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Central 1 Credit Union says the B.C. housing market, overall, is dismal and slow to recover, however the organization’s economist, Bryan Yu, said things in the North are far more positive. “As we go forward it’s going to be one of the leaders for the province in the housing market and the overall economy,” he said. He added the weak numbers reflect what is happening in the Lower Mainland.

“There are regional differences across the province. If we look at the province’s numbers cited in the report, the weakness of the overall numbers are really reflective of the Lower Mainland. There is a drop in sales volume and price declines.” In the North, however, things have improved. “We saw a sharp drop-off in 2009 following the recession period,” he said. “There was a big drop in sales but there has been a gradual increase in the last few years we expect to continue in 2013 through 2015. A lot will have to do with what happens with major projects and capital investment across the north.”

The northeast area, he said, is doing very well with relatively stronger sales and low unemployment rates. The northwest, with its terminals, is doing well, and the Nechako area is a little weaker. “The Cariboo, which includes the Prince George region, has a lot more localized demand,” Yu said. “The sales growth in Fraser Fort George was flat in 2012 and underperformed some of the other areas in the north, but we may be seeing some of the impacts of more stringent insurance rules. Over the longer term I expect to see stronger price growth with Prince George acting as a hub for northern B.C. That will also filter into local economic activity.”

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UNBC board OKs tuition hike for year The Board of Governors for the University of Northern British Columbia has approved a $68.4 million operating budget that will be balanced, despite financial pressures caused by a reduction in government funding, static enrolment, and rising operating costs. “We’re able to balance the budget for next year by taking a number of actions: increasing tuition fees by two per cent, adding international students, reducing our energy costs, transferring some profit from ancillary services to the operating budget, and re-structuring some units and reducing positions,” says UNBC President George Iwama. “It’s because of cooperation across the University that we’re able to balance our budget for 2013-14, and this spirit of cooperation will be critical as we articulate our strategic priorities and hold a collective conversation about how UNBC can achieve its goals.” This process is being led by the President and the Vice-President Academic & Provost and is beginning immediately. Through the spring and summer, an advisory group will shape the themes and questions for a consultation that will explore revenue generation opportunities, areas of cost reduction, and strategic priorities. The results will be shaped into a plan through the fall and winter, and inform the preparation of the budget in 2014-15 and subsequent years. About two-thirds of the operating budget for the University is provided by the Government of BC. Slightly more than 27 per cent comes from tuition fees. Wages and benefits account for three-quarters of the University’s expenditures. As a result of the approval of the 2013-14 operating budget, the tuition fee for a full-time undergraduate student will now be $4,816 per year, an increase of about $94 per year.

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The Healthy Forests Healthy Communities (HFHC) initiative began work in 2011 to identify issues and solutions to several forestry land management challenges in the last two years, and representatives from all the parties running in the next provincial election were given the opportunity to discuss their stance on those findings during a forum at the university Wednesday night. Greg Halseth, professor in the geography program at UNBC, facilitated the event which began with the introduction of two speakers who provided an overview of the initiative: Bill Bourgeois, HFHC coordinator, and Kathy Lewis, UNBC forestry professor. MLA Pat Bell reiterated the importance of working out a shared vision of the future of forests. As an example, he asked who owned the forests by Seke. If asked, he said the Seke people would likely say they did, however those who live and work in Mackenzie would claim ownership. Prince George people would likely say Mackenzie is in their region, so that forest is as well. Bell said he was sure people in Vancouver would have the attitude that everyone in the province is one big happy family, so the forest is theirs. “In one way or another, each of those groups is probably right,” he said. He said case law as it has evolved in forestry must also be taken into account. He added it has demonstrated people have the responsibility of working with First Nations. Community forests, he added, are growing in number, beginning with one in 2001 to over 50. “I do believe this is the direction of the future,” he said. “This might be the most important conversation we enter into in our generation,” Sherry Ogasawara, NDP candidate Prince George-Valemount, said. She said the current government had a legal obligation to replant areas destroyed by fire or the mountain pine beetle yet a portion of land one third the

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All four parties with declared candidates running in May’s provincial election were represented at the Healthy Forests Healthy Communities forum Wednesday night. Sherry Ogasawara, NDP candidate for Prince George-Valemount, left; Karen McDowell, Green Party candidate for Prince George-Mackenzie; Dan Brooks, Conservative candidate for Nechako Lakes; and Liberal MLA Pat Bell, who will not be running in the next election, all had the opportunity to speak on various forestry issues. size of Vancouver Island was not restocked. Another problem, she said, is forest inventory is out-of-date, with 74 per cent of the information available being 30 years old. Though B.C. forests are valuable, both economically and to the psyche of the residents, she said the government isn’t doing enough to maintain the asset. “A devastated forest means a diminished province,” she said. She added reinvesting in forest health will be a key plank in the NDP platform, to be announced soon. Dan Brooks, Conservative candidate for Nechako Lakes, said though a land management plan is needed, people are tired of talking about it. “To make a long-term plan

work we have to engage the community in a Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP),” he said, adding that is no easy task. In the late ‘90s he recalls meetings for LRMPs were held about once a month while now it’s lucky if you can gather enough interested people to hold one each year. Re-engaging communities by offering incentives, he said, may be the answer because offering a localized LRMP is important to the future health of forests. Brooks said a dispute mechanism resolution process with teeth needs to be in place, high-level oversight is needed, and all those with an interest in the forest, from tourism to wilderness recreation, need to state their land use needs.

However, replanting is not the answer, he said. “We are killing our forests by replanting. Corn rows of pine trees depress a forest after 20 years. We have to allow greater deciduous growth and think long-term rather than fibre production,” he said. “In the end we need to balance the equation. We need to engage the whole community in an intensive land use process.” Sustaining high quality wood products, using wood more effectively and looking at waste logs are important to the future of the forest, Karen McDowell, Green Party candidate for Prince George-Mackenzie, said. The industrialization of forestry began in the 1950’s and was highly successful until the

1980’s, she said, but now people are looking for something better. She said the province should be working towards phasing out harvesting in oldgrowth forests and added she agrees that re-planting isn’t the answer. It doesn’t replenish plants like mushrooms, nor shrubs, nor does it provide for the diverse habitats various animals require. “We need to help market ecologically certified B.C. products internationally,” she said, and added it’s important to establish regional resource management boards as well. McDowell said the party knows the changes cannot be made overnight, but rather should be done incrementally.

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By the summer of 2014, there will be another building at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. (UHNBC). The Northern Health Learning and Development Centre was announced last Friday morning at UHNBC, and the chair of the Northern Health

Board says now the name is true. “With the building,” said Dr. Charles Jago, “this truly will be the University Hospital of Northern B.C.” Jago said the plans for the centre, which will include a library, seminar rooms, a simulation lab and videoconferencing suites, started developing when the city

went through a medical crisis in 2000. “Bert Kelly was the driver for the whole thing,” he said, looking at Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “I believe you’ve referred to him as ‘a rock in your shoe’.” Bond laughed, since she had earlier also mentioned Kelly’s role in getting the centre off the drawing board.

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It was a picture of teamwork at the announcement of the new Northern Health Teaching and Learning Centre on March 22. UNBC vice-provost of medicine Paul Winwood, left, COO for the Northern Interior Health Service Delivery Area Michael McMiilan, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond, Northern Health Board chair Charles Jago, UNBC president George Iwama, and Northern Health president and CEO Cathy Ulrich hold the sign which will mark the site at which construction will start later this year. “No one is as persistent or – what’s a good word? – aggressive about improving health care in the north.” Bond had officially announced the business case for the centre had been approved and work would start quickly. “We’ve already been discussing the lay of the land, and the centre will be built right out there

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(gesturing toward the main entrance of the hospital) on that strip of land. We hope to go to tender in the summer, construction should be underway by the end of summer, and the centre should be up and running the summer of 2014.” Bond and Jago both talked about the partnerships which were needed to make projects like the centre come about, with the

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government, Northern Health and UNBC all playing major roles. Dr. Paul Winwood, the vice-provost of medicine at UNBC and the UBC faculty of medicine’s regional associate dean, said the centre was a definite improvement. “When I came here five years ago,” he said, “I was barreled over by the campus at UNBC and the facilities they had on the fifth floor of the hospital for teaching. “They didn’t show me the education centre at the hospital, which was this puny portable then.” He said the centre will be the final piece in the Northern Medical Program, helping in both teaching and training. “We need to provide facilities for the health professionals already in place to continue their training, and this centre will provide that. It will also be the perfect place for interdisciplinary learning, and everything will be state of the art.” He said the Northern Medical Program is still in its early stages, but progress is being made. “The latest figures show 10 of 29 students who completed the program at UNBC this year have matched to residency programs at facilities in the north. A facility like this will make it even more likely they will stay in the north, or come back here later.”


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The College of New Caledonia is working to make the institution more welcoming to Aboriginal students, opening its new Gathering Place last week. As part of the 2020

Vision for the Future from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, funding was provided to create places like the one opened by the college. The College of New Caledonia’s funding was split between itself and Fort St. James.

John Bowman, college president, said it provided an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students. He pointed out some of the art features provided by First Nations artisans, from the Fountain of

Two Rivers, which acknowledges the traditional territory of the Lheidli (translating to where the two rivers flow together) T’enneh (meaning the people), to the birchbark canoe hanging at the east entrance. “Today is a red-let-

Miles Labatch, the 10-yearold son of a student at the college, played a traditional song about change, Four Seasons, at the official opening of the CNC Gathering Place on March 21, an area honouring the First Nations and Metis Nation at the college.

ter day,� Monty Palmantier, chair of Yinka Dene council said. “I want to acknowledge the institution leaders for putting their money where their mouth is.� He added the Gathering Place is highly important to Aboriginal learners. Many attend college from far-flung places, never

seeming to have the dollars to go home for visits and holidays. “To have a home that reflects who we are makes for a huge building block for success,� he said. He added the influence of indigenous cultures can be seen, not only in the structure but in conduct and methodology.

Elders and leaders welcomed those who attended the ceremony. Miles Labatch, the young son of a student of the college, sand the traditional song, Four Seasons, which focuses on change. The Louie Singers entertained while people stayed to enjoy cake and bannock.

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Bowman steps down in July in five years, and there may not be somewhere else to go then.� allanw@pgfreepress.com He said there are a lot of The time to leave came sooner similarities between CNC and NIC. than he expected. “We are already collaboratJohn Bowman informed the g with them in a number of Board of Governors of the Col- ing areas, and I’m happy lege of New Caleabout that because it donia (CNC) on will let me keep in March 22 that he touch with what’s would be resignhappening here.� ing as president to As well, he said, take on a similar b both schools are position at North working strongly Island College on Aboriginal and (NIC). international edu“The current cation, as well as president is retirapplied research. ing,� Bowman said John Bowman Both also have a cenlater, “and she had - Leaving CNC tral campus (CNC in only been there Prince George, NIC for four years, so it was sooner than anyone in Comox Valley) and a number of satellite campuses. expected.� “There is a also a similar After 15 years with CNC, including the last seven as program mix,� Bowman said, president, Bowman said, “The “although they’re actually doing more with online educatiming was right.� “I’m thinking in terms of the tion than we are.� His resignation is effective next 10 or 15 years of my life and my work. College presi- July 31, a date board chair Bob dents have a ‘Best before’ date, Murray will make it tough to and while I haven’t reached have someone in place. “We will start the search mine here yet, maybe I would

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he idea behind having an auditor general for the province is a good one, but only if the auditor general does a good job and only if the government listens. The issue surrounding British Columbia’s auditor general John Doyle’s departure has been well reported … the politically motivated actions of Liberal MLAs overseeing his position even prompted Premier Christy Clark to get involved. It didn’t do any good as Doyle has had enough and is leaving. However, the animosity continues. In his latest report Doyle questions one of the Liberals’ more grandiose schemes, the government’s claim to be carbon neutral and the Pacific Carbon Trust. According to the report, the majority of offsets purchased to meet government’s carbon neutral goal in 2010 were not credible. The audit examined two projects which accounted for nearly 70 per cent of the offsets purchased by government to achieve their claim of carbon neutrality: the Darkwoods Forest Carbon project in southeastern B.C. and the Encana Underbalanced Drilling project near Fort Nelson. “Offsets can only be credible in British Columbia if, among other things, the revenue from their sale is the tipping point in moving forward on a project. It must be an incentive, not a subsidy, for the reduction of GHGs,” said Doyle. “However, neither project was able to demonstrate that the sale of offsets was needed for the project to be implemented.” Doyle said the two projects received $6 million for work that would have been done regardless of whether carbon offsets were given to the companies. Since its inception, that has been the criticism of the government’s plan. It penalizes institutions like school districts, which have to meet the carbon neutrality goals, while subsidizing private-enterprise projects that were already planned, all the while not really reducing the amount of carbon emitted. “Of all the reports I have issued, never has one been targeted in such an overt manner by vested interests,” he stated. “Nor has an audited organization ever broken my confidence as did the senior managers at the Pacific Carbon Trust by disclosing confidential information to carbon market developers and brokers. “I was astonished to have to expend my office’s limited resources responding to an orchestrated campaign of delay and interference, led by a public-sector entity on behalf of market interests.” Government’s response? “The audit was limited in scope - only covering B.C.’s first year as a carbon neutral government and the first two offsets purchased by Pacific Carbon Trust - and does not reflect the changes made to B.C.’s offset system as the market has evolved,” said Environment Minister Terry Lake, adding government will move on the auditor general’s recommendations. Once again, it’s too bad Doyle is leaving. He seems to be the only one who is truly acting as a public watchdog in this province.

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Willing to work, and looking for a chance Editor: My name is Garth Kroeger. Many of you may recognize my name as I have spent the last 20 years in the vehicle sales industry in Prince George. Recently, I had the opportunity to stop and talk with Tim Gagnon who many of you may have seen on the corner of 15th Avenue and Victoria Street with his sign looking for work. Soon after, I was introduced to his fiancé, Justine Russ. Over the course of a few hours of conversation, I became very aware of their situation. My first thought was how fortunate and blessed our family is in comparison. I knew I couldn’t look the other way, and wanted to find a way to give them a step up. I was able to hire Tim through my business as a general laborer. Unfortunately, it is only for two weeks as he’s filling in for an employee who is recovering from surgery. In addition, after speaking with my wife that evening, we decided that after all of the help that we have received from our family and friends over the course of our 25 years of marriage and the raising of our two children, that we had to seize this opportunity to give back. We decided to donate $100 to this fine young couple and start an account for people of the community to show their compassion and help them out. They don’t drink or do drugs; they are simply two good people who have fallen on some hard times. I feel that it doesn’t need to be Christmas time to have the spirit of giving. We encourage all of you who read this to give up your coffee money for a few days and deposit that spare change or anything you can afford at any TD bank (an account is being set up). You can also drop off any non-perishable food items that you may wish to give, at Millenium Motors (corner of First Avenue and Victoria Street). My wife and I are not naive in thinking that these two people are not the only ones in our community who desperately need and deserve help in many different ways. If we can all start by helping make a positive difference in just one or two peoples’ situations, we are doing a great thing regardless of how small the contribution may seem to us. Please join us in helping them in any way you can. In addition to the account, we would like to help them find some work. They are both

healthy, able-bodied people who are extremely willing to work with any job opportunity that may come their way. If you have an opportunity available for either of them, you can contact them either by phone or text at 250-649-5469 or by e-mail to me personally (gkroeger@shaw.ca) and I will forward anything to Tim and Justine. Here is their story in their own words: My name is Tim Gagnon. I was living in Haida Gwaii with my spouse Justine Russ. We Ph o to s ub mitte d were struggling to survive Tim Gagnon and Justin Russ looking for work. there, living off our families’ help and the odd cash job available. Due to the poor some kind of steady work through WorkBC, job fairs economy, there wasn’t any work through the winter. and any avenue we could use. After only being able With our limited savings quickly depleting, we found to pick up a couple dollars here and there, we were ourselves having to move where the work is and try discouraged and took to the street with a sign saying to start a new life. We left Haida Gwaii on the ferry to “Willing to work! Need to pay Bills and Food! Thank Prince Rupert and started hitchhiking to Prince George. you for any ‘n ALL help. God Bless!!” Our first night we found ourselves sleeping under We were faced with a ton of outpouring, care and a bridge in Terrace. We used most of our last dollars generosity from some very helpful Prince George resito buy a little cheap sleeping bag and propane campdents. We are deeply indebted to the Salvation Army ing stove at Walmart. Good thing that we did because food bank for their assistance in putting food in our the next day we made it as far as Houston and weren’t tummies during these hard times. being picked up to go any further. With the weather at Our goal is to survive and thrive in Prince George, a chilling -22C, we ended up sleeping in a cardboard start a family, and make our home here. Once we are recycling bin with the sleeping bag and a few blankets back on our feet and financially stable we want to pay that we brought with us. We used the little propane it forward and help this community in any way posstove to break the chill in the bin throughout the night. sible. We are a very responsible and strong couple. We The following day we were back on the road. We were don’t drink or do drugs or associate with anyone who able to make it to Prince George around 8 p.m. A few does. We have also kept up with preventive measures very nice people directed us to the homeless shelters. to make sure we do not bring children into this world We are thankful for the resources Prince George has until we are stable and able to provide a good home for to help us build our resumes and print them. We faxed them. them out to a few potential employers and started beatWe are both currently still looking for work so we can ing the pavement handing out resumes and filling out move out of the Homeland Inn and get started on our applications. Justine and I searched for a month for new life.

Should we really have a cashless society? PAUL STRICKLAND Special to the Free Press

There is much talk that we are inevitably moving toward a cashless society. Are we aware of all the possible consequences? The decision to discontinue circulation of the penny was a big mistake, but that decision has been made and it is pointless to argue now. However, some predict in hopeful tones that the nickel will soon follow the penny into history. Indeed, there is a growing chorus calling for an end to all coin denominations below a loonie, and even for an entirely cashless society. For one thing, in a cashless society, what happens to the neighbour girls’ summer lemonade stand, the high school team members’ fund-raising car wash, or an elementary school’s bake sale to raise money for equipment not covered by grants? Ageist technosnobs speak disparagingly of little old ladies taking time in the supermarket to count out the amount for a cash purchase to the last penny. Yet I have seen people with debit cards taking

time in a supermarket line to re-enter a PIN they had erroneously entered on the first try, and there are delays when authorizations are slow to come in for creditcard purchases or when receipts for such purchases are not printed right away. Just as some politically correct people contend free speech is just an outmoded American concept, like the right to bear arms, that only the Jim Keegstras and the Ernst Zundels of the world would want to make use of, so do neo-liberal technosnobs contend that cash is out of date and expensive to handle -- something that only drug dealers and sex-trade workers would want to use. Up-to-date with-it people present debit cards and credit cards to make purchases at stores, and use their iPhones and the like to transfer money between accounts to cover purchases and pay bills. Increasingly there are penalty fees charged against people -- disproportionately against the elderly (and technodunces like me) -- who continue to pay their monthly bills by cheque. Earlier this year Brent Brambury -announcer for CBC Radio One’s Saturday morning news commentary and public

affairs program, Day 6 -- interviewed David Wolman, author of The End of Money. “Paper money is really the currency of crime: drugs, prostitution and the big kahuna of tax evasion,” Wolman said. “That’s another cost of crime, and we the taxpayers have to make up the difference there.” I am reminded of a piece from the early 1960s in the satirical Mad magazine about the then burgeoning phenomenon of discount department stores with their own credit cards, precursors of today’s big-box stores. In one drawing in the series of cartoons, a scowling man at the customer complaints office has dark hair and a toothbrush-like moustache and is wearing a late 1930s-style doublebreasted jacket. In another drawing, staff in a back room are standing around a man seated in a wooden chair who is hooked up to wires leading to a lie-detector. This hapless customer is being given the third degree by security. “He tried to use cash,” is the explanation offered by the store manager in the next cartoon frame. Brambury notes there are grounds for worry about a completely digital econ-

omy. “The biggest concerns centre around privacy, crime, identity theft and wealth security,” he says. “Some experts put the profits of cybercrime in the trillions, surpassing even the global drug trade.” The bank crisis in Cyprus has drawn international attention to attempts by that country’s government and banks to assume the authority to digitally seize a significant percentage of the amounts in depositors’ accounts. It brings to mind Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. In that book a fundamentalist dictatorship has taken over, and soon it seizes the bank accounts of activist women. A central character finds this out only when she tries to buy a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store and finds her debit card has become useless. The end of cash would mean a further loss of sovereignty. Let’s retain a significant role for cash in our economy as a powerful symbol of the beauty of our country’s landscape and as a way of leaving to the individual some control over purchases that aren’t always overseen by the banks, who are forever looking for ways to charge new fees, or monitored by governments.

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PIPE UP Pipe Up is the title of the eighth annual Environmental Art Show held every April on the walls of Artspace. Prose, song, knitted items, pastels or sculpture is all accepted so take part and “pipe up” about our environment. For more about the exhibit, e-mail jovanka@netbistro.com. The show starts April 3.

BROWNE BLUES Blues artist Michael Jerome Browne plays Artspace on Thursday, April 18. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. This will be the artist’s first show in Prince George. Tickets are $20 from Books and Company. He had three CDs nominated for Junos. For more visit www. michaeljeromebrowne. com.

PETER KATZ 2012 Juno nominee Peter Katz is touring his way across Canada and will be at Artspace on April 24 for a show starting at 8 p.m. Katz captivates listeners with his unique brand of contemporary folk music. You can check out his music at www.peterkatz. com. Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance at Books and Company or $20 at the door.

He was born in Canada but lately Brian Chang has felt himself drawn to China. For 12 years Chang has owned and operated The Chinese Store downtown. However, in the fall he plans to change his life around. He wants to trade in his former nine-to-five, seven-days-a week job for travel in China and the chance to look into some overseas business ventures. “I’ve been doing this for a long time now (since March 2001 when the store opened) and it’s been good. But now I want to do something exciting and for me, fulfilling. I feel more and more drawn to China,” he said. “So I plan to spend four to five months in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhan (old Canton) in southern China, to see about various business opportunities Te re s a M A LLA M / Fre e Pre s s over there.” Brian Chang at The Chinese Store on Wednesday. He is getting set to travel to China in the fall He’s not sure if his trip to and check out some new business ventures. China where many of his relatives still live, will open doors new owner so people will still before long Chang was giving kites, paper lanterns, carved in the business world but he see me. I want to thank my cus- up his immediate goal of living boxes and wall hangings. The tomers who have supported the and working in China. store also supplies seasonal and hopes so. “My plan was to return to special event items such as fire“I am thinking of setting up store for so many years and I’m a tourist business where I take happy for the friendships I’ve China after graduation and works for Chinese New Year. teach English but my relatives “I have always done my best people from Prince George to built here.” The store is now being run by were telling me to open up a to educate people in Asian culvisit different places in China and, vice versa, bring people to a longtime local family who plan store here. They said they’d help ture, particularly Chinese culB.C. and other parts of Canada to continue the tradition of stock- me fill it by sending things over. ture, and I like to be able to from China and connect them ing a lot of popular and hard-to- I had friends in Prince George answer any questions people up to experiences like the Rocky find Asian food items and gifts. and when I opened The Chinese may have about customs and Chang’s dream to share food Store I brought together the gro- traditions. For example a cusMountain tours.” Having an understanding of and cultures began when he was cery and gift sides of the busi- tomer who was marrying into a ness and then just expanded it Chinese family wanted to know both cultures and the ability to a teenager. “I went to an 80 per cent Asian over the years.” about a tea ceremony and I was speak both languages are defiChang says he’s mostly relied able to tell her.” nite assets in setting up a busi- (student body) high school in East Vancouver. When I was on his customers to tell him Chang says he likes to feel he ness, he says. “I think of it as bringing the 16, I needed a summer job so I what items they want – then can enrich people’s lives that best of both worlds together,” he applied to a grocery store – Ter- he brings it in. Food specialties way. “For me, it’s all about our mulsaid. Chang won’t be forgetting minal Fruit and Produce (IGA) include teas, dim sum, soups, and I worked there for five years Asian sauces, ice cream, noodles, ticulturalism and helping people his friends here, however. “I will be back in Prince learning all the ins and outs of rice and candies. On the gift to understand another culture. I end of things there are Chinese hope with my new business venGeorge from time to time check- the grocery business.” His hard work paid off and ceramic figurines, tea sets, vases, tures to continue to do that.” ing on things and helping the

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the audience” and hold them there. “We like to hypnotize them,” he said, fans aren’t looking at their cellphones or getting distracted when Motley Crue is in the house. The group’s resounding success over the decades – worldwide album sales over 80 million, several platinum and multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, hot singles, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grammy nominations and sold out tours, Sixx said simply, ”We feel blessed.” And of the muchpublicized bad boy behaviour including illicit drugs (in 1987 Sixx reportedly suffered a near-fatal heroin overdose which

inspired the song Kickstart My Heart,) band break-ups and brushes with the law, Sixx is philosophical. “We’re all human beings... life is not perfect. [For me] this has been one long learning experience.” Indeed, Sixx turned his diaries about his drug addiction into a best selling novel The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star and, in 1988, entered rehab for treatment. Just like in any longterm relationship, Motley Crue band members have had their share of ups and down, he says. “We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

Through it all, Sixx has remained loyal. “I was there at the beginning (in 1980) ... and I’ll be there at the end. I’m a lifer.” The end? Sixx says, “the band gets better and better” but it’s soon going to be time to retire. “Motley Crue wants – at some point – to bow out while we’re still on top,” he says. They don’t want to repeat the mistakes of other bands they know who “end up just embarrassing themselves,” he says. When the time comes, however, it will be good for the band and good for the members’ individual careers and future plans.

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During Daffodil Month, the Canadian Cancer Society is asking Prince George residents to wear a daffodil pin as a symbol of support for people living with cancer and to join the fight against cancer by making a donation to the Society. Thursday’s launch of the society’s national daffodil campaign is particularly meaningful as this day marks the organization’s 75th anniversary. The Canadian Cancer Society was founded on March 28, 1938 and through the years has grown into Canada’s leading national cancer-fighting charity. Today – thanks to the years of support of volunteers and donors in cities like Prince George – the Society has the reach, strength and experience to make the most impact against cancer. “We are so impressed by the number of British Columbians who wear their daffodil pin during April to show their support for those affected by cancer,” said Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon, in a press release. “This movement – which originated here in B.C. and is thanks to countless dedicated volunteers – recognizes the cancer journey and mobilizes communities to make a really big difference in the fight against cancer.” During the Society’s early years in the 1940s, the cancer survival rate was about 25 per cent. Today, more than 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis. The bright yellow daffodil has been an integral part of the Society’s history since it was used by volunteers during the 1950s to decorate tables at fundraising events that became known as Daffodil Teas. The Society continues to host special events and activities throughout April to raise vital funds for the important work of the Society.

On Sunday, April 7, 2013 ‘a flower in fashion’ celebrates the beginning of daffodil month. The fashion show includes a dessert reception and guests will have the opportunity to select from a number of items at the silent auction. Tickets are $40 and available at the Canadian Cancer Society, Dandylines, The London, and Park Avenue Apparel. “Every year we see the community rally around Daffodil Month and Daffodil Day and this year is no exception,” says Margaret Jones-Bricker, Regional Director, Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon. “We look forward to ‘a flower in fashion’ and also to seeing the little yellow daffodil pins on people’s lapels during this month.” Daffodil Day – Saturday, April 27 – helps wrap up the Society’s campaign by designating a special day where we can reflect upon the thousands of Canadians who are on a cancer journey and also to remember those who have not survived. To donate online or to find out where you can get a daffodil pin, go to fightback.ca or contact Marjo van Helvoirt Koop at 250-564-0885.

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Wills rules changing New probate rules and the Wills, Estates and Succession Act are aimed at providing certainty for individuals who put their last wishes into writing and simplifying the process for those in charge of distributing an estate. The new act will come into force officially on March 31, 2014. By streamlining seven outdated acts into one single act, the new law will make estate planning easier for the general public to understand. New probate rules also will come into effect in conjunction with the act. Probate is the process of applying to the court for its ruling on whether a will is legally valid. The

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Beware the Easter carrots to – but there bunny. is a history to my hobChocolate bunnies bies. come laden with caloMy parents can only ries. But pet bunnies blame themselves. come with the ability First is their choice of to produce childhood many, readers. Tea many offSecond is with spring. As their need a child I to instill Teresa had both awe and kinds of wonder TERESAMALLAM in the bunnies and neiminds of ther one lasted very their little children. long in the hands After coming back of me and my older from church one Easter brother, Christopher. Sunday when I was six Ever since I felt (at years old, my father about age four) the was walking me up fuzzy white bunny the path to our house. on the pages of my He suddenly stopped. Farm Animals Book, I “Look, the Easter wanted my own “Easbunny’s been here,� he ter� bunny to cuddle said. and feed lettuce and Sure enough, when

I looked down, there was a trail of tracks in the snow that looked very much like bunny paws. They led to the front porch. So like the optimistic little boy who sees piles of straw on his birthday and thinks that means there’s a pony, I saw those tracks as a sign there was a cornucopia of chocolate treats that year. Indeed, we found our first clue (and some eggs) hidden in an Easter basket on the front porch. Years later my father confessed that it was only the neighbour’s cat – but it had good timing. After that I begged for a bunny but instead, I was given two Golden

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farm in Camrose to choose one. Well, even the best farm hands do make mistakes. Before long Gabby and her guy, as it turned out, were proud parents to dozens of little baby bunnies – enough to supply the entire neighbourhood. It was Easter time when we realized things had gotten a little out of hand but we were told not to advertise bunnies during the holiday because people just get them (or chicks) on a whim – they think they’re cute and then before the chocolate eggs are all eaten, they are bored with their new pets and they end up at the SPCA. I was reminded of all this when interviewing Beth Pawluk this week about her Ukrainian Easter eggs. She invited me to pick out a decorated egg for myself. I looked over the sea of colour, at dozens of designs on 200 eggs. Just one? But I had to be careful. Maybe they multiply.

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Browne bringing blues Blues artist Michael Jerome Browne plays Artspace on April 18. Browne, who calls Montreal home (he was born in Indiana), is one of the country’s top multiinstrumentalists – he plays guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica and mandolin, to name a few. He also sings, writes, performs and records his own music and performs for other well-known artists as well. H i s u n i q u e music wraps around several different genres: Americana, blues, Cajun and just about anything else that strikes his fancy. “Whether he’s gliding a slide across his national guitar, pulling his bow over the fiddle strings to paly a lively Cajun waltz or frailing away on his gourd banjo, Michael’s passion and virtuosity always shine through,” it states on Browne’s website bio. “In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to Amerian roots music, gospel. blues, old-time, country, soul and Cajun. “ Three of Browne’s four previous releases were nominated for Juno awards and he’s won numerous awards for his music including Solo

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It was second choice to a pool, and once got evicted in favour of badminton courts. The Nechako Branch of the Prince George Public Library has a colourful history, and supervisor Catherine Checkley says it has a solid present. “It’s very well-used,� she says, sitting in one of the comfortable chairs near the entrance. “The people here are very loyal.� That loyalty has been in existence in the Hart Highway since before the library opened. Checkley goes over some notes she has prepared on the history of the branch. “The first library in the Hart was in 1971. This area wasn’t part of the city then, and they were trying to raise money for a pool as a provincial centennial project. They didn’t have enough for the pool, so the library had been their second choice.� She says there are still some people from the original group, or their children, who are members of the library. The library wasn’t always in its current location in a mall adjoining Highway 97. “We moved here in 1995,� Checkley says. “The longest we were in one spot before that was at Kelly Road School, but when they decided they needed the space for badminton courts, we had to move.� The mall location has worked well, as have some recent renovation decisions. “Some people don’t realize we’re in the mall until they get here. Others stop in once or twice a week when they’re doing their regular shopping. “We changed things around, moved some of the stacks back from the window and moved the chairs up here. It’s made it brighter and more inviting for people when they pass by.� Like the main branch down-

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Children’s librarian Kaitlin Vardy prepares to give Kaylee Domenis, who’s almost 2, a second happy-face handstamp after a Toddler Time session at the Nechako Branch of the Prince George Public Library on Wednesday morning. town, the Nechako branch offers Internet service, however they also cater to some special clients. “There are a lot of people out here who still only have dial-up service for Internet. So we installed some circuits here where they can plug in their laptops and print something off.� The Nechako branch is much smaller than the downtown one, and Checkley says some people appreciate that. “Parents seem to like not having to worry so much about where their children are. We’re all on one floor here. We have some people who come from as far away as College Heights because they find we have easier access. There are also a fairly high percentage of seniors in the area, and they like everything

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Duane Ward noted that a wise person once said once you quit learning about baseball, that’s the day you quit playing the game. “This game evolves every day. There’s always something new to learn,” the 48-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher said on Wednesday. Ward takes that position into running sessions at Blue Jays Honda Super Camps. He learns new ways to teach, and hopes they’re discovering more about themselves as players. Ward said that he was pleased with the response for their camp in Prince George, which included sessions from Tuesday to Thursday at the Northern Sport Centre in front of about 55 participants. He said players in other places aren’t as interested. “There’s a few kids here that I saw two years ago (at the first camp in 2011) and it tells us that we’re doing something right because they want to come back and they still want to learn.” Ward and three other former Blue Jays held sessions. Outfielders Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield and infielder Homer Bush also visited Prince George as guest coaches at the camp. Blue Jays amateur baseball coordinator T.J. Burton also helped out, with Prince George minor baseball coaches chipping in. “I’m excited to be here. All I’ve heard is how nice Prince George is. Even with the snow I can tell, we’re sitting up so high with that view of the city, it’s a very beautiful view,” Bush said.

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“As far as baseball, I think the country as a whole is excited about the Jays and baseball. I think the Jays are teaming up with Honda into the grassroots of the fan base, really tapping into the youth across the country, that’s kind of one of its kind.” The first Blue Jays camp ended only a couple of days before the start of the most recent World Baseball Challenge in July 2011. While rain forced organizers to move that camp indoors, they had the NSC marked as the site of this camp once dates

were confirmed, since snow is a normal sight in March. “Inside here, it’s fine. It doesn’t make a difference of where you’re at to learn how to throw a baseball, to hit a baseball, to catch a baseball,” Ward said. “It’s all the same thing whether it’s under the sun or under a roof.” Although the camp had a reasonable turnout, the participation totals were close to half of 2011 registration. The timing of this year’s camp played a factor. Winter

sports seasons have just wrapped up, while students in School District 57 have been on a two-week spring break. Regardless, the coaches weren’t complaining. Part of their enjoyment comes from each other. “We feed off one another because we all do something that’s related to youth baseball back in our hometowns,” Bush said. The camp was held for players from nine to 16 years old. Athletes of all skill levels attended the event.

World Baseball Challenge attracts a top field Prince George’s third edition of the World Baseball Challenge may have the strongest field of teams yet. On Wednesday, organizers of the 2013 tournament released details of the event. The countries, dates and ticket prices were announced. Once again, the summer tournament will include six teams. Five of the nations that competed in 2011 will be represented again, with the host Canadian team, Cuba, Japan, Chinese Taipei and the Bahamas showing their commitment to returning. Rounding out the field will be a U.S. representative. Cuba captured the 2011 tournament. The first event of its kind in 2009 ended

with the U.S. national collegiate team winning the title. The biggest difference this year may be the dates. Instead of a tournament in July, the 2013 World Baseball Challenge will unfold in August. Dates are set for Aug. 13 to 23 (Aug. 23 a rain date). The schedule has Team Canada open against USA on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m., with the championship game set for Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The top four teams will enter the elimination round, with semifinals on Aug. 21. A fifth-place consolation contest will also take place. The schedule is tentative, and may change slightly.

“This city has earned a tremendous amount of respect in the international baseball world for what we brought to Prince George in 2009 and 2011, after the first World Baseball Challenge was held in Grand Forks in 2002,” WBC co-chair Jim Swanson stated in a press release. “Teams committed to this year’s tournament much sooner than years past, and we have simply wanted to give all the respect deserved to the professional-level World Baseball Classic to complete that outstanding event before we announced our dates and schedule. The word is out that the World Baseball Challenge is a quality event, with great competition. We have yet to have a team come to Prince

George and leave with an undefeated record, which speaks to the level of play. We know that the tournament has really helped the profile of the city internationally, and has drawn in significant numbers in terms of economic activity.” Tournament passes for the World Baseball Challenge go on sale on April 1 through Ticketmaster locations and online at www.tickemaster.ca. Full event passes are set at $199 (main grandstand covered seating/designated seats) and $150 (general admission/rush seating). Organizers are working on revamping the website (worldbaseball.ca), which will offer a look at the full tournament schedule.


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Runners work their way along Gladstone Drive in College Heights during the 2013 Heights Fiver on Sunday morning. The event kicked off the Prince George Road Runners’ season.

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Games. “Hosting the Gymnastics BC championships in Prince George is an amazing opportunity for our club,” Prince George club president Lucia Fendelet stated in a press release. “Not only will it give everyone a chance to see some world-class gymnastics, but also raise the profile of Prince George as a sporting event host.” The home club will be represented by 25 gymnasts including Team BC member Alia Wilson. Wilson has qualified to represent B.C. at the 2013 Western Canadian Gymnastics

Championships in Winnipeg. Forty clubs from across the province will be represented at the championships. Competition gets underway on April 5 at 9 a.m. and runs through the weekend, wrapping up on April 7 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door at prices of $10 for a day or $20 for a weekend ($5 a day for students and seniors). Children under six can attend for free, while family passes are also available. More information is available through Gymnastics BC at www.gymbcevents.com.


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ing.” Wheelchair basketball at the 2015 Canada Winter Games is for individuals born Jan. 1, 1991 and later. Among the athletes expected to represent the host province is Harris’ son, 22-year-old Prince George product Avril. Feedback on Duchess Park Secondary was positive. “We’re really excited,” Harris says. “I think it will just sort of build.”

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Wheelchair basketball will be among the activities at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. While a weekend event at Duchess Park Secondary offered a look at the sport, the competition was a smaller version of what will unfold at the venue in February 2015. Obvious differences included the size of teams and length of the games. The 2013 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior West Regional Championships on the weekend was a three-on-three tournament with seven-minute halves. Canada Winter Games wheelchair basketball models those aspects after stand-up basketball, with five-on-five play and 10-minute halves. “Three-on-three is developmental in preparation for Canada Games. It strengthens a lot of the players coming up,” organizer Nancy Harris says. “(Since) the last couple of Canada Games, people have aged out over the last couple of years, so it’s a younger group coming up.” As a Canada Winter Games sport, wheelchair basketball is expanding in the north. “Northern development initiatives with wheelchair basketball are really progressing and we’ve got some ground-setting precedents in the works that’ll help with a bunch of integration and the wheelchair sports,” Harris says, “so wheelchair basketball is sort of a catalyst for a bunch of school programs we’re working on.” Seven teams hit the floor for the tournament. The BC Warriors and BC Blazers were joined by three Alberta

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BC Blazers coach Brad Hagkull talks to players during a break from action against an Alberta team at the 2013 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior West Regional Championships, Sunday at Duchess Park Secondary. teams and a pair of squads from Saskatchewan. Aside from the obvious, another difference between wheelchair and stand-up basketball is that players are given classifications based on movement. Able-bodied wheelchair athletes typically score the highest. Individual point values ranged from 1 (lowest) to 4.5 (highest) on the weekend. Teams were permitted a maximum of nine points on the floor at a time. Canada Winter Games follows a similar model, but since it’s 5-on-5 wheelchair basketball, the maximum total points increases to 15 per team. In both point systems there are exceptions. Teams get half point bonuses for each female player on the floor. Event officials monitor the players’ balance and movement. “We look at the players who play the game and we try to assess those two factors, their volume of action and their stability,” says Wheelchair Basketball Canada classifier Tim Frick, who lives on Pender Island but vis-

ited Prince George on the weekend. “We try to then create classes of athletes who have similar volume of action and similar stabilities.” Coaches grade the players when they enter their teams, so there’s a level of trust involved. “In theory, the system is set up so the athlete and the coach would go online, look at some of the resource materials, talk to some other athletes and

people and arrive at a point value that they feel is fair,” Frick says. Although it’s less of a lower body workout, balance is still an important aspect. “In stand-up basketball, your legs do all the work,” Harris says. “In wheelchair basketball, now you’re coming in for your shot after doing that. Now you have to set your arms and get your control in your arms as well because you’re pushing and shoot-

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presents a challenge. In an effort to draw more teams, the 2012 bonspiel was held on the last weekend of February. But with only 29 teams entered, it didn’t make a difference. This year presents a challenge on its own. Sunday is Easter, and with a four-day weekend, curlers may opt to spend the next few days engaging in family activities. There’s also only a few days left until students in School District 57 return to class after a two-week spring break. “People go away, so you definitely are going to miss some people. I can’t say for sure,” Jones said. “We had it out there that this was the weekend since the beginning of the season, so everyone kind of knew that that was the weekend.” Last year’s Kelly Cup ended with Bill Fisher defeating Corey Eberle 6-4 in the championship game.

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Jon Cooper makes his debut as an NHL game and most of it far-fetched was tired of all the verbal and physiHartley Miller is the sports director for radio head coach tonight (Friday) behind the guesses. cal abuse he has to take being on the stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. He also writes Tampa Bay bench when the Lightning host Cleveland Browns. for Hqprincegeorge.com. Send along a quote, note, FROM THE QUOTE RACK: the New Jersey Devils. Yes, good guys don’t Comedy writer Jim Barach or anecdote to hmiller@94xfm.com. Virgil Trucks, the always finish last! (jokesbyjim.blogspot.com/) Follow him on twitter: @Hartley_Miller oldest living New York Cooper left his hometown of A Long Island man has received Yankee, died Saturday Prince George 30 years ago, and Hart a summons for laughing too loudly at the age of 95. Too was smart enough to earn a law Beat in home. He has since promised – no bad, the Yankees are so degree to fall back on. more Islanders games. Success, on and off the ice, has HARTLEYMILLER hard up with injuries Contributor Bill Littlejohn of this preseason they were followed him throughout his life. South Lake Tahoe, California about to give him another tryout. Last season he was named AHL Coach of the And in case you missed it: Contributor Janice Hough of Year after guiding the Norfolk Admirals to An The Chicago Cubs reportedly may Palo Alto, California the Calder Cup. The Admirals finished the Dealer add a mascot that represents the (www.leftcoastsportsbabe.com) season on a 29-game win streak. Cubbies’ tradition. Possible names Cooper made a quick transition to the top. Chris Vigue include Hindenburg, Titanic and Cleveland Browns running back He only started as a full-time coach in 2003 Sales Associate Exxon Valdez. Trent Richardson has been named in in the NAHL (the same league the Dawson Comedy writer RJ Currie Cell: a civil suit accusing him of verbal Creek Rage used to play in), leading the (www.Sportsdeke.com) DL#30540 2021 HWY 16, Prince George and physical abuse. Apparently he St.Louis Bandits to a couple of championships in five years before progressing to the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) where he quickly changed the culture of the team. The IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Gamblers went from worst (prior to Cooper’s TITLE SPONSOR arrival) to first. Cooper was then given a big break and hired by the Lightning organization. Cooper, who is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, was coaching the Syracuse Crunch this season (record 39-18-8) when he was promoted to Tampa after Guy Boucher was fired. Ex-P.G. Cougars Eric Brewer and Make your Awards Gala nominations today at Dana Tyrell are on the Lightning roster. 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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 nijjerb@hotmail.com.

Park Attendants Required Mariah Recreation Management Services is seeking suitable couples or individuals for employment in the following Provincial Parks for the 2013 season (May - Sept): Beatton, Charlie Lake & Moberly Lake Duties will include: â&#x20AC;˘ Park maintenance & landscaping â&#x20AC;˘ Fee collection & park security â&#x20AC;˘ Record keeping & customer service â&#x20AC;˘ Use of small power tools Requirements: â&#x20AC;˘ Must by physically ďŹ t & â&#x20AC;˘ willing/able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions â&#x20AC;˘ Experience with power tools for park maintenance â&#x20AC;˘ Must have experience with handling cash & customer service delivery Fax/E-mail resumes to: Mariah Recreational Management Services mariahrecreation@ hotmail.com

WANT TO WORK OUTDOORS? Established utilities services company is seeking part time and full time METER READERS for 100 Mile House, Prince George and Williams Lake and surrounding area. t&YQFSJFODFSFBEJOHNFUFSTJTDPOTJEFSFEBOBTTFU t.VTUIBWFBSFMJBCMFWFIJDMF t.VTUCFDVTUPNFSPSJFOUFEXJUIHPPE communication skills t.VTUCFDBQBCMFPGXPSLJOHJOEFQFOEFOUMZJO WBSJPVTXFBUIFSDPOEJUJPOT t1IZTJDBMMZEFNBOEJOHKPC t$PNQBOZQSPWJEFEVOJGPSNTBOEUSBJOJOH t1BJECZQJFDFSBUF QBJEQFSNFUFSUIBUZPVSFBE

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Roofers Needed Immediately in Kitimat Experienced in shingles, metal and torch-on systems. Wages based on experience and production. Must be reliable. Fax resume to (250)6399448 or phone 250-6321433 or 250-639-9447 TrafďŹ c 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

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.

Trades, Technical JDT CONSTRUCTION

G Gilbert Renovation Year round reno needs. Int/ext, nothing too small. 30 yrs exp. Free estimates! Call Gaetan (250) 560-5845 or 552-7184

Louâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Renos Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Renos 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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Painting & Decorating Paint Special 3 Rooms $589 incl. prem qlty paint, your color choices, 2 coats, ďŹ lled nail holes. Ceiling & trim extra. Free Est. HB Tech 250-6496285

is hiring Welders Fitters & Millwrights

Pets & Livestock

Call 250-614-4529 or fax 250-561-2036

Beautiful 3 yr old. female malamute medium size husky requires a medium male size husky for breeding. Call asap 250-617-5088

Services

Alterations/ Dressmaking FOUR SISTERS SEWING 250-564-4985

Financial Services

Pet Breeders

Merchandise for Sale

$200 & Under Firewood, driest wood in town split & delivered $180/cord (250)964-2020 White hobby lock serger just serviced $200 250-964-9141

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

FREE TO A GOOD HOME Neutered black & white male cat â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fletcherâ&#x20AC;? 8 or 9 yrs old very friendly, loves people. Call (250)962-0677

Business for Sale

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BUSINESS FOR SALE If you are a motivated individual, passionate about helping women, willing to work hard while having fun, then owning this business may be for you. We are selling the newly renovated and updated Curves ďŹ tness centre due to the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lingering health issues. We will negotiate a reasonable and affordable price for this well loved club with a person who shares a passion for improving womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: Global ďŹ tness franchise who provide support and advertising Dedicated, trained staff Loyal customer base Fresh approach to personal Fully equipped health and effective weight loss Clear opportunities for growth Located in Prince George for Prime location with free parking over ten years Serious inquiries please call Aubrey at 250 562-0049 email aubrey@muirheadďŹ nancial.com

Quesnel Industrial Transportation Quesnel Industrial Transportation is expanding operations. We have been in operations for over 20 years. Our main focus of business is Log Transportation, Low Bedding and Deck Hauling. We have a very strong and stable customer base, dealing with some of the largest Corporations in Canada. We are hiring professional drivers to fill the following openings. â&#x20AC;˘ 3 Log Transport Drivers for short log configuration. Usually 11 months of the year employment. â&#x20AC;˘ 2 Highway Deck Drivers, year round work, Super B and Tridem Deck work in BC and AB. Must be able to handle off highway roads and conditions. â&#x20AC;˘ 1 Local Driver for our summer and fall seedling season. Reefer Van Work. Drivers must have a valid class 1 license, clean abstract and a professional appearance and work ethic. Competitive wage and benefits package. Must speak fluent English.

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

Misc. for Sale Aluminum tri-fold ATV/ Mower ramps. 1500 lb capacity 50â&#x20AC;? wide x 77â&#x20AC;? length New $280 Will sell for $175 obo 250-640-3970 FOR THE HOME BREWER Wine making equipment. Incl. 2 primary buckets, 4 carboyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, hoses, syphonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, thermometers, ďŹ&#x201A;oor corker (some corks) electric bottle ďŹ ller plus lots more. Must be sold as a complete set 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?

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

Real Estate Mobile Homes & Parks RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New Park. Affordable Housing. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC. Spec home on site to view. Please call 250-4627055. www.copperridge.ca

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

Midtowne

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

To Rent Call:

250-561-1447 1 bdrm $570, 2 bdrm $680 heat, h/w incl., 1601 Queensway; 250-596-4275 250-612-7199 VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446

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HILLSBOROUGH Apts Newly updated, spacious 3 bdrm apts. Clean, quiet, secure entrance. No Pets. Includes H/W Utilities extra

Phone 250-596-4555

Commercial/ Industrial

STK# B3917-0

2009 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA CITY

Majestic Management (1981) Ltd.

Very low mileage, Clean, CarProof, Amazing condition, Amazing price. Sale $14,900

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Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

Mobile Homes & Pads

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Hub City Motors 1822 Queensway 250.564.7228 www.hubcitymotors.com

FREE SCRAP CAR REMOVAL within 15 km

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Manufactured Homes by Moduline Industries Under $110.00/sq.ft. Retire with us...on time... on budget. In the beautiful Shuswap

250-835-2366 www.shuswapcountryestates.com

OfďŹ ce/Retail 900 sq ft 533 Dominion St. Retail/OfďŹ ce space $900/mo neg + Hst. Heat & Ph. not incl. Ph:Anna 563-1289 or Danillo 563-2738

Room & Board Room & Board, on bus route. Walking distance to 2 shopping and civic centre $550 per mth n/s 250-614-0155

Suites, Lower 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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Legal Notices

NOTICE IS GIVEN BY A1 Self Storage, under the Warehouse Lien Act, that a claim is made against the persons listed below for goods they have left in storage. If the storage fees and related costs are not paid in full, and the goods removed by April 10, 2013, then the goods will be sold by auction by Ross Auctioneers on April 27th or May 4th, 2013, at A-1 Self Storage, 3632 Hart Hwy, PG: Cindy Barnes, Tanya Alcock, PCP Ventures, Michelle Wallace, Nathan Arrowsmith, Ken Spooner, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Hall, Art Schipfel, Shawna Goulding, Vernon Prince, Darlene Joseph, Terri Titchmarsh, Rhoda Parker, Cyle Breeden.

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Legal Notices Correction Notice: Buckhorn Improvement District AGM & Election of Trustees announcement was paid & scheduled to publish Friday, Mar 22/13. The announcement did not run as scheduled due to a production error. Court Bailiff Sale: The Court Bailiff offers for sale by tender, interest in the following goods of judgment debtor: A&A Gourmet Family Restaurants Ltd (dba A&A Burger Bar): All goods and chattels of the judgment debtor, without limit or exception, generally, and subject to audit, such as: commercial ovens, grills, fryers, coolers, freezers, kitchen equipment, place settings,cutlery, tables and chairs. This is a Turn-key restaurant business opportunity. Items can be viewed by appointment only by calling Spruceland Inn in Prince George at 250-563-0102. The items are located at 1393 Central Street West adjacent to the Spruceland Inn. Closing date is April 15, 2013 or before. Highest or any other bid not necessarily accepted. Bidders are solely responsible for determining the make, model, year of manufacture, condition, quantities, sets and or usefulness of all items for tender. All items are sold on an â&#x20AC;&#x153;as is, where isâ&#x20AC;? basis with no warranty given or implied. Sale is subject to cancellation or adjournment without notice. Terms of sale: Immediate full payment in certiďŹ ed funds or cash only upon acceptance of successful bid. Photos available at w w w. n o r t h c e n t r a l b a i l iffs.bc.ca. ---Paul Brett, Court Bailiff Division, North Central Bailiffs Ltd.

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March 29, 2013 edition of the Prince George Free Press

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