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Photo courtesy of Northern Health Catherine Clair Elliott-Coffey with her parents Sarah Coffey and Joe Eiliott.

New Year’s baby for Prince George Caroline ROSS/Special to the Free Press Polar Bear Dip event organizer Dave Horton of Ness Lake Bible Camp prepares to plunge while Nevin Brown of the Northwest Brigade Paddling Club awaits his turn to execute some kayak rolls.

Assessments are out Prince George property values are up Prince George property values increased in 2013. Owners of more than 78,000 properties throughout the Prince George area can expect to receive their 2014 assessment notices in the next few days. “Most homes in the area are worth more in value compared to last year’s assessment roll,” said Geoff Radtke, Deputy Assessor with the North Region. “Most homeowners in the Prince George assessment area will see changes in the minus five per cent to plus 15 per cent range.” Overall, the Prince George Assessment Area’s Assessment Roll increased from

$16.004 billion last year to $16.572 billion this year. A total of almost $567 million of this growth includes subdivisions, rezoning and new construction. In Prince George the average assessed value for a single-family home went from $236,000 in 2013 to $242,000 in 2014, an increase of 2.54 per cent. The total assessment roll value in Prince George went from $9.1 billion in 2013 to $9.4 billion in 2014, a 2.66 per cent increase. “Property owners who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2013 or see incorrect

information on their notice should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January,” said Radtke. “If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (appeal) by January 31, for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel.” The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the ministry of community, sport and cultural development, and meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints.

The first baby born in the region for 2014 is a girl. Catherine Clair Elliott-Coffey was born at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. on January 1 at 5:03 a.m. local time to mother Sarah Coffey and father Joe Elliott of Prince George, British Columbia, weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The baby is the first for Sarah and Joe.

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Army medical training put to the test in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines Allan Wishart Gabe Demone didn’t have much time to prepare for his latest assignment. The Canadian Army corporal, a medical technician with the 2 Field Ambulance Unit, had just finished an operation in Petawawa, Ont. (his home base) when he got the call on a Sunday afternoon in November. “They were doing a recall,” says the UNBC graduate, with a biology degree. “I hadn’t really been watching the news, so I didn’t know very much about the typhoon that had hit the Philippines.” He was about to learn a lot more about it. “Some of the people were on leave, and couldn’t get back, so they basically went down the list of people: ‘Have you had these shots?’ ‘Have you got your stuff together to leave in a hurry?’ “We did a lot of work with the Deployment Assistance Group to make sure we had all our papers, all our shots. Allan WISHART/Free Press Then they said, “Get your stuff For UNBC graduate Gabe Demone, an early-November call in Petawawa, Ont. meant a trip to the Philippines as part of the Canadian relief efforts after super typhoon Haiyan tore through the islands. He says he learned ready’.” a lot about how people adjust when a disaster strikes their area. An advance party had headed out to the Philippines, hit hard by super-typhoon “You see how much they’ve lost, and how they are working to get back on Haiyan, but the rest of the team at Petawawa was waiting. They left for Trenton, Ont. on Wednesday, their feet again, and you get a sense of what a lot of people in Canada take for then waited for a plane. granted about what we have.” “The planes were basically leaving Trenton as fast as they could be loaded,” Demone says, “but it still Demone remembers the attitude of the Philippine people as being thankful was the next Tuesday before we got away.” to the Canadians. Demone was sitting in the dining area of his mother and stepfather’s home in Prince George, where “We were walking through one of the local malls one day, and one of the he was spending a couple of weeks over the holidays, as he recounted what it was like to embark on his security guards saw us, and immediately gave us a full salute with a big smile first real experience as a Canadian Army medical member. on her face. “We were like, ‘What’s that about? We’re not even on duty right “We landed in Ilo-Ilo, which is a large city on Panay Island, and then moved to Roxas, which was the now’. But that was the way the people were.” main area for the Canadian forces. We spread out from there to the other locations.” He says one of the biggest things he noticed was the general attitude of the Demone’s role in the relief effort was as a pharmacy storesman, and it started immediately. people. “There are only three or four of us who would be available for something like this. When I got there, “There was no ‘We can’t do this because’ of whatever reason. They just took the pharmacist, the officer in charge, was really happy to see me, because he had been doing it all until what they had to work with, and made it work.” then.” Demone’s army career started in 2009, Demone set about getting the pharmacy ready to go, with most of after he graduated from UNBC. the items being, shall we say, carry-out. “I finished at UNBC and I was figuring “The people couldn’t get to us,” he said, “because the roads were so out what I wanted to do. I had thought badly blocked. The engineers were working on getting them cleared, if they ever brought conscription back and our teams with the medics got out to the villages and towns as for the Army, which they won’t, I would soon as they could.” volunteer. The pharmacy started with seven days’ worth of equipment which “So then I thought, ‘If you would volunit was thought would be needed, and received an additional week’s teer then, why not now?’” supply shortly afterwards. He did his basic training, then trained “A lot of the stuff, we found we needed it to start with, but then the as a paramedic in Chilliwack. When he demand declined fairly quickly. It was a situation where no one knew was finished, he was given the chance to for sure at the start what we would need.” choose three bases he would like to be He says the medical teams that went out were a big help at the posted to. pharmacy end as well. “I chose Esquimalt or Edmonton, and “They would come back from a trip and say, ‘We need more of this, but I can find it myself and let you they posted me to Petawawa,” he says with a laugh. “I was young, with no famknow’.” ily concerns that required me to be in a certain location, so they posted me They also weren’t sure how long their mission would last. They could see they were having a positive where they had a need.” effect on the people in the area, but didn’t know what the overall picture was. He remembers when he realized their work was probably coming to an end. “We started to figure we might miss Christmas,” he said. “But we got back in time, which was nice.” “Right by where we were staying, there was a school, with an outdoor track. Before he left, though, he managed to accomplish one thing he had hoped to. When we started, there might be one or two people on the track. Then there “I knew what I was doing was important, but I wanted to get out in the field, and see the people we was a handful. were working with. “By the time we got the word to leave, there would be a hundred. That’s how “I got a few chances, and it was a very rewarding experience.” we knew things were getting back to normal. Our relief mission had become a He says visiting the people affected by Haiyan was “humbling.” recovery mission.”

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Bad drivers sentenced, fined In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 21: Blair J. Hay was found guilty of assault, placed on probation for 12 months and prohibited from possessing firearms for two years. Korina C.L. Martin was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and placed on probation for one year. April M. Shaw was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to five days in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 22: Charles R. Edwards was found guilty of driving while prohibited, sentenced to 21 days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis, placed on probation until the expiration of the jail sentence, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and prohibited from driving for three years. Blaine G. Hanson was found guilty of being at large without lawful excuse, sentenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Clinton K. Murdock was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 35 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Blain C. Ryder was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while impaired, received a conditional sentence of 90 days, was assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and prohibited from

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driving for two years. Robert D. Taylor was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 23: Jacqueline A. Abbott was found guilty of mischief, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and placed on probation for one year. Joseph K. Gardner was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Andrew D. Giffors was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and placed on probation for 18 months. Andrew D. Glifford was found guilty of assaulting a peace officer and failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 54 days in jail. Kevin R. Lee was found guilty of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, sentenced to 45 days in jail, placed on probation for one year and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years.

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Lee was also found guilty of breach of recognizance, sentenced to 45 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Lee was also found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Daniel R. Mason was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and placed on probation for 12 months. Clinton L. Poitras was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and resisting a peace officer, sentenced to one month and six days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Poitras was also found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one month in jail. Amanda F. Potskin was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for 12 months. Stuart H. Wilson was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while prohibited, fined $1,000, assessed a victim surcharge of $150 and prohibited form driving for 12 months. James G. Woods was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 24: Kevin K.J. Beauchamp was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 43 days in jail. Perry A. Cardinal was found guilty of assault and placed on probation for 12 months. Cardinal was also found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. Cardinal was also found guilty of a second count of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 15 days in jail. Terry R. Collns was found guilty of breach of recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100.



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Pipeline unites First Nations question,” he says. “The province refused. That’s why we’re in this place today where there’s 20 years of treaty negotiations with not a great deal of The Joint Review Panel’s conditional progress.” A good portion of the Northern approval of the Northern Gateway Gateway pipeline will go through unpipeline has certainly brought First ceded territory. Nations together. Hoffman says the The tough part for federal government Enbridge, though, is that should have put more it hasn’t brought them energy into resolving together to endorse the the land claims issue, project. knowing that issues such “If we look at the First as the Northern Gateway Nations of the North, pipeline were looming on and even the province, the horizon. there’s quite a solidar“I think they really ity on this issue,” says dropped the ball on this Ross Hoffman, Associate one,” he says. “This could Professor of First Nations have been part of that Studies at UNBC. “It’s a UNBC solidarity that I haven’t ROSS HOFFMAN process.” Even with landmark seen in many, many years cases such as Calder in 1973 and Del… It’s been a long time since we’ve gamuukw in 1997, there was an urgseen pretty well every leader in this ing, by the courts, to negotiate treaties province who represents a commurather than let the courts decide. nity, or a nation, standing together on “There’s another example of where something.” the message went to the federal and Hoffman says he expects the issue provincial governments, saying you will end up in the courts, which may serve to unite First Nations communi- need to deal with this matter and ties even more and bring to a head the negotiation was the recommendation,” he says, adding it’s not that attempts issues around land claims in B.C. haven’t been made but “it needs to be “It’s unfinished business, in the a major focus.” sense that when British ColumEnbridge has made attempts to bia became a province, the federal reach agreements with First Nations, government was stating to them they giving part ownership of the project to need to deal with the aboriginal land

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bands that sign on. And the province, in dealing with mines and other development, has developed revenue-sharing plans with First Nations. Hoffman, however, says these types of plans aren’t the solution. “I don’t believe it’s a corporate

responsibility,” he says. “I think negotiated deals with corporations are a way to avoid the more lengthy, ongoing, positive solutions,” he says. “Those deals corporations make with individual nations can be divisive.” He says it is a political, legal

matter that needs to be addressed at that level first. He adds that First Nations are not against economic development. “They want to be involved in the discussion, in a really meaningful way,” he says.

Carrier Sekani opposes approval The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, like most other First Nations in B.C., have panned the Joint Review Panel’s conditional approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline. “The National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel process was flawed,” said Terry Teegee, Tribal Chief, in a press release. “We knew this, and this is part of the reason we did not participate. The decision illustrates how the Joint Review Panel is out of touch with society. Of the hundreds of people and First Nations that spoke up and provided evidence demonstrating that the Enbridge project was too risky, the panel sided with big oil, and the Harper government is saying yes to Enbridge.” He said it was “mistake” for the panel to give even a conditional approval. “Now it’s up to indigenous laws and First Nations governments to ensure that the land and water is protected for future generations,” he said. “We know what Harper is going say to these

recommendations.” The federal government now has six months to make a decision on whether to approve or reject the Joint Review Panel recommendations, which listed 209 conditions for the pipeline. “Even on the heels of the Eyford report to the prime minister (which encouraged the government to address First Nations concerns regarding resource development), the Joint Review Panel still got it wrong,” said Teegee. “After a decision like this, it’s evident that the Joint Review Panel has become a mockery of a process that no one can have faith in, nor would want to participate in; furthermore, contrived decisions puts all other major projects at risk in the future. The CSTC will be watching closely how cabinet makes its next move. “We’re prepared and ready for all possibilities at this point. It’s too bad the Joint Review Panel made a foregone conclusion.”

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Taking the big New Year’s plunge

Caroline ROSS/Special to Free Press Participants react to the icy water at the 13th annual Ness Lake Bible Camp Polar Bear Dip.

Caroline ROSS/Special to Free Press Costumes and courage were in ample supply at the 13th annual Ness Lake Bible Camp Polar Bear Dip on Wednesday afternoon.

Caroline ROSS/Special to Free Press Elda Armstrong shows off her 2014 Polar Bear Dip souvenir T-shirt before taking her first plunge in memory of her late husband, Dan Armstrong.

Caroline ROSS/Special to Free Press Carolyn Davenport of the Ness Lake Volunteer Fire Department has a little fun in the water hole after supporting participants in the 13th annual Ness Lake Bible Camp Polar Bear Dip.

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Hoping for clarity and transparency Paul Strickland Straight Talk Clear political discussion is obstructed for a number of reasons. Civil service and corporate restrictions prevent people who have the most knowledge about an important problem from speaking out on it, says John Ralston Saul, Canadian essayist and political analyst. An ultra-conservative government restricts scientists. Politically correct groups, surprisingly often supported by neo-conservatives, create a climate where people have to tip-toe around issues of vital importance to our society. One is increasingly required to use words and terms with origins in ideologies with which one disagrees. Such words can prevent plain speaking and clear thought, as George Orwell warned in writing about the ideologically loaded terms of his day in his 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language.” Since the late 1980s, there have been strong efforts to censor even the pronouns of the English language. Yet in the centre-right mainstream media, too, and in government and in business, one hears and reads public relations bafflegab and uses of terms like “conservative” and “fiscal responsibility” that result in meanings often almost opposite from what those words meant just a generation or two ago. There are a number of reasons for this turn of affairs. Aside from some political organizations’ intentional distortions and manipulative framing of issues, we live in a world of hundreds of television channels and news sources on the Internet, and people tend to watch and read only what will reinforce their political viewpoint. General-interest magazines and periodicals trying to reach the broader educated lay public are either in decline or reaching only an older readership. Public broadcasters like the CBC, despite their descent into political correctness sometimes, continue for the most part to do a good job of informing the nation as a whole about significant, pressing issues, but they face crippling cutbacks from neo-liberal and neo-conservative governments. In this fragmented media world, the powers that be get away with a great deal behind the scenes without voters noticing too much – until it’s too late and there is no hope of reversing or prompting reconsideration of a bad, socially destructive decision. Canada Post’s awful decision, supported by the Conservative government, to end door-to-door mail delivery and hike the cost of stamps upward of 50 per cent, was sprung on the public during the hurry of the Christmas shopping season when people were too busy to respond effectively.

The American political scientist Bertram Gross sees three different methods leaders use to approach political issues, none of which enlighten the general public – myth, jargon and straight talk. Myths about a nation’s superiority in certain areas can be used to downplay flaws or divert attention from serious problems. Professional groups sometimes acting like cliques develop mystifying jargon that is incomprehensible not only to society as a whole but even to members of other professions. Straight talk is “the blunt and unadorned language of who gets what, when and how,” Gross writes in his book, Friendly Fascism (1980). It is the language used during closed-door meetings, power lunches, drinking hours at the plushest clubs and bars or in the well-shrouded se-

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to amend Schedule B-6: Future Land Use by RE-DESIGNATING Lot 27 and 28, Block 92, District Lot 343, Cariboo District, Plan 1268 (subject property) from Neighbourhood Residential to Neighbourhood Centre Residential; and AMENDING Section 8.3.42 to permit a health service, minor use along Lethbridge Street. The proposed changes to the OCP will facilitate a rezoning application to allow a health service, minor use on the subject property.

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COUNCIL, COUNCIL COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS, AND BOARDS MEETINGS Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. 2nd Floor Conference Room Advisory Committee on Accessibility Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. 2nd Floor Conference Room

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OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW NO. 8383, 2011 AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 8550. The City of Prince George is considering an amendment to City of Prince George Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 8383, 2011

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publication or in a letter to the editor of a business publication. I’ve read more than once the philosophy that, in downsizing a business or agency, “you dismiss someone every week until the organization starts to break down and then, and only then, you hire back, slowly, the last person you fired.” Even this level of straight talk doesn’t indicate the level of despair, divorce and even suicide caused by the widespread downsizing of the past quarter century. Clarity and transparency in the use of language are essential for meaningful debate in a democratic society. Orwell’s essay remains an important tool in promoting honesty in political debate. We need to read more widely and consult more than the usual mainstream sources of information.


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crecy of executive suites and boardrooms, Gross writes. It’s kept from the general public. Once in a while a politician or business representative slips and uses straight talk during a media interview or in an editorial in the specialized business press, and the public gets a rare glimpse of the real reasons for certain policy decisions. In the mid-1980s Ernie Isley, then Alberta’s minister of manpower (as that title was used then), said an unemployment rate of at least six per cent is required for there to be psychological value in landing a job. Because of his honesty, one got an idea of the real reason for monetarist fiscal policy. Sometimes a reader will get an impression of the brutality of downsizing from an editorial in an out-of-the-way

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No first class, or middle class End of door-to-door mail delivery ushers out an era in Canada On Christmas Eve Day I saw a wonderful sight: A Canada Post letter carrier was making his rounds along 10th Avenue adorned with a Santa hat and beard. Given that just days earlier he got news that his job likely won’t be around in a couple of years, he certainly deserves a Christmas Spirit award (if there is such a thing). Sadly, thanks to executives at Canada Post and their rulers in the Conservative Party, letter carriers will become extinct over the next few years. The move is a continuation of the attack on Canada Post commenced by the Brian Mulroney Conservatives in the ‘80s. For me, I’ve rarely lived in a place where door-to-door delivery was available, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen, and felt, the effects of our changing postal WRITER’S BLOCK service. BILLPHILLIPS I grew up in a small town that never qualified for door-to-door delivery. Not sure why, probably because it was a small town. But we did have the post office, which was even better. Everyone who wanted to get mail had to have a post office box … ours was Box 927. If you addressed a letter to: That jerk, Box 927, Fernie B.C.; it would come to me. No need for postal codes or even proper names. A box number would do. The beauty of that system, and probably why we continue to feel that Canada Post is a national institution worth preserving, is that it was the community. Everyone in town, at some point in time, had to go to the post office to get their mail. Consequently, you would always run into someone you knew when you went to get the mail. It was a social gathering place for the community. There was a bulletin board outside so you could check to see what was going on in town. But more importantly, it was a place for real social interaction. It was community. Then the attacks started. We were told that because we lived out of town, we could no longer use the mailbox in town (unless we paid some exorbitant fee). We had to get our mail at a community mailbox conveniently located on the side of a road somewhere in the blowing snow, driving rain, blazing sun, next to where the semi-trucks don’t slow down, next to that big puddle. And, oh yes, don’t forget

you’ll need lock de-icer in the winter to get your mail. As for social interaction, there’s barely enough room for one vehicle to stop without being a hazard so, contrary to the old post office, if someone else is getting their mail at the same time as you, you keep moving because there’s no place to park. I remember my dad spitting nails (literally, I think) over the whole thing. His farmer common sense couldn’t figure out the logic behind having someone pick up his mail at the same post office he was perfectly willing to pick it up at,

drive it out into the country, and stick in a box … just like they would in town. The answer, of course, was that they could pay the nonunion person who drove the mail out to the boxes considerably less than the union person in the post office who filled the mailboxes. This is, at least in part, a continuation of that process. It is fuelled by the mindset, which sadly seems to be permeating all levels of government, that public servants in non-executive positions shouldn’t be part of the middle class.

Saved by a seatbelt and a stranger There aren’t too many people who get through life I was astonished that I was alive. without ever being in a car accident, major or minor, But it was hard getting my bearings. I was disoriented, either as driver or passenger. hanging upside down, inside my car, in total Some years ago, in December, I was blackness – except for the illumination coming driving on Highway 97 from Quesnel to from my headlights. Prince George to cover the opening of a In the reflected light I could see the roof play. It was dusk and I had just reached the and door on the passenger side was caved in. I Dunkley Lumber area when fog began settried to get myself upright but my full weight ting in so I slowed down and drove another was on my seat belt and I had no strength to kilometre or so. The road was bare of snow release the clasp. and it looked fine – but if you drive that My car had landed on its roof in a ditch stretch of highway a lot, you know it’s wise partly filled with water. I could see my cellto be extra cautious during wintertime. phone and tried to reach for it but the seat belt The next thing I knew, my car suddenly kept me from it – even though ironically, it veered across the highway and spun in had most probably saved my life. TEA WITH TERESA circles. I heard a loud crunch and a bangThen there was the voice of a stranger whose TERESAMALLAM face came out of nowhere and appeared in the ing noise. I recall saying a quick prayer – there wasn’t time for a long one. Maybe rear passenger window. He couldn’t reach the a few seconds later, I woke up to an eerie silence. My front of the car because of the mud but began giving me face felt very hot and it was stinging from a fine spray of directions, first asking me if I could reach the ignition glass particles from the smashed windshield. key to turn it off. I had not even realized the car was still

running. My car was sucked into the mud so the back door wouldn’t open. By then I had worked at the seat belt until it released and again, on the stranger’s instructions, I made my way to the back seat. He told me to try to kick at the back door as he pulled. It worked and I got out and suddenly felt a rush of cold. I was shaking and tearful. Once we got to the highway, I felt a sense of relief and accepted the offer of a ride into Hixon. As we drove, we saw other cars in ditches at different places along the highway and on the radio, there was a warning about black ice and poor driving conditions in the area. The trucker said he’d seen my headlights shining up from the ditch and had gotten out to see what was wrong. I was still in shock but I recall asking for his name so I could thank him properly later on. Today, I know how lucky I am to have survived the crash. So heed the police and ICBC warning: “Buckle up to save lives” – it’s not just a slick slogan.


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New look at parking rates


ould there be some sober second thought emerging from city council? On Monday, councillors Lyn Hall, Murry Krause, and Frank Everitt will bring forward a notice of motion to reconsider the drastic increase in offstreet parking rates. In some instances rates almost doubled for those using parkades and not contributing to the ‘twohour shuffle’ problem downtown. There are a few astounding aspects to this issue. Firstly, that such increases were put forward. Secondly, that no one at the city seemed to think that there would be such blowback from the community. And thirdly, that when council discussed the matter late last year, they were told they had passed the bylaw and there was nothing they could do. Well, of course there was something they could do: They could change the bylaw. Council does that all the time, which is exactly what Hall, Krause, and Everitt are proposing to do. They are proposing new rates that represent a 10 per cent increase over the 2013 rates from April to December of this year and then 10 per cent increases in 2015 and 2016. This certainly makes a lot more sense and is a lot more palatable for those who use the city-owned parkades downtown. Monday’s notice of motion will result in the matter actually being discussed by council on February 3. The question will then be whether there is enough support on council to abandon the huge increases passed last year. Coun. Brian Skakun Tweeted yesterday that he supports the move, bringing the number of councillors who support revising the rates to four. Assuming all nine councillors are present at the February 3 meeting, one more would have to be swayed to have the rate increases scaled back to 10 per cent per year over the next three years. Now is the time to lobby council.

Postal protest past due


esidents across the country have been exercised recently by the fact that Canada Post intends to phase out door-to-door delivery of mail to urban addresses in favour of mailboxes – already a fact of life for many. Unfortunately for all those of us who would prefer time to stand still on such issues, the writing has been on the wall – if not on our personalized stationery – for years. But it can’t come as a surprise that the loss of significant mail volumes to digital communication would have an inevitable impact on Canada Post’s bottom line. Though we may argue about the corporation’s management decisions and strategies – and the stance of the federal government in negotiations – that bottom line is also our bottom line, as taxpayers. Like it or not, that battle has been lost, as have the working positions Canada Post means to eliminate through attrition. If we feel there is something that still needs to be protested, try the new $1 individual stamp (85 cents if bought in a pack) that Canada Post will introduce come March 31. That’s a new wrinkle – and one we could legitimately contest, as a hardship to the country’s already besieged and inconvenienced taxpayers. - Peace Arch News

Mayors reflect community The selection by Canadian Press of Rob Ford as Newsmak- Calgary were excellent examples of leadership. We may still er of the Year raises more sadness and shame than surprise think of Calgary as the stampede city right out of the old and anger. Wild West but it has changed. It has a youthful and vigorous It is another hint that many in the media believe Canada outlook on what today and the future may hold. Mayor Nenbegins and ends in the Greater Toronto area. Yet, despite shi has the intelligence to help establish his city as one of the an intellectual deficiency, the Canadian Press economic centres of the near future. The advice “go members and affiliates, who probably believe west young man” refers to the Calgary of today. Ford is actually important, may have given us a Mayor Gregor Robertson reflects the personallearning moment without realizing it. ity of Vancouver. There is no other city in Canada Mayors often reflect the fundamental charthat can be compared to the biggest village in acter of their city. Rob Ford is a good example. Lotus Land. Good-looking and always smiling, he A brash bully who believes the only truth is the is much like the character of the city he leads. His one he subscribes to is reflected in the business nickname of “Mayor Moonbeam” is somewhat apcommunity huddled in and around Bay Street. propriate and he likely takes it as a compliment. Those who have had dealings with them know Some believe Vancouverites are arrogant, but them to most often receive people from other that is just not so. They do have a different view parts of the country with an arrogant attitude. of the world. Undoubtedly this frame of mind is They must be forgiven because deep down brought about by the climate and the spectacular ONSIDE inside they know their city doesn’t have the geography they are exposed to every day. They VICBOWMAN are accused of being too laid back, but that comes crusty charm of Halifax, the old worldliness of historic Quebec City, the sophistication from jealousy and misunderstanding. of Montreal, the vigorous and joyful march into the future When conflict surfaces, the attitude most often encounfound in Calgary or the incredible beauty of Vancouver. Mr. tered is one of trying to not get too excited about it. It is Ford seems an appropriate match to the old queen city as she much better to have a nice little low-key chat and see what slowly descends into senility, as her beauty and mind both can be worked out. That philosophy permeates their city decline rapidly. council and factors into the debates and decisions. Not such a Closer to home we have Naheed Nenshi, the Mayor of bad approach, it brings down the stress levels considerably. Calgary. Toronto-born, his student career at the University of The mayor of any community reflects the community and Alberta and Harvard led him to Calgary. A very bright indithe vision the residents have of themselves and their city. Not vidual with the capacity to listen to and understand his city always true, but true more often than not. and its residents, so he can lead the way to good decisions. That is something worth thinking about in a civic election His involvement and leadership during the spring floods in year. | 250-564-0504

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City could learn from YRB Inquiry rather than rhetoric

Editor: Re: Snow removal and pedestrian safety at the junction of the Hart Highway and Austin Road After numerous failed attempts to have Bill Gaal of the City of Prince George and Mayor Shari Green assume some responsibility for snow removal at this dangerous intersection, I found that my requests fell on deaf ears and it was obvious that they have no interest in pedestrian safety. The City of Prince George crew even buried our pedestrian path, that we developed to the shopping centre at Tim Horton’s from the northeast signal standard, under eight to 10 feet of snow. The City of Prince George intermittently does plow a narrow strip along the off ramp from the southbound lane of the Hart Highway by the Hart Dental Centre. Other than this, pedestrians were forced to walk in traffic lanes since the pedestrian accesses were buried in very deep snow piled up by graders and loaders. With this in mind, I contacted YRB (Yellowhead Road and Bridge) through their website on December 22, 2013 and Photo submitted explained the problems and dangers at the Access to crosswalk at Austin Road and Highway 97 in the Hart. intersection of the Hart Highway and Austrian, could safely cross the Hart Highway and Austin Road West tin Road. YRB is one of the maintenance contractors for roads within the jurisdiction of the BC Ministry of and easily navigate the approaches to both, because of the efforts of the YRB night shift crew in removing the huge accumulations Highways. YRB shares the maintenance of this intersection with of snow. the City of Prince George, or that is supposed to be the arrangeI would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost ment but the City of Prince George does not do its share at all. On thanks and gratitude to Ryan and the night shift crew of YRB of December 23, 2013, I received a phone call from YRB in Prince December 23, 2013, for doing an excellent job of creating a safe George and we discussed the existing dangerous situation for passage for the pedestrians of the Hart. Your co-operation and pedestrians at this intersection, created by snow accumulations. efforts in dealing with this matter are very much appreciated by all He totally agreed with me and said he would make every effort to have the night shift of December 23, 2013, create areas of safe pas- who travel this route. I also appreciate the excellent customer relations demonstrated by Ryan of YRB. The City of Prince George sage for the pedestrians of the Hart. could learn a lot by the example that you set. The next morning I walked to the the Hart Shopping Centre at Patrick Stapleton about 9:15 a.m. and I was pleasantly surprised that I, as a pedesHart Resident

An open letter to Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer In your recent letter you defended the announced Canada Post service cuts/fee increases as changes necessary to move toward a sustainable economic model. I won’t argue against change. After all, as Robert Gallagher once waxed, “Change is inevitable … except from vending machines.” However, while this may not invoke HSTlike rage, many Canadians, especially senior and disabled folks, will certainly not enjoy the reduced standard of living imposed by community mailboxes and rising postal fees. Therefore, tough questions need to be asked. I want to know if job cuts will include Canada Post executive and managers. Some have claimed that the organization is top heavy. If so, will this not worsen if only weather-hardy letter carriers lose their jobs? How will the composition of these cuts be communicated? Others have stated that Canada Post has been profitable before the hiring of the CEO Deepak Chopra. And, last year, while the company lost money, he was given a 33 per cent bonus to push his salary over $500,000. Should the restructuring of corporate bonuses and sky-high executive salaries be considered before making Canada the first industrialized nation to end door-to-door delivery? Should we expect better ideas from these high-paid executives than cutting service and boosting prices? Could we not have gotten this level of thinking from unpaid interns? Also, I wonder if Deepak Chopra can be trusted? He doesn’t believe belonging to a think tank that schemed changes to Canada Post is a conflict of interest but what would a typical Canadian say? And, let’s ask seniors if they agree with Chopra that they will appreciate community mailboxes for the exercise to clear the street in front of their house for the opportunities they provide. Exactly how much benefit of others? citizen consultation was done? Mad, simply mad. Chopra also claimed that Canadians should Marv West have been aware major changes would be Prince George coming. However, a recent poll of 10 members of my service club, all said they were surprised. And, why wasn’t Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, in the loop? He states that hiking postal prices will have significant impacts on business owners. Why were they not conin the business community. Has it not been the sulted? goal of the City of Prince George and Initiatives Furthermore, the RCMP recently warned Prince George, as well as Tourism Prince George the public that community mailboxes are and the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, to heavily targeted and thefts have been surging, encourage new business to Prince George? Who especially in B.C. with over 5,000 incidents. does she think the “naysayers” are? I would guess How secure and sturdy will the additional that almost every resident in Prince George either mailboxes be? How will they affect traffic owns a business, works for a business, resides patterns and safety? Where will they be put with family members who work for a business, or high-density urban areas? has family members and friends who work for a Finally, I am also very curious if any business. Conservative MPs, such as yourself, asked I find it insulting that the Mayor suggested that questions of Chopra during a parliamentary naysayers move to greener pastures. In any given committee on Dec. 18? situation in which there is a problem, the best As you can see, I have plenty of questions action to take would be to find a solution and not and I wonder if your constituents would be to tell those who disagree with you to take a hike, better served by inquiry instead of the reinespecially if you are a mayor. forcement of political messages? Jacqueline Levesque Greg Jonuk Prince George Prince George-Peace River constituent

Shovel beyond your own driveway Editor: Bill Phillips opines that snow clearing in Prince George is not acceptable. True, a week after two fairly major dumps, many of our streets are still in a sorry state. He suggests more capital expenditures (i.e. taxes). May I suggest that we already have the capital equipment – all those snow shovels propped up in car ports. After the first dump, my neighbor got fed up pushing stuck cars in front of his house so he shoveled the road there. His neighbor did the same. Then a third did. That section of the road is still passable. Only that part, sorry to say. The wave of good works stopped there. As I slogged my bike up one slimed area, I was mildly amused how a homeowner with a great big shiny new snow blower cleared – literally to the

inch – only to the edge of his driveway and nothing more. Then again, what am I thinking? Asking private citizens to expend a dollar of their own money on extra snow blower gas, or an hour of their time,

Desperately needed: Communications Director for the City of Prince George Editor: Please someone apply for the position of director of communications for the City of Prince George. Or please someone within city council, or perhaps the city manager, give Mayor Shari Green some advice before she speaks to the media. She needs some communications advice. I read an article dated December 27, 2013 in which Mayor Shari Green defended her city in 2013. The article reads, “Green said it ‘astounds” her as to why there are so many naysayers within the community. ‘If it’s such a terrible place, surely there must be greener pastures somewhere for them.’” Can that actually be her answer to complaints from residents of Prince George? Move to greener pastures? Surely Mayor Shari Green must realize that the residents of Prince George include those



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TERESA MALLAM | 250.564.0005 | | FOR THE RECORD Our story World of beauty opens up, Free Press, November 29, requires a clarification. The business profiled in the story is called Anu Laser and Skin Care and the owner is Ravi Saxena. The Free Press regrets any misunderstanding this may have caused.

FALL CONCERT Oak and Thistle presents Ohh Chocolat Fall Concert Series on Friday nights including today Friday, Jan. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy music, psychic reading, art, dance and food as Oak and Thistle brings a variety of acts to keep you going every Friday night. Ohh Chocolat Cafe, 565 George St. For show listings visit Oak and Thistle on Facebook or e-mail for more information.

DANCING Northern Twisters Square Dance Club. Beginners lessons on Monday nights from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Music, dancing, friendship and great physical activity. For more information, phone 250-964-4851.

THE BAND PERRY On their We Are Pioneers world tour, The Band Perry comes to the CN Centre on Saturday, Jan. 11. Special guests are Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations including CN Centre box office or order online at

HEDLEY HERE Hedley opens their Wild Life tour at CN Centre on Feb. 14, which also marks the one-year countdown to the Canada Winter Games. Tickets on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations.

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Melanie Desjardines with pieces from her new art exhibit on display at Groop Gallery on Third Avenue. View by appointment until March 2014.

Call it Groop therapy Teresa Mallam When Melanie Desjardines first opened Groop Gallery on Third Avenue a few years ago, she wanted it to be a special space where local artists could showcase their work. Since then many talented artists have been featured. This month, after the exhibit for artist Cara Roberts came down, her own latest pieces in metal went up. “I call it my O.C.D. series (Ob-

session with Color and Design) but it was really a therapy process,” Desjardines told the Free Press. “They are all very geometric, almost architectural works and through the use of color, balance and dimension, they tend to instill a sense or perception of a memory or a place.” Desjardines said the orderly nature of the art and its installation helped restore a sense of order in her personal life. “I’ve had a lot of adversity in my life this past year and so for me, this was a fun project which brought back some organization in

my life. So in that way it was very therapeutic.” Desjardines is a self-taught artist who discovered her love of creating art through watercolours. However, because she and her husband own a sheet metal shop, she found herself surrounded by this “magical” material and that has meant she’s been able to experiment with new materials for a rather unique canvas. The artist uses acrylics, found items, collage and rust techniques to create imaginative works on sheet metal for a contemporary look and feel.


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Stars take to floor for fundraiser with all age groups, particularly the young, but people are motivated to learn to dance by a variety of things in their life, says Milburn. East coast swing, west coast High school grads want to look swing, fusion, cha-cha and the good on the dance floor for their Argentine tango. prom night and engaged couples Prince George has its own verwant to look picture perfect when sion of Dancing with the Stars and they dance to their first song at on New Year’s Eve couples were ex- their wedding reception. pected to dazzle on the dance floor Some just want to improve on while raising dance skills they funds for hospialready have. tal equipment. It is less intimiThey are very Dance competidating to learn to dedicated and tors were chosen dance in a smaller and matched they often come centre, says Milwith their menburn. in to practice two tors last fall. “We don’t want or three times, “We pick our it to be ‘snooty’ cast of stars in several hours a like on some of September, so the dance shows week. they have about or in some larger – Paz Milburn three months to centres; dancing learn dance steps is meant to be fun. The and to prepare for Boogie With dancers on the competitive dance the Stars, a fundraiser for Spirit shows on T.V. are training eight of the North,” said instructor Paz hours a day, every day. They are Milburn. dancing at a super-high perfor“You have to be brave to want to mance level and our dancers are do this, because some of them start good too but most of them are very out with two left feet but it is good busy with work so the training is for physical fitness and they try not as intense.” hard when they train with us. They And while club members and are very dedicated and they often their partners are stepping out with come in to practise two or three some friendly competition and lots times, several hours a week.” of fun New Year’s Eve, they are also This year there are six club mem- raising money for a good cause. bers taking part. “We do this every year and Milburn has been sharing her raise funds for hospital (UHNBC) talent and technique with novequipment. This year it is for a CT ice or experienced dancers since scanner which is used for the early joining the group in 2006. The detection of cancer, and it is childclub now has about 50 members. friendly.” They rehearse at rented space at The SPECT-CT Scanner uses Judy Russell Enchainement Dance a safe radioactive substance and Centre and every year, they help special camera to create 3-D imorganize and host the special New ages and combines a series of x-ray Years Eve dinner and dance fundviews taken from many different raiser. Dance stars are chosen from angles to create cross-sectional a galaxy of local luminaries, many images of bones and soft tissues of whom come from the business inside the body. Combining the sector, said Milburn. two technologies, the scanner lays The majority of the people 30 one image over the other enabling and over who come for dance the physician to see both function instruction with Dance North club and anatomy at the same time, with mostly want to learn three main greater accuracy and speed while dance styles, she says. lowering the amount of exposure “When they go to events in the to radiation for the patient. community, they want to be able to Anyone who wants to join the dance to the music they hear which Dance North Ballroom Dance often means the fox trot, two step Club or drop in to see the class can and swing. When they learn those, call Paz Milburn at 250-564-0059. then they usually go on to ballClasses are Wednesday evening room dancing.” starting at 8 p.m. and Friday eveLatin dancing is very popular ning starting at 7:30 p.m.

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From UNBC to Antarctica A professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and his student headed south over the holidays – really south. Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (ORTM) professor Patrick Maher and fourth-year ORTM student Jody Phibbs are participating in Students on Ice Antarctic Expedition 2013 and left Dec. 26 for the expedition’s embarkation port in Ushuaia, Argentina. The ship-based journey will explore Patagonia, the Antarctic Peninsula, and surrounding Southern Ocean. It will involve 70 university and high school students from around the world, as well as an international team of staff, consisting of 20 scientists, historians, artists, explorers, authors, and educators. In 2009, UNBC participated in the firstever university courses offered in Antarctica with Students on Ice. This time however, there will be a greater concentration on research. “The last university trip was related more to teaching, where as we will be trying to incorporate more research this time around. We’ll be examining Antarctic tourism in terms of its positive and negative impacts across economic, social, and environmental realms,” says Dr. Maher, a recently elected Fellow of the Royal Cana-

dian Geographical Society. “This will be expanded upon with an evaluation of the management of tourism today as well as critiquing the options that might be best for the future.” While on the expedition, participants will encounter wildlife, visit scientific research stations, learn about the history of the region and the effects of climate change on Antarctic and global ecosystems Students will consider scientific and other knowledge system perspectives, and participate in interdisciplinary and hands-on educational activities throughout their university credit courses and a wider educational program. “I’m minoring in Northern Studies and greatly interested in northern and polar regions, particularly in isolated communities, living as I do in Boston Bar, BC,” says student Jody Phibbs. “This trip has already been a fantastic learning experience just in terms of the preparation I have had to do. Do you know how much preparation you have to do for a trip to Antarctica?” The trip to the icy continent is also a timely one for Dr. Maher with the recent release of Antarctic Futures, a book he coauthored and co-edited. The book explores the views of leading researchers on the needs and challenges of Antarctic environmental management, both now and in 50

Photo courtesy of UNBC UNBC Prof. Pat Maher and his new book on Antarctica, Antarctic Futures. Maher and student Jody Phibbs are in Antarctica over the holidays.

years’ time. “My co-authors and I investigate the impacts of human activities on Antarctic ecosystems and species, and examine existing and alternative environmental management and monitoring practices,” says Dr. Maher. “So I’m looking forward to return-

ing to Antarctica with my book in hand. I will definitely be using it to enhance the students’ experience.” The Students on Ice expedition to Antarctica set sail Dec. 27, 2013 and returns to port Jan. 10, 2014. - UNBC

Masich Place Stadium will become Vegas Strip for 2014’s Relay for Life In Las Vegas, the Strip is one of the hottest places in the city, 24 hours a day. This May, the Strip will be one of the hottest – and busiest – places in Prince George for 24 hours, thanks to the Relay for Life. At last May’s Relay For Life, the 21st annual in Prince George, an unprecedented total of $548,986 was raised for

the Canadian Cancer Society. That amount eclipsed the previous standard of $514,000 (2008) and was secondhighest in Canada. Only the Montreal suburb of Terrebonne, with a dollar amount that exceeded $574,000, generated more money than Prince George. “I continue to be overwhelmed with the generous support Prince

George - and indeed the rest of the province and country - continues to show to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life,” said Helen Owen, Team Lead, Relay For Life. “As the total shows, 2013 was a ‘best-ever’ event for Prince George. We truly are Relay City. We have many exciting new things planned for 2014 and we encourage and

invite everyone to come and ‘Walk The Strip’ with us.” ‘The Strip’ is a reference to Las Vegas Boulevard, and Prince George’s 2014 Relay For Life will have a Vegas theme. Participants will be encouraged to break the glitz and glam out of their closets and proudly wear it during the relay. As usual, the Relay For Life will be held at


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Masich Place Stadium. The 2014 edition will stretch from 10 a.m. on May 10 to 10 a.m. on May 11. The Prince George relay is the only 24-hour Relay For Life in Canada. For the second year in a row, Allnorth Consultants Ltd. has come on board as Event Sponsor of the Prince George Relay For Life. “We are truly grateful to Allnorth, and other businesses in our community, for the sponsorship support (cash and gift-in-kind) that they provide to the event,” Owen said. Other sponsors to date include Canadian Tire,

The Jim Pattison Group, The Prince George Free Press and Via Rail. Last year, nearly 1,600 people registered to participate in the Prince George Relay For Life and it’s not too early to sign up for 2014. Registration can be done online at<http://www.>. Click on ‘Register For Relay’ at the top right of the page and follow the instructions. Further information and team packages are available at the Canadian Cancer Society office, located at 1100 Alward Street (upstairs at the Kordyban Lodge).

Last year’s top family team at the Prince George relay, Team Diller, raised $17,354.87 and has decided to fundraise year-round. Recently, Team Diller held a pub night and took in more than $7,000. The 2014 Relay For Life committee is still in need of volunteers. Interested individuals are asked to contact Owen at 250-6452364 or via e-mail at Alternatively, leadership co-chair Davy Greenlees can be reached at princegeorgerelay@bc.cancer. ca. All necessary training will be provided.

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WELCOME FROM MIKE MORRIS Our government is focused and committed to helping BC’s Natural Resource sector achieve their full potential in resource development, while at the same time becoming world leaders in balancing the development and extraction of resources with strong environmental stewardship. Our future depends on each and every sector involved in natural resources to collaborate and share their synergies and ideas to help build a strong robust sector that will provide long term stable economic benefits for all British Columbians. I am pleased that the 11th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum will take place January 22 and 23, 2014, continuing with the format established by former MLA Pat Bell in 2002, and maturing into the Province-wide event it is today. This year’s Forum is titled “Our Resources, Our Future” speaking to the interconnectedness of not only the Resource sectors, but the connection to the future of the people of the Province of British Columbia through wise management of our resources. This year’s exciting lineup of speakers includes the Honourable Christy Clark, a tireless and

pragmatic leader focused on the generational opportunities we now have before us. The Forum also features speaker Calvin Helin, an author who has written a book titled Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance, Mr. Helin, in conjunction with the Aquilini Investment Group launched Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. in 2012. Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled company set up to assist aboriginal communities and individuals to successfully manage future economic opportunities in their traditional territories. All of our speakers are dynamic leaders in industry and resource and each will address the current state of their sectors and what the future holds for each industry as we move forward. I would invite you to check out this year’s itinerary. I am certain that it will be well worth registering for this year’s Forum to hear what the many speakers bring to the table. It will also be worthwhile participating in the Forum and connecting with those involved in BC’s vast and growing resource industries.

WEDNESDAY LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER PREMIER CHRISTY CLARK Christy Clark was sworn in for her second term as British Columbia’s 35th Premier on June 10, 2013 and was elected Westside-Kelowna MLA in a by-election on July 10, 2013. She previously served as the MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey (2011-2013), Port Moody-Burnaby Mountain (19962001) and Port Moody-Westwood (2001-2005). She has served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Minister of Children and Family Development and vice-chair of Treasury Board. She took a break from government in 2005 to spend more time with her family. She worked in the media during her time from government, including as a columnist and commentator and host of the “Christy Clark Show” on CKNW. In her new mandate, Premier Clark will continue her relentless focus on strengthening the economy through the BC Jobs Plan and ensure that government controls spending. She will work to ensure we seize the natural gas

opportunity before us, fight for economic development opportunities throughout the province, and make sure British Columbians are first in line for the jobs that will come.


THURSDAY LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER CALVIN HELIN Calvin Helin, a member of the Tsimshian Nation, comes from the community of Lax Kw’alaams on the Northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and best-selling author. Helin runs business enterprises that include the Eagle Group of Companies, the Native Investment and Trade Association and is associate counsel with the law firm Stewart, Aulinger & Company. He was recently appointed Chairman and President of Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings, Ltd., a company exploring energy developments with the Aquilini Investment Group in northern B.C. He holds a directorship on the Vancouver Board of Trade (where he chairs the newly formed Aboriginal Opportunities Committee), GeoScience BC, and the Canada–China Resource Development Foundation. In addition to numerous national and regional distinctions, he has received top “40 Under 40” awards for British Columbia and nationally. He has served as chairman for several past Aboriginal trade delegations to China introducing an innovative business model to promote long-term benefits for indigenous people from natural resource development. Mr. Helin has written several publications on law, Aboriginal business, and associated issues. He has developed an international reputation through his now

seven times best-selling book, Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance. His second book The Economic Dependency Trap: Breaking Free to SelfReliance was recognized as a finalist in the 2011 U.S.A. Best Books awards and won the Gold Medal at the IPPY Awards (America’s 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards). His third book The Empowerment Mindset: Success through Self-Knowledge was released in 2012 and also received several awards. His upcoming title Dances with Spirits: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World will be released in March 2014. As the result of his writing, Mr. Helin has an expanding international role as a popular public speaker and thought leader. His common sense message of selfreliance and self-responsibility are now being promoted on a global platform. Helin also serves as an ambassador for SOS Children’s Village B.C., a non-profit providing a safe foster care environment for the most vulnerable children, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the prestigious think tank, the MacDonald-Laurier Institute. As a fourth degree black belt he instructs at the Shudokan Karate and Education Society, a group he founded in 2002 that provides free martial arts lessons to disadvantaged inner-city children as a way of teaching them discipline, manners, self-respect, and other important life lessons. Mr. Helin is divorced, has three grown children, and a grandson.




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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 2014 8:45 am – 9:00 am

ODUCTIIONS & WELCO OME INTRO FIRST T NATIO ON ELDER BLES SSING Shari Green, Mayor, Prince George FORU UM OPEN NING: Mike Morris, MLA, Prince George-Mackenzie

9:00 am – 10:00 am

SUSTA AINABL LE FORESTRY IS OUR FUTU URE Moderator: Hon. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations James Gorman, CEO, Council of Forest Industries Chris McIver, VP Lumber Sales & Corporate Development West Fraser Greg Stewart, President, Sinclair Forest Products Ltd

10:00 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:50 am

SKILL LS TRAINING = JOBS Speaker: Hon. Shirley Bond, Minister, Jobs, Moderator: Hon. Shirley Bond, Minister, Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training & Minister Responsible for Labour Heather Oland, President & CEO, Initiatives Prince George Laurie Sterritt, President & CEO, BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association

12:00 pm – 1:20 pm


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

“DIGG GING” IN NTO THE FUTU URE Moderator: Karina Briño, President and CEO, Mining Association of BC Steve Berna, COO, First Nations Finance Authority Tony Jensen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Gold, Inc Robert Quartermain, President & CEO, Pretium Resources Inc Jacques Perron, CEO, Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

G THE FUTURE ENERGIZING Moderator: Hon. Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review Donald McInnes, Vice Chair, Alterra Power Corp Annita McPhee, President & CEO, Tahltan Central Council Ken Shields, CEO, Conifex Power

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm




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KE EEPING THE TAN NK FULL INTO TH HE FUTURE Moderator: Mike Bernier, MLA, Peace River South Steve Clark, Senior Vice President, TransCanada Corporation Heather Kennedy, Vice-President Government Relations, Suncor Energy Robert Spitzer, Executive Vice-President, Apache Kitimat Upstream

10:15 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 11:50 am

KE EEPING BC MOV VING INTO THE FUTURE Don Krusel, President & CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority Leroy Reitsma, President & COO, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Derek Stanger, Senior Manager, Canadian National Railway

12:00 pm – 1:20 pm

LU UNCH & KEYNOT TE SPEAKER Calvin Helin, President, Eagle Spirit Energy Holding

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

SE EIZE THE E DAY! Moderator: Hon. John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Richard Dunn, VP Regulatory & Govt Relations, Encana Corporation Greg Kist, President, Pacific NorthWest LNG Rod Maier, Manager, External Relations & Communications, Kitimat LNG, Chevron Canada Susannah Pierce, General Manager, LNG Canada, Shell Canada

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Macdonald bicentennial near Robert P. Tchegus Special to Free Press As Sir John A. Macdonald Day, January 11, 2014 gets even closer, it is important to remember that Canada is now only one year away from the Father of Confederation’s bicentennial year. I’m proud to report that a group of volunteers and staff at the non-profit, non-partisan Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission,, has been hard at work since 2010 planning and encouraging Canadians to mark this important date. In order to help us achieve this worthy goal, our commission House of Commons photo An official portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, for whom the has been joined by all 200th anniversary of his birth is fast approaching. six living past Prime McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, of the final entries; there have been Ministers of Canada and the Honourable Thomas Cromwell Macdonald-themed videos created by who serve proudly as our Honorary of the Supreme Court have even taken young people and so much more. Commissioners. Former premiers time from punishing schedules to lead Thanks to a partnership with the exJean Charest and Bob Rae also serve our educational Sir John A. walks for perts at Library and Archives Canada, in this role as does Sir John Major of the Macdonald Library is taking shape. students. the United Kingston and Scotland’s The Sir John A. Macdonald BicentenVisitors to the Sir John A. Macdonald First Minister Alex Salmond. Canada’s nial Commission has also been busy Bicentennial Commission’s website longest serving House of Commons building a national network of citizens will find that we are bringing together Speaker, Peter Milliken, is our Patron. in communities from coast-to-coastprimary and educational materials The federal government’s Departabout Sir John A. in one place so they’ll to-coast who are interested in the ment of Canadian Heritage and City of be available to students and researchers celebrations. Through our free monthly Kingston, joined by corporate sponnewsletter, Canadians share ideas and for many years to come. sors such as Manulife Financial, Via plans for 2015 with each other. To further these educational proRail and generous donors like Power This month (January 2014), we will Corporation, Morgan Meighen & Asso- grams, we are also working closely with start an important series of town hall Queen’s University – which Sir John A. ciates, Stewart Title, the Davies Founmeetings in Atlantic Canada where helped found – and engaging leading dation, Homestead Landholdings, the Canadians will be asked how they Churchill Society for the Advancement academics in the Macdonald bicententhink this important national milestone nial movement. In January 2013 more of Parliamentary Democracy and othshould be marked. These consultations than 50 experts from top Canadian ers, are making our success possible. universities, joined by political In a country that traditionally has not celebrated its history and past lead- figures such as Government ers, we believe Sir John A.’s 200th birth- House Leader Peter Van Loan and former House of Commons day is a once-in-a-generation opporSpeaker Peter Milliken, gathtunity to engage citizens, particularly ered for a one-day conference, young people, in learning more about Macdonald and Federalism, Canada’s founding as a nation in 1867. that sparked impressive acaBy studying our past and re-discoverdemic debate and discussion. ing Canada’s earliest days as a country, On Sir John A. Macdonwe hope that young Canadians and ald Day this year the Queen’s adults alike will learn more about our institutions and the compromises – and School of Policy Studies and successes and failures – that have made the Queen’s Law School are presenting another conference, us who and what we are as Canadians. We have been busy assembling a col- Sir John A. Macdonald Then and Now, that will continue lection of Sir John A.’s most important to build on the Macdonald speeches that we hope to distribute momentum. Experts from a to Canadian schools in book form variety of Canadian universities or on-line. Our commission has also will be in attendance. It is our been taking our play, Sir John, Eh? hope that a multi-day academic The Roadshow, to Canadian schools. conference will also take place Students and educators tell us over in 2015. and over again how the presentation As a lawyer myself I’ve been of Canada’s history by our professional “Where the nations and generations proud of the increasing inactors from the SALON Acting Comvolvement by members of my worship, connect, & work together” pany truly brings the past alive. profession in the Macdonald Canadian teachers have proven bicentennial movement. Sir excellent partners and there have been 2055 20th Avenue, Prince George Sir John A. Macdonald birthday parties John A. Macdonald, of course, was one of the leading lawyers in various classrooms, a Sir John A. (250) 563-1003 Macdonald portrait contest was held in of his day. Distinguished jurists such as another school and former prime the Right Honourable Beverley ister John Turner served as the judge

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Ell finds nothing normal in music Allan Wishart She’s toured as an opening act with Buddy Guy, Keith Urban and The Band Perry. Now, Lindsay Ell is getting set to release her first single. Is that the normal order of doing things in country music? Ell laughs over the phone from somewhere in Wisconsin. “I have learned nothing is normal in this business,” says the Calgary native, who will open for The Band Perry at CN Centre on Jan. 11. “That’s the beautiful part of it.” She was in Wisconsin recently doing a radio tour for the debut single, Trippin’ On Us. She apologizes for being late calling, but, “those radio people talk a lot.” So how does the weather in Wisconsin compare to other places she’s been to recently, like Sweden? “It’s extremely cold in Wisconsin today. When we were in Sweden (on the European leg of the tour), there was a little bit of snow, but not much.” So Prince George won’t be much of a change for her, weatherwise, but she does know the area, she thinks. “I did some dates on tour with Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson a few years ago, and I’m pretty sure Prince George was one of them.” One thing she does know is that folks out here appreciate good country music, and that’s an international phenomenon. “The country music fans (in Europe) are re-

“My Dad and Mom were both big Guess Who fans, so they were really nervous about him coming to our house. This big stretch limo with Randy and his wife pulls up outside, and Mom started doing some more tidying up. “He came to the door, and he was wearing running shoes and jeans. He came in, sat down on the couch, hauled out his guitar, and said, ‘Let’s write some music’.” From that first meeting came something more than just Bachman teaching Ell how to play blues and jazz guitar. “He became like anPhoto courtesy Stoney Creek Records other dad,” she says. “I was Calgary native Lindsay Ell will bring her guitar skills and flying out from Calgary mix of songs to Prince George on Jan. 11 as one of the to his place on Saltspring opening acts for The Band Perry. Island to learn and write songs.” ally big fans. They just love the music.” Even though Ell has gone back to country, It’s been a bit of a roundabout trip for Ell, 24, she keeps in touch with Bachman. to opening for country superstars like Urban “When we were in Munich, some of the and The Band Perry. band and I went into this music store and I saw “I was playing bluegrass with my Dad when I was 8. Then Randy Bachman heard about me this old Crown guitar. I texted Randy about it, and he calls me back right away. ‘I’ve been and wanted to meet me.” looking for that guitar for years. It would comEll was 13 at the time, and she remembers plete my collection. You have to buy it.’ that first meeting.

“So I bought it, and now I’m just waiting for the next time I see him to deliver it.” For Ell, even though she’s found her home in country music, she still keeps one foot in the blues. “You start to dig into the history of different kinds of music, and the blues is the foundation. The Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard, Keith Urban, they all have some of the blues in them. “It’s good to know I can still throw a blues intro into a song sometimes, or use it as the instrumental in the middle.” Touring with Keith Urban (“one of my idols”) was a thrill for Ell, partly because it gave her a chance to something she loves to do. “I watched his guitar-playing style. I do that at any live show. I watch the guitar players. I watch how they mix from one song to another, I watch how they play the bridges.” Ell knew the time was right to release her first record, but she wasn’t sure it was going to be Trippin’ On Us. “I co-wrote the song, and I like it because it’s a positive song. It’s as happy as I always am. “The whole process of picking a single is complicated. There are so many opinions that go into it. I went to the label and said, ‘You guys understand more about the business than I do, so I need your opinions on what song to pick’. When we went around the table after picking Trippin’ On Us, it was unanimous.” Expect to hear Trippin’ On Us as well as some serious guitar work when Lindsay Ell opens for The Band Perry at CN Centre on Jan. 11. Tickets on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations.

Rescue dog Bam becomes rescuer when faced with cougar A rescue dog has come through for his rescuer in an encounter with a large cougar near Prince George. Bam, a pit bull who came into the Prince George BC SPCA shelter as a stray a few months ago, used to be afraid of his own shadow. But he stood his ground when one of his guardians, shovelling snow

in the darkening night after a big snowfall, needed him. “When we got him, he was terrified of everything,” says BC SPCA North Cariboo District branch manager Angela McLaren. “It took a staff member two days to get Bam brave enough to leave his kennel.” Bam went home with Brock and Toni Schell, BC SPCA pet foster parents who live in Beaverly – just outside city limits. They adopted Bam a couple of months ago, as he was such a perfect fit with the Schells and their other rescue dog, Tinka, a hound cross.

Photo submitted Bam showed his gratitude at being rescued from the SPCA shelter when he faced down a cougar at his foster home.

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Brock notes that he’s lived in Beaverly for 10 years and has never once seen a cougar, although he’s aware it can be a part of a rural lifestyle. “It all happened so fast. It took seconds,” Brock says, describing how he was shovelling snow, his toque on and hood up, moving away from the house and down the driveway on a dark December night. “The cougar must have just been sitting there, watching us. It looked like it was about 100 pounds – he was definitely bigger than Tinka, who’s 70-75 pounds,” he says. “I could see Bam’s feet below (the cougar’s) belly. At first I thought it was Tinka or that another dog had somehow gotten into the yard. Then it looked at me. It was about 20 feet from me.” Realizing a large cougar was between himself and his house, Brock started backing away, taking refuge at the side of his truck, as Bam growled and barked loudly, distracting the

cougar enough, he thinks, for two things to happen: Tinka came around the corner of the house at full speed, baying in her loudest and deepest voice, and Toni simultaneously pulled into the driveway in her vehicle. The cougar quickly disappeared. Looking back on the incident, Brock wonders if the cougar was perhaps targeting Bam. But he’s grateful he wasn’t shovelling alone. “If Bam hadn’t been there, or if I had been by myself, or if Tinka and Toni didn’t show up when they did, I have no idea how that would have played out.” He and Toni are glad they have not seen the cougar since. And they’re thankful Bam didn’t go home with anyone else, as the outcome of the cougar confrontation could have been much different. Now they’re gratefully preparing for a cozy holiday as a happy, whole family. - BC SPCA

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H&H Market, FridaySunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 3955 Hart Highway.

Cariboo Toastmasters meet Mondays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, 444 George St. Information: or Laura (250) 961-3477.

Read-to-me Storytime, Fridays, 10-10:45 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250614-0684.

Saturday Dog agility trial, Jan. 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Agriplex. Fundraiser for SPCA.

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

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

Monday AWANA Children’s Club, registration Jan. 6, 6 p.m., Hartland Baptist Church, 6599 Driftwood Rd. Information: 250-962-8641, e-mail Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” NBC Friends of Children Assisting families with children in extraordinary medical need. Volunteer opportunities in office, clerical, special event organizing and promotion. Call Kelly 250-564-2217 NBC HEROS Air ambulance service for the transport of critically ill or injured patients to higher levels of care. Volunteer needs: admin & office support, event & information support, assisting with arrangements with companies providing helicopters, airplanes, pilots and mechanics. Call 250-640-7900 PG Brain Injured Group We welcome volunteers for ongoing projects. Drop into our offices at 1237 – 4th Avenue Prince George. Email: Call 250-564-2447 For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George


Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250- 563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740.

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

Center City Toastmasters meet Tuesday, noon, City Hall Annex. Information: Prince George Quilters Guild meets fourth Tuesday of the month, Connaught Youth Centre, 1491 17th Ave. Registration 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Information: Echo 250-612-0499. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s four-part chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathy 250563-5170.

Hospital retirees meet, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-5637497 or 250-563-2885.

Wednesday Northern Eagles football (ages 18-21) registration Jan. 8, 7-9:30 p.m., UNBC Northern Sport Centre, Wolf ’s Den. Information: headcoachnortherneagles@outlook. com or badiran93@ P.G. COPD Support Group meets Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., AIMHI gymnasium, 950 Kerry St. Information: www. Bingo, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Spruce Capital Senior Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity

Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Hart Toastmasters, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Information: CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250-563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250963-9462 or Andrew 250981-8270.

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Community Builder Susan Dalziel (left) of the UHNBC auxiliary accepts a $500 RBC volunteer grant donation from Linda Hohn.

Thursday Metis Elders Craft group, Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon, Prince George Metis Elders Society office, 117 – 1600 Third Ave. (Prince George Native Friendship Centre). Little Artists, Thursdays, 10:3011:30 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-6140684. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561. Tai chi, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: Lister 250964-3849 or listerchen@ DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-649-9591. BC Civil Liberties Union meets second Thursday of the month, 6 p.m., 1575 Fifth Ave. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. or 250-564-5191. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information:, Joyce 250-964-0961.

Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. ECRA Forever Young

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A U T O B O D Y LT D . 2065 - 1st Ave. • 250-563-0883 Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave.

Support Groups Prince George ATV Club meets third Tuesday of month, 7 p.m. Carmel Restaurant meeting room. Information: George 250-964-7907. Free sports and recreation, Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 1160 7th Ave., ages 15-30. Information: 250-656-5278. Children’s choir, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hartland Baptist Church. Information: 778-415-5000. Parents Together, a mutual/self-help support group for parents of teens, meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Intersect (basement entrance). Information: Carmen 250-562-6639. Tuesday night Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 6:15-7:15 p.m. weigh in, 7:308:30 meeting. Everyone welcome. Information: Marvene 250-962-8001 or 250-612-2031.

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Prince George Healing Rooms - Are you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Wednesday noon-2 p.m, All Nations Church, 1395 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-617-9653.

For more information, Jesse or Catherine at 250563-2551.

Heartbeat, a group for mutual support of those who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets monthly at CMHA office. Information: Sandy 250961-9330.

Wednesday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) noon, AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information: Diane 250-964-6072.

Thursday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Knox United Church,1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250564-6336 (days), 250964-4851 (evenings). Rainbows grief and loss program for ages 5-15, registering for the fall session. No charge. Information: Catherine 250-563-2551. Tea Time for the Soul. Would you like someone to listen to you? Come, listen, and share while enjoying a cup of tea. Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. at Forest Expo House, 1506 Ferry Ave. No cost.

Singles and friends, social group of people of all ages and diverse backgrounds, meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., A&W on 20th Avenue.

Prostate Cancer Support Group meets 7 p.m., last Wednesday of the month, UNBC Community Care Centre in BMO Building. Information: or call 250-562-2825.. Learning Circle Literacy Program works with adult learners and families on literacy, numeracy and computing skills. Information: 250564-3568 ext. 228, or Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answers. Monday, 7:30 p.m., hospital, Room 421. Call Tanya 250-6132823.

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Power Play, for children from newborns to five years old, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle Ave. Information: 250-6149449.

NorthBreast Passage Dragon Boat Society meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Chronic Disease Management Room, UHNBC. Information: Anita 250-563-2949 or Betty 250-962-7985. Royal Purple meets meets second and fourth Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250596-0125 or Jeanette 250563-9362. Wednesday evening Tops (take off pounds sensibly), Spruceland Baptist Church, 1901 Ogilvie St. Information: Leona 250-962-8802. Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1500 Edmonton St.

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


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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43 years. We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Better At Home Program – Grounds Keeper Closing date: January 6, 2014 at Noon HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Better At Home Program – Housekeeper Closing date: January 6, 2014 at Noon HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Better At Home Program – Volunteer Supervisor Closing date: January 6, 2014 at Noon A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: Applications will be accepted until dates noted on postings, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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AiMHi, Prince George AssociaƟon for Community Living has an opening for a Finance Director. AiMHi is a large, progressive community living agency that currently has approximately 425 employees spread over 50+ programs. AddiƟonal informaƟon regarding our agency can be found on our website ReporƟng to the ExecuƟve Director, the Finance Director is responsible for managing the full spectrum of Įnancial and accounƟng funcƟons of the agency. We are looking for a dynamic individual who has social service accounƟng experience (including governmental contracts), a higher than normal aƩenƟon to detail, strong communicaƟon skills, excellent people skills, good computer skills, and who works well in a quality team environment. The successful applicant will have a recognized professional accounƟng designaƟon (e.g. CA, CGA, or CMA) and three years intermediate/senior accounƟng experience; Progressively more responsible accounƟng experience analyzing and preparing complex Įnancial statements, notes or schedules; Policy/ Procedure manual interpretaƟon, development or update experience; Experience in Įnancial report preparaƟon – preferably with consolidaƟon of mulƟple complex enƟƟes – rouƟne and ad hoc; Experience providing direcƟon and advice to senior management on a variety of Įnancial and accounƟng management issues; Experience in the development of techniques and applicaƟons for recording and reporƟng Įnancial informaƟon; an advanced ability to design and work with complex spreadsheet applicaƟons; Experience with Adagio accounƟng soŌware is desirable. We oīer an excellent salary and comprehensive beneĮts along with an excellent team based working environment. If you are interested in this posiƟon, please forward, via email, mail, or fax, your leƩer of applicaƟon and a copy of your current resume by January 10, 2014 to:

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Competitive Wages Please Fax resume to 250-692-0043 Or Deliver in Person at: 135 Roumieu Dr. Burns Lake (In the Industrial Site) Gitxsan Child & Family Services Society Employment Opportunity Family Services Director Gitxsan Child & Family Services Society is a delegated agency based in beautiful Hazelton, BC. It is a rural agency serving the Gitxsan communities. We are surrounded by beautiful scenery, clean rivers and a thriving culture. We are seeking a qualified experienced Family Service Worker to join our dynamic team. The Family Service Worker is expected to carry a regular caseload, using clinical and interpersonal skills as well as good case management system to provide a variety of services. Their primary responsibility is to ensure the delivery of family support services to families and children who require them, guardianship services and the development and maintenance of caregiver homes. Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work Degree or a Bachelor Degree in a human relates services field, plus two years related experience Requirements: We are looking for individuals who are delegated or are eligible to be delegated under the current Provincial (BC) Legislation. Willingness to travel. Have a valid BC driver’s license Must successfully pass a Criminal Records Check Knowledge of Gitxsan Culture and language would be an asset Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity should apply in writing, faxed or emailed with a copy of their resume and 3 references to: Christine Pearson-Bronsch Gitxsan Child & Family Services Society P.O. Box 333, HAZELTON, BC V0J 1Y0 Fax # 250-842-2481, Email: DEADLINE for applications is 4:00 pm on January 17. 2014 Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry. Relocation Expenses can be negotiated. Only those who have made the shortlist will be contacted.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: the estate of STEVE BENNIE VLCHEK also known as STEVE VLCHEK, deceased, formerly of 4755 Leno Road, Prince George, British Columbia, V2N 6E3 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of STEVE BENNIE VLCHEK also known as STEVE VLCHEK are hereby notiÀed under section 38 of the Trustee Act that full particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executors at 4755 Leno Road, Prince George, British Columbia, V2N 6E3, on or before February 14th, 2014, after which date the Executors will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard only to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. GENEVIEVE MARGARET VLCHEK and STEVEN LEE VLCHEK, Executors TRAXLER HAINES, Solicitors

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Biathlon a tale of two heart rates You’re racing along a crosssuccess means mastering yourcountry ski trail, pushing for self and your body, your ability every second you can save on the to quicken or slow your pace course, knowing that one brief depending on circumstances. In bobble could be the difference none of these that I can think of between winning is the need for changand second place. ing your entire attitude You’re pushing as quickly done as in hard, breathing biathlon. hard. You can According to the brief feel your heart history of the event pounding as you on, push into a final rock paintings showing straightaway. hunters with bows and You might hear a arrows moving on slidvoice call, “incoming pieces of wood have ing”, or you might been found in Norway, ALLAN’S AMBLINGS not. Your concenand dated to about 3000 ALLANWISHART BC. Virgil, a Roman tration is completely on getting that poet writing around 400 last good push to save one more BC, described hunting on skis. precious second. Skiing races were being held And . . . relax. among military units by the Now you’re standing or lying in Middle Ages, and remained a a shooting position, the gun you military-only event until the 20th had been carrying on your back century. The first Winter Olymquickly unslung and readied for pics in 1912 in France included a shooting. military ski patrol race as a demYou steady your nerves, control onstration sport. It wasn’t until your breathing so the barrel of the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valthe rifle stays trained on the ley, Calif. that biathlon became small target 50 metres away. an Olympic event. It wasn’t quite You fire. A clang, as the metal the same as the event we see now. target is hit, and a mechanism They used big-bore rifles and flips a cover up indicating the cardboard targets and assessed a successful shot. You fire four more two-minute penalty for missing times, then sling the rifle on your a target. The targets themselves back again, pick up your poles, were set at distances of 100, 150, and hit the ski course again. 200 and 250 metres. You’re a biathlete. In the late 1970s, small bore There are other sports in which (.22 calibre) rifles became the

Allan WISHART/Free Press Sarah Beaudry of Prince George was the first skier on the course Sunday at Otway during the Zone 8 biathlon qualifiers for the 2014 BC Winter Games. Beaudry was not eligible for the Games team because she has aged-out, but was competing before returning to her fulltime training location in Canmore, AB.

standard, and modern technology also changed the target system, making it easier to reset them between rounds of shooting. And so now we have events like the one I was at on the weekend at Otway, with local athletes competing for the right to go to the 2014 BC Winter Games. As they

sighted in their rifles before the event, spotters (usually parents) observed the targets and advised on how to adjust the aim. I am at an age where running for any distance more than about 10 or 20 metres leaves me panting and shaking. I can in no way imagine skiing 1.5 km at a high rate of speed, then being able to

calm my nerves and body to the point where I could aim a rifle with any sense of delicacy, but these youngsters do it, and hit the majority of the targets. It’s one of the sports I always look forward to when the Winter Olympics are on, and this year’s Games in Sochi won’t be any different.




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Guaranteed to happen in 2014? With my first column of the New Year, I will see the future without any fear. To this end I go on a dare And present a dozen 2014 sports headlines with much tender loving care. Lack to the rescue? Following another unsuccessful playoff appearance, Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini overrules GM Mike Gillis and declares that Eddie Lack is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goalie of the future. The Canucks reward Lack by trading him to New Jersey. Carey on: The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Priceâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t right for Canada, which fails to successfully defend the Olympic hockey gold medal that was won in 2010. Roberto Luongo is on the bench HART BEAT when Canada is elimiHARTLEYMILLER nated but becomes the bigger man on Twitter by seemingly pumping Carey Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tires. Burn for Bernier: The Toronto Maple Leafs blow a 5-0 third period lead in game seven of their conference quarter-final and lose 6-5 in overtime to Boston. Goalie Jonathan Bernier is given credit for shutting out the Bruins in the first two periods. Not â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fanâ&#x20AC;?tastic: With attendance down in 20 of their 22 cities, the WHL decides that its ban on

import goalies will be extended to European skaters. The league justifies the move by suggesting it is quite obvious fans really prefer Canadian quantity over worldwide quality. Rated Mature: A new record is set when a woman (64) becomes the oldest American to give birth, but she fails to identify which NBA player is the father. One for the ages: Not content to face just younger fighters, 60-year-old boxer Bob Pegues of Prince George announces he will participate in a three-ring circus, otherwise known as a round-robin survivor handicap that also involves Joe Kapp and Angela Mosca. Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital(ism): The expansion Ottawa Redblacks win twice as many games as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. As a reward for finishing last, the Bummers, or that should be Bombers, get first pick in the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;voucherâ&#x20AC;? discount draft. Wobbly pass returns: Tim Tebow is welcomed back to the NFL, although he is a bit shaky in holding the clipboard for the Cleveland Browns. Tebow finds time to hold a news conference to say how â&#x20AC;&#x153;excitedâ&#x20AC;? he is to part of a first-class organization. Peytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place: Peyton Manning puts an exclamation mark on his Most Valuable Player season by winning the Super Bowl in frigid New York. Manning improves to 12-12 when the temperature is under five degrees (C) at kickoff. After receiving the Super Bowl MVP trophy, Peyton tells his coldweather critics that they can shove it where the sun donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shine.

Pegues named to provincial boxing hall of fame Allan Wishart It was news to Bob Pegues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you like that?â&#x20AC;? was the response of the Inner City Boxing Club coach when informed he had been inducted into the BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew I had been nominated, but I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard anything about being inducted.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty sure he knows why he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fellow in charge there (Brian Zelley) does a lot of his stuff by Facebook, and Free Press file photo Bob Pegues works the hand pads with Kenny Lally during a boxI havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t checked mine in a ing training session at the Northern Sport Centre in April. Pegues while. He could easily have sent me something to tell me has just been named to the BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame. about it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had been talking about ahead for 2014? Pegues, who recently took on me going in as an athlete/coach, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Providing I stay uninjured, the role as high-performance but this makes more sense.â&#x20AC;? I have a match slated for May. I coach for all age groups in B.C., The announcement capped off had been asked to box in an Old will be inducted in the Builder a big year for Pegues, which also Dogs event in California, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m category, which he says â&#x20AC;&#x153;is prob- saw him get back into the ring still recovering from an injured ably the most appropriate.â&#x20AC;? after a long absence. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knee.â&#x20AC;?

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Tiger by the tail: With skier Lindsay Vonn by his side, Tiger Woods thinks he has ended his â&#x20AC;&#x153;downhillâ&#x20AC;? drought with an apparent victory at the Masters, however, the title is taken away thanks to a two-stroke penalty that was spotted by a television viewer for an inappropriate â&#x20AC;&#x153;lieâ&#x20AC;?. A-Fraud heads north: The Toronto Blue Jays shake up the baseball world by acquiring Commissioner Seligâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite player, Alex Rodriguez, from the New York Yankees. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says that since ARod has turned over a new leaf, he will bat â&#x20AC;&#x153;cleanâ&#x20AC;? up. Ford has better ideas: Wearing his Leafs, Raptors, Argos and Blue Jays jerseys all at the same time, Rob Ford is re-elected mayor of the Universe (Toronto). Ford admits to his supporters he is on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;highâ&#x20AC;? and can confirm that his job is indeed all it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;crackedâ&#x20AC;? up to be. To you and yours, a very healthy, happy, prosperous 2014! From The Quote Rack: In an all too familiar script, the Cowboys QB plays well and even brilliantly at times only to end the game with a costly interception. Kyle Orton may not be going to the playoffs, but I understand heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been asked to open for Rich Little. Kevin Costner plays the Browns GM in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Draft Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Obviously, Trent Richardson wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Untouchablesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Contributor Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, California

If it is better to give than receive then this season the Detroit Lions are the best team in the NFL. The Cleveland Cavaliers suspended Andrew Bynum for â&#x20AC;&#x153;conduct detrimental to the team.â&#x20AC;? And fans of the lowly Milwaukee Bucks are thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can you do that to the whole team?â&#x20AC;? Contributor Janice Hough of Palo Alto, Californian ( How ironic is this? Will Ferrell has been showing up everywhere â&#x20AC;&#x153;in characterâ&#x20AC;? as Ron Burgundy, plugging his new movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anchorman 2â&#x20AC;?, except on actual newscasts. Comedy writer TC Chong of Vancouver ( And in case you missed it: News reports from South Carolina say police were called to a home after relatives came to blows over decorating the Christmas tree. Think of it as festicuffs. Comedy writer RJ Currie ( Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. He also writes for Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to Follow him on twitter: @Hartley_Miller

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Secondary for the hockey program. “My goal is to graduate with a double Dogwood in English and French,” he says. “I want to take my hockey to the highest level I can, but I’m also looking at going into business or maybe counselling. “I’ve still got time to make that decision.” For now, he’s spreading the word about, and will be doing so in a couple of ways. “I hope to give some presentations to the secondary schools, let the students know that Mindcheck

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out how they’re feeling and quickly connect to mental health resources and support.” Mattila says the best thing about Mindcheck is that it doesn’t involve talking to anyone to start with. “He could have checked Mindcheck, maybe gotten an idea for what was wrong, then gone to see a counsellor about the problem. “It gives you a chance to help yourself out.” Mattila is a student in the French Immersion Program at Duchess Park Secondary and cross-enrolled at Prince George


He couldn’t help, and that hurt. A couple of years ago, Myles Mattila was on a hockey team, and one of his teammates was having problems. “He had a few issues,” Myles says, “but I couldn’t help him too much because I didn’t know enough about things. “I had just started playing with him, so I didn’t know him that well. Most people around him knew he was having problems.” Myles, who plays on the Bantam Tier 1 Cougars team in Prince George, moved to Prince George in September for hockey. “I wanted to play at the highest level I could,” he says. “I was playing Tier

3, and now I’m playing Tier 1.” He’s also found a direction to point teammates who may be having problems. “I found out about through the stories about Kevin Bieksa and Rick Rypien.” Rypien, a former player with the Vancouver Canucks, committed suicide in August of 2011. Bieksa, who had been a teammate with the Canucks, was apparently the first person Rypien told about his depression. Mattila won’t say exactly what happened with his teammate, but says, “I wish I had known about Mindcheck to lead him in the right direction.” is a website operated by the provincial government. On the site, it says it is designed “to help youth and young adults in British Columbia check


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George Cougars coach Mark Holick to point to. “It certainly was a letdown,” he said of three straight post-Christmas losses, two to Victoria and one to Vancouver, “but those other teams didn’t seem to let the holidays give them a letdown.” The Cougars still have some players out with injuries and are missing three others who are playing at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, but Holick didn’t see that as a reason for what he saw on the ice. “Our best players have not been our best players, and they have to be. At some point, personal pride has to take over. “We’re learning a lot about ourselves right now, and some of it isn’t great to see.” The three road games saw Affiliated Players Kody McDonald and Kolby Johnson playing with the Cougars. “I was happy with Johnson and McDonald,” Holick said, “but we can’t be looking for them to be our best players.” The injury front is still not looking too good either, he says. “(Brett) Roulston is still in a cast, (Brent) Zarowny is still out, and (Jari) Erricson and (David) Soltes have long-term injuries.” He said the lineup the Cougars put on the ice tonight and Saturday at CN Centre to face the Kamloops Blazers is basically the lineup they’re going to have for a while. “They know what’s asked and required,” he said. “They need to find some internal motivation.”

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Midget team makes progress Allan Wishart For the hosts, finishing last wasn’t a bad thing. The Wayne Watson Construction Midget Tier 3 Cougars hosted a fourteam tournament on the weekend, and although they lost every game, coach Dennis Riplinger saw a lot of positives. “This was the best tournament we’ve had in terms of progressing as a team,” he said. “The biggest thing for these kids so far has been motivation, and they stepped up to the plate this weekend.” Riplinger says the team is pointing towards the provincials, to be held in 100 Mile House, and knows what the major obstacle is on the way. “Quesnel is the team we have to beat to get to the provincials. Earlier this year, we were losing to them by scores like 5-2 and 9-3. “We lost to them in the semis on the weekend 4-3. We will have their number by the time we play them for the provincials.” Burns Lake won the tournament, after downing Vanderhoof in the other semifinal and Quesnel in the final. Riplinger couldn’t name just a couple of players who had good weekends. “Hunter Ashe was great. He scored at least four goals I can remember. Dylan Krahn and Dylan Lukinchuk really stepped it up. Tanner Riplinger and the rest of the checking line had some really good games. “The whole team, really, stepped it up. They’re getting the idea, ‘If I skate Allan WISHART/Free Press hard and play hard, we have a chance of Goalie Dominik Walters of the Wayne Watson Construction Tier 3 Midgets made the orginial save in this tournament game Friday against Vanderhoof, but then needed some help from Bailey McFaul to clear the puck. winning’.”

HAPPY For news and updates, YEAR check usNEW out online and all the at best in 2014! 155 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1P8 Telephone: (250) 960-4400, Toll Free 1-800-667-1959 Fax (250) 563-7520, Web: Allan WISHART/Free Press Prince George (in white) and Vanderhoof players scramble for a loose puck in front of Prince George goalie William Tanemura during a Peewee Tier 3 tournament held on the Dec. 13 weekend at the Kin Centres.

Peewees host seven-team, Tier 3 tournament It was a three-day tournament that ended up taking three days, but only having hockey on two of the those days. The Prince George Tier 3 Peewee Cougars hosted a seven-team event on the Dec. 13 weekend, which proved to be a rather chaotic time. First, the tournament was originally set for eight teams, but the poor road conditions led to one of the teams being unable to get to the city.

Then, the city employees staged a one-day strike on Dec. 14, meaning no games could be played that day, and the schedule had to be reworked (again) to ensure each team still got in the same number of games. When all was said and done, the Cougars finished seventh on goal differential, after picking up one win and two losses in their three games. The Cougars lost 12-2 to Vanderhoof, with goals from

Markus Myatovic and Skylar Miller. They dropped their second game to Smithers 7-2 with goals from Miller and Derian Potskin, but bounced back to beat Fort St. John 3-2 with goals from Ben Dyck, Nolan Dancey and Ashton Kraska. Vanderhoof beat Terrace 8-4 in the preliminary round, but Terrace came back in the final to post a 10-3 win and claim the title.

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Otway passes first ‘test’ Allan Wishart Now, it was time to see all that hard work put to use. Pierre Beaudry, the sport chair for biathlon at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, says all the work put in on the facilities at the Otway Nordic Centre could be seen in use on Sunday. “Everybody was a little tired from working on the facility for the last six months,” he said after the Zone 8 BC Winter Games qualifying races at the new range. “But everybody had a good time seeing how well it all worked.” Mother Nature threw a curve at them in the form of a massive dump of snow on Saturday night, and Beaudry says that’s something they will have to make plans for before the Games, set for February 2015. “There are some things we need to work on, and one of them is better implementation of a snow management plan. We got all that snow overnight, and while we able to work to get the course and range in shape for these races, for the Games, we have to meet a higher standard.” For instance, he says, the snow in the shooting area has to hard and the area has to be level, two things they weren’t able to accomplish before Sunday’s races. “We didn’t want to start playing around with the conditions 10 minutes before the event,” he says. “Something we realized was that we were going to need to have a lot more volunteers available for

Allan WISHART/Free Press Arthur Roots readies his rifle for his first round of shooting during the Zone 8 playdowns for the BC Winter Games. Roots was not competing for a spot on the team, but took part at the invitation of organziers before returning to Canmore, Alta. where he trains full time.

getting the course ready for the Games in case we run into the same situation then.” One part of the new range that proved its worth was the covers set up over the targets. “That saved us a lot of work,” Beaudry says. “If the targets hadn’t been covered, we’d probably have had to be there all night to get them ready. “The covers also give them some protection from the freeze-thaw cycle.” Apart from the technical building not being completed, all the technical aspects worked well, he says. “We were using a wireless system for entering all the information into the computers, the same system we will be using at the Western Canadians (the official test event).”

One piece of the puzzle which he has no control over is parking, which has always been an issue at Otway, and the recent expansion of the parking lot proved to be insufficient for a small event like Sunday’s. “I’m not in charge of transportation,” Beaudry says, “but it’s my understanding everybody will be bused to the site during the Games – athletes, spectators, everyone.” One thing that won’t be a factor during the Games but was nice to hear about on Sunday was the reaction from Otway general manager Gillian Recknell. “She came to us after our debriefing,” Beaudry says, “and was very impressed with how we were able to keep our event off to one side.

“It didn’t interfere with their regular lessons and other skiing which was going on.” In the actual races themselves, the top junior boy (Ryan Elden), junior girl (Anni Kurta), senior boy (Bobby Kreitz) and senior girl (Emily Dickson) qualified to compete in Mission in February at the BC Winter Games. Other skiers may yet get the chance to compete, based on wildcard allocations. Should one of the qualified skiers decline the chance, the next skier in line will become eligible. Sunday was also a bit of a holiday homecoming for a couple of local biathletes, as Sarah Beaudry and Arthur Roots were home from their full-time training centre in Canmore, Alta., and took the chance to get in some racing.

Cross-country races take over Otway this weekend for ‘unofficial’ test event The Otway Nordic Club was busy last weekend with an unofficial Canada Winter Games test event, and it will be even busier with a similar event this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the centre will host the Teck BC Cup No. 1 races for crosscountry skiers. There will be a sprint race on Saturday, Jan. 4, with qualifications at 9 a.m. and the head-to-head heats starting at 11 a.m. On Sunday, Jan. 5, the classic technique race starts at 10 a.m., and will also be the trials

for the Zone 8 team for the BC Winter Games, held in Mission in February. The host Caledonia Nordic Ski Club will have a large contingent of skiers, including several with previous BC Cup credentials. Damian Georgyev was second in PeeWee Boys 2 last year, Kaia Andal was second in Midget Girls 2, Erica Kreitz was second in Juvenile Girls 2 and Sage Bialuski was third in Juvenile Girls 1. All four skiers will be moving up a category for the this season, but for Andal,

Bialuski and Kreitz the weekend races are more important. They will determine the BC team members in the Juvenile (born in 1998 and 1999) and Junior (1996 and 1997) for the 2014 Ski Nationals, set for Cornerbrook, Nfld. For all the racers, the weekend races will give them a start on BC Cup aggregate awards for this season. The second series of races is set for Kamloops in late January, and the final races will be in Kelowna at the end of February.

Spectators are encouraged to come and watch for free. Parking at the centre has been expanded, and there will be designated areas where you can see some of B.C.’s best cross-country skiers compete. The events are an unofficial test event for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, showcasing newly constructed facilities and sprint trails. Volunteers are still needed for the event. Between 150 and 200 skiers are expected to attend the races, with the majority coming from out of town.

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