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The Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce has set the date for their snowmobile drag race event as February 15, 16 and 17 of 2013. The event is still in the planning stages, but the hope is to hold a snowmobile racing event at the fairgrounds, just south of town. While an event was being planned last year, some of the logistics of holding the event on the ice of Stuart Lake led to the cancelation of the races.
JRP schedule finalized The schedule for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review panel has been revised. There were additional hearing days added to the schedule. Oral statements will be heard in Victoria on January 4-11, in Vancouver January 14 -18, 30, 31, and February 1. Oral statements will be heard in Kelowna on January 28. The final hearings for questioning in Prince Rupert will take place over three weeks in February, two weeks in March and all of April. The final hearings for argument will be from May 19 to late June. The review panel report will be released on December 29, 2013.
Jasmeena Dhaliwal (front right) was one of the little ballerinas taking ballet lessons at the Seniors Activity Centre last week. It was the first week of lessons by Suzi Finlay. More photos on the Caledonia Courier Facebook page.
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MLA Rustad attempts to clear up confusion around Timber SupPly Committee recommendations Cameron Ginn Black Press Ten years from now, more than half of the province’s merchantable pine is expected to die from the mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic. Smaller than an apple seed, the beetle has killed almost half of the pine in the Lakes, Quesnel and the Vanderhoof forest district. “It’s a very impressive force of nature,” said Dr. Dezene Uber, an ecosystem science and management professor at the University of Northern British Columbia who has studied the insect extensively. Since the MPB epidemic began around 1999, the provincial government has spent nearly $1 billion on counter-infestation initiatives, with millions going towards preparing forestry-dependent communities for a post-beetle economy. In May 2012, a Special Committee on Timber Supply was appointed by the province to make recommendations on how to deal with timber losses in the central interior. According to the special committee’s report published in August 2012, in 15 years, when beetle-killed pine is no longer salvageable, the province’s
supply of mature timber is expected to drop by an amount that would sustain approximately eight mills in the central interior. “The anticipated decrease,” the report says, “will have significant negative economic and social impacts on forestry-dependent communities and present major challenges to the industry.” But misinformation has been circulating over how the province intends to manage the mid-term timber supply, according to John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes, and chair of the special committee. Earlier this month, Rustad diffused public concern that the province was going to enter growth management areas (OGMAs) as a means of mitigating harvest shortages. “Our report was very specific in saying that we would be not doing that,” he said. Only when a community expresses interest in harvesting OGMAs - where timber harvesting is generally avoided - could a potential exception be made, he explained. Even then, the area would be subjected to a science-based review process and followed by public consultations with stakeholders and First
Nations. “Ultimately it would be a decision made locally. It wouldn’t be something that would be initiated by the province,” he said. Not all old growth forests are protected from logging, and some marginally economic stands will inevitably offer short-term solutions to what is forecasted to be a long-term shortage of mature timber in B.C. Of the province’s 55 million hectares of forests, about 25 million hectares is considered old growth forests, 18 per cent of which are protected, according to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. In October 2012, the ministry created a new action plan focusing on reforestation, forest inventory, fuel management and silviculture. Under the plan, the ministry will begin assessing high-priority sensitive areas in the Lakes in early 2013 to find out if proposed changes to land use objectives would affect underlying values - the protection of habitat, water quality, fish and wildlife, recreation, tourism and spiritual and visual-quality values - and, if so, to what degree. “It has been suggested that because of the damage the MPB has caused,
some of these ‘sensitive areas’ are no longer serving their original intended purposes. For example, if all the trees are dead in an old growth area, then it’s not really an old growth area any more,” said Vivian Thomas, communications manager for the ministry, in an email. “However, some wildlife habitat areas, although affected by the MPB, still serve an important wildlife habitat area and would need to be kept as such.” As the timber supply continues to decline, the ministry is being pressured by communities and industry to relax environmental constraints for harvesting in certain areas to retain jobs and prevent economic hardship in forestrydependent communities. Nowhere is this more evident than in Burns Lake, where in January 2012, the Babine Forest Products mill, the pillar of the economy there, was destroyed by a fiery explosion. Two people died, 44 others were injured and more than 200 jobs were lost. To support the construction of a new mill, the ministry has offered the community a license to harvest a significant amount of marginally economic timber, which would help keep a new mill operating for many years to come.
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Seniors helping seniors Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Things will get a little bit easier for seniors in the community starting Dec. 3. This is the date the On the Road: Seniors Helping Seniors program will be starting up. The program is a four-month pilot project to offer free delivery of groceries, prescriptions, library books and the processing of municipal payments. Funding for the program came from New Horizons grant funding from the provincial government and has made it possible for the District of Fort St. James to purchase a deliv-
ery van and hire Yvonne Sam as the senior delivery service coordinator. A five-person action committee will be operating the program, with partnerships with Overwaitea, Sana’aih Market, the Lakeshore Pharmacy and the Fort St. James Bicentennial Library. While the service is geared towards seniors, others in need would not be turned away, according to Sam. She said people incapacitated for medical reasons or other people with mobility issues could also use the service if they needed. Potential users of the service only need to contact Yvonne Sam and fill out a referral
sheet which provides the coordinator the necessary information to get them started. Deliveries will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.. Orders would need to be placed 24 hours in advance and except for prescriptions, would have to be under $100 purchases per trip. The service is currently funded until March 22, 2013, but the group continues to look for other funding opportunities to continue the service with the help of the District of Fort St. James Grant Writer Shauna Hess.
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Round and round on the bus Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen said the NDP are struggling with the latest Omnibus Budget Bill. Once again, the Harper government has introduced a budget bill full of a number of different changes to different acts, and then voted to shut down debate on the budget. Cullen said out of thousands of proposed amendments, the government has left the bill intact. “The government so far hasn’t changed a single period or comma on the bill that we can find,” he said. As Cullen spoke to reporters, he was heading to the 31st vote to shut down debate in parliament since the government took of-
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fice. “They’re setting all kinds of records that no government should want to set,” said Cullen. The Omnibus Bill introduces changes brought in with the Navigable
Waters Act which Cullen said remove protection for streams and rivers in the riding, leaving only the Skeena River still protected under the act. Cullen is also introducing a private members bill
which would extend the Northern Tax credit to Haida Gwaii. “This is something that we’re trying to do in conjunction with the budget debate and talk about fairness in taxes,” said Cullen.
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To receipt or not to receipt... Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier I was reading through a story on MLA expenses recently (see page 9), and I had to wonder, why are there two sets of rules, one for the rest of us, and one for our politicians in Victoria? Now, in the story by Tom Fletcher, there are some really remarkable things going on with MLA travel expenses, and this is not just a Liberal issue or an NDP issue or an independent issue. Unfortunately, the issue appears to be more entrenched than one party’s lack of bookkeeping. MLAs are not required to produce receipts, and are not required to list where or for what reason they are expensing the costs. Tens of thousands of dollars in MLA expenses charged and submitted without receipts and no apparent accountability either. Now I find this curious, because while it is a pain in the butt, keeping receipts and tracking costs is something most of us do at some point. When I was a firefighter for the province, I had a provincial credit card, and I used it frequently, but I had to account for every penny spent. In fact, we had such strict oversight in the
fire centre, if we were out by 25 cents, we would be expected to deliver it to the bookkeepers in person (I think they thought this was a good lesson). If we lost a receipt, an attempt had to be made to get a new one issued, and if not possible, a form had to be filled out and signed. Sure I dreaded the monthly statement, sorting through the receipts and arranging them, but once a smart coworker developed a simple Excel worksheet to write in the necessary codes, it did not take much time, and as long as I had managed to keep my receipts in reasonable order, everyone was happy. Now I know MLAs are busy people, but is it really that hard to ask for a receipt and make sure to have the liquor on a separate bill? They have office staff who could fill out the paperwork, as long as they kept track and logged their receipts properly. How are we supposed to take politicians seriously and trust them when they are allowed free reign on spending our hard-earned dollars for their travel expenses? What I would like to know most, however, is this: How would an auditor respond if we were to file our taxes and claim tens of thousands of dollars in expenses without keeping a single receipt? Not sure it would fly.
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If you find Premier Christy Clark’s campaign against teen bullying to be superficial or even self-serving, I’ve got news for you. It’s potentially worse than that. With the greatest respect to the family of Amanda Todd, her tragic case isn’t representative of teen suicide any more than it is typical of high-school bullying. A clearer and more disturbing picture emerges from the latest report of B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. It’s a survey of 89 child protection cases from 2007 to 2010, where 15 kids killed themselves and the rest inflicted serious selfinjury, in some cases repeatedly. The word “bully” does not appear in the report. It speaks of domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, addiction, and runaways targeted by street predators. Three quarters of the kids were removed from their homes to protect them from their parents. More than half are aboriginal. Its key conclusion is that shifting traumatized and mentally ill teens from institutional care to foster homes isn’t working. Earnest but inadequately trained foster parents and social workers can’t cope with kids who need diagnosis, treatment and supervision. I asked Turpel-Lafond about the B.C. government’s recent focus on bullying. She said it’s worthwhile, and there are parallels between Amanda’s case and more common teen suicides. One is isolation at moments of crisis. “Say you’re a middle-class parent with a child who hasn’t come out of their bedroom in six months, or you have a boy in foster care who’s in his 14th home,” she said. “They both want to kill themselves, so what do
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you do?” Ideally, you intervene and get them to a child psychologist. Parents or guardians who can’t afford $150 an hour can wait months for the Ministry of Children and Family Development to arrange it. And in the meantime, our supposedly family-based foster care system sends them to school. “I’m really worried about how [school-based antibullying programs] will affect the most vulnerable kids, because you start anonymously reporting someone as being a bully,” Turpel-Lafond said. “Yeah, we know they’re in the youth justice system. We know they’re troubled. By the way, they’ve been sexually and physically abused, jumped through 30 foster homes, and now we want to label them again?” This is not to suggest that the existing B.C. effort isn’t substantial. The ministry reports that there are 2,221 front-line staff positions, of which 219 are currently vacant. It’s notoriously difficult to recruit, train and keep child protection workers, especially in remote communities. Turpel-Lafond says her latest figures show the child and youth mental health service has 476 staff, with 21 vacancies and a government-wide hiring freeze. And many of those are doing double duty as community service managers. Those managers don’t even have reliable data on case loads, she said. They just know they’re overwhelmed and many of the kids aren’t being reached. This is not about political blame. I can trace this problem back to when Grace McCarthy was children’s minister, and the NDP did no better. I’ve learned a bit about Riverview and Tranquille, asylums that were closed because of a modern belief that they were inhumane. At least they offered safety and medical care to even the most damaged people.
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(Top) Young patrons of the Festival of Trees get their photos taken in the Who’s of Whoville cutouts after the Santa Claus Parade during Moonlight Madness last year. (Left) Bev Playfair (right) waved to the crowd with Norah Shute (left) on the Happy Feet float during the 2011 parade.
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Shop local this season Like many people, you may not be aware of the impact of your shopping habits on the prosperity of our local district of Fort St. James. But just consider that when you buy locally, you contribute directly to Fort St. James economic health. By buying locally and using local services, you participate in the local economy. In fact, this is the best way to ensure that you’ll live in a prosperous community that can share its abundance with all residents. Local shops and businesses are vital to the well-being of the community. They are a crucial link in the chain that ensures a vigorous local economy, regional growth and community improvement. Encourage your local shops and businesses by purchasing their goods and services, and
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Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier CNC CUPE support staff were on strike for two days last week, but have gone back to work as talks resume. Support staff and human resource staff under Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4951 were out on picket lines at the CNC buildings in Fort St. James and all six regional campuses. The job action had stopped classes for Tuesday and Wednesday, as strikers braved the cold to hold signs along Stuart Drive. The union had advised CNC job action was likely to last for two days. All courses, programs and services across the six area campuses were suspended until the job action ends. The faculty and administrative staff were not on
strike but were not holding classes. This also means the college will be extending their fee payment deadline to Nov. 23 for students to pay. The college CUPE workers have been without a contract since 2010 and the union is currently asking for a zero, zero, two and two per cent wage hike agreement over four years, the same wage agreement which was recently given to CUPE university workers. The government has agreed to meet with the union today (Thursday, Nov. 22). "The PSEA is prepared to come back to the table with a reasonable offer, but unions in this sector need to be willing to stretch if they want to meet the expectations of their members, said Anita Black, Post-Second- L-R: Kris Nielson, Deb Page and Shana Labatch picket ary Employers' Association outside the Fort St. James CNC main campus on Highway CEO. 27 last week.
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Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier The Fort St. James Greyhound office has closed, due to the previous managers closing up shop. The Teekay Taxi office also handled Greyhound freight and ticket sales, but Greyhound customers are left out in the cold now after the location closed due to reported family health issues, according to Greyhound. Currently, Fort St. James Greyhound customers must meet the bus and pay the driver if they have cash or alternatively, give the driver some identification and then purchase their ticket in Vanderhoof. Buses are still maintaining the same schedule. Freight is only going as far as Vanderhoof, and must be picked up or dropped off there. While Greyhound reported the location in Fort St. James does not make enough money to merit a separate location, the company is searching for a replacement office partnership where customers could purchase tickets and pick up and drop off freight. For further information, contact Lyn Potts at lyn.potts@greyhound. com
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Kitimat: A safe option There’s no mistaking the importance of Kitimat, B.C., to the Gateway project. It’s where the pipeline ends, and it’s where marine operations begin. I’d like to set the record straight on why we chose Kitimat, at the head of the Douglas Channel, as the site for Gateway’s marine terminal. The answer took thousands of hours of research, planning, engineering, environmental science, oceanography consultation, weather monitoring, and simulation. But the simple reason is . . . safety, all the way. The Douglas Channel is one of the widest and deepest inland waterways on North America’s west coast. Government research had already determined Kitimat to be among the safest ports in B.C., and about 1,500 tankers carrying petrochemicals have docked safely at Kitimat over the past quarter-century. Strategically speaking, Kitimat provides the lowest environmental risk for all aspects of Gateway operations. It offers a safer endpoint for the pipeline route, from a geotechnical perspective. The marine terminal at Kitimat also provides safe approaches for tanker traffic — with a suitable turning basin in Kitimat Arm, and natural deep-water berths that are sheltered
from open-water wave conditions. At its very narrowest, the Douglas Channel is 1.4 kilometres wide — three times wider than Transport Canada’s recommended width for two-way tanker traffic. Water depths in the marine channels are up to several hundred metres.
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by his cousins, physical abuse, growing up in government care and his own struggles with alcohol addiction. Hip hop artist Kasp was in Fort St. James, Kasp spoke plainly about the glorification of Tache and Nak’azdli last week to send a mesgangster culture and how he turned to music to sage. deal with his problems but it was not until he His message was one of resilience for faced his past he managed to pull himself out of youth coming from childhood experiences his own downward spiral. full of abuse and trauma. Nominated for Aboriginal Male Entertainer Kasp Sawan was raised by a drug-dealing Kasp performs at FSJSS. of the Year for the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples and drug-addicted father in East Vancouver Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier Choice Music Awards, Kasp has come a long who physically abused him. Senior Secondary School about some of his life way from losing his home and family to his adSawan spoke to students at Fort St. James experiences, including childhood sexual abuse dictions. Now Kasp is a father of two who travels around helping to LEFT: Joey Only performed at the share a message of strength to North Arm Pub aboriginal and other youth to deal on Nov. 17. Jeru- with abuse and face their probsha White backed lems so they can move on and him up for a set have fulfilling lives. He performed one song for the as well. The live music provid- FSJSS crowd and then freestyled ed some great a short piece based on objects the weekend enter- crowd brought forward for him. Kasp is still producing mutainment. More photos on the sic based out of Penticton, B.C., Caledonia Cou- and has a music video On a Roll rier Facebook which uses aboriginal references like “I walk this land with the mic Page. Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia as my tomahawk” and was filmed Courier on the Penticton Indian Reserve.
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Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Live music had the North Arm Pub (formerly Stones Pub) rocking on Saturday, Nov. 17. Joey Only, the Canadiana character from Wells, B.C. had the dance floor full. With a bass player and drummer, Joey Only was in fine form, taunting the audience with his crusty characteristic jabs. He made fun of Canucks fans and Newfoundland, but it was all in typical Joey Only style, delivered with a cocky dry charm the Fort St. James crowd took in stride. Joey Only sings original songs and covers in a Stompin’ Tom/Johnny Cash style hard to resist if you appreciate bootstomping songs paired with a gravely voice. Jerusha White performed with Joey Only for a set, rounding out the show. While the show was not sold out, the crowd was sizeable enough to fill the dance floor, with nearly 100 people in the pub for the night. The show was put on by MoM organizers, who have already booked bands for December and January as well in partnership with the new pub management.
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to this program as well as those who provide food and other necessities. We also run a small food bank on Tuesday morning, and are very thankful for all who contribute to this endeavor. For further information please call Gwen Andrews 567-6744. *** SERVICE TIMES... at St Patrick’s Anglican Church, Fort St James, will be 10:30 am every Sunday. Free lunch every Tues between 11-1pm with music and Prayer. Please come and join us. *** FIREWEED CLOTHES DRIVE...The Fireweed Safe Haven is doing a winter clothes drive. We are looking for jackets, boots, snow pants, mitts, hats, scarves, fleeces, etc, for men, women and children. The items will then be given to families in the community that need them. If you do not have anything at home that you can part with but still wish to contribute, you can purchase mitts, socks, or thermal underwear. Please drop items off at the Fireweed Safe Haven. For more information please contact Talia at (250) 996-8081. Every little bit helps. *** AUXILIARY TO STUART LAKE HOSPITAL... Monthly meeting 2nd Wednesday each month. Hospital Cafeteria 7:00 p.m. *** FORT ST. JAMES PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS... Tuesday 11:30-8:00 Wednesday 11:30-4:30 Thursday 11:30-4:30 Friday 11:30-8:00 Saturday 11:00-3:00 *** NECHAKO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES SOCIETY...Child and Youth Mental Health and Counseling Services available at no cost. Monday to
Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call 996-7645 for appointment. *** FORT TRAP AND HANDGUN CLUB... meets last Sunday of every month. Contact Sharon at 9968373 for more information. *** FORT ST. JAMES SEARCH & RESCUE... steering committee meetings first Tuesday of every month. 7:00 p.m. above the Fort St. James Firehall. Training is the third Tuesday of every month at the Firehall at 7 p.m. New members welcome. *** MUSIC MAKERS...New members always WELCOME. Not everyone has to be on stage, there is lots of work behind the scenes. Call Rosemary Allan at 250-9968997 for more info. *** THE THRIFT STORE...has a new name! “The Bargain Basement”. We are still at the same location, across from Shoppers Food Mart. Donations of clean clothing and small housewares are greatly appreciated. Please, no books or magazines. Proceeds are used for community needs. Open Wed-Sat, 12 noon to 4pm. *** PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT...If you know anyone, including a child, who has been abused or harmed by a psychiatrist call the Citizens Commission on Human Rights at: 1-800-670-2247. *** ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS... Every Thursday, 8 p.m. at the United Church Hall on 2nd Avenue. Contact 996-8290. *** FIREWEED SAFE HAVEN...a safe place for women and their children leaving violence or abuse. 24 hour access - please call 996-8000.
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MLAs post travel expense totals Tom Fletcher Black Press B.C.'s 85 MLAs have begun disclosing their travel expenses, posting total amounts charged on their government-issued credit cards but not the details of where they drove, flew or dined. The B.C. legislature's internal finances are being dragged into the 21st century in response to a damning report from Auditor General John Doyle released in July. The audit found that MLA credit card bills were being paid without receipts, and the legislative assembly hadn't produced financial statements despite a 2007 recommendation from the previous auditor general. In response, the Legislative Assembly Management Committee, chaired by Speaker and Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff, began holding its meetings in public. Two new financial officers were hired to address what Doyle described as "pervasive deficiencies" in financial accountability of legislature operations. The management committee authorized the first release in October, showing six months of expenditures for each MLA up to the end of September. The report breaks spending down in categories, including accommodation, daily meal allowance and three categories of travel. MLAs representing districts farthest from Victoria generally run up the highest ex-
penses. Leading the pack in the first report is Robin Austin, NDP MLA for Skeena, with $53,606 in expenses from April to September. Austin's total includes $19,486 in "Speaker approved travel," including a trip to Colombo, Sri Lanka in September to attend a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference. Speakers, deputy speakers and legislative clerks typically attend these conferences, aimed at strengthening parliamentary practices around the world. Routine expenses include the "capital city allowance," for which most MLAs who live outside Greater Victoria claim $1,000 a month without receipts. With receipts, out-of-town MLAs can claim up to $19,000 a year for rent, mortgage or hotel accommodation while in Victoria on legislature business. MLAs are also eligible for $61 a day for meals while in Victoria on legislature business. MLA expenses are to be posted quarterly from now on at www.leg.bc.ca/mla/remuneration/travel_expenses.htm where the first reports are posted. Cabinet minister travel expenses are reported separately on the B.C. government's "open government" website initiated by Premier Christy Clark. They receive similar accommodation and meal payments to other MLAs, but they are paid by their ministries and do not show up on the new disclosures.
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Save your pennies, save a person Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Youth nowadays. So many teens are given a hard time for their sense of entitlement, self-absorption and social media obsession. Yet when I saw a post on Facebook by Brennon Thwaites, it was not about himself or some thinly veiled reference to his love life. Instead, Brennon had posted on a public page for the local community about his penny drive. Brennon was using social media to ask for donations of pennies towards a Free the Children fundraiser to help provide clean drinking water to people in developing countries. It impressed me, and I messaged Brennon for him to call me and tell me about the project and what he was up to. One of the first things Brennon said to me was “It’s not about me.” He emphasized how it was a group project, something the Free the Children group at his school in Vanderhoof was working on, and he was only doing his part. Brennon was one of the group who attended We Day in Vancouver in October. He took the bus down with the students from Fort St. James, Vanderhoof and Fraser Lake for the event. “It was amazing,” he said about the event. “It was really inspiring to make change.” The speakers at the event all made powerful impressions on him, and narrowing it down to a favourite would be difficult, but Brennon remembered Marc and Craig Kielburger, the brothers who founded the Free the Children Foundation. It was their explanation of the need for clean water and how really inexpensive it is to do the projects which especially struck a chord. It is only $25 Canadian to give someone clean water for their lifetime, explained Brennon, a fraction of what most Canadians spend on their monthly cell phone bills. So the pennie drive made sense to Brennon and the rest of the Free the Children group in Vanderhoof.
ABOVE: Brennon Thwaites has been conducting campaigns to help others since Grade 9 when he took his first Vow of Silence to raise awareness of children’s rights. LEFT: Pennies can buy clean water for those in developing countries. Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier
“We figured it would be a really easy way to raise money,” said Brennon. With so many people keeping pennie jars, it made sense to try and put those pennies to good use providing clean water to those in need. The group is directing their funds to Ecuador, where some of the group is going next year to help build a school.
of the world. “That idea has been able to keep on motivating me,” he said. So while some teens are working on figuring out how they are going to be able to get to the next big party, Brennon and his fellow Free the Children group at Nechako Valley High School will be cutting out silhouettes to represent the missing women along the Highway of Tears and collecting pennies so teens in other countries can enjoy the luxury of clean water. The next time a person repeats a stereotype about today’s youth, think of Brennon and other Free the Chidren group members working towards a better world. Brennon Thwaites can be reached at email@example.com to donate pennies.
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Brennon has participated in other campaigns the group has done in the past as well. He started out in Grade 9 doing the Vow of Silence, when students pledge to spend the day not speaking - some even include text messages in their pledge to raise awareness for those in other countries who do not have the right to speak out. This year, Brennon has pledged to take the Vow of Silence for 24 hours. The campaign attempts to raise awareness around children’s rights issues. He is also selling Rafiki chains, which are beaded friendship chains. Each one helps raise enough money for a person in a developing country to have clean water for a year. So while in many ways, Brennon Thwaites is your stereotypical 16-year-old, with an iPhone at the ready, he is also a great example of what youth are capable of. Brennon said his interest in helping people in other countries started with World Vision commercials showing povertystricken children in other parts
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