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Meeting should have been open DELYNDA PILON

According to one city councillor, there was no real reason to make the meeting that decided the fate of Pine Valley golf course private. The city’s reasons for the private meeting are listed on the website. Staff cited Community Charter Section 90, which, paraphrased, says a meeting should be closed to the public if council is discussing personal information about someone being considered for an award, or who’s offered to provide a gift if it’s anonymous, for negotiations, or during land sales if disclosure could

be expected to harm the interests of the municipality. “One reason was it could have caused possible harm to the municipality,” Coun. Brian Skakun said. “I didn’t buy that at all. At the very beginning of the meeting I voted not to go into a closed session to discuss Pine Valley because I didn’t feel it fell within the criteria administration laid out.” At this point in time, because it was a closed session, no one, other than those who attended the meeting, knows who voted to sell Pine Valley, and who said ‘no’, an important consideration, Skakun said. “Now we are going to be talking



about selling other land mentioned in the core review,” Skakun said. “I sure hope those discussions will be in public. People have a right to know, especially when they are talking about multi-million-dollar chunks of land and disposing of parks in the community.” He added he’s been approached by many people in the community, all of them upset about the closed session as well as the lack of discussion and the fact no one knew the issue was about to be raised in a meeting. Skakun called council’s commitment to transparency into question. “You can’t just talk transparency. You turn to PAGE A2



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We’re changing. We, Prince George Free Press, are about to make some of the most significant changes in our almost 20-year history in the city. We are going to move to an enlarged and enhanced once-a-week community newspaper serving Prince George and area, and, in addition, we will offer an entire suite of special products. Two weeks from today – Friday June 28 – we will launch the redesigned Prince George Free Press. We will have a new, more modern look, but with all the same great community news coverage you’ve come to love and expect, and more. Next Wednesday’s newspaper, June 19, will be our last Wednesday publication. For those who seek more immediate news, we will be enhancing our very successful Free Press Daily e-paper, which is delivered every morning to your email in-box. You can subscribe to the Daily, for free, at In addition, we will continue to maintain our online presence with our website and on Facebook and Twitter. In July we will launch Free Press Northern Life, a lifestyle magazine that will contain everything you need to help you in your busy life … from restaurant reviews to home renos to tech news to staying healthy, it will all be in Northern Life. We are also re-vamping Big North, which is delivered to communities in northern B.C. Free Press North will let the rest of the North know what Prince George is all about. “We’re very excited about the changes,” said publisher Tracy McCall. “The Free Press will be able to present a complete package of products that will serve the residents of Prince George and provide exciting and effective new options for our advertisers that will enable them to communicate even more effectively with unique consumer groups.”

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talk about open government through elections and then do nothing about it when the rubber hits the road.”

He added it’s up to papers, writers and bloggers to talk about issues like transparency. “That is one of the ways to get the attention of elected officials between elections,”

he said Skakun agreed the core services review has been a learning experience, one that hasn’t been seen as favourable to some members of the public.

“One of the downsides is people are upset about losing jobs, about selling parks,” Skakun said. He added, at the time the decision was made to proceed with a core services review,

council didn’t have enough history of core reviews in other communities. “It’s been a learning experience, but

whatever happens it’s been good for us to go through all our operations.” He pointed out Mayor Shari Green

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Chamber ready to buy home The Prince George Chamber of Commerce will soon have a permanent home. At a special meeting Wednesday night, members approved a plan to purchase the building the organization is currently leasing on 890 Vancouver St. The chamber will purchase the property in partnership with Linda Rempel, who currently leases a building adjacent to the chamber office at 886 Vancouver St. The two buildings are on the same property and, according to a letter given to members by president Derek Dougherty, subdividing the property wasn’t an option. The chamber and Rempel are purchasing the property for $465,000 from James Munk and Hans


Naegelin. More than 40 chamber members showed up for the special meeting, which required at least 30 for a quorum. Building committee cochair Roy Spooner told the group that the chamber board has been working on purchasing a permanent home for more than three years, but it became more crucial when it discovered the property was being put up for sale and a move may have been imminent. He also said that it makes sense to purchase the building as the chamber will end up paying less in mortgage payments than it currently pays in rent. The vote to purchase the building carried unanimously.

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Breanna Foisy washes down one of the P.G. Motors vehicles on display at the CN Centre parking lot as part of the Megasale. Foisy didn’t mind Wednesday evening’s clouds. “I got a pretty good sunburn earlier in the week, so this is nice.”

Idle No More rallies in park on Canada Day BILL PHILLIPS

There will be a different kind of gathering at Fort George Park on Canada Day this year. In addition to the usual Canada Day festivities, Idle No More and members of the Lheidli Tenneh will be setting up a camp and smokehouses at Fort George Park. “We are neither in competition nor opposition to the Canada Day celebra-

tions,” said Steven Kakinoosit, Idle No More BC spokesperson. “What we are trying to do is get indigenous and nonindigenous people to come together to understand the local history.” What is now Fort George Park was part of the original Lheidli Tenneh settlement before colonization. The “occupation” of Fort George Park is part of a national escalation of “strategic ongoing non-violent direct action to stop all corporate activities which attack Indigenous sovereignty and their territories,”

according to an Idle No More press release. “The genesis for this came from the ideas from local First Nations,” said Kakinoosit. “A call was put out to have this action on Canada Day. Prince George is being billed as the centre focus of our main day of action.” Idle No More is concerned that the federal government is moving quickly to pass the suite of legislation (C-45, C-428, S-2, S-6, S-8, S-212, C-27, the First Nation Education Act and FIPA) “that

undermines the treaties, our nation-tonation relationship and Indigenous sovereign authority, which is the last stand to protect our lands.” The camp will likely be in Fort George Park for a couple of weeks. Kakinoosit stressed that they will not be interfering with Canada Day celebrations. He said Idle No More is committed to peaceful, non-violent action, but added the occupation of Fort George Park is to show they are “serious” and “willing to escalate” their activities.

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City police get last of Crown Victorias

For more than 15 years, one model of car has been the primary vehicle of choice by law enforcement in North America. This week the Prince George RCMP are proud to place into service two of the last of their kind. Considered the “workhorse” for police forces throughout the continent since 1997, the iconic Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle seen in the movies, on television and more importantly, in reality, will soon be a memory. The last four Crown Victoria Police Interceptors set for use by the RCMP in British Columbia were outfitted for service in Chilliwack recently. Two of the four have been issued to the Prince George City Detachment. Police unit numbers PG1106 and PG1112 arrived this week and will begin service very soon. The rear wheel drive, V8 engine and ‘body on frame’ construction has been ideal for police use.

Two of the last Crown Victorias which the RCMP will use as a standard vehicle will be based in Prince George. PG1112 will be joined by PG1106 on the city streets. Ph o to s ub mitte d

The rear wheel drive made the car easier to avoid spinouts on hard maneuvers and enabled the car to withstand driving over curbs and other obstacles, common necessities in policing. The ‘body on frame’

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Victorias. In 2011, the Crown Victoria model was discontinued by the Ford Motor Company. A version of the Ford Taurus has been manufactured to take its place. The new Taurus Police Interceptor will

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Pattison loses murder appeal Gerald Miles Pattison has lost the appeal of his second degree murder conviction. Pattison was found guilty in the October 17, 2008 shooting death of Ryan Hibbs at Salmon Valley. Pattison and Hibbs got into an argument over Pattison’s refusal to lend Hibbs $100. Hibbs, ignoring a warning from his brother Jamie who had seen Pattison with a gun, went to Pattison’s house to confront him. Shortly after, Hibbs was shot by Pattison at close range. Pattison maintained that he shot Hibbs in self defence, saying Ryan Hibbs started punching him and that he feared for his life. Jamie Hibbs testified that he saw the two men struggling with the rifle and that Pattison pushed Ryan Hibbs back a couple of feet and, holding the rifle waist high, shot Ryan. Pattison appealed his conviction on the basis that the trial judge refused to admit into evidence for the truth of its contents a 911 call Pat-

tison made shortly after the shooting; failing to instruct the jury that the call was admissible for its truth (after it had been used by the Crown in cross-examination); and failing to adequately correct misstatements in Crown counsel’s closing address with respect to the testimony given by the forensic pathologist called by the defence. “The failure to admit the call for its truth did not impair Mr. Pattison’s ability to advance selfdefence, as he provided the jury with his firsthand account of what occurred,” wrote Appeal Court judge Justice Frankel in the ruling to dismiss the appeal. In her closing address to the jury, Crown counsel criticized Dr. Jennifer Rice’s forensic evidence. “In so doing, she misstated several aspects of that evidence and commented on it in a disparaging way,” wrote Frankel. The trial judge corrected the comments the next day of the trial and the delay, according to Frankel, “cannot be said to have prejudiced Mr. Pattison.”

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Hixon Speed Watch racks up drivers

The Prince George RCMP’s Community Policing and Traffic Services Sections have once again teamed up to make the communities we police safer. On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 11, members and volunteers from the Prince George RCMP’s Community Policing Section were in Hixon. Special Constable Fred Greene was at Hixon School talking to children about safety, including how to cross the busy Highway 97 that runs through the tiny community. While that was going on, volunteer members from Citizens on Patrol set up ‘Speed Watch’ stations at the north and south ends of Hixon. These speed reader stations display vehicle speeds in order to warn drivers to slow down, something many drivers do not do while traveling through the community. With drivers being warned of their speed and advised of the speed limit, a member of the Prince George RCMP’s Traffic Section, Cst. Bill Brown, set up in the middle of town and pulled over those drivers that did not heed the warning. This is known as the


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‘Three Strikes’ program. The concept of the Three Strikes program is that speeding drivers have two opportunities to slow down before being pulled over by police. The first opportunity is when the driver passes a posted speed sign . strike one. Soon after, the same driver will go through a Speed Watch

radar station where the driver’s speed will be displayed on a digital board . strike two. If the driver still chooses to travel above the posted speed, a police officer will be waiting . strike three. Over the course of two hours, 737 vehicles went through Hixon. Of them, dozens of drivers were traveling over the posted speed

and 28 were traveling at more than 15 kilometres over the posted speed. Several violation tickets were served, including one for nearly 40 kilometres over the posted speed of 60 kilometres per hour. Over this past weekend, Citizens on Patrol were running ‘Speed Watch’ stations on Foothills Boulevard

and Tyner Boulevard in Prince George. Of the 1,300 vehicles observed, 243 were traveling above the posted speed. Violators can expect a warning letter in the mail.

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Prince George RCMP. “Targeting these offenders and teaching children how to watch for hazards will make our community safer, reducing tragedies on our roads.”

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No change in B.C. job rate Job growth remains stagnant in B.C. compared to national numbers which show the country is enjoying a slight rise in the number of jobs. “We look at the stats for B.C. as a whole,” Bryan Yu, an economist with Central 1 Credit Union, said. “What we are seeing is the continuation of very low growth in terms of employment from last year. On average we are down slightly from last year.” He added growth in B.C. has been weaker than in other

“The Prince George RCMP will continue to target high-risk drivers in communities we police, including Hixon,” states Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the

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Wood-based conference at Civic Centre The largest wood-based bioenergy conference in Canada begins its 10th year in operation with the announcement of the dates for the 2014 conference. The sixth biennial International Bioenergy Conference will take place at the Prince George Civic Centre from June 11-13, 2014. “Since the conference began in 2004, it has brought over 1,500 delegates and exhibitors from over 20 countries to the Central Interior and has generated almost $2 million in economic activity in the City of Prince George,” said Don Zurowski, Chair of the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition Society, which runs the conference. “In addition to the economic impacts from the conference itself, the bioenergy industry in Central and Northern B.C. has grown by leaps and bounds, with dozens of companies deriving most or all of their revenues from biomassderived energy.” The first conference took place in 2004 in conjunction with Forest Expo. It came

about as a result of the work of Zurowski; John Swaan, the grandfather of the Canadian wood pellet industry; and former Prince George Citizen of the Year Michael Kerr, among others, to establish a conference in Prince George to facilitate the international exchange of ideas in the field of wood residue and bioenergy. Since that date, when 120 delegates and a dozen exhibitors assembled at the first conference at the University of Northern B.C., it has grown to over 400 delegates and 58 exhibitors in 2012. Along the way, founding sponsors such as the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Canfor Pulp and UNBC have been joined by over 30 others. Additional sponsors already signed on for 2014 include Sinclar Group Forest Products, Canadian Biomass Magazine, the Coast Inn of the North, and Conference co-host BC Bioenergy Network. “As an organization that strives to take a leadership role in establishing a world class bioenergy industry in British

Columbia, we recognized this conference as central to the discussion about the future of the industry,” said Michael Weedon, BCBN executive director and co-chair of the conference. “We are excited to welcome the world to Prince George for these critical discussions, located as it is in the centre of the largest woody biomass fibre basket in North America.” With the theme, “Pathways to Bio-Prosperity,” the event is getting a refresh for its 10th anniversary. A revamped format means a larger and more diverse trade show. All meals and networking events will take place on the trade show floor, putting exhibitors at the centre of the action from morning until night. Conference organizers are also working on expanded industry tour offerings that, along with the successful business-to-business meetings, are designed to offer visiting delegates additional opportunities to establish new contacts, develop relationships and pursue commercial opportunities.

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Stu Ballantyne pointed out one of the big advantages of SpeeDee Office Experts being an official supplier for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. “Delivery is not an issue,” the Games CEO said Wednesday. SpeeDee is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Brunswick Street, while the Games office is just down the block. “It’s wonderful to have another local partner,” Ballantyne said. “They’ve already been working with us, furnishing our office with a great selection of desks and chairs.” To mark the announcement, Ballantyne and SpeeDee general manager Tracey Hannam unveiled a special window display at the store. One of the win-

dows facing Fifth Avenue will be dedicated to the Games until they occur in February 2015. Hannam says SpeeDee, which started operations in Prince George in 1958, is proud to partner with the Games. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s a great opportunity to showcase to the rest of B.C. and Canada what the North is all about.” Hannam says, while the announcement was made official on Wednesday, SpeeDee has been supplying the Games office with equipment since early on in the process. She says the window will change as time goes along. “For the first month or so, we’ll leave it like this, showing some of the furniture designs we’re providing. We plan to showcase the different sports in

the Games as we go along, and I would love to be able to showcase local athletes who will be participating.” In a press release, SpeeDee owner David George said the chance to get involved with something the size of the Games couldn’t be missed. “The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport and cultural festival Prince George has ever experienced, and much of the excitement will take place downtown. We wanted to be a part of it all through this partnership, and commend the 2015 Games for highlighting the downtown in this significant way. “We are proud to be from Prince George and Northern B.C., and we’re proud to partner with the 2015 Canada Winter Games.”

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t’s not quite at the level of the HST deception, but the principle is the same. News that one of the first orders of business for the cabinet was to give senior civil servants in Victoria pay exorbitant pay raises smacks of the same “once elected we’ll start unveiling what our real agenda is” operational tactic of the Liberals. Cabinet orders dated June 3 provide for an 18 per cent increase to the maximum salary for the premier’s chief of staff, from $195,148 to $230,000 per year. The orders provide for a salary range, so the salary currently paid to Clark’s chief of staff, Dan Doyle, is not known. Another order provides for Clark’s new deputy chief of staff, Michele Cadario, to be paid a salary of $195,148. Cadario, deputy campaign manager in the B.C. Liberals’ successful election campaign, replaces Kim Haakstad, who resigned before the election over improper political activities in the party’s ethnic outreach strategy. All this largesse comes as the provincial government tells everyone else there is no money in the pot. It comes just days after Christy Clark announced a core services review of the provincial government that, by its very nature, is designed to save government some money. There is nothing wrong with that. However, giving someone an 18 per cent pay raise when the most a working stiff can expect is two or three, is simply insulting. The fact that Clark sprung this just after the election shows that they really didn’t learn from the HST. Of course, the public re-elected the Liberals so what was there to learn?


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e’re changing. We, Prince George Free Press, are about to make some of the most significant changes in our almost 20-year history in the city. We are going to move to an enlarged and enhanced once-aweek community newspaper serving Prince George and area, and, in addition, we will offer an entire suite of special products. Two weeks from today – Friday June 28 – we will launch the redesigned Prince George Free Press. We will have a new, more modern look, but with all the same great community news coverage you’ve come to love and expect, and more. Next Wednesday’s newspaper, June 19, will be our last Wednesday publication. For those who seek more immediate news, we will be enhancing our very successful Free Press Daily e-paper, which is delivered every morning to your email in-box. You can subscribe to the Daily at In addition, we will continue to maintain our online presence with our website and on Facebook and Twitter. In July we will launch Free Press Northern Life, a lifestyle magazine that will contain everything you need to help you in your busy life … from restaurant reviews to home renos to tech news to staying healthy, it will all be in Northern Life. We are also re-vamping Big North, which is delivered to communities in northern B.C. Free Press North will let the rest of the North know what Prince George is all about.

June is high school graduation month. It is a mile- than a few unchangeable circumstances to realize stone for many young people; they have succeeded that we only have a little bit of control over our own in surviving 12 years of school. Good for them. destiny. Graduation definitively marks the move from We all have had a few curveballs thrown at us childhood to being an adult. For some that is wonthat forced us to make adjustments in our plans. derful, for others it is scary. For all of them it is a Some of those unexpected circumstances certainly significant change in their lives. resulted in disappointment. But, as ever, those cirFriends, with whom they shared intimate secrets, cumstances often revealed new opportunity. may very well move away to pursue their plans. Amongst those in my own high school graduation Some will stay in touch, while others will not. Even class there were few of us who ended up following with those who stay in touch they may inhabit a the plan. The very competent journalist became a very different world. The bonds that maintained special education teacher. The brilliant civil engineer a long and trusting friendship will ended up in the world of mainframe weaken. computers and their programming. The We only have to think back to our teacher went from teaching children to own graduation time. Most of us were teaching adults and ended up with a full of plans and felt we knew exactly successful business training company. how the world would unfold in the The math and physics nut ended up Onside future. Whatever our plans for the taking a business degree and having a VICTORBOWMAN balance of our lives, we had done the successful career. The fashion designer research and made the appropriate ended up in the world of graphics and moves. Little did we know of the surprises waiting was a leader in her field. The only one who actually for us. followed their plan, married her childhood sweetWe gave little consideration to how circumstances heart and raised six children while building a highly change rapidly. With beautiful optimism we were successful ranching business with her husband. ready to give life a go. There were none of us who Every graduate crossing the stage to receive their anticipated just how the world around us could diploma will encounter a similar life path. It is a force us to change our plans. We all learned that the more complex world out there now, but with that ability to adapt was one of life’s great skills. complexity there is more opportunity. All of us with many miles and years since our There is no doubt that each and every one of them own high school graduation, most likely look back will be successful. They have already shown that to that moment with considerable fondness. While they have character and ability. It will not only be we are reminiscing about who we were and what the academic skills that will help them but also the we were going to be, we are likely to have a quiet ability to be organized, work and get along with chuckle. We were so sure about so many things, others. including how the future would unfold. It took a Good luck, grads. It is just one step in the game of few frustrations, a few disappointments and more life, but it is a big one. Circulation Manager: Lana Metz Email:

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Land commission in conflict of interest

Editor: Well, we tried to convince the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists that it is their responsibility under the Agrologist Act to, “uphold and protect the public interest by preserving and protecting the scientific methods and principles that are the foundation of the agricultural and natural sciences.” Or in our words, “to ensure their professional testimonies are accepted over non-professionals in courts and tribunals” (namely the Agricultural Land Commission of B.C., which appears to ignore agrology reports). We do respect that the institute cannot chase after every agrology report and oversee that it is correct and its due status upheld, but we do hope that with the influence bestowed them by the government, the institute will feel a civic, if not a legal, duty to try to find a solution to protect the people from wrong doings in their industry and preserve the principles of agriculture and natural sciences. A glaring specific wrongdoing that needs to be corrected is the present method of classifying land. At present there is no way you can have your land correctly classified. Agrology used to be done by the federal government. Canada Land Inventory classified this area in the 50s but did not consider Class 5, or less, to be farmland here in the North, therefore, classification of Class 5 and beyond was never defined or classified. However, Agricultural Land Commission does consider Class 5 in the North to be farmland, so those of us whose land is actually Class 6, but never defined so, are told we can only farm this land, except it is not

farmable, so we have no use whatsoever of our lands. It appears the land commission has given out our good Class 1,2,3 and 4 farmland to the cities and affluent businessmen, and to keep their numbers looking good in the reserve pool, put back in the reserve Class 5 and 6 land - mostly from here in the North. To have the land commission classify land here in the North is like putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop. It is a conflict of interest and does not work, not to mention the fact that they

do not have the qualifications to be able to classify. The only people qualified to do this are certified agrologists. It seems we need the Agrologists Association, guided by the B.C. government through the Agologists Act, to be empowered do this job. Do you or anyone out there have any suggestions? How can one get their land correctly classified? We asked our MLA, Pat Pimm, to take this problem to cabinet but the Honorable Bill Bennett, Minister of Community

& Rural Development, the Honorable Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture, and the Honorable George Abbott, Minister of Education, all refused. Christy Clark, are you out there? We need you. Holycow. Are you kidding? Pat Pimm is our new minister of agriculture. Super. Congratulations Honorable Mr. Pimm, what an accomplishment. We already have a man who will take charge and now perhaps he also has the means to find an answer to this inequity and resulting injustice to us and

other citizens so affected in the province of British Columbia. For more info or if you are in a situation where your land is wrongly classified and/or the B.C. government/Agricultural Land Commission will not allow you any use of your land, and you wish to join a class action suit at the federal level (because the Agricultural Land Commission says there is no judge in B.C. that can overturn its decision, contact Jo 250-827-3826/ Jo Middleton Fort St. John


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Construction is continuing on the new BC Hydro offices on 22nd Avenue. The exterior looks close to finished, with work still to be done inside and on the grounds.

Speaking, instead of signing, enriched life Editor: Whenever I’m asked how my life would have unfolded had I learned sign language instead of speaking, it makes me pause. After my hearing loss was discovered, hearing aids gave my residual hearing shape, context and volume. Fortunately, it enabled me to learn the difficult task of lip-reading and speaking fluently. My hearing loss was incurred by meningitis between the ages of one and two. Instead of feeling a huge loss, I am immensely grateful to have survived such a deadly disease. In my preschool years, a correspondence course from the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles supported my parents’ perspicacity in teaching me to speak. Learning to lip-read and apply the struc-

ture of language consumed my school years. Had I, instead, became acculturated to signing, my life would have been a far different adventure. When I was on the cusp on Grade 1, my parents faced the agonizing decision to either send me to Jericho Hill School for the Deaf in Vancouver, which was the expected norm, or advocating to enrol me in the public school system. At that time it was seen Jericho graduates faced a future of menial work as few workplaces accommodated sign language. Fortunately, I attended Quinson Elementary, a vibrant school with many students. Little did I know that my enrolment would become part of a change, accepting the integration of children with disabilities into public

schools. The Prince George School District was willing to take on this challenge and provided support although resources were limited, technology was cumbersome, and knowledge was developing about the integration of students with disabilities. Over the years, a coterie of speech therapists, teachers and mentors tutored me. A vital key was learning the composition of the English language, and gaining vocabulary. As a visual learner, connecting oral communications with the written word made lip-reading easier. If sign language had been my only option, understanding the foundational building blocks of language would have been a longer, almost impossible, task. Signs often represent groups of words, with

little connection to written language. In university, I experienced larger class sizes, impersonal professors and a lack of support. All were barriers to overcome. Had I been a signer, these challenges may have been insurmountable. Perseverance and a journalism co-op program at the University of Victoria opened doors, and launched me on an adventurous journey in media and public relations. Sweeping advances in digital and online technology, a globalized economy and changing attitudes in the workplace make it easier today to embark on a path of choice. Having access to tools and techniques to be fully functioning in a hearing world is immeasurable and truly enriching. Sheila Serup Prince George

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Playbill IVAN AND WYN On Friday, June 14, Ivan and Wyn are back for Friday Night Mic. If you are looking for a memorable night, come down to Cafe Voltaire, Books and Company on Third Ave. and listen to some folksie tunes and beautiful harmonies. The music starts at 8 p.m. and as always, there is no charge for Friday Night Mic shows at the cafe.

WITNESSES Prince George is hosting the annual convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The three-day event begins Friday, June 21 at 9:20 a.m. The theme this year is God’s Word is Truth based on the scripture at John 17:17. For information, visit

DOG EXPO Huble Homestead Historic Site hosts its annual Dog Expo June 23 for a day of socializing and demonstrations. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop the vendors and enter your dog in the popular parade of breeds and contests for biggest and smallest dog, best trick and best dressed. Bring a leash and pick up after your pet. Admission is by donation. For more information on Dog Expo call 250-564-7033 or visit

Bowman happy with time at CNC


students currently attending Prince George campus, coming here from places like China, India and Africa. Of course there is a financial benefit for the college but also it [having international students] enriches campus life and gives all students a new perspective and greatly enriched the lives of our CNC students.” He points to the construction of a $19.7 million Technical Education Centre in Prince George and a $9.8 million, 24,000 square foot, Technical Trades Centre in Quesnel as making the college even stronger in its ability to accommodate and train more students. What’s left on his wish list? Three things. “First, the new campus for Vanderhoof which is the least well serviced place and closest to P.G. They are currently operating out of an old building. We have a plan and proposal so that’s the number one capital project priority. Second, a specific residence for Aboriginal students who find it a huge culture shock coming from [small, rural places] to a relatively big city. They don’t have supports for daily living.” Bowman says he envisions CNC providing a place where 10 to 12 students can live together in a multi-bedroom house with elders also living there who provide mentoring and advice. And third? “Third, a student and cultural centre which provides a home for international programs.” Those three projects, he says, could be completed in the next five years. “I’ve experienced great things at CNC and I’m thankful for all the friends and people I’ve worked with in the community, it’s been part of my life for 15 years. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve been fortunate to live in another great part of the province.”

John Bowman is smiling and relaxed as he talks about his time as president of the College of New Caledonia (CNC). He’s held the job for seven years, enough time, he says, to see progress and expansion in a number of different areas. “We have seen a lot of growth in our applied trades and technical education, we have more than doubled the trades seats offered at CNC, as well as expanding our health-related education such as nursing programs,” he said. In the 15 years he’s worked with CNC campuses here and in Quesnel, Bowman has been able to see both attain many of their goals. And while he’s enjoyed being at the helm and will miss the people who have become friends, now it’s time for change, he says. Bowman, who originally hails from Winnipeg, moves to Comox Valley with his family and will take up his new post as President of North Island College (NIC) August 1. His last day at CNC is officially July 31. “I will remember all the people who came to the college, the faculty and staff that helped us maintain a degree of consistence and stability,” he said. “NIC is about 2/3 the size of CNC. It offers trades and health programs and it serves multiple campuses, so it’s a comfortable transition for me.” One of the most important things CNC has achieved during his tenure, Bowman says, is the solid relationships that have been forged between CNC and the communities it serves as well as with other learning institutions. “CNC has an excellent relationship with the community ... and I expect that to continue.

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CNC’s outgoing president John Bowman in his office. Canfor and West Fraser, for instance, have offered support for skilled trades.” He agrees that training to fill those jobs will take time. “We are trying to fill that gap between people without jobs and jobs without people.” Giving back to the community is one area which gives Bowman pride. “I’m really proud of our chefs and students in the professional cook program (formerly culinary

arts) who are involved in helping out groups like St. Vincent de Paul with meals and supporting events such as the Lakeland Mills-sponsored barbecue. As well our dental students and college employees help out with community health programs.” Students coming from other countries to study in Prince George has been very much a win-win situation for CNC, he says. “There are 300 international


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Tiara Kerr chosen for Hydro award TERESA MALLAM

Tiara Kerr has been awarded the Community Service Award 2013 by the local branch of the B.C. Hydro Pioneers. Kerr has logged countless volunteer hours working with many programs including Operation Hunger Relief, PG Annual Toy Run, Senior Youth Fund Raising Drives and Activities, a summer camp, community outreach, and more. Last year her family moved to Alberta and, rather than relocating, Kerr, who was born and raised in Prince George, chose to live with her grandparents and finish her schooling at Duchess Park Secondary. She works part-time while still maintaining her high GPA. On

Tuesday, Kerr was presented with her award and a cheque for $1,000 at a special luncheon held at Esther’s Inn. “Ever since I can remember, I have volunteered,” she said. “Whether it be helping with Christmas hampers, ringing the bells for Christmas kettles or helping with the annual toy run, I grew up helping whenever possible at my local Salvation Army. “ Kerr said she also volunteered at community events such as Community Meals for the Homeless at her church and with Operation Hunger Relief singing for patients in hospital and First Baptist Church youth groups. “During my time with the Salvation Army, I learned the importance of each person and that everyone needs someone to

love and help them,” she said. In Grade 9 and 10, Kerr was awarded the Husky Oil Junior Art Award for her artistic skills. She created a Safe School poster to promote safe school messages, promoting a happy, safe place for anyone to be a part of, and she was a member of the school recycling program, the leadership team and class mentor.

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Tiara Kerr (centre) accepts the community service award 2013 and a cheque for $1,000 from Tim Thompson, B.C. Hydro Power Pioneers local branch president and Shirley Gratton, chair of the Community Service Youth Awards at a luncheon on Tuesday.


PROCLAMATIONS June 2013 is proclaimed “Brain Injury Awareness Month”


Be aware of elder abuse Communities across British Columbia prepare to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and many local communities are offering educational activities to increase seniors’ awareness of the different forms of abuse and neglect. People around the globe will be wearing purple on Saturday, June 15 to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which was first proclaimed by the United Nations in June 2006. Health officials in B.C. estimate that between 4 and 10 per cent of seniors will experience some form of physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse. It is also believed that incidents of elder abuse are significantly under-reported. “Older adults in our communities continue to find themselves in vulnerable situations and still experiencing various forms of abuse and neglect,” said Sherry Baker, executive director of the BC Association of Community Response Networks (CRNs). CRNs include community, social and health service organizations, government agencies, community minded individuals, local business, seniors and other vulnerable adults who wish to be part of building safer communities. These networks take a coordinated approach to helping abused, and neglected adults get the support and assistance they need. For more information on activities in your area, contact any of the three Northern BCCRNS Regional Mentors listed on the BCCRNS web site at

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: Pursuant to sections 98 and 99 of the Community Charter, the annual report of the City of Prince George, and submissions and questions from the public regarding the annual report, will be considered at the Regular Council Meeting to be held on Monday June 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard, Prince George, B.C.

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DATED the 31st day of May, 2013. Wendy Nordin Deputy Corporate Officer

Wednesday, June 19, 12:00 p.m. 2nd Floor Conference Room


BROADCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETINGS: To follow live Council meetings, visit the City’s website at as webcasting services and video archiving of agenda items are available for the public.

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION: PQ13-01 - City Fleet GPS Program closing date: June 17, 2013 For information concerning City of Prince George bidding opportunities visit BC Bid @

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Applications are now available at the Community Services Department in City Hall or on the City web site. Applications are reviewed in June and December of each year. For more information call 250-561-7646. Grants can be paid to individuals or organizations for travel related to academic, art, cultural and amateur sport/recreation purposes involving youth 18 years of age or younger, if they have: • Been selected at a juried show to have his/her work displayed in a Provincial, Western Canadian, National level or within a designated geographic area as recognized by the sponsoring organization; OR • Been awarded a scholarship within a specific field or art to attend a school of National or Western Canadian recognition; OR • Won a zone or regional competition or have been selected by a sponsoring organization to represent Prince George at a Provincial competition; OR • Won a Provincial competition and have gone on to participate in a Western Canadian, National competition or competition within a designated geographic area as recognized by the sponsoring organization; OR

• Won the right or been selected to represent the City, the Province, and/or Canada at an international competition. On occasion, those activities that are considered to be in pursuit of excellence are eligible for funding.

Here’s an opportunity to make a difference in your community:

APPLY FOR A COUNCIL COMMISSION! At this time the City Manager’s Office is accepting applications for Membership on the Prince George Heritage Commission. The Mission of the Prince George Heritage Commission is “To protect, conserve and interpret the heritage resources within the City by supporting, encouraging, and facilitating their proper conservation, maintenance and restoration”. An application is available on the City’s web page committees/ or may be picked up at the 5th Floor of City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard. For further information or to have an application form mailed to you, please call 250.561.7684. Applications or resumes received by the City Manager’s Office, Director of Legislative Services prior to the June 21st deadline will be considered by City Council at its Regular Meeting of July 8, 2013. Deadline for Applications: 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2013. Information contained in the applications will be included in the public Council Agenda and posted on the City’s web page.

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Experimental at Exploration

A unique festival experience is about to happen. Casse-Tete: A Festival of Experimental Music takes place at The Exploration Place on June 15 and 16. Casse-Tete is a new festival of experimental music – improvisation, free jazz, avantgarde compositions, minimalism, postrock, noise, and more.

Featured performers come from around B.C. and Alberta along with the radical side of Prince George’s own fertile scene. Casse-Tete (poetically broken head) is both the French term for puzzle and for headache, explains musician Jeremy Stewart. It can also refer to a bludgeoning weapon like a club, or to a violent, deafening noise. The inspiration for the event has been rattling around in his head for almost 10 years. “I’ve always known Prince George to have such a rich, strange, challenging underground music scene,� Stewart said. “I am pleased to have this chance to share such amazing and underrepresented music with my hometown.� Featured visiting artists confirmed to date include Stanley Jason Zappa (Oliver), Pigeon Breeders (Edmonton), Nam Shub (Vancouver), Mechanics Who Drive (Calgary/Vancouver), and Evan Symons (Vancouver). Participating local artists include Maple You Know, The Transfiguration Good News Band, PG9o9, Ken Goudswards’ PARKA, Jose Delgado-Guevara, Sebastian Ostertag, Anne Harris, Peter Stevenson, and


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July 1 help needed It takes a lot of volunteers to make any big event successful. The Celebrate Canada Festival committee is looking for volunteers to work on Canada Day, July 1, at Fort George Park in a number of capacities: morning set up from 8 to 11 a.m.; evening take down and loading from 6 to 9 p.m.; parking and gate attendants; and handing out flags, programs and lapel pins. There is also a call out for face painters and runners/gofers. Anyone interested in helping out can call the Multicultural Heritage Society at 250-563-8525 or drop by the office at 535 Dominion St.

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The sky is falling – at Two Rivers Gallery


When is a rock more than a rock? When it is art. Nora Curiston of Grand Forks, B.C. will have her work entitled Fallen Sky on display in the sculpture court at Two Rivers Gallery starting June 20. The thought-provoking piece was developed during the Toni Onley Artists’ Project in Wells, B.C. Curiston says the idea for the installation came to her from a single word. “I tend to just become smitten with an idea and then just work at it until it comes together. I had already been really interested in the word ‘fallen’ – just the word alone,� she said. “It seems so potent and laden with potential meaning.� From the word, Curiston drew her creative ideas. “I had been working on other ideas relating to ‘fallen’ and

began to imagine a small section of sky becoming somehow detached and drifting gently to earth. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was about but I found the image to be really evocative and wanted to make some art relating to it.� Curiston said she tried out different things but finally started painting rocks as sky and placed one outside her home. “It really worked for me. I got the sense of the sky crumbling and small segments of it settling in my yard, I like the contrariness of something so ethereal actually turning out to be hard and crumbly like rock, as though we had all misunderstood its true nature.� The experience of first doing the unusual installation in Wells last summer was amazing, she said. “The freedom to do the piece in a large open space was a real opportunity to take it out for a ride and see if it worked. And

it did work for me, especially when I was out in the middle of it. There was a real feeling that something strange had occurred here. The title is really integral. Without it it’s just blue rocks in a field. I hope that the title and the piece together combine to form a bit of mystery or sense of awe.� There is also a serious side to Fallen Sky. “For me, Fallen Sky is about environmental issues. But I’m not a climatologist or scientist so my take on it is more lyrical and I hope it might instill a thoughtful response from the audience. Once it is out there, it is open to any response.� So far, the response has been positive and often amusing. “It gave one of my fellow artists in Wells a shiver when we drove past. Some people found it funny and I’m sure some will think of poor old Chicken Little running around crying that the sky is falling. In his case, it turned out to not be true.�

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Nora Curiston’s installation as it appeared in Wells. The Fallen Sky exhibit comes to Prince George on June 20. There will be an opening reception for the new installation Fallen Sky and an artist’s talk with Nora Curiston on June

20 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Gallery. For more about the artist visit

Captain’s story is a lesson in love and the law As local artist Jeafor dead in a dumpnette Spencer flies to ster. Victoria for the SPCA’s Despite every Tuxes and Tails Gala attempt by veterinar[see Free ians to Press story save Tea June 7], him, Captain’s Captain with killer is died of Teresa put behind his injubars. On ries, setWednesday, TERESAMALLAM ting off a judge a public sentenced outcry Roger Whitlock of and demand for jusVancouver to 60 days tice. A support group in jail and three years was formed, a Faceprobation. He was also book page set up and given a lifetime ban on Friends of Captain and owning pets. Justice for Captain folWhitlock, 26, was lowers kept up to date convicted in the July with the legal case. 19, 2012 death of his As a tribute to Captwo-year-old male tain, Spencer created German Shepherd a round stained-glass who was stabbed and work entitled Crossing repeatedly beaten with the Rainbow. It is now a baseball bat, then left an auction item at the

SPCA fundraiser. With the CTC evening news report that Captain’s killer was sentenced to a week more behind bars (with credit for time served), it was shown that the public reacted almost immediately. And the media did its best to press their buttons. The show’s teaser before the break: Find out why some people are calling the sentence as shocking as the crime. News reports say the judge spoke to the issue of Whitlock’s mental illness in connection with the act of killing his dog. However, that did not appease crowds outside the courthouse

who said the outcome of this case was very important not just for Captain but for all animals. We have felt the impact in Prince George. There have been angry letters to the editor and on-line comments asking why we react so quickly and passionately about crimes against dogs like Captain – but not so much about the homeless in our midst or the people who are beaten and murdered in our cities. The writers ask why we don’t care about them. That is just stupid thinking. Of course we care. But the two issues are quite separate. With Captain,


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Survey shows residents know programs TERESA MALLAM

When it comes to recycling, Prince George people are “very aware�, says Ashkon Nowtash. An intern from Vancouver, Nowtash said in a news release that the B.C. Used Oil Management Association in partnership with Tire Stewardship B.C. launched its eighth annual Summer Ambassador tour.

Two teams set out May 13 to canvass the province, she said. They traveled through 130 municipalities and visited 700 return collection facilities. Along they way, they promoted the responsible recycling of used oil, used antifeeze and scrap tires. “The goal of the program is to generate public awareness to keep these otherwise recyclable materials away from our landfills and out of our drinking water,� said Nowtash,


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who spoke to the Free Press Wednesday. “People in Prince George are very aware of the program, however it is always helpful to remind people not to drop off used oil, antifreeze and their respective materials at night. It is imperative that these materials are always dropped off during business hours.� The team reported that they met with Rachael Ryder, waste diversion program leader at Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill, she said. “Rachael was very happy with the reduced amount of night drop-offs and she believes that there is a great amount of recycling awareness in Prince George.� This year, in addition to a second ambassador team and an expanded route, the teams wanted to communicate the importance of recycling not only used oil and antifreeze but also scrap tires. They also hoped to increase collection rates for used oil, used antifreeze and scrap tires in order to minimize contamination of the environment through education and communication outreach at B.C.’s return collection facilities and tire retailer locations. They ended their tour June 1 and compiled their findings. The ambassadors’ progress

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Recycle depot supervisor Anthony Bourgeois tapes the top of a high pile of old computers destined for the Lower Mainland. has been documented on their blog at www. Below is a list of places in Prince George where people can take their used materials: For tires: • OK Tire Store on 20th Ave. • Canadian Tire Store on Domano Blvd. • Harley Davidson of Prince George on

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Cruisin’ Classics salute Father’s Day Plenty of top-notch chrome and metal for the automobile lover and casual fan TERESA MALLAM

Gleaming chrome, tricked-up engines, rebuilt classics. Owners have put in a lot of time, thought and sweat into bringing their vintage cars to restored beauty and peak performance. Now it’s time to take a bow and show them off to the public. On Sunday the Cruisin’ Classics host their 39th annual Father’s Day Show n’ Shine event. Club president Mike Tataryn said Wednesday that he expects about 300 to 400 vintage cars and motorcycles to be registered for the event. This year’s format will be much the same as previous years, he said, with the same awards categories. Also like last year, the location will be Fort George Park. “This year the train will be running, so our event has been moved down a little but we’ve been expecting that for two years, so we planned for it. Car owners don’t like parking under the trees because of the sap (and, he agrees, caterpillars) so we have to space things out a little differently. But other than that, the event will be much the same as in other years.” They also plan a fun event for local

seniors. “On Friday (June 14) about 25 of us go on a tour of seniors’ residences. We leave from Princess Auto around noon and we stop at Parkside, Rainbow Lodge, Jubilee Lodge, Simon Fraser and Gateway,” said Tataryn. “The seniors are usually waiting outside when we show up and they always have big smiles on their faces. They really love looking at all the old cars and they come and tell us stories of the cars they used to own years ago. Last year, we had a gentleman who came out with a bicycle he’d had as a kid and he told us the story to with it.” The Cruisin Classics Club is comprised of a group for fun-loving car enthusiasts with 80 members and their families. Many members restore and maintain classic cars and street rods. Club members meet every other Wednesday at AimHi, 950 Kerry St. You don’t have to own a vehicle, just have an interest in them. Gates open at Sunday’s Cruisin’ Classics Show n’ Shine at 7 a.m. Registration is from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Fre e Pre s s file p h o to event is open to the public from 10 A majestic hood ornament adorns a classic car at a previous Cruisin’ Classics event. a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and admire the vintage There will be 300 to 400 vintage and restored cars to admire at Sunday’s event at Fort George Park. cars and talk to their owners.

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Shorts BOUNCING For the first time, Prince George sent athletes to the Western Canada Cup for trampoline and double-mini trampoline, held in Port Moody on the weekend, and all four came home with good results. In Provincial One 13+ Women Trampoline, Rayne Janzen placed sixth and Caroline Kinnee 10th. In the double-mini, they reversed positions, with Kinnee 11th and Janzen 13th. In Provincial Two 14+ Women Trampoline, Brook-Lynn Kinnee placed 14th overall, a showing she repeated in the double-mini. Ben Garcia put together two fifth-place showings in the Provincial Two 14+ Men division.


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The ASA OK Tire Challenge takes to the track at PGARA on Saturday night, June 15, featuring the Chieftain Auto Parts mini stocks, the Richmond Steel street stocks, and Mr. Quick Lube and Oil presenting the White Spruce Enterprise 100. Special admission prices for this event have adults a $20, ages 12-18 $15, seniors and ages 6-11 $5, and handicapped and under 5 get in free. Time trials start at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. at PGARA, located off Highway 16 east, with Sunday set as a rain date. If the race is postponed to Sunday, time trials will be at 1 p.m. with racing at 2 p.m.

Radu Singh of Duchess Park drives a ball past College Heights’ William Dornbierer in a boys doubles match at the high school zone championships on Tuesday. Singh and partner Jeremy Mitchell won the match, and finished in fourth place overall. A lla n W ISHA RT/ Fre e Pre s s

School tennis season wraps up ALLAN WISHART

The high school tennis season in Prince George wrapped up with the zone championships on Tuesday. “We don’t go to provincial,” says Kelly Road Secondary coach Todd Kuc. “We would have had to hold our zones three weeks ago, and I think we had just gotten the snow off the courts then.” So for the more than 30 students who gathered at the tennis courts off Highway 16, they knew this was the last time they would play for their school this


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year. Four teams entered the girls doubles, playing a straight round robin, which saw the Duchess Park duo of Morgan Swan and Claire Bruce go undefeated to claim the title. Emily Carter and Sydney Irving of College Heights were second, with Cougar teammates Shauna Hepburn and Morgan Plumridge third. The girls singles event saw a final which pitted the doubles champs against each other. Swan needed a tiebreaker to down Bruce for the championship, while the third-place match also saw doubles teammates facing

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each other, as Carter downed Irving in a College Heights affair. The boys doubles saw 13 teams competing for the zone title. The final saw Kelly Road’s Kristian Kiland and Stephen Penner defeat Max Hoffman and Angus Godfrey of Duchess Park 6-3. The third-place match had Brennan Schwab and Jon Dunn of College Heights score a 6-1 win over Jeremy Mitchell and Radu Singh of Duchess Park. Kiland and Hoffman, who had faced each other in the boys doubles, also wound up in the senior boys singles final, with Kiland coming out on top

6-3. The third-place match had Schwab downing Dun 4-2 in an all-College Heights game. The junior boys singles final had Eaden Singh of Duchess Park downing Rene Schneider of College Heights 6-1. Michael Rezendes of Duchess claimed third place with a 6-1 win over William Dornbierer of College Heights. Duchess Park was declared the zone champion for this year. “We were down a bit in numbers this year,” Kuc said. “We didn’t have this last year because of the (teachers’) job action, so we may have lost some of the continuity for the players.”

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Grays hold camp to help young players ALLAN WISHART

For the Prince George Grays, it’s the Willie Nelson song – On the Road Again. “It’s tough getting teams to come up here to play,” says Jay Cook. Cook and some of the other Grays spent a good part of the weekend working with 13 to 17 year olds from Prince George and Quesnel at a baseball camp at Citizen Field. “We’ve got about 30 kids out, which is a good number,” he said. “There’s quite a range of skill levels, which poses some challenges when you’re setting up drills.” The camp is the first one the Grays have held, and the experiment seems to have been successful. “The drills we’re using are pretty standard. All of us have played at the college level or above, so we know these drills. “Some of the kids are a bit overwhelmed by them,

though.” The Grays are working out as well, getting ready to start their season at the end of the month. “We’re down in Burnaby on the long weekend to play the Bulldogs,” Cook says. “Then on July 6 we’re in Kamloops, Coquitlam on the weekend of July 13, and down to Victoria on the August long weekend for the provincials.” Being on the road for all their games is tough, but Cook says it’s a fact of life for teams from the north. “There are more teams down there, so they can schedule among themselves and not have to travel up here to play.” One solution the Grays are looking at is joining the Interior League, which currently has teams in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Trail. “If we got into that league, we would play our games A lla n W ISHA RT/ Fre e Pre s s against Trail at a neutral site, Jason Cook of the Prince George Grays shows a group of middle infielders some fielding techniques probably Kamloops.” during a weekend camp for 13-17 year olds at Citizen Field.

Knights hope for big crowds for games against Vernon Local senior baseball players and teams have had tons of opportunities over the past 14 years to play on home turf – nationals, and even the international level, with the World

Baseball Challenge. For youth baseball players, aside from some provincial tournaments it’s been rare for an all-star team to play games after sleeping in their own

beds, so for a June 15-16 series with the Vernon Canadians, the PG LTN Contracting peewee Knights allstar team would love to see a big crowd supporting them at Spruce

City Stadium. The games go 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, and 9 and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 16 – a four-game set to showcase the high level of youth baseball city fans will be treated to Aug. 8-11 when the provincial Peewee AAA Championship serves as an appetizer ahead of the international-level World Baseball Challenge (Aug. 13-22, Citizen Field).

“We’re so glad to have Vernon coming up, coached by former P.G. resident Rick Leroux – he has a strong team that will play in AA provincials but has not lost to a AAlevel team this season and are considered the class of the Okanagan region,” said Knights manager Jim Swanson. “Their only losses have been to AAA teams like ours, and they don’t have many

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of those. We have played Vernon already five times and all the games have been close, they have taken four of them but we had a split-squad for the first two meetings. Both teams had a strong showing by individuals at the Team BC tryouts for the CABA World Series, and we’re excited to be challenged by Vernon once again, very pleased they could arrange to come up and play us. Vernon has a big, athletic and well-coached team with good pitching and some very strong hitters.” There will be no charge for admission, but the Knights will be selling raffle tickets to help support the team and provincial tournament. “This will also mark the first time Spruce City Stadium has had a mound installed, so that will be interesting in itself,” said Swanson. “It’s a great test for provincials, and it’s

been a pleasure working with Peter Ghostkeeper and the Spruce City league on this. It’s a great venue.” Members of the Knights are Michael Schwab, Ryan Hampe, Seth Lapre, Brevin Gervais, Tommy Kreitz, Brett Mero, Quinten Astorino, Liam Campbell, Ajay Nickolet, Zach Swanson, Matt Siemens and Soren Erricson. Mero will not be able to play against Vernon due to a school trip. Colton SchaperKotter of Vernon was named an alternate for Team BC, but at least five other players showed they have incredible skill at the tryouts. Zach Swanson of Prince George is on the roster, while Mikey Schwab and Ajay Nickolet are alternates. The Knights hope to have other teams visit in July. The Knights will play in tournaments in Kamloops (July long weekend) and in Kelowna (two weeks after that).

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National-level soccer goalie holds clinic UNBC in partnership with the Prince George Youth Soccer Association is pleased to announce that Virginia Tech University and former Canada under-20 goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts will be hosting a goalkeeper clinic June 21-23 in Prince George. Currently at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, Colpitts is entering her fourth year of eligibility with the Virginia Tech Hokies. In her first year Colpitts helped bring her team to the NCAA (U.S. university league) Division 1 tournament. This is the highest division available to university programs in the United States. Virginia Tech has made three consecutive appearances at the Division 1 tournament, a success which can partially be attributed to Colpitts skill in net as the Hokie’s number one keeper. Colpitts soccer success reaches beyond her university career; the Fredericton, NB native has also been a staple in the Canada women’s age-grade program. She has represented Canada twice at CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and was a member of the U20 team that competed at the 2012 U20 World Cup in Japan. CONCACAF is Canada’s qualifying tournament for the World Cup tournament. Graduating out of the age-grade sys-

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Dayle Colpitts, a former Canada under-20 goalkeeper and standout for the NCAA Virginia Tech Hokies, will be in Prince George June 21 to 23 to hold a clinic for young keepers. tem, Colpitts is now working towards a spot with the Senior Women’s National Team (WNT) program. She has attended several National team camps and

was recently invited to the WNT EXCELeration camp which is used to help bridge the gap between the U20 program and the WNT.

Colpitts will be hosting a threeday goalkeeper clinic from June 21-23 at the Prince George Youth Soccer Association (PGYSA) and Senior Women’s fields located

behind the Aquatic Centre. The clinic is geared towards goalkeepers aged 13 and up; both male and female athletes are invited to attend. The clinic will cover all aspects of goalkeeping from shot stopping to dealing with the crosses to different methods of distribution. UNBC women’s head coach Andy Cameron has been instrumental in arranging for Colpitts to travel to Prince George for this clinic. Cameron, who coached Colpitts on the New Brunswick Canada Games team, is very excited about the opportunity of having a player of Colpitts caliber in Prince George. He believes that the chance for any young and aspiring keeper to work with someone of Colpitts caliber is a tremendous opportunity. “Dayle brings with her some excellent experience that she can share with us. It is an excellent opportunity for aspiring keepers to work with one of the best female keepers in the country” said Cameron. The clinic will run Friday June 21 from 6 - 8 p.m.; Saturday June 22 from 10 a.m. - noon and 5 - 7 p.m.; and Sunday June 23 from 10 a.m. - noon and 3 – 5 p.m. The cost for the clinic is $99 per athlete; any interested parties should e-mail Andy Cameron at andy.cameron@unbc. ca for more information and to register.

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Stanley Cup final much better than hoops

It’s been a month and half since • The Liberals would retain the Stanley Cup playoffs began. power in B.C., despite the NDP Prior to the post-season, I doubt massive lead in the polls. that anyone would Okay, that last one may have believed me if I not be sports related but had suggested that: the vast majority of people Hart • The Pittsburgh did not see that coming Penguins could play Beat and I am still trying to an entire series (vs. digest who blew it more: HARTLEYMILLER the NDP or the Leafs? Boston) scoring a total of two goals. For the sake of an argu• Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Mal- ment, let’s say a fan enjoys the kin could combine for zero points NHL and NBA equally and he/she in an entire series. doesn’t care who wins in the play• Two teams (Pittsburgh and Bos- offs, he/she just wants to be enterton) could combine for 0 PP goals tained. The Stanley Cup playoffs in a series. are better than the NBA post-season • The Bruins could win a seventh because there’s more suspense, game (against Toronto) after trailing more twists and turns and much 4-2 with 90 seconds left in the third. less predictably. • The Vancouver Canucks would The Miami Heat reached the final have the fewest wins of any playoff only facing elimination once, and team. in that Game 7 against Indiana, the • Cory Crawford and Tuukka Heat destroyed the Pacers, leaving Rask would be one-two in both no mystery. save percentage and GAA, entering Meanwhile, San Antonio the Stanley Cup Final, even though advanced as they swept two oppothey had a combined one series vic- nents (Lakers and Memphis) and tory in the playoffs prior to 2013. went six games with the other • Bryan Bickell would have 7 (Golden State) to go 12-2 in the more goals and 4 more points than Western Conference. When Oklahis Chicago teammate Jonathan homa City lost its second best Toews after 17 games. player due to injury (Russell West• Nathan Horton of Boston brook) in the first round, the path would dominate plus-minus (plus was cleared for the Spurs to romp. 21 after 16 games) followed by the Moreover, two of the first three surprising scoring leader David games of the championship series Krejci of Boston (plus 14). finished in blowouts. • The NBA coach of the year Individually, there are no sur(George Karl) would be fired by the prises in the NBA. Lebron is still Denver Nuggets literally days after the best player whether Miami winning the award. wins or loses the final and Tony

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Two of the province’s top distance runners, Alexander Nemethy and Emma Balazs, head up the track at Masich Place Stadium on Saturday to help with jump placement for a steeplechase race for younger runners. Parker of the Spurs is arguably the best point guard in the league whether the Spurs are champions or not. Think about this for a moment. What shockers have there been in the NBA other than the coach of the year (George Karl), and the Memphis Grizzlies coach, Lionel Hollins, getting sacked? Whether the Spurs or the Heat win the NBA title, it will not be a surprise. Can anybody ever recall an NBA comeback in Game 7 similar to what the Bruins did to the Leafs? Now let’s look at the NHL. One might suggest Chicago was the best team all season and are in the Cup Final against Boston. Yes, but the Hawks trailed the Red Wings 3-1 and had to win three elimination games against Detroit in round two, including a game 7

in OT. Individually, the best player, Sidney Crosby, was completely shutout in four games against the Bruins. That would be similar to Lebron having singledigit points, rebounds and assists every game. The Penguins were huge Cup favorites, especially after Jarome Iginla decided to snub his nose at Boston at the trade deadline and join Pittsburgh instead. So, Iginla, Malkin and most of his teammates failed to get a single point in four games against the Bruins. That’s astonishing! (As a side note: I believe Boston was highly motivated by the Iginla brush off and that was a factor in the sweep.) Last year, an eighth-place team (L.A.) won the Stanley Cup. An eighth-place team has never won the Larry O’Brien Trophy (NBA) title. There is plenty of intrigue in both the NHL and NBA Finals and an argument can

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Panthers ready to prowl at provincials ALLAN WISHART

This weekend, they’ll be playing against each other. Next weekend, they’ll be teammates. When they travel to Trail for the Squirt Provincials next weekend, the local team will be known as the Prince George Junior Panthers, but on the fields at Freeman Park, they go by Team Green, Team Blue and other colour designations. “We divided the players up for house league,” Panthers coach Jess Hudson says, “to keep things even. It’s an interesting league because we’ve got players from about 6 up to 12.” Don’t expect to see many of the 6 year olds heading to Trail, though. “For the travelling team, we aimed at the 2001 age bracket. There are a couple of younger girls who earned their spots.” This will be the first time in several years that a local Squirt team has gone to provincials. “I made the decision in about the

first month of the season,” Hudson says. “I saw we had a fairly strong group in the older age bracket. They had seen the older girls (Peewee and Bantam) go to provincials, and they wanted to also.” While the Panthers squad is drawn from all four of the houseleague teams, that won’t be true next year. “We’ll go up as a group to the Peewee league, and we’ll play as a C travel team. They have two groups of older girls who are travelling teams as well, so we’ll be the third team.” The Panthers get together for a practice each Wednesday, and Hudson says it’s proven to be a great experience. “We practice for an hour. Some of the Peewees come out to help and play against us, and then we have all the Squirt players out for an hour after that. “It really helps them get to know each other and be friends on and off the field.” Members of the Panthers are Syd-

ney Casey (captain), Mishayla Christensen (assistant captain), Thea Palmer, Shelby Betker, Cerina Nikic, Alysha Madsen, Autumn Nicolas, Camryn Scully, Amanda Pratt and Hannah Case. This weekend, the four local house league teams will be part of a seven-team tournament at Freeman Park. They’ll be joined by a local squad of Mighty Mites

(the next age group down) and two teams from Quesnel. “We took two of our teams to Quesnel for a tournament earlier this season,” Hudson says, “and we came in third and fourth, so it should be pretty competitive.” The tournament starts at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, June 15, with the gold and bronzemedal games set for 1 p.m. on

June 16. They will be followed by an exhibition game at 3 p.m. between a team of Peewee All Stars and the Bantam Thunderbirds. Peewee coach Walter Colk says his team is looking forward to the game. “The Thunderbirds is where these girls want to be next year, so they see this game as a chance to show they belong there.”

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Edge Meadows Preschool has four spaces in the daycare program starting June 15th. Daycare is open all summer 8:30 to 5:15 Mon to Fri. 30 mo to 5 yrs. Phone (250)562-2800

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To be eligible for participation in Skills Development (SD), you must be an unemployed individual (“Employment Insurance (EI) Client”) as defined in the Canada – BC Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA). This means that you are an individual for whom: an unemployment benefit period has been established or has ended within the 36 months (3 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance; or a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the 60 months (5 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force. Other criteria may apply.

Dengarry Professional Services Ltd. is seeking experienced individuals or couples for contract to provide live in 24 hr. support for short term stabilization to adults with mental & physical disabilities in Kamloops. Applicant must have education and exp. either in behavioral and/or medical supports. Applicant will undergo a screening process including reference checks, Crim Check and drivers abstract. Housing & Utilities Incls. w/ A Remarkable Compensation Package.

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Huge selection of brand new and brand name tires and custom wheels for sale to fit all makes & models. Get great stuff for your car and more. One-day only. Saturday, June 15, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1073 W. Central Street, Prince George.

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Home Improvements Carpenter will build sundecks & do reno’s. Quality Work. Free Estimates 250-617-4962 G Gilbert Renovation All your reno needs. Inside & outside. Specialist in drywall finishing. 30 yrs exp. Free estimates. Call Gaetan (250)560-5845 or 552-7184

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Misc. for Sale Do you love angels? Box of dozens of good quality angel motif ceramics, xmas decorations, glass plaques, many still in original packaging, etc $30 OBO. Dalton china Blueberry pattern, one ďŹ vepiece dinner set, new in box $50. Bumper pads, Winnie the Pooh, other characters. Some matching bed skirts. Like new, suitable for crafter’s, sewers. Five foot mature corn plant $15. Call 250-596-1220

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Misc. Wanted True Coin Collector Looking to Purchase Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold and Silver coins, Bills + Not melting down, Serious Collector. Call: Coin Couple 1-778-281-0030

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Mobile Homes & Parks

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HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

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The City has street-level retail/office space available for lease immediately in its 5th Avenue parkade. Two units available: 1,800 square feet for $8.25/sq. ft., net; 2,478 square feet for $7.82/sq. ft., net. For more information call Sean Cranston 250-561-7612 CITY OF PRINCE GEORGE


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ARENA ICEMAN The City of Salmon Arm is seeking applications from individuals with a Provincial Refrigeration Operators Certificate and an Icemaker’s Diploma for a position at its twin sheet arena complex. Applicants must possess the ability to perform minor mechanical, electrical and building repairs including previous experience in the maintenance and operation of an ice arena. A valid British Columbia Drivers Licence, Class 5 is also required, although a Class 3 Licence is preferred. In the off-season, the Arena Iceman transfers to the Parks and Recreation Division working in a Labourer capacity. Remuneration for this position is in accordance with the CUPE Collective Agreement, $26.44 per hour while working as an Arena Iceman and $25.04 per hour while working as a Labourer, accompanied by a competitive benefit package. Reply in writing, enclosing resume and cover letter, by June 24, 2013 to Human Resources, City of Salmon Arm, Box 40 500 – 2 Avenue NE Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2 fax: [250] 803-4041 e-mail: We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



One 2 bedroom Adult orientated, close to downtown & bus route. N/S, N/P. Parking.

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2666 Upland Street 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Rent includes: hydro, heat, hot water, appliances, drapes and parking. Quiet, no pets



2666 Upland Street 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Rent includes: hydro, heat, hot water, appliances, drapes and parking. Quiet, no pets

250-564-3162 VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included 45+ Building Call (250)561-1446

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Hub City Motors 1822 Queensway 250.564.7228

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Trucks & Vans 1999 Dodge Dakota,Ext cab pick up with canopy. 6 cyl, std, rear wheel drive, 173,000 km, exc cond., senior driven $4500 OBO Call (250)964-3336

Wrecker/Used Parts USED TIRES Cars & Trucks $25 & up

Most Sizes Available 15270 Hwy 97 South 250.963.3435

3 bdrm, 1.5 bath , near Duchess Park school. $850/mo plus utilities. Available July 1st (250)562-4809 Pet friendly,1 to 3 bdrm, central location. Senior friendly. Call 250-596-5027

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

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AUCTION SALE For Accu-Form Ventures Ltd. Contractors of Concrete Curbs, Sidewalls, Walls & Rentals.

SAT., June, 22 2013 10AM BC Time / 11AM Alta Time

SALE DATE: Rain Or Shine

Sale Site: 1001 Industrial Road 1 (Watch for Signs) Cranbrook, BC. Viewing, Friday June 21, 2PM to 5PM Alta Time Partial list only: Equipment, 2008 Double axle cargo trailer, 2008 Mirage flat deck trailer, 2002 Link-Belt excavator (2) buckets, 2002 Power curber PC 150, 1999 Power curber 5700-B, 1994 Case skid steer 2 buckets & fork, 1986 IHC flat deck with Hiab, 1981 Chev 70, 5 ton truck with deck & eighty foot ladder crane (2) Modular homes, Bartell & Master power trowels, Honda generators, compressors, cut-off saws, insulated blankets, many power tools, bldg supplies, concrete forms, waler bars, many items too numerous to mention, catalogue available on site. Terms of sale: Cash or Bank approved cheques, All buyers must register, 12% buyers premium added (Auctioneers note. This is the right time to buy, be your own boss)


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