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Sign of the Times: Graffiti on a building at Fourth Avenue and George Street reflects polarized views in the debate surrounding the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

$13B refinery proposed at Kitimat Media mogul David Black proposes facility to take Northern Gateway oil BILL PHILLIPS


It’s a game-changer for the debate on the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Newspaper owner David Black is proposing to build a $13-billion oil refinery in Kitimat. Black said, at a press conference Friday morning, he is submitting an environmental assessment application to build a world scale oil refinery on behalf of Kitimat Clean Ltd., a company owned by Black. “I will self-describe myself as a businessman, a father and grandfather, a British Columbian, a sailor and quiet environmentalist, and a believer in putting back for the next generation,” Black said. Black said he will put up the money for the environmental assessment. Funding for the proposed refinery has yet to be secured, however, he is confident it can be raised. It hinges, however, on the fate of the pipeline. “If the pipeline doesn’t go ahead, there’ll be no refinery,” he said. The hope is to take all the crude oil that the Northern Gateway pipeline can send. “It removes the chance of a spill of heavy crude oil (from a tanker),” Black said, adding that refined oil, such as diesel, floats and evaporates minimizing the damage in case of a spill. The project, should it go ahead, would create 6,000 construction jobs for five years and

A proposal to construct a $13-billion dollar refinery in Kitimat by media mogul David Black as an end point for Enbridge pipeline bitumen has met with mixed reactions from local leaders. MLA Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, says he sees the potential of such a project, though a lot needs to happen before such a proposal becomes a reality. “I think it’s a very interesting proposal. Of course it will have to go through an environmental review, and we have to make sure corporate investors are on board,” he said. He added he expects the addition of a refinery, should the project take hold, will change the conversation around the pipeline. “It changes the dialogue of the conversation around the Northern Gateway Pipeline, especially when you get an individual such as David Black, who comes with real credibility, and who’s engaging in this project. I look forward to following it along and seeing where it goes.” Bell said he knew Black was considering the project. “Mr. Black has e-mailed myself and Minister (Rich) Coleman over the last bit of time,” he said. “We knew he was thinking about this and thought it a was an approach to take in terms of adding value to the bitumen as well as mitigating some of the enviturn to PAGE A4

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BCGEU job action comes to Prince George DELYNDA PILON

City residents saw picketers downtown Monday as local B.C. Government Employees Union workers took to the streets protesting their lack of a collective agreement with their employer, the provincial government. About 265 union members were expected to strike at the Plaza 400 during regular office hours. These employees work for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Children and Family Development and Service BC. BCGEU president Daryl Walker joined them on the picket line in Prince George on Monday. “We’ve been bargaining with the provincial government on a new collective agreement since January,” Walker said. When talks stagnated a mediator was brought in to help, DeLynda PILON/Free Press and although the process was Local BCGEU members took strike action Monday, following the lead of other cities who’ve somewhat successful, a collecalso intermittently walked the picket lines as the union looks for a new collective agreement. tive agreement still was not

achieved. Walker said BCGEU employees have gone three and a half years with no pay raise. “They’ve fallen behind considerably simply because of cost of living,” he said. “We don’t think what the employer has offered is adequate for our members.” A strike vote among members passed. After that strike action was taken in various cities. Monday’s action will be the third time members have been out picketing in the province. “We’re trying to raise the profile of the issue,” Walker said. “We want to let the general public no what the concerns are, and perhaps put some pressure on local MLA’s to encourage a settlement.” If that doesn’t work, job action will be escalated, though the form that action will take has yet to be identified. “So far the government hasn’t gone back to the table with a renewed mandate, so we haven’t sent the message yet,” Walker said.

Judge says city council erred on Haldi Road decision DELYNDA PILON

A judge overruling city council after it rezoned the Haldi Road school so a women’s treatment centre could utilize the facility has been a learning experience both for staff and councillors, according to Coun. Cameron Stolz. “When the rezoning for Haldi Road came before us, and during the public hearing stage, the proponents brought in a speaker for them, their solicitor,” Stolz said. “At that time he mentioned concerns he had that the rezoning was incongruent with the official community plan (OCP).”

Stolz said Dan Milburn, who was the city’s director, planning and development at the time, and who teaches at the university, disagreed and recommended city council proceed with the rezoning. However, the proponents took the issue before a judge who ruled in their favour. “So the rezoning was rendered null and void, so it goes back to original zoning,” Stolz said. “For anything to happen at this stage, it would require for the proponent to bring this back to the city, and the OCP would have to be amended at the same time as the school is rezoned. Now we have to wait to see what the proponents want to do, whether they want to find a new location, or proceed with this.” Stolz said the issue did not result from

bad advice from staff. “It was not bad advice. The staff are professionals who gave advice based on their experience and history. This was a groundbreaking ruling by the judge. This exact manner of the OCP being challenged in court like this is one of the first, and as such staff was giving advice to their best available knowledge.” However, he said, it is a learning experience. “It is very much a learning experience. Now we have clear direction on how this should be handled. Some of the judge’s comments in his decision included the wording of the OCP. I would suspect staff is going through the new OCP, which we just adopted this year, and are

checking it to see if there’s any incongruities there.” The proponents of the Haldi Road women’s treatment centre, have not yet decided on how they will proceed. Dr. Michelle Sutter, spokesperson for the board of directors, said they will have to meet and make a decision on what they will do next. “We understand the decision has been handed down. It was a legal and technical review between the city and a resident. “We were not party to the case, and have not yet reviewed the decision. We do have to view the judgment, have a meeting and decide what we are going to do,” she said.


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Kitimat. “This is very great day in our history, the council and mayor support projects that add value to our natural resources,” said Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan. “This project will change the face of the northwest forever.” However, Art Sterritt of Coastal First Nations is concerned about the Kitimat air-

ronmental risks in terms of transporting heavy oil on the ocean.” Bell added it’s a bit to early in the game to speculate on what having a refinery in Kitimat will mean to northern B.C. “There’s a lot of work to be done. I think we’re jumping a bit ahead. Mr. Black, however, suggested there may be upward of 3,000 jobs created,” Bell said. “The notion of increasing capacity of refined product in B.C I think should be attractive to the consumer as well. Refining your own oil then selling it back as oil and diesel to the consumer is likely going to create a more competitive environment for automotive fuel.” Bell added he’s disappointed by the NDP’s reaction to the announcement. “There’s a whole bunch of real interesting things that come with this,” he said. “It’s disappointing to me the NDP opposed it without knowing anything about it. I think that is worrisome. My interest and approach is ‘tell me more.’

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I’m interested in knowing more about this and what it can do for us. “I think their approach shows a real lack of respect for environmental process and a lack of understanding of what needs to be done to drive the economy. If they were to form government and just say no to every major proposal that comes forward, there will not be a lot of jobs in B.C. Instead there will be a high rate of unemployment.” “The proposal brought forward by David Black is certainly ambitious, but it is unclear whether he will be able to commandeer the supply of oil from Enbridge and the foreign partners involved in the Northern Gateway Project,” said NDP energy critic John Horgan in a press release. “It remains to be seen whether it’s a pipe-dream or if it is a credible plan with realistic price tags and capacity.” Horgan said if it ever manages to get off the ground, it would still have to follow a rigorous environmental process and full consultation with First Nations. New Democrat MLA for Skeena Robin Austin said seeing as there is no


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change to the level of risk with the pipeline, then the pipeline should still not move forward. “There is nothing wrong with the principle of trying to add value or economic benefit to the project, but the potential for disaster with the pipeline is unchanged,” said Austin. “Northern communities know the risks are too great, and that’s why they oppose the project.” Terry Teegee, Carrier Sekani tribal council chief, said the addition of a refinery is immaterial to him. The pipeline, he added, will still be crossing First Nations land. The risks, he said, are just too high. “They have that recent ad of 99.99 per cent of safety success rate,” Teegee said. “We got a guarantee of 100 per cent. Don’t build the thing, and we’d like to see Christy Clark say the same thing. Don’t build the thing.” Paul Stanley with Enbridge said building or not building a refinery really has no effect on building the pipeline. “What we’ve been saying is that it’s not something that would impact the Northern Gateway project,” Stanley said. “If Mr. Black is successful he’ll still need a pipeline to move crude oil from Alberta to Kitimat. It’s an interesting idea but it really has no impact on the project.”

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Landfill litter target of new plan

The Regional District of Fraser Fort George is moving forward with options to reduce the amount of litter along Foothills Boulevard resulting from unsecured garbage being transported to the landfill. Directors received a report outlining a number of different options for the Board to consider. The recommendations range from increased public education, revisions to the existing bylaws to assist enforcement and consistent application at all landfill and transfer station sites to the addition of a penalty surcharge for uncovered loads. Directors asked for a report to be brought back for consideration on the implementation of the various recommendations.

Fort George is submitting a grant application to the Western Economic Diversification Canada Program’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for mitigation of lakeshore erosion at the Ness Lake Regional Park. The shoreline is eroding significantly in and at the edges of the swimming area. This is in

part due to removal of riparian vegetation and over-steepening of the grade leading to the lake edge, in an effort to provide ‘terraces’ for picnic sites as well as a swimmable beach. Previous attempts at stabilizing the shoreline have been only partially successful. The project is estimated at $25,000, with 50

per cent coming from the grant.

TRAIL FUNDING The Prince George ATV Club is applying for a grant to assist in the Wells Trail System Project Plan. The project will help provide a solid trail system that connects the Tabor Mountain Trails with the Wells area and

will enhance tourism and provide employment in both the recreational and tourism sectors. The Prince George ATV Club is seeking $27,500 through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Regional District will be sending a letter of support for the application.


SUBDIVISION The Regional District approved a zoning amendment to permit the subdivision of a parcel of land along Highway 97 North near Honeymoon Creek. The amendment reduces the parcel size permitted from 2 hectares to 1.6. The applicant is planning for a water bottling facility on the premises.

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A grim future lies ahead for the local sturgeon population if current initiatives continue to be at a standstill. The proposed $3.2 million white sturgeon hatchery project is yet to see the light of day as federal priorities seem to be elsewhere. “We’re so close,” says Brian Frenkel, Avison Management Services director and chairman of the community working group on the hatchery project. Studies indicate that in the last 50 years the Nechako white sturgeon population has dropped from what some scientists believe was a minimum of 5,000 fish to less than 600. The Nechako White Sturgeon Initiative (NWSI) was put in place to put together a recovery plan, which was split into two groups: technical working group and the community working group.

“The groups worked very hard to get the sturgeon on the endangered species list,” said Frenkel. “We fought hard to get the species on the list. So now it is my frustration that the federal government is not helping with going forward.” Frenkel and the community of Vanderhoof wanted to “get behind” saving the species. “The species have been listed as imperial,” he said. “It has been a passion of everyone that has been involved to do the right thing.” The provincial government has donated $1,500,000 to the project, the land for the sturgeon facilities have been donated on behalf of Vanderhoof, however, the project still requires a partner to come on board to have enough funding to go forward with the construction of the white sturgeon hatchery. According to Frenkel research is still required to determine what needs to be done to keep

the species diverse so that researchers can keep creating and keeping the species from becoming extinct. “The bottom line is that we have to start doing this or the species will go extinct,” said Frenkel. Sturgeon require gravel-like surfaces to spawn so that the larvae can find its way between gravel stones where they can successfully mature and stay hidden from natural predators. “Survivability of sturgeon is unknown at this time,” said Frenkel. “The facility will allow sturgeon to mature to the point that they are big enough to fend off predators, therefore will allow the survival rate to increase.” Frenkel feels that the federal government and business groups need to step in and help save the species. “This whole area is engaged in saving this species,” he said. “We have been working on this project for four years.”

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Crown spokesperson Neil Mackenzie confirmed that one of the victims in the alleged beating that took place on July 22 at 100 Street and 100 Avenue in Fort St. John was Christian (Jan) Ball. It has since been reported that a Christian (Jan) Ball died on Aug. 2 after being pulled off life support. Mackenzie could not confirm these were the same person. “I’m not really the one to confirm anything or any relations to Mr. Ball’s death,” he said. “I know it’s been reported and Crown is certainly aware it’s been reported but we haven’t received spe-

cific information from police in relation to it as of yet.” Mackenzie said speaking in generalities, if an assault victim dies of his injuries, charges against the accused could be heightened. “Just speaking generally, if there is evidence that is provided, if we have a situation where a person is assaulted and passes away and it can be proven to the standard necessary to support criminal charges that the death was a result of the assault which occurred earlier, then certainly there is the potential the Crown could approve more serious charges, either manslaughter or murder charges, potentially,” said Mackenzie. Two men are awaiting their next court appearance

in relation to the beating. William Ted Metcalfe, 25, from Kelowna and Joel Christopher Marchand, 29, from Prince George are scheduled for court on Aug. 29 in Fort St. John. They are both facing one charge each of assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault. Before arresting Marchand and Metcalfe, police found two men on the early morning of July 22, one with a facial injury the other unconscious. The injured men were taken to the Fort St. John hospital and later transferred to an Edmonton hospital. It is believed Ball was transferred to Royal Alexandra Hospital, according to a friend, where he later died. Police said alcohol may be a contributing factor, and said

a verbal argument sparked the fight. There is still no word about the second victim. According to an online obituary for Ball, he was working at Weatherford Canada in the Drilling Services Division. A close friend to Ball said he moved to Fort St. John from Calgary to work. Ball’s obituary describes him as a “spark” who “could create humour out of the smallest bit of nothing”. “Words can’t explain your loss or pain except to say our thoughts and prayers are with you. On behalf of the Human Resources Department, I offer my most sincere condolences and blessings during this most difficult time,” wrote Cal Herauf from Weatherford Canada.

READING FOR HAITI Sharon Dow, left, of the Friends of the Prince George Public Library presents program coordinator Ruth Buehler with a cheque for $600 for book boxes in Haiti. The children and volunteers in the summer reading program earned the money by reading 600 books this summer. The book boxes allow books to be transported easily around Haiti. A llan WISHA RT/ Free Press

Failing to comply gets time in jail In Provincial Court in Prince George on May 25: Ronald J. Larsen was found guilty of uttering threats, given a conditional sentence of six months, placed on probation for 18 months and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Larsen was also found guilty of two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and three counts of failing to comply with a pro-

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Court docket bation order, given a conditional sentence of six months and placed on probation for 18 months. Harry Massettoe was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 23 days in jail. Massettoe was also found guilty of a second

count of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Luke M. Matusza was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol reading over .08, fined $1,000, assessed a victim surcharge of $150 and prohibited from driving for 18 months. Matusza was also found guilty of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and given a conditional sentence of 90 days.

Richard S.A. Plasway was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to time served of two days. Herman H. Poole was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 23 days in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on May 28: Mitchell W. Kostenuik was found guilty

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of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, given a conditional sentence of nine months, placed on probation for 12 months, assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Thomas I.F. Rafuse was found guilty of assault, given a conditional sentence of six months, placed on probation for 12 months and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Rafuse was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and two counts of resisting a peace officer, given a conditional sentence of six months and placed on probation for 12 months.

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Maggie de Vries starts a new position today, as UNBC’s first writer-in-residence.


De Vries takes on role Award-winning author is writer-in-residence Starting today (Aug. 22), award-winning author Maggie de Vries will dedicate four months to teaching workshops, hosting consultations, holding readings and talks on campus, with writing students and community groups. De Vries will spend most of her time in Prince George, with visits to UNBC’s three regional campuses in Fort St. John, Terrace, and Quesnel. De Vries is widely known for her research and writing on trauma, most notably her memoir, Missing Sarah, about the death of her sister, one of the women whose DNA was found on Robert Pickton’s farm. “I’m honoured and excited to be UNBC’s first writer-inresidence. Because my sister is one of Vancouver’s missing women, I have visited Prince George and the north central region frequently in connection

with the ‘Highway of Tears’, and I have grown to love this part of British Columbia.” “The purpose of a Writerin-Residence is to encourage exchange between writer and community and to enable authors to work on a dedicated writing project while being supported by funding,” said Karin Beeler, Chair of UNBC’s English department. “Ms de Vries will serve as an inspiration to UNBC’s students and we’re honoured to welcome her as our first-ever Writer-inResidence.” “I am thrilled that I will be spending more time in this region, learning more about local history and culture, building friendships and working with local writers,” said de Vries. The Canadian Council for the Arts is sharing funding for the program with UNBC.

They indicate that successful applicants must be published professionally before the application deadline and their residency should be “of mutual benefit to the writer and to the cultural life of the host’s community.” “We are proud that the Canadian Council for the Arts is supporting such a valuable program and education in northern British Columbia,” said Beeler. “We hope that this residency marks the start of a new legacy at UNBC, which will see many more Writersin-Residence over the coming years.” De Vries was born in Ontario and grew up in Vancouver, BC. She has her BA, BEd and MA, from the University of British Columbia. She has written eight books and published stories and essays in anthologies and magazines.


Aboriginal youth targeted DELYNDA PILON

A hockey camp coming up on the Aug. 24 weekend will be free on a first come, first served basis for 100 Aboriginal kids between the ages of 5 and 17, and all each has to do to attend is either register online at, and hit the register now form, or head over to the Sandman Signature hotel . Brantt Myhres, CEO of Greater Strides, said the purpose of the camp is to give children who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity a chance

to gain some skills and have fun. “We knew that, myself being native, some of the obstacles children face on reserve. There are some pretty tough situations. Nine out of 10 times, maybe 10 out of 10 times these kids wouldn’t have an

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he biggest hurdle facing newspaper baron David Black in his quest to build a $13 billion refinery at Kitimat isn’t financing. (He said the boys on Wall Street have told him they could raise $13 billion in a week.) The biggest hurdle isn’t Canada’s stringent environmental regulations. In fact, Black’s vision is to build the most environmentally-friendly refinery today’s technology can produce. Having Canada’s crude refined with strict environmental regulations is better for the planet than having it refined somewhere where regulations are … less stringent. The biggest hurdle isn’t a recalcitrant oil industry that can make a lot more money with a lot less effort simply shipping crude. The biggest hurdle will be China. Or, more specifically, whether Ottawa favours Chinese quick money over Canadian entrepreneurship and ingenuity. China has come forward with a $15.1 billion takeover bid of Nexen, one of Canada’s largest oil companies. Nexen is a world player, but, of interest to our refinery plan, it has a big chunk of the Alberta oilsands. Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative government are now grappling with the stormy question of: “Do we salivate over the immediate Chinese offer of trinkets and baubles or do we actually develop policy that protects Canada’s resources … for Canadians?” We suspect that China is more interested in buying crude and refining it there than buying diesel fuel on the open market from Kitimat Clean (Black’s company). And, there is no doubt Harper wants some Chinese cash. But at what cost? Regardless of whether Black’s refinery proposal is a pipe dream or a possibility, it cleverly opens the debate that, in his words, we should be having in this country … that being developing a national energy policy and clarifying the rules surrounding foreign investment. The China National Offshore Oil Company, which is an arm of the Chinese government not an actual company and which is looking to take over Nexen, was sent packing by the U.S. when it tried a similar takeover south of the border. Of course the U.S. is a lot more protectionist that we are, but there is a message there. It’s a message that Harper sent loud and clear when it quashed the $39 billion bid by BHP Billiton to take over Potash Corp. in Saskatchewan. Have any promises been made to the Chinese? Black’s suggestion of a refinery puts pressure on Harper to, possibly, choose between sending resources, and jobs, to China at the expense of Canada becoming a country that dictates global oil policy rather than being one that reacts to it.


When oil went black

You’ve got to hand it to David Black. tough a sell up here in the North as tankers in yachtHe walks to the beat of his own drummer. ing lanes is down south. And it would be a travesty Friday’s announcement of his plans to build a $13 to see the pipeline OK’d because of the refinery, but billion oil refinery in Kitimat was probably the first then not go ahead with the refinery. economic development announcement in recent hisAs for the refinery, if not Kitimat, why not sometory, over five bucks, that hasn’t been fronted by a where else for the refinery. Prince George, perhaps? glad-handing, credit-taking politician. If shipping refined oil on tankers is an easier sell And, he has the chutzpah to announce then so should shipping refined oil by an oil refinery without lining up funding pipeline. and/or support from the oil industry, Black’s response to that suggestion was and without seriously talking to the First Writer’s cost. It’s easier to build a refinery on the Nations involved. That’s kind of like me Block coast because much of it would be fabriannouncing that I’m going to start a new BILLPHILLIPS cated overseas and shipped to Canada. newspaper without lining up a printer Transporting the huge pieces of the refin(I’m not, by the way). ery inland would then be very costly. Not, however, Yes, the scheme is a little cockamamie, but Black if our federal government decided this was in the is displaying what a lot of posers like to think they national interest and helped someone outside of the have … true entrepreneurial spirit. oil patch. A true entrepreneur isn’t deterred by all those It’s all about adding value. who say it can’t be done, but rather is inspired by it. It’s similar to the forest industry that can make And there are a lot who are saying this can’t be more money selling two-by-fours than it can selldone. ing rocking chairs. The oil industry can make more However, the idea does change the debate about money selling crude to the highest bidder overseas the pipeline. than it can selling diesel. There is a caution here, though. The two are sepaBlack acknowledged that but then retorted: “Is (a rate entities. Unless actually lumped together as one refinery) economically feasible? Absolutely.” project, they have to be dealt with separately. Justs because the oil industry doesn’t want to do One of Black’s arguments for a refinery is that it it, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t, or can’t, be done ... deals with the thorny issue of shipping raw crude however, that tends to gloss over the debate over out through the Douglas Channel (the one with the whether we should be lessening our dependence on islands in it, not the one in the Enbridge video) and oil instead of increasing it. a possible oil tanker spill. Refined oil is less hazardI tend to agree with David Black. With all the ous to the environment, should it be spilled, than moneyed experts lining up to tell us that Canada crude, which sinks to the bottom and wreaks havoc. can’t (shouldn’t) build a refinery, I’m starting to That lessens the environmental risk debate in think that’s exactly what we should do. Whether in open water, but doesn’t change any of the risks Kitimat, Prince George, or Pouce Coupe … it doesn’t along the 1,100-kilometre pipeline route. That’s as matter. As Black said, “it’s nation building.” Circulation Manager ....................... Heather Trenaman Email:

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Keeping an eye out for rogue garbage bins Chevy rules the raceRight. Here. Beside. You. track. If you don’t believe Jack: (Waggling his me, just ask Jack and Kris. brows at her as he peered We got a chance from to take in the drag under his races at North cowboy Life in Central Motorhat, then sports last weekcurling up the fat end, and the rush his arm so lane of it all was somethe Chevy DELYNDAPILON logo tattoo thing incredible. The roar and rumble of on his shoulder popped) race cars growling down a You see that? lean strip of track, the smell Cheryl: (Big blue eyes of rubber burning as tires rolling so far back into her rip into the tarmac and the head I think she might sheer rush of adrenaline have been inspecting her as your personal favourite brain) Yep. I see your crosses the finish line first Chevy tattoo. Again. – well, it was an experience Jack: And what does it to remember. say?? And every time a Chev Cheryl: Like a Rock, Jack. ate up another vehicle, It still says Like a Rock. which I must admit hapJack: (Dimples bracketing pened with great frequency, his mouth as he moved in Jack made a point to menfor a smooch) That’s right, tion there ain’t nothing that baby. That’s right. can touch a Chevy. He got a big smile from Jack: (After Cal Tebb ran her, too, as she smooched his gorgeous orange GTO him back. After all, who across the finish line, clock- can resist a cowboy? ing in at just over 193 mph) It is kind of amazing You see that, dear? to check out those cars, Cheryl: (Who’d been all immaculate, sleek and asked the same question shiny, and see the drivers every time a Chevy elimiput them through their nated another car that day) manoeuvres. It’s especially Yep. I saw that. I’m sitamazing to me considering ting right here beside you. the boys are continually

calling my driving skills into question, and I have to admit reverse and I have been enemies for a long time. The other day I was trying to wind my way out of a tricky parking lot and wound up kissing a garbage bin with the tail end of my car. Of course, I made the mistake of mentioning this tiny mishap to Kris. Kris: Those things are huge. Me: Well I didn’t see it. Kris: Ya. They’re huge, but tricky. It probably snuck right up on you when you’re weren’t looking. Me: (Warming to the excuse) Ya. It snuck up on me. Creeped right into my bumper. That’s what happened. A few days later I was cautiously backing out of a parking lot at a local convenience store, checking my mirrors as I inched slowly back. Kris: Don’t worry. Me: (Casting him a confused look) Huh? Kris: (Nodding at the garbage bin which was enclosed inside of a fence) You’re going to be fine.

This one is caged. Can’t creep up on ya. I sneered at him and gave him one of my best scary glares. He rubbed at his chin, almost hiding that darned mischievous grin of his. I’m pretty sure under that grin he was kind of scared, though. Maybe – not. Driving either of those guys around means getting a whole lot of pointers on my supposed lack of finesse behind the wheel. You know, considering I’ve been driving by myself just fine for more years than I care to admit, I just don’t understand their issue, but I think maybe it’s all about them being bossy alpha dogs, and not about my driving at all. Even so, they do care about me. Whenever I say goodnight and head off to my own home the last thing Jack tells me, before a hug and a smooch on the cheek, is, “drive safe”. I tell him I always do and he rolls his eyes, glaring in disbelief for a moment at the brim of his black cowboy hat. Jack: Just drive safe. Watch what you’re doing.

And Kris, after a warm hug goodnight, will give a similar warning. Kris: Be a-lert. You know what a-lert is, right? The world needs more lerts. I’ll nod, hug him back, and think how nice it is to have such great friends looking out for me. Kris: (With a wave goodbye) And don’t let any of

those wild garbage bins sneak up on ya! I growl, try to think of something smart-alecky to say, usually to no avail, and head home. But you know what? I still feel blessed. There’s nothing better than friends who care – even if they scream and moan like little girls when you’re driving them around.


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Thinking about some rainy-day music “First day in August, last rain was in the Rainman by Tanya Tucker pretty May” close together. Two story songs, both The song Rainmaker was a hit for Tom about the same topic, both set in the Northcott in 1970. I know southern U.S. we’re past the first day of And yet, they couldn’t be furAugust and we’ve had some ther apart in how the situation Allan’s rain since May, but it still plays out. The Rainman tells sounded pretty appropriate the people of the town in west Amblings to me when it popped into ALLANWISHART Texas that it would cost $100 my head on the weekend. for him to bring the rain. They “90 degrees ‘neath the trees where it’s obviously paid up, because he next says, shady, 110 in the hot sun.” “Step back non-believers, or the rain will And yes, those are Fahrenheit readings, never come. Someone start that fire burnbut they come close to what it felt like ing, somebody beat the drum.” in Prince George some days in the last Northcott’s Rainmaker, on the other month or so. hand, asked the people what they were I’ve always liked the song Rainmaker, prepared to pay, but didn’t insist on payespecially when I hear it and Lizzie and ment in advance. (Dramatic foreshadow-

ing.) Even though the Rainman told the non-believers to step back, there was one, named Lizzie Cooper, who said he was a lyin’ cheat. Now, words like that would ordinarily be fightin’ words, but the Rainman looked at Lizzie and thought about something different, so he tried to convince her. “Hey Lizzie, well a man’s gotta have a dream, and if you can’t walk on the inside with me, I’ll meet you in between.” In the end, both the Rainman and the Rainmaker brought the rain. The Rainman had already collected his money, and I suspect he also collected Lizzie when he left town.

As for the Rainman? Well, after he brought the rain, he passed the hat around, but nobody was willing to pay. “Then the Rainmaker’s eyes and the Kansas skies both became a darker grey.” So he hitched up his wagon, and rode away. “But the people of the town heard the sound of his laughter, and they knew the rain had come to stay.” And Northcott ends the song with the quiet singalong, “Rain, rain go away Come again another day.” So I guess the moral of that song is be careful what you wish for. As for Lizzie and the Rainman, I don’t think it has a moral. I just wish it would rain.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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Playbill MISS QUINCY Nancy O’s hosts Miss Quincy on Thursday, August 23. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Miss Quincy and her band The Showdown are a highenergy, all-girl band. This tour promotes Like the Devil Does, Miss Quincy’s second full-length album of songs featuring top musicianship with sweet gospel harmonies, good grooves and soulful lyrics.

FAMILY FUN DAY Join in on the activities at Family Fun Day at the Railway and Forestry Museum at 850 River Road, Saturday, August 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Pre-festivities pancake breakfast from 10 to 11 a.m. Mini-rail rides, water fun, games, face painting, barbecue lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: 250-563-7351.

LUKAS NELSON Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will open for John Fogerty at the CN Centre on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The band will be performing songs from their new acclaimed album, Wasted, which features a variety of guitar sounds, unique melodies and original songs. The new band is quickly establishing a fan base and acclaim from music critics.


Archers aim high in Burnaby TERESA MALLAM

They walk over and pull three arrows out of the bullseye. The reporter arrives after the shots are made Sunday, so there’s no telling if they are pulling the reporter’s leg or they have a leg up on the competition. However, one thing is for sure: Prince George (Zone 9) is well represented in the archery category at this year’s B.C. Seniors Games. Keith Paterson, 69, Ted Stern, 70, and his wife Flo Stern, 68, are members of the local Silver Tip Archery Club. All three are also archery coaches and instructors. Paterson and the Sterns are among many area seniors who left Tuesday for Burnaby where the games are held this year. They hope to bring back some medals. Archery may not be the ideal sport for seniors who have real physical limitations, says Flo, but she thinks the sport can provide many health benefits – as well as self-esteem, goals and fun – during the golden years. “Archery helps maintain good eye-hand co-ordination,” she said. “It’s good exercise because you’re either shooting or walking and retrieving the whole time so you use arm or leg muscles. During competition, we do that six hours a day, all three days.” Flo discovered her love of archery soon after she discovered her husband Ted. He began his archery lessons at age eight. “I do it for the love of it but archery is a very demanding sport. It’s an art, really. And you have to practice a lot to be good at it.” Ted is a serious archer (is there any other kind?) an avid enthusiast – or to use the ‘big’ word,

Ted Stern (left) Keith Paterson, and Flo Stern are taking part in the archery competition at this week’s B.C. Seniors Games in Burnaby. Te re s a M A LLA M / Fre e Pre s s

a toxophilite – who teaches his students the importance of safety. “It requires total concentration,” he says. “Your mind can’t be elsewhere when you aim and shoot. If there’s a sudden noise around you, it can put you off your mark. So you have to be able to focus on the target. “Safety is a big issue. That’s the first thing we teach our young students.” They usually pull 20 to 30 pounds, he says. Ted pulls about 50 pounds. Doug Soar, 84, helped get the group interested in competing at the Seniors’ Games. During three days of competition, the archers will show their skill in a variety of events. Friday, they compete in the 3D event. On Sunday, they compete in the field shoot event which includes 12 targets at various distances, 10 to 50 metres. They will be joined by other archers from around the province. The

local group says participating in the 2012 Seniors Games will help prepare them for the upcoming (Sept. 1 and 2) B.C. Provincial Championships hosted by Prince George. “We will have people coming from all over the province,” said Flo. “So I hope that more seniors from here will take the opportunity and come out and discover how much fun archery is.” The B.C. Seniors Games in Burnaby run August 21 to 25. “This year it is a big deal for Burnaby. It’s the 25th anniversary of the Seniors Games,” local event coordinator Dick Voneugen told the Free Press. “They started in 1988 in Vernon with 800 participants and now some 4,000 are expected.” The Games are now ‘capped’ at 4,000 participants. Voneugen said 200 seniors from our North Central Zone 9 (which takes in 70 Mile House, Mackenzie and McBride) will take part in 17 out of 27 events in

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this year’s Seniors Games. “We’re travelling to Burnaby on Tuesday and competing there on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” he said. Seniors travel at their own expense. This year they will be competing in archery, badminton, bridge, carpet bowling, cycling, darts, five pin bowling, floor curling, golf, horseshoes, ice curling, ice hockey, lawn bowling, slo-pitch, snooker, tennis, and track and field. Most events did well for numbers of participants but Voneugen said he’s hoping the seniors swimming event will attract more interest next year. “There’s always a bigger turnout of seniors when the games are held locally because for some seniors the travel is an issue.” The BC Seniors Games were held in Prince George in 2002 and 2008. For more information on the BC Seniors Games visit www.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012



Meet the Dragon on Sunday at West Lake Dragonboat racers will demonstrate their rowing style to public The NorthBreast Passage Dragonboat Team will be hosting a Meet the Dragon

event Sunday at West Lake Provincial Park. No, it’s not what you think. There’s no

way you will be sent home in a huff after failing to impress the dragons on CBC’s

Dragons’ Den. Rather, the award-winning Dragonboat team of breast cancer survi-

vors will be welcoming visitors with open arms and showing them how they row to one beat to help support each other. They also represent Prince George as a team in friendly competition with other dragonboat teams. “This is an opportunity for the public to see our boat and

meet our team and, as well, we will be handing out various pink items to the people on the beach,” said Enid Bond, the team’s drummer/captain. The team, who had their first official boat launch in 2003, will demonstrate two races. Their goal since the beginning has been to increase

awareness about breast cancer in a positive way. The NorthBreast Passage Dragonboat Team’s Meet the Dragon event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 26. Everyone is invited to come out. For more information visit

Judy Russell Presents….

Enchainement Annual Performing Arts Summer School Workshop specialists from all over come to share their experience and passion for Dance and Theatre Arts Photo submitted

NorthBreast Passage Dragonboat team will show their form – and why they win races – Sunday at West Lake.

A silver anniversary puzzle CNC is selling giant puzzle pieces to mark the 25th anniversary of its dental hygiene program and to raise money for entrance awards for students. Pieces of the four by eight foot puzzle will be sold for between $100 and $2,500 with the hopes of raising $25,000 for 25 years. “We’re hoping anyone who has benefited from our programs, whether as a successful graduate or as a patient, will help us help students reach their career and life goals,” said Randall Heidt, CNC director of communications and development. “It’s a tax-deductible donation and donors will have their name, company logo or name of a loved one who has passed on, placed on the puzzle, which will be displayed in the dental building.” CNC’s dental hygiene program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, while the dental assisting program turns 43. Both are fully accredited programs and students have maintained a 100 per cent pass rate on their national licensing exams. Anyone who’d like to purchase a puzzle piece can call Annette Stevens, CNC fundPhoto submitted raising and alumni co-ordinator, at 250-561- Go big... or go small, it all helps raise money for 5859 or e-mail CNC’s dental hygiene program.

August 27th – 31st This year we proudly present:

Natalie LeFebvre Gnam – Ballet educator

and alumnus of Judy Russell’s Dance Centre. Natalie has taught ballet and contemporary technique at Arts Umbrella, The Parksville Ballet School and The Richmond Arts Centre as well as various communities across British Columbia.

Jordan Allarie – Originally from the lower mainland, Jordan is a jazz, tap and hip hop educator. Most recently Jordan became a member and new owner of Taptastic Productions, a Vancouver based Production Company. Donna Krasnow – A modern and C-I Trainer

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Summerfest a hot hit There’s a reason – actually 16 or more good reasons – why Sunday’s Summerfest event was such a big success. The popular Taste Pavillion featured simply sumptuous samplings prepared by chefs from 16 Prince George restaurants and eateries.

There was lots of entertainment and fun activities for people of all ages. Warm weather and sunny skies made the well attended event all that much more enjoyable. Summerfest is hosted by the Downtown Business Improvement Association.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012



Vintage car collectors getting together Event scheduled for Sept. 14 and 15 at the Roll-A-Dome TERESA MALLAM

Car buffs and vintage car enthusiasts are almost always on the hunt for parts – parts that will improve the look, value, comfort or performance of

their vehicles. Some of them are built from the ground up. The Prince George Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada hosts its annual Swap Meet Sept. 14-15. Member Dwayne Harvey is hoping to draw

new people out to the popular event. “This is the only event like it in the North,” he said. “We have about 125 booths inside (Roll-A-Dome) and the corral outside will have 34 cars that people can restore.

“We had a good attendance last year – and we broke even. We’re hoping to increase the numbers this year.” Currently Harvey is hard at work restoring a 1955 Pontiac which originally came from

Williams Lake. Not everyone has the vision he does. Case in point: When Harvey returned from a parts buying trip in the U.S. and was crossing into Canada, there was an amusing exchange. “The border guard looked at this hunk of metal I was hauling in the back and asked me if I had bought it in the U.S. I told him yes, then he (Customs official) asked: ‘Did you pay real money for that?.. Go ahead.’” Harvey had to laugh, but he’s used to that reaction from people who are not “in the club.” The second annual PG Automotive Swap Meet with cars, parts and accessories takes place Sept. 14 and 15 at the Roll-A-Dome. The event runs Friday, 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2.

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Bikeathon for Kordyban Lodge TERESA MALLAM

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Gurdeep Powar with a pledge form that he hopes to fill for the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society Bikeathon for Charity on Saturday. The bikers hope to raise over $5,000 for the Kordyban Cancer Lodge.

When he gets on his bike Saturday, Gurdeep Powar will not just be out for a ride. He will be riding in memory of his mother, Charn, who passed away in 1973 after a battle with stomach cancer. Powar and about 20 other local cyclists will make their way Saturday at 8 a.m. from the Sikh Temple on Davis Road to Purden Lake. They will also make the return trip by bike. The trek is in support of the Kordyban Cancer Lodge, which is currently under construction in Prince George. This is the third annual Punjabi Canadian Senior Society’s Bikeathon for Charity and the group is still looking for sponsors to help them achieve their financial goal. “Last year we raised about $5,000 for the Kordyban Lodge, so of course this year we would like to raise

even more,” said Powar who, along with Balvinder Deo, is one of the event’s organizers. Anyone interested in making pledges for Powar or his Bikeathon for Charity team members can phone 250-564-3816 or 250-552-3816. Cheques are made payable to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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Hamhuis tees off for charity

plan seeing the wealthy teams distribute some of their money to the poor. The NHL’s revenues grew from $2.2 billion before the 2004-05 lockout to $3.3 billion last season. “You look at the amount of money that the league makes and they’re crying poor. It’s kind of disappointing to see the stance they’re taking of just demanding all of the money from the players,” Hamhuis said. “It seems to be a pretty simple-minded, greedy approach and I think the players have made a proposal that we’re willing to give back a bit, allow the game to continue, start this year, as well as create a system that’s going to allow for just a strong league in the future.”


YOUTH SOCCER The Prince George Youth Soccer Association will be playing host to another provincial competition. The B.C. Soccer Association has awarded the PGYSA the 2013 Youth Provincial B Cup boys event. The tournament will take place next July at the Rotary Soccer Complex.

NATIONAL CHAMP Emma Balazs captured a couple of medals at the Legion Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships in Prince Edward Island on the weekend. Balazs won gold in the U18 girls’ 2,000m steeplechase and bronze in the U18 girls’ 1,500m run. In the steeplechase event, Balazs clocked in at six minutes and 57.65 seconds (6:57.65). In the run, she crossed the finish line at 4:38.30. Balazs, 17, will be recognized for her efforts during the Prince George Track and Field Club’s annual athlete recognition event on Sept. 9 at Masich Place Stadium.

BASEBALL The IDL Midget Knights didn’t get the results they would’ve preferred at the Western Canadian Midget AA Baseball Championships in Morden, Man. on the weekend. Representing B.C. in the tournament, the Knights finished tied with the host team from Morden with a 1-3 record. Manitoba won the tournament. The Knights’ lone win came against the host team. On Sunday, they outscored Morden by a 17-6 score.

He learned to skate in Smithers and started gaining professional stardom in the states. Even under the spotlight, Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis remains true to his roots. A proud northern B.C. product, he also stays connected with the city where he played his junior hockey. Hamhuis was the main attraction in the inaugural Prince George Cougars Alumni/Hospital Pro-Am Golf Tournament last week. The event at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club began with a meet and greet on Thursday and, following a round of golf, wrapped up with an awards banquet on Friday evening. The list of participating alumni included Ronald Petrovicky, Nick Drazenovic, Ty Wishart, Jonathan Filewich, Eric Hunter and Dan Baum. The event supported the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, and players were auctioned off to teams on Thursday evening. Hamhuis had the highest bidder, as he went for $2,300. Members of the current Cougars also participated in the tournament. A banquet fundraiser on Thursday evening connected past and present Cougars with management, business partners and season-ticket holders. “It was a great tournament. It was a lot of fun to be a part of and it was well-organized,” Hamhuis said. “The alumni certainly enjoyed it. I think the golfers really enjoyed it and I think it’s something that’s going to snowball and carry on and get bigger and better.”

LAST SEASON Hamhuis played on a Canucks team which won the President’s Trophy for the second year in a row as regular season champions. The club finished with 51 wins, 22 losses and nine overtime defeats (51-22-9) for 111 points. Hamhuis recorded four goals and 33 assists for 37 points in 82 games. In their best-of-seven first round playoff series, the Canucks lost in five games to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings (40-27-15). Despite securing the Western Conference’s final playoff spot as an eighth seed, the Kings cruised to the championship and posted a 16-4 playoff record. “I think they might have underachieved a little bit during the regular season,” Hamhuis said. “They had a really good team and they got their game together there when it counted.”

NHL LOCKOUT The NHL Players Association and NHL haven’t reached much common ground in this summer’s labour negotiations. With the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring on Sept. 15, time is running out for the sides to reach a deal and avoid an NHL lockout. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the league’s future, Hamhuis said he’s not making a lot of changes. “I’m training as if the season is going to start. If it doesn’t start right away, I’ll be in Vancouver anyway at the beginning of September,” he said. “I’m sure there will be a group of guys down there that I’ll train and skate with

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Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis takes a practice swing at the tee-off box of Hole No. 1 at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club on Friday. Hamhuis was back in the city as one of the participants in the inaugural Prince George Cougars Alumni Hospital Pro-Am Golf Tournament. during the week, and if there’s not a season, I’ll obviously stay up to date on CBA negotiations, but take advantage of the weekends, fly back to Smithers. B.C. has got so much to offer in the fall. There’s some great fishing, so maybe do some of that on the weekends.”

Last month, the NHL submitted a proposal that the players’ share of hockey-related revenues be reduced from 57 per cent to 46 per cent. The players’ union presentation this month outlined a system similar to Major League Baseball that called for an expanded revenue-sharing

Having played in eight NHL seasons, it’s been a decade since Hamhuis wrapped up his final season with the Cougars. They were the only team he played for during a four-year Western Hockey League tenure from 1998 to 2002. Hamhuis carries a long list of accomplishments from his WHL years. The biggest league award he received came in 2002 when he was named WHL Player of the Year in his final junior season. Hamhuis also made a name turn to PAGE A16


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Past and present members of the Prince George Cougars got together last week. But they weren’t strapping on skates to hit the CN Centre ice. Instead, they walked the fairways of the Prince George Golf and Curling Club. The inaugural Prince George Cougars Alumni/Hospital Pro-Am Golf Tournament was held on Friday. The round of golf followed a meet and greet banquet the previous evening. “It actually went pretty well today,” forward Troy Bourke said shortly after Friday’s round ended. “I’m usually on and off, more off than on. But today I was actually pretty consistent.” Most of the tournament participants on the Cougars travelled into Prince George for the event. For defence-

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Former Prince George Cougars forward Ronald Petrovicky follows through on a tee shot on Hole No. 10 at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club on Friday. Petrovicky was among the participants at the inaugural Prince George Cougars Alumni Hospital Pro-Am Golf Tournament. man Dan Gibb, stepping up to the tee-off box to participate was an easy choice. A 20-year-old Prince George product, he’s


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been working at the PGGCC this summer. “I just started. I picked the game up this year,” he said. “I figured if I work here, I might as well reap the benefits. It was good. I had a good group.” Last year, organizers began discussing the possibility of holding the tournament, which supports the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. They held a press conference at the PGGCC on June 4 to announce details and start taking registration, at $250 per player. In the end, only three spots were left empty. One hundred and seventy seven of 180 openings were filled. Tournament chairperson Gary Samis, an avid

golfer and Cougars season ticket holder, said on Friday he was pleased with the total. “We started this process back in September. My expectation, I didn’t know what to really expect, but it just turned out perfectly,” he said. “We ended up with 12 alumni and 19 returning vets, and then with Cougars management we were able to fill everything out for 36 foursomes. “It just turned out a beautiful day. The weather was outstanding. But it worked well and at the end of the day, the goal was for the hospital charity and I think we’re going to do very well. Numbers will probably be coming in the next week and that, but we’re

really confident we’re going to do well.” Players were auctioned off to join foursomes. Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis, who played for the Cougars from 1998 to 2002, had the highest bigger at $2,300. The event included a silent auction, hole-in-one contests, putting contests, prizes and meals at the PGGCC. The event also acted as a lead-in to the fiveday Cougars Hockey School, which got underway on Monday. “I’ve been itching to get back on the ice,” Bourke said. “I didn’t skate a whole bunch this summer because I knew I’d be coming back a little bit earlier this year.”

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for himself representing the Canadian Hockey League internationally, suiting up for Canada in the 2001 and 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships. In the 2001 tournament in Russia, the Canadian team won bronze. The next year, they took home silver from the Czech Republic. The WHL totals for Hamhuis sit at 34 goals and 123 assists for 157 points in 247 games. In his final season, he recorded 10 goals and 50 assists for 60 points in 59 games. While a member of the Cougars, Hamhuis was drafted by the Nashville Predators, 12th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played with the Predators for six seasons before joining the Canucks in the 2010 offseason.

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only star professional player in Friday’s golf tournament. Former Cougars who didn’t attend include NHL defencemen Eric Brewer (Tampa Bay Lightning), Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins) and Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets), forwards Devin Setoguchi (Minnesota Wild) and Brett Connolly (Tampa Bay Lightning) and goalie Chris Mason (Nashville Predators). Organizers cited the timing of the event as the main reason. Hamhuis backed that up. “A lot of guys want to be here. Middle of August is a busy time of year for guys who are still playing,” he said. “I know there are a lot of guys who wanted to come, but just weren’t able to swing it with their schedules. Everyone I’ve always talked to who has played in this city has had a good time and has good memories, and I think when their schedules work out right, they’ll be back.”

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First off, let’s give credit where it’s to the third week of July. It should due. be noted that part of the event’s purOrganizers of the inaugural Prince pose is to connect present Cougars George Cougars Alumni/Hospital with the alumni. For that group of Pro-Am Golf Tournament deserve a players, this August weekend may pat on the back. work better since it For a first-time event, leads into the team’s ULL the tournament seemed Hockey School. to go over well. Only As the golfer with OURT three of 180 available the most NHL expespots weren’t filled, rience in this year’s RESS thousands of dollars ALISTAIR MCINNIS tournament, Hamhuis supported a good gathered no shortage cause, fans and current players of attention from Prince George enjoyed connecting with alumni, media, other golfers and fans who and nobody was complaining about attended Thursday’s meet and greet. the buffet dinner on Friday evening. He certainly wasn’t looking for extra Even this scribe thought the food spotlight. In true Hammy fashion, was awesome. OK, a free meal, he remained humble and relaxed. what am I supposed to say? But BASEBALL honestly, after shooting photos out in the summer heat, the buffet hit The subject switches from hockey the spot. and golf to baseball for the second Yes, it was hot on Friday. Maybe half of this column. too hot, although nobody was comThe wait is almost over. The openplaining. Mother Nature did her ing pitch of the 2012 RE/MAX Basepart too. ball Canada Senior Championship is All that noted, it could’ve been a day away. better. For Cougars alumni, this The tournament runs Thursday was far from the cream of the crop. to Sunday at Citizen Field and Vancouver Canucks defenceman Rotary Field. It’s an event that isn’t Dan Hamhuis, who grew up down as significant as the World Baseball the road in Smithers (370 km west Challenge, the biennial competiof Prince George) was the only tion which returns in 2013. But in a “big name” player. OK, Ronald year that doesn’t feature any other Petrovicky spent some time in the national competition, it stands as National Hockey League. But he’s Prince George’s biggest sports event been out of professional hockey for of 2012. a few years, and has been living in Exactly what can we expect from Prince George. this weekend’s tournament? While At 25, Prince George product Nick it won’t be WBC calibre, spectaDrazenovic is still hopeful he can tors will see some of Canada’s best become a full-timer in the NHL. amateur baseball players on the The same goes for 24-year-old Ty diamond. I’m no baseball expert, Wishart. While they’ve had some but based on information I’ve gathNHL duty, the two players have ered, I’m not expecting much of a spent more time in the AHL. home province advantage for the Other alumni on hand included Victoria Mavericks (Team BC) or Jonathan Filewich, Eric Hunter and the host Prince George Westcana Dan Baum. They also have semi-pro Electric Axemen. The Windsor Stars experience. (Ontario 1), Chatham Ironmen (New OK, not a bad list of former playBrunswick) and Halifax Canadians ers. However, the list of alumni not (Nova Scotia) are all sending in on hand for the big event is highwhat the organizers expect to be lighted by the likes of NHL defence- strong teams. men Eric Brewer (Tampa Bay LightThe Fort Saskatchewan A’s ning), Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins) (Alberta), Reston Rockets (Maniand Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg toba) and Strathroy Royals (Ontario Jets), forward Devin Setoguchi 2) round out the teams competing. (Minnesota Wild) and goalie Chris What will be interesting to see is Mason (Nashville Predators). how much support the host Axemen Organizers cited timing as the squad receives. The majority of the problem in attracting a few of 21 players on the roster are from out those players. Gary Samis noted of town. But a combination of other that Brewer, Setoguchi and Mason commitments by local players and expressed an interest. He said management’s ability to attract playthey informed the organizers they ers from southern B.C. are factors. couldn’t attend because it ran too Axemen manager Jim Swanson close to the start of the American made it clear he wants to guide a school year. squad that challenges for the title. Samis added that recent graduIf they do that, supporters may go ate Brett Connolly, a Prince George home happy. minor hockey product who comBut if they struggle and take a pleted his first season with the beating from the competition, he Lightning in March, was busy with can expect to hear complaints over offseason training in Toronto. the lack of local players, even if Other past Cougars include Dana there are legitimate reasons why Tyrell, Blair Betts and Trent Hunter. there isn’t more of them on the host In an effort to attract more former team’s roster. players, organizers are looking into Follow Alistair McInnis on Twitter at the possibility of moving the event AlMcInnis.

Island, where they had a trio of pre-season games scheduled. They get an early taste of Canadian Interuniversity Sport with a game against their Canada West rivals, the Victoria Vikes, on Thursday. After playing the Victoria Highlanders of


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others were absent. He expects the number to rise next month, as the fall semester has yet to start and students have yet to arrive in Prince George for the 2012-13 school year. The UNBC men prepared to leave this week for Vancouver


Association. Men’s head coach Alan Alderson noted that 21 players attended Sunday’s tryout session, but four


pre-season training sessions. The teams are preparing for their first season competing in the Canada West Universities Athletic


Soccer tryouts are underway for the UNBC Timberwolves. On the weekend, the men’s and women’s teams began regular






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Axemen see Stars in opener ALISTAIR MCINNIS


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Swanson said they’re excited about Hunter, 28, is looking for- the opportunity to represent the host ward to playing in another city. major baseball tournament in Swanson’s list of players to watch his hometown. for include shortstop Sean Hotzak, “I’m strong defensively in right-handed pitcher Leon Boyd, outthe outfield and it’s a small fielder Rick Alvernaz and first basepark as is, so I’m hoping to man Scott Webster. keep our pitchers in it,â€? Hunter Online – For more on the tournament, including ticket information, visit Full team rosters are also available at w w w. b a s e b a l l . c a / seniormen. Through, there will be a link viewers can click on www.harveysmuf for live streaming No cover of the games. Free Press sports editor Alistair McInnis will be among the vol1685 3rd Ave unteers providing 250.563.6637 play-by-play of the action.

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SALES ASSOCIATES Visions Electronics wants to change your life. Are you energetic, loyal, well-groomed and love a challenge? Are you tired of having your income limited to the number of hours you can work? We are the largest Retail Electronics company based in Western Canada and looking for the best salespeople available. No experience is required…just a desire to be the BEST. We offer the highest pay structure in the business, a full benefits package, and promote our managers from the sales floor. No whiners, No lazy people. No room for second place.

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CGA / ACCOUNTANT A busy, growing business located in a small village on the west coast of British Columbia requires a CGA student / CGA immediately. Must possess the following: • Experience in the Industrial business sector a major asset • All functions related to A/R and A/P, payroll • All accounting functions up to and including year end • Financial reports • Experience in the day to day operations of a food processing plant would be an asset • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment, with confidential information and time sensitive assignments The successful candidate must be willing to re-locate. We are offering a very competitive compensation package as well as an exciting and rewarding career. Please forward your resume and cover letter to: Only those selected for personal interviews will be contacted.

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN Graymont’s Pavilion Plant is accepting applications for an Industrial Electrician. Candidate must possess current B.C. Red Seal certification. Preference will be given to well-rounded individuals willing to also perform other nonelectrical maintenance work as part of the maintenance team. A background in lime or cement industry along with computer and or PLC skills is preferred as well as a proven track record of developing and maintaining a safe work culture. Additional skills required: • Electrician with industrial experience required to work at the Graymont Pavilion Lime Plant. • Must become engaged in continuous improvement and willing to work in a team environment. • Regular shifts will be 8 hrs/day from Monday to Friday – steady day shift. • Must be willing to work overtime when required. • Wages and benefits as per the collective agreement. • Located in Pavilion B.C. situated between Cache Creek and Lillooet, B.C. Qualified applicants please submit your resume to: or Graymont Pavilion Plant Attn: Dan Buis P.O. Box 187 Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0

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General Manager, Seniors Care – Williams Lake We are now recruiting an experienced, business-minded General Manager for our state-of-the-art Williams Lake Seniors Village facility, located in the beautiful Cariboo Region of BC. WLSV is a thriving ‘campus of care’, encompassing both residential care and assisted living clients. The GM is accountable for all aspects of facility operation,including administration,HR functions,marketing and auditing care delivery and recreation outcomes. Qualifications and skills: • Min 5 years experience in Health Care Management. • Min 3 years experience in management of Geriatric Care Services preferred. • Previous financial management experience. • University graduate in Hospital or Business Administration preferred. For a detailed description and to apply online, please visit our website IMMEDIATELY at: While we appreciate all applications, please note only those short listed will be contacted. Retirement Concepts is an equal opportunity employer.

The Prince George Free Press is growing again and is looking for a creative talented ad designer. This position is perfectly suited for someone who loves to work in a fast-paced environment, and can work well both independently and as part of the team. The ideal candidate will have; experience in working with Adobe Creative Suite (In-Design, Photoshop, Illustrator & Acrobat); strong print ad portfolio; attention to detail; and a creative spark. The Prince George Free Press is an independently owned community newspaper serving Prince George and BC interior markets for over 17 years. If working in a positive, goal oriented team environment, with state of the art equipment and the potential to earn an above industry average income appeals to you, submit your resume in confidence to: Ron Lovestone, Regional Manager The Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street V2N 1T3 Fax: 250-562-0025 Email:

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Trades, Technical

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CERTIFIED DENTAL Assistant wanted for 4 days a week. Minimum 2 years experience. E-mail Resume or inquiries to

WANTED: Class 1 truck drivers and/or Owner Operators to haul logs in the Mackenzie area for Duz Cho Logging. Must submit resume along with driver’s abstract and be able to meet all safety standards. Please send application to or fax 250-997-5430.

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OWNER OPERATORS Signing Bonus Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Owner Ops. to be based at our Prince George Terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain, driving exp. / training. We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package. To join our team of Professional drivers, call Bev at 604-968-5488 or email a resume, current driver’s abstract & details of truck to: or fax 604-587-9889 Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility. We thank you for your interest, however only those of interest to us will be contacted.

Help Wanted An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. ARCTIC CO-OPERATIVES LTD is currently recruiting Line Cooks for Inns North hotels in Nunavut. We provide meal allowances, subsidized accommodations, and relocation assistance. Please forward your resume to:

Trades, Technical ALBERTA BASED Company looking for qualified & experienced: Equipment Operators, Mulcher, Feller Buncher & Processor Operators. Out of town & camp work. Safety tickets & drivers abstract required. Email resume: Fax 780-488-3002. CONCRETE FINISHERS and Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete finishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town work; Cell 780-660-8130. Fax 780444-7103. QUALITY CONTROL person experienced with Piping & Structural Welding needed for a growing Northern Company. Competitive wages & benefits. Please email resume to: Fax 250-775-6227 or apply online: Required immediately Fabricator for busy welding/fabricating/machine shop. Must have various experience in mining and sawmills. Mostly shop work but must be willing to work out of town and willing to work flexible hours. Beamac offers competitive wages and benefit plan. Please mail resume to; Beamac Installations, 1085 S. Lakeside Dr., Williams Lake, BC. Fax; 250-398-6452 or email:

Help Wanted


Art/Music/Dancing Music lessons - guitar, accordion, banjo & mandolin. Call Raghu Lokanathan 250-5623702

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Journeyman Millwright Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd. (GSFP) 250-672-9727 GSFP is in Barriere, 60km north of Kamloops in the spectacular lake strewn North Thompson. It manufactures cedar and specialty lumber.

or fax to: (204) 632-8575. Visit for more information. EXPERIENCED PARTS person and an Inventory Clerk are required for a progressive auto/industrial supplier. Hired applicant will receive top wages, full benefits and RRSP bonuses plus moving allowances. Our 26,000ft2 store is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta. See our community at Send resume to: Sapphire Auto, Box 306, Lac La Biche, AB, T0A 2C0. Email: Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Fax resumes to: 780-725-4430 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

Compensation is competitive, with benefits, profit share and safety incentives for this permanent, fulltime position.

HOBAN EQUIPMENT LTD Now Hiring Locally • Site Admin Staff • Surveyors • Heavy Duty Mechanics • Various Operator Positions: Rock Truck Driver, Excavator, Dozer, Loader, & Packer Also Hiring in Alberta and Saskatchewan Please send resumes to Or fax 250-832-1003


Recruiting journeyman and apprentice electricians for contracts throughout BC. Industrial/maintenance experience an asset. Clean Drivers Abstract and Drug/Alcohol Test are essential.

Please fax 250-992-7855 or email

Minimum Skills: • Must be a “Self Starter” that can follow both oral and written instructions • A safe, positive attitude, combined with an attention to detail and the ability to multi-task. • The ability to safely plan and organize job tasks and maintain written records. • Available to work various shifts. Experience: Journeyman Millwright with Red Seal Certs. Applicants must have pneumatic and hydraulic experience. Apply by e-mailing your resume to: Attention: Dan Doyle, Sawmill Superintendent with “Millwright” in subject line. A full job description is available on request.

Home Care/Support

Home Care/Support

PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community

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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.

Help Wanted

We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization:

Adult Residential Resources: Casual Life Skills Worker

Now accepting applications

Career Opportun ity

for a Supervisor / Keyholder Position • Experience an assett • Apply in person to Julie. 1905 Victoria Street next to Total Pet • Prince George 250.562.5555


Andre’s Electronic Experts is expanding their sales force. Looking for an individual with sales experience & knowledge of appliances/ electronics. Full time Salary/Commission w/potential income to be $45-$60k + benefits including extended health plan. Drop off resumes to 2591A Vance Road. Attention: Ed Jang or email No phone calls please.

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Closing date: August 31, 2012 at 1pm A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the positions are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position(s) you are applying for, to:

Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: Applications will be accepted until dates noted on postings, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Apprentice Electrician Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd. (GSFP) 250-672-9727 GSFP is in Barriere, 60km north of Kamloops in the spectacular lake strewn North Thompson. It manufactures cedar and specialty lumber. Compensation is competitive, with benefits, profit share and safety incentives for this permanent, fulltime position. You will learn all aspects of being an industrial electrician with opportunities to work on PLCs and other mill electronics. Minimum Skills: • Must be a “Self Starter” that can follow both oral and written instructions. • A safe, positive attitude, combined with an attention to detail and the ability to multi-task. • The ability to safely plan and organize job tasks and maintain written records. • Must be able to work various shifts. Education & Experience: • 1st , 2nd or 3rd year Apprenticeship or completion of a Pre-Apprentice program • Completion of high school Credentials Apply by e-mailing your resume to: Attention: Dan Doyle, Sawmill Superintendent with “Apprentice” in subject line. A full job description is available on request.

HMC Services Inc., Road and Bridge Maintenance Contractor in the Interior of British Columbia, is looking for a Trade Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic or a Commercial Transport Mechanic and a 3RD or 4th Year Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentice for Quesnel, BC, North Cariboo Area. These position are 12-month per year positions, full time status. HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC OR COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT MECHANIC QUESNEL, B.C. 12 MONTH PER YEAR POSITION Required qualiÀcations include: • Trade Journeyman CertiÀcate in Heavy Duty Mechanics’ or Commercial Transport. • Valid BC Driver’s license and positive driving record with the ability to obtain a valid Class 3 BC Driver’s license with air endorsement when required. • Physically Àt and capable of performing job requirements. Wages and beneÀt package as per the BCGEU Collective Agreement. TRADE APPRENTICE HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC – 3RD OR 4TH YEAR QUESNEL, BC 12 MONTHS PER YEAR This Apprenticeship Position is requires registration in a Contract of Apprenticeship, as well as scheduled attendance at a Technical Training Facility, and successful completion of the technical training modules. In order to be considered for this training opportunity, applicants must meet the following basic requirements: • Proven mechanical aptitude and ability. • Completion of 2nd or 3rd year apprentice training/ certiÀcation in the mechanical Àeld. • Valid BC Driver’s license and positive driving record with the ability to obtain a valid Class 3 BC Driver’s license with air endorsement when required. • Ability to learn, apply and follow safe work practices. The pay structure during the Apprenticeship is based on ITAC designation and the Collective Agreement. How to Apply: QualiÀed applicants are invited to submit resumes along with a photocopy of driver’s license, an up to date driver’s abstract and references to: HMC Services Inc. 3401 Quesnel-Hixon Road Quesnel, BC V2J 5Z5 Fax: 250-992-3656 Attn: Mechanical Superintendent or email:

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

WCB & Liability Insured Free Estimates (250)961-4500

Pets & Livestock

Equestrian 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

Livestock April lambs for sale. $150 each. 250-971-2205

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Merchandise for Sale

$100 & Under Spa @ Home. Poor circulation inflammation, skin conditions. Natural/Herbal. All ages. Sat & Sun only 1156 4th Ave

$200 & Under Driest fire wood in town! Split & delivered $180 real cord (250)562-7111

Food Products ONE HOUR OPTICAL Spruceland Mall 250.564.0095 Pine Centre Mall 250.564.0047

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

Home Improvements Bath & Kitchen Specialist We bring creative design ideas to the table, as we work closely with you to achieve the perfect remodel. No job too big and none certainly, too small. Call Tom today for free estimate.

250-961-0439 G Gilbert Renovation Year round reno needs. Int/ext, nothing too small. 30 yrs exp. Free estimates! Call Gaetan (250) 560-5845 or 552-7184

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

FARM raised chickens. No hormones, antibiotics or by products. Processed and shrink wrapped. $3.50 per pound. Please call after 6pm 778.349-0143

Heavy Duty Machinery Coastal Pacific Equipment For Sale: 1989 DRESSER TD8G-80HP $24,000.1986 KOMATSU D65-8 $35,000. 2008 DRESSTA TD15M190HP $180,000. 2003 DRESSTA TD20H-230hp $185,000. 2005 DRESSTA TD20H-230hp $225,000. 1998 DRESSER TD25G (CALL) 1988 CAT D4H SKIDDER $38,000. 1990 CAT 235C $39,000. 1981 CAT 518 LINE/GRAPPLE $15,000. 1999 JD 648G11 GRAPPLE $35,000. PHONE 1 (250)3927755.

Misc. for Sale 3 Fiberglass showers 42”x 73” x 34” in good condition $600 obo. 14’6” Fiberglass boat $850 obo 250-962-5010 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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Misc. Wanted

Apt/Condo for Rent

Shared Accommodation

Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Silver Coins etc. Available now: 250-863-3082

Real Estate Lakeshore Summit Lake: 1 acre sub lake lot A-frame w/trailer & hydro. $35,000 Ph 778-415-2150 after 5

Lots 2 acre building lot (219’ x 397’) in city limits. 10862 Jutland Rd $35,000 Ph (250)964-0357

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:

250-561-1447 Bach $450, 1 bdr. $570, 2 bdr. $680; 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

JUBILEE Apt’s 1 & 2 bedroom Adult orientated, close to downtown & bus route. N/S, N/P. Parking.

Call: (250) 562-7172


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

Commercial/ Industrial

Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL • RETA Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

Duplex / 4 Plex

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

Homes for Rent

2 & 3 BDRM TOWNHOUSES Close to CNC and shopping


1575 Queesway 250-596-9484

HILLSBOROUGH Apts 3820 - 15th Ave

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

Phone 250-596-4555


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

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

1, 2 & 3 bdrm suites for rent. Includes utilities Reasonably priced. 250-552-1178 1/2 Duplex, 3 brm. up, 1 dwn, 2 baths. 2633 Quince St. $750 per month, n/p (250)563-4205 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath new flooring & paint, near Duchess Park school. $800/mo plus util. Avail Sept 1st (250)562-4809 Pet friendly, 2 or 3 bdrm, central location. 1 month free for senior. 250-649-8439

Carriage Lane Estates


Suites, Lower 1 bdrm fully furnished bsmt suite. Foothills & 1st Ave. Single person, NS NP $600/mo incl utilities. (250)561-7051 2 bdrm bsmt suite, W/D dishwasher, hardwood flrs, $850 inc utilities Available immed (250)649-9761 or 964-4700 Furn. 1 bdrm, seperate entrance & laundry. Quiet, clean, working person. Util. incl. NS/NP. Ref. req. $650 plus security. Phone(250)562-9153


Antiques / Classics Restorable pre 1950 cars. Pacer, Studebaker & Hudson (250)563-0802

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Claims against the estate of Robert Milton Wannop are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that full particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor at 761 Tay Crescent, Prince George, British Columbia, V2M 3V3, on or before Sept 30, 2012, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard only to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. GAYLE MICHALOVSKY - WANNOP, EXECUTOR

Cars - Domestic ‘96 Chrysler Eagle Vision Good condition, no rust, newer tires. Asking $2500 OBO 250-964-3117

Recreational/Sale 1982 Camper Van, new gas tank, motor good, recent other work done. Great for seniors or hunters $2000 obo 250563-4687

Sport Utility Vehicle ‘99 Honda CRV Special Edition 4 cyl, all wheel drive, auto AC,looks like new, 200,000 km, $6500 obo 250-649-6487

Lower College Heights. 3 br $1300/m N/S, N/P. Call Gary 250-649-6699

Shared Accommodation 1 bedroom in house shared accommodation, for quiet, mature, single, female student. $400 per month. includes, sep bedroom & family room on 1st floor. Util included plus cable and wifi 250-596-1374

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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 Y in the Park, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.noon, Fort George Park. Free. Christian songwriter Ron Klusmeier, Aug. 29., music workshop 4-6 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m., Knox United Church. Tickets and information 250-5636188. 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 Aug. 8. CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Capt. McCue 250565-6993, 250-5649030.

THURSDAY Y in the Park, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.noon, Rainbow Park. Free. 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. Chess nights, Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Books and Company.

Community Builder Scott Moffatt, left, and Chris Reid, right, of Investors Group present Greg Kelner with a cheque for $5,000. Kelner won the prize by getting a hole in one on the eighth hole at the Aberdeen Glen Men’s Open on July 29. A llan WISHA RT/ Fre e Press

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

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Information: Marilyn 250-562-9580. Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, Spruce Capital Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561.

FRIDAY Y in the Park, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.noon, Rainbow Park. Free. Caledonia Ramblers very strenuous backpacking trip, Aug. 24-26, Mount Terry Fox. Information: Nowell 250-562-7485.

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

SATURDAY Family fun day, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Railway and Forestry Museum. Flea market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Live bands, Saturday, 8 p.m.midnight, Royal Canadian Legion.

SUNDAY Caledonia Ramblers moderate/ strenuous hike, Aug. 26, Mount Murry (Bowron Lake Road). Meet in parking lot behind city hall, 6:45 a.m. Information: Barb 250-563-0901. Caledonia Ramblers easy hike, Aug. 26, The Ancient Forest. Meet in parking lot behind city hall at 9:15 a.m. Information: Nowell 250-562-7485. 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.

TUESDAY 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

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

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975. 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 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. Heartbeat, a group for mutual support of those who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets monthly at CMHA office. Information: Sandy 250-960-9047.

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Special Olympics Prince George Looking for Coaches & Athletes for summer, winter & youth programs such as: 5 and 10 Pin Bowling, Basketball, Swimming, Rhythmic Gym., Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Soccer, Track and Field, Curling, Golf, Active Start, FUNdamentals and more. Barb 250-563-5756 Theatre North West Looking for billets for actors, directors from across Canada for the 2012-13 season. About 5 weeks per production. No rides or meals required. PG Bowl area preferred. For details Denise 250-563-6969 Kidney Foundation of Canada - Oct 14 ‘Give the Gift of Life Walk’. at the Northern Sports Centre. Please come yourself or bring a team to support those living with kidney disease. Paul 250-962-7958

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



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Prince George Free Press

People of Prince George

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


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Summer Pisces’ team competing at the B.C. at Members of the Prince George in Nanaimo gather for a photo ships pion cham l incia prov n Swimming Associatio the Aquatic Centre.

Prince George Free Press sales rep Shirly Prokopchuk (left) and PGX general manager Terri McConnachie are all smiles at the recent PGX.

Ken Munro and Susan Heard from S. California stopped in at Sweder Berries U-Pic k last week to sample the saskatoons and blueb erries. Ken had a saskatoon pie in Calgary and had been looking to pick some berries ever since then so he was pretty excited to see the highway sign for the farm. Other customers have visited from Tennessee and Colorado this summer along with all the local berry pickers from Quesnel and Prince George.

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August 22, 2012 edition of the Prince George Free Press