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NEWS BRIEFS ER open dates New dates have been announced on which the Stuart Lake Hospital emergency room will now be open. The emergency room will be open: July 25 2 p.m. to July 26 5 a.m. July 26 8 a.m. to July 27 8 a.m. July 27 7 July 30 8 a.m. July 31 8 p.m. to August 1 8 a.m. In addition, due to much needed vacation for the physician operating the Fort St. James Medical Clinic, the clinic will be closed on the following dates: August 3 to 7

Vandals hit Sowchea School During the night of Tuesday, June 26 or in the early morning of June 27, vandals broke two windows at Sowchea Elementary School. Two windows were broken on the northern side of the school after being struck by what appears to be fireworks. The damage was limited to the exterior of the building but could potentially have been much worse. This is the second incidence of vandalism at the school within a matter of months. Anyone with information relating to the incident please call the Fort St. James RCMP at 996-8269.

Opponents of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project stood alongside Highway 27 on July 19 while the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel was in town for community hearings to hear area residents’ oral statements. Ruth Lloyd Photo

Northern Gateway review hears from Fort St. James and area Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Twenty-five people from both Fort St. James and Vanderhoof made oral statements to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel on July 19. Before and during the proceedings for the oral statements, citizens and some of the oral presenters were waving signs at passing traffic along Highway 27 near the Stuart River bridge. The Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel community hearings took place in the Sowchea Elementary school gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The speakers ranged in topic from the very personal to the more technical to the historical, but every single one spoke in opposition to the proposed Northern Gateway project. The three members of the review panel, whose job it is to listen to all the information

presented about the Northern Gateway Project and then either reject the project as proposed or approve it with or without conditions, have been travelling along the pipeline route and beyond to listen to oral statements. The Northern Gateway Project would see a twin pipeline built from northern Alberta across British Columbia to carry diluted bitumen to a port in Kitimat where it would be loaded onto tankers. The following are some excerpts from some of the speakers in order of their presentations, and the entire transcript will be available online, after the paper went to press at: clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/hrng-eng. html Pete Erickson Erickson spoke about the seismic activity in the area and how this poses a threat to the pipeline’s integrity over time, called the economic benefits

a “flash of jobs” and said the creation of greenhouse gases by the pipeline’s construction and operation and its associated activities would offset benefits as well. The pipeline project would be “leaving a time-bomb within our community” and “would have an untold stress on our people.” “We are the people of this land,” he said. “We will always be the people of this land and we cannot under any circumstances, leave this land.” “No heavy crude pipeline, built by Enbridge or any other company will be allowed in Dakelh territory.” Jorgen Christensen Christensen described his fear of an oil spill during the long winters in the area, due to the problems this may cause to cleanup efforts and his concerns for Hecate Strait which the loaded tankers would be navigating. “Let’s slow down, leave

some for the coming generations.” Louise Bergener Bergener was critical of the review process itself. “I fear that this process is all about dollars,” she said. “I am concerned that the people who live in the north provide the pathway for a foreign investor to make value-added dollars from our oil instead of having those jobs at the source. I can understand that the government of Canada wants to diversify its markets, but that is no excuse for giving away potential in jobs or enabling the destruction of its land.” Dennis Cumberland “I am a salmon eater. I grew up on the banks of the Stuart River, Nakalcoh. I’m here to present a message, I want to speak on behalf of Chief Kwah.” “The salmon, the rivers and lakes, the ocean, are all one. The salmon unite the people, the wa-

ters and the land. For thousands of years the salmon have sustained us. Now you come along and say you have a better plan for us, for the people, the lakes, the ocean. A pipeline. Progress. Your plan shows your lack of respect for our traditions, for life itself.” “When I first heard of the Enbridge plan to cross the Stuart River less than three miles from Chief Kwah’s grave, I was shocked that it would even be considered.” “The great Chief Kwah at the end of his life broke with an old tradition of cremation, asking instead to be buried along the riverbank near the mouth of Nakalcoh to welcome and honour and protect the salmon forever.” “He drew his bow and sent an arrow into the future, today we are his arrow. We will protect and honour the salmon forever.” Continued on Page 3


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Courier Enbridge ammends plans Enbridge will be making changes to attempt to make the proposed Northern Gateway Project safer, according to a release which came in as the paper was going to press. In response to concerns resulting from a recently released report on the Line 6B spill into the Kalamazoo River near Marshal, Michigan in 2010 and comments made to the review panel in community hearings. The National Transportation Safety Board report on the Michigan spill resulted in openly critical comments by Premier Christy Clark. The report was highly critical of many of Enbridge’s actions leading up to and during the spill, taking 17 hours to shut down the line despite alarms in the control room in Edmonton. Maintenance on the line was also called into question in the report and critical of both Enbridge and regulators for not following up to ensure repairs were undertaken after inspections showed cor-

rosion and cracking five years before the line break. In this latest announcement, Enbridge is hoping to allay fears the same could happen in British Columbia or Alberta, where the company hopes to build a twin pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to Kitimat, on the B.C. coast. “We recognize that there are concerns among Aboriginal groups and the public around pipeline safety and integrity. We had already planned to build a state-of-the-art project, using the most advanced technology, safety measures and procedures in the industry today,” said Janet Holder, Executive Vice President, Western Access, Enbridge Inc. “With these enhanced measures, we will make what is already a very safe project even safer in order to provide further comfort to people who are concerned about the safety of sensitive habitats in remote areas.” The extra measures the company said it will implement in-

clude: Increasing pipeline wall thickness of the oil pipeline Additional pipeline wall thickness for water crossings such as major tributaries to the Fraser, Skeena and Kitimat Rivers Increasing the number of remotely-operated isolation valves. This would increase the number of isolation valves in BC by 50% Increasing frequency of in-line inspection surveys across entire pipeline system by a minimum 50% over and above current standards Installing dual leak detection systems Staff pump stations in remote locations on a 24/7 basis for onsite monitoring, heightened security, and rapid response to abnormal conditions Enbridge expects these extra measures will carry an additional cost of approximately $400 million - $500 million.

B.C. wins arbitration A ruling by the London Court of International Arbitration dismissed a U.S. complaint alleging B.C. was selling lumber below market value. The ruling under the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement dismissed the U.S. complaint in its entirety. “This is a total victory for British Columbia

and Canada and is great news for B.C.’s lumber workers and their families,” said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. “Our government has worked hard to defend and create jobs for British Columbians and to demonstrate that the U.S.’s complaints were unwarranted and groundless.”

The complaint was due to the increased rate of harvest of low-grade timber due to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The B.C. government maintains the auctionbased pricing system maintains the full value of the timber. The Softwood Lumber Agreement has been signed on to until October of 2015.


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Continued from Page 1 Louise Evans-Salt “My name is Louise Evans-Salt and I am the mother of three and the grandmother of six.” She spoke about her concerns the passing of Bill C-38 may have on the review process, which has shortened the review process and limited the power of the panel itself and she fears will also increase the threats to species at risk. She also said she is very concerned about the rapidly increasing rate of oil spills. “I have no faith in the Enbridge Corporation,” she said, and she questioned the company’s honestry in conversations with the community. “It is another sell-off of resources that need to stay in Canada to create jobs for Canada.” “It is in the best interests of all Canadians to protect this beautiful land.” “What do you want to be able to tell your grandchildren?” she said. “I want to leave them a legacy of life, not a legacy of death.” Betsy Leon, Nak’azdli elder “I would like to be able to speak on behalf of the land” she said. “Land is very precious to us.” “If the land is damaged, what are we going to turn to, what are we going to do?” Jana Gainor “Many an evening, such as one two nights ago, I floated in the lake after a swim. The same lake I learned to swim in and my children are currently learning to swim in. Just a few kilometres from where Pitka Creek flows into the Stuart Lake. The same creek that could border the edge of a massive six-diesel engine pumping station pumping bitumen and carcinogenic benzenes to and from this province’s beautiful coast.” “By allowing this pipeline to go forward some Canadians will benefit. So

Catherine Coldwell made an oral presentation to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel at community hearings on July 19. Ruth Lloyd Photo

will a lot of Americans and Chinese. Is that who Canadians are? A country of men and women willing to sacrifice a truly sustainable industry like tourism so China can get a screaming deal on oil?” “I am asking the review panel to force Canada to be innovative again. Force us to be innovative with new green energy ideas and solutions. To be leaders in responsible governing and growth.” Selena Lezone, Naka’zdli elder “We know our rights as you know our rights, we just ask you to reconsider … and do the right thing, not only for you guys but us too.” Kandace Kerr Kerr described some of her friends and neighbours who live along the proposed pipeline route, from Sandra and Randy Sulyma’s home on the Stuart River, near where the pipeline could cross the river, to a neighbour’s farm, where the pipeline would pass through his potato patch, to another woman’s home where the pipeline route is proposed to go through her kitchen. “I may not agree with my neighbours … but I always trust them. I don’t trust Enbridge.”

Thompson Creek still down Stock prices for Thompson Creek Metals have been falling since late February this year. Share prices have gone from $9-10 per share to less than $3 as of last week. Problems at both their Endako operation and their U.S.

molybdenum operation have reportedly increased production costs. The Mount Milligan mine being built between Fort St. James and Mackenzie is still slated to become operational by the third quarter of 2013.

“I don’t trust Enbridge to be a good neighbour.” “This pipeline doesn’t just run through the bush in the middle of nowhere, it runs through people’s lives.” At the end of her oral statement, Kerr called on the audience to stand in opposition to the pipeline and say “No” to the pipeline, and almost the entire room stood with her and said “No.” She was chastised by the panel for the disruption, but the rest of the proceedings continued as before. George Labrush Labrush argued the economic argument for the pipeline would make more sense if the bitumen was being refined in Canada instead of being shipped raw to foreign markets. “This defies rational ex-

planation,” he said. Anne Marie Sam Sam spoke of the connectedness of the waterways and their importance to the culture of the Dakelh people. “When we are a Dakelh people, we travel by water and we are here to protect our water,” she said. “This is a project that is profit for a few but consequences for everybody.” Lillian Sam “The river is the lifeblood of our people,” she said. “We as keyoh holders have not signed any agreement with Enbridge, nor were we consulted.” Keith Prince “I know that the people of Enbridge are fools, because they don’t realize what it is to be a person … you can’t eat profits, you can’t eat oil.”

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Chad Lantz “My home, my farm, my trapline, are my life. They are all within the corridor of this pipeline.” “Economics on paper can work but they’re not tied to culture, sustainability.” “Any development in my opinion, should be mutually beneficial.” Glenda Olson “The province of British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places on earth and we’re here to tell you we want to keep it that way.” She also spoke about Enbridge’s track record in the past and said this should be a reason not to approve the project they are proposing. “If I was hiring a contractor to do some work in my home and got these kinds of references, would I hire them?” Due to spacial constraints, not all of the oral statements given were touched on. A link to the full transcripts will be available through www.

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provide food and other necessities. We also run a small food bank on Tuesday morning, and are very thankful for all who contribute to this endeavor. For further information please call Gwen Andrews 567-6744. *** SERVICE TIMES... at St Patrick’s Anglican Church, Fort St James, will be 2.00pm every Sunday. Friday at 6.00pm - Each week we offer a Fellowship time with soup, music, and prayer, at St Patrick’s Anglican Church Hall beginning at 6.00pm. Please come and join us. *** FIREWEED CLOTHES DRIVE...The Fireweed Safe Haven is doing a winter clothes drive. We are looking for jackets, boots, snow pants, mitts, hats, scarves, fleeces, etc, for men, women and children. The items will then be given to families in the community that need them. If you do not have anything at home that you can part with but still wish to contribute, you can purchase mitts, socks, or thermal underwear. Please drop items off at the Fireweed Safe Haven. For more information please contact Talia at (250) 996-8081. Every little bit helps. *** AUXILIARY TO STUART LAKE HOSPITAL... Monthly meeting 2nd Wednesday each month. Hospital Cafeteria 7:00 p.m. *** FORT ST. JAMES PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS... Tuesday 11:30-8:00 Wednesday 11:30-4:30 Thursday 11:30-4:30 Friday 11:30-8:00 Saturday 11:00-3:00 *** NECHAKO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES SOCIETY... Child and Youth Mental Health and Counseling Services available

at no cost. Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call 996-7645 for appointment. *** FORT TRAP AND HANDGUN CLUB... meets last Sunday of every month. Contact Sharon at 9968373 for more information. *** FORT ST. JAMES SEARCH & RESCUE... steering committee meetings first Tuesday of every month. 7:00 p.m. above the Fort St. James Firehall. Training is the third Tuesday of every month at the Firehall at 7 p.m. New members welcome. *** MUSIC MAKERS...New members always WELCOME. Not everyone has to be on stage, there is lots of work behind the scenes. Call Rosemary Allan at 250-996-8997 for more info. *** THE THRIFT STORE...has a new name! “The Bargain Basement”. We are still at the same location, across from Shoppers Food Mart. Donations of clean clothing and small housewares are greatly appreciated. Please, no books or magazines. Proceeds are used for community needs. Open Wed-Sat, 12 noon to 4pm. *** PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT...If you know anyone, including a child, who has been abused or harmed by a psychiatrist call the Citizens Commission on Human Rights at: 1-800670-2247. *** ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS... Every Thursday, 8 p.m. at the United Church Hall on 2nd Avenue. Contact 996-8290. *** FIREWEED SAFE HAVEN...a safe place for women and their children leaving violence or abuse. 24 hour access - please call 996-8000.


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Courier Home again home again, jiggity jig Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Fort St. James, where even the practical jokers have a conscience perhaps. It was three years since a cement figurine disappeared from Terri-lee and Rob MacDougall’s front steps. The small but heavy figure was a fixture on the couple’s front steps from back in 1991, when the couple had travelled to New Brunswick and Terri-lee had fallen in love with the concrete lawn figures she saw so many of in the province, and so chose two little boy figures for her own home. The couple had brought them back, each taking one in their suitcase, in the days before the hefty fines for overweight luggage. One figure was a young white boy, the other a small black boy, his hands folded neatly on his lap, holding a fishing pole, which was lost or broken over the years of his presence on the front step. In the spring, the figures were set out on the front steps for the summer, in the winter, put away for the

season to make way for the snow shovel. One spring, they were once again set out, and soon after, the couple realized the little black boy had disappeared. The couple guessed someone had taken the heavy concrete figure as a prank or something along those lines, and only the little white boy remained. Recently, as Terri-lee walked around to use the front door to bring her husband the paper one morning before she went on her run, she saw a surprising sight. After three years away, the little black boy was once again perched on her front steps. Under his bottom was a note which read: “Sorry I’ve been gone so long. I got lost and this spring was found again. Hope you missed me. Glad to be home again! Will try to stay home from now on.” Terri-lee and Rob were very happy to have their little figure home again, and he is once again watching the passers-by from their front steps on Simon Fraser.

LEFT: A small lawn figure of a young black boy decorates the steps of Terri-lee and Rob MacDougall once again. The figure was a treasured piece brought back from a trip the couple took to New Brunswick over 20 years ago. He is also one of a pair, the other being a similar figure of a whilte boy. Caledonia Courier Photo

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Identity of accident victim released Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier The victim of the fatal accident at Conifex mill on July 11 has been identified as Mika Saario of Prince George. Saario, a 44-yearold resident of Prince George, was doing demolition work on

a building at the mill when a steel structure reportedly collapsed on top of him. He was an employee of a contractor, and no Conifex employee was injured in the incident. The BC Coroners Service released his identity, but both the BC Coroners Service

and Work Safe BC investigations are ongoing. According to RCMP, they received a call reporting a sudden death at the mill at just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, and members attended the scene. Chief Operating Officer Kevin

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Rediscover Fort St. James College of New Caledonia We are very pleased to be serving communities in the Nechako Region. The College of New Caledonia (CNC) is involved in many initiatives that meet community educational and social services needs. CNC Nechako lives by the college’s mission statement as being “a comprehensive college, providing access to lifelong learning to facilitate in the achievement of personal and educational goals. We are responsive to the diverse needs of our clients, our employees, and the communities of our region. In the dynamic, consultative environment, we deliver quality programs and promote the success of every student”. CNC-Nechako Region includes campuses in Fort St. James, Vanderhoof and Fraser Lake; it has been serving adult learners in the respective communities for more than 30 years. The regional campuses serve 12 multicultural communities of varying sizes with a total population of over 18,000 in a geographical area covering 1,105,900 hectares – half the size of Vancouver Island. The role of CNCNechako is to equip learners to identify and meet the complex and evolving needs of their communities in ways that are culturally appropriate, economically and socially relevant, and wholly reflective of the adult learner. In addition to providing education opportunities the community campuses provide many social programs that benefit our local youth, adults, and seniors/elders. Our vocational education program offerings develop and strengthen a variety of employability skills for individuals seeking to enter and reenter the workplace.

The Administrative Assistant Certificate program is one example of a program that is truly a career kickstarter for many of the graduates. Many of the graduates have a job to go to before they have completed the program, or soon after! The Nechako campuses are working closely with mining companies to ensure we are delivering training relevant to their needs. The Mining Resource Industry Certificate, Drill Core Technician and Surface Diamond Driller’s Helper will continue to be delivered at both our Vanderhoof and Fort St. James campuses. The Mineral Processing Operator is a new training program available this fall for individuals interested in mine processing employment opportunities. Through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation - Employment Skills Access funding, campuses have successfully delivered fulltime training programs for Industrial Field Medic, Basic Security, Essential Office Skills, Resources Based Industries, Lumber Manufacturing, and Environmental Field Assistant. Due to the popularity of the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW), all three campuses have offered multiple deliveries in Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof. This very successful program is directed to unemployed workers age 50 to 64 years of age where they update their skill sets that builds confidence in their ability to secure future employment. The Aviation and Business Certificate program started in September 2011. The Aviation program called PilotPlus and is the only one offered in the north and pre-

pares new commercial pilots for immediate employment as pilots in command in single engine aircraft operations with small and mid-level aviation companies. The College has an agreement with the University of the Fraser Valley and Coastal Pacific Aviation to transfer to a full four year bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business. The Aviation program utilizes two-state-of-theart full motion flying simulators and is now expanding to offer a range of shorter length courses. Partnership and cooperation are key elements to the success of CNC Nechako Region; each initiative includes establishing multiple partnerships that assist us in addressing programming requirements that meet the economic and social needs in the communities we serve. Due to our commitment to social community development, we have taken the lead to support programs such as Neighbourhood Space, Seniors Connected, the Vanderhoof Youth Centre,

Fort St. James and Vanderhoof Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP) and ESL among other initiatives. All these have demonstrated to be very positive for participants as they become more engaged in their own communities. CNC’s staff in Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof are involved in the community and participates in several local community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Good Neighbours Committee, Fort St. James Pioneer Place Housing Society, Nechako Valley Community Social Services, Fort St. James Community Foundation Society, Literacy Now Task Group, Success By Six, Nechako Valley Food Network, B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, Central Interior Feeder Cattle Association, Enbridge Community Advisory Board (CAB), OBAC Agricultural Implementation Committee, Nechako Community Arts Council, Mount Milligan Community Sustainability Com-

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writer of the letter wishes to have it published under their name. With respect to one matter contained in the letter, the delay in the news printed in The Caledonia Courier has to do with the printing press deadline, which comes on Friday, while the paper is distributed on Wednesday. Unfortunately, this does mean events taking place the weekend before a newspaper comes out will not come out in the next paper, but instead a week and a half later. Many times photos from these events or stories are up online prior to this either on the Caledonia Cou-

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NEWS More summer fun Contributed

I can’t believe we’re approaching the end of July already. Here’s a recap of what we’ve done so far in Burst into Summer! Recreation Programs 2012: In our MiX It uP – A week of random fun! we had a blast going on a pirate treasure hunt around town, creating dinosaur fossils, and even got a visit from a giant gorilla on jungle day. In Arts & Crafts Extravaganza we expressed our creative sides by making birdhouses, clay pots, dream catchers, sand casted starfish, and canvases to name a few. Last week in Around the World in 5 Days we visited a different place each day including

Australia, Mexico, Egypt, Polynesia, and Asia learning about their different cultures through crafts and games. In Wacky Wonders of Science we acted like mad scientists making volcanos, exploding canisters, bouncy eggs, snowflakes, and green pennies. Here are the standings for Coed Beach Volleyball so far: Sets on the Beach = 0 wins; Sloppy Sets = 2 wins; Sons of Beaches = 3 wins; Storm = 3 wins; Atch’s Team = 3 wins; Jana’s Team = 1 win; Enter Sandman = 1 win; Fire Breathin’ Rubber Duckies = 2 wins This week we’ve begun cooking up a storm in our Cooking and Baking Programs Kulinary Kids and Little Bakers. Stay tuned for highlights.

Lightning sparks fires in area

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Lightning sparked a number of fires in the region recently, with two in the Fort St. James area. A small spot fire on Mount Dickinson, measuring approximately 10 m by 10 m, was responded to by two crews July 14 in a helicopter. Once the crews determined there was no landing site for a helicopter close to the fire, they used a quad for access and one crew then was on the fire by the evening, and they worked until late into the night to ensure the fire would not spread overnight and returned early the next morning. While there was no water on site, the crew used water tanks until a medium helicopter assisted with buckets on July 15. The fire was called out by 2 p.m on July 15. The second fire in the area is being monitored and is on an island at the north end of Stuart Lake. The fire is approximately one hectare in size, but is being left as a modified response fire, which is being watched. With no values at risk on the island and crews needed for higher priority fires, the island fire with little risk of spreading will not likely be actioned by crews unless something changes. In total, the Prince George Fire Centre responded to nine fires on the weekend of July 14 and 15, all which were caused by lightning.

The largest of the fires was 2.5 hectares in size. Five of the fires were in mop-up or patrol stages, with four having been called out. The fire centre responded to nine more fires from July 16-19, with the largest fire reaching 130 hectares in size. Eight of the fires are believed to have been caused by lightning, while one is still under investigation. Four of the nine fires during the week were out as of Thursday, while five were in mop-up, patrol stages or under modified response. There are two fires of note in the region, one being the Pesh fire in the Fort Nelson Zone which was 5,800 hectares, and one was the Kotcho Lake fire which was at 1,800 hectares as of Thursday. Both fires are being actively monitored. Fire danger rating in the Prince George Fire Centre is between medium and high with Category 2 and 3 burning and fireworks being prohibited until further notice. To check the latest burn notices and restrictions, go to: http:// WildfireNews/Bans.asp Most of the smoke in the area is believed to be coming from two large fires in the Fort Nelson area and from the Northwest Territories and Alberta based on wind patterns, according to the fire centre. The smoke is thicker in the Fort Nelson and Fort St. John areas, and anyone needing air qual-

An aerial view of a forest fire burning on a small island in the north arm of Stuart Lake. Ruth Lloyd Photo

ity readings can go to: http://www.bcairquality. ca/readings/index.html The Prince George Fire Centre said the public has been very helpful by reporting wildfires in the area, and anyone who sees one should continue

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Two Kiwis visit Fort and come away with memories Contributed We went to Fort St. James only because a fellow traveller we met in Whitehorse told us to. He had stayed with a local who showed him around the beautiful town and couldn’t say enough about how great it was. One hour before we got to Fort St James, Andi’s GPS told us to take a short cut on Dog Creek Road. Half an hour later, we found this is no longer a complete road and we had to turn around, lesson learned, never trust the GSP again! We got to town at about 8 p.m., and only had a phone number for our host and a phone with us that does not work in Canada, so we were standing in front of a closed visitor center without a cellphone wondering how can we make a phone call. A local man in a car saw us there, did a U turn and asked us if we needed any help. It turned out that man was was Miguel, the manager of the information centre. He then took us to his place, we made a phone call to our couch surfing host, and got the directions. Miguel also kindly led us down the road to her place. What a warm welcoming introduction of Fort St James! Fort St James located on the side to Stuart Lake, which is 67km long, is similar size to lake Wanaka where we live in New Zealand www. Our host lives near the lake, with a beautiful flower and veggie garden too! The next day was the daughter’s birthday, so we went to town and brought a wee gift for her. Then we had even more really nice experiences here in Fort St James. The district office gave us some vouchers when we went in to

check it out and so we also had free burgers in Spirit Square. From there we went to hike the Mount Pope trail, which we had also heard about. After three hours hiking up to Mount Pope, we dropped into the super market to get some food, I (Ellen) didn’t read the price properly, and we thought we had enough money with us but we were a dollar short! Andi went to get the (emergency) money only to find we had only US $20, but then the check out lady asked her manager and got a Canadian dollar for us! One dollar is not a big deal, but I bet you can’t go anywhere else to get your grocery out with more than one cent short, let alone a dollar. The following day we returned to the shop armed with Canadian money and

purchased a lot more food and duly returned the dollar that was paid forward to us with no expectations. From Miguel helping us to get the directions, to the one dollar to help us get our groceries, it truly shows how generous people in Fort St James are. We love your town, if one day you have an accountant and quantity surveyor shortage, we will be here in the drop of a hat. We will now take the generosity shown to us and pay it forward for someone else to enjoy. Hopefully Fort St James can also benefit from a good reputation you are building for visitors. Many thanks to Fort St James. Andi and Ellen Delis from New Zealand are on a mtorobike tour from Alaska to Andi & Ellen Delis Argentina in South America. The pair visited Fort St. James upon a dation from another traveller they met on their way. Photo by Andi and Ellen Delis from New Zealand

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Courier Duz Cho wins leadership award Duz Cho Logging, a company 100 per cent owned by the McLeod Lake Indian Band, today received the Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). The Assembly of First Nations and FPAC together created this annual award to recognize forest products companies that exemplify business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high quality products and services. The award marks a dramatic turnaround for the 24-year old company. The band’s companies were facing bankruptcy in 2008 when British Columbia’s forest industry was hit hard by the mountain pine beetle devastation coupled with the world economic crisis. Chief Derek Orr of the McLeod Lake Indian Band says, “We are honoured to win this award. For a small First Nation in the middle of B.C., this recognition speaks to how First Nations can be a part of the economy by providing jobs and services like any other company.” That statement is echoed by Don Kayne, CEO for Canfor Products, who was supported by Conifex and Mackenzie Fibre in nominating Duz Cho Logging for the award.“Duz Cho is an outstand-

ing business and pillar in the McLeod Lake community. We have worked with them for many years and they continue to deliver top quality product,” says Kayne. Duz Cho Logging is a major regional employer in central B.C., with 140 people on the payroll; 20 per cent of whom are Aboriginal. Chief Derek Orr says, “We’ve gone from almost losing everything to having many opportunities as we look into the future. The key will be to manage our growth so that profits from Duz Cho Logging and our other companies can continue to help fund the health, education and cultural programs for our community.” Profits from Duz Cho Logging and McLeod Lake Indian Band’s other companies, Duz Cho Construction and Summit Pipeline Services, helped fund a new child care centre that opened in 2011. These three companies combined are forecasting gross sales of approximately $140 million for 2012. Duz Cho Logging actively supports local community projects by donating to the graduating class of the local high school in nearby Mackenzie, B.C., and to a student bursary at the College of New Caledonia. These community investments are

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helping to encourage active First Nations participation in the forest products industry.“The Canadian forest products industry applauds the success of Duz Cho. The industry is seeking to expand its horizons in products lines, in new markets and in recruiting new workers. Our Vision2020 goals rely on entrepreneurs and smart businesses such as Duz Cho Logging to reach these ambitious goals,” says Catherine Cobden, President and CEO of the Forest Product Association of Canada. Duz Cho Logging was founded in 1988 by the McLeod Lake Indian Band and has grown to become one of B.C.’s largest logging contractors. In 2011, Duz Cho Logging had revenue of $28 million and in 2012 it is forecasting revenue of $38 million. The McLeod Lake Indian Band’s traditional territory covers 108,000 square kilometers. The band has 500 members with 100 living on reserve in McLeod Lake, located 150 km north of Prince George. Another 150 band members make their homes in the communities of Mackenzie, Chetwynd, and Prince George and the remaining members live throughout North America. The band is primarily funded through its investments and businesses.

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Sale Conducted on Behalf of John & Olinda Wiens. August 18, 2012 Saturday @ 10:00 am Auction Located at Danskin, BC. Keefes Landing Rd, Southside of Francios Lake. Follow signs thru Burns Lake Hwy 35 south to Francios Lake ferry. Once on Southside drive straight up the hill 7 miles to Danskin BC. Properties: 6328 Hamre Road, (Part E1/2, DL 2394) located in beautiful Danskin, BC. 169.38 acres comes with a beautiful home, hay fields, spectacular view, landscaped yard, garden, fenced yard & property. First floor area 2376 sq. ft., ground level w/ basement entrance 1496 sq. ft. 6 bdrms, 3 baths, office, fireplace, kitchen, living areas. Basement has separate ensuite kitchen & living area. 2 car & 1 car attached garages. Paved parking lot, electric & oil heat, cold storage, meat locker/cooler, central vacuum. Tack, garden, sheep shed, fuel tank. 3 water system options, deep well, natural spring & community water system is available w/ hookup. Heavy equipment shop w/ drive thru bay & fuel tanks & stands. This is a turn key property. Whitney Road, (Lot 3, Plan 10574, DL 716 & Lot 8, Plan 10674, DL 716) “Choice of 2 Houses”. One is a beautifully crafted post & beam 2 level w/ loft home. The 2nd 3 level log home, also beautifully crafted. These homes are at Lock up stage. Metal roofing, fully insulated basements w/ ground access, decks, stairs, & drilled wells on both properties. Log home is 41x33 on 5 acres & a 2 side wrap deck w/ 2 additional decks above. Post & beam home is 35x27 w/ 2 sided 9 ft wrap deck and sits on 5.87 acres. Easy access to power and close to services & 5 min from the ferry. Uncha Mountain Road, (Block B, DL 1700), 151.7 acres. 1230 sq.ft. log home, heated by wood. Garage w/ concrete floor and numerous outbuildings. It also comes with an additional log cabin and gravity fed spring. 256 Murray Road, (Lot D, Plan 8466, DL 716), this property is vacant land on 5.65 acres very close to Francois Lake, ferry landing & services. CABINS: 8x12 Post & beam trappers cabin & 16x24 ft. Post & Beam cabin with 6 ft deck. Great opportunity to add one of these cabins to one of the above properties or spot of your choice. Goodwin Road, Decker Lake BC, (Lot B, Plan PRP14697, DL 2545), this lot is 6.992 acres. This property is right on Hwy 16 between Burns Lake & Decker Lake and could be zoned commercial. Location & convenience to Burns Lake would be a great asset for any business. This could be suitable for commercial truck stop or other commercial purposes. This property has numerous potential for any buyer. Come out and take a Look! This is an excellent property/land sale. Free ferry! Come early, ferry may be shuttling due to the auction traffic. Motel, Campsites, Resorts & Services (fuel, restaurants & stores) on the Southside for your convenience. If you wish to come the night before feel free to contact Moosehorn Lodge @ 250-694-3730 or Takysie Lake Resort & Motel @ 250-694-3403. Looking forward to seeing you at the Auction! Condition of sale terms: Cash & check with Identification, sorry no credit cards. Items are As Is Condition ~ Not responsible for accidents. There will be a Concession on Site. Any question please contact: Mike Steinebach

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Sale Conducted on Behalf of John & Olinda Wiens August 18, 2012 Saturday @ 10:00 am. Auction Located at Danskin, BC. Keefes Landing Rd, Southside of Francios Lake. Hwy. 35 south to Francios Lake ferry. Once on Southside drive straight up the hill 7 miles to Danskin BC. SAWMILLS & EQUIPMENT: #2 Coutts semi portable sawmill w/ Coutts edger with cluster & saws, has 6 110 power unit w/ steel conveyors, D&L double cut 60 HP diesel sawmill w/ mounted planer, radial arm knotcher for post & beam cabins, 2 saw SCRAG mill. Moveable saws 3-9”, 22 ft. trimmer has 60’ out feed deck, sawmill saw sharpener, asst. of timber cants, 25 bundles of ties (25/bundle). VEHICLES & TRAILERS: 2004 F350 diesel short box, aluminum truck box, high-rise truck canopy, tidy tank w/ electric pump, brand new 2005 Dodge dualy 8’ truck box, 16 ft flatdeck trailer. TOOLS/EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES: R. McDougal Co metal lathe, 100 ton hydraulic press, Miller 225 AC/DC welder, Miller S-32P 12 wire feed welder, powermax 600 plasma cutter, Goodwill drill press, 7x12” metal band saw, Dewalt 770 10” radial arm saw, engine hoist, 5 ton floor jack, engine stand, Honda pump, Dewalt air compressors, 2 shop battery chargers, Makita cut off saw, acetylene cutting torch & carts, Honda & Yamaha water pumps, 100 lb Anvil, steal work benches w/ 2 vices, steel work bench on wheels, rolling tool chest, Proto tool box w/ tools, welding supplies, open end wrenches, 1/2, 3/4 & 1” electric impact wrenches, 3/4” socket set, screwdrivers, pipe wrenches, hydraulic jacks, tool boxes, chain pliers, asst. Impact sockets, chains & binders, new parts washer, imperial Eastwood hydraulic press, 3 light plants (Honda 5000, Suzuki 4000), electric motors, asst. hydraulic hoses, firefighting tools, lg supply of new steel, Magnum steam cleaner, planer, GM 453 power diesel power unit, scaffolding, Makita skillsaws, lg 16” Makita skillsaw, 2 Makita routers (1 plunge router), wood clamps, 2 sets King air nailers (brad & framing), Makita & Dewalt orbital sander, Makita planer & 6” jointer, portable tool boxes w/ tools, fertilizer spreader, PL premium insulation. HOUSEHOLD & TACK: Lg stainless steel bbq, yard swing, electric range, pine glass front cabinet, desk, 2 door wardrobe, 2 loveseats, lg pine dresser w/ mirror & night stand, entertainment center, set of 6 metal chairs, set of 2 metal chairs, 6 maple chairs, rocking chair, selection of good saddles & tack. ANTIQUES: Some coins & stamps, crosscut saws, milk cans w/ lids, seeders, Underwood & Oliver typewriter, brass tub wringer washer, washboard, broad axe, churns, coal oil lamps, silver tea pot, block planes, food press & beaters, Berkel scale, GW Todd & Co protectograph, extension table w/leaves, 1950s waterfall 3 drawer dresser, oak 2 door sideboard, upholstered seti, drop leaf table, 4 maple upholstered captains chairs, 4 oak chairs, hall stand, Morrison recliner, high back captains chair, set of 4, mahogany corner china cabinet, birch pedasil dining room table w/leaves, Singer sewing machine, burl walnut coffee & end table, table, wing chair, newly re-upholstered occasional chair, french provincial 8 drawer dresser, drop front desk w/ pigeon holes & glass front bookcase, modern danish 6 drawer dresser, china cabinet, large dining room table, 3 drawer dresser, 5 drawer pine dresser, steamer trunk, cedar lined hope chest, 6 maple chairs. Condition of sale Terms: Cash & cheque with I.D., sorry no credit cards. Items are As Is Condition. Not responsible for accidents.

235 Acres for sale, only 10 minutes from Vanderhoof. Comes with 560sqft new cottage. Great building site at 10 acre pond, fenced, 45 acres cleared. REDUCED! (250)5673193

Mike Steinebach (250) 694-3497 or Cell (250) 692-6107 Egon Steinebach @ (250) 694-3319 or Cell (250) 570- 2055 E-Mail: & website

CANOES FOR SALE: Clipper Prospector, 16’, red fiberglass w/black trim, bench seats, excellent shape $1000. Mad River St. Croix, 14’6”, Triple Tough, knee pads & lash tie downs installed, green, great shape $600. Please call Ted 250-692-2372.

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Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

HILLCREST apts. Lg. 1 & 2bdrm suites. Very clean and quite. Adult orientated. 250996-8151 Lakeview Apartments 752 Stuart Dr. W. Fort St. James. 2bdrm apt. Newly renovated. Quiet, clean building. Adult oriented. no pets R.R. Avail. now 250-996-4073 or 250-996-7598

Homes for Rent House for Rent avail. Sept 1/12. 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath 1700 sqft log home on 5 acres on Sowchea Bay Rd. $1200.00 plus utilities Professionals Preferred Call 250 613-2667


Stuart Lake Townhouses Newly renovated, family oriented, 3 bdrm, 2 bath with basement, 2 parking stalls, No dogs. Ref Req’d 250-996-4073 or 250-996-7598


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Caledonia Courier

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Featuring the spirit of the local people Lacing up in history Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier If you ever wondered how they made lace, well now you can see how it was done, right here in Fort St. James. While the majority of lace today is generally made by machines using standard patterns, lace was originally handmade using bobbins and thread, all by hand. The woman demonstrating the traditional craft is Holly Behncke, a German retiree who has always dreamed of living in Canada. “It’s not that it’s so complicated … it just needs a lot of patience,” explains Behncke. She explains how the one piece she is showing me probably took her around 500 hours to do the 1.8 m in length scarf out of raw silk. But while time consuming, she said hand made lace is more unique and quite different from the machine-made lace made largely in Asia. “If you make it by hand .. they have a kind of character,” she explains. Using complicated cross and turn patterns, she sits in a chair at the Fort St. James National Historic Site for about five hours a day, volunteering to do her hobby in public so she can help to educate people about a nearly lost art. But far from being bored after already volunteering for hundreds of hours, Behncke is extremely enthusiastic about what she is doing. “I’ve met so many wonderful people, it’s just unreal,” she said. Behncke enjoys showing people the ancient craft and said while many European travellers take it in stride, because it is known more widely in Europe, Canadian visitors to the historic park are amazed. “The attention I get over here, it’s some-

community,” she said. “I can hardly describe it.” The historic site itself was somewhere she was interested in visiting, and when she first came to Fort St. James last year, she hadn’t made it to the park. But when she returned this last time to stay with her daughter, she knew she would like to see the park and she brought over some of her lacemaking equipment with demonstrations in mind. “This historic site is really special,” she said. “I feel (like) family with these people.” Behncke is hoping to move to Canada permanently, which would be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream she has had, and one which was rekindled LEFT: Behncke practicing her hobby in the historic site. BELOW: a close-up of the finely detailed work involved in the traditional art of lace-making. Ruth Lloyd Photos

thing I’m not familiar with,” she said, explaining how she loves to see the joy in people’s eyes as she demonstrates the art. But it’s not only the people who keep Behncke going back to the park day after day to spend her time, it is also the location itself. “To sit in this kind of spot doing this is just so special.” She came to the community of Fort St. James with her daughter last September, and she instantly felt a connection to the place. “We felt so comfortable in this little

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in a visit to Canada for a vacation 16 years ago. Her daughter Xena, who works here in Fort St. James, remembers her parents enthusiastic descriptions of Canada after their return from that trip, and it is part of what inspired her to move to Canada to work. For her part, Behncke is happy to be here, and happy to be sharing her skills, and her friends back in Germany can hardly believe what she gets to do here. “I really feels blessed right now to find a place like this.” Behncke is even planning on teaching others how to make lace in classes, but is working on getting the necessary supplies, as the equipment for the craft is hard to find in Canada. Anyone who might have some old bobbins for making lace, linen thread or other supplies, or who is interested in learning lace-making can contact the Fort St. James National Historic Site. She will be returning to Germany at the beginning of October, where she will be taking further courses in lace-making there to help develop her skills even further. “It’s like you learn a language,” she said of her craft. “It’s a kind of passion, but then it’s a most wonderful thing to do.”

Caledonia Courier, July 25, 2012  
Caledonia Courier, July 25, 2012  

July 25, 2012 edition of the Caledonia Courier