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In light of major crimes, town and RCMP arrange public security meeting Cameron Ginn Omineca Express

A logging truck went off the road near Fort St. James on Monday, Jan. 28. No one is believed to have been injured in the accident. RCMP and emergency services didn’t attend the scene, but the spectacle served as a warning to other drivers to drive carefully. Berit Christensen photo

Shocker unveiled: Government doesn’t understand rural realities Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier If you have ever sat waiting on hold for ages trying to access government services, or struggled for hours over government service forms, you are not alone. But you already knew that.

The real news is now at least government may become more aware of these and other issues, at least if the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC) has anything to say about it. This was the message brought with the presentation of a study of the coordination of social services in the Omineca region. The study was initiated by the OBAC,

an organization formed in 2005 to look at economic diversification and long-term sustainability in the region after the massive pine beetle epidemic, which could potentially jeopardize the economies of many communities still dependent on the forestry sector for jobs and revenue.

Town and RCMP officials are looking at organizing a community meeting on Feb. 20 to address concerns about public security. Following a spate of unrelated major crimes in Vanderhoof, including the fatal shooting of a teenage girl on Dec. 20, 2012, and the discovery of two suspected homicides in January, officials want to open dialogue with the community about public safety. "When we have crimes that we didn't expect, all of a sudden it's shattered for a bit," said Mayor Gerry Thiessen. "But when bad things happen, such as what we've experienced this past month, we shouldn't generalize where we are as a community." The Vanderhoof RCMP detachment has gradually assumed a more strategic and proactive approach to policing between 2010 and 2012, when Sergeant Jason Keays took over as commander. Over the same time period, the town implemented at least three crime-prevention initiatives aimed at reducing loitering, curbing alcohol offenses and increasing the presence of police in the community. According to statistics released by the Vanderhoof RCMP, liquor offenses have risen 88 per cent since 2010, when some of the initiatives were put in place. "These are all things that will be discussed at the meeting," said Thiessen. Continued on page 3

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Express Recreation deters crime, promotes accountability, officials say

Town and RCMP stress importance of pool ahead of Feb. 16 referendum Cameron Ginn Omineca Express An aquatic facility would help strengthen the community and deter criminal elements, according to RCMP Sergeant Jason Keays. The facility would promote community interaction, serving as a gathering place for residents and their neighbours, said Keays, commander of the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment. Ahead of the Feb. 16 pool referendum in Vanderhoof, Keays is stressing the importance of promoting healthier lifestyles and safer communities with recreation. "I personally would love to see a swimming pool in Vanderhoof," he said in an email. Mayor Gerry Thiessen, who is also supportive of building an aquatic facility here, said recreation facilities heighten a community's awareness and promotes accountability between residents. "That's when crime doesn't like to flourish," he said. In addition, as the town prepares for growth due to resource development projects, a public pool would help attract new families and skilled workers to Vanderhoof, said Thiessen. "I don't see any alternative to promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging people to live in the community," he said. "The days are gone when you can just provide a job and people will come." The pool referendum has been scheduled in conjunction with the Vanderhoof by-election on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Friendship Centre, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

An advanced poll is available today, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the municipal office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Two pieces of iden-

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District of District of Vanderhoof Vanderhoof NOTICE OF VOTING District of Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre

NOTICE OF VOTING District of Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre

PUBLIC NOTICE is given to the electors within the District of Vanderhoof, that a vote will be held on February 16th, 2013 on the following question: “Are you in favour of the Council of the District of Vanderhoof adopting Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1121 which would authorize the District to borrow an amount up to $4 million to be repaid with an annual requisition up to a maximum of $0.2234 per $1,000 of taxable residential assessed value to re-pay the loan over a 30 year period to be used for the construction of an up to $12 million Aquatic Centre.”

PUBLIC NOTICE is given to the VOTING electorsDATES withinAND the LOCATIONS District of Vanderhoof, that a vote will be held o th 16GENERAL , 2013 VOTING: on the following question: Saturday, February 16th, 2013 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location:

“Are you in favour of the Council of the District of Vanderhoof adopting Loan Authorization Byla Voting Division Location Address which Municipality would authorize the District Friendship to borrow toVictoria $4 million Centrean amount up219 Street Eastto be repaid with requisition up to a maximum of $0.2234 per $1,000 of taxable residential assessed value to re-p There will be an ADVANCE VOTING opportunity as required by Section 97 of the Local Government Act: over a 30 year period to be used forWednesday, the construction of an up to $12 million Aquatic Centre.” February 6, 2013 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location:

Voting Division Municipality

Location Address District of Vanderhoof 160 Connaught Street VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS Municipal Office

A SPECIAL VOTING OPPORTUNITY will be available onFebruary Saturday, February 16, 2013 to qualified electors who are GENERAL VOTING: Saturday, 16th, 2013 patients or staff of: between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at theNechako following location: Stuart Manor Riverside Place St. John Hospital 242 Louvain St. Division 1:00 pmVoting to 2:00 pm


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will bewill required a declaration that you meet the followingas requirements: There be toanmake ADVANCE VOTING opportunity required by Section 97 of the Local Government A Documentation Required for Voting Day Registration

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You must provide two pieces of identity that show evidence of your identity and place of residence, at least one of which must between the hours contain your signature. Examples of acceptable identityof are:8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location: • Driver’s Licence • BCID Card Voting Division • Citizenship Card • Real Property Tax notice • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License Municipality

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Resident Electors: • age 18 or older; and a CanadianVOTING citizen; andOPPORTUNITY will be available on Saturday, February 16, 2013 to qualified A•SPECIAL • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and patients orofstaff of: of Vanderhoof for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and • a resident the District • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

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Non-Resident Property Electors: 242 Louvain St. • age 18 or older; and 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm • a Canadian citizen; and • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and • a registered owner of real property in the District of VanderhoofSt. for John at leastHospital 30 days immediately before the general election day; and 3255 Hospital Rd • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election 2:00 or otherwise disqualified by law; and pm to 3:00 pm • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on these matters, please contact the following at the District of Vanderhoof office: Michelle Smith, Deputy Election Officer District of Vanderhoof, 160 Connaught Street (250)567-4711

SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED BYLAW BYLAW NO. 1121 – District of Vanderhoof Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1121 – This bylaw authorizes the District of Vanderhoof to borrow up to $4,000,000.00 to go towards the construction of an up to $12,000,000.00 Aquatic Centre. The funds would be borrowed over a 30-year term. ANNUAL TAX BURDEN PROJECTIONS



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TAKE NOTICE that the above is a synopsis of the proposed bylaw and that this synopsis is not intended to be and is not to be understood as an interpretation of the bylaw. The full bylaw may be inspected at the District of Vanderhoof, 160 Connaught Street, Vanderhoof BC during regular office hours, 8:30 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. For further information on the bylaws or the voting process, please contact Tom Clement Chief Election Officer (250)567-4711



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Northern Health is partnering with School District 91 in the Lakes District to launch an art contest to celebrate the new Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre being built in Burns Lake. The contest is an opportunity for students in kindergarten through Grade 12 to express their thoughts and ideas about the project. Students attending home or alternative schools are also eligible to enter. Prizes will be awarded for the best submissions in four age categories, as chosen by a panel of local judges. Winning submissions will also be displayed publicly throughout the project. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2013. Contest submissions can be dropped off at any District 91 school, or at the School District 91 office. The contest is open to all students, including those attending home or alternative schools. Students can use any visual media, including painting and drawing, to: show what the new hospital means to them or their family, or show a favourite physical activity that they enjoy in their community. A3

Express Rise in calls strains RCMP resources

From front Two years ago, the town requested the North District RCMP to complete an audit on increasing the number of officers in Vanderhoof, mainly to reinforce the newly implemented initiatives, but also to keep up with population growth. Keays said more officers would alleviate stress and reduce exhaustion on an already strained police force. "Maybe our police are working full out, and the only way to make sure we address these issues is with one or two more officers," said Thiessen. From 2006 to 2011, the population of Vanderhoof increased by 10.2 per cent, according to B.C. Stats. "Yet our police force has stayed the same," said Thiessen, adding that neighbouring communities, like Fort St. James and Burns Lake, have more RCMP officers than Vanderhoof. Additional officers have been temporarily stationed in Vanderhoof until the RCMP audit is finished, but resources at the detachment are being stretched thin as calls for service rise and people continue moving to the community seeking work in the natural resources sector. Keays said the Vanderhoof RCMP can no longer abide by the notion that no call for service is too small to designate a response, such as a report of minor mischief. "They are irritating, but might not necessarily be the best use of police resources," said Keays. "We will still strive

to provide the excellent service that we now get from the local RCMP, but we have to prioritize." In theory, by targeting specific small offenses, Thiessen said it's less likely that potential offenders will branch out to others areas of crime. The crime-reduction initiatives are also designed to make the community a more uncomfortable place for loitering and public drunkenness, said Thiessen. "We're trying to deal with certain types of crimes, and hopefully that will show the community, and those outside the community, that this is the place they The Vanderhoof RCMP detachment. want to be," he said.


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Vanderhoof girl competes for Miss Teen B.C. crown Cameron Ginn Omineca Express Crystal Edwards isn’t a typical beauty pageant contestant. She rides dirt bikes, skis and plays soccer. She’s even considering joining the Canadian Forces. Her platform? It’s not world peace. Instead, Edwards, 18, hopes to raise awareness about animal cruelty at the Miss Teen B.C. pageant in Vancouver this weekend. “I feel strongly about that because animals occupy a great portion in our lives,” she said. “Abusing an animal that has done nothing but love and care for us is completely wrong and inhumane.” Edwards will represent Vanderhoof and the Bulkley-Nechako region in the Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 pageant, which will judge some 50 B.C. girls on their beauty, intelligence, and enthusiasm. Only a few will qualify for the 2013 Miss Teen Canada-World competition in Toronto. The pageant encourages young women to be unique and places emphasis on character and physical beauty. “We want to make sure that every girl who enters the contest has the opportunity to learn, grow, challenge

themselves, and engage with a higher purpose for a chance to express her individuality, transform and realize her true potential, represent her country and take an active role in her community,” according to the pageant’s website. After discovering the event online, Edwards decided she was interested and submitted an application. The Nechako Valley Secondary School student was asked to submit photographs of herself and participate in an online video-chat interview with a pageant coordinator in Toronto. During the interview, Edwards was questioned about her interests, hobbies, future goals and involvement in the community. “Applying wasn’t too tough, but now that I’ve been accepted, it’s quite a demanding process,” said Edwards. In preparation for the pageant in Vancouver, Edwards spends an average of five hours per week on research and practicing her speech. More than 450 are expected to attend the event. Extra training is provided in Vancouver. Moe Edwards, Crystal’s mother, has been helping her prepare for the A5

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pageant since she was accepted. Moe describes her daughter as compassionate and grounded, a northern B.C. girl with a love for the outdoors. “I’m very proud of her and I’m excited about the opportunities the pageant will open up for Crystal,” said Moe. But with an enrollment cost of about $850, the pageant is’t cheap. Edwards also needs to acquire a gown and pay for travel expenses and accommodations while in Vancouver. Although the past year has been difficult for the Edwards family, Moe is extremely proud of Crystal. “It’s been tough,” said Moe, “but we don’t want to let her miss this opportunity.”

Pursuant to Section 66 of the Transportation Act, and to provisions of the Commercial Transport Act, notice is hereby given that load restrictions may be placed on short notice in the near future on all highways within the Fort George District. The restrictions will limit vehicles to 100 per cent, 70 per cent or 50 per cent legal axle loading. Overweight permits will not be granted and all term overweight permits are invalid for the duration of the restrictions. Trucking and transportation companies, as well as the general public, should govern themselves accordingly. Your cooperation in adhering to the above regulations is appreciated. Dated in Prince George, British Columbia, this 25th day of January, 2013.

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New season for ‘School Wars’ Tom Fletcher

Black Press Like a bad reality show about a dysfunctional family, B.C. School Wars has lurched to life again for the 2013 election. Coming soon to billboards and buses across the province: staged pictures of sad-faced kids crammed into dirty classrooms by a heartless government. It doesn’t even matter which government. This ritual combat went on through Social Credit and NDP governments too. Premier Christy Clark opened the new season with her promised pitch to restructure bargaining. It suggested splitting up bargaining into traditional wage and benefit talks, and a separate table and fund for classroom size and support. Cast in her familiar role of the sullen, rebellious teenager, BCTF president Susan Lambert staged a news conference to distort and mock the government’s offer. A 10-year deal if we give up bargaining wages and classroom conditions? “Ludicrous.” What’s ludicrous is her characterization of a formula to link teacher pay to nurses, post-secondary faculty and other government workers. Nurses are renowned for getting raises when no one else does, so this should be an opportunity for these powerful unions to co-ordinate. But the BCTF can’t get along with other unions any more than it can negotiate with any discernible competence.  Lambert falsely claimed there was no consultation on the proposal. This reminded me how she low-balled the costs of her union’s demands by hundreds of millions during what passed for negotiations in last year’s strike season.  Behind the scenes, the BCTF executive and the school district bargaining agent had just settled on a mutual costing model. What this means is the school districts, which have to make payroll and balance budgets, have convinced the BCTF to stop misrepresenting costs. I’ll believe that when I see it.

Common cents Editor: In my opinion, having a swimming pool in Vanderhoof makes a lot of sense, and cents. The health benefits for all ages are obvious, but it can also be seen as an economic benefit. Think of the number of individuals and families who spend money to drive to Prince George and go swimming, see a movie, go shopping, buy groceries, or dine out. Consider instead the attraction of a swimming pool in Vanderhoof, not only The Omineca Express is published every Wednesday in Vanderhoof by Black Press Ltd. Publisher: Pam Berger Editor: Cameron Ginn

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to the residents, but to those living in surrounding communities. The ripple effect could be a positive one for local merchants and provide opportunities for meaningful employment. The advantages of our youth learning to swim seem to outweigh the $86 per $100,000 of property assessments per year that a pool would cost homeowners in Vanderhoof to fund this worthwhile endeavor. Imagine not having to drive to Prince George during the long

winter months on dubious road surfaces, or daily in the summer for weeks at a time to learn this valuable skill that could save a life. One argument I heard against the proposed pool comes from those who are fortunate enough to own two residences, one in Prince George and one in the voting area. They express a reluctance to pay increased taxes for the proposed pool facility. But on a similar note, all homeowners, regardless of the number of residences they have, pay school taxes on each of their

residences, regardless of whether they have children attending school. Perhaps the words of my Grade 4 and 5 students put it best: “It would be so fun to go swimming with my class!” or, “it would be fun to have swimming in Physical Education class! I could learn to swim better and be a lifeguard!” and, “We can have new good memories.” Sarah Barr Vanderhoof, B.C.

Editor: Regarding the letter to the editor “Drowning in debt,” we would like to first address the issue of the cost of borrowing. Any large purchase or project has a cost associated with it, such as borrowing money to buy a home, or borrowing money to develop a business. Unfortunately, a $4-million loan without interest is not realistic. Already the town is looking to secure the additional $8 million through funding, partnerships and grants. As for the operating costs of $600,000, this has been factored into the calculation and will be covered by the taxes being requested.  Yes, this operating cost will continue past the 30 years of the loan repayment. However, with large industry in town, and interest shown by others, perhaps opportunities may arise to reduce this cost to the community. Please know this is not a “Cadillac” option. Most aquatic facilities have at least six lanes, whereas this facility only has four lanes with a leisure area for young children. The quote of 19.45 per cent increase inmunicipal taxes is not entirely correct.  Perhaps for 2012 this is the figure; however, the increase in tax is a rate per assessed value of your home.  This is a fixed rate.  The mu-

nicipal tax rate is not a fixed rate and therefore one cannot quote this “pool” increase as a per cent of the municipal taxes. This percentage will change yearly. The example given of a home worth $250,000 would have a yearly increase in taxes of $217.03.  This would equate to an increase of $18.08 per month.  If our electricity or hydro were to increase by this rate, it would go unnoticed.  In addition, the pool will not bankrupt the town, expenses have been considered and the funds allocated through the increase in taxes.  This increase, when spread throughout the population, should be manageable. We need to give more credit to our local elected council with putting this proposal forward. We are two professionals with a young family. Yes, we moved to Vanderhoof without there being a pool. However, we did not have children at that time and a pool was not a priority.  As our children grow and we grow older, we make monthly trips to Prince George for all of us to go swimming. The gas alone costs close to $500 per year, not to mention the lunches, additional shopping, etc., that could be kept in Vanderhoof.

It is not only families with children that would benefit from an aquatic facility, but many different segments of our population. These include teenagers, people with disabilities, those injured in the work place requiring rehab, and our elderly, whose quality of life would benefit from having a pool. It is the one activity that exercises your whole body without negatively impacting your joints. We have long cold winters where it is difficult for many people to get their daily exercise. A pool would provide a means by which to fulfill this. The social atmosphere of a pool is an opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills and decrease stress. These benefits cannot always simply be measured in dollars and cents. Most towns the size of Vanderhoof, or smaller, have an aquatic facility that are well used. Why should Vanderhoof be any different?  A vote for a pool is a vote for our future and moving the community forward. We see a pool increasing the health of the community, and increasing its appeal to people and businesses looking to make our wonderful community their home.    Zoe and Davy Dhillon Vanderhoof, B.C.

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providers coordinate inadequately From front One of the objectives set out when OBAC was formed was by 2025 to "be known as a model region for delivery of quality, equitable, coordinated, relevant and cost-effective services to small and rural communities." Sarah Cunningham, the consultant who did the study for OBAC, has been travelling throughout the region from Smithers to Valemount to present the study's findings and potential strategies and actions going forward and was in Fort St. James on Jan. 31. In a one-hour presentation at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) last week, Cunningham breathlessly attempted to hit the highlights of the extensive study which summarized the findings she gathered through region-wide interviews on social service coordination. Cunningham said the tour is an attempt to validate the findings of the research and get feedback to help improve the findings and further refine the draft plan. However, Cunningham did admit so far there has been a lack of meaningful engagement with the First Nations in the region for the project, with the municipalities and regional districts being the primary sources of input, and not a lot from First Nations.

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"That hasn't really happened and that's where the future is, for sure," said Cunningham. But so far, what has come out of the research is community service providers are not able to connect effectively to the public (ie. government) service providers, and overall coordination is inadequate, which can limit the effectiveness of the community services. "Coordination is actually fundamental to service provision," said Cunningham. The study found evidence people experience limited or no access to a wide range of needed programs and services, online or call

centre government services can be very difficult for people to access, and government funding programs are sometimes inaccessible, with often highly restrictive funding criteria, little local control over resources and the tendency for government to be focussed on their internal processes at the expense of supporting or working with contracted agencies. Those internal processes can be very difficult to overcome in relation to rural communities, and there is little recognition within government of rural realities, including geography and infrastructure, according to the research.

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Parking disruption at St. John Hospital Northern Health is advising patients, visitors and staff at St. John Hospital in Vanderhoof of upcoming parking disruptions due to structural roof renovations. During the week of February 3, 2013, a crane and heavy equipment will be lifting steel support beams on to the hospital roof. The placement of the beams and equipment will block access to parking directly in front of the St. John Hospital entrance. Alternate parking is limited, though space may be available at the rear of the hospital building. Access to the hospital via the main entrance will not be affected; there will also be no impact on BC Ambulance access, and the Northern Health Connections bus pick –up and drop off location. Employees of NH, the College of New Caledonia and the Omineca Clinic have been asked to avoid parking in the hospital’s front lot during the week of February 3, so that the limited space available can be used by patients requiring hospital services. Thank you for your patience while this important work takes place.

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Pen pals meet in person for first time One person is nine years old, and the other is 17. One is from Vanderhoof and the other Fort St. James. At first glance, one would think there is no chance of these two people meeting. Furthermore, it would be hard to see a reason for them to meet. However, what emerged when they did meet was a beautiful thing. It all started when Andrew Vogelsang and Gretchen Vogelsang, two school teachers from different towns, decided to have their two classes pen pal with each other. Andrew’s Grade four class from Sinkut View Elementary School in Vanderhoof and Gretchen’s Grade 11 english class from Fort St. James Secondary School wrote back and forth to each other a few times. Each Grade 4 student was paired up with a Grade 11 student and they wrote about a variety of things, from hunting, sports, art, school and family, in their letters. What amazed both

Andrew and Gretchen was the relationship that was forming between the students. What started as an academic exercise was becoming something more. It was then that the teachers decided to have the classes meet. On Monday, Jan. 16, the Grade 4 class loaded onto a bus and headed to Fort St. James to meet their pen pals. When we got there, we were greeted and the two classes met. What amazed Gretchen and Andrew was the fact that there was engagement on both sides with a Grade 11 and a Grade 4 really talking to each other. We were so impressed with the empathy and kindness the Grade 11 students showed to the Grade 4 students. We were equally impressed with the Grade 4 students being outgoing and engaging, while not shying away from what was a potentially stressful situation. Both teachers agree that making connections between these two communities is a great thing. It allows for these

Early Deadlines Due to Family Day Holiday (Monday, February 11th, 2013) Please note the following changes to deadlines. Elementary and high school students from Vanderhoof and Fort St. James exchanged letters and became friends. Submitted

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Strict marine safety standards will ensure we respect our neighbours above, around and below us.

Although tankers have been safely navigating the north coast and its channels for decades, marine safety remains a top priority for British Columbians. We have been planning the Northern Gateway Project for over a decade, with a particular focus on protecting the environment. We have added specific safety requirements to our marine operations plan to help make the waters of the north coast safer not just for tankers serving the project, but for all marine vessels.

Tankers will reduce speeds in the channels…

Qualified BC Coast Pilots will board and guide all tankers… To prevent spills, all tankers serving the project will be modern and double-hulled, and will be vetted by independent, third party agencies before entering Canadian waters. Once strict safety and environmental standards are met, they will be guided through the Douglas and Principe Channels by qualified BC Coast Pilots.

Tankers travel slowly, but to make sure that marine species and their habitats are respected, tankers will be required to reduce speed as they pass through certain sections of the channels. Even their escort tugboats will have quieter engines to reduce underwater noise.

Powerful tugboats will escort tankers… Additional radar and navigational aids will improve safety for all vessels…

Tugboats have been shown to significantly reduce tanker incidents worldwide. Powerful tugboats that have been specially commissioned for Northern Gateway will assist in the safe arrival and departure of tankers. All tankers will be attended by a close escort tug. In the channels, laden tankers will have two tugs–one tethered at all times. These tugboats will have emergency response equipment on board and will be capable of assisting any marine vessel.

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Thiessen attends mining conference Tom Fletcher, Cameron Ginn Black Press Mayor Gerry Thiessen left the Minerals Roundup conference in Vancouver both enthused and optimistic about mining opportunities in Vanderhoof and elsewhere. On a fact-finding mission on behalf of council, Thiessen talked with numerous representatives of companies conducting mineral exploration in Vanderhoof and Fort St. James. He also spoke with delegates from one of the largest gold companies in the world, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. "It's an interesting time and we as a community need to make sure we're aware of that and take advantage of good things, doing what we can to eliminate any deficit in our social ability, security, or health care," he said. Almost 8,000 people attended the three-day international mining exploration conference. By the time Thiessen left, he said his head was pounding from the enormity of the event. Thiessen also had conversations with high-ranking officials from the B.C. government, including Steve Thompson, Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations, as well as Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine and mining critic for the NDP Party of B.C, about the town's strategic location amid so much mining and exploration activity. Increasingly, people in Vanderhoof are asking for amenities like a community centre, a theatre, an aquatic facility and a new college campus, all of which will attract skilled trades people to Vanderhoof, said Thiessen. "From what I sense, this is a really, really exciting time to be in Vanderhoof, and so much is going to hinge on involvement of residents," he said. At the conference, Premier Christy Clark welcomed delegates with a prediction of re-

cord investment in the B.C. industry this year. "Last year, as you know, was a recordbreaking year for mining exploration, $462 million," Clark said in a speech that previews the coming election campaign. "Compare that to the 1990s, when $26 million a year in exploration was underway. We've come a long way in 12 years, and it's pretty tough to beat those record-breaking years." She predicted that mark will be shattered with another 47 per cent increase, mostly due to a few large projects underway now. While exploration is up, five mining expansions are permitted to proceed in the province.

They are: Endako Mines' molybdenum mine at Fraser Lake in Central B.C.; Teck's Highland Valley copper mine at Logan Lake in the Okanagan; Huckleberry Mine, an open-pit copper and molybdenum mine near Dease Lake in northwestern B.C.; Quinsam Coal, an underground thermal coal mine on Vancouver Island; and Elkview, a Teck metallurgical coal mine near Sparwood in the Kootenays. Conference delegates applauded another recent development, the first mineral royalty sharing agreements with aboriginal people for Huckleberry Mine and New Afton, an expansion of a Kamloopsarea copper mine.

Clark also touted an improvement in permit approval times for land and water use as well as "notice of work" permits. The waiting time has been reduced from 110 days to 80 days, and another $7 million will be spent to get it down to 60 days, she said. NDP mining critic Doug Donaldson said the B.C. Liberal government is still working to fix a problem it created, when mining permit time went from 55 days in 2007 to 110 days by 2011. The 60-day target for notice-of-work permits was supposed to be met in November, Donaldson added. Clark also took aim at another prominent election issue, the need for skilled trades train-

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Kitimat: A safe option There’s no mistaking the importance of Kitimat, B.C., to the Gateway project. It’s where the pipeline ends, and it’s where marine operations begin. I’d like to set the record straight on why we chose Kitimat, at the head of the Douglas Channel, as the site for Gateway’s marine terminal. The answer took thousands of hours of research, planning, engineering, environmental science, oceanography consultation, weather monitoring, and simulation. But the simple reason is . . . safety, all the way. The Douglas Channel is one of the widest and deepest inland waterways on North America’s west coast. Government research had already determined Kitimat to be among the safest ports in B.C., and about 1,500 tankers carrying petrochemicals have docked safely at Kitimat over the past quarter-century.

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Strategically speaking, Kitimat provides the lowest environmental risk for all aspects of Gateway operations. It offers a safer endpoint for the pipeline route, from a geotechnical perspective. The marine terminal at Kitimat also provides safe approaches for tanker traffic — with a suitable turning basin in Kitimat Arm, and natural deep-water berths that are sheltered from open-water wave conditions.

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At its very narrowest, the Douglas Channel is 1.4 kilometres wide — three times wider than Transport Canada’s recommended width for two-way tanker traffic. Water depths in the marine channels are up to several hundred metres. As an added measure, full simulations of vessel traffic in the Douglas Channel were carried out at a world-leading facility in Denmark. It tested the largest proposed vessels in environmental conditions that tankers would experience in the marine channels. The result was a thumbs-up on the shipping route, endorsed by both government departments and the British Columbia Coast Pilots. Why Kitimat? Why the Douglas Channel? It’s the safe option for Gateway.

Janet Holder Executive Vice President Western Access Enbridge Inc.

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Celebrate BC’s first Family Day Monday Feb 11 Eat together ■ Family Day is the ideal time to bring your family ‘back to the table’. Given the increasingly busy schedule of every member of the family, eating together has been a casualty of our hectic days. Whether you’re together in your home, on a mini-vacation or enjoying a local restaurant, there are numerous benefits to eating together. Sharing a table means sharing your day, sharing your undivided attention and sharing conversation. It is a chance to give extra attention to your children and teens. Family meals foster warmth, security and love, as well as a sense of belonging. The way that you act at the table becomes a model for your children. They learn from your appreciation of the meal and your social skills - especially when outside the home. Table manners are social skills and leading by example makes it easier for parents to teach without lecturing. Using family meals as a way to sample new menus can be both fun and a great learning experience. By giving family members input and the opportunity to choose the menu, it becomes an ideal way to expand their horizons on a wider range of foods and cultures. It also can lead to healthier choices as well as developing an open mind for experiencing new things. A way to get more out of a family meal is to engage the family in menu selection, shopping and preparation. You can begin this at a very young age giving children age-appropriate tasks like stirring ingredients, washing vegetables, tearing lettuce and setting the table. As your children grow they can take on more key responsibilities and the pride that comes with preparing a special family meal. This teaches your children cooking skills, nutrition and appreciation for the effort of meal preparation. It can also provide a great source of accomplishment and sense of self-sufficiency. Plan to make your Family Day special by including all those who make up your family. Pay tribute by making your meal special and so memorable you’ll want to ensure you do it more often.

Explore together ■ There is no better province to explore than British Columbia and no better family bonding experience than sharing the thrill of a new discovery or experience. Day trips can create remarkable family memories. They offer a wonderful way to spend time together and learn more about where you live. The variety of experiences available to families is different in each region of this spectacular province you might decide to explore close to home or venture to one of the other regions in B.C. over the Family Day weekend. Whether taking SkyTrain, BC Ferries, driving, or hopping a flight, there are many ways to invest in a day of discovery. Travel is just one aspect. To maximize the experience families should involve everyone in the planning. By planning ahead you and your whole family can experience a worthwhile outing and make every aspect fun. Create a list of activities or venues and assign a rough budget for each. Allow family members to weigh in on their preferences and discuss what they would like to see, do or learn at each. You might decide to stay in a hotel and be a tourist in your own hometown. Kids or youth can map out the sites and activities,

creating a family agenda including selecting the points of interest, lunch and shopping as well as enjoying the amenities your hotel might offer. It’s the perfect way to free up everyone from everyday tasks and roles. Researching history, attractions, museums, parks and markets can teach valuable lessons and it helps children to plan within a budget. This way they are part of making important decisions, appreciate both the effort and cost of outings and will be more enthused about an agenda they helped develop. Be sure to capture your family time by taking photos, saving literature or purchasing a memento. This can lead to great family discussions about what each individual enjoyed or learned and starts you planning for future family explorations.

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Experience as a Family ■ Try something new this Family Day. It might be as simple as agreeing that everyone observe a no-technology or TV day. If you find your gatherings often involve all the adults sitting around visiting while the youngsters play among themselves and the teens segregate away from both you and the little ones, you’re probably not alone. A family gathering can be a wonderful opportunity for family to hear the latest on jobs, trips, hobbies and health, but if you find your gatherings following the same tedious patterns where one or two family members dominate with the same old stories, this is the year to change it up. Consider adding new experiences to the plans, and making a new and fun tradition out of them. Here are some ideas to get started: Get out and enjoy our beautiful outdoors – no matter what your weather. If you live in a snowy region of B.C., organize a hayride, snowshoe trek, sledding time or ice skating at a community rink. If you don’t have snow in your area, you can travel to find it or consider planning a bike ride, a hike or even hitting a minigolf course or a driving range. The idea is to bring everyone together in a family activity you’ve never done before.

a new menu together but everyone in your group can sit together and enjoy the meal. B.C. has a widely diverse cultural make up and ethnic restaurants are part of that. Make your Family Day gathering a retreat for all – consider getting your family out of the house and turn your gathering into a festive retreat. Many venues have activities for all ages to enjoy, from winter outdoor fun to refreshing spa services. Think of how much fun it would be for your whole family group to take a yoga class together. Host a family talent show – Everyone has a special talent in your family, so encourage them to bring their talent to your gathering. If you’re really ambitious set up an area to be used as a stage and arrange chairs for audience members. Many living rooms have dimmer switches so play with lighting and lamps so the performance area is in the spotlight. You might want to rent a popcorn machine or ask family members to bring along some treats and snacks. By bringing new activities to your family gathering this year, you’ll be creating many new memories to share in the future, as well as making the event much more enjoyable.

Play together ■ There is nothing like the fun and innocence of childhood. Whether it’s a game of kick-the-can with the neighbourhood children or building a tree fort in the backyard, some of our best memories are playful. Board games are a great indoor activity, and Family Day is a great time to dig out some of your old favourites like Monopoly and Clue, and maybe try out a few new ones that are geared towards family fun. Your local toy store will have a wide range of options, along with other family-friendly entertainment such as puzzles and books. Set up a card table, get your

favourite puzzle out and spend hours putting together the pieces. Finishing a complicated puzzle will also give your kids a sense of accomplishment. If you’re looking for something a bit more high-tech, your game console or computer is a good place to start. Video games have come a long way from the classic Super Mario and Donkey Kong, and you may discover that your kids have a much larger technical knowledge than you do. They might beat you at Wii Sports but it will make for a great story! Getting outside for a game of tag or basketball will check off two things on your list: play and exercise. Taking a trip to a local playground or field will give you hours of entertainment for a low cost. Pack a picnic as well for an entire day of fun. Practicing your batting or pitching will also get you ready for the upcoming sports seasons, or maybe compete to see who can run the fastest to the swings. This year, Family Day is a time to make memories, spend time together and maybe learn a thing or two. Whatever the weather is like outside, you have plenty of options for having fun at all ages.

* Decorate an outdoor tree with streamers and popcorn garland. * If it’s too chilly for a picnic in the snow, place a blanket on the family room floor and enjoy an indoor picnic. * Rent a movie and cuddle on the couch under blankets. * Put on some tunes and dance around the house. * Play a classic game, such as Twister(R) . * Take out modeling clay or dough and create different play figures or ornaments. * Whip up a hearty meal together, giving kids free reign over the ingredients. * Play with toy trucks and cars in

the snow. * Engage in a snowball fight. * Find the tallest hill in the area and test your bravery on the back of a sled. * Chase the dog around the backyard. Dogs often like to play in the snow, too. * Sit in sunny windows and read books silently or to the group. * Make sock puppets and put on a show. * Catch up on beauty sleep by taking a nice nap under a warm quilt. * Bake a batch of brownies or cookies. There are many different and fun ways to pass the hours. rent and fun ways to pass the hours.

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Keep busy with fun activities Here are some activities to enjoy with the family * Put out bird seed or a suet block and feed the neighborhood birds. Compare the different species that come to grab an easy meal. Artistic kids can sketch what they see by looking out the window. * Shovel a shallow path in the snow around the yard to create a snow maze. Build snow blinds, behind which kids can hide. * Gather winter nature items, like pine cones and icicles. Look for frozen “fossils.” * Brew a thermos full of hot chocolate and go sit out with the neighbors who are probably going a bit stir crazy as

well. * Check in on elderly friends and neighbors and offer to shovel their driveways and walkways, if necessary. * Pretend you are on a North Pole expedition and hike through the neighborhood in a quest to reach the summit of a mountain or to find a hidden treasure. * Use spray bottles or squirt bottles filled with water and food coloring to draw masterpieces in the snow. * Gather a clean patch of snow and pour maple syrup onto it. Allow to harden and then enjoy homemade maple candies. * Explore and look for winter plants and other foliage that survive the chill. * Grab skates and head to an ice rink or solid (and safe) pond.

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Create together ■ One of my favourite memories was creating an enormous piñata in preparation for a multi-family holiday. We blew up a huge bouncy ball and covered it with papier mache. Our children and those of our friends were young so after my young sons painted the ball white, I drew a score of cartoon characters, shapes and funny animals all around it. Filled with age-appropriate, small toys, puzzles and treats, the big white ball became a major activity for everyone in our three-family group. Every age took turns colouring in the shapes through-out the day, knowing when it was completed the ball would be strung up. The anticipation and excitement was heightened because the reward came with activity and was not immediate. Creating something as a family can mark an important time in your family history. It captures the age and ability of your children, your interests and a point in time. By working together on a project your family can develop new skills, collaborate on something truly memorable and enjoy what each family member brings to the endeavor. Think about all the things a family

could create together – a family album complete with stories, mementos and funny or poignant memories. Your family might be old enough to handle something more ambitious like preparing a garden, building a dog house or designing and painting a family recreation area in your home. Technology puts an amazing array of tools in the hands of today’s families. You can plan, write, film and edit a movie with your everyday computer and smartphone technology and software. Even more fun is sharing your family creation with friends around the world. You might even suggest a film festival by inviting families to create their own film and have a “popcorn premiere” to show them all. Searching online will uncover an astounding number of crafts and projects you could tackle as a family. It can be as simple as building and flying a kite. Or you may look for something you can recycle or re-purpose into a creative new item – whether a work of art or function. It’s bound to make your family members proud environment stewards as well as treasuring your time and project as a family.

Share together ■ Bringing together your extended family can create a highly memorable and valuable life event. They say “it takes a village to raise a child” and many would agree especially in today’s world of working parents and latch-key kids. The support, experience and interest of your extended family can have a significant impact on your immediate family. Regardless of your definition of ‘extended’ family, bringing together those with whom you share history with can have lasting benefits not just for you and your children but for those you invite to share your day. It is common in today’s world to have older children in nuclear families reach their teens before meeting extended family members. Geographical isolation is common for middle-class families who move based on occupational opportunities while family branches retain their independence. Family Day is the ideal occasion to hold family reunions to re-establish and integrate a stronger family connection. This allows your children to connect with extended family members and to share a better sense of their heritage and belonging. Don’t forget to include senior members of your family. Family reunions and relationships inspire seniors to stay active and pursue their well-being. Studies have found seniors feel revitalized when they spend time with families. Your children will benefit from hearing their oral history and that’s an inspiring experience that won’t always be available to them. Another way to celebrate Family Day is to gather your extended family and friends around something you care about. It might be a shore clean-up, a family walk or a garage sale. You might volunteer at a foodbank. Food is often central to gatherings and with everyone contributing to a family meal afterwards, it becomes a great way to share B.C.’s first Family Day.

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Cook together ■ If you ask any adult about some of their favourite memories of childhood, you will invariably hear something related to food. Whether it’s baking with Grandma or grilling hamburgers for a cookout with Dad, cooking is always an important part of growing up. Family Day is a great time to dig out those family cookbooks and try a recipe handed down by the older generation. Your mom’s famous meatloaf or your uncle’s recipe for spinach dip are great things to try with family members of

Safety first for winter Though winter sports can help fend off cabin fever, those who don’t exercise certain safety precautions might find themselves dealing with another kind of fever. Cold weather can leave men, women and children susceptible to illness or injury if they aren’t careful. The following are a few safety tips for winter sportsmen who want to make the most of the coming winter sports season. Clothing Inadequate clothing is one of the easiest ways a winter sportsmen can fall victim to illness or injury . But the right clothing can go a long way toward ensuring this winter sports season is fun and illness- and injury-free. * Wear protective head gear. Protective headgear can help sportsmen avoid colds and head injuries. When venturing outdoors in the winter, always wear a protective wool ski cap. Most body heat is lost through the head, but wool caps help your body retain warmth on cold days and nights. In addition, sportsmen should always wear protective headgear when skiing, sledding, snowboarding or playing ice hockey. Even the most experienced sportsmen can suffer a head injury when playing a winter sport, but the appropriate headgear can prevent head injuries to veteran and novice athletes alike. * Dress in layers. Dressing in layers is another way to stay warm and prevent illness in the winter months. Kids are especially susceptible to cold weather, so parents should dress them in one more layer than they dress themselves. When wearing scarves, sportsmen should tuck their scarves in so they don’t get tangled with sporting equipment. * Remove drawstrings from kids’ clothing. Drawstrings on winter hats, overcoats and pants can prove harmful to children. These drawstrings can easily get tangled and lead

all ages. Maybe you’re looking to make something you’ve never made before, or perhaps you want to try out a new cuisine. Hitting the library or the web will give you ideas for new recipes, whether it’s trying to duplicate your favourite takeout pizza or make an authentic spicy Indian dish. Let each member of the family choose a recipe that they want to try, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. That way everyone gets involved and has their say in what the family eats. Maybe you’ll find a new favourite food or discover that your child is aiming to become the next Mario Batali or Julia Child. Your local grocery store is sure to have a wide selection of ingredients that you may never have tasted before. Wandering the aisles may even spark your imagination. Learning about what goes into a dish will set your family on the road to healthy eating. Taking a few minutes to read the labels on a food item will demonstrate how to make healthy choices and help your children in the future. Finding healthy alternatives to not-so-healthy foods can be a fun experiment, and may end up being tastier than the original food. Many stores will have sections devoted to healthier options, whether they’re gluten-free or just lower in calories.


Learn together ■ Having a day off from school doesn’t mean learning stops for the day. There are plenty of educational things you can do in British Columbia, whether in your own home or outside. How about starting with a trip to your local library? It will hold plenty of books on any topic that you can imagine. Maybe a book of science experiments or a historical novel set in the early days of Canada will stoke your imagination. Let the kids each pick out a book to take home with them and start a lifetime love of reading. Your local bookstore will also hold a variety of options if your child can’t bear to part with his or her new favourite book. A local historical attraction is also a great place to pay a visit. Whether it’s Chinatown or Steveston fishing village, there is a ton of history right in your own backyard. Most places will have a museum or heritage building around that can serve as a jumping-off point for learning more about the city where you live. Learning can be more than just reading though. Pull out the laptop and get your kids to type out an email to a family member or friend outside of B.C. Perhaps they can even tell the person about what they learned at the museum or library! Keeping a journal is also a great way to practice writing and literacy skills. Even if it’s not a daily occurrence, sitting down in the evening to write about the events of the day or week can get kids thinking and practicing their handwriting.

to strangulation. Parents should remove all drawstrings from kids’ winter clothing before kids participate in winter sports. Ice skating & hockey Winter is a great time to go ice skating or play some hockey. However, ice sports like skating and hockey can be especially dangerous, and it’s wise for adults and children to be as cautious as possible when getting in some ice time. * Beware of thin ice. Ice that forms on moving waters, including rivers and creeks, is never safe enough to skate on. Such waters should always be avoided no matter how thick the ice may appear. When going ice skating or playing hockey outdoors, only do so on waters that are supervised and have been tested and approved for skating. * Skate with the crowd and never skate alone. Skating alone might give you all the room in the world to perform a figure eight, but skating alone leaves you with no backup should the ice break and you fall in or if you injure yourself in a fall. When skating, never skate against the crowd. Skiing and snowboarding Skiing and snowboarding are immensely popular in the winter, but that popularity should not overshadow how dangerous these activities can be. * Get instruction. Ski resorts typically require guests with no previous skiing or snowboarding experience to get lessons before they can take to the slopes. These lessons are a must for novice skiers and snowboarders and even those athletes with no recent experience on the slopes. * Be especially cautious when entering or exiting the ski lift. Ski lifts pose a significant injury risk, so skiers and snowboarders should always be attentive when entering or exiting the lift.

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* Don’t allow young children to snowboard. Many of today’s youngsters prefer snowboarding to skiing. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children seven years of age and younger should not snowboard. * Don’t be in a hurry. Skiing or snowboarding too fast increases the chance you will lose control and cause injury to yourself or others. Go at a slower, more relaxed pace and take in all of the beautiful scenery along the way. Sledding Sledding is a great way to have some fun in the winter snow. But even though sledding is often seen as a carefree activity, it can be risky as well. * Never sled near traffic. Sledding near

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traffic is a definite no-no, as it risks the lives of sledders and motorists alike. Always make sure you sled in an insulated area far away from roadways. * Sled feet-first or sitting up. Sledding feet-first or sitting up greatly reduces a sledder’s risk of suffering a head or neck injury. Never sled while lying down head first. * Never sled on ice. Sledding on ice can cause injuries and make it difficult to control a sled. When sledding, only do so on packed snow. * Do not allow a sled to be pulled by a vehicle. Being pulled by a vehicle while on a sled might seem like fun, but it’s nearly impossible for oncoming traffic to see a sledder behind a vehicle, and it’s very easy for the sled to fishtail into oncoming traffic.

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DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF NOTICE OF SITTING FRONTAGE COURT OF REVISION The Court of Revision shall sit at the time and place shown below for the purpose of reviewing the water frontage tax and the sewer frontage tax rolls and any appeals received against the levy so charged. THE FRONTAGE COURT OF REVISION SHALL BE HELD AT 5:00 PM FEBRUARY 25, 2013 IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS - 160 CONNAUGHT STREET, VANDERHOOF, BC A complaint will not be heard unless written notice is received by the Collector at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the time of the first sitting of the court. The Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls will be available for viewing for fourteen (14) days prior to the sitting of the Court. The District of Vanderhoof office hours are 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. J.D. Ukryn CGA Collector

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NOTICE OF OTHER VOTING REGIONAL DISTRICT OF BULKLEY-NECHAKO BYLAW NO. 1644 A bylaw to establish a service within Electoral Area “F” (Vanderhoof Rural) to provide a financial contribution to the cost of a swimming pool in Vanderhoof WHEREAS: A. Under Section 796 of the Local Government Act a Regional District may operate any service the Board considers necessary or desirable for all or part of the Regional District; B. The Board of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako wishes to establish a service for the purpose of contributing to the cost of a swimming pool in Vanderhoof; C. The District of Vanderhoof will fundraise and apply for grant monies totaling $8,000,000 to assist with the cost of constructing a regional swimming pool and fitness centre and the purchase of related equipment; D. The approval of the Inspector of Municipalities has been obtained under section 801 of the Local Government Act; and E. Participating area approval in the participating area has been obtained under Section 801.2 of the Local Government Act. NOW THEREFORE the Board of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako in open meeting assembled enacts as follows: 1) Service The Electoral Area “F” (Vanderhoof Rural) Vanderhoof Swimming Pool Contribution Service (the “Service”) is established by this Bylaw for the purpose of contributing to the cost of a swimming pool in Vanderhoof. 2) Boundaries The boundaries of the Service Area are the boundaries of Electoral Area “F” of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (the “Service Area”). 3) Participating Areas The “Participating Area” is Electoral Area “F”. 4) Cost Recovery As provided in Section 803 of the Local Government Act, the annual cost of providing the Service shall be recovered by one or more of the following: (a) property value taxes imposed on the net taxable value of improvements only in the Service Area in accordance with Division 4.3 of Part 24 of the Local Government Act; (b) revenues received by way of agreement, enterprise, gift, grant or otherwise; (c) revenues raised by other means authorized under the Local Government Act. 5) Maximum Requisition In accordance with Section 800.1(1)(e) of the Local Government Act, the maximum amount that may be requisitioned annually for the cost of the Service is the amount that could be raised by a property value tax rate of $0.74 per $1,000 applied to the net taxable value of land and improvements in the Service Area or $256,000, whichever is greater. 6) Citation This Bylaw may be cited for all purposes as “Electoral Area “F” (Vanderhoof Rural) Vanderhoof Swimming Pool Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1644, 2012.” READ A FIRST TIME this 20th day of September, 2012 READ A SECOND TIME this 20th day of September, 2012 READ A THIRD TIME this 20th day of September, 2012 APPROVED BY THE INSPECTOR OF MUNICIPALITIES this 7th day of December, 2012. ASSENT OF ELECTORS OBTAINED this

day of

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I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Bylaw No. 1644 at third reading. ___________________ Corporate Administrator ADOPTED THIS ______ day of ____________, 20__. _________________________ Chair

_____________________ Corporate Administrator

TAKE NOTICE that the above is a true copy of the proposed bylaw on which the vote of the electors within Electoral Area “F” (Vanderhoof Rural) of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako will be taken. The question that is to be voted on is: “Are you in favour of Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Area “F” (Vanderhoof Rural) Vanderhoof Swimming Pool Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1644, 2012, which establishes a service within the boundaries of Electoral Area “F” to contribute to the cost of a swimming pool in Vanderhoof, and authorizes taxation on improvements only, to a maximum annual amount determined by applying a rate of $0.74 per $1,000 to the net taxable value of land and improvements in the service area, or $256,000, whichever is greater?” The tax rate referred to above does not include the 5.25% fee charged by the Province to collect taxes for regional districts. GENERAL VOTING DAY General Voting Day will be open to QUALIFIED ELECTORS between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre, 219 Victoria Street East, Vanderhoof, B.C. and the Cluculz Lake Community Hall, 2285 Lund Road, Cluculz Lake, B.C. ELECTOR REGISTRATION There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this referendum will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • you are a Canadian citizen; and • you are, or will be on General Voting Day, age 18 or older; and • you have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day; and • you have been a resident of OR registered owner of real property in the jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day; and • you are not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting, or not otherwise disqualified by law. Resident Electors will be required to produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Non-Resident Property Electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if applicable, written consent from the other property owners. If there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector. Proof of ownership of the property must be provided including the legal description and physical address (tax notice, utility bill, or recent copy of the Land Title Search). It is recommended that Non-Resident Property Electors contact the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako in advance of General Voting Day to be certain that all requirements have been met. RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS ARE ALLOWED ONLY 1 VOTE REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF PROPERTIES OWNED. Companies/Corporations Properties registered in company/corporation names do not qualify under the Local Government Act to vote. Classes of documents that may be accepted as evidence of identification are: a British Columbia Driver’s License, a BCID card, an ICBC Owners Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle license, A British Columbia CareCard or GoldCareCard, a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance from SDES8, a Social Insurance Card, a Citizenship Card, a real property tax notice, a credit card or debit card, or a utility bill.

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NOTICE OF ADVANCE VOTING - Advance voting will be available to qualified electors as follows: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. District of Vanderhoof Municipal Office, 160 Connaught, Vanderhoof, B.C. Any qualified elector may vote at an advance voting opportunity. MAIL BALLOT VOTING Mail Ballot Voting is available to qualified electors who: • qualify to register as a resident or non-resident property elector in the defined portion of Electoral Area “F” (Cluculz Lake); and • expect to be absent from the defined portion of Electoral Area “F” (Cluculz Lake) on general voting day and at the time of the advance voting opportunity. A copy of the bylaw and a map of the defined area for Mail Ballot Voting may be inspected at the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako office, 37, 3rd Avenue, Burns Lake, B.C. from Monday to Friday (except holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on the Regional District website at If you have any questions in this regard, please contact Cheryl Anderson, Chief Election Officer or Geraldine Craven, Deputy Chief Election Officer at (250) 692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339. Given under my hand this 17th day of December, 2012. _____________________________________ Cheryl Anderson, Chief Election Officer


Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Omineca Express

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Courageous Battles



Human Interest

Serving the communities of... Endako, Fraser Lake, Fort Fraser, Cluculz Lake, & Vanderhoof

Featuring the spirit of the local people A night not to be forgotten Dirk Weissbach Submitted Sunday, Jan. 20, marked the first anniversary of the Babine Mill Explosion that raised a code orange. At 8 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2012, I just got back from my coffee break. I had just started my machine when I heard a supersonic boom. At the same time, a heat flash, said to have been 5000 C, shot up from the basement and I felt a pressure like never before. I was then struck by flying debris with enough force that it smashed my helmet, broke my collar bone and four ribs on my left side. It knocked me unconscious. If I was standing where I usually stood when starting my machine, I would have been killed because part of the steelframed roof landed in that exact spot. When I regained consciousness, there was nothing left of the mill. No machinery, no building, no screens, no catwalks, no escape. I tried to get out but every exit was destroyed. At this point I began preparing myself for the worst, which was death. I still had my cell phone so I was going to call my wife and tell her that I couldn’t make it home and that I was going to die, but I couldn’t bear the thought of causing her so much pain. I didn’t know what to do. I sat in the rubble for a minute to redirect my thoughts and decided that I had to make it home to my beautiful wife. I went back to where the chipper room once was and saw what I thought was a hole in the wall. That’s how I got out. I had to jump down from the roof, which was blown to pieces. Once I was out, I called my wife and told her the mill had blown up. I remember telling her that my face was burned

and my arm might be broken. I told her that men were dead for sure. I thought I was the only survivor. There are no words to describe how I felt at that moment. It was like a fear I had never felt before in my life. When I arrived at the hospital I had to strip my clothes off outside in -40 C weather due to contamination. I was then sedated and intubated in preparation for transfer. I suffered back trauma, four broken ribs, a broken collar bone, a concussion, slight burns to the eyes, ear trauma and second- and third-degree burns to my face, neck and ears, mild smoke inhalation and slight burns to my esophagus. It has been a year and I am still healing and slowly moving forward to our new and uncertain future. I have to thank my wife for being strong, courageous and optimistic. She is the driving force that keeps us moving forward. She has never taken a step backward and will not accept defeat. Closure is a misconception but its only time that enables us to heal, forgive and slowly move forward. People ask and desire closure, but there is never going to be closure to this horrific tragedy that could have been prevented! Our way of life, our future, our outlook on life has changed dramatically and will never be the same.

I cannot say enough about the Northern Health medical team in Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Prince George and Vancouver. I received the best care while at Vancouver General Hospital. The staff were very compassionate, caring, competent and friendly. They showed empathy and understood the trauma my wife and I were suffering from and showed great kindness. Needless to say, it has been a very traumatic experience and has changed our future and our perception on life. It has been a long struggle, in which we sometimes laughed and cried. Most of this past year was spent on healing physically, spiritually and psychologically. This is an anniversary that is not a celebration, but rather a reflection of how far we have come in our healing journey and to be thankful for a second chance in life. We would like to thank the communities of Vanderhoof, Fort Fraser and Fraser Lake for their prayers for the families, to those that gave to the Burns Lake Tragedy Fund, Tim Hortons for bringing coffee and donuts to the hospital, the Northern Health medical team that worked so well under the extreme circumstances, the St. Johns Hospital ambulance team that transported us so safely and braved the weather conditions, the Vancouver Emergency Air Evacuation Team and to our kids, Michael, Corey, Kayla, Keira and Kathleen Jr. Casimer for immediately being by our

John Rustad, MLA Nechako Lakes

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side. Their support made all the difference to my recovery because I’m originally from Germany, where my sisters and brothers live. We also want to thank Chris and Thea George for driving for my wife, and my sister-in-law Geraldine Johnny and my wife’s friend Priscilla Mueller for being her shoulder to cry on. I would also like to thank my wife’s workplace, Nechako Community Service Society, for understanding and giving her so many months off. To all, we give our appreciation and gratitude. A very special thank you to Dr. Keiro for his skills that saved the lives of many that horrible night.

Vanderhoof Omineca Express, February 06, 2013  
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February 06, 2013 edition of the Vanderhoof Omineca Express