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Core review Teresa Mallam/Free Press Gary Chappel as Thenardier and Robin Norman as Madame Thenardier, his wife, in a scene Tuesday from Judy Russell’s production of Bublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables. The musical was made magical with the Les Miserables 2013 Orchestra led by conductor Kevin Zakresky. Review page B1.

Pine Valley FOI request reveals VERY LITTLE Bill Phillips A Freedom of Information request regarding council’s closed-door meeting where it decided to not sell the Pine Valley Golf Course has revealed little. Council went behind closed doors in early June to decide whether to sell the golf course, as suggested in the $300,000 KPMG core services review report. Prior to that there was considerable public opposition to selling the golf course. Coun. Brian Skakun was the only councillor who voted against going in-camera at the time. At the public meeting following the closed-door session Mayor Shari Green announced that, by a 5-4 vote, council decided to not sell the golf course. She would not divulge more information

about the meeting and defended taking the decision out of the public eye, saying that decisions regarding the sale of public land will be handled privately. The Free Press then launched a request, under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, requesting the minutes of the meeting and the staff report that was presented to council at that meeting. “The minutes of the June 10 Closed Meeting of Council were not yet adopted by City Council at the time of your request,” wrote Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act coordinator for the city, Walter Babicz. “However, even if the minutes were adopted at the date of your request, they would be nevertheless withheld pursuant to section 12 (Cabinet and local public body confidences) and possibly other sections of

the Act.” As for the report that was presented to council: “… staff reports that were presented to Council at the June 10 closed meeting are withheld pursuant to section 12 (Cabinet and local public body confidences), section 13 (Policy advice or recommendations), section 21 (Disclosure harmful to business interests of a third party) and section 22 (Disclosure harmful to personal privacy) of the Act.” This would indicate that the report given to council included the name of a potential purchaser, however, council has never indicated there was one. The ruling leaves the Free Press the option of appealing to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Commissioner for a ruling on the city’s decision, which it will do.

worth the cost? Delynda Pilon The city’s core service review, a gruelling piece of work that resulted in more than 100 suggestions from KPMG to improve the finances of the city, has been the root of a lot of controversy. Now that the process is nearing completion, many wonder if the results were worth the investment. So how does city council, your elected representatives, feel about the process? The Free Press asked each councillor as well as Mayor Shari Green the same set of questions and will stagger their responses over the next few issues. To see what they had to say:



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DeLynda PILON/Free Press Craig Wood of Prince George Motors hosted Diane Craig, president of Ford Canada, and the grand re-opening of the dealership. Wood also received the President’s Award from Craig, honouring his commitment to the community and success with the company.

Ford proud ... Wood honoured by top boss Delynda Pilon Ford Canada’s top dog visited the city Wednesday night during the grand re-opening of Prince George Motors and to present owner Craig Wood with the president’s award, which she described as one of the company’s highest honours. “I am here for an exciting event,” Diane Craig said. “I am really proud of Craig Wood.” Craig said she attributes the success of Ford to dealers like Wood, ones that support the community as well as their customers, pointing out the company has been the

market leader for four years, and is retaining that position so far in 2013. Five years ago, while the world battled a recession, things were tougher for everyone. But she said even within that gloomy economic atmosphere, Ford chose to invest heavily in their product, and now they are seeing the dividends of that investment. “It’s about a great product, but really it’s about great people, like Craig,” she said. Craig said there was a time when Ford was known primarily for its trucks and the ever popular Mustang. Now, things have changed, and she believes their line-up, from the Focus and Fiesta to the Escape, will continue to answer the needs of the customer. It is the customer Ford continues to focus

on, she said, always going to them to consider their needs. She said the company continues a dynamic relationship with its customers, not only taking their advice at face value but extrapolating useful information from those interactions. For example, no one asked for an SUV where the back gates opens when the customers pushes it with his foot, but Ford saw the convenience the feature would add, and gave it to their customers. “We have to keep freshening the line,” Craig said. She added Ford feels it’s important to give customers the power of choice. This means making cars that run on alternative fuel

sources available, but gauging what types are in demand. “We have to offer the customer the choice,” she said. “We have to see what future demands will bring. We have a laser focus on what the customer wants.” She added they want quality, fuel economy, a safe vehicle to drive and one that is good-looking. “This store is a role model for us,” she added, and that’s not all about the product they offer, but rather the customer service, the atmosphere and the way employees are treated. “This is a family business that runs like a family,” she said. “I’m really proud of what the dealers do.”

Maintenance keeps schools busy during summer School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean school work is over. Far from it. The list of maintenance project set for the next couple of months is a lengthy one and, as general manager of

property maintenance for School District 57 Nino Maletta said in an e-mail with a list, “This is by no means all of the work, but a general overview of things that are happening.” The list is an extensive one, and

appears to include almost all the schools in the district. It ranges from new entrance matting at the administration building to hardwood refinishing in a number of gymnasiums. A couple of schools will be

home to a number of projects over the summer, including College Heights Elementary, which is getting a heating system upgrade, an upgrade to the exterior fascia, library floor replacement and a new swing set.

One of the more common upgrades being done is with the Provincial Learning Network, which will see changes made at D.P. Todd Secondary as well as Pinewood, Spruceland, Nusdeh Yoh and Gladstone elementarys.


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Nabbed Prince George RCMP have arrested a man believed to be involved in several recent crimes. Early Wednesday afternoon, an RCMP officer saw a man leave an apartment building on the 1800 block of Upland Street. The officer recognized the man and was aware that he was wanted for a previous offence. It is believed that the 23-year-old man saw the officer and fled behind an adjacent building, say police. Other officers were called into the area to assist. At approximately 1 p.m., the suspect attempted to flee from police on a BMX style bicycle, northbound on Upland towards 15th Avenue. The suspect crossed 15th Avenue with police in pursuit. The officers surrounded the suspect in the parking lot of Parkwood Mall located in the 1600 block of 15th Avenue. The suspect surrendered a few seconds later and was taken into custody without further incident. Charges have been recommended to Provincial Crown Counsel against the man stemming from

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Photo courtesy Prince George RCMP Prince George RCMP escort a suspect to a waiting police vehicle after a chase Wednesday afternoon which ended in the parking lot of the Parkwood Mall.

an incident July 11, where members of the Prince George RCMP’s General Duty Section attended a residence for a report of an assault against a woman. The suspect male had fled when police arrived and

all attempts to locate him to date had been unsuccessful. The suspect male is well known to police and is currently on probation for two counts of uttering threats and one count of assault.

Following the arrest, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a stolen bicycle, believed to be the same bicycle that the suspect was in possession of at the time of his arrest. At this time, the suspect is

in custody and was scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on Thursday. Investigators have not ruled out recommending further charges stemming from Wednesday’s events.

Failing to comply gets jail In Provincial Court in Prince George on June 4: Byron J. Lemieux was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance. sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Cale G. Stern was found guilty of mischief, placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to make restitution of $2,000. In Provincial Court in Prince George on June 5: Nicole M. Dreher was found guilty of three counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and placed on probation for one year. Matthew N. Izony was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm, sentenced to one day in jail, placed on probation for three years and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Izony was also found guilty of mischief and sentenced to one day in jail. Richard L. Joseph was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 21 days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis and placed on probation until the expiration of the jail sentence. Trevor F. Madam was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Rylan Massettoe was found guilty of assault, placed on probation for 12 months

and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Massettoe was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Michael S. Maurice was found guilty of assault and placed on probation for 12 months. Maurice was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking and sentenced to one day in jail. Russell D. McDermid was found guilty of uttering threats and sentenced to one day in jail. Shayne D. Pilon was found guilty of failing to produce a valid driver’s licence when ordered to do so, fined $500 and assessed a victim surcharge of $75. Clinton L. Poitras was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 29 days in jail. Leroy J. Sellars was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 16 days in jail. Kemar J. Treasure 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 on June 6: Cole Pickering was found guilty of mischief and placed on probation for six months. Michael J. Plouffe was found guilty of

driving without due care and attention, fined $600 and assessed a victim surcharge of $90. Wayne D. Carlton was found guilty of mischief and resisting a peace officer, sentenced to 57 days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis, placed on probation for six months and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Merle C. Denton was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 28 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Sampson N. Raphael was found guilty of uttering threats, sentenced to one day in jail and placed on probation for six months. In Provincial Court on June 7: Krystal M. Earp was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while impaired, fined $1,000, placed on probation for one year and prohibited from driving for one year. Earp was also found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. In Provincial Court on June 10: Alisha L. Abou was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm, sentenced to 53 days in jail, placed on probation for one year and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Abou was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 23 days in jail, placed on probation for one year and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Aaron A. Dallaire was found guilty of assault, sentenced to 57 days in jail, placed on probation for one year and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Dallaire was also found guilty of resisting a peace With over 30 years of experience, I can help you preserve your freedom, reputation and livelihood. officer and failing to comply with a condition For an appointment call 564-4454 of an undertaking and sentenced to 30 days in 980 Fourth Avenue, Prince George • jail.

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Delynda Pilon newsroom@ Housed in a semi with sides that expand, the B.C. Mobile Medical Unit is a well-equipped gem, an emergency room on wheels, diverse enough to provide everything from surgical services, if required, to delivering a baby. Robin Gardner, the man in charge of the tech trailer, hauled by a matching semi and stocked with everything from generators to medical necessities for the unit, explained that’s exactly what happened when the unit was deployed to Pemberton and set up as the temporary emergency room while the hospital underwent renovations. Pinch hitting while renovations are completed at B.C. hospitals is just one function of the unit. Originally set to be transported to Squamish, labour came on too fast for a safe transfer, and the baby’s mom wound up delivering at the unit instead. Kirk Jr., at 4.45 kg, was the first baby born in the unit, on April 6. “All the medical equipment is in this,” Gardner said, voice coloured with a Scottish brogue as he toured local media through the support trailer, a space more commonly known by his compatriots as ‘Robin’s man cave’. The first floor is neatly organized, tools set in like soldiers before a huge built-in red cabinet. A generator thrums beneath the trailer. Rows of metal cream-coloured doors hold shelves of consumable supplies, enough to last 72

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DeLynda PILON/Free Press The B.C. Mobile Medical Unit was in Prince George Wednesday, giving residents a chance to tour the unit and learn more about what it offers the communities it serves.

hours. If or when they run low, the local health authority restocks them. If that isn’t possible, medical supplies are flown in from the autopic in Langley. The truck and trailers are 80 feet long and weigh in at 80,000 pounds. Some of the areas the unit is deployed to are remote and access is tricky. Not to mention some are off the mainland, meaning the unit has to be transported across the Georgia Straight, or, if called to the Haida Gwaii, across the Hecate Strait. “There are some very tough sites to get in and out of,” Gardner said. He explained the unit is kept in Delta by the Seaspan, where it can be loaded onto a barge. Thus far, no matter how tricky the roads or area, the unit has been manoeuvred into the necessary place. In the last 15 months, it has been deployed 19 times. Gardner said the unit goes out for several reasons, from teaching assignments to renovation supports. The principal emergency it attended was the Surrey flood, however it is equipped to be put to use in

situations from fires and floods to earthquakes and pandemics. Of the five-person crew, two of whom are drivers, one is always on alert, ready to take a call that could have them travelling to anywhere in B.C., and beyond. While at use in B.C., the unit is paid for by contributions from all the province’s health authorities, however a mutual aid agreement with the United States would mean someone else paying the bill if it is ever called across the border. Likewise it was offered as aid when southern Alberta underwent this year’s floods. “So it’s not restricted to B.C., though there is other funding in place if it goes elsewhere,” Gardner said. The second floor of the support unit is stuffed with necessities, accessible by a ladder perpendicular to a short stairway that leads to a small kitchen unit and showers. Peter Hennecke, the unit’s medical director, led the tour of the clinic, a 1,100 square foot space with the capability to serve patients in numerous medical situations.

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Alistair Waters Black Press The woman in charge of Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project says the company plans to meet the five conditions the B.C. government has placed on the project in order to gain its support. And Janet Holder, vice-president of Western access for the company says now is the time for businesspeople in the Central Okanagan to start supporting the project. “I come here today to listen, learn and ask for your support as we move forward,� Holder told the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon speech Friday. Holder, a Prince George native, is embarking on a tour of the province, speaking to community and business officials as the company tries to drum up support for the project ahead of a recommendation from the National Energy Board’s joint review panel. That recommendation – more likely a series of recommendations – is expected around Christmas. Then it will be up to the federal government to make a final decision and that is expected to be made within 180 days of the joint review panel’s recommendations. Holder told the chamber the project is in the interests of all British Columbians because of the impact

it will have on the B.C. economy. “The stakes are very high for our province and for our country,� she said. The proposed pipeline would bring bitumen and other oil products from northern Alberta’s oil sands to the B.C. port of Kitimat, where it will be loaded onto tankers and shipped to Asia. It as been highly controversial because of its possible adverse impact on the environment in the event of a leak. Opposition to the pipeline has been growing amongst the public since it was first proposed and the B.C. government says if its conditions are not met, it will not support the plan. But Holder tried to allay those fears, saying Alistair WATERS/Black Press the company plans to Janet Holder told a Kelowna audience last week that Enbridge intends to meet all the province’s meet the government’s demands for its propsed Northern Gateway pipeline. demands and said Enbridge will use thicker pipe than used before in measures if there is a leak, use “Those paycheques will help best place to ship it to Asia is the construction, employ “second-to- double-hull tankers to ferry generate $1.2 billion in revenue from the northern B.C. coast. none� leak-detection methods and the oil offshore, use two pilots for the province over a generaAsked after her speech why sensors to detect leaks or potential instead of one on the tankers for tion (30 years),� she said. the shipping port would be for leaks, have the best spill response navigating B.C. coastal waters, She said for her it is not the Kitimat and not Prince Rupert,


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which has a deeper harbour, Holder said her company does not want to built the pipeline on seismic plates and to get to Prince Rupert would require doing so. She said there is also concern about some soils in a valley running to Prince Rupert. Asked about the company’s reputation for dealing with leaks from its pipelines elsewhere in the past, Holder said Enbridge spends $5 billion per year upgrading its pipelines and associated equipment.

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economics of the pipeline itself but rather the benefits to the province that is the real “promise of the pipeline.� According to Holder, Canada exports all its oil – $73 billion per year’s worth – to the U.S. and a one-customer market is not sustainable or smart. She compared it to the Okanagan only marketing itself to Washington State visitors. Holder said Asian countries are willing to pay a premium price for Canadian oil and the

Jeff Nagel Black Press A $12.4-billion deal by grocery giant Loblaw to snap up Shoppers Drug Mart may further reduce retail competition in B.C. Officials with the two firms denied that will happen, but the transaction does put another big chunk of B.C.’s retail landscape under the control of a single parent company.

In B.C., Loblaw operates or franchises dozens of stores under the Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods, T&T Supermarket and NoFrills brands, among others. Its acquisition of Shoppers and its smaller urban stores extends Loblaw’s footprint into more densely populated B.C. markets. Both firms say the deal will yield big benefits, including a bigger national retailing network for the more than 1,200 Shop-

pers outlets. Shoppers Drug Mart will keep its brand name and operate as a division of Loblaw, but will expand its product lines, adding Loblaw PC brand private label and convenience food. Shoppers’ Life brands are likewise expected to show up on the shelves of other Loblaw stores. Officials promised they won’t close stores or eliminate loyalty points, adding the Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs will be crossmarketed across the group. Shoppers shares were up more than 24 per cent Monday on the news, while Loblaw stock was also up 5.4 per cent. The market value Sunday of the two companies July 21st, combined is up $3.1 billion from Friday’s close. 1pm-3pm The deal still must be approved by sharehold1731 10th Ave ers. It comes one month New Home after a $5.8-billion deal by rival grocer Sobey’s to buy Canada Safeway stores.

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Councillors look at core review The city’s core service review, a gruelling piece of work that resulted in over 100 suggestions from KPMG to improve the finances of the city in a number of different ways, has been the root of a lot of controversy. Now that the process is nearing completion, many wonder if the results were worth the investment. So how does city council, your elected representatives, feel about the process? The Free Press asked each councillor as well as Mayor Shari Green the same set of questions and will stagger their responses over the next few issues. 1. Do you still believe the Core Service Review was a good investment? Why or why not? 2. Could the same goal have been reached if the CSR was done completely by staff? Many residents say this would have been a less expensive option. In your opinion, would it have been plausible time-wise? Is there a ballpark dollar figure that can be attached to the review, if it had been done by staff? 3. In retrospect, is there anything you would have changed about the process? If so, what?

BRIAN SKAKUN 1. I don’t feel it was a good investment to pay KMPG that much money when it became very evident as we moved through this process staff did the majority of the work, and many of the KMPG assumptions were far off. Many of the items discussed like land deals and fees should not have been included as that is part of council’s regular business. 2. Yes. Much if not all the work could have been done by staff. Councillor Frizzell made a motion I recall I supported that would have tracked staff time, and this was not supported by council, and it should have been. It is safe to say the amount of staff time taken for the review was enormous and very costly.


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3. I would like to have seen a process that was less divisive in the community and a process that would have focused more on results and less on wasting time on many issues that council deals with on a regular basis.

GARTH FRIZZELL 1. The fast answer is that it wasn’t what had been hoped for. We put $300,000 plus, and all staff time into it, and as it turned out the implementation plan put together by staff was far superior than what was put together by the consultant. 2. Yes, it could have been done by staff, it would have been less expensive and it would have been plausible. 3. The direction we are going to go on

an ongoing basis is one adopted by a lot of communities. Instead of treating cost savings and revenue increases as a one-off, the project has to be an ongoing. I think in the past we were keeping track of expenses very well. Putting a lot of effort into this process generated a lot of public dialogue, but it also generated some antipathy, and caused as many problems as it solved. Many cost-saving suggestions were from things we should have been doing, like fee increases, a job we have, and what we should be doing on an ongoing basis. I don’t think it gave a compelling argument about going through the process itself. We could have achieved everything we got out of it and not spent $300,000.

FRANK EVERITT 1. In hindsight I believe we could have achieved that internally as opposed to hiring a consultant. As it stands, the bulk of the work was done by our staff in collecting work to hand to the consultant. 2. Yes, it could have been done by staff. The time was spent by them anyway. 3. I think initially we thought if we had an auditor come do it, it would be more believable to the public, and I don’t think we achieved that. We did most of the prep work, which is understandable as it is part of the process. They are auditing what they do so we have to show them what we do so they can audit it properly. I think we have significantly talented people within workforce. We need to utilize that and use their expertise.

Catch a movie at park Summer in British Columbia is an awesome time of year, especially when you add to the mix a beloved tradition that started six years ago – FreshAirCinema’s free outdoor movie nights in parks, parking lots, streets, floating barges and beaches in cities and neighborhoods right across B.C. Two free movies are coming to Prince George and will be shown in Fort George Park on July 24 and August 16. “We are very excited to be back in Prince George to present the Fortis BC sponsored films. Prince George families came out in great numbers last year. Over 2000 people packed Fort George Park to see the featured animated film – people simply love the experience of watching a movie outside,” said Jason Bashnick, FreshAirCinema Festival Organizer, in a press release. “FreshAirCinema utilizes a fourstory high inflatable movie screen creating a complete custom movie theatre in a matter of hours.” “We are happy to have partnered with the City of Prince George’s EnhancePG Committee. They are working with the Montessori

Education Society to run a concession with the funds raised going towards replenishing school equipment and supplies after the devastating fire at Highglen Montessori School earlier this spring. These film nights are a good opportunity to raise awareness of local causes. The films provide a venue to give back to our community,” said EnhancePG Chairperson, Linda Self. Pre-movie activities begin at 7:45 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk, approximately 9:45 p.m. for the July 24 date and 9 p.m. for the August 16 date. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and cash only for the concession. Dogs are not permitted in the Fort George Park.

Dr. Umesh Khare will be leaving the community of Prince George after the past 5 decades of service. He will be transferring his patients to Dr. J. McGlynn (Hoy Clinic).

Ness Lake Recreational Property and Ness Lake Community Hall Property Use Agreements The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George intends to proceed with final passage and adoption of the following bylaws at its meeting of August 15, 2013: 1. Ness Lake Community Hall Property Use Agreement Authorization Bylaw No. 2836, 2013, and 2. Ness Lake Recreational Facilities Property Use Agreement Authorization Bylaw No. 2837, 2013. Bylaw No. 2836 will authorize the Regional District to enter into a 5-year agreement with the Ness Lake Recreation Commission for use of the Community Hall adjoining the Ness Lake Fire Hall, located at the corner of Lakeside Drive and Ness Lake Road. The property is described as Lot 1 of District Lot 2721, Cariboo District Plan 27553, PID 006-432-255. Bylaw No. 2837 will authorize the Regional District to enter into a 5-year agreement with the Ness Lake Recreation Commission for the use of property described as Lot 1 of District Lot 2721, Cariboo District Plan 28213, PID 006-075-444. The property is located off Lakeside Drive and contains a baseball field, skating rink and tennis court. In consideration of the entitlements given, the Regional District will receive a nominal sum of $1.00 for the specified term of each agreement. Copies of Bylaw Nos. 2836 and 2837, 2013 are available for viewing at: and or in hard copy at the Regional District Service Centre at 155 George Street, Prince George, BC during regular business hours. Persons wishing to file a written submission in respect of these bylaws should do so not later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. C. Paton Service Centre Representative

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marijuana laws Delynda Pilon Sensible B.C., the group working to decriminalize marijuana in the province, can advertise on Pattison billboards if it chooses. Dana Larsen with the board of directors for Sensible B.C. said he got a call from the company confirming as much after a press release issued by Sensible B.C. said it was refused any ad space, billboards or posters by Pattison to advertise its move to garner support for a referendum decriminalizing pot. “Pattison did call after the press release and said it would run our ads if we wanted to,� Larsen said. “We have no billboard yet. We are considering our options.� Larsen based the miscommunication on a middle-man who, he said, likely denied the advertisements on his own, rather than at the behest of the company. He said Pattison has carried ads regarding marijuana use before. Facebook and other social media outlets have proven a positive way to get the message out in public, Larsen added. “We have over 52,000 likes on Facebook,� Larsen said. The law Sensible B.C. is working to enact within the province is a citizenlaunched initiative referendum. B.C. is the only Canadian province with that option. Only one such referendum has been successful in B.C., the one that led to the HST being rescinded. Though Larsen said that about three quarters of the residents of the province support decriminalizing pot, even more than wanted the province to end the HST, the group doesn’t have the infrastructure in place those who worked on ending HST through referendum did. Putting that infrastructure in place makes their ad campaign that much more important. The province’s Recall and Initiative Act for a citizen-initiated referendum has stringent goals which must be met in order for it to be successful. With a fixed

election date, the next scheduled being September 2014, 10 per cent of registered voters in each of the province’s 75 electoral district must sign the petition. Signatures must be collected by government-approved and registered volunteer canvassers within a 90-day period. The referendum proposes an amendment to the Police Act, instructing the police not to spend time, money or resources on cases of simple possession of cannabis. The Sensible B.C. website likens it to B.C. and seven other provinces who refused to spend resources enforcing the federal Firearms Act since they did not support long-gun registry. The laws governing cannabis exist at a federal rather than a provincial level, therefore they cannot be changed by the provincial government. However, he said, the attorney general can be instructed to inform police agencies that arresting marijuana users and enforcing search and seizure laws surrounding marijuana is no longer a priority, effectively decriminalizing it in B.C. “Things are going well,� Larsen said. “But there is still a huge uphill battle to make this dream come true.� He said Sensible B.C. will require over 400,000 signatures for the initiative to pass muster. Even then it must be ratified in legislature before becoming official, though Larsen said he doubted it would be denied if that many people sign it, adding he can’t see politicians ignoring the will of the people once they have spoken. The Sensible B.C. website lists some of the reasons those who support the organization believe marijuana should be legalized, pointing out there will be cost savings since the number of possession charges in B.C. doubled between 2005 and 2010. It also is a matter of public safety, they contend, since resources used to catch and prosecute for possession could be better used catching other criminals. The site adds public opinion matters, with a poll showing the majority of British Columbians agree that possession of pot should not lead to a criminal record.

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Photo submitted Dr. Russell Callaghan’s research found a definite increase in hospitalizations for alcohol-related disorders among Canadians immediately after they reach the legal drinking age.

Allan Wishart Dr. Russell Callaghan has a message for young people, especially men. “Life isn’t all a beer commercial.” Callaghan, an associate professor in the Northern Medical Program at UNBC, led a study on hospitalizations for alcohol-related disorders among Canadians, focusing on what happened when they reached the legal drinking age. The results were not unexpected. “Previous research had looked at the number of motor vehicle crashes involving young people who had just reached minimum drinking age. “There was research on hospitalizations for all disorders, but it was quite old, and we wanted to revisit it.” What the study, published in the international journal Addiction, found was a 15 to 20 per cent increase in hospitalizations immediately after Canadian reach the legal drinking age. The legal drinking age is 18 in Manitoba, Alberta and Quebec, and 19 in all other provinces and territories. “At the beginning of the study,” Callaghan says, “we weren’t sure what we would find. We expected a rise in hospitalizations related to alcohol abuse. “What was a surprise was the relation between the minimum drinking age and suicide-related behaviours.” He said some research has shown that alcohol can lead to such a rise, but, “we now saw it in the broad national data.” The study was prompted by a national coalition of researchers, policy makers, and public-health officials which met in Toronto in March to prepare a strategy to reduce alcohol-related harms across the country. One of the coalition’s key lines of inquiry was whether to raise the legal drinking age to a minimum of 19 across the country. “A lot of people are concerned about the effects of illicit drugs on young people, but I think we need to take a closer look at the risks alcohol poses for young people when they’re first exposed to it.” Callaghan says a factor which made the data easier to handle is that the ages across the country haven’t changed in some time. “There were no changes to any of the minimum ages in the period we looked at (1997-2007). In fact, I think the last change made was in the 1980s, and most of the ages were set in the 1970s.” The study was able to draw on data from across the country, except for Quebec. Callaghan says Quebec

has a couple of key differences in how it records information on hospitalizations. “There is no unified emergency department data, and there is no detailed age variances in their data. We wanted to be able to look at people aged 19 years and one month as compared to 19 years and six months, and Quebec just records them all as 19.”

Callaghan and other researchers are preparing a couple of other papers on the subject. “One has been accepted, dealing with emergency and inpatient admissions. We know from previous research that most alcohol-related incidents with young people are emergency cases, with only a small

percentage being admitted to care.” The other paper deals with morbidity, and produces some shocking numbers. “There is a 15 per cent increase in morbidity levels among young males, but only a small jump in females, and then only in the provinces with a minimum drinking age of 18.”


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to lease 499 1st Avenue, Prince George, BC legally described as Lot 1, District Lot 343, Cariboo District Plan 11942 to Pattison Outdoor Advertising for a term of 5 years at a rent of $5,400.00 per year, plus applicable taxes. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions of Section 26(3) of the Community Charter that the City of Prince George intends to lease #200 – 215 George Street, Prince George, BC legally described as Parcel A (Being a Consolidation of Lots 1 & 2), Block 43, District Lot 343, Cariboo District Plan 1268 to Lheidli T’enneh Band for a term of 2 years and 4 months at a rent of $13,200.00 per year, plus applicable taxes, with one option to renew for a second term of 5 years at the then-fair market rent. Ian Wells, Director, Planning and Development

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Gun amnesty ends with more than 40 turned in The end of June 2013 coincides with the conclusion of the 2013 BC Gun Amnesty, a program supported by the Prince George RCMP. The amnesty was an opportunity for citizens to get rid of unwanted guns or weapons in an effort make our community safer. Over the 30 day provincial amnesty, the Prince George RCMP received calls from 28 different residents requesting an officer attend and remove unwanted firearms from their homes. Of those 28 calls for service, 44 firearms were surrendered,

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Colleen Van Mook said that was apparently part of the overall plan. “My understanding is that the design at Duchess Park was to include courts which were not otherwise City council decided not to ‘court’ available in the area.� trouble with local tennis players on Coun. Murry Krause said the tenJuly 8. nis courts play an important role in Faced with a staff recommendathe city. tion to close 21 of the city’s 63 tennis “We have to have conversations courts, councillors instead decided to have a comprehensive review of all on how to get these courts up to par. the courts to determine their futures. What is our role in making the city healthier?� The recommendation came up One resident who lives near Clearat a special council meeting held to wood Park, one of the areas slated clear up items from the to be closed, e-mailed Core Services Review pictures of the courts conducted by KPMG for to members of council. the city. Karen Wong, a Coun. Dave Wilbur was member of the I Heart quite clear on what those PG delegation, made pictures showed. her feelings clear early “This is a liability issue on. waiting to happen. These “I would question courts are clearly not how the usage of these usable.� courts is tracked. I see Mayor Shari Green children, teens and agreed Clearwood was adults walking down the COUNCILLOR unplayable, but said street with racquets. MURRY KRAUSE much of the problem was “Talking about closthat an investment hadn’t been made ing the courts - shame on you.� in the facilities. In opening the discussion on the Gaal said the cost investment in matter, Mayor Shari Green asked the same question of staff: How was utili- each court could be between $40,000 and $50,000, with Coun. Cameron zation of the courts determined? Stolz pointing out that equated to “We don’t have people counting people,� superintendent of operations close to a million dollars the city could save by closing the courts, Bill Gaal said. “We stopped resurfacrather than bringing them back to a ing courts some years ago, and these playable condition. courts are ones that are probably not “I think we should be looking at usable by avid players.� which ones are our priorities,� he Coun. Lyn Hall said with many of said, moving that a comprehensive the courts slated for closure located review of all the courts be done. at schools, he wondered how many Wilbur asked staff how long the of them were still being used by the review would take and how much it schools. He also asked why, if there would cost. City manager Beth James was an overabundance of courts in said the work was already underway, the city, two new courts were built at and the report should be ready by the the new park at Duchess Park. end of the summer. Director of community services

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Why does Skakun get his own CITY POLICY? Fancy titles that obscure the truth have never been a favourite of mine. Take, for example, the City of Prince George Policy: Council and Committee Code of Conduct. WRITER’S BLOCK It should reBILLPHILLIPS ally be named the “Keep Brian Skakun Quiet” policy. Prepared by staff and added to the end of the core services review implementation plan (a la Stephen Harper and his omnibus bills), the suggested code of conduct contains some interesting suggestions. A lot of it is innocuous stuff that is likely already contained in the Community Charter and Municipal Act. But there are a couple of juicy items aimed directly at Skakun, who has had the audacity to ask city staff for information about city expenses. What was he thinking? “Questions of City staff and/or requests

for additional background information should be directed only to the City Manager,” states the suggested policy. “The City Manager shall be responsible for distributing such requests to staff for follow-up. Responses to such requests shall be copied to all Council members (if originating from a Council member), to relevant committee members (if originating from a committee member), to the City Manager, and to affected department directors. Any member request for a meeting with staff, including a phone conversation, must be directed to the City Manager.” In other words, elected councillors can take a hike when it comes to seeking information or even talking with city staff. The irony is that when Derek Bates was city manager the question around town was always who was running city hall, the politicians or staff? This would answer that question and not in favour of the elected representatives. And just in case there was some doubt, here’s another gem. “Members shall respect and adhere to the Council-City Manager structure of municipal government as practised in the City of Prince George. In this structure, the Council determines the policies of

the City with the advice, information and analysis provided by the City staff and Council committees. Members therefore shall not interfere with the administrative functions of the City or with the professional duties of City staff, nor shall they impair the ability of staff to implement Council policy decisions.” In other words, Brian, take a hike. Luckily for democracy, councillors had the good sense to diplomatically shelve this saying they like the idea of a code of conduct but that it should be written by councillors. Local columnist Peter Ewart has suggested, however, that there’s more at play here and that the staff-proposed code of conduct is a way for Mayor Shari Green and new city manager Beth James to consolidate power within their offices. He suggests that there is a schism forming among councillors and that Green is having a tougher time carrying the day on items she wants passed i.e. the sale of Pine Valley Golf Course. Taking power away from councillors and putting it into the hands of administration and the mayor’s office makes it easier to get things done. It doesn’t, however, help democracy at all. We only need to look at our provincial and federal governments to see that.


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Tourist time on roads It was kind of a 3M thing Saturday for me. In about a five-minute span, I saw vehicles with licence plates from Manitoba, Montana and Michigan. The strange thing is (trivia alert) none of those have anything to do with the real 3M Company, which stands for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. I was also ALLAN’S AMBLINGS happy, in a ALLANWISHART twisted sort of way, to see that Prince George drivers aren’t the only ones who are Blacktop Blockheads. I saw a few in Edmonton when I was there for my nephew’s wedding a couple of weekends ago, but I really noticed it on Saturday when one of our out-of-town visitors showed the same knowledge of how to deal with a ‘Yield’ sign as many local drivers. None. Coming out of the Pine Centre area,

the pickup with a camper on the back just blew right past the ‘Yield’ sign coming onto Highway 97, necessitating a bit of a slowdown by the vehicle driving quite nicely in that lane. I noticed the visitor had no problem with the ‘Merge’ sign swinging on to Highway 16, but that may have just indicated the driver wasn’t going to bother touching the brake pedal at all while he was in Canada. Seeing those unfamiliar plates, as well as several others from outside B.C., brought home the point that it is definitely summer, and that Prince George is a city where tourists are not out of place. Here are a few things to keep in mind, then, over the next few months. • While I know drivers in Prince George are always fully alert to everything which is going on around them on the roads (please note the sarcasm), summer is a time to be even more observant. Vehicles may suddenly (with any luck) signal their intention to go across a couple of lanes in a hurry. Tourists probably don’t know the city all that well, and may be caught out of position when their turn comes up, so they’ll have to make quick moves to get there. It also doesn’t hurt to remember that not

every tourist will have a vehicle with a nonB.C. plate. Anyone who has rented a vehicle here will, of course, be sporting the same colour of plates we’re used to seeing. • Be friendly if someone asks for directions. Be safe, but if someone pulls to the side of the road and asks where a certain street or store is, be as helpful as possible. If you don’t know, admit you don’t know, rather than sending them in a random direction. If you do know, try to be as specific as possible about any turns needed, so as to avoid the situation noted above. • And a very minor point (again, please note the sarcasm): If someone from out of town asks if you can take their picture at a local site, it’s considered bad form to keep the camera after you take the picture. • Tourists, a piece of advice for you: If you’re not sure where you’re going, pull over to the side of the road and, if necessary, ask for help. Few things are more frustrating to local drivers than having someone drive very slowly down the road, peering at every sign they see to try to find the right road. Check your map (you have a map, right?), and take note of the streets coming up before your turn. Look for those names, then slow down a bit so you don’t miss your turn.



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Politicial cynicism won’t make things better Paul Strickland Special to Free Press People can be cynical about politics, and often are encouraged to be. The most recent cause of this cynicism was the Senate housing expenses scandal centring on Senator Mike Duffy. The consensus from the resulting uproar was that the Senate is obsolete, is hopelessly corrupt and should be abolished. However, at its best the Senate can be like a standing Royal Commission investigating various areas of concern without immediate political pressure. For example, the 2006 Senate Report on the Canadian News Media was a worthy addition to the Kent Commission report of 1982 and the Davey Report of 1969. In Spain in the mid-1970s people would say of politicians: “Son todos ladrones! [They’re all thieves].” Maybe after almost 40 years of dictatorship, Spaniards had a right to feel that way, but that attitude doesn’t help in a parliamentary democracy where mechanisms for change are still available. Certainly some powerhungry and moneyoriented people go into politics just as they might go into other lines of work for reasons other than altruism. Yet a large number are trying to better their communities or to promote the national interest within the light of reason as they see it. These kinds of public-spirited people serve on school boards even though the province has taken away most 20th local sources of funding and most local decisionmaking authority. An

attitude of cynicism towards them doesn’t help. At the national level, powerful interests behind the scenes would prefer that people give up and withdraw into a fashionable cynicism rather than get involved in politics and the issues of the day, says Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harper’s magazine in the U.S. It is one of the most obstinate impediments in the way of forceful political dissent, he says in his 2004 book, Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy. “In all its tenses and declensions (some complacent and luxurious, others bitter and ascetic), the corrupting consolation of cynicism is the cynical politician’s most precious asset and truest friend,” Lapham writes. “Yes, say the gentlemen in power, exactly right, the world is a terrible place, overflowing with terrorists and swindlers, and you, my dear fellow, you are so sensitive and smart that it would be

a crime to squander your talent in the sewer of politics, to do anything else but sit here in the garden with the novels of Marcel Proust. Do nothing, they say, because you might get hurt . . . .” The proponents of libertarian globalization try to say local and national political institutions are outmoded and ineffectual in an era of unrestricted, globalized free trade. As early as 1980 Alvin Toffler in his book The Third Wave derided the parliamentary institutions of the democracies of the developed world as the “universal represento-kit,” an outmoded device – a holdover from Second Wave societies based on heavy industry and as obsolete as the steam-powered equipment in nineteenth-century factories. “Votes were the ‘atoms’ of this Newtonian mechanism,” said Toffler, also author of Future Shock. Toffler also wrote that there were too many of “these democracy machines” at the local and

regional level grinding away not very usefully. The ideas of Toffler and similar thinkers of the late 1970s might have given rise to the decisions of the Margaret Thatcher government in the U.K. of the 1980s to disallow some decisions of municipal councils. Today in the U.S., some states have appointed trustees with the power to override city councils’ decisions and even fire councillors. While this might be justifiable in some crumbling jurisdictions around Detroit, such measures are also being imposed in some districts without its severe economic problems. The decision of federal and provincial governments to download more and more responsibilities onto local governments while reducing or restricting many former sources of revenue has led to serious consideration of absurd proposals like clos-

ing branch libraries. But people derive some of their sense of identity and their pride in their unique geographical location from key local cultural institutions. There is an irreparable loss if they are cut or discontinued in pursuit of such questionable goals as drastically lowering taxes for transnational corporations, and if all important decision-making is removed to trade organizations and other authorities beyond our borders. We can’t just let this happen. We must give up easy knowingness and the air of sophisticated cynicism, participate in the electoral process to the extent that we can, and elect and encourage people who can develop policies to reverse these trends.

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review of fire service levels in Prince George is a good idea. It’s just that coming off a $300,000-plus core services review, authorizing another $100,000 for a review of fire services seems a little pricey. If we can review the entire city operations including, we assume, the firehall, for $300,000 does it really take another $100,000 to review fire service levels? In fairness, council authorized spending up to $100,000, which doesn’t mean that much will actually be spent. Council also stressed that review services doesn’t mean a reduction, which is a good thing. However there are items that can, and should, be looked at when it comes to fire service levels. There has been talk, in and out of the core services review, about offering to provide fire protection to areas outside city limits. This would entail a fee-for-service agreement with the affected outlying areas. Potentially, this could be a revenue source for the city. Reduced insurance costs, particularly for those who also have no fire protection at all, can make it worthwhile. Another fire service item that can, and should, be looked at is the fire department’s first-responder practice. Often a full-sized pumper truck with four firefighters on board is dispatched to emergency calls, such as a traffic accident. Using a smaller vehicle, like many other jurisdictions do, would likely save a few dollars. A review of fire service levels is not a bad thing. As mentioned above, after pouring $300,000 into one consultant’s pocket do we really need to pour a further $100,000 into that of another? All in the name of saving money?

Elder tune-up Last week’s B.C. Elders Gathering in Prince George was a huge success. Of that there is no doubt. One only needed to see the jam-packed CN Centre and/or Northern Sport Centre to that this event was very well attended. Kudos to the organizers who brought the gathering here, it was a wonderful event and benefited our city in many, many ways. It brought people who stayed at hotels, ate in restaurants, and shopped in local stores. It also reminded us of the role that First Nations play in the entire province. And it reminded us all to respect our elders. And, perhaps one of the biggest benefits was that, with the 2015 Canada Winter Games sneaking rapidly up on us, we got a look at how the city can handle the influx of several thousand people for a big event. The Games will be even bigger. Ironing out the kinks now is a good thing.

Quotable “All a consultant does is ask us questions, write down our answers, then send us a bill.” - Coun. Frank Everitt

Summer is time to make a BLOOD DONATION Editor: Canadian Blood Services is urging Prince George residents who have booked an appointment to give blood, or plan to donate, at the Prince George blood donor clinic this summer to please honour their appointments. During the summer months, donors change their routines, take vacations and are involved with outdoor activities, so donating blood is not always top of mind. However, the need for blood does not take a summer vacation. One blood donation equals one unit of blood. Based on our forecasts, we expect patients in hospitals across Canada to require approximately 150,000 units of blood during July and August. Locally, hospital patients will need close to

500 units of blood. Canadian Blood Services is counting on Prince George area residents to give blood this summer. Please book an appointment to give blood today. If you already have an appointment to give blood this summer, thank you. If you can’t make your appointment, please contact us at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to reschedule for a later date so we can make the appointment available for another donor. Thank you for your continued trust and support. Amy Erickson, Partnership Specialist Canadian Blood Services, BC and Yukon Region


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THANKS Alistair McINNIS/Free Press The RCMP Musical Ride represented a homecoming for Prince George product Jennifer McRae, centre, seen here during Sunday’s performance behind CN Centre.

Editor: On behalf of the North District RCMP, I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the RCMP Musical Ride performances a tremendous success on the weekend. The list includes: the army of volunteers who invested hours of their time; the members of the media who helped promote the event; the many RCMP staff and officers who volunteered their time; and, of course, the thousands of amazing community members who attended the two performances.

The shows were outstanding: from the community-based equestrian shows to the police dog demonstrations — which highlighted the incredible control and discipline of our police dogs — to the magnificent display of patriotic pageantry of the Musical Ride itself. It was a great weekend for Prince George, the RCMP and Canada. Again, many, many thanks to all who were involved. You deserve to be extremely proud of yourselves. Chief Superintendent Rod Booth RCMP North District Commander

Editor: On behalf of AWAC – An Association Advocating For Women and Children, I’d like to thank all of the businesses, organizations and individuals who contributed to our successful first annual golf tournament on Saturday, July 13 at the Woods golf course. A big thank you goes to Gary Augustine, owner of the Woods golf course who hosted this fun-filled event. Much gratitude to his friendly and helpful staff . We had many sponsors who donated prizes to our golf tournament. These sponsors include Pepsico, Central Interior Catering & Consulting, RPM Tool Repair, Brownridge Insurance, VanHorlick’s, IDL Construction, CUPE Local 399, Ric’s Grill, Earl’s Restaurant and North 54. Thanks to our media sponsors The Prince George Free Press and the Prince George Citizen. Last but not least, thank you to Barbara (“Dovey”) Senft for volunteering her time to assist us at the event. I am constantly amazed and grateful for all of the community support AWAC has received to assist us in providing emergency shelter and support services to high-risk and vulnerable women in Prince George. Diane Nakamura Executive Director AWAC – An Association Advocating For Women & Children.

What to do in a lightning storm Editor: With the increased frequency of electrical storms in our area, along with a near fatality, I’ve been realizing that many of the younger generation have not been properly instructed in safety during a severe thunderstorm. Following are some of the precautions I, and my generation based on years of experience, learned: If you are in a rubber-tired vehicle, the lightning will avoid that conveyance, i.e. a tractor, car, truck, ATV. Otherwise, do not take hold of anything metal. Avoid being on a lake, either swimming

or in a boat. Lightning will strike on any object that projects itself above water. When out in the open in a lightning storm, move to safety slowly. Do not run as lightning seems to like to “chase” the escapee. Try to take cover under a row of trees or shrubs. However, avoid taking cover under a solitary tree. That solitary tree, projecting itself into the atmosphere, may be the one struck by lightning looking for a target. If there is no immediate cover, it’s better to lie flat on the ground until that part of the storm is gone. An umbrella, with its projecting rod, acts

as a conveyor. Better to be wet than wounded, or worse. In the house there are some precautions to take in severe thunderstorm. Firstly, do no use the landline telephones. Shut off the television and other electronic devices. Stay out of the washrooms. (Metallic) plumbing seems to attract the electricity in storms. Avoid turning on water in the kitchen. If you have a clothesline attached to the house, stay away from this area. Although the clothesline is coated in plastic, the core is metal.

Another precaution to take is to cover the mirrors if they face toward the windows. Also, stay away from the windows, especially if they don’t have curtains or blinds. Have matches, candles, and flashlights handy in case of a power outage. You can light the top burners on a gas range with a match; however the oven will not go on. If there is still a power outage after the storm has passed, your landline telephone will still allow you to phone BC Hydro to report the outage or to phone 911, if necessary. Marilyn Kamp Prince George

Coffee with a Reporter Stories come to reporters in a variety of ways – news releases, press conferences and phone calls are some. Sometimes you think whatever story you have in mind isn’t worth a phone call or visit to the newspaper’s ofÀce, but is it worth a cup of coffee?

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Re-enlisting in the Army because you never lose your LOVE FOR KISS I am not too old to rock and thinking Edwin Leader was the roll all night and party every day. coolest boy in the world. He wore I have been a proud member a black leather jacket (just like of the Kiss Army the Fonz) and drove since 1976. Even a motorcycle around though I wasn’t quite our town, population a teenager yet, there maybe 1,500 strong. was something about Of course, Edwin’s their music that jacket was way, way called to my rebeltoo big on him (but lious young heart. the shiny metal studs The ‘70s in my home he drilled into it more on a quiet block in than made up for the a small town in the super-sized leather on northern prairies, I my skinny 16-yearplayed baseball with LIFEINTHEFATLANE old heartthrob - at the neighbour kids DELYNDAPILON least I thought) and all summer, rode my his motorbike was bike to the store to buy mom the a Honda, maybe a 50cc, small loaf of bread dad forgot to pick enough it made my uncles sneer, up on his way home from work but I loved sitting on the back of at the local Co-Op and listened that bike, wind in my hair. to records, vinyl records, mostly Life was quiet, but you always my parents’ stuff (He’s in the jail- had a feeling that just below the house now, He’s in the jail-house surface was something more, now ... ). something wild and exciting, In my home, the ‘70s meant something you would never find rabbit ears on the television, out about while shifting in the rushing home to watch Happy hard pew at church on Sunday, Days and Charlie’s Angels and the uncomfortable seat the only

thing keeping you awake as the sermon went on and on and on. Then came Kiss. The band exploded into our world and suddenly someone was singing about things that were forbidden, that belonged to the world of adults, things only hinted at in those double entendres grownups use so certain kids don’t understand. Fortunately, somehow my dad understood each generation has its own sound that hits all the right notes in its wide-eyed and breathless listeners. In spite of whispers of Kiss standing for Knights In Satan’s Service, he bought me my first album. I was enthralled. I never thought I’d see them live, but then my son and his girl bought me a ticket for a show in Lethbridge. On holidays last week and waiting for a cheque that refused to come in on time, I caught the Greyhound with $20 in my pocket. The bus got stranded in Edmonton, and I was likely looking at a four-hour

delay, making me too late for the concert. Then the kids hooked me up with a friend of theirs and I was off once again, sitting with a charming six-year-old who chatted about Despicable Me all the way to Lethbridge. With almost an hour to spare, I tried to rent a room so I could at least change, but I had no luck and no time. I gave up and went to the concert wearing the grungy clothes I’d spent the night on the bus in, not to mention the day in the car. Lethbridge was hot. In fact the headline of the review that came out of the concert in the Herald read Hotter Than Hell. I was sweltering and tired, wondering what the heck a 40-something (true for a few short more years) grown-up woman was doing sitting squished amongst the unwashed masses (I should know, I was one of them), sweltering, as the opening act sang and my eyelids threatened to close any moment. I wanted a shower. I wanted a bottle of water. I

wanted a fan. Just as I began to really fade, the lights dimmed and a familiar voice growled “You wanted the best ...” My heart burst with joy, I forgot about my tired aging body and I started to scream out the words to every song, standing beside my boy and his girl, who screamed right along with me, yeah, laughing at me a bit but laughing with me more. Now, as with every time I overtax myself, I am paying for it. And though when in this situation I usually make a deal with God that I will do better next time (a deal I usually break), this time I couldn’t even fool myself long enough to make a promise I’d never keep, because I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. It was Kiss, man. And besides, I’m sure God would understand. After all, in the words of the greatest band on earth ‘God gave rock and roll to me, gave rock and roll to me, gave rock and roll to everyone’.

What’s old is new again and other lessons lost ON THE YOUNG No one in the group was on the youthyoung people today. ful side of 50. The conversation had moved But, is that really true? on from health care and to the They do have a lot of things ever-favorite topic of the youth and opportunities previous of today. A fair enough topic as generations may not have had, we depend more and more upon but that in itself doesn’t mean their energy and mobility as the they have a better life. Having years roll past. cellphones, computers, video The conversation quickly games and other stuff brings deteriorated into a theme of the with it a level of stress older youth of today and how easy generations could not imagthey had life. It was a continuine. The opportunity to travel ation of comments that have is great. We can jump on an been made about young people airplane and end up on anothby older generations since the er continent more comfortably ONSIDE days of living in caves. The mind VICBOWMAN than a bus trip to the next city plays a wicked trick on many of was in the old days. us. It lets older generations honestly believe As wonderful as that is, it doesn’t mean it life was tougher for them than it is for the is better.

Having a cow to milk certainly was a way to organize one’s life and teach responsibility. Few jobs are as regular as milking. The same times, twice a day, seven days per week would make you put your butt on the stool and with the bucket between your knees the routine gave one time to reflect upon life. It was a great way to learn self-discipline. It came from an era that was simpler and less demanding. In today’s world, little is as simple and straightforward for young adults getting up to speed on the journey of life. They face pressures and demands which older people could not even imagine when they were that age. The good life isn’t always that good. The young are subjected to complex social pressures in a world which changes its definition of ‘right’ at lightning speed. Many

of the so-called privileges they have simply complicate their lives. Add to that an education system with philosophies firmly rooted in a past age and they are understandably in an ongoing state of anxiety. While we encourage them to go to school, college and university, we don’t deliver what they need. The primary skills of reading, arithmetic and hopefully some solid language skills are necessary tools. The current system usually does an adequate job on that part. The education system fails its students when it does not help them to learn the skills they will need to be successful in life. The world they have inherited is a world that changes at an ever-increasing pace. The ability to analyze and judge information and then draw rational conclusions is not emphasized enough. The skills of effective study will be equally important as change occurs in whatever occupation they go into. The day is past where getting a diploma and hanging it on the wall was enough. Every occupation will require the skills for them to be lifelong learners. To the old guys grumbling over their coffee, just remember how easy you had it. To 155 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1P8 all those young people, Telephone: (250) 960-4400, Toll Free 1-800-667-1959 all the best, you will do Fax (250) 563-7520, Web: it and do it well.

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It was my birthday Sunday. I spent the day with a friend and his shop vac, cleaning tiny shards of glass from where it was sprayed all over my back seat and back window ledge. Happy Birthday to me. Instead of blowing out candles I was blowing off steam. On Thursday, at about 8 p.m. I was out driving when my car suddenly lost power and I slowed to a stop just before Pine Centre Mall. Like the period at the end of a sentence, it was over. Full stop. Luckily, I had been able to TEA WITH TERESA get the car over TERESAMALLAM to the shoulder, away from the traffic route. I got out, took my belongings, locked the car and walked the one kilometre home where I phoned the RCMP to advise them my car was beside the highway and ask if I could leave it there overnight. I phoned later on to give them an update. My plan was in the morning to get together enough money for a tow job. I spent most of the evening phoning around to some of my backyard mechanic buddies and I learned from my description that the problem was mostly likely the fuel pump. Next day, I phoned Canadian Tire and found out the price of a new fuel pump is about $250 plus the cost to install it, plus tax, rounded out around, $500. Then I waited for my friend from Quesnel to drive in and pick me up. When he arrived he looked glum. “Just passed your car. Did you know your back window is blown out?” We got to the disabled car and my heart

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sank. There was a huge hole in the back window. I’d been thinking only of the safety of other motorists, not for the safety of my vehicle. I opened the rear door gently – and the entire back window shattered into thousands of pieces of glass confetti. A rock lay on the back seat. Now that I had a “payday loan” from my friend, we went to renew my BCAA and wait for the tow truck. We arrived back at the car about the same time as an RCMP

officer called to investigate reports of “an abandoned car.” Well, at least being on the scene, he saved me a trip to the detachment to report the vandalism. The tow truck driver arrived within minutes. That is the end of my story – and the end of me driving my 2001 Malibu because a new back window, even from the auto wreckers, added to the cost of a new fuel pump is just not worth it. Me and the Malibu are history. So I tell this story not to

whine but just to say, hey, there is nothing like kicking a car when it’s down. My editor who – bless his heart – always likes to think the best of people, says maybe a trucker spit up a rock between his tires as he/she went by. I think more likely the cause was a drive-by denizen of the night who saw an opportunity to make a fellow human being’s already bad situation worse. Where’d they get the rocks? Simple. They had rocks in their head.

Empty seats for political theatre VICTORIA – Premier Christy work together, rather than clumsy Clark didn’t win a seat in time attempts to play a shell game with to join her 48 fellow B.C. Liberal taxpayers’ pockets. MLAs in the legislature for the The public got tired of this rousummer session she ordered up. tine some time ago. I don’t need By the time the byelection in a poll to tell me this is one of the Westside-Kelowna is reasons for the decline certified by Elections in voter participation B.C., Clark will be and engagement in isoff to Niagara-onsues. Today, politicians the-Lake, Ont. to frequently remind meet with her fellow themselves out loud premiers in what is that there is “only one now loftily called the taxpayer” supporting Council of the Fedthe squabbling layers eration. of this over-governed These gatherings country. used to be called First And yet, the same B.C. VIEWS Ministers’ Confermistake keeps being TOMFLETCHER made over and over by ences, and there was a set ritual, largely opposition politicians, designed for the consumption and dutifully reported by the news of network television. Provinmedia. The notion that all probcial premiers ganged up on the lems can and should be solved by prime minister to demand federal “more government funding” is “funding” for every conceivable now so engrained in our education need, just as municipal leaders get system that it seems inescapable. together each year to present their One of the NDP’s big “gotcha” demands to the B.C. government. items last week was the failure of Prime Minister Stephen Harper the B.C. government to buy the ended the show, declining to play latest sonar technology to locate the role of villain in this bit of and recover the bodies of people political summer stock theatre, who have drowned in one of our and it’s unlikely that any future thousands of lakes and rivers. As national leader would reverse this with the health-care system, as prudent decision. soon as something is invented, The result, at least among some assume a right to it, regardwestern premiers, has been a less of cost. quieter, more pragmatic effort to Another big opposition target

was the province’s failure to buy up aging equipment and no fees. In But that is not what happens. remote properties in the Kooteall facilities, the fee is waived for The narrative of dumping frail, nays that have been discovered to those who can’t afford it. impoverished seniors from their be at high risk of further landslides It would be useful for our wheelchairs has no relationship to such as the one that swept through politicians to frankly discuss the reality, but it’s how post-modern a year ago. trend towards contracted health political theatre is done. The question of limits for proservices, and the role of user fees Tom Fletcher is legislative tecting people who choose to build in forcing people to take more rereporter and columnist for Black homes in risky locations seldom sponsibility for maintaining their Press and comes up in our political-media own health. theatre. The media’s key ingredients are sympathetic victims to fit their narrative that all corporations and governments are greedy, If so, apply by August 2nd to become a lay stingy, callous and incompecouncillor on the Association of BC Forest tent in everything they do. Professionals’ governing council. What the opposition has dubbed “Christy Clark’s The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) is wheelchair tax” is another responsible for registering and regulating the 5,400 case in point. A Fraser professional foresters and forest technologists who care Health Authority official for BC’s forests as well as advocating for good forest patiently explained what was stewardship. The governing council includes two lay really going on here. councillors (non-members) who are appointed by the An average $35 monthly Provincial Government. rent for wheelchairs is charged at the majority of This is an exceptional opportunity to help shape the future care facilities, which are of the forestry profession in BC and help uphold the contracted by the health auprinciples of good forest stewardship. thority. Operators charge as they see fit for maintenance, disinfection and replaceÝf you are interested in ʩlling this challenging, volunteer ment of this equipment, for role for the next one to three years, check out the ABCFP’s patients who don’t own their website for more information. own chairs. In September, a $25 fee is to be extended to the few facilities still directly run by Fraser Health, which have

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TERESA MALLAM | 250.564.0005 | | Teresa Mallam It gave me goosebumps, it made me cry. Judy Russell’s production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables is an absolutely brilliant and stunning musical with superb cast, costumes, set, lights and sound effects. Thanks, Bill Russell. Great job, conductor Kevin Zakresky and Les Mis orchestra with memorable music. Every actor/singer on stage at the Prince George Playhouse, whether in lead, duo or supportive roles or in cameo or chorus – gave 100 per cent opening night Tuesday. Bravo. Bravo. Bravo. By far, this local amateur production is for me, the best ever musical theatre I have seen anywhere (including London, England) on any stage. Russell didn’t just nab the soughtafter Les Mis rights, she earned them with a build-up of musical theatre successes over the years. Alex Murray got it right when he said this is the “best cast ever assembled.” I have to agree. Forgive me if space allows me to highlight only a few of the very exceptional performances and only some of the sensational scenes. Andy Beesley as Jean Valjean dug deep to pull heartfelt emotion, reportedly from his own life’s journey [CBC interview with Wil Fundal], for his portrayal of paroled convict, prisoner 24601. Soaring solos, notably Who Am I? and Bring Him Home, show the wide range not just of Beesley’s amazing vocals but of his emotions. His performance is a highlight, for sure. Also I loved the Lovely Ladies and the Beggar Women choruses. Teaming together Robin Norman and Gary Chappel as innkeepers Monsieur and Madame Tenardier with their enormous vocal and comedic talents is pure magic. They are delightful together on stage and their zany roles provide some comedic relief that probably kept us from depleting the facial tissue supply. Brett Dobson as a street urchin and revolutionary hero Gavroche has great stage presence for a lad so young. He’s a great talent in the making and an actor who, even when the focus is elsewhere, remembers to keep in character. Nigel McInnis is well cast as Marius, the gentleman revolutionist with whom two women (Eponine and Jean Valjean’s adopted daughter Cosette) fall in love. His vocals easily carry the role but he also packs a lot of emotion into his time onstage. Damian Dorschner, Curtis Abriel, Dwight Wolfe and Beverley Smith also gave top notch performances. Kelsey Wheatley

LES MISERABLES très FORMIDABLE Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Gary Chappel as innkeeper Thenardier and Robin Norman as Madame Thenardier, in a rollicking scene Tuesday from Judy Russell’s production of Bublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables.

brought real passion to the role of Eponine with her solo spot, On My Own. I loved Catherine McCarthy as Fantine, Cosette’s mother. She’s enchanting in any role – Nunsense or The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. But in this dramatic role, she shines. Her I Dreamed a Dream brought tears to my eyes. Got to say though, so did the vocals of Beesley, Sarah Gyorfi’ (as grown up Cosette) ...and Jon Russell as Enjolras as he rallied the “boys” with ABC Cafe/Red and Black. Mathew Chiappetta gave an outstanding musical theatre debut as Inspector Javert, the policeman who makes life miserable – more miserable – for Valjean. Chiappetta has a very pure and powerful operatic voice. When he sang a riveting rendition of Stars, I actually got goosebumps. Well, actually I spent most of the evening, as mentioned, either on the verge of crying or marveling at all this talent on one stage. I was saved from crying more only by the need to take photos for the Free Press. So thanks for that, Judy and the Les Mis cast. There’s nothing like a good cry to make you feel better. Job well done. Judy Russell presents a new production of Boubilil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables at Prince George Playhouse through August 3. Tickets for the musical, based on a novel by Victor Hugo, are available from Studio 2880.


Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Mathew Chiappetta as Javert, a policeman who dogs former inmate Jean Valjean (played by Andy Beesley), gives a stellar performance Tuesday in a scene with talented child actor Brett Dobson as street urchin Gavroche.


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To RIDE Despite less than favourable weather, large crowds made their way to the Outdoor Ice Oval at the Prince George Exhibition grounds for two performances by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride this past weekend. Cold weather on Saturday night and the odd scattered shower on Sunday afternoon weren’t enough to prevent an estimated 5,000 spectators from taking in one of the performances by the scarlet-clad Mounties. Before the main event, local equestrian riders performed for the crowd followed by a Prince George RCMP Service Dog demonstration which highlighted the incredible control and discipline the police service dogs have. After a brief history of the Musical Ride provided by Staff Sergeant Major Doug Pack, the Musical Ride began to perform. Thirty-two regular members of the RCMP suited up for each show and failed to disappoint as they navigated around the performance area atop black Hanovarian horses. The Troop performed cavalry drills choreographed to a variety of music. The performance area was surrounded by 158 Canadian flags, each one dedicated to a member of the Canadian Armed Forces that lost their lives in Afghanistan. The Sunday performance even ended with a surprise. Constable Drew MacDougall, in his second year on the Ride, proposed to his girlfriend at the conclusion of the performance. She said yes. Both Const. MacDougall and his fiancée Ashley are from Ontario.




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the environment of the enclosed backyard garden and front yard perennial bed.â&#x20AC;? Everything has gone around the yard a few times before she gets the right spot, Pement says with a good-natured laugh. When it comes to herbs, Pement is a fountain of knowledge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can use raspberry leaves to make a tea and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very calming and relaxing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a floral green tea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you should probably have it after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done all your work though because you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to afterwards.â&#x20AC;? Putting the lid on a teapot preserves its essential oils, she notes. Her backyard produce garden includes raspberries, strawberries, sweet peas, potatoes, carrots, chard, kale, pak choy, and tomatoes. Flowers, most of them perennials with some annuals for bright colour, are found all over the beautifully landscaped front yard and in pots and planters in the backyard. An apothecary rose, deep pink in colour and one of the oldest varieties of roses, has a home on the border of the backyard. Dotted here and there are whimsical and wonderful garden sculptures as well as a handcrafted wooden upright plant

holder made by Don Basserman. Project manager Lisa Redpath says the choice of display gardens this year is spectacular and each one features local artists and their work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of talented artists taking part in the tour this year. In the Pement garden we are keeping to the theme of all things organic. We will be bringing the beehive installation piece made by artist in residence Corey Hardeman and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be making the draw for it at 4 p.m. Sunday.â&#x20AC;? As well, she said, representatives of the P.G. Beekeepers will be bringing a unique display piece. On-site artist, woodturner Heidi Rupprecht, will have her birdhouses on display and for sale, as well as local artist Laura Egack, who works with recycled materials to make beautiful repurposed things. Gardens on the tour include an urban garden with fruit trees, berries and wild plants, P.G. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Knowledge Garden, an elegant garden space for relaxation and contemplation, serene garden overlooking the Nechako River Valley, and another beautiful

Herb enthusiast Jackie Pement loves her lavender and she has a few varieties of the pretty purple plant in her bountiful gardens. She is most proud of her English Hidcote lavender bordering her front garden. It has become even more prolific in recent years and it seems to benefit from the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter clean-up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I noticed after they dumped snow from the street onto the garden, the lavender seemed to come back better than ever,â&#x20AC;? she said. Pement is president of the local David Douglas Botanical Garden Societ. She gives workshops on growing and using a wide variety of herbs. Her beautiful urban gardens will be on display Sunday along with other local gardens chosen for the P.G. Community Arts Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Artists in the Garden tour on Sunday. Backyard paths lead to floral and herbal gardens which include lovage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in soups and savouries it releases a celery flavour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as well as oregano, cilantro, thyme, sages, various mints (chocolate, Corsican), tarragon and many more. Much of her garden tt/FXMZSFOPWBUFE has undergone change. tt/VUSJUJPVTIPNFDPPLFENFBMT â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my first tt.FEJDJOFSFNJOEFST  experience as an urban t t"TTJTUFECBUIJOH JGSFRVJSFE  Att Two Rivers Seniors Lodge Residents will A gardener after a numlive in an environment that promotes t'VMMIPVTFLFFQJOHBOEMBVOESZTFSWJDFT ber of years gardening a safe home with dignity and respect t.FEJDBMBMFSUEFWJDFT JODMVEFE  on rural acreage,â&#x20AC;? she t$FMFCSBUJPOPGTQFDJBMPDDBTJPOT says in a tour pamphlet. t0VUEPPSBDUJWJUJFTTPDJBMJ[BUJPO â&#x20AC;&#x153;Limited in space, the t5FMFWJTJPOJOFBDICFESPPNDPNNPOSPPNT garden provides me with BDDFTT t8JmBOEUFMFQIPOFBDDFTT first and foremost the t1BSLJOHTQBDFT pleasures of gardening as well as food for the table, tIPVSTUBGG aromatic moments and t3BJTFEHBSEFOCFET inspiration for each day. t*OEFQFOEFOUMJWJOH Composting, planting to Central location close to the hospital, medical and shopping. attract beneficial insects :FX4USFFU 1SJODF(FPSHF #$7-9 Please call for an appointment to view and discuss rates. ] and seed saving are a small part of sustaining

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Khare to Calgary As a longtime resident of this community and a Lions Club member since 1966, Khare has seen many changes both personally and professionally. Dr. Umesh Khare, 77, is not He applauds UNBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical ready to retire just yet. After 50 years as a family doctor program and the building of a new cancer clinic here as two very in Prince George, he and his wife, important milestones reached. Kanak, are moving to Calgary to He recalls how different things to be close to two of their three were for doctors years ago. grandchildren. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In November of 1964, when I Although he will be leaving his first arrived here, there were only local practice, Khare says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll 25 doctors in Prince George,â&#x20AC;? see patients in Calgary three days said Khare (now there are 200 or of the week. In his free time, he expects to play bridge, improve on more). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The medical system was his golf game, and enjoy visits with very different back then. Each of us was totally responsible for our his grandchildren. own patients. If there was a delivery in the middle A Division of Giscome Contracting Ltd. of the night and it was your patient, Material Hauling you did that.â&#x20AC;? Excavating He smiles. Grading â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think durCompacting ing my career as Oil Fuel Tank a family doctor Removal [his practice was Parking Lot Sweeping mostly run out Fuel Pumps & Pump Repair of the Phoenix st 453 1 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ Medical Building]

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I must have delivered between 800 and 900 babies. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen third-generation patients in my 50 years of practise in Prince George and that has been very rewarding for me.â&#x20AC;? He recalls that doctors were paid $5 per patient for a first visit, $3 for every subsequent visit. Payment for following maternity patients from initial visit to delivery was $25. Doctors made house calls, he said, and in the 70s the community had only one ambulance and one room for emergency at the hospital. He watched this city grow from a small-sized â&#x20AC;&#x153;lumber townâ&#x20AC;? to the thriving place it is today. Kanak shares a memory of those times. The couple married in a traditional arranged marriage and, in January, they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never saw each other until the day of our wedding,â&#x20AC;? she said. She attributes the success of their union to Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Umeshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support of whatever Dr. Umesh Khare is saying thank you and goodbye to his Prince George patients this month. He and his wife Kanak are relocating it was his children and wife to Calgary. were involved in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether it was our daughtersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music lessons, my [Toastmasters] public speaking engagements or going out skiing with us, he has always been there to offer support for whatever it was we wanted to do. He encouraged our daughters with their sports, music and travel. He bought a cabin for us so we could all go there on weekends and swim â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even though he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the water himself.â&#x20AC;? Umesh insists on always looking the part of polished professional. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter what time of day it was â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even if it was to do deliveries in the middle of the night â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he always made sure he put on his suit and tie to go and care for his patients. That has always been very important to him.â&#x20AC;? Free Press file photo The couple raised three Sudhir Kaila performs at a past Diwali celebration, one of the daughters here, Vandana, many cultural events Umesh Khare took part in. Vineeta and Veera, who all our day because in the evening, came back, I was having trouble have successful careers. the girls would be off doing their sleeping. I went to Dr. Khareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofAfter his qualifying and sports or other activities. Every fice, hoping they would be at least training in Ottawa, Umesh, a year, we celebrate Diwali [Festival able to refer me to a doctor who doctor in his native India beof Lights] and invite people from was taking new patients. fore immigrating to Canada, the community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine my shock when I first practised in Nova Scotia As Umesh Khare bids farewell found out I was still listed as one and New Brunswick. to the community, his patients will of his patients. That made things Then they moved to Vannot be forgotten, he says. Nor are a lot easier. Of course, we did derhoof where he was one of they likely to forget a doctor who have to change the address, phone three doctors working in the in many cases, has been part of number â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and a couple of other small northern town. their lives for decades. things (like my weight),â&#x20AC;? Wishart Their Indo-Canadian culFree Press reporter Allan jokes. ture and sharing it with others Wishart was surprised to find his Indeed, Khare has cared for has always been part of their original family doctor still practis- hundreds of patients in the city active life in this community, ing after his own years away. and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy to be leaving with said Kanak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Khare , as far as I rememsuch good memories of Prince â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always all came home ber, was always our family doctor George and its people. for lunch of curry and rice in Prince George. We moved here â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will miss Prince George,â&#x20AC;? he every day between 12 and in the mid-60s and he is really the said, excusing himself to go and 1 p.m. Umesh would come get dressed in a suit and tie for the from work and the girls would only doctor I remember seeing growing up,â&#x20AC;? said Wishart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then Free Press photo. come home from school. I moved away from the city for â&#x20AC;&#x153;See, I told you,â&#x20AC;? laughed Kanak. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when we got together about 24 years. Some time after I â&#x20AC;&#x153;He always has to look his best.â&#x20AC;? as a family and talked about

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Teresa Mallam Moccasin Joe knows how to tell a good joke. More than that, he knows how to inspire people with his stories and his humour. The comedian and motivational speaker whose real name is Leonard Dick hails from Thunder Bay. He was in Prince George for the 37th Annual Elders Gathering. Moccasin Joe began his stand-up routine by telling the audience Thursday about his trip to the local casino. “I won eighty bucks,” he said, leaning into the mike. Audience applause. Then he follows with, “It only cost me $240 to get it. What an investment, eh?” With that, he set the tone for an hour of non-stop laughter, pausing in his comedy routine only long enough to poke fun at people passing by the stage. He even made mock passes at female members passing by the stage and sitting in the audience. “My Indian name is Dancing with Cougars,” he said, scanning the crowd of mostly middle-aged people. “I’m happily married – back in Thunder Bay. Here, I’m single,” he joked. The show included a magic act where he made a bottle in a brown paper bag disappear and a display of his custom-made buffalo bathing trunks. The comedian got behind the mike to read aloud from two torn and dog-eared Dick and Jane readers in use, he said, at his residential school. The hilarious skit skillfully poked fun at the 50s education tool and its use of words. That one left the audience in tears. “Nobody’s safe in my show,” Dick (who swears he did not take the name from Dick and Jane) told the Free Press after the stage show. “But you have to look at them and you decide if that’s someone you can make fun of. My act is very family friendly, it’s not a night club act. I don’t use four-letter words. Twenty-five years in comedy has been a long journey – but it’s been a very healthy one.” A member of the Ojibway Nation, Dick began doing comedy when he saw too much distress and despair among his own First Nations people. “I was selling arts and crafts and I was always joking around. I would make up funny stories and people would laugh. I could see it was making them feel a lot better about their lives,” he said. “So I decided to take this gift I had – the gift of comedy – and try to do this for a living.” His long and successful career surprises even him, he said. “I never knew I’d be in such demand. My workshops are one of the most outgoing things that I do. I tour and I do over 200 comedy shows a year but my workshops [Wednesday he facilitated a Healing Through the Spirit of Laughter workshop] are the thing I really like to do to help people find humour in their lives.” Dick, 70, is a former corrections officer (at the jail in Thunder Bay), a military policeman and border guard. He says that while he’s seen a lot of things in that capacity that have made him sad, he’s still found that he could draw on all his life experiences as fodder for his comedy routines. Every once in a while he turns serious – sort of. At the end of his time on stage, he told the audience: “It is important to give the gift of laughter to our children, it makes them feel secure.” Then as an Elder himself, Dick gives a little advice. “Your journey in life may bring you happiness... [but], where there are bumps in the road, walk over them – and don’t burn your bridges because you may have to walk back over them.” For more about Moccasin Joe, visit

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Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Comedian Moccasin Joe performs his “casino powwow dance” turning the mike into a slotmachine handle Thursday at the UNBC Northern Sports Centre. As well as his hilarious comedy spot for the 37th Annual B.C. Elders Gathering, Leonard Dick (his real name) also gave an inspirational workshop Healing Through the Spirit of Laughter.

PLAYBILL Dementia workshop set for September The Prince George Community Group for Aging with Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices presents Dementia and Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities Sept. 11 and 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Range of related topics. Westwood Church. For rates phone Vera Donald at 250-564-6408.

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Fred Eaglesmith brings music to Artspace Canadian alternative-country-pop artist Fred Eaglesmith plays Artspace above Books and Company on Tuesday, July 23. Eaglesmith writes songs about everyday things: tractors and trucks and themes like rural life, farming and ranching. Originally from rural southern Ontario, Eaglesmith is a world-class musician who has entertained crowds around the world. Tickets for the Fred Eaglesmith show are $25, from Books and Company.


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Hope Air has a simple mandate. Getting Canadian to Getting Better. During the year, Prince George is one of the biggest benefactors of Hope Air’s service, and on the weekend, the city did its best to help make more help possible. Hope Air is a nation-wide charity which arranges free flights to get low-income Canadians to specialized medical care. Donor relations officer Anna du Bois was in Prince George on the weekend for a number of things. “I’m doing six different things today,” she said at Prince George Airport on Friday. “Then I’m helping with the golf tournament tomorrow.” The tournament was the annual Airport Authority Golf Tournament, with all proceeds this year going to Hope Air. Before the tournament, however, Hope Air has already experienced the generosity of the region. Integris Credit Union made a $5,000 donation, which is enough to cover 20 flights from Prince George on Hope Air. “Integris is a new donor,” du Bois said, “which makes this even nicer. It;s important for us to find new groups to help with the service.” In a press release, Integris engagement and communications manager Dan Wingham thanked Integris members for making the donation possible. “I would like to applaud Hope Air for the incredibly important service they provide to families in Prince George. By providing 20 free flights, Integris is helping families overcome financial barriers to specialized healthcare.”


with HOPE AIR Allan WISHART/Free Press Michelle Kenny, left, of the Prince George Airport Authority chats with Hope Air’s Anna du Bois after her arrival in Prince George on Friday morning. Dan Wingham of Integris also welcomed du Bois to the city. Hope Air is the beneficiary of this year’s PGAA Charity Golf Tournament, held Saturday.

Clients of Hope Air are described as ‘low-income’, but du Bois said there is no hard-andfast rule. “The majority of our clients live just above the government=defined lowincome figure, which is about $25,000 a year. It’s a guideline. “If a family is earning, say, $45,000, but they have a child who has to travel to Vancouver every three weeks, they might

come to us, because their savings are going to be eaten up fairly quickly.” She added the flights add up quickly. “About 50 per cent of our clients are children with a parent, which means four total flights each time – two to get there and two to get back. “Pretty much every child with a medical problem has to go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital in

Vancouver.” The Prince George to Vancouver route is the second-heaviest for Hope Air in Canada, falling only behind Kelowna to Vancouver. While some of du Bois’s meetings Friday were on aspects of the golf tournament and meeting with Integris, others were with current sponsors. “We want to reduce our administration costs as much as

possible, so in-kind donations help a lot.” Michelle Kenny, the safety and commercial services coordinator at Prince George Airport, is also one of the main organizers of the golf tournament. She says Hope Air is a worthy beneficiary of the tournament. “Hope Air is great. Having their service means you’re not on the bus for 10 hours to get to Vancouver with your child.”

June Bugs make annual July visit to Artspace started, on the weekend, playing music together and realized ‘hey, we’ve got a nice blend of voices’ and we started to build from there,” she The June Bugs are back, as alsaid. ways, in July. Originally there were five women They play Artspace above Books in the group and when one left to and Company on July 25. The pursue a solo career, Gowan joined Calgary-based string band with June Bugs as its only male musician. special guest Sandy Hirth is on tour How did June Bugs get their in northern B.C. to promote the name? release of their new CD, Third Time “We started the group in June, Round. so someone threw the name into the pot and we thought,’ That’s kind of cool,” and it stuck.” Eng-Fisher laughs when reminded that they always appear in P.G. in July. The FRIDAY, JULY 19 Artspace show is something to watch for, she says. DESPICABLE ME 2 (3D) . . . 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05pm “There’s three of us in the GROWN UPS 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:00, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30,10:00pm group that are songwriters PACIFIC RIM (3D) ........................... 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:20pm and we’ve got some cute songs

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Band members Renay Eng-Fisher, upright bass; Audrey Guagliano, guitar, mandolin and harmonica; Sue Anne Borer, auto harp and percussion; Don Gowan, guitar; and Erin Mcullough on violin blend voices in two, three, four and fivepart harmonies. Eng-Fisher spoke with the Free Press on Tuesday. “We had all met through bluegrass and folk festivals and then we met again at a workshop and we

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that I think the audience will enjoy. We have multi-instrumentalists in the group and, of course, there are the harmonies so there’s lots to the show.” The June Bugs are on a northern B.C. tour. “After the tour, we’ll probably be heading south to Hope and Chilliwack area. Previously, we’ve gone as far as Nanimao and north as far as Grassy Plains. “We’re hoping to go further afield. We were invited to play Terrace but we were booked.” Besides playing for June Bugs, members of the group take part in other musical projects. “For each of us, the June Bugs is our primary focus but we get invited to play with other groups.” Third Time Round, the group’s third CD, shows off their musical

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range and genres. “It’s basically original songs with some traditional songs taken from all genres of music, some bluegrass, some swing, a little bit of folk. Half a dozen songs are brand new.” If three is a charm, five band members makes for merriment. “I think it’s a real gift when you have a group of musicians who are all wanting the same thing and they are group players. “There are no divas. They are all there as a team on stage although they do shine when the spotlight is just on them.” Tickets for the June Bugs concert (with special guest Sandy Hirth) July 25 at Artspace are $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the band, visit www.thejunebugs.

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right there. It’s also not the greatest of roads. I usually bring a university vehicle here because I don’t think my old car could take it.” The setting is beautiful, with the river flowing past at a fairly good clip. It looks cold, but it isn’t, Pighin says. “The Fraser is cold, because it comes from glaciers. The Nechako doesn’t, so it’s actually pretty warm.” It’s easy to see why Robert and Edie Frederic enjoy living out here, and it’s clear they are enjoying having the course in their front yard. “It’s really nice to watch the young people learn,” Robert says. “They like it out here, out of the classroom.” Edie agrees. “It’s hands-on learning. We’re teaching in the oral tradition, passing on to them what was passed on to us.” Edie does most of the teaching on the language, and the two cover the history together. It’s the first time the course has been offered, but Robert doesn’t see why it should be the last. “You could do different courses in different seasons. In wintertime, they could learn how to burn out a canoe the old way. We’ve lost so many of the old ways now. There was a time when every family here had two or three dugouts on the shore.” Nicole Lodge is one of the students out here, and the Fort St. James resident says the Frederics are right about the attractions of the course. “It’s a chance to get out into the wilderness, it’s really hands-on, it’s practical. We’re also getting the chance to learn about their language and culture out here.” She took the course for a simple reason. “I needed some electives to finish my degree. I’m taking a Bachelor in Social Work, specializing in First Nations. This sounded like it would be fun.” While many of the other students are content to sit around the campfire and chat while they’re waiting for lunch, Lodge keeps carving. Not a canoe, though. She’s working on personal projects. “I’m doing name things for people in my life, my family, my boyfriend. This is the third one I’ve done.” As the class members gather for a prayer before lunch, the sound of work on the canoe falls silent. “There’s always someone working on the canoe,” Pighin had explained earlier, “except when we’re in our circles at the beginning and the end of the day.”

High in the air, a lone bird circles. “Eagle,” says Clifford Quaw. “Bald one. And big.” The eagle was circling in a darkening sky Friday over the Nechako River north of Prince George. Below, a group of young people were joining members of the Lheidll T’enneh, like Quaw, in a summerschool project. A few moments earlier, Quaw had been using an adz to hollow out more of a cottonwood tree the group had picked out earlier in the week to convert into a dugout canoe. UNBC teaching assistant Jennifer Pighin said the weather had been good for most of the week, except for the first day. “We were debarking the trees when it was pouring, so that didn’t work out too badly,” she said. “Nobody went and hid where it was dry, everybody worked.” The course, Dakelh Studies, is being held on the property of Robert and Edie Frederic, members of the Lheidli T’enneh who are also the main instructors for the course. Pighin says the week isn’t just about making a canoe. “We’ve covered so much more. They’ve told us about the history of the Lheidli T’enneh, we’ve gone on walks and found out about the traditional plants they use, both for foods and for medicine, there’s been storytelling, drumming, learning about the language. So much stuff, and all really interesting.” A glance down at the Nechako River right by the road all the vehicles are parked on shows a net strung near the shore. “Yes, we’ve also learned a lot about the fishing styles of the First Nations around here,” Pighin says. “We learned about the history of their fishing, including the Barricade Treaty, the different methods they use, the kinds of nets, and how to prepare the fish after it’s caught.” It’s almost lunchtime, and the smell of fish and other foods fills the air at times, as the wind shifts. Many of the students are sitting around a small campfire under the shelter, chatting with each other or the instructors. Earlier in the week, they had other people to learn from, Pighin says. “We weren’t an official destination for the Elders here for the gathering, but we spent a lot of time up at UNBC asking if any of them wanted to come out and visit. We had a lot of them here. It gave the students a chance to get an idea on how different Nations made canoes and other things.” The course is part of the First Nations Studies program at UNBC, and actually incorporates two different course - 298 and 301. “They are separate courses,” Pighin says, SERENITY HYPNOSIS “and each of them has its IS RELOCATING own criteria for grading.” The area where the LAST 3 WEEKS TO BOOK course is being held is off the end of North NechaAre you unhappy ko Road, a few kilometres with along the Takla Forest Weight? Smoking? Anxiety? Road. For someone who has not travelled the road Self Esteem? Eating Disorders? before, the transition beConfidence? Phobias? tween the two roads is a bit of a shock. It’s not just HYPNOSIS WORKS the going from pavement FOR APPOINTMENT CALL to gravel, but the sudden 250-561-2259 CELL 250-981-9816 feeling of narrowness. “I know what that feels like,” Pighin says with a BERNIE NORDQUIST, CCHt; M.NLP; EFT-Adv. laugh. “The road seems Certified Hypnotherapist so narrow and the river is

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When someone calls a girl a princess, listeners picture a young lady who shudders in horror when her high heels get mucky, shrieks at the sight of a mouse and always has to have the latest designer back slouched over her shoulder. However, when you put the word ‘rodeo’ in front of princess, the whole picture changes. Smart, strong and lovely, rodeo princesses – and female rodeo competitors in general – are a different breed of royalty all together, as a pair of Prince George teens prove. Two Prince George girls placed within the top four competitors in provincials with the B.C. High School Rodeo Association (BCHSRA), and both earned the right to compete at a higher level, one at nationals in Wyoming, the other in the queen category in Winnemucca. Sixteen-year-old Nevada Hinton started riding competitively in the Little Britches rodeo, following her uncle’s cowboy boots into the rodeo ring. “He got me started when I was around 11 or 12,” the College Heights student, who will be attending Grade 11 in the fall, said. Hinton and Scamp, her horse, compete in breakaway roping, goat tie, pole bending and barrel racing. She said the BCHSRA schedule follows the school season, with most activities taking place from October through May. The province, she explained, is divided into north and south districts. A member competes within their own district, then the best of the north competes against the best of the south, at event held in either Williams Lake or, like this year, in Quesnel. A competitor who places in the top four in the events qualifies to go to nationals. Competition is fierce. For example, there are about 77 barrel racers in the senior high school rodeo circuit. “I’m very excited,” Hinton, who is competing for


young PRINCESS DeLynda PILON/Free Press Kirsten Plumridge, who wants to ride competitively someday, is flanked by her sister, Morgan Plumridge (right) and Nevada Hinton. Both of the young women excelled in local and provincial competition and earned the right to compete in nationals in Wyoming.



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right to head to Winnemucca and compete for the rodeo queen title, however instead she’s opted to accompany her fellow local riders, including Hinton, to nationals, where she will cheer them on. “Even if I were to win, I couldn’t perform my duties anyway,” she explained. “I’m going to Germany on exchange in the spring.” Later, the young lady from Germany will stay in the Plumridge home for a season. Though the girl is familiar with horses and owns her own, Plumridge intends on taking her to some of the fall rodeos, lending a taste of life in the wild west to the German girl. Plumridge says her experience in rodeo has helped her develop and hone many new skills. “It opened me up to a lot of new people and made me more centred, especially the queen event,” she said. Little sister Kirsten, who graduated from Grade 7 this summer, can’t wait to give rodeo a try herself. As their mom says, it’s not only about preserving local heritage, but a way to build confidence and riding skill. “I want to go into the queen competition because I like dressing up, I like big hair and people say I have a confident personality,” Kirsten said. She added she’s not too concerned about the horse skills she will need to have. “Oh, I have been on a horse forever,” she ssaid.

Books overwhelm PGSO A request for book donations landed the annual Prince George Symphony Orchestra (PGSO) fundraiser with an avalanche of reading material. “People here in Prince George have been so, so generous,” said PGSO executive director Marnie Hamagami in a July 15 news release. “Not only did we sell a huge volume of books, but we received overwhelming donations of what seemed whole libraries of books of every sort. We’re well prepared for next year, I can assure you.” Last week Hamagami and artistic director Kevin Zakresky decided to share the wealth, donating six crates of top-quality children’s books to the Pediatric Division of the Prince George General Hospital.

“Outreach to children is such a big part of what we do that it seemed a perfect idea to let the hospital share in our book bounty,” said Hamagami. She and Zakresky delivered the books in person on July 8, in the midst of preparing for the PGSO’s collaborative performance the next day at the Gathering of Elders. PGSO artistic director Zakresky is in residence for much of the summer, conducting key members of the orchestra in Judy Russell’s production of Les Miserables and the traditional end of summer free performance Pops in the Park in Fort George Park in September. Also planned for family listening will be a new series of informal Sunday afternoon concerts to be held at Two Rivers Gallery.

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Friday Friends of Thomas Days, July 19. Railroad and Forestry Museum, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. BBQ, July 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre.

Saturday Friends of Thomas Days, July 20. Railroad and Forestry Museum, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. Seminar on youth and seniors, July 20, 2 p.m., Sikh Temple on South Kelly. Hosted by Indo Canadian Seniors Society. Information: Manhas 250-964-4626. Dance to Eddie Stoltz, July 27, 8 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. 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.

Sunday Kids’ Carnival at Huble Homestead Historic Site, July 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 40km north of Prince George, just off Highway 97 on Mitchell Road. Information or shuttle bookings: 250-5647033. Friends of Thomas Days, July 21. Railroad and Forestry Museum,

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Crib tournament, July 21, 1 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre Roast pork and roast beef dinner, July 21, 5-6:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Free yoga in the park, Sundays, 10-11 a.m., Fort George Park bandshell. All levels welcome. 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.

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) 9613477. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250962-2740.

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

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Railway & Forestry Museum July 19-21 Friends of Thomas Days July 19-21 from 10 to 3 To volunteer: Erin 250-563-7351 Vantage Vision & Reading 20/20 is not Enough for Reading – a 20 min consultaƟon will do a preliminary screening for your child addressing reading, wriƟng and behavioral symptoms of learning problems. Milly 250-563-1136 BC Northern ExhibiƟon Aug 8 – 11 “Get Your Country On!” at the BCNE at ExhibiƟon Park, Prince George, BC. To volunteer email: 250-563-4096 For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George


Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s four-part chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathy 250563-5170. Hospital retirees meeting, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250563-7497 or 250-5632885.

Wednesday Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Hart Toastmasters, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer

Centre. Information: CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250-963-9462 or Andrew 250-981-8270.

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Thursday DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-649-9591. 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. or 250-564-5191. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information:, Joyce 250-964-0961.

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

Support Groups Learning Circle Literacy Program works with adult learners and families on literacy, numeracy and computing skills. Information: 250564-3568 ext. 228, or 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 250-6132823. Power Play, for children from newborns to five years

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press July 11 keynote speakers Annette Maurice, Metis Nation B.C.; Barb Ward-Burkitt, vice-president of B.C. Association of Friendship Centres; Keith Henry, B.C. Metis Federation; and Lillian George, United Native Nations, are presented by Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederic with original framed art by Lheidli T’enneh artist Jennifer Pighin during the 37th Annual B.C. Elders Gathering.

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A U T O B O D Y LT D . 2065 - 1st Ave. • 250-563-0883 old, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, 1:303:30 p.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle Ave. Information: 250614-9449.

NorthBreast Passage Dragon Boat Society meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Chronic Disease Management Room, UHNBC. Information: Anita 250-563-2949 or Betty 250-962-7985. Royal Purple meets meets second and fourth Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250-596-0125 or Jeanette 250-563-9362. Wednesday evening Tops (take off pounds sensibly), Spruceland Baptist Church, 1901 Ogilvie St.. Information: Leona 250-962-8802. Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1500 Edmonton St. Prince George Stroke Survivors Group meets Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Elder

Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. Information: Julia 250-563-3819, Roland 250-562-1747. La Leche League breast feeding support group meets the second Thursday of every month 7 p.m., 176 Aitken Cres. Information: Tammy 250-612-0085. PGRH retirees breakfast, first Tuesday of the month, Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Information: 250-5632885. Prince George ATV Club meets third Tuesday of month, 7 p.m. Carmel Restaurant meeting room. Information: George 250-964-7907. Free sports and recreation, Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 1160 7th Ave., ages 15-30. Information: 250-656-5278. Children’s choir, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hartland Baptist Church. Information: 778-415-5000. Parents Together, a mutual/self-help

Thank You Prince George For Voting Us Best Auto Body Shop! support group for parents of teens, meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Intersect (basement entrance). Information: Carmen 250-562-6639. Tuesday night Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 6:15-7:15 p.m. weigh in, 7:308:30 meeting. Everyone welcome. Information: Marvene 250-962-8001 or 250-612-2031. DivorceCare, a support group for persons going through a separatin or divorce. To find out if this group is for you, call 250-5646213. Group meets at Artspace, Room 202, Sundays at 5 p.m. Call about childcare. Prince George Healing Rooms - Are you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Wednesday noon-2 p.m, All Nations Church, 1395 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-6179653. COPD support group meets Wednesday, 1 p.m., AiMHi. Information: Nancy 250-561-1393.

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Heartbeat, a group for mutual support of those who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets monthly at CMHA office. Information: Sandy 250960-9047. Thursday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Knox United Church,1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-5646336 (days), 250-9644851 (evenings). Elks’ meat draw, Thursday, 4:30- 6 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 250-563-2551. 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, Jesse or Catherine at 250-563-2551.

The Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Friday. 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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Sports Shorts P.G. TRIATHLON Sunday is the Prince George Triathlon. The annual event at West Lake Provincial Park starts with a swim in the lake, before participants engage in a bike ride and finish with a run. There’s also a duathlon event combining running and cycling. The first races begin at 9 a.m.

SPRUCE KINGS TRADE The B.C. Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings made another offseason move this week. The Spruce Kings have acquired defenceman Luke Formica from the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canada Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

Alistair McINNIS/Free Press Mercedes Van Koughnett has a laugh while defending Sydney Lopez, 13, during the Timberwolves summer basketball camp on Monday at the Northern Sport Centre. Van Koughnett, who’s entering her fifth and final Canadian Interuniversity Sport season at UNBC, is running the summer basketball camp sessions.

Alistair McInnis Mercedes Van Koughnett may have needed extra time accepting the reality Loralyn Murdoch won’t be back guiding her on the sidelines this fall. The announcement of Murdoch’s move into the UNBC athletic director chair in May, although an internal position shift, may have been the biggest news to hit the department this offseason. Murdoch coached women’s basketball at UNBC since 1997 and, other than a couple of years off, was a mainstay in the position. Van Koughnett said her feeling changed, although she still wasn’t sure who would lead the team in her fifth and final Canadian Interuniversity Season season. As of Wednesday, no head coach announcement had been made. But UNBC was well into

the hiring process, with three individuals shortlisted. “I was totally skeptical about it. It was kind of negative in the beginning, I was pretty sad,” Van Koughnett said of the coaching change. “Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m really optimistic and I think that this could be a really good step moving forward. We just have to find the right fit.” Murdoch has allowed Van Koughnett to play a role as a member of the hiring committee. The guard/forward believes Murdoch’s experience puts her in a great position to find the right candidate. “She knows exactly what she wants and she knows what we want.” Murdoch began filling the role of director of athletics and recreation on June 3. It’s a title previously held by Jason Ker-


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Alistair McINNIS/Free Press Jackson Girard, 12, takes a look at the basket and lines up his shot during the Timberwolves summer basketball camp on Monday at the Northern Sport Centre. Girard was one of about 40 youth athletes from Grades 7 to 10 who participated in afternoon sessions this week.

Alistair McInnis The Timberwolves’ summer basketball camps offer players the opportunity to learn from a team with Canadian Interuniversity Sport experience. The coaches may see the game played at a fast rate, with UNBC playing against some of the country’s best university athletes. But when they’re running summer camps, they understand the importance of keeping drills simple and fun. Timberwolves player Mercedes Van Koughnett has taken on the head coaching role for this year’s camps at the Northern Sport Centre. During a session on Monday, she pointed out how moving from younger ages to the older groups requires a slight change in approach. “The younger kids, they kind of are just doing basic fundamentals,” she said. “These (older) kids are doing basic fundamentals, but a little bit more detail. They’ll be learning about screens and stuff like that. I think going into footwork is a big thing with these

guys.” The first set of four-day camps opened on Monday and wrapped up Thursday. They included shorter morning sessions for students entering Grades 2 to 6, and longer afternoon drills for students going into Grades 7 to 10. Participants of the afternoon sessions enjoyed what the first day of camp offered on Monday. “I’m enjoying it pretty good. It’s really fun,” said 13-year-old Sydney Lopez, who’s entering Grade 8 at Duchess Park Secondary. “You get to learn a lot of new things and it’s amazing.” Jackson Girard, 12, is going into Grade 7 at Immaculate Conception. He’s entered the camps before, and is familiar with other returning participants. He entered this week’s camp to develop his skills in basketball. “Mostly just how to play the game better and know, if something goes wrong, how to correct it as fast as you can,” he said. This week’s camps had a total of 80 participants, split evenly between the younger (Grades 2 to 6) and older (Grades 7 to 10) groups. Each camp will return for one more set of four-day sessions from Aug. 12 to 15.

The first of two camps for senior (Grades 10 to 12) high school players run next week, with the Elite Female Camp scheduled for July 22 to 26. The Elite Male Camp is slated for Aug. 19 to 22. The female camp includes five days of two-hour sessions, while the male camp has four days of threehour sessions. Van Koughnett has enjoyed the opportunity to coach, and is looking forward to the other summer camps. “It’s really different, but I think it’s an awesome experience to be able to coach kids, especially when I used the to be one of them. It’s kind of a blast from the past,” she said. “But I really enjoy it, and it really gives you a whole other perspective and respect for the coach that’s going to come in, and Loralyn (Murdoch, UNBC athletic director and former head coach).” The progress has been noticeable already. “These kids, if you can see their development even through a week, it’s crazy, and imagine our development throughout the season “ Van Kough-

Players will play under new head coach FROM PAGE B10 swill, who left for Toronto in April to join Canada Basketball as manager of high performance for the national men’s basketball teams. Women’s soccer head coach Andy Cameron filled in on an interim role. As for Van Koughnett, she’s hungry to leave an impact in her last CIS campaign, and noted that she’s been training harder than previous summers. She said, “I’m not planning on just coasting through this fifth and final year.” Two other Timberwolves, guard Jennifer Bruce and forward Emily Kaehn, will begin their fifth and final CIS season this fall. Van Koughnett and Kaehn also grew up in the region and were followed by the Timberwolves during their high school playing

days. Van Koughnett graduated from Duchess Park Secondary while Kaehn is a PGSS alumnus. Bruce is a Langley product The Timberwolves will have a mix of veterans, rookies and players in between next season. Van Koughnett pointed towards their familiarity as a factor helping them adjust to the coaching change. “We have a big group of vets,” she said. “We’ve been taught by Loralyn for a long time, so I think we’re pretty fundamentally sound, I guess you could say.” The Timberwolves are entering their second season in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association branch of CIS. They missed the playoffs in their inaugural season, recording an 8-14 record to finish fifth in the eight-team Pacific Division in the 2012-13 campaign.

nett said. “It’s a really rewarding position to be in.” More information on the summer basketball camps and registration forms are available online through UNBC athletics at www.


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Alistair McINNIS/Free Press Members of the Duchess Park Condors’ high school senior team go through a warm-up prior to a practice last week at the Duchess Park Secondary fields. The team was preparing to leave on a football trip this month to Oregon.

Alistair McInnis School isn’t in session, but football practice is. We may be into the offseason for high school, but the Duchess Park Condors have big plans. The secondary school’s senior team is travelling to Oregon today to compete in a series of scrimmages against U.S. teams. “They are unbelievably excited,” Condors head coach Mike Rositano says of his players. Duchess Park is entering the Camp Rilea Team Football

Camp, taking place in Warrenton, Ore. from Saturday to Wednesday. They’re one of two B.C. representatives with a squad from Pemberton also competing. The camp has a total of about a dozen teams, the rest of the competition coming from the northwestern U.S., mainly Oregon and Washington. The camp acts as a tune-up for the upcoming high school season, but also offers players exposure south of the border. “A lot of our guys are provincial-calibre players who have been doing really well, getting noticed provincially, getting noticed from CIS. Division 2 schools out of the U.S. are looking at some of the guys here, and they just want to get out and play football,” Rositano says. “These guys think this is just going to be a blast, and I think so too. It’s going to be a good bonding for our team.” The Condors were scheduled to leave Prince George on Thursday evening for PUZZLE an overnight bus trip to Vancouver. From NO. 672 there, they’re taking a train to Portland, Ore. From Portland, they’ll hop on another bus, this one taking them to the camp base in Warrenten. The camp is taking place on an army base. The cost to participate was $185 per player, the money covering camp registration fees, food and accommodation. The individual total trip cost is $516 for players 16 years and over, and $480 for players 16 years and younger. Condors left tackle/offensive lineman Brogan Cruse, 17, expects to see talented teams in Oregon. “I’m excited to go showcase our team from the North here down there. I’ve


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been looking forward to this season for four years,” he says. As a player going into his Grade 12 graduating year, and someone who carries size – Cruse lists himself at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds – the camp gives him an opportunity to attract more attention. He’s already drawn interest from three post-secondary football programs in Canada: the UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver), Simon Fraser University Clan (Burnaby) and Mount Allison University Mounties (Sackville, N.B.). The Thunderbirds and Mounties are Canadian Interuniversity Sport programs while the Clan compete against American teams in NCAA Division 2. “I hope I get my name out there,” Cruse says. The camp schedule has each day jam-packed with football activities. These include coaches choice scrimmages, practices, skills competitions and team building sessions to discuss strategy. On the final afternoon of the four-day camp, players will hit the gridiron for a super scrimmage. Rositano expects the scrimmages to feature 10 offensive plays and 10 defensive plays per team. A team of 23 players were scheduled to make the trip down. On the coaching end, Rositano is joined by Richard Bundock. While the trip is for Duchess Park football, the Condors picked up about six players from other schools to fill their roster. They’re missing a few of their own players due to other commitments. The Condors will start their trip home after the camp, and plan on arriving back in Prince George later next week. They’ll then prepare for a pre-season contest, Aug. 31 against John Barsby of Nanaimo. That game is scheduled to be held in Prince George at Masich Place Stadium, with a 1:30 p.m. kick-off time. “By far, I think this will be one of my best teams I’ve had at Duchess,” says Rositano, into his fifth year coaching the team.

Track and field athlete wins pole vault event in Nanaimo Kendel Rogers had a performance to remember at the BC Junior Development Track and Field Championships in Nanaimo. At the meet on the weekend, the 13-year-old Prince George Track and Field Club member set a personal best mark of 1.95 metres in winning the girls pole vault. It was the sixth best vault in the history of the event and was one of a number of strong performances from the seven PGTFC athletes who attended the meet. The event attracts some of the top nine- to 13-year-

old track and field athletes from throughout the province. Rogers was also fifth in triple jump, sixth in high jump and eighth in the 300m dash. Three girls narrowly missed picking up medals. Amanda Heinz, 13, was fourth in hammer. Taya Mueller of Quesnel, who trains with the PGTFC, was fourth in the 12-year-old girls’ 600m run. Nine-year-old Makenna MacWhinnie was fourth in the 600m run. MacWhinnie was also fifth in both the 60m dash and 60m hurdles, and sixth in long jump. Heinz was fifth in

javelin, seventh in shot put and eighth in discus. Several other Prince George athletes set new personal bests at the meet including 12-year-old Rachel Kidd, who set a personal best in qualifying for the 100m final, where she finished seventh. Olivia Masich, nine, established a new personal best in placing seventh in shot put. Almost 20 PGTFC members are expected to compete in this weekend’s BC Track and Field Championships-Jamboree in Kamloops. The event is for athletes 14 years and older.

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Former Canucks hit links for charity Alistair McInnis


Darcy Rota hails from Vancouver. But he grew up in Prince George, and said he still calls the city his hometown. Rota and the rest of the Vancouver Canucks alumni was one of the main attractions to the 10th annual Commonwealth Cup golf tournament, Tuesday at Aberdeen Glen. Eight former Canucks participated in the event, the highest total of alumni from the NHL team since the tournament was introduced. The team has its regular alumni events, including the annual Canucks Alumni Golf Classic. But as an event in Prince George, this was different. “For something like this to go, it’s very impressive,” Rota said shortly after the tournament ended Tuesday. “It’s as good as you’re going to get.” The rest of the former Canucks who hit the links at Aberdeen Glen on Tuesday were Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Eddie Hatoum, Garry Monahan, BJ MacDonald, Jack McIlhargey and Dennis Kearns. Rota, president of the B.C. Hockey League’s Coquitlam Express, was the honourary chairperson of the event. Dan McLaren, president of the Commonwealth Group of Companies, is the chairperson. He’s held the role for each of the tournament’s 10 years. “The impression today was it was an excellent tournament. We’re very proud of the fact that we have a full sold-out tournament every year,” he said on Tuesday. “By my understanding, it’s the largest charity golf tournament in Northern British Columbia,

Alistair McINNIS/Free Press Vancouver Canucks alumni who participated in this year’s Commonwealth Cup golf tournament on Tuesday included BJ MacDonald, left, Dennis Kearns, Jack McIlhargey, Cliff Ronning, Eddie Hatoum, Darcy Rota and Garry Monahan. Dave Babych also participated. The group got taken to and from the course in the Cariboo Cougars’ bus.

with the largest prize table.” Roughly $25,000 was raised towards charitable donations this year. McLaren said the tournament has raised about $320,000 overall, the highest event bringing in about $45,000. The money is raised through a variety of activities within the event, including a Canucks alumni player auction, silent and live auctions during the dinner and awards banquet, and VIPs. The Commonwealth Cup festivities included a practice round, VIP barbecue and music at Clucutz Lake, and banquet at the Treasure Cove Casino. McLaren and Rota were in the same foursome on Tuesday, and the chairperson showed his appreciation towards the

Canucks alumni. “It’s a big deal. It’s two or three days out of their lives from their family. They don’t get paid for coming up. This is all for charity,” McLaren said. “And to be candid with you too, with the exception of a very small amount of money that we put down to the Canucks Alumni Association, it all stays up here in the North, in Prince George.” The event attracts returning participants, like Rota, who golfed in his second Commonwealth Cup. But it also attracts newcomers each year. Tuesday marked the first tournament for Ronning, and it came during his first summer visit to Prince George. He’s visited the city previously for legends games in the winter, and made a stop

last December to hold fitting sessions for hockey stick manufacturers BASE Hockey. Ronning is co-founder of the company. “I have the opportunity to play in a lot of these (golf tournaments), and this is just real nice, it’s relaxing,” Ronning said. “It’s a fun event and it’s a great course, the course alone is an experience.” Rota lists himself as a three handicap. McLaren said that Rota’s experience provided a boost, joking that he also made them skate lines. “He was the star of the foursome. He kept us all together.” Tuesday’s tournament had 144 participants, with a scramble format and shotgun start.

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Getting sore from playing golf Sometimes less means more. Take this week for example. To get to this week I’ll have to go back to last week. Early last week, I decided to change my work week. I went from working Saturdays through Wednesdays to Sundays through Thursdays. In working last Thursday, I was able to get a slight head start on my sports section this week. Getting a couple of interviews and photos completed prior to the Duchess Park Condors’ football practice gave me something to work with on a article this week. It seemed that, while I didn’t work Saturday, I would still be in good shape. I could catch weekend events Sunday and use Monday and Tuesday to type the majority of my stories. FULLCOURTPRESS One little issue. Tuesday was ALISTAIRMCINNIS the Commonwealth Cup golf tournament at Aberdeen Glen. Sales manager Roy Spooner offered me a spot on the Free Press team a few weeks ago. Of course, at that time I didn’t think it would affect me too much. Really, I just wanted to golf to take in the experience. No, I’m not complaining that I got to golf on a scenic course Tuesday. But it did make for a more stressful work week in the office. Less time in the office to type stories on Tuesday meant more work on Monday and Wednesday. It’s funny, I joked with assistant editor Allan Wishart that I could’ve really used a Saturday shift. The first Sunday to Thursday work week and one of the days I’m golfing. That noted, the golf was fun. While working Thursdays allows me to get a head start on the next week’s issue, you may still be wondering why I’m trying this new work week. With the move to a weekly and focus more on in depth-stories, I’ve decided the Saturday shifts aren’t necessary, especially with so many weekend events held on Sundays. Commonwealth Cup The first half of this column was typed before I golfed in the Commonwealth Cup on Tuesday. This section came the day after the tournament. How was it? The weather was terrific (sunshine with temperatures reaching the mid 20s), the prizes were impressive (let’s just say that members of the third-place team each got 42-inch TVs), the Canucks alumni representation was evident (eight former players participated, the highest total in the tournament’s 10-year history), and tens of thousands was raised (reports of between $20,000 and $30,000). Sounds pretty awesome, right? When the overall mood is as positive as it was Tuesday, it’s hard letting any nagging injuries or setbacks bring you down.


Alistair McINNIS/Free Press Dom Sia of the College Heights Pub Assault carries the ball in the offensive zone in front of Shooters Pub Devils player Brent McIsaac during Game 2 of the Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association best-of-five final, Monday evening at the Coliseum. The Assault defeated the Devils 17-13, and had a chance to capture the Dale Rolufs Memorial championship trophy in Game 3 on Wednesday.

There’s something I must admit. I’m a little out of shape, and it showed on the golf course on Tuesday. I tweaked my upper back towards the end of the round, and battled through it over the last four holes. Before pulling, stretching or tweaking the back – OK, it’s a hard one to even describe – I was battling blisters in my right hand. There wasn’t a issue with my left hand, of course, because that’s my glove hand. Again, these are only nagging setbacks, certainly nothing that forced me out of the tournament. I wasn’t concerned to the point I was lining up at the doctor’s office. While the back was still a little sore Wednesday, only when I turned my head could I really feel any pain. What also helped make the setbacks bearable was the scramble format of the tournament. Each team was required to use three drives per player. For every other drive, and all of the other shots, we could take shots from the ball that we felt was in the best position. We ended up in the top 20, not bad for a 36-team event. The tournament also provided me with an opportunity to

interview a couple of former Canucks, Darcy Rota and Cliff Ronning. Rota was raised in Prince George and although he was born in Vancouver, still calls this city home. Tweets of the Week: Through 94 games Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter have combined to earn $26.6 million and play in 1 game. The Astros total payroll is $26.1. Chris Curtis (@ChrisCurtis) 77M$. That’s what Ilya Kovalchuk is leaving on the table. Let’s say his decision is not about money. #RDS #devils Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) So it begins. The time of baseball season where we ask “Which member of the struggling Blue Jays would look best in pinstripes?” #MLB DaveMcGimpsey (@DaveMcGimpsey) Alistair McInnis is on Twitter (@AlMcInnis)

National badminton players making a visit to Prince George next week Four of the country and province’s top badminton players will be in Prince George during an event from July 24 to 28. Badminton BC and the Shuttlesport North Central Badminton Academy have

worked together to bring Toby Ng, Derrick Ng, Phyllis Chan and Christin Tsai to the city. They’ll be gracing the courts at CNC for a night of exhibition matches in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. For many resi-

dents of the city, this will be their first time seeing badminton of this calibre. The matches will be preceded by a barbecue, welcome from the 2015 Canada Winter Games staff and meet and greet. The event is scheduled for More Than Just July 26. The barbecue is set for 5:30 p.m., with matches following at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at a price of $15 each or two for $25. They will be sold at the Northern Sport Centre from July 22 to 26, 9 to 11 a.m. each day. They can Keep your fitness up during the summer! also be bought at CNC in the Come to the front desk and pick up your daily afternoon and evening on July challenge for the gym, aquafit or length swimming. 24 and 25, 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Enter your name at the front desk after completing Children 12 and under can your challenge to win prizes. Challenges run from attend the matches for free. July 1st until August 31st. “I think it’s a great opportunity to come to P.G. and give those in smaller communities Four Seasons Leisure Pool • 250-561-7636 • 775 Dominion Street ~ Aquatic Centre • 250-561-7787 • 1770 George Paul Lane a chance to see badminton the way I have been fortunate enough to see and experience it,” Toby Ng stated in a press release.



During their visit, the four players will share their knowledge with Prince George athletes during camps from July 24 to 28. The camps are for players ages six and older, with athletes of all skill levels encouraged to particpate. There is still time to register. “The quality of players coming this summer to Prince George is second to none,” Shuttlesport North Central Badminton Academy head coach and coordinator Lisa Davison stated in the release. “I’m encouraging everyone to come and see how exciting it is to watch live badminton. If you think it’s like the backyard, you’re mistaken. This event will set the stage and showcase what’s expected in 2015. If you think you might want to help badminton out in 2015, or start playing in the future, visit us Friday night. You won’t be disappointed.” Three Prince George players and an athlete from Fort St. John will play with the national athletes during their visit. The Prince George athletes are Amanda Tomm, Olivia McClair and Jonathon Goodkey. The Fort St. John player is Jeremy Cote. For more information, visit

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Alistair McINNIS/Free Press Jodie Kennedy-Baker of Prince George gave an equestrian performance prior to the RCMP Musical Ride on Sunday behind CN Centre.

Baseball support grows Alistair McInnis Opening pitch is under one month away. As support continues to grow for the 2013 World Baseball Challenge, so does the excitement leading into the tournament. “We have support at the highest levels of baseball, from the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball down to the International Baseball Federation and Baseball Canada. I hope people take note of that,” tournament co-chair Jim Swanson says. “This is a pretty big event being held in a small city. I’ve said for a long time, I think this city, this community, has overachieved in holding this event once, let alone three times, and I think it should be a source of civic pride.” The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 13 to 22 (Aug. 23 rain date) at Citizen Field. Six teams have committed to participate: Team Canada, the U.S., Cuba, Japan, Chinese Taipei and the Bahamas. The first game, between Canada and the U.S., is slated for Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Of the three WBC events in Prince George, this year’s tournament is the first featuring both U.S. and Cuban teams. The Cubans are the defending champions, having captured the 2011 tournament. The USA National Team won Prince George’s inaugural World Baseball Challenge in 2009. “This is the best tournament we’ve had and everybody raved about the last one, they raved about the first one,” Swanson says. “The quality just keeps getting better and at some point I guess we’ll have to find a way to level it off. Either that or find a way for the 1927 Yankees to come back to life or

something.” tournaments, which had three-game days, The tournament falls after AAA peewee As the tournament approaches, more the 2013 edition won’t have any more than provincials from Aug. 8 to 11. Some of the details will be unveiled. This week, Cuba two games on a day, barring any postponesame volunteers working on the WBC are released its roster for the tournament. Ciego ments due to rain or other causes. organizing the peewee tournament. de Ávila-51Champion-National Series will Rainy weather hurt numbers at the gate in “It takes a whole community to pull this represent the nation in Prince George. 2011, with attendance lower than anticione off, at the field and away from the field,” Although not their official national team, the pated. Ticket sales form a significant chunk Swanson says. “Some of our unsung heroes squad includes a few players who competed of revenue. The impact on the budget left are the gentlemen who look after the dressin the World Baseball Classic. organizers in a deficit position. ing rooms for the teams, the bus drivers Other rosters will be announced in the Swanson doesn’t expect the same treatbecome the teams best friends, the translacoming weeks. The Japanese team may be ment from Mother Nature next month. If tors allow them to survive their trip here.” released last since they send the winner of recent weather is a sign of what’s to come, Anybody interested in volunteering can a national title, which won’t be determined there will be plenty of sunshine during the e-mail until early next month. tournament in August. A team of about 40 volunteers make up Organizers continue to seek supthe tournament’s organizing committee. port from businesses interested in They held a meeting on Monday evening sponsoring or donating items for a COME IN FOR YOUR PERSONALIZED to discuss sponsorship, accommodation, silent auction. But that isn’t the only SHOE FITTING TODAY! transportation, tickets, groundskeeping, push. They’re also in need of volunmerchandise and volunteers, among other teer support in a variety of areas. items. Tournament passes can be purchased by Ticketmaster, available through the tournament website at worldbaseball. ca. The prices are listed at We understand that it may be stressful during $205.50 (reserved seating) and your time of loss. We $156.50 (general admission). hope to lift some of that Although only 35 tournastress off your shoulders ment passes had been sold as with our full funeral of Monday, organizers expect services. Honour the the push for passes to increase memories of your pet closer to the event. with a proper funeral. adidas • asics • balega • brooks • icebreaker • merrell While reserved tournament mizuno • new balance • salomon • saucony • sugoi seating is limited, more options For an Everlasting Memorial Call are available for game and day Prince George & Area passes. Organizers plan to sell Pet Memorial Park S P O R T S those once the tournament gets 250.963.7688 underway, at $12 per game and • 5125 Shelley Road Prince George, BC $20 per day. Unlike past WBC 1655A 15th Ave (Across from Parkwood Mall) 250-612-4754


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Special Olympians take home medals Prince George was well represented at the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games from July 11 to 14 in Langley. Members of Special Olympics Prince George had a large medal haul, with athletes competing in aquatics, rhythmic gymnastics, 10-pin bowling, five-pin bowling, power lifting, golf and soccer. Twenty-nine medals (six gold, 14 silver and nine bronze) were won in aquatics and 28 (six gold, nine silver and 13 bronze) in rhythmic gymnastics, as the two sports led the way in the overall Prince George medal count. Individual medal results in aquatics were: David Dunn - three gold and three silver; Josh Pudney - four silver and one bronze; Kim Erickson - two silver and two bronze; Kathleen Mitchell - one goal, one silver and three bronze; and Jasmyne Morgan - two gold, two silver and two bronze. In rhythmic gymnastics, the individual count was: Rose Bradley - two gold, one silver and one bronze; Emily Paterson - two silver and one bronze; Nikki George - one gold, two silver and two bronze; Stephanie Tremblay - one bronze; Angela Hills - one silver and four

bronze; Michaela Samsonoff - one silver and three bronze; and Darcy Muzychka - three gold, two silver and one bronze. Individual medals in bowling went to: Linda Renner and Jennifer Germann (10-pin team event) bronze; Michelle Baxter and Cindy Komoski (10-pin doubles) - gold; Leif Skuggedal and Greg Cole (10pin doubles) - bronze; Greg Cole (10-pin singles) - silver; Kelly Hein (10-pin singles) - silver; Jordon Korum (five-pin) - gold; Debbie Bileck (five-pin) - bronze; Mathew Brewer (five-pin) - bronze; Yvonne LeRuyet (five-pin) - bronze; and Emilie Snyder (five-pin) - bronze. James Nikal (bronze in power lifting) and Barbie Conway (bronze in golf) also took home medals in individual events. Prince George also had a soccer team win bronze in a Division C. Members of the squad are: Latoria Isaac, Danny Lafreniere, Robyn Lutz, Tegan Raines, Tracey Robinson, Sam Russell, Marinka Van Hage, Ryan Vis and Chris Zorn. Special Olympics is a charitable, non-profit organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities that provides year-round training and competition.



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Alistair McINNIS/Free Press Kids Fun Triathlon participants work their way through a transition area just outside of the Four Seasons Pool to begin the cycling portion of the event on Sunday morning.

Senior Games interest grows Kamloops This Week The B.C. Seniors Games in Kamloops are expected to set a record for the most participants in event history. Organizers are expecting 3,761 athletes at the Games, slated to run from Aug. 20 to Aug. 24 in the Tournament Capital. “This year’s event is expected to generate over $2 million economically for the community of Kamloops,” a Games press release said. The best-attended Games on record were held in Richmond in 2009, when 3,285 seniors were in action. There are 413 entrants in slo-pitch this year, 382 in ice hockey and 328 in dragon-boat racing, to round out the top three. Pickleball, golf and equestrian are expected to see significant increases in comparison with previ-

ous Games. The horse events, for example, will have more than 35 competitors in action at Circle Creek Ranch. Never in Games history has there been more than 20 entrants in equestrian. There will be 24 competitions at the 2013 Games, including competitive sports such as track and field, cycling and soccer, along with recreational sports like floor curling, bridge and carpet bowling. Among the host venues for the 55-and-over event are the Tournament Capital Centre, Hillside Stadium and McArthur Island. Volunteers are needed. To apply, go online to or phone the Games office at 250-828-3823. Kamloops held the BCSG in 1996, when 2,150 participants were involved in 19 sports.

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Baseball heads into homestretch With the Major League Baseball four-day all-star break coming to a conclusion, it’s time to reflect upon the first half. Technically teams are past the midway point; for instance, the 45-49 Toronto Blue Jays have completed 58 per cent of their season. Here’s my look at some of the anticipated awards to this point: AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP: Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. This is strictly a two-man race between the Tigers slugger and Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis. Cabrera is the most feared hitter in the game and has an opportunity at winning a second straight triple crown. The Detroit third baseman leads the majors in batting average (.365) and RBI’s (95) and is second in homers (30) behind Davis who has an eye-popping 37. The 27-yearold Davis is second in RBI’s (93) and has a .315 batting average. Cabrera also tops the AL in walks (60) and on base percentage (.458). The home run watch between these two “clean” infielders will be fun to watch. Cy Young: Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. Despite a 3.19 ERA, which is just ninth best in the AL, Scherzer did not lose a game until last Saturday and now sits 13-1. His WHIP is 0.98, which is second best in the league. King Felix Hernandez of Seattle is a close second to Scherzer as his

mammoth seven-yr, $175 milRunner-up is Arizona first baselion contract hasn’t affected his man Paul Goldschmidt, who leads performance. Hernandez, on a the NL in RBI’s (77) and has 21 43-52 team, has a 10-4 record with homers and a .313 batting average. a league-leading 2.53 Cy Young: Clayton ERA. Kershaw of the LA Manager of the Dodgers. I know secYear: John Farrell of ond-year Matt Harvey the Boston Red Sox. of the New York Mets Landslide winner. The seems to be the most Red Sox were 69-93 popular choice, but and last place in the Kershaw (1.98) is the AL East last year only starter in the under Bobby Valenmajors with an ERA tine. This year Boston below two runs a is 58-39, best in the game. His 8-6 record HART BEAT entire AL. So, why is due to a lack of run HARTLEYMILLER support. Opposing didn’t the Blue Jays enjoy any of this sucbatters are hitting just cess under Farrell the past couple .188 off Kershaw. Harvey is 7-2 of years? Toronto was 154-170 and with a 2.35 ERA and a leaguetwo fourth-place finishes with Far- leading 147 K’s, but Kershaw is rell in charge in 2011 and 2012. right behind with 139. Most Surprising team: Boston Manager of the Year: Clint Most underachieving team: LA Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Angels (with Toronto a close secMoney doesn’t always buy hapond). The high-priced Angels are piness. The Pirates were the first floundering with a 44-49 record, team to 50 wins this season despite 11 games behind AL West-leading a payroll of under $80 million. Yes, Oakland. Pittsburgh has collapsed the past two years after the all-star break, NATIONAL LEAGUE but this team is well positioned MVP: Yadier Molina of the for its first playoff spot in 21 years St. Louis Cardinals. Molina is an with a record of 56-37, second in excellent all-around catcher who the majors only behind St. Louis. is putting up superb offensive The Pirates, without many big numbers for the NL leading (57bats, have been winning many 36) Cardinals. Molina leads the close games. Their run differential NL with a .341 average and also is +46 while the Cardinals are has seven homers and 49 RBI’s. +127.

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Most Surprising team: Pittsburgh Most underachieving team: San Francisco Giants. The defending World Series champions are 43-51, second last in NL West. It’s unfortunate that MLB continues to be haunted by performance enhancing drugs. When a player has an exceptional year, his stats are often questioned even if there is no evidence he is on PED’s. The NHL, NFL and NBA focus on championships, yet in the Major Leagues, history and individual numbers remain central. MLB has been forever scarred with steroids, and as a result, many fans have lost interest. I admit, I was more enthused in the 70’s and 80’s, albeit I still appreciate the accomplishments of the unheralded Chris Davis or Matt Harvey. It’s these new wave of up and coming players that hopefully can help turn around the sport’s tarnished image. From The Quote Rack: A group of women cyclists want their own Tour de France. And to prove that they’re serious, they just sent the French Doping Agency some tainted urine samples. Contributor Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, California The Canadian Football League is into the fourth week of its season, and there haven’t been any active

According to Merriam-Webster, having one wife is monogamy. According to Tiger Woods, it’s monotony. Comedy writer RJ Currie ( Jon Montgomery will host this year’s edition of Amazing Race Canada. In keeping with his personality each race will end with a sprint towards the nearest pub. Comedy writer Derek Wilken of Calgary And in case you missed it: Disney is expected to lose upwards of $150M on its box office bomb The Lone Ranger. Good thing they have deep pockets or they might have to see a real Loan Arranger to fund their next movie. Comedy writer TC Chong of Vancouver ( Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. He also writes for Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to Follow him on twitter: @Hartley_Miller

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Brenda has always been an active woman. However, recent health issues including osteoarthritis in her left knee and losing kidney function have slowed her down. Her mobility is limited and she is now on dialysis three days a week. To adjust to her changed circumstances, Brenda sought help with her daily living activities. Part of that help came from the Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program offered through BC Housing. Launched in January 2012, the HAFI program provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities adapt their homes so they can continue to live independently. Brenda applied for a new walk-in bathtub because she couldn’t safely get out of the tub on her own. Walk-in tubs include additional safety measures such as anti-slip floors, grab bars, and a very low step in. Home adaptations may also include handrails in halls or stairs, ramps for


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easier access, easy-to-reach work and storage areas in the kitchen, lever handles on doors or faucets, walk-in showers, and bathtub grab bars and seats. Brenda is a strong advocate for the program and has even shared HAFI brochures with nurses in the renal unit where she undergoes dialysis. If you or someone you know is having difficulty performing day-to-day activities safely and independently – the HAFI program may be able to help. Since the program began, more than 300 households completed renovations with HAFI financial assistance, making it possible for seniors and people with disabilities to continue to live in the safety and comfort of their home.


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Information ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Do you think you may have a problem with Alcohol? Alcohol Anonymous, Box 1257, Prince George, BC V2L 4V5 Call 250-564-7550 NECHAKO RESERVOIR UPDATE FLOW FACTS 10 July 2013 Reservoir Elevation: 852.56 m (2797.13 ft) SLS Discharge: 49.76 m3/s Visit website www.waterofďŹ for up to date real-time ďŹ&#x201A;ow information for the Nechako River. In preparation for the annual Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP) spillway discharge will be increased to 136 m3/s on 11 July and to 226 m3/s on 12 July to achieve a target ďŹ&#x201A;ow of approximately 170 m3/s in the Nechako River at Cheslatta Falls by 15 July. The STMP is operated between 20 July and 20 August to minimize the occurrences of water temperature above 20 degrees in the Nechako River upstream of the Stuart River ConďŹ&#x201A;uence for the beneďŹ t of sockeye salmon migrating through the Nechako River. Contact Rio Tinto Alcan at 250-5675105 for more information. A recording of this notice is available 24-hours in Vanderhoof at 250567-5812

NECHAKO RESERVOIR UPDATE FLOW FACTS 17 July 2013 Reservoir Elevation: 852.51 m (2796.95 ft) SLS Discharge: 452.44 m3/s Nechako River at Cheslatta Falls: 131 m3/s Visit website www.waterofďŹ for up to date real-time ďŹ&#x201A;ow information for the Nechako River. The Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP) is operated to minimize the occurrences of water temperature above 20 degrees in the Nechako River upstream of the Stuart River ConďŹ&#x201A;uence between 20 July and 20 August, for the beneďŹ t of sockeye salmon migrating through the Nechako River. Skins Lake Spillway discharge can change daily between 14.2 m3/s and 453 m3/s in response to weather forecasts, to achieve the temperature management criteria and also meet a maximum target discharge for the Nechako River at Cheslatta Falls of approximately 283 m3/s Contact Rio Tinto Alcan at 250-5675105 for more information. A recording of this notice is available 24-hours in Vanderhoof at 250567-5812

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Please apply in person with resume to: Visions Electronics #142-6333 Southridge Ave., Prince George, B.C LOOKING to advance your career with an exceptional company? Cash in with us! Our Branch in Prince George, BC is looking to hire a Financial Customer Service Representative As the ideal candidate, you will have a customer service background obtained in a retail, ďŹ nancial sales, or hospitality setting combined with a high school diploma. Your past experience will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, reliability and a high degree of energy. Promoting from within has been a key to our growth and success. If you enjoy working with everyday people and are friendly, mature, approachable and keen to learn and grow with a thriving company we have a career path worth considering. If this sounds like the role for you, please submit your resume to: Michelle Prince â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Regional Manager at Quoting : FT FCSR-Prince George Note: All candidates offered employment are required to have a criminal records check completed. SATELLITE Installer Prince George and Area Full Time / Part Time Contractor / Employee Rates Experience = asset Training is provided Clean criminal record / Drivers License $500 signing bonus payable in 60 days more info at email resumes:

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Obituaries It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Eileen Girouard (Satrum). Dec. 13, 1925 - July 9, 2013. Eileen will be greatly missed by her loving family; Margaret (Glenn) Phillips, Lynne (Bob) Hala, Maynard (Doreen) Satrum; 7 grandchildren & 11 greatgrandchildren. There will be no service by request. We will miss her ready smile, laughter & love of country music.

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SCHMIDT, Ernest Edward Mr. Ernest Edward Schmidt, late of Abbotsford, BC, passed away on July 15, 2013 at the age of 72 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. He is survived by his son Hayden and 5 remaining siblings. He was predeceased by his parents and 8 siblings. Ernest was a former resident and business owner in Prince George. A special thank you to all the staff at Maplewood House for their care and compassion towards Ernest. Tributes and condolences may be left at

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Van Kamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group of Companies requires Owner Operators to be based at our Prince George Terminal for runs throughout B.C. PRINCE GEORGE and Alberta. Applicants have winter and Group mountain,of driving experience/ Van-Kammust Freightwaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Companies training. requires Owner Operators for runs out of our We offer above average rates and excellent employee benefits. Prince George Terminal. To join our team of Professional drivers, call Bev, 604-968-5488 or Wemailffa resume, current ll tdriverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s t abstract Wiand t details / Mof truck t to: i or fax 604-587-9889 Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility. We thank you for your interest in Van-Kam, however only those of interest to us will be contacted.


Maintenance Supervisor Quest Wood Division Quesnel, BC Do you thrive in a dynamic and challenging environment with opportunities for continuous growth and development? As a Quest Wood Division Maintenance Supervisor you will oversee plant and site maintenance initiatives while leading safety, and scheduling training and development activities for trades and maintenance staff. We offer an uncompromising focus on safety, competitive compensation packages, a progressive environment, and we are an industry leader in world markets.

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Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. operates a world-class, high-speed grain export terminal situated in Prince Rupert on the scenic north coast of British Columbia. The Maintenance department is currently seeking a qualified applicant for the following position.

2 Light Duty Cleaners reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Sal: $14.00/hr, F/t, Pmt. No exp. reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Duties: Sweep, mop, wash & polish ďŹ&#x201A;oors. Clean & disinfect bathrooms and elevators. Vacuum carpets. Distribute clean towels, toiletries & supplies areas. Remove trash. Lang: English. Contact: Harpreet from Northstar Janitorial Services in Prince George, BC. Please e-mail at:

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You must possess exceptional organizational, analytical and planning skills, as well as strong leadership, supervisory, multi-tasking, communications and interpersonal skills. You will have as a minimum, an Electrical Trades Qualification (TQ) from a provincially recognized post secondary institution or another appropriate qualification/s such as an Electrical Engineering degree. Previous experience working with materials handling and process control equipment in a heavy industrial, union environment will be considered an asset. The primary role of the Maintenance Supervisor is supervising, planning and implementing all maintenance activities in the plant in order to maximize production while adhering to standard safe practices and procedures, environmental and legislative requirements. This position manages both inhouse trades and contractors. You have a proven ability to motivate and direct crews in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner while developing and maintaining effective relationships with other supervisors, management and third parties. You will have experience working with RS view and new generation process controls such as AB control logix, PLC and wireless communications, high voltage motor controls, fire systems, locomotives, VFDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and other electronic and electrical equipment. A strong commitment to safety, training, environmental protection will be considered assets. The successful applicant will be required to participate in a Company sponsored pre-employment medical examination. PRG offers a competitive compensation package that includes a comprehensive employee benefit program. Interested individuals who want to join our team are invited to submit your resumes in confidence by July 26, 2013 to: Human Resources Department Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. PO Box 877 Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3Y1 or Fax: (250) 627-8541 or email


An Alberta OilďŹ eld Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson, Alta. BANNISTER Collision & Glass Centre, Vernon BC

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Construction is now in its second year and the mine is expected to be operating in the latter part of 2013 with full commercial production scheduled for 2014. Mount Milligan is owned by Thompson Creek Metals and is currenlty recruiting the following position.s owned by Thompson Creek Metals and is currently recruiting the following position:

Due to growth in our ICBC Express Repair Body Shop, we are seeking to ďŹ ll the following position: LICENSED AUTO BODY TECHNICIAN 2ND/3RD YEAR APPRENTICE. Competitive Wages - Good BeneďŹ ts. Preference may be given to applicants with previous ICBC Express Shop Experience. Please forward your resume with cover letter by fax or email to the attention of Bill Blackey. Fax 250-545-2256 or email

CASUAL MEDICAL Lab Assistant- Located in LifeLabsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Prince George location. Duties: reception, computer entry, venipuncture, ECGs, micro collection, pediatric collection, Holter Monitors, serum separation, medical drug screens, report delivery. Requirements: recent completion of a recognized MLA program, or recent experience. Excellent venipuncture/customer service/communication/organizational skills. Must type 40+ wpm. If interested, please apply at: EXPERIENCED FULL-TIME buncher and buttâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;top operator required for a logging contractor in the Smithers area. Competitive rates & beneďŹ t package available. Please call 250-847-1531 or 250-8470586 or fax resume to 250847-1532

MILL INSTRUMENTATION TECHNICIAN Mt. Milligan is currently seeking skilled Mill Instrumentation Technicians to join our growing Maintenance team. Reporting to the Mill Electrical Supervisor, the Mill Instrumentation Technician will be responsible for various maintenance activities common to a surface hard rock mining and milling operation and the associated crushing, grinding, flotation, conveyor systems and support equipment. Skills / Experience: t.VTUIBWFB*OUFSQSPWJODJBM*OUSVNFOUBUJPODFSUJĂśDBUJPO t5ISFFQMVTZFBSTFYQFSJFODFQSFGFSSFE t1SPWFOTBGFUZBOEBUUFOEBODFSFDPSE t.VTUIBWFPXOUPPMT t#BTJDLOPXMFEHFPG.JDSPTPGU0ĂłDFQSPEVDUTJF8PSE &YDFMBOE0VUMPPL t&YDFMMFOUXSJUUFOBOEWFSCBMDPNNVOJDBUJPOTLJMMT t"CJMJUZUPMJGUQPVOETJTSFRVJSFE t8JMMJOHOFTTUPXPSLJOBEWFSTFDPOEJUJPOT t4FMGNPUJWBUFE UFBNQMBZFSXJUIBQPTJUJWFBUUJUVEFBOEUIFBCJMJUZUPXPSLXJUINJOJNBMTVQFSWJTJPO Work Schedule: The schedule for this position will be seven days on seven days off, 12 hours per day. 5IJTQPTJUJPOXJMMCFSFRVJSFEUPXPSLJOTJEFUIF.JMMBOE$SVTIJOHGBDJMJUJFTPSJOUIFĂśFMEBTSFRVJSFE The Company is committed to high quality safety, environmental and continuous improvement practices and applicants should be able to demonstrate shared values in this area. This position offers a competitive salary & benefits package in line with qualifications and experience. 8FUIBOLBMMJOUFSFTUFEDBOEJEBUFTIPXFWFSPOMZUIPTFTFMFDUFEGPSBO interview will be contacted.

GUARANTEED JOB Placement: General Laborers and Tradesmen For Oil & Gas Industry. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message. For Information 1-800-972-0209. LIVE-IN MANAGER for 50 unit apt. bldg in Trail, B.C. Send resume to 100-3525 Laburnum Drive, Trail, B.C. V1R 2S9. Steady/PT to vacuum, wipe & wash cars. Apply to Hands on Car Wash, 1956 3rd Ave

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NOW HIRING! Earn extra cash, workers in demand for simple work. P/T-F/T. Can be done from home. Acceptance guaranteed, no experience required, all welcome!

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The Lemare Group is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Certified Hand Fallers • Office Highway Logging Truck Drivers • Log Loader Operator • Grapple Yarder Operators • Boom Boat Operator • Chasers • Hooktenders • 2nd Loaders-Buckermen • Heavy Duty Mechanics Fulltime camp with union rates/benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to:


WAREHOUSE WORKER Van-Kam Freightways Ltd. has a part time Dock / Warehouse position that is responsible for: 1)All LTL freight is cross docked 2)Schedules depart on time 3)High level of load factor 4)Quality loading to minimize damages The successful candidate(s) will be working in a high pressure, high volume atmosphere with critical time frames and must be available to work days, afternoons, and evening shifts. A current forklift operator certificate is an asset.

Labourers GUARANTEED Job Placement. General Laborers and Tradesmen For Oil & Gas Industry Work. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message For Information 1-888-213-2854

Trades, Technical CHEVALLIER GEO-CON Ltd Rocky Mountain House, Alberta requires experienced Cat, Hoe, Mulcher Operators, servicing Western Canada. Safety tickets required. Fax resume to 403-844-2735.


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We thank everyone for applying, however we will only contact candidates that interest us.

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Interested candidates should forward a resume and cover letter to: or Fax 604-587-9889 For more information Call 1-250-563-0114 Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.

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Home Improvements 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

CI STEEL LTD Custom cut steel and aluminum by the inch. 9453 Rock Island Rd. Prince George, BC 250-563-1777

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Painting & Decorating Paint Special 3 Rooms $589 incl. prem qlty paint, your color choices, 2 coats, filled nail holes. Ceiling & trim extra. Free Est. HB Tech Painting 250-649-6285

Pets & Livestock


Multi Family Fund Raising Garage Sale. Local Charity: Project Friendship Saturday,July 20th 9 am - 2 pm 5906 Riverdale Cres

Lambs for sale $150 each 250-971-2205

A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! 40’ Containers under $2500! Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

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$200 & Under Knitting machines, cone yarn, $5 per cone. Solid Wood Armoire $150 (250)563-0079

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Decks, fences, basements rental units. For all your home reno needs. References available. Free estimates call 250-964-6106 Ivan at 250-552-8106 or Roger 250-552-0471

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Misc. for Sale CENTRAL RV. New and used sea containers. Best prices in B.C. Can Deliver. 20’ New $3800. Used $2800. Other sizes available call for pricing. (250)314-9522. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 KILL BED Bugs & Their Eggs! Buy a Harris Bed Bug Kit, Complete Room Treatment Solution. Odorless, Non-Staining. Available online (NOT IN STORES).


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Chief Administrative Officer for Nisga’a Village of Gingolx Duties:

• Reports to & Works Directly with Chief & Council • Oversee delivery of Programs and Services • Ensures compliance to all Nisga’a Nation and Nisga’a Village Legislation(s) as per Nisga’a Treaty • Budgeting & monitoring of Annual Budgets & Work Plans • Acts as liaison on behalf of Gingolx Village Government to other entities • Supervision of staff • Other duties as required as per job description

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• Minimum of 5 years experience in executive level management preferably administrative management • Previous experience as Chief Executive Office, Chief Administrative Officer or equivalent • Knowledge of Nisga’a Treaty is required • A Bachelor degree in Business or Public Administration is preferred however, an equivalent combination education and experience will be considered, Post-Secondary Education • Gingolx Village Government is an Equal Opportunities Employer, however, may give preference to Nisga’a Citizens • Business Equipment, Computer & all Microsoft ware knowledge a must • Some knowledge of Nisga’a Language & Culture will be an asset • Valid BC Driver’s License

Salary will commensurate with qualifications. Qualified Candidates should send Applications, Resumes, and Cover Letters to Gingolx Village Government attention to Chief & Council. No emails will be accepted.







Fax: 250-326-4208 Attn: C. Franklin Alexcee Deadline Date for Applications: August 11, 2013 at 5:00PM



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Commercial/ Industrial

STEEL BUILDING. DIY summer sale! Bonus days extra 5% off. 20x22 $3,998. 25x24 $4,620. 30x34 $6,656. 32x42 $8,488. 40x54 $13,385. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422, STEEL BUILDINGS, metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 will sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206

Misc. Wanted Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins etc 778-281-0030

Real Estate Acreage for Sale 9.76 Acreage Sale $149,900 RV hydro pole, site influences set up for horses. PG area. See ad on Kijiji. (250)561-2402

Business for Sale OPA Franchise for Sale. In Prince George BC. Great Mall location. Call for info. 1(250)524-0183

For Sale By Owner 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,500 sqft house for sale. Needs some work. 1768 McLaren Rd. W (250)963-7516

Houses For Sale 160 Acre Hobby Farm Fully Fenced and all set up for horses. Neat and clean warm home has 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, Woodmaster heat system. Lots of wildlife and plenty of trails for outdoor enthusiasts. 40 Minutes South of Prince George Asking $199,000 MLS Call Bill Newman to view. 250-565-4690 or

Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL • RETA Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

Duplex / 4 Plex 3 bdrm up, 3 bdrm down $900 & $700 utilities inc. NP, 2369 Redwood St. 250-562-3781

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

Shared Accommodation Furn. rooms TV, Cable, internet, phone, shared kitchen & laundry, Ref. required, $375/m (250)614-9123 or (250)613-9123

Suites, Lower 439 South Ogilvie, 2 bedroom basement, big & clean $799 per month utilities included 250-961-2265


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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

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250-561-1447 HILLSBOROUGH Apts Newly updated, spacious 3 bdrm apts. Clean, quiet, secure entrance. No Pets. Includes H/W Utilities extra

2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP V8 303HP Auto/Tap shift,black,fully loaded, 112,000km, $9900 Call 250-563-0518.

Cars - Sports & Imports

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Pop-Up Roof, Stove, Sink, Fridge. Once in a lifetime buy! Sale $14,900

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Scrap Car Removal

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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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Trucks & Vans 1999 Dodge Dakota Sport. Ext cab pick up, 6 cyl, std, rear wheel drive, 173,000 km, exc cond, peppy little truck! $4500 OBO Call (250)964-3336

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COURT BAILIFF SALE The Court Bailiff offers for sale by tender, interest in the following goods of judgment debtor: Eugene Fetterly, without limit or exception, generally, and subject to audit, such as: 1972 GMC Custom 4x4 Pickup, 1998 UBILT Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Items can be viewed at North Central Bailiffs located at 2706 Jasper Street in Prince George. Highest or any other bid not necessarily accepted. Bidders are solely responsible for determining the make, model, year of manufacture, condition, quantities, sets and or usefulness of all items for tender. All items are sold on an “as is, where is” basis with no warranty given or implied. Sale is subject to cancellation or adjournment without notice. Terms of sale: Immediate full payment in certified funds or cash only upon acceptance of successful bid. (Paul Brett, Court Bailiff Division, North Central Bailiffs Ltd.)


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

Notice is hereby given that a Management Plan has been prepared by The College of New Caledonia for the management of a research forest located within 100 km of Prince George. The plan has been prepared for the period December 1, 2013 through to December 1, 2023. The Research Forest is comprised of 12 units located mostly to the North of Prince George but also include units East and South of the city. This plan has been submitted to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and it outlines known management issues within the entire Research Forest area. The Research Forest Management Plan and detailed maps are available for public viewing at the following locations between July 15th, 2013 and Sept 15th, 2013.


Most Sizes Available


15270 Hwy 97 South 250.963.3435

1. On the CNC Research Forest web page at 2. In the Office of the Dean of the School of University Studies and Career Access. College of New Caledonia, 3330 - 22nd Avenue, Prince George, B.C during regular business hours. Phone: 250-562-2131 local 5815

Boats 16’ Fiberglass Peterborough boat & trailer. Johnson 50 HP motor, VRO oil injected. Comes with removable towbar & access. $2200 250-564-3194

If you are or will be affected by developments related to of this forest tenure you are invited to submit written comments to the following address no later than Sept 15th, 2013. Dean of the School of University Studies and Career Access

College of New Caledonia 3330 - 22nd Avenue Prince George, B.C. V2N 1P8

For Sale: 1976 23’ Sangster Chinook Hard top fibre glass Cruiser Merc. 351 Power, Alfa 1 Leg,new 9.9 HP Honda electric start kicker. Marine radio, GPS, depth sounder, stereo, propane stove 12 volt & 110 volt fridge, 2 electric down riggers & much more. Sitting on Tandem axle trailer, all in excellent working condition. Asking $12,000 obo. Phone 250962-7685 view @4168 Nordic Drive ask for John Kuharchuk.

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Picking a college major is a big step for young students. Though many adults eventually find themselves working in fields that have little to do with their college majors, many more spend their entire careers in the same field they chose to major in way back in their college days. Choosing a major is a decision that ultimately rests on the shoulders of the students who must consider a host of factors before committing to a specific field of study. But parents can still help their children, whether those kids are already enrolled in college or college-bound, as they make such an important decision that could very well affect the rest of their lives. * Encourage patience. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college students and college-bound youngsters are living in a world thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s significantly different than the one their parents or even older siblings might have encountered. Global and domestic unemployment rates remain high, and technology is changing the way many industries conduct business. But students trying to pick a major should avoid picking one too

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* Encourage students to apply for internships. An internship is another great way parents can help kids as they decide on a college major. Internships are rarely easy to get, but some firms hire interns who are still in high school. Parents should encourage kids to pursue internships as early as possible. Internships can provide young students with some real-world experience and give them an accurate glimpse into what their professional lives might be like if they choose a particular field of study. Some kids might be encouraged by an internship, while others might realize a given field is not really for them. Either way, the internship can help narrow down the field of prospective majors for young students. * Let kids know a major isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same thing as a career. The pressure to choose the right major can be overwhelming for some young students. But parents should let kids know that a major is not the same thing as a career, and many

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quickly. Just because a certain field is experiencing job growth does not mean that field is ideal for all students. Encourage kids to be patient when choosing a major so they can find the field thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for them, and not just the major they feel will produce the best job prospects. * Suggest a double major. Many of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students are fully aware of the difficult job market and the cost of a college education. As a result, such students want to choose a major they feel will put them in the best position to land a well-paying job after college. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a smart strategy, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also one that overlooks the joy of studying a subject you are passionate about. Parents can simultaneously encourage kids to be smart about their job prospects and pursue their passions by suggesting a double major. For example, if your child has a love of art but understands the difficulty in earning a living as an artist, suggest a double major in art and graphic design. This way he or she has more career options upon graduation but still has the chance to

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Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college students may lean on their parents for advice as they attempt to choose a college major that will help them improve their job prospects after college. graduates end up working in fields that had little or nothing to do with their majors. For instance, just because a student earns a degree in finance does not mean he or she will end up working on Wall Street. While parents should emphasize the importance of choosing the right major when speaking to their children, they should also let kids know that nothing is ever set in stone. That can help

take some of the pressure off students as they make such an important decision. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college students have more to consider when choosing a college major than many of their predecessors. But parents can still take steps to help kids choose the right major without succumbing to the stress that comes with making such a significant decision.

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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-proďŹ t society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43 years. We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization: Youth and Community Services: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Wayâ&#x20AC;? Lifeskills Coach â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Permanent Closing Date: July 19, 2013 Aboriginal Head Start Program: Program Assistant / Bus Driver Closing Date: July 22, 2013 at noon Adult Residential Services: Lifeskills Worker - Full Time Closing Date: July 24, 2013 at noon A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualiďŹ cations of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail:


Applications will be accepted until dates noted on postings, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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A GREAT BIG THANK YOU HEAVY METAL ROCKS 2013 - IN KIND SPONSORS AJ Safety Centre Allrite Heating and Ventilation Armtec Atco Structures Ltd British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance Blake Productions Ltd. BK Two-Way Radio Ltd. Brandt Tractor Ltd. Canadian Springs Water Company Cat Rental Store Centennial Foodservice Central Interior Piping & Maintenance Chinook Scaffolding Systems Ltd. City of Prince George City of Prince George Fire Rescue College of New Caledonia Columbia Bitulithic Finning (Canada) FortisBC Husky Energy IDL Projects Inc Inland Concrete Ltd. Klein & Sons LA Promotions & Tent Rentals Larry’s Heavy Hauling Maple Reinders Northwest Equipment Rental PG Portable Toilet Service Ltd. PG Rental Centre Ltd. Pittman Asphalt, Division of YCS Holdings RCMP Community Policing Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Sands Bulk Sales School District # 57 School District # 57 - Career Technical Centre Spectra Energy Transmission Sterling Crane Sumitomo Machine Sales Teck Mining Company Twin Rivers Development (1981) Ltd. United Rentals of Canada Inc. Viking Construction Ltd. Wajax Ltd. Waste Management Western Industrial Contractors Ltd. Western Canada Fire Protection Woodland Equipment Inc. WorkSafe BC

The Prince George Construction Association would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to all of those who made the 9th annual “Heavy Metal Rocks” project such a fantastic success!! “Heavy Metal Rocks” is a four-day work experience and career awareness opportunity for Grade 11 and 12 students from School District No. 57. This event is designed to promote career awareness, provide work experience opportunities, and foster that spark of interest in construction within the youth in our community. 32 students were carefully selected through an application and interview process. They were required to complete the Construction Safety Training System (CSTS-09) before arriving on-site, providing them with the safety certification they will require in order to work on active construction sites in the future. Three separate site tours were conducted, three days of heavy equipment instruction and experience, and a variety of educational and safety demonstrations over the course of the event; these students are well on their way to a rewarding career, and it was a blast! This program is incredibly beneficial, both to the students involved, and to the Construction Industry as a whole. Construction contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and allied service firms benefit from programs such as “Heavy Metal Rocks”, as the initiative provides students with the building blocks they require to launch a career in heavy equipment operation as well as sparking interest in other construction related careers within this necessary and fulfilling industry. The event ran from Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 4, 2013.


Silver Sponsors:

BID Group of Companies School District #57

BC Hydro and Power Authority Central Interior Piping and Maintenance Ltd. Chinook Scaffolding Systems Ltd. Enbridge Pipelines Inc. R.F. Klein & Sons Ltd. Rolling Mix Concrete (BC) Ltd. FortisBC White Spruce Enterprises (1981) Ltd.

Bronze Sponsors: A.L. Sims & Son Ltd. Armtec BC One Call Ltd. CIM North Central BC Branch Columbia Bitulithic Ltd. Falcon Contracting Ltd. Geotech Drilling Services Ltd. Kode Contracting Ltd. Maple Reinders Inc. New Gold Inc. Pittman Asphalt, Div YCS Holdings Spectra Energy Corp.

School District No. 57 (Prince George)

Copper Sponsors: Access Engineering Consultants Ltd. AJ Safety Centre Ltd. BCCA Employee BeneÀt Program Clean Habors Energy & Industry Services Houle Electric Ltd. Crossroads Construction Peterbilt PaciÀc Inc. Twin Rivers Development (1981) Ltd.

Steering Committee: Ken Morland Doug Borden Iain Elder Del Goodlet Ray Harpur Cory Klein Trevor Nimmo Bruce Northrop Jeff Postnikoff Randy Schneider Mike Waite Eric Wilson Dave Wood Scotty Raitt Heather Hillier Rosalind Thorn

Operators: Don Adams Karen Anderson Ken Bochuk TG Brewster Brad Carr Kevin Davidson Jesse Fentie Roy Fraboni Pat Golden Luis Gomes Rhett Humphries Dave Kidd Gabe La Rocque Bob Matthews Cole May Don Melanson Luke Moore Colten Neff Shane Newman Mike Page Glen Primrose Roy Pruden Jason Stevens Adrien Tremblay Gilbert Turcotte

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July 19, 2013 edition of the Prince George Free Press