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The sting of summer This wasp is doing it’s job, helping to pollinate summer’s bounty. The hot, dry summer conditions this year have provided perfect breeding conditions for this stinging, pesky, flying insects. Expert say there’s more wasps this year than ever before and pest control companies have been very busy. It’s recommended if the wasps aren’t causing extreme problems, leave them alone as they are beneficial. Soon enough it will be snow shovels instead of fly swatters. Karen Powell photo

7th Annual Golf For Kids Sake

September 8th - 1:00pm

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Exceptional Customer Service When the customer is happy everybody wins! High quality customer service will create repeat customers and increase your sales. Improve your customer service skills by attending our “WorldHost” workshop. Learn how to communicate effectively, why and how to handle customer complaints and what effect your service has on other businesses and the community. Register for the course on Sept 17, 2013 from 9.00am - 4.00pm by calling 250-992-2322.

Neighbours, friends and acquaintances took the opportunity to catch up during the opening of the West Village Community Garden on Thursday. It is the hope this will become a regular occurrence as gardeners meet to carry on the business of growing. For more photos of the event see PAGE A11.

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8:30 am to 1 pm Focusing on the health and well being of the Seniors in our community Enjoy a HEALTHY PANCAKE BREAKFAST (Cost $5) (Sponsored by the Lions’ Club of Quesnel) Participate in FREE SENIORS’ HEALTH SCREENING (8:30 am to 12 noon) Have your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels checked Visit the INFORMATION BOOTHS to discover the services available to Seniors in Quesnel LAUNCHING THE FREE SENIORS’ WALKING PROGRAM Commencing in the Fall at the Quesnel Youth Soccer Centre Pick up your Quesnel Walks Passport and obtain details of Seniors’ Health Monitoring available as part of this program ENTER OUR DRAW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZE COUPONS to spend on healthy produce at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market THE SPECIAL BUS FOR THIS EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE and will run from 8:30 am to 11:30 am For the City area, contact Quesnel Transit for routes and times @ 250 992 1109 (Office hours Mon-Fri / 8 am to 4 pm) For outside of the City, contact Better at Home @ 250 992 9156 (Anyone needing a pick-up from their home should make contact with Quesnel Transit/Better at Home by 3 September 2013) This event is sponsored by Quesnel Healthier Communities Committee, Northern Health, City of Quesnel and Better at Home.

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Descendents of Barkerville pioneers attended the 2013 Autumn Moon FestivaL celebrations.

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A celebration of the 150 anniversary of the founding of Barkerville, British Columbia’s Chinatown and the inaugural chapter of BC’s Chinese Freemasons drew more than 1,500 people to the National Historic Site of Canada’s annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival this past weekend, including some venerated descendants of Barkerville’s early Chinese pioneers. Acclaimed Vancouver documentary filmmaker Karin Lee (Comrade Dad, Cedar and Bamboo), who is the great-granddaughter of successful 19-century Barkerville entrepreneur Tsang Quon, brought her mother, Lilian Lee (Tsang Quon’s granddaughter) specifically for the sesquicentennial event. Also in attendance was Ray Hong, the second son of longtime Barkerville resident-miner Bill Hong, who was himself author of the seminal history And That’s How it Happened, as well as members of the Prince George chapter of the Chinese Freemasons and a troupe of waist-drum dancers from Nanaimo, BC.  Mid-Autumn Moon Festivals have been held throughout Asia

for more than 1000 years. The holiday is a time to rejoice over the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon and to recall the legends of Chang O, a tragic Chinese goddess who is said to live on the moon. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is often compared to Thanksgiving in the western world, because of its spirit of appreciation and the abundance of food – including the traditional moon cake; a flaky, round, semi-sweet pastry often filled with bean or lotus-seed paste shaped to resemble the full moon. Millions of moon cakes are sold and/or gifted around the world during celebrations of the MidAutumn Moon.  Barkerville’s 2013 MidAutumn Moon Festival included a variety of daytime and evening activities commemorating British Columbia’s ChineseCanadian pioneers, including lion dances, Chinese martial arts demonstrations, lantern-making workshops, a tea ceremony, games for all ages, moon cake tasting, two special celebration banquets, late-night fireworks, and a spectacular parade of illuminated paper lanterns that filled the event with equal parts revelry and

reverence for one of B.C.’s oldest and largest ethnic communities.  As a special treat for the 150 anniversary, this year’s MidAutumn Moon Festival stretched into a second day; on Sunday guests were treated to a series of presentations on the history of Barkerville’s Chinese community from a variety of distinguished British Columbia scholars, including W.G. Quackenbush (Curator, Barkerville Historic Town) Professor Imogene Lim (Vancouver Island University), Dr. Zhongping Chen (University of Victoria), Karin Lee (University of British Columbia), Dr. Ying Ying Chen (Indiana University/ Barkerville Historic Town) and Dr. Tzu-I Chung (Curator, Royal British Columbia Museum).  This year’s sesquicentennial Mid‐Autumn Moon Festival was made possible by a gift from Community Sponsor McElhanney Consulting Services, Ltd., whose much appreciated funds went directly to the special event weekend, including the purchase of moon cakes, lantern making supplies, prizes, and fireworks.  “McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. is pleased to be a part of the 2013 Barkerville Mid-

Autumn Moon Festival,” said Bill Cheung, Branch Manager at McElhanney Consulting & Services Ltd. “With McElhanney’s own involvement in the history of British Columbia over the past 100 years, we enjoy the opportunity to look back at our past and appreciate the difficulties and challenges that our early settlers and First Nations had to contend with in this part of the world. “McElhanney is also happy to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon festival with the Chinese community which played such a key role in the history of Barkerville and BC.”  This is McElhanney’s third gift to Barkerville and their third year sponsoring the Mid‐ Autumn Festival.  In addition to McElhanney’s Community Sponsorship, the Community Support of Quesnel’s Sandman Hotel helped to make the 2013 Mid‐Autumn A N D D E CMoon O R Festival a success.  For information about the Mid‐ Autumn Moon Festival, or any of Barkerville’s seasonal events, visit please visit special_events.

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Miss Quesnel Royal receives recognition Mayor bestows awards for commitment to city SHANNON STEVER Observer Reporter The 2012 and 2013 (current) Miss Quesnel royalty were awarded for their commitment to the City of Quesnel through the Miss Quesnel Self Development program. The current and previous royalty were presented with the award by Mayor Mary Sjostrom, and had the honour of being photographed with all of council.

TELUS Communications Tower Update The council delegated on two potential sites for updated TELUS towers, to improve the TELUS wireless service within the Quesnel area (in particular, south of Quesnel). There are two proposed sites, one finalized at the end of Balsam Avenue in the general area of Tim Horton’s. The second site, which has not been finalized, is in the Dale Lake Road/Hwy 97 area on a site where two other towers are located.

Residential Recycling and Multi-Material British Columbia The province of British Columbia is encouraging and offering financial incentives for curb-side and depot recycling pick up for residents throughout the province. Option Two (2) was recommended and carried. With this option, the city could bid on the RFP for recycling or be outbid by a commercial bidder looking to provide the service in the City (allowing an alternative at no cost to the taxpayers as MMBC picks

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recommended and carried that council proceed with the first and second reading of the bylaw.

Ambulance Services Resolution

up the cost). The city will still have weekly garbage pickup.

Billy Barker Renovations The Billy Barker Hotel Casino proposed the addition of facade improvements to the south wall (Barlow Street) of the Billy Barker Casino. New awnings, a new entry door and signage will be added to the building, which will enhance the visual interest of the downtown area.

Hendry Road Proposal

CRD Heritage Registry

A new road is currently being built at 700 metres on Racing Road. On July 26 Council approved preparing a bylaw to name a new street Hendry Road after long time City of Quesnel Firefighter Bob Hendry. Don Hendry, the son of Bob Hendry, was notified and has returned e-mail correspondence noting he is pleased with this recognition.

The CRD Board endorsed recommendations to include Chemo RV (150 Mile Barns) in the central Cariboo along with Cottonwood House and Barkerville in the North Cariboo on the Heritage Registry. The 150 Mile House Barns will be submitted to the provincial and federal registries for possible inclusion while Cottonwood and Barkerville are already listed properties on the provincial and federal registries.

Permissive Tax Exemptions Council received an application for permissive tax exemption for Quesnel Lions Housing Society. In 2012 Council added a section to the permissive exemptions policy for vacant land held by a non-profit organization with the intent of building affordable housing. Notice will be published on the tax exemption before the third reading of the bylaw. It was


The District of Stewart has submitted a resolution for consideration concerning upgrades to the level of ambulance services. The proposed resolution is advocating a service delivery model and adequate funding from the province to implement a new model for rural ambulance service. The consideration of the proposal, which would allow the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to urge the Provincial Health Minister to require the amended service model, was carried.

Tourism and Civic Pride Committee Council was recommended to appoint Charlene Lawrence, of the Quesnel and District Economic Development Corporation, to serve on the Tourism and Civic Pride Committee. The approved terms of reference for the Committee provides

Proposed Signage at Quesnel & District Arts and Recreation Centre A proposal for a digital signage board to be located at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre was reviewed and carried. The digital signage will allow the staff to change the display from inside the building, as opposed to manually changing the display from the roof, which posed safety concerns. The signage will be required to have long minimum display times with no blinking, flashing, flickering or variations in intensity of colour, in order to minimize impact on driver distraction.

In light of the lawsuit brought forward by Leonard Street residents Higgins, King and Maile challenging the recent rezoning to allow a secondary suite, the judge found in favour of the City. The estimated cost recovery is still being finalized, and is estimated at approximately $6,430. With the case, it was remarked by the judge, Mr. Justice T.A. Schultes, “the difficulty that I have with the petitioner’s submissions in this case is that I am not sure that there is even a potential incompatibility on the face of the OCP for me to interpret.”

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Dakelh & Quesnel

Community housing soCiety Previously known as United Aboriginal Housing Society will be holding their

24th annual geneRal meeting on September 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm The meeting will be held at North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society, located at 324 Hoy Street Quesnel, B.C. If you would like to become a member of Dakelh & Quesnel Community Housing Society, please contact the housing office on or before September 9th 2013 at 250 992 3306 If you would like to attend this meeting please contact the housing office at 250 992 3306

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for the appointment by Council of five to 10 community members. Seven community members were appointed in January 2013, while one member has submitted her resignation as she is moving from Quesnel. The recommendation was carried.




QCF Summer Grant Recipients and Grant Committee Members

Your Community Makes You and You Make Your Community Each of us is a product of our community. The communities we grow up in and the communities we move into shape how we see the world, and our place in society. From the parks we play in, to the places we work and the causes we support, our communities provide the backdrop for the experiences and opportunities that make us who we are. Every community is the sum of the people who live within it – a unique mix of our personalities, cultures and interests. Giving back is how the cycle of a vibrant and sustainable community continues. The causes we care about, the time we invest, the people we bring together – they all shape our community now and for future generations. Quesnel Community Foundation plays a crucial role in how people give back to the community. QCF takes the broadest view of what a community is, and what it needs to succeed, directing grants to everything from shelter, education, and care for those who need it most, to the arts, environment and recreation. For more information about Quesnel Community Foundation, visit our website at www. or email Summer Grant Cycle a Great Success $10,065 was awarded to 6 community groups for projects that will improve the quality of life in our community: North Cariboo Hwy Rescue $1756; Quesnel Curling Club $1500; Special Olympics $940; Lightning Creek Ski Club $2400; Quesnel & District Heritage Association $1760; Gavin Lake Forest Education Society $1709. Details of each project will be featured in this article in the coming weeks. SUSTAINING PARTNERS




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QHCC to launch Seniors Walking Pilot program at Market on Saturday ANNIE GALLANT Observer Reporter

On Saturday, the Farmers’ Market will celebrate Seniors’ Day where there will be a launch of the initiative which began with Quesnel Healthier Communities Committee. The committee received $20,000 from Northern Health to develop programs that address health disparities and reduce the risks and impacts of chronic diseases in the community. Twelve other northern communities also received funding for initiatives in their communities. After discussion by the Quesnel committee, which is made up of representatives from City of Quesnel, G.R. Baker Hospital, BC Lung Association, Quesnel Tillicum Society and Friendship Centre, Connecting the Dots, North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society, West Fraser Mills, School District 28, Chamber of Commerce, Lions’ Club, A voice of Northern Seniors, Cariboo Regional District/ Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District, Community Living BC, Quesnel Community and Economic Development, Seasons House, Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation, Nazko Band Government, Patient Voices Network and co-chaired by Mayor Mary Sjostrom and hospital administrator Margaret Sadlon, it was decided the initiative would be an Age Friendly Ques-

nel with the goal to focus on improving accessibility, system navigation, activity, food and health and overall lifestyles for local seniors. Saturday begins with a healthy pancake breakfast for $5 sponsored by Lions Club of Quesnel with all proceeds supporting the club’s housing project. Seniors can also win prizes and find information on services for seniors, healthy screen check-ups and attend the launch of the Seniors’ Walk program. “This is a pilot project offering seniors, through the Quesnel Walks Passport, access to indoor walking at the Soccer complex,” Sjostrom said. “The passport also provides health monitoring for seniors during the project.” The passports are free, available during Seniors Day at the Market and at the Soccer Complex or from the Better at Home program. The pilot program is to the end of December at which time the committee will reassess the program as to how much it was used and how it was received. There will be three designated health checks, conducted at the soccer complex by Public Health staff, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9, where seniors can have their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels monitored. Each time seniors do the facility walk

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and have their health checked, they receive a stamp on their passport. “We’re also hoping to include a once a week walk with a doctor,” Sjostrom said. “Seniors are encouraged to walk as frequently as they are able. This program is an effort to remove barriers, especially in winter, to a healthier lifestyle.” Those holding the Quesnel Walks Passport can also access transportation to the soccer complex through the Better At Home program, 250992-9156. Seniors’ Day at the Market is the first



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step for this new seniors walking program and the Mayor is inviting everyone to drop by for breakfast, a health check, information including the passport and enter the draw for prize coupons to spend on healthy product at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. Transportation to the market is available with a special bus for seniors running from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7. For inside the city contact Quesnel Transit for routes and times, 250-9921109, for outside the city, contact Better at Home, 250-9929156.

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Verizon’s dropped call leaves Tories on hunt for new phone fix U.S. firm says it won’t be Canada’s fourth major wireless carrier JEFF NAGEL Black Press U.S. wireless giant Verizon’s declaration it’s not interested in entering the Canadian market appears to have dashed consumer hopes for cheaper cellphone rates and left Ottawa seeking a new white knight to inject more competition. “Verizon is not going to Canada,” CEO Lowell McAdam told Bloomberg Monday, adding speculation that it would was “way overblown.” Some analysts had predicted Verizon would take a long, slow approach to any move to buy one or more of the junior Canadian wireless companies that

have struggled against the country’s big three dominant telecom firms. If the biggest U.S. telco has abandoned a northern venture – and isn’t merely playing a waiting game to gain maximum advantage –  it sends the federal government back to the drawing board on how to engineer the improved competition it has said is required. “It leaves us back where we started in the swamp with no solution,” SFU business and marketing professor Lindsay Meredith said. The status quo is exactly what Telus, Bell Canada and Rogers want, he said, but a fierce public relations battle waged this

Lindsay Meridith summer by the big three and Ottawa means the issue is unlikely to go away. Nor, Meredith predicted, is public demand for reform and dissatisfaction with high mobile rates. Up in the air is what happens in an auction of

wireless spectrum set for January, which had been dangled by Ottawa as a lure for a new foreign entrant, who presumably would buy a small firm like Wind Mobile or Mobilicity. “The only scenario that could possibly unbalance things is for somebody with a lot of money to come in and start backing those little guys,” Meredith said. “I’d call Vodafone. I’d keep the heat on.” Vodafone is the British wireless firm that is selling its U.S. interests to Verizon for $130 billion. Verizon’s McAdam said the deal wasn’t a factor in its decision against coming to Canada.

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Northern Health is hosting two master planning community meetings with Chief Operating Officer Michael McMillan. Members of the public will be provided an update on planning work for the future space needs of health services in Quesnel.

September 10, 2013 Sessions: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: Quesnel Seniors’ Centre 461 Carson Avenue Quesnel, B.C. For more information, please contact: Julie Nygaard Administrative Assistant Northern Health Tel: 250.985.5617

But he said the “relatively quiet” Harper government didn’t push the issue of unfair pricing hard enough and allowed the telecom firms to recover from what had seemed a winning cause for the Tories. Most resonant for the telcos, he said, were their claims that Verizon price gouges in the U.S. and that it would unfairly tap into Canadian-built infrastructure, while Canadian firms don’t have the same access to U.S. networks. “The telcos were making ground on the issue without even talking about pricing,” Meredith said. “The other side did bugger all from a strategic marketing standpoint.”

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Industry Minister James Moore has said the federal government’s policy will be good for consumers, regardless of whether Verizon comes north. Meredith said there was no guarantee Verizon – which wouldn’t have been able to bundle wireless with home phone or TV services – would have offered the cut-rate prices telco-hating Canadians had dreamed about. He noted U.S. retailer Target arrived this year, but not with lower U.S. pricing. But he said Canadians “finally” got a real debate on the issue, crediting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to push for change.


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Technology, bah humbug!


n the world of communication technology I rank at almost the lowest echelon of importance. I don’t have a complicated plan that allows me to communicate with world leaders, do my laundry online or check the weather in outer Mongolia. I can make telephone calls and stumble through a simple text. I’m not one of the savvy young tech generations that live and die by their phone and feel compelled to upgrade every 30 minutes. I was listening to a group of young people lamenting how large-format their newest acquisition was, but in the next breath they were crowing about all the features and capabilities that pocket device came with. In the latest techno-storm over Verizon entering the Canadian market, I just hang my head and wonder if the world will keep spinning if the Canadian Big Three providers weren’t making their obscene profits and were reduced to accepting just outrageous profits. I certainly don’t get any great deal with my farmer-vision little phone. Although it apparently, according to my sons, has great capabilities. My world doesn’t require all that technology. I get by just fine without it and probably could get by without a cell phone at all however, where I live and fear of being stranded somewhere has driven me to accept minimal technology. My husband still has a pay-and-talk flip phone. When one of these companies actually expresses sincere appreciation for all levels of consumers, offers a reasonable deal for customers such as myself, then I’ll support them. But right now, I’m such an insignificant cog in the big, big wheel and they take such an entitled attitude in the marketplace and a dismissive one on the phone, my fondest wish is they crash and burn before another quarter shows even more scandalous profits. And no, I don’t want unlimited data. – Annie Gallant, Observer

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nother school year dawns in B.C., with the prospect of disruptive labour disputes. First up are 27,000 support staff, in a legal strike position. These are the teacher aides, custodians, bus drivers and crossing guards. Most are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, with a few Teamsters and other locals scattered around the 60 school districts. Public discussion about these disputes usually focuses on wage increases, which CUPE members in schools haven’t seen for four years. Their current deals expired more than a year ago, after they were subject to the same twoyear wage freeze imposed on the rest of government. The B.C. government moved from the postrecession wage freeze to a system they call “cooperative gains,” where raises must be financed by savings in other areas of the operation. Only two provincial employee groups have yet to do this: school support staff and teachers. (Education Minister Peter Fassbender confirmed last week that teacher raises will

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B.C. Views be funded by extra transfers from the provincial treasury as they try to get a longterm deal. But that’s a topic for another day.) CUPE, the largest union in the country, has a sophisticated media campaign to generate public sympathy. We are repeatedly reminded not only that the last raise was 2009, but that the “average” pay is a mere $24,000 a year. If that number is accurate, it reflects a large number of part-timers. Let’s look at a few provisions CUPE doesn’t talk about, on behalf of those self-employed taxpayers who have no paid holidays, no employer pension or benefits and no paid overtime, but are expected to help pay all of the above to government workers. The 60 contracts have

Taxpayers’ Federation reports that the average B.C. private sector worker took 7.4 sick days last year. The public sector average was 12. The Surrey contract details the windfall of unused sick days that must be paid out to employees who retire as early as age 55. The maximum is 150 days, for a lavish perk only available to employees hired before July 1, 1996. Even so, we’ll be paying these bonuses out for years to come. It goes on and on. Six weeks’ paid vacation after 20 years, with an extra day added for every year after that. There are many little things, such as a $60 “swimsuit allowance” for teacher aides who take part in swimming instruction. This is not to devalue the work done by these people. It is to suggest that given the growing gap between public and private employment benefits, finding savings is reasonable. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalNews. com,twitter:@tomfletcherbc E-mail: tfletcher@blackpress


Your award winning community newspaper published Sunday & Wednesday The Quesnel Cariboo Observer was founded in August 1908. All material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. Reproduction of contents, either in whole or part are not permitted without prior consent. Publications Mail Registration No. 1001572. Member of BCYCNA - British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspaper Association, CCNA - Canadian Community Newspaper Association & the BC Press Council. Published at 188 Carson Ave., Quesnel, B.C. V2J 2A8. Phone 250-992-2121. Fax: 250-992-5229 email: Quesnel Cariboo Observer is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province's newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

many variations, but core elements are the same. In the Central Okanagan school district, the starting CUPE wage rate is $17.37 an hour. The top rate is $26.59, or $28.78 for workers who qualify for a “trades adjustment.” All contracts have rigid seniority and “bumping” clauses to ensure that new employees absorb any reductions in working hours. From a taxpayers’ perspective, this leads to the maximum number of employees make the highest wages. Overtime in Central Okanagan is time and a half for the first two hours, and double time after that. Contracts also include the provision that unscheduled overtime is subject to a four-hour minimum. It’s amazing how often an unexpected hour of work can arise when it’s paid at quadruple time. The Surrey school district contract details how even “spare board” employees are to be enrolled in the municipal pension plan, a defined-benefit system most private-sector employees can only dream about. Then there are paid sick days. The Canadian


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Change of season With the hot summer days behind us, residents can look forward to the vibrant change of fall. Autumn MacDonald photo


City reviews summer project schedule

t is the time of year when our Public Works Department is very busy with capital projects. This and maintenance is the city’s largest department and employs as many as 55 employees during the summer months. The department’s functions and staff are divided into sections including water and sewer, mechanical maintenance, garbage, recycling, landfill, park maintenance, road and street maintenance, and transportation operations. There are many capital projects in the works and I’d like to give you all a bit of an update. The project reports below are certainly not

Letters to the Editor

all-inclusive of the capital projects however, these are some of the more visible projects on the go. One of the newest initiatives for the city is the residential garbage pickup in the South Quesnel area. We anticipate collection to begin soon after the receptacles are delivered, sometime in the middle of September and we will be communicating with residents. Residents in South Quesnel will receive a brand new garbage cart on wheels with complete instructions on how to Park It, Point It and Space It. The package to residents will also include a garbage schedule, information on what to

do if your container is damaged or missing, if you move, if you have physical limitations, and ideas on what to do with your existing garbage containers like converting them into rain barrels. If your container is damaged, lost or stolen, staff will arrange for repairs or replacement of the cart. Containers that are stolen or damaged through neglect or misuse will be replaced at the property owner’s expense. Please, do not take your container with you if you move. The cart is assigned to the address, not the individual. Also, for those residents living with a disability, you can apply for our

Set Out/Set Back service. In any event, calls for information should be directed to our Public Works office at 250-9926330. Council is pleased that we are now able to provide this service to all our residents in the city. Downtown, our Pioneer Cemetery has received a facelift in that a new fence has been installed. The lilac bushes are being relocated and some landscaping on site will take place. Traffic calming devices on Allard Street have been laid out and should be in place in early September, just in time for the students return to school. Please remember to slow down during school hours through the city to keep

everyone safe. Nadeau Street project is also nearing completion. Both the sidewalk work and the landscaping have been concluded. The final road base work should be done this week and hopefully paving will begin soon. The retaining wall on the Riverfront Trail was completed in June this year along with some volume patching on the trail. It looks great and is such a great asset to the city and is well used. The Baker Creek sewer main crossing behind the West Park Mall was proactively armoured to protect against failure or premature deterioration due to erosion. The Roddis Drive rebuild is planned to start

later this fall. This project is long overdue and it will be great to see it finished this year. I’ve covered only a few of the many projects on the go and wish to thank our Public Works Department staff for their hard work this summer and throughout the entire year! If you have a question for Mayor Mary Sjostrom, please e-mail it to us at newsroom@ and we’ll forward it to the Mayor so she can answer it in an upcoming column.

Letters and emails must include full name and contact phone number and should be 250 words or less. The editor reserves the right to edit submissions for clairity, brevity and legality. Letters to the Editor, Quesnel Cariboo Observer, 188 Carson Ave. Quesnel, BC V2J 2A8 email: Ph: 250-992-2121 Fax: 250-992-5229 Quesnel Cariboo Observer is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

The newspaper has been referred to as the school teacher of the masses, but if you cannot read, the lessons within its pages are locked up tight. If you are reading this, you’re part of the class. Remember, for a person who cannot read, these words aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. 188 Carson Ave., Quesnel, B.C. V2J 2A8 Ph: 992-2121 Fax: 992-5229


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Minor Hockey

Final Registration on now. First time players pay only $125 for the season, which runs from September until March. All returning players need to be registered by September 1st or pay the late fee. Rep tryouts start September 3 rd and House evaluations will begin the week of the 9 th of September. All players will be contacted with their evaluation ice times. Quesnel & District Minor Hockey and Quesnel Ringette are hosting a SKATE SWAP at the arena in the banquet room on Saturday, September 7 th from 10:00am 1:00pm. Bring in your used gear and sell it yourself or donate. Gear can be dropped off at the Quesnel Minor Hockey office, during regular office hours, which are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am 1:00pm and Tuesday nights from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

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Hollyhocks are one of summers true pleasures and these vivid specimens adorn the West Village Community Garden.

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If you have children, it’s good to have a digital thermometer in the house to take their temperature when they are ill. The advantage of the new digital units is that they can record temperatures in the mouth, armpit or rectum in under a minute. The old mercury-filled thermometers are no longer recommended. The ear thermometers are not recommended for newborns.

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It’s always interesting when research is done on a certain food and its effect on disease. Some good studies have shown a reduction in the risk of getting Parkinson’s Disease when people eat peppers 2-4 times a week. No one is quite sure why but making them part of your diet can’t hurt. Vision problems in the elderly can affect how medications are taken. Tell your pharmacist if you have problems reading the prescription labels on your medications. There are ways of making the printing larger or dispensing the medications in special packaging.

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Grow your heart out The rain held off as West Village Community Garden volunteers held the grand opening. Everyone was impressed with the bountiful beds in the newest community garden operation on Lewis Drive. For more photos see PAGE A13. Annie Gallant photos


BCRA Finals Rodeo

Annual Quesnel Rodeo

September 13, 14, 15 2013

Fri. July 19th - 6pm Sat. & Sun. July 20th, 21st - 1pm Alex Fraser Park

Alex Fraser Park, Quesnel

Performance Times: FRIDAY 6:00 pm Wear your PINK shirt in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

SATURDAY 2:00 pm Cowboys & Chrysler for Charity.

Fill the Dodge Ram with non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army. Save On foods Steak Dinner- Fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital Dance Saturday night at the Agri-Plex. Rodeo and dance tickets available at Circle ‘S’ Western Wear.

SUNDAY 1:00 pm Tribute to our Military families. Wear RED to salute our soldiers and their families. Circle S Wild Pony Race Ages 8-12

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You can have your cake and eat it too

e have all been told at a young age to avoid sugar for many reasons. Now, the trend seems to be consuming low calorie sweeteners so we can have more of a good thing. But in reality, you’re only having more of a bad thing. There are many types of artificial sweeteners and two of the big ones are aspartame and sucralose. Guaranteed you will find these ingredients in at

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Cancer Clips least one of the items you put in your grocery cart. Studies have showed that in combination, some artificial sweeteners have increased the risk of

cancer. Not to mention increasing your risk of heart disease. Sucralose is in fact a synthetic chemical cooked up in a laboratory. There is nothing natural about it which means your body will not have the ability to properly metabolize it. This is why it’s zero calories. The product breaks down in your stomach and intestines and has been shown in numerous studies to have the potential to cause

cancer. So yes we may have been told sugar is bad for you, but real sugar is much better than any artificial sweetener. Anything that isn’t organic, as in naturally made, won’t be good for you. Two things I want you to be cautious about buying: low fat yogurt and diet soda. Read the ingredients on that pack of yogurt your buying – water, gelatine and sucralose do

not make up real yogurt. If you want to get the proper nutrition from yogurt, buy the real deal (ingredients will include milk and sugar). None of that dietary stuff. Another popular item, dietary sodas. They may be zero points in your little weight management book, but there is nothing good about them. Always be cautious about what you are feeding your body. The food you eat is either the

safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. An important reminder to all members and prospective volunteers of the Canadian Cancer Society – the first meeting after the summer break will be Wednesday Sept. 11 at noon on 332 Front Street. Hope to see you there. Ivana Topic is a volunteer with Quesnel branch, Canadian Cancer Society.

Community Calendar SPECIAL EVENTS & MEETINGS WEDNESDAY QUESNEL LIONS HOUSING SOCIETY now has a mailing address for donations. Forward donations to P.O. Box 4535, Quesnel, B.C., V2J 3J8. TIME TO REGISTER FOR GIRL GUIDES You can register online https:// register.girlguides. ca/OnlineReg or call 1-800-565-8111 or at Central Registration in September.

SATURDAY FAMIILY FUN BOTTLE DROP OFF Aug. 31, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Safeway park-

The Quesnel Church

But the hour comes and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth. God is a spirit and they must worship him in spirit and in truth. Please join us.

Call 747-3178. Ask for Kim.

ing lot. Drop off recyclable bottles and cant or call Mary Ann, 250-249-5720 for pick up anytime. All proceeds to Relay for Life. HOT DOG SALE, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Save On Foods, proceeds to Relay for Life. SENIORS DAY AT FARMERS’ MARKET Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Focusing on the health and well-being of seniors in the community, also launching the free seniors’ walking program. Special bus for this event is free of charge and will run from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. For inside the city, contact Quesnel Transit for routes and times, 250-992-1109. For outside the city, contact Better at Home, 250-992-9156. PADDLING IS AWESOME DAY, Sept. 7, Pioneer Park

on Dragon Lake, race your canoe, kayak or paddle board in a 3km, 5km or 7km course. Registrations, $10/participant, droop off at Rocky Peak Adventure Gear, deadline for pre-event registration and payment, Sept. 6. Race Day registration, 9 a.m., races begin at 10 a.m.. Sponsored by Quesnel Canoe Club.

SUNDAY BPSA TRADITIONAL SCOUTING Bingo, Sept. 8 at Bingo Hall, 668 Doherty Dr., doors open at 4 p.m., bingo starts at 6 p.m., door prizes, concession. 7TH ANNUAL GOLF FOR KIDS SAKE, BBBSQ Sept. 8, 1 p.m. shotgun start, Richbar Golf Course. To register call 250-992-7257 or email, bisques@ Download pledge sheet at Dinner

included. Incentive prizes for pledged over $250. ANTIQUE MACHINERY PARK FAMILY FUN DAY Sept. 15, gates open at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sawmill demo at 1 p.m., artifacts, silent auction, wagon rides, trails, admission by donation.

ONGOING EVENTS BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP meets last Thursday of the month at noon in the Legion for a luncheon meeting. For information call Vi, 250-747-1130 or Cora, 250-992-9344. MUSIC IN SPIRIT SQUARE every Saturday, 12:20 – 1:30 p.m. following the Farmers’ Market, local musicians performing on the Spirit Square stage. KERSLEY HORSE CLUB GYMKHANA every Wednesday, 1801 Otter Road. We

now have a novice class for open beginners and/or horses. Call Chelsea 250747-1632.

Hot dogs and coffee will be available.

HORSESHOES Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. fun nights. Club tournaments once a month. Bring your back yard game to the club. No one is expert or professional, just friendly competition. For more information call 250-747-1872. LAWN BOWLING, West Fraser Timber Park, Wednesday, 10 a..m., Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m. A game similar to curling. Challenging exercise and fresh air for ages 10 and up. For more information call 778-414-7733. QUESNEL LIONS MONTHLY GARAGE SALE on the last Saturday of every month at Maple Park Mall, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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BAKER CREEK ENHANCEMENT SOCIETY (BCES) works to promote public awareness, stewardship, and restoration of the local environment. Please join us on the third Monday of every month at noon in the Nature Education and Resource Centre located in West Fraser Timber Park. CALM YOUR LIFE MEDITATION AT HIGH GROUND HEALING, 256 Reid St. every Thursday by donation. BELL RINGING beginners, Monday’s 10 a.m., Quesnel Seniors’ Centre. For information phone 250-992-6957. CARIBOO MINING ASSOCIATION meets the second Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Seniors’ Centre.

LEGION FLEA MARKET, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Donations greatly appreciated. Help the Legion help the veterans. Donations can be dropped off at the Legion or call Ken, 250-747-4951. CLIMATE ACTION GROUP meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at Alex Fraser Timber Park’s Nature Centre at noon. People interested in helping create a self-sufficient, resilient community, join the group.

Meetings and Special Events, Workshops, Signups and Non-profit Groups will run in the Sunday or Wednesday edition. The deadline for the Wednesday Observer is Monday at noon, and the deadline for the weekend edition is Wednesday at 5 pm. All meeting notices and regular submissions to Community Calendar must be renewed every three months. Due to the volume of material, we clear the column every three months and only print newly submitted material.

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Job well done On Thursday, more than 30 people attended the official opening of the West Village Community Garden. Above: Mayor Mary Sjostrom officially cut the ribbon to open the garden with many reps from the various groups and companies who helped make the project a success; bottom right: two guests sample the aromatic herbs growing near the front of the garden; each group was thanked for their contribution; another guest checks out the giant pumpkins growing on the side. Annie Gallant photos A13

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September 1 - 7, 2013 ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, no matter how hard you work, you just cannot seem to get ahead this week. Instead of tiring yourself unnecessarily, take a break and regroup. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, although you have many questions, the answers will not come so easily to you in the next few days. Bide your time for a revelation.

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Good For You Market opened its doors Friday to an enthusiastic crowd. With music, food and produce for sale, it was an excellent beginning to the outlet under the guidance of Quesnel Community Living. Mayor Mary Sjostrom, right and chair of the Good For You Market board Ken Calihou cut the ribbon. For more photos see Friday’s Observer.

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CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you may want to be friends with everyone, but you may have to accept that you have a few people who just do not meld with your interests. Hang out with those who do. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Exercise can do more than just keep you physically fit, Leo. It also can help boost your mood when you need a pick-me-up, which could be the case in the near future. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, each time you think the grass will be greener somewhere else, you quickly learn it is not the case. Learn to appreciate what you have, and you will be glad for having done so. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, generosity will endear you to others, but you have to be generous for the right reasons. It’s not a good idea to build friendships on false pretenses. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, avoid taking on any more projects for the time being. Although you excel in tackling things, even the best of us need a rest from time to time. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you will have to buckle down and get some things done at work, even if you are a little under the weather. Take things nice and easy once your work is done. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, devoting time to a spouse or children is of the utmost importance this week, while other matters will have to wait. Enjoy this opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, a hectic schedule is compromising your ability to stay focused on the tasks at hand. You may need some help sorting some things out.

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GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 It will be really difficult to put you in a bad mood this week, Gemini. Your energy and cheer will be a bright light to those around you, so enjoy the next few days.

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PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 There are enough diversions around to take your mind off of your problems, Pisces. They may not disappear, but you can address some issues later. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS SEPTEMBER 1 - Zendaya Coleman, Actress (17) SEPTEMBER 2 - Keanu Reeves, Actor (49) SEPTEMBER 3 - Jennie Finch, Athlete (33) SEPTEMBER 4 - Wes Bentley, Actor (35) SEPTEMBER 5 - Michael Keaton, Actor (62) SEPTEMBER 6 - Swoosie Kurtz, Actress (69) SEPTEMBER 7 - Oliver Hudson, Actor (37)

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Jonas Gagnon Sports Reporter

Finding a place down south Cariboo Lacrosse player finds team down south JONAS GAGNON Observer Reporter

Top: Alek Gibbs holds up his gold medal from his provincials win with the Maple Ridge Burrards; above: Alek (number 25) winds up for a shot during his tenure on the Quesnel Crossfire.

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Alek Gibbs was an an unknown quantity in Maple Ridge Burrards, in the B.C. intermediate lacrosse league. The lone kid from the frozen north, playing lacrosse with his southern team mates, most of whom had played in the same league for years – the same leagues the coach had spent time scouting and watching, so each southerner had been carefully weighed for placement before drafted to the team. That option wasn’t available to Gibbs, as the association here doesn’t have the players to sustain the higher level of teams. “Because they a lot of the guys have been part of the association for so long, by the time they get to that level they’re pencilled in at the spot. So you gotta find a spot where he can break through that barrier,” the coach of the Quesnel Crossfire and Midget Wildfire and Alek Gibbs father, Pat Gibbs said. So Alek Gibbs had to hustle to get his placement, with the help of his dad. It was them who contacted the teams, making calls and asking questions before settling on the Burrards because it gave Alek a chance at a title. Having never seen him in action, however, meant the coach stuck him on defence. “They’d never seen me and didn’t know what to think. They probably put me there cause I’m big,” Alek Gibbs said. The problem was, Alek wasn't a defensemen, never really has been, and that meant he wasn't showing off his full potential. He struggled through the regular season on defence, keeping his head down, but didn’t make the impact that he should have. That all changed days before playoffs when he got switched. “The coach needed someone to open up the middle,” said Alek. That was the perfect opportunity for Alek Gibbs, who describes himself as a power forward. In that first game, Alek netted a goal and a couple assists, impressing his coach. “I think he was pretty surprised out how well I did,” he said. After that display, Alek was kept up front, through playoffs

and into provincials, where he contributed to gold medals in both. In provincials the team only saw one defeat, their first game, before going on a win streak to win the tournament. The season down in the south helped Alek to hone his game in ways he couldn’t up here in the north. “Just being around those players, and being in the lacrosse atmosphere, it makes you way better,” he said. The play in the south pushed Alek to further his game with faster, more competitive play. Besides the faster play, Alek said it was nice to be out from under the shadow of hockey, which looms so large in Quesnel. “The training was a little more lacrosse specific,” Alek said. “It was pretty cool – here everything is hockey first, but there everything was lacrosse first. People were more committed to lacrosse.” The step to the south was a big move, but it would have been even bigger if Quesnel didn’t have a senior lacrosse team, Because of the small population in the North, Quesnel didn’t have a team above midgets, so when Alek aged out of midgets he took a big step up to the Crossfire. “It’s backwards kind of,” he said. “As soon as I came out of midgets I thought I wanted to continue playing lacrosse and I wasn’t ready to go down there. I got to play that year of senior and play against bigger guys. That really helped a lot.” Now that both Gibbs have some contacts in the south, they are looking to leverage those to help Alek find another team in the junior A league. The experience will also help up and coming stars in the Wildfire. “From the experience we had I’m able to give some pointers to the kids that I had on my midget team this year,” Pat Gibbs said. “Instead of being like me at the beginning of the year, not knowing what was what or who was who, we’ve got a base to build from.” As for Alek his advice is to work as hard as you can and enjoy the experience if you make it down to the southern leagues.


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Following in the footsteps of Hemingway

t still feels like visiting these clubs, summer here in training with them the Cariboo, until and letting you know the sun goes down what it's like to walk at least. After that into a gym with the you can feel winter body of playdough, Jonas Gagnon creeping up. full of people with Winter Weight For some this means the bodies of Greek skiing, skating and gods and goddesses hockey. and join in on the fun. For others it means hiding Hopefully, at the end of it all, indoors with hot chocolate you'll have had a peek inside and getting up to their winter each one and a better idea of weight, which they'll resolve which club suits you. to get rid of once the new year The Two Rivers Boxing club rolls around. is starting up again this month But just because you hate the and that's where we'll be cold doesn't mean you have to starting. hide. Approaching the club from There are a bevy of clubs in the outside can be a lesson in town that will help you stay intimidation. active through the winter Not only does the building months so you can hit spring at itself seem a bit intimidating, full speed. but movies have long put a tooOver the course of the last tough, bad rap on boxing clubs. few months of the year, I'll be Images of tattoo-covered,

gimlet-eyed tough guys dance through my head when I think of boxing clubs. To get into the Two Rivers boxing club you have to know it’s there, like a speak easy. The side door of the Quesnel Tillicum Society is left slightly ajar Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Pop the door open and inside you'll see a group of men and women in workout wear sparring or throwing around a medicine ball and just sweating in general. Though it feels intimidating, members, both competitive and non-competitive, found the club welcoming the moment they crossed the threshold. “We have a great community here,” Kyle Tessier, one of the club’s competitive boxers, said.

The club hopes to change the intimidation factor by moving to West Park Mall, where the old Easy Homes was, but for now it remains a mystery until you step inside and starting talking to the people, which is where you'll find the club’s heart. What you'll find at that heart is more diverse than you might think, with boxers there getting ready for their next bout training beside people just in for an intense workout. And it is intense. Emmalena Hermanson, a casual member of the club, remembers her first go in the club. "The first week there were a lot of things I couldn't do, but I got in shape fast," she said. Matt Tessier, the club's head coach, said that while the workouts can be intense he makes sure to start out slowly.

“A lot of times you get in there and you see everyone going hard and you want to keep up,” he said. “It’s not worth it. A lot of guys come in work really really hard that first session and you don’t see them again because they hurt so badly. So you’re best bet is to go easy.” Tessier outlined a beginners workout, starting with learning the punches and how to defend against them, along with stretches, aerobic workouts and work with the medicine ball. Next week I begin my flirtation with boxing as I try my hand, or fist, at throwing punches and the medicine ball. I’ll keep you up to date on the pain in my muscles and the enjoyment and skills that pain buys me. If you want to join in, the club is happy to have drop ins.

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Two Kangaroos compete for the coach’s attention at the Kangaroo’s try outs.

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SOTA Instruments, a Natural Health Company in Penticton BC, is growing and looking for motivated, hard-working, positive individuals to join our team. Candidates should be driven, lively and most importantly committed to providing unsurpassed service to our customers. Learn more about us, the position and how to apply:



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Business Opportunities ALL CASH drink/snack vending business route. Complete training. Small invest. req’d. 1888-979-VEND (8363). DJ Business For Sale! $8,500 includes all equipment for DJing. Serious enquiries only. Call 1 (250)992-2362 GET FREE Vending machines 100% lease financing, all cash income, 100% tax deductible, become financially independent, all Canadian company. Full details call now 1-866668-6629, Website:

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Experienced Processor Operator wanted for work West of Quesnel. 4X4 pickup & radio required. Competitive wage & benefit package. Pickup allowance provided. Email resume to:

Thank you to my many friends who have sent beautiful flowers and cards of encouragement and also Boris the Bear. Also to the many who made the long trip to Prince George to see me. God bless you all.



Begbie’s Bar & Bistro is now excepting resumes for full time line cooks & bartender/servers. Minimum 2 years experience. Apply in person to Julie or Kevin, 500 Reid Street, Quesnel, BC.

CLASS 1 DRIVERS w/ AIR Req. for DH Manufacturing, Houston BC. BC & Alberta routes to be determined based on experience. Hour Pay Based On Exp. & Full Benefits After 3 Mos. Apply with resume & abstract by emailing:

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An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson, Alta.

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Operations Accountant

Babcon Industries Ltd., Quesnel BC In our busy Finance Dept. in Quesnel, BC the Operations Accountant will be responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of internal financial reporting. Primary responsibilities will consist of preparation of journal entries, managing financial controls, and review of sub-ledger input leading to preparation of month end financial statements for the operations group in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, this position will provide general accounting assistance to the Controller. An ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working with journal entries. Preference will be given to formal financial education and enrollment in, or a designation from the CA, CGA, CMA or CPA programs, equivalent experience in a similar role will be considered. Babcon Industries offers a competitive wage and benefits package. Babcon strives to build business and community together. We are a growing metal fabrication and machining business employing 80 in operations in Quesnel, BC and High River, AB. Compensation to be determined by experience & qualifications.

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Mortgage Broker Position Northland Mortgages Quesnel Ltd. is currently seeking a Licensed Sub Mortgage Broker to service the Quesnel and surrounding area marketplace. Applicant must be reputable and have passed the Pre-Licensing Sub-Mortgage Brokers Course and is required to be eligible to obtain a Sub Mortgage Brokers License.


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FIELD CLERK Needed for out of town work site (21/7 schedule). Mature, flexible and positive communicator, understanding of importance of safety culture. Reporting to onsite foreman & Edmonton HO. Transportation to & from work site provided. Potential to grow with company; Fax 780-488-3002.

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All-West Crane & Rigging LTD. requires immediately: • Certified Heavy Duty Mechanic. Experience with cranes and Class 1 driver’s licence an asset, ability to work unsupervised, paying particular attention to detail. Some knowledge of Computers and smartphones. • Bookkeeper/Office Administrator. Accounts payable, payroll, monthly remittances, monthly journal entries, Equipment R&M records maintenance, filing, other general office duties. Must have ability to work the full accounting cycle, using Quikbooks. Good working knowledge of MS Office Suite. Must be able to work unsupervised, and work in a fast-paced office environment. Submit Resume with references to:

GUARANTEED JOB Placement: General laborers and tradesmen for oil and gas industry. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message. For Information 1-800-972-0209.

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The OutLaw has a part-time position available for weekdays/weekends. We are looking for someone who is outgoing, loves fashion & works well with people. Please drop off resume at The OutLaw & ask for Debbie.

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Requirements: Active mortgage agent or broker license (or approved FSCO course completed) Time management and planning skills. Adapt quickly to product & market changes Previous mortgage lending experience with a solid understanding of underwriting guidelines. Exceptional customer service expertise Proven verbal and written communication skills. Self-motivated individual

Resumes may be mailed or dropped off at : Address - 254 Reid Street, Quesnel B.C. V2J 2M2 or Email - Subject Line: “Resume Sub Mortgage Broker position”


AEL TrafÀc Control is seeking applications for TrafÀc Control Persons. Previous experience preferred Applicants must meet the following qualiÀcations and conditions: Current Flagging CertiÀcate Valid BC Driver·s License and a positive driving record Reliable and Áexible, as the nature of work is on call (24/7) Physically Àt and able to work outdoors in all weather conditions Safety Footwear is required

Applicants must provide details of qualiÀcations and experience, as well as a photocopy of driver·s license and current driver abstract. Candidates are subMect to pre employment drug testing. Please submit your application to : AEL a Div. of HMC Services Inc. 3401 Quesnel-Hixon Road Quesnel BC V2J 5=5 Fax : (250) 992 35 Email :



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Brent Ramsay Health Director Nazko First Nation PO Box 4129 Quesnel BC V2J 3J2


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Employee health benefits, free uniforms, flexible schedules, half price food, monthly crew activities, opportunities for promotion and a fun and friendly work environment are a few of the reasons McDonald's is a great place to work! If you think you have what it takes then we'd love to have you a part of our McDonalds Team. Apply Online at or in person at the 105 North Star Road Quesnel - No phone calls please

Casual Employment Opportunities for: First Nations Support Workers, Youth Care Workers, Custodians, Student Supervisors and StrongStart Facilitators The Quesnel School District is currently seeking applications for various current and future casual positions as First Nations Support Workers, Youth Care Workers, Custodians, Student Supervisors and StrongStart Facilitators. Successful applicants would become members of CUPE Local 4990. Qualifications include: o

Casual First Nations Support Worker – Grade 12 graduation; Aboriginal education, postsecondary training in special education, or related experience would be an asset; demonstrated knowledge of and experience in working with youth of Aboriginal ancestry and the Aboriginal community. Applicant must have documentation of Aboriginal ancestry.


Casual Youth Care Worker - Grade 12 graduation and a minimum of a 2-year post-secondary education program in the Human Services field. Demonstrated experience in working successfully with children/adolescents with social/emotional difficulties (would be an asset).


Casual Custodian – Grade 12 graduation; experience in custodial services would be an asset.


Casual Student Supervisor – Grade 12 graduation; ability to develop positive, supportive relationships with students and staff, work independently, interest in and an understanding of children/youth and basic first aid are desirable assets.


Casual StrongStart Facilitator – ECE Diploma/Certificate and current License to practice.

Fax : 250-992-7982 We thank all candidates for their interest; but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Copies of required certificates, diplomas or degrees may be requested.


Early Morning (from 5am) and Day Shifts (from 7am) Service positions - full and part time Overnight Service positions x 2- full and part time starting at $11.25ph Overnight Restaurant Equipment Maintenance positions x2 - full and part time starting at $12.00ph General Handyperson position x1 - inside / outside building maintenance, cleaning & repair - 25-35hrs starting at $12.00ph. Management Trainee - make it a career

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Qualifications The ideal candidate will have a Social Services or Human Services diploma and related work experience Experience working with a First Nations community

Please submit resumes that include job experience related to this position to:

We are looking to hire a variety of crew and management positions to work in our two restaurants.



Under the supervision of the Health Director this position is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating programming and services that support vulnerable families of Nazko First Nation and strengthen their capacity to care for their children. This includes cultural based programming, family support, prevention services, parent education, and positive community connections for families.

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Closing date will be Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 4:00 PM

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All applications are to include a covering letter, resume, names of at least 3 supervisory/professional references, supporting documents (e.g. confirmation of Grade 12 completion, relevant post secondary certificates, diplomas and transcripts, certifications). Successful applicants must complete a Criminal Record Check. Applications are to be submitted to the undersigned no later than 4:00 p.m., Monday, September 16, 2013: Randy Curr, Director of Instruction – Human Resources 401 North Star Road, Quesnel, B.C. V2J 5K2 Fax: (250) 992-0435 Email: Please direct enquiries to 250-992-8802. The District appreciates the interest of all applicants however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Quesnel School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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2Bdrm. Executive non-smoking Chalet on 165 acres in Kersley. Price to include Hydro, Bell Express View, snow removal & storage in shop. Available Oct 1st. $1000/mo. Bring a horse $1150/mo. 250-747-3972

1979 Ford F250 Super cab 4X4 400 gas engine with automatic transmission. This truck is in good condition and runs well. $4000. Call 250-9839225

WestingHouse Washer, $100 & Kenmore Heavy Duty Dryer, $75. Both in excellent working condition. Call (250)991-0696

Bicycles Ladies Bicycle condition! $50 (250)991-0646 Eldorado Log Hauling Ltd. Williams Lake, BC has an immediate position for a Licensed Commercial Mechanic with a Commercial Inspection Ticket. Logging Truck experience would be an asset but not necessary.

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Computer Equipment Printer/Scanner/Copier OBO. Call (250)991-0646


Firearms WANTED: Old lever action Winchester rifles and carbines. Call (250)791-6369

A drivers abstract will be requested at point of hire. Resumes may be faxed to: (1)250-392-3504 or e-mail to:

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WRANGLER RENTALS LTD. is now recruiting Excavator Operators. Rig experience an asset. Camp jobs, day rates, health benefits & steady work rain or shine. Contact Monika 780-980-1331 or email resume:


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Garage Sales 2 Family Garage Sale! Saturday September 7th 9AM - 3PM 706 Destiny Drive. Collectibles for sale at Indoor Garage Sale - Sept., 7th, 9am3pm, 851 Funn St. Includes plates, dolls including Princess Diana, ornaments & more! Call (250)992-7990 for more info. Garage Sale!!! Many household items, fitness equipment & tools. Saturday September 7th, 9am - 3pm, 541 Dawson St. No Early Birds! Indoor Garage Sale - Sat., Sept. 7th, 9AM - 3PM; 851 Funn St. Includes new large & small equipment for picture framing, bathroom, generator, jewelry & much more. Call (250)992-7990 for more info.

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53’ in stock. SPECIAL 44’X40’ 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

Misc. for Sale 26’ RCA Television $30 OBO. Call (250)991-0646 RESTLESS LEG Syndrome and leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. STEEL BUILDINGS, Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206


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Apt/Condo for Rent WILKINSON APARTMENTS 398 Roddis Dr. Quiet, Secure 1 & 2 bdrm suites. Elevator & laundry facilities. References Required. Move-In Incentives Available. Call 250-992-8949 FIR Crest Apartments - 1 & 2 bdrm suites, North Quesnel. N/P, no parties. (250)992-6593/(250)255-6593

Commercial/ Industrial Busy building 470 S/F. Recent reno’s. $400/mo + taxes. Includes heat, hydro & A/C. 295 S/F basement suite recent reno’s, $190/mo + tax. Call Wes: 250(992)5665 or Terri (250)992-7202

Suites, Lower 1bdrm bsmt suite suitable for mature, n/s, working person or couple. Utilities incl. N/p, references required (250)747-1434 1Bdrm suite, n/s, n/p, references required. $475/mo. Single person;$530/mo. Couple. Also available furnished bachelor suite. Call 992-8715 2Bdrm. Suite in 4-Plex. $600/mo.+ Utilities. Avail. Sept 1st. (250)992-5113 Lve. Message

RIDGEWOOD Multi Layouts, clean. Start at $700 No pets Call Tim 991-6429

Recreational/Sale 2007 Flagstaff Tent Trailer

Call (250)992-8747 or Cell (250)255-4509


Commercial Retail Space Available October 1st 3063 sq.ft. Best Location Downtown - surrounded by parking. For leasing details Call (250)991-2804

Retail/Office Space 146 Barlow St. downtown core - Approx. 1100 sq ft - street level, 1100 sq ft upper level. Can be rented separately. Call Brian @ (250)992-0177. Available immediately.

3-Way Fridge, Furnace, Power Winch, Awning Heated Mattresses in Excellent Condition!

$4,950 Call (250)747-1580

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House for Sale in North Quesnel on large lot. Two blocks from downtown shopping, hospital, high school across street. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, office, carport, garage, double driveway, in ground heated pool. New wiring, plumbing, hot water tank & more for $242,500. Call (250)992-6827 to view.

HORSE Hay for sale, 60 lbs squares, no rain, under shed. $5.50. 250-747-8416. Will deliver.

Livestock Sheep & Goat Auction September 14th @ 11:30 AM 4071 McLean Rd. Quesnel All LiveStock must be in on Friday September 13th. All Sheep must be tagged. Please Consign Early. Phone BC Auctions (250)992-2459 or (250)983-1239

Mobile Homes & Parks 2011 - 16X80 Modular Show Home. Many extra’s! Appliances included. Must be moved. $110,000. Call (250)747-3298


OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE 1200 sq ft. of beautiful office space for lease. Great Location. Call (250) 991-0500 or (250) 255-5990

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Pets & Livestock

2002 GMC Quad Cab V8 4X4 SLE Z71

Off Road, Fully Equipped. Box Liner /w Wrangler ATS, All Season Tires, Aluminum Wheels, Matching Saratoga Canopy /w 4 brand new Winter Tires on Rims.

all w wheel drive, low whee wh kms, Great Price Call today

PANORAMIC 58 Acres along West Fraser RD. 35 Acres in Hay. $119,900. 780-394-7088

$1,900 Call (250)747-5239


Genuine Coin Collector Buyer Collections, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins etc 778-281-0030 WANTED: Old lever action Winchester rifles and carbines. Call (250)791-6369

Custom blueprints. Visit: We will not be undersold!

195,000 km’s Good condition, clean inside & out. Two sets tires & rims (Winter & All seasons)

2 Units Available2bdrm/1Bath & 4bdrm/2BathClose to MP Mall & School, Large Lot. Call (250) 747-3878

AT LAST! An iron filter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/U.S.A. Removes iron, hardness, smell, manganese. Since 1957. Visit our 29 innovative inventions; w w w. b i g i r o n d r i l l i n g . c o m . Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind and a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

Pro Form Stepper in excellent condition. $50 OBO. Call (250)991-0646

1998 Dodge Caravan


Misc. Wanted

Sporting Goods




We Offer An Excellent Benefit Package & Competitive Wages.

While we truly appreciate all applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. A19

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4 week buy


4495 plus HST

Just bring in or email your picture to Attn: Trina 188 Carson Avenue 250-992-2121



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