recognize the impact this tragic event will have in the community and are committed to working with the residents of Burns Lake during this difficult time.”

“We take every opportunity to hear from the community about what is and is not working,” - Michael McMillan Other information that was presented and discussed by the board included: an update of physician and staff recruitment, the current status of LEAN projects in progress throughout the region, reports on capital projects including the status of the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care Project and BCCA Centre for the North construction. In addition to all of the information provided, 20 community members met with the board and staff to discuss four topics: seniors and palliative care, renal services, recruitment, and mental health and addictions. “We take every opportunity to hear from the community about what is and is not working,” said Michael McMillan, NI Chief Operating Officer for NH, “these discussions are informative for both the members of the community and Northern Health as we work together to address the health issues of concern to the community.” The board also discussed the latest financial report. Those reports are forecasting that NH will end the year with a small surplus. The next NH Board of Directors meeting will take place on April 16-17 in Terrace.

Coffee house concert February 29, 7-9 p.m. NVSS Junior Concert Band hosts “The Eclectic Coffee House”. The variety music show takes place at NVSS small auditorium. Come on out and support our young musicians!

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Express Have you filled your Concert band grows tuneful bucket today? Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, February 29, and many schools in District 91 have been getting ready by working on social skills that encourage respectful play all year round. At Evelyn Dickson Elementary, Ms. Jo John’s Grade 7 class is taking on a school wide initiative called bucketfilling, to teach positive character traits. What is bucketfilling? Everybody has an invisible bucket and when it contains good things we feel good about ourselves. “It started out with my class,” teacher Jo John says, “they wanted to do something for Pink T-shirt Day.” John said the school was also in search of a way to make the school culture more positive, so the good things would overshadow any negative things. She said that’s when they discovered the books of Carol McLeod, based on the teachings of Merrill Lundgrin. “I took the ideas to my class and they did skits and presentations,” the Grade 7 teacher notes, “this week we worked on making other people feel good, we had assemblies to talk about it with the rest of the school and we read stories.” She said she likes the analogy of the bucket because it fits the many ways people interact. “How there’s a lid on your bucket that you can use to control feeling good, even if someone dips in,” John notes. This lid gives the person ownership over it, though some people are so anxious they don’t even let compliments in, so their lid may be on too tight. The three rules for bucket filling are: 1. Be a bucketfiller – every time you do or say something caring or thoughtful, you add good thoughts and feeling to someone’s bucket. 2. Don’t Dip – try not to say or do anything rude or mean that will dip into someone else’s bucket to remove the good thoughts or feelings. 3. Use your lid – guard and protect the good thoughts and feelings inside your bucket with your lid. The lid is the thoughtful, clear thinking part of yourself that protects what is in your bucket, and helps you understand that the unkind, offensive behavior is the other person having a problem, not you. Sinkut View Elementary’s school theme this month focused on respect. Their “eagle focus” for February was, treat others with respect. “It is important that respect happens daily at our school, on the buses, playground, hallway and classrooms,” Sinkut View Principal, Wade Fitzpatrick wrote for the school’s newsletter, “Respect is not just a right, it is a responsibility.”

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Omineca Express NVSS concert band students are working on their chops and polishing their instruments in preparation for their trip to Edmonton in March. The Nechako Valley Secondary students are pretty stoked about it, to hear them talk. “I’m excited,” Grade 7 student, Fenna said. She just started playing in the band this year, but she is really into the music program. “It’s good,” she said with cheerful tones, “I’m learning how to play an instrument.” Musician, Lisa is looking forward to the trip. She said lots of them play music outside school for fun. “Most of us play another instrument; I play the violin and piano as well,” Lisa noted. The school’s band teacher said she thinks the band program has a happy thing for students, and giving them a positive focus coming to school. “The students are doing really well ... many turn to music for fun and and so I feel lucky for that,” said NVSS band teacher Jody Pereira. This is Pereira’s second year teaching band here, and she likes how things are coming along. “They have even been meeting after school for extra rehearsals,” the concert band leader said. She reflects how important music programs are in schools, in that not everyone excels at the same things, and not everyone is keen on sports. “But there’s a lot of students who have artistic talents and this is one place for them to come and enjoy what they can do,” Pereira noted. The trip to Edmonton is a first for this band, comprised of Grade 7 and 8 students. “We’re also going to a festival in Prince George in April,” Pereira added. The school’s band program is coming along, though it is still being rebuilt after it had been on hiatus for a few semesters. But since Pereira arrived, things are starting up again. They have 25 students who attend one block of music classes in the school per week. “We will likely have 35 students next year,” Pereira said, noting it can be hard to predict, as not everyone coming from the elementary schools will join band. “If you didn’t take band in elementary school, you’re not that likely to pick it for an elective,” she explained.

Students from Nechako Valley Secondary practice up for concerts and festivals. See them at their coffee house at NVSS, Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. photo by Apryl Veld A variety of musicians from Vanderhoof will also play. Enthusiasm for the program is growing, however and Pereira can see this in the way students keep heading over to the arts wing. “We have a lovely facility,” she said with enthusiasm. The NVSS band room is a twoyear-old addition to the school, that features acoustic designs, practice rooms and instrument storage. “(Music students) like to come and spend time in the band room, playing music together and socializing,” Pereira said. She explained that the band is raising money for their tours and for mu-

sic equipment. “(Wednesday) February 29 we’re playing at the Pink T-shirt Day coffee house 7-9, and that will be a fun time,” Pereira noted. Pink Unplugged will take place in the NVSS small auditorium, where along with the school’s band’s performance, an eclectic mix of performers will take the stage to share and enjoy music. Admission is by donation. The NVSS concert band also has a Facebook page where students and fans can keep up on the band’s events and hear their stories.

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Need more senators? Well we got ‘em. Apryl Veld Back in early January, the Prime Minister of Canada appointed seven new senators. These included, Ottawa police Chief Vern White whose appointment became effective last week, Asha Seth who is also from Ontario, Alberta elected senators, Betty Unger and Bert Brown. Also appointed were JoAnne Buth from Manitoba, Norman Doyle from Newfoundland and Labrador, Gislain Maltais from Quebec, and JeanGuy Dagenais also from Quebec, who must first pass the requirement that senators own property in their home province or territory before he can take his seat in the nation’s body of “sober second thought.” Whether we can afford to be putting more high-paid “sober” thinkers on the payroll is one thing. I’m not sure you or your neighbour feels the sure benefits of this when you go to pick up your tax return this year, but I’m sure the people living on fixed incomes like old age pensions aren’t going to want to think about what those senators already have amassed during their careers before becoming senators paid from the public purse. What is truly galling is the promise the Conservative party gave to Canadians nearly a decade ago, that it would abolish the senate. And miss out on the opportunity to reward the party faithful? Not very likely.

Letter to the editor I am writing this letter to commend and condemn foster parents. To those foster parents who respect the law and live and work within the laws, thank you for helping our children when they desperately need it. To those that abuse the children and the system, shame on you. There are laws that are in place to protect parents who have proven that they do indeed deserve to have their children back. It is considered abuse to take a parent to court repeatedly to try to remove their children away from them (even if you have fostered the children for a long time;) it is unfair to the children as well to try to remove them from court decided “fit and able bodied parents.” It is a wonder, that foster parents can truly love a foster child as their own, but as a (professional) foster parent that is all you are, a temporary safe house. Temporary. There are currently commercials on television that are stating how many children are in need of adoption in Canada! So to those foster parents who have the monetary gains to take a parent to court or to appeal the Supreme Court of Canada, repeatedly ... PLEASE adopt a child and leave these intact families alone. Thank you again to the honest foster parents who have the love to help our province’s children, but better is the foster parent who knows the real love is the ability to return the child(ren) to court-defined worthy or fit parents. Thank you, Kathleen Anderson The Omineca Express is published every Wednesday in Vanderhoof by Black Press Ltd. Publisher: Pam Berger Editor: Apryl Veld

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Province facing uncertain forest future Revenue from Forestry dropped below the costs of publicly administering the resource a number of years ago. One hundred years ago, B.C. embarked on a new adventure in forest management with the formation of the BC Forest Branch (renamed the Forest Service in 1945). The original intent for this new entity and its first Service Plan serve as a time capsule of sorts that can now be opened as part of the Forest Service’s 100th Anniversary celebration. The Branch was formed out of the 1910 Forestry Commission’s recommendations to establish a Forestry Act and a professional service to manage and protect B.C.’s forest resources. Its first service plan in 1912 describes B.C.’s forests as one of the few remaining “great bodies of commercial timber left in the world which are not yet materially reduced by destructive lumbering.” The service plan warns, however, that other jurisdictions that over-exploited their forest resources end up putting more money into simply maintaining what’s left of their resource than they gain from its continued exploitation. One of the Royal Commission’s intentions for the establishment of the Forest Service was to protect the management of B.C.’s forests from the politics of the day. As the Commission noted: “(Forest) policy that vacillates, not because fresh knowledge of forests has been obtained but simply because changes have taken place in politics, can

have no value.” One hundred years ago BC’s forest were viewed as a public resource that would remain inexhaustible under the wise management of a professional Forest Service which would steward those resources, protecting them from both wasteful fires and whimsical politicians, in order to feed a growing lumber industry that would return benefits to the public through jobs and revenue to the Crown. One hundred years later we’re struggling to provide mills with logs. Large portions of the province no longer have any “lumbering” operations. Revenue from Forestry dropped below the costs of publicly administering the resource a number of years ago. The service’s inventory and research capacities were gutted by successive political administrations, and the entire Forest Service, at the whim of one politician, has been absorbed into the omnibus Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Professional foresters are now being trained to be “front counter” specialists whose main goal will be to facilitate easier access to B.C.’s natural resources. As we celebrate its 100th anniversary, it’s fair to say that the Forest Service faces an uncertain future – as uncertain as the forests it was established to steward for generations yet to come. Bob Simpson MLA Cariboo North

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Submitted French Dressing Jeans offered a retail display contest to all retail outlets that sold their products in Canada and USA. From all the entries, Vanderhoof Department Store’s display was selected in the top 10, receiving a $1,000 award. Janet and Larry Bangs, owners of the Vanderhoof Department Store, chose St John Hospital Auxiliary Society as recipient of this award. The $1,000.00 award will be set aside for the Ruby Ellen van Andel Community Cancer Clinic at St John Hospital, in Vanderhoof. The name of the clinic will be the Ruby Ellen van Andel Community Cancer Clinic. In 2006 Mr. Henry van Andel approached St John Hospital’s HSA (Health Services Administer) with a wish to donated $200,000 to our local health care. Mr. van Andel’s wish was for the funds to remain in Vanderhoof and at that time St John Hospital Auxiliary Society was selected to manage these funds. Mr. van Andel’s decision was to have the monies set aside for an Oncology Unit


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Omineca Express Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Why Should We Try To Stop Bullying? Bullying is bad for both the bully and the victim. Victims suffer by: • Feeling unhappy. • Feeling that “I can’t do anything”. • Feeling lonely and rejected. • Lacking enthusiasm for school and their class work. • Not participating in school activities. Bullies suffer because they: • Have difficulty in communicating. • Have difficulty relating to and making real friends. • May develop social problems as adults. • Can develop poor attitudes to school and learning. What Is Bullying? • Bullying is an abuse of power. • Bullying is hostile or aggressive behaviour that harms the victim.

• Bullying thrives in a climate of secrecy and fear. • Bullying is repeated negative behaviour towards someone else. Types of Bullying Physical Bullying: fighting, kicking, punching, hitting, pushing, pinching, and moving in close on the victim’s space. Verbal Bullying: using words to hurt a person’s feelings in the form of teasing, swearing, spreading rumours about the person or their family. Visual Bullying: using graffiti, rude gestures, writing threatening letters or passing notes around or using SMS messages. Emotional Bullying: hiding another child’s things or tormenting them to get a reaction. Exclusion: deliberately leaving someone out of a game, ignoring them or not letting them into a group. A9

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It doesn’t have to happen.’ Tuckwell and Net proceeds benefit the CKNW store, where they Orphans’ Fund in support of the Boys bought 50 pink others emphasize & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. Boys shirts and tank tops that the pink shirt & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC: BGC to wear to school is secondary to programs foster self-esteem, social enthe next day. They raising awareness gagement, academic success, inclusion, also went online to about bullying acceptance, respect for self and others, round up support and getting people and connection to community – all for their anti-bullying cause, which they involved. of which are key elements of bullying dubbed a “sea of pink.” B.C. is no stranger to tragedy related prevention. CKNW Orphans’ Fund: The It worked. The next day, dozens of stuto bullying.From Surrey’s 14-year-old CKNW Orphans’ Fund is committed dents were outfitted with the discount Hamed Nastoh, who jumped off the to enhancing the lives of children with shirts, but even better – hundreds of Patullo Bridge and killed himself after physical, mental and social challenges students showed up wearing their own leaving a note behind blaming the conliving in BC communities. The fund pink clothes, some from head to toe. stant bullying he endured at school, to includes children who are bullied under The bullies were reportedly never heard Mission’s Dawn-Marie Wesley, 14, who the scope of the funds work, because from again. committed suicide by hanging herthese children will need extra support This year, Feb. 29 is Pink Shirt Day in self after relentless bullying, there are for their development. B.C. and other parts of Canada, an ancountless told and untold stories that nual anti-bullying event that started remain horrific. after the now-famous 2007 “sea of pink” campaign. Q Has trouble sleeping or has frequent Possible warning signs that a child The need for awareness and action bad dreams is being bullied include: against bullying remains as strong as Q Experiences a loss of appetite ever, say those involved in the pink Q Appears anxious and suffers from low Q Comes home with torn, damaged, or missing event, including radio station CKNW, self-esteem pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings Black Press, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Q Has unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches Possible warning signs that a child may Greater Vancouver, and London Drugs, Q Has few, if any friends, with whom he or she be a bully include: where people can buy the official ‘Bullyspends time Q Positive views towards violence ing Stops Here’ pink shirts for 2012. Q Seems afraid of going to school, walking Q Often aggressive towards adults – including “Awareness of what bullying is and unto and from school, riding the school bus, or teachers or parents taking part in organized activities with peers derstanding that it hurts is important,” Q Marked need to control and dominate others (such as clubs) says Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater and situations Q Takes a long, “illogical” route when walking Vancouver president and CEO Carolyn Q Boy bullies tend to be physically stronger to or from school Tuckwell. than their peers Q Has lost interest in school work or suddenly “It isn’t just a rite of passage. It doesn’t Q Hot-tempered, impulsive, easily frustrated begins to do poorly in school have to happen. 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Vikings muscle comeback at zones Submitted With files from G. Simrose and Justin Hill The Nechako Valley Secondary senior basketball team suffered a minor set back in the pursuit of zone champions at their first game, Thursday night against the College Heights Cougars. The Vikings did not take advantage of being seeded number one as they lost their opening game to College Heights on Thursday 67 - 58. Despite the loss, the NVSS senior boys battled hard to the end. Top scorers, Nolan Hanson CH and Torrin Lytle kept the score fairly even throughout the game. The exceptional excitement of the crowd continued to keep spirits high for the home team. Torrin Lytle scored 20 points and Riley Wallace added 14. This meant the Vikes had to go the back door route and play extra games which is never an advantage. They won the next two over D P Todd and College Heights. Against D P Todd the score was 82 - 62 with Scot Wallace leading the way netting 18 points, Riley Wallace scored 17 and Darby Lytle chipped in 12 points and many key rebounds. In the next game versus College Heights the Vikings powered through with a 77 to 63 victory. Riley lead the charge with 20 points, Scot added 13 and Kaston McKee scored 11. The Vikings ran out of gas in their fourth game in three days in the final game versus Duchess Park and were beaten 73 - 56 to finish with the silver medal. Scot Wallace scored 17 and Torrin Lytle added 13 to pace the Vikes. Final placings were Duchess Park - 1st, Necha-

Viking Torrin Lytle toils to keep possession against Prince George College Heights players at a zone championship game last Thursday night. photo by Justin Hill ko Valley - 2nd, D P Todd - 3rd, College Heights - 4th. NVSS All Star selections were: h o n ourable mention - Darby Lytle 2nd team Scot Wallace, Torrin Lytle 1st team - Riley Wallace. Congratulations to the boys. They represented the school well. Thank you to our tournament sponsors: White River Contracting; Scott Foods; Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce; Vanderhoof CO-OP; Pitka Logging; Lloyd Voth Inc.; Wallace

Studios; School District 91; Interior Earthworks Construction; Omineca Source For Sports; Doug Brophy. Also a big thank you to the students and staff of NVSS, Vaughn Mueller, the referees and table officials, Western Athletic, the Viking Basketball parents, the student athletes. Best of luck to our graduating players: Riley Wallace; Spencer Siemens; Darby Lytle; Torrin Lytle; Mauricio Parilli.

Nordic ski tournament for Vanderhoof Nechako Nordics Ski Club (NNSC) 2012 Ski Tournament Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Nechako Valley Sporting Association trails. The ski tournament will be a one day extravaganza of ski competitions and special activities including threelegged races, treasure hunt, and relay. Skiers will compete in two age groups: Younger age group: 8 years old & under Older age group: 9 – 13 years old. Entry fee: club members free, all others $4 All participants will be provided a free, hot dog lunch and will receive a Cross Country Canada incentive award. For more information please contact Richard Burkholder at 567-9000 (home) or 250- 699-6873 (office) or e-mail

Provincial AA Boys Basketball Vikings go to Provincials in Kamloops March 6-11. Watch for results in coming editions of the Omineca Express newspaper and at our website www.ominecaexpress. com

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Pap clinic screening for mid March

A PAP Clinic for Cervical Cancer Screening is being held on Wednesday, March 21 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Omineca Medical Clinic in Vanderhoof. It’s not necessary for a woman to have a family doctor to attend this clinic, and a female doctor will be performing the tests. If it’s time for your Pap or you’re overdue, please don’t leave it any longer; call the clinic at 250-567-2201. Press ‘O’ for the operator to make an appointment. This mini-LACE campaign is being held in an effort to reduce cervical cancer rates in B.C. women. LACE stands for “Live Aware; Create Empowerment”. It aims to empower women by promoting regular Pap tests as part of a self-care routine. Go to to learn more.


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(L-R) Fraser Lake food drive organizer, Orlanthia Habsburg and volunteers Therese & Mae Steiner, Grant Huettmeyer and Dave Simard. photo by Rebecca Billard

Fraser Lake food for Babine mill workers Rebecca Billard Lakes District News Fraser Lake resident Orlanthia Habsburg decided after she heard about the Babine Forest Products tragedy she would do a food drive for the Babine workers. She put a few signs up around town and soon the food came rolling in. She had con-

tacted the school district to see if they had an empty room she could store food, but they were all full so the Fraser Lake Legion stepped in and let her use the Legion instead. Habsburg said “I did this because we are neighbours and I think we should help your neighbours.” Over three pick up trucks full of non-perishable items were brought to Burns Lake.


Church Directory For more information or to join Vanderhoof’s Faith Church Directory

Call Pam at 250-567-9258

The Gospel Chapel 448 Connaught Street 11:00 a.m. Worship Service (Affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada) For more information call


NECHAKO COMMUNITY CHURCH MENNONITE BRETHREN 1393 Highway 16 East (Across from P.J. Collision)

250-567-4960 Sunday Morning Worship 9:30 am Sunday School - 11:15 am Cowboy Church

Last Sunday of the month @ 7:00 p.m.

Our Mission Glorifying God by helping all people move closer to Jesus Christ one step at a time.

Making Jesus known

Vanderhoof Christian Fellowship The Church on the Corner “Giving you a Purpose to live for and People to live with” Worship Service: 11:00 am Small Groups meeting together regularly: We have a place for you to belong! For more information call

567-9198 263 Vanderview Drive For more information visit our website:

COMING EVENTS.... Will appear, as space is available, free of charge in this section. Coming events are available to non-profit organizations only.s This area is not intended for thank you submissions or selling products. It is simply a place for non-profit organizations a place to announce upcoming free activities. You can e-mail your item to or by fax (567-2070). Your organizations’ announcement can also be dropped off at our office located at 155 W. Columbia. Decision of the publisher is final. *** NEW EVENTS.... MARCH 21, 2012 PAP CLINIC...DON’T DEPEND ON LUCK TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CERVICAL CANCER BOOK YOUR PAP TEST - OMENICA MEDICAL CLINIC 8 A.M. TO 7 P.M. Evening appointments available. CALL (250) 567-2201 Press O to make an appointment or to get on the SPRING Pap Clinic waiting list.Patients do not need to have a family doctor. *** IDIDALAP4CANCER... Noon to Midnight Friday, June 22, 2012 Vanderhoof, BC. Participate as an individual or build your own team. Proud supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society. *** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR IDIDALAP4CANCER...The next General Meeting is March 6th at the Vanderhoof Fire Hall 7 p.m. *** ADULT BADMINTON... Thursdays, 8pm at NVSS gym. Bring your own racquet and indoor running shoes. For more info call Ann at 250-567-9908. *** SQUARE DANCING... Starting Thursday, February 23, 7-9 p.m. (Every second Thursday) All ages welcome. First Memorial United Church in Vanderhoof. *** AL-ANON...Has your life been affected by someone elses drinking? The AlAnon is for you! Meetings held on Mondays at 7pm in Community Room at Omineca Safe Home Society. For more information contact Gail at 567-4318. *** VANDERHOOF PUBLIC looking for donations of lego blocks to be used for children’s programs at the library. If you have lego that your kids have outgrown, we would love to put it to good use. Please contact Jenn at 250-567-4060 or email: *** STUART NECHAKO MANOR ...Do you like to walk and be outdoors? Stuart Nechako Manor is looking for volunteers to help with our walking program. If you can commit to half an hour 1-2 times

PICTURE THIS....Your activity could be featured in “Picture This.” Snap a photo at your groups’ fundraiser. It could be anything from a car wash to cleaning up our streets. It could even include school activities. Basically people making a difference in our community. Send us your photo by e-mail ( or drop it off at the Omineca Express (150 W. Columbia Street). Please provide a brief description accompanied with the photo. This week’s submission....

A literacy grant through Libraries and Literacy, and the B.C. Ministry of Education included $162 worth of current magazines, presented to The St. John Hospital Auxiliary. Auxiliary members will distribute magazines free to the patients at St John Hospital from their comfort cart, also to residents at the Stuart Nechako Manor. Hospital auxilliary, Mary Hamm, Gerty Neufeld, Maria Bueckert and Marlene Giesbrecht, librarian, Jane Gray, auxilliary members, Sylvia Price, Edna Oryshchuk, seated, Kay Dube and Elisa Baumbauar

per week please call Marnie at 250-567-6290. *** THE NORTHSIDE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE...meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Newcomers always welcome. For more information call Brenda, 250 567-9705. *** VHF HOSPICE SOCIETY...What are you doing every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Do you have 2 hours to give each month? Are you sensitive to the special needs of those persons at the end stages of life? Want to be part of a great organization that makes a difference in our community then we are looking for you. The Vanderhoof Hospice Society is a not-for-profit charity looking for new volunteer members who will work with the current members to oversee our local Hospice Program. Hospice is a program that offers a support system to persons that are the end stages of life. Our Society has a desire to help others. We are sensitive to the special needs of the dying patient and their families. We do not have personal agendas or “missions” to our Hospice work. Our main fundraising come in the form of donations to our Tree of Life. We are looking for new members to continue this great service. More info call Debbie 567-7956 *** VHF STROKE at the Stuart Nechako Manor Activity Room - Mondays 9:30 12:00 noon (except holidays). Any volunteers who would like to come are very welcome. All stroke recovery members in Vanderhoof and surrounding areas are invited to attend. For more information call Luella at 250-4410086. *** THE FOOD BANK... is in serious need of food do-

nations. Specifically the following is needed: Canned vegetables, meat, fish, canned milk, sugar, pasta, pasta sauces, soups (we have enough mushroom soup), toilet tissue. *** BADMINTON AT FLESS GYM... Every Thursday at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. come out and have some fun! *** THE VANDERHOOF CANCER SUPPORT GROUP... meets the first Friday of every month @ noon at the The Reid. For more info call Karen @ 567-4828. *** ENDAKO HALL SOCIETY...meets every THIRD Wednesday of the month in the hall at 7:30pm. *** THE YELLOWHEAD DRAFT HORSE an organization for those interested in light and heavy horse driving. Monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month. For more info contact: Jon 250-567-8484. *** NECHAKO QUILTERS GUILD... meets the third Tuesday of the month 9:30 am (Sept. - May) at Nechako View Seniors Common Room. Fran Sheeley 567-5254. *** THE FRASER QUILTERS GUILD... meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Fort Fraser Community Hall. Newcomers welcome. *** HOSPICE TREE OF LIFE... is to honour the living as well as to remember and honour those who have passed on. For more info call Debbie @ 250-5677956. *** THE FRASER LAKE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP... meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 12 noon in the New Fraser Lake Restaurant. For further information call Judy at 250699-7763. ***

NECHAKO VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY... meets every second Thursday of the month 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce office. *** VANDERHOOF 899 AIR CADET SQUADRON... Cadets will meet every Wednesday night 6:15pm at the Cadet Building on Burrard Street. Anyone age 12 to 18 interested in the Cadet Program is welcome to attend. Any adult interested in assisting in anyway, please contact the officers at the Cadet Building Wednesday night. For more information call Glenda 250-567-7574. *** AA MEETING... Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. United Church Hall. 567-8087 or 567-4588 *** FRASER LAKE AA MEETINGS... Tues & Thurs 8:00 p.m. at St. Wilfred’s Church just across from police station. *** ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL AUXILIARY... meets second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. Call 567-9759 Edna. *** VANDERHOOF LIBRARY HOURS Tuesday 10:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00pm & 6:30 to 8:30pm Thursday 10:00 to 5:00pm Friday 10:00 am to 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm *** FRASER LAKE LIBRARY HOURS Sunday & Monday Closed Tuesday 10am - 4pm Wednesday & Thursday 3pm - 8pm Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 2pm *** NVSS BOTTLE DEPOT HOURS Open Mon, Tues, Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 10am-5 p.m. ***

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Your In Memoriam Gift is a lasting tribute. Please mail your donations to the address below, and include your name and address, along with the name and address of the next-of kin for an acknowledgment card. Donations can be sent to: HSFBC & Y, 1212 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2. 1-800-663-2010.

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Help Wanted

Fraser Lake Community Health Centre is looking for a Receptionist (Clerk III) on a casual basis to cover vacation/sick relief. This position performs a variety of office duties in a very busy medical centre. You will be required to answer telephones, make appointments using an Electronic Medical Records program, Direct patients to different departments and filing. Qualifications: Grade 12 plus one year’s related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Submit resumes to: Debbie Devauld, c/o Fraser Lake Community Health Centre, Box 100, Fraser Lake, BC, V0J 1S0 by March 2, 2012.



VOTH, ANTHONY DALE With heavy hearts and in disbelief we sadly announce the sudden passing of Anthony Voth on February 15th, 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

SnayLata Lata Madill Madill (Kesh) Snay (Kesh) Born October 24, 1954 in Nausori Born October 24, 1954 in Nausori Fiji. Snay slipped peacefully out Fiji. of Snay slipped peacefully out of this world this world on Saturday, February 18, on Saturday February 18, 2012. She died 2012. She died with dignity at home with dignity at home with her loving withChristopher her loving and son her Christopher and son husband Alan her husband Alan at her side after at her side after a very long and brave a veryOur long andtobrave battle. Our battle. thanks all of her very good thanksthat to all of her veryher good friends friends have helped all of these that have helped herto all these years and were with her the of end. She is survived her sisters Manorma, years andby were with her to the Bimla end. and will be family announcing a ThereAmla. will beWe a private only fucelebration of her lifefew in the very by near neral followed in a weeks a future. public Celebration of Life. In Lieu of In lieu of flowers please donate to the flowers please donate to the British British Columbia Transplant Society or to Columbia Research. Transplant Society or to Sarcoidosis https://transplant. Sarcoidosis Research.

Left to mourn Anthony’s loss and to cherish the fond memories, his loving wife of 6 months Charlotte Voth of Edmonton, Alberta, his parents Darrell and Marilyn Voth, his brother Nathaniel (Candace) Voth and niece Ava, sister Ronda (Byron) Funk and niece Emily, his grandparents Harvey and Mary Voth all of Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Edwin and Carrie Gingerich of Oregon, USA, his very supportive step son Ryan and in laws Bruno and Linda Witzke of Edson, Alberta and Crystal and Jason Budgell of Stony Plain, Alberta. Anthony is also survived by numerous other family members and a host of friends. He was predeceased by his grandmother Janice Gingerich in 2001. A memorial service was held on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 4:00 PM at the Northside Church in Vanderhoof, British Columbia. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of other tributes, donations if desired may be made to the Prince George Regional Hospital, for Burn Patient Treatment, 1475 Edmonton Street, Prince George, British Columbia, V2M 1S2, in memory of Anthony Voth. EDSON FUNERAL HOME LTD. 780-723-3575 entrusted with all arrangements. To send condolences on line, please visit our website at The Foothills Memorial Chapel “Serving West Central Alberta for more than 62 years”



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Trades, Technical 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 Attention Steve Joyce - Service Manager

Commercial Transport Mechanic, Prince Rupert Commercial Transport Mechanic (lead hand position) required for Prince Rupert expanded shop facility. Must be a licensed Commercial Transport or Heavy Duty Mechanic and have a valid BC CVIP Inspector certification, with air brakes endorsement. Must have a valid BC Class 2 driver’s licence with air. Interested candidates should submit their resumes to Philip Malnis, Regional Manager, FirstCanada ULC, 780 Lahakas Blvd., Kitimat, BC V8C 1T9. Fax: 250-632-2154. Email: We are an equal opportunity employer

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NAK’AZDLI BAND COUNCIL P.O. Box 1329, Fort St. James, BC, V0J 1P0 Telephone: (250) 996-7171 Fax: (250) 996-8010

Prenatal Outreach & Brighter Futures Coordinator Job Posting Nak’azdli Health Centre is looking for an energetic, caring and committed individual to fill the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program and the Brighter Futures Program Coordinator. Minimum qualifications will include;  O Grade 12 or higher education level  O Willing and able to attend training  O Excellent oral and written communication skills  O Training and/or experience working with community members  O Knowledge of Carrier culture and customs  O Office and computer skills  O Valid BC Drivers License  O Clear criminal records check The purpose of this position is:  O to provide pre- and post-natal counseling on a variety of health issues  O Provide prenatal nutrition services and programs  O Provide emotional & physical support to clients in child birth including postpartum support  O Provide breastfeeding support to clients  O Provide community workshops/sessions on teen sexuality, STDs, family planning, FASD, etc.  O Connect clients to other community resources as needed O Develop strategies to engage the community in healthy activities O Plan and carry out cultural activities involving community members O Work with other Nak’azdli departments to develop healthy living strategies This is a full time position with benefits. Submit resumes to:

Maureen Isadore, Executive Assistant P.O. Box 1329 Fort St. James, BC V0J 1P0 Fax: 250-996-8010

Deadline for applications is March 5, 2012




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Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 17 of the Woodlot Licence Planning and Practices Regulation, that a Woodlot Licence Plan has been prepared for Woodlot Licence 621 held by John Kochel. Woodlot Licence 621 is located on the Kluskus Forest Service Road near the Kenney Dam Road junction. If approved by the Ministry of Forests and Range District Manager, this plan may apply for a term of 10 years from the date of approval. The Woodlot Licence Plan is available for public review and comment at 478 Reid Drive in Vanderhoof, during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm) from February 29th to April 29th, 2012. Any written comments on the plan should be mailed to Peakterm Consulting Ltd., Box 2054, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0. Please phone 250-567-2589 to book an appointment to view or discuss the plan. Please note, this is the second advertisement for review and comment.

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 this area, the Regional District uses parcel frontage taxes for both the Fort Fraser sewer and water systems. 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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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Omineca Express

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Vanderhoof Quilters Guild and Monica Rach

Quilters in the The Vanderhoof And finding supplies wasn’t really a problem, either, she Nechako valley guild members are: notes. have been stitchFran Sheeley, Anne “Lots of people donated fabric, I emptied out my studio as ing together more Evans, Heather other people did,” Rach says. than sections of fabGrove, Lily Egli, JaThey looked at what they were designing and incorporated ric. They have, for nette Lowen, Marg the various pieces to make the designs. She notes Janet Bangs generations been Letkemann, Olive donated the batting, a crucial part of quilts. threading together Silver, Gerrie Ray, Rach said it was merely days before the lodge opened that friendships and Cec Candeline, all the quilts were finished, one for each of the resident’s beds. warming the people Marg Cook, Vi LarSince the project Rach said she continues to make quilts as and the community son, Peggy Grimm, it’s been her favourite fibre art, of the many she has tried. where they live. Ellen Crimer and “I have a passion for different cultural fabrics; one of my One group, the Dot James. favourites is Japanese,” she explains, “I love colour ... it is really Vanderhoof QuilAnother big important in my life.” ters Guild have quilting project was So important, that she collected special fabrics over many made countless taken on by a num- years, going on buying trips, even to other continents. quilts as individual ber of Vanderhoof The Vanderhoof artist still donates quilts she has made, and craftswomen and as craftswomen nearly as with the guild ladies, she takes many of hers to the St. John a group. a decade ago to pro- Hospital cancer clinic. Quilter Monica Rach. “Last year we vide quilts for the 60 While she has a fine arts education, Rach notes she’s been made quite a few plus senior citizen around fabric all her life. quilts, around 20 I think,” Olive Silver said. residents of the Omineca Lodge when it was opened back in “I have always been exposed to arts and crafts, and at one The long-time guild member said the quilts they’re making 2005. time I travelled to quilting shows,” she explained, “and we held this year are going to various charities, including Bags of Love. Vanderhoof quilter, Monica Rach, who is given credit for classes through the quilting store.” The bags are a care package for children adjusting to social instigating the project remembers it being a time when quilting Throughout that time the quilting was much more of a social care. was extremely popular in the area. thing, and very group oriented, she reflects. One group that the guild has an on-going relationship with is “It was around the time I started my shop and quilting started “Now my quilting is a more solitary pursuit,” she observed, the cancer treatment centre at St. John Hospital. to boom,” Rach said. “I’ve taken my work in a different direction; it’s more personal, “When people go for treatments, like chemotherapy, they get Lots of people volunteered time to sew them and lots of ser- has lots of symbolic things that represent personal stories.” a quilt and then when they’re done (their series of treatments) endipity helped in getting it done. they get to take the quilt home,” Silver explained. She praises the Quilting Nook in VanAlong with the excellent care at the hospital, nothing ex- derhoof for providing space to construct presses caring nearly as well as something hand made. To see the quilts, saying, the beautiful work that goes into each, it’s easy to understand “We put them all on Helen’s wall, the comfort they must give. pinning them onto hanging felt, I helped The quilting guild has been working together for a long time, design them and then volunteers would Silver says, adding she doesn’t remember when they started. come in and work on them.” Members have come and gone but now there’s fourteen in The ad-hoc group had an appointment the regular group who meet at the Nechako View Senior’s com- book for volunteers, but it sort of orgamon room a couple of days a month. nized itself, she remembers. “We’re all retired, so meeting in the day time works for us,” “It was quite lovely how it worked; Silver noted. when three quilts were ready to be put Vanderhoof Safe Home Society, is receiving quilts for the together, three people would show up first time this year thanks to the quilters guild as well. to work on them that day,” she said, “it A lot of fabric is donated, Silver added, including from quil- was amazing how people were tuned ters themselves, as well as the Quilter’s Corner in Vanderhoof in to what needed to be done so many Members of the Vanderhoof Quilters Guild. which makes efforts to collect pieces for them. times.”

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Vanderhoof Omineca Express, February 29, 2012  

February 29, 2012 edition of the Vanderhoof Omineca Express

Vanderhoof Omineca Express, February 29, 2012  

February 29, 2012 edition of the Vanderhoof Omineca Express