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Dragon Lake students took to the stage last week to wow the audience with their musical talents and festive spirit. For full concert coverage see Friday and Wednesday’s issues.

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Investigation continues into murdered dogs AUTUMN MacDONALD Observer Reporter RCMP continue to investigate the death of two dogs which were stolen during a break and enter last week. The bodies of two Boxers were located deceased in the Slide Mountain area off the Nazko Highway early Friday morning (Dec. 13). The dogs’ bodies were located more than fifty kilometers from the Matthews Road residence where they were stolen

from less than twelve hours previously. Their deaths are believed to be a result of foul play and the animals are being examined by a veterinarian to determine the cause of death. Results from the veterinarian examination are anticipated later this week. “I’m in shock,” break and enter victim, Natalie Tremblay said. “If anyone knows anything please say something.” Still missing is Dexter

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a five-year-old miniature Daschund. “We’ve been searching the area, but nothing so far,” Tremblay said. Anyone travelling on the Nazko Highway during the early morning hours (between midnight and 4 a.m.) Dec. 13 who observed anything suspicious is urged to call RCMP immediately. Anyone with any information regarding the death of these animals call 250-992-9211. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers

at 1-800-222-8477. Crimestoppers pays up to $2,000 in cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or charge. With Crimestoppers you do not have to provide your name and you do not have to testify in court. A personal donation for information in the amount of $3,000 is also being offered. “Take my car, my TV, take everything,” Tremblay said. “But don’t take our babies.”

Nicole Tremblay with her two murdered Boxers, Kira, left and Zeus, right. Still missing is five-year-old Daschund, Dexter. Contributed photos

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7 28 Legion Flea Market We would like to thank all of the people who donated items to our flea market over the past year. We would also like to thank all of our customers for their support over the past year. All of you have enabled us to keep our doors open this past year. From Coletta, Donna, Dale, Ken and the Flea Market Crew We wish you all A Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays and A Prosperous New Year from everyone at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94

Frosted leaves After warm temperatures and tons of the white stuff, temperatures dropped leaving hoarfrost on leaves.

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Lumber shipments to China break records AUTUMN MacDONALD Observer Reporter After 10 months, the value of B.C.’s softwood lumber exports have broken a new record. To the end of October 2013, the value of total softwood lumber exports to China reached $1.17 billion; this exceeded the previous record set in 2011 when softwood lumber exports to China totalled $1.1 billion. B.C.’s October shipments of lumber to China also broke new records for monthly volume (865,000 cubic metres) and value ($145.5 million). “These numbers highlight the importance of our jobs and trade missions to Asia and growing markets for our wood products,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. said. “That hard work here and abroad is producing results. These figures show that the forest industry is bouncing back, benefitting businesses and communities across B.C.” The value of lumber exports to Japan and the U.S. to the end of October also have surpassed

recent years’ totals. Softwood lumber exports to the U.S. are at $2.13 billion (compared to $2 billion for all of 2012) and to Japan at $703 million (compared to $674 million for all of 2012). The U.S., China and Japan are B.C.’s top three markets for softwood lumber. The increase in value reflects both higher shipment volumes to these markets in 2013 as

well as increased lumber prices. Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson led a trade mission of over 25 senior forestry executives to Japan and China in October. Premier Christy Clark returned from her 2013 Jobs and Trade Mission to Asia last week. “It’s encouraging to see the value of lumber exports to our top three markets have significantly

increased over recent years,” Thomson said. “I’m especially thrilled that we’ve again broken new records in China – it’s further evidence that all our hard work in that market is paying off. “The increased demand for B.C.’s softwood lumber products translates to job security in B.C.’s mills and B.C.’s woods.” “The increase in softwood lumber exports is a true

indicator that the B.C. forest sector is on the road to recovery,” Council of Forest Industries president James Gorman said. “This is also indicative of our ongoing efforts to build stronger ties to Asia and enhance B.C.’s position as the Pacific Gateway.”

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or email We wish to thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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regular Tuesday pickup will be on Monday, December 23 and Monday, December 30 regular Wednesday pickup will be on Tuesday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 31 regular Thursday pickup will be on Friday, December 27 and will remain on Thursday, January 2 regular Friday pickup will be on Saturday, December 28 and will remain on Friday, January 3.

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Commercial Garbage collection will have an extra truck running December 24, 27, and 31 to make up for any missed garbage during the holidays.

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Transfer Depot will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through the holiday season however the landfill gates will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 as well as Wednesday, January 1, due to the statutory holidays. We appreciate your co-operation and wish all Quesnel and area residents a safe and happy holiday season. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 250-992-6330 during regular office hours.

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PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE during the winter season With winter in full force, the Public Works Department is asking residents to wear bright, reflective clothing at all times, especially during heavy snowfall. Visibility for our snow removal operators is extremely poor at these times. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 250-992-6330 during regular office hours. City Hall - 410 Kinchant Street, Quesnel, BC, V2J 7J5 T - 250-992-2111 W - Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (except Statutory Holidays)

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This friendly fellow greets residents as they stroll the River Walk.

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CRD seeking budget 2014 input Chance of Snow High: 2° Low: -1°


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Flyers This issue may contain these flyers: • Sears • Mark’s • Staples • WalMart • Canadian Tire • City Furniture • Ashley Furniture

The Cariboo Regional Hospital District (CRHD), the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD) and the Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) 2014 provisional budgets and business plans were endorsed by the board. The provisional budget will then be presented to CRD residents in 2014 through three sub-regional consultation meetings taking place in the north Cariboo (Quesnel Council Chambers) Tuesday, February 25; the south Cariboo (100 Mile House in Council Chambers) on February 27; and the central Cariboo (Williams Lake CRD Board Room) on March 1. The CRD’s traditional Town Hall Meetings for 2013 were held at the beginning of the budgeting process in September and October in each of the electoral areas and municipalities. The

budgets are currently listed on the CRD website on the December 13 agendas at

Elected The CRD’s Area G Director Al Richmond and Area A Director Ted Armstrong were re-elected during today’s meeting as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. This marks the sixth consecutive terms as Chair and ViceChair for Richmond and Armstrong.

Health update Catherine Whitman, from Interior Health (IH) appeared before the board to provide an update on health issues in the Cariboo Chilcotin administrative area. The presentation focused on chronic disease management, changing demographics in the region, as well as the complexity of health care

for seniors. One of the key elements of the IH strategy is moving from reactive to proactive types of care to help reduce the costs for medical facilities and provide a better quality of life for residents of the Cariboo Chilcotin. Whitman also spoke about new initiatives including “Breathwell”, “Home First” and integrating mental health and substance use with primary health care in the region. Further information about chronic disease management or the new initiatives is online at              

Water chlorination Roger Parsonage, Regional Director Health Protection, from Interior Health, presented information to the Regional District Board regarding chlorination of ground water drinking water systems.

The presentation provided a picture of the drinking water systems within the region. Some of the issues included: the number of water systems currently on boil water notices and how these challenges are being addressed, secondary disinfection and the role of IH in emergency response issues related to environmental matters.

Funds authorized A total of $1,500 will be shared equally between Electoral Area D and F Economic Development services. These funds will be used to help support the Cariboo Growers Association for funding assistance to a guest speaker during their Annual General Meeting in January. The Association has invited Marty Frost as their facilitator for the planning session workshop during their AGM.

More information about the Cariboo Grower’s Cooperative is available online at cariboogrowers. ca.

Phone service The Cariboo Regional District will be sending a letter to Telus and the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Company (CRTC), requesting that rural customers who reside in an area with no cell phone service get priority restoration of their land line phone services in the event of outages.

Happy Holidays The Board of Directors and staff of the Cariboo Regional District wish residents of the Cariboo Chilcotin a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The CRD offices will be closed from December 25 through to January 1.


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Fantastic efforts


This year, Carson’s Annual Food Drive brought in approximately 1,000 items of food to be donated to Good Cheer. Mrs. Watson (centre), Carson’s First Nation’s Support Worker, is the organizer of the annual event. Student Latesha Boyd (right) is a member of the school’s Girl’s Group run by Watson. Latesha was very supportive of the Food Drive effort, helping Watson collect and tally food totals. Each of Carson’s seven classes were invited into a healthy challenge to see which class could bring in the most food. The winning group this year was Mr. Prosk’s grade 3/4 class who brought in 242 food items. Student Crosby Wolfe (left) used his hard earned allowance to purchase and donate 111 food items, bringing his class to the winning total. Prosk’s class will be enjoying a pizza party in recognition of their fantastic efforts.

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Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Business Excellence Awards 2013 Nominees Home Based Business of the Year

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Young Business Person of the Year • Nicole England – Booster Juice • Steve Turner – McDonald’s Restaurants • Tyler Beckman – Make Traxx Polaris Dealership

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Charlene Lawrence – Quesnel Economic Development Elizabeth Staats – Quesnel Techniques Gymnastics Club Jose Lukose – Robin’s Donuts Michelle Rodger – Aroma Foods All Staff –Quesnel Community Living Association Wendy Johnson – Cariboo Ford Ltd.

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Booster Juice Neil Elder - Cariboo Computers City Furniture and Appliances Rex Orr - Dr. Allen Baker Dental Amanda Lavoie - EdgeWood Farm Sarah Barber - EdgeWood Farm Debbie Sales - Integris Credit Union Stacey Taylor - Integris Credit Union Julie’s Edible Bouquets Lisa Kozuchar - Regency Chrysler Ron & Wilma Penner - Motherlode Wash Bill Turner - Rocky Mountaineer Darlene Robertson - Rocky Mountaineer Shhhh the Unique Boutique Bill Carter - Ultimate Trophies & Engraving Savalas Steak House William Lacy – Re/Max Quesnel Realty Sarah Fougere – Coffey & Bernath

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Billy Barker Days Society Debbie Quick – Flight Centre Associates Rocky Mountaineer SkyFest 2013

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Go Green Award • Baker Creek Enhancement Society • Bo Peep Boutique • Green Tree Health & Wellness

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At a loss


he B.C. NDP is doing its Official Opposition job well with this issue. Earlier this month, the New Democrats of this province announced they will introduce a motion in the legislature to support the abolition of the Senate. “The recent Senate scandals serve to underline that the Senate needs to be abolished,” said soon-to-be-replaced leader Adrian Dix. “B.C. is underrepresented, with one senator for every 764,000 British Columbians, while other jurisdictions get a senator for less than 37,000 people.” What’s more, Dix says Premier Christy Clark has “repeatedly” changed positions on the Senate “based on her political needs.” In typical NDP fashion, they just throw that accusation out there about the premier’s political needs without actually listing examples or backing it up, but we digress because we find ourselves in agreement with the NDP on this one. As stated in the NDP news release, a motion to abolish the Senate was passed unanimously in Saskatchewan with the support of both the governing Saskatchewan Party and the Opposition New Democrats. On the same day, Saskatchewan repealed legislation that allowed for elected nominees to the Senate. If both sides of the house in Saskatchewan can unite over this, why can’t the same happen in Victoria? We are at a loss to come up with what value the Senate brings to Canadians, aside from providing fodder for journalists in Central Canada who get tired writing about Rob Ford. The Senate is not representative. It is not democratic. If it was designed to give sober second thought to bills from the House of Commons, that has evaporated as the chamber became a place to reward loyal party soldiers, thereby making it a body that votes on political lines just like the House. The NDP is doing some good Official Opposition work by putting the feet of the premier and the B.C. Liberals to the fire on this issue. We believe the majority of B.C. residents, that same group of people who returned the B.C. Liberals to power in May, would like to see the premier take a stand on the Senate and call for its abolition. –Black Press

Premier looks back on 2013


fter a whirlwind year that started with a comefrom-behind election win, Premier Christy Clark sat down with me for the traditional year-end interview in her Victoria office. Here are excerpts from that discussion. A longer version with video can be found under the Opinion tab of this newspaper’s website. TF: Premier, you surprised a few people this year. What surprised you the most about 2013? PCC: I guess it was the disconnect between the pollsters and the pundits, and the public. I did have a sense all the time that the citizens were thinking something different in the run-up to the election campaign. I wondered, am I missing something here, or are they missing something? And I guess it turned out that it wasn’t me that was missing something. TF: The liquefied natural gas export project is going to use a lot of natural gas, especially in the early years. Will B.C.’s greenhouse gas reduction targets [20 per cent reduction by 2020, 80

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B.C. Views per cent by 2050] have to be changed? PCC: I don’t have a clear answer on that yet. We are working with the companies on exactly how we are going to structure their environmental commitments and costs, and their electricity costs versus using gas, the total royalty tax regime. We're looking at that as one package. However that turns out, though, this opportunity to export natural gas to Asia is the single biggest opportunity we have ever had as a province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. In shipping this to China, we are going to help them wean themselves off some of the dirtiest coal anybody's burning anywhere in the world.

where it goes. TF: There’s a perception out there, fuelled by the opposition, that you campaigned against oil pipelines and now you’re turning the tanker around, as it were, to be in support of them. What do you say to that? PCC: It’s typical of the other guys to reinterpret and misquote. That’s what they do. They’re in opposition. What I said was, we have five conditions that must be met in order for heavy oil to be considered to go ahead in British Columbia. That has not changed. The five conditions remain in place. As of today, none of them have been met. The only thing that is different today, from before the election, is that now I no longer stand alone in supporting the five conditions I have one other premier supporting me, and that’s Alison Redford. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress. ca


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TF: If B.C. is going to get credit for displacing coal use in Asia, shouldn’t B.C.’s coal exports, even though it’s metallurgical coal, count in our greenhouse gas total as well? PCC: I know that the academics and pundits are going to get all mired in competing sets of numbers and studies. For me, we have a chance to do good for the world, and we’re going to take it. TF: On oil pipelines, your agreement in November with Alberta Premier Alison Redford involves B.C. supporting her effort for a national energy strategy. What do you see it doing in the future? PCC: The big idea that she’s trying to pursue with that is a strategy that will connect us east to west in energy. Energy grids are much better connected north to south than they are east to west. So she’s trying to pursue a pan-Canadian strategy for the exchange of energy, whether that’s hydroelectricity or natural gas or whatever it is. We haven’t been intimately involved with it until recently, so we’ll see


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Leaders Mayor Mary Sjostrom hands over a cheque for $500 to Harjinder Jassal of the Correlieu Rotary Interact Youth Club for the club’s Shelter Box campaign. Left to right are: Coun. Scott Elliot; Cindy Osip, RCMP Victim Services; Neelam Jassal; Coun. Mike Cave; Rebecca Milligan; Simran Sanghera; Harjinder Jassal; Mayor Mary Sjostrom; Coun. John Brisco; and Coun. Laurey-Anne Roodenburg. Contributed photo


Technology isn’t always a good thing

ass production, mass schooling, mass killing, mass destruction, all are products of an increase of the technology that has made it possible. I believe it has created the incapability of humanity to morally or mentally deal with the consequences of our rapidly increasing technology. Considering that over a million and a half years ago mankind still lived in the stone age and it took roughly over a million years before steel was used, the adaptation of technology was a very slow process until the middle ages. In 1492 Columbus sailed across the Pacific ocean to the American continent. The sail powered boats of that time were starting to get sophisticated and dotted the oceans well into the mid 1850’s.

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Also in the mid 1800’s printing presses came in operation and the common man became more educated. Not too long after, steam engines were used for railroad transportation, powering boats and factories. The industrial revolution had begun and the slower and more individual way of life began to disappear. From Columbus to the beginning of the industrial revolution is about 350 years. The increased availability of printed books and news papers did help speed up the use of new technology. From 1850 to 1950 is only 100 years, but changes occurred fast and furious. World War 1 was the first time in human history where air battles took place and gas engines became wider used. By 1950 we had planes that could carry large

loads, nuclear bombs and sophisticated weaponry that was not even dreamed of in the 1850’s. Bulldozers and other related equipment made it possible to build roads faster and better and radios kept us informed about what was happening world wide. The cold war between Russia and the U.S. and the possibility of a nuclear war kept us in fear for years. We had seen what nuclear bombs have done in Japan, so that fear was not unfounded. WWII, in which 60 million people died, was still a fresh memory. It was not what could be called worry free times. What has happened between 1950 and now is amazing; it ranges from man walking on the moon to incredible advances in medical science, astrology and other technologies. Radios and record

players went from HiFi to Stereo, but were replaced with eight-track, followed in succession by cassettes, CD’s and DVD’s. T.V.’s changed from black and white to colour to high definition with the choice of hundreds of channels. The throw away society is in full swing and garbage dumps are filling at an alarming rate. Telephone booths disappeared to make place for the ever changing cell phones that now are computers, cameras and phones all in one. The whole world is now in a look and do alike mode that is already endangering all too many languages and with that, the loss of knowledge that could be needed for survival. A large part of our food (wheat and corn) is now in the hands of the Monsanto Corporation who in my

opinion is one of the most criminal outfits in existence. We also have become increasingly more isolated because in the places we live, we have entertainment centres, computers and on line shopping. No need to leave the house except for some shopping, going to work or taking the kids to sports. We are isolating ourselves in our homes that are bombarded by advertising via the mail, magazines, radio and television. On many highways we see the bland and often imbecile highway bill boards that are impossible to read at 100 km.per hour. The same is true of the street signs that are right on the corners of intersections. This system worked in the horse and buggy era but is obsolete in the present traffic

situation. There are many more examples like it and altogether they make me ask the questions: “Is technology leading us on a suicide path and if so, can we stop the misuse of technology that at this point is destroying our environment?” To take on the large corporations that have an iron grip on our federal and provincial governments is no small task. It is my hope that the occupy movement that is by now world wide will be successful because it is the only one that tries to operate by peaceful resistance. Bert de Vink’s a longtime Quesnel resident who wrote for the Cariboo Observer from the mid 80’s to the late 90’s. The Observer is pleased de Vink once again decided to put pen to paper.

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

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Making the season merry for everyone City Furniture and Appliances and Ashley Furniture HomeStore have partnered in donating groceries to feed approximately 200 people at the Salvation Army’s Christmas dinner, Dec. 11. City Furniture and Ashley Furniture are extremely proud and honoured to be a part of the Salvation Army’s Christmas festivities for the past few years and thoroughly enjoy working with all the volunteers. They would like to truly thank all of the volunteers who work very hard to cook this fantastic turkey dinner every year, this dinner would not be possible without all of them. City Furniture and Ashley Furniture Homestore take great pride in being active community supporters through various donations and community events and this is one of their favourites because of all the great spirit, warm hearts and smiles that they get to encounter along the way, they said. They would like to thank the community for all of their generosity and for having such kind hearts. They wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy Holidays from everyone at City Furniture and Ashley Furniture Homestore. Delivering the groceries for the dinner (above) are left to right: Bindy Baidwan, Ashley Furniture Homestore manager, Parveen Pannu, Stefan Van Schaick, Rami Pannu, Laura Van Schaick with daughter Vanessa and Jack Pannu; helping to prep vegetables for the dinner are, left to right: Bindy Baidwan, Parveen Pannu and Rami Pannu.

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CAPSULE COMMENTS with Lee-Anne Williams B.Sc. (Pharm)


ome years ago, I had a falling out with a close family member. In one conversation where we were actually trying to find “firm ground” to continue our friendship, he told me that the most important thing in his life was “learning.” I confess Peggy Corbertt that my reaction was distinctly Seventh-day Adventist Church self-centered, and I took him to say that I was not very important to him. In retrospect, I see that I did a pretty good job of taking his remark and remaking it in my own interpretation. Of course, he had not said at all that I was unimportant to him. I have come to see this experience as representative of how powerful our beliefs are in shaping our reaction to all of life around us. Looking back, I can see the humour in assuming that I would be the most important thing in his life. Indeed, I was just a close relative. But besides learning more about my inclination to put self first, I have also learned something about patience and persistence. I was not willing to reframe all of our past positive times together and I was not willing to give up on the possibility of a reconnection. And this little story of my stamina pales in comparison to the patience and persistence of great role models like the one the world has just recently lost: Nelson Mandela. He will always be held up as a sterling example, enduring prison while staunchly refusing to renounce his conviction that all people are created equal and should be treated so. One great thinker put it this way: “Freedom from something is not enough. It should also be freedom for something. Freedom is not safety but opportunity.” Mr. Mandela certainly personified steadfast loyalty to his ideals. And if that is what my family member meant when he said that “learning” was most important to him, I can heartily appreciate his values. When we open our minds and purposely set aside our preconceived prejudices, we are ready to grasp, not just what we expect, but new opportunities that can change the world for the better. Jesus, himself, said that He came to “give us the truth that would set us free.” He came as a babe, not the conquering King that nearly everyone expected. I believe that Paul gives us a clue that reveals some of that truth that God intended us to understand. His letter to the Corinthians states that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19). This idea invites me to set aside all of my preconceived beliefs of appeasement and recognize that Jesus was God on earth. When I am free of misconceptions of God, I am free to respond to His invitation for reconciliation and friendship. And as every student knows, learning takes time; learning requires willingness. May I be open to every opportunity that God presents to me to know the truth about Him. Peggy Corbett is a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church congregation.

More people are starting to use their cell phones as a reminder to take their medication. Just be sure the reminder is a sound that you will associate with taking your meds. If high-tech phones aren’t for you, try using a digital kitchen timer. Some allow for reminders of up to 12 hours later. Carry it in your pocket or purse. Head injuries account for 9-19% of all winter sports activities. When you are buying a protective helmet for your sport, be sure it is CSA-approved. A good helmet can considerably reduce the risk of head injury. Heart attacks occur more often in cold weather. The cold causes the blood vessels to constrict causing the blood pressure to rise putting a strain on the heart which is trying so hard to keep our body warm. Also age and exercise (like shovelling that driveway) can also contribute to the heart attack risk. Good food abounds at this time of year and to avoid gaining excess pounds, good self-discipline is in order. When sitting down to a holiday meal, try this: fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with protein and a quarter with starch. Actually, this is a good rule for eating all year round! All the pharmacists and the wonderful staff of our pharmacy extend to you our very best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.

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Here are some other suggestions from the Board of Directors. No need to panic yet - as one of them said… you still have almost a week! · A Pro V1 golf ball with a locator beacon · a donation of a turkey to Good Cheer or Seasons House · IPhone case, computer memory sticks, · Corkscrew (and something to go with it!) · Travel items (small umbrella, soaps, shampoo, deodorant, nail file, etc.) · tickets to the QCF Annual Awards Gala · anything chocolate · certificate for future show shovelling The Quesnel Community Foundation board members would like everyone to know that we have all been good boys and girls all year. Hopefully Santa (and the people of Quesnel ) will continue to be good to the Foundation! Merry Christmas!! SUSTAINING PARTNERS


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Another taste of liquor reform TOM FLETCHER Black Press

Premier Christy Clark visited a West Kelowna winery Wednesday to give citizens another sip of liquor law reform. The government supports recommendations in a recent review of liquor policy to make it easier to sample and buy wine, beer and spirits from small B.C. producers, Clark said. Regulations will be changed to allow manufacturers to offer tastings outside their current tasting rooms at places such as picnic areas. The government also plans to make it easier for ski

Christy Clark resorts and golf courses to temporarily extend their liquor licences for patios and barbecue events. Farm markets will also be able to host sampling and

sales of locally produced alcoholic beverages, Clark said. Beverage manufacturers will also be allowed to sell local products not made on-site. Clark also promised to work with B.C.’s Liquor Distribution Branch to improve access for B.C. products in government liquor stores. The government hopes to stimulate further growth in B.C.’s craft industry, which currently consists of 269 wineries, 76 breweries and 27 distilleries. A quality assurance program for breweries and distillers similar to the provinces’ Vintners’ Quality

Alliance group is also being considered. NDP critic Shane Simpson said most of the changes announced Wednesday are “common sense” reforms that his party has been urging the government to do. Dribbling out a series of promises as Clark and parliamentary secretary John Yap have been doing may be popular, but it is not the way to develop public policy, he said. “If the cabinet has decided they’re supporting some of these recommendations, which presumably they have, then put out the report that supports it,” Simpson said.


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females or males only, no mixed groups. To register, call Victim Services at 250-9923380. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY YARN CLUB meets the second and fourth Thursday afternoons, 1 – 3 p.m. in library activity room. New members welcome. For information call Amanda, 250-7472558 or Martha, 250747-1606.

TUESDAY LEGION NEW YEARS EVE DANCE Dec. 31, doors open at 7 p.m., dance at 8 p.m., music by The Wranglers. Appetizers and party favours. Tickets $25 each. SATURDAY QUESNEL LIONS SPECIAL GARAGE SALES for Christmas

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HOLIDAY BABYSITTING at QUESNEL TECHNICS GYMNASTICS CLUB for children aged 3 and up, Dec. 21, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Dec. 22, 4 – 7 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the club and cost is by donation. If the child isn’t a current member of the club, parents just have to sign a waiver before they leave.

GOOD CHEER now open in Maple Park Mall (former Zellers location) Note new number, 250-255-3240. Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hampers will be ready for recipients, Dec. 21 – 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY YARN CLUB meets the second and fourth Thursday afternoons, 1 – 3 p.m. in library activity room. New members welcome. For information call Amanda, 250-7472558 or Martha, 250747-1606.

R E F O R M AT I O N HOUSE Christmas lunch and Super Kids Musical. Sunday Dec. 22 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 213 St. Laurent Avenue. (Joyful Expressions).

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The kindest Troll of them all Troll kicked off it’s season last weekend with free bus service and a charge of canned goods for rental and lift fees. The result was a kitchen full of canned goods head for Good Cheer (left) and lift lines longer than the drive from Quesnel. Even the weather cooperated with the hill’s drive to support Good Cheer, dumping enough snow to make the most ardent powder hound happy. Troll passed out 517 ski tickets, Troll Ski and Snowboard shop lent out 150 sets of ski gear and the ski bus ran with 67 kids on the bus. All those numbers added up to a trailer full of food that is headed off to Good Cheer for the festive season. Troll is open weekends for the rest of the month until Christmas break when it will open all week, except for Christmas. In the new year, the hill will be open eveyday but Tuesday. To keep up with the snow conditions and whether the hill is open or not, go to Skip looking it up on Google, as it apparently doesn’t search under bridges, the traditional territory of trolls, and has thus missed that it exists. Contributed photos

One last time before The lone swimmer the jolly season JONAS GAGNON Observer Reporter

JONAS GAGNON Observer Reporter The Kangaroos extended their win streak to a nearly half-season run of seven games with their win of the Lac La Hache Tomahawks in Lac La Hache last Saturday. The ‘Roos pulled another double digit game beating the Tomahawks 11-5. It was the Tomahawks’ Wilfred Robbins that opened up the scoring just past 11 minutes, in a period that started slowly. The goal advantage didn’t stretch out too long. Levon Johnson scored the first goal at 14:30 and Paul Girodat followed it up with one of his own three minutes later to put the ‘Roos up at the end of the first. The ‘Roos got the hop on the Tomahawks in the second; Johnson got his second of the night 12 seconds into the period. The Tomahawks fought back into contention not

two minutes later. It was Kyle Crump who kept the Tomahawks within a goal of the ‘Roos. The scoring slowed down over the next 10 minutes, only to explode in the last seven minutes with a trio of ‘Roos goals. Girodat started the run off with his second of the night. Fulton put the second one in at 18:44 and Nick Tomassetti ended the period off right with yet another goal to make it 6-2 at the end of the second. Knowing they had a job to get back in the action, it was the Tomahawks who scored first – the goal credited to Drew Rose just over one minute in. Rigby Burgart responded for the Kangaroos forty seconds later. Lac La Hache had one last push: Willfred Robbins scored at 2:41 to keep the momentum going; and Tyrell Dan scored on the power play at 4:27 to keep a win within their grasp. But it was too

little too late. The Kangaroos owned the last half of the third, scoring almost at will. Burgart started it off just before the 10 minute mark with a goal that must have broken the Tomahawks resolve. Girodat followed just over three minutes later to mark a hat trick. Tomassetti scored his second of the evening a minute later. Joel Boyetchko finished off the scoring 10 seconds later, bringing the score to 11-4. This is the last game for the ‘Roos before their Christmas break, but they will be back shortly after Christmas playing Lac La Hache once again, but this time with the home-ice advantage, Dec. 28. The ‘Roos finish off the regular season with two games in the new year, Jan. 11 and 12 against the Williams Lake Stampeders and the Terrace River Kings respectively. Both games the ‘Roos will play at home, where they remain unbeaten.

Natasha Hanson was the sole representation of the Waveriders at the Annual MJB Classic swim meet in Kamloops and she made her team proud. Hanson swam AA times in all but one of her events, swimming a AAA time in her 50m freestyle event. “I’m very happy with my swims, especially the 50m free,” she said. In order to make the AAA time, Hanson dropped six seconds from her 50m freestyle – a swim which takes her less than 30 seconds now. To secure a place in the AAA provincials, Hanson needs to obtain one more AAA time. She is currently 17 seconds away from hitting her AAA time for her 400m freestyle, which coach Jeritt Brink said is easier than taking six seconds of a 50m swim. For her part, Hanson has her eyes firmly set on AAAs. “My goal is to get to the AAA provincials, which means I have to get another AAA time and I’m going to have to really push for that,” Hanson said. She has one more short-course meet, in Kelowna Jan. 17-19, to make the time before AAA short

course provincials. The long course provincials, however, take place in summer, allowing Hanson more time to gain the time to make AAA in long course. The, winter weather, if you remember we had a bit of snow over the weekend, kept the rest of the team in Quesnel, but Hanson and her father braved the roads to make the meet. “The roads weren’t actually that bad,” Hanson said. But the roads were bad enough to keep the rest of the team away, meaning Hanson was swimming solo for the first time. After years of swimming with a team that cheered her on and a coach there giving her pointers, the solo meet was a bit of a change for Hanson. “It was different; it was so weird not having a team,” she said. For Brink, her drive to go on her own and swim independently was very encouraging. “She did well on her own, which is a great sign of her taking the initiative to take control of what she wants to do,” he said. At the next meet, the team will be there and searching for their best times to unlock positions for short course provincials, both AA and AAA, weather permitting.


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Sadly announce her peaceful passing at home on December 15th, surrounded by her loved ones. A Memorial Service for Christa will be held Saturday, December 21st, 11:00am at North StarChurch. Baptist at North Star Baptist Church. A reception tea willthe follow the at service A reception tea will follow service the church. at the church. At Christa’s request, instead of flowers, those wishing to honour her memory by way of donation may do so to Crooked Leg Ranch, or a random act of kindness for someone in need. Clayton’s Funeral Directors entrusted with arrangements.

Adopt a Shelter Cat!

The BC SPCA cares for thousands of orphaned and abandoned cats each year. If you can give a homeless cat a second chance at happiness, please visit your local shelter today.







Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Quesnel Cariboo Observer






Business Opportunities

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

TRAIN TO be an apartment/condominium Manager online! Graduates get access to all jobs posted with us. 33 years of success! Government certified. or 1800-665-8339, 604-681-5456.

Drivers/Courier/ Trucking EXPERIENCED CLASS 1 Drivers, F/T, P/T needed for California & Arizona produce hauling, excellent pay and benefits+ safety bonus and home time. Call Jerry or Brian 1-877-539-1750.

Forestry Logging trucks required immediately for highway haul short logs. Please contact (250) 983-2788 or email

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.



• Labourers • Tradesmen • Class 1 Drivers

Call 24Hr. Free Recorded Message 1-888-213-2854 Now hiring in Fort St John Qualified mill electricians, paying up to $50/hr 7 days on 7 days off. Housing and benefits. Info @ Contact Project Manager required for full time work in the Prince George area. Looking for an experienced & motivated project manager for restoration & new construction projects. Must have experience in the construction industry & be proficient in CAD. Competitive wage package with benefits. Email resume to:

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services WANTED F/T Cook at SUSHI DEN Rest. 609 abbott st. vancouver. 2 yrs. exp.high school diploma. wage: $2240/mth.40hrs/wk. apply: duties: cook japanese meal,plan menu, create item. staff training.

Medical/Dental RN’S and LPN’s Needed Resource Ability, a well established and growing BC company hiring casual RN’s and LPN’s to work 1:1 in home with a medically fragile child in the Quesnel area. Union wages, paid training and full support provided. If you want to make a difference in a child’s life please fax your cover letter and resume to 1-250-8469817 attention Jennifer Hols or email

Savona Specialty Plywood – Lillooet Division Savona Specialty Plywood, Lillooet Division is a producer of high quality veneers for our Specialty Plywood Operation. Lillooet, located in southwestern BC, is a very scenic, full service municipality, which offers unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities, low cost housing, schools, a hospital as well as a modern recreational facility. It is located within a 2 hour drive of Whistler and Kamloops and a 4 hour drive from Vancouver. We are currently seeking a: QUALIFIED INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN The candidate will be a quali¿ed tradesperson holding a valid inter-provincial Journey person ticket. The candidate will have a minimum of ¿ve years experience in an industrial setting, strong computer skills, knowledge with Allen Bradley PLC’s and software, AC DC drives and softstart systems. Demonstrated safe work habits are essential. The successful candidate must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills to effectively participate in a team environment. Shift work and weekend work may be required. Starting rate for this position is $33.29 per hour plus a generous bene¿t package. This is a unionized position. Please submit resumes to: Savona Specialty Plywood PO Box 880, Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0 Fax: (250) 256-5220 Or email resumes to

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities


Aspen Planers Ltd. Woodlands Division Lillooet BC


Aspen has an immediate opening for a Forest Operations Supervisor in the Lillooet Timber Supply Area. Responsibilities include harvesting supervision, maintenance of the Environmental Management System and various operational activities as required. To join our team, the following capabilities are required: 8312 ##,4'0-,+#,2**71$#27,"/3*'27-0'#,2#" 8&71'!**7;2," *#2-5-0)',2&#;#*"',**1#1-,1 8 *#2-5-0)',"#.#,"#,2*75'2&',2#+#,4'0-,+#,2 8-+.32#0*'2#02#-0"6!#* 8"#1'0#2-*#0,,#51)'**1 8312&4#4*'""0'4#01*'!#,1#,"#6.#0'#,!#', driving on logging roads in all seasons.


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Career Opportunities

Trades, Technical

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Call Karen or Tracey to book your ad in the Professional Services Directory. 250-992-2121 Trades, Technical


Build Your Career With Us

The College of New Caledonia is looking to fill the following position:


RESIDENTIAL BUILDING MAINTENANCE WORKER PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR The successful applicant for this faculty position must have a Certificate of Qualification in RBMW and/or Inter-Provincial Red Seal Certificate in one or more trades related to the RBMW program, particularly Carpentry, Electrical or Plumbing. A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the residential construction industry. Able to deal effectively with students on an individual or group basis. Preference will be given to those candidates who are currently in the trade, who have proven teaching and/or supervisory experience. Completion of the Instructor’s Diploma Program (IDP) is an asset.

To find out more information about these and other opportunities, and directions on how to apply, please check our website at: Join us. We offer a supportive workplace, great benefits, and competitive salaries. And we have opportunities to grow, both within our college, and within our communities. CNC - A COMMUNITY FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING THAT CARES, SERVES, AND LEADS 3330 - 22ND AVENUE, PRINCE GEORGE, BC V2N 1P8 TEL (250) 562-2131 EXT. 5466 FAX (250) 561-5864 EMAIL: RESUMES@CNC.BC.CA

Trades, Technical

Do you thrive in a dynamic and challenging environment with opportuniĆ&#x;es for conĆ&#x;nuous growth and development? Tolko Industries Ltd. is currently seeking a Maintenance Supervisor to join our team at our White Valley Division located in the Okanagan Region of BriĆ&#x;sh Columbia. RESPONSIBILITIES: The Maintenance Supervisor is a key member of the maintenance and management teams and takes a leadership role in forwarding our ConĆ&#x;nuous Improvement Programs. The supervisor strives to meet the plant objecĆ&#x;ves of upĆ&#x;me, reliability, producĆ&#x;vity and technology to achieve top decile performance within the industry. QUALIFICATIONS: • A strong commitment towards safety is essenĆ&#x;al. • Have a good working knowledge of Worksafe BC and OH&S RegulaĆ&#x;ons • Ability to use JDE or similar CMMS programs is important. • Journeyman cerĆ&#x;ÄŽcaĆ&#x;on with interprovincial is required. • Minimum 3 to 5 years’ experience in forest industry, preference will be to Veneer or Plywood/panel experience. • Good organizaĆ&#x;on, planning and scheduling is required. • Experience working in a unionized environment is an asset. Strong values of Safety, Respect, Progressiveness, Open CommunicaĆ&#x;on, Integrity and ProÄŽt guide us at Tolko.

TO APPLY: If you are interested in exploring this opportunity and being part of our community please visit our website at: and submit your resume by December 22, 2013. We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Trades, Technical JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages, relocation allowance, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Email:

Did you know? • Kidney Disease causes death in many people with diabetes and d high blood pressure, and raises the risk of a heart attack? od • Healthy kidneys reduce the risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure? If detected early, Chronic Kidney Disease can be treated, thereby re reducing the risk of complications of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch 200-4940 Canada anada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 4K6 1(800) 567-8112

Tolko oÄŤers an uncompromising focus on safety performance, compeĆ&#x;Ć&#x;ve compensaĆ&#x;on packages, sustainable business pracĆ&#x;ces, a progressive environment and we are an industry leader in world markets.

Apply Today!

Quesnel Cariboo Observer Wednesday, December 18, 2013



Financial Services

Apt/Condo for Rent

ANNACIS ISLAND Pawnbrokers open ‘till midnight 7 days a week. 604-540-1122. Cash loans for Jewellery, Computers, Smartphones, Games, Tools etc. #104-1628 Fosters Way at Cliveden. IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161. INCOME TAX PROBLEMS? Have you been audited, reassessed or disallowed certain claims by Canada Revenue Agency? Call Bob Allen @ 250-542-0295 35yrs. Income Tax experience, 8.5yrs. with Revenue Canada. Email: C- 250-938-1944

Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

Moving & Storage RV*Boat*Vehicle*Self Storage Ten Mile Lake. Fully enclosed Indoor Storage currently available. 1 Bay 12ft. wide X 80ft. long by 12ft. high. 2 Bays 12ft. wide by 30ft. long x 12ft. high. Storage for ATVs etc. Outdoor storage also available. Power available. Full storage facilities available fall of 2014. Call for further info., inquiries & wish list for your personal storage requirements. (250)992-7420

Telephone Services DISCONNECTED PHONE? National Teleconnect home phone service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call National Teleconnect today! 1866-443-4408.

Merchandise for Sale

Appliances Wood burning cast iron heater. PH: (250)747-2432

Misc. for Sale A15





Duplex / 4 Plex


Cars - Domestic

Office space avail @ Fraserview medical building next to hospital. Suitable for professional offices: medical, legal, accounting and other consulting business. Please call Ideal Properties (250) 992-5992

Cars - Sports & Imports

Trucks & Vans

Lg bright deluxe duplex in NQuesnel. Walk to all amenities. Must be seen to appreciate. 2 bdrm, cable incl, downstairs utility room. Ideal for working cpl. 992-5796 Quality reno’d apartments in North Quesnel, spacious, great design, suitable for mature working person/couple or for seniors, n/s, n/p, references required (250) 992-5992


WILKINSON APARTMENTS 398 Roddis Dr. Quiet, Secure 1 & 2 bdrm suites. Elevator & laundry facilities. References Required. Adult Orientated Call 250-992-8949 BEAUTIFUL 2 bdrm ground floor in seniors’ complex, in Ashcroft. F/S, D/W, A/C, W/D, Gas fireplace. $650/mon. 250396-4334.

Commercial/ Industrial 223/227 Reid St. For Rent/Lease Call Ken Reid @ Call (250)992-3950 Busy building 470 S/F. Recent reno’s. $400/mo + taxes. Includes heat, hydro & A/C. 295 S/F basement unit, $190/mo + tax. Call Terri 9927202 Retail/Office Space 146 Barlow St. downtown core - Approx. 1100 sq ft - street level, 1100 sq ft upper level. Can be rented separately. Call Brian @ (250)992-0177. Available immediately.

Duplex / 4 Plex WQ Faucett St. Reno’d 2bdrm. & bachelor suite in 4-Plex. $750/$525 per mo. Includes heat & hot water. 249-5543

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Homes for Rent

Suites, Lower 1Bdrm suite, n/s, n/p, references required. $475/mo. Includes Utilities .(250)992-8715


Avail Jan 15 - 4bdrm, detatch garage, lrg yard, N/S, N/P, Bouchie Lake area, $800/mo (250) 249-5820. South hills, lg 3bdrm, 21/2 bath, 2800sq/ft, full bsmt, fridge, stove, D/W, dbl garage. $1200/mo + util. (778) 4660998 WQ 4bdrm/1bath on double lot /c garage, $1000/mo. Ref. req. Avail. Nov. 1st, (778)414-3844 WQ 4Bdrm. House for rent. Great location. Close to school. N/S, N/P, call (250)983-5298

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

Legal Notices

Cars - Domestic

2001 PT Cruiser. 150K, 4cyl, auto, sunroof, fully equipped, heated seats, ex tires & runner, very clean. $2950 (250)992-8747


Galvanized Pipe

Never been used. Three Ft. Pipe, 1-10Ft. Section, 1-20Ft. Section

$1,000 Call (250)747-8335 Oxygen extractor machine in excellent shape, can be used 3 ways. Home, car or battery. Ph: (250)747-2432 STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at:

Sell your vehicle in the Cariboo Observer

Private party ads only (non-commercial) under cars, trucks, SUVs or vans.

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

Real Estate Commercial/ Industrial Property For lease 1250sqft commercial space in strip mall. South of town, top of Dragon Lake Hill. Avail Jan 1, 2014. Call after 6 (250)992-8143

Houses For Sale One of a kind 4 bdrm, 2 bath home, large stainless steel & granite family kitchen. Fenced child/pet proof back yard. RV parking. In-law suite. Quick possession possible. Asking 249,900. Call (250)992-7807 or (250) 983-8748



Northland Mortgages


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

555-555-5555 after 4 p.m.

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. 2.2, 4 cyl,5 speed, 132km, 48mpg N/S, 8 good summer/winter tires, very clean $3500. 250-992-8747

For all the news...

One Owner, 42,000 km’s 6 Speed Standard Too many options to list. Heated electric leather seats, keyless entry, etc. Balance of 7 yr. warranty

$19,500 Call (250)747-2666

1971 GMC 1/2 Ton 4X4 383 Stroker, low miles. Many extras, great shape. $16,000. firm Call (250)392-5787


Office/Retail 138 McLean St. Accounting Office for past ten years. Call (250)992-2551 (250)983-2266

2011 Kizashi Sport


4 week buy


4495 plus GST

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

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Quesnel Cariboo Observer


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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Call 310-MYTV (6988), go to or visit your TELUS Store or Authorized Dealer.

Sign up now and get: Up to 60 channels (Standard Definition + HD)

FREE HD PVR † 2 FREE HD receiver rentals† FREE setup‡


TELUS STORE OR AUTHORIZED DEALER Quesnel 248 Reid St. Offer available until December 31, 2013, to residential customers, where line of sight permits, who have not subscribed to TELUS TV in the past 90 days. Not available to residents of multi-dwelling units. Minimum system requirements apply. Final eligibility for the services will be determined by a TELUS representative at the point of installation. TELUS reserves the right to modify channel lineups and packaging, and regular pricing without notice. HDTV-input-equipped television is required to receive HD. HD channels provided through the Bell TV satellite network. *Includes Basic Package. Regular bundled rate (currently $34.95/mo.) begins on month 7. Monthly rates include a $3 digital service fee, and a $5 bundle discount. Taxes extra. Not available with other promotions. †Offer available with a 3 year service agreement. Current rental rates apply at the end of the service agreement. A cancellation fee applies to the early termination of the service agreement and will be $10 multiplied by the number of months remaining in service agreement. Rental equipment must be returned in good condition upon cancellation of service, otherwise the replacement cost will be charged to the account. ‡A $300 value; includes connection of up to six TVs. Offer is limited to installation using existing TV outlets and telephone/modem jacks. Free with a term service agreement or purchase of a TELUS PVR or receiver; $50 for month-to-month service. TELUS, the TELUS logo, TELUS Satellite TV and the future is friendly are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under license. © 2013 TELUS.

Quesnel Cariboo Observer, December 18, 2013  

December 18, 2013 edition of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Quesnel Cariboo Observer, December 18, 2013  

December 18, 2013 edition of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer