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Burns Lake budget continues

Tenth Annual Cold Smoke

Eric Petkau hits the throttle on green at the 2014 Cold Smoke sled drag races in Burns Lake. Photos on page 12 and full results to follow next week.

Downtown revite continues; Government St. bridge to be replaced WALTER STRONG

Major projects in Burns Lake will see a bit of a slowdown this year after last year’s hectic pace of construction with starts on phase one of downtown revitalization, the new Lakes District Hospital, the multi-use facility expansion at the Tom Forsyth Arena, the construction of the new Lakes District Maintenance yard and buildings, and major renovations at the BC Hydro offices and station. The 2014 provisional budget makes allowances for two large projects, the replacement of the Government St. bridge behind the College of New Caledonia, and phase two downtown revitalization work to the former Shell station grounds. Although an environmental remediation certificate is not yet on hand that will clear the way for the village to begin work at the old gas station site, it is expected soon. The replacement of the Government St. bridge are budgeted at $215,000, while work to the former Shell property is budgeted at $145,550. Both budgeted figures were arrived at assuming the most expensive scenarios to avoid budget surprises, and public works hopes actual costs can be kept lower. The installation of a water system backup generator is also planned, at a budgeted cost of $40,000, as well as a

Protect your head; you need it Talking on a cell phone while eating a bowl of cereal? When in the comfort of your kitchen it’s rude, at worst. But what if you’re driving down a busy downtown street at the same time?

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Last week both WorkSafe BC and BC Safety Authority released their reports regarding the tragic accident that occurred on Jan. 20, 2012 at our Babine sawmill in Burns Lake.

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The 2014 provisional Village of Burns Lake (VBL) budget includes 1.5 per cent wage increases for both unionized and non-unionized personnel, and a postponed bump to the councillors and head of council (mayor) stipends. Current combined wages for all VBL non-department head stages are: public works, $432,477; Recreation/Arena staff, $301,307; administration (not including department heads), $221,582. Wages for department heads above $75,000 are Director Public Works, $75,000, Director Protective Services, $76,105, and Chief Administrative Officer/Director of Corporate Services, $106,000. Head of council is budgeted $12,500, while councillors are budgeted $6000. This represents a combined total increase of about $1900 between the five VBL council positions. Regional District of Bulkley Nechako areas A and E share a portion of VBL department expenses when it comes to economic development, recreation services, and fire protection services.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Road safety survey shows room improvement Walter Strong Talking on a cell phone while eating a bowl of cereal? When in the comfort of your kitchen it’s rude, at worst. But what if you’re driving down a busy downtown street at the same time? Two-person crews collected road safety data last summer in seven communities to compile the 2013 Northern Brain Injury Association (NBIA) road safety survey. Crews spent three days in each of Burns Lake, Terrace, Smithers, Mackenzie, McBride, Quesnel and Prince George. “Somebody was sighted in downtown Quesnel, not only talking on their cell phone while driving, but eating a bowl of cereal a the same time,” said Will Lewis, NBIA Prince George manager. “The driver’s shoulder was scrunched up trying to hold the phone while holding a bowl of cereal at the same time… while driving. It was funny in a sad way.” According to the BC Brain Injury Association, there are approximately 38 new brain injury cases per day, or almost 14,000 cases of brain injury every year, in B.C. alone. “More work needs to be done around brain injury,” Lewis said. “It’s one of the leading causes of death and disability in the entire world, eclipsing HIV and breast cancer.”

Of those 14,000 B.C. brain injuries every year, on average 600 will die of their injuries. Lewis compared this rate of fatality to rates associated with pandemic level health issues. “In 2009, the H1N1 virus infected over 8500 people. Of those, 432 across the nation died. Hundreds of millions of dollars were poured into vaccination programs.” “Nova Scotia spent more on flu vaccine this year than was spent on post-recovery for brain injury across Canada,” Lewis added. Part of the problem from NBIA’s point of view is that brain injury isn’t treated as a health issue, but as a kind of social issue. The association gets no funding through ministry of health channels. Most of their funding comes through the United Way and a B.C. Gaming grant. “We have to apply as a non-profit group,” Lewis said. “Rather than treating this as a health issue they [the province] treat it as a social issue.” Whatever kind of issue it is, it is one that hits close to home in Northern B.C. “As northerners we’re five times more susceptible to brain injury than people in the lower mainland because we live in a geographically rugged region… We play hard and we live hard, that’s who we are,” Lewis said. The NBIA estimates that 90 per cent of all brain injuries are preventable. The 2013 survey focused on drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to see how safely they conducted themselves from a brain injury prevention point of view. In total, 43,383 vehicles, 433 cyclists,

54 small-wheel users (skateboarders and roller bladers), and 1782 pedestrians were observed over the three days in the seven central and northern B.C. communities mentioned already. The data showed that 2.7 per cent of drivers drove distracted and 4.2 per cent violated provincial road rules. Almost 41 per cent of cyclists rode without helmets, 28.6 per cent of cyclists rode on sidewalks, 8.8 per cent rode against traffic, and 12.5 per cent failed to stop at stop signs. Fortyfive per cent of skateboarders and roller bladers were spotted without helmets, and more than 18 per cent of pedestrians crossed streets illegally. “We were blown away by the numbers of pedestrians who jay-walk,” Lewis said. “Very few of them even looked one way or the other [before crossing], they just went.” In Burns Lake, half of observed cyclists rode without helmets. Twenty four per cent of pedestrians crossed streets illegally in Burns Lake, but of those who used the multiple crosswalks available (the survey ...see BRAIN

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he log yard crew continues to unload logs being delivered for the new mill. Test running equipment with no logs or lumber is well underway and in some cases small quantities of logs and lumber have been test run through equipment for set-up purposes.  More employees have returned to work to help with the project and to begin training.    If you are a laid off employee and your contact information has changed during the past 2 years, please contact the payroll department at 250-692-4536 to update your information.



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Head safety; make it a habit

End this bloody B.C. school war

If recent comments from the Northern Brain Injury Association could be summed up in one sentence, that sentence would say the most dangerous parts of our day are those times we take for granted. Where the chance of injury is right in you face, you tend to take precautions. You’d be hard pressed to find someone mountain biking up at Boer Mountain without at least a hel-

met. The Cold Smoke drag racing last weekend saw all riders fully geared up and tethered to their sled’s ignition so if the rider become dismounted the sled engine would automatically be killed to make sure no sleds took on a life of their own. In the summer, most road cycling enthusiasts wear helmets. Rides with the local bike club are helmetmandatory, and close proximity to highway traffic can’t help but keep a healthy respect for the possibility of getting knocked from your bike in the forefront of your mind. It’s the everyday dangers that take us by surprise. It’s the things we’re habituated to that can sneak up on us with terrible results. Any of us old enough to remember when helmet laws were non-existent, or when seatbelt laws were first introduced, will also remember what it’s like to try and break an old habit. If you grew up riding a bike without thought for a helmet, having someone tell you that it’s now mandatory makes your ego swell up with resistance. I rode safely all my life, why should I wear a helmet now, you might ask? Downhill skiing and snowboarding are the only high speed sports I can think of these days where resistance to wearing a helmet is still strongly ingrained in many. There’s no mandatory helmet laws for skiers, and ski-hills don’t force the issue except where it involves direct liability, as in racing programs. A lot of skiers bristle at the suggestion of making helmets on the ski hill mandatory. After all, you sign a waiver with every lift ticket or season’s pass, so shouldn’t a skier be free to ski as he or she sees fit? We have a natural resistance to being told what to do. The psychology of resistance to things like a prohibition on texting and driving would be an interesting study. Anecdotally, you hear from people that they’re fine texting or talking on the phone while they’re driving, but the rates of accidents involving distracted driving tell another story. Distraction itself is an interesting concept. It’s obviously risky to take your eyes off the road to send a text or read a Facebook update, but there are everyday distractions that are at least as dangerous. Traction control, all-wheel drive, airbags, and so on give a sense of confidence when blasting down the highway. This sense of confidence might be the worst distraction there is. We need to think about basic realities and not be distracted from them by how awesome our toys are. Four-wheel drive overcomes slippery conditions, getting you up to speed in a hurry, but it doesn’t help you stop, which is probably the most important part of the journey/destination equation. It feels great to have the wind blowing through your hair when you’re skiing on a warm and sunny spring day, but bailing on a patch of ice or being taken out by someone you don’t see coming up behind you can change your day - or your life - for the worse in a heartbeat. About half of us went out for flu shots this year, many spurred on by the ‘danger’ of the return of particularly nasty flu bug. As Will Lewis with the NBIA pointed out, the rate of brain injuries leading to death in the province outstrips the fatality rate from nation-wide influenza pandemics. That’s a lot of everyday injury and death flying low under the radar because it doesn’t happen all at once, or can’t be attributed to one phenomenon in particular like a strain of influenza. From a statistical point of view, we’re smashing our heads on an epidemic level… are we taking notice?

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There are two reasons why the B.C. government must appeal the latest court ruling that damns its conduct, assesses damages of $2 million plus lawyer bills and appears to hand the B.C. Teachers’ Federation the keys to the treasury. The first is practical politics. The legislature reopens Feb. 11, ironically right after Family Day. An appeal will give rookie Education Minister Peter Fassbender the cover he will need during the daily 30 minutes of sniper fire that is Question Period. Rise. “It’s before the courts, Madam Speaker.” Sit. Even the trigger-happy Premier Christy Clark will be staying in her trench, after the bleeding wound she received from Justice Susan Griffin last week. The second reason is practical economics. The 2014 budget has gone to press. Government lawyers told the court that retroactively returning to 2001 classroom rules could cost $500 million, an estimate Griffin dismissed as “speculative.” It could include compensation to retired teachers for earnings they gave up. This retroactive lump would be on top of the ongoing costs, running to hundreds of millions more as 60 school districts try to reassemble the world of 2002. This union victory began when the Supreme Court of Canada invented a constitutional right to collective bargaining in 2007, based on “freedom of association” in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The BCTF is piggy-backing on that landmark decision, in favour of the Hospital Employees’ Union, after Gordon Campbell ran roughshod over their sweetheart contract from the Glen Clark years. That one was settled for $85 million, including retroactive payments. In case there are parents and taxpayers who still believe that all would be calm had the NDP won the 2013 election, allow me to put that to rest. NDP leader Adrian Dix took to his Facebook page a couple of days after last week’s ruling, joining calls for an apology from Clark. That would be for what Justice Griffin characterized as deliberately provoking a strike to build public support for the latest of a long line of settlements imposed on teachers. Within minutes, Dix received this caustic response from Tara Ehrcke, president of the Greater Victoria teachers’ union. “But where was the NDP during the election campaign?” Ehrcke asked Dix. “You committed a measly $100 million – a third of what it will take to restore class sizes and less than the [NDP] platform in 2009, and only pocket change more than the Liberals’ Learning Improvement Fund of $75 million.” Note the mindset of this prominent member of the radical fringe that controls the BCTF. “A measly $100 million.” An extra $25 million? “Pocket change.” This is the same union boss who demanded that hundreds of teachers be hired this week, so reorganizing current classes in the middle of the school year to make them smaller by one or two students. Parents and students would endure yet another major disruption of the public school system. And who needs an increase in rural ambulance service or drug and alcohol treatment for street kids. Let’s get those teacher-librarians back in schools, and slightly reduce class sizes to offset declining enrolment! No government, B.C. Liberal, NDP or Green Party, can let its unions control their own payroll, just as no private company can. That goes double for this union, which had its own obvious role in provoking an illegal strike in 2012. It made outrageous benefit demands and cancelled extracurriculars for months before it even specified its wage demand. Bargaining, if you can call it that, resumes this week. Both sides need to cease fire. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email:

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While the RDBN has not used the APP for any proposals with the TLC it deserves. significant dollar values attached, other local governments have We offer a full range not been shy about exercising the option when expediency was of general and the order of the day, even where dollar values were relatively high. cosmetic dentistry The City of Prince Rupert recently concluded an AAP conservices for a cerning a $7 million dollar loan for airport maintenance. The City healthy mouth of Nanaimo used an AAP in 2011 to approve taking on a loan and beautiful, of up to $22.5 million towards the cost of building a water treatbright teeth. ment plant. In both cases, the loans were approved after receipt of very few electoral response forms giving notice of objection. Need a smile makeover? In Prince Rupert, of the approximately 900 electoral responses it would have taken to fail the AAP, only 3 electoral response Call us today! forms were submitted against the borrowing proposal. We have a Registered Hygienist In Nanaimo, of the 6238 forms that would have represented 10 Marilyn Timmerman per cent of the electorate, only three electoral vote forms were registered. please call our office to book your next appointment. Whether or not these low counter-petition numbers show that the process saved a lot of tax payer expense by not organizing a Dr. J.R. Boss referendum on a non-controversial issue, or whether these low 744 Centre Street (beside the health clinic) Burns Lake numbers show a failure of the alternative approval process to en(250) 692-7791 • 1 (888) 629-3996 gage the electorate is an open question for many. Some city councillors in Prince Rupert went on the record to ~ New patients welcome ~ object to the alternative approval process as failing to engage voters propTreat your sweetie to a romantic dinner erly. Lakes District News has also at Mulvaney’s this printed a local resident’s concern that the process lacks the transparency of a clearly stated referendum question and process.

The alternative approval process (AAP) is a tool available to all local governments in B.C. Its use is mandated by the 2004 B.C. community charter governing local governments (municipalities and regional districts) throughout the province. This alternative process for garnering public support is defined by the community charter as an option where voter approval is required, but a full referendum is not desirable. Practically speaking, this often involves a situation where the cost of a referendum out-strips the budgetary concerns of a particular issue, although the charter also suggests its use in situations where a proposal is non-controversial or time-sensitive. “The biggest reason is the cost,” said Bill Miller, RDBN director area B. “It’s approximately $20,000 for a referendum, and about $1000 for the alternative [approval process],” A defeated proposal under the AAP doesn’t necessarily mean a defeat of the proposal. If a local government still wants to proceed after failing an AAP, it must go to a full referendum on the proposal. It replaced the ‘counter petition opportunity’ in 2004, when the new community charter came into effect. Under the previous rules, a five per cent threshold was in place, although some municipalities had petitioned for that limit to be lifted. Since the introduction of the new community charter, the RDBN has only used the alternative pro“A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES cess once before the current AAP underway. WITHIN OUR REGION” “The last AAP we conducted was in 2012 for the 37, 3 Avenue, PH: 250-692-3195 establishment of a road rescue service in electoral PO Box 820, TF: 800-320-3339 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 area C (Fort St. James rural),” said RDBN manager FX: 250-692-3305 of administrative services Cheryl Anderson. The rescue service proposal amounted to a $0.06 per $1000 of taxable land and improvements, or up to $11,000, whichever was greater. February 6, 2014........... RDBN Committee Meetings In that case, the rescuer service was introduced afFebruary 20, 2014 ......... RDBN Board Meeting/ ter the responses were below the 10 per cent thresh.................................... SNRHD Meeting old for rejection. March 6, 2014 .............. RDBN Committee Meetings The AAP underway is for a maximum of $4000 March 20, 2014............. RDBN Board Meeting/ each in areas B and E. For area B, that amounts to .................................... SNRHD Meeting $0.02 per $1000 on improvements (not land), and for area E, $0.03 per $1000 on improvements. Meetings tentatively commence at 10:30 a.m. Please call (250) 692-3195/1-800-320-3339 for further information Or $4 per year on $200,000 worth of improvePUBLIC IS WELCOME ments on a property in area B, and $6 per year on $200,000 worth of improvements in area E. RD


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Editor: Is it time for Black Press to hire a new Legislative Reporter? After reading Tom Fletcher’s most recent article, I could no longer contain my anger and disappointment at obvious bias towards big oil and gas ploughing through our still rather-pristine landscape. Tom Fletcher has taken the same old federal government’s stance of ridiculing those who stand up for nature, clean water and soil, and this very planet that we all depend upon, as well as the statistics that support the ever-increasing toxicity of the Alberta Tar Sands Project. News reporters have the obligation to report unbiased facts, based upon objection observations. Rather than their own hard-lined positions that do not reflect the great majority of the population’s thoughts and feelings.

Legislative reporters, especially, usually take politicians to task for corruption, secrecy, undemocratic and laws and actions, power and control manipulations, coercion, etc., but Tom Fletcher seems to be part of Harper’s Action Plan to turn northern British Columbia’s greater asset – its natural splendour and defended territory – into an inevitable victim of the devastation left behind by the big oil and gas companies. It is Tom Fletcher who does not take the time to gather the facts, not the people who care about what it outside their own backyards. He needs to be replaced by someone who takes the dangerous route being set up for northern British Columbians seriously, just as the people who live here do. Sincerely, Dawn Belcourt

Artstart Last week at Francois Lake Elementary School (FLES) they hosted a very special guest. Susan Bertoia is a professional theatre artist and teacher who is well known as a performer and creator of original work. She works extensively in movement based theatre, physical comic theatre and mask. To fund this project FLES got a grant from artstart – Artist in the classroom program, in conjunction with donations from Francois Lake Elementary School, Leone Creighton and the FLES parent advisory council.

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On Sunday afternoon last we had the pleasure of having the Grassy Plains church choir drop in for some music and singing. It was just great for me too as it brought back so many wonderful memories. We sang many of the old favorite hymns that never grow old. Thanks folks for giving us your time. Out of the fog The weatherman says tonight we will see the end of the fog. Let’s hope so as it’s been dangerous driving for too long. This has been the longest I have ever seen the fog stay with us. It’s no doubt having most of the lakes still open that causes the change in the

atmosphere. A number of folks I have talked to they have almost hit moose crossing the highway. You just can’t see them until they are there, right in front of you. It’s been a mild winter but this is not always the best as the ice everywhere has been very dangerous. Wood heat Fire has always been a more or less fear or more. So when we came to the lake 78 years ago all the heating was done with wood and our lights were either gas or kerosene and candles. There were a few small generators for lights. Lots of the wood heaters were called Airtight and they would blow up if shut down too tight. Lots of chimney fires from that. My friend was away and he asked me to stoke his heater, it was an Airtight, it was like all of them dangerous. So I fired it up for the night and shut it down too tight. As I was locking up his door I heard a bang and the lid was blown off plus

some pipes, what a mess. I got things under control at last, fixed the heater lid, put up the pipes, left the bottom open and left. I left his house a mess but still standing thank heavens. I heard lots of folks had these tin Airtight’s blow up and some had lost houses. When Pat got home he was happy I had saved his house and he got another heater right away. At our store and home which were joined we had two gas drums made into heaters and there were lots of them at that time. I still have one retired in the basement of my old home. One thing they were as safe as any heater. We had a fancy heater in our sitting room. Gas lamps This little story came about in the 40s and it was just about a disaster and a scare for our family. This was before the hydro came about. It was mid winter and about 40 below and our power plant had been out of service for about a month

due to the severe cold. So we were having to use lamps, two gas lamps in the store and post office, a gas lamp in the kitchen and a couple of coal oil lamps in the rest of the store and house. It was still about 30 below but the lamps had to be filled with naphtha gas so I filled them put them in the kitchen and fired up one and was putting it on the table and the filler plug blew out spraying burning gas over my arms and chest also our mother’s little dog she was afire too. I kicked open the door with the burning lamp and threw it into a snow bank, Dad had the fire in the kitchen out and the burning dog was fine too and safe. The fire on my chest was out well then I felt the pain on my arms and hands. But at least the house was not damaged or the store. I ended up in the hospital with Dr. Holmes with bandages etc. but all healed up and we saved the store as it was scary. That was a

bad experience and a lesson for me. Do not bring a gas lamp into a warm house when it’s so cold. It was a close call to losing it all. I was telling a friend of mine about the lamp accident and he said that this happened before to other folks. It was just certain kinds of gas lamps that would do this. Back on the prairie there were lots of fires; house, barn and prairie fries were bad. Lightning fries were the dangerous ones. If a prairie fire got started and a wind behind it even a good saddles horse could not out run it. I remember as a kid sleeping in our clothes but the Eyehill creek stopped it and it burnt itself out. Our neighbors were there with teams of horses and plows to help us save our place. The Eyehill creek did the trick. More snow We got a nice fall of snow last night this will make the icy roads a bit safer maybe. At least it

helped protect the water lines so if we get some cold weather they won’t freeze. I feel that I have lived two lifetimes. The good old days and our modern world, so many changes in my life. It’s been interesting I must say. I think transportation has been the greatest change of all. The saddle horse, the pack horse, then the wagons, buggies, then the automobile, then the airliners, then things got more and got better. How well I remember our dad and his first car in 1927, Model T Ford sedan. It had a canvas top that folded back. Dad said they can’t get better than that, sure fooled him. When we first arrived at Francois Lake in 1941 there were still horses and wagons and the little ferry that made five trips a day in the summer and four starting in the fall. Shut down during the winter months and we drove on the ice until spring and the ice went out. Our present ferry

is out of this world with such top of the line service summer and winter. As I look back I remember seeing my first pack train come over the ferry. There were about 15 pack and saddle horses and folks walking. It had come from the White Eye tribe from away in the Cheslatta country. This was the one and only pack train I had ever seen. I wish I had taken a picture as this was real old-time stuff. The old ferry was loaded with horses, dogs and no doubt family members. This was August 1943, this is as close as I can figure. I saw a bit of history, long gone by now, just a memory. Words of advice Never squat with your spurs on, never miss a good chance to shut up, you will find it pays off. Last but not least if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. And always remember God loves you and so do I.

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New patient transfer ambulance service starts in Burns Lake

Northern Health and BC Ambulance Service joint initiative increases services between Burns Lake and Prince George


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Walter Strong On Jan. 20 2014, the BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) and Northern Health (NH) rolled out a new patient transfer service in Burns Lake. Travelling to and from the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia (formerly Prince George Regional Hospital) and the Burns Lake ambulance station, the new patient transfer service will mean another option for moving low-risk patients between Prince George, Burns Lake, and points in between. The ‘low-acuity bus service’ is a joint initiative between NH and BCAS. The customized bus can handle seven patients, including space for two wheelchair-bound patients, and two paramedics. One paramedic will be the driver, and the other will ride with patients to provide medical care if needed. “Northern Health and BCAS have partnered to launch this innovative service to enhance patient care for those individuals who need non-urgent transport in rural areas, providing greater access to family medical care,” said Mike Michalko, BCAS executive director of rural operations. The new Monday to Friday run will op-

erate daily except for statutory holidays, departing from Burns Lake with patients in the morning and returning those patients home from Prince George late in the afternoon. “For the most part, these low-acuity patients don’t require an ambulance but do require care along the route,” Michalko said. “The patients we’re looking to capture here are those requiring medical imaging, MRIs, CT scans, x-rays, lab work, oncology requests, surgical and specialty consults.” “Those people with urgent medical conditions will continue to be managed as we have in the past,” he added. There are two things patients and residents in Burns Lake don’t need to worry about. First, transport will be arranged through regular NH patient transfer channels. Physicians will recommend modes of travel and NH will provide scheduling in conjunction with BCAS. Patients do not need to make arrangements with BCAS for transport on the new bus. Second, NH and BCAS have increased staffing at the Burns Lake BCAS detachment to accommodate the new service. “We’ve hired three additional full-time

employees into the Burns Lake station to assist with the scheduling and operation of the bus,” Michalko said. “All hires are paramedics and local to Burns Lake.” With the new paramedics, the Burns Lake ambulance station now has 4 fulltime, and 12 part-time paramedics. The BCAS is actively recruiting for new members. In the past patients who couldn’t make their own arrangements for getting to Prince George were often transferred by ambulance, which meant two paramedics accompanying a patient, as well as taking their services out of the Burns Lake area. The new low-acuity service will help free paramedics to concentrate on what many see as their primary emergency duties. “It will help shore up the work… in the Burns Lake area and provide a more stable workforce for both emergency 911 [services], and for the bus service.” Patients not living on the low acuity transfer bus highway route - in Fort St. James for example - will be transferred via ambulance to Vanderhoof where they will connect with the bus, on an as-needed basis.

B.C. promotes search for new mines

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The B.C. government is aiming to reverse a slide in mineral exploration investment that has come after world metal prices peaked and then declined to a 10-year average level in the past two years. Premier Christy Clark and Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett helped open the annual Association for Mineral Exploration B.C.'s conference in Vancouver Monday with a pair of

announcements. Clark told delegates the province's mining exploration tax credit will be extended for another year in the B.C. budget to be tabled in February. That is expected to provide $10 million for exploration. Geoscience BC, an industry research organization started by the province in 2005, also released results of its latest aerial survey to identify new mineral potential in the B.C. Interior. "Every time GeoscienceBC

does a project like this, in the ensuing three or four years you see a significant bump in exploration activity in the area where the survey was done," Bennett said in an interview. He added that much of B.C.'s Interior is covered by glacial till from the ice age that ended 10,000 years ago, making traditional mineral prospecting impossible over large areas. He said the tax credit is similar to what B.C. provides for deep ...see MINES t P11



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BUDGET from ▼ P1 $60,000 upgrade to the sewage lagoon. Major work is planned for Eighth and Centre streets once heavy construction traffic is no longer an issue at the new hospital build, but that’s booked for 2015. Approximately $2.8 million is worked into the five-year budget forecast for 2015 work on the two streets. Major work is required to bring Centre and Eighth up to a standard where the roads can be expected to last. The $2.8 million would include removing not only the existing road surface, but digging

down and building a new road bed that allows for proper drainage, and then repaving. Centre and Eighth will then have cement curbs to handle water run-off, a sidewalk on at least one side of the road, and a solid roadbed maximizing the life of a newly paved surface. Large portions of projected 2014 work will be covered by grant funding. Regarding the Government St. bridge, $215,000 is expected to come from the Building Canada Fund. Grant funding of $95,550 is already confirmed for phase two revitalization work to the old Shell station, and a further $50,000 in funding may come

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BUDGET from ▼ P3 was conducted in Burns Lake after the completion of phase one downtown revitalization), 100 per cent used them properly. No one was sighted multi-tasking behind the wheel as strenuously as in Quesnel, and Burns Lake had one of the lowest numbers of distracted drivers observed, at only 0.46 per cent of drivers counted. Only Smithers had a lower distracted driving rate, with only one driver counted

(0.01 per cent of observed drivers), while Prince George has the lead in distracted driving with 3.9 per cent of observed drivers being distracted while driving. That’s 928 vehicles in Prince George sighted in one location over three one-hour periods observed violating provincial rules on distracted driving. The NBIA hopes the road safety survey will help raise awareness around the preventability of brain injuries. Simply things like wearing a bike helmet, putting down the cell phone while driving, or keeping

Sacrificial love View Point By Roland & Lisa Cataford

As I look ahead to 2014, I remember an event one winter many years ago when my older sister was 13 and I was 9. We decided to walk on frozen Stuart Lake and hadn’t been out long when the sound of a snowmobile drew closer and closer. To our horror, we realized the driver intended to

run us down. We were too far out in the open, and with no time or place to run, my sister pushed me behind her and told me firmly not to move. Then she took a few steps ahead of me and bravely turned to face the oncoming driver. He plowed into her with the full force of his uncovered sled. I watched in horror as she flew upwards in the air, over his head, and behind him. Satisfied, he ignored me and sped off down the lake. Miraculously, my sister’s legs were not shattered, but pierced to the bone and bruised. I ran to her, but with no regard for herself, she hugged me tightly and said, “I’m so glad he didn’t hit you.” That type of sacrificial love has only one description – “Christ-

like.” I have never doubted my sister’s love because she demonstrated it that day on Stuart Lake. In the same way, I can look forward to 2014 with confidence because I remember back to what Jesus did for me on the cross at Calvary. He saw death coming straight for me, but He stood in the gap and took the blow intended for me, because of my own foolish sins. The bible says, “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus invites everyone to find eternal safety in Him, so that we can all face 2014 with confidence that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:31-39).

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from the Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund and Northern Development Initiative Trust. Burns Lake protective services will finally get a new pick-up (budgeted at $45,000) to replace its aging 2003 Ford. Village recreation will purchase the old fire chief’s truck at $5000 for use in decidedly less urgent contexts. A new $20,000 annual fire protection agreement with Babine Forest Products and Pinnacle Pellet was negotiated by VBL director of protective services Jim McBride.

Smithers has lowest distracted driving rate; Quesnel worst sidewalks clear can mean the difference between catastrophic injury and a healthy life. “The two major sources of brain injury in North America right now are falling and motor vehicle accidents,” Lewis said. “I applaud the efforts of the RCMP. They go out of their way to prevent accidents of all kinds,” Lewis added. “But there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to increase awareness about brain injury and prevention.” The NBIA website is

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The Bulkley Stikine District of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is creating its list of registered Equipment for Hire for the 2014/2015 fiscal year, which begins April 1, 2014. All individuals or companies registered this past year through the District Office in Smithers will receive invitations to re-register their equipment for the coming fiscal year by mail. Any individuals who were not registered in 2013, but wish to have to their equipment listed, are hereby invited to contact the District Office to obtain the appropriate registration forms. Note that while you do not need to have Commercial (Comprehensive) General Liability Insurance or up to date WorkSafeBC coverage to register, you will have to meet these requirements prior to working on any ministry projects. Only owned or lease-to-own equipment is eligible for registration. Equipment can only be registered in one area in any given year. Seniority is not transferable from area to area. Full details of equipment, including serial number and proof of ownership, are required for registration. The deadline for new registrations is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Late registrations will be accepted, but will be put at the bottom of the open list. Note that there is no charge for registering new equipment or for changing or removing equipment information already listed.

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Babine responds to report

Contributed WorkSafe BC (WSBC) and BC Safety Authority (BCSA) released their reports regarding the tragic accident that occurred on Jan. 20, 2012 at our Babine sawmill in Burns Lake. The photos and narratives are painful reminders of the suffering that our employees, families and the community had to live through at the time and are still dealing with today. We have delayed responding to the reports out of respect for the two year anniversary of those who died or were injured. We also thought it appropriate to take the time to carefully review and digest the contents of the reports. We agree with many of the recommendations to improve sawmill safety but we disagree with many of the conclusions in both reports. Many of the observations and conclusions in the WSBC report are at odds with those reached in the clear statement from Crown counsel, a body that was entirely independent from the accident because the Crown had no responsibility to inspect sawmills to ensure worker safety. We believe the underlying cause of the explosions at our mill was fine sawdust from beetle-kill wood. Since Jan. 20, 2012 we have learned from studies undertaken by industry groups about the explosivity of fine wood dust. Along with the rest of the sawmilling industry in B.C., Babine has learned that drier and finer sawdust from beetle-kill wood can be a highly explosive fuel, much more so than sawdust from green timber. To our knowledge, prior to Jan. 20, 2012, no one in the sawmilling industry knew this fact, and no representative of WSBC had expressed that fact to the industry, nor had Babine or

any other sawmill in B.C. received a warning related to combustible sawdust from any regulator. As Crown Counsel noted, when WSBC tested dust levels in the Babine mill in the fall of 2011 [at Babine’s request] WSBC, ‘raised no concern that dust levels in the Babine mill posed a risk of a dust explosion.’ The machinery in the Babine sawmill was of a type and configuration that is common to sawmills in B.C. As mentioned in both the WSBC and BCSA reports, Babine had internal processes to try and reduce the wood dust present in the sawmill and those efforts were actually increasing in the two years prior to the accident. Crown counsel also remarked that wood dust conditions in the mill in the weeks leading up to the accident ‘were as good or better than they had been since the mill started processing beetle-kill wood" and that a WSBC officer ‘who regularly inspected Babine and other sawmills in the area reported that Babine's dust conditions were about the same as those in the other regional mills.’ Crown counsel did not pursue offences against Babine because the Crown concluded that Babine could establish that the company had exercised due diligence in managing the risks that were foreseeable. Babine did not foresee the explosive risks of fine wood dust and, as confirmed by Crown counsel, there is no evidence that ‘Babine knew or ought reasonably to have known of the full extent of the hazards of combustible sawdust.’ What happened at Babine was a tragic accident, for which we will always be sorry. Most accidents are preventable when viewed with the benefit of hindsight and


knowledge gained after the fact. Had Babine foreseen the hazard, the company would have taken immediate steps to address the risk, and never have exposed our employees to that risk in operating the facility. The new Babine sawmill is starting up soon. We are committed to safety in the start-up process, especially as we deal with the reminders of what happened two years ago. We are proud of our employees who are giving us another chance to provide a safe, competitive business that will benefit everyone in the Burns Lake community. Babine has now been notified that a coroner’s inquest is being ordered. Babine has already worked hard to incorporate the lessons learned from this tragedy. Consistent with industry research conducted since the accident, and directives published by BCSA in May 2013, Babine is installing state-of-the-art equipment and systems to collect sawdust at machine sources, as well as constructing a building and floor plans designed to facilitate clean-up and reduce areas where sawdust can accumulate. However, we look forward to learning anything else our industry can do to enhance safety and prevent future accidents. Babine also learned on Jan. 21, 2014 that an insurance company responsible for coverage for the Babine mill has commenced a claim in B.C. Supreme Court in the name of Babine Forest Products Ltd., against a third party. While we had no previous knowledge of this claim, we understand that an insurer has the right to make a subrogated claim against another party, and to use the name of the insured when doing so, and that is apparently what has occurred.

During and after snowfall or freezing rain events, Lakes District Maintenance attends to higher priority highways that impact the most users and have the greatest potential of harm to the traveling public. High speed, high volume corridors receive the highest of priority maintenance followed by side roads with bus routes, steep hills and industrial routes. Low volume sideroads where the chance of harm to drivers is minimal are attended to once the main roads are safe. Please be patient with our winter road crews as all affected areas will be attended to in a timely manner on a priority basis.

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Hibernating bats infected with White Nose Syndrome. The fungus is not usually visible if bats are found dead.

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Tom Fletcher B.C. environment ministry biologists are asking the public to watch and report bat sightings this winter, as they try to track a disease that has killed millions of bats in eastern and central Canada and the U.S.

White Nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that kills bats during their winter hibernation period. It is believed to have been introduced to North America and to spread primarily through bat to bat contact. No cases have been reported in western North America so

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It was a cold start to this year’s Cold Smoke drag races at the Burns Lake Snowmobile Club grounds in Burns Lake. Riders came from around province, from as far as Dease Lake to the north and Williams Lake to the south. Crowds may have been a little deterred by the deep morning freeze, but well-stocked fire pits and the Rotary Club of Burns Lake concession and warming tent kept everyone as warm as they wanted to be. See nest week’s issue of Lakes District News for results. walter strong photos

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The normally laid-back Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival had an incident in 2009, when regChinese new year celebration gae-rock band Bedouin Soundclash invited patrons Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. of the packed beer garden to break down the fence The Chinese new year began on Jan. 31, 2014. Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar and join the main throng in front of the stage for calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. This year is the year of the horse. their final Saturday night set. The invitation was Walter strong photo quickly accepted, with damage restricted mainly to the snow fencing. The Merritt Mountain Music Festival ran for nearly 20 years, becoming notorious for uninhibited all-night parties featuring outdoor couches and hot tubs. It was cancelled in 2010 after efforts to tone it down resulted in poor attendance. 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Make it a Family Day in Burns Lake on February 10 WALTER STRONG With the family day long weekend coming up, Burns Lake trails offer a range of things to do in the area that are free or next to it. The Omenica Ski Club ski trails are always a good bet. Although this year’s late snowpack and extending mountain-biking season prevented a repeat of last season’s early opening of the ski trails, they’re in great shape now. There’s also an approximately eight kilometre loop available skiers or snowshoers. The Burns Lake South Trail is a relatively new trail located just north of the Omenica ski trail system. The mostly flat trail takes users in and around lake, march and forest for a real backcountry feel. While you’re there, you can scope out summer camping and hiking options. There are plenty of walk-in campsites, fire pits, picnic tables and shelters. If you’re looking for crosscountry skiing with even more of a backcountry feel, and more of an uphill feel as well, there’s the Boer Mountain trail system. More famous as a mountain biking destination, the trails around Kager Lake and up Boer mountain see much winter use. The latest word is that many trails in the area are in good shape from being packed down by Burns Lake’s enthusiastic mountain bikers who have been riding the trails non-stop since winter settled in on fat-tired mountain bikes. The Burns Lake Snowmobile Club is more than the annual Cold Smoke event. They have a network of sled trails maintained through the summer to keep them fun and safe for winter travel. Contact the Burns Lake snowmobile club for more information. Information on the Omenica Ski Club can be found online at There’s regularly scheduled disco skating at the Tom Forsyth arena this Friday at 7:30 p.m., and a weekend of Burns Lake minor hockey league action to be taken in. On Feb. 8, the Bruin midgets will take on Fort St.

James at 10:45 a.m., and atoms will face Vanderhoof at 1:30 p.m. On Feb. 9, the pee wees will host Fort St. James at 10:40 a.m., and Bruins midgets will play Terrace at 1:20 p.m. All games are free for spectators. It is best to double-check posted times at the arena on the day of games in case of schedule changes.

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Reality show star traces heritage to Burns Lake Walter Strong Far from the world of movie agents, network pitches, studio lights, and filming schedules, Burns Lake holds a place close to Jenna Talackova’s heart. “That’s my tribe,” she said. “I’m very proud of it.” J e n n a Ta l a c k o v a burst into the international spotlight during the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant. Her place on stage was earned after challenging pageant r u l e s w h i c h at first barred her from the competition. Donald Trump, owner of the franchise, decided in Talackova’s favour. Pageant rules said Talackova, born male, couldn’t compete on stage. Her successful challenge of those rules made her the first transgendered competitor in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. Although those pageant days are behind her, she’s followed up on her exposure with a hit TV show, Brave New Girls, now airing Friday nights on E!Canada. The unscripted reality show follows her a n d two friends as Talackova navigates her new modelling career in Toronto. She was in high demand as a television prospect after her exposure in Miss Universe - being flown back and forth from Vancouver to Los Angeles to consider concept pitches - a big change from working at Vancity bank in Vancouver and studying holistic nutrition. Talackova’s mother, Mertle Perry, LBN from Smithers Landing moved to Burns Lake before Talackova was born. Although Talackova was born in Vancouver and describes herself as a city girl, she has family ties still in Burns Lake. Her family and Lake Babine Nation family supported her modelling career, with members putting together her original entrance fee for Miss Universe Canada. First Nation heritage and spirituality were, and continue to be, a big part of her life. “My uncle Thomas [who recently passed away] was one of the most influential people in my life,” she said. “Every Friday he would take us to sweat lodges here in Vancouver. He taught

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events me about spirituality from a young age, and to pray to that higher spirit, the creator. It really helped me throughout my whole life. there’s more online » I pray to the creator to this day and I really feel like he answers me; he makes things work out.” And things have been working out for her, but on her own terms. “I was getting a lot of offers for TV shows and contracts,” Talackova recalled. “I was getting sent to L.A. a lot by my agent, but they were trying to pitch me shows that didn’t align with my personality. Dating shows, train-wreck and trash TV.” It wasn’t until a Canadian producer flew out to Vancouver from Toronto to meet with her and hear her story that she found a concept fitting with her own vision. It’s the Brave New Girls is a produced in Canada show, and that’s how it should be, Talackova said. “That was one of my biggest concerns. In the States, the networks own you… I’m Canadian and [the show] should be owned by a Canadian company. Fourteen-hour days were normal during filming, with about three full days of shooting to get one episode. Saturday February 15th, 2014 “It’s not glamourous at all,” she said. “Hopefully season two 9am-3pm at the Lakeview Mall will be a little more glamourous.” She didn’t see an episode until the season was finished, but any All proceeds from this event help with apprehension Talackova might have had about putting her life on veterinary treatment of stray display evaporated after sitting down for a screening. animals in the community. “After watching all the episodes I fell in love with the show,” Spring is coming and is it time to clean out all that she said. “It’s successful now, people are enjoying it. I get a lot of extra stuff? We need donations of good, usable, support from Burns Lake through my social media.” unbroken items for the Sale. With season one’s filming complete, Talackova is working on building her modelling career, splitting her time between Toronto For information on where to drop off your items or for pick up, and Vancouver. please call the Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic at 250-692-7476. Advertising sponsored by LD News Ground-breaking model, television star, and most recently a poster-girl for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), 25year old Talackova seems as confident Soul music and jazz standards, Celtic rhythms as can be. But she remembers what it arranged for piano and fiddle plus ... step-dancing! was like to grow up torn between what she was born and how she saw herself. “The hardest part was coming out to my family,” Talackova said. “That held me back for a long time. I got the courage after I was on a switch [a purification ceremony] with my uncle Thomas. He would take me and my cousin to sun dances in Merritt… I had a spiritual awaking and wanted to be who I thought I was. I came out completely at that point.” She was a young teenager at the time, living in Vancouver. Standing out from the crowd isn’t easy, espeJESSE PETERS AND LIZZY HOYT: cially when you’re 13. Talackova, who always kept up with her Burns Lake family and friends, said it’s especially hard in small-town B.C. “There’s a lot of mayhem, alcohol Wednesday evening, February 12, 2014 abuse, and drug abuse,” Talackova said. “A lot of kids don’t know their 7:30 pm LDSS MPR way. Could you imagine being a kid Canadian pianist and crooner Jesse Peters brings his vocal colour to pop and jazz in the LBGT [Lesbian, Bisexual, standards. He has garnered rave reviews as a singer and songwriter from distinguished Gay, and Transgendered] community jazz artists Ingrid Jensen and Diana Krall. Alberta fiddler, step-dancer and vocalist Lizzy growing up in that?” Hoyt ranks among Canada’s top instrumentalists. She was awarded the Queen’s Diamond “It’s really hard for anyone who’s Jubilee Medal by the Governor General for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and history through music! Teaming up with bassist Travis Switzer, the gay up there,” she said. “People can ensemble takes you back to the era when many classic songs were crafted. Lizzy, Jesse be ignorant to anything that’s out of and Travis bring jazz, soul and Celtic rhythms to tunes arranged for vocals, piano and the ordinary. It was tough at first [for strings. Get ready to enjoy their ‘Favourite Things’ – with strings and swing. me], but my family was supportive.” So how did Talackova make her presented by: LAKES DISTRICT difference work for her instead of against her? “I always wanted to stay optimisCOUNCIL tic. I’d always see something better Tickets available at: Process 4 circle arts Gallery: 250-692-3434 for myself and work towards what I wanted to create. Just because evLDFC Printing and Stationery: 250-692-3309 and at the door $ 17.00 adults • $12.00 seniors, students, youth erybody around you is messed up, it doesn’t mean that you have to be Live entertainment. messed up.” Be a part of the spark! “Follow your dream.”


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Ava Nealis (L) in the new Omenica Ski Club team outfits last weekend in Burns Lake. She and club racer Anna Shaffer will be competing in the Feb. 20 - 23, 2014 B.C. Winter Games in Mission. Mixed atom boys and girls (R) come into the finishing gates this past weekend for the 2014 Teck Northern Cup and Omineca Open.

Burns Lake youth racers have training and skills to take on the best of the West Walter Strong Young skiers with the Omenica Ski Club have been having a great competition season. Ava Nealis and Anna Shaffer have qualified for the BC Winter Games this year, and will represent Burns Lake cross-country skiing at the BC Winter Games later this month. Nealis qualified in both biathlon and cross-country, but decided to go with the cross-country event. She would have been strong competition in either event but decided to focus on cross-country racing for the BC Winter Games. Locals Cole Bender, Nisa Hofer, Ava and Kyle Nealis had a phenomenal weekend in Prince George at the Otway Nordic Ski Centre Canadian Western Biathlon Championships. On Feb. 1, Bender took first place in the 3.75 kilometre sprint event, Hofer took second, and Kyle Nealis took sixth. They were competing in a field of 18 competitors from across Western Canada. Bender didn’t just win his category, he dominated it. His closest male rival was in third place, more than a minute-and-a-half

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VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22: IVirgo, you have a desire to be different from everyone else this week. It’s good to be original, but don’t stray too far off the beaten path or you may find yourself lost. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23: Libra, a friend may shock you by doing something really outrageous. You do not know what to make of this change in personality, but do your best to take it in stride. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22: Scorpio, work figures to put a lot on your plate in the coming week. You can handle everything that comes your way, so long as you keep your cool and continue to work hard.




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OUR TOWN Omineca Lakes Mental Health & Addictions Advisory Committee meetings are held via video-conference on the second Thursday of the month from 1-3 pm- at the following community venues: Fraser Lake Community Health Center - Library. Conference Room Lakes District Hospital - Conference Room 1. Granisle Community Health Center boardroom. Grassy PlainsSouthside Health & Wellness Center. Anyone affected in any way by mental health and/or addictions issues welcome to attend. Your voices are needed! Phone Doris at 699-6976 for more information. 2014 Lakes District Festival of the Performing Arts. April 8 - 17. Entry syllabus  now available at: Burns Lake Public Library, Artisan Centre, Western Financial Group, Burns Lake and Smithers or phone Jacqui Graham, (250) 6923971. Entry deadline: Feb. 14, 2014

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Take by theft 7. Cash machine 10. Removed from attendance 12. Old World buffalo 13. Spread by dividing 14. Herd of unsheared sheep 15. Main arterial vessel 16. Carbamide 17. In the style of 18. Leafstalk angle 19. Physiques 21. Command right 22. Gratuitous 27. Printed display 28. Dexter inspector

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Lakes District Fall Fair meeting on Feb. 6/14, 7pm at the Cancer Society Office. Omineca Ski Club will be hosting the following events in the near future. Feb. 22 Racing Rocks start time: 10 am. Feb. 23 Lakes Loppet (various distance events for all levels of skiers) start time: 10 am. Visit ominecaskiclub. com for updated notices. Southside Health & Wellness Centre: Feburary 2014. Chair yoga every Tues. & Fri. 10-11am. Feb. 17, 24 “Eat for Life” weight loss program support group 2:30pm. Feb. 12 Good Food box pick up at Grassy Store. Feb. 27 Dental varnishing all day for children 6 yrs old and under. Feb. 28 Reminder last day to pay for you Good Food box.More info: (250) 694-3270.

SUNDAY, 10:30 AM Contact: Roland & Lisa Cataford 250-692-9196 ~Everyone Welcome ~

ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH 136 - 4th Avenue, Burns Lake

Worship Service at 10 am Sunday mornings Ministry led by lay leaders Phone 250-692-7202

DECKER LAKE MENNONITE CHURCH Sunday Morning Services: Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Services: 10:30 a.m.

Pastors - Ken Dyck 250-698-7629 David S. Burkholder 250-692-7057 Everyone Welcome Hwy 16, Decker Lake

Seventh Day Adventist Church Group Meets Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at the United Church on Centre Street.


Burns Lake Community Church Lakes Learning Centre 10:30 am Pastor John Neufeld 250-692-7949

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Sunday Services: 10:30 am Celebrating the Love of God Pastor Henry Washington 250-692-7464


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PLANNING a wedding or anniversary party? Looking for plastic flowers for decorations. Call OPTIONS at Nourse House 9am- 3pm Mon. to Fri. Francois Lake Drive. Operated by residents of 8th Avenue Group Home. (250) 692-7845

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THE CHRONIC DISEASE Education Clinic at the Lakes District Hospital is open Tue. & Wed. from 8:30am - 4pm. The clinic provides information and teaching on various chronic illnesses such as Diabetes & Heart Disease. A doctors referral is not needed. To speak with the nurse call (250) 6922440

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It is with great sadness we have to announce the passing of Orville “James” Switzer (Jim). Jim is survived by: Mom Jeanne Olson. Brothers; Mel Switzer, Ken (Lianne) Olson, Steve (Dana) Olson. Sister Sandra Bellamy (Rob Faboni). Niece Tiffeny Olson. Nephews Brandon Olson, Brian, Shawn & Michael Bellamy, Jesse Switzer. Pre-deceased by: Farther Oriville Switzer. Step-dad Dave Olson. Brother John Switzer. Never married, “Switz’s” love of his life were the Ottawa Senators & the San Fransisco 49’ers. Jimmy will be remembered for his knowledge and taste for rock & roll music, muscle cars and the “right” opinion (Jim’s). A celebration of life will be held at the Prince George Brain Injury Society - 1237 4th Ave Prince George, BC V26 3J7. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Prince George Brain Injury Society. Son, Brother, Uncle: A unique individual. You will be missed!

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Please call Annemarie 1.800.661.6335 email: ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to keep drinking that’s your business - if you want to quit drinking that’s our business. Burns Lake Meetings: Tuesday 7:30 pm Catholic Church, Saturday 7:30 pm Catholic Church. For information or transportation call (250) 692-9104 / (250) 6958363 Only requirement for AA is a desire to stop drinking. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Southside Meetings: Mondays and Thursdays 6:30pm 7:30pm at Grassy Plains Gospel Church. For more information: (250) 694-3682 BURNS LAKE RCMP Victim/Witness Assistance Program. 201 Hwy. 35, Box 759 Burns Lake. Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm (250) 692-3010 CRISIS PREVENTION. You are not alone. Support is just a phone call away. 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433) is a confidential, toll-free service that is available to anyone, anywhere, any time in B.C. The youth support line is 1.888.564.8336 (TEEN). The 24 hour crisis line for northern BC is 250.563.1214 and 1.888.562.1214. In addition, several crisis lines also provide support through online chat services so young people have a web-based way to reach out. These services can be reached through www.nor (4:00 to 11:00 pm daily) or FOOD BANK INFORMATION Distribution days will be the first and the third Tuesday of each month, clients should come at 11 a.m. Sign up is at BLNDC at 10:45 a.m. The Lakes District Food bank continues to operate due to the outstanding generosity of the community. If you would like to make a donation and receive a tax deductible receipt, please mail your donation to: Lakes District Food Bank, P.O. Box 777, Burns Lake, BC. V0J 1E0 LOCAL HOSPICE Services are available by contacting the Hospice Coordinator at (250) 692-2448. The Hospice office, located in the Lakes District Hospital, is open every Thurs. from 10am - 4pm. A lending library of videos, books and information on bereavement is available. Please make donations to the local hospice and palliative care program payable to the Burns Lake Hospice Program, Box 7500, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1EO NECHAKO RESERVOIR UPDATE 29 January 2014

Reservoir Elevation: 850.74 m (2791.15 ft.) SLS Discharge: 33.89 m3/s Visit website for up to date real-time flow information for the Nechako River. Contact Rio Tinto Alcan at 250-5675105 for more information. A recording of this notice is available 24-hours in Vanderhoof at 250567-5812



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Sunday afternoon, February 9, 2014 1:00 pm sharp at The Beacon Theatre Maestro James Levine conducts Robert Carsen’s new Met production, set in the reign of the second Queen Elizabeth. Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the fat knight Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s blustery, lovable rogue. The ensemble cast includes Angela Meade as Alice Ford, the object of Falstaff’s dishonourable ‘affections’; Lisette Oropesa and Paolo Fanale as the young lovers Nanetta and Fenton; and Stephanie Blythe as scheming Mistress Quickly. Enjoy Verdi’s comic masterpiece that ends with the famous line: ‘The whole world is nothing but a joke’.

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Lakes District Maintenance Ltd. has an immediate opening for a TJ Heavy Duty Mechanic in Dease Lake, BC You will be part of a team of mechanics maintaining a medium sized fleet of trucks and equipment. A valid CVI ticket or ability and qualifications to get one are preferred. This position offers excellent benefits and allowances. We also have an opening for a Receptionist in our Dease Lake office if your spouse / partner is looking for local employment.

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153 Francois Lake Drive, P.O. Box 788, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 Tel: (250) 692-7724 • Fax: (250) 692-7767 • Email:

BURNS LAKE COMMUNITY FOREST NEW FOREST STEWARDSHIP PLAN AND MANAGEMENT PLAN AMENDMENT Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. (BLCF) is updating their Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) to add two new areas and make minor text changes to the Plan. This FSP proposes to add an area south of Pinkut Lake along the north-east boundary of FDU 1 and an FDU 2 along the south boundary of the Community Forest on the north shore of Francois Lake. Please see map below for more details. In addition, Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. is amending its current Management Plan. BLCF invites the public and interested stakeholders to view and provide written comment on the draft Forest Stewardship Plan #523 as well as the amended Management Plan. Both documents will be available for review and comment during office hours until March 06, 2014 at the BLCF Office located on Francois Lake Drive in Burns Lake. To arrange to view these plans, please contact Kerry at 250-692-7724 Ext. 227. Written comments are requested by March 06, 2014. Comments can be sent to: BLCF, 153 Francois Lake Dr., Burns Lake, V0J 1E0 Fax: 250-692-7767; or via email: If you have any questions about this FSP please contact Mike Werrell at 250-692-7724 Ext 226 or

In the Burns Lake area, the Regional District uses parcel taxes for the Decker Lake Street Lighting service. The parcel tax roll for this service may be inspected from February 17, 2014 to February 28, 2014 at the offices of the Regional District (37 Third Ave., Burns Lake, B.C.) during regular office hours (8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday). In order for a complaint to be heard, it must be received in writing by 4:30 pm on February 28, 2014. If any complaints are received, the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel will sit at 1:00 pm on Thursday March 6, 2014 in the Board Room of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (37 Third Ave., Burns Lake, B.C.) to consider written complaints received by the deadline. Further information can be obtained by phoning Hans Berndorff, Financial Administrator of the Regional District (250-692-3195) or by visiting the Regional District offices during regular office hours.




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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing affecting “Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 700, 1993” will be held on Monday February 17, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. at the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako office at 37, 3rd Avenue, Burns Lake, B.C. “Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 700, 1993” is proposed to be amended by “Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Rezoning Bylaw No. 1683, 2014”. The purpose of the amendment bylaw is to limit medical marihuana production to properties where Intensive Agriculture is a permitted use. The proposed changes to the Zoning Bylaw will accommodate the following: • Allow the production of medical marihuana on lands where Intensive Agriculture is a permitted use in the Zoning Bylaw (H2, Ag1, RR1). • Disallow the production of medical marihuana as an Agriculture or Horticulture use in the Zoning Bylaw (R5, R6, H1). • Disallow the production of medical marihuana as a home occupation. The proposed changes are the result of staff research regarding the potential land use impact associated with the type of operations permitted under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). At the Public Hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission respecting matters contained in “Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Rezoning Bylaw No. 1683, 2014”. Written submissions sent by mail to P.O. Box 820, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0; by fax to (250) 692-1220; or by e-mail to must be received by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako no later than February 17, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. to be ensured of consideration at the Public Hearing. This Public Hearing is to be held by the Chairperson or Alternate Chairperson as a delegate of the Board. A copy of the Board resolution making the delegation, a copy of the proposed Bylaw and related documents may be inspected at the office of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako at 37-3rd Avenue, Burns Lake, B.C between the hours of 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from February 5, 2014 to February 17, 2014 inclusive. A copy of the proposed bylaw will also be made available at the public libraries in Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Granisle, Houston, Smithers and Vanderhoof. For further information please call the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Planning Department at 250-6923195 or 1-800-320-3339. This is the first of two publications.

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In accordance with FPPR 20 (1) the proposed Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) extension request and amendment for Canfor, Houston operations, the Dungate Community Forest, Lowell Johnson Consultants (Moricetown) and Lake Babine Nation is publically available for review and written comment commencing on February 5th, 2014 for a period of sixty (60) days..

The extension also includes a new license FL A91846 in the Morice TSA. This license was a West Fraser license and has a cut associated with it of 324,500 m3 per year. This is not new volume. It represents an existing allocation in the timber supply area. This FSP amendment is available for review until April 7th, 2014, at Canfor’s of¿ce on the Morice River Road in Houston, B.C. From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments to review are recommended.

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Extension Request Notice of Review and Comment

FSP’s can be extended for a maximum of 5 years. We were granted a 2 year extension and this request is for a further 3 years. A two year extension was granted to provide the time to work out issues with forest health problems in young pine plantations. This extension includes revised stocking standards to address forest health issues.

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MINING LEASE APPLICATION Take notice that Thompson Creek Mining Ltd., Bag 4001, Fraser Lake, British Columbia, V0J 1S0, free miner certificate client number 140102, has applied to the Chief Gold Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia, for a mining lease of minerals identified by the mineral claims listed below. The mineral claims will be surveyed and approved by the Surveyor General. The following mineral claims are subject to the mining lease application:   O Tenure Numbers 243774-243775, 243832, 244930-244931, 245329, 307068, 307089, 507168-507170, 507227, 507230, 507232, 507252, 532729, 1017548, 1017550, 1017552, 1017559, 1017561, 1017563 and 1017566-1017567  O Mineral Titles Map Number 093K005 Posted at the Chief Gold Commissioner’s office in Victoria, British Columbia, this 17th Day of January, 2014.

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Ruby Louise (Stone) Hayes (Tremblett)

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September 08,1940 – January 25, 2014

Prime Rib, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, vegetable & dessert: $25.95

Predeceased by: Husband: Joseph Valentine Tremblett, Mother: Melvina Stone, Father: William Stone

Chicken Breast with Sauteed Prawns, rice and vegetables & dessert: $16.95 or

Survived by: Sons: Bill - Nicole, Joey; Bob (Juanita) - Heather, Robert, Glen, Andrew; Joe (Nellie) - Matthew, Joel, Kyle; Johnny (Shari) - Josiah, Hannah Daughters: Christine (Garnet) - Richard; Karen (Geoff ) - Estelle; Beverley (Harold); Cynthia (Christopher) - Alexis; Leonard (Revital)

Chicken Breast in a Light Mushroom Sauce, rice, vegetables & dessert: $16.95

Ruby Louise (Stone) Hayes (Tremblett) Sisters, Brothers, Uncles, Aunts, Numerous Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren,



ee PASTA NIGHT: Tuesdays WIFI WING NIGHT: Wednesdays PRAWN NIGHT (45¢/each) is back: Thursdays* starting February 6 PRIME RIB NIGHT: Fridays STEAK NIGHT: Saturdays

Nieces, Nephews and cousins. September 08,1940 – January 25, 2014 To live in the heartsPredeceased of those left by: behind is never to die. A Husband: woman whoJoseph will beValentine truly missed by many. Tremblett, In lieu of flowers, donationsMelvina to the Heart and Stroke Foundation wouldStone be greatly appreciated. Mother: Stone, Father: William Survived by: Sons: Bill - Nicole, Joey; Bob (Juanita) - Heather, Robert, Glen, Andrew; Joe (Nellie) - Matthew, Joel, Kyle; Johnny (Shari) - Josiah, Hannah Daughters: Christine (Garnet) - Richard; Karen (Geoff ) - Estelle; Beverley (Harold); Cynthia (Christopher) - Alexis; Leonard (Revital) Sisters, Brothers, Uncles, Aunts, Numerous Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews and cousins. To live in the hearts of those left behind is never to die. A woman who will be truly missed by many.

Mexican Night Thursdays will be cancelled as of February 1.


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Liquor Store open until 11pm Mon - Sat, 10pm on Sundays


Located on Francois Lake Drive, Burns Lake Pub: 250-692-0068 Liquor store: 250-692-0067

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Burns Lake & area The Comfort Zone Flying Dutchman Service

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High Efficiency Furnaces 101-1st Avenue, Burns Lake


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Certified Appliance Repair & Computer Technicians Computer Training, Sales & Service

Box 420, 28540 Colleymount Rd., Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E2

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Phone: (250) 692-4353








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Save your gas money -



Lakes District News

Wednesday, February 5, 2014





























$ 179


9.0 L/100 KM HWY | 12.6 L/100 KM CITYW





ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. ¥/¥¥/≠/‡/ *Offers apply to the lease of a new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab 4x4 (2LT/Z71)/2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab 4X4 1WT (G80/B30/H2R). Freight ($1,650) and PDI included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. ‡‡2014 Silverado 1500 with the available 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission has a fuel-consumption rating of 13.0L/100 km city and 8.7L/100 km hwy 2WD and 13.3L/100 km city and 9.0L/100 km hwy 4WD. Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine has a fuel-consumption rating of 12.9L/100 km city and 9.0L/100 km hwy 2WD and 14.1L/100 km city and 9.6L/100 km hwy 4WD. Fuel consumption based on GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Comparison based on 2013 Large Pickup segment and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. ^Based on 2013 Large Pickup segment and last available information at the time of posting. Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming base vehicle, except for any option(s) necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See your dealer for additional details. +Whichever comes first. See dealer/manufacturer for details. Based on 2013 Large Pickup segment and last available information at the time of posting. ~ Includes 6 months trial of Directions & Connections with Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Turn-by-Turn Navigation not available in certain areas; availability impacted by some geographical/cellular limitations), advisor assisted-routing available; Visit for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions. † Whichever comes first. Limit of four ACDelco Lube-Oil-Filter services in total. Fluid top-offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc., are not covered. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ¥¥ For retail customers only. $3,500/$4,000 manufacturer-to-dealer credit available on cash, finance or lease purchases of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab 2LT Z71/2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab 4X4 1WT. Other cash credits available on most models. See participating dealer or for details. Offers end February 28, 2014. ** True North Edition Package (PDU) includes credit valued at $2,265 MSRP. Offer only valued from January 3, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (the “Program Period”). †† $1,000 manufacturer to dealer lease cash available on 2014 Silverado Double Cab. Other cash credits available on most models. See your GM dealer for details. Offer ends February 28, 2014. ‡ Offer only valid from January 3, 2014 – February 28, 2014 (the “Program Period”) to retail customers resident in Canada who own or are currently leasing (during the Program Period) a GM or competitor pickup truck to receive a $1,000 credit towards the purchase,finance or lease of an eligible new 2013 or 2014 Model Year Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty, Silverado Heavy Duty, Sierra Light Duty, Sierra Heavy Duty, or 2013 Avalanche. Only one (1) credit may be applied per eligible vehicle sale. Offer is transferable to a family member living in the same household (proof of address required). This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. The $1,000 credit includes HST/GST/PST as applicable by province. As part of the transaction, dealer will request current vehicle registration and/or insurance to prove ownership. GMCL reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Void where prohibited by law. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer for details. ¥ 2.5% lease APR available for 48 months on a new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Double Cab 4X4 1WT, O.A.C by GM Financial. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Down payment or trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payments may vary depending on down payment/trade. License, insurance, dealer fees, excess wear and km charges, applicable taxes, registration fees and other applicable fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See participating dealer for details. ^^ The 2014 Silverado has been awarded the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. For more information, please visit W Based on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary.

Call Sullivan Motor Products at 250-845-2244, or visit us at 2760 Yellowhead Highway, Houston. [License #5631]

Burns Lake Lakes District News, February 05, 2014  

February 05, 2014 edition of the Burns Lake Lakes District News

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