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NEWS BRIEFS Mount Milligan ships metal Thompson Creek Metals loaded their first ocean concentrate shipment Nov. 16. Thompson Creek made the announcement on Nov. 21, and said that based on preliminary weights and assays upon ship loading, this first shipment consisted of 5,530 wet metric tonnes of concentrate containing approximately 2.8 million pounds of copper, 5,540 ounces of gold, and 10,500 ounces of silver. Thompson Creek said they expect to receive a provisional payment for 90 per cent of the value of the concentrate in early December. “We are pleased to have loaded our first shipment of concentrate just twelve weeks following the start-up of the Mt. Milligan Mine. This concentrate shipment represents a tremendous milestone for our company and our employees. Looking forward, we expect Mt. Milligan to create substantial value for our company and our shareholders,” said Jacques Perron, chief executive officer of Thompson Creek, in their release, “

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Community relieved by four arrests

Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Four suspects have been arrested in relation to the murder of Fribjon Bjornson. Three men and one woman will be facing charges and are in custody in Prince George after a lengthy investigation. Twenty-seven year-old Wesley Dennis Duncan is facing a murder charge. Teresa Marie Charlie, 21, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder. Jesse Darren Bird, 31, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and interference with a dead body. James David Junior Charlie, 23, is charged with interference with a dead body. “Our Major Crime investigators have been working extremely hard over the past year in order to identify and charge those responsible for this horrific crime. They have been working closely with the Bjornson family and though these arrests cannot bring Fribjon back, it can give some much needed closure to end the nightmare they have been living,” said Cst. Lesley Smith, North District media Fribjon Bjornson’s head was found in a vacant house on the Nak’azdli Reserve in February 2012. relations officer in a release. RMCP photo Bjornson’s murder has been hangFort St. James Mayor Rob MacDougall ing over the community of Fort St. James/ also echoed this sentiment, saying the inciNak’azdli, with rumours swirling ever since dent and lack of visible progress likely crethe young man’s severed head was found in a ated anxiousness for the family as well as the vacant house on Nak’azdli Reserve on Feb. 3, local community. 2012. His body was never found. “It’s a huge sigh of relief and I hope it’s the Bjornson had been missing since Jan. 12, beginning of the journey of final closure for 2012, after he was last seen leaving a 7-Elev- the family,” said MacDougall. “And I think at en in Vanderhoof. The house on the reserve the end of the day it shows that even though was searched following the location of his it doesn’t appear that RCMP are working on abandoned truck in the area. Bjornson lived some of the cases, quietly behind the scenes in Vanderhoof but had been working north of they are doing a lot of work.’ Fort St. James and had friends in the commu“I think this is proof they are very diligent nity. at what they do.” Then there were numerous reports of ruSam said some of those arrested were mours Bjornson had been killed and tortured feared in the community due to their violent during a drug fuelled party on the reserve. backgrounds. The alleged location of the party was next Bjornson was only 28 years old and the fadoor to the abandoned house where his sev- ther of two young children, but he had strugered head was found. gled with a cocaine addiction, according to “I think it’s a good thing for our communi- RCMP. ty,” said Nak’azdli Chief Fred Sam. “Knowing Bjornson’s parents, Eileen and Fred Bjornthese people aren’t out there running around son, had gone forward to the press with inforin our community.”

mation people had brought to them of their son’s torture and murder in the basement where the party was going on, but those who told the grieving parents were reportedly too afraid to come forward to the police because they feared reprisals from those involved. The abandoned house where his head was found was later damaged in a fire and eventually demolished. Bird was known to police, as he had been a suspect, along with two other men, in what was called by the press a “brazen daylight shooting” in downtown Prince George in 2008. One man was shot in his vehicle on Dominion Street in Prince George in what police believed to be a gang-related shooting. Two others in the targeted vehicle at the time of the shooting were later found dead of gunshot wounds. All three suspects, including Bird, were acquitted due to insufficient evidence. RCMP have once again stated they have found nothing in the course of their investigation to support the rumours regarding any links between Bjornson’s death and the disappearance of Madison Scott. Scott and Bjornson were know to each other, but Scott’s disappearance in May 2011 still appears in no way to be connected to the Bjornson murder. Sam said Nak’azdli is striving to address crime in the community and has been holding workshops to reduce incidents of violence and hopes the community can work to improve substance abuse issues and work more closely with the RCMP. “Sometimes they’re not perfect, each RCMP is different, but we still need to work with them and move ahead,” said Sam. “People need to step forward and provide that important information so we could have had closure on this earlier and people shouldn’t be afraid to provide that information.” “I think there’s an element of gangs in every community,” said MacDougall. “I think in our case, it’s very isolated.” A counsellor in the community said she has been taking calls from people fearing backlash as a result of the arrests, after people spoke to police. The charges in the case have not been proven in court and police say the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are still possible.

Bennett first appearance

Former Fort St. James fire chief Robert H. Bennett made his first appearance in provincial court on Nov. 19. Bennett requested a continuance in order to consult legal counsel after formally being charged with three counts of sexual assault. Bennett was released with conditions until his next appear-

ance on Jan. 20, 2014. The charges come after allegations of sexual harassment brought forward by a female Fort St. James volunteer firefighter. The firefighter made the allegations to Bennett’s thenemployer the District of Fort St. James. Two other women also brought forward allegations of harassment.

The District of Fort St. James brought in an outside consultant Paul McKivett of James R. Craven and Associates Ltd. to investigate the allegations and Bennett resigned once the report was completed. The internal report given to the District of Fort St. James has not been released to the public.



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District of Fort St. James Calendar November, 2013



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5 Palm Sunday




9-12pm Strong Start

12-3pm Strong Start 5:30pm Easter Taekwon-do Monday

12 Easter



(Australia & Canada)

1-4pm Heritage Christmas @ NHS


12-3pm Strong Start

9-12pm Strong Start

5:30pm Taekwon-do



20 Taurus




4-7pm Strong Start 5pm Taekwon-do




Mourning Day 28 Workers (Canada)



Festival of Trees!

Photos with Santa 4:30-8:30pm @ old Red Fox Festival of Trees!

10 Good Friday






4-7pm Strong Start

12-3pm Strong Start

5:30pm Taekwon-do

9-12pm Strong Start

Community Christmas Party & Fundraiser @ The Legion

15 Tax Day

6-8pm Town Hall Meeting & Open House 17 16 @ FSJSS






10-12pm Food Bank

12-3pm Strong Start

4-7pm Strong Start

5:30pm Taekwon-do

5pm Taekwon-do

22 Earth Day

Administrative Professionals Day


5:30pm Taekwon-do


329 9-12pm Strong Start 430

10-3pm Greenhouse Forum @ Kwah Hall 12-3pm Strong Start 5:30pm Taekwon-do 8pm AA Mtg @ United Church

9 First Day of Passover

9-12pm Strong Start

12-3pm Strong Start




5pm Taekwon-do



10-12pm Food Bank


December, 2013



27 1April Fool’s Day




24 Arbor Day

25 Anzac Day (Australia)




4-7pm Strong Start

12-3pm Strong Start

5pm Taekwon-do

5:30pm Taekwon-do


9-12pm Strong Start

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NEWS Vandalism at David Hoy

Caledonia Courier Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Poorly spelled graffiti and damaged electronics greeted students at David Hoy Elementary School on Nov. 18. Over the weekend, a person or persons had vandalized the school. On Nov. 15, RCMP were informed there had been white skull images, profanity and slogans spray paint-

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ed on the outside of the school. The RCMP said they are actively investigating the RCMP were then called in the early morning of incidents and anyone with further information can Nov. 17 to a report of entry to the school. please contact the Fort St. James RCMP at 250-996Windows were broken to gain access and computers 8269. and electronic equipment were reportedly damaged and there was more spray You are invited to attend the painting through the school’s interior.

Mount Pope Greenhouse One-Day Public Forum

Sandy Willick (left) and Charlotte Croquette were two of the crafty people selling goods at the annual Fort St. James Craft Fair on Nov. 16 & 17. The event is always a big hit with local shoppers and this year drew so many vendors the second gym at the high school was opened up to more tables. More pics on the Caledonia Courier Facebook page.

A free discussion on all matters regarding agriculture & food production on Nak’azdli Territory Because your thoughtful ideas and creative input are needed. Topics: Greenhouse crops, Field Fruits & Vegetables, Medicinal Plants, Raising Livestock, Fish Rearing and Food Processing.

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Homemade is the new black

Black Friday is coming. The day when North Americans do what they do best this time of year - consume. There is a website, all dedicated to the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Generally the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005, according to Wikipedia, I don’t even think I would have known what it was when I was younger. As our desire for more consumer goods grows, so do the profits on Black Friday. The total consumer spending on Black Friday in the United States in 2011 was $52.4 billion according to Statistic Brain. Where does this spending get us in the end? Are we more grateful for Christmas because we have spent so much money? The stress of the holiday season is often associated with mental health issues and it is unlikely overspending will make that better (sorry, but “retail therapy” is actually not therapeutic for most, just a short-term distraction).

Yet another Facebook campaign has been promoting an alternative to the feeding frenzy of shopping malls and outlet stores, however, and Fort St. James is a perfect place to do it. The campaign is to encourage people to purchase local and homemade goods for your holiday shopping. You may have seen it on your friends posts from time to time, I noticed it going around maybe a month or two ago. The campaign urges people to consider the impacts of what they purchase, and the tragedy in Bangladesh this year when a garment factory collapsed killing many workers drew attention to the plight of underpaid and poorly treated foreign workers. From the Gap to Apple to Nike, many of the big or more popular name brands have been criticized for their purchasing practices and the conditions in their foreign factories. Now why is Fort St. James a great place to be able to get on board with the homemade Christmas campaign?

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Because it is the home of the largest craft fair in northern B.C. of course. While the fair has already come and gone, it was as impressive as ever, with an incredible assortment of crafts and gifts to choose from. There were more vendors than ever, with the second gymnasium having to be opened up to accommodate all of the vendors. Now if you missed getting all your holiday shopping taken care of or the fair didn’t have what you need, fear not, there are still great options. The local shop The Window Box is always stocked with beautiful goods, some made locally and some brought in, but all with some charm. Clara’s Native Crafts offers some cultural crafts. Local artisans can also be contacted to see what they might have left from the craft fair. Now with online shopping being made more and more accessible to find what you want, there are also some great online markets for incredible handmade and unique gifts, including 1000 Markets, Art Fire, ArtFlock, DaWanda, Folskie, MadeItMyself and Etsy. From vintage clothing to jewelry, handmade and unique shoes to purses, shopping at these sites is a guarantee your gift will be unique and often one-of-a-kind. Now the other option of course is to make gifts yourself, but we are not always as naturally creative in this manner. If you need ideas and want to peruse some do-it-yourself options, just head over to Pinterest and look under DIY, the options will boggle the mind.

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C.S.I. northern style

Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier

She doesn't wear high heels to crime scenes and they can't get fingerprints off of kidneys. But Corporal Theresa Oelke does have a pretty cool job as a forensic identification specialist, even if it doesn't live up to the Hollywood idea created by C.S.I.. "It's not as fast and it's not as glamourous," said Oelke. Oelke is one of a department of forensic identification workers stationed in Prince George who cover the North District. They can be called out across the district to crime scenes or to process evidence taken in relation to a crime. The work may be slower, but it does involve dusting special powders on with special brushes. It is also not always that slow. If necessary, prints can be prioritized and luckily they are processed in B.C., while other provinces have to send their prints to Ottawa. Identification of matches takes a lot of work, and is also not like C.S.I.. First, if there is no suspect in the case, the print is processed and analyzed to see if it can be used to identify one source and controls for homeowners and others are eliminated before sending the print away. The print is photographed, enhanced and sent to the B.C. Integrated Forensic Identification Service (I.F.I.S.) in the

Lower Mainland where they search for a match using a computer database of prints on file. The match is confirmed by another forensic specialist before being sent back. The forensic identification specialist or technician then again checks the print match which is again confirmed by another forensics specialist. So the print goes through four people to ensure a good match. Good prints are harder to come by than on t.v., but even if no match is found, they can be kept in relation to a crime for a number of years after they are captured, depending on the crime. Oelke was processing a number of items while in Fort St. James, some from a recent case involving thefts from vehicles outside the New Caledonia Motel, in which some Corporal Theresa Oelke shows some of what is beitems were recovered after the hind the work of forensics specialists in the RCMP. execution of a search warrant. Caledonia Courier It is a three-year training While some regular duty officers for program for the job, one year of which is the RCMP have the training to process spent as an apprentice. After approval by some evidence from a scene and turn it a board you can become cleared to give over to the forensic team, the forensics an opinion as evidence in court and then training takes the evidence to the next two more years and further training can level and can testify in court as experts on lead to becoming a full specialist. what they have collected.

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Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project Open House and Invitation to Comment Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. (Proponent), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, is proposing the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (proposed Project), an approximately 900 km natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island, within the District of Port Edward. The proposed Project would involve the construction and operation of a 48-inch (1,219 mm) diameter pipeline, metering facilities at the receipt and delivery points, and three compressor stations, with provision for up to an additional five compressor stations to allow for future expansion. The proposed Project will have an initial capacity of approximately 2.0 billion cubic feet (bcf)/day with potential for expansion to approximately 3.6 bcf/day.

To provide information about the Application Information Requirements, EAO invites the public to attend an open house at the following locations: St. Peter’s Church Hall 599 Skeena Drive Mackenzie Wednesday November 27, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Hall 10310 - 100th Street Hudson’s Hope Thursday November 28, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

New Hazelton Elementary School 3275 Bowser Street New Hazelton Wednesday December 4, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Centre 770 Pacific Avenue Port Edward Thursday December 5, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

The proposed Project is subject to review under BC’s Environmental Assessment Act.

There are 30 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to the draft Application Information Requirements.

The Proponent must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any construction work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. However, before submission of an application (Application) for a certificate by the Proponent, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) must first issue the Application Information Requirements. The Application Information Requirements will specify the studies to be conducted and the detailed information to be provided by the Proponent in its Application. EAO has now received draft Application Information Requirements from the Proponent and invites comments on this draft.

The public comment period will begin on November 19, 2013 and end on December 18, 2013. All comments received during this time in relation to the Application Information Requirements will be considered. The intention of seeking public comment is to ensure that sufficient information is provided to assess all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project in the Application. At this stage of the process, the primary intent is to receive feedback about the studies or information required for a comprehensive environmental assessment.

After taking public comments into account, EAO will issue the Application Information Requirements. EAO accepts public comments by: Online Form: Mail: Nathan Braun Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1 Fax: 250.387.0230 An electronic copy of the Application Information Requirements and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at Copies of the Application Information Requirements are also available for viewing at public libraries in Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, Mackenzie, Prince George, Fort St. James, Granisle, Smithers, Hazelton, Terrace, Stewart and Prince Rupert. If you are unable to participate at this time, there will be an additional comment period during the Application review stage when you will also be able to provide comments to the EAO on the proposed Project.

NOTE: All submissions received by the EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public and will be posted to the EAO website.




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Anti-pipeline rally braves wind chill Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Despite a chilling wind off of Stuart Lake, on what was one of the coldest days so far this winter, over 20 people gathered in Spirit Square in Fort St. James on Saturday, Nov. 16. The rally was a gathering of those opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, for which the Joint Review Panel has completed hearings, but are still working on their final report and decision on whether or not to recommend approval of the project. Protestors held signs and walked back and forth across Stuart Drive/ Highway 27 with a banner. Pat Short of Fort St. James said she was there because she was concerned about the implications of a pipeline spill for the water and the difficulty of bringing the pipeline over the mounOver 20 protestors rallied in Spirit Square on Nov. 16 to protest the proposed Enbridge tains. She believes the focus should be Northern Gateway Pipeline and draw attention to climate issues. Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier taken off of oil and as a society we not changed her mind at this point either. She said the gulf oil spill and Kalamashould be working on “changing our “I know it’s just a bunch of words,” said Burzoo River spill make her fearful of what a behaviour for our climate.” She and her husband are helping their daugh- gener. While the JRP are not allowed to consider pipeline spill could mean in B.C.. things outside the review process and she feels Climatic disasters like the recent Tyter work on getting off the grid entirely. they have only limited power anyhow, Burgener phoon Haiyan also raised concern for one Some came from Vanderhoof for the event, said she hopes the politicians will take a hint protestor who said she was troubled by the including Louise Burgener and her husband. increasing natural disasters and climatic She is opposed to the Enbridge Northern from the day of protest. Lisa Spingle, one of the younger protestors at disruption taking place yet the lack of politGateway pipeline in particular because of Enthe rally, said she doesn’t think Enbridge is do- ical will to address the problem and a conbridge’s poor track record. ing anything good for the area and she wants to stant focus on the economy above all else. “They have a history of leaks and poor clean“We just keep turning a blind eye,” said up,” she said. Supertankers off the coast carrying “protect our environment and our waters.” “The economic benefi t is not worth the ecoLouis Evans-Salt. “Clean up the mess and the bitumen is also something she doesn’t like, logical risk.” carry on.” as she used to live on the coast, especially as it is One of two First Nations protestors at the The rally was part of a national day of impossible to eliminate human error. The new Enbridge advertising campaign has rally, Winnie Sam said she wanted to come out action by the group Defend Our Climate and support the protest. which saw over 130 events take place

across Canada. Thousands reportedly gathered at the Vancouver protest. The national day of action was in protest of the Alberta oil sands and pipelines carrying the bitumen, including proposed ones such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway project which would cross the Stuart River just south of Fort St. James.

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Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier ABC Recycling and BAM BAM Trucking are teaming up to help turn your metal into gold. Well, not exactly gold, but money at least. The two companies have combined forces to turn scrap metal into money for the community. ABC Recycling has brought a big red bin (visible

in the Goodwin Building parking lot on Highway 27) and when it becomes full of the community’s scrap metal, BAM BAM Trucking will take it to be recycled. The profits from the metal will then be distributed to organizations in the community such as minor hockey, the Stuart Lake Hospital Auxiliary, 4-H or other non profits. “There’s never enough money for the non profits,” said Gregg Drury of ABC Recycling. “It’s an easy way to raise money.” He said it is amazing how much scrap metal a community can produce, and this is evident by the massive pile which accumulates at the transfer station. Brad Miller, owner of BAM BAM Trucking, said he gets a lot of calls from local organizations looking for money and so when ABC Recycling proposed the plan to bring the bins to the community, he jumped on board. His trucking costs are covered and the profits can go to the local organizations. “Our dumps are full of metal,” he said. “It’s a winwin.”

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from open-water wave conditions. At its very narrowest, the Douglas Channel is 1.4 kilometres wide — three times wider than Transport Canada’s recommended width for two-way tanker traffic. Water depths in the marine channels are up to several hundred metres.

I’d like to set the record straight on why we chose Kitimat, at the head of the Douglas Channel, as the site for Gateway’s marine terminal. The answer took thousands of hours of research, planning, engineering, environmental science, oceanography consultation, weather monitoring, and simulation. But the simple reason is . . . safety, all the way.

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Live and in person Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier While you may not know who Grant Lawrence is, if you are a CBC Radio listener, chances are you’ve heard his voice. Lawrence is a CBC Radio personality, and host of the mostdownloaded podcast in Canada, the CBC Radio 3 Podcast showcasing Canadian independent music. He is also regularly featured on Radio One programs DNTO, All Points West and others. He also hosted The Wild side on Radio One in the summer of 2012. His work with CBC Radio dates back to when Lawrence was the lead singer of the internationally acclaimed indie band The Smugglers, when he would give dispatches from the road as the band toured the world. At the moment, however, Lawrence is taking a break from radio to stay home with his new son as wells promote his latest book The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie, which debuted at number three on the Canadian Bestseller list and was number one in B.C.. The book is Lawrence’s second book, the first one being a memoir of growing up spending time in the remote coastal community of Desolation Sound. This most recent book tour began in A9

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in his attitude and he helped start the Vancouver Flying Vees with fellow musicians. “We’ve taken back the game on our own terms,” said Lawrence. “It’s been a wonderful experience.” In profiles, Lawrence has been called a “leading voice” and “gregarious and encyclopedic” and the Times-Colonist even said “Grant Lawrence is a razor-sharp humourist” but Law250-996-7305 rence himself said he didn’t set out to write Cafe open 6am to 2pm, Monday to Friday Grant Lawrence read from his new book at the Fort St. James Library on humour. Nov. 15 as part of his north central B.C. promotional tour. Open 6am to 10pm Lawrence said he Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier just wanted to write Prince George and took hate relationship with he even had unwieldy 3 cents a litre back to you! Lawrence (a Vancouver hockey through his life, knee braces, and in high the truth about his expenative) on snowy roads from being bullied as school he was a self-de- riences. What makes it funny from Fraser Lake to Fort a youngster by hockey scribed “uber-nerd.” St. James, then to Mc- jocks, to becoming a “Even the nerds is perhaps Lawrence’s Bride and Vanderhoof in goalie on a team of musi- kicked me out of their ability to laugh at hima rental car. Luckily, he cians called the Vancou- group,” joked Lawrence. self, which perhaps the arrived at all stops in one ver Flying Vees. But later in high awkward teenager in all piece. “I have always had a school, Lawrence found of us finds reassuring. After all, as adults, The stop in Fort St. conflicted relationship music, and founded the 642 Stuart Drive, Fort St. James B.C. isn’t it nice to know you James Library took with hockey,” said Law- group which would alcan look back and laugh? place on Nov. 15, where rence. He said during low him to tour the a small crowd of around his somewhat awkward world as one of the cool a dozen locals had a formative years, he did kids, The Smugglers. chance to see and hear not feel welcomed into The band toured with Lawrence live and in the the sport, and while his the Hanson Brothers, Community Events are free of charge as they are flesh. parents were determined who performed on stage sponsored by the Caledonia Courier In person Lawrence to get him to skate, learn- in hockey jerseys and COMING EVENTS... Tuesday from 11.00am - 1.00pm. NEChAkO VALLEy is handsome and charm- ing when he was two, he Lawrence had a converWill appear as space is available, free All are welcome. This lunch is COMMUNITy SERVICES ing, not surprising, con- was grateful they did not sation with one of the of charge in this section. Coming made possible through the generous SOCIETy...Child and Youth Mental sidering he is married push him to play hockey. group which had him re- events are available to non-profit giving of time and resources,by Health and Counseling Services only. This area is not many people in the region, including available at no cost. Monday to to the beautiful and talLawrence described considering his relation- organizations intended for thank you submissions The Roman Catholic Church, Camp Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call 996or selling products. It is simply a Living Water, E-Free Church and ented singer/songwriter some of his adoles- ship with hockey. 7645 for appointment. for nonprofit organizations a many other individuals. We wish to *** Jill Barber. cence and shared some This eventually led place place to announce upcoming free thank all those who contribute their TRAp AND hANDGUN The event consisted funny chlidhood photos, to a complete turnabout activities. You can e-mail your item labour to this program as well as FORT CLUB... meets last Sunday of every to advertising@ominecaexpress. those who provide food and other of Lawrence reading a month. Contact (Sue) at 250-996com or by fax: 567-2070. Your necessities. We also run a small 7728 (h) for more information. couple of passages from organizations’ announcement can food bank on Tuesday morning, *** also be dropped off at our office and are very thankful for all who his new book, and showFORT ST. JAMES SEARCh & located at #111-250 Stuart Drive, contribute to this endeavor. For RESCUE... steering committee ing a short film and anFort St. James. Decision of the further information please call meetings first Tuesday of every publisher is final. Gwen Andrews 567-6744. swering questions.The Wants You! month. 7:00 p.m. above the Fort *** *** book is a tale of his love/ St. James Firehall. Training is the FORT ST JAMES CHRISTIAN SERVICE TIMES... at St Patrick’s

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Legal Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: Estate of Abram Penner, also known as Abe Penner, Deceased, formerly of 600 Stuart Drive East, Fort St. James, British Columbia (the “Estate”) Creditors and others having claims against the Estate are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Tammy Pamela Zielke, c/o Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP, Attn: Roberta Stewart, 204-1302 Seventh Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3P1, on or before December 27, 2013, after which date the Tammy Pamela Zielke will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Tammy Pamela Zielke then has notice.

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LAND ACT: Notice of Application for Crown Land Take notice that Louis Dorval and Patricia Rose Gauthier from Fort St. James, BC has applied to the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Omineca Region, for a Crown grant for agricultural-extensive purposes situated on Provincial Crown land located near Lind Lake. The Lands File for this application is 7409635. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Ryan Hall, Senior Land Officer, Omineca Region, MFLNRO, at 1044 5th Avenue, Prince George, BC V2L 5G4 or Comments will be received by MFLNRO up to December 27, 2013. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at: jsp?PostID=39325 for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Office in Omineca Region. A hard copy MAP showing the location and extent of the application area may be acquired by calling the land officer named above at 250-565-6430.


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John Prince Research Forest SUP 22194 2013/14 Operational Plan Notice is hereby given that Chuzghun Resources Corporation (CRC) has prepared a operational plan for the John Prince Research Forest (SUP 22194) in the Fort St. James District. This plans shows blocks scheduled for harvest for winter 2013/14. In total, approximately 100 ha of harvesting (approximately 20,000 m3) is proposed. Review and Comment: The plan will be available for review and comment until December 19th, 2013 at CRC’s office, during regular business hours (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM). CRC is located at Cinnabar Resort on Tezzeron Lake. Phone is (250) 996-3700. Any written comments should be forwarded to the address below by Dec 20th, 2013 to ensure consideration: Attn: Sue Grainger, RPF Chuzghun Resources Corporation Box 2378, Fort St. James, BC V0J 1P0

PROPOSED FOREST STEWARDSHIP PLAN AMENDMENT Notice is hereby given, under section 20 of the Forest Planning Regulation that Fraser Lake Sawmills, will hold a public viewing of Amendment 8 to their Forest Stewardship Plan for the Vanderhoof and Fort St. James Forest Districts. This amendment will create a new Forest Development Unit for the Stellat’en First Nation’s Non Replaceable Forest License in the vicinity of Fraser Lake, BC and add the license to the Forest Stewardship Plan document. The proposed amendment is available for review and comment at the Lejac mill site east of Fraser Lake on Highway 16. Persons may review the plan at the location during business hours. Written comments may be submitted in person to the Lejac mill site or by mail to: Fraser Lake Sawmills Attention: Jaret van der Giessen, R.P.F P.O. Box 100 Fraser Lake, BC V0J 1S0 Comments must be received in writing no later than 5:00 pm on December 30, 2013. For further information, please contact Jaret van der Giessen, R.P.F. at 250-699-6235

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Brought to you by your MLA John Rustad

Serving the community of Fort St. James

Featuring the spirit of the local people

Giving people a hand up Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier The Philipines was brought to its knees by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8, 2013. The death toll is believed to be over 4,000 people, and for the survivors, it will be a long, hard road to recovery. This much we know. What we don’t always know is what the best way to help is. A recent discussion of this issue on the CBC advised people to give to organizations already doing work in the area. Organizations and governments around the world are pitching in to help, and Fort St. James is no exception, with the BC Liquor Store branch locally taking donations towards the relief efforts. But Fort St. James also has other connections to the Philippines, with some residents in the com- Mae Antoinette Yee-Romero (let) stands with her husband Miguel munity coming directly from the typhoon-ravaged Romero in Spirit Square. Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier country. 2006 according to their government census, however it would Luckily enough for those The Courier spoke to, no one was have varied widely, with those in extreme poverty making far from the hardest hit area of the country, the Layte and Samar less and professionals making far more. Islands. In this context, it is easy to see how such small loans can be But the connections one resident of Fort St. James has in- life-changing for women struggling to feed, clothe and shelter cludes an organization which has been doing non-profit work their families. in the country for over 25 years. To be eligible for these loans, the women are interviewed, Mae Antoinette Yee-Romero, who came to Fort St. James their skills are assessed and their loan or business proposals are after meeting her now husband Miguel Romero, was an em- worked on through the organization. ployee of an organization which works across the Philippines, The women may also be eligible for training to help them and did work in the devastated areas. get started. Yee-Romero worked for the Negros Women for Tomorrow While no collateral is required, the organization and their Foundation, a micro finance organization which works inde- partners encourage the loan to be seen as a matter of dignity, pendently as well as with other institutions such as Kiva. and loan recipients are partnered up with others, creating a “I like it because of the thrust and the mission of the organi- support network, in case one month one of the group has exzation,” said Yee-Romero. tenuating circumstances, the other women pitch in to cover her She worked for the organization for seven years, starting repayment. out as an auditor and moving up to become head of their acThe payback rate is over 98 per cent, though the typhoon counting and finance department. will likely impact this statistic significantly for the next while. The organization, structured in the growing micro finance Loans can even be as small as US$25, and through partner model initially created in Bangladesh, offers interest-free mi- non profit organizations like Kiva, which bridge the gap becro finance loans to help those struggling in poverty. tween those in the First World willing to lend $25 to groups Negros Women for Tomorrow works mostly with women working in foreign countries with the people applying for and has 151,000 clients all over the region of Vasayos in the loans, anyone can donate a $25 loan towards these projects, Philippines. and can even look through the projects and select whichever Their entire loan portfolio is worth US$18.8 million, but one resonates with them. clients on average take individual loans of US$123.80. “It’s not a dole out,” said Yee-Romero. “It’s teaching them While these kinds of amounts may seem insignificant in af- to fish.” fluent North America, this can offer women an opportunity to One of the major benefits to the clients of the organization set up their own small business or purchase equipment which who take out these loans is the organization pays for them to could allow them to expand an existing business. have health insurance, which can make a massive difference to The average gross salary in the Phillipines was US$3,979 in

those suffering from extreme poverty, as access to even basic health care is normally out of their reach. The organization celebrated their 25th anniversary while Yee-Romero worked for them, before she came to Canada, and they published a book featuring 25 members helped by the organization over the years and some of these stories stayed with Yee-Romero. She recalls one testimonial in which the woman spoke of being so humbled by the trust shown by the organization in giving her the loan. She used the loan to grow her business by purchasing farm equipment and ended up being eventually able to purchase a simple vehicle to move her produce to market and to be able to build a concrete home for her family. She was also able to afford to send her children to school. “It’s really nice to hear these kind of stories and it makes your work fulfilling,” said Yee-Romero. “If they want to help themselves, we help them.” The organization has branches in the hard hit areas and YeeRomero said she knows the branches will be helping clients with emergency food and clothing, and they were filling their main branch with donations for the area when she spoke to The Courier. Once the rebuilding begins, organizations like Negros Women for Tomorrow will be able to help those families devastated by the disaster make new starts with businesses and replacing equipment destroyed in the disaster. Through organizations like Kiva, donations can be pooled and then given out to local groups like Negros Women for Tomorrow, which works directly with the loan recipients. Kiva is a non profit orginization working to alleviate poverty and is funded by donations and grants and Kiva does not take administrative fees from the loan money they receive, they facilitate the connections to the on-the-ground organizations and report to lenders. Kiva has a world-wide network of micro finance institutions and they use the internet to connect these institutions to the lenders. The repayment rate of the nearly 1.2 million loan recipients since Kiva started in 2005 is over 99 per cent. Interestingly, when you give a US$25 loan through Kiva, you can track the loan and when it is paid back, you can then once again loan out the same $25 to another borrower or withdraw the money back. Kiva’s website allows the lender to select the type and location of project he or she would like to fund, from helping a Bolivian farmer purchase a tractor to helping a Ghanese grocer purchase more stock. This holiday season, it might be a nice option to spend some of the holiday budget on trying out micro finance for yourself or in lieu of a token gift. It may just change someones life. For more information on Negros Women for Tomorrow or Kiva, go to: and

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November 27, 2013 edition of the Caledonia Courier

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