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MUNICPALITIES: Want a new federal/provincial deal A3 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Red Hat Ladies add some flair to the city A3

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Taylor Schaus, left, and Kristen Yawney of the Prince George Judo Club join Maison Raful and Oliver Bergen of Shuttlesport North Central Badminton Academy in planting one of 250 seedlings at the Pine Valley Golf Centre on Saturday. The seedlings were part of 1,000 planted by five volunteer sports organizations to mark 1,000 days to the beginning of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

Man threatens to jump off bridge Prince George resident suffering from a personal issue, was transported by the BC Ambulance Service to the University Hospital of Northern BC for treatment. The Cameron Street bridge was reopened shortly after. During the incident, police requested

the assistance of a passing jet-boat operator to help should a water rescue be necessary. The boater agreed and remained on the Nechako River with the police officer and two Prince George Fire / Rescue swiftwater trained personnel for the duration of the event.

ram – helping P YOUTH SOCCER PLAYERS WILL BE KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR... prog G c YOU e g o as they raise money for community youth programs. a d m m ple Pledges are for how many goals UNBC men’s and women’s soccer teams score this season. yo ity uth programs!


and officers began to speak with the man. At approximately 4:25 p.m., RCMP Cpl. Dave Tyreman was able to convince the man to come back over the fence. Officers and a member of the BC Ambulance Service secured the man and assisted him over the railing. The man, a 45-year-old



Police saved a man who was threatening to jump off the Cameron Street bridge Sunday afternoon. After receiving several 911 calls shortly before 3 p.m., police arrived to find a man outside of the railing on the east side of the bridge. The bridge was closed to traffic

50% OF YOUR PLEDGE WILL GO TO COMMUNITY YOUTH PROGRAMS AND 50% WILL GO TO YOUTH SOCCER. You can make a minimum pledge of 50 cents per goal scored OR you can make a flat donation of your desired amount ie. $10, $15, $20….

Last season UNBC soccer teams scored a total of 19 goals; your pledge of 50 cents would be equal to $9.50. PGYSA/CLUB11 will contact donors to confirm their pledge and will collect all donations once the UNBC soccer season has ended (October). PG NOTE: PGYSA PLAYERS WILL NOT COLLECT ANY MONEY, but will just sign-up donors from May 26th – June 8th

PG Youth Soccer Players THANK YOU for your donation and support.


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Mayors’ group wants new deal created The newly formed B.C. Mayors’ Caucus wants a sit-down with Premier Christy Clark and cabinet. On the agenda, if Clark agrees, will be a possible new deal between senior levels of government and municipalities, which have for years been shouldering the burden of downloading. “This was an incredibly beneficial meeting where it became evident that B.C. mayors have, for the first time, come together as peers with a single voice,” said Prince George Mayor Shari Green, a member of the steering committee for the 86-member mayors’ group. “This is a new day in the way we as mayors will move forward for the benefit of all of our residents.” The B.C. Mayors’ Caucus was convened by Surrey Mayor Diane Watts. The mayors outlined a number of specific items they would like to see come to fruition: • Create a Premier’s Round Table with the B.C. Mayors’ Caucus to discuss public policy changes that affect local government budgets and delivery of services; • Eliminate the ad hoc granting process in favour of one that is sustainable, accountable, quantifiable and allows for longterm planning by local governments; • Expand the mandate of the Municipal Auditor General to include an examination of the

financial impacts of downloading on local governments; • Develop a round table on aging infrastructure that includes federal, provincial and local government participation; • Affirm the core service delivery of each order of govern-

ment; • Redesign the cost-sharing formula for significant infrastructure projects to reflect the tax-revenue distribution; • If services are devolved to local governments, a sustainable revenue source for those services

must be identified; • Develop a coordinated approach to how social services are delivered into a community; • Call for a full review of ambulance service delivery; • Establish flexibility around the federal gas tax to be goal-

oriented to the priorities of the specific communities; • Expand the application of the fair share principles province-wide and to include other industry sectors. The caucus decided to meet annually.


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One year later, Madison Scott case still a mystery DELYNDA PILON

“It has shaken the entire community of Vanderhoof.” A long year has passed since Madison Scott disappeared from Hogsback Lake Forestry campsite, a year, for her family, filled with missed birthdays, a Christmas, Mothers Day and a graduation. North District RCMP media liaison Const. Lesley Smith said that not only does Madison’s family have to deal every day with her disappearance, but so do all those who love her, her friends and the entire community. Madison went to Hogsback Lake with a group of her friends intent on celebrating a birthday on Friday, May 27, 2011. She set up her two-toned blue tent and parked her white Chevy truck. Everyone left to go home at about 3 a.m.

Madison stayed. She has not been seen since. When she wasn’t home by Sunday afternoon police were notified and headed out to the lake. There Madison’s tent and truck were found, but she was not. The family immediately turned to social media and networking sites, trying to find Madison or locate someone who knew where she was. Very soon after that volunteers and Search and Rescue headed out to the site and an intensive search began. The area was combed by people on foot and ATV’s and the lake was searched with sonar. “She’s not in the lake and there was a thorough search of the area,” Smith said. “We believe either she has been taken, or she’s in the area and we just need to find her.” Though sure her disappearance was not a misadventure, there is a vast forest surrounding the area. Smith said

one thing people heading out to camp, fish or hike right now could do is simply be aware of their surroundings. If something looks or smells suspicious, go and investigate why. Walk in areas where you commonly would not. Check ditches. Watch for birds congregating or colours that seem out of place. “If you find something, contact the RCMP. Note the coordinates if you have a GPS,” Smith said. “Wherever you are outdoors, keep in mind Madison Scott is missing.” Police also believe someone knows something about Madison’s disappearance though that person might not even be aware of it or think it’s a small insignificant detail. “The family as well as the RCMP know there is somebody out there who has information or has it and doesn’t know it who can help us with the investigation,” Smith said.

Getting that information, no matter how insignificant it might seen, may well add the missing puzzle piece in the investigation. The case, she said, relies heavily on witnesses, people who possibly have been too afraid to come forward. “We encourage anyone who remembers the smallest detail to come forward. It could lead us in the right direction” She said the police even need to rule out the rumours. They need to hear from the person who had the piece of information rather than a third person. The RCMP continues to be involved with the family and the entire Major Crimes Unit is working the case. The family recently increased the award money. A re-enactment video has been prepared to bring awareness to party goes at the location and is available on the RCMP website.


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World economy a small zone European problems affect Canada, says Hermann Sitz DELYNDA PILON

Modern international trade has tied the financial fate of many of the countries of the world together, which is why the issues happening in the Eurozone are important to Canada. Hermann Sitz, Vancouver consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany, said the Eurozone was created with a lot of enthusiasm, but unfortunately also with some structural deficiencies. These deficiencies led to the sovereign debt crisis in 2008, with repercussions that reverberated across the globe. The Eurozone, he said, was created with a lot of enthusiasm but little practicality. “Any functioning monetary union has to have a political overhead,” he said. Creating that political overhead is a difficult challenge considering the vast difference in the political philosophies of the countries involved. Some of the countries have severe structural internal problems, he added. The worst issues are occurring in Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain (PIIGS). Many of the countries in question, Sitz said, continue to utilize a blown-up service sector yet have an industrial base that doesn’t work well. In every country, something must be produced. Sitz said if you continue to feed the wrong sectors and if you are not competitive on a global scale, then one day the system comes to an end, which is what happened in 2008. Many of these same countries suffer from a high


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Prince George Coun. Albert Koehler, left, was with German Consul General Hermann Sitz during his recent visit to Prince George. unemployment rate, especially among young adults, adding to the political unrest. Sitz added there is a lack of tax-paying morale so countries can no longer raise the money needed to continue their services. If there is no change, then the foreign debt load will continue to grow. This puts pressure on the other country members of the Eurozone. For example, right now foreign debt lingers at around 40 per cent in Greece while it’s at about five per cent in Germany. “So in the end of the day, who pays? Sitz asked. “The problem will not be solved by lending money if there is

no internal change.” The issues are bleeding into politics with taxpayers in countries like Germany grumbling when they compare their work loads and social conditions. Citizens of the countries in trouble want to hold onto their social structure. It will take a strong leader with a lot of support to make change happen. “If a leader takes refuge in populism, then the situation will be tough,” he said. “They need to be ready to say the truth and not blame others.” However, in the end Sitz said cohesion will likely be accomplished.

“There is a plan for stability and growth that has been decided upon. If all keep their promises, the Eurozone will arrive at a good end.” Coming to some meeting of the minds regarding these issues is important. One factor that may help is if there is a higher demand for European goods from countries like Brazil, India and China. Sitz is confident the eurozone will iron out its wrinkles, and when it does the benefits to Canada are tangible. Economically, he said, it will bring about a $12 billion increase to the Canadian economy, translating into 80,000 new jobs.


Carbon-offset group has new options ALLAN WISHART

Making it easier for vehicles to switch to natural gas from diesel isn’t what the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative (COAC) has for a mandate, but they can work with it. “We take equipment running diesel,” said CEO George Stedeford, “and show them how to reduce their fuel consumption. “In terms of the provincial announcement, we’re similar but different.” The Prince George-based COAC helps operators of large vehicles reduce fuel consumption, then puts the carbon offsets generated into a cooperative. “You can look at it from two angles,” Stedeford said. “Any time there is something that gets emissions down, go for it. “From our standpoint, we can assist

producers in aggregating the offsets they get by switching.” The provincial government last week announced a regulation change which allows natural gas utilities to offer incentives to vehicle fleet operators for switching from diesel. FortisBC, the province’s largest gas supplier, can spend up to $62 million on incentives to refit vehicles and ships and another $30 million on natural gas filling stations. “The goal is to build for other fleets,” FortisBC vice-president Doug Strong said, “spread them out so they’ll be able to go from Vancouver to Prince George to Calgary to Edmonton. “That’s the vision.” Stedeford noted that Strong’s vision also highlighted one of the reasons COAC sees a strong market for its diesel-reduction programs. “When you’re talking about fleets, natural gas is station-to-station. It may

go to larger fleets which make runs from Point A to Point B and back, but there will be a question of supply and demand on longer routes. “I don’t think you’ll see Chevron or Esso building natural gas stations in a lot of communities, because the demand won’t be there.” The move to natural gas is needed, he said, because of its supply in the province and the dwindling supply of other fuels. “There is a concern about fossil fuels and diesel becoming scarce in the next 20 years, so any change to get people to move to a different fuel is good.” He said the sheer number of vehicles in the province means there are enough to keep COAC’s main mandate and the new natural gas regulations going. “There are 88,000 pieces of heavy equipment in the province. Any choice is good.” – with files from Tom Fletcher

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Lots of public input C

ity council went to great lengths last week to ensure that public input is a large part of the core services review. It could easily be argued that a core services review is an internal process and that public input could, and likely will, result in popular decisions being made rather than frugal and effective ones. Any core services review should operate under the age-old mantra – “no sacred cows.” In other words, everything should be on the table for discussion, free from political pressure as to what the outcome should look like. That being said, council is adamant that there will be a public input component to the core services review. Fair enough. However, political memories are often short. The previous cadre at city hall, which includes a few of the current crew, undertook a massive exercise called myPG. A major component of that exercise, a cornerstone of the previous administration, was to gather public input. It was gathered formally and informally on virtually every aspect of city operations. Perhaps, rather than re-invent the wheel, the city should actually dust off a report that it spent thousands of taxpayer dollars producing and put it to good use.




Thoughts from a road trip

irst they – the adults in charge – took away ribbons on Sports Day. Then they stopped keeping score in kids’ hockey games. Now Canada’s 56 national sports bodies want to take competition out of other youth games and focus on fun and skills rather than winning. For example, in Ontario they want to change soccer tournaments for players younger than eight to “festivals,” in which no standings would be kept, no MVPs selected, no winners and losers. The greatest part of sports is competition, trying your best to win. Not at all costs – that’s why sports have rules. But why bother playing if you’re not trying to win? Friendships form out of a common interest, and a common goal, not shaking hands. That’s sportsmanship, and it already exists. Failure, making mistakes, is how we learn – even if it is just how to cope with that. It breeds desire, builds character, and from which grow compelling stories of overcoming adversity. This new national program, under the guidance of Sport Canada, is not wrong in wanting to focus on skills over winning. Everyone develops at a different rate. But natural ability and individual skill alone don’t win championships or medals. Determination is vital, fuelling the hours of practice required to perfect the skills necessary to succeed. Even then, intelligence, teamwork and tactics are key factors, as are risk and luck, timing and circumstance. How do you develop those traits if you take competition out of the picture? Go to an elementary school at lunch hour and you won’t see them practising, but playing games. Ask them the score and the ones competing will tell you. Sports, like life, aren’t fair. They are about winning. Again, what would be the point if the players weren’t trying to win? – Black Press

A trip across the province in the height of sumwhat the bad guy puts under the saddle of our hero mer/winter provided some great food for thought. to make the horse go crazy when the white-hatted I say summer/winter because we went from 30+ rider climbs aboard. degree Celsius weather to snow (when we got back Daisy, who was in need of a hair cut before the to Prince George … sheesh). trip, got the Kojak after running through Firstly, gas prices were pretty conthe field of burrs and then rolling in sistent in each community travelled more to try and get rid of the wonderful through, except in Jasper (which doesn’t Writer’s marble-sized clusters of barbs embedding count as part of a trip across the provthemselves in her fur. Block ince) where they were a full 10 cents per The trip also provided some food for BILLPHILLIPS litre cheaper than everywhere else. thought, and further investigation on the A stop in Lake Louise (OK, Alberta whole HST/PST/GST fiasco. was a part of the trip across the province) revealed We got a GST number for the family farm years how unfriendly hotel accommodations can be. ago when the GST came into effect. It was someHow can a trip across the province(s) be done thing that always irked my father. By his reasoning, without the accompaniment of Daisy the wonder if, during a reporting period, he didn’t have anydog? It’s understandable that not all hotels are petthing to claim (which on a farm can happen) he felt friendly, but those who advertise they are, should shouldn’t have to submit the form … it would have actually be pet-friendly. his name at the top and every blank would be filled Was more than a little chagrined at a “petwith a zero. Heaven help him, however, if he didn’t friendly” motel in Lake Louise that charged an extra submit his rows of zeroes … the GST police would $50 for the pleasure of having Daisy stay in the be on him in an instant. already undersized and overpriced room. It’s the Now, 20 years later we learned our lesson and shoulder season for ski resorts so one would think filed on time. they would stop the gouging. They cancelled the When the switch to the HST came, we continued advertised buffet breakfast in the morning because to file like we always have whether we have anyit was “so slow” and, apparently, tried to make up thing to report or not. I should also point out, it’s it all up with one customer … Daisy and her entoua small operation so even when we do have somerage. thing to report, it can often be only for a hundred Talk about making sure patronage goes elsewhere bucks or so. next time. Twice now, the HST folks have written us back And, more food for thought – make sure your pet saying they re-assessed our claim to zero … thus, no has its summer trim before taking her on a wonrefund. Granted, it might only be a hundred bucks derful romp through fields rife with burdock. For or so, but isn’t that money that it owed to us? Like I those not up on their vegetation names, burdock is said, it bears further investigation, so stay tuned.

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Dike petition not a case of direct democracy Editor: Over time we have heard again, and again, how people in B.C., or Prince George are apathetic when it comes to voting, or getting involved is political matters, etc; Then when we have a situation like the HST, or the Alternative Approval Process on the dike in Prince George people like Vic Bowman and others of his ilk, write columns telling us how we are not capable of voting on these issues, because we have not done an in-depth

analysis of the situations, and therefore for all intents and purposes do not know what we are voting for, the implication of course is that the average citizen is stupid, and unread, while, the elected politicians, and editorial writers in newspapers have all the answers. If Mr. Bowman wants some facts, then let’s analyze the drivel in his column. He states that Bill Vander Zalm and others were more interested in the thrill of the power of direct democracy than in

Don’t need to study problems with local roads

Editor: All of this newsprint hoorah about the Prince George streets, and whether or not the powers-that-be are willing and/or able to financially meet their maintenance commitments as compared to other similar-sized towns, is a real hoot. My consulting work via my automobile takes me through a lot of places and I can give you a pretty good report on a wide selection of towns from a round-robin of three to four weeks that just ended a day or two ago. Streets? – Edmonton east side industrial, perfect; Sherwood Park, perfect; St. Albert/Morinville, perfect; Athabaska, perfect; Boyle, perfect; Grassland, perfect; Lac La Biche, perfect; Calling Lake, perfect; Westlock, Barhead and Mayerthorpe, all perfect; Edson, Hinton and McBride, all perfect. Only when I get back to Prince George am I down to half-or-less of the posted speed, and into the on-coming-lane half the time, to preserve my ‘lil machine. Obviously something is going on in Prince George that these other towns would not dare to do. Find out what it is. What the h--- is this going to do, other than eat up the repair money? I can tell you that their website looks expensive. James Van Doren Prince George

debating the facts. He fails to mention that in fact the HST issue was debated in some 20 forums all over the province, with those in favour and those opposed fully debating the facts. He also neglects to mention that it was Premier Campbell who decided to have a referendum on the HST issue, and that a simple majority for 51 per cent would be sufficient to kill the tax. At the end of the day 750,000 people voted to kill the HST, and this was a classic example of democracy at work. He then goes on to whine about the outcome of the Alternative Approval Process on the dike on the Nechako. Once again he totally misrepresents the facts, and implies that those people who signed the petition

were ill informed, while those who were in favour of the dike were welleducated experts, who had all the correct answers. He of course neglects to mention that the 9,271 people who signed the petition were only responsible for forcing the City to act on the issue as outlined in the BC Government Act, and the Community Charter. In other words, once the required number of petitions were signed, the City had to get the consent of the electors of Prince George before they could borrow the money for the dike. City council had two options when this issue came up at the council meeting. The first option was to discontinue the River Road dike project in the form that was cur-

rently proposed. The second option was to proceed with a referendum. Council voted 8- 1 for option one, and chose not to go to referendum. Keeping in mind the foregoing maybe Mr. Bowman can explain what part of this procedure had anything to do with direct democracy. No one in Prince George had the opportunity to vote on the River Road dike issue, because it never went to referendum. In addition you can hardly call 17 per cent of the eligible electors, in Prince George who signed the petition a majority. All they did was get the required signatures to give everyone a chance to vote on the issue. The City chose otherwise. So I suggest that when we are discussing facts,

perhaps it would be a good excercise for those who write columns in newspapers to do some serious investigation on all matters of the public interest, with a view to ensure that all facts are available. This may entail some hard work on the part of the writers, however the end result would be much better than the ill informed missives we have been subjected to recently. Let’s get some real good investigative reporting in this town. We all know that there are lots of good stories that are being overlooked because no one wants to ruffle any feathers. One of the cornerstones of a free democracy is an free and unfettered press. Eric Allen Prince George


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Seeing my life pass before me in a flash (mob) I almost got trampled by a road runner doors, followed shortly by a group of on Friday. And a group of cowgirls. And cowgirls. a posse of hip-hop dancers. The cowgirls formed in a couple of Serves me right for going lines in the vacant area, and to Simon Fraser Lodge. appeared ready to break into a I had received a report dance when, suddenly, a group Allan’s that there was going to be of hip-hop dancers appeared and a mob there, so I thought it Amblings ordered them off the dance floor. might be worth a picture. I Then, the music started, and ALLANWISHART arrived and found many of the hip-hop crew strutted their the residents in one of the dining areas, stuff. with a large space left conspicuously After a short time, the cowgirls had vacant. had enough, and they threw the hipAt almost exactly 11:30 a.m. (I say hoppers out and broke into their own almost exactly because it’s hard to tell dance. At one point, they were joined precisely where Mickey’s hands are by one of the hip-hop crew, who was pointing), a large blue-and-white road quickly grabbed by one of her cohorts runner burst through one of the nearby and escorted from the dance area.

Then the two groups made up, and staged a short dance together, drawing applause from the residents and guests who had ben watching. I had been enjoying the flash mob, taking pictures from the sidelines. Suddenly, the music stopped, and the blue-andwhite road runner came running towards me, where I was standing in the exit lane. I moved quickly, managing to avoid having cowgirl or hip-hop boot marks on my chest or back, depending on which way I would have fallen when the crowd hit me. The mob headed back outside, and prepared to head to Pine Centre Mall for another performance. People who know Prince George high

schools and their mascots will not be surprised to learn the flash mob was from Kelly Road Secondary, under the direction of dance teacher Thomas Heinzelman (who, rumour has it, was also the person inside the mascot costume). Speaking with Thomas before his group took to the floor at Simon Fraser, we agreed there was a better chance of them pulling off the flash mob bit at the mall. “The kids dressed as hip-hoppers will fit right in there,” he said. It was a lot of fun, and the residents of Simon Fraser enjoyed the brief burst of enertainment, so it was fun all around. Although if I hadn’t been so light on my feet, it could have been a lot worse.

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In Provincial Court in Prince George on March 21: Wesley C. Orlinis was found guilty of mischief and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Orlinis was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or probation order and a third count of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 21 days in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on March 22: Quinton S. Teegee was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Gerald H. Willier was found guilty of assault, sentenced to 14 days in jail to be served intermittently, placed on probation until the expiration of the jail sentence and prohibited from possessing firearms for two years. In Provincial Court in Prince George on March 23: Wilfred J. Thomas was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 12 days in jail. Kenneth M. Wipfli was found guilty of two counts of failing

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Some visitors to the open house at the new Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society offices at 1270 Second Ave. chat, while others admire some of the artwork from local students which adorned the walls. to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 21 days in jail. Elvis B. Joseph was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. Sheena L. Ketlo was found guilty of failing to attend court and two counts of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to one day in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on March 26: Christian C. Mercier

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was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm, placed on probation for 18 months, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Mercier was also found Free guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 30 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Richard J. Prince was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and fined $200. In Provincial Court in Prince George on March 27: Kyle T. Baraniuk was found guilty of break and enter and sentenced to one year in jail. Dylan S. Dionne was found guilty of criminal harassment and mischief, sentenced to 14 days in jail to be served intermittently, placed on probation for one year, assessed a victim surcharge of $50, ordered to make restitution of $237.14 and prohibited from

possessing firearms for five years. Jolene A. Luttmer was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, fined $1,000 and assessed a victim surcharge of $150. Gregory Press J.A. Penner was found guilty of resisting a peace officer, sentenced to seven days in jail to be served intermittently, placed on probation until the expiration of the jail sentence and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Tyrone J. Williams was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to one day in jail and placed on probation for one year. Williams was also found guilty of seven counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. Kassandra A. Joseph was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to nine days in

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jail. Barry P. Pidruchney was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while prohibited, fined $1,000, assessed a victim surcharge of $150 and prohibited from driving for one year. In Provincial Court in Prince George on March 28: Nathaniel L. Basil was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and sentenced to 90 days in jail. Kirk D. Blachford was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, sentenced to four months in jail, assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. Millard C. Curle was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, fined $500 and assessed a victim surcharge of $75. Joseph S. Patrick was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to four days in jail. Sheldon Seymour was found guilty of assault, sentenced to 53 days in jail, placed on probation for 18 months and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Seymour was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 53 days in jail and placed on probation for 18 months.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


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Work bee set to get track ready for year PGMA aiming for 100 members by time racing starts in June ALISTAIR MCINNIS

Old Man Winter left his mark again this year, with much of the region still recovering from the season. But at the Blackwater Motocross Park, the white stuff is off the most important area, leaving Prince George Motocross Association volunteers enthusiastic as they begin on-site work this week. “The snow is off the track and it always takes us a while to get that to go away first, so we plan to get out and get grooming this week,” PGMA treasurer Jess Hudson said. The first major competition for the PGMA is its B.C. Motocross Association North Series races on June 23 and 24. The B.C. North Series has already held events in Terrace (April 28 and 29) and Quesnel (May 12 and 13). The circuit has one more set of races scheduled prior to its stop in Prince George, June 2 and 3 in Williams Lake. Volunteers will be at the Blackwater Motocross Park this Sunday for a work bee, and PGMA committee members encourage anybody interested to lend a hand. Hudson noted that they’ll be on site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served to volunteers helping clean up. “I’m sure we’ll get at least 10 or 12 families and then each of them will have peo-

ple they bring with them,” Hudson said. Among the pre-season work will be grooming of the track, fixing the race gates and building new outhouses to replace old ones that were vandalized. The PGMA is also planning to add a new van trailer, ambulance and park gate. They’re interested in getting grooming equipment to keep on site for regular grooming. The PGMA will also hold a membership drive on Sunday. They have about 30 members, a number expected to rise in time for the PGMA races begin on June 23. Hudson is hopeful they’ll end up with close to 100 riders this season. On top of next month’s races, the PGMA will host its B.C. North Series fall event on Sept. 15 and 16. A new event might be a part of this year’s PGMA schedule. Hudson said they’re hoping to hold a motocross endurance racing event that combines onand off-track racing. “We’re hoping to pull it off for August this year. Of course it depends on getting equipment out there and getting it going.” Motocross isn’t for everybody. But Hudson hopes to see the association expand its boundaries. “There’s a huge cross country group in town and we’re really hoping to get some of their attention, and bring them into motocross at the same time and just

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Motocross racers battle for position seconds after the start of a race last year at the Prince George Motorsports Park off Chief Lake Road. The Prince George Motocross Association has moved back to its previous home, the Blackwater Motocross Park. build a club that’s not just for those who are racing.” Hudson hopes to see more people learn about motocross safety and technique. They’re planning to hold a couple of motocross schools this year, including a visit by Troy Adams, a professional motocross racer in the U.S. Members of the PGMA are also competing throughout the continent. Jess Pettis has been chasing titles in the U.S., while four racers are competing in national events: Landon Nelson,


Sara King, Kyle Odiorne and Warren Constantine. The PGMA hands out three major awards every year, the Orin Short Memorial Sportsmanship Award, the Manuel DaSilva Undying Spirit Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.

SHORT STINT The 2011 spring event was held at the Prince George Motorsports Park site off Chief Lake Road, after the PGMA relocated back to the track after about

15 years at the Blackwater site. Later the same year, the PGMA returned to the Blackwater Motocross Park. Hudson said the move was in response to a regional district bylaw, which stated they could only hold races at the Chief Lake Road site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Operating within those timelines proved to be challenging. The park owners have encouraged the PGMA to return to the site. Hudson said they’re waiting to see if the regional district can

make adjustments to the bylaw to meet their needs. “Until then, we’re going to continue to make the Blackwater a huge park.” Looking long term, the PGMA would like to operate on both tracks. Hudson said each has its own advantage, Blackwater for being more spectator friendly and the Chief Lake Road area for its terrain. “It was much softer. It was a much more sand track,” Hudson said of the track at the Prince George Motorsports Park.

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Knights sweep doubleheader at home Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Prince George Lomak AA Knights baseball team swept a doubleheader against Quesnel on Sunday at Volunteer Park. The Knights are a peewee team composed of 11- and 12-year-old players. The Prince George Youth Baseball Association all-star squad delivered 32 hits in total in defeating Quesnel 15-2 and 35-2. Nigel Thompson had a pair of home runs, while Devin Sutton added one of his

own. Winning pitchers were Cole Schwing, in the first game, and Devin Sutton. Schwing, Thompson and Jeremy Gervais handled pitching duties in the first game. Devin Sutton, Jarin Sutton and Jordan Arnett were on the mound in Game 2. “The first game on Sunday was a lot closer than the score indicated, their starting pitcher kept us at bay and we only had a 4-2 lead going to the bottom of the fifth inning,” Knights

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head coach Jim Swanson stated in a press release. “We pulled away from there, but Quesnel pushed us and played very well. That’s a team that hasn’t had much time together yet, and they were missing some of their top players due either to injury or family reasons on the long weekend. In the second game, we really broke out on offence early and that can happen with youth sports. That Quesnel team is wellcoached and we hope to meet up with them again for more exhibition games in June or July, they want to meet up with us when they have their full roster.” Other members of the Knights are: Michael Schwab, Michael Taylor, Ryan

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Jeremy Gervais heads home with the Peewee Knights first run against Quesnel on Sunday. The two teams faced off for an exhibition doubleheader at Volunteer Park. Hampe, Dustin Aldana, Cole Beacom, Zach Swanson, Scott Walters, Ryan Bachand, Quinten Astorino, Seth Lapre and Jordan Arnett. Hampe and Taylor were unable to play on the weekend.

The team is coached by Swanson, Jason Schwing, Mmike Sutton, James Sinclair, Darrell Gervais, Connor Flynn, Laine Thomsen and Jack Hinsche. The Knight are now 3-3 on the year (1-3 at

an exhibition weekend in Chilliwack in April), and are preparing for a tournament this weekend. They’re travelling to North Delta for the prestigious John Main Memorial Classic tournament from Friday to Sunday. They’re also

planning to compete in Kamloops (Canada Day long weekend) and Kelowna (mid July) before representing the north region at B.C. Minor Baseball Association peewee AA provincials Aug. 2 to 6 in Chilliwack.

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leading the squad to three consecutive BC Hockey Major Midget League championship appearances. In each of those best-ofthree final series, they fell short against the Vancouver North West Giants. “Our team will look very different this season, but we know we have a great group of returning players along with some young talent from across the North, and some solid 17-yearolds too. The names on the jerseys might look different, but the logo on the front and all that goes with that stays the same.” Seven of the other 10

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Athletes battle the cold in high school meet ALISTAIR MCINNIS

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Central District high school track and field zone championship meet was a lot different than previous years. Mother Nature and the B.C. Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Federation Labour Dispute were the biggest reasons for that. Sports programs have felt the impact of the conflict, with cutbacks to extracurricular activities. Once B.C. School Sports determined itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d still go ahead with its provincial track and field championships on June 2 and 3, organizers put together a schedule for a zone meet. According to the organizer, Prince George Track and Field Club president Brian Martinson, they had close to 10 days to put together a meet. Instead of a two-day qualifying event, as in previous years, a mini meet was held Thursday evening at Masich Place Stadium. It ran on Thursday from 5 p.m. until just after 8 p.m. Then there was the weather. Athletes competed under cold rain, with temperatures barely above the freezing mark. Flurries hit the region overnight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was awful,â&#x20AC;? Martinson said of the conditions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone hung in there and survived the weather. We got a meet and it went OK.â&#x20AC;? As they say, the weather is the same for everybody. Top athletes managed to set the high marks, including Kelly Road Secondary Grade 11 student Emma Balazs, who finished first in

the 1,500m and 3,000m runs, and 1,500m steeplechase. During a break from the action Thursday evening, Balazs talked about her 3,000-metre victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt really good, surprisingly, because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I had run that fast,â&#x20AC;? she said,â&#x20AC;? but I was aiming to get around 10:45, and I got 10:44 so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty good. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not (a personal best).â&#x20AC;? Balazs may have been off a little, as the official results released later had her time in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 16to 19-year-old 3,000m run at 10:45.10. Regardless, it was a comfortable win, as runner-up Hilary Desmarais of Vanderhoofâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nechako Valley Secondary clocked in at 11:06.31. The shorter timeframe also proved challenging for athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much harder because I have like three events from 5:30 to 8, supposed to be three events, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like six kilometres of racing,â&#x20AC;? Balazs said. Balazs is looking forward to another shot at a provincial medal in the Grade 10 to 12 senior girls category. She came close in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provincial championship, finishing fourth in the 1,500m steeplechase. A member of the PGTFC who also plays soccer, Balazs is hoping to qualify for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legion Canadian Youth Track and Field National Championships, scheduled for Aug. 15 to 21 in Charlottetown, P.E.I. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been training so much and I think this will be a better season,â&#x20AC;? she said. Martinson noted that, despite Thurs-

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Dylan Miller of Tumbler Ridge tries crossing the bar during the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 16- to 19-year-old old high jump event at the North Central District high school championship meet on Thursday evening at Masich Place Stadium. dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold weather, each North Central District event was held as scheduled. Eighty athletes competed in the meet, including about 20 from Prince George high schools. Visitors travelled from Quesnel, Vanderhoof, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek. For Balazs and other PGTFC athletes, it was a busy May long weekend. The Centennial Meet was held in Kamloops on Saturday and Sunday, where Balazs was one of close to 10 PGTFC members competing. Results of both the North Central District zone championship and Centennial Meet are listed on the PGTFC website at Once on the site, click on Results at the top for a list of the completed meets.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


CIS move already impacting UNBC

The UNBC Northern Timberwolves’ basketball and soccer teams won’t begin competing in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association until the fall. But the impact of their move into Canadian Interuniversity Sport has already been noticed. To meet Canada West standards, UNBC is hiring two full-time soccer coaches, with the successful applicants expected to be named within the ULL next couple of weeks. OURT It’ll be interesting to see how big an impact RESS the new faces have, ALISTAIR MCINNIS and how much the program improves with the benefit of full-time coaching. Through five seasons competing at the varsity level, the squads have been guided by volunteer coaches (the men by Sonny Pawar and women by Mato Mikic). The best result was a silver-medal finish in the 2010 provincial men’s tournament. Improvement is expected for both teams. For the women, you can guarantee it, as last year’s inexperienced squad finished 0-12 with only one goal. The men finished fourth provincially in its final season competing in the B.C. college league. Getting the head-coaching positions filled is only a start. Both coaches will use the rest of the offseason and summer months to settle in on campus, evaluate talent and recruit, among other duties. Then comes the fall. Come September, UNBC will be seeing competition unlike anything it’s seen to this point. Suc-



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Runners and walkers gather for race ALISTAIR MCINNIS

They can be seen all over the city streets. They jog individually and in groups, for fun and competitively. Well into the 2012 season, the Prince George Road Runners are coming off their only home meet of the month. The Gathering was held on Sunday morning at Masich Place Stadium. It included fivekilometre running and walking races. Close to 100 athletes are members of the club. “There is quite a group of people who have been showing up this year to the runs. It’s just neat to see that there are so many other people who are out there running and show up,” 28-year-old Road Runners promoter Bryce Gladdish says. “In years past, numbers have been relatively low. But this year, in each race we’ve had so far, we’ve had record numbers, so that’s more a reason to join than anything, just to be a part of the growing community.” The group includes a wide variety of participants of different ages. Among the competitive male members is Kevin Grigg, who ran to a fifth-place solo finish in the 125-kilometre Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, Alta. in 2010. Female runner Shar Jackson is also no stranger to success, as her long list of accomplishments includes finishing first among Canadian women in the 42.2-kilometre BMO Vancouver Mara-

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Runners and walkers hit the track at Masich Place Stadium on Sunday morning to start the Gathering. The race, hosted by the Prince George Road Runners, featured a 5k road race and 5k walk. thon in 2010. “But we also have a lot of people come out to the event just to walk or jog, which is nice,” says Gladdish, who grew up in the Kootenays before moving to Prince George when he was 19. “It’s a good wide spectrum of people.” Races that members of the Road Runners have already competed in this year include the Heights Fever (March 25), Hart Half/Run for Rural Medicine (April 15), the Wild Goose Chase (May 6) and Fort St. James to Vanderhoof Relay (May 13). The club was also represented in this year’s Vancouver Marathon on May 6. Among the races in Prince George, the most significant com-


petitions of the year have yet to come. The biggest event through the first half of the year is the Family Y Road Race on June 3. Other upcoming events include the Highland Ridge Run on June 17 and Beat the Bugs Trail Race on June 22. Beat the Bugs is the first of three events in the third annual Prince George Trail Run Series. It features five- and 10-kilometre distances at the Otway Nordic Centre. The Road Runners encourage new athletes to join. Members join the club and BC

Athletics each year. Purchasing a membership presents the benefit of entry into each of the club-organized events (seven in 2012), and in joining BC Athletics, sport injury and accident insurance is provided. The cost of Road Runners and BC Athletics membership is $75 a year. Members also receive club T-shirts, invites to the year-end fun run and pizza luncheon in October, and can qualify for medals in the club’s Grand Prix Series. BC Athletics members also receive discounts on


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A local quilting group is using their artisans’ skills to comfort and keep warm less fortunate people around the world. The women – between 12 and 17 members who meet Thursdays at Our Saviours Lutheran Church – sew quilts to donate to Canadian Lutheran World Relief. “About half our quilters come from outside of our church membership,” said member Carolyn Wedman on Thursday as she looked over the group’s justcompleted quilt. “We have a very diverse group. Our oldest quilter just turned 90. She still comes [Thursdays] occasionally and enjoys the social interaction.” Wedman says the group offers a great way to meet new people and chat while working on projects and, of course, having coffee and goodies. It is also a way of giving back. “I feel like we’re accomplishing something, helping people in other countries who have less than we do,” said Wedman. The women don’t do things in small way. Indeed, last year they made 124 quilts, 72 layettes and six sewing kits that were shipped to Mauritania. This year, 132 quilts, 39 layettes and 13 sewing kits will be sent to Nicaragua. CLWR handles the distribution of items collected in Canada. They have shipped

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Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Quilters create quilts for Canadian Lutheran World Relief projects in the church’s lower level. This year, the group sent 132 quilts to Nicaragua. hundreds of thousands Clearbrook, B.C. then of handmade quilts forwarded for packaround the world. ing into a 20-foot conThe cherished gifts tainer in Abbotsford provide comdestined for fort, warmth the Lutheran and shelter Church – and they are Canada’s a compelmission cenling example tre in Chiof Canadian nandega, compassion. I feel like Nicaragua. The Baby we’re accomSince 1946, Bundles, for plishing the CLWR has example, pro- something, made relief vide warmth helping peo- shipments to and comfort ple in other those in need for mothers countries around the and new- who have world. borns. The less than we “In addisewing kits do.” tion to the provide mate- Carolyn quilts we ship rial, thread, overseas,” Wedman needles and We d m a n buttons with says, “we which to make a gar- also make quilts that ment. we donate locally to The quilts are gath- charity, to fire victims ered, sorted and and sometimes we sell packed in bales in our quilts at the fall


fair to help cover costs of sewing supplies.” The church group would like to thank people who donate material, sheets and used blankets for making the quilts. “Without all these donated materials and all the help from our quilters, we would not be able to achieve such an important mission.” The Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Quilters meet from mid-September to mid-May and new members are always welcome. You do not have to be an expert seamstress. For more information about the local group, phone the office of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 250-564-4336. To learn

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Season finale starts Holiday early French composers provide base for strings performers to excel The Northern Orchestra presents its season finale this weekend, A Holiday for Strings. This concert promises to be entertaining, showy and a lot of fun, says concert director Gordon Lucas. “We are featuring a lot of high-level string playing on this outing. Our guest soloist, Jose Delgade-Guevara, is an exciting violinist whose playing is filled with drama and passion, and it’s a treat to have him with us this weekend. “He’s playing St. Saen’s wonderful Violin Concerto #3 in B Minor as his featured work and, after intermission, he’ll play two recital works with me as accompanist

performing the seldom heard Romance by Gariel Faure, and the first movement of my own Sonatine for Violin and Piano – a recent work inspired by French sources.” Lucas jokes that he could have called the concert “The French Connection.” He says the Northern Orchestra always features their guest soloist in recital context to show off their range and provide the listener with a different concert experience. Other symphonic works on the program are Mozart’s sparkling overture to La Clemenza di Tito and the first movement of Franz Schubert’s profound Symphony #8 in B Minor, so-called

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Guest soloist Jose Delgade-Guevara will perform in the Northern Orchestra’s A Holiday for Strings. “unfinished.” “We have never attempted a work of this level on one of our programs before, said Lucas. “This is an icon of western civilization, one of the most intense and powerful pieces ever written. It is a real privilege to play such repertoire and I think

it speaks so well of the orchestra that they can do so.” To finish off the exciting afternoon of music, the orchestra is providing a real treat. They always feature a community artist in addition to the guest soloist. For the Holiday for Strings, the entire

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first violin section of the orchestra is featured in three bravura solo pieces including the famous Czardas by Monti with special orchestral arrangements provided for the occasion by Lucas.

The Northern Orchestra’s A Holiday for Strings May 26 concert at Prince George Playhouse starts at 2:30 p.m., the May 27 concert at Nechako Valley Senior Secondary starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets for both concerts are at Studio 2880 or in Prince George at the door of the Prince George Playhouse on Saturday. Adults $10, seniors and students $5. Everyone is welcome.

Find facts on fly fishing The Polar Coachman Fly Fishing Club invites the community to its annual open house on May 24. The open house welcomes anyone interested in fishing. Club members will offer free casting clinics, knot-tying demonstrations and insect identifications. Get great tips from other experienced

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Students explore history with fair projects ALLAN WISHART

People, places and events. That was the focus of the projects at the annual Heritage Fair, held at the Civic Centre last week. Elizabeth Schulz, a Grade 7 student at

Fraser Lake Elementary-Secondary. did her project on Rose Prince. “I’ve attended the pilgrimage they hold for her each year,” she said, standing by the well-researched exhibit. “I wanted to find out more about her.” Prince, from the

Fraser Lake area, has achieved near-legendary status for her good works. She is currently in the first stages of being considered for sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church. “One of the things they’re looking at,” Schulz said, “was that

after she had been buried for two years, they found her body was uncorrupted.” For her project, Schulz won the Kent Sedgwick Memorial Research Award, and was one of the seven students honoured with a BC Heritage Fairs Stellar Achievement Award. Other winners of the



Stellar Achievement Award were Hayden Kerr, Grade 6, Foothills Elementary, The Klondike Gold Rush; Adam Braun, Grade 6, Blackburn Elementary, The Deh Cho Bridge; Emily Lindstrom, Grade 9, Fraser Lake Elementary-Secondary, Heritage Lost and Found; Colburn Pearce, Grade 6, Foothills Elemen-

tary, Preparing for the Klondike; Olivia Baptiste, Grade 7, Parkland Elementary, Residential Schools; and Rylan Tsuji, Grade 9, Fraser Lake ElemetarySecondary, Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Tsuji, Lindstrom and Nolan Peake also won Young Citizens Awards, which got


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Elizabeth Schulz’s project on Rose Prince was one of those on display at the Heritage Fair at the Civic Centre on Thursday. The Grade 7 student from Fraser Lake Elementary-Secondary says she has attended the annual pilgrimage for Prince, “and wanted to find out more about her.” Copyright ©, Penny Press

Firefighters barbecue before getting on bikes Prince George firefighters are taking part in the fourth annual Prince George Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund Cycle Tour from July 2 to 5. Local 1372 firefighters will be cycling this year to Jasper. to raise funds and awareness for the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Over the past few years, this event has raised over $20,000. The Burn Fund provides lifesaving, life-supporting and lifeenriching services to people all across British Columbia. Funds

raised will help benefit burn survivors in northern B.C. as well as throughout the province. Prince George firefighters and support staff will be donating their offduty time to help this cause. Two events are planned: Scotiabank sponsored barbecue on Friday, May 25 in the Spruceland parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., barbecue by donation. The City Hall barbecue takes place on the steps of City Hall on Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds go to the Burn Fund.

them a video camera to use to shoot a short video on their project. Peake, a Grade 6 student at Foothills Elementary, did a project on Canadians in World War II. There were a large number of excellent projects in this year’s fair, making the judges’ decisions very difficult.

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New CEO at Northern Savings Credit Union Almost two years after the passing of long-time CEO Mike Tarr, Northern Savings Credit Union announced today it had found a new president and CEO. Ken Doleman, who has over 30 years of experience in financial services, will take over from acting president and CEO Bill Nicholls on July 1, 2012. Dolemanhas spent the last 12 years as CEO of Swan Valley Credit Union in Swan River Manitoba after a career in management at one of Canada’s chartered banks. “Northern Savings is clearly the premier financial services provider in the northwest region, uniquely positioned to strengthen northwest BC communities and members,” said Doleman following the appointment.

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An innovative, engaging tour exhibition called JobFest is rolling into Prince George on May 24. The tour aims to connect with young people and their families, educating them on labour market trends and the multitude of career opportunities in our province. JobFest will be located at the Prince George Civic Centre (808 Civic Plaza) from 2-8 p.m. The rock concert-themed mobile event is designed to get youth and young adults excited about their futures, while teaching them about the various tools and resources government has developed to support them in their quest to find their perfect career. While on location, JobFest will feature inspiring youth stories, interactive career discovery, a headliner band and local community talent. JobFest staff will guide visitors through information displays and job tools, answer questions and ensure greater awareness of the many labour market services available. JobFest is visiting 26 communities in Northern B.C. between now and July, with a Southern tour planned for the fall.

Mining Rocks British Columbia’s robust and responsible resource sector will help propel the $140 billion in new mining investment expected across Canada over the next five years, says the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). MAC estimates that B.C. has the potential to see more than $30 billion in investment from 30 projects over the next 10 years. “As the third-largest mining jurisdiction in the country, B.C. will be a major contributor to the overall strength of the mining industry, which we expect to remain steady for years to come. That will bring numerous economic benefits and opportunities to British Columbians, while at the same time, help Canada maintain its status as a global mining superpower,” Pierre Gratton, MAC President and CEO, said during a speech in Kamloops on Thursday to celebrate Mining Week in the B.C.-interior city. The mineral exploration, development and mining industry generated $8.9 billion in economic activity in B.C. in 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The industry generated more than 21,000 direct jobs, 8,200 of which were at operating mines across the province and paid average salaries of more than $100,000 annually.

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Federal environment minister responsible Peter Kent announced the establishment of a three-member review panel for the federal environmental assessment of the proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project in British Columbia. The minister has appointed Bill Ross as the Panel chair, as well as George Kupfer and Ron Smyth as panel members. Biographical information on the Panel chair and members is available in the accompanying backgrounder. Ken also released the panel terms of reference for conducting the environmental assessment. The terms of reference establish the mandate and authority of the review panel, as well as the procedures and timelines for the review. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines for the project were issued by the Minister on March 16, 2012. The Guidelines provide direction to the proponent, Taseko Mines Ltd., and identify the information that is required in the EIS. The EIS, to be submitted by the proponent, provides a detailed analysis of the potential effects of the proposed project on the environment.


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you watched the Elks and Shriners May Day Parade last weekend you saw a fancy float accompanied by a bunch of waving, purplehaired walkers. Local Tea mental health groups part in the with took annual parade this Teresa year (as they did last year), to show they too can have fun, they TERESAMALLAM can create, they can do things that “normal” people do. Most importantly, they want to put a face to those in our community who have mental illness. That takes guts. Although we have shut down mental institutions like Riverview, and we are far removed from Hollywood horrors like A Clockwork Orange and Shutter Island, there still is a social stigma that comes with a diagnosis of mental illness. True, we have come a long way with more humane treatments and better understanding but we still assign cruel labels to people with mental illness. We restrain them not with bars but with barbs. The trouble is, mental “illness” is not something you can get over with some no-name brand cold and flu remedies. You don’t see much about mental health fundraisers or flowers. You do hear about families who have been touched by cancer and of course the numbers are tragic. However the chance of having a mental illness in your lifetime is one in five. Most of us know of a friend, family or community member who suffers from mental illness but who (from all outward appearances) is able to function in society. We have no problem summoning up empathy for physically challenged people who face discrimination when they can’t negotiate a curb in their wheelchair. However, what of people with mental illnesses who face major discrimination in areas of housing, employment and education? A group of local people has come up with a plan of action. The Prince George Mental Health Consumer Council is made up of consumers of mental health services from all walks of life, living with different illnesses. They have experienced first hand the difficulties faced by those with a mental illness and they want to see changes that will improve the quality of life for all who need it. For more information write pgmhcc@gmail. com

Shrub session set for tonight All green thumbs (and want to be green thumbs), Barb Rayment presents A Shrub For All Seasons at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. at Milburn Community Garden, 1540 Milburn Ave. Shrubs provide beauty with flowers, berries, fall colour, texture and shape. They provide function with fruit, nuts and berries, wildlife habitat visual screening, symbolic barrier and barricades. Rayment will share her passion for plants, especially shrubs, talk about some of the things we need to look for and will answer questions to help you choose the right shrub for your landscape. There will also be a Community Gardens Prince George Plant Sale Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at 1540 Milburn Ave. If you are digging out plants, society members are happy to come and get them. There are also two plant sales Saturday, one from 9 a.m. to 12 noon May 26 at 185 Patricia Boulevard,the other at REAPS, 1950 Gorse St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great way to add to plant varieties in your garden.

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Administrative Assistant CUPE Local 4951 Under the direction of CUPE Local 4951 President and Executive Grade12 supplemented by successful completion of an administrative diploma plus three (3) to five (5) years progressive administrative assistant experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities • Excellent interpersonal and organization skills with ability to deal with individuals in an effective and professional manner. • Proficient knowledge of Outlook, Internet, Word, Excel & Access, and Simply Accounting • Ability to organize and prioritize work with minimal direction. • Ability to adapt and be flexible to changing priorities and demands. • Excellent listening, oral and written communication skills. • Professional telephone manner. • Ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality. • Strong time management skills. • Ability to type 40 w.p.m. • Record and maintain minutes of all general meetings


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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43+ years. We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization:

Youth Services Programs Integrated Resources for Aboriginal Youth (IRAY) Facilitator Closing Date – May 25, 2012 at 12 Noon

Youth Services Programs Youth Care Worker Closing Date – May 25, 2012 at 12 Noon

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program Two (2) Support Workers Closing date: June 1, 2012 at 4 pm A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the positions are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: Applications will be accepted until dates noted on postings, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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An Earthmoving Company in Alberta is looking for a 3rd year or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will be part of a team maintaining and servicing our fleet of Cat dozers, graders and rock trucks plus Deere/Hitachi excavators. You will work at our Modern Shop at Edson, Alberta with some associated field work. Call Contour Construction at (780)723-5051

Raju Enterprises dba Panago Pizza in Prince George is hiring 1 f/t Manager (food service ) and 2 f/t pizza delivery drivers . Manager must have 2 to 3 years similar experience or education and duties include plan, organize, control and evaluate daily operations, recruit and hire staff and listen customer complaints etc. salary would be $ 15.50/hr with 40 hrs a week. For delivery drivers 1 to 2 years experience is required with class 3 licence. Salary would be $ 15.50/hr all positions are fulltime with 40 hrs. week. Interested applicants please email resume to: store028.owner@

WANT TO see scenic BC! Needed immediately . Experienced Feller Buncher Operator with Chipper Head/Mower to work around Hydro Transmission Lines. Must be willing to travel throughout BC (based out of Vanderhoof). $28-$34 per hour + Benefits. For more info. e-mail: Send Resume to: SBCJOBS Box 1136 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 or Fax: 250-567-2550

COOK NEEDED Cook needed for Senior Recreation Centre. Duties are cooking, some baking, dishwashing, grocery shopping and some meal planning included. Hours per week will vary. Resumes accepted Mon-Thu 9-2pm at 3701 Rainbow Drive (basement entrance) or fax to 250-562-6493 DRIVEN ENERGY is a progressive busy oilfield service company in the Midwest area (Lloydminster, Alberta) looking for experienced Pressure Truck and Semi-Vac Operators. Call 780-872-6533, fax 780-875-7847 or email: for info and to apply. JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN required immediately for Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership in Salmon Arm, BC. Proven producer, good attitude, quality workmanship a must. Excellent wage and benefit package. Contact Pat - phone 250-832-8053, fax 250-8324545, email

SERVICE ADVISOR. Brown’s Chrysler Ltd. Westlock, Alberta is looking for an above average individual skilled in customer service. Duties to include: effective communication with customers, recommend scheduled maintenance and schedule work. Qualifications shall include: knowledge of vehicles and the automotive industry. Sales experience is considered an asset, strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, ability to work in a fast paced environment with tight time constraints, computer literate and posses a valid drivers licence. Apply to: Dale Marshall - Service Manager. Phone 1780-349-5566. Fax 1-780-3496493 or email:

TABER TIMES/Vauxhall Advance is seeking an editor to lead a three-person newsroom. Candidate must be able to multitask, produce a quality newspaper and maintain online presence. Send covering letter and resume to: Coleen Campbell, Publisher. Email: Deadline Thursday, May 31.

Trimark Solutions Inc. in Prince George is hiring f/t 1 carpenter, 1 construction helper, 1 plumber and 1 bricklayer with english and punjabi speaking capabilities. Carpenters must have 3 to 5 yrs. experience in measure, cut, shape and join mouldings, wood materials, drywall & plastic material , fit and install windows , doors , stairs , build decks & fences etc. Salary would be $ 23.00/hr. For construction helpers no experience required and salary would be $ 20 /hr . For Plumber 5 yrs. experience required in area of construction & must be able to read drawings , blueprints and install, repair and maintain plumbing fixtures , measure cut , bend and thread pipes, join pipes , clamps , screws etc. salary would be $ 25.50/hr For brick layer 3 to 5 yrs. experience required in construct and install prefabricated masonary units, build patios , garden walls, and other decorative installations .Salary would be $ 26 /hr . All positions are fulltime with 40 hrs. week. Must be able to read and write in English and ability to speak Punjabi and Hindi a definite asset. Interested applicants email resume to

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Mechanic, preference of no less than 5 yrs experience with Logging Equipment for work in the Vanderhoof Area also needed a Class 1 Driver for 2012 Kenworth w/hayrack for West Fraser hauls - must have minimum of 5 yrs. experience Excellent Wage & Benefits for the right applicant Mail resumes to: Stephen Bros. Contracting Ltd.Box 1136 Vanderhoof BC, V0J 3A0 Fax 250 567-2550 For more infor. E-mail: Need Cash Today? Payday loans up to $1000 using employment, CTB, EI or Pension, or Collateral Loanss up to $10,000 using almost any vehicle! Cash Factory Loans also offers cheque cashing , tax returns and Western Union! 1261B 3rd Ave, next to Nancy O’s or 250-649-0808

ACCOUNTANT - TEMPORARY Houston, B.C. Pinnacle Renewable Energy is currently seeking an experienced Accountant to provide full-time accounting support for a period of up to 12 months. Reporting to the Operations Controller, the candidate must be able to effectively prepare, process and maintain accounting records. Responsibilities include: •Full cycle accounting including payables, payroll coordination and inventory control •Prepare budget vs. actual reports •Maintain bank records and prepare cashflow forecasts •Involved in budgeting process and monthly analysis of budget variances Skills and Qualifications: •Preference given to candidate enrolled in accounting designation program •Background in a manufacturing environment an asset •Proficiency with Microsoft Office •High level of accuracy and attention to detail •Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Submit your resume to: E-mail: No Phone Inquiries Accepted Closing date June 15, 2012

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services COOK: Tin Rooster Holding Ltd, P.O. Box 160 (100 Boulder Ave.) Dease Lake, B.C., V0C1L0, requires full time cooks to prepare and cook short orders and full meals for eat-in and take-out. Prepare and cook deli items for retail sale. Maintain all health standards and keep food prep/storage areas clean. Applicants must have 3 years experience. Speak English. Shift work. Salary $13.30/hr. Apply by mail or fax: (250) 771-4382

Medical/Dental Dental Assistant Required. Reply to Dr. Harvey Thompson, #22-665 Front St., Quesnel BC V2J 5J5 (250)9923771 email:

Trades, Technical AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN. Journeyman Automotive Service Technician required. 45 minutes North of Edmonton, Alberta. Busy flat rate Chrysler dealership. Above average wages to commensurate with training level achieved. Chrysler experience an asset but not essential. 4th year apprentice considered. Apply to: Dale Marshall - Service Manager. Phone 1-780-349-5566. Fax 1780-349-6493 or email: FOREST Fire Medics and Class 4 or Class 1 Drivers Wanted. Email resume to or fax to 250.785.1896.

NOW HIRING MCSWEEN CUSTOM FAB. Millwrights, “B” Pressure Welders, Pipefitters and all other trades required ASAP for upcoming shutdowns in Edm. area. L.O.A. is Available $130/day or Fax 780-992-0600 SEEKING experienced ROAD BUILDERS for road project Hwy 37 North. Camp job, 21 7 shift. Lodging and meals provided. Heavy equipment operators with experience only. Excavator, rock truck, dozer. Fax resume with contact information to 250-638-8144.


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Electrical Doug’s Electric Licensed and Bonded . 20 yrs exp. (250)963-6737 (250)981-5210

Handypersons Handyman from Newfoundland All jobs big & small, I’se the b’ye to do it all. Carpentry & plumbing etc. W.E.T.T. Certified. Call Jim 250.562.8203 / 250.613.5478

Home Improvements Bath & Kitchen Specialist We bring creative design ideas to the table, as we work closely with you to achieve the perfect remodel. No job too big and none certainly, too small. Call Tom today for free estimate. 250-961-0439 G Gilbert Renovation Year round reno needs. Int/ext, nothing too small. 30 yrs exp. Free estimates! Call Gaetan (250) 560-5845 or 552-7184

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Lou’s Renos Roger’s Renos For all your home reno needs. We also help you renovate your rental units. For free estimates call 250-964-6106 Ivan at 250-552-8106 or Roger 250-552-0471

Landscaping Pruning, rubbish removal, power rake, & yard clean up. Landscaping, mowing. PG Yard Service (250)552-2122

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PRODUCT ADVISOR: Candidates should have: • Excellent communication skills • Desire to satisfy customers • Ability to support a team environment • Drivers License Preference to Licensed Salesperson Heartland Toyota offers: • Full training program • Excellent pay, commission and bonus plans • Demo allowance • Motivating and prestigious work environment

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Misc. for Sale 24th ANNUAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SALE sponsored by the Vernon Collectors Club at Vernon Curling Rink on Fri. May 25th from 3pm-8pm & Sat. May 26th from 10am-4pm. Approx. 125 tables.$3 admission is good for both days. FOR THE HOME BREWER Wine making equipment. Incl. 2 primary buckets, 4 carboy’s, hoses, syphon’s, thermometers, floor corker (some corks) electric bottle filler plus lots more. Must be sold as a complete set $375 250-562-3747 GET FAST Restless Leg Syndrome and Leg Cramp Relief. safe with medication, all natural, proven results, guaranteed!!! Sold in 75 Countries. 1800-765-8660 EST. **HOME PHONE Reconnect** Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid Long Distance Specials! Feature Package Specials! Referral Program! Don’t be without a home phone! Call to Connect! 1-866-287-1348 STEEL BUILDING - Blowout sale! 20x26 $5,199. 25x28 $5,799. 30x42 $8,390. 32x56 $11,700. 40x50 $14,480. 47x76 $20,325. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. Yamaha DTxpress IV, 5 pc. electric drum kit with 3 cymbals. Throne, sticks & headphones included. $650 firm. Call Rick (250)563-3015

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Auctions BC LIVESTOCK is holding a ranch equipment auction Saturday May 26th 10:30A.M. For Craig Ervin of Lone Butte. Tractors, haying equipment, backhoe, trucks, tools, saddles & tack, skidoo’s, quads, lots, lots more. View website at F.M.I. Call 250-573-3939

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1 1/2 - 2 bdrm apts. Safe, clean & quiet. Receive your 12th month rent free (conditions apply) 250-613-7483 Darby Apts. Bach $500, 1 bdr. $570, 2 bdr. $650; heat, h/w incl., 1601 Queensway; 250-596-4275 250-301-0664

Motel suite for rent.Clean,bach or 1 bed furnished with Kitchenettes, includes utli., cab, internet. Monthly rent, Seniors welcome. N/P (250)962-0441

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

Briarwood Apts. 1330/80 Foothills Blvd. 1 & 2 Bdrm suites 250-561-1571 HARDWOOD MANOR APTS Under New Management! 1 & 2 bdrm suites Heat & Hot water included.

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Under New Management Spacious 3 bdrm apts Clean, quiet, secure entrance. Students Welcome. Rental Incentives. No Dogs

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JUBILEE Apt’s 1 bedroom Adult orientated, close to downtown & bus route. N/S, N/P. Parking.

Call: (250) 562-7172 Park Village Apartments 125 N Ospika Blvd 2 & 3 bdrm suites Phone 250-612-5162 Pine Glen Apartments 255 N. Ospika (Rental Office) Spacious clean 2 & 3 bdrm 1 1/2 bath Heat, Hot water & Parking incl. Laundry & Play ground on Site. Ask about our new rates Bus route to all amenities 250-561-1823

Suites, Lower Close to Hosp & bus. 3 bdrm bsmt suite, $800/mo Includes utilities W/D, N/S, N/P. Call 250-612-9180


Cars - Domestic ‘92 Honda Accord EX-R, 187,000 km’s. tilt steering, PW,PL, new all season tires, Sirius radio, security system avail., plus much more, $2000 OBO 250-562-8057

Recreational/Sale 2011 18’ Creekside Trailer. A/C, elec awning, Loaded. $16,000 OBO 250-596-4145 22’ 2006 Salem LE travel trailer. Sleeps 4, like brand new. Can be viewed at 1310 Kellogg Ave. 250-564-8267 FOR SALE (Reduced), 2005 27ft travel trailer, great condition inside and out, asking $10,500 obo, (778)415-0335

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Rooms for Rent For Rent: furnished room shared washer, dryer, cooking and fridge. $300/mo Hart area NS, NP, working lady only. (250)962-5129

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WEDNESDAY Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Wing night and karaoke, Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion. B.C.Civil Liberties meets every second Wednesday, 6 p.m., 2105 Pine St. Next meeting May 23. CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Capt. McCue 250565-6993, 250-5649030.

THURSDAY DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association,1692 10th Ave. Information: Heather 250-6499591. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. toastmastersclubs. org/ or 250-564-

5191. Spring Ultimate Frisbee League, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., PGSS fields. Information: www. NCP workers and retirees meet third Thursday of the month, 10 a.m., Pine Centre food court. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Chess nights, Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Books and Company. Information: Marilyn 250-562-9580. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, Spruce Capital Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561. Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. NorthBreast Passage Dragon Boat Society meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Chronic Disease Management Room, UHNBC. Information: Anita 250-563-2949 or Betty 250-9627985.

FRIDAY “GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Canadian Diabetes Association - May 25 Diabetes Expo – Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes. Coast Inn of the North, 6 pm. Celina 250-561-9284 PG Lupus Chapter - May 26 Walk for Lupus - PG Lupus Chapter: Sat, May 26 at 3pm at UNBC Northern Sports Center, 563-5588. Railway & Forestry Museum - May 26 & 27 Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser at 850 River Rd, . If you have any unwanted “treasure” , please drop your items off Tues to Sat, 11 am – 4 pm. Kathy 250-563-7351 Cystic Fibrosis Canada - May 27 The Great Strides Walk: Ft George Park at 11am. BBQ lunch. Leslie 250-561-2129

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Live bands, Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight, Royal Canadian Legion.

SATURDAY Garage sale, May 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Giles Church, 1500 Edmonton St. Walk for Lupus, May 26, 3 p.m., Northern Sports Centre. Information: pennybradshaw@ or Ralph 250-563-5588. Dance with Deuces Wild, May 26, 8 p.m.-midnight, Hart Pioneer Centre. Flea market and farmers’ market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Live bands, Saturday, 8 p.m.midnight, Royal Canadian Legion.


Pancake breakfast, May 27, 8:30-11 a.m., Eagles Hall, hosted by Spruce Ridge Pony Club. Caledonia Ramblers easy/ moderate hike May 27, Fort George Canyon. Meet in parking lot behind city hall, 8:45 a.m. Information: Carolyn 250-562-1826. Sheep and Wool Fair, May 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Huble Homestead. Information: or 250-564-7033. Volunteer recognition concert and party, May 27, 2-4 p.m., 1692 10th Ave., free to all ECRA volunteers, admission by donation. Information: Karen 250-964-0450. Kidney patient support group meeting, May 27, 2 p.m., Kiwanis Resource Centre, 490 Quebec St. Information: Trav Williams 250-5623139.. Flea market and farmers’ market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Meat draw, Royal Canadian Legion, 3-5 p.m., sponsored by Peace Keepers Proceeds to Alzheimer and MS societies and others.

MONDAY Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Michael’s Church Hall. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740. Royal Purple meets meets second and fourth Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250-596-0125 or Jeanette 250-5639362.

TUESDAY Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays 7–8:30 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250962-6876 or www. Bridge, Tuesdays, 1

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p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250-562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s fourpart chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975. Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1500 Edmonton St. Hospital retirees meeting, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-563-7497 or 250-563-2885.

SUPPORT GROUPS Singles and friends, social group of people of all ages and diverse backgrounds, meets Wednesdays, 7

p.m., A&W on 20th Avenue. Wednesday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 11:30 a.m. weigh in, noon meeting, St. Michael’s Anglican Church. Information: 250-9603959, 778-416-0908. Learning Circle Literacy Program works with adult learners and families on literacy, numeracy and computing skills. Information: 250564-3568 ext. 228, or Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answers. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Monday, 7:30 p.m., hospital, Room 421. Call Shelley 250612-3877. Power Play, for children from newborns to five years old, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 a.m., Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle Ave.

Information: 250-6149449. Prince George Stroke Survivors Group meets Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. Information: Julia 250563-3819, Roland 250-562-1747. La Leche League breast feeding support group meets the second Thursday of every month 7 p.m. at the Health Unit auditorium. Information: Tammy 250-612-0085. PGRH retirees breakfast, first Tuesday of the month, Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Information: 250-563-2885. Prince George ATV Club meets third Tuesday of month, 7 p.m. Carmel Restaurant meeting room. Information: George 250-964-7907. Prince George Healing Rooms

- Are you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Monday noon-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m No appointment necessary, located in the Prince George Pentecostal Church, 497 Ospika Blvd. Information: 250-6179653. Free sports and recreation, Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 1160 7th Ave., ages 15-30. Information: 250-656-5278. Children’s choir, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hartland Baptist Church. Information: 778-415-5000. Parents Together, a mutual/self-help support group for parents of teens, meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Intersect (basement entrance). Information: Carmen 250-562-6639. Tuesday night Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 6:157:15 p.m. weigh in, 7:30-8:30 meeting. Everyone welcome. Information: Marvene 250-962-8001 or 250-612-2031.

The Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Wednesday. Submissions are accepted in written form only – dropped off, mailed or emailed – No Phone Calls please. Datebook runs as space allows, there is no guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George BC V2N 1T3 E-mail

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