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Coast Mountain News Thursday, March 15, 2012

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Aboriginal Arts Development Award recipient Latham Mack Page 4

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School District 49 teachers and supporters stand at the protest area in front of Healthy Beginnings

Teachers protest government legislation at home and across the province CHRISTINA BOUCHER Local SD 49 teachers, along with teachers across the province, began to engage in protests on Monday, March 5 in response to legislation handed down by the government. The main purpose of this protest is to inform the public about recent legislation handed down by the government. On February 28, the

Liberal government introduced Bill 22, the Education Improvement Act, which extends the current collective agreement between the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and their employer. Bill 22 imposes a “cooling off period,” during which there can be no strikes or lockouts while the parties attempt to reach a mediated settlement within the government’s mandate. That settle-

ment would cover the period retroactive to July 1, 2011 and ending on June 30, 2013. The current collective agreement is extended until the end of the cooling-off period, or until the parties reach an agreement, whichever comes first. The government-appointed mediator (not an independent Labour Relations Board mediator) has until June 30, 2012 to ascertain any agreements

between the parties and to make recommendations on outstanding issues. The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that teachers may engage in a full withdrawal of services to a maximum of three instructional days for the first week and one day per week for two weeks after that. The union must give notice of not less than two school days before withdrawing services.

Teachers plan to protest for three days commencing March 5 at which time they can protest one day per week for two weeks until the legislation (Bill 22) is passed. Local BCTF representative Marc Hedges explains the impact that Bill 22 will have on students, parents, and teachers in School District 49: SEE





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Annual General Meeting

Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church

Date/Time: April 17 at 7:30 pm Location: SAMS library

The Art of Drawing

Sunday Communion Service 10:30AM Monthly Mass Saturday Evening 6:00PM Call Susan to con¿rm 250-799-5618

The first day of spring is ~ Tuesday, March 20 ~ Enjoy the season!


A Creativity Workshop No drawing skills necessary! Complete two mandalas! Saturday, March 17 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at The Art House Phone 250-799-5935 for supply list and to register

Moose Hall Sat. March 24 11 am to 4 pm Tables are $20 All table proceeds go to new chairs for Moose Hall To reserve a table, contact Priscilla at 799-5214

Presented by the Bella Coola Valley Arts Council

POSITION POSTING Hagensborg Waterworks District is seeking qualified interested parties for the contracted position of Corporate Administrative/Financial Officer & Project Manager. This is a single contract that encompasses all three positions. While preference will be given to those residing within the service area, it is not a requirement. Remuneration will be based on experience and qualifications.

Emmanuel Church Bella Coola Sunday Service 7pm

Contact the office for position details: Email:; Ph: (250) 982-2777. Expressions of Interest and/or Curriculum Vitae can be submitted by email or regular mail to: Box 25, Hagensborg, BC, V0T 1H0. by March 30, 2012.

The Bella Coola Watershed Conservation Society is completing a mapping project to identify areas of river and fish habitat negatively affected by floods in 2010 and 2011.

A Drop-in Open House will be held: Monday, March 19 Bella Coola Airport Meeting Room 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM Maps will be available for review and discussion. This project is to identify areas that have been altered during recent floods, however, it does not assess risk or provide prescriptions for works.


Bella Coola Seventh-Day Adventist Church Saturday Service Song & Bible Study For Adults & Children 9:30 am Sabbath School Program 10 am Bible Study Church Service 11 am Bella Coola Adventist Academy Offers a Christian Learning Environment for Grades K - 9 Grades 10 - 12 Distance Learning through West Coast Adventist School Principal Rob Parker 799 5910

Let us Advertise Your Church Services

Call us at 250-982-2696 Or fax 250-982-2512

Central Coast Regional District Request for Expressions of Interest Centennial Pool Start Up & Shut Down Procedures Expressions of Interest to undertake plumbing and mechanical start up (May) and shut down (September/October) procedures for the Centennial Pool in Hagensborg will be received from qualified, experienced individuals/firms until 4:00 pm, March 30, 2012

To my family and all my friends, I wish to thank them for their gifts, cards and phone calls of happy birthday wishes for my “21st.” It was a great day enjoying lunch with Verna’s snowdrops and Leslie’s balloons.

For further information contact: Central Coast Regional District Box 186 Bella Coola, BC V0T 1C0 Phone: 799-5291 Fax: 799-5750 Email:

I love you all, Beverley


Central Coast Communications Society

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Teachers in action to inform the public about Bill 22 CONTINUED FROM


“ Bill 22 is a continuation of this government’s decade-long attack on teachers, students, and public education. Teachers are concerned about class size and composition, whether support staffing will be increased, and whether there will be more multi-grade classes. We could be looking at three grades in one class. This bill doesn’t set any limits for class composition and support for students with special needs. There is less support for special needs students, and the potential for overcrowded classrooms. “Bill 22 will strip more provisions and rights from our collective agreements in the areas of professional autonomy, professional development, evaluation practices, and seniority. We have concerns regarding seniority, which will impact job security. It is going to be hard to attract new teachers to rural areas if they can’t depend on job security.” The SD 49 Board of Education Trustees commented: “The Board of Education remain hopeful that a negotiated settlement can be achieved between the Ministry of Education and the B.C. Teacher's Federation. We will continue to provide the best instruction and supervision we can until the dispute is resolved.”

North Coast MLA and former educator Gary Coons comments on Bill 22: “I believe that this legislation continues a decade-long BC Liberal approach that has disrespected teachers, parents and students and has constantly sought to pick a fight with teachers. “A key question has to be this: will this legislation tabled by the BC Liberals make classrooms better for students? I say the answer is clearly no: this legislation will do the opposite, and make classrooms worse for students. “The Liberals have chosen to take a path to allow larger class sizes and weakened composition protections, which will hurt students and make it much more difficult to meet their needs in our classroom. The government has imposed a contract and designed a mediation process that stacks the deck in favour of employer concessions and limits the ability of teachers to get resolution on key classroom issues.” Concerned parents and community members can communicate their concerns regarding the BCTF protest or Bill 22 legislation by contacting the local Board of Education (www.sd49., write to their MLA Gary Coons (see business card ad on page 9), write to the Minister of Education George Abbott, or to the Premier Christy Clark.

Protesting teachers up at the SAMS site have a warm barrel-fire going

The Noble Spaniard” plays March 22, 23 & 24 JOHN MORTON The Bella Coola Theatre Guild’s first production since 2010 is set for the stage at Lobelco Hall next weekend. “The Noble Spaniard,” a light comedy by Somerset Maugham, is a play that should entertain audience members of most ages. The plot outline was ably provided by cast member Ara Thommasen, in her February 16, 2012 CMNews article. Briefly, the hero

loves a woman from afar; declares love; is rejected; doesn’t give up; is mistaken as either paramour (of the women) or combatant (of the men); and eventually ....? Well, that’s why you have to buy a ticket! Set in a holiday French villa in the Victorian era, the set design and period costumes have proven to be surmountable challenges for the usual hard-working people behind the scenes. The actors and director have made a significant

time commitment of several months to bring three nights of live stage entertainment to our community. Having a great audience is the best form of reward. At the risk of deterring some potential attendees, the

Director reports that there is no risqué humour; that the only likelihood of a “wardrobe malfunction” would be if someone forgot their hat; and the strongest language is a single utterance of “I don’t give a damn!”

Little Theatre Guild presents

“The Noble Spaniard” A comedy by Somerset Maugham

Please Note:

8:00 pm at Lobelco Hall (Doors open at 7:30)

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Nuxalk artist Latham Mack receives Aboriginal Arts Development Award CHRISTINA BOUCHER C Nuxalk artist Latham Mack is one of the 2012 r recipients for the Aboriginal Arts Development A Award. This program is run through the First P Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council. Latham applied to apprentice with C w world-renowned Tahltan-Tlingit artist Dempsey B Bob. Latham was born and raised in Bella Coola, aand is a Nuxalk artist working out of Terrace, B BC. He graduated from renowned Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in 2010. D T That year, he was invited to New Zealand to in instruct some carving workshops. His art has b been featured in YVR airport in Vancouver, aamong other locations. Latham’s project for the ADAA award is to ccarve a sculptured panel with an inlay portrait m mask made from red cedar. This panel will b be similar to that of Latham’s first (alreadyccompleted) panel, but with a different design. L Latham comments that he is challenging himsself with inlaying a mask into the panel. He comments on receiving the honour: “I am really excited about this project b because the panel will go on display at our Nuxalk Band Office in Bella Coola for a period N o of one year. This will be great for the commun nity to see how much I've growing as an artist ssince moving away to pursue my career as a p professional artist.”

What else has Latham been up to in his journey as an artist? He sent the Coast Mountain News some photos of his trip to Mexico in the Mayan Riviera. “I was inspired by the Mayan art and culture,” he says. “I brought a sketch book with me, so when I got some good ideas I could sketch them out. I think every artist should travel: you get to see that there is great art all around the world. I believe you grow as an artist too - you take those experiences with you and pass them on once you start teaching. “You can also learn some new tricks from those artists and apply it to your work. We went to the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, wow - what an experience that was. It's amazing what they did back in there time, they really were ahead of us without all the technology! “I had the pleasure of meeting a painter by the name of Roberto, wow - he blew me away with his skills in painting. I never thought in million years you could paint paintings the way he did with spray paint. He was fast, too: it only took him about 20 minutes to do one painting. I wasn't going to leave without buying one of his pieces. The painting I got represents the Mayan ruins.” Latham hopes that other youth can realize their dreams through various types of support: “It would be nice to see more youth and young adults applying for awards and scholarships in our community.”

Nuxalk artist Latham Mack with his family and mentor Dempsey Bob at the pole raising near Terrace in September 2010

Latham shows the panel that his next project will be patterned after

I had the pleasure of meeting a painter by the name of Roberto,” said Latham. “Wow he blew me away with his skills in painting.

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Excitement at the library LORNA LAYTON The last three months have been hard on the patrons of the Bella Coola branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. The library, which had been in the same location across from the Credit Union for many years, found it necessary to find a new home. We were all used to our little library and were quite fond of its crowded aisles and little hidey-holes and corners. It had character and a cluttered charm. Without a library where would we get our weekly reading fix? But take heart, folks. As of February 22, the new library situated in the Co-op building is open. It is larger by 300 square feet, but looks much bigger than its 1600 square feet because there are no corners or strangely shaped nooks. There is a feeling of spaciousness about the area that is tastefully decorated in shades of green. There are comfortable reading areas and work spaces suitable for doing homework or working on projects with a personal computer. VIRL has stocked the new area with new books and audio-visual material of all kinds. Fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and CDs, both music and spoken word, fill the shelves and tempt the reader and listener to dip into them. There are five computers available for public use. Four of them are regular computers that can be booked for research, homework, and other projects. The fifth is a child's computer that is suitable for ages 0 to 10 and has interactive educational programs covering areas from science to language arts. Children must be

accompanied by parents to access this service. A service new to our Valley is the express check out. This is a stand-alone station that allows library patrons to check out their own books. This is a service that has been available in larger libraries in the VIRL system for several years. However, you must remember to bring your library card to access it. The online catalogue is still there for us to use either as a stand alone station or on the library computers. People who wish to return books when the library isn't open will find the book drop located just to the left of the main library entrance inside the Co-op. Remember that the library has a website at www.virl. This site makes it possible for patrons to order their own books, renew books, check due dates, read magazines and newspapers, and see what's new at the library. You need your barcode number from the back of your library card and your personal pin number to access this site. The new hours in place for the library are: Wednesday, 10 to 1:30; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 to 12 and 1 to 5. There will no longer be a Friday evening opening due to the need to keep the same hours as the Co-op. Linda Chapman and Kelly Nattrass are happy to be working in their new space, and they are looking forward to providing services for our Valley in this up-to-date and attractive area. The official opening for the Bella Coola branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library is scheduled for Saturday March 17. They hope to see you all there.

Barry Layton photo

In the new library space, there are comfortable reading areas and work spaces suitable for doing homework or working on projects with a personal computer.

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Williams Lake & District Credit Union Community Investment Fund Williams Lake and District Credit Union is now accepting applications from local organizations and community groups for projects and initiatives geared to helping local communities achieve greater economic success and improve quality of life. Grants are available for projects focussing on youth, entrepreneurs, immigrants, low-income working families and aboriginal peoples. Information on the application process and requirements is available on our website at:

or at any Credit Union branch. Preference will be given to organizations that are members of Williams Lake and District Credit Union. Application Deadline is March 31, 2012

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Nuxalk Nation Administration complete rip-rapping on River Road CHRISTINA BOUCHER

David Dowling photo

Students from Acwsalcta School gather with Nuxalk hereditary chiefs and elders at the river side of the townsite in Bella Coola, in a ceremony to honour ancient gravesites before the commencement of the necessary rip rap work.

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criteria to help consumers self-evaluate possible defects the minimum required performance of new homes more than 200 performance guidelines possible defects in 15 major construction categories, and the most common defect claims.

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In a project beginning on February 13, 150 metres of rip-rap was applied to the bank of the Bella Coola River on River Road at the Main Village. The project was managed by the Nuxalk Nation Administration and Capital Projects Manager Archie Pootlass. The River Road site was identified as an area in need of emergency flood protection after flooding last September washed away much of the river bank, threatening the safety of nearby residents. The objective of the rip-rapping was to protect the river bank, residents’ properties, infrastructure, nearby

gravesites, and Old Village, all of which were threatened by the eroded bank. Funding for the project was secured from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and approval was given to protect 105 linear metres of the riverbank. The project was approved in the second week of January 2012, and INAC agreed to forgo the usual tendering process (which usually takes 5 weeks), and allow the Administration to go straight to construction. Capital Projects Manager Archie Pootlass comments that the Administration felt it was important to pro-

New Residential Construction Guide Benefits Homeowners and Builders Homeowners have a new tool at their fingertipss to help them better understand how warranty providers evaluate claims for possible design, labour or material defects in new homes. The Residential Construction Performance Guide is the newest online resource available on the provincial Homeowner Protection Office website at It explains how homes covered by home warranty insurance should perform. Every new home built for sale by a licensed residential builder in B.C. is protected by mandatory third-party home warranty insurance. It’s the strongest system of construction defect insurance in Canada. “For most consumers, buying a new home is one of the largest financial investments they will make. So it’s essential that homebuyers can make that investment with confidence, knowing that they will not be faced with additional expenses to repair defects after they move in,” said Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Home Owners’ Association and an advocate for consumer protection. This simple, practical guide is easy to use. It outlines more than 200 possible defects that are searchable online. This includes the most common defect claims that might be submitted under a home warranty insurance policy – from windows that malfunction, to driveway or interior concrete floors that have cracked, to siding that has buckled. Designed primarily for conventional low-rise, wood-frame homes, the guide also provides some helpful guidelines for the common property of multi-unit buildings. Builders can also use the guide to help ensure that they deliver high performance homes.

ceed with construction as quickly as possible in order to get the project done before the eulachon run began. A team of engineers consulted on the rip-rapping process, and local residents were employed in the construction. Local rock was also used in the construction process, some rock being sourced near the River Road site, and some rock acquired through trade with the Central Coast Regional District (CCRD). There was some controversy surrounding the project, as some Nuxalk Nation members stopped the construction by blocking equipment on River Road. Controversial issues included the belief that the eulachon may have been in the river during the construction, which would have been harmful to the fish. Although the controversy was not entirely resolved, Capital Projects Manager Pootlass noted that a community meeting was held for all parties to voice their concerns after the construction. While some members were still concerned about the eulachon, other noted that protection of residents’ homes was high in importance. Other topics of concern involved the possible danger to gravesites near the rip-rapping site. Pootlass comments that a local archaeologist was present at the construction site throughout the project to ensure that the gravesites were not disturbed. No remains were unearthed throughout the project. Pootlass comments, “It was a very successful project. We were able to complete the project quickly, placing 45 extra linear metres of rip-rap than was expected. It was a wellmanaged project, and employed local residents, which is a benefit to the community. The residents whose homes were protected by the rip-rapping expressed their appreciation as well.”

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Career Fair 2012

Local resident and Williams Lake & District Credit Union employee Amber Chatham provides info to students on a career at the credit union

Sergeant Farid Karmali from the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre in Victoria discusses opportunities in the Canadian Forces with students JANICE KYLE COMMUNITY ADULT AND FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM (CALP) COORDINATOR Acwsalcta School and Bella Coola Valley Learning Society (BCVLS) recently hosted Career Fair 2012. “Strengthening Connections”, a group representing colleges, universities, RCMP, BC Hydro and the Royal Military College travelled to Bella Coola for this informative event en route to Bella Bella. Our own North Island College, Bella Coola Hospital Services, Bella Coola Valley Tourism,

Williams Lake & District Credit Union, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans also took part. Huge thanks go out to all the participants and presenters for making the fair possible. All brought prizes to give away – fun! Brittney Gulka, Vice-Principal of Acwsalcta, welcomed everyone. Lance Nelson and Karen Anderson delivered the Nuxalk Prayer, and all appreciated their drum and song. Presenters had a chance to explain their student services and to encourage students from Grade 7 up to finish their Grade

12 so they can carry on with further education and have more choices in their future. Lori Campbell, Executive Director of BCVLS and Career Counsellor (attired in an old Flight Attendant uniform from an airline career 20 years ago!) inspired students to prepare for the 7-9 careers people typically will hold in their working life. Lori’s message: stay in school; seize every opportunity/ experience to learn and grow; prepare so you’re flexible to change. Teachers and adult participants wore many nametags;

each one with a job they had done. (The “chicken wrangler” w was the most unique sounding career!). Students participated in exercises to match occupations to people and had time for oneon-one discussions. Alex Boileau spoke of perseverance and staying positive no matter how difficult things can become. A Alex’s slideshow of fabulous photos, many of those being personal family shots, helped to make his point. He shared his personal return to perfect health after an accident that could have changed his life for the worse. But he didn’t let that happen, proving that life can throw curve balls and it takes a positive attitude to get through tough times. Many thanks to Alex for his well-received thoughts! Brittney closed the fair with gracious words of thanks and w students left with brochures in hand and a greater understanding of possibilities and planning for their future. BCVLS projects include the Career Centre, the New Leaf Learning Centre and Computer Lab, BCV Literacy Now, the Community Adult & Family Literacy Program (CALP), and continued education

LLocall resident id t and d BC H Hydro d employee l Stephen St h SSaunders d with ith Jeannie Cranmer, Aboriginal Education and Employment Strategy Manager for BC Hydro and occupation related courses. If you need help getting started on a career path, need help with a resume

or want to check out the job board, drop by the Career Centre, your one-stop career/ employment support.

Summer Job Tweedsmuir Travel is looking for two (2) reliable people for directing ferry traffic in Bella Coola. The position runs from mid-June through mid-September. Working hours: 5:45 am – 7:45 am, three (3) days a week. For more information please contact: Tweedsmuir Travel in Bella Coola Phone: (250) 799-5638, or visit in person at 618 Cliff Street Our new location is next to the Post Office

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Bella Coola Community Forest Ltd. & Bella Coola Resource Society ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BCCFL and BCRS will be holding their respective Annual General Meetings jointly on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7:00 pm at the Bella Coola Valley Inn BCRS members and BCCFL shareholders are encouraged to attend to receive information about this past year’s accomplishments and financial status, elect Directors and pass motions. BCRS is the holder of the community forest licence and BCCFL has the contract to manage the business of the community forest on behalf of the BCRS. Membership in the BCRS is open to all Valley residents and/or property owners (nominal one time $5 fee). BCCFL is made up of local investors who purchased shares at the time of the Offering Memorandum (Dec., 2007 – Feb., 2008). Only BCRS members are permitted to vote on society matters and only BCCFL shareholders are able to vote on corporate matters. Three Directors from BCRS and BCCFL are to be elected/re-elected. Members interested in running for election are encouraged to contact the persons below. Both BCRS and BCCFL are accepting motions from their respective constituents. People interested in the activities and plans of the community forest are also welcome to attend. If there are any questions, please contact: Hans Granander, RPF, General Manager, Bella Coola Community Forest Ltd. Tel:250-982-2515, email: Barry Brekke, President, Bella Coola Resource Society Tel: 250-982-2209


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Local Watershed Conservation Society update ALI KRIMMER BCWCS COORDINATOR The Bella Coola Watershed Conservation Society (BCWCS) would like

to remind the public of our activities in the community and to invite community members to access our resource centre. Founded in 2001,

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the BCWCS is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization devoted to the protection, restoration and enhancement of fish and fish habitat within the watersheds of the Central Coast. The Bella Coola Watershed Conservation Society acts as a fundamental center for existing interests and organizations and employs a variety of resources to achieve its primary goals including: 1) Public awareness and education;

2) Moral and financial support of related organizations and activities; 3) Research, data collection and information exchange; 4) Development and implementation of projects pertaining to fish habitat; and, 5) Compilation of watershed historical data into a database so that it is accessible to the public by establishing a resource center. Over the past several years, the BCWCS has devel-

oped a comprehensive, multi-level, Watershed Based Fish Sustainability Plan prioritizing key issues and recommendations related to local fish habitat. These projects have largely been funded by Federal (DFO) and Provincial Government agencies with local community and regional government consultation. The Society has since been addressing these key issues through the comple-

tion of a number of projects including watershed assessment and mapping several streams throughout the Bella Coola Valley. The BCWCS is currently overseeing a community-accessible Internet-based map that will show areas of recent river alteration, mitigation that may have occurred, and existing areas of concern to fish habitat. This project will also involve a community Open House to

allow citizens to indicate areas of recent changes to the river affecting fish habitat (see the notice in this paper for details). If you would like to become a member of the BCWCS or would like to access our resource centre, please email the BCWCS coordinator at: For more information about the society please check out our website at: www. bellacoolawatershed. com.

FUNDING FOR STUDENTS, NOT FOR WAGE HIKES. The BCTF is demanding a 15 per cent wage hike and other benefits that would cost $2 billion and raise taxes for BC families. Virtually all other public sector unions have settled for no wage increases. It’s unacceptable that schools are disrupted and that students and their families are inconvenienced over an unreasonable salary demand in difficult economic times. The union is making claims and demands that simply don’t add up.



The union wants more paid time outside the classroom – sick leave for teachers on call, expanded bereavement and discretionary leave.

The government wants more time for teacher training and to ensure that Pro-D days really are for professional development.

The union says all teaching positions should be selected on the basis of seniority.

The government supports seniority but qualifications must also count so that math teachers teach math, and science teachers teach science.

The union says that teachers who perform poorly in evaluations will be dismissed – ‘one strike and you’re out’.

The government wants to support teacher improvement through a standardized evaluation process.

The union says that government refuses to negotiate.

There has been over a year of negotiations and 78 full bargaining sessions.

The union says that class size limits have been eliminated.

Class size limits will remain in place on all grades across BC.

The union says that BC has 700 fewer special needs teachers.

2100 new teaching assistants have been hired since 2001. And, with a new $165 million Learning Improvement Fund, we will hire more.

It’s time to focus on what matters most in education – BC’s students. That’s why we are focused on per-student funding which is at an all time high, not on wage increases. We all want to do more to make BC’s education system even better. It’s the driving force behind BC’s Education Plan that teachers, parents and students are helping to shape. Teachers care about their students. Parents care about their children’s future.


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Getting your fibre

DR. PAUL MARTIQUET, MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER FOR RURAL VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH INCLUDING POWELL RIVER, THE SUNSHINE COAST, SEATO-SKY, BELLA BELLA AND BELLA COOLA All our lives we have been told to eat fibre because “it’s good for us.” Well, it is. And we should. This lesson has been so well promoted that we are even seeing food manufacturers add fibre to their products including some as odd as juice, yoghurt and ice cream. There are even high-fibre bottled waters! Can

these possibly be as good as a serving or two of legumes or fruit? Dietary fibre consists of naturally occurring plant materials that your body cannot digest. Examples include fibre naturally found in whole grain breads and cereals, beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables. Grain products also provide important vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron, zinc and magnesium. Grain products also provide fibre that may reduce the risk for heart disease, diabetes and obesity and of course, prevent constipation. Added fibre is not the same as dietary fibre. Instead of containing the whole of the fibre, “functional fibre” as it is called contains isolated fibre that is extracted from food or chemically manufactured.

Functional fibre may have benefits, although dietary fibre is still the most complete. Types of isolated fibre include inulin, pectin, polydextrose, methylcellulose and maltodextrin. In a food claiming to be high fibre which normally would not be expected to be (think yoghurt, ice cream and highly refined white bread), you are certain to find one or

more of these in the ingredients listed. Dieticians of Canada recommend men should consume about 38 grams of fibre per day and women 25 grams. How much is that? Let’s start with one mediumsized, cooked potato with skin. That has three to four grams of fibre. Half a cup of cooked carrot contains 2.2 g; one orange, 3.6 g; half an

avocado, 6.7 g; and a quarter cup of whole almonds provides four grams. While functional fibre will have some of the same benefits as dietary fibre, some caution is warranted. After all, many new ‘highfibre’ foods that use isolated fibre are not especially nutritious. Imagine how much easier it is to over indulge in fibreenhanced ice cream

than a plate of broccoli? To get the most nutritional value, Dieticians of Canada recommend “going for the whole grain.” Whole grains include all parts of the grain kernel. As the whole grain is refined during processing, more and more nutrients are lost. It’s best to choose foods with “whole” in front of the grain in the ingredient list. For

example, whole grain wheat or whole rye flour instead of wheat or rye flour. The health benefits of dietary fibre exceed those of functional fibre, plus they provide other benefits. After all, eating a muffin made with refined flour and added fibre is not the same as one made from whole grains that retains all the healthful components of the grain.


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Required Skills: basic computer knowledge (incl. email, Microsoft Office, and the ability to learn other software) writing ability good customer service valid driver’s license and personal transportation basic photography ability Interviews will be held in May 2012 Training will occur in early June 2012

Interested applicants can request more information at the Coast Mountain News office in person at 1290 Hwy 20 in Hagensborg (please phone to schedule a meeting), by phone at (250) 982-2696, or by email at

Submitting a resume is a requirement of the application process. Please forward your resume to the above email or office location if interested.

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CCRD faces referendum on becoming diking authority CAITLIN THOMPSON Failing, aging, and missing dikes were in the spotlight at last week's community flood forum as the Central Coast Regional District (CCRD) mulls the possibility of becoming a diking authority in the Bella Coola Valley. Since the 2010 'flood of record' and the near-repeat flood

in 2011, the diking debacle has taken centre stage. As Emergency Program Coordinator Stephen Waugh put it, for the CCRD, 'the diking game' is just plain played-out. "The government has been playing this 'whose dike is it' game for nearly a decade now," said Waugh, "and to be totally honest we are finished

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with it." The dikes, currently holding back the river in several places, are decades old and the question of who is responsible for them is holding any possible upgrades and expansions at a complete stalemate. The provincial government considers them ‘abandoned’ and will not provide the CCRD with the funding to do any work unless they take full ownership of every dike they touch. Authorizations for repairs under the Dike Maintenance Act are also available only to the appropriate owner. The CCRD has been very hesitant to take on such a massive financial and public responsibility, but as the relationship with the province has slowly improved,

Anita Marie Check (nee Frederickson) September 20, 1937 - March 20, 2011 If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. A heart of gold stopped beating, two twinkling eyes closed to rest. God broke our hearts to prove he only took the best We all miss you always Loving husband Joe, children Gary, Barbara, Joanne, Theresa, Sharon and Mary, and all the grandchildren

Patrick James Parr December 15, 1958 - January 15, 2012 Suddenly, in Kelowna, BC, Patrick passed away. He was born in London, Ontario, and attended elementary school in Ottawa, Lachute, Quebec, and Montreal. He attended high school in Vancouver and Bella Coola, BC, where he graduated from Sir Alexander MacKenzie Secondary. Patrick continued his education in the trades and became a Heavy Duty Mechanic. He held many different jobs in and out of the Bella Coola Valley, including working for Crown Zellerbach in Bella Coola, Elkford Mines, and Gibraltar Mines. He is remembered by his family, extended family, and his children. A family service will be held in Bella Coola in the spring, where his ashes will be interred in the Parr Family plot. w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w From Pat’s son Landon: I will not be taken over by the anger and frustration of your loss. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and save your life. Instead, I will remember the days when I was young and you were my hero! I will see you in my dreams. There, you will be healthy and strong. Now you are free from the pain, and free from the weight of your illness. Sorrow is inevitable, but I will face this with the same courage you would, because I am you, and you are my father. Thinking of you , Dad.

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it has become more obvious that any glimmer of hope for improved dikes lies in the formation of a local diking authority. In proceeding with the formation of a diking authority, the CCRD is required to establish a new service area encompassing the entire Bella Coola Valley. A referendum on the topic will then be held and if the majority of registered taxpayers are in favour the CCRD would undertake works on the airport dike. The provincial and federal governments are willing to commit 2.3 million dollars to the upgrades, representing two thirds of the cost, and the community would be required to finance the remaining one third. The community would become the new 'owners' of the airport dike and all of the ensuing work that comes with it. The airport has been identified as an

essential service for all Valley residents and vital to transportation and emergency services. Taxes would increase to support the ongoing maintenance of the structure following repairs, and the amount of the increase would be made available to property owners prior to the referendum at a further community meeting. All of the challenges facing the community in regard to flood mitigation are substantial, and the dikes are only one piece of the bigger picture. But they are a major piece, with the power to possibly hold back the onslaught of water that can do so much damage. That being said, dikes are not perfect. They can increase river velocity in some cases and push water into other areas, potentially protecting one neighbourhood at the expense of another. Diking is a

complex issue that requires detailed engineering and much more community discussion. The last two major floods occurred in conditions never traditionally associated with flooding in the Valley and the results of this are setting the bar at a new high. Vegetation and glacier loss, hydrophobic soil, climate change, and intense precipitation are all ingredients in the new 'flood recipe' for the Valley. One thing is for certain - the Valley is a floodplain and there will eventually be another flood. It is unavoidable. There are many things homeowners can do to protect their property, but even the best protection may fail. In some cases residents may have done all they can to protect their personal property and there may come a point when they should accept the loss and walk away.

A multitude of other issues were discussed, including the possibility of removing some of the log jams and the economic feasibility of mining the surplus bedload gravel. Many residents expressed the desire to see some economic stimulus result from efforts to improve flood mitigation, something that the CCRD is pursuing. Having identified dozens of areas that are in dire need of attention, the big picture can feel overwhelming. But Waugh remains optimistic. "It's challenging," he concedes. "But we will continue to push forward on these projects until we're satisfied with the results." The CCRD is planning to hold another information session before the possible referendum in the coming months, so watch this paper for updates.

Reader calls for public action regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project Dear Editor, I would like to urge Coast Mountain News readers to participate in the Joint Review process for the environmental assessment of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is a proposed 1,150 km twin pipeline to run from Bruderheim, AB, to Kitimat, BC. An estimated 525,000 barrels of abrasive bitumen oil will be pumped to the coast through one pipe every day, while another 150,000 barrels of condensate, a chemical mixture used to dilute the oil, will be returning through the other to Alberta. These toxins will cross over 1,000 rivers and streams, putting the entire Skeena and Fraser River watersheds at great risk for contamination. Historically, pipeline spills are inevitable. An offshore spill risk is evident at the proposed tank farm in the Kitimat Harbour. On-land impact would include the expansion of the tar-sands project to meet this new demand. Increased tanker traffic is another troublesome aspect

of the proposed project. Up to 225 supertankers would be traveling BC's treacherous coastline every year. At a size of 3.5 football fields with a payload of 2,000,000 barrels, one of these ships will carry ten times the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in 1989. In its initial submission to the Joint Review Panel, Enbridge stated that the project would offer less than 80 direct permanent jobs in B.C. As a result of the pipeline, our existing industries will be at risk: 16,000 individuals in BC are currently employed by the commercial fishing industry, over 30,000 in agriculture, over 100,000 in tourism. In my opinion, this project would be detrimental to the lives of everyone along the proposed pipeline route and entire coast. You can participate in the Joint Review Process by sending a Letter of Comment to the panel before August 31, 2012. Your piece can be any length and address any aspect regarding the project that concerns you, whether it be personal, social, economical, environmental, etc. The

online forum can be found at, you can also mail or fax a letter to: Secretary to the Joint Review Panel Enbridge Northern Gateway Project 444 Seventh Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB T2P 0X8 Fax: 403-292-5503; toll free fax: 1-877-288-8803 More information is available at:,,,, and A report compiled by these and other organizations, can be found on the Natural Resources Defense Council website: international/pipelinetrouble. asp. For a valuable economic perspective try searching: An Economic Assessment of Northern Gateway by Robyn Allan. The date and venue for the Oral Hearings in Bella Coola are to be announced, an event that the public is encouraged to observe. Submitted by Corissa McNeilly

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The Gary Coons interview, Part 2: Coons on Enbridge

Gary Coons, North Coast MLA CHRISTINA BOUCHER On February 6 and 7, North Coast MLA Gary Coons visited the Bella Coola community. Coons is the Deputy Opposition Critic for Ferries and Coastal Communities, and in addition to his ongoing ferry portfolio, he also follows the Enbridge Joint Review Panel hearings quite closely, and presented Oral Evidence to the Panel in mid-February. Following is the conclusion of a twopart article series. Coast Mountain News: I want to talk about Enbridge. You’ve been doing a lot of traveling in your region, talking to various communities about the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. Do you find more people are in favor of the proposed Enbridge pipeline or opposed to it? Gary Coons: Well, the people I tend to hang around with… Of the eleven Coastal First Nations, ten are in the riding I represent. And the Coastal First Nations put a tanker ban in their traditional territories. It all started with tankers. And offshore oil and gas. And our government wanted to drill for oil in the Hecate Strait between Rupert and Haida Gwaii and there is a moratorium there, and that all happened after the Exxon Valdez [spill]. And they forced tankers to go around them, to the outside

of Haida Gwaii in an exclusionary zone. In case a tanker got disabled, they had to be out at a certain distance so a rescue tug could go get them. So that was a tanker moratorium, and [Enbridge] claimed this was a voluntary exclusionary zone just outside of Haida Gwaii. CMN: So the Coastal First Nations have an existing tanker ban? GC: We all thought there was a tanker ban in Hecate Strait. And then Enbridge claimed that there was no tanker ban, that there was just a voluntary exclusionary zone. The Coastal First Nations - the Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Kitasoo, Haisla, Haida Gwaii, Wuikinuxv, Kitimat, Gitga’at, Old Massett, Skidegate, Lax Kw’alaams declared by their laws there would be no tanker traffic in their traditional waters. That’s their law. And we were fighting that for a long time. My take on it – I try to stay away from the pipeline debate to some degree and focus on the tankers, because if we have a tanker ban, then the pipeline is impossible. CMN: What is Enbridge’s response to the issue that a tanker ban off the coast already exists? GC: They say there is no jurisdiction, and that there are “tankers” coming into Kitimat. There aren’t crude oil tankers – there are fuel

tankers coming in, because you have to fuel communities. So, they say there’s never been a tanker ban, there’s tankers coming in already. But not crude oil tankers that could decimate the commercial fishery, the sport fishery, aquaculture, ecotourism, shellfish – all the thousands of jobs on the Coast on the land and in the water. And what the Alberta Federation of Labour just put in their written evidence last week. The Alberta Federation of Labour said that from Alberta to the coastline, there will be 104 jobs created. CMN: Why is there a perception that Enbridge will bring jobs to Canadians? The AB Federation of Labour document states that the refining of the bitumen will be done in the US if the Keystone pipeline is approved, and it will be done in China, if the Northern Gateway pipeline is built. GC: We have a tendency to do that with raw logs, our logs are processed somewhere else and then they come back, versus milling them here. It all comes down the almighty dollar. The Chinese can do it at less than a dollar an hour per worker with their human rights issues, and it really comes down to - if we had a real national energy policy here in Canada, we wouldn’t even be talking about shipping crude oil overseas without being refined. We’re going to be losing tens of thousands of jobs because we aren’t refining it here, so we need to get back into governments that aren’t catering to shipping out all of our resources, and looking after our national interest. They say it’s in the national interest. In my written evidence, I compared the Northern Gateway project to the Mackenzie gas line. The Mackenzie gas line started fifteen years ago, and it’s just been approved. It’s

natural gas. It doesn’t threaten to devastate waters and lands for decades like the Exxon Valdez crisis did. And the number one thing that stands out, I think you should learn from the past here – and the review process, they said as far as the Mackenzie gas line, we listened to the voices of Northerners to determine the public interest. Every First Nation group along the gas line was in favor of the line, as long as they got some benefits. Not one First Nations group has approved the Enbridge line. With the gas line, they talked about “the public interest,” and now it’s all about “the national interest.” I said to the [Joint Review Panel] board, it’s incumbent on you to ensure that people like the Prime Minister and the Ministers do not sway people by throwing in phrases like “the national interest,” because if you’re against the national interest, you’re unCanadian. And I compare that to Bush’s phrase “if you’re not for us, you’re against us.” And the AB Federation of Labour gave eleven reasons why the Northern Gateway pipeline is not in the public interest. And of the people I talk to, very few are in favor of [the proposed pipeline]. And the ones that are, it just jobs, jobs, jobs. And that’s a myth. The oil companies are going to make lots on money. The University of Calgary did a report showing that the benefit to BC over fourteen years will be 131 million dollars, to Alberta it’s in the tens of billions. They have all of the benefits, and we have all the risk. And it’s not going to be politicians, or environmentalists, it’s going to be First Nations, and their resolve that will affect the outcome of this project. And the project is not going to happen.

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Acwsalcta School students demonstrate at morning assembly against the Enbridge pipeline

Career Centre Facing Change

What does this mean to our clients? The Province of British Columbia is launching a new Employment Program of BC on April 2, 2012. This program will serve all British Columbians eligible to work in Canada and seeking employment. All of our current employment services will be provided through the new program, by one-stop Employment Services Centres (ESC). The Career Centre in Bella Coola will continue to work with the people of our valley as a sub-contractor for Horton Ventures Inc., the new Employment Services Centre for the Williams Lake region. This change will not affect the existing employment plans our clients have made or the services our clients receive. If you are receiving financial supports for Skills Development or Self Employment, these supports will be honoured by the new ESC and will continue as planned (but only if you have signed a consent form allowing us to transfer personal and financial information to the new ESC). If you have not signed a consent form, or you have questions or concerns, please call or visit the

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scammed and has installed spyware, or malware, on his computer. The corrupt program can potentially monitor what he is typing on his computer, including personal information like banking details and passwords. Here are some tips to protect you and your family from becoming a victim of this 'virus-fixing' scheme: * If you receive one of these unsolicited phone calls, hang up and do not download anything onto your computer. * Do your research and ask questions around all unsolicited phone calls. * Get the name, phone number and website address of any company that calls you. Check to see if it is a legitimate company or if a real company's name is being used as part of a scam. The Internet has a great deal of useful information on scam avoidance. * Do not provide any personal infor-

mation, especially your credit card number. * To stay informed about possible scams and to warn others, visit Consumer Protection BC on Facebook at: ConsumerProtectionBC. Report any fraudulent activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1 888 4958501. * Know your rights! If you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a B.C. consumer, please contact Consumer Protection BC, toll-free at 1 888 564-9963 or online at: [Editorial Note: The Ministry of Justice released this information to the public on March 7, 2012, but Coast Mountain News readers got the scoop first on November 24, 2011 in a Letter to the Editor from Dave Harris!]

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Coast Mountain News Thursday, March 15, 2012

Explore the Coast and Chilcotin this year... Vacation at home and up top! Suntree Guest Cottages Hammer Road, Hagensborg 2.5 km off Hwy 20 1 (877) 982-2424

Bella Coola Grizzly Tours 1953 Hwy 20, Hagensborg 1 (888) 982-0098

Eagle Lodge 1103 Hwy 20, Bella Coola Contact us: 1 (866) 799-5587

Chilcotin Waterfront Resort and Hotel Located on Otter Road, just off Hwy 20 on Nimpo Lake 1 (888) 742-3303 Nazko Lake Provincial Park BC Parks site turn north on Alexis Lakes Road near Bull Canyon

•Stampede Grounds Hagensborg

▲ ▲Nimpo Lake Anahim Kleena Kleene

Atnarko Retreat Turnoff from Hwy 20 11 kms east of Nimpo Lake (250) 742-3742



Alexis Creek

The Graham Inn 6423 Hwy 20, Tatla Lake

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Williams Lake

Bella Coola Tote Road hiking BC Parks site

Rainbow Range hiking BC Parks site located 5 kms east of Young Creek bridge on Hwy 20 on Heckman Pass

Riske Creek


Tatla Lake

Future plans for Bella Coola Valley Tourism Association LEONARD ELLIS, BCVTA VICE PRESIDENT

we will be heading back to Bella Coola to get to work on setting up our new Visitor Information Center in the The Bella Coola Valley Tourism Association Norwegian Heritage House in Hagensborg. (BCVTA) has decided to do a fairly aggressive marketing June Vosburgh and the Board of Directors of the campaign this March. Given the bad luck we have had Sons of Norway have come to an agreement with the the last few seasons with floods and fires at the height of BCVTA to utilize a part of the Norwegian House as a the tourism seasons, we feel we need to get out there and tourism information center. This is great news for the let people know we are still in business. BCVTA, and we look forward to having a convenient inThe BCVTA has decided to get out to the major urhouse location in a beautiful hand-hewn Heritage House ban centers to promote our tourism products and hopefulin Hagensborg! ly draw tourism traffic to this beautiful wilderness area. The Norwegian House has lots of room for tourists At the consumer shows we are representing Bella to spend time looking at maps and charts of the area and Coola and the West Chilcotin in a 10 x 20 foot booth. We becoming familiar with the surroundings so they can plan exhibited our tourism products in the Vancouver Outdoor adventures in the area. The Norwegian House is a tourist and Adventure Show at the Vancouver Convention Cenattraction in itself, and we feel the addition of the Visitor ter on March 3 and 4. Information Center is a natural move. We are partnering up with the West Chilcotin TourThe Norwegian House is in a great location for ism Association and will be promoting all tourism-related tourists to drop by and get more familiar with the Bella businesses across Highway 20 from Williams Lake to Coola Valley and the tours, services, accommodations Bella Coola. and facilities the Valley offers. The Norwegian Heritage We will also present at the Edmonton Boat and House will be a welcome addition to Bella Coola Valley Sports-man’s Show on March 15 to 18 at the Edmonton Tourism facilities. Expo Center. Next, we will be driving down to Calgary The BCVTA wishes to send out a big heartfelt to exhibit in the Calgary Outdoor and Adventure Show “Thank-You” to the Board of Directors of the Sons of on March 24 and 25 at the BMO Center, Stampede Park. Norway for their kind consideration in our request to The BCVTA representative will be on the road pro- them. BCVTA looks forward to establishing a good moting tourism on Highway 20 and Bella Coola for four working relationship with the Sons of Norway as well as weeks before returning to Bella Coola. a long-term Visitor Information Center at this location. After the three shows are over at the end of March,

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Contact Leonard Ellis Local phone: (250) 982 0098 email:

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f 3 private units available in a renovated log cabin

f homemade meals f Swedish massage, hot stone massage, reflexology Look for the sign f ATV tours f hot tub on Hwy 20 f fishing, kayak/canoeing Contact Daniel and Heidy ~ May to November phone ~ (250) 742-3742

Chilcotin's Waterfront Resort & Motel

Located on the shores of picturesque Nimpo Lake

• 3 new log chalets Modern conveniences • 6-unit motel in a rustic setting • 6 RV sites Visit online: Phone: 1-888-742-3303

Deluxe, private accommodations in a spectacular wilderness setting on the Bella Coola River 4x4 vehicle rentals on-site Your Hosts: Stephen & Cheryl Waugh 1-877-982-2424

Coast Mountain News, March 15, 2012  

March 15, 2012 edition of the Coast Mountain News

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