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Detail shows the cutouts and colours of a paper lantern as its being made by young artist Holdyn Krause, 8, at Two Rivers Gallery on Sunday. Children and adults enjoyed family time together making paper lanterns to help celebrate the Winter Solstice.

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The city’s snow removal budget has about $600,000 left in it, enough for another two significant snow falls. Mayor Shari Green said she hopes the $600,000 left in the snow removal budget will last until the end of 2012 so the city

won’t have to dip into the general reserve fund to cover the difference. “I think we’ll be okay until the end of the year,” she said. but one more huge one or two big ones but we’re looking at exhausting all the funds we have.” Green added council will be taking a significant look at roads in 2013 during upcoming budget meetings.

“As the snow melts we’re going to be wondering what our road and pothole situation is like,” Green said. “ We will be finding some increases for roads that we did not do last year.” Green explained that last year council took money from a fund that wasn’t being accessed and moved significant amount of money over into the road repair budget,

allowing the city to complete a lot of work that wasn’t funded in the original plan. However, it is important to find a sustainable fund for continual road repair. “I think council is in a better state of being informed in respect as to what we should do as to roads,” Green said. She added that plan will be sound and financed.


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Building skills Respect has been the cornerstone of our relationships with Aboriginal groups across Canada. That’s respect on their terms, not ours. And that means having an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the values and the issues that are important to them. When we started talking to Aboriginal communities about the Northern Gateway Project, they told us, unequivocally, that they wanted meaningful, long-term involvement in the labour force. That’s why we established a $1.5-million Gateway Education and Training Fund — and it’s not dependent, in any way, upon Northern Gateway regulatory approval. This fund supports training initiatives based in the pipeline, construction, and energy sectors. It is not training for the sake of training; it is totally focused on employment outcomes. And along Northern Gateway right-ofway communities, Enbridge is already connecting industry and community to help create Aboriginal career opportunities. Catherine Pennington, Northern Gateway’s Supervisor of Community Education, Training, and Skills Development, reports that we’re already co-funding training programs for surveyors and ironworkers. We’re purchasing seats in existing Aboriginal trades programs, and partnering with provincial and federal bodies to help develop skilled tradespeople in the areas

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of heavy equipment operation, pipefitting, welding, and construction craft labouring. We’ve also co-ordinated the first of many “workforce connections” workshops, bringing together representatives of Northern Gateway equity First Nations and companies with labour-force needs for some meaningful employment discussion.

Prince George Public Library will no longer be able to borrow the free books or microfilms housed at Library and Archives Canada for customers nor make use of their ILL-related photocopying services. Library & Archives Canada will continue to maintain their unionized catalogue, AMICUS, so that the PGPL will be able to continue to fill outof-province requests to other public and academic libraries throughout Canada, though they may not be able to get all material requested free of charge.

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Allan Wilson, the chief librarian in Prince George, said though the move won’t affect a high percentage of patrons, it will certainly damper the ability genealogists and other serious researchers to have to easily and cheaply access the information they need. “It is not going to have a huge huge affect here in the sense of putting a large number of patrons out of commission,” Wilson said. “Those people could use the university and other avenues. The problem is those always cost.” The public library

lends between three and four thousand item per year through Library and Archives Canada. About seven per cent of those loans are out of province requests, or ones the library can still accommodate. “This is the living memory of Canada. The Harper government has a bit of a reputation lately of reducing some of the things Canada does well.” He said the Canadian national library is not particularly strong as far as libraries go, with the American Library of Congress leading the way and

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CRIME: Man arrested after several crimes committed in city A7 Real angels under the tree this Christmas A11

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Brett Robinson, president, Canfor Pulp, explained a project to produce clean renewable bioenergy at Northwood Pulp.

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A $26-million investment by Canfor Pulp will be spent upgrading the two turbo generators at Northwood Pulp, adding 11 megawatts of capacity to the provincial grid, providing 97 gigawatt hours of electricity annually and allowing Northwood to reduce its requirements from BC Hydro by 17 gigawatts a year. Brett Robinson, president of Canfor Pulp, pointed out pulpmills are some of the largest bioenergy producers in North America, but simultaneously they are also consume a lot of power. “We need to get ourselves off the grid and hopefully one day we will,” Robinson said. “We want to be a supplier, not just a customer.” Getting the turbos revamped and up and running is a project with an end-date

in March 2014, but Robinon said the goal is to have everything done before Christmas 2013. “That’s when people are going to need power,” he pointed out, using the plethora of Christmas lights and the many ovens brimming with Christmas feasts as examples. “We want to be part of the solution.” The project, when complete, will reduce the mill’s intake from the grid by 17 gigawatt hours per year. Robinson said he remains proud of the pulp industry, a sector that often takes the hit when people laud clean industry. “The reality is when you think about pulp, we take waste and make it into value added products,” he said. “I don’t think you could find another business as renewable as ours.” Robinson pointed out the pulp and paper industry made use of bug kill. In

fact, it even takes the glue from chips and turns it into energy. “And we have reduced our carbon footprint by 65 to 70 per cent.” The industry takes a proactive approach in reducing the usage of fossil fuels. “This contract is an important part of the energy acquisitions needed to meet the needs of B.C.,” Doug Little, vice president, energy planning and economic development, BC Hydro, said. Currently Prince George Pulp is completely self-sufficient and putting power back into the grid. Northwood Pulp is closer to that standard, though it supplies power to the sawmill, however the change will save the mill about $700,000 a year in power bills. The project will take about eight people eight weeks of around the clock work to complete. The project meets the five year payback standard according to Canfor policy.

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A local man well known to police is in custody and facing several charges in relation to a home invasion of a person with a disability that occurred in the city recently. Just after 10 p.m. on December 10, Prince George RCMP were called to a rural residence off Chief Lake Road, just outside Prince George city limits, for a report of a home invasion robbery. Officers attended and found that three men forcibly entered the residence and bear sprayed all three adult occupants of the house, including a quadriplegic man. The 51-year-old man was previously involved in a motor vehicle collision that left him paralyzed from his neck down. He had no way to defend himself or escape the noxious contamination of the spray. The suspects stole his wallet and fled in a vehicle. The home was equipped with video surveillance, which was seized by police. Through extensive investigation by the Prince George RCMP’s Crime Reduction Team and Downtown Enforcement Unit, one of the three suspects has been identified by police. On Wednesday December 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Joel Milton Clark was arrested during a vehicle stop near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Winnipeg Street in Prince George. Clark, a 26-year-old Prince George resident, has been charged by Provincial Crown Counsel for the following offences: Robbery, three counts of assault with a weapon, break and enter, mischief Under $5000, and theft under $5,000. Clark is next scheduled to appear in Court on January 16, 2013. The investigation is continuing. If you have any information about this serious Criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www. pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.


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The Little Prince had a short public run last year, but behind the scenes a lot was being accomplished to repair ongoing issues with the train as well as the track. Tracy Calogheros and Tom Dielissen appeared before city council Wednesday to present next year’s budget and update council on the progress made last year with one of the more popular tourist attractions in the city. C a l o g h e r o s explained some of the challenges facing the Little Prince in 2012, from a need to certify new engineers to upgrading the tickets operators held to, probably most important to the public, the

Miracle quilt finds its way home One quilt’s journey began in 2005 when longtime quilter Dawn Nylund began making a traditional quilt. A member of the St. Michael’s quilting group, Dawn spent many hours happily working on it and she’d completed three of 12 squares before, sadly, she died of cancer in 2007. After her passing, Dawn’s husband Jack was at a loss about what to do with her crafting items, embroidery thread and pink and purple fabric pieces for the unfinished quilt. “I don’t know how to quilt,” he told the Free Press. “So I put the pieces in a box and gave them to Dawn’s quilting group.” The group decided to complete the quilt and sent nine squares along with nine members. It took them over five years to finish and assemble the quilt. One square got lost along the way and was later found – but not before another one was made that became a matching pillow. The quilt was featured in the arts and crafts category at the PGX this year. It won Viewer’s Choice Award. When Nylund saw the beautiful quilt on display he knew it would make a wonderful

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Tina Cousins (centre) holds the new quilt made for her by the St. Michael’s quilters after she won, then donated, an heirloom quilt to Jack Nylund and his daughter Robin.

family heirloom and a reminder of Dawn and her love of quilting. Buying it was not an option because the quilt was up for raffle. So Nylund did the next best thing, he bought up dozens of raffle tickets. However it was teacher Tina Cousins who had the lucky ticket drawn on Nov. 4. She phoned Nylund to tell him the good news – that she was donating it to his family.

need to fix two steam injectors on the only narrow gauge track operational steam engine in the country, a need which left the train out of commission for most of the summer. Operating the Little Prince is a task taken on by Exploration Place at the request of the City. The city supports the train each year with a grant of $13,500. Other sources of revenue include a donation well, the gift shop at Exploration Place which sells various memorabilia with the Little Prince logo on it, a corporate sponsor, Radloff and Associates, which donated $7,500 and in-kind services that totalled $2,500. The fact the train was inoperable for passenger service for the summer was reflected in the budget shortfall with expenditures amounting to $48,285. However, the popularity of the train cannot be disputed. On Thanksgiving weekend, the organization hosted free rides for the public, from noon until 4 p.m., with public attendance topping 3,000 during the 12 hours of passenger service. The shortfall, however, amounted to $21,421. The 2013 budgeted revenues are projected at 58,600 with expenses at $58,551, showing little money to put towards last year’s shortfall, which Exploration Place absorbed for the moment. “Essentially we bud-

geted to break even in 2013,” Calogheros said. “The museum absorbed the shortfall this year.” Rides will commence on May 25 this year. “I’m sure the public is looking forward to the train next year,” Dielissen said. Calogheros said the report was brought before council so it could be forwarded to administration for a recommendation, considering this year they are looking for $15,000 from the city in monetary support, rather than $13,500. Mayor Shari Green asked if Tourism Prince George was aiding with expenditures considering the importance of the Little Prince to Tourism as well as the fact the city supports that organization financially. She was told right now Tourism is a supporter, however it mostly helps with marketing as a partner, adding its expertise in that area. C a l o g h e r o s explained the Little Prince is the shortest train in the world, turned 100 last year and was at the last spike. “People who are really interested in Heritage Rail are really interested in Heritage Rail,” Calogheros said. She has been working tentatively with CN to find if they have an interest in sponsoring it, as well as looking into grants because of the train’s rich heritage. However, finding a grant that matches the circumstance has

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Nusdh Yoh students Zalyn ProvincialGibson, left, and Cherise West organized a food drive at the school, and brought the results to the Salvation Army on Wednesday. been difficult. Coun. Cameron Stolz mentioned that generally facilities like the pool find a corporate sponsor to cover the cost of a free swim day and asked why they had not done the same when offering free rides over Thanksgiving. Calogheros said a new addition to the team, a fund development officer, will look into those opportunities, Meanwhile, this year she said she decided to go ahead with the action to mitigate the bad year the train had. Coun. Albert Koehler suggested the solution lies with donation and sponsorships, espe-

cially from CN. Although she agreed, Calogheros pointed out Exploration Place was approached by the city to operate the train, which belongs to the city. She said they were not looking for a handout, and the $15,000 sum was quite modest considering it has been receiving $13,500 from the city since the 80’s. Inflation alone, she said, would raise that number. A motion was made to pass the report to administration. Meanwhile Green said she would join Calogheros in a meeting with Tourism in an effort to help secure more funds.

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City transit and projects supervisor Dave Bradshaw, left, James Vine and Coun. Albert Koehler transfer food collected in the Food for Fare program to Salvation Army workers Renee Conway and Bill Price. Btewen Thursday and Saturday of last week, transit buses collected more than 400 lb. of food. A lla n W ISHA RT/ Fre e Pre s s

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Laminate floors, wood tables and chairs, industrial pipe exposed at the ceiling, drinks served in mason jars and the steady background of Cajun-type music help set the ambience for the Copper Pig, a barbecue joint and what is probably the newest business to call downtown home according to Linda Self, the general manager of the Downtown Business Improvement Association. The Northern Hardware is the oldest business, and the stores that run the gamut in between, from speciality stores to office space, help keep the city’s core vibrant and growing, while initiatives like putting the downtown enforcement unit together, have made it a safe area to work and play. “There are a lot of great businesses downtown,” Self said. Self added she doesn’t feel unsafe in the downtown area, and like many citizens of the city doesn’t agree that Prince George is the most dangerous city in the country. “I have my own opinion about the Maclean’s thing,” she said Off the top of her head, Self came up with several stores that have grabbed the attention and loyalty of many. For example, if her opinion was asked regarding where a couple could go for a night of entertainment, she said either Books and Co. or Nancy O’s, both of which feature local entertainment, would fit the bill. “And there’s tons of restaurants - anyone of them as far as i know is good,” she said. Zoe’s, another downtown coffee shop serving fresh delectable food, was also mentioned. But there’s plenty to do between grabbing a bit at a restaurant. “There are several wedding stores, speciality stores on 4th., with another one that’s fairly new on the corner

of 4th and Dominion called Butterfly Threads. She sells clothes. It was a home based bus, but it got too big for her so she moved it downtown,” Self said. Self described the proprietor as one of those ladies who knows exactly what size you are and which wrack you should check out. She also mentioned A Butler’s Market, also on Fourth. “It’s a really cool location. She’s got several of what most would call small office spaces, but each is decorated by the vendor, making it a high-end flea market. The new hotel, being erected just outside of the DBIA’s current boundaries, will add prosperity to the downtown, especially through the residents who live in the condos promised as the top-floor of the building. The condo residents, along with those who will be living in the senior’s home recently erected. “The more people living downtown the better,” Self said. The new RCMP building will add to the beauty of downtown and having B.C. Housing move into the building which used to be the Cadillac Ranch, is a nice addition, and adding the flags and original artwork on the face of the Post Office have enhanced that building. She added the Lheidli T’enneh’s new economic development office also adds to the flavour of the area. “I think it’s fantastic they are here,” she said, adding she looks forward to seeing the completion of the Wood Innovation and Development Centre. The issues with the downtown area don’t exist as they used to, Self said, making room for all the growth the downtown has experienced. “It’s changed a lot for a number of reasons,” she said. “Quite franky I think when people talk about how dangerous downtown is, its just perception from years and years of people complaining. I think those who think its unsafe are the ones that don’t come down here,” she said.

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The Downtown Enforcement Unit focused on downtown issues, and has proven to have made a significant difference in the crime rate. The downtown clean team, a project headed by the DBIA, brings a crew from the Prince George brain injured group to help keep the core clean. “They supply the individuals, clients, who they are trying to get out into society and functioning, to help. Then they look after whole thing,” Self said. “For some of the clients, I’ve seen such a change in their lives because of this. It’s a real win win.” Beautification projects, like the flower baskets that adorn the city lamp posts, help make the core a place people enjoy. “That happens through a partnership between ourselves and the city. We pay for the whole thing and they contribute funding,” Self said. There are certain things lacking downtown, Self said, and in particular with more people moving to the core and with the hope of more to come, one thing would be a grocery store. “We’ve been trying to work with Initiatives Prince George to secure some of those types of businesses that are lacking in the downtown,” Self said. “A grocery store is the first to come to mind. Overwaitea has something called Urban fare, which is a smaller version of Save-On, but more of a market type than a grocery, a bit more of a boutique type grocery store.” Given the chance, Self would encourage everyone to give the downtown a chance. She said it’s a great time to come out for Winter Solstice, which includes a lantern walk. “There’s lots of great restaurants. In conjunction with Coldsnap and the Francophone festival, the DBIA is running a restaurant promotion where you get a great meal at reduced prices, for two weeks “That would be a great way to introduce and reintroduce people to the downtown,” she said.

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YOUR CITY MATTERS December 21, 2012 COUNCIL COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS AND BOARDS MEETINGS

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Broadcasting of Council Meetings: To follow live Council meetings, visit the City’s website at www.princegeorge.ca as webcasting services and video archiving of agenda items are available for the public.

2013 DOG LICENSES ARE NOW ON SALE. The discounted rates are available until January 31, 2013. If the dog is sterilized the license is $24 and if the dog is not sterilized the cost is $66. Dog tags can be purchased online at www.princegeorge.ca, by mail, by calling 250.561.7600, at City Hall, BC SPCA, Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, The Bone & Biscuit, Day N’ Night Store (Hart Hwy), Dog Gone Bakery, Ospika Pet & Farm Supplies, Petland and Total Pet. Licensing your dog is a key factor in responsible pet ownership. It is required by the Animal Control City Bylaw and allows for quick identification should your dog become injured, lost, found or impounded. Keeping an unlicensed dog can result in a $100 fine. Bylaw Services 250.561.7622.

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Applications are now available at the Community Services Department in City Hall or on the City web site. Applications are reviewed in June and December of each year. For more information call 250-561-7646. Grants can be paid to individuals or organizations for travel related to academic, art, cultural and amateur sport/recreation purposes involving youth 18 years of age or younger, if they have: • Been selected at a juried show to have his/ her work displayed in a Provincial, Western Canadian, National level or within a designated geographic area as recognized by the sponsoring organization; OR • Been awarded a scholarship within a specific field or art to attend a school of National or Western Canadian recognition; OR • Won a zone or regional competition or have been selected by a sponsoring organization to represent Prince George at a Provincial competition; OR • Won a Provincial competition and have gone on to participate in a Western Canadian, National competition or competition within a designated

Request for Proposal: P12-12 Provision of Voicemail/Unified Messaging Replacement Closing Date: January 8, 2013 For information concerning City of Prince George bidding opportunities visit BC Bid @ www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca

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geographic area as recognized by the sponsoring organization; OR • Won the right or been selected to represent the City, the Province, and/or Canada at an international competition. On occasion, those activities that are considered to be in pursuit of excellence are eligible for funding.

CULTURAL GRANTS FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS Non-Profit arts organizations wishing to apply for the City’s Cultural Grants can obtain an application package from the Service Centre at City Hall. Applications may also be obtained on the City’s web site www.princegeorge.ca/CityHall/Grants/CulturalArts Requests for grants must be submitted on the City’s application form, and must include all of the supporting documentation listed on the application. Late or incomplete submissions may result in the rejection of applications. The deadline for 2013 grant applications for City assistance is 5:00 PM - Monday, January 21, 2013.

CNC and CUPE Local 4951 concluded a tentative agreement this past weekend. CUPE leaders will now take the proposed two-year contract to their members for voting on January 9. “We are delighted to be at this stage and hopeful that the contract will be approved by CUPE Local 4951 members,� said Randall Heidt, CNC director of communications and development. CUPE Local 4951 president Lily Bachand said a lot of hard work was invested in this process and agreement. “There were exhaustive efforts on both sides and the CUPE Local 4951 bargaining team is looking forward to ratification of this proposal in the near future,� Bachand said. As per usual, details of the agreement will not be disclosed until after union leaders have had a chance to recommend the package to their members. If CUPE Local 4951 ratifies the deal on Jan. 9, it will then go to the College of New Caledonia’s Board of Governors meeting on Jan. 25 for ratification.

CITY OF PRINCE GEORGE HOURS OF OPERATION – HOLIDAY SEASON The City’s usual hours of operation will apply during the holiday season with these exceptions: 1. All operations except police, fire/rescue and emergency operations will be closed for business on December 25 & 26, 2012 and January 1, 2013. 2. On December 24 and December 31, 2012 non-essential services will close at 2:00 pm. 3. The Four Seasons Leisure Pool will remain closed for maintenance shut-down and will reopen January 7th, 2013 at 9:00 am. 4. The Prince George Aquatic Centre will operate on this schedule: • December 24 – 6:15 am – 2:00 pm • December 25 – closed • December 26 – closed • December 27 – 30 – regular hours • December 31 – 6:15 am – 7:00 pm (from 3:00 – 7:00pm is a toonie swim) • January 1, 2013 – 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

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Prince George RCMP have one man is in cus- the public called police and advised that a man tody following a Tuesday-morning crime spree had recently crossed Highway 16 and was headthrough the Peden Hill area of the City. ing down Range Road. The witness provided a At 9:14 a.m., police received a report of a stolen description that matched that of the suspect. Chevrolet Venture minivan from the 2700 block After a brief foot chase, several officers of South Ospika Boulevard. Officers attended were able to surround the suspect near the the area and began making patrols. corner of Range Road and Westwood Drive. At 9:28 a.m., police received a report of an At approximately 10:30 a.m., the suspect attempted robbery of a student near John McIn- was taken into custody without further nis Centre, on Westwood Drive, that allegedly incident. A 19-year-old man who recently occurred at approximately 9 a.m. A male student moved to Prince George from Fort St. John, was approached by a man demanding his sun- is being held in custody until court on glasses and lighter. The man fit the description of December 19. the suspect that stole L the minivan a few UA minutes later. N AN At 9:38 a.m., police received a second report of an attempted N robbery in the same area. This time an adult male on Athlone Avenue was approached by a similarly described suspect. The suspect demanded the keys to his vehicle and told the victim that he had a gun, although no gun was seen. The victim did not comply and the suspect fled. Police continued to search for the suspect and the stolen minivan in the Peden Hill (ASK FOR DETAILS) area. At 10:17 a.m., a report of a collision Christmas in a driveway on Gift Certificates Lansdowne Road, off Ferry Avenue, was ONLY received by police. ($50 Value) The vehicle was confirmed to have been the stolen minivan. Police officers includS T OF PG ing the Police Dog FREE BE Service, attended the Best EYEGLASS CLEANER Place for area. The minivan was Glasses FOR LIFE WITH located unoccupied at 2 RX PURCHASE 012 the bottom of Lansdowne Road. Officers, Spruceland Mall with the assistance of a Police Service Dog, 250-564-0095 tracked the suspect up Pine Centre Mall the hill and through 250-564-0047 the Prince George “BC’s Eyewear Headquarters” Toll Free: 1-855-564-0047 Cemetery. As the track was continuing, an www.visionsoptical.com observant member of

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he horrible events of last Friday’s school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, have led to widespread speculation as to the shooters’ motives, including a tenuous link to mental illness as a possible factor. This is problematic, as it further paints those with mental illness as violent and unstable. It also demonstrates how little the public understands mental illness. Those who experience a mental illness are not “crazy”, nor are they often violent. The true face of mental illness is all too common. It may have stared back at you from the bathroom mirror. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Furthermore, mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time, through a family member, friend or colleague. Mental illness covers a wide variety of ailments, from anxiety disorders and depression to serious brain disorders like schizophrenia and dementia. According to the World Health Organization, clinical depression was the third most important cause of disease burden worldwide in 2004, and was first among middle- and highincome countries. Meanwhile, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to Centre for Disease Control. However, when it comes to public healthcare funding, mental health is often an afterthought. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, with 10 to 20 per cent eventually dying from complications. Despite the fact that close to five per cent of Canadian women aged 15 to 25 suffer from anorexia and/or bulimia (according to a 1993 Statistics Canada survey), this country was without a publicly funded residential treatment facility for eating disorders until just two years ago. This past summer saw the closure of Riverview Hospital, the province’s only mental health-specific hospital. Mental illness can result in death, suicide, and self harm. But these outcomes can often be prevented with proper treatment and care. While mental illness can result in violent behaviour, according to the CMHA, people with mental health issues are no more violent than any other group in our society. But unlike other diseases and conditions, such as cancer or diabetes, mental health rarely elicits strong funding support from the public. As a result, there is less money for research and care. But treatment for mental illness will not become a priority until we make it one. Mental illness is a medical condition, not a defect of character, and those living with this disease deserve support, not scorn. Acceptance, not alienation. A diagnosis of mental illness defines aspects of a person’s cognitive experiences, but that is only part of who they are. We must be careful not to dismiss the whole person, as often it is easier to do so, rather than take the time to truly understand their diagnosis. The sooner we as a society can accept these facts, the sooner we can reduce the social stigma many who suffer from this disease endure, as this stigma prevents many from seeking help. We need to further our understanding of this widespread illness, not alienate those with a treatable medical condition. - Black Press

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It happens same time, every year Whoops, here we are again. Christmas always edge that can sort that one out. comes on December 25, but it still seems to sneak Starting with Saint Nicholas who was the patron up and suddenly be just a few days away. saint of children, along with also being the patron What was originally a Christian celebration of the saint of sailors, merchant, archers, thieves, pawnbrobirth of Jesus, it has morphed into much more. With kers and students, it is easy to see the roots of the few exceptions, the day has become more of a secuSanta Clause tradition. Santa Clause’s name likely lar celebration frequently marked by excess. came from the strange Dutch translation of Saint There are still many within the Christian commuNicholas into Sinterklass. So, even Santa has roots in nity who still hold the day as one that is very spethe Christian faith. Who added the Reindeer, elves, cial. The birthday of Jesus is a core value Mrs. Clause and Rudolf, remains a of their faith and is cause for celebration mystery. and renewal. It matters not if we subThe images of Santa protrude as the scribe to that particular faith, we should jolly old fat man with the grey beard treat those who do with respect. and jolly looks was the creation of It is interesting that most of the tradinone other than the Coca Cola ComOnside tions created around Christmas in our pany. In what has become one of the VICTORBOWMAN modern world do not have particularly more clever marketing efforts, the religious significance for most of us. We company set out to create an image have been too well trained by the creation of the of the Christian gift giver, Coca Cola in hand. The consumer society. Christmas has become the season Coca Cola image of Santa fit the values of the day when many commercial enterprises gather enough where good humour and prosperity was associated wealth to sustain themselves for another year. with substantial girth. Nonetheless, the symbols of Christmas we all In today’s world, the Santa image is an advertiseknow so well do have roots in the Christian faith. A ment for heart attack, chronic diabetic and many Greek priest from the fourth century became known more health problems. While he is physically an as Saint Nicholas. That should ring at least a faint example of what we rationally don’t want to be in bell of recognition. our health conscious world, we still look at him Also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker as being a wonderful, giving person easy to love. because of many miracles attributed to him, he was There is a message there. also noted for giving anonymous gifts to those in The wonderful part of Christmas is even if you need. There is the link between the Christian faith just play Santa, you are still participating in a wonand our modern, highly commercialized, Christmas derful tradition with deep roots in the Christian traditions. His day of celebration is December 6 faith. Christmas is still a season of giving, but it is a which makes wonder if that fact influenced their time we can set aside our petty grievances with othselection of December 25 as the date of the birth of ers and see them in a kinder light. Jesus. There are scholars with much more knowlHave a great Christmas!

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City ignoring residents with OCP change Editor: The Official Community Plan (OCP) was supposed to be a blueprint for neighbourhood development. Last year, the City of Prince George violated the terms of the OCP and rezoned the old Haldi Road School property to accommodate a women’s drug and alcohol treatment centre. Approximately 95 per cent of Haldi neighbourhood opposed the rezoning, took the city to court and won their case. The judge ruled that the former Haldi Road School property be returned to residential zoning as the OCP did not allow for it in their rural area. At the Dec. 17 council meeting, the current owners of the Haldi Road School property applied for rezoning and requested to have the OCP amended to include “rural” areas. The application was accepted and council voted (first and second reading) to proceed with the OCP amendment procedure to accommodate the developer. (The tail wagging the dog comes to mind.) What taxpayers probably don’t know is that the OCP change is not only for the Haldi Road area, but for all of Prince George. City planning have recommended to amend Policy 7.5.9 to read, “permit affordable hosing and/or special needs housing, at densities council considers appropriate, in all the residential areas, including rural areas.” They have

further accommodated the developer by recommending Policy 7.5.9 a (in part) “without limiting Policy 7.5.9, permit a Therapeutic Community Care Facility on Lot C, District Lot 1597.” Policy custom-made for developer. This change would

provide for a therapeutic centre or any other special needs housing, being placed possibly next to your house, like it or not, and whether the facility can be hooked up to city water and sewer or not. (The proposed centre would have to haul in

water and property currently has a lagoon in need of serious upgrading.) What happened to neighbourhood consultation? The city has totally ignored neighbourhood legal rights and continue to impose this centre upon us by changing the OCP to suit

the city and special-interest groups. Is this democracy? Taxpayers have already paid for one court case the city lost, Will this cost more? This amendment, if passed will permit unwanted intrusion into our neighbourhoods. City policy appears to be: If the

OCP doesn’t accommodate the developer, then amend it. Residents will just have to be re-educated and live with it. Is this what homeowners in Prince George want? Our voices need to be heard. G. Pettersen Prince George

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Free trade deals deal blow to Canada

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ore disturbing news recently has lent credence to the view that various so-called free-trade agreements negotiated since the late 1980s are making a nullity of Canada’s sovereignty over its resources, its environmental and labour standards and even its workers’ rights to freedom of expression in defending their interests through the proper channels. The problem has increasingly come into focus since the Stephen Harper Conservatives won the federal election of 2011. HD Mining International Ltd., a Chinese firm that United Steelworkers identifies as having close ties to the government of the People’s Republic of China, is developing the proposed Murray River Mine near Tumbler Ridge, according to a story in the Dec. 19 Vancouver Province. It has said that, for at least the next four years, it will hire miners only from within China. It has set proficiency in Mandarin as a job requirement. This fall the union unsuccessfully filed for an injunction to block the permits for bringing in the foreign workers without Canadian workers being given a chance to apply first. Then it was hit with a human rights complaint of discrimination by a Chinese coal miner HD

said was acting as an independent worker, although the text of the letter of complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission was written on HD Mining’s letterhead. HD Mining has also sent a letter to a federal official threatening a suit for civil damages over two ministers’ comments on the situation, according to a news story in the Dec. 19 Vancouver Sun. We have come to a sad pass in the history of this country if Canadian miners working through their union to file a grievance through legitimate channels or seek an injunction to protect their jobs or their families’ future financial security get hit with a human rights complaint. In effect, a mining corporation owned or controlled by an overseas totalitarian dictatorship taking resources out of Canada can restrict jobs at its Canadian operations to its own nationals, in effect (to speak figuratively) putting up signs outside its gates saying, “No Canadians or permanent residents need apply.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet have not yet approved the CanadaChina free-trade agreement, or, officially, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), but are said to be about to do so. If FIPA is approved and put into effect, we can expect more frivolous human rights complaints and vexatious lawsuits against Canadian workers denied jobs mining their own country’s resources seek help from their unions or their government representatives in pursuing a complaint about the situation. Indeed, under FIPA we can

expect more of this all the time – SLAPP (:Strategic Legal Action Against Public Participation) suits, the suppression of dissent against overseas government exploiting our resources, the equivalent of libel chill everywhere and lawsuits against any government official trying to enforce environmental standards. I can see a day when any criticism of the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China, or of its oppression of occupied Tibet, will be subject to a human rights complaint that such criticism brings hatred and contempt to the people of China. It costs tens of thousands of dollars to defend against a human rights complaint, something ordinary workers like miners can’t afford, and the complainant doesn’t have to pay anything. We have to do everything we can to stop the approval of FIPA. We must also restrict the scope of human rights tribunals to the investigation of actual job discrimination against individuals and actual situations of housing discrimination against minorities.

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Natural Resource Forum starts year off right This year, I once again have the privilege of hosting the 10th annual B.C. Natural Resource Forum, the first major conference of 2013. While last year’s forum was focused on the coming decade for the natural resources sector, the theme for this year is “The Economic Olympics… Can B.C. PATBELL Win A Gold Medal?” In order to help us answer this all-important question, the Forum brings together a wide range of leaders and experts from the natural resources sector. It will include several prominent keynote and luncheon speakers, as well as expert panels focusing on different natural resource industries. I look forward to opening the Forum on

the morning of January 9. That day, we will also have the chance to listen to Doug Bloom, the president of Canadian LNG and Spectra Energy, who will be speaking about The LNG Opportunity. This will be followed by a panel on LNG, which includes Councilor Ellis Ross of MLA Chief the Haisla Nation. Later in Report the day, Mike Cory, CN Rail’s Senior VP Western Region, will be the luncheon speaker, while Kevin Evans, the CEO of the Industry Training Authority, will be giving the afternoon keynote address on A New Paradigm For Trades Training. This will be followed by a panel on post-secondary education and skills training, featuring the presidents of the College of New Caledonia, Northern

Lights College, Northwest Community College, the VP of the University of Northern British Columbia, and the CEO of TDB Consultants. The Business and Technology Awards Dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the evening of January 9 in conjunction with the forum. On the second day of the conference, the morning keynote address will be given by Steve Zika, the CEO of Hampton Affiliates, who will be telling us Why Hampton Invested in B.C. We will then have a panel on Forestry, which includes the CEO of Forestry Innovation Investment and VPs from Canfor and Interfor. The luncheon speaker will be Senator Nancy Greene Raine. The afternoon features a panel on Mining, including leaders from New Gold, Xstrata Gold Canada,

and Thompson Creek Metals. Later that day, I will give the final remarks which end this remarkable forum. I am looking forward to meeting with leaders and experts in our natural resources industries and getting their opinion on how these industries will continue to contribute to British Columbia’s performance in the global economic competition. Our province is a leader in the natural resources field, and I am confident that we will continue to maintain our position at the top of the podium. The 10th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum begins at 9:15 a.m. on January 9 at the Prince George Civic Centre. For more information on this event, please visit www.bcnaturalresourceforum.com. I hope to see many of you there!

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Robyn O’Donnell (left) and Mary Kutzy take a moment from serving customers at the Salvation Army thrift store on Westwood to pose by the Angel Tree. Unwrapped gifts can be donated to Salvation Army locations until Dec. 24 when they will be distributed to local families for Christmas.

ANGELIQUE LEVAC Prince George artist and business person Angelique Merasty Levac of Angelique’s native Arts in downtown Prince George is known across the country for her rare, artistic talent of birch bark biting. She has written a memoir, God Opens Doors which is cowritten by Mack E. McColl. It is an incredible story of one of the world’s few remaining birch bark biting artists carrying on an age-old tradition. Angelique will be at Cafe Voltaire on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. to showcase her book.

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The Angel Tree is a good name for it because the gifts underneath come from angels on earth who care about people who are less fortunate. That’s the way a mother explained to her young son on Wednesday the presence of a Christmas tree decorated with cards and coloured balls at the Salvation Army thrift store. The Salvation Army is only one of several charitable organizations and individuals who work all year long to make sure people in the community who have financial hardships are better able to enjoy the holiday season. However the SA is perhaps the most recognizable fundraising group with its annual Red Kettle campaign, Tree of Lights

and their long standing presence in the community. Customers like the Angel Tree say those who talked with the Free Press on Wednesday, because it harkens back to the true meaning of Christmas and a sentiment that can be expressed all year – that it’s better to give than receive. “People just choose a card off the tree which has the age group and gender on it and they go and buy a suitable present for them,” said Robyn O’Donnell who works at Westwood Dr. thrift store. “Then they bring in the unwrapped present to us and it gets dropped off at our Parkhill location.” The “elves” there do their best to match gifts and recipients. “We have a temporary Christmas store set up for the month at Parkhill Centre where

we collect up and distribute the gifts,” explains Mary Kutzy who also works at the thrift store. “We also have our Adopt a Family program where people can buy for a whole family at Christmas. But other families can come in with vouchers they get from our church on Ospika – and they get to choose their presents.” The need this year is greater, she says. “We had the cut-off for getting gifts for under our Christmas tree as Dec. 14 but there is such a need this year that they changed the date to until Dec. 24. That’s when people can come and pick up their gifts.” The Salvation Army operates in 126 countries. In Prince George there are about 800 families in need this season says Salvation Army Captain Neil Wilkinson.

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end with the coming of the winter solstice, we will have one more reason to celebrate today (Friday, Dec. 21.) After all, although it has felt like winter for the last month, the first day of winter means that the days will soon get longer. Solstice is derived from the Latin phrase for “sun stands still.” That’s because after months of growing shorter and lower since the summer solstice, the sun’s arc through the sky appears to stabilize with the sun seeming to rise and set in the same two places for several days. Then the arc begins

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observance of the winter solstice. Romans also celebrated the lengthening of days following the solstice by paying homage to Mithra – an ancient Persian god of light. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth involving celebrations, often with an appreciative eye toward the return of summer sunlight. Prince George will celebrate its second community Solstice Soiree today. This is a free family event to welcome winter and celebrate the opportunities of the winter season. The event is a way for community to gather in a fun, relaxed environment, offering some positive aspects for winter for those who may still be denying that they live in a winter city. The Farmers’ Market will be open for the Solstice at 4:30 p.m. today. At 6 p.m. the annual Lantern Walk will begin at the Civic

Centre Plaza and go through downtown streets to City Hall. Form 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. outdoors at City Hall there will be displays, local vendors, sing-alongs, entertainment, snow sculptures, hot food and drinks including hot mulled grape juice, hot chocolate, soups, breads and roasted chestnuts. Children’s activities will take place outside at City Hall and inside at YAP where craft tables will be set up and Ruth Buehler from the Prince George Public Library will be leading stories and songs between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will be an Embrace Winter Fashion Show at 7:15 p.m. that will put a stylish spin on winter. Downtown retailers and restaurants are open and next door to the solstice celebrations. The Solstice Soiree marks the beginning of a season that gives Prince George its character, its culture and deepens the fabric of the community. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration.

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Coldsnap Musical Festival kicks off Jan. 18

Organizers of Coldsnap Music Festival are pleased as punch with their dynamic 2013 line-up and now that volunteers are coming on board, it’s time for sponsors and ticket buyers to step up to the plate. Some of the best beats in music kick off Jan. 18 at the Ramada Ballroom with an indie dance night featuring festival favourite Shred Kelly along with 2011 Peak Performance winners Current Swell and PG Idol winner Chazz Amos. On January 19 a show called Eclectic Funky Celtic Ceilidh showcases the talents of Gaelic Singer Andrew McFayden, Terrace’s King Crow and Ladies from Hell, and East Coast musicians Troy MacGillivray and Friends. And there’s lots more music to follow in genres to suit every taste. Coldsnap artistic director Sue Judge said Wednesday that – on the eve of Winter Solstice – the annual music festival is right on track. “Things are progressing nicely,” Judge told the Free Ph o to Sub mitte d Press. “We have a few finishing touches to put on Coldsnap and FrancoFun festivals will do a musical merge Jan. 28 when they bring in the dynamic Yves Lambert Trio. the two local and regional night concerts and the free has attracted. and Company and Studio 2880. information visit www.coldsnapworkshops which we will have again this year. “I am very pleased with the interest in the For a complete line-up of and more festival.com. The local and regional band nights are Jan. 21 line-up, a good mix of well-established Canaand 22 at Artspace [admission is by donation dian artists and lesser-known but extremely although a minimum $10 is suggested.]” talented B.C. bands and an up- and-coming star Coldsnap has a “solid core” of loyal, local from the U.K. named Jake Morley. volunteers although new volunteers are always “We had the opportunity to bring Dala back, need and much appreciated. and they were so popular the last time they were “We always encourage folks to apply if they here, that we just couldn’t resist.” want to get involved (in Coldsnap) and we are One act is not to be missed, said Judge. always looking for sponsors too.” “You have to actually see Ewan Dobson to Judge says that there will be many musical believe that what he does with a guitar is even highlights this year. NG possible.” R N PE R S O KII “Two very special mainstage nights are our S Coldsnap Winter Music Festival 2013 gets PE YS spotlight on Aboriginal Music on Jan. 20 at the DA underway in Prince George on Jan. 18. 2 Prince George Playhouse with Don Amero from + Tickets are sold at UNBC Bookstore, Books TS Winnipeg and Diyet from the the Yukon. Both H G I are very beautiful and inspirational singer song2N writers with very tremendously positive stories to tell and just fantastic music all around.” Coldsnap is also collaborating this year with another well known local group, Le Cercle des Canadien Francais du Prince George on Jan. 28. “Our last night of Coldsnap will coincide with the first night of their winter festival FrancoFun – so we decided to get together and have a big dance party. The two bands we have lined up are both very lively but our special guest is Vyves Lambert Trio. “I dare anyone to not be either dancing or at least tapping their toes and/or stomping their feet. And it’s at the Ramada Ballroom so lots of room for dancing.” The icing on the cake is the talent Coldsnap

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Shorts BASKETBALL The Condor Classic high school senior basketball tournament resumes today at Duchess Park Secondary. The Duchess Park Condors, D.P. Todd Trojans, College Heights Cougars and PGSS Polars are competing on the boys side. The girls tournament has eight teams: Duchess Park, D.P. Todd, College Heights, PGSS, Kelly Road, Cedars Christian, Nechako Valley (Vanderhoof) and the Duchess Park junior team. The competition began Thursday and concludes after the final two games, set for 5:30 p.m. In junior basketball, College Heights Secondary played host to a boys tournament on the weekend. In the final, the D.P. Todd Trojans defeated Charles Hays of Prince Rupert 60-39.

CARIBOO CATS With junior hockey teams into the holiday break, the Cariboo Cougars are staging an annual event this weekend. On Sunday, the B.C. Major Midget League team is holding its alumni game. The contest will begin at 2:30 p.m. at CN Centre. Admission is free. This year’s Cariboo Cougars will hit the ice against former players from the past nine seasons.

FEMALE HOCKEY The Kin Centre hosted a showcase for the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA League. The host Prince George Cougars finished with one tie and three losses in the event. The competition ran from Friday to Sunday.

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Cougars forward representing region ALISTAIR MCINNIS sports@pgfreepress.com

Carson Bolduc entered his holiday break on a high. The 16-year-old Prince George Cougars forward hopes to return to the ice the same way, and he’ll do it wearing a different uniform. Bolduc, who scored the game winner in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants at CN Centre, will represent Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The 10-team tournament runs from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Que. “It’s going to be great, just a great experience, just to head over there and just be with the top players in the whole world,” Bolduc says. “It’s going to be awesome.” Bolduc will have close company with him in Quebec. Cougars assistant coach Jason Becker will guide Team Pacific at the event. “He and Wade (Klippenstein, assistant GM/director of player personnel) have been helping me every step of the way, and it’s good to have them there with me. It’s going to be great.” Bolduc, a Salmon Arm product listed at six feet and 175 pounds, has recorded two goals and three assists for five points in 25 games this season. He was drafted by the Cougars in the third round (59th overall) of the 2011 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The tournament will give Becker and Bolduc more exposure. “I think Carson has really improved from the start of the year and has some confidence going into that, and should get some more confidence coming back from that,” Cougars head coach Dean Clark says. “Hopefully he has some success there and that gives him a little bit more of a fire in his belly to come back and do well in the second half for us.” The Pacific squad is made up of players from B.C. and Alberta. The team will compete in Group A with Team West, Sweden, Russia and Finland. Group B includes Team Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic, the U.S. and Slovakia. Team Pacific opens its schedule on Dec. 29 against Russia in Drummondville. The championship game is scheduled for Jan. 4 at 4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Eastern) in Victoriaville.

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Prince George Cougars forward Carson Bolduc, seen here in the faceoff circle against the Regina Pats’ Adam Rossignol last month, will represent Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Quebec. Cougars assistant coach Jason Becker will guide the squad in the tournament.

GOALIE AWARD – On Tuesday, Cougars goalie Brett Zarowny was named the Canadian Hockey League Goalie of the Week. In three games from Dec. 11 to 18, Zarowny posted a 2-1-0-0 record with one shutout and a 1.00 goals against average, turning aside 91 of 94 shots for a .968 save percentage. He recorded both wins in goal during the Cougars’ doubleheader sweep over the Giants on the weekend at CN Centre, a two-game set that began with a 6-0 win on Saturday. He also skated between the pipes for the Cougars against the Swift Current Broncos at CN Centre on Dec. 11. In a 2-0 loss, he was

named the game’s first star. HOLIDAYS – The WHL is into its Christmas break, with no games scheduled until Dec. 27. The Cougars won’t play again until Dec. 28, when they open a road doubleheader against the Victoria Royals. They complete a three-game road swing on Dec. 30 at Vancouver, their final game of 2012. “It’s a good time to recharge,” Clark says of the break. “We’ve got a lot of young guys, with school and the schedule and the travel and everything, who need a break.” While the Cougars’ victory over the Giants

on Sunday marked their last pre-Christmas game, other teams didn’t begin their break until Tuesday night. Six games were on the WHL schedule for Tuesday evening. STANDINGS – The holiday break also represents the halfway point of the 2012-13 WHL season. With 34 of 72 regular-season games complete, the Cougars sport a record of 12 wins, 18 losses, one overtime setback and three shootout defeats (12-18-1-3). They’re tied turn to PAGE A2


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Kamloops Blazers are second in the conference at 25-9-2-2. LEADERS – The Cougars’ top scorer is forward Colin Jacobs, who has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 28 games played. Jacobs’ goal total is the highest on the team, and he also leads the squad in penalty minutes, with 47. Jacobs also sat out six games to serve a hit-to-the-head suspension. That penalty was assessed on Nov. 30. Jacobs’ point total has him ranked 68th in league scoring. Blazers forward Colin Smith leads the WHL in scoring with 25 goals and 37 assists for 62

points in 38 games. As a team, the Cougars are the least penalized in the WHL, with 415 penalty minutes in 34 games. NEW YEAR – The 2013 portion of the Cougars’ schedule begins with a home doubleheader against the Kelowna Rockets on Jan. 4 and 5. The following week, they’ll head south of the border for a two-game set against the U.S. Division leading-Winterhawks on Jan. 8 and 9. Another important date on the WHL schedule is approaching, with Jan. 10 marking the league’s trade deadline.

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Not all young athletes are blessed with the same advantages. For some students, organized sport is less accessible. The Prince George Judo Club is doing its part to offer less fortunate children the opportunity to train. Success Through Judo is a program teaching the martial arts discipline to 20 children who would otherwise not have the chance to compete in organized sports outside of school. The PGJC is working with three schools, offering sessions twice a week to students between the ages of nine and 12. The students come from Nusdeh Yoh, Harwin Elementary and Quinson Elementary. Success Through Judo is supported by funding from viaSport and the BC Sport Participation Program, Judo Canada and Judo BC. “Judo is very good for these kids,” PGJC instructor Aline Strasdin says. “It’s teaching them structure as well as discipline and they’re still having fun learning in a fun environment.” The program runs for 10 weeks, offering the students one-hour sessions on Mondays

and Thursdays. With Week 7 complete, participants will take a break for the holiday season, with the program resuming in the new year. The final session is scheduled for Jan. 24. “They’re all brand new to judo,” Strasdin says. “They’ve never tried it before and the first night they were very, very apprehensive.” But the students have gained confidence and Strasdin has witnessed substantial improvement. She says they can now utilize three or four different throwing techniques. “Many of them competed in our club tournament a couple of weeks ago and won their first trophies, so they were pretty proud of that.” While Strasdin holds the sessions, they wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of school staff and other dedicated individuals. That list includes Carney Hill Neighbourhood Centre Society executive director Cathy Wiegand and Nusdeh Yoh principal Kathy Richardson. The two women have been offering transportation to students from the area to the PGJC training facility downtown. Some of the participants have single parents and come from large, low-income

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Students face-off Students are once again beginning their Christmas break by celebrating Canada’s national winter sport. Today at 1 p.m., the PGSS Polars and College Heights Cougars will face off at CN Centre in the 10th annual Spirit of Hockey and Community Cup game. The event is also known as the Spirit Game. The game of hockey is used to promote school spirit and the spirit of giving. College Heights Secondary is collecting funds for the Salvation Army while PGSS is taking in food for the St. Vincent De– Paul Society. Both schools and their feeder schools have also worked together collecting gloves, toques and socks for those in need. Students in attendance will be showing their school spirit by cheering with banners,

drums and painted faces. In past years, the game has drawn at least 1,500 spectators. The Polars hold the overall series lead, winning six of the nine games so far. They’ve also won the last three Spirit games, including an 11-3 triumph in 2011. The Cougars haven’t won the contest since 2008, when they downed the Polars 6-3. Organizer and Polars coach Renzo Berra cofounded the event with Nevio Rossi in 2003. With this year’s game marking the 10th anniversary, students may be in for a special celebration. On top of the action on the ice, the event will feature some entertainment at the intermission. A shoot–out between school staff and a mascot challenge has been featured in the past.

families. “That’s another thing is the equipment is not very expensive for judo,” Richardson says. Richardson credits Strasdin and her club for providing participants with the tools and materials to train. Stasdin has no problem providing the children with the opportunity, hoping they’ll consider taking it one step further. “My hope is that the kids will join the regular program, so they’ll integrate with our other beginners program.”

Participants of the Success Through Judo program at the Prince George Judo Club include (left to right) Winston Henyu-Rinsma, Jessica French, Colton HenyuRinsma, Shane Joseph, and Ron Joseph. A lis ta ir M cINNIS/ Fre e Pre s s

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Advertising Sales Consultant Make a difference in Prince George by joining the Free Press team; the number one community newspaper in Prince George. The Free Press has an opening for the position of Advertising Sales Consultant. We are seeking a “team player” with organizational skills, sales experience, pleasant telephone skills, experience in creating written proposals and an ability and desire to work and learn in a fast paced, busy environment. The ideal candidate must be motivated and take the initiative to sell multiple media products, including on-line advertising and special products, work with existing customers and find ways to grow sales and income. Strong interpersonal skills and a strong knowledge of sales and marketing are required. Above average communication skills, valid driver’s licence and a reliable vehicle are necessary. The benefits and opportunities of working for the leading newspaper in Prince George are why we attract and employ the best. If a rewarding challenge resonates with you, contact us today. Please submit your resume and cover letter to the attention of: Roy Spooner, Manager Marketing & Sales Prince George Free Press, 1773 South Lyon Street, Prince George, BC V2N 1T3 roy@pgfreepress.com

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