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House fire displaces family

Nechako Valley SAR finds its way back

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Nechako Valley Search and Rescue (SAR) purchased new handheld global positioning system (GPS) units last week. Members of the community donated $5,920 for the units. Late last year, more than $10,000 of communications and navigations gear was stolen from the SAR team. From left, Nechako Valley SAR members Terry Thompson, Eric Williamson, Chris Mushumanski, Rick Beatty and Scott Klassen navigate downtown Vanderhoof using the new units, valued at just under $6,000.

RCMP investigate suspicious death The death of Destiny Rae Tom, 21, on Nautley First Nations reserve has been deemed suspicious by RCMP. At around 5:25 a.m. on Saturday morning, RCMP were called to the Fort Fraserarea reserve where they discovered a woman’s body outside a home. RCMP arrested an adult male upon arrival but have since released him without charges. The North District Major Crime Unit are cer? is can What is a r e c n Ca eases of dis group rized te c ra cha lled contro by un d spread n a th grow cells. ormal your of abn ke of a s e ortant for th p , it’s im ze health ri ia il to fam ith the elf w s yours variou about facts er and c n a c of ms. forms ympto their s

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It was about 8:30 a.m. on March 8 when Sharon Snell made her first call to 911, shortly after her home caught fire from a clogged chimney. Snell was transferred to the Fire Operations Communications Centre (FOCC) in Prince George, but she said her call for service was received by a dismissive dispatcher who hung up twice and repeatedly pinpointed her Sackner Road home as located beyond the District of Vanderhoof’s fire protection zone. "That was it. They didn't want to talk to us anymore," said Snell. "We were treated very poorly." As the flames continued spreading higher, Sharon Snell's son, Richard, called back a third time from inside the burning home and demanded assistance, smashing his phone on the countertop with frustration when the dispatcher informed him again that the property was located outside the district. “I’m telling her, ‘Lady, I’m standing inside my burning house. Send help,’” he said. Minutes later, the Vanderhoof Fire Department showed up at the two-story house, now filled with smoke. It took the department more than two hours to gain the upper hand on the blaze as they systematically tore the building apart to extinguish the hot spots, said Chief Joe Pacheco. “We had fire in the upper floor of the building and going into the attic. It took some time to knock it down,” said Pacheco.

Destiny Rae Tom, 21, was found dead on Nautley First Nations reserve.

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Ministry still researching falling moose population A list of potential factors include unregulated hunting, increased access, predator populations, habitat changes from the mountain pine beetle epidemic and timber salvaging. As a means to address the declines, the ministry has reduced the cow-moose Limited Entry Hunt in some areas by 90 per cent after consulting with the Guide Outfitters Association, the B.C. Wildlife Federation and regional First Nations. This winter, The ministry resurveyed a subsample of areas in the southern Omineca region, part of a $100,000 investment in inventory initiatives made in May 2011. Elsewhere in B.C., moose populations in the Skeena region have fallen by 70 per cent from 1997 to 2011. Densities in the Cariboo have declined by as much as 60 per cent, the ministry estimates. Favorable survey results were found in the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions, where moose populations are comparatively low to northern B.C.

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Moose densities in the southern Omineca region around Prince George have are declining. Cameron Ginn Moose densities in the southern OmOmineca Express ineca region around Prince George have This spring, the Ministry of Forests, dropped by 50 per cent since 2005, but Land and Natural Resource Operations remain consistent with other populations expects to have a better understanding of in North America. In the Bulkley Valley why moose populations in northern B.C. Lakes District, the moose population has

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declined by 50 per cent since 2005. declined by 20 per cent since 2004, according to the ministry. Reasons for the decline are still under review, but ministry biologists are looking at factors that may explain moose population dynamics in relation to land use activities.

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FLYERS

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Kitimat refinery viable, report Tom Fletcher Black Press

The B.C. government has released its own independent report on a proposed heavy oil refinery near Kitimat, which concludes that the project has "economic merit." The report, by California-based Navigant Consulting Inc., examined the proposed refinery design and also assessed markets for refined fuels in Asia. "Such a refinery would provide incremental long-term benefits to the region, compared to export of unfinished feedstock," the report states. The consultants recommend that B.C. approve a design for the plant that produces a variety of fuels, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The report endorses a conventional design for the refinery, proposed by newspaper publisher David Black last summer. Black, owner of Black Press Ltd., announced in early March that he is finalizing details for $25 billion in financing and purchase agreements for the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that the plant would produce.

According to a fire report, the department acknowledged a page from the FOCC at 8:42 a.m., left the fire hall six minutes later and arrived on scene at 8:56 a.m. As Sharon Snell watched her home burn and pondered the fate of her cats, she said it seemed like forever before the department arrived, partly because she was in a state of panic. "If they may have got there sooner, we might not have had that much damage, we may have been able to save more, but I don't know," she said. Cliff Warner, chief communications officer for the FOCC, said the dispatcher abided by standard protocol and didn't hang up. Warner also said the Vanderhoof Fire Department was dispatched to the property when Sharon Snell's first call was received. "Our dispatchers responded appropriately. Actually, they went over and above: they paged the agency when they probably shouldn't have," he said. Referring to a GIS map provided to the FOCC by the district, Warner said the dispatcher immediately determined the property was situated outside the defined fire protection zone. Still, he said, the Vanderhoof Fire Department was notified in case of a system error. "Due to the nature of the callers and how they called in, our dispatcher contacted Vanderhoof and paged them out and Vanderhoof responded

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and that was all done within the time frame of the first call," said Warner. The fire was traumatic and severely damaged the home, which was built in 1945 by Sharon Snell's father in law and wasn't insured. Most everything under the roof needs to be gutted, and the Snell family, who could salvage only a few family pictures and items of memorabilia, have since been displaced. Equally troubling for the Snells is their longtime understanding that the home was situated within the district. Part of the confusion stems from the placement of two signs at the end of the Snells' driveway that demarcate the beginning and end of the district's boundary for emergency fire response. Due to the placement of the signs, the Snell's always believed their property, or at least a portion of it, was located inside the fire protection zone. However, district officials says that's not the case. Deborah Jones-Middleton, protective services manager for the RDBN, said the signs were put in place by the Ministry of Transportation but not in accordance with the district's fire protection zone bylaw, which outlines the boundary that the district subscribes to. "All it is, is a sign, it doesn't delineate (the fire protection zone). The fire department, 911 and the RDBN go by the bylaw," she said. After arriving at the property, Pacheco believed the sign indicated the Snells were living

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Denis Wood feeds swans on the upper portion of the Nechako RIver. An open letter to the Vanderhoof Co-op and Yellowhead Road & Bridge A huge thank you to the Vanderhoof Co-op and YRB for once again providing the grain to help feed the trumpeter swans that overwinter in the upper Nechako River. The unfailing generosity of the Co-op and YRB is greatly appreciated. Sincerely Denis and June Wood

The Snell family home, located just beyond the district’s fire protection zone, sustained extensive damage from a fire on March 8. just inside the protection area, as Richard Snell was arguing so adamantly to the FOCC dispatcher. "When I see that the sign is just past his driveway, I'm thinking he is right," he said. "But the 911 operator, they

know, and that's the real tale of it all." Warner said the Snells' property is part of a vast rural area in B.C., consisting of many kilometres, where people knowingly live without fire protection

services. If a house fire occurs there, the nearest 911 dispatch centre can do little other than notify RCMP and warn the appropriate forestry services if it threatens to evolve into a larger fire.

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Express Town to hire full-time CAO Cameron Ginn Omineca Express

The town is hiring a full-time chief administrative officer (CAO). A full-time CAO will provide support to administrative staff over the next five to 10 years as the town pursues several development projects, including a $12-million pool, a new $12-million college campus, a community forest, seniors' housing, a community centre, a sturgeon recovery facility and perhaps even a YMCA.

"Those projects are certainly going to require some strategizing so that we're ready to be the place that people want to call home," said Mayor Gerry Thiessen. Thiessen said the town hasn't yet developed a definite plan for implementing projects and confronting growth - in the next several years, the town foresees hundreds of people moving to the community for jobs in the natural resource sector. "We just know that, strategically, we as council need to be prepared and give staff support over the next number of years," said

Thiessen. The number of administrative staff at the municipal office has been reduced in the last two years, mainly due to retirements, but council has always budgeted for a CAO position, said Thiessen. "It's not new money, it's not going to increase taxes," he said. Chief Financial Officer Joe Ukryn has served as the town's CAO since 1999. When the town hires a full-time CAO in the next few months, Ukryn will continue working as director of administration until he retires.

Elks member recognized for 60 years of service Vanderhoof Elks member Bill Norish, middle, receives a 60year service pin from B.C. Elks President Don Kidd, left, and Vanderhoof Elks Lodge President Donna Mycock.

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April 23rd, 2013 7:00 pm NECHAKO VIEW ACTIVITY CENTER VANDERHOOF YOUTH SOCCER 2013 Welcome to another year of SOCCER Registrations will be accepted at Omineca Sports beginning March 11th, 2013. Registrations can also be mailed to VYSA, Box 2356, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0. We are also on Facebook! Registration Fees are as follows: (Coaches & Assistants will be reimbursed 1 full registration) If payment is received by April 15th 2013 (early registrations); Mini Division (ages 4-9) - $55.00 3rd child & more, $30.00 each Divisional (ages 10 & up) - $70.00 3rd child & more, $35.00 each If payment is received after April 15th 2013; Mini Division (ages 4-9) - $65.00 3rd child & more, $40.00 each Divisional (ages 10 & up) - $80.00 3rd child & more, $45.00 each April 22, 2013 is the final day for registrations NO EXCEPTIONS! If you have questions, please contact one of the following; Charlene 250-570-1237, Sean 250-567-3050

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The time to leave came sooner than he expected. John Bowman informed the Board of Governors of the College of New Caledonia (CNC) on Friday that he would be resigning as president to take on a similar position at North Island College (NIC). "The current president is retiring," Bowman said later, "and she had only been there for four years, so it was sooner than anyone expected." After 15 years with CNC, including the last seven as president, Bowman said, "The timing was right." "I'm thinking in terms of the next 10 or 15 years of my life and my work. College presidents have a 'Best before' date, and while I haven't reached mine here yet, maybe I would in five years, and there may not be somewhere else to go then." He said there are a lot of similarities between CNC and NIC. "We are already collaborating with them in a number of areas, and I'm happy about that because it will let me keep in touch with what's happening here." As well, he said, both schools are working strongly on Aboriginal and international education, as well as applied research. Both also have a central campus (CNC in Prince George, NIC in Comox Valley) and a number of satellite campuses. "There is a also a similar program mix," Bowman said, "although they're actually doing more with online education than we are." His resignation is effective July 31, a date board chair Bob Murray will make it tough to have someone in place. "We will start the search real quickly," he said during a break in Friday's board meeting, "although we won't start it until we officially receive his letter of resignation." While the announcement was made Friday, Murray knew about Bowman's intentions a couple of weeks ago. "John gave me a heads-up, asking if I could write a letter of reference for him. It's a tough thing to do, because you want to talk about how great a job he did, but then you're going to lose him." He said it will be hard to find someone to fill the position, and he suspects they won't have anyone in the position until January. "We can backfill for a while – we've got great people here – but the problem with backfilling for too long is the stress it puts on everybody." Bowman agreed with Murray that he was leaving CNC in a good position as a school. "We've got great people here, and I'll miss them, as well as not being able to see the completion of some of the great projects we have started."

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Drinking Water! Remember when water used to be free? It is one of our most precious resources. Tap water may be free, however, not everyone has access to good and healthy drinking water. There are many contaminants that are affecting our water supply, runoff from streets and dump sites, chemicals ranging from toilet bowl cleaners to birth control pills piling up in sewer drains (affecting more than just the water for us, but affecting the fish who swim in that water and in turn us who eat the fish). Our world is a closed system, water is, freezes, melts, evaporates comes down as rain, snow, winds carry it around the globe. So it’s not only what we do in our community that affects us, what we put into our water will affect our country, our hemisphere and even small villages on the other side of the world and vice versa. Our drinking water is often processed; chemicals may be added to kill bacteria, it may be treated with chlorine and chemicals like fluoride added for good teeth health. Processed water is no longer the pure and precious that holds the best benefits for us. Water is by far the most beneficial fluid for your body. (Remember that our body’s are about 70% water) other fluids like soda pop may temporarily quench your thirst but their benefit doesn’t even come close. Getting the best quality of water will hydrate, refresh and even give you energy! Did you know: the first sign of dehydration is feeling thirsty?! It’s best to take sips or drinks throughout the day before you get thirsty! Being dehydrated has common symptoms such as thirst, headache, low energy and much more. Not having enough water can make bowel movements difficult. There are great new innovative ways to clean your water, from buying a U.V stick to put into a bottle to kill off bacteria, or buying filters and reducing your plastic bottle consumption (which has a great toll on the earth and communities more on that in a following article). One common thing you may hear is that pop, coffee and certain foods make your body more acidic! (more on this in the next article), but the jist of it is this - our bodies work best in alkaline environments, acidic foods and drinks such as pop and processed foods make our bodies acidic (acidic does not mean your blood become acidic, it means that your body removes minerals and vitamins from its stores (usually in bone) to buffer the changes in pH to try and swing you back into a healthy alkaline state), the problem is that the majority of processed, easy, quick fix foods are acidic, even stress can be acidic as your body tries to keep an inner balance. However, limiting acidic foods, eating more alkaline foods (eat your greens) and drinking the right water can help you return to a state of alkalinity. When you are in this state you will find you have more energy and feel better! Join us next week when we talk about a new water filtration system that helps your alkalinity and mineral levels!

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Our park, your dog Editor: This letter is addressed to offending dog owners. Vanderhoof's Riverside Park states: "This park is for everyone to enjoy." Unfortunately, it's the few who are damaging our park affecting the majority of all Vanderhoof Riverside Park residents. As a new resident to Vanderhoof, I like many others thoroughly enjoy Riverside Park facilities. Make no mistake, I love dogs, it's the dog owners that I take exception to. Unfortunately, there is an ever increasing element of irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to defecate, leaving their dog's feces to lie on park walking paths, picnics sites and grassy areas, which contaminates children's play areas. As parents and relatives of children, why should we allow an irresponsible dog owner to put our children's health at risk, all due to an offending dog owner? There is no excuse to ignore park rules that are clearly posted at all entrances to the park with waste bags and trash containers provided throughout the park. Park rules state that all dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible to clean up their dog's waste. Additionally, there are some dog owners who live adjacent to the park who allow their dogs to run free in the park at will and at all hours - especially after dark - allowing their dogs to defecate unimpeded. Other cities and municipalities have fines for dogs off leashes with even higher fines for dog owners who do not clean up their dog's feces. Vanderhoof is a small town in comparison to Richmond, which has the same problems, possibly worse, but has enacted some very tough bylaws aimed at making dog owners more obedient.The most controversial component is the requirement to show your identification to bylaw officers if they believe you have broken the law. Canine lovers will now face fines of $200 for refusing to pull out their driver's license. Bylaw officers can even ask the RCMP to get involved if you refuse to identify yourself. It's all part of a crackdown by local politicians to ensure dogs leave the park as clean as when they got there. The majority of Riverside Park users are fed up having to "side step" dog feces left lying throughout park areas. In order to ensure the park becomes clean and sanitary again, the city cannot do this alone. The degradation of our park must stop and it will take all of us to put an end to it. Raymond Machon Vanderhoof, B.C. The Omineca Express is published every Wednesday in Vanderhoof by Black Press Ltd. Publisher: Pam Berger advertising@ominecaexpress.com Editor: Cameron Ginn newsroom@ominecaexpress.com

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Ottawa takes lead on training Tom Fletcher Black Press The B.C. election campaign that’s about to get underway will feature lots of talk about skills training. It will be everyone’s top priority, along with a dozen other top priorities. But since elections are no time to deal with serious issues, don’t expect much frank discussion about ways to redirect our increasingly soft, urban society toward useful work. Somebody might be offended. The B.C. Liberals see lots of skilled, technical jobs on the horizon, but they cut their skills training budget and many of their MLAs are also looking at a career change. The B.C. school system, like that of other provinces, still pushes kids to university programs that lead to coffee-serving jobs and the need for another round of training. This has been going on since the 1970s, and it’s not confined to B.C. The B.C. NDP apparently expects to coast to victory with the same empty rhetoric about “income inequality” and student debt that they’ve been using for years. Their only discernible intent is to return control over how many apprentices can be on a job site to industrial unions, which severely restrict it, squeezing out small busi-

ness. This team’s ideas are mostly left over from the last industrial revolution. Fortunately there is a mid-term federal government that has acted. Last week’s federal budget launches new programs that the next B.C. government will have to go along with. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government didn’t claw back post-secondary funds from B.C. and other inept provinces, as some had feared. What we got from Ottawa was social engineering, Conservative style. The centrepiece  is the “Canada Job Grant,” a $5,000 grant to employers willing to match it and train an unemployed person. To qualify, the province has to match as well, for a total $15,000 commitment to one worker who will have a job to go to. Delta-Richmond East MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay was one of the Conservatives out to promote the budget. She said when the Canada Job Grant is fully rolled out, it will fund training for 130,000 people a year. Some will be young people, but there will also be older workers whose skills need upgrading. “If they’re willing to look at the jobs that are available and understand that that’s their best shot at making a living and being able to support their own families some

day, we want to be sure that the opportunities are there,” Findlay said. The difference is that it has to be what an employer needs, not what the student might prefer. It’s a public-private partnership, as we have seen with modern public works. Findlay acknowledged that even with a big push on training, Canada will still need to import foreign workers. In B.C. we are bracing for an unprecedented resource boom, much of it in the B.C. Interior and north. That’s one reason for a $241 million increase over five years to the federal Income Assistance Program for aboriginal reserves. The new money is available only if the community leadership commits to a mandatory training component. They didn’t call it Idle No More, but that’s the gist of it. Of course, no worker or province or band council is required to participate. They have the option to leave the federal money on the table. But the NDP should note that the Canada Job Grant applies to union-run apprenticeship schools as well as those in community colleges and technical institutes. Saying no isn’t much of a choice. Whatever grand promises the B.C. Liberals and NDP have written into their yet-to-be-released election platforms, they will need to find the money to participate. 

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Ministry offers land to Vanderhoof for community forest In addition to a community forest, Heit would like to see the province provide more security of tenure to existing mills and forestry-related companies in Vanderhoof to sustain jobs and operations, as well as acquire financing for expansion. "We should be working together to not only gain access to, potentially, a community forest, but also in helping the companies in the community obtain tenure as well," Heit said. Jason Gordon, planning forester for L&M Lumber Ltd., a Vanderhoof-based mill that employs some 200 people in the area, stated that a community forest would add long term fibre supply to local mills while providing direct revenue to the municipality. "Currently, L&M Lumber only has 12 per cent of our long term fibre supply needs, so (a potential community forest) could benefit our operations by providing fibre security," he said in an email.

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Before Vanderhoof applies for a community forest, the community must work with licensees to find a suitable location. Cameron Ginn Omineca Express The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has offered Vanderhoof up to 45,000 cubic metres per year for a community forest. The recent announcement by Minster Steve Thomson is in response to a Feb. 8 letter from Mayor Gerry Thiessen expressing interest in establishing a community forest agreement. For more than 10 years Vanderhoof council has been pursuing a community forest, a designated area of land controlled by the town that would provide long-term opportunities for achieving a range of community objectives by harvesting timber as well as non-timber forest products. "It's positive for the community because it gives the community an opportunity to have a say in how the forest around Vanderhoof is managed," said Thiessen on March 21. "It also gives us the opportunity to share in some of the revenue that comes from those forests, to enhance the

infrastructure and capacity of the community." A community forest could be harvested in a number of different ways, such as by selling logs to area mills. The profits, in turn, could be invested in infrastructure or development projects. Before inviting Vanderhoof to apply for a community forest, Thomson said Vanderhoof must work with a major licensee, like Canfor or L&M Lumber, to locate a suitable operating area. The town, which has already entered discussions with licensees, is also required to consult with Saik'uz First Nation and the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako to acquire documented support.

"That's where we're at right now," said Thiessen. Paul Heit, woodlands manager for Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products (VSWP), a value-added lumber re-manufacturer of waste wood into finger joints, pellets, posts and rails, supports the idea of establishing a community forest but said the ministry's offering of 45,000 cubic metres per year is relatively small and falls short of satisfying the needs of some area companies. As part of a two-part application, VSWP alone has asked the ministry for a tenure of 100,000 cubic metres per year, as well as an additional 100,000 cubic metres per year under a business venture to create a merchandising centre that would separate and

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The town is entering an agreement with School District 91 to develop a community garden. The proposed location on View Street will offer gardeners a view of the Nechako River and access to potable water. Cameron Ginn Omineca Express A coalition between the town, School District 91 and area environmental organizations are developing a new community garden in Vanderhoof. For numerous years, the Nechako Healthy Community Alliance (NHCA), a nonprofit society for groups that support sustainable living in the Nechako Valley, has maintained a community garden at the Vanderhoof Municipal Museum. However, due to the low elevation and veiled location of the garden, it occasionally flooded and was sometimes raided by hoodlums. "We were looking for a more central location with lots of visibility, lots of access to people and one without the flooding implications,"

said Mayor Gerry Thiessen. On Friday, the town moved toward signing a Property Use Agreement with the School District 91 Board of Education to occupy and develop a community garden on a parcel of land on View Street, just off Victoria Street. The property, about an acre in size, is owned by the school district and located next to the Nechako River. When the agreement is signed this week, the vacant plot of land can start being developed into a community garden for students and members of the community to harvest vegetables, as well as learn about gardening and interact with each other. Last year, the NHCA acquired a grant to build a greenhouse, an addition to the community garden

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Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier The Conservative government presented their 2013 federal budget on March 21, promising help for manufacturers, the closing of tax loopholes, infrastructure dollars and job training. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty also promised the budget would be balanced in 2015 and said this budget included the smallest increase in discretional spending in 20 years. The Ontario manufacturing sector will be getting some help, and there are new skills training programs and some measures aimed at helping small business. Some of the funds the Conservatives are counting on moving forward will be gained by closing tax loopholes for those keeping money offshore. The budget does still call for a budgetary deficit of $18.7 billion for this year. Skeena-Bulkley Val-

ley MP Nathan Cullen, however, said the budget was lacklustre and called it “pretty thin gruel.” While the Conservatives say there is money for job training, Cullen is calling this a “shell game” with the money being the same money which was previously allocated to provinces to help with job training. Instead, the money will now remain in federal hands, and be administered from Ottawa. With the current and expected skills shortage in the northwest, Cullen said he is worried the government will carry on with their temporary foreign worker program. “And have 200 miners come in from China rather than training Canadians for the position,” he said. “That’s not what Canada needs.” He also criticized the further cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which he sees as jeopardizing the environment. “Cutting environ-

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MP Nathan Cullen of the B.C. NDP was not impressed with the latest budget tabled by the Conservative government.

mental regulations lowers public confidence, creates more uncertainty, and does nothing to protect the environment,” said Cullen. “any good company doesn’t want to do any of those things.” The cuts hurt resource development because it builds resistance against it. Cullen also said the job fair program targeted at those living on First Nations reserves on social assistance will not do what a good apprenticeship program could and unfairly characterizes First Nations people living on reserves and young people as lazy. “This government has proven itself to be completely out to lunch when it comes to First Nations issues and continually disrespects them,” he said. Cullen also called into question the infrastructure dollars the Conservatives are promising. “They’re pretending that there’s going to be no inflation for the next decade, none,” he said. “Just be honest, tell Canadians what

to expect so that municipalities aren’t out there looking for money that doesn’t exist. If a $5-billion cut is coming, it’s coming, that’s the hard number and that’s the reality.” “You can see why they didn’t reappoint Kevin Page as the budget officer because his office is charged with actually finding out where the numbers do meet reality.” Cullen did point out a couple of factors he saw as positives in the budget, such as continuation of the accelerated capital costs exemption, a job creation tax credit, help for small business and some money to go towards communities to protect fisheries “but this is a drop in the bucket considering they just completely dismantled those same protections for fisheries in the last year’s budget.” “This doesn’t feel like a budget they were excited about,” said Cullen. “You can tell why the Prime Minister is considering proroguing Parliament, trying to get reset before the next election.”

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Church Directory For more information or to join Vanderhoof’s Faith Church Directory

Call Pam at 250-567-9258

The Gospel Chapel 448 Connaught Street 11:00 a.m. Worship Service (Affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada)

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The Church on the Corner “Giving you a Purpose to live for and People to live with” Worship Service: 10:00 am Small Groups meeting together regularly: We have a place for you to belong! For more information call

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ididalaP4CanCer....Next meeting at the Vhf Firehall, April 2, 7pm. *** PleaSe note...Sharon and Gene Snell lost their home on Sackner Road the morning of March 8. Their family has set up a benefit account at Integris Credit Union under Sharon and Gene Snell. *** Untold traUMa...author seeks contributions from non-First Nations students and staff who experienced Catholic residential or day schools abuse in Northern B.C. For more information email Kathyhansen1@gmail. com. *** tHe VanderHooF PUBliC liBrarY genealogY ClUB 2013 P r e S e n tat i o n S . . . a p r. 11th @ 7pm - Presentations by Club Members “My Most Exciting Genealogy Discovery”. May 9th @ 7pm - Trace Your Roots with DNA. Meetings are held in the Vanderhoof Public Library multi-purpose room. Please use the east rear entrance. Everyone is Welcome! *** let’S get groWing! gardening WorkSHoPS presented by the Vanderhoof Public Library in partnership with the Nechako Valley Food Network. gardening Workshops – Opportunities to learn from the following local gardeners. Container May – t.B.a. Gardening – Facilitator: Brenda Devauld Programs begin at 7:00pm in the Vanderhoof Public Library multi-purpose room *** lego ClUB We have the Lego, you bring the ideas, a weekly drop-in program that’s fun for all ages. Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:15 until Mar. 12th. All programs at the Vanderhoof Public Library. *** VolUnteerS needed.... Would you like to become part of a team working together to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors? The Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery Group is looking for volunteers to join their team. Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery’s goal is to encourage stroke survivors to improve their lives through education, exercise, work groups, crafts, outings, etc. No special skills required; training and orientation are provided. Patience and caring understanding a necessity. Volunteers share responsibilities: assisting with activities, exercises, education, crafts, outings, fund raising. Time commitment: 3 hour meeting each Monday morning (excluding stat holidays), from September through midJune. Please contact Sheila 570-2467 vanderhoofstrokerecovery@ gmail.com *** VanderHooF SeniorS

Integris Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of an ICBC branch on Friday, March 22. From left, Kevin Gull, insurance manager, Norm Adams, commercial insurance broker, Audrey Carlson, branch manager, Debbie Metcalf, insurance broker, Joanne Tkachyk, senior insurance broker, and Chelsea Peters, autoplan specialist.

ConneCted is looking for Seniors in need of Outreach & Transportation. We are also taking applications for Volunteers wanting to take part in the VSC Program. Vanderhoof Seniors Connected is a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for Seniors/Elders in our community through Companionship and Transportation Assistance. For more information contact DebraAnn Bishop at 250-567-0623 or email at vanderhoofseniors@hotmail.com *** Calling all SeniorS... come and join us for carpet bowling, pool or snooker Monday and Thursday afternoons at the Friendship Centre. We also have cards or bingo on Wednesday evenings. Music nights are also popular and these are the last Friday night of the month. Come and have some fun! Everybody welcome young or golden agers. Call Oscar for more info: 250-5674582. *** al-anon...Has your life been affected by someone elses drinking? The Al-Anon is for you! Meetings held on Mondays at 7pm in Community Room at Omineca Safe Home Society. For more information contact Gail at 567-4318. *** VanderHooF PUBliC liBrarY...is looking for donations of lego blocks to be used for children’s programs at the library. If you have lego that your kids have outgrown, we would love to put it to good use. Please contact Jenn at 250-567-4060 or email: vhpljlb@telus.net *** StUart neCHako Manor ...is looking for Volunteers with musical talent. If you would like to volunteer for entertainment for the residents please contact Marnie at 250-567-6290 *** tHe nortHSide WoMen’S inStitUte... meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Newcomers always welcome. For more information call Brenda, 250 567-9705. *** VHF HoSPiCe SoCietY...What are you doing every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Do you have 2 hours to give each month? Are you sensitive to the special needs of those persons at the end stages of life? Want to be part of a great organization that makes a difference in our community then we are looking for you. The Vanderhoof Hospice Society is a not-for-profit charity looking for new volunteer members who will work with the current members to oversee our local Hospice Program. Hospice is a program that offers a support system to persons that are the end stages of life. Our Society has a desire to help others. We are sensitive to the special needs of the dying patient and their families. We do not have personal agendas or “missions” to our Hospice work. Our main fundraising come in the form of donations to our Tree of Life. We are looking for new members to continue this great service. More info call Debbie 567-7956 *** tHe Food Bank... is in serious need of food donations. Specifically the following is needed: Canned vegetables, meat, fish, canned milk, sugar, pasta, pasta sauces, soups, toilet tissue. *** BadMinton at FleSS gYM... Every Thursday at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. come out and have some fun! *** tHe VanderHooF CanCer SUPPort groUP...meets the first Friday of every month @ noon at the The Reid. For more info call Karen @ 567-4828.

*** endako Hall SoCietY...meets every THIRD Wednesday of the month in the hall at 7:30pm. *** tHe YelloWHead draFt HorSe aSSoCiation...is an organization for those interested in light and heavy horse driving. Monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month. For more info contact: Jon 250-5678484. *** neCHako QUilterS gUild... meets the third Tuesday of the month 9:30 am (Sept. May) at Nechako View Seniors Common Room. Fran Sheeley 567-5254. *** tHe FraSer QUilterS gUild... meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Fort Fraser Community Hall. Newcomers welcome. *** HoSPiCe tree oF liFe... is to honour the living as well as to remember and honour those who have passed on. For more info call Debbie @ 250-567-7956. *** tHe FraSer lake CanCer SUPPort groUP... meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 12 noon in the New Fraser Lake Restaurant. For further information call Judy at 250-699-7763. *** neCHako ValleY HiStoriCal SoCietY... meets every second Thursday of the month 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce office. *** VanderHooF 899 air Cadet SQUadron... Cadets will meet every Wednesday night 6:15pm at the Cadet Building on Burrard Street. Anyone age 12 to 18 interested in the Cadet Program is welcome to attend. Any adult interested in assisting in anyway, please contact the officers at the Cadet Building Wednesday night. For more information call Glenda 250-567-7574. *** aa Meeting... Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. United Church Hall. 567-8087 or 567-4588 *** FraSer lake aa MeetingS... Tues & Thurs 8:00 p.m. at St. Wilfred’s Church just across from police station. *** St. JoHn HoSPital aUXiliarY SoCietY... meets second Tuesday of the month (with the exception of July & August) at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. For further info contact Edna 567-9759 - New members welcome. *** VanderHooF liBrarY HoUrS Tuesday 10:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00pm & 6:30 to 8:30pm Thursday 10:00 to 5:00pm Friday 10:00 am to 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm *** FraSer lake liBrarY HoUrS Sunday & Monday Closed Tuesday 10am - 4pm Wednesday & Thursday 3pm - 8pm Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 2pm *** nVSS Bottle dePot HoUrS Open Mon, Tues, Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 10am-5 p.m. ***


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Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba April 5th 1957, passed away on January 8th 2013 in Kelowna General Hospital at age 55 will be dearly missed by her significant other Wayne Menzies. She left behind Eleanor Joan Harder her two children Crystal Dougan and Gerron Martens to mourn her passing along with three grandchildren: Selina, Kierra, and Jenelle Dougan. Eleanor is survived by her mother Katherine Harder, her two brothers Gerald and Daryl Harder as well as her sister Brenda Thompson, she was pre-deceased by her father Ben Harder. A celebration of life will be held April 6th, in Peachland at “4th Street Place” from 1-4pm in loving memory of Eleanor who was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend to many. Please contact Crystal if you need more information. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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is looking for a Janitor/Maintenance person on a casual basis to cover vacation relief. This position performs a variety of heavy cleaning duties and/or performs maintenance (mowing lawns/changing light bulbs etc) and repair duties as needed. Qualifications: Grade 10 or an equivalent combination of experience and training. Submit resumes to Debbie Devauld, FLCHC, Box 1000, Fraser Lake, BC V0J 1S0 or you can drop off resume at the FLCHC.

West Fraser Fraser Lake Sawmills Position: Summer Receptionist Closing Date: April 5, 2013 Fraser Lake Sawmills is accepting resumes from postsecondary students for a clerical placement between May & August. Self-motivated individuals with office experience, organizational and prioritization skills will be well suited for this position. All resumes must be submitted by the closing date. Only select individuals will be contacted for an interview. Please forward cover letters, resumes and references to crystal.franks@westfraser.com

Riverbed Enterprises Ltd. Food Counter Attendant Full-Time, Shift Work, Weekend, Early Morning, Overnight, Evening $10.25 per hr + benefits HEALTH BENEFITS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INCENTIVE PROGRAMS PAID TRAINING FREE UNIFORMS Apply in person a 180 First St. E, Vanderhoof BC or fax your resume to: 250-567-9180.

Help Wanted

FRESH START Nechako Mechanical Ltd • Entry Level positions available. • Work into our apprenticeship program One of the most successful and active in Western Canada nml-careers@bidgroup.ca

DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF Summer Job Openings The District of Vanderhoof is currently seeking 2 (two) Summer Program Coordinators. Job details can be found by going to www.vanderhoof.ca and click on employment opportunities. Valid BC Drivers Licence Class 5 or 7 required. Must be able to pass a criminal record check. Closing Date: April 19, 2013 Apply to:

Shallon Touet, Arena - Parks Manager, PO Box 900, Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0

Email: arena_manager@district.vanderhoof.ca

STUDENT GROUNDSKEEPERS School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) requires student groundskeepers for summer employment from May 1, 2013 until August 30, 2013 (two in Burns Lake, two in Vanderhoof, one in Fraser Lake and one in Fort St. James). Hours of work will be eight (8) hours per day between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as determined by the supervisor, Monday to Friday, at a rate of $14.45 per hour. 3referred 4uali¿cations: ❏ enrolled in a post-secondary education program and returning in September ❏ previous experience relevant to the position required would be an asset ❏ competent in the use and care of tools and equipment common to the position ❏ valid unrestricted Class 5, BC Driver’s License is desirable ❏ an exemplary driving record as demonstrated by a current driver’s abstract ❏ the ability to perform physically demanding job duties ❏ a current :HM,S certi¿cate A complete job description is available on our web site www.sd91.bc.ca. Please note: Incumbents who successfully complete this work assignment will be quali¿ed to receive a $1,000 scholarship to a post secondary program of their choice. Please complete a general application form which is available on the website at http://www.sd91.bc.ca/ or from the School District Administration 2f¿ce in Vanderhoof or from any district school. Please indicate on the application form the location you are applying for and submit by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2013 to: Human Resources School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) P.O. Box 129 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Phone: (250) 567-2284 Fax: (250) 567-4639 Email: cupejobs@mail.sd91.bc.ca School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Misc. for Sale

EXPERIENCED strata manager required for Abbotsford and Surrey Must be organized, work well under pressure and results oriented. Resume and cover to: employment@campbellstrata.com

Services

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Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10 a.m. Decker Lake Hall. Furniture, antiques, collectable’s, tools, tack, vehicles, equipment etc. Sale conducted by,

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RON VASSALLO FARM SALE

For more information: Richie at (250) 698-7377 or (250) 698-7351 More detailed list closer to sale date.

CONSIGNMENT SALES

Heavy Duty Machinery

June 1, 2013 Vanderhoof

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250-567-4842 Cell: 570-8586 LARGE AUCTION of hardwood flooring (finished & unfinished), pallet racking equipment, office furniture. Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m., 9370 - 48 St., Edmonton, Alberta. Phone 1-888-453-6964.

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

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

Fetch a Friend from the SPCA today!

Misc. for Sale

spca.bc.ca

CHOCOLATE LAB PUPS

for sale. 5 males and 3 females ready to go by May 12 $550 each. Call (250) 8474203 or (250) 643-0358.

VANDERHOOF AND AREA BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADVERTISE HERE GIVE US A CALL: 250-567-9258

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All jobs BIG or small, give us a call! FRANK TEICHROEB 3393 Sinkutview Rd, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A2 567-2029

567-3855

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150 W. Columbia St Box 1007, Vanderhoof BC V0J 3A0

Tandem dump truck, 4x4 Backhoe, gravel sales, general hauling, foundations, water & sewer lines and snow removal.

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Serving Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fort Fraser and Fraser Lake

Pam Berger Publisher 150 W. Columbia St Box 1007, Vanderhoof BC V0J 3A0

ACCOUNTANTS Chartered Accountants

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KPMG Prince George #400 - 177 Victoria Street Prince George, BC, V2L 5R8 250-563-7151

ADVERTISING Serving Fort St. James and area since 1972 Pam Berger Publisher

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ABOVE THE REST!

Silvermill Apartments Secure quiet apartments from $540 per month

250-567-4208

Victoria Manor Large 2 Bdrm from

$725 - $755

Large 1 Bdrm from

$695 - $725

NO SMOKING - NO PETS * Balconies * Landscaped View * Cablevision Available

250-567-4048 or 250-567-9080 BURRARD APARTMENTS. Two bdrm suites. No pets 250-567-9128

RIVERS EDGE APARTMENTS

Quiet, 1 bdrm units Ideal for Seniors Level Entrances Security Lighting Walking distance Downtown Paved Parking Includes fridge & stove Starting at $450/mth. (250)570-9161 or

(250)567-3336

Townhouses

Village of Fraser Lake

Village of Fraser Lake has the following vehicle for sale: 1996 Ford 350 4WHDR 3 speed auto w/OD Crew Cab, White with black dump box Truck is equipped with an electronically controlled dump box. Approx. 85,500 kms sehicle to be sold as is, where is at its current locaĆ&#x;on in the Fraser Lake Public Works Yard compound. Buyer will be responsible for all and any associated costs of removal of said vehicle from Public Works Yard, within an aĹ?reed upon Ć&#x;me period, once full payment has been made at Dunicipal Oĸce and all criteria of ÄŽnal sale has met with AdministraĆ&#x;ve oĸcials full approval. Only cash, cerĆ&#x;ÄŽed cheque or debit payment will be accepted. For viewing please call 250-699-6562. ^ealeÄš denÄšers will Ä?e accepteÄš ĆľnĆ&#x;l pril Ď´Í• 20Ď­ĎŻ at noon at the Village oĸce. Wlease senÄš to linton DaĆľthe hief ĚžinistraĆ&#x;ve KĸcerÍ• 2Ď­0 arrier rescentÍ• Fraser Lake  VK: Ď­^K

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

“A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN OUR REGION� 37, 3RD Avenue, PH: 250-692-3195 PO Box 820, TF: 800-320-3339 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 FX: 250-692-3305 www.rdbn.bc.ca E-MAIL:inquiries@rdbn.bc.ca

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

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Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing affecting “Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Zoning Bylaw No. 700, 1993� will be held on Monday April 8, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. in the Banquet Hall at the Birch Bay Resort, 153 Birch Bay Resort Rd, Francois Lake, B.C. The Strata Resort Commercial (C5A) Zone in “Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Zoning Bylaw No. 700, 1993� is proposed to be amended to accommodate a campground and cabins that are not part of a bare land strata development, so that the existing campground use will conform to the zoning bylaw. The subject property is located at 153 Birch Bay Resort Rd, approximately 32 km down Francois Lake Road west of Fraser Lake and is legally described as “Lot A, District Lots 1017 & 5002, Range 5, Coast District, Plan PRP45360�. The property under application is shown cross-hatched and labelled “Application Area� on the map below. LOCATION MAP FOR BYLAW NO. 1666

3/bdrm townhouses in a family- friendly complex. Close to downtown, schools & park. $695/mth. 250-567-4430

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At the Public Hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present a written submission respecting matters contained in the bylaw that is the subject of the Public Hearing. Written submissions sent by mail to P.O. Box 820, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0; by fax to (250) 692-1220; or by email to inquiries@rdbn.bc.ca must be received by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako no later than April 8, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. to be ensured of consideration at the Public Hearing. The Public Hearing on Bylaw No. 1666 will be chaired by the Director or Alternate Director for Electoral Area D as a delegate of the Board. A copy of the Board resolution making the delegation, copies of the proposed bylaws and other relevant information may be inspected at the office of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako between the hours of 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from March 27 through April 8, 2013 inclusive. A copy of the proposed bylaw and other relevant information will also be made available at the Fraser Lake Public Library. For further information please call the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Planning Department at 250-6923195 or 1-800-320-3339. This is the first of two publications.

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2012 CHEVROLET TAHOE – LTI

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36,600

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31,900

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March 27, 2013 edition of the Vanderhoof Omineca Express