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You would never guess that these fellows have both been collecting old age pensions for a good number of years if you had seen them together in this wagon (on Saturday afternoon) thundering down the West Fraser Road at breakneck speed. Their hurried pace suggested that they may have been running late to a very important date when, in fact, there was no urgency but there was a function. Nonetheless they had this fine looking pair of grey horses on the run, which made for a show-stopping grand entrance at a surprise 80th birthday party celebration. By the time the wagon driver Roy Mulvahill delivered his good friend Hank Krynen to his own front yard (Fraser River frontage, past Fraser River Ranch, toward Quesnel) however, the cat was well and truly out of the bag, so birthday-honouree Krynen had decided to add a little surprise (and humour) of his own by donning a curly black wig topped with a straw bonnet. About 75 friends and family waited to celebrate the milestone birthday; the gathering was orchestrated by his wife Julie; son Andrew Krynen (Seattle, Wash.); and daughter Jo Krynen (Williams Lake) and her husband Andrew Cuthell; and a host of family and friends. It was a perfect Cariboo fall day, sunny and warm and nearly, bug-free. Liz Twan photo
Councils call for pot decriminalization Tom Fletcher Black Press After a passionate debate and a close vote, delegates to the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention passed a motion Wednesday calling on the federal government to decriminalize marijuana. The UBCM placed major emphasis on the debate this year, staging a debate Monday featuring former B.C. attorney general Geoff Plant, in favour of loosening pot laws, and University of the Fraser Valley criminologist Darryl Plecas opposed. After a lineup of speakers on the impact of marijuana grow ops on communities and crime impact, a show of hands by hundreds of delegates supported the call for decriminalization.
Metchosin councillor Moralea Milne reminded delegates that Plant termed pot prohibition “a disastrous and expensive failure of public policy.” She said more than 500,000 B.C. residents have smoked marijuana, but she doesn’t support its use. “Personally I’d rather have a martini, and and I’m allowed to, because we changed that very wrong prohibition stance that we had,” Milne said. Okanagan-Similkameen area director Tom Siddon, a former federal cabinet minister, said his local police reject decriminalization. “I think we’ve been frying too many brains,” Siddon said. “It’s going to aggravate the temptation of young people to move from marijuana, which may well be more harmless than a few bottles of beer, to being hooked on heroin, cocaine and
the chemical designer drugs.” Prince George city councillor Brian Skakun drew laughter with his comment: “I tried it when I was younger, I turned out OK.” Turning serious, he said the costs extend to police and courts weighed down with marijuana cases rather than “real criminals.” Abbotsford councillor Henry Braun agreed with Siddon. “We produce about 1.5 million pounds of marijuana in British Columbia,” Braun said. “We consume about 185,000 pounds, so the vast majority of marijuana is being exported to the U.S. and other places.” Port Moody councillor Bob Elliott said his “quaint, safe city” has seen three gang-related murders in the past six months. He pleaded for support for decriminalization.
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Coquitlam councillor Terry O’Neill called decriminalization “the worst of all worlds,” protecting people from simple possession charges while leaving large-scale growing and sales in the hands of criminals. Nelson councillor Robin Cherbo said sparing young recreational users from prosecution is worth it, and even outright legalization won’t stop the criminal trade as long as pot remains illegal in the U.S. Cariboo Regional District director Joan Sorley reminded delegates that grow ops are destructive to communities and dangerous to police and fire departments. “They’re huge operations,” Sorley said. “If we decriminalize it, we take away the tool that the RCMP has to try and shut them down and help keep our neighbourhood safe.”
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Premier’s chief resigns Tom Fletcher Black Press Ken Boessenkool, Premier Christy Clark’s chief of staff, has resigned after eight months in the premier’s office. “Earlier this month I was involved in an incident where I acted inappropriately,” Boessenkool said in a resignation letter released by the premier’s office Monday morning. “I was wrong, regretted my behaviour very much and immediately and unconditionally apologized. “Notwithstanding my genuine apology and sense of regret, and following my meeting with you earlier today, I tender my letter of resignation as your chief of staff effective immediately.” Clark has appointed Dan Doyle, chairman of the BC Hydro board of directors, to serve as acting chief of staff. Clark told reporters in Vancouver she can’t comment on the circumstances that led to Boessenkool’s departure, because of privacy laws that apply to all employers. She said she heard about an incident two weeks ago and after it was investigated, she asked for his resigna-
tion. There has been no suggestion of any criminal conduct, Clark said. In his letter, Boessenkool said: “This will give me a chance to return to Calgary to be with my family — who I have also let down — and from whom I have been separated on a weekly basis for most of the last eight months.” Boessenkool was hired by the premier’s office in January after serving as a senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He replaced Mike McDonald, who moved to a senior staff role with the B.C. Liberal Party. In recent years Boessenkool has worked for consulting firms Hill and Knowlton Canada and GCI Group Canada. The federal lobbyist registry shows a long list of former clients, including pipeline company Enbridge Inc., oil sands producer Suncor Energy Inc., mining giant Rio Tinto, the Bank of Nova Scotia and TASER International Inc. Boessenkool also formed a group called the Alberta Blue Committee, devoted to maintaining a united right in a province where the upstart Wildrose Alliance Party has challenged the Progressive Conservative dynasty.
City sidewalks become more accessible Curt Morben Contracting Ltd. was busy last week moving a fire hydrant at the corner of Oliver Street and Fourth Avenue South to make room for a new sidewalk that will be wheelchair accessible. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Cities get more say on BC Transit Tom Fletcher Black Press The B.C. government will ask local communities to nominate directors for the BC Transit board, in an effort to improve communication on bus service changes and expansions. Transportation Minister Mary Polak announced Tuesday that communities will also have the option of setting up regional transit commissions, similar to
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the one in place in Greater Victoria. The recommendations follow a review of BC Transit administration, sparked by complaints that the provincial agency was arbitrarily changing service and costs after municipal budgets were set. “We are also making sure that BC Transit provides sufficient notice to local governments of any service adjustments, along with the type of information local governments
need to make timely budget decisions,” Polak said. Joe Stanhope, chair of the Regional District of Nanaimo, praised the review and BC Transit’s efforts to give communities more say. It was Stanhope’s complaints about a doubling of management fees and the proposed withdrawal of new buses from the Nanaimo service that provoked the review. BC Transit CEO Manuel Achadinha said there
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has already been progress on new regional transit authorities. The Kootenay region has nine different bus systems, but has established a committee that could lead to a regional service. The provincial review identified the Okanagan and Central Fraser Valley as other areas that should consider amalgamating. The ministry will develop a policy for intercity transit routes that will focus on shorter trips and
timing for commuters, Polak said, while leaving longer bus service to Greyhound and other private bus lines. Polak said the municipalities in the Greater Victoria Transit Commission remain split on whether they should transfer their service to the Capital Regional District. The government will extend their ability to nominate commission members, which are now restricted to mayors of key communities.
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The Cariboo Chilcotin will be well represented on the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) over the next year as local elected officials earned seats Thurs-
day on the 2012/2013 Executive Board. Elections were held during the 2012 UBCM Convention currently taking place in Victoria until Sept. 28. CRD Direc-
tor and Quesnel Mayor Mary Sjostrom will take the reins as the incoming president for UBCM, while CRD Chair Al Richmond is the new third vice-president for
the organization. Over the past year, Sjostrom has served as the first vice-president and has been on the board for the past eight years. Chair Al Richmond
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f you were asked to jot down the top 10 dangerous ways to spend your weekend, making pickles probably wouldn’t come to mind. Well, I’m here to tell you otherwise. I made pickles on Saturday night and almost bit the green wiener. Something — when you pause to think about it — that would look eerily similar to a dill pickle. But I digress. Here’s what happened. Dusk was falling as I got down to my last six jars of cucumbers and realized I was almost out of dill. “I’m just running out to the garden,” I told Darcy, who was watching TV. “Watch the stove.” “Huh? Yeah, OK,” he replied absently. Grabbing a pair of scissors I sprinted off the deck and ran up the slope to the upper garden. I recently expanded the sloped portion into terraced vegetable beds and even as I ran, I was admiring my handiwork instead of looking where I was going. I was almost on top of my herb patch before I focused on the object of
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my quest … dill blossoms. When I did, all thoughts of pickles, dill and terraced vegetable beds vanished. Standing next to the herb patch stood a bear. An enormous, black, bear. Had I been looking where I was going when I left the house I would have seen the bear while still only steps from the safety of our back door. As it were I was now caught in the open with only a small pair of dull herb scissors to protect me. This is how life goes. One minute you’re making pickles and the next you’re in one. Darcy, who I strongly suspected hadn’t been listening to me when I left, would no doubt wander out to the kitchen during the commercial break, see the pot of brine simmering
on the stove sans wife and wonder where I had gone. Then the sight of all those freshly canned pickles would make him hungry for a sandwich. He would never guess a hundred feet from his left elbow a bear was contemplating his wife in the exact same way he was considering the package of Havarti he had just unearthed from the fridge. The only difference was the Havarti didn’t scream.\ Anyone who has read my column for any length of time knows I suffer from acute bear phobia. Coupled with my love for the outdoors I have armed myself with all the cautionary information necessary to survive bear encounters. In the case of a black bear it is important to come across as predator, not prey. You don’t want to challenge the bear, but you don’t want to run like a fat, juicy, rabbit neither. So what did I do
when faced with the object of my nightmares? I screamed so loud they heard me two districts away and then … well, I ran. Just like a loud, juicy rabbit on steroids. In my defence, I expect to see bears in the woods, but not in my garden right by the house. I hate that the bear has intruded on my sanctuary, but that’s what happens when you choose to live in the country. The bear called this home long before we did. The question is, now what? I used to pack pepper spray until I had an unfortunate incident where I was testing the spray can and accidentally got some pepper on my fingers which I then managed (don’t ask) to rub into my own eyes. After that I decided I would rather take my chances. A friend who knows someone who is legendary for hiking in bear country once told me the best way to keep bears
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Sandhill cranes in flight over ALexis Creek Before sunset on Sept. 18, swirling in the air as an amorphous flock over Alexis Creek while uttering their archaic croaking calls, 56 sandhill cranes decided on a destination, formed a single northsouth oriented line, and flew northward. Dan Hicks photo
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RACING AGAINST WINTER An American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) with a treasured fir cone dashes along a shed in Alexis Creek. With temperatures cooling and summer sliding away, the squirrel feels compelled to continually expand his winter cone stash. Asserting his territory, he charged a magpie trespassing in one of his fir trees, forcing the intrusive bird to take flight. Dan Hicks photo
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Pool consultations coming up The second round of public engagement regarding the Sam Ketcham Pool in Williams Lake will take place from Oct. 11 to 13 at several locations around the city. Consultants from Professional Environmental Recreation Consultants Ltd. (PERC) have been contracted to develop the pool feasibility study and will be setting up booths to engage with community members. They will showcase the new concept for the possible renovation of the Sam Ketcham Pool that has been modified based on information gathered
during the last round of public consultations this past June. This is an opportunity for community members to provide their opinions and feedback to the consultants and have ongoing dialogue with them. An opportunity for online comment is also being developed and will be launched in the near future. All interested members of the community are encouraged to visit the following locations on Oct. 12 and 13 or attend the public open house that will be held at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Public open house: Thursday, Oct. 11 from 7
to 8 p.m. at the Gibraltar Room in the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Public information sessions: Friday, Oct 12 at Safeway from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. and Walmart from 6 to 9 p.m.; or Saturday, Oct. 13 at Save-On-Foods from 10 a.m. to noon, Canadian Tire from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., or at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex from 2 to 3 p.m.
The h City off Williams ll Lake Water Division will be conducting cleaning and flushing of water reservoirs and mains starting Monday October 1, ending October 26, 2012. This annual maintenance is required to ensure water quality meets Drinking Water guidelines. The areas that will be affected are: South Lakeside, North Lakeside, Mackenzie Avenue from Highway 97 South to the Glendale area, the downtown core up to Comer Street, and the Golf Course. Residents may experience a slight discoloration of their tap water but running a tap for a short period of time will clear this up. All inquiries can be directed to the City of Williams Lake Water Division at 392-1785. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
to share their needs and expectations for the Sam Ketcham Pool.” Cariboo Regional District Area F Chair Joan Sorley adds: “The second round of consultation is extremely important. It is an opportunity for members of the community to be heard, and to provide their opinions regarding the options that are being considered for the Sam Ketcham pool.”
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“The PERC consultants have taken into consideration the opinions they heard regarding the plans for renovating the pool, and we are very much looking forward to sharing the new concept with the community and once again gathering feedback from the public,” says Coun. Laurie Walters. “I encourage everyone to take the time to speak with the consultants and
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Swapping sociology for socket sets P
remier Christy Clark’s latest employment announcement set the tone for one of the big issues in the 2013 election. Flanked by aircraft technician students at BCIT in Burnaby, Clark announced a $75-million program to upgrade aging trade and technical school facilities and hire instructors. And she did it with some pointed criticism of the career path chosen by many of today’s high school students. Clark introduced a student electrician, the first woman to win the senior technology education award at her high school, who then went on to get a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology. No job, so she went to BCIT. Her message was clear. The government’s pre-election budget is going to shift priorities to the huge number of skilled trades jobs that are already going begging in the north. More students will get started in high school, instead of being subsidized to wander around and find themselves with an unfocused university degree that still leaves them in need of practical skills. Shop upgrades were announced for trades training in Prince George, Kelowna and Greater Victoria. There will be new student financial aid, but it will be tied to skill programs the economy needs now.
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And with the government’s financial situation, you can bet that sociology, women’s studies and the rest of the dead-end programs dear to the hearts of last year’s Occupy campers will feel the pinch. The B.C. Liberal skills training push was partly inspired by last year’s “inequality” protest, after Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier waded into the Occupy Vancouver squat to hand out business cards. They need cooks and labourers as well as pipefitters up there these days, and that’s before the B.C. gas patch goes into a huge expansion for Asian exports. A version of Kevin Falcon’s “welfare air” idea to move unemployed recipients north was included in last week’s announcement by Clark and her jobs czar, Pat Bell. Called “Job Match,” it’s a $2.9-million pilot program in the Peace region. It will deliver basic education
and work boots for people in that region before anyone will be flown up from Nanaimo or Nelson. Cruising along at nearly 50 per cent in the polls, the NDP have also put a heavy emphasis on post-secondary. But they’re still playing to the urban Occupy crowd, with a promise of a tax on banks to fund student grants. Instead of providing loan relief after successful completion, they’re going to
hand out money at the front end, just like they did in my student days. My experience as a student, a job seeker and a parent is that free money encourages aimless study, and the selection of courses that are appealing rather than safe investments. We already have far too much of that, and I think most students today would be better off with a bigger debt and a well-paying job.
As the new trades plan was being rolled out (and mostly ignored by the Vancouver media), former finance minister Colin Hansen announced he’s retiring. It was Hansen who started the push for skills training back in 2008, emphasizing that there will be a million new jobs open by 2019, 600,000 of them due to retiring baby boomers. Hansen made a sales trip to snowy Toronto to launch advertis-
ing to lure people to B.C. That effort is being revised with a series of interprovincial and international trips, because even if all 650,000 high school students graduate and go to work in B.C. from now to 2019, it won’t be enough to fill all the jobs on the horizon. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. email@example.com.
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Community For NON-PROFIT EVENTS happening WITHIN 2 WEEKS. Posting must be limited to TIME, DATE & PLACE (excluding dollar amounts). Deadline is 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays. Postings run the following Friday. Email to: email@example.com Attention: Community Calendar NOTICES The Caribou Brain Injury Society provides weekly support groups and one-to-one support for survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI). If you or someone you know has suffered an ABI, please phone 250-392-7772.
Old Age Pensioners Organization treasurer Becky Huston (centre right) presents a cheque for $400 to Cariboo Senior Carollers director Georgina Lazzarotto (left) and the choir to help with the purchase of sheet music. The carollers meet on Fridays at the Seniors’ Centre from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
We’re excited to bring Anne Theresa White to Scout Island to work her gentle mentoring magic. She helps kids find their voices through the written word. She’s teaming up with staff educator Julianne Trelenberg to get kids outdoors and then write about what they see and feel. September 28 (Pro-D), November 13 and 15 (Fall break) from 10-1 at Scout Island Nature Centre. Phone 398-8532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info and registration. (Regstraton required).For ages 7-13. Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre - Public Talk “Inner Peace, Outer Peace, How can they be achieved?” 7pm, Sept. 28 @ New World Coffee and Tea House 72 Oliver St. By Donation.
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