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Hart death The Prince George RCMP are investigating a suspicious death in the northern part of the city. The Detachment’s Serious Crime Section and Forensic Identification Section have been called in to assist. At this time, no further details will be released. More details on this investigation are expected to be released later in the week. Investigators do not believe public safety is at risk. If you have any information about this investigation, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222TIPS (8477), online at w w w. p g c r i m e s t o p


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Zoe Spooner (left) and her seven-minutes-older twin sister Araya show off colourful crafts they made Thursday at the Aboriginal Education booth during National Aboriginal Day at Fort George Park.


Most opposed, but pay parking returns DELYNDA PILON

Most people in Prince George do not want a return to paid parking downtown though they generally agree the current system is being abused. Prince George Chamber of Commerce president Bill McGill presented the results of a survey conducted by the chamber at Monday’s council meeting. He reported

that 25 per cent of those surveyed were in favour of the change, 9 per cent were unsure and 65 per cent were against it. He added two themes were prevalent in the written comments of those who oppose the plan. First, now isn’t the appropriate time, and the second focused on abuse of the current situation. Issues include vehicles with parkade decals parked on streets, while parkades remain underutilized, two hours is too short for some

meetings, and downtown businesses are using the free space. Meanwhile, pay parking supporters contend that it keeps parking spaces available, that paying is easier than moving every two hours, the system generates revenue, and the support for it is strongest if the money generated is used for road repair. Opponents were concerned about downtown revitalization, vandalism, the

cost and disruption of installing metres, and suggested if pay parking comes it should only be after a long-term critical mass of downtown users is established. Mayor Shari Green said the information gathered by the chamber is helpful to the entire community. She added removing pay parking was a project that didn’t work. “The general taxpayer is losing money,” she said.

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Methane forces closure of planer mill BILL PHILLIPS

Methane gas detected in a soil sample at the Lakeland Mills site has prompted the Sinclar Group to suspend operations of its planer mill. The planer mill had re-opened May 28 following a devastating explosion and fire April 23 that killed two workers and destroyed the company’s sawmill. “We are acting now to ensure the safety of our employees,” said Sinclar Group president Greg Stewart Friday. “The events of the past two months have been a extremely difficult time ... Re-opening the planer mill was a silver lining on a very dark cloud.” The closure also affects the District Energy System, which feeds downtown buildings. Stewart said the city has been notified, as has WorkSafe B.C. The methane was detected in the soil, not in the air, Stewart said, adding that since the planer mill re-opened they have been testing the air every two hours. The soil testing was part of an overall examination into possible causes of the April 23 explosion. Stewart would not speculate on the cause of the April 23 blast, adding that is still under investigation. Twenty-eight employees were brought back to work when the planer mill re-opened, to deal

with the stockpile of inventory at the mill. There is about three

weeks worth of work still left, Stewart said.

He added that should the site receive the all-clear from the

proper authorities, they would restart the planer mill again.


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A sudden “cottonwood storm” caught people by surprise Thursday during National Aboriginal Days celebrations at Fort George Park. Many people sought cover under umbrellas but most just enjoyed the downpour of fluffy stuff.

Skakun pushes for city to have own asphalt plant DELYNDA PILON

A municipally owned and operated asphalt plant, an idea which has been brought up in council several times, may well help reduce the cost of paving for the city. Coun. Brian Skakun said the City of Prince George is looking at the price it pays for asphalt, which is higher than what is paid in the Okanagan by 30 per cent. Skakun said he is researching how municipally owned asphalt plants work, particularly in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. With some information pending on other cities, he was intrigued at the success of Vancouver’s plant, which has been in operation for 60 years. “Vancouver has a self-sufficient utility that pays for itself. They put no tax money into it. They borrowed money to set it

up. The whole mortgage of the plant and the operation of it is paid for by the plant through earning funds by selling asphalt to consumers.” Additional expenses in Vancouver include materials being barged in and out, and, after a decision to upgrade the plant came into effect, more land purchased at about $750,000 per acre plus $15 million for the plant, all expenses the City of Prince George would not incur. “We could do it at half the price with a payback in several years,” he said. “We can’t raise taxes to pave more roads. Is there a time we need to have a discussion in the community about producing our own asphalt and paying substantially less for it?” Currently the city shells out $147 per tonne for asphalt. “With only two asphalt companies in Prince George, we pay quite a it more than in other communities. There needs to

be more competition. Taxpayers in other communities benefited by having their own facilities.” He said Edmonton looked at a combination of things. They run the plant more in winter, reaping cost savings, and do potholes in summer. For cold asphalt the city pays $700 a tonne to fill potholes in winter and early spring. “Think if you look at what we’re going to be paying in the next 10, 15 years. It could be anywhere from $70 to $100 million for paving in the community. Is there a way to do it more efficiently? The whole exercise is can we to it cheaper, with better control over quality, cost and inflation? We can’t simply say we have to raise taxes three or four per cent over a number of years. People know we have to fix the roads, but they want it done now and they want it sustainably and done efficiently.” Skakun added there are a number of

other ideas to explore that might help curb the exorbitant price of asphalt. “Will people come if the city supplies gravel for a temporary asphalt plant? We don’t know if federal green money is available but we may be able to recycle our own asphalt to reduce our costs as well. We need to explore all these things if we want to reduce costs. There are a number of things to look at,” he said. “What if we could reduce asphalt costs by 20 or 30 percent? We could put down another $2 million in pavement without having to raise taxes.” Skakun said he talked to the mayor, who is going to talk to administration to try to figure this out, and added there is interest on the part of some councillors as well. “If we don’t do anything about this in the next couple of years and just ignore it, does that mean we’ve lost $7 million worth of asphalt we could have put in


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Prince George for the most part in the new position played a part in his decision. “We’ve been here for four years and feeling very settled. We like everything Prince George has to offer, like the outdoors. “It would have been a huge upheaval to move somewhere else again.” Winwood says the new position does mean he will have to cut back on both his current practice and his research work. “I’ll still do some clinical work, but it will probably be about one-third of what I have been doing. I also won’t be able to do as much lab work as I had been doing. “On the other hand, having an office at UNBC makes it easier to find medical assistants if I need them.”

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RCMP makes domestic violence a priority DELYNDA PILON

The Prince George RCMP now has a domestic violence unit. After soliciting information from a variety of major stake holders, the RCMP established six policing priorities for the city, including



establishing a domestic violence unit. Supt. Eric Stubbs, officer in charge of the Prince George detachment, discussed the priorities during Monday’s regular council meeting. Reducing crime through targeting prolific offenders is the first priority.

Stubbs said they want to take 22 prolific offenders, at a minimum, off the street this year. Changing the behaviour of such offenders by linking them with community resources if they suffer from addiction or mental health issues is a focus


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for police, however if the person continues to offend, he or she will face arrest. Stubbs pointed out traffic safety remains important, and within this category are prolific offenders as well, like those who continue to drive impaired, who will also find themselves the focus of RCMP. The second priority states the RCMP will target organized crime groups. The third states the RCMP will continue to be a presence in the downtown core. “I hear about this on a regular basis,” Stubbs said. “We’ve had success and the people in the core don’t want to give up those gains. We still have a lot of work to do in that area.” One action that will help with that work is establishing a bar watch, something the RCMP are in the process of doing. The fourth priority

Province boosts CNC program The Aboriginal Service Plan (ASP) at the College of New Caledonia got a half-million dollar boost on Thursday. The provincial government announced Thursday, National Aboriginal Day, that it was committing more than $4.2 million for ASP projects at 11 post-secondary institutions, including $542,000 for CNC. “We are delighted the government has funded Phase 2 of the community-driven ASP program,” CNC president John Bowman said in a press release,

“which will have a tremendous impact on Aboriginal learners and their communities.” During Phase 1 of the program, he said, CNC saw Aboriginal enrolment go to 1,839 in all programs in 2010-11, up from 744 in 2006-07. “This funding will allow the great work, partnerships and community engagement to continue.” The funding will be added to $200,000 in funding of its own CNC had already committed to for the 2012-13 school year. It

will allow CNC and its partners – 20 First Nations, aboriginal organizations, Aboriginal individuals, Elders and other postsecondary institutions – to move forward with the second phase of the ASP. Activities include the college-wide Yinka Dene Council, Aboriginal advisories at each campus, and the campus-based Aboriginal liaison positions. Additional activities include language programs, policy development, essential skills training, student support, and more.

seeks to protect highrisk youth in the community. “The goal is to try to help youth,” Stubbs said. “We are fortunate to partner with the Ministry of Children and Families who’ve agreed to provide a social worker to work with youth-at-risk offenders Friday and Saturday nights.” He added having a constable specifically assigned to this unit, along with the social worker, will help relieve the burden on other sections of the force when an at-risk youth is reported missing, something that happens often. Establishing contacts with

the youth in question and the community may make it faster and easier to locate the youth, since familiarity will help them suspect where and with who the youth might be. He said all missing reports are taken seriously though in most cases the youth isn’t missing at all. The fifth priority takes on the recruitment of youth into organized crime gangs. A grant for $175,000 will allow the police to deliver the Step In/ Step Up Anti-Gang youth program. The last priority, the domestic violence unit, has a corporal assigned

to it who will begin the process of building the unit next week. “I’m very pleased we got this off the ground,” Stubbs said. Mayor Shari Green said though she has no personal experience with domestic violence, when Stubbs presented at a committee of the whole meeting several weeks ago to consult about priorities. At the time, Stubbs discussed the ongoing issue of domestic violence in the community. “It was an eye opener,” Green said. “There was no question around the table that we need to be addressing those very things.”

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Core review puts funding on back burner DELYNDA PILON

Though building a performing arts centre in the city remains a priority for council, there will be no funding applications forwarded regarding it, at least until the core services review is completed or unless federal priorities change so cultural facility funding is supported. An application to fund the project was sent in by the city to the P3 Canada program last year for con-

sideration, but failed. The P3 Canada 2012 process has established water, waste water and transportation projects as preferred applications. Derek Bates, city manager, looked to council at Monday’s meeting for advisement on how to proceed, offering three options along with a detailed report on the repercussions of each, including the expenditures of staff time required. Currently, with the city undergoing the

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core services review, the staff remains busy. The first option was to defer further action on the project until the core review is complete. The second set staff on the task of further refining and developing information for possible grant applications. The last takes the second a step further with staff developing information for an application to the P3 Canada fund again this year. “I think it’s prudent to wait until after the core services review,” Coun. Cameron Stolz said, pointing out there is no cultural facility infrastructure support in the P3 Canada fund this year. Bates said that if council chooses option one then there will be no work on the application process until October, when the question of prioritizing the project will once again be before council. “If the landscape changes between now and the core review

I’m certain you’ll tell council, and we can reprise our decision,”

Coun. Dave Wilbur said. “I support option

one,” Mayor Shari Green said. “From my perspective I have

always supported this project. The question is when it happens.”


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Drunk drivers lose licences

In Provincial Court in Prince George on April FF HE EE 25: Daniel M. Pereira was found guilty of driving with a suspended licence, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Pereira was also found guilty of failing to attend court when ordered to do so and sentenced to one day in jail. Marilyn I. Potskin was found guilty of assault and sentenced to one day in jail. Michael A.J. Rickett was found guilty of theft of property with A llan WISHA RT/F re e Pre s s a value less than $5,000 Special Olympian Josh Pudney, appropriately enough, was the first player off the tee and assessed a victim at the Prince George Golf and Curling Cub on Friday, as the annual Dick Harris Charity surcharge of $100. Classic took to the course. The event is a fundraiser for local Special Olympics. Rhonda A.M. RousJames E. Joseph was found guilty of $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 selle was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation failing to comply with a condition of an and prohibited from driving for one undertaking and sentenced to nine days year. order and sentenced to one day in jail. Randolph A. Keller was found guilty Cory L. Titanich was found guilty of in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on of theft of property with a value less operating a motor vehicle with a bloodthan $5,000, sentenced to nine months alcohol reading over .08, fined $1,000, May 1: Joshua L. Domes was found guilty in jail and placed on probation for one assessed a victim surcharge of $150 and of operating a motor vehicle with a year. prohibited from driving for one year. Corey T. Tom was found guilty of theft blood-alcohol reading over .08, of property with a value less than $5,000 fined $1,000, assessed a victim D.R.T. Mini Excavating ltd. surcharge of $150 and failing to comply with a Free Press and prohibited condition of an undertaking from driving for or recognizance and senone year. tenced to one day in jail. Douglas W. Gibbs Shaun L. Shulman was was found guilty of found guilty of driving failing to comply while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and with a probation order and two counts of theft of property prohibited from driving for one year. Commercial & Residential In Provincial Court in Prince George on with a value less than $5,000, Call Mark at (250) 614-3028 or sentenced to 45 days in jail April 27: Email James C. Pierre was found guilty of and placed on probation for assault, sentenced to 52 days in jail, one year. Dustin W.V. Gladstone was placed on probation for one year and prohibited from possessing firearms for found guilty of two counts of COME IN five years. Pierre was also found guilty failing to comply with a proof two counts of failing to comply with a bation order, sentenced to one FOR YOUR condition of an undertaking, sentenced day in jail and placed on proto 30 days in jail and placed on proba- bation for one year. PERSONALIZED Michael A. Hornby was tion for one year. SHOE FITTING Earl J. Poole was found guilty of fail- found guilty of driving while ing to comply with a probation order prohibited, fined $500 and TODAY! assessed a victim surcharge of and sentenced to 37 days in jail. adidas adida as In Provincial Court in Prince George on $75. Hornby was also found asics guilty of a second count of April 30: balega Harry B. Jakesta was found guilty driving while prohibited, fined brooks of failing to comply icebreaker with a condition of an merrell undertaking and senmizuno tenced to three days new balance in jail. saucony Elliott R. Joseph was salomon found guilty of theft of property with a value sugoi greater than $5,000 and theft of property with a value less than S P O R T S $5,000, sentenced to 220 days in jail and • placed on probation 1655A 15th Ave (Across from Parkwood Mall) 250-612-4754 for 18 months. Joseph was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation for 18 months. Darryl B. Tom was found guilty of assault With over 30 years of experience, I can help you preserve your freedom, reputation and livelihood. with a weapon, sentenced to one day in For an appointment call 564-4454 jail and placed on pro980 Fourth Avenue, Prince George • bation for one year.





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Park ‘er over here

t’s ironic that a “business-friendly” city council is ignoring what businesses are telling it. The return to pay parking simply isn’t good for business and yet council is determined to re-instate it. Chamber of Commerce president Bill McGill presented council Monday with the results of a detailed survey it conducted of it members. The survey found that 65 per cent of businesses surveyed do not support a return of pay parking downtown. The Downtown Business Improvement Area has also stated it does not support the return of pay parking. Mayor Shari Green, who campaigned for the removal of pay parking before being elected to city council, said it was an experiment that just didn’t work. It’s not that removing pay parking hasn’t worked, what hasn’t worked is city council’s ability to make it a neutral item on the city’s books. When pay parking was in effect, it turned a profit of about $80,000. Now parking services cost the city about $80,000 … a $160,000 swing. However, council should be looking at ensuring that parking doesn’t negatively impact the budget. In other words, try to find $80,000, not $160,000 as some councillors have suggested it should. Parking shouldn’t be viewed as a cash cow for a cashstrapped city. There are other ways to, perhaps, ensure that parking services pay for themselves. Firstly, the city should be more aggressive with those who simply don’t pay their fines. Currently they are handed over to a collection agency. There are apparently thousands of dollars in unpaid parking tickets. Rather than go after those who do obey the rules and system, go after those who abuse it. That means also going after those who take up street parking when they have decals for parkades. And maybe it’s time the city looked at towing vehicles that are illegally parked. That’s about as popular as re-instating pay parking, but it works … and it penalizes those who abuse the system, not those who don’t. Governing is a tricky business. One has to balance the budget and the needs of the community. It’s not an easy job. But sometimes the needs of the community come at a cost. Free, two-hour parking downtown is a need the community has demonstrated it wants. It doesn’t necessarily have to make money for the city to be a benefit for the city.

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Province needs to plant Every so often the issue of silviculture comes up. bilitation budget … when you know how much you Every time it does, the B.C. government mainneed to do every year just to maintain what you tains that it is putting more money into silviculture have, and you don’t do it, you fall behind. Falling than ever before and that we are replanting the forbehind puts more pressure on successive budgets ests as fast as we can, despite claims to the contrary and governments. by silviculture contractors who are putAs for the “not satisfactorily restocked” ting fewer trees into the ground. areas, government has a reforestation Now, the silviculture contractors program for these areas, but to date it has Writer’s have some backup … namely the Foronly directed limited effort at re-stocking Block est Practices Board. mature, beetle-affected forests because BILLPHILLIPS those areas might still be harvested The total area of B.C.’s provincial forests that may need to be restocked and eventually restocked - by the forest with healthy young trees could exceed current industry, the Forest Practices Board said in a press reforestation efforts by more than one million hectrelease. ares, according to a Forest Practices Board report “There is a lot of debate about exactly how much released yesterday. forest has been damaged by fire and beetles,” said The report indicates that almost two million hectGorley. “But the important question is, should we ares of Crown forested land could potentially be invest money now to ensure a healthy timber sup“not satisfactorily restocked” (NSR). To put that in ply into the future, and, if so, how will we raise perspective, the timber harvesting land base in B.C. and invest it? But if action is to be taken, it must be is about 22 million hectares in total. taken quickly.” Of the land that will be restocked, nearly half a According to the board, Victoria has funded a million hectares will be restocked by industry and reforestation program since 2005 that has treated government has current plans to restock about a an estimated total area of just over 50,000 hectares; quarter of a million hectares. mostly fire-damaged forest and young beetle-dam“Decisions about whether to replant areas where aged forests. mountain pine beetle and fire have killed most of The board has made recommendations to governthe trees will have an impact on the future timber ment that it hopes will promote a useful dialogue supply in the B.C. Interior,” said Al Gorley, board on the topic of restocking British Columbia’s forests. chair. “At a minimum, if nature is left to take its Like the city’s crumbling streets, it requires course, the eventual crop of timber in those areas money and a political will to actually do it now, will be delayed.” rather than someday. That’s a nice way of saying it won’t get done. And, even more crucial, the province’s future Kind of like the City of Prince George’s road rehaeconomy. Circulation Manager ....................... Heather Trenaman Email:

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Cowboy etiquette has a code of its own

If you questioned a cowChris: (With a chin wave boy about his etiquette he’d at the table where the tarps likely ask ‘Et-a-cat? Who and rope were placed) et a cat?’ (nope, they aren’t Tarps. Rope. dumb Then he gesbut when tured a ‘git’ they don’t wave towards Life in want to the sky. Jack’s talk about eyes followed the fat something each movement, lane they prehands in pockDELYNDAPILON tend to be ets, leaning back as sharp as a candle slicing on his boot heels, cowboy a tomato). hat wagging agreement. It’s a conversation which His answer contained an would quickly devolve into equally in-depth underverbose musings about standing of the plan. which cut of meat would Jack: Yip. be more chewy on the cat, Then they began maniputhe best way to butcher it lating ropes, tarps, trees and and, perhaps, some creative trucks until they had a nice names for dishes featuring waterproof ceiling set up, feline. ready to keep us all dry. Last weekend we were Then the sun came back camping near the Durango up. Of course. And through Trail and, after an evening the course of the day the rain storm, I not only got to beer (did I mention cowwitness but partake of cowboys really like beer??) boy etiquette as well as a flowed freely. Night fell, the bit of their idea of camping campfire blazed and laughcuisine. ter and stories mingled with It was the day the boys the sound of the wind playgot us all set up for a storm. ing with the leaves. Then Rain was predicted, and the sky opened, a light rain seemed to be confirmed turned heavy and in spite when a big black cloud setof the tarps we all made tled its butt on the horizon. our way to our respective Chris had already devised sleeping spots. Morning a plan to keep us dry followed, and with it the involving a series of ropes sun returned along with the and a couple of tarps. He cowboys and a roaring fire. explained it to Jack in depth Unfortunately, leftovers Saturday afternoon. from the night before were

left on the picnic table when we all made our rush to our blankets. Jack: Anyone for mac and cheese soup? Me: (Watching him ladle glops of rain infused KD around in the pot) Ewwww! Jack: (Picking two chunks of sopping sirloin off a soggy paper plate) Well, we ain’t wasting this. Chris: (Tossing the grate on the fire) Git after it. Just got to fry out some of that water. Jack: And drain out this macaroni and fry ‘er up. Chris: Toss in a little garlic. Jack: And we got breakfast. I watched all this lost somewhere between intrigue and horror. I thought they might be kidding but in seconds those steaks started steaming and smelling pretty darned good pretty darned quick. The mac and cheese was drained and sizzling, along with a healthy dose of garlic, on the griddle. Coffee perked, adding to the early-morning aromas. Then came time to serve it all up. Chris cast a bleary gaze around the site looking for a plate as he tended the steaks. Finding nothing close to suit him, he pulled a dusty plank from the

pile of fire wood, gave it a dry wash on his jeans and threw on a steak. Jack nodded approval, got his own bit of plank, and tossed some refried KD onto it along with a piece of meat. Jack: You hungry? Me: (Going for sarcasm) Ya, but I haven’t got a plank to eat on. Never get sarcastic with cowboys. Just never do it. You always lose. The boys got me a plank, settled on some grub and watched with interest while I stared at what had been sopping sirloin and gloppy macaroni soup just moments before. And, did I mention it was served on a plank of wood?? I gulped, stole a few furtive looks at the boys who


were both chowing down, inhaled deep and forced myself to take a bite. Delicious. Seriously. I don’t know if it was because we were outside, under a warm blue sky with powder puff clouds whispering by, or because we were camping and everything tastes better when it’s burned on a fire or because of the company, those two cowboys who are real men with an incredible sense of honour matched only by the way they live their lives, grabbing onto each moment like a halfbroke horse and ‘lettin’ ‘er buck’. It was a great weekend away. Jack even earned a gold star and a Good Samaritan award from a

little girl who was camped with a nearby church group. With the gesture the girl won the heart of that tough old cowboy. The glitter on the picture she made him covered his fingers like a coating of blue fairy dust. I’m no tattle-tale so I won’t mention a few bits of blue glitter might have wound up at the corner of his eyes when he rubbed them dry as he hung the award up in his service truck before heading back to camp, deeply touched once again by the innocent beauty of a child’s soul. But I will say that hard-hearted cool customer of a cowboy would like a chance to tip his hat to the little lady, so if you know her or of her please give me a call.


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Getting ready for a couple of different July trips Nat King Cole probably put it best. Not this year. A couple of weeks ago, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of I actually put the scraper into the trunk, summer.” tempting fate by doing it that We’re now a week (offiearly. So far, it’s worked. cially) into the summer season, This summer will be a fair bit and to the surprise of many, it Allan’s different from the majority of the actually has felt like summer last 20 or so for me. There’s no Amblings in the city (which would be a ALLANWISHART Merritt Mountain Music Festival great title for a song). this year, but I still have a week I mean, there have been some years in of holidays booked for the week it was Prince George when I still had the window scheduled to run. scraper in the front seat of my car in late That doesn’t mean I’ll just be sitting out June, simply because there was still a bit of in the front yard of the apartment, contemfrost on the windows in the morning. plating passing traffic and watching the

wheels go round (another great idea for a song title). No, I actually have a couple of day-trips planned for that week. I’ll probably just relax for the weekend, but Monday I’ll hop in my car later in the morning and head west, back to my old stomping grounds in Vanderhoof. I haven’t been out that way for a couple or three years, although I have been in touch with some people from out there for stories. I also seem to keep running into people from Vanderhoof at events in Prince George, which also gives me a chance to

catch up on what’s happening. Later in the week, Mom and I are looking at a trip down to Barkerville. She went with Dad a couple of times in the relatively recent past, but it’s been decades since I’ve been to the Gold Rush City. I’m figuring middle of the week in summer might not be too bad, since there won’t be the weekend rush and there won’t be any school tours (like you might run into at this time of year), but all the attractions will be open. Then, after all that travelling it’s back to work, and the chance to have a rest.

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SESAME STREET Enjoy Sesame Street Live Elmo Makes Music on Wednesday, July 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children can experience their favourite street in Play Zone, and sit in Big Bird’s nest, pop up in Oscar’s trash can, or visit Elmo’s World. Play Zone opens one hour before the show, free with Sesame Street Live ticket. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations or go online at

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Neeru Gupta arranges bead necklaces at an Indo Canadian handicrafts booth Sunday at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) event.

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Anais Bonnefoy (left) and Alexandra Carlos enjoy crafts activities at the new IMSS centre on Second Ave.

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Vases of all colours are going green says. Designing a beautiful bouquet or floral arrangement takes creative flair, colour sense and experience. “I learned from a florist who had a shop across the street from where I lived (in Ontario). She did my wedding flowers and I learned a lot from watching her do flower arrangements,� she said. “Training is a good thing but you also need to put it all together and use your imagination and your own features to make it unique.� Peacock opened her new business Oct. 1. Though the pace is hectic with a steady stream of orders to fill, there’s time to use her artistic ability to put together a variety of floral arrangements from bride’s bouquets to funeral flowers. Many occasions, both happy and sad events, often call for flowers – everything from classic corsage for graduation, floral arrangements in a vase, Mother’s Day bouquet, decorating a huge hall with flowers for a special function. How the flowers are presented is very important. “You have to have a creative edge to do this,� said Peacock. “I’ll be learning new techniques for flower arranging all my life. The learning never stops.� For more information on the recycle program phone Monica at 250-561-0366 or visit The Inn Flower Place, 770 Brunswick St.


Monica Peacock, owner of The Inn Flower Place, spends much of her day with green – green ferns, green stems, green leaves. However, she plans on going even more green with a renew, recycle and reinvigorate initiative. The shop will be taking in vases of all colours, shapes and sizes and gift baskets made to look new again. People can bring in no-longer-needed vases and help a charity of their choice at the same time. “It’s part of an ongoing program at the shop to encourage people to help us renew, recycle and reinvigorate,� said Peacock. “The shop will be donating $1.25 from each donated basket or vase to any charity – Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, Hospice, YMCA, SPCA – whatever they want to support. “Everyone has vases stored away under sinks or in closets that are just taking up space but that are too good to throw away. This way, they can be put to good use.� On Monday, Peacock was busy working on a colourful floral arrangement for delivery to a local school. People still love to give and receive fresh flowers for special occasions – or just because, she

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Cariboo-Prince George MP Dick Harris, left, stands with longtime Prince George Special Olympics volunteers Ivy Whitfield and Jacquie and Thom Ross, recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal awards. the organization through her vision to help change the lives of many for the better. “For 25 years, Jacquie and Thom Ross have provided a devoted service to this very special community,” he continued, “by fundraising, training coaches, and coordinating a multitude of other programs.” As Harris addressed the crowd at the reception and thanked them for their continued support of the tournament and Special

Olympics, he called on Whitfield and the Rosses to join him. He then surprised all of them by announcing they were receiving the award, which consists of a medal, a certificate signed by Governor-General David Johnston, and a booklet listing all the recipients in the riding. Then Harris let the crowd in on a little secret: All three of the recipients had known the awards were being given out – but none of them knew they

were getting one. “I had to get a letter recommending the Rosses and explaining why they deserved the award,” he said, “so I asked Ivy to write the letter. “I also needed a letter for Ivy, so I asked the Rosses to write that one.” Harris is conferring 30 awards in the region as a token of the Queen’s esteem for their services to their communities and to Canada.



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Basic mural emphasizes joy of soccer


I’m trying to bring the fun back to the painting.” Basic will finish the mural over the next few weeks, and it will stay at the Rotary Fields for the rest of the summer. Then it moves to a more permanent home. “It moves to the PGYSA office in September. They’ve got a

Milan Basic laughs when he’s asked if he played soccer. “I’m Croatian, man,” the Prince George artist says. “I had to play soccer.” That made it only natural that Basic would work on a mural for a wall at the Rotary Soccer Fields on behalf of the Prince George Youth Soccer Association (PGYSA). “I had the concept of kids playing on a rainbow,” he says, studying the work he did on the first day. “So often we look to the sky or elsewhere for a rainbow, and all the time, it’s right here. “You have to appreciate what you’ve got.” The initial day of work was six hours and “I don’t know how many cans of paint.” “I have to still put in the other players,” Basic says. “I have to figure out how I’m going to do it.” Even though Basic was painting while a regular Saturday of soccer (i.e. a couple of thousand kids) was taking place around him, he found it easy going. “I can really get lost in my painting, so I don’t pay attention to what’s happening around me. “What was really

signboard which is the same size as this, so we can just move it over.” Six hours of painting may seem like a long day for some people, but not Basic. “The funny thing is when I finished here, I went home, showered and had a nap, then went to a festival to dance and paint all night.” 250.596.9250 | 2348 Westwood Drive 250.962.2928 | Hart Shopping Mall

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Milan Basic shows what six hours of painting a mural at the Rotary Fields can produce – and he isn’t finished yet. nice was how respectful people were. A lot of times, people will interrupt me when I’m painting, but they were great. The response so far has been positive.” He played soccer when he was younger, but he still found the need to rediscover the joy of the beautiful game. “I did walk around the fields for a while to get a feel for how much fun the kids were having. That got me into the right mood for doing more paint-

ing.” Painting something the size of this mural is nothing new for Basic, but he’s trying

to get back something he thinks he lost along the way. “When I was in Vancouver, a lot of the

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Helene Rohn, co-chair of Prince George Walk for ALS, ties up balloons for walkers Sunday at Fort George Park. The event was attended by dignitaries such as MLA Shirley Bond and Wendy Toyes, executive director of ALSBC.

Hughes up for award Michael Hughes has been nominated for the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards. Hughes, who played the role of Dean Hyde in Theatre North West’s 2009 sold-out musical All Shook Up, will be bringing his nominated oneperson show Mickey and Judy to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer for three weeks in August. After that, he’ll do shows at Leicester Square Theatre in London, England as well as a short run in New York City. This hilarious one-man musical memoir of a self-confessed theatre geek chronicles Hughes’ childhood obsession with musicals and his journey from psychiatric ward to offBroadway. Mickey and Judy garnered rave reviews and sold-out houses at its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Fringe. The show was chosen for the Best of Fringe, The Toronto Star Critic’s

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Shorts UNBC APPROVED The UNBC Northern Timberwolves have cleared the final hurdle to begin competing in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. At the CIS annual general meeting last week in Ottawa, CIS membership voted unanimously in favour of UNBC’s membership application. The vote allows the UNBC basketball and soccer teams to compete for CIS national titles. Preparing for their first season in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association, the UNBC Northern Timberwolves will begin competing in the Canada West branch of CIS in the fall.

COUGARS SIGNING The Prince George Cougars announced on Tuesday that they had signed forward Brad Morrison to a standard Western Hockey League contract. A 1997-born Westbank product, Morrison was selected by the Cougars seventh overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. He collected 83 goals and 141 points with the Okanagan Hockey Academy last season.

BASEBALL The Prince George Senior Baseball League has two more games before it takes a weeklong break for the Canada Day long weekend. Tonight, the Barry Yip RE/MAX Shooters Gladiators play the IDL Midget Knights. On Thursday evening, the District Clothing/TQ Titans hit the diamond against the Queensway Auto World Red Sox. Each game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Citizen Field.


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or the Prince George Motocross Association, 2011 was a little rough around the edges. A move from one track in the region to another wasn’t what the group had in mind. Still back at the Blackwater Motocross Park to start this season, the group held its B.C. Motocross Association two-day spring event on the weekend. Fortunately, Mother Nature did its part to cooperate, with sunshine during races on Saturday and Sunday. While participation was lower than past races, organizers were pleased with the response. “I think it’s been really good. The weather really cooperated, we didn’t have to do much watering,” said PGMA president Devin Wolff, who’s into his first year filling the position. “It just rained at the right times, and the track has been really good.” Members of the PGMA have expressed an interest in holding races at both the Blackwater track, off Blackwater Road past West Lake Provincial Park, and the Prince George Motorsports Park off Chief Lake Road. But for now, they’ll continue operating solely at the A lis ta ir M cINNIS/ Fre e Pre s s Blackwater track. Blade Degan of Prince George soars into the air off a jump along the track at the Blackwater The 2011 spring event was Motocross Park on Sunday. The track played host to a B.C. Motocross Association North Series held at the Prince George event on Saturday and Sunday. Motorsports Park site. The PGMA relocated back to the “It makes it hold moisture and stuff, July 7. track after about 15 years at the Blackand it softens it up a bit,” Wolff said. Before its stop at the Blackwater water site. But later the same year, the The weekend event attracted racers Motocross Park, the BCMA North Series PGMA returned to the Blackwater park. from throughout northern B.C. Wolff held events in Terrace (April 28 and 29), The move was made in response to a said approximately 150 riders hit the Quesnel (May 12 and 13) and Williams regional district bylaw, which stated the track. Lake (June 2 and 3). association could only hold races at the A Canadian Motosport Racing CorThe association returns to Prince Chief Lake Road site from 10 a.m. to 4 poration event in Edmonton was also George for its North Series fall races on p.m. Operating within those timelines held on the weekend, which drew some Sept. 15 and 16. proved to be challenging. of the competitive racers away from the On Sunday, near the end of the twoOrganizers made use of the closedPrince George event. day event, Wolff took time to thank the down Clear Lake Sawmill to prepare the Racers from north-central B.C. are sponsors and volunteers who helped on track for the weekend event, part of the travelling to Alberta this week, with the weekend. BCMA North Series. the Temple Hill Motorcycle Park in They include Forbes Industrial, Cobalt They used sawdust from the mill to Raymond holding a Western Canada Industries, Kal Tire and Clusko Logfix ruts in the corners. Amateur National event from June 30 to ging.


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Khaira picked by Edmonton

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Should the National Hockey League team that drafted him call him up for full-time duty, forward Jujhar Khaira won’t have to travel far to reach his new home. At the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Khaira became property of the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers used their first pick in the third round, 63rd overall, to select the 1994born Surrey product. Khaira spent the past two years skating for the Prince George Spruce Kings in the B.C. Hockey League. After recording 42 points (10 goals and 32 assists) two seasons ago, Khaira took his game to another level in the 2011-12 campaign. He finished the regular season with 29 goals and 50 assists for 79 points in 54 games.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, Khaira played on one of the top offensive lines in the BCHL last season, with Paul de Jersey and Michael Colantone. Each member of the trio has an NCAA Division 1 scholarship that takes effect this fall, with Khaira committed to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. De Jersey, a 1992-born West Vancouver product who led the league in scoring with 98 points (41 goals and 57 assists), reached a deal at Providence College in Rhode Island. Colantone, a 1991-born American from Cave Creek, Arizona, is committed to the University of Massachussetts Lowell. The forwards helped the Spruce Kings compile one of their best regular seasons in franchise history with 33 wins, 21 FUTURE SHOP – Correction Notice losses, On the June 22 flyer, page 24, this product: Haier 7.1 Cu. two ties Ft. Chest Freezer (HCM071AW - WebCode: 10166692) was advertised with an incorrect size. Please be advised that and four the freezer is in fact 7.1 Cu. Ft., and NOT 7.9 as previously overtime advertised. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience defeats this may have caused our valued customers. (33-212-4).

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Players battle for possession during a U5 boys soccer game on Sunday. The game was one of many during the Prince George Youth Soccer Association Mini Fest at the Rotary Soccer Complex on the weekend.

Bourke taken by Colorado Prince George Cougars forward Troy Bourke has been a fan of the Colorado Avalanche his whole life. Now he can say he belongs to the National Hockey League franchise. The Avalanche selected Burke in the third round, 72nd overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Bourke, a 1994-born forward from Onoway, Alta., has spent the past two seasons skating with the Cougars in the Western Hockey League. Bourke, who said he’s grown to about 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds this offseason, was the Cougars’ leading scorer in the 2011-12 WHL season. He managed 56 points (18 goals and 38 assists) in 71 games for a Cougars squad which fin-

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ished second last in the 22-team WHL with 24 wins, 46 losses, zero overtime setbacks and two shootout defeats (22-46-0-2). Bourke also made the roster of Team Canada for the 2012 World U-18 Championship, helping the team finish third in the 10-team competition in April in the Czech Republic. He recorded seven assists in seven games at the tournament. Bourke was ranked 123rd among North American skaters in Central Scouting Services’ final draft rankings in April. Bourke plans on returning to Prince George to rejoin the Cougars later this summer. The team’s Hockey School runs Aug. 20 to 24, with training camp the following week.

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Assault start lacrosse playoffs with win The College Heights Pub Assault drew first blood on Monday night. Back at the Coliseum for Game 2 this evening, the Twisted Cork/Regional Security Stylers will attempt to even the Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association best-of-five series at one win apiece. The contest is scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m. While the Assault were determined and deserve full credit for an 18-6 victory in Game 1, the Stylers felt the impact of playing without their top star, PGSLA leading scorer Andrew Schwab. Construction work commitments led Schwab to Alberta and therefore he was unable to dress on Monday night. Schwab led the league in individual scoring during the regular season with 122 points (65 goals and 57 assists) in 14 games. The next highest scorer, BX Pub Bandits player Damon Calfa, recorded 58 goals and 46 assists for 104 points. Schwab led his team in scoring by 52 points, the next highest point producer being Morgan Bloom, who tallied 21 goals and 49 assists in 14 games. The Assault took it to the Stylers early in Game 1, leading 10-0 after the first period and opening up a 12-0 lead by the midway point of the game. Offensively, Dave Jenkins led the way with 11 points (six goals and five assists). Jenkins was the Assault’s team leader in scoring in the regular season, third in the PGSLA with 49 goals and 49 assists for 98 points in 11 games. Other Assault play-

the Crossfire in a doubleheader. The playoffs resume on Thursday night in Mackenzie, with the LumberJax hosting the Bandits in Game 2 of that series. It’s the final PGSLA contest before the league takes a five-day break from action for the Canada Day long weekend. Game 3 of the Assault and Stylers is scheduled for July 3, with the third game of the Bandits-LumberJax set on July 4. Each of those contests will unfold at the

Coliseum starting at 8 p.m. The rest of the first round, if necessary, looks like this: July 5 - Stylers versus Assault (Game 4); July 9 - Bandits at Mackenzie (Game 4); July 10 - Stylers versus Assault (Game 5); July 11 - Mackenzie at Bandits (Game 5). The winners will meet in the PGSLA best-of-seven championship series. A schedule for that set will be released once the semifinal round is complete.

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Mike Bailey of the Twisted Cork/Regional Security Stylers passes the ball to a teammate during their Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association playoff game against the College Heights Pub Assault on Monday evening at the Coliseum. The Assault outscored the Stylers 18-6 to take a one game to zero lead in the best-of-seven semifinal series. Game 2 is tonight, 8 p.m. at the Coliseum. ers with multiple point games were: Clarke Anderson - three goals and five assists; Craig Dunfield - two goals and six assists; Nathaniel McFayden - five goals and one assist; Dom Sia - one goal and four assists; John Makowsky - one goal and three assists; Russill Mills - two assists; and Josh Kelly - two assists. Five players figured in on the scoring for the Stylers: Carson Toth - two goals and two assists; Mike Padalec - two goals and one assist; Morgan Bloom - three assists; Matt Rochon - one goal and one assist; and Paul Bryant - one goal.

Monday marked the beginning of the playoffs. The Assault took the second seed into the postseason with a 12-3 record, while the third-ranked Stylers were 9-6. On Tuesday night, the firstplace BX Pub Bandits (13-2) hosted the fourth-place Mackenzie LumberJax (6-9) to begin the league’s other best-of-five semifinal series. Two non-playoff teams, the No. 5 Shooters Pub Devils (3-12) and No. 6 Quesnel Crossfire (2-13), round out the PGSLA. The 45-game regular season wrapped up on the weekend in Quesnel, with the LumberJax sweeping

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Love him or hate him, King James reigns

Whether they like him or ics holding a 3-2 series lead. not, basketball fans can at But victories in consecutive least respect LeBron James elimination games, 98-79 in for his talent on the floor and Game 6 and 101-88 in Game what he’s accomplished this 7 in Miami, gave the Heat the past season. 4-3 series victory and berth in An obvious choice for the the finals. National Basketball AssociaIn the finals, Miami tion Finals MVP, responded from LBJ averaged a loss in Game 1 30.3 points and with four straight ULL 9.7 rebounds wins to capture OURT per game in 23 the championship. playoff games But when lookRESS this year. He was ing at James’ ALISTAIR MCINNIS career, the biggest the biggest reason the Miami Heat are NBA number here is 1. Now he can champions, with a five-game take his name off the list of victory over the Oklahoma superstar athletes without a City Thunder in the best-ofchampionship. seven NBA finals. They sealed With his first NBA ring the title with a 121-106 victory and an MVP award with it, over the Thunder in Game 5 the nickname King James has last Thursday. never been more appropriate. Looking game-by-game, Among the top players in James’ postseason included the game for several years, a high of 45 points (June 7 James has gotten used to against the Boston Celtics) the spotlight and all that it and low of 19 points (April 30 brings. He’s also faced a ton against the New York Knicks). of criticism and hate, much The 45-point performance of that still coming from could be considered a turnCleveland, since he held that ing point in the Heat’s playoff nationally televised press run, as they entered the game conference to announce he in Boston riding a three-game was leaving his hometown losing streak, with the CeltCavaliers to play for Miami.




He held a welcoming party in Miami, where he announced he’d win multiple championships. People haven’t forgot about James’ unsportsmanlike fashion in how he left Cleveland, so don’t expect the many haters to be warming up to James since he’s won a title. A pre-finals ESPN SportsNation poll showed that only two of the 50 states (Washington and Florida) cheered for the Heat to win the championship. If you’re wondering why Washington, answer this question: Where did the Thunder play before the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City? With this title behind him, are there more in store for LBJ? He’s still two and a half years shy of his 30th birthday. The wait for his first seemed long, but looking at the big picture, it wasn’t that long. He hasn’t even been in the league a decade, as he was drafted by the Cavaliers first overall in 2003. The constant attention James receives from media and fans make it seem like he’s been around for ages. He


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Patrick Ewing (basketball), Charles Barkley (basketball) and Barry Bonds (baseball). The same Bleacher Report website lists top retired NHL players who never won a Stanley Cup in their careers. The list includes forwards Adam Oates, Pavel Bure, Dale Hawerchuk, Cam Neely, Pat LaFontaine and Marcel Dionne. Washington Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin heads the list of current NHL stars who haven’t won the title. He only turns 27 in September, so he’s not exactly running low on time.

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Cougars set to pick fifth in import draft The Prince George Cougars entered today’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft holding the fifth overall selection. The Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League held the top choice, a pick acquired from the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix. Another Western Hockey League team, the Prince Albert Raiders, had the second selection. Holding the top Ontario Hockey League choice in the draft, the Erie Otters were set to select third, followed by the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL (from Prince Edward Island). Each of the CHL teams had the opportunity to select a maximum of two players in the CHL Import Draft. There are 120 total slots marked down although two WHL teams, the Kamloops Blazers and Tri-City Americans, had already passed on their Round 2 selections. The Cougars’ second choice is 65th overall. The CHL Import Draft was set to begin at 6 a.m. this morning. The two-round draft takes place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular-season standings from last season. Each CHL team can carry a maximum of two European import players, selected annually through the draft. Last year, the London Knights of the OHL used the first overall pick to select defenceman Olli Maatta, recently chosen 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Entry Draft on Friday. Nail Yakupov, taken first overall by the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, was taken second overall by the OHL’s Sarnia Sting in the 2010 CHL Import Draft. In the same import draft in which Yakupov was selected, the Cougars used the first overall pick to take defenceman Martin Marincin. In one and a half seasons with the Cougars, Marincin was one of the Cougars’ top players, an offensive blue liner and power-play quarterback. He’s also property of the Oilers, selected by the squad in the second round, 46th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

SCHEDULE The WHL has announced it would release its 2012-13 regular season schedule today. Last week, the league announced its 2012 pre-season schedule. Once again, the Cougars will begin pre-season play at the Edmonton Oil Kings’ tournament on the Labour Day long weekend in St. Albert, Alta. The Cougars meet the Red Deer Rebels on Sept. 1, followed by a game against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Sept. 2. The Cougars will also host the Edmonton Oil Kings in a two-game set (Sept. 7 and 8) and battle the Kamloops Blazers in a home-and -home doubleheader (Sept. 14 and 15) for a total of six pre-season games. FAMOUS PLAYERS 6


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A new study investigating a broad range of perspectives on British Columbia’s carbon tax shows that, across economic and social sectors, most think the policy has been positive for the province. The study, British Columbia’s carbon tax: Exploring perspectives and seeking common ground, released today by the Pembina Institute and Energy and Materials Research Group at Simon Fraser University, interviewed representatives from B.C. businesses, non-government organizations, academics and community leaders, asking about the effectiveness of the carbon tax to date and how it could be improved. Of those interviewed a strong majority (64%) said that the carbon tax has had positive consequences for the province, while only a small minority (18%) believed the policy to have had negative consequences so far. The Children’s Charity’s eighth annual Prince George Children’s Radiothon on 97FM The Wolf and 94X has raised an incredible $62,648 and 326 Buddy Bears, the highest Variety Prince George radiothon, surpassing last year’s total of $46,603. All proceeds will support children who have special needs in the Prince George area. The Radiothon introduced listeners to some of the local families and organizations Variety has helped including the Child Development Centre of Prince George, University Hospital of Northern BC and Family YMCA of Prince George. The two-day event aired on June 20-21 and was generously supported by the community and sponsored by 97FM The Wolf, 94X, Canfor, Commonwealth Financial, McDonald’s, Kal Tire, Four Points by Sheraton Prince George and TELUS.

B.C. Chamber supports LNG The B.C. Chamber of Commerce welcomed Premier Christy Clark’s announcement this week that the Clean Energy Act will be amended to classify Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a clean fuel when it is used to power LNG extraction plants in northern B.C. “This very timely announcement will have huge implications for our province,” said John Winter, president & CEO of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. “LNG extraction is a home grown industry which will now be able to expand beyond current power restrictions to create jobs in B.C. and increase exports abroad.” Premier Clark’s announcement has several implications for both domestic and foreign markets. LNG plants use immense amounts of electricity in their operations, and BC Hydro does not have the current capacity to power any newly proposed plants such as those in Kitimat. Allowing LNG plants to produce their own power will keep electricity rates low for residential and business consumers, and realize the vast economic and job creation potential of this industry. “The benefits of this decision extend beyond our own borders,” continued Winter. “By promoting Liquefied Natural Gas as a coal replacement for foreign markets, B.C. can help reduce the carbon footprint of major consumers such as China with this much cleaner fuel.”


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Myrtle Patrick, centre, receives a $500 bursary from Christy Smith, right, of the North Central branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM). Patrick won the award for her dedication as a student in CNC’s Mining program at the Vanderhoof campus. Also in the photo is Brent Marshall, owner of Northland Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Prince George, who presented the CIM with $5,000 for its endowment fund. In December, CIM donated $30,000 to an endowment fund at CNC to support those students interested in a career in mining. Awards were also given to Joe Sinclair from Fort St. James, Kim Jones from Mackenzie and Gerald Whitford from Burns Lake, who were working and could not attend the event.


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Reporting to the Band Administrator, the Finance Officer is responsible for providing the leadership, direction and support for the overall management, recording and reporting of the financial affairs of the First Nation. The Finance Officer manages the day-to-day accounting affairs including accounts payable, accounts receivable, banking, reconciliations, payroll, general accounting, financial reporting, and the supervision, valuation and development of Finance Department staff.

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Moving Owner retiring. Local, well-established moving company in Williams Lake for sale. Serious inquiries only. 250-392-3454 or 1-888-396-6166 FREE VENDING Machines. Appointing prime references now. Earn up to $100,000 + per year. Exclusive protected territories. For full details call now. 1-866-668-6629 Website LIVE THE Dream. Harbours End Marine, 27 year history on beautiful Salt Spring Island, BC “the best place on earth!” Owner retiring, well-established business only $129,000 email: Small home decor and gift shop business for sale on 4th Ave, Prince George Reasonably priced. 250-963-9344

Career Opportunities AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.

Drivers/Courier/ Trucking DRIVERS WANTED:


fax 250.562-0025 email Employment Employment Employment

Terrific career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Experience Needed!! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 wks. vacation & benefits pkg. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid License with air brake endorsement. High School Diploma or GED. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver DO NOT FILL IN CITY or STATE

The successful applicant for the position of Finance Officer will have: • Bachelor Degree in related discipline or minimum of a Diploma in Accounting, with extensive related formal training / courses in Accounting • Eight to Ten (8-10) years accounting experience with two to three (2-3) years at the financial management and supervisory level • Prefer First Nation organization experience including revenue and taxation • Working knowledge of Fund accounting • Demonstrated leadership, team, management, communications and interpersonal skills This First Nation Organization offers a very good compensation package along with an opportunity to be an important member of a highly motivated and successful team and organization. Please forward a current resumé with references to:

The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43+ years. We are seeking candidates for the following position within our organization:

Family and Wellness Programs Aboriginal Head Start Coordinator Closing date: July 5, 2012 at 12:00 Noon A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to:

Les Hart and Associates #64 – 2022 Pacific Way Kamloops, BC V1S 1T1 Email: Fax: 250-372-9116

Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail:

All applications will be received and reviewed in strict confidence. Closing date for accepting applications will be Friday, July 13th, 2012.

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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Merchandise for Sale

Help Wanted

Trades, Technical

Personal Care

Misc. for Sale

Spicy Greens Restaurant

EMPLOYMENT ALBERTA: Journeyman Sheet Metal Mechanic, Field and Shop Fabrication, Refrigeration Mechanic, Plumbers/Pipefitters. Overtime and benefit Package. Email resumes to: toddw@ Fax: 780-624-2190. Contact Todd at 780-624-4140

FOR THE HOME BREWER Wine making equipment. Incl. 2 primary buckets, 4 carboy’s, hoses, syphon’s, thermometers, floor corker (some corks) electric bottle filler plus lots more. Must be sold as a complete set $375 250-562-3747

TECHS LIVE Large in Alberta! Moving/training/tool allowances. Great wages. Full benefits. Investment program. Go Auto has 30 dealerships/18 brands. Apply now!

STEEL BUILDING - Huge clearance sale! 20x24 $4,658. 25x28 $5,295. 30x40 $7,790. 32x54 $10,600. 40x58 $14,895. 47x78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

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STEEL BUILDINGS for sale. Need some extra storage or workspace? Alpine Steel Buildings is an authorized Metallic Builder. Kelowna company with 1300+ sold. 1-800565-9800.

Interested bidders must submit sealed bids marked “Bid for Tachet Community Road and Drainage Improvements” to the ofÀce of the Owner’s Representative:


PG needs 4 full time cooks with min 2-3 yrs exp in South Indian & Sri Lankan cooking. $18/hr. Speaking Tamil would be an asset. Fax 778-415-5111. Email T-MAR INDUSTRIES located in Campbell River is hiring for the position of Heavy Duty Mechanic. Position comes with a competitive benefit package and applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. For details visit Contact Tyson Lambert by Fax: 250-286-9502 or by

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services CICC is now hiring for kitchen helpers in remote site logging and mining camps. All applicants must be bondable, able to pass a drug test and have food safe, level one first aid, WHMIS certification. $10.50 per hour. Please fax resumes to 250-563-5363 or email to MOTEL Manager Prince Motel is currently looking for a hardworking, self motivated and experienced individual to fill the position of a Motel Manager. If interested please email your resume to or Phone at 778-822-0101 Prince George Pizza Hut Restaurant requires full time Food Counter Attendants, $10.50/hour, Food and Beverage Servers, $ 10.50/hour and pizza cooks $13.00/hour. All jobs are 40hrs/week. Mail resumes at Suite 208, 715 Victoria Street Prince George, BC V2L 2K5 or fax 250-561-2549

Income Opportunity EARN EXTRA Cash! - P/T, F/T immediate openings. easy computer work, other positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed.

Trades, Technical


Tolko Industries Ltd. is a forest products company w/ marketing & manufacturing facilities throughout Western Canada. Our commitment to excellence in the forest industry has resulted in significant growth. We are currently seeking a #1 Certified Planerman to join our progressive team at our Armstrong Division, located in the North Okanagan Region of BC. QUALIFICATIONS; · #1 Certified Planerman or Millwright with a planerman endorsement · Superior Troubleshooting Skills · Excellent Organizational Skills · Hydraulic and Welding experience an asset


Competitive Wages Development Opportunities On-going Training Dynamic and Challenging Environment

Strong values of Safety, Respect, Progressiveness, Open Communication, Integrity and Profit guide us at Tolko.

READY TO APPLY YOURSELF? If you are interested in exploring this opportunity and being part of our community, please visit our website at;

and submit your resume by June 30, 2012 OIL BURNER Technician Plumber/Gasfitter, 4th Class Power Engineer required in Yellowknife, NT. Journeyperson, bondable and own hand tools. Resume: k.leonardis@


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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

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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

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

Landscaping Mini hoe for hire, good rates 250-962-7811 250-613-8760 Mow/trim, pruning, rubbish removal, asphalt pothole, crack repair & sealing. Complete yard care. PG YARD SERVICE 250-552-2122 SPRING YARD CLEAN-UP Garbage Removal & Gutter Cleaning Power Raking ~ Aerating (250)961-3612 or (250)964-4758 res

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Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent


• 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

To Rent Call:


Roofing & Skylights Norm’s Roofing *Residential roofing & re-roofing*

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Pets & Livestock


GATEWAY MANOR 2080 20th Ave. Clean, quiet bldg with security entrance. No pets, spacious 1 & 2 bdrm suites . Resident mgr 250-5619397. Bach $500, 1 bdr. $570, 2 bdr. $650; heat, h/w incl., 1601 Queensway; 250-596-4275 250-612-7199 Briarwood Apts. 1330/80 Foothills Blvd. 1 & 2 Bdrm suites 250-561-1571 HARDWOOD MANOR APTS Under New Management!

HORSE FOR SALE 19 year old sorrel gelding, well trained, not a beginners horse. Used for penning at one time. $2500 obo. (250) 695-6972

1575 Queesway 250-596-9484

Merchandise for Sale


$100 & Under

Under New Management

CD’s, DVD’s & LP’s $5 ea or 5 for $20. 2nd Thoughts Buy & Sell 1412 2nd Ave (250)5962214 Spa @ Home. Poor circulation inflammation, skin conditions. Natural/Herbal. All ages. Sat & Sun only 1156 4th Ave

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

$200 & Under Driest fire wood in & delivered $180 (250)562-7111 Firewood for sale, delivered. $175 per 250-613-8760 or 7811.

town! Split real cord cut split & large cord. 250-962-

Misc. for Sale For Sale Denim sofa c/w matching plaid pillows and ottoman, $200. 1 baby gate, $15. 2 wooden folding chairs $10 5’x8’ area carpet olive green with design $25. 250-562-3747

1 & 2 bdrm suites Heat & Hot water included.

3820 - 15th Ave

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

Invitation to Tenderers Lake Babine Nation is inviting qualiÀed contractors to submit bids for the following work at Tachet (Babine I.R. No. 25):

Re-grade and re-surface approximately 3km of gravel road Construct community drainage system, including approximately 4km of ditches, 15 road crossing culverts, and 53 driveway culverts Associated civil works

Tender documents including addenda may be obtained on B.C. Bid (

Chris Cheng, P.Eng. Associated Engineering 300-4940 Canada Way Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 4M5 Tender Closing Date: June 22, 2012 Tender Closing Time: 2:00pm local time Bids must be accompanied by the speciÀed Bid Bond payable to the Lake Babine Nation. The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted. Technical inquires by bidders are to be sent via email directed to Chris Cheng, P.Eng of Associated Engineering ( An optional site visit is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 8, 2012 at 1pm. Meeting location to be conÀrmed. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, June 6, 2012 to conÀrm attendance.

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Make a difference in Prince George by joining the Free Press team; the number one community newspaper in Prince George.

Advertising Sales Consultant We are seeking a “team player” with sales experience, experience in creating written proposals and an ability and desire to work and learn in a fast paced, busy environment. The ideal candidate must be motivated and take the initiative to sell multiple media products, including on-line advertising and special products, work with existing customers and develop new customers. Strong interpersonal skills and a strong knowledge of sales and marketing are required. Above average communication skills, valid driver’s licence and a reliable vehicle are necessary. The benefits and opportunities of working for the leading newspaper in Prince George are why we attract and employ the best. If a rewarding challenge resonates with you, contact us today. Please submit your resume and cover letter to the attention of: Ron Lovestone, Regional Publisher Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street Prince George, BC V2N 1T3

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

Help Wanted


Phone 250-596-4555

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

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Adopt a Shelter Cat! The BC SPCA cares for thousands of orphaned and abandoned cats each year. If you can give a homeless cat a second chance at happiness, please visit your local shelter today.


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Apt/Condo for Rent

Commercial/ Industrial

Property Management

Cars - Domestic

Wrecker/Used Parts

Ford F150 Blk, V8 4.6 Auto Triton 4x4 extended cab. Quick sale $5500. Serious inquires only(778)416-1616

USED TIRES Cars & Trucks $25 & up

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

Phone 250-563-2221


2666 Upland Street 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Rent includes: hydro, heat, hot water, appliances, drapes and parking. Quiet, no pets

250-564-3162 VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446

S lives here. It’s here in our community. Please make a difference by volunteering. Sclerosis Society of Canada S Multiple


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


Modular Homes JUNE SPECIAL Brand New 16’ Wide Modular Homes. From $69,900 Double Wide Modular 1350 sq ft from $99,900


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

Shared Accommodation Are you a female student coming to Prince George for school? Quiet, friendly home to share with single woman. On bus route, Internet included, own bedroom, share rest of house, $550. Can be room and board, cost negotiable. Availability starting July or August. References required. Contact Lorraine at

Suites, Lower Bach. & 1 bdrm bsmt suites for rent. Includes utilities, reasonably priced, available immediately (250) 552-1178



Most Sizes Available

2011 18’ Creekside Trailer A/C, elec awning, Loaded. Reduced $14,000 OBO 250596-4145 22 foot 2006 Salem LE travel trailer. Sleeps 4, like brand new. Can be viewed at 1310 Kellogg Ave. 250-564-8267

15270 Hwy 97 South 250.963.3435

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Sport Utility Vehicle 2005 Jimmy, 99,900 km, one owner. Good condition, 4 wheel drive, complete with winter tires & rims. $9800 Phone 250-963-3427

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Free Press accepts Datebook submissions in written form only — dropped off, mailed or e-mailed. No phone calls please. Free Press Datebook runs as space allows every Wednesday. No guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George, B.C. V2N 1T3. E-mail

WEDNESDAY Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Wing night and karaoke, Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion. B.C.Civil Liberties meets second Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., 2105 Pine St. Next meeting July 11. CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Capt. McCue 250565-6993, 250-5649030.

Community Builder

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Sean Kehler (holding cheque at left), RBC VP for commercial financial services, presented a $36,000 cheque to the ACT Foundation to enhance the CPR program in the Prince George School District. Superintendent Brian Pepper, center, accepted the donation on behalf of the foundation at a workshop where CPR instructors trained Prince George and Mackenzie secondary school teachers to become CPR and AED instructors for their students.

Proud those Proud to to recognize recognize those who give in our community.

THURSDAY DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association,1692 10th Ave. Information: Heather 250-6499591. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. toastmastersclubs. org/ or 250-5645191. Spring Ultimate Frisbee League, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., PGSS fields. Information: www. NCP workers and retirees meet third Thursday of the month, 10 a.m., Pine Centre food court. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Chess nights, Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Books and Company. Information: Marilyn 250-562-9580. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45

who give in our community. 1475 Edmonton Street • 250.565.2515

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p.m., Thursdays, Spruce Capital Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561. Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. NorthBreast Passage Dragon Boat Society meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Chronic Disease Management Room, UHNBC. Information: Anita 250-563-2949 or Betty 250-9627985.

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

SATURDAY Flea market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Live bands, Saturday, 8 p.m.midnight, Royal Canadian Legion.

SUNDAY Pancake breakfast buffet, July 1, 9-11 a.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Program of India, July 1, 6 p.m., Shaw Cable 10 with Tarsem Parmar. Flea market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Meat draw, Royal Canadian Legion, 3-5 p.m., sponsored by Peace Keepers Proceeds to Alzheimer and MS societies and others.

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

Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250-596-0125 or Jeanette 250-5639362.

TUESDAY Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays 7–8:30 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250962-6876 or www. Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250-562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s fourpart chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975. Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1500 Edmonton St.

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

Hospital retirees meeting, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-563-7497 or 250-563-2885.

SUPPORT GROUPS Prince George Stroke Survivors Group meets Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. Information: Julia 250-563-3819, Roland 250-5621747. La Leche League breast feeding support group meets the second Thursday of every month 7 p.m. at the Health Unit auditorium. Information: Tammy 250-612-0085. PGRH retirees breakfast, first Tuesday of the month, Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Information: 250-563-2885. Prince George ATV Club meets third Tuesday of month, 7 p.m. Carmel Restaurant meeting room. Information: George 250-964-7907.

Prince George Healing Rooms - Are you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Monday noon-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m No appointment necessary, located in the Prince George Pentecostal Church, 497 Ospika Blvd. Information: 250-6179653. Free sports and recreation, Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 1160 7th Ave., ages 15-30. Information: 250-656-5278. Children’s choir, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hartland Baptist Church. Information: 778-415-5000. Parents Together, a mutual/self-help support group for parents of teens, meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Intersect (basement entrance). Information: Carmen 250-562-6639. Tuesday night Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 6:157:15 p.m. weigh in, 7:30-8:30 meeting. Everyone welcome. Information: Marvene 250-962-8001 or 250-612-2031. DivorceCare, a support group for persons going through a separation or divorce. To find out if this group is for you, call 250-5646213. Group meets at Artspace, Room 202, Sundays at 5 p.m.

Call about childcare. Prince George Healing Rooms - Are you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Wednesday noon-2 p.m, All Nations Church, 1395 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-617-9653. COPD support group meets Wednesday, 1 p.m., AiMHi. Information: Nancy 250-561-1393.

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Canadian Breast Cancer Fdn CIBC Run for the Cure – Looking for volunteers to help with promotional events leading up to the run and to help on run day itself (Sept 30 at the Civic Centre). Stacey Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management - Recruiting volunteers for in-office & Local & National deployments. Email: Alex 250-564-6566 #42 Chronic Disease Self-Management July 17-20 Chronic Disease SelfManagement Program – Train the Trainer event from 9 am – 4 pm daily at CNC. Volunteer to become a certified leader. More info email: Kim 250-614-4430

For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George



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June 27, 2012 edition of the Prince George Free Press

Prince George Free Press, June 27, 2012  

June 27, 2012 edition of the Prince George Free Press