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NEWS BRIEFS RCMP advise: Don’t risk it As the milder weather has arrived, police are reminding the public about the dangers of hitchhiking. Youth, both male and female, are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. Section 182(3) of the Motor Vehicle Act clearly reads that no person shall be on a highway to solicit a ride. The RCMP can issue a fine of $109 to those caught hitchhiking. “It can be extremely dangerous to get into a vehicle with someone you don’t know or don’t know very well. Every time a person puts their thumb out to solicit a ride they put themselves at great risk,” states Sergeant Donovan Tait Detachment Commander of Lisims/Nass Valley RCMP, “I understand that many people feel that it is no big deal and a viable way to get around. I say the risks associated are far too great, not to mention the activity is illegal.”

Blake Olesiuk (left) swam out to help an elderly couple from Alaska escape their sinking vehicle on May 5. Thanks to Olesiuk and other bystanders, the couple managed to get out of the vehicle and reached shore just as the car filled completely with water. Cathy Robinson Photo

Local man helps save couple Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier It should have just been another trip to Prince George, but instead, it turned into a trip they will never forget. Blake Olesiuk and his wife Erica of Fort St. James were driving along Highway 16 on May 5 around 10 a.m. with their two young children in the back seat, when they saw vehicles stopping. They then saw a car had gone off the road and landed in a small lake near Meier Road in the Cluculz Lake area. The vehicle was beginning to sink, and no one was exiting the vehicle. Olesiuk said someone called 911, but the operator told them no one should go in the water and help was on its way. As Olesiuk ran down the steep bank to the edge of the water from the highway, he said he was already taking his dress shirt off and getting his wallet out of his pocket, preparing to go into the water if necessary. “I think there’s something just in each of us to help someone in need,” he said. But he hesitated long enough to discuss things with some of the other bystanders and one person supplied them with a rope, so he tied it around his waist, thinking maybe they could try and pull the car closer to shore if necessary. At the point when he entered the water and began to swim out to the car, the elderly couple in the car were visible, still sitting in the car with the water up to their knees. When he reached the car, Olesiuk climbed onto the hood, trying to get out of the water for the time being, but the car had not yet touched bottom, and it began to sink even faster, so he moved back into the water. Olesiuk then helped the elderly male passenger exit through the passenger window. But as he was helping the man, the crowd on shore began shouting the woman needed help, and he turned back to the car to see her swimming to-

wards the passenger side window as well. Olesiuk said he could see they “didn’t have a lot of time left before the whole car was submerged,” with about eight inches between the roof of the car and the rising water inside. He reached in and pulled the woman through the window, grabbing her under her arms. As soon as she was out of the car, he felt the rope grab him, and the people on the shore pulled them both, while the man held onto the car, remaining in the water. As Olesiuk and the woman were pulled to the bank, another man waded out to meet them, helping them the final distance to safety. When he got the woman to shore, Olesiuk said he looked back and saw the man was now up to his chest in water and he did not look like he was doing well. So once again, Olesiuk swam out in the icy water to help him to shore, and once again, when he reached the man, the group on shore helped drag them both to safety. “I didn’t really feel the cold while I was in the water,” he said. By the time Olesiuk and the man were on land, Olesiuk said he “looked back at the car and it had sunk.” A resident of the area, Cathy Robinson was on her way to work when she saw a number of vehicles pull over and the people in the vehicles getting out and running across the highway. “I grabbed my camera, thinking it must have been something big,” said Robinson. “Not thinking accident, I’m thinking wildlife.” When she got over to the opposite side of the highway where the people had gone, she could then see where a car had gone into the lake and Olesiuk was already in the water, trying to help the people in the vehicle. “I really wanted to put my camera down and help,” said Robinson. But at that point, there was not much she could do, and so she took photos of the event, not even realizing the full extent of what she was witnessing at the time.

After she took a look at the photos she had in her camera was when she really realized “just how much that young man had helped those people out and how much danger they were truly in if they didn’t have help.” Robinson said the time for the entire rescue was only a matter of minutes from the time she got there until only the roof of the car was visible in the water. “It was an amazing thing to witness, absolutely amazing,” she said. Robinson left the scene and continued on to work, but was in a bit of shock after witnessing the daring rescue. “I wanted to cry - I felt relief, I felt excited, it was amazing,” she said. Vanderhoof RCMP who responded to the scene later are commending Olesiuk and the second man who waded into the water as Olesiuk was bringing the victims to land and helped him bring them up onto the shore. The driver, travelling from Alaska, claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel after a long night of driving. When people ask Olesiuk what made him do it, he just said he was only doing what had to be done. “I could not imagine what it would be like if we were to all stand on the roadside and watch these two people sink in the car waiting for the ambulance and having to live with that for the rest of my life,” he said. Olesiuk credits all the other people as much as himself for the rescue. “At times like that I love how people come together, it’s so uplifting,” he said. He mentions all the the contributors to the daring rescue, the person who gave them the rope, the man who helped them onto shore, the young boy who offered him his coat when he came out of the water, and the women who brought them blankets to warm them up. “Everybody had a role,” he said. “If I was alone, there’s no way - I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”


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Horses, hamburgers and hay rides Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier There were a cartload of kids on hand for the free wagon and pony rides at the Silver Springs Country Recreation and Wellness grand opening May 5. The event on Necoslie Road was to celebrate the opening of Kerry and Morgan Buck’s new business offering horseback trail rides, youth development camps, and wagon or sleigh rides in the area. Kids of all ages enjoyed the wagon rides while this out of practice cowgirl even made a few turns around the corral. LEFT: The wagon rides were a hit with the kids at the grand opening of Silver Springs Recreation and Wellness on May 5. Ruth Lloyd Photo

District of Fort St. James Calendar May, 2012 SUNDAY 13

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16 Seniors Ctr Lunch 11:30 - 2pm Figure Skating Club AGM 7pm @ High School

10-2pm @ 132 – 250 Stuart Drive

Shaw TV/Direct Ch 299, FSJ NHS Showcase - 7:30am Mini-MOM with Ari Neufeld & Karyn Ellis! 11752 Necoslie Rd Call 996-7059 EMERGENCY ROOM OPEN

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Birthday Party @ NHS Seniors Ctr Lunch 11:30 - 2pm EMERGENCY ROOM OPEN

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Mini-MOM with Ari Neufeld & Karyn Ellis! 11752 Necoslie Rd Call 996-7059 for more info

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Canada Day Fundraiser Movie Night 6:30pm @ Sowchea School

Queen Victoria’s Birthday Party & Pageant! Monday May 21st @ NHS FREE Breakfast with admission @ 11am! Best Dressed Victorian Contest! 3

Seniors Ctr Lunch 11:30 - 2pm

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Legion Ladies Aux host Mother’s Day Breakfast Seniors Ctr Lunch 11:30 - 2pm 8:30-11am @ Legion Mother’s Day Brunch, Thompson Creek 9-1pm @ Golf Course Metals Open House,

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Courier Mt. Milligan applies for amendments to EAC Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Thompson Creek Metals has applied for both a permanent camp facility on site and a loadout in Mackenzie instead of Fort St. James. The application for amendments to their environmental assessment certificate (EAC), have been received by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in Prince George. The first amendment asks for approval of a permanent camp site at the mine to potentially house 450 workers. While in public meetings, representatives of Thompson Creek’s Mount Milligan Project assured community members there were no plans for a permanent camp, the application now states “it was contemplated that workers would reside in nearby communities (mainly Fort St. James and Mackenzie)” but the time frame for the travel to and from camp has proven longer than originally planned for. Thompson Creek had recently announced the plan to apply for a permanent camp, however, they originally proposed an operational camp size of 300, with the remain-

ing 100 employees for the operational phase to reside in area communities (Thompson Creek advertisement printed in the Caledonia Courier March 21, 2012). The proposed change, if approved, could provide accommodations for the entire operational staff required to operate the mine on site. The second amendment asks for the rail load-out facility to be changed to Mackenzie, while it was originally slated to be built in Fort St. James. According to the application, the company has “subsequently determined that we prefer to have concentrate trucked nearly the same kilometres from the mine site to a loadout facility in Mackenzie.” While their intention is to negotiate a lease with Kemess for their loadout facility in Mackenzie, they are also prepared to build a similar facility adjacent or near the Kemess loadout. The application points out there is less public traffic on the Mackenzie route, and there would be no use of paved public roads. There would be a few kilometres of paved road to access a loadout in Fort St. James, proposed for the Tache Road

industrial area near Apollo Forest Products. In response to the application, the Environmental Assessment Office sent out an invitation to comment to a “working group” which included members of the Community Sustainability Committee for Mount Milligan. The application must be reviewed and responded to by May 25, 2012, which has some concerned there won’t be enough time for the appropriate research to make an informed response. The invitation for comment states: “if I do not receive any comments from you by that date I will assume you do not intend to comment on the proposed changes to the Project.” “Three weeks is just not enough time,” said Mayor Rob MacDougall at the May 9 council meeting. Emily Colombo, economic development officer for the District of Fort St. James said she will struggle to respond within the required time frame because she will also be going to the Minerals North conference as well as an economic development conference within the

same time period. In the same meeting, Councillor Russ Gingrich expressed dismay at the request to change to loadout location to Mackenzie. “We would like to have that loadout station here,” he said, stressing the importance of the jobs it would entail. “Our community is open for their business, regardless of whatever impression they’ve had,” he said. The proposed 450-person permanent camp would be within the permitted mine area, but not where the current construction camp is located. Nak’azdli First Nation may have some concerns over the creation of roads to the new camp site and it’s location, but was only just in the initial stages of going over the application. “We were concerned about Rainbow Creek (with the original application), now there’s Limestone Creek,” said Anne Sam, Mt. Milligan Coordinator for Nak’azdli. “They never asked us what we do in that area.” She wants to have time to have a closer look at where the camp and road access would go in

and any impacts on area streams. The process for the requested amendments has so far been proposed by Thompson Creek, but Suntanu Dalal, a communications officer for the Ministry of Environment, said in an email response the “the EAO is still considering the structure of the amendment process and the information that will be required by the proponent.” This does sit well with some from the local district and Nak’azdli. “I don’t think it’s up to the company or the government to set that on their own,” said Sam. She would like to see the towns of Fort St. James and Mackenzie and the communities of Nak’azdli and MacLeod Lake be included in determining the process. “This would be a great opportunity for the district and Nak’azdli to work together,” said Sam. “(Just) because you ask questions doesn’t mean you’re against the project.” Dalal also said: “The amendment process will involve opportunity for public comment. The timing for public comment has not yet been determined and depends on when the EAO has suf-

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The Fort St. James Public Library will be holding its ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at the library on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Looking for new Board Members!

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Break & enter A break in took place on Tuesday overnight at the Fas Gas store. A window was smashed to gain entry, and some damage was done to the store walls. RCMP were collecting evidence and processing the scene on Wednesday morning, and still did not know for certain how many perpetrators may have been involved in the crime. Staff reported not much had been taken from the premises in the break-in, with at that point only chips and candy being known losses. RCMP are asking May 17th, 2012 anyone with informaKwah Hall tion on this crime to call 1-6pm the local detachment at Education & 996-8269 or CrimestopEmployment Theme pers at 1-800-222-8477. All Nak’azdli Band Callers can remain members welcome anonymous.

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Fort player joins the Pack The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack hockey team wanted to improve upon its grittiness as it prepares for the 2012-13 BC Intercollegiate Hockey League season. They went in that direction as they announced the signing of 21-year-old forward Rigby Burgart of Fort St. James, BC. Burgart, who is 5 feet, 10 inches and 195 pounds has played two years in both the Western Hockey League (Calgary Hitmen 2008-10) and the BC Hockey League (Quesnel Millionaires 2007-08 and 2010-11). He is known as a player who excels down low and in the corners. He spent this past season (2011-12) playing with the Quesnel Kangaroos of the Central Interior Hockey League (Senior hockey). He had 14 goals and 16 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 16 games. He added four goals and six assists and was the Kangaroos leading scorer in the playoffs. “I’m excited about returning to play competitive hockey at the same time as going to school,” says Burgart, who will be enrolling in the electrical program at Thompson Rivers. “I’m more motivated than ever to get a good education and playing for a good team as well. I hear Kamloops is a great hockey city and supports all their teams including the WolfPack. I’m also looking forward to getting out and being involved in the WolfPack’s community activities.” “I have heard great things about the league and one of my friend’s brother (Darcy Huis-

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man of Smithers, BC) played with the WolfPack a couple of years ago,” said Burgart. He says ‘Pack general manager Chris Hans approached him two years ago about coming to Thompson Rivers to play. “I decided to take a season off and at the same time, do some thinking on what I wanted to do as a job in the future, said Burgart. “I got back on the ice in Quesnel and really wanted to come back to a really competitive environment. TRU offered everything I wanted.” “We are pleased to announce that Rigby Burgart will attend TRU in the fall and play for the WolfPack Men’s Hockey team as a forward. Rigby is an important addition to the program as he brings considerable WHL and BCHL experience to our lineup,” said Hans. “Rigby brings a tough, physical style of play to our team which is an area coach Schulz and I identified as something we needed to improve upon for the 2012/2013 BCIHL season. “I’ve watched Rigby play since his first season in Quesnel (2007/2008) and have admired the way he plays the game. He’s an honest, tough hockey player. I expect Rigby to play a significant role for the ‘Pack for years to come.” Head coach Don Schulz is also looking forward to working with Burgart, who had six

LEFT: Rigby Burgart during his Calgary Hitmen days. Mark Rogers Photo

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Fas Gas 250-996-7305 goals and seven assists along with 224 minutes in penalty time in two seasons in Quesnel. “I’m very excited to have a player of Rigby’s experience joining our program. To reiterate what Chris Hans alluded to is that we needed to get bigger and grittier. Rigby is an experienced player that can skate and add to the physicality quotient to our team play. He’s a welcome addition to the WolfPack and I’ll be looking to Rigby to provide significant contributions on and off the ice for years to come.” Burgart had four goals and eight points along with 227 minutes in penalty time in 106 career games with the WHL Calgary Hitmen.

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Chamber Chatter Silver Springs Country Recreation & Wellness Kerry and Morgan Buck have recently opened Silver Springs Country Recreation and Wellness Ranch. Silver Springs offers customers that special getaway, and gives them the opportunity to reconnect with animals and nature. Ele-ments of their business include Horseback Trail Rides; or the option of moving a small herd of cattle on horseback. Silver Springs also offers Wagon & Sleigh Rides that you can book for your special occasions, private or corporate events. Kerry and Morgan also plan to be at local events, and the historic park. Additionally, they offer Youth De-velopment Camps where the youth will learn the basics from catching and grooming a horse, to saddling and rid-ing intermixed with a variety of games and challenges. Kerry and Morgan joined the chamber to have an extra networking tool and continue to work hard towards grow-ing and developing their business. For more information contact Kerry and Morgan at 250.996.8622 or email them at sscrecandwellness@telus.net where they would be more than happy and willing to accommodate to your needs. In addition, you can also check with them via Facebook to get up to date information on services and packages.

BCCE meeting from May 25th to May 26th The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce is holding a policy resolution conference in Penticton on May 25th and 26th. These proposed resolutions were developed by the Chambers around BC. As a result, the Fort St. James Chamber will be attending this conference to support policies it considers relevant for our Chamber. Of these ,the Chamber will be supporting resolution “Advanced education.” This resolution is centered around BC’s shortage in technological and engineering skills. The other resolution we will be supporting is called “Accountability and Transparency for local government and Regional districts.” The Chamber believes that having transparency and accountability is vital to having a healthy form of govern-ance. By attending these meetings, and voting on these resolutions, the Chamber continues to up to date with changes that will affect our commu-nity and gives us representation within our sphere of influence.

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War in the woods Bill Phillips Prince George Free Press In the Prince George timber supply area, the pre beetle annual allowable cut was 9.3 million cubic metres. The current annual allowable cut is 12.5 million cubic metres and the mid term timber supply projection is 6.4 million cubic metres per year. “It is possible to increase mid-term timber supply to 9.2 million cubic metres per year by removing the Prince George old growth order. This increase is projected to maintain 1,915 more direct, indirect and induced person years of employment. Alternatively, it is possible to increase mid-term timber supply to 8.9 million cubic metres per year without affecting the old growth order, if licensees are able to harvest stands where the minimum volume is 140 m3/ha and access the entire timber harvest land base.” So states the confidential mid-term timber supply report presented to the Minister of Forests in February 2012. While dire in its predictions for timber supply in the Interior, these predictions really aren’t anything new. When the mountain pine beetle epidemic was raging, cut levels were elevated throughout the Interior to salvage as much wood as possible before it became unmerchantable. At some point, the cut levels would have to come back down. In addition, a report was published about six years ago that suggested cut

levels would have to come down to below prebeetle infestation levels once the beetle-killed wood could not longer be harvested. The question then, is what really have we done to prepare ourselves for the reduction in cut levels? Not much, it seems. It appears that local politicians are now scrambling to try to keep cut levels elevated. On the block are old growth forests, viewscapes, and anything else that can be cut to help keep cut levels elevated. And, it appears the volume-based versus area-based tenures debate will re-surface. “The analysis indicated that without mitigation, timber supply would decline by 67 per cent in the Lakes timber supply area, 51 per cent in Quesnel timber supply area, 32 per cent in Prince George timber supply area and 32 per cent in Williams Lake timber supply area compared to pre-beetle timber supply levels. Regionally these reductions would lead to a timber supply that could support about 53 per cent less employment in the area than pre-beetle,” states the report. The report also outlines several ways in which government can involve communities in a dialogue about what is happening. We’ve known for a decade that this was going to happen, dialogue should have begun long before now. Government’s inaction is likely to ignite another war in the woods and that won’t help anyone.

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Supply & demand Bill Phillips Prince George Free Press Hardly a week goes by these days without more calls for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana. Most recently former Prince George mayor Colin Kinsley was quoted as saying he supports decriminalization of marijuana. Eight British Columbia mayors sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark supporting a Stop the Violence B.C. resolution which supports the adoption of a public health-based, regulatory approach to cannabis taxation and control. What’s interesting about the Stop the Violence B.C. resolution is that it mentions neither decriminalization nor legalization. The two are not interchangeable, yet the lines between the two often gets blurred when the debate begins. Decriminalization of marijuana involves moving simple possession of marijuana out from under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Code. It’s still illegal, but not a criminal offence … more like speeding. In other

words, if you get pulled over and the police find a few joints in your car, the officer will confiscate the marijuana, write you a ticket stating you have to pay a nice little fine, and send you on your way. No criminal record, no trip to the courthouse to get, basically, the same thing from a judge. The goal behind decriminalization is to ease the clogged justice system. It does nothing to “stop the violence.” The resolution put forward by the group calls for taxation and control. So, without saying it, it’s calling for legalization. After all, how can we rationally tax a substance that is illegal? So, really, we’re talking about legalization. From a slew of provincial medical health officers to a passel of former Vancouver mayors to a gaggle of former attorneys-general to the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, and now a cadre of sitting municipal leaders, the message is clear … the current way of dealing with drugs and the resultant violence, lost lives, and economic and social damage to communities is not working. When it comes down to it, the

issue is basic economics … supply and demand. Legalization of marijuana is an attempt to control, not eliminate, the supply of marijuana. The Central American drug wars and the proliferation of grow-ops right here in B.C. have proved that trying to eliminate the supply at the source is a dangerous and ineffective way of combatting the problem. Legalization controls the supply and, by taxing it, regulates it. Much like liquor prohibition in the United States, legalization takes it out of the hands of criminals. Make no mistake, legalizing marijuana will not eliminate gangs or criminal activity in British Columbia. It will, however, hit them in the pocketbook, which, in turn, makes them less powerful. The other way of dealing with the problem is to hit the demand side. Marijuana has become so readily available it’s very, very difficult to curb the demand. It’s the path that the federal Conservatives have opted for and it’s one that history has proved to be even more ineffective than trying to cut off the supply.

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Fenton. The park will still offer the same services, according to Fenton, with special events and opening up outside the regular season for special commu-

nity events. Though the local site is currently undergoing a review of their management plan and has drafted up a new one to set priorities for a number of

years, Fenton said the cutbacks should not impact the management plan. “Management plans give the policy direction for Fort St. James on how we are going to protect the attributes of the

cultural resource of the heritage buildings and how we are going to present that to the public, and that won’t change,” said Fenton. Continued on Page 10

Fort St. James National Historic Site will be shortening their operating season. As a result of recent budget announcements, Parks Canada is being cut back significantly, and the local National Historic Site will be trimmed as well. Canada Parks will be cut back to the tune of $29.2 million, and 638 employees across Canada have been laid off, deemed “surplus” by the organization. Locally, at the historic site, no one will lose their job, but there will be cutbacks. Instead of laying off employees, the same number of staff will be hired, but they will simply be offered a shorter term of hire for the seasonal employees, and the one full-time position currently occupied by Kevin Gedling, product development officer for the site, will have his position Canadians are living longer and costs for the Old Age Security (OAS) are rising. reduced from full-time to a 0.75, shortening his term by On April 1, 2023 the Government of Canada plans to start raising the age of a number of months. The seasonal interpreters eligibility for OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67.* will be offered one month shorter positions, and this will be in line with a shorter season for the site as well, which will open two weeks later next year (June 1) and close two weeks earlier (secYou may still obtain OAS/GIS at age 65 54 or older as of March 31, 2012 ond week of September). The idea is to try and align programs to the “times The age of eligibility for OAS/GIS will change gradually between 2023 and 2029 53 or younger as of March 31, 2012 of greatest visitor use” according to Greg Fenton, Starting in July 2013, Canadians who are eligible for, but not yet receiving OAS will have the flexibility to delay receiving Field Unit Superintendent in it in exchange for a higher monthly amount at a later date. Jasper who helps oversea the site’s administration. The shortened season is a concern for the Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce, due The number of working-age Canadians to it’s potential impact on the for every senior is decreasing** entire community. 6 “It shortens the season for the park and for the town as 5 The number of working-age Canadians per well,” said Miguel Romero, 4 chamber manager. “Overall, senior is decreasing, placing additional it’s not good.” 3 In the open council meetpressure on the OAS program. 2 ing last week, Emily Colombo, economic development 1 officer for the District of Fort 0 St. James said “this is a bit of painful news for the com1990 2012 2030 munity.” **Source: 9th Actuarial Report on the Councillors and staff Old Age Security Program expressed some feeling the news was especially hard hit after staff had worked so hard at getting visitor numbers up in the past few years, with significant increases. Staff are being given time *Subject to parliamentary approval to consider their options and accept the new hire agreements. “It is a change and it will impact them and we want them time to think about what their options are,” said

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Beyond the Red Serge A Modern Police Force The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is Canada’s national police force, responsible for enforcing the law, preventing crime and protecting Canadians. From its roots as the North-West Mounted Police dismantling the whiskey trade in the west, to protecting the railroads and the northern frontier, to its role today combating organized crime and terrorism, the RCMP is both steeped in history and tradition, and on the leading edge of policing. Today’s RCMP represents a modern police force, but one that has retained links with its proud past. The scarlet tunic and the black horse are still important symbols of the RCMP and can be seen in public ceremonies, such as the popular Musical Ride. But that’s just one of many roles performed by Canada’s national police force, which has evolved into a diverse and dynamic organization, ready to meet today’s policing challenges. The RCMP has approximately 28,000 employees, including police officers, civilian members, and Public Service Employees. The RCMP’s Civil Fingerprint Screening Services processes more than 15,000 criminal record searches each month. The RCMP has been involved in international peace operations since 1989, and RCMP members serve on missions with Canadian partner police agencies. In 1873, Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald used the Royal Irish Constabulary as the model for the NorthWest Mounted Police, which later became the RCMP. For more than 120 years, the RCMP Academy, Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan, has been training members of Canada’s national police force. The famous Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of

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32 riders and horses, plus the member in charge, and consists of intricate figures and cavalry drills choreographed to music. How the RCMP operates One of the things that makes the RCMP unique is that it provides policing services at three different levels across Canada: federal, provincial/territorial and municipal. In addition, the RCMP works in the international arena by selecting, training and deploying Canadian police to peace missions. It also maintains a network of Liaison Officers around the world. This has allowed the RCMP to participate in a wide variety of work, covering many aspects of policing. Canada’s National Police As part of its federal mandate, the RCMP works to protect national security, target organized crime and combat terrorism and specific crimes related to the illicit drug trade. The RCMP also fights economic crimes

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such as counterfeiting and credit card fraud, and offences that threaten the security of our national borders. In addition, the RCMP protects VIPs, including the Prime Minister of Canada and foreign dignitaries, and plays a lead role in ensuring safety and security at major international events held in Canada, such as the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Leading edge policing In its efforts to prevent and tackle crime, RCMP members can be found driving patrol cars and sometimes even bicycles in cities and towns across the country, patrolling Canada’s coastline in boats, flying into remote communities or driving all-terrain vehicles high in the mountains. Using sophisticated technologies, innovative programs and partnerships with police in Canada and around the world, the RCMP is able to provide leadership and expertise in many different and often complex areas of policing.

National Road Safety Distractions on the road affect everyone. Whether you are a driver, a motorcyclist, a pedestrian, a scooter rider, or a cyclist, distractions on the road is an issue facing all Canadians. National Road Safety Week kicks off the 2012 safe summer driving season. Make sure to always take precautions while you are out and about. Keep your eyes on the road and on other road users. Be vigilant of your surroundings at all times. During the spring and summer months it is especially important for drivers to keep their eyes on the road, as vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, etc.) are more prevalent on Canadian roads. These road users have a greater risk of potential injury or death should

they become involved in a collision on Canada’s roadways. Vulnerable road users make up approximately 25 per cent of road users killed or seriously injured each year in traffic crashes. In 2008, 559 vulnerable road users were killed and 3,275 were seriously injured. Drivers must be aware of pedestrians crossing at intersections and people coming out from between parked cars, especially small children. During nighttime hours, pay special attention around restaurants and bars as impaired pedestrians may be unpredictable and come out from unexpected areas. Drivers must also share the road with cyclists and motorcyclists. If you are distracted by a ringing phone or program-

ming your GPS, it becomes harder to react and avoid potential collisions with vulnerable road users. It is essential to limit your distractions behind the wheel to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of other drivers, and that of vulnerable road users. Distracting activities take your eyes off the road and you are more likely to be involved in a collision. Many Canadian jurisdictions have banned (or are in the process of passing legislation) the use of all hand-held electronic devices. This law makes it illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, or dial using hand-held cell phones and other handheld communication and entertainment devices. This includes using GPS, mp3 players (iPods), and entertainment devices

with a display screen visible to the driver while he or she is driving. These devices can be used if programmed before starting to drive. Studies show that a driver using a cell phone is more likely to be involved in a collision than a driver who is focused on the road. Other studies show that dialing and texting carries the highest degree of risk of all cell phone-related activities. A driver is 23 times more likely to get into a collision if they are texting or typing behind the wheel. Text messaging takes driver’s eyes away from the road for 4.6 seconds over a six-second interval. This compares to driving an entire length of a football field without looking at the road while travelling 90 kilometres per/hour.

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Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Nearly 500 students gathered together to participate in the Students Taking Action Against Racism day at the Fort Forum. There were students from Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, and surrounding First Nations communities. While some students might have been there despite themselves, and some tried to play it somewhat cool, by the end of the day, the youth at the Fort Forum on May 9 all seemed to shine a little brighter. The event was opened up with a few words from Chief Fred Sam and Mayor Rob MacDougall, both acknowledging the importance of addressing racism in the community. There were performances by the incredible Delhi 2 Dublin, whose unique blend of Bhangra/Celtic/ Techno/Rap is infectious no matter which side of the musical spectrum you usually find yourself on. The group played their first set to a slightly unsure crowd at first, with

(Mills was a Sioux). “I thank you because you’re making Ruth Lloyd Photos, more on the Courier Facebook page our country better for my daughter,” said only some of the youth really admitHorn-Miller after her talk, in recogting they were having fun. In between sets, Sanjay, the lead nition of the young organizers of the vocalist for the group spoke to the big day. Then, after lunch was served, group’s multi-ethnic makeup as role models. He said after growing up Delhi 2 Dublin came back on for in the culturally diverse Richmond, another set, and this time, the youth B.C., it doesn’t really occur to him to were warmed up and the band managed to win most of them over, with pay attention to their ethnicities. “I don’t really see us as anything the majority of the crowd up against the stage dancing and cheering. different.” Troy Payne, the final keynote He said he was lucky enough not to experience a lot of overt racism speaker for the event, then told a tearjerking and also inspirational story growing up in the Lower Mainland. He said the youth who orga- about moving past a youth filled with nized the event showed they can do abuse and anger to become a person anything, including building a better who now helps to inspire others to overcome these issues. world with more acceptance. Finally, the day ended with the Then there was keynote speaker Waneek Horn-Miller, whose inspir- entire group moving out onto the ing story of going from near-death field behind the high school to stand during the Oka crisis in Quebec to together as a massive star, which was captain of the Canadian Olympic Wa- then photographed from a helicopter ter Polo Team was an incredible tale overhead, with the added bonus of a of moving past hardship to greatness. short-lived snowstorm blowing in at She referenced some great figures the same time. The students persevered despite in history, including Bill Mills who won a gold medal in the Olympic the weather, however, and it was by 10,000 m race, and who still remains all accounts a great day for the youth the only U.S. athlete to have done so of the area to feel like “stars.”

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Historic Park cont’d Continued from Page 7 While Fenton did say the full range of activities and special events will be maintained, the celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday, an annual event for the opening weekend in previous years, would have to take place outside of the park’s season. Fenton also does not see there being major concerns regarding infrastructure maintenance at the local site. “Under Bob (Grill’s) guidance and investment from our field unit … we’ve been able to do an awful lot of restoration and stabilization of the structures at the site and as a result we don’t anticipate they will need a significant

amount of new money,” he said. Project to upgrade and enhance the displays in the visitor’s centre will be continued as planned. Some sites in other parts of the country will be going from guided interpretive programs will now go to selfguided interpretation. There are 31 sites across the country Parks Canada has identified for these changes to their interpretive programs. Some sites will go to new technology instead of employees in traditional costume and some will go to interpretive signs for self-guided walks. “There will still be employees at these sites, but not the guided interpretive walks,” said Fenton.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Caledonia Courier

Brought to you by your MLA John Rustad

Pioneers Courageous Battles

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Serving the community of Fort St. James

Featuring the spirit of the local people Silver screen creations near completion Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier

scrap the idea, they ended up completing the project and still have a film nearly seven minTeacher Andy Sundahl’s Visual Meutes in length. dia Arts and Tech students are nearing the Fort St. James Midget Stars day of their big premier. 2011/12 (title in progress) The Fort St. James Secondary School By Mathew Deveau and Justin students have been working on short Sanghera films exploring the general theme of “My The pair of hockey enthusiFort St. James” and on May 25, they will asts created an action-packed be showing their work at a gala premier at film showing some of their last the high school. season of hockey. Eleven different production groups The pair were two memare putting the final edits and finishing bers of the Midget Stars hockey touches on their films, some struggling team, which this past season, to cut down all the lengthy footage they made it all the way to the prohad gathered in the previous weeks. vincial championship game in The film projects were initiated Nakusup. through discussions on tourism awareComplete with all the hockness ideas for the community. ey glory of bad hair and pickup Consultant Joanne Malo has been trucks, bad language and closehelping Sundahl to guide the class ups from ice level, the film is through the process, with her extensive a brief insight into the world of background in both film and television, midget-level hockey. and many of the students are now not far My Fort St. James (working away from the final product. title) The Courier previewed two of the By Rahneisha French and student films last week, and will continKaylee MacDonald of Nerd ue to preview the films next week, lead- Clockwise from top left: Josh den Engelsen (right) and Randal Stark, Justin Sanghera (left) and Mathew Herd Productions ing up to the premier on Friday, May 25Deveau, Paige Vezina (left) and Celina Rahko, and Kaylee MacDonald (left) and Rahneisha French. The most “tourism-oriented” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. Caledonia Courier Photos of the student films so far, this The group interviewed 15 different people for their piece, and Here are this week’s previews: short was inspired by another according to Sundahl, they were doing some breakthrough work film Sundahl had shown the class in which a man was singing Our Fort St. James (working title) with the new wireless microphones, light setups and camera about a town in Ontario, with shots from throughout the town. By Josh den Engelsen, Randal Stark, and Dakota Johnny Inspired by YouTube reaction videos, specifically the popular equipment. The pair then took the idea and filmed shots of Fort St. James, program “Kids React” in which young people are filmed giving Casey Memories some of the landmark buildings and their favourite spots in the their honest reactions to viral videos they see online, this film By Celina Rahko and Paige Vezina community. Instead of creating new footage for a film about the life of showcases the reactions of people in the high school. Lil’ Jimmies and Suspenders both are featured as two of the But instead of reacting to viral videos, each interviewee reacts Casey Rahko, who passed away last year, this film used a combi- girls’ favourites, and there are some shots driving through the to specific questions the filmmakers asked them. From “do you nation of old photos and some home video. community. The film was an idea the two girls came up with because to enjoy living in Fort St. James” to “If you could be the mayor for The pair wanted to convey the community they see as full one week in Fort St. James, what would you change” the ques- them, Casey was such an important part of what they saw as “My of “nice people” and a place where “everyone knows you,” said tions could provide some interesting insight into what members Fort St. James.” Rahneisha. They wanted to get across the idea of the community Paige described them as the “Three Musketeers.” of the high school community think about life in the Fort. The as a big neighbourhood, where everywhere you go you know The film is a bit of a photographic tour of Casey’s life, from people. filmmakers also showed interviewees photographs of some political figures and tested if they could identify them. They said it baby photos, it gives a bit of a timeline of Casey’s young life, While they were disappointed they couldn’t promote the beauwas interesting to see, and some did not recognize Prime Minister including home video clips, and prom photos. ty of the area in the summer, they still managed to find enough While there were times the girls thought they might have to material to create a short film, just under four minutes in length. Stephen Harper and many were stumped by Christie Clark.

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May 16, 2012 edition of the Caledonia Courier

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