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Smudge ceremony part of healing Family visits house where police believe woman was murdered, issue call for information Natasha Montgomery’s family held a smudge ceremony Monday at the house where they believe the woman was murdered. And they issued a plea for anyone with information about her, or her accused killer Cody Legebokoff, to tell police. Legebokoff was charged with her murder, although her body has not been found. He is also facing murder charges in connection with the deaths of Jill Stuchenko, Loren Leslie, and Cynthia Maas. “Today we came here to pray and smudge the apartment where we lost our beloved Natasha,” the family said in a statement issued through the RCMP. “The loss of Natasha has had a very devastating impact on our family. “It is hard enough to accept the fact she is gone, let alone not having the ability to lay her to rest. We need her back to help in our family’s healing process. “We feel like we are being tormented ... “Her children have been emotionally scarred. “As they grow older they will learn what has really happened to their mother. “It’s hard to answer the questions they ask now, they know their mother has passed and that she is still missing. This is a nightmare our family is reliving on a daily basis.

“We wake up every morning wondering if today is the day she is found … “I urge the public to come forward with any tips they have small or big on Cody’s activities prior to his arrest. No information is too small; it may lead us to Natasha! “Our hearts go out to the Maas family, the Leslie family and the Stuchenko family. “You are not alone in this horrifying journey we have all had to endure! No one deserves this; our loved ones didn’t deserve this!” Legebokoff was arrested on November 27, 2010 after he was pulled over by RCMP officers from Fort St. James and Vanderhoof, which led to the discovery of Leslie’s body. Legebokoff was charged with her murder and, as a result of further investigation, was subsequently charged with three more murders. Police are requesting the public’s assistance in finding Montgomery’s body. “While Cody Legebokoff has been charged and will be tried for the death of Natasha, we still need to know where she is in order to give her family the dignity of a proper burial”, says Const. Lesley Smith, North District RCMP media relations officer in a press release.

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Family members of Natasha Montgomery gather Monday, at the house where police believe she was murdered, to hold a smudge ceremony. “She was a beautiful, loving and caring person. Her family wants to bring her home. Anyone who

may know where Natasha is needs to contact police”. Police are asking anyone with

any information to call the specially created Tip Line 1-877-9878477 (TIPS).

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Matte family battles city over ditch problem DELYNDA PILON

A local developer is ready to take on city hall as well as the Water Management Branch of B.C. Louis Matte of Matte Bros. & Sons Construction Ltd. might be 83 years old but, according to his son, that doesn’t mean he intends to give up fighting a Water Act Order to re-dig what he says is a ditch, but they say is a natural stream. Christopher Matte explained the issue has old roots, dating back to the mid-70s when his dad purchased about a quartersection of land now known as the Hart Industrial lands, next to the Hart Wheel Inn at the corner of Monterey Road and Highway 97 North. Phase one of the project was developed in the early 80s during a time when inter-

est rates were skyrocketing. It was a difficult time for the self-made man, a school teacher with a business acumen that led him into several ventures. From driving cab and selling pots and pans to put himself through university to restauranteur and developer with projects in city areas like Beaverly, Pineview and Miworth, Louis Matte did well. But the Hart Industrial development was no easy task. “It almost sunk him,” Matte said. “He bought out the smaller investors so they wouldn’t go bankrupt.” Other developments to the north added to his problems as city infrastructure expanded and drainage became an issue. In the 70s the Department of Highways put a culvert under 97 North so storm turn to PAGE A6

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A business owner adversely affected by the construction of the Boeing Road project is concerned about the length of time customers have had difficulty accessing his store. Pat and Shemin Patel have owned and operated Eastway Esso for about 11 years. They were aware when they took over the business that it is considered the neighbourhood store by many locals, and has been a cornerstone of area life for decades. Sharon Annis, who is acting as the couple’s spokesperson, has worked at the store for 15 years. During that time she has come to know her customers by their first names, watched their children grow up and even witnessed a marriage

recently when two regulars decided to tie the knot right inside the store. “They started this the end of last May,” she said of the construction. The Patels, she said, had no idea the project would take so long. “It’s been pretty near 12 months now,” Annis pointed out. Annis said she’s not sure if the problem lies with the city or the contractor, but in either case the Patels’ frustration is rising. ‘No through traffic’ signs stopped customers from accessing the store at the Boeing Road/Highway 16 intersection. This meant customers, at least those who knew how to get there, had to access the store by travelling to the next set of lights, turning right on the Old Cariboo Highway then left on the other end of Boeing. turn to PAGE A4


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Plans for sawmill training centre push ahead DELYNDA PILON

Both Canfor and the BID group are continuing in their effort to transform the old Rustad Sawmill site into a trades training centre to ensure local skilled workers are available for the tidal wave of opportunities coming to the north. “We met with Advanced Education last week,” Christine Kennedy, Canfor’s director of public affairs and corporate communications, said. “It was really productive.” Kennedy said they discussed the scope of the proposal and had the opportunity to explain the intent of the facility is to provide training for incremental students rather than layer on top of what is already offered. They also discussed the investments Advanced Education has already made in the north and how more is needed. “We want more capacity and

programs because they are urgently needed,” she said. The facility will offer 72,000 square feet of classroom space. Surrounding those classes will be a working industrial complex with opportunities for students to have hands-on work and apprenticeship experiences. “There is real-world application access,” she said. Canfor and BID’s contribution to the project equals about $10 million. Several million more will be needed to get the project on its feet and more will be needed to keep it going. To put that number in perspective, she said, there is not enough labour available to keep the Mount Milligan mine on schedule. So one week of the excess it is costing that project because of the skilled labour shortage would pay for a training centre at Rustad Sawmill. If there is no training investment in the north, with proposed projects in mining, LNG, forestry

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Christine Kennedy with Canfor shows the training centre classroom will be in the midst of a working industrial park. and hydro, companyies are likely to start flying in workers from other points in Canada and the world.

That means a fly in-fly out economy with no disposable income spent locally. “Then there is no economic ben-

efit. Instead there is high unemployment combined with a high need for jobs. We simply have to train people in the north and keep them in the north,” she said. This means working closely with all the partners involved, which in this case includes industry, and keeping sight of the urgent need for a facility like the one they are proposing, she said. Kennedy said no commitments were made during the initial meeting with Advanced Education, however they did agree to continue to meet and discuss the project. They are also working with other staff across government and will be trying to access funding from all levels of government. Because of the urgency of the need, the proposed first intake for students is 2013, meaning much has to be accomplished within a comparably short time period. “We need to get on with this. The need for capacity is there right now,” she said.

Moose-chaser sought Bell says no cuts to ITA budget The Conservation Officer Service is seeking the public’s assistance related to the harassment of a cow and calf moose in Prince George on Tuesday. On the morning of March 20, the service received several reports of an injured moose in the 2500 block of Parent Street. Residents reported a young moose struggling to walk down the street. A Conservation Officer did respond and found a lone calf moose bedded in a backyard. The officer learned from residents that a cow

and calf moose were observed in the morning browsing on some front yard trees until a white pickup truck appeared and chased the moose down the street. The truck pushed the moose by following them until the pair broke out running eastbound down Parent Street. The cow and calf moose ended up being split up and a short time later calls of an injured moose were reported. This act endangered the public’s safety and subsequently resulted in the destruction of the calf moose.

If you have information about this incident or others, please report it to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877952-7277. All callers remain anonymous and tips leading to a successful prosecution can be subject to a reward. Please note that if you observe an environmental violation, take as much information as you can including descriptions about the parties involved, their actions, locations and licence plate numbers and anything else you think might help an investigation.


There has been no cut in the Industry Training Authority budget, an organization that falls under the jurisdiction of MLA Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. Bell wanted to make that clear in response to a statement made by NDP leader Adrian Dix, who stopped in the city last week and discussed what he said would be a cut in skilled labour training. “Mr. Dix is either not being honest or he is misinformed,” Bell said. He added the budget is set at nearly $94.5 million and remains the same as last year. He also said the advertising budget for is $15 million, not $50. “The total advertising budget over two years is $15 million. The majority of that is spent internationally to attract interest to B.C.,” he said. The payoff can be seen in the upswing in softwood lumber sales to China, he added. Over five years $34 million has been spent marketing B.C. to

China. Before this happened, softwood lumber sales sat below the $100 million mark. Now it is over a billion dollars. “What he is suggesting is totally counter-intuitive to best business practices,” Bell said. He added it disappoints him when the leader of the opposition comes to town and misinforms people. As for raw log exports, that is a complex issue, Bell said. He said for every job in the mill, there are two-and-a-half jobs in the bush. “One of the challenges people face is if you eliminate the opportunity for log exports you are putting two-and-a-half people out of work,” Bell said. Bell explained that there is a high degree of risk that a log not bound for export will be harvested. “People assume it will be harvested and sent to a B.C. mill, but that is flawed,” he said. The price of harvesting can often only be met through the incremental price of the export permit which is valued at between $20 and $30/cubic metre.

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And, she pointed out, that side of the road is a challenge to travel as well. Now the first access is open, but it is not in good shape. “It’s almost impassable,” she said. “Small cars can’t get down it.” Even big trucks, three and five tonnes, bottom out, she added. “We’ve been told that’s the nature of construction. Our business is less than half of what it should be. If it goes on for much longer, I don’t know what will happen. “The whole thing has been very inconsiderate. We’re not trying to be trouble makers. We just want someone to step up to the plate.” Jim Litzen, the project manager for Boundary Road, said there have been challenges with the project. R Yea ou r nd !

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director of clinical operation-systemic therapy, said this team and ties with the Northern Health community are what will make this strategy successful. “We share with the Northern Cancer Control Strategy the prime focus. We want to help improve the quality of life and the outcomes of our cancer patients and their families,” she said. Part of the strategy states treating cancer is not the only inten-

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New elements of a cancer control strategy for the north were talked about at a press conference on Monday, with the release of a report on the directions which will be taken. tion in November. Another highlight includes the use of video conferencing to perform real-time patient consultations. It has been set up in 15 suttees across northern B.C. Not only does it reduce travel time for patients, but it also encourages more people to get treatment who might have refused before due to travel and cost. The video conferencing works in

conjunction with a regional support team. The team works with the community cancer clinic staff to provide services to cancer patients. It includes an oncology dietitian, pharmacist, social worker and education coordinator. “We hear time and time again from our patients as well as staff how valuable they feel this service is to them and how convenient it is that patients do not

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water could run into a pond sitting on the phase 2 portion of the land. At the time there was no natural outflow from the pond, though Highways also dug a small trench off the pond. While phase two

remained on hold, the city continued to grow and the water level in the pond rose and became an issue, saturating a peat bog on the property and significantly raising the water table. In an effort to temporarily alleviate the problem, Louis added to the trench, creating

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the professional engineer manager of the city’s transportation division. The letter outlined the history of the issue and explained the Matte’s intention to fill in the original ditch and dig another, one leading to a storm pipe at the intersection of Monterey and the highway, one he said was part of the original plan the city had which would create an outflow for the pond. The letter said the work would be done in July and August. Documentation shows the letter was forwarded to several city bureaucrats. The city didn’t reply and the project went forward. The city even provided information about the location of the underground utilities. By Aug. 1 the new temporary ditch was completed. By Aug. 5, 400 metres of the old ditch was filled in. That same day the city planner wrote a cease and desist order regarding the project. However, according to documents supplied by the Mattes, the letter was not sent, by registered mail, until Aug. 10, arriving Aug. 16. By then the project was complete. The same day he received the letter, Louis wrote back, responding not only to the city this time, but provincial water officials the city called into the matter, explaining the events, the longterm issue with storm water he felt the city should have dealt with decades ago, and the fact the ditch was not nor had ever been a natural stream. In fact, he has aerial photographs, some from the late 40s and others with a higher definition taken in the

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matter, with many twists, turns and subplots noted in great detail, however their main contention in the appeal is the fact the ditch is man-made, not a natural stream. It is a complex issue, but one Chris said his father will follow through on no matter the cost in either time, stress or money. “My dad is a good man. He has always been an up-front person. He will tell you the way he sees it – whether you like it or not. He always pays his bills. He says you never do business on the back of your suppliers,” Matte said. “His good name means more to him than any amount of money.” Chris Bone with communications at the City of Prince George said the matter is currently with the city’s lawyers so it cannot be commented on at this time. Water Management did not return a call for comment before press time.

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The Step In Step Up program was created to prevent youth involvement in gangs was developed. The team of School District 57 Superintendent Brian Pepper, left, Community Policing Cpl. Carissa Hornoi, Prince GeorgeValemount MLA Shirley Bond, Prince George RCMP Victim Services Krista Levar, Youth Around Prince George representative Misty Koster, and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell were excited to announce funding from civil forfeiture to support the program.


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A new program aimed at preventing youth gang involvement in Prince George will be funded from proceeds linked to gang crime and drug trade. In 2006 civil forfeiture was introduced in British Columbia, taking proceeds from illegal activities. Last year saw unprecedented success and this year almost $175,000 will be used to create prevention techniques, said Justice Minister Shirley Bond. “It is important that we look at shutting down grow-ops but it’s really important we look at preventions,” Bond said. “It means we have

to focus on the front end. We wouldn’t have gangs in British Columbia if young people didn’t chose to become a part of them.” Bond said one of the most important things to prevent gangs is ensuring there are available resources in place. The money will go towards a new program, Step In Step Up, working to keep youth out of gangs.

The program was developed through the involvement of Community Policing, School District 57, and organizations like Youth Around Prince George and RCMP Victim Services. “We’re taking the proceeds of illegal activity and we’re going to turn it right back to positive work that will be done with youth in our city,” Bond said.

The program will have a volunteer council comprised of youth planning for youth. “The program will include a social media campaign, an interactive youth forum every year directed at youth either involved or at risk of involvement of gang activity.” A gang summit will be organized with the aim of bringing awareness and focus to the

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Spending the core issue T here is an old saying about barking up the wrong tree. Concern has been raised in the city recently about the fact Mayor Shari Green has hired an assistant. This is nothing new as previous mayors have also had assistants. What is lost in the debate about Green’s new assistant is the fact that city manager Derek Bates also had an assistant … key word is had. The position was vacant. Green’s new assistant will also serve as an assistant to Bates. In other words, two assistants at city hall will now become one. An argument could probably be made that neither need an assistant, but that’s a debate for another day. The fact is city taxpayers are paying less for assistants at the highest levels than they have previously. If we want to start looking at how this frugal council is extravagantly spending taxpayers’ dollars, we should instead focus on the core services review. Council had originally earmarked $350,000 for the review, even though it has already slashed 28 positions at city hall, and it looks like the actual cost will come in somewhere around $260,000. Peter Ewart, in his column for Opinion250, cites a Canadian Union of Public Employees research paper on core reviews that found Prince George is paying a lot more for its core review than other communities across Canada. The most glaring example is Toronto, the country’s largest city, which paid $350,000 for a core review of its services. Closer to home, Mission budgeted $100,000 for its core review. White Rock budgeted $60,000 for its core review. Penticton paid $37,904 for one. Not in the CUPE study is Williams Lake, which, about 10 years ago, did a core services review internally. Core service reviews are an important part of every organization – public and private – and should be conducted regularly. Sadly, organizations don’t do them nearly as often as they should. They are often avoided because they have the negative connotation of being a fancy name for cutting services and jobs. And that is often the case. However, core service reviews are also a tool for an organization to re-evaluate what it’s doing, how it’s doing it, and whether it should be doing it. Communities are mandated to update their Official Community Plan, at great expense, every five years even though the Official Community Plan is only a guide that councillors can choose to follow or ignore. Why shouldn’t they be mandated to undergo a core services review, perhaps every 10 years? It’s a good exercise for every community to go through, as long as it doesn’t break the bank. It might be something that the new municipal auditor general’s office can stickhandle. But back here in Prince George, the self-proclaimed fiscally prudent city council has decided on an extravagant core services review. And that is where we should be concerned.


Don’t sweat the small stuff

Is it scandalous that Mayor Shari Green spent just many more businesses and services located in the over $80,000 to win the election? city. Those businesses will provide more employI think not. It just doesn’t have any legs. Some of ment and more taxpayers to share the burden. the critics expected to see a larger sum. A call for The city has a great inventory of serviced properputting some sort of lid on what one can spend to ties to absorb the commercial, industrial and resibe elected to office is silly. No one can buy the posidential growth. The cost will be lower as much of tion of mayor; the voters are too savvy for that. Let’s the property inventory is already serviced. A nice just bury this one and get on with more important little growth spurt will help all of us financially. things in our city. We may now have a council that thinks a bit The pothole protesters are out in full force as they before making decisions. It is good to see them not are every year about this time. Are they take up a public position against the the same bunches who complain about Gateway Pipeline Project before the our taxes being too high? Probably so, facts are on the table. The decision of it is at least a reasonable assumption. A the Terrace and Prince Rupert counsimple fact of life is we have to spend cils to pass a resolution opposing the a reasonable dollar to get reasonably project was vote pandering, emotional, Onside durable roads. The litter of potholes ill-informed or a combination of all of VICTORBOWMAN throughout the city is the legacy of prethese. Intelligent governments at any vious councils squeezing the pennies level should not make decisions withand not spending an adequate amount of dollars on out learning and digesting the facts. good construction. Sometime in the future, it may be appropriate to Like it or not, we will either have to put up with oppose the projects, but it will be done on the basis worse roads in future or spend some heavy money of an examination of the facts and coming to a fair to rebuild what we have. The same applies to much decision. Let us be thankful we have a council far of the infrastructure of the city you can not see. more competent than those in Terrace and Prince There are storm drain systems, sewage systems and Rupert. other underground utilities that are at the end of There are far more important matters for the their life or past it. When the city was growing at council to get on with. The anticipated core review an unbelievable rate in the 60s and 70s, quick and will hopefully point out some clear directions. It cheap was the primary specification. We now get may seem a big buck to hire the experts, but that to spend money rebuilding much of that infrastruccritical look from a knowledgeable outside group ture. Be brave, it will only cost us money. can spot things that just are taken for granted year Our only hope for not making the future finanafter year. No doubt the core review will be painful cially frustrating is the growth of the city. If the to some, but it may show the direction we should resource boom does occur, the city will see growth go with lower costs and better services. and that will share the burden amongst more of us. Our future is bright; let’s not overshadow it with There is hope out there and the opportunity to see petty stuff. Circulation Manager ....................... Heather Trenaman Email:

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Liberals’ new job plan doesn’t solve problem Editor: Christy Clark and Kevin Falcon have recently hatched a plan to re-locate social assistance recipients to the north to fill (dozens? hundreds? thousands?) allegedly high-paying jobs in the oil and gas industry. There are a number of problems with this scheme, but the most obvious is that it ignores the existing labour pool in B.C.’s north. Unemployment in northern B.C. ranges from 8–12 per cent. So with hundreds of northerners looking for work, why are the premier and the finance minister so eager to give plane tickets and accommodations for people whose roots are in the Lower Mainland? The problem with connecting the unemployed or underemployed to the available jobs in B.C. is not one of geography – no transportation scheme will solve the problem overnight. The solutions require a longer-term plan for giving training opportunities for people in northern communities. This can easily be accomplished by investing in post-secondary education and re-training programs at B.C.’s northern public community colleges (College of New Caledonia, Northwest Community College, and Northern Lights College). Unfortunately, the latest provincial budget paints a more grim picture for institutions. Northwest Community College and the rest of

B.C.’s colleges suffered funding cuts in budget 2012, and as a result must reduce course offerings. The situation is so dire that the normally tame uni-

versity and college senior administrators recently wrote an open letter the Minister of Advanced Education carping about the cuts.

There are unemployed and underemployed people in the North who would gladly fill vacant positions there, and our public colleges are more than capable

of helping address labour shortages. What’s missing is the political will from Victoria to connect the dots. Aaron Ekman President

North Central Labour Council Zachary Crispin Chairperson Canadian Federation of Students-BC

Sewage sludge latest negative for city Editor: Congratulations Prince George city manager and city council. Under your watchful leadership, Prince George has become a city of many negative titles. Now, if all else fails a lawsuit is next. Do you realize that we live in a democratic country? So far as I know not Libya, Syria etc. Sewage sludge was on nobody’s radar, as it now has a politicallycorrect name of bio-solids. This name was picked to confuse John and Jane Doe into believing it is mundane and safe. The truth is far from it. First of all, nobody knows what all goes into the sewage system and no total analyses are available of what comes out the other end of the treatment plant, simply because the cost of such analyses is too high. It was not until the good people of Patterson Road (Redrock area)

did some checking and found this “safe fertilizer” not to be desirable or safe at all. Due to misinformation, this sludge was placed anyway. They did not have enough people to stop it. Just because Sylvis and the City of Prince George are hiding behind what they say is OK by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Health. I personally have no faith in either one. Neither do many medical doctors at least the ones with guts. (Congratulations to Coun. Brian Skakun on your award.) The people of Salmon Valley area (which community has traditionally included Wright Creek Road) took a proactive stance after checking with independent researchers and with Sludge Watch Ontario. We do not want to take a chance on polluting our aquifer, as all of use it for our drinking water. Why not go on television and

Editor: I think it is important to remind Mayor Shari Green that money put into her businesses comes from the good-paying jobs that many of the city workers receive. It is always about priorities and laying

off city workers is a choice. Much like building a dike is a choice. My choice is keep the good-paying jobs in our city and make the businesses in the flood zone pay for the dike. Troy Zohner Prince George

explain why you cannot dump it on city parks, school grounds, boulevards, etc.? Could it be that it would not be safe for city folk? This “fertilizer” has been dumped on forest land for decades. Who knew? City pressure did not stop the good and concerned people of Wright Creek Road from deflecting trucks from dumping what we believe to be toxic waste. We have not been convinced by any argument otherwise. There is no conclusive proof available. So what does this city manager do? The city lawyer sends out a statement of claim. So, they sue.

Mr. city manager, you have proven yourself over and over. City council is gutless, with one notable exception, and you pretend to rule us too. So if that is the case, I will ask for your resignation … no golden handshake. The only reason to dump this sludge on unsuspecting farmers’ lands is it is the cheapest way of disposal. Once people get sick, the city will deny all responsibility and leave it all to the farmer who accepted the sludge. This has been the case in other jurisdictions, as evidenced on various websites. Maurice de Dreu Salmon Valley


Don’t sacrifice workers for dike

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As part of an exciting new set, Michael Groenenberg puts wood planks through a router trim at Theatre North West.

Trying isn’t good enough days – for anyone “Nice try.” selves and it teaches children important The phrase damns us to mediocrity. self-assessment skills. Rather than relying It is a patronizing lie every time. on others to confirm their self-worth, kids It is a default response learn to build a strong founto disappointment, as if dation of confidence, based acknowledging effort someon knowing they are doing how takes away from the their best, rather than needfact that the effort didn’t ing constant compliments. deliver the desired outWorst of all, too few people Rough come. want to own up to their failCuts “Do or do not, there is no ures anymore, taking responNEILGODBOUT sibility for them and learning try,” a wise green man once told a young Jedi. for the future. It’s so much But in today’s world, a try has become easier to say “nice try” and blame the good enough, especially for our kids. outcome on the unwanted interference of The parent who greets their child after others. the soccer or hockey game with “did Up until very recently, kids were seen you do your best?” is seen as the hyperas non-entities with no rights, put to critical crusher of tender young souls, yet work as soon as possible to earn their it’s a fair question to constantly ask ourkeep. Childhood was short, rough and selves, and our children. cruel, filled with harsh lessons to prepare That question forces us to evaluate our- for the rapid-as-possible transition to

adulthood. Children were taught from their earliest days to feel incomplete until they became men and women. Today, childhood is stretched longer and longer, as fewer and fewer demands are made upon kids to grow up but when we mask their failure behind “nice try,” we deny them the needed lessons that build maturity and accountability. But the true source of “nice try” can be found in our own feelings of inadequacy, not the desire to “stay positive” and pump up the confidence and enthusiasm of our precious children. Kids are now accessories, commoditized in our consumer culture like our clothes and our cars, reflecting our social status. “Nice try” is the backhanded compliment we dispense to inform our kids that they are average or, heaven forbid, less than average, a reality we refuse to accept because we can’t possibly be average par-

ents, even though basic mathematics tells us half the kids and half the parents have to be below the median. From a young age, kids see right through “nice try” and the even bolder bald-faced lie “you’re just as good as the other kids.” No wonder they lose respect for their parents so soon. Experience doesn’t match the empty praise from the adults who are supposed to guide them. Therefore, mom and dad must be idiots, since they can’t see the obvious. And then the same supposed adults sum up their parenting work with “I try to be a good parent.” It’s as ridiculous a phrase as “I try to feed the kids every day.” Nobody’s a perfect parent but the best ones never stop striving for better and never stop demanding their children hold themselves to the same basic standard. Nice try is nice but better is best.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

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High-school students get down to cases ALLAN WISHART

One of the members of the first team to complete its presentation at Saturday’s Business Case Study Competition at CNC had a question for organizers. “Do the judges know we’re high-school students?” The answer was no, the judges didn’t, and that wouldn’t factor into the judging. The answer didn’t seem to faze the three highschool students, though, whose reaction after their presentation was probably the same as any of the CNC and UNBC teams. “It got nerve-racking as the time went by in the isolation area,” said Deidre Suhr. “Now I’m relieved it’s over.” Suhr and teammates Randy Roy and Kaylee Harned, like the other teams in the competition, were given a business case study to examine and make a presentation on,

then put into a room for three hours. “We had a Powerpoint, a calculator and paper,” Suhr said.”That was all.” Harned said they knew they had three hours to do the work. “It was very quiet at first when we read through the package.” While Roy goes to Prince George Secondary and Suhr and Harned attend Westside Academy, this wasn’t a case of three students being thrown together at the last minute. “We know each other from Youth Parliament,” Harned said, and Suhr noted she and Roy had known each for years. Roy was the only one with previous experience in the competition. “Last year, I was put on a team because I was the only high-school student to put my name in. This year it was easier, because I called them up. From being at Youth Parliament, we knew each oth-

er’s strengths and weaknesses.” Suhr agreed. “Being friends and knowing each other ahead of time made it easier to delegate the jobs when we were working on the case.” The Youth Parliament experience also helped when it came to the preparation. “All of us are used to speaking in public,” Suhr said, “so we weren’t nervous at all.” The next Youth Parliament is coming up at the end of April, and Roy is already “dreading” it. “We’ve been working together for the last year,” he said, “and I’m going to be on the government side and they’re in opposition. They know how I think, so that could be a problem.” As it turned out, the high-school team placed right in the middle of the nine teams in the competition, in fifth place. First place in the compe-

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Randy Roy, left, Deidre Suhr and Kaylee Harned were the youngest – and the first – team in a business case study competition held at the College of New Caledonia on Saturday. tition went to Shea-Marie Glass, Stewart Lambert, and Ed Kovach. The team of Lydia Rudolph, Stephanie Kao, and Andrew Steele placed second,

while third went to Steven Clarke, Dale Watt, and Tiffany Bennet. Judges were Eric Griffith, CNC Senior Management instructor, Troy Dungate,

lawyer and chairman of Community Futures Fraser Fort George Board of Directors, and Lane Zirnhelt, partner in the Prince George office of KPMG.

New business-student society plans for future at CNC ALLAN WISHART

They were already hard at work before they were even a society. “Technically, I guess we started last spring,” says Andrew Steele, president of the CNC Society of Business Program Students. “That’s when we started getting people together. We were legally incorporated in January. “It was a good day.” Before they became official, though, the members of the society were already making their

presence known, such as gathering presents for a toy drive for the E. Fry Society. The idea for the society at CNC came on a visit to UNBC, says vice-president Grant Bachand. “We were up at UNBC for a case study competition, and saw their business society. That really sparked off our desire to create a society of our own.” While Steele and Bachand are both in their second, and final, years at CNC, the society is being built to survive. “There are nine on the exec-

utive,” Steele says, “myself as president, four directors and four assistant directors. All the assistant directors are first-year students. “It’s a structure we’re trying to continue.” He says more and more people want to get involved, and there is only one rule. “People from outside the business program can work with us, but they can’t be on the executive.” They are finding people from outside CNC who want to be

involved, Bachand says. “We’ve held public speaking sessions with the Toastmasters club in town. We also volunteer with different groups, which helps get other people involved.” Steele says one of the things the society is hoping to do is identify skill gaps for the students. “The level of education here is great,” he emphasized, “but there are some areas we find students are lacking, things like preparing resumes and making early investment plans. “We want to fill the gaps

between the curriculum and the workplace.” Bachand says the society is also looking to bridge those gaps by working with businesses in the city. “We would like to get partnerships in some groups in the city, hopefully to have them act as mentors for some of the students..” Anyone interested in learning more about the society can follow it on Twitter at @cncsbps or on Facebook under CNC Society of Business Program Students.

Crescendo of credit can mean problems for business It starts out innocently enough, usuleasehold improvements and enough ally with a small loan or a couple of trade operating money to see you through the accounts, but by the time the bailiff puts start-up period. a lock on the door, the amount of debt Life is good, but you still need suphas become one of the nails in the failplies. In the early days of business, suping business’ coffin. Here’s pliers can be an uncooperative how easily it can happen. lot – nobody wants to extend Imagine that you’re startcredit until they develop a relaing a venture with limited Boudreau tionship with you. So, following funds and eager to get the Biz “Supplier Development Rules doors open and succeed. DANBOUDREAU Of The Road”, you proceed to A startling number of build relationships and apply to new businesses fail in the first five years. establish a couple of trade accounts with Lenders know new business is risky, and enough headroom to enable you to order manage their loan portfolios accordingly. a month’s supply, as long as you pay However, with the right security, such as within 30 days. equity in the family residence or a willBecause the business isn’t yet churning ing co-signer or guarantor, it’s entirely out enough margin to provide you with feasible to nail down a start-up loan for a a paycheque, you might find yourself risk-laden small enterprise. nicking the corporate credit card to buy a So, congratulations are in order; you’ve few groceries. Every new business owner got the loan and started your business. knows this is evil, but most do it anyway. Let’s say the borrowed funds pay for After all, you’ve got to eat. You intend

to pay the card to zero at the end of each month, but as you bang it up with personal knick-knacks, and the money just isn’t there to pay it down, the carryover gets higher each month. You discover that you need a couple more trade accounts and use your newly honed skills to set up a few more accounts. In the meantime, your responses to pre-approved credit card marketing campaigns procure you a couple more credit cards. With trade accounts and other random sources of debt like credit cards, the trap is that none of them know what the others are up to, they rely on your diligence and integrity, and also hedge their bets on their expertise at extracting payment from you like bad teeth, regardless of how you’re managing your other debts. So, by cherry picking and presenting a small part of your financial picture to the disparate players, it’s entirely possible for

a clever operator to outsmart the entire bunch, including yourself, and tilt the financial chariot so far off centre that you wake up one day with no hope of ever getting your business back into the black, and no possibility of ever repaying the amount you owe. All it takes from there is a small disaster to tilt the financial house of cards into pandemonium. Perhaps one morning as you’re about to head off to work, your aging vehicle coughs and refuses to take you anywhere. A flurry of repairs and a yelling match later, you owe a mechanic $900, and the corporate credit card takes yet another hit. That’s how debt can destroy a business. Credit can be evil. Just because you can borrow, doesn’t mean you should. Treat debt with respect. Dan Boudreau is the creator of the Online Business Planner’s RoadMap at

Friday, March 23, 2012


CULTURE: CNC students give a view of the world’s cultures A15


Michelle Schribar is collecting bras for a good cause A17

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Playbill DATE CHANGE Due to a scheduling conflict, the Canadian Tenors have moved their Prince George show from Wednesday, May 23 at CN Centre, to Thursday, May 24. All tickets purchased for the May 23 date will be valid for May 24.

BOOGIE DOWN Get out your disco duds and prepare for a trip back to the 1970s tonight (March 23) when the 70s Disco Party hits the CN Centre. ABBAmania and Nite Fever, featuring the music of the Bee Gees, will have you doing the great dance steps of the decade all night long. The Rated PG Roller Girls will be doing the 70s scene as well, selling 50-50 tickets. The fun starts at 8 p.m.

EWERT DINNER Enjoy dinner, listen to a great speaker and help the Northern Medical Programs Trust. It’s coming up April 14 with the annual Dr. Bob Ewert Memorial Lecture and Dinner. This year’s guest speaker is former Prince George resident and CEO of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, John Furlong. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling 250-960-5750 or e-mailing development@


Pikaia’s spine a major discovery Chordate found in Burgess Shale a reminder of underwater B.C. DELYNDA PILON

Its name sounds like it might be some Pokemon character, but the Pikaia’s importance is far greater than its name or size. It was long suspected the fossil, no longer than a thumb, was an ancient chordate, meaning it had a primitive spine, and therefore is one of the earliest known ancestors of all vertebrae animals, including humans. Best of all, the rare fossil comes from the Burgess Shale Fossil beds, a 505million-year-old piece of land on the southwest side of a ridge between Mt. Field and Wapta Mountain, protected in the heart of Yoho National Park. On Monday researchers from the University of Cambridge, the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto confirmed that Pikaia gracilens was a primitive chordate. “They’ve known about them since 1909,” Omar McDadi with Parks Canada said. “They may be the planet’s earliest link to man. They were long speculated to be a chordate. This is the first study to confirm that.” When the Pikaia last breathed, the only life on the planet existed in the ocean, McDadi said. “All of B.C. and most of Alberta and Saskatchewan were underwater,” he said. “The creatures at

the Burgess Shale were buried under water and mud, and very rapidly. That is why they were so incredibly preserved for so many years. They were soft-bodied animals and were all very small. Their preservation is remarkable.” McDadi explained the conditions that preserved the bodies caused them to undergo mineralization. In some cases preservation was so incredible, you could actually see what the last meal of the creature was by examining the gut lining. McDadi said that Yoho park is the second oldest in Canada, after Banff. “Yoho is one of the crown jewels of the system. It’s open and accessible to everyone in B.C. and in all of Canada. You can actually go to the fossil beds on guided hikes every summer, and it’s really incredible. It’s like taking a step back in time. You actually get a chance to look at the fossils.” In good Canadian fashion, McDadi compared the importance of the discovery to hockey. He said the Burgess Shale is the Stanley Cup of fossil sites, and Pikaia is the Wayne Gretzky of Fossils. “It’s drawn a lot of interest throughout the world. It’s definitely another piece in the big jigsaw puzzle in trying to figure out the development of Ph o to s ub mitte d life on this planet,” he A fossil found at the Burgess Shale fossil bed in Yoho National Park, now said. proven a chordate, may be the earliest link to man.


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Ireland expedition was an eye-opener UNBC students discuss three-week trip in presentation at Artspace NATALIE CAMERON Free Press

Attendees of Anthropology in Our Backyard followed the journey of 11 students and two instructors from University of Northern British Columbia who explored Ireland and the Isle of Man

last May. The students led a presentation at ArtSpace on March 13, informing the audience of about 50 about their experiences after attending the threeweek field school. Part of the objective was to broaden their understandings of

Celtic Europe. Danny Bell, an anthropology student on the trip, said the theme of the field school was globalization. He led a presentation on Guinness, leprechauns and Irish music, saying all were not what he expected. “Arthur Guinness

was more than just a brew master ... leprechauns wear red, not green ... [and] if you ask a musician to play ‘Danny Boy’ or ‘Galway Girl’ you probably wouldn’t even recognize it; it’s really all about the passion,” he said. “There is more to see than the global

images.” The group was studying the political and cultural changes in parts of Celtic Europe. One at a time, the students presented the issues in Ireland, such as integration and heritage, and the themes of autonomy, identity, and heritage

YOUR CITY MATTERS March 23, 2012


Engineering Technician, Limited Duration #12/012 - closing date: March 30 Event Maintenance Worker, Irregular PT #12/015 - closing date: March 28

Regular Council Meeting March 26, 2012 Council Chambers – 6:00 p.m.

Customer Service Waterslide Attendants, Irregular PG #12/016 - closing date: March 28


Finance and Audit Committee Tuesday, March 26th 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p. m. Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, March 28th 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p. m.

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



Supply of Four (4) New Three-Quarter Ton Pickups – 4WD Extended Cab Closing Date: April 5, 2012 Supply of One (1) New One-Ton Pickup – 4WD Extended Cab Closing Date: April 5, 2012

JOB POSTING Records Clerk, Limited Duration #12/011 - closing date: March 30

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions of Section 26(3) of the Community Charter that the City of Prince George intends to acquire and immediately lease 1373 - 6th Avenue, Prince George, BC to the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation for a term of 60 years at a Basic Rent of $10.00 for the term. Ian Wells, Real Estate Services

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to section 26(3) of the Community Charter, that the City of Prince George intends to sell to NLD Properties Inc. fee simple title to the approximately 5.24 acre portion shown below of the land legally described as District Lot 8180 Cariboo District Except: Plans B3608, 6932, 7274, 22207, H735, H700, PGP43039, Part on Plan BCP10188 and Part on Plan BCP28701 (PID:015-379-248), for an estimated sale price of $3,736,568.00, which sale price will vary depending on the final area of the land to be sold, as well as the final areas of that land that will be subject to statutory rights of way in favour of the City for public trail purposes and temporary road purposes. Ian Wells, Real Estate Services

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to section 26(3) of the Community Charter, that the City of Prince George intends to sell to Hayer R. Construction Firm Inc. fee simple title to land legally described as (PID 027-986-543) Lot A District Lot 2507 Cariboo District Plan BCP41838, for a sale price of $800,000.00. Ian Wells, Real Estate Services


in the Isle of Man. Dr. Gary Wilson, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Angèle Smith, assistant professor of anthropology, said the field school took years of talking, dreaming and planning, but it finally came together. They were excited to visit the places they research and even more thrilled for students to join them and learn as well. The night ended with a question period, where the students were mainly questioned for more stories. They shared

favourite moments and embarrassing stories. Stories varied from lost bus tickets to clapping loudly for musicians, learning later they should have only tapped their feet along to the music. There are two Anthropology in Our Backyard sessions left. The next is on March 27 at 7:30 at ArtSpace. UNBC archaeology field school students from the past two summers will lead it. The final session is a talk by Dr. Erin Gibson on April 10 at 7:30 at ArtSpace.


Community Enhancement Program offers an opportunity for community groups and neighbourhoods to help enhance our landscapes and activities through a matching grant program with the City. Application deadline: April 30, 2012. For more information or an Application Form go to: www.princegeorge. ca > City Living > Enhance PG > Community Enhancement Grants or call the Community Services Department at 250-561-7640.

PROCLAMATIONS March is “Community Social Services Month” March is “Kidney Health Month”

UTILITIES NOTICE January to June 2012 Utilities are now due. Payments received by Friday, March 30, 2012 will receive the discount. Payments can be made at City Hall (cash, cheque, interact), Financial Institutions (ATM, tele-banking, e-banking).

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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Kate McGowan goes through her dance moves at Judy Russell Enchainement Dance Centre to prepare for a performance at the Prince George Dance Festival. The gala performance is tonight (Friday) at Vanier Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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J.R. Goodwin still playing Hansen’s tune DELYNDA PILON

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“I had just finished two songs that were getting national air play. I was nominated for the BCCMA male vocalist award when he started that trek. It was kind of in my heyday,” he said. Goodwin, who was raised in the Bear Lake area, now lives in Quesnel and is a well-

known local entertainer, travelling through the Cariboo regularly, playing and singing at various venues. He said he, like many others, watched media reports as Hansen started his journey. At first only a handful of people seemed to notice, but the tour quickly gained momen-

tum. It was almost as if Hansen’s incredible commitment and enthusiasm was contagious. Goodwin was watching television when he caught a clip of Hansen being filmed crossing the B.C.-Alberta border when he found himself infected by the same sense of awe the Man

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in Motion would even- but Rick Hansen stayed tually carry throughout there.” the world. He added Hansen “He crossed the has remained a hero border by t h ro u g h Jasper and out those when he years, conlooked into tinuing the camera I to raise looked into awarehis eyes ness and and saw the improve honesty and the lives of integrity in many. the man. I “ H e had a warm brought J.R. Goodwin glow all everyone - Tribute song night.” together A n d with a within 20 minutes, common goal and inspired by the man and showed one man can his journey, he wrote a change the life of many. song, Rick Hansen, A He gave people encourMan With A Dream. agement. When you He played that song look at Rick Hansen for Rick Hansen when you see he’s remained he came through the one of the greatest guys area during his first in Canada,” Goodwin tour. said. “Many times And he will play it when I’ve been down again on March 25 when and out, thinking about Hansen travels through him gave me the faith his old hometown of to suffer through the Williams Lake during darkness and wait for the 25-year anniversary the light.” tour. Anyone interested “He taught me cour- in hearing Goodwin’s age,” Goodwin says of song about Rick HanHansen. “I find there sen can access it via the are many who’ve done Free Press website at great feats. Time passes,




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The Atrium at the College of New Caledonia is a cultural crossroads this week. CNC’s Anthropology 101 students are showcasing 66 different indigenous cultures from around the world during a two-day event which started yesterday and continues today (Friday). The public is invited to attend the cultural fair, which wraps up at 2:30 p.m. Friday, where they’ll have a chance to speak to students and faculty. “This is a good way for people to experience cultures that we do not normally come into contact with in Prince George,” said Jennifer Reade, CNC Anthropology 101 instructor. “The cultures represented range from the Ainu in Japan to the Zulu of South Africa. Topics covered include spiritual beliefs, rituals, kinship, illness and healing, expressive culture, local politics or contemporary cultural change.” Anthropology is the study of humans, both past and present. To

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Corinne Anderson, left, studied the Mbuti people and Owen Whitwell the Inuit as part of an anthropology display at CNC. understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all human history, anthropology draws on and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. For CNC’s cultural fair, the 77 Anthropology 101 students each chose an indigenous culture to study in depth, and prepared a scientific description over the course of the semester as their major

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In the past month UNBC student Michelle Schribar has collected about 45 bras from Prince George. The bras will be used to make a 120 km chain. 10 months to collect enough bras to make the chain. They are also waiting to get approval from the Ministry of Roads to fork poles into the ground. On top of collecting bras, a bank account, Bras For Cancer, has been set up to collect

donations. Lehmann said she is also going to be sending letters to companies asking them to donate. More information can be found on the Facebook group ‘Bras for cancer!!’ or by contacting Lehmann at kaitlyn_lehmann@hot- To donate bras in Prince George, Schribar can be reached at And if anyone wants to set up a dontation bin, Lehmann said to please do it and then post a picture of it on the Facebook group.

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Shorts B.C. CHAMPS A pair of provincial hockey banners will be making their home in Prince George in the future. The Coast Inn of the North Cougars took the Midget Tier 1 title with a 6-0 win over Kamloops in the championship game Wednesday in Kelowna. The Female Bantam team also claimed a provincial title, downing Terrace 4-1 in the final in Victoria, also on Wednesday.

DRAFT LOTTERY The Prince George Cougars will have the third overall pick in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on May 3 in Calgary. The Cougars’ position was determined on Wednesday morning at the bantam draft lottery in Calgary. The Seattle Thunderbirds won the lottery and, as a result, will select first overall. The Prince Albert Raiders have the second pick. The draft lottery involved the six nonplayoff teams from the 2011-12 season. The Cougars had the second best chance of securing the first overall choice.

HOCKEY TOURNEY The 2012 Prince George Aboriginal Youth Hockey Championships take place at the Kin Centre this weekend. The tournament features a variety of age groups, with tykes, atoms, novice, peewee, bantam and midget divisions. Action was slated to get underway at 1:30 p.m. today, with the last game, the bantam final, beginning on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. at Kin 1.


Cariboo Cougars in finals again Local squad aims to knock off Vancouver North West Giants ALISTAIR MCINNIS

The Cariboo Cougars hope the third time is the charm. In each of the past two years, the Vancouver North West Giants swept the major midget Cats at home in the best-of-three league championship series. Tonight at the Burnaby Winter Club, the Cougars and Giants clash once again in the BC Hockey Major Midget League final. The teams will play tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:45 p.m. A deciding game, if necessary, will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Each game will be webcast live at “(The Giants) are just really good defensively and they really pay attention, they execute,” Cougars head coach Trevor Sprague said. “As much as they don’t get a lot of opportunities to score, they execute very well on their opportunities. You don’t see their guys missing the net three or four times in a period. When it counts, it counts and it counts for them, and that’s why they’re the best team in the league.” This weekend’s set is a battle between the top teams in the league during the regular season. The Giants topped the 11-team standings with 29 wins, five losses and six ties (29-5-6). The Cougars finished six points behind, at 26-8-6. For taking the top two positions in the standings, the Giants and Cougars received quarterfinal byes and automatic berths in the semifinals. The Cougars advanced to the final series with a two-game sweep over the Vancouver North East Chiefs at Kin 1 on the weekend. They defeated the Chiefs 6-2 on Friday night and 4-1 on Saturday

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Cariboo Cougars forward Brett Roulston dangles with the puck in the offensive zone against the Vancouver North East Chiefs during their BC Hockey Major Midget League playoff game on Friday evening at Kin 1. evening. “The first game, I think we totally took it to them. We totally dominated that game,” Sprague said, noting that in Saturday’s contest they didn’t start taking control until the second period. The Giants had a tougher time getting out of the second round, taking the full three games to down the Greater Vancouver Canadians in the league’s other semifinal set. They rebounded from a 2-1 defeat on Saturday to down the Canadians 3-2 in overtime in Game 3 on Sunday. The Giants defeated the Greater Vancouver squad 4-1 in the first game on Friday. “It’s a good program,” Sprague said of the Giants. “I think ours is better on the quality of kids and the people that we have, our organiza-

tion. We have to build hockey players here. They got hockey players that are able to have the training programs and the hockey programs that they they have in Vancouver to be good.” The Giants won the four-game season series three games to one. In their latest set, the Giants swept a doubleheader at Kin 1 with wins of 1-0 on Dec. 17 and 5-1 on Dec. 18. Both teams have seen a lot of action since then. That series fell before the Mac’s Tournament in Calgary between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and when it ended, the Cougars still had 16 regularseason games remaining. “We’ve improved and the guys have done a great job, and I think we’re built for the playoffs right now,” Sprague said. “Our team is a play-

off hockey team and I think we’re built to be right where we’re at. The goal at the end of the day is to get to the Telus Cup (national championship tournament) and we got to get by the Giants to do it.” Cariboo forward Brett Roulston took a cross check to the throat from Chiefs forward Liam Pearce on Friday night. Pearce was suspended and didn’t play on Saturday night. Roulston suited up in the second game, but played short of 100 per cent. Aggressive behavior spilled over into the dressing room hallway as Pearce was confronted by a trio of young spectators. Police and an off-duty officer dealt with the situation and the teenagers left the game. As for Roulston,

Sprague said on Sunday he expected a full recovery from the forward. “He’s just having a hard time breathing right now,” Sprague said. “He’ll be fine, I think, once the swelling comes down and everything looks good.” David Readman picked up the victory between the pipes in both games on the weekend. The winner of this weekend’s series will advance to the regional final against the champions from the Alberta Midget Hockey League. The winner of that set will represent the Pacific region against the best midget teams in the country at the 2012 Telus Cup, scheduled for April 23 to 29 in Leduc, Alta. “It’s going to be a close, tight series, that’s for sure,” Sprague said.

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Drew Owsley no surprise as Cougars MVP ALISTAIR MCINNIS

All anybody had to do was mention the award and they knew his name would get called. Without a doubt, goalie Drew Owsley was the Prince George Cougars’ Most Valuable Player this past season. A workhorse between the pipes, the 21-year-old Lethbridge, Alta. product saw action in 64 Western Hockey League games this past season, in many of which he kept the youthful Cats within striking distance of the opposition with timely saves. Owsley accepted the MVP award from Cougars vice-president Brandi Brodsky in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday evening at CN Centre. Then he returned to the team’s bench to watch their last game of the 2011-12 campaign, a 4-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. Seeing the Cougars’ overage starter watch Saturday’s game from the bench was unusual, yet fitting at the same time. Owsley was the biggest reason the team was still in the playoff hunt entering its final weekend of the 2011-12 campaign. He’d started most of the important games and, with the Cougars eliminated from

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Prince George Cougars goalie Drew Owsley poses with the team’s Most Valuable Player trophy beside vice-president Brandi Brodsky prior to Saturday evening’s Western Hockey League game at CN Centre, the final contest of the Cougars’ 2011-12 season. playoff contention the previous evening in Kamloops, they knew before Saturday’s opening faceoff it’d be their final game of the season. Owsley deserved to take the night off more than anybody else in the lineup, and his desire to do so didn’t surprise Cougars head coach Dean Clark.

Owsley was in net in a 10-4 loss to the Blazers on Friday night. “It was good to get (backup Devon Fordyce) in the game,” Clark said. “Drew played so much at the end and he was a little bit wore out, and we talked to Drew about it and he wanted to have a day so Fordo played pretty solid, and that’s

what he’s got to do if he’s going to be the guy next year.” The Cougars finished the season with 24 wins, 46 losses, zero overtime setbacks and two shootout defeats (24-46-0-2). They ended up last in the 10-team Western Conference, but were only four points short of the final playoff berth. On Friday night, the floodgates didn’t open until the third, as the Blazers held a slim 4-3 lead after two periods. “(Clark) didn’t talk to me about pulling me or anything,” Owsley said. “But it was just kind of one of those things, he didn’t want to take me out my last game, so he just let me battle it out, and what happened happened.” For a player seen as an obvious choice for the award, Owsley’s response to winning it was humble. “There’s so many guys who could be MVP on our team and to be chosen, obviously it’s an honour and I’m happy about it. But it’s a team game.” The winning goalie on Saturday night credited Owsley for helping him along the way this season. “He’s definitely been really encouraging all year, just even watching him, like the way he battles, the way he competes is something that I really need to

make sure I have in my game,” Fordyce said. In Saturday’s win, Fordyce turned aside 38 shots as the visitors outshot the Cougars 40-22. Forward Spencer Asuchak led the home team offensively with a pair of goals, one into an empty net. Linemate Troy Bourke assisted on both goals, while forward Chase Witala and defenceman Reid Jackson also scored. Jackson’s tally, a power-play marker at 16:48 of the third, was the game winner. Tim Bozon and Ryan Hanes replied for the Blazers, both goals coming in the second period. Other team award

winners were recognized during Saturday night’s pre-game ceremony: Defenceman Dan Gibb - Most Dedicated; forward Alex Forsberg - Rookie of the Year; defenceman Michael Mylchreest Scholastic Award; and forward Jarrett Fontaine - Dickies Hardest Worker.

Owsley received extra recognition as one of the team’s three 1991-born overagers suiting up in their final WHL contest. Asuchak and defenceman Cody Carlson were the Cougars’ other overagers this past season. “Obviously it’s kind of a bittersweet feeling,” Owsley said.

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Disheartened Timberwolves finish fifth


They entered the tournament as the top ranked team, and wanted to finish in that position. The UNBC Northern Timberwolves had that opportunity taken away from them in the semifinals of the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball national championships in Truro, N.S. Friday’s 78-71 semifinal loss to the eventual champions of the eight-team tournament, the Mohawk

College Mountaineers of Hamilton, Ont., extinguished the Timberwolves’ gold medal hopes. The Mountaineers captured the CCAA championship banner on Saturday with an 88-73 triumph over Calgary’s Mount Royal University Cougars. Not even 48 hours after a 23-point victory in last Thursday’s opening round gave the Timberwolves a promising start, they completed their tournament schedule with a 1-2 record after an uninspired defeat.

Their final game was a 74-62 loss to the St. Thomas University Tommies on Saturday, a contest the Timberwolves entered knowing they could finish no better than bronze. “We had to come back just over 12 hours (after the loss to Mohawk College) and play in that 10 o’clock game the next day. We definitely didn’t put our best product on the floor,� Timberwolves head coach Todd Jordan said. “A lot of that had to do just with the guys, emotionally and physically, were just so

spent from what happened the night before that it was just hard to come out and generate the energy that we needed to the next day.� The same squad UNBC defeated, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s Red Deer College Kings, rebounded from the 88-65 first-game defeat with a pair of wins to meet the Tommies in Saturday’s bronze medal final. The Tommies outscored the Kings 75-68 to take third place. The Timberwolves





ended up in a fifthplace tie with the Indiens d’Ahuntsic of Quebec. The seventhplace Vanier College Cheetahs (Quebec) and eighth-place Mount St. Vincent University Mystics (Halifax, N.S.) also entered the competition. In their game on Friday, the Mountaineers outscored the Timberwolves 29-21 in the third quarter to take a 66-55 lead. Trying to mount a late comeback, the Timberwolves had open looks, but missed the target on crucial shots. “We went a little cold there, especially at the end of the fourth quarter,� Jordan said. “We had some good looks, it just wouldn’t drop for us.� For the majority of their game against Mohawk College, the Timberwolves had to battle without the services of second-year forward Kevan Madsen, who got scratched in the eye at the beginning of the second quarter and sat out the remainder of the game. “We just got a little bit unlucky there, but Mohawk played hard, they’re a tough team,� Jordan said. “They beat us fair and square and they definitely deserve


their national championship.� Among the award winners honoured after the final game, UNBC fourth-year guard Sam Raphael was selected to the tournament’s second all-star team.





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Friday, March 23, 2012


Spruce Kings playoffs come to quick end ALISTAIR MCINNIS

A playoff team for the first time in three years, the Prince George Spruce Kings took the full 60 games to finish third in the conference. The second-place Merritt Centennials, only four points better in the regular season, took the minimum number of games to eliminate them. Four losses in as many games wasn’t how the Spruce Kings imagined their B.C. Hockey League playoffs. It’s not what they wanted. It’s not even what league followers expected. Results from the online Subway Poll showed fans picked the set as the most likely of four BCHL quarterfinal series to go the full seven games. But it never went the distance, not even close. “I’d almost rather the team come in here and just be way better than us, and it just wasn’t that way,” Spruce Kings head coach Dave Dupas said shortly after Tuesday evening’s 3-1 loss at the Coliseum, the defeat which ultimately ended their season. “I thought both games this week we deserved to win. We didn’t get a bounce. We didn’t get a timely goal when we needed it. We didn’t get a timely save when we needed it. But they played so hard and they deserved to get a break here or there.” The Spruce Kings’ mood after Tuesday night’s loss contradicted the feeling outside their dressing room less than two weeks earlier. In their final regular-season game on March 10, the Spruce Kings put an end to the Penticton Vees’ record 42-game winning streak, and in doing so, secured third place in the Interior Conference standings with a record of 33 wins, 21 losses, two

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Prince George Spruce Kings forward Tyson Witala breaks in towards the Merritt Centennials’ goal during the first period of Tuesday night’s B.C. Hockey League playoff game at the Coliseum. ties and four overtime defeats (33-21-2-4). On Monday evening, the Centennials edged the Spruce Kings 4-3 in overtime. Forward Evan Stack scored the game winner 5:41 into the extra session. “That was a series changer right there. We have Paul (De Jersey) going in on a breakaway in overtime, leading scorer in the league,” Dupas said, noting that he and another one of their top forwards, Jujhar Khaira, were stopped on chances. “Then they get an absolute gift off a fluke bounce. First it hit the wall, then it hit the side of the net and it bounced right in front of the net to their guy, and he admitted to some of the guys earlier that he didn’t even look. He just slapped it, and it was a dart right over the shoulder of Kirk (Thompson) in the net.” Centennials head coach and general manager Luke Pierce was pleased the series didn’t return to Merritt for a fifth contest. They travelled to Prince George following home-ice victories of 4-1 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. “I think it’s the old clichés of what it takes to win playoff series, and we had all of them,” Pierce said. “We had great goaltending,

we had contributions from our defence, we had just an all-around team effort and contributions from different players and we didn’t rely on our top line the whole series. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of these guys.” Winning netminder Lino Chimienti played the whole series. He made 28 saves on Tuesday night, as the Spruce Kings outshot the Cents 29-25. The turning point on Tuesday night may have been the sequence of plays about midway through the game. After Spruce Kings

forward Leo Fitzgerald tied the score 1-1 with a short-handed marker 8:36 into the second period, the Centennials recorded the game winner on the same power play, forward Chad Brears finishing up a tic-tac-toe play at the 9:02 mark. But it was the actions between the Fitzgerald and Brears goals that had spectators up in arms. Trying to break in for a scoring chance, Spruce Kings forward Tyson Witala was taken down in the neutral zone, a play that left Spruce Kings’ coaches, players and fans calling for an Centennials

interference penalty. While onlookers were expressing their frustration towards referees Dexter Rasmussen and Korey Martens, Spruce Kings forward Jarryd Ten Vaanholt had to get helped off the ice, the victim of a knee-on-knee collision. He’d return for the third period. Things went from bad to worse shortly after the visitors’ second goal. A frustrated De Jersey sucker punched a Centennials player and was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct at 9:45 of the frame. The Spruce Kings were already short-handed with two players suspended (see notes below).




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guys break the team rules, we have to make a stand,” Dupas said. A t t e n d a n c e – Announced attendance for the Spruce Kings’ two home games was 1,309 on Monday and 918 on Tuesday. Next round – The Cents will meet the winner of the series between the first-place Vees (54-4-0-2) and fourth-place Chilliwack Chiefs (33-22-2-3) in the Interior final. Penticton and Chilliwack were tied 2-2 entering Game 5, Thursday evening in Penticton. They’ll meet tonight in Chilliwack for the sixth game. The best-of-seven set between the Cents and Vees-Chiefs winner will begin on Tuesday.




“But we had enough guys to win the game, and we had enough chances to win the game. We had enough territorial play to win the game,” Dupas said. “We just didn’t win the game and it’s frustrating for these guys, and they’re devastated. The support that we had from this town was unbelievable.”



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Friday, March 23, 2012

Cougars have to change city’s perception

When a team consistently performs below expectations, the critics are quick to rear their ugly heads. The Prince George Cougars have missed the playoffs for the third time in the last five years and that’s hard to do when a whopping eight teams out of 10 in the Western Conference qualify. So who takes the heat?

The fans? If more fans attended games, it could have created a better atmosphere, but I doubt the paying public could have put more pucks in the opposition net. The media? It’s always easy to point the finger at the messenger; however, most local reporters prefer to toe the line. The broadcasters? If they were a tad more positive in their analysis, maybe that SSMAN S UNERAL HAPEL would rub off A FULL CHOICE FUNERAL CENTRE on the team. The office 1908 Queensway St. 250-564-4431 staff? Actually it is easy to feel sorry for those nice folks who are on the receiving end of the anger from Dignity Memorial Providers disgruntled cusFunerals • Cremation • Monuments tomers. Full Service … One Call The off-ice Preplan your funeral and put your mind at ease. minor officials? à National Network à National Transferability of If they padded à Dignity Memorial Prearranged Services the Cats’ stats, Funeral & Cremation Plans à Grief Management Library à 100% Service Guarantee à 24 Hour Compassion Helpline that could have à Bereavement Travel Program à (Internet Memorials) been the boost the players


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needed. offs The trainer? Is the likeable 05/06 – 35-31-2-4 – 1-4 in the Chico supposed to get injured playoffs players back in the lineup 06/07 – 33-31-3-5 – 9-6 in the before they are ready? Three playoffs cheers for the most popular guy 07/08 – 20-48-1-3 – did not associated with the qualify for the playteam, Chico! offs The players? 08/09 – 25-44-0-3 – Sure, they bear 0-4 in the playoffs Hart some blame, but it 09/10 – 12-56-1-3 – Beat was another young did not qualify for team with many HARTLEYMILLER the playoffs injuries. Yawn! 10/11 – 33-35-2-2 – I know we have heard this 0-4 in the playoffs before. 11/12 – 24-46-0-2 – did not The head coach? Dean Clark qualify for the playoffs has to take responsibility for the Total – 208-332-12-24 – 10-18 in league’s worst power-play (12 the playoffs per cent) and an overall record These numbers reflect that of 69-137-3-7 in his three years the Cougars have had the worst behind the bench. In fairness WHL regular season record to Clark, he has a history of over an eight-year period. For winning in the WHL when he what it’s worth, the Cats did coached Calgary, Brandon and have a playoff run in 2006/07 Kamloops prior to his arrival that some other clubs have not in P.G. been able to do in the past eight The owner? Well, it has been seasons. 18 years since Rick Brodsky In conclusion, there is mountbrought the Cougars to Prince ing frustration from all sides. George and still no banners. Average attendance of 2,047 The GM? One thing is sure, at CN Centre was seven per Dallas Thompson has withstood cent less than a year ago and significant public ridithe least in the 22-team league. cule and “bullets.” When (Swift Current was second lowassessing the performance est with an average of 2,204.) of a general manager, one I believe it is safe to suggest should look at the big Prince George fans want this picture and not a one-year team to stay in the city. snapshot. Thompson has The Cougars insist they want been the Cougars GM for to remain long term, but at eight seasons. He was an some point finances will play a assistant GM and assistant role before the team seriously coach with the team prior looks at other options. to his promotion. The past hasn’t been pretty. Here are the records of With the status quo, I’m not the P.G. Cougars over the sure how much optimism there past eight years: is about the future, but we can 04/05 – 26-41-3-2 – did all agree the perception and/or not qualify for the playculture of the Cougars is in des-

First linear accelerator starts installation The building was structured so it would fit and after a tight squeeze on the way to the treatment room, the largest pieces of the machine made to deliver radiation therapy arrived at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North on Wednesday. It’s the first of two linear accelerators to reach Prince George. The other will arrive next week. The machines will allow cancer patients to receive radiation treatments north of Kelowna for the first time ever. “It’s the first major piece of medical equipment moved in,” said Hal Collier, chief project manager for the Northern Cancer Control Strategy. The centre is still under construction but the rooms holding the accelerators are completed and ready to hold them. The accelerator was made in Palo Alto, California by Varian Medical Systems and arrived in over 30 pieces. The machines must now be assembled, programmed and tested to prepare

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The first of two linear accelerators has moved in. The machines deliver radiation therapy in cancer treatment. for the centre’s opening. “It’s the longest, most complicated piece of the project,” Collier said of the accelerators. “It’s quite a process.” Once functioning, they will allow clinicians to more accurately target tumours and deliver beams of high-dose radiation to patients than older technology. Each accelerator will be able to treat 10 to 12 patients per day once the facility opens. The centre is still on track and scheduled to open in late 2012, Collier said.

perate need of a change. ••• Not only were Victoria, Everett, Seattle, and Prince George the four worst teams in the WHL Western Conference, but they ended up in the bottom five of the league. The (32-34-1-5) Red Deer Rebels finished 12 points out of a playoff spot in the East, yet they were 16 points ahead of the last playoff qualifier (Everett) in the West. I realize this can be argued as an odd quirk and pitfall when the Eastern Conference has 12 teams and the West has 10, but perhaps this is the time to reassess the situation and look at possible wild-card scenarios. Sure, extra travel is a major issue to overcome, but the WHL should make a better effort at getting its 16 best teams in the playoffs. Sometimes it is better to “get it right” rather than what is most convenient. The CFL made a change a few years ago for a crossover playoff spot should a fourth-place team in one division have a better record than the third-place team in another. This season the format worked in favour of the P.G. Cougars in that they still had a mathematical chance at the playoffs until game No. 71; however, in another year it may not. If nothing else, the topic deserves further discussion. Just ask the Rebels. 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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Handypersons Handyman from Newfoundland All jobs big & small, I’se the b’ye to do it all. Carpentry & plumbing etc. W.E.T.T. CertiďŹ ed. Call Jim 250.562.8203 / 250.613.5478

Misc. Wanted

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

Feed & Hay

LOCAL Coin Collector, looking to buy collections, Mint & Proof sets, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold, Silver Coins Etc. Any amount. Please Call Chad at 250-863-3082.

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

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Trades, Technical

Trades, Technical

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Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent


• 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 oor • No pets

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CertiďŹ ed Electrician

The successful candidate will be a certiďŹ ed electrician (BC/IP),with preference given to candidates who have experience in the lumber manufacturing industry. Preference will be given to candidates who have Allen Bradley PLC experience. Ability to troubleshoot and repair VFD drives, optimizer systems, scanners and computer skills would be an asset. The successful applicant must be a highly motivated team player, with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Alternate schedules and shift work will be required for a demanding, high paced environment. Excellent wages and beneďŹ t package as applicable in the United Steelworkers Local 1-423. Interfor’s Board of Directors approved a $24 million capital plan to upgrade the Company’s Grand Forks and Castlegar sawmills. The plan involves the installation of a new small log line at Grand Forks to replace existing two-line facility, along with funds to complete the installation of an automated lumber grading system. The Grand Forks project is budgeted at 19 million and will incorporate the same technology recently installed at the Company’s Adams Lake sawmill. Construction will commence in the ďŹ rst quarter of 2012 and will be completed in mid 2013 Interested applicants should forward a resume, or complete an hourly application available at the Grand Forks OfďŹ ce by April 15, 2012 and forward to: Ken Makortoff, Interfor Ltd. Box 39, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0 Fax: (1) 250-443-2434 or email: We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Park Village Apartments 125 N Ospika Blvd 2 & 3 bdrm suites Phone 250-612-5162 Pine Glen Apartments 255 N. Ospika (Rental OfďŹ ce) 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


Bed & Breakfast Hartway RV Bed n’ Breakfast *Clean & Quiet *Kitchenette *Nightly & Weekly Rates 250-962-8848

Commercial/ Industrial

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

Duplex / 4 Plex 3 bdrm upstairs, $900/mo, incl utilities, NP, fridge/stove 2369 Redwood St. 250-562-3781 Up 2 bdrm suites, new oors & paint, dishwasher, incl W/D, April 1st, 1/2 mo free for senior. Pets friendly(250)596-3838

Misc for Rent Reduced rent 3 bdrm suites for rent, reasonably priced. Heat & Hydro incl. Ph (250) 552-1178

Modular Homes 2 bdrm trailer for rent, 4 appl, located in Hixon $500/mo + utilities Phone(250)998-4301

Homes for Rent For Rent; Small 2 bdrm house partly furnished, Hixon $400/mo + utilities (250)9984301

Suites, Lower 2 bdrm furn/unfurn NS Utilities & laundry incl. References required. Incentive for seniors. Avail immed. 250-562-2444

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by COLEMAN IS $7,995

WAS $10,519 GVW Rating: 2,200 lbs, Unloaded Hitch Weight: 190 lbs, Max Carrying Capacity: 730 lbs, Bed Capacity: 1,100 lbs, Dimensions Open (L x W): 16’ 9� x 9’ 1�, Dimensions Closed (L x W): 13� 1’ x 7� 5�, Convertible Dinette/Bed, Water Storage Capacity: 10 gal.

MOTORS 805 1st Ave. 250.563.8891

Cars - Sports & Imports

0.9% APR*

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2008 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA CITY Automatic, 2.0L I-4, ABS, Keyless Entry, PW, PL, PM, tilt and telescopic steering wheel. CertiďŹ ed Pre-Owned. *Financing as low as 0.9% on approved credit. Only 73,000 kms. Sale $13,900

Hub City Motors 1822 Queensway 250.564.7228


Recreational/Sale 2011 Arctic Fox 29L, silver fox edition. Used twice, like new, fully loaded. 2 power slides with topper awnings, laminated ďŹ berglass walls, thermal windows, alum. super structure, heated and enclosed tanks, black tank ush system, power awning with screen room, power jack, 10gal water heater, at screen tv, auto gps satellite dish, DVD CD radio, led lights, 125W solar charge system, maxx air covers, dual 6 volt batt. 1(250)392-3201

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

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



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THE SHOW BEGINS IN PRINCE GEORGE NEXT WEEK! We are pleased to give you an opportunity to showcase your wonderful items, at no cost! We continuously travel across Canada to educate people about their antiques and collectibles.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW! On behalf of everyone here at the Roadshow, we would like to express how excited we are to be back in Prince George. During our tour of Canada, we have seen an abundance of unique items coming into our shows. The history of this country never ceases to amaze us, as local citizens have continuously brought us extraordinary treasures that we have purchased. We invite everyone to bring in their items, free of charge, and sit down with an expert and have them examined. We are looking to purchase a variety of Antiques, Collectibles, and Precious Metals (Gold, Sterling Silver, Coins with Silver Content). We are expecting to see hundreds of people walkk through our doorss du dduring ring this event, and we are looking forward to writing hun hundreds cheques! ndreds of chequ ues! We look forward to seeing you at the show!


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Gold prices continue to soar! COME HAVE YOUR ITEMS EVALUATED AT THE SHOW IN Michael Ross PRINCE GEORGE! Great CanadianBy:Roadshow Staff Writer After a successful week in Williams Lake, the show will be coming to the wonderful city of Prince George! So you better search through your attics and basements, go through your lock boxes and jewelry, because you may be sitting on a small fortune and not even know it! Roadshow experts are here to examine all your antiques, collectibles, gold, and silver.



WWI, WWII, War Medals, Swords, Daggers, Bayonets, Civil War Memorabilia, etc.

Toys, Train Sets, Dolls, Advertising, T Cast Iron Banks, Pottery, etc.

COINS Any coins before 1967 Including Silver Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Large Cents, and all others.

Jewelry, Toys, Train Sets, Dolls, Advertising, Cast Iron Banks, Sports Memorabilia, Cameras, Pocket Watches, etc.



Esthers Inn 1151 Commercial Cres. Prince George, BC. V2M 6W6 Located off of Central Street, beside Spruceland Mall. For Information Call: 1-800-746-0902 March 27th – March 31st, Tuesday– Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

“We have noticed a substantial increase in the amount of precious metals such as gold and silver coming to the Roadshow, which makes sense considering how high it’s currently trading at.” During our show in Midland, a woman came in with a jewelry box that she had just inherited from her late aunt. “I don’t wear jewelry,” explained Cheryl Barnes, “so it was an easy decision to come down to the Roadshow to sell it”. She was very excited when she was able to walk away with a cheque for over $2,100 for jewelry she was never going to wear anyways. Expert Cliff Edwards explains, “We have noticed a substantial increase in the amount of precious metals such as gold and silver coming to the Roadshow, which makes sense considering how high it’s currently trading at. He added, “The Roadshow is great because it puts money in people’s pockets, especially during such hard times. Lots of items that are just sitting around collecting dust in basements and jewelry boxes can be exchanged for money, on the spot! ”. At another Roadshow event, a woman walked in with a tin full of hundreds of old coins that were given to her as a young child by her grandfather. She finally decided to come in to the Roadshow and see what he had given her. She was ecstatic to learn she had coins dating back to the late 1800’s, some of which were extremely rare. Roadshow consultant Raymond Flack explains “We had uncovered an 1871 Queen Victoria 50 Cent piece, valued at over $2,000!! She also had a nice assortment of coins that were not rare dates, but she was able to sell them for their silver content”. All in all, Roadshow customer Linda Donaldson was able to cash in with $4,500! “I’m so happy, “Linda explains, “I never would have thought that my old tin of coins was worth so much! I can finally afford to renovate my kitchen.” Raymond Flack continued, “Canadian coins prior to 1967, and American coins prior to 1964 are all made with silver, and we have noticed a large increase of customers coming to the Roadshow with coins and cashing them in for their silver value.” Experts at the Roadshow will evaluate and examine your items, FREE OF CHARGE, as well as educate you on them. The Roadshow sees hundreds of people during a one week event, and they have been travelling across Canada to different cities and towns, searching for your forgotten treasures. Trains, dolls, toys, old advertising signs, pocket watches, porcelain and bisque dolls, pretty much everything can be sold at the Roadshow. Any early edition Barbie’s are sought after by Roadshow collectors, as well as a variety of Dinky Toys and Matchbox Cars. Lionel Trains and a variety of tin toys can also fetch a price, especially if they are in their original box or in mint condition. If a collector is looking for one of your collectibles, we can always make an offer to buy it.

Any generous donation given during the promotion period† to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be matched dollar for dolllar by the Great Canadian Roadshow up to a maximum of $50,000 receivedin donations. The Great Canadian Roadshow reserves the right to further match any or all donations exceeding the aforementioned amount of $50,000. †March 1, 2011 to February 28, 2012 ™The Heart and Stroke Foundation Logo is a trademark of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and is used under license. The Heart and Stroke Foundation thanks the Great Canadian Roadshow for its generous support. This is not an endorsement.

“I’m so happy,” Linda explains, “I never would have thought that my old tin of coins was worth so much! I can finally afford to renovate my kitchen.” A man brought in a 1950’s Marx Tin Toy Robot, in fairly good condition, still in its original box. We were able to locate a collector for that specific toy within minutes, and that gentleman went home with over $700 for his Toy Robot and a few other small toys. So whether you have an old toy car, a broken gold chain, or a Barbie sitting in the closet, bring it down to the Roadshow, we will take a look at it for FREE and it could put money in

your pocket!

See You At The Show!

ON NOW AT YOUR BC GMC DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */††/†/**Offers apply to the purchase of a 2012 Terrain FWD (R7A), 2012 Acadia FWD (R7B) equipped as described. Freight included ($1,495). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offer available to retail customers in Canada. See Dealer for details. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the BC GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL, Ally Credit or TD Financing Services may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See GMC dealer for details. y$4,700 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on 2012 Acadia FWD (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. See your GM dealer for details. ††0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Credit for 72 months on new or demonstrator 2012 Terrain FWD. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/ trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $138.89 for 72 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000.00. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. †Variable rate financing for 84 months on 2012 Acadia FWD on approve credit. Bi-Weekly payment and variable rate shown based on current Ally Credit prime rate and is subject to fluctuation; actual payment amounts will vary with rate fluctuations. Example: $10,000 at 3% for 84 months, the monthly payment is $132. Cost of borrowing is $1,099, total obligation is $11,099. Down payment and/or trade may be required. Monthly payments and cost of borrowing will also vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Biweekly payments based on a purchase price of $34,995 with $2,599 down on 2012 Acadia FWD, equipped as described. **Credit valid towards the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2011 or 2012 model year Chevrolet, GMC, Buick or Cadillac vehicle, excluding Chevrolet Volt, delivered between January 6th 2012 and April 2nd 2012. Customers must present this authorization letter at the time of purchase or lease. All products are subject to availability. See Dealer for eligibility. Only one $1,000 Bonus may be redeemed per purchase/lease vehicle. This offer may not be redeemed for cash. The credit amount is inclusive of any applicable taxes. As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and will contact GM to verify eligibility. The $1,000 Bonus is not compatible with the Employee New Vehicle Purchase Program or the Supplier Program New Vehicle Purchase Program. Void where prohibited by law. $1,000 offer is stackable with Cardholder’s current GM Card Earnings, subject to Vehicle Redemption Allowances. For complete GM Card Program Rules, including current Redemption Allowances, transferability of Earnings, and other applicable restrictions for all eligible GM vehicles, see your GM Dealer, call the GM Card Redemption Centre at 1-888-446-6232 or visit Subject to applicable law, GMCL may modify or terminate the Program in whole or in part with or without notice to you. Subject to Vehicle Redemption Allowances. Primary GM Cardholders may transfer the $1,000 Bonus to the following eligible Immediate Family members, who reside at the Primary Cardholder’s residence: parents, partner, spouse, brother, sister, child, grandchild and grandparents including parents of spouse or partner. Proof of relationship and residency must be provided upon request. The $1,000 Bonus is not transferable to Immediate Family residing outside of the Primary Cardholders residence. WBased on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Δ2012 GMC Terrain FWD, equipped with standard 2.4L ECOTECŽ I-4 engine. Fuel consumption ratings based on Natural Resources Canada’s 2012 Fuel Consumption Guide. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Competitive segment based on’s 2012 Middle Cross Utility Vehicles Segment, excludes other GM models. ‥ Comparison based on 2012 Wards segmentation: Large/Cross Utility Vehicle and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM brands. ◊OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery) wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Subscription Service Agreement required. 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March 23, 2012 edition of the Prince George Free Press