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Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Artist Amie Stoltz with her piece Sad Panda at Saturday’s Animal Instinct silent auction fundraiser for the BC SPCA North Cariboo District. The event raised about $4,000 and featured the animal themed works of several local artists who donated 37 pieces for auction. Stoltz’s favourite mediums to work with are acrylic, digital and watercolour.

Half-baked or burnt? Bill Phillips He just couldn’t leave well enough alone. When the off street parking bylaw came before council Monday night, basically a procedural issue setting in stone a decision council made a month ago, Coun. Dave Wilbur couldn’t resist lobbing a few potshots and reopening a debate that was contentious around the council table. After getting some serious flak from the public about substantial increases to off-street parking rates approved last year., councillors Lyn Hall, Frank Everitt, and Murry Krause brought the issue back to the table last month and council, in a split-vote after a heated debate, approved increases of 25 per cent this year and 10 per cent in each of the next two years. Monday, when council was called upon to basically rubber-stamp its previous decision, Wilber said he voted against the new plan because it was “half-baked” and “done on the fly.”

That drew the ire of those who brought the changes forward. “If this plan is ‘half-baked’ then the other plan was a bit burnt,” said Everitt, who added they did look at the budget numbers when coming up with the stepped increase proposal. “I think we made a sound decision,” he said. Hall agreed, saying a lot of thought and discussion went into the proposal. “This wasn’t done on the fly,” Hall said. “It wasn’t half-baked. It was something that we thought long and hard about. We heard a great deal of concern from the community, hundreds and hundreds of people who are participating in the parkades, came to us and said this is too much.” That drew a response from Coun. Cameron Stolz who seemed to suggest that the number of people responding to council wasn’t a significant amount. “It’s unfortunate this has come forward as it has,” he said. “There’s been about 100 letters and e-mails that I’ve received on this. To put it in perspective, that’s about 10 per cent of our

paid monthly parkers. I don’t care what rate we adjust, there’s 10 per cent of the public who think we shouldn’t be adjusting it, up or down.” When the rates first came before council last summer, it was revealed that $4.1 million would be needed to properly maintain the city parkades. Stolz said Monday that if those who use the parkades don’t pay more, that burden will fall on downtown businesses. That brought a retort from Coun. Albert Koehler. “Coun. Stolz … is the solution to raise taxes above normal?” asked Koehler. At that point Mayor Shari Green stepped in and said there wasn’t going to be a debate about tax rates. “The reality is the rates hadn’t been adjusted for a long time,” said Green, who opposed the new rate structure. “We tried to make it a more simplified process. This takes that analysis and undoes that work.” In the end, the bylaw setting the new rates, effective May 1, was adopted with Green, Stolz and Wilbur voting against.

CNC signed a 10-year agreement Friday that will see Dunkley Lumber continuing to develop and manage the college’s research forest as well as expand partnership activities in support of students. “Dunkley Lumber generously made contributions that were over and above what we expected during our first five year agreement, so we were delighted to continue that commitment with them” said Catherine Wishart, CNC vice-president, community and student services, in a press release. While a new 10-year harvesting and purchase agreement has been signed, which provides funding in support of the Natural Resources and Environmental Technology diploma program, student Study Abroad activities and applied research activities on the forest, Wishart said the community partnership side of tbe work with Dunkley is as important as the business side. “Working with CNC means aligning ourselves with one of British Columbia’s best post-secondary institutions,” Jason Fisher, Vice President, Dunkley Lumber said. “We know that graduates from all of CNC’s programs make a positive difference in the communities in which we live and work.”

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Well, lookie here. One minute you have a perfectly good Blue Box recycling program. The next, something new and rather questionable is being put in its place. And they thought they’d get away with it right under your nose, without telling you or asking your opinion. That’s definitely not democracy in action. The BC Government, elected by us to represent our best interests, has decided to offload the costs of recycling to big multi-national corporations. To implement this new plan, they’ve set up an association that doesn’t really seem to hold the environment, local jobs, or the municipalities that run the Blue Box program, close to its heart.

Perhaps that’s why some of our local elected officials are using the word “scam” to describe how the new program is being set up. It’s also perhaps why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to jump on board. That’s gotta tell you something. Now it’s your turn to let Premier Christy Clark know what you think. Contact her today to say that dismantling an already-working recycling program to replace it with something that few people think will be as good, is a bad idea.

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Exploitation of youth continuing Bill Phillips To the casual observer, one might think that there are fewer youth on the streets of Prince George who are selling their bodies. It’s an illusion caused by the gangs operating in Prince George, says Diane Nakamura, outgoing coordinator for Communities Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CASEY). “Sexually exploited youth have gone underground,” she told council Monday night. “They are working out of drug houses. The problem didn’t go away. It’s just as large, if not larger. We just don’t see it.” Nakamura said many services that used to exist, such as an outreach worker, don’t anymore. “There is a huge lack of services right now,” she said. The problem It resonated with didn’t go away. city council, which unanimously passed It’s just as large, if a motion to send not larger. We just a resolution to the don’t see it. Union of British Columbia Municipalities – Diane Nakamura to pressure Victoria to restore services that help agencies deal with sexually exploited youth. “We have a society that professes to be concerned, yet this continues to go on,” said Coun. Murry Krause. “It’s a travesty.” Nakamura’s presentation to council was part of the 16th annual Stop The Sexual Exploitation of Youth Awareness Week. As part of the week’s activities, the local group hosted a seminar on human trafficking at UNBC. Communities Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth is a member of the Human Trafficking Advisory in Prince George. Other partner organizations include the Elizabeth Fry Society, Prince George New Hope Society, RCMP Victim Services and Carrier Sekani Family Services. Over the past year, in partnership with Prince George New Hope Society, CASEY worked on creating a community action plan for assisting victims of human trafficking in Prince George. After six years in the position, Nakamura has decided to step down as CASEY coordinator at the end of the month. CASEY hired a consultant to help it determine what the organization will look like in the future.

Allan WISHART/Free Press Kaitlyn Muir is the winner of the 2015 Canada Winter Games Mascot Challenge. Kaitlyn, 10, designed Nanguz the Fox, which beat out two other finalists from the close to 400 submissions. The winner was announced Tuesday at the YMCA’s Highland office.

Nanguz picked as Winter Games mascot Allan Wishart Nanguz the fox will be the face of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Nanguz, the creation of Kaitlyn Muir, was unveiled as the mascot for the Games on Tuesday in a ceremony at the YMCA of Northern BC’s Highland facility. Almost 3,000 votes were cast in

an online poll to select the mascot. The final three choices were Nanguz, Fraser the eagle and Spruce the moose. There were almost 400 submissions in the challenge from across northern B.C. Games CEO Anthony Everett said the selection of the mascot was a big step in getting ready for the Games. “This is another VIP who will be welcoming people to Prince George for the Games,” he said Tuesday. The story of Nanguz reflects both

the Games and the north. Nanguz means ‘fox’ in the Dakelh Carrier language, and lives in a den in northern B.C. With a tail the colour of the Northern Lights, an official Games jacket and a YMCA logo on an upraised paw, Nanguz incorporates all the elements required. The first official appearance of Nanguz as a mascot will be at Healthy Kids Day, part of the YMCA Road Race on June 1 at Masich Place Stadium.

NDIT increases funding available and cap limits for regional projects Bill Phillips The economic development pie available in the North got a little larger last week. Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) has increased its annual grant allowance, and upped funding limits for projects in three of its key areas. “We’re pretty excited,” said Janine North, NDIT Chief Executive Officer. “It speaks to the vibrancy of the North.” Last month, the trust’s board of directors unanimously supported a decision to increase the annual grant allocation to seven per cent from five per cent meaning that a total of $11.4 million in grants will be available to local governments, First Na-

tions and non-profits throughout the region in 2014. “We’d love to hit about $11 million,” North said. She added that the trust, established in 2005 with the sale of BC Rail, can afford to increase the grant amount, without tapping into its original fund, because its investments have been doing very well. She said the return last year was 13.1 per cent and over the past eight years the return has been about 7.5 per cent. “The board is feeling pretty good,” she said, adding the money doesn’t do anyone any good sitting in the bank. The mandate of NDIT has always been to help economic development projects in the North. Last year the board approved almost every project that came to the trust and

North is hoping for more projects to come forward. “We’re looking for groups to take advantage of the funding,” she said. NDIT has already approved nearly $2.5 million in new funding in 2014. It has 13 funding programs that cover everything from grants to help businesses with such things as getting into the North’s supply chain, human resources, marketing, and business façade improvements. NDIT has helped with airport improvements throughout the North and has a paid intern program that focuses on getting UNBC graduates into the workforce in the North. In addition to the increase in annual grant funding, the board of directors also approved several funding program changes in February that will mean yet more dollars

will be available to communities in 2014: Annual funding to local governments from the Economic Development Capacity Building program has been increased to $50,000 from $35,000; annual funding to local governments and First Nations to support locally based grant writers has been increased to $8,000 from $7,500; and the percentage of community hall and recreation facility projects the Trust will fund has been increased to 50 per cent from 33 per cent to a limit of $30,000. As for the economy of the area, North says there are some trouble spots, but generally things are moving. “I remain concerned about the Robson Valley, West Chilcotin and the Hazeltons,” North said. “But the rest of the area is scrambling just to keep up.”


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In Provincial Court on Dec. 18: Peter M. Potters was found guilty of improper storage of a firearm, fined $1,000, assessed a victim surcharge of $150 and prohibited from possessing firearms for three years. Potters was also found guilty under the Wildlife Act of hunting outside the open season and discharging a firearm in a no-shooting area, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from possessing firearms for three years. Jamie Redpath was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, fined $300 and assessed a victim surcharge of $45. Pieter J. Sillje was found guilty of driving while impaired, fined $1,000, assessed a victim surcharge of $150, placed on probation for two years, and prohibited from driving for two years. Robert D. Taylor was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm, placed on probation for one year, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and

ficking, sentenced to three months in jail and prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. Nex was also found guilty of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, sentenced to three months in jail and prohibited from driving for one year. Nex was also found guilty of uttering threats and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to one day in jail. Darryl Rud was found guilty of mischief and placed on probation for 18 months. Justin J. Rypien was found guilty of mischief and placed on probation for 18 months. In Provincial Court on Dec. 19: George R. Courtoreille was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 73 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Travis H. Golar was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 72 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Golar was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to 60 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Quentin M. Nooski was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 24 days in jail, fined 15 cents and assessed a victim surcharge of five cents. Bruce B. Willier was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, sentenced to seven days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $200. Afshin Zamani Taghizadeh was found guilty of two counts of assault, placed on probation for two years and prohibited from possessing firearms for two years. In Provincial Court on Dec. 20: Geoff T. Bjarnason was found guilty of assault and uttering threats, sentenced to 38 days in jail, placed on probation for 18 months, assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and prohibited from possessing firearms for two years. Zacharie X. Bock was found guilty of assault, placed on probation for one year and prohibited from possessing firearms for two years. Bock was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking and sentenced to one day Circle of Leadership in jail and time served of five days. Bock was also found guilty of a second count of failing to comply Community Engagement Gathering with a condition of an undertaking, sentenced to Building from the work completed in this forum in 2013, we one day in jail and time served of five days, fined 15 again welcome Elders, leaders, grassroots, community service cents and assessed a victim surcharge of five cents. providers, and non-Aboriginal allies interested in the “move Darell C. Burger was found guilty of theft of forward”. property with a value less than $5,000 and sentenced to one day in jail. Prince George Native Friendship Centre Kevin Draeger was found guilty of assault and Power of Friendship Hall assaulting a peace officer, sentenced to one day in jail, placed on probation for one year and assessed March 26th and 27th, 2014 a victim surcharge of $100. Leo K. Milton was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, Cultural Ceremony starts at 7:30 am sentenced to 85 days in jail and prohibited from Formal Proceedings to follow possessing firearms for 10 years. Milton was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to Please RSVP to Loretta Roberts to attend the Circle of Leadership event. one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Loretta Roberts Harley R. Poole was found guilty of theft of (250)564-5941 property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to one day in jail, placed on probation for two years and ordered to make restitution of $2,200. 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Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Trish Johnson reads some of her poetry at Jezebel’s Jam on Saturday night at Artspace. The annual event with art, entertainment and silent auction is part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

Those wanting some sort of definitive answer about the fate of a performing arts centre in Prince George, will have to wait a little bit longer. Late last year council put the long-awaited centre on its unfunded wish-list and directed staff to prepare a report on the scope of city work involved. City manager Beth James presented a report to council Monday saying that the final report will be back before council by the end of June. “Our approach is to look at the demand first and then look at capital costs,” James told council. James said the report will focus on seven key areas: • Update of market conditions and reassessment of building design concepts. • Assess potential role for Theatre North West. • Analysis and refine-

ment of estimated capital costs, which involves revising the 2010 estimates to at least 2015 or 2016 estimated dollars. • Evaluate site options, including site options to reflect the changing conditions related to the two sites put forward by the consultants. • Analysis and refinement of the business plan. • Review and assess current potential funding options. • Define potential next steps and timelines.

Rezoning by hospital rejected After an hour-long public hearing, council, in a split vote, rejected a rezoning request that would have created a new doctor’s office at 1994 12th Ave. Dr. Guy Paterson requested the rezoning with the idea of taking a vacant house, which is basically across the street from the hospital, and turning it into a doctor’s office. His plan would have seen six parking spots located on the property and he agreed to a restrictive covenant limiting the house to have only one doctor practice out of it. Several area residents spoke out against the rezoning with concerns about traffic, the possibility it would destroy the neighbourhood feel, and that it would be a precursor to other houses in the residential area being zoned for commercial purposes. A couple of presenters spoke in favour. Council itself was split on the issue with councillors Cameron Stolz, Dave Wilbur, and Garth Frizzell voting in favour of the rezoning. Mayor Shari Green, and councillors Murry Krause, Frank Everitt, Albert Koehler, Lyn Hall, Brian Skakun voted against the request.

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March 14, 2014 At this time the City Manager’s Office is accepting applications for Membership on the following Council Committees: • Advisory Committee on Accessibility • Advisory Committee on Development Design • Advisory Committee on Enhancing Prince George (Enhance PG) • Board of Variance

CITY COUNCIL MEETING Regular Council Meeting Monday, March 31, 2014 – Council Chambers – 6:00 p.m.

The Committees meet monthly, do research and provide information and recommendations to Council and City Staff.


Applications are available on the City’s web site, or may be picked up at City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard. For further information or to have an application form mailed to you, please call 250.561.7602.

Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m.

Applications or resumes received by the City Manager’s Office, Director of Legislative Services by the March 14, 2014 deadline will be considered by City Council at its Closed Meeting of March 31, 2014.


Prince George is a City full of volunteers willing to give their time to ensure their community is a better place to live, work and play. Council Committees provide residents of our community the opportunity to participate on the development of our municipality.

**Applications in their entirety, will be included in a Regular Council Meeting Agenda, and forwarded to Council for consideration. Those Agendas may become public and the City of Prince George will use personal information collected for the purposes of committee appointments and committee member listings.**

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REGISTRATION FOR HIRED EQUIPMENT May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015 The City of Prince George is now accepting registrations for hired equipment such as, but not limited to loaders, graders, backhoes, trucks, crawler tractors, sweepers, etc. for summer construction and maintenance projects as well as winter snow clearing operations. This registration is for hires on an as-required basis from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015. Registration forms are available on the City web site or from the Operations Department, located at 3990 – 18th Avenue. Registration forms must be hand delivered to the Operations Department or mailed to 1100 Patricia Blvd V2L 3V9 no later than 4:30 P.M. Friday, March 28th, 2014. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Operations at (250) 561-7529.

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The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is supporting the new Canada-South Korea free trade deal. “This agreement is significant for Prince George,” said chamber president Ranjit Gill in a press release. “Our city’s position as the service and supply hub for much of the natural resource development in B.C. means that the benefits of potential export growth with South Korea will likely mean economic growth for us too.” She said that given B.C.’s strong trade ties to South Korea, the deal is particularly meaningful to northern B.C. “South Korea is Canada’s seventh-largest trading partner, but B.C.’s fourth-largest,” Gill said. “B.C. already exports more than half of all Canadian goods headed to South Korea. This deal will help B.C. further capitalize on this market of 50 million consumers.” Key benefits for industry in Northern B.C. include: • Mining: Upon implementation of the agreement, 98.7 per cent of tariffs on metals and minerals will be duty-free and within five years, all remaining tariffs will be eliminated. Currently, duties are up to eight per cent. • LNG: Upon implementation of the agreement, liquefied natural gas (LNG), with current duties of three per cent, will be duty-free. • Forestry: Upon

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unhappy with federal plan The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has some reservations about the New Building Canada Fund that Ottawa unveiled last week. The fund replaces a previous federal infrastructure program that recently expired. The new $14 billion fund has two components – $4 billion for projects of “national significance” including highways, public transit, and gateway and trade corridor-related infrastructure; and $10 billion for projects including highways, public transit, drinking water, wastewater, connectivity and broadband, and innovation (including infrastructure at postsecondary institutions that supports advanced research and teaching). “Prince George welcomed the federal government’s investment in the New Building Canada Fund, the longest and largest infrastructure program in Canadian history,” said Coun. Garth Frizzell, who is the city’s representative at the Federation of Canadian Municpalities (FCM). “But it is critical that these gaps be addressed so that the program can meet the needs of this community over the next decade and give our residents the best value for money.” Frizzell says there are some serious gaps in the new program that could jeopardize infrastructure projects in Prince George. In 2012-2013, consultations between federal and local governments led to federal infrastructure investments, including a commitment to a new 10-year, $14

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BILL PHILLIPS | 250.564.0005 | |

It’s only 89%

Ten years

A couple of week ago we ran a letter to the editor from Patrick Stapleton who was complaining about the ever-increasing fees imposed upon him by the city. The letter we ran was identical to one he sent to the city. Patrick did a little ciphering and estimated that what he pays for utilities has increased by 105 per cent over the past five years. He wanted someone from the city to justify the massive increases in fees. After a WRITER’S BLOCK couple of BILLPHILLIPS e-mails to the city, he finally got a response. As it turns out the problem is his math. Here’s a copy of the e-mail city manager Beth James sent to him in response: “Staff have reviewed your current and previous utility bills and have provided me with the attached spreadsheet which shows the yearly amounts billed for your property from 2009 to 2014, the projected monthly payment amounts for that total, and the actual monthly amounts that were paid. From this information you can see that the actual utility increase from 2009 to 2014 is 89.09 per cent. “The difference between the monthly amounts that you paid over this periods is 105.13 per cent. This difference is due to a credit that you received in 2008 from changing your garbage container to a small container to a medium container. The credit from 2008 was spread evenly

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over the next year and resulted in your monthly payments being reduced to $39/ month in 2009. “I hope that that additional information adequately explains how the 89.09 per cent increase was calculated, and that you find it useful.” There you go. Case closed. Utility rates charged by the city have only gone up by 89.09 per cent over the past five years. We should be happy. End of discussion. Ironically, the information is very useful. James wins the Missed the Point Completely Award for that one.

HELL YEAH Kudos to Scott McWalter and the 6,949 members of the Facebook group Hell Yeah Prince George. Fed up with negative comments about the city on Facebook pages such as WTF Prince George, McWalter decided to open up the Hell Yeah Prince George Facebook page on Sunday. It’s a group “dedicated to the residents of Prince George who enjoy living, working and playing in this incredible northern B.C. community of ours,” he posted. “It is important that we continue to remind each other how great P.G. city truly is. Us northerners are strong and we stick together, especially throughout the winter months. As Prince George reaches its 100th birthday in 2015, let’s show-off the endless amounts of extraordinary things P.G. has to offer!” Less than a week later and the site is closing in on 7,000 members, all of whom are posting photos from around Prince George and saying what they like about the city. Apparently a Hell Yeah Burns Lake Facebook page has also popped up.

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press It may look like Lawrence Hildebrand (left) is calling for shot rock but he and Jay Allan of RockTech Paving and Snow Removal had to dig through sheets of ice Tuesday to find and free up a grate and allow water build up to be released from a parking lot on Westwood Drive. After last week’s icy cold temperatures, warmer conditions and a sudden melt Monday caught many motorists and pedestrians by surprise. Be a part of your community paper. Comment online. voices there’s more online »

Getting hooked on watching ringette I’m not sure if it’s a sign of a short attention span or what, but I had the neutral zone (between the blue lines) and then crossed into the some problems at the Kin Centre on the weekend. attacking zone. I was spending a reasonable amount of time at Kin 2 and Kin 3, On one occasion, I saw one of the attacking players pick up the ring watching the various divisions in the BC Ringette Championships on with no call being made; on another occasion, I saw the attacking the ice. player apparently avoid making contact with the ring. Right up front, I will admit I like watching ringette, but as I was Another thing I has been wondering about, based loosely on the watching more of it than normal this weekend, I realized there were a rules regarding the goalie being the only person who could play the few rules about it I wasn’t sure of. puck in the crease, was whether the goalie could leave the crease and I knew the ring had to be passed across the blue line go to the bench, either on a delayed penalty or for an at each end, which means no Bobby Orr-like end-to-end extra attacker. rushes by a defenceman (or defenceperson, I don’t know). Despite catching the end of a few games, including a I also knew that once the ring went into the crease (which couple of tight ones, I never had the chance to see a team is slightly larger than a hockey crease), it was hands-off for pull their goalie. anyone except the goalie. I’m assuming they can, though, since on one occasion However, as I watched some of the games, I found myself I saw the ref ’s arm go up for a delayed penalty and I saw pondering a few other questions about the game and the the goalie on the team in possession of the ring make a rules. Luckily, most of the time I was able to figure things beeline for the bench. I figure if they can leave the crease out simply by watching for a few more minutes. on a delayed penalty, they can leave the crease for an For instance, I said to myself, you have to pass the ring extra attacker. across the blue line, but can you pass it across both blue Where I suffered my confusion, though, was when I lines at the same time? I watched a game for a few minutes left the ringette games and went back out into the atrium ALLAN’S AMBLINGS and saw an errant pass miss a player in the centre-ice area of the Kin Centres. There was a hockey game going on in ALLANWISHART and go across the second blue line, at which point her teamKin 1, so I stopped to watch for a couple of minutes. mate very carefully avoided playing it. A defenceman picked up the puck in his own end and Question answered: You can’t pass across both blue lines. skated it out. Second question, along the same lines as the first (and to be honest I It caught me a bit by surprise, because the games are so similar, and I don’t know if this is a judgment call for the refs): Does a player have to was expecting him to have to pass it across the blue line. have control of the ring between the blue lines for the attack to count? Like I say, I don’t know if that shows a short attention span on my I saw a couple of occasions where a pass was deflected by a player in part, forgetting the rules of hockey that quickly, or what.

Goodness. Just look at the time. Well I could if I had the “gold” watch that Black Press would have ceremoniously presented me with this week if they still owned this newspaper. But David Black’s group sold out to B.C. newspaper baron Bob Doull three years ago – I think the word ‘baron’ is apt because if Mr. Doull owned a few more papers he might be considered royalty. But no watch for plebes like me. So I came in one hour late for work Monday. That’s the funny thing about my life – as I go along, they keep moving the goalposts. Ten TEA WITH TERESA years ago TERESAMALLAM I needed a watch. My old one didn’t keep good time. So I moved to Prince George and joined the Free Press editorial team, covering the community beat. I worked 10 years and it has been very rewarding. Like many companies – though now it’s a dying trend, usually after 10, 20, 30 or more years of service, Black Press gave out “gold” watches to their loyal employees as a gift of gratitude for their hard work. If you did the time, the company execs made sure you could track the hours until your retirement by looking at your wrist and counting down the hours, or simply checking out the growing number of brown spots. So it’s been 10 years this week that I’ve been writing for the Prince George Free Press. And in the absence of a fancy diamond-studded, goldnugget-numbered watch to show off, I thought I’d pause for a second to thank my loyal readers and reward them with... more of my words. If I were rich, benevolent and popular and if I had my own studio audience like Ellen DeGeneres, I would gift you all with watches. Honest. Especially the readers who sent me letters or phoned me to say how brilliant, witty, clever and correct I am and how much I deserve a salary raise. They’d get the best timepieces while my critics would get disposable cellphones to check the time. Just to be clear, I am not bitter that I missed out on getting a Prince George Free Press watch as a token of my 10 long years as a scribe with thousands of stories. Because I’ve seriously had the time of my life. And I still have the clock on my computer to tell me when it’s time to go home.


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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain

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Babine inquest is very welcome


hen Premier Christy Clark unloaded on WorkSafeBC for its investigation of the explosion and fire at the Babine Forest Products mill, she balked at launching a public inquiry into the tragedy. She said it was unlikely that an inquiry would result in criminal charges being laid, so didn’t see the point. That left the families of those who were killed and injured in the blast feeling that justice has not, or ever will be, served. NDP leader Adrian Dix, during a stop in Prince George recently, talked of boxes full of evidence from the explosion that would never see the light of day because the Criminal Justice A coroner’s Branch decided it didn’t inquest is the best like what WorkSafeBC venue to address had done. How terrible it must be for the families the many concerns knowing that a public accounting won’t be done. Then along came chief coroner Lisa Lapointe. “I want to assure the families of the two workers who died, the many others who were seriously injured and everyone who was impacted by the events of Jan. 20, 2012, that the Coroner’s Inquest ordered into the deaths of Mr. Luggi and Mr. Charlie will thoroughly review all aspects of this tragedy,” she said in a statement issued this week. “In particular, the inquest will review policies, practices and responsibilities related to the mill operation and worker safety, and will allow an opportunity for a full and frank review of the mill’s operation and of all of the events leading to the tragedy.” The coroner’s inquest won’t be able to lay charges, if any are warranted, but at least there will be answers to what happened that day. That is crucial for the families and the community of Burns Lake. “I am confident, in fact, that a coroner’s inquest is the best venue to address the many concerns and questions raised about how and why the explosion happened and what can be done to prevent a similar event in the future,” Lapointe said. “A coroner’s inquest is an open, transparent, fact-finding hearing designed to thoroughly review all of the circumstances surrounding a death. Subpoenaed witnesses must testify and address all questions put to them. The normal rules of evidence do not apply in order to ensure a full accounting of the facts. This is true public accountability.” Thank goodness for Lapointe and the Coroner’s Service for doing what other branches of government, including the premier, have been unable to do … provide a full, and public, accounting of the incident. The goal, after all, is to work towards ensuring nothing like this happens again … and that goes past the explosion and fire to include how government agencies and politicians responded.

Fix it, and move on The definition of a problem is dependent upon our situus agree that it could have been done better. Reviewing the ation and our expectations. That definition will vary from process and procedures in use during those challenging who we are, what our real-life values are, and where we live weather events is good. That is how we find the weaknesses on this little planet of ours. and strengths of the present system and where they succeed The difficulty of maintaining a gluten-free diet may seem and where they failed. A good process, provided it doesn’t important and at times difficult. Those suffering from victimize some administrator, foreman, plow operator or starvation and other problems in places such anyone else. It needs to be conducted in a posias Somalia or the refugee camps just outside tive manner to yield successful results. Councilof Syria may not perceive our dietary problem lors and prospective councillors should keep with the same intense seriousness we do. They that in mind and not be deflected by emotional are simply concerned about having sufficient drivel. Pay attention, make necessary changes food to survive and don’t worry about esoteric and let’s move on. components such as gluten. A great deal of the time and energy council In our little city we developed high stress levmember have to devote to the city is not always els over the performance of the city crews when used efficiently. It is often the small items that dealing with some unusually heavy snowfalls evolve into long periods of discussion and deover a very short period. It is still being disbate. The debate over cultural and social grants cussed around the council table and may have at the meeting of February 28 is a good example. sufficient legs to remain a topic of discussion It did involve spending just over $300,000 of ONSIDE right up to the civic elections this fall. VICBOWMAN money supplied by us poor and impoverished The finger pointing has begun as we collectaxpayers, but it is a relatively small expenditively look for someone to take the blame. Not a lynch mob ture when compared to the overall city budget. The discusat this point, but there are a significant number of residents sion started with a somewhat convoluted motion from the who wish to blame someone. That is another variant of “we finance and audit committee. Early in the discussions, have to blame someone so I can feel better”. Why don’t we Coun. Albert Koehler suggested a much simpler motion that throw in global warming and the wrath of God along with would give clarity to the issue. After much more discussion, our search for a scapegoat? Koehler returned to his suggestion and, with the support Were we inconvenienced? Yes, we were. Did anyone die or of Coun. Lyn Hall, everyone was satisfied and the modified be seriously injured because our street wasn’t plowed to the motion passed. Sometimes simple is good. standard we believe should be met? No, emergency services The building of a community has many components. We still managed to carry out their duties, people still got to look to our elected officials to provide leadership and balwork, and the kids were at school every day with perhaps a ance. It is their brief to accumulate and distil the many difcouple of exceptions. ferent wishes of the electorate. A very difficult task at times, Before those poor wounded souls leap to their computbut it is essential. Perhaps all of us can help by not seeing ers and send off another barrage of letters and e-mails, let every little thing as a problem. | 250-564-0005

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Stand up for B.C. forests Editor: The forests of B.C. are so vitally important to all of us. And yet, they and the communities who rely on them are in rough shape these days due in large part to government neglect and ongoing (and increasing) deference to large forest companies self-regulating and calling the shots, while drastically reducing Forest Service oversight. It isn’t working. Alongside dangerous sawmills and unsafe bridges, we have the Liberal government’s recent efforts to convert these large forest company (volume-based) licenses into tree farm licenses which would in essence hand over full control of the forests to a handful of large corporations for a lengthy amount of time while at the same time marginalizing small and medium-sized operators, commu-

nity forests and First Nations. If it goes ahead, this increased consolidation of control over the forests into the hands of a few corporations will likely result in increasing mill closures, job losses, fibre waste and loss of any control at the local level. The Liberal government is treating our forests like a simple commodity, not a place where people live and work. In this big business/ government-created vision for the future, there appears to be little room for First Nations nor local community input or control of what will happen. Our forests are too precious to be solely dealt with by a few politicians and large corporate interests behind closed doors. The people of B.C. must have their say. Our forests are

our future and we simply cannot let this handover to a few large corporate interests happen. On Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the College of New Caledonia, the Stand up for the North Committee will be hosting a community symposium on these very issues under the heading of Renewing Our Woods – Keeping Our Forests Public and Sustainable. Speakers include forestry expert Anthony Britneff, noted environmentalist Vicky Husband, Leonard Thomas, former VP of the First Nations Forestry Council, and others. Please come out, learn about and share your concerns at this important community event. Mary MacDonald Prince George

The two-report shuffle Editor A few weeks ago I sent a letter to the editor about the misleading report to mayor and council by the superintendant of operations, Mr. Bill Gaal. We should all remember the first report, outlining that the reason people were so upset with the snow removal issues was among other things only a result of extreme snow conditions, people expecting to much, nothing to do with the pending strike, nor with unused equipment sitting idle. Then two or so weeks later, again at the urging of mayor and council, another report was asked for. This time it came back with, well the impending strike played a part, too many people on holidays, and sick, there was some idle equipment, but if we throw another $5.8 million at it, the problem will be fixed, etc. After I wrote that letter, and got to thinking about it, it really made no sense that Mr. Gaal would act in the manner he had, so in discussions with others we wondered what could have been behind this. Could it be that someone, (unknown) within city hall, met with Mr.

Gaal, for the first report, and advised him to write a report, that was known would not sit well, with the people and with council, with the prospect that he would accept the flak, from both council and the public, but that it would blow over and all would be well? I don’t know, but look now. A week or so later, after the second report, after misleading counsel, and the public, here is Mr. Gaal, with a rather good promotion, new job, new title, and quite likely a very rewarding paycheque increase. If the mayor and council wonder why people are so fed up with politicians of all stripes, would this not be a good reason? I do not think in the private sector if a manager misled his employer, he would receive added benefits, you know likely he would be fired, only within the City of Prince George does this not happen. So mayor and council, I do not know if this is the scenario or not, but you know I believe it will come out some time soon, and the political fortunes of some will be changed. Bill Manders Prince George

Health care under attack in Canada Editor: This year, a constitutional challenge to public health care will go to court in B.C. Supreme Court. This legal attack has the very real potential to turn Canada’s Medicare system into a U.S.-style system. The attack is driven by Dr. Brian Day, owner of the Vancouver-based Cambie Surgery Centre, a for-profit surgical clinic known for unlawfully billing for medically necessary care. The case is being called the most significant constitutional challenge in Canadian history. Even though the case is in the B.C. Supreme Court, it threatens health care across Canada.

Because of the constitutional nature of the case, if Dr. Day wins the challenge, the laws that protect our public health care system will crumble across the country. In the words of Tommy Douglas: “We pledged to provide health care for every man, woman and child, regardless of race, colour or financial status... and by God we’re going to do it!” Let’s help keep his legacy alive and take a stand against turning our health care into another “big business.” Troy Zohner North Central Health Coalition

In defence of freedom of speech Paul Strickland Special to the Free Press In an era of stifling political correctness, too few people are willing to defend the importance of free speech – not even in northern B.C., formerly known for rugged individualism and unconventional lifestyles. Some observers think only right-wing crackpots are interested in using free speech, people like Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel – people who wear hard hats with the phrase ‘FREE SPEECH’ printed in large capital letters on the front. Others think it is an American idea that is best discarded in promotion of an orderly, harmonious society. Only wild, lynx-eyed superpatriots of the Tea Party Republican extreme right in the States are concerned about free speech, these observers contend. Only white-male-racist-sexist-fascists – phrasing that recalls the language of automatized denunciation used by the character Syme in George Orwell’s novel, 1984 – are interested in free expression, some fashionably correct writers on the left agree. In other words, sophisticated, mature people don’t get involved in any controversy involving the principle of free speech. They keep their heads down and don’t rock the boat, looking ahead only to their career goals.

Hence efforts over the past quarter century to censor even the pronouns of the English language. There is nothing that will kill imagination faster than some politically correct authority standing over your shoulder telling you how to write. Since when is free speech the sole prerogative of the progressive left? I don’t care for neo-conservatives with their promotion of highly dubious “free trade agreements,” their drastic reduction of the rights of labour, their privatization of everything that moves, and their measures that gut and eventually destroy public institutions – like the CBC and Canada Post – that bind us together. However, neo-conservatives have the right to free speech as much as any progressive leftists or anyone else. There are those with graduate degrees from well-established universities who say one should never write a critical literary review of a commercially published book by a popular leftist author. That, in their view, is inappropriately and publicly bashing the author. Such views could lead to situations at literary readings open to the general public where reviewers, and even those just taking notes for their own personal research, are publicly, from the podium, ordered to leave because of their supposed association with a reviewer or a media outlet that published a negative review in the past of an author reading at the event. There could be demands to inspect reviewers’ and researchers’

notebooks and notepads. Such a scene would bring to mind Nicolae Ceausescu’s Stalinist regime in 1980s Romania, not Canada. Members of the community need to take an interest in debates and issues affecting free speech in the literary and academic communities. Former Prince George resident A. Warren Johnson, now an organizer for the Okanagan College Students’ Union local in Salmon Arm, has chosen to support an organization called Poets Against Cultural Extremism. [Full disclosure: This columnist has decided to join.] Its founding principles state in part: “Cultural Extremism can take many forms with the most common forms including: Embracing political correctness to the point of aggression toward others, hostile words and actions toward former friends, hosting activist events for self-gratification, harassment of individuals due to associations, value judgements made against others based on assumed beliefs, moral justification of intimidation tactics in public spaces and self-victimization. “While it is important to recognize culturally sensitive issues, it is always inappropriate to use cultural sensitivity in a context that measures power against others.” Johnson’s comments could form the basis for a fresh consideration of the impacts of political correctness.

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TERESA MALLAM | 250.564.0005 | | WINE LOVERS The Coast Inn of the North is presenting the ninth annual Wine Lovers Dinner on Saturday, March 22 in the Ballroom. The evening includes a four-course dinner, each course paired with wines from guest winery Kettle Valley Winery with guide/winemaker Bob Ferguson to discuss the pairings. Proceeds from the live and silent auction going to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. Reception 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets $140 per person. For more information or tickets call the Sprit office at 250-565-2515 or visit Spirit of the North website.

ART EXHIBIT 27 Million Voices Stories of Modern Slavery: An Evening of Art, an exhibition featuring local youth artists who were inspired by 27 Million Voices work in Ghana and Burkina Faso against human trafficking, one of the most compelling issues of our time. Funds raised go towards assisting young domestic servants in Burkina Faso and education for children rescued from the fishing industry in Ghana. Ramada Hotel, Saturday, April 19. Tickets $40 includes entertainment, appetizers, door prizes and silent auction. Tickets are available at Nancy O’s, 1261 Third Ave.

ARTSPACE Jimmy Rankin plays Artspace above Books and Company on Tuesday, April 22. Tickets are $25 available at Books and Company on Third Avenue. On April 23, the fiddle-playing, step-dancing family Everything Fitz will be at Artspace. Tickets for the event are $20. For more about what’s going on at Artspace and Cafe Voltaire visit

COUNTRY TIME If you’re ready for some good country music, make sure you keep April 12 open when Florida Georgia Line come to the CN Centre. Special guest are Dallas Smith and the Chris Lane Band. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Culture Days on campus Teresa Mallam UNBC proudly hosted Culture Days this week. “The main purpose of the event is to acknowledge and raise awareness about cultural diversity on campus and bring the university community together to celebrate diversity,” said Lisa Scheck, student life coordinator at UNBC. On Tuesday, Student Life partnered with International Education to host a two hour workshop for students, faculty and staff about the cross-cultural communication. “The workshop was an introductory look at learning the rules of communication in different cultures,” Schek said in a news release. “The hope is Teresa MALLAM/Free Press that participants walked Qandeel Fatima, left, Sidra Riaz, Ambreen Siraj and Siraj Islam are on hand to offer information about away with some useful their country at the Pakistan booth at UNBC’s Celebration of Culture event on Wednesday. knowledge about how different cultures communicate and what is considered appropriate and inappropriate in each culture.” The audience for this workshop was to be a diverse mix of students from Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Canada. Wednesday, the group hosted a Celebration of Culture in the Wintergarden and showcased displays from nine different countries and focused on the theme of festivals. Entertainment included performers from Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and Nepal. An international food fair was set up during lunch hour with samplings of traditional dishes from the nine countries. There was origami making and calligraphy demonstrations, and Teresa MALLAM/Free Press students could collect recipes from Flags (above) from some of the countries represented Wednesday at UNBC’s Celebration of Culture held in each booth. Students from English the Wintergarden. The event promotes understanding Language Studies (ESL)program among different cultures. Sayuri Shimizu, (left) an ESL helped with the organization and student, serves up tempura at her Japanese food tasting were on hand to discuss their disbooth Wednesday at UNBC’s annual multicultural event plays, provide entertainment, and which includes ethnic foods, entertainment, calligraphy, help serve the food. songs and dance.





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“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Vantage Vision & Reading Society Looking for a volunteer to do bookkeeping once a month. Experience with Simply Accounting would be an asset. Milly, or call 250-563-1136 or 250-617-1751(cell). PG Council of Seniors Resource Centre The Better At Home program, operating under the Prince George Native Friendship Centre and the Prince George Council of Seniors is looking for volunteers for: Outreach, Housekeeping, Groundskeeping. More info, email Amita Gabriel at 250-564-5888 ext 14 Youth Challenge International June 6 - Challenge yourself and climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in support of YCI’s youth development programs to drive positive change! Registration is open until June 6th. Learn more email us at: For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George


Dance, March 22, 8 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Nechako Public Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Bible talks, Sundays, 4 p.m., Columbus Community Centre, 7201 Domano Blvd.

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DP Todd tackles big issue Teresa Mallam Students at DP Todd Secondary will tackle a challenging play with a serious subject matter. Casting Light has a focus on mental illness. The play runs April 12 to 15 and features 30 actors from Grade 11 and 12 drama classes. “Each scene has different characters,” says student actor Lorranna Ramsey. “They have a different baseline but they all kind of tie together because they all talk about different mental illnesses. For instance in one scene there is Dylan and Luke, two brothers, and the scene is about how the whole family is affected by Luke’s schizophrenia.” Ramsey has a major role in the play. “I do a very long monologue. My character, Matilda, has depression and suffered from an eating disorder. On stage, she’s speaking to a guy she went to school with and confiding in him. “As a narrator, I’m talking about being abused as a child and now that I’m a mother, how I want to raise my

Photo courtesy DP Todd Secondary Grade 11 and 12 drama students from DP Todd take on Casting Light as their new play which runs April 12 to 15.

child better and be a better mother.” In another scene, three people on stage play the same character – but they are portraying different stages in the character’s life. “Each actor had to research the mental illnesses of their character and the local Schizophrenia Society is helping us as a resource.” The play’s director, Linda Riches, read the script and she thought it would be perfect for the drama students, said Ramsey, who also wrote a poem for her part. The students began rehearsing this week. Tickets are $10, for more information e-mail

Dance festival starts on Saturday The Prince George Dance Festival 2014 gets underway this weekend. The event runs March 15 to 21 and includes performances by local and out of town dancers in many different dance disciplines. “Once again we have a huge number of kids participating from

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March 24, 1919 - March 9, 2014 We are sad to announce the passing of our loving husband, father and grandfather Henry Creuzot. Henry was born in Sibbald Alberta and while stationed with the Air Force at Dafoe Saskatchewan he met his wife Esther. Henry & Esther were married on July 2, 1943 and after a time in Kelowna they moved to Prince George in 1951. Henry joined his father and brother in the construction industry and he was instrumental in founding the Prince George Construction Association serving as president. He later moved into the hospitality industry and built Gramas Inn (1971) and Esther’s Inn (1980). Henry is survived by his wife Esther of 70 years, sons; Gary (Alice) & Roger (Peggy). He will be remembered also by six grandchildren numerous great & great great grandchildren and his sisters Marjorie Gribbling and Shirley Shelest. Henry was predeceased by his grandson Curtis. Visitation for friends will be held on Friday March 14th 2014 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Assman’s Funeral Chapel. A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held on Sunday March 16th 2014 at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society.

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Are you an experienced Journeyperson Millwright looking for an exciting career opportunity? Are you ready to take ownership and grow an already dynamic global business> Cariboo Pulp & Paper, located in Quesnel BC, is currently looking for a motivated:







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EXPERIENCED PARTS person required for a progressive auto/industrial supplier. Hired applicant will receive top wages, full benefits and RRSP bonuses working 5 day work week, plus moving allowances. Our 26,000ft2 store is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta. See our community online at www.Lac Send resume to: Sapphire Auto, Box 306, Lac La Biche, AB, T0A 2C0. Or by email to:


JOURNEYPERSON MILLWRIGHT Reporting to the Maintenence Supervisor, the Millwright will be a key player in acompany-wide continuous improvement effort through daily use of troubleshooting and predictive, preventative maintenence strategies. As a member of this high performing team you will be responsible for working safely with all machinery within the pulp mill. Duties include: • • • •

Troubleshoot, analyze diagnose and perform maintenence work on machinery. Undertake preventative and predictive maintenence program for equipment. Read blueprints, diagrams and schematics drawings to assemble equipment. Utilize knowledge and skills to recognize opportunities for improvements and saving.

Our ideal Millwright candidate possesses: •

A valid Inter-Provincial or BC Provincial Journeyperson Millwright certi¿cation. • Heavy industry experience. • Commitment to working safely and creating a safe work place. • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Are• you Able an experienced Journeyperson Millwright looking to work independantly with little supervision. for • an exciting career opportunity? ready Flexible schedule in order to workAre day,you evening andto take ownership and grow weekend already dynamic global business>

Cariboo Pulp & Paper, located in Quesnel BC, is currently looking for a motivated: Our employees drive our success. We believe in providing opportunities for growth and advancement and are looking for someone who wants to build their career in our company. In addition to competitive wages and bene¿ts, Cariboo offers Reporting to the Maintenence Supervisor, the Millwright will a stable, rewarding career. Cariboo also offers an attractive be a key player in acompany-wide continuous improvement relocation package. effort through daily use of troubleshooting and predictive, preventative maintenence As aand member Located in Quesnel BC, strategies. cariboo Pulp Paperof isthisa high performing team you will be pulp responsible forerunning producer of NBSK as wellforasworking clean safely all machinery the pulp mill. “green”with energy. Cariboo within has been highly respected by the global market for providing top qualitiy product for over 40 Duties years. include: Forward thinking ownership, capital investment and • Troubleshoot, analyze diagnose and perform maintenence movement towards bio-product opportunities has contributed worklongevity on machinery. to cariboo’s and bright future.


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opportunities, visit our website at: Our ideal Millwright candidate possesses: • AResources valid Inter-Provincial or BC Provincial Journeyperson Human CaribooMillwright Pulp &certi¿cation. Paper Company • Heavy industry experience. Email: • • • •

Commitment to working safely and creating a safe work place. Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Able to work independantly with little supervision. Flexible schedule in order to work day, evening and weekend shifts.

Our employees drive our success. We believe in providing opportunities for growth and advancement and are looking for someone who wants to build their career in our company. In addition to competitive wages and bene¿ts, Cariboo offers a stable, rewarding career. Cariboo also offers an attractive relocation package.



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Some restrictions apply. and Some restrictions apply. Interested applicants should apply by sending their resume $ $ 72 + HST you receive Forofjust 72 + tax youin con¿denceFor proof quali¿cations to: just a boxed classified ad includreceive boxed classified ad by Aprila 11, 2014 ing a picture of your vehicle including a picture of your along lines of text vehicle along with threeonlines For more information West Fraser andwith our three current describing it’s features. ofopportunities, text describing itsour features. visit website at: $48 word ad: 3 lines of text.

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Gustafson’s Dodge has an immediate opening for an Automotive Service Technician. When you choose to join our team you will receive full time employment with guaranteed hours year round. We also offer a very comprehensive training program to keep you up to date with all the new technology in the industry. If you are a 3rd or 4th year apprentice or a licensed technician you will receive top wages in the $28 to $30 per hour range (depending on experience) and a very competitive benefit package. Please drop your resume to Kerry Gustafson at 122 N Broadway or email to 250-392-2305 • TF 1-800-490-4414 • 122 N. Broadway DL#7549

Located in Quesnel BC, Cariboo Pulp & Paperis a forerunning producer on NBSK pulp as well as clean “green” energy. Cariboo has been highly respected by the global market for providing top quality product for over 10 years. Forward thinking ownership, capital investment and movement towards bio-product opportunities has contributed to Cariboo’s longevity and bright future.

ENTRY LEVEL Cariboo Pulp & Paper has an immediate opening for a motivated individual to join our high performance team. ur employees drive our success. We believe in providing opportunities for growth and advancement and are looking for someone who wants to build their career in our company. In addition to competitive wages and bene¿ts, Cariboo offers a stable, rewarding career. Successful candidates will start in a labour pool and train in our Operations Department. Our ideal candidate will possess: • • • • •

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Grade 12 diploma. Desire to learn, grow and succeed. Strong organizational and communication skills. Excellent interpersonal and team building skills. Valid driver’s license in BC.

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AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 w/ Airbrake • Guaranteed 40hr. Work Week & Overtime • Paid Travel & Lodging • Meal Allowance • 4 Weeks Vacation • Excellent Benefits Package Must be able to have extended stays away from home. Up to 6 months. Must have valid AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 with airbrake license and have previous commercial driving experience. Apply, careers & then choose the FastTRACK Application.



TIRED OF THE COLD YET? Attention all Northern BC Technicians, Servicemen/Lube Men

As one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, we put the needs of our employees Àrst. We are results and performanceoriented and take pride in celebrating our success with our employees.

Join the premier Murray Auto Group today! And we have too much work! Top pay for 1st,2nd, 3rd year apprentices, journeymen, franchise and box store service and lube man. We have immediate openings for all phases of auto and light truck repair. We offer: consistent full/ heavy workload, Áexible work schedule, medical/ dental, great small town country living, affordable housing and much, more. Up to $1,000 moving allowance.

For a conÀdential interview forward your resume to: richard@

Murray GM Merritt Phone 1-888-378-9255 Fax 1-250-378-4625

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Please note that this is a 24hrs business and this position requires working on flexible schedules and rotating shifts. Cashier duties include servicing customers in all parts of our business gas, car wash, mini storage and U-Haul rentals. Benefits: As a Benefit package the employer will provide dental insurance, extended medical insurance after 6 months with the company, uniforms and discounts. Apply by e-mail to: Apply by mail to: 8087 Hart HWY Prince George BC V2K 3B8 Apply by fax to: 250-962-2742


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To join our team of professional drivers, email a resume, current driver’s abstract & details of your truck to: Call: 604-968-5488 Fax: 604-587-9889

Steady/PT to vacuum, wipe & wash cars. Apply to Hands on Car Wash, 1956 3rd Ave

Job Description: * Customer service oriented * Operate cash register * Process money, cheques and credit/debit card payments * Scan items * Tabulate total payment for goods or services required * Receive payment for goods or services * Calculate daily/shift payments received and reconcile with total sales * Suggestive selling * Stock shelves and clean counter area * Greet customers * Enter prices of items on cash register * Assist with other duties as needed Requirements: *Education: Some high school *Experience: Experience an asset Salary: $10.71 to $14.00 Hourly, 40.00 Hours per week.

RESOURCE Ability, a well established and growing BC company hiring casual RN’s to provide pediatric respite care 1:1 in home in Prince George. Union wages, paid training and full support provided. If you want to make a difference in a child’s life please fax your cover letter and resume to 1250-846-9817 attention Jennifer Hols or email at

We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package.

Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.

KG Corner Store #1 (Hart Hwy Husky) / Kidd Ventures Ltd. 8087 Hart HWY Prince George BC V2K 3B8 Full Time - Permanent Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Tease Hair is looking for full or part time stylists. Please apply with resume to 7582 Hart Highway. 250-962-0212

Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Highway linehaul Owner Operators based in our Prince George terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain, driving experience/training.

Only those of interest will be contacted.

AUTOMOTIVE Technician needed immediately in Vernon BC. We are a busy independent shop doing all types of diagnosing, maintenance and repairs. Wages are $25/hr but negotiable. We are located in the desirable North Okanagan. 250-545-3378

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ELECTRICAL COMPANY requires Journeymen & Apprentices for a new hospital project in Burns Lake. Email resume to:



Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

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The following will be considered assets: • • •

Experience working in an industrial computerized environment. Post-Secondary diploma or certi¿cate. Third or Fourth class power engineering certi¿cate.

Interested applicants should apply by sending their resume and proof of quali¿cations in con¿dence to: by April 11, 2014 For more information on West Fraser and our current opportunities, visit our website at:

Human Resources Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company Email:



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Alterations/ Dressmaking

ENSIGN IS looking for Assistant Drillers, Drillers, Night Tour Pushes, and Rig Managers for our Australian Division. Recruiter’s will be in Nisku, Alberta, March 31 - April 9 to conduct interviews. If you want to hear more about our International opportunities please contact our Global group and apply online at www.ensign Call 1-888-3674460.

LICENSED PLUMBER/ GAS FITTER Req. at Canuck Mechanical in Prince George Must have exp. doing service work & be proficient with trouble shooting heating systems & plumbing problems. Top wages & benefits Email resume to:

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Painting & Decorating

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420 IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

Landscaping Fall YARD CLEAN-UP Garbage Removal & Gutter Cleaning (250)961-3612 or (250)964-4758 res PAL’S MAINTENANCE

Paint Special 3 Rooms $589 incl. prem qlty paint, your color choices, 2 coats, filled nail holes. Ceiling & trim extra. Free Est. HB Tech Painting 250-649-6285

Merchandise for Sale

Firearms WANTED: FIREARMS. All types wanted, estates, collections, single items, military. We handle all paperwork and transportation. Licensed Dealer. 1.866.960.0045 website:

Firewood/Fuel Firewood, driest wood in town split & delivered $180/cord (250)964-2020

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Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate


Misc. for Sale

Apt/Condos for Sale

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? Lego, Rockwell plates, Kinkade plates, Maxwell Parish prints, air conditioner, Kiss pencil prints, quilt, & more. Phone 250-562-4872 SAWMILLS FROM only $4,897 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDING sale. Big year end clear out continued! 20x20 $3,915. 25x28 $4,848. 30x32 $6,339. 32x34 $7,371. 40x50 $12,649. 47x68 $16,691. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422. STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at:

2 bdrm, 2 bath newly renovated condo in Magnolia Gardens Incl heat & undergrnd parking $239,900 (250)596-2575

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The Northwest’s leading Jeweller is looking for

Coin Collector Looking to Buy Collections, Estates, Gold & Silver Coins + 778-281-0030

Sales Associates

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Retail sales experience an asset but will train candidates who desire a career in this exciting and rewarding environment. Drop off resumes in person to either location... Dennis in the Spruceland Shopping Centre, or Janie in the Pine Centre Mall locations

Vanderhoof and Districts Co-operative Association invites applications for the position of: CREDIT MANAGER Reporting to the Controller, this position is responsible to grant or deny new credit applications and to ensure any new approved accounts are setup and running. Collection of overdue accounts is another key component of this position including sending overdue letters, phone calls to accounts, referring to third party collection agencies and any legal collection activity required.

HIRING DRIVERS Prince George Wood Chip Haul

Seeking qualiĮed drivers for immediate openings in Prince George, BC for chip hauling. We oīer: • Full Time, Year Round Work • Home Every Day • CompeƟƟve Wage, BeneĮts & Pension You possess: • Super B driving experience • A clean drivers abstract • References We are an equal opportunity Employer and we are strongly encouraging Aboriginal peoples to apply.,Fax:250-314-1750 Phone: 1-877-700-4445

The successful applicant must possess strong communication and organizational skills. Applicants should be self-reliant and goal orientated. The candidate should have a minimum of 3 years of e_perience in the credit collections Äeld. Vanderhoof and Districts Co-operative oɈers a competitive salary and a comprehensive beneÄt package. Vanderhoof and Districts Co-operative Association operates 15 cardlock locations (Terrace to the West, East to Valemount, North to Fort St. James and South to Quesnel), 4 bulk petroleum locations (Vanderhoof, Houston, Prince George and Quesnel) with 16 petroleum delivery units. Quesnel location also operates an Agro/C-Store along with a second C-Store located in Vanderhoof. In Vanderhoof the co-operative owns a 70,000 square foot shopping centre, and operates a food store, mini storage and home centre (new home centre under construction 2013/2014). The successful candidate must be a team player with eɈective communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to work well under pressure and be able to meet deadlines. Please forward your resume by Monday, March 17, 2014 to: Human Resources Vanderhoof and Districts Co-operative Box 560 188 East Stewart Street Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Phone: 250-567-4414 Fax: 250-567-4355 Email: We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Heavy Duty Mechanic As a Heavy Duty Mechanic, you will be responsible for the maintenance, overhauling, reconditioning and diagnosis of gas/diesel powered wheel loaders, forklifts, skidders, material handlers, dozers, pick-ups, manlifts, etc. The successful candidate must be familiar with systems such as: fuel, brakes, steering, suspension, tracks, undercarriage, hydraulics, transmission, emission control & exhaust, electrical, heating and air conditioning. Ideally you will possess journeyman status (Red Seal preferred) or be an indentured 3rd or 4th year apprentice.

Quality approved! for Corporate /Crew 2 to 4 bd duplex bright spacious NS,250-960-0861pgr

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Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent HARDWOOD MANOR 1575 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Heat/hot water included Adult Oriented/Students welcome Incentives for long-term students

Call (250)561-1446

JUBILEE Apt’s 1 bdrm, small 2 bdrm Adult orientated, close to downtown & bus route. N/S, N/P. Parking.

Call: (250) 562-7172


2666 Upland Street 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Rent includes: hydro, heat, hot water, appliances, drapes and parking. Quiet, no pets


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- 3rd or 4th year Electrical Apprentice - Journeyman Electrician Looking for electricians to work in the Terrace area. Must have Commercial/Maintenance experience. Must be a positive team player with an eye for detail and ability to provide exceptional customer service. Excellent wages and benefit package available.

Please send resume with references Attn: Rod to


&HUWLÀHG 0LOOZULJKW We are currently seeking a Certi¿ed Millwright with TQ ticket for our Williams Lake Planer Division. Welding experience, computer experience, knife setups and lineups, working with Stetson Ross Planers, Milltech Stacker and Tilthoist and USNR equipment along with strong safety background would be an asset. Must be prepared to work all shifts as required. This position offers a competitive hourly wage and bene¿t package as per union contract. Interested applicants should submit their resumes along with completed applications to the undersigned by March 1, 2014. Applications can be obtained at our Main Of¿ce, 42 Rottacker Road, Williams Lake, BC. Only those applicants short listed will be contacted. Bill Belziuk, Planer Superintendent Box 4 0, Williams Lake, BC V2G 2V4 Fax: 2 0- 2- 010



• 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available • Close to hospital & downtown • Rent includes heat, hot water • Elevator to undercover parking • Fridge, stove, quality carpets, drapes • Laundry on each floor • No pets

To Rent Call:


Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL A • RET Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

Misc for Rent Condominiums, apts. and houses Call 250-563-5291 or 250-563-5288 or cell 250-565-2845

For Seniors 55+ 1 & 2 bdrm suites All utilities included except phone & internet. Call Theresa 250-962-5570


Vehicle Wanted GOT Old Cars or Parts Laying Around? New, upcoming website to connect sellers and buyers. Want to know more? Email us a list of what you have and we will send you a fact sheet.

Scrap Car Removal





Trucks & Vans

Please forward your resume by Monday, March 24 to: Anne Currie Human Resources Assistant Babine Forest Products Limited Confidential fax 503-291-5591 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.

2007 Chev 1/2 ton Silverado Standard Cab, 8’ box, 2 wheel drive, 107,0000 km, winter tires $13,500


Wrecker/Used Parts

USED TIRES Cars & Trucks $25 & up

Most Sizes Available

Babine Forest Products Limited, Burns Lake BC

15270 Hwy 97 South 250.963.3435

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Our People make a difference in the community JOIN THE AXIS TEAM IN PRINCE GEORGE! If you are passionate about supporting caregivers, have a degree in social services and supervisory experience, consider joining our team in the following position: • Full Time Program Coordinator (35 hours per week) Oversees the day to day operations of the program. Overseeing the Program includes staff schedules, and direction to caregivers and staff to ensure that goals and objectives of the program are met. Provides planning and evaluation functions. Recruits caregivers, conducts home studies and regular annual reviews. Provides training, orientation and support to primary/respite caregivers and program staff. Performs front line child/youth care worker duties in emergencies or during staff shortages. Participates in on call rotation. For further information refer to our website under job opportunities. Fax resume to Andrea Stofanik (250) 851-2977 or email

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The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43 years.


We are seeking candidates for the following position within our organization

Are you experienced in Employee Group BeneĮts administraƟon?

SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT & CATERING: Hospitality Assistant – PT Closing date: March 17, 2014 at 4 pm

Do you enjoy regular client contact?

YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES: Youth Care Worker - FT, PT, Casual Closing date: March 26, 2014

Are you proĮcient in Excel, Power Point and Outlook?

A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: Applications will be accepted until dates noted on posting, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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RETAIL GLASS MANAGEMENT POSITION Quesnel This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established full service glass business. All-West Glass is a privately owned, family-oriented company that has been serving Northerners for over 40 years. We have a Management position available in Quesnel, British Columbia. The successful candidate should have: • Knowledge of the Glazing business. • Enthusiasm to take on the challenge of maintaining quality standards, developing employees and serving the general public • Sales training and/or business management education or experience an asset Employees of AWG will receive a highly attractive salary to be negotiated with the successful candidate, PLUS the following outstanding benefits: • Equity in the company • Profit sharing • Full Health Plan Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision) • Company Vehicle • Company cell phone • Paid training costs, seminar attendance and course enrollment • 3 weeks vacation (negotiable) to start • Relocation Assistance Please forward resume in confidence to: Phil Chilibeck, Regional Manager (BC) ALL-WEST GLASS Prince George 102-1599 South Quinn St. Prince George, BC V2N 4W6 Phone: 250-563-1555 Fax: 250-563-6143 E-mail:

Located in the spectacular landscape of northern BC, UNBC is ranked as one of Canada’s best small universities. Our personal environment fosters excellence through teaching and research that directly affects communities in the North and beyond.

School of Nursing

Do you like the responsibility of maintaining an assigned client list?

We are a dynamic organizaƟon dedicated to the delivery of excellent client service. We are accepƟng applicaƟons for the posiƟon of Group BeneĮts Administrator. You will be responsible for regular client contact and provide support for Account Managers and Sales RepresentaƟves in the Įeld. The ideal candidate will: • have experience in Employee Group BeneĮts administraƟon • may have their Life Insurance license or be willing to obtain it • will be proĮcient in computer programs such as Excel, Power Point and Outlook • have excepƟonal client service and organizaƟonal skills • enjoy working with a highly moƟvated team • enjoy challenging work that encourages personal iniƟaƟve • bring a sense of humor to interacƟons with clients and colleagues Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover leƩer and resume by Friday March 21st in the strictest conĮdence to: 492 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 2J7 Email:

College of Arts, Social & Health Sciences

Assistant Professor

(Full-time One Year Term Position – Prince George Campus) COMPETITION #FANU03-14-PGFP

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The University of Northern British Columbia, in conjunction with the School of Nursing, invites applications for the above position at the rank of Assistant Professor at the Prince George campus. Primary responsibilities will include: development and delivery of nursing courses, engaging in scholarship and building strong community and health service links with Northern Health for the benefit of nursing education, research, and practice development. Close collaboration with rural communities, regional community colleges, health service agencies and their personnel is a strong feature of UNBC in general and the School of Nursing in particular. The position is accountable to the Chair of Nursing at UNBC, and works with Nursing staff and faculty in other campuses. Minimum education requirement for the position is a Master’s in Nursing or related field. A PhD or substantial progress in a doctoral program is preferred. Relevant teaching and clinical experience in paediatrics, community or public health nursing is sought but applicants with practice specialization in other areas are welcome to apply. Applicants will be required to present evidence of experience and excellence in teaching and scholarly work. Strong organizational, initiative-taking, small teamwork skills and high-level communication skills are essential. RN registration or eligibility to register with the CRNBC is required. As some travel by road and air to other campuses and northern communities is necessary, eligibility for or a valid BC driver’s license is required. For a complete listing of the duties HUK X\HSPÄJH[PVUZ ]PZP[!


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Cracking Canada’s small car conundrum likely to adopt the same numeric GENEVA, Switzerland - Small moniker. The concept vehicle has cars are huge here in Europe, if an all-new 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D not in size certainly in numbers. diesel engine. Everywhere you turn, it seems Citroen no longer sells in North there is either a Ford Fiesta America though periodically or an Opel Astra (the General we hear rumours of a return by Motors subsidiary) about to the French manufacturer and its cross your path. If it is not those home rivals, Peugeot and Reexamples, there are any number nault. Their lines are so different of other similar sized economy While there is a to the often indistinguishable cars from the likes of Citroen, greater acceptance of small cars we get. Some of the VW, and Peugeot buzzing by. Micro cars such as the tiny smaller vehicles in our French creations are positively and I found myself gawSmart, with which we are facities, people outside funky ping at such an example in the miliar, and even smaller vehicles urban areas have new Citroen C4 Cactus. It’s zip into roadside parking spots where previously only a motormore ground to cover designed to challenge the likes of the Ford Focus and the VW Golf. cycle would park. and so are tempted It uses lightweight materials exMy two-prong mission at the by larger vehicles. tensively, including an aluminum Geneva Motor Show was to hood, which means it sips gas. view small cars we might see Keith Morgan The rubberized pads along the sometime soon and others we side would be perfect for people never will see but wish we who regularly have close encounters with could! Then ponder whether small cars will garage doorframes! ever catch on here in the way they have in General Motors looks to penetrate the difficult Europe. younger buyer marked with its Opel/VauxThere was something familiar about the first hall Adam. It’s dressed up in interesting car I encountered in the giant Palexpo show colours but it’s what is under the hood that buildings. Ah yes, a European version of the makes it really interesting. It has a variety trusty Honda Civic – Canada’s hottest seller of bigger engines as options but its smallest in that market segment. I am sure Honda engine is a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder gas Canada would sell more if they resembled the engine, mated to a six-speed manual transvery hot Type R concept, which is destined to mission, with the pulling power of 1.6-litre be a racer. Yes, the new North American Civic power plant. Fuel consumption is expected is sportier than the last generation but the to be a miserly 4.5 L/100 km (combined city Euro versions always seem that bit sharper in highway). It may show up here in some form design. but right now GM has more than its fair share Next up was the Mazda Hazumi hatchback, of small cars. expected successor to the current Mazda2 and



So far, I’ve looked at econo cars at the lower end of the market. No point in me offering price details because all Euro cars are substantially more expensive than the same examples sold here in Canada. Finally, I cast a close eye over the Audi S1, which is a hot sportback version of the popular A1. It comes with a 228hp 2.0-litre turbocharged gas engine capable of hitting 100 km/h in less than six seconds. I will reveal it will sell for more than $40,000 in the UK. It’s fast, it’s a premium offering and I’ll eat my hat if it shows up here. All of the above have great fuel economy going for them and most are competitively priced. The common keys to their success likely come down to two key factors. Impressive fuel consumption numbers matter because fuel in Europe is substantially more expensive than here. And Europe is crawling with folks going about their daily duties on often far less land and road space. While there is a greater acceptance of smaller vehicles in our cities, people outside urban areas have more ground to cover and so are tempted by larger vehicles, especially as a first family vehicle. And the truth is that the advances in fuel saving technology means there’s not a massive difference between the econo-cars and small family sedans. And perhaps a bigger factor is for “an extra $20 a month, madam, you could have the roominess and utility of this car.” A line heard in most dealerships, most days. And the sales people are not wrong.

Confessions of a Curber... Meet Walt. He lives with his wife and two teenagers in a quiet neighbourhood. He does his part as a member of the community. Walt goes to work every morning, provides for his family and chats with his neighbours. Walt has a secret. He doesn’t rob banks. He’s no Walter White from “Breaking Bad.” But, his love for quick cash and high profits drive him to a sideline that makes us all a little less safe and costs some their savings. Walt is a curber. The Vehicle Sales Authority of BC, CarProof Vehicle History Reports and ICBC are combining forces to help keep car buyers safe. Follow our series on Walt the Curber to learn how much you risk when you buy a used vehicle without proof of its history or condition. The price of buying a car from a curber can turn out to be much higher if you have nowhere to turn. Learn what you can do to protect yourself. Buying used? We’re looking out for you. Find out how at

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Transformative American icon good value in resale The Cadillac CTS has captured numerous awards and spearheaded a modern transformation of the iconic American luxury car maker, since its introduction in 2003.

The high-powered, highperformance “V” edition can go toe-to-toe with the best of its Euro competitors and has set production car lap records at the renowned Nurburgring, in

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Confessions of a Curber I was itching to sell another car. I‘d spent my first cash quickly. The new TV looked great in my living room. So I scrounged the dealer lots in my neighbourhood. I found the perfect car at a small dealership not far from my house. Gray with four doors. Everything was still intact, but it was priced low. The dealer gave me the car’s history right away. It had been in three accidents over its lifetime. Nothing too major, but damage was done and repaired. I couldn’t spot the repairs. So, I happily bought it and registered it. I didn’t want my wife and kids to know what I was up to, so I parked it around the block. I knew it would be gone in a few days. This time, I used Kijiji and Craigslist. “Car for sale. Served me well, but wife wants a new car. Accident and damage free. Looking to sell fast, low price. Cash only. Call cell for info.” I got a text message from a woman across town. I told her I’d meet her at a nearby gas station and would throw in a free tank of gas. She was thrilled. When I met her, she told me that she needed a cheap, dependable vehicle to get to her new job. She’dd been taking the bus for weeks and was tired of her commute. To my annoyance, she wanted to check the vehicle thoroughly. So I distracted her. I told her I was sad to let “my baby” go, but I

wanted to keep my wife happy. She nodded sympathetically. As she handed me the money, she asked if the vehicle was in any accidents. Now, I’m not a good liar. So I simply said, No. It’s her fault for not asking for a CarProof or ICBC vehicle history report. That seemed to do it. She was pleased and drove away with a smile on her face. As for me, I went home with a fat wallet. A few days later, I got a text: “Got CarProof report. Three accidents?!?!? Need money back now!!!” I panicked. But not for long. I was getting good at this. I just got a new cell number. She didn’t know my name – that old fake ID worked great. And she had no idea where I lived. Finding me would wear her out. I was in the clear. But will I be so lucky next time? *Curber – An individual posing as a private seller, but selling vehicles for profit as a business. A curber often misrepresents the history and condition of a vehicle. Curbers offer none of the protections the law provides for purchases from a Vehicle Sales Authority licensed dealer. aler.

“Now, I’m not a good liar. It’s her fault for not asking for a CarProof or ICBCC vehicle history report.”

Consumer Reports. Other pluses include surprisingly good fuel economy numbers (with either V6 engine) and attractive resale values (for buyers). CTS was the first Cadillac to feature that distinctively sharp edge styling that’s now synonymous with the brand and this was taken to another level with the 2008, second generation, redesign. By 2011, the CTS line had grown to include Sport Wagon and Coupe editions, plus “V” editions of both. The 2011 CTS-V Coupe was voted the “Best New Sports / Performance Car over $50,000” by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Entry-level editions of the 2011 CTS sedan came with a 3.0-litre (255 horsepower) V6 that’s mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy with the 3.0L/auto powertrain is a frugal 11.3/7.2 L/100 km (city/highway). The

optional 3.6 litre is a 24-valve engine with direct fuel injection that can generate 304 horsepower and fuel economy is 11.4/6.9 L/100 km, which is roughly the same. The CTS all-wheel drive system runs a 30/70 front-to-rear drive split under normal conditions, to maintain a rear-drive driving dynamic. It’s also capable of delivering up to 100 per cent of torque to either axle when needed

charged V8 engine (from the Corvette) that likes premium fuel and gulps it down a rate of 17.7/10.5 L/100 km (city/highway). Aimed squarely at driving enthusiasts, the go-faster V-edition also comes with high-performance additions such as its Magnetic Ride Control system and a Brembo brake package. The interior is decidedly driver focused, yet still luxurious. In front of the driver is a three-pod

Price Check: 2011 - 2013 Cadillac CTS Sedan (February 2014) Year Edition Expect to Pay Today 2011 Luxury $24,000 to $28,000 2012 Luxury $28,000 to $33,000 2013 Luxury $32,000 to $37,000 Prices vary depending on a used vehicle’s condition, mileage, usage and history. A complete mechanical check should always be performed by a reliable auto technician prior to purchase. and fuel economy-wise it adds about 0.5L/100km, which is reasonable. Moving up to a Vedition of CTS you get a 556-horsepower super-

instrument cluster with a combination of analog and digital readouts. A centrally positioned chrome-ringed analog time clock adds a touch

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Week You could be forgiven for thinking this car was the latest example of an Italian supercar. Well it is and it isn’t. It’s a PassoCorto designed in Italy for Korean car manufacturer Hyundai. It’s the result of a competition staged by Hyundai at the famous Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy, to create a sports car that would appeal to Generation Y consumers. The final concept was displayed on the IED stand at the 2014 Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva, Switzerland. The brief, drawn up by Hyundai’s European R&D centre in Rüsselheim, Germany, called for the 16 students on the Transportation Design masters’ course at IED to draw and design the car of their dreams. The car should be one they would want to buy and drive, targeting Generation Y –consumers born between the 1980s and the early years of this millennium, who have grown up with computers and are used to being connected at all times. The result is a dramatic, compact and ultra-lightweight sports car concept called PassoCorto – Italian for ‘short wheelbase’. The compact two-seater weighs just 840 kg thanks to its carbon fibre chassis and is powered by a rear-mid mounted four-cylinder in-line 1,6-litre bi-turbo engine.

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of elegance and a partially hidden pop-up multiuse monitor is a unique feature. The front bucket seats are generously sized and you sit lower (sports car like) in the Coupe than in the sedan or the wagon. The front passenger is protected by a unique dual-depth design of air bag that is more effective at reducing injuries in a vehicle collision. The 2011 edition of CTS also got a “Top Safety” rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), based on its crash testing results. An optional safety feature worth having is an adaptive forward lighting system. It includes brighter Xenon headlights that automatically move (up to 15 degrees) in the direction of intended travel for improved visibility while cornering at night. The steering is on the light side yet has a precise action and the CTS is agile for a vehicle its size and weight. While the V6 may seem tame at low engine speeds, the power boost above 4,000 rpm is considerable. Manual shifts are via steering wheel-mounted buttons on the back of the steering wheel. The Cadillac CTS has head-turning style and comfort in abundance, but it can also offer a level of performance like no other Cadillac. A brand new CTS sedan costs about $45,000 to $60,000 and a V-edition is over $70,000. Safety Recalls: 2011 to 2013 Cadillac CTS: 2012 - The brake booster pushrod retention nut may not have received adequate tightening torque during vehicle assembly and could separate from the brake pedal assembly. Dealers will inspect the pushrod retention nut and, if necessary, torque the nut to specification. bob.mchugh@drivewaybc. ca

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With the Vancouver International Auto Show just around the corner, I thought I would share my list of exciting new SUVs that are available. Tough to nail down just one but I am sure one of these would spark some interest. 2014 Ford Explorer Sport is a performance version of its popular SUV. The headlights and taillights have been blacked out to give it a sporty appearance. 20-inch painted and machined wheels allow room for the larger brakes that help it stop faster and improve performance when towing. The engine is an impressive 3.5 litre, twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6, producing a whopping 365 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque with a 6 speed automatic transmission. To say this is quick off the line is an understatement. The Explorer also features a terrain management system that lets you select between sand, snow, mud, or hill descent. $46,999 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit equipped with a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine putting out 240 hp and 420 lb ft of torque with an 8 speed transmission delivers excellent millage while provide exceptional comfort. Natura-Plus leather faced seating, wood trim with copper accents, and a 19 speaker, 825 watt Harmon/ Kardon audio system keep you relaxed and alert. Up to date safety features such as enhanced accident response system, blind spot monitoring system, back up camera, engine immobilizer, hill start assist, and all speed traction control are just some of the many features this vehicle has to offer to keep you safe. Excellent value. Starting at $60,895 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a completely redesigned five








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2014 Range Rover Sport is not just another luxury SUV; it is a fully capable off-road vehicle. The engine is a 510 horsepower, supercharged 5.0 litre V8 that puts out 461 lb-ft of torque @2500 RPM with a 6 speed automatic transmission. This transmission features Command Shift that actively responds to your driving habits and road conditions by reconfiguring the shift patterns for optimum drivability in all situations and is mated with a 2 speed electronically controlled transfer case. Four wheel electronic traction control, hill descent control, and four corner air suspension with terrain response not only makes this vehicle ma-






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When the Prince George Cougars season ends this weekend the players on this team will have no one to blame but themselves, as they will miss the playoffs for the third straight year and fifth time in the last seven years. Yes, the Cats were almost handed the last playoff spot by the Tri-City Americans, yet for some reason they showed little interest and failed to take charge. The Americans did their best to surrender the eighth seed in the WHL Western Conference with just one victory in their last 13 games, but the Cougars also didn’t play well, with just two wins in their last 13, which includes a current five game losing streak. The Cougars were humiliated in their last game, pounded by Spokane 8-0 before 1,743 bewildered fans at CN Centre. “I’m shocked. I’m stunned. I’m embarrassed,” stated coach Mark Holick, just a few minutes after the perplexing verdict was delivered. “Game 70, battling for a playoff spot, at home, losing the first one and we throw an 8-0 game on the board. Not nearly acceptable, and I feel real bad for the people that showed up to watch that one. It’s absolutely mindboggling. We were coasting and turning and lazy and cutting corners. There was just zero energy,” added Holik. The night before, Prince George led Spokane 2-0 after two periods. The Chiefs rallied with four unanswered goals in the third. Spokane won the doubleheader by scoring an unthinkable 12 consecutive goals. It’s indefensible that three times this season the Cougars have dropped an 8-0 decision. They lost by that score Jan 17 at home against Edmonton, and one week later on Jan. 24 in Regina. There have been 11 times this season the Cats have lost by four or more goals. So, what makes the season disheartening for Cougars fans? Quite simply, the team underperformed. The Cougars talent is above

a ninth-place standing. Prince from playoff contention. George has averaged 3.27 goals The P.G. Cougars still have for per game, which should be two games left; both against the enough for a miniBlazers: Friday mum of a .500 record, in Kamloops and but not when they Saturday at CN surrender a whopCentre but their ping 4.24 per game, faint playoff hopes worst in the West. ended when the Four has been Tri-City Amerithe number needed cans picked up for the Cats to get a a point in a 3-2 victory, while most overtime loss to other teams usually the Portland Winwill win with three. terhawks. P.G. is 17-7-0-2 when HART BEAT The Spruce scoring four or more HARTLEYMILLER Kings lacked and just 9-29-3-3 firepower against when scoring three or less. the Coquitlam Express as they Team MVP Todd Fiddler and discovered how different the captain Troy Bourke are both playoffs are. The Spruce Kings in the top 20 of league scoring had a regular season record of and Fiddler is second in goals 7-1-1 against the Express, but with 46. when it counted in crunch time, All teams go through injuries Coquitlam won 4 games to 2, and the Cougars have had more following a clinching 2-1 decithan their share. Goalie Brett sion. Zarowny, forwards Jari Erricson, In the regular season, the David Soltes, Chase Witala, Alex Spruce Kings scored 192 goals in Forsberg and Brett Roulston 58 games for an average of 3.31 plus defenceman Peter Kosterper game, but in the playoffs, man all missed lengthy periods against a team 11 points behind of time (20 games or more), them in the standings, they only but against the Chiefs, the Cats came up with a 12 goals for an scratched four healthy players. average of two per game. P.G. I realize some fans will sugalso allowed 17 goals, or nearly gest, what’s the big deal? It’s not three per game. like they were poised for a long Throw into the mix that the run in the playoffs anyway. Vancouver Canucks are likely to Sure, one can assume that miss the playoffs, and yes, Prince perspective, but there’s a lot of George hockey fans have a right to feel unfilled. youth on this team, including Well, there’s local minor three 16 year olds, four 17 year hockey to the rescue as the six olds and nine healthy 18 year team Provincial Bantam Tier 1 olds that would have benefitted championship begins Monday from the experience. at Kin 1. A new era and direction with the Cougars hockey team is on From The Quote Rack: the horizon, but that does not In the Blackburn-Burney UK take away from another undersoccer match, a rooster ran onto achieving season that is about the pitch.The Blackburn coach to close. called the incident “a real wake••• up call” for his team. There is a big hockey void in Contributor Bill Littlejohn of Prince George. The Major MidgSouth Lake Tahoe, California et Cariboo Cougars had their season end abruptly on Saturday, Hartley Miller is the sports dropping their first-round series director for radio station 94X. He 2-0 to the Valley West Hawks. also writes for hqprincegeorge. Just three days later, the Prince com. Send along a quote, note, or George Spruce Kings had their anecdote to season wrap up. In addition, on Follow him on twitter: @Hartthe same Tuesday, the Prince George Cougars were eliminated ley_Miller

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Senior curlers lend a hand It may have been a bit more than they figured on spending, but the Prince George Seniors Curling League was more than happy to help 10 local rinks. Earlier this season, the league decided to donate $100 to each local team that made it to the provincials. Little did they know there would be 10 teams who would qualify for the cheques, which were designed to help with travel expenses. Last week, representatives from seven of the teams gathered at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club to receive their cheques. Two teams – the Masters team skipped by Bill Lim and the College Heights Secondary girls team

skipped by Diamond Wilson – were at their provincial bonspiels, and weren’t present, while the Mixed Doubles team of Harry and Wendy Ulch were attending the Brier in Kamloops. However, the rinks who were there were quite happy to receive the funds. Those rinks were: • Tracey Jones women’s team • Patti Knezevic Women’s team • Bill Cameron Men’s team • Alyssa Connell Juvenile Girl’s team • Dustin Withey Junior Men’s team • Frank LaBountry Wheelchair team • Terry Pipke Blind Curling team.

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Allan WISHART/Free Press Dianne Parnell, third from left, of the Seniors Curling League hands out cheques to Prince George rinks which qualified for their provincial championships: Jennille Slaney, Alyssa Connell Juvenile team (left); Tyler Slaney, Dustin Withey Junior Men; Bill Cameron, Men’s; Patti Knezevic, Women’s; Terry Pipkey, Blind Curling; Tracey Jones, Women’s; and Frank LaBountty, Wheelchair. Missing were representatives of the Bill Lim Masters, Harry Ulch Mixed Doubles, and College Heights Secondary Girls.

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Allan WISHART/Free Press Skip Doug Dalziel gets set to jump out and help his sweepers get a rock into the house during the A event finals of the Tri-Mils bonspiel at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club on Sunday. Dalziel won the event over Bryan Mohr.

Cougars eliminated from chase a season-ending doubleheader with the Blazers. “Everybody will be playing for something this weekend,” Holick The exit meetings for the Prince said of the upcoming games. “Some George Cougars are coming earlier of the guys are playing for personal than they had hoped. milestones, some of them are are The Cougars were playing for their jobs eliminated from the WHL for next year.” Western Division playoff After Saturday’s hunt Tuesday evening game, Holick said, when the Tri-City Amerithe coaching staff will cans took the Portland have meetings with WinterHawks to overtime. each player on Sunday The single point in the 3-2 before sending them loss gave the Americans a home for the offseason. five-point bulge for eighth It was not the way place, with the Cougars Holick had hoped the having just two games this season would end. weekend in the regular “I’m disappointed, to COACH season. MARK HOLICK say the least. We com“We dug our own grave,” peted pretty hard all Cougars coach Mark Holick said year. We got ourselves into, I think Wednesday. “When you have to rely it was, a 12-point deficit for the last on other teams for help, it doesn’t spot and managed to cut it to 2. always happen.” “We had a tough schedule in FebNow, the Cougars will be in ruary, but that was where we needed Kamloops tonight (Friday) and to pick up some extra points, and it back at CN Centre on Saturday for didn’t happen.”

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Locals win two ringette titles we pulled away in the second to win 9-5. I knew we had a good team and I was really happy for them.” Martina Spooner and Keira Meroniuk had a hat trick each to lead the scoring for Prince George. The U16 team, sponsored by Andrew Kemp and the Realtor of PG, finished with two wins and two losses in their round-robin, which put them into a semifinal against Terrace, Mason Ouellet got a shutout as they won 5-0 to advance to the final against Shuswap. Tess Tuininga had a hat trick and Nadine Kwiatkowski added a pair as Prince George won 7-6.

Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress. com Keith Sullivan has been around the Prince George ringette scene for quite a while. “I’ve been involved with ringette in the city for about 30 years,” he says, “and this is the first time I can remember us having two provincial champions in the same year.” Sullivan coached one of those champions – the U14B squad – which won provincial gold at Kin 2 just a few hours before the U16B team won their own title at the Coliseum. The city was playing host to the BC Ringette Provincials as a test event for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The U14B squad, sponsored by Hart Modular Homes and All Rhodes Pilot Services, went undefeated through the championship, getting a bye through to the final after the round-robin

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Allan WISHART/Free Press Nadine Kwiatkowski of the Prince George U16B ringette team flies through the air as she scores in a round-robin game against Shuswap. The local team won the provincial title on its home ice on Sunday.

portion. “That was an advantage,” Sullivan said, “because we got that extra time to rest up. We didn’t have to play that game Sunday morning.” The semifinal matched Shuswap against Quesnel, and the result threw a bit of a pleasant

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since the Prince George team had beaten them in the Sweetheart Tournament in Kelowna in February. The result Sunday was the same, but not without a few nervous moments. “We were tied 4-4 after the first period,” Sullivan said, “but

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Top skaters take to Kin 1 ice Allan Wishart Five members of the Prince George Blizzard speed skating club will be at the Canada Age Class Track Short Track Championship in Kin 1 this weekend, but one of them won’t be skating for the B.C. team. Madison Pilling will be skating for the Northwest Territories, the lone representative from the NWT. “I came here three years ago to skate with the Blizzards,” the 17year-old said before a training session earlier this week. “It’s better competition and better training.” This won’t be her first time at the national competition (“I went last year to Montreal”), but it will be her first major meet of the season. “I had knee surgery in October, so this is my first competition since then. The knee gets better each practice, so I’m ready to go.” And while Kin 1 has only bee re-opened for a month or two, Pilling leaves no doubts how she feels about it. “It’s an A+ rink. We need the Olympic-sized rink here.” It’s a feeling echoed by Blizzards teammate Lina Hiller. “It’s ready,” she said of the rink. “It’s still the fastest ice in B.C.” This is Lina’s first trip to the Age Class Nationals, but not her first trip to a national meet. As a result, she knows many of the skaters she’ll be taking to the ice with this weekend. “We’re all usually pretty good friends – off the ice. Once the race is over, we’re friends.” Like Pilling, she likes the Olympic-sized ice surface at Kin 1, for a reason that does come up fairly frequently in speed skating. “When you fall, it’s a good feeling to know the padding on the boards is that far away. You have a chance to slow down more before you hit the padding.” Callie Swan, a third member of the Blizzards who will be skating this weekend, is another first-timer for the Age Class event, but, “I’ve been to Canada West meets three

Allan WISHART/Free Press Skaters prepare for this weekend’s Canadian Age Class Short Track Championships by getting in some practice laps on the Kin 1 track on Wednesday evening. Five members of the Prince George Blizzard will be skating in the meet, which is a test event for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

times, and I’ve won there, so I’m used to big meets.” Like every other member of the team, she loves the renovated Kin 1. “They do a good job of keeping the ice hard, so your skates can dig into it.” She’s looking forward to having a good weekend, especially as the races get longer. “I skate all the distances, but I’m better at the longer distances. I’ve been working on my starts to get better at the short distances, so we’ll see what happens this weekend.” Lina, Madison and Callie will be joined by Blizzard teammates

Lucas Hiller and Alison Desmarais (from Vanderhoof) at the championships this weekend. It’s a fairly small field of skaters for the event, which will also be a test event for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Madison sees a couple of reasons for the smaller numbers. “It’s getting near the end of the season, and doing a lot of travelling can be hard. You tend to pick which meets you’re going to go to.” Skating starts Friday morning at 9:05 with the first heats in the 1500m and continues until about 3:30 p.m. The championships resume Saturday at 9:40 a.m., ending around 3 p.m., and skating on Sunday runs from 10:10 a.m. until

about 2 p.m. On The Road Eight members of the Blizzard club were in Burnaby on the weekend for the Provincial Short Track Speed Skating Championships. Final results had not been posted at press time, but the club felt the following results were correct. Keenan St. Rose, gold, 12-yearold boys; Eric Orlowsky, silver, 12-year-old boys; Sylvia Masich, bronze, 12-year-old girls; Josh Hawkenson, bronze, 13-year-old boys; Landon Young, bronze, 14-year-old boys; Morgan Aucoin, fifth, 13-year-old girls; Max Schonewille, top 10, 12-year-old boys; Owen MacDonald, top 15,

11-year-old boys. Masich, Orlwosky, Hawkenson, Aucoin and Young have qualified for the Canada West championships, set for Lethbridge at the end of the month. Corine Masich, who coached the team on the weekend with Lorelei St. Rose, will be with the team in Lethbridge as team manager. Three other local skaters went to Fort St. James for the North/Central Regioanl FUNale on Saturday. Megan Vansickle got gold in Active Start, Nolan Vansickle, silver in FUNdamental; and Olivia Masich, bronze in Learning2Train, 9-year-old girls. Taryn Vansickle was the coach for the weekend.

Biathletes pick up two medals on opening day of Canadian championships Two skiers from the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club got to the podium on the first day of competition at the National Biathlon Championships on Wednesday. Sarah Beaudry won gold in the Junior Women Sprint, while Emily Dickson won silver in the Senior Girls Sprint. Other local competitors at the championships, which are being held in New Brunswick, are Matt Neumann, fifth in Men’s Sprint; Claire Lapointe, sixth in Senior Girls Sprint; Arthur Roots, eighth in Junior Men Sprint;

and Bobby Kreitz, 26th in Senior Boy Sprint. The Pursuit races were scheduled for Thursday. Results were not available by press time, but can be found online at www.pgfreepress. com. Beaudry came to the nationals with a bronze from the Junior-Youth World Championships, held last week in Maine Spruce Kings Out The season is over for the Prince George Spruce Kings, as the team dropped it’s firstround BCHL Mainland Division playoff series

to the Coquitlam Express four games to two. The Express clinched the series with a 2-1 victory in Coquitlam on Tuesday night. The Spruce Kings had stayed alive Monday night when Jeremiah Luedtke scored in the second overtime period for a 3-2 win ay the Coliseum. The Express advance to play the Langley Rivermen in the Mainland final. Langley downed Surrey in six games in the other firstround series. The other second-round series will see

Victoria and Powell River meet in the Island final, while Vernon and Penticton will face off in the Interior final. Cariboo Cougars Finished The Cariboo Cougars dropped out of the BC Major Midget League playoffs on the weekend, losing a pair of games to the Valley West Hawks in Langley. The Hawks came from behind in Friday’s opener for a 4-3 win, then downed the Cougars 5-2 on Saturday to sweep the best-ofthree opening round series.

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