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Salmon chefs wanted

For those dreaming of summer fun already, the Fort St. James National Historic Site is offering an idea. The historic site is looking for teams for their annual New Caledonia Salmon cook-off. Teams are given salmon and they can prepare it any way they like over a fire at the historic site on July 19, 2014. The competition was won last year by the Nak’azdli team Nu Yiz Nabobs. Teams interested in participating can contact Bob Grill at 996-7191 ext. 21.

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The honourary consul for Ukraine in B.C., Mir Huculak, is publicizing opportunities for British Columbians to help the families of shooting victims in Kyiv, Ukraine, and those who were injured in anti-government protests. Between 75 and 100 people died in the upheaval, which led to President Viktor Yanukovych fleeing Kyiv on Friday, and a plan for new elections in May. People wishing to make tax-deductible donations, which will be used for humanitarian relief for shooting victims’ families and injured protesters, can donate online through the CUF Maidan Fund, at www.cufoundation. ca, or through Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, at  https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/15000. Non-tax deductible donations can be sent to Ukrainian Canadian Congress, at 145 Evans Avenue – Suite 208, Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 5X8.

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The stage racers of the Caledonia Classic Sled Dog Races take off across Stuart Lake in the first of three days of racing for the teams. The race began Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. and marks the beginning of this year’s Winterfest activities, more than a week of events in Fort St. James to celebrate winter. Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier

Walk on ... in The Fort St. James Medical Clinic has begun to take walk-in clients on a trial basis and pre-book appointments

Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier The Fort St. James Medical Clinic is currently taking walk-ins on a trial basis. A massive step forward for the clinic, allowing walk-in patients is aimed at addressing acute illnesses, but was simply not possible for the past couple of years due to the physician shortage. For a year the community struggled under the care of one lone physician, Dr. Stent, who had to do what he could to provide some health care to the entire area. Once more physicians were recruited to the community, there was an immense backlog of chronic illness patients which were being dealt with and this then prevented those who had

acute problems such as a flu-related illness to be seen much of the time. But at the beginning of February, the clinic was finally caught up enough with the backlog to begin shifting the physician schedule to accommodate walk-ins and opening up to book appointments, which previously was done via 9 a.m. call-ins during which the clinic was booked everyday within minutes of opening. The three-month trial has been going well so far, according to Kathy Marchal, who manages the clinic. The clinic is so far able to see on average 26-30 walk-in patients a day, and normally Marchal said all the walk-in patients are able to get in by the end of the day on most days. It is a first-come,

first-serve walk-in, and clients write down their names on a list when they arrive, and they are seen in the order on the list, but the patients must be in the clinic when their name is called. With five physicians in the community now, and one nurse practitioner working out of the Nak’azdli Health Centre, the situation has improved significantly since Dr. Stent was the only physician left in Fort St. James, but there are still issues, said Marchal. Due to the population and the amount of chronic disease patients in the area, as soon as the appointment books were opened up to prebook spots, all the available spots until the end of April were filled within two weeks. Now, patients who

need follow-up appointments can not book an appointment with their own physician until May. If they use the walk-in, the patient may not get their own doctor, which is not ideal for follow-up and chronic disease care. “It’s exactly what we predicted would happen,” said Marchal about the bookings. While the system will be re-evaluated after the three-month trial period is up Marchal said so far the walk-in is working well, and she can’t see it going away, but changes may have to be made to continue to address the high number of chronic problems in the population with only five physicians. “We need six physicians,” she said. “That’s absolutely the bottom line.”

RCMP responded to a report of a student in possession of a possible handgun at Fort St. James Secondary School Monday, Feb. 24. At around 1:50 p.m., RCMP were informed by the school administration a student reported he or she had seen another student at the school in possession of a handgun. “The RCMP were immediately contacted and were on the scene within minutes,” said a statement from school administration going out to parents after the incident. Police on duty at the time were immediately sent to create a perimeter around the school, but they quickly learned the weapon involved was not a firearm. The realisticlooking pellet gun was believed to have been passed around by a small group of friends. RCMP then located the pellet gun and seized it. Once it was determined no criminal charges were warranted in the case, it was determined the school would deal with the students involved internally. School District 91 Director of Instruction Manu Madhok said the disciplinary process began immediately and will continue on in partnership with the RCMP and will be both educational and disciplinary. The replica hand gun is expected to be destroyed by police. While the school district does have policies around illegal weapons and firearms at schools, there is not a policy addressing these types of guns, as pellet guns or airsoft guns are not controlled weapons. Madhok said the school district will probably need to go back and look at possibly developing a specific policy around these types of guns, as they are becoming more common. RCMP said the modern pellet and airsoft guns are being made more and more realistic-looking, which can lead to problems and imitation weapons involved in any type of offence, such as uttering threats, carry serious criminal charges.


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SATURDAY 84 BC Speed Skating Reg

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Finals & 30th Anniversary

7:15pm Public Skating

Murray Ridge Community Day! Live Music!

Caledonia Classic Sled Dog Races

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5:30pm Internet Safety Prstn @ FSJSS

9am Strong Start

5:30pm Taekwon-do

7pm Family Play @ Music Makers

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Administrative Professionals Day

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Sled Drag Races @ Ski Hill

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Qualifying Sled Drag Races at Ski Hi

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Keep your family safe - online Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier We live in the days of smartphones, web cams and social media. This much we know, but do you know how your family is using those technologies? In an effort to “encourage, educate and empower” parents and teens, the Fort St. James RCMP and the Fort St. James Senior Secondary School student council are collaborating on a free internet safety presentation. The event, aimed at helping establish an open relationship between parents and their children on internet use, will come complete with a free spaghetti dinner and door prizes.

Attendees could win a Samsung Galaxy tablet while they learn about internet safety. Parents will learn about how to protect their children online no matter what they access and how they can teach youth the basic rules of internet safety so they can use all of it responsibly. Youth will learn how to protect themselves and what they can do if something does happen. While the technology changes all the time and kids always find the newest applications, websites and gadgets, they need to be taught the tools to reduce their exposure to the potential risks of the different technologies, said Jhen Bridgeman, who is helping organize the event. While most kids aren’t getting into trou-

ble online, she said they are at risk for cyber- speaking to your child in your front yard, bullying, exposure to inappropriate content, what would you do?” asks the poster. “If online predators, posting personal or inap- your child was communicating with the propriate information or sexting. same stranger online, what would you do?” But “the whole thing is not meant to scare Parents can have a look at some of the inanyone,” said Bridgeman, who works with formation by going to netsmartz.org. youth at the school. She said at the school Other online resources are: www.kidsinthey are faced with all of those issues listed theknow.ca and needhelpnow.ca above on a daily basis. The event will take place Mar. 13 in the She wants parents and teens to know old FSJSS gym from 5:50-7:30 p.m. what resources are out there to help and how to create discussion in the family around “netiquette” or online manners. ChartereD The presentation will be based on INCOME TAXaCCountantS PREPARATION NetSmartz, a program put together by • CorPorate anD PerSonaL taX (Personal and Business) • FInanCIaL StateMent PreParatIon the National Centre for Missing and • aSSuranCe Exploited Children. • BooKKeePInG anD Data deProCeSSInG GRACE RHN SCHMITZ “If a person unknown to you was • eState PLannInG

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Fort St. James RCMP report Feb. 22 at 11 p.m., RCMP pulled over a vehicle with a burnt out headlight near Highway 27 and Sowchea Road. They then discovered the vehicle had no valid insurance and the driver had no valid licence and was prohibited from driving. The vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days and the driver was issued tickets for driving without insurance, for not having a valid licence and having a non functioning headlight. The driver was also issued an appearance notice for court under the Motor Vehicle Act charge of driving while prohibited. Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. another incident took place involving a

prohibited driver. A member on patrol dealt with a vehicle at Fourth Avenue and Ash Street. The driver was also driving with no valid drivers licence and prohibited from driving under the Motor Vehicle Act. The driver was issued an appearance notice for court and the vehicle was impounded. Feb. 26 at approximately 2:30 p.m., RCMP were called to the downtown core to a report of an intoxicated male causing problems and disturbing businesses. The male suspect was located and arrested and was facing more than 10 counts of breaching a recognizance.

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It’s not over yet, so make the most of winter Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Well, here it is, just the beginning of March and I can not believe how many people have said to me lately “Enough already, I’m ready for summer.” Okay, those of us here for the last couple summers know what summer in Fort St. James can be like: a day at the beach. The sunshine, warm water, sandy beaches and such can make for a heady cocktail we can’t get enough of. But let’s not pretend it’s coming anytime soon. The biggest drawback to the climate here in my mind, is the lack of spring. It is a long, slow and cold season, the lake takes ages to thaw, the mud can be a bit of a challenge - not to mention the gravel on the roads - and then BAM, summer. Then it’s weeknights at the beach, weekends at the beach, anytime at the beach or on the lake. We get spoiled. But winter still will have a long hold on us, and while time does always slip by quickly, I suggest embracing the remnants of our long

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winter, while the snow is good. The cross-country and downhill skiing are fantastic right about now, with the sun and blue sky making for some pretty lovely days outside, and it warms up to a reasonable temperature when the sun is out. Sadly, the ice will be out of the arena soon, but there is just enough time to take in one more skate or game, before it’s gone for another season. The weekend this paper goes to press will also be the start of the first annual Fort St. James Winterfest, which will include two weekends of Caledonia Classic Sled Dog racing, some ice sculpting, a sugar shack, a cross country event and speed skating regionals plus some evening entertainment. If there is one thing we can not control, it is the weather (climate change being something else entirely, we’re not exactly picking and choosing how it manifests itself). It’s not yet time to put away the skis and snowshoes, and it’s going to be awhile before the bathing suits get broken out and the lake opens up for the first brave soles, so we might as well enjoy it. Happy winter, happy trails.

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Courier Senior girls go on to provincials Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier The Falcons Senior Girls Basketball team will be heading on to provincials in Lumby. The team earned a spot in the provincial tournament during the regional tournament in Bella Coola. The team played five games, winning four, and took third place overall. Cedars Christian School of Prince George came in first and Fraser Lake was second. Coach Suzanne Burck said the community of Bella

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LEFT: Lexi Joinson gets into her music while performing as part of the Greek Dinner fundraiser for the Nak’azdli Youth Centre and the social repsonsibility group trip to Ecuador. Caledonia Courier

Elliot fundraiser There was a fantastic turnout for the Chris Elliot fundraiser on Feb. 22. The spaghetti dinner and silent auction were held to help raise money to assist Chris Elliot whose home and all his belongings were destroyed in a house fire on Feb. 6. Elliot did not have insurance. Donations to help Elliot can be made to a trust set up at the Integris Credit Union. Household items can be dropped off at the Fort St. James RCMP detachment. Caledonia Courier

Coola did a fabulous job welcoming the team to the community. Fort St. James player Carmen Bennison was selected as a first team all-star, a group of five players who stood out through the tournament, selected by all the coaches. Hannah Burgart was chosen

as a second team all-star. There were over 100 players in the tournament, so Burck said it was “quite an honour” for Bennison and Burgart to be chosen. The team heads down to play in the provincials in Lumby in the Single ‘A’ group, seeded 13 out of 16 spots in the tournament.

Marriage Commissioner The Vital Statistics Agency, Ministry of Health, is looking for an individual to serve as a Marriage Commissioner for Fort St James. The individual will perform civil marriages within the community on behalf of the Agency. For information and an application form please visit our website at: www.vs.gov.bc.ca/marriage


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The Fort St. James Snowmobile Club put on their annual Poker Ride on Feb. 22, a tradition more than 20 years old. The 64 km event drew over 200 snowmobilers to the day of

snow and sunshine, though it was a bit cold, it did warm up once the sun was out for awhile. The club sold 350 poker, hands, up from last year’s 310 hands sold. About one dozen

snowmobile club volunteers were helped out by the local dog sled group volunteers. One of the event organizers, volunteer Pam Tencarre reported participants said the trails were really great,

thanks to the volunteer groomers, headed up by Ed Hill. They also groomed the trails right after the event, so it would be in good shape for this weekend’s Caledonia Classic Sled Dog Races beginning on Feb. 28. The proceeds from the event go towards

helping to pay for some of the fuel costs involved in maintaining the extensive trail network, which this year required the removal of over 2,000 trees after some strong windstorms and given the amount of bug kill in the area. Tencarre said she and her husband Gayle LEFT: Fort St. James Conifex staff in their pink hard hats as part of Bullying STOPS here campaigns.

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As part of Pink Shirt Day anti-bullying campaigns, Conifex marked Pink Hard Hat Day. Conifex Timber Inc., with locations in Vancouver, Fort St. James, Mackenzie and Prince George had staff wear pink hard hats to support worker’s right to work in an environment that protects and promotes the dignity of individuals and enusres that all employees can work without fear of bullying.

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Janine Joseph “Janine is always on time, always prepared and always works hard in P.E.” She enjoys being active and is generally a nice kid, said Waddell.

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“Northern Gateway is taking extraordinary measures to ensure marine safety—reducing tanker speeds on British Columbia’s north coast is just one.” - Chris Anderson, Master Mariner, Lead Marine Advisor, Northern Gateway Project

Northern Gateway has proposed tanker-related safety measures designed to maintain safe vessel transportation. These measures, together with lower tanker transit speeds in the coastal channels, not only reduce the risk of marine incidents, they also minimize potential adverse effects on the marine mammal environment. ACTING ON EXPERT ADVICE Northern Gateway has consulted with many of the top experts in Canada and the world, including Chris Anderson who, as a Master Mariner and seafarer, has over 50 years of experience including the development of port and terminal facilities in British Columbia’s coastal waters and internationally. Acting on the advice of a team of experts, Northern Gateway committed to a vessel transit speed range from 8 to 12 knots. Anderson says, “Reducing vessel transit speeds through a confined channel to within this range allows improved response from our escort tugs, substantially reducing the risk of a navigational incident, while maintaining safe vessel operation.”

initiatives that was put forward by Northern Gateway. As Anderson puts it, “Project-related vessels are capable of speeds of 15 to 16 knots. Many other oceangoing vessels can travel at even higher speeds. Northern Gateway is committed to reducing vessel speeds by as much as half that as an added measure of prevention.” GOING EVEN FURTHER TO ENSURE MARINE SAFETY In addition to reducing tanker speeds, Northern Gateway has committed to the use of two escort tugs for every loaded tanker associated with the Project, with one tug being tethered at all times. According to Anderson, “In the event of a mechanical issue, the tethered escort tugs can take over steering and braking which greatly reduces the risk of an incident occurring. This commitment will also help protect British Columbia’s north coast.”

BEYOND WHAT’S REQUIRED The commitment to reducing transit speeds is not a regulatory requirement, but one of many voluntary marine safety

ENDORSED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS The Joint Review Panel’s endorsement of the Northern Gateway Project came after a rigorous, scientific review of the evidence, including Gateway’s precautionary approach to vessel speeds and escort tug standards. Northern Gateway is working hard to meet all of the final conditions set out by the Panel, the same way they are working to meet the five conditions set out by the Province of British Columbia. Northern Gateway is committed to doing everything possible in order to build a safer, better project.

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Shred the Nar Mountain to go, the two rested get missed this year I see it be- eos from the many ski hills they up to hit the Ridge on Sunday, ing the island.” visit along the way, from HudFeb. 23, with yours truly as a loThe biggest challenge for the son’s Hope’s tiny rope tow to cal guide. two has been the temperature Red Mountain in Rossland, B.C. It was a chilly start to the day, in the van, which can be a bit Postcript: Unfortunately, due with an early-morning hockey cool during winter drives, due to to the shoulder ligament ingame to start things off, then a drafts from the aging seals. jury Berger sustained at Murfollow-up nap before the riding. But they braved the cold tem- ray Ridge, he did end up having When we made it up to the peratures (-20 C that evening) to to take a week off of riding, so hill, the sun was shining and it head south after a day at Murray Day had to head to the coastal was warmer up at the hill than it Ridge, to get one night at home mountains with another friend had been down in town, and we in Williams Lake before hitting of theirs, but he expected to be got to work right away. the road once again. back on the board the following Riding all day, with one stop Check out Shred the Nar on week. to eat a late lunch in the lodge, Facebook, where they post vidthe two rode some great Murray Ridge terrain, and seemed to enjoy themselves, though Berger did crash and hurt his Snowboarders Morgan Day (left) and Oliver Berger go up the T-bar shoulder before lunch. at Murray Ridge Ski Area on Feb. 23. In true Ridge style, while Shred the Nar photo there had not been fresh snow Ruth Lloyd thing I’ve wanted to accomplish for many days, there was Caledonia Courier as well,” said Sullivan. “It was still some great tracks to be perfect timing for both of us be- found, and we did the walk One van, two men and 40 ski ing able to take some time away out along the ridge to some hills. from work for the winter and we perfect fresh tracks. Sounds like a recipe for one were like ‘why not try and ride The two left with smiles incredible ski season road trip them all in one season?’” on their faces, heading for and a few great videos along the So they resurrected the van one night in Williams Lake way. Berger had bought years ago (their home) before leaving Two best friends, Oliver with friends, a vintage blue for Vancouver to knock the Berger and Morgan Day, long Chevy van with a bed in the back north shore mountains off the time employees of Mt. Timothy and room underneath for snow- list. 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It's all just an ACT for students in SD 91 Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier

provided to the high schools for the additional level of training. They're doubly trained in the art of School District 91 will be a CPR," said Carpenter. safer place to be thanks to high Last year, 44 Grade 10 students at school students. Fort St. James Secondary School were Thanks to funding through put through training and became certithe Advanced Cardio Treatment fied in CPR and the use of the AED. (ACT) Foundation, all four public This not only makes them capable high schools in School District 91 of dealing with an emergency but also have received training and equipgives them a step up when seeking fument in both cardio pulmonary ture employment. resuscitation (CPR) and the use of There's "always a need for students an automated external defibrillator to put something on their resume," said (AED). Carpenter. "It's one of those skills you ACT approached school dishope you never have to use but at the tricts in the province in 2010 end of the day, it's pretty relevant." proposing to provide training for Now, in the final piece to the puzzle teachers to become instructors for of the great asset the ACT Foundation the CPR course and the training is providing the school district, a new mannequins. AED machine was delivered and inDarren Carpenter, the School stalled at FSJSS recently. District 91 Career and Trades Now Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, Program Coordinator, said this Vanderhoof and Burns Lake high school district was on board and Students trained in the use of CPR and and AED pose with the new AED device at FSJSS. schools will have the devices on site Darren Carpenter photo and there will be trained people on site. approached teachers in the district, who were also in favour of "If there is a need for them they are trict to train teachers as professional de- again approached the district about prothe program. accessible," said Carpenter. "We're pretvelopment training and provided the dis- viding the AED training to use the deCarpenter said School District 91 trict with 120 training mannequins. ty excited about it." vice. "bought into it lock stock and barrel." Installed, each of the AED devices Then last year, Carpenter said ACT Specialized mannequins were then So ACT brought a trainer to the discosts an estimated $2,500.

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BC Winter Games athletes The local athletes who traveled to the BC WInter Games in Mission have gained some experience and some came home with medals. Speed skaters Emily Sulyma and Morgan Bennison both raced in the mixed relay and their team ended up with bronze after two teams were disqualified. Emily Sulyma skated a personal best time in the 500 m with 57.73 seconds, Jessica Sewell of Vanderhoof also skated a personal best time in the 500 m, clocking 1 min 2.72 sec. Morgan Bennison and Matthew Ebert of Vanderhoof both pushed themselves very hard to make the primary final, according to their coach

Alison Leach. "They both had multiple wipe outs but had great recoveries from getting back up on their feet very quickly and racing very well," said Leach in an email. Emily Prestmo of Vanderhoof also made a personal best time while she skated the 400 m in the Under 14 category, clocking in at 49.61 sec. Connor Ebert of Vanderhoof skated in the Under 14 males and also clocked a personal best in the 400 m of 47.7. The Under 16 relay team was Emily Sulyma, Morgon Bennison, Jessica Sewell and Matthew Ebert, the team bringing home the bronze

medal. "I thoroughly enjoyed attending the BC Winter Games with this group of skaters," said Leach. "They were a pleasure to work with and coach, they responded well to my coaching and were willing to listen and learn. "These guys once again gave me a positive experience at the games and I would be happy to coach again at the games." Leach said the support of both the Fort St. James and Vanderhoof communities was greatly appreciated by the skaters. "They made our community proud with the great attitude and their dedication to their sport to do their

best," she said. Their were a number of other local athletes who traveled to Mission to compete in their respective sports. Harry Goerz shot a compound bow in archery and came in seventh. Daniel Crook shot a recurve bow in archery and came in sixth. The Northwest Under 16 female hockey team had two Fort St. James players: Hannah Olinek and Sophie Davis. The team came in eighth place overall. The northwest wheelchair basketball team placed sixth, with four players from Fort St. James: David Goerz, Cole Taylor, Bryan Caldwell and Will Bennison.

TOP LEFT: Harry Goerz was on the Zone 7 wheelchair basketball team. BOTTOM LEFT: The northwest archery team included two Fort athletes and a coach. RIGHT CENTRE: Emily Sulyma raced in the Under 16 relay and short track races. FAR RIGHT: The northwest wheechair basketball team had four players from Fort. BC Winter Games photos

Pink Shirt Day LEFT: Rocking pink on Pink Shirt Day. Students and staff at Fort St. James Secondary School were wearing some serious pink to support the anti-bullying campaign. Student Kiana Ferguson said she wears the shirt to represent standing up for others. "Be proud of yourself," she said. Student Morgan Prince said he wears the shirt because when he was younger, he himself was bullied and to show others: "I'm willing to stand up for the kids that can't stand up for themselves or aren't ready to," he said. Caledonia Courier

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