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Victim services funding

Fat bike rider fund raises for MS In 2013, Jasper firefighter Greg Van Tighem braved extreme heat, rattlesnakes, and roaring transport trucks on a 2800 kms cycle for multiple sclerosis.

Bylaw could receive final adoption as early as March 20

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MICHAEL RIIS-CHRISTIANSON The Burns Lake and area victim services program is one step closer to getting a secure source of long-term funding. Gail Chapman, Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN), announced Feb. 17 that voters in electoral areas B (Burns Lake Rural) and E (Francois/ Ootsa Lake Rural) had consented to the Burns Lake and Area Victims’ Services Service Establishment Bylaw #1682, 2013 through the Alternative Approval Process (AAP).   According to Chapman, only 53 eligible voters in Electoral Area B, and 90 in Electoral Area E, voiced their opposition to the bylaw by filing signed elector response forms before the Feb. 14 deadline. To prevent adoption of the bylaw, at least 146 voters in Electoral Area B, or 109 in Electoral Area E, had to communicate their opposition to it by submitting the required form.   The consent of electors within the Village of Burns Lake, who are already funding the service, was not required.  The regional district used the AAP provisions of the local government act and community charter to obtain elector assent for the new bylaw rather than take it to referendum. The seldom-used process is sometimes employed when the proposal requiring elector approval is non-controversial or time-sensitive, and the costs of holding a full referendum are relatively small and less than the cost of service under consideration.  Bylaw 1682, which received three readings Nov. 21, will allow the regional district to requisition up to $20,000 ...see VICTIMS

Moose receive radio collars Nearly three dozen moose in the Entiako area south of Ootsa Lake received wardrobe accessories last month courtesy of the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations

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Omineca Ski toast pioneer Jean Paulson Fifty-four skiers between the ages of eight and 67 braved cold weather and a mass start Feb. 23.


Local resident Gunter Hoehne captured this picture of this Willow Ptarmigan while skiing on the Omineca ski trails just below the viewpoint on the Spud road.

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Fat bike rider fund raises for multiple sclerosis M. Riis-Christianson In 2013, Jasper firefighter Greg Van Tighem braved extreme heat, rattlesnakes, and roaring transport trucks on a 2800 kms cycle for multiple sclerosis (MS). Most fund raising cyclists would call that a career, park their bikes in the garage, and live off the memories. But not Van Tighem; this year, the 53-year-old fire chief and Alberta MS ambassador is planning an even more ambitious challenge: Cycle the 3100 kms length of Hwy. 16 from Masset, B.C. to Winnipeg, Manitoba in approximately 28 days. On a fat bike. In winter. Sound crazy? Per-

haps. But Van Tighem, who learned a thing or two about himself and cycling during last year’s epic ride, insists it can be done. “I realize it will be extremely difficult, and I may hit the wall once or twice, but I will succeed,” he said confidently last week from his office in Jasper. “I have to. I’ve put this out to the whole world. There is no turning back now – barring a major accident or catastrophe. There is no ‘try’.” Van Tighem started cycling for charity approximately seven years ago, when a fellow firefighter suggested they enter a team in the Hinton MS Bike tour, a two-day, 90 kms race through the Rocky

Mountains. The experience helped him rediscover cycling, and introduced him to the MS Society of Canada. “I think that first year we had 17 people on the team, most of them firefighters,” he recalls. “The next year, we had 30 members, and we became the top fundraising team.” Cycling for the MS Society also brought him into contact with people suffering from the debilitating disease, and their courage inspired him. “The second year of the bike tour, I had a friend – actually, my younger brother’s good friend, another firefighter – who passed away. He had MS, and I knew him fairly well.

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I’d fished with him and stuff, so I rode for him for the next few years… Then I just started meeting more people (with MS), and the MS society approached me and asked if I’d be an ambassador. Once I started doing that, it just sort of snowballed.” A little over a year ago, Van Tighem started looking for a way to take his MS fund raising to another level. Jasper is the northernmost town on Hwy. 93, a winding route through Canada and the United States that terminates in Wickenburg, Arizona. So when the municipality of Jasper formed a sister city relationship with Wickenburg, he came up with a bold plan to ride the length of Hwy. 93. In April, he packed his bags and touring bike and flew to Phoenix, Arizona. After a short shuttle to Wickenburg, the man some thought was crazy pedaled off alone into the desert heat. As expected, the three-week trip wasn’t a cake-walk. “There were two specific times I seriously wanted to quit,” he recalls. “Once was when I had been biking a three-inch shoulder in 35 Celsius heat most of the day, and I was almost struck by a tractor trailer.” “The other time (I wanted to quit) was between MacKay, Idaho and Salmon, Idaho, a distance of almost 200 kms. I started in the pouring rain with a strong headwind, got soaking wet, then was chased by a mean dog. To top it off, I had four flats and my hands were so cramped. ‘One day at a time’ became my motto.” After conquering Hwy. 93, Van Tighem took a brief rest before riding in several other cycling events. After exceeding his fundraising goal of $93,000 in 2013 (in the end, his

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Greg Van Tighem will be arriving in Burns Lake this Saturday. He will be at the fire hall and the community is welcome to come down and meet him. activities raised more than $96,000 for the MS Society of Canada), he started looking for a way to ‘kick it up a notch’ this year. He found it along the ribbon of asphalt known as Hwy. 16. For Van Tighem, who hopes to raise another $93,000 for the MS society this year, the Masset-to-Winnipeg ride will be even more challenging than his 2013 trip. Riding a fat bike isn’t easy; add icy roads, heavily loaded logging trucks, and subzero temperatures to the mix, and the result is a challenge most cyclists wouldn’t dream of accepting. Yet the fire chief from Jasper, despite insisting he’s just an ‘average guy’, has proven he’s anything but ordinary.

Van Tighem left Jasper for Prince Rupert on Feb. 28, and planned to start his epic ride March 3 in Masset. He expects to encounter adversity along the way, but insists he won’t quit. On previous tours, when pain and stress became almost too much to bear, he found himself thinking about the thousands of MS patients who each day find the courage to fight a disease that has no cure. It made his personal problems seem insignificant, and gave him the strength to keep pedaling. “I think about people like my buddy Luigi,” he says quietly. “He has MS. I used to play hockey against him. Ten years ago, he could only walk with the aid

of crutches. Today, he’s confined to a wheelchair. He’s a fighter, though; he goes to physiotherapy every week, and he has a personal trainer. He’s had stem cell transplants twice and Liberation treatment once. When the going gets get tough, I offer the ride to him and the many others dealing with the same pain, frustration, and helplessness.” Van Tighem is scheduled to arrive in Burns Lake on March 8, where he’ll be a guest of the Burns Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Readers interested in following his journey – or making a donation to the MS Society of Canada – can do so at www.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cost for victim services to be split

VICTIMS from t P1 the bylaw, the costs of the service will be split between the Village of Burns Lake (60 per cent), Electoral Area B (20 per cent), and Electoral Area E (20 per cent). According to Hans Berndorff, financial administrator for the regional district, the bylaw could receive final adoption as early as March 20.  “If adopted on March 20, the service will be included in our taxation for 2014,” he noted.  Although the bylaw allows for a $20,000 requisition for victim services, it’s unlikely that taxpayers will be asked to contribute the maximum amount.   “If the bylaw is adopted on March 20, we will contribute $13,636 to the service in 2014,” Berndorff explained. “Because of other revenues from grants in lieu of taxes, we will only have to tax $11,470 (this year).”  Yet even if property owners are asked to contribute the maximum amount available under bylaw 1682, it shouldn’t put too large a dent in their pocket books. Prior to the AAP, regional district officials estimated that the owner of a $100,000 home in Burns Lake would only have to contribute $9.53 to keep the victim services program in operation. In the two rural areas, the es-

timated tax bill was even lower: $2.09 and $3.41 annually for the owners of similar homes in electoral areas B and E, respectively. In general, local government officials are pleased with the outcome of last month’s AAP.  Burns Lake village council, which received the results at its Feb. 25 regular meeting, seemed more surprised by the number of AAP dissenters than the actual results.   “It is disappointing that so many people decided to vote against victim services,” noted VBL coun. John Illes. “It was also interesting to note that the number of people who decided to vote against the proposal was nearly identical to the total number of people who voted in the latest arena referendum – that involved much larger amounts of money.”   The AAP process followed a series of five public meetings held in January throughout electoral areas B, E, and the Village of Burns Lake.   The victim services program currently operates out of the Burns Lake RCMP detachment. It offers emotional and practical support, as well as other non-monetary assistance, to victims and witnesses of crime and other traumatic events.  The service is currently funded by the Village of Burns Lake and the Ministry of Justice, but funding from the ministry – which provided temporary financial aid after the 2012 explosion at Babine Forest Products – will soon expire.

Teachers vote strike coming soon

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B.C. teachers will vote on another mandate to strike March 4-6, B.C. Teachers' Federation (BCTF) president Jim Iker said last Tuesday. "Unreasonable proposals" from the province's negotiating team include wage increases lower than what other public sector unions have received, and a continued refusal to put class size and special needs support limits back into the contract, Iker

told a news conference in Vancouver. Education Minister Peter Fassbender said wage negotiations "have to start somewhere" and after a year of bargaining, the BCTF has yet to present a wage demand. He declined to provide specifics of the government offer, but said classroom conditions are on the negotiating table. Iker confirmed the union has not yet made a wage proposal, after a year of negotiations to replace a contract that expired in June 2013. The union described the gov-

ernment's offer as a 0.5 per cent increase on ratification, not retroactive to the past year, making three years with no increase. "The proposal is followed by another zero for 2014-15 school year and then various ones and point fives over the next four years," the BCTF said in a statement. Iker said any strike action would be phased in, and would not immediately include forcing teachers to stop extra-curricular volunteer work, withholding report cards or walking off the job.

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Crown jewel on table in Cariboo

tell a ‘grand tale’ If the Burgess Shale fossil site in Yoho National Park is a fascinating go-to destination for thousands of visitors, then a new discovery in Kootenay National Park is going to take that fossil exploration experience to a whole new level. The original 505 million-year-old Burgess Shale site contains a motherlode of fossils of some of the planet’s earliest animals from the Cambrian time. In 1980 it was recognized as one of Canada’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It wasn’t just the great age and diversity of the fossils that made them so unique, but the fact that geological conditions came together to preserve not only the hard parts of the animals (bones, shells, teeth) but the soft parts too including muscles, gills, and digestive systems. This allowed scientists to figure out how they actually lived. Now, just 40 kilometres away in Kootenay National Park, a new fossil treasure trove has been found that could match or better the original site in Yoho. In 2012 a team from the Royal Ontario Museum, Pomona College in California, the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan, and Uppsala University in Sweden discovered the Marble Canyon fossil beds. Following a hunch and their knowledge of geology they found the fossils high on a talus slope. What they found, and how, was published in the journal Nature Communications. They collected thousands of specimens representing over 50 animal species. Some of them were completely new to science and even better preserved than those in Yoho, retaining very fine, never-before-seen anatomical details that advance our understanding of how the earliest life forms actually functioned. The new site contains a rich hoard of arthropods, a group of animals that today represents more than 80 per cent of all living animals. This find is the latest in a string of discoveries in the Burgess Shale area. Among the fossils is a vertebrate called Pikaia originally found only in Yoho. Scientists have been able to confirm that it is the most primitive of all known vertebrates and considered the ancestor of all descendant vertebrates, including humans. “This new discovery is an epic sequel to a story that began at the turn of the previous century,” said Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the ROM and the study’s lead author. “There is no doubt in my mind that this new material will significantly increase our understanding of early animal evolution. The rate at which we are finding animals is astonishing, and there is a high possibility that we’ll eventually find more species here than at the original Yoho National Park site, and potentially more than from anywhere else in the world.” Since paleontologist Charles Walcott first discovered the Burgess Shale fossils in 1909, over 200 animal species have been identified. Of the 50 species unearthed in the Kootenay site, some are also found in China’s renowned Chengjiang fossil beds which are 10 million years older. That suggests that Cambrian animals had a global distribution and existed for a very long time. “It didn’t take us very long to realize that we had dug up something special,” said Dr. Robert Gaines, geologist with Pomona College. “To me, the Burgess Shale is a grand tale in every way imaginable, and we are incredibly proud to be part of this new chapter and to keep the story alive and thriving in everyone’s imagination.” The plan is for further exploration this summer with the hope of adding to the new species discovery list. While the fossil bed site in Kootenay is currently under wraps to protect its integrity, controlled visitor opportunities like those to the Burgess Shale location, are a possibility. How cool is that? Margaret Evans, Black Press

The New Prosperity mineral deposit near Williams Lake is described by the industry as one of the largest in the world, containing 5.3 billion pounds of copper and 13.3 million ounces of gold. The Harper government’s decision to reject open-pit mine development for a second time is seen by elected officials in the Cariboo region as a disaster. One of Quesnel’s sawmills is preparing to close for good, and I’ve been told there is more to come as the post-pine beetle era unfolds. Here in the B.C. capital, the decision is mainly viewed as a huge mistake. Taseko Mines is going to court to show that the federal panel used the wrong design when reviewing the company’s expensively revised plan. The province has permitted two successful mines that operate in the same area, one of which is run by Taseko. In Ottawa, this is a Supreme Court of Canada test case over who owns the land and the mineral wealth underneath. In traditional Canadian law, the province owns it. This was highlighted in the recent discussion between B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta’s Alison Redford over royalties from oil. Six aboriginal communities make up the Tsilhqot’in Nation, which has a long and bitter history of resistance against the Crown. They almost won a declaration of title to 40,000 hectares known as the Nemiah Valley: forests, wild horses, minerals and all, in a 339-day trial that ended in 2007. Their case suffered a setback at the B.C. Court of Appeal, and is now before the highest court. Aboriginal rights have been established, but this would be the first clear title. Tsilhqot’in tribal chair Joe Alphonse was pleasantly surprised to see Taseko turned down again. He said the Tsilhqot’in National Government is releasing its own mining policies soon. “We welcome opportunities to look at projects that are environmentally sound and we need economic opportunities,” Alphonse told the <I>Williams Lake Tribune</I>. Somehow efforts to move mine waste rock from Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) to a sealed storage site two kilometres away are not enough to protect groundwater, although they are sufficient at the nearby Gibraltar and Mount Polley mines. And Alphonse makes it clear this mysterious environmental problem will be solved once he and his fellow chiefs have control of the resource. A Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal title is required to settle this. If some limited form of title is at last defined for the treaty-less majority of B.C., or at least Tsilhqot’in territory, the fate of the mine may become clear. Conventional wisdom on this is that the mining company didn’t try hard enough to establish a working relationship with the Tsilhqot’in. For his part, Taseko CEO Russell Hallbauer says the chiefs refused to meet with him, which isn’t surprising from a group that doesn’t recognize the B.C. forests ministry either. Here’s a sample of the volume of evidence that may determine the future of B.C. Archeological studies presented at trial describe “18 roasting and/or pit depressions” at Teztan Biny. It’s not clear if these were for seasonal food preparation or for pit houses, which would indicate a more permanent settlement at the lake. Nor is it clear whether these “cultural depressions” have been identified as being of Tsilhqot’in origin. Oral histories are also uncertain. Tsilhqot’in witnesses testified that Teztan Biny has been used in the 20th century as a hunting and fishing camp. The mine was rejected due to ill-defined cultural as well as environmental concerns. B.C. residents could finally see some answers this year. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email:

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Moose receive radio New Prosperity collars in area Collars will allow wildlife biologists to track the Entiako animals’ movements

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The Entiako work is part of a comprehensive, five-year provincial study that will investigate recent declines in moose populations. Michael Riis-Christianson

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Tom Fletcher The federal government has turned down Taseko Mines' application for a gold mine near Williams Lake for a second time, citing "environmental effects that cannot be mitigated." The decision comes after repeated efforts by the B.C. government to lobby for approval for the project, and a court challenge by Taseko to the federal assessment that it said did not take into account the efforts made to protect the watershed from tailings from the open-pit copper and gold project. Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said Thursday the project would have created 1,200 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs that would help the region recover from the decline in the forest industry from pine beetle impact. "I think the federal government has made a big mistake," Barnett said. Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq issued a statement late Wednesday saying the decision was made "based on the best available scientific evidence while balancing economic and environmental considerations." Taseko CEO Russell Hallbauer said the company accepted the federal government's 2010 invitation to reapply, and committed $300 million to redesign the project in response to the first rejection. Hallbauer said Taseko will proceed with a judicial review applied for in December, arguing that the federal review panel used the wrong design for its updated waste rock storage facility. The panel concluded that the project was likely to cause significant adverse effects on fish and fish habitat, wetlands and aboriginal interest in the Fish Lake area. B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett made two trips to Ottawa since the decision to assure federal officials that the tailings control proposed for New Prosperity Mine is similar to other mines operating in B.C. B.C. enlisted John Meech, a mine engineering professor at the University of B.C., who said the compact soil liner proposed by Taseko has been proven effective at the company's nearby Gibraltar Mine and Mount Polley Mine, operated by Imperial Metals northeast of Williams Lake. Bennett said Thursday the question of the tailings pond will likely be resolved in court, and the province has a proven ability to regulate mines. "We know how to make sure that the design is such that it's not going to contaminate surrounding groundwater, or a lake that's two kilometres away," Bennett said.

Nearly three dozen moose in the Entiako area south of Ootsa Lake received wardrobe accessories last month courtesy of the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO). Greig Bethel, public affairs officer for FLNRO, said Feb. 28 that fish and wildlife officials applied radio collars to 33 moose in management units 6-01 and 6-02 recently. The ministry hopes to collar another dozen animals in the area this month. Bethel said the collars will allow wildlife biologists to track the Entiako animals’ movements throughout the study area. Fifteen of the collars are capable of transmitting data for up to 24 months, while the remaining 30 will stay active for as long as five years. The Entiako work is part of a comprehensive, five-year provincial study that will investigate recent declines in moose populations in five areas of the province from Fort St. James to the Bonaparte region north of Kamloops. It’s designed to provide wildlife officials with insight into how several factors – including hunting pressure, predation, disease, and forestry-related changes to the landscape – influence moose mortality, and help determine what can be done to reverse population declines. Although final results of the study won’t be available for several years, wildlife biologists will be able to use preliminary data to direct the management of moose throughout B.C. “The study is focusing principally on areas in B.C. where there have been declines,” explained Bethel. “Moose surveys throughout most of the Skeena region continue to indicate relatively stable populations, (but) in 2011/12, a survey of the Bulkley Valley/Lakes District confirmed that the moose population had declined from 2004 by 20 per cent.” Bethel stressed that despite the decline, the local moose population is considered to be “comparatively healthy, with good calf recruitment and bull Join us to cow ratios above provincial objectives. FRIDAYS “The only area of concern was that the calf-tocow ratio observed in 2013 was quite low, possibly for: an indication of high predation rates,” he added.   The FLNRO’s most recent (2011) estimate OR TRY OUR GLUTEN FREE SELECTION, NEW pegged BC’s moose population at between 145,000 PASTAS, BURGERS, SALADS, STARTERS!! and 235,000 animals. New estimates will likely be ~ Open 7 days a week ~ released this summer.  The provincial moose study will engage 11 wild+ A KIDS MENU... life biologists, one wildlife veterinarian, and sevCOME CHECK OUT OUR FAMILY SECTION! eral other staff members over the next 60 months. This year’s work is expected to cost $430,000. Hwy 16 • Cold Beer Store: 250-692-3622 • Pub: 250-692-3078



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Editor: Every year, millions of Canadians are targeted by fraud regardless of their age, education level, income, profession or ethnicity. March is Fraud Protection Month in Canada and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is joining the Competition Bureau and several other organizations in raising awareness about the issue of fraud. It’s an ideal time for Canadians to find out how to recognize, prevent and report fraud should they become a victim. It’s easy to fall for a financial scam. Criminals use creative tactics to catch potential victims at different stages of their lives. Whether you are starting your first job, moving out on your own, maintaining a home or living in retirement, be mindful of the potential scams that could target you. Protect your assets, property and identity by recognizing and reporting the warning signs to the proper authorities and by visiting to learn more.     Lucie Tedesco Commissioner Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

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Winter games girls Anna Shaffer(L) and Ava Nealis have returned from the B.C. Winter Games in Mission. The girls represented Zone 7 with three other athletes from Smithers and Terrace in cross country skiing. Both girls are skiers from the Omineca Ski Club. In the skate-ski-sprint race Ava placed seventh out of 19 and Anna came in 16. In the three kilometre classic Ava came in 13 and Anna came in 16. Ava said, “It was great meeting new people and I had a great time.” Anna reiterated that meeting new people was great, “It was a unique experience and the volunteers made it a wonderful experience.” Another exciting part of the games were, because there was no snow in Mission, some competitions were held in Whistler which gave the athletes a chance to see the Olympic venue. Number 38 - Ava Nealis. hugh neave

The 100 anniversary of the driving of the spike

On Friday afternoon the residents of the Pines were invited to the Tweedsmuir House for a social afternoon. They played games, visited and were served coffee. You could tell it was enjoyed by all. A big thanks to the bus drivers who were so very kind and patient. Ice contest Last week I wrote about the long gone days when we used to bet on the time and date when the lake would be clear of ice, that would be free from dock to dock, a dollar a guess. Our dad and Joe

Sudgen were the judges. When all was said and done there would be quite a pot. This little story does back a long time when the smaller ferry was running and the lake had frozen over with good ice. The lake was almost clear of ice but there was one big floating ice between the ferry docks and no wind so it just stayed there so the lake was classed as not free of ice. This big float just stayed. A couple of guys decided they would get a small boat and move this ice float so the lake would be ice free. So about midnight out they went, got the big float moving and a nice breeze came up from the west so they were happy. Maybe the pot would go to them. But their motor stopped and so they had to row in but the ice was moving out. Some body had let the cat

out of the bag and so when they landed on shore there happened to be about six guys waiting for them and not too happy. They were close to getting the pot so they lost it. They were the joke of the landing for a while and some red faces. We would watch the ice float going by and one thing we noticed was the number of dead moose on the ice. They no doubt were trying to cross the lake on the bad ice. One year we counted a dozen dead moose bodies on the floating ice chunks. In the years I’m talking about Burns Lake used to put a car out on the ice and then bet on the time it would go through. This was quite a contest. Lots of bets on that one. Gospel music On Sunday last we had the pleasure of the Grassy Plains church drop in for an hour of good gospel mu-

sic. We always enjoy them very much. Gospel music and singing comes right from the heart. So that’s why it’s so special. 100 years Yesterday I received a very interesting letter and some cuttings from Lois Bishop. In her letter Lois reminded me that this year is the 100 anniversary of the driving of the spike. The railway made such a change in everyone’s life. I quote from her letter “It’s very interesting to know that they had as warm of a winter as we did this year. Can not blame that on global warming as this was 1913.” This was over 100 years ago. These clippings came from the Bella Coola Courier. Very interesting. Thank you Lois Bishop and Jean Giesbrecht (Clark). This is very much down my alley when it

comes to the old days. It’s going to take me a few days to sort these stories out as to dates etc. When we came to Francois Lake we thought we had left the skunks and the porcupines behind but no such luck they were here too. Running cattle back on the prairie an average once a year we would have a range cow come in with quills in her face and having to get them out was a nightmare and big time. Then a young mare with a colt strike a porcupine and get quills in her front legs, only once this happened. Then the skunks they would raid the chicken house that was another job getting the skunks. We always had a dog come in loaded with quills. When we came to B.C. the skunks and the porcupines followed us here. It’s a long time since I have

seen either. Seems to have moved on. Hen house It’s years ago now but a good memory serves me well. My wife Jo always kept laying hens and sold eggs through the store, she had a good business. One morning Jo said to me with the news her egg count was going down so I went tracking and found a skunk living under the chicken house. So it had to go. So I got the 30-30 and crawled as close as I dare as all I could see was its back so I drew a bead and shot. I knew I had hit it by the stink that came out. So I had a coffee then went under the chicken house to fish out the skunk. I put the skunk in a bag and went to the house. Jo met me and said you stay in the back yard you smell terrible. So she got a wash tub and made me

strip off and I got into the tub and soaked for a while. We had some cousins from England out and they got quite a kick out of it all. Little joke This little joke is from reader’s Digest. Lying on his deathbed, a loving husband was wavering between life and death when he thought he smelled chocolate chip cookies baking. They were his very favourite, so he dragged himself out of bed, crawled to the kitchen and was just reaching up to take a cookie off the plate when his wife slapped his hand with a spatula. “Don’t touch!” she commanded. “They’re for the funeral.” Always remember God loves you and so do I. P.S. My type writer machine has broken down, they are sending repairs. It’s an old machine.

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Three day training completed for 24 Burns Lake mill employees

United Steel Workers Local 1-424 has completed its Northern Skills Training pilot project which was made possible through a labour market agreement between the federal and provincial governments. Training for 24 Babine Forest Products (BFP) employees was completed mid February. The training was developed in cooperation with Hampton Affiliates, the owners of the mill in Burns Lake. The training formed part of their employee preparedness for the new high tech sawmill. “The objective was to not only prepare employees for the advanced technology used in the mill but build their confidence to adapt to this modern operation,” said Terry



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(L-R) Tony Tom, Stan Lowley and Brian Mailloux attended training over the three and half days while BFP covered full costs of their wages to ensure the employees had no financial burden. Tate program coordinator for the Northern Skills Training pilot project. The training plan required a partnership with BFP to ensure

the training undertaken was relevant to the needs of both the new operation and employees. Within the partnership BFP covered the full cost of the

employee wages while attending training over the three and half days to ensure no financial burden to the employees. This effective and

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Backyard composting program Michael Riis-Christianson The Regional District of BulkleyNechako (RDBN) is implementing a pilot program designed to reduce the amount of compostable organic material entering local landfills. At their meeting Feb. 20 meeting, regional district directors authorized establishment of the Backyard Composting Program at a cost of $4126. The money will be used to offer composting workshops throughout the RDBN and subsidize the sale of 100 backyard compost “bin and mixing tool” packages.   “The budget for this pilot project has been set at $8,789.20,” Carolynn Lane, RDBN Sustainability Assistant, said last week. “This includes the up-front cost of 100 compost bins and mixing tools, as well as advertising/printing costs and staff travel. However, if all 100 composters are purchased by the public, the cost to the RDBN will be $4126.”   Food scraps, yard trimmings, paper,

and other compostable organic materi- plans may be developed after assessing als make up more than 30 per cent of the the success of this pilot project,” Lane waste currently entering RDBN landfills. said. The regional district, Lane explained, hopes that by providing public education and subsidized bins, it can encourage more residents to undertake backyard composting – and ultimately reduce WILLIAM KONKIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL the pressure on local landfills. FRENCH IMMERSION REGISTRATION While the project is still in the (2014 - 2015) planning stages, Lane said it will Date: March 17 - 21, 2014 probably get underway in May or Time: Doors open at 8:15 a.m. June, when the RDBN will conduct compost ‘launches’ in each will be only 22 seats available for the of its member communities. At 2014There - 2015 French Immersion Kindergarten class. these events, staff members will As seats are limited, students will be enrolled on a host workshops and offer the FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. composting packages for sale at a Parents or guardians must be present to enroll subsidized price of $40.  If this spring’s pilot project is their child(ren). Please bring birth certificate and Care card at time of registration. successful, it may lead to estabRegistration will also be taken for students lishment of a more permanent wanting to enroll in Grade 1 French Immersion program. (depending on space availability).   “Future compost program Ecole William Konkin Elementary

Marriage Commissioner The Vital Statistics Agency, Ministry of Health, is looking for an individual to serve as a Marriage Commissioner for Burns Lake. The individual will perform civil marriages within their community on behalf of the Agency. For information and an application form please visit our website at:

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The CMSL Donations Committee has approved its first donation of 2014. Comfor Management Services Ltd. is pleased to contribute to the opportunity for the students from the grade 7-12 class of Grassy Plains School to culturally experience and enjoy Edmonton. Everyone wishes them a safe and happy trip. The Donations Committee considers donations to individuals or groups towards: • Local Education including scholarships and bursaries in resource management, environmental science or trade school. • Service clubs in the local area • Outdoor recreation in the local area • Recreation facilities in the local area • Sporting teams and local events No formal applications. Requests should include the name of organization or group, contact information, and the amount requested followed by a brief description of what the funds are intended for. If you have any questions, please email:

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Michael Riis-Christianson Five members of the 1st Burns Lake Scouts troop celebrated the birthday of Scouts founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell in style this year. Cubs Liam Penner, May Brinkhurst, Teaira Bishop, and Jacob Pressey, along with Beaver Nathan Pressey, traveled to Prince George with their parents Feb. 22 to watch the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars play their division rivals, the Kelowna Rockets. The youngsters were invited to the game by the Cougars organization, which held its annual ‘Girl Guide Night’ that evening to celebrate leadership and achievement.  The Burns Lake contingent, decked out in their uniforms and toting hand-made signs, joined approximately 200 Girl Guides and their troop leaders in CN Centre for the event. All were honored between the second and third periods of the game, when the on-ice announcer acknowledged their presence and noted that Feb. 22 is both World Thinking Day (a Girl Guides’ event) and BadenPowell’s birthday.   The Cubs and Guides sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Baden-Powell from their seats. The Burns Lake children were thrilled to see themselves on the JumboTron and have their photo taken with the Cougars’ mascot.  The fact that the Cougars won the game 2-1 was a bonus.   “We were at the Cougars’ net for two of the three periods,” noted Nicole Pressey, leader of the Burns Lake Beavers. “The kids got a real kick out of watching the players slam into the glass right in front of them… I hope next year we can improve on the attendance and participation.”  Pressey noted that the 1st Burns Lake Scouts is always looking for volunteers to assist with activities. Anyone interested in helping out can contact her at (250) 692-7152.

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Omineca Ski toast pioneer Jean Paulson at race

Jean taught hundreds of people to ski. For many people, Jean was their introduction to the ski club MICHAEL RIIS-CHRISTIANSON

Fifty-four skiers between the ages of eight and 67 braved cold weather and a mass start Feb. 23 to participate in the Omineca Ski Club’s annual Lakes Loppet & Family Marathon. The event kicked off with a start-line toast to local resident and cross-country ski pioneer Jean Paulson, who passed away Feb. 21, 2014. Born in 1926, Paulson was one of the first women to compete in cross-country ski racing. Even after retiring from competition, her love for the sport kept her involved with the ski club for decades. In the early 1980s, she started the popular children’s Jackrabbit ski program, and offered adult ski lessons for many years. She remained a recreational skier well into her ‘golden’ years, participating in the Loppet at age 84. “Jean taught hundreds of people to ski,” said Doug Campbell, who led Sunday’s toast to Paulson. “For many people, Jean was their introduction to the ski club, and she always made them feel most welcome.” Organizers feel that Paulson would have been proud of this year’s Loppet, the first to offer skiers a choice of four trails ranging in length from fivekms to 50. In the past, only one trail was used, and registrants wanting to ski longer distances had to complete it several times, explained organizer Alison Patch. The fastest man to complete the 50-kms Epic This picture was taken in 2010 as Jean Paulson celebrated her Trail was Tony Fiala of Prince George, who posted 84 birthday with an activity which she has loved all her life. On a time of 2:57:30. Burns Lake’s Susan Russell was Feb. 10 2010, which was Jean’s special day, she joined skiers the fastest woman in the long-distance event, finwho regularly gather at the Omineca Ski Club on Wednesday ishing in 5:59:00. A husband and wife team from Vanderhoof mornings. Jean enjoyed identifying the tracks of rabbits, a fox, and deer as she glided in the fresh snow around the popular posted top finishes in the 20-kms distance. Dafive kilometre ‘Lonesome Boulder’ ski trail. The club also named vid Zurevinski completed the Viewpoint Trail in 1:11:46, while wife Sonya finishing a little less than their ski lodge after Jean in 1989. 11 minutes later with a time of 1:22:33. The Mark West family of Burns Lake powered through the 15kms Flatlander trail in a time of 2:45:00.  Patch noted that this year’s Loppet would not have been possible without incredible volunteer support. Heavy snowfalls a week prior the race necessitated that the tracks be groomed three times. Some of the club’s trails hadn’t even been opened prior to the event, and only the intense effort of several club members had them ready by race day. Other volunteers manned two check points on race day to ensure that participants had access to food and drink.   Loppet is a Scan120 athletes from the North West competed at the dinavian term used to 2014 BC Winter Games bringing home 7 medals. describe a large, longdistance cross-country Thank you to the coaches, officials, volunteers, and skiing event. One of families who support these growing champions. the most famous such See photos, videos and results at events is the Mora VaBCGAMES.ORG saloppet in Sweden, which draws approximately 15,000 competitors annually.



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Generous donation On behalf of Lakes District Maintenance (LDM) Cori Funk (L) Steve Gailing (far R) donated $2,000 to the Lakes District Secondary School snowboarding team. The teams have left for the Provincials and headed to Whistler last Friday back march 6. They will be competing in Giant Slalom and All-terrain events. LDM has sponsored the team since 2000. Submitted photo

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Members of the Lakes District Film Society announced this week that the Beacon Theatre will be closing later this year – but only long enough to facilitate replacement facility’s 155 seats. For more info call Verna West at 250.692.1800 John Illes, president of the film society, announced Feb. 28 that the not-for-profit organization will likely be closed for two to three weeks to facilitate the $60,000 retrofit. “These new seats aren’t an ‘of the shelf’ product,” explained Illes. “They are manufactured overseas to very exacting specifications, and will match the slope of the floor inside Beacon Theatre. After we place the order, it will be approximately 90 days before they Advertising donated by LD News arrive in Burns Lake.”  Illes said the project will require a lot of coordiThe Burns Lake nation between the seat manufacturer, the installers, Classical favourites, performed by members of the Figure Skating Club and local workers who will remove the current seats Prince George Symphony Orchestra is presenting their spring carnival and replace the theatre’s existing wood flooring with a high-grade commercial product. Volunteers may be required to assist with the project. Illes said the theatre society hopes the new seats th can be in place before this summer’s blockbuster on Sunday, March 9 movies are released. Every effort will be made, he at 1:00 pm at the stressed, to avoid disrupting service. Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena  “We don’t want to inconvenience our loyal cus(MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX Admission by donation tomers,” he explained. “Ultimately, though, this project will make seeing a movie at the Beacon Theatre much more enjoyable. The current seats Browse flyers from your favourite national and local retailers can be very uncomfortable, and their replacement (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX will likely be welcomed by avid movie fans.” (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX Most of the cost of the retrofit will come from AND SAVE! yet-to-be-named granting agencies, with the theBrowse flyers from your favourite national and local retailers atre society contributing approximately $5,000. Browse flyers from yourfavourite favourite national and local retailers Browse flyers from your national and local retailers Browse flyers from your favourite national and local retailers The project, he said, would not be possible without strong community support. “Lakes District residents have made our community-owned theatre a financial success,” he said. “Without them, this project wouldn’t be possible. We hope, within a few years, to be in a financial of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra position to refurbish the exterior of the building as well.” Sunday afternoon, March 16, 2014 Shortly after the theatre opened, noted Illes, more 4:00 pm First Mennonite Church than 130 local residents and businesses donated $100 each to ‘adopt’ seats in the theatre. Plaques We present members of the Prince George Symphony for the third time in eight seasons. Wind Quintet members have delighted patrons at Ohh Chocolate in Prince George, and bearing the names of these generous patrons are curFeatured Retailers at other concerts around the city. Hear PGSO principals Simon Cole (clarinet), Erica rently affixed to the seat backs, and will be transSkowron (oboe), Don Bond (flute), Lynn Giesbrecht (bassoon) and Laszlo Klein (French ferred to the new seats when the retrofit is complete. horn) in a matinee performance of selections from the classical repertoire. Featured Retailers Featured Retailers Illes hinted that some of the theatre’s existing seats may be available free of charge to residents presented by: LAKES DISTRICT who want them. Featured Retailers Featured Retailers “It may pose a bit of a problem, because most of the seats are joined in sections,” he said. “But we’re COUNCIL open to suggestions.” Tickets on sale now at: Process 4 circle arts Gallery, The Beacon is one of a handful of communityLDFC Printing and Stationery and at the door owned cinemas in Canada, and one of the best $ 18.00 adults • $12.00 seniors, students and youth equipped theatres in Northern British Columbia. Visit Visit Visit The film society purchased, re-equipped, and reLive entertainment. flyers. coupons. deals. savings tips. opened the theatre in the fall of 2010 with assistance flyers. coupons. savings tips. flyers. coupons. deals. savings tips. Be a part of the spark! from several local and regional organizations. Advertising partially sponsored by LD News

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Five members of the Burns Lake Volunteer Firefighters’ Association were singled out for special recognition Feb. 15 at the organization’s annual banquet. Volunteer firemen Dirk Hofer and Kevin Germaine were awarded five-year service rings, while colleague Jason Berlin was presented with a ring for his 10 years of service to the organization. Dan George, a 15-year veteran, was presented with a watch. Firefighter Kris Garneau’s contributions to the association and volunteer fire department earned him the prestigious Paul Sandercott Firefighter of the Year award. Garneau, who seldom misses a fire call, mentors new firefighters and regularly volunteers at the association’s extra-curricular events. (Clockwise) Reg Leith (center) presents Dirk Hofer and Kevin Germaine with their five-year service rings. Reg Leith and Jason Berlin, Kris Garneau and Dan George.

The Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce presents

What’s Happening at the Heritage Centre...


Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce

Annual General Meeting Monday, March 10th 7:00 p.m.

in the Heritage Room 540 Highway 16 Burns Lake, Elections will also be held, David Black will be our guest speaker at the event.

Lakes District Pool Club is having their

Annual General Meeting Monday, March 17th, 2014 7:00pm at the Carrier Sekani office - upstairs 108-2nd Avenue, Burns Lake

After the meeting there will be a social time with food/beverages. A good time to meet each other, the new board and have find out more about the Chamber. For more information please call the

Burns Lake Chamber of Commerce 250 692 3773

The Burns Lake Vet Clinic and the Mother Millie Fund would like to send out a heartfelt THANK-YOU to the following volunteers, clients and patrons that helped make 2014 another successful year. It is because of the generosity of this community that the Mother Millie fund has been able to assist animals desperately in need of homes and veterinary care. Your generosity has provided more than 300 stray cats and dogs in the Lakes District Area with food, shelter, vaccinations and emergency medical care. In the past year, we are proud to announce that we have been able to find forever homes for 120 cats!

We could not have done it without you!

Alice Bohmer Helen Brunette Kim Brewin Ken Breakwell Baker Acres Kennels Burns Lake Library Micheal Chalmers Chamber of Commerce Merewyn Comeau Steffanie Dewitt Cecelia Doupe Cathy & Dave Eggleton Fields Pat Fleming Mrs. Glover Debra Glover Ileasha & Jonathan Gooding Dolly Hilton Home Hardware Jane Kuys

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Congratulations Raffle Winners! Judy Kleger (Pamper Basket) Madonna ( Dog Biscuits) Jen Smith (Bakers Acres prize) Thank-you again to everyone who came out and supported us at the Annual Mother Millie Garage Sale. The cats and dogs of Burns Lake thank-you for your continued generosity.

Funds raised this year totaled:

$5920.71 Please accept our apologies if anyone has been missed! Advertising partially donated by LD News

Lakes District Pool Club Annual General Meeting - Monday, March 17, 2014 -

The Kidney Foundation of Canada celebrating 50 years - Display at the

7:00 p.m. at the Carrier Sekani office - upstairs 108-2nd Avenue, Burns Lake.

Lakeview Mall from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. March 13 for World Kidney Day.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Current snow packs at 80 per cent considered normal Michael Riis-Christianson

Not over the hill gang

Local resident Wren Gilgan captured this photo of the ‘Gang’ trying to get over the hill at the Omineca Ski Club. Submitted photo

While precipitation is down in many regions of the province this winter, it’s close to normal in the Lakes District and Bulkley Valley – and not likely cause for concern. That’s the word from the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations’ River Forecast Centre, the provincial agency responsible for snow pack and stream flow analysis, flood forecasting, and low stream flow monitoring.   According to the centre’s February snow survey and water supply bulletin, snow packs in the Nechako and Skeena-Nass basins were down 20 per cent and 11 per cent, respectively, as of Feb. 1. Yet this decrease isn’t causing BC’s professional weather watchers to lose any sleep.   “Current snow pack levels of 80 per cent and greater in the Nechako and Skeena-Nass are within the range that we would consider ‘normal’,” David Campbell, head of the River Forecast Centre, said last week. “Further, snow pack is one piece of the overall water picture in the region. Spring and summer weather will be large drivers in determining whether or not there are significant water shortage issues in the region.”  Campbell said snow surveys suggest this region can expect slightly below normal volumes of run-off, but don’t necessarily mean the risk of wildfires will be higher in 2014.  “We would not ex-

Step out in faith and jump View Point By Roland & Lisa Cataford

A Pastor we know decided to try hanggliding for the first time. Declining all advice to take some type of instruction first, he

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declared that he would “step out in faith” and jump. In fact, he thought this would be a good lesson to his congregants about living by “faith”. So, one sunny morning, he cheerily jumped off the mountainside in the sincere hope that his ride would be wonderful. Almost immediately, he began a series of erratic twists and turns as he plunged down into the valley below. At the last moment, a gust of wind lifted him from certain death, and dumped him into a dense patch of brambles. The following Sun-

day morning, a lacerated but thankful pastor stood before his congregation, and delivered a much more accurate message on faith. Many people mistake feelings of religious sincerity for faith, hope for the best, and end up disillusioned when they crash. Jesus taught that faith is the intelligent application of “instruction in righteousness” from the Word of God. Can we trust the Bible enough to base our lives upon it? There is only one book in the world, proven to span 6000 years, which recorded history in detail before it came to pass.

There is only one book in the world accurately documenting scientific data long before man ever figured it out. There is only one book in the world testifying to the love of God for all mankind. John, an eye-witness and follower of Jesus Christ, wrote: “And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, even in his Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” Blessed are all they who place their faith in him.


pect impacts to local ecosystems with the current snow packs unless we get significantly or extreme dry and/or hot weather in the summer,” he stressed. “From a weather perspective, snow packs do not play a huge role in whether or not wildfires are more likely. Spring and summer are the main drivers in determining wildfire risk.” January was a particularly warm, dry month for many areas of the province. Five B.C. regions – including the Central Interior – received between 40 and 70 per cent less precipitation than normal. Temperatures during the same period were significantly higher than average in many parts of Northern BC – as much as 80 C warmer in some areas.  January’s unseasonably warm, dry weather was the result of persistent high pressure weather systems. While it’s difficult to predict what the coming months will bring, Campbell said that seasonal forecasts from Environment Canada suggest there is “increased likelihood of normal to below normal temperatures, and no increased likelihood of either wet or dry (weather) over the next three months.”



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Friday Night Dinners at the Legion... Roast Beef Dinner

Kerr Road, Burns Lake Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15am. Worship Service at 10:30am. Pastor Steve Swires 250-692-3259

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OUR TOWN The Kidney Foundation of Canada celebrating 50 years will have a table set up at the Lakeview Mall from 10am - 4pm  on March 13 for World Kidney Day. The Burns Lake Figure Skating Club is presenting their spring carnival  “Skating into Spring” on Mar. 9 at 1pm at the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena. Admission by donation. Chronic Pain Self-Management Program in Burns Lake from March 3rd to April 7th 2014, from 6pm to 8:30pm at Immaculata Catholic Church at 248 3rd Avenue for more info call Kimberly at 1-866-902-3767 Lakes District Fall Fair meeting on Mar. 6/14 at 7 p.m. at the Cancer Society Office on Main Street

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m.

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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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Southside Health & Wellness Centre: March 2014. Chair yoga every Tues. & Fri. 10-11am. Foot Care, all day by appt., Mar. 6, 11, 20 & 25. Good Food Box pick up at Grassy Store Mar. 12. Farewell party for Cindy Heslop at noon Mar. 27. More information (250) 694-3270.


Is it your birthday this year? And if so will you be celebrating your 90th or 100th birthday? If so please contact Lakes District News - we would love to do a story on you and take your picture.

Celebrating the Love of God Pastor Henry Washington 250-692-7464

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Sunday Services: 10:30 am

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Last week Ontario based internet service provider TekSavvy was ordered by a Federal court to release the names of 2,000 of its subscribers. These customers had allegedly downloaded movies made by US production company Voltage Pictures from online file sharing sources. As a result of this ruling, these TekSavvy customers could soon be receiving threats of legal action from Voltage, which under the federal Copyright Act could come with a $100 to $5,000 fine. However, to keep things from getting out of hand, the court has put some restrictions in place. For instance, Voltage will be required to pay TekSavvy for the expense of looking up names, a cost which has been described as “substantial”. The court is also requiring that any letters sent to TekSavvy customers must first be submitted to the court for review, and that correspondence contain a warning that “no court has yet made a determination that such subscriber has infringed or is liable in any way for payment of damages.”. It’s hard to say what Voltage plans to do next, but if they do decide to prosecute these restrictions should prevent a repeat of the usual scare tactics of charging one or two downloaders an astronomical fee as an “example” to the rest.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23: Long-term career goals are on your mind, Libra. Make time to develop a plan that can make those goals a reality. Consult with colleagues for advice or guidance. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22: Scorpio, there is always room for compromise, even when compromise seems unlikely. Don’t be too quick to assume there is no room to work out an agreement.



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HISTORICAL ARMS Collectors. Guns-Knives-Militaria. 42nd Antiques Show & Sale. Sat. March 8, 9am-5pm. Sun March 9, 9am-3pm. Heritage Park, 44140 Luckackuck Way, Chilliwack (exit 116 off Hwy 1) Buy-Sell-Trade. For info or table rentals Gord 604-747-4704 Al 604-941-8489. See our website

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

LOOKING FOR the whereabouts of my nephews, C.F. Single & S.W. Single. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these people, please phone 1-204-224-4815 and leave a message.

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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to the Burns Lake Health Care Auxiliary are used to provide financial support, equipment plus comfort and care for patients in our hospital, the Pines and all other community healthcare services. Mail a donation on behalf of yourself or a loved one to: B.L. Health Care Aux. Box 812 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 A tax deductible receipt will be issued


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Born August 10, 1933, passed away peacefully with family at his side on December 26, 2013. It is with great sadness that the Gerow family announces the passing of their beloved Herb. He will be greatly missed by his wife Fran, son Mitchell, daughter Patricia, grandchildren Chelsea and Colton as well as the many relatives and friends who loved and admired him dearly. A service was held on January 4th at Christ The King Chapel in Chilliwack, BC.


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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 ANYONE NEEDING information on Alzheimer’s please call 1-866-564-7533 BURNS LAKE RCMP Victim/Witness Assistance Program. 201 Hwy. 35, Box 759 Burns Lake. Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm (250) 692-3010

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

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Reservoir Elevation: 850.45 m (2790.20 ft.) SLS Discharge: 32.24 m3/s Total snowpack: 78%long term average 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

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 THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY B.C. and Yukon division is your primary source and resource of the latest print and electronic information, programs and services about arthritis. No matter where you live, you can access us at the touch of a button. Toll free 1-800-321-1433 or visit

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Babine Forest Products, working jointly with First Nations, provides equal opportunity for employment including First Nation status privileges. We offer competitive compensation, benefits and the potential for career advancement. We wish to thank all those who apply; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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FULL TIME FORWARDER OPERATORS minimum 2 years experience Job duties: operate and maintain a forwarder and train other people on that machine $28/hr, life, AD & D insurance, extended medical & dental.

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Lake Babine Nation



Description: Cashier/Sales Associate • Competitive wages. 24 hours a week. Training available.



Manual Machinist wanted for busy shop in Burns Lake BC.


The successful candidate will be responsible to process cash sales, assist customers with their projects, and be available to assist wherever needed. Requirements: • Strong computer skills. • Minimum one year experience with retail. • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. • Demonstrated interpersonal and communications skills. • Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion with confidential information. • Strong customer service. • Ability to work with flexible scheduling and on short notice. Please drop off resume in person at: Starland Supply (2000) Ltd. 165 Francois Lake Drive, Burns Lake, B.C.

The Economic Development Director shall be responsible for planning, managing and providing oversight for the activities and operations of Lake Babine Nation’s Economic Development programs and initiatives for business retention, promotion, marketing, and expansion. Responsibilities shall include the coordination of assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies, maintaining regular contact with the Community Economic Development Officers and the public in situations that require tact and judgment, representing the Lake Babine Nation in negotiations and mediations; and providing general assistance and support to the Economic Development Officers. The Economic Development Director will work from Burns Lake, B.C. from the main office of Lake Babine Nation on Woyenne Reserve. Travel will be required to the other Communities of Lake Babine Nation: Tachet, Ft. Babine, Old Fort and Pinkut / Donald’s Landing.

School Bus Drivers Required Immediately in the Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Burns Lake areas This is an excellent opportunity for a semi-retired person and/ or a “stay at home Mom or Dad” seeking part-time employment. Work early in the morning and afternoon with the midday off. When the kids are out of school, you are too. The starting wage is $24.24 per hour as per the current CUPE Collective Agreement. QUALIFICATIONS: ● Completion of Grade 12 (Dogwood Certificate) ● Valid Class II Driver’s License with Air Endorsement ● If you have a Class 5 – we will assist in acquiring your Class 2 ● Exemplary driving record as demonstrated by driver’s abstract ● Clean Criminal Record Check ● Excellent interpersonal skills with students in Grades K to 12 ● Physical capability to perform the job duties Resumés must be accompanied by a completed application form which is available on the website at or from the School District Administration 2f¿ce in Vanderhoof ± 1 Connaught St. Please email resumes to: Human Resources School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) P.2. %ox 129 Vanderhoof, %C V- A )ax: (2) -49

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RV TECHNICIAN Sullivan Motor Products & SMP-RV are currently looking for a Certified or Experienced RV Technician to work in Houston BC. Our dealership is the largest volume dealer in the northwest and recently added a full service RV dealership for the upcoming spring. Full benefits after 90 day trial period. Please drop your resume in person to: Sullivan Motor Products, Highway 16 West in Houston, Attention Gary Hay or email

Commensurate upon experience, education, accounting designation and a desire to live and work in Burns Lake. Pending qualifications flexibility and negotiations for professional development and other benefits will be considered. REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, business administration, marketing, or a related field. • Minimum four (4) years responsible experience in economic development, tourism, marketing or a closely related field, focusing on the attraction of retail and sales generating businesses. • Strong working knowledge of pertinent Federal, provincial and local laws, codes and regulations. • Skills in Negotiations, Decision-Making, Effective Communication, Computers & Microsoft Program, Time Management • Familiar with Babine Carrier Traditions & Cultures • Class 5 Driver’s License and reliable vehicle • Criminal Record Check

Please send resumes to Andy at

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services SAMARITAN’S Purse is looking for a Working Chef to coordinate the Restaurant Kitchen, maintain a professional rapport within the community and train junior cooks, in Dease, Lake, BC

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Are you looking for an opportunity to receive hands on training in the Diamond Drilling Industry? The Driller’s Helper Course will be held in Smithers, BC and will include 6 days of hands on training in Hy-Tech’s yard as well as 3 days of classroom training. Application Deadline: March 16, 2014 Training Fee: $550 due by April 25, 2014 (Participants are responsible for their own transportation, accommodations and food)


Beatrice MacDonald, Human Resources P.O. Box 879, Burns Lake, B.C., V0J 1E0 Fax: 250-692-4790 Email:

We are in search for a manual machinist who is qualified in machining and welding. We do a variety of different jobs for the logging industry and mills in our area, such as machining, hydraulic cylinder rebuilds and repairs, fabricating, mechanical repairs, lineboring and welding. We offer a competitive wage based on experience and benefit package. Full time employment.

For more information on the course and how to apply, please visit our website at:

Only those short-listed will be contacted.


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LABOURERS Houston, BC DH Manufacturing in Houston BC is looking for labourers. Must be reliable, physically fit and willing to work shift work. Starting wage up to $16.75/hr. Benefit package after 3 months employment. Email

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lakes District News

“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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Meet the expert: Chris Anderson is a Master Mariner and port planning and operations specialist. He has substantial experience in the assessment and development of many terminal facilities on the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Coasts of Canada.

Burns Lake Lakes District News, March 05, 2014  

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

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