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Brazen gear theft

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Parade of Lights hits the road

Cunning imposter deals blow to Nechako search and rescue team Cameron Ginn Omineca Express More than $10,000 of communications and navigations gear has been stolen from the Nechako Valley Search and Rescue (SAR) team. Sometime in the past three weeks, the gear was taken from an unattended SAR truck awaiting repairs at a mechanical shop in Vanderhoof. The equipment was reported stolen on Monday, Dec. 3, when a Nechako team member retrieved the truck from the shop and noticed the gear was missing. The RCMP have since opened a case file and are investigating. How the gear was stolen remains unclear, but it is believed that an individual posing as a SAR member entered the mechanical shop, asked for the keys, accessed the truck and made away with cases containing radios, global positioning systems (GPS) and compasses. The theft of the waterproof radios in particular have dealt a serious blow to the SAR's water rescue unit, said Nechako search leader Chris Mushumanski. "That really sets us back in terms of being able to have good communication with our water team when in wet environments," said Mushumanski. The stolen GPS, which provide rescuers with precise coordinates for mapping and tracking, will also negatively affect Nechako SAR operations. "In terms of the GPS, that was a

fairly significant hit," said Mushumanski. "We've relied on them for seven, eight, nine years for our members in the field, to give them accurate information and allow them to navigate to different places quickly and effectively." Nechako SAR recently made arrangements with Avison Management, a provider of environmental and resource management services in Vanderhoof that employs numerous SAR personnel, to borrow their GPS and help find other gear for temporary use. Prior to the theft, Nechako SAR submitted an application to the province for a Gaming Grant to purchase more gear for their water rescue team. If approved, the grant funding will instead be used to purchase new radios and GPS, said Mushumanski. SAR provides services on a volunteer-basis and relies on fundraising and grants to cover expenses and operating costs. In the past, the Nechako team has been summoned to assist with operations as far away as the coastal village of Klemtu and the District of Chetwynd, B.C. Recently, Mushumanski and a fellow team member deployed to Terrace to help locate a missing American filmmaker, Warren Sill, whose body was recovered last month by a SAR swift water team. Locally, Nechako SAR conducts searches in Vanderhoof, Fort. St. James, Fraser Lake and elsewhere. Continued on page 3

Bundled up and agog with excitement, hundreds of people gathered in Vanderhoof on Friday, Dec. 7, to attend the 2012 Parade of Lights. Consisting of a procession of floats and one very merry tractor trailer, the parade inched through downtown as spectators stood and watched. Cameron Ginn/Omineca Express

Library budget tabled as wage issues go unresolved Cameron Ginn Omineca Express A 2013 budget proposal by the Vanderhoof Public Library reflects the rising cost of wages and benefits packages. In the budget, the Library Board of Trustees accounted for a twoper-cent rise in employee wages and benefits, as well as an exterior paint job that could cost between $5,000 and $10,000, according to

estimates by the municipality. The wages and benefits of library staff have increased about three per cent since 2011, which is generally consistent with municipal employees who belong to the labour union CUPE 1642, said Donna Klingspohn, chair of the Vanderhoof Library Board of Trustees. "The employees of the library, we compensate them on the same benefits package as municipal

workers because we are a municipal program," said Klingspohn. But the 2013 packages for library staff could still change. In recent years, municipal workers - public works employees, arena staff and some municipal administrative personnel - negotiated a wage and benefits package with the District of Vanderhoof that increased by about three per cent annually. Continued on page 3

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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. “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.

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

The group is directing their funds to Ecuador, where some of the group is going next year to help build a school. 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

ing 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 btbrennon@ gmail.com to donate pennies.

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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 poverty-stricken children in other parts of the world. “That idea has been able to keep on motivat-

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BRIEFLY CNC adds digital tech innovation program CNC has a new digital technology innovation program to help small and medium sized businesses in northern B.C. increase productivity and efficiency. The Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program, was unveiled Friday during the college’s board meeting. The college has already begun work in the field of transportation and logistics and geomatics and more projects and areas are needed. There is no cost to industry or businesses to meet with a college consultant. When partnering with CNC, businesses will be able to access the college’s expertise, facilities and support to solve real-world challenges and capitalize on new opportunities. Funding for the 18-month program comes from the Natural Research Council of Canada’s Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program. For more info, contact the Office of Applied Research and Innovation at CNC at: research@cnc.bc.ca or 250.562.2131 local 5586.

Express Nechako SAR response hindered due to theft

Continued from front "But across the province, if resources need to be brought in, they can be requested further and further afield," said Mushumanski. Oftentimes it is expected that a SAR team supply their own gear when called on for support. "It greatly hinders our response if we don't have those

tools available," said Mushumanski. Because of the sketchy details surrounding the theft, the portability of the equipment and based on discussions with other SAR teams, Mushumanski isn't optimistic that the gear will be recovered. "It could be anywhere on the

planet by this time," he said. Nonetheless, Nechako SAR appreciates the investigative efforts of the RCMP, as well as the outpouring of donation offerings from within the community to purchase new gear. "At this point, we don't feel we need to tap into that resource," said Mushumanski.

Library costs rose in 2012 Continued from front "We tend to have the same cycle," said Tom Clement, deputy administrator for the District of Vanderhoof. But a new agreement between workers and the municipality has been ongoing since Dec. 31, 2011, when the previous three-yearcontract expired. Negotiations on wage increases between the town and municipal workers will almost definitely spill over into 2013, said Randy Bailey, president of CUPE 1632, and an employee for the Vanderhoof public works department. "I think the discussion is to try and get something, but it seems like nothing is available from the district... for a raise," said Bailey. Presuming that the municipality will grant the workers a two per cent increase in wages and benfits for 2013, the library board has gone ahead and allotted identical compensation to library staff in the budget, increasing total wages and benefits expenditures from $143,200 to $146,256. "We're looking forward to that, and hope-

fully we can reward our employees the same," said Klingspohn. The municipality is the largest contributor to the library's budget, providing more than 70 per cent of operating grants since 2011, or about an average of $141,050 per year. The library, a not-for-profit service, generates very little revenue to buffer operating costs, which increased three per cent in 2012 to $213,749. On an annual basis, overdue fines bring in $2,000 while the multipurpose room - a meeting room that is rented out to for-profit groups for a nominal fee of $20 per day - generates $300. "It's pretty tough to generate revenue when all your programs are free of charge to people of the region," said Klingspohn. Provincial funding has been relatively stable since 2011, and years ago larger libraries in highly populated areas ceded funding to benefit smaller

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The family of the late Dave Funk would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Lamprecht and Dr. Campbell for the care given to Dave. Also a thank you to the Stuart Nechako Manor nursing staff, care aides, and kitchen staff for the dedication in meeting Dave’s needs. Thank you to friends and neighbours for the flowers, food and kind words. We will always treasure having had this support. Marilyn, Richard, Carla and family

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Province returns to bargaining table after CNC support staff organize two-day strike, shutting down college services Cameron Ginn Omineca Express Later this month, the College of New Caledonia (CNC) expects to finalize a tentative framework on wage increases for its unionized support staff. The support staff, who belong to the CUPE Local 4951 labor union, have been anticipating an agreement for two years, ever since their previous wages and benefits contract with the CNC expired. After failing to reach a collective agreement on a two-per-cent wage increase with the CNC in November 2012, support staff organized a twoday strike at campuses across B.C., shuttering college services and leaving thousands of students without classes. "The cost of living is 2.9 per cent, so we're asking for under the cost of living, and we've already done our civic duty of taking two years of zeros," said Lily Bachand, president of CUPE 2951. The strike was largely based on a decision by the provincial government to approve a twoper-cent increase for support staff at universities across the province, but not colleges, said Bachand. On the second day of the strike, the PostSecondary Employers' Association (PSEA) - the bargaining agent for all public colleges, specialpurpose teaching universities and institutes in B.C. - released a statement saying they were ready to negotiate. The following week, delegates from the PSEA, the CNC and CUPE Local 4951 convened in Vancouver from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2012, to

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hash out a monetary framework template. "I don't think we would have been able to make it to the provincial table the way we did, and the provincial government wanting us to reform the table, if it wasn't for the collective job actions that were done by all the colleges standing together as one," said Bachand. "I think it's very promising. One of the biggest hurdles was to get to the monetary framework that was created." Over the next few weeks, the monetary framework template will be incorporated into a member agreement and presented to the CUPE Local 4951 membership for ratification. "This is a significant milestone in the bargaining process, but there is more work to be done to conclude the local portion of the agreement that makes the settlement a complete package," said Anita Bleick, chief executive officer for the PSEA, in a statement. Both CUPE and the CNC aim to finalize the agreement at a meeting on Dec. 17, 2012. "The College of New Caledonia is hopeful that collective bargaining talks at the local table with CUPE Local 4951 will also be successful in the coming weeks," said Randall Heidt, CNC director of communications and development, in a news release on Monday, Dec. 3.

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DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF A weekly feature highlighting meetings/proposals, events important to Vanderhoof residents.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Council of the District of Vanderhoof is presently preparing the 2013 Municipal Budget and is interested in receiving public input into the process. Individuals or groups wishing to provide input into the development of the Budget should do so in writing by January 11, 2013 to the undersigned. Joseph D. Ukryn, CGA Administrator/Treasurer District of Vanderhoof PO Box 900, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Phone: (250) 567-4711 Fax: (250) 567-9169 cao@district.vanderhoof.ca

PUBLIC NOTICE MUNICIPAL OFFICE HOURS

Please be advised that the Municipal Office will be closed for the Christmas Holidays after Friday, December 21, 2012 through to January 1, 2013. Normal office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. If an emergency arises please call 250-567-5759. Taxpayer/Utility customers with outstanding 2012 current tax/utility accounts have until 4:30 pm on January 2, 2013 to pay their accounts, after 4:30 pm the current tax/utility accounts will become arrears and be subject to arrears interest charges. You are also reminded that we accept cheques postdated to January 2, 2013, which will be applied to your accounts prior to the arrears interest taking effect.

DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF February 16th, 2013 By-Election

NOTICE OF NOMINATION Public Notice is given to the electors of the District of Vanderhoof that nomination for the office of: Councillor – One (1) to be elected for the remainder of a 3-year term which began December 5, 2011. District of Vanderhoof Box 900 160 Connaught Street Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0

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NEWS Wildlife collisions go up in December

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Gayle Hesse British Columbia Conservation Foundation What do you see in your headlights? In the past few weeks, if you have been driving on Highway 16 near Saranovitch Road or going up Highway 27 on Twelve Mile Hill, you’ve likely seen wildlife, and plenty of it. The local Conservation Officers report that there have been high numbers of deer collisions near Saranovitch Road and both deer and moose collisions on Highway 27, north of Braeside Road on Twelve Mile Hill. Although wildlife collisions can happen at any time, ICBC records show that, around Vanderhoof, December is the worst month for deer and moose collisions and the highest risk time of day is between 6 to 9 p.m. A smaller peak of collisions happens between 5 and 6 a.m. The Wildlife Collision Prevention Program knows that motorists can do a lot to improve their chances of anticipating and avoiding wildlife collisions. Wild animals like the road and roadside areas, so drivers should be expecting to see wildlife. Drivers and passengers need to actively watch for wildlife on the road and in the roadside area, and if there is wildlife, immediately slow down to 70 kilometres per hour and put on your flashing lights for 500 metres to warn other drivers. If you see one animal, especially a deer, there will likely be others close by. The deer you are watching may not be the deer you hit. Shift your attention to find the other deer following closely behind. Even with all the precautions, drivers may still have a wildlife collision. If that happens, pull over to the side of the road and assess the damage to yourself, your vehicle and the animal. Report all collisions over $1,000 to the RCMP, and call the Conservation Officer toll free hot line at 877.952.7277 if an animal is wounded or killed. It is dangerous to approach an injured animal and citizens are not obligated to put injured animals out of their suffering. Animals cannot be removed without permission from a Conservation Officer. For more information on how to anticipate and avoid wildlife collisions on northern highways, please visit Wildlifecollisions.ca. Wildlife Collision Myth #1: If you miss the first deer, you’re OK. Wrong! Deer are very social creatures and almost always travel in herds. If you see one deer, there are very likely others close by. Animals are unpredictable, so even if a deer is standing calmly, it may still jump in front of your vehicle or bolt across the road and then turn suddenly and cross again. The deer you are watching may not be the deer you hit. Shift your attention to find the other deer following closely behind.

A white-tailed deer darts across a B.C. highway. Ginevre Smith photo

Wildlife Collision Myth #2: Just swerve to miss the animal and you’ll be OK. Wrong! Secondary crashes can occur when drivers attempt to avert an initial crash by swerving and then collide with another vehicle or object. Drive slowly enough that you have time to react without swerving. If a smaller animal like a deer in is your way, consider using your brakes instead of your wheel. Consider swerving only if it’s a larger animal, like a moose or elk. Hitting larger animals carries a significant risk of human injury or fatality.

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Rod and Darlene MacLeod want to take this opportunity to send out special thank you’s to absolutely every person and business in the community for all the donations, heartfelt words and support from the benefit on November 30, 2012. There will be personal thank you’s sent out to all who donated as well as a huge thanks to anyone we may miss as this benefit was larger than life. Heartfelt thanks from the MacLeod Family.

GRANT FUNDING The Integris Credit Union Community Foundation has invested over $540,000 in the communities of Vanderhoof, Fort St. James and Fraser Lake since its inception in 2002. These funds are used to meet a wide range of charitable needs and interests. Funding requests from local organizations and agencies to undertake beneficial community projects are now being accepted.

To Apply: 1. Applications must be completed on prescribed forms 2. Applications must be submitted by 4pm on Dec. 14, 2012

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A safe holiday is a happy holiday Make safety a priority this holiday season with these simple tips: • Never kick or hit your meter if ice builds up. Call us for assistance at 1-888-224-2710. • After a snowfall, brush snow away from your meters by hand and clear a path for the safety of our meter readers. • Around your fireplace, consider using a hearth safety gate to help protect small children from the heated glass. For more winter safety tips, visit fortisbc.com/safety.

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Funding guidelines and applications are available at the Vanderhoof and Fort St. James branches of Integris Credit Union. Or you can visit our website at: https://www.integriscu.ca/Personal/InOurCommunity/ ApplyForFunding/IntegrisCommunityFoundation/

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Solving the case of the missing girl Dear Editor: I understand that some on Facebook have had a heated debate about having a Madison Scott float in the 2012 Parade of Lights. I would like to address it and I speak only for myself and am aware that I may be attacked for my views. They are without prejudice. I was one of the original organizers of Vanderhoof’s Christmas Parade of Lights. I owned Better Buys Furniture at the time, and on one of our family vacations to California, we took in Disneyland’s Light Parade. I remember watching in awe and thinking, “Wow, we should do that back at home.” The Chamber of Commerce members thought it was a cool idea and the first year 14 floats made up the parade. Since we thought all participants were winners, we decided there would be no registration fee and no trophies given. We hoped Vanderhoof residents would line the streets, no matter what the temperature was and share an evening of watching the parade and shopping and visiting downtown. It worked as we had hoped, and over the 15 years the parade has been going there have been as many as 60 lighted floats in some and thousands of watchers each year. Before and after the parade, shoppers flood into local stores, restaurants and bars to do some of their holiday shopping or catch up with a visit from old friends. It is the only night of the year that Vanderhoof stores stay open until midnight. Vanderhoof’s Annual Halloween Pumpkin Walk was created to do the same. Local businesses and service groups donated money and supplies to offer a free event for all ages so that we could gather together again, stroll through the pumpkins, get candy and watch a fireworks show. No registration fees and no trophies. Another gift from businesses to give back to their community. Back to the parade of lights. It was always the first Friday night in December and was intended to formally kick off the holiday season. I have never missed a Parade of Lights, I’ve watched it, rode along in a truck pulling our float, and for the last couple of years I have walked alongside our family’s float handing candies to the crowd. The mood has always been upbeat and festive. Last year the parade felt different. Our float was back aways from the Madison Scott floats, but as we were handing out candy and doing the same things we had done for years, the crowd appeared much less joyful. Since that parade, many people have told me that they were overcome with grief, some openly wept and many went home right after the parade because they didn’t feel right celebrating when Maddy was still missing. The Nechako Valley has been dealt a terrible batch of hardship over the past years and I think we are all hurting, maybe scared and why shouldn’t we be? It has been implied that Madison Scott was abducted and was harmed or is still being held against her will. She disappeared without a trace more than 18 months ago, there have been no arrests in her case and very little detail has been given to the public as to the status of her case. Local children, teens and adults have shared that they suffer anxiety, they struggle to sleep and they feel afraid and sad. Some say they are concerned for their safety or that of their loves ones. I have found the posters of Maddy on mailboxes, automobiles, telephone poles, stores, churches, bars, restaurants and at the entrance to most roads in Vanderhoof almost too much to bear. I even saw posters all over Alberta when I visited there over the spring and summer. The posters don’t bring me comfort of any kind, they make me sob, go to dark places of fear and abductions and I worry what the impact of them has on The Scott family, Maddy’s close friends and the people that live or pass through here. I worry that the law enforcement team assigned to her case don’t have enough resources to crack the case. I worry that no one will ever speak up and

that she may never be found. I worry that the partygoers the other cases, innocent people will forever be under suswill be forever feel guilty because they happened to attend picion and guilty ones will be free to terrorize us again. the same party where she went missing. How will our town This is exactly what has happened in the unsolved Kluber, ever heal and what will it take? Should we post the names Devauld and Body cases 29 years ago. of those that have taken polygraphs and passed so that they My vote would be to keep the parades a happy time and will feel cleared in town? Thank God that the 48 Hours TV then hunker down as a community and get actively working show reported that Maddy’s friend, Fribjon Bjornson, took on these cases and get them solved. Many have waited for and passed polygraph tests regarding this case. Don’t the the police to release the status of the Madison Scott case rest deserve the same? and were shocked to finally hear some of the details on The What if we took Vanderhoof’s beautification and tour- 48 Hours TV show. Why was the information about findism budgets for the next years and used it to solve this and ing her rings at the scene and other details kept from us? I the other unsolved cases that plague our town. After the 48 hope and pray every day that our little town can once again Hours documentary about Maddy’s case, many posts read: find peace and happiness. “If you live there, take your children and run.” “I would Barb Penner never camp there.” “God forbid that you would have an automobile breakdown around there.” Should we hire the services of a team of the The Omineca Express is published every Wednesday best psychics in the world? It has been reported in Vanderhoof by Black Press Ltd. that the only person an abductor or murderer is Publisher: Office: really afraid of is a psychic or medium. Shouldn’t Pam Berger Betty Johnson we take resources to help the Scott family in any advertising@ominecaexpress.com office@ominecaexpress.com way we can? People from around the world have Creative Services: Editor: searched, prayed, listened and hoped for 18 long Julia Beal Cameron Ginn newsroom@ominecaexpress.com Wendy Haslam months and Madison has not returned. What are advertising@ominecaexpress.com our options now to get her home? Keep putting up more and more posters even across Canada, and Subscriptions - (per year HST incl.) 150 W. Columbia St. Local - $46.17 Box 1007 keep placing billboards at every event? Are the Seniors - $39.75 Vanderhoof, B.C. posters and billboards solving this case? If they Outside Area - $64.12 V0J 3A0 are about awareness, what are we supposed to be aware of? Aware that a kidnapper is on the loose Copyright Canada No. 22 Phone: 250-567-9258 Serial No. 132934 in our community? You don’t think that thought Fax: 250-567-2070 alone doesn’t put fear into every person here and - B.C. Press Council the tourists driving through here? Vanderhoof is supposedly known as the church capital, maybe all the tithe money could go to this search fund too. Have we thought about offering immunity to The Omineca Express is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a selfthe person or persons who return Madison to her regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee family? What would Madison want? I’m thinking complaints the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint if she is alive (there are many people that believe holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about she is alive) that she just wants to come home. coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 God will take care of justice, it is not our duty. Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org Maddy’s family is living a hell that no one deserves, their child is missing, how can they move We acknowledge the financial support of the Government forward? They are not alone though, we are all of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Departin this hell with them, if we don’t solve this and ment of Canadian Heritage. AUDIT


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For a second year, the Christmas House has returned to Vanderhoof. The Hobson History Museum in Vanderhoof has announced that the Christmas House is now open to the public and for school tours. More than 60 Christmas trees with special themes have been decorated with a range of ornaments. From animals and apples to teddy bears and candy canes, the trees have been arranged throughout the museum amid a karaoke stage, a nativity scene, a display of fibre-optic trees and other exhibits. "What we're trying to do here is bring the community together," said Barb Penner, who spent nearly a month assembling the Christmas House with her sister, Debbie Briggs. The majority of the Christmas trees and a great

many decorations were salvaged from the re-use shed in Vanderhoof. Some exhibit items were donated to the museum by members of the community. Throughout the Christmas House there are hundreds of toys, decorations, figurines, dishes and miniature villages. There are Tonka toys, old dolls and even a Charlie Brown tree. “We would really like everybody to come see it,” said Penner. The Christmas House, located at 2464 Burrard Street, will be set up until the first week of January, open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with admissions by donation. Please call Wayne or Barb Penner at the Hobson Museum at 250.567.3399 if you have any questions or to confirm you’re coming so they can prepare a guided tour.

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Nutritional Labels Part 3 Protein - this is a vital component for maintaining body functions and building up the body not just muscle! Think of protein as lego. The protein you eat gets broken down into amino acids (lego) and there are many different shapes, sizes and colors; in order for your body to function properly you need them all. Protein isn’t only found in meat, it is commonly found in beans and nuts, but also is abundant in many other sources. Meat however, is the only protein that has a “complete” status, as it has all the building blocks you need. So what do you do if you don’t eat meat? You need to find foods that contain protein that complement each other. Rice and beans together have what the other is missing, and eating them in the same meal provides a complete protein. Make sure to get yours without sacrificing fats and other additives. If you want to build muscle eating protein is necessary, but cutting it out will not benefit your body in the least and can lead to a host of problems. Vitamins & Minerals- remember that on the ingredient list vitamins are listed as the MINIMUM required to prevent disease, this does not mean that if you eat 100% you are getting what you need to promote health. A minimum is not what you need to do well, so be sure to supplement if your diet is deficient in fruits and vegetables. Ingredients- are listed in the order by weight from most to least. The first ingredient is the highest amount in the box. One good tip for healthier eating is to try to have high-fructose corn syrups and partially hydrogenated oils lower than 5th place. Avoid confusing low fat with healthy. Check the ingredients to make sure what you are eating, sometimes low calorie means high fat, or low sugar means more chemical sweetener that can affect other body functions such as some artificial sweeteners which pass through the body intact, have a low calorie amount but in higher quantities have a laxative effect, whoops, that would be quite a surprise! When trying to eat healthy nothing beats homemade, you know what goes in, and you control what goes in or stays out. You can make your own Christmas cookies and change up the ingredients to use less sugar or ft, or try out some healthier alternative, you might be surprised with what you find. Holiday advice – enjoy your Christmas foods, just not where you eat that whole box of your favorite chocolate.. Remember to look at what a serving size is. You may be surprised. Merry Christmas!

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A group of playwrights developing a show about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline are driving across northern B.C. to learn more about the controversial energy project. The group, who produce shows based on real-life issues for the Architect Theatre in Toronto, Ont., is stopping over in communities near the proposed route of the pipeline - called the centerline - to speak with politicians, activists, industrial representatives, First Nations and the general public about their perspectives of the project. "As theatre artists, I think we can try to encourage greater understanding and dialogue from different parts of the country, and that has always been an important part of our mandate," said Jonathan Seinen, a coartistic director. Although Vanderhoof isn't located immediately next to the centerline, the group stopped here earlier this month and spoke with several people about the $5-billion project. At Neighbourhood Space, Seinen and artistic producers Georgina Beaty and Anita Rochon asked five Vanderhoof teenagers what they knew about the proposed 1,172-kilometre pipeline that, if approved, would transport bitumen

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Thank You

The Vanderhoof Violence Against Women in Relationships Coordination Committee would like to thank everyone that participated in the Dec 6th Walk to honour Women and their Families that experience violence. We could not make this event a success without the support of the following. The Maddison Scott Team, Doug Leslie, Chief Jackie Thomas, Mayor Gerry Thiessen, Judy King, Omineca Express, Tim Horton’s, The Valley Wolf, Streamline Signs, Libby Hart, McLeod School, and Reg Muller, By taking an action to end violence against women you are helping make our community a safer place.

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Eat, THINK, And Be Wary...

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The launch of the 35th CounterAttack program The B.C. government, police and ICBC marked the 35th anniversary of the CounterAttack program with the launch of the December impaired driving campaign. In 1976, the year before CounterAttack roadchecks started, more than 300 people were killed in impaired related crashes every year in our province. While attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed considerably since then, an average of 113 lives are still lost each year and impaired driving remains the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C.* “The CounterAttack program is a remarkable initiative that has helped save countless lives, but we still have work to do,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The reality is 31 per cent of fatal crashes that occur every year in B.C. involve impaired driving. These are tragedies we can all help to prevent – when you celebrate this holiday season with your family and friends, make sure you plan ahead for a safe ride home.” “Recent, promising research shows most B.C. drivers are taking our impaired driving law seriously, and that it has helped to save more than 100 lives in the last two years,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “But some drivers remain undeterred – so strategic enforcement efforts, including seasonal CounterAttack campaigns, remain critical to further

our goals of reducing fatalities and creating safer roads and communities.” If your festivities involve alcohol, arrange for a designated driver or use other safe options to get home safely — call a sober friend. “We don’t want to see another family suffer the tragic loss of a loved one at the hand of an impaired driver. This is why our dedicated officers will be out in full force during the holidays conducting CounterAttack roadchecks across the province,” said Chief Constable Jamie Graham, Victoria Police and Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. “If you choose to drive impaired, you will be caught and you will face severe consequences.” “We want everyone to enjoy the holidays with their family and friends, so make sure you plan ahead for a safe ride home,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director of road safety. “Share the responsibility of being the designated driver this holiday season. If it’s your turn, be true to your commitment – your friends and family are counting on it.” ICBC supports CounterAttack through an education campaign and enhanced police enforce-

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Parade of Lights 2012

From near and afar, hundreds of people gathered in Vanderhoof on Friday, Dec. 7, to attend the 2012 Parade of Lights. The parade, which consisted of a range of floats, motorized vehicles and a few horses, proceeded through downtown as spectators stood and watched.

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Spill response plan Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about the precautions, the safety measures, and the selection criteria involved in the marine elements of the Gateway project — all of them intended to prevent an oil spill on water. I’ve also mentioned, in recent weeks, how Gateway’s marine safety program was examined by an independent risk-assessment group, which determined that the chances of a major spill are once in more than 15,000 years. Although statistics and reports suggest a marine oil spill is unlikely, you want to know — what if one does occur? How will Gateway be prepared? While the chances are slim, we continue to develop a world-class marine response program.

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COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF FRASER LAKE SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS 2013 Following is the schedule of public meeting for the Council of the Village of Fraser Lake for 2013. January 9 and 23 February 13 and 27 March 13 and 27 April 10 and 24 May 8 and 22 June 12 and 26

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Please contact Clinton Mauthe, at the Village of Fraser Lake 250-699-6257 with any questions regarding attendance or presentations at these Council meetings.

The Northern Gateway Project includes a spill response capacity that’s more than three times the Canadian regulation. And while the Canadian requirement for oil spill response is 72 hours plus travel time, our response time will be a fraction of that number — 6 to 12 hours in the marine channels. This is a significant increase to the response capability available to B.C.’s north coast. Additionally, for immediate response, our tug escorts will be

equipped with booms, oil skimmers, and firefighting equipment to provide enhanced initial containment, and they will be available to all marine traffic in the event of an incident. We will store equipment, such as containment and absorbent booms, skimmers, and waste storage, in multiple well-maintained, readily accessible response bases, providing a wider area of coverage in a shorter amount of time. Barges will also be located throughout the marine channels for additional storage and equipment mobilization. We are committed to having staff, contractors, and partners in place to maintain that enhanced state of readiness. The Gateway project will likely never see a major marine oil spill. But if it does, we’ll be prepared to protect our coastline.

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Christmas by Kids 2012

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“The Christmas season is the perfect opportunity to spend more time with your loved ones. My wife and I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

John RUSTAD, MLA Nechako Lakes Vanderhoof Office 183 First Street Vanderhoof, BC Tel: 250-567-6820

Houston Office 2500 Butler Ave Houston, BC Tel: 250-845-7770

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Northside Christian School - Kindergarten Class

At Christmas it is Jesus’ birthday. David

Jesus was born in a stable. Maya

Angels were in the sky. Nicholas

Angels told the shepherds about Jesus. Jesse

Warm Wishes at Christmas Christmas is such a wonderful time because it brings family and friends together in celebration. We hope all your family and friends are able to gather together to share this very special time of year.

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Sinkut View Elementary Christmas Morning My trembling feet creep down the stairs, The steep footfalls felt soft as snow. The smell of the wood stove filled my mind, The smell of cooking, through the house would flow. I shockingly saw with my own eyes, a man by the chimney full of surprise. So full of cookies and milk he let out a moan, as he stuffed himself in the chimney with a groan.

The stomping of hooves filled the air, I heard Ho-Hoing as if he didn’t have a care, He calls out in the air before he takes flight, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.” By Grade 4 Class

ENDAKO MINES

Happy Holly-days Warm wishes for a bright and beautiful holiday season to everyone we know. Located off Hwy, approximately 12 km south of the community of Endako on Endako Road.

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‘Tis the season...

For love and laughter far and near, and for sending warm greetings to all whom we hold so dear.

Happy Holidays! School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes)

There’s no place like home At no time does this seem so true than this special time of year. To all who hope to be home for the holidays, may their wish be granted and Godspeed.

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Evelyn Dickson - Grades 1/2 Christmas is about Santa. Santa likes blue and white lights. I decorated my deck with lights. By Ashton

I Love Christmas putting out milk shining star christmas presents I love christmas Santa filds your stoking play in snow fort flying reindeer I love Christmas santa flying elvs bilding lights shining I love Christmas By Keyanna L.

Christmas is Rudolph, he is Santas reindeer. Christmas is lights, you can hang them. Christmas is a tree, you can decorate the tree. Christmas is candy canes, you can eat them. By Reese I love Christmas Riding fast green skidoos I love Christmas having snowball wars I love Christmas building snow forts I love Christmas making presents I love Christmas making Straberry cookies I love Christmas going on the parad of lihgts I love Christmas ringing bells delicious candy sparkly stars I love Christmas.

Christmas is Rudolph Christmas is snowman Christmas is bells Christmas is Santa Christmas is oranges Christmas is Cristmas Christmas is giving Christmas is milk By Jessa

By Pacey Grade 2

I like Santa I like the Tree. Look at the reindeer. Christmas is fun. Here is the the Tree. Christmas is fun. Look at the reindeer This is a tree. I like Rudoph. I like Santa. By Danae

I like the skidoo rides. Christmas is opening presents Christmas is about getting ski doo rides. Christmas is about getting presents Christmas is fun and you get presents. By Hayden Christmas is Grandma’s fresh baked cookies. Christmas is fun to go outside to play in the snow making snowmen. By Ethan

Christmas is decorations that you doo. Christmas is fun to play in the snow. Christmas is Santa because he brings presents. Christmas is oranges at the bottom of the stocking. By Addison

I like the presents. I like Santa, bows & trees. Santa gives presents to people. Christmas trees light up. By Janelle

I like Santa I like presents Christmas is fun Christmas By Megan

I love christmas Small presents Big presents Little presents I love christmas reindeer flying wrapping presents hanging stockings I love chrismas By Ryan

I love Christmas decorating trees cookies to make presents on the sleigh I love Christmaas playing with a friend finding stuff in stockings Santa claus going through the chimney I love Chistmas opening presents looking nice santa bilding I love Chistmas doing hire cards for santa riteing By Shyla F. I love Christmas I like makeing snowmans openning stocking ringing bels I love christmas makeing cards openning presents hanging ornaments I love Christmas eting cande kans eting cookes reindeers flying I love christmas Prad of lits sparklying lights I love christmas By Sylvia Hindmarch

Christmas is a about presents Christmas is so we can play in Christmas is building snowen. By Kaden

I love Christmas flying Santa reindeer flying Santa sleeping I love Christmas cutting tree puting star on trees! decorateing trees I love Christmas making ginger man hanging stocking going to grandm hous I love Christmas By Kassidy Buchanan

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season.! Thank you for putting your trust in us this past year and we look forward to seeing you in 2013. Co-op Mall, Vanderhoof

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From all the staff JOHN. KATHY, SUE, VANESSA, KATHLEEN, NICOLE, CHELSEA, COURTNEE, BEN & ROBIN

Merry Christmas The District of Vanderhoof Warm wishes for a season of peace, love and joy for every household in the District of Vanderhoof

429 West 1st Street, Vanderhoof, BC Tel: 567-4224 Fax: 567-3147

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Season

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May the Christmas season bring you Candy to eat Tree to decorate Lights on the roof Presents to open Merry Christmas to you! by Orlando Wiebe

May the Christmas Season bring you Trees Lights Candy Cake Merry Christmas to you! by Kolton McKee

I’m waiting or Christmas for a Christmas tree for my parents whisper for my Mom’s cake And then I’ll know it is Christmas! by Dominic Giesbrecht

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Warm Holiday Greetings Have a safe and peaceful holiday season in the company of family and good friends.

To old friends, new friends and friends yet to be made, we send our best wishes for a glorious holiday and a prosperous new year.

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Mouse Mountain Elementary Grade One I see a helpful elf. I see red-nosed reindeer I see shiny bells. I see Santa. I see Santas elves. I see a happy holiday. I see a Christmas dog. I see a golden star. by Kyle Steiner I see Santa brought presents. Santa cant give us presents in Mexico. Christmas is fun. Santa has warm clothes. Look at the presents I got. by Andre Nooski Look at the yummy gingerbread house. I see Santa colourful bag. I see jolly Santa. I see a magical bell. I see a long sleigh. by Trevor Stone

Grade One I see a sparkle star. I see many presents. I see a long sled. Look at the sparkly tree. by Quin Nicol I like tiny bells. I like gold stars. I like elves. I like cookies. I like shiny bell. I like colorful christmas lights. I like cady canes. I like Santa Santa gesys presents. by Deshawn Kennedy Look at the Christmas tree. I see a shiny bell. Look at the many presents. I see a jolly Santa. I see an ornament. I see a tasty cookie. by Ty Allen

I see a magical bell. I see a gold sled. I see jolly Santa. I see a tall elf. by Logan Shearer I see a shiny bell. Look at the gingerbread cookie. I see happy Santa on the sled. by Dominic Ward I see candy I see a elf I see a sleigh I see a present I see a children I see children by Taylor

I see colour decorations. I see a candy cane. This is jolly Santa. This is Santa’s workshop. This is a golden bell. by Jonas Charlie Look at the shiny bell. I see a beautiful star. Look at the sparkly Christmas tree. I see a tall elf. Look at the yummy candy cane. Look at Santa work shop. I see a jolly santa. by Eltamat Bailey

Merry Christmas to you and yours

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I see a gingerbread house and a sled. This is a magical bell. This is a christmas tree and ornaments. This is a sleigh and an elf. by Keiran Roberts Look at Santa. Look at the tasty gingerbread. I see presents. I see Christmas trees. I see a busy elf. by Emerson Louie

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Dear Santa, This year I want an ipad for Christmas or an ipod this year. My brother wants an wagon. My sister wants an phone. by Calliy Henke Grade 4 Christmas Christmas is about the happyenns and cheer and the times to play in the snow. Christmas is about love and care. Christmas is when all famaly’s share everething espesoley LOVE by Fred Nelson Grade 4 Acrostic poem Trees are decorated on Christmas Red, is one of the colors of decorations Every decoration must be used Every decoration is part of Christmas Some people put lights instead of candles on their tree. by Rena Daniel Christmas At night the kids eat cookies and leave some for Santa. The kids go to sleep and santa comes to bring the gifts and in the morning the kids wake up and they open the gifts. by Oslin Christmas how to wrap presents row of trees ice sculptures stockings tray of cookies milk for santa all family dinner snow balls by Khrizna

Christmas is a great time to show love and kindness to friends and family and grandmas by Trehyell Grade 5 Snow With snow you can play with it alot. You can make an snow angle. And you can do snowball fights with snow. And one mourning you wake up look out our window and there’s snow. Go sleiding and you go really fast really fun. by Courtney Raphael Grade 4 Christmas Candy holiday reindeer ice and snow snowman tree morning eve angels snow by Jeremy H. Grade 4 Christmas its peaceful Joy is here. bells ring out Happynes is in here Noel by Emily Nash

Christmas happy row of cookies ice igloo Santa trees milk all trees are green snowman by Hailea Grade 5

One Christmas One christmas I woke up I said mommy daddy wake up it’s christmas. I ran down stairs. I lookt in my stocking It was full of candy. Then I opend my presents. Yay that is just what I wanted by Erek

Elves Once there was a tiny little elf. He was so tiny he got run over by santas sleigh. He was okay. Santa was really mad at Rudolph because he ran over the elf. Santa fired Rudolph and hired Gilbert the reindeer. Gilbert’s eyes glow in the dark the same as his hooves. Santa was so up set he let the little elf come with him to deliver presents. The tiny little elf got in the sleigh, on a foggy night. There were over a little boy’s house, his name is Tom. Santa let the tiny elf come with, because he was hungry. when the elf and Santa were in tom’s house the tiny elf ran to the cookies. But at the same time tom was coming to get a night time snack. They ate cookies together. Santa came and at cookies with them. The End by Lizzy Grade 5

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CASUAL CUSTODIANS School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) is accepting applications from those interested in employment as a casual custodian in the Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Burns Lake areas. To qualify for casual custodial work applicants must: ● provide proof of completion of Grade 12 (DogZood &ertiÀcate) ● successfully complete Custodial Training Course – provided by School District No. 91 ● hold a valid :+0,S certiÀcate (can be taken after successful completion of Custodial Training Course) ● be able to demonstrate proÀciency in (nglish verbally, and in writing, if requested Applicants who successfully complete the Custodial Training Course will be required to job shadow for a minimum of 8 hours. The 8 hours of job shadowing will be paid. Resumés must be accompanied by a completed application form which is available on the website at http://www.sd91.bc.ca or from the School District Administration 2fÀce in Vanderhoof or from any district school. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012. Please forward your applications to: Human Resources School District No. 91(Nechako Lakes) Box 129 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Fax: (250) 567-4639 (mail: cupejobs@sd91.bc.ca School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

PLUMBER / GASFITTER – BURNS LAKE School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) has an oSeninJ Ior a 3lXPEer  *as¿tter in the %Xrns Lake area. This position is 8 hour per day, 5 days per week. Traveling to various locations in the school district will be required. The district is seeking a highly motivated, progressive individual. The ideal candidate should demonstrate or meet the following criteria. ● completion of *rade 1 (Dogwood &erti¿cate) ● valid %& Trades &erti¿cation as a 3lumber ● valid %& Trades &erti¿cation as a *as¿tter (&lass %) ● %& Driver¶s License  &lass 5 )ull 3rivileged with an exemplary driving record as demonstrated by a current driver¶s abstract ● Signi¿cant experience working with +9$& systems and DD&¶s ● experience gained through both Trades 4uali¿cation apprenticeship programs inclusive of 1 year industry related experience ● :+0,S &erti¿cate and familiarity with :ork Safe %& (:&%) safety procedures $dditional information regarding this position can be found on our website at www.sd91.bc.ca. Resumés must be accompanied by a completed application form which is available on our website at http://www.sd91.bc.ca or from the School District $dministration 2f¿ce in 9anderhoof or from any district school. $pplications will be accepted until : p.m., Monday, December 17, 2012. Please forward your application to: Human Resources School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) P.O. Box 129 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Phone: (250) 567-2284 Fax: (250) 567-4639 Email: cupejobs@mail.sd91.bc.ca

JOB POSTING – Plant Accountant Pinnacle Pellet is seeking an experienced Accountant to fill a full-time accounting position at its Burns Lake, BC Plant location. Responsibilities include: • Full cycle accounting including payables, payroll coordination and inventory control • Involved in budgeting process and monthly analysis of budget variances 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: hr@pinnaclepellet.com No Phone Inquiries Accepted – Closing date December 31, 2012

General Manager Burns Lake Native Development Corporation is a First Nations owned and driven organization. With a strong working relationship with its Board of Directors the organization is committed to promoting entrepreneurship and economic growth development within its six member first nations. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ideal candidate for this half-time position (moving to full time pending resources) will demonstrate - financial management skills - good written and oral skills - strong management skills and project management experience - experience working with a board of directors - hands-on HR management skills - familiarity with lending principles - experience in community economic development - experience in a non- profit organization - must have experience in proposal writing, forestry, logging and value added operations - good understanding of dealing with first nation communities Responsibilities: - co-ordinating meetings of, and reporting to, Board and its committees - assisting Board formulate policies and programs - overseeing administration - planning, developing and monitoring budgets and performance targets - developing and maintaining HR policies; recruiting, training, supervising staff - leading economic development initiatives Applicants ideally will have several years management experience, post secondary education in a business related field, familiarity with log harvesting, small business lending and an ability to work with diverse client and partnership groups. Aboriginal ancestry is an asset. Please submit resumes by January 7, 2013 to:

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About the program‌ CORR Homes is a specialized foster care program for `oung oɈenders as an alternative to incarceration. The CORR homes program funds families throughout Northern BC to provide a stable home environment ^here `oung oɈenders reside for up to12 months. The CORR Homes program provides our families with access to training, 24 hr oncall support, and an experienced Youth Resource Worker to work with CORR families and the youth who reside with them. Who we are looking for‌ Interested people who have had experience working with and supporting youth at work or socially (ie; coaching, mentoring, big brothers/sisters etc.) and are willing to open their homes to youth at risk. 7eople who want to make a KiɈerence For more information about how to become a CORR Home, please contact Jo-Anne Nugent at 250.847.9515 or toll free at 1.888.355.6222.

We’re on the net at www.bcclassiďŹ ed.com

The Fraser Lake Community Health Centre

is looking for a casual receptionist to cover vacation and sick time. Please submit your resume to Debbie Devauld at 130 Chowsunket St., or Box 1000, Fraser Lake, BC, V0J 1S0, or fax to 250-699-6987. Resumes will be accepted until January 4, 2013.

Trades, Technical NORTHERN ALBERTA clearing contractor seeks experienced Buncher and Skidder Operators for work in Northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided; email jobs@commandequipment.com Fax 780-488-3002.

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Health Products

Legal Services

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Nechako Notes COMING EVENTS.... Will appear, as space is available, free of charge in this section. Coming events are available to non-profit organizations only.s This area is not intended for thank you submissions or selling products. It is simply a place for non-profit organizations a place to announce upcoming free activities. You can e-mail your item to advertising@ominecaexpress.com or by fax (567-2070). Your organizations’ announcement can also be dropped off at our office located at 155 W. Columbia. Decision of the publisher is final. ***

Volunteers share responsibilities: assisting with activities, exercises, education, crafts, outings, fund raising. Time commitment: 3 hour meeting each Monday morning (excluding stat holidays), from September through mid-June. Please contact Volunteer Vanderhoof for further information. Tel: 250-5674879. Email: volunteervanderhoof01@ gmail.com OR www.volunteervanderhoof. wordpress.com *** Vanderhoof Seniors Connected is looking for Seniors in need of Outreach & Transportation. We are also taking applications for Volunteers wanting to take part in the VSC Program. Vanderhoof Seniors Connected is a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for Seniors/Elders in our community through Companionship and Transportation Assistance. For more information please contact Debra- Ann Bishop, VSC Program Coordinator 250-567-4879 The Space 250-567-0623 Cell. volunteervanderhoof01@gmail. com *** BADMINTON... Thursday nights at 8pm, NVSS Gym. All welcome. *** Calling all Seniors... come and join us for carpet bowling, pool or snooker - Monday and Thursday afternoons. We also have cards or bingo on Wendesday evenings. Music nights are also popular and these are the last Friday night of the month. Come and have some fun! Everybody welcome young or golden agers. Call Oscar for more info: 250-567-4582. *** AL-ANON...Has your life been affected by someone elses drinking? The Al-Anon is for you! Meetings held on Mondays at 7pm in Community Room at Omineca Safe Home Society. For more information contact Gail at 5674318. *** VANDERHOOF PUBLIC LIBRARY...is looking for donations of lego blocks to be

PICTURE THIS....Your activity could be featured in “Picture This.� Snap a photo at your groups’ fundraiser. It could be anything from a car wash to cleaning up our streets. It could even include school activities. Basically people making a difference in our community. Send us your photo by e-mail (advertising@ominecaexpress.com) or drop it off at the Omineca Express (150 W. Columbia Street). Please provide a brief description accompanied with the photo. This week’s submission....

used for children’s programs at the library. If you have lego that your kids have outgrown, we would love to put it to good use. Please contact Jenn at 250-567-4060 or email: vhpljlb@telus.net *** Stuart Nechako Manor ...is looking for Volunteers with musical talent. If you would like to volunteer for entertainment for the residents please contact Marnie at 250567-6290 *** The Northside Women’s Institute...meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Newcomers always welcome. For more information call Brenda, 250 567-9705. *** VHF HOSPICE SOCIETY... What are you doing every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Do you have 2 hours to give each month? Are you sensitive to the special needs of those persons at the end stages of life? Want to be part of a great organization that makes a difference in our community then we are looking for you. The Vanderhoof Hospice Society is a not-for-profit charity looking for new volunteer members who will work with the current members to oversee our local Hospice Program. Hospice is a program that offers a support system to persons that are the end stages of life. Our Society has a desire to help others. We are sensitive to the special needs of the dying patient and their families. We do not have personal agendas or “missions� to our Hospice work. Our main fundraising come in the form of donations to our Tree of Life. We are looking for new members to continue this great service. More info call Debbie 567-7956 *** THE FOOD BANK... is in serious need of food donations. Specifically the following is needed: Canned vegetables,

    

meat, fish, canned milk, sugar, pasta, pasta sauces, soups (we have enough mushroom soup), toilet tissue. *** BADMINTON AT FLESS GYM... Every Thursday at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. come out and have some fun! *** the vanderhoof cancer support group... meets the first Friday of every month @ noon at the The Reid. For more info call Karen @ 567-4828. *** ENDAKO HALL SOCIETY... meets every THIRD Wednesday of the month in the hall at 7:30pm. *** The Yellowhead Draft Horse Association... is an organization for those interested in light and heavy horse driving. Monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month. For more info contact: Jon 250-567-8484. *** NECHAKO QUILTERS GUILD... meets the third Tuesday of the month 9:30 am (Sept. - May) at Nechako View Seniors Common Room. Fran Sheeley 567-5254. *** the fraser quilters guild... meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Fort Fraser Community Hall. Newcomers welcome. *** HOSPICE TREE OF LIFE... is to honour the living as well as to remember and honour those who have passed on. For more info call Debbie @ 250-567-7956. *** THE FRASER LAKE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP... meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 12 noon in the New Fraser Lake Restaurant. For further information call Judy at 250-699-7763. *** NECHAKO VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY...meets every second Thursday of the

     

NEW EVENTS....

Using Legacy Family Tree to Organize and Record Your Family History Research...Thurs. Dec. 13th at 7:00pm, Vanderhoof Public Library Multi-Purpose Room, Everyone is Welcome! *** The 35th annual Nechako Valley Festival of the Performing Arts SyllaBI...will be available for pickup Dec. 12. Please pick up your copy at the Vanderhoof Dept. Store, Woody’s Bakery or the Public Library in Vanderhoof. *** The Vanderhoof Public Library presents “A Cozy Christmas Storytime� for children 5 and under Thurs. Dec. 13th from 10:30 to 11:00am. Drop-In *** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED....Would you like to become part of a team working together to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors? The Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery Group is looking for volunteers to join their team. Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery’s goal is to encourage stroke survivors to improve their lives through education, exercise, work groups, crafts, outings, etc. No special skills required; training and orientation are provided. Patience and caring understanding a necessity.

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month 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce office. *** VANDERHOOF 899 AIR CADET SQUADRON...Cadets will meet every Wednesday night 6:15pm at the Cadet Building on Burrard Street. Anyone age 12 to 18 interested in the Cadet Program is welcome to attend. Any adult interested in assisting in anyway, please contact the officers at the Cadet Building Wednesday night. For more information call Glenda 250567-7574. *** AA MEETING... Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. United Church Hall. 567-8087 or 567-4588 *** FRASER LAKE AA MEETINGS... Tues & Thurs 8:00 p.m. at St. Wilfred’s Church just across from police station. *** ST. JOHN HOSPITAL AUXILIARY SOCIETY... meets second Tuesday of the month (with the exception of July & August) at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. For further info contact Edna 567-9759 New members welcome. *** VANDERHOOF LIBRARY HOURS Tuesday 10:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00pm & 6:30 to 8:30pm Thursday 10:00 to 5:00pm Friday 10:00 am to 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm *** FRASER LAKE LIBRARY HOURS Sunday & Monday Closed Tuesday 10am - 4pm Wednesday & Thursday 3pm - 8pm Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 2pm *** NVSS BOTTLE DEPOT HOURS Open Mon, Tues, Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 10am-5 p.m. ***


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Rentals

Rentals

Rentals

Misc. for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Storage

Off Road Vehicles

Victoria Manor

2 Bedroom one bath apartment for rent available immediately $500 per month plus utilities. 402 West First Street Vanderhoof BC ph# 250 617-1878

INVITATION TO OFFER Lease of Storage Space, Vanderhoof

ATV’S, UTV’s, Dirt Bikes & Golf Buggies. Kamloops Cartsplus. www.cartsplusbc.com 1-888-371-3946. kamloopscartsplus@shawbiz.ca

AT LAST! An iron filter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/U.S.A. Removes iron, hardness, smell, manganese. Since 1957. Visit our 29 innovative inventions online at: www.bigirondrilling.com Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. BIG BUILDING sale... “�This is a clearance sale you don’t want to miss!�� 20x20 $3,985. 25x24 $4,595. 30x36 $6,859. 35x48 $11,200. 40x52 $13,100. 47x76 $18,265. One End wall included. Call Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca GREAT GIFT IDEA! ChillSpot is The COOLEST Dog Bed-A new and innovative, thermodynamically cooled dog bed, that enhances the cool tile surfaces our pets rely on during the warm weather months. Use promo code COOLGIFT For 10 % off! www.chillspot.biz HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

BURRARD APARTMENTS. Two bdrm suites. No pets 250-567-9128

Large 2 Bdrm from

$725 - $755

Large 1 Bdrm from

$695 - $725

NO SMOKING - NO PETS * Balconies * Landscaped View * Cablevision Available

RIVERS EDGE APARTMENTS

Quiet, 1 bdrm units Ideal for Seniors Level Entrances Security Lighting Walking distance Downtown Paved Parking Includes fridge & stove Starting at $450/mth. (250)570-9161 or

(250)567-3336

250-567-4048 or 250-567-9080

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The RCMP is inviting offers to lease a warehouse space with secure indoor bay parking within a 5 km radius of the Vanderhoof Detachment. The space shall be approximately 32 x 50 feet, heated, include a rolling garage door, insulated walls, concrete floors and 24/7 access. Required for Jan 1, 2013. Interested parties, please contact RCMP LeasingPaciďŹ c Region; and Quote Lease Project # M2989-12-L006 for an Offer package. Tel: (604) 264-3420 Email: ediv_leasing. admin.ediv_ehq @rcmp-grc.gc.ca All Offers must be received by Dec 17, 2012 at 2:00pm. Agents submitting an Offer must provide RCMP with a letter from the owner authorizing them to do so.

ABOVE THE REST!

Misc. Wanted

The RCMP may accept any Offer whether it is the lowest or not, or may reject any or all Offers.

Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Chad: 250-863-3082 in Town

Silvermill Apartments Secure quiet apartments from $540 per month

Real Estate Other Areas 20 ACRES FREE! Buy 40-Get 60 acres. $0-Down, $168/mo. Money Back Guarantee. NO CREDIT CHECKS. Beautiful Views. Roads/Surveyed. Neaer El Paso, Texas. Call 1800-843-7537. www.sunsetranches.com

BC Housing is the agent of the provincial Crown Corporation that develops, manages, and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need across the province. BC Housing is inviting submissions from individuals interested in delivering handymen services (as defined within the tender document) for BC Housing Directly Managed Buildings, Group Homes and Non-profit Societies funded by BC Housing in the following Northern Region communities: McBride, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Mackenzie, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Queen Charlotte City, Masset The contract(s) would run for a maximum period of 3 years with potential for a 2 year optional extension. The service commitment would include work during regular business hours as well as emergency repairs as required. The successful proponents are required to obtain clearance through a Ministry criminal record check, provide general liability insurance and show proof of registration in “good standing� with Work safe BC. If interested, please respond by December 31,2012 to receive a copy of the Pre-Qualification tender document: # 1070-1213-79 - please email Mike Lachocki at purchasing@bchousing.org

Legal

Legal Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF PEARL MARGARET PATZWALD, Deceased Formerly of Fraser Lake, BC All parties having claims against the said Estate are required to forward particulars of same to the law Àrm of WINGHAM LAW CORPORATION, Solicitor for the Personal Representative, at P.O. Box 1489, Vanderhoof, British Columbia, V0J 3A0, on or before the 10th day of January, 2013 after which date the claims Àled may be paid without reference to any claims of which the Personal Representative then has no knowledge.

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Personal Representative, by: CHRISTOPHER K. WINGHAM, Solicitor

3/bdrm townhouses in family friendly complex. Close to downtown, schools & park. $695/mth. 250-567-4430

Misc Services

Misc Services

Legal Notices

Request for Pre-Qualification 1070-1213-79 Building Handymen to Service BC Northern Region Communities

Townhouses

250-567-4208

Misc Services

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VANDERHOOF AND AREA BUSINESS DIRECTORY PELLET STOVES EXCAVATING

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INSTALLATIONS

ANNUAL MAINTENANCE OF ALL PELLET STOVES

REPAIRS & PARTS FOR ALL PELLET STOVE BRANDS

NOW SELLING LENNOX PELLET STOVES Jim Ford Ph: 250-567-2167 Cell: 250-567-8634 WETT CERTIFIED

Tandem dump truck, 4x4 Backhoe, gravel sales, general hauling, foundations, water & sewer lines and snow removal.

Plumbing & Heating Rural Water & Sewer Systems Water Treatment & Filtration Systems INSTALLATION & REPAIRS

All jobs BIG or small, give us a call!

Parts & Pipe Sales for Pellet Stoves Vanderhoof - Fort Fraser Fraser Lake - Fort St. James Cluculz Lake

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADVERTISE HERE GIVE US A CALL: 250-567-9258

Schneider Services Ltd. PLUMBING/HEATING/GASFITTING SOLAR THERMAL Box 2033 Vanderhoof

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