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CITY: Council lobbies to maintain Greyhound service A5 Friday, October 26, 2012 NDP slam Liberal plan to bring in Chinese miners A3

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Protestors rally against pipeline DELYNDA PILON

“We have to protect our land for our children - ffor orr al aall ll the children.� atiio ion Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First N Nation iv viic joined about 150 people outside the Prince Georgee Ci Civic veniing ng Centre Wednesday, braving a crisp autumn evening op possed ed to hold placards and banners protesting the proposed e-wiide de Northern Gateway pipeline during the province-wide Defend Our Coast day of action. tie ies to to Prince George was one of about 60 communities ay. organize either a protest, sit-in or a rally Wednesday. eeco ome Sussane Skidmore Hewlett, who is working to become g,, ssaid g aid the NDP candidate for the Nechako Lakes riding, nF ort or she was able to join a protest earlier the same day in Fort St. James, where about 60 people came out. ey had had “There was a lunch rally in Fort St. James and they a good turnout of dedicated people,� she said. volv ves She added her biggest issue with the pipeline revolves around environmental concerns. e,,�� sshe hee h “It’s the environmental piece that concerns me,� bo ou o ut said. “It’s not just about what is best right now. It’s aabout eesspo onon my children and my grandchildren. We have a responheeree iiss h sibility to leave them a good planet to live on. There ge h ad ad not enough evidence the safety measures Enbridge had proposed will be met.� ad ttrip rip Skidmore Hewlett added work took her on a road upeert rtrecently where she drove through the Prince Rupertrriisti tiine ne Terrace area. She said she was touched by the pristine out th tthe he beauty of the region, and added she is worried about bu ut to possibiity long-standing damage not only there, b but ros ross osss if the over 800 rivers and streams the pipeline will cross the project goes forward. “We have to stop it,� she said. Bobby Deepak, the NDP candidate for Prince GeorgeMackenzie, added his voice to the pipeline protest Wednesday. “There are a number of reasons the pipeline is not good for B.C.,� he said. He mentioned the economics just don’t work in favour of the residents of the province, adding he attended the speech given by Robyn Allan, a leading Canadian economist who spoke at UNBC just before the Joint Review Panel hearings began in Prince George. Allan contended that, in the end, people would be paying more at the pump every year if the pipeline was built. Deepak added the environment risks concern him as well, particularly the danger of the tanker traffic traversing what has been described as one of the world’s most

chal ch alle all leng ngin ngi ing cco oas ast st li llines. ines ness.. ne challenging coast “If it’s “I it’ it t’s no no good good go d ffor or B .C., C I’m I’m ’m not nott sure sur sur uree why wh hy this thi th his is governgov gover ern n“If B.C., ment is is even even entertaining ent nter erta tain inin ing g th the thou h ght ht off g oing i fforward orward d ment thought going with it,� he said. He added that B.C. and Canada as a whole, are rich in natural resources. “We should refine and upgrade this oil in Canada. We should create jobs instead of exporting them,� he said. Former city councillor Debora Munoz pointed out similar protests were happening all over the province. “It’s very important to keep the momentum going,� she said. “We know corporate greed is behind this proposal. “B.C. is not for sale.� After spending a few moments with arms joined, encircling the Civic Plaza, standing as a wall of opposition against the pipeline, protesters grouped together to listen to Ian Picketts with the Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance. Before he began, one of the protesters yelled, “where’s our mayor? Where’s Shari Green?� “That’s a good question,� Picketts said. “She was invited.�

He aadded dded dd ed o ne tth ne hiing h ng E Enb nb n bri riid dge ha dg h as d do one ne ffo or tthe he p he ro ovi vinc ncee He one thing Enbridge has done for province is to to bring brin bri br ing people ing peopl peop ople le fro fro r m different diff diff di ffer eren er entt wa en walk lk lks ks off lif llife ifee to if toge geth ge ther err is from walks together with one one object obj bjec ectt in mi ind d with mind. “This has brought us together in a way as never before. We are all coming together and standing together. We have got to keep at this.� He said the company promised it wouldn’t proceed without full First Nations support, and yet it seems to be. He said the prime minister made promises regarding oil in China which he can’t support, then Picketts reminded the group that those in protest of the pipeline were once called foreign-funded radicals and pointed out Enbridge has more than $100 million to make friends along the pipeline route. Picketts encouraged everyone who attended to grab a card addressed to their local MLA, then sign it and send it in to show they stand against the pipeline going through. Protesters then spent some time singing and chanting, First Nations drummers keeping the beat as they lifted their voices together.

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NDP candidate for Prince George - Valemount Sherry Ogasawara left, NDP critic for mining Doug Donaldson, and NDP candidate for Prince George - Mackenzie Bobby Deepak talk about what they see as a lack of foresight on the part of the Liberals in training British Columbians to fill skilled labour jobs during a press conference on Tuesday.


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Bringing 200 temporary foreign workers from China to fill underground mining positions at HD Mining’s operation in Tumbler Ridge isn’t likely what the B.C. people thought the province’s job plan meant, according to NDP MLA and mining critic Doug Donaldson. Donaldson stopped in Prince George on Tuesday to discuss what they see as the Liberals’ failure to partner their jobs plan with what he described as a fulsome training program. “Some communities in B.C face a 60 to 90 per cent unemployment rate,” Donaldson said. He added these men and

women would enjoy the opportunity to develop the skills to get jobs like the ones being filled by the temporary workers. He said the province knew about the mining project in 2007 and that HD Mining intended to bring foreign workers in to fill the positions. “That’s enough time to get training in place for locals,” Donaldson said. Then, in 2008, a ministry task force was formed to look at future training needs. One recommendation included training more underground mine workers, however it was never acted upon. Then, in 2011 the government sent a trade mission to China. The NDP sent a Freedom of

Information request and received MLA Pat Bell’s speaking notes. In them, Donaldson said, was confirmation the minister knew the company’s intent on bringing in the foreign workers. At the same time, 200 aboveground workers will be hired from B.C. Donaldson questions why a better deal wasn’t made on behalf of the province’s workers. He said there could have been more in-depth negotiations so that the Chinese workers and British Colombian employees worked side-by-side. At the very least, Donaldson said, the local workers could have benefited from some training from the foreign workers so as not to lose out on future opportunities. “I don’t blame the Chinese

workers. I blame the Liberal government,” Donaldson said. He added, as temporary foreign workers, the Chinese workers in question are doing what needs to be done to fill the skills gap. The point, he said, is if the Liberals had taken note regarding what HD Mining said in 2007, there was plenty of time to train locals for the positions about to be opened up. He added he would really like to have a look at the trade agreement the premier set up at that time with the company. Donaldson said it’s time the government took note that B.C. has the natural resources the world needs, and ensures the province isn’t sold short when bargaining agreements, but

instead make sure all those who live here benefit from them. Sherry Ogasawara, NDP candidate for Prince George-Valemount, added that the faculty at CNC was taken off guard because it wasn’t consulted regarding the upcoming need for underground mine workers. “This is a symptom of a deeper problem,” Bobby Deepak, who holds the nomination for the Prince George-Mackenzie riding, said. “Right now IPG is in Ireland recruiting foreign workers from various industries. “We have high unemployment in some areas,” Deepak explained. “These are big issues for Canadians in general. Don’t tell me there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill these jobs in all of Canada.”

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Two years given for sex assault A Prince George man has been sentenced to three two-year jail sentences, to be served concurrently, for sexual assault and unlawfully being in a dwelling house. Crown counsel was asking for three fouryear sentences for Rodney Gene Lindstrom, 34, however Judge M.J. Brecknell felt that two years on each count was sufficient. After a two-day trial last November, Lindstrom pleaded guilty to the charges that stem from an incident on August 28, 2010. The trial heard that Lindstrom entered the

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An application by Greyhound Canada Transportation to reduce services to northern B.C. encouraged Prince George Mayor Shari Green to write a letter to the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board explaining the importance of the service to regional residents. “Most glaring in the application for reduced service is the tremendous route reduction along the Highway 16 corridor. As you know, the ‘Highway of Tears’ has claimed many women, whose disappearances remain unsolved. Recently a deceased U.S. inmate was linked to one and possibly more murders and disappearances. That is good news for resolution of those crimes, but he has been removed as a suspect in a large number of unsolved murders, which means the risk and danger for women continues. An important suggestion from the Highway of Tears Symposium Recommendation Report was a shuttle bus transportation system along Highway 16. The proposed reduction in service by Greyhound goes against the very need these northern communities have,” Green wrote. In her letter she pointed out the issue seems to be an idea that the Health Connections bus is, in some way, interfering with their business. Greyhound apparently believes the “heavily subsidized and unregulated B.C.



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Transit Services” doesn’t police the passengers it serves to ensure they are there because of a doctor’s referral. Green wrote, “It is quite apparent that Greyhound Canada has a financial reason for suggesting reduced service and that they believe other factors listed above are affecting their business. “The best outcome would be for the Board to reject the application and urge the Provincial Ministers responsible, the Health Authorities and Greyhound, to all work to resolve this concern for all parties, so residents of the Highway 16 corridor and the North, especially women, can count on a safe highway transit system.” The letter was sent to Premier Clark, several MLAs, the Regional District, Northern Health and Interior Health. The Regional District of Fraser Fort George responded to the Passenger Transportation

board as well. “The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has submitted a response to the Passenger Transportation Board regarding an application from Greyhound Canada to reduce service along many of their BC routes. The Regional District is calling on the Passenger Transportation Board to decline Greyhound’s application, citing concerns about the impact on Northern residents

who rely on the bus service to access medical appointments, educational courses and workshops, as well as tending to personal and financial matters such as banking or meeting with lawyers. It also provides an important service to business customers who use Greyhound for courier services to communities not serves by other commercial couriers,” a newsletter listing board highlights

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BROADCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETINGS: To follow live Council meetings, visit the City’s website at as webcasting services and video archiving of agenda items are available for the public.


Regular Council Meeting Mondays, October 29th and November 5th Council Chambers- 6:00 p.m. Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, October 31st 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m. Prince George Heritage Commission Wednesday, October 31st Annex – 12:00 p.m. Select Committee on a Core Services Review Friday, November 2nd 2nd Floor Conference Room- 1:00 p.m.

Apply for a Council Committee! If you are a resident of the City of Prince George who appreciates the value of having knowledge available to everyone, you may wish to contribute by becoming a member of the Prince George Public Library Board. Applications are now being accepted for membership on the Library Board. Applications are available on the City’s web page (, or may be picked up at City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard. For further information, or to have an application form mailed to you, please call 250.561.7684. All applicants are required to undergo an RCMP Criminal Records Check as part of the Library Board appointment process.

Applications received by the City Manager’s Office, Corporate Officer prior to the November 13, 2012 deadline will be considered by City Council at its Regular Meeting of December 3, 2012. Deadline for Applications: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Information contained in the applications will be included in the public Council Agenda and posted on the City’s web page

use landfill gas produced currently and in the future at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill. The board approved sending out a request for expressions of Interest that would invite interested parties to submit proposals using innovative technologies to transfer the landfill gas collected at Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill into marketable energy that could be used to power a number of different projects. A study conducted in 2008 suggested electrical energy being produced from landfill gas which could be used to operate a greenhouse in close proximity of the landfill site. The request for expressions of Interest is expected to be put out by the end of the year, with results coming back to the board in spring.

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Clark wants long-term deal with teachers Premier Christy Clark wants the government to improve how it interacts with the British Columbia Teachers Association and find some longterm stability with teachers in the province.

She has appointed Don McRae, a former classroom teacher who is now Minister of Education for the province, to take on the task. “Students have settled into their next school year,” Clark

said, pointing out it is a very different October than last year. “Our kids deserve the best education we can possibly given them.” The premier said she is willing to put aside every preconception and look at any solu-

tions to the problem, and she is hopeful everyone else is willing to do the same. The current settlement between the teachers and their employer will take them to the end of June in 2013.

Clark said she is hopeful a 10-year contract can be put in place. “Think of the impact on our children,” she said, pointing out a 10-year contract

would mean kids in Grade 2 would never have classes disrupted by labour disputes as most would have graduated by the time the contract expired. “I’m not going to

wish you good luck,” she said to McRae, pointing out it’s going to take more than luck, rather a lot of hard work to accomplish the task she has given him.



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e should all support the call for Greyhound to not reduce services in northern British Columbia. “Most glaring in the application for reduced service is the tremendous route reduction along the Highway 16 corridor,” wrote Mayor Shari Green in a letter to the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board. “As you know, the ‘Highway of Tears’ has claimed many women, whose disappearances remain unsolved. Recently a deceased US inmate was linked to one and possibly more murders and disappearances. That is good news for resolution of those crimes, but he has been removed as a suspect in a large number of unsolved murders, which means the risk and danger for women continues. An important suggestion from the Highway of Tears Symposium Recommendation Report was a shuttle bus transportation system along Highway 16. The proposed reduction in service by Greyhound goes against the very need these northern communities have.” Well said. There is no doubt to anyone living in northern B.C. that bus service, or has been suggested in the past, a shuttle service would greatly improve safety along Highway 16. “The best outcome would be for the board to reject the application and urge the provincial ministers responsible, the health authorities and Greyhound, to all work to resolve this concern for all parties, so residents of the Highway 16 corridor and the North, especially women, can count on a safe highway transit system,” she wrote. The solution has to come from the province and/or Northern Health. To simply call on Greyhound to ensure the safety of those who may be in peril by choosing to hitchhike is unrealistic. Greyhound’s service is certainly a piece of the solution, but it’s not the entire solution. Government has to decide that providing bus or shuttle service is worthwhile and that means it must fund it, either completely or partially.

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he international outpouring of shock, disbelief and grief at Amanda Todd’s death tells us much about how we use social media to connect and how little we understand the consequences of using it. It’s clear the World Wide Web has opened a Pandora’s box of issues among our young people, but when adults freely give up their privacy to a company that harvests their personal details for profit, it’s hard to expect children to know any better. This is not a case for shutting down the Internet – as impossible a task as stopping the tides – for the instant knowledge and communication it offers is a huge benefit. Nor is it a call to put more rules or laws in place to stop pornography, bullying, the distribution of hate messages and other horrible attributes of anonymous, instant and pervasive communication. Anti-bullying, child pornography and hate laws backed by enforcement obviously need to be in place but the problem of child victimization isn’t easily stopped. The more walls that are erected, the more fun the challenge is for hackers and haters, the malware makers, the virus-mongers, the attention-seekers and the sexually perverse. It’s an endless game of whack-a-mole, with solutions always just out of reach and more children at risk every day. It’s better to inoculate children against victimization so they can be more proactive about their own safety. Get them at school, in the home, at church and in the community centre. Children as young as five need to know how the Internet works. They need to know what risky behaviour is and the consequences of it. They need to know when online teasing becomes bullying, the difference between strangers and friends; and who to go to if they are being bullied. – Black Press

Last week I got to do something I haven’t done tired wheels give you a smooth ride. Add steering in nearly 60 years: I got to spend a couple of day in and a motor and one could have a lot of fun. hospital. Things have changed over the last few decades. Even when I broke my leg some 20-odd years Back in the olden days, all the nurses wore white ago, I managed to get fixed up and escape the same uniforms with those funny little hats. No idea how day rather than hanging around the hospital for they kept that hat on their head, it must have been several days. There was a little help needed to make a trade secret. You knew, back then, if it wore white, the break. it was a nurse and she was in charge. This time I went willingly because I was one sick Now they dress in practical apparel and can often puppy. only be identified by the name tags they wear. The reaction of the doctors, nurses and their team Much more colour and practicality in the manner of was fantastic. The process of diagnosis dress they have today. It makes it much was led by a nurse and all the approeasier to have a conversation with priate tests were done in a short time. someone in relaxed clothing than trying During the process there were also stuto chat with the old stiff white image of dents there who did their own diagnothe past. sis for practice. Best to get them trained Onside They come and introduce themselves up well before we throw them out into and that puts one in a much more VICTORBOWMAN the hard cruel world. relaxed frame of mind. Some of the Eventually when the results were in, questions are the same as in the past, the ER doctor stops by and tells you what is hapbut now they just become part of the conversation. pening to you and what should be done about it. As our hospital is a teaching hospital you get to In my case it was a bad cold that led to pneumonia. meet some of the future nurses and doctors. It is I was all set to get dressed and go home until the kind of fun. The students are serious but also sensidoctor made a rather strong case for spending a day tive and nice. They are nice people to have around or so and check out the fine facilities. you when you are feeling less than chipper yourI reluctantly agreed to stay for a bit. I was told self. they were looking for a bed for me. In a fairly short Hospital food continues to be hospital food. period of time, a bed gets wheeled in. I have heard Then again, think of the dozens of special diets that there is a shortage of beds so I guess when they find they have to contend with for hundreds of people. an empty one they grab it. The food may not be in the same class as the food Modern hospital beds are neat pieces of equipserved at your favourite bistro, but it is fairly good ment. They can be pumped up higher or lower. The and healthy. head or foot of the bed can be raised and lowered We are fortunate to have the hospital and staff electrically. Numerous combinations can be configthat we do. They are as good as or better than one is ured, some only suitable for a contortionist. Rubber- likely to find anywhere.

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City appears destined for legal trouble Editor: I will start by saying that I have only been a citizen of Prince George for eight years. In that period of time, I am at wit’s end to learn that this is the first city I have lived in that does not have a legal department. Even the city of Whitehorse, in the Yukon with a population of 25,000, has a legal department. I just do not understand how a city can function. I would like to know if Mayor Shari Green or the city councillors have a law degree. If any of them do, then why did they pass a rezoning bill for the school only to have it refused by the courts, leaving the citizens the cost of a legal bill? It seems to me that our elected officials enjoy throwing money away. Would someone explain to me how our elected officials can run a city? Have these people run their businesses without having some legal advice when their business got into trouble? Now we have a core services review. Right off the start we have a conflict of interest because a member of the select standing committee also works for KPMG. This shows how the report was biased before the review even started. Talk about a loaded gun. But this is how our officials work, they enjoy spending the citizens’ tax money so they can lay off 28 employees to pay for a useless report. I read the story from Sean Meagher with interest. I could tell you horror stories about our officials over the years and different areas of the country. I was born in Ontario and lived there for 36 years. Because of my job with the post office I could move around the country and see the horrors done to people by our officials.

I have to ask myself: What is in it for the mayor and the councillors? The question that I have to ask myself is this: Do we live in a democracy or under a dictatorship? Our elected officials have cancelled any more talks about the core services review. At this time the legal department

should be involved in the legal matter of the review. What services do we, the people, lose … fire department, snow removal, garbage pick up? How many properties that the city owns will be lost? And how many legal issues will be created and cost the city taxpayers? Are the citizens ready to

become slaves to our elected officials? You only have to take a look at the elected officials of cities, provinces, and federally, and how they are ruining the lives of the people who put them in office. The fact is our elected officials are looking after themselves and don’t care about the

people that put them in office. Welcome to communism. This is what people of Canada fought against. I hope that Mayor Green and the others enjoy spending $35,000 for their enjoyment before being voted out of office. William Gamble Prince George


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With a cold chill in the air, Saudi Arabian Students Association in Prince George president Ahmad Altuijri (right) and Muneer Alrakan fill 40 gift bags with sweaters, scarves, toques, hats and gloves. The warm clothing items were to be distributed to homeless and people in need Thursday in downtown Prince George. Members of the association gave cash donations or purchased quality clothing.

Programs make training accessible for many As you know, growing the economy and creating jobs to support families is our top priority as a government. A big part of the recipe for economic growth is ensuring that we have the right ingredients, and nothing is more important in this regard than having a workforce with the right skills to work in expanding industries. That’s why, as part of the Employment PATBELL Skills Access (ESA) initiative, $18.7 million has been invested in skills training, with 3,000 new spots created for these types of programs at colleges and universities across British Columbia. These tuition-free, group-based training programs include the Light Warehouse Training Program

at the College of New Caledonia here in Prince George, the result of a $288,000 investment through the ESA which funds 56 new spots for trades training at the college. This is an 18-week program which gives registered students the skills they need to work in the MLA warehouse/distribution including providReport industry, ing them with the certifications they need to qualify for an entry level position in this industry upon graduation; these include forklift operation, occupational first aid, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), occupational health and safety, and transportation of dangerous goods. The

training and certifications received in the program make students a valuable asset to any organization, even without prior work experience in this area, and this makes for amazing success stories. One graduate of the program, who had quit her job as a long-haul truck driver in order to spend more time closer to her children, was in a difficult situation. Without a steady income, ineligible for Employment Insurance, and lacking the financial resources to go back to school, she decided to apply for the Light Warehouse Training Program. She was offered a job just before graduation and her employer, recognizing the value of this training, allowed her to finish the program before starting work; she now runs a warehouse on her own and credits the program and her teachers for

getting her to where she is today. Another graduate, who found employment after 3 months of training, believes the encouraging environment created by the program and by the instructors gave him the confidence and knowledge he needed to succeed. And it’s not just employees who are happy with the skills they acquire – it is local employers as well, who cite graduates as being well rounded and willing to try everything that is asked of them. With these types of initiatives, we are working to ensure that local people are provided with relevant training for jobs in growth industries. We want to match our education system with the needs of our economy, and to ensure that British Columbians are first in line for the jobs of tomorrow.

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Chocolate Halloween treats, chocolate bars, gift boxes of chocolate, Christmas chocolate stocking stuffers, chocolate Easter bunnies. Most of the world’s cocoa industry is found in West Africa but in Canada – and around the globe – chocolate is a big part of our lives. However a local group called 27 Million Voices reminds us that sadly, although it tastes good, chocolate can come of something very bad. Human trafficking is an ugly reality that to many people is a problem that is very remote geographically but 27MV draws attention to the issue. Its members are dedicated to helping children who have been exploited in the labour force – thousands of them

in the cocoa industry. “This year we plan to help 40 children,” said 27MV spokesman Christos Vardacostas. Founded by human rights advocate Allison Fedorkiw in 2009, the group is made up of volunteers with a board of nine members. “The plan is to identify and remove 40 young children from their exploited child labour situations on local cocoa farms. Children will be re-enrolled in school and given the necessary educational materials and family supports to successfully sustain their education and care.” Working in the central Asikuma District of Ghana, the group will help rescue 40 children from the worst forms of child labour. Next year, the plan is to help 80 children, he said. Vardacostas has a background in economics and

he understands that change can’t happen overnight. His group knows the more people who tackle the problem, the better chance they have of helping more children. “We have partnered with an organization called Challenging Heights founded in 2003 by James Kofi Annan, himself a survivor of child trafficking and exploitation. CH is a locally owned, non-governmental organization that protects and improves the lives of young people in their communities. They’re a grassroots organization so we know when we give them money where it goes.” The numbers involved in child labour are staggering, says Vardacostas. “The population in this region is about 115,000 – and it keeps growing – but we know that about three or four per cent of the labour force in that area is

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children aged seven to 14 so that could be as many as 6,000 children.” At the root of it all is cocoa and ruthless employers. “Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire produce about 70 per cent of the world’s cocoa and children are often labourers in this production that leads to export of raw cocoa used in the manufacture and sale of chocolate products around the world.” The changes can start with consumers, he says. “With Halloween and then Christmas coming, we buy and consume a lot of chocolate. People can look at the packaging – if there’s no fair trade logo on it, there’s no guarantee that children have not been trafficked in the production of the chocolate.” 27MV was founded to stop human trafficking activities. The current program is focused n the cocoa industry in West Africa but they hope to do work at home in Prince George too. “We have started going into the schools to talk to the kids and raise awareness and we hope to have more activities during the year,” said Vardacostas. Local fundraising for their program in West Africa is part of their work. To that end, 27 Million Voices holds its third annual gala, an enchanting evening of African folklore Saturday, Nov. 3 at Coast Inn of the North. The event will have lots of entertainment including a group dance number presented by Judy Russell, live music from Umoja and musical

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Christos Vardacostas wants to raise awareness about human trafficking in West Africa with its third annual 27 Million Voices fundraiser Gala Evening held Nov. 3 at the Coast Inn of the North. sounds from DJ Faz for the dance. There will be African-inspired cuisine, silent auction and a progress and plan report on 27MV. “At 27MV, we will continue and develop this initial programming while identifying and pursuing additional program options in the coming years as we focus our donations on positively affecting the lives of trafficked children.” Why does Vardacostas choose to do this? His answer is simple.


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Andrew McFayden, Scottish Gaelic singer and songwriter, will release two new albums Nov. 16 at Cafe Voltaire: Coinneal and Turas. Coinneal, or Candle in Gaelic, is a beautiful album of Christmas-themed music. “The songs are a reflection of my happy memories of Christmas as a child through the music,” he said. “Singing them in Gaelic seemed natural for me to show my appreciation for a language that has long made me happy as well.” When it came to song selection for the album, there was one song that had to be included, said Fayden. “Amazing Grace is one of my favourite songs in any language. When I found it in Gaelic, I knew that I had to learn it. If I have to name any, perhaps my favourite tracks on the CD are the last two. They are meant to go together. Leanabh an Aigh is a beautiful Gaelic carol that was adapted into English to become Morning Has Broken. I love the feeling of it and its progression into the lively final tracks... ending with a driving fiddle set.” The most unique song on the album is

Taladh Chriosda, a truly Gaelic carol. “I love the sound of it – a departure from my own singing tradition I included in English as homage to my mother, who is English in background.” The album was recorded in Prince George and in Lakewind Sound of Point Aconi, Cape Breton. The artist was accompanied on various tracks by wellknown Nova Scotia fiddler Dara SmithMacDonald, piano accompanist Susan MacLean, and Out of Alba Celtic musicians Jim Coyle and Alan O’Reilly. The second album, Turas, or Trip in Gaelic, is compiled of songs mostly from Cape Breton Island,

Nova Scotia. “I recorded four a cappella songs written in Cape Breton at a studio in Scotland. I thought that was kind of fun. The track Ceap Breatann is paying tribute to Cape Breton Island which has given me much over the years in friends and language. “There are two tunes in that song – a Gaelic strathspey that is well known on the island and a French Acadian song that has deep roots there as well. It’s a playful song. The first track is a Cape Breton song and its verses remind me of my home in northwestern Ontario. I sang that to honour my home as well as Cape Breton. “On the Turas album, I also included

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a song that I wrote in English about my g r a n d p a rents and the gentle people that they are and were (one is still living).” T h e a l b u m weaves a tapestry of tradition and modernity, a cappella and accompanied, touching and lively. And it features McFayden’s songwriting skills with the graceful English song Gentle Hands. McFayden will be playing concerts and events to promote the twin releases. The albums will soon be

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Argo might be too much for kids SAM LYBBERT Special to Free Press

Sometimes I like to watch spy TV shows with my Mom. I saw the commercial for the move Argo and thought it would be fun to watch a spy movie this month for

my review. They said it was a de-classified true story about a rescue mission from 1980 Iran where Canada and the CIA worked together. I saw it was rated PG so expected a few minor violent scenes and a little bad language, but I was wrong. The movie started out with the opening credits by giving us a history of the Iran leadership and what led to the chaos that led to there being hostages in the U.S. embassy. Six people managed to escape from there and took refuge at the Canadian ambassador’s home.

From there we go into how they worked out a plan to get those six people home safe and sound. After that I found the movie to be a little slow for me until closer to the end. I liked the idea they used about using the cover of making a movie, Argo, to bring them home but I found the overall idea of this movie dramatic and almost like a bad James Bond movie. I did see some parts of the movie that were interesting and there were times when the adults laughed a little but as a kid watching the movie it didn’t have the same impact I was hoping for. I



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did enjoy how they showed that sometimes, like in the movies and TV shows, there are close calls in real spy missions and I enjoyed the end suspense. Overall though, I find it had the wrong rating and should have been rated PG-13 or even 14+ for over-excessive language and some graphic scenes. Adults who enjoy a good true story and spy thrills may enjoy

this movie but unless you are a more mature child, I do not recommend it. Instead they should watch Hotel Transylvania. As a fun note though, keep your eyes posted for a Blue Wookie and other fun sci-fi characters. I rate this movie 3.5 smiley faces out of five. Sam Lybbert is a member of the Ron Brent Elementary Journalism Club.



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What do you do with a 10- to 12-yearold child after school? “Ten-year-olds don’t want to go to child care,” says Lynette Mikalishen, the director of child care services for the Family Y of Prince George. “It’s not cool.” Mikalishen says she, like others in Prince George, saw an increase in the number of youths in trouble. “”It seems that 10 to 12 age group is when trouble can start, so how do we try to address the issue?” One answer is Y Citizens, a new program started by the local Y. “It’s a place for them to call their own.” Mikalishen says. “They basically set their own program.” Hong Trieu, the program coordinator, is with the children at Westwood Mennonite Church from 2

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to 6 p.m. each weekday, helping them make their choices for activities, snacks and other aspects of the program. “The children choose their own snacks,” Trieu says, “but we do use the Canada Food Guide. They can’t just pick any food they want. They’re pretty good at making healthy choices.” One of Trieu’s other functions in the program, Mikalishen says, is to make sure the process is democratic. “We make sure everyone has a voice in the decisions. They learn things like how

IMSS prepares for special week Multiculturalism Week takes place the third week in November and every year communities across British Columbia celebrate by sharing the cultures and traditions of our diverse population. From Nov. 26 to 30, in collaboration with Daybreak North CBC Radio, there will be daily interviews with people from different walks of life and ethnic backgrounds, who will share their multiculturalism experience. The week will culminate with the Embrace Diversity Gala Dinner which takes place Nov. 30. The Gala is a night of celebration and entertainment which includes dance, multicultural performances, traditional ethnic costumes, comedy with Improv Ad Nauseum and live music with Sound Addiction. An original painting by Darrien Chow is offered as a door prize. In recognition of multiculturalism, IMSS is calling for nominations for a Multicultural Award. Submit a nomination for one individual or one organization from Prince George or neighbouring communities to be recognized for their contribution to promoting and advancing diversity and multiculturalism in northern B.C. To submit a nomination, visit the IMSS website for more information. Tickets for the Nov. 30 Gala Dinner at the Ramada Hotel are $35 available at IMSS. Contact Brenda Langlois at 250-562-2900 or by e-mail at for information or to buy tickets

to run a meeting.” She says the program is technically a child care program, but that’s mainly a bureaucratic designation. “Underprivileged families can still get financial assistance to take part if it’s described as a child care program.” While the children meet every day, not all their planning is done day-to-day. “We’re getting them to explore opportunities in learning,” Mikalishen said. “They’re going to be working on projects

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“The only thing some of them said was, ‘I wish I had known you were doing this, and I would have had more to donate.’ “So this year, we’re getting the word out ahead of time about what we’ll be doing.” Reeves says anyone who is missed by the door-to-door Pirates and can’t get to Save-On Foods this weekend can drop donations off at Northland Dodge or Northland Hyundai.

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Shorts JUDO Local judoka did well at the B.C. Championships in Abbotsford on Oct. 20. Three competitors from the Hart Judo Academy all brought back medals, with Lavanna Laass getting gold in the U18 girls -63kg and silvr in the senior women -63kg. Isaac Kamstra also won silver in the U11 boys -26kg, while Kimikio Kamstra won bronze in the U13 girls -30kg. Members of the Prince George Judo Club brought home four gold, three silver and two bronze. Sydney Edgson and Tami Goto both won gold in the U11 girls division, Edgson at the Yonkyu rank and Goto at Sankyu. Taylor Schaus claimed gold in the U15 boys -34kg division, and Kristen Yawney won the U18 girls -70kg at Ikkyu rank. Schaus also won a silver medal in the U15 boys -38kg for Nikyu rank. Other silver medals went to Rafael Rodrigues in U13 boys Sankyu and Levi Price in U15 boys -55kg Nikyu. Matteo Rodrigues in U11 boys Yonkyu and Branden Edwards in U15 boys -46 Nikyu won bronze, while Ryan Russell was fourth in U15 boys -46kg Nikyu and Lisa Russell was fourth in U18 girls -52kg Nikyu.

BALL HOCKEY The PG Master Ball Hockey League season started Tuesday evening at the Roll-A-Dome with a pair of doubleheaders. The first pair of games saw Cap-abilities down Alison’s/Bench twice by scores of 9-2 and 7-5. The second doubleheader also saw a sweep, with the Predators downing the Double Take Bulls 8-1 and 12-2. The Pizza Hut Slicers had the first-week bye.


More shots needed to break slump ALLAN WISHART

Heading into Wednesday night’s rematch against the Spokane Chiefs, the Prince George Cougars were stuck on a six-game losing streak. You wouldn’t really know it talking to coach Dean Clark. “Our problem right now is scoring goals,” he said at the team’s press conference Wednesday morning, “which was not a problem earlier in the year. “And we’re having real trouble scoring five-onfive, which again is something we were doing a lot of earlier in the year.” After Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the Chiefs, the Cougars had scored seven goals in the last six games. Clark says he sees a few factors coming into play. “We’re in a tough stretch of games right now, and we’re playing some tough teams. “I think some of the guys are maybe squeezing their sticks a bit. They’re looking for the perfect shot instead of just firing at the net and seeing what happens.” Clark says the coaches have made that point a

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Troy Bourke of the Cougars tries to fend off Tyrell Goulbourne of the Kelowna Rockets during the games Oct. 18 in Kelowna, won by the Rockets 3-0. number of times with the players, that just shooting the puck at the net is not a bad idea. “You never know what’s going to happen when you put the puck at the net. It might hit something on the ice, it might deflect off someone, the goalie may misjudge it.”

Because this losing streak has come relatively early in the season, Clark also sees it as a chance to pull the team together. “We need to get mentally stronger. I thought we played hard in the first period (Tuesday) night, but we need to keep that effort coming

for a full game. “It’s part of the learning process for the team. They’re getting to know how to play the style of game the coaches want.” One of the players who is off to a good start with the Cougars this year is Colin Jacobs, leading the way with 16 points in the team’s first 13 games. This is his first year with the Cougars, having come over from the Seattle Thunderbirds. “I was trying t come into the season with more of an offensive presence,” he says. “It’s still early in the season, so we’ll see what happens the rest of the way.” One thing he would like to see is some more of his teammates up with him in the scoring stats. “We’ve got a lot of good scorers here, (Daulton) Siwak, (Jari) Erricson, I could probably list just about all the guys. It’s just a matter of getting the pucks into the net.” One player who’s more A ll an WI SHA RT/ Free Pre s s concerned with keeping Prince George Cougars coach Dean Clark talks to some of the players at the puck out of the net is the newest member of the the bench early in Tuesday’s game against the Spokane Chiefs.

team, goalie Mac Engel. “I was pretty excited to get the word I was coming to Prince George,” says Engel, who came in a trade earlier this month from the Chiefs. “I’d been sitting at home for about a week, getting kind of anxious. “I was happy to be coming to Prince George. We’ve got a good team here.” We was just as excited when he saw the Cougars’ schedule for his first few games – including three consecutive games against the Chiefs. “It was awesome to get back into action against my old team.” So was there any trash talking in the pre-game warmups? “No, I don’t talk to them at all. I’m focused on the game. “They’re still my friends, but I’m on a new team now.” The Cougars host the Brandon Wheat Kings in their only weekend game. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Saturday at the CN Centre.

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Good weekend, but Coach says team still has work to do ALLAN WISHART

The UNBC Timberwolves women’s basketball team wasn’t involved in any nailbiters at the Mount Royal Classic on the weekend. “We won two games and lost one,” says coach Loralyn Murdoch. “I can’t complain.” The game they lost was to the University of Calgary by an 88-51 score. “They’re pretty good,” Murdoch says. “They did well at the nationals last year, so Emily they’re an experienced team. They have a deep bench. “That’s the sort of level we need to aspire to over the next several years.” Calgary has been a strong team at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level for some time, which is the level UNBC has started playing at this year. The Timberwolves started with an 80-61 win over Southern Alberta Institute of Technology before the loss to Calgary. “SAIT is not at the same level as us, they play in the Alberta colleges league. We won’t see them this year, but these are the games we need to win.” UNBC wrapped up the event with a 77-56 win over the University of Lethbridge. Although Leth-

bridge is in the same Canada West conference as UNBC, Murdoch says the result of the game doesn’t indicate the actual strengths of the two teams. “They were short three or four players who couldn’t play on Sunday for religious reasons.” The Timberwolves, though, weren’t at full strength themselves. “Mercedes Van Koughnett only played about five minutes against Calgary before she had a bit of a problem with her groin, so she didn’t play in the Kaehn last game at all.” - Strong play Van Koughnett has started therapy, and with the Timberwolves off until they open the Canada West season on Nov. 2 and 3 in Kamloops against Thompson Rivers University, Murdoch is hoping she’ll be available. Murdoch says one player stood out in the three games for UNBC. “Emily Kaehn played really well all weekend. She’s showing leadership and physical toughness, which are two things we need this year. “She’s turning into a true CIS player.” Kaehn led the Timberwolves in scoring in two of the three games, getting 20 against SAIT and and 15 against Calgary. Jordyn Rabbitt had 18 against Lethbridge to lead the attack.

Condors claim title They won their tournament, but lost a spot in the rankings. One week after claiming top spot in the provincial AA boys volleyball rankings, the Duchess Park Condors dropped back to second, despite not dropping a set in a tournament at Kelly Road on the weekend. The Condors came into the weekend

ranked ahead of Mennonite Educational Institute (Abbotsford), who they had jumped over after placing third at the Best of the West tournament in Kelowna earlier this month. Duchess had little trouble in the pool round robin at Kelly Road, downing Mackenzie 25-11 and 25-13, Kelly Road 25-21 and

25-14, and North Peace (Fort St. John) 25-20 and 25-17. In the quarterfinals, the Condors beat Hudson Hope 25-11 and 25-14, then beat D.P. Todd 25-13 ad 25-14. That set up a match with College Heights in the final, and it was, fittingly, the toughest test for the Condors, but they came through 27-25 and 25-20.

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“We need to play Surrey more often,” the head coach says with a laugh. “They’re the only team we seem to be able to beat by more than a goal.” That trend continued last weekend on the road, with the Kings beating Langley 5-4 in overtime and Coquitlam 2-1 on a late goal by Cam Lawson. This came a week after winning a pair of home games, one 2-1 against Powell River and the other 3-0 against Surrey. “It seems like we’re playing all one-goal games,” Dupas says, “but when we’re nine wins and only four losses, I’ll take that. The problem is, with that many one-goal games, things are going to even out. “We have to bury teams.”


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It was Prince George Green and Prince George White in one semifinal of the Prince George Minor Football League Atom playoffs on Saturday at Lac Des Bois Field. The Atom and Peewee divisions will determine who will advance to the provincials next Saturday, while the finals of the Junior Bantam division will also be played. All games are at Masich Place Stadium. The past weekend provided a perfect contrast, to Dupas, of their previous trip to the Lower Mainland, where they lost a pair of one-goal games to Langley. “Those two games, we had the lead almost the entire game and came home with no points when you could

say we deserved more. This past weekend, we only got the lead late in each game, and some people might say we didn’t deserve to get all four points.” He says the close games recently have revealed the heart of his team. “They keep battling, they’re a hard-work-

ing group.” This weekend, for home games against Alberni Valley tonight and West Kelowna on Saturday, they’ll get some reinforcements. “(Trevor) Esau, (Lyndon) Martell and (Tyson) Witala should all be back. That’s two of our top forwards and one of our top defense-

Citizen of the year Monica Peacock was feeling a little giddy recently as the reality of being awarded the city’s highest honour hit home. “I am still in shock. I really was surprised when they announced I was Citizen of the Year. It is only now just starting to sink in.” “My motto is team work makes the dream work. I am very fortunate to have friends and family who make my dreams come true,” Peacock told the Free Press on Monday. “No one person can do this alone.” Peacock founded the annual Evening of Pink event and for seven years has been its key organizer. The event has raised $130,000 for the Spirit of the North Foundation to buy expensive but much-needed equipment for the University Hospital of Northern B.C. Peacock also lends her design, creativity and organization skills to Festival of Trees Teresa MA LLA M/Free Press where she helps with decorating trees and Monica Peacock is all organizes the Jingle Bell dance, raising even more funds for Spirit of the North Health- smiles after winning the prestigious Prince George care Foundation. The local business woman also gathers Community Foundation items and donations to fill 75 Christmas Citizen of the Year 2012 stockings at the Baldy Hughes Addiction Award. Treatment Centre. Since moving to Prince George in 1995, Peacock has also hosted five Japanese students with Cultural Homestay International. Community fundraising has been a big part of Peacock’s life. She spent 11 years with North Country Dancers, raising money for the pediatric ward at UHNBC and for an ongoing educational bursary. She donates flowers for the Roses for the Relay for Life, the provincial Liberal Association and the Celebrate Spring Fashion Show and she contributes about $250 a month of silent auction items and other contributions to various organizations including the Prince George Community Foundation.

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men, and we’ve won four straight without them.” The Spruce Kings haven’t played either of this weekend’s opponents yet this season, but Dupas has some knowledge of them. “West Kelowna is very good. That game will be a huge test for us. They play like Langley, they’re very physical, but they’re more skilled, I think, than Langley.” For tonight’s game against Alberni Valley, Dupas has one goal. “They score a ton, but they also give up a ton. We have to try to shut them down.” Then, maybe, the Spruce Kings can break away from the one-goal syndrome. Both weekend games are 7 p.m. starts at the Coliseum. VERMONT BOUND Spruce Kings defenceman Brad Ryan has received a scholarship for the 2013-14 season with the University of Vermont. “The entire Spruce Kings organization would like to congratulate Brad on this well-deserved achievement,” general manager Mike Hawes said in a press release. “Brad is a tremendous young man and a very talented player who will do well athletically and academically at a great school like Vermont.” The Catamounts play in the Hockey East Association. NHL alumni include Torrey Mitchell, Patrick Sharp, Martin St. Louis and Tim Thomas.

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Dan Gallo figured the drop in weight wouldn’t be a problem. “I had beaten the guy at a higher weight,” the Prince George-based armwrestler says, “so I figured dropping from 180 lb. to 165 wouldn’t make a difference.” It might have been the drop in weight, or it might have been the number of pulls, but Gallo eventually lost his middleweight right-handed match to Kelly Leitch. The match was one of the headliners on Mayhem, the Western Canadian Armwrestling Championships, held Oct. 20 at West Edmonton Mall. “I lost to him in the seventh round,” Gallo says. “One of the things was they were only giving you a minute between pulls, and I’m used to having a bit more time to get set up again.” The loss to Leitch couldn’t overshadow Gallo’s win in the left-handed event against Stephane Heroux. “I beat him in straight pulls, then had to go right-handed pretty quick.” Gallo says holding the championships at West Edmonton Mall made it into a real event. “It was cool. They had entrance music for us and everything.”


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spruce Kings showing good form early in season The Prince George Spruce Kings are just past the quarter-pole of the BCHL season and they certainly get a passing mark in their first report card of the year. The team has a winning record, appears to be well-balanced offensively

long-term trends because and defensively, and more things can change quickly fans are coming to the with the bulk Coliseum to of the season watch them remaining. play. Fifteen Hart Here’s a of 56 games Beat closer look. are just a RECORD: gauge, but HARTLEYMILLER one should The Spruce still remain cautious about Kings are 9-4-1-1 which

is even more impressive since two-thirds of their games have been on the road (including two neutral site contests). With a winning percentage of .667, Prince George is a close second in the Mainland Division behind Chilliwack (9-3-1-1). The

Spruce Kings have not dominated most opponents with 50 goals for and 40 against. GOAL: Kirk Thompson has arguably been the team MVP. The 20-year-old Thompson has a 9-3-1 record with a 2.22 GAA

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Event worth taking in It’s like a mini-retreat for Grandma Recently, I had the good fortune to be part of a “complimentary” Grandmothers/ Elders Gathering Retreat at the Domano Renewal Centre which included an excellent lunch. It was a crosscultural event with numerous cultures of Grandmothers being represented. The day started out with having a look at over 50 different words from different cultures with the meaning of Grandma. Many of the Grandmas present have adopted different names for their own grandmotherly status. This session was a first of three with follow-up days in the coming months, and a cumulative banquet at the end. It was refreshing for this room full of Grandmothers, facilitated by Sharon Hurd, to discuss traditions around Christmas and their different cultures. After all, it is the time of year that many Grandmas start thinking about Christmas and was very much the topic at this event. Another commonality was about respect for family traditions and in many cases how through family breakdown, work schedules and distance have forced many families to reexamine what family tradition means and about creating and accepting new traditions within the family system. Up until this event, I personally had never given much thought to my own FrenchCanadian traditions, but had opportunity to examine it and the meanings it had for me. I had a better understanding of the uniqueness of


Rita M. Wiebe my own background in comparison to German, Philippine, Aboriginal, Chinese or African and a whole new appreciation of the different cultures. Jean Marie Lehtinen, administrator of the centre, stresses that the November session is a

first-come, first-served basis and that early pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited. Lehtinen explains that the Gathering is designed for Grandmothers/Elders to experience the universal importance of their role in the family

and society. Lehtinen further stresses that recognition of family values is an important contribution to future generations as they hold the treasures of the family’s particular cultural heritage. The role of Grandmother is not easy because society does not always value tradition. She says that it is time for Grandmothers/Elders to celebrate who they are and enjoy one another as new friends. The non-profit Domano Renewal Centre is located near Walmart, west of town, and does have facilities for overnight, out of town guests. More information about the Gathering of Grandmas/Elders and other programs can be found on their website or by calling 250-9644475. Rita M. Wiebe is a CARP Ambassador and certified LSC.


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Help Wanted AIRPLANE PILOT Guardian Aerospace Holdings Inc. (Prince George, BC) is hiring for Airplane Pilot (Class 3 Flight Instructor / Charter Pilot) $29.94/hr, 23 hrs/week + benefits. Apply by Fax: (250) 567-2656 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. Curry Kingdom requires full time experienced cooks, baker specializing in South Indian and Srilankan. $18 per hour.



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EARN some extra money for Christmas! Canfor’s J.D. Little Forest Centre in Prince George is looking for Seasonal Nursery Workers for our seedling harvest. Working for 5 to 6 weeks starting around October 17th. Two shifts: Morning (7:00 am to 2:30 pm) and Afternoon (3:00 pm to 10:30 pm) Excellent and safe working environment! Ideal Candidate for Employment is physically fit, capable of working on your feet, safety conscious and able to work alongside others in a fast-paced team environment. Drop off your resume at the nursery or e-mail to J.D.Little Forest Centre 6677 Landooz Road Phone: 250-9600165 Directions to nursery: On highway 97 at the top of the hill north of the John Hart Bridge turn right on Northwood Pulp Mill Road and follow for 6 km. At the bottom of the big hill, make first left turn on Landooz Road and follow road for 1 km. Turn left into entrance to nursery.

East Indian Cooks Wanted Nijjer Food Ltd. dba Dana Mandi & Indian Restaurant a full service Indian restaurant located at 2095 - 5th Ave, Prince George, B.C. needs (4) Full time, permanent, ethnic Cooks specializing in Indian Cuisines and (1) sweet maker (Mithai). Job duties include menu design and planning, back cooking for banquets, special religious and community events, labour & food cost control, shift supervision and training of employees. Also responsible for preparing orders for out of town deliveries. Minimum 3 years of experience. Knowledge of Hindi or Punjabi an asset. Salary $ 18/hr. Email resume to 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

Drop off resume to 1789 S. Nicholson St. between 11am - 5pm

DOG WASHER / GROOMER required p/t (flexible hours). Must Love Dogs! Please call 250-962-6265

Temporary Support Staff Position Union requires temporary/on-call support staff with reception and secretarial experience to work at the Prince George Area Office. This is an on-call position for relief coverage. Applicants must have secretarial/reception experience; high school graduation supplemented by secretarial training; typing speed and accuracy; proficiency in Word; an excellent command of English grammar; database experience an asset. An aptitude for organization, detail and the ability to set priorities and work within time limit is required. Knowledge of the trade union movement is an asset. Excellent salary package is provided under a collective agreement. Aptitude, word processing and typing tests will be administered to all qualified applicants. Based on the results of the tests, only successful candidates will be interviewed. Apply with cover letter and resume by November 2, 2012 to BC Government and Service Employees’ Union 1070 4th Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3J1.

Trades, Technical FALLERS needed for Seismic Line Cutting: Must be BC or Enform Level 3 Certified. Start mid to late November until March 2013. Call (250)2294709 JOURNEYMAN automotive technician required for busy shop in Revelstoke, BC. We are diverse shop, working on all makes and models, and are devoted to quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. Applicant would be required to do all kinds of repairs from chassis and brakes to electrical and in depth computer diagnostics. $25-30/hr. Please email resume to or apply in person at The Revelstoke Garage - 1240 Powerhouse Rd, Revelstoke, B.C.

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LESSON LOGGING OF WHITECOURT, ALBERTA is seeking the following: EXPERIENCED PROCESSOR OPERATOR Camp Job, Competitive Wages, Health Benefit Package & Group RSP available. FAX resume 780-706-3222 or email: No phone calls please.

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FRONT COUNTER & KITCHEN Frankie’s Burger Enterprises Inc. dba Fatburger hiring for their location in Prince George,BC. Food Counter Attendant($10.90/hr) & Kitchen Helper ($10.25/hr for all locations); both 40hrs/week+ben. Apply by Fax: (604) 637-8874.

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Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Owner Operators to be based at our Prince George Terminal for runs throughout B.C. PRINCE GEORGE and Alberta. Applicants have winter and Group mountain,of driving experience/ Van-Kammust Freightways’ Companies training. requires Owner Operators for runs out of our We offer above average rates and excellent employee benefits. Prince Terminal.drivers, call Bev, 604-968-5488 or To join ourGeorge team of Professional email current and details W a resume, ff ll driver’s t tabstractWi t / ofMtruck to: t i or fax 604-587-9889 Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility. We thank you for your interest in Van-Kam, however only those of interest to us will be contacted.

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OFFICE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST DYHO Dance Studio has an opportunity for a part time Office Assistant/Receptionist. Hours are as follows: Mon-Wed 1pm-7pm & Sat 9am-2pm Training will be provided. A background in dance and/or customer service will be beneficial. Computer experience is necessary. To apply, please email resume to or mail to DYHO Dance Studio #117 - 3955 Hart Hwy, Prince George ,BC V2K 2Z5 Attention: Nicole Deadline October 31st, 2012

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A huge opportunity has become available at an industry leading truck and equipment dealer. Inland Kenworth / Parker Pacific is looking for an energetic well-organized person to start at an entry level position. This position requires grade 12 or equivalent, a valid driver’s license and a willingness to learn. WHMIS and forklift training an asset.

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Trades, Technical

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A huge opportunity has become available at an industry leading truck and equipment dealer. Inland Kenworth is taking applications for a Heavy Duty Truck Parts Person. This position requires grade 12 or equivalent, a valid driver’s license and Technical Qualification Certificate and a willingness to learn. WHMIS and forklift training an asset.

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JOB POSTING – Plant Accountant Pinnacle Pellet is seeking an experienced Accountant to fill a full-time accounting position at its Strathnavor BC Plant location (approximately 50 km north of Quesnel). Responsibilities include: • Full cycle accounting including payables, payroll coordination and inventory control • Involved in budgeting process and monthly analysis of budget variances • Maintain bank records and prepare cash flow forecasts Skills and Qualifications: • Preference given to candidate enrolled in accounting designation program • Background in a manufacturing environment an asset • Proficiency with Microsoft Office • High level of accuracy and attention to detail • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Pinnacle Pellet is a dynamic and rapidly growing company that currently manufactures wood pellets at 6 locations in British Columbia. Pinnacle offers competitive salaries and benefits, as well as the opportunity for young professionals to build a long term career. Submit your resume to: E-mail: No Phone Inquiries Accepted – Closing date November 9, 2012

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October 26, 2012 edition of the Prince George Free Press