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Nearly eight years after p police started investigating a Houston accountant for allegedly defrauding more than $800,000 d ffrom a Moricetown logging ccompany, the resulting trial is ffinally nearing a close. The accountant, Susan Gail Leuenberger, faces criminal charges on three counts: theft over $5,000, ffraud over $5,000, and making a false entry in an accounting jjournal. The offences allegedly occurred between 1999 and 2004, when b Leuenberger’s Pleasant Valley Accounting was handling accounts A ffor Kyah Industries Ltd., a logging ccompany run by the Moricetown band. b “How this case came before us iis very unusual,” said Ian Lawson, tthe lawyer defending Leuenberger iin a Smithers courtroom last Tuesday. What is unusual about the case, Lawson said, is that from 2006 to 2008, Leuenberger defender herself and gave testimony in a civil trial

launched by Kyah Industries without knowing that she was also under a police investigation and would likely face criminal charges. “Had I known that I would be facing a criminal charge as well as a civil lawsuit, I would have handled the civil trial differently,” Leuenberger said in a sworn affidavit, adding she would have kept a lawyer for advice if she had known she faced the possibility of jail. “Now having received that advice from my current counsel, I realize I likely incriminated myself in the civil trial,” she said. That issue was front and centre Tuesday, when Honourable Justice John Milne had to decide whether the Crown counsel could crossexamine Leuenberger on testimony she gave in the civil trial. Citing a recent Supreme Court of Canada case on the same issue, Justice Milne ruled that because Leuenberger gave her testimony voluntarily, she could be questioned about it for the limited purpose of raising any contradictions. See TRIAL on Page A4

Telkwa council hedges bet on Enbridge Percy N. Hébert Smithers/Interior News

The Village of Telkwa council is one of few communities along Highway 16 without a position on the proposed Enbridge pipeline and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Opinions regarding

the proposed pipeline were mixed, but Councillor Rimas Zitkauskas made his position clear at the outset of the discussion. “We weren’t elected to decide on what’s best for Canada, what’s best for the province of British Columbia, or for the

oil industry or for Enbridge and we’re definitely not here to decide what’s best for our foreign trading partners,” Zitkauskas said to begin the discussion. “However we do sit here to decide what’s best for Telkwa. “We need to consider there will be

two pipelines built within 80 kilometres of our village that will cross the headwaters of the Morice which is where we draw our drinking water. “In the best interests of Telkwa and solely in the best interests of Telkwa, I’m not in favour of the Enbridge project,”

Zitkauskas said. In response, Carmen Graf, mayor of the Village of Telkwa, said he felt council didn’t have a responsibility to become involved in the debate surrounding the proposed pipeline. “Just because the rest of the

communities west of us have come out in opposition, there’s no reason we should,” Graf said. “I don’t make decisions on what if or what could happen, we have to make decisions on what’s best for today and for this community.” See RISK on Page A3

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Council moves to rezone airport, park By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News

Looking forward to the future economic viability of the Smithers Airport, council approved rezoning of the airport grounds to allow better use of the property to accommodate increased air traffic as well as possible businesses and organizations surrounding the airport. After completion of the Airport Business and Land Use Plan, recommendations to rezone the airport from an A-1 designation came forward in an attempt to create a more strategic, longterm plan for one of Smithers’ more important assets. “We’re trying to facilitate economic development at the airport,” said town planner, Allison

Walker. “The airport is a really key part of our strategy as a community in the north, it’s a very important asset. “So this zoning will allow us to make land available for businesses that are related to the airport.” The previous A-1 zoning didn’t allow for much, as it was designated as agricultural land use. However, with the new AP-1 designations future development will allow for airside industrial and commercial use closer to the runway, with the AP-2 designation allowing for airport related light industry. “The development of the airport will also be dictated by the demand,” Walker said. “It might take a couple of years, it might take ten or twenty years in terms of the pace of growth.

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“ What the uptake is remains to be seen.” Mayor Taylor Bachrach emphasized the economic importance of the airport, saying as development increases in the north, Smithers needs to be ready with a strategy to accommodate the possible influx of businesses needing airport support. “As resource development occurs, there will be an increased interest in our airport and we need to be ready,” he said. “This is one of the things we’re doing to

be prepared.” Smithers Council also rezoned an area of land behind the Silverking Subdivision to Dohler Road. The 36 hectare area was brought to council’s attention last year by Bob Mitchell who suggested because of it’s thick vegetation and steep terrain it would be a perfect area for an expansion of the perimeter trail. Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen, however, it is clear the town supports the development of the land into a park after voting unanimously to amend the A-1 designation to allow parks and green space. “I’m hoping it will be cleared to put money into it, because before we had no guarantees anything built there would be continued and have any long-term benefit,” Mitchell said.

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Telkwa council wants revenue Village should benefit from risks taken From RISK on A1 Zitkauskas noted neither Enbridge, nor the provincial or federal governments have pledged to establish a fund to cover costs associated with the clean up of a spill from the pipelines. Given the Village of Telkwa made significant investments to its water infrastructure and the 5-year budget plan includes additional, Zitkauskas argued supporting the pipeline would jeopardize those investments. Although he is personally against the proposed Enbridge pipeline, Councillor Rick Fuerst said he could not decide because the community seemed divided on the issue.

“If our community is taking the risk [to safe drinking water] then we should be paid for our gamble, but none of that has been spelled out, how that revenue stream will come to the communities.” Telkwa Councillor, Rick Fuerst

“Personally I’m against the pipeline,” Fuerst said, adding, “but I’m not against development in the north or anti-growth.” “I think we need big projects in the north, I think we need them to be sustainable.” Councillor Brad Layton echoed Mayor Graf’s position, saying he would feel irresponsible making a decision regarding the proposed pipeline

given he has little knowledge of the project. “I think we need more time to learn more about the project, rather than making a gut decision as to whether the project is good or bad for us,” he said. “I haven’t decided yet.” After a brief discussion regarding the possibility of a referendum on the matter, council moved

to send a letter to Enbridge as well as the provincial and federal governments highlighting their concerns and inviting them to meet with council to discuss those concerns, particularly with regards to the village’s water supply. “If our community is taking the risk [to safe drinking water] then we should be paid for our gamble,

but none of that has been spelled out, how that revenue stream will come to the communities,” Fuerst said. Mayor Graf agreed, a letter was in the best interest of Telkwa and could eventually lead to future benefits. “We do have an opportunity now to get in on that,” Mayor Graf said. “We could come to an agreement with the pipeline [Enbridge] and to get in on the revenue sharing, rather than have the money go to some black hole in Victoria, I want some of that money to stay here.” “I’m not saying we should make money from the pipeline, but we should share the benefits.”

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Pre-charge delay result of overtaxed system From TRIAL on A1 Leuenberger was then questioned by Stephen Cooke, a Crown counsel who has prosecuted fraud cases across B.C. At one point, when Cooke asked Leuenberger about her testimony from the civil trial, she said, “It’s been so many years since I would’ve said that, I can’t say what context that would refer to.” The four years it took Leuenberger’s

criminal case to come to trial continues to be a major issue for her defence. Last March, Leuenberger argued charges against her should be stayed because the delay infringed her Charter rights to a fair trial. Although RCMP Cpl. Darren Dodge started investigating Leuenberger in December 2004, he didn’t press charges until March 2008, more than one year

after he interviewed Leuenberger and nearly 2.5 years after finishing a significant part of his investigation. Hon. Justice MacCarthy called the delay “troubling,” and said it did result in “a very odd situation” where Leuenberger’s civil trial went ahead during a criminal investigation based on the same facts. Still, Justice MacCarthy concluded

a trial judge could still hear the case without prejudice. He also noted neither the Crown nor the police had any ulterior motive in delaying the charges for so long. “It was mostly the result of an overworked and inexperienced junior investigator with a huge number of responsibilities,” the judge said. Justice MacCarthy also said given

Leuenberger had a lawyer for the two years leading up to her 2006-2008 civil trial and had seen a front-page Interior News story suggesting RCMP were investigating her, it is somewhat hard to imagine she wasn’t concerned about defending herself against criminal charges. A date has yet to be set for closing arguments by defence counsel.

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Robbins: Carving stories into leather By Percy N. Hébert Smithers/Interior News


errence Robbins, 59, feels he is fulfilling a destiny that was handed to him many years ago. Robbins, is dyslexic, and doing anything that requires much reading or writing is difficult. “I needed to be an artist,” Robbins said. “I wanted to do something I was good at.” It was in Grade 8, at a special school, Robbins was first introduced to the art of leather carving. “It was calming and I had to focus,” Robbins said of his initial reaction to what eventually became a passion. Robbins also appreciated the fact he was only one of a very small group interested in the craft. Carving leather in Hazelton, Robbins said, is exactly what he wants to be doing and it is a far cry from his life when he first returned to British Columbia from Seattle, WA., in 1974. Back then, Robbins made ends meet roofing and painting houses, he even tried his hand at painting skyscrapers, although his memory of that is a scary one. “I was working on the 24th story, there were no safety ropes, everything was OK until the wind came up,” he said with a laugh. Robbins decided it was time to do something closer to the ground and took an auto mechanics course which today, working at the gas station in Hazelton, leaves him time to pursue his passion of carving leather. The dedication to the craft has certainly paid off for Robbins. Without hesitating, he said his biggest challenge as a leather carver is a notebook cover he carved for the city of Trois-Rivieres in honour of their 350th anniversary. The gift was commissioned by Stephen Harper, who was so pleased with the final product, asked Robbins to carve one for him. The detail in the carvings is impressive and the smoothness of the carvings hides the detailed work involved, a process which has seven steps, Robbins said. Drawing is the first step. “I try to tell a story,” Robbins explained, adding he often seeks inspiration in nature and First Nation’s stories, or on occasion he refers to man’s progress. While drawing he takes particular care with perspective, making sure the vanishing points are lined up, a task RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

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RAMP it down The way you see people is the way you treat them. -Zig Ziglar


he sarcasm and rhetoric is heating up regarding the Recreation Area Management Plan. I’ve been here a month and I don’t think an issue of The Interior News has gone without a story or a letter regarding RAMP. Today’s issue of The Interior News is no different. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great controversy, hearing the arguments posed by both sides and then trying to determine a course of action, which may include ideas coming from both sides of the debate. Debating an issue is an important part of decision making process, you never know where a good idea is going to come from. Having to express your opinion, to try and convince others is the best way to clarify your position. Weaknesses in your position will quickly be pointed out to you. The trick is to accept their might be a weakness in your argument and trying to resolve that weakness. That is the first step to making your argument stronger. If you find your argument is wrong, find the correct argument. There is no respect attached to holding on to a flawed argument as there is with admitting you’re wrong. Flawed or untenable arguments are easy to spot. My maternal grandmother once told me the people who speak the loudest, usually have the least to say. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to witness how spot on my grandmother was. So, it is disappointing, to see the opponents of the RAMP, be they right or wrong in their opinion, continue to bring up the same old divisive ‘us’ against ‘them’ argument. The ‘us’ being those that have lived here for a long time - whatever that is, and ‘them’ are those people that haven’t lived here long enough - whatever that is. I suggest to those who oppose the RAMP, look at the proponents as your neighbours, because they are, no matter how long they’ve lived here, then sit down and find some common ground - without shouting, then we’ll listen. - Percy N. Hébert/Smithers Interior News

The Big Apple is the city of cities If you’ve ever travelled, you know what it is like to experience new cultures and ways of life. Even if you go somewhere as similar in cultural values as New York City, you will undoubtedly have your eyes opened to new things. Almost two years ago, the competitive team at Creative Roots and our parents took a one-week break from classes and flew to New York, NY. We spent five nights and six days in the city, which, let me just say, is not nearly enough time to see and do everything. The experience was unforgettable. Of course we visited some of the popular tourist attractions, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller

Centre, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, “Ground Zero,” Times Square and the Theatre District. We also had opportunities for shopping, such as at the world’s largest Macy’s and other flagship stores in Times Square. We couldn’t forget the famous foods of NYC as well – pastrami sandwiches and authentic New York cheesecake at Carnegie Deli (also home of the world’s largest pickle!), delicate cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, and of course a toasted bagel from a streetvendor. Just a word of advice regarding those bagels, though: they really are not as good as they make them out to be on TV. We also had some unique

20 BELOW Katelynn Bolster opportunities. pportunities Included in our tour package was one class per dancer at each of two famous dance studios, Broadway Dance Centre, and Steps On Broadway. Choices were open to students as to which classes we attended and many of us made connections with native New York dancers who were in the classes as well. We also had a private group lesson

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with a Radio City Rockette, and went to the Broadway musical Wicked, prequel to The Wizard of Oz. In addition, we participated in a group tour of the Juilliard School of the Arts, a worldrenowned university ren at Lincoln Centre. We were also offered two group off performance pe opportunities: one outdoors at the Statue of Liberty, where we danced for the public next to the island’s fountain, and one indoors at the Centre for Cerebral Palsy where we danced for quite a different audience, who also appreciated our performance. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to dance on Broadway, but there’s

always next time. From the moment we started planning the trip, I fell in love with the city, and that love was only strengthened once we actually arrived. I’d travelled to many other cities before, but New York City is truly the city of all cities. All of the dancers, and our parents too, returned to Smithers completely exhausted but inspired. To see one of the possible results of all of our years of sweat and pain as dancers was amazing to say the least. Of course, not everyone wants to be a triple threat – that is, an actor, singer, and dancer – but the opportunities in New York extend so far beyond Broadway.


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“I think it’s limiting people from participating in the democratic process.”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Local food effort blooming Editor : I would like to give two thumbs up for everyone involved in the local food revival. Thank you to The Ground Breakers Cooperative, the Beyond the Market initiative, the B.V. Farmers Market and to all the people who support them. You’re all contributing to a very important service in our community. This revival is counteracting the reckless direction of our nation’s food production system, that’s been taking over the industry for more than 40 years. Most of the food we eat is produced hundreds, if not thousands, of kilometres away from

where we live. This is of course due to huge government subsidies, cheap labour and lack of regulation in foreign countries. It’s bad enough that the lawn mower I use has to be made in China or Mexico because we can’t make them near as cheaply as they can over there. But we must not let the same thing keep happening to our food. If, for whatever reason, the cargo ship and or the delivery trucks were unable to deliver to this somewhat remote region we probably wouldn’t notice the inconvenience of not being able to repair or buy a lawn mower after six months because after the first week we would be trying very hard to deal with the

catastrophe of not having enough food to nourish the 15,000 or so people who call our region home. Also, for those of us who don’t believe the delivery trucks could ever stop coming, well it’s happened before and could just as easily happen again. Ask some of your grandparents, God bless them. Many of them remember all to well, except back then they were much more selfreliant then we are now. Not only will being able to feed ourselves bring me more peaceof-mind but it would also give us a much healthier food system and contribute to our local economy. Jeffery Stone Smithers

Downside of Enbridge economics Editor: Much has been said about the negative environmental impact of the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. Much has been said about the positive economic impact. Jobs, jobs and more jobs, granted short term jobs but everybody will get rich. Nothing has been said about the

negative economic impact of the pipeline. Nobody talks about it. Is there a downside? Could this be because we just don’t want to know? Or maybe, just maybe, are we putting our blind trust in our federal and our provincial leaders. If this is the case we’re a bunch of suckers and deserve what we get. Whatever the reason we’d better wake up and fast. We are being blindside by Voodoo Economics. Continued top right

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Positive economics of course and spread so thick most of us can’t see through it. As a farmer I’d label it cow manure, and we’ve bought it, a whole load of it. Open your eyes people! The information is out there and written in such a way that even I can understand it. Go to your computer and enter ‘Robyn Allen and Enbridge.’ Allen is a very respected economist and lays out a very scary scenario, if it goes ahead. If you don’t have a computer, beg or borrow one. If you are unable or unwilling to do this, ask yourself who’s going to pay for it? Enbridge of course, but on our backs. How? Through an increase in the price of oil. Ever hear of the law of supply and demand. When the supply shrinks and demand increases or remains stable, prices will go up. Enbridge and its Chinese partners will be in control . By limiting the supply of domestic crude our price at the gas pump will increase. They will be in control and will use their clout to regulate our prices. We have been sold out by our illustrious leaders. An increase in oil prices will set off a round of inflation like we’ve never seen before. Interest rates will go up, businesses will close, jobs will be lost and people will lose their homes. Loss of buying power, lower standard of living and higher food costs. Doesn’t anyone remember free trade? We all took a hit then but that was nothing compared to what we are setting ourselves up to take this time. It has been said that if your business, home or farm was managed like government you would be bankrupt within a year. Government has yet to figure out a way to manage our homes, our farms and our businesses. Believe me, they’ve tried. They, however, can increase the cost of our imports to a point where many of us will go down. And like true Canadians we will go down without a whimper, like a bunch of lambs-tothe-slaughter. There’s still time. Let’s fight this thing Robin Hawes Smithers

Enbridge opposition hypocritical Editor: I am wondering if you can answer a question for me. How are the people opposed to the Enbridge pipeline getting to the hearings regarding the project? Surely they wouldn’t drive as there are no petroleum products available in Canada that haven’t travelled through a pipeline. If they did drive then how much credibility can be given to their opposition to the project? I will leave what I feel is a very obvious answer up to you to decide. Brian (Tipper) Mould Kitwanga


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RAMP lacks consultation Editor: (re: RAMP seeks resolutions to disputes, Mar. 14) I’m writing this letter in response to the ongoing RAMP process the Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board has undertaken. I’ve read the literature, been to the public meeting, and read the two fluff pieces the Interior News published about recent RAMP goings on and the ski area in the Hankin/Evelyn community. What I’ve come away with is a real sense of how divisive this whole RAMP process is and will continue to be to our communities. One only has to look at what has happened in the Evelyn scenario to see how land use decisions that exclude people in our valley can cause distrust and animosity.

The people of Evelyn were not properly consulted, and this was admitted to by a government employee at the recent RAMP meeting. The effect is that the long-time residents of this community are now effectively shut out from accessing their backyards the way they have for generations. There has been a lot of talk about how RAMP is a public process with input from all aspects of the community and following the wishes of the people of the valley. If the recent meeting was any indication there are a lot of people who feel they’re not represented, are against it and want it shut down. It seems, however, that the proponents of the process, even when asked directly if they would shut it down if it was shown to have a majority of people against it, have no intention of doing so.

“ use decisions that exclude people in our valley can cause distrust and animosity.” They seem bent on forcing this through no matter what, critics be damned. The reasons they have stated as needing this is to avoid conflicts in the backcountry. I argue there are no conflicts in our woods. I spend a lot of time hiking, skiing and quadding in the backcountry and have never witnessed any conflict in my time. But this process will surely create them. At this public meeting some key questions were asked of the RAMP board: 1. Who gave the BVCRB a mandate to pursue this? 2. How is

government linked to it? 3. Why do we need this process and where is the conflict? 4. If it is truly a publicly driven process would they shut it down if it was deemed unworkable? None of these simple questions were answered. Now a lot has been made in the editorial comments of this paper, and at the meeting, about the long-term residents having a problem with new-comers who are driving this initiative. I think what people who haven’t been here a long time, need to understand is why there is this view. There’s a reason why we live in such a beautiful place. There’s a reason why people choose to live here long-term. There’s a reason why new people are attracted to our valley. There were some notable long-term residents who stated this more eloquently than I at the public

meeting, but here’s my take on it. For over 100 years we’ve managed to build a pretty nice place without having screwed things up. We’ve had arenas, a ski hill, snowmobile cabins, and dozens of other recreational places built by people in our valley coming together as a community to ensure this valley was a great place to live. It’s always been that way and I hope it remains so. That’s how we’re built in the North. If people see a problem they talk as neighbours and try to sort them out. Not leave it up to someone with a badge and a ticket book. Things may not happen this way in Victoria or Calgary, but its been a way of life here for a very long time. I’d hate to see this divisive RAMP process change any of that. Rick Fuerst Telkwa


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PRESENTATION OF THE TOWN OF SMITHERS’ 2012-2016 FIVE-YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN Mayor Bachrach and Council would like to invite all interested members of the public to attend an information session about the Town’s 2012-2016 Five-Year Financial Plan. This will be held in the Council Chambers of the Smithers Town Office from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 10, 2012. A brief presentation will be given by Council, followed by a question and answer period. Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to contact the Town Office at 250-847-1600 if you would like more information regarding the Town’s Five-Year Financial Plan or the public presentation process.

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any thanks to Jody Barber and the DAF grad crew for helping to move 250 boxes of books donated to the Library to a secure storage area. This task was completed in less than an hour by cheerful, workers. Great job! The Two Sisters have opened a restaurant in the old Mountain View Restaurant site. One of their menu items is a Bach Wrap, named after our mayor, Taylor Bachrach. It consists of spicy beans and rice. Didn’t get to ask who chose the ingredients. A conversation revealed a second house on the Telkwa High Road that is suspected of being haunted. Items left in the house look like the last owners just got up from the table and left, leaving everything behind. Heard about an old gentleman who used the newspaper as a place mat at the table, after a meal he would just remove that page and have a clean page


for the next meal. Economy at its very best indeed. I am a great worrier, will seek out things to worry about. The word worry comes from the old English “wyrgan” meaning “to strangle” I’m sure you’ve heard about the grant, recently approved, going towards building our ice arena. The town has a survey allowing everyone young and old to participate in providing information/wants/ needs regarding the project. Spread the word; find the survey on Mayor Bachrach’s or Councillor Brienesse’s facebook page


or, or at Town Hall. Volunteer Smithers has upcoming workshops: Volunteer Recruitment and Retention; Making Meetings Work Better; Working with Seniors as Clients; Working with Seniors as Clients and Volunteers; Complete plet Social Media for Non-Profits No (you can take the morning, afternoon, tern or the whole day sessions). For F information call Tisha, 250-8479515, or email Two contests. First, photos of volunteers who show passion or make an impact in our community. Send the best that communicates passion, action and impact to volbcphotos@ by April 9. Prizes will be awarded for the top three. Second, photos of leaders of volunteers caught in the act of leading, inspiring. Send photos by April 9 to Tisha at volunteerphotocontest., or call 250-847-9515. Attend a


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Last Thursday the federal Conservative government tabled its budget and Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley was not impressed with what he heard. “I’m desperate for something positive in this budget,” Cullen, a member of the NDP official opposition said. Among the budget items that disappointed Cullen is the trimming of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans budget by $80 million, at a time when both fisheries and oceans are under increasing pressure. “There wasn’t any fat to cut to begin with,” Cullen said. Also of concern for Cullen was the proposed 24-month cap on environmental reviews of major resource development projects. “They’re proposing to change the rules midstream,” Cullen said, referring to the current joint panel review of the

Northern Gateway project proposed by Enbridge. “It backs people who are opposed to this in a corner, it limits the debate. The cap, Cullen noted, won’t save money. With less debate, the cap will not be good for business or the environment, Cullen argued, because approving bad projects is going to cost taxpayers multiple times more than any savings in having a shorter review process. Cullen also questioned cuts to law enforcement including the prison system, noting it was somewhat ironic given Stephen Harper’s Conservative government promised to get tough on crime during the election campaign. “It runs counter to what they propose in Bill C10,” Cullen said. “This is a dump of expenditures onto the provinces.” On a personal note, Cullen decried the cutting of the Katimavik program, a program he took part

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in as a youth. “It’s hard to keep this country all stitched together, but one of the ways you do that is you have Canadians meet other Canadians,” Cullen said. “The Katimavik program has been an overwhelming success for decades.” Cullen felt the program was especially beneficial to rural communities where youth may not have the money or

opportunity to travel and see the rest of the country. “I’m ashamed of the government,” Cullen said. “It’s a program that helped keep the country together. “It was huge, it was life-changing for people.” Looking back at the NDP leadership race where he finished third, Cullen was upbeat and positive. “It was a wild ride,” he admitted.

The best part of the process, Cullen said, was how much he was able to talk about his riding. “Our home became the centrepiece of everything I talked about,” he said. “Whether it was the economy or the environment, I took my lessons from the northwest and I made the story about the northwest. “We didn’t win, but we did some good things.”

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The need for speed once again fueled the hearts of ski racers far and wide as they attempted to capture the coveted Schuss Boomer Cup this past weekend on Hudson Bay Mountain. Celebrating the 28th running of the high speed event, the Schuss Boomer is one of the oldest recreational ski races in the province, second only second to Vernon. With 21 teams competing and more than 60 racers on the mountain, numbers are up from last year. Not surprising, considering it was one of the clearest and sunniest race days in recent Schuss Boomer history. “It’s a very rare sunny Schuss Boomer, but we deserved it and it made for a fun race,” said Heidi Westfall. Classic rivalries

continued to fuel the fight for the crown of fastest racer on the mountain. Known speed demons like Scott Marko, Cormac Hikisch, Eric Person and Jim Hinchliffe pulled out all the stops for a drink from the cup and of course bragging rights. “Downhills are about skill they’re also about weight and the length of your skis and everybody has very particular skis to particular temperatures,” Westfall explained. “So if the race was held at 6 p.m. somebody different would totally win. “Everybody knows who skis on what.” In the end it was Person and Claire Challen taking the cake, with times of 1:21.95 and 1:24.52, respectively. However, speaking volumes to the depth of skill on the slopes Saturday morning, Person and

Hinchliffe matched each other in speed at 114 kilometresper-hour. Both were crowned as the fastest men on the mountain. Ripping in at 106 km/h, Challen easily became the fastest woman on the hill, a crown she’s worn many times before. Rounding out the victors circle were The Has-Beens, Erin Havard, Norma Stokes and Challen, who guessed the closest to their combined timed runs. ‘Good Time’ clocked in at second

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Saltos skills get top marks By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News

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Grace Allen (centre) is one of four gymnast to qualify for the Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships Team BC, May 3-5 in Langley. the four open category and sister Grace Allen finished third overall in level five Tyro competition. With her bronze finish, Grace becomes one of four gymnasts qualified to represent Team BC at the Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships in the level five Tyro in Langley, May 3-5. This is Allen’s second appearance at the Western Canadian finals in two years. “I’m really proud of Grace, head coach Alana Jensen said. “She’s been working really hard all year and improving her skills and becoming a really good consistent competitor.” Allen said she’s excited for the new challenges, but admitted there’s still work to do to prepare for the WCGC.



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The Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club had a busy March, collecting a number of podium finishes. First, 12 gymnasts travelled to Kamloops for the Wild West Fest, Mar. 16-18 and had substantial success, including first and second-place finishes from Grace Allen in level five Tyro and Stephanie Bandstra in level five open, respectively. Ryleigh Young placed third overall in the novice one division and Haley Allen took fifth overall in the four open category. Alison Hudson finished sixth overall after four events in the three open class. Chandler Young, Josephine Kern and Ali Smaha-Muir all placed seventh in their respective categories and Robin Price finished eighth overall in the three novice division. The Saltos gymnasts then travelled to Abbotsford for the Twister competition, Mar. 24-26 which saw 14 gymnasts from Smithers take part in the three day event. Haley Allen captured a second place overall in

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Hankin-Evelyn ‘misunderstanding’ By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News

The Hankin-Evelyn recreation area has caused some confusion lately, as the community of Evelyn speaks out about the sideeffects of the growing project. Evelyn resident Dale Glass and neighbors met with Nadina/ Skeena Recreation Officer, Kevin Eskelin last week to hash out some of the “misunderstanding” taking place since signs were posted designating the area as non-motorized. “Initially the concerns were that the farmers there used quads and motorbikes to check on their cattle, and one day, all of a sudden, there are signs put up there saying it’s non-motorized,” Glass said. Glass added when the project was originally starting up the rec. officer “never consulted with the local community at all.” But, Eskelin says it’s a simple misunderstanding of what is still motorized and non-motorized areas. “It’s mainly a misunderstanding,” Eskelin explained. “We’re just going extends some proper informa-

tion and I’m pretty sure it will be fine.” Consultation was part of the process, Eskelin noted, but despite their best efforts some in the local community never had their say on the matter. Still that is just one of the symptoms. Glass said when they cut runs in what is called Gladding, they leave good timber behind and seem to have permits to do so. But, he mentioned one story of a fellow who cut down a cottonwood tree and soon after had Forestry Services investigating, wanting to know who cut down the tree. “There’s just issues of a double standard here is basically what a lot of it is,” Glass said. Despite the fact some people feel the Hankin-Evelyn site is infringing on their community “there’s actually no particular impact on that community at the end of the day,” said Eskelin. “Maybe a little bit of increased traffic and perhaps more consistent plowing of the road up to the gravel pit where the trail head is.” The rec. site has experienced solid growth in the last few years.

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Backcountry skiers pass an avalanche chart as they go into the Hankin-Evelyn Recreation Area. Offering a pristine area for backcountry seekers to lose themselves in the neverending playground of ski runs, up-tracks and hiking trails now sprinkled along the Hakin-Evelyn slopes. The intention was, Eskelin said, that everything that was built, as part of the project is to be managed as nonmotorized recreation and that remains the case. “There are some concerns about nonmotorized designation, that’s more of a misunderstanding because all roads remain

motorized so it was just a misinterpretation of some signs,” Eskelin said. However, Glass still thinks the area is too large and will continue to have an impact on his community, though he said in the last week the confusion is starting to be ironed out. “A lot of that stuff

has already been addressed just in the last week where we got a letter from Eskelin telling us the places we’ve been using motorized vehicles are still okay to be using,” said Glass. “But, because they didn’t have a meeting there was a lot of misunderstanding.”

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By Dan Mesec Locally acclaimed Recorda Borealis host another spectacular musical experience, Saturday April 7, at the Logpile Lodge, with their new spring concert, featuring Renaissance and Baroque music. Two years ago, after losing a powerful core viola player, Recorda Borealis knew they needed to fill the deep base sound so connected to their style. Soon after, Ellen Hansen tried a few pieces with a base recorder. It was clear the organ-sounding instrument was the deep base they were looking for. It wasn’t long until Sharren Carrington also picked up the base recorder. After a couple of performances they started to refine their powerful rhythms once again. “We play strictly classical music and we have a certain following,” Wolfgang Loschberger said. “So people might react to the spring and Easter themes.” Eight years ago Recorda Borealis hosted a concert at the Logpile Lodge with a slightly different repertoire, with two flutes and violin. This year two strings and five recorders offer a sound grounded in the sensation of spring blooms in the valley. Featuring soloists Kiri Daust, 13 on violin and Elaine Edmison as their soprano for the evening. “The Logpile Lodge concert offers a beautiful ambience in a beautiful environment,” Loschberger said. “The spring feel-

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really do have that spring feeling today. The sun shines, I have water and mud accumulating everywhere, the dogs slop about with their muddy paws. The pussy willows and the bird song confirms the season for me. Let me tell you about some of the sightings readers have called in. A varied thrush has been heard and seen. You will notice they have a one-note song. The first redwinged blackbirds have come back. The males come first, then after everything is ready for family affairs the females appear on the scene. Karen asked me about food for redwinged blackbirds and other spring arrivals. The cheapest food is probably the big bags of fine corn. Birds eat it and it doesn’t grow into interesting weeds. Like all bird food the stuff left behind has to be raked up to prevent illness. There was a discussion if the cranes have come over yet. At the time of these words I haven’t

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seen th them. Mind you there are many geese and swans making their way north. The common redpolls have been around in great numbers. These flocks will soon disperse and head north to their nesting grounds in the arctic scrub and tundra. The flock of 60 plus gray-crowned rosy finch stayed for a couple days and have now left. On to more important things in their lives. I was listening to CKUA radio the other night. On the show “The Road Home” the host mentioned a lake in Alberta where thousands of snow geese had gathered.



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This great radio station can be found online as well as on 828 if you have satellite TV. Mountain bluebirds are on the scene as well. Time to check the nesting boxes if you have them. A reader from Fort Nelson Ne told me she had ha taken down the swallow sw boxes to clean and an found one box with wi three dead birds inside. i One good reason to

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Judge adjourns GTS petition for guidance By Shannon Hurst Hazelton/Interior News

After months of debate between the Gitxsan Treaty Society and the Gitxsan Unity Movement, Supreme Court Justice McEwen handed down his ruling on the current court case last Tuesday. While he adjourned the petition, retaining jurisdiction to make further orders if necessary, neither the GTS nor the Spookw plaintiffs got the results they sought, but both sides view the ruling in different light and feel positive about the future. For GTS spokesperson, Ryneld Starr Justice McEwen reaffirmed the importance the GTS continue to exist. “The judge stated it

was “important the GTS continue” and added, “Continuance of the GTS is also the best means to protect the interests of the Treaty Commission and the Government respondents as well.” “He adjourned the petition on the basis that he expected a better model for open participation and membership to be developed. In essence, he turned the matter back to the Gitxsan to resolve.” However for members of the GUM such as Marge McRae, the decision reaffirmed their beliefs. “The GTS was directed by Judge McEwan to put forward another proposal to show the Court they can be made valid by presenting a process that includes all people who

want to participate,” the Gitxsan Government Commission stated in a press release. “Opponents to the GTS proposal claimed the GTS continues to act in a secretive manner, taking direction from a few select and supportive Hereditary Chiefs and individuals who purport to represent the Gitxsan. “Furthermore the Spookw plaintiffs said the current problems with the GTS bylaws were, “too serious to be fixed by the court.” “GTS constitution and bylaws have numerous problems that can’t be fixed,” McRae said. “For example, existing bylaws do not allow children of Gitxsan men and non-Gitxsan women to have any rights unless

they are traditionally adopted. “There’s also no recognition of elected governments of Gitxsan communities.” While the judge stated he expects a better model for open participation and membership to be developed, GTS negotiator, Beverly Clifton Percival said the judge turned the matter back to the Gitxsan to resolve. “We agree with the court’s sentiment that it is important for the Gitxsan people to work together, and the GTS is committed to using the Gitxsan’s long-standing laws and hereditary system of governance to do so,” she said. “We think a Gitxsanmade solution will better serve the Gitxsan people,

so we welcome this opportunity, granted by the court.” Starr also added the meeting the GTS held in January showed strong support for them to move forward. “The GTS recognizes all Gitxsan people have an interest in treaty negotiations, particularly the younger generations,” Starr explained. “The GTS also respects the will of the Gitxsan Simgiigyet, expressed at a January 17, 2012 Gimlitxwit, at which a strong majority of the Simgiigyet affirmed their support for the GTS, and voted in favour of becoming GTS members with the right to control the society.” However the January meeting is not viewed

in the same light by the GUM who argue they have shown many do not support the GTS. “According to Gitxsan law, GTS has no standing in Gitxsan society because 85 Hereditary House and wing Chiefs have signed declarations that GTS cannot represent them in any negotiations,” McRae said. “For that reason, few if any Chiefs gave them permission to continue to operate.” In the end both sides say they are positive about moving forward. GUM member, John O, feels they are all on the right path. “It’s a step closer to unity, a lot of work to be done still,” he said. “What an exciting time to be Gitxsan.”

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For the betterment of all Gitxsan ou will recall from my past reports that the Hereditary Chiefs are, if you will, getting into the big leagues. This means governments and corporations will get the message that we do have the vehicle to receive and process any development on Gitxsan country. This vehicle is the Gitxsan Development Corporation. Yes, some feel this corporation should be manned only by Gitxsan, but a majority of the Hereditary Chiefs feel those who head it up should have proven corporate experience. Dispelling some negative feedback, Jako and Rick Connors says the Hereditary Chiefs’ wishes will stay at the forefront. When the Corporation really gets off the ground, it will be modelled after house groups that filter benefits


to all Gitxsan. Other work relates to energy: dams, wind power and bioenergy. Falling under that umbrella is Gitxsan Forest Enterprises Inc. GFEI is bankrupt for now, but no real alarm bells have been rung because prospects in the global marketplace look positive. On March 27, Hereditary Chiefs had many questions about how the GDC is developing. They wanted to see if we were on the same track in terms of values, inclusion, etc. There were a couple of dissenters, but the

majority felt good about the GDC’s latest developments. The GFEI Protocol Agreement First and foremost, the Hereditary Chiefs care about the survival of GFEI as for the prospects of jobs if all goes well. Andrew Davis, who has worked for Cam Stevens, developed a protocol agreement and hopes to get feedback at the next Chief ’s meeting. The agreement has everything to do with how GFEI interacts with House Chiefs should they cut on their territories. Once all is done properly, it will be forwarded to the Ministry of Forests to show that everyone has been fairly consulted. Work continues and we need a couple of breakthroughs so that all Gitxsan can actually see that we have all Gitxsan interests in mind.

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The snow is melting and spring has sprung which has many people thinking about gardening. The weather also made it a perfect time to hold a twoday workshop and seminar on permaculture in Hazelton last weekend. Facilitated by Chris Timms, 18 people attended the seminar instructed by Gordan and Jana Hiebert of

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Hazelton perfect for permaculture From TIMMS on Page B2 Last year Timms attended a course by the Hieberts in Burn’s Lake and felt the same seminar would be beneficial for many living in the Hazelton’s. “Hazelton has some very unique people, many of whom are here because they are no longer satisfied with living in the concrete jungle, working long hours to pay off a house they may never own,” Timms shared. “Hazelton already offers community, diversity and simplicity which is a perfect breeding ground for permaculture. “It also has a desirable micro climate for our region.” While there were many idea’s, concepts and solutions discussed both locally and globally throughout the weekend, several resonated with the Hazelton residents Timms said. “Things like local economy, barter systems, seed saving, sharing resources and knowledge applied directly to our area,” he said. “Much of our food is imported from long distances. “Through growing

“Things like local economy, barter systems, seed saving, sharing resources and knowledge applied directly to our area [Hazelton].” Chris Timms and preserving our own food and operating at a local level we can decrease our dependence on these highly unsustainable systems and in turn create freedom.” Those in attendance received a book but Timms said for people who didn’t attend but are interested, there are many ways to gain information and have question’s answered. “There’s a ton of literature out there, the internet is a wealth of information,” he said. “If there is enough interest we can host the course again next year, and people can also go to Speedy’s where they can purchase permaculture books.”

As for the next step for Timms and those attending the course, Timms said there was a real interest in networking and future related courses. “The course is about creating community at all levels and sharing successes and failures as well as actively participating in work parties, aka Permablitz,” he said. “We have already talked about a earthen oven building workshop and a primitive skills course too.” There’s even a possibility Timms will organize another course next year if there’s enough interest he said adding he believes it’s his responsibility to change his way of thinking and living. “The average farmer is over 60 in North America and learning from our elders and educating younger generations is our responsibility as a culture,” he said. “We have become so dependent on limited natural resources.” For more information visit www.elementecodesign. com/ or www.permaculturebc. com/or Timms facebook page called Northern BC Permaculture or contact Timms directly.

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Trust the experts who know your Ford best: Ford-Trained Technicians. For more details and offers, see your Service Advisor or visit All offers expire April 30, 2012. Offers may be cancelled at any time without notice. See Service Advisor for complete details. Applicable taxes and provincial levies not included. Dealer may sell for less. Only available at participating locations. ‡Applies to single rear wheel vehicles only. Diesel models not eligible. *Up to 5 litres of oil. Disposal fees may be extra. Does not apply to diesel engines. ◊Based on a Ford Fusion V6 automatic that has a fuel consumption rating of 10L/100 km in combined city/highway driving (properly tuned), a one-year driving distance of 24,000 km and $1.02 per litre for gasoline. Improved fuel efficiency and emission reduction levels depend on model, year and condition of vehicle. †† In order to receive a local competitor’s advertised price: (i) tires must be purchased and installed at your participating Ford Dealer; (ii) customer must present the competitor’s actual local advertisement (containing the lower price) which must have been printed within 30 days of the sale; and (iii) the tires being purchased must be the same brand, sidewall, speed and load ratings as shown in the competitive advertisement. Offer only available at participating Ford dealerships. This offer is valid on the cost of the tire only and does not include labour costs, valve stems, mounting, balancing, disposal, and taxes. Offer does not apply to advertised prices outside of Canada, in eBay advertisements, by tire wholesalers and online tire retailers, or closeout, special order, discontinued and clearance/liquidation offers. Limited time offer. Offer may be cancelled or changed at any time without prior notice. See your Service Advisor for details. ‡‡Rebate offers are manufacturer’s mail-in rebates. Rebates available on select General Tire (credit card gift card), Continental (credit card gift card), Goodyear, Pirelli, Yokohama, Bridgestone (credit card gift card), Firestone (credit card gift card), and Michelin tires. Offers are valid on qualifying sets of four tires, purchased and installed at participating locations during the respective promotion periods for each tire brand. Offer is valid on the cost of the tire(s) only and does not include labour costs, valve stems, mounting, balancing, disposal, and taxes. Amount of rebates, start dates and expiration dates vary depending on tire manufacturer. It is the responsibility of the customer to submit the required claim forms and proof of purchase to the relevant tire manufacturer with sufficient postage by the required deadline for that rebate offer. See your Service Advisor for complete details and claim forms. †Available on most brands at participating locations only. Limited time offer. Price reductions vary: $7.00 on 12”-14” rims, $10.00 on 15” and 16” rims, $12.50 on 17” rims, $15.00 on 18”-20” rims, $20.00 on 21” rims, $25.00 on 22” and up rims. See Dealer for full details. VFord Protection Plan is only available for non-commercial cars and light trucks. If an eligible Ford, Motorcraft® or Ford-approved part fails due to a defect in material or workmanship, wear out or rust through, it will be replaced at no charge as long as the original purchaser of the part owns the vehicle on which the part was installed. Labour is covered for the first 12 months or 20,000 km (whichever occurs first) after the date of installation. Emergency brake pads are not eligible under this plan. See Service Advisor for complete details and limitations. **Excludes emergency brake pads or shoes. Machining or replacement of rotors and drums available at additional cost. ©2012 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.


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Emilio Mellace

KIRWIN, Philomena Margaret

May 24, 1930 November 21, 2011

March 2, 1929 March 23, 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce our beloved mother, Philomena Margaret Kirwin passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Our mother is survived by Ann (Bill) May, Irene (Bruce) Morrison, Victor, Mervin (Sue). She also leaves behind her 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She will be forever missed by her 3 sisters and 4 brothers and all the MarĆ&#x;n families. She was predeceased by her husband Conrad (Connie). In lieu of Ĺ&#x2021;owers please send donaĆ&#x;ons to North Okanagan Hospice Society (3506-27 Avenue Vernon, BC V1T 1S4). Prayers were held on Wednesday, March 28 at 5:00 P.M. at St. James Catholic Church (2607-27 Street Vernon, BC). Funeral service was held at St. James Catholic Church on Thursday, March 29 at 11:00 A.M. We would also like to say Thank You to Dr. Williams and Dr. Armanious, as well as the nurses and staÄŤ from 2 West at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, who were absolutely fantasĆ&#x;c. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternaĆ&#x; Arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICESÂŽ Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237


Jacqueline Hilton passed away peacefully on March 22, 2012. We would like to thank all of the wonderful people that touched her life. Hospital staff of the BVDH, we want to give you an extended thank you for your gentle care to Jacqueline and our family in her final days. May you all be well and know you all meant so much to Jacqueline and for those that get to heaven before me give her a hug for me.

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Emilio Mellace was born in Satriano, Italy on May 24, 1930 to Anna Maria Teresa Vitale and Francesco Antonio Mellace. He was the youngest of ten children. Before immigrating to Canada he served in the Italian Military. He immigrated to Smithers, B.C. in 1956, made it his home and eventually raised his family here. He worked for Northern Interior Forest Products and then later worked at the Datsun dealership. He took great pride in his large garden and ďŹ ne wine making. Emilio is remembered for his big smile, kind heart and generosity. He is sadly missed by his three children Francesco (Michelle), Marco, Sandra (Ian) and two cherished grandchildren Gabriella and Gianna.

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Peter Stafford Veenstra December 4, 1968 - March 20, 2012 Peter Veenstra, 43, of Smithers, BC passed away peacefully on March 20, 2012. He was born to John and Sara Veenstra of Smithers on December 4, 1968. Peter is survived by his loving parents; his sisters Jeannette (John), Marguerite (Dave), Henrietta, Valerie and Esther. He is also survived by his long-time partner, Diana of Prince George, and his beloved dog Keisha. He leaves his eight nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Peter was laid to rest in the Smithers cemetery on March 28, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. A memorial service followed at the Smithers Christian Reformed Church at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, the family requests that you consider donations to the Broadway Place Emergency Shelter. Donations can be made at the Royal Bank in Smithers. God has taken him home and given him the peace that he sought and so longed for. If you could see me now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m walking on streets of gold. If you could see me now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m standing tall and whole. If you could see me now Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen His face. If you could see me now Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d know my painâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s erased.

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PART-TIME SEASONAL HELP needed for the spring season. Gardening experience required. Apply in person to: ALPINE PLANT WORLD 3441 - 19th Avenue, Smithers (behind Frontier Chrysler)


SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT POSITION: GROUNDS HELPER – STUDENT LABOUR 8 HRS /DAY (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) MAY 1, 2012 TO AUGUST 31, 2012 LOCATION: Maintenance Department PAY RATE: $14.54 per hour QUALIFICATIONS: Preferences will be given to applicants with training or experience in Maintenance including, but not restricted to: • Enrolled in a post-secondary education program • Three months previous experience relevant to the position required • Competent in the use and care of tools and equipment common to the position • Ability to communicate effectively using courtesy and tact in the exchange of data or information • Ability to use judgement in applying clearly established methods and procedures • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certificate and familiarity with Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) safety procedures • Maintains the confidentiality of sensitive information seen or heard • Valid Class 5, BC Drivers’ Licence • An exemplary driving record as demonstrated by a current driver’s abstract • Physical capability to perform the job duties

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Is looking for a dynamic, dedicated, detail oriented This is a seasonal part time position 21 hrs/week May 1 – September 30, 2012 Additional hours will be required during August & September. Employment renewal is possible for the 2013 Season. The individual we are looking for will have the following skills, abilities and experience: • Excellent working knowledge of Simply Accounting software • Reconciling all balance sheet accounts • Proficiency in the use of computer programs • Experienced at maintaining a full set of books for a non-profit organization • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles • Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation affecting charities • Knowledge of provincial labour legislation including Employment Standards, Occupational Health and Safety, and Human Rights • Knowledge of the voluntary sector • Experience preparing payroll deductions and related remittances • Knowledgeable in preparing financial reports for funding agencies • Maintain accounting system on a cash basis Applicants must also: Respect confidentiality and maintain privacy; Be self motivated, take initiative and work independently; Willingness to work as a team; Support and mentor a large volunteer group; Work from the BVX Administration Office located on the Smithers Fall Fair grounds. Please, contact Cindy Savage at for a detailed job description. Applicants must submit a cover letter and detailed resume outlining qualifications, experience and wage requirements. Please include 3 references. Remuneration will be determined by skills and experience. Mail cover letter and resume to Bulkley Valley Exhibition Box 2281, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 or email: or fax to 250.847.3826 RE: Finance Administration Clerk

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CENTRAL PARK BUILDING home of arts & culture in the Bulkley Valley. For full job description email Submit resumes by email or to 3406 Billeter Rd., Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N6 Apply by 14th April, 2012 Position begins 27th April, 2012

Travel Consultant Immediate opening for a full-time travel consultant. Computer knowledge, and previous experience in travel or hospitality industry an asset. Must be able to adapt to a busy work environment and have a pleasant telephone manner. Please apply in person to: Matthew Cachia 1272 Main Street Smithers, BC 250-847-2979

Casual (Seasonal) Labourer 1 The Town of Smithers is currently accepting applications for a Casual (Seasonal) Labourer 1 position to augment spring/summer operations in our Work & Operations Department. The term of this position is May to September, approximately 18 weeks in duration. General Statement of Duties: This position is responsible to the Operations Supervisor for a variety of tasks and duties primarily, but not limited to, supporting our Parks Department. Tasks and duties are physical in nature and may require the use of small tools and equipment. The wage rate for this position is $24.80. This is a unionized position with CUPE Local 1570. Qualification Includes: • Qualifications include a valid BC Drivers License • Must be physically capable of carrying out the designated responsibilities • Be able to communicate effectively, orally and in written form, with other employees, supervisors and the general public For complete details of this position, please visit our website at Interested candidates may forward a cover letter and resume outlining relevant training and experience, three references, and a current Drivers Abstract, by 4:00 pm, April 10, 2012 to: Susan Bassett, Director of Corporate Services Town of Smithers Competition #12-06 Box 879, 1027 Aldous Street Smithers BC V0J 2N0 Fax: 250-847-1601 Applications may be submitted by mail, fax or in person. Electronic or incomplete applications will not be considered. The Town of Smithers thanks all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Doomsday predictions lead to thought and planning


t seems every few years there is a new “End of the World” theory or at least since before the year 2000 there has been much hype about the world changing drastically. The current theory’s on 2012 seem to be similar to those of the past with of course, a few twists and turns to make them unique. Each theory or prediction is based on some kind of fact and it seems many base the 2012 destruction on their interpretation of the fact the Mayan calendar ends in December of this year amongst other things. Now if one were to do some serious digging into past and future predictions,

thanks to the never ending information on the internet, one can usually find enough to back up the predictions as well as prove them wrong. I must admit though as an avid reader and lover of fantasy and science fiction, I always enjoy reading a good doomsday theory. However, after living through several predictions such as the 2000 one I am not really concerned that the world is going to end in a matter of months. Yet, I do believe there are many great things that can come out of these fears conjured up by many throughout the world. First and foremost I do think it is

MY TOWN Shannon Hurst

important for people to have a plan in case of disaster of some form should strike. Such as, if we were to lose power for up to a week or longer, do they have enough water and food supplies in their home or can they stay warm in the winter without

electricity? Do families and people have an evacuation plan in place in case of a natural disaster? I also believe it is time to start being more self-sufficient especially for those of us fortunate enough to liv live in the north and co courses such as last we week’s permaculture se seminar in Hazelton ar are a great start. The more one can live off the land and the less we need to rely on the world, the better off we will be I believe and the less impact we have on this amazing planet we are fortunate enough to call home. I have written columns in the past on the additives and chemicals put in so

Rock tour to promote youth jobs By Tom Fletcher Black Press

share with the youth of the province what sorts of careers are

available to them,” said Jobs, Tourism and Innovation


he B.C. government is rolling out a rock-themed road show to encourage young people to find training and work. The Jobfest tour has all the trappings of a concert tour, including t-shirts, souvenir drumsticks and guitar picks, and two inflatable tents that look like giant amplifiers. Stops in 50 B.C. communities, including Smithers, will have a rock band, local community performers and speakers, with the tents serving as mobile career resource centres. “We’re going into some of the smallest communities in the province, First Nations communities, non-aboriginal communities to really

1-800-222-TIPS Dale Ellwood KINNEY Height: 193cm Weight: 91Kg

much of our food and therefore the more we can grow in our own gardens or purchase from local farmers, the healthier we all may be. Then there’s the alternative power issue that many are now talking about thanks to the BC

Hydro Smart Meters and for this northern girl, there are a lot of great things about solar power and there have been huge improvements in the past few years in that particular technology. So the long and short of it this week is while I don’t hold

a lot of faith in doomsday predictions, I think they have their place and if it makes more people look at how they can survive a disaster, be more self-sufficient, eat healthier and live longer, I’m all in favour of a little 2012 doomsday prophecy.

Congratulations to the Hazelton Peewee Bulldogs for winning the B.C. Hockey Provincials!

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Dale Ellwood KINNEY is currently Wanted by Smithers RCMP on 1 endorsed Warrant due to failing to comply under S. 733.1 CC. Police are asking anyone with information regarding Dale Ellwood KINNEY or his whereabouts. Any other crimes are asked to be reported to the Smithers RCMP detachment at 250-847-3233, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. SMITHERS RCMP URGE THE PUBLIC NOT TO ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND WISHARD, AND PLEASE CONTACT THE SMITHERS RCMP IMMEDIATELY IF YOU LOCATE HIM.

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CITY OF Yellowknife. Lifeguard/Instructor. We are seeking an experienced individual to be a Lifeguard/Instructor. Refer to: 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:

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

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Come work in a positive, & fun place. For more information please phone 250-847-4244.

Cabo Drilling Corp, one of Canada’s larger mineral drilling services companies, is searching for seasoned Surface Diamond Drillers for projects in Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon, and Central America. Your ability to drill in various terrains, and through various ground conditions, is complemented by your proven adaptability and ability to work as a team player. These positions offer a competitive base wage and production bonuses. Canadian based employees are eligible to participate in group bene¿ts. Experienced helpers are encouraged to apply. Please forward resume in con¿dence to:

Food Counter Attendants Required The Northern Society for Domestic Peace is seeking a motivated individual to coordinate our Strengthening Families Program. This is a (Àexible) part time position. The Strengthening Families Program is a powerful program for positive family interactions and skills development that involves the whole family. The program offers three skills based courses: Parenting, Children’s life skills and Family skills. The strengthening families’ coordinator is responsible for the successful planning, implementation delivery and ongoing evaluation of the strengthening families program, in the communities of Smithers, Houston, and Moricetown. Service Deliverables: • Ongoing presentations to communities and agencies • Creating community partnerships • Ensure a viable pool of facilitators in each community • Provide the opportunity for training potential facilitators • Assist and support communities with; • Scheduling of trained facilitators for program delivery • Noti¿cation to agencies and families of program delivery • Securing and prepare appropriate space for program delivery • Referral process • Organizing food and other programming needs, • Providing ongoing support and debrie¿ng for program facilitators • Ensuring ongoing opportunity for evaluative feedback from participants, facilitators and communities • Develop an evaluation process that will assess success in meeting the needs of families and SFP desired outcomes. Work with MCFD and community partners in evaluating the program. Applicant must have good coordination skills: • Good working knowledge of community resources and contacts, • Previous experience or training with the Strengthening Families Program is an asset, • Must have good verbal and written communication skills, • Experience/training in facilitation of groups, • Able to work independently and be Àexible, • Requires own vehicle and travel, • Ability to support a team of facilitators, • Must have ability to respectfully respond to cultural and familial needs. Competitive Hourly Wage

Closing Date: April 10, 2012

Please send resume to: Northern Society for Domestic Peace PO Box 3836, 3772 First Ave, Smithers BC Or fax 250-847-8911

Duties include: taking orders and processing payment, preparing food orders such as hamburgers, fries, onion rings, salads and breakfast items, receiving stock and general cleaning of restaurant. These are full-time permanent positions and applicants must be available to work all shifts – weekends, mornings, afternoons and evenings. No experience needed – employer will train. Some highschool education required Wage is $10.90 per hour. Please apply by email to or by mail to Patti Farmer A&W Smithers, 4086 Hwy 16, Smithers BC V0J 2N0

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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: &#8195;

Trades, Technical 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 work;

Cell 780-660-8130. Fax 780444-7103. 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:

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Auctions 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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Hay for Sale square bales, alfalfa mix $4.00 each 250 567-9813 Vanderhoof HAY, no rain, Timothy/brome, wrapped round bales. $50/bale. (250)846-9430


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Feed & Hay HAY for sale: $4 from a stack or $5 delivered Smithers to Houston. (250)846-5490

Blinds & Drapery

HYBRID BULLS FOR SALE POLLED Red Angus/ Fleckvieh Simmental cross 250-846-5550 / 250-877-2060

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Blinds & Drapery

SKEENA DECOR Blinds of all kinds New · Repairs · Cleaning Bob Swift 250-847-3051

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Cleaning Services

RADIANCE direct vent gas heater c/w chimney. $320.00 Call: 250-877-6232


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FULL SET Left-handed Performance Series Hybrid golf clubs, Dunlop bag, near mint condition, Spalding putter. $400. 250-877-9576 or 250847-9221 TOYO SPECTRUM 14” summers on rims, less than 500km on them, $400. Arctic Claw 14” Winter TXi M+5 winters on rims, 1 season on them, EC, $400. 250-847-9221 or 250877-9576.

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Farm Equipment WANTING to buy old tractors, any condition. Have various parts for sale. Clutch and pressure plates, engines, steering gears boxing, tires, hydraulic pumps, spools, cylinders for more. (250)846-5202

Firewood/Fuel FIREWOOD for sale. Dry pine by the cord. $130 round or $165 split. Delivered Smithers area. Phone 250-847-5779.

Garage Sales MOVING SALE 3715 - 13th Ave, Smithers Sat., April 21 & Sun.,22 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days

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Heavy Duty Machinery

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.

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

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Heavy Duty Machinery

Continuous Aluminum Gutters

Houses For Sale

Real Estate For Sale By Owner HOUSE FOR SALE OR TRADE custom built in 2009, 2 bdrm plus den in loft, 2 bthrm designer home, country setting on private 5 acres. Above Seymour Lake on Whistler Road. Need to sell as our family is growing $385,000. 250-8479988 or

Shoprider Deluxe Mobility Scooter TE889-4, includes battery charger. $1,800 obo Shoprider Deluxe Mobility Scooter Sovereign, 10-yrs-old, does not include battery charger. $800 obo. Ladies foldup travel bike, hardly used. $200.



Open Houses KISPIOX VALLEY. Hay for sale. Round Bales. $32. 250846-9743 or 604-629-9807.

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Check out this modern 988 square foot bungalow in Telkwa. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, new laminate flooring, natural gas furnace, large landscaped lot with shed. Perfect as a starter home, retirement or rental investment. Call 250-877-6244.


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2 Open Houses Saturday April 7th, 1 - 3pm $339,900

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3200 sq ft, 4 bath, includes washer & dryer, fridge & stove, dishwasher hot tub, natural gas, contact 250-845-3315


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Exams & Vaccinations Quill & Abscesses Minor Surgery Acupuncture Herbal Formulas









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(250) 694-3497 or Cell: (250) 692-6107 or Egon (250) 694-3319 Cell: (250) 570-2055 Email: As soon as possible Watch future papers for complete listings.

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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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BParking Lot sweeping Estimates available Fully Insured Smithers & Area

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Welding and Fabrication Business opportunity or equipment for sale from prior business in Smithers area.

Immaculate 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, gas ¿replace, hardwood Àoors and a great yard. Over 2,100 sq. ft. quality living area.

Equipment noted, Accupress, Accushear, milling machine, lathes, total package, inquire @ job 250-847-7928, cell 250-877-2434.

Dave Barclay 250.847.0365

4210 Second Ave Immaculate, updated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, full basement home on 66’x125’ landscaped lot. Includes a great 12’x22’ heated shop.

Sonia Apostoliuk 250.847.0937

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NOVA SCOTIA Rural water front lots for sale. Country living at its best. Three bedroom apartments for rent. 45 miles to university town. 1-902-5222343

Now available 1 1/2bdr. 2010 custom home, private entrance, stainless steel app., full bath, priced for long term tenancy. Only $750/mo. incl. util. (250)847-4026 (Angie)



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‘91 Ford Ranger 4x4, 173,000km, standard, brand new summer tires & studded winter tires $4000. (250)515-0165 (250)699-7709

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FURNISHED Cabins & Cottages, 1 - 2 rooms starting $225 week utilities included, Off Season Rates. WiFi, Sat TV, 8 kms West Smithers 250847-3961 Glacier View RV Park

Poor, Good, OR No Credit at AUTO CREDIT NOW DL9597 Details and APPLY online OR TOLL FREE 1-877-356-0743

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Scrap Car Removal

2 BEDROOM HOUSE overlooking lake 11 kms from Smithers. Suit prof. couple. Small pet OK. $750 plus utilities. References required. Available May 1. Call 250-9643992 after 7 pm or leave msg.

Scrap Batteries Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

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250-847-3222 Terry Fulljames

259,000 hwy kms, V6, auto, fully loaded, 8 leather seats, 2 heated, p/mirrors, programmable driver seat memory, dual climate, running boards, fog lights, cruise, 6 CD, tow pkg, roof rack, one owner, good condition. Studded tires for sale if interested.









2004 Citation 10’8” Camper Like new, hardly used. In heated, dry storage 6 months of every year.




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2002 Chevy Cavalier Automatic, black, 2-door, sunroof, 146,000kms. Great condition. Excellent on fuel.





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In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, the In accordance withintends Sectionto26dispose of the of Community Charter, Towna Town of Smithers the following landsthe under of Smithers intends to dispose the following lands at aover saleaprice of purchase sale agreement in theofamount of $2,514,000 period $2,514,000 a period of 10 years, to Ambleside Land Ltd.: of 10 years, over to Ambleside Projects Ltd.: Parcel Identifi Identifier: er: 013-138-251 013-138-251 Parcel Parcel B B (See (See DF DF 17619), 17619), Section Section 30, 30, Township Township 4, 4, Range Range 5, 5, Coast Coast Parcel District, Plan 5985, 6154, 7046, 9678, 10229 and District, Plan1104 1104Except ExceptPlans Plans 5985, 6154, 6197, 7046, 9678, PRP14843. 10229 and PRP14843. This is is not not aa tender tender nor nor aa request request This for offers. offers. Further Further information information can can for be obtained obtained by by visiting visiting the the Town Town of of be Smithers website: website: Smithers

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PURPOSE: Bylaws 1681 and 1682 are to change the Of¿cial Community Plan designation of the property from Civic/Community Use to Mixed Residential and to rezone the property from Public Use Two (P-2) to Medium Density Residential (R-

3) and to add “assisted living” as a permitted auxiliary use in the R-3 zone. PUBLIC INPUT: Anyone who believes to be affected by the proposed bylaws is invited to attend the public hearing to present verbal or written submissions to Council. Written submissions to be considered must be received by no later than 4:00 pm on the hearing day. COPIES: The proposed bylaws and relevant background information can be viewed at the Town Of¿ce, during business hours, Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or online at CONTACT: For further information contact Alison Walker, Planner at (250) 847-1600 or (Second of two notices)

INVITATION TO TENDER Tenders Tenders Airport Airside Access Control and Parking Monitor INVITATION TO TENDER Contract # 2012-01 Tenders

Airport Airside Access Control and Parking Monitor

Tenders for the “Airport Airside Access Control and Parking Monitor” contract will # 2:00 2012-01 be received by the Town ofContract Smithers up to p.m. Friday, April 06, 2012. Tenders for the “Airport Airside Access Control and Monitor” contract will The general scope of work for this contract is toParking provide, in compliance with be received by the Town of Smithers up to 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 06, 2012. Transport Canada Aeronautics Act, airside access control duties in the restricted The general scopeand of at work this for contract is to provide, in compliance area of the apron the for airport all scheduled, screened flights whilewith the Transport Canada Aeronautics Act, airside access control duties thecontract restricted aircraft is parked and or the security hold room is open. Included ininthis is area of to theprovide apron curb and at theand airport for lot all monitoring scheduled, and screened Àights while the service side parking issue parking violation aircraft to is vehicles parked and or the roominisincorrect open. Included this contract is tickets which parksecurity withouthold paying, zones orinillegally. service to provide curb side and parking lot monitoring and issue parking violation Tender documents are available at the Airport Administration office and the Town tickets to vehicles which park without paying, in incorrect zones or illegally. Office. Bidders are required to register when picking up tender packages. Although Tender documents are available at the Airport Administration of¿ce and the Town not required by Transport Canada consideration will be given to companies who Of¿ce. Bidders are required to register when picking up tender packages. Although can provide employees withCanada certificates in basic security not required by Transport consideration will be training, given toBST. companies who canTenders provide must employees with certi¿ cates in basic security BST. sealed and All be submitted to the Airport Manager in training, an envelope, clearly marked “TENDER – Airport Airside Access Control and Parking Monitor All Tenders must be submitted to the Airport Manager in an envelope, sealed andContract #2012-01”. Bidders shall sign the Declaration and attach it to the outside clearly marked “TENDER – Airport Airside Access Control and Parking Monitor of the envelope. Contract #2012-01”. Bidders shall sign the Declaration and attach it to the outside of the envelope. Tenders shall be accompanied by a Certified Cheque or Bid Bond in the amount of Tenders shall be accompanied by a Certi¿ Chequetoorthe BidTown BondofinSmithers. the amount of ten percent (10%) of the Total Tender Priceedpayable ten percent (10%) of the Total Tender Price payable to the Town of Smithers.

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Bylaw No. 1681 & 1682: Of¿cial Community Plan & Zoning change to permit up to 98 multi-family residential dwellings with an assisted living option on the 3.96 acre site of the former Bulkley Valley Christian Elementary School.

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There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Town Of¿ce (1027 Aldous Street, Smithers, BC). The following bylaws will be considered at the public hearing:

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Tenders will be publicly opened at the above stated time in the Board Room at the TendersAdministration will be publiclyOffi opened the above time in the at the Airport ce. AllatTenders willstated be examined as Board to theirRoom sufficiency Airport Administration Of¿ ce. All Tenders will be examined as to their suf¿ ciency and submitted to Town Council for awarding. The Town of Smithers reserves the and submitted to Town Council awarding. TheTenders, Town oforSmithers reserves the right to waive informalities in or for reject any or all to accept the tender right to waive informalities in or reject any or all Tenders, or to accept the tender deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The lowest or any Tender may deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The lowest or any Tender may not necessarily be accepted. not necessarily be accepted. Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Rob Blackburn. Rob Blackburn. Airport Airport Manager Manager Town Town of of Smithers Smithers Suite Suite 1, 1, 6421 6421 Airport Airport RD RD Smithers, Smithers, B.C. B.C. V0J V0J 2N0 2N0 Phone (250) 847-3664 Fax (250) 847-2605

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On Denman Island, author Des Kennedy enjoys the first chives of the season. Shoots of chervil and sorrel are greening up his gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a striking contrast to the red Russian kale that stood strong all winter. For 40 years, that garden is where Kennedy and his partner Sandy have grown most of their own food. Gardens are also at the root of Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many books, three of which have been nominated for a Stephen Leacock humour award. But Kennedy wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t born a gardener. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I paid no attention to any of that, growing up,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was all a silly waste of time.â&#x20AC;? When he finally struck out gardening on his own, it was entirely differentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a wannabe Zen Buddhist garden tucked in a wooded corner of the monastery where Kennedy was in training.

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It will be his first time in Houston, but Kennedy has toured the central interior and read several times in Dawson Creek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You run into all kinds of wonderful people,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I often get old sod-busters who come out of the woodworkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;loggers and farmers,â&#x20AC;? he added, noting such characters often end up his novels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hard to keep out, and they always just about take your book over.â&#x20AC;? Many of Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fans are drawn by his experience as a bona fide backto-the-lander. After he left the monastery for the West Coast and met his partner Sandy in the early 1970s, Kennedy set to clearing their Denman property and building a house for a whopping $4,500. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything was relatively inexpensiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a lot of us built our houses out of recycled and hand-hewn stuff,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not impossible to do it now,â&#x20AC;? he added. Des Kennedy gives a free reading at the Hazelton public library, Wednesday April 4 at 7 p.m.

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Sandra Hinchliffe NEW PRICE

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2.19 acre building lot Great view Sunny location Close to town

Sandra Hinchliffe


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20 acre horse prop, river frontage Updated 2020sf 3-4 bedroom home Drive-thru 36x36 horse barn w/loft 32x40 shop, 150x150 sand arena

Charlie McClary


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3 bdrm, 3 bathroom family home Hardwood, n/g fp, oak kitchen Deck, beautiful mountain views Heated attached garage, fenced yd

Karen Benson


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1475 Chestnut St, Telkwa

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Just outside town boundary Located along creek by river 2 cabins each with 2 bedrooms Solid investment, great setting

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Unique design, central location Large lot, 5 bedrooms, 3 level Spacious rooms, vaulted ceilings Sunken living room, fireplace

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Affordable 1060sf bdrm home CIA zoning allows business use Wired 24x20 shop and garage Visual tour @

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+/- 5 acre building lot Established driveway Minutes from town Mobiles allowed

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Beautiful 2652 log home High end finish, fixtures, hot tub Great view of Bulkley Valley 320 acres with 2nd home

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Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

Jeff Billingsley 877-0838

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Smithers Interior News, April 04, 2012  

April 04, 2012 edition of the Smithers Interior News