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A crowd of about 100 people, mainly students but some middle-aged residents and at least one couple with a baby in tow, filled a room at the student centre at the University of Northern British Columbia for a chance to hear Liberal leader hopeful Justin Trudeau talk about revitalizing the party. The crowd was attentive as Trudeau, young and personable with a face that resembles those reflected back in many of the dorm room mirrors at the university, spoke, greeting him with respect bordering on reverence. But Trudeau did not come to the forum to postulate, rock-starish, thanks in part to his famous heritage and inherent charisma, but to deliver a serious message as an experienced MP from Papineau vying as the front-runner against nine other candidates for the party’s leadership. Trudeau said one of the singular components of the Liberal party is it is neither left nor right – and not even middle-of-the-road. Rather it is a party based on values, and it needs the aid of diverse Canadian voices and ideas to rebuild. Trudeau delivered his message while drawing a picture of young people typical to today’s society, including those who came to the university to attend the event, discussing the immediacy of information. “Knowledge is power, we were always told,” he said, adding that perhaps now, though, things have come full circle and people feel overwhelmed. There is a feeling you cannot change the world while, simultaneously, he said, young people have an awareness that what they say and does matters. Yet, he pointed out, they pay little attention to politics. He said he sees this as a condemnation of the way politics is done and pointed to leaders creating division, strategic targeting and a focus on wedge issues, taking Bill PHILLIPS/ Fre e Pre s s

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the easiest road to votes. “This fosters division in a country strong because of its differences,” he said, adding it dampens the capacity for everyone to work together to find solutions. A facet of that disconnect can be quantified with a financial example, he said, pointing out though the Canadian economy has doubled in size in the last 30 years, the middle class has seen a 13 per cent increase in financial benefit. “So the people working hardest for it are

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not sharing on it,” he said. This erodes the premise the country was built on - that you can be anyone from anywhere and, with hard work, you can make a success of yourself in Canada. “For the first time ever there is a breakdown in the promise that created this country,” he said. He added it may be the first time the next generation does not receive greater benefits than the one before it. “The only way to address this is to stop allowing ourselves to be divided,” he said. He said it is time to reject Band-Aid solutions, easy sound bites and spin. “It’s time to pull together and engage in the big issues. The only way is to draw in the caucus from across the country and various generations.” He added it is not about the Liberal party trying to rebuild itself, but rather asking Canadians to help rebuild the party and said politics is no more nor less that how we choose to organize ourselves as a society and is not inherently bad. “My challenge to you is to get engaged with the country,” he said.

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“I’m glad to hear you TS A AKE ALK are concerned about staff time,” Stolz quipped, referring to a heated debate earlier in the evening regarding Skakun’s notice of motion, revolving around a request to staff for financial information council was told would consume much staff time. Though the comment elicited some laughter from other councillors, Mayor Shari Green brought order to the current discussion. Stolz said the staff time involved would be rather insignificant. Green offered the aid of her assistant if Stolz required it. Coun. Lyn Hall said he had an issue supporting putting in a bid on the event strictly because of finances, adding he didn’t want Prince George to Te re s a M A LLA M / Fre e Pre s s pay the same way VictoHeather Morris of Cakewalk Desserts was one of many wedding related vendors with booths ria did. at Storybook Wedding’s Bridal Expo on Sunday at the Prince George Civic Centre. “We have turned people away in terms of being Stolz reiterated the fact that little sponCouncil voted unanimously to support fiscally responsible. I’m not sure you can say there won’t be a cost sorship was found in Victoria and added the bid for hosting the Sustainable Commore will be found in Prince George. munity Conference. to the city,” Hall said.

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The year 2015 is shaping up to be a busy one for the city with the 100th birthday celebration, the Canada Winter Games, and now the green light given to bid for a chance to host the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Sustainable Communities conference. The national conference is held in Ottawa every second year, but during in-between years other municipalities can bid on the opportunity to host the conference. The last city besides the capital to play host was Victoria, and though it did wind up costing that municipality around $37,000 for the privilege, Coun. Cameron Stolz pointed out they raised just $5,000 in sponsorship dollars to fund the conference, an amount which he said can be considerably surpassed. “I think we can do better in sponsorship, and I’d be happy to take the lead on that,” he said. Stolz, who introduced the idea for putting a bid in to host the conference, told his fellow councillors during Monday’s meeting it includes about 500 delegates. “Municipal leaders learn from colleagues and experts,” Stolz said. “Hosting it is an honour, a privilege, a milestone in Prince George history.” Coun. Brian Skakun questioned if the event would require much of an investment in staff time.



Suggestion for fewer councillors voted down DELYNDA PILON

City council will not be reduced by two members, following a discussion during Monday’s council meeting. The suggestion was one of many made by KPMG following the core services review. The purpose of the reduction was to save the city $72,000. Coun. Brian Skakun said if it was about the money he’d rather take a wage cut than lower the number of councillors at the table.

Skakun, along with many councillors, expressed concerns that reducing the number of councillors lessened the diversity of those representing the city. “This is not a very diverse table,” Mayor Shari Green said. She added though the councillors themselves are all a bit different, the general public likely see them as very similar. However, she added, the positions being discussed did not involve the mayor’s seat. In order to reduce the number of councillors representing the city, the ones cur-

rently on council have to vote in favour of the idea. Then the question of whether or not the residents of the city concur would be asked, in the form of a referendum question which would be added to the next election ballot. If city residents concurred, then the following election, in 2017, would be for six rather than eight councillors. Coun. Garth Frizzell pointed out they would be making a decision affecting the city several years in the future, when the population may have increased significantly.

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Coun. Dave Wilbur said the workload per councillor is already significant, and decreasing the number of councillors would increase that workload. Green pointed out Surrey has eight councillors and a population of about 500,000 people. However how their municipal government runs, whether or not the councillor positions were full time, was unknown. Though councillors Cameron Stolz, and Albert Koehler and Green were in favour of reducing the number of councillors, the motion was defeated.


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Pat Bell described the relationship between rural and urban B.C. simply on Friday. “A healthy rural B.C. means a healthy urban B.C,” the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training told a group at the University of Northern B.C. “It doesn’t hold true the other way.” Bell was commenting on the release of a position paper by the three regional beetle action coalitions, titled The Pathway to

Prosperity in British Columbia Runs Through Its Rural Places. The position paper is the final report from the Rural BC Project, and makes recommendations to assist with rural economic development throughout the province. The three regional coalitions – Omineca (OBAC), CaribooChilcotin (CCBAC) and Southern Interior (SIBAC) – are joint sponsors of the project. In presenting the position paper, OBAC chair Stephanie Killam, the mayor of Macken-

zie, said the final ister with responsibility report is not the for rural issues. end of the proj“We have an initial ect. meeting set up with the “We need provincial government to work with in February.” the province to Bell said the position develop a longpaper recommendations term strategy for included some which the economic develprovincial government opment in rural was already working on. B.C. Thee are “Working on our own, Stephanie Killam 20 recommen- OBAC chair we’ve tried to build dations in the around some of the prinreport, including ciples in the release. It the designation of a cabinet min- made me feel good to see the


report because it’s aligned with what we’ve been doing. “The best ideas for rural B.C. happen right here – in rural B.C.” Among the other recommendations in the report are the establishment of a leadership group consisting of the beetle action coalitions, regional trusts and The First Nations Forestry Council, which would work with government on a long-term strategy work plan. This group would be funded by the rural stakeholders and senior government.


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Bertschi outlines key issues Government has to lead by example, he says during visit

Liberal leader hopeful David Bertschi met up with about a dozen members of the Young Liberals in Prince George Tuesday night, visiting the city following the opening debate in Vancouver among those vying for the party’s leadership. He’s been touring the country by car, meeting with Canadians in their hometowns and cities, listening to the issues they feel are important as much as sharing the platforms he’s running on in the current race, and how he envisions the country being run should the Liberals win the next election. The civil trial lawyer ran in 2011 as well, and though he lost, he says he knocked on about 30,000 doors during his campaign and was instrumental in getting more people out to vote.

“Essentially there are six key areas that are critically important to Canada,” Bertschi said. They include economic performance, social justice, smart government/intelligent politics, Canada in the world, Canada at home, and Liberal party 2.0. Bertschi called the current government to task for deciding to reduce MP’s pensions – in the future. “If you believe in fiscal restraint, you have to act responsibly,” he said. “You have to lead by example.” He said the pensions should be reduced, but sooner rather than later. “If you are asking Canadians to tighten their belts, government has to tighten its belt.” He pointed out bureaucracy has increased by 40 per cent in the last five years. “The government beast grew 40 per cent in the last five years, but is saying we

are the money managers,” he said. The Liberal party, he said, is about balance, something you don’t find in the left or right parties, which is one reason he doesn’t believe in a merger. “I don’t believe in a merger, not on my watch.” That balance can be focused on a number of issues, including pipelines. Bertschi said finding a way to get the oil to the market safely is important. “We have to get the product out while we protect the environment. We’ve got to work together to solve the problem.” He said that specifically the Northern Gateway pipeline project is not acceptable as it stands. “We must bring back core values that are right. The problem, in my opinion, is a failure by the federal government.” He said in an effort to facil-

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itate time and money, the federal government chopped up programs that provided checks and balances. “That’s where we have to have real regulations,” he said. The Liberal party, he said, is about cooperation, sharing ideas and acting on principles, whether they are popular or not. “We have to take principled stands,” Bertschi said. One current issue, he said, is a lack of a democratic culture in a democracy headed by Harper. “We have to ensure the people are making the decisions,” he said. Bertschi said he’s been a Liberal for a long time, and he intends to continue working hard within the party to better it as well as the country as a whole, hopefully as the Liberal party leader. “I’m in it to the end. It’s about being able and wanting to do the job.”

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ustin Trudeau really just wants what a lot of people want when they get older … to return to their childhood home. His just happens to be 24 Sussex Drive, so the process is a little more complicated than going to your realtor and making an offer. And while we’re sure his father would have liked to have bequeathed it to him, it just doesn’t work that way. He has to earn it. And thanks to his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and one of his father ’s best friends, Jean Chretien, earning the right to call 24 Sussex Drive home is tougher now for Liberals than it was when the two elder statesmen managed to get there. Can Justin Trudeau pull the once-mighty Liberal Party of Canada out of the depths of third-party status and return it to its previous status as the self-proclaimed “natural ruling party of Canada”? He certainly has the star power. It was interesting to see the crowd at UNBC Monday. Trudeau talked about how the baby-boomers get out and vote in greater numbers than the youth do, and he, being a youthful guy, certainly appeals to the younger generation. However, there were more than one or two people in the crowd who, let’s just say, wouldn’t be characterized as youth, and they were there looking for a connection with the father. And that certainly doesn’t hurt his chances of political success. It will, however, take more than a large part of the voting block looking to reconnect with a bygone era. But Trudeau is saying the right things. He’s painting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair with the same brush, calling them top-down leaders who demand MPs toe the party line above all else. The inference, of course, is that he would be different. He stressed that MPs have become the prime minister ’s voice in the riding rather than being the constituents’ voice in Ottawa. It’s very true and it resonates with voters. It’s also the same complaint that Harper had about MPs back when he was toiling away with Preston Manning and the Reform Party. The leopard can change his spots when he gets elected and realizes he needs to be a tiger to stay there. Not far from the oil patch, he hammered Mulcair for his Dutch disease comment, stressing that he believes in free trade. He also dismissed any suggestion of joining forces with the NDP to defeat the Conservatives. Providing fewer choices at the ballot box is not the answer, he said. He also had an interesting take on electoral reform, saying he isn’t convinced proportional representation is the way to go. Instead, he favours preferential balloting whereby voters rank their candidates and a candidate needs more than 50 per cent of the vote to be elected. If there isn’t a clear winner, then second choices are counted. This, he said, forces candidates to try to appeal to more of their constituents rather than the 35-40 per cent needed to win under the current system. And, of course, he talked about engaging Canadians in the political system. Easier said than done. The question still remains … can Trudeau lead the Liberals back to glory. Who knows? But he’s got a better chance of doing it than most. The first hurdle is securing the leadership and the Liberals do have some history in electing the most un-electable candidate.


Occupy ... the winter In our little corner of the world, this time of year our winter. Take a trip out to the Otway ski area. winter becomes a bit of a burden. Even though each Cross-country skiing is good exercise and the quiet day brings us more daylight, having endured a little surrounding you is very therapeutic. Join the club over two months of short days and long nights, we and, if you are a beginner, do take some basic lescan feel a little ground down. In simple terms, we sons so you will enjoy the experience more. By this get a little depressed. time of year the trails are well groomed. There is a Some take a vacation in warmer climates. At best great variety offered from a quiet recreational ski to it is only a temporary solution. A few days after intense racing. arriving home the same malaise sets in again. The If skating is your thing, there are choices. Public depression returns and along with it the grumbling skating at our local arenas is fun and when you about winter. take a break you can buy a coffee or other refreshWe have forgotten our enthusiasm for the first ment to consume while you relax. If you want a snowfall which covered the ground real old-fashioned skating experience, and the trees with a beautiful pristine head down to the speed skating oval. coat of white. Those first few snowfalls Outdoors and basic, it is very similar to hide the drab debris of late fall. It was skating on a lake or creek. It has a fun a happy time and stimulated thoughts element to it that arena skating doesn’t of the upcoming Christmas holiday have. season. We spent those days in a happy Onside Then there are the snow machines VICTORBOWMAN frame of mind which occasionally even which allow you to explore wilderness became euphoric for some. areas. If I had my way I would ban After the holidays we begin to notice the dirty those noisy machines, but I am outvoted on this sand-encrusted snow banks beside the roads. Our issue. Be sure you know what you are doing and go muscles are sore, and shovelling snow has become a where it is safe to do so. Take the courses and equip drab chore. We watch the weather forecast and add yourself properly it is a recreation that has some to our gloominess as more snow is predicted. dangers. No longer are the joys of central heating, electricThere are lots of activities to occupy your winter. ity and other modern conveniences enough to make We have good downhill skiing, snowshoeing and us happier. Our bad mood is deepened by our effect other activities. For the more sedate, go on a horseon those around us and the effect of their equally drawn sleigh ride. Sit by the fire with a hot chocogloomy moods. The downward spiral begins to pick late and a friend. Take a course at the university or up more speed with each passing day. college. There is a solution to the winter doldrums and Explore a craft activity. Learn a foreign language. it is a lot less expensive than escaping to warmer Arrange games nights with friends and family. places. Simply embrace winter. Give winter your There are dozens of winter time activities that give love and look forward to all the fun you can have satisfaction and joy. during this wonderful season. Don’t grumble; embrace the winter months as a There are lots of activities only available during great time to have fun. Circulation Manager: Lana Metz Email:

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Are “Idle No More” protestors complaining too much? Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Dick Harris certainly seem to think so, calling the movement a “cash cow” for the aboriginal industry and lacking in gratitude for all of the wonderful things the Conservatives have done for First Nations since taking office. Could Harris be right? No, it seems to me that he could not be. Idle No More, as its name suggests, is not about demanding more handouts, or dragging out the treaty process forever, or perpetuating the status quo for the financial benefit of lawyers, consultants, or existing band chiefs. It is, in part, a protest precisely against that state of affairs. Deliberately or not, Harris seems to have confused a genuine grassroots movement that has spread like wildfire with a glacier-like Treaty process

that has been occupied by special interests. It is not hard to spot the difference, even if you have a government that doesn’t want you to. Consider how the movement got started. Last October, four women in Saskatchewan -- Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdams and Nina Wilsonfeld – became concerned about Bill C-45, the Conservative government’s Omnibus Budget Bill, which had just been introduced in Ottawa. They began exchanging emails about how the bill might erode indigenous rights. And they were right to be concerned: it was wrong to de-regulate the protection of all smaller navigable waterways without greater parliamentary and public debate and scrutiny, by simply sticking it in an ostensible budget implementation bill. Furthermore, Freedom of Information requests have since revealed that corporate oil and gas interests got their requests

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Editor: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #43 poppy campaign of 2012 was a huge success, due to the great support of businesses for wreaths, the ones (over 200) who allowed us to put trays on their counters, and the ones who allowed access to our volunteer canvassers. Also thanks to the great number of volunteers on the job. Of course it would not have been so successful if not for the great generosity of the citizens of Prince George. You all put on an awesome show. Bruce Gabriel President Royal Canadian Legion Branch #43

to “streamline” environmental regulations fasttracked. Now, that might count as a special interest using the government as a “cash cow”! And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Natives were already agitated by the way that the Federal government selected the Gateway pipeline route preferred by Enbridge and its Chinese clients and customers, and then hypocritically denigrated the groups opposed to it as being backed by “foreigners”. We should have had a far more wideranging discussion of at least half a dozen options for transporting tar sands oil, before holding hearings on Northern Gateway route to Kitimat. And without all of the ridiculous hypocrisy. It is great that Harper government issued an historic apology to First Nations for the residential schools in 2008. But that does not excuse the cavalier fashion in which native interests have been treated whenever they conflict with the government’s economic priorities. Like the F-35 fiasco, the determination to close the Onsite clinic and build more prisons regardless of either expert or public opinion; the breath-taking “any treaty is a good treaty” rush to sign trade deals, the Prorogation crisis, the unilateral cap on health spending, and the omnibus budgets themselves, the C-45 amendments are an example of Stephen Harper’s general downgrading of democracy and proceduralism in

policy-making. I for one find the prime minister’s whole approach to be a step in the wrong direc-

tion. The First Nations do not protest too much; the rest of us protest too little. Mark Crawford is an

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Joe Vanbakel of Stride n Glide checks to make sure Nicholas Holmes’ snowshoes are on properly before he take to the designated area at The Exploration Place on Saturday. Mother Carolyn got a pair of her own shoes and joined Nicholas on the snow, part of Take on 2013, an event hosted by Tourism Prince George.

Government needs to protect Canadian interests Editor: Re: MP Bob Zimmer’s recent circular on responsible development. Shortening and saving innumerable lives and possibly even winning the Second World War was primarily the result of having readily accessible sources of energy for transport and factories. Before that, England’s prime minister “peace in our time” Chamberlain is ample proof that political B.S. does not guarantee avoidance of national peril as did Joe Stalin’s short-lived peace pact with Adolf Hitler, while both were avidly slaughtering Polish people. It should not be necessary to remind anyone that from a patriotism perspective the first duty of federal government MPs is to protect the integrity and

strength of our nation. Facilitating disposal of possibly strategic, quickly available energy resources suggests a serious dereliction of duty. There was much recent talk of buying billions of dollars worth of fighter aircraft for national defence. If fuel to fly them 22 hours a day, 30 days a month, is in massive oil reserves under Arctic ice or permafrost or otherwise undeveloped areas, then any potential enemies would be able, in due time, to use them for their own purpose because modern wars are unlikely to provide vulnerable country years to prepare … Pearl Harbor, for example. From a sound business perspective, quick disposal of the most readily available strategic national energy resources

that, by all indications will grow greater, faster and steadier in value than other commodities, looks to be an act of naïfs or mugs. Even the dumbest hayseed I ever met would not dispose of his farm crop now if indications pointed to a higher price later. From a political perspective, following the free market system demands of media conglomerates (the de facto government) may be the cement that holds their support to most who usually win an election. But it may be a forerunner of more demands. From a fair trade perspective the last I saw was that we sell $4 billion to China and buy $18 billion and having a fire sale of resources may be an easy way to bring free market trade close to a balance to

support government claims that Canada is a great trading nation. One wonders how much in taxes do Chinese factories and labour pay to the Canadian government on the $14 billion difference, in the so-called balance of trade? If a country with population pressures got a charismatic new Hitler and wanted to expand, it is doubtful if he would need an army to take over Canada today. Quite likely some billion dollar trade contracts and possible five per cent would enlist support and obeisance from most government leaders and business tycoons who know altruistic communist plutocrats are trustworthy sources of profits. H. Burgoyne Prince George

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BROADCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETINGS: To follow live Council meetings, visit the City’s website at as webcasting services and video archiving of agenda items are available for the public.

PROCLAMATION January 18-26, 2013 is proclaimed Coldsnap Music Festival Week

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL P12-14 Haggith Creek Culvert Design Services Closing Date: January 31, 2013 P12-15 Food and Beverage Services Closing Date: February 25, 2013

2013 DOG LICENSES 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, 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.

2013 SOCIAL GRANTS APPLICATION PROCESS The City of Prince George is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for 2013 Social Grants funding. Application, eligibility, and submission instructions are available online at: Applications must be submitted via the online application form by 5 p.m. on Wednesday January 30th, 2013. For further information, contact Sarah Brown at 250-614-7897.

JOB POSTINGS: Wastewater Technician Foreman #13/001 Regular Full-Time closing January 25, 2013

Applications received by the City Manager’s Office, Manager of Legislative Services prior to the February 4, 2013 deadline will be considered by City Council at its Regular Meetings of February 18, 2013 (for Commissions) and March 18, 2013 (for Committees). Deadline for Applications: Monday, February 4, 2013.

5:00 p.m.

***Information contained in the applications will be included in the public Council agenda and posted on the City’s web page***

ACCESS AWARD OF MERIT The Prince George Advisory Committee on Accessibility invites nominations for the Access Award of Merit. The Access Award of Merit is presented annually to individuals, groups or businesses that have made a significant contribution towards a barrier free community, which is both universally accessible and inclusive to all residents. This Award is the highest honour granted by the City of Prince George in recognition of contributions to universal inclusiveness to improve the quality of life for all residents in this northern community. Application deadline is Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 5:00pm. For further information on the Award, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 250.561.7684


For information concerning City of Prince George bidding opportunities visit BC Bid @ GARBAGE COLLECTION WILL OCCUR DURING THE NEW STATUTORY HOLIDAY “FAMILY DAY” This year we have a new statutory vacation day February 11, 2013. This year only garbage collection will occur on Family Day and is in the Blue Zone.

on the following Council Committees and Commissions: • Prince George Heritage Commission • Prince George Combative Sports Commission • Advisory Committee on Development Design • Advisory Committee on Accessibility • Advisory Committee on Enhancing Prince George Applications are available on the City’s website (, or may be picked up at City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard. For further information, or to have an application form mailed to you, please call 250.561.7602.

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APPLY FOR A COUNCIL COMMITTEE OR COMMISSION! Prince George is a city full of volunteers willing to give their time to ensure their community is a better place to live, work, and play. Council Committees, Commissions and Boards provide residents of our community the opportunity to participate in the development of our city.

Volunteers are the heart of our community and we need your help in recognizing those that give so much of themselves for others. The City of Prince George annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals in our community. Several awards are bestowed on volunteers that contribute so much and make a difference in our community. If you know a volunteer who has made a significant contribution please let us know. There are four types of awards including the Recreation & Culture Award, Community Service Award, Youth of the Year Award and the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Nominations are due by 4:30 pm on March 4th, 2013 and can be submitted to City Hall. For more information or a Nomination Package please contact Community Services at 250-561-7640 or click City Living > Civic Appreciation.

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BCTF rejects 10-year deal BY TOM FLETCHER Black Press

The B.C. government’s proposed new bargaining framework for teachers has been rejected by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Don McRae unveiled their proposal Thursday, calling it a new path to a 10-year agreement to “labour peace” with the province’s 40,000 public school teachers. The proposed framework calls for pay increases based on an average of nurses, post-secondary faculty and other government employees, and a separate “education policy council” to administer funds for classroom support. Clark and McRae stressed that it would offer teachers a formal role in policy decisions, and a voice in allocating a “priority education investment fund” that would rise to $100 million by the third year. BCTF president Susan Lambert said the proposal was shared with her Wednesday, and she considers it a “non-starter.” Removing class size and special needs support issues from union negotiations is unacceptable, she said. “It’s quite ludicrous that government would hold out a 10-year deal in trade for giving up bargaining rights that we have fought long and hard for in the courts,” Lambert told CKNW radio. “We fought a 10-year battle to achieve a decision that, yes, teachers have a constitutional right to bargain working conditions.” The union has another legal action in process, based on a precedent-setting ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that overturned parts of legislation passed by the B.C. Liberal government in 2002. That case is to go to B.C. Supreme Court next fall. Clark said the intent is to elevate discussion, not to achieve a long-term deal before the May election. “It’s not about helping the government, and it’s not about helping the union. It’s about helping the kids,” Clark said. “I know that’s a culture shift for many of the parties around the table, including the government, but we have to do it.” Lambert said the timing of the government’s announcement is surprising, since the BCTF and B.C. Public School Employers’ Association have just reached their own tentative agreement on new bargaining framework. To be voted on by executives of the school district bargaining agent and the BCTF, it includes a shared method for calculating costs. Last year’s teacher strike was marked by huge discrepancies in the costs of raises and other bargaining proposals.



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Council OKs new office for gas company DELYNDA PILON

Coastal Gas Link will have a regional office at 760 Kinsman Place in the city after a variance request was passed by council. City staff suggested the request be denied, one that asked the company be able to lease the 488.47 square metres available, since in that area one tenant is only supposed to lease 280 square meters of space. The rules would have allowed two tenants to lease the space as long as a fire wall was constructed between them. A tenant like Coastal Gas Link is preferred, according to the Official Community Plan, in the downtown or business area, hence the zoning requirements in place to encourage the type of development wanted in the particular area. However, there is a disconnect, an LCM planner said, between what the plan is asking and what is

available on the ground. Some of the attractions of the space Coastal Gas Link wanted included a beautiful new space, access to the main arterial road, in this case Fifth Avenue, and the fact it is on a quiet cul de sac. The company made other arrangements for housing its fleet of vehicles since they can’t be parked there overnight. Coun. Dave Wilbur said if there was no appropriate space available in an area supported by the OCP, he was leaning towards approving the variance. He added it might be appropriate to postpone the decision until staff could return with options for Coastal which matched their needs within the appropriate area. Coun. Lyn Hall said he felt it sent the wrong message to postpone the decision, since it was likely Coastal had looked for itself in other areas. The variance passed unanimously.

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Sheila Carabine, left, tunes her guitar while Dala partner Amanda Walther enjoys a coffee and Jake Morley strums a few practice notes. The three performers, who were all in Prince George for Coldsnap, were at Cafe Voltaire on Wednesday afternoon for a songwriting workshop.

City looks for committee members Prince George is a city full of volunteers willing to give their time to ensure their community is a better place to live, work and play. Council committees, commissions and boards provide residents of our community the opportunity to participate on the development of our municipality. At this time the City Manager’s Office is accepting applications for membership on the following Council committees and commissions: • Prince George Heritage Commis-

sion; • Prince George Combative Sports Commission; • Advisory Committee on Development Design; • Advisory Committee on Accessibility; • Advisory Committee on Enhancing Prince George. Committees provide recommendations and expertise to council and city staff, advance and promote community partnerships, enhance commu-

nity participation, and create awareness within the community while promoting the priorities set by Council. Applications are available on the City’s web site www.princegeorge. ca/cityhall/committees/, or may be picked up at City Hall, 1100 Patricia Blvd. For further information or to have an application form mailed to you, please call 250-561-7602. Deadline for Applications: 5 p.m., Monday, February 4.

CONTINUING STUDIES Risk Management Certificate Risk Management involves a comprehensive study and review of the loss exposures facing an organization. The Global Risk Management Institute is the governing body that determines standards, sponsors education programs, and controls the professional designations for the Canadian Risk Management Certificate. Starts January 18th, 2013!

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to work and personal life and provide time between sessions to integrate learned skills into real-life projects. You will complete your training and be prepared for the PMP Exam in less than one year. Prince George intake Starts January 27th, 2013 Terrace intake starts February 22nd, 2013

Certificate in Management Excellence and Supervisory Excellence UNBC Continuing Studies offers two different management certificates, the Certificate in Management Excellence for individuals already in a management position and the Certificate in Supervisory Excellence designed for individuals who are hoping to move into supervisory positions, or are very new into supervisory positions.

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Both certificates are workshop-based, and consist of a combination of required core and elective workshops. Individuals will need to complete a total of 140 hours (approximately 20 days) of workshop-based training to complete their certificates. This format allows individuals to work at their current jobs while moving forward with this training.

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If you would like to provide your staff with specific learning opportunities while developing their management skills then look no further. UNBC Continuing Studies can work with your organization to develop an industry-specific management certificate through strategic elective development.

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Managing Multiple and Changing Priorities Date: February 14, 2013 (Thu)

The Purpose and Role of a Board of Directors Date: Feb 26, 2013 (Tue)

Minute-Taking Standards and Related Issues Date: March 5, 2013 (Tue)

Robert’s Rules of Order – Demystified Date: March 6, 2013 (Wed)

Performance Leadership Date: March 7 – 8, 2013 (Thu & Fri)

Emotional Intelligence - Value in the Workplace Date: March 20, 2013 (Wed)

MBTI Certification Program Date: April 22 – 25, 2013 (Mon, Tues, Wed & Thu)

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Tonight at Cafe Voltaire, Ivan and Wyn will be playing starting at 8 p.m. This delightfully eclectic duo will win hearts with their beautiful voices and magical music. Come by and hear their special blend of unique instruments. Friday Night Mics are always free to the public. Cafe Voltaire is located on the main floor of Books and Company.

When Melissa Companion took time from her hectic day as a new mother to write Global BCTV Dream Wedding, she really poured her heart out. Melissa and her partner, Sean Cranston have always wanted a dream wedding but other important events – completing graduate studies, saving money, and then unexpectedly (but happily) becoming parents – put those plans on hold. Melissa entered the contest and then “forgot about it” – until Global’s show producers advised her they had chosen the couple’s story from “thousands” of entries. They are now one of 10 couples vying for a lavish trip for two to Mexico. All it takes for them – or any couple – to win the trip is getting the most votes from the public. In her heartfelt letter, Melissa wrote: “For the entire seven and a half years that Sean and I have been together we have both dreamed of one day getting married. We wanted to finish school first, get good jobs and start our lives together and, after five long years, we finally graduated.” She explained they’d moved from Prince George to SFU campus and after six years of hard work, dedication and constant sacrificing, Sean had finally finished. “I was so relieved and incredibly excited to get married and start our lives together,” wrote Melissa. “Nevertheless life threw another giant surprise our way and I unexpectedly became pregnant (with baby Liam.) We were overjoyed but also overwhelmed because we were nowhere near financially ready to take on such a responsibility.” At the time, they were renting

ARTS FESTIVAL Do you enjoy a bit of drama or do you have a bit too much drama at home or in your classroom? Channel that energy and enter your students in the Community Speech Arts and Drama Festival in Prince George which runs April 27 to May 2. Entry deadline is Jan. 25. Forms are at Studio 2880 and Books and Company or call Debbie McGladdery at 250-962-5356.

GALLERY GANG Two Rivers Gallery invites you to join Gallery Gang for ages eight to 12, Saturdays, Jan. 26 to March 16, eight sessions, 10 a.m. to noon. Experiment with drawing, painting, printing and create seasonal art with Katherine Benny. Call 250-614-7800 to register or register online at www.

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Melissa Companion, Sean Cranston and 16-month-old Liam pose for the Free Press on Thursday. a one-bedroom apartment. “We had no savings, a ton of debt and no idea how we were going to provide for a baby,” she said. However, the couple’s families came together in love and support and helped them out. “We are so lucky and grateful to have such an amazing family who fill our lives with so much love and happiness.” After her letter was selected, the show’s producers asked for pictures and stories about how they met for an on-air interview on Jan. 18. Melissa wrote about how they met in Vancouver at a restaurant where she was working (although both are from Prince George) and how a horseback

riding date led to a challenging and nerve-wracking “Grouse Grind.” She said although they are not married, they celebrate July 15 as their anniversary because “it was the first time we kissed.” Then there was Sean’s unique proposal of marriage when one night he called Melissa to help change baby Liam. “As I stumbled out of our bedroom into his, I saw our fourmonth-old angel lying there with a shirt that read Mommy’s Prince Charming.” Looking closer she saw something sparkling around his teething necklace. “I rubbed my eyes in disbelief and then saw Sean bent down on





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MaryAnne Arcand Central Interior Logging Assosciation

Alison Hoskins, BBA, CA Integris Credit Union

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Victoria Abboud College of New Caledonia

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Workshop Sessions #1: A: MaryAnne Arcand, CILA - “Telling Your Own Story” B: Debra Moffat, Investors Group - “Women & Money”

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Trevor Patenaude thinks it’s time for Prince George to be tops in Canada in a positive category. Mind you, the committee chair of the Prince George Relay for Life is quite happy with the local event being second best – for now. “We should be singing in the streets about being Number 2,” he said at a press conference Wednesday at the Canadian Cancer Society office. “There are over 500 relays across the country, and we raised the second-highest total.” But he, and the rest of the committee for the May 11 and 12 Relay for Life, have set a loftier goal. “We’ve had a friendly challenge in the past with other places,” said team lead Helen Owen. “It’s always been an unofficial thing. “Until this year.” So is it the “friendly” or the “unofficial” that is changing? Owen laughs. “It will always be friendly,” she emphasizes. “It’s just now it is a bit more competitive.” The challenge is aimed specifically at Coquitlam, which raised the most money in Canada at its 2012 Relay for Life. “I was somewhat surprised to find the Top 2 fundraisers in the B.C./Yukon region were also the Top 2 in Canada,” said Owen. Mayor Shari Green said while the challenge was to be tops in Canada, people had to remember the reason for the Relay. “It’s an important thing for everyone in the community, but it can be a fun event as well.” Last year, the Prince George Relay for Life

raised more than $490,000 with more than 1,600 participants. Coquitlam raised about $550,000, with fewer participants. Patenaude said the challenge was not just to Coquitlam, but to Prince George as well. “I believe in every person, in every business in Prince George. We have to show we are the fundraising capital of Canada.” So far, team entries have been slow, he said, but that is starting to change. “I started phoning people (Tuesday) night, and almost everyone said, ‘Is that only a few months away? I’ll get our team together’.” Any team registering with 10 or more participants before Jan. 31 will be entered into a draw to enjoy a luxury tent during the relay. “It can get a little chilly in May in Prince George,” Patenaude hinted, “and the tent comes with heat, some sofas, everything you need.” Canadian Cancer Society regional director Margaret Jones-Bricker emphasized the importance of the Relay for Life. “It is important as our signature event across Canada. It provides much of the funding for the programs we provide.” Anyone looking for more information on the 2013 Relay for Life or wanting to register a team can go to

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JUBILEE MEDAL Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince GeorgePeace River, presents the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to Prince George resident Brian Toll for his significant contributions to Canada and the community. A nita BER G STR OM / Sp e cia l to Fre e Pre s s

New exhibit looks at plants GEORGE HARRIS Special to Free Press

Immuto is a collection of plant forms that have been rendered in fashions associated with scientific enquiry. Jennifer Wanner’s precisely drawn and painted illustrations borrow from traditions

of botanical drawings, while the rubbing technique she has also used is associated with paleo-botany. Though single plants, each image appears to be constructed from a number of different plants to resemble something from a kind of botanical Franken-

stein’s laboratory. The species from which these monster plants are formed are listed in each title. They include Brassica rapa, Zea mays, Nicotiana tabacum and Glycine max, more commonly known as canola, corn, tobacco and soy beans, and all

Mardi Gras contest! “Frosty” the Snowman. Frosty was built by Sarah McWalter, her husband, and kids Mason and Maggie. It was -10C, perfect sticky snow after a snowfall. “His attire was all found in my mom’s (Nana’s) cupboard. He was built on Ridgeview Drive in the Hart. He was meant to be just a little, quick snowman, but our creative juices started flowing and we couldn’t stop. So at about eight feet tall he stands proud.”

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crops that have been the focus of significant genetic modification. The title of the exhibition Immuto, translates from Latin as “change,” a condition which each of these altered plants embodies. Wanner’s images take this idea to a further extreme, splicing elements from different species together to form some type of super-hybrid of dubious practical application in the real world. The two stop-motion animations, Florilegium and Herbacentrice, also included in this exhibition, seem to further imagine the outcome of unchecked alteration. In a fashion that is far more in keeping with animal rather than plantlife, Wanner’s plants grow, change, adapt and cannibalise elements of other plants. They scrabble around absorbing elements from other plants, becoming some type of monstrous perpetually changing organism. Whether the product of some distant evolutionary process or the result of manmade change, Immuto prompts us to consider the impact of our actions on this planet and the organisms on which our lives depend. Courtesy of George Harris, curator of Two Rivers Gallery, this is a “garden lovers” guide to an exciting new exhibit Immuto by Calgary artist Jennifer Wanner who considers our contemporary relationship with nature through stop motion animation and botanical drawings based on genetically modified plants. Immuto is on display in the main gallery along with artist Rick Leong’s The Phenomenology of Dusk. Both exhibits opened Jan. 17.

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A position of Privilege Newest from TNW a comedy about money Theatre North West’s latest production, Privilege by Paul Weitz, is just what the doctor ordered to stave off winter blues. Witty and warm, this timely comedy is about two brothers who learn to lean on each other even as the whole world falls down around them. Privilege runs Feb. 7 through 27 at Theatre North West in Parkhill Centre. This is the storyline: Brothers Porter and Charlie are bored of the high life that comes with having a fantastically wealthy

stockbroker for a father. But dull afternoons on a yacht are suddenly the least of their worries when Dad is arrested for insider trading. The boys are about to find out that their love for each other is worth more than any luxury – even if they miss having servants to tidy up after them – and that their lost millions don’t sting half as much as their family’s lost stability. The role of Charlie, the younger of the two brothers, will be shared by two local boys, Benjamin Hirtz and Jack-

son Williams. This is Williams’ debut with TNW but patrons will remember Hirtz from his role as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol (2008). The work of playwright Weitz may also be familiar, since Weitz is a Hollywood veteran, as the writer of such screenplays as Antz and Being Flynn and as the director of such films as American Pie and About a Boy. Tickets for the Theatre North West production of Privilege are available at Books and Company or order by phone at 250-614-0039.



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Marianas Trench keeps climbing charts After the wildly successful Face the Music tour that Marianas Trench brought across Canada last fall, the Vancouver pop rockers are calling all Trenchers to join them for Marianas Trench Face the Music: With a Vengeance Tour with special guests Down With Webster and Anami Vice. Sunday, April 14 at the CN Centre. Ever After, their latest album, has gone platinum in Canada

with over 100,000 units sold. It has spawned the hit singles Fallout, Desperate Measures, Haven’t Had Enough and Stutter. Ever After is built around a story written by Marianas Trench singer and songwriter Josh Ramsay and then finessed into an accompanying booklet. After the breakthrough of their 2009 album Masterpiece Theatre and months on the road, Ramsay and band

mates Ian Casselman, Mike Ayley and Matt Webb went into the studio and created a seamless hour-long symphony. Now Canada’s latest arena headliners are taking their theatrical genius back onto the road for a series of concerts that their growing legion of fans will remember forever – the Face The music tour featured a dizzying array of special effects, aerial acrobatics








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Changes are coming LOLA-DAWN FENNELL Council of Seniors

Change is inevitable. We all experience physical changes as we move through different stages of our lives. Some of those changes – like my annoying stiff thumb – are a bit inconvenient while other physical changes are downright wretched. The circumstances we live with change periodically too. For example, I moved to Prince George to finish a degree at UNBC and subsequently decided P.G. felt more like home than New Westminster. Big difference between P.G. and the Lower Mainland! Even our personal tastes and preferences change over time -- just ask all the high-heeled shoes sitting abandoned in the bottom of my closet. Different people have different comfort levels with change. Some folks love new adventures while some like things to stay the same. I lean toward the latter, especially when it comes to furniture placement in my personal space. Imposed changes are often the most challenging to cope with because they often arrive in the form of unexpected crises. Anyone who has broken a hip or other major bone would agree with that. However, even changes that we deliber-

ately choose to make and are thoughtful about implementing can be both challenging and stressful. There are two ways of coping with change. One is to avoid facing it. Picture your childhood green peas-hating self leaving the peas on your dinner plate while you ate everything else, or picture your elder self putting off moving out of that three-bedroom home with the impractical yard and basement stairs. Avoiding change takes away time and energy that could be spent planning a positive response and renders one unable to see any possible benefit in the change. It is said that “it’s an ill wind that blows no good� as there is usually something positive in every change. I’m not sure what benefit is going to come from my arthritic thumb, but I’m watching for it and I’ll keep you posted. The other way of coping with change is making the best of it. Picture a child eating those nasty green peas first so the rest of the meal can be enjoyed in peace, or a senior choosing to explore city bus and HandiDart options before being told to relinquish their driver’s license due to a medical condition. Last fall, I decided to add a cane to my winter wardrobe


before snow and a repeat of the falls I experienced the winter before. My balance is gradually becoming more of an issue. I could deny that change, but I’ve chosen to make the best of it and so far the cane -- an attractive bit of diamond willow – has proven to be a great conversation starter. Individual humans are not the only ones who deal with changes. The P.G. Council of Seniors is also in the process of change. We are closing our doors at 1055 Fifth Avenue at the end of this month and reopening in a new Victoria Street location in February (our phone numbers and e-mail addresses as well as our programs and services will remain the same). I don’t know about the rest of our staff and volunteers, but the thought of packing up and moving makes my stomach a little queasy. My desk is going to be in a different office and my chair facing a different direction. Shudder! Coping with this particular change is going to be tough. I hope you’ll drop by and remind me to keep an eye out for the positive benefits of our location change. Lola-Dawn Fennll is a youngat-heart grandmother, UNBC graduate and general manager of the Prince George Council of Seniors.


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their definition of each other, that seniors and youth had much more in common than they had originally thought, and that their interest in volunteering with each other had increased considerably. At the end of the third day, a new Action Team had formed, and that smaller group of seniors and youth have continued to meet regularly to enjoy socializing with each other, to discuss important issues introduced last fall, to continue learning about intergenerational communications as well

explore new volunteer activities they could do together. This Team has chosen a new logo with the acronym ‘E.A.S.Y.’ – ‘Exploring Activities for Seniors and Youth together’ – and has already taken on two projects of their own: Pennies for Dentures and knitting Chemo hats. The P.G. Council of Seniors Denture Program – which relies entirely on community donations – helps low-income seniors who have exhausted all other possible avenues of financial assistance with needed

dentures. The Action Team is fundraising for this program and invites PGers to contribute their pennies. “Elderbeary”, the hungry Denture Program Bear, is waiting to be fed at the PGCOS office. The second project the Action Team has undertaken is knitting Chemo hats for patients receiving treatments at the Cancer Clinic here in P.G. Donations of yarn or knitting skills can be directed to the Team through the PGCOS office. Call 250-564-5888 for more information.

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Members of the Prince George Cougars meet at centre ice during a practice on Tuesday at CN Centre. Tonight, the Cougars open a home doubleheader against the Everett Silvertips (7 p.m. at CN Centre).


The newest addition to the Prince George Cougars’ staff will make his debut tonight. Recently hired Mark Holick will be behind the bench guiding the Cougars tonight against the Everett Silvertips (7 p.m. at CN Centre). The Cougars named Holick their head coach during a press conference on Wednesday. He replaces Dean Clark, relieved of his duties on Tuesday. Holick travelled from his home in Penticton to Prince George on Wednesday. The Cougars had a home game that evening against the Prince Albert Raiders, assistant coach Jason Becker filling the head coaching role for the contest.

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Clark accepts move as part of coaching world ALISTAIR MCINNIS

game,� Clark said. “I’ve been in this game long enough to know that you’re in it to be fired. I was grateful for the opportunity to Dean Clark’s tenure with the Prince get back in this great league that we play George Cougars will be remembered as an in and have a chance to work with some unsuccessful period. good players and that’s kind While he stayed with the of how it is.� organization longer than most Clark noted that Thompcoaches they’ve had – three son informed him at about and a half years – the results 11:30 a.m. Tuesday that they weren’t what the Cougars relieved him of his duties. were hoping for when they “Like I said, you don’t like signed him to a five-year conto get fired and some of the tract in April 2009. things that we talked about Interested in going a differ(Tuesday), I think I would ent direction behind the bench, tend to disagree with some of the Cougars relieved Clark of the things,� he said. “But at his head coaching duties on the end of the day, it doesn’t Dean Clark Tuesday morning. In a press - Fired Tuesday matter. I still have a contract conference on Wednesday for another year and a half morning, they named former that will leave me some time Kootenay Ice bench boss Mark Holick to find something new.� their head coach. With Clark behind the bench, the Cou“When (general manager Dallas Thomp- gars recorded 83 wins, 163 losses, five son) told me, I was obviously a little bit overtime setbacks and 11 shootout defeats dismayed, but hey, that’s part of that (83-163-5-11).

The Cougars’ Clark experiment ends with only one playoff appearance, in the 2010-11 campaign. That season, the Cats finished seventh in the Western Conference with a 33-35-2-2 mark. Their postseason was short lived, as they were swept by the Kelowna Rockets in the best-of-seven opening round. Clark’s first season with the Cougars saw an injury-plagued team finish last in the WHL, their 12-56-1-3 record the lowest for the franchise since relocating to Prince George from Victoria in 1994. Last season, the Cats finished second-last in the WHL with a 24-46-0-2 mark. They continued to struggle this season, ninth in the 10-team Western Conference at 14-26-2-4 entering Wednesday evening’s home game against the Prince Albert Raiders. The timing took some people by surprise, the Cougars now into an easier stretch with a lot of home games. But as pointed out by the general manager, Clark wasn’t just recently put on the hot seat. “I wasn’t happy before Christmas and after Christmas, not much came so it’s

been going on for a while,� Thompson said. “But certainly, things kind of accelerated here a little bit this week, and I managed to meet with Mark this weekend and kind of get all of the details in place and it was just a matter of making the final decision on when we were going to move forward.� Clark had been spending his offseasons in Kelowna, where his family resides. He planned to return to the Okanagan on Wednesday. A veteran of coaching with more than 15 seasons of WHL duty, Clark hasn’t ruled out a return to the junior coaching ranks. He wished the players luck the rest of the way. “This is part of the game that they have to realize too, that sometimes when the efforts aren’t there on a consistent basis, this is the result and that’s what happens. I’d like to say more. I appreciate the fans that did come. I think there’s a very, very loyal group that does support the team, and I’d like to thank them for their support while I was here.�

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Prince George Cougars general manager Dallas Thompson knows he’s under the microscope. The head coach may contribute to the team’s performance on the ice, but Thompson plays a leading role in assembling the staff and roster of players. Coaches who have worked under Thompson since he took the assistant tag off his position in 2004 include Lane Lambert, Mike Vandecamp, Drew Schoneck, Wade Klippenstein (interim) and Dean Clark. Joining the Cougars after the failed Clark experiment, Mark Holick is the latest head coach hired by the organization. The Cougars announced that Holick accepted the position during a press conference on Wednesday at CN Centre. Holick accepted a three-year head coaching contract with the team that runs until 2016. The Cougars relieved Clark of his duties on Tuesday. Clark still had one and a half seasons remaining on a five-year head coaching contract he signed with the Cougars in April 2009. In three and a half seasons with

the team, he compiled a record of 83 wins, 163 losses, five overtime setbacks and 11 shootout defeats (83-163-5-11). The Cougars’ struggles this season have been well-documented. Entering Wednesday’s home game against the Prince Albert Raiders, they were 14-262-4. With 34 points, they were ninth in the 10-team Western Conference. Asked about accountability, Thompson said that they take a lot. “We don’t want to be here. We shouldn’t be here,” he said. “I don’t think with our makeup, we were young and we needed to get those guys to Christmas, and we talked about that. But in the end, we didn’t take a step forward and now we have to. We’ve made a change here and we expect to take a step forward here. I think it’s always tough to go through, but I think our players are excited about it and certainly we want to take a step here. Our goal is to get to the playoffs and we need to do that here.” Thompson noted that four individuals were shortlisted and interviewed for the position. Assistant coach Jason Becker

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Prince George Cougars general manager Dallas Thompson, standing between vice president Brandi Brodsky and assistant coach Jason Becker, announces the team’s hiring of Mark Holick as the head coach during a press conference at CN Centre on Wednesday. Hollick’s first game behind the Cougars’ bench will be tonight at 7 p.m., when they host the Everett Silvertips. applied, but wasn’t considered a leading candidate. “I’ve talked to Jason all the way along here. He’s done a real good job for us,” Thompson said. “Obviously it was a big step for him to coach the Under-17 team (at the 2013 World Under

17 Hockey Challenge in Quebec). At some point, he’s going to have to go out here on his own and find a job and work his way up here, and we’ve talked about that numerous times along the way here.” Becker didn’t criticize the Cou-

gars for not landing the position. “I’ve learned a lot from Dean and from Dallas here, and I need to probably just develop a little bit more and I think working with Mark will be another asset in helping my way into becoming a head coach one day.”

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Holick looked forward to attempting to help turn around the fortunes of a struggling franchise. They entered Wednesday’s game with a record of 14 wins, 26 losses, two overtime

setbacks and four shootout defeats (14-26-2-4). They were ninth in the 10-team Western Conference, five points out of a playoff spot. “Obviously I’m the coach of the hockey club now and we just want to instill the work ethic and the direction

that this group of young men can get to,” Holick said on Wednesday, during his trip north to Prince George. He hoped to reach his destination in time to catch the Cougars’ game against the Raiders. “We want to eliminate any sort of excuses that

creep in with travel, etc. We want to make sure that we get these guys into the right frame of mind and get them believing in themselves and move forward with good habits. One thing I’m certainly going to preach is habits, beginning in practice.”

This isn’t the first WHL coaching gig for Holick, a 44-year-old Saskatoon, Sask., product. He guided the Kootenay Ice from 2007 to 2010, sporting an overall record of 120-75-021 with the Cranbrookbased franchise. He was named the WHL

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Coach of the Year in the 2009-10 campaign. More recently, Holick guided the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch from 2010 to 2012. In Kootenay, Holick was able to turn a young lineup into a competitive team. He said he believes the Cougars can go the same direction, pointing towards the steps they’ve made in scouting. “Talking with other people outside the Cougars organization, when I was talking about this job, their guys coming up in the draft are guys that certainly should be heard from,” he said. “It’s an exciting time. I think the best is hopefully yet to come and like I said, we want to make sure the boys work hard consistently and be proud of the situation they’re in.” Hollick is married to Janet with a son and daughter, 16-year-old Cooper and 13-year-old Kennedy. Cooper is a forward on the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Summerland Steam. Cougars general manager Dallas Thompson calls Holick a players’ coach. “He demands respect and I think that if he’s not getting efforts, there will be certain measures taken until he does.”

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Biathletes show well at Olympic Park (midget) - one silver, one bronze; and Hayden Neil (juvenile boys) one bronze. Other Caledonia participants were Erik Hoffman, Ariadne Douglas, Peter Hoffman, Mark Hartley, Josiah Fisher, Colton MacDougal and Jody Hoffman. The next Biathlon BC Cup is scheduled for West Kelowna from Feb. 8 to 10. The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club will play host to the B.C. Championships, scheduled for Feb. 22 to 24 at the Otway Nordic Centre. These events include selection races for choosing the provincial team competing in the national championships, which will unfold at Whistler Olympic Park in March.

MINOR HOCKEY The hosts came close, but ultiA lis ta ir M cINNIS/ Fre e Pre s s mately fell short. Players scramble in front of the Dawson Creek net during a game between the Prince George The Prince George Peewee Tier Cougars and Dawson Creek on Saturday at Kin 3, part of the Peewee Tier 1 tournament. 1 Cougars couldn’t capture the Ice in a B.C. Major Midget League Other teams competing this and 3 p.m. on Sunday. title at a weekend hockey tourThe Spruce Kings entered doubleheader in Nelson. Game nament at the Kin Centre. In the weekend are Williams Lake, final, they lost 6-5 to Dawson Quesnel, Kamloops, Terrace, Wednesday evening’s road game times are set for 12:30 p.m. on SatSmithers, Kitimat and Dawson against the Chilliwack Chiefs with urday and 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. Creek. The Cariboo squad sports a 19 wins, 14 losses, one tie and six Two other teams competed in Creek. overtime defeats (19-14-1-6). They record of 22 wins, seven losses the event, the Prince George Intewere third in the five-team Main- and one tie (22-7-1). They’re gris Credit Union Peewee Tier 2 SPRUCE KINGS tied with the Okanagan Rockets Cougars and Omineca All-Stars. The Prince George Spruce land Division with 45 points. (20-3-5) with 45 points, although The Integris Credit Union team Kings are back on home ice this CARIBOO COUGARS the Rockets have two games in is back at the Kin Centre to host weekend. another hockey tournament this For the second consecutive hand. In a B.C. Hockey League douContinuing to lead the 11-team weekend. Action gets underway bleheader, the Spruce Kings will weekend, the Cariboo Cougars today, with the competition end- welcome the Coquitlam Express will play hockey away from BCMML standings, the Vancouing with Sunday’s championship to the Coliseum. Game times are home. ver North West Giants (26-2-2) game. The Cougars meet the Kootenay have collected 54 points. scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday

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The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club was well represented at Whistler Olympic Park on the weekend. The Callaghan Winter Sports Club hosted the first Biathlon BC Cup event of the season. Fifteen members of the Caledonia club were among those who competed. The Prince George group was supported by 13 coaches and parents. Under temperatures in the -4 to -2 Celsius range, participants competed in a sprint event on Saturday and pursuit on Sunday. The sprint has three laps of a ski loop ranging between 700m and 3,000m with a shooting bout between each loop. The pursuit includes four shooting bouts and five laps of skiing. Participants at the Biathlon BC Cup were as young as eight (midgets). The competition also featured Master’s divisions for skiers 30 and over. The event attracted 100 participants from Nordic clubs throughout B.C., including Vancouver Island. The Caledonia participants took home five gold, three silver and three bronze medals. Medal recipients, with category in parentheses, included: Claire Lapointe (senior girls) - two gold; Bobby Kreitz (junior boys) - one gold, one silver; Emily Dickson (youth women) - one gold; Logan Sherba (junior boys) - one gold; Leah Forsdick (youth women) - one silver, one bronze; Quinn Neil

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“No one knows more than me ••• Throughout the years hockey has that this is a results-based business. changed immensely, but even with I’ve been here 3 1/2 years and there new rules, more technology and haven’t been results and I am fully aware of that.” (Dean Clark, Dec. 12, mass social media coverage there are still some old-fashioned things that 2012) can recapture a blast When one achieves from the past. twice as many losses as I am making reference victories (83-163-5-11 Hart to a venue full to seating record), and he is in the Beat capacity, something that fourth year of a fiveyear deal, there is no HARTLEYMILLER has been rare in Prince George in recent years, surprise when a pro or but still remains the ultimate envimajor junior hockey coach loses his ronment to not only watch a game, job. but to participate. Dean Clark was very professional On January 18, the Spruce Kings and classy with his exit from the filled the barn with a SRO crowd Prince George Cougars. He didn’t of 2,034 in the first game of a home try to deflect his record, offered no double-header against Chilliwack, a excuses and was prompt in getting 4-2 Chiefs victory. back to me on Tuesday, the day he It’s been well documented that was dismissed. attendance has slipped dramatically “It’s never an easy thing to hear, in recent years for the BCHL games for sure, but that’s part of the at the Coliseum and WHL action at game. The team hasn’t done what it CN Centre. should do and when that happens, The Spruce Kings are gradually something has to happen and that re-building their fan base, something was me. No one likes to get fired. I that the Cougars are still striving for. take a lot of pride in what I do and Sure, the Kings have a competitive what I’ve done,” said Clark, who is ranked in the top 10 in WHL wins as team that improves their situation, but there have been organizational a coach, success he earned with Calchanges, a focus on promotion, plus gary, Brandon and Kamloops. a huge contribution from major At the time of his departure, sponsors that have played a signifithe Cougars had the second worst cant role to winning back the cusrecord in the WHL (14-26-2-4) and tomers. with just 26 games to go and a playThe environment to watch a game off spot slipping away, GM Dallas is part of the experience in attending Thompson decided to pull the triga game. In a building half or less of ger after the team lost 10 of 12. capacity, the energy, enthusiasm and Clark lacked talent to work with euphoria is drained. In other words, in his P.G. tenure, however, the specialty teams should have been better. lack of atmosphere can certainly translate to apathy. The Cats are ranked last in powerA facility, like the Coliseum, where play and 18th in penalty-killing. the fans are an earshot away from “If you look at those stats, we’ve the players, adds to the culture of the been at the bottom or near the botgame if every seat is taken. tom for quite some time this year The product on the ice remains and in the past and certainly those paramount to the fortunes of any are factors to where we are here team but do not underestimate the right now and certainly that played social aspect as a major component to a role in it,” said Thompson. a Friday night outing. Prior to faceoff While there is no defending or in between periods, fans have an Clark’s record, there are also no opportunity to catch up with familiar excuses for Thompson’s achievefaces and acquaintances. It may be ments. Since taking over as GM, the only time one gets that chance, the team has missed the playoffs in however, if hardly anybody is in the three of the last five years and four building, that point becomes moot. of eight. Not including OTL’s and The Spruce Kings are averaging SOL’s, the Cougars are 127 games below .500 over the past 5 1/2 years. 1,144 fans, slightly above the league average. That may not seem like Thompson is well aware of that and much, but in the 2010-11 season, the will continue to be under the microteam’s average was a paltry 696. scope for his accountability. Not every game is R U N • S K I • S W I M • A P P A R E L going to be filled to capacity but on the occasions that it does, there’s a feeling of nostalgia. Today’s era is filled with texts and tweets but nothing can replace putting the gadgets away, going to the conN P S cession stand, analyzing C the game with the per15 A X 17 A son seated next to you, all in the comforts of a building that is rocking. Ideally, the glass is not Snow Shoe Children & Adult Ski Packages Available! Sales, Rentals and Service half full or half empty, but overflowing with sparkle. Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to S P O R T S 1655A 15th Ave. Prince George (Across from Parkwood Mall) Follow him on twitter: • 1-866-612-4754 • 250-612-4754 @Hartley_Miller PHONE ORDERS WELCOME ARKWOOD HOPPING ENTRE


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Editor The Merritt Herald, an award-winning twice-weekly newspaper published in the Nicola Valley, is seeking an editor. The editor will manage a newsroom of one reporter and both will be responsible for all aspects of getting the newspaper to press — writing, editing, taking photographs and laying out using InDesign. The successful candidate will be community-oriented and have a serious interest in current events — locally, provincially, nationally and globally. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with some experience in journalism, one who works well with others in an office setting, one who thirsts for an opportunity to improve their skills while helping to mentor those around them, one whose copy of CP Style is dog-eared and one who has a passion for new ideas. Qualifications • Proficiency with InDesign and Photoshop are required, as is a background in the community newspaper industry. • Previous experience in the community newspaper industry • Own transportation required. Please apply to: Theresa Arnold Merritt Herald 2090 Granite Ave. Merritt , BC V1K 1B8 Phone: (250) 378-4241 Fax: (250) 378-6818 Email:

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East Indian Cooks Wanted Nijjer Food Ltd. dba Dana Mandi & Indian Restaurant a full service Indian restaurant located at 2095 - 5th Ave, Prince George, B.C. needs (4) Full time, permanent, ethnic Cooks specializing in Indian Cuisines and (1) sweet maker (Mithai). Job duties include menu design and planning, back cooking for banquets, special religious and community events, labour & food cost control, shift supervision and training of employees. Also responsible for preparing orders for out of town deliveries. Minimum 3 years of experience. Knowledge of Hindi or Punjabi an asset. Salary $ 18/hr. Email resume to Steady/PT to vacuum, wipe & wash cars. Apply to Hands on Car Wash, 1956 3rd Ave

Trades, Technical WELCOME to Geotech Drilling Services Ltd. We’re a team focused on continually implementing the most technologically advanced drilling techniques to increase the efďŹ ciency and the accuracy of ďŹ eld data collection. We employ professional,

energetic, mechanically minded individuals that work well in a team and all-weather environment. Drill Assistant - Millwright duties include: - Maintain a clean and organized worksite before, during and after all Projects - Maintain constant inventory of necessary materials, supplies and tooling for the driller and support vehicle; - Inspect and diagnose drill and equipment faults and malfunctions, and repair and weld drill equipment as required. As a minimum Drill Assistant - Millwright must: - At least one years’ experience with drill/ hydraulic equipment operation and maintenance; Structural welding - Possess at least a valid Class 5/ 7 Driver’s License; - Experience working in the ďŹ eld, in remote and/ or varied weather conditions for extended periods of time is considered an asset - Millwright trade credential Deadline for consideration is January 25, 2013. For more information on our rapidly growing organization, please visit our website at w w w. g e o t e c h d r i l l i n g . c o m . QualiďŹ ed candidates are encouraged to forward their resume to Human Resources: The competition will remain open until ďŹ lled. No phone calls please. We thank all that apply; however, only short listed candidates will be contacted.

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. Carpentry/ Woodwork 20 yrs exp carpenters. Will do any type of carpentry From framing to ďŹ nishing we do it all! Reasonably priced, have references. 250-964-7362 or 250614-1414

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, ďŹ lled nail holes. Ceiling & trim extra. Free Est. HB Tech 250-6496285

Merchandise for Sale

$200 & Under Firewood, driest wood in town split & delivered $180/cord (250)964-2020 FIREWOOD FOR SALE, DRY & SPLIT, $100 TRUCK LOAD $120 DELIVERED IN THE BOWL AREA. (250)561-0025

$400 & Under Oak dining set, 6 chairs, hutch, excellent condition $400. Phone 250-564-3194 SHAW 3 HD Tuners, 1 with PVR Call 250-562-2950

Heavy Duty Machinery

FOR THE HOME BREWER Wine making equipment. Incl. 2 primary buckets, 4 carboy’s, hoses, syphon’s, thermometers, oor corker (some corks) electric bottle ďŹ ller plus lots more. Must be sold as a complete set $350 250-562-3747 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837




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• 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 oor • No pets

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Want to Rent Wanting to Rent long-term rental, country home with natural gas & wood heat. 10-15 kms from town, bus route necessary. Will pay up to 3 mo in advance. Call (250)962-8226

Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

(250)563-3093 HARDWOOD MANOR APTS Large 1 & 2 bdrm suites Hardwood oors throughout Heat & Hot water included

1575 Queensway 250-596-9484

HILLSBOROUGH Apts Newly updated, spacious 3 bdrm apts. Clean, quiet, secure entrance. No Pets. Includes H/W Utilities extra

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

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1 BDRM Suite For Seniors 55+ All utilities included except phone & internet. Call Theresa 250-962-5570


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OfďŹ ce/Retail 900 sq ft 533 Dominion St. Retail/OfďŹ ce space $900/mo neg + Hst. Heat & Ph. not incl. Ph:Anna 563-1289 or Danillo 563-2738

Suites, Lower 1 bdrm bsmt suite, College Hts, sep entrance, $650/mo incl utilities. 778-349-4584 2 BDRM bsmt suite. Off N. Nechako, w/d, f/s. Mature, working people only. N/S $850. Avail immed. Call Theresa 250-962-5570

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2011 VOLKSWAGEN GTI 3 DOOR 2.0L Turbo 1-4, Auto, Loaded, Financing as low as 0.9% APR on approved credit. Only 1,988 kms. Sale $27,500

3157 Bellamy Place, Prince George, BC 250-962-1733 or toll free 1-877-737-4278 *Discounts only available while Manufacturer¡s Incentives are in effect.

Hub City Motors 1822 Queensway 250.564.7228

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to work in the Prince George area. F/T and P/T. positions available as well as beneďŹ t packages. Please email resumes to

WANT TO WORK OUTDOORS? Established utilities services company is seeking part time and full time METER READERS for 100 Mile House, Quesnel, Prince George, Williams Lake and surrounding areas. ‹ E_perience reading meters is considered an asset ‹ 4ust have a reliable vehicle ‹ 4ust be customer oriented ^ith good communications skills ‹ 4ust be capable of ^orking independently in various ^eather conditions ‹ 7hysically demanding Qob ‹ *ompany provided uniforms and training ‹ 7aid by piece rate paid per meter that you read ‹ 0f hired clean +rivers (bstract clean *riminal )ackground *heck and proof of business class vehicle insurance required ‹ Earning potential of appro_imately  per hour Email resume to noting location of choice in the subQect line or fa_ to 877-864-2831

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


A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! Also Damaged 40’ $1950 Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Free Delivery BC and AB

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ON NOW AT YOUR BC BUICK GMC DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */†/‥Offers apply to the purchase, finance or lease of 2013 GMC Sierra Ext Cab 4X4 (1SF)/2013 GMC Terrain FWD SLE-1 (R7A), equipped as described. Freight ($1,600/$1,550) included in purchase, finance and lease prices and payments. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealer order or trade may be required. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the BC Buick GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Conditions and limitations apply. GMCL, Ally Credit, TD Auto Financing Services or Scotiabank may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. See dealer for details. †0%/0.99% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Credit/TD Auto Financing for 72/84 months on new or demonstrator 2013 GMC Terrain / GMC Sierra 1500. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/ trade. Example: $10,000 at 0%/0.99% APR, the monthly payment is $139/$124 for 72/84 months. Cost of borrowing is $0/$354, total obligation is $10,000/$10,354. 0% financing offers are unconditionally interest-free. ‥Based on a 0.9%, 48 month lease for new (demonstrator not eligible) Terrain SLE-1. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000km, $0.16 per excess kilometer. OAC by GM Financial. Lease APR may vary depending on down payment/trade. Down payment or trade may be required. ≠$7,000 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on the 2013 Sierra Light Duty Ext/Crew, for retail customers only. See your GM dealer for details. **Valid at participating GM dealerships in Canada only. Retail customers only. Offer ranges from 750 to 3,000 AIR MILESŽ reward miles, depending on model purchased. No cash value. Offer may not be combined with certain other AIR MILES promotions or offers. See your participating GM dealer for details. Offer expires February 28, 2013. Please allow 4–6 weeks after the Offer end date for reward miles to be deposited to your AIR MILESŽ Collector Account. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate this Offer for any reason in whole or in part at any time without notice. Miles are issued by LoyaltyOne Inc. and are subject to the terms and conditions of the AIR MILES Reward Program. Ž™Trademarks of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under license by LoyaltyOne, Inc. and General Motors of Canada Limited. ^Whichever comes first. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ^^Based on latest competitive data available. †*Comparison based on 2012 Wards segmentation: Middle/Cross Utility Vehicle and latest competitive data available, and based on the maximum legroom available. Excludes other GM brands. +The Best Buy seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license.

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January 25, 2013 edition of the Prince George Free Press