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LAKES DISTRICT NEWS Dunkely TFL leads the way

The Bargain Shop The Bargain Shop (TBS) in Burns Lake will be closing its doors shortly in a move by the company to avoid going into bankruptcy.

Forest model ranks high

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WALTER STRONG Dunkley Lumber Ltd., a large sawmill south of Prince George, has faced the same kind of challenges post mountain pine beetle (MPB) that sawmills across the region have been facing: how to find enough sawlog-grade volume to keep the doors open for the long-term. The Strathnaver, B.C. mill, 42 kms north of Quesnel, was founded in 1951. Since 1977, when new owners took over, reinvestment in the mill has continued with major improvement projects taking place in every decade since. During 2003 and 2004, the peak of the mountain pine beetle epidemic in the Quesnel area, Dunkley Lumber almost doubled its sawmill capacity. All sawmills were seeing an uplift in log volume thanks to attempts to mitigate the effects of the MPB epidemic, so this alone isn’t unusual. What is unusual is Dunkley’s tree farm license (TFL) 53 has seen consistent increases to its Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) even post-MPB epidemic. In its most recent AAC determination on Nov. 30, 2010, the B.C. chief forester’s office kept the cut-level unchanged over the previous level of 219,000 m3 annually. The B.C. chief forester’s office determines the AAC for license holders based on forest inventory, silviculture efforts, and other socio-economic factors. It is set at least once every 10 years, or more frequently if required. “Over the past few years Dunkley has been successful in mitigating timber supply impacts from the mountain pine beetle by concentrating their logging in damaged stands,” said Melanie Boyce, deputy chief forester at the time. “As a result they are able to maintain harvest levels much the same as those

Thieves having a smashing time The Catholic Immaculata Church was broken into again in Burns Lake on Feb. 3, 2013.

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Wellness centre on line An ongoing mental health and wellness initiative has received funding in Burns Lake. Heather Megchelsen has been successful in taking advantage of a $10,000 offering from Northern Health.

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Burns Lake councillor resigns Time constraints trigger spring by-election

WALTER STRONG Citing time constraints, Burns Lake councillor Quinten Beach resigned his seat on village council effective Feb. 26, 2013. Beach, a forestry business owner, served one and a half terms as councillor. “Quinten was dedicated throughout his term to his role and to Burns Lake,” said Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold. “We are sad to see him go.” “I want to take this

opportuniC A O , ty to thank Sheryl Councillor Worthing, Beach for expects a his time late spring on counby-eleccil. He is tion. Coma valuable petition member of for local the comattention munity will comand Burns plicate the Lake is scheduling fortunate of the byQUINTEN BEACH to have election. him as a Vi l l a g e resident. I wish him and of Burns Lake counhis family well in years cil will discuss the deto come.” tails of the by-election Village of Burns Lake over remaining council

meetings this month. The appointment of a chief electoral officer for the by-election will trigger an 80-day countdown within which a by-election must be held. Beach offered no further comment for his resignation from council. He will stay on as a board member ComFor Management Services, at least until the annual general meeting when board members are reappointed or new ones introduced.

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Partners for the long term For decades, respect has been fundamental to Enbridge’s communication with Aboriginal groups across Canada. Among other considerations, that means developing sensitivity and an understanding of the values and issues important to them. As discussion about Gateway has evolved and progressed with Aboriginal communities in B.C., one thing groups have told us, in unequivocal terms, is that they wanted meaningful, long-term involvement in the labour force. That’s why we established a $3 million Gateway Education and Training Fund. This is an initiative for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities that’s not dependent, in any way, upon Gateway approval. This fund supports training initiatives based in the pipeline, construction, and energy sectors. This isn’t training for the sake of training; it’s focused squarely on employment outcomes. And Enbridge is already connecting industry and community to help create career opportunities in B.C. We’ve already co-funded training programs for surveyors and ironworkers. We’re purchasing seats in existing trades programs, and partnering with provincial and federal bodies to help develop skilled tradespeople in the areas of heavy equipment operation, pipefitting, welding, and construction craft labouring. We’ve also co-ordinated the

first of many “workforce connections” workshops, bringing together representatives of Gateway equity First Nations and companies with labourforce needs for some meaningful employment discussion. We’ve heard, loud and clear, from Aboriginal communities in B.C. that they no longer want to be bypassed by economic opportunities created within, near, or around them. With the Gateway Education and Training Fund, we’re doing something about it. We’re showing true commitment to community and workforce development. And the opportunities we’re sponsoring are not exclusive to our proposed project or our industry — they’re regional and cross-sector in nature. We want to stay connected to the Aboriginal community because it makes good business sense. But our intentions go beyond basic business: It’s about partnership. It’s about responsibility. And, ultimately, it’s about respect.

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Lakes District News

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bargain shop shut down soon Unemployment on horizon for nine employees


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Walter Strong The Bargain Shop (TBS) in Burns Lake will be closing its doors shortly in a move by the company to avoid going into bankruptcy. Three companies: TBS Acquireco Inc., The Bargain! Shop Holdings Inc., and TBS Stores Inc. (collectively “The Bargain! Shop”), have applied for creditor protection in the Ontario Superior Court under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The local store, which has been operating in Burns Lake for more than 10 years, is one of 28 stores in the district. The store employs four full-time workers and five part-time workers. District manager, Rick Brink, declined to comment on the store closure and asked all calls to go through an Ernst & Young representative. Ernst & Young did not return phone calls by press time. Blenda Bueckert has worked at the store for the past five years and recently became the store manager. She is a 20-year resident of Burns Lake and describes the local store as tight-knit group of employees, ‘family’, who have gotten to know their regulars over the years. She learned of the pending closures on Feb. 27, 2013 during a conference call with 55 managers of affected stores. It was left to Bueckert to break the news to the rest of the employees. Three of the workers at the local store will face unique difficulties with the sudden store closure. One employee’s partner has a child on the way. Another employee’s husband was a mill worker unable to return to work since the Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion last Jan. 20, 2012. A third employee had reportedly just returned from a maternity leave only to find out that she will soon lose her job. She is unlikely to be eligible for unemployment benefits after having used them for her maternity leave. Fortunately there are many jobs available in Burns Lake. Burns Lake WorkBC Employment Services Centre manager Halley Finch reports that about 30 full and part-time jobs are currently listed for the Burns Lake area.

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Open, but not for long. Nine employees of the Bargain Shop (TBS) in Burns Lake will lose their jobs as TBS head office closes stores in an effort to avoid bankruptcy. “Coming into a busy spring, local businesses could be looking for extra help once all of the construction projects and summer tourist season start up,” she said. But available jobs don’t necessarily mean security, and nobody wants to be out looking for work. At the end of the day last Friday employees learned that their store hours would be reduced form nine to six hours, causing reduced pay cheques even before the last one has been issued. For now the only thing the employees know with certainty is that in two weeks a liquidation company will come in and take over the final sale of store merchandise.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lakes District News


On forest act changes


Joe Oliver on oil, gas and coal Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver attended last week’s international conference in Vancouver on liquefied natural gas development. I spoke with him about Canada’s energy exports and emissions. Here are excerpts from that discussion: TF: President Barack Obama’s recent state of union address seemed to hint at approval for the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to U.S. refineries, with perhaps some measure to go along with it like a carbon cap and trade market. Your government has backed North American cap and trade before. Would you do it again? JO: No, we’re not thinking about that at all. The U.S. Congress is opposed to that concept from what I understand. TF: Your party ran ads targeting NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and equating cap and trade with a carbon tax. They’re not the same, are they? JO: The end result is that taxes increase because of how we handle carbon. It hasn’t been successful in Europe at all. Anyway, it’s not part of our thinking. We are making significant progress on greenhouse gas emissions. Our recent regulations regarding heavy-duty vehicles, the previous rules regarding cars and light trucks, which are identical to the U.S., are going to be helpful. And also the rules relating to coal-fired electricity. It’s our objective to see all those coal plants closed, and in that regard we’re certainly ahead of the U.S. Coal is contributing 40 times the greenhouse gas emissions of the oil sands. And actually the oil sands are less than half the emissions from coal-fired electricity in the state of Illinois. We’re moving with the U.S. on the over-arching objective of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions LAKES DISTRICT


by 17 per cent from 2005 to 2020, but we’re also doing other things that the U.S. hasn’t yet decided to do. We’ve been approaching the reduction of emissions on a sectoral basis, and the next area of focus will be regulations in the oil and gas sector. TF: You’re comfortable with the idea that exporting LNG that replaces coal is an appropriate step at this time, one that’s doable as opposed to these Kyoto-type gestures? JO: It is doable. And on a global basis, this would be a very significant development. If China, for example, could significantly move from coal to gas, that would have a huge impact. Canada’s small. We’re about two per cent of global emissions. We have to do our part, that’s the responsible thing to do, but it’s the big emitters that are going to make the difference to global emissions. TF: International Energy Agency talks about selfsufficiency in the U.S., oil and gas, by 2035. What does that mean for the Canadian economy? JO: Firstly, I don’t think they’re going to be selfsufficient in oil. North America will be self-sufficient in gas and oil. What it means is, for gas we’re going to have to find new markets, and for oil we’re going to have to find markets to sustain the growth in supply. The United States will still be a big buyer of Canadian oil. We’re shipping about two and a half million barrels a day, of which a million comes from the oil sands. Right now we’re losing about $50 million a day because of the crude oil bottleneck in the U.S. midwest, compared to international prices. We absolutely must find new markets, which is why our government in principle is supporting the transport of oil and gas to the west, to the east, continuing to the south and possibly even the north. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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In researching response to changes to the Forest Act introduced two weeks ago by the province I’m left with a few observations that didn’t find a way into print. To recap, the province has made it possible for Hampton Affiliates, and by extension, other logging license holders to apply to have their current timber volumebased licenses converted into area-based tree farm licenses (TFL). With an area-based license comes greater corporate responsibility. For some, relying on corporate responsibility to manage natural resources is asking the fox to keep an eye on the chicken coop. But there’s no natural or formal contradiction between the corporate need for profit and the need for responsible conservation. Maybe the corporation can be a good steward of natural resources, especially if the company’s continued health depends upon the health of those resources. But you can’t blame a person for being a little skeptical of the idea that turning over vast tracts of forest to individual companies to manage will lead to a better future for all involved. Here’s where it seems that the province might be doing the right thing by introducing legislation that is mostly just a framework for future policy. The province has kept two things in its back pocket. First, it’s an invite-only affair. A company will be able to apply for a forest license conversion only after it’s been invited to apply. This isn’t the province kicking the door off its hinges and giving out TFLs like candy. Second, the province can use the findings of a proscribed public consultation period to amend the application. So if it turns out that the original criteria that defined the initial application were flawed, the province still has a way to correct glaring errors. Hampton Affiliates will be the first company offered an opportunity to apply for a conversion, and I’d certainly be surprised if more offers were made before the dust has settled in Burns Lake. Another detail about the legislation that’s interesting is that the minister of forests will be required to set an annual allowable cut (AAC) that doesn’t exceed the AAC of the licenses turned over for conversion. So Hampton won’t be cutting down more trees; it will just have more control over the future health, and profitability, of the forest it manages under a TFL, assuming that the whole process goes swimmingly. It doesn’t sound like there’s much to be afraid of in this new legislation as it stands, even if only because it doesn’t say much specifically about how the new TFLs will look, or how smaller players will fit in and find their fair share of opportunity. For some, it’s the bare-bone nature of the legislation along with its potential impact on provincial forest policy that has them calling for its repeal should the liberal government fall in the spring election. Critics include real and life-long experts in forest management; I’m not trying to take away from their position. Like most of us out here, I’m just another person listening to smarter people try to sort out forest policy after the mountain pine beetle and disasters like the Babine mill explosion. I’d like to see what the province and Hampton Affiliates come up with in the Lakes District. We’ve got to do something, right?

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Lakes District News

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tree farms have good record

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Dunkley Lumber Ltd., located 40 Kms north of Quesnel, operates within the Prince George Forest District. It has received high grades for its management of Tree Farm License 53. ...From page 1 prior to the infestation.” With the AAC reflecting timber available for harvest, it is no surprise that Dunkley Lumber and TFL 53 were singled out for attention when the province recently introduced legislation enabling the conversion of volume-based forest licenses to TFLs as a way to stimulate the midterm timber supply. The province hopes that by giving license holders a stake in the future profitability of their forest tenures, license holders will make investments in their land base that lead to greater forest productivity. Jason Fisher, vice president of Dunkley Lumber, said that knowing his company will reap the future rewards of good forest management has allowed Dunkley to focus on “getting as much of the land growing trees as possible.” More than 80 per cent of B.C.’s total AAC of 64,874,085 m3 is allocated under a volumebased approach where license holders stake out their cuts within a Timber Supply Area (TSA) shared by other license holders. Although informal agreements between license holders define areas of activity, there’s no guarantee that a license holder will ever return to a previously cut and reforested area, or cutblock. On the other hand, said Fisher, “If it’s an area-based tenure then, at least theoretically, you’ve got the security that investments you

make will be there to benefit from later on.” Although there are minimum requirements that license-holders must meet when it comes to reforestation, Fisher said that there are a number of ways that Dunkley goes beyond those minimums with their TFL. Fisher cites intensive silviculture, higherdensity planting, and increased road rehabilitation as areas of forest management where Dunkley feels more comfortable going beyond the minimum requirements thanks to the area-based management scenario of TFL 53. “The likelihood is that having those trees growing is going to help keep our inventories up,” he said. “The idea is that one day - maybe not for me, but for my kids or grandkids - we’re going to get the chance to harvest that [wood].” The B.C. Forest Practises Board (FPB) is an independent body that audits and investigates both industry and government forest practises in terms of B.C. forest practise legislation. It makes its findings public and freely available online. A 2003 FPB audit of TFL 53 found that Dunkley was not only meeting all of the requirements of the forest practise code, but that it went beyond those requirements in two significant respects. First, Dunkley’s road rehabilitation exceeded the Prince George Forest District average. While the FPB reported that the average amount of land lost to forestry

roads or permanent access structures was between four and five percent. Dunkley Lumber was within .3 and .7 per cent of land loss in their TFL. This means that more of the forest base that was disturbed during log harvest had been returned to a tree-generating state. “Dunkley has been restoring a greater portion of land to a treeproducing state than required,” the report reads. Dunkley did this by rehabilitating roads in excess of district policy. Second, the report indicated that Dunkley made intense efforts to identify and selectively

harvest MPB affected patches of dead pine within their TFL while leaving healthy stands of trees in place through a combination of helicopter and groundbased extraction. All of these practises cost more money, but for Fisher, the added expense is justified because he knows his company will see returns from that healthy land base in the future. “If you’re going to spend additional money and make additional investment in the land base, you want to have a good idea that you’re going to be able to get some of those returns back,” he said. In singling out TFL

53, the province has called attention to a noteworthy forest-management success story right in the heart of the MPB epidemic. But TFL 53 is just one of 34 other TFLs throughout the province. In 2012, provincewide, TFLs made up 12,566,514 m3 , or 20 per cent, of the total provincial AAC. What of those other TFLs? According to online documents, the FPB has completed 17 audits of TFLs since 1997. Some TFLs have been deleted, added, subdivided, and in some cases changed ownership. No implication is intended here that the 17 audits made reflect 17 currently existing TFLs or their existing management. Of those 17 audits, only one reported any concerns regarding reforestation obligations. In that single case the concern was mitigated by extenuating circumstances and the auditors were confident that corrective measures were in place. Existing TFLs that have passed Forest Practise Board audits range in size form the 1.2 million m3 AAC Western Forest Products TFL on north Vancouver Island to the small 45,000 m3 AAC TFL owned by the Corporation of the District of Mission.

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BURNS LAKE AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION The Burns Lake & District Community Foundation is able to offer a number of small grants for Lakes District community members in 2013. We have two funding programs: 1. The Dick and Marilyn Nourse Fund for youth initiatives 2. The Lakes Community Fund for community initiatives. Grant Application forms can be picked up at the Village of Burns Lake office. Applications must be dropped off at the Burns Lake Village office by March 28th, 2013. Your application should clearly indicate in which fund you are interested. Preference will be given to not for profit organizations. The Burns Lake and District Community Foundation brings together people who care about their community. We are an independent, volunteerdriven, charitable organization and we are one of the partnering regional community foundations with Prince George Community Foundation. The Foundation facilitates philanthropy, by partnering with donors to build permanent endowment funds that support community projects. We provide leadership on issues of broad community concern.

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FrEnch immErSion rEGiStration (2013 - 2014) Date: March 11 - 15, 2013 time: Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

There will be only 22 seats available for the 2013 - 2014 French Immersion Kindergarten class. As seats are limited, students will be enrolled on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. Parents or guardians must be present to enroll their child(ren). Please bring birth certificate and Care card at time of registration.

Pre-Registration for Kindergarten and Grade 1

Registration will also be taken for students wanting to enroll in Grade 1 French Immersion (depending on space availability).

Pre-registration for children who will be entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 in September 2013 will take place March 11 - 15, 2013 at the times listed below.

Ecole William Konkin Elementary

March 11 - 15, 2013

Note: Students who will be entering Grade 1 in September 2013 and who are presently enrolled in Kindergarten need NOT register.

BuRNs LaKe & aRea PRe-ReGistRatioN tiMe Decker Lake Elementary - full day every day 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Francois Lake Elementary - full day every day 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Grassy Plains Elementary - Secondary - full day every day 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. William Konkin Elementary 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. English Kindergarten - full day every day Ecole William Konkin Elementary 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. French Immersion Kindergarten - full day every day GRaNisLe Babine Elementary-Secondary - full day every day except Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. ReGistRatioN RequiReMeNts 1. 2. 3. 4.

Kindergarten students must be five (5) years old by December 31, 2013. Grade 1 students must be six (6) years old by December 31, 2013. An adult must accompany each child. Please bring the child(s) care card and birth certificate. We encourage immunization to be up-to-date prior to starting school. Inquiries regarding immunization can be made by contacting the Health Unit at 250-692-7782.

to assist us iN staFFiNG FoR tHis CoMiNG sePteMBeR, it is iMPeRatiVe tHat You ReGisteR YouR CHiLD FoR tHe sCHooL YeaR. iF You aRe uNsuRe as to WHiCH sCHooL is iN YouR CatCHMeNt aRea, PLease CoNtaCt tHe NeaRest sCHooL oR aDMiNistRatioN oFFiCe at 250-567-2284.

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Date: 11 - 15 mars, 2013 heure: portes ouvertes à 8h00 Il y a seulement 22 places disponibles pour la maternelle en immersion française pour l’année 2013 - 2014. Les étudiants seront inscrits premiers arrivés, premiers servis à cause du nombre limité de sièges. Les parents ou gardiens doivent être présents pour inscrire leur(s) enfant(s). Veuillez apporter l’acte de naissance et le carnet d’immunisation à l’inscription. Il y aura aussi une inscription pour les élèves voulants s’incrire en première année en immersion française. Il y a un nombre limité de places.



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lakes District News


I do not want my Smart Metre TAX TIME

Editor: I want everyone to know that I have recently had a smart meter installed without my consent. It was installed when I was not home, despite plenty of no trespassing signs and signs stating that I did not want one. I have also sent letters to BC Hydro saying that I refused the smart meter. My meter is on the side of my house and is enclosed in a sun room. Meter readers can still access my meter either by looking through a window, or entering through one of the 2 doors on

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my sun room. These doors were latched from the inside and unfortunately, the screen was out of one of these doors. I am assuming that the installer climbed through this hole in my door to install the meter. When I contacted BC Hydro, they said that there was a glitch in the system that said they could go ahead and install; How convenient for them. They totally ignored my signs. I have demanded my analogue back, but so far have been unsuccessful. I find this infuriating and absolutely unacceptable, there

We don’t want to lose another store

was nothing wrong with my meter, and I deserve the right to protect myself and my family from radiation producing devices. I would encourage everyone who has received a meter but really didn't want one to contact BC Hydro; they need to know how many of us do not want this; maybe then they will allow an opt-out option. Until then I am not giving up on my mission to get my analogue back. Andrea Zahnd

Pet of the Week

Editor: Burns Lake will soon loose another store! Unconfirmed reports of The Bargain Shop closure started to circulate Thursday morning in our community. We cannot afford to lose another store. I hope the Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Burns Lake are aware of the closure and are also willing to fight to keep it open. The store is very clean and tidy and a pleasure to shop in. The employees will be joining the unemployment lines. With all the construction workers coming to Burns Lake we need this store to provide them with a place to shop or they will be going to Houston, Vanderhoof or Smithers and Burns Lake will die a little more. Please write a letter, send an email to head office or call 1-855-941-1768 . Sign a petition. Diane Killman

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New Projects New Challenges New Opportunities Over $50B in resource spending is expected in Northwest BC by 2020. How can we balance community values & jobs? What makes a project good for the Northwest? How do we affect which projects go ahead? Please join us to discuss these important issues. Everyone welcome. Co-hosted by MP Nathan Cullen and community partners.

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Viewpoint By Hugh Neave

A nice visit with the Pines residents last week

When our family made our home at Francois Lake it was October and too late to get wood or hay for the cow and calf and horse. For that first winter we had to buy hay and wood and low and behold Sandy Jenkens and Joe Roberts came to our rescue. They hauled in wood and hay and traded this for groceries. Donny Peebles also sold us some wood. In the store and the residence we had three wood stoves and heavy wood burners. This deal worked out good for us for some years and for Sandy too. Time went by and we got our own hay and our own wood. Sandy still came and was a good customer

for many years. Sandy told us he blasted the rock cuts when they built the Colleymount road. Sandy had a little farm northwest of Mr. Hewitt. It went through Mr. Hewitt’s hay field and then went west in behind where the Timber Ranch Holdings are now. It was an early winter, some snow and 30 below. So I took our truck and went to his farm, the house was a shack dug into the bank, just a shell of a place to live in. We loaded up oat bundles and it was a very heavy load as they were green. I went into the shack for a cup of tea, as soon as I stepped into the one room a voice kept calling me and I went up to this big chair and there was a lady, Sandy’s a lady companion, Rose Horner. She was so thin and her hands were like a skeletons. As I went to hold her hand a ferret was sitting on her neck and it hissed at me and was real mean. In fact it tried to jump at my face. It was a very uncomfortable visit.

The shack was cold and I heard something walking around in the pantry and they had the hens there to keep them from freezing. The rooster was sitting on the head of the bed and it was starving it was so thin. I did manage to get out onto the main road and it was not much better. I got the load home safe and sound and I well remember just what poverty really was. Rose passed away soon after. As to the ferret it had belonged to John Haragonic who at one time was the owner of June Herrick’s home and was once called the Golden Lion, named by J. Henrick the original owner. As I think back death was a welcome release for Rose as the conditions she was living under were terrible. The one and only time I ever saw her she didn’t weigh 70 pounds. It was so sad and I can’t get it out of my memory. Run away car Good neighbours are a treasure and we have had so many. This happened so long ago but I

sure remember it. This was in the fall and I left my taxi with the motor running to warm up. It was a big Dodge, six passenger sedan. I just got a call from Mrs. Keefe, my mother-in-law, to say my father-in-law John Keefe had fallen off the roof of the house while working on the chimney and he is hurt. I ran to get my car and it was gone and I saw the back end on the bank and the front in the lake. Earl Deeder and some guys at the store ran out. Earl jumped in his car, rushed up to Keefe’s as they had a little ford, so Earl came down the hill hooked the tractor onto the back bumper. Everyone said it’s too small for that big car, it won’t move it. Earl said “Jump on the front and hold her down.” It sure worked and out my car came. Motor still running. There was no damage, how lucky could I get. I thanked my friends, Earl returned the Ford. I rushed John Keefe into the hospital in town and

the same day he was home again. A broken rib or two but he was fine. To continue on with my little story of my runaway car and how lucky we were. The car was parked by our house on the hill, it had to cross the main road to get into the lake. We had our son Richard and he used to come with me on short runs and he used to wait for me in the front seat. Thank heavens he was not sitting in the car that day. Sing song Last Sunday we had the pleasure of having the Grassy Plains Gospel Church pay us a visit to the Tweedsmuir House. They sang some of the old time hymns and it sure helps pass the time. A big thanks to you all. They were on the way to sing at the Pines. Music and singing really goes well. Last week the bus brought down to the Tweedsmuir House a number of the Pines residents. They really enjoyed the afternoon, played games and en-

joyed lunch. It’s very interesting to visit with some of these people as I have known them for well over a lifetime. You could see it was a very enjoyable, pleasant afternoon for all. I think this little visit comes up once a month. Nice visit Last week I had the most pleasant surprise with a call from Eve and Helmut Isaak. They now make their home in Kelowna. We had the best visit ever. They will both be remembered with their work in Burns Lake. They were both active in the First Mennonite Church and Eve was very active in the hospital. They were both greatly missed in Burns Lake. I would very much like them to come back. Low water We really do need more snow as our little lakes will suffer and at the present time Francois Lake is the second lowest it’s ever been. Records have been kept for many many years. At our old home place in Saskatchewan they have more

snow than ever. Good for them they sure need it. Our son Mark and his wife Laurie have just got back from a holiday in Mexico. They had a great time and also brought back suntans. It will be some time until suntans will be here. Get well soon Bob I have been a bit concerned about my old friend Bob Moore, a long time pioneer resident of Tatalrose. Bob has been in Prince George hospital for the last three months taking therapy treatments. Lets hope these treatments will give him some much needed relief. I have begun to realize how important your legs can be to your way of life. I have to rely on a walker to get around myself. A little saying I thought was quite good “We were born naked, wet and hungry then things got worse.” Take care on the highway as the life you save could be your own. Always remember God loves you a whole lot and so do I.

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Honour for our Mayor Strimbold

The Burns Lake Figure Skating Club invites you to our

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CONTRIBUTED Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal on Feb. 26, 2013. The ceremony, held at the Parliament Building in Victoria, honoured Strimbold and other medal recipients for their contributions to community and country. Premier Christy Clark presented the medal to Strimbold. “It was an honour to be there with so many remarkable British Columbians,” Strimbold said. “Being awarded this medal means a lot to me personally and I hope that it also means a lot to the community of Burns Lake. It is truly an amazing community, and I am very pleased to receive the award as their mayor.” Strimbold was asked to make an acceptance speech on behalf of all the medal recipients that attended the event. “It is not necessarily extraordinary measures that effect change, but the common actions of many individuals that will create a better place to live,” said Strimbold. “The recipients recognized here have made tremendous contributions to our communities across the province.” The medal was created in 2011 to mark the 60 year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne.

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Heavy industry helps keep tax rates down WALTER STRONG Where do your Regional District of Bulkley Nechako (RDBN) tax dollars go? As the March 31 deadline for the RDBN final budget approaches, Hans Berndorff, RDBN financial administrator, Bill Miller, RDBN chair and director of electoral area B, and Gail Chapman, RDBN chief operating officer, presented a Feb. 21, 2013 draft budget to village of Burns Lake council. Property taxes for region-wide services have been on a steady decline from at least 2009. In 2009, property owners paid $103.86 per $100,000 in property value. In 2013, property owners are projected to pay $77.87 per $100,000 in property value. Berndorff attributed the largest part of this decline in RDBN property tax to an increase in the industrial tax base, with projects like the Mount Milligan Mine coming online. The RDBN is bound by a different set of rules than a municipality like the Village of Burns Lake. Where the Village of Burns Lake council has the latitude to move funds around to balance the budget - and aren’t even bound to have a balanced


budget - the RDBN doesn’t have this flexibility. It must produce a balanced budget, with all services paid for by their own user tax base. Funds cannot move between services as properties within a service area are taxed for those services, and not services used exclusively in other tax areas. Some regions and municipalities share a portion of the RDBN tax base. For example, regional rural districts B and E contributed $443,326 to the RDBN services found in Burns Lake, including the Tom Forsyth Arena, the Burns Lake Public Library, TV rebroadcasting, lakes economic development, the John Baker Airport and other services. In 2012, property owners in Burns Lake paid $312,217 into RDBN region-wide and local service. Rural property owners within the Burns Lake fire protection area also pay into the Burns Lake fire department through RDBN taxation. Those outside the fire protection area don’t receive fire protection services, unless other arrangements have been made for cost recovery. The 2013 provisional budget projects $1,742,000 in taxation, with More on page 8...

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RDBN budget

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...From page 7 hefty draws on capital reserves and previous budget surpluses to cover the cost of large 2013 expenditures. Previous RDBN surpluses of $2.6 million, and another $1.4 million in capital reserves, will be used to cover the difference between tax revenue and expenditures. The two biggest costs in 2013 will be the $3.1 million Burns Lake hospital replacement, and the $2 million Vanderhoof outpatient renovations. Other major expenditures include: the Vanderhoof chemistry analyzer ($49,200), Fort St. James electrical upgrades ($160,000), and Fort St. James air handling upgrades ($100,000). “Working together, we really benefit our region,” said Chapman as she described how the RDBN has been able to bring in over $1 million annually through successful grant writing. Grant applications have brought $6.4 million into the RDBN in the past six years. Lobbying by RDBN elected officials and staff has also meant that 80 per cent of the Burns Lake Hospital replacement will be provincially funded. Overall, the projected 2013 RDBN budget for region-wide and regional rural services is expected to be $69,555 higher than last year’s budget. The increase, from $4,614,307 in 2012 to $4,632,862 in 2013, will not be shared evenly by rural and municipal taxpayers. Because of the service user base, rural taxpayers will see a 1.5 per cent increase to RDBN taxes while municipal taxpayers will see a 1.8 per cent decrease.

VANDALS HAVING A SMASHING TIME The Catholic Immaculata Church was broken into again in Burns Lake on March 3, 2013. This is the fourth time the church has been broken into. The doors on the left were smashed open on two separate evenings. The door on the far right is the most recent. Previously, someone had broken into a rear door. Several interior doors were broken open, and desks were rifled through. Anyone with any information should contact the Burns Lake RCMP. Walter Strong photo

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KORDYBAN CANCER LODGE OPENS IN PRINCE GEORGE The Canadian Cancer Society of BC and the Yukon, celebrated the opening of the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George on March 4, 2013. The lodge provides accommodations for cancer patients and their caregivers from Northern BC who need to travel for outpatient cancer care in Prince George. The Canadian Cancer Society’s 25,000 square-foot, 36-bed lodge, provides full-meal services and includes a variety of other features to support guests, including a family room, spiritual and meditation room, a lounge, a massage therapy room, library, activity room, an exercise facility, and wig and prosthetics rooms. In May 2011, the government of B.C. announced $2 million towards the $10 million capital cost of the Kordyban Lodge. The lodge was also supported by many donations from the community. The Kordyban Lodge is named in recognition of the single largest private donation of $2 million from the Mary Kordyban Foundation. The lodge’s Novak Family Spiritual and Meditation Room and the West Fraser Timber Lounge are named in honour of $1 million gifts from the Novak Family Foundation and West Fraser Timber. Submitted photo

B.C. ‘the new Australia’ for LNG Tax tips & traps TOM FLETCHER

Executives for global natural gas companies say B.C. is well positioned to compete for Asia's rising demand for new and cleaner energy supplies, although liquefied natural gas export projects are still at least five years from loading the first ships. Industry and government representatives gathered in Vancouver's new convention centre last Monday for a two-day conference on LNG development, and heard about efforts to keep ahead of numerous competing countries. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced Canada's largest LNG export permit so far, to a joint venture of Shell Canada, Korea Gas, Mitsubishi and PetroChina International. The licence goes to LNG Canada Ltd., a consortium with an agreement to build export facilities on Haisla Nation territory near Kitimat. The B.C. government now expects at least five such export facilities to be built in the coming years. Oliver said attendance by global LNG producers and potential buyers is "a sign that B.C. is emerging as a major

player in the global natural gas market," with reserves equivalent to meeting Japan's expected demand for the next 275 years. The conference heard Monday from industry leaders about the threats as well as opportunities. Betsy Spomer, vicepresident of global business development for BG Group (formerly British Gas), said bringing pipelines across two mountain ranges from B.C.'s shale gas deposits in the northeast to the coast is a significant challenge. New gas supplies from East Africa and

the United States are also on the horizon, but BG Group still expects that B.C. is positioned as "the new Australia" in global LNG exports, Spomer said. She added that colder weather in the Prince Rupert area gives B.C. an advantage over places like the Gulf of Mexico, because gas needs to be compressed and chilled to low temperature for shipment. Luo Weizhong, vice president of China National Overseas Oil Company, said China needs LNG for environmental reasons as well as to meet rising

energy demand. Transport trucks in China are being converted from diesel to LNG, and the country is trying to replace coal power with cleaner alternatives to deal with huge air pollution problems. Anders Ekvall, an executive with Shell Canada, told the conference that natural gas represents the best chance to cut global greenhouse gas emissions in the short term. Shell is planning investments in B.C. as one of the few producers likely to survive in the global LNG competition, he said.

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Racing Rocks for local students



Chevrolet Canada is giving free hockey helmets to 5 year olds registered in hockey programs. More information can be found at www.safeandfun

The Burns Lake Omineca Ski Club and Cross Country Canada hosted Racing Rocks 2013 on March 2, 2013. Students from William Konkin, Grassy Plains, Decker Lake, and Francois Lake elementary schools participated in the multi-event day that tested speed and skill. Prizes were given for best costumes, fastest times, and best ski technique. The informal environment kept the racing fun, while having many events kept all competitors interested and excited. Above left, Ava Nealis skirts record pace in her sprint for the finish line. Above, a young skier gets his hat blown off coming into a radar speed trap the Burns Lake RCMP had set up. Below, the toughest skier of the day doesn’t quite stick her landing coming of a small roller in the terrain park. She was all smiles before the race was over. Walter Strong photos

Decker Lake Whist Scores Feb. 27, 2013 Ladies First: Marie Hiebert 146 Ladies Second: Sadie Dyck 143 Mens First: Emiko Fukushima 150 Mens Second: Pete Hiebert 143 Low Score: Diane Killman 104 Door Prize: Betty Hart

Legion Crib Scores Feb. 28, 2013 First: Agnes Olson Second: Jean Payne Third: Marie Hiebert Fourth: Al Pederson Boobie: Nettie Neville

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Village Recreation is excited for the ViaSport Equipment grant for local sport organizations in the Lakes District. Eight local sport organizations and the Village of Burns Lake met to discuss equipment needs and how each organization can partner to create a more successful grant application. Total funding through this partnership could be worth up to $40,000 of sporting equipment. Notification on successful grant applications will be announced around March 30, 2013. Village Recreation thanks the Burns Lake Curling Club, Lake Babine Nation, Burns Lake Soccer Club, Burns Lake Figure Skating Club, Omineca Ski Club, Omineca Owls Biathlon, Burns Lake Minor Hockey Association, and Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association for coming together and creating this great opportunity to further sport in the community.

Logan Wilson, Rec Coordinator

We need new music for Public Skating and Disco Skate! Please visit our Facebook (www.facebook.con/VillageRecreation) page to post your favourite songs and have them played at disco and Public Skating sessions.

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Cadence took acappella to new levels at the Lakes District Secondary School main-stage in Burns Lake on March 3, 2013. The quartet, the second-last show of the Lakes District Arts Council performing arts season, not only sang their tunes but interpreted the usual jazz instruments with their voices. Some kept looking for horns or trombones off-stage, but Cadence had bought their voices for the evening. Walter Strong photo

Burns Lake Figure Skating Invite you to their season finale Sunday March 10 at 5 p.m. Admission is by donation.

St Patrick’s Day

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Indigenous arts fest approaching WALTER STRONG Staff and students at Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) have been working hard to bring the second Indigenous Festival of the Arts to the LDSS main stage on March 14, 2013. The first festival, in 2011 was hugely popular in Burns Lake, and organizers are hoping for a repeat this year. Burns Lake has a large First Nations population and the student body at LDSS reflects the community-atlarge. James Hannigan, LDSS Vice-Principal and one of several organizers, said that the festival was conceived as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the First Nation perspective in Burns Lake. “It gives people a chance to express their passions and talents in a caring and supportive environment,” he said. “We celebrate our differences and how we all work together as one community.” The festival is a two-part one-day event with afternoon performances for LDSS students only and then an early evening performance for the public. The evening’s event will start with an art show curated by Terrace’s Laura McGregor featuring First Nations art from Dean Heron, Jared Lutchman, Lyle Mack and LDSS students. The College of New Caledonia’s

culinary arts program has donated appetizers for the evening and they will be served at the art show opening. Spencer Greening and Jeremy Pahl, student performers from the first festival, will host the evening show. The two headliners, George Leach and Kasp Sawan will appeal to a wide range of listeners. Leach is multiaward winning rhythm and blues musician from the Lilliooet Sta’atl’imx First Nation. Sawan is a Cree hip-hop artist who was born in Prince George. Both musicians keep their indigenous heritage out front in their art and performances. “The focus is on First Nations to provide role-modelling to our First Nations students,” said Rayanne Charlie, LDSS Drama Teacher. “We want them to see that there are professionals out there doing this and they can too.” Local singers and performers will be part of the evening as well. Stacy Reynolds, a Stelako musician will play a set. Tyler Sam, an LDSS student, will provide some comic relief. The LDSS dancers, who must be getting very comfortable being on stage after two recent performances, will also perform. Organizers are hoping for a good turn-out again this year. “In order to see the festival continue it has to pay for itself,” Charlie said.

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WALTER STRONG An ongoing mental health and wellness initiative has received funding in Burns Lake. Heather Megchelsen, Regional Co-ordinator with the Family Alliance on Mental Illness, has been successful in taking advantage of a $10,000 offering from Northern Health. “One of the things that people feel strongly about is that there are no mental-health club houses,” said Megchelsen. “So we decided in Burns Lake that we would address that.” Megchelsen has made her office space available in the Muriel Mould building for a weekly Wellness Activity Centre. Although she expects users of the program to be primarily made up of those living with mental illness or addictions, she said that it’s not meant to exclude anyone who might feel that a place like this might help them. “It’s for building up people’s social support and wellness,” she said. “Anyone is welcome to attend. It’s for people who might be feeling isolated who want a safe place to socialize.” Besides the money

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Thomas Johnson, an artist and graphic illustrator from Burns Lake, was the guest artist at the March 3, 2013 Arts Council performance in Burns Lake. You’ll find his art on gallery walls and on hockey jerseys. He designed the new Houston Luckies team logo. Walter Strong photo

Invite you to their season finale Sunday March 10 at 5 p.m. Admission is by donation.




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The dates and locations of the Regular Board Meetings of the Board of Education of School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) for the months of March & April, 2013, are as follows: Walter Strong photo

An inside view of the Wellness Activity Centre in the Heather Megchelsen’s office in the Muriel Mould building in Burns Lake. to fund the initiative, tions of kitchen hard- Tuesday. There will be Northern Health also ware and grocery gift games days, soup and donated a flat screen certificates to local su- socials, a peer support TV, a DVD player, and permarkets. A private group, and other activia Nintendo 'Wii' Player. donation of a foosball ties. The Burns Lake thrift table was also made. For more information store and the food bank For now, the centre contact Megchelsen at have both made dona- will host sessions every 250-692-7500.

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“Members and bona fide guests welcome”

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Roast Beef Dinner $14 Friday, March 15 -

Seafood Buffet $14

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 4:00-8:00 pm

CLUES ACROSS 1. Swedish rock group 5. Teen skin disorder 9. An instrument that magnifies 14. Sledgehammer 15. Ran away from 16. Old European silver coin 17. “Rule Britannia”

Friday, March 15 - Bar opens at 4:00pm Home Based Business Fair Saturday, April 6 Scavenger Hunt Saturday, May 4 Register before April 20

If you love your freedom, MEAT thank a Veteran. DRAW Support your Every Saturday, local Legion. 4:15 & 6:15

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42. Snake catcher tribe of India 44. Best section of the mezzanine 45. Masseur 47. Funereal stone slabs 49. Before 50. Again 51. 1 of 10 official U.S. days off 58. Alternate name 59. One of Bobby Franks’ killers 60. Port capital of Vanuatu 61. Individual dishes are a la ___ 62. Shellfish 63. Welsh for John 64. Fencing swords 65. Griffith or Rooney 66. Titanic’s fate Answers on page 19

Tommy 34. “You Send Me” singer Sam 35. Volcanic mountain in Japan 36. Governed over 38. Process of decay 39. Clear wrap brand 41. Put into service

Southside Health & Wellness Centre: March 2013. Chair Yoga every Tue. & Fri. from 10-11am. Mar. 13 Good Food Box pick up at Grassy Store. Foot care, all day by appt., every Thursday. More information call (250) 694-3270. The Scandinavian Cultural Society wants photos and stories of immigrants before 1960. Nordic festival Apr. 12-14 in Burnaby. Contract: Mary (250) 698-7382 or Agneta Eineigal (604)-929-6731.

Island Gospel Fellowship Gerow Island, Highway 35 Sunday School for all ages begins @ 9:30 am

Worship Service begins @ 10:30 am

Pastor Ed Peters Phone: 250-692-7551

Grassy Plains Gospel Church Sunday Service: 10:45 am 250-694-3329 (Church)

IMMACULATACatholic Church 248 - 3rd Avenue, Phone: 250-692-3568

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m.

CLUES DOWN 1. Far East wet nurse 2. Apulian seaport 3. Barrel hole stopper 4. Tavern where ale is sold 5. Anew 6. Actor Montgomery 7. Pigmented skin moles 8. Adam & Eve’s garden 9. Legislative acts 10. Pit 11. Butter alternative

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12. Actor Sean 13. A major division of geological time 21. Hyrax 22. Country of Baghdad (alt. sp.) 25. Repetitive strumming 26. West Chadic 27. Rattling breaths 28. Savile Row tailor Henry 29. Burbot 30. Christmas lantern in the Phillipines 31. Utilization 32. Sound units 34. Leg shank 37. Umlauts 40. Female owners of #4 down 43. One who regrets 46. Serenely deliberate 47. Stuck up 48. Cablegram (abbr.) 50. In advance 51. Envelope opening closure 52. Ireland 53. Australian Labradoodle Club of America (abbr.) 54. Poetic forsaken 55. Female operatic star 56. Actor Alda 57. An American 58. Highest card


The Alzheimer’s society launches a tele-support and learning group for local caregivers of a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The eight-session pilot project will be conducted over the phone, on Friday afternoons, beginning on Mar. 15 through May 10. Each call will include up to eight family caregivers. They call a toll-free number at the scheduled time and will be able to hear and speak with one another at all times during the meetings, which run from 1-2:30pm. Program hand-outs will be mailed to participants before March 15. For more info. and to apply, Jan Robson at (604) 742-4935 (toll-free 1-800-667-3742). Visit


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Lakes District Hospital & Health Care Centre: March 2013. Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Pines adult day centre - 10am-2:30pm. Every Wed. Health Unit - Child health clinic. Every Mon. (Baby drop in 1-3pm), Tues., & Fri. Health Unit - Adult Clinics. Mar. 19 Chronic Disease 8:30am - 4pm appts. and drop in. More information (250) 692-2460 The Lakes District Office of the Canadian Cancer Society. Regular hours: from 11am to 2pm on Tue., Wed. and Fri. Our local phone number is (250) 692-7203. For Cancer Information Service and Cancerconnection, the toll free number is 1-888939-3333. We collect used postage stamps and Campbell’s soup labels. New volunteers are always welcome! Southside Health & Wellness Centre 12 week weight loss program. Starting Apr. 5. The introductory information session will start at 2:30pm. The limit of participants has been increased to 40 people. Beth Berlin, NP, will be leading the program. For more information call (250) 694-3270.

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CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP At Muriel Mould Primary School

SUNDAY, 10:30 AM Contact: Roland & Lisa Cataford 250-692-9196 ~Everyone Welcome ~

ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH 136 - 4th Avenue, Burns Lake

Sunday Worship 10:00am ALL ARE WELCOME Ministry led by lay leaders Phone 250-692-7202

DECKER LAKE MENNONITE CHURCH Sunday Morning Services: Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Services: 10:30 a.m.

Pastors - Ken Dyck 250-698-7629 David S. Burkholder 250-692-7057 Everyone Welcome Hwy 16, Decker Lake

Seventh Day Adventist Church Group Meets Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at the United Church on Centre Street.



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Apr. 10, 1946 - Feb. 20, 2013 Absent from the body, present with the Lord. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don Mathews at the age of 66 years. Don served with the city of Edmonton Police and Fire Departments for over 39 years. Don will be greatly missed by his wife of 41 years Lorraine; his daughters, Shelby (John) Russell and Michelle (Jorge); his father, Peter; his sisters, Ida and Sally (Don); brothers, Bryan (Betty) and Hal (Gail); brother-in-law, Len (Louise); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary; granddaughter, Hope; brother, Dana; nephews, Peter and Brody and niece, Carly.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Southside Meetings: Mondays and Thursdays 6:30pm 7:30pm at Grassy Plains Gospel Church. For more information: (250) 694-3682

BURNS LAKE RCMP Victim/Witness Assistance Program. 201 Hwy. 35, Box 759 Burns Lake. Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm (250) 692-3010



LOCAL HOSPICE Services are available by contacting the Hospice Coordinator at (250) 692-2448. The Hospice office, located in the Lakes District Hospital, is open every Thurs. from 10am - 4pm. A lending library of videos, books and information on bereavement is available. Please make donations to the local hospice and palliative care program payable to the Burns Lake Hospice Program, Box 7500, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1EO


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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to keep drinking that’s your business - if you want to quit drinking that’s our business. Burns Lake Meetings: Tuesday 7:30 pm Catholic Church, Saturday 7:30 pm Catholic Church. For information or transportation call (250) 692-6867 / (250) 6987325 / (778) 669-0070 Only requirement for AA is a desire to stop drinking.

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CRISIS PREVENTION. You are not alone. Support is just a phone call away. 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433) is a confidential, toll-free service that is available to anyone, anywhere, any time in B.C. The youth support line is 1.888.564.8336 (TEEN). The 24 hour crisis line for northern BC is 250.563.1214 and 1.888.562.1214. In addition, several crisis lines also provide support through online chat services so young people have a web-based way to reach out. These services can be reached through www.nor (4:00 to 11:00 pm daily) or FOOD BANK As of February 2013, clients are welcome to a box on both of the distribution days. Distribution days will be the first and third Tuesday of each month. Clients should come at 11am. The Lakes District Food Bank continues to operate due to the outstanding generosity of the community. If you would like to make a donation and receive a tax deductible receipt, please mail your donation to: Lakes District Food Bank, Box 777, Burns Lake, BC. V0J 1E0.


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PLANNING a wedding or anniversary party? Looking for plastic flowers for decorations. Call OPTIONS at Nourse House 9am- 3pm Mon. to Fri. Francois Lake Drive. Operated by residents of 8th Avenue Group Home. (250) 692-7845 The Arthritis Society B.C. and Yukon division is your primary source and resource of the latest print and electronic information, programs and services about arthritis. No matter where you live, you can access us at the touch of a button. Toll free 1-800-321-1433 or visit The Chronic Disease Education Clinic at the Lakes District Hospital is open Tuesday & Wednesday from 8:30am4pm. The clinic provides information and teaching on various chronic illnesses such as Diabetes & Heart Disease. A doctors referral is not needed. To speak with the nurse call (250) 692-2440

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (PROGRAM DELIVERY) OFFICER ALL NATIONS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION All Nations Development Corporation is a subsidiary of All Nations Trust Company. We are seeking a Business Development Officer (BDO) to be based in Prince Rupert or Terrace, BC. The focus of this role is to assist potential and existing aboriginal entrepreneurs to access equity contributions from the Aboriginal Business Development Program (ABDP), for which we are a delivery partner. This successful applicant will be part of team of BDO’s and will work closely with the loans department of All Nations Trust Company (Kamloops, BC). Typical duties include assisting clients with accessing financing or funding. The successful applicant must be prepared to travel throughout northwestern BC to promote the program and meet with potential clients. Candidates should have a business degree/diploma or several years of related experience. Business plan and financial analysis skills are required. Applicants should also be proficient in the use of MS Office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to work independently. Interested applicants should provide a resume and cover letter before 4 PM on March 18 2013 to: Paul Donald Business Development Manager All Nations Development Corporation Suite 213W – 345 Yellowhead Hwy. Kamloops, BC V2H 1H1 Fax: (250) 372-2585 E-mail:


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Sale conducted on behalf of several Estates SALE 1 March 16, 2013 Saturday @ 11:00 am. Coast Inn of the West Banquet Room, 4620 Lakelse Ave, Terrace, BC ANTIQUES & FURNISHINGS: Couch & loveseat’s, bedroom suites, bunk beds, rocking chairs, dining room suites & china hutch’s, new glass top coffee & end tables, inlaid antique claw foot coffee table, other misc. coffee tables & end tables, antique bar, Victorian chairs, misc. kitchen chairs & occasional chairs, roll top desk, corner hutch, display cabinets, leather Wingback chair & ottoman. There is a supply of misc. antique items, overstuffed recliners. ANTIQUE HORSE GEAR: There is a very large selection of antique horse gear that includes, sleigh bells, collars, hames etc. NATIVE & TRADITIONAL ART: Large selection of Native Art including hides, drums, facemasks, leather art & clothing, moccasins, paddles, selection of framed painted art & pictures. BANK NOTE & COINS: Large selection of coins collections & Sets, individual coins & bank notes, US, Canadian & other country coins. HOUSEHOLD & MISC COLLECTABLE’S: Dolls, clocks, floor & table lamps, candelabra’s, fiddle & other misc. musical instruments, brass music stand, brass, pewter, wrought iron collectable’s, glassware & vases, Antique horn, swords, display pistol, carvings, oil lamps, watches, jewelry, military medals. This sale has a large & excellent quantity of new and used items, antiques & collectable’s. This is a partial listing, so look for future advertising as there are more items to come. Please view website for pictures of all scheduled sales. Consignments welcome. If you would like to consign any items contact Mikes Auction. Condition of Sale. Terms: cash & cheque with identification, sorry no credit cards. Items are As Is Condition ~ Not responsible for accidents. There will be a concession on Site. SALE 2 Antiques, Furnishings & Collectibles Auction. April 20, 2013 Saturday @ 10:00 am. Francios Lake Hall, Francios Lake, BC. South of Burns Lake, Intersection of Hwy 35 & Colleymount Road. SALE 3 Industrial Machinery, Equipment & Tool Auction. May 25, 2013 Saturday @ 10:00 am. Topley Garage, Topley, BC. Intersection of Hwy 16 & Hwy 118 to Granisle. Any question Please Contact:

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WET’SUWET’EN FIRST NATION PO Box 760, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 • Phone: (250) 698 7307 Fax: (250) 698 7480 • Email:

JOB POSTING Wet’suwet’en First Nation is looking to hire an Assistant Village Maintenance Worker and a Youth Wellness Coordinator. Please contact the Wet’suwet’en Office for details. Closing date March 15, 2013. Attention: Karen Ogen, BSW, MSW General Manager/Chief Wet’suwet’en First Nation PO Box 760, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 Fax: (250) 698 7307 • Email: NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE



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Maintenance Supervisor A key member of our maintenance team— Fort St. James

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You will be accountable to the Maintenance Superintendent for the safety, supervision, organization and training of your maintenance crews, ensuring their work is performed without undue risk and in compliance with all safety regulations, policies and procedures. You will provide timely response to operational maintenance issues and model a culture of continuous improvement with a leadership focus on safety, quality, cost, delivery and employee engagement. Along with your Millwright TQ, you have at least 2 years’ experience as a maintenance supervisor and a leadership characterized by effective people and team management and superb interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills. You’ve combined this with a working knowledge of WorkSafeBC regulations, a commitment to safety and computerized business applications prociency, particularly with maintenance management systems. Extensive crew-management experience would be ideal. Steeped in history, Fort St. James is located in the Bulkley Nechako District 150 km northwest of Prince George, where abundant wildlife and year-round outdoor activities abound. To learn more, visit: Pursue excellence in your career— apply by forwarding your résumé by March 15, 2013 to Karen Andros at email:

Wood and Gas Stoves and fireplaces 101-1st Avenue, Burns Lake


B’s Free Enterprises Ltd. Bill & Wendy Imus Certified Appliance Repair & Computer Technicians Computer Training, Sales & Service Personalized In Home Service Delivery of Ink & Computer Supplies Box 420, 28540 Colleymount Rd., Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E2

Phone: (250) 692-4353

Cell: (250) 692-6569 • email:

Advertise your Business or Service here for $ 22.25 per week. Call 250-692-7526 for more information.

On average it costs a person $56.00 to drive to Prince George and back. Save your gas money -


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CHICKEN PANINI Focaccia bread grilled with Jack cheese, roasted red pepper, mayo and baked chicken. We have a relaxed atmosphere with great service!

~ Convenient parking ~ Wide selection of wine ~ Hard liquor at liquor store prices ~ Open until 11:00 pm everyday

Please be advised that Henning Larsen, Licencee for W1533, and Steve Siegner, Licencee for W1792 are proposing to remove the private land associated with their Woodlots. W1533 private land is 129.5 hectares and is located at the top of the Eagle Creek Road. W1792 private land is 228.4 hectares in size and located in the Palling Road area. Questions, comments or requests for information regarding these removals can be sent to Free Growing Forestry Ltd., Box 510, Burns Lake BC, V0J 1E0 before April 3, 2013.

Cars - Domestic



Join us for WING NITE on Wednesday or Thursday PRAWN NITE and Fridays are always PRIME RIB NITE

Delivery Available from our Cold Beer, Wine & Liquor Store


Pub: 250-692-0068 • Liquor store: 250-692-0067

Located on Francois Lake Drive, Burns Lake

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Pasta Tuesdays

Cars - Domestic

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Lakes District Multiuse Facility Expansion

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier SL 2 dr convert, average condition.




100% Financing available O.A.C.

250-847-7928 Cell 250-877-2434

Puzzle Answers

Items of Work Bid Pack #1 – Site Work/Formwork/Concrete March 14th Bid Pack #2 – Structural/Framing/Lockup March 26th Bid Pack #3 – Finishes April 8th Specialty Trades: Climbing Wall, Racquetball Court Design/Build, Elevator The Village Of Burns Lake c/o Venture Pacific Construction Management Ltd. is seeking Trade Contractor’s interest in the upcoming Tender Call for the items of work noted above. The work is related to the new building addition proposed for the Lakes District Multiuse Facility. Please email or fax your company information to Venture Pacific Construction Management by no later than Thursday, March 7th, 2013 to be included in the tender call. Email: Fax: 604-888-3023 The tender package for Bid Pack #1 is scheduled to be made available on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Project Attention: Chris Cochand Coordinator: Venture Pacific Const. Mgmt. Ltd. c/o #505 – 8840 - 210 Street, Langley, BC V1M 2Y2 Tel: (604) 888-3005 • Cel: (604) 366-5955 Email:


BUSINESS DIRECTORY Starting a Business?

Expanding Your Business? The Comfor/CFDC Developmental Lending Program can help! For more information, call 1-800-556-5539

“A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN OUR REGION” 37, 3RD Avenue, PH: 250-692-3195 PO Box 820, TF: 800-320-3339 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 FX: 250-692-3305

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING “Southside Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1653, 2012”

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Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing pursuant to Sections 890, 891, and 892 of the Local Government Act shall be held regarding “Southside Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1653, 2012” on March 14, 2013, at 7:00 P.M. at the Grassy Plains ElementaryJunior School, 34310 Keefe’s Landing Road, Grassy Plains, B.C. “Southside Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1653, 2012” provides a statement of goals, objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, within the portion of Electoral Area E (Francois / Ootsa Rural) lying south of Francois Lake. This Public Hearing is to be held by the Director or Alternate Director for Electoral Area E as a delegate of the Board. A copy of the Board resolution making the delegation, and copies of the proposed Bylaw and related documents may be inspected at the office of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako at 37-3rd Avenue, Burns Lake, B.C between the hours of 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from March 1, 2013 to March 14, 2013 inclusive. A copy of the proposed bylaw will also be made available at the Southside Economic Development Centre. At the Public Hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission respecting matters contained in “Southside Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1653, 2012.” Written submissions sent by mail to P.O. Box 820, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0; by fax to (250) 692-1220; or by e-mail to must be received by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako no later than March 14, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. to be ensured of consideration at the Public Hearing. This is the last opportunity for public input on “Southside Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1653, 2012”. The Board can not consider any representations or submissions from the public after the close of this Public Hearing. For further information please call the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Planning Department at 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339. This is the first of two publications.

Payne Septic Service (2010) 250-698-7964 Still serving the Lakes District Operated by

Keith Wilson

Pumps Water Treatment Plumbing Repairs




AUTO CENTRE 1411 Miller Road North (Left Off Babine Lake Road)


Call 250-692-4203 “A Challenge Today Is Knowledge For Tomorrow”


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lakes District News

The big one won’t get away this time

Three youngsters from Burns Lake and Decker Lake chop and drill their way through a foot of ice the hard way on Burns Lake recently. Unseasonably warm temperatures this month throughout the region shouldn’t make much of a difference to the hardcore anglers in the Walter Strong photos district.


$50/month family contribution Canada Education Savings Grants


Provincial Grant

$4,458 $1,200

Age 6

Age 10

Age 14

Age 18

Burns Lake Lakes District News, March 06, 2013  

March 06, 2013 edition of the Burns Lake Lakes District News

Burns Lake Lakes District News, March 06, 2013  

March 06, 2013 edition of the Burns Lake Lakes District News