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two of those terms Its two-volume implement appropriate and grizzly bear, and are required before report was released and effective spill uncertainty remains construction can Dec. 19 in Calgary. prevention measures over the effectiveness begin. “The and spill response of Enbridge’s plans The Joint Review After 18 months environmental, societal capabilities, so that to minimize the Panel for the of submissions from and economic burdens the likelihood and disruption the pipeline Enbridge Northern experts and the public, of a large oil spill, consequences of a would cause. Gateway Project the panel concluded while unlikely and not large spill would be “It is our view has recommended the benefits of a twin permanent, would minimized.” that, after mitigation, approval of the pipeline from northern be significant,” the The panel said the likelihood of pipeline, laying out 209 Alberta to a proposed panel concluded in its there would be significant adverse conditions that must tanker facility at report. “Through our significant effect on environmental C O NS I DERAT IO NS : Repor t of the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Nor thern Gateway Projecteffects first be met. Kitimat outweigh the conditions we require some populations of resulting from project One hundred and risks. Northern Gateway to woodland caribou malfunctions or Smithers/Interior News

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L ist of Issues, detailed the submit to the Governor in Council a report that Panel’s plan to conduct oral hearings along the includes an environmental assessment, as well pipeline route and near the marine components as a recommendation on whether or not the Wednesday, December 25, included 2013 requests for more of the project, and project should proceed. information from Northern Gateway.

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From JRP on Front Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said he expected the JRP to approve the project but was still very upset by the decision. “I know a lot of people were hoping against hope that it would be a different recommendation and I think there’s certainly some disappointment,” Bachrach said. “Today I’m really reflecting on the over 100 people from our community and our valley who made oral presentations to the JRP when they were in town for the hearings and I’m reflecting on the power of the stories and what an incredible part of the world and what an incredible community this is.” Last year, the Town of Smithers passed a motion to officially oppose the project. The only councillor who voted against the motion was Charlie Northrup. Counc. Mark Bandstra was absent. Northrup said he voted against the process, not the project. “I voted against the motion because I felt it was out of order and it wasn’t fair to be presenting it when Counc. Bandstra was away,” he said. “There was no notice of motion. It was the process and the way it was done.” At the time, Northrup said he, was actually against the project but after taking time to educate himself more on it, has changed his mind and thinks it can be done responsibly. “My initial stance was to oppose Enbridge. Over the last two and a half years I made a real effort to participate on both sides and listen as much as I could. Now I think it’s an opportunity for everybody involved to see how they can make it happen in the best manner. “If all the energy that has gone into opposing this had been put forward to doing it better and safer, we’d be way further ahead than where we are today. Let’s make it the safest we can and the best monitored.” Earlier this week, the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs re-affirmed their opposition to the project and said they are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their territory from pipelines. “We have been clear that oil and gas pipelines

do not match our vision for our territory and for our grandchildren’s future,” said Dini ze’ Na’moks (John Ridsdale). “Our chiefs arrived at this decision through the careful consideration that is central to our governance system.” Enbridge president Al Monaco acknowledged his company hasn’t done enough to work with B.C. First Nations and said they will make it a priority moving forward. “We know that more work needs to be done with some aboriginal communities,” he said in a conference call with media following the announcement. “We and our partners will put our best foot forward to further build trust.” Former Stikine Liberal MLA Dennis MacKay was one of only two people to speak in support of the pipeline during the JRP process. MacKay said he thinks the benefits outweigh the risks. “I’ve got children and I’ve got grandchildren in our part of the province and I want to make sure there’s jobs for them,” he said. “I’m pleased that we are looking at the economy as well as the social impacts and that’s what the process is supposed to do. It won’t create a great many permanent jobs once the pipeline is built but there will be several hundred jobs, I would think, between looking after the pipeline and the terminal at Kitimat.” As a boy, MacKay said he witnessed first hand the safe operation of the Trans Mountain pipeline that travels through Jasper National Park. “Sixty-two years ago I sat, as a 10-year-old boy, in the town of Jasper, in the Canadian Rockies and watched them putting the pipeline through the community. That pipe has been in the ground for 60 years and I’m not aware of an incident that has happened in Jasper National Park involving the Trans Mountain pipeline.” In Smithers for the announcement, SkeenaBulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said he will spend the next few weeks talking to his constituents and to First Nations’ groups. “I’m going to be spending more of my time listening,

not talking, over the next few weeks. “After we get over our disappointment, we’ll move to action and that will take several forms. Certainly with the federal election on the horizon in 2015 and the more-imminent election of municipal leaders here in B.C., it will be on the ballot box.” He also said he was not surprised by the panel’s recommendation. “They made their mind up many, many years ago” he said. “They’ve never met a pipeline they didn’t like, regardless of how much risk it posed and regardless of how damaging economically it was.” Enbridge Northern Gateway CEO Janet Holder said the Northern Gateway Project team will now be working to meet the JRP’s conditions. “From the beginning of this project, Northern Gateway has worked with one goal in mind: to access new markets by building a safer, better pipeline,” said Holder in a prepared statement. “The Joint Review Panel conducted the most comprehensive and science-based pipeline review in Canadian history and their report reflects the input of thousands of Canadians. Their report is an important step towards that goal.” While disappointed, Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson took the JRP’s decision in stride. “I take a little bit of a longer term view and a historical view,” he said, adding the situation brought him back to the original Delgamuukw trial, where Chief Justice McEachern ignored First Nations’ evidence and extinguished aboriginal title. “It’s 25 years later and the governmentappointed panel had tin ears.” The Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en were able to get that decision overturned, leading to the landmark 1997 decision confirming aboriginal title in B.C. “I have hope because I know, back in 1991, the judge had tin ears yet the First Nations were able to find a way to have government representatives actually understand their perspective and that led to the decision in ‘97,” Donaldson said. “I think in this situation, the same

thing will occur.” While legal action may be necessary, Donaldson said he would prefer if it didn’t take that to stop the project. “Having to go through litigation involves a lot of time and a lot of money,” he said. “I think a good way to proceed would be for the Premier to do her job and represent the people of B.C., especially the people in the northwest. Overall, this project does not have the approval of the people of B.C. The risks are still too high.” Despite the passionate feelings boiling up inside his constituents and across B.C., Cullen said he didn’t believe civil disobedience would be a result of the decision. “We’re a very peaceful people and no one wants to stand in front of bulldozers,” he said. “I try to assure people, we’re a long way from anything like that. There will be pending court cases as we know, there’s going to be an election in the meantime. There are going to be many, many peaceful opportunities between now and anybody trying to break ground and push the pipeline through.” The JRP heard oral evidence and statements from intervenors beginning in January, 2012 up until February of this year. The JRP was an independent body, mandated by the Minister of the Environment and the National Energy Board to investigate the pipeline’s effect on the environment and it’s economic value. The fate of the project is now in the federal government’s hands. They have said they will make a decision in the next 180 days. The NEB has compiled all of the written and oral evidence collected on its website, which is found by visiting http://www.neb-one. and following the hearings and information link then the Enbridge Northern Gateway project link. The report consists of two volumes, one outlining how the JRP came to form the recommendations and another describing the recommendations, totalling more than 530 pages. With files from Tom Fletcher and Jerome Turner


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In September of 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial. “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” VIRGINIA O’HANLON. 115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET


irginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Thankfulness, hope, love and kindness


t’s the season for taking time to reflect on the past year, consider what is important to us, and look ahead to change we would like to make in the future. First, let us consider how much we have to be thankful for living in Stikine.   It could be our close connection to each other, whether it is with family, extended family or friends. Much of this has to do with living in small communities. We are connected by where we live, even if we don’t share the same pointof-view 100 per cent of the time. The breadth and depth of our relationships is at the basis of what sustains us, no matter how cash rich or poor we are.

Or we could be thankful for the close connection to the land that we enjoy. The forests, lakes, rivers and mountains, and the life they support, are fully functioning in our neck-of-the-woods and provide fulfilment to our minds, hearts, bodies and souls.  It’s something existing now in the northwest that many others in the world have lost. The beauty of the natural world that surrounds us and we are part of, is something to cherish and a legacy we are entrusted with to pass on to the next generation.  Or we might be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy as part of the society

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conduct ourselves in a way that honours those rights that many made great sacrifices to secure for us. A society that has a legacy of strong, democratic institutions in politics, law and justice.  Second, let us remember to never give up hope that we can create a better place in which to live.  Oftentimes our close connection to each other and to the land, our fierce independence and our remote, rural, northern way-of-life, means we bring a different perspective to the world compared to others living in this province.  Our way of living is valid and worth defending. Never giving up on what it is that makes us who we

are in the northwest can be challenging, but all things of value are worth fighting for. Hope helps us sustain our struggle for justice.  And third, let love and kindness guide our actions in the coming year and beyond. In this season of faith, may you continue to find what it is that anchors your beliefs.  May you take the passion that flows from that foundation and use it to treat others with love, in the form of compassion, and kindness, in the form of respect.   Thankfulness, hope, love and kindness. It is the way for a better future for each of us and Stikine.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 


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L ETTERS Thank you Smithers Editor: During the holiday season, a time to reflect and give thanks, we would like to give thanks for the tremendous support we received over the past year. At times, 2013 proved a difficult year for us and it was made much easier knowing we had the strength of our entire community behind us. We chose initially to make our home here due to the beautiful landscapes and the outdoor opportunities allowed to us, but it is the amazing, caring and loving people here in Smithers that make us proud to raise our children in the Bulkley Valley. While we can’t possibly thank everyone individually, we are grateful to each of you. We wish everybody all the very best this holiday season and a tremendous new year in 2014. Cody and Kelsey Campbell

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that it’s possible to make any argument using carefully selected sources. CBC does it all the time. Labour union and a university are, of course, a gold mine for a certain point of view. Building refineries as job creators and a source of value-added: If the industry thought it feasible or practical, they’d have built them. Unfortunately, we don’t have the highly specialized work force. A year in a community college wouldn’t cut it. They’re also expensive to build, plus upgraders would be needed to handle oil sand crude. Chinese or Texan refineries can handle anything. And it’s much more practical to have to have refinery located at a distribution point: If I have a pipeline full of gasoline, but it’s jet fuel thats needed, I’d be selling at a steep discount. But the real clincher is that

refining capacity already exceeds demand. B.C. doesn’t operate in a vacuum. For example, when the NDP destroyed our economy during their reign, a lot of people worked in Alberta. They then spent their very good wages there, supporting other enterprises. B.C. was a “have not” province then. Where does Mr. Kelly think the equalization payments came from? He says “we export only half of what we produce.” Thank God for that! And we’ll export more when new oil and natural gas lines are built. But we need to get cracking - if we aren’t seen as a feasible supplier, Australia, Russia, US, etc. will push us aside. To say the environment isn’t protected is the same kind of alarming hyperbole as claiming that the Gateway

line will cross 1,000 salmonbearing streams. High in the hills, on seasonal flows so steep that no fish would have a chance, are tags proclaiming “salmon bearing stream.” I myself, when working for a forestry consultancy, flagged dry depression in the bush where no water ever flowed, as “potential creek.” All these are salmon bearing (potentially, anyway) in this kind of “statistic.” Yes, a leak may occur. This isn’t a perfect world. But there will be a shutoff valve nearby. Douglas Channel isn’t a narrow waterway. It’s at no point less then 2 kms. wide. Alaska crude has been hauled along our coast for years, without mishap and unopposed. Mr. Kelly invokes common sense. Reflexive NO to economic activities that sustain us all makes perfect sense to him. If, due to lack of credit, in a society already drowning in debt, all kinds of cutbacks will become necessary, it will make perfect sense to him and those like him, to noisily protest. And never to make the connection. Jerry Mencl Telkwa



Not worth it


n summer 2010, some Smithereens met to talk about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal, which would see condensate and tar sands oil (dilbit) piped through the Morice headwaters, across the Coast Ranges and loaded onto tankers in Kitimat. Most of us had never been activists before, but this project worried us. That July, an Enbridge pipeline rupture spilled dilbit into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. It took Enbridge 18 hours to recognize the pipeline break and shut it down. It took three weeks to realize that bitumen was sinking in the Kalamazoo and over three years and a billion dollars in a, so far unsuccessful, clean-up. And this is a slow, single channel river with a dam that impeded downstream movement of oil beyond 50 km. We and other groups got local scientists, with decades of experience, involved. One study described the unstable terrain and predicted that, sooner or later, a landslide would sever a pipeline. Another detailed the difficulty, if not impossibility, of containing or cleaning up an oil spill on the swift, multichanneled Morice. Enbridge’s own modeling for the Morice suggests that up to 87 per cent of the fish populations 60 km downstream could be impacted by a spill. Ironically, the section of river most in harm’s way is also the critical spawning habitat for its’ famous summer-run steelhead and salmon. FOMB presented evidence on the Sutherland River, the critical spawning habitat for two-thirds of Babine Lake Rainbow trout (and the trophy rainbows Babine is famous for). An oil spill at one of the two pipeline crossings would threaten the survival of this small spawning population. In Smithers, 116 citizens spoke about their workmake Smithers more ing knowledge of the hazards of the landslides, avathan a town – they lanches and floods. They spoke of their jobs in tourmake it a community. ism and sport fishing; their love for this river, this Of all the memories place. B.C. recommended rejection of the project in from the past year, one final hearings. sticks out in my mind: This week, the JRP recommended the pipeline be standing at the newly constructed, with 209 conditions. There was practiopened Bovill Square cally no mention of our evidence or of salmon at alongside hundreds risk. They rely on Enbridge assurances that spills are of Smithereens, not going to happen in remote and inaccessible areas watching the sun set such as the Sutherland or Morice rivers. An assurover Hudson Bay ance from Enbridge that new spill response methods Mountain and listening will be developed is good enough for the panel. to Mark Perry belt It is obvious that the panel recognizes that our out his hometown river and salmon would be put at risk. They are simanthem “This Town” as ply willing to accept that risk. However, all of the everyone sang along. glossy documents in the world will not change the We live in a special simple fact that, at present, technologies do not explace. Together, we can ist to deal with oil spills in remote fast-flowing rivers make our town even like ours. better and in the New The panel listened to Enbridge, not First Nations, Year I look forward to scientists or other citizens of B.C. They are willing to working with you to do take that risk from comfortable downtown Calgary just that. – but we are not here in the Bulkley valley. Merry Christmas. What happens now? The federal government P.S. I’m always has 180 days to consult with First Nations. The happy to hear from Wet’suwet’en and others have stated their unalteryou. If something is able opposition. Premier Christy Clark has stated on your mind, take a that the provincial government opposes the project. moment to email me at We must hold her to that promise.  Friends of Morice-Bulkley

2013 was a productive year for the town


t has been a good year – and a productive one, too. After more than two decades of dreaming and planning, we broke ground for a new arena and are on track to open its doors in 2014. I’m happy that we’ve approached this large infrastructure project in a way that keeps as many of the dollars local as possible. Council worked with the Centennial Legacy Committee and the BV Arts Council to transform a contaminated lot into the new Bovill Square, a permanent legacy of Smithers’ first 100 years. We’ve already glimpsed its potential as a gathering and performance space. Another brownfield at the corner of the

Main Street and Highway 16 became the new “Husky Park” thanks to the Rotary, and volunteers built a new courtyard at the library. Within our boundary there are now six housing projects at some stage of development. Ranging from a major new subdivision to seniors’ and lowincome housing, they will go a long way toward meeting future needs. On the transportation front, we completed the second year of our street paving push, installed new bike racks, implemented a bike route, and created two new curb letdowns for those with restricted mobility. Just last month, we


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GUEST VIEW Taylor Bachrach voted to bring curbside recycling pickup to Smithers for the first time ever, starting this coming May. Bring on the blue bins! And who can forget when we welcomed hundreds of former Smithereens home to help us celebrate our Centennial? Not that we don’t face challenges. Ensuring our airport

remains competitive is one. Addressing homelessness and affordability is another. And yes, there are still some potholes left. But I’m confident that Smithers is heading into 2014 as well positioned as any community in the Northwest: stable, diversified and vibrant. I want to thank our councillors for their time and dedication to our community; the Centennial Committee and the many volunteers who made our homecoming such a memorable event; and our town staff for all of their work. And thank you, too! Whether you volunteer with an organization or simply help your neighbour shovel his driveway, it’s the everyday acts that


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Town creates new zone

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The town of Smithers created a new low-density multifamily residential zone to allow for the construction of a new affordable housing project. The new R2A zone was crafted in response to a request from Smithers Community Services Association who was looking to build an affordable housing development on four small lots located across the street from Northwest Community College. “There’s a really creative and innovative housing project that SCSA has put forward for that so we’re excited to see it move ahead,” Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said. “In the interest of this specific proposal we thought it warranted moving ahead with the rezoning.” The project will feature six separate 504-sq. ft. units for mostly single

“There’s a really creative and innovative housing project... ” -Taylor Bachrach Smithers mayor

occupancy, said SCSA executive director Cathryn Olmstead. There will be a path down the middle to create a community feel to the space as well. Rents will be kept low, in the neighbourhood of $700 a month, she said, and there will be a caretaker looking after things like yard maintenance. This isn’t unchartered territory for SCSA. A few years ago, the organization built a small home for an individual at Broadway Ave. and King St. The demand for that unit told SCSA this was an underserviced niche in the Smithers housing market, Olmstead said.

“There was a huge amount of interest from a whole array of people,” she said. “What we found was that when people have their own space, there is more of a desire to look after it and less friction between neighbours because there are no walls touching.” In a Letter to the Editor in the Dec. 11 edition of The Interior News, Bulkley Valley Re/Max realtor Sandra Hinchliffe said she thought the new zone would set a “precedent that has an uneven effect on property owners and property values.” “If the town changes the entire zone, then maybe property owners would see an increase

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in property value due to future development options,” she said. “When someone invests in Smithers they have the right to expect consistency in zoning. If the town decides that changes in the R2 are for the public good, then they should change the entire R2 zone.” Bachrach said town staff will be looking at all R2 zones across the town to see if the R2A designation can be applied elsewhere. “I think the concerns expressed in the letter were well taken by council,” Bachrach said. “It isn’t an example of this being the only parcel that we would consider for this new type of zone and we have directed staff to look at the entire R2 zone and come back to council with candidate locations where this zoning might be applied.” Construction on the development will begin this spring and the units should be ready for new tenants by the summer of 2014.

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There are many ways to get home safe after having a few drinks this holiday season. That’s the message Const. Mark Bezzina with the RCMP’s West Pacific Region Traffic Services unit is trying to get out to holiday revellers. So far in December, the RCMP have stepped up patrols, looking for impaired drivers and have also held a number of checkstops throughout the region. “We’ve had a really heavy focus on checkstops,” Const. Bezzina said. “We have been connecting with the local detachments and putting two or three extra general duty members out on the road to help.” Education is also a big part of the RCMP’s holiday campaign. “A lot of it is about getting the word out.” Last week, in Smithers alone, two impaired drivers were arrested.


66 This year, a surprising number of prohibited drivers have been discovered through the checkstop campaign as well, Const. Bezzina said. With Christmas and New Year’s Eve around the corner the RCMP’s presence will be increasing. “We’re still just ramping up,” he said. “As we get closer to Christmas we will have lots of extra members out on the road. “New Year’s is the big night, though. Everybody is drinking that night and completely rational people sometimes make bad decisions. We want to have a really strong presence on the road that night as well.” One thing he notices year after year, is the day or morning-after impaired drivers. “A lot of people don’t realize you can still be impaired the morning after. We get people going back to the bar to pickup their cars after a couple hours of sleep. They can still be hugely impaired.”

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erry Christmas everyone, sending you wishes for a joyous time! This column will be filled with odds and ends as, although I attended several celebrations, this year seems to be an odd Christmas, quiet somehow. Pat Buchanan had read this column when I mentioned pot holders and that some people collected them. At the last seniors’ lunch at the Pioneer Activity Centre, she had three to give me. Two appeared to be embroidered with a Dutch girl and boy done in shades of blue. Lovely. The third was of two women and may be alluding to the Red Hat Ladies. Thank you Pat! Also received a phone call from Terene of Granisle responding

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to another column where I spoke on accessibility and asked if anyone had anything that they found a barrier. She indicated that in most washrooms there was no hook to hang your coat and purse. I have noticed this as well and wonder if anyone else has found this a problem. The holidays often bring back memories of loved ones who are gone too soon. I know that after my son was killed I have had a hard time buying gifts ahead because I am afraid that if that person leaves what will I do with the grief that present emanates along with the fact I cannot give it away as it was for someone special.

I find one never “gets over” the loss and the holiday season seems to exaggerate that loss. Starting new rituals has helped and actually remembering the past rather than blocking memories helps as well. Have you ever noticed that birds like music? I have two budgies and they respond to the radio by singing along to mostly country/western music. But they do not seem to mind some of the tenors either and a little old time soul music. Something I read: “I look at my home as though it were a garden. Which plot, or room, needs to be nurtured in a different way?” At the beginning of a New Year I clean and

rearrange my home for a fresh start. But first I must deal with what I think is a mouse who has taken up lodging in my mud room. Seems to be using some insulation for a nest. I find it impossible to remove a dead mouse so traps require a great deal of mind over matter thinking. Remember to call or e-mail me (250847-4797, gradoir@ with stories or facts or things you notice around town. Check out the Letter to the Editor in the Dec. 18 paper, what do you think about her remarks? Closing with: No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. George Jean Nathan

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C OMMUNITY Christmas has changed over the years know right about now you are expecting me to poo poo Christmas. Too late for that so I will just share with you a few of the good things I have noticed and heard over this season. I have talked to some of you this past week who tell me of the gift ideas you had. One I liked was the family that came together to make their parents’ home safer. With a few adjustments and added safety bars staying in the home is an option. A pet door was also added so the small dog could get out to tend to its business.

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Faith Matters St Joseph’s Catholic Church Pastor Rectorino M. Tolentino, Jr. 250.847-3175 Christ the Light of the World The long darkness of night that we have during winter months is an obvious darkness that people experience. In the lives of other people and in some other parts of the world, there is an experience of different kinds of darkness surrounding lives, calamities, wars, chaos, sickness, lost of a job, or even conflicts in marriage and family. People’s unbelief in God and turning away from Him can also be considered darkness that is present in today’s world. In this darkness the message of Christmas may be found valuable and could be better appreciated. Christmas is the Solemnity of the Nativity of Christ the Word made flesh, who dwelt among us. In the history of our salvation, Prophet Isaiah foretold this birth as a great light who dispels the darkness in this world. The Evangelist John described it as: “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” (Jn.

1:9) Christ, later on in the same Gospel introduced himself: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” (Jn. 8) Christmas invites us to turn to Christ as the Light of the world; as the brilliant Light that shines in the darkness surrounding creation, giving hope; as the Divine Light who came to this world bringing life. Every tiny light on a Christmas tree, in the streets, or at home should lead us back to Christ, the Light of the world. In the same way that every little act of kindness, goodness and generosity should be a real manifestation of the light that we received from Him. Like the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and St. Joseph, may we become instruments of God in bringing the Light of Christ into this world! A Blessed Christmas and Peaceful New Year to all!

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A garbage pail of sand and salt was placed near the door so getting outside was not a problem on these icy days. A family brought together for a common purpose. Some who called told me that instead of the commercial purchase of something not needed gift certificates were bought for dinner in a favourite place. Donations were made to different organizations. Animal

shelters, soup kitchen, Salvation Army and others. So I wonder how it is in your modern-day home? Do you have a big stocking hung somewhere with care? Is it filled to the brim with goodies and gifts? We didn’t have monster stockings as they do now. My mother would knit socks for us. One sock stuffed into the toe. Just enough room for an orange, candycane and a small

gift. No room for a lump of coal. Exciting just the same. Before I leave today I would like to thank you for your comments on the last columns. Thanks to new residents to the area who called with their views. We welcome you. I’ll be home at Christmas, you just wait and see. So you can call 250-846-5095 or e-mail your thoughts to

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Michelle Iacobucci’s Grade 4 class at Walnut Park was spreading some Christmas cheer around town last week. The kids collected donations of toys, books and clothes and made their rounds across Smithers Dec. 18. Starting at New To You, the dropped off toys, books and clothes and sang Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer for customers and volunteers. Next, it was over to the Salvation Army where cookies and treats were dropped off for all volunteers. On the way to the Bulkley Lodge to sing Christmas carols, the students shared some baking with the Town of Smithers staff who were out working in the cold. At the lodge, residents were treated to Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer. “I feel that they learned that this time of year, as well as other times in their lives, its’ important to be grateful for what they have and to give back to their community when they can,” said Iacobucci. “I’m very proud of my students for taking time out of their lives to think of others at this time of the year. They are very kind and thoughtful,” she said.

Mrs. Iacobucci’s Grade 4, Division 7 Walnut Park Elementary class put smiles on the faces of people all over town Dec. 18. Shannon, Ejler, Jenna, Kalen, Owen, Ashley, Deven, Logan, Reign, Lucas, Kahli, Kyle, Andrew, Saige, Ryan, Caleb, Darren and Talon. Contributed photos

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The Snowed in Comedy Tour started out as a way for Dan Quinn to fuel his powder addiction. “It was a way to get free snowboarding,” Quinn, one of the forces behind the comedy tour, said. “It was a total scam to the system.” Originally envisioned as a oneman show, he thought if he could travel around snowboarding and play a few shows at night, he could break even and have a bit of a mountain holiday. After mentioning the idea in passing to some comedian friends, Quinn was able to bring along some internationallyknown funny men with him on the road. “We never thought we would make any money doing it, we were just trying to not lose too much,” he said. “We ended up having such a high level of talent on the tour, people started showing up and coming back and telling their friends. Six years later, we’re playing more and more shows every

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year.” Quinn, who’s a snowboarder, has had an opportunity to ski some amazing terrain, he said, including Revelstoke, Golden, Nelson, Shames in Terrace and Hudson Bay Mountain. “All of the hills have their own charms. We hit a bit of a dry patch [at Hudson Bay Mountain last year] but I could see having a ton of fun in those mountains because there are a lot of trees and some pretty steep slopes.” This year, joining Quinn on stage is Arj Barker, Pete Johansson and Craig Campbell. All four are headliners in their own right, Quinn said, so audience members will barely have time to catch their breath between sets. “Craig is kind of this wild-man storyteller who likes to talk in the crowd and

Pete can be political and Arj is just kind of silly,” Quinn said. “It’s just a good comedy show. I think that’s what set us apart is everyone on the tour has their own careers separately and we just come together once a year.” This is the sixth year for the Snowed In Comedy Tour and the second time they have stopped in Smithers. The tour keeps getting bigger and this year has added a European leg. Last year, they stopped in 23 cities, playing 29 shows across Western Canada, including a sold-out show at the Della Herman Theatre. The Snowed in Comedy Tour stops in Smithers Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Della Herman Theatre. Tickets are available online at www. snowedincomedytour. com or at Rayz Boardshop for $35.

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The Steelheads enter the Christmas break a little lower in the standings than they’ve become accustomed to. But they’re still in prime position to make a run to a third straight title. The following are The Interior News’ team and individual awards for the 2013-14 season, so far: Team awards Best game: Nov. 17 vs. the Quesnel Kangaroos. The Steelheads may have lost this one in overtime, but the game itself had everything: Lots of goals, a fight, a big comeback, and a second, last-minute comeback by the home team and an overtime winner. The Steelheads carried a three-goal lead into the third period against the Kangaroos, but allowed four straight goals in just over 10 minutes, to spot the road team a one-goal lead. In the final minute Josh Aspenlind tied it up to send the game to overtime and guarantee the Steelheads a point, before the Kangaroos eventually won it. “That was a huge comeback,” captain Darryl Young said after the game. “But it’s too bad we had to do it, that we let a lead like that slip away.” Best blowout: the

Our MVP, Adam DeVries, parks himself in front of the net during the Steelheads 12-2 victory over the Luckies.

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Steelheads most recent effort, a 12-2 decision over their Highway 16 rivals from Houston, served notice to the rest of the CIHL that the two-time defending champs are back in top-form. Thirteen different players hit the scoresheet. Best win: The Steelheads were in the thralls of a six-game losing streak, playing their second game in less than 18 hours and only had 11 skaters for their Nov. 24 matchup against the Kitimat Ice Demons, but they found a way to win. The line of Adam DeVries, Darryl

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Young and Ian Smith combined for four goals and 11 points en route to a 5-2 victory. It was a gutsy effort to end the team’s longest losing streak in years. Individual awards Most Valuable Player, 1a): Adam DeVries. For the third year in a row, DeVries leads the team in scoring. He’s averaging almost two points a game and is the only Steelhead who has yet to miss a game this season. He’s on pace to match a career high, with 32 points this season and he currently sits ninth in CIHL scoring.

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“He is one of our most consistent players,” head coach Tom DeVries said. “He always plays with a level head, he’s controlled, relaxed, always having a good time and he’s a huge part of our success.” MVP 1b): Tyler Perreault. It’s not easy taking over the starting duties from the two-time goaltender of the year, but, so far, Perreault has done an admirable job. He currently sits third in the CIHL in both goals against average and save percentage, and has put up those numbers

with a skeleton defence in front of him on most nights. Defenceman of the year, 1a): Mike Wall. Making the transition from the crease to the blue line isn’t exactly a well-carved path. Wall has proven himself a more than capable, reliable, positionally sound defenceman this season. With the amount of injuries on the Steelheads backend, Wall has gone through a baptism by fire, often logging heavy minutes and playing against other team’s top lines. “He has been consistently solid back

there,” Tom said. “He has size, he’s always in position and guys have a lot of trouble getting through him to get to the front of the net.” 1b) Eric Smith: Smith’s offensive numbers aren’t quite as strong as they have been in recent years, but he’s been required to play a more well-rounded game this season. The puck-moving defenceman still logs huge minutes and quarterbacks the powerplay. “He’s probably been our best offensive defenceman so far, but he’s had to play a bit of a different role with

most of our defence out for the season,” Tom DeVries said. Wall and Smith are the only two d-men to play more than 10 games this season for the Steelheads. Unsung hero: Darryl Young. It’s not often a team’s captain is under-appreciated, but such is the case with Young. He’s played a strong all-around game all season long, sits third on the team in scoring and has only missed one game so far. “He’s our best allaround player,” Tom said. “He shows up every game, plays a ton, has a strong work ethic, and when he isn’t able to play you really notice when he’s gone.” Unsung hero, honourable mentions: Calvin Johnson and Josh Aspenlind: Both have added offensive sparks whenever they’ve played. Best Comeback: Ryan DeVries. The Steelheads’ defence corps got a huge boost last week when DeVries returned to the lineup after suffering a concussion last month. When he’s on the ice, he’s a difference maker. “Ryan means a lot to our team,” Tom said. “It feels like, when he is out there other teams just don’t have a chance. “He is easily one of the best defenceman in the league.”



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Smithers Film Society presents Dallas Buyers Club, Sunday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. Standard admission. Smithers Film Society presents Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Sunday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. Standard admission. Smithers Film Society presents Gabrielle, Sunday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. Standard admission. Internet Tutoring at the Library ongoing until March 31, 2014. Learn to download ebooks and audiobooks, use email or surf the web, Skype with friends and family or create photo albums or slideshows. Our Youth Intern is here to help you with basic computer and Internet literacy. Call or come into the Library to book your free appointment. Scrabble at the Smithers Library, 7 p.m. Every Wednesday exept the third Wednesday of the month October to May. Everyone welcome.


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announced Wall would continue to play defence for the rest of the season, meaning the starting job is Perreault’s to lose. He knows the team has reached the pinnacle the last two seasons, but that just makes him want it more. “Hopefully we can get to the Coy, that’s our this year, and 24goal UNIT that’s my personal goal, but I know I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill.”

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Tyler Perreault has taken over the Steelhead’s starting duties from Mike Wall this season, and so far he’s proved equal to the task. The Steelheads’ goaltender currently sits third in the CIHL in both goals against average and save percentage. Considering the normally high-scoring Steelheads have had trouble scoring this season, those numbers have help keep the team in games. Like most current Steelheads, Perreault began playing house league minor hockey in Smithers, all through the ranks, before joining the Storm once he hit peewee. He credits his mom, Toni, for encouraging him to get into minor hockey and for supporting him throughout his minor league playing days. “She was a huge part of my life growing up, she was always there, yelling her heart out every game. She was the only person I could hear, yelling from the stands, even to this day she is one of the crazy ones in the stands.” The highlight of Perreault’s minor league career came in 2008, when he backstopped the Midget Storm to third place in the B.C. provincial competition. In his final midget season with the Storm, Perreault injured his knee and missed his chance at moving on to the junior ranks. “I thought about going to junior-B, but it was pretty tough to come back after that injury. That’s usually

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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Santa looking to swap outdated ride for super economy sleigh NORTH POLE - Driveway can exclusively reveal that Santa Claus has been visiting local dealerships kicking tires—ahem, rails—in his search for a new ride. Ever conscious of the increasing cost of gas and effect his multi-million-kilometre Christmas flight has on the environment, Santa seems to have opted for 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for his next sleigh. The wagon promises a fuel economy of 7.84 L/100 kms fuel economy,which means the sleigh will be kinder to the environment than his current means of transporting gifts to the world’s children. As an added benefit, the EcoBoost engine – which is finely tuned for high-speed performance – would offer speeds much faster than Santa ever travelled in his former 36-hoofpowered sleigh. The expected upgrade comes as a record number of children earn spots on the “nice” list, increasing the payload weight of his bag of gifts beyond the normal tow rating of his nine-reindeer team. Santa told me that changing his mode of transportation will not compromise his ability to remain true to his mission. “My goal is and always has been

giving presents to good the nine reindeer look girls and boys, and a new forward to some time sleigh will make that off. Every year, the process more effective,” flying animals travel he says. “Let’s face it, 200,194,557 kms and every year there are more they’d like some time to children who earn presrest, he says, explaining ents. Things are simply there are still splinters getting out of control, embedded in his hoofs and my old sleigh just from a particular wooden My goal is and isn’t going to be able to roof in northern BC. always has been hack it much longer. With “You really can’t beat giving presents to the new sleigh, I will be this new sleigh,” says able to travel faster and good girls and boys, Goddard. “It offers carry more toys.” and a new sleigh will outstanding fuel econFord engineers develomy without sacrificing oped the Transit Connect make that process power. It even offers more effective. Wagon sleigh concept an electric windshield weeks after hearing of defroster, making short Santa Santa’s dilemma during work of icy windshields cold weather testing in in wintry conditions. So, the North Pole. if there’s a foggy Christmas Eve, we “This is a winning situation for all,” won’t need a red-nosed reindeer to says Darren Goddard, chief engineer guide Santa around the world.” for Ford Transit Connect Wagon. “The Some extras appear to have swung increased efficiency means added time Santa in the direction of the Transit for Santa to enjoy milk and cookies at Connect. SYNC with MyFord Touch stops. His new ride will offer 100 cubic offers a touch screen display with feet of cargo space and versatility to navigation so Santa can easily find haul up to 2,000 pounds, which Santa all the good children, even in more will need.” remote areas. Reindeer spokesperson Dasher says The child observation mirror would



allow him to keep a close eye on his gifts in the second and third row. From its 60/40 three-passenger second-row bench seat through fold-flat second- and third-row seating with third-row independent fore-and-aft sliding capability, the wagon quickly adapts to accommodate multiple combinations of elves and presents. The MyKey programmable ignition key restricts maximum speed should a mischievous elf get behind the wheel while Claus is down a chimney leaving gifts. With eight cupholders, Claus and his elves would have plenty of space to take along a few glasses of milk as they continue through their busy night. Rain-sensing wipers would keep Claus on the move, as there’s always a chance he’ll encounter nasty weather. “As always, we are busy making toys and checking long lists,” says Santa. “That said, Merry Christmas to all!” Of course, Mrs. Claus will have the final say on this purchase because, as any dealership owner will tell you, women make the final decision in 80 per cent of new vehicle purchases. Keep your eyes peeled Tuesday night to see if Santa got his Christmas wish.

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage $15,398 and with the automatic transmission it lands at $16,598. At this price, there are plenty of options in the subcompact class. Styling is not what I would car eye-catching. Cars like the Ford Fiesta or the Kia Rio have much more appeal and features for similar money to this SE Mirage.



The Mirage SE does come nicely equipped.


Zack Spencer

Even though we have high fuel prices in Canada, the trend is away from small fuel-efficient cars to larger vehicles. Subcompact and even compact sales are down but sales of small SUVs and even mid-sized vehicles are up. There are a couple of things at play here. The first is the stronger (not so much in the last two months) Canadian dollar over the last several years has

allowed carmakers to jam more content into their cars and often the retail price has dropped too. The second is that vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, so buying a slightly bigger car isn’t much of a hardship. With this as a backdrop, it is interesting to see that Mitsubishi has introduced a three-cylinder fuel saving car at the smallest end of the market.

Drives-U-Crazy Block

Can there be anything much more frustrating than not being able to turn because some twit is blocking the intersection? There is a provincial law that forbids drivers from entering an intersection if they can’t exit the other side (not for left turners, that’s ok). But many municipalities have taken that a step further with bylaws that apply that rule to all

intersections, not just those controlled by lights. However, it seems to be largely ignored by people who block the entrance to neighbourhood streets while waiting for a light change ahead. Whether it’s a by law or not surely it’s just common sense and courtesy. What drives-u-crazy.

Looks The Mirage is sold in two trim levels; the base starts at $12,498 and comes pretty sparsely equipped. It’s a small car with a little price tag. The much bigger Nissan Versa is cheaper at $11,898 and has buckets more power. The car that most people will choose is the Mirage SE with many more goodies but the price jumps dramatically to

On the plus side, the Mirage SE does come nicely equipped. The front driver’s seat has adjustment and both front seats have very good seat heaters that bring your backside up to the appropriate temperature in short order. The centre cluster is nicely finished and it features Bluetooth with streaming audio. There is an auxiliary jack but no USB jack to charge your phone. The back seat is small and the rear cargo area is what one might expect from a little car. But this vehicle does not live in a vacuum. The Kia Rio, with more features, like satellite radio, is only a $1,000 more and is way up on space and

horsepower. The Nissan Versa Note is massive in comparison and for $1,700 more has push button start and even a backup camera. So yes, the Mirage is nicely equipped and has a good price but there are other options out there that are as good if not better.


What this little car was designed to do is deliver impressive fuel economy. This is achieved by placing a 3-cylinder engine under the hood and matching it to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). With just 74hp, this car is way down on power compared to the rest of the subcompact set, even the Fiat 500 has 101hp and the Nissan Versa has 109hp. This combination of small packaging and small engine deliver a rating of 5.3L/100km in the city and 4.4L on the highway. In my mostly city driving I was achieving 7L/100km. The problem with such a small engine is that t often

needs to be pushed hard to accelerate and pass other traffic. The engine and CVT are loud, especially when the car is cold. The steering is very light for easy maneuverability but at higher speeds it feels too vague. This car is happy cruising because the engine settles down to a lower RPM and the noise level drops. Ask this car to perform and it’s an experience filled with noise and vibration.

Verdict With a very low starting price and potentially good fuel economy the basic Mirage has a place for a buyer who wants a basic runabout that sips gas but if the trend away from small cars is any indication, that will be a small number.

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The meanest gas miser in the world New Yorkers got a glimpse of the future this week, as the Volkswagen XL1 arrived in the City as part of a monthlong American tour that took in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and the Big Apple. The XL1, which looks like it could have driven off the set of a sci-fi movie, is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a European combined fuel consumption rating of 0,9 L/100 kms and CO2 emissions of 21 g/ km. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, this two-seater can also cover up to 50 kms as a zero-emissions electric vehicle. The car is powered by a two-cylinder 0.8-litre, TDI engine displaces 0.8 liters, generating 48 horsepower.

People get killed because they undertake horrendously long road trips over strange terrain.


Keith Morgan




Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Many Driveway readers will hit the road soon to visit distant friends and loved ones to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Before you fire up the engine, please ponder the following thoughts because the Driveway crew wants you back home safe and sound at the end of this joyous season! You promised your distant family you would get there in time for dinner if it kills you. Unfortunately, that’s exactly


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Let’s be careful out there this joyous season from around the tires and a piece of carpet to use as a traction pad. A first aid kit, a flashlight, matches and a candle to help you find where you stowed the first aid kit. Some extra fuses, belts and hoses, tools, road flares and reflectors. A Thermos of hot tea or coffee and some choc bars for energy. Warm clothes within easy reach and blankets in case you get stranded.

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Readers voice the pros and cons of increasing posted speed limits prised that the poll showed that 55 percent believed speed limits should be left alone. Here’s further reaction posted online by readers.


Increasing the speed limits will only increase risk to all road users.


Keith Morgan

Driveway readers have the final word on the posted speed limit poll, conducted in partnership with Insights West. In that survey it was revealed that 37 percent of those polled believe a higher than 100 km/h limit should be posted on our major highways. The provincial government current review of speed limits has already prompted much public discussion, much of which seemed to support the hiking of limits. With that in mind, we were sur-

For an increase in limits: Kmac: Excessive speed,

texting and using a cell phone while driving, driver in attention and driving too fast for the road &/or weather conditions kills. The minimal increase in the speed limits you suggest make sense efi1936: I think that the Coquihalla should be 130 km/h and the rural part of Highway 1 120km/h. lyle: As stated in your column, it is only excessive speed that kills. However, if two drivers were driving side by side at 100 km/h there would be mass frustration and more accidents. CaryAnn: I think the majority of drivers driving today are totally conscious of their vehicle and

surroundings and are very capable of handling the higher speeds. DriveSmart: Maybe the new limit should be displayed on new variable signs so that it can be adjusted downward in darkness and poor driving conditions. 28speedster: Here we are in the 21st century driving at the same or lower speed limits than we did with cars in the 1950s with bias ply tires on two-lane highways. New cars, tires, roads are engineered for much higher speeds. A higher speed limit will require drivers to pay attention to their driving. Mark: Being from Germany and having driven faster and safely on the Autobahn, I say it’s about time. When I took my driver’s test, part of the test was on the Autobahn and you had to go 130km/h (weather and local speed limit permitting) NOT to get points against you.

Comments against an increase: Dwsolber: Some drivers have trouble driving safely at current posted speeds. Increasing the speed limits will only increase risk to all road users. Dick: Do not increase speed, what the heck is the hurry? (99 out of 100 already go way faster than

the posted speed. Make your ride safe and enjoy the scenery. Leah99: Wildlife (and domestic pets), pedestrians, and vehicles driven by law-abiding people are put at risk by speeders as it is. Donna: There are enough accidents at 110 without increasing the risks. Snazzy: Speeds above

90km/h greatly increase fuel consumption. In addition to lower speeds being safer for drivers, wildlife, it is also important that we consider the planet, and reduce our use of fossil fuels. Rosemary: In BC’s interior, there are many hazardous roads and bad weather conditions, but drivers in

general ignore them. If you ‘up’ the speed limit, they will ‘up’ the speeding... What ever happened to safe driving? Like reducing speed at night when visibility is reduced? Brian: People already drive 10 to 20 above the speed limit... if you raise to 120 they will go up to 140.

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At first, I was a little sceptical about this vehicle but . . . after the first few kilometres, I found it to be a very comfortable and a fun to drive vehicle.


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That’s right, an eight-passenger crossover that is big enough to haul eight adults and still have room to store your gear. Saturday is my usual run around day; picking up things, dropping off people, some of whom I don’t know but someone in my family has volunteered me to drive them anyway. You know the kind of day, the one that finds me buying things that we don’t need but can’t live without, returning things that apparently we can live without, and providing

hourly updates to my wife on what I have accomplished thus far. Hectic and stressful. Well, this particular Saturday I had the Acadia Denali and with a few hours driving this vehicle I was actually relaxed. Luxurious seating and a premium Bose stereo system with steering wheel controls that drowned out all the chatter from the back seats. It also came in handy for when they tried to include me in the conversation; with a simple push of the volume button I could yell back “sorry, I can’t hear you”. All three rows receive the same level of luxury. French stitching on all of the leather seats with a choice of colors, Ebony or Cocoa Dune. The second row seats are a SmartSlide flat-folding 60/40 split bench while the third row is a 60/40 split bench that folds flat as well. The third row is surprisingly comfortable and enough leg room for adults. The steering wheel is leather wrapped with mahogany wood grain trim; it also features a tilt and telescopic steering column. The centre of the dash is the location for the colour touch Radio/ Navigation screen with IntelliLink. A 165 mm (6.5”)

colour touch screen display, AM/FM stereo with CD player, auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth streaming audio, hands free calling, and a rear seat entertainment system. If you’re excited about cup holders then hold on to yourself, this vehicle has twelve. I know because I had to clean each one. Twelve in an eight-seater, go figure. The Acadia comes standard with driver and front passenger airbags, seat mounted side impact bags and side curtain air bags. Traction control and stability control with roll stability control are also standard. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and side blind zone alert are some of the latest technologies that have gone into this vehicle. Power: The 3.6 Litre V6 engine puts out 288 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm with 270 ft pounds of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic that can be shifted into manual mode. Pump frequency: 13.3/ 8.8 L/100 km (City/ Highway) Warranty support: Basic 3 year/ 60,000 km Power-train 5 year/ 160,000 km Roadside assistance 5 year/

160,000 km At first, I was a little sceptical about this vehicle but after the first few kilometres, I changed my mind and found it to be a

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it is like having someone else take a second look, which is comforting. Sticker price: $57,695

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S PORTS Senior girls hit the hardwood By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

The BVCS Royals visited the SSS Gryphons to open the 2013-14 senior girls basketball season last Wednesday night. BVCS started the game on fire, out-rebounding the Gryphons, scoring in the paint and causing plenty of turnovers. The first half finished 30-14 for the visitors. In the second, the Gryphons found their wings, and outscored the Royals 18-15, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the comeback. BVCS head coach Ron Van Driel was pleased with their play. “I was happy with how it went our first game out,” Van Driel said. “Things were a bit scrambly at times, but now we know what we need to work on going forward. Overall, it was a good opener.” His team gave a strong effort on the defensive end, however, he was less enthusiastic about the team’s halfcourt offence. “I think we did a good job of rebounding and switching through our defences, using man-to-man and different types of zone. We have to work on setting up, working the ball around and getting better shots.” Both teams were rusty, having only had two or three practices to prepare for the opener. In spite of the loss, SSS head coach Jim Cameron is confident about his team’s prospects this year. “I have to admit I am really excited about this season,” Cameron

said. ‘We’ve got a strong group of returning athletes and the same thing happened to us last year, we started out slow but made a lot of progress in a very short amount of time,” Cameron said. The SSS senior girls made it all the way to the zone finals last season, before losing to Terrace in the championship game. The Gryphons squad boasts quite a few returning seniors, but will have to battle through injuries to start the year. Morgan Monkman and Danielle Irvine – two of the team’s starters – will be out until mid-to-late January. Their absence should allow other players on the team to step up and fill the void. At BVCS, Van Driel is struggling to fill out a full roster. Currently, eight seniors have committed to the team, with the rest of the bench coming from the junior teams. For a coach that likes to run an uptempo style and keep his players fresh, a short bench can be difficult to deal with. “We don’t have enough players to run the court right now, but fortunately we have some really talented junior players, I was happy with how they played last night,” Van Driel said. For both teams, the exhibition and regular seasons are more about getting experience than it is about building a winning record. Spots in provincial tournaments will be decided at zones in a day-long competition.

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It’s a pretty big gap for a 15-year-old, going from tier three midget to Major Midget, but midget Storm forward Brendan Moore did just that, suiting up for two games with the Prince George Cariboo Cougars earlier this month. By all accounts he played extremely well. “The speed of the game changes quite a bit,” Moore said. “But I didn’t feel out of place at all.” Moore didn’t get a ton of ice-time in the Cougars’ first game of the weekend, a 3-2 win, but in their second game on Sunday afternoon, the Cougars got off to a rough start and fell down a few goals early. It was a blessing in disguise for Moore because it allowed Cougars’ head coach Bryan MacLean to cycle his lines equally and give Moore extra playing time. He got to play on the penalty kill, powerplay and against the other team’s top forwards. “I thought he competed very well,” MacLean said. “He’s a very good skater, he understands the game well and he fit into our dressing room

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Midget Storm forward Brendan Moore.

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seamlessly.” MacLean’s assessment closely matched that of his current head coach Brendan Hutchinson. “His greatest asset right now is his skating and his ability to think the game,” Hutchinson said. With injuries up and down his roster, MacLean is offering chances to a few 15-year-old affiliated players the Cougars have had their eye on this season, with the hopes that an audition will give each player an idea of what they need to do to make the club next season and to give them a chance to assess the player’s progress, “We’ve identified him as a player we are interested in going

forward, so we thought it was a good chance to get him to come up here and see what it was like at the major midget level and give him something to build towards.” Hutchinson agrees that it’s always a good idea for players from small towns to see what the competition is like in urban centres. “Sometimes when you’re a big fish in a small pond you forget how good other players are.” Moore will have to work hard if he’s going to make the Cougars out of camp next summer. “I want to see how far I can go in hockey, and I know I am going to have to work hard to make it next year,”

Moore said. If he puts in an off-season of training, MacLean expects him to be in the mix next summer. “I think he is certainly going to be a player that will be in the conversation, as far as making our team goes,” MacLean said. “He will certainly have an opportunity, it’s just a matter of him putting in the work, but he took a step in the right direction this past weekend. I think that for him to get a scholarship or to play in the WHL is totally achievable. He realizes the amount of work he needs to put in and he has the right attitude, so I definitely think he can be successful.” As for the rest of this season, Moore will return to the midget Storm for the foreseeable future. He’s currently second on the team in scoring and plays a major role in all facets of the game for the 15-7 Storm. “He has a huge role on our team,” Hutchinson said. “He plays in all situations, he is one of our more skilled players, and he wants the puck on his stick.” “They liked the way I was playing, so hopefully I will get another chance,” Moore said.

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The Unist’ot’en and rest of the Wet’suwet’en are not changing their message, which is on a Morice River bridge (above), despite the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel report recommending the Canadian government approve Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline. The Unist’ot’en maintain a traditional free, prior and informed consent protocol, which requires any person to answer questions about what they intend to do while visiting unceded territory. Contributed photo

Wet’suwet’en remain steadfast in Enbridge opposition By Jerome Turner

Wet’suwet’en Nation, who have returned to traditionally held land, in part, to oppose pipelines of any sort wishing to be built by any company. “We decided early on to withhold participation in the Joint Review Panel process,” Freda Huson said. “We attended a few and didn’t like when the panel would prevent some people from speaking about certain topics. We feel the process was flawed from the beginning and never intended to honour the

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The National Energy Board released a two volume 533-page report last Friday recommending Canadian government approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway $7.9 billion pipeline, but the Unist’ot’en don’t feel the report means anything. The Unist’ot’en are a branch of the

evidence given.” The JRP took into consideration overwhelming vocal project opposition received from 1,179 people during the oral testimony portion of JRP hearings. No data regarding the number of speakers in opposition, which is estimated at more than 90 per cent, was included in any of the material released by the JRP. “I don’t have numbers on that,” Sarah Kiley, NEB communications officer, said during the release in Calgary. “But I can

tell you that all the evidence collected by the panel was considered for the final report. I would have to direct [those concerned] to the public registry to find that information.” The NEB has compiled all of the written and oral evidence collected over 180 days on its website, which is found by visiting and following the hearings and information link then the Enbridge Northern Gateway project link. See FN on C3

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There Must Have been some Magic ....

Both New Hazelton and John Field Elementary shared some Christmas spirit last week with cheerful song and dance.

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT 26 FN groups sign agreements From FN on C1 Codes for all hearings can be found beginning on page 414 of volume two of the NEB regulations titled Considerations, which outlined the 209 conditions recommended by the JRP. The federal government has 175 days to review the recommendations, where they can accept, reject or ask for modifications to any of the conditions. Only 102 conditions listed in Considerations need to be met prior to construction, including comprehensive traditional land use studies (TLU). Northern Gateway president, John Carruthers, is aware of Wet’suwet’en opposition and outlined a way to get TLU information without active Wet’suwet’en participation in the process. “If we weren’t able to collect evidence we can use information from other projects, one of them being [the Pacific Trails Pipeline], Carruthers said. “People were allowed to speak to the panel as well. They were allowed to put their own evidence in. “In the end we were able


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CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH New Year’s Eve Service Tuesday, Dec. 31 • 6 pm Sunday Worship Services at 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School for ages 3-6 during the morning worship service. Pastor Ken Vander Horst 1471 Columbia Drive Phone 250-847-2333 “Groundwork” on The Peak at 9:30 am Sundays

to get information on 100 per cent of the right of way and we welcome any more information any group is willing to submit going forward.” A TLU report must be filed with the NEB 90 days prior to construction, which includes all evidence collected in an attempt to identify potentially affected sites or resources. The 1,178 kilometre pipeline route, spanning from Bruderheim, Alberta to near Kitimat, B.C., is two pipelines, one carrying diluted bitumen to Kitimat and one carrying condensate to Bruderheim. The final route, pending government approval, will be determined after TLU data is filed, which will be immediately followed by construction. “I can’t imagine the government doing a lot with the conditions,” Carruthers said. “The [JRP] panel’s been through a three-year process. Changes may come through consultation with aboriginal people.” The Unist’ot’en are not interested in consulting and wish for the government and Enbridge to hear what they and other groups, such as those

comprising the Yinka Dene Alliance of First Nations, have to say. “We will determine if these pipeline projects go through our lands,” Huson said. “We have multiple decisions like the Delgamuukw trial at the Supreme Court of Canada, which state the government needs to conduct meaningful consultation based on traditional rights and title. “Our laws are much older than any made by Canada and they must be respected and followed.” But the unbroken wall of opposition claimed by adamant opposers like the Unist’ot’en must contend with the fact 26 of 40 First Nation groups approached by Enbridge for inclusion in equity agreements signed, Carruthers said. “We are offering $280 million on a net cash basis in total to aboriginal communities,” Carruthers said. Gitxsan Hereditary chiefs are listed as having signed a protocol agreement with Enbridge in April 2009. No Gitxsan representative could be reached before press time.

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IS FOOD A PROBLEM FOR YOU? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you go on eating binges? Is your weight affecting your life? Overeaters Anonymous offers help. No fees, no dues, no weigh-ins, no diets. We are a fellowship. We meet Mondays 7:30-9 p.m. at Smithers United Church. Everyone welcome. Narcotics Anonymous Have drugs taken over your life? Do you have a desire to stop using? We can help. Narcotics Anonymous Meetings Smithers Friday 12 noon at the Courthouse, 3793 Alfred Ave., Main Floor Conference Room. 250-847-1726. NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Looking for fun, food & fellowship? Smithers Baptist Church, 9 p.m. to after midnight. Please bring a wrapped gift for gift exchange, not more than $10 value. Families and singles very welcome.





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THE Livestock Pedigree Act forbids selling a dog as purebred if unregistered. It provides fines of up to two months imprisonment for anyone who sells a dog as purebred and does not provide the Canadian Kennel Club registration papers.

Weddings Madigan, Victoria Kathleen (nee Malkow) September 5, 1921 to December 12, 2013

With sadness we announce Vicky passed away peacefully at age 92, in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Vicky was predeceased by her Grandson Glen Madigan in 1988 and Daughterin-law Anna Madigan (nee Greene) in 2005 and is survived by her children Allen (Brenda) Madigan, Mike (Joyce) Madigan, Marg (Wayne) Black, Shirley (Enos) Kyle, grandchildren Tanis (Bob), Tracy, Terry (Dale), Jody (Cody), Jamie (Lorie), Kerry, Lynn (Eric), great grandchildren Drew, Wade, Mark, Kaylee, Kaitlyn, Kara, Samantha, Jamison, Brady, Avery, and Brianna, nieces and nephews Joan (John) Lombardi, Phillip (Jeanette) Malkow, Donny (Janice) Malkow, Rick Malkow along with many other relatives and friends. Vicky was very active in the town of Telkwa. She hosted many dinners for the Kinsmen, was involved in directing and participating in local theatre, was a busy hands-on hockey, baseball, skiing and skating mom for her boys. She did accounting for Madigan Equipment. She will be remembered for always being there to help when needed. She would come in her camper van; hence, she got the name “Grandma with the Van.” She was a beautiful seamstress and also creating knitted creations for each of her grandchildren. She taught us to make her traditional Borsch & Perogies and how to can preserves over the years. She was always full of life and loved a good prank, even if it was played on her. To all who had the pleasure of knowing her or whose lives she touched are very blessed. Her memories will be in our hearts forever, and she will be greatly missed by us all. There will only be a private family service in the spring of 2014.

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Meals on wheels looking for recipients By Jerome Turner Hazelton/Interior News

Hazeltons Meals On Wheels program has been offering meals to the elderly and infirm for more than six years, but lately the clients are few and far between, Julia SundellPierre, Skeena Place administrator, said. “I’d like to have more people using this service because we could certainly accommodate more,” Sundell-Pierre said, adding the program only serves two elders currently down from about a dozen previously. “It’s just sad because our drivers, who volunteer, come in and there’s only two deliveries. “I really don’t want

to cancel the program. I’m not really thinking about cancelling the program either.” The food deliveries only cost $4.50 per day and Skeena Place provides all services out of pocket. Sundell-Pierre is planning to attract more clients in the new year, potentially through donations allowing the needy to avoid payment. “Maybe people still feel it’s too costly,” Sundell-Pierre said. “But we can’t really drop the price any lower.” “We offer the same menu that our residents get for delivery,” SundellPierre said. “And those are delivered hot. “I developed the program because

Gerry Peterson (left) enjoys prepared and delivered meals twice a week thanks to Skeena Place and volunteers like Sandra Wall (right).


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Spreading the SCSA spirit Guiding principal: We cultivate contribution and participation The spirit of giving is built right into Smithers Community Services Association’s mandate, with the guiding principle to “cultivate contribution and participation.” At no other time is this more evident than over the holiday season, when SCSA spreads its community spirit throughout the Bulkley Valley. Christmas Hampers SCSA’s most widely known holiday contribution is the Christmas Hampers program, which has been going for 30 years. Last year, 331 hampers containing food, toys, grocery vouchers and books were distributed to 1,030 people between Moricetown, Smithers and Telkwa. Almost one-third of those were children. “To me, the season is hardest on kids whose family can’t afford Christmas,” says coordinator Anne Harfenist. “But people in the Bulkley Valley are amazingly generous with donations to help.” Community members can contribute non-perishable food items or gifts under $25 at the Christmas Hampers depot (located in the Smithers Mall) starting Dec. 2. Cash donations can be made at the SCSA office or online at The Christmas Hampers program uses more volunteers than any other SCSA program. Last year, 171 volunteers, including 66 students, contributed a total 435 volunteer hours at the depot. Volunteer Smithers Volunteer Smithers is another SCSA program that is especially busy over the holiday season. The program provides opportunities for those looking to volunteer in the community and provides support to SCSA and other local organizations by connecting them with willing volunteers.

“Our volunteers contribute so much to the community, especially around the holiday season,” program manager Jaime Freeman says. “They always blow me away.” Anyone interested in joining Volunteer Smithers can apply by emailing jfreeman@ Volunteers are matched with suitable organizations according to their interests. Smithers & District Transit Smithers & District Transit System is funded by BC Transit, Town of Smithers, Village of Telkwa and Regional District of Bulkley Nechako. Each year the system’s three drivers take time out of their busy holiday schedules to spread a little Christmas cheer. The drivers volunteer their time to take local seniors on Christmas light tours, doing one tour each for residents at Bulkley Lodge and the Meadows. They usually fill the bus, which means roughly 15 seniors from each facility get a one-hour tour of the lights each year. “They enjoy getting out and seeing the Christmas lights,” program manager Mike Wyllie says. “It’s a special outing for them, for sure.” The drivers also pick up seniors in Telkwa and Smithers and deliver them, free of charge, to a Christmas lunch at the Smithers Legion. They will also be parked outside Safeway for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign on Dec. 7, encouraging shoppers to contribute to the Christmas Hampers program. The SCSA spirit is about bringing people together to help one another out during a season that can be both joyful and stressful. SCSA is celebrating 40 years of spreading community spirit by publishing a series of articles about our current programs and how they fit into our guiding principles. We hope you’ll join us in this celebration.



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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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Intake Worker This is a permanent part time position 15 hours a week to start immediately. Wage is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. Job Summary: The ‘Intake Worker’ works as a member of a family centered, multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive services to children and youth and their families. Services are provided in a community based, family-centered philosophy and within the BV CDC’s Family Support Program. The ‘Intake Worker’ triages all intakes to the BV CDC’s programs and services, manages the Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions (CDBC) intake and assessment process and facilitates all CDBC and Sunny Hill Outreach Clinics. Qualifications: • Degree/Diploma or relevant post secondary education and experience in a related human service field. • Knowledge of early intervention and/or child development. • Knowledge in assessment and diagnosis of complex developmental behaviour conditions including current knowledge of FASD. • Experience in working with families in a family centered approach. • Thorough knowledge of appropriate community and provincial services/programs for children with special needs and their families. • Effective communication and interpersonal skills. • Ability to work effectively in a team environment. • Computer skills (word processing, data base recording, Microsoft programs and internet use). • Strong organizational and time management skills. Job Posting Closing Date is January 3rd, 2014 at 4 pm Please forward your resume to Kerri Bassett Kluss, BV CDC’s Executive Director via email or mail PO Box 995, Smithers, BC., V0J 2N0

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Family Support Social Worker This is a permanent part time position 28 hours a week to start immediately. Wage is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. Job Summary: The Family Support Social Worker works as a member of a family centered, multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive support services to children and youth with exceptional needs and their families. Services are provided in a community based, family-centered philosophy meeting the provincial guidelines of Early Intervention and Key worker family support services. This position will be based out of the BV CDC’s Hazelton office and will provide services to Moricetown and the communities of the Upper Skeena Region. Qualifications: • Preferred is graduation from a recognized University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. • Knowledge of early intervention and/or child development. • Knowledge in assessment and diagnosis of complex developmental behaviour conditions including current knowledge of FASD. • Experience in working with families in a family centered approach and with a team of service providers. • Awareness in aboriginal culture and history. • Knowledge of best practices, prevention and intervention services, skills and abilities to provide support groups including parent to parent, community education and knowledge of current community services. • Thorough knowledge of appropriate community and provincial services/programs for young children with special needs and their families. • Training/experience in group facilitation. • Effective communication and interpersonal skills. • Self-motivated, well-organized, flexible and excellent team work skills. • Computer skills (word processing, data base recording). • Strong group facilitation and organizational skills. Job Posting Closing Date is January 3rd, 2014 at 4 pm Please forward your resume to Kerri Bassett Kluss, BV CDC’s Executive Director via email or mail PO Box 995, Smithers, BC., V0J 2N0.

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PROPOSED STRUCTURE: As part of the public consultation process required by Industry Canada, TELUS is inviting the public to comment on a proposed telecommunications facility consisting of a 75-meter self-support tower and ancillary radio equipment situated on Provincial Crown land off of Highway 16 east of New Hazelton, BC. LOCATION: 590 Suskwa Forest Service Road, Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine COORDINATES: 55° 14’ 54.36� N, 127° 23’ 2.97� W ANY PERSON may comment by close of business day on February 10, 2014 with respect to this matter. TELUS CONTACT: Further information can be obtained by contacting: Hermanjeet Kaur Kahlon TELUS - Real Estate and Government Affairs 2-3500 Gilmore Way, Burnaby, BC V5G4W7 Email:


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Mental health a factor in arrests New Hazelton RCMP responded to 87 calls between Dec. 12 and 18. Police attended five calls which fell under the Mental Health Act. All persons involved were transported to the hospital for assessment by a physician. Police also attended six motor vehicle incidents where winter conditions were a factor. No injuries occurred in any incident. Dec. 14 - Police responded to a report of a sexual assault in the village of Kispiox. Two males were arrested and later released with conditions. The file is still under investigation. Dec. 15 - Police received a request to check on a female. Police attended and located a male

with outstanding arrest warrants and breaching a no contact order. The male was held for court. Dec. 16 - A complaint was made of a break-and-enter to a home on Eagle Drive in Kispiox. The family was away at the time and came home to find their kitchen window smashed. If you have any information, please call Corp. Leask at the New Hazelton RCMP detachment at 250-842-5244. Dec. 16 - Police responded to a fight at a local restaurant. A female was located and arrested. Dec. 17 - A female was arrested for assaulting a police officer and later released when sober and calm. Charges are pending.

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Phase two of the Senden agricultural resource centre is on hold pending appropriate water and sewage infrastructure. The new building, which will resemble the original Senden barn (pictured in 1955 above), would serve threefold as store-front, housing and office space. Contributed photo

Senden forced back to drawing board: Smith By Jerome Turner Hazelton/Interior News

Phase two of a twoyear project aiming to increase local food, housing and personal stability for youth may be cancelled after Village of Hazelton council rejected a second request from the Upper Skeena Development Centre last week. USDC wished to be included in VOH/ Gitanmaax sewage and water infrastructure, which runs from near TwoMile to both areas, but inclusion was deemed to be outside current VOH capacity. “It just isn’t possible,” Hazelton Mayor Alice Maitland said, following a USDC presentation to VOH council. “Both financially and from a bylaw standpoint.” Had the VOH been able to approve the request, the project would have been able to capitalize

on available federal funding through the homelessness strategy partnership, Alice Smith, USDC manager, said but she understands the reason for the rejection. Phase two of the Senden agricultural resource centre, consists of a threestorey building that would house four individuals while they learn the skills required to lead a balanced lifestyle, Alice Smith, USDC manager, said. “There would be a store-front where we would offer locally grown,value-added food products,” Smith described. “Anybody wishing to sell food would have the opportunity to do so. “The third floor would be used for meetings and for various youth programs, where work-experience planning directed at youth would happen.” The project is

a collaboration between Hazelton’s Youth Employment Strategies, Storytellers’ Foundation and USDC, which needed a home, Smith said. “We knew what we needed to do,” Smith explained. “But there was no current facility to run the program. The Senden property was a perfect fit.” Thus far, more than $500,000 has been invested to complete phase one of the Senden project, which has enabled renovations of the original homestead, funded the construction of a greenhouse and the purchase of a tractor, Smith added. USDC is now searching for alternate ways to ensure water and sewage requirements are met. The best option so far is unconventional and costs up to $80,000 to install, which is outside available USDC funding.

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