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Burns Lake mayor makes top 30 Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold has been named one of the province’s top business and community leaders under the age of 30.

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Petition for Comfor money discussion Comfor Management donation for almost a million dollars up for discussion BLACK PRESS A petition calling on the Village of Burns Lake to earmark nearly a million dollars for equipping an operating room in the new Lakes District Hospital & Health Centre will soon be on its way to municipal council. Paul Jean, one of the campaign’s organizers, said late last week the petition would likely be pulled on Monday (April 1) or Tuesday (April 2). After tabulating the results, organizers will prepare it for submission to the municipality.  “We’ll have to get it collated and then arrange to present it to the mayor,” Jean explained.  While community reaction to the petition has generally been positive, local elected officials are being a bit more cautious in their responses.  Bill Miller, director for Electoral Area B (Burns Lake Rural) of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, said he believes it’s always good to engage the public in discussion of important issues. He added that in his opinion, the $960,000 donation made to the Village of Burns Lake by Comfor Management Services Ltd. (a community-owned corporation) “should benefit the

whole community and not just (the) municipal tax base. The hospital is certainly representative of the greater community.” Jean and Joan McFee, organizers of the petition, believe equipping the hospital’s operating room will help with physician recruitment. Miller isn’t so sure.  “It narrows the parameters a bit for Northern Health in what doctors they can bring on board (here),” Miller explained. “According to what they tell us, they must have three physicians that have surgical skills, as well as anesthesiologists. I’m not sure whether that would be a ‘plus’ or a ‘minus’ in their recruiting strategy. I would suspect ‘minus’, but I am not the one to ask.”  Miller added that government officials also have to take into consideration the costs associated with adding new health care services. “I believe we have to be cautious when it comes to what the operating budgets of our facilities are, as the health care cost in the province are rising drastically and the tax burden to our small local tax base (in the Stuart-Nechako Regional Hospital District) could become extreme.  “I think we need to have a full discussion with all the stakeholders/residents,” he concluded. “Strategic planning for the region is we can best get as much services and efficient use of monies.”   Village of Burns Lake council has not yet determined how it will use the $960,000 donation it received from Comfor Management Service Ltd. (CMSL), a community owned corporation. ...see MONEY ▼ P3  

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Police are recommending charges including assault, assault with a weapon and assault of a peace office against a 15 year old young person.

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Locals receive achievement award Two Lakes District residents are among this year’s recipients of the B.C. Community Achievement Award.

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Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold has been named one of the province’s top business and community leaders under the age of 30. BCBusiness, a Burnaby-based business magazine, released its inaugural ‘30 Under 30’ list last week, and Strimbold’s name appeared at #20.  In its profile of the winners, the magazine credited 23-year-old Strimbold with helping heal the economic and social wounds that resulted from the 2012 catastrophic explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products Ltd.  Strimbold was the only politician to make the list. Joining him were 29 other young over-achievers, including Amy Woodhouse (art director, Invoke Media), Andrew Pollard (president, The Mining Recruitment Group Ltd.), Arnold Leung (founder and CEO, Appnovation Technologies Inc.), and Trevor Loke (commissioner, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation).  To honour this year’s winners, BCBusiness will host a reception April 30 in Vancouver. The magazine is already taking nominations for next year’s '30 Under 30' event.

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Mayor Luke Strimbold said last week that while council appreciates local residents’ efforts to engage in municipal government business, more information is needed before the municipality can make a decision on how the CMSL funds should be spent. “I think there are some important questions that need to be answered,” he stated. “What is our long-term health service plan? What is the operating cost of having a functioning operating room? What are the requirements of having an operating room? … I am prepared to work with the proponents of the petition and Northern Health to get a better un-

derstanding of the implications and opportunities.” Several months ago, the board of directors for Comfor Management Services Ltd. (CMSL) donated $960,000 to the Village of Burns Lake, and in excess of $100,000 to both the Burns Lake Band and Wet’suwet’en First Nation. While the municipality is the sole shareholder of CMSL, the company’s founders – including Jean – have been critical of the decision, noting that the community-owned corporation and its subsidiary, Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd., were designed to benefit all residents of the Lakes District, and not just those living within municipal boundaries.

Hit and run driver brings injured to hospital Police Report On Mar. 29, 2014 at approximately 2:42 a.m. the Burns Lake RCMP detachment received a report of a pedestrian injured in the area of the 200 block, Hwy. 16 in Burns Lake, B.C. Police investigation to date has determined that two adolescent females were walking westbound along Hwy. 16 in the area of the Real Canadian Wholesale Gas Bar. The driver of an eastbound blue coloured car veered towards the pedestrian’s and struck a 16 year old female. The driver of the blue car exited the car and proceeded to load the injured pedestrian into the car before transporting the two pedestrian’s to the Lakes District Hospital. The driver of the car departed the Lakes District Hospital prior to police arrival. Police later located the suspect car at a property east of Burns Lake and have seized the motor vehicle while the driver of the car has yet to come forward to speak to police. Support services including the Prince George Traffic Services Unit, the Prince George Forensic Identification Section, Prince George city detachment, the Burns Lake RCMP Victim Services and the Burns Lake Citizens on Patrol have assisted the Burns Lake detachment in this investigation. The injured pedestrian was transported by ground ambulance to Prince George with non-life threatening injuries. Police ask anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Burns Lake RCMP detachment at (250) 692-7171 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on-line at www. RCMP Burns Lake detachment continues their investigation into this matter.


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Healthier addiction is my cup of tea

Land reserve divided, not conquered

I moved to the Okanagan over 13 years ago and, as a recovering coffee addict, reluctantly drank my very first Tim Horton’s “double double.” The twocream-two-sugar combination instantly had me hooked for the next couple of years. I was a new mother at the time, so this silly passion wasn’t the most convenient, but I still managed to get my fix on a daily basis. And then one day, when I was pregnant with our second child, and not yet aware that I was, I took a sip of the warm comforting beverage that I loved so much and it tasted awful. I sipped it a few more times trying to figure out what was wrong with it, but there was nothing different about the drink, just that I no longer liked its taste. I poured it out and never ordered another one again. Once I realized I was expecting, I figured our unborn child must have had something to do with my sudden dislike for double doubles and I started to cater to different cravings, none of which included coffee. But after Daisy was born I picked up my coffee habit again – this time from Starbucks. My “grande non-fat mild coffee misto with two pumps of sugarfree vanilla, extra hot” took longer to say and was a little more expensive, but I ordered it once or twice a day for several years until I no longer wanted to. “This tastes awful,” I said to my co-worker one morning after taking a sip. “I hope this doesn’t mean I’m pregnant.” It didn’t. My body was just rejecting another long-time craving, and while I didn’t know the reason for it, I was relieved to see it go. Much like the time I gave up double doubles, I had headaches for the first few days and then I was fine. I started drinking more water, and for the warm comfort I was looking for, I turned to tea. I tried several types and finally settled on peppermint as my favourite. I never craved it the way I did coffee, but it was still an enjoyable treat. I can’t remember how long my java drought lasted that time, but it ended one day when I drank the most delicious cup of joe I’d ever had. It was Irish coffee, with Baileys added, sugar around the rim, a dollop of fresh whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top. This, unfortunately, became my new daily craving and one that I gave into despite the fact that even though I never felt a buzz, I was technically boozing every day of the week - and in the morning no less. By far, this was the coffee obsession I liked least, and I was constantly trying to end it. I didn’t include the sugar, whipped cream or sprinkles, but still added Baileys, making the drink fattening even without the extras. After countless unsuccessful attempts to give it up, and a noticeable unwanted weight gain, my cravings persisted until the day I was introduced to organic coffee lattes and I started drinking those instead. My new addiction wasn’t one that I minded at all. It had some health benefits and was conveniently available in my cupboard at all times. But even that didn’t last forever. One day after years of drinking it daily, it too lost its deliciousness. I no longer question why these intense cravings abruptly vanish, I just try to pay attention to my body, and if it’s no longer reacting well to something, I’ll eliminate it. Now tea is back on the agenda and I’m looking forward to trying more varieties. I can’t imagine I’ll ever become addicted to it like I have with coffee so many times, but you never know, I’ve heard there’s a chocolate one I’ll love. Sounds promising. Maybe I’ll steep a pot and mull it over. Lori Welbourne is a syndicated columnist. She can be contacted at

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Kootenay Bill Bennett has done what I reported last November he was doing: seizing the horns of the sacred cow that is the Agricultural Land Reserve. Henceforth there shall be two land reserves. The Island, South Coast and Okanagan, which produce 85% of B.C.’s total farm revenue on 10% of protected land, retains its strict anti-development rules. In the much larger area Bennett likes to call “beyond Hope,” non-farm uses will be considered to help maintain the many economically marginal farmers. This is the Interior, Kootenay and North, where development pressure is mostly an urban myth. In remote areas, ALR diktats with no relation to reality are routinely ignored. Political critics were quick to call this a B.C. Liberal hidden agenda to pave the ALR for their developer pals. Certainly neither party’s 2013 platform talked about the ALR, although B.C. Liberal leadership candidates Kevin Falcon and Mike de Jong promised relief from its more senseless bureaucracy to Peace country farmers in 2011. When the zone plan was revealed last week, media went to ALR pioneer Harold Steves, the hero of all Lower Mainlanders who try to tell northern farmers what to do. “My real fear is that they want to open the door for fracking and natural gas and oil,” Steves said. I’ve got bad news for the socialist sage of south Richmond. Oil and gas companies have operated on farmland since before the ALR was created in 1974. Conspiracy buffs should read the delegation agreement that took effect just weeks after last May’s election, giving the Oil and Gas Commission authority to administer wells, pipelines and waste pits on farmland. If the ALR interferes with the prescribed handling of drilling waste, it interferes with safety measures. University of the Fraser Valley “food security” professor Lenore Newman went on CKNW to refute what she called “uninformed arguments,” and then offered one of her own. This two-zone change is connected to the exclusion of large tracts of Peace land for the Site C dam, she said. Actually, the government exempted that project last December using the long-standing “provincial interest” provision, so this phase of the alleged capitalist plot against farmland has no effect on Site C. Steves is also concerned about second homes being built beyond Hope, and later sold rather than being destroyed as is the current disastrous rule. He warns that farmers might end up with “non-farm neighbours,” or as we like to call them up north, “neighbours.” Again, this is an urban problem projected onto rural B.C., where costly restrictions mainly serve to accelerate the depopulation of rural and remote areas. Delta South independent MLA Vicki Huntington is livid about the legislation, which has no effect on loss of farmland in her constituency. The growing federally regulated port supersedes provincial laws, and the Tsawwassen First Nation is growing a big shopping centre on its treaty land. Aboriginal entrepreneurs are also starting to force big-box development on southern Vancouver Island, home of the purest of the pure left. This is where farmers can’t even protect themselves against deer. The most damning charge is that the six regional ALR panels now in place are open to corruption under new rules. Panel members have always been cabinet appointments, but currently they have to be from outside the region so they are less likely to hand out exemptions to their friends. That is certainly something to keep an eye on. So is the status of B.C. farms, where the average farmer age is 56 and rising, and half of farms have income less than $10,000 a year. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email:

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Outing money Viola Strimbold (R) representative from the Burns Lake Health Care Auxiliary presented Linda Oke a cheque for $150 to the junior volunteer program at the Pines.  This cheque is for the lunch outing program.  The recreation department takes the seniors out once a month to various restaurants around town or in the good weather out to Houston.  This donation covers the cost of two junior volunteers joining the lunch program. This lunch program allows residents to get out into the community.

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Females; the bigger problem for RCMP this week Police report

police received a call for service in the 100 block of Chas Avenue in relation to an adult female attempting self-harm. Police and the BC Ambulance Service responded and determined the adult female has superficial cuts to an arm. The adult female willingly accompanied paramedics to the Lakes District Hospital for medical treatment. Domestic dispute At approximately 12:42 a.m. on Mar. 29, 2014 police received a 911 call for service involving a domestic dispute at a residence on Roumieu Drive. Police responded and arrested an intoxicated adult female for mischief by disturbing lawful enjoyment of property. The female was lodged in cells until sober and released unconditionally. Passed out At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Mar. 29, 2014 police responded to a location in the 800 block of Center Street in relation to an intoxicated male. Upon police arrival police found an adult male passed out, drooling upon himself and having urinated himself. Police arrested the male for public intoxication and lodged in cells. Police determined upon conducting computer checks that the male had outstanding warrants from Prince George. Once sober the male was taken before a Justice of the Peace and released on conditions to appear in Provincial court in Prince George in April 2014.

In the ditch At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Mar. 26, 2014 police responded to a report of a motor vehicle in the ditch and then back onto the Hwy. 35 swerving all over the roadway. Police located a dark coloured pickup trucking matching the description provided earlier, parked in the middle of a lane way on the highway. Police investigation resulted in the adult male driver receiving a 90 immediate roadside prohibition and his pickup truck impounded for 30 days. The driver and the passenger were provided a ride to a residence. Excessive drinker At approximately 1:10 a.m. on Mar. 28, 2014 police received multiple 911 traced back to an occupant of a residence on Chaz Avenue. Police investigation led them to a residence in the 200 block of Hill Street where there were a large group of teenager's gathered around a campfire. Further investigation found the subscriber of the cell phone originating the 911 call passed out in a room within the residence. Attempts to awaken the young females failed and BC Ambulance was summoned to assist. The young person was transported to the Lakes District Hospital for care. This is but one example of a troubling emerging trend whereby young people under the age of 19 are gaining access to alcohol and drinking to excess. Police encourage parents, guardians and caregivers to make the time to have a discussion around this subject matter. Fight At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Mar. 28, 2014 police responded to a call for service to the 800 block I want my child to be... of Babine Crescent in relation to a group of several females in the complainants' yard. Police investigaa creative THINKER tion determined that prior to police arrival a fight an excellent COMMUNICATOR had occurred in a residence in the area. Police are recommending charges including assault, assault ready to SUCCEED with a weapon and assault of a peace office against a 15 year old young person who is from out of town. in tomorrow’s world Alcohol was a factor. Give your child the advantages and beneAnother fight fits that come with being bilingual. At approximately 7:48 p.m. on Mar. 28, 2014 police responded to a 911 call reporting that a young Inviting all parents/guardians of female person was highly intoxicated and fighting children entering Kindergarten and with a parent at the Lakes District Hospital. Police responded and arrested the young person for beGrade 1 to join the Burns Lake ing drunk in a public place. The young person was CPF Chapter on April 10, 2014, lodged until sober and released to a parent. from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Self harm William Konkin Elementary for an At approximately 10:01 p.m. on Mar. 28, 2014 police received a call of an adult female attempting information session. Come meet self-harm at a residence on Sus Avenue. Police and students, parents, and teachers in the BC Ambulance Service immediately responded our local FRENCH IMMERSION and found the female inside the residence with fresh program! cuts to her arm. The female willingly accompanied the ambulance to the Lakes District Hospital for medical treatment. Mischief At approximately 12:15 a.m on Mar. 29, 2014 police received a call for service to the same residence on Sus Avenue as the female who had earlier been the subject of a mental health complaint at the residence was back and causing problems for the family. Police resounded and arrested the intoxicated adult female for mischief by disturbing the lawful enjoyment of property. The person was lodged in cells until sober and no charges are being considered. Self harm At approximately 12:35 a.m. on Mar. 29, 2014

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The public is invited to review the proposed 2014-2019 Nadina District Forest Stewardship Plan for BC Timber Sales, Babine Business Area. This plan describes the results and strategies for meeting government objectives as set out in the Forest and Range Practices Act. There is a 60-day review and comment period from March 31 to May 30, 2014. This plan is also being referred to First Nations claiming traditional territory in the area covered by the plan, as specified by the district manager. Notification letters are being sent to licenced tenure holders in the area covered by the plan. The proposed forest stewardship plan is available for review by members of the public and other stakeholders at the following locations (Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays) for the duration of the review and comment period: • Nadina District office: 185 Yellowhead Highway, Burns Lake, B.C., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) • Service BC office: 3400 11th Street, Houston, B.C. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) • Skeena District office, 3333 Tatlow Road, Smithers, B.C., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) For more information, contact BC Timber Sales practices forester Dave Duncan at 250 847-6335 or write to: BC Timber Sales, Babine Business Area, Box 999 Burns Lake, B.C. V0J 1E1

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We need more info on pipeline Editor: Re: Chevron’s Pacific Trail Pipelines Project This letter is a head-up to all local people. During the construction phase of the Chevron PTP/Pacific Trail Pipelines Project, there will be dangerous increases in industrial traffic along our road systems, even residential roads such as Buck Flats. *please note the same issues apply to Francois Lake Road and many other areas along the PTP ROW/rightof-way. Buck Flats Road is a Class 6 Highway all the way out to the Parrott Trail fork @28km. There are alternate road-routes, such as Morice River Road and Parrott Main Road for PTP-traffic, but Chevron does not recognize or understand that their trucktraffic during Construction Phase of their Project represents a danger to all people, including local residents. In addition, there will be many access restrictions along our roadways and road closures within our

back-country road systems. These include: Carrier Road, Parrott Trail, Buck-Goosly Road, Parrott Main and others…..closures due not only to workcamp locations but to the trench-construction and pipe installation along the pipeline ROW. These closures will be in-effect for two or three full-summer-seasons of the Chevron construction plan. There has been no information about these adverse impacts to our local lives, no mechanism for communication of our concerns and now we see that Chevron is getting ready to apply for Permitting, with no consultation with the folks who live here….the people most directly affected by this Chevron PTP Project have no voice, no right to be heard regarding our interests and our lives. How will Chevron design this pipeline project to reflect our concerns? Sincerely, Glenda Ferris

Steven Harper should reconsider Prosperity Mine

Editor: I’ll bet I’m not the only person who thinks Prime Minister Harper should reconsider and approve the Prosperity mine. Not only were the economic benefits for the people of Williams Lake, Quesnel, and the entire Cariboo region not fully considered when the door was shut on this project, the mine’s full environmental mitigation plan was not fairly considered either. The federal conservatives have always been supportive of responsible mining practices and economic progress, so I’m frankly stumped as to why they decided to reject this mine and send a negative message to job creators who will now think twice before they invest in BC. Prime Minister Harper needs to reconsider this important mine project, do whatever it takes to move it forward, and send a strong message that our country and our province are indeed open for business and economic progress. The longer he waits to correct this situation the worse off we will all be. Massimo Mandarino Coquitlam, B.C. hugh neave

Where oh where can our spring weather be?

The week’s seems to roll around so fast, I have a job just to keep up with them, but here goes for another week’s viewpoint. Nice music On Sunday last we had a such a pleasant afternoon with the Grassy Plains gospel church choir. Lots of good singing and guitar playing. We all joined in too. We always look forward to their visiting us at the Tweedsmuir House. Old friend Last Sunday night I received such a surprise phone call from Judy Lightening who has made her home in Whitehorse for many years. I have known Judy all her life

and what a visit we had. Judy spent her young life in the Clemretta district, a child of one of our pioneer families. Judy took her education in the Lakes District. We had such a visit talking old times. She is going to visit her old home and friends this summer. Low water Winter is not over yet as we still are having some snow falls. We do need the snow for our crops and bring up our lake levels. All our lakes are very low. As Francois Lake is low many folks have had frozen water lines. Taxi days This is a little story of my taxi driving days, it could have been a bad trip but turned out ok. I received a message that there was a young girl at Grassy Plains was having a baby could I come and get her to the hospital. So away I went across the lake. She was in bad shape as she had been in labour for three days. She was from the Cheslatta

area and spoke very poor English. So I got her to the hospital and went in with her, then I left. Something was bothering me about this girl so I went back to check on her. She was standing on the front step (this was the old hospital), I said to her what’s the matter. I am scared now, they don’t understand me. So I said you come with me so I put my arm around her and back into the hospital with her. In a few minutes I got some action as I was a bit upset. Anyway she had her baby. I was glad I spent the time to go back and check on this girl. I would like to know if any of her family are still in the district, please let me know. Delightful time Last week we had the most delightful evening of music and singing here at the Tweedsmuir House. We had Martina’s students in piano and voice. It’s great to see so many young folks going into music and singing. And to have such a per-

son like Martina to teach both singing and piano. How fortunate can we get such a person with so much musical talent and also willing to share it. Is spring here? We were kinda looking forward to spring but it seems spring has not sprung yet. Yes it’s coming be patient. One thing I remember about the prairie we always had a spring like it should be. The gophers would be coming out of their holes and the crocus flowers would be out and the big flocks of cranes, geese and ducks you could almost set your clocks every year. We do have the birds too, a sure sign of spring. dad would start seeding on mother’s birthday, April the 12. We would have the work horses in off the range and ready to go to work. It was always a fun time for us. Tractors were coming in by then but dad had to have his horses. Horses were nice to work with but they took up lots of time.

Folks just can’t get over the number of birds that’s water birds taking advantage of a few patches of open water. One man counted over 30 swans and lost count on the Canada geese. There were so many. This is a sure sign of spring. The Red Winged Blackbirds are back and some of our smaller birds. No Humming Birds yet. I have heard they come back on board with the geese. All these birds want to take over the Francois Lake landing. Short visit Last week I spent a couple of days in our hospital, I’m now back at the Tweedsmuir House again. Our old hospital is starting to show its age but it is still efficient as ever and the caring of its patient’s has never changed. It’s so wonderful by all the members of the staff. No one wants to go to the hospital but the care you get over comes any negative feelings you might have.

My first taste of a hospital was on the prairie was Macklin and I was about eight years old. Our road to school was very icy and I brought down my horse on the ice. A neighbour picked me up and took me home. Dad was angry and made me walk to school, so I did. But the fall with the horse had hurt my knee so after school I went to see the doctor in Macklin and he sent me to the hospital, it was a R.C. hospital run by the sisters. They were strict, no fooling. There were two big wards one for women and one for the men, none for kids. There were about 10 men in the ward I was in, I was homesick and big time. It was a very good hospital, well run. I had a cast on my leg and it was heavy and I fell out of bed, one big guy picked me up and put onto my bed. Everyone thought it was funny but me. I was in a week and was I glad to get home. Dad let me ride the horse again but I

had my lesson. The next time I was in that Macklin hospital was when a typhoid epidemic hit Saskatchewan and it was terrible. There was Ruth, Pete and I. Ruth was 17 years old and she died, what a heartache that was. Peter and I were in the hospital a month or maybe more. A number of Evesham folks also got typhoid fever. Ruth was the only one who died. So sad it was to lose her as she was like a sister. Brother Peter got typhoid the worst and twice he almost died. Once they gave him up. The Provost doctor gave him up and said he has gone but love and prayers brought him back. He told us what it felt like to die. I must close up now, take care as you drive, slow down, remember the life you save could be your own. God always loves you and so do I. P.S. The typhoid came in on an outbreak in Vancouver that was not reported.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lake Babine Nation agreement creates new opportunities

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Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation agreement with Lake Babine Nation positive move

One of the parcels to be transferred is Fort Babine Lodge. The lodge  is an existing resort situated on the shores of Babine Lake, offering  accommodation in cabins and access to recreational opportunities such  as fishing, hunting and hiking.  The other parcels will provide  forestry opportunities, and the lake front properties could be leased  as recreation properties. "This agreement provides economic development opportunities for Lake  Babine Nation and gives the community a sense of the benefits they  would see through treaty. The new forestry and An incremental treaty agreement (ITA) between the  province tourism opportunities  that this ITA creates will not only benefit and Lake Babine Nation will support new forestry and eco- tour- Lake Babine Nation, but  also Burns Lake and other nearby comism opportunities. munities," said Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Similar to other ITAs, the agreement not only supports eco- John Rustad. nomic  development for the First Nation, but also demonstrates The ITA also identifies several other land parcels that would be  some of the  benefits of treaty in advance of a final agreement. transferred as the community proceeds through the treaty process "Since it takes time to reach a treaty, we need to use and protect  and  reaches an agreement-in-principle. our lands. This agreement will provide economic benefits to our  The Lake Babine Nation ITA is B.C.'s 15th incremental treaty  citizens. We must use all measures to protect and best use our agreement. The Province introduced ITAs in order to accelerate lands,  and this arrangement will be a positive move," said Lake the treaty  process, by providing First Nations in the treaty proBabine Nation Chief Wilf Adam cess with  earlier access to treaty benefits, in advance of a final The ITA transfers to Lake Babine Nation four parcels of land agreement.  that  will support opportunities for forestry and eco-tourism, as To learns more about incremental treaty agreements, visit: well as  providing $100,000 in capacity funding to help develop these  opportunities.  default.html

April is cancer month

Every three minutes, another Canadian will be told, “You have cancer.” Two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes. But by wearing the daffodil this April, Canadians can show them they are not alone in their fight. Daffodil pins will be available for a donation at several retail locations in Burns Lake throughout April.  “Please show your support and encouragement to those living with cancer,” says Rhoda Ander-

son of the Canadian Cancer Society. “Wear the daffodil this April because we truly are all in this together.” Fresh daffodil flowers will be arriving the first week of April. If you would like to pre-order please call the office at (250) 692-7203 and leave a message or e-mail There will also be a fundraiser to celebrate Canadian Cancer Society daffodil month April 26 at Decker Lake Hall. Live music by Flaming Pie. Dinner 6 p.m.

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Comfor Management Services Ltd. is pleased to contribute to the Canadian Cancer Society. April is Daffodil Month and the Lakes District Community Office will be hosting “Daffodil Extravaganza 2014” on April 26th at the Decker Lake Community Hall. The Donations Committee considers donations to individuals or groups towards: • Local Education including scholarships and bursaries in resource management, environmental science or trade school. • Service clubs in the local area • Outdoor recreation in the local area • Recreation facilities in the local area • Sporting teams and local events No formal applications. Requests should include the name of organization or group, contact information, and the amount requested followed by a brief description of what the funds are intended for.

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57th Annual Lakes District Festival of the Performing Arts Wednesday, April 9th - Thursday, April 17th

The 2014 Festival at a Glance:


Wednesday, April 9th

Thursday, April 10th

Friday, April 11th

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10:00 AM Beginner Violin String Ensembles

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1:30 PM Baroque, Classical, and Popular Solo

6:00 PM Instrumental Flute/Drums and Piano Clarinets and Violon-Cello

Sunday, April 13th

Monday, April 14th

Tuesday, April 15th




Speech Arts

9:00 AM Contemporary and Canadian Solo Duets

1:00 PM Musical Theatre Classical & Popular Singing Grades Four to Nine

10:00 AM School Groups

1:15 PM Contemporary and Canadian Solo Concert Groups

5:00 PM Choirs, Adult Ensembles and Solos

1:30 PM Concert Groups

2:00 PM Classical and Popular Singing Musical Theatre Beginners to Grade Nine

9:30 AM Public Speaking Shakespeare Sight Reading Choral Speech Choric Drama Readers Theatre Group Own Selection Impromptu Story Telling Mime 1:00 PM Poems for Two Voices Canadian Poetry My Favourite Poem 7:00 PM Humourous Poetry Concert Group Junior Prose Junior Dramatic Excerpt

Lakes District Festival of the Performing Arts 2014 adjudicators: Deborah McGladdery, Speech Arts

Longtime director of Rainbow Kids’ Theatre, Deborah continues to teach, adjudicate, and give school workshops.

Graham Yates, Piano

7:00 PM Romantic and Post Romantic Solo

Saturday, April 12th


Thursday, April 17th

GALA HONOURS CONCERT 7:00 PM ISLAND GOSPEL CHURCH AUDITORIUM ADMISSION: Adults: $10.00 Children 12 & under: $5.00 4 & under: FREE

Refreshments on sale at intermission

While piano is his forte, Graham’s passion is to share the joys of community music.

Simone Hug, Instrumentals World-class performer, songwriter and violin teacher, Simone believes each musician has a unique gift to share with the world.

Christina Rogers, Vocals A background in voice, dance, speech arts and drama lend a well-rounded focus to Christina’s adjudication skills.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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and households pay higher costs. Opposition small business critic Lana 2009 FORD Popham raised the issue of Multi Material The NDP is accusing the provincial govFOCUS S BC (MMBC) in the Legislature recently, ernment of handing over control of B.C.'s Was $9,995 blue box recycling system to Toronto- calling on the province to change course based multinational executives who will before the agency’s new system for recybe unaccountable while B.C. businesses cling packaging and printed paper takes BLOWOUT PRICE! effect May 19. $ 7,995 U1303 “If government doesn’t take a step back, B.C.’s recycling sys2007 PONTIAC tem is going to end up in a giant Haircare for the entire family. dumpster,” Popham said. MONTANA Visit our fully qualified stylists for “The control of recycling should SV6 cutting and styling, colour services, never have been outsourced to the up-styles for special occasions, Was $9,995 tanning, facial waxing, ear piercing large corporate interests based in and hair tattoos. BLOWOUT PRICE! Ontario and abroad. This is a pro$ Open Monday to Saturday. found failure. This program needs 5,995 44639A Call 250-692-7687 to be paused and the entire conto book an appointment or drop in at #23 3rd Ave. cept reconsidered.” Also follow us on Facebook at “Curlytemple Hairsalon” 2007 FORD Popham’s comments follow to watch for special offers and promotions! F-150 XLT the launch earlier this month of a campaign against MMBC by a Was $21,900 coalition of business groups, including the newspaper industry, E! IC PR T OU BLOW who say they can’t afford to pay Spring Changeover & Services $ high fees imposed under the new 18,495 U1312 system. The provincially mandated Please call me for more system is designed to make geninformation on any of erators of packaging and paper these specials or other 1411 Miller Road North (Left Off Babine Lake Road) pay to collect and process it, but vehicles available. JOSH PERRY, OWNER business critics contend it will be If you would like to test Call onerous due to high costs, paperdrive a vehicle I would be FULL AUTO SERVICE CENTRE work and reporting obligations. happy to bring it down Bill Parker “The Liberal government loves to Burns Lake. Sales Representative to claim they’re getting rid of red tape,” Popham said in an interCall me toll free at 1-800-663-7765. view Monday. “So it’s quite ironic because is a GodzillaHwy MMBC 16, smithers Open Monday to Saturday sized red tape monster.” this- 5:00pm is Ford Country Although MMBC is registered 9:00am 250-847-2237 1-800-663-7765 Full line of as a society, Popham called it a Your Largest WATER & “dummy corporation” because FIREWORKS SEPTIC TANKS two of its three directors are Supplier in the Toronto-based senior executives Northwest! with Loblaws and Unilever, while D5148 NEW BEDS the third is MMBC managing di& FRAMES rector Allan Langdon. HUNTING KNIVES Large Selection of STAINLESS STEEL ROYAL ALBERT Popham said the province Hwy 16, Smithers COOKWARE CHINA should force MMBC to give B.C. “Good Quality” Phone: 250-847-2237 GOLD PANS, ROCK stakeholders majority control. FURNITURE TOOLS PICKS & SHOVELS The Saanich South NDP MLA Toll Free: 1-800-663-7765 OVER 8000 ITEMS... we dare you to come count them! said the MMBC system will be WWW.HOSKINSFORD.COM “dangerously close to monopoly” 7390 Highway 16, Decker Lake 250-698-7686




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resulting in less competition and innovation in recycling. She also said municipalities have been pressured into signing contracts with inadequate compensation for their costs, the threat of penalties for contamination and a gag clause. MMBC’s new recycling fees on businesses will be passed along to consumers through higher prices, Popham said, calling it a “hidden tax” that won’t be transparent to consumers. Meanwhile, she says cities that the government says will save money are unlikely to reduce property taxes that households already pay for recycling. “The slogan for MMBC should probably be ‘Recycle once, but pay twice.’” In some cities where MMBC won’t provide services, such as Kamloops, residents will pay for nothing if retail prices rise broadly, Popham added. MMBC says it will take new types of containers and packaging not collected in B.C. before. But Popham noted glass will no longer be collected curbside in many cities and there’s little evidence the system will improve recycling rates overall. She said a smarter approach would have been to extend the beverage can depositrefund system to more containers, such as milk cartons and laundry detergent jugs. Liberal MLA Eric Foster (Vernon Monashee) responded in the Legislature, saying the province made changes to exempt most businesses from MMBC fees and paperwork if they earn less than $1 million in revenue, generate less than one tonne per year of packaging, or operate as a single outlet. “We’ve got all kinds of validation on this — chambers of commerce, local government, opportunities for local government to either continue the way they’re doing it or to have MMBC put their contractors in there to pick up,” said Foster, who serves on the government’s environment and land use committee. “MMBC came forward as an opportunity to change people’s way of doing business and to put the onus on the original producers of the waste product or the recyclable product to reduce.”

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lies don’t help illegal moose hunter

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The shot gun was seized as evidence and will be returned to the licenced owner. Contributed On March 24 2014 a Williams Lake man was sentenced to pay a fine of $1500 for obstructing a conservation officer under the Wildlife Act. The Burns Lake court heard that in the fall of 2013 conservation officers located bullet fragments in a moose which was killed during the archery season. After 30 minutes of lies attempting to explain the bullet wounds eventually the truth came out that the moose was shot three times with shot gun slugs. The hunting party claimed the large bull moose was wounded

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in the hip with a crossbow and later shot in self-defence by second male. Charges of unlawful possession of wildlife and failing to report the killing of wildlife by accident or for protection were also issued to members of the hunting party. The courts concluded that the accused should have been straight forward with officers about what really happened rather than repeatedly lying and delaying the officers from continuing to check other hunters. At the conclusion of this case $1845 in fines were issued and the moose meat was redistributed to a low income family.

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Michael Riis-Christianson British Columbians paid nearly $100,000 in travel expenses to two northern Members of the Legislative Assembly during the last nine months of 2013. According to records released last week by the province, New Democratic Party MLA Doug Donaldson (Stikine) was paid $49,536 for travel between April 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. In that same and period, Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad (who also serves as provincial minister of aboriginal relations SALE starting Wednesday ‘til Easter Weekend: and reconciliation) racked up $48,961 in travel expenses. These totals also included travel by people acFABRIC – Finish the bolt sale companying the MLAs. Each year, MLAs are per10%-50% per metre on most fabrics mitted to bill the province for up to 12 trips by “acn Eggs YARN – Up to 50% off Ukrainiafor an evening companying persons.” While MLAs usually reserve y a d r u yo . selected wool Pick rning class this perk for their spouses, it can be (and often is) or Sat. mo g till Easter ALL PATTERNS 10% off goin on s se as utilized to cover the cost of transporting staff memCl #6 – 870 Hwy 16 West (old Barn Complex) 250-692-0080 bers to meetings and other functions. HOURS: Mon-Fri : 9:30am-5:00pm • Sat: 11am-4pm In the last nine months of 2013, Donaldson was reimbursed for $7,254 worth of “accompanying person” expenses incurred during eight trips. Only Michelle Mungall, Donaldson’s NDP colleague and MLA for Nelson-Creston, had higher expenses of this type ($7,806). During the same period, Rustad’s “accompaBirthdays, Anniversaries, nying person” expenses totaled $2,596. GetWell, Thank you, Donaldson also reSympathy or just because! ceived a higher “capital Guaranteed freshness! city” accommodations allowance than Rustad. Give Us a Call -We Deliver Donaldson was paid $12,600 to help defer Stop by and see our unique line the cost of living in Vicof kitchenware & toria for part of the year seasonings! gourmet – the second highest total among BC MLAs – 416 Government Street, Burns Lake 250-692-2395 Toll Free 1-877-692-2395 Open Monday thru Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm • Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm while Rustad collected


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lakes District News

While you’re not looking, this is what’s happening to BC’s world renowned recycling program.

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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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Carrier Sekani Family Services youth conference

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The second annual Carrier Sekani Family Services youth conference and winter games took place last week. JR LaRose, plays safety for the B.C. Lions. LaRose was the guest speaker at the event. (Center of top left photo)

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Michael RiisChristianson The Salty Islanders from Fort St. James earned the gold medal in last weekend’s Carrier-Sekani Family Services (CSFS) Winter Games hockey tournament. The Islanders defeated the Canyon Bears of Moricetown 10-5 on Sunday to earn top spot in the six team tournament. The Bears, which featured a couple Burns Lake players, took home the silver. Earlier in the day, the Tribe team captured the bronze medal by downing the Burns Lake Bruins 10-4. The hockey tourney was one of several sports featured in the CSFC Winter Games.

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(Top) The Salty Islanders won gold Carrier-Sekani Family Services winter games hockey tournament. (Below) Canyon Bears brought home the silver medal.


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Hi Everyone, The multi-use facility is almost completed and we are getting excited for opening day. Stay tuned for next week display of our membership rates and more. Logan Wilson, Rec Coordinator

Southside Health & Wellness Centre: Foot Care - all day by appt., April 10, 15 & 24. Earth Day clean up April 22. More info call (250) 694-3270.

$35 per person (plus tax)

Group 1: April 5 and 6 at 8:00am to 12:00pm (Max. 10 people) Group 2: April 5 and 6 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm (Max. 10 people) Location: Multi-Use Facility

Possible third session can be created if there is enough interest. Greg Stokes owner of Highball Holds and certified ACMG indoor climbing instructor from Smithers is delivering two days of climbing fun at our new community wall. Be the first to test our routes and become a certified belay person at our facility. Please register online at or visit the Village of Burns Lake office to register.

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Score Board DECKER LAKE WHIST - March 26, 2014

Ladies 1st: Diane Killman 144 Ladies 2nd: Sharon Payne 143 Men’s 1st: George MacLeod 149

Contributed Bob Hazelton is a stellar example of the active for life model. At age 75 years Bob took up snow boarding in order to spend time with his grand children but soon realized why kids love to snow board so much, “When you jump off the icy edge of a large clump of snow it is really exciting… it really turns you on,” said Hazelton In 1960 Bob took up Cross Country Skiing by taking lesson’s from Jean Paulson on the Magee place in the fields above what is now known as the Rod Reid Trail. Soon after, Hazelton’s young children acquired a great love for alpine skiing so he took up alpine skiing and spent most of his spare time in the winter enjoying the mountain slopes with his family. These days, at age 83, he can be found most mornings out cross country skiing and vibrates when he exclaims, “There is just something about it that make me feel so good… and the mind... It just does something great for the mind to.” If you see Bob on the trails or on the slopes make sure you say hi, Bob’s zest and zeal for life is surely contagious. The spring weather is providing conditions for everyone. In the early morning up until about 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. it’s eye tearing fast fun skiing, pleasant walking, running or snow shoeing, or pavement smooth pedal biking. After 11 a.m. the snow softens up nicely to provide a very pleasant ski or snow shoe, however, walking, running or biking may rut up the trails so the club asks that Submitted photo you use discretion in the warmer parts of the day for acThe Omineca Ski club trails are still in great shape and freshly groomed. Come out for a ski. tivities other than skiing, snow shoeing or fat biking.

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LEGION CRIB NIGHT - March 27, 2014

1st: Marie Hiebert 2nd: Jean Payne 3rd: Eva Kallhood The Legion Crib Games will start again the first week in October.

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Director Stephen Freeman presented the Southside Seniors Housing Association Society with $5,000 Grant in Aid Monies from Electoral Area “E” (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural) for costs associated with a design consultant fee for the design of the Seniors Housing Complex.

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(L-R) Sally Wiebe, Sharon Miller and Susan Fountain, on behalf of the Lakes District Health Care Auxiliary, accepting a cheque in the amount of $901.47 from Sandy Doré of Bulkley Valley Credit Union (BVCU). This cheque represents the final amount remaining from the BVCU Community Support 2013 budget.

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Men’s 2nd: Danny Payne 144 Low Score: Ed Martens 109 Door Prize: Kay Saul

Saturday evening, April 12, 2014 7:30 pm LDSS MPR This award-winning Canadian one-woman play is about a daughter’s love and yearning for her father. The story is based on memories and experiences of the play’s creator and performer, Veenesh Dubois. The show takes you on an emotional journey from the South Pacific to Canada. Timal is a precocious girl who relishes life in her small Fijian village. Then one day her father tells her he is leaving to find a better life for the family, going to a far away country called Canada. Timal cannot go, but her father promises he will write. What happens next will leave you breathless.

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Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Month Fundraiser: April 26 at Decker Lake Hall.

2014 Lakes District Festival of the Performing Arts: April 9 - 17 at the Island Gospel

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$9,000. Rustad billed the province for more ‘general’ travel costs ($27,575) than did Donaldson, who claimed $19,821. While both Rustad and Donaldson, who represent remote rural ridings, made the province’s ‘top 10’ list of MLAs with the highest travel costs last year, neither finished first. The MLA with the highest travel costs over the last nine months of 2013 was Kootenay East representative Bill Bennett. Bennett, who currently serves as minister of energy and mines, was paid $61,220 during the period. Donaldson could not be reached for comment, and Rustad did not respond to requests for an interview. Between April 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013, BC’s 85 MLAs were paid a total of $2,313,943 in travel expenses.

Village of Burns Lake loses recreation coordinator; no replacement as of yet Michael Riis-Christianson

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The Village of Burns Lake will soon be without a recreation coordinator. Logan Wilson, who currently holds the position, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.  “(I’m) going back to the forest industry for the short-term, and have a few business opportunities I hope to capitalize on over the next year or so,” he said last week.   Wilson, whose last day with the municipality will be April 11, acknowledged that his decision to leave local government wasn’t an easy one. He stressed, however, that he and his family will remain in the community.  “I loved the job,” he said. “It was a lot of fun, so (leaving) it was a tough choice to make. I am proud of all the achievements made during my time as the recreation coordinator. It will be weird not being as involved in community recreation discussions and projects, but I will be out skiing, biking, skateboard, and playing soccer.” Village Chief Administrative Officer Sheryl Worthing said the municipality hasn’t yet determined how or when it will replace Wilson.

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Two Lakes District residents are among this year’s recipients of the B.C. Community Achievement Award. Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, chairman of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, announced March 20 that Cathy Ashurst of Burns Lake and Valerie Ingram of Southbank have been named winners of the award for 2014.   Ashurst was credited with making “a lasting contribution to social, economic, and educational life in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.” During Submitted photo her tenure as regional man- Recipient of the B.C. Community Achievement Award, Valerie Ingram ager for the College of New with Dusty. Caledonia in Burns Lake, she expanded post-secondcare, says the Lakes Animal Friendship ary programs and enrolment throughout Society has had a significant impact on the the region, and played a key role in devel- community. The society, with help from oping services and support for individuals the Canadian Animal Assistance Team, suffering from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum has spayed or neutered more than 500 aniDisorder (FASD). The college remains a mals here in three years. Dog-related comCanadian leader in the field of FASD edu- plaints in the Village of Burns Lake have cation. declined dramatically, she stated, and the  Ingram, meanwhile, was recognized for number of local canines surrendered to her work with the Lakes Animal Friend- the Turtle Gardens animal shelter has deship Society, a local non-profit organiza- clined by 50 per cent. tion she helped establish to improve ani  “Responsible pet ownership can bemal welfare through public education and come the norm,” she stressed. “It takes a a variety of other programs. commitment to a holistic approach that  Ashurst could not be reached for com- includes education and spaying and neument by press time, but Ingram said the tering, along with things like legislation, announcement by Clark and Mitchell bylaws, and enforcement.  We are aware caught her totally by surprise. While hon- that animal welfare issues are linked with oured to receive the award, she considers other complex issues in our community, it validation of the Lakes Animal Friend- so it will take time and patience.” ship Society and its work.   Ingram, Ashurst, and the 31 other re  “The best part of receiving such an cipients of this year’s British Columbia award is knowing that people believe in Community Achievement Awards will what we are working to achieve in the each receive a certificate and medallion Lakes District and beyond,” she stated. “I designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson. have been recognized for my part, but re- The presentations will be made April 29 at ally it is recognition that a small commu- Government House in Victoria. nity with big animal care issues can suc  Ingram plans to attend the ceremony, cessfully tackle the problems and make but says she’d feel more comfortable visthe shift to being proactive. The Lakes iting a local classroom or participating in Animal Friendship Society, its volunteers, one of this area’s community animal care and community partners have demon- events. strated that programs like education and  “I am honoured to represent our comspay/neuter assistance can help achieve munity and the North,” she stressed, “and our goal of happier and healthier animals, hope to raise provincial awareness of our families, and community.” animal welfare issues and successful pro  Ingram, who visits local schools to grams.” teach students about animals and their


Start Here Lakes District Fall Fair Meeting on April 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. held at the Cancer Society Office on the Main Street.

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Church Directory Lakes District & Area FIRST MENNONITE CHURCH Kerr Road, Burns Lake Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15am. Worship Service at 10:30am. Pastor Steve Swires 250-692-3259

Island Gospel Fellowship Gerow Island, Highway 35

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Southside Community Greenhouse and raised garden beds: Lots of space in our greenhouse - feel free to stop in & have a look at the space available to grow your own fresh veggies. Contact Danielle (250) 694-3270. Lakes District Fall Fair meeting on Apr. 3/14 at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Cancer Society Office on the Main Street.

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Clean up at Southside Health & Wellness Centre: Need your help in clearing out the flower beds of weeds, loosening the soil and trimming. Come join us Apr. 22 from 3-4:30pm at the health centre. Southside Health & Wellness Centre: April 2014. Chair yoga every Tues. & Fri. 10-11am (drop-in basis - come by and try it out). Foot Care, all day by appt., Apr. 10, 15 & 24. Earth Day clean up Apr. 22. More info (250) 694-3270. Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Round Robin Cattle Sorting May 31, at Eagle Creek Grounds. (250) 692-4182 for more info. Canadian Cancer Society - Extended office hours for April are Tues., Wed., Thurs. and Fri. from 10 am to 4 pm. Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month. New volunteers are always welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Please call Annemarie 1.800.661.6335 email: ďŹ ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to keep drinking that’s your business - if you want to quit drinking that’s our business. Burns Lake Meetings: Tuesday 7:30 pm Catholic Church, Saturday 7:30 pm Catholic Church. For information or transportation call (250) 692-9104 / (250) 6958363 Only requirement for AA is a desire to stop drinking. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Southside Meetings: Mondays and Thursdays 6:30pm 7:30pm at Grassy Plains Gospel Church. For more information: (250) 694-3682 ANYONE NEEDING information on Alzheimer’s please call 1-866-564-7533 BURNS LAKE RCMP Victim/Witness Assistance Program. 201 Hwy. 35, Box 759 Burns Lake. Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm (250) 692-3010 PLANNING a wedding or anniversary party? Looking for plastic flowers for decorations. Call OPTIONS at Nourse House 9am- 3pm Mon. to Fri. Francois Lake Drive. Operated by residents of 8th Avenue Group Home. (250) 692-7845







CRISIS PREVENTION. You are not alone. Support is just a phone call away. 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433) is a confidential, toll-free service that is available to anyone, anywhere, any time in B.C. The youth support line is 1.888.564.8336 (TEEN). The 24 hour crisis line for northern BC is 250.563.1214 and 1.888.563.1214. In addition, several crisis lines also provide support through online chat services so young people have a web-based way to reach out. These services can be reached through (4:00 to 11:00 p.m. daily) or


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FOOD BANK INFORMATION Distribution days will be the first and the third Tuesday of each month, clients should come at 11 a.m. Sign up is at BLNDC at 10:45 a.m. The Lakes District Food bank continues to operate due to the outstanding generosity of the community. If you would like to make a donation and receive a tax deductible receipt, please mail your donation to: Lakes District Food Bank, P.O. Box 777, Burns Lake, BC. V0J 1E0 LOCAL HOSPICE Services are available by contacting the Hospice Coordinator at (250) 692-2448. The Hospice office, located in the Lakes District Hospital, is open every Thurs. from 10am - 4pm. A lending library of videos, books and information on bereavement is available. Please make donations to the local hospice and palliative care program payable to the Burns Lake Hospice Program, Box 7500, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1EO THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY B.C. and Yukon division is your primary source and resource of the latest print and electronic information, programs and services about arthritis. No matter where you live, you can access us at the touch of a button. Toll free 1-800-321-1433 or visit

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

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School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) STUDENT GROUNDSKEEPERS School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) requires student groundskeepers for summer employment from May 1, 2014 until August 29, 2014 (two in Burns Lake, two in Vanderhoof, one in Fraser Lake and one in Fort St. James). Hours of work will be eight (8) hours per day between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as determined by the supervisor, Monday to Friday, at a rate of $14.88 per hour. Preferred Qualifications: enrolled in a post-secondary education program and returning in September Oprevious experience relevant to the position required would be an asset Ocompetent in the use and care of tools and equipment common to the position Ovalid Class 5, BC Driver’s License, unrestricted is desirable Oan exemplary driving record as demonstrated by a current driver’s abstract Othe ability to perform physically demanding job duties Oa current WHMIS certificate O

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Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland opportunities. Top Wages & BeneďŹ ts. Relocation costs paid to qualiďŹ ed applicants. E-mail: hiring@ or Call: (1)250-382-9181

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Cloud Nine Esthetics is seeking part time Registered Massage Therapist. Please drop your resume off in person at 3830 Second Ave or email them to attention Jo Ann.

LOOKING for a lasting career with opportunities for growth and advancement? Due to rapid expansion in Northern BC, A&W is currently seeking Store Managers. If you have a proven track record in management and are energetic, hard-working, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment, a career with A&W may be for you. We offer an excellent compensation and incentive package. Locations: Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Smithers & Terrace. For more information, or to apply, send resume by email to

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Trades, Technical JOURNEYMAN HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC is required for coastal logging operations near Woss, BC. Year round employment with full benefits. Further details can be found at Please fax resume to 250-287-9259.


Req. at Canuck Mechanical in Prince George. Must have exp. doing service work & be proficient with trouble shooting heating systems & plumbing problems. Top wages & beneďŹ ts Email resume to:

SHERATON SAWMILL (Division of the Tahtsa Group) is looking for

PCL ENERGY. Now hiring Journeyperson Pipefitters ($40+/hr) and Scaffolders ($38+/hr) for an industrial project in Vanscoy, SK. LOA of $145/day worked and bonuses! We offer competitive wages and benefits. Send resume to:



COUNTER PARTS PERSON Please fax resume attention Stuart (250) 692-7624 or email:


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Responsibilities: â&#x20AC;˘ managing 10 man crew â&#x20AC;˘ safety â&#x20AC;˘ managing yard inventory â&#x20AC;˘ shipping and receiving â&#x20AC;˘ quality control â&#x20AC;˘ repair and maintenance (sawmill and yard equipment) <HDUURXQGZRUN&RPSHWLWLYHZDJHVDQGEHQHÂżW package, Vehicle supplied, Located in Burns Lake Contact Karl 250-692-6432 Email: NDUOSDFLÂżFWLPEHU#KRWPDLOFRP

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DUTIES TO COMMENCE: May 1, 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; August 29, 2014 RATE OF PAY: $19.43 per hour as per the current Collective Agreement School District No.91 (Nechako Lakes) is seeking 2 highly motivated, progressive individuals who would be interested in working as Labourers in the Vanderhoof Area. These individuals would perform a variety of tasks related to the maintenance, alteration and construction of District buildings, grounds and equipment. The ideal candidate should demonstrate or meet the following criteria: KNOWLEDGE â&#x20AC;˘ completion of Grade 12 (Dogwood Certificate) â&#x20AC;˘ valid Class 5, B.C. Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License with an exemplary driving record as demonstrated by a current driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abstract EXPERIENCE â&#x20AC;˘ three months of previous relevant experience â&#x20AC;˘ WHMIS Certificate and familiarity with Work Safe BC (WCB) safety procedures

Cloud Nine is seeking a full or part time Esthetician. Please drop resume off in person at 3830 Second Ave or email attention Jo Ann

Lakes District Maintenance Ltd. has an



SKILLS & ABILITIES â&#x20AC;˘ competent in the use and care of tools and equipment common to this position â&#x20AC;˘ ability to use courtesy and tact in obtaining and/or handing out data or information â&#x20AC;˘ ability to work in accordance with established procedures â&#x20AC;˘ physical capability to perform the job duties

You will lead a team of mechanics maintaining a medium sized fleet of trucks and equipment. You will work closely with the Operations Manager to determine shop and equipment priorities, and manage shop and inventory schedules to meet those priorities. A CVI ticket or ability and qualifications to get one are required. You are a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic and preferably hold a welding ticket.

For complete duties and responsibilities of this position, please contact Lynn Maksymchak at 250-567-2284 or

You have previous experience in a similar role, and are able to manage and plan effectively with tight deadlines and under pressure.

Applications will be accepted for the following position until 4:00 pm, Friday, April 4, 2014 by:

This position offers excellent remuneration, benefits and pension.


Apply with resume and references in person at the Burns Lake office, or to or fax to 250-692-3930

SUMMER CAMP STAFF Camp Caledonia Christian Anglican Youth Summer Camp Telkwa BC Anglican Diocese of Caledonia

Seeking Paid Staff for 2014 Summer Camps July 2 - 26th Positions still available: Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helper, counsellors, counsellors in training, and sports director.

Also seeking Volunteer Nurses and Craft & Kitchen Helps

Resumes to as soon as possible.

What is your main source of news?... In conjunction with Canadian youth marketing and market research firm Studentawards Inc., Marketing surveyed 1,078 students between 18 and 24 to find out where they source their news, and specifically about their newspaper and magazine reading habits. While their primary news feeds are online, more than half (53%) still pick up a print newspaper at least once a week (even if only for a few minutes). And although 63% believe print newspapers will disappear in the next 10 years, when it comes to searching for news, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their local newspapers (whether in print or online) they turn to the most. Phone: 250-692-7526 Ä&#x201A;Ä&#x161;Ç&#x20AC;eĆ&#x152;Ć&#x;Ć?Ĺ?nĹ?Î&#x203A;ĹŻÄ&#x161;neÇ Ć?Í&#x2DC;neĆ&#x161;

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SAWMILLS FROM only $4,897. Make money and save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

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LARGE BRIGHT 2 bedroom suites in a safe and secure building. Close to school and hospital. Large patio, in-suite storage and storage lockers available. On site management. Heat, hot water and cable included for $700 per month. Call (250) 692-3959 and leave message.

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Livestock REGISTERED Polled Hereford yearling bulls call Ed 250365-3270 or Murray 604-5823499 or visit our website

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Misc. for Sale 4 YEAR old Polled registered Hereford Bull. $2500. Ph: John at (250) 695-6548 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? RESTLESS LEG Syndrome and leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660.


Real Estate Mobile Homes & Parks RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New Park. Affordable Housing. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC. Spec home on site to view. Please call 250-4627055.

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WINTER PUB HOURS: Mon. to Sat. 11am-10pm (Kitchen closes at 9pm) • Sun 4-9pm Liquor Store open until 11pm Mon - Sat, 10pm on Sundays

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

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250-698-7964 Still serving the Lakes District

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lakes District News

“We have plans to build a safer, better pipeline. We also have plans to operate it that way.” Janet Holder, Leader of Northern Gateway

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS We are working on those conditions with the same diligence that we are applying to the tough conditions mandated by the Province. In many cases, these conditions reflect the world class voluntary land safety measures that Northern Gateway proposed during the Review process. A BETTER, SAFER PIPELINE Our land safety measures primarily focus on spill prevention. With new standards in pipeline design and integrity, construction, monitoring and project management, we want to build a better, safer pipeline. A RESPECTFUL ROUTE After a decade of planning, we have mapped out a pipeline route that will have as little

impact as possible on British Columbia’s terrain and neighbouring communities. In fact, 70% of the route utilizes previously disturbed lands, including old forestry roads, cut blocks and other disturbances. A WATCHFUL EYE We are equally committed to setting new standards when it comes to Emergency Preparedness and Response. In fact, JRP Conditions #174 and #175 require us to file separate emergency response plans for every 10-km section of pipe. That’s over 110 separate plans that include details covering specific habitat to protect. Our plans also include realistic training programs and exercises, staffing of all pump stations, 24/7 monitoring, advanced leak detection systems and more remotely-controlled isolation valves. We’re doing all this hard work because we are committed to developing the most sound, sensible and sensitive approach to designing, constructing and operating the Project.

Janet Holder, Leader of Northern Gateway

Learn more at

Working in partnership with B.C. and Alberta First Nations and Métis Communities, and leading energy companies in Canada


I’m Janet Holder, leader of Northern Gateway. Of the 209 conditions set by the Joint Review Panel, over 60 deal specifically with land safety and related environmental safeguards.

Burns Lake Lakes District News, April 02, 2014  
Burns Lake Lakes District News, April 02, 2014  

April 02, 2014 edition of the Burns Lake Lakes District News