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Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman wanted on B.C.-wide warrants. Carrie Ann Eisert was wanted on the warrants as of 3:30 p.m. May 25. She is described as being a Caucasian female, five feet, four inches tall, and weighing 106 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Williams Lake RCMP detachment at 250392-6211. Crime Stoppers also subscribes to web tips at www.bccrimestoppers.com.
Arty the Artwalker, Williams Lake’s Willie Dye, was on hand at the Children’s Festival Sunday in Boitanio Park promoting Art Walk, coming up Aug. 7 to Sept. 8 in downtown Williams Lake. Children’s Festival, put on by the Women’s Contact Society and copresented by Children First and Success by Six, featured entertainment, plays, bouncy castles, crafts, music and fun for hundreds of kids in the community throughout the day. To view a slide show of photos from the event, visit wltribune.com.
Ninety-hectare Riske Creek fire contained Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer
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A 90-hectare fire west of Riske Creek on Bald Mountain is 100 per cent contained. The fire grew to 50 hectares in size on Sunday. Fire retardant and two pieces of heavy equipment, coupled with the help of natural barriers, helped prevent the fire from growing overnight, Cariboo Fire Centre communications officer Jenny Fremlin says. However, the fire’s size was
upgraded to 90 hectares Monday afternoon. “Today (Monday) there are 25 Cariboo Fire Centre crew personnel, one response officer and 20 contract crew personnel, and one helicopter manning the fire. The fire is 30 per cent machine guarded — the two pieces of heavy equipment are working to build a fuel-free guard as a perimeter.” The cause is still under investigation at this time and Fremlin says it is not considered an interface fire,
meaning there are no homes nearby. A 47-hectare fire discovered at Siwash, west of Anaham, May 12 is out, and an 11-hectare fire discovered at Konni Lake on May 13 is also out. One 20-person unit crew and four single resources from the Cariboo Fire Centre are currently in Ontario assisting with fire suppression activities, and another single resource left for Quebec from Kamloops last week. Additionally, two 20-person unit
crews, and three single resources, left to Quebec from Prince George. “The personnel from the Cariboo Fire Centre already deployed and the ones leaving today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) are part of a larger contingency currently deployed or soon to be deployed out of province,” Fremlin says. “Sufficient resources remain to respond to any fires that may occur and we are continuously assessing the situation. Should it change, crews can be recalled within 24 hours.”
Paul St. Pierre receives honorary doctorate Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Paul St. Pierre is the first person to receive an honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake campus, an honour he received during the 2012 convocation held May 25. “It’s the first time we’ve given one out from this campus. It’s very significant,” TRU president and vicechancellor Dr. Alan Shaver told the Tribune. St. Pierre received two standing ovations — one when he received the doctorate and certificate, another
when he finished giving his address to the graduates. “His achievements have been both relative and appropriate to TRU. He embodies TRU’s commitment to community, diversity and citizenship. It gives TRU great pleasure to give Paul St. Pierre the degree of doctor of letters,” director Dr. Ray Sanders said after outlining St. Pierre’s numerous achievements as a journalist, author, former member of parliament, police commissioner, activist and television writer. It’s an honour to receive a doctorate from the university that represents the Chilcotin and Cariboo, St.
Pierre said as he pointed his remarks to the students. “You are the ones that are riding on the swinging gates of history,” he said. “That gate is swinging more rapidly than on many other occasions in history. It’s not enough to say they’re a new generation; of course they are. If there were no new generations we’d still be with William the Conqueror and the times before him.” This generation is facing a particular challenge — the days of muscular labour are gone for mankind, he suggested, saying it doesn’t matter if someone is as strong as two bulls.
“The same goes for your power of skills with your hands. That’s passed.” There are very few things now that humans can do as well as robots do, he said. “We’re being narrowed down to education, yes and no. Education is certainly going to be the next springboard into the new world we’re going into. I don’t know what that world is — don’t ask me. I’m not smart enough. But it is going to be very different than the world is now.” See ST. PIERRE Page A3
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Williams Lake city planning technician Liliana Dragowska chats with Lisa Tarling during Local Government Awareness Week. Dragowska was manning the display at the Cariboo Memorial Complex on May 24.
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NEWS Pioneer Log Homes gets filmed in a sizzle segment Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer If all goes as hoped, Williams Lake’s Pioneer Log Homes could be featured in a series of documentaries for television. Los Angeles producer Adam Wilkenfeld of Documentary Makers, along with a crew from Paperny Entertainment of Vancouver, are in Williams Lake over the next five days filming some short film segments to entice a yet-to-be named network. Wilkenfeld was here in November and created a seven-minute film, what they call a sizzle in the film industry, and is now back to flesh out the story further. “We have an idea for a docu-reality television program that will be telling the story about Pioneer Log Homes. The people that work there,
the challenges that they encounter. The projects of massive scale that they create for people of huge fame and fortune all over the world for whom this is a dream come true that these people are making into reality, “ Wilkenfeld said. It’s an honour to tell the story with the company and its clients, he added. “I think the whole world wants to see it and we have a broadcaster who thinks so too. So they asked me to come back and shoot a little bit more.” Filming will continue until Tuesday and then by the middle of the month Wilkenfeld will be able to show the network a little bit more. “Hopefully they love it and they say ‘go get em’ and we’ll come back again in the summer and shoot a few episodes up here and travel to see the project through its deliv-
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Pioneer Log Homes’ Andre Chevigny (left) and Bryan Reid Sr. (right) with Los Angeles film-maker Adam Wilkenfeld. ery across the miles and see the project that you create.” The project isn’t assured yet, but as soon as it is Wilkenfeld promised everyone would be
alerted and warned the project will go from zero to 60 really fast. “TV production is like that. There’s lots of prep time, but when everything happens we’ll
need everything yesterday. We’ll have to bring in crews and equipment, have catering lined up, places to stay, rentals and equipment. “It’s important that
we make friends around the community so that we are on the last day as welcome as we are on the first day so that when season two comes around the doors are still open.” Looking around the room during a reception held at the Tourism Discovery Centre, which incidentally was built by Pioneer Log Homes, Wilkenfeld was grinning from ear to ear. “There’s nothing like Pioneer Log Homes anywhere in the world — that’s why we’re here. Wish us luck this weekend,” he said. Mayor Kerry Cook welcomed the crew on behalf the city and said it’s exciting for the community and company, and she wished him the best of luck. “Anything we can do on behalf of the city, let us know,” she added. Chuckling coun. Su-
rinderpal Rathor piped in that there are big city trucks with city logos on them. One of the company owners, Andre Chevigny, said if people could see the seven-minute sizzle made in three to four days of filming they’d be impressed. “It’s really first class and pretty exciting and we’re thankful for having the crew here,” Chevigny said. “You guys are good TV. It’s so fascinating,” Wikenfeld responded. Bryan Reid Sr., also an owner of Pioneer Log Homes, said the project is an “accidental happening by chance.” “Adam was making a series of documentaries called Saw Dogs about chain saw carvers and happened to meet one who was creating a piece for one of our customers,” Reid explained.
came to him in a vision. After having the vision, and seeing the answer, he spent 40 years trying to prove it. “That’s kind of the world you’re going into. Best of luck and remember one thing: the ordinary, common man, ordinary in every way, is far, far more important than we give him credit
for. The common man is a very decent citizen. “And unless the pendulum’s going to swing really far, too far that there’s going to be blood in the streets, but if it doesn’t swing too far then you can depend on the common man to preserve you where the most brilliant people are not doing so.”
St. Pierre offers advice to TRU grads Continued From Page A1 The only advice he said he could give was that the students should be prepared and ready for the change. “Don’t fall into the trap, which I and many other people like me did, of thinking there’s a superiority of the left side of the brain because it is scientific and can be shown by experiment to be correct time and time again.” It may be so, but there is also in the right side of the brain the capacity to get you off the train tracks when the train’s coming. “Different parts of the brain operate at different times and in different ways. Don’t be ashamed of either of them.” For about 30 or 40 years of television made a change. “Television, for rea-
sons I cannot imagine, appeals to the right-hand side of the brain. The impulsive, all-seeing side of the brain. Television is now on its last legs. We have moved over into the Internet.” “You should expect to go through your life making frequent changes, even revolutionary ones. A few lucky ones among you will happen to choose a profession that will last your working life, but that will be very few of you.” Suggesting that the students are entering a time when the power of democracy is being lessened, and society is not “fast-moving” in its political life, St. Pierre said more and more people are not committed to any political party. Half of the people are not voting anymore and that’s a very bad sign. “I don’t know what the results are going to
be. I’m here as a person who feels that we’re teetering on the edge of a new way of thinking, a new way of conducting politics, a new way governing ourselves, a new way, even of marrying, and I must say I regret that one, because I still happen to believe that marriage is the best institution that mankind has ever developed.” One of the districts in the United States has now introduced 15-year marriages. “At the end of that time, you make up your mind whether you want to get married for another five, 10 or 15 years or you call it off. I don’t welcome that, but if you’re thinking the right way you should be able to grapple with it and come out with your own answers.” Wishing the graduates all the best in their careers, he said some of
them will amaze everybody with their grasp of things. “Keep in mind, one of the best-known major figures of my time, Albert Einstein. “He was not particularly bright; we tend to forget that. He never finished high school and his teachers were to some doubt as to wheth-
er he would ever make it,” St. Pierre pointed out. Einstein had a tremendous right vision of what the world could and should be, St. Pierre said. He said more than once that his vision of the new world, the well-known expression, e equals mc squared,
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Paul St. Pierre received an honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake on May 25. Here Dr. Dennis Acreman, acting registrar, and president and vice-chancellor Dr. Alan Shaver give St. Pierre his certificate.
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give me a background on where people are coming from, what the reasoning is. Maybe one side needs to pay attention to the other side and vice versa because there are so many issues.” Finding out what people think is more important than his opinion, he adds. Most of his working career has involved warehouse management, where he’s found the challenge to keep things in order rewarding. “I guess that’s the way I look at life. I’m not a fanatic or anything, but to me my life needs to be like that, too. That’s what bothers me about
government. It’s not very orderly. It’s very mixed up and the bureaucracies are against each other. They haven’t made things work in a way that they flow together.” Instituting the HST, going ahead with the Site C Dam, approving pipelines, or lessening the clout of the utilities commission are some of the examples Young flags as the government’s attempt to “muzzle” public input. “If we had enough Independents in the province you would have great representation in each constituency, you would get a bunch of people that would de-
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could be taxed considerably more at no real damage to the companies. “They’re our resources, and companies should pay more for extracting them. We should regulate the amount that’s coming out.” Ideally he wants to look after the people in the region and lobby for their concerns. Looking to the 2013 election, Young suggests it could be a four-person race in which he comes dead last, but hopes he’ll be able to say at least he tried.
Gary Young of Lac La Hache, B.C. plans to run as an Independent in the next provincial election. Young was president of BC First up until recently. “I’m going to do a year of campaigning,” Young told the Tribune, adding he had never belonged to a political party until he and his wife Maureen joined the BC First Party last year. Young left his presidency post with BC First because the party is going in a different direction, he says. “They’ve decided to be a support group for Independents rather than have a flag. It’s all about promoting Independent status anyway, because the platform of BC First is that we will treat any MLAs under us as Independents.” His main focus, which he alleged can’t be done within the party system, is to respond to people when they ask questions by asking them what they think. Using Taseko Mines Ltd.’s proposed New Prosperity Mine as an example, Young says he wants to know why people are for it or why they are against it. “If I ask those questions, the answers will
mand the truth come to debate, and you could directly represent your riding.” A fan of reading the Legislative Assembly on Hansard, Young says a lot of things have happened that people don’t hear about. “Independent MLA Bob Simpson’s done a good job of letting the public know more information. Leaked documents reveal what’s really going on with government.” Young’s a fan of electronic voting, especially with referendums that could ask four questions at once. “It costs a lot less and the most amazing thing is you get to find exactly what people think in a very short amount of time about something that’s controversial. Then you publish the results and tell us what you are going to do about those results.” When it comes to tax reductions for industry, Young says he has yet to see one tangible benefit. “Show me one job or one tiny expansion, anything that is a benefit to us for all the taxes that major corporations don’t pay.” Businesses can pay more and they’re laughing that they don’t, he adds, suggesting the northeast’s resources
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NEWS Monica Lamb-Yorski photo Venerable Patricia Devoe and director Colleen O’Neill in the meditation room at the newly-opened Gendum Drubpa Buddhist Centre in Williams Lake during an open house held May 24.
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Buddhist centre opens in WL Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer After meeting in apartments and homes, the local chapter of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayan Tradition (FPMT) has opened the Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre in Williams Lake. During an open house held May 24, Venerable Patricia Devoe and director Colleen O’Neill said it was a day to celebrate. As people milled about the new centre, located in a newly renovated home in the 200 block of Third Avenue South, they listened to music and enjoyed home-made food. “You should have seen it six months ago,” Devoe said of the house. “We totally rewired it and renovated to bring it up to code.” O’Neill said the chapter was meeting at one of the member’s homes out at Spoken Lake and before that at Devoe’s basement apartment on Mission Road.
Then along came an opportunity to engage in transforming a home in the downtown into the centre. “It took us six months and all the work was done by our members and people who just came and offered their help, big and small. It was amazing,” Devoe explained. A neighbour often arrived with a pot of tea and goodies, O’Neill added. There are only two FPMT centres in Canada — the other is in Ontario — so the chapter felt it was important to celebrate with an open house and let the public know what they have to offer. “People are coming and telling us they did not know there was a Buddhist site here in Williams Lake. Or other people say ‘I’ve seen you around,’” Devoe said with a smile, glancing at her traditional burgundycoloured robe. There are seven confirmed members who pay membership and are committed to the group,
and a larger family of about 75 who will come to weekend seminars with travelling teachers, a meditation class, drop in for a conversation or to watch a Dharma DVD. The bigger family of support helps the smaller family keep going, O’Neill said. Following on the heels of a series of spring teachings that were recently completed, the centre will be offering meditation classes, something they’ve been offering for six years. “They run for six weeks and are so successful that people don’t want them to end so Colleen (O’Neill) came up with a brilliant idea of offering half-hour meditations Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.” DeVoe said. It doesn’t involve any teaching, just strictly guided meditation for half an hour for people who have some background and some foundation in meditation. During the summer
they will offer Dharma movies and reading sutras on Sunday mornings, along with Dharma discussions. “That will take us to winter when we have our annual winter break. All FPMT centres have a winter break and then we start up again in the spring,” O’Neill explained. Originally from Tennesse, and by way of Tibet, Nepal, India and Scotland, Devoe arrived in Williams Lake six years ago, on the suggestion of spiritual leader Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Before there was a centre there was a study group, O’Neill explained. “When you affiliate with FPMT you start out as a study group to see if it’s going to be a good fit for you and a good fit for them. “They gave us some materials to study and discover if it was the right thing and after two years we were invited to become a centre.”
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tâ€™s lilac time. As regular readers of this column know, lilacs are my favourite. Before so many of them fell to development, they were everywhere in Williams Lake. Granted, it wasnâ€™t a pleasant time for people with allergies, but the French whole Connection town sure smelled Diana French good. The lilac is the cityâ€™s official flower, although youâ€™d never know it. They are strangely lacking from most city properties. Judging from the look of many lawns this spring (including mine) maybe the dandelion should be our official flower. *** Some B.C. cabinet ministers like to call those who disagree with them communists/socialists. Thatâ€™s so 1950s, but when they aim at critics of BC Hydro they are really off base. It was Social Credit Premier W.A.C. Bennett (hardly a lefty) who instituted BC Hydro. BC Rail was already a Crown corporation but Mr. Bennett â€œunprivatizedâ€? the BC Ferries and the three corporations served British Columbians well for half a century. One of the reasons Premier Gordon Campbell gave for selling BC Rail was that it was losing money. After years of success under several governments, BC Hydro is now deeply in debt. Does that make it ripe for sale? Or has it been sold out already? *** When salmon farms were first introduced, they seemed like a good idea. When evidence to the contrary began appearing, senior governments sided with the industry denying anything was wrong. Now farms on both sides of the U.S./Canada border are destroying thousands of their fish because of a virus. Guess what? Disease was exactly what the critics were warning about. Now the provincial government wants to make it illegal for any citizen, including journalists, to discuss any kind of animal contamination or disease outbreaks (bird flu, fish-farm viruses, mad cow disease, etc.) and the Animal Health Act apparently will override Freedom of Information laws. Can somebody explain to me how this is in the public interest? Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.
No nukes in Japan Is the worldâ€™s infatuation with nuclear power finally over? Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima... We get the message over and over again that everything comes at a high cost, but it takes a while for the message to sink in. Maybe because the alternatives are not that great. Gas, oil, coal. Even the natural alternatives get certain segments of the population riled up - wind farms with their huge generators, hydro-electric dams that change the nature of our rivers. But, weâ€™ll never have the incentive to explore other alternatives as long as we have unlimited (we think) sources of fuel to power our cars, trucks, air conditioners, plasma TVs, our cities, etc. What do you do when the power goes out in the middle of the day? No computers, no kitchen appliances, no television, no radio. Do you go for a drive? What if the only vehicle was a bicycle? Or a horse? What a difference it makes in our lives. Iâ€™ll be the first to admit that I get a little anxious when
Iâ€™m unexpectedly disconnected from my computer and the Internet. Not as bad as I used to be, but yeah, I need to get a life. Japan shut down its last remaining nuclear reactor last week. Since the earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011, theyâ€™ve been taking them offline for maintenance â€” the ones that werenâ€™t immediately damaged in the catastrophe â€” and leaving them off. Before this all happened, Japan relied on nuclear energy for a third of its electricity. Their government is expecting rising carbon emissions as Japan is forced to turn to oil and gas for energy, but there is no word of that yet. The Japanese are smart, industrious people and Iâ€™m betting that it wonâ€™t be long before they come up with cleaner, more efficient energy sources. Up until now, alternative energy hasnâ€™t really been taken seriously. Itâ€™s at a pretty rough stage as underfinanced fringe companies are the only ones offering it. But this might be the impetus that finally puts alternative energy on the mass market. â€” Wendy Coomber
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