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43-year-old Beaverly man, is facing at least one firearms-related charge. Cpl. Craig Douglass, media liaison with the RCMP, said this, like all drug seizures, is likely related to organized crime. “All drugs are either directly or indirectly related to organized crime groups. In this case the sheer volume of marijuana, hash and mushrooms clearly couldn’t have been done by these two people alone. It takes a group effort,” Douglass said. “There is definitely an element of organized crime, whether its a known or a named group, or just a group of people who got together to grow and distribute this marijuana, that’s an organized crime group as well.” He added the investigation is just in

Overall, according to data collected by Statistics, Canada Prince George ranked 14th in the country in 2011 when it comes to criminal activity, an improvement over the previous year when it came in 11th. Nevertheless, running this data through its formula, Maclean’s magazine chose Prince George as Canada’s most dangerous city for the third year running. “Maclean’s uses an added filter,” Mayor Shari Green said in a press conference, hosted in reaction to the announcement, Thursday. “Based on that Prince George has been named Most Dangerous City for the third year in a row. The strong message is of course if you are involved in gangs or drugs in this community or in any community in the country, you live a high-risk lifestyle.” However, she added, if you live on the right side of the law, crime will rarely affect you. “First and foremost, Prince George is not the most dangerous city in Canada,” RCMP Supt. Eric Stubbs added. He pointed out that while Edmonton had 50 homicides in 2011 and Toronto had 86, Prince George had none. “When Canadians think about a title like Most Dangerous City, I don’t think a community that didn’t have a homicide would make the list,” Stubbs said. He added fortunately random acts of violence within the city are relatively low. Several strategies were put in place to meet the needs of the community, including lowering the crime rate. The crime reduction initiative has so far resulted in 40 prolific offenders being locked up in the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre since April 1. The downtown enforcement unit has significantly decreased the number of crimes taking place in that area. A new domestic

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Choir members Gisela Maikapa (left) and Pat Sexsmith get ready for the Our Best to You at Christmas concert Sunday. The Forever Young Chorus and Gospel Singers came together to entertain audiences at ECRA’s 10th Avenue seniors’ centre.

Drugs, guns, cash seized in Beaverly DELYNDA PILON

The report of an erratic driver Dec. 8 wound up leading police to seizing 30 pounds of marijuana, other illicit drugs, $12,000 in cash, several guns (some unsecured), and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Saturday evening police got a report of a car being forced off the road in the Beaverly area. The two general duty officers who attended the scene spoke to a 23- and an 18-year-old woman who admitted they’d dropped a male youth at a home in the area to buy marijuana. After they left, a car from that residence followed them, cut them off and forced them to stop. The women got away, but said they thought their male friend was being held against his will, so phoned

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the police. When police attended the residence, they saw the unsecured guns and illicit drugs in plain view. The property was secured and police got a search warrant, locating 14 long guns, three hand guns, a crossbow, a modified flare gun, ammunition, seven body armour vests, 25 pounds of marijuana, six pounds of hashish and close to a pound of magic mushrooms. The 30-year-old man and 22-year-old woman at the house were arrested and face drug, weapons and property-related charges. The youth was located, and police believe he was trying to break into the home, not buy marijuana. He faces at least one criminal code charge. His two chauffeurs were arrested for public mischief and allegedly providing false information to police. A sixth person, a

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People agree city has a crime problem But more people concerned with Pine Valley than Maclean’s report DELYNDA PILON

Asking the people who visited Zoe’s Friday about their reaction to Prince George being named, once again, Canada’s most dangerous city, brought a mixed response – not unusual any time you ask a group of people their opinion on anything. What was unusual was most of them came to talk about an entirely different subject – saving the Pine Valley Golf course. However, they also had opinions about the Most Dangerous City sign being nailed to Prince George, once again, by Maclean’s magazine. “It’s depressing,” Michelle Jensen said. “I moved to Saskatchewan because it was given that designation back in 2008.” Jensen, a working mother, said she was afraid to raise her kids in the city after Maclean’s first article naming Prince George Canada’s most dangerous city. She added the city probably does deserve the title, however added most

people are perfectly safe if they stay away from the ‘hood’ area, a neighbourhood called the VLA (named after the Veteran’s Land Act) by the politically correct. Jensen said she was surprised when Saskatoon, her new home city, made the Maclean’s list the next year. “I came back because you can’t avoid it,” she said. “I live in a better neighbourhood now, but the kids aren’t allowed out after dark, and they whine about that since here that happens at about 4:30 in the winter.” Eric Allen agreed the title was probably warranted. “You can’t have 40 prolific offenders without having a high rate of crime,” he said, referring to a statistic shared by the local RCMP, who have taken 40 prolific offenders off the street since April 1. Allen used a crime that recently made local headlines, when a widow on Norwood Street went to her driveway only to find all four tires on her car removed.

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Prince George RCMP Superintendent Eric Stubbs and Mayor Shari Green speak to media about the city’s ‘most dangerous’ tag by Maclean’s magazine. “It’s that type of thing that makes people worry. Citizens have a right to feel safe in their community. If you look at the statistics other than homicide you see we have a crime problem in this community.” One issue, Allen believes, is the regional jail in the city limits, which houses criminals from across the North. A social

network has been set up to care for the inmates when they are released, a good thing, he said, but one with repercussions. A criminal released in Prince George might stay to take advantage of that social network. If he, or she, go back to their old ways, then the city has effectively imported a criminal, adding to the problem.

“I think a lot of people don’t feel comfortable going downtown or walking out to their car,” he added. Allen pointed out that when the university rankings come in, and Maclean’s hails UNBC as one of the best small universities in Canada, no one questions how the statistics are calculated.

Lorraine Hoy doesn’t mind going out at night or walking alone to her car. “I’ve lived here 40 years and have never felt uncomfortable going anywhere in Prince George,” she said. “I think about five per cent of people in the community commit crimes. If you are not involved with those five per cent, I think generally you are safe.”

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violence unit, which is partnering with several agencies, is helping some of the city’s most vulnerable victims. Stubbs added no matter where the city placed on the census, both he and the

mayor know all the hard work that has gone into facing crime and finding ways to reduce its occurrence. To achieve meaningful and sustained change will require more hard work. “The CSI (crime severity index) has dropped as well as the overall ranking. That’s important. We’re trending in the

right direction,” Stubbs said. “I am disappointed for the community to have this label when it truly is not Canada’s Most Dangerous City.” Green pointed out the Maclean’s article was particularly ironic in that it is headlined Getting Away With Murder, yet Prince George, the city named as Canada’s

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Failing to comply leads to time in jail In Provincial Court in Prince George on Aug. 31: Nicholas R. Basil was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sen-

tenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Basil was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recog-

nizance and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Basil was also found guilty of failing to attend court when ordered to do so and sentenced to seven days in jail. Basil

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following person who is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant. As of 1030 hrs this 10th day of December 2012, Lenard Aleron HAINES (B: 1984-07-28) is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant Lenard Aleron for FAIL TO COMPLY. HAINES is HAINES described as a First Nations male, 180 cm or 5’11” 180 cm or 5’11” tall and weighs 73 73 kg or 161 lbs. kg or 161 lbs. HAINES has brown hair and brown eyes.

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probation order and sentenced to 17 days in jail. Davis was also found guilty of a second count of failing to comply with a probation order and two counts of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to 26 days in jail. Cindy Hill was found guilty of theft of property with a value greater than $5,000, received a conditional sentence of four months, was placed on probation for 24 months, assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and ordered to make restitution of $5,058.38. Delbert W. Joseph was found guilty of two counts of operating a motor vehicle while impaired, sentenced to 87 days in jail, placed on probation for one year, assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and prohibited from driving for three years. Richard L. Joseph was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to nine days in jail. Tara M. Lolly was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 14 days in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Sept. 5: Amanda L. Allan was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to one day in jail and placed on probation for 18 months. Charlotte P. Auger was found guilty of two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, received a conditional sentence of 75 days and was placed on probation for 18 months.

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Chief Dominic Frederick welcomes everyone to the grand opening of the Lheidli T’enneh’s new economic development office downtown. Guests included Ken Kilcullen, IPG board; RDFFG Chair Art Kaehn; Mayor Shari Green; Elder Violet Bozofki and Lheidli T’enneh communications officer, Nicole Withermuth.

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It’s been 100 years and six months, according to Chief Dominic Frederick, but the Lheidli T’enneh have officially returned to their traditional territory, now downtown Prince George, and opened an economic development office to help nation members take advantage of coming opportunities. Frederick, who delivered a heartfelt and serious message peppered with his usual dry humour, welcomed those who attended the grand opening of the office during an official ceremony Thursday afternoon. “Today we are here to talk about the future,” he said. “It will be a bright future for our children, grandchildren and future generations. We could soon

be in one of the most important periods in our economic history.” Frederick pointed out billions of dollars in development is happening in the north in the next two decades, from the Site C dam to oil and gas and LNG developments. He said the Lheidli T’enneh plan to enjoy this period of development with new jobs for youth, contractors and community members. “We are here to say the Lheidli T’enneh are open for business,” Frederick said. As the crowd applauded he said,”Wait. I’m not done yet. We waited 100 years and six months for this.” The office, located on George Street in the city’s District Energy building, he said, is proof positive the nation is ready to move forward and be part of the opportunities that

present themselves. The office will help facilitate communications between the First Nations and those who wish to learn more about them and share development possibilities. A dialogue, Frederick said, was already opened between the Lheidli T’eneh and Enbridge many years ago, when that company first approached them for their thoughts on the Northern Gateway pipeline. Frederick thanked Enbridge for supporting the opening of the Lheidli T’enneh’s economic development office. “Enbridge contributed funds,” he said. “They approached us the first time many years ago about the pipeline. “Without financial support this would not be possible.”

The city contributed to the project by providing the office space rent-free for four months. He added his hope is the office will be part of the renewal and re-energization of the downtown area. In July, he pointed out, about 5,000 Aboriginal elders will meet for the 37th annual B.C. Elders Gathering, and the office will play a part of hosting the attendees. He said it would also help the Lheidli T’enneh fulfill its part as host aboriginal nation during the Canada Winter Games. Mayor Shari Green, who attended the event along with members of city council, said she looked forward to collaborating with the Lheidli T’enneh on future projects, saying they shared economic development goals. Regional District

of Fraser Fort George Chair Art Kaehn said he is also looking forward to shared projects and welcomed the office to the neighbourhood, which he pointed out is strategically placed, with city hall a few blocks away and the regional district office even closer.


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Pine Valley sale not that easy, says Rogers DELYNDA PILON

Selling the Pine Valley Golf course land has been discussed by various councils over the years, resulting in council deciding the land was worth more as a park and recreational facility than as a saleable asset. “It certainly has been talked about several times, about redevelopment in the context of looking at Highway 16 and recreational uses,” former mayor Dan Rogers said. “Each time council decided it was best to keep it, up to and including the most recent neighbourhood plan that was developed for the area, and that entrenched it within the neighbourhood plan to be used for recreational use only.”. He added Pine Valley, along with many of the properties held by the city, comes up for discussion among councillors from time to time. “Council reflects on the properties and consider if it is being

put to the best use. This is not anything new,” he said. However, in the past, each time council rejected the idea of selling Pine Valley and kept the property for the recreational value it provided to the citizens of Prince George, he said. He added council decided some time ago it would not sell recreational property without providing users with an equal or better replacement facility. “Council entrenched that policy when it was looking at the ball diamonds. It said it wouldn’t sell off any recreational land unless the recreational users got equal or better facilities elsewhere, which is what led to moving the baseball and slow pitch diamonds,” Rogers said. “You have to look at the Pine Centre Golf Course Neighbourhood plan, recently approved by council, which mentions all recreational property, including the parkland that makes up Pine Valley, is not sold unless it is replaced by something of equal

or better quality – but of course Changing these plans would council has authority to change likely include a consultation or break its own rules,” Rogers process with affected stakeholdsaid. ers as well as public hearings. He added another Rogers said point in the Pine administration will Centre Golf Course likely inform counNeighbourhood plan cil of these steps states the proceeds when it returns with from the sale of park further information land have to go into a regarding selling fund to enhance park Pine Valley, as it was land in the city. tasked to do. This means coun“The OCP must be cil would have to followed, or it must b amended before open the Pine Centre be Dan Rogers Golf Course Neighthe sale of the prop- Former mayor bourhood Plan and erty,” Rogers said. amend it, first to “If the city is interallow the sale of Pine Valley ested in selling, it likely has to without replacing it with a facil- go through the same steps that ity of equal or greater value, the Golf and Curling Club went then to allow the proceeds from through, which happens over the sale of the land to be used a lengthy time period, to first for a broader purpose than what determine what the best land it would currently be dedicated use is, and be consistent with to. the OCP.” It would also have to open Rogers agreed that council and amend the Official Com- is likely to be cautious while munity Plan. adhering to the OCP, especially

after being taken to task, accused of not following the OCP, by a Haldi Rd. resident, forcing the city to reverse a land use change decision and virtually, at least for the time, stopping the development of a women’s rehabilitation centre in the rural area. When it comes to amending policies and changing bylaws, Rogers said council has the authority to make the decisions it believes is in the best interest of the citizens. “But I think in this case and on previous occasions council has always taken the approach that there is great value in providing recreation for youth and seniors in this community, which increases the quality of life,” he said. “We know inherently it is the quality of life that will keep people here. The risk is if you take away these quality of life opportunities you shoot yourself in the foot when trying to get the very development you need to get new tax dollars into the community.”

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its beginning stages. “This was not a grow op, which tells us there is another location where this marijuana was grown,” Douglass said. “We are looking for information about where the drugs came from, and we’ll see if the investigation leads to other areas.” Some of the guns were stolen, opening up a venue to another investigation. “Those that can’t be returned to rightful owners, the RCMP will likely lobby they be destroyed. We do everything we can not to let them back in these people’s hands. And we will look back to when they were stolen and see where that takes us. Certainly there are a lot of avenues we can continue to

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British Columbians feel good about economy

Poll by B.C. Chamber of Commerce and Business Council of B.C. leads to discussions DELYNDA PILON

A public opinion poll undertaken by the Business Council of B.C. and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce shows residents of the province are concerned about future prosperity though they are optimistic about both the provincial and national economy. The poll was undertaken in partnership as part of the BC Agenda for Shared Prosperity project with the goal, according to Greg D’Avignon, being to “grow the economic

pie and develop a stronger sense of connection between British Columbians and the potential benefits stemming from future economic development opportunities”. Both Avignon and John Winter, president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, visited the city last week to discuss the results of the poll with a variety of targeted groups. Winter said the project is not expected to affect the upcoming spring election. “It’s not going to be tied to the election. There is no specific end in mind,” he

said. The discussions are expected to lead to a plan which will be presented to the public in June, then incorporate the feedback received. “I don’t think B.C. is doing as well as it could or should be,” Winters said. According to the poll, 12 per cent of those surveyed rate the global economy as good and about six out of 10 are positive about those economies and the economy of their local community. Seventy-three per cent believe they benefit when

the provincial economy does well, but 83 per cent believe it will be hard to achieve greater economic success than their parents. The public has low levels of trust for business, labour and the media, though business got relatively higher marks for contributing positively to the province. Seventy-four per cent are hopeful of their future. “And therein lies the opportunity to move forward” stated D’Avignon, “to take the sense of general optimism and build a positive vision for the

future, one that leverages our strengths and is not afraid to address some of the real concerns identified in the survey.” The high cost of living, disconnects within the system when it comes to attracting skilled workers combined with a growing skilled labour shortage remain issues, he said. Gathering stakeholders so all the issues are understood then making decisions based on facts remain part of the future agenda for the project. Winter said misinformation may be one of the

reasons the province’s residents are concerned about the future, and used the Northern Gateway pipeline as an example. He said people are concerned about issues like fish habitat and maintaining the coastline while not hearing enough about economic advancement and earning the funds to sustain social systems. The plan is to bring together big and small business representatives, government, First Nations and other stakeholders to make decisions for economic growth.



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John Winter, president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, and Greg D’Avignon, president of the Business Council of B.C., visited the city Friday to discuss the results of a poll gauging the public’s response to the economy, as part of an agenda looking at the prosperity of B.C. residents called BC Agenda for Shared Prosperity.

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rime Minister Stephen Harper is playing us for fools. Firstly, he sneaks in almost under the cover of darkness, literally, and announces at 4:30 p.m. on Friday that the federal government has approved the $15 billion takeover of Nexen, a Calgary-based oil giant, by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation and the $6-billion takeover bid by Malaysian national energy company Petronas for Calgary-based natural gas producer Progress Energy Resources. Then he proceeds to tell us that the federal government is concerned about state-owned enterprises, such as the China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Petronas, taking over Canadian resources and that the federal government isn’t going to let it happen … anymore. “When we say that Canada is open for business, we do not mean that Canada is for sale to foreign governments,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper is quoted as saying. Is double standard and irony not in the lexicon of Conservative newspeak? “In light of growing trends, and following the decisions made today, the government of Canada has determined that foreign state control of oilsands development has reached the point at which further such foreign state control would not be of net benefit to Canada,” Harper said. “The government’s concern and discomfort for some time has been that very quickly a series of large-scale controlling transactions by foreign stateowned companies could rapidly transform this industry from one that is essentially a free-market industry to one that is effectively under control of a foreign government.” He at least appears to understand the issue. However, his actions belie that understanding by contributing to it. It comes down to politics. There has been plenty of debate over the two takeovers the government approved last week and lots of concern raised by Canadians. The assurance that this won’t happen again is basically lip service to Canadians. How long will it be before another state-owned entity, when denied similar access, will cry foul in international courts citing these approvals as a precedent that their interest should supersede Canada’s and the self-proclaimed “Harper government” capitulates?


Pining for Pine Valley

The season of money

While we’d like to think that somehow, somewhere sanity can prevail and the National Hockey League owners and players can settle on a new contract, reality says otherwise. While that is unlikely, for those not currently playing in Europe, missing an entire season’s salary is going to hurt. And for owners, their franchises remaining financially stagnant is not a positive situation, either. Think of the situation involving the Nashville Predators, as the club had to cut a cheque for a $13 million bonus payment to defenceman Shea Weber, as bonuses are not impacted by the current lockout. The last NHL work stoppage was supposed to be the strike to end all strikes. But the general managers and agents found ways to get away the efforts of the last contract deal won by owners to control salary costs. So commissioner Gary Bettman is back again at the bargaining table trying to do the impossible, find a solution that won’t give an advantage to rich owners over the smaller market franchises. And for that he has become the most hated man in hockey these days. Ultimately, from the beginning of this lockout, there has been a big pot of money sitting on the table, and the NHL owners and players can’t agree on how to split it up. Sadly, for that it appears we have kissed off an entire NHL season. -Kelowna Capital News

While those in halls of power in Prince George One of the biggest criticisms of all this, though, were furrowing their brows Thursday trying to has to do with how council is treating the core sercome up with a way to deflect the ‘most dangervices review. ous city in Canada’ moniker, talk on the streets was Many feel the fix was in for Pine Valley before the about something completely different (although last election … it was on the hit list of a few who some might think it’s a crime). now sit around the council table and the core serEverywhere we went ordinary folks had the city’s vices review becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. decision to fire-sale the Pine Valley Golf Course, in It goes like this. We’re told that the core services order to make a quick buck, on their minds. review contains only suggestions for council to conThe reaction to the ‘most dangerous city’ tag was sider. Fair enough. But then council turns around generally a shrug, “whatever,” and let’s move on. and uses the review as its bible, suggesting that I sat next to Coun. Brian Skakun at because it’s in the core services review, it the Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights has to be done. luncheon Friday and there was a steady One of the other knocks against the core stream of people coming up to him and Writer’s services review is that it seems to focus congratulating him on his stance against Block more on what to cut, rather than what to selling the Pine Valley course. Coun. BILLPHILLIPS add. Cameron Stolz was sitting at a table Strangely enough, the review does not behind us so I didn’t get a chance to see how many mention Boundary Road near the airport and the people were coming up to him to talk about it. subsequent light industrial logistics park and the Brian, however, did direct a few people Cameron’s couple thousand acres of light industrial land that way, so I’m sure his ear was getting bent too. realtor Harry Backlin is now marketing. Never mind It’s too bad Mayor Shari Green and Coun. Dave the core services review, we hear very little from city Wilbur weren’t there. I’m sure that a lot of people hall about it either. would take umbrage with their recent comments And, with Initiatives Prince George moving more that golf is a dying sport. to a marketing agency than economic development, Nothing like smearing honey on your foot when we hear little about the logistics park as well. Develyou kick the hornet’s nest. opment incentives have worked for the downtown, Oh, did I mention that none of these people supwhy not try them elsewhere? ported the idea of the city selling off the golf course? One of the vagaries of the ‘most dangerous city’ Council has stirred up the community with its tag is that our population works against us. If we decision to take a closer look at selling the “jewel” in were over 100,000 people, we would be at the botthe centre of town … just as previous councils have tom of the crime lists. when they’ve looked at selling it off. Rather than wage a public relations campaign One of the arguments against selling it, other against our reputation and selling off our best assets than just wanting to keep it because it’s a valuable in the process, why don’t we focus on developing resource for the community, is that it would creand enhancing what we have? ate more commercial land in the community when A fully developed airport logistics park would there already is plenty available. That hurts private certainly help the city’s budgetary woes and it landowners who are trying to sell the property they would help push our population to that 100,000 have. mark. Circulation Manager Email:

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Editor: When I reached down to pick up my copy of the Prince George Free Press this morning I was suddenly overcome with a flood of mixed emotions. First, I’m disappointed in you and your newspaper for capitalizing on the personal tragedy of a local family by filling the front page with a full-colour photograph of their house completely engulfed by fire. It instantly reminded me of the fire that destroyed my home four years ago. The photograph may incite the morbidly curious to pick up the paper rather than let it languish on a snow-covered doorstep, but it shows no respect towards the family that faces the very difficult and arduous task of rebuilding their lives. It upsets me to recall that during the short time it took for a fire to consume our home, people gathered in droves to stand

on the street and watch our lives go up in flames. Some people even went out of their way to seek out the large billowing clouds of black smoke to join the onlookers outside our house. Reporters also appeared on the scene to take photographs, video footage, and to interview our shocked neighbours and family members. We, however, were blissfully unaware of the three-ring circus that was taking place in our beloved neighbourhood. We were happily en route to a family vacation, only to have the painful reality come to us in full force when we were inundated with phone calls and text messages. Our home was also featured in the newspapers and live footage was put on display courtesy of a local online news outlet that caters to sensationalism and inflammatory topics. Thanks to local media,

our newsworthy house fire was broadcast to the public before my family and I were even aware of our misfortune. What the photographs, video clips, and news reports failed to show were the many neighbours and friends who, unlike the gawking bystanders, chose to take action and help. This includes the courageous man who kicked in our front door with an amazing burst of adrenaline fully expecting to rescue his close friends. This also includes the numerous others who, like an army of ants, created a steady stream of people entering and exiting our garage to save our vehicles and belongings. I must say I also felt disgust upon seeing the last few words in today’s article: “There is one dog and one cat still not accounted for, inside the home.” Speaking from experience, I know this callous sentence does

nothing to convey the sense of loss the affected family must be experiencing. Finally, I’m saddened by the final phrases that always accompany a report such as this: “extensive damage” and “estimated loss.” It took nine months to completely rebuild our house, over a year before permits were finalized and insurance claims

were settled, and much, much longer before our lives returned to normal. Those four simple words cannot begin to describe the devastating effects of a house fire. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family who is now experiencing what we went through four years ago. As a newspaper that relies upon the support of all local residents and busi-

nesses, I question why you would pander to the negative–seekers by deeming this tragedy worthy of front page status. Show some decency and respect by avoiding articles that minimize the misfortune of local residents and instead focus your attention on people’s positive experiences and exemplary attributes. Tracy Seiter Prince George

For the record Editor: The technicians referred to in the article on Dec. 7 (Free Press Daily) about possible delays in lab tests and surgeries, are in reality, technologists. The difference is that technicians generally do not have as high a skill set as technologists and are not recognized in B.C. The technologists referred to in the article may be medical imaging technologists or medical lab technologists and are highly trained health professionals. Many are in short supply in B.C. In order to attract these highly-

skilled, highly-trained and highly-indemand techs to stay in B.C., it is necessary to offer wages which are at least comparable with Alberta where a starting tech earns $6/hour more. Since the government of B.C. is unwilling to do so and in fact has offered an insulting new contract with concessions in benefits, the techs as members of the Health Sciences Association gave their union a strong strike mandate. Heather Sapergia Medical Laboratory Technologist Health Sciences Association member


Today’s your last chance this century to see this Today is a day unlike any we will see the triumvirate of identically numbered again this century. month, day and year (so it doesn’t matter (And that’s not even considering the fact what order you put them in) will remain the world is supposed to end a week from unused until Jan. 1, 2101. Friday. This column is assumJan. 1, 2001, New Year’s Day, ing the Mayans forgot to carry by the way, was one of the two a 2 somewhere in their calculanational holidays which fell on Allan’s tions, and we have at least a these triple-numbered days. Amblings few more centuries on Earth.) The other national holiday was No, today is a day similar to ALLANWISHART just last year, on the 11th day of one which has been seen every the 11th month: Remembrance year this century, and on two occasions Day. was even a holiday in Canada, but will be And no, I don’t consider 02-02-02 seen no more until 2101. (Groundhog Day) to be a national holiday. Yes, as many of you are probably • Very busy couple of nights at Operaalready aware, today is Dec. 12, 2012, tion Red Nose on the weekend. Friday which can be expressed as 12-12-12. Since night was very steady, with no real spurts there is no 13th month in our calendar, of calls, but Saturday we had a number of

bursts where every team was on the road and we had rides backed up. Took the usual number of calls from people who were just looking for a ride home, and didn’t realize they needed to have a vehicle with them, and also took a few from people whose vehicles don’t have B.C. plates. Insurance regulations mean we can only drive vehicles with B.C. plates. The call of the weekend, though, came in Friday night, and again, I was just a listener to one part of it. Apparently the caller wanted to know if we could drive him to Kamloops. Given that our call boundary is basically the city limits, Kamloops was just a bit outside our zone.

The call taker got off the phone and said, “he did say he was willing to make a good donation.” • Had to do a double-take Sunday when I was looking at the NFL scores and saw the final between Seattle and Arizona. Seattle won 58-0. That sounds more like a final score in an early-season college game where a top team plays a team from a lower level. Of course, i knew right away this was not the worst defeat ever in the NFL. I know of one game that ended up 73-0. It was in 1940, when the Chicago Bears clobbered the Washington Redskins. In the championship game. And you thought this year’s Grey Cup was sort of lopsided.

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Criminals are born from poverty

When I moved back to scared of them, either. Prince, as I think everyone Mostly I would steal a eventually does, I was few glances, kind of curishocked to ous about their see what very interesthad become ing and much Life in of the VLA. publicized prothe fat When I fession. Evenlived here tually I got to lane in the ‘80s, know a few of DELYNDAPILON the street them on a firstwalkers wandered along name basis. Sometimes George Street. They used I was shocked at how to warm up or have a young these girls were, cup of coffee in the cafe already labelled with a above the old Mac hotel. stigma so heavy I wonBack then the Mac was the dered how they staggered place to avoid. It seemed down the street carrying it like every weekend somein their teetering heels. At one either got beat to other times I was shocked heck, stabbed or worse in by their stories, some full the Mac. The restaurant of tears, pain and abuse. wasn’t much better either. Mostly I was surprised at They had a big area in how we had far more in back (but open to view to common than not. the public) where boosters Those kind of things (professional shoplifters) still surprise me. Scratch laid their wares out on the the surface, and what you table tops, taking orders do at work doesn’t matter from likely customers – a hell of a lot. We are all who were usually street more alike than we think, walkers. whether we wear a suit to I worked a few blocks work or a fake mink boa away, dispatching cabs for and mini-skirt. Emerald Taxi. On really Now, of course, George cold nights (or when there Street is one of our fine were a lot of patrols by historic byways, and the the police) the street girls street girls (as well as used to bang on the door their customers) frequent and beg for a few minutes what locals now call the just to sit or warm up. ‘Hood’. Living right in I’d always let them in. I the heart of the Hood, I didn’t feel particularly can tell you it isn’t the

vortex of evil people make it out to be. Most of the people you find there are the same types you’ll find everywhere, from super moms to mistress wannabees and from blue collar working men to tweakers (yeah, they have tweakers in the Heights too – they just hide their habits better). The Hood has its poor, though. People who struggle with money, not whether or not to pay their Visa or MasterCard, but whether this month hydro gets a payment while gas has to wait, or vice versa. Generational, sometimes coupled with physical or mental health problems, the poverty is wrenching. And the children of the poor suffer the most. But in the summer you still see them riding bikes, playing ball in the street or building tree forts. And you hear them, laughing, chasing one another as they giggle. Not so different from kids in any neighbourhood, I bet. Macleans named Prince George the most dangerous city in Canada this week. This week I also had the chance to attend the Chili Blanket rally,


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Zion Lutheran Christian School Bell Choir members Kohl Chambers (left) and his brother Trevor get ready to entertain the crowd at the Salvation Army Tree of Lights luncheon Friday. The event was a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. during which I heard a number of people calling for the province to come up with a poverty-reduction strategy. Poverty and crime go together. Not always. Some criminals are just greedy, some people are just plain mean and bad. Sometimes they do, though, when poverty means hunger, when your

parent hasn’t even got the skills for anything but welfare and decides, more often then not, to pay neither hydro nor gas and drown or vanquish the pain in drugs or booze. We should realize if you want to affect crime stats, you have to do more than have bigger, better cops. You need to deal with poverty in a real way.

I’m not talking about giving them fish – or anything else – I’m talking about that old saying that advises you to teach them to fish. Because if you’re hungry and you stare at someone else’s fish long enough, you just might be tempted beyond reason to just take it. And a criminal is born.

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Cliff Ronning made a living out of shooting pucks on the ice. These days the former Vancouver Canucks forward assists hockey players, using high-speed photography and his expertise to help customers choose custommade sticks. Ronning carries the title of vice president and co-founder of BASE Hockey, a North American hockey stick manufacturing company. The 47-year-old Burnaby product stopped in Prince George to hold fitting sessions at PGSS on the weekend. “It’s much like golf. It’s getting fitted like golf clubs, getting the opportunity to actually see if you’re shooting correctly, getting proper professional advice,” Ronning says. “That’s kind of what BASE is driven by and it’s very popular. We do customized sticks, we do customized graphics.” Ronning works alongside president and co-founder Ron Kunisaki, a veteran of the hockey stick business who brings industry leading innovations exclusively to BASE. Ronning relied on Kunisaki to design his sticks during his NHL playing days. In 1993, Kunisaki founded and launched Innovative Hockey Inc., the first composite hockey stick company in North America. Ronning works with other former NHL players on BASE hockey’s pro analysts team. Al Iafrate, a defenceman known for having a rocket slap shot, is also on the list. Iafrate set the mark for hardest slap shot at the NHL Skills Competition at 105.2 miles per hour, a record that stood for 16 years. BASE hockey uses a threepronged approach to help play-

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Former Vancouver Canucks forward Cliff Ronning shows off one of his BASE hockey sticks at PGSS on Saturday. Ronning, co-founder of BASE Hockey, was in Prince George for two days fitting junior players with the customized sticks. ers become better shooters. It starts with a shooting analysis before players are lined up with the right stick. After those two steps are complete, players are given instruction. Ronning notes that they work with players to find the most suitable flex, curve and lie before selling BASE sticks. He’s aware how competitive the hockey stick manufacturing business has become. He says what also sets BASE apart from its competitors is variety. “It’s really getting it fitted so at least you’re getting an

opportunity to play the stick, to make sure it’s the right product because we actually cut the stick to the height you’re playing because flex changes when you cut your stick,” he says. “We have 30 different curves to choose from compared to your typical store that would have three or four.” Players can choose to get BASE sticks with or without grips, and personalize designs with names and numbers. They’re 100 per cent graphite. No fibreglass, but a well-balanced, durable stick. To sell a product, you also

need to offer competitive pricing. Ronning notes that each BASE stick is sold factory direct for about $154. “It seems like we keep increasing sales as we move along because of a quality product.” The company has 11 fitting locations across North America. They’re working on more, and Ronning hopes to see BASE establish a home in Prince George. Ronning was a player in the NHL for 19 years. His final campaign was in 2003-04 with the New York Islanders. He also skated with the St. Louis Blues,

Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild. Ronning, listed at 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, overcame size disadvantages to become one of the Canucks’ top scorers in the 90s. His best offensive season was in 1992-93, when he recorded 29 goals and 56 assists for 85 points. “I was always a smaller player so I needed something in my hands that would give me an advantage,” he says. More information is available online at

Cariboo Cougars host Giants in midget showdown The Cariboo Cougars needed a win to get back on track. They got a pair of them on the weekend in Abbotsford. In a BC Hockey Major Midget League doubleheader, the Cougars defeated the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 8-4 on Saturday and 5-0 on Sunday. The sweep improved the Cariboo record to 17 wins, five losses and zero ties (17-5-0). They sit third in the 11-team B.C. Major Midget standings, six points behind the league-leading Vancouver North West Giants (19-1-2).

This coming weekend may be the most significant of the season for the Cougars. They host the Giants in a doubleheader, hitting the ice on Saturday (1 p.m. at CN Centre) and Sunday (9:15 a.m. at the Coliseum). In second place with a 16-2-4 mark, the Okanagan Rockets are two points ahead of the Cougars and four behind the Giants. In their latest game, goalie Jeremy Matte earned his second shutout of the season. The win was his sixth of the 2012-13 campaign.

Five players scored for the Cougars: Logan Styler, Michael Bell, Braiden Epp, Eli Jarvis and Ryan Forbes. Special teams provided a boost, the visitors finishing 2-for-4 on the power play and killing off four penalties in the shutout victory. The Cougars are entering a crucial stretch in their schedule. After this weekend’s set, they’ll start preparing for the prestigious Mac’s Tournament in Calgary. The international competition runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 and features top midget programs from throughout Western Canada. They leave

for the tournament on Christmas Day. In other Cariboo news, netminder Nathan Warren was named the B.C. Major Midget League Player of the Month for November. In record-setting goaltending, Warren posted four consecutive shutouts. In six starts in the month, he went 5-1 with a 0.83 goals against average. All four shutouts for the 17-year-old Prince George product took place on the road. Overall, Warren has a 10-4 record and 2.36 goals against average this season.


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They learned a lesson early. But when it mattered most, the host Bantam Tier 1 Cougars rose to the occasion. Sunday afternoon at Kin 2, the Cougars downed the Quesnel Thunder 4-1 in the championship game of a five-team bantam tournament. “We definitely didn’t get off to a very good start,” Cougars head coach Chris Bond said. “But after that they played pretty well. It was tough just with us being the only Tier 1 team at the tournament.” In a tournament with teams from smaller organizations, the Cougars suffered a setback in the round robin. They were defeated 8-5 by the Williams Lake Tier 2 TimberWolves, their only defeat in six weekend games. With four wins in as many games, the TimberWolves took the top position into the playoff round. At 3-1, the Cougars were ranked second. Fort St. John (2-2) was seeded third while Quesnel (1-3) was fourth. Smithers, winless at 0-5, finished last. In the semfinals, the Cougars dumped Fort St. John 9-2 and Quesnel edged Williams Lake 3-2. The Cougars were clear-cut favourites entering the competition. Bond called their loss a perfect storm. He said they took bad penalties, had average goaltending and didn’t get lucky bounces.

“For us it’s an issue to be up and motivated to play those games.” On the other hand, it may have served a purpose. “But in the end, I think it helped us get ready and move forward in the tournament,” Bond said. In their other round robin games, the Cougars outscored Smithers 12-2, hammered Fort St. John 13-2 and downed Quesnel 6-3. Williams Lake’s other victories were by scores of 4-2 (over Smithers), 6-2 (over Fort St. John) and 4-3 (over Quesnel). Other scores were: Quesnel 3 Smithers 0; Fort St. John 4 Quesnel 3; Fort St. John 7 Smithers 4. Garrett Hilton led the Cougars in the final with three goals. James Gordon recorded their other marker, while Jamie Ferguson collected the victory in goal. Bond noted that their goaltending duo of Ferguson and Jacob Sweet has played a big role in their success. Other members of the Cougars include: Jesse Pomeroy, Carl Ewert, Jeremy Gervais, Devin Sutton, Jared Stevens, Bailey McFaul, Darren Hards, Darian Long, Dylan Krahn, Bret Wakabayashi, Jarin Sutton, Mitchell Williams, Mateo Albinati and Jax Bailey. They’re managed by Brian Hards with Curtis Bellamy acting as an assistant coach. The Cougars are preparing to compete in the Burnaby International Christmas Tournament, scheduled for Dec. 27 to 31.

Youth soccer looking for help The Prince George Youth Soccer Association is seeking help in hosting a major event next year. Volunteers are needed for the BC Soccer Association Provincial B Cup boys championships, scheduled for July 4 to 7, 2013. The tournament will be hosted by the PGYSA at the Rotary Soccer Complex. Champions in six age groups, 13- to 18-year-

old players, will be declared with 60 soccer games over four days. The PGYSA is also seeking an energetic and passionate individual to lead the group as the chairperson of the tournament. Forty-two teams and more than 750 players representing B.C. youth soccer organizations, along with coaches and families from throughout the

province, will be visiting Prince George in early July. Volunteers and the chairperson will play key roles in making the event enjoyable for everybody involved. Anybody interested in being the chairperson or a member of the organizing committee can contact the PGYSA at 250-5645900 or stop by the office at 965 Winnipeg Street.

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Three days. Three games. Three victories. The Prince George Spruce Kings saw how far one successful weekend could take them. On Friday, they were fourth in the five-team Mainland Division. By Sunday evening, they climbed into a tie for second. The Spruce Kings wrapped up a sevengame homestand on Sunday with a 4-1 triumph over the Coquitlam Express in the second half of a doubleheader. They opened their weekend set with a 3-1 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday before downing the Express 6-4 on Saturday. “We won three and every other team in our division lost both, so that was one of those weekends where we gained six points on everybody,” Spruce Kings head coach Dave Dupas said. “It obviously was something we were looking for after the slide we were on.” The Spruce Kings sport a record of 15 wins, nine losses, one tie and five overtime defeats (15-9-1-5). They’re just over the halfway point of their 56-game regular season. The weekend sweep

helped the Spruce Kings put a disappointing November behind them. Perfect in December, it took them three games to reach as many points as they had in 10 contests last month. The Spruce Kings were 1-5-0-4 in November, Friday’s victory also snapping a five-game losing streak. The win over the Capitals wasn’t the Spruce Kings’ best effort. Dupas said they squeaked out those two points, requiring an empty netter to seal the victory. “That was good in a sense too because again, through that slide, every time there was a close game we seemed to lose in overtime, lose by a goal,” Dupas said. “It was good to have a game where it was close and we held on, we scored the empty net goal and we kind of put them away. It was good to see that in a close game like that, something bad wasn’t going to happen to us every time. We had to just keep pushing ahead.” In the Spruce Kings’ latest game, 20-yearold starting goalie Kirk Thompson received first star honours with a 39-save performance. The final shot count was 40-40, Cole Huggins taking the loss for Coquitlam. Four different for-

wards scored for the Spruce Kings on Sunday: Sean Landrey, Cam Lawson, Tyson Witala and Shayne Morrissey. Philip Zielonka scored Coquitlam’s lone goal.

NOTES: SCHEDULE – With their next eight games on the road, the Spruce Kings won’t have another home game in more than a month. The next Coliseum date on the team’s 2012-13 schedule is Jan. 18, when they host the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Spruce Kings wrap up their preChristmas schedule on the road this weekend. They’ll travel to the Island for a pair of games, Friday against the Victoria Grizzlies and Saturday against the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The swing ends on Sunday against the Surrey Eagles. Sunday also marks the Spruce Kings’ final contest of 2012. They’ll begin the 2013 portion of the schedule with another Island Division set, starting with a game against the Powell River Kings on Jan. 4. STANDINGS – With 36 points each, the Spruce Kings and Eagles (179-0-2) are four points behind the divisionleading Chiefs (19-8-11). Coquitlam (15-141-0, 31 points) is fourth while the Langley

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Prince George Spruce Kings forward Jace Hennig watches the puck slide wide to the right of Coquitlam Express goalie Cole Huggins during Saturday evening’s B.C. Hockey League game at the Coliseum. Rivermen (10-13-0-5, 25 points) occupy the basement. SCHOLARSHIP – Lawson, a 19-year-old Vancouver product, has landed an NCAA Division 1 scholarship. On Monday, the Spruce Kings announced that Lawson has committed to the Holy Cross Crusaders (Worcester, Mass.). Dupas said Lawson’s efforts becoming a two-way player helped him land the scholarship. “The points have come down, but he’s a much better player all around right now, so it’s good to see that

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he’s getting rewarded for working hard defensively too and I think now it’s coming

more natural to him,” Dupas said. “I think he’s going to start putting up the numbers

again and when he does, he’s just going to be a more complete player.”


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Cats meeting Giants in crucial WHL three-game set This is the biggest threegame stretch of the Prince George Cougars’ season so far. Before they take a break for Christmas, the Cougars will play three games in as many days against the Vancouver Giants. They’ll meet Friday in Vancouver before returning north for a CN Centre doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday. If the Cougars want to make the Western Hockey League playoffs, it’s crucial they get wins against the Giants. The Giants occupy the Western Conference basement and, as of Tuesday, were the only team below the Cats in the 10-team standings. As of Tuesday, the Cougars sat ninth with 10 wins, 16 losses, one overtime setback and three shootout defeats (10-16-1-3). When Tuesday evening’s WHL action began, the

bottom half of the Western Conference standings looked like this: the Victoria Royals (16-13-0-1) and Seattle Thunderbirds (1614-1-0) were tied for sixth with 33 points, followed by the eighth-place Everett Silvertips (12-20-0-2, 26 points), ninth-place Cougars and last-place Vancouver (8-23-0-0). The Cougars met the Eastern Conference’s Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday night at CN Centre. That game started after the press deadline. The Cougars entered Tuesday’s contest trying to rebound from a couple of defeats in B.C.’s southern interior. In a weekend road swing, they lost 3-0 to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday and 7-2 to the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday. In Saturday’s game, forward Alex Forsberg scored both goals for the Cougars.

The Rockets outshot the Cougars 33-20, with Mac Engel taking the loss in goal. Two players led the Rockets with three-point games, Tyson Baillie (two goals, one assist) and Damon Severson (three assists). Three players had two points each: Henrik Nyberg (one goal, one assist), Ryan Olsen (one goal, one assist) and Zach Franko (two assists). Colton Heffley, Dylen McKinlay and Cody Fowlie also scored. Jordan Cooke picked up the victory between the pipes. This weekend’s twogame set begins on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Sunday game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Sunday’s game marks the Cougars’ annual Teddy Bear and Toque Toss, their final pre-Christmas contest. After Sunday, the Cou-

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Prince George Cougars forward Alex Forsberg battles with the Kamloops Blazers’ Marek Hrbas during their WHL game on Friday in Kamloops. gars won’t hit the ice for another WHL game until Dec. 28, when they start a road doubleheader against the Victoria Royals.

The Cougars welcome the public to join them in Skate with the Cougars, tonight from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at CN Centre. The event is

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Maybe it’s because I live here. a tenant living paycheque to payPerhaps it’s because I was born cheque. Saving up money was a and raised here. challenge. I also missed the urban Most of my immediate family experience a larger city presents. lives here, and I have close friends But my time in Central Alberta here. I consider Prince George a part and the Cariboo was necessary. of who I am. Those experiences led me back to But reasons why I defend Prince Prince George where today I’m a George when it gets picked on go full-time sports reporter, part-time beyond that. You’ll see further down business student and, yes, a homin this column. eowner. What attracts journalists to As a reporter, I cover various a city like this is its lower living events. I’ve seen the good and the expenses. bad. The recent Maclean’s magazine Being financially invested in this survey which ranks Prince George city is another reason I defend Prince as the crime capital of Canada for a George. third consecutive year Yes, this is the sports is bad. section. If you enjoy ULL The air quality isn’t playing sports, there’s OURT good and our downno excuse not to be town is nothing worth physically active. RESS bragging about. Mill The facilities are ALISTAIR MCINNIS exceptional for a city closures and struggles in the forest industry, which stirred this size. The Northern Sport Centre the economic pot in this city for is a jewel. How about our baseball decades, have created major chal- diamonds, soccer pitches, track and lenges. For a decade, from 2000 to field facilities, auto racing facilities 2010, Prince George saw a lot of its and motocross tracks, CN Centre, residents leave. This city has experi- Aquatic Centre and new Duchess enced some population decline. Park Secondary? But the challenges have forced In the wintertime, you can go Prince George to diversify and other cross-country skiing at the Otway opportunities are coming. trails and skate at the Outdoor Ice Unless you’re just a glass half Oval. In the summer, you can golf empty person who likes to complain, at one of the various courses in the you’ll see there are positives. Having region. a university consistently rank among Then there’s the Canada Winter the top in Canada in the small uni- Games upgrades, the biggest being versity category is good. Hosting the the Kin Centre Enhancement Project. 2015 Canada Winter Games is good. Looking outside of city limits, P.G. Completing a new cancer centre for is a two- or three-hour drive away northern B.C. is good. Extending the from a few ski resorts and some of runway at the airport is good. the best scenery in the country. How people view a city also As an active person who enjoys relates to personal experiences. sports and the outdoors, Prince Before returning to Prince George in George has suited my lifestyle. 2007, I lived in Williams Lake for a Let’s be honest. Parts of downyear. I also spent a year in Lacombe, town, the VLA, industrial sites, and Alta. from 2005 to 2006. closed-down mills are eyesores. We While I’d had summer internships, also can’t put our blinders on and Lacombe marked my first full-time ignore the real issues. Dealing with newspaper reporting job. It was a crime, homelessness and improving necessary move to begin my journal- the quality of life here will take a ism career. city-wide effort. We can’t pretend Living back in Prince George has Prince George is totally safe. been a more enjoyable experience But we learn from a young age not than Lacombe and Williams Lake to judge a book by its cover. I also were. In both communities, I was prefer to look at the glass half full.


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McPhail moves from choir to soloist role Cut from volleyball team as short on stature, his big voice reaches new heights TERESA MALLAM

Varsity volleyball’s loss is the world of opera’s gain. Baritone Cameron McPhail is a featured soloist in Prince George Symphony Orchestra’s (PGSO) production of The Messiah. On Dec. 15 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, he joins tenor (and university men’s golf champion) Andrew Robb and soprano Chloe Hurst in making a traditional Christmas concert even more memorable. McPhail spoke with the Free Press about his vocal role and also his reunion with PGSO music director, Kevin Zakresky. “I was in first year university at UBC and I’d been cut from varsity volleyball team because of my height, I wasn’t tall enough. “So I ended up going with one of my roommates to choir auditions. I didn’t sing or read music. But Kevin [Zakresky], who now heads up the PGSO, was doing the auditions and he gave me a spot in the choir.” McPhail hasn’t looked back. “For the first time I was around really good singers – although I actually didn’t start my voice lessons until five years later. “I thought it was pretty cool. Kevin and I both went to Yale Opera Studio, probably the best program in the world.” The year he was accepted, only two of 1,000 applicants from the audition process were chosen. And those who choose opera as a means to literally sing for your supper, should be prepared for hard work, he said. “It’s a wonderful business to be in but you have to do the work.” While McPhail, who is from Brandon, Manitoba, agrees there are “fast tracks to fame” with reality shows such as The Voice and The X Factor, the reality is, that doesn’t often happen. “There are lots of young singers who are very polished but there’s no game show, no reality TV show that can prepare you for this. Opera is a lot different. You can win a competition like my friend Simone [Osborne] did when [at age 21] she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions – the top competition in America. “If you win it, it’s a big boost for sure. There are other competitions that can have a similar impact on your career – but it’s rare when it

happens that way.” He has his own success story. McPhail is with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto as a studio ensemble member. His vocal talent has taken him across Canada, the U.S. and China. He’s performed in concerts and recitals in England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Germany and Czech Republic where he met his wife, Catherine. “Sopranos make it usually when they are younger and they may not reach their full stride until almost 40. Baritones, like me, are different. I won’t peak until I’m 50 so that’s a long shelf life (he laughs). “ It’s good the top-earning years are when you’re putting your kids through university.” McPhail and his wife make beautiful music together. “I married my wife Catherine, a Vancouver girl, last year. We met in Prague during my first opera there. People say that if you’re a singer, don’t marry a singer. “I counter that by saying there’s no one better to understand the life I live than another singer. She really gets it...a lawyer or architect wouldn’t necessary get it.” Is performing in The Messiah a career highlight? “Messiah is performed all over the world. In some parts of the world, it is performed weekly. It is a true masterpiece. It’s one of those oratorios where you cut your teeth because it’s difficult music.” Why? “Handel repeats texts frequently which makes phrasing difficult with melodramatic pieces that some voices are built for – but mine is not. It’s not my strength – although I can do things other singers have trouble with. “This is a challenge but it’s something that you have to be able to do.” Some opera singers make regular “visits” in The Messiah. “I know lots of people who pay their rent all year long, just by singing in The Messiah. If you’re Ph o to s u b mitte d good at this type of music, if you can do it right, you’re a hot com- Baritone Cameron McPhail performs in the PGSO’s production of The Messiah Dec. 15. modity.” “We will have a city-wide [PG Orchestra performs Handel’s masMcPhail has been to Prince Toronto now.” Is he also a singer? Cantata Singers] chorus on stage terpiece The Messiah on Saturday, George, but not in a long time and “No, but he’s a big supporter of and Kevin is a fantastic musician. Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert never before to perform with the the opera.” They [PGSO] are lucky to him. takes place at Sacred Heart Cathelocal orchestra. Speaking of support, McPhail He’s one of the best in North dral, 887 Patricia Blvd. “This is my first time there with For more information on this the symphony. I visited Prince notes that he will be in good com- America – and he really is one of and other PGSO performances, George when my brother was pany in Prince George and he’s the younger superstars. “ The Prince George Symphony visit tree planting in that area. He’s in happy to sing Zakresky’s praises.

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Letting the watercolours flow Local artist likes to work in ‘big and bold’ TERESA MALLAM

Elephants bathed in pinks and purples? Trees awash in a halo of orange? In Yvonne Sawkins’ unique world of art, anything is possible. When you first meet her, Sawkins seems very quiet and unassuming. Her stunning watercolour paintings are just the opposite, with subjects as big as elephants and bold as cougars – and in colours as vibrant and varied as a box of crayons. Sawkins was one of several exhibitors showing and selling their works at

the annual Artisans Fair at Two Rivers Gallery recently. “I like the transparency and flow working in watercolours,” she says. “I like how it magically captures the light [a good example is Dance of the Spirits]. “I really enjoy doing the unexpected and I like using vibrant colours. Every painting I do is a new and exciting journey.” Sawkins chooses an unconventional colour palette, one in which elephants are lifelike in form but can be painted in shades of mauve, green and blue, and forests, usually brown, may take

on pastel colours. In her collection, the artist has several watercolour florals in a kaleidoscope of colour as well as wildlife and landscapes. “Birds are my favourite subject. I love birds. When I was in Prince George before, I was president of the Bird Club and I once had 400 birds in my basement.” Her feathered menagerie included finches, cockatoos and budgies, she said. “They have such beautiful colours, especially love birds and budgies. Birds are so full of life and they are a

joy to paint.” Previously Sawkins enjoyed other crafts such as decorating eggs and working with the miniatures found inside them. She has found a good circle of creative talent in the local community. “I have to thank the Artists’ Workshop at Studio 2880 for all their support. We have workshops on Thursdays and it’s good to get feedback from other artists.”

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available, special items like canned sardines or crackers are included. “A lot of people who get our lunch bags have dental problems so that’s why the food is mostly soft, and many are homeless, so we put in things that can be opened with their hands and eaten where they are.� They have learned to stretch a dollar. “We watch weekly flyers to find items on sale and we usually do the shopping on Wednesday mornings. Nellie Pike (or Liz Folwark and Paulson if she is not there) packs the lunch bags for the

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Philanthropist and physiotherapist Hilary Crowley who founded the Samuha Overseas Development Association (S.O.D.A.) has been awarded the Enid Graham Memorial Award. S.O.D.A. is an organization that works to rehabilitate adults and children in India who have lost use of their limbs. The Graham Memorial Award is given annually to a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for their outstanding contribution to the profession. “It is the most prestigious award they give and I was just blown away when they called me to let me know I would be the 2013 recipient,” Crowley told the Free Press this week. “I was awarded it mostly for

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Solstice celebration welcomes winter Lantern procession at Civic Centre starts at 6 p.m. For many people, the arrival of winter can be a little depressing but there is much reason to welcome the first day of winter, which officially arrives at 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Whether it’s outdoor winter recreation or just finding a place to read a good book and rest tired muscles, Prince George provides the best of both worlds and this is a “great reason to celebrate and welcome winter,” says organizer Jovanka Djordevich. “A community gettogether is the best prescription for winter blues. Everyone is invited to light a lantern and help light the night.” The Winter Solstice Lantern procession starts at 6 p.m. at the Civic Centre Plaza and will wind its way through downtown on its way to City Hall where the Solstice celebrations take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adults who want to create their own lantern for the event can go to Groop Gallery at 1127 Third Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Materials and supplies will be on hand or you can bring your own. A $3 drop-in fee will cover supplies. For children of all ages, the Two Rivers Gallery’s Family Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 16 will offer a lantern-making session. (Non-members pay

$15.) The gallery’s public programmer, Anna-Maria Lawrie, invites members of the public to the gallery to create a lantern on a unique plastic paper. “Watercolour paints run and mix in crazy ways on

the Yupo paper creating a unique design for the lanterns. We’ll have markers too for those who would rather have a bit more control. Participants will be provided with a non-flammable candle to take with

from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1074 Sixth Ave. and near by from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. outdoors at City Hall. Winter activities, crafts, music, snow sculptures, winter fashion show, hot drinks and snacks, children‘s story

times will help the community to welcome winter. Lantern creators, music makers and winter rejoicers are invited to grab a lantern and join the light. For more information or to volunteer call 250-564-3859.


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Hospice event Thursday The Prince George Hospice Society supports people who are grieving their loved ones during the holiday season. They will be hosting a Celebrate A Life Annual Memorial on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1500 Edmonton Street. Through reflective music, special readings and candle lighting, you can remem-

them as they join the rest of the community on the Dec. 21 walk.” The Solstice Soiree is a free event that celebrates the first day of winter on Friday, Dec. 21. The Farmers’ Market will be open

ber your loved one in a safe place. In their memory, you can write their name on an angel card and place it on the Christmas tree. Traditionally, the holidays are a time of celebration and this can be a difficult time for those who are grieving. Hospice believes that this annual memorial event gives people a way to honour their loved ones. Reflecting


and lighting a candle in their memory can acknowledge the grief that may be heightened during this season. Even if the loss occurred many years ago, this celebration can bring renewed strength and hope for you to support and love those that are around you during the holidays. This event is free of charge, everyone is welcome to attend.


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bingen. She sees her extensive experience as administrative facilitator in the not-for-profit sector as key to developing new partners for the PGSO and is keen to further the vibrant role the PGSO plays in the community. “I am thrilled to be joining the PGSO. I’ve met with many of the musicians, the staff and even some of the audience and I can tell you I’m really looking forward to working with everyone. The orchestra has a lot of talent and heart and I can see so much potential. I’m honoured to be inheriting such an impressive organization which is so integral to the Prince George arts community.”


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WEDNESDAY Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Wing night and karaoke, Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion. B.C. Civil Liberties meets second Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., 2105 Pine St. CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:0-9:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250-963-9462 or Andrew 250-9818270.

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THURSDAY Prince George Naturalists Club meet, Dec. 13, 7 p.m, Parks Building, 4051 18th Ave. Two presentations. DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-6499591. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. toastmastersclubs. org/ or 250-5645191. Tai Chi classes, Thursday, 7-9 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-9643849. Chess nights, Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Books and Company. Information: Marilyn 250-562-9580. Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Prince George

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Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, Spruce Capital Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561.

FRIDAY Christmas skating show, Dec. 14, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Elksentre Arena, hosted by Spruce City Skating Club. Admission by donation, family Skate with Santa after the show. Drum Circle with Granville Johnson, Friday, 7-9 p.m., Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George, 1752 Fir St. Information: 1-250966-2320.

SATURDAY Nechako Flea Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth


SUNDAY Crib tournament, Dec. 16, 1 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Christmas lights tour, Dec. 16, free for all seniors. Dinner included. Sign up at Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Nechako Flea Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Meat draw, Royal Canadian Legion, 3-5 p.m., sponsored by Peace Keepers Proceeds to Alzheimer and MS societies and others.

MONDAY Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Michael’s

Church Hall. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740.

TUESDAY Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250962-6876 or www. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250-562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s fourpart chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975.

Hospital retirees meeting, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-563-7497 or 250-563-2885.

The Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Wednesday. Submissions are accepted in written form only – dropped off, mailed or emailed – No Phone Calls please. Datebook runs as space allows, there is no guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George BC V2N 1T3 E-mail

SUPPORT GROUPS Prince George Healing Rooms - Are you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Wednesday noon-2 p.m, All Nations Church, 1395 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-617-9653. COPD support group meets Wednesday, 1 p.m., AiMHi. Information: Nancy 250-561-1393. Heartbeat, a group for mutual support of those who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets monthly at CMHA office. Information: Sandy 250-960-9047. Thursday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Knox United Church,1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-564-6336 (days), 250-964-4851 (evenings). Red Hat Chapter meets for lunches and outings. Information: 250-563-1942. Elks’ meat draw, Thursday, 4:306 p.m., Legion. Proceeds to Elks’ Children’s Fund. Rainbows grief and

loss program for ages 5-15, registering for the fall session. No charge. Information: Catherine 250-5632551. Tea Time for the Soul. Would you like someone to listen to you? Come, listen, and share while enjoying a cup of tea. Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. at Forest Expo House, 1506 Ferry Ave. No cost. For more information, Jesse or Catherine at 250-563-2551. Singles and friends, social group of people of all ages and diverse backgrounds, meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., A&W on 20th Avenue. Wednesday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) noon, AiMHi, 950 Kerry Sth. Information: 250-9603959, 778-416-0908. Learning Circle Literacy Program works with adult learners and families on literacy, numeracy and computing skills. Information: 250564-3568 ext. 228, or Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answers. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Monday, 7:30 p.m., hospital, Room 421. Call Shelley 250612-3877. Power Play, for children from newborns to five years old, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, 1:303:30 p.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle Ave. Information: 250-6149449. NorthBreast Passage Dragon Boat Society meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Chronic Disease Management Room, UHNBC. Information: Anita 250-563-2949 or Betty 250-9627985. Crisis Line volunteers training starts Sept. 28. Information: Sandra 250-564-5736 or www.north– NCP workers and retirees meet third Thursday of the month, 10 a.m., Pine

Centre food court. Royal Purple meets meets second and fourth Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250-596-0125 or Jeanette 250-5639362. Wednesday evening Tops (take off pounds sensibly), Spruceland Baptist Church, 1901 Ogilvie St.. Information: Leona 250-962-8802. Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1500 Edmonton St. Prince George Stroke Survivors Group meets Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. Information: Julia 250-563-3819, Roland 250-5621747. La Leche League breast feeding support group meets the second Thursday of every month 7 p.m. at the Health Unit auditorium. Information: Tammy 250-612-0085. PGRH retirees breakfast, first Tuesday of the month, Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Information: 250-563-2885.

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Cystic Fibrosis Canada Dec 7 – 23 Gift wrapping volunteers are needed at The Ribbons & Bows Gift Wrapping Booth located in Pine Centre at the Sears mall entrance. In support of Cystic Fibrosis & Child Development. 3 hr shifts, sign up at the booth or call CDC at 250-563-7168 Spruce City Skating Club Dec 14 Spruce City Skating Club’s Holiday Ice Show- Dec 14. It is one of our biggest fundraisers. Volunteers are needed Jennifer 250-561-0180 or 250-962-1993 Parent Support Services New “Cooking Up Comfort Cookbook” $10 - To order contact email: 250-962-0600. Volunteer Facilitators needed for Parent Support Circle Training in Jan & Feb. For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George


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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43 years. We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization: Native Healing Centre: Administrative Assistant – Part Time Closing date: December 14, 2012 at 4 pm

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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: No Phone Inquiries Accepted – Closing date December 31, 2012

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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.

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This Free 18-week program trains students in shipping, receiving and job hunting skills. Students will obtain five certificates; Forklift Introduction, Occupational First Aid - Level One, WHMIS, Occupational Health & Safety and Transportation of Dangerous Goods. Course Offerings: February 18, 2013 – June 28, 2013

Full Time RV Technician Quesnel, BC Certified or 3rd year RV Technician required. Applicant will require a proven record of technical experience, previous training certificates and exceptional customer service. Chemo offers best full time compensation in Northern BC. Join a fun, professional team Submit applications to Steve Rutledge HI my name is Vandy, $1000 reward for anyone who can author a life story about the ups and downs of my intriguing life...Creativity and imagination is an asset, short and sweet on the poetic spectrum preferable, whilst keeping within the guidelines of fact overriding fiction, embellishment an option but not most likely not necessary as my life is interesting enough to be authored and published within local newspapers without exaggeration as a necessity. You can reach me @ 778677-5446 or 885-8002 or e-mail

To reserve a seat to attend one of our information meetings, please contact the CNC Community Education at 250.561.5846

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Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Fax resumes to: 780725-4430

Trades, Technical HINO CENTRAL Fraser Valley is seeking a Commercial Vehicle Technician (Senior Apprentice or Journeyman) to add to our growing team in Langley. We offer a competitive salary and full benefits in a fully-equipped ultra-modern facility. Visit Apply to:; fax: 780-6384867.

NORTHERN ALBERTA clearing contractor seeks experienced Buncher and Skidder Operators for work in Northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided; email Fax 780-488-3002. NOW Hiring: CAD/Survey Technician Focus is an industry leading organization, providing a wide range of Geomatics, Engineering and Planning services across Western Canada. Our Geomatics division is experiencing substantial growth, opening up exciting opportunities for enthusiastic, motivated, individuals to become part of our team. We are currently seeking a CAD/Survey Technician to join or team in Prince George, BC. For more details please visit our website: RESTORATION Technician required for full time work in the Prince George area. Experience in flood, fire, mold and asbestos remediation preferred. Preference will be given to applicants that are IICRC certified. Competitive wage package with benefits. Email resume to:

Work Wanted Information Session: January 8, 2013 OR January 15, 2013 from 10:30am – 11:30am

Financial Services DROWNING IN debts? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. or Toll Free 1-877-556-3500 IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161. INCOME TAX PROBLEMS? Have you been audited, reassessed or disallowed certain claims by Canada Revenue Agency? Call Bob Allen @ 250-542-0295 35yrs. Income Tax experience, 8.5yrs. with Revenue Canada. Email: M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

Seeking baker-breakfast cook position with small family catering firm. I have 30 yrs exp plus any certificates needed. Also, I am able to adjust to any circumstances & time frame. I am available immediately & can cover all my own expenses. As well, I have a university education. Pls contact me at: 250-301-1202 ASK FOR COLIN or email

Funding provided through the Canada British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.

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ONE HOUR OPTICAL Spruceland Mall 250.564.0095 Pine Centre Mall 250.564.0047

Handypersons Your Do It All Handyman for hire. No job to small. Quality workmanship. Reasonable rates. 778-349-4363

Home Improvements Bath & Kitchen Specialist We bring creative design ideas to the table, as we work closely with you to achieve the perfect remodel. No job too big and none certainly, too small. Call Tom today for free estimate.

250-961-0439 G Gilbert Renovation Year round reno needs. Int/ext, nothing too small. 30 yrs exp. Free estimates! Call Gaetan (250) 560-5845 or 552-7184

Painting & Decorating Paint Special 3 Rooms $589 incl. prem qlty paint, your color choices, 2 coats, filled nail holes. Ceiling & trim extra. Free Est. HB Tech 250-6496285

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.

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4 wheeled shop rider scooter $500 obo Ph (250)563-5873

FOR SALE: One group of 5 adjoining placer claims located on Lightening Creek next to Wing Dam Ph 1-250-249-5934

HARDWOOD MANOR APTS Large 1 & 2 bdrm suites

Pet friendly, senior discount, 3 bdrm suites. Dec 1st $795 to $975/mo (250)649-8439 or 1-604-510-3252

Other Areas

1575 Queensway 250-596-9484

2010 Polaris 550 Sportsman ATV 511 kms. Only been on gravel logging roads. When purchased $11,500.00 plus $500 in after market items (Warn winch, windshield, mirrors, camo saddle and rear bags, gun boot and holder plus cover. REDUCED to $8000 Serious inquiries only. 250-562-3747

$100 & Under Extra lean ground beef, $3.25/lb, 1 lb pkgs, 20 lb min. Satisfaction Guaranteed Bar K Ranch 1(250)967-4272

$200 & Under Firewood, driest wood in town split & delivered $180/cord (250)964-2020 Panasonic Home Theater system surround sound 5 CD/DVD/AM/FM player in excellent condition. TV/stereo stand (oak) $150 for both (250)964-2635

Misc. for Sale 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: 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. 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!

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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.

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent


• 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available • Close to hospital & downtown • Rent includes heat, hot water • Elevator to undercover parking • Fridge, stove, quality carpets, drapes • Laundry on each floor • No pets

To Rent Call:

250-561-1447 Carriage Lane Estates

2 & 3 BDRM TOWNHOUSES Close to CNC and shopping


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

Deluxe 2 bdrm apt near Parkwood Mall. Large appl, dishwasher, storage room $750/mo + hydro. Avail. now. (250)563-2709

Modular Homes

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Hardwood floors throughout Heat & Hot water included

HILLSBOROUGH Apts Newly Updated, spacious 3 bdrm apts. Clean, quiet, secure entrance. No Dogs. $850 per month includes H/W -Utilities extra Available Jan 1st

Phone 250-596-4555


2666 Upland Street 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Rent includes: hydro, heat, hot water, appliances, drapes and parking. Quiet, no pets

250-564-3162 VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446

Commercial/ Industrial

Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL • RETA Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

Homes for Rent 1601 Fir St. 5 bd house good for 2 families. Bst rents for $750, full house $1500 plus hydro 250-961-2265

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HALF house for rent. Opposite Esquimlat High on 828 Colvile Rd. 3 Bedrooms, large yard for pets and kids250-885-8002 or 250-885- 8090

Suites, Lower Brand new 2 bed bst. suite. Hydro & gas included. Shared laundry, parking for 1 vehicle. $900 per month. Available Jan lst 250-981-6185

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On February 2, 2009, at the 100 block of McKenzie Avenue, Prince George, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the Prince George RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $1,716 CAD, on or about 15:00 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by the commission of an offence (or offences) under section 5(2) (Possession for purpose of trafficking) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2012-1298, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture

unless a notice of dispute is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Director’s website, accessible online at www. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1.


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Prince George Free Press

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, April 16thh, 2013 | Prince George Civic Centre Conference & Workshops 8:00am–4:00pm | Awards Gala 6:00pm–10:00pm Keynote speakers:

Diane Buckner

Thank you to the following partners of the Women of thee North Nor th Conference: Conferen

Mayor Lori Ackerman

Host of CBC’s Dragons’ Den Fort St. John

Award categories: Rising Star Sponsored by: CNC NC

Opening Ceremonies:

Community Enrichment Award Sponsored by: Prince George Chamber of Commerce

Influence & Impact Woman of the Year Home Based Business Women of the Year Award Business Women of the Year Award Sponsored by: Investors Group

Shirley Bond, MLA

Mayor Shari Green

Prince George – Valemount Justice Minister and Attorney General

Prince George

Professional Woman of Distinction Award Aboriginal Women of Distinction Award Sponsored by: Aboriginal Business Development Centre

For more information contact Shirly Prokopchuk at | 250.552.3817 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

* Watch the Prince George Free Press for registration and nomination information

Prince George Free Press, December 12, 2012  
Prince George Free Press, December 12, 2012  

December 12, 2012 edition of the Prince George Free Press