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Bell leaving politics
A rare medical condition has caused Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell to withdraw as the Liberal candidate for the riding in this May’s provincial election. Bell made the announcement Sunday afternoon at the opening of the Liberal campaign offices in Prince George. Bell will continue his work as MLA until the election and promised in the meantime he will work with Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond on her campaign. In his prepared statement Bell explained he underwent tests midDecember for pneumonia. His doctor looked further and found what he described as a relatively rare type of aneurysm, one not often detected. “At this point I am seeing a cardiac De Ly nd a PILON/ Fre e Pre s s specialist and we are monitoring the Prince George Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell, with his wife Brenda (left), Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond, and size of the aneurysm. If it grows I will Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad at Sunday’s announcement that health reasons are forcing Bell to retire. require surgical intervention. If not, I Bond spoke briefly about a recent health scare her In his statement and comments following it Bell made may require just an ongoing monitoring family went through when her husband, Bill, underwent it clear he intends to continue to make a difference, even program.” if it is not as MLA. And he intends to ensure whoever This led him to reconsider his decision to run as MLA open heart surgery Dec. 18. She said if her husband wasn’t doing so well it may takes his place continues to fight for northern needs. for another term, stating it is a critical time for the prov“I will personally be kicking their butt all the way to ince and so just as critical each team member is able to have meant a different decision for her regarding running Victoria,” he said with typical humour. focus his or her complete attention on the work to be again as well. Though there has been speculation regarding who will Bobby Deepak, the NDP candidate for the same riding done. Holding her emotions in check with some difficulty, run for the Liberal nomination, Bell said more of the pro- as Bell, said he was surprised by the announcement. cess will be announced within a few days, and he expects “Like all of us in Prince George.-Mackenzie and in the Bond had nothing but praise for Bell. north, I was surprised and sorry to hear of Pat Bell’s deci“He has been a tireless worker, not just on behalf of the there to be several individuals stepping forward to run. Whoever wins the nomination and runs in the next sion to not seek re-election because of health concerns. I people who voted for him, but on behalf of the people of election will be a strong part of the Liberal team, both Bell want to wish him a speedy resolution of those concerns British Columbia,” she said. and I know everyone will offer that support.” A select few knew what Bell planned to announce and Bond agree. Bond said the province stands on the verge of great He added his thanks to Bell for all the years of service. during the opening of the pair’s campaign office, mostly “Though we stand on opposite sides of political issues, family. Bell said the decision not to run was finalized things. “I can tell you this. There is nothing more important I want to thank Mr. Bell for his many years of public serabout a month ago, however he didn’t want to make it public until he’d personally shared the news with all his than having experienced, strong, aggressive voices for vice. He has worked hard for Prince George-Mackenzie British Columbia,” she said. and today we are all saying thank you. We appreciate family members. She added the candidate will have big shoes to fill your effort for our community.” “It has been a long journey over the last few months,” He added he believes whoever takes Bell’s position will Bond said. “I just want to assure you of one thing, that and pointed out all the things Bell helped accomplish as be faced with the same issues. Pat is going to stand beside us. We have always run our MLA. “He’s made a difference here,” she said of Bell. “You “Whoever takes Bell’s place will have to deal with all campaigns together.” Family and health, Bond agreed, are at the top of the only have to look around the North to see the difference the B.C. Liberal’s baggage that’s in place over last the he made.” three terms.” agenda.
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With MLA Pat Bell’s announcement last week that, due to health reasons, he will not run in May’s election, there has been some speculation on who will seek the Liberal nomination. Mike Morris, Prince GeorgeMackenzie Liberal riding president, will announce whether or not he has decided to run at a press conference Wednesday at about 10 a.m. Morris resigned his position shortly after Bell made his announcement. Cameron Stolz, councillor for the City of Prince George, who’s also been mentioned as someone who might be interested in running, said it would take some deep consideration before a person decided to throw his hat in the ring. Anyone considering running would have to do some reflecting, take serious time, Stolz said. “You wouldn’t see anyone running out there and throwing a hat in the ring. I don’t think anyone is seriously thinking about it at this point,” said Stolz, who unsuccessfully sought the federal Conservative nomination in Prince George-Peace River. Right now, he said, most people are thinking about Bell and his family.
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A fully-loaded logging truck crashed into the ditch on Highway 97 in front of the Roll-a-Dome Tuesday. The driver was pinned in the wreckage for a short time. More details were not available at press time. There have also been conjectures that Coun. Lyn Hall might run as the Prince George-Mack-
enzie Liberal candidate. Hall said he had no comment regarding the speculation and
added he’s not sure where the rumour came from. A polling company, seeking input Sunday after-
noon, was asking respondents what they thought of Bell, NDP candidate Bobby Deepak, and Hall.
Council takes a look at police in-custody costs
The formula in place that returns some of the cost of taking custody of prisoners is not covering the cost of the service. Coun. Brian Skakun brought the issue forward during budget deliberations surrounding police services during the Feb. 13 budget meeting. “We get revenue from the provincial and federal government,” Rob Whitwham, director of public safety and
civic facilities. “There’s a formula in place governing recovery.” Holding prisoners in custody is a provincial statute, Coun. Dave Wilbur pointed out. “The revenue is very low compared to the actual cost,” he said. “We need to be vigilant with the province and make sure they are paying their share.” Coun. Murry Krause also touched on the discrepancy
between the cost of providing the service and the recompense given, agreeing it is something that needs to be discussed with the government. He pointed out that many of those picked up and held in custody suffer with addiction and or mental health issues, and another part of the discussion that needs to take place surrounds the proper place to house people in that position.
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The Frog, Beaver, Caribou and Bear clans, the main four of the Carrier nation, are all represented in the 16’ carving decorating the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia’s atrium, and a plaque commemorating the work of art called Helping Hands was unveiled last week, explaining the significance of the project. The carving, one means of welcoming Aboriginal patients to the hospital, brings culture, art and physical health to the same place, and is one of the many firsts for B.C., MLA Pat Bell said. He said in 1986 the Prince George hospital hired the first ever Aboriginal patient liaison, and now there are 36 in the province. “There has been a shift in Canada in embracing First Nation culture and heritage,” Bell said. He added, coincidentally, the event coincided with a government release saying the high school completion rates for Aboriginal students have increased. “The completion rates have increased, and increased dramatically,” he said, adding they are up 14 per cent in the last decade, and have come a long way, though more work needs to be done. Nathan Teegee, head of the project, made several presentations during the event to groups and individuals who helped make his concept a reality. The carving, first unveiled two years ago and blessed through a potlatch, is a symbol of acceptance, Teegee, who is studying to be a doctor alongside his best friend, Lester Todd Alec, said. Seeing the artwork displayed tells Teegee he’s accepted, and he added it says the same thing to his patients, half of whom will be Aboriginal. Reflecting collaboration and harmony, Teegee said Helping Hands seemed an appropriate title, especially considering it is the hands of staff that heal in a medical
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Bell will be missed
here is no doubt that Pat Bell will be missed. Regardless of which side of the political fence one sits on, the effort and accomplishments of Bell are undeniable. As an MLA, he works tirelessly for the community. As a cabinet minister, he works tirelessly for the province. He got to where he is today the old-fashioned way … he earned it. With no political experience under his belt, he secured the Liberal nomination for the old Prince George North riding. Once elected he served time on the backbench, as a junior minister and, in recent years, as one of the major players around the cabinet table. He’s handled the always tough and controversial forests portfolio and, most recently, as the minister in charge of jobs. With the Liberals’ Jobs Plan a cornerstone for the party reelection hopes, being the jobs minister isn’t without its pressures. Losing 16,000 jobs last month doesn’t help, and Bell, true to his style, remained positive through it all. Politics is a tough, tough game but Bell is one politician who continues to smile … a real smile, not one of those phoney ones that we too often see elsewhere. There is no doubt he truly enjoys what he does. That is evident by how he approaches his job and those around him. With praise for Bell coming from all sides of the political spectrum, the community, and the province, he can take some solace in the fact that, while he is leaving politics before he would like to, he has done what seems to be harder and harder for politicians these days … gain the respect of the community he serves.
Platitudes not needed
he throne speech opening B.C.’s 39th legislature may have been short on substance, but it did make it abundantly clear that the B.C. Liberals see natural gas exports as the source of the province’s future prosperity. The B.C. Conservative party was quick off the mark to label this a “We’re gonna win a lottery” throne speech, while NDP leader Adrian Dix said it’s a sign that the Liberals have given up on other sectors of the economy, like forestry, film, high tech and tourism. Rather than convince the province with reasoned arguments that LNG exports would be safe and profitable despite the vagaries of the volatile fuel market, the throne speech instead held out tantalizing, but unsubstantiated, hints about what could be done with all that money. Reducing the provincial debt topped the list, along with improvements to social services, investment in education and infrastructure, and the biggest carrot, the elimination of provincial sales tax. The ideas outlined in the throne speech, of course, only apply if the Liberals are re-elected. An NDP government could overturn the whole concept of B.C. becoming a leading exporter of LNG to the energy hungry Asian markets. But should they? There is substance to the concept of exploiting one of the province’s biggest assets. If not now, when? While, as the NDP suggest, supporting existing economic drivers is a primary goal, expanding the province’s economic base should also be on the agenda. What we need is an intelligent approach to bringing B.C. LNG to the world market. As with the province’s five requirements for the Enbridge pipeline, we need a plan to ensure safe production and transport as well as a sound fiscal plan to ensure the province profits, both in tax revenue and job creation. What we don’t need are hints and stock platitudes intended to entice votes, but rather a substantive plan for B.C.’s future. - Kelowna Capital News
Media hound, and darling Pat Bell and I never did see eye-to-eye on much ... Access is information and public officials is a corbut of course he’s almost a foot taller than me. nerstone of a democracy. I sure there are those who I first met Pat Bell at a mining conference in Wilhave groaned over yet another story quoting Pat liams Lake about a century ago. Pat was a junior Bell in the media. I know I have from time to time minister at the time. I don’t really remember the as well. conference, but I do remember chatting with Pat However, better that than the alternative, which after the session. is becoming more prevalent, and that is politicians He took great delight in showing off his Blackwho shield themselves from the public, from quesberry. Remember, this is when the Libertions about what they are doing, and from als were young, smart-phones hadn’t scrutiny by the public. been invented yet, and RIM ruled the For that, and all the other reasons menWriter’s cellphone market. I, of course, was very tioned in a million other places, Pat Bell Block jealous of Pat who, at the click of a butwill be missed. BILLPHILLIPS ton on his Blackberry, could get the So who will replace him? news of the day, check his e-mails, or Imagine my shock Sunday afternoon bring up some terribly important document. I was when, before Pat made his surprise announcement, I toiling away in the newspaper industry that still received a phone call from a polling company. They wasn’t convinced fax machines had any place in the were asking the usual things about provincial polibusiness so envy was certainly at play here. tics. What did I think of Christy Clark and Adrian Since then, Pat hasn’t changed that much. Known Dix, what did I think the big issues were, etc. as a media-hound, Pat never shies away from the But then they asked a couple of questions about press. From a media perspective, that’s refreshing. local people in the community. They wanted to In these days of everyone from the prime minisknow what the respondent thought of Bell, NDP ter on down shielding themselves behind handlers candidate in Prince George-Mackenzie Bobby and public relations folks, it’s always refreshing to Deepak, and … wait for it … Lyn Hall. come across a politician, or someone in a position of We contacted Hall about possibly running and authority, who will not only talk to the media, but he said he didn’t know where the rumour that was field tough questions. might be started. Probably with the polling comIf we put a call through to Pat, or his office, he’s pany. usually on the horn to us before the day is out. Former mayor Don Zurowski played a prominent We don’t have to, like a lot of other politicians, go role for the local Liberals at their recent convention through a litany of handlers who want to know in Whistler. every question we might ask and then offer a oneHe might be looking at running. line e-mail statement from the subject of our conAnother former mayor, Dan Rogers, has been very cern. visible at events around town lately … although While we enjoy a politician who doesn’t view the most thought he was still focusing on civic politics. media as an annoyance (although I’m sure we’ve Maybe not. annoyed Pat a few times), so should the public. We’ll know soon enough.
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If I could only remember my topic . . . I can be a bit forgetful at – throwing myself on the times. ground, wailing to the Usually at the worst heavens while shaking my times, actufist at the cruelally. ties of fate. A few Then I called Life in weeks ago a tow truck and the fat I wanted to spent 50-some lane finish writbucks to get my ing a story DELYNDAPILON door opened. It so by the was kind of a time I left work there was cool process to watch, but about two others in the my pocketbook mourned. front office and the front Worst yet, it isn’t the first door was about to get time I lost my keys. I’m locked. also terrible with my purse, I couldn’t find my wallet and lighter. And keys. My heart sunk as I most especially my phone. searched and searched for The other day my best them, but no matter how friend called me several many times I dumped times, imagining all sorts my purse, shook it then of terrible fates as, call after searched my pockets, no call, she couldn’t reach me. keys. With growing trepiMeanwhile my son was dation I crept out to my trying too. In my defence car. There was just enough he should have known light left in the winter sky where I was since I told for me to see my keys, teas- him I was on my way to ing me as they sat happily pick him up. Nevertheon my console. less, that didn’t help one I cussed. Reporters, by bit once I got there. He the way, excel at cussing. still gave me some serious Then I had a tantrum. heck. Quietly, while still cussWhen it comes to lighting. After all, I was still ers, since I lose them so at work. Some decorum often I know the only thing was required. I couldn’t I can do to ensure I have do what I felt like doing fire when I need it is be a
little, errr, light-fingered whenever one of my friends pulls out his or her lighter. Especially if that lighter happens to be shiny. My friends get a little cranky about this habit, and I have to admit I may have reached a new level of low with it, especially since at any given time I’m likely to have about 20 lighters keeping company at the bottom of my purse.
Now Kris doesn’t even spend much time looking for his lighter when he needs it. It’s a quick tap to the back pocket then the chest pocket, a flick of the eye around the house and then, to me, an “up it puppet”, spoken sternly, hand outstretched as he demands the return of his property. Dang it. I’ve lost more of my acquired lighters that
way. The worst, however, was when I forgot my wallet (cheque freshly cashed) at a half-way home for federal prisoners. Just as I was leaving this guy came rushing up, my wallet in hand. Him: You have to be careful in places like this, lady! Then the resident made a tsk tsk noise, passed me
my wallet and walked away. Me: (Muttering) Uh, thanks. You know, you meet the most honest people in the oddest places. Anyway, I’m trying to do better. I think I’ll add ‘remember your stuff’ on the list of ‘things to do today’ I keep in my purse. If only I could find my purse.
Prosperity Fund could pay off VICTORIA – Whether Christy Clark’s government survives the May election or not, the natural gas “Prosperity Fund” idea floated in last week’s throne speech is a useful one. B.C. is poised to join Alberta in the upper rank of energy producing jurisdictions, with an expanding network of natural gas collection, refining and processing into liquid (LNG) for export. Clark’s pre-election throne speech proposed a resource fund similar to Alberta’s Heritage Fund that would be reserved for debt reduction and major projects, rather than spent on programs, which tends to happen under the political pressure of fouryear election cycles.
Opposition politicians and media commentators have dismissed this as a pre-election stunt. They note that the LNG industry in B.C. doesn’t exist yet, and may never produce the hundreds of billions of dollars projected over the next 30 years. I returned for a visit to B.C.’s northeast earlier this month, and I can tell you the gas boom is real. My parents homesteaded east of Dawson Creek near the Alberta border in 1962, and I recall when our farm was drilled for gas by Gulf Canada 40 years ago. Many more gas wells have been drilled since then, and country roads have been widened and numbered for industrial traffic. Hydraulic
fracturing, already in use when our farm was drilled, has been combined with directional drilling to open up huge new supplies. A farming community called Montney is the latest hot play, yielding not only shale gas but petroleum liquids, which are valuable for diluting heavy oil among other things. B.C. has never seen this kind of international investment interest before. Initial projects have been joined by global players such as British Gas, and Mitsubishi, a key player in Japan’s replacement of its devastated nuclear power program. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com email@example.com
Celebrating Family Day with the presidents On Monday, some other Canadian provFlorida calling it “mid-winter” doesn’t have inces celebrated Family Day, which means much meaning. we kind of got a jump on them here in B.C. Back in the late 1800s, the U.S. decided to by having it the week before. celebrate the birthday of George Of course, even though a lot Washington, the first president, of those provinces won’t admit by taking off Feb. 22 (his official it, the main reason they picked Allan’s birthday, but it’s not that easy, the third Monday of February Amblings as you’ll see below) as a holiday. as the day to have a holiday ALLANWISHART The date moved to the third was because it matched up Monday in February in 1971, as nicely with Presidents Day (or Presidents’ part of an ongoing campaign down there Day, but not President’s Day) as celebrated to have a long weekend at least every secin the United States. ond or third week, except at Thanksgiving, Let us, then, step away from the Famwhere the holiday would remain a Thursily Day festivities of Canada and examine day to allow for a four-day weekend to where it all started, with the Americans celebrate football. deciding they needed a mid-winter break, Some people say the move to the third even though in places like California or Monday was to also celebrate the birthday
of Abraham Lincoln, which was on Feb. 12, but was never officially declared as a holiday. Putting the new holiday, called Presidents Day, on the third Monday meant it would fall between the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington. Just to make matters even more puzzling, though, was that Washington was actually born on Feb. 11, since he was born before the United States moved to the Gregorian calendar, which resulted in an 11-day jump in the calendar one year. (Trust me, you don’t want to get into all the details.) However, what that means is that Presidents Day, which is apparently supposed to be used to mark the birthdays of all presidents (yes, including Richard Nixon and Millard Fillmore (who almost nobody
remembers)), but whose date was chosen to mark the birthday of George Washington, can never actually fall on either Feb. 11 (the real date of his birth) or Feb. 22 (the date which is listed as his birthday now after the calendar changed). And, as happens with most holidays, while the date was once observed by most people in the U.S. as a day of recognition of the men who served as president, it now represents simply another long weekend where car dealers can dress up as George Washington to talk about the sales they have on. Almost makes the B.C. celebration of Family Day, where nobody seems to know for sure who gets the holiday and who doesn’t, seem logical.
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Reporter DeLynda Pilon would like the chance to hear what you have to say so every Friday at 11 a.m. she will be having a coffee break at Zoe’s Java House at 1251 Fourth Ave., and is hoping you will drop by to chat. Or just stop in and introduce yourself.
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GUIDE-SCOUT To celebrate Guide-Scout Week 2013, Prince George Girl Guides of Canada members will be on hand for a Hike for Hunger and CWFF Used Book Sale at the Pine Centre Mall and River North Area Girl Guide Hall (basement of 888 Kinsmen Place). The events take place Friday, Feb. 22 starting at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 2 from 11 to 3 p.m.
Taste of India was a kaleidoscope of colours Saturday. Beautiful saris, eye-popping bling, delicious Indian dinner, an exciting live auction as well as a silent auction and raffle draw. In what has become one of the most glamourous evenings out in Prince George, the fourth annual Taste of India fundraising event presented by Yellowhead Rotary Club and Rotary International was a sold-out success. UNBC Bhangra Team dancers and Delhi to Dublin performers provided entertainment Saturday at the Prince George Civic Centre. Proceeds from the event this year go to help the Elizabeth Fry Society’s Amber House Family Resource Preschool and Rotary International’s End Polio Now program.
PGSO Gabrielle Jacob, winner of the 2012 Integris Youth Concerto Competition, will be delivering her solo debut on violin with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra (PGSO) during the Master Works concert on Saturday, Feb. 23. Master Works, sponsored by the Physicians of Prince George, begins at 7:30 p.m. at Vanier Hall.
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Get the Cadence beat The globe-trotting Canadian vocal quartet Cadence is billed as: Four men. Four microphones. No instruments – but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to play them. Indeed, Kurt Sampson, Carl Berger, Aaron Jensen and Ross Lynde are all very accomplished musicians with a solid education and background in a wide variety of instruments. However, when they come together as Cadence they leave the instruments at home and perform in an a cappella singing group known for their “innovative jazz arrangements, genrehopping covers and eclectic originals” (according to their website, www.cadence.unplugged. com). Sampson, from PEI, has studied trombone, guitar, bass, drums and piano as well as vocals. He studied jazz music at McGill University. He also teaches and
directs vocal ensembles and arranges and composes music. Berger teaches piano, guitar, voice and saxophone. On the music scene for over 20 years, he also co-founded Cadence. Jensen is a vocalist, composer, arranger, instrumentalist, music director and clinician who also does voice work for television and radio. Lynde played trumpet in high school and is self taught on piano, guitar, bass guitar and drums. He studied voice improvisation and world music in York University’s music program. Even though they don’t play
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One of Prince George’s auto dealerships is helping to rev up fundraising efforts for the Relay For Life. Northland Chrysler Jeep Dodge, part of the larger Northland Auto Group, is donating a 2013 Dodge Dart to the northern region of the Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon Division. A draw for the car will take place at the Prince George Relay For Life, May 11-12 at Masich Place Stadium. For every $500 a registered Relay participant raises, he or she will have one ticket placed in the draw barrel. Last year, the Prince George Relay For Life raised more than $490,000, the second-
highest total in Canada. The goal this year is to move up to No. 1. “The Northland Group of companies is proud to be a huge supporter of the Relay For Life and the fight against cancer,” said owner Brent Marshall. “I am hoping the donation of this awardwinning new car will help us raise a record-setting amount of money locally and place Prince George on the map as the No. 1 Relay For Life fundraising city in Canada.” Northland has donated more than $2 million to local and regional health care initiatives. “One of my personal goals is to help improve healthcare
for the people of northern B.C.,” Marshall said. The 2013 Dart marks Dodge’s re-entry into the compact car market. The suggested retail price starts at $15,995. “I believe this is the largest fundraising incentive ever offered for Relay For Life,” said Helen Owen, Team Lead, Relay For Life. “We are extremely grateful to Brent Marshall and Northland Dodge for their generous support. This will definitely assist the Prince George Relay For Life in achieving the status of No. 1 Relay in Canada.” Ph o to s ub mitte d Last year, the Coquitlam Relay For Life topped the Northland Dodge owner Brent Marshall (centre) with Les Waldie and national fundraising list at Helen Owen of the Canadian Cancer Society. Marshall is donating a 2013 Dodge Dart to the Relay For Life. $550,000.
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The YMCA of Northern BC is setting its sights a little higher this year. “Last year we raised about $17,000 in the Strong Kids Campaign,” CEO Mark Miller said Friday in kicking off the 2013 campaign. “Our goal this year is $18,000.” The Strong Kids Campaign, entering its third year in Prince George, is a grassroots fundraiser across Canada, with funds raised going to local programs. This year, the money will go to help send children to Camp Kanannaq, as in the past, but also to get children into the Aurora Leadership Program. “About 25 per cent of the kids who go to Camp Kanannaq,” Miller said, “probably wouldn’t be able to go without the help of the money raised here.” The group plans a number of events during the campaign, which runs until March 15, including a Zumba-thon, a penny drive and a bird feeder silent auction, with the feeders built by a local Y volunteer and decorated by people taking part in various programs. As well, this year there will be a special Strong Kids Challenge, pitting seven people against each other in series of events, such as volunteering and attending fitness classes. Miller and YMCA board members Scott McWalter
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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 of the Westwood Pub
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Shorts COUGARS The Prince George Cougars had a poor finish to a four-game Alberta road swing. In a special Western Hockey League matinee game on Alberta’s Family Day, the Edmonton Oil Kings hammered the Cougars 6-0 on Monday. Sixty games into their 72-game schedule, the Cats sport a record of 18 wins, 34 losses, two overtime setbacks and six shootout defeats (1834-2-6). They sit ninth in the 10-team Western Conference, three points behind the eighth-place Everett Silvertips. Back on home ice, the Cougars open a five-game homestand against the Portland Winterhawks. The teams will meet on Friday and Saturday (7 p.m. at CN Centre).
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Coming off a bye weekend, the Cariboo Cougars resume their B.C. Major Midget League hockey season this weekend. The Cougars will be at home against the South Island Royals. They’ll play on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m., both games at CN Centre. The Cariboo squad has 28 wins, seven losses and one tie. They have four regular-season games left.
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Perhaps nobody wanted the victory as much as their four graduating guards. Fifth-year UNBC graduates Sam Raphael, Francis Rowe, Jose Araujo and Joel Rybachuk became accustomed to winning basketball games in four years at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association level. But as a first-year Canadian Interuniversity Sport team, the Timberwolves faced greater challenges this season. Until their final game of the season on Saturday evening, they had zero wins in 2013. The Timberwolves’ 83-68 triumph over the Mount Royal Cougars snapped an 11-game losing streak. They finish their inaugural CIS campaign with a 6-16 record. “That losing streak was tough on a lot of us. A lot of us weren’t used to losing two games in a row, never mind 10 and 11 games in a row,” Rybachuk said. “We had to battle back and we needed that win Saturday night for a lot of us, especially the seniors. We wanted that win.” The four seniors, along with female graduate Kady Dandeneau, were honoured in a ceremony between the two games on Saturday evening. Dandeneau also finished her Timberwolves tenure with a win, UNBC defeating Mount Royal 76-63 in the women’s contest. In the men’s victory, five players reached double figures, including three of the graduates. Araujo led all scorers with 20 points, Raphael recorded 19 and Rybachuk collected 11. Forwards Charles Barton (11) and Gabe Aubertin (10) also reached double figures. Each of the four graduating guards was in the UNBC starting lineup on Saturday. But Rowe was called off shortly after tip-off,
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UNBC Timberwolves guard Joel Rybachuk drives the ball up the floor against the Mount Royal Cougars during their basketball game on Saturday evening at the Northern Sport Centre. unable to play due to an ankle injury sustained the previous night. The victory came in come-frombehind fashion, the Cougars leading 39-36 at halftime. The four guards ate up a lot of minutes for UNBC, head coach Todd Jordan actively recruiting new talent. One player who may fill one of the guard positions next season is Vancouver, Wash. product Joseph Vance, who visited UNBC on the weekend (see story in Friday’s Free Press). “There’s going to be a lot of opportunity for the guys coming in,” Jordan said shortly after Saturday’s game. “We’re going to enjoy the end of these guys’ career and celebrate with them tonight, and those sort of things. But once tonight ends, it’s got to be about looking forward and not
looking backward, and making sure that we can get these guys at a higher level and get our program to that next step.” With 12 points, UNBC finished sixth in the eight-team Pacific Division. The UBC Thunderbirds (18-4) won the division, with the Victoria Vikes (16-6), Trinity Western Spartans (12-10) and Fraser Valley Cascades (10-12) also advancing to the playoffs. The Thompson Rivers WolfPack (8-14), Cougars (5-17) and UBC Okanagan Heat (5-17) round out the Pacific. With basketball behind them, the graduates will go their separate ways. Raphael, Rowe and Rybachuk are also slated to complete UNBC programs this spring. Araujo has one more year left to obtain a general business degree. But he’s looking to complete the
program online, exploring the option of professional basketball in Europe. “Even if I start off at a lower league, I work my way up,” he said. “I’d be thankful for that opportunity, actually any opportunity I get. Eventually, I want to work my way to one of the bigger leagues.” Araujo is from Toronto, Rowe hails from Victoria and Rybachuk grew up in Vernon. Raphael, the only Prince George product in this year’s graduating class, plans on staying home to start his career. “I have a lot to give back to the community. I got so much from this town,” Raphael said. “I feel like I owe it something. I’m pretty comfortable right now. I’m looking to stick around, hopefully get on somewhere with some company here in Prince George.”
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could.” VICTORY The Timberwolves defeated the Cougars 76-63 on Saturday evening to complete a weekend sweep. They opened the doubleheader with a 71-66 win on Friday night. Dandeneau nearly recorded a double double in her last game, collecting 15 points and nine rebounds on Saturday. Three other UNBC players scored in double figures: Jennifer Bruce (17), Mercedes Van Koughnett
Kady Dandeneau took six years to complete five basketball seasons. That tenure included two trips to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association nationals, a pair of college provincial titles and one season of Canadian Interuniversity Sport action. She wanted more. Dandeneau showed her strength on the court with the Timberwolves, overcoming a left knee injury to become a leader on the squad. But emotions got the best of her on Saturday night. When she was subbed out for the last time, she couldn’t hide the tears, knowing the clock ran out on her UNBC playing career. “You know it’s coming, but once it’s here it’s just, I really don’t want it to end,” she said following Saturday’s contest against the Mount Royal Cougars. “It makes it that much harder. I’m really not ready to go, but I guess everyone’s time comes.” For Dandeneau, the end came later than expected. A collision during a B.C. college game in January 2010 put her Timberwolves playing time on hold. She missed the remainder of the 2009-10 season. With the injury requiring surgeries, she sat out the 201011 campaign to save a season of eligibility. The injury created challenges. Dandeneau, a Pender Island product, had to ease her way back into the lineup with limited minutes. She admitted
Royal Cougars (5-17) round out the Pacific. “We’re trying to figure out who our rivals are going to be. I think Mount Royal is going to be a natural fit with them being our travel partner, and it was very nice to win the last two games of the season,” Murdoch said. “It’s a long season, we’ve had our ups and downs, but you know, in the win-loss column, I’m very, very happy with what we’ve ended up with.”
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Seconds before getting subbed off for the last time, UNBC Timberwolves graduate Kady Dandeneau chases down a ball beside the Mount Royal Cougars’ Annalise Posein on Saturday evening at the Northern Sport Centre. The Timberwolves won the Canada West women’s basketball contest, their last date of the 2012-13 season, by a 76-63 score. that contributing offensively became a harder test after returning to the lineup. The Timberwolves’ step up to Canadian Interuniversity Sport also represented a challenge. But if there’s a silver lining to Dandeneau’s setback, sitting out a year allowed her the opportunity to get a taste of CIS. “I wish I could’ve played a few more years here. I just feel like the competition was better,” she said. “All of the teams were just way more physical and it was definitely more like the style of game that I enjoy playing so it was awesome. I had a really great time. I’m really happy I got to play that one last year.” Timberwolves head coach Loralyn Murdoch said Dandeneau
brought intangibles to the court that will be hard to replace. She was passionate, competitive and showed an ability to overcome adversity. “She’s the only girl in this group that has two provincial banners,” Murdoch said. “She’s got a secondteam all-star at a national championship (in 2012), she’s led this team, she’s given back to the community. She’s an all-around girl
who’s really developing into a very nice young lady.” Dandeneau didn’t change as a player despite the injury, Murdoch noted. “I think she came back with the exact same expectation she had before she had the injury. She absolutely still wanted to dominate in every aspect of the game and she was very, very tough on herself until she got to that level where she
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Kings clinch berth in playoffs Playoff hockey will be back at the Coliseum next month. While the Prince George Spruce Kings appeared on their way to qualifying for the B.C. Hockey League postseason weeks ago, their spot wasn’t locked up until the weekend. The Nanaimo Clip-
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the Coliseum. The Spruce Kings sit third in the fiveteam Mainland Division with 23 wins, 18 losses, one tie and seven overtime defeats (23-18-1-7). With seven regular-season games remaining, they’re
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eight points behind the second-place Chilliwack Chiefs (30-18-11) and 14 in arrears of the division-leading Surrey Eagles (31-132-4). The Rivermen (20-231-5) and Express (2029-1-0) round out the Mainland. Although they can’t catch the Spruce Kings, Coquitlam can still overtake Langley for fourth. The 2013 BCHL playoffs will begin on March 15. If the Spruce Kings finish third, they’ll likely play their first playoff home game on March 18. In the opening round, the Spruce Kings will meet a Mainland rival in a best-of-five series. The Spruce Kings will be in the Lower Mainland this weekend for three games in as many days. They play the Coquitlam
Express on Friday and Sunday, with a meeting against the Chilliwack Chiefs on Saturday. After this weekend’s road swing, the Spruce Kings enter a fourgame homestand. They play the Vernon Vipers on March 1 before a two-game set against Langley on March 2 and 3. They conclude their 56-game regular season schedule on March 9 against the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. This is the second consecutive year the Spruce Kings have qualified for the BCHL playoffs. In the 201112 campaign, they entered the playoffs third in the Interior Conference at 33-212-4, but were swept in the best-of-seven opening round by the Merritt Centennials.
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Five Timberwolves say goodbye to the pack Every basketball season, UNBC’s last home date is known as senior night. Players graduating from the Timberwolves are recognized for their contributions to the ULL program and OURT UNBC. Saturday RESS evening was ALISTAIR nothing new. As another season ends, a new group gets recognized. But this year, things were a little different. The five players honoured on centre court in between the men’s and women’s games were part of a special group. Male graduates Sam Raphael, Francis Rowe and Joel Rybachuk were the only remaining players from a 2008-09 team that finished fourth as hosts of the 2009 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national tournament. While 2010 was the year the Timberwolves won the ultimate prize, the CCAA national banner in Calgary, much of the core of that team had been formed prior to the 2008-09 season. With the luxury of an automatic berth to the 2009 tournament, previous head coach Zane Robison hit the recruiting trail hard and attracted Raphael, Rowe and Rybachuk to the program. Robison also added Spokane guard Inderbir Gill, UNBC’s top offensive player for three
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seasons from 2008 to 2011. This year’s other male graduate, Jose Araujo, was recruited by the next head coach the following offseason. Mike Raimbault took over the position from Robison in July 2008 and went on to coach the Timberwolves for two seasons, a MCINNIS tenure capped off by their 2010 national title. Gill and Araujo were the offensive leaders on the 2010 national championshipwinning team. In the Timberwolves’ 96-63 triumph over the host SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) Trojans in the national final, Gill led the team offensively with 32 points while Araujo scored 26. Araujo took the 2010-11 season off varsity basketball before returning to UNBC for his final two campaigns. He still remembers his first trip to Prince George. “I was at the airport and it was around September and I was in a V neck, shorts and just hanging out waiting for my plane to come up to P.G. because I was in Vancouver,” he said. “I see everybody who’s waiting in the line, they’re all wearing winter jackets, toques and I texted Raimbault right away and I was like, ‘where are you taking me?’ “But I don’t regret it. After I came up here and I saw every-
thing and how the community is, how the university is, just the people who are around it, the supporters and you guys, I loved it, I fell in love and I don’t regret my decision. I wish I could’ve played another two years here. I wish I could’ve done my whole career here.” Aside from playing the same sport at the same university, similarities between Araujo and Kady Dandeneau are limited. But like Araujo, UNBC’s lone female graduate had a hard time accepting the end of her Timberwolves’ tenure. Dandeneau has been a UNBC student since 2007. She was the only player left from a 2007-08 squad which won UNBC its first provincial title. And they won that 2008 championship on their home court. Even having to come back after sitting out the entire 2010-11 season to recover from a left knee injury, Dandeneau has been one of the top players on the Timberwolves. She spent six years at UNBC, five playing varsity basketball, won two provincial titles and got a taste of Canadian Interuniversity Sport in her final campaign. She was still hungry for more. “I definitely don’t think I met all of my goals. I had a lot of things I wanted to accomplish and I didn’t get the chance because I couldn’t keep myself healthy,” said Dandeneau. “But
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Five graduating members of the UNBC Timberwolves were recognized between the women’s and men’s basketball games on Saturday evening at the Northern Sport Centre. Kady Dandeneau, second from left, graduates from the women’s team. Male graduates are Sam Raphael, left, Joel Rybachuk, Jose Araujo and Francis Rowe. it happens and it was a pretty big challenge to overcome, all of the injuries, but I’ve done it so I guess that in itself is pretty good too.” A nice touch to the evening was having the Mount Royal Cougars act as the opposition. You may recall it was the Calgary-based Cougars who celebrated the 2009 CCAA national title on the NSC floor. At the college level, the Timberwolves and Cougars were in different CCAA provincial branches and, as a result, didn’t meet during the season. As first-year Canada West teams this season, the squads became rivals in the Pacific Divi-
sion. Cougars head coach Marc Dobell was on the sidelines in 2009 and still remembers the thrill of that championship title. Araujo, Raphael, Rowe and Rybachuk carry fond memories of their own from 2010. Raphael called the Calgary trip three years ago his biggest highlight. “Honestly the biggest thing I remember the most is Calgary, but just not so much the win, just being with the guys afterwards. We all kind of shared a few moments there that I will never forget.”
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TUESDAY Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.
Buddhist meditation class,
Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250962-6876 or www. tilopa.org. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250-562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s fourpart chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975. Hospital retirees meeting, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-563-7497 or 250563-2885.
SUPPORT GROUPS Singles and friends, social group of people of all ages and diverse backgrounds, meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., A&W on 20th Avenue.
The Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Wednesday. Submissions are accepted in written form only – dropped off, mailed or emailed – No Phone Calls please. Datebook runs as space allows, there is no guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George BC V2N 1T3 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Caribbean Connection dancers entertained the crowd during a Black History Month celebration at CNC, with dancers like Janice from Uganda performing to Jump and Wave, a Caribbean song, with her fellow dancers.
The spring-like weather Saturday made for a great day to be out doing a little busking. Johnny Mack Willi ams entertains shoppers outside Northern Hardware. Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press
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Pic of the Week
This weeks McDonald’s Pic of the Week was submitted by Stuart Brown. Stuartww wins a $25.00 McDonald’s Gift Pack for providing the Pic of the Week. For your chance to win, email a picture of a resident of Prince George with your name and phone number, as well as the name of the person (people) in the photo, to McPic@pgfreepress.com
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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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 www.pgchamber.bc.ca/events
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Mayor Shari Green
Prince George – Valemount Justice Minister and Attorney General
Mayor Lori Ackerman (Morning) Diane Buckner (Lunch) Fort St. John
Host of CBC’s Dragons’ Den
Early Bird Registration $250 (Feb 22/13) After Feb 22 Registration $300 Registration is NOW available online at www.pgchamber.bc.ca/events OR Shirly Prokopchuk at email@example.com | 250.552.3817 Cost Includes: Registration Fee, Breakfast, Lunch, Workshops and Awards Gala *Registration closes April 5th, 2013
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