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Gerry Bergeron demonstrates his cross-sawing technique at the 28th annual Francofun Winter Festival fun day Saturday. Outdoor activities organized by Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais included a shoot to score challenge, hammering contest, snowshoe races, snow sculpturing, and toffee on snow event along with indoor live entertainment and a Sugar Shack Brunch.

By the time he was 11 years old and subdued by police with a Taser, a local boy had already undergone isolation from human contact, cold showers for bed-wetting, and was made to eat hot sauce as a punishment. Children and Youth Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond yesterday issued the results of an investigation she conducted into the life of the boy leading up to the April 2011 Taser incident near Prince George, concluding the system failed him, and providing recommendations to stop a reoccurrence with another child. “This is not the only child who has profound needs in B.C.,” she said, making several recommendations. Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux thanked the representative for her report and has committed to accept all the recommendations within the report. The boy’s problems basically began the day he was born. Turpel-Lafond said the boy was left in his home until he was two years old, even though there was evidence of neglect and abuse by his birth parents. The ministry placed the boy in a home where he lived for three years, where there was more physical and emotional abuse and neglect, said Turpel-Lafond. A good placement followed, but the foster parents needed supports which weren’t given and the boy had to move again. He was returned to his birth mother, but little had changed regarding her parenting skills, and less than a year later he was moved again. After that the boy was placed nine

more times and lived in 15 different foster or residential homes. “This case is tragic and you can’t read the report without feeling heartbroken and, in fact, angry,” Cadieux said in a statement issued shortly after the TurpelLafond press conference. “It is clear from this report that decisions were made throughout this child’s life that were wrong. This report points to very serious gaps in the system and it is my responsibility as minister to ensure those gaps are closed. We are accepting all of the recommendations in the report.” Turpel-Lafond reported the child had challenging behavioural issues but the ministry still had a duty to care for the child. Yet all the residential placements the boy lived in since he was eight years old featured a safe room, a room locked from the outside where the boy could be isolated when he became, or was deemed to have become, aggressive. Turpel-Lafond said the ministry had no legislative authority to permit the use of isolation, confinement or physical punishment. Yet, she says the boy was locked in the safe room several times. “I firmly believe this locked room was misused,” she said, adding it isn’t supposed to be used punitively. One of the major problems all through the life of this boy is he was never placed in care in a suitable home, properly staffed and equipped to help, said Turpel-Lafond. She made four recommendations she wants adopted so the same or worse doesn’t happen elsewhere. 1. The first is to create a comprehensive turn to PAGE A4


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An abandoned vehicle located near Fort St. James has led to an investigation into a missing Prince George man. On February 1 the Prince George RCMP received a request from Fort St. James RCMP to attempt to locate the owner of an abandoned vehicle found in their detachment area. Prince George RCMP General Duty officers attended the registered owner’s residence on Redwood Street in Prince George to check on his wellbeing, but he was not located. Further checks were made with neighbours,

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Projected 3.5 per cent hike most likely DELYNDA PILON

Though there is still another day set aside for council to hear budget requests for the various departments, it seems likely the 3.5 per cent projected tax raise will go through. There were few surprises as presentations from entities like Initiatives Prince George, Tourism Prince George and the library were made Wednesday, with each meeting the city’s goal of a zero per cent increase for 2013. The public consultation component, explained by communications manager Chris Bone, brought a mixed response from council. An on-line survey posted Feb. 1 on the city’s website brought in 75 responses, a much better number than in previous years. Three years ago there was one response while last year 20 people responded. However, as Coun. Albert Koehler pointed out, 75 responses aren’t enough to provide a good reflection of what the residents of the city the size of Prince George want. “The sample number is not big enough to come to the conclusion this is what people want,” Koehler said. “Seventy-five people responding when there are more than 70,000 in the community is piddling, and in my mind not very significant,” Coun. Dave Wilbur agreed. However, Coun. Garth

Frizzell pointed out the response is three-fold what it was last year, a comment also made by Coun. Cameron Stolz. Stolz mentioned those who did respond seemed to agree for the most part they were dissatisfied with the state of the roads in the city. “I’m very interested to see the priorities,” he said. “It’s interesting roads had the highest number of dissatisfied votes and the fewest very satisfied.” A portion of the expected 3.5 per cent tax increase this year reflects a one per cent raise for road rehabilitation. A new fund for general infrastructure investment makes up another one percent while 1.5 per cent reflects the rise in inflation, something the city currently bases on the consumer price index. The index is based on the price a consumer pays for a typical basket of goods, and fluctuates per month, said acting city manager Kathleen Soltis. Many municipalities currently base this calculation on the municipal price index, which is the same philosophy except what is within the proverbial basket are items a municipality would normally purchase, like asphalt. Generally a municipal price index is much higher than the consumer price index considering the price for things like asphalt can increase, for example, by 14 per cent.


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Carsen Patterson, 4, gives the photographer a better look at his “pirate” design Saturday at the face painting station during the annual Francofun Winter Festival’s Sugar Shack Brunch Day on Gillett Street. The new fund for infrastructure initiated a discussion among councillors regarding what is being done at the provincial and federal level to aid municipalities facing aging infrastructure issues. Frizzell, who is on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), said the gas tax, money returned to the province and historically used for infrastructure, has been made

a permanent fixture, making uncertainty and constant lobbying unnecessary. However, he pointed out in 2014 everything could change. The fund, however, doesn’t go directly into city coffers but to different bodies. “There is a special B.C. way the tax is allocated out,” he said. Coun. Murry Krause, who sits on the Union of

B.C. Municipalities board, said infrastructure is an ongoing concern. One thing local governments need is more flexibility with the funds they are given. “Most local governments know where the money is needed,” he said. Wilbur, who is on the North Central Local Government board, agreed. “They need to relax qualifications so the need of each community can be met,”

he said. Added together, the three parts of the increase come to 3.5 per cent, far lower than the over seven per cent that was roughly projected at the beginning of the process. The next budget meeting will be Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. with a dinner break from 5 until 6 p.m., then another opportunity for the public to express their concerns from 6 until 6:15 p.m.



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care to support their optimal development. 2. That the Office of the Provincial Director develop policy and standards to ensure that active oversight is in place at a senior management level in each region to provide effective accountability in planning and delivering services, including guardianship for children with complex special needs. 3. That MCFD develop an internal clinical unit to provide consultation, training and clinical support to residential care staff, social workers and policy makers who are dealing with children and youth with complex needs. 4. That MCFD

immediately discontinue use of isolation and restraint as behaviour management strategies for children in residential care, and develop traumainformed approaches, including positive and pro-social behavioural supports. Turpel-Lafond said she is aware there is a high price involved in meeting the recommendations she has set out, but there is an even higher price in not doing so. “I hope we decide to pay at the front to do what’s right because we will pay at the back end.� In her release, Cadieux said many steps have already been taken to fill the gaps in the system,

and she committed to further action. “We are changing how we care for children by redesigning how we deliver foster care and group care so that the individual needs of the child are met,� the statement said. “And we are strengthening clinical support and oversight for children with highly complex needs. We are also immediately moving towards opening a new six-bed facility at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre to meet the specific needs of children who have complex special needs. “I am heartbroken that the system failed this child and I am committed to fixing it.�

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Council discussion gets ‘dirty’ Problems with doggy-do will be part of final report DELYNDA PILON

Most people have heard urban phrases that further degrade ‘talking trash’ into talking something else – something that’s smelly, brown and pretty darned unsightly. This week city council talked a little of that same substance, discussing what some inconsiderate dog owners are leaving behind at Ginter’s off-leash dog park, even though the city provides baggies for convenient pickup. A letter to city council sparked the discussion with Coun. Cameron Stolz

expressing his disappointment in the habits of those who don’t do what they should with the doggy-do. “I believe this is a trial?� Stolz asked of Guy Gusdal with the city’s bylaw services. “Yes,� Gusdal replied adding that the city is not responsible for removing the deposits. “We will be bringing a report to council in a few months (regarding the response to the dog park).� Stolz mentioned the dog park trial came after an impassioned plea for just such an area was put before council. He added those inconsiderate enough to leave the stinky stuff behind ought

to go into a hall of shame and said if self-policing isn’t working and the park isn’t being maintained, perhaps council should not consider more parks. Mayor Shari Green pointed out the problem isn’t just happening in dog parks, but rather on city streets and sidewalks as well. She added a bylaw is in place and people caught ignoring those little treasures can be fined, saying perhaps they were looking at a revenue generator. Coun. Garth Frizzell pointed out the Ginter park is very well used and said he believes most pet owners are considerate and cleaning up after their animals.


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e really need to elect a few more independents. That is likely the only way some of the suggestions put forward this week on democratic reform will actually get passed. Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson, Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington, and Abbotsford South MLA John Van Dongen outlined several suggestions they will be bringing forward in the Legislature this spring that, they feel, will help politicians become less political while making them more representative of, and accountable to, the people who send them there. Their recommendations include: • Move the fixed election date to the fall so governments don’t have to pass an “election budget.” • Ban corporate and union donations and allow only B.C. residents to donate to political parties and candidates. Currently the Liberals are the only holdout on banning corporate and union donations, however, both main parties go out-ofprovince to raise funds. • Party leadership contests should be run by Elections BC. “The leader of any political party can become B.C.’s premier,” they say. “We need assurances that the leadership process within political parties is conducted in a transparent and democratic manner.” • Change the existing select standing committees to permanent standing committees that meet year-round and act independently. These committees should reflect all public policy fields. The reasoning being that legislative committees have little power and rarely meet. Empowering committees empowers the MLAs, which is why we elect them in the first place. • Relax party discipline so that MLAs can cast free votes in the Legislature on non-confidence matters, without fear of repercussions. A no-brainer to everyone outside the realm of party discipline. • Enforce the existing rules for electing the speaker by secret ballot to ensure all MLAs have a vote and that the speaker’s office is a function of the Legislative Assembly, not government. The suggestions put forward by the three independent MLAs are all great. Some might even suggest that even further measures be taken. These suggestions would be a good start. The only problem is that it takes the political will of those in power to enact such change. The real problem with our system is that it heavily favours the party in power, and the leader of that party. Once in office there is little impetus to change the system, which is now stacked in their favour. Electing a few more independents to government would give them some clout in the Legislature, akin to a minority government, which is when issues that don’t directly favour the party in power can be acted upon.

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Green deserves praise for her courage Editor: All I hear these days when it comes to city hall is “Shari Green this,” and “Shari Green that.” Mayor Green, unfortunately, will probably end up being

the “fall guy” for her handlers who have, and had, nothing to lose by backing her campaign and her successful run for the mayor’s chair. They now, in my opinion, are licking up the gravy leaving that poor girl the

lumps. Luckily, she has stuck to her guns. Whether she knew it or not, it was time for someone to take the bull by the horns. I would have. The increasing taxes, shortcomings at city hall,

Keep all sidewalks repaired Editor: I am encouraging the maintenance of good sidewalks for everyone, not just building new ones. Seniors, people in wheelchairs and people with small children in carriages need good sidewalks. People with disabilities, such as blindness, also

need to get around in safety. There is a great bus service but people can’t get to the bus because of snow and ice, potholes, crumbling asphalt, and blocking construction fences. Good sidewalks are good for everyone. Alice McGill Prince George

crumbling infrastructure, etc. are not, nor will they ever be, her fault. Quite frankly the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the people who vote in municipal elections. We haven’t had a mayor with her intestinal fortitude since the late Harold Moffat. Every mayor since him has kowtowed to administration at city hall. Mayor Green doesn’t and I doubt she’s about to start. Don’t forget when you point your finger three fingers are pointing back at you. Do the math, 75 per cent of your fin-

gers point at complacency and not just complacent civil servants. Yapping dogs are complacent too, it’s the pit bulls who get out there and “deal with it.” If you don’t like Shari Green, put your name forward and run for mayor or councillor, if you think you could do better. I doubt I’ll ever be mayor but I put my two cents in up front instead of getting all stressed out grumbling about what “could-a, should-a, would-a.” Rock on, Shari. Eugene Fetterly Prince George


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Old Time Fiddlers perform for the Sugar Shack Brunch crowd Saturday at the Francofun Winter Festival organized by Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais. The fun filled day included many indoor and outdoor activities for children and adults.

Wildlife is a natural resource we always ignore Editor: I just received a copy of The Big North Free Press. I took a quick look through it and read a couple of articles on forestry. Also there is a lot of information on mining and oil and gas throughout the province. I was, however, disappointed that this magazine, which promotes northern B.C. and the vast amount of natural resources that drive B.C.’s financial

stability, has forgotten about B.C.’s most valuable resource, our wildlife and our natural beauty. The mismanagement of our forests and the greed of the major licensees (sawmills) have devastated our forests so much that wildlife populations are down 50 per cent in most of the Cariboo-Chilcotin, the Omineca-Peace and the Bulkley areas. The statement that B.C. has the best environmental

standards in the world is false. I live in rural B.C., I make my living or used to from the wildlife and pristine wilderness we used to have, and I believe that B.C. environmental standards are no better than those of China. I am wondering why this magazine doesn’t investigate the truth about how the forestry and mining and oil and gas industries are raping our lands and the government has given

them a free pass to do what ever they want. Also now here have I seen that the auditor general’s report on forestry has revealed that it is costing the taxpayers of B.C. more money to keep the forestry industry running than the province receives back in revenue from B.C.’s forests. The truth is what we want and need. Stewart Fraser

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MILLER: The goalie juggling continues in Vancouver A10


The Spruce Kings hit the road to play Eagles and Chiefs A9



Shorts SHOOTOUT LOSS The Prince George Cougars lost 4-3 to the Red Deer Rebels in a shootout at CN Centre on Wednesday. The Cougars host the Vancouver Giants Friday and Saturday..

P.G. ICEMAN One of the city’s most popular multi-endurance events returns this weekend. The 26th Prince George Iceman takes place on Sunday. The event combines cross-country skiing, running, skating and swimming. Action gets underway from the Otway Nordic Centre at 10 a.m. For more information, visit

JUBILEE MEDAL Last week, Prince George resident Ariadne Holness de Hiller received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Premier Christy Clark at a special presentation at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Hiller was awarded the medal in recognition of her many years as a volunteer in speed skating at the local, provincial and national level. She was nominated by Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett.

CURLING HELP The Prince George Golf and Curling Club is looking for people interested in becoming curling officials. Officials are needed for juvenile provincials from March 7 to 10. Level 1 training will be offered on Feb. 23 and a Level 2 course on Feb. 24. For more information, contact the PGGCC at 250563-0357 or Dianne Parnell at 250-563-9444.

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A group of cross-country skiers in a junior boys division carve through the snow seconds after starting a race during the Teck BC Championships at the Otway Nordic Centre on Sunday.

Nordic skis to win on own track

The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club enjoyed a championship finish on the weekend. At the Teck BC Cross Country Ski Championships at the Otway Nordic Centre, the host Caledonia team won the club title for the most podium finishes. Points were awarded to the top five skiers in each category, and then added up for the weekend total. This marked the Cale-

donia’s first title of its kind in 20 years. They also won the provincial club championship at the event in 1989, 1990 and 1993. “Everyone’s really ecstatic,” Caledonia Nordic Ski Club head coach Andrew Casey stated in a press release. “Winning this title is really motivating for the kids, and it helps with the development of younger skiers to

show them that this club can do well.” More than 300 participants from throughout the province hit the snow at Otway. The host club had 73 members registered. The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club is the largest ski club in B.C., with more than 1,800 members. Milder weather and a bit of rain hit the region last weekend, which cre-

ated challenges. Participants were also adjusting to newly constructed trails, used for the first time in competition. “We have been able to train on the home course over the past season, which has given us an advantage,” Casey stated. “It really helped how we did.” More than 100 volunteers helped run the event. The competition

acted as a test event for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, volunteers and participants taking the opportunity to train over the weekend. The Games are scheduled for Feb. 13 to March 1, 2015. Otway is also pitching to host the 2014 Western Canadian Championships. For more on the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, visit

Timberwolves near end of tough season ALISTAIR MCINNIS

At least they’ll have their home court. Even with the luxury of their own fans in their backyard, the UNBC men’s basketball team faces a substantial challenge. The Timberwolves will try to slow down the league’s hottest team, Vancouver’s UBC Thunderbirds, on the Northern Sport Centre hardwood this weekend. The Timberwolves and Thunderbirds are scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. tonight. They’ll play the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday, at the same time and place.

With 10 consecutive victories, the Thunderbirds carry the longest winning streak in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. They lead the 16-team CWUAA standings with a 16-2 record. “They’re a tough, tough team. They’re ranked Number 2 in the country right now and they’ve got good team size, good athletes, they’re what you’d expect, really, out of a UBC team,” Timberwolves head coach Todd Jordan says. “They get some of the best players in the province out of the high school ranks every year, and they’re loaded with talent, from top to bottom. It’s going to be a good test for us,

that’s for sure.” and they’re clinging onto razor Still seeking its first victory of thin playoff hopes. A UNBC loss 2013, UNBC falls on the other or a win by the Langley-based side of the equation. The Timber- Trinity Western Spartans (9-9) wolves hold the longest losing and they’re mathematically elimstreak in Canada West, with eight inated. straight losses. They haven’t “Nobody is happy about losing recorded a victory since defeat- games and nobody is happy that ing the Saskatchewan Huskies we’re out of a playoff spot,” Jor93-90 on Dec. 1, 2012 at the NSC, dan says. “The competitive side their last game before Christmas. of you does make those difficult The Timberwolves carry a 5-13 things to deal with. But they’re mark into this evening’s contest. showing up to practice every day They’re coming off a pair of road and the attitude the last couple losses against the Victoria Vikes, of weeks has been pretty positive 89-80 on Friday and 72-61 on and those sort of things, so we’re Saturday. dealing with it the best that we The Timberwolves were 5-5 possibly can.” when the new year began. A little more than a month later, turn to PAGE A11

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Spruce Kings face playoff rivals ALISTAIR MCINNIS

Will they be preparing for the Chilliwack Chiefs or Surrey Eagles? This weekend on the road, the Prince George Spruce Kings will see both rivals in the B.C. Hockey League’s Mainland Division. In all likelihood, they’ll open their BCHL playoff schedule in the Lower Mainland against one or the other next month. Tonight in Surrey, the Spruce Kings meet the Eagles for the last time in the regular season. If previous results are a sign of what’s ahead, they may be hoping to return to Surrey in five weeks. The Eagles lead the five-team Mainland Division standings with 28 wins, 12 losses, two ties and three overtime defeats (28-12-2-3). Yet they’ve had a tough time with the thirdplace Spruce Kings. Eleven points separate the teams, Prince George sporting a 21-16-1-7 mark. But the Spruce Kings have enjoyed a 4-0-0-3 record against the Eagles this season. Sandwiched between the rivals, Chilliwack sits second at 27-161-1. While the Chiefs sit five points behind the division frontrunners, they’ve had an easier time with the Spruce Kings, with six victories in as many games. The Chiefs and Eagles play different styles. Spruce Kings head coach Dave Dupas is quick to point out how they’ve struggled with one of them. “Our difficulty, and we’re going to have to find an answer to it here soon, is playing those big, physical teams,” Dupas says. “We’ve had trouble against Langley and we’ve had trouble against Chilliwack.” The fourth-place

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Bryant Christian of the Prince George Spruce Kings tries to free himself from the checking of Surrey’s Craig Wyszomirski in action on Jan. 31 at the Coliseum. The Spruce Kings are in Surrey tonight. Langley Rivermen (1819-1-5) sit eight points behind the Spruce Kings. With two games in hand and four regular-season meetings with the Spruce Kings left, third place is far from decided. The last-place Coquitlam Express (18-28-1-0) are five points behind Langley, but have played four more games than the Rivermen. With nine games left, the Express needs to string together wins fast and get help just to sneak into the playoffs. While a playoff spot appears to be a lock for the Spruce Kings, they know better than to rest on their laurels. They aren’t mathematically qualified yet and with 11 regular-season games remaining, they’ll want to use the next month to improve their game in time for the postseason. This weekend won’t be easy. “Realistically, if go down there and we can knock one of those teams off in their building, I guess it’s a weekend that we’ll just say OK, we’ll take the .500 and we’ll just get out of town,” Dupas says. “But the fact of the mat-

ter is that they’re two very tough buildings to win in and we’re going to have to play our best hockey to compete in those buildings.” The Spruce Kings are coming off a 1-1 weekend at home. After downing the Eagles 4-1 on Jan. 31, they lost 2-1 to the Island Division’s Nanaimo Clippers on Feb. 1. NOTES: SCHEDULE – Nine of the Spruce Kings’ 11 remaining games are against divisional opponents. They’ll see Langley the most, with one doubleheader against the Rivermen next week (Feb. 14 and 15) and another next month (March 2 and 3). Both two-game sets will unfold at the Coliseum. The Spruce Kings’ regular-season schedule concludes on March 9 against the Interior Division’s Salmon Arm SilverBacks. “Something drastic has to happen for us to catch Surrey or Chilliwack at this point,” Dupas says. “Conversely, something drastic has to happen for Langley or Coquitlam to catch us.” SCHOLARSHIP – Last

week, the Spruce Kings announced that goalie Kirk Thompson secured an NCAA Division 1 scholarship. Thompson, a 20-year-old Surrey product, will join the American International College Yellow Jackets (Springfield, Mass.) for the 2013-14 season. Dupas was pleased to see their netminder get rewarded for his efforts. “He’s such a good kid, and he works so hard, and I think that we were all getting frustrated. But I could just imagine how he was feeling when he’s seeing goalies that night after night he’s outplaying, and they’re already sitting there with a scholarship, and he wasn’t getting one and that was real frustrating. There was a lot of schools talking to him all year, but they end up going with somebody else. For what reason, I’m not sure because he’s everything that you can possibly want. He’s a quick goalie, he works real hard, he’s got a good attitude.” NEW KING – The Spruce Kings will have another Prince George

product when they hit the ice in the fall. Cariboo Cougars forward Braiden Epp has committed to the Spruce Kings for the 2013-14 season. Epp, 16, has recorded 25 goals and 55 points in 32 games this B.C. Major Midget League season. LINEUP – After missing a few games to heal a strained knee, forward David Stephens will be back in the Spruce Kings lineup. Defenceman Kevin Guiltinan missed the last two games with a hip injury and is also expected back.

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Schneider in the first twists and turns than few games this season perhaps any player to and now all bets are off wear a Vancouver unias to what the future form. In wrestling, the holds. good guy is Long referred to Hart term, as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faceâ&#x20AC;? Beat Vancouand the ver will bad guy as HARTLEYMILLER a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heelâ&#x20AC;?. not keep both. Luongo has a When Roberto arrived cap hit of $5,333,333 in Vancouver he per year until the end quickly became the of the 2021-22 season â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faceâ&#x20AC;? of the franchise. when he turns 43. After disappointing Short term, let the playoff outings against ride, controversy and Chicago, he was the soap opera continue. perceived â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heelâ&#x20AC;?. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an old adage When suiting up that if a team has two for Team Canada at goalies, they really the 2010 Vancouver donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any, but this Olympics, he was secsituation is an excepond string to Marty tion since Luongo has Brodeur but quickly proven himself as a became a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faceâ&#x20AC;? again, starter, while Schneider after replacing Brodeur has established himself and helping Canada to as a front-line goalie the gold medal. who has earned the During the 2011 Stanchance to play the bulk ley Cup final, Roberto of the games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;laid an eggâ&#x20AC;? against Luongoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public Boston and once again image has taken more he was painted as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heelâ&#x20AC;?, an overpaid bum who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win the big one in the NHL. His ego, character and attitude were all questioned. It was well-documented in the media that Roberto was one of those athletes that could shine in the regular season but falter under the pressure of a make or break game in the playoffs, particularly on the road. Now Roberto is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faceâ&#x20AC;? again because of a diminished role that has led him to be the sympathetic underdog figure, the other AND AND GUESTS GUESTS guy, and suddenly his demeanor and character seem better. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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reached a point where some Vancouver fans have changed their opinion again and have suggested the Canucks unload Schneider because he has more trade value. Luongo received a standing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oâ&#x20AC;? after blanking Colorado 3-0. He also took the accolades after that 2-1 shootout victory over Chicago and 3-2 overtime triumph over Edmonton. With a GAA of 1.40 and a save percentage of .953, it may be early, but those numbers rank Luongo in the top five in the league. Since the Canucks are apprehensive to deal a goalie to a team in the Western Conference, the Panthers, Leafs and Capitals remain the most logical rumored place of destination. Although a bit repetitious, I am actually entertained with these types of stories, as often they are more interesting than early regular-season games. Yes, there is a shelf life and the end may be near but the conclusion has not yet been written. The story took another twist when Schneiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent Mike Liut told the Vancouver Sun, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our concern is we were hoping that this would be the year that Cory would play 75 per cent of the games,â&#x20AC;?. Liut also indicated he was surprised at how many starts Luongo has made but that comes across as sour grapes since Luongo was one of the three stars against L.A., Colorado, Chicago and Edmonton. For now, who the Canucks decide to play in goal on a game-togame basis remains a bigger question than specialty teams, injuries, line combinations, ice time and other coaching decisions. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple question to ask, but the ramifications of the answer will continue to be closely scrutinized. As this scenario drags out, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;vet in netâ&#x20AC;? saga has more miles than any jet. Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. He also writes for hqprincegeorge. com. Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to Follow him on twitter: @Hartley_Miller

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YOUR CITY MATTERS February 1, 2013

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The Vikes (13-5) sit second in the division, while the Fraser Valley Cascades of Abbotsford (10-8) are third. Half a game ahead of UNBC, the TRU WolfPack of Kamloops sports a 6-13 mark. The Pacific is rounded out by the Mount Royal Cougars of Calgary (3-15) and the UBCOkanagan Heat of Kelowna (3-16). The Timberwolves close out their 22-game schedule with a home doubleheader against Mount Royal, Feb. 15 and 16 at the NSC. WOMEN The UNBC Timberwolves’ inaugural Canada West women’s basketball season is winding down. Back on their home court, the Timberwolves will round out their schedule with four home games. The final regular-season stretch begins with a doubleheader against the UBC Thunderbirds (tonight and Saturday, 6 p.m. at the Northern Sport Centre). Following the weekend, they’ll focus on their final two games, a twogame NSC set against the Mount Royal Cougars. Playing in an eightteam Pacific Division with a wide gap between the top half and bottom half, UNBC has been out of the playoff picture since early in the new year. They sit fifth in the division at 6-12, but know they can move no higher in the standings, the fourth-place Victoria Vikes sporting a 13-5 mark. The Fraser Valley Cascades lead the division at 15-3, followed by the UBC Thunderbirds (14-4) and TRU WolfPack (14-5). The Cascades, Thunderbirds, WolfPack and Vikes will advance to the Canada West playoffs. The division is rounded out by the Trinity Western Spartans (5-13), Mount Royal (5-13) and the UBC Okanagan Heat (5-14). The Timberwolves were swept on the weekend in a road doubleheader against the Victoria Vikes. The Vikes outscored the Timberwolves 65-48 on Friday and 82-66 on Saturday.


T12-29 Prince George Public Library – Elevator Upgrade Closing Date: February 12, 2013 For information concerning City of Prince George bidding opportunities visit BC Bid @


Downtown Partnership Tuesday, February 12th 2nd Floor Conference Room- 1:00 p.m. Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, February 13th 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m. Budget Meeting Wednesday, February 13th Council Chambers- 3:30 p.m. Advisory Committee on Accessibility Wednesday, February 13th Annex – 5:30 p.m. Enhance PG Thursday, February 14th 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m.

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.

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions of Section 26(3) of the Community Charter that the City of Prince George intends to lease 1491 17th Avenue, Prince George, BC to the Prince George (Pacific No. 43) Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for a term of 3 years at a rent of $1,000.00 per year. Ian Wells, Planning and Development

JOB POSTINGS Office Assistant 2, Bylaw Services #13/009 Regular Part-Time closing February 13, 2013

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

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARDS AND YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARDS 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.

CHANGES TO UTILITY RATES AND CHARGES Since the fall of 2012, Council has considered changes to utility rates and charges. At Final Reading on December 20, 2012 Council approved those changes for 2013. Rate increases are reflected in the enclosed bill. What are the Changes? Utility Rate Increases:

PROCLAMATIONS February is proclaimed Heart Month February is proclaimed Toastmasters International Month February 15 – March 15, 2013 is proclaimed Strong Kids Month

INVITATION TO TENDER T12-28 Supply & Delivery of Fire Service’s Pumper Truck Equipment Closing Date: February 14, 2013

Other Fee Changes: The 10% discount for early payment of utility bills is no longer available. There will be a 10% penalty for late payment of utility bills. This is consistent with the practice of other municipalities.

Council has made progressive and responsible fiscal management a strategic priority and will continue to direct the development of an asset plan for utilities that incorporates sustainable approaches to infrastructure management.

A $30 fee will apply when exchanging garbage containers for a different size (either larger or smaller). For new homeowners, there will be a six month grace period during which their garbage container can be exchanged once for no fee. The cost per container exchange thereafter is $30.00.


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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 o n l y ga r b a ge collection will occur on Family Day and is in the Blue Zone.

Sewer and Water The sewer and water utilities are self funded through user fees. Rates are developed to generate revenue to fund operating costs, debt payments and a contingency fund which is used to fund unexpected expenses and emergency costs. Contingency funds also enable spending early in the year before revenue from utility bill payments is received. In addition, user fees fund the development of new and the renewal of existing capital infrastructure. Solid Waste The solid waste service is operated as a utility that is funded by user fees, transfer station gate fees, and Regional District contributions to transfer station costs. As with the sewer and water utilities, the City strives to maintain a contingency fund equivalent to 25% of solid waste operating expenditures. The City pays the Regional District for tipping fees at the landfill and these fees have increased 27% over the last 5 years. The Regional District has advised it will continue to recommend the increase of tipping fees charged to the City to offset increased operational costs at the landfill. Why Were the Rates and Fees Increased? Like so many communities across Canada, the City’s infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, and buildings) is aging. We are not investing enough to repair and replace the City’s infrastructure. For example, information gathered about the City’s linear assets predicts an investment of $2.370 million for the sewer utility and $4.990 million for the water utility will be required annually to fund the renewal of existing assets. In order to address this investment challenge, Council has approved rate increases that meet operational, capital and asset renewal costs.

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If you have questions about your utility bill or account, contact the City of Prince George Service Centre at 250-561-7600. More information about the City of Prince George’s Asset Management Plan can be found at:

THE ICEMAN WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10TH at the Prince George Aquatic Centre. The main pool will be closed from 8:30am-4:30pm. The wave pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and fitness room will remain open. Lessons for that day will be held at the Four Seasons Leisure Pool FEBRUARY 11, 2013 FAMILY DAY AT THE AQUATIC CENTRE Prince George Aquatic Centre will be open from 11:30am-5:30pm. There will be family fun, games, and prizes from 1:304:00pm. The Four Seasons Leisure Pool will be closed.

SPRING SUMMER GUIDES The City of Prince George Spring Summer 2013 Guides will be delivered to Prince George residents through the Free Press on Friday, March 1st, 2013. Guides will also be given out at our Spring Active Living Market at Pine Centre Mall March 2nd and 3rd, 2013.

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Two weeks, 8,600 km by motorcycle

Motorcycle enthusiasts Lorraine Young and her husband hit the open road last summer for an adventure of a lifetime – their most recent adventure of a lifetime. They chose an 8,600 kilometre route taking them from Prince George to places in the U.S. with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Traveling on their Harley Davidson bikes, they completed the trip between July 27 to August 10. Along the way, they visited historic sites and famous landmarks – and they made new friends. The following account is made up of excerpts from the journal that Lorraine Young kept of their travels. “This was a spectacular experience travelling on our Harleys through the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Bryce National Park, Vegas Strip, Route 66 and Jackson Hole, Wyoming to name a few. The most important thing we learned on this trip is that the journey doesn’t have to be out there, miles away, navigation on a map,” said Young. “We are travellers. The road and journey is wherever we go. We plan a motorcycle trip every year. We have no idea where our journey will be until we look at the map and say, ‘Let’s do this route.’ The route continues to change while we are on the road. The open road is an adventure waiting to happen.”

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Our trip was a little over 8,600 kilometres. We had weather ranging from desert heat to mountain coolness; it rained one day out of 17 and that was in Hatch, Utah. We saw the most beautiful sunsets, sunrises, mountains, lakes and old buildings, switchback roads that range from winding road through mountains and switchbacks on top of moun-

tains. We spoke to many people along the way, the residents of towns we visited and other bikers along the way. We would pull up to the pumps for gas or stop at a restaurant, coffee shop along the way. Curious people would come and chat with us, must have been the curiosity of the motorcycles. They wanted to know where we were coming from, where we are going, what road we were taking, they would suggest roads [and] 80 per cent of the time we took their recommendations and we were glad we did. The locals knew their stuff.

July 27: Making sure passports are packed, medical insurance was purchased, bikes loaded and serviced. We’re ready to hit the open roads, we only have 17 days. The digital camera is tucked in my saddle bags waiting to be used at a moment’s notice. Turning the keys and [hearing] a sound only a Harley Davidson can make (wink, wink) – whatever motorcycle you ride, it is a freedom that you cannot explain – we were off with a smile. Our first day leaving P.G. we met up with family in Edmonton, from there we went to Calgary and after staying with family for two nights, we head to the U.S. border in Piegan, MT. July 29: Rode until we came to Coteau and stayed at Stage Coach Inn in Montana, located on Montana’s spectacular east side of the Rockies between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Pam the innkeeper told us stories that made us chuckle.. July 30: Next morning woke up to another gorgeous day in Montana. The sky is a deep blue mixed with huge white cumulonimbus clouds and we went

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Harley enthusiast Lorraine Young takes a break at the top of the Grand Canyon. through several smaller towns along the way, to name a few: Augusta, Lincoln, North Fork and Missoula. The next town we pulled off the road for the night was Challis, Idaho (pop. 1,200) and the innkeeper, who was talking to other customers, talked us into staying. Before we left Challis, we met a resident who started to give us lessons in history and geography about the town and encouraged us to check out another route when we leave to go out of town. He said [there was] some fantastic scenery along the way, the Craters of the Moon, Cathedral Gorge, Grand View Canyon. The rock formation was spectacular, [you] have to go there to appreciate it. Next stop was at The Craters of the Moon National

Monument and Preserve. Craters of the Moon was miles and miles of lava rock, it even ran out of the edges of the highway; it had a violent past but is calm at the moment. It is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Rode into MacKay, ID where we had breakfast at Amy Lou’s Steakhouse. The breakfast was served by Amy Lou herself. There was a picture of Amy on the back of the menu holding a butcher knife. I guess she is not to be reckoned with. Left the restaurant with our thumbs up and, back on our bikes, next stop was Jackpot, Nevada. We gas up the bikes, grabbed a coffee and then hit the road again. Next stop was the Pony Express gas station in McGill. McGill was

a company town of the Nevada Consolidated Copper Co. located on US Highway 93 north of Ely. The population declined after the Depression and by the time the smelter closed in the late 1970s there were only 1,000 residents left. Today the plant has been dismantled. The town now retains about 250 residents. Interesting buildings exist and a visit is well worth the time. It appears to be a ghost town. Ely, the next town about 12 miles away, is where we parked our bikes and stayed the night. Went for a long walk, enjoyed a vibrant sunset that filled the sky overlooking the town. It was close to a perfect day. Ely was founded as a stagecoach station turn to PAGE A14








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along the Pony Express and Central Overland Route. August 1: Pulled up to the pumps 20 miles from Vegas, the city that never sleeps. Entering Las Vegas on motorcycles was one of the highlights of the trip. Rode our Harleys into Vegas with ease, easy to maneuver the city, on and off ramp was a breeze. We rode Interstate from Browning Montana to Las Vegas Blvd. The temperature was 106 degrees when we rode into Las Vegas. The strip is about 4.5 miles but I am sure we did not walk 4.5 miles, even if it felt like we did. August 2: Spent two days in Las Vegas, visited the Harley Shop in Vegas and picked up a new Harley. The old Harley had 149,000-plus kilometres and did not have the strength to go back to British Columbia. There are good things that happen on the road and there are bad things. But mostly good.... We packed our saddlebags again, left the hotel dressed in all our leathers, jacket, gloves and chaps and helmet. We rode out to the lights, waited, and waited, and waited. The light seemed never to want to change to green. It was 108 degrees and [with] the heat rising from the motor plus the heat from the sun, it was getting to be unbearable. Lights finally changed, we made a mad dash to the Interstate heading to Route 66. Route 66, once the primary highway from America’s interior to the West Coast, has played a now legendary role in U.S. history since its designation in 1926, it is also known as Interstate 40. [Known in popular culture because of a hit song and the 1960s Route 66 TV series.] Before we made our way to Route 66, we visited the Hoover Dam. It was 113 degrees at 10 a.m., a scorcher. The building of the Hoover Dam (833 ft, 764 feet wide at the bottom) was the first boom of the back-then sleepy desert town. A huge water reservoir and recreational area 33 miles east of Las Vegas were built because of the dam. Next stop was the Grand Canyon. What a view. Colorado River carving its way through the canyon. Amazing mountains around 466 km long, ranges in width from six to 29 km. and attains a depth of more than 1.6 km. Visited the town of Kingman, atop our motorcycles. Rode into Williams, it was as though time stood still. Old cars parked along the side of the road, old cafes that were still holding onto yesteryear. We pulled into the Highlander Motel, parked our bikes, wiped the grime from our faces [and] took a stroll down memory lane, had a nice dinner ... then onto the streets to join the town’s people to view a shoot-out with the outlaws and the good guys. The rest of the trip – from the Grand Canyon back to Prince George – will be in an upcoming edition of the Prince George Free Prss.

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Hit the hill with your family

With a new Canadian statutory holiday to celebrate, Family Day, on Monday, Purden Ski Village is hoping to become part of the community’s new family traditions and fond memories. Skiing the slopes and enjoying the fresh air is the obvious big draw to a day at the ski hill. But Steve Cutts, a guest services rep at Purden’s, says there is lots to do for those who don’t ski but still want to enjoy a day outdoors with their families. You also don’t have to break the bank, he says. “Whatever you do, have fun,” says Cutts. “You don’t need to go downhill skiing or boarding to enjoy your family and the wonderful outdoors. Tobogganing or skating, cross-country skiing and having a couple of hot dogs over a smoky fire, are all memorable, inexpensive activities. “Don’t forget to include your extended family. If you are basing your activity out of a cabin or a lodge,

free Wi_Fi and, most importantly, a fireplace to warm your toes. Be ready to share the excitement of your kids and grandkids when they come in for a warm-up break and lunch in the middle of the day.” Check Purden’s Snow Report before you go at

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Snowboarding is one way to enjoy the great outdoors on Family Day at one of our local ski hills. grandma or grandpa might love to be included.” Cutts says families can get together and go out to any one of the local ski hills during the holiday. The websites for both Powder King and Tabor indicate they will be open Monday, he notes. Purden Ski Hill is celebrating Family Day by offering OffPeak Group rates to pre-registered groups of 20 or more

skiers and boarders, For “last-minute” people, Purden has provided a couple of locations where you can pick up 25 per cent discount vouchers (limited two per family) that are valid for the cost of the lift pass on Family Day. The locations are Ave Maria, 1638 20th Ave. or downtown at The Wildlife, 1255 Fourth Ave. There are limited

quantities. The most important thing is not how well you ski, says Cutts. You can always take lessons to learn or refresh or choose to watch rather than partake. The important thing is making and building on fun family memories. “Non-skiing members of the family are especially welcome at Purden. The lodge has an excellent viewing area, a micro-library,

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Between them, Emilyn Stam and John Williams play several musical instruments and they have covered thousands of musical miles globetrotting all over Europe. Stam is an accomplished fiddle, accordion and piano player. Williams excels on clarinet and harmonica. On Friday, Feb. 15 the duo plays Cafe Voltaire at Books and Company in Prince George. Stam talked with the Free Press Wednesday from her family home in Smithers. Although she now lives in Toronto, Stam is happy that she grew up in a small northern town because that’s how she got her start

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in folk music. “I was part of a community [Smithers], one that has big opportunities in a small town. I first studied classical piano and then, at age 12, I began playing with the Valley Youth Fiddlers in Smithers. They taught me traditional folk music. I bought a fiddle and studied with [folk musician] Daniel Lapp. “He had a huge influence on me as well as [the late Canadian fiddler, composer] Oliver Schroer. I spent a lot of time with Oliver writing, playing and improvising music in Smithers.” Williams grew up in Guelph, Ontario and now lives in Toronto. He studied classical clarinet at U of T then he went on his own exploration of klezmer, old jazz, blues and North American folk music. It is a good musical collaboration, says Stam. “Between us we have a very wide range of folk music. We’ve done lots of travelling together and learned new things. When we do shows, we play a lot of instrumental numbers as well as our other music. “It’s been good because John and I teach each other songs. He taught me

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John Williams and Emilyn Stam play Cafe Voltaire Feb. 15. a lot of jazz tunes and I’ve taught him French songs.” What can people expect from the duo’s show in Prince George? “It will be a fun show. What kind of music? I’d say that we play strange ...but really nice music. It definitely is different.” Her own musical repertoire expanded considerably, she says, during her tour of Europe last year. “When I was travelling over there, I discovered other kinds of folk music, especially French folk music.

And I also lived in Holland for one year studying classical piano and I joined a French folk band while I was there.” Stam and Williams first met while they were playing in the Jaron Freeman-Fox band and the Opposite of Everything. According to their website, their musical relationship began when they would find a quiet place after rehearsal or between sets and improvise strange and beautiful music togetgher. Later they discovered a mutual love for danceable traditional

tunes and songs. Their duo show is always alive and evolving and spans a wide range of musical interests. “The band we play in currently is The Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Toronto’s only 14-piece Balkangypsy,lezmer-partypunk-super-band,” says Stam. Emilyn Stam and John Williams perform Friday, Feb. 15 at Cafe Voltaire in Books and Company. Admission is by donation. For more information about the dynamic duo, visit www.emilynandjohn.

Murder at the Mardi Gras There will be a murder mystery unravelling in the Treasure Cove Show Lounge – the Kewe of Midas King Pierre DuPre has been murdered, strangled with a set of Mardi Gras beads.

It’s time for all party revelers to put down their drinks and discover the truth about his demise. Pierre was always suspicious of those looking to sink their claws into his fortune.

Was it the greed of those around him that put old Pierre into the grave? His beloved family members, friends and neighbours have now become suspects in this Prince George

District murder. So put on your favourite masquerade mask and get your sleuthing mind ready. It’s time to unveil a murderer. The “surprise” cast features local luminaries and lots of laughs. Murder at Mardi Gras murder mystery is all part of this year’s roster of events during Mardi Gras Winter Festival Snow Daze. It takes place at Treasure Cove Casino Show Lounge on Feb. 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner, first course starts at 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask, if you don’t have one, Mardi Gras will have some for sale at the door. Tickets are $40, available for sale at Mardi Gras Office or the Treasure Cove Casino.

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More vacation or I might burn out

Spain is not just about bull fighting and in Spain all working people have 30 days paid beaches. vacation every year. That’s one month in which The country also seems to have a pretty clear they can stay home and still bask in the sun idea when it comes to picking up of that beautiful country. Every day on the old proverb: Don’t kill the they get to take two-hour lunch goose that lays the golden eggs. hours. And surprise, surprise they Tea Rather, kill it with kindness. have happy employees. with I was watching House Hunting What’s wrong with this country? Teresa International Wednesday night True, we did get a brand new statu– come on, anyone can dream tory holiday called Family Day on – when I heard some news that Monday (although even that didn’t TERESAMALLAM go down without a bunch of bickerruffled my feathers. According to the reality show’s ing from our B.C. bureaucrats) and real estate agent who was looking for lodgthat is good for baby steps. ings in sunny Spain for a starry-eyed couple, But what about a giant leap for Canada-kind?

More paid holidays. More time So this is the thing. After six for me. I’m all for it. years of toil and “tote that barge,” When I lived in England as a at the good old Free Press, I have teenager, I vacationed in Spain. finally established enough seniorI can still remember the balmy ity time to get four weeks vacation beaches, the great markets and.... with pay. an (unofficial) curfew for women. But I don’t think I’ll spend it I was told at our hotel that “nice” in Spain watching the local bull women don’t go out past dark or fights. they can be mistaken for streetThat is how I spend the rest of walkers. the year. I am sure that has all changed now – a lot happens in a century, LOL – but progress is shown in Invites you to attend our how a country treats its th workers, those cogs in the wheel that help the country grow. I did a little online research today. Apparently, the average European and Australian worker gets four Come Get Away From It All to six weeks of paid An evening of dinner, vacation per year guardancing and fun!!! anteed by law. I gather that means regardless Saturday March 2nd, 2013 of years of service. Cocktails Cock Co ktails @ 6 kta 6: 6:00pm :00 00pm 0pm | Dinner nneer @ 7:0 7:00pm 7 00pm m The reason for this: Events to follow the meal enlightened employers feel that if they don’t Tables of 10 Available for $400 give their employees enough time away Tickets available at the School office Monday to Friday 8-3pm from work, they will 250.563.5201 suffer from burnout and fall off the wheel. Columbus Community Centre Personally, I’d rather 7120 Domano Blvd suffer from sunburn than from burnout.

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Happy Trails RV Prince George


ABORIGINAL YOUTH!! SPORT & ACTIVE LIVING LEADERSHIP (SALL) Application due Feb 11. All-expense paid trip to GATHERING OUR VOICES 2013 in Penticton BC. March 19-22. E-mail

Information ADVERTISE in the LARGEST OUTDOOR PUBLICATION IN BC The 2013-2015 BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis The most effective way to reach an incredible number of BC Sportsmen & women. Two year edition- terrific presence for your business.

Please call Annemarie 1.800.661.6335 email: ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Do you think you may have a problem with Alcohol? Alcohol Anonymous, Box 1257, Prince George, BC V2L 4V5 Call 250-564-7550

Now accepting applications for the position of Store Manager

Happy Trails RV is the largest RV volume dealer north of Vancouver. Our reputation for sales and service is unsurpassed due to our dedicated team of hard working yet fun loving employees. We require a parts person to join this team. We offer: »above average income » training both on site and manufacturer locations. » the BEST working atmosphere you will ever experience » profit sharing paid once a year. As an applicant you will: » have had some experience in a parts related field.

Apply with resume for the appropriate position at 1905 Victoria Street next to Total Pet, Prince George, 250.562.5555

» be honest and reliable and willing to learn. » have a desire to be part of an award winning team. Please reply to with a brief summary of past work experience. We will not accept phone calls and only those short listed will be contacted.

Personals A+ Massage gives you complete stress release with a total body comfort massage. (250)617-5283

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Prima Assessment Centre is an accredited residential behavioral assessment program for children ages 5 – 12. We are currently accepting resumes from skilled, caring, energetic, individuals who are seeking challenging, rewarding opportunities to facilitate positive growth and change in the lives of children in care.

Drivers/Courier/ Trucking

Qualifications include a relevant degree or 2 year diploma, related experience, have/willing to obtain Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certificate, valid 1st Aid Certificate and Class 5 drivers license. Casual Work is available to cover 8 hour shifts within the 24 hour/7 day a week program. Union Wages for casual employees start at 17.60 per hour plus 10.2% in lieu of benefits.

Apply in person with resume to: Visions Electronics #142-6333 Southridge Ave., Prince George, B.C

Lakes District Maintenance Ltd. is looking for a Planning & Quality Assurance Manager in Tête Jaune Cache, BC

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You will be responsible for developing & executing the summer maintenance plan for the service area, and performing quality assurance inspections on work performed in accordance with our Quality Management System.


Apply with resume and references in person at the Burns Lake or Tête Jaune Cache Offices, or to or fax to 250-692-3930

Prince George

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For a more detailed job description on this posting and more, please visit:

Please submit resume to: Program Director, 2306 Pine Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 2E5 Fax: (250) 563-0824; Email:

The eyes have it Fetch a Friend from the SPCA today!

WALTER ENERGY JOB FAIR Monday, February 11, 2013 10 am – 4 pm







fax 250.562-0025 email Employment Employment Employment

The Coast Inn of the North –– Summit Room 770 Brunswick Street Prince George, BC

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A huge opportunity has become available at an industry leading truck and equipment dealer. Inland Kenworth is taking applications for a Heavy Duty Truck/Equipment Parts Person. These positions require grade 12 or equivalent, a valid driver’s license and Technical Qualification Certificate and a willingness to learn. WHMIS and forklift training an asset.

Please forward resumes to:

Jeff Morrison, Parts Manager 1995 Quinn Street Prince George, BC V2N 2X2 or by email

Apply today at

Friday, February 8, 2013

Career Opportunities

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Happy Trails RV Prince George


Employment Drivers/Courier/ Trucking


Happy Trails RV is the largest RV volume dealer north of Vancouver. Our reputation for sales and service is unsurpassed due to our dedicated team of hard working yet fun loving employees. We require a sales consultant to join this team. We offer: » above average income in an 8 month season. » clients that “want” rather than “need” » training both on site and manufacturer locations. » the BEST working atmosphere you will ever experience As an applicant you will: » have had some experience in a sales related field.

Lakes District Maintenance Ltd. is looking for an Area Manager in McBride, BC

You will be responsible for a small road maintenance crew for the highways and public roads around McBride. Highways maintenance and management exp. are an asset. Apply with resume and references in person at the Burns Lake or Tête Jaune Cache Offices, or to or fax to 250-692-3930 For more details on this posting and more, please visit:

» be honest and reliable and willing to learn. » desire to be a crucial part of an award winning sales team. Please reply to with a brief summary of past work experience. We will not accept phone calls and only those short listed will be contacted.

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MOUNT MILLIGAN THOMPSON CREEK METALS COMPANY Located 150km northwest of Prince George BC, Mount Milligan will be British Columbia’s first major metal mine of this century. Construction began in mid-2010 with commercial production projected for the latter part of 2013. Mount Milligan is owned by Thompson Creek Metals and is currently recruiting for the following positions: t Chief Mine Engineer & Mine Engineer t Senior Surveyor t HD Mechanics t Health & Safety Advisor t Electricians & E&I Mechanics t Mine Maintenance Superintendent t Flotation & Control Room Operators / Supervisors t Millwrights t Mine Maintenance Trainer t Soil Technician t Surveyor For complete job descriptions please visit: Apply by email to: Or by Fax: 888-881-3527

Be part of our unique approach to retail. We’re building our Store Team and we can’t wait to hear from talented people who want to be part of a new, exciting retail experience. If you’re looking for a fun, collaborative, friendly workplace with flexible hours and opportunities to grow, you’ll fit right in. Discover our in-store positions including Sales Floor, Cashier, and much more.

Apply today at or visit our career fair: Sandman Signature Hotel – Prince George 2990 Recplace Dr. Prince George, BC V2N 0B2 February 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 28: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm February 21: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm February 23: 6:30 am – 3:30 pm February 27: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm

Join our team. Expect the best. © 2013 Target Brands, Inc. Target and the Bullseye Design are registered trade-marks of Target Brands, Inc.

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EARN MONEY $$ Paper Routes Available Delivery Days Wednesday and Friday Call 250-564-0005 Ask for Circulation Department

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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43 years. We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization: Native Healing Centre: Administrative Assistant - F/T (Term) Closing date: February 7, 2013 at 4:30pm Adult Residential Resources: Life Skills Worker – Casual Closing date: February 8th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

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Falcon Equipment is a leading Distributor/ Installer of Hydraulic Truck Equipment with locations throughout Western Canada.

HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS & CRANE INSTALLERS NEEDED! Our Prince George Shop is looking for people who: • Think logically and are attune with changes in technology • Are self-motivated to meet workplace challenges Experience with Articulating and Stiffboom Cranes Preferred. Electrical and Hydraulic Experience is Necessary. We offer competitive wages and beneÀts in a growth-oriented environment.

Please e-mail resume to

Applications will be accepted until dates noted on postings, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Education/Trade Schools

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Financial Distress?

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

Food Safety is EVERYBODY’S Business

Food Handlers • Volunteers Care Givers • In Home Now accepting registration:

FoodSafe Level 1 Sat. Feb 9th IMSS Building 1270-2nd Ave

Wed. Feb 27th AiMHi Building 950 Kerry St.

Sat. Mar 9th

Classes Run 8:30–5:00pm Group Rates Available

Diane Rosebrugh & Dick Rosebrugh, B.Ed.


To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail:


IMSS Building 1270-2nd Ave

Aboriginal Supported Child Development: Program Coordinator- F/T (Temporary) Closing date: February 22nd, 2013 at 12:00 noon A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s website at (click on Join Our Team / Careers).

Keeping Food Safe


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ABC Foodsafe School Member of:

Fax: 250-563-2572


Help Wanted Emerald Taxi looking for drivers day or night shift. Class 4 DL required 45% commission plus tips. Paid daily. 250-961-6733 or 250-562-2295

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Relief is only a call away!

1-888-660-6401 to set up your FREE

Consultation in Prince George Carl Wikjord, CIRP BDO Canada Ltd. Trustee in Bankruptcy 510-550 Victoria St. Prince George, BC V2L 2K1 AVAILABLE immediately for busy Volvo/Mack dealership located in Salmon Arm, BC. Journeyman or equivalent experienced parts counter applicant. Full time with competitive wages and benefits. Volvo/Mack an asset but will consider other OEM experience as equivalent. Forward resumes to Suitable applicants will be contacted for an interview. BANNISTER AUTO GROUP If you are Energetic, Motivated and have the desire to join a “Customer First Family”, we are inviting you to come grow with us. We are one of Western Canada’s fastest growing automotive companies and always looking for great people to join our team. We’re accepting resumes for all departments and all positions: Management, Sales, Service (technicians), Parts, Body Shop and Accounting. Interested in joining our team? Email Darryl Payeur at . Bannister GM Vernon, Bannister GM Edson, Bannister Honda Vernon, Browns GM Dawson Creek, Champion GM Trail, Huber Bannister Chevrolet Penticton, Salmon Arm GM Salmon Arm and growing.


Journeyman HD mechanic required for oilfield construction company. Duties will include servicing, maintenance and overhaul of our equipment. The job will be predominately shop work , but with a portion of your time spent in the field. A mechanics truck will be supplied for you. The job is based in Edson, Alberta. Call Lloyd at 780-723-5051.

Trades, Technical Class 4 Engineer is required for Colonial Farms. Must be able to work Graveyard shift. Competitive Wages with Full Benefits. Drop Resume between 8am & 2pm. 3830 Okanagan Street, Armstrong. (250)546-3008

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Are you Job Seeker? You may be eligible for

Skills Development Training Skills Development provides funding to eligible individuals who require skills training to secure employment. Individuals arrange and pay for their own training, with the financial assistance provided by Skills Development.

Who can apply?

Registered Nurses Full-time and part-time positions available at Kordyban Lodge, Prince George Our new 36-bed Kordyban Lodge—set to open in March 2013—will serve as a home away from home for those travelling to Prince George for treatment at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the "North". An experienced nurse committed to quality care and exceptional customer service, you will assess residents for intervention, provide residents and their families with health teaching, identify appropriate support services and reinforce resident self-care treatment plans. A consummate team player with top-notch people skills, you are able to train and orient our volunteers as well as discuss information with those who may have very limited knowledge. You're also at ease working with diverse populations. Registration to practice in BC and a flexible work schedule are musts; knowledge of oncology, CPR Level C certification and at least 2 years' RN experience are preferred.

To be eligible for participation in Skills Development (SD), you must be an unemployed individual (“Employment Insurance (EI) Client”) as defined in the Canada – BC Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA). This means that you are an individual for whom: an unemployment benefit period has been established or has ended within the 36 months (3 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance; or a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the 60 months (5 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force. Other criteria may apply.

Financial Benefits Eligible costs covered under Skills Development may include tuition costs, living expenses, dependent care expenses, disability needs, and transportation costs. Individuals are generally required to make a contribution towards the cost of their training. Funding levels to participants are negotiated, based on individual financial need. Individuals approved for financial assistance who are currently on an active EI claim may continue to receive their regular EI benefits until the end of their benefit period. You can get more information on Employment and Labour Market Services through Prince George Employment Service


Tahtsa Timber Ltd. is looking for a

HEAVY DUTY OR TRUCK MECHANIC AND WELDER ToS rates and bene¿ts SaFkage. Fax resumes to 250-692-7140 or email to

Mind Body Spirit

Mind Body Spirit


Are you unhappy with Weight? Smoking? Anxiety? Self Esteem? Eating Disorders? Confidence? Phobias? Your Sexuality? FOR APPOINTMENT CALL

250-561-2259 CELL 250-981-9816 BERNIE NORDQUIST, CCHt; M.NLP; EFT-Adv. Certified Hypnotherapist

For more information about these opportunities, please visit To apply, please submit your cover letter and résumé in one document no later than February 28, 2013 to

Kidney disease strikes families, not only individuals. THE KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA

Prince George Employment Service 1511 – 3rd Avenue, (250) 596-2517,

The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the province of British Columbia


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Merchandise for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent


Trades, Technical

Moving & Storage


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LINDEN Fabricating Ltd requires experienced WELDERS to work in its Prince George shop. Flux Core & Metal Core, All Positions. Prefer CWB CertiďŹ cation for this process only. To apply, please submit a detailed resume to: Linden Fabricating Ltd. 102-9368 Milwaukee Way Prince George, BC V2N 5T3 Fax: (250) 561-2217 Email: SHORE MECHANIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; F/T Heavy Duty Mechanic CertiďŹ cate or equivalent w/5 yrs exp. www.westcoast

BK Moving. Small moves. Call 250-635-4317 or cell 250-6312307 ask for Buck.

Heavy Duty Machinery

Financial Services 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.

Floor ReďŹ nishing/ Installations North Valley Floors Installations & renovations. Free estimates 250 552-3456 or 250-649-8323

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

Louâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Renos Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Renos

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

Misc. for Sale

Pets & Livestock

Aluminum tri-fold ramps. 1500 lb capacity 77â&#x20AC;? x 50â&#x20AC;? New $280 Will sell for $175 obo 250-640-3970

Feed & Hay Good Horse Hay 70lb Square Bales $5 a bale, also 2nd cut Alphalfa Square Bales $6 a bale. (250) 567-9813 Vanderhoof

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$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

FOR THE HOME BREWER Wine making equipment. Incl. 2 primary buckets, 4 carboyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, hoses, syphonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, thermometers, ďŹ&#x201A;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

Misc. Wanted

For all your home reno needs. We also help you renovate your rental units. References available. For free estimates call 250-964-6106 Ivan at 250-552-8106 or Roger 250-552-0471

Lincoln 250 Ranger Welder 1800 hrs on meter. Powerplant in itself. Good cond. $1500 obo 250-963-3107

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To Rent Call:

250-561-1447 HARDWOOD MANOR APTS Large 1 & 2 bdrm suites Hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;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

Phone 250-596-4555 VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446

We are seeking a proven leader with the entrepreneurial skills to continue and further enhance the strong growth this paper has experienced over the past six years. Ideally, you should have a good understanding of all facets of newspaper operations with emphasis on sales, marketing and ďŹ nancial management. In addition, our new publisher should be well suited to working with community groups and clients as well as developing sponsorship opportunities for the newspaper.

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

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

Commercial/ Industrial

Cars - Sports & Imports

Majestic Management (1981) Ltd.



Rentals Rent To Own 1994 Chevy pick up, 4 whdr, automatic, $1500 Call 250963-3107

Modular Homes

STK# B3903-0

CE â&#x20AC;˘ OFFI ERCIAL M â&#x20AC;˘ COM IL â&#x20AC;˘ RETA Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

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 Hub City Motors 1822 Queensway 250.564.7228

Legal Notices

Legal Notices



RE: the estate of DARIN LEE THIBAULT, also known as DARIN L. THIBAULT, Deceased, formerly of 106-1444 Irwin Street, Prince George, British Columbia, V2M 7B3 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of DARIN LEE THIBAULT, also known as DARIN L. THIBAULT are hereby notiĂ&#x20AC;ed under section 38 of the Trustee Act that full particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor at 2782 Vance Road, Prince George, British Columbia, V2N 1N6, on or before March 15, 2013, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard only to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. DEBRA LYNN SLUYTER, Executor TRAXLER HAINES, Solicitors


Aberdeen Publishing is one of Western Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest independent newspaper companies with properties in British Columbia and Alberta.


If you have the ability to innovate, are customer driven, success oriented, and want to live in one of the most beautiful places in northern B.C., then we want to hear from you. We offer a generous compensation and beneďŹ ts package as well as the opportunity for career advancement.

Hundreds of floor plans to choose from view now at


(Dealer Rebate available for all new home purchases including in stock homes) QUALITY AFFORDABLE HOMES - PROUDLY CANADIAN BUILT

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.

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We thank all applicants. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

unless a notice of dispute is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, accessible online at civilforfeiture. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1.


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On June 28, 2010, at the 4000 block of 1st Avenue, Prince George, B.C., Peace Officer (s) of the Prince George RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $21,800 CAD, on or about 03:00 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by the commission of an offence (or offences) under section 5(2) (Possession for purpose of trafficking) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2013-1344, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture

Newly Renovated 1 bdrm bsmt suite. Asking $ 780 per month. Utilities included. Excellent neighbourhood close to CN Centre and CNC. Prefer single, quiet, working person. No pets or drug users. Call (250) 564-9062 to view.



Ron Lovestone, Regional Manager Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street Prince George, BC V2N 1T3 Telephone 778.349.6327 or email:

Suites, Lower

2-4 Bdr self-contained College Hts duplex. Privacy +. Corporate/Crew 250-960-0861 msg

As publisher of the Free Press, you will help develop strategy for the newspaper as it continues to serve this diverse marketplace.

Please submit your resume by February 15, 2013, to the attention of:

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

Store Equipment/ Fixtures

Publisher/ General Manager Aberdeen Publishing has an opening for the position as Publisher/General Manager of the Prince George Free Press.

OfďŹ ce/Retail

Apartment Furnished

Call Alain Chan 250-624-6554 or 250-600-7836 (cell)

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In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

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

Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Coin Guy: 778-281-0030

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;45â&#x20AC;&#x2122;53 in stock. SPECIAL 44â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! Also Damaged 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; $1950 Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Free Delivery BC and AB

â&#x20AC;˘ 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available â&#x20AC;˘ Close to hospital & downtown â&#x20AC;˘ Rent includes heat, hot water â&#x20AC;˘ Elevator to undercover parking â&#x20AC;˘ Fridge, stove, quality carpets, drapes â&#x20AC;˘ Laundry on each ďŹ&#x201A;oor â&#x20AC;˘ No pets

DL# 31221


Painting & Decorating

WANTED:Will pay cash for construction equipment, backhoes, excavators, dozers, farm tractors w/loaders, skid steers, wheel loaders, screeners, low beds, any condition running or not. 250-260-0217.

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37 Annual

MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “WENDY’S KIDS FUN FAIR” “Super Hero’s Theme” Connaught Youth Centre 10:00 am - 4:00 pm No admission fee, game & food tickets only .50 each Games, face painting, craft table, balloon art and a whole lot more Hotdogs, chips, water and pop available Mascots will be in attendance Come dressed in your favorite Super Hero’s costume and you could win a prize for best costume. Everyone who comes in costume will get a free game ticket.


“SNOWDAZE CASH LOTTERY” ON GOING UNTIL DRAW ON FEB. 23rd Lottery Licence No 47878 Tickets are $2 each - available at the Mardi Gras Office or watch for us around town Draw prize is $1000 cash. Draw to be made at Prince George Golf & Curling Club on February 23rd at 10:00 pm SNOWMAN BUILDING CONTEST ON GOING UNTIL FINAL BUILD OFF ON FEB. 24th Starting January 11th we will be holding 6 weeks of “PRACTISE BUILDING A SNOWMAN” The six weeks will run from Friday to Thursday, beginning January 11th - January 17th and so on. Everyone in the Community is welcome to join in and build your creation, make it whatever you like. You can enter as an individual or a group, it’s up to you. Each week a winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and awarded a cash prize of $100. All pictures will be published in the Free Press, so watch to see if you can match or beat what you see in the paper. On February 24th at the “FAMILY FUN DAY” at the Prince George Golf & Curling Club from noon to 4 pm everyone is invited to come out and build a Snowman and compete for the Grand Prize. Grand Prize -$1000 Downtown Shopping Spree 2nd Place - $500 Cash 3rd Place - $250 Cash All participants will receive a Gift Certificate courtesy of McDonalds

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “MR. PRINCE GEORGE PAGEANT” “Bringing Back the 80’s Theme” Coast Inn of the North For those that have “Dinner / Show” Tickets Dinner - 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm For those that have “Show” Tickets only Doors open at 7:00 pm Show time at 8:00 pm Dinner/Show Tickets - $50 Show only Tickets - $30 Tickets available at Mardi Gras Office 1529 8th Avenue or from the Contestants

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT” Lottery Licence #49988 Days Inn Hotel - Charlies Banquet Room Doors open at 5:00 pm Tournament starts at 6:00 pm sharp Tickets $60 - only 100 tickets for sale Start with $2500 in chips Tickets available at Mardi Gras Office or Days Inn Hotel front desk $2000 in cash prizes - 1st Prize being $1000 cash “KNOW YOUR LIMIT PLAY WITHIN IT”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “SENIORS FUN FAIR DAYS” “On Centre Stage” 2nd Annual Battle of the Seniors Idol Contest Elder Citizens Recreation Centre Show Time - 7:00 pm Come out and listen to some of Prince George’s finest Senior Entertainers Prizes for the top three winners

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “SENIORS FUN FAIR DAYS” Hart Pioneer Centre - 6986 Hart Highway 10:00 am - 3:00 pm No admission fee and all games are free - prizes awarded to winners of all games Crib, Whist, Carpet Bowling, Floor Curling, Shuffleboard and lots more. Lunch at noon for an affordable price Live entertainment from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Complimentary transportation from your Seniors Centres courtesy of Northern Health Connections for those that need rides.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “SNOWDAZE got TALENT” Westwood Pub Doors open at 6:00 pm Show time at 7:00 pm Come out and support our local talent There will be a total of 20 acts Tickets are $10 Grand prize for 1st place winner is a trip for two to Vegas (airfare & accommodation) and $500, courtesy of the Westwood Pub

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “MURDER MYSTERY DINNER” Murder at Mardi Gras on Valentines Day There will be mystery afoot in the Treasure Cove Show Lounge - the Krewe of Midas King, Pierre DuPre, has been murdered, strangled with a set of Mardi Gras beads. It’s time for all party revelers to put down their drinks and discover the truth about his demise. Doors open at 6:00 pm Cocktails from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner - 1st course to start at 7:00 Must be 19 years of age to attend this event Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask, if you don’t have one Mardi Gras will have some for sale at the door. Tickets $40 Tickets for sale at Mardi Gras Office or Treasure Cove Casino

MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “SENIORS FUN FAIR DAYS” - SNOW DAZE DANCE Seniors Activity Centre - 425 Brunswick Street Doors open at 7:00 pm - Dancing at 8:00 pm Admission $10 - buy your tickets at the door Everyone 19 and over welcome Door prizes & light lunch provided “Come tap your toes to Country Rose”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “SNOWDAZE CURLING FUNSPIEL” Prince George Golf & Curling Club $160 entry fee for a team of 4 - Includes Roast Beef Buffet starting at 5:30 pm Teams start playing at 3:00 pm Mardi Gras Snow Daze Cash Lottery Draw at 10:00 pm Awards presentations right after draw Grand prize package TBA

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH MARDI GRAS SNOW DAZE PRESENTS “SNOWDAZE FAMILY FUN DAY” Prince George Golf & Curling Club Noon - 4:00 pm Save this date to come out with the Family and have a whole lot of fun. We will have music and your favorite Mascots will be in attendance as well. Compete in the final leg of the Snowman Building Contest and you could win a fantastic prize Grand Prize -$1000 Downtown Shopping Spree 2nd Place - $500 Cash 3rd Place - $250 Cash All participants will receive a Gift Certificate courtesy of McDonalds

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 Prince George Civic Centre Conference & Workshops 8:00am–4:00pm Trade Show Exhibit 8:00am– 4:00pm Awards Gala 6:00pm–10:00pm Lunch Tickets ($50) and Gala Tickets ($55) available online at Make your Awards Gala nominations today at

Workshops W o kshops & P Presentations ese t tio s 1A: MaryAnne Arcand, CILA - “Telling Your Own Story”

1B: Debra Moffatt, Investors Group - “Women & Money”

The word “mentoring” often scares people. It seems so formal and somehow intimidating, and yet all mentoring really involves is telling your own story – sharing what you know, how you got where you are, and what you learned along the way.

MaryAnne Arcand Central Interior Logging Assosciation

Debra Moffatt Investors Group

W take We takke pride prriid de in n finding f in nding ding di g tthe hee g great r att d re deals. eaals ls IIn n st stretching treetc tchi hing hi ng tthe he b budget. udget ud geet And keeping our bills paid on time. But when it comes to planning our bigger financial picture, all too often we struggle. This interactive workshop is designed to show ways to take control of our financial future. Even for those financially-savvy ladies, there will be tips and strategies on how to make the most of our resources both for today, and tomorrow.

2: “Positive Networking - Speaker to be confirmed 3A: Panel: Integris Credit Union Alison Hoskins, Brenda Astorino, Lory Derksen, Alexis Jefferies Do you have business finance (banking/accounting/insurance) questions? We have your answers. Integris Credit Union, proud champion of Women in the North, is pleased to present a one-of-a-kind workshop to assist women in business with your finance questions: banking, accounting, insurance, financial planning. Making money is the exciting part managing it not so much! Brenda Astorino Our workshop WILL NOT be talking heads on stage marketing products and services. Instead, we INvite you to pose your Alison Hoskins, BBA, CA Integris Credit Union Integris Credit Union

finance questions ahead of time (at the time of registration) so that we can customize our presentation to you! Our objective is to develop a themed presentation that will answer YOUR questions so that it will be of value to YOU. We love these opportunities to engage people and you never know – your question may change the way we do business! Please send your questions to by the registration deadline. Integris Women in business (Brenda, Alison, Lory and Alexis) live to engage and educate. Please join us for an interactive session on business finance – we’ll CU Soon!

Lory Derksen Integris Credit Union

Alexis Jefferies, CAIB * Please submit any finance/accounting questions beforehand to Integris Credit Union

3B: Penny Sakamoto/Joyce Carslon, Victoria, B.C. - “Modern Mavens”

Penny Sakamoto Victoria News

Joyce Carlson Powell River Peak Newspaper

Joyce Carlson and Penny Sakamoto are modern mavens in the business world. Career long friends in the publishing industry, these women have successfully combined business with friendship and have quite the story to tell. Women learn and develop their careers on a unique path, developing relationships through not only the day to day work in their field but through business associations and volunteer efforts. Their journey has taken them from their days as young mothers in small town BC to invitation to the halls of government including the Legislature, Parliament Hill and the White House. They’ve worked both sides of the border but also tackled business challenges in small town British Columbia where they practice their trade in the newspaper industry. The mavens will reveal what they’ve learned along the way and how they’ve remained friends. Oh, do tell!

4A: Janet Holder, Enbridge - “Leadership”

Janet Holder Enbridge

Janet Holder is the Executive Vice President, Western Access at Enbridge Inc. - the first woman to ever hold the position. Janet will share some insights into her career; her approach to business and career development; and thoughts and lessons learned about leadership. Sort of a summary report on one pilgrim’s progress in business and in life and the value of being true to yourself. Janet hopes the result will be some ideas and thoughts that can help other women with their career development. Janet will be available for questions after her presentation.

4B: Dr. Victoria Abboud, College of New Caledonia “Strainers and Starbursts: Opportunity, Gender and Educational Excellence in the North”

Victoria Abboud College of New Caledonia

The metaphors of a strainer and a starburst aptly reflect the complexity of working/studying within a post-secondary institution. The multitude of challenges faced by those in the educational arena are often given more consideration than the opportunities. This session will provide contextual information and underscore ideas about women and education in northern communities, but participants will also have the opportunity to develop vital and exciting approaches to ensure excellence in our post-secondary institutions.




Early Bird Registration $250 (Feb 22/13) After Feb 22 Registration $300 Registration is NOW available online at OR Shirly Prokopchuk at | 250.552.3817


On now at your BC Buick Dealers. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Buick is a brand of General Motors of Canada.**/â&#x20AC;Ą/*Offers apply to the purchase of a 2013 Buick Verano (R7A), 2013 Buick Enclave (R7A), 2013 Buick Encore (R7A) equipped as described. Freight included ($1,550). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. See Dealer for details. 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 BC Buick GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL, RBC Financial, TD Auto Financing Services or Scotiabank may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. â&#x20AC; â&#x20AC;  3.49%/0% Purchase financing for 84/48 months on 2013 Buick Verano, Enclave / Encore on approved credit by TD Auto Financing Services/RBC Financial/Scotiabank. 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 3.49%/0% for 84/48 months, the monthly payment is $135/$209. Cost of borrowing is $1,286/$0, total obligation is $11,286/$10,000. Down payment and/or trade may be required. Monthly payments and cost of borrowing will also vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. â&#x20AC;Ą Based on a 36 month lease for new (demonstrator not eligible) 2.5%2.9% advertised on 2013 Buick Verano/2013 Buick Enclave. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000km, $0.20 per excess kilometer. OAC by FinanciaLinx Corporation. Lease APR may vary depending on down payment/trade. Down payment or trade and security deposit may be required. Other lease options available. â&#x2030; For more information visit comes first, excludes medium duty trucks. See dealer for limited warranty details. ~ OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery) wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Subscription Service Agreement required. Call 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) or visit for OnStarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and details and system limitations. Additional information can be found in the OnStar Ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide. â&#x20AC;  Valid at participating GM dealerships in Canada only. Retail customers only. Offer ranges from 750 to 3,000 AIR MILESÂŽ 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 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 weeks after the Offer end date for reward miles to be deposited to your AIR MILESÂŽ 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. ÂŽâ&#x201E;˘Trademarks of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under license by LoyaltyOne, Inc. and General Motors of Canada Limited.

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