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ELECTION: Conservatives promise northern infrastructure fund A4 Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Check out the insert in today’s Free Press and find out who were the big winners at last night’s Women of the North awards ceremony.

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The NDP have a five-step plan to manage the province’s forestry portfolio, revealed in Prince George Monday as the latest plank in the party’s platform. “I don’t think in recent memory a political party has given so much focus to forestry,” Dix said. He added their plan has five elements, beginning with a commitment to skills training, an issue he has been hearing about in all corners of the province. He said though youth have shown reluctance to pursue forestry jobs because of the problems within the industry over a number of years, NDP is prepared to train a whole new generation of people. He added the NDP will commit to forest health, first by restoring the forest inventory. “We didn’t have the basic information about the land when makDe Ly nd a PILON/ Fre e Pre s s ing crucial decisions about land Provincial NDP leader Adrian Dix visited Prince George Monday to reveal the party’s five-point plan to use,” Dix said. manage forestry if the NDP are successful in the May 14 election. He also promised to rebuild the Lastly he said they would rein- said. eral’s information seems largely research capacity of the Ministry of He said the initiatives will devoid of fact, citing deficit budForests, particularly as important state the jobs protection commisdecisions come to the fore in the sioner, a position put in place to help be paid through the fiscal plan gets, increased debt and what he announced by the NDP last week, described as a failed Jobs Plan that wake of the mountain pine beetle communities through job losses. “They will protect communities including taxing big business, a resulted in a loss of 34,800 jobs in epidemic. Dix said they will continue to when difficult decisions have to be bank tax and taxing those who the province. earn over $150,000 per year. “There is a gulf between what build markets, led by industry, add- made,” he said. Decisions made because of a “Ninety per cent of British they say and what they do,” Dix ing they did a good job with China, where they were aided in their change in the annual allowable Columbians will see no change,” said. cut could affect jobs, so ensuring he said. In contrast, Dix said, the NDP efforts by the government. The five-year plan will cost about are consistent with their message, a He committed to joining with a healthy forest is paramount. industry for a trip to Asia within Dix said because of that tied in $30 million the first year and $100 long-term plan with clear direction and focus. the first months of taking govern- with this section is a promise to million per year by the fifth year. more than double the number When asked what he would say “Our approach is serious and ment, if elected. Ensuring B.C. logs go principally of seedlings to be planted in the to residents of the province who methodical,” Dix said adding both are being encouraged by Liberals it and voters will have the chance for B.C. jobs will become another next five years. “This will ensure the next gen- to think about the economic future in May to choose either the NDP priority. “We got away from this over eration sees our commitment to of the province when they enter or Liberal approach, which he long-term prosperity in B.C.,” he the ballot boxes, Dix said the Lib- described as largely spin. time,” he said.

The B.C. Liberal Party released its election platform Monday, promising to freeze personal income tax rates for five years and return to its plan to eliminate small business income tax. Liberal leader Christy Clark released the platform at a campaign event in Vancouver, challenging NDP leader Adrian Dix to do the same and to participate in a oneon-one debate on the different visions for the province. The B.C. Liberals’ personal tax freeze does not extend to income above $150,000, which was subject to a 2.1 per cent increase in the government’s February budget. That increase was budgeted to last only two years before returning to the current 14.7 per cent rate. The NDP has proposed to raise the rate on income above $150,000 a year to 19 per cent, permanently. The B.C. Liberals had earlier planned to eliminate income tax for small businesses with annual revenues of $500,000 or less. But faced with deficits after the 2008-09 financial crisis and the rejection of the harmonized sales tax, the government decided in 2012 to hold the small business tax rate at 2.5 per cent.

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Greg Matters honoured Died after encounter with RCMP ERT A Canadian Forces decorated veteran who was fatally shot last year during an encounter with an RCMP Emergency Response Team will be awarded a posthumous Memorial Cross. Last September, Greg Matters was killed on his property outside of Prince George by members of an RCMP Emergency Response Team. Matters did not have a firearm and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to his family. Veterans Affairs Canada recently wrote to Matters’ mother stating: “In recognition of your great personal loss, we are pleased to award two people the Memorial Cross.” The letter announcing this determination arrived less than two days before what would have been Greg’s 41st birthday –April 12. Tracey Matters, sister of the deceased veteran, says that she and her mother will be honoured to receive these medals. She lives in Australia and hopes to make it back to Prince George in September for the anniversary of his death. She is requesting that the family be presented with the medals at that time. Also known as the Silver

Cross, the Memorial Cross is awarded to next of kin of any member of the Canadian Forces who loses his or her life in active service, including peacekeeping duties. “Our family has been devastated by the loss of my brother Greg who was a proud Canadian and had spent 15 years serving our country in the Canadian Forces,” said Tracey Matters in a statement issued by the family. An investigation into the RCMP shooting of Greg Matters is underway by the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), which is set up to investigate police actions independent of any police force or government office. The file is currently with Chief Civilian Director of the IIO, Richard Rosenthal, who hopes to complete the investigation by the end of April. “My brother was a loving member of our family who was known for his intelligence, generosity, kindness and warmth,” Tracey said. “He was deployed to Bosnia, came home injured and suffered significantly with post-traumatic stress disorder.” He was undergoing treatment through video conferencing with a well-known expert

in this field – Dr. Greg Passey at the Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Vancouver at the time of his death. Dr. Passey delivered the eulogy at Greg’s funeral last year, stating that Greg’s story had touched his life and that Greg had a clear will to recover with hopes for the future and for a bigger and better life. “He was a man of principles, justice, strength of character and conviction,” Dr. Passey said. “Greg volunteered for the Canadian Forces because he wanted to serve his country and to help those who were disadvantaged and unable to defend themselves.” He was keen to start his university studies so that he could help other veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. A private birthday barbecue will be held Friday in memory of Greg Matters with family and close friends at the family farm south of Prince George. Greg’s favorite ‘tuxedo’ cakes will be served with a display of fireworks that he bought before he was killed. His mother also plans to release helium balloons with messages in them with the hope that one of them will reach his sister in Australia.

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CNC and faculty come to tentative contract The College of New Caledonia has reached a tentative agreement with its faculty association. Members of the Faculty Association of the College of New Caledonia will hold a ratification vote on the new deal during their annual general meeting April 27.

“We are delighted that we were able to reach an agreement and hope it is ratified by Faculty Association members in the near future,” said Sandra Rossi, CNC’s Director of Human Resources, in a press release. The deal includes both local and sectoral compensation template table settlement

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Cummins promises infrastructure DELYNDA PILON

If the Conservatives take office following May’s election, they will establish a fiveyear $200-million fund dedicated to fixing aging infrastructure in the North. “There is no doubt northern B.C. provides the lion’s share of the province’s wealth,” B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins said during his stop in the city Friday. Yet whether you are visiting Prince George, Dawson Creek or Fort St. John, Cummins said, you see an abundance of potholes, many caused by the damage done by the heavy trucks hauling the product that contributes to the province’s wealth. He said the fiveyear, $200-million program will be “new money” for communities in the North

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with a population of 100,000 or less. Details on how it will be allocated have yet to be worked out, though they are likely to be based on population and needs. The Building Canada fund, established by the federal government in 2007, was recently extended to 2014, and he said he knows the province will get its fair share of the money. “This is in addition to the Building Canada fund,” he said. Cummins also committed to change the rules surrounding the gas tax. Formerly, money from the tax could only be used for green or sustainable projects. When the negotiations begin surrounding the gas tax in 2014, Cummins said he will ask the federal government to have it removed so municipalities can spend it at their discretion to sus-

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tain roads and other infrastructure. Cummins also commented on the prospects of liquefied natural gas, and said, though it is a concept worth pursuing, his concern is there is no way to accurately predict long-term market prices for the commodity. He added Australia has a big jump on Canada in the market when it comes to LNG development, with that country adding 10 plants in the next few years. “It will be four or five years before we are prepared to get the shovel in the ground,” he said, adding he wondered if the prices would still be there. Cummins also commented on the Northern Gateway pipeline, saying the party supports the project.

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B.C. provincial Conservative leader, John Cummins stopped in Prince George Friday to reveal a plank in their platform which promises money to fix the North’s aging infrastructure. “We want it to move forward,” he said, adding they are willing to help go over the review findings

with the company to help them do so. He said every effort must be taken to avoid leaks.

Prohibited drivers get more prohibitions In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 15: Joshua A. McQuillin was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 18: Sean K. Broadley was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Delilah A. Joseph was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and resisting a peace officer and sentenced to one day in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 19: Elysie A. Apsassin was found guilty of two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 14 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Raphael J. Joseph

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Court docket was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. Wilfred P. Prince was found guilty of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, sentenced to 80 days in jail, placed on probation for 18 months and prohibited from possessing firearms for two years. Prince was also found guilty of mischief, sentenced to 80 days in jail, placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to make restitution of $205.63. Prince was also found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 80 days in jail, placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to make restitution of $65.50. Prince

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was also found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 80 days in jail and placed on probation for 18 months. Kristopher R. Green was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, fined $750 and assessed a victim surcharge of $115. Wesley E. West was found guilty of uttering threats and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, sentenced to 110 days in jail, placed on probation for two years and prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 20: Rory C. Emery was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Steve W. Knapton was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, fined $2,000 and assessed a victim surcharge of $300. Joseph A.A. Lemelin was found guilty of two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, received a conditional sentence of six months and was prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years.

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Committee proposes tax hike DELYNDA PILON

Owners of a representative home in the city will pay about $59 more per year in municipal taxes if

the option chosen by the committee of the whole is passed by council. The committee chose Monday to recommend council increase home tax to


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The election campaign officially started Tuesday morning and it didn’t take Guenter Stahl (left) and Lloyd Clay long to start putting signs up. The two were out installing signs along Foothills Boulevard before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Funds for school Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond paid a visit to Giscome Friday, bringing with her a $2.4-million project agreement signed by Education Minister Don McRae for signing by Prince George school board chair Sharel Warrington. This agreement paves the way for a new school and activity centre for the community, that was originally announced last fall. The Giscome Elementary project will see two new modular classrooms complemented by a new activity centre. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is contributing $556,000 to build the activity centre that will provide the opportunity for a variety of student sports and offer recreational and multi-purpose space for community use. After Giscome Elementary was closed due to health and safety issues in 2009, two portable classrooms were put on site so students could continue to learn in their community instead of having to attend school in Prince George.

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3.5 per cent, reduce major industry by 1.89 per cent, decrease light industry, business and farm tax rates by 4.64 per cent, with the utility rate decreasing by 2.61 per cent. The finance and audit committee provides three options for the committee to discuss, with councillors open to consider other options that might be introduced at the meeting. Although a tax increase of 3.5 per cent already passed council, the next step in the process is to decide how the increase will be implemented across the classes. Kris Dalio, manager of financial planning for the city, said residents seem most focused on the home tax and the business tax. Coun. Cameron Stolz, chair of the finance and audit committee, explained there are significantly more properties in the residential class than any other in the city, adding up to about 27,000 homes, or three quarters of the tax role. Conversely, residential tax makes up about 55 per cent of the money the city collects. The next largest class is business, adding about 1,555 to the

tax role. This means a change in the percentage of taxes levied will have a more significant impact, dollar-wise, on a business as compared to a home. For example, the second option council had to choose from offered more of a break to home owners, setting their rate at 3.4 per cent. However, looking at the representative home, in actuality that meant a total savings of $2 per year. Another factor to keep in mind is a financial policy set by a previous council to lower the rate levied on major industrial until the municipal rate aligned more closely to the provincial average. Currently the provincial rate is at $36.87 per 1,000 while the city’s is at $46.88 per 1,000. The plan was to reduce the levy each year over 10 years to get to the provincial rate. Option one allows a reduction of 88 cents per 1,000, close to the goal of a $1 per 1,000 reduction. Stolz said this the summer finance and audit will revisit the policy and discuss if the city wants to match the provincial average. Another challenge

is the property assessments for the new year, something calculated independently from the municipal government. The assessments, most councillors agreed, fluctuated wildly this year, sometimes dropping 25 per cent less than last year, sometimes increasing by 100 per cent. Assessments are completed by the B.C. Assessment Authority, a crown corporation. “B.C. Assessment has gone through every folio in the city and done a realignment,” Mayor Shari Green said. Coun. Dave Wilbur pointed out the suggested tax levy was seven per cent at the beginning of the process adding he was glad a way was found to claw that back. The committee as a whole voted to suggest council select option number one for council’s consideration with Coun. Albert Koehler opposed.

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It’s terrorism


t’s hard for anyone to comprehend what happened Monday at the Boston Marathon. It is, pure and simple, an act of terrorism. We don’t know yet whether the bombing was the result of domestic or foreign terrorism. We also don’t know yet whether it was the work of one person or a group of people. But we do know it was terrorism. It’s incomprehensible to most of us how anyone thinks that killing people gathered to enjoy themselves, or killing people going about their everyday lives, is a means to an end. And yet, some do. Our thoughts go out to all those who were impacted by this act of terrorism. And we hope the authorities find out the person, or persons, responsible quickly.

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ne would hope our local Conservative MP would issue a statement denouncing her party’s pathetic response to the weekend election of Justin Trudeau as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. No sooner had Trudeau won the leadership than the Conservative braintrust had ads out, belittling Trudeau’s experience, decrying his attendance in the House of Commons and using a photo of him at a charity event to attack him. The ads feature a mocking voice making fun of Trudeau’s array of jobs, including that of a drama teacher. In the Conservative mindset, then, teachers are not qualified to be prime minister, a job apparently reserved for policy wonks with economic degrees. The ads use a photo of a shirtless Trudeau in an attempt to further the Conservatives’ argument the Quebec MP is all style and no substance. The fact the photo was taken at a charity event to raise money for and awareness of prostate cancer — the very disease that contributed to the death of Trudeau’s father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau — only adds to the utter tastelessness of such an attack. But, this is par for the course with the Conservatives, who attacked Stéphane Dion as lacking the capacity to be a leader and who attacked Thomas Mulcair when he succeeded Jack Layton as NDP leader. The next federal election is two years from now. Could the Conservatives not have impressed and surprised us all by taking out ads congratulating Trudeau on his triumph and promising a fair, but tough battle? Would such an ad have not created a buzz that would have done wonders for the Conservatives? Instead, they decide to remain nasty and negative. A few years ago, Kamloops MP Cathy McLeod told Kamloops This Week she disagreed with a certain negative-ad campaign of her party. It was a refreshing take from a backbench MP, but one that remains rare. Perhaps McLeod, and others, will speak their minds and not recite the party line when asked about this latest example of lack of class. - Kamloops This Week


Paying for Pamela Pamela Martin called me the other day. And, had I watched the half-hour commercial Well, it wasn’t actually Pamela Martin, it was a (due to my advancing age and Big Bang Theory rerecording of Pamela Martin’s voice. run, I forgot to watch), I would have noticed that At first I was worried there had been a security Pamela actually hosted the commercial. breach in the public records office in For the record, you pay Pamela about Victoria because the last time Martin $130,000 per year. was up in this neck of the woods she As my colleague at Kamloops This Writer’s was helping out with the creation of Week Chris Foulds quipped, “Tony ParBlock a seniors’ advocate in B.C., so what sons only wishes he could be so vital to BILLPHILLIPS democracy.” would the seniors’ advocate want with youthful ol’ me? But this isn’t the only time that Pamela But my fears were soon allayed. Pamela (I can has been out on the campaign trail while pulling call her Pamela because she calls me at home on the down a nice cheque courtesy of you and I. weekends now) was calling to let me know that LibBlogger Alex G. Tsakumis, who has dug up more eral leader Christy Clark was delivering a 30-minute dirt on the Wood Innovation and Resource Cencampaign ad on television Sunday night and that I tre than the excavators working down there now, should watch. raised the issue about a year ago when Pamela was Whew, my secret was safely tucked away with out campaigning with Liberal candidate Laurie that ever-greying portrait hanging in the attic (OK, Throness. even that isn’t doing a good job, but you get the picTsakaumis called the premier’s office about it and ture … pun intended). was told that Martin was “on vacation” on the day Pamela intoned to me how important the messhe was seen out conducting plainly partisan duties. sage was and that the upcoming election was very So, it’s a year later the Liberals get caught up in important. the ethnic vote scandal. It took about 10 nanoseconds for my age-addled A cabinet minister and senior official in the prebrain cells to click into gear. mier’s office fall on their swords when it breaks “Aren’t you a civil servant?” I asked, hopefully that, among other things, there was a plan to use with my inside voice but quite likely not judging by civil servants for partisan Liberal purposes. the startled dog that suddenly needed to go outside. One would think that with all those savvy politi“Aren’t you paid with taxpayers’ dollars? Why am cal operatives operating in the premier’s office I, a taxpayer, paying for you to campaign for the someone would have figured out that government Liberals?” employees work for the people of B.C., not the LibYet, there she was … a civil servant being the eral party. voice of a blatantly political call. They just don’t get it. Circulation Manager: Lana Metz Email:

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Don’t expect city to clean up its mess Editor: “None of the Queen’s horses and all but one of the Queen’s men, just couldn’t figure out, how to put my lawn back together again”... so I did it myself! I came outside my residence March 20, around 7 p.m. and took some video clips of the snow machine removal equipment and sent to my uncle’s children who reside in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. During that time one of the equipment operators got my attention and from the inside of his cab stated that his supervisor had been advised and had noted damage to our property by one of the units. The following days and weeks had many a neighbor and passerby comment on the extent of damage and enquired as to what could cause such an unsightly mess. Upon explanation it was suggested that very little if nothing would be done by the “city” and they laugh-

ingly wished me “good luck.” In two specific instances, comments were made regarding repair work by the city and that it was below sub-standard. One commented on mushroom manure being unceremoniously dumped, haphazardly spread, and has been contaminated with mushrooms ever since. The second comment described by the time repair crew addressed the damage, the grass was completely dried out and the area was never brought back to its previous state. Many and most neighborhood areas take pride in front lawn care and maintenance. Lawn competition may not always be admitted to; but, ask yourself have you ever tried angle cuts, different fertilizer and seed, perhaps burning off as well? It’s about keeping neighborhoods something to be humbly proud of and having pride in your community.

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The extent of the damage caused by city snow-removal equipment is evident in this picture. Spending my own money and two days of labour on my vacation time with not a word to validate or otherwise indicate any form of recompense from the not-so-celebrated current

service providers, city hall of Prince George shall be held into account for this apparent thoughtless disregard to practice and uphold common ethical business standards. I will be taking a much

closer look at who I cast vote for and who I promote in the next round of municipal election. If mayor and all but one in council with its everincreasing taxes has no deference for residents

and is providing the absolute least in services for the most in premiums, then it’s time for a municipal change as well... “one small lawn at a time.” Dayn Craig Prince George

There’s just something about writing a letter Editor: Re: Vic Bowman’s column “A letter-writing campaign,” Free Press, March 29, 2013. I still send letters, although I type them on a damned computer to save correspondents the chore of deciphering my handwriting. My first forays into writing were the thank-you notes required to be sent to relatives at Christmas. At one time I corresponded with literally dozens of people. This number has

dwindled to a handful as people have migrated to e-mail. I tried the e-mail route. I soon found myself spending inordinate time downloading and reading cartoons, jokes, mass mailings, and spam. The personal messages were truncated, bits dashed off without care. I retreated. I made it clear to all those who could not trouble themselves by putting messages to paper and sacrificing the cost of a stamp that they were not

dedicated friends. As a result, I have lost track of these people. I guess our friendship was not important enough to them to take the effort. I still carry an intense exchange of letters with a number of friends, enough so that I buy stamps wholesale from a dealer who buys old ones from speculators who have hoarded them in hopes of an increase in value. The dealer buys them for 50 per cent of the face value.

At one time it was considered a discourtesy to neglect to answer a written letter. No more. Politicians of all stripes have ignored my letters. I understand the Conservatives doing so as they obviously maintain a list of those who oppose their policies who need not be attended to. But also those whom I have supported over the years with contributions, notably the NDP and its leaders, have refused to respond to comments and que-

ries. My wife’s daughter seldom even checks her mailbox and never writes a letter. I doubt if she could find a post office … any of the few real offices that still exist. I will remain, until my dying day, a patron of the postal system, at least until Harper sells the entire thing to his corporate friends. James Loughery Prince George

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When I lived in Bow Island I owned a night, when my shack-two was dark and golden Lab called Buddy. With a postage- quiet, and all you could hear was the stamp-sized yard (well, a bit bigger than furtive scurrying of tiny rodent feet in a stamp, but not much) and the 100-year-old basement, a lovely shack-two (just Buddy would get nervous. what my brother said I’d My eyes would be closed, Life in wind up owning when I but I could feel him staring at the fat told him someday I’d buy a me, sitting by the side of my lane chateau), it probably wasn’t bed, big sad eyes watching DELYNDAPILON for the slightest twitch showa great idea to invest my love in a big dog, but Buddy stole my ing him I was aware of his plight and felt heart the first time he looked at me with his pain. those big brown eyes. I never flinched. Buddy was a big animal. Huge. GinorPretty soon I’d feel his panting breath mous even. But for all of his bulk and clouding across my bed as he panted, muscle, he had the heart of a teddy bear. eyes pleading, inching a bit closer. I’d say he had the heart of a mouse, but I was stone. Buddy was horribly afraid of mice. At Then I’d feel the weight of his front

paws bearing down on the bed, maybe get a sprinkling of drool on my brow as he continued to plead with his eyes. I’d pretend to snore. This would confuse him for a moment, but only a moment. Pretty soon I’d feel the weight of his back paws on my bed, then his whole body as he carefully laid down. Often I’d pop my eyes open in the morning, coming to consciousness with that sudden fear you get when someone is staring at you, and there Buddy would be, eyeball to eyeball, head on my pillow, waiting me to wake up and take him on a walk. But if the house was too cold for Buddy’s standards, then he’d snuggle me so

hard during the night I’d either have to share my blankets with him or wind up trying to catch some zees on six inches of mattress. Labs are such loveable animals. Eventually I gave Buddy to a family with three kids and hundreds of acres for him to play. I sure hope he overcame his fear of mice, considering his new digs. Back here in Prince George, Buck is a chocolate Lab who calls the Aberdeen area home. He’s lost right now (Buddy used to get lost on occasion, but the whole town knew where he belonged, so they always brought him home) and his family miss him. If you find him, his pets would love to hear from you. Call them at 250-961-1745.

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Barber still looking for identity ALLAN WISHART

DESIGN SHOW The New Media Communication and Design students from CNC are putting an exhibit of their work in the school’s library from April 17 to 26. The exhibit, The Design Show, features work of both first-year and second-year students, including projects such as logo designs, Flash banner ads and promotional videos. The show begins April 17 with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m.

MICHAEL BROWN Three-time Juno nominee Michael Jerome Brown plays Artspace on Thursday, April 18. Tickets are $20 available at Books and Company. Brown won Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2012 and 2008 for Canada’s Best Solo Folk Music Performer.

SLIDE SHOW The Caledonia Ramblers continue their series of slide shows of members’ travels on April 19 at Artspace. This month, it’s Carolyn Ibis presenting Squirrel’s Pacific Coast Adventure, following her bicycle trip from the tip of Oregon to San Francisco. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free.

Del Barber’s upcoming tour schedule is an interesting one. The Canadian singersongwriter is in Smithers, opening for Corb Lund, on May 8. The two are in Prince George the following night. Barber is back in Smithers in July for the Midsummer Festival. In between, he heads to the United Kingdom for a few dates. “I’ve been working on making connections over there for a year,” he says in a phone interview from his home in Winnipeg. “I got accepted to the Great Escape Festival, and that gave me the base to set up some other dates.” So he’ll do a few other club dates, including London and Inverness, before coming back to Canada. “I don’t know what to expect over there,” he says openly. “I’ve heard it described as the South by Southwest of the United Kingdom. I know it’s big and there are multiple genres of music there.” Before he heads across the Atlantic, however, there is the small business of the western Canada tour with Corb Lund. “I’m looking forward to it. I love the Peace region. I’m really into fishing, so I like to try to set some time aside when I’m on the road.

“If I wasn’t so addicted to the Prairies, the Peace is probably where I would want to live.” He’s also looking forward to being on the road with Lund. “I’m a huge fan. He does some great writing, with a nice sense of irreverence, but he still gets some social commentary in.” Barber released his third album, Headwaters, earlier this year and says even after writing all the songs for all three albums, “I’m still trying to find myself as a writer.” “I think the songs I write are based around the country traditions. I come from a roots-folk interpretation. I’m trying to figure what my voice is in the great Canadian music scene.” He says most of his songwriting is ideabased. “I get an idea, then I try to figure out how to talk about it. I’ve gotten more intentionally direct with my writing, I was more poetic when I was younger. “I still don’t want to give everything away with the songs. I want to make the listener think a little bit about what the song’s about, but I don’t want to be like Leonard Cohen. I like his music, but some of his songs are almost impossible to figure out.” Growing up, Barber found himself attracted to singer-songwriters.

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Winnpeg’s Del Barber will open for Corb Lund at CN Centre on May 9. “My parents had an amazing record collection. My dad was born in 1948, so he has a lot of 60s folk music. I loved listening to people like Hoyt Axton, who was sort of a secondary country artist, but I also liked Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan,

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Neil Young.” When it’s pointed out that the majority of the people he named are better known for their writing than their singing voices, he laughs. “I guess so, but in country and folk, you have to write good lyrics. I like to think I’ve

got a pretty good voice, so I just want to see where this road leads.” Del Barber is opening for Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans at the Pilsner Bush Bash on May 9 at the CN Centre. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations for this 19+ show.

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Nelson’s work is whimsical, wild, cuddly TERESA MALLAM

It began with sock monkeys. Now Trace Nelson has a Wonder Wall of whimsical soft sculptures made of recycled, old wool sweaters and other materials. Her collection, which took about four years to put together, is on display at Two Rivers Gallery in Disquiet, a group exhibition that also features work by mixed media artist Marcia Pitch and ceramic artist Carole Epp. The new exhibit runs until July 7 in the main gallery. “In the art world I think that crafts such as felting are being used more,” said Nelson. “I started out by making sock monkeys. Then one day I was playing around with a video of my pieces using a morphing program and I noticed the changes taking place in between each piece.” That led Epp to let her imagination and creative ability run wild to create a whole menagerie of eyecatching critters. But beware – some of them have delight-

fully disturbing elements which, in art at least, is not an oxymoron. Her soft sculpture artworks also serve a practical purpose because Nelson likes to keep her art environmentally friendly. “I use a lot of recycled materials, wool from old sweaters, used chenille scarves, bits of felt and recycled plastic bleach bottles. I use wires for their antlers and antennas and things like that.” For the exhibition, the cuddly – if sometimes jarring to the eye – creatures sit on wooden bases mounted on numerous display shelves that cover the whole wall. The more the merrier, Nelson says. She can’t wait for people to see the exhibit. After the local exhibit ends in July, her Wonder Wall of unusual soft sculptures travels to a show in Saskatoon followed by a visit to Medicine Hat. “I enjoy making them and I like having them in my life. Most of all I like to see people’s reactions to them. I think it’s nice to have a group Te re s a M A LLA M / Fre e Pre s s show with three of us.” Trace Nelson with some of her artwork on display at Two Rivers Gallery. The new exhibit, Disquiet, For more about the artist, runs until July 7 and features the often startling but whimsical work of Nelson, Marcia Pitch and Carole visit Epp.

BCCF CEO says Wheelin’ Warriors off to great start “In 2009, the foundation put money into some research projects. Now, just a few years later, people are receiving different treatments for their cancer because of that research.” While the Ride to Conquer Cancer and the BC Cancer Foundation have done a lot of good work, the fight is far from over.


“Unfortunately,” Nelson says, “the reality is cancer is still a huge problem in B.C. This year, about 24,000 people in B.C. will be diagnosed with cancer for the first time.” The Wheelin’ Warriors of the North have certainly caught Nelson’s attention. “I’m really excited about what they’re doing. It’s quite

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specifically the funds they raise go. They can designate them to a tumour site, to a specific area of research, or to the Partners in Discovery Fund.” The fund works with the BC Cancer Agency to identify the areas of highest need in research, supporting the high-priority areas with the funding it receives.


The Wheelin’ Warriors of the North are still a couple of months away from the Ride to Conquer Cancer, but they’ve already got one big fan. “The Warriors are a great new addition,” BC Cancer Foundation president and CEO Doug Nelson says of the local group of bicycle riders. “They have set themselves an ambitious goal for fundraising.” The local team will be among the riders travelling from Vancouver to Seattle on June 15 and 16. “We’ve seen participation go up every year,” Nelson says, “and we don’t expect this year to be any different. In the first four years, we raised just under $40 million, and this year we figure we’ll go over the $50 million total.” The foundation is partnered with the BC Cancer Agency and, Nelson says, “wherever there’s a cancer centre in the province, we work with the agency.” The foundation is the largest funder of cancer research in the province, he says.

“We put funds into all aspects of research, from genome mapping to early detection to survivor issues.” Participants in the Ride to Conquer Cancer have to raise a minimum of $2,500 to take part, but Nelson says there is a lot of flexibility in the use of the funds. “Every participant has the option to designate where


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All I can say is that’s more what we’ve come to expect from The Band Perry. The country-music family’s first single from their new album was called Better Dig Two, and I figured from the title it would

be another case of graves. lead singer Kimberly Well, I was right telling her about man that the two she knew he graves, Allan’s was cheatbut it Amblings ing, and turned when she ALLANWISHART out the caught him, song was he better dig two more of an ode to undying love than it FAMOUS PLAYERS 6 was about revenge. th 1600 15 Ave, Prince George Done, on the other 250-612-3993 hand, gets us right back into that revenge WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 territory. I mean, lines like “You’re EVIL DEAD one bridge I’d like to (18A: Horror, Thriller) Explicit violence 7:40, 10:05pm burn, Gather up the G.I. JOE RETALIATION (3D) ashes and smash the (PG: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction) Violence 7:10, 9:45pm urn” don’t come from SCARY MOVIE 5 a tender love ballad. (14A: Comedy, Horror, Thriller) Sexual content 7:45, 10:00pm I saw one note on them which reminds JURASSIC PARK (3D) (PG: Action, Adventure) Violence, Frightening scenes 7:05, 9:55pm me that not all reporters do their homeTHE CROODS (3D) work before talking (G: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family) 7:15, 9:40pm to a band. They were THE HOST doing a media scrum (PG: Science Fiction, Thriller) Violence 7:00, 9:50pm of some sort at a festival and some-

one asked Kimberly which of the two fellows “she was with”. She just looked at him for a second and said, “They’re my brothers.” I’ve done a lot of interviews of musicians over the years, and I don’t recall every asking a question like that, where you’re broadcasting to the world that you haven’t done the basic research on the people. I’ve asked some pretty stupid questions over the years (some of them deliberately) and I’ve asked some questions where I already knew

the answer. See, not every question in an interview has to unveil a new nugget of wisdom that nobody else has ever heard before. Sometimes you ask a question you know the answer to because first, you want to get the answer as a direct quote from the artist rather than off a website and second, because sometimes the artist will give a slightly different answer. I’ve asked questions about things like where a certain song idea came from, where I’ve heard the artist give the answer

already in a previous interview, and yet sometimes they’ll have a different take on things. I remember some years ago talking to one of the artists who was going to be attending the late and lamented Merritt Mountain Music Festival where the inspiration for a certain song came from. I already knew they had said the hook for the song just sort of came to them one day. This time, though, they told me they had just been listening to an old album of theirs, and had heard a song

they loved that had the same idea, but in reverse. “Maybe I was thinking of that song in the back of my mind, even though I hadn’t heard it in years.” That was an answer I hadn’t heard from them before, and it linked the song to a classic that most people would recognize. Reporters are often told, “The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask,” and that’s true. But asking Kimberly Perry which of her brothers she “was going with” comes pretty close.





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Pianist Sage Bialuski has won chosen. She’s enormously tal- C major, K467 in November the 2013 Integris Credit Union ented and I know she’ll deliver at Vanier Hall on a program Young Artist Competition. an exciting performance.” that will include a gala perforThe $1,000 cash award, Bialuski is slated to perform mance of Beethoven’s Ninth now in its second year, was Mozart’s Piano Concerto in Symphony, the Ode to Joy. announced last week by the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. “The concerto competition was extremely exciting for me. Playing The old place hasn’t changed nity pancake breakfast from 7:45 to with the symphony will much, and former students of Quin- 9 p.m.,” he says. “That’s a Wednesbe a dream come true,” son Elementary and residents of the day, so it will be a regular school said Bialuski in a press area will get a chance to bring back day. release. “My goal is to the memories next month. “Then we’re having an open complete my ARCT in Quinson Elementary, which has house in the evening, from 6 to 8 piano performance and an official address of 251 S. Ogilvie p.m. It will give people a chance I hope to further my St., but was known by people on to have a meet-and-greet, take a music studies at a post- Patterson Street as the “we live on tour of the school to bring up old secondary level. Music Patterson but you can’t turn onto memories. We don’t have anything is such a big part of Patterson off Fifth Avenue because official set for a program, but there my life and I am truly there’s a school in the way” school, will probably be a couple of short grateful for this oppor- was built in 1963 and celebrates its speeches and some refreshments.” tunity.” golden anniversary this year. Anyone interested in more inforLori Elder, Bialuski’s Tom Makowsky, the vice-prin- mation about the May 8 golden piano teacher, says, cipal at the school, is a Quinson anniversary celebration at Quinson “Sage is an outstanding alumnus and one of the organizers Elementary can call Makowsky at young pianist and I’m of the May 8 event. 250-562-1161 or e-mail him at tmathrilled that she was “We’re going to have a commu-

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Spruce Kings looking for rookie gems trying to make the Spruce Kings. He gets no special treatment because he’s my son. He knows Getting a position on the that, he understands it. At the Prince George Spruce Kings end of the day, if he’s good 2013-14 roster as a rookie won’t enough to be on our team and be easy. help us win hockey games, than The first reason, and most he’s going to be there. He knows obvious, is the team’s rise in the that if he isn’t good enough, he’s B.C. Hockey League. No longer not going to be there.” among the league bottom feedRiley was one of 151 players ers, they’ve made the playoffs in who participated in the camp, consecutive seasons with win- which ran Friday to Sunday at ning records. This past season, the Coliseum. Forty players hit they finished with 25 wins, 22 the ice for the Top Prospects losses, one tie and eight over- Game. time defeats (25-22-1-8) to end Derek Bulmer, another 1995up third in the five-team Main- born Prince George forward, land Division. They pushed the scored the game winner for Chilliwack Chiefs to the limit in Team White in the third period losing three games to two in the of the Top Prospects Game. Derbest-of-five opening round. ek’s 20-year-old brother Brett is Furthermore, the majority of a former Kelowna Rockets forthe Spruce Kings’ lineup from ward now suiting up for the the 2012-13 season is eligible to Houston Aeros of the American return. That doesn’t mean they’ll Hockey League. be back at tryouts in August “I know lots about Derek and and even if they return, making he’s an ultra, ultra skilled player the final roster isn’t a who has got some guarantee. good size now and But should they he’s got skills that return and meet most players don’t expectations, firsthave,” Hawes says, year roster spots will “so Derek is going be at a premium. It’s to get every opportusomething particinity to try and make pants of the team’s the team as well.” Spring Prospects Riley and Derek got Camp were made a taste of the BCHL aware of. That list when they were Mike Hawes includes Spruce called up to play for - Spruce Kings GM Kings general manthe Spruce Kings ager Mike Hawes’ against the Salmon son Riley. Arm SilverBacks on March 9 at Riley, a 1995-born forward, the Coliseum. Although held off skated for Team White in Sun- the scoresheet, Derek enjoyed day’s Top Prospects Game. They the opportunity. defeated Team Blue 3-2 in the “They’re all really nice. They’re contest. a warm welcome team,” Derek “He knows the way that I am says. “When I played with them, as far as hockey goes,” Hawes every guy was so nice to me says of Riley. “He’s just another and their management is just local player and another player first class. It’s just great to be


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Team Blue goalie Tate Sproxton of Surrey gets in the butterfly position to keep the puck out against Team White during the Prince George Spruce Kings Top Prospects Game on Sunday at the Coliseum. White edged Blue 3-2 in the contest. around.” Derek is a graduating Grade 12 student at College Heights Secondary. He hopes to eventually study at a U.S. university, and will try and use the BCHL option to land an NCAA Division 1 scholarship. Another standout from the weekend camp was 1995-born Quesnel product Eli Jarvis, a forward on Team Blue in Sunday’s game. Jarvis is also attending the Chilliwack Chiefs’ Spring Evaluation Camp this weekend. Jarvis, a Grade 12 student graduating from Quesnel’s Correlieu Secondary, spent time in the BCHL early in the 2012-13 season. He played 10 games with the Cowichan Valley Capi-

tals before returning to the B.C. Major Midget League’s Cariboo Cougars for the majority of the campaign. “It’s just getting used to the faster hockey and the harder hitting and just the speed of it,” he says of the adjustment. “You got to think fast and it’s just a bit higher than major midget, but I think I can play at that level.” The Spruce Kings had 170 players for their 2012 Spring Prospects Camp. Hawes says they turned away between 30 and 40 players, preferring to keep the total lower this year so they could work with eight teams for the scrimmages. Hawes says that at this point, they expect around 40 players

for their camp in August. That means between 20 and 25 of the players who skated on the weekend will receive invites for their main tryout. “I thought that the calibre of player that we had (at the Spring Prospects Camp) was high, the competition level was high and I thought the kids played hard,” he says. “All of the games were good to watch, high tempo and exciting, and exciting for the people that came out and watched. We’re going to have some hard choices moving forward with this group as far as identifying exactly which ones to invite to our main camp in August, and there’s a lot of good ones in there.”


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Rollergirls skate to close victory

club. The RollerGirls also have A and B team members. But they’re lower The Rated PG RollerGirls faced a on numbers with the B team, so whenever that squad competes, a tough challenge on the weekend. But they managed to come out few A team members help out. The RollerGirls have one more victorious. The Tournament City Derby home game this spring. They’re Dolls of Kamloops travelled north scheduled to welcome the Killbilintending to return home a win- lies of Fort St. John’s Energetic City ning team. They pushed the home Roller Derby Association on May 11 team, but the RollerGirls outscored at the Roll-A-Dome. “We played them in the the Derby Dolls 157-147 past, but I heard that they on Saturday evening at the were practicing really hard Roll-A-Dome. so they may bring some “Basically, the outsurprises for us,” Lock come came to the amazsaid. ing coaching of our coach On top of the upcoming Loki,” Rated PG RollerGirls member Alicia Lock They brought matches, the RollerGirls are planning on entering (Lockdown) said. “She some skills the Roller Derby Assohad been teaching us five that we’re ciation of Canada west fast drives when we hear definitely regionals, in Fernie on July the whistle, so that means going to try sprint ahead so that the and work on 13 and 14. There’s also been a other jammer doesn’t get for our next movement to establish a any points. Ultimately if meeting, or we hadn’t done that, we the next team co-ed roller derby team could’ve easily lost the that we come in Prince George. A try-it night was held on Sunacross.” game.” Saturday marked the - Lockdown day evening, while a co-ed bootcamp is being planned first meeting between the for next week. two clubs. That may come Lock encourages people to join. as a surprise since, as similar-sized “If women are scared to join co-ed, cities, Prince George and Kamloops they shouldn’t be because co-ed is a are natural rivals. “They brought some skills that very strategic game as opposed to a we’re definitely going to try and very physical game.” Members of the Rated PG Rolwork on for our next meeting, or the next team that we come across,” lerGirls are planning on getting involved with a co-ed invitational Lock said. Lock pointed out that Tourna- event on June 29. For updates on ment City is a slightly larger club, the club, visit www.ratedpgrollerwith A and B teams. Saturday was or search Rated PG Rola battle of the top teams on each lerGirls on Facebook.


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Members of the Rated PG RollerGirls battle for position against the Tournament City Derby Dolls of Kamloops during their bout on Saturday evening at the Roll-A-Dome. The RollerGirls outscored the visitors 157-147.


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Youth lacrosse players in the city had the opportunity to learn from professionals on Saturday. Chris Gill and Dan Stroup, former players in the National Lacrosse League, put on a lacrosse skills camp at Kin 3. Ninety-six players registered for the event. “We’ve done it before, but we haven’t done it in the last few years,” Gill said of holding a Prince George camp. “Moose (Glen Scott) gave me a call maybe two months ago, and just kind of said, ‘Would you be interested in doing it?’ We just talked from there and it’s been a couple of months now.” Gill and Stroup, a pair of Lower Mainland residents, talked about the response from players during a break between a morning and afternoon session. “So far we’ve had the morning group, the novice and peewees,” Gill said. “We didn’t know what to expect, how the talent level was going to be, and we were pleasantly surprised at how skilled the kids are. There’s a lot of them so lacrosse definitely isn’t dying up here, that’s for sure.”

The coaches planned on getting into more advanced drills for the older age groups in the afternoon. “We’ll get a little more technical, more pick and rolls, more options, stuff like that,” Stroup said. “But it’s good to start with the basics.” Gill, a 41-year-old Coquitlam product, had a 14-year professional playing career. During that time, he won three National Lacrosse League championships (1999 and 2000 with the Toronto Rock, 2006 with the Colorado Mammoth). He also played for Baltimore, Ontario, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Stroup, a 44-year-old from Burnaby, played in the NLL for 13 years. As a player, he won four NLL titles (three with Toronto and one with Colorado). He also won the NLL Champion’s Cup as a coach, helping guide the Washington Stealth to the playoff title in 2010. He was inducted in the NLL Hall of Fame in 2010. “We want to come up here and do more, so hopefully we can get a turnout, have the kids and parents enjoy what we’re doing and build on it for next year and the year after,” Gill said. “That’s only going to help the game up here.”

The Prince George Barracudas held their Dental Moose Meet long-course swimming competition on the weekend. Eight clubs were represented in the meet at the Aquatic Centre, with the Barracudas finishing second. Ninety-four swimmers represented the host club, with a total of 253 competing on the weekend. The Barracudas set 371 personal best times. Points North (Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers) finished first in the team standings. The Barracudas finished second, while Fort St. John ended up third. Other participating clubs, in order of finish, included Chetwynd, Quesnel, Williams Lake, and Grande Prairie. Former Barracudas member Kit Moran represented Halifax in the competition. “Not much in the way for the older ones, nothing special there,” Barracudas assistant coach Jason

Smith said of their results. “But for some of the younger ones they did well. A lot of them hadn’t swam long course before and it’s nice to see them go out and take the bull by the horns per se, and run with it and do well with it.” Club records were set by: Mackenzie Lewington, 10 and under boys - 200m freestyle (2:45.63) and 50m breaststroke (45.87); Sterling King, 15- to 17-year-old boys - 50m freestyle (24.87); and Hannah Esopenko (11- and 12-year-old girls) - 50m breaststroke (36.84). The team of Harrison Lagzdin, Aiden Kim, Josiah Binnema and Sterling King set a club mark in the 4x50 medley relay. They clocked in at 1:52.12. The next meet on the Barracudas calendar is the Mel Zajac Junior International from May 24 to 26 at

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UBC in Vancouver. Members of the Barracudas’ competitive team will be entering the meet, including King, Danica Ludlow, Haley Black, Patricia Fortier, Lagzdin, Sava Yungman, Binnema, Jessa Wing, Julie Wing and Kim. The Barracudas will also compete in the Kamloops Spring Classic from June 7 to 9. Other major dates left on the Barracudas’ 2012-13 calendar include long-course swimming provincials from July 4 to 7 in Vancouver and Age Group Nationals from July 25 to 29 in Montreal. Black and Ludlow will represent Team BC at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, taking place in Sherbrooke, Que. from Aug. 2 to 17. “If they swim well, then they have a legitimate chance (at winning),” Smith said.

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Former National Lacrosse League players Chris Gill, left, and Dan Stroup visited Prince George on the weekend to hold a lacrosse skills camp.

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escaped without injury. That’s comforting for Prince George residents who know them better than the others who ran on Monday. But we’re still very concerned. Concerned for the victims, concerned for our neighbours from the south, concerned for the city of Boston and the Boston Marathon, and concerned for the future. We still hope for the better. We come together and offer prayers and condolences. It may not seem like a lot, but for most of us far away from the centre of the disaster, it’s the best we can do as we continue our busy day-to-day lives. The reaction on Twitter after Monday’s tragedy showed the genuine concern we all have when these types of events occur. Let’s hope things improve, as the explosions have profoundly impacted one of the world’s top sporting events. Besides, I prefer not to think of the actions of those responsible for the explosions as real humankind. Rather, I look at the masses of people who rushed to hospital shortly after the race ended to donate blood. I look at emergency personnel and citizens who helped victims recover. Humans helping humans. That’s the kind of world I prefer to live in.


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Jackson Girard of the Prince George Barracudas works on his breaststroke during the Dental Moose Meet on the weekend at the Aquatic Centre.

SPRUCE KINGS Looking at the Prince George Spruce Kings, it’s hard not to feel optimistic about their future. The majority of their lineup from the 2012-13 B.C. Hockey League campaign is eligible to return next season. That includes players who already have NCAA Division 1 commitments for the 2014-15 season. While they should score more goals (hard to imagine them scoring less), they could ice one of the top defence


cores in the 16-team league. OK, they have one big question mark, and not exactly something to take lightly. Who’s going to start in goal? GM Mike Hawes has expressed his desire to acquire a veteran goalie over the summer. It’s a move you have to believe will get done, as the Spruce Kings Top Prospects Game on Sunday had three 1995-born goalies and one 1997-born netminder. Hawes expects Liam MacLeod to return, but he’s a 1996-born player who saw action in only 14 contests in the 2012-13 season. Should the Spruce Kings add a netminder with valuable junior experience, they could take yet another step forward in 2013-14, perhaps

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even far enough to call them an championship contending team. They have experience elsewhere. Any veteran goalies interested?

YOUNG STAR On another lighter note, I got a laugh reading this Tweet by Mechelle Voepel of (@MechelleV) on the weekend: “Popular joke today: At a golf club that didn’t admit any female members until 2012, a 14-yearold boy is penalized for moving too slowly. :)” Of course, she was referring to the one-stroke penalty Augusta National handed to 14-yearold Chinese amateur Tianlang Guan on the 17th hole during his second round of the Masters. Guan was hovering near the cut line when the penalty was handed out. Fortunately, it didn’t cost him the cut. He ended up shooting a four-round 300 (73, 75, 77, 75) to finish 58th. In the end, the title went to an Australian. Adam Scott captured the title, scoring a four-round 279 (minus-9) before defeating Argentinean Angel Cabrera in a playoff.

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QUALIFIED PARTS PERSON The industry is growing and so are we ........ We are looking for a parts person with automotive and or industrial truck experience for our Prince George Branch. If you are computer savvy and have the above experience, we would like to hear from you. Your duties would include parts ordering parts receiving inventory control. We supply parts for the following types of equipment forklifts, docks, cranes and all other material handling equipment. Heavy mechanical, automotive, forklift related experience would be an asset. Great customer service and outstanding interpersonal skills are desired. Masonlift offers a challenging and rewarding career, we take our training seriously with direct education offered from the manufacturers we support. We also offer competitive wages, comprehensive health and dental beneďŹ ts, company matched RRSP program and proďŹ t sharing. If you are interested in joining us please email your resume to the following or fax it to (250)562-8488 Att: Rusty Gordon. Masonlift has been providing mobile material handling solutions to businesses for over 70 years. To learn more about Masonlift and our services, please visit our website at

CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS Are you tired of working away from home for weeks at a time in the freezing cold? Then come and work for Masonlift as part of our family of technicians. We offer a warm, safe working environment near home and all its amenities. Why leave your family and friends behind when you can return home at the end of every day. We are currently looking for a road service technician for Prince George. Road technician just means you will need to drive to and from our customers locations and not that you will be working on the side of the road or in a snow covered ďŹ eld. If you are a qualiďŹ ed journeyman technician or a 3rd or 4th year apprentice and are looking for work near your family and friends then you should call us. Your duties would include maintaining and repairing forklifts, docks, cranes as well as other material handling equipment. Heavy mechanical, automotive or forklift related experience would be an asset as well as customer service and interpersonal skills. This job requires the candidate to possess and maintain a valid B.C. driver’s license. Masonlift is the provinces leading provider of material handling solutions and we take that role very seriously. We offer in house and manufacturer sponsored education and training to help you remain the top in your ďŹ eld. We also offer competitive wages, comprehensive health and dental beneďŹ ts and a company matched RRSP program. If you are interested in joining us please submit your resume to Doug Gale at or fax it to (250)562-8488. For more information about mason lift visit

YOUTH WORKER TEAM LEAD Walk Tall Program Location: Prince George, BC Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) has an opportunity for an individual who is passionate about working with at-risk and high-risk youth to join the Walk Tall Program as a Youth Worker Team Lead. The Walk Tall Youth Program is delivered with a unique, culturally competent approach to prevention and intervention. Focusing on youth at risk, the program aims to increase protective factors with programming that is tailored to meet the different age and gender-speciďŹ c needs of participants. The ideal candidate understands the realities that youth face in their daily lives and is motivated to use leadership, coaching and facilitation skills that forge connections which engage youth and enable healthy relationship building. In collaboration with the Walk Tall team and as a mentor to the youth, this position offers guidance, support, encouragement and a stable environment while also maintaining healthy boundaries. The hours of work are evenings and weekends, Wednesday (9am to 5pm), Thursday and Friday (2pm to 10pm), Saturday and Sunday (noon to 8pm). QualiďŹ cations: • Bachelor Degree in Child and Youth Care, Social Work, or related discipline • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered • Previous experience supervising staff and youth This position is required to drive CSFS vehicles and will involve extensive contact with program participants. Proof of credentials, a class 5 Driver’s License, and a clear criminal records check will be requested from the successful applicant. We offer a healthy work-life balance, a great beneďŹ ts package, and competitive salaries. For more information, visit To apply, send your resume and cover letter to email Human Resources, Carrier Sekani Family Services 987 Fourth Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3H7 This position will be posted until ďŹ lled. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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King Edward Hotel, Stewart BC Canada King Edward Hotel is looking to employ food & beverage server’s. Training will be provided. We’re looking for an individual that is motivated,friendly, shows professionalism and presents exceptional qualities. The hotel food service includes a dining room, coffee shop- cafe and bar. This job is in a fast paced busy operation during the summer and during the off season can provide flexible time off. King Edward Hotel is located in a northern community that offers exceptional outdoor opportunities. King Edward Hotel offers competitive salaries,health benefits and bonus packages. Accommodation is available. Spousal employment is also available. Please respond with resume to Jim Hyslop:

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 87 P.O. BOX 190 DEASE LAKE, B.C. V0C 1L0 Tel. (250) 771-4440 Fax (250) 771-4441 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Competition # 13-08 Accounting Clerk – School Board Office School District No. 87 is now accepting applications for the position of Accounting Clerk at the School Board Office. This is a full-time permanent position consisting of 35 hours per week starting on May 1, 2013. The Accounting Clerk shall be responsible for the processing of all payroll, incoming invoices, purchase orders, billing (including HST), balancing month-end reports, payroll remittances, secretarial duties and other assigned duties. The qualified, personable applicant will have: • Grade 12 education or equivalent • Well-developed secretarial skills

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King Edward Hotel, Stewart BC Canada King Edward Hotel is looking to employ a kitchen manager with cooking experience. We’re looking for an individual that is motivated in promoting new ideas and culinary fare. We’re looking for someone that will show professionalism and display exceptional leader ship qualities to manage both the food service and kitchen operations in the hotel. The hotel food service includes a dining room, coffee shop-cafe and bar. This job is in a fast paced busy operation during the summer and during the off season can provide flexible time off. King Edward Hotel is located in a northern community that offers exceptional outdoor opportunities. King Edward Hotel offers competitive salaries,health benefits and bonus packages. Accommodation is available. Spousal employment is also available. Please respond with resume to Jim Hyslop:

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• Good communication skills Salary and benefits are as provided in the Collective Agreement between the Board of School Trustees for School District No. 87 (Stikine) and C.U.P.E. (Local 3234). Applications containing details of education, experience and references are to be submitted by Friday, April 19, 2013 until 4:00 p.m. to: Mr. Ken Mackie, Secretary Treasurer School District No. 87 (Stikine) P.O. Box 190, Dease Lake, BC V0C 1L0 Phone: (250) 771-4440 Fax: (250) 771-4441 Email: Posted: May 9, 2013

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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 Experienced f/t short order cook wanted immediately see menu @ Please apply w/resume and references to scottsinn or fax 250-3729444 MANAGER / CARETAKER required for mobile home park in Williams Lake. Preference for retired / semi-retired person, accommodation with remuneration. 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

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MISSION Hill Family Estate Recruitment Open House We’re seeking to build dynamic teams for our 2013 Summer Season and are looking for applicants who share our passion for world-class wine and creating memorable guest service. Bring your resume and join us at the winery Friday, April 12th, 4pm to 6pm 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley BC, Canada V4T 2E4

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2 bdrm ground level suite for rent. $750/mo plus hydro costs. No pets, No Smoking. Located at 1941 Tamarack St. Call Mike 250-564-4674 for further info. References required .

Want to Rent Wanted to Rent 2 or 3 bdrm house. Seniors with 1 small clean, dog 6 yrs old. For June 1st Bowl Area.


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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 17, 2013, then the goods will be sold by auction by J.C. Ross Auctioneers Inc. on May 4, 2013, at A-1 Self Storage, 3632 Hart Hwy, PG: Rob Herman/Patrick Boneater, Brady Glennen, Kathy Stadelmann, Judith Dunham, Jodi Hunt.

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• 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available • Close to hospital & downtown • Rent includes heat, hot water • Elevator to undercover parking • Fridge, stove, quality carpets, drapes • Laundry on each floor • No pets

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 fitness centre due to the owner’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 women’s health. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: Global fitness 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

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Free Press accepts Datebook submissions in written form only — dropped off, mailed or e-mailed. No phone calls please. Free Press Datebook runs as space allows every Wednesday. No guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George, B.C. V2N 1T3. E-mail

WEDNESDAY Canadian Federation of University Women meets, April 17, 7 p.m., Magnolia Gardens, 2055 Ingledew St. Information: Donna 250-561-0835 or e-mail dmbrundige@ Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St.

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” NBC HEROS Air ambulance service for the transport of critically ill or injured patients to higher levels of care. Volunteer needs: admin & office support, event & information support, assisting with arrangements with companies providing helicopters, airplanes, pilots and mechanics. 250-640-7900 Spruce Capital Seniors Looking for a volunteer with computer knowledge to do office tasks. Email: Susan Collison 250-563-6450 Hadih House After School Clubs, week days , 2:30-4:30pm; Womens’ club- Fri, 10 – 12:30 at 2105 Pine St. To volunteer email: Amanda (250) 563-7976 For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George


CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:0-9:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250-963-9462 or Andrew 250-9818270.

THURSDAY Seniors’ retreat, April 18, 9:45 a.m.3:30 p.m. (includes lunch), Domano Renewal Centre. No charge. DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-6499591. BC Civil Liberties Union meets second Thursday of the month, 6 p.m., 1575 Fifth Ave. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. toastmastersclubs. org/ or 250-5645191. Wing night and karaoke, Thursdays, 6-10 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion. Tai Chi classes, Thursday, 7-9 p.m.,




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Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250964-3849. Darts games, Thursdays, Prince George Golf and Curling Club, Pepsi Room (downstairs). Registration 7 p.m. Information: Robin McGuire 778-8900683. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information:, Joyce 250-964-0961.

ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561.

FRIDAY Drum Circle with Granville Johnson, Friday, 7-9 p.m., Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George, 1752 Fir St. Information: 1-250966-2320.

SATURDAY Garage sale, bake sale, book sale, April 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Information: 250561-9381. Nechako Flea Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

Caledonia Ramblers strenuous snowshoe hike to Sugarbowl, April 21, 78 a.m. Info: Nowell 250-562-7485.

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Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave.


A U T O B O D Y LT D .

Free YMCA Family Day Open House, April 21, noon-3 p.m. 2020 Massey Drive. Crib tournament, April 21, 1 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Metis Community Rendezvous potluck dinner, April 21, 4

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Prince George firefighters Wayne Weis, left, and Shane Lapierre accept a cheque for $1,291.22 from College Heights Scotiabank employees Sheryl Sandhu, Nicole Carswell, Debbie Hutton and Sherry Kersetz. The funds were raised through a hot-dog sale while the firefighters were staying on the roof of the Canadian Tire store recently to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy

Proud to recognize those who give in our community.

A U T O B O D Y LT D . 2065 - 1st Ave. • 250-563-0883 p.m., Moose, Hall, 663 Douglas St Information: Ray 250330-4362. Roast beef dinner, April 21, 5-6:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Nechako Flea Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Meat draw, Royal Canadian Legion, 3-5 p.m., sponsored by Peace Keepers Proceeds to Alzheimer and MS societies and others.

MONDAY Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Cariboo Toastmasters meet, Mondays, 7:309:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, - 444 George St. Information: caribootoastmasters. com or Laura (250) 961-3477. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7

Thank You Prince George For Voting Us Best Auto Body Shop!

p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740.

Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-563-7497 or 250-563-2885.


Thursday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Knox United Church,1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-564-6336 (days), 250-964-4851 (evenings). Elks’ meat draw, Thursday, 4:306 p.m., Legion. Proceeds to Elks’ Children’s Fund. Rainbows grief and loss program for ages 5-15, registering for the fall session. No charge. Information: Catherine 250-5632551. Tea Time for the Soul. Would you like someone to listen to you? Come, listen, and share while enjoying a cup of tea. Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. at Forest Expo House, 1506 Ferry Ave. No cost. For more information,

Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250962-6876 or www. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250-562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s fourpart chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975. Hospital retirees meeting, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m.,


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Jesse or Catherine at 250-563-2551. Singles and friends, social group of people of all ages and diverse backgrounds, meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., A&W on 20th Avenue. Wednesday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) noon, AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information: 250960-3959, 778-4160908. Learning Circle Literacy Program works with adult learners and families on literacy, numeracy and computing skills. Information: 250564-3568 ext. 228, or literacy@pgnfc. com. Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answers. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Monday, 7:30 p.m., hospital, Room 421. Call Tanya 250613-2823.

The Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Wednesday. Submissions are accepted in written form only – dropped off, mailed or emailed – No Phone Calls please. Datebook runs as space allows, there is no guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George BC V2N 1T3 E-mail

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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Tammy Charbonneau chats with a customer at the TC Creations booth at the WAHM (Work at Home Mom s and Dads) Trade Show at the Civic Centre on Saturday.

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Sheila Hamilton models a peacock feather and leopard print inspired cocktail dress from Park Avenue Apparel sunday at A Flower in Fashion show. The event emceed by Margaret Jones-Bricker is a fundraser for Canadian Cancer Society which marks its 75th year this year.

Pic of the Week

This week’s McDonald’s Pic of the Week was submitted by Danielle. Danielle win a $25.00 McDonald’s Gift Pack for providing the Pic of the Week. For your chance to win, email a picture of a resident of Prince George with your name and phone number, as well as the name of the person (people) in the photo, to McPic@ Selection of the judges is final. Prizes must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions.

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April 17, 2013 edition of the Prince George Free Press

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