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City tackling heavy snowfall The forecast for the next seven days is more and more snow. Council heard Wednesday all of the city’s plowing equipment will be on the roads today and through the weekend. The city hopes to get to the residential streets by Friday and the crews will be working through the weekend. Private contractors are also being added to the fleet, which doubles the number of vehicles available to the city. To learn more about the snow removal efforts, a snow operations map can be found at

Nelson Mandela Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Three-time world skating champ Elvis Stojko may be known for his fancy footwork on the ice but Sunday he has lots of magic in his hands too. Stojko was one of several champion skaters to perform Sunday at Holiday Festival on Ice at CN Centre.

Picket lines up Sat. Bill Phillips Picket lines will be up at city facilities at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. “Every (city facility) that is open, we will have pickets up,” said CUPE local 1048 president Janet Bigelow yesterday. CUPE Locals 399 and 1048 served 72hour strike notice on the city Wednesday following an interim ruling on essential services by the Labour Relations Board Wednesday. “Nothing is set in stone,” said Bigelow. “The ruling was put in place so we can carry on.” Under the order, the Labour Relations Board determined that essential services

will include all or portions of snow clearing, utilities operations, equipment operators in parks and solid waste departments (on call for spill response), police support services, fleet services (eight positions), fire payroll, animal control officer (on call as needed), IT department (on call), civic facilities (two positions), wastewater collection and treatment (nine positions), water plants and distribution (four positions). The unions have agreed to give 72 hours notice of any picketing or strike action at the Kin arenas, the Coliseum, CN Centre or Elksentre. They also agree to allow the victim services coordinator to work and that if they picket the RCMP detachment or firehall, that that it is done in a way that members of the public and fire and police vehicle have unimpeded access.

Should there be strike action, the city will use management and excluded personnel “to the best extent” possible and those who are deemed essential will be expected to work 60 hours per week. However, those essential services could still change, said Bigelow, as the ruling is only interim and negotiations over essential service levels could continue. As to negotiations on a new contract, Bigelow said the union is still willing to negotiate. “The union has always been willing to come to the table if there is something new and meaningful put on the table,” she said. “If not, then it’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money.” Operations Superintendent Bill Gaal could not be reached for comment at press time.

condolence book From December 11 to 18, individuals are invited to visit the YMCA in Prince George located at 2020 Massey Drive to pay their respects by signing a memorial book in Nelson Mandela’s honour. The book will be forwarded to YMCA Canada who will present them to the Mandela family through the Canadian Friends of Nelson Mandela.

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Secondary suite bylaw rejected Ashley MacDonald-Venis Special to Free Press A bylaw establishing a fee for secondary suites in Prince George was rejected without a vote by city council on Wednesday. The bylaw, which was an item from the core review, was the city’s attempt to crack down on landlords or homeowners with illegal suites in Prince George by charging them a fee of up to $800 a year. For a suite to be considered legal it must comply with the B.C. building code and have an occupancy permit, meet zoning regulations and have a business license. If a resident has a suite that is legal, the fee they would have been charged was $400 a year, which included $155 for a business licence. If a suite was illegal, then the annual fee would have been $800 a year. Mayor Shari Green was concerned with how the cost of those fees was determined and how the city can charge for something that is illegal. “Are we not complicit in condoning the illegalness of a suite if we charge a fee for it to be so?” said Mayor Green. “The fee is intended to represent the added burden that suite presents to city infrastructure; by imposing a bylaw that imposes such fees, the city is not condoning the illegal use in any way,” said Walter Babich, director of legislative services. Over a three-year period, water consumption in legal suites increased between 34 per cent and 50 per cent, which is reflected in the proposed fee cost, according to Ian Wells, director of planning and development. Among several of the issues that council brought up, Coun. Dave Wilbur spoke about the safety concerns

involved with illegal suites and how the fee would ensure the suites would be up to code. Among the items a building inspector is looking for in a secondary suite are proper windows, fire safety plan and drywall separation, all of which are safety concerns. “This city touts itself as being affordable and what we try and do is retain population, attract new population and the reality is that many of these illegal suites are occupied by seniors and students and those just starting out. In talking to some folks that are in the circumstance of ownership they tell me it’s probable that a good part of this [fee] will be passed along to the tenants,” said Coun. Wilbur. Coun. Garth Frizzell said there is a lack of housing across Canada and rental suites aren’t being built currently, therefore attempting to introduce more fees to landlords, which could potentially affect rental prices, isn’t a good idea. Green suggested that in the future, should illegal suites continue to be an issue, installing water meters on all homes could be considered. Meters, she added, would be able to determine the actual cost to the city rather than an average. In 2007, the City’s zoning bylaw went into effect, allowing secondary suites in all single family dwellings if they meet the following criteria: can’t be located in a single detached housing; only one secondary suite per house; the suite can’t be bigger than 40 per cent of the main house; and the suite isn’t in conjunction with any tourist accommodations. According to BC Assessment, there are 1,437 secondary suites in Prince George, but only 110 business licenses have been issued for secondary suites.

Allan WISHART/Free Press Kristin Ward was volunteering Wednesday morning at one of the Salvation Army kettles inside Pine Centre – and very happy to be inside.

Salvation Army kettles need a lot of help Allan Wishart Capt. Neil Wilkinson of the Prince George Salvation Army sums it up simply. “We’re doing terrible.” Wilkinson says the Christmas Kettle Campaign has a goal of $250,000 for this year, and so far, only about $80,000 has been raised. “People need to remember this is our major fundraiser for the year,” Wilkinson say. “Without the money from the kettles, it will be a challenge to rub two nickels together to make it through the season.” He says the kettle campaign does usually start off

slow, but this year he’s heard of something else. “Talking with some of the retailers in the city, they’re saying things are slow so far for them as well.” And if people aren’t going to the stores, they aren’t seeing the kettles. “Exactly.” What makes it more difficult for the group to get the campaign going is a shortage of volunteers. “Our volunteer count is down this year, so we could use some more help there as well.” Anyone interested in putting in some time with one of the kettles can call the Salvation Army at 250-564-4000. The kettle campaign runs until Dec. 24 at 4 p.m.



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Courts keeping busy In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 9: Eugene O. Sill was found guilty of driving while prohibited, sentenced to 14 days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis, placed on probation until the expiration of the jail term, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year Carlos J. Vaillancourt was found guilty of four counts of break and enter, sentenced to 23 months in jail and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Blair Peters was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 57 days in jail. Duane T. Vallee was found guilty of mischief

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Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following person who is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant. As of 0920hrs this 11th day of December 2013, Josephine Mae JOSEPH (B: 1976-06-21) is wanted on a British Columbia Josephine Mae wide warrant for THEFT UNDER JOSEPH $5000. JOSEPH is described as a 150 cm or 4’11” First Nations female, 150 cm or 4’ 100 kg or 221 lbs. 11” tall and weighs 100 kg or 221 lbs. JOSEPH has brown hair and brown eyes. JOSEPH should be considered violent.

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tion of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Vallee was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 45 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 10: Kristina M. Randahl was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to eight days in jail. Charlene M. Redcrow was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking and sentenced to one day in jail. Redcrow was also found guilty of a second count of failing to comply with an undertaking, being unlawfully in a dwellinghouse and two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to one day in jail and placed on probation for 18 months. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 11: Matthew D.P. Leblanc was found guilty of breaking and entering, sentenced to 180 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Leblanc was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Leblanc

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was also found guilty of a second count of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 32 days in jail. Desmond R. Morrison was found guilty of assaulting a peace officer, sentenced to 34 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Morrison was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Morrison was also found guilty of two more counts of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 45 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Mervin Poole was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to one day in jail. Matthew Prell was found guilty of mischief, fined $1,000 and assessed a victim surcharge of $150. Keith T. Prince was found guilty of resisting a peace officer, sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Prince was also found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to six days in jail. Prince was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 10 days in jail. Prince was also found guilty of three more counts of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

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Steelworkers reject Canfor offer Bill Phillips Steelworkers have fairly resoundingly rejected the latest contract offer from Canfor. Members voted 89 per cent to reject the fiveyear deal that was reached last month between the company and the union. At issue, for the membership, were shift changes and a competitive clause. “They (Canfor) certainly know that’s something

they’re not prepared to go to,” said Frank Everitt, Local 1-424 president, referring to a 5/10 shift clause that would see workers do four, 10-hour shifts, with one day off in the middle of the week. Another clause that the union membership balked at was a “competitive” proposal. “The competitive clause said that if anyone else was able to negotiate an agreement that was less than the Canfor deal, then Canfor got the lower price,” said Everitt. “… Maybe three months from now there’s a deal that’s more economically favourable than the one we did with Canfor and we

drop down to that level. It’s like a pig in a poke, so we’re not doing it.” The proposal only applied if wages went down in a subsequent deal, not up. The two sides are now back to the table and Everitt said they have

informed Canfor that those clauses have to be changed. The union is in a position to strike. “Hopefully we’ll be able to succeed in reaching a successful conclusion short of a strike,” he said.

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Canada Post will end home delivery by 2019 Canada Post delivers mail to 24,179 doors in Prince George. That service will end by 2019 as the Crown Corporation tries to balance its books. “The one third of Canadian households that still receive their mail at their door will be converted to community mailbox delivery over the next five years,” according to Canada Post’s five-point plan released Wednesday morning. The other two thirds already

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City, union argue over who’s at fault Bill Phillips With CUPE members able to go on strike tomorrow morning, the city is firing back in the labour dispute that has gone public in a big way. “During both bargaining and essential service talks the city has remained focused on continuing this labour dispute rather than working towards reaching a fair and reasonable agreement,” said CUPE 1048 president Janet Bigelow, in a press release. “We have been attempting to work out essential services for months but the city has refused to engage in any meaningful discussions with the union.” A statement from operations superintendent Bill Gaal, entitled “City of Prince George set the record straight,” was sent to media late Tuesday saying the city is not the stumbling block in returning to negotiations. “The city’s bargaining team is willing to resume meaningful talks with union representatives at any time,” reads the statement. “On many occasions, it has been the union which has not been prepared to meet. The city has always been prepared for all confirmed negotiation sessions.” The city statement takes issue with a union statement claiming that the dispute is not about money. However, “that is the only issue remaining on the table. The city statement also points out that it has been accommodating to the union with its strike mandate. The original mandate was set to expire December 6, the statement said, but the city agreed to extend it for 10 days so the

parties could agree on essential services. When it comes to determining essential services, the city position is that community safety comes first. “After five days of attempting to reach agreement on essential services, three days’ directly with the union and two days with a mediator, so little progress had been made that the city decided to refer all essential services issues to the Labour Relations Board for adjudication,” reads the city statement. “The city is unwilling to make compromises on any essential services that would put public health and safety at risk. For example, the city is adamant that services such as police, wastewater treatment, drinking water distribution, and snow clearing be maintained at safe levels throughout any Allan WISHART/Free Press labour disruption.” Brittany Macelheron puts a pretzel ‘log’ on her gingerbread house in the kitchen used The city statement also by the CNC Professional Chef students. The finished products are on display in the CNC takes issue with comments library, where there is a silent auction running until Dec. 20. Money raised will be used by that senior city administrathe students to purchase needed items for the Prince George SPCA. tors are getting a better deal. cent annual increases for CUPE workers dispute goes on the more this lawyer gets “Contrary to reports, wage during the same period. No management paid. It’s time for the city to get serious rates for city management staff have increases have been offered for 2013 or about resolving this dispute” not increased since 2012,” according are planned for 2014.” The city has proposed a four-year setto the statement. “Wage rate increases “The city has a bargaining team of tlement with no wage increases in 2013 for management staff over the past five experienced managers and their chief or 2014 and two per cent wage increases years are as follows: 2008 – 3.0 per cent, negotiator is a high-profile lawyer from in 2015 and 2016. 2009 – 3.0 per cent, 2010 – 2.4 per cent, Vancouver,” said Bigelow. “Taxpayers The union has been seeking two per 2011 – 2.8 per cent, 2012 – 2.5 per cent. should be concerned that the longer this cent per year for the next three years. These increases compare with three per

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Ready to shut the doors Liquidation World closing all Canadian stores The American company that bought Canadian Liquidation World two years ago now says it’s closing its stores in Canada. The move, to take place early next year, would affect the downtown Prince George store. In a release, Big Lots says it hasn’t achieved its goal of moving the Liquidation World business to a profitable standing. “We have not been able to gain the nec-

essary traction in the Canadian marketplace that had originally been anticipated,� Big Lots said in its release. The American retailer purchased Liquidation World, which had been in financial distress, in 2011 for $20 million and by assuming debt. Big Lots announced plans to add to the 92 stores Liquidation World had operating. Today, however, the number of Liquidation World stores stands at 73 stores.

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YOUR CITY MATTERS December 13, 2013 The City requests written comment from any person, organization, or agencies that may be affected by this amendment to the OCP. Please forward any written submissions by January 6th, 2013 to the Community Planning Division at 1100 Patricia Boulevard, PG V2L 3V9, Fax: 561-7721, Email: mstanker@city.

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Connections buses taking holiday break With the holidays coming up, the NH Connections program, operated by Northern Health, will be taking a break. The last run from Vancouver to Prince George will be Dec. 21, with the reverse trip being made the next day. All the other trips NH Connections makes are return trips for clients who need to travel outside their home community for non-emergency health services. The last trip from Valemount to Prince George will be Dec. 17. The last run from Prince George to Prince Rupert will be Dec. 22, as will the Prince George to Fort St. John run. The last return run for the year will be from Prince George to Mackenzie on Dec. 23. Regular service resumes in early January. The Connections call centre will close at noon on Dec. 24 and reopen for Dec. 30 and 31. It will be closed again on Jan. 1 and resume normal hours on Jan. 2. For more information on the holiday schedule and on the full NH Connections program, visit the website at NHConnectionsmedicaltravelservice.aspx, e-mail, or call the booking centre at 1-888-647-4997.


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Request for Comment OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW NO. 8383, 2011 AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 8550. The City of Prince George is considering an amendment to City of Prince George Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 8383, 2011 to amend Schedule B-6: Future Land Use by RE-DESIGNATING Lot 27 and 28, Block 92, District Lot 343, Cariboo District, Plan 1268 (subject property) from Neighbourhood Residential to Neighbourhood Centre Residential; and AMENDING Section 8.3.42 to permit a health service, minor use along Lethbridge Street. The proposed changes to the OCP will facilitate a rezoning application to allow a health service, minor use on the subject property. More information regarding this application can be viewed on the City of Prince George website

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• Won a Provincial competition and have gone on to participate in a Western Canadian, National competition or competition within a designated geographic area as recognized by the sponsoring organization; OR • Won the right or been selected to represent the City, the Province, and/or Canada at an international competition. On occasion, those activities that are considered to be in pursuit of excellence are eligible for funding. Applications are now available at the Community Services Department in City Hall or on the City web site Applications must be submitted after the travel has occurred and are reviewed in June and December of each year. For more information call 250-561-7646.

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Three charged Assault convictions get jail and probation after drug raid

In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 15: Marlena F. Ghostkeeper was found guilty of false pretense and two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, received a conditional sentence of four months and placed on probation for 12 months. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 16: Sharon B. Desjarlais was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and placed on probation for one year. Blaine G. Hanson was found guilty of mischief, sentenced to 27 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Clinton T. Joseph was found guilty of assault, sentenced to nine days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis and placed on probation for one year. Joseph was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking, fined $250 and assessed a victim surcharge of $37.50. Ursula F. Monk was found guilty of two counts of failing to Teresa MALLAM/Free Press comply with a probation Free Press reporter catches Gaston Gilliard in the act... of reading order and sentenced to to his son Gaston Jr. at Artspace on Saturday. The pair were enjoyone day in jail. ing The Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton. Patricia A. Schachfound guilty of possession of a controlled subinger was found guilty stance and sentenced to one day in jail. of resisting a peace officer, fined $300 and assessed Ivan C. Skin was found guilty of uttering threats a victim surcharge of $45. and sentenced to 60 days in jail. Skin was also Timothy J. Seymour was found guilty of assault, found guilty of failing to comply with a probation sentenced to 55 days in jail and placed on proba- order and sentenced to 26 days in jail. Skin was also found guilty of a second count of failing to tion for 18 months. comply with a probation order and sentenced to 40 Seymour was also found guilty of failing to days in jail. Skin was also found guilty of two other comply with a condition counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 45 days in jail. of an undertaking and Kevin R. Zaporoski was found guilty of failing sentenced to 30 days in to comply with a probation order, fined $100 and jail. assessed a victim surcharge of $15. Jordan Shaw was

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Three people have been charged after Prince George RCMP executed a search warrant at a house on Ahbau Street this past weekend. On Saturday, at 2:30 a.m, members of the Prince George RCMP Crime Reduction Team raided the suspected drug house in the 1100 block of Ahbau Street. Police arrested two men, a woman and a female youth without incident. A search of the home resulted in the seizure of a loaded, prohibited .22 calibre firearm. Of concern to the police was that the firearm was not secured properly and was readily accessible to the suspects. Police also seized methamphetamine, crack cocaine and heroin, along with an assortment of drug trafficking paraphernalia. Bruce Willier, 34, and Ashley Joseph, 26, have both been charged with possession of a prohibited firearm. Willier also faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled

substance. Mathew Alston, 30, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and a number of charges relating to his court-imposed bail conditions. Willier has been remanded in custody until his next court date, scheduled for Wednesday, December 18. Alston has been remanded in custody until his next court date, scheduled for Thursday, December 12. Joseph was released from custody and will be appearing in court in the New Year. The female youth was released without charge. If you have any information about illegal firearms or drug activity in the Prince George area, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)2228477, online at (English only).

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Can’t keep paying In what seems like a rare moment of lucidity, city council wisely let a bylaw that would charge a fee to secondary suite owners die on the table. It was the right thing to do and council should be commended for deciding against it. The issue, however, is indicative of a disturbing trend these days … user pay for everything. More and more we see governments adopting the mindset that the public they serve are a burden on the WRITER’S BLOCK “business” of governing. BILLPHILLIPS The rationale behind the secondary suite issue was that people in secondary suites are a burden on city services. The thinking with secondary suites is that they move more people into a neighbourhood, thus increasing the need for services. It’s logical, but falls short in the real world. Under the proposed new bylaw, a couple with no kids renting out a room in the basement would be charged the $800 for a secondary suite (assuming it wasn’t licenced). Once again, the rationale is that they add demand to city services … more toilet flushes, more garbage, more everything. Which is true. However, it doesn’t address the fact that a couple with six kids would not pay the fee, although they would create much more demand on city services.

It’s a disturbing trend for those who pay their city taxes in exchange for city services. The problem is we seem to, more and more, pay our taxes but receive less in services. The user-pay model isn’t the worst one in the world, but neither is the property-tax model to pay for services. The problem is we are, more and more, getting both. We are going down the user-pay road, but without any relief on property taxes. The end result is we are simply getting gouged. It’s a fair question to ask: If we have to pay extra for every service we get from the city (or whatever level of government), what are we paying taxes for? When politicians wonder why people get so angry, it’s that … in a nutshell. We are paying more for less. Regarding secondary suites, it’s something that requires more than just charging people. The big problem is most of them are unlicenced and, as such, are illegal. As Mayor Shari Green pointed out, charging a fee for something that is illegal is a little bit silly. In essence, it would legalize them. However, there is a real concern over secondary suites in that if they are not properly constructed there are hazards … fire from improperly installed stoves being a biggie. Simply charging an $800 fee will force homeowners with secondary suites to go further underground than they already are, not come forward and own up to their suite and have it inspected. If the city wants to deal with secondary suites, deal with the problem of secondary suites, not the problem of balancing the books.

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Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Artisan Deborah Watson adjusts a plume on one of her handcrafted mini hats at the Prince George Chateau’s crafts and bake sale on Saturday.

Snow falling on cedars – and cars Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Gas-ette magazine and I worked in credit What? That lead is taken? Hard to believe and collections. It was my task to inform but great minds think alike. The snow our customers with overdue bills that their brings out the best in us who gas would be cut off – within 48 live in B.C. northern towns, hours – if they didn’t pay up their brave the cold winds and accounts or make a satisfactory drive the wintry roads. Right arrangement for payment. We now I am at my desk, dreadissued lock-off notices by mail but ing going home because that quite often they got ignored, so we will entail cleaning a foot of followed up with personal phone snow off the roof of my car. calls. Here at the office I have Utilities with a heart. everything I need. CofThey picked me to work the fee machine, water cooler, lock off list because I had a way internet and a box of Rogers’ of “reasoning” with people and TEA WITH TERESA actually get them to come in with chocolates just delivered by TERESAMALLAM their payments. One extremely Purolator. Oh, and a room full of my best buddies all of cold day in January, it was about whom stayed in for lunch and so we are get- 38 below, I was at my desk determined ting very sick of the sight of each other. that every household on the list – which I My first “real” job was at Greater Winnichecked twice, just like Santa’s list – would peg Gas Company. I was editor of our little be phoned. That meant working overtime.

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Outside the wind was blowing hard and the snow was falling fast. We had huge, heavy binders for customer accounts before we made the transition from manual to IBM (around the time Moses wrote on the “other” tablets) and we wrote our notes in the margins of the bound computer customer account printouts. The work took a long time. I stayed with the company several years and I’m quite sure no shut offs for nonpayment were done in frigid temperatures and especially with fragile customers while I was there. But I did hear horror stories in the newspaper – before I worked for them – about little old pensioners and poor people who got their utilities cut off in error. On the night I stayed behind to run down my lock off list, the buses had stopped running, the taxi cab company phones rang busy and because I was young and had not yet earned enough money to buy a car, I

relied on public transportation (and the, um, occasional boyfriend with a car) to get me around the city. So I still remember that long, cold walk down Portage Avenue and the few miles home in the bitter, biting cold. Wearing my old muskrat coat (from my grandmother), a wool hat and my snowmobile gloves, I was braced for the winter weather but I had not planned to be out in it for so long. My story has a warm, fuzzy ending. The next day, my supervisor looked over my lock-off list and told me one man had called to thank the company for having the courtesy to call and remind him of his overdue bill. I think I got a big, fat raise – but maybe my mind is just playing tricks on me. That can happen when you have a sugar rush from eating too much chocolate and you stay outside too long in the parking lot trying to uncover your white car under an avalanche of white snow.

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Early Cougar goal a big help As I went about my business on since I still had another home game No, I assured them, the Cougars eration Red Nose on time Saturday. At first I thought Saturday morning and afternoon, against Kootenay on Tuesday to get had scored about five minutes into (Although I’m not sure if some of Mark Holick and Dan the thought kept coming my action shot for the paper. the first period, and I had the evithe other volunteers were as thankO’Connor back to my mind: What if But I needed to be doing somedence on my camera. ful, since I think they had figured had they had gotten the date thing to keep my mind off the clock, So thanks to Mark and Dan, for on some quiet time before I showed gotten wrong, and now the playsteadily ticking away above centre making sure I was able to get to Opup.) the date ers figured there was no ice. wrong. real need to get the early The Cougars took a penalty, and In goal? my heart sank. Tri-City would alconversaBy the time I got to the most certainly control the puck now tions last rink Saturday evening, I in the Prince George end, another week with was a bundle of nerves. two minutes would be gone. Cougars (Editor’s Note: No, he The Cougars killed off the penalty coach wasn’t.) I could see the and went on the attack. Holick teams playing scoreless Suddenly, the puck was in as Tyler and team ALLAN’S AMBLINGS Mrkonjic put one past the Tri-City ALLANWISHART through six rounds of the media shootout with the game goaltender. relations The stands erupted, with teddy guru O’Connor, I asked not ending until somewhere close to bears and toques raining down from if they could make sure midnight, and Operation Red Nose already up and running for a few all sections. The Cougar players and the team scored early hours before I got over there. assigned volunteers grabbed shovels in Saturday’s game. Oh, I knew the volunteers at and, in a practiced drill, moved the “That’s Teddy Bear Operation Red Nose would be fine bears away from the boards, so the and Toque Toss night,” without me, but that was what woreight pick-up trucks could circle the I explained, “so I ried me. If they found out they didn’t rink and be loaded with the bears. have to be there to really need me there as a volunteer, I shot a lot of pictures in a short get the rain of bears would they be as willing to put up period of time, then got back to my and toques after the with my insults and bad jokes? vehicle and headed over to Operafirst goal. But I’m also The puck dropped for the game tion Red Nose. volunteering for Opbetween the Cougars and Tri-City “You’re here already?” one of the eration Red Nose that Americans, and I started taking picvolunteers said when I came in. “Is night, so if they could tures. There was no real reason to, someone else covering the game?” score early, it would help.” Both laughed, and informed me that (contrary to the thoughts of many hockey fans) neither the coach nor the broadcaster can actually control what happens on the ice. So I went to Friday’s *(in stock items only) Pink in the Rink game, knowing my deadline • NEW! 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es, we know the weather outside is frightful, but it really is time for a cooling-off period. With CUPE locals 1048 and 399 legally in a position to strike tomorrow morning, it’s time the Labour Relations Board ordered a cooling-off period between the locals and the city. The two sides have been negotiating a contract for months now and it has degenerated to the ridiculous state of both the union and the city adamantly stating, through the media and not to each other, that they are willing to sit down at the bargaining table. Common sense suggests that if two parties are willing to bargain, then they should be able to. Instead, they point the finger at the other side, tagging them as the culprit. That’s over and above the silliness that has been going on. The union has targeted Mayor Shari Green’s trip to China as emblematic of excess when, in fact, it cost the city very little, as well as the city’s move to hire a director of communications (which, ironically, this mess has proved the city sorely needs). However, the city responded with its stupid poll containing leading questions about union wage levels (ask the same people the same question but insert management salaries instead of union salaries and the answers would have been the same). The rhetoric, especially over the past couple of weeks, has definitely been ramped up, by both sides. It is clear to pretty much everyone that negotiations are going nowhere. The two can’t even agree on what essential service levels will be, forcing the Labour Relations Board to make that determination. It’s time that cooler heads prevailed. It’s time for a cooling-off period.

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feel the need ... the need for speed.” From Top Gun, the movie. Having spent $14 billion on highways over the past decade, the provincial Liberal government is now wondering if it should let people apply a little more pressure on the pedal by embarking on a review of highway speed regulations. Specifically, the province is wondering if speed limits should be increased on long stretches of highway between communities. It’s as if the province is now saying, “Hey, we just spent a wad of cash on asphalt ... now go have some fun.” The real challenge is not in engineering highways so they are safer by widening shoulders, putting in passing lanes, installing plenty of information signs and the like. The real challenge is the person behind the wheel of any vehicle. Ask any police officer who patrols the province’s highways and the answer will be the same – accidents happen from people who think they can drive safely at any speed or by aggressive drivers who are absolutely convinced they need to be someplace 10 minutes faster. Any review by the province needs to consider the human factor before unleashing higher speed limits. In any event, the province seems to have written off northwestern B.C. Only two speed review meetings are scheduled for the north – one in Dawson Creek and the other in Prince George. – Terrace Standard

The season ... of food Tis the season! Avoid the cheese platter. Most cheeses are fairly well The activities that abound during the Christmas and loaded with fat and salt. Nibble a piece or two along with New Year holidays are an appropriate antidote to the colder your glass of wine but take it real easy on the quantity. The weather and shorter days. It is a time to gather with friends fruit tray is a great alternative to cheeses. There are often and family, share old traditions and perhaps start a few new vegetable trays as well and they are a great alternative. Just ones. remember that tasty dip is liable to be a calorie One can count on an abundance of food and bomb. Have a little dip; why not, but just take a drink, much of it well outside of what anyone tiny bit. would describe as healthy. The temptation will The frozen tidbits bought in a package and be there and most of us will surrender. Why do popped into the oven are wonderfully conveso many of the “bad” foods taste so darn good? nient for your host. They are usually loaded with Bring on the sugar, salt and tasty fats seems to fats and salt, and are best to be avoided. be the order of the day through this period. Pastries and cakes are a sugar hit. That said, As a dedicated foodie, I love to cook but I who would be enough of a masochist to deny love eating even more. My passion for food themselves a good butter tart or other special had the predictable result. My weight steadily treat? Just keep in mind that that wonderful increased year after year. When my six foot one flaky pastry is that way because of all the fats in frame was carrying 245 pounds, change had it. ONSIDE to happen. With the help of doctors, dieticians Chocolate must be a health food. The added VICBOWMAN sugar sure does increase the calories. Denial is and copious research to expand my knowledge combined with increased moderate exercise, I impossible but moderation is possible. managed to shed 50 pounds. That was a steady loss averagThen there are the drinks. Pop will load up the sugar ing about a pound per month. calories. Alcohol, perhaps with the exception of wine, is just It wasn’t easy and the bounty of the festive season scares a bunch of empty calories. It is a good time of year to just the heck out of me. It would be so easy to indulge in all avoid it. Ask your hosts for a glass of water, they may be that good food and drink. If I did, the pounds would soon surprised but happy to serve you some. reappear. With some excellent advice from the professionThe big dinner is a killer. All you can do is try to take less als, I have developed a strategy which allows me to yield to and eat more slowly. It is not an occasion to get too carried temptation but not get carried away. It has worked reasonaway with calories. ably well over the past three years. I’m pleased to share it The season is a time to relax with family and friends. It with you. should be a happy time and getting too distracted with diFirst is quantity. When it tastes so good, we want to eat etary worries can be a bit of a damper unless one is careful. more. Be moderate and deliberately eat slowly. Savour the Enjoy, but be moderate and you won’t be making the lose flavour a little longer and consume less. weight resolution at New Years. | 250-564-0504

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Spending, taxes, and something Editor: Can one councillor make a difference? Difficult, but possible, because it comes down to persuading others at the table. For the record, I support a Performance Arts Center. Financing, however, remains a problem and should not cause an increase in taxes. I believe there is a solution that has to be explored a bit more. It is well known that I am supporting, and have initiated, a motion to limit any required tax increase to the cost of living, which was 1.5 per cent last year. It would force administration to develop a tight budget, which can be debated at budget deliberation time. Balancing user fees is a very tricky business and there certainly is the danger that they may be too high for one application and possibly too low for another. Communication with

mayor and council is essential because feedback will help to point to wrong decisions. Although I could write a book after being on council for two years, I follow up with only a few general comments and promise to provide more of my opinion at a later date: We are all in this together. We all like Prince George and we all want to make it a better place than it is already. It is not about one or two groups and it is not about the union, the employers, the businesses, organizations, churches, societies, etc. alone. It has to be a holistic approach when it comes to taxes and fees, etc. as city revenue. With the taxpayer as a shareholder of the city and city hall managing the investment, it is normal that the shareholder wants the best bang for the buck. It means that the shareholder, taxpayer, is expecting a lean

(not mean), very efficient and financially prudent operation that still can deliver services that are needed as a return of the investment. Here it becomes difficult, finding the right equilibrium between taxes and services, as well as long time investments, like capital projects, etc. Mayor and council, as the board of the operation, are setting the direction, approving the budget (or not) and setting the tax levy. I believe that we can budget tighter and can be even more efficient than we are. It is far too easy to go to the taxpayer, the investor, and ask, no order, paying more taxes. Yes, everything cost more over time but the cycle of high tax increases above the cost of living has to stop. Albert Koehler, PhD Councillor

Will recently charged gun owner receive fair treatment? Editor: If dangerous repeat sex-offenders deserve a fair trial, and a code of professionalism, then “Indefensible.” so too does Mr. Haus. I hope that Mr. Karl Haus will receive the benefit of a fair trial, and high quality legal With two newspapers smearing Mr. Haus with full front-page coverage, at a time when representation. tens of thousands drown and lose their homes in the Phillippines, how can anyone receive a The Charter of Rights and Freedoms clearly states, “innocent until proven guilty.” fair trial with such biased over-reporting and defamation? What is bigger news? I sincerely hope that the M. Warner’s of the world can grasp the importance of this basic Lastly, merry Christmas, peace on earth, and goodwill to all mankind. human right. Given the fact that the Liberal-authored Bill C-68 has invested billions of taxPhil Hewkin dollars in a blatant campaign of contempt, distrust, and hatred of Canadian gun Prince George owners, it is highly unlikely that Karl Haus will receive any fair treatment. The fact that the front-page coverage of his arrest made Mr. Haus appear to be a potential James Rozko waiting in the wings. This sort of extreme prejudice reminds me of the infamous witch hunts and subsequent “trials by fire” ... where any accused was absolved of “guilt” be dying naturally by burning or drowning, rather than escaping certain, horrible death via black magic. Mr. Haus is a productive member of society, first and foremost. He pays taxes and pays other persons’ wages with his successful bakery. Given his recent encounter with the law, the net outcome could result in a complete loss of productivity as well as a societal tax-burden of incarceration, if Mr. Warner gets his Christmas wish. This combined cost to the public purse likely exceeds $250,000, given that one year in prison costs the taxpayer about $100,000 annually. Do we really need to attack an honest man (innocent until proven guilty) and deplete his resources with exorbitant legal fees, as well as the aforementioned cost to charge, process and incarcerate an otherwise productive, successful businessman? I certainly hope not. Canada boasts amnesty for those persecuted foreign dissidents who flee political persecution. What possible consideration can be afforded Karl Haus? None. Allan WISHART/Free Press For he is a ‘gun owner’. Santas and snowmen and candy canes, oh my. There are plenty of great displays along God bless Sheldon Clare for standing up for Mr.Haus, who deserves the benCandy Cane Lane, located once again near Van Bien Elementary. efit of fair, equal application of the law.


Gaming, and its rules, benefit many Regarding: Game for gaming law change, Free Press, November 29. As the president of the Northern Interior Communities Association, a non-profit whose mandate is to work with groups and charities who apply for community gaming grants and act as a conduit of information between the groups and the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch that administers these grants, I welcome the opportunity to further illuminate regarding charitable gaming in British Columbia. As Vic Bowman and David Johnston lament the loss of raffles and bingos for fundraising efforts for charities, it is important to note that groups can still provide these, they must simply apply either online at licences/index.htm, at the Service BC office on 1044 Fifth Ave, or at the local GPEB office at 211 1577 Seventh Avenue in Prince George for a license that outlines their usage and guidelines. Charities are in a constant struggle to survive with limited funding and with less and less volunteers. It was not just the loss of the raffles and bingos that drew the volunteer away but rather the decline of society unwilling to contribute.

More often than the not the volunteer is either a parent who has invested interests in their children’s academic, artistic or recreational pursuit or an elder/senior who has more time available and the generational need to contribute to our community. There are those rare folk, myself included, who volunteer with only the desire to make a difference. As a former bingo association, NICA has seen the need to evolve as gaming legislation and ministry policies change. With over 140 member groups in Prince George, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, 100 Mile House, Likely, Williams Lake and now Terrace, we serve their interests with free community workshops on the community gaming application process, work with them one on one with individual applications and provide a voice to the provincial government with recommendations and suggestions regarding the state of charitable gaming. The days of running bingos and raffles without a licence are over, as are the days of offering almost any service without a certificate of some sort. Policies are in place to streamline information and to provide a guideline of consistency regarding revenue and winnings. I know of a

service club who had challenges with their own fundraising in that a volunteer, over time, was able to misappropriate money from the club to the detriment not only of the group’s finances but also to their morale. Policies and rules are in place to safeguard us all. Absolutely we should never accept a rule without question, but we should also realize that the greater harm is not safeguarding our own services and programs. A volunteer is a gift, one that keeps on giving if you show appreciation. When groups add up the volunteer hours required for their in-kind contribution not only is it staggering, it is often equivalent to a part-time or full-time position. On behalf of us all, I thank the volunteers that continue to make a difference and the charities, parent advisory councils, service clubs and all other non-municipal and non-regional groups who believe in making our communities a better place to live. Rarely without pay increases. Shawn Bellamy President Northern Interior Communities Association


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Come to the Cabaret ... and be entertained by a wonderful Hansel and Gretel show Teresa Mallam Tasty treats can tempt you – even if you’re not Hansel and Gretel. Audiences who come out to Christmas Cabaret this weekend will be treated to a warm-hearted production of Hansel and Gretel and cabaretstyle variety show featuring top talent like mezzo-soprano Melanie Nicol and singer-poet Jim Brinkman. Three presentations of Christmas Cabaret run Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at Artspace above Books and Company. The lively concert will be performed in cabaret-style atmosphere with artistic director Lyn Vernon at the helm – and some delicious goodies on the table. “Vernon has had lead singing roles with Canadian and international opera companies and symphonic orchestras. She

now teaches voice from her studio in Prince George and produces concerts that showcase exceptional talent from the community,” says organizer Ruth Langner. Having travelled the world with her stellar operatic voice, Vernon now enjoys working with gifted local singers, mostly aged 12 and older. “A lot of my voice students are very talented,” Vernon told the Free Press at rehearsals Wednesday. “They are amateurs – but they’re really good quality amateurs and I wanted to give them a chance to perform. My idea for Christmas Cabaret began with a core group, an ensemble Song in Motion, and it just grew from there.” Vernon chose Hansel and Gretel to showcase their talents. “The most famous work of German composer Englebert Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel, is loosely based on a

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Courtney Hayhurst as Gretel, Finlay Peterson as Hansel and Barry Booth as the children’s father during rehearsals Wednesdsay for Lyn Vernon’s vision of Hansel and Gretel.

folk tale found in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Forests factor

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Melanie Nicol and Justin Frey perform a funny duet for Two Cats during rehearsals for Christmas Cabaret Wednesday evening at Artspace. The concert runs Dec. 13, 14 and 15. Tickets are at Books and Company.

prominently in German folklore where fairies, witches, and other supernatural characters take on human personalities. So the stage at Artspace is set for the second half of the show which opens with Act III of Hansel and Gretel with the Sandman (Melanie Nicol) putting the children to sleep.” Meanwhile an unforgettable14 angelic children [junior ballet students, aged three to eight years old] from Dance Your Hart Out guard the sleeping children. Other performers include Courtney Hayhurst as Gretel, Finlay Peterson as Hansel, Neyve Egger as the Narrator and Vernon as the Witch. “I wanted people to enjoy hearing classical music but instead of having [cast] just stand there and sing, I wanted them to be moving about so people could enjoy it even more.” For Vernon, the production is a little nostalgic. “I performed the role of the witch in Hansel and Gretel when we went on tour with the Vancouver Opera years ago and I’ve played the role of Hansel in Europe

so I thought this would be a good production for us.” In a release about the production, Vernon says: “Christmas Cabaret promises to deliver a cornucopia of delightful treats served up both on the tables and on the stage.” The first half of the program includes ieces from the timeless Merry Widow, a hilarious and uplifting choreographed Santa line dance and a “brilliant and funny” Duet for Two Cats with Melanie Nicol and Justin Frey. Another famous number, Sogno D’Amore, features Frey and Barry Booth with Inda Egan on violin and Peter Stevenson on piano, tells a tale of bittersweet love. Tickets for Christmas Cabaret are $25, available at Books and Company. Ticket price includes delicious sweets, other refreshments and of course gingerbread. Performances are Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 matinee at 3 p.m. Tables of four or more can be reserved by calling Ruth Langner at 250-563-3582 or





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Lighting up for Solstice owl and pin-pricked paper lanterns. The lanterns are being created at three Family Sunday sessions and will be used to help light the way for people during the Dec. 21 Winter Solstice Lantern Walk. “We’ve had open studio sessions here at Two Rivers Gallery where people have been making lanterns,” said programs director Carolyn Holmes. “This Sunday is the third session for making lanterns. We also

Teresa Mallam There will be lots of handcrafted lanterns to light up the night during this year’s Winter Solstice celebrations. Little elves and older ones too have been hard at work at Two Rivers Gallery recently, making paper lanterns in a different patterns and owl themes including colourful oil paper, paper

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Mental illness does not take a holiday. Not even at Christmas. The Prince George Canadian Mental Health Association provides a Christmas experience for those individuals who are dealing with chronic and persistent mental illness. Each year the local association gives muchneeded gifts for over 300 people as well as a dinner and dance for over 200 people. “Mental illness impacts one out of four individuals in their lifetime and for a small percentage of people, mental illness can become a reality that remains with them,” says a CMHA press release.

In the same way that a physical illness like diabetes requires monitoring and management, a mental illness may require the same level of care and consideration, it states. “Unfortunately the stigma attached to a chronic mental illness can result in a much different community response than what people generally experience with a chronic physical illness.” New unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Gift of Hope boxes in various locations throughout Prince George. Anyone who wants to provide funding for dinner and dance tikets can make donations at the office at 555 George St.



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had about 800 people come out to Light Up Ceremonies at the Civic Centre – and they made 600 lanterns. (It was a very popular event with children.) So leading up to Winter Solstice it will be a real celebration of light, and community and creativity.” Jovanka Djordjevich, a key organizer for the walk, was at Two Rivers Gallery Tuesday and noticed the progress on a giant snowy owl under construction with the help of community members who are taking it on as a project. The owl is a “guiding star” people can look for on the night of June 21 when they come out to take part in the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk. Djordjevich says the meandering walk from the Civic Centre is a perfect way for people who are usually so busy at this time of year to appreciate winter’s beauty and “slow down” and enjoy Teresa MALLAM/Free Press this winter wonderland An owl lantern made during family crafts sessions at Two Rivers we live in. Gallery waits for the big day, Dec. 21, to celebrate with the commu“It’s a wonderful way nity Winter Solstice walk that begins at PG Civic Centre. to celebrate the first day and return to the Civic Centre by studio sessions at the gallery are of winter in a winter city,” 7:30 p.m. free for members and $15 for she said. Two Rivers Gallery has been non-member family. WinterWinter Solstice Lantern Walk hosting lantern making at their Fest celebrations are organized takes place Saturday, Dec. 21 Sunday open studio sessions at by Welcome PG and take place starting at 7 p.m. at the Civic the gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. This at the Civic Centre from 4 to 8 Centre ice rink. Look for the Sunday, Dec. 15, is the final sesp.m. Come out and celebrate the snowy owl. Musicians, singers, sion before the walk to make a Winter Solstice and welcome the winter costumes and lanterns are lantern – this time a pin-pricked first day of winter and the return all welcome on the walk that will paper lantern. Sunday open of lighter days. make its way through downtown


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Teresa Mallam The pot of gold is not always at the end of a rainbow. Sometimes it is right in our own backyard. People in the local community have given generously to help children with disabilities in South Africa by dropping donations into a Terramundi money pot at Serengeti South African store. Teri Schell, who came to Canada from South Africa in 1994, opened the local specialty store last year. She says when the pot was broken Nov. 23, she was surprised to discover how much money had been raised. “There was $1,000 in there and that’s just from our customers who put in their change and made other cash donations,” she said. The funds, 100 per cent of them, go to Siyanithanda, which supports a centre for children with special needs and is based in the township of KwaNonqaba in Mossel Bay, South Africa, said Schell. The centre’s present needs are office equipment, a reliable vehicle and therapy equipment.

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The word Siyanithanda comes from isi-Xhosa and means “we love them.” According to an information pamphlet from Siyanithanda head office, children at the centre are given not just “unconditional love” but basic educational activities and three nutritious meals per day. “One hundred per cent of the donations will go to the children

in South Africa,” said Schell. Traditionally, the pots are used in Italy and once the first coin is dropped in, the pot must be fed until it is full. Then it is smashed while making a wish and it is customary to spend the money on good works. The centre serves about 45 local children with various disabilities. with love, basic educational activities and three

nutritious meals per day. Although the centre lacks suitable facilities and physical resources, it overflows with love and commitment to children. The Serengeti South African store is located at 1840 First Ave. and offers a wide variety of interesting, hard to find food and gift items, mostly from South Africa. For more information phone 250-277-8051.

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Red Nose ready for busy time Designated-driver program still needs volunteers To say Saturday was a busy night for Operation Red Nose volunteers in Prince George would be an understatement. “Saturday night,” spokesperson Andrea Johnson said in a press release, “we were busy non-stop from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., and most teams did between eight and 10 rides.” The free, seasonal, designateddriver service gets people and their vehicles home safely. The biggest problem Saturday, Johnson said, was a lack of volunteers. “Not everyone who called received

a ride, and that’s because we didn’t have enough teams on the road. We apologize for the wait and to those we did not get to, but we did our best.” At times Saturday night, all 16 teams on the ride had a ride assigned, and there were 20 more ride requests waiting at the dispatch office. By the end of the evening, they had provided 136 rides, more than the first two days this year combined. Saturday stood in marked contrast to Friday, when there were 18 teams,

but just 70 rides. “I think the cold weather probably had an effect,” Johnson said, “as a lot of people just stayed home. We had a lot of new volunteers out on Friday who also worked Saturday. “Despite being so busy Saturday, the road teams were great sports and they had a lot of fun.”

So far, the first two weekends of Operation Red Nose in Prince George have provided 337 rides, compared to 344 for the same period last year. The service operates again Dec. 13 and 14, and organizers expect this to be the busiest weekend of the season. They are looking to have between 20

and 25 teams on the road each night. If you have a vehicle and you need to get it and yourself home either of those nights, call 250962-RIDE between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. The service is free, and any donations go to youth sports programs through the Rotary Club of Prince George Nechako.

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Florida Georgia Line coming to CN Centre for a good time The south is coming north in April, and it is going to be a good time. Florida Georgia Line arrives at the CN Centre on their Here’s to the Good Times Tour – Saturday night, April 12, with tickets going on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets Friday, December 13, at 10 a.m. Florida Georgia Line has skyrocketed since releasing consecutive, multi-week No. 1 smashes in the U.S. and Canada with the gold-certified Round Here, platinum-certified Get Your Shine On and six times platinum Cruise. Breaking the record for longestrunning No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold over 6.1 million downloads in the U.S. alone and is the second best-selling Country single ever, according to SoundScan. FGL joins Brooks and Dunn as the only artists in history to have their first three singles hit No. 1 for multiple weeks each. It’s been more than two decades since a new country act has captured the public’s imagination the way Florida Georgia Line has. It’s the

kind of affirmation few young artists ever experience, and yet was just the cap on a year that saw Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard thrill audiences on tour dates with Alabama, Brantley Gilbert and Jake Owen; cut an EP and their first album Here’s to the Good Times with producer Joey Moi (Nickelback, Jake Owen); and sign a label deal with Republic Nashville – after selling nearly 200,000 digital downloads independently. They’re coming in to Prince George on a high note, winning six awards at the American Country Awards on Dec. 10, including Artist of the Year: New Artist; Radio Track of the Year and Radio Track of the Year: New Artist; and Single of the Year, Single of the Year: New Artist and Music Video of the Year: New Artists for Cruise. Joining Florida Georgia Line in Prince George are special guests Dallas Smith and The Chris Lane Band. Florida Georgia Line, Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the CN Centre. Tickets on sale Friday, December 13, at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations.

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Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Former U.S. national champion Kimmie Meissner spins on the ice Sunday at Holiday Festival on Ice much to the delight of the CN Centre crowd.

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The Forever Young Chorus and the Gospel Singers have joined together to present Born Neath a Star, an annual family Christmas concert at the Elder Citizen’s Recreation Centre on Tenth Avenue. All 60 members from both choirs will be singing together to bring you an afternoon of entertainment to put you in the Christmas spirit, Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Admission is by donation. Goodie bags for the children. Refreshments and fellowship to follow after the concert.

Out of Alba plays Artspace Dec. 21 starting at 7:30 p.m. Voices, fiddle, penny whistle, bodhran and guitar showcase the sounds of traditional and contemporary Celtic songs and tunes. Tickets for the concert are $18 from Books and Company. Out of Alba has been making music for 20 years, sharing the Celtic culture in B.C. Their music also reflects the origins of the band members with Scotland, Ireland, U.S. and Canada in the mix. They’ve enjoyed collaborations with various artists, performed in Prince George folk and Coldsnap festivals and at other local and regional events. The group has made three recordings: Stepping Out, Mountains of Gold, and Nithi Sessions. These collections of songs and tunes include traditional Celtic, contemporary covers and original pieces written by band members. Join Out of Alba at Artspace on Dec. 21 for a rollicking good time.

FARMERS’ MARKET There is a year-round farmers’ market every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown Prince George has two market locations, one on Sixth Avenue behind the Keg Restaurant indoors year-round and outdoors from May to October, and outside the courthouse from May to October. For more information about the market visit

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Dress warm – in a dress. That’s the word for a unique fundraising venture aimed at women to wear dresses during the cold and often snowy month of December. Laura Bollinger is trying to get support for a Dressember campaign and she hopes Prince George residents will join in. “I’m participating in a fundraising campaign called Dressember,” Bollinger told the Free Press. “This fashion challenge celebrates freedom and femininity as women wear a dress every day for the entire month of December to raise donations for an organization called International Justice Mission (IJM).” IJM has multidisciplinary teams who rescue victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery and provide important supports and aftercare for these individuals. This is an international fundraising campaign supported by people in Canada and the U.S. and as far away as Australia. “At first I was hesitant to participate with having to wear dresses all month long during one of the coldest winter months and also because of having to ask for donations so close to Christmas,” Bollinger said. “However I have been aware of the work of IJM for a number of years now and am

so excited about what they do that I figured, even if I could raise a couple hundred dollars for them it would be worthwhile.” Bollinger said she and her threeyear-old daughter Macy have “enthusiastically” donned dresses – with lots of layers for activities ranging from shovelling the driveway to Bollinger’s job at the hospital – for the last 10 days and they will continue to do so until Dec. 31. “Our goal is to raise $500 although I would love to see the residents of Prince George become aware of this powerful organization and fundraising opportunity and get behind us with their support and blow our original goal out of the water,” said Bollinger. “In the first 10 days of the campaign, Dressember has already raised an astonishing $60,000 for International Justice Mission and we would like to do our part in contributing. I wonder if the people in our community would spend some of their hard earned money this Christmas season to give hope and freedom to people a world away who are living in such different circumstances?” More information about the Dressember campaign can be found at

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1485 - 10th Ave • 250.596.2727 Friday Potluck, Dec. 13, 5 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. H&H Market, FridaySunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 3955 Hart Highway. Read-to-me Storytime, Fridays, 10-10:45 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-614-0684.

Saturday Christmas bazaar, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. Last-minute Christmas sale, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roll-a-Dome. Hosted by Northern British Columbia Women’s Business Association.

Nechako Public Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

Sunday Last-minute Christmas sale, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roll-a-Dome. Hosted by Northern British Columbia Women’s Business Association. Cribbage, Dec. 15,

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” NBC Centre for Skating - Dec 13 3rd Annual Winter Holiday Ice Show. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, tear-down, 50/50, silent auction, flower sales, collecting admission, etc. Doors open at 6 pm. Rory 250-962-1993 Northern John Howard Society Looking for a qualified volunteer cook to run our cooking program once/wk for 8 weeks. Will need to clear enhanced security screening and upon clearance will receive Boundary Training and on-going support. Kim 250-561-7343 PG Metis Housing - New Presently looking for volunteers to help with setting up the Community Voice Mail initiative and fundraising awareness. Email: Leo 250-564-9794 For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George


1 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Born ‘Neath a Star, Dec. 15, 2 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Concert with Forever Young Singers and Gospel Singers. Admission by donation.

Nechako Public Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

Monday Canasta, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Cariboo Toastmasters meet Mondays, 7:309:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, - 444 George St. Information: caribootoastmasters. com or Laura (250) 9613477. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250962-2740.

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

chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathy 250563-5170.

Wednesday P.G. COPD Support Group meets Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., AIMHI gymnasium, 950 Kerry St. Information: www. Bingo, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Spruce Capital Senior Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Hart Toastmasters, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Information: CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250-963-9462 or Andrew 250-981-8270.

Thursday Bingo, Dec. 19, 12:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Whist, Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre.

Prince George Quilters Guild meets fourth Tuesday of the month, Connaught Youth Centre, 1491 17th Ave. Registration 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Information: Echo 250-612-0499.

Metis Elders Craft group, Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon, Prince George Metis Elders Society office, 117 – 1600 Third Ave. (Prince George Native Friendship Centre). Little Artists, Thursdays, 10:3011:30 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-6140684. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561. Tai chi, Thursdays,

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Hospital retirees meet, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250563-7497 or 250-5632885.

Center City Toastmasters meet Tuesday, noon, City Hall Annex. Information: 9164.

Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays, 7:158:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250-962-6876 or www. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402.

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A U T O B O D Y LT D . 2065 - 1st Ave. • 250-563-0883 7-9 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: Lister 250-964-3849 or DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-649-9591. BC Civil Liberties Union meets second Thursday of the month, 6 p.m., 1575 Fifth Ave. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. or 250-564-5191. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information:, Joyce 250-964-0961.

Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave.

Support Groups Wednesday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) noon, AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information: Diane 250-964-6072. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets 7 p.m., last Wednesday of the month, UNBC Community Care Centre in BMO Building. Information: www. or call 250562-2825.. Learning Circle Literacy Program works with adult learners and families on literacy, numeracy and computing skills. Information: 250564-3568 ext. 228, or Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answers. Monday, 7:30 p.m., hospital, Room 421. Call Tanya 250-6132823. Power Play, for children from newborns to five years old, Mondays and

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

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

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

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Driving can be challenging no matter where you live in the province at this time of the year. Bob McHugh

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Ian Harwood has been involved in the light truck industry for the past 30 years. His career started with the opening of a small 4-wheel drive shop in the early 80s. This shop was involved in custom fabrication, complete 4x4 rebuilds, and sales of off-road related products. This would prepare him for his current position as Manager for Custom Truck

Parts, one of the largest accessory warehouses in Canada. Ian started his journalism career in the late 1090s with a column in a national magazine for automotive enthusiasts. In the spring of 2005 Ian was approached by a local news outlet to write a weekly column. Wilderness exploring, Àshing and four

wheeling have been his passion since he was a teenager. Some memorable moments in Ian’s career are Áying in by the famous Rubicon Trail in Northern California and driving a 2007 Jeep Wrangler out of the backwoods, up a waterfall and out of the trail to Lake Tahoe.

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In the 2014 Kia Sorento LX, there is more to see than you would expect. Have you ever seen an ad featuring something you really want, only to find out when you get there the price doesn’t include this and that and you leave feeling deflated? – Well, if it is a Sorento you’re going to see, then all the bells and whistles come standard. Looks A very stylish design, Kia’s new “design language”, blending emotion and sophistication, is the thought behind this design. Swept back headlights with a molded front bumper.

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Projector style headlights and integrated turn signal lights on the side mirrors make this cross-over SUV stand out Interior The driver seat is an 8 way power adjustable with lumbar support and offers heating, and the rear seats are a 60/40 split folding. There is also an option to add a third row which would be a 50/50 split. There is a AM/FM/ CD/MPS voice activated 6 speaker stereo with SiriusXM satellite radio (Includes three month trial) Bluetooth hands free capabilities and Aux, USB input ports.

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Safety The safety features on this vehicle are vast, and here are some of the highlights. Dual advanced front airbags, dual front seat mounted side airbags, dual side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management , traction control system, hill assist, anti-whiplash front headrests, anti-lock braking system, automatic headlights, impact sensing auto door unlock, and back-up warning system all standard equipment. Engine There are two gasoline direct



the left and you can access injection engines availthe upshift and down shift able. The first is a 2.4-litre, of the manual mode. 4-cylinder engine rated at Roadworthy: 191 horsepower and the second is a 3.3-litre, gasoline My tester was the Sorento LX. I found the vehicle to direct injection V6 cylinder handle very nicely around engine with a whopping 290 town. The multi-link rear horsepower found in the suspension kept the vehicle LX-V6 model. Both engines from rolling side to side in are mated to a 6 speed higher speed cornering and sportmatic automatic transgave the overall ride a commission. Move the shifter to Fuel economy: FWD 2.4L: 10.4/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) FWD 3.3L: 11.4/8.0 L/100 km (city/highway) AWD 2.4L: 10.9/7.8 L/100 km (city/highway) AWD 3.3L: 11.9/8.4 L/100 km (city/highway) Warranty support: 5 year/ 100,000 km worry-free comprehensive warranty 5 year/ 100,000 km powertrain 5 year/ 100,000 km roadside assistance

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ON NOW AT YOUR BC GMC DEALERS. BCGMCDEALERS.CA 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. ‡/†/^/ Offers apply to the lease of a new or demonstrator 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 (1SA/G80/B30/I04), 2014 Terrain FWD (3SA), 2014 Acadia FWD (3SA). Freight ($1,600/$1,650), PPSA and PDI included. License, insurance, registration, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. ‡1.5%/0%/1.9% lease APR available for 36/48/48 months on a new or demonstrator 2014 GMC Sierra 4X4 Crew Cab 1SA/2014 Terrain FWD 3SA and 2014 Acadia FWD 3SA O.A.C by GM Financial. Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Down payment or trade and/or security deposit may be required. Bi-weekly payments may vary depending on down payment/trade. Offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. $3,500 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit has been applied to the purchase, financing and lease offers of 2014 Sierra Crew Cab, and is applicable to retail customers only. † Offer valid only to eligible retail lessees in Canada who have obtained credit approval by GM Financial, have entered into a lease agreement with GM Financial, and who accept delivery from October 11, 2013 through January 2, 2014 of a new eligible 2014 model. General Motors of Canada will pay the first month’s lease payment (inclusive of taxes and any applicable prorate amount normally due at lease delivery as defined on the lease agreement). $0 first month lease payment means no bi-weekly payments will be due in the first month of your lease agreement. After the first month, lessee will be required to make all remaining scheduled payments over the remaining term of the lease agreement. PPSA/RDPRM is not due. Insurance, license, dealer fees and applicable taxes not included. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Limited reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Void where prohibited by law. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ^Offer only valid from December 10, 2013 to January 2, 2014 (the “Program Period”) to retail customers resident in Canada who own or are currently leasing a Chevrolet HHR, Equinox, Tracker, Uplander, Venture, Astro, Lumina APV, Blazer, Traverse, Trailblazer; Saturn Vue, Relay, Outlook; Pontiac Montana/SV6, Transport, Torrent, Aztek, Sunrunner; Buick Rendezvous, Terraza, Enclave, Rainier; Oldsmobile Silhouette, Bravada; GMC Safari, Jimmy, Terrain, Acadia or Envoy, that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six months, will receive a $1,000 Holiday Owner Bonus credit towards the lease, purchase or finance of an eligible new 2014 GMC Terrain or Acadia delivered during the program period. Only one (1) credit may be applied per eligible vehicle sale. Offer is transferable to a family member living in the same household (proof of address required). This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. The $1,000 credit includes HST/GST/QST/PST as applicable by province. As part of the transaction, dealer will request current vehicle registration and/or insurance to prove ownership for the previous consecutive six months. GMCL reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Void where prohibited by law. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer for details. ^Offer only valid from December 10, 2013 – January 2, 2014 (the “Program Period”) to retail customers resident in Canada who own or are currently leasing (during the Program Period) a GM or competitor pickup truck to receive a $1,000 credit towards the purchase, finance or lease of an eligible new 2014 Model Year Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty, Silverado Heavy Duty, Sierra Light Duty, Sierra Heavy Duty, or Avalanche. 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Worthy new Jeep Cherokee with higher front and rear bumpers to help it traverse ditches and climb mountains. The more practical base front wheel drive (FWD) model starts at $23,495 and is the lowest priced vehicle in the compact SUV class. The All wheel drive (AWD) model is also a value leader and starts at $25,695 Inside There are several things that set this Cherokee apart from the competition and a big difference is the level of interior fit and finish. Many of the vehicles that compete in this class are rather basic inside and come covered in hard plastic and feature simple designs. The Cherokee is covered in soft-touch materials, comfortable seats and a large touch screen in the centre of the dash for connectivity. The base screen is 5-inches but a larger 8.4-inch screen is available on the $29,995 Limited model. In addition, all models get a second 3.5inch screen imbedded in the instrument cluster that is fully programmable and provides custom readouts. The back seat isn’t huge but the seats again are contoured nicely and provide good comfort. They also slide forward to elongate the cargo area if larger objects need to be carried. The rest of the dash has a stylish design that is a good combination of the bigger Grand Cherokee and the functional Dodge Journey. Sweeping lines and attention to detail make this a class leader in terms of style and design. Drive Not content to use existing engines and transmission in this new Cherokee, Chrysler is showcasing brand new technology in this compact SUV, providing good fuel economy and value. All trim levels come standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission. That’s right, nine gears, the very first vehicle on the planet to come with this many cogs. Having a chance to drive it with the base 184hp 2.4L 4-cylinder through the canyons outside of Malibu California, I can report that the transmission is so smooth and refined that the driver forgets there is so much at work. The up side




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is the Cherokee is capable of 9.6.L/100km in the city and 6.4L on the highway. The platform is a gem. There is very little road or wind noise, the suspension is very well dampened and the steering feel is better than many in this class. The 4-cylinder engine is a great choice for commuters and the handling is crisp and sure-footed, more like a sedan than an SUV. The optional V6 engine is the first application of the 3.2L V6 Pentastar engine. The bigger 3.6L is used across the Chrysler family but this newly developed, smaller version is wonderful value as it is only $1,300 more to equip it on any Cherokee, from the least expensive FWD model to the most expensive AWD trim. For $1,300, you get 271hp and a lot more grunt for passing and highway runs. This would be the choice if you do a lot of highway driving to the cabin or skiing. The downside is the added weight of the V6 makes it less nimble compared to the 4-cylinder but both are excellent choices. In addition to carving though the mountains, I had a chance to drive over them in the Trailhawk off-road model. This really is the enthusiast version; it had no problem scampering up anything it came across from big boulders, to sand and mud.

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ing,” said BCMA president Dr. William Cunningham, a rural doctor who works in Duncan. “The new incentive encourages doctors to give rural practice a try. After three years in those communities, I am optimistic they will build roots and stay for the longer-term. This program is part of the BCMA’s commitment to help provide the highest standard of health care for our patients - when and where they need it.” The incentive was developed by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, which is comprised of the provincial government and the BCMA. The committee develops programs that strengthen rural health care and encourage physicians to live and practise in rural and remote areas of the province.

“I would like to welcome the nine new physicians who are providing services to communities in rural B.C.,” said Donna Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for Rural Development. “I know first-hand the rewards of rural life and am confident the new physicians will enjoy the same benefits.” The communities were selected by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, in collaboration with regional health authorities, based on a number of factors including the degree of difficulty the community has experienced in recruiting hard-to-fill physician positions. “The financial incentive and guaranteed income made the transition and worry a lot easier, as it is a


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Incentive program attracting doctors to rural areas Nine new doctors have been hired in rural B.C., thanks to an initiative announced this spring by the provincial government and the BC Medical Association. “It is great news that nine physicians have been hired as a result of this incentive to better support the health of rural families,” said Health Minister Terry Lake, in a press release. “I have seen first-hand in Clearwater what a positive impact this program has had in supporting rural health care and increasing the resiliency of smaller communities.” The Rural Physicians for British Columbia incentive provides recruited doctors with a one-time payment of $100,000 when they commit to a threeyear return of service in a designated rural community. A total of 17 communities are eligible for the funding and almost half of these communities now have at least one new doctor. Communities benefiting from the new doctors are Terrace, Chetwynd, Bella Coola, Hazelton, Clearwater, Princeton, Nakusp and Port Hardy. The doctors come from various locations and are at different stages in their professional careers ranging from relatively new physicians to others that have been practicing for over a decade. Of the new physicians, eight are general practitioners and one is a specialist in anaesthesiology. “Being a doctor in a rural community can be challenging, but it’s also extremely reward-

big jump. Our visit to the community really helped. Everyone was amazing to us,” said Dr. Steven Broadbent, who recently moved from the U.K. to Clearwater. Participating physicians receive $50,000 when they begin working in the community. The remaining $50,000 is paid once they have completed one year of service. The full amount must be repaid if the threeyear commitment is not fulfilled. “I always knew I wanted to be a rural physician, but this incentive helped me to decide where I wanted to set up my practice,” said Dr. Colleen Black, who is working in Princeton.

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QUALIFICATIONS The ideal candidate must be motivated and take the initiative to sell multiple media products, including on-line advertising and special products, work with existing customers and develop new customers. Strong interpersonal skills and a strong knowledge of sales and marketing are required. Above average communication skills, valid driver’s licence and a reliable vehicle are necessary. If a rewarding challenge resonates with you, contact us today. Submit your cover letter and resume by e-mail to: Ron Drillen, General Manager Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street Prince George, B.C., V2N 1T3, Canada Tel: (250) 564-0005 #115 778-754-5722

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Old Dutch Foods Ltd. requires an enthusiastic individual for a Business Development Manager (BDM) position based in Prince George, B.C. and responsible for the Northern Interior Region.

Carrier Lumber Ltd. is currently accepting applications for a CertiÀed Millwright for our Prince George Operations.

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The BDM will be expected to achieve sales and expense plans. The position requires the ability to coach personnel, recognize effective business practices and manage other duties effectively as assigned.

The ideal candidate must be highly motivated, possess good communications skills; be proÀcient at troubleshooting, welding, and have some hydraulics experience. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment.

The ideal candidate must be highly motivated, possess good communications skills and be ready to learn and embrace new concepts. Sawmill and PLC/VFD experience would be an asset.

The job is a fast paced front line sales position that requires frequent and regular route sales work and a well developed goal setting managerial style. Competitive wage, benefits and company vehicle are offered for this position. Please send your resume to: Old Dutch Foods Ltd. 1671 Cary Rd. Kelowna BC V1X 2C1 Fax: (250) 860 1934 E Mail:

A competitive industry beneÀts package is available. Interested candidates may submit resumes in conÀdence to: Executive Assistant Fax: 250-963-7023 Closing date is Dec. 27, 2013. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

A competitive industry beneÀts package is available. Interested candidates may submit resumes in conÀdence to: Executive Assistant Fax: 250-963-7023 Closing date is Dec. 27, 2013. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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HIGHWAY OWNER OPERATORS $3500 SIGNING BONUS Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Highway linehaul Owner Operators based in our Prince George terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain, driving experince/training.

Northern Health announces a 5yr expiry date as of July 29, 2013.

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We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package.

To join our team of professional drivers, email a resume, current driver’s abstract & details of your truck to: Call: 604-968-5488 Fax: 604-587-9889

Prince George Power & Sail Squadron is offering the CPS Boating Course (Boating Essentials) beginning 7:00 pm Monday Jan 6, at the Prince George Civic Centre. For more info & to register call Barry at 250-564-2521 or

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Born November 12, 2013 at 1:05pm, weighing 7lbs. 6oz and measuring in at 20 3/4” long.

11 MONTH 12 DAY 13 YEAR Proud parents Jeff Peterhans & Samantha-Jean Dube. Sister Szavanna-Jean and brother Jaedyn are excited to welcome another beautiful baby girl to their family. Proud Grandparents are..... Grampa & Gramma Dube, Gramma & Papa Minns, Grandpa & Gramma Peterhans and Nanny Bourcier. Special thanks to to maternity staff at the University Hospital of Northern BC.

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Help Wanted BUSY CONSTRUCTION Co. in Trail, B.C. is searching for an experienced Accounting clerk/ bookkeeper. Candidate is expected to be a self-starter and to be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment. Knowledge of Conac Pivot System is an asset and the ability to take on multiple roles is looked at positively. Main responsibilities include: Accounts Payable - invoice transactions for goods received and prepare cheques when due; Payroll - collect payroll data daily and convert into daily tracking sheets, submittals and weekly payroll run. Please send resume to: or call (250)364-1541 for further details. Cellular Telephone Technician req’d. Sal: $29.00/hr. 40hr./wk. F/T, Pmt. 2+ yrs. exp. Duties: Install, arrange, remove and maintain telephone equipment, wiring and associated hardware. Test telephone systems. Locate transmission faults. Repair or replace defective and damaged parts to telephones. Lang: English. Contact: Kashif from Star Accessories in Prince George, BC. Please apply at:

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Controller Group of companies involved in road construction /maintenance and gravel crushing require a Controller for their Terrace head office. The Controller is responsible for all accounting up to and including year file preparation as well as all banking, insurance and project bonding. This position is also responsible for supervision of the office staff. The successful applicant will have a minimum of five years experience in accounting and financial statement preparation. They will have excellent communications, problem solving and time management skills and will be able to work independently as well as part of a team. Experience with Sage AccPac ERP, Sage 50 and Microsoft Office will be an asset. Located in the rugged Coast Mountains in Northern BC, Terrace boasts a spectacular landscape. The area provides year-round access to outdoor recreation opportunities including world class fishing, downhill and cross country skiing, hiking and bike trails, camping and white water rafting. The business community is buoyant and while they are increasing steadily, house prices in Terrace remain reasonable. We offer wages commensurate with experience and an attractive benefit package. Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by December 30, 2013 to Controller, Northern Management Systems Ltd, Box 669, Terrace, BC V8G 4B8. Fax 250-635-0987 or email We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Assistant Professor (Full-time One Year Term Position – Terrace Campus) The University of Northern British Columbia, in conjunction with the School of Nursing, invites applications for the above position at the rank of Assistant Professor at the Terrace regional campus. Primary responsibilities will include: development and delivery of nursing courses, coordinating and teaching nursing laboratory courses and building strong community and health service links with Northern Health for the benefit of the nursing education, research, and practice development. Active contribution to clinical nursing simulation is also necessary. Close collaboration with rural communities, regional community colleges, health service agencies and their personnel is a strong feature of UNBC in general and the School of Nursing in particular. The position is accountable to the Chair of Nursing at UNBC, works with Nursing staff and faculty in other campuses, and is supported by the Regional Chair of the Northwest UNBC Campus. Minimum education requirement for the position is a Master’s in Nursing or related field. A PhD or substantial progress in a doctoral program is preferred. Relevant teaching and clinical experience in epidemiology, paediatrics, and community or public health nursing is sought but applicants with practice specialization in other areas are welcome to apply. RN registration or eligibility to register with the CRNBC is required. For a complete listing of the duties and qualifications of FANU11-13 (PGFP) see All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


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Friday, December 13, 2013


Cougars need to improve in stretch They are last out of 22 WHL The Prince George Cougars reach the midway mark of their 72 -game season this weekend in their teams on the power play and have given up a league high 11 last games prior the Christmas break. shorthanded goals against. The Game 35 will be played tonight in Tri-City, with Cats are 15th on the penalty game 36 Saturday in Spokane and game 37 Sunday kill. in Vancouver. Here’s my review of their first half. Goaltending has been inconOnce again, the Cougars have placed themselves sistent. Rookie Ty Edmonds behind the proverbial “eight ball”. They have not had a terrific start and in Octomade the playoffs since ber was named CHL goalie of the 2010-11 season and the week. He has cooled since have failed to win a and has a 3.44 GAA and .901 playoff game since the save percentage. It’s been the 2006-07 season. Unopposite for Brett Zarowny less they have a much (now injured), who began better second half, the post-season drought will sluggishly before improving immensely but sits with a 3.90 likely continue. GAA and 892 SP. Back in September, Winning just a third of 18 there were modest hopes of a top six finish (out of home games (6-7-2-3) doesn’t get teams into the playoffs. 10) in the WHL WestHART BEAT All teams go thru injuries, HARTLEYMILLER ern Conference based and the Cougars have had on a number of factors more than their share, howincluding: ever, a lack of depth has been • First full season under veteran head coach significant. Mark Holick Converserly, the Cougars • Two European selections in the 2013 CHL ImAllan WISHART/Free Press “compete level”, ability to battle port Draft that would be part of the lineup. Alex Forsberg, left, and Peter Kosterman of the Prince George Cougars start to from behind, has been a tower • The addition of highly touted 16 year olds work on collecting the teddy bears and toques which flew from the stands Saturday of strength. Jansen Harkins and Brad Morrison. night after Tyler Mrkonjic opened the scoring on the annual night of giving to the Local product Chase Witala • The return of 2010 first overall bantam pick less fortunate. has scored many timely goals Alex Forsberg. top eight, they will need to go Comedy writer Derek before the stadium is torn down and has 30 points in 33 • Experience. The vast majority of the roster had on a run and have better perWilken of Calgary after this season. Of course games. Captain Troy Bourke its feet wet in WHL. to get the full experience, will formances in all aspects. They (32 points in 30 games) has • An excellent pre-season record of 5-0. they sell the seats with cushions have some talented players but At the end of one NFL play fulfilled his leadership role, So, why are the Cougars in ninth, eight points made of ice packs? have yet to string three victoon Sunday, Cardinals DT unheralded Jordan Tkatch has behind eighth place for the last playoff spot? Contributor Janice Hough ries in a row which is a strong Darnell Dockett deliberately shown considerable improveLet’s start by looking at the reasons that gave this of Palo Alto, California (www. indication of a team that is still stomped on the hand of Rams ment and has been a sparkteam optimism:Coach Holick doesn’t score or keep learning how to win. OT Chris Williams. Later, the puck out so he must rely on his communication plug on the penalty kill, and Hartley Miller is the sports Darnell told a sportswriter, ‘So, sniper Todd Fiddler appears to and system given to his roster. Those players have director for radio stations 94X From The Quote Rack: Suh me’” be a credible acquisition. a goal differential of -33, only ahead of last-place Contributor Bill Littlejohn of and the Wolf@97fm. He also The NHL salary cap is In a rare oddity, the Cougars Kamloops. In reference to the Europeans, both South Lake Tahoe, California writes for expected to rise from $64.3 milhave had each of their last six from Slovakia, highly regarded forward David Send along a quote, note, or anFriday home games go beyond lion to $71.1 million next year. Soltes has been hampered by injuries and in 14 ecdote to Candlestick Park is offering To put it into perspective the regulation time. games has five points (four goals) and is -10. SixFollow him on twitter: @ fans a chance to buy a pair of CFL plans to raise their cap by Are the Cougars out of it? foot-six defenceman Martin Bobos is still adjusting Hartley_Miller their plastic seats (for $749) offering toques. to the pace of the league and has one point and is -9 Not yet, but to get back in the with 37 penalty minutes in 29 games. EARN $$$ Both Harkins and Morrison have contributed BUILD A REAL WORK HISTORY in a secondary role but GET SOME EASY EXERCISE found out how difficult Delivery days are every Friday. it is to make an impact as rookies. Harkins, who set the bar high with nine COLLEGE HEIGHTS AREA VAN BIEN / VLA AREA HART AREA points in five pre-season RTE#801 – Aldeen Rd, Eugene Rd, Henrey Rd RTE#144 – Bird Ave, Farrell St, Hamilton Ave, Hazelton St, Inlander St, RTE#217 – Estavilla Dr, Glendale Dr, Hart Hwy, Knight Cres, Welsh Rd games, has eight points Quadrant Cres, Regents Cres, Royal Cres (four goals) in 34 games RTE#257 – Berger Pl, Kelly Rd S, Tasa Crt/Pl, Vellencher Rd RTE#126 – Dalhousie Dr, Simon Fraser Ave, York Dr and is -11. Morrison has RTE#143 – Lillooet St, Moyie St, Queensway St, Village Ave RTE#225 – Austin Rd W, Boschman Pl, Crown Dr, Kelly Rd S RTE#122 – Cowart Rd, Oxford Pl, Simon Fraser Ave, Rideau Dr six points (three goals) in RTE#187 – Jasper St, Kaslo St, LaSalle Ave, Queensway St, Village Ave RTE#315 – Kenworth Crt/Pl RTE#191 – Dalhousie Dr, Laurentian Dr, McGill Cres, Simon Fraser Ave 27 games and is -3. RTE#167 – Ford Ave, Norwood St, Oak St, Pearson Ave RTE#241 – Grant Rd, Hart Hwy, Knell Rd W, Minoiti Dr, Randle Rd Forsberg passes the RTE#175 – Aldeen Rd, Eugene Rd, Helene Rd RTE#84 – 17th Ave, 20th Ave, Becott Pl, Gorse St, Hemlock St, puck well and has chipped RTE#228 – Berger Cres, Bliss Crt, Burkitt Rd, Delisle Crt RTE#292 – Southridge Ave, St. Anne Cres Ingledew St in offensively with 24 RTE#260 – Brink Pl, Churchill Pl/Rd, Gregory Pl, Stevens Dr RTE#189 – Gladstone Cres, Marionopolis Pl, Moncton Cres points (six goals) in 33 RTE#84 – 17th Ave, 20th Ave, Becott Pl, Gorse St, Jemlock St, RTE#237 – Berwick Dr, Dundee Dr, Langley Cres Ingledew St games but also is -16. RTE# 293 – McGill Cres RTE#235 – Carelton Ave/Pl, Glengarry Rd, Highland Dr, Poyner Cres Yes, most of the CouRTE#286 – Jasper St, Moss Ave, Wiggins Pl RTE#116 – Gladstone Pl/Dr, Guelph Cres/Pl, Domano Blvd gars, are veterans but RTE#249 – Dagg Rd, Eden Dr, Glenview Dr, Hart Hwy, Helm Dr, RTE#142 – Kaslo St, Lasalle Ave, Lillooet St, Moyie St RTE#112 – Malaspina Ave, Princeton Cres, Rochester Cres much of the anxiety has Kennedy Cres 25 – Cambridge Rd, Eton Ave, Eton Pl, McGill Cres/Pl, RTE#125 come in their own end. RTE#280 – Adam Dr/Pl, Dawson Pl/Rd, Eden Dr, Glenview Dr Notre Dame Dr Only one defenceman RTE#252 – Dagg Rd, Hart Hwy, Rundstrom Rd, Weisbrod Rd (Peter Kosterman) is older than 18 and none of the WESTWOOD / CENTRAL AREA RTE#314 – Aberdeen Rd, Gagne Pl, Links Dr, McTavish Rd goalies are older than 18. RTE#302 – Ogilvie St, Patterson St, Quinn St Many top teams rely heavRTE#23 – 2nd Ave, 5th Ave, Nicholson St ily on 19 year olds to help For more Information call: Roy RTE#157 – 1st Ave, 2nd Ave, 4th Ave, Ruggles St carry the load. We all know exhibition RTE#79 – Andres Rd, Christenson Rd, Ferry Ave, Hopkins Rd, Range Rd records mean nothing, so or email: RTE#148 – Gogolin Rd, Ryan Rd, Vance Pl/Rd, Westwood Dr 5-0 did not matter. RTE#149 – Blakely Rd, Hollandia Crt/Dr/Pl, Peterson Rd, Vance Rd, Other factors worth Versatile Pl noting: Like last season, the RTE#84 – 18th Ave, 19th Ave, Central, Harper Dr, Irwin St, Johnson St Cougars are near the bottom in specialty teams.

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Eagles flying high early Allan Wishart Al MacDonald wasn’t sure what to expect on the weekend. “We’d only had two real practices,” said the coach of the Cedars Christian Eagles senior girls basketball team. “There were three girls coming straight from playing volleyball (where they won provincial bronze) and four players coming up from Grade 11.” The Eagles also had Hanah Pudlas, and in the opening tournament of the season at Kelly Road Secondary, that turned out to be enough. Pudlas had 26 points in an opening-game win over College Heights, upped the total to 28 in a 67-22 blowout of For St. James, then poured in 36 in the championship game, an 84-74 win over Charles Hays (Prince Rupert). “I hadn’t added up her score for the final,” MacDonald said. “She had 36? She had some good offence this weekend.” Pudlas was not the top scorer in the championship game, though, as Celina Guadagni of Charles Hays had 46. “I think that’s one thing we’re going to be working on this week in practice,” MacDonald said. “Defence. That was a real free-flowing game in the final.” While Pudlas led the Eagles in scoring, MacDonald said there were other contributors. “Nicole Kragt was one of the volleyball players

Allan WISHART/Free Press Cedars Christian (white uniforms) and College Heights players decide not to get involved in a tussle for a loose ball in the opening game of a senior girls basketball tournament at Kelly Road on the weekend. Cedars won the game, and the tournament.

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who joined us, and she seemed to find her legs on Saturday. She had about 16 points in the final. The two guards sort of offset each other, so that inside scoring really helped. “We also got some good minutes from the four Grade 11s on the team this year.” The Eagles are off this weekend, but return to action at Duchess Park for a tournament on Dec. 19 and 20. Polars Fifth The Prince George Secondary Polars senior girls basketball team headed to Grande Prairie on the weekend for a 19-team tournament hosted by Grande Prairie Regional College. After getting a bye in the first round, the Polars defeated Vanier 63-30, with Jenny Sterns getting 14 points and Issy Bourque adding 13. The second game saw the defence continue to play well, but the offence couldn’t keep up, as the Polars fell 38-30 to Sexsmith. Bourque had 15 points to lead the scoring, with Kelsey Videgain adding eight. The final game saw PGSS down Athabasca 60-35 to claim fifth place in the tournament. Bourque with 18 and Videgain with 14 led the attack. Coach Ray Bourque was pleased with the results from the first tournament of the season. “The girls played well for only having three practices. On Saturday, we had to play two games with just seven players because of injuries.” The team has just three Grade 12s this season, along with seven Grade 11s. Next tournament action for the Polars is the Condor Classic, hosted by Duchess Park. 1.800.616.1338


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Justin Hanpole happy LIFESAVERS FIRST AID Local skater competes at first national Allan Wishart Justin Hanpole’s first reaction when he skated onto the ice at the Skate Canada Challenge was understandable. “I was kind of nervous,” says the Northern B.C. Centre for Skating member. “It was my first national meet, but then things came into place.” Justin was in Regina for the national event, skating in the Pre-Novice Men division as a qualifier from the B.C./Yukon Sectional. “My technique was off a bit,” he says. “I was hurrying some of my jumps. When it was over, I was happy with how I skated. “I’m only 12, and some of the other skaters were 15.” Coach Rory Allen accompanied Justin to the challenge.

“He skated about what I would expect “He received a time deduction for runfrom a 12 year old at his first national. ning long. He was hurrying some of his There were lots of little successes.” jumps, and he fell. Falls add time, because Justin finished 24th in the you have to get back up and short program and 28th in get back to speed. the long for an overall plac“So by hurrying, he made ing of 27th. himself late.” Allen said while the placeAllen was impressed by ment was lower than he and one other aspect of Justin’s Justin had hoped for, there skate. were some definite high “He was conscious of his points. mistakes. He knew what the “His step sequence was problems were.” tremendous. He got a Level 3 Justin’s next competition from the judges, and Level 4 will be at Regionals in WilFIGURE SKATER is Olympic-level, so you can liams Lake on Jan. 21. He was JUSTIN HANPOLE happy with the weekend in see how well he did. “He had also never seen such good Regina, but seemed even happier about marks on his spins.” getting home. Allen agreed with Justin that nerves “I got home in time for the Holiday on played a part in a couple of falls, which Ice show (Sunday). I got to meet the skatalso led to a score deduction. ers, and I got all their autographs.”

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Dec. 19 in Surrey and Dec. 20 in Chilliwack. “We’re going to start seeing a lot more of the Mainland teams,” Dupas says. “I think we’ve only got about three games left outside the division.” The one player who is doubtful for this weekend is Bryant Christian. “His first game back from an injury was last Wednesday,” Dupas says. “He took a late, blindside hit to the jaw. The doctors did X-rays and didn’t see a break, but they want to keep an eye on it and make sure there are no problems. “He says there’s a bit of pain, but he wants to practice this week.” Game times against the Chiefs are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Coliseum Saturday’s game is the annual Drop the Gloves and Sock it to ‘Em game, where fans are asked to bring new socks, mitts and toques wrapped in plastic bags, and throw them on the ice after the Kings’ first goal. The cold-weather wear will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, as will any donations of non-perishable food items or cash. “We’re so happy that the Spruce Kings have stepped forward to help us out again,” society

There’s a trend this year with the Prince George Spruce Kings, and coach Dave Dupas doesn’t like it. “Three times this year, we’ve blown out a team, then lose to them in the very next game.” The most recent case came at the end of last week. On Dec. 3, the Spruce Kings went in to Coquitlam and slowed the Express 6-0, with Alex Murray getting the shutout. Two nights later, the Express beat the Spruce Kings 6-3. Dupas sees a couple of possible reasons for the strange trend for the Spruce Kings. “In this league, it’s tough to sweep a doubleheader to start with. Then, especially on the road, they’re hearing it from their coach and the fans, and they’ve got something to prove in the next game.” Coquitlam’s style of play, he says, adds to the likelihood of wild swings in the score. “When you play them, they’re always on the attack. If they get the lead, you have to open things up a bit and they take advantage of any mistakes. “But if you can get the lead, they start pressing Mike Morris, MLA and Shirley Bond, MLA and give you chances.” would like to invite you to Getting ahead early is something Dupas is hoping the Spruce Kings can do this weekend, as they host the Chilliwack Chiefs for a pair of games at the Coliseum. “They have some talented guys,” he said of the Chiefs, currently in last place in the BCHL’s Mainland Division. “They can surprise teams Sunday, December 15th, 2013 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm is you don’t respect at the Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum (850 River Road) them. They’ve beaten us – No charge for families to attend – already this year.” Join us for Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate, and Cookies! With the Chiefs, he says, there is some psychology involved. ࠮ ,ntertainment “If they stay in the ࠮ (cti]itieZ Mor tOe 2iKZ ( game for the first period or so, they get tougher. ࠮ Miniature ;rain We’ve got to get the lead ࠮ ViZit I` Mr MrZ *lauZ on them, and then they sometimes fold up a bit.” For more information Mike Morris, MLA Shirley Bond, MLA After the short twocall 250-563-7351 Prince George-Mackenzie Prince George-Valemount game homestand, the Spruce Kings hit the EVENT SPONSORED BY: road for their final prePrince George Liberal Riding Associations Christmas games, on

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Outdoor Ice Oval starts season Volunteers have been hard at work for the last week, getting the Outdoor Ice Oval ready for the new season. It was anticipated there would be a ‘soft’ opening sometime this week (likely Wednesday), but the official opening events will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14. The opening runs from noon to 3 p.m. with free hot chocolate available, if you remember to bring a mug. If you want to hit the ice, you can, and you don’t even need to have skates. There will be a selection of skates, primarily in smaller sizes, to use to give the sport a try, as well as Nordic blades to put on your cross-country ski boots. Opening remarks from the city, Enhance PG and the Canada Winter Games Society will take

place at 12:45 p.m., followed by a speedskating demonstration by the Prince George Blizzard Club at 1 p.m. At 1:15 p.m., coaches from the club will provide introductory lessons in speed skating. For those who already have Nordic blades but aren’t sure what shape they’re in, there will be skate sharpening by donation. The Outdoor Ice Oval is located at Exhibition Park, just west of the CN Centre. Signs have been posted to guide motorists to the parking area. The oval will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Allan WISHART/Free Press weekdays, and opens The sweeper rounds a corner at the Outdoor Ice Oval on Tuesday, getting it ready for its 15th an hour earlier on the season of operation. weekend. The only website at Fees are the There will be a meet hosted by the time which is blocked Blizzard Club in January, and the oval off to public use is Wednesday between same as last year, $2 pr person or $5 for a family, and are collected on the will also again be used for the speed7 and 8:30 p.m., when the Blizzard honour system in the area where skates skating portion of the Prince George Club is practicing. are put on. Iceman in February. There is a full schedule on the club’s

Cameron wins berth on provincial curling championship The Bill Cameron rink will represent the north at the BC Men’s curling championships. Cameron won the right to plat at the Vancouver Curling Club when he downed the Nigel McInnis rink in a best two-of-three playoff at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club on the weekend. Four teams had originally entered the playdowns, but two dropped out. The remaining teams decided to go with the simple playoff series. Saturday morning’s draw was close for the first seven ends, with Cameron clinging to a 4-3 lead. However, a big five-count for Cameron prompted handshakes from the McInnis rink with the score now 9-3. The Saturday afternoon game saw McInnis steal





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two in the first end, only to have Cameron score one in the second, then steal three of his own for a 4-2 lead. McInnis tied it in the fourth, Cameron took one in the fifth to regain the lead, but McInnis then scored three in the sixth and stole pairs in the seventh and eighth to again wrap things up early with an 11-5 win and a winner-take-all match on the horizon. Sunday morning’s draw saw the teams blank the first end. Cameron scored one in the second, then stole in the third for a 2-0 lead. In the fourth end, Camerson had four rocks counting when James Blanchett, who was skipping and throwing fourth rocks for McInnis, tried to hit and stay. He made the hit, but the shooter rolled out, leaving Cameron with a steal of three and a 5-0 lead. The McInnis rink got two of those back in the fifth, Cameron picked up

one in the sixth, and McInnis took another pair in the seventh to make it 6-4. In the eighth, Blanchett decided this was the time to get back into the game, but was frustrated by the Cameron team’s ability to make hits and roll into tough-to-reach corners. On Blanchett’s last rock, he attempted to get covered behind a centre guard. With about half the rock to aim at, Cameron picked it out, counting five. The teams shook hands, with Cameron winning 11-4. The Cameron team of third Cale Rusnell, second Mike Hansen and lead London Blundell will now represent the north in the 16-team provincials. There is still a chance for other local teams to join them, but they would have to get one of the four open spots offered by a playdown in Salmon Arm in early January.

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Pick the twist for Harlem Globetrotters game Feb. 11 When you’ve been playing basketball for more than 85 years, the game might get a bit boring. OK, so none of the current Harlem Globetrotters have been playing since the team formed 88 years ago, but that doesn’t mean they can’t change things up a bit. And they want the fans to help them decide what the rules will be when they come to Prince George on Feb. 11. Last year, the Globetrotters set up an online poll for fans to choose what special rules

they wanted to see. It worked so well, they’re doing it again this year. Go to harlemglobetrotters. com/rule and you’ll be given three choices for a special rule the Globetrotters’ game in Prince George will feature. One possibility would see each team having a ‘hot hand’ jersey. This would be a special jersey which could be passed between teammates on the court. If the player wearing the jersey scores, their team gets double the points.

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250.564.0005 | | PEEWEE REPS The Prince George Cougars Peewee Tier 3 Rep team is hosting an eight-team tournament this weekend. The host team plays its first round-robin game today (Friday) at 12:30 p.m. in Kin 2 against Quesnel. Their second game is against Fort St. John at 5 p.m., again in Kin 2, and they wrap up the round-robin portion against Smithers on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. in Kin 2. Playoffs start Saturday afternoon, with the gold and bronze medal games on Sunday. The gold medal game will be in Kin 2 at 9:45 a.m., while the bronze game starts at 10 a.m. in Kin 3.

COUGARS TIE It may not have been the win they were looking or, but the Cariboo Cougars were more than happy to get a 1-1 tie Sunday in Langley against the Valley West Hawks. The tie snapped a five-game BC Major Midget Hockey League losing streak for the Cougars and marked the end of a six-game stint on the road. Colton Thomas, who had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Hawks, got the lone Cougars goal on Sunday while Jeremy Matte played well in goal. The Cougars are back home this weekend for games at CN Centre Saturday at 4:15 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. against the Greater Vancouver Canadians.

SPIRIT GAME College Heights and Prince George secondaries will be taking to the ice for the annual Spirit Game at 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 20 at CN Centre. College Heights is collecting funds for the Salvation Army, while PGSS is collecting food for St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Allan WISHART/Free Press Tanner Lishchynsky of the Cougars (dark uniforms) stops Kootenay’s Jon Martin from getting to a loose puck in action Tuesday evening at the CN Centre.

Cougars back on road Allan Wishart The weather changes things, even for teams playing indoors. The Prince George Cougars had been thinking about leaving Wednesday evening for their weekend road trip, but the changing snow conditions led them to leave Thursday morning instead. “We had planned on skating Thursday,” coach Mark Holick said, “but now we’ll be on a bus all day. We’ll get a skate in on Friday.” The three-game trip starts tonight (Friday) in Tri-City, continues Saturday in Spokane and wraps up Sunday in Vancouver. The order of the games has Holick wondering a little. “We drive through Spokane to get to Tri-City,

then travel back to Spokane for the next game. I’m not sure it makes sense.” The trip calls to mind a recent weekend trip which saw the Cougars play in Kelowna, then travel to Vancouver before finishing in Kamloops. The Cougars hit the road off a tough-luck 3-1 loss to the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday at the CN Centre. Ice goalie Mackenzie Skapski made 51 saves in the game. “He was definitely the difference-maker,” Holick said. “We had a few shots we thought were sure goals, and he made the saves. “We had some chances, and we couldn’t get it done.” The team’s list of injured players didn’t grow in Tuesday’s game, but Holick feels it will be a while before any of those players rejoin the squad.

“Everybody is definitely out through the weekend, and I expect them to miss the first three games after the (Christmas) break. (Jan) Erricson, (Brent) Zarowny, (David) Soltes, those are all relatively long-term injuries.” The players will get a break when they get back after the weekend. “We’ll meet up on Boxing Day in Victoria and get ready to go again.” The Cougars start the post-break schedule with games in Victoria on Dec. 27 and 28 and a game in Vancouver Dec. 30. Three more Cougars won’t be making that trip, with Brad Morrison and Jansen Harkins on Team Pacific and Tate Olson on Team West at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia. The next home games for the Cougars are Jan. 3 and 4 when they host the Kamloops Blazers.

Prince George Free Press, December 13, 2013  

December 13, 2013 edition of the Prince George Free Press

Prince George Free Press, December 13, 2013  

December 13, 2013 edition of the Prince George Free Press