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An appeal goes out for witnesses to come forward with what they know Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier
As resource development projects grow in number across northern B.C., Northern Health is developing reports to better understand how industrial camps could affect public health services across the region. Cameron Ginn/Omineca Express
Industrial camp unknowns prompt research report Cameron Ginn Omineca Express A report into the state of industrial camps in northern B.C. provides details about how droves of transient workers could potentially impact health care services here. The report, released by Northern Health on Thursday, Oct. 17, offers a glimpse at life inside the camps and reveals how an influx of migrant workers could affect public health in rural and remote towns and villages across the region.
By referencing some 30 years of industrial, academic and medical research, Northern Health has assembled an archive of case studies detailing the health-related implications that resource development has had on some communities in northern B.C. and elsewhere in Canada, as well as in rural Austrailia and the United States. In the months leading up to the report, Northern Health officials met with numerous community leaders, including in Kitimat and Hudson's Hope, who were fearful of how nearby industrial camps would affect local health
care, said Dr. Charles Jago, chair of the Northern Health Board. "We really don't now what impacts those are having," Dr. Jago said on Thursday, Oct. 18. "This study is the first step in trying to understand that phenomenon more fully." Although communities largely benefit from resource development projects, experiencing job creation, high wages, economic development and a rise in property values, the impacts of boomand-bust cycles on public health aren't well understood. Continued on page 9
A plea has gone out to the community for witnesses to come forward in the murder of Fribjon Bjornson. A CBC story last week, both on the radio and on CBC News The National, revealed details of the case. Bjornson, who was from Vanderhoof but working north of Fort St. James, was killed earlier this year, his severed head having been found in an abandoned house on the Lower Road on Nak’azdli Reserve on Feb. 3. The CBC story revealed people in the Nak’azdli community may know who is responsible, and said according to witnesses who approached the family, Fribjon had been at a house on the reserve partying, next door to where his head was found. Fribjon’s parents were told he was taken into the basement by a group of people, who then tortured and killed their son. The CBC story alleges the motivation may have been robbery, as Bjornson had recently cashed a paycheque for thousands of dollars. His body was then reportedly dismembered to hide the attack. Bjornson’s body has never been found. The investigation
cording to Leslie Smith, media relations officer for the North District RCMP, has been very extensive. Smith said investigators have gone door to door in the communities of Fort St. James and Vanderhoof, and they follow up on every tip and name they are given. Investigators are in almost daily contact with the Bjornson family, and any information they pass on to investigators they follow up on. Staff Sergeant Paul Thalhofer, detachment commander in Fort St. James, said the door is always open at the local detachment for people to come forward. Local RCMP are not involved in the investigation itself, but can take The criminal investigation of the statements or help facilitate introducmurder is being done by the North tions between investigators and local District RCMP Major Crimes Unit community members or witnesses. out of Prince George, which acContinued on page 10
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NEWS Board to open talks on Prairiedale Elementary Cameron Ginn Omineca Express
Drainage issues at Prairiedale Elementary School are one of several building deﬁciencies that education ofﬁcials will be assessing in the next several months when they determine the school's fate. At a meeting in Vanderhoof on Monday, Oct. 15, the Nechako Lakes School District Board of Education announced plans to open a public consultation process over the possible closure, renovation or amalgamation of Prairiedale Elementary, which accommodates 92 students in four separate classrooms. The board has known about the school's deteriorating condition for about eight to 10 years, said Chair Rosalie Nichiporuk. "We have to deal with this. It's time to deal with this," she told a board meeting room crammed full of people, some of whom were parents of Prairiedale students. Due to a lack of information from the school district's staff, including an updated engineering report on Prairiedale's structural integrity, Nichiporuk reiterated numerous times that the board had no answers regarding the possible reconﬁguration of Vanderhoof area schools. "There are lots of questions we need answered," she said. Nichiporuk said that a public consultation process could begin sometime between November 2012 and January 2013 and last no less than 60 days, with meetings probably occurring in the evening amid a "community hall-style" atmosphere. Despite the board's uncertainty, one stakeholder asked if Prairiedale's fate would be based on money or the best interests of kids. "I think at this point it's in the best interest of kids, but we don't have a pot full of money," said Nichiporuk.
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Although the school is about 50 years old and exhibits signs of deterioration, Prairiedale doesn't pose a hazard to students, said principal Lauretta Hunter.
As of Thursday, Oct. 18, Hunter hadn't received any plans or information from the board regarding the public consultation process. "I don't really know what the future holds," she
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Council couples referendum with by-election Cameron Ginn Omineca Express To contain costs, town council is holding an aquatic facility referendum in conjunction with a by-election on February 16, 2013. Combining both polls will save the town about $8,000 to $10,000, the average cost of running an election, said Tom Clement, deputy administrator for the Town of Vanderhoof. "It costs the same to run a referendum as it does to run an election, so why not put them together," he said. The referendum will seek permission from the electorate to borrow about $4 million over a 30-year period to build a $12-million indoor aquatic facility in Vanderhoof, with remaining funds potentially coming from provincial and federal governments, local businesses or industries and fundraising efforts, said Councillor Steve Little. "Whatever we can get," said Little, chair of the Vanderhoof Pool Committee. The coinciding byelection has been organized to replace Councillor Louise Levy, who is moving to Prince George and officially resigns on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Due to the referendum, town council is anticipating a higher voter turnout than last November, when the Vanderhoof Municipal Election was determined by less than 30 per cent of the total number of registered voters in the community, about 2,960, said Clement.
This summer, council decided to assume the costs and responsibilities of owning and operating the aquatic facility rather than share them with surrounding municipalities. "Since we are the major contributor, it made sense that we actually own it," said Little. Councillor Little is adamant that an aquatic facility would serve as a regional asset, promoting health, recreation and economic development in Vanderhoof, while offering stakeholders an alternative to the aquatic centre in Prince George for swimming lessons, fitness activities and even physical therapy. "It has been 20 years since council first started trying to get a pool here. My gut feeling is Vanderhoof is ready for it and that it's time," Little said. In August 2010, the pool committee retained PERC, a consulting company in Langley, B.C., to prepare a $37,000 feasibility study related to the construction and operation of an aquatic facility in Vanderhoof. PERC reviewed everything from postage costs to staffing requirements to estimated annual revenue.
Although the study identified a need for an aquatic facility in Vanderhoof, it recommended that a regional approach would make costs more manageable. "It is the consultant’s opinion that without a grant from senior levels of government, and without operating support from adjacent communities (Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Electoral Area F), it would be a significant financial burden for the district to finance the construction of an indoor aquatic centre," the report says. "This is not to suggest that the community should not pursue an aquatic facility at this time, but it does suggest that careful consideration would be critical prior to moving forward." Those interested in running in the by-election can file for nomination between January 2 to 11, 2013. Candidates must be 18 years old as of election day, a resident of B.C. for at least six months prior to election day and meet the requirements of the B.C. Election Act. To vote, electors need two pieces of identification, including a driver’s license, B.C. identification card,
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U.S. study says current vaccines offer "sub-optimal" protection Cameron Ginn Omineca Express Flu vaccinations will be made available to the public for free on a drop-in basis starting Monday, Oct. 29, at the Vanderhoof Health Unit. This year, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (B.C. CDC) has expanded the criteria for people who are eligible for vaccination to include healthy children aged six months to less than five years old, and those in regular contact with newborn babies and children less than five years old. At increased risk of contracting the flu are persons 65 years of age or older, children younger than two years old, First Nations people, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems and certain medical conditions, such as chronic heart, lung, kidney, liver, blood, or metabolic diseases like diabetes. "Vaccination is recommended for those at greatest risk of influenza, but also those who may be capable of spreading influenza to those at high risk," said Cynthia Monk, public health communication liaison nurse for the Northern Health Authority. In 2011 and 2012, nurses at the Vanderhoof Health Unit administered 1,049 doses of the flu vaccine, an increase of 82 doses since the year before. Annually, the B.C. CDC distributes about 1.1 millions doses across the province. In accordance with new government policy that requires health care employees who work in patient-care areas
to get immunized or wear a filtration mask, the B.C. CDC has purchased an additional 55,000 doses of the vaccine. The vaccine is a "trivalent" blend of three inactivated strains of flu viruses that are most likely to be circulating during the influenza season. For years, public health organizations across Canada have consistently advocated that the flu vaccine is a way for people to defend themselves against influenza. "Everyone can get the flu shot to protect them from getting the flu," the B.C. CDC says on its website. A 2006 immunization guide published by the Public Health Agency of Canada says that, with the right combination of strains, vaccines have been
shown to prevent influenza illness in approximately 70 to 90 per cent of healthy children and adults. But a new report has concluded that such estimates are seldom achieved and that existing influenza vaccines are less effective than is being widely asserted. "The currently licensed influenza vaccines can provide moderate protection against virologically confirmed influenza, but such protection is greatly reduced or absent in some seasons," says the report, developed by doctors and medical experts at the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. The 123-page report, which reviewed more than 12,000 doc-
uments about influenza vaccine research dating back to 1936, argues that efficacy rates of the trivalent influenza vaccine in healthy adults is somewhere between 50 to 60 per cent, with inconsistent evidence of protection in children aged 2 to 17 years old and a paucity of evidence for protection in adults 65 years of age or older. "You have to keep in mind that 60 per cent is still substantial protection, but it's not 70 to 90 per cent," said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the B.C. CDC. Skowronski said the B.C. CDC, which has studied the efficacy of vaccines against labconfirmed influenza since 2004, has generated findings that are consistent with the CIDRAP report. The report also ar-
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B.C. tourism generating billions for economy Government initiative targets five per cent growth annually, amounting to $18-billion For some, a dream job would be a vacation planner – for themselves! Vacationing in B.C. can take so many forms that it would indeed be a full-time job. The tourism and hospitality industry is an extremely diverse industry with over 400 different occupations – including occupations that lead to longer-term careers, as well as those that fit well for those seeking part-time work, like students or older workers who are not yet ready to retire. British Columbia’s tourism industry will be a leader in provincial job growth as businesses look to fill 101,000 new job openings by 2020, according to a study of labour demand and supply by go2, the BC tourism industry’s human resource association. The Tourism Labour Market Strategy, released in the spring of 2012 by go2, sets out the plan to recruit, retain and train the workers needed to keep pace with the growth projected for the industry. Nearly half of the 101,000 openings will be new jobs created by the tourism industry across the province, adding 44,220 more jobs to the provincial workforce by 2020. The other approximately 57,000 openings are due to replacements (i.e. retirements). “The labour strategy co-ordinated by go2 is a key pillar of industry growth in the province. Without it, we simply wouldn’t have the skilled workers in place to deliver the visitor experience throughout B.C.,” says
Lana Denoni, Chair, TIABC Lana Denoni, chair of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC). British Columbia’s location, bordered by the Rocky Mountains on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west, makes it unique within Canada. Its mountain and coastal scenery, opportunities for summer sailing, winter skiing, and other activities such as fishing or sightseeing in coastal or inland waters or experiencing our vibrant cities all make us a world-class destination. Tourism helps to diversify our economy
and also brings new community services to permanent residents. B.C.’s tourism and hospitality industry is now the single largest “primary resource industry” in the province, generating an annual real GDP (2002) of more than $6.4 billion in 2010, ahead of forestry, mining, oil and gas extraction, and agriculture. Tourism and hospitality generated $13.4 billion in annual revenue in 2010. Overall, between 2004 and 2010, industry revenues grew by a total of 25.5 per cent, representing an average annual growth rate of 4.2 per cent. The provincial government’s Gaining the Edge: A Five-year Strategy for Tourism in British Columbia targets revenue growth of five per cent a year that will top $18 billion in tourism spending by 2016. The fastest growing sectors for tourism job growth over the next decade are expected to be recreation and entertainment and travel services. There are an estimated 17,943 tourismrelated businesses across the province, employing about 260,000 workers, or 10.8 per cent of B.C.’s total labour force of 2.4 million people. More than 80 per cent of tourism’s new job openings are projected to come in Food and Beverage Services (43,410 openings), Recreation and Entertainment (20,530 openings) and the Accommodation sector
(18,920 openings). “After several years of slow labour growth, the tourism industry is poised to expand,” said Arlene Keis, chief executive officer of go2. “Labour shortages are already being felt in places like northern B.C., the Thompson Okanagan and in the Rockies regions. By 2016, the crunch will be more acute throughout the province.” “The tourism industry often provides people with their important first job and sets them on their career path,” said Keis. “Tourism is also the largest employer of youth, with one in four British Columbians under the age of 24 working in the industry.” “This anticipated growth in tourism reinforces the need to plan carefully and ensure that there are enough workers with the right skills in the right communities to meet the tourism industry’s future labour needs,” said Keis. Boomer Gaye Dolezal of Sidney, B.C., says, “working part-time in Tourism Information was a fun way for me to use my great knowledge of Canadian cities. I often astounded visitors with the connections I could make to their hometowns.” She adds “People like to feel like welcome guests, not just tourists.” Career section of go2hr.ca: http://www. go2hr.ca/careers-tourism Tourism Labour Market Strategy: http:// www.go2hr.ca/strategy
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Black Press There was disappointment among reporters when Greenpeace organizers said U.S. actors Daryl Hannah and Mark Ruffalo weren’t joining the sit-in against pipeline proposals at the B.C. legislature on Monday. I was disappointed too and would have liked to learn more about what a washed-up mermaid and an easily confused Incredible Hulk really believe about the North American oil industry. To be fair, Ruffalo may still be busy searching for the “truth” about 9/11. In 2007 he declared that the official U.S. government report on the terrorist attacks was “completely illegitimate” because “buildings don’t fall down like that.” I wonder what the relatives of those aboard the hijacked airliners think of him. Hannah has had lots of free time since starring in the 1984 mermaid fantasy Splash. Now she’s mostly famous for getting arrested. On Oct. 3, she stood before earthmoving equipment building the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s worth noting that this project has the support of the Barack Obama administration. The southern section from Oklahoma oil storage facilities to Texas refineries is being built by the sinister foreign TransCanada Corp., but it doesn’t carry the dreaded Canadian “tar sands” oil that ecocelebrities are convinced will end all life on Earth. It’s the northern section that Obama has temporarily opposed, after fervent demonstrations such as the one in Washington where Hannah’s first celebrity arrest occurred in 2011. There, Hannah recited the talking points of U.S. environmentalists who target Alberta. In a new book, oil sands pioneer and Suncor founder Rick George dissects Hannah’s claims, and asks why they were reported so widely and uncritically. Hannah claimed, “the contribution to the carbon in the atmosphere is unprecedented.” George cites a Royal Society of Canada report that concludes the entire oil sands operation is responsible for five per cent of Canadian emissions. Fossil-fuelled electricity generation is 16 per cent of Canada’s total. Transportation accounts for 27 per cent. Another Hannah quote: “I’ve been hearing about how many people have cancer that live downstream from the tar sands project.” Canadians heard too, thanks in part to a CBC documentary by David Suzuki featuring director James Cameron. George describes how this allegation was made in 2006 by a doctor who claimed a cluster of rare bile cancer cases in the remote village of Fort Chipewyan, and blamed it on oil sands mining. George details the Alberta Health Services study that followed, identifying three such cases in 12 years. Statistically higher, yes. A general risk, no. Other types of cancer in Fort Chip were lower than the general population. “These results were based on a small number of cases – there is no cause for alarm,” said the doctor who diagnosed the original bile cancers. Was this news trumpeted around the world? You can guess the answer. My point here isn’t to make fun of ill-informed celebrities. It’s to counteract the scientifically ignorant coverage they are routinely given by the mainstream media.And I’m not promoting the oil sands or pipelines. I’m saying they should be considered based on facts, not foolishness. The Omineca Express is published every Wednesday in Vanderhoof by Black Press Ltd. Publisher: Pam Berger firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Cameron Ginn email@example.com
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child and maternal aid, and yet they slashed the aid budget. The argument is austerity, and yet the $300 million they have cut is the price of a single new fighter jet the government wants to purchase. Three dollars per Canadian per year to save the lives of millions. We know how to make an enormous difference with very little money. There might
never be enough, but Canada's aid budget falls far below most other Western nations, although we have the healthiest economy. This isn't necessity, it is choice. Three dollars a day, a fighter jet, or countless human lives. The world is watching, and we will be known by the choice our government makes. Nathaniel Poole
spots for MP Bob Zimmer and the Conservatives. Ever taken the time to wonder For Canadians the return of new primetime TV this fall means more just how much taxpayers like you than new episodes of the Big Bang pay for those ads? To give you an idea, two years Theory and Amazing Race. It also means being treated to an exhaus- ago the Government of Canada’s tive barrage of taxpayer-funded ads total advertising budget was bigger than the entire Canadian beer infrom the Government of Canada. That’s not to say the government dustry combined. We’re not talking only advertises on TV, far from it. small change here. And remember, because the But high cost advertising space on these shows seem to be favourite ad federal government has been run-
ning large deficits since 2008, all of that ad money is borrowed. After borrowing $416 million to pay for government ads over the last five years, taxpayers are now paying about $23,000 per day just to cover the interest costs, even with historically low interest rates. So when you see the next ad, ask yourself, ‘Do I feel like I got my money’s worth from that?’ If you feel ripped off, make sure you let Mr. Zimmer know.
The world has become too small for a “us vs. them” perspective. Yet when the Harper government disproportionately cuts development aid, I believe the implication is they - the world's children – do not matter. At the 2010 G8 Summit, Canada pledged increased support for
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Stage set for Off-Reserve Action Plan An agreement signed by the B.C. government and the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres supports government's 2011 throne speech commitment to establish an off-reserve Aboriginal action plan. The protocol agreement outlines the partnership and principles that will guide the work of both parties as they develop and implement the plan. The Off-Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan (ORAAP) will include a multi-stakeholder, community-driven approach focused on better education and job training, healthier family life, and strengthened cultures and traditions for off-reserve Aboriginal people in B.C. The
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The District of Vanderhoof wishes to advise the citizens of Vanderhoof that the deadline for claiming the 10% discount on municipal utilities is at 4:30 p.m. October 31/12. Utilities must be paid in full to claim the discount. All utilities that are not paid in full by December 31, 2012 will be transferred to property tax accounts as arrears. The District offers on-line payment options if you bank with one of the local banks. Please call the Municipal office at 250-567-4711 for more information on making your payments on-line.
Balancing Activities to Support your Emotional Health 6 of 7 Work... after the previous 5 pillars of health and emotional wellness this one seems a little bit ‘unfair’, the others send more fun and relaxing and easy. After all we all know about work don’t we!? Work is usually seen as something difficult, dreary, and like those kids who don’t want to get up for school, there are those that start their mornings the same way. Work is a necessary component of health, its why many people who retire that are financially stable find they have difficulty adjusting to not having work, this is why hobbies become important and a lot of time is spent on filling hours. People have a need to do something, and the less they do, the less alive they feel, the lazier they get and the more drained they seem to be. When you have nothing to do then you try to fill your time with things that are less meaningful, or else have it filled for you. In article 4 of 7 we talked about how to take those un-liked tasks and being mindful, completing them with awareness and love in order to uplift your mind and mood. Having that positive mind set at work can make all the difference to the way your day can go. There is always a silver lining. Did you know that people bond over complaints? That when you have someone agree with you about something that you don’t like, you bond.. it feels like you are getting along because it feels like they are agreeing with you. The problem with complaining is that it turns into a negative pattern. How you choose to see your work ultimately affects the work you do, your work relationships, and may compromise your work ethic. When work becomes a place or thing you complain about, the answer might be to find a job that makes you happy, however, if your mind set will be on seeking out those perceived injustices then what’s to stop that new amazing job from going the same way? Work should be done with care, you provide a very important service to your family and community. The work that you do is important, that rings true whether you collect garbage or make appointment, or write new legislature. Work shouldn’t be ONLY about the money you earn, but about you doing your best and putting your all into it. The satisfaction that comes from doing a good job can actually boost your health, whereas working at a job you hate and you choose to hate will actually depress your system. It’s important to do what you love, but more so to love what you do, and to balance out your working time with the rest of your life!. Next week: plans and goals
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Vanderhoof skaters participate in Olympian-run camp Maddison Fantillo Three Nechako Lake speed skaters ﬂew around the ice surface at Fort St. John’s third annual longtrack camp. This year the camp was run by two Olympians and a national team member. Vanderhoof skaters Ann Douglas, Lachlan Fantillo and Maddison Fantillo participated in this camp last year where they were coached by Richard Stickel and Sandi Vice. This year they learned from some of the best at this kick off camp including coaches from across B.C. Keith Gordon of Fort St. James was also there as one of four designated coaches for the upcoming Canada Winter Games. These will take place in Prince George in 2015. Four time Olympic medalist Kristina Groves, and national team member Jay Morrison, along with 1994 Canadian Olympian Mike Hall, coached the skaters on and off the ice at Fort St. John’s new indoor oval. The many athletes learned about proper pre-race warm-up exercises and how to become an elite athlete and spent countless hours training. The skaters received one on one help from the high level coaches with a variety of technique from starts to corners. A major highlight was when Kristina Groves shared her Olympic journey. The listeners had the privilege of holding her bronze and silver medals from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Each skater also received a personalized signed sports card. Groves explained to the athletes that everyone is born a normal human being; she was just an ordinary kid who happened to love speed skating. It was hard work that helped her reach the Olympic dream. She was never the fastest or the strongest but she was willing and open to learning new things. The three skaters from Vanderhoof are now excited to get back on the ice again. Inspired by Groves’ message and the incredible coaching at the beauti-
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Continued from page 1 Depression, substance abuse, mental problems and family issues have been linked to life in industrial camps and at remote work sites, where employees are sometimes stationed for 21 to 28 days, or as long as 42 days, away from their homes, working 12 to 18-hour shifts each day, according to research studies cited in the report. Communicable disease was also identified as a topic of concern by Northern Health staff. One case study cited in the report, which focused on sexually transmitted infections and young oil and gas workers in a community in northeast B.C., linked high and rising rates of STIs to a transient workforce and drug and alcohol binging. "Often mentioned in all sources of information related to health and industrial camps is the theme of a worker’s state of mind and problematic substance use," the report says. Northern Health also indicated that a rapid influx of workers, combined with labour shortages and a lack of capacity in hospitals and clinics, could overwhelm a rural or remote community's health care services, many of which already struggle to serve the indigenous population. "The research presented here identifies many negative impacts of industrial camps, but little is said in terms of how to address these impacts in a positive way," the report says. Logistical gaps and the absence of a federal or provincial depository with information on the number of active camps in Northern Health's service area are also noted in the report. Using public data from the Land and Resource Data Warehouse, Northern Health worked with government ministries to map in detail the patchy world of industrial camps in northern B.C, some of which accommodate as many as 10,000 workers. Northern Health
identified approximately 1,567 oil and gas camps, 108 logging and forestry camps with special use permits, and 44 camps with drinking water licenses. Some 98 other major projects may also be operating industrial camps, according to the report. "It was very hard to identify the number and locations of camps. That took an enormous research effort," said Dr. Jago. As resource development projects grow in number, Northern Health is using case studies from other countries as models to help shape the health needs of industrial camps in northern B.C., said Kathy Aldrich, chief executive officer and president of
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along the line, can shut down and isolate sections of the pipeline at the first hint of a possible leak. Because all our remote pump stations are also staffed 24/7, response to a potential spill will begin immediately. With response equipment stored at those pump stations, our manager of engineering Ray Doering tells me that at least half a dozen local operations staff, joined by additional personnel and local trained response contractors, would be mobilized and attempt to establish containment of any potential leak as soon as possible, based on accessibility. We have designed Gateway to the highest standards of pipeline safety and integrity. Our goal is zero spills. And we’ll still be ready, just in case.
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Despite assurances of safety and anonymity, witnesses keep quiet in fear of retaliation Continued from page 1 “There’s so much more they’re doing that we don’t even know at the local level,” he said. Thalhofer said it is understandable people in the community can feel frustrated because they are not aware of what is going on behind the scenes. “I guess the perception in some people’s minds is: We know who did it, why don’t you know,” said Thalhofer. But sometimes RCMP will not have the information if someone does not bring it to them, and the investigation involves long periods of time to put it all together. “We have to take our time and do it right,” he said. “I truly believe that these crimes will all be solved, but there’s a process to follow to get to that point.” While it can be difficult for community members to feel comfortable speaking to outsiders, especially given the sensitive nature of the case, people can provide infor-
mation anonymously if they need to, he said. Gang-related fears The CBC story suggests people are afraid to come forward, and are not comfortable speaking to investigators, and suggests fears of gangrelated violence if they do come forward. Smith said while the drug trade is prevalent in the community, which is almost always connected to organized crime, it is not clear there are formalized gangs on the Nak’azdli reserve. “Fribjon Bjornson was involved in a highrisk lifestyle,” said Smith, which included hanging out with people who sold drugs. Smith said if there are people in the community who know what happened, then they should come forward. The Major Crimes Unit visits Fort St. James quite often, according to Smith, and witnesses can contact them directly, through the local detachment or through Crime Stoppers. She hopes people
realize there are safety plans in place and they can come forward, adding, “it’s the right thing to do.” While Thalhofer said it can be difficult for community members to feel comfortable speaking to outsiders, especially given the sensitive nature of the case, people can provide information anonymously if they need to. Nak’azdli Chief Fred Sam said while he has never been approached directly, he has heard a number of things second and third hand about the murder and people not comfortable coming forward. “They zipped their lip because they felt they weren’t being treated with respect,” he said. But Sam also said he does not necessarily believe the violence is from gang members, but individuals involved in the drug trade. While so far all he has heard are rumours, Sam said people out there know what happened. He wants to see people call Crime Stoppers if they want to re-
main anonymous, and he would be willing to help anyone go forward to the RCMP if they had information which could help solve the crime, but were not comfortable going forward on their own. “It would be good closure for the family,” he said. The death of Bjornson and another unsolved case, the death of Robert Boise Prince, have both been an ongoing concern for the community, as Sam said he believes people in the community know the truth in both cases. “People before wouldn’t lock their doors,” said Sam. But now he said people are more careful. Smith said the investigation into the Robert Prince death, which took place in August of 2008 after he was involved in an altercation at a gathering, is still ongoing. The two cases are not linked and Smith said RCMP have spoken to people from the scene. In the Bjornson case, however, she said key
people who have information need to come forward. Sam said the relationship with local RCMP is improving, but it is still not perfect. “I think it could be better,” he said. To start with, Sam said he would like to have more consistency in the liaison officers who work directly with the First Nations. Thalhofer said he agreed and steps have been taken to begin addressing these issues, starting with increasing the liaison officers’ terms assigned to a specific reserve from six months to one year. Addressing the issues in the community While drugs and alcohol are concerns Nak’azdli is attempting to address, Sam said it is a difficult one to solve, and the administration needs the community to get in-
Premier Christy Clark announced a review of teacher bargaining last week, with a goal of reaching a 10-year agreement that would put an end to decades of battles with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. Clark and Education Minister Don McRae acknowledged at a Vancouver news conference that changing the culture of confrontation between the B.C. government and teachers won’t be easy, and vowed to put even the most contentious issues on the table for discussion. That includes class size and special needs support, key issues in contract disputes and court actions in recent years. “Our first goal is long-term labour stability with teachers in British Columbia,” Clark said. “Our second goal is to improve how government interacts and works with the BCTF. These two goals will require compromise on all sides of the table, including ours.” BCTF president Susan Lambert said she welcomes the review of the bargaining structure, but is skeptical about the latest promise of meaningful consultation. “It seems to me that talk of a 10-year contract is putting the cart before the horse,” Lambert said. “There seem to be conclusions drawn that would be properly a product of the bargaining table and not a product of a discussion on the bargaining structure.” The offer comes as the BCTF continued a court challenge to a two-year wage freeze that extends until June 2013. After a year of fruitless negotiations and work-to-rule by teachers, the union membership endorsed the two-year contract extension reached in June with government-imposed mediator Charles Jago.
meetings, with the first one on Oct. 29 to discuss the problems. He hopes to see the entire area involved, from surrounding First Nations to the municipality. “People always complain but they don’t come to these meetings and we need to get their direction,” he said.
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RCMP report unsolved string of thefts and vandalism incidents
Several incidents of theft and vandalism occurred inside and near the Town of Vanderhoof last week, RCMP officers have reported. On Sunday, Oct. 14, welding equipment was stolen from a vehicle located behind Kal Tire in
Vanderhoof. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, The Reid Hotel was broken into for the third time in a month, the manager said. A substantial amount of cash went missing and various valuables were knocked over and
damaged, RCMP officers reported. Two days later on Thursday, Oct. 18, a generator was stolen from an unattended truck on Kluskus Forest Service Road. The truck was then lit on fire.
RCMP officers have not yet identified any suspects or witnesses in connection with these crimes. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment at (250) 567-2222.
VANDERHOOF CRIME WATCH PATROL...will be holding their Annual General Meeting, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the meeting hall of the Nechako View Seniors Housing Complex on Northside Rd. All members are encouraged to attend and new members are welcome. For more information call 250-567-9037.
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The B.C. chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada held its annual conference in Vancouver on October 13 and 14. During the conference, Awards of Excellence were presented in the categories of Community Family Physician, Rural Family Physician, Family Practice Teaching, Family Practice Research and Exceptional Contribution to Family Medicine. This year's Rural Family Physician of the Year Award of Excellence was presented to local Vanderhoof physician Dr. Sean Ebert. The award recognizes a focus on traditional, longitudinal and innovative health care practices with attention to community and humanitarian work. “This award to me is a reflection of the supportive work environment we have established in Van-
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COMING EVENtS.... Will appear, as space is available, free of charge in this section. Coming events are available to non-profit organizations only.s This area is not intended for thank you submissions or selling products. It is simply a place for non-profit organizations a place to announce upcoming free activities. You can e-mail your item to email@example.com or by fax (567-2070). Your organizations’ announcement can also be dropped off at our office located at 155 W. Columbia. Decision of the publisher is final. ***
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VOLUNtEERS NEEDED....Would you like to become part of a team working together to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors? The Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery Group is looking for volunteers to join their team. Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery’s goal is to encourage stroke survivors to improve their lives through education, exercise, work groups, crafts, outings, etc. No special skills required; training and orientation are provided. Patience and caring understanding a necessity.Volunteers share responsibilities: assisting with activities, exercises, education, crafts, outings, fundraising.Time commitment: 3 hour meeting each Monday morning (excluding stat holidays), from September through midJune. Please contact Volunteer Vanderhoof for further information. Tel: 250-5674879. Email: volunteervanderhoof01@ gmail.com OR www.volunteervanderhoof. wordpress.com *** VANDERHOOF CRIME WAtCH PAtROL...will be holding their Annual General Meeting, November 7, 7pm in the meeting hall of the Nechako View Seniors Housing Complex on Northside Rd. All members are encouraged to attend and new members welcome. For more information call 250-567-9037. *** VANDERHOOF SENIORS CONNECtED is looking for Seniors in need of Outreach & Transportation. We are also taking applications for Volunteers wanting to take part in the VSC Program. Vanderhoof Seniors Connected is a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for Seniors/Elders in our community through Companionship and Transportation Assistance. For more information please contact Debra- Ann Bishop, VSC Program Coordinator 250-567-4879 The Space 250-567-0623 Cell. volunteervanderhoof01@gmail. com *** BADMINtON... Thursday nights at 8pm, NVSS Gym. All welcome. *** CALLING ALL SENIORS... come and join us for carpet bowling, pool or snooker - Monday and Thursday afternoons. We also have cards or bingo on Wendesday evenings. Music nights are also popular and these
Using fundraising dollars, the Vanderhoof Knights of Columbus bought 24 coats for kids on Friday, Oct. 18, and donated them to Neighbourlink in Vanderhoof. The Catholic Women’s League of St. Joseph’s Parish provided toques and scarves. From left, Ed van Dinter of the Knights of Columbus, Anne Irving, chairperson of Neighbourlink, Julie Norish of the Catholic Women’s League, Donna Nielsen, lunch organizer at Neighbourlink, and Bill Thibeault of the Knights of Columbus. Cameron Ginn/Omineca Express are the last Friday night of the month. Come and have some fun! Everybody welcome young or golden agers. Call Oscar for more info: 250-567-4582. *** AL-ANON...Has your life been affected by someone elses drinking? The Al-Anon is for you! Meetings held on Mondays at 7pm in Community Room at Omineca Safe Home Society. For more information contact Gail at 567-4318. *** VANDERHOOF PUBLIC LIBRARY...is looking for donations of lego blocks to be used for children’s programs at the library. If you have lego that your kids have outgrown, we would love to put it to good use. Please contact Jenn at 250-567-4060 or email: email@example.com *** StUARt NECHAkO MANOR ...is looking for Volunteers with musical talent. If you would like to volunteer for entertainment for the residents please contact Marnie at 250-567-6290 *** tHE NORtHSIDE WOMEN’S INStItUtE...meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Newcomers always welcome. For more information call Brenda, 250 5679705. *** VHF HOSPICE SOCIEtY... What are you doing every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Do you have 2 hours to give each month? Are you sensitive to the special needs of those persons at the end stages of life? Want to be part of a great organization that makes a difference in our community then we are looking for you. The Vanderhoof Hospice Society is a not-forprofit charity looking for new volunteer members who will work with the current members to oversee our local Hospice Program. Hospice is a program that offers a support system to persons that are the end stages of life. Our Society has a desire to help others. We are sensitive to the special needs of the
dying patient and their families. We do not have personal agendas or “missions” to our Hospice work. Our main fundraising come in the form of donations to our Tree of Life. We are looking for new members to continue this great service. More info call Debbie 567-7956 *** tHE FOOD BANk... is in serious need of food donations. Specifically the following is needed: Canned vegetables, meat, fish, canned milk, sugar, pasta, pasta sauces, soups (we have enough mushroom soup), toilet tissue. *** BADMINtON At FLESS GYM... Every Thursday at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. come out and have some fun! *** tHE VANDERHOOF CANCER SUPPORt GROUP... meets the first Friday of every month @ noon at the The Reid. For more info call Karen @ 567-4828. *** ENDAkO HALL SOCIEtY... meets every THIRD Wednesday of the month in the hall at 7:30pm. *** tHE YELLOWHEAD DRAFt HORSE ASSOCIAtION... is an organization for those interested in light and heavy horse driving. Monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month. For more info contact: Jon 250-567-8484. *** NECHAkO QUILtERS GUILD... meets the third Tuesday of the month 9:30 am (Sept. - May) at Nechako View Seniors Common Room. Fran Sheeley 567-5254. *** tHE FRASER QUILtERS GUILD... meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Fort Fraser Community Hall. Newcomers welcome. *** HOSPICE tREE OF LIFE... is to honour the living as well as to remember and honour those who have passed on. For more info call Debbie @ 250-567-7956. *** tHE FRASER LAkE CANCER SUPPORt GROUP...
meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 12 noon in the New Fraser Lake Restaurant. For further information call Judy at 250-699-7763. *** NECHAkO VALLEY HIStORICAL SOCIEtY...meets every second Thursday of the month 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce office. *** VANDERHOOF 899 AIR CADEt SQUADRON...Cadets will meet every Wednesday night 6:15pm at the Cadet Building on Burrard Street. Anyone age 12 to 18 interested in the Cadet Program is welcome to attend. Any adult interested in assisting in anyway, please contact the officers at the Cadet Building Wednesday night. For more information call Glenda 250567-7574. *** AA MEEtING... Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. United Church Hall. 567-8087 or 567-4588 *** FRASER LAkE AA MEEtINGS... Tues & Thurs 8:00 p.m. at St. Wilfred’s Church just across from police station. *** St. JOHN’S HOSPItAL AUXILIARY... meets second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. For further info contact Edna 567-9759 - New members welcome. *** VANDERHOOF LIBRARY HOURS Tuesday 10:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00pm & 6:30 to 8:30pm Thursday 10:00 to 5:00pm Friday 10:00 am to 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm *** FRASER LAkE LIBRARY HOURS Sunday & Monday Closed Tuesday 10am - 4pm Wednesday & Thursday 3pm - 8pm Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 2pm *** NVSS BOttLE DEPOt HOURS Open Mon, Tues, Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 10am-5 p.m.
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McIntosh, Lilian Elsie (Williams) Thursday, September 20, 2012 MCINTOSH, Lilian: Lil passed away peacefully at her home in Vanderhoof on September 20, 2012, in her 96th year. She was born on November 10, 1916 in Prince George, B. C., the youngest and last survivor of ten children born to Carolina M. and David G. Williams. She was predeceased by her loving husband, William (Bill) McIntosh Sr., whom she married on July 1, 1941, and with him raised Ă„ve children on their family farm in Prairiedale, where she lived for more than sixty years, and was an active member of the Northside Womenâ€™s Institute. In both her professional life as school teacher for four years and district librarian for twenty years and throughout her personal life, she inspired generations of learners with her love of literature and her passion for Northern BC history. In 1976, Vanderhoofâ€™s Golden Anniversary Year, she was one of the authors of Vanderhoof, The Town That Wouldnâ€™t Wait and was awarded Citizen of the Year. Until September 20, 2012, she continued to be a mentor, a poet, a writer, a quilter, a bridge-player, a supporter of the arts, a gardener and a volunteer, famous for her red pepper soup at Neighbourlink, and active in community organizations, such as the Nechako Valley Historical Society and the United Church. She loved, and is lovingly remembered by, all her children - Barbara (and Michael) Helm, Lorna (and Harry Dean) Ephrom, Caroline (and Glyn) Lowther, Bill (and Ruth) McIntosh, and Kathleen (and Barry) McChesney, and grandchildren Sonya (John), Karen (Mike), Dean (Kari), Kassie (Jim), Jonathan (Kate), Carrie, Hayley, Jessie, Mandy, and Mitch. She also will be missed by: her eight great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many, many friends. On September 29, 2012, a service celebrating her life was held at the Gospel Chapel in Vanderhoof, with Reverend Brenda Miller of First Memorial United Church ofĂ„ciating. We, her family, wish to thank all who supported us with food, cards, donations and help in the community event celebrating Lilâ€™s life.
CERTIFIED AND UNCERTIFIED TEACHER REPLACEMENTS School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) requires 7eacher 5eSlacePeQts (certiÂżeG) Ior the 1 1 school \ear. $ll certiÂżeG 7eacher 5eSlacePeQts Pust suSSl\ Getails aQG GocuPeQtatioQ oI certiÂżcatioQ aQG experience. 7he District is also lookinJ Ior applicants Ior the 7eacher 5eplacePent (uncertiÂżeG) list. ,I \ou haYe attenGeG or are consiGerinJ attenGinJ colleJe or uniYersit\ anG are thinkinJ oI pursuinJ a career in the ÂżelG oI eGucation \ou Pa\ Ee interesteG in ZorkinJ as a 5eplacePent 7eacher in orGer to EecoPe Pore IaPiliar Zith the teachinJ proIession. All Teacher Replacement applicants must complete a *eneral Application Ior TeachinJ Iorm. Application Iorms ma\ Ee oEtaineG Irom the School District 2IÂżce in 9anGerhooI or %urns Lake or Irom ZZZ.sG91.Ec.ca. (Yer\one Zho preYiousl\ ZorkeG Ior the District as a Teacher Replacement (certiÂżeG or uncertiÂżeG) must reappl\ eYer\ \ear. To reappl\ contact Donna %enson at 9 at the %urns Lake ReJional 2IÂżce. School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) ZoulG like to thank all applicants in aGYance Ior their interest hoZeYer onl\ those selecteG Ior an interYieZ Zill Ee contacteG. 3lease IorZarG applications to Rick Pooley Assistant SuperintenGent School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) ReJional 2IÂżce %ox %urns Lake %.&. 9- 1( Telephone () 91 )ax () 91
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Nechako View Senior Citizens Home Society is accepting tenders for snow clearing and snow removal from our grounds located at 241 Northside Road, Vanderhoof, BC. For further information please contact: Dave Flegal at 250-567-2297 or Art Flaterud at 250-567-4525
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 17 of the Woodlot Licence Planning and Practices Regulation, that a Woodlot Licence Plan has been prepared for Woodlot Licence 635 held by the Saik’uz First Nation. Woodlot Licence 635 is located south of Vanderhoof and consists of three parcels located accessed via the Blackwater Road, the Kluskus FSR and the Kenney Dam Road. If approved by the Ministry of Forests and Range District Manager, this plan may apply for a term of 10 years from the date of approval. The Woodlot Licence Plan is available for public review and comment at 478 Reid Drive in Vanderhoof, during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm) from October 24th to December 24th, 2012. Any written comments on the plan should be mailed to Peakterm Consulting Ltd. Box 2054, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0. Please phone 250-567-2589 to book an appointment to view or discuss the plan.
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* 14. Are you planning to travel in the near future? For business In Canada for less than 3 days by plane � Getaway of less than 3 days to the USA Longer trip within Canada by car Longer trip within Canada by plane Longer trip to the USA by car Longer trip to the USA by plane Longer trip outside of North America
* 16. Will this be..?
* 19. In which category does your annual household income fall?
* 12. Is your next vehicle most likely to be...?
Frequently � � � �
� Nesters � Overwaitea
� Coopers � Dollar Giant
* 10. Will it be a new or preowned vehicle?
� 30 minutes +
* 9. Are you or someone in your household planning to purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle in the near future? (If no, jump to Q13)
Car Minivan Pickup truck
Furniture, rugs and beds Groceries Health, personal care and make-up Oﬃce supplies Tools, home & yard improvement Toys & games, arts & crafts Computers, tablets, phones, cameras TV, stereo, PVR, Satellite
Forego a brand name to save money? Wait for the item to go on sale?
� Less than 10 minutes � 10 - 20 minutes � 21- 30 minutes
Compromise on quality to save money? 4 or more � � � � � � � � � � � �
* 3. How much time do you typically spend reading the newspaper, its stories, advertising and ﬂyers?
Appliances Discount, bargain or dollar store Clothing, accessories and footwear Computers, tablets, phones, cameras
*8. Do you ever...?
* 2. How many people in your household (including yourself) read the paper? Female 18-24 ............ 25-34 ............ 35-44 ............ 45-54 ............ 55-65 ............ 65+ Male.....18-24 ............ 25-34 ............ 35-44 ............ 45-54 ............ 55-64 ............ 65+
Use your smart phone for shopping?
� On my smartphone
1 � � � � � � � � � � � �
Research online prior to store purchase? Make online purchases?
� � � � � �
For pleasure � � � � � � �
No plans to travel � � � � � � �
* 15. Does anyone in your household plan to sell or buy real estate in the near future? If no, jump to Q18)
* 21. How far will you drive from your home to use a business or service? � 16-30 minutes � 31-60 minutes � 1 hours � 2 hours � 3 hours
� More than 4 hours � I don’t shop outside of my own community
* 22. Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey. If you’d like to be entered into the prize draw, please leave us your first and last name and your email address. We will contact the winner via email or daytime phone number at the close of the study.
First name _____________________________________________ Last Name _____________________________________________ Email address ___________________________________________ or daytime phone ________________________________________
� Yes � No
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Published on Oct 24, 2012