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Kelly Road Secondary student Austin Gill makes one of the first cuts on a Trades Day project in the carpentry shop at CNC. Students from local high schools with an interest in trades got the chance for some hands-on experience Friday.
Pat Bell dismissed concerns from one of the local businessmen crying foul over the Wood Innovation and Design Centre procurement process Wednesday, because he has donated to the NDP. Bell, in Question Period Wednesday, said Brian Fehr has contributed heavily to the NDP. Bell’s comments were in response to repeated calls from the NDP for an investigation into the controversy surrounding the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. Fehr and fellow businessman Dan McLaren, with well-established links to the Liberal Party, sent a letter to the fairness advisor on the project in November claiming they were told in May 2012 by government representatives they would be short-listed for the project if the land needed for it was bought ahead of time. There were not on the shortlist. “Last February Mr. Fehr, through one of his companies, wrote a cheque to the NDP for $50,000,” Bell said in the Legislature Wednesday. “… Mr. Fehr had one of his employees go and pick up the leader of the Opposition, show him around Prince George for a day, and to help start the NDP organize their campaign in Prince George.” According to Elections BC, since 2005 Fehr and his companies have donated $122,995 to the Liberals, including a $5,000 donation to Christy Clark when she was seeking the party leadership and to MLA George Abbott when he was seeking the leadership. Dan McLaren and Commonwealth Financial have donated $2,900 to the
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Liberals since 2009. Bell did not mention either. The NDP repeatedly asked Justice Minister Shirley Bond whether she would reveal all the documents involved with fairness advisor Jane Shackell’s investigation into the matter. Bell, who fielded all questions on the controversy even though Bond was sin the Legislature, said documents would be released after the contract was awarded. The NDP continued its attack, releasing a briefing note from Northern Development Initiative CEO Janine North indicating that a site was procured for the centre at the MLAs’ request. The briefing note was sent to the NDIT board and “her purpose was to convince the board to lend a considerable amount of money to Commonwealth Campus for a public project,” said NDP MLA Maureen Karigianis in Question Period. “After clearly saying that the jobs minister and justice minister had thrown their political weight behind a specific purchase of land, she made the recommendation that a ‘term sheet be developed to enable Northern Development Initiative Trust to provide a secure loan to the Commonwealth Campus.’” NDIT has subsequently initiated foreclosure proceedings against Commonwealth. Bell pointed out that NDIT operates independent of government and that MLAs’ roles are to advise only. “It’s our responsibility to advise,” Bell said. “Not to make the decisions. Of course we would be advocating for projects in our community, that’s our responsibility.” The NDP have since called for an independent investigation into the matter, given that Bond is also involved.
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Six people in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans office in Prince George will be let go as the federal government proceeds with plans to streamline its departments, including the DFO. “We’ve gone through a process across government about streamlining the departments,” Conservative MP for Prince George-Peace River Bob Zimmer said. “We’ve done it with DFO as well.” Zimmer said the office in Prince George will remain open. He said he can’t speak to more layoffs in the region, however, just the Prince George office. “We will have representation across province still,” Zimmer said. “I don’t think there needs to be any concerns. The same stringencies will be there as before.” Zimmer said it’s all about streamlining, about getting more bang for the buck and lowering the deficit. “Unfortunately six people will lose their jobs, but the job will still get done,” he said. Streamlining the department comes following several changes in environmental policy. There has been a lot of criticism that the changes will put the environment at risk. With less to do, fewer people are needed.
“We certainly don’t see it that way,” Zimmer said. “Some of the processes before really affected areas that didn’t need a lot of work. Some of the areas that needed little attention – that’s the changes we made in terms of legislation.” He added the environment remains high on the list of the federal government’s concerns. “We are concerned about the environment. It is high on our list,” Zimmer said. “We believe the same job can be done with the staff that will be there.” An e-mail response from DFO communications officer Dan Bates reiterates the office in Prince George will stay open, and adds services from the department’s Conservation and Protection Program will continue to be provided from that location. It goes on to say: “In British Columbia, the Fisheries Protection Program will have four strategically located service delivery points in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, and Kamloops. In British Columbia, we will have a total of 60 Fisheries Protection Program employees with various expertise and classifications working out of these five strategically located service delivery points.” The existing 174 officers within DFO’s Conservation and Protection Program in B.C. will take an “intelligence-led and risk-based” approach to enforcement when
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Coun. Murry Krause, Mayor Shari Green and Coun. Lyn Hall attended a birthday celebration for the city. Guests shared cake as well as ideas on how to celebrate the city’s 100th. required, the e-mail adds. It says the work they do will be complemented by existing and potential new partnerships. “Recent amendments to the Fisheries Act and other federal legislation support the protection of Canada’s fisheries and making sure they are productive and sustainable for future generations. As a result, DFO’s fish habitat management program has a new mandate and a new delivery model. As announced in
June, we are focusing our habitat management operations on protecting Canada’s fisheries against real threats to their productivity and we are moving forward with a more practical, common-sense approach for low-risk projects which have little or no impact on the fisheries. The new program will move away from managing impacts of all projects in and around water to a Fisheries Protection Program that manages threats to commercial, recre-
ational and Aboriginal fisheries. “Amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) have also resulted in significant workload reduction for our staff. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has sole responsibility for conducting comprehensive environmental studies of major projects, except those regulated by the National Energy Board (e.g. pipelines) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.”
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Steve Sintich first applied to have his property south of town removed from the Agriculture Land Reserve in 1973. Recently he appeared before the property assessment board, surprising them by requesting they confirm the value of his property, and agreeing with senior appraiser Cynthia Wright’s statement that, for various reasons, the highest and best value of the land is an industrialtype zoning. Sintich, whose family moved to the area in the 1930s, gave a brief history of the acreage, which lies at 7919 Highway 97 South. The issue began when the land was De Ly nd a PILON/ Fre e Pre s s taken from a CPA7 Steve Sintich says he’s an investor, not a developer. The difference is, he says, an developer finishes designation, as Sintich a project and sells out. An investor is in it for the long term. remembers, to ALR by “I want to confirm the value so you can “I’m just saying to the crown we have to the ALC (Agricultural pay taxes on it and we can’t generate rev- take it forward to another step,” Thomas Land Commission) in 1973. “The law came upon us. We did not buy enue from it under the present zoning, and Dieliessen with the property assessment board said. we can’t sell it,” Sintich said. into the law,” Sintich said. Sintich said he will have to do a bit of Sintich expected his request to the assessHe added many decisions about land in the north are made by “phantom planners”, ment board, that they confirm the value of investigation on the next step he needs to take, but he does intend to persevere until his property, to come as a bit of a surprise. which he believes is an unfair practice. “Establishing the value is very impor- he accomplishes what he believes is right Instead of supporting entrepreneurs, he and gets the land in question properly said these planners put roadblocks in the tant,” Sintich said to the board. “You didn’t expect that one,” he zoned. way. “The thing is I’m a businessman and The ALC is dedicated to preserving agri- laughed. After gathering information on the land I’ve gone through the ranks,” he said. cultural land. When Wright said the best use of the land is industrial, adding she thought and market values of adjacent lands as “I have a history back to the Chamber Sintich would be able to have it zoned as well as any other pertinent information, the of Commerce. I move in an unorthodox such, like other area parcels have been, she board discussed the issue in-camera, then fashion. I’m not a greedy man, but I don’t confirmed what Sintich has believed and invited the participants back into the meet- allow anyone to take advantage of me or my family.” ing area. fought for over the last four decades.
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Communities Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CASEY) will host events during its 15th annual awareness week, March 10-17, which will include a presentation from a mother whose daughter likely fell victim to an international sex trafficking ring as well as the executive director of the Safe Online Outreach Society (SOLOS). Diane Nakamura, the coordinator for CASEY, updated council on the organization’s activities through the year and talked about its awareness week events during a presentation Monday. She reported the organization has provided 37 presentations in the city and outlying areas in the last year, mainly to elementary and high school students. “We estimate we’ve reached over 500 kids in the last year,” she said. Sex trafficking has happened in Prince George, Nakamura said. “We in Prince George have had incidents of trafficking,” she said, adding often victims won’t come forward for fear of retribution. The Internet presentations may help a young person facing similar circumstances as Amanda Todd, the Port Coquitlam Grade 10 student bullied so brutally on the Internet she took her own life. “Of course education is paramount,” Coun. Murry Krause said. “It is really important we do education in surrounding areas and the community.”
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issues. He said currently the major issues for this area, or the provOfficial steps will be taken at a ince, are much the same. “It’s the economy. We have to Liberal caucus meeting Saturday making Mike Morris the official make sure we’ve got a strong Liberal candidate for the Prince economy to take us into the future.” George-Mackenzie riding. Morris pointed out the unemAs the only candidate to put his name forward, Morris will run in ployment rate is way down, one May’s election, vying to represent of the positive things he will concentrate on during the riding after MLA the campaign. Pat Bell announced “I will be concenhe would not run in trating on the posithe next election. tive things the Liberal Morris, former government has done North District RCMP over the last number superintendent, years, and how they recently resigned affect people in the as the president of north,” Morris said. the riding’s associa“Unemployment is tion, a position he’s down. There are held for five years, many things to celfollowing Bell’s Mike Morris - Nominee ebrate. announcement. He “I will not run a added he spoke negative campaign. I with Bell after the MLA decided, for health reasons, have a lot of respect for Bobby he would not run in the upcom- Deepak or anybody who wants ing election and was encouraged to jump into politics and run, the to put his name forward for the same as me.” He added, at the end of the day, Liberal nomination. After giving it some consideration, Morris it’s the voters who choose who they want. decided to step forward. Morris said he feels he’s pre“The decision was not made lightly,” Morris said. “I have been pared to face all the stress that aware of Pat’s position for a cou- comes with walking into a political arena where there are vicious ple of weeks.” Morris spent the majority of battles raging between the Libhis 32 year career with the RCMP erals and the opposition about in the province, primarily in the land acquisition piece of the the north. In fact, he has visited planned Wood Innovation and every community north of 100 Design Centre, and what’s being Mile House, including Aborigi- called Ethnic-gate. “I see a lot of similarities nal communities, speaking with Chiefs and municipal leaders to between politics and some of the gain an understanding of local issues going on right now, and firstname.lastname@example.org
my previous life in the RCMP where there was always something topical going on and pressure contrary to what the RCMP was doing, and I think I’m prepared for it.” Besides the physical situations an officer faces, Morris said as he progressed through the ranks and got into senior management, quite often he was ambushed by TV cameras and news people over different issues. He added it is important people have the whole story before they make a decision. “Quite often people present issues in the public forum for discussion without all the facts, and then you have all kinds of people making up their minds on part of the information. That’s the case going on now with the Wood Innovation centre and the ethnic vote,” he said, adding he sees the timing and slant of the information being shared as primarily political ploys. “From my perspective the NDP probably sat on this information for a while and waited to bring it out at a point when it was best for them, before the election,” Morris said. Morris said he’s never been a fan of polarized politics and the devastation far right and left action can sometimes produce. The concept of people coming together is what drew him to the Liberals, Morris said. Now he is anticipating helping the province progress. “I look forward to helping this government move in that direction,” he said. “I want to be part of the solution.”
Terry Rysz gets Conservative nod in Prince George-Mackenzie The race in Prince George-Mackenzie is getting crowded. Terry Rysz, a businessman with long-established roots in British Columbia’s northern interior, has been nominated to represent the BC Conservatives in the riding. Also contesting the seat is NDP candidate Bobby Deepak and Liberal candidate Mike Morris, who secured the nomination by acclamation last week. Incumbent Liberal Pat Bell announced last month that he will not be seeking re-election, due to health reasons. Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Rysz was a young boy when his family moved to Golden. He graduated from Golden Senior Secondary School, and later made his way to Vanderhoof
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where he launched his own business, Aro Automotive and Industrial Supplies. The company prospered and eventually expanded across the northern interior to include operations in Prince George, Fort St. James and Valemount. In 1997, he sold the business and decided to tour the world - to destinations in Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand and Alaska. After several years of travel, he returned to British Columbia and opened a pub in Revelstoke. Rycz subsequently sold that enterprise as well, and moved to Sicamous where he was elected to the district council. He is now returning to the northern interior.
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ometimes determination is simply a choice to ignore those who say no. Such is the case with newspaper mogul David Black, whose oil refinery proposal for Kitimat is looking better now than it did when he floated the idea out last year. “Black gave an update on the project to a B.C. Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Vancouver Wednesday, saying he has found most of the $25 billion in financing needed, and buyers for the refinery’s fuel products,” writes Black Press reporter Tom Fletcher (OK, he works for Black, but it was a presentation to the B.C. Chamber of Commerce). Black said customer contracts and financing are to be finalized within two months. Black also released a Mustel Group poll conducted in February that shows three out of four people support the idea to refine crude oil in Kitimat. That shouldn’t be news to anyone. When Black first publicized his idea for a refinery at Kitimat, it kick-started the debate over whether Canada should refine oil here rather than just ship out the raw product for someone else to use. It’s a value-added debate … the same one used for raw log exports, etc. And it’s a good idea. Why should we just continually ship raw materials overseas if we can process them here? And Black added another wrinkle … a new process that he claims is cleaner than anything else out there. The new process adds hydrogen from natural gas to combine with the excess carbon in heavy oil, increasing the amount of gasoline, jet fuel and diesel produced. “It will be 50 per cent cleaner than any other refinery in the world,” Black said. “It’s going to cost about $3 billion more, and I’m going to organize the money for it.” The process received a Canadian patent last fall for Calgary-based Expander Energy. It adapts a process developed in Germany in the early 1900s to convert coal to synthetic gas, which was relied on for vehicle and aircraft fuel by the German armed forces while their conventional fuel sources were embargoed during the Second World War, writes Fletcher. It may be pie-in-the-sky thinking, but if we continually tell ourselves something can’t be done then we will never try. Once we try, we might find out the naysayers were wrong.
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The in-between season Welcome to the time a year that we all dislike, and One athletic event we could have is a pothole justifiably so. Winter is not quite over and spring is pounding contest. Teams will bring their own truck, still somewhere in the future. In Canada we need tampers and other tools needed to fill in potholes. another season between real winter and the wonTeams could be judged on the basis of how many derful springtime. Perhaps we should call it tween, square feet of potholes they managed to fill combecause it is between the two distinct seasons of bined with points for quality and precision. If the winter and spring. contest was held on a weekend, and with a little bit Canadians have winter carnivals, spring festivals, of luck, the pothole may not reappear until Tuesday wonderful summertime gatherings and the colourful or Wednesday of the following week. fall fairs and harvest celebrations in autumn. You are There would have to be some negotiation with the very unlikely to see this season of tween celebrated. city unions, but they may be inclined to go along Anyone would be hard-pressed to find anything with the contest. We would not want to do the city to celebrate during tween. Unless one is workers out of their legitimate work, one of those strange masochistic types but there are probably more than who enjoys destroying their car driving enough potholes to keep everyone on the pothole-riddled roads, damaging happy. their bodies by falls on wet ice, being There could also be a snow removal drenched by idiot drivers while out for a events. Some of the snow banks that Onside walk, or experiencing all the other frushave grown over the winter and have VICTORBOWMAN trations and irritations of tween, then experienced several freeze/thaw cycles there is little to celebrate. will present a challenge to even the For the forest workers in this part of the world it toughest competitors. is called breakup. That term with all the negative There can be social gatherings such as a commuconnotations that it implies is quite apt. Originally nity bonfire where the price of admission is bringing that name probably referred to the frost coming of your own log. In a pinch we could even resort to the bush roads making those roads muddy, miserindoor activities. How about a contest to see who able and impassable. Our modern-day version in the can produce the best wine made with fruit from urban areas is the appearance of thousands of potthe freezer at least a year old and melted the snow holes on our city roads. water? Perhaps a better name for this particular time may We are a city of creative people and I’m sure there not be tween or breakup. but just simply pothole. would be many more suggestions to give us a lift To relieve the monotony and depression of this during tween. time a year we should develop some sort of celebraIf all else fails, one can escape to a warmer climate tion to acknowledge tween. It could be a generous to refresh their memories of what summer is like. mix of athletic events, social events and other recreThere are some good deals out there if you don’t ation. mind ducking bullets from the latest drug war. Circulation Manager: Lana Metz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.............250-564-0504
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Haldi Road decision puts province first
Editor: The Haldi Road women’s recovery centre was sold to the general public as a facility that was badly needed in our community and one that would help women in Prince George and the north get the treatment and help they need to recover
from addictions. We now learn that the centre will be run as a private institution where the majority of women at this centre will be residents from outside P.G. and the north. This is evident in Michelle Sutter’s description of the facility. She described the centre
as a facility that will target women 35 to 60 years of age who can afford to pay their way at a cost of $6,500 per month, and she adds “but certainly there will be a few beds available for public pay.” Sutter further states, “I anticipate that we will get applications from
Potholes hurt economy Editor: With great interest I read and re-read the article by Allan Wishart re: Potholes. I cannot see how anyone would want to move or invest in the Prince George area, what with our horrid road conditions. Last summer I had the pleasure of leaving Prince George (my family has lived
in the area since 1955), and what a joy to find good, no, great roads, all over the province. I travelled with a younger companion and wanted to show off other areas. We travelled south and drove all around Quesnel, then, Williams Lake, then 100 Mile, etc. We went west through Ashcroft, drove all around
If Cougars win, fans will come Editor: The Cougars problem is plain and simple. Build a team that is exciting to watch and wins on a consistent basis and the fans will come. When you are in the basement and out of the playoffs year after year, you are likely to attract only the most loyal and avid hockey fan. Look at how many fans showed up when Devin Setoguchi and the Cougars went three rounds in the playoffs. Until the Cougar management does a better job in the draft it is unlikely that the fan base will grow past its present numbers. Teams that draft much later than the Cougars in the June draft seem to always have better players and certainly higher goal scorers than the Cougars. Moving might correct the attendance problem temporarily but if the Cougars poor showing continues in their new location, attendance will soon be a problem there as well. Don Bryce
Merritt, then east to Hope, the Lower Mainland, over to the Island ... well you get my drift. I never met one single pothole... not one!!! No, I did, sorry, it was found in a back alley when I got turned around in Nanaimo and had to take a gravel back alley to get back on track, I admit it was somewhat rough. Well, we did a similar return trip back home to P.G. Guess what, didn’t even make it back to our homes when potholes and rutted pavement greeted us. It causes so much vehicle damage. I voted to have a new mayor hoping she would be akin to ‘Flyin’ Phil Gaglardi’ who made all B.C. roads the best in the province. I just wanted P.G. roads to be improved. If another person runs for mayor and promises to better our roads ... well you get my drift. Sherry Linn Prince George
all over the province, as there is a desperate need throughout the province, but we hope that this will serve northerners well.” It was disingenuous of our elected officials (with the exception of Councillor Skakun) to endorse amendments to the Official
Community Plan to allow for this centre using the rationale that it was badly needed in our community and that the centre will benefit our entire community, when it is clear from the proponents’ description of the facility that there will be very little, if any, real
benefits coming to Prince George and area women in need. The Haldi Road Women’s recovery centre is designed to serve the greater good of B.C. not P.G. Debora Munoz Prince George
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Dumping fees should be trashed Editor: An open letter to mayor and council I have read that the regional district is considering a charge for dumping garbage and rubbish at the Foothills Landfill on a pickup load basis and that some transfer stations may be decommissioned. Before you acquiesce to this scheme, please consider all possible consequences for the city. One predictable result would be that illegal dump-
ing by those avoiding charges would increase. We live toward the end of Ferguson Lake Road and we already find that some people will dump trash here rather than drive to the landfill site. Over the years we have found several refrigerators and freezers there, left by those avoiding recycling charges. A less obvious consequence could be that people avoid taking small loads to the landfill and, instead, accumulate trash and garbage until they can fill
a truck. Such accumulations around town would attract vermin, bears, and undesirables. They would also smell, causing a nuisance, especially as the weather warms. Is Prince George ready to pay the price of discouraging people from using the landfill and dumping stations around town? Please give all these ramifications consideration before making a rash decision for short-term income. James Loughery Prince George
Fluoride must be taken out of water now Editor: Protesters rally outside Anchorage City Hall (May 22, 2012) to commemorate the victims of a 20-year-old fluoride accident in Hooper Bay, Alaska. One of the worst fluoride leaks and poisonings ever reported occurred in Hooper Bay, Alaska on May 23, 1992. Malfunctioning of fluoride equipment was the cause. Three hundred people became sick, while one person, Dominic Smith died from overdosing of fluoride. Because he became so thirsty, he unknowingly consumed even more of the poisoned water, which certainly hastened his demise. (His death was later confirmed by autopsy.) His sister was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit, where
she eventually recovered. Dr. Paul Fredericks, Head of Elmendorf Hospital, estimated that 11 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride was the amount spilled. He said that amount would cause anyone to suffer signs associated with fluoride poisoning: upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, fever and flulike symptoms. Fortunately authorities were quick to turn off the water and advise residents not to drink or cook with the city water; that any food washed with tap water should be thrown away and dishes and silverware should be thoroughly dried before use. Robert Carton, Ph D, scientist and editor of the Fluoride Report, stated the
quick response by the authorities may have averted an even worse public health disaster. He indicated fluoride promotion agencies, such as : the Public Health Service, the National Institute for Dental Research and the CDC never publicize toxic water spills. In the Townsend Letter for Doctors, Dr. Carton stated: There is no safe level of fluoride; fluorine is one of the most toxic elements known. Fast-forward to the Commemoration of victims of the fluoride disaster. Outside the City Hall, protestors hope to catch the word of Mayor Dan Sullivan or councilmen, to implore them to rid fluoride in Anchorage’s water supply. Jason Agre – resident - states the only benefit
of fluoride is a trip to the dentist, otherwise fluoride can be life-threatening. The group says the Anchorage system is poisoning its residents and violating their human rights. The fact is fluoride was removed from Juneau, Fairbanks and Palmer’s water supplies; but Anchorage is still a holdout. Further, the EPA and CDC predictably spout the mantra that 0.7 ppm (parts per million) in water is harmless. The Anchorage Assembly says water fluoridation is good for oral hygiene and hardens the enamel of the teeth which discourages dental decay. The battle continues. Marilyn Juds Prince George Safe Water Coalition
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The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George board has approved a 10-year financial plan for regional solid waste management. The plan was introduced to address a significant projected funding gap over the next 10 years. Revenue sources for the Solid Waste Management budget include a combination of tipping fees, prop-
erty tax requisition, revenue from the sale of recyclable commodities and finished yard and garden waste compost, and the sales of services. The current forecast for budget needs for implementation of the regional Solid Waste Management Plan and meeting environmental protection regulations for the next ten years requires an
accumulative total of $101,144,740. If the current user fee rate and requisition total were maintained at 2012 levels, there would be a funding gap of $21,400,000 over this 10-year period. Highlights of plan include a progressive tipping fee rate increase over the next seven years to achieve a base rate tipping fee of $90 per tonne; progressive
requisition increases to cushion any potential impacts should waste to landfill see dramatic changes in volume to
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YOUR CITY MATTERS March 8, 2013 A lis ta ir M cINNIS/ Fre e Pre s s
COUNCIL COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS AND BOARDS MEETINGS
INVITATION TO TENDER T13-06 Supply of Redi Mix Concrete closing date: March 20, 2013 T13-01 Supply of Fertilizer Closing Date: March 18, 2013
Downtown Partnership Monday, March 11th 2nd Floor Conference Room- 1:00 p.m. Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, March 13th 2nd Floor Conference Room â€“ 12:00 p.m. Advisory Committee on Accessibility Wednesday, March 13th 2nd Floor Conference Room- 5:30 p.m. Advisory Committee on Enhancing PG Thursday, March 14th 2nd Floor Conference Room- 12:00 p.m.
BROADCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETINGS: To follow live Council meetings, visit the Cityâ€™s website at www.princegeorge.ca as webcasting services and video archiving of agenda items are available for the public.
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions of Section 26(3) of the Community Charter that the City of Prince George intends to lease vacant lands at 487 George Street, Prince George, BC legally described as: Lots 5-8 Block 150 District Lot 343 Cariboo District Plan 1268 to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of British Columbia, as represented by the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training commencing April 1, 2013 for a term of twenty-six (26) years at a rent of $1.00 per year. As per the terms of the lease, the Tenant will construct a building and occupy to March 31, 2039 at which time the building and all alterations, additions, changes, substitutions or improvements thereto; and all fixtures in the building, shall automatically pass to and become vested in the City of Prince George. Ian Wells, Director, Planning and Development
Labourers (Contingency List) #13/011 close: March 8, 2013 Casual Office Assistants (Contingency List) #13/014 close: March 8, 2013 Parks Worker 2 â€“ Special Events, #13/013 Regular Full-Time close: March 11, 2013 Coordinator â€“ Animation, Audio & Display Services â€“ CN Centre #13/015 close: March 22, 2013 RCMP Administrative Support Staff #12/091 close: March 18, 2013 Certified Plumber #13/016 close: March 25, 2013 Engineering Technician â€“ Asset Management (approx 6 mth term) #13/017 close: March 22, 2013 Engineering Assistants â€“ Operations (2 positions) #13/018 close: March 28, 2013 Engineering Assistant â€“ Utility Operations, #13/019 close: March 28, 2013 Engineering Technician - Subdivisions (approx 6 mth term) #13/020 close: March 22, 2013
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PROCLAMATIONS March is Kidney Health Month March 10 â€“ 16, 2013 is proclaimed â€œStop the Sexual Exploitation of Youth Awareness Weekâ€?
Changes at the Quinn Street Transfer Station April 1, 2013 As of April 1st garbage will no longer be accepted at the Quinn Street Transfer station. Please use the Vanway Transfer and Recycle Station located across from Westgate at 6556 Broddy Rd. or the Foothills Blvd. Regional Landfill. The Quinn Street Transfer Station still accepts yard waste, recycling materials such as cardboard, paper, plastic, metal, batteries, used oil and used oil filters.
REGISTRATION FOR HIRED EQUIPMENT May 1, 2013 â€“ April 30, 2014 The City of Prince George is now accepting registrations for hired equipment on an as-required basis from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Registration forms are available on the City web site www.princegeorge.ca or from the Transportation Division, located at 3990 â€“ 18th Ave. Registration forms must be hand delivered to the Transportation Division or mailed to 1100 Patricia Blvd V2L 3V9 no later than 4:30 P.M. Friday, March 22nd, 2013.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: P13-05 Civic Plaza Enhancement Project, closing date: March 13, 2013 P13-04 Snow, Ice & Storm Water Utility, closing date: March 11, 2013
ACCESS AWARD OF MERIT The Prince George Advisory Committee on Accessibility invites nominations for the Access Award of Merit. The Access Award of Merit is presented annually to individuals, groups or businesses that have made a significant contribution towards a barrier free community, which is both universally accessible and inclusive to all residents. This Award is the highest honour granted by the City of Prince George in recognition of contributions to universal inclusiveness to improve the quality of life for all residents in this northern community. Application deadline is Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 5:00pm. For further information on the Award, please contact the City Managerâ€™s Office at 250.561.7684
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While students are enjoying a day off today, teachers are not. In fact, there are more teachers in the city today than on any other day this year. Itâ€™s the Zone Pro-D Day, and Prince George and District Teachers Association president Matt Pearce says itâ€™s quite the learning experience for teachers. â€œOur local co-operates with the teachers in neighbouring districts to set the day up. Itâ€™s the biggest collective Pro-D Day in the province.â€? Teachers from five other districts will be in Prince George today for a variety of presentations, and not all of them will spend the day learning. â€œWe have presenters from all the districts,â€? Pearce said,â€? as well as people coming up from the Lower Mainland the United States.â€? He says the zone day allows teachers from all the districts access to resources they wouldnâ€™t ordinarily have. â€œHaving an event of this size allows the smaller locals to get high-end instruction which they normally wouldnâ€™t be able to have at their own Pro-D Days.â€?
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The burning question in an arson and manslaughter trial ever since it began in Prince George on Feb. 25 has been, “who set the fire?” With that as the central issue, Crown counsel Marie Louise Ahrens and defence lawyer Keith Jones gave their final submissions Wednesday before B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ron Tindale. Both counsels suggested who they believed was – or was not – responsible for the Jan. 7, 2012 fire at 2772 Merritt Road which claimed the life of 85-year-old Jagdev Singh Jawanda. Frank William Edward Marion, 50, stands charged with three counts: manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, and arson causing bodily harm. In his closing remarks, Jones referred to Marion’s “switch flipping” demeanor. He put forth the theory someone other than his client – perhaps an unpaid drug dealer wanting to “leave a message” – could have started the house fire. He pointed to testimony from an RCMP officer investigating a Dec. 11, 2012 complaint from tenants that Marion was yelling and trying to enter their suite – she found he had a crack pipe. Jones said: “I suspect that the crack pipe had a great deal to do with that.” Refuting the Crown’s point view that a lighter found on Marion when he was arrested Jan. 7, 2012 for arson was another indicator he’d set the fire, Jones said: “It is equally consistent with someone who wants to smoke a crack pipe.” Jones confirmed he agreed with Ahrens the fire was deliberately set and the probable cause of death of Jawanda. Ahrens said firefighters found Jawanda (unconscious) still inside the building with the house ablaze. That it was arson, which resulted in the death of Jawanda are admitted, she said. But who is the arsonist? “There is no evidence that another person started the fire,” Ahrens said. The only issue left for the court, she argued, was to find that it was Marion who set the fire. “This is a fact-driven case,” she said. “No one saw the fire set (so) in legal terms it is a circum-
stantial case.” In law, defence is not compelled to call evidence or have the accused take the stand, Ahrens said. However the facts of the case begged “some kind of explanation” on the part of the accused, silence cannot be used to erase doubt, she said. “The fire scene was set up ... from one end of the accused’s apartment to the other.” Firemen found a jerry can and a 20-pound propane tank sitting on the open oven door in the burnt-out kitchen of Marion’s main floor suite, she said. Marion had almost “exclusive opportunity” to start the fire and he had access to gasoline (tenants testified it was stored at the house). “The Crown’s position is that all the proven facts before Your Honour [Justice Tindale] point to the fact the accused, Marion, set the fire. There is no other reasonable conclusion.” Ahrens said physical evidence – smell of gasoline from Marion’s duffle bag, traces of gasoline on bedding and gasoline found on Marion’s jeans – helped link him to the fire because gasoline was found by the fire inspector to be an accelerant used in the house fire. Marion was also in the vicinity around the time of the fire, she said. “He [Marion] was found at about 2:52 a.m. banging on doors in the Lansdowne (and Ferry Road) area which is one kilometre – as the crow flies ... he’s only a kilometre away, a very short time before the 911 calls start coming in.” She said Const. Chris Christinger testified that he followed footsteps in
the fresh snow. The boot prints measured by Christinger were approximately 11.5 inches long. “You have the boots in evidence,” she told Justice Tindale. “Those boots have soles which look to me to be about 11 and one-half inches.” Ahrens said the boot impression is “just one more strand in the web of circumstantial evidence which has Mr. Marion in the centre of it ... as the person who started the fire. “There is no evidence, to my knowledge, no explanation for the fire other than it was set by Mr. Marion,” she said. However, in his closing remarks Jones said: “This is not at all like you see on CSI ... He (Marion) lived there, he was found nearby ... No one looked for anyone else ... There were no efforts made to investigate who might have been there. “ Jones noted that Capt. Marcel Profit, a fire inspector who testified that the origin of the house fire was two bedroom fires, could not say what time the first fire burned out. “What we don’t know is when Marion was last at the suite.” Jones noted Marion didn’t remove personal possessions (to save them). As for gasoline found on Marion’s jeans, “there is no evidence of where, how much or how long it was there,” he said. Footprints in the snow? Jones argued that Christinger is not a tracking expert and no photos were taken of tracks Marion was standing in. “I submit he may not have been following tracks of Mr. Marion at all.”
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He also dismissed the Crown’s theory that Marion was banging on doors and creating a disturbance, to distance himself from the fire scene. “Even someone who’s out of it on crack is not going to do it in his own neighbourhood.” “We don’t know,” said Jones, “if anyone else could have started the fire in Marion’s main floor suite. “If you consider the evidence that Mr. Marion was a crack user, it “wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibilities,” he suggested, “for a person to come around ... collect a debt from a drug user ... and leave a message.” In her reply, Ahrens called Jones’ suggestion that a drug dealer could be responsible for setting the Jan. 7, 2012 fire, “speculation.” B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ron Tindale said Wednesday that he will return his verdict Thursday, March 14.
Friday, March 8, 2013
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Amelia Beeler earned a Gold Medal in Grade 2 Speech Arts & Drama at the Prince George Music Festival.
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
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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 Make your Awards Gala nominations today at www.surveymonkey.com/s/36WZ8DQ
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3B: Penny Sakamoto/Joyce Carslon, Victoria, B.C. - “Modern Mavens”
Joyce Carlson and Penny Sakamoto are modern mavens in the business world. Career long friends in the publishing industry, these women have successfully combined business with friendship and have quite the story to tell. Women learn and develop their careers on a unique path, developing relationships through not only the day to day work in their field but through business associations and volunteer efforts. Their journey has taken them from their days as young mothers in small town BC to invitation to the halls of government including the Legislature, Parliament Hill and the White House. They’ve worked both sides of the border but also tackled business challenges in small town British Columbia where they practice their trade in the newspaper industry. The mavens will reveal what they’ve learned along the way and how they’ve remained friends. Oh,, do tell!
4A: Janet Holder, Enbridge - “Leadership”
Janet Holder is the Executive Vice President, Western Access at Enbridge Inc. - the first woman to ever hold the position. Janet will share some insights into her career; her approach to business and career development; and thoughts and lessons learned about leadership. Sort of a summary report on one pilgrim’s progress in business and in life and the value of being true to yourself. Janet hopes the result will be some ideas and thoughts that can help other women with their career development. Janet will be available for questions after her presentation.
4B: Dr. Victoria Abboud, College of New Caledonia “Strainers and Starbursts: Opportunity, Gender and Educational Excellence in the North”
The metaphors of a strainer and a starburst aptly reflect the complexity of working/studying within a post-secondary institution. The multitude of challenges faced by those in the educational arena are often given more consideration than the opportunities. This session will provide contextual information and underscore ideas about women and education in northern communities, but participants will also have the opportunity to develop vital and exciting approaches to ensure excellence in our post-secondary institutions.
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Playbill MULTICULTURAL Come and celebrate Multicultural Day on Wednesday, March 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. UNBC Agora Winter Garden. Performances and demonstrations by different cultural groups. Arts and crafts, write your name in many languages. Hosted by the English Language Studies, Student Life, International Exchange and Student Programs, First Nations Centre.
DANCE FESTIVAL The 37th annual Prince George Dance Festival takes place at Vanier Hall, March 17 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day (except March 21). Hundreds of dancers from all over B.C. are attending the week long event. The Gala Event with top dance performances is on Friday, March 22.
IMMUTO EXHIBIT Enjoy the Two Rivers Gallery exhibit which runs until March 31 and then take part in a self-guided experience which “makes the art make sense.” In the style of historical botanical illustrations, Jennifer Wanner has created meticulously detailed watercolour paintings to depict the form, colour and details of different plant species.
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Water is truly the source of all life. No one appreciates that fact more than people living in the Oyam District of Uganda who lack safe, clean drinking water – something many of us take for granted as we turn on the water faucet in our homes. Dr. Chris Opio founded Northern Uganda Development Foundation (NUDF) in 2007 and through its fundraising efforts, the building of wells in that part of the world has steadily grown. “We now have 52 wells operating in the region and another seven are close to being completed,” Opio said Wednesday. “Our goal for that area is to build 100 wells and then we plan to move out into other districts. From when we started in 2007, raising money and building wells, the incidents of poor health [for village inhabitants] have been greatly reduced.” The troubled region is well on its way to selfsufficiency, he said. “Water means life for this community that has already suffered a lot. The number one problem for them is having safe, clean drinking water.” Since the construction of wells began several years ago, the villages are now taking ownership of the projects and moving towards sustainability, he said.
“We have our own drilling equipment and technician and we have purchased our own truck,” said Opio. Further, the organization is almost finished construction of a multi-purpose community centre. Recently, NUDF sent money for the purchase of 95 goats, which add to the sustainable lifestyle of district farmers. “We are really expanding and I am happy with the progress,” said Opio, who visits the impoverished Ugandan district where he grew up and is always treated to a warm welcome. Fundraising efforts for NUDF received a big boost in recent years thanks to four local schools that saw the need for wells overseas and found ways to make it happen. Leadership students from four schools: College Heights Secondary, Duchess Park, DP Todd and Kelly Road all have contributed to the “four pillars of building a community”: water, sanitation, education and sustainability, said Cindy Smith, a teacher at College Heights Secondary. “For two years now, the schools have joined in their efforts to support Opio and NUDF,” she said. “The power of one can make a difference but what about the power of four schools with determination?” The students raised money in a number of ways. “After 10,000 lollipops,
30 kilometres of garbage clean-up, 52 students working two events racking up 350 volunteer hours with cupcake sales, samosa sales and multischool dance, we have accomplished our goal to make a difference in NUDF,” she said. “Our first year, students held a three-day blitz to sell 4,000 lollipops and our first well [in Uganda] was underway. The second blitz of fundraisers went towards helping the community centre, solar panels and school supplies. The Grad class at CHSS joined in and we had a second well for CHSS grad class 2012. Now a third donation after going back to our lollipop success and CHSS has their own well and after we pay our funds from helping at Snow Daze, the four schools will have their second well.” As well as giving financial help to people abroad, the students recognized the needs in their own community, she said. “These youth pledged to feed the hungry in their home town. Together they have served at the local soup kitchen at St. Vincent de Paul, held food drives for Salvation Army and St. Vincent, and they have held a number of cereal drives to provide cereal for the breakfast program at St. Vincent’s. Their global campaign was to help our Champion of Change, Dr. Opio, in his efforts to provide for the northern communities of Uganda.” There is strength in
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Dr. Chris Opio stands with Ugandan villagers near the site of a well built with funds raised in Prince George. numbers, she says. “Yes, one person can make a difference – but a team can make those smiles happen quicker.” Opio is happy that the students think globally when it comes to giving and he believes there is good reason for NUDF to help those in need in poorer parts of Uganda to have a better life. “The poorest person
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Ziegler exhibits the raw side of his art
Author and artist Rob Ziegler will present a very interesting, anything but self-absorbed, exhibition of his paintings this month at Artspace, above Books and Company. The exhibit: A Retrospective Exhibition of Rob Ziegler’s Paintings: 1993 to 2013 will be on display from March 11 to March 27. Ziegler explains the background for his show: In 1948, Jean Dubuffet coined the phrase Art Brut or Raw Art to name spontaneous art, “art... that was uncooked by culture, an art, at its most pure and meaningful, produced entirely for personal satisfaction with no regard to exhibition, fame or monetary reward.” In 1972, Richard Cardinal, a contemporary American art critic, presented the genre as Outsider Art, a major exhibition of which is presently showing in Philadelphia. “This seems a fitting category for my style of painting,” Ziegler said. “I’m turning 70 in April which is why I seem motivated to put all this personal self expression out into the community eye,” he said good-naturedly. “Kind of a giving-back action. Elders are supposed to do that, right?” People are welcome to come by Artspace while the exhibit is up and look at his “creative expressions,” he said. Some of the paintings are available for loan or purchase. But mostly the artist just wants people to check
out the exhibit and see for themselves what Raw Art is all about. They may be surprised at what they find, he said.
A number of Ziegler’s ings have found exhibit over the years in local lishments, including the
and women’s wings of the Prince George Correctional Centre (PGRCC), Books and Company restrooms, Chinook Yoga Studio,
and the homes of friends. Anyone who is interested in talking to Ziegler about his works can call 250-562-6074.
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Kurt Sampson, bass singer and vocal percussionist with Cadence, performs Monday night at the Playhouse. The Toronto quartet delighted the audience with its vocal instrumentation, playful renderings, pitch-perfect solos and engaging harmonies in songs from several genres including hits from the 40s and 50s.
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The only evidence chief librarian Allan Wilson has of the â€˜hostage booksâ€™ is the poster for And Tango Makes Three, as all the books have been checked out after being ransomed. A llan WISHART/ Free Press
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None of the books â€˜bannedâ€™ from the Prince George Public Library during Freedom to Read Week could be found on the shelves Wednesday. â€œTheyâ€™ve all been taken out since we got them back,â€? chief librarian Allan Wilson says. â€œThis was the first time we had done this for Freedom to Read Week, and it worked really well.â€? As a fundraiser and attentionraiser, the library had seven books which had been banned in North America for various reasons â€œheld for ransom,â€? Wilson said. â€œThey were held hostage at various businesses in the city, and people could pay to have them ransomed. We ended up raising $562.35.â€? However, that figure doesnâ€™t tell the full story. â€œWe had a woman from Calgary
who had seen the â€˜hostageâ€™ book at Hummus Brothers, and she came by the library and dropped off $200. She said. â€˜I like what youâ€™re doing.â€™ â€œIâ€™ve also gotten calls from other libraries in B.C. and across Canada, asking about how we set this up.â€? Wilson says the books being held hostage during Freedom to Read Week marked a first for the library. â€œWeâ€™ve never banned a book, but we wanted to make people aware that books are sometimes banned by libraries.â€? There have been rumours about the Prince George library banning books, he says. â€œWeâ€™ve gotten calls from people who heard we had banned The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Some other places have, but we havenâ€™t.â€? Canada, he says, doesnâ€™t have a strong tradition of banning books, so itâ€™s sometimes useful to remind people about why some books are banned.
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PG’s Got Talent on the hunt The PG’s Got Talent 2013 auditions are now open. “The newest element we’ve added to the show is a $1,000 scholarship to the winning performer. Supporting local artists has always been our passion and we’re very very excited to continually grow and give more,” said organizer Sufey Chen. Chen, herself a musician and performing artist, began the PG’s Got Talent show a few years ago as a popular showcase for local singers, actors, comics, musicians, dancers and others talented people who might otherwise not appear before a live audience. In previous years, the show has featured “discovered” hidden talent in the community and produced acts that have gone on to perform in other venues and in other cities. “It is a celebration of performing and fine art in our local community,” said Chen. “Every year, we are blessed to work with an exceptional team and talented individu-
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ance of our local artists should be rewarded. That’s why we’re offering the winner a $1,000 scholarship towards developing their talent, along with professional photo headshots, media exposure, expert coaching and an incredible performing experience to all the artists involved in the show.”
Auditions for this year’s PG’s Got Talent are on March 30 and 31 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at AimHi. People are invited to e-mail auditions@pgsgottalent. com with their name, number, talent and preferred time slot to book a spot. All talents and all ages are invited to audition.
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For kids, little things mean a lot DELYNDA PILON email@example.com
Often it’s the little things that make all the difference in the life of a child. Andy Beesley, better known in the city as one of the administration’s senior managers, is also an avid Big Brother. Beesley acted as MC during Friday’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which focused on inspiring success in youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Bruce MacDonald spoke about the 100-year-old mentoring organization and the importance of the simple timeless logic it is based on, that a caring adult can make a profound difference in the life of a child. Speakers included MLA and Attorney General Shirley Bond as well as Premier Christy Clark. A mom of a child in the program talked about how her son suffered, how he was bullied in school, which led to a lack of selfesteem. “He had no confidence in himself whatsoever,” she said. He would cry when it was time to go to school and ask, “Do I have to go? Can’t I just stay home?” Counselling wasn’t quite sufficient help. A call from the school suggested the mentoring program. Once her son was matched with his Big Brother, things changed. Laughing, she shared a story about the Big Brother challenging his young friend to eat wasabi, a challenge accepted and met. “It’s the little things he does in his mentorship that show my son he can be brave,” she
said. dire in the province, every person there to “The part that struck and said 62 per cent of post something on the me is the little things British Columbians feel website. we can do to change they were bullied with Clark told the story of another’s life,” Beesley 42 per cent saying it the origins of Pink Shirt reiterated. had a lasting effect on day, when two seniors He added it’s not their lives. stood up for a younger a one-sided relation“Big Brothers Big boy who was bullied ship, and Sisters has for wearing a pink shirt explained stepped up to school by donning he is still for over their own the next day. friends, 100 years,” The idea caught on and after more she said. soon the school was a than 30 T h e sea of pink with only years, with organiza- the bullies wearing a those he tion’s web- different colour. has mensite has a Standing up for the tored. ‘shout out’ underdog is a core “The ‘lits e c t i o n , Canadian value, she tles’ give us a place said. back a tre- Bruce MacDonald w h e r e Clark talked about - Big Brothers mendous s o m e o n e an interview she did amount. can thank when she worked in It’s not charity work. and pay tribute to radio. One guest pooIt’s fun.” someone else who has pooed bullying. A lisMacDonald shared touched them in some tener began having a story about two way. Bond said she flashbacks, remember15-year-old girls he wanted to give a ‘shout ing when she was a helped separate after out’ to Beesley, who has bully between the ages they got into a fight. been a Big Brother most of 10 and 12. One of He said he waited for of his life and who was her ‘jokes’ involved someone in the crowd, a founding member of locking a five-year-old many of whom were DART in the city. in the trunk of a car, asking where the girl’s “DART Canada was pretending she’d been parents, etc. were, to born in Prince George,” kidnapped. ask about the girl’s Big she added. “People like Mentoring could Sister. No one did. Andy make a differ- have stopped the bul“This is a story of ence everyday.” lying before it started, unrealized potential,” Bond challenged giving the girl someone he said. New Projects He added 87 per cent of 1.7 million CanadiNew Challenges ans surveyed by Big Brothers felt bullies New Opportunities need to be provided Over $50B in resource spending is expected with mentors. He said Over $50B in resource spending is expected 59 per cent said they’d in Northern BC by 2020. in Northwest BC by 2020. been bullied and for How can we balance community values many it had a lasting andcan jobs? How we balance community values & jobs? effect on their lives. What makes projectgood good for for the the Northwest? North? What makes aaproject “We need on the How do we affect which projects go ahead? How do we affect which projects go ahead? ground, real action that changes behaviour,” he Please join us to discuss these important Please us to discuss these important said. issues.join Everyone welcome. issues. Everyone welcome. Co-hosted by He added Big BrothCo-hosted MP Nathan Cullen, UNBC and MP Nathan by Cullen and community partners. ers is a volunteer orgacommunity partners. nization that starts things off on the right Prince BurnsGeorge Lake foot with children. UNBC, Rm. 6-205/211 7 9 pm Wednesday, Mar.13 “Kids are smart. They know we are not being Monday, of March 7-9 p.m. College New 11 Caledonia paid to be there.” This, he said, makes Contact info: them begin to realize their importance. 1-888-622-0212 Bond pointed out firstname.lastname@example.org; nathancullen.ca the statistics are more
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Students sleep out to help homeless
Stating Monday, some local post-secondary students may have a somewhat grungy look to them as they attend classes. That’s because they are participating in 5 Days for the Homeless, a nation-wide campaign to raise awareness and money
foe the homeless. From March 10 to 15 the students will sleep outside, eating only through donated food and accepting donations to be used for local homeless assistance. The poster at UNBC earlier this school year looking for volunteers
included the note, “Keep in mind, this means no showers, no phones, and sleeping in potentially extreme northern climate conditions.” The campaign started in 2007 and last year raised more than $240,000 across Canada.
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Shorts SPRUCE KINGS The Prince George Spruce Kings wrap up their 56-game regular season schedule this weekend. On Saturday (7 p.m. at the Coliseum) the Spruce Kings play the Interior Division’s Salmon Arm SilverBacks in their final game before playoffs. The Spruce Kings sport a record of 25 wins, 21 losses, one tie and eight overtime defeats (25-211-8). They’ll open their playoff schedule on March 15 in Chilliwack.
Prince George Cougars forwards Carson Bolduc and Chase Witala try beating a TriCity Americans player to the puck during their Western Hockey League game on Tuesday evening at CN Centre. The Cougars blanked the Americans 3-0 in the contest. A lis ta ir M cINNIS/ Fre e Pre s s
CURLING The Prince George Golf and Curling Club is hosting the Curl BC juvenile provincials today through Sunday. Eight male and eight female squads will compete for B.C. titles. Each draw will have a host PGGCC team.
SPEED SKATING Ten members of the Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club competed at the B.C. short track championships in Mission on the weekend. Top finishers included Callie Swan (gold), Samara Thew (gold), Keanan St. Rose (silver), Landon Young (silver) and Sylvia Masich (bronze). Swan, Young, Masich, Morgan Aucoin, Brooklyn White and Cole Rader qualified for the Western Canadian short track championships, taking place in Canmore, Alta. from March 22 to 24.
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The Prince George Cougars showed Tuesday night that they don’t want to slip out of the playoff race. The Cats made a statement against the Tri-City Americans, blanking the visitors 3-0 at CN Centre. Forward Troy Bourke, playing his 200th Western Hockey League game, led the team offensively with a pair of goals. Mac Engel recorded the shutout in net with a 21-save effort. The Cougars sit ninth in the 10-team Western Conference with 19 wins, 38 losses, two overtime setbacks and six shootout defeats (19-38-2-6). When Wednesday evening’s WHL action began, the Cougars were six points behind the Seattle Thunderbirds (22-367-1) and Everett Silvertips (23-382-4). Seattle had a road game on Wednesday evening against the fifth-place Spokane Chiefs. The Chiefs sported a record of 39-242-0 at game time, fifth in the conference, one point behind the Americans (39-24-1-2). In a crucial game, the Cougars play at Seattle this evening. The contest opens a six-game road
trip. The Cougars have only seven dates remaining on their 72-game schedule. They’ll return home next weekend to close out their regular season on March 16 against the Kamloops Blazers. “It’s running out, but we got a young core in there and all those guys, they don’t want to go home on March 17,” Bourke said shortly after Tuesday night’s victory, “so they want to win and I think that’s kind of a positive outlook for the rest of the season. We want to get wins and we want to get in that last playoff spot.” But the Cougars will need wins and help to get there. Tuesday’s result snapped a five-game losing streak. They’ll likely need a winning percentage on this trip to keep their playoff hopes alive. Otherwise, their final regularseason game may have little significance. “I think you take this (victory) and try and build off of it,” Cougars head coach Mark Holick said outside the dressing room Tuesday evening. “I thought we got better as the game went on. I thought we got better in all three periods. That’s kind of what you want to try to do with your sea-
son. We had a good game here tonight, we enjoy it for a bit and then we get ready and build off this.” Forward Colin Jacobs recorded the Cougars’ other marker against the Americans, a powerplay goal which rounded out the scoring at 17:20 of the second period. Bourke’s tallies came at 19:21 of the first period and 13:05 of the second. “Obviously coming in tonight, I knew it was going to be my 200th and the boys kind of fired me up a little bit, got me going,” Bourke said. The Cougars outshot the Americans 28-21, including 9-2 in the third period. They finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage, while the visitors had only one power-play opportunity. “We’re not planning any parade routes here yet, but it’s certainly an encouraging sign to see our guys enjoying themselves and they played a very, very good game and a selfless game really,” Holick said. “They played together, every group that went out there, and tried as hard as they could and I saw some really encouraging things.” Troy Trombley took the loss in net for the Americans, who
host the Eastern Conference’s Kootenay Ice (33-31-2-0) tonight. The Americans also played the Cougars on Monday night at CN Centre to open the two-game set, the visitors skating away to a 6-3 win in that contest. NOTES: Road Trip: The other dates on the Cougars’ road swing are: Saturday - Tri-City; Sunday Vancouver Giants; March 12 Spokane; March 14 - Kelowna Rockets; March 15 - Kamloops. Call-up: The Cougars called up 1997-born underage forward Jansen Harkins of North Vancouver for Monday’s game. Harkins was the team’s first choice (second overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. “I liked him. We’re in good hands,” Holick said. “He’s a good player, smart, real intelligent. Fifteen years old, I thought he didn’t look out of place at all.” Injuries: Forward Ryan Hanes (upper body) and defenceman Joseph Carvalho (knee) didn’t skate for the Cougars on Tuesday night. Attendance: The Cougars had an announced attendance of 1,382 on Monday and 1,373 on Tuesday.
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either love them or hate them but the doormats in 2011-12 have been “welcomed” back into the fold in 2013. Here are some of the headlines that have caught my interest in the first seven weeks: The resurgence of the Montreal Canadiens The Habs emerged from worst to challenging for first in the Eastern Conference. Michel Therrien is a leading candidate for Coach of the Year guiding a team without any big offensive stars. Rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher and tough guy Brandon Prust rank among the team leaders in plus-minus. With those kind of players helping to lead the way, the Canadiens are arguably the most overachieving team in the league. Blackhawks streak reaches a peak It’s remarkable with little training camp, no exhibition games and in the era of parity the Blackhawks could start the season with a record amount of games with at least a point. Much of the team’s firepower from their 2010 Stanley Cup team remains but the Hawks goals against average is down a goal per game from last season. The only question mark for Chicago is have they peaked too early? The Ducks are mighty again They aren’t called the Mighty Ducks anymore but they are sure playing like it. They have jumped from worst to first in the Pacific Division and are clearly the second best team in the Western Conference. 30-year-old rookie goalie Viktor Fasth has surfaced from nowhere (actually Sweden) to post a GAA in the top 10 in the league. Does Teemu Selanne (42), nearly a point per game, ever age? The consistent play of the Toronto Maple Leafs The Leafs are in the hunt for a playoff spot because they have not had a significant losing streak. In the past, two losses would lead to four and four would lead to six. Defenceman Mark Fraser (Mark who?) leads the team in plus-minus and 22-year-old center Nazem Kadri is averaging a point a game with a few highlight-reel goals. It’s been nine years since Toronto participated in a playoff game, however, there’s still time for the Leafs to fall. The rumors continue to surround Roberto
The Roberto Luongo speculation will remain front and centre until either he is dealt or the trade deadline passes. Cory Schneider has been critical of his own play and doesn’t lay blame anywhere but on him. Having to constantly look over his shoulder at an imposing figure like Luongo is not beneficial to his development, particularly when Roberto has successfully deflected the pressure. Best (worst) of the rest The Minnesota Wild shelled out identical 13-year, $98-million contracts to both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. As a reward, Minnesota is ranked near the bottom in goals scored per game. Remember the Crosby-Ovechkin comparisons? The “Alexander the Great” days (he averaged over 50 goals over his first five seasons) appear to be over. Crosby has double the points of Ovechkin, who, like most of the other Capitals, has not responded to new coach Adam Oates. The doomsayers were wrong again as the lockout hasn’t hurt the gate. Attendance is up and 24 of the 30 teams are over 95 per cent capacity. Only four teams are below 90 per cent (Colorado, NY Islanders, Columbus and Phoenix). The Ottawa Senators remarkably remain in a playoff position despite injuries to their top defenceman, top forward and top goalie. If only the other “Senators” in the nation’s capital could be as effective. Only two Canadian teams made the playoffs last season. That number should be at least doubled in 2013. Question Who is Cory Conacher? The 23-year-old Tampa Bay center leads all rookies in scoring. Of course, astute insiders forecasted that thanks to Conacher, Lightning would strike. Just wondering Now that Lindy Ruff is a free man (since his nearly 16-year coaching run with the Buffalo Sabres is over), would he consider coming to Prince George for one night next season? “Ruff” would be the logical choice to drop the ceremonial puck at a Cougars game when the Cats host their annual “dog” night. Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. He also writes for hqprincegeorge.com. Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on twitter: @Hartley_ Miller.
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Until the football season begins, nothing is set in stone. But agreements have been made, and Prince George is expected to have a team compete in the B.C. Football Conference juvenile league this spring. It falls short of Prince George football organizers’ ultimate goal to someday compete in the BCFC junior league. But entering a team in the juvenile league, a Tier 2 loop, is a start. Prince George football coach and organizer Ryan Bellamy, who will be among the volunteers guiding the new entry, was a leader in making the team a reality. The juvenile league is for juniors born in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Bellamy calls it an extra development league. “It gives guys a chance to get more reps against guys more their size, more their age,” he said. “It just eliminates the 17 year olds going against 22 year olds.” The Prince George squad, going under the team name Northern Eagles, is preparing to join four other teams for a five-team loop. Each of the other squads is based in the Lower Mainland. A benefit to BCFC juvenile teams is that players don’t lose a year of eligibility for suiting up in the BCFC junior league in the summer. “We’ve got probably eight to 10 players on the team right now that are players that played in the BCFC (Tier 1) last year,” Bellamy said.
League officials are aiming at a league start date of March 24. The league would run through April and May. The league is particularly beneficial to its Grade 12 players. They can use the spring league to help prepare themselves for the start of their first BCFC junior season. Seventeen-yearold Jordan Angove, a Kelly Road Secondary graduating student, falls under that category. Angrove has already accepted an offer to try out for the Kamloops Broncos junior team, and plans on suiting up for the Broncos later this year. He’s excited about being part of a new team in Prince George. “It would be nice for people to come out and watch us play, hopefully promote the sport,” said Angrove, a wide receiver. Tyler Roth, an 18-year-old CNC engineering student, looks forward to helping the Northern Eagles. A running back and linebacker, Roth is unsure he’ll be able to commit to a junior program this year. The juvenile league offers him more flexibility. “This just starting as school is ending, it worked out perfectly,” he said. “I can get in more football because I thought it was all over after high school, so I can just keep on playing and it’s just perfect for me. It came at just the right time.” Bellamy noted that they’d play an eightgame schedule, with two home games at Masich Place Stadium in May. Bellamy will be the offensive coordinator
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and quarterback coach of the Northern Eagles. The head coach is Jim Lozon of Fort St. John. Other individuals guiding the team are: Ken Hocker - assistant offensive coordinator and running backs; Ryan Gallo - receivers; Brad Paakkonen - offensive line; Jamie Bellamy - defensive line; Nick Wingfield - linebackers; Mike Rositano - defensive coordinator; and Reegan Chilko - defensive backs.
TRYOUTS Roth and Angrove were among the players practicing football inside the Northern Sport Centre fieldhouse on the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, football coaches ran players through drills during regional tryouts for the Senior Bowl (Grade 12), Team BC (Grades 11 and 12), and Prep to Be the Best (Grades 7 to 10). The Senior Bowl is an annual event during high school spring break in March that showcases the top graduating Grade 12
football players in B.C. Players meet in the Lower Mainland for a camp, with sessions run by members of the B.C. Lions. Following the camp, the players meet in the Senior Bowl game.
The NSC fieldhouse was booked for the Northern Football Combine, which was scheduled to run Friday to Sunday. But due to low registration totals, organizers opted to cancel this year’s event. Approximately 40 players signed up, just under half of the total they’ve had in past seasons. They were aiming for at least 60 participants. “Our numbers have been up in minor, our numbers are up in high school football, we’ve expanded with the juvenile team to bring in some more football, so our numbers are definitely growing,” Ryan Bellamy said. “It’s just a reflection, a lot of our kids in these age groups are multisport athletes and top end athletes in other sports, so when their
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As they have in the past, the Cariboo Cougars had no problem extending their hockey campaign beyond the regular season this year. But the real test will come this month. Today represents the beginning of the B.C. Major Midget League playoffs. The Cats are hopeful they can win the league title, and as the second-ranked team, know they’re capable of competing at the highest level. The Cougars meet the seventh-seeded South Island Royals in the best-of-three quarterfinal round. They’re scheduled to play today at 2:15 p.m.
Cariboo Cougars defenceman Nick Headrick, with a South Island Royals player on his back and teammate Liam Blackburn by his side, skates the puck up ice during B.C. Major Midget League hockey action on Feb. 23 at CN Centre. The Cougars and Royals meet this weekend to open their BCMML playoff schedule. A listair McINNIS/ Free Press
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Should the Cougars do as expected and defeat the Royals (1122-7), they’ll move on to the semifinals next weekend. The bestof-three league championship series runs from March 22 to 24. In other news, the Cougars announced last week that goalie Nathan Warren has committed to the B.C. Hockey League’s Nanaimo Clippers for the 2013-14 season.
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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-proﬁt society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43 years. We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization: Aboriginal Supported Child Development: Program Coordinator- F/T (Temporary) Closing date: March 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm Aboriginal Supported Child Development: Support Worker – PT (Permanent) Closing date: March 15, 2013 A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualiﬁcations of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s website at www.pgnfc.com (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: email@example.com Applications will be accepted until dates noted on postings, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Leverage your nuanced negotiation abilities and keen awareness of community interests as you support project teams by managing and conducting stakeholder, landowner and Aboriginal consultation. Integrating and aligning our company interests with evolving local and Aboriginal community aspirations, you will be involved in preparing applications for the BC Environmental Assessment Ofﬁce and other BC agencies, while managing our strategic land and community relationship interests. Skilled in land-use matters, negotiating agreements, project management and above For further information on this rewarding position and to apply online by March 17, 2013, please visit the Careers section of our website.
all effective communication, you have a related degree or diploma, ideally backed by a professional designation. With a proven track record of balancing competing issues and their resolution, you have directly related experience working with Aboriginal communities, especially in British Columbia. A valid BC driver’s licence is required. Preferably, you also bring knowledge in related legal matters, contracts and procurement as well as in negotiating binding agreements, implementing and managing consultation processes. Knowledge of regulatory regimes, both Federal and Provincial, would also be beneﬁcial. We thank you for your interest. Please note that only those shortlisted will be contacted.
Spectra Energy is committed to diversity in our workplace and equal access to opportunities. All candidates will be given fair consideration based on individual merit.
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Food Handlers • Volunteers Care Givers • In Home Now accepting registration:
FoodSafe Level 1 Sat. Mar 9th IMSS Building 1270-2nd Ave
Wed. Mar 27th AiMHi Building 950 Kerry St.
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Are you Job Seeker? You may be eligible for
Skills Development Training Skills Development provides funding to eligible individuals who require skills training to secure employment. Individuals arrange and pay for their own training, with the financial assistance provided by Skills Development.
Who can apply? To be eligible for participation in Skills Development (SD), you must be an unemployed individual (“Employment Insurance (EI) Client”) as defined in the Canada – BC Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA). This means that you are an individual for whom: an unemployment benefit period has been established or has ended within the 36 months (3 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance; or a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the 60 months (5 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force. Other criteria may apply.
Financial Benefits Eligible costs covered under Skills Development may include tuition costs, living expenses, dependent care expenses, disability needs, and transportation costs. Individuals are generally required to make a contribution towards the cost of their training. Funding levels to participants are negotiated, based on individual financial need. Individuals approved for financial assistance who are currently on an active EI claim may continue to receive their regular EI benefits until the end of their benefit period. You can get more information on Employment and Labour Market Services through Prince George Employment Service
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Help Wanted Curry Kingdom Restaurant requires full time experienced cooks with min 2 yrs exp, specializing in South Indian and Srilankan. $18 per hour. Drop off resume to 1789 S. Nicholson St. between 10am - 9pm
East Indian Cooks Wanted Nijjer Food Ltd. dba Dana Mandi & Indian Restaurant a full service Indian restaurant located at 2095 - 5th Ave, Prince George, B.C. needs (4) Full time, permanent, ethnic Cooks specializing in Indian Cuisines and (1) sweet maker (Mithai). Job duties include menu design and planning, back cooking for banquets, special religious and community events, labour & food cost control, shift supervision and training of employees. Also responsible for preparing orders for out of town deliveries. Minimum 3 years of experience. Knowledge of Hindi or Punjabi an asset. Salary $ 18/hr. Email resume to email@example.com. THAI Cleaning requires full or part time job. 250-563-8533
GROCERY STORE PRODUCT SAMPLERS Need To Get Out Of The House, Talk To People & Create Extra Income? Try part-time work as a Food Demonstrator 6-10 days a month in Save-OnFoods, London Drugs and more! Job Description: You must be a go-getter able to work on your own who enjoys talking to people & doing basic cooking. Great for men & women, seniors, retirees & mature adults. Availability: Fri. Sat. & Sun. (the 2 days vary but you need to be ﬂexible to work all 3 days) fom 11a.m. to 6:00p.m. Requirements: • Fully ﬂuent in English • Able to stand 6-7 hrs./day • Own a car to carry supplies • Be well groomed & bondable • Able to carry medium weight equipment into stores. Pay starts at $10.50/hr. Training via DVD at no charge. Call JMP Marketing toll-free at 1-800-991-1989, local #30 JMP Marketing Services Reliable since 1979 Resident Manager for 20 unit Silver Star Motel,Vernon Fax 250-545-3859 email silverstar firstname.lastname@example.org Trafﬁc Control Flagger Training WL April 20/21, PG April 13/18, 100 Mile April 10/11, for info and cost call 1-866-7372389 www.roadsafteytcs.com Wanted; Retired person with Class 5 for vacation relief. Driving from PG to Quesnel, easy work. Need criminal background check. Pay $110/day. (250)960-8372
Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services TIN Rooster Holding Ltd, P.O. Box 160 (100 Boulder Ave.), Dease Lake, B.C., V0C1L0, requires full time cooks to prepare and cook short orders and full meals for eat-in and take-out. Prepare and cook deli items for retail sale. Maintain all health standards. Applicants must have 3 years experience. Salary $13.30 / hr. Apply by mail or fax: (250) 771-4382.
Carters Jewellers is looking for part-time
Retail sales experience an asset but will train candidates who desire a career in this exciting and rewarding environment. Drop off resumes in person, Pine Centre Mall
Mind Body Spirit Prince George Employment Service 1511 – 3rd Avenue, (250) 596-2517, www.PGES.ca
The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the province of British Columbia
Adopt a Shelter Cat! The BC SPCA cares for thousands of orphaned and abandoned cats each year. If you can give a homeless cat a second chance at happiness, please visit your local shelter today.
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Are you unhappy with Weight? Smoking? Anxiety? Self Esteem? Eating Disorders? Conﬁdence? Phobias? Your Sexuality? FOR APPOINTMENT CALL
250-561-2259 CELL 250-981-9816 email@example.com BERNIE NORDQUIST, CCHt; M.NLP; EFT-Adv. Certiﬁed Hypnotherapist
COMMUNICATIONS Supervisor - this position is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the internal and external communications program. The Communications Supervisor provides expert advice and direction to the management team and elected ofﬁcials on communication policies and strategies. See our website for full job description www.quesnel.ca City of Quesnel.
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HILLSBOROUGH Apts Newly updated, spacious 3 bdrm apts. Clean, quiet, secure entrance. No Pets. Includes H/W Utilities extra
VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446
Bath & Kitchen Specialist We bring creative design ideas to the table, as we work closely with you to achieve the perfect remodel. No job too big and none certainly, too small. Call Tom today for free estimate.
250-961-0439 G Gilbert Renovation Year round reno needs. Int/ext, nothing too small. 30 yrs exp. Free estimates! Call Gaetan (250) 560-5845 or 552-7184
Lou’s Renos Roger’s Renos Decks, fences, basements rental units. For all your home reno needs. References available. Free estimates call 250-964-6106 Ivan at 250-552-8106 or Roger 250-552-0471
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Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL A T • RE Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT
Electric 10” Sliding Mitre Saw, 13 amp, bought at Home Depo, only used 6 times, $100 (250)564-7464
$200 & Under Firewood, driest wood in town split & delivered $180/cord (250)964-2020
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2 bdrm upstairs, 1/2 duplex, WD, 2315 Royal Cres, $850/m+ hydro (250)961-7527
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Misc. for Sale Aluminum tri-fold ATV/ Mower ramps. 1500 lb capacity 77” x 50” New $280 Will sell for $175 obo 250-640-3970 FOR THE HOME BREWER Wine making equipment. Incl. 2 primary buckets, 4 carboy’s, hoses, syphon’s, thermometers, ﬂoor corker (some corks) electric bottle ﬁller plus lots more. Must be sold as a complete set REDUCED to $300 250-562-3747 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? White hobby lock serger just serviced $200 4 ﬁberglass folding tbls 2 1//2’ x 6’ $25each or 4 for $85 250-964-9141
For Seniors 55+ 1 bdrm suite All utilities included except phone & internet. Call Theresa 250-962-5570
Mobile Homes & Pads McLeese Lake Estates MHP Large single & double wide manufactured home sites available. Quiet country living, with low pad rent, year round RV sites available for month to month rental, full hookups. (Not a campground.) 1(877)304-4644
Ofﬁce/Retail 900 sq ft 533 Dominion St. Retail/Ofﬁce space $900/mo neg + Hst. Heat & Ph. not incl. Ph:Anna 563-1289 or Danillo 563-2738
Suites, Lower 1 bdrm bsmt suite, College Hts, sep entrance, $650/mo incl utilities. 778-349-4584 2 BDRM bsmt suite
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Off N. Nechako, w/d, f/s. Mature, working people only. N/S $850. Avail immed. Call Theresa 250-962-5570
GATEWAY MANOR 2080 20th Ave. Clean, quiet bldg with security entrance. No pets, spacious 1 & 2 bdrm suites . Resident mgr 250-5619397.
Fully furnished 1 bdrm bsmt suite. New appl, wireless cable, & all utilities. included in rent. Close to CNC, UNBC & Pine Centre. Call 250-5649443 or 250- 301-9350
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2008 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 3.6L 4-MOTION
AWD, Auto, Amazing vehicle, Financing as low as 0.9% APR on approved credit. Only 67,735 kms. Sale $21,900 Hub City Motors 1822 Queensway 250.564.7228 www.hubcitymotors.com
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Seizure and sale of an abandoned vehicle 2000 Toyota 4 Runner Vin: JT3HN87R2Y0302039 Owner Sheila Kieth For $3600.00 Offers received until 5:00 pm March 14-2013 At 3532 Massey Drive Date of sale March 21-2013
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ON NOW AT YOUR BC GMC DEALERS. gmc.gm.ca 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */â€ /â€Ą Offers apply to the purchase of a 2013 Sierra EXT 4X4 (1SF) equipped as described. Freight included ($1,600). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offer available to retail customers in Canada. See Dealer for details. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL, RBC Royal Bank, TD Auto Financing Services or Scotiabank may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See GMC dealer for details. WBased on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. u$7,000 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on the 2013 Sierra EXT 4X4 (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. See your GM dealer for details. â€ 0%/0.99% purchase financing offered on approved credit by RBC Royal Bank/TD Auto Financing/Scotiabank for 72/84 months on new or demonstrator 2013 Sierra 1500. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0%/0.99% APR, the monthly payment is $139/$123 for 72/84 months. Cost of borrowing is $0/$354, total obligation is $10,000/$10,354. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. â€ĄBased on a 0.9%, 24 month lease for new (demonstrator not eligible) 2013 Sierra 4x4 Ext, equipped as described. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000km, $0.16 per excess kilometer. OAC by GM Financial. Lease APR may vary depending on down payment/trade. Down payment or trade of and security deposit may be required. Total obligation is $11,136. Option to purchase at lease end is $19,299 plus applicable taxes. Other lease options available. â‰ Chrome Accessories Package offer available on light duty 2013 GMC Sierra extended cab and crew cab truck equipped with the PDJ chrome accessories package (â€œPDJ Packageâ€?). Dealer order or trade may be required. Offer available to retail customers in Canada for vehicles delivered between March 1, 2013 and April 30, 2013. The offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. Conditions and limitation apply. See dealer or chevrolet.ca for details ^Whichever comes first. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ^^Based on latest competitive data available. ~Visit OnStar.ca for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.
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