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Teachers poised to strike next week Province introduces legislation to quell job action and bring in mediator DELYNDA PILON

Teachers will go on strike Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, completely withdrawing their services after lengthy and unproductive months of negotiations with the B.C. Public School Employees Association, which included 78 face-to-face meetings. On Feb. 29, 87 per cent of the teachers who voted were in favour of strike action. This comes after a decision from B.C. Labour Relations earlier in the week giving teachers the right to strike, with some regulations. Shortly following that announcement, the B.C. government introduced legislation that would suspend any strike action by teachers and appoint a mediator to help the two sides bargain a mutually acceptable agreement. However, any proposed solutions can’t result in new net costs for school districts. Matt Pearce, president of the Prince George District Teachers Association, said the term ‘mediator’ is a misnomer. “Their job is to strip our collective agreement over the next six months,” he said. The legislation extends the previous collective agreement to cover the mediation period, and if no new agreement is reached before June 30 then the mediator will issue a report with nonbinding recommendations. The legislation, which is included in Bill 22, passed its first and second reading with debate beginning in the house on Thursday. Minister of Education, George Abbott, said it


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is unclear how long it will take until the bill passes. “It could take two or three weeks or just a few days,” he said during a telephone press conference. “I would like to see a fulsome debate on this. The whole thing might get clouded if the teachers federation withdraws services and leaves one million parents in the lurch.” Until the legislation passes, teachers retain the right to strike.

After it passes, the bill will impose financial penalties on strikers. “We understand it won’t be law before Wednesday,” Pearce said. “Right now we are in a legal position to strike.” One ongoing issue in the bargaining process is the government’s 2010 net zero mandate for public sector employees. The mandate states that collective agreements that expired in 2010 or 2011 which weren’t yet renegotiated had to meet

the net zero mandate for two years. Within it, any improvements in collective agreements have to be offset by savings in other compensation areas. However, teachers say their wage should keep up with inflation and catch up with what teachers are paid in other provinces. Currently, B.C. teachers rank eighth in salaries in Canada. The next step for teaches, once the legislation suspend-


ing their right to strike passes, remains to be seen. “That’s a question to ask down the road,” Pearce said, adding the government has effectively removed the collective bargaining process for teachers. He said the legislation is illegal, and added this government knows it. “We will go to court, but it will be law until it is struck down,” he said. “This government knows it’s illegal.”

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Pink Shirt Day first started when a student in a school in Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of class at Central Kings Rural High School. Two people brought 50 pink shirts to school, and students wore them to protest bullying. Now it is celebrated all over Canada as Anti-Bullying Day on the last Wednesday in February. Several events marked the day in the city, including one beginning at 4 p.m. at the Immigration and Multicultural Services Society. Tarek Ajak, who works at the society, talked to the group about how bullying affected him growing up. “I came to Canada in 1998,” he said. “When I came to Canada, it was a total culture shock.” Ajak grew up in Syria, and he said though bullying was prevalent in schools there, it wasn’t really called by that name. Instead it was understood to be part of school life. In fact violence, he explained, is a way of life in the country. South of Turkey, west of Iraq and north of Jordan, Syria has been invaded numerous times over the centuries. “Because of the location there has been a lot invasions and long

occupations,” he said, making for a very diverse population, including Europeans, Africans and people of Mediterranean descent. “It’s kind of part of the culture to be hot-blooded. Violence is just such a part of the culture that growing up there I didn’t think of it as bullying.” Being shorter than everyone else, at least until he hit about 19-years-old, Ajak became a target of bullies. “For a boy being big really defines who you are. Being the smallest guy in class definitely wasn’t a good thing.” The abuse went the entire gamut from verbal to physical. “Year after year you start making decisions about how you are going to respond to that,” he said. He likened holding the growing anger inside to air inflating a balloon. At some point that balloon will explode. “For me it meant becoming really aggressive. From fourth to seventh grade, I can’t remember a day without fighting.” When his parents found out that he was acting very aggressively and getting into a lot of fights in school, their reaction was a bit different than one would expect. “My dad actually gave me a high five,” Ajak said. “My parents knew it was a law of the school. At that time , in those day,

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Daman Kandola and Arushi Saxena hold up a welcome sign at a table decorated with posters and anti-bullying messages at a door leading into an IMSS Pink Shirt Day event. when kids fought they could get to any level of aggression before someone stepped in.” Then Ajak immigrated to Canada. He was still two feet shorter than everyone else. And there was still bullying in the schools. The difference was, there was consequences for those actions. “I was immersed entirely into a new set of ideas about the world, and there was also new consequences to my actions,” he said. “There was violence here too, but there was a whole lot

of consequences for it. I got in trouble for the first two years on a regular basis.” The time came when Ajak knew he had to make a decision. “I had to decide whether or not I was going to be an aggressive person. I had to take that energy and decide what to do with it.” He made a choice to feed that energy into music. For others, he said, the choice might be different. “Others ask for help. When you do that you actually get

results for the most part,” he said. “But I took my energy and did something creative with it. For me, I found a really safe haven. I ignored the bullies, and I felt strong when I ignored them. For you it might be different,” he said. He added, in the end, the experience he went through made him a stronger person. The evening at IMSS included pizza and snacks as well as a chance for everyone to talk about their experiences with bullying.

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Friends and family watch Stacey O’Donnell marry Ross Cruikshank on leap day at Eastway Esso.

This wedding was a gas DELYNDA PILON

It was an ongoing joke, one a pair of customers who stopped by Eastway Esso, giggled about nearly every day. At least that’s what one of the owner’s, Shemin Patel, thought. Stacey O’Donnell and Ross Cruikshank have been a couple since Stacey was 17. Every morning on their way to work for the last seven years they’d joke with Shemin that they were going to get married right there in Eastway Esso. ‘When?’ she would ask, and Stacey would laugh and say on leap day. They’d share a laugh, talk about how one another’s day was going and that would be it. Eventually Shemin began to think of the young couple nearly as dearly as her own

children. Then a few days ago Ross stopped by the store and told the owners it was time. “He said ‘we weren’t joking’,” Shemin said. “He said they wanted to get married here on Wednesday.” “We wanted to be different,” Stacey said, passing out bouquets of flowers to her mom and daughter just before the ceremony. “We’ve been here every morning on the way to work for seven years.” And that isn’t the only tie she has with the neighbourhood gas station. Her grandfather actually passed away there. He suffered a heart attack and his truck went through the front plate glass window (replaced with a wall following renovations), and he passed away in the store. “Your grandpa’s watching,” Shelly, Stacey’s mom, said as they completed some finishing touches.

The Prince George RCMP have taken over the investigation into a house fire that occurred on Helm Drive on the morning of Monday February 27. The fire call came in about 11:45 a.m. The structure was a modular home that was thought to be occupied but after a primary and secondary search was determined to be vacant. The first in crew encounter heavy flame and smoke but quickly extinguished the fire. Damage is estimated to be about $50,000. After the fire was extinguished, fire investigators were able to determine that the fire was incendiary in nature and believe it to be an arson.


The ceremony was simple, performed by Justice of the Peace Laurie Shafer, who lives in the area and stops by the store on occasion to pick up a few what-nots or mail a letter. The bride walked down an aisle between convenience food, coffee and toiletries. The couple stood, surrounded by their two kids, friends and family, with a pretty cascade of colourful fabric, made by Shemin, as a background. Vows and rings were exchanged as family and friends (and a few customers) watched, and then the couple sealed the moment with a kiss. And the next time they stop by Eastway Esso on their way to work, it will be as husband and wife. With an anniversary Ross will have to remember only every four years? “Well, I don’t know if I’ll let him get away with that,” Stacey laughed.

Just before 8 p.m. on Sunday February 26 the Prince George RCMP received a report of an attempted robbery near the corner on 15th Avenue and West Central Street. Officers attended the scene and spoke to a man and a woman who said that an unknown man approached the two of them on foot and demanded money. The suspect did not produce a weapon, but did threaten the victims verbally. Nothing was obtained and the suspect fled on foot. Neither victim suffered any physical injuries.

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McGill new chamber president UNBC professor Bill McGill is the new president of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. He was elected, by acclamation, to the position at the chamber ’s annual general meeting Wednesday evening. Also acclaimed to the three vicepresident positions were Derek Dougherty of CIBC, as vice-president of finance, Free Press editor Bill Phillips and Tracy McCall of McCall Communications. Outgoing president Gaurav Parmar now becomes chair of

the chamber ’s board of governors and remains on the executive board. There were elections for the seven positions open on the board of directors with 10 people putting their names forward. Elected to two-year terms on the board were: Cindi Pohl, Waste Management account manager; Corey Naphtali, a partner at Chan, Foucher, Lefevbre LLP; Lorna Wendling, senior manager at Deloitte and Touche LLP; Sue Peters assis-

tant manager of accounting at Integris Credit Union: and Krista Vogel, with BDC. Elected to a one-year term on the board were retired real estate executive Dorothy Friesen and Bill Quinn, president of Nu-Stride Executive Coaching.They join board members Ken Newell of Kopar Industries; Doug Andrews, general manager of the Coast Inn of the North, and Ranjit Gill, executive director of the Railway and Forestry Museum.

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The complainant in a B.C. Supreme Court sexual assault trial faced tough questions on cross examination last week. Lawyer Pat Connor, counsel for Adam Boyd, one of three accused men in the case, made pointed suggestions to the witness. Connor noted the woman was “not crying as much” as in earlier testimony under direct examination. Boyd, 21, along with Albert Piche, 31, and Julian Niska-

kosi, 19, are charged with several offences including assault, sexual assault with a weapon and forcible confinement that stem from incidents alleged to have taken place March 24, 2011 in a biker clubhouse in Prince George. “You can’t tell us why you didn’t leave. Why you didn’t call the police or a taxi, can you? Can you?” asked Connor. When the witness explained she ‘just felt numb’ Connor repeated her answer, then said, “I’m suggesting that you have made this entire scenario up?”


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lients of Community Living BC in Maple Ridge endured much aggravation and stress when they received word funding for their important programs was to be cut due to money shortages in Victoria. Only publicity through the media forced an about-face and allowed the program to continue. In Kamloops, a successful program in which seniors could access help with work around the house and yard met its end due to a declared lack of money at the provincial level, once federal funding ended. There are countless other examples of worthwhile programs that have died or are on life support due to lack of funding. Here’s the thing: There is money for these vital programs. The cash exists, only the provincial government prefers to spend it in all sorts of ridiculous ways. That seniors program that died in Kamloops? It needed $487,000 a year to run. That Community Living BC program in Maple Ridge that employed mentally challenged people at a recycling depot? It was going to be nixed and needed only $270,000 a year to run. Thanks to the dogged work of Vancouver Sun reporter Jonathan Fowlie, and despite B.C. Liberal attempts to hide the information, it has been revealed the B.C. Liberals wasted $780,000 in 2010 on designing and printing pro-HST pamphlets that were to be mailed to homes across the province. The Liberals decided against the mailout and simply destroyed the pamphlets — wasting $780,000 of your money, enough cash to fund for one year both of the above-mentioned programs. The fact the B.C. Liberal government fought hard against releasing this information to Fowlie, tried desperately to hide the fact it blew nearly a million dollars of your money without a second thought, should prompt the question: What else has this government done in the name of wasteful spending that has yet to come to light? The next time your local government MLA shakes his or her head and bemoans the lack of funding for Project A or Project B, remember this crass political tale of utter waste and let them know you know better — much better. - Kamloops This Week

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City getting sue-happy Fame comes to our city in a variety of ways. The conclusive and the results could be dangerous. announcement of Coun. Brian Skakun being chosen The approach by the administration of the City for the Golden Whistleblowers Award brings more of Prince George appears to be one of if you don’t national attention to our city. roll over and let us do what we wish; we will sue It is good attention and demonstrates we have your butt off. That is a David and Goliath kind of one councillor who is not afraid to speak up even scenario. Perhaps the council should review what when he puts his position and personal finances at the administration policies are and how they are risk. All levels of government speak of operating in applied. Is it not a fundamental rule of democracy a transparent manner. Coun. Skakun demonstrated that the strong shall not beat the weak into submisthere are some who will do so. sion? Perhaps it is time for council to review what Admittedly, without detailed research, there is an the policy should be and let us all know. impression the City of Prince George may be a bit A new council has a wonderful opportunity to of a gold mine to the legal community. research what administration does on The impression, if not the fact, is the their, and our, behalf. Administration City of Prince George Administration has the job of operating the city in the has a preference to jump into legal most effective manner for the benefit action against those who would disof the taxpayers. Council is charged agree with the policies and actions they Onside with setting policy and approving have decided is best. the actions taken by administration. VICTORBOWMAN The residents in the Wright Creek Administration must answer to council don’t want bio-solids dumped in their who are the direct representatives of area. Not seeming to be able to make their voices the voters. heard by protesting through the regional district or Council is very much like a board of directors of the city, they blockaded the road. The solution city an organization and the city manager is similar to administration came up with was to sue them. Not an executive director or CEO. While council does just to go to court but to sue them for the legal costs not, and should not, direct the day to day activities to the city as well. Not a very good job of listening of the city, they are responsible for the results. to the people. Council has only one employee, the city manager. For those of you who may not be aware, bioIt is the duty of the city manager to advise council solids are primarily human fecal matter augmented and follow the direction of council even if the city by old prescriptions and any other materials flushed manager disagrees with council. If the disagreedown the toilet by the good citizens of Prince ment with council is irreconcilable, the city manager George. It may have been certified as safe by the can resign. That would be personal choice of the Ministry of the Environment, but who are we to city manager. totally trust another government agency working Unfortunately, too often we see city councillors at the behest of the city? There are all sorts of nasty becoming dependent on the city manager and his stuff still remaining in those bio-solids and I doubt staff. We will see over the next couple of years if we there are many of us who would like to have it have a take charge council or one that takes the easy spread on our front lawns. The science is far from way out and caves into an administrative agenda. Circulation Manager ....................... Heather Trenaman Email:

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Editor: An open letter to Coun. Brian Skakun

I give a big thank you to Canadians for Accountability and Peace, Order and Good Government Canada for giving the Golden Whistle Award to Mr. Skakun. Also a big thank you to Mr. Skakun for his actions to protect those who desperately needed a voice, which could give light to their suffering, while working under the civil servant umbrella. There is an old saying that rules are made to be broken. Although good order is often obtained by the following of rules, there are times when the honourable thing to do is to break a rule. That breakage falls under many names; Arab Spring, peaceful revolution, civil disobedience. Their nemesis dictatorships, apartheid, foreign rule, segregation. It also has a vast storehouse of heroic people who have put their lives in jeopardy in order to bring to light a wrong or wrongs


which are/were happening within their realm of activities; World renowned Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and now Prince George has a name of which they can be proud: Brian Skakun. We can only hope that all teams have at least one person who will step up to the plate and do what

is right (protect those who need protecting) when it is obvious that a wrong is being committed and ignored or sanctioned because everyone else on that team is following what is considered politically correct. And because everyone else on that team scrambled to put more rules in place to protect

themselves rather than rules which would remove this need for civil disobedience, we can only hope that a future Mr. Skakun will be present should such a situation occur again and it will. Well done Mr. Skakun, wear the badge with honor, you walk with giants. Bill Barnes Prince George


Pay teachers, not politicians Editor: Not that long ago the B.C. Liberal government gave themselves a huge pay increase, without any debate in the Legislature, regardless of the sagging economic conditions which were caused by their failed policies since they came to power in 2001. To add insult to injury, the same government gave their senior civil servants, all BC Liberal hacks, large pay increases to match. The premier’s salary shot from $126,638 to $187,589 or $60,951 in one year. The lion’s share of the MLAs’ increases went to the 46-member BC Liberal caucus, an average of $26,000 increase in one year. These same, (in my opinion) “jackasses” in government, have held public servants such as teachers, hospital workers, ferry workers and many others to a zero per cent increase since they came to power in 2001, and intend to continue to do so until they are defeated in 2013. The BC Liberal government’s Bill 22 proposes to fine each teacher $475 each day and their union $1.3 million if they should go on strike after passage of the bill. This is because the BC Liberals supposedly deemed teachers essential. Surprisingly, the B.C. doctors and realtors, to only name a few, who earn two to three times more than a teacher does are not deemed essential by this government. Could it be because these groups were so active in the attempted recall of Paul Ramsey and helped the BC Liberals come to power in 2001? Naw, just a coincidence, I guess. Four hundred seventy-five dollars is a ridiculous amount of money as NO teacher makes that much per day.

The BC Liberal ads claim that they have the interests of the children in mind. That could not be further from the truth. One only has to look at statistics. The 22 plus children at risk that recently died and the report by BC Children’s Representative, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lanfond, who recently stated, “with adequate services some of these infants, very well would be alive today.” British Columbia has the highest number of families and children in poverty, eight years straight, that is a shameful record even in the Third World. Statistics Canada estimates that the poverty rate in B.C. for children over six years of age is 16.4 per cent and rises to 20.2 per cent for children under six years of age, all considerably higher than the Canadian average for the past eight years. That would equal the total populations of Fort St. John, Port Alberni, Powell River and Kamloops combined. Many teachers in B.C. schools have taken it upon themselves, with their own money, to collect children’s clothing and food and bring it to their schools for needy children. I know of a teacher who at her own expense keeps crackers and other food stuffs in her classroom to feed the children who come to school hungry because their families are poor. I am not a teacher and have long since retired, but I fully support the teachers should they strike and I will be out on their picket lines to support these wonderful caring people. Andy Kozyniak Prince George

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A study led by psychology professor Gordon Hodson at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., made a small online splash in January but was ignored by the national news media up the road in Toronto. The findings -- people with low intelligence are more likely to be social conservatives with prejudiced views – are controversial enough. Hodson stressed that his findings point to a tendency and he’s not saying that all conservatives are stupid racists or the inverse – that all liberal-minded adults are smart and tolerant. Actually, Hodson’s work Rough isn’t worth two wooden nickels. This nonsense Cuts research crumbles under NEILGODBOUT basic questioning. How is racism measured? On a spectrum, when does an accurate observation (black men make up the majority of elite 100-metre sprinters) become a stereotype (black men are good at sports) become racist (black men aren’t smart enough to be NFL quarterbacks)? How is social conservatism measured? What questions are asked and which answers point to social conservatism? Should the government pass a law allowing police easy access to the Internet records of Canadians? One social conservative would say that law-abiding residents should trust the police. Another social conservative would insist government can never be trusted with so much power over its citizens. How is intelligence measured? Intelligence quotient (IQ) studies have been criticized for decades for being biased on the basic of culture, education, gender, age, wealth and social status . In other words, there are so many variables affecting the outcome as to make the results worthless. Hodson’s work takes three concepts that are difficult, if not impossible, to measure with any degree of accuracy and mashes them together. That means that even if the measurements of one or two or all three of the concepts are accurate, the study still might be unreliable (it can’t be reproduced by other scientists using the same methods) and invalid (it drew the wrong conclusions from the data). There are still more problems. Their conclusions were reached by looking at hundreds of residents in the U.K. and the U.S. Even if you overlook the small survey sample, how were the respondents picked? Was the sample an accurate reflection of the population for gender, education level and racial background? And that doesn’t even touch on the inherent bias of Hodson and his research team. Based on their academic credentials, they likely consider themselves intelligent, meaning their study confirms a positive view of themselves – they’re not bigots. Imagine their reaction if their survey showed that people with a PhD have a tendency to believe that people with desirable hereditary traits (intelligence, for example) should be encouraged to reproduce more and those with less desirable traits (Down syndrome, for example) should be sterilized. They would have been horrified and would have immediately questioned the results. Yet, in 1912, that would have been considered an accurate finding since it was the prevailing view at the time among Western academics and intellectuals. Then, and now, it seems some professors love doing work to confirm how they smart they are compared to the rest of us, while falling neatly in line with the cultural bias of the day. Oops. I just revealed my prejudice towards academics conducting sloppy research. Must be a dumb social conservative.

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Youth Academy simply great Despite the recent winter weather ful, and over the last nine years, more we’ve been experiencing, spring break than 300 students have completed it. will soon be upon us. This year’s program is at full capacity While many families spend time with 32 youth attending. together or take time to travel durStudents who attend the academy ing this break, there are a number of come from all over northern British students and volunteers who will be Columbia and it’s no easy task being working hard at the 10th annual Prince accepted. Students selected to take part George RCMP Youth in the work experience proAcademy. gram are in either grade 11 This week-long proor 12 and must have a very gram focuses on everyMLA keen interest in one day thing from physical fitness Report becoming police officers training to classroom themselves. They must fill work on laws and powout an application, send SHIRLEYBOND ers of arrest. Students in a resume complete with also get a chance to look at specialty a list of references and eventually sit sections of the RCMP such as forensic through a panel interview – if they’re identification services, serious crimes, lucky enough to make it through that dive teams, police dog services and the far. Students must also undergo a comemergency response team. plete record check and meet physical Throughout the week, students get fitness standards. the opportunity to apply their knowlThe group mainly uses Kelly Road edge in evening sessions where they Secondary School for their classes and are dispatched to mock crimes and training, but also the YMCA, Prince respond to events under the guidance George court house, North District of their police trainers. Range and the Operational CommuThe program has been very successnications Centre as well. They also

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Dancers at Judy Russell Enchainement Dance Centre practise their moves Wednesday for the PG Dance Festival.

March 2, 2012 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: P12- 02 Operational Services – Community Forest Management Closing Date: March 21, 2012

Regular Meetings of Council Mondays, March 5th and March 12th Council Chambers – 6:00 p.m.

JOB POSTING Programmer/Analyst 1 12/007 - closing March 16th Computer Technician 12/008 - closing March 16th Labourer Contingency List 12/010 - closing March 14th

PUBLIC NOTICE Standing Committee on Finance & Audit Monday, March 5th – 12:00 p.m. Prince George Combative Sports Commission Monday, March 5th – 12:00 p.m. Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, March 7th – 12:00 p.m.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions of Section 26(3) of the Community Charter that the City of Prince George intends to lease 1240 - 2nd Avenue, Prince George, BC to the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society for a term of 5 years at a rent of $1,000.00 per year. Ian Wells, Real Estate Services



Shaw TV runs a recorded version on Tuesday’s after each Council meeting. To follow live Council meetings, visit the City’s website at www. as webcasting services and video archiving of agenda items are available for the public.

The month of March is “Community Social Services Month”


Sale of City Owned Property – Barnes Drive Closing Date: March 16, 2012


Janitorial Services – City Parks Closing Date: March 20, 2012

February 15 – March 15, 2012 is “Strong Kids Month”

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARDS & YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARD The City of Prince George is once again hosting the annual Volunteer Recognition Awards and Youth of the Year Award. Volunteers are the heart of our community and we


use Freedom Tae Kwon-Do for police defensive training. The Prince George RCMP Youth Academy is an incredibly valuable experience for students who are considering a career in the policing field. This program simply would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of people like Special Constable Davy Greenlees, Community Safety Officer with the Prince George RCMP, Bruce Northrop from School District No. 57 and a committed group of volunteers from the Prince George RCMP. This strong and collaborative partnership has allowed hundreds of students to experience first-hand the challenges that police officers face every day and gives them the information and mentoring they need to make a knowledgeable career choice. I have been privileged to attend almost all of the graduation ceremonies for youth who have participated in the last decade. The least I can do is say thank you for a job well done to everyone who makes spring break so worthwhile for these northern students.


need your help in recognizing those that give so much of themselves for others. The City of Prince George annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals in our community. Several awards are bestowed on volunteers that contribute so much and make a difference in our community. These individuals are recognized and honoured at the Civic Appreciation Dinner. There are four types of awards including: Recreation Award of Merit Community Service Award Youth of the Year Award Outstanding Volunteer Award of Merit Nominations are due by 4:30 pm on March 5th, 2012 and can be submitted to City Hall. For a Nomination Package please check the website at click City Living>Civic Appreciation or contact Community Services at 250-561-7640.

REGISTRATION FOR HIRED EQUIPMENT - MAY 1, 2012 – APRIL 30, 2013 The City of Prince George is now accepting registrations for hired equipment such as, but not limited to loaders, graders, backhoes, trucks, crawler tractors, sweepers, etc. for summer construction and maintenance projects as well as winter snow clearing operations. This registration is for hires on an as-required basis from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. Registration forms are available on the City web site or from the Streets Division, located at 4050 – 18th Avenue. Registration forms must be hand delivered to the Streets Division or mailed to 1100 Patricia Blvd V2L 3V9 no later than 4:30 P.M. Friday, March 30th, 2012. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Streets Division at 561-7529.

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Free range dog a neglected dog Editor: In the early afternoon of February 24 I was walking a friend’s dog on the Hart. At the intersection of Eve and Dagg Roads we were approached by a white/silver husky. This dog was wearing a bright red collar so I can only assume it has an owner. Why it was roaming free on the Hart is unknown, but it did approach me and my friend’s dog, the husky being the bigger of the two dogs, and I was concerned about an altercation. They did get a bit “growly” with each other after a few moments, but at that time a lady in a silver Honda pulled up and “shooed” the husky northbound on Dagg. She indicated that she knew the owner(s) and that the “free-range” husky was not an uncommon occurrence, and had in fact harassed her own dog in the past. To the owner of this husky, I’d advise you to look after your dog more responsibly. Not only is she at risk of being hit by traffic, she is potentially a risk to people (especially children) and other dogs. (I can tell you that if I encounter this dog again and she gets aggressive, I will use physical force if necessary to protect myself and/or any dog in my care.) She is also a very nice looking dog, and there are people out there who would not hesitate to pick her up and either (A) keep her or (B) turn her over to animal control. Thanks to the lady who (presumably) got the husky to go home. Much appreciated. Neil McLean Prince George

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Engineering and Geoscience Month ■ ENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCE MONTH

Career opportunities abound Training becoming available in the North

GARRY GAUDET Special to the Free Press

Between now and 2020, about 900,000 people across the province will take up interesting, challenging, secure and well-paid jobs – many of them in central and northern B.C. Will you – or your kids – be among them? The career outlook is incredibly rosy in this part of B.C. The top three career paths in the job boom are a half-million jobs requiring college or trade credentials. These are professional technical positions in health care, natural and applied sciences, and in certified trades, transport and equipment operation. Those three occupational groups represent more than half of all jobs that need filling in the next eight years. Happily, training for many of them already is or will soon be available in our region. “The January resource forum was an eyeopener for this region,” says John Leech, Executive Director of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC. “Even in a global slowdown, projects already funded and rolling illustrate how urgently qualified technologists, technicians and engineers are Sub mitte d Ph o to needed. John Leech, AScT, CAE, is the executive director of the Applied Science Technologists and “Remember, there Technicians of B.C. are billions of dollars in additional projects Bell’s strong advocacy for careercome here from other parts of the planned in the Carirelated educational programs to supprovince and Canada as well as other boo and BC North. What’s more, a port northern development. countries, and discovered what local good many current technologists and ASTTBC’s Executive Director people already appreciate – that it’s technicians are near retirement age. a great place for family lifestyle and We’re constantly stressing the current applauds both the College of New Caledonia and UNBC as they train recreation, as well as career advanceand future need for highly qualified ment. ASTTBC supports technology applied science and engineering tech- northerners for regional opportunities, and strive to open additional education and sustainable, thoughtnology professionals, especially in professional programs to feed indusful growth - and I encourage technolthe north!” try. ogy professionals in all parts of B.C. Leech welcomes Jobs Minister Pat “Many ASTTBC members have to ‘look north!’”

Celebrating engineering and geoscience JOHN LEECH AScT, CAE Executive Director, ASTTBC

When we think “health care system” - doctors and nurses spring to mind. But on reflection we realize that without hospitals, clinics, electronic records and an army of lab and equipment technicians and technologists, there’s no system at all. Now – think about “home.” Beyond your house, there’s your school, workplace, community, roads, subdivisions, water and sewer lines, power lines, telecommunications networks – your internet connection and TV programs. Professionals in engineering and geoscience plus others are at the core of designing and building the structures and the systems. Across Canada, March is Engineering and Geoscience Month. The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC takes great pride in our thousands of members in B.C. who work with professional engineers and professional geoscientists in building and maintaining the vital infrastructure and systems of our communities, our society. Join us in celebrating Engineering and Geoscience Month, along with ASTTBC’s 9,500+ technology professionals - who build collegially with our professional engineering partners and colleagues.


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An interview with ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE Just what is ASTTBC? JL: We’re a professional association that examines, registers and regulates the practice of 9,500+ technologists, technicians and technical specialists in applied science and engineering technology fields. ASTTBC protects the public interest by providing professional certification and assuring professional accountability. ASTTBC registrants must abide by a stringent Code of Ethics and maintain competency in their field of practice. Through accreditation of technology education programs such as offered through CNC, BCIT and several other educational agencies in BC, the public knows that graduates qualify to high educational standards recognized throughout Canada and internationally. Our roots are in the Society of Architectural and Engineering Technologists of BC,

founded in 1958. The founders wanted to ensure that technology professionals were properly qualified to perform defined functions in harmony with other professions. The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC came into being through the ASTT Act of 1985. ASTTBC is now the province’s 8th largest professional association, with more than 9,500 members. Our Mission Statement requires that ASTTBC “Serve the public by regulating and supporting Technology Professionals’ commitment to a safe, healthy and sustainable society and environment.”

What do technologists, technicians and technical specialists actually do? JL: Our members do hundreds if not thousands of types of work, mostly behind the scenes. Every time you turn on the lights in your house, run water through a tap, drive down the street

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or go to a mall, you’re protected by our professionals. The water in your tap is pure thanks in part to ASTTBCregistered technology professionals. ASTTBC members work alone or with other professionals to design and maintain waste water systems and treatment. Your traffic and street lights and the roads you drive on are planned, placed and serviced with the help of ASTTBC members. Your phone call to distant relatives, the TV programs you watch – all are partly facilitated by technicians and technologists. We work for cities and regional districts, consulting engineering and technology companies, in all levels of government and as private consultants. We design, construct, inspect, test, manage and maintain much of the world around us: buildings, computers and electronics systems, electrical power, all manner of equipment. ASTTBC registrants inspect, test and maintain fire safety equipment. ASTTBC’s Certified Property Inspectors or Certified House Inspectors may have done the prepurchase inspection of the house you bought. Many work in environmental protection.


What training would my son or daughter need to qualify for some of these careers?

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JL: Professional designations under the ASTT Act include Applied Science Technologist (AScT) and Certified Technician (CTech). Requirements include academic qualifications as a technologist (usually a two-year college diploma) or technician (up to a year-long certificate program). ASTTBC requires at least two years’ progressive technical experience, and members must pass pro-

fessional practice and ethics exams. ASTTBC also certifies ‘Technical Specialists’ in fields such as building design, construction safety, fire protection, house inspection, public works inspection, onsite wastewater, site improvements surveying, and steel detailing.

What does ASTTBC do for its members? JL: ASTTBC certifies its members and aligns their professional roles with inter-provincial and national standards, represents their interests with government and other professional associations, arranges professional development opportunities and liability insurance, and provides dispute resolution service. ASTTBC also promotes technology education and careers as BC must replace our current generation. Retirements are opening thousands of jobs across Canada. ASTTBC fosters technical and scientific education. Our charitable foundation, FEAT, raises funds and presents bursaries to technology students. An extremely important function is to promote professional excellence and innovation in planning, designing and building sustainably.

How does ASTTBC promote excellence? JL: ASTTBC’s primary responsibility is to ensure the highest standard for certification and registration as a technologist, technician or technical specialist. When we do this well we maintain the trust of the public, government, regulatory bodies, other stakeholders and members. In addition, ASTTBC offers numerous awards to members, non-members and organizations that display exceptional performance and leadership. Incentives available to nonmembers include TechGREEN Awards, to recognize an Individual, Corporation or Organization that demonstrates

leadership in sustainable best practices, energy conservation and environmental initiatives. We occasionally award Honorary Membership to non-members who are highly esteemed in their field, or have provided exceptionally meritorious service to ASTTBC. Our Advanced Technology Award is open to members and non-members, to acknowledge advancements in technology and promote pioneer efforts in technology, and recognize the application and adaptation of technology to new uses. We also present a special Employer Award, to honour employers that create a work environment that accommodates career success for technology professionals. Member-only awards include one presented just weeks ago to Prince George technologist Heather Andreychuk, AScT! The Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology honours women who distinguish themselves in their technology, and demonstrate leadership within the Association or community as a role model and promoting technology careers. Gina Purchase, AScT, another Prince George technologist, and Cindy Harmel, AScT in Terrace, won ASTTBC Top in Technology awards in 2011. This award honours ASTTBC members who model technology professionalism, and nominations can be made by non-members such as employers. There are a number of other commemorative member-only awards. Finally, to inspire students to pursue applied science education, we present FEAT Bursaries. Our charitable foundation provides $18,000 a year to students in accredited BC technology programs. We’ve provided more than $600,000 in bursaries and other support for science and technology events since 1990 and our Foundation current manages the Technology Legacy Fund with a capital fund of $500,000.

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Helping those with disabilities

PGNAETA/CNC offer program for First Nations

Organization now working with ASTTBC GARRY GAUDET Special to the Free Press

GARRY GAUDET Special to the Free Press

ASTTBC congratulates The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA), and the College of New Caledonia, for launching an “amazingly successful” engineering access program for regional First Nations students. “You’d better believe I’m proud of the group,” declares William Phang, PGNAETA Co-ordinator of the first class, designed to prepare Aboriginal students for entry into two-year diploma programs in Engineering Technology. “A dozen clients started the program in August, 2011. Some of the original group were offered technical employment before the first phase was even complete. The remainder are currently preparing for job-shadowing opportunities with engineering firms.” Training for the students, ranging in age from 18 to early 40’s, included Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Science and English. They were also introduced to site surveying practices and AUTOCAD fundamentals, subjects designed to facilitate a smooth transition to the job-shadowing component. “Some of the class made profound sacrifices for this opportunity, in a few cases leaving their home communities, support systems and decent jobs,” Phang says. “A couple were 10 years out of school – but they kept pace with the class and showed wonderful work ethic. I’m justifiably proud of this group.” This Aboriginal Engineering Access Program is believed to be the first of its kind in BC. The Executive Director, of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, John Leech (AScT, CAE), offered hearty congratulations and support to the class. “This venture appears to be an amazing success! We hope these students will look into ASTTBC’s First Nations Careers Council for support and fellowship ( – and we would be proud to enrol them as they complete their studies and move into rewarding applied science technology careers.” ASTTBC and PGNAETA are pursuing partnering opportunities to enhance participation in technology education and careers by Aboriginal youth as well as those wishing to change careers.

ASTTBC is teaming with TheresaMaria Kile, newly-appointed co-ordinator of the Prince George branch of TETRA, a B.C.-originated organization that assists people with physical disabilities. TETRA originated in Vancouver in 1987 to recruit skilled professionals such as technicians, technologists, engineers, machinists, designers, occupational therapists, carpenters and other professionals and tradespeople, to create helpful devices for persons with disabilities. TheresaMaria Kile is currently building a

base of volunteers for central and northern B.C., and searching for a Prince George office location. “Increased accessibility benefits us all – whether as clients, volunteers, students, employees, families, or communities,” Kile comments. “Our equipment solutions are often simple, but don’t usually exist commercially. The TETRA goal is to improve the quality of each client’s life. It doesn’t matter if the client has MS, chronic pain, cerebral palsy, ALS, or any other disability. If it’s a mobility issue, we will help.” Some members of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. are among the TETRA volun-

teers who design and build custom devices. ASTTBC also sponsors Sam Sullivan “GIZMO” Awards, and supports TETRA financially. “We’ve partnered with TETRA, inspired by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, who amazed people the world over with his Olympic maple leaf flag display in a modified power chair,” enthuses ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. “In just a few seconds, Mayor Sullivan demonstrated the incredible difference a well-designed mobility device can make for a person with physical limitations. “We’re thrilled to stand with TETRA here in Prince George.”

CNC develops tech talent GARRY GAUDET Special to the Free Press

College of New Caledonia President John Bowman surpasses the description of a “cup half full” guy. “I’m optimistic we’ll get funding approval of our Civil Engineering Technology program this spring, to allow a student intake in September of 2013,” Bowman states. “Working with Northern Lights and Northwest College students and our own, we will strive to qualify our regional people for the great careers opening up.” CNC has full support for its proposals to expand technology education from the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, a professional association of over 9,500 technologists, technicians and technical specialists, and The Technology Education and Careers Council, a group of blue-chip industry leaders advocating for technology education and careers. President Bowman points to several new programs designed to relieve lingering skill shortages faced by central and northern BC employers. “We’ve started an exciting program with the First Nations Technology Council to train First Nations students in Information Technology. We opened a 2-year diploma program in Medical Radiography last fall, and our new Mining Technology program largely delivered on line in conjunction with BCIT, starts this year. We’ll also be training technical specialists for Canfor Pulp. Half of their 1200-member work force will retire in the next few years!” The CNC leader sees the decade ahead producing

“astronomical regional job growth, just staggering, demanding a great many technologists and technicians,” as he describes CNC’s expanded Technical Education Centres - new shops, computer labs and flexible instruction space in Quesnel and Prince George, fuelled by $30 million federal and provincial dollars. Despite a worldwide ecoJohn Bowman nomic slowdown, Central -CNC president and Northern BC already has energy and transportation projects underway valued at $1 Billion. Mining projects worth $11.6 Billion are both underway and proposed, according to Initiatives Prince George - and Rio Tinto has announced a $3.3 Billion expansion project at Kitimat. At least 3,000 new skill-demanding jobs will open up for these projects alone. ASTTBC is working with the College to promote technology programs that support northern initiatives. “We’re happy to see science and technology career education attracting more women and First Nations students”, proclaims Executive Director John Leech. “Appropriate new CNC and UNBC applied science programs will inspire regional students with new career opportunities where they live.”

Technology Professionals... Essential to Engineering and Geoscience Teams ASTTBC technologists, technicians and technical specialists are important members of the professional teams that design, construct, inspect, test, maintain and manage much of British Columbia’s built and natural environment. Faces of Technology in the North… some of the 9500+ Technology Professionals registered with ASTTBC. To learn more about the Association and ASTTBC-registered technologists, technicians and technical specialists, please visit our website.

Bill MacPherson, AScT Doug Carter, CTech

Heather Andreychuk, AScT

Frank Blues, AScT

Cindy Harmel, AScT, RPA

Deon Kinnee, ROWP

A S T T B C T E C H N O L O G Y P R O F E S S I O N A L S … Q U A L I F I E D . R E G I S T E R E D . A C C O U N TA B L E .

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Gina Purchase, AScT Project Manager, Allnorth Consultants Limited, Prince George, 2011 Top In Technology Award.

Heather Andreychuk, AScT – Supervisor, Transportation Engineering, City of Prince George, 2012 ASTTBC Professional Leadership Award

Cindy Harmel, AScT, RPA - Distributions Operations Manager, Warehousing, Westburne Electric, Kitimat, 2011 ASTTBC Top in Technology Award.

ASTTBC salutes three regional BC technologists who are breaking down barriers and opening doors for women in Applied Sciences. “Historically just over 10 percent of registered technology professionals across Canada have been female,” states Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC Executive Director John Leech. “In the past few months our membership has recognized Heather Andreychuk

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and Gina Purchase in Prince George, and Cindy Harmel in Terrace with professional achievement awards. In each case these women are role models, lighting the way for B.C. women who crave rewarding, challenging and interesting applied science careers.


A career model for women Heather Andreychuk overseeing Boundary Rd.

GARRY GAUDET Special to the Free Press

It surprises Heather Andreychuk, an applied science technologist in civil engineering technology, that while the northern half of B.C. is exploding with development and job opportunities, government and private employers struggle to recruit qualified engineers, technologists and technicians. “We have a great community in Prince George. Everything you could need is here, including amazing outdoor recreation Summer and Winter,” Heather says. “People are friendly, and career opportunities are wide open. Folks who want to can fly to Vancouver in a little over an hour for major shows and sports.” Heather grew up in Kimberley and Cranbrook, graduating BCIT in Building Technology in 1985, before working a few summers for BC Parks, and winters at Blackcomb. Heather and her husband located in Yellowknife, NWT in 1988, where she gained added experience in architectural, electrical, civil, mechanical and structural engineerSubmitted Photo ing. Working with GCG DilHeather Andreychuk on the job at Boundary Rd. lon Consulting and Ferguson Simek Clark, Heather assisted The Andreychuks brought ment and operation of traffic in completing the original their northern experiences to signals and street lights. CurDEW Line, contributed to the Prince George in 1993. Heathrently she’s supervising a new design of the NWT Legislaer’s first 13 years here were Boundary Road Connector to ture building, and designed a spent on municipal, commerthe new Airport Light Indus400-resident village – in Sibecial and residential projects in trial Park. ria. northern BC communities with Heather recently received “The site was heavily forL&M Engineering, and assistan ASTTBC Professional ested. The exercise included ing in designing over 1,000 Leadership Award for proteaching people of Yakutsk to residential lots. moting applied science and design and construct buildShe instructed AutoCAD at technology careers for women ings making maximum use of the College of New Caledothrough ASTTBC’s Women in wood. I laid out the homes nia, joining the City of Prince Technology Committee. and community buildings George as an engineering She’s also a Director of and assisted in designing civil assistant in 2006. NTES - the Northern Technolinfrastructure. Dimension-cut Heather is now Supervisor, ogy and Engineering Society, Canadian timber and equipTransportation Engineering, working to bring technology ment were barged from B.C., overseeing the design and and engineering programs to past Alaska and around to the project management of major the College of New Caledonia Laptev Sea.” capital projects and the placeand UNBC.

Northern Technology and Engineering Society of BC Supporting technical and engineering education in the northern regions of British Columbia In the North for the North —”‹••‹‘ǣ ♦ Ensuring that technology and engineering

careers are strongly considered by those entering the work force, through promotion to students in the K-12 system; ♦ Maximizing the ability to develop profes-

sionals from the residents within Northern BC, by promoting the local delivery of education in these professions; ♦ Retaining as many students as possible

who are within educational programs that lead to professional accreditation, by connecting students with local employers so that the students can see the opportunities in their field and continue their studies and; ♦ Enhancing the ability of the region to attract

professionals, by broadly communicating the opportunities that Northern BC holds to the residents and external audience.

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Coffee time makes for great discussion DELYNDA PILON

It’s been a fun couple of weeks at Zoe’s, with plenty of lively conversation about everything from events at city hall to the effects of smart meters. I certainly learned just how important community centres are to the people who live in this city. The lovely ladies who create a lot of the hand-fashioned items for craft sales at the Hart Pioneer Centre (the heart of the Hart) invited me to drop by for lunch some Wednesday. They told me about some of the programs they offer, from Meals on Wheels to mending, as well as a lot of activities for seniors, from pool and crib to daily luncheons (priced very reasonably). It’s friendly, they said, and if they are an example of the kind of welcome you get over there, I believe them. Tony Bond from the Columbus Community Centre stopped by and shared the many services they provide to the community, including acting as a home for a lot of service clubs. Between the volunteers there, 75,000 hours of time have been donated to the community. (Look for more in-depth stories about both of these centres in a future issue). Doug Strachan stopped in, helping to carry the conversation along. Doug likes to hear people’s opinions on a variety of subjects, from current events to gay marriage. He’s a lot of fun and promised

to visit during coffee time more often. Cathy Fortin dropped by to talk about smart meters. She’s concerned about the possible affects of smart meters, from higher power bills to privacy and safety issues. She also takes exception with what she calls BC Hydro’s bullying tactics and said though there have been promises people who don’t want meters won’t get them, at least for now, some people are anyway. Cathy was the organizer at the protest against this bullying on Tuesday at the BC Hydro building. Gary Jorgensen dropped in last Friday to talk about the population of the city, which he pointed out has basically stagnated. One issue, he said, is the city is losing young people who are interested in the trades but who can’t get an apprenticeship. He had several examples of locals who wound up getting apprenticeships in other areas, meaning the city is losing not only that person but the family he or she will likely have in the near future as well as a person with a skill set that will soon be in short supply. He also pointed out Prince George is a great place to invest (something Maggie with Remax, who is also a regular, heartily agreed with), but he is concerned that message isn’t getting out there anymore. Maggie said the city used to have a major mover and shaker in real estate who did a lot of selling of the city’s attributes

while he was in Vancouver - until it became difficult to find working families to rent the houses being sold as investment properties. Though it seems like a catch22 I’m personally hoping all the initiatives I’ve had a chance to hear about lately pan out, and the absolute awesomeness of Prince George becomes known everywhere. Kyle Gunderson would like to see more done around the city about burned out buildings as well as crime. He said the reputation needs to change. He said there are a lot more good people than bad, but he is concerned the city government is ‘rubber-stamping’ projects when it shouldn’t. Kyle takes exception with the women’s recovery centre going in on Haldi Road though he isn’t a resident of the area. He says the city should have listened to what a majority of the residents want, and feels the centre might be better suited to the downtown area. Then, he said, it would be closer to the hospital and the police. He said he’s had a look at the school and he thinks a new facility would be more suitable than something that has been vacant for some time and needs a lot of work. He disagrees that downtown is too close to temptation and said addiction is a disease and a centre should

be built at the same standards as the cancer lodge. So that is what’s been happening at coffee at Zoe’s for the last few weeks. Stop in if you get a chance, whether it’s to say hi or join in. After all, Estelle did (her friend, who loves the Blues, gave her a

ride), and she made my day. Estelle said she goes out every Wednesday and grabs her copy of the Prince George Free Press. One of the things she likes about it is my column. When she told me that, it put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.


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The compassionate energy of Joël Kress and her band Sound Addiction was felt by everyone attending the volunteer driven Burns Lake Tragedy Fundraiser, that took place at the Kinsmen Hall, last Friday night. Just under $10,000 was raised at the well attended fundraiser, and she believes there are still more donations headed her way. All of the proceeds collected are being donated to the Burns Lake Rotary Club to help out those who have been affected by the devastating explosion and fire that took place January 20, at the Babine Lake Sawmill.

Jail time for resisting officer In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 8: Douglas W. Gibbs was found guilty of resisting a peace officer and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Gibbs was also found guilty of two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 15 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Free Trevis L. Larocque was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. Melanie C. Lyons was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to one day in jail and placed on probation for one year. Christian C. Mercier was found guilty of three counts of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 27 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Michelle A.R. Paquette was found guilty of driving without proper insurance, fined $50 and assessed a victim surcharge of $15. Wesley E. West was found guilty of

driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. West was also found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking and sentenced to 30 days in jail. West was also found guilty of a third count of failing to comply with a condiPress tion of an undertaking and sentenced to 45 days in jail. Edmond G. Williams was found guilty of assault and placed on probation for one year. Windward Resources Ltd. was found guilty under the Water Act of making changes in and about a stream without lawful authority, fined $500 and assessed a victim surcharge of $75. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 9: Tyler L. Anderson was found guilty of resisting a peace officer and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. Cory A. John was found guilty of fail-

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ing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. Destiny P. Ghostkeeper was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and failing to attend court when ordered to do so and sentenced to 14 days in jail and time served of 27 days. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 10: Joseph A. Jones was found guilty of assault, placed on probation for 12 months and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Lorne A.E. Zerke was found guilty of resisting a peace officer and placed on probation for 12 months. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 13: Tara M. Lolly was found guilty of two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to one day in jail and placed on probation for 18 months. Kuldeep Tatla was found guilty of false pretenses and placed on probation for one year.

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Shorts CARIBOO CATS The Cariboo Cougars close out their BC Hockey Major Midget League regular-season schedule this weekend. The Cougars are in the Lower Mainland this weekend for a doubleheader against the Greater Vancouver Canadians. The teams will play on Saturday and Sunday. Having already clinched second in the 11-team standings, the Cougars carry a record of 24 wins, eight losses and six ties (24-8-6) into the set. They’ll open their playoff schedule at Kin 1 on March 16.

BASKETBALL The senior girls team isn’t the only Cedars Christian basketball squad competing in provincials. On the weekend, the Eagles’ senior boys team won the zone title in Tumbler Ridge, downing Mountain Christian 70-59 in the final. They’ll head to Langley next week for the provincial single-A championships. The Eagles will also play host to the single-A girls tournament, with games taking place at the Northern Sport Centre from March 7 to 10. For more on basketball provincials, check Wednesday’s Free Press.

Tigers tame Cats in WHL doubleheader ALISTAIR MCINNIS

Wednesday evening was another one of those nights at CN Centre. The Prince George Cougars’ best player on the ice, goalie Drew Owsley, recorded 39 saves to keep his team in the game. But limited offence was provided in a 4-1 Western Hockey League loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Forward Greg Fraser scored the lone goal for the home team, a power-play marker at 18:40 of the first period. “It’s a little easier obviously playing when your team scores more goals, when you have the lead and stuff,” Owsley said. “But just for me, I just kind of have to stay focused the whole game because our margin of error is so small. My margin of error is so small back there that I have to keep her under three goals for us to have a chance.” The Tigers’ top scoring duo of Hunter Shinkaruk and Emerson Etem showed again why they’ve combined for 98 of their team’s 233 goals. Both players were all over the offensive zone, Shinkaruk leading the way with a hat trick, his 45th tally of the season an empty netter that rounded out the scoring at 19:42 of the third period. Etem chipped in with a pair of

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Prince George Cougars forward Troy Bourke cuts through centre ice during the second period of their game against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday evening at CN Centre. helpers and sits sixth in league scoring with 53 goals and 45 assists for 98 points. Brendan Hurley scored Medicine Hat’s other goal, the game winner at 9:29 of the second period. The visitors outshot the home team 43-33. Cougars head coach Dean Clark gave credit to Tyler Bunz of the Tigers, the winning goalie in both games of a doubleheader that began Tuesday night. In the first half of the two-game set, the

Tigers downed the Cougars 3-2. “He made some saves at some times of the game that were pretty crucial,” Clark said of Wednesday night’s contest. “I think the non icing call that led to the second goal for them was a pretty critical play of the game. It should’ve probably been 1-1 going into the third. But we gave up such a bad goal, the third goal with a line change that the guys are sleeping on and it ends up in our net, so we didn’t help

ourselves either.” The Cougars are riding a sixgame losing streak, occupying the WHL basement with 19 wins, 42 losses, zero overtime setbacks and two shootout defeats (1942-0-2). They start the second half of an eight-game homestand tonight, the first half of a weekend doubleheader against the Spokane Chiefs (7 p.m. at CN Centre). The two teams will meet at the same time and place on Saturday.

UNBC sports department receives provincial awards Through all the success the UNBC women’s basketball team has enjoyed over the years, Loralyn Murdoch hadn’t been named Coach of the Year. That changed on Wednesday when it was announced that the Northern Timberwolves long-time head coach

received the provincial honour from the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PacWest). “We have a great bunch of athletes on the team and they worked really hard all season and deserve a lot of credit,” Murdoch stated in a UNBC press release.

Members of the UNBC men’s and women’s basketball teams were also selected as PacWest award recipients. Prince George products Jennifer Clyne, a fifth-year forward, and Mercedes Van Koughnett, a third-year guard, were named to the women’s first all-star squad.

On the men’s side, a trio of Timberwolves were selected to the second all-star team: fourthyear guards Sam Raphael of Prince George, Francis Rowe of Victoria and Jose Araujo of Toronto. A first-year player on the UNBC men’s basketball team also got recog-

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Lady Timberwolves hungry for provincial title ALISTAIR MCINNIS

Loralyn Murdoch doesn’t need to be reminded how close UNBC has come to the national stage in women’s basketball the last few years. Her involvement with the Northern Timberwolves dates back 15 years. For all but two years since 1997, the head coach has guided the team from the sidelines. The 2007-08 campaign was special for a few reasons. It was the Timberwolves’

first in the Northern Sport Centre and was highlighted by a provincial championship title on their home court. Undefeated at the NSC in the regular season and playoffs, they advanced to the national tournament in Truro, N.S., where they finished sixth out of eight teams. A return to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association championships has eluded them since then. “The last five years, it’s all been one game, potentially one possession to go to nationals

and they got to be hungry for it,� Murdoch said. A provincial silvermedal winning season in 2009 ended in heartbreak as UNBC didn’t receive an invite to nationals as a wildcard. They ended up fourth in 2010 and last year, brought back bronze. But enough walking down memory lane. This is a different season, a different roster, and for the Timberwolves’ sake, hopefully a different result when this year’s provincial tournament wraps up

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Former members of the Prince George Barracudas entered varsity competitions on the weekend. In his final year at the University of Alberta, Brian Yakiwchuk competed in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Swimming Championships in Montreal. Yakiwchuk posted personal best times in four races. The results were, with times in parenthesis: 200m freestyle - 20th (1:51.20); 400m freestyle - fourth (3:52.98); 1,500m freestyle - bronze OVER


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wracking being down there just waiting.â&#x20AC;? The Timberwolves were the highest-scoring team in the division this season, with 1,331 points in 16 games. They were led by fifthyear forward Jennifer Clyne, who averaged 16.93 points in 14 games. They also had the top playmaker, as third-year guard Mercedes Van Koughnett averaged 4.75 assists in 16 games. The team received more individual recognition with the announcement that forward Sarah Robin was named the Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 18. The Prince Rupert product recorded 29 points in two victories on the final weekend of the regular season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a nice positive confidence boost for her, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a second-year player who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a lot of experience,â&#x20AC;? Murdoch said. In a game preceding UNBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first provincial game, Vancouver Island plays the winner of Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battle between the No. 3 Capilano University Blues (13-3) and No. 6 Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles (6-10) at 1 p.m. The teams playing today will play again in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medal round. On the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, the bronze-medal

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on both draws are available through the tournament website at www.pacwestbc. ca/2012basketball. For more on the UNBC menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, turn to A19.

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on Saturday in North Vancouver. Provincial gold would ensure UNBC a berth in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CCAA tournament, scheduled for March 15 to 17 in Lethbridge. The Timberwolves enter the PacWest tournament as the top ranked team, awarded for topping the nineteam standings with a 15-1 record. They were scheduled to hit the court for a semifinal today at 3 p.m., playing the winner of Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterfinal match-up between the fourth-ranked Quest University Kermodes (9-7) and fifthseeded Camosun College Chargers (7-9). Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent extra time running scrimmages and drills since the regular season ended on Feb. 18 and Murdoch believes their confidence is high. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a week of practices,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We watched tape on all of the teams and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as prepared as we can be.â&#x20AC;? Murdoch calls Quest and Camosun wellcoached teams, and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show a preference for their opposition today. Interviewed on Tuesday, the day before they left for North Vancouver, she expressed more concern for her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to be patient. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably going to be more nerve

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Tebowmania and Linsanity in the U.S seem like a dress rehearsal in comparison to the NHL trade deadline, a day which has evolved into a media circus north of the border. In Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin there is substance to the attention. On the other hand, trade deadline day in the NHL has become the most overhyped, overdramatic, biggest sports letdown day of the year. Thanks to the sensationalism of the media, in particular the major sports networks, the deadline day brings more anticipation than Christmas, even without the main drawing card, Santa. I don’t know about you, but I was overwhelmed by speculation. Enough Rick Nash already. Whether he asked for a trade or not, he is still in Columbus. Enough Derek Roy, he remains in Buffalo and enough Steve Ott, he is still in Dallas. At least on New Year’s Eve, when there is a countdown, the

clock actually does The simple answer is strike midnight and no. Both are young upthere is reason to and-coming forwards make a fuss. Hockey with completely differfans were subjected to ent styles and Potenweeks of tial. Oh yes, rumours the dreaded and spec“P” word. Hart ulation Yes, Beat about Kassian where provides HARTLEYMILLER toughness these players but he is will move. In the end less proven than it was all much ado Hodgson. I realize the about nothing (Again). Canucks have strength In reality, you, and I, down the middle but a as the consumer have team cannot have too to take responsibilmany good centres. ity for our actions as The 21-year-old Kaswe eat, breathe and sian had only 27 games sleep the rhetoric. under his belt this Yes, we are suckers. season with the Sabres, TSN, Sportsnet and who felt more comfortother networks realize able using him on their that and next year we farm club. will be back for more The 22-year-old drama. How sad! Hodgson is further By the way, did you along in his developknow Corey Schneider, ment at the NHL level Luke Schenn and Sam and has started to Gagner will all be on show an offensive flair, the block come the last averaging half a point Monday of February per game. At the time 2013? Let the countof the deal, he was fifth down begin. among all rookie scor••• ers. Hodgson will be a Are the Vancouver scorer, a front line conCanucks closer to wintributor with Buffalo. A ning the Stanley Cup player that can find the with Zack Kassian than net usually has a long Cody Hodgson? successful career.

Kassian may turn out to be that ultimate power forward the Canucks need, but he is more of a longterm project on a team that is built to win for today. The Sabres visit the Canucks Saturday. Yes, Vancouver is a much better team than Buffalo, but how ironic would it be for Hodgson to be part of the winning goal? I bet, even though he will be in a visiting uniform, Hodgson will receive a cheer because deep down Canuck fans appreciate his talent. And skill is usually harder to find than grit. ••• It was fitting the Detroit Red Wings NHL regular season home win streak ended in a shootout when they were beaten by the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. Not to downplay the achievement, but the record of 23 in a row was a bit tainted since three of those victories came in a shootout. The NHL needs to almost have two

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separate record books, pre- and post-shootout, since many of the records are a bit tainted. If not, at least have an asterisk (*) in the record books. It is disrespectful to previous teams that set records without the benefit of the shootout gimmick to not acknowledge their achievement. Winning in overtime is one thing but to establish new marks thanks to a skills competition is

laughable. Five of the nine NHL games on Thursday, Feb. 23 ended in a shootout and it seems more teams are just happy to get there and be guaranteed the point. Okay, I need to accept that shootouts are here to stay but how a shootout win gets the same value as a regulation time victory remains perplexing. I doubt it will change in the foreseeable future but that

doesn’t mean it’s right. By the way, the Wings lost their next home game to Colorado by the same 4-3 score, only this time the issue was decided in 60 minutes. Now that’s a refreshing change. Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. He also writes for the Opinion 250. Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to

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An all-day event Saturday gave former federal and provincial inmates the chance to learn anger-management strategies as well as participate in several spirit-building events, courtesy of the John Howard Society. Kim Steve, the society’s volunteer coordinator, said they offer several services every day, however this is the first day-long Saturday event. “We’ll be building a medicine wheel out of stones and then the guys will be walking through that wheel,” she said. However, the day began with a story and smudging of herbs, a First Nations cleansing practice, led by Imani Miller, who also helped the men build the medicine wheel. Steve said the day would include stilllife drawing lessons. “Art is important, in it gives them something positive to focus on,” she said, adding it is important for them to have the opportunity to do that. An elder, Sam Moody, offered a talk on the laws of attraction. “He’s going to give his perspective on that,” she said. “It’s important to talk about how to manage your anger in a healthy way.” Steve, who said the society helps men on parole or probation, added other events they host include

movie nights, trips to a yoga studio and things like access to a computer lab, telephone, bus passes, job searches and resumes. “We are always looking for volunteers,” she said. Volunteers must go through a criminal record check, which the society pays for, and then are trained to understand the clientele they are working with.

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Spruce Kings can clinch a playoff berth tonight ALISTAIR MCINNIS

Third would be terrific. Second would be spectacular. Either position, and the Prince George Spruce Kings avoid a first-round playoff encounter with the B.C. Hockey League’s best, the Penticton Vees. But first, they’ll try and meet their first goal of making the B.C. Hockey League playoffs. They can get there tonight in Trail. The Spruce Kings sit third in the BCHL’s Interior Conference with 30 wins, 19 losses, two ties and four overtime defeats (30-19-

2-4). The Trail Smoke Eaters are last at 11-371-5. Each team’s record in its last 10 games is also much different than the other, with the Spruce Kings 8-20-0 and the Smoke Eaters 1-8-0-1. The teams hit the ice for a doubleheader tonight and tomorrow at Trail’s Cominco Arena. Victories in the bag for the Spruce Kings, right? Not exactly. “They’re just such a grinding, meat and potatoes-type team. It makes it hard. They defend pretty well,” Spruce Kings head coach Dave Dupas said. “They have a very good goalie, since they

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picked up that Lyndon Stanwood from the (Junior B) Kamloops Storm. Since he’s been there, they’ve been a tough out. They’re in all of the games, he makes big saves and he keeps them close. The last time we went down there, both games were in doubt right into the third period.” Dupas was referring to a doubleheader on Feb. 10 and 11, when the Spruce Kings recorded wins of 4-1 and 4-2, maybe not the goal difference you’d expect when looking at the teams’ records. A loss by the fifthplace Vernon Vipers (27-25-1-2) would also secure Prince George a playoff berth. The Spruce Kings will see the Vipers this weekend, wrapping up a three-game trip on Sunday in Vernon. With a chance to finish as high as second, and only five regularseason games left, Dupas understands how far points could take them over the

next two weekends. Making the playoffs is better than missing them. But for any team extending its season beyond that point, the worst scenario is opening the first round in Penticton. In a class of their own, the Vees sported an eye-popping 49-30-2 record entering their Thursday night road game against the second-place Merritt Centennials. When the puck dropped to start that contest, Merritt was 31-17-2-6, 30 points behind the league leaders. The Vees were also looking to extend their leaguerecord winning streak on Thursday night, with 37 straight wins entering the game. The Spruce Kings were victims of consecutive win No. 37, as the Vees downed the visitors 4-1 on Sunday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. It wrapped up a four-point weekend swing in the Okanagan for the Spruce Kings, who defeated the Westside Warriors 4-1 on Friday before downing the Salmon Arm SilverBacks by

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Chase Golightly of the Prince George Spruce Kings is chased behind his net by Penticton Vees’ Steven Fogarty in Sunday’s B.C. Hockey League game in Penticton. The Vees won 4-1. the same score the next evening. Thursday night’s game was a battle between two teams not likely to face each other in Round 1. The Centennials appear to have the inside track on second, with the third-place race between the Spruce Kings and fourth-place Chilliwack Chiefs (2921-1-3) becoming the most intriguing battle. The Chiefs open an Okanagan trip of their

own tonight at Westside, with one game in hand on the Spruce Kings. They visit Penticton on Saturday night. In another game of interest to the Spruce Kings, Chilliwack hosts Vernon on Tuesday night. “We can’t worry about them,” Dupas said. “We can’t worry about Vernon or Chilliwack, or anybody else. We have to absolutely just think about what we’re going to have

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to do and go get it done.” While they’re chasing a first-round encounter with Merritt, the Spruce Kings also need success this weekend to take the pressure off their last two regular-season games, a Coliseum doubleheader against Penticton on March 9 and 10.

SCHEDULE On Monday, the BCHL released dates for the 2012 playoffs. The best-of-seven first round will see the first two games on March 16 and 17, with the third and fourth games on March 19 and 20. From there, if necessary, Game 5 will take place March 22, Game 6 on March 23 and Game 7 on March 24. The higher seeded team will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. As long as the Spruce Kings can clinch a berth this weekend, standings and the remaining schedule suggests they’re likely to begin playoffs at Merritt or Penticton. They’ve had success on the road the last few weeks, something that could provide a boost. “I think we can go on the road and win games and I think that the deeper the series gets, the better it’s going to suit us, I think, because we’re used to the travel,” Dupas said. “Some of these other teams aren’t, so if we have to go that five, after the fourth game, to go down and play the next day or something, and back and forth and back and forth, I think at the end of the day we’re more used to it than the other teams.”

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Their biggest strength may be their experience. The UNBC men’s basketball team enters the PacWest provincial championship men’s draw ranked second with a 13-3 record. But they have players who have competed in more games at nationals in recent years than any of the other teams competing, including the top ranked Vancouver Island University Mariners (15-1). The Northern Timberwolves have competed in each of the last three Canadian Colleges Athletic Association tournaments. But only in 2010, when they won national gold in Calgary, did they enter the competition as the B.C. champions. Last year, they joined the provincial-winning Mariners in Oshawa, Ont. as a wildcard and ended up fifth. And in 2009 when they had an automatic berth as hosts of nationals, they ended up fourth in the country. The UNBC lineup, which includes six players who were members of the 200910 national championship-winning squad, will try and advance to nationals for a fourth consecutive year. This year’s CCAA competition is scheduled for March 15 to 17 in Truro, N.S. First, the men will aim for a provincial title. They open

their schedule in the PacWest tournament in North Vancouver this evening at 6 p.m. They’ll play the winner of the Thursday quarterfinal game between the No. 3 Camosun College Chargers (106) and No. 6 Douglas College Royals (7-9). “I think guys are anxious to get down there, to be honest with you,” Timberwolves head coach Todd Jordan said. “We feel pretty good about the way we’re playing so I think everything is positive. We’re playing some of our best ball right now. We look confident going in anyway. There’s always a little bit of nervousness around playoff time just because it is one and done, but I do feel pretty good about the way we’re playing.” The defending champion Mariners will hit the court in tonight’s other semifinal at 8 p.m. They’ll play the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal game between the No. 4 Langara College Falcons (10-6) and No. 5 Capilano University Blues (9-7). Charles Barton, a Vernon product in his first season playing at UNBC, was named the Athlete of the Week for his efforts on the final regular-season weekend on Feb. 16 and 17. In two games, he recorded 40 points and 16 rebounds. “I think our depth is definitely an advantage that we have,” Jordan

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Bruce Baycroft agrees his is a romantic, cross-continent love story. The local painter and sculptor widely known for his whimsical clay “George the (giant) Mosquito” character, playful pink pig, black bear and a whole motley crew of Mexico-inspired figurines leaves March 16 to join his fiancee in Melbourne, Australia. The couple first “met” two years ago online and they have visited back and forth since then. Baycroft has lived 45 years in Prince George, so the move down under is a dramatic shift in lifestyle. But after a “great big garage sale” at his College Heights house next weekend, the artist will be winging his way to a grand new adventure and new chapter of his life. Love is a great motivator, he says. “Mary is an artist, photographer and teacher so we have a lot in common,” he said. Last year, Baycroft spent eight months in Australia before making his decision to move there. Although he’ll miss being around his two adult children who live in Prince George and paying visits to his mother who lives in Penticton, one thing Baycroft definitely won’t miss, he says, is northern Canadian winters. “There are palm trees in Melbourne and the weather is so beautiful. Melbourne is also a big centre full of cultural events. The city has four and a half million people and is actually the cultural centre for Australia. It’s just an incredible place.” His artistic talent is already well known in his adoptive city. turn to PAGE B3 Te re s a M A LLA M / Fre e Pre s s

Clayworks: pig on swing (left) and George the mosquito and friend are just some of Bruce Baycroft’s whimsical works of art.

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Call it the Case of the Missing Criminology Club. “The club has been around for a while,” says CNC criminology student Tara Johnson, “but I don’t think anybody was really running it for the last couple of years.” That changed earlier this year, when one of her instructors told Johnson about the club. Now she’s the president, for at least a few more weeks. “I’m in my second year in the program, so I’ve only got about six weeks of classes left. Some of the other members are in first year, though, so they’ll probably keep it going.” A lla n W ISHA RT/ Fre e Pre s s When Johnson decided to revive the club, she didn’t CNC Criminology Club president Tara Johnson puts up a poster inviting people to spend a lot of time figuring participate in the Anti-Violence Walk the club is hosting at the college on March 8. out a full plan. “I jumped right into it. I here.” also relate to what the abuser ticipate in the walk, which started booking speakers, Johnson got into criminol- is going through and why will start at 3 p.m. by the Stufinding links for jobs for the ogy through an employment they do it. dent Union office at CNC. students. Our Facebook site agency in Quesnel. “There’s no excuse for the “There will be a brief prehas 24 members, and we usu“I’ve been involved in abu- behaviour, but understand- sentation,” Johnson says, ally get eight to 10 out for sive relationships for over ing why it’s happening can “and then we’ll do the walk, meetings.” 20 years, from bullying in help.” which the Student Union Most of the members are school to workplace abuse The next major event the is organizing to follow the criminology students at to relationships. I found it club has planned is an Anti- same route they’ve used for CNC, but Johnson says the snowballing, and I wanted to Violence Walk, set for March other walks.” club is open to anyone with break the cycle.” 8 at CNC. After the walk, there will an interest in the subject. When the employment “It’s been my baby,” John- be a gathering in the student She hasn’t had any prob- counsellor suggested the son says. lounge at the new Technical lem lining up a variety of criminology program at “I think a lot of victims Education Centre for refreshspeakers for different meet- CNC, Johnson took a look of violence have feelings of ments and guest speakers. ings. and decided it was a good fit isolation, not knowing where Anyone looking for more “There’s so many different for her. to turn. I don’t want people information on the CNC fields to go into in the field. “I think one of the things is to see me as a victim, I hope Criminology Club or the I’ve found a lot of agencies I can see it from both points they see me as a survivor, Anti-Violence Walk can in town that I wasn’t aware of view. I can identify with and as a success story.” e-mail Johnson at tarajohnof who can speak to topics the victim of abuse, but I can Everyone is invited to par-

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For nine years the Tour de North has followed the east/west route from Prince George to Prince Rupert, stopping in ten communities across central British Columbia. In 2011, for the 10th anniversary, the Tour de North planning committee responded to multiple requests for engagement of additional communities in northern British Columbia and the north/south route was created. For the 2012 Tour de North, Tour will be returning to the original east/west route, commencing in Prince George on Friday, September 14 and traveling through Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers, Moricetown, Hazelton, and Terrace with the ride concluding in Prince Rupert on Thursday, September 20. “In 2011, communities along the north/south route responded very well to the tour coming through and our objective is to alternate year to year between the north/south route and the east/west route”, says Erin Reynolds, Tour Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society.

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OPEN FORUM The Community Arts Council and the Winter Games Committee invites you to an open forum to discuss the 2015 Winter Game and the Arts Community. How would you like to see the arts community participate? What is your vision? Join in for an information and brainstorm session Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the John Bryan Room, Studio 2280 15th Ave. Everyone welcome.

SONGS OF THE OLD WEST Elder Citizens Recreation Association (ECRA) presents Songs of the Old West, sung by the Forever Young Chorus on March 23 and 25 at 6 p.m. at 1692 10th Ave. Get out your favourite western gear and come on down. The concert features special guest, Senior Idol winner Laurie Meier. Tickets are $10. For more information call ECRA at 250-5619381.

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“I’ve had a couple of shows in Melbourne, some group exhibitions, one with my photography and two with my paintings. And I’ve already looked into getting representation for my art so that I can get it shown more widely.” Australia provides new and interesting subject matter for his artwork, he says. “It has wonderful countryside. I’ve taken several sight seeing road trips with Mary and her family and I’ve been very inspired by all the different landscapes of Australia. For example, the bush is dominated by gum trees and other different aspects of the landscape which you don’t see here.” Baycroft, who studied architectural design before going into fine arts, says he often feels like a “frustrated architect.” In fact, during the 90s he built intricate Victorian inspired birdcages of wood and

wire. Saturday, March 10 from 7 to 10 p.m., there is a reception and art exhibit for Bruce Baycroft at Groop Gallery on Third Ave. The artist will have on display an exhibit of his photographs, paintings and clay work. The Groop Gallery event is also an opportunity for people to say their farewell to one of Prince George’s most talented and renowned artists. For more about the artist and his work you can visit brucebaycroft.

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The Canadian Red Cross and their hard working volunteers are inviting residents to attend an An Evening of Chocolate,

More Than Just Dessert. The event takes place March 3. “The volunteer committee has been working for just over a year, to organize this incredible event,” said Stefanie Hencheroff, Attend this workshop on leadership Red Cross coordinator. “They to better lead from where you stand. have worked E>:=>KLABI&P^]'%FZk0%+)*+ E>:=>KLABI on every aspect Our families, organizations & community could all beneÚt from of this event more effective leadership. including securLearn leadership insights from some local leaders & share your ing financial and own knowledge of this sought-after skill. in kind sponsorships, silent 0if%<Z_®OhemZbk^%*/1.,k]:o^' and live auction MhK^`blm^k3ammi3((`hh'`e(O;iai items, a beautiful hkppp'i`mhZlmfZlm^kl'\Z venue and ensur<hgmZ\m@k^`Chgnd9+.)&./-&.*2* ing the delicious hk^fZbe3ma^chgndl9laZp'\Z menu for the

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Our work includes disaster man- power of humanity in Canada agement, such as our work to and around the world. support residents of the Victoria An Evening of Chocolate, towers apartment fire, first aid More Than Just a Dessert, takes and water safety (learn to swim) place on Saturday, March 3 from program, respectED Violence and 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Prince Abuse Prevention education as George Civic Centre. Come out well as access to medical equip- and indulge in the premier chocment through the Heath Equip- olate tasting experience and learn ment Loan Program. a little more about your local Red This program provides medi- Cross, where ordinary people cal equipment to individuals come together to do extraordirecovering from illness or injury nary things. who require the use of tempoFor more information visit rary, short term equipment. Our are varied but they all ofchocolate. work towards a common goal ■ OPINION – improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the

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If you read my column How I Learned to Walk Again you may know I have been “hoofing” it for about a month, to and from work. The happy result of a sad event (my car written off by ICBC) is that I now have rosy cheeks, I’ve lost a little weight and developed a few muscles where there once was flab. Course I did cheat a few days and take a cab when it was really, really cold or extremely icy on the roads. Still, I was surprised that in such a short time, people other than myself started to notice the change in me. They say nice things like I look Tea healthier as though with I’ve been to a Spa Teresa Day (I have, at UNBC’s Northern Women’s Centre fundraiser event TERESAMALLAM last weekend) or that I have a “new spring to my step.” To me, that’s akin to putting new springs on an old sofa. The sofa is still old but it will probably last a lot longer and be able to put up with people for a few more years. When I went to my doctors this week – lucky me, where others have none, I have two physicians (my specialist and my “regular” family doctor) they both said that I looked more “fit.” By that, I believe they meant more “physically fit” because there is little that can be done about my mental state at this stage in life. Doctors are so smart. How did they know that I was on an ICBC ‘forced fitness’ regime? And to think you have to pay good money to weight loss centres around the country just to lose a few pounds. Or buy a ridiculous amount of order-in food (in healthy little portions) to shed some fat around the middle. Had I known it was as simple as “lose the car, lose the pounds” I would have parked my vehicle and walked years ago. Too soon we get old, too late we get smart. Yeah, I know I’ve used that old expression a lot lately – but funny enough, it seems much more apt these days. Maybe because I’m getting not older but wiser.

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■ HISTORY Dr. Anne George, centre, chair of the Prince George Public Library board of trustees, presented the 2012 Jeanne Clarke Award for best local history publication to Trelle Morrow, right, for his book The Grand Trunk Pacific and Other Fort George Stuff, published by CNC Press. Susan Sedgwick, left, accepted the 2012 Jeanne Clarke Award for outstanding service in the preservation of local history, which was awarded posthumously to her husband Kent, who died in December.

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The board of trustees of the Prince George Public Library has named Trelle Morrow and Kent Sedgwick as the 2012 recipients of the Jeanne Clarke Award for outstanding contributions to the preservation of local history. The publication award went to Morrow, the 2010 publication winner, for his latest book, The Grand Trunk Pacific and Other Fort George Stuff, published by CNC Press. The book chronicles the arrival of the railway to the Prince George region and the cultural, social and economic effects it had on the area and its people. The service award is a posthumous honour this year to Kent Sedgwick, who passed away in December. Sedgwick, who won the Jeanne Clarke Award in 1991 and 2009, taught at CNC for many years and was a valuable resource for many local historians. His name is featured in the acknowledgements section of numerous books in the library’s local history collection. Susan Sedgwick, Kent’s widow, accepted the award. In recognition of his legacy, the Prince George Public Library has renamed the Read, Learn, Discover Award it presents each year to a deserving student at the district heritage fair. It will now be known as the Kent Sedgwick Memorial Award for Research. The Jeanne Clarke Awards were presented by Prince George Public Library board chair Dr. Anne George on Sunday evening during a reception at the Bob Harkins branch of the library. The Jeanne Clarke Award was established in 1985, in recognition of Jeanne Clarke, a former board chair who served on the library’s board of trustees from 1977 to 1984.

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4:15, 7:10, 9:40pm 3:55, 7:00, 9:35pm 4:05, 7:15, 9:55pm

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Factoring in the fear of gooey


Students get a lesson in teamwork and eating unusual cuisine

Teresa MA LLA M/Free Press

Austin DeRoy takes a tasty bite from a “Loaded Diaper” as part of Fear Factor Day at John McInnis school on Wednesday. Besides the Loaded Diaper centre, tables

set out in the school gymnasium were

ing this is nothing.” The event is meant to be fun but teachers hope it will also help students learn about teamwork. Students who took part also had an opportunity to collect points that can be turned into “cash” at the cash table which can then be used at the school’s end-of-year auction event. “We put on this event today (Wednesday) to try and build up school spirit during this long winter and provide a fun activity for the students,” said teacher Wayne Randell. “Of course the theme is based on the television show Fear Factor.” Cheryl Nickerson is the main organizer, he said, noting she is also the one who came up with many creative ideas for having the ‘grossest looking’ stuff ever. “She really deserves a lot of credit for putting this all together,” said Randell.


Things are not always what they seem. Just because it’s soft and gooey and dark brown and comes in a disposable diaper does not mean ... well, that’s the kind of lesson 36 leadership class students learned Wednesday during a ‘Fear Factor’ event at held at John McInnis Secondary. “We picked leaders for teams (six teams of six students) from our Planning 12 class which is a new program at the school that carries four credits,” said teacher Lynne Pidhaichuk. Each student from Centre for Learning Alternatives participated in two eating events, she said. The events?

marked: Pigs’ Blood, Yellow Snow and Slime with lots of bowls of goo (students have to dig for a straw and juice box from one and pennies from another). Dog bowls lined up on the floor were filled with “dog food” – actually Spam. Students taking part in the novel T.E.A.M. event (Together Everyone Achieves More) were aged 15 to 19 years old. One of them even claimed “bragging rights” before the event was over. Digging into a plate of lettuce and what looked like bloodshot eyes as the main course, Dustin Wilson smiled. He popped “an eyeball” (cocktail onion) into his mouth. “I’ve eaten a lot worse,” he told the reporter. “On Vancouver Island, we had Fear Factor events and so I’ve eaten all kinds of disgusting things. I’ve also eaten grasshoppers and mice – on a dare – so really eat-

COLOURED CHARCOAL PAINTING SHOW by Artist Co-op’s Instructor Marna Tuffnel and her students

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Open House - Friday March 9th

7-9pm (Refreshments will be served)

Artist’s Co-op

WORKSHOP & GALLERY 2302 Hart Hwy. Northwood Inn Plaza


SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Whether you are looking for a career change, wanting to update your skills or fill your leisure time, CNC Continuing Education has something that will interest you.

Continuing Education Opens Doors to Lifelong Learning and New Possibilities! Teresa MA LLA M/Free Press

Teachers Wendy Polnik, Wayne Randell and Lynne Pidhaichuk sit at the “money table” during Thursday’s Fear Factor event at John McInnis Secondary School.

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*Aeroplan is a registered trademark of Aeroplan Canada Inc. SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY. Contact us for more details. BC REG: 28982

Microsoft Office Excel: Level 2 Mar 15-Apr 19/12 ~ Thu 6-9pm Cost: $295 Registration recommended by Mar 8/12

Small Engines Mar 26-30/12 ~ Mon thru Fri 4-10pm Cost: $795 Registration recommended by Mar 16/12

Propagating Plants Mar 15/12 ~ Thu 6:30-9pm Cost: $38.58 Registration recommended by Mar 9/12

Simply Accounting: Level 2 Mar 27-Apr 19/12 Tue & Thu 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $325 Registration recommended by Mar 20/12

Growing Fruits and Berries Mar 17/12 ~ Sat 10am-4pm Cost: $72.18 Registration recommended by Mar 2/12 Scissor-Lift: Aerial Lift Platform Certification Mar 17/12 ~ Sat 8am-4:30pm Cost: $299 Registration recommended by Mar 9/12 Millwright IP Certification Review Mar 19-30/12 ~ Mon thru Fri 8am-3:30pm Cost: $1500 Registration recommended by Mar 9/12 Medical Office Assistant Mar 26-June 25/12 Mon & Wed 6-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm Cost: $1195 Registration recommended by Mar 9/12

Confined Space Entry Mar 28/12 ~ Wed 8am-4:30pm Cost: $225 Registration recommended by Mar 16/12 Mobile Crane/Boom-Truck Certification Prep Mar 31-Apr 1/12 Sat & Sun 8am-4:30pm Cost: $525 Registration recommended by Mar 23/12 Dental Office Receptionist Apr 3-June 7/12 ~ Tue & Thu 6-9pm Cost: $710 Registration recommended by Mar 20/12

For details on all these courses check our website at Continuing Education 250-561-5801

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SIGN UP Pages B8 & B9

Active Living Market


(March 3rd & 4th at Pine Centre Mall)


S T OF P BEReader’s Choice G

More information call 250-964-2662. Maximum 72 Limited spaces available. Returning players registered in early March.


Best Place for Music Lessons

Ice Hockey 5-7 years by December 31, 2012. Children born in 2005, 2006 & 2007. Early registration for College Heights Ice Hockey will be held at our Spring Registration Night Monday March 12th @ 7:30pm at the Columbus Centre (7201 Domano Blvd.)

PG Aquatic Centre Four Seasons Leisure Pool

Prince George City Hall



NOW OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND! Success in Music – Success in Life It’s no coincidence! Do it right with Professional Lessons!



All ages welcome… all styles of music both by ear and note

• Piano • Keyboard • Flute • Guitar • Bass Guitars • Drums • Cello • Violin • Vocal • Saxophone

7 Reasons to Play a Musical Instrument

1. Fun 2. Makes You Smarter 3. Relieves Stress 4. Teaches Discipline 5. Increase Memorizing Capacity 6. Improves Reasoning Capacity 7 80% of academic awards are awarded to the 20% group made up of music students 7.


Days: Monday & Wednesday OR Tuesday & Thursday Time: 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Location: TBA Dates:











Guitar • Bass


Guitar • Bass

Piano • Violin Flute • Cello Music Theory

Piano • Organ Keyboard

Drums • Saxophone

Guitar • Bass

Classical Guitar Piano


October 2012 - March 2013 Fees: $225.00 ($20 non-refundable deposit required) **Location, Days & Times subject to change

Music Store

356 George St • 250-563-0691


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Whether you are looking for a career change, wanting to update your skills or fill your leisure time, CNC Continuing Education has something that will interest you.


DQH[SHULHQFH\RXUFKLOGZLOOFKHULVK The benefits of joining our educational family are endless and our doors are open to all families of diverse beliefs, cultures and backgrounds. We offer the BC Curriculum, including French, Music, P.E. and Religion from Kindergarten to Grade 7. Registration for the 2012-2013 school year is open now. AFTER SCHOOL CARE is available on-site and is provided by “Kool Cats Kid Care”. Please check out our website to see all the fantastic things that happen at our school. You will be amazed at all the opportunities we can provide for your children.

Give your children the advantage of a positive beginning to lifelong learning.

Building Your Communication Toolbox

Mar 15-Apr 19/12 ~ Thu 6-9pm Cost: $295 Registration recommended by Mar 8/12

Apr 18-19/12 ~ Wed & Thu 8:30am-4:30pm Cost: $465 Registration recommended by Apr 11/12

Propagating Plants

Traffic Control Person

Mar 15/12 ~ Thu 6:30-9pm Cost: $38.58 Registration recommended by Mar 9/12

Apr 18-19/12 ~ Wed & Thu 8:30am-4:30pm OR May 2-3/12 ~ Wed & Thu 8:30am-4:30pm Cost: $299 Registration recommended by Apr 20/12

Growing Fruits and Berries Mar 17/12 ~ Sat 10am-4pm Cost: $72.18 Registration recommended by Mar 2/12

Scissor-Lift: Aerial Lift Platform Certification Mar 17/12 ~ Sat 8am-4:30pm Cost: $299 Registration recommended by Mar 9/12

Millwright IP Certification Review Mar 19-30/12 ~ Mon thru Fri 8am-3:30pm Cost: $1500 Registration recommended by Mar 9/12

Medical Office Assistant Mar 26-June 25/12 Mon & Wed 6-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm Cost: $1195 Registration recommended by Mar 9/12

Small Engines Mar 26-30/12 ~ Mon thru Fri 4-10pm Cost: $795 Registration recommended by Mar 16/12

Simply Accounting: Level 2

For more information: 785 Patricia Blvd Tel: (250) 563-5201

Mar 27-Apr 19/12 ~ Tue & Thu 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $325 Registration recommended by Mar 20/12

Confined Space Entry

Sacred Heart School established 1949


Preschool 3 - 5 yrs

September 2012 - June 2013 Registration for new participants start Monday, March 12 @ 7:30pm at C.H.C.A. Spring Registration Night at Columbus Centre 7201 Domano Blvd. We offer a licensed program focused on giving your child a clean, safe, friendly and fun environment where they will enjoy learning centres, free play, artwork, making new friends and learning to share and co-operate in a classroom situation. $20 Non refundable Registration Fee Required. Returning children registered in early March.

2 Day a Week Programs: Limit 16 per program Parent Participating $70 per month (One Parent Duty Day per month) OR Non-Parent Participating $90 per month Tuesday & Thursday A.M. 9:00 - 11:00 AM Wednesday & Friday A.M. 9:00 - 11:00 AM Monday & Wednesday P.M. 12:15 - 2:15 PM Tuesday & Thursday P.M. 12:15 - 2:15 PM

4 Year Old Only Programs: (Children born in 2008) Limit 16 per program Non-Parent Participating 2 day a Week Programs $105 per month

Monday & Wednesday A.M. Tuesday & Thursday A.M. Tuesday & Thursday P.M.

Microsoft Office Excel: Level 2

9:00 - 11:30 am 9:00 - 11:30 am 12:30- 3:00 pm

All programs located at #105-6500 Southridge Ave. For more information call Cheryl @ 250-964-2662


Mar 28/12 ~ Wed 8am-4:30pm Cost: $225 Registration recommended by Mar 16/12

Mobile Crane/Boom-Truck Certification Prep Mar 31-Apr 1/12 ~ Sat & Sun 8am-4:30pm Cost: $525 Registration recommended by Mar 23/12

Dental Office Receptionist Apr 3-June 7/12 ~ Tue & Thu 6-9pm Cost: $710 Registration recommended by Mar 20/12

Bobcat: Introduction to Skid-Steer Loaders Apr 7-8/12 ~ Sat & Sun 8am-4:30pm Cost: $525 Registration recommended by Mar 23/12

Pruning Basics Apr 7/12 ~ Sat 10am-4pm Cost: $83.38 Registration recommended by Mar 23/12

CFC/HCFC/HFC Control and Recovery Apr 10/12 ~ Mon 8am-4:30pm Cost: $215 Registration recommended by Mar 30/12

MSS: Part 2 Group Decision-Making & Problem-Solving Skills Apr 10-13/12 ~ Tue thru Fri 8:30am-4pm Cost: $545 Registration recommended by Apr 3/12

Bookkeeping: Level 3 Apr 11- May 16/12 ~ Mon & Wed 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $350 Registration recommended by Mar 28/12

Air Conditioning Basics Apr 16-18/12 ~ Mon, Tue, Wed 6-10pm Cost: $250 Registration recommended by Apr 5/12

Forklift Operator Certification Apr 21, May 5, June 9, July 14 OR Aug 11/12 Sat 8am-4:30pm Cost: $299 Registration recommended 2 weeks before start date

Introduction to Digital Cameras Apr 23-May 9/12 ~ Mon & Wed 6:30-9:30pm May 5 ~ Sat 1:30-4:30pm Cost: $165 Registration recommended by Apr 16/12

LPG Conversion Apr 23-25/12 ~ Mon, Tue, Wed 6-10pm Cost: $600 Registration recommended by Apr 13/12

Introduction to Photo Slideshows Apr 26-May 31/12 ~ Thu 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $165 Registration recommended by Apr 19/12

MSS: Part 3 Self-Management Skills May 1-4/12 ~ Tue thru Fri 8:30am-4pm Cost: $545 Registration recommended by Apr 24/12

Chefs in the City: BBQ and a Pint May 5/12 ~ Sat 2-5pm Cost: $104.88 Registration recommended by Apr 20/12

Medical Terminology May 7-June 25/12 ~ Mon & Thu 6-9pm Cost: $435 Registration recommended by Apr 23/12

MTB Tune-up: Mountain bike or other May 12 OR May 26/12 ~ Sat 8:30am-12:30pm Cost: $22.40 Registration recommended 2 weeks before start date

Vehicle Inspection Endorsement May 14-18/12 ~ Mon thru Fri 4-10pm Cost: $395 Registration recommended by May 4/12

Asserting Yourself in Conflict Situations May 15-16/12 ~ Tue & Wed 8:30am-4:30pm Cost: $465 Registration recommended by May 8/12

Fun on Two Wheels: Mountain biking May 19 ~ Sat 8:30am-12:30pm Cost: $33.60 Registration recommended 2 weeks before start date

Excel for Bookkeepers May 23-June 27/12 ~ Mon & Wed 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $395 Registration recommended by May 9/12

XC Technique: Intermediate Cross-Country Mountain biking June 2, June 9 OR June 16/12 Sat 8:30am-3pm Cost: 39.20 Registration recommended 2 weeks before start date

Microsoft Office Excel Level 1 July 9-25/12 ~ Mon & Wed 6-9pm Cost: $295 Registration recommended by June 29/12

Continuing Education 250-561-5801


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Coming Events

Career Opportunities

Education/Trade Schools

Help Wanted

WM Community Pasture Association is holding their AGM on Tuesday March 6th @ 7:30 pm at the Ministry of Forest building, across from the CN Center. Everyone is welcome.If you require pasture for your livestock in 2012, we encourage you to attend. For more info 250-962-7217

Personals A+ Massage gives you complete stress release with a total body comfort massage. (250)617-5283

THE City of Nanaimo has the following position available: ENGINEERING PROJECTS TECHNOLOGIST (Competition 11-86) If you are looking for a progressive employer that supports professional development opportunities, wellness and work/life balance initiatives for employees and provides a competitive salary and benefit package, then we encourage you to apply. For detailed information on this posting, please visit our website at

HOT GUYS! HOT CHAT! HOT FUN! Try Free! Call 250227-1114 or 800-777-8000.

Childcare Available EXP reliable mother will care for your child(s). Shift work welcome. 250-596-7872

Employment Business Opportunities Be Your Own Boss! Attention Locals! People req. to work from home online. Earn $500$4500+ P/T or F/T. Toll Free 1.877.880.8843 leave mess. HOME BASED BUSINESS, Established franchise network, serving the legal profession, seeks self-motivated individuals, No up-front fees. Exclusive territory. Complete training. Continuous operational advertising support; We are the only used book store in Prince George! We have regular customers come from Quesnel to Fort St. John and Prince Rupert to McBride. The business is truly alot of fun and the interested party must enjoy having fun. This opportunity would absolutely suit a person with a small income. Business may be bought with interest in the business and building or just the business alone. Owners can help with finances should the interested party want to be included in property as well. Business price is negotiable. We require a partner with imagination. There is room to expand ideas and income. We are looking for a partner so both parties can enjoy life. Financial statements are available for serious, interested parties. For more info contact Barry or Tracy at 250-562-5722

Education/Trade Schools Food Safety is EVERYBODY’S Business

Food Handlers • Volunteers Care Givers • In Home Now accepting registration:

FoodSafe Level 1 Saturday Mar 3rd Tuesday Mar 13th Saturday Apr 14th

Keeping Food Safe



7:45AM TO 5PM

Group Rates Available

Diane Rosebrugh & Dick Rosebrugh, B.Ed.

ABC Foodsafe School Member of:

Fax: 250-563-2572


HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR TRAINING Get Practical Skills That Get Jobs Vancouver Island University training for over 50 years, No simulators. Low student / instructor ratio. 1-888-920-2221 ext: 6130 heavyequipment

TAYLOR PRO TRAINING *Heavy Equipment Operator Training *Commercial Driver Training Call today 1-877-860-7627

Help Wanted An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780-723-5051 Dana Mandi EAST INDIAN RESTAURANT REQUIRES: 2 full-time Chefs, 40 hrs per week, $17/hr min 2 yrs exp. 1 Food server supervisor 40 hrs per week $18/hr. Must speak Hindi or Punjabi & English. Drop resume @ 2095 5th Ave. or email: DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: Visit: Green Mountain Gemstones Inc. is looking for experienced workers for its open jade pits at Dease Lake, BC for ongoing projects, including 40 Drill Operators (drill blast holes in rocks after measuring location and staking out pattern of holes, $26/hr & up); 40 Heavy Equipment Operators (Operate bulldozers, excavators, and rock trucks, etc. to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, or other materials for mining, and maintain the equipment, $26/hr & up); 40 Helpers (assist drillers to set up and operate drills, assist heavy equipment operators to secure special attachments and signal in moving equipment, remove debris, and load & move materials and supplies, $20/hr & up); 4 Cooks (prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes, $20/hr & up); and 8 Tradesperson (skillful in different trades with credentials as an electrician, plumber, carpenter, etc., $35/hr & up). Minimum three years of relevant experience required. Free food & lodging, WCP, with other benefits. Please submit resume to Traffic Control (flagger) 2 day classes PG Mar 3/4 New $280 Renew $150 call 1-866737-2389





Education/Trade Schools

3300 Memorial Park Lane


Preplan your funeral and put your mind at ease

HHDI RECRUITING is hiring on behalf of Baker Hughes Baker Hughes Alberta based oilfield services company is currently hiring;





Help Wanted

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

MegMar Maintenance is currently looking for licensed Heavy Duty Mechanics, Automotive Mechanics, Welders as well as Tow Truck drivers for the Tumbler Ridge area. Must be able to work independently of others. Preference will be given to diesel mechanics. Interested parties can fax resumes to 250-242-3138 or email . Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Park Attendants Required

INTERSTATE BATTERIES is seeking a Route Sales Manager. This position entails delivering and servicing customers with their battery needs. Applicants must have Class 1 with air and capable of being on the road for up to 5 days in a row. This position requires repetitive heavy lifting, sales experience and excellent people skills. Must be physically fit and neat in appearance. We offer a competitive wage with benefits. Email resume, references and driver’s abstract to: No phone calls please.

Mariah Recreation Management Services is seeking suitable couples or individuals for employment in the following Provincial Parks for the 2012 season (May - Sept): Beatton, Charlie Lake, Moberly Lake & Swan Lake Duties will include: • Park maintenance & landscaping • Fee collection & park security • Record keeping & customer service • Use of small power tools Requirements: • Must by physically fit & • willing/able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions • Experience with power tools for park maintenance • Must have experience with handling cash & customer service delivery Fax/E-mail resumes to: Mariah Recreational Management Services Fax: (250) 964.2286 mariahrecreation@

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

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:

GENERAL STORE MANAGER wanted for Huble Homestead Historic Site. Permanent seasonal position beginning April 2, 2012. Apply by Friday March 16. Visit for full posting, or call


Kode Contracting Ltd. is currently seeking a

Office Manager/Controller We are an energetic & diverse, mid-size construction company specializing in aggregate production for the mining and forestry industries. Knowledge and experience with construction equipment is an asset. Competence with accounting software and Excel spreadsheets required. Preference will be given to those with a professional designation or be in the third or fourth year of an accounting program. Duties and Responsibilities: - Cost coding & budget control - Project & retail billing - Facilitation of bid-bonds, vehicle insurance, permits, royalties - All duties of A/R & A/P - Various government reports, remittances and reconciliations (Receiver General, WCB, HST and T-4s) - Complete monthly financial statements on an accrual basis - Complete reports on equipment/asset depreciation - Revenue & expense analysis - Preparation of year end submission to external accountants


This is a full-time position. Salary & health benefits are negotiable based on credentials and experience.

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.

Please submit your resume with references and a personally written cover letter to our office at 2951 North Street or fax to 250-964-7015 or e-mail to

Broadwater is a growing company servicing the Northwest Region of B.C. If you would like to be part of our fabrication team, send resume to:

Broadwater Industries (2011) Ltd Fax: 250-624-5668 Email: Lake Babine Nation JOB POSTING

PRACTICING LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE 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 “Only those selected for interview will be contacted.”

FIELD PLANNER WFP is currently seeking a Field Planner to join our Stillwater Forest Operation located in Powell River, BC on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Western’s Stillwater Forest Operation is a fully integrated Planning Department where members of the planning team are entirely cross functional in both engineering and silviculture activities. This temporary role is currently available due to a planned maternity leave. A detailed job posting can be viewed at: Western offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence: Human Resource Department Facsimile: (1)866.840.9611 Application Deadline:Friday, March 16, 2012 Email: Reference Code: Field Planner, SWFO As only short listed candidates will be contacted, WFP thanks you in advance for your interest in our Company. Please visit

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Merchandise for Sale



Help Wanted

Workshops & Events

Home Care


Misc. Wanted

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Wanted, camper or camperette to fit a Ford Ranger pickup.250-563-0862


VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446

Professional/ Management HOLIDAY Retirement is seeking pairs of motivated managers for our Independent Senior Living communities. You’ll have the chance to work alongside your partner, receive a competitive salary and excellent benefits. The ideal duo is team-oriented, with sales experience. Please apply on-line at or send resumes for both to


ART WORKSHOPS by Mike Carte *A pleasant, respectful, informative experience* 250-612-0518

Financial Services

Real Estate

Legal Services


Reduce Debt by up to


• Avoid Bankruptcy • Avoid bankruptcy • Rebuild Your Credit • 0% InterestCanadian • Proudly

250-277-1677 250-434-4226

Counselling Walmsley & Associates Professional Counselling Services 250-564-1000

HART HOME CARE *In-home care * Housekeeping *Palative care 250-962-1537 or 250-649-8783

Trades, Technical

3500 SQFT home in College Heights. 4/5 bdrm, 3.5 bath, view, garage, pool, new HE furn., new roof, $317,000. 250964-4416. 3 bed. mobile with lrg add, separate ldry room on .26 acres in Hart area. Comes with 4 appl. New flooring throughout. $80,000 250-962-8568

Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)


Houses For Sale

McElhanney Associates Land Surveying Ltd. 250-561-2229


Certified Millwrights WFP is currently seeking two (2) Certified Millwrights to join our Nanaimo Sawmill Division located in Nanaimo, BC. Reporting to the Sawmill Supervisor, you are required to safely perform quality work, provide support services and preventative maintenance processes that pertain to optimum performance of our Facility. Sawmill experience, hydraulic trouble-shooting knowledge and some welding ability is preferred. This is a USW hourly union position with a certified rate of $33.47 per hour and a comprehensive benefit package. Shift work, as per the USW contract, is required. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence to: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 1.866.840.9611 Email: Application Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2012 Reference Code: Millwright, NSD A detailed job description can be viewed at

Lou’s Renos Roger’s Renos

Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm suites

1575 Queesway 250-596-9484

Bottled Water & Coffee Service



Pets & Livestock

3820 - 15th Ave

HAY for sale. $70/ton. Please call 250-846-5855


Merchandise for Sale

PINE GROVE Apts 412- 420 Voyager Dr (off 5th Ave)

Feed & Hay

Spacious 1, 2 & 3 bdrm apts Clean, quiet, secure entrance. Students Welcome. Rental Incentives. No Dogs

Phone 250-563-2221

Free Items

Free Pallets

Near hosp & Parkwood. Deluxe 2 bdrm, gr floor, lrg appl, dishwshr, storage rm, $685 + hydro. Avail Mar 1st. Working person or senior. 250-563-2709

Free Press

Parklane Garden Apartments

No pick up until after 6:00 pm Back Door

1773 S. Lyon Street Phone (250)564-0005

Misc Services R & R Sewing Centre #7-423 Elliot St., Quesnel 1-250-992-9777

Professional/ Management

A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63’ & 90’ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C “Cabs”20’40’45’53’ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

For Sale: Safety 1st Adjustable Baby Gate- $20, 2-Folding wooden TV tables-$5 ea,2- Wooden folding chairs-$5 ea, 1-small wooden bedside table $10 250-562-3747 after 6 p.m.

Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is an integrated wood manufacturing company with operations throughout central British Columbia. We are known in the industry as producers of some of the highest quality wood products available today, and we distribute our premiere products throughout North America and Asia. While our focus is meeting the needs of our customers, our success is driven by our people. We are currently looking at adding additional strength to our team.

Accounting Manager We are currently looking for an Accounting Manager to join our management team at our corporate office located in Prince George, BC. This new position will play a key role in implementing a new strategic direction for Finance within our multidivisional organization, while providing financial support to all levels of our financial and operational teams. Along with at least ten years experience in progressively more challenging roles, the ideal candidate will have an accounting designation, a proven track record of professional development, and have excellent verbal, written and presentation skills. Someone with a keen analytical mind, coupled with a strong desire to effect change, will thrive in this challenging role. Qualified candidates can send their applications to prior to: Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

461 N. Ospika Blvd. Solid Brick & Conc. Bldg. Enjoy Quiet & Safe Living.

Heavy Duty Machinery

Misc. for Sale

Share in our growth and success

2 bdrm apt to share with mature person. Smoker OK. St Laurant Manor 250-640-0986 Furn. rooms TV, Cable, internet, phone, shared kitchen & laundry, Ref. required, $375/m

Ask about our move in incentives!

Canadian Springs Home & Office Delivery

For all your home reno needs. We also help you renovate your rental units. For free estimates call 250-964-6106 Ivan at 250-552-8106 or Roger 250-552-0471

FALL YARD CLEAN-UP Garbage Removal & Gutter Cleaning Power Raking ~ Aerating (250)961-3612 or (250)964-4758 res

1 1/2 - 2 bdrm apts. Safe, clean & quiet. Receive your 12th month rent free (conditions apply) 250-613-7483 Darby Apts.


HARDWOOD MANOR APTS Under New Management!

Water Services

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

Mind Body Spirit

Adult Oriented 2 & 3 bdrm.

Mobile Homes & Parks FACTORY DIRECT WHOLESALE modular homes, manufactured homes, and park models. New homes starting as low as $37,209, 16 wides $49,183, and double wides $70,829. or 877976-3737 The Home Boys.

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent JUBILEE Apt’s 1 bedroom Adult orientated, close to downtown & bus route. N/S, N/P. Parking.

Call: (250) 562-7172

Mind Body Spirit

Use your mind to create a new

thinner you!

Shed excess weight in a remarkably easy way. Hypnosis allows you to discover and solve the real reasons you over eat. Get to the root of the problem and create a thinner you!

• Eating Disorders • Stop Smoking • Confidence • Self Esteem • Anxiety • Phobias

Book now! 250-561-2259 Bernie Nordquist, Serenity Hypnosis CCHt; M.NLP; EFT-ADV

• Private Sessions • Group Sessions • Reasonable Rates

3 bdrm w/garage. Also 2 bdrm, gr. level, fenced yard. Near Parkwood Mall. NP, Avail. now. Ph (250)564-0101

Shared Accommodation

Briarwood Apts. 1330/80 Foothills Blvd. 1 & 2 Bdrm suites 250-561-1571

Home Improvements

Duplex / 4 Plex

To Rent Call:

Bach $500, 1 bdr. $570, 2 bdr. $650; heat, h/w incl., 1601 Queensway; 250-596-4275 250-301-0664

Handyman from Newfoundland All jobs big & small, I’se the b’ye to do it all. Carpentry & plumbing etc. W.E.T.T. Certified. Call Jim 250.562.8203 / 250.613.5478

G Gilbert Renovation Year round reno needs. Int/ext, nothing too small. 30 yrs exp. Free estimates! Call Gaetan (250) 560-5845 or 552-7184

• 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available • Close to hospital & downtown • Rent includes heat, hot water • Elevator to undercover parking • Fridge, stove, quality carpets, drapes • Laundry on each floor • No pets

Large Balcony & Patio’s Incl. Cbl, Heat, Lrg. Stor Fr/St/DW - N/S N/P Call Resident Mgr.


Park Village Apartments 125 N Ospika Blvd 2 & 3 bdrm suites Phone 250-612-5162 Pine Glen Apartments 255 N. Ospika (Rental Office) Spacious clean 2 & 3 bdrm 1 1/2 bath Heat, Hot water & Parking incl. Laundry & Play ground on Site. Ask about our new rates Bus route to all amenities 250-561-1823

SUMMIT APTS 2666 Upland Street 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Rent includes: hydro, heat, hot water, appliances, drapes and parking. Quiet, no pets

(250)614-9123 or (250)613-9123

Suites, Lower Bachelor 1,2,3 bdr. Avail Mar. 1st. 1/2 month free for seniors. 250-596-3838


Auto Accessories/Parts Quick way Boring bar with table and tooling $5000. Sunnen dual rod heater CRH-50 $500 250-962-9260

Auto Financing YOU’RE APPROVED Poor, Good, OR No Credit at AUTO CREDIT NOW Details and APPLY online OR TOLL FREE 1-877-356-0743

Auto Services DIRECT AUTOMOTIVE CARE & REPAIR 1615 S. LYON ST. 250-563-5959

Cars - Sports & Imports


STK# 7325-1

2010 NISSAN FRONTIER PRO-4X Only 23,000 kms. Automatic, V-6, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, Anti-Lock Brakes, Keyless Entry, PW, PL, PM, Sunroof. Sale $29,900

Hub City Motors 1822 Queensway 250.564.7228

DL# 5365

Traffic Control training for dates call 1-866-737-2389 or

Scrap Car Removal 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

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL MOST FREE! Give Us A Call! 250.963.3435 15270 Hwy 97 South


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Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL • RETA Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

1990 Yamaha Ovation 340 Runs good. $800 250-962-9260

Trucks & Vans FOR SALE: Excavating Company including excavators, dump trucks and skid steers. $250,000 O.B.O FOR SALE: Septic Pumping Company includes 2 trucks (one hydrovac, one pump truck) 250,000 O.B.O Email: for more details.

Wrecker/Used Parts USED TIRES Cars & Trucks $25 & up

Most Sizes Available 15270 Hwy 97 South 250.963.3435


Prince George - Community - Free Press

B.C. Forest Service turns 100 years old Friday, March 2, 2012


VICTORIA – B.C. Forest Service staff shared a cake with former ministers and deputies at a ceremony at the legislature Monday to mark the service’s 100th anniversary, before politicians resumed their bitter debate about the state of the province’s forests. NDP forests critic Norm Macdonald said the recent auditor general’s report highlighted the need to update B.C.’s forest inventory, 70 per cent of which is out of date. But he said last week’s B.C. budget reduced spending on forest health over the next two years. Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson replied that his budget includes a $10 million fund for this year to update the Crown forest industry in priority areas, particularly those affected by the mountain pine beetle infestation in the B.C. Interior. Thomson said that effort responds to Auditor General John Doyle’s recommendations on upgrading the forest inventory. But Thomson rejected Doyle’s conclusion that industry-led reforestation of logged areas has been done cheaply and reduced species diversity, making the forests more vulnerable to pests or disease. Forest service seed orchards select the best stock for each elevation, soil and climatic zone, providing seed to forest companies responsible for replanting logged areas, Thomson said. The forest service has two seed orchards near Vernon, one near Salmon Arm, one near

Prince George, on in Saanich and a research station at Cowichan Lake where scientific tree selection began in 1912. Brian Barber, director of the ministry’s tree improvement branch, said in an interview it is in forest companies’ interest to plant the best tree stock available for each site, as quickly as possible after harvesting. Strong, fast-growing trees outpace underbrush more quickly, saving money on brush treatment and meeting the companies’ legal obligation to establish “free growing” trees on Crown land. Barber said the broad areas of lodgepole pine susceptible to beetle kill were created in part by decades of forest fire suppression, which allowed stands to live longer and become more attractive to beetles. But their origin goes back far beyond 40 years of intensive replanting activity. “The mountain pine beetle epidemic occurred via a large food source, available because of fire suppression,” Barber said. “But those are trees that regenerated naturally following fires that were set by settlers, and by people doing mining exploration in the early 1900s.” Alvin Yanchuk, senior scientist in the tree improvement branch, said research continues to determine if the latest beetle outbreak across western North America was a result of long-term climate shift, or simply a string of warmer winters that allowed them to multiply and spread. “This beetle is one of the thousands of bark beetles around the world,” Yanchuk said. “There’s a handful that go epidemic, and we happened to have them when we had the right conditions.”

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Former forest ministers Claude Richmond (left) and Dave Zirnhelt flank current minister Steve Thomson at a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the B.C. Forest Service at the legislature Monday.

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March 02, 2012 edition of the Prince George Free Press