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Snow packs in northern B.C. continue to pose a risk of flooding, according to the latest report from the River Forecast Centre. The snow survey on May 15, which was released May 22, shows the snow pack in the Upper Fraser is 167 per cent of normal, and the Nechako is 150 per cent. As well, the SkeenaNass snow pack is at 158 per cent of normal. “Despite the warm weather and snow melt at mid-elevations,” the report says, “snow melt has been limited at upper-elevation sites.” The only area of the province which is not seeing above-average snow packs this spring in the OkanaganKettle, which has also seen warmer weather recently, resulting in some runoff. “Snow packs are still at levels of concern for increased flood risk for the Upper Fraser, Nechako, Columbia, Kootenay, Peace and Skeena-Nass,” the report notes. The centre expects above-normal seasonal runoff throughout the province, although rivers, in general, are flowing at near-seasonal levels. The major unknown factor now is the weather. The forecast for Prince George is for warm weather over the weekend, followed by cooler temperatures and precipitation early next week. For more information on the snowpack situation in the region and across the province, visit bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca.

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YOUR CITY MATTERS May 25, 2012 COUNCIL COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS AND BOARDS MEETINGS

PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions of Section 26(3) of the Community Charter that the City of Prince George intends to lease 1412 Second Avenue, Prince George, BC to 2nd Thoughts Buy and Sell for a term of 1 year at a rent of $10,200.00 per year. Ian Wells Planning and Development

Regular Council Meeting Monday, May 28th - 6:00 p.m.

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Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, May 30th - 12:00 p.m.

BROADCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETINGS: To follow live Council meetings, visit the City’s website at www.princegeorge.ca as webcasting services and video archiving of agenda items are available for the public.

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PROCLAMATIONS May is “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month” May is “Speech and Hearing Awareness Month” May is “National Missing Children’s Month” May is “Child Find’s Green Ribbon of Hope Month and May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day”

10th Avenue and Patricia Boulevard Road Closure Bylaw No. 8397, 2012 That subject to the adoption of “10th Avenue and Patricia Boulevard Road Closure Bylaw No. 8397, 2012”, an approximate 0.561 ac (0.227 ha) portion of highway situated adjacent to Lot A, District Lot 343, Cariboo District, Plan PGP35522, will be stopped up and closed to traffic and the highway dedication thereof be removed to facilitate a future sale of the property. A copy of the proposed bylaw and related documents may be inspected at the office of the undersigned on May 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 28, 2012, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. At the Hearing, all persons who deem their interest in property to be affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on matters pertinent to the bylaw. Written submissions delivered to the Corporate Officer by noon on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, will be included in the council agenda package. Those received thereafter will be forwarded to Council on the day of the Hearing. For further information, please contact the City of Prince George Real Estate Services, 4th Floor, City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard, Prince George, B.C., 250 561-7678. Walter Babicz Corporate Officer City Of Prince George

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May 20 – 26, 2012 is “Public Works Week” May 26, 2012 is “Jumpstart Day” May 28 - June 3, 2012 is “Bike to Work and School Week” May 29, 2012 is “Day of the Honey Bee”

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an application for a Road Closure Bylaw will be considered at the regular meeting of Council in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard, Prince George, B.C., on Monday, May 28, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

The City of Prince George is considering the disposal of a commercial paint booth, complete with venting and electrical. For more information, or if you are interested in purchasing this unit, please contact Scott Bone at sbone@city.pg.bc.ca, before May 21, 2012.

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PRINCE GEORGE COMMUNITY FOREST – OPERATIONAL NOTICE The City, through its contractor TDB, will be conducting wildfire hazard mitigation work on the slope above Summer Place cul-de-sac, just off of North Nechako Road. The work is expected to take about 3 months. The work is improving public and residents’ safety by reducing the forest fuels through removal of dead trees, thinning the forest stand and reducing the brush and pruning mature trees. Operations will access the forestry road at the end of Pidherny Road. The public who bike or hike in the area are asked to respect the closure notices posted on trails during operations. For more information, please contact the Community Forest Manager at 250-614-7891 or at dadamson@city.pg.bc.ca Thank you.”

MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT WATER SAFETY Myth: Drowning is noisy. I’ll hear my child splashing and struggling in time to help. This myth really endangers young children. They don’t have the ability to figure out what to do, such as right themselves or stand up, even in a few inches of water. As a result, children often just “slip away” in silence. Most drowning happens during a brief lapse in supervision, when a parent becomes distracted or involved in some other activity. A life vest is no substitute for supervision, but it can buy time.

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WEAR A LIFE VEST Drowning is often silent, occurs within minutes and often when an adult is nearby. Have your child practice wearing a life vest in the water. Be a role model and be ready for an emergency. Wear your life vest even if you know how to swim. Weather and water conditions change quickly. Wearing your life vest is key to being prepared. Remember, life vests only work when they are worn.

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A special legislative committee has been appointed to look at timber supply in the province. Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad is the convenor for the seven-member committee, and says they have a short timeline to work with. “We held our first meeting (May 17) to look at what kind of a schedule we could set up to meet our report date of Aug. 15. We’ll be holding our next meetings at the end of the month.” The committee, which also includes Liberal MLAs Donna Barnett (Cariboo-Chilcotin), Eric Foster (Vernon-Monashee) and Ben Stewart (Westside-Kelowna) and NDP MLAs Harry Bains (Surrey-Newton), Norm Macdonald (Columbia River-Revelstoke) and Bill Routley (Cowichan Valley), is looking at starting public meetings the week of June 18 and wrapping those up by July 20. “We plan to hold meetings everywhere from Smithers down to the Kamloops-Merritt area, as well as out in Mackenzie and McBride. The areas impacted the most by the pine beetle are where we will be focused.” The committee’s terms of reference are to consider recommendations which would increase timber supply, including direction on the potential scope of changes to land-use objectives, rate of harvest and conversion of volume-based tenures to area-based tenures. Rustad says the committee composition was determined by the house leaders, who checked with their party MLAs to see if they would be willing to sit on the committee. “I would have liked to have Bob Simpson (Independent, Cariboo North) on the committee,” Rustad said, “but the NDP didn’t want him on the committee.” Simpson was an NDP MLA before becoming an Independent in December 2010.

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Loose garbage is a concern to directors at the Regional District of Fraser Fort George. The matter was discussed at the May 17 meeting, with concerns relating to litter along Foothillls Boulevard as a result of unsecured loads of garbage being transported to the landfill. Concerns were expressed that the litter is unsightly and can pose a safety haz-

ard. Electoral Area directors confirmed similar issues are being experienced at some of the transfer stations in the region. Directors asked for a report to be brought back for consideration with options to educate and encourage users of the landfills and transfer stations to ensure garbage is covered and secured during transportation.

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Liberal MP tours the North Joyce Murray seeks input from local civic leaders BILL PHILLIPS editor@pgfreepress.com

It was a fact-finding mission, of sorts, for Joyce Murray. The Liberal MP for Vancouver-Quadra was in Prince George Tuesday making local contacts and meeting with various civic leaders. She met with Mayor Shari Green, hot off her B.C. Mayors Caucus meeting where they unloaded on the federal and provincial governments for unloading on municipalities. She also met with regional district and chamber of commerce representatives. “I’m hearing that municipalities want more certainty and predictability for infrastructure funding,” Murray said. She pointed out that it was the Liberal government that instituted the plan for gas tax revenue to return to municipalities and credited the Conservative government for not eliminating it. Murray is the Liberal critic for small business and part of her northern tour here and in Terrace was to gather feedback on the federal budget. Her concerns with the budget are two-fold: Firstly that the Conservatives are focusing their attention on the wrong sector when it comes to job creation. “The Conservatives are paying too much attention to large corporate interests and too little to small business interests,” she said, pointing out that small businesses account for more jobs in the Canadian economy than large corpora-

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Vancouver-Quadra MP and Liberal critic for small business Joyce Murray meets with Prince George Chamber of Commerce representatives Tuesday. tions. She also criticized the Conservatives for changes to the Employment Insurance program. “We’ve called on government to hold on in EI premium increases, but they’ve increased them for two years in a row,” she said. EI premium increases hit businesses as hard as workers as both contribute to the fund.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has created a bit of controversy over his comment that any job is a good job, raising the spectre that those collecting EI will be forced to move to take a job they are perhaps not suited to. Murray said the details of exactly what the Conservatives are planning haven’t been released yet, so it’s hard to comment on their plans.

As for the budget in general and the Conservatives’ omnibus bill, Murray says pushing it all through in one bill is not good for democracy. She said the changes being put forward by the Conservatives should be debated by about 10 different parliamentary committees. Instead, only the finance committee will debate it. She also hammered the Conservatives for changes to the Old Age Security, essentially moving retirement age from 65 years old to 67 years old. “It will hurt low income and disabled people the hardest,” she said. “Often they look forward to 65 so they can get OAS (and sometimes move above the poverty line). Those are the people who will be paying the most.” She also pointed out that the plan will save the federal government an estimated $10 billion, which, ironically, is about the same amount as the overbudget F-35 jet purchase. And, with a link to economist and former ICBC head Robyn Allen’s damning economic indictment of the Northern Gateway pipeline project on her website, it’s no secret where her sentiments lie on the controversial project. Pointing out that it was the Liberals under Pierre Trudeau who, in 1972, unofficially instituted a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along B.C.’s north coast, Murray has called on support for Bill C-606, which would formalize the ban. “It’s just the wrong route,” she said, but didn’t elaborate on what the right route would be.

Fire season off to a slow start ALLAN WISHART allanw@pgfreepress.com

It’s been a quiet start to the forest-fire season in the Prince George Fire Centre, including the first long weekend of the year. “We only had seven new fires reported over the weekend,” said information officer Jillian Chimko, “and none of them were very big.” Once again, all the fires were caused by humans, with no weather events of any sort taking place in the region, which covers almost 32 million hectares in northern and central B.C. It extends from the Yukon and Northwest Territories borders in the north to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south, and from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west. “From the reports we got over the weekend,” Chimko said, “it looks like all the fires were from problems with fire use, so probably more backyard burning, rather than an abandoned campfire.” Chimko reminds people in the region that there is a Category 2 fire ban in effect until Sept. 30 or further notice. This ban applies to: • The burning of any material, piled or unpiled, smaller than two metres in height and three metres in width, including burning barrels. • Fireworks. • Stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres. The ban does not prohibit campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to www.bcwildfire.ca.


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Power theft leads to drug bust On May 15, members from the North District Integrated Marihuana Enforcement Task Force (NDIME) and the Prince George Detachment executed a search warrant regarding the theft of electricity occurring at a residence on West Lake Road. Upon attendance, police searched the residence and located a hydro bypass which was above the electrical panel and hidden under the soffit of the roof. RCMP then located a marijuana grow operation in an outbuilding on the property. A second search warrant was obtained and police seized 678 marijuana plants in various stages of growth along with equipment used in the cultivation of marijuana. RCMP arrested a 22-year-old man from the Lower Mainland and he is facing a number of charges including theft of telecommunications (electricity), production of a controlled substance, and possession of a

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New video link connects UNBC to Japan Students from college in Tokyo will share classes with students in Prince George of a one-year pilot program and is expected to begin September 2012 with approximately 15 to 20 students from Gakushuin Women’s College sharing a virtual classroom with 25 students from UNBC. Gakushuin students will earn UNBC undergraduate course credits towards their own degree. They must have passed English proficiency requirements to take the course. “Developing this ability opens up possibilities for serving remote communities in British Columbia and beyond,” notes Iwama. “Our experience and expertise in delivering courses via video conference to our regional campuses like Terrace and through the Northern Medical Program has enabled this project to proceed efficiently. I’m very excited about the far-reaching potential of this project.” Manager of English Language Studies at UNBC Paul Pan has

been working on this project for the past two years and also sees its potential for expansion. “Depending on the success of this pilot program, we’re hoping to extend this course delivery system to other institutions in

Japan and Asia.” At the same event, UNBC signed a MOU with the Japan Travel Business (JTB) World Tokyo Corporation— Japan’s largest company which specializes in exchange programs and business-expansion opportunities

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t was probably nice that you, the Prince George taxpayer, sent Mayor Shari Green to Penticton for the inaugural B.C. Mayors Caucus. Given that the February holiday won’t arrive until next year, it’s nice that you, the taxpayer, funded this trip. The mayors didn’t really reveal anything new … federal and provincial downloading is having a detrimental effect on municipalities. This has been going on for decades and it’s getting worse. There is no doubt about that. So, from that perspective, the mayors’ cause is a good one. It’s an issue that needs to be addressed. It’s not surprising that both the federal and provincial governments resoundingly dismissed the mayors’ concerns. They, after all, are the ones who are offloading costs onto the municipal taxpayers. Municipalities do have several avenues to pressure upper levels of government. The most obvious one is the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and its federal counterpart, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities … the latter of which our own Coun. Garth Frizzell sits on the board of. Granted, those organizations allow elected officials other than mayors so perhaps that’s not to the liking of the mayors. The upside to the UBCM and the FCM is that when they meet, which is annually, the conventions are liberally populated with MLAs from all sides, cabinet ministers and even a premier or prime minister. When the media questions why we need to send so many councillors to the UBCM, at your expense, the answer is always that it is a prime opportunity to chat with MLAs and cabinet ministers. Fair enough. The mayors’ caucus, however, was just the mayors. And while it’s good to present a united voice, do we really need to pay for 86 mayors to have a weekend at a resort in Pentiction? It’s interesting to note that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan didn’t attend, or, being “NDP mayors” weren’t invited. There is nothing wrong with B.C. mayors pressuring the upper levels of government to ease up on the downloading. In fact, it’s needed. From police costs to infrastructure, municipalities are shouldering a much greater share of the load, without the subsequent lessening of higher level tax burdens. It’s a legitimate complaint that the federal and provincial governments take more and more of our tax dollars while providing fewer and fewer services … all the while demanding that municipalities pick up the slack. It’s crucial that municipalities take up this cause. However, another annual politician chin-wag isn’t the best way to go about it. As mentioned, municipalities already have ways to pressure upper levels of government … and there are others. Each of the 86 communities represented at the mayors’ caucus has a chamber of commerce. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual general meeting this week … ironically, in Penticton. At that annual meeting, each chamber puts forward resolutions that, if passed, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce then takes up the cause for and lobbies government on. Resolutions that are federal in nature, go to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting and the same thing happens. Municipal leaders should be tapping into this resource to lobby government. And, chambers of commerce aren’t the only local organization that has a provincial arm that lobbies government … home builders, realtors, doctors, road builders, unions, even Initiatives Prince George, the list goes on. All lobby the upper levels of government. Municipal leaders should be tapping into these groups that already exist, to send a clear message to the upper levels of government. When politicians hear the same message from all sectors of society, they will respond.

■ OPINION

Violence not the avenue Do Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, Greek The student strikes or revolt in Quebec is based protests marches, the change in the presidency of on belief in entitlement. It does not matter that they France and the student protests and riots in Quebec already have lower university tuitions than anyhave anything in common? where else in the country, they want more. If stuIn life there is an element of imitation of what dents have very low or free tuitions, then the financoccurs in one place to have similar events arise in ing of their education falls to the other taxpayers in other parts of the world. The circumstances may be the province. From a political perspective there does vastly different; the activity can be very similar. not appear to be an appetite amongst other taxpayThe revolts in the Arab dictatorships are a clear ers for that kind of scheme. and passionate demand for change. It is The students participating appear to fuelled by a high proportion of the popbe a minority, but a vigorous minority ulation being young and seeing their with the capacity for violence and a disfuture as one with little or no promise. regard for democratic rights of others. They believe they give up little by While civilized protest and debate are demanding change in government and essential in a free society, coercion by Onside the future economy of their countries. threats to disrupt or destroy the rights VICTORBOWMAN While the Occupy Wall Street Moveof others is not. That is not the privilege ment was a protest about social ineqof any group or individual. uity, it was based upon some legitimate grievances. The efforts of the students is to create a privileged It highlighted the impact of globalization and the group. It is an attitude that does not help seeing a rapid decline of the middle class in the United bright future. If they are the privileged as students, States. It is a frank realization that the American what will their attitude be when they move into Dream is out of reach for most Americans and mainstream Quebec society? Will the same attitude wealth distribution is becoming increasingly disprevail and the now adult students firmly believe torted. their values are the only valid ones? That is what The change in the presidency of France and the dictatorships are made of. political turmoil in Greece are simply an announceThere is not a university student anywhere in ment by the citizens that they are not willing to Canada who would not like to see lower tuition endure austerity. While France has a stronger fees, but students in other provinces are not acting economy, the financial well-being of Europe in the like goons to force their wishes upon everyone else. coming years is still in doubt. Many of the problems Outside of Quebec, there is also a debate on the cost in European countries are the direct result of sucof post-secondary education with a multitude of cessive governments promising more to get elected views. than their economies can sustain on an ongoing Instead of rioting, many of those students are basis. When you spend more than you make, you politically active with the intent to see change end up with an ever-growing deficit. In countries, through the legal and legitimate political system. just like your home, you can spend more than your That is the proper way to create change in a demincome sometimes, but it cannot go on forever. ocratic and equitable society. Circulation Manager ....................... Heather Trenaman Email: circulation@pgfreepress.com.............250-564-0504

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Marijuana editorial was on the mark Editor: In your item on the legalization of marijuana debate, (Basic supply and demand, Free Press, May 9) you inadvertently illustrated one of the frustrating things about the debate; the definitions. You define decriminalization as keeping cannabis illegal but issuing a fine and confiscating the pot, rather than giving the cannabis user a criminal record. Others have used that definition for the term ‘depenalization’, because all it does is reduce the penalty, whereas they would argue that decriminalization is making possession legal but keeping supply, manufacture etc. illegal. The devil is in the definitions. Basically there are two positions; either it is legal or it is illegal. Currently, the latter is the situation. What we have now is a wide-open drug market with supply available in any city at any time by any one. From criminals. For a price. The exact

opposite would be a wide-open legal market with all drugs available in the corner store to anyone at any time. For a price. These are the two radical extremes. To my knowledge nobody is espousing the wide-open legal free market. There is, however, a conservative, sensible middle ground, the same middle ground which has worked

very successfully with alcohol: legalize, regulate and tax. Use of alcohol causes fewer problems to the drinker today than during prohibition due to quality control. Education and social pressure has pushed people to moderate their consumption, and though there are some problems, for the most part they are minor. To treat cannabis the same

way is the sensible middle ground which should be embraced by all freedomloving people as the right solution. Conservatives favor less state interference in our lives, Liberals want more individual freedom, and every politician loves a cash cow. Especially if there is no political fallout. Papers such as yours which write from an enlightened

point of view are showing the politicians that this is not a third-rail subject. It is allowing them to dip their baby toe in the water to see how it feels. You are to be congratulated, along with those intrepid politicians who are leaders in this area. For those reasons, thank you for writing so eloquently about the failure of prohibition, which

has never worked, not since the very first one, in the garden of Eden, when both Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which was prohibited. If even God couldn’t enforce prohibition what chance do we mere mortals have of getting it right? Bruce Symington Medicine Hat

Council has to keep in touch with people Editor: An open letter to Mayor Shari Green and council: We live in a democratic and civil society. We are no longer Neanderthals. We show compassion when someone is having difficulty. We take over hot soup when a neighbor is ill. We donate our spare time to volunteering in an effort to improve society. We stop on the highway to help when we see a stranded motorist. We’ve even learned to say “sorry” for a perceived slight or mistake. There are literally hundreds of niceties that we see and do every day. We’ve learned this from a very early age. We know the drill.

Every three years certain successful candidates will be duly elected to sit on city council thereby taking the oath to faithfully uphold the duties of office. One duty should be to contact his/her constituents regularly re: issues of health and environment, new taxes, hatching new plans, repairing potholes, etc. The coalition suggests that one method to solve the communication dilemma is for council to send out a monthly newsletter to all residents. Further, the newlyhired executive assistant, Beverly Smith, could prepare this. We believe that by having an open and available council, the

No need for Bowman views

Editor: Re Victor Bowman’s column “Leave abortion debate alone,” Prince George Free Press May 4. Do you have to publish this tired liberal garbage? Is this so the Free Press can be considered a paid-up member of the non-thinking liberal media? I wished to send Mr. Bowman a e-mail com-

munication to express to him what I thought of his piece. The precaution has evidently been taken to make sure he doesn’t hear from the reading public however, but when one writes things as foolish as he does at time, that is perhaps understandable. Paul Serup Prince George

problems of misunderstanding and grievance can be mitigated and therefore the lines of communication can be kept open. When a resident has a legitimate concern and voices this to an elected official, he/she is entitled to a reasonable and courteous reply. However, when no reply is forthcoming, the silence sends a fairly clear message that there are no valid arguments, ergo the resident wins by default. It puts one in mind of reporters who are pressing to get information from some celebrity, but the only reply they ever get is “no comment.” The Criminal Code of Canada actually deems a person, or group of persons, who fail to respond to a reasonable allegation as being

“willfully ignorant.” Such behavior can be indicted in a court of law under the charge of fraud. Certainly no one wants to go to that extreme. But it is understood that this habit of non-response is vexing and troubling. In conclusion, we live in a democracy and have certain privileges according to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is to be hoped that we can continue to live by this code of ethics and treat each other in a polite and civil manner. Then, and only then, are we free to get on with the complex business of government. Marilyn Juds Prince George Safe Water Coalition

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Walk of Honour pays tribute to our armed forces On Saturday May 26, between 10 a.m. peacekeeping missions and other miliand noon, each one of us has a chance to tary operations, including recent service show our support and gratitude for the in Afghanistan. Our troops risk their men and women who serve lives every day to protect one in the Canadian Armed of the things that we value Forces. most, the chance for our famiMLA lies to live freely in a demoThe Prince George Royal Report cratic society. Canadian Legion is hosting their third annual Walk Canadian troops have of Honour at Fort George served in Afghanistan since SHIRLEYBOND Park. The walk started 2002, and more than 35,000 with a small group of us and grew last men and women have completed at least year, and we are hoping to see more one tour of duty. More than 150 Canadiof you join us on Saturday morning as ans have been killed in this conflict and we remember those who have lost their over 1,800 have been injured. Families lives, support their families and raise in our community have been directly funds for the service men and women impacted by the loss and injury and we who return from conflict and require spe- have shared their stories and their pain. cial services like those provided at Winch When soldiers return home, they may House. face indescribable physical and psychoCanadians served with honour and logical challenges in transitioning back courage in the two Great Wars, Korea to civilian life. They often suffer from and have continued through numerous debilitating injuries, anxiety or post-trau-

matic stress disorder that require medical treatment or counseling services to help them and their families re-adjust to life at home. One of the resources that is available to veterans and their families provides short-term accommodation in the Vancouver area while they receive the help they need. The New Chelsea Society built Winch House, a residential facility that offers free temporary housing to soldiers and their families while they are in Vancouver receiving treatment. The Walk of Honour raises money for Winch House through pledges, donations, and participation fees. A $20 entry fee to join the Walk provides each participant with a red shirt that shows their support for our soldiers and helps to raise needed funds for this important resource. In the past two years, the Prince George Legion has raised nearly $10,000, and they expect to raise more

funds for Winch House this year. The Walk of Honour continues to grow in size every year, and similar events are now being sponsored by Legions in Mackenzie, Quesnel, and Williams Lake. Last year, everyone who attended the event was challenged to bring at least two friends to this year’s event. Saturday is always such a busy day in our community, but I want to encourage you to spend just an hour or two supporting the members of the Canadian Armed Forces, families of our veterans, the Prince George Legion and Winch House. It is a chance to enjoy some great company and a relaxing walk in beautiful Fort George Park. Why not join us and bring a friend or two? I look forward to having you join our family as we show our support for those who serve us. For more information on Winch House, you can visit www.newchelsea.ca and search ‘Winch House.’

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Playbill IMPROV TIME Saturday, May 26 is another evening of hilarity when Improv Ad Nauseum comes to the Twisted Cork. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets $10 available at Studio 2880 and the Twisted Cork. $12.50 at the door.

GARAGE SALE Railway and Forestry Museum is having its fifth annual charity garage sale, 850 River Road, May 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pancake breakfast, barbecue lunch (corn on the cob available for purchase), train rides, stained glass from homes and churches in Europe from 1700s and 1800s will be available for sale. Watch John Rogers use a chainsaw to carve wildlife figures. Information: 250563-7351.

SHEEP AND WOOL Huble Homestead Historic Site is hosting the Sheep and Wool Fair this Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how important sheep and wool were by watching and trying wool carding, spinning, weaving and knitting. Watch demonstrations by members of the Prince George Fibre Arts Guild. Huble Homestead is located 40 km north of Prince George. Information: 250-564-7033.

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Dogs are man’s best friend. They are also pretty good company for children, especially sick children. Bella is a spunky sixyear-old chihuahua who works as a therapy dog in the pediatrics ward at UHNBC. She belongs to Dr. Shona Imiah, a physician who recently moved to Vancouver Island, but the caring canine spends much of her time here in Prince George visiting and comforting patients in hospital. The pint-sized pooch is an independent type and while “on the job” she lives with Sandra Wyatt. The two met when Bella was a boarder at her business, Sandra’s Dog House. Wyatt is a child-life specialist who works with children (and their families) in hospitals to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness and disability. Her work is often done through play and self-expression activities. Wyatt and Bella often visit the same patients. “It’s good for her to keep her skills up. If I’m going to see a patient and if she’s allowed in – the doctors have to OK it – then she comes in with me,” says Wyatt. “Not every dog can do this work. Bella’s very laid back. She loves being with the kids and they relate to her. “Maybe it’s because they have a dog at home, or they just like dogs, but having her there makes them feel better.” Sometimes the therapy sessions end with the patients pampering Bella. “They often give her treats and, like most chihuahuas, she likes cuddling up on the bed

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Leora Wildi shares some quality time with Bella, a therapy dog, in the Pediatrics Unit at UHNBC on Thursday. and keeping warm. She serves as a distraction for the children. When they’re with Bella, they’re thinking about her – not the tests they’re going to have, the needle they’re getting or how sick they feel. She calms them and keeps them focused on other things.” Interestingly, Bella is a rescue dog from Washington state and although she’s small with a placid personality, she can “howl like a coyote,” says her owner. Thursday, Bella is on the ward, cheering up youngsters in their hospital beds and wheelchairs and brightening the day of hospital staff. People have joked that

Bella should sign in for her shift with her own paw print. Leora Wildi, 16, says Bella is a big comfort for her. “She makes me feel more relaxed and calmer,” says Leora, as she strokes Bella under the chin. (Bella is mostly hidden under the bed sheets.) “I know many children here benefit from having her around.” Leora’s mother agrees. “For a dog as small as Bella, she provides a huge amount of healing, especially for children who are chronically ill. She helps take the child out of their situation, even for a short time, and

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Scarlett Jane plays tonight For the past few years, Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire have led separate and successful solo careers. Indeed, with hundreds of shows and thousands of miles behind them, they are true road warriors. Last year, at a music convention, they launched Scarlett Jane, their joint venture. Six months later, they’re ready to launch Stranger, their debut CD. Produced at Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed Studios in Toronto by Stew Crookes, the new CD is “radio-friendly” and fast gaining support. Ramolo, a 2011 Canadian Folk Awards nominee, is the queen of booking her own appearances. For the last three years she’s performed over 150 shows a year from Newfoundland to Haida Gwaii and into the U.S. Doire is an award-winning and bilingual singer and songwriter from Timmins who has also criss-crossed the country half a dozen times and toured in Mexico and Spain. She’s built up a strong following with her French songs in Quebec and in France. Scarlett Jane’s CD Stranger includes a stellar line up of musical talent. Guitarist Greg Cockerill, drummer Gary Craig and bassist Ryan Weber, among others, provide a powerful bedrock for the duo’s bold and engaging songs. Scarlett Jane plans lots more touring. After the Vancouver date, they will be traveling to Alberta before returning for Ontario and Quebec dates and a run through Atlantic Canada. Then they play the Dauphin Country Music Festival in Manitoba and the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia before heading back to Alberta for the South Country Fair. Roots duo Scarlett Jane plays Nancy O’s Restaurant on Friday, May 25. Show starts at 8 p.m.

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The Canadian Association for Photographic Art presents In Search of a Better Photograph with Allen P. Bargen. The renowned photographer’s presentation comes to Prince George on Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The presentation will appeal to those members of CAPA clubs who would like some guidance on how to make their images better in field, rather than via post-processing. It does not teach camera fundamentals and does not show anyone how to turn on their camera, but it does deal with the mysteries of the esoteric values of imagery like light and shadow, via simple and easily understood explanation. Through example we step through the fun-

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New partnership aimed at First Nations Accord designed to provide more efficient and culturally appropriate services The Northern Regional Health Caucus, interim First Nations Health Authority and Northern Health have signed the historic Northern Partnership Accord that opens new doors for cooperation and planning to improve health outcomes for northern First Nations. The Accord lays the groundwork for innovations in health service delivery and the creation of a more integrated, culturally appropriate, safe, and effective health system. “The Northern Partnership Accord is a forward-thinking document that we will see in the future as a turning point in the creation of a more effective health service delivery system for First Nations in Northern BC,” said Warner Adam of the Northern Regional Health Caucus. “The mutual cooperation and willingness to work together between partners with the goal of improving the lives of our First Nations communities made this Accord a success.” Included in the agreement is the development of a joint Northern

Health and Northern First Nations Health and Wellness Committee and Plan that will identify the health needs of First Nations in the North, find solutions, and use measurable indicators to track its success. The Northern Partnership Accord acknowledges the right of self-governance for each First Nation, and the partnership between Northern Health, the interim First Nations Health Authority and the North Regional Health Caucus to close the gaps and remove barriers to accessing and improving services. First Nations in Northern B.C. face distinct health service challenges with many remote communities spread out over a vast area of land. The North includes almost two-thirds of B.C.’s land base and has the highest proportion of Aboriginal people in any region of the province. Statistics have shown that health indicator gaps are larger for First Nations in the North than the rest of the province, along with facing unique issues related to social determinants of health in areas such as housing, education and Ask economic factors. about our “Northern Health ONE DIGITAL has a commitment to HOUR high-quality services PROGRESSIVE OPTICAL a populationLENSES Spruceland Mall 250.564.0095 and health approach,” said Pine Centre Mall 250.564.0047 Cathy Ulrich, CEO of Northern Health.

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Nations and positively impact ment on First Nation Health all residents of the North,” said Governance, and Regional SumMarjorie McCrae, Northern mary of Governance DiscusRegional Health Caucus rep- sions 2011: Summary of feedresentative. “First Nations in back from Northern Regional Northern B.C. Caucus and face some very Health PartFree Press unique chalnerships Worklenges in the book 2011. Northern Regional health care sys“ N o r t h Health, interim First tem, but this ern Health Nations Health Authority, Accord is a great is commitexample of the and Northern Health have ted to providannounced the signing positive working integrated of the historic Northern ing relationand accessible Partnership Accord ship we have health services and the bright to all people in Northern B.C.,” BC future ahead.” said Charles This Accord builds on sev- Jago, chair of the Northern eral key provincial and regional Health Board of Directors. documents including the Trans- “This relationship provides the formative Change Accord: First framework for us to work in Nations Health Plan, Tripartite partnership with First Nations First Nations Health Plan, Con- on long-term solutions to health sensus Paper: British Colum- care needs.” bia First Nations Perspectives Northern Health is divided on a new Health Governance into three Health Service DelivArrangement, British Columbia ery Areas of the Northeast, Tripartite Framework Agree- Northern Interior, and Northwest, similar to the three sub-regions the Northern Caucus has organized around. Northern Health proThe Carefree Society, a not-for-profit registered charity, has been vides health services providing handyDART bus service to Prince George residents to 300,000 people over requiring assistance for over 40 years. an area of 600,000 We rely on your generous support for raising funds to purchase square kilometers in new buses as old ones are retired from service, and to maintain our the province of British standards of safety and service. Columbia with over 7,000 employees. The up-coming Annual General Meeting June 21st will be an excellent The Northern opportunity for you to show your support for this worthwhile Regional Health endeavour. The board of directors is always pleased Caucus is composed to welcome new directors. If you are interested and representative of in accepting our invitation to join us, please call Northern First Nations the Carefree Society at 250-562-1394. and serves as the regional planning and And - Welcome Aboard! engagement forum for Carefree Society First Nations health in 2832 Queensway St. the region through the Prince George, BC V2L 4M5 interim First Nations Charitable Tax Number 11883-8358-RP001 Health Authority.

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It’s time to bike to work or school LAURA SAPERGIA Special to Free Press

Have you dusted your bike off and taken it out for a spin yet this season? What about using your bike to run errands? Ever considered biking to work to save hundreds of dollars in gas, parking and vehicle maintenance? If so, Bike to Work & School Week is the event for you. Biking is fun. Cycling feels good. It really is that simple. We bike to school, to work, and to the store; in short, we bike everywhere! We do it for sport, for health, and for transportation too. Getting somewhere far from your house on your own steam is empowering, fun, and exciting. Every day we see more and more people starting to commute to work and school on their bikes. During last year’s Bike to Work & School Week there were over 75 teams registered and 600 cyclists participating. This year marks Prince George’s fourth annual Bike to Work & School Week and it is shaping up to be the best one yet. What is Bike to Work & School Week? It is a global event started by communities in response to health risks due to inactivity and vehicle

pollution. Here in B.C., the event is organized by 23 different communities from Prince George to Powell River from May 28 to June 3. Bike to Work Week is growing, and why not? Many businesses are proud to sponsor the challenge, many organizations volunteer to host an event station, and many citizens love to cycle, all because it feels good. It’s great to see others biking and being seen biking is a validating experience. Ultimately, we want to see that what we do makes a difference in people’s lives and in the place we live. If that’s not enough motivation for you, maybe the thousands of dollars in prize giveaways with provide the extra motivation you need. Planned events for Bike to Work & School Week include a free kick-off breakfast at City Hall on Monday morning, a $500 cash giveaway at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday and many more events in between. Every time a participating cyclist stops by a station, they can enter their name in a draw for $300 in bike shop gift certificates, and each commute they log on bicycle increases their workplace team’s chances of winning the grand prize: a bike rack installation in the location of their choice. Cyclists showing their participant

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Ed Hoffman and Cathy McConaghy were two of the more than 600 participants in Bike to Work Week last year in Prince George. stickers will also receive free transit during the week, to make commuting to and from distant areas a little easier. As always, we are working to make Bike to Work Week in P.G. more inclusive and are looking for cyclists to join the ‘Retired Bikers’ team, our ‘Home-Based Bikers’ team, and the

‘Unemployed Workers Union’ as well as all the regular workplace and school teams. This year, we are also pleased to announce our new school programs, including Bike Rodeos for kids and the Dry Grad Challenge where high school grad classes can register a team and compete for a donation to

their school’s Dry Grad event. For more information contact: BiketoWorkPG@gmail.com or go directly to www.biketowork.ca to register your workplace or school team, see our sponsor list, and find more reasons to bike to work next week. Laura Sapergia is the coordinator for the Prince George Bike to Work Week.

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Bike to Work & School Week is returning to Prince George for the fourth year in a row, and the event is bigger than ever. Hosted by the Prince George Cycling Club and supported by more than a dozen community partners, Bike to Work & School Week runs May 28 to June 3 across the province to encourage a fun and healthy commute to work, school, or play. This year’s event offers more than 10 ‘Celebration Station’ pit stops through the course of the week and thousands of dollars in prizes for participants. To be eligible, cyclists need only sign up online and log their cycling activity during the week “The event is designed to challenge commuters to leave their cars at home and pedal to work or school, and is designed especially for new and beginning cyclists who benefit from all the extra support,” says coordinator Laura Sapergia. This year, there are several new programs for student commuters as well. Bike to Work Week has partnered with the Prince George Brain Injured Group to provide Bike Rodeos for youth – a basic bicycle skills course for elementary and middle school aged children. Bike to Work and School Week is also hosting a challenge for the high school grad classes, offering a $200 prize to support the Dry Grad of the grad class with the highest cycling participation rate during the week. “Last year we had 76 teams and over 600 cyclists participate. Our goal for this year is to reach 100 teams,” adds Sapergia. Unlike many other physical activity challenges, Bike to Work and School Week does not require participants to collect pledges or pay an

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children in Prince George have been able to participate in sports and recreation because of Jumpstart. Since 2005, Jumpstart has helped 439,383 kids across Canada by removing the financial barriers that prevent children from participating. YMCA Big Brothers and Sisters as well as Kidsport will be onsite, along with the Prince George Fire Rescue safety officers with their mascot Sparky and the RCMP Community Policing Group and their mascot Safety Dog. There will also be the GoClean car wash, balloon pop and table top games.

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Graduating Cariboo Cougars forward Brett Roulston has signed a standard Western Hockey League contract with the Prince George Cougars. The 17-year-old product of Whitehorse, Yukon is coming off a season in which he recorded 16 goals and 20 assists in 35 BC Hockey Major Midget League games. Roulston was originally in the Kamloops Blazers system before ongoing back problems kept him off the ice for the entire 2010-11 campaign. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward was added to the Cougars’ protected list in March.

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Recently named UNBC men’s soccer head coach Alan Alderson doesn’t know a lot about his new home. But he understands the position the university’s sports department is in, and the challenges facing the Northern Timberwolves as they look ahead to their first season in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. Alderson, a 47-year-old from the Fraser Valley, has experienced this transition before. He coached men’s soccer at Trinity Western University from 1999 to 2009, a period which included the program’s successful entry into the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association from Canadian Interuniversity Sport in 2001. Alderson, introduced by UNBC in a release on Tuesday, also knows the circumstances are different. Although Canada West athletes enjoy the luxury of air travel, UNBC becomes Canada West’s most remote member, situated in a smaller northern city which endures long winters that limit the outdoor playing season to roughly half a year. On the other hand, the heavily populated Lower Mainland is home to more athletes and a climate mild enough that outdoor sports can run virtually year-round. At the same time, Alderson’s experience playing and coaching in Greater Vancouver could provide a boost. “I have a lot of connections back in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, and I’ve coached a lot of kids back there who are very good players,” he said. “I’m hoping to bring some of those kids up, who can add to the boys who are Prince George

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boys and from the surrounding area.” Alderson was hired out of Calgary, where he’s been working as the director of coaching for the NSD Soccer Club and Total Soccer Development. He also filled duties as the Alberta Soccer Association’s U-16 boys provincial coach. He moved to Calgary at the start of last October, intending to move back into a university soccer coaching role. Interviewed on campus late last month, Alderson said he was informed last week that he’d get hired. But UNBC had to finalize details before making an official announcement. He was among more than 35 people who applied for the men’s job. “It’s been fun selling the university before I’ve actually been on campus for more than just one day,” he said. UNBC, Mount Royal University and the University of Winnipeg are joining Canada West in men’s soccer this year. With the increase from eight to 11 teams, the CWUAA men’s soccer conference is splitting into two divisions, one for prairie teams and another for the B.C. squads. That means UNBC will see a 14-game unbalanced schedule in which it’ll play two games against each divisional opponent. The University of the Fraser Valley, Trinity Western University, UBC and the University of Victoria make up the rest of the division. Mount Royal and Winnipeg will join the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan and University of Lethbridge in the Prairie Division. Alderson knows wins won’t come easy. “We end up playing all of the

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Team Pacific staff has Cougar flavour Two members of the Prince George Cougars’ staff will see their duties extend beyond the Western Hockey League team in the 2012-13 campaign. Last week the Cougars announced that assistant coach Jason Becker and assistant general manager/ director of player personnel Wade Klippenstein will fill prominent roles with Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Quebec. Becker has been named the team’s head coach while Klippenstein is head scout of the squad. “I am honoured to be named the head coach of Team Pacific. It is a great opportunity to coach elite athletes at an elite event,” Becker stated in a press release. “The U-17 is a huge international tournament and I am very excited to be a part of it in this way.” Becker joined the Cougars in 2009, while Klippenstein was named the team’s director of player personnel the same year. Before taking on his current role, Klippenstein was on the Cats’ coaching staff, first as an assistant coach and then as their interim head coach through the second half of the 2008-09 season. “I’m excited to be a part of a very special program

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Sometimes numbers back up theories. It seems there have been more close games in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs than previous years and, as it turns out, this perception is not an illusion. With several games remaining, there have already been more one-goal games in 2012 than there were in all of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 playoffs. The 2011 playoffs had 48 games decided by one goal. There were 51 one-goal games in 2007 which is the most in the past 10 years. In fact, 46 of the first 78 post-season games this year have been decided by a single goal, and in eight other games, the two-goal margin of victory included an empty-netter. Conversely, blowout games (difference of three or more goals) have been rare; just 14 in comparison to 20 last year and 33 in 2010. There is just one year (2003) in the past 10 that saw fewer than 20 and that total was 17. The L.A. Kings dominance in the Western Conference is reflected in the stats. The Kings are 4-0 in one-goal games, 6-2 when the margin is two goals and 2-0 in blowouts. They have outscored their opponent 41-22. The New York Rangers had 12 of their first 18 games decided by one goal (They were 6-6). The

Relay tops $400,000 Canada’s only 24-hour Relay for Life set a record Sunday. The 20th annual event, held Saturday and Sunday at Masich Place Stadium, raised at least $420,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. “That’s an amazing amount of money,” said team lead Helen Owen in a press release. “We rely on that money to provide the programs and services of the Canadian Cancer Society and we’re helping to make a difference.” The amount raised is expected to grow in the next couple of weeks, as donations are still being accepted, Allan WISHART/Free Press either online at www.relaybc.ca or at Seven-year-old Jameson Jones carried the the office at 300-500 Victoria St. sign for his team during the Survivor Lap Last year, the Relay for Life total which started the 20th anniversary Relay for was announced at $386,000 and Life at Masich Place Stadium on Saturday finished at $400,000. morning. This year, more than 140 teams and 1,600 participants were registeam under the leadership of Trevor Pattered, including 17 people who signed up to enaude. Allnorth captain Tyler Neilson said walk for the full 24 hours. the competition was definitely friendly. The top individual fundraiser was Sarah “Trevor and I exchanged ideas all year. We O’Donnell, from Team Canadian Tire, who worked hard to get each other’s team farther raised $5,990.31. The top youth fundraiser as well as our own teams, and it was just was Ashley Clarke, of Ashley’s Angels, with exceptional.” $3,170.86. The top family team fundraiser Honorary chair Jim Vanderploeg, who was Deere’s Dough$ 4 Buck$, which raised helped organize the first Relay for Life in $10,999.36. 1993, then known as the Romp ‘n’ Stomp, In the corporate category, the Allnorth made it clear at the closing ceremonies that Allstars and Finning Fighters waged a tight this was just the beginning. battle to see who could pull in the most “The bar has been set very high for donations. In the end, Allnorth came up with next year. Please continue the fight, and $27,394.69, just ahead of Finning’s we look forward to seeing you in $25,041.22. Finning was a first2013.”

totals for the other Conference finalists is paramount. include: Phoenix 6-4 and New Jersey • Goaltending is everything: The 5-2 in one-goal games. Rangers are just another team without With these tight games, the imporHenrik Lundqvist. tance of the first goal is magnified as • Power-play stats, while important, the team that has scored first is 53-25 are overrated: The Kings are operating (68 per cent). at 8.1 per cent, the second lowest of 16 Home ice has not been a factor as playoff teams. Florida was at 33.3 per road teams are 43-35. The visitors have cent and Pittsburgh at 31 per cent and also won 14 of the 22 overtime games. both were eliminated in the first round. In the 13 completed Philadelphia at 35.7 per cent series, four have gone leads the league but were the full seven games, two bounced handily in round Hart went six games, six were two. The Kings on the other Beat completed in five and hand have been superb on there was one sweep (L.A. the penalty kill at 91.2 per HARTLEYMILLER over St. Louis). cent. By the way, the Rang• Faceoff win percentage ers are trying to make history. Since the has little relevance: New Jersey, LA and Stanley Cup went to a best of seven for- the Rangers are the three lowest teams mat in 1987 for all four rounds, no team among all playoff teams at 48.5 per cent has won Lord Stanley’s Mug after havor less. ing to go the full seven games in each • Suspense ends after two periods: of the first two rounds. No team has The Kings, Rangers and Devils are all won the Cup after playing more than 100 per cent when leading after 40 min18 games in the first three rounds. The utes of play. Six other eliminated teams Rangers are already at 19 and counting. also had not lost when up after two. The stats also confirm that L.A.’s While the aforementioned informaJonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist tion may be interesting, it really isn’t of the Rangers (not necessarily in that surprising. Most of that data can be order) have been the best goalies. applied to every year. We know in Here are some conclusions: advance the first goal is crucial, home •Pre-playoff seedings mean nothing: ice is not, having the lead after two No. 8 L.A. is proof of that. periods is a virtual lock and nothing is •It doesn’t matter where the game more important than goaltending. is played: Even in crucial Game 7s, the In other words, we have learned home team is just 2-2. nothing. So why then are we shocked • Because most games are low-scoryear in and year out when a team like ing and decided by a goal, the first goal L.A. comes out of the woodwork to make an impressive run? After all, they meet the criteria as much as anyone. It all comes down to numbers never seem to lie and that well-known cliché that the more things change, the more they stay the same. HOW TO PLAY: FROM THE QUOTE RACK: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3 x 3 box contains the A jersey worn by Babe numbers 1 through 9 only once. Ruth sold for $4.4 million. Each 3 x 3 box is outlined with a darker line. You already have a few Apparently it still has a numbers to get you started. Remember: you must not repeat the numbers mark on it from when the 1 through 9 in the same line, column or 3 x 3 box. Babe was hit by a pitch from Jamie Moyer. Answer can be found in classifieds. PUZZLE NO. 347 “I’ll Have Another” won the Preakness, putting himself in position to win horse racing’s first Triple Crown in 34 years. Or as Maple Leafs fans say “Only Yesterday.” Contributor Janice Hough of Palo Alto, Calif. (www.leftcoastsportsbabe.com) And in case you missed it: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. They have already left for their honeymoon in Farmville. Comedy writer TC Chong of Vancouver (alwaysfunny.com/) Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. He also writes for the Opinion 250. Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to hmiller@94xfm.com.


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For most judokas in Prince George, the 2011-12 competition schedule has been done for weeks. But for a group of 13, the biggest thrill of the year is still ahead. While the majority of athletes who compete in the sport are into their offseason, members of Prince George’s three judo clubs who qualified for nationals this summer have started training together. The Prince George Judo Club has welcomed members of the North Capital Judo Club and Hart Judo Academy to its training facility on Fourth Avenue. They’ve been practicing together on Monday and Tuesday evenings since the beginning of May, preparing for the 2012 Judo Canada national championships scheduled for July 5 to 8 in Toronto. “They’re going really well. It’s a great opportunity for kids to work together with kids who are trying to achieve the same goals,” Prince George Judo Club head instructor Aline Strasdin said. “At this time of the year, some of them are looking for a break. But this group of kids, they’re still heading for their peak to get ready for Toronto, so they’re all still very motivated.” With seven members competing, the Hart has the highest number of athletes entering nationals. They are: Grace Northrop (U15 girls’ minus-48 kg), Byron Laass (U15 boys’ minus-42 kg), Melissa Nelson (U17 girls’ minus-52 kg), Lavanna

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Members of Prince George’s three judo clubs have been training together in preparation for the Judo Canada national championships July 5 to 8 in Toronto. They include: (back row, left to right) Chris Grilz, Nathaniel Hirvi, Brandon Slooyer, Quinn Clemas and Kristen Yawney; (front row, left to right) Grace Northrop, Connor Slooyer, Kyle Wilkinson and Taylor Schaus. Four other Prince George judokas are competing in the event: Byron Laass, Lavanna Laass, Melissa Nelson and Brendan Bellavance. Laass (U17 girls’ minus57 kg), Chris Grilz (U17 boys’ minus-60 kg), Nathanial Hirvi (U17 boys’ minus-60 kg) and Brendan Bellavance (U17 boys’ minus-81 kg). Four members of the Prince George Judo Club will head to Toronto: Taylor Schaus (U15 boys’ minus-34 kg), Kyle Wiilkinson (U15 boys’ minus-50 kg), Kristen Yawney (U17 girls’ minus-70 kg) and Quinn Clemas (U20 men’s minus-81 kg). Slooyer brothers Brandon (U17 boys’ minus-73 kg) and Connor (U15 boys’ minus-46 kg) from the North Capital club are also entering nationals. Another member of the Hart club, Juliana Bergstrom (U15 girls’ minus-57 kg), qualified, but has decided not to compete in Toronto. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had this many kids qualify so it’s been great,” Stras-

din said. “They’ve done very well provincially and it’s nice to send a lot of people to the nationals.” For a few judokas entering their first nationals, they’ve been battling nerves as they look ahead to their biggest competition. “I just hope to do well against some girls from other provinces that I haven’t fought before,” said Northrop, a 13-year-old who’s trained at the Hart for a few years. Connor, 12, said he’s been working on a variety of judo exercises. He’s had the benefit of family encouragement, from Brendan and their father Fred. A competitive judoka, Fred won gold in judo at the 2009 World Police and Fire Games in the Lower Mainland. “My dad and my brother help me with conditioning, and definitely my brother helps me with more of the

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of the Year in 2003, Alderson led the Trinity Western Spartans to three national championship medals (silver in 2008 and 2006, and bronze in 2005). His other soccer coaching experience includes a three-year tenure in the National Christian College Athletic Association guiding the women’s team at Indiana Wesleyan University, and one season with the University of the Fraser Valley women’s squad in 2010. Alderson’s experience on the pitch is backed by a solid academic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Coaching Studies at the University of Victoria, a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at Trinity Western, a diploma in Coaching Studies and coaching credentials from P hoto submitted national governing bodies in Alan Alderson is looking forward to guiding the UNBC men’s Canada and the U.S. One of Alderson’s fondest socsoccer team in its first Canada West season.

cer memories came as a player. While competing professionally as a midfielder for the Canadian Soccer League’s Calgary Kickers in the late 80s, he travelled to Vancouver to play the Whitecaps. He played right back in the game, with an assignment of defending all-star Ivor Evans. “I was against the best player in the league in Vancouver in front of 5,000 fans and it was incredibly stressful,” he said. “But I played a great game so it was a lot of fun and Ivor didn’t score any goals so my job was accomplished.” Alderson begins filling the role of UNBC men’s soccer head coach on June 4. He’s relocating to Prince George with his wife Tricia and their two children, 14-year-old Matthew and 12-year-old Kaitlyn.

WOMEN’S SOCCER UNBC continues to close in on securing the head coach of the

women’s soccer team. Kerswill said on Tuesday an announcement would be made within the next week or two. The UNBC women’s soccer team will see a different fall schedule than their male counterparts. With 13 teams in the Canada West women’s division, UNBC will play a 12-game schedule in which they see each opponent once. The division includes all of the same universities as the men’s conference, in addition to the University of Regina and University of Manitoba. With different schedules, both teams will have different homeopening weekends, the women on Sept. 15 and 16 and men on Sept. 22 and 23. They’ll open on the road during the Sept. 7 to 9 weekend. “It’ll be a very exciting September for the soccer community in Prince George to get to see some of the best talent in Western Canada,” Kerswill said.

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Dan Gallo’s collection of arm-wrestling hardware continues to pile up. After winning the 176-pound right- and left-arm divisions at the B.C. championships in Kelowna on Sunday, he listed his total number of provincial titles at nine. The experience also has the 27-year-old Prince George product more confident. “This was by far the easiest time I’ve ever had,” he said. Gallo said he wasn’t seriously tested in Kelowna, despite seeing several different opponents. He noted that he never lost a match. “The biggest thing for me has been my hands. They’re really strong now, really solid,” he said. “I don’t have much for squeezing power, but my hands don’t open up. I’ve been doing what Vern (Martel, former national arm wrestling champion) told me and it works good.” Martel stepped away from the Prince George arm-wrestling scene after relocating to Alberta a couple of years ago. The move left Gallo as his own personal trainer. He has a gym at home he’s been exercising in. “I’m training five days a week, usually on an average of two to three hours a day,”

Gallo said. Although he may be his own coach most of the time, Gallo trains occasionally with fellow Prince George arm wrestler Brian Gabriel. Gabriel also competed in Kelowna, finishing second in a heavyweight division. With more success, Gallo has set the bar higher for himself. He’s hoping to win both divisions in this year’s Canadian Arm Wrestling Federation national championships, scheduled for June 29 to July 2 in Vancouver. A first- or second-place result at nationals would qualify Gallo for the 2012 World Championships, slated for Sept. 9 to 17 in Brazil. Gallo noted that Manitoba’s Michael Barrett is expected to compete in Vancouver. He’s looking forward to an opportunity to try and top Barrett, who defeated Gallo in 165-pound right- and left-arm categories at the 2010 nationals in Winnipeg. Last year, Gallo ended up well short of qualifying for Worlds in Khazakstan after disappointing results at the nationals in Ottawa. He noted that he dislocated his left wrist during the national tournament, leaving him with only one good arm. Gallo finished sixth at the 2010 Worlds in Mesquite, Nev.,

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Do you think you may have a problem with Alcohol? Alcohol Anonymous, Box 1257, Prince George, BC V2L 4V5 Call 250-564-7550 NECHAKO RIVER FLOW FACTS May 23, 2012 Reservoir Elevation: 850.79m

(2791.33 ft) SLS Discharge: 225 m3/s Cheslatta Falls: 225 m3/s Nautley River: 139 m3/s Vanderhoof: 450 m3/s Isle Pierre: 681 m/s Flow in the Nechako River at Vanderhoof is below target level due to very dry conditions over the past few weeks and lower than forecast Nautley River discharge. Spillway discharge will be maintain at the current level in anticipation that warm weather in the next few weeks that may increase inflow to the Nechako River. For more information please call Rio Tinto Alcan at 250-567-5105. A recording of Flow Facts is available 24-hours in Vanderhoof at 567-5812

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Education/Trade Schools Food Safety is EVERYBODY’S Business

Food Handlers • Volunteers Care Givers • In Home Now accepting registration:

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FoodSafe Level 1 Saturday June 2nd Saturday July 7th Saturday August 4th CLASSES TAUGHT AT 7:45AM TO 5PM

Group Rates Available

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ABC Foodsafe School www.abcfoodsafe.com Member of: info@abcfoodsafe.com

Fax: 250-563-2572

250-563-2585

Help Wanted An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. Dana Mandi EAST INDIAN RESTAURANT REQUIRES: 2 full-time Chefs, 40 hrs per week, $17/hr min 2 yrs exp. 1 Food server supervisor 40 hrs per week $18/hr. Must speak Hindi or Punjabi & English. Drop resume @ 2095 5th Ave. or email: nijjerb@hotmail.com

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.

• OILFIELD CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISORS • OILFIELD CONSTRUCTION LEAD HANDS • STAINLESS AND CARBON WELDERS • B PRESSURE WELDERS • PIPEFITTERS • EXPERIENCED PIPELINE EQUIPMENT OPERATORS • EXPERIENCED OILFIELD LABOURERS • INDUSTRIAL PAINTERS • 7 - 30TONNE PICKER TRUCK OPERATOR WITH CLASS 1 H2S Alive (Enform), St John (Red Cross) Standard First Aid and In House D&A test, are required. Please submit resume to hr@alstaroc.com or fax to 780-865-5829.

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HEAVY HAULING (1990 LTD)

requires a full time Fleet Supervisor. For full details and to apply please visit our website at: www.larrysheavyhauling.ca. email: nmyers.larrys@telus.net

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

Project Administrator (6 month contract) Full Time

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 www.pgnfc.com (click on Join Our Team / Careers).

General Purpose The Northern Supportive Recovery Society is a non-profit organization that aims to open a twenty five bed recovery centre for women in Northern British Columbia.

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to:

This is a six month contract position that reports to the Board of Directors.

Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: employment@pgnfc.com 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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We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization:

Closing date: June 1, 2012 at 4 pm

Is looking to fill the following positions:

Small home decor and gift shop business for sale on 4th Ave, Prince George Reasonably priced. 250-963-9344

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Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program Two (2) Support Workers

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ABC Communications is seeking a self motivated individual to join our team as a Telecommunications Technician in our Prince George, BC ofÀce. As part of our growing team you will be responsible for Telephony design, programming, cabling repairs, monitoring and management of systems. Successful candidates will have a Telephony and/or IT background along with strong organizational, customer service and sales skills. CISCO, Toshiba, VoIP and general Telephony skills an asset. This is a full time position and requires some weekend and evening work. Willing to train junior candidates.

Resumes can be emailed to: jobs@abccomm.com or dropped off at 502 – 4th Avenue Attn: Garry Robertson by 4 pm, June 4th Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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The position is responsible for assisting the Board Officers in the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of specific projects ensuring consistency with the organizations strategy, commitments and goals. Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities • lead the planning and implementation of projects • define project tasks and resource requirements • plan and schedule project timelines • track project deliverables using appropriate tools • provide direction and support to the project team • present reports defining project progress, problems and solutions • implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs Education and Experience • experience in project management or equivalent • knowledge of project management techniques and tools • direct work experience in project management capacity • proven experience in people management • proven experience in strategic planning • proven experience in change management • proficient in project management software Key Competencies • critical thinking and problem solving skills • planning and organizing • decision-making skills • communication skills • influencing and leading • delegation • team work • negotiation • conflict management • adaptability • stress tolerance Please send a resume and cover letter to NSRCW@live.ca Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview, A list of qualified candidates may be retained to fill future vacancies. The deadline for applications is June 3th 2012


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Help Wanted Fully Certified Spa & Salon

Eloquence Spa in Williams Lake is looking fo r an experienced stylist, esthetician and nail tech. Email resumes to jc@eloquencespa.ca or drop off at 180 Yorston Street. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

WEST FRASER Williams Lake Plywood Division

Certified Millwright

Career Opportunities

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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.

Williams Lake Plywood, a Division of West Fraser, has an opening for a Certified Millwright. Candidates must hold an Interprovincial Certificate and knowledge of Hydraulic and PLC equipment would be an asset. This is an hourly position and United Steelworkers benefits and wage rates apply. To explore this opportunity with us, submit your resume before June 22, 2012 to the Human Resources Department, Williams Lake Plywood, A Division of West Fraser, PO Box 4509, Williams Lake, BC V2G 2V5. Fax: 250-398-6535, email: angie.antrim@westfraser.com. We thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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 SALARY: $20.00 HOURS: 10 - 15 hours per week START: June 15, 2012 CLOSING DATE: May 25, 2012 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested applicants should EMAIL their resume to cupe4951@shaw.ca We thank all candidates for their interest; but only those selected for an interview 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 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: sbcjobs@hotmail.ca 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 S.M. Quennell Trucking in Cranbrook is looking for log truck drivers based in Cranbrook. Full time work, home every night. Excellent medical, dental, pension benefits, etc. Wages competitive with union rates. Fax resume to (250)426-4610 or call (250)426-6853

Trades, Technical Production Supervisor - Burns Lake, BC Pinnacle Renewable Energy requires a Production Supervisor at its Burns Lake plant location. He or she will focus on leading the production teams of approximately 10 people to achieve and exceed targets in safety, quality, and cost. The ideal candidate will have management experience and expertise in a manufacturing environment. Preference will be given to those with a background in Lean Manufacturing and Maintenance. Pinnacle Pellet offers competitive salary packages, a positive work environment, and career advancement opportunities. For more information on this position see www.pinnaclepellet.com To apply please send your resume to: E-mail: hr@pinnaclepellet.com No Phone Inquiries Accepted – Closing date June 5, 2012.

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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: hr@pinnaclepellet.com. No Phone Inquiries Accepted Closing date June 15, 2012

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P & D LOGGING Operations in Grand Forks BC is looking an experienced Feller Buncherman, as well as Experienced Lim-mit Processor Operator plus Logging Truck Mechanic/Welder all positions are F/T with Benefits. call Gerry 250-469-1695 or Dan 250-469-1694 after 6 pm. Or email Resume to: management@pdlogging.ca.

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

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Trades, Technical 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.

Services

Alterations/ Dressmaking Will do sewing, hemming, alterations & mending. Prompt reliable service. Call (250)964-9141

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Millwrights • Electricians Heavy Duty Mechanic • Labourers Maintenance Planner/Supervisor Cariboo Region, BC

Tolko Industries Ltd. is a forest products company with manufacturing operations throughoutWestern Canada. As industry leaders in world markets we focus on a safe work environment, sustainable business practices. Our Cariboo Region manufacturing operations are always looking for employees who thrive on a dynamic and challenging environment and who seek opportunities for growth and development. For more on our exciting company, go to www.tolko.com. We offer competitive compensation packages and in some cases, we will consider relocation packages. To Join Us As We Grow Please Apply Today, Attn: Shannon Smith Fax: (1)250-398-3909 or Email: Shannon.Smith@tolko.com or at Tolko 180 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 3P6

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Tolko Industries Ltd. is a forest products company with manufacturing operations throughout Western Canada. As industry leaders in world markets we focus on a safe work environment, sustainable business practices. Our Williams Lake manufacturing operations are always looking for employees who thrive on a dynamic and challenging environment and who seek opportunities for growth and development. For more on our exciting company, go to www.tolko.com. We offer competitive compensation packages and in some cases, we will consider relocation packages. To Join Us As We Grow Please Apply Today, Attn: Betty Engemoen Human Resources Coordinator 180 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, B.C. V2G 3P6 Phone: 250 392.3371 • Fax: 250.398.3909 Email: betty.engemoen@tolko.com We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview ill be contacted.


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Pets

Garden & Lawn

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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Handypersons

Home Improvements

Apt/Condo for Rent

Rentals

GARDEN ROTO-TILLING $35 AND UP 250-964-6386

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

$500 & Under 10 hp Sears 27” Snow blower. (250)612-1247

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.

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Rentals

Misc. for Sale

Legal Services

Contractors

Rentals

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

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Merchandise for Sale

Heavy Duty Machinery

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PUREBRED MAREMMA PUPPIES FOR SALE! asking $350 Great Guardian Dogs Perfect for protecting livestock and yard against predators (especially wolves & coyotes). Very friendly towards people and they DO NOT WANDER

250-706-7202 250-395-0832

Midtowne

• 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available • Close to hospital & downtown • Rent includes heat, hot water • Elevator to undercover parking • Fridge, stove, quality carpets, drapes • Laundry on each floor • No pets

Landscaping

HARDWOOD MANOR APTS Under New Management! 1 & 2 bdrm suites Heat & Hot water included.

1575 Queesway 250-596-9484

VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446

Commercial/ Industrial

HILLSBOROUGH Apts 3820 - 15th Ave

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

Phone 250-596-4555

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

Call: (250) 562-7172

Parklane Garden Apartments 461 N. Ospika Blvd. Solid Brick & Conc. Bldg. Enjoy Quiet & Safe Living.

Adult Oriented 2 & 3 bdrm. Large Balcony & Patio’s Incl. Cbl, Heat, Lrg. Stor Fr/St/DW - N/S N/P Call Resident Mgr.

250-561-2236 www.parklanegarden.com

Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL A T • RE Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT 7 BAY SHOP In the Gateway BIA. 1795 Victoria St. 3,400 sq ft. Office and customer space. www.primexproperties.com

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www.pgfreepress.com 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

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Property Management RESIDENT MANAGER NEEDED

for large apartment building in Prince George. Ideal position for responsible couple. Bookkeeping, sales and maintenance skills an asset. Send resumes with references to: Majestic Management (1981) Ltd., #800-299 Victoria St., Prince George, BC, V2L 5B8

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Rooms for Rent

Cars - Domestic

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

‘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

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2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI Manual, I-4 Turbo, Keyless Entry, PW, PL, PM Sunroof, Heated Seats and much more! Only 59,000 km Sale $21,500 Hub City Motors 1822 Queensway 250.564.7228 www.hubcitymotors.com

Shared Accommodation Professional male seeks roommate. Sep. suite,semi furnished, shared kitchen, $385 plus 1/2 utilities 250-564-1550

Transportation

Recreational/Sale 2011 18’ Creekside Trailer. A/C, elec awning, Loaded. $16,000 OBO 250-596-4145

Auto Services

22’ 2006 Salem LE travel trailer. Sleeps 4, like brand new. Can be viewed at 1310 Kellogg Ave. 250-564-8267

DIRECT AUTOMOTIVE CARE & REPAIR 1615 S. LYON ST. 250-563-5959

FOR SALE (Reduced), 2005 27ft travel trailer, great condition inside and out, asking $10,500 obo, (778)415-0335

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Garage Sales

NOW HIRING O’Brien & Fuerst Logging Ltd. is a logging company in Port Clements, BC looking for responsible people to fill a variety of jobs as follows:

(on and off highway)

Loader Operators Excavator Operators Skidder Operators Mechanics

Spring Cleanup and/or seasonal Lawn maintenance by Viking Landscape Gravel / Leaf removal, dethatch, aerate, fertilize, prune, mow / trim 552.9294 / 564.1733

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Briarwood Apts. 1330/80 Foothills Blvd. 1 & 2 Bdrm suites 250-561-1571

Phone 250-563-2221

Feller Buncher Operators Processor Operators Log Truck Drivers

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

Misc Services

Bach $500, 1 bdr. $570, 2 bdr. $650; heat, h/w incl., 1601 Queensway; 250-596-4275 250-301-0664

Pine Grove Apts Clean bach, 1 & 2 bdrm apts Student & other incentives No Dogs

Transportation

Garage Sales

250-561-1447 GATEWAY MANOR 2080 20th Ave. Clean, quiet bldg with security entrance. No pets, spacious 1 & 2 bdrm suites . Resident mgr 250-5619397.

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

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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.

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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

USED TIRES Cars & Trucks $25 & up

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WANTED 1 University or College student Full time temporary available for the summer. The applicant must be full time student who will be returning to school full time in the fall. The position is for our Summer Day Camp program. Priority will be given to students who are pursuing education/early childhood education, arts, sports/leisure programs at college or university. They will work in compliment with another student.

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LEGAL NOTICE No. 1240905 Prince George Registry In the Provincial Court of British Columbia In the case between: Margaret Matilda Patrick And: Avatar Taylor & Samantha Nicole Patrick And Pursuant to the May 17, 2012 Order of Substitutional Service made by The Honourable Judge R.W. Callan of the Provincial Court of British Columbia TO: DAMIAN TAYLOR, also known as AVATAR TAYLOR TAKE NOTICE that an application has been ¿led by Margaret Matilda Patrick seeking an order of joint custody in relation to your child, Gage Enrique L’Hirondelle, born April 17, 2012 (the “Child”). The application is scheduled to be heard on June 7, 2012.

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The particulars of the application which will be heard on June 7, 2012 are as follows: 1.Margaret Matilda Patrick seeks interim joint custody of the Child with the mother Samantha Patrick. 2.Margaret Matilda Patrick seeks interim joint guardianship of the Child with the mother Samantha Patrick. If you intend to take part in the hearing of this matter, you should attend court on June 7, 2012. You should also ¿le a Reply to the Application setting out your position. If you wish to obtain a full copy of the present Application as well as a blank Reply, you may attend at the Court registry at 250 George Street, Prince George, BC, or you may attend the law of¿ces of Jon M. Duncan at 251 George Street, Prince George, BC.

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