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Avid curlers seek out some ice Barriere Curling Club executive members Brian and Susan Bondar are shown pond curling recently at Paul Lake. Look closely at the curling rocks. The rocks were constructed by a friend’s son, and are made from kitchen bowls, some plumbing fixtures, concrete, and the edges are garden hose. Looks like the brooms are sponge mops! “Anything will do in a pinch when you want to curl,” say the couple.

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Lithic chip stops Barriere sewer project Staff As reported in last week’s Star/Journal, the discovery of a First Nations artifact has halted work on a District of Barriere’s sewer project on Airfield Road. According to Simpcw First Nation spokesperson Carli Pierrot, the work site had been previously identified as an area of high archaeological potential by the band’s Natural Resource Department. However, no preliminary assessment had been completed prior to work commencing. Many places, particularly those near water, were used in the past as hunting, fishing, gathering and habitation sites, said Pierrot. Because of the identified high archaeological potential, Simpcw First Nation asked District of Barriere to hire a person to provide archaeological monitoring during the project. The artifact, a small lithic chip about the size of a dime, was discovered on Dec. 19. “Simpcw archaeological experts determined that the found item was in fact a basalt point, a sharp fragment of stone used in the production of tools and other items,” said Pierrot. “Often, these artifacts are found in large numbers, and often near sites used for preparing and cooking food. This means that the artifact

A close-up of the lithic chip shows its flaked edges – evidence that it was made by humans.

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found is likely just one of many pieces that are hidden beneath the soil and asphalt of the airstrip. It is vital that this site is thoroughly examined in order to find any other significant items or sites in the area,” she said. Unfortunately, winter conditions challenge completing the required assessment as the snow presently obscures the ground. The Simpcw spokesperson noted that archaeological artifacts, as well as areas of known archaeological potential, are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act (HCA), which requires individuals and organizations to complete archaeological studies and obtain necessary permits before work begins. This legislation applies on both public and private land, and is in place to preserve and protect the culture and history of Canada’s

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past. Failure to comply with the guidelines set out in the HCA carries many serious penalties, such as jail time and fines up to $1 million. It is important that any individual or organization that does any project or task that could pose a threat to archaeological data practice due diligence in order to avoid these consequences. District of Barriere is now working together with Simpcw First Nation and Terra Archaeology to obtain the required permits from the Archaeology Branch, develop a work plan, and complete the project with minimal disturbance to the artifacts that may still be contained within the site. If you require more information about this issue or have questions about the permit and assessment process for your own project, contact Steven Patterson at Simpcw First Nation, (250) 672-9995 or Simpcwemc (Simpcw People) have lived in Simpcwul’ecw (Simpcw Territory), the North Thompson and Robson Valley region since the end of the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago. Their territory includes the North Thompson drainage basin from McLure northward, as well as the Robson Valley area from McBride to Jasper, including the upper reaches of the Fraser watershed. The western boundary of Simpcw territory

borders on the Bowron Lakes in the north and takes in part of the Bonaparte Plateau in the south, while the eastern boundary includes parts of the Columbia and Peace River drainage systems. Originally the Simpcw had active villages and a network of trails throughout this vast territory. During the 19th Century, however, many Simpcw villages were virtually wiped out by epidemics of smallpox, measles and influenza. The survivors re-grouped at Chu Chua, the main Simpcw reserve community of today, but Simpcw people continue to travel throughout their territory and continue using their cultural resources through a seasonal round of hunting, fishing and gathering activities. Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys is putting a positive spin to the work stoppage. “As one resident said, there is always an upside,” the mayor commented. “It may be that we may uncover an important archeological site and it will be a drawing point for many people that are interested in the heritage of our area.” The mayor added that the District of Barriere could move the sewer pipe if it has to. “That would involve finding the funding to do so,” he said. “Not an easy task but it is possible if needed.”

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Bitumen floats at sea, study finds By Tom Fletcher Black Press A new federal government study has found that diluted bitumen floats in sea water, except when it is mixed with some types of sediment, which can make it heavy enough to sink. The study used laboratory simulations of two common types of crude produced from the Alberta oilsands, and salt water tanks that approximated wave action. The behaviour of diluted bitumen in water was one of the key issues in the Northern Gateway pipeline hearings, which led to a recommendation in December that the twin pipeline from northern Alberta to oil tanker port facilities should be allowed to proceed. The federal government has funded an ocean-based study of spilled bitumen as part of its shipping safety program, launched in the 2012 budget and now labelled the “World Class Initiative.” There are no studies or records of actual diluted bitumen spills at sea available. The laboratory study by Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Natural Resources reached two major conclusions: “Like conventional crude oil,

both diluted bitumen products floated on saltwater (free of sediment) even after evaporation and exposure to light and mixing with water; “When fine sediments were suspended in the saltwater, high-energy wave action mixed the sediments with the diluted bitumen, causing the mixture to sink or be dispersed as floating tarballs.” The study also looked at the 2010 spill of diluted bitumen from an Enbridge pipeline rupture into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, where the heavy oil was carried nearly 100 kilometres downstream and between 10 and 20 per cent of it mixed with sediments and sank. While floating oil is easier to recover, a study commissioned by the B.C. government last year found that the existing oil spill response system for B.C.’s north coast would only be able to recover three to four per cent of it. NDP critics seized on the finding that diluted bitumen sinks when combined with sediment. “There is no longer any doubt that the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to northwest communities and the environment,” said NDP environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert, who has been touring the region.

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Premier orders review of Burns Lake case By Tom Fletcher/ Black Press Premier Christy Clark has ordered a review of the decision not to lay charges after the fatal explosion and fire in Burns Lake. Clark has directed her deputy minister John Dyble to review the circumstances that led to the decision. WorkSafeBC’s investigation has been criticized after Crown prosecutors said some of their evidence would not be admissible in court because of the

way it was gathered. Clark announced the internal review Thursday at the Truck Loggers’ Association convention in Vancouver. She emphasized that the review is not to secondguess the independent decision of the criminal justice branch, “but if there are lessons to be learned from this, I want to make sure that we learn them.” Two workers died and 20 more were injured in the explosion and fire at Burns Lake.





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The idea of having a child share your bed is still fairly common among parents. In fact, over the past 20 years, the practice has increased 14%. It’s not good for the child or the parents. For newborn babies, it is recommended that the child sleep in the same room as the parent, but not the same bed. Back in 1975, mastectomy was the primary treatment for breast cancer and the 5 year survival rate was 75%. today, there are better screening techniques and many new treatment options that have increased the 5 year survival rate to 90% and is steadily improving. The ideal length of time for a woman to carry a baby before birth is 39 weeks, unless there is a definite medical reason to deliver the child early. This allows more time for the brain, lungs and liver to develop fully. We always think that a baby is in the womb for 9 months, when it’s almost 10 months. Our staff would like to remind you that if you are going on a winter holiday, be sure to take enough medications to last the trip.



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Government supports Sun Peaks with $152,793 The Government of British Columbia is supporting local tourism by investing more than $5.97 million in 14 resort-oriented municipalities throughout the Province, including the most recent instalment of $152,793 for Sun Peaks. Since the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) was launched in 2007, Sun Peaks has received more than $917,000. Communities will use RMI funding to enhance services and infrastructure geared at attracting more tourists and having them stay longer. “This initiative is all about growing a robust local tourism economy,” says Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake. “While many people typically think of Sun Peaks as a great place to visit in the winter, RMI funding has helped it develop itself into a summer destination offering a wide range of activities. These year-round offerings are attracting more tourists and more dollars into this resort community.” This year’s RMI funds will be used toward projects including music and Oktoberfest events, and a portable stage. “RMI funding enabled Sun Peaks to launch itself as a major summer destination. The suc-

cess of our RMI funded summer concert series with performances by Kevin Costner, Burton Cummings and Colin James and many others has given our community renewed confidence,” says Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine. “With the increase in summer visitors, resort activities and employment are approaching our successful winter numbers. We now have summer visitors from B.C., the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and we are proud to be among the 127,600 British Columbians who work in the tourism industry.” Since 2007, more than $72.5 million dollars has been invested through the RMI in tourism infrastructure and programs to support regional tourism economies. In 2011, the tourism sector — identified in the BC Jobs Plan as one of eight key sectors — employed 126,700 British Columbians, generated more than $13.4 billion in revenue for tourism-related businesses and contributed more than $1.13 billion to provincial government revenues. To learn more about the program, visit http:// For more information about the BC Jobs Plan, please visit

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 North Thompson Star/Journal 359 Borthwick Avenue, Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0 250-672-5611

by Jan Slomp

Growth for whom? On December 9th 2013, Omnibus Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act went to Parliament for first reading. Passing Bill C-18 would make Canada compliant with UPOV ‘91, a much more restrictive form of Plant Breeders’ Rights than we currently have. The second part of the Act will prepare Canada’s regulatory regime for fast track approval of feed or food additives, drugs or other inventions that are already approved in jurisdictions we trade with. Bill C-18 also opens the door for farmers to tap into multi-year advance payments secured by crops in storage or grown in the future. After a groundswell of farmer-led opposition to adopting UPOV ‘91 in 2005, the Liberal government of the day let it quietly die, as it became clear that farmers would be drastically restricted in their ability to save, reuse, exchange and sell seed. The Canadian public clearly demanded that genetic resources remain a public good. Before reintroducing  UPOV ‘91 through Bill C-18, Agriculture Minister Ritz has been actively spreading the myth and managing to convince many farm organizations and commodity groups that saving seed is enshrined in this bill. It is obvious that UPOV ‘91 gives plant breeders significantly more “rights “ and tools for royalty collection, while farmers’ seed-saving right is reduced merely to “privilege”.  A privilege was typically given to peasants by feudal lords, and could be arbitrarily and unpredictably retracted. A closer look at the text of Bill C-18 reveals that indeed, it talks about a farmer’s ability to save seed. When storing that saved seed however, the farmer needs the permission of the holder of the Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) – which may or may not be given. Of course the breeder has the right to charge royalties as well. Bill C-18 in fact also empowers government to remove, restrict or limit the farmer’s seed-saving privilege by passing regulations, a process that can happen quickly and without public debate. UPOV’ 91 has many provisions for royalty collection after a crop has been harvested, when seed is cleaned in seed cleaning plants or when a crop is moved off the farm for sale at elevators and other points of transaction, in the year the crop was harvested or any year after that. Canada should reject UPOV ’91 and defeat Bill C-18. Instead, we should reinforce our public plant breeding programs. With the continued allocation of farmer check-off dollars, there will be ample funding for essential variety development. There is absolutely no need to grant transnational plant breeders more tools to extract excessive funds from farmers. Adopting UPOV ‘91 may result in some genetic improvements of crops, but at significantly higher costs than a public breeding system -- which benefits the whole Canadian economy. UPOV ’91 would result in significantly higher costs for farmers and growth in profits for Bayer, Monsanto, Dow and Syngenta and other seed and chemical companies headquartered outside of our country. Jan Slomp is President of the National Farmers Union. He holistically manages a 65-cow dairy farm near Rimbey, Alberta. The North Thompson STAR/JOURNAL welcomes all letters to the editor. We do, however, reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters over matters of libel, legality, taste, brevity, style or clarity. While all letters must be signed upon submission, and have a contact telephone number, writers may elect to withhold their names from publication in special circumstances. Drop your letter off at the Star/Journal Office, fax it to 672-9900, mail it to Box 1020, Barriere, VOE 1EO, or email to

Is one lithic chip enough? To the editor; The recent article regarding a lithic chip and its repercussions was read with a bit of shock. I have had a lifelong interest (since I was 10 years old) in archaeology and cultures worldwide, but specifically northwest and Canadian native culture. I fully support the protection and preservation of important artifacts, sites, languages, etc. The situation presented in the recent North Thompson Star/Journal is, however, hard to believe if all the facts were given to the District of Barriere and the author of the article. On reading it, I was looking for more signs or indicators noted other than ‘one’ lithic chip. My opinion as an amateur, was that even a handful of lithic chips or a couple of flakes, points or a solitary stone tool would not be sufficient to halt progress. To paraphrase a university publication “a tool

of a shape or style accepted as an early culture indicates presence in a general area, but may not always indicate an early -- site”. To ensure I was not way off base in my thoughts, a phone call was made to a native acquaintance (who was career trained and worked in this field). They confirmed my opinion, and stated much more significant findings, ie: “relics or more usually human remains would be the norm in project delays”. There are many places in the District of Barriere that could warrant more attention. Lithic chips, and even the odd stone tool might be found if one knew what they were looking for and kept a sharp eye out. Currently, and over the centuries, many sites world-wide have been desecrated, both accidentally and intentionally in the name of progress (or ...continued on next page

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Walk For Memories joins with Curling Club To the communities of Barriere and Clearwater; Once again, we will be holding the Alzheimer’s/Investors Group Walk For Memories on Jan. 26. Registration starts at 10 a.m., with the Walk at 11 a.m.    Please come out and join us for the Walk, short or long, or just stay in and visit, whichever you would like to do.  Then rejoin us in the Barriere Senior’s Hall after the Walk, for a light lunch and some great door prizes. We will also have some silent auction items and a jelly bean jar.  As well, we have a raffle happening and the draw will be after the lunch.  The prizes for the draw include an awesome golf

Senior appalled at $1 charge to mail utility bill To the editor; A few days ago we received our water, sewer and garbage bill. To my surprise we not only got our bill, but were also informed that if we needed our bill mailed out to us, there will be a charge of one dollar.   In my opinion this is appalling, because it is targeting the seniors who are on limited income.   “Shame on you.”All of you in town council who voted this in will not get my vote next election.  I also encourage all seniors to do the same. Erna Henstock Barriere, B.C.

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other reasons like religion), usually by the latest culture or political ideology. We have not been immune to this in B.C. Therefore: 1. Has the criteria for project delays in these instances changed? Or 2. Has more been discovered and we are not party to that information? Or 3. Is a person or persons (NOT District of Barriere NOR Simpcw First Nation) acting in their own interests? The solution as I see it would be to immediately continue excavations, but to use a little more caution, stop (until proper action is determined and approved) if ONLY reasonable or significant finds are present. This allows for progress on the project while local native culture can be preserved. PS - This really amateur archaeologist wonders - how much material was moved and to what depth, when creating the airfield runway or the highway, or any other major movement of soil ie: fill brought in from another location. I suspect the possibility, none of this may have been previously researched prior to the find, assuming this was the area in question. P. Spear Barriere, B.C.

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package worth $320, so get your tickets as all draws will be at 12:30 p.m. After lunch, be sure to wander on down to the Legion, where the Curling Club will be holding a Bingo, starting at 2 p.m. I look forward to seeing all the ‘regulars’ and, I’m sure, many new faces as well. Come out and support two great community groups, for a full day of fresh air and bingo fun. Liz Gilberson Alzheimer’s/Investors Group Walk For Memories Barriere, B.C.

Thanks from Farm Kids Fund to locals for help at New Year’s Eve event Dear friends; With our second annual Farm Kids Fund New Year’s Eve Bullarama fundraiser another success, we’re looking forward to ringing in 2015 just under a year from now with more cowboys, bulls and country music. Events like these are not possible without an army of volunteers and community support. “It’s all about the Team.” is a phrase we do our best to emulate. We seek to recognize those who contributed to our Bullarama fundraiser by our thank-you ad we placed after the event in this paper. We check our lists, talk to our Team members and hope to capture everyone who contributed directly to the event. There are two people we missed this year. They made sure their Team members’ names were put forward for recognition, but in the proofing of the ad, I missed them; and for that, I apologize. Laura Mairs, and Len vanNieuwkerk have been awesome supporters, and part of the Farm Kids Fund family since we started this project. Without them there wouldn’t have been a professionally run bar at the Bullarama and during the New Year’s Eve celebrations; as well as the significant effort it takes beforehand to organize that part of the event. Thank you Laura and Len, we love having you on the team. Its community people like you that make up the fabric of this town. Steven L. Puhallo, President Farm Kids Fund

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Congratulations on 94 years for Peggy (Marguerite) Armstrong On Sunday, Jan. 26, family and friends gathered at the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre to celebrate Peggy Armstrong’s 94th birthday with a large birthday cake. Mayor Bill Humphreys presented Peggy with a congratulatory certificate from the District of Barriere, and Barriere radio DJ, Steve Shannon, was also present to do a short interview with the birthday girl so her special day could be shared with the listeners of 93.1 The Bear.

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Avalanche near Valemount takes life of Alberta man North Thompson Star/Journal The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in an avalanche in the Clemina Creek area situated approximately 30 kilometers south of Valemount off Highway 5, on Jan. 18, 2014. The man is Kym Alvin Avery Wilson, aged 28, of Warburg, Alberta, a small community about 60 km west of Leduc in central Alberta. Wilson was one of a party of five who had travelled to the Clemina area for a day of snowmobiling. They were snowmobiling on an

area known as Goat Ridge when he was caught up in the avalanche. Wilson was found deceased several hours later beneath about one metre of snow. A specialized rescue team from Parks Canada was able to recover the deceased the next day after ensuring that the area was safe from the risk of further avalanches for the rescue teams. RCMP are warning the public that the area has been deemed a high risk for avalanches and any outdoor enthusiasts are asked to stay away from the area or visit the Canadian Avalanche Center website for any future updates.

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Young writers receive cheques for their Christmas story writing efforts

Winners of the Star/Journal’s 2013 Christmas Story Contest pose with their prize money cheques, newly received from Star/Journal publisher Al Kirkwood (left), and with Barriere Elementary School principal Gordon Cumming during the school’s assembly on Jan. 17. Winners pictured (l-r): Chloe Smith, Dontay Parish, Taylor Harris, Meghan Booth, Ashley Docherty, Bobby-Rae Farrow, Andrew Harris and Anthony Genier. Not pictured is student winner Wyatt Mortensen, who’s family has moved away from the area.

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Two-week spring break likely in School District 73 By Dale Bass Kamloops This Week The ball is in the court of the Kamloops-Thompson Teachers’ Association (KTTA) on what a new school calendar will look like. K a m l o o p s Serious Issues require Serious Lawyers

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Thompson school district Supt. Terry Sullivan said that to implement what the majority of parents have indicated they want — a two-week spring break — the board will have to make adjustments not allowed under the existing labour contract. Sullivan said negotiations were held with the KTTA last week and as recently as Monday morning (Jan. 13), noting discussions now have to go back to the union executive and, if it approves them, on to the general membership. Sullivan said a decision by the board must be made by its next meeting, scheduled for Monday, January 27, 2014, to be able to post the calendar by the end

of February, as required by the B.C. School Act. The standardized calendar was done away with in 2012 and legislation was changed to allow boards of education to create unique calendars, as long as the number of teaching days and hours conform to the rest of the school act. Sullivan said 80 per cent of the 90 submissions received from the public indicated parents wanted no change except the longer break. The two-week break would not apply to the school at Sun Peaks, which already has a calendar of four school days a week for longer hours. The proposal presented to trustees last month included

options to shorten lunch periods to increase instructional hours at schools. At the elementary level, for example, the day would have six 45-minute and one 24-minute teaching blocks, a shortened lunch (51 minutes) and one 15-minute recess. When the report was presented in December, KTTA president Jason Karpuk said the union is not opposed, but wants to ensure there will be no loss of income for on-call teachers and no impact on professional development. Sullivan said he has no idea how the KTTA will deal with the plan and Karpuk could not be reached for comments as of KTW’s press deadline.

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Social Development and Social Innovation Minister Don McRae Tour seeks input on disability issues By Tom Fletcher Black Press The B.C. government has begun a province-wide tour to collect ideas for improving conditions for disabled people, particularly by improving their job prospects. Social Development Minister Don McRae attended the first session Monday evening in his home community of Courtenay, which drew a capacity crowd of 70 people. He plans to attend other ones in the B.C. Interior and Lower Mainland in the coming weeks. The ministry has also established a website for public comments, and one of the more frequent suggestions is for B.C. to increase its social assistance payment to disabled people. That now stands at $906 per month, including a rent subsidy. McRae said in an interview that major cost items like that will have to wait until B.C.’s economy improves. Meanwhile, efforts to increase employment are showing promise. B.C. has increased the amount of income that can be earned without reducing disability benefits from $500 to $800 a month. McRae said he wants to expand on a pilot project that allows people to earn more than that for part of the year, so they can take advantage of seasonal work. McRae, who had “social innovation” added to his title when he was appointed to the ministry last year, said he was encouraged by a meeting with a Tim Hortons franchise owner from Ontario who now employs one out of four people with disabilities in his stores. Employees average less than a

Social Development Minister Don McRae year in those jobs, but disabled employees stay an average of five years, which saves substantial money on training. “It benefits the disability community, and it also helps his bottom line,” McRae said. Input from the community meetings and website comments are to be used for a policy paper that will be presented at a public forum in June. Meetings have been scheduled for Prince George Tuesday and Wednesday, and in Quesnel Wednesday evening, for people registered to attend. Other meetings include Kamloops Feb. 4, Vernon Feb. 5, Kelowna Feb. 6, Richmond Feb 11, Port Moody Feb. 12, Abbotsford Feb. 13, Cranbrook Feb. 18, Fort St. John Feb. 20, Terrace Feb. 24, Vancouver Feb. 25 (for hearing impaired people), and in Victoria Feb. 26. The website to submit a comment online or register to attend meetings is at

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Two delegations appeared at the Jan. 20, District of Barriere council meeting. The first was an update from the Barriere Curling Club, given by Harry Eberts and Brian Bondar, who stated the club is waiting to receive one more quote, hopefully by the end of the week, at which time they will approach the District to see if they do qualify to use Gas Tax Revenue. The second delegation was Debbie Rainer, speaking on behalf of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association.   The Association is looking for partner funding to develop a mobile app for the Fair.   Once up and running it will include features such as coupons, contests, registration, maps and much more.  The app will include a link to the District of Barriere.  Council members moved to give $800 toward this venture, to be taken from the economic development fund. In other business, council members approved the final adoption of the District of Barriere Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 73, Amendment Bylaw No. 109.  The most significant change, which will begin with the next quarter’s billing, will be with the charge for water.  Everyone will be billed a basic flat rate for the water.  Those who use more than 76 cubic meters per month or 228 cubic meters per quarter will be charged an extra fee.   If they use between 76-100 cubic meters per month or between 228-300 per quarter, the extra charge will be $0.36 per cubic meter; if they use more than 100 cubic meters per month or over 300 per quarter, the extra charge will be $0.45 per cubic meter.  For many residents, there will be little change; for a some there could be an increase, especially if they normally do a lot of watering in their gardens during the summer months. Several reports were received by council, including the final report for 2013 from the Fire Department.   There were only 42 fire calls during 2013, down from 58 in 2012, while false alarms increased to seven in 2013, compared to five in 2012.   2013 was the first year for the First Responders, with no previous stats to compare with; they had a total of 58 calls during the year. District staff announced details for the commemorative button program as part of the 100th Anniversary Committee report. During the year, three different commemorative buttons will be released.   Starting in February, patrons of participating Barriere businesses who are wearing a commemorative button at the time of sale, will be given an entry ballot to complete and drop into a ballot box at that location.  Their ballot will enter them into a draw for a gift basket much like the “shop local” holiday program put on by the Chamber of Commerce.  The first draw will be held around Mother’s Day in May, at which time the next commemorative button will be unveiled.  The program will reset with the next draw being held around the Fall Fair weekend.   A third and final button will then be unveiled with its draw taking place during the late night shopping evening in December.  A grand prize draw will take place at the New Year’s Eve Bullarama, where attendees who are wearing all three pins at the event will be entered into the draw to take place that evening.  The buttons will be available free of charge at the Barriere Post Office, the Barrier Library, the Chamber of Commerce office and the District of Barriere office.  A donation tin to help offset the cost will accompany the buttons,

but no donation is required. Prizes for all four draws are currently being collected. The 100th Anniversary Committee also reported that they are looking for donations of birthday cakes for the Family Fun Night Feb. 9.  Individuals can make a 100th birthday cake; each cake will then be displayed (under wraps) at the event with a vote canister beside it.   Attendees will be given one numbered ticket upon entry (no purchase necessary) to use to vote on the cake they think is the best birthday cake.  The cake with the most votes wins a gift card (for the baker).  Then a ticket will be drawn from each cake’s vote canister with the winning ticket holder getting to take that cake home.  This activity is meant to be a fun way for all ages to celebrate Barriere’s 100th milestone at the event.  Anyone who would like to make a cake is asked to let the District office know,so they can plan for adequate table space. The Barriere Post Office has indicated to the District, that they are planning a Customer Appreciation Day for Monday, Feb. 10, to commemorate the 100th anniversary.   While this date is now a provincial statutory holiday, it is not a federal stat, and their union has not added it to their schedule; therefore the post office will be open for business as usual on this day.  They plan on celebrating from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with period costumes, coffe, tea and a 100th anniversary cake.  The District is trying to arrange some events to coincide with this celebration and will publish the details once they have been set. The District say they plan to apply for a grant from CN Eco Connexions, who in partnership with Tree Canada and Communities In Bloom, have announced grant funding for the purpose of greening of municipal properties across Canada.   This project can include tree planting in any area of our community, whether they are located at the Septage Receiving Station, the new Wastewater Plant, or down Barriere Town Road. In the correspondence received by the District, was a letter from Yellowhead Community Services.   They will be putting on another Family and Caregivers of Seniors course, which will take place on Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Ridge.  To register contact Grace Baker at 778-220-5930. Finally, a complaint was received from Tony  and Paula Piluso, owners of Timeless Treasures, regarding their loss of business due to the construction in front of their store during the past two months.   Most notably, they had paid the Chamber of Commerce $100 to participate in the Late Night Shopping event, only to have customers unable to reach their store.   They reported that there were some days that they themselves were unable to get to their store to open for business.  Their request was that council consider the possibility of compensation for this significant disruption.   Council members suggested that the Piluso’s approach the Chamber of Commerce regarding a refund of the $100, and moved that should the Chamber decide not to reimburse for this, that the District will. During public enquiries, resident Barry Thorn asked if the work stoppage due to the lithic chip, and subsequent costs for permits to continue the work will ultimately cost the tax payers extra?   Mayor Humphreys replied that while the exact amount of the extra costs are not yet known, that yes, the District will have to pay these costs, and ultimately it will affect the budget for the community.

TRU January to March course offerings North Thompson Star/Journal It’s that time of year again, when Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Barriere is offering a wide selection of courses for those wanting to learn something new, or expand on what they’ve already learned. In the field of the

arts, there are courses on knitting, painting, pottery, clay sculpting, and writing. There are the usual First Aid and Food Safe courses, as well as various trade related courses including Chainsaw Basics, Wildland Fire Safety, and Using Social Media in Business. For a full list of the courses

available, drop by the Barriere TRU office at 4629 Barriere Town Road and pick up your copy of their Live & Learn TRU Community U course booklet, or have a chat with the Community U Coordinator, Susan Ross. You can also go online to: communityu.

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Tell your council what Students starts is important to you chess club at BES and your tax dollars Recently, I was at a meeting where the moderator hit the nail on the head when she said that governments were in the business of delivering disappointment. We all know that it is impossible to please everyone when decisions are made. What we as elected officials, have to be aware of, is who is helped by the decision and who possibly is hurt. This knowledge should be the driving force behind each decision made. Not personal preference or pressure from groups of residents that are more vocal than their peers. Time and time again local governments provide services to people that don’t want or need them, and tax everyone to do this. In this particular instance I am not talking about essential core services like public safety provided through the fire and police departments, or public works systems that provide safe, clean water in adequate amounts. I am also not including services provided by other orders of government like health care and education either. What I am referring to are those services that are in the nice to have class, but are not essential to the safety, health and wellbeing of

local residents. In each and every case local politicians need to ask themselves the question of, if money is used to support this particular project what else will fall off the list? There are only so many dollars in the budget. It should never be an option for council to just keep raising taxes to fund more and more services without seeking the proper consultation of the taxpaying public. All too often, the only time the public is seriously consulted is when election ballots are handed out and the results counted. By then, decisions have been made that have far reaching consequences, that even a completely new council may never be able to remedy. My personal view, is that residents need to be fully engaged with any and all decision making that is done by council. Unfortunately, this is not a workable model by any means. There are things that can be done to get feedback, but truthfully, in most cases they fall far short of any sort of meaningful dialogue. The District still needs to be managed though, and council will do it’s best to make decisions they feel are

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Bill Humphreys the correct ones. Some residents have said that the District water has changed in the last while. More chlorine seems to be used; the water eats taps and ruins appliances like kettles and ice makers. Those that have a whole house filter system say the particulates in the water are greater now than before. The District wells are pumping from a different aquifer than in years past, and perhaps this is causing some issues. To improve the water system will cost more than a few dollars of the budget. Is spending budget dollars to improve our water system more important than spending funds on building new trails? Another aspect of the water system, besides the quality of the water, is that some of the delivery pipes are in need of an upgrade. Again this will cost money. If there is a choice of replacing failing cement asbestos water pipes, or incurring the ongoing costs associated with park upgrades like a

splash pad which would you choose? Please bear in mind that I am not against trails, splash pads, swimming pools and all those things that make life more fulfilling and pleasurable. There is no doubt that society does need to be more active and have public spaces and facilities that encourage this. I have no problem spending my own money to support the growth and maintenance of such facilities. Please make note here that I am talking about my own money, not funds raised through taxation. If I reach into my pocket and take money out to spend on what I consider to be important, that is my choice. In most cases it makes me happy. When any order of government reaches into my pocket and takes money out to spend how they please, I do not have the same warm and fuzzy feeling. It is your money; you need to tell your council what is important to you.

Barriere Elementary student, Bond Brown, stands with principal Gordon Cumming, who is holding a chess game, during a school assembly where it was announced that a chess club has started. Brown is a chess enthusiast, and as a result has started a chess club in the school. His parents have donated several chess boards for students to use that will be set up in various locations in the halls at the school. He reports that there are already over 30 students signed up for the club.

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paper punches, ink, paper of any description, material, knitting or crochet needles, thread, patterns, how-to books or magazines on any craft or art, or that old box of crayons your kids no longer use (to name just a few of the types of things you can bring). Then browse the tables full of things everyone else has brought, and pick up some items for the craft or art that you are interested in. You don’t need to bring anything in order to take anything home, but, of course, the more

the merrier. Any items not claimed by the end of the swap will either be saved for the next swap, or donated to the library (if books), or donated to the thrift store at St. Paul’s (depends on exactly what is left). Everyone is welcome. These swaps will take place four times a year. If you miss this one, the next will be in April.   For more information, contact Margaret Houben at 250-672-9330 (evenings).

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Al Fortin celebrated as Citizen of the Year North Thompson Star/Journal

On Jan. 18, a large number of people, including friends and family members gathered in the Legion basement hall to celebrate the newly named 2013 Barriere Citizen of the Year, Al Fortin. The head table dignitaries included District of Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys and his wife Rosie, MLA Terry Lake and his wife Lisa, and MP Cathy McLeod and her husband Gord, as well as the 2013 Citizen of the Year, and of course Al Fortin accompanied by his wife Stacey. The evening got off to a great start with a delicious meal, consisting of roast beef, yorkshire pudding, potatoes, gravy, vegetables and all the fixings, which was followed by a dessert of chocolate cake and ice cream. Once everyone had been fed, the group was eager to get the fun started; many had some great stories about Fortin, and wanted to do some serious roasting of his person. MC Paul Morris introduced the head table, and called up various individuals to speak and make presentations. A number of speakers expounded on Fortin’s contributions to the community, and added their recollections regarding him, both serious and funny. Al Kirkwood, publisher of the Star/Journal (the annual sponsor of the Citizen of the Year award), presented Fortin with a framed photograph that carried a plaque reading “Barriere Citizen of the Year 2013, Al Fortin”. The photograph was by Star/Journal editor and photographer Jill Hayward. The Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year plaque was presented to Fortin by Scott Kershaw who is also Fortins boss at Insight Tire. Fortin’s youngest daughter, Marlene, made a speech about her dad that was quite moving, and ended it by saying, “We are so very proud of you, Dad”. Marlene then presented him with a gift from the family. Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod, and Kamloops North Thompson MLA Terry Lake, spoke and made presentations to Fortin, with Lake’s presentation filled with good humour and fun. McLeod presented Fortin with a Canadian flag and spoke about his dedication to the Barriere Legion. Both of these dignitaries noted they had turned down attending an event in Kamloops in favour of coming out to help Barriere celebrate Fortin’s award. Other speakers were; Simon Jung - Barriere Legion, Eileen Miers - Ladies Auxiliary, Donna Chenello - Fortin’s sister, Tammy Welz - a friend, North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association Ambassadors Jenna Zietsov, Vanessa Balatti, and Kendal MacKay, TNRD director and District of Barriere councillor Bill Kershaw, and District of Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys. When it was Fortin’s turn to speak he thanked everyone for their support and help, and noted that it was all of the people who volunteered that got the jobs done and made the community better. Once all the presentations were completed, a slide show was shown featuring Fortin as the main star, and then everyone moved upstairs to the Legion lounge for an evening of socializing, dancing and a whole lot of fun.

(Above) 2013 Citizen of the Year Al Fortin with his wife Stacey. (Left) Star/Journal publisher Al Kirkwood presents Al Fortin with the Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored each year by the newspaper. (Below) Al Fortin’s daughter made a moving speech and presented her dad with a gift from the family.

(Above) Scott Kershaw presents the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year plaque to Al Fortin.

(Above) Al Fortin receives a plaque from Kamloops North Thompson MLA Terry Lake while Kamloops Thompson Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod looks on.

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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, bird watchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 14–17, 2014. Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada. “People who care about birds can change the world,” said Audubon chief scientist Gary Langham. “Technology has made it possible for people everywhere to unite around a shared love of birds and a commitment to protecting them.”

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New uniforms for BSS Barriere Secondary’s (BSS) basketball season has been in full swing this month. Their four basketball teams (Jr. Girls and Boys, and Sr. Girls and Boys) are busy with league games and tournaments. Sadly, most of the home games are now over, with possibly two more games for the senior teams at the school on Feb. 4. BSS says they greatly appreciate the volunteer coaches who work with the teams, and a big thank you to all the wonderful community sponsors who recently helped the school purchase new uniforms for the senior teams.

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The BSS Senior Boys Basketball Team, coached by community member Keith Matthew (left), assisted by Jack Keogh of Clearwater (third from right), sport new uniforms.

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The Senior Girls Basketball Team, also show their new uniforms, and are coached by BSS teacher Ms. Trimble.

The Barriere Recreation Society and Barriere Curling Club are actively seeking funding to repair the chiller barrel for the compressor system at the Barriere rink. Until such time as funding can be accessed and repairs made to the system that will make the ice, the rink must remain closed. Here is an update on potential funding partners and fundraising events that have been scheduled: • District of Barriere – The District of Barriere has been very supportive in assisting with the process of sourcing out funding for the repairs at the Barriere Curling Club (BCC). They have asked for further research regarding the type of Freon that is being used in the current refrigeration system. At present, R-22 is the type of Freon used which is not used in new refrigeration systems and will be phased-out of existing systems. The Curling Club has now sourced an ozone friendly refrigerant which will meet the Federal Gas Tax Fund criteria and does not require expensive retrofitting of the existing ice plant equipment. • Thompson Nicola Regional District – Bill Kershaw has said the TNRD will assist as a funding partner. However, they are not sure which pot of money they will take it out of. Bill would like more information to pass along to be able to make a more informed decision. • Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS) – The board discussed the needs of the curling rink and will most likely provide some measure of support for the Curling Club as all the Directors recognized the value in

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keeping the club functioning. They would like to ensure that BCC takes time to consider their options for getting things back up and running, whether it’s a new chiller, chiller &/or geothermal, etc. They choose not to rush a funding decision, but instead would like to have BCC return in the future for a follow up presentation once the plans/requirements and associated costs are finalized. • Chamber of Commerce – Harry Eberts of the BCC has spoken with Lana Laskovic, the President of the Chamber of Commerce. Lana said they were going to have a meeting and will let BCC know the outcome of the discussion. Basically, they don’t have any money to hand out but are offering a possible fundraising opportunity for the Curling Club. • Barriere Curling Club – The curling club has several fundraising opportunities organized to assist with the repairs of the chiller barrel; 1. Jan. 26 – Bingo at the Legion Hall at 2 p.m. 2. Apr. 26 – Flea Market in the Curling Rink 3. May 3 & 4 – Rent the Curling Rink out for the Rural Living Expo and Trade Show 4. May 3 & 4 – Concession at the Rural Living Expo and Trade Show Summary: The intention of the Barriere Curling Club is to order the ‘chiller barrel’ as soon as funding is in place. According to Harry Eberts, the chiller barrel will take about two weeks for the production and transportation by a company in Toronto. Harry feels it is important to be able to have the curling rink operational during this curling season even if it is for a short time. One priority is the Annual Jam Can as it is an important event for the youth of Barriere and area. Another priority is to show the community that we have a working curling rink once again.

Barriere Elementary upcoming basketball game schedule Submitted The following is the upcoming basketball schedule for Barriere Elementary School. Community members are encouraged to show their support and come out and cheer on these young basketball players. All games start at 3 p.m. The Tier 1 Boy will be playing at the school Tuesday, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11. Tier 1 Girls, will play Thursday, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Tier 2 Girls, will play Thursday, Jan. 30 and Feb. 13. January 30 is conflicting, so the Girls Tier 2 game will most likely be played in the gymnasium at the Barriere Ridge.

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Barriere, B.C. – the beginnings The community of Barriere, British Columbia, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, marking the official date as February 1, 2014, which coordinates with February 1, 1914, when the first post office in Barriere was officially opened. The narrow Barriere River valley runs east-west, sheltered from the north winds, with the hills rising steeply from the North Thompson Valley floor. The first people to utilize the valley left almost no mark upon the land as they migrated with the seasons, foraging for plants and berries to supplement their diets, and hunting and fishing. Among the first peoples in the area were those from the Simpcw First Nation. The Simpcw are a division of the Secwepemc, or Shuswap, whose traditional territory encompasses approximately 5,000,000 Ha in the North Thompson region. The area extends from slightly North of McLure to the headwaters of Fraser River near McBride, to Tête Jeune Cache, over to Jasper and south to the headwaters of the Athabasca River. Archaeological studies have identified winter home sites and underground food cache sites at a variety of locations in the area, including Chu Chua, Barriere River, and Louis Creek. In the summer months much of their time was spent in hunting camps in the mountains above the North Thompson. The river systems provided salmon, which were caught in weirs, nets and by spear. Numerous plant foods were also collected and preserved for winter use. There was active trading, and sometimes warfare with the Sekani and Cree people. Hardy adventurers almost certainly explored the route for the fur trade, and they were followed by an influx of people from eastern Canada or the U.S.A., and from across the Atlantic. These people arrived hoping to realize the dream of owning their own plot of land. However, only a few would stay

and put down roots. Many returned to their homelands to help fight a long and bitter WWI. For those settlers who stayed to work the land they obtained through pre-emption and hoped to farm there was much hard work ahead. Much of the land in the valley is hilly, the soil sandy, rocky or in other places heavy clay. Often water is scarce, or would have been impossible to move to where it was needed by the methods of the time. Early pioneers worked diligently to clear the land, often planting around the stumps of trees and rock piles. In the History of the Northwest Coast, H.H. Bancroft says that two French Canadian gold seekers panned for gold in 1857 in the river they named “the Barriere”.   Gilbert Genier, Arthur Sanborn and others were engaged in logging the flats (commonly known as the Sanborn flats) around the Barriere river near the turn of the 20th century. In 1905, James A. Sheilds, owner of large sawmills in the Kamloops area, and surveyor T.L. Bloomer, bought and sold several large lots in the area.   The greater part of the flats as well as bench land to the north was bought up by 1921 by the Barriere Land Company, a subsidiary of British American Trust.   It was surveyed into mostly 10 acre lots with a view to large profits when these would be sold for intensive agriculture.   Manne Salle, 100 years old, and a resident of Barriere today, recalls the whole area being slashed and burned back then to prepare for this venture. In the BC Directory of 1917, Gilbert Genier is listed

Bill Meek’s power plant on the Barriere River. The flume ran to an intake across from Dixon Creek. Power was supplied to homes for about a one-half mile radius that was only strong enough for lights. People kept gas lamps as backup. NTIB archive photo:

as operating a store and hotel. This building, which was also the Genier home, and was situated on the flat east of Leonie (Gordon) Creek not far from the Barriere River.   The first telephone system up the North Thompson was operating in the Genier hotel in 1910. By 1913 James Nelson was operating a large sawmill on the North Thompson riverbank to the south side of the Barriere River.   By the time the railway was in service in 1916, he had closed his mill operation and built a hotel across the tracks, using lumber from the mill. The years between the two wars marked a new drive to acquire land.   In the East Barriere valley, development accelerated with the building of a power plant on the Barriere River which supplied Kamloops with economical

electricity. Opened in 1914, it provided employment for a number of men until it closed in the early 1950s.   In the early years the station was operating only in the warmest months of the year.   It was not operable after freeze-up because the water in the flume and pipes froze.  The system initially consisted of a wooden timber division dam that diverted the water from the Barriere River into a wooden flume and pipe, a concrete forebay, steel penstocks and reinforced concrete powerhouse with two turbines.   This was considered prudent for the time, with upgrading taking place as needed. The first school, the Barriere Valley School, opened at the Forts in 1914, then the Barriere Powerhouse School in 1916, later renamed Floral Creek School in the 1920s. In 1915 the CNR passenger

service started. This helped Archdeacon Stephen Akehurst (Anglican Church) get from one end of the North Thompson Valley to the other.   He visited everyone in the valley, no matter what denomination they were.   If people were busy, he just pitched in to help.  He rode in a two-wheel sulky behind his bay horse, other times he rode on its back, at other times he walked many miles.  For 20 years the Archdeacon devoted his time and energy to missionary work in Barriere and the North Thompson Valley. Watch for a future installment of Barriere’s first 100 years in an upcoming issue. This article has been compiled using excerpts from the book ‘Exploring Our Roots, NorthThompson Valley McLure to Little Fort 1763-1959’, as well as other documents of historical reference.

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Each week a group or volunteer(s) are recognized in this space for their contribution to our community. If you, your service organization or group would like to recognize an individual please call the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre at 672-0033.

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Catholic Church, refreshments to follow. All welcome. Mar 8 - Winter Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Sam’s Pizza. Mar 22 - Winter Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Sam’s Pizza. Mar 22 - NT Fish & Game Club Annual Game Dinner & Dance, doors open 5:30pm. Tickets: 250-672-1843. Mar 28 - Pool Tourney, 6:30pm @ Barriere Legi on. May 3-4 - Rural Living Trade Show @ Agriplex. May 23 - Barriere Grad Ceremony Army Cadets - 2941 RCACC Cadet Corp. - ages 12-18. New Recruits Welcome. Marc 672-9681. Baha’i Night: Fri., 7:30pm, @ Marge Mitchell’s 672-5615. Adult Day Program: Mon. & Wed. 9-2. Lunch, crafts & music at the Seniors Ctr. Sherry Jardine 672-5121 Barriere & District Heritage Society: 3rd Wed. of mth, 1pm at NTVIC in the winter, at Museum in the summer. Riding Club: Jan-Mar: 3rd Sun. 1pm; Apr-Oct: 3rd Thurs. 7pm at NTVIC. Darcey 250-318-9975. Cancer Support: 672-9263, 672-0017 or 672-1890 Choir: Thurs. @ Christian Life Assembly, Annesty Rd. Youth 7-18 3:30pm; Adults 19+ 6:30pm. Leah 250-957-8440. Curling Club: Oct.-Mar. Curling, league & bonspiels. Drop In Art. Fridays 11:30am-2:30pm at NTVIC end of Sep to Mar (except holidays). Nominal fee.

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Crib: Mon. & Fri. 1-4pm @ Little Fort Hall. Crib: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Darts: Barriere Legion 242, Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Gambler’s Anonymous: 250-374-9165 or 250-374-9866. Heffley Creek Acoustic Coffee House: 3rd Fri. every mth 7pm. Call 578-0056. Literacy Tutoring: Learn to read FREE. Jill Hayward 3198023. Little Fort Recreation Society: 1st Thurs. each mth 7pm LNT Catholic Women’s League: 2nd Sat. each mth, 9am at St. George’s. Call 250-672-9330 for info. McLure Rec.: 1st Wed. each mth at 7:30pm McLure Firehall. Except Jul & Aug. 250-578-7565 for info. McLure Fire Dept.: 2nd & 4th Tues., 7pm, McLure Firehall Men’s Floor Hockey: Tues., 8-10pm at Barriere Sec. NT Fish & Game Club: 4th Mon. each mth 7pm NTVIC. 672-1843 NT Valley Hospice: 3rd Tues, 11am, Little Fort Hall. 6725660. Quilting: 1st Tues of the mth, 10am @ Little Fort Hall. Safe Home: Get away from domestic abuse, call 250-6742135 (Clw) or 250-682-6444 (Barriere). Walk & Fitness: Indoors, Tues & Thurs 12-2pm. Barriere Ridge Gym.

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PINHEADS Bowling on Silver Star Mountain is looking for a mechanically minded individual to work with us during the winter season as well as June and July. This is a part time position with great pay and benefits, training provided. This could be a great job for a retired mechanic or trades person, or a younger person who wants to live and work in a vibrant ski resort. This position is available immediately. Please email Heather at

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Go To: for information on jobs with Mike Wiegele & for Sun Peaks. Skill Development: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) & are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for re-training dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer & Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services. “The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia” In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services

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Free Workshops to help with your work search are available. Please contact us to register for one or all of these free workshops. Feb. 3rd – Feb. 6th : “Back to Work Boot Camp” Workshops will be as follows: Labour Market Information Workshop: Mon. Feb. 3rd Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Skills Workshop: Tues. Feb. 4th Networking, Cold Calls & Dress for Success Workshop: Wed. Feb 5th Internet & Email Basics Workshop: Thurs. Feb. 6th Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the

impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in and our friendly staff will assist you. Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. BLUE RIVER ITINERANT: An employment consultant comes to the Blue River School. Next visit is Tues. Feb. 4th, from 12:30-2:30. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in.

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Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.

Rentals Misc for Rent Clearwater: Riverside Guest House & Apt, furnished, rent wk/mo, internet/tv, 250-6740001

Mobile Homes & Pads Barriere: in riverland park, 3bdrm, double wide, large lot. Avail Feb 1. Pets neg. RR/DD $735/mo + util. 250-672-0253

Homes for Rent Clearwater: 1243 Bain Rd. 3 bdrm, 3-level, 2 bath, wood pellet heat, 10 acre lot. Avail now. $1200/mo + util. Ph. 403-816-7979 Clearwater: 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, newly reno’d, close to schools, medical center, Weyerhaeuser Sub. Call 1-250-600-3885

Suites, Lower Barriere: prof. painted large 3bdrm daylight basement suite. Quiet neighbourhood, new laminate in bedroom & living room. Large unfinished back yard. Adequate parking for 2 veh. NS, pets neg. RR/DD. Would suit older couple or couple w/2 kids. $750/mo + util & hydro. Avail. Feb 1. 250-672-9611 (9:30am9pm) Birch Island: 2bdrm suite. $600/mo. Incl sat tv, utilities & laundry. Ph. 250-674-1768


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To the editor; The Order of British Columbia offers British Columbians a golden opportunity to take part in the public recognition of individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement, excellence and distinction in their particular fields of endeavor. Nominations are now being received for the 2014 Order of British Columbia. If you know anyone in this community who has truly led by example, I encourage you to nominate them for the Order of British Columbia. Nominations must be received by the first Friday in March to be considered this year. Nominations received after this will be included in the selection process for the next calendar year. An independent Advisory council, chaired by the chief Justice of British Columbia will consider nominations. Since 1990, 345 British Columbians from all walks of life

Sunday Mass - 9am Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Mass - 9am

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Ph 672-5949 • Fax 672-5974 CHRISTIAN LIFE ASSEMBLY 4818 Annesty Rd. (Across from High School) 9:30am Adult Sunday School 10:30am Sunday Service and Children’s Sunday School Pastor: Lance Naylor 672-0111

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and many regions of the province have received the Order of British Columbia, the Province’s highest award, including Basil Morissette and CT (Manny) Jules. Nomination forms are available from the Honours and Awards Secretariat in Victoria (250-3871616), or online at www.orderofbc. Honours and Awards Secretariat, P.O. Box 9422, Stn. Prov.Govt, Victoria, B.C., V8W 9V1 Phone: (250)387-1616 or fax: (250)356-2814 Here is your opportunity to participate in the appointment of deserving British Columbians to the Order of British Columbia. The process begins with a nomination. Thank you for making it happen. Terry Lake MLA, Kamloops-North Thompson

Canada-wide conversation on mental health; Join in the discussion on Jan. 28 To the editor; Bell Let’s Talk Day 2014 happens on Jan. 28. The goal is to start a Canada-wide conversation about Mental health. Very, very important conversation to have. As a mother, grandmother, author (Gracie’s Secret, Jagged Little Edges and Jagged Little Lies), family counselor at a drug and alcohol treatment centre on Vancouver Island, and recovering addict I want to add a piece to the mental health conversation - addiction. Did you know that one in five Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem. Mental illness can be described as an impairment of one’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors. This ‘impairment’ comes in varying degrees, from mild to severe. The more severe the diagnosis, the more impacted one’s life will be, ranging from functioning, to disabled. Addiction can be described as any mood altering substance, or experience, that has life damaging consequences. It progresses from functioning, to terminal - jails, institutions or sadly, death. Many of us have experienced some form of mental illness over our lifetime. We all know what it feels likes to be depressed, or anxious. There are

many of us too, that have ‘tied one on,’ or had ‘one too many.’ Mental health and addiction can often go ‘hand in hand.’ Some addicts and alcoholics use to ‘feel better’ or to self-medicate. Both of these illnesses are very treatable, and yet many will not come forward due to the shame and stigma attached. There are some who still believe addiction and mental health issues are moral character flaws, or signs of a weak-willed individual. Mental illness and addiction are not easy topics to discuss. They’re downright uncomfortable. However, avoiding difficult conversations, only adds to the problem. Silence kills. It’s time we move beyond the stigma of mental health and addiction, and learned to celebrate the joy and hope of recovery. If you or a loved one are concerned about mental health or addiction, call your local mental health and addiction referral services. Here in BC, you can start with this number  1-800-665-1822 (The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre). Help really is just a phone call away. Lorelie Rozzano, author and family counselor Nanaimo, B.C.

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OBITUARIES In Loving Memory

Miles Henry Danczak

March 1, 1956 – December 22, 2013

It is with profound sadness that the family of Miles Danczak announce his passing on December 22, 2013, at the age of 57 with his loving family at his side. Miles was the oldest of five children born to Henry and Del Danczak, and grew up in Barriere, B.C., a place that he loved and was truly home to him. Miles worked for the Department of Highways until 1989 when layoffs forced him to have to leave his beloved Barriere and seek work elsewhere; and so Miles moved himself and his three young children to Quesnel where he started work for Westfraser Mills in May 1989. Miles made many friends during his 24 years there, and many of you were like family to him. Miles loved the Toronto Maple Leafs, and riding his bike; you can’t think of either of these things without thinking of him! Miles was always out riding his bike, and took many trips with the boys going to places like Ontario, Alaska, all over B.C. and into the United States. He always said he felt so free and alive when he was on his bike. In 2008 Miles met

Kathy, and together they took many bike trips, both sharing in the joy and freedom of it! Miles and Kathy married in October 2011, and it was just four short months later that Miles was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Miles fought a courageous battle, and we were all determined he would beat the odds, but it must be true what they say about God only taking the best, because no finer man was there! Miles was predeceased by his father Henry Danczak in 1983, and he is survived by his mother Del Danczak, wife Kathy Danczak, chil-

dren Michelle (James) Szabolcsi, Tyler Danczak, Leanne (Blair) Danczak, siblings Tony (Trish) Danczak, Kelly (Darcy) Danczak, Karen (Brian) Pilkington, Tracey (Bruce) McDonald, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and a memorial tea was held on December 29, 2013. Miles’ wish was to be buried back “home” in Barriere, and sometime this year (date to be determined) Miles will take his final ride by bike from Quesnel to Barriere. Anyone wishing to join the ride/convoy is welcome and a service will take place at that time in Barriere.

In Loving Memory

Peter James Simpson

April 9, 1954 – January 19, 2014 On January 19, 2014, Pete passed away peacefully in Kamloops Hospice with Pam at his side. He was a beloved husband of 36 years and best friend to Pam, a wonderful father to Matt, Corrie and Katelyn, a lucky father-in-law to his daughter and son-in-laws Jan, Barclay and Joe – and the best Grandpa/Pa to Emily, Luke, Maddie and Lilli. He will also be missed and lovingly remembered by his brother, extended family and dear friends. A memorial service will be held in the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall, Barriere, Saturday. January 25, 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Marjorie Wil-

loughby Snowden Hospice in Kamloops, or the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society.

To resolve or not resolve

So, how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you still haven’t broken them, you are among an elite group - congratulations! However, if you are like the great majority of resolution makers and have not remained true to your original intentions, then you are in good company congratulations! I love New Year’s resolutions. Before you start grumbling, perhaps I ought to be a bit more clear - I love the idea of New Year’s resolutions, I love making New Year’s resolutions, but I am much less than enthusiastic about keeping them. New Year’s resolutions can make a person believe that anything is possible, that the glass is perpetually half full and that the future is bright. New Year’s resolutions are full of hope and optimism, they instill confidence and cheer, can be inspirational and encouraging and are generally just good for one’s soul. It is reassuring to

Pause For Thought

Rev. Brian Krushel think that at the beginning of each new calendar year, we might make a practice of resolving to make the world and our place in it a better place. It kind of renews one’s faith in humankind, doesn’t it? But I suspect that the same thing that makes New Year’s resolutions so fun and satisfying is the same thing that makes them so fragile. Buoyed up by an over-extended optimism that the coming year will be substantially better than the one just ended, we aim much too high. Our hope exceeds our resolve, our wishing exceeds our willpower. It is for that reason that many people refuse to make New Year’s resolutions (or resolve not to make any resolutions). These people say that

they are only being realistic, that they’ve seen the familiar pattern of hopes raised and hopes dashed and do not wish to participate in such futile and frustrating speculative exercise. Given the statistics, it’s hard to argue with their decision. But what if we took it a little easier on ourselves, toned it down a bit and adjusted our expectations? What if we stopped calling them “resolutions” (that word can be so ominous and intimidating) and instead called them “tweaks”. New Year’s tweaks doesn’t have as nice a sound in our ear but it might be just the thing that speaks to our heart. When a car is running fine, but it’s performance could use a bit of improvement, we tweak it. When our computer is doing it’s job but is running slower than we would like, we tweak it. Tweaking is about making small adjustments to a complex system that can make a significant difference. In 2006, Mu-

hammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his pioneering work in microcredit. This is where small loans, some less than $100, are given to entrepreneurs who lack collateral and are too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. He recognized that small changes can make a big difference when they are thoughtfully implemented. So often, all that is needed is a little tweaking, in our personal life, in our professional life, in our community and in our world. Resolutions are good but they can be quite daunting. Tweaking is not so intimidating. Maybe we ought to resolve to stop making New Year’s resolutions and start making New Year’s tweaks. What a great way to restore our hope and optimism at the start of a new year! Rev. Brian Krushel, is Pastor/Priest/Minister, North Thompson Pastoral Charge, Barriere and Clearwater, B.C.

Genealogy 101: Researching using newspaper archives By Margaret Houben In this digital age, the computer can be a huge help in tracking down interesting and helpful information on past generations of your family history. For instance, newspaper archives.   Nowadays, newspapers are online as a matter of course, although for some, you need to have a subscription in order to view back issues. With older newspapers, though, someone has to have scanned them in, in order for them to be accessible.   This is slowly being done.     Not just here in Canada, but all over the world. Wikipedia, happily, has a list of online newspaper archives a lengthy list of newspapers, past and present, from around the world who have some, if not all, of their issues online.  Some are even ‘searchable’! For instance, the Kranten National Historical Library

in the Netherlands not only has scanned in many copies of their newspapers, but they have done it in such a way that the pages are searchable. You can type in the last name(s) of those individuals you are researching, and it will find ever instance in which those names appear.  Their website is http:// I have a cousin for whom I wanted more information about her brothers and sisters.   I knew there were brothers and sisters but I didn’t have their names.   On the Kranten site, I typed in her parents’ last names (maiden name of the mom) and checked out the list of ‘matches’ that the site found. It did take some patience, as many of the hits were not of interest... pages where both names were found but not in the same article, or pages where only one of the two names appeared... then the

jackpot. The obituary from both of her parents (in separate issues). In both obits were listed the ‘surviving’ children and the towns they were living in at the time, as well as their spouses names for those that were married. Of course... all the pages are in Dutch, so I have to translate any words I don’t recognize (I do speak a little Dutch), but all in all, it is a very useful site.   If any of you out there have relatives who lived in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands, check this site out.  And check out any of the other links suggested by the Wikipedia article; I know I will be checking all the rest of those noted for both the Netherlands and Germany. Happy hunting! The Barriere Genealogy Group meets on the first and third Fridays of the month at the Barriere Library, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.   Everyone is welcome.


Thursday, January 23, 2014 North Thompson Star/Journal

B.C. economy rebound forecast By Tom Fletcher Black Press

STAR/JOURNAL photo: Margaret Houben

Getting ready to celebrate Barriere’s 100th During the Jan. 6, District of Barriere council meeting, one of two banners for Barriere’s 100th anniversary was shown to those present. These banners will be used at displays, in parades, and at other celebratory events throughout the year.  Two large street banners have also been ordered by the District, and will be put up in the community as soon as they arrive. Pictured: 100th Anniversary Committee co-chair Tasha Buchanan and Antoon Houben show the banner. WANTED: News, photos, event information, and letters for your community newspaper – The North Thompson STAR/JOURNAL email: news@starjournal .net • call 250-672-5611

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A lower Canadian dollar and a slow recovery in the U.S. and around the world bode well for the B.C. economy in the next two years, a new report from the Business Council of B.C. says. “The U.S. economy is gaining ground, the Eurozone is out of recession, and Asia, particularly China, continues to expand at a robust clip,” said executive vice president Jock Finlayson as he released the BCBC economic outlook report Tuesday. “The weakening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar will also help lift B.C.’s export of goods and services to the U.S., prompt more U.S. travellers to come to B.C., and serve as a headwind to cross-border shopping.” The report forecasts improvement in U.S. demand for lumber and other building materials, wood pulp and even natural gas, which has fallen to historic lows with a surge of shale gas production around North America. Recovery of the struggling B.C. coastal forest industry was echoed at last week’s Truck Loggers’ Association convention. “I’ve got a desk covered with resumes of people who work in the oil patch,” said Don Banasky, operations manager at CopCan Contracting Ltd. and FallTech Logging in Nanaimo and vice-president of the TLA. Banasky said there are openings for road building, driller-blaster, grader and excavator operators in his operations, and some employees at remote oil and gas developments are anxious to work closer to home. The BCBC report holds out hope for a B.C. government that has seen its much-advertised jobs plan fizzle in the past two years. “Following essentially no net employment growth in 2013, we see the B.C. job market recovering in the coming year,” the report says. “Growing exports, higher non-residential construction outlays and some increase in consumer spending will translate into greater demand for working and more hiring by B.C. businesses.” The report forecasts that two liquefied natural gas processing plants and pipelines to supply them will begin in 2015.

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