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Cullen says Tories changing rules on Enbridge hearings Retroactively ap- to approve. Flaherty nounced yesterday. plying new, tighter confirmed the changes “We’ve been heardeadlines include the ing from stunned confor envip r o p o s e d stituents all day who ronmental E n b r i d g e cannot believe the arassessdual pipe- rogance of this govm e n t s line that ernment and the utter to the w o u l d disregard it has for a Northern t r a n s p o r t full examination of Gateway raw bitu- the huge environmenproject men and tal impacts and risks “entirely c o n d e n - of the Enbridge pipechanges sate be- line,” Cullen said. the rules tween the He noted the comNathan Cullen of the A l b e r t a ments of Grand Chief game” and - NDP M.P. o i l s a n d s Stewart Phillip of the lays an aland Asian Union of B.C. Indian ready heated process markets. Chiefs earlier today, wide open to costly, It’s unclear warning of time-consuming court what the new “battle in the cases, says MP Nathan rules mean courtrooms Cullen. for the Joint and on the “I’ve never heard of Review Panel land itself” a government chang- looking at if Consering everything half- the Northern vatives folway through,” Cullen Gateway proj- I’ve never low through said in a press release. ect, however heard of a on plans to “They’re rigging the some have government speed up the entire process and suggested it changing environmenthey’re not ashamed could mean everything tal review of it.” the hearings halfway process for Finance Minis- will wrap up through. Enbridge. They’re rigter Jim Flaherty an- this year. Cullen nounced, in last C u l l e n ging the called the week’s budget, that pointed to the entire pronew tighter major resource proj- w i d e s p r e a d cess and environects will receive only outrage that they’re not mental asone “streamlined” has erupted ashamed of sessment environmental assess- in British Co- it.” deadlines - Nathan Cullen “a ment review lasting no lumbia since rubber longer than 24 months. changes to stamp that is Currently, major re- the Enbridge not good for source projects can environmental assess- business or the envitake as long six years ment process were an- ronment.”

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Jago appointed in teachers’ dispute DeLynda Pilon Special to Express The governmental appointment of Dr. Charles Jago as the mediator between the B.C. Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) comes as no surprise to Matt Pearce, president of the Prince George Teachers Association, but he said it is still disappointing. “It’s not a surprise. He’s well connected with the Liberals without a background in labour mediation. Anyone with a reputation in mediation wouldn’t

touch it with a 10 foot pole,” he said. However, in a media teleconference Jago said he has engaged in negotiations before, though not a contract dispute, and he has a lot of experience in problem solving and consensus building. “I do have related skills,” he said, adding a trained mediator hasn’t worked up until this point. “I think I’m the right person for the job. I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think the government was justified in the choice it made.” However, he admits it will be a difficult endeavour. “I described it as mis-

sion impossible. There are enormous barriers. There is a sorry record of negotiations going back 20 years,” he said. He said when he was approached to take on the job he first gave it careful consideration and discussed the scope of his role with the government. “I wanted to be assured it was not a sham,” he said. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I thought there was no hope.” He pointed out he has a reputation of taking on complex and far reaching tasks like the northern medical program and the cancer care centre now under construction in Prince

George. “I do have a record of taking on major issues,” he said. As for ties to the Liberals, which includes donations to the party, Jago said it amounted to about $1,000 used to pay the way of a couple of friends and himself into a golf tournament. “I think people who’ve worked with me in the past can say I’m very independent,” he said. Jago said he will be in contact with both parties either later this week or early next week. Gaining the respect of the parties involved and getting a sense of the man-

April is Daffodil Month - Vanderhoof joins communities across Canada in the fight against cancer Today, the town of Vanderhoof joined the Canadian Cancer Society national daffodil campaign by raising the Canadian Cancer Society flag, proclaiming April as Daffodil Month and April 27th as Daffodil Day. “We’ve all been touched by cancer. In fact, two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and one in four will die,” says Leslie McAvity, Canadian Cancer Society spokesperson. “That’s why we’re asking British Columbians to join the fight and wear the daffodil pin this April.” “The town of Vanderhoof is proud to proclaim April as Daffodil Month,” says Gerry Thiessen, Mayor of Vanderhoof. “We encourage all citizens in the city to show their support for those affected by cancer and to remember those lost by wearing a daffodil pin. What better way to declare our part in this fight than to wear it on our lapels.” This April, the Society is asking all Canadians to join the fight and wear the daffodil pin, a bright and hopeful symbol of support for those affected by cancer and a remembrance of those lost to the disease. On Daffodil Day, April 27, the Society is encouraging people to mark the day by doing something special for someone living with cancer or to contribute in some way to fight against the disease.

Daffodil Day events will be happening throughout British Columbia. To find out what’s happening in your area visit www.fightback.ca “We want people who have been affected by cancer to know that they are not alone,” says Lorraine Grant, Board Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon Division. “We want them to know that they are supported and that there are support services to help along the way.” Donations for every pin go toward support services including programs for individuals seeking cancer information, emotional support and camps for youth and families. The Society also provides transportation services and lodge accommodations along with limited, short-term financial assistance for treatment-related transportation and accommodation. Volunteers and staff deliver cancer support programs, cancer prevention information, advocate for healthier communities and fundraise for cancer research. For a full listing of where to find the daffodil pin in your community, visit www.fightback.ca The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. Join the fight!

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dates are important first tasks, he said. “I would want to assure the BCTF that I would want to listen to them. I would want to respond to them,” he said. However, gaining the trust of the parties involved may be an overwhelming hurdle. “Dr. Jago’s job is to strip elements out of the collective agreement,” Pearce said. “We will be challenging that in court.”

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BRIEFLY Aliens Among Us You can see and learn more about plants and animals which are now in British Columbia but didn’t start here by visiting The Exploration Place in Prince George between now and April 23. “The exhibit came to us from the Royal B.C. Museum,” says deputy director Amanda Tisseur. “It’s actually doing a tour of the province this year, and heads to Kitimat next.” Tisseur says some of the species, such as starlings, were deliberately introduced to new areas, while others were accidental. “A lot of the plants and weeds were probably introduced when someone had some seeds stuck to them when they came back from somewhere else.” Before the exhibit came to The Exploration Place, Tisseur had seen information on the Royal B.C. Museum’s website, but “I didn’t know what to expect when the boxes showed up.” “I’ve worked with the Northwest Invasive Plant Council on having a display on what people should know about invasive plants and how to control them.” Aliens Among Us runs until April 23 on the second floor of The Exploration Place.

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Caledonia Courier Police are asking people enjoying the outdoors to keep their eyes peeled for anything out of the ordinary on backroads. As the warmer weather comes and more people are outside enjoying the backwoods, RCMP are asking those in the Prince George, Vanderhoof and Fort St. James areas using gravel roads, power lines and gravel pits to keep a look out for evidence or remains. The request is in connection with the continuing investigation into the death of Natasha Montgomery. Cody Legebokoff has been charged with Montgomery’s murder, but her remains have not yet been found. Legebokoff was charged with the murder of Loren Les-

lie shortly after he ducted some searchwas stopped leaves in “high priority ing a backroad areas” and will be between Vandercontinuing their efhoof and Fort St. forts in the region, James on Novembut are looking to ber 27, 2010. The identify additional body of 15-yearareas to search. old Loren Leslie Constable Leslie was then found Smith, media relaoff the logging tions officer for the road Legebokoff RCMP said anywas pulling out one who may have of. noticed a vehicle The black 2004 GMC pickup truck of Cody The subsepulling out of a forLegebokoff, who has been charged with the quent investigaest service road or murder of Natasha Montgomery. RCMP tion into Loren backroad between are asking anyone who may have seen it on Leslie’s death September 2010 and backroads in the area in the fall of 2010 to lead police to November 2010 and contact Crime Stoppers. RCMP Photo also charge Legewondered “why is bokoff with the that person there?” gravel roads a short distance murders of Jill Stuchenko, should contact RCMP. from a main road or highway, Natasha Montgomery and CynHikers, hunters or anyone therefore RCMP are hoping to thia Maas as well. else using backroads should find evidence of Montgomery’s All of the other alleged murkeep an eye out for any birds remains in similar areas. der victims were found off of gathering, any articles of clothRCMP have already con-

More work needed to fix DriveABLE Recent changes to the DriveABLE program are welcomed, but more work must be done to ensure testing is accessible to seniors in the Cariboo. With these changes, seniors will no longer lose their driving privileges solely on the basis of an in-office computer assessment. “These are constructive first steps in changing the program to address concerns raised by seniors,” said Bob Simpson, MLA for Cariboo North. “My office has a number of cases involving seniors who are having challenges with the present computer testing and these changes made by government will provide additional testing options for seniors not comfortable with computers.” Although there are more testing options, access to these tests is still a major challenge for Cariboo seniors. “While it is important that seniors are tested to ensure their safety and the safety of fellow drivers, testing must be done in a fair and accessible way,” said Simpson. “Currently seniors in the Cariboo have to travel out of the region to be tested in either Prince George or Kamloops, and this is unacceptable.” With the DriveABLE computer test no longer the only testing option, seniors should have the right to simply opt out of the DriveABLE test and choose existing local testing options. “We have Service BC offices throughout the Cariboo that provide regular driving tests as well as computer-based tests for new drivers,” said Simpson.

ing or anything out of place or which draws their attention. “Hopefully this message targets anyone that wants to help us,” said Smith, who said many members of the public want to assist with these types of investigations. The RCMP are looking for any information which might broaden the search pattern or grid they are currently looking at. Police are requesting that if any remains are located that they not be disturbed in any way. Instead people should make a note of the location, or even obtain GPS coordinates if possible and then provide that information immediately to police in their area. Police are asking anyone with any information to call the specially created Tip Line 1-877-987-8477 (TIPS).

Working Group moves forward with Post Secondary Education plan The District of Vanderhoof, on behalf of the Nechako Valley Post Secondary Working Group (members from education, industry, first nations and communities, has given the go-ahead to a study to expand the post secondary education and training opportunities in the Nechako Valley. As Mayor Gerry Thiessen noted, “the District of Vanderhoof recognizes that education, both K to 12 and Post secondary education, is a key driver in the economic growth of the community.” The Victoria firm of Yates, Thorn & Associates has been retained to prepare a report that will collect and analyze relevant statistical information, engage community stakeholders, and identify strengths of existing programs and institutional partnerships. Once this information has been gathered and reviewed with the Committee and a wide range of stakeholders, the plan will identify innovative strategies to address chronic barriers to accessing and providing the post secondary education needed by people and employers in the Nechako region. “The goal of study”, said Gary Blattner, Chair of the Nechako Valley Post Secondary Working Group, is “to develop a program delivery plan which will also identify facilities requirements and develop preliminary budget projections.” The project team will be consulting a wide range of stakeholders including industry, education agencies, youth and First Nations. The public is invited

to contribute their thoughts and ideas. There will be a dedicated webpage on the District of Vanderhoof website which will both provide information and gather comments from the public. The lead consultant, Bob Yates, noted “hearing from as many people and agencies as possible is key to helping us develop the best possible strategies for the Valley”. He stressed that Yates, Thorn & Associates would be producing a plan in which everyone in the Valley would be able to take ownership, paving the way for exciting new developments in post-secondary education.

RCMP Report On March 27 a traffic incident with serious non life threatening injuries occurred on Hwy 16 west of Vanderhoof at Noonla Rd. near L&M Sawmills, where a driver of a 2004 Chev Cavalier traveling east bound fell asleep into the path of a west bound semi tractor trailer. Close to the same moment a eastbound semi tractor railer applied his brakes and was rear ended by another semi tractor trailer unit which was following too closely. Hwy 16 was closed for a period, however is now open. Fire ambulance, YRB assisted in this incident which could have been fatality. Investigation and charges are pending.

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Fur Industry - Product of change Submitted George LaBrash Over the past century several important developments greatly influenced the fur industry here in British Columbia. The first significant development began to emerge as a consequence of the increased settlement within the New Caledonia region. At that time many settlers relied on opportunistic trapping as a means of supplementing their often meagre supply of food and funds. This uncoordinated fur-harvesting pressure soon depleted many furbearer populations and increased hostilities within the established trapper community. In order to address these and other allied concerns the provincial government initiated

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the registered trapline system in 1926 covering all of the crown land within the province. Each designated trapline varied in size but most covered an area from 100 to 300 square miles. The intent of having this size was based on the need to provide adequate furbearer populations which could supply the needs of a family unit, if managed in a conscientious manner. Approximately 4,000 such traplines were designated, half of these lines were allocated as First Nations lines and the remainder were made available on a lottery basis to other interested individuals. This system eliminated competitions amongst trappers and gave the individual trapper an incentive to manage his/her line in a manner to ensure

a continuing harvest from year to year. Besides ensuring that no species would be endangered as a result of trapping activity, registration paved the way for later regulations affecting trapping methods. These include: compulsory inspection of holding traps within stated seasons; regulations specifying how certain animals must be trapped; banning of specific trapping devices; and withholding of trapping licensees from inexperienced or untrained persons. The need to develop a strategy for educating new trappers resulted in the formation of the B.C. Trappers Association in 1944. For many years this provincially registered, non-profit organization served this function well and in 1983 the trapper education course become

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olds. The ultimate goal of AIHTS is to ensure that any trap used has been tested against the welfare threshold requirements as set out by the international treaty. The agreement further requires that certified traps be used by trained, licensed trappers for use in capturing animals for fur, conservation, research or health and safety reasons. The AIHTS began a phased-in implementation in the fall of 2007 and since that time trapping regulations in all Canadian jurisdictions have changed to provide the requirements of the agreement. Interested members of the public are invited to participate in the BCTA Convention proceedings on April 13-15. Further information will be forthcoming as we approach the convention date.

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The toughest job It’s often said that the prime minister has the toughest job in the country. May we suggest that perhaps newly-elected leader of the opposition Thomas Mulcair now has the toughest job in the country. For one thing, he has to go toe-to-toe with probably one of the toughest prime ministers we’ve ever had. However, for Mulcair, who likes to use pugilist analogies, that probably won’t be the toughest part of his job. Firstly, he has to fill the shoes of the late Jack Layton, who took the party from third party status to Official Opposition. Layton’s message and style in the last election reverberated with lots of Canadians and that contributed to his and the NDP’s success at the polls. However, the NDP’s electoral success also had a lot to do with the fact Canadians didn’t want to vote Liberal or Conservative (and in Quebec not wanting to vote Bloc), so they moved to the NDP. The first challenge for Mulcair is to not be Layton, yet retain and build on the mystique that Layton created. Not an easy task. Mulcair references what Tony Blair did with the Labour Party in England as an example of what he’d like to do here. In other words, he wants to move it to the centre. The biggest challenge there, just as it is for a Conservative party leader who wants to move that party to the middle, is staving off the internal knives. And, on top of that, the party in Canada that has traditionally held the middle ground, the Liberals, aren’t going to go down without a fight. It’s one thing that the Liberals have understood better than the NDP or the Conservatives … elections in Canada are won in the middle. Canadians, by and large, gravitate to the middle of the political spectrum. It’s why the Liberals have had electoral success. When the Conservatives moved there, they had success. However, it’s not an easy task … for any leader. If Mulcair wants to move to 24 Sussex Drive, which he undoubtedly does, he has to lay claim to the middle of the political spectrum. To do that he has to first convince his party that’s where they should go, keep his rookies in line, stave off the Liberals who will re-surface with a new (ish) leader, and the Conservatives who, by the time next election rolls around will have softened the right wing ideology it is now pushing and be rolling out a more social agenda. Mulcair definitely has a tough job ahead of him and the Canadian electorate will ultimately decide whether he succeeds. – Prince George Free Press The Omineca Express is published every Wednesday in Vanderhoof by Black Press Ltd. Publisher: Pam Berger advertising@ominecaexpress.com Editor: newsroom@ominecaexpress.com

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Interesting times in Victoria Provincial politics certainly changed this week. With John van Dongen leaving the Liberals for the fledgling BC Conservative Party, all is not well in the halls of power. The halls of opposition, on the other hand, are probably doing handsprings … or even paying for their bus fare. Van Dongen announced his decision Monday after question period in the legislature. He said he is concerned about the integrity of the government, and cited the decision to pay $6 million in legal fees for former government staffers Dave Basi and Bobby Virk after they pleaded guilty to breach of trust in the sale of BC Rail assets. Van Dongen also cited the recent collapse of negotiations to sell naming rights to BC Place stadium to Telus Corp. “There have been other lapses in proper accountability and I expect more to come,” van Dongen told the legislature. “When more and more decisions are being made for the wrong reasons, then you have an organization that is heading for failure.” Van Dongen was first elected in 1995, and re-elected as a B.C. Liberal in 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2009. He has held cabinet positions responsible for agriculture and public safety. B.C. Conservative Leader John Cummins issued a statement immediately after the announcement, welcoming Van Dongen to the party. “I am excited to work with John as we reach out to British Columbians and share our message of fiscal responsibility, ending the catch-and-release justice system, and reducing the influence of special interests in the political process,” Cummins said. “John’s experience in the legislature will be invaluable in holding the

government to account.” Van Dongen will sit as an independent MLA, since four members are needed to be a recognized party in the B.C. legislature. His announcement comes as the B.C. Conservatives run in two by-elections in Port MoodyCoquitlam and Chilliwack Hope, vacated by retired B.C. Liberals MLAs Iain Black and Barry Penner. Van Dongen’s defection to the Conservatives gives the party more legitimacy, even though it’s not yet an official party in the Legislature. However, it spells trouble for Premier Christy Clark. The premier has gone out of her way to court federal Conservatives. It’s a move that, despite it’s intentions, may have been doomed from the start. She might have been better off sticking to her more liberal roots. At any rate, van Dongen’s move shows that the rightof-centre vote is as fractured as it has always been. The challenge of any right-of-centre leader is to coalesce that vote. Gordon Campbell, for all his misgivings, was a master at it. There was no talk of splitting the right-ofcentre vote when Campbell was at the helm. And that’s what is now happening. Splitting the right-of-centre vote is the easiest way for the NDP to gain power. The two upcoming by-elections will be the litmus test for Clark’s Liberals and the surging Conservatives. Will it be a precursor to next May? Or will Clark toy with the fixed election date legislation and put off next May’s election to a later date, as have many, many governments sensing an impending shellacking at the polls? We’ll have a better sense of what will happen after the April by-elections. May 2014 election anyone? – Prince George Free Press

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The Nechako Nordics held a Ski Tournament as part of their spring windup celebrations on March 17. Participant skiers were put into four teams. Activities included a three-legged race, a terrain relay race were skiers traversed a loop with some steep downhill and tight turns through hoops and pylons, a Mad Dash Sprint race and an Easter Egg hunt with a cross country skiing theme. In total 50 skiers participated in the fun. Again this year, the weather and skiing conditions were fabulous. Cool conditions the night before made the course nice and fast while temperatures rose during the day which allowed many competitors to ski in their T-shirts. Music from the clubhouse added to the festive mood. Hot chocolate and lunch was provided to all competitors. The Yellow Team made up of Mila Manwaring, Marek Baker, Liam Tone, Constance Bryan, Kathleen Steiner, Ronan Blattner, Evan Eadie, Nico Marshall, Zachary Whitecotton, Andrew Gatacre, Nigel Watney and Dayne Mueller were the top team in this years Ski Tournament competition. Mark Watney won the “Best Skating Technique” for the younger (8 years and under) skiers and his brother, Ian Watney, won the same award for the older (9-13 years) skiers. Thanks to our groomers, Traugott and Markus Klien and the 26 other volunteers that helped put on this successful event. Special thanks goes out to Cross Country Canada for providing beautiful red toques as incentive awards for all competitors.

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Featuring the spirit of the local people Northern Health Community Health worker retires after 33 years Submitted Heather Ferris On February 29, 2012, after providing personal care for individuals in the Fraser Lake area, Gwen Middleton retired with thirty three years experience. She held the number one position for seniority for the community health workers in all of Northern Health and was the longest serving UFCW employee in the health care subsector in the province of BC. Back in February of 1979 Gwen was hired with Human Resources as a home maker. Nechako Valley then took over this service and finally in 2003 Northern Health took over and she has worked as a community health worker with Omineca Home Support up until her retirement. Gwen chose a career in home support because she was living in the Fraser Lake area at the time and this type of work allowed her the flexibility to both work and be a mother to her three young children. She was able to set up her own schedule that best suited her family’s

In the group photo are, L-R: Heather Ferris (Clinical Leader for Home and Community Care), Gwen Middleton (retiree), Peter Donohoe (Home and Community Care Manager) and Miriam Ludwig (Home Support Field Supervisor). needs. When asked what the most satisfying aspect of her job has been, Gwen felt that being able to make a difference in someone’s life had to be the best thing

about her job. As a community health worker Gwen was able to help individuals remain in their own homes for as long as possible by assisting with personal care as well as provid-

ing families a break from caring for their loved one. Gwen said she will miss her home support clients and her connection with fellow workers once she has retired.

Retirement won’t be boring for Gwen though. She is looking forward to spending time with her family, working on her sewing projects and berry picking in the summer.

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Come winter time she is going to “hibernate” and become more efficient on her newest purchase; a computer. Gwen’s colleagues at Northern Health wish her the very best

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as a student, however the Prince George born and bred boy did teach it as an auxiliary officer. Now stationed in Hope, the constable returned this year not only because he knew they always need help running the course but because his younger brother is taking it. “Having my brother in the camp was definitely a determining factor in my coming,” Padgett said. “Being in the RCMP has always been a dream of mine. I’m the first in my family, but my little brother will be following in my footsteps.” His brother, Taylor Braat, said he was interested in the force for some time, but that interest turned into something more when he attended his brother’s graduation ceremony. His brother encouraged him to attend the camp. “It’s tough physical work. You have to be able to keep at it and work through the pain,” Braat said. “I am sore head to toe.” The classes, he added, require a lot of concentration with just a few hours to learn points-of-law before applying that knowledge in a scenario. But it has all been worth it for him. “I am definitely interested in getting in the RCMP. I would definitely like to see my brother hand me a badge, with me wearing red serge one day.”

A mini-depot held in Prince George recently gave teens dreaming of a career in the RCMP a taste of what life in the red serge means. Just before noon on a Wednesday the gym at Kelly Road Secondary was full of grunts, groans and raised voices as around 30 Grade 11 and 12 students, who apply for a place in the program from towns throughout the north, learned Police defence tactics was part of the training at a mini-depot in Prince police defensive George. DeLynda Pilon Photo tactics followed by hard hand control for lunch. lees said. the suspects are just a tactics. Besides intense In fact, this year at couple sitting, listening Special constables physical activity, least one student deto music and talking. and auxiliary officers classes on topics like cided that after the fi rst Those kinds of calls train the group. Two stand in front of a semi- law as well as sce- day and went home. come in all the time, circle of students as narios where actors For those who remain, Greenlees said. At the they demonstrate how play criminals and stu- the experience includes other end of the specto take down a sus- dents react using what learning how to use the trum, students play out pect using hard hand they’ve learned, the baton, handcuffs, a day scenarios where there control. One grabs the week-long experience on the range and, a stu- is a potential for an acother’s wrist and be- teaches camaraderie, dent favourite, the sce- tive shooter. “They need to make gins to turn his body, which is also a reflec- narios. The basement of the well-defined decisions shifting his weight to tion of what happens at school is a dark cata- while keeping safe,” his back foot while us- depot. “It’s very physicomb, perfect for these he said. ing his other hand to cal and there is a lot events. One of those This need combines apply pressure into the triceps of the ‘suspect’. of hard work for these played out, Greenlees with a brutal schedule Smooth and quick, that kids,” said Special said, includes a do- with students rising officer is down with Const. Davy Greenlees mestic assault. These for a morning run at the other man’s knee who has been involved calls can be difficult 6 a.m. through a day with the program for a for seasoned officers, filled with learning exin his back. If the suspect con- decade and in charge and including it within periences into an evetinues to struggle and of it for about half the parameters of this ning of scenarios that resist you just keep that time. “But it is a training experience al- ends just before 11 and turning, the officer ex- lot less intensive than lows students to get a light’s out. what depot is. The kids glimpse into what it “They need to see plains. who attend get high takes mentally to be a how hard it is to make Then the students school credits.” cop. decisions while you’re partner up and pracThe kids check their The ‘officers’ re- tired,” Greenlees said. tice. Const. Drew Padgett This is followed by cell phones at the door spond to a complaint when they enter the of a neighbour hearnever took the course push-ups. school on the Saturday ing a male and female One student, exhausted by a day that the mini-depot begins yelling at one anothbegins at 6 a.m., says and live ‘in barracks’ er. They need to find he can’t finish that ex- until it ends the fol- out what’s going on. lowing Saturday. What do they do if ercise. The experience is the female says what“If you guys use the word can’t you’ve al- singular, so much so ever happened was her ready given up,” he is that many participants fault? Or that nothing stay in contact with happened at all? Is she advised. 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people of all generations. Mellencamp is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock. He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has amassed 22 top 40 hits. With seven tracks, he holds the record for most tracks by a solo artist to hit No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and has been nominated for 13 Grammy

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Behind the scenes of “Dear Edwina” Eran Bach Grade 6 W.L. McLeod On March 8, 54 students full of talent from W.L. McLeod hit the stage and did four public shows. Two weeks later, on March 20, they got together again and did three more shows, performing for schools from Fort St. James, Fort Fraser, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof. Michelle Roberge, a highly involved parent and PAC president, had this to say, “This was my first year involved, as my daughter Kate was in the play. I think the shows went very well and everyone worked together. I work as a graphic designer, so I was the one who took all the pictures, made the posters, the tickets, and the program.” Judith Derksen, the props coordinator for the last four “Proud to be McLeod” Productions, said, “Being props coordinator means I have to get a group of people together to organize sets

and props for the play. Our creative ideas come from us, the group of people brainstorming and going to rehearsals - getting ideas of what will work”. Director of the “Proud to be McLeod” Productions is also the principal of W.L. McLeod, Ms. Libby Hart. Ms. Hart said, “We’ve been practicing since midOctober. I chose this play because we needed a play with lots and lots of characters, but not too many male parts because at the time we didn’t know how many boys would audition. To become part of the play, the students just come and sing a song for their audition.Then there are

call backs to figure out who fits each part the best. “I do these plays because I love musical theatre. The thing I love the most is the whole process of getting to the show: seeing the students work through their nervousness, learning to cooperate with each other, and watching them grow. This year I learned how to best highlight our little kids. Dancing was hard for them, but they loved being on stage. I also learned that elementary students can do very complicated songs. “I’d never heard of this play before, but I thought we’d try it and it turned out to be an extreme success.”

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

NEW EVENTS.... CALLING ALL SENIORS... come and join us for carpet bowling or pool - Monday and Thursday afternoons. Come and have some fun! Everybody welcome. Call Oscar for more info: 250567-4582.

*** POETRY READING... at the Vanderhoof Public Library. Featuring: Gary Blattner, Todd Blattner, Carrie Creighton, Craig Hooper, Lil McIntosh, Doris Ray and poetry written by the late Verna Dycke read by Jo Brown. Thursday, April 12th - 7 pm In the Library Multipurpose room. Everyone Welcome. For more information, Please call 250567-4060 *** FREE COMPUTER TRAINING AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY...One hour tutoring sessions Learn to: ·Search the internet ·Send an email ·Use a word processor ·Use a computer with a digital camera ·Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter) ·eReaders and Tablets Call (250)567-4060 to book an appointment or for more information *** IDIDALAP4CANCER ...Noon to Midnight Friday, June 22, 2012 Vanderhoof, BC. Held at NVSS track field. Participate as an individual or build your own team. Direct link to IDIDALAP4CANCER http:cancerevents.kintera. org/ididalap4cancer For more information Email: IDIDALAP4CANCER@ gmail.com Proud supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society. *** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR IDIDALAP4CANCER...The next General Meetings are April 4th & 10th at the Vanderhoof Fire Hall 7 p.m. Everyone Welcome! *** ADULT BADMINTON... Thursdays, 8pm at NVSS gym. Bring your own racquet and indoor running shoes. For more info call Ann at 250-567-9908. *** AL-ANON...Has your life been affected by someone elses drinking? The AlAnon is for you! Meetings held on Mondays at 7pm in Community Room at Omineca Safe Home Society. For more information contact Gail at 567-4318. *** VANDERHOOF PUBLIC LIBRARY...is looking for

Vienna Perry races down the track for the Hat Lake Hurl race at Murray Ridge during the Slush Cup on March 17. Five-year-old Perry won a prize as the youngest racer and the only racer in her age group, giving her a head start on the next generation of racers. Photo by Ruth Lloyd

donations of lego blocks to be used for children’s programs at the library. If you have lego that your kids have outgrown, we would love to put it to good use. Please contact Jenn at 250-567-4060 or email: vhpljlb@telus.net *** STUART NECHAKO MANOR ...Do you like to walk and be outdoors? Stuart Nechako Manor is looking for volunteers to help with our walking program. If you can commit to half an hour 1-2 times per week please call Marnie at 250-567-6290. *** THE NORTHSIDE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE...meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Newcomers always welcome. For more information call Brenda, 250 567-9705. *** VHF HOSPICE SOCIETY...What are you doing every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Do you have 2 hours to give each month? Are you sensitive to the special needs of those persons at the end stages of life? Want to be part of a great organization that makes a difference in our community then we are looking for you. The Vanderhoof Hospice Society is a notfor-profit charity looking for new volunteer members who will work with the current members to oversee our local Hospice Program. Hospice is a program that offers a support system to persons that are the end stages of life. Our Society has a desire to help others. We are sensitive to the special needs of the dying patient and their families. We do not have personal agendas or “missions” to our Hospice work. Our main fundraising come in the form of donations to our Tree of Life. We are looking for new members to continue this great service. More info call Debbie 567-7956 *** VHF STROKE RECOVERY...meet at the Stuart Nechako Manor Activity Room - Mondays 9:30 -

12:00 noon (except holidays). Any volunteers who would like to come are very welcome. All stroke recovery members in Vanderhoof and surrounding areas are invited to attend. For more information call Luella at 250-441-0086. *** THE FOOD BANK... is in serious need of food donations. Specifically the following is needed: Canned vegetables, meat, fish, canned milk, sugar, pasta, pasta sauces, soups (we have enough mushroom soup), toilet tissue. *** BADMINTON AT FLESS GYM... Every Thursday at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. come out and have some fun! *** THE VANDERHOOF CANCER SUPPORT GROUP... meets the first Friday of every month @ noon at the The Reid. For more info call Karen @ 567-4828. *** ENDAKO HALL SOCIETY...meets every THIRD Wednesday of the month in the hall at 7:30pm. *** THE YELLOWHEAD DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION...is an organization for those interested in light and heavy horse driving. Monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month. For more info contact: Jon 250-567-8484. *** NECHAKO QUILTERS GUILD... meets the third Tuesday of the month 9:30 am (Sept. - May) at Nechako View Seniors Common Room. Fran Sheeley 567-5254. *** THE FRASER QUILTERS GUILD... meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Fort Fraser Community Hall. Newcomers welcome. *** HOSPICE TREE OF LIFE... is to honour the living as well as to remember and honour those who have passed on. For more info call Debbie @ 250-5677956. *** THE FRASER LAKE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP... meets the 3rd Tuesday of

every month at 12 noon in the New Fraser Lake Restaurant. For further information call Judy at 250699-7763. *** NECHAKO VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY... meets every second Thursday of the month 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce office. *** VANDERHOOF 899 AIR CADET SQUADRON... Cadets will meet every Wednesday night 6:15pm at the Cadet Building on Burrard Street. Anyone age 12 to 18 interested in the Cadet Program is welcome to attend. Any adult interested in assisting in anyway, please contact the officers at the Cadet Building Wednesday night. For more information call Glenda 250-567-7574. *** AA MEETING... Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. United Church Hall. 567-8087 or 567-4588 *** FRASER LAKE AA MEETINGS... Tues & Thurs 8:00 p.m. at St. Wilfred’s Church just across from police station. *** ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL AUXILIARY... meets second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. Call 567-9759 Edna. *** VANDERHOOF LIBRARY HOURS Tuesday 10:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00pm & 6:30 to 8:30pm Thursday 10:00 to 5:00pm Friday 10:00 am to 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm *** FRASER LAKE LIBRARY HOURS Sunday & Monday Closed Tuesday 10am - 4pm Wednesday & Thursday 3pm - 8pm Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 2pm *** NVSS BOTTLE DEPOT HOURS Open Mon, Tues, Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 10am-5 p.m. ***


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Yellowhead Road & Bridge (Vanderhoof) Ltd. is compiling its HIRED EQUIPMENT LIST For the 2012/13 Season Persons or companies with equipment Such as Excavators, Trucks, Backhoes, Loaders, Graders, Rollers or Tractors, which are available for work and wish to be included on the list should contact the Main Office located @ 545 Spruce Street - Vanderhoof 567-3114. Registrations will be accepted up to April 30, 2012. Didier Brard, General Manager Yellowhead Road & Bridge (Vanderhoof) Ltd.

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Local guitarist and bass player, both 40 something, looking to connect with local musicians to jam. Diverse musical interests. Please call Paul at 567-2120.

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Drivers/Courier/ Trucking DRIVERS WANTED: Terrific career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Experience Needed!! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 wks. vacation & benefits pkg. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid License with air brake endorsement. High School Diploma or GED. Apply at www.sperryrail.com under careers, keyword Driver DO NOT FILL IN CITY or STATE

EARN EXTRA Cash! - P/T, F/T Immediate openings. Easy computer work, others positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed. www.hwc-bc.com

Medical/Dental Dental Assistant required Reply to Dr. Harvey Thompson, #22-665 Front St., Quesnel, BC V2J5J5. 250-992-3771

Professional/ Management WKM, a mechanical contractor located in Trail, BC, is looking for a CONTROLLER. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; managing the day to day accounting operations, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, ccra remittances and monthly reporting of the financial statements to the owner. Please email your resume: wkm@shawcable.com  

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AIRLINES ARE HIRINGTrain for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 1(877)818-0783.

CONCRETE FINISHERS and Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete finishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town

APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information: www.bccommunitynews.com

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NECHAKO RIVER FLOW FACTS March 28, 2012 Reservoir Elevation: 851.01m (2792.50.ft) SLS Discharge: 120.00 m3/s April snow pack accumulation survey results will be available next week. For more information please call Rio Tinto Alcan at 250-5675105. A recording of Flow Facts is available 24-hours in Vanderhoof at 567-5812

Aspen Planers Ltd. Merritt, BC WINTER GOT YOU DOWN? Relocate to the warmth of the Southern Interior We are looking for CertiÀed Millwrights & CertiÀed Benchman/Circular SawÀlers To join our team.

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Farm Workers ADVENTURE + Agriculture = Agriventure! Live & work on European, United Kingdom, Australian, New Zealand or Japanese agricultural/horticultural operations. Depart in spring, summer or fall for 4-12 months or more. 1-888-5984415. www.agriventure.com

Help Wanted CITY OF Yellowknife. Lifeguard/Instructor. We are seeking an experienced individual to be a Lifeguard/Instructor. Refer to: www.yellowknife.ca for the required qualifications. Submit resumes by April 13, 2012, quoting competition 602-106U to: Human Resources Division, City of Yellowknife, P.O. Box 580, YK, NT, X1A 2N4. Fax to: (867) 6693471. Email: hr@yellowknife.ca MARDEN AUTO HAULING LTD. a Salmon Arm based small trucking company. Seeking Heavy Duty Mechanic Welding, hydraulic exp necessary Own tools. Competitive wages, Class1 driver, towing carrier, exp. an asset. Resume/abstract. fax 250-8040680, email: patlabr@telus.net

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AVISON MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD. FOREST & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS An opportunity exists in the Finance Department at Avison Management Services Ltd., located in Vanderhoof, B.C.

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PROJECT BIOLOGIST - Terrace/Smithers McELHANNEY seeks Prof. Biologist or Biology Tech with 5+ yrs field exp in fish and fish habitat sampling and assessment, hydrologic & water quality monitoring, and terrestrial habitat assessments. For more info & to apply, visit: www.mcelhanney.com

The successful applicant shall have the following attributes: reliable, responsible, effective team member, with a positive attitude and work ethic. Responsibilities will include some office administration, Excel data entry and will include Payroll and Accounts Payable processing. Experience in computer programs such as Word, Excel, Access and Outlook is essential. Knowledge of various forms of office equipment would be an asset. This position requires a high level of confidentiality and comes with an attractive benefits package. All resumes will be handled in the strictest confidence and should be sent by mail, fax or email to the address below ASAP, as the position is available immediately. Avison Management Services Ltd. P.O. Box 774 Vanderhoof, B.C. V0J 3A0 Tel: (250)567-2111 Fax: (250)567-2044 mailus@avison.bc.ca Attention: Brian Frenkel

As a valued employee, you will work in a caring community, where you will ¿nd friendly faces and an abundance of recreational opportunities. Merritt & the Nicola Valley has a lot to offer including excellent educational facilities. As Journeyman Millwright: • You will hold an Interprovincial ticket with a strong background in hydraulics. • You will have good troubleshooting and problem solving abilities, good communication and interpersonal skills, as well as general computer knowledge. • You must be willing to work all shifts. Experience in a sawmill environment would be a de¿nite asset. As Benchman/Circular Saw¿ler You will be a team player with a strong mechanical aptitude, excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills. Non-certi¿ed Benchman with benching experience will be considered. If you thrive within a challenging and dynamic setting, have demonstrated a strong Safety background and a desire to effectively participate in a team environment, please submit your resume with complete references no later than April 15, 2012 to: Aspen Planers Ltd. PO Box 160, Merritt, B. C. V1K 1B8 Fax(250) 315-4237 Attn: Human Resources or Email: brendastockford@apgroup.ca Quote the position for which you are applying in the subject box of all emails. United Steelworkers wages & bene¿ts will apply. We thank all applicants who express interest, however only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Forest Technician/Technologist Van Dolah Enterprises Inc. (VDE) is a consulting company located in Vanderhoof, British Columbia that provides an impressive and diverse range of services in silviculture and timber management. VDE has full-time employment opportunity for an experienced Forest Technician or Forest Technologist. The successful applicant for this position will be reliable, motivated and willing to contribute to planning, Àeldwork, wrap-up and delivery of silviculture and timber projects. Preference will be given to applicants with experience completing silviculture surveys, as well as those with professional designations, forestry diplomas, and speciÀc training and/or certiÀcations. Apply in conÀdence with resume to: John Prestmo, President Van Dolah Enterprises Inc. PO Box 1555 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Fax: 250 567 2539 Questions and electronic submissions can be sent to jprestmo@vandolah.com with the subject header ‘VDE JOB APPLICANT’.


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AUCTION #1 - MAY 26, 2012 @ TOPLEY’S GARAGE This sale will include a good selection of antiques, a very large selection of tools, vehicles and equipment. To consign to the sale early in order for us to get your merchandise advertised, call Mike’s Auction Limited as soon as possible. AUCTION #2 - JUNE 2, 2012 @ FORT ST. JAMES This a auction will be a very large tool and equipment sale - approximately 2,000 lots. If you would like to consign large equipment or vehicles, please contact Mike’s Auction Limited. Please note that we cannot take any small items at this already extremely large sale.

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HUGE RANCH & Farm Equipment Auction. Saturday April 14, 11am for Allan Smashnuk at 6188 Vla Road, Chase BC, Tractors, Haying Equipment, Livestock Equipment, Welding Equipment, etc. Phone: BC Livestock (250)573-3939

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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.

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VANDERHOOF AND AREA BUSINESS DIRECTORY EXCAVATING EX100 Excavator 4x4 Extend-a-hoe Rubber Tire Backhoe Basements, Foundations, Waterline, Septic Systems, Lot Clearing, Hoe-Pac, Hydraulic Breaker and more! We are in the business to serve you!

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: Estate of MARVIN EDWARD POOLE, Deceased, formerly of Box 905, 403 Victoria Street, Vanderhoof, British Columbia, V0J 3A0 (the “Estateâ€?) Creditors and others having claims against the Estate are hereby notiďŹ ed under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor, CLIFFORD IRVING, of Box 965, Vanderhoof, British Columbia, V0J 3A0, on or before, April 25, 2012 after which date the executor will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

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DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF PUBLIC NOTICE - ROAD RESTRICTIONS PURSUANT TO SECTION 38 OF THE COMMUNITY CHARTER AND THE COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT ACT AND THE MOTOR VEHICLE ACT, THE FOLLOWING ROAD RESTRICTIONS ARE HEREBY IMPOSED ON THE MUNICIPAL ROADS AND STREETS LISTED BELOW WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY 100% LEGAL LOADING - Northside Road - Mountainview Road - Erickson Road to end of pavement - Industrial Drive to end of pavement - Recreation Ave. from Highway 16 to intersection with Stewart St. - Stewart Street from Burrard Ave. to Recreation Avenue - Nechako Avenue - Vanderhoof Dump Road - Burrard Avenue - Loop Road - Spruce Street 70% OF MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE UNDER RESTRICTIONS - All other roads in the District of Vanderhoof unless otherwise posted. All overweight term permits are invalid for the duration of the restrictions of the above noted roads. The applicable percentage of tolerances provided under Section 7.06(2) of regulations pursuant to the Commercial Transport Act shall apply. Violators of the regulations and restrictions will be prosecuted. Dated this 26th day of March, 2012 at Vanderhoof, BC Paul Carver Superintendent of Public Works

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing affecting “Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Zoning Bylaw No. 700, 1993� will be held on Wednesday April 11, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. in the meeting room at the Fraser Lake Recreation Complex (the Arena), 30 Carrier Crescent, Fraser Lake, B.C. “Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Zoning Bylaw No. 700, 1993� is proposed to be amended by Bylaw No. 1632 by rezoning the application area from “Agricultural (Ag1) to Small Holdings (H1) to allow the creation of a lot that is approximately 3.1 ha (7.7 acres) in size. The subject property is located at 3824 Sharpe Rd, approximately 2.5 km north of the Village of Fraser Lake and is legally described as “The Fractional East 1/2 of District Lot 2030, Range 5, Coast District, except part subdivided by Plan 5809 and BCP32332�. The part of the subject property that is under application is shown cross-hatched and labelled “Application Area� on the map below.

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Legal Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS GREGORY GORDON LOCKEY aka GREG LOCKEY a.k.a. GREGORY G. LOCKEY, DECEASED Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of the late GREGORY GORDON LOCKEY a.k.a. GREG LOCKEY a.k.a GREGORY G. LOCKEY, formerly of PO Box 1716, Vanderhoof, British Columbia, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Administratrix, c/o Rose Shawlee, Lawyer, 9259 Main Street, PO Box 390, Chilliwack BC, V2P 6K2, before May 9, 2012 after which date the Administratrix will distribute the said Estate amongst the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which she then has notice.

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CORALIE JEAN ANDERSON aka CORALIE ANDERSON aka CORALIE JEAN SCOTT ANDERSON, Deceased Formerly of the Settlement of Fort Fraser, BC All parties having claims against the said Estate are required to forward particulars of same to the law ďŹ rm of WINGHAM LAW CORPORATION, Solicitor for the Personal Representative, at P.O. Box 1489, Vanderhoof, British Columbia, V0J 3A0, on or before the 8th day of May, 2012 after which date the claims ďŹ led may be paid without reference to any claims of which the Personal Representative then has no knowledge. Personal Representative, by: CHRISTOPHER K. WINGHAM, Solicitor

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District of Vanderhoof TENDER Stewart Street Watermain Upgrade Project: 2012-01 The District of Vanderhoof invites Tenders for: Stewart Street Watermain Upgrade (Church Avenue to Lampitt Avenue) Tender Documents will be available during normal business hours at: DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF 160 Connaught Street Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Ph: (250) 567-4711 Fax: (250) 567-9169 Tenders are scheduled to close: Tender Closing Time: 2:00 pm local time Tender Closing Date: Friday, April 13, 2012 Address: OfďŹ ce of the District of Vanderhoof PO Box 900 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Ph: (250) 567-4711 Fax: (250) 567-9169 Direct all inquiries regarding this Tender call to: Attention: Paul R. Carver, Superintendent of Public Works IMPORTANT NOTE: Tenders will only be accepted in sealed envelopes, with the project name and closing date/time clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. Tenders received after the closing date/time will be returned unopened to the Submitter. The District of Vanderhoof reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders. The lowest or any Tender may not necessarily be accepted.

At the Public Hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present a written submission respecting matters contained in the bylaw that is the subject of the Public Hearing. Written submissions sent by mail to P.O. Box 820, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0; by fax to (250) 692-1220; or by email to inquiries@rdbn.bc.ca must be received by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako no later than April 11, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. to be ensured of consideration at the Public Hearing. The Public Hearing on Bylaw No. 1632 will be chaired by the Director or Alternate Director for Electoral Area D as a delegate of the Board. A copy of the Board resolution making the delegation, copies of the proposed bylaws and other relevant information may be inspected at the ofďŹ ce of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako between the hours of 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from March 28 through April 11, 2012 inclusive. A copy of the proposed bylaw and other relevant information will also be made available at the Fraser Lake Public Library. For further information please call the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Planning Department at 250-6923195 or 1-800-320-3339. This is the second of two publications.

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