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Apache Canada is tabling a series of adjustments that would alter the way it routes a natural gas pipeline south of Houston. If approved, Apache’s updated plan would include a stockpile site off the Chisholm logging road and a route shift that avoids a slideprone hill slope west of Owen Creek. Sofia Ebermann was one of several Buck Flats residents who attended a Wednesday open house at the Houston Seniors Activity Centre. “I came to the meeting because this pipeline will come close to our place, and we were concerned how it would affect our lives,” said E., adding that she felt good about the answers given to her by Apache staff. “The impact won’t be as extreme as Enbridge,” she said. B.C.’s environmen-

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tal assessment office approved the Pacific Trails pipeline in 2008, when the project was still owned by Pacific Northern Gas and was designed to import natural gas to B.C. But even before a shale gas discoveries in northeast B.C. convinced Apache to buy Pacific Trails and turn it into an export project, it was clear that future engineering work would require some amendments to the original certificate. See GAS on Page 3

Inspectors looking at derailments near Houston, Vanderhoof By Andrew Hudson Houston Today

Inspectors at the Transportation Safety Board say it could take up to a year before they can finish a full report into what caused 46 cars on a CN coal train to derail on Feb. 21.

“In this case, we don’t have anything that’s standing out to us immediately,” said inspector Peter Hickli, who been working at the derailment site about 25 km west of Houston. “We’re going to have to go through all the different aspects—mechanical,

rail, operational.” But a full report into the Feb. 21 derailment may not be needed. Hickli said the TSB is already investigating two recent derailments in Vanderhoof that appear to have the same cause. If it turns out that the Houston and

Vanderhoof crashes are linked, Hickli said the board will combine them into a single report. The coal train that derailed Feb. 21 was heading west to Prince Rupert along a 125mile stretch of the CN railway known as the Telkwa sub. In the past

five years, the Telkwa sub has seen two other derailments—both of them minor incidents that involved just one rail car each. Hickli said he has already sent some rail taken from the crash scene to be analyzed at a metallurgical lab in Prince George.

Engineers in such labs can look at bits of bent rail or broken trail wheels and find out if the equipment had any defects before the derailment happened. A “black box” recorder on board the coal train will also be studied to get data on the train’s speed, direc-

tion and braking before the crash. Another factor to consider in the investigation will be two small rail bridges that span Dockrill and Emmerson creeks. The bridges stand at either end of the area where the train derailed.


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A map shows the new route of the proposed Pacific Trails pipeline in yellow. Wetland areas are outlined in green.

Local residents give project mixed reviews GAS from Page 1 The route shift at Owen Creek is one of the most significant alterations along the 466-km pipeline, which will tap into an existing natural gas line near Prince George and carry the gas to a liquefaction plant in Kitimat. Geotechnical engineers contracted by Apache found a horseshoe-shaped scar in the hill slope that dips toward the Morice River—a relic of a previous landslide. The engineers recommended shifting the route more than 100 metres north, which will mean installing extra controls to cross a wetland without having the pipeline float up and out of position. Although the pipeline plans call for it to be dug in more deeply in some areas, for most of the route it would be buried in a two-metre trench with just over a metre of cover. Aside from the route shift at Owen Creek, the only major change proposed for the Houston area is to clear a temporary stockpile site. A detailed plan won’t be available until Apache completes a final round of engineering work, but the stockpile would have to be somewhere between five and seven hectares to act as a staging ground for the 40 to 80-foot pipe lengths the project requires.

Apache spokesperson Paul Wycke said that the full engineering report will give a clearer picture of the project’s labour needs and construction timelines. “Keep in mind that this project is still at the stage where it needs a final investment decision,” said Wycke. An early estimate put the cost of the liquefaction plant and pipeline somewhere around $5 billion, but that estimate could change with the final engineering report. “It’s a very exciting project for the whole northwest, no question about it,” Wycke added. “It’s about diversifying where we send our natural resources and opening up a brand-new gateway for our resources.” But the prospect of a Pacific gateway for B.C. shale gas does not please Glenda Ferris, a long-time environmental advocate who helped craft B.C.’s current assessment regulations. “I don’t support ex-

port of energy resources to China—to a totalitarian system,” said Ferris. China, Korea and Japan are among the top markets where Apache is hoping to sign long-term sales agreements. But in terms of safety, Ferris said she has fewer objections to a natural gas line than she does to the twin oil/condensate pipelines proposed by Enbridge. On route planning too, she said she prefers the work done by Pacific Trails. “It wasn’t like

Enbridge. Enbridge put that pipeline proposal right through the Buck Creek valley, right next to people’s homes. These guys tries to avoid private property wherever they could, and that’s a good thing.” But Ferris, whose home would come closest to the pipeline of all the homes south of Houston, said she still had many concerns after Wednesday’s open house, saying she has yet to see detailed and enforceable plans on traffic management, fire safety and wildlife

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protection. “I think Apache is so new that they have a lot of catch-up to do,” she said, noting that the company took over the project from Pacific National Gas just last year. “They have a lot of learning to do and I hope they get to it before they’re on the ground.” Public comments on the Pacific Trails pipeline will be received by the B.C. environmental office until March 28.

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orthwest Community College finds itself dealing with the most basic tenet of life – you cannot spend more than you earn. But that’s what’s been happening now for several years and, it seems, despite already substantial payroll and travel cost cuts, for example, the figure in red ink is getting larger, not smaller. That explains why, in the black and white world of financial accountability, there will be job cuts coming at the end of the month to balance expenditures. But it doesn’t quite explain how the college got to this position in the first place. Is it because, as has been suggested, the college is handcuffed to a set of accounting principles that makes deficits look larger than they actually are in dollars and cents? Or is it because the provincial government demands so much information from the college it is drowning in costly paperwork? In a surprising move, people all the way from Skeena NDP MLA Robin Austin to Cindy Oliver, president of the Post Secondary Educators Federation of BC (which represents college instructors), to provincial advanced education minister Naomi Yamamoto have, independently, asked the ‘how’ question as well. Ms. Yamamoto has also asked her officials to ask the ‘how’ question. The sooner she can get an answer the better for the future of post-secondary education in the northwest.

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Famous for being famous “And then along came Paris M Hilton, and my theory was ore than ever people are famous for… well, for being famous. Why? Reality TV is certainly one of the reasons. When I was a kid every famous person I knew of had to have a talent of some sort to end up that way. They might have been singers or actors, writers or filmmakers, politicians or business tycoons, but they had to be really good at something. I never imagined that I could be famous myself one day because I didn’t believe I possessed a talent that could attract a fan base of any size. And then along came Paris Hilton, and my theory was put to the test. I was baffled by her sudden explosion of popularity.

put to the test.”

She kept popping up in celebrity magazines and I didn’t know who she was or why she was there. When I found out that she was the granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the billionaire hotel magnate, I thought to myself: so what? Surely there were thousands of beautiful relatives of other rich, famous people who never ended up on the front cover of People magazine, but here was one who surpassed her grandfather in face recognition in a very short period of time and landed herself a TV reality series called The Simple Life.

Having an aversion to reality TV, I never saw an episode of the show, which featured Paris and her privileged best friend Nicole Ritchie temporarily living the everyday lives of ordinary folks. But that series, as well as a scandalous sex tape, catapulted her into a level of stardom that even the most talented stars of North America rarely achieve. Since the early days of Paris Hilton’s fame, there have been a ton of people who have achieved equal or greater success from reality TV shows,

many of whom don’t seem to possess any particular talent at all. “If you put someone on TV for long enough they’re bound to become famous,” a friend of mine once said. I think he’s absolutely right about that. Half the people I see in celebrity magazines nowadays seem to be famous for just being themselves on TV, and even someone like me who usually avoids this type of show gets to know who they are after awhile. It’s hard not to when you’re exposed to them in a variety of different ways. Take Snooki for example. I’ve never watched a minute of a Jersey Shore show, but I’ve seen her image and heard her name hundreds of times in magazines, on talk shows and even on the


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“There’s not enough room in school—there’s 30 kids in each class.”

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efore this week’s budget debate is drowned out by the shouting over the teachers’ dispute, here’s a look at the main points and the arguments unfolding around them. The setting for Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s first budget is what he dreaded when Premier Christy Clark handed him the job. Recovery is painfully slow, with mining and petroleum growing and forest products struggling to hold and build on gains made in Asia. This and the $3 billion dismantling of the harmonized sales tax moved Falcon to limit overall spending growth to an average of two per cent for the next three years. That means little or

no increase to all areas except health care, education and social assistance. Despite holding the line on public service pay and not replacing 2,000 positions over the next three years, Clark and Falcon had to postpone the elimination of the 2.5-percent small business income tax to get to a balanced budget by 2013. Falcon has again dangled the prospect of raising general corporate income tax from 10 to 11 per cent, but not until 2014. Business experts applauded the hard line on spending, noting the contrast with Alberta’s big spending and Ontario’s big spending hangover. NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston says

Falcon’s two-per-cent spending target is “unrealistic,” and the whole program is motivated mostly by two by-elections this year and a general election next year. He said the proposal to raise general business taxes is a repeat of his effort to save the HST, and it won’t happen if the B.C. Liberals win in 2013. B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins made the bizarre claim that it’s an NDP-style “tax and spend” budget, and inaccurately accused Falcon of raising taxes on small business. He also joined the NDP chorus of outrage over ICBC, BC Hydro and medical premium increases. Some other hot topics in the budget:

“Dix continues to misrepresent the HST as solely a transfer to big business...”

Selling assets The big one here is B.C.’s liquor wholesaling monopoly, run out of warehouses in Kamloops and Vancouver. Falcon insists the private sector does this kind of work more efficiently, and union contracts will be protected in a bidding process. The NDP argues that selling off a monopoly puts this government cash cow at risk, and points to private retail stores with higher prices and lower wages.

The proposed sale of 100 surplus Crown properties has raised cries of “selling the silverware to buy groceries.” But land sales are nothing new for governments, and Falcon prefers that to raising taxes. Carbon tax The last scheduled increase goes ahead in July, adding another penny on a litre of gasoline, followed by a freeze and review of the whole climate program. Ralston says the climate plan is “in tat-

ters,” along with dozens of other policy areas that are also under review after 11 years of B.C. Liberal rule. NDP leader Adrian Dix vows to keep the carbon tax and its offsetting personal income tax cuts, direct carbon tax revenues to transit and rural energy-saving retrofits, and hike the general corporate tax rate from 10 to 12 per cent to pay for it. HST Asked what he would have done as finance minister, Ralston suggested getting rid of the HST sooner. Dix continues to misrepresent the HST as solely a transfer to big business, ignoring the small and medium-sized busi-

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nesses that have a year left to take advantage of input tax credits. Simon Fraser University economist Jon Kesselman has estimated that poor people will be worse off when the HST ends, while the rest of us will see a very small net benefit.


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Paramedics training moves up a level By Cameron Orr Houston Today

A new program at the Northwest Community College (NWCC) campus in Smithers is bringing high-level paramedic training to rural ambulance workers. The Justice Institute of B.C. has teamed up with the NWCC to start offering the Primary Care Program for paramedics. PCP is the second level of ambulance training in the

province, available to parademics who all already classified as Emergency Medical Responders. All 12 of the students in this current training session are working medical responders for the BC Ambulance Service. This training, which has not been widely available to rural communities before, means Bulkley Valley paramedics can provide even better support to their patients. Greg Wright, a re-

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til they can get to the hospital,” said Mills. NWCC Smithers campus principal Regina Saimoto said this program comes as a response to a need expressed within the Bulkley Valley in particular. “It’s great for our community to have this level of training,” said Saimoto. The program, which can be done part-time, is also running in Port McNeill and will open in the future in Dawson Creek and Kamloops.

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said. Houston’s food bank provides people with a monthly topup of groceries, and Apperson said the cost of those packages is rising. A food package with meat cost $25 last year, he said, but this year it’s gone up to $45. “It’s quite disturbing,” he said. Despite the price rise and frequent squeeze for shelf space in Houston, Apperson said the community continues to provide. “We’re greatly appreciative to the Houston community,” he said. “We have regular customers who drop off items and check in to see where we’re at. The schools and churches have done some amazing food drives.” To find out what type of donations are needed at the food bank, visit or phone the Salvation Army store 845-3494.

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Houston’s Novice 1 team chases Prince Rupert in a close 6-5 loss at the Houston tournament Saturday.

Organizers of Houston’s annual dart tournament are giving a huge thank-you to the Houston Curling Club and the Topley Dart Club as well as Mary and Doug McMechan for making the whole event possible. Many thanks also go to Eva Reese and Lois for providing soup and cinnamon buns, Claudine for ribs and rice. This year’s sponsors, who provided door and raffle prizes, include Smithers Smokescreen, Sullivan Motor Products, A&W, Castle Dart

Supplies, and Pleasant Valley Plaza. Thanks again to the Houston Dart Club’s Derrick Cox, Clyde Miller and Angie Buter for a great success.

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Tournament Results Mixed Doubles 1. Shane & Erica (Smithers) 2. Brett & Alana (Smithers) 3. Rob & Jody (Smithers) Tom & Carolyn (Topley)

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than people think,” said Kyle Thomson. “We’re less than a day’s drive to any major project in B.C. right now.” But none of that was clear in 2008. Many people, Kyle included, wondered if he was crazy to start up at the height of a global recession. As it turned out, the recession opened a lot of doors. Suddenly, big companies were willing to take a chance on a junior contractor who could help trim their labour costs. As the economy picked up steam and Monster got more experience, the quality of their work rose to the point where they can now outbid established contractors from Prince George to Vancouver. “It’s going to be fun,” says Kenny Thomson, sitting in the Monster Industries office with his sleeves rolled up and plenty of dirt on his hands. “I enjoy it, every day,” he said, smiling. “You work 16 to 18 hours a day, and as long as my wife is happy, I’m happy too.” Looking ahead, Kyle Thomson said the big challenge for Monster Industries will be the same one facing all the northwest—finding enough people in skilled trades. “That’s huge,” he said. “We could put fifty more guys to work if we could find them.” And even as he steps into Monster’s giant new workshop, Thomson said he can see the day coming when they’ll need to grow again. “I can honestly say that in about a year, we’re going to be out of space,” he said. “We can see the writing on the wall for a boom, the way the northwest is going, and we built bigger than we needed at the time. But now that we’re in there, we’re probably booked up three or four months. We could probably start double-shifting our shop already, if we could find the manpower to do it.”

Brothers Kyle and Kenny Thomson stand in Monster Industries new 8,500-square foot workshop at the north end of Morice River Road.

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B.C. Forestry service marks 100th in turmoil By Tom Fletcher Black Press

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

Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 11, 2012 at 2:00PM at the Topley Fire Hall. We will be holding elections for the President, Secretary and board members. The meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Trish at 250-696-3155

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David Reid, B.C. Forest Service manager of seed production, holds a kilogram of Douglas fir seed selected through generations of tree breeding at the provincial tree orchard in Saanich. Matched to regional climate, elevation and soil conditions, its market value is $4,000. 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 set-

tlers, 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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Murdered kids prompt apology, ministry review By Tom Fletcher Black Press

The 2008 murder of three children by their father in Merritt could have been avoided by better co-ordination between mental health, justice and child protection ministries, B.C.’s children’s advocate concludes in a new report. Allan Schoenborn was diagnosed with mental illness in 1999 and prescribed antipsychotic medicine, after causing an accident with his young daughter in the vehicle and making false claims about the child being poisoned and sexually abused. It was his only mental health treatment until after he was arrested for killing his three children in their Merritt home nine years later, Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-

Lafond found in her investigation of the case. Tu r p e l - L a f o n d found there were several police calls and interventions by the Ministry of Children and Family Development during those years before the murders of Kaitlynne, age 12, Max, 8 and Cordon, 5. “The various systems involved with the family were not aware of the severity of Schoenborn’s mental illness and substance abuse because he was not interviewed from these perspectives by police, corrections or child protection,” Turpel-Lafond wrote. “Also, there was very little collaboration or information sharing among those systems.” Premier Christy Clark and Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeill both apolo-

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Minister of Children and Family Development Mary McNeill Peter Lee in suburban Victoria in 2009. McNeill said the government has taken a series of steps to improve its response to domestic violence, including a training for police officers and chil- Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond drens’ ministry staff gized in the legislature social development and early psychosis inThursday for the gaps and education. tervention programs at in government services Opposition crit- health authorities. that were described in ics pointed out that The Family the report. the latest B.C. bud- Law Act, passed in McNeill announced get contained no new November, provides that her ministry will money for such a unit, for a new protection establish a new domes- despite similar recom- order to limit contact tic violence unit, after mendations made in between family mema multi-ministry study 2010 from the inves- bers whose safety is of the system by dep- tigation of the mur- at risk, and makes uty ministers for chil- der of a mother, child breaching such an ordren, justice, health and grandparents by der a criminal offence.

“The various systems involved were not aware of the severity of Schoenborn’s mental illness.”


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Indra & Friends - Sat., March 24 at 7:30 pm. Houston Christian Reformed Church (Goold Rd.) Tickets can be purchased at: Countrywide Printing & Stationery Ltd. 1st Choice Fashions, $10 adults, $8 seniors (65 & over), $ 5 youth (18 & under) All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada Babysitting course every Thurs. from 6:30-8:30 pm from April 5 thru May 10. The course is sponsored by Houston Community Services and to register call: 250-845-3484 The Houston Legion Branch 249: Darts Sat. at 7:30. Meeting: 2nd Mon. of the month is Executive, 4th Mon. is General Meeting (we have not been able to get a quorum in months, members please attend) “Fit For Life.” Senior Exercise @ Cottonwood Manor on Mon., Wed., & Fri. @10 a.m. Call Hanne 8457414 or Bunny 845-7110. Cross Country Skiers! Check out our website @ www. Houston Community Services is now open Mon. thru Fri. from 9am to 4pm We have clothing to give away. Baby clothing; women’s and mens as well as children of all ages. Come and check it out!

Structural Firefighting/Hwy Rescue. Interested? Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. is accepting applications. No experience necessary please contact Byron - F/C 250-696-3348 or come to a fire practice: Thurs. @ 1930 hrs (7:30 pm) Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. meetings every 2nd Tues. of the month at 7:30 pm. Fire practices every Thurs. at 7:30 pm. Topley Victory Church services: 10:30 a.m.


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Granisle and District Seniors meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thurs. of each month at 1pm in the Seniors The Houston Retirement Housing Society is asking Centre. interested parties to provide their names for future Granisle Volunteer Fire Department meetings & vacancies at our Pleasant Valley Village apartments. fire practices every Tues., 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall.

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The B.C. government is terminating its generic drug purchase agreement with provincial pharmacy groups after savings to the Pharmacare program fell short of expectations. Health Minister Mike de Jong said the three-year agreement with the B.C. Pharmacy Association and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores will end April 1, a year early. “We negotiated an agreement on a certain set of expectations, savings to be sure, to Pharmacare and to the purchasers of drugs in B.C., and they have not been realized,” de Jong told reporters at the legislature Wednesday. “Of the roughly $69 or $70 million in savings the parties had agreed would be realized over the first two years, we’re about $36 million short.” De Jong said leg-

islation will be presented soon to end the agreement, in which Pharmacare bought generic equivalent drugs in bulk on behalf of insured patients for a fraction of the cost of the original brandname medicines. The agreement called for the price of generic drugs to decline to 40 per cent of the original patented medicines by this year. De Jong said generic drug manufacturers have insisted on many more exceptions to the price cap than the health ministry expected, eroding the savings from Pharmacare purchases. Pharmacare buys more than $300 million worth of generic drugs a year, and seniors and other patients buy another $500 million worth directly or through their medical coverage. The health ministry found it could buy equivalent drugs from other suppliers for less than those in the deal.

Come and enjoy an evening of piano, cello, violin, voice, speech arts and musical theatre performed by talented musicians from Prince George, Burns Lake, and Houston.

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Houston Christian Reformed Church (Goold Rd.) All proceeds go to the

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada $10 adults • $ 8 seniors (65 and over) $ 5 youth (18 and under) Tickets can be purchased at:

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012



Teachers reject â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bullying tacticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of B.C. government By Tom Flecther Black Press

The B.C. Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association served strike notice for Monday through Wednesday after public school teachers across B.C. endorsed the option in a B.C.wide vote. More than a hundred students Houston Secondary walked out of their last afternoon class on Friday to show their support for the teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; job action. Anela Usanovick, a Grade 10 student, said she supports the job action because the province needs to keep funding in place for assistant teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need extra teachers for extra help,â&#x20AC;? Usanovick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m obviously not going to be the only kid out of a class of 30

that needs help on an assignment.â&#x20AC;? The teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union was required to give two school daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice before being in a legal strike position, under a Labour Relations Board ruling on essential services that allows for up to three consecutive days of full strike action this week. The LRB ruling prohibits picket lines, allowing unionized support staff to go to work. Administrators can supervise students, but no normal instruction can take place. The B.C. government began debate Thursday on legislation that would extend the current teacher pay and benefits for another six months, while a mediator works with the BCTF and the B.C. Public School Employersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Association in an effort to find common ground on class sizes, special needs support and other issues. Nearly 28,000 BCTF members voted yes to the strike option out of the 32,209 who voted Tuesday and Wednesday, after the B.C. government tabled legislation to impose a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cooling-off periodâ&#x20AC;? until the end of August and impose heavy fines on the union and its members for strikes during that time. Nearly 9,000 teachers did not vote, and more than 10 per cent or 4,263 voted against strike action. Abbott and Premier Christy Clark would not specify how long the government would wait before passing that legislation, but it likely wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be in time

to prevent a threeday strike. Clark said she wants to give the union time to â&#x20AC;&#x153;climb down from the cliff â&#x20AC;? after seven months of working to rule, refusing to complete report cards and other nonessential duties. Opposition leader Adrian Dix said the NDP will oppose Bill 22 in the legislature. Dix called for â&#x20AC;&#x153;real mediationâ&#x20AC;? but refused to say if he would support a raise for teachers. BCTF president Susan Lambert has dismissed the legislation and restrictions on mediation to work within the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-year â&#x20AC;&#x153;net zeroâ&#x20AC;? wage mandate as â&#x20AC;&#x153;bullying tactics.â&#x20AC;? She said an extra $30 million fund for special needs support this

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BCTF president Susan Lambert and the union executive served strike notice Thursday morning. year, on top of more than $800 million currently budgeted, is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;crumbâ&#x20AC;? that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even cover inflation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The results of our

province-wide vote are strong evidence of the unity and determination of BCTF members in rejecting this governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provoca-

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INDEX IN BRIEF Family Announcements .......... 001-007 Community Announcements ... 008-076 Children................................ 080-098 Employment .......................... 102-165 Services ............................... 170-387 Pets/Livestock ...................... 453-483 Items for Sale/Wanted .......... 503-595 Real Estate ........................... 603-696 Rentals ................................ 700-757 Transportation....................... 804-860 Marine.................................. 903-920 Legals ....................................... Legal








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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Supported Child and Youth Worker Houston and Area

The Houston Supported Child and Youth Program is seeking individuals to work part-time providing support to children and youth needing extra supports. Person would need to be able to work some hours in the late afternoon, evening and or weekends.

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Qualifications: • Experience working with Children and Youth requiring extra supports – minimum 1 year direct work with youth (ages 10-18). • Strong knowledge of Aboriginal Culture and experience working in First Nations Communities • Awareness of the Houston community and area • Ability to be flexible and adaptable • Ability to work independently • Strong written and verbal skills • Drivers license, reliable vehicle • Valid driver’s license Fax or email resumes to: Fax: (250) 845 2850 Email: Or call: Phone: (250) 845 2840 OR 847 1785 Deadline for applications: March 7, 2012

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THANK YOU! Houston Ringettte would like to thank the following businesses for supporting our Feb 24 - 26th Tournament. It was a GREAT success and all the players enjoyed their weekend.

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Thanks to all of our fans for supporting our raffle table. The winners of our draws were: Doreen Hail- IPad 2 Tasha Kelly - Night at The Coast PG Hotel Atli Halvorson - IPod Shuffle Steve Standbridge - Fishing Reel Myrna Himech - Boys Basket Dawn Bishop - Lulu Lemon Hoodie Pam Spooner - Ladies Basket

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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Full-time TCC-Executive All Tahltan Central Council (TCC) Employees To Commensurate with Education and Experience

Chief Administrative Officer POSITION SUMMARY Reporting to the Tahltan Central Council Government Executive, primarily the President, the CAO is responsible for the day-to-day management of TCC’s operations. The CAO is responsible for the financial management and support to the Council, its committees and agencies. The CAO is responsible for coordinating the activities of all employees to ensure efficient delivery of public services approved by the Council. PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES t Manages the day to day affairs of the councils, based on approved policies and bylaws of the Council. t Coordinates the development of policies and bylaws of the Council. t Prepares agendas and attends meetings of the Council and Council Committees. t Provides advice as required to the Council on matters of policy and finance. t Coordinates activities of TCC solicitor and other hired experts. t Ensures that risks are properly insured through the insurance provider. t Prepares and maintains current policies dealing with Council governance and management, e.g., finance, human resources, workplace safety, etc. t Coordinates information technology required by the operations. t Posts entries on a timely basis to the ledger. t Prepares monthly bank reconciliation for all bank accounts. t Prepares regular financial reports for the Council and staff. t Prepares working papers for the auditor as required. t Prepares and presents draft budgets to the Council. t Monitors budgets regularly and takes action on variances. t Prepares applications and claims for all grants available to the TCC. t Prepares and submits the annual reports to government agencies as required. t Administers employee benefit program. t Performs all other assigned duties. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS t University degree with studies in Public or Business Administration; and t Two or more years in a senior public sector management position. The position will be based in Dease Lake, British Columbia at the TCC office. Dease Lake is located in the Northwest Region of British Columbia, approximately 600km north of Terrace and Smithers, BC via Highway 37. Please visit our website at for more information on the Tahltan Central Council Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter, or CV to the address below: Attention: Annita Mcphee, President Email: Or Fax: 250-771-3020 Tahltan Central Council PO Box #69 Dease Lake, BC VOC 1LO Phone: 250-771-3274 Deadline is March 19, 2012

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Professional/ Management

P. Scheck Industrial LTD requires a Certified Electric Motor Winder and a handy man (must have grade 12) apply with resume 205A Lear Rd. or email:

Anglican Church of St. Clement


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

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Rev. Margaret Powell Services are: 10:30 a.m. Sundays except 7 p.m. on the First Sunday of the month.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church 2001 Riverbank Drive, Box 819, Houston

Phone: 845-2841 • Fax: 845-2823

Fr. Rectorino Tolentino Pastoral Assistant: Ronnie Cruz (Houston)

Mass: Sunday 11:30 a.m. Weekly activities or events announced as they occur.

First United Church 2106 Butler Ave., Houston

Services at 11 a.m. Contact: (Marianne Dekker) 250-845-2282 or 778-816-0039

HOUSTON PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 2024 Riverbank Drive, Box 597, Houston Phone: 845-2678 • Pastor: Mike McIntyre

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EXPERIENCED Excavator Operators required immediately in Northern BC. Must have extensive experience operating tracked excavators. Competitive wages. For further information please call 250-7715708. Resumes including references and experience should be emailed to attention D. Frocklage Contracting Ltd.

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District of Houston The District of Houston is now accepting applications for the following seasonal positions:

STUDENT LABOURER (3 positions)

Guru Nanak Sikh Temple Association

Preference will be given to applicants enrolled for postsecondary education in the Fall of 2012.

3790 C.R. Matthews Rd. Pastor: Larry Ballantyne

Sunday Service - 10:30 am Everyone Welcome! Phone: 250-845-7810

Approximate Employment Dates: May 14th to August 17th, 2012 (14 weeks) (35 to 40 hours/week) Applications will be received at the District of Houston Municipal Office, 3367 – 12th Street, Houston, BC until 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 16th, 2012. Interested persons should direct all queries and applications to: Michael D. Glavin, Director of Engineering & Development Services District of Houston PO Box 370, 3367 – 12th Street, Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 PH: 250-845-2238 • FAX: 250-845-3429 email:

Houston Christian Reformed Church 1959 Goold St., Box 6, Houston 250-845-7578

~ Everyone Welcome! ~

Services: 10:00 am & 3:00 pm

We have an immediate opportunity for a committed broadcast sales person to grow a list of advertisers in the Bulkley Valley market.

Houston Canadian Reformed Church

As a retail sales account manager for four radio stations and one TV station, you will work in unison with the market management team to develop advertising campaigns specific to an established list of experienced clients. Must have a vehicle and valid BC Drivers licence. This position offers an attractive guarantee and competitive commission compensation plan with benefits. Your working and practical knowledge of business software systems; candid and honest approach in dealing with people; skilled forcasting ability and questioning nature will enhance your ability to manage this position optimally. By setting the tone for the day, you will be responsible to meet and exceed performance benchmarks consistent with the Astral Radio & Television group of stations. You will live in one of the world’s most picturesque located where the world class fishing and skiing are surpassed only be the regions beauty.

SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 AM AND 2:30 PM Pastor Hendrik Alkema ( Office Phone: 845-3537 ~ Everyone Welcome ~ 3797 Omineca Way, Box 36, Houston

New Beginnings Church Exploring the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith 2106 Butler Ave. (United Church Building)

Worship Service: Saturdays at 10:30 am Pastors’ Whelan Phone: 250 845-7516 Everyone Welcome

Please direct resumes: Brian Langston/General Manager Fax: 250-638-6320 or mail to: 4625 LAZELLE AVE., TERRACE, BC V8G 1S4 We thank you for your interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Astral Media endorses the principle of Employment Equity and is committed to ensuring that our workforce is representative of the public we serve.



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LICENSED HD Mechanic & Class 1 Drivers, required for full-time work with construction company in west-central Alberta. Wage based on experience. Fax resume 780-5393536.

WELDERS WANTED. Journeyman 2nd and 3rd year apprentices with tank manufacturing experience. Automated Tank Manufacturing Inc. Located in Kitscoty, Alberta. 20 km west of Lloydminster is looking for 15 individuals that want long term employment and a secure paycheque. Journeyman wages $33$37.50/hour. Wages for apprentices based on hours and qualifications. Benefits, training programs, full insurance package 100% paid by company, profit sharing bonus. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine for an appointment or send resume to: or 780-846-2231 (Office), 780846-2241 (Fax).

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MONSTER Industries, a rapidly growing construction and maintenance company servicing northwestern B.C., in now accepting resumes for the following positions: Certified “B” and “A” level welders with fabrication experience, Certified CWB all-position welders and Certified Millwrights. Please send resume with attached cover letter to Unfortunately we are not accepting applications for laborers at this time.

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Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 amSunday Prayer Meeting: 6:30 pm Sunday School: 9:45 am Everyone Welcome

Houston Fellowship Baptist Church


Primary responsibilities include turf maintenance, building maintenance and repair, general repair and ground maintenance. Qualifications: First Aid and experience in grounds keeping and general labour. Preference will be given to applicants with qualifications in Park Maintenance. This is a CUPE Union position with a rate of pay of $18.04/hr.

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GITKSAN GOVERNMENT COMMISSION IS SEEKING AN: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR You are an energetic, self-motivated, task-oriented individual who enjoys varied responsibilities as the senior representative and service delivery authority. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing of programs, goals and objectives as set by the Board, staff and community development. Management, administrative and financial experience is essential. Basic Requirements: • Significant experience and understanding of organizational, community, Board and proposal development; • Knowledge and understanding of current local and provincial political climate; • must possess excellent organizational, written and verbal skills; • ability to plan, guide and direct Commission programs in social, economic, finance, technical services, housing, lands and membership; • above average interpersonal relationship skills; • working knowledge of band administration, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development reporting requirements and program guidelines; • Post Secondary Degree in Administration/ Management is a definite asset; • Knowledge of Gitksan culture and language is an asset; • Must possess a valid driver’s license; • Criminal Record check to be carried out. Should you possess the necessary skills and qualifications to fill this position please submit a covering letter, resume and at least three references to: Gitksan Government Commission P.O. Box 335, HAZELTON, B.C. V0J 1Y0 Phone: 250-842-2248 or Fax: 250-842-6299 OR E-mail: Phone: 250-842-0041 A detailed job description may be obtained from the same address. Salary is negotiable depending on experience. This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

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Welding & Fabrication Business

Welding and Fabrication Business opportunity or equipment for sale from prior business in Smithers area. Equipment noted, Accupress, Accushear, milling machine, lathes, total package, inquire @ job 250-847-7928, cell 250-877-2434.


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• Affordable family home with newer oak cabinets. • 3 bdrms on main, tile flooring. • Basement with 4th bdrm, family room with pellet stove, 3 pc. bath, laundry and lots of storage. • Newer high efficiency furnace & all new windows. • Large backyard with sundeck, garden shed. • All appliances and window coverings included.


Apt/Condo for Rent NICEST APARTMENTS Crest Villa seeks mature, responsible tenants for large, modern, clean, one or two bedroom apartments. Near arena & pool. Downtown location. Call: (250) 845-4037



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• 3 bedrooms • vaulted ceilings in kitchen and living room • Central air conditioning • skylight • includes fridge/stove dishwasher (new) washer/dryer (new) • sundeck • 8 x 12 wired and sided outbuilding

ASKING $49,000.00 #57 Bye Frontage Rd (Uplands Trailer Park)

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• 2 bedroom, 2 bath mobile with addition on 60 x 100 lot. • Spacious family room, large storage room and porch in addition. • 22 x 23 detached garage with heat and concrete floor.

1989 Extended Cab Ford, 4x4, 100,000 kms. (250) 692-7882

2 bdrm - $1,000m, 3 bdrm $1,200m & shared from $650-$850m. Shared acc. perfect for retiree or working person. Walking distance to downtown. Gardening allowed, large yards with adjoining Children’s playground, small pet negotiable. For more information. Call cell 1-778-316-6764


• Great 4 bedroom starter on a 60x120 lot. • 3 bedrooms up, 1 down, 2 bathrooms. • Enjoy the mountain views from your back deck. • Fridge, stove and blinds included.

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• 4 bedroom home close to schools. • Rec room in basement with pellet stove. • Outdoor sauna and large sundeck. • Small wired workshop. • Carport, paved drive. All appliances included. • Do a little and save a lot.

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• Immaculate split level on over an acre in town. • Beautifully landscaped, captivating view. • Gorgeous custom oak cabinets in country kitchen with island & high vaulted ceilings. • Family room with pellet stove, living room with bay window and vaulted ceiling. • All new flooring on main level. • Garage, huge shed, tons of parking.

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

2 bedroom house on large 90 x 100 foot lot in a quiet neighborhood at 3294 - 4th Street in Houston. Extensive renos including new roof, new floor, new plumbing, new windows and new water service from the street.


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• 2 Bedrooms • Ample Parking • New Hot Water Tanks • New Windows

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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