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PRINCE RUPERT VOL. 9 NO. 14

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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WatCo taking the city to court

PLANNING A REVOLUTION Feature

BY SHAUN THOMAS

Heart of our city: Odd Eidsvick Page A6

PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The City of Prince Rupert will once again be heading to court over Watson Island, but this time it is the Watson Island Development Corporation (WatCo) that has filed suit against the city. Court documents filed by WatCo allege the City of Prince Rupert broke a verbal agreement with the company by seeking another purchaser for the site. Worse yet, the filing claims, is the decision was made after WatCo had paid the city approximately $2 million for exclusivity rights - Court filings in relation to the purchase of the former pulp mill site, including a $90,000 payment the previous month, and paid legal and other expenses in reaching a settlement with Sun Wave Forest Products. See WATCO on Page A2

“Prince Rupert unlawfully interfered with the economic interests of ... WatCo.”

Sports Slubowski shines against NCAA’s best Page A14

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Javert (Graeme McNish) listens on as Enjoiras (Jasper Nolos) plans the revolution during Thursday’s performance of Les Misérables. For more on this story, see Page A22.

Union agreement blocks two-week break

Arts Dancers take to Broadway Page B6

School District, PRDTU unable to reach deal BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

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Students in Prince Rupert will not be getting an extra week off school next year. The Prince Rupert School District (SD52) considered two calendars for the 2014/2015 school year during a March 25 meeting: One following the standard school calendar that starts after Labour Day and ends in late June with a one week spring break, and the second with the same starting and end dates but with a two week spring break. In the second calendar additional minutes would be added to each school day to make up the required instructional time. Both options were sent to the district’s partner

“In the end we weren’t able to come to an agreement. ” - Superintendent Sandra Jones

groups — including the Prince Rupert District Teachers’ Union (PRDTU), the International Union of Operating Engineers, the District Parent Advisory Council and the Aboriginal Education Council — for consideration. Superintendent Sandra Jones said the partner groups were largely in favour of the two week spring break, but an issue arose with language in

the collective agreement with the PRDTU that only allows for a one-week spring break. Administrative staff held a number of meetings with PRDTU representatives to explore doing a mid-contract modification for the year to allow for a two week break. “We had some very productive meetings and we did make some progress, but in the end we weren’t able to come to an agreement,” said Jones, declining to specify what the parties couldn’t agree on. Therefore, the board was only given one school calendar option to vote on for the 2014/2015 school year. “It’s unfortunate that couldn’t be settled,” said trustee Janet Beil.

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Stun gun seized downtown BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

A pellet gun and a stun gun were seized by Prince Rupert RCMP on March 21. The Prince Rupert RCMP General Investigation Section received a complaint of a number of men inside Johnny B’s Pub who were believed to be in possession of a handgun and stun gun at about 12:15 a.m. Police located the men outside of the bar and they were taken into custody without incident. RCMP located a black pellet gun which, appeared similar to a real gun, as well as a stun gun believed to operate in excess of two million volts. Police have recommended the two be charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose. “The Prince Rupert RCMP is very concerned that these weapons were located in the community. We are pleased that these dangerous weapons are no longer in the hands of these two men,” said Const. Matt Ericson, spokesperson for the Prince Rupert RCMP. Additionally, a third man was taken into RCMP custody for unrelated matters consisting of Uttering Threats, Intimidating a Justice Participant and Breach of Recognition. All three males are from the Prince Rupert area and are awaiting appearance date at the Prince Rupert Provincial Law Courts.

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City seeking new buyer, WatCo alleges WATCO from Page A1 “The Defendant Prince Rupert unlawfully interfered with the economic interests of the Plaintiff WatCo by intentionally inducing WatCo to make payments to provide continued exclusivity to the Defendant Prince Rupert when the Defendant Prince Rupert had determined that they would breach their agreement with the Plaintiff WatCo in order to seek other purchasers who might be willing to pay a higher price than the Plaintiff WatCo, none of whom were entitled to deal with the Defendant Prince Rupert by virtue of the terms of the oral exclusivity agreement,” wrote WatCo in the filing, which also claims the city increased the sale price of the site from the agreed upon $5 million to $5.7 million. The issue surrounding the agreement first arose on Feb. 12 when WatCo alleges the city told them, retroactive to Feb. 1, any negotiations would be continuing on a non-exclusive basis and that the term sheet both had previously agreed to would no longer be acceptable. That same day the city offered the company terms by which it was prepared to conclude a deal with WatCo, terms WatCo accepted and used to form a new term sheet that was delivered to the city. However, WatCo alleges the city “has failed or refused to execute the term sheet”. WatCo said it provided an executed copy of an option agreement on the site on Feb. 25, but the city has

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Watson Island is back in the courts as WatCo has filed suit against the city.

failed or refused to execute the option agreement. “WatCo remains ready, willing and able to complete the purchase of the Watson Island property ... the Plaintiff WatCo demanded that the Defendant Prince Rupert complete the purchase and sale of the Watson Island property. The Defendant has refused or neglected to do so,” reads the filing. “The acts of the Defendant Prince Rupert were deliberate, with the knowledge that they were inconsistent with its contractual obligations, and with knowledge of reckless indifference to the fact that its conduct would injure the Plaintiff WatCo.” WatCo is now seeking “performance of the option agreement to obtain the conveyance of the Watson Island property” to the company. If that is

not accepted, the company is seeking damages in lieu or a ruling that “the Watson Island property is held in trust by the Defendant Prince Rupert for the benefit of the Plaintiff WatCo”. As well, WatCo has filed a Certificate of Pending Litigation on the site and is seeking an injunction to prevent the city from entering into any agreements with other parties or otherwise disposing of Watson Island. Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem said he would not comment on the filing as he does not comment on matters before the court, but said Watson Island is very much top of mind for the city. “It is city council’s number one priority for the strategic plan for 2014 to get Watson Island back on the tax roll and creating employment for people in the region,” he said.

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CityWest, airport Exstew campsite to remain open react to budget By Anna Killen

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By Martina Perry PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

As the City of Prince Rupert looks to CityWest and the Digby Island ferry to cover its projected budget shortfall, representatives are hesitant to comment — in detail — on the suggestions. Coun. Anna Ashley made a motion to increase municipal revenues by about $1.2 million and use the accumulated surplus to prevent a tax increase. Ashley suggested the city could find the funds by increasing the Digby Island ferry fare by $15 per round trip and request that CityWest provide additional funds for its dividend to the city. But Donovan Dias, CityWest’s sales and marketing director, said the amount of the dividend CityWest can provide isn’t solely up to the company. “We hope to be able to increase our distribution, however our ability to actually make the payment is subject to some of the bank loan covenants that we have,” he said, adding the amount is also based on the company’s 2014 results. While Prince Rupert Airport Authority chair Maureen Macarenko and Prince Rupert Airport manager Richard Reed were unavailable for comment early last week, airport authority director Judy Fraser said an increase to Digby Island ferry fares could affect the amount of people using Prince Rupert’s airport. “It isn’t our decision as to whether to raise the fares or not because the city is responsible for operating the service to the airport. But in my view any increases in ferry charges would be detrimental to the airport operation,” said Fraser, who declined to comment further.

Access to a popular recreation site off of Hwy 16 west of Terrace may not be cut off after all. There had been worries CN Rail was going to shut down the railroad crossing immediately adjacent to Hwy 16 that leads to the provincial government’s Exstew recreation site. A sign erected by CN at the location earlier this year suggested the road would be blocked off to the public on April 1 if CN could not find someone to maintain its rail crossing. But it now appears an agreement between the province and CN to have the crossing remain open is imminent. “It is the ministry’s intent to manage the road from the highway to/and including the CN crossing as a Forest Service Road,” said Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) public relations official Greig Bethel via email on March 26. CN officials said they were mainly concerned with the maintenance of the few feet leading up to the crossing, which it said was the responsibility of the province. But the situation became complicated with the province stating that logging company Coast

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A deal has been reached to keep the road leading to Exstew open.

Tsimshian Resources (CTR), which has long had a road permit for the road that leads to logging blocks as well as the recreation site, was responsible for the road maintenance, not the province. CTR had said that while it had been minimally maintaining the road in good faith over the years, it had no active cutting permits for the area and hadn’t used the Exstew road since 2010. As such, it wouldn’t be entering into a formal agreement to maintain the crossing. This led to continued discussions between CN and the province which confirmed last Wednesday it will maintain the portion of the road between the highway and the railroad tracks. CTR will continue

to hold the road permit for the rest of the road along the Exstew River towards the recreation site. CTR official Dave Jackson confirmed CTR will continue to maintain the road permit portion of the Exstew mainline. “CTR is pleased to hear that CN and FLNRO are developing an agreement that will allow for continued public access across the Exstew mainline rail crossing,” he said in an emailed statement. The well-used area has one of the largest waterfalls in the province, an 11-slip camping and picnic site, and opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing, and rock climbing. The access road is located approximately 25 minutes west of Terrace.

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Ashley the star of budget process

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f there were a three-star selection for the 2014 budget process, I’m fairly certain Councillor Anna Ashley would fill all three spots. Facing a $1.5 million budget shortfall and staff recommending a 10.2 per cent tax increase (before a change of heart that came so suddenly it wasn’t even reflected in the report of chief financial officer Corinne Bomben that was included in the public agenda) Ashley, if you pardon the pun, did her homework and came prepared to the March 24 meeting of council. She had crunched the numbers and come up with tangible solutions to alleviate an evergrowing tax burden on the residents and businesses of the community. Some of the solutions didn’t seem to Shaun Thomas be too popular around the council chambers, like raising the airport ferry fee by $15 to offset the estimated $900,000 taxpayer subsidy for 2014, while others seemed to garner support, like cracking the whip on CityWest as the company’s only shareholder to get a dividend closer to the $1 million promised. Other suggestions were small but meaningful, such as skipping the trip to Ketchikan this year. It may only save $5,000, but it shows elected officials are willing to forgo some of their past expenditures in the name of balancing the books. Whether you agree with any of these ideas or not, at least Ashley is bringing ideas to the table and seeking solutions independently of city staff. Even if those suggestions die on the table at City Hall, at least Ashley took the time to look at what could be done in the face of serious financial challenges and brought those ideas to a public, open door meeting to spur on discussion in chambers and the community. This is the kind of thing people should expect from elected officials — independently seeking resolution to municipal problems that may not be the ideas put forward staff. So while other councillors sat around the table playing catch up and waiting to hear what staff had to say, Anna Ashley is to be commended for showing initiative. Hopefully some of that rubs off on others at City Hall.

B.C.’s blue box battle

By Kevin McCulloch CEO, Buckerfields

A few months back, I received a notification which advised me that I had to declare whether Buckerfields was a ‘producer’ of printed paper or packaging material. If so, we would have to implement an ‘approved stewardship plan’ to deal with the material. Otherwise we would have to join another ‘stewardship plan’ and pay fees to that plan holder. I thought it was a scam. But I looked into it further and determined that there was indeed regulatory provisions in effect which stated this very thing and according to the regulations, Buckerfields is now a ‘producer’ of printed paper and packaging material, with the best example being our Buckerfields feed bags. I then discussed the alternatives with a Ministry of Environment official and came to realize that we had no choice but to join the only approved stewardship plan in the province, Multi Material BC (MMBC). We signed the MMBC contract. But we also read it. And it stated that MMBC had to file audited financial statements on its web site. I recently went to the web site and there are no audited financial statements. Now, several months later, I have discovered the following: • MMBC is a corporation under the Societies Act comprised of three Directors, two of which live in Ontario. None of the Directors have public sector credentials. All of the Directors represent large corporate interests. • MMBC is not accountable to any government agency,

appointed official, elected official or any other government body other than the Registrar of Companies under the Societies Act • MMBC is not governed by the Province’s Financial Administration Act which sets out the rules for the administration of all public monies. • None of the monies collected by MMBC, including the fees Buckerfields is supposed to pay, go to the Public Accounts of the Province or any other government organization. • MMBC is not subject to oversight by the Auditor General of B.C. • Under MMBC’s ‘stewardship plan’ as approved by the provincial government, MMBC has the authority to charge companies like Buckerfields unlimited fees based on whatever MMBC spends, regardless of what the actual costs are to recycle our feed bags and regardless of the fact that we already pay municipal taxes in all eight of our locations. • MMBC has the authority to come into any municipality in the province and offer financial incentives to the locally elected government to do what MMBC wants in the area of waste collection and recycling; if the locally elected government refuses, MMBC has the authority to do what it wants anyway. • The municipal governments of the province do not know the background of MMBC and don’t yet realize the fees that MMBC is charging to Buckerfields and all the other companies amounts to double taxation See BLUE on Page A7

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On the street

Should the city increase the airport ferry fee by $15 to cover the cost of running it?

MARINA RITSON

“They could try it for awhile to see if it works. People using the airport need to contribute to running it.”

NANCY ALARCON-FLORA PAMA-EDWARDS

“No. A lot of people in Prince Rupert don’t have a lot of money right now. Maybe in the future.”

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“Yes, if it’s necessary.”

“I’d say so.”

Photo courtesy Prince Rupert Port Authority WOOD EN ROUTE: At the CN Intermodal Prince George Distribution Centre, BC lumber products are loaded into containers. The containers are transported to the Port of Prince Rupert for export to markets in the AsiaPacific region.

Port partner CN also Send MMBC to recycling bin runs inland terminals BLUE from Page A4 • The municipal governments are going to have to give up that tax base they have for waste collection and recycling because the shift to ‘producers’ paying directly for waste collection and recycling eliminates the need and justification for ‘consumers’ i.e. property tax payers to pay for these services through the municipalities. • The provincial government did not consult with the municipal governments or the public but companies like Buckerfields are pointing it out because until it is resolved, we are being taxed twice for the same service and residential taxpayers (including me) are being taxed for something that someone else is actually paying for. • Taxpayers and municipal governments were not consulted as to whether they really want to shift the financing and control of municipal waste and recycling services out of the municipal jurisdiction, that is, the jurisdiction of democratically elected municipal officials into the hands of a corporation under the Societies Act that is accountable to no one and is outside the jurisdiction of the provincial Auditor General • Taxpayers and voters are unaware that the fees being charged by MMBC are so onerous that they will cause newspaper closures and job losses of 300-500 in the newspaper industry in British Columbia, even though recycled newsprint is actually very valuable. In finding all this out, I lament the fact that none of this was introduced into the legislature for proper debate because it means that instead of spending my days managing the sale of chicks and garden supplies at Buckerfields, I have to spend my time trying to revive democratic processes in British Columbia, retroactively. I find it appalling. My position as of the time of this writing is: We ain’t paying a dime to MMBC and neither should anyone else, not until: • The provincial government reconciles what it is doing with the municipal governments and municipal taxpayers so that taxpayers don’t have to pay twice. • The provincial government takes back the legislation which calls us ‘producers’ and ‘blames us’ for the choices made by manufacturers and indeed consumers

“Fees being charged by MMCB are so onerous that they will cause ... job lossss of 300-500.” - Kevin McCullock that are completely outside of our control. • Any monies charged under the auspices of the Recycling Regulation are included in the Public Accounts of the Province and subject to the provisions of the Financial Administration Act and the Auditor General Act. • Whatever is going to be done is introduced into the Legislative Assembly in the form of a bill so that the proper public debate can occur. • Insofar as MMBC has not filed its audited financial statements since inception, and the period of time not reported spans more than two years, and insofar as MMBC is actually a taxing and funding agency, there be an independent public enquiry into the financial operations, sources and uses of funds, contractual procedures and expenditures of MMBC. No, Buckerfields is not paying a dime until this cash and power grab is unraveled and revealed for what it is. One final word – 96 per cent of all printed paper and packaging material is already being picked up or deposited into municipally financed facilities. Despite what MMBC is saying, at least 53 per cent of that is already being recycled and it is very likely that that number was seriously understated to give the government a reason for its MMBC cash and power grab. In reality, there is no basis for setting up a recycling dictatorship and charging punitive fees to companies like Buckerfields at all. Recycling is a booming business with rapidly increasing prices of marketable commodities. Could that be why the Board of MMBC is all big business and outside the jurisdiction of the Auditor General? We don’t have to change a thing to see recycling take off in B.C., in the hands of our elected municipal officials. We need to send the MMBC regime to the recycle bin.

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RE:PORT

he Canadian National Railway Company is a longtime partner of the Port of Prince Rupert. The partnership dates nearly all the way back to the railway’s creation, when Prince Rupert began receiving shipments of Canadian wheat at the newly constructed waterfront grain terminal in 1926. Since that time, the partnership has grown to include both the export and import of a various commodities through multiple marine terminals. Through its colossal North American network, CN is able to reach 70% of the population on the continent. It connects the Port of Prince Rupert to many of the major metropolitan markets and distribution centres that rely on the import of containerized goods from Asia, but also to the resource-producing communities that provide the energy, agri-food, forest products, and other cargoes that are exported around the globe. In addition to world-class railways, CN also operates many inland terminals that provide various services to many of our shared supply chain customers. One of these services is the transloading of containers bound for Prince Rupert with BC forest products like lumber and pulp, which takes place at the CN Intermodal Prince George Distribution Centre. The facility was launched in 2007 in conjunction with the opening of the Fairview Container Terminal and is responsible for facilitating a significant portion of the containerized forest products that are exported through the Port of Prince Rupert. Lumber and pulp from customers like Canfor arrive by truck every day from northern BC mills, and the terminal currently has capacity for 25 million board-feet of lumber in its yard. The site also includes an 84,000 square-foot warehouse where pulp and other products can be stored before transloading. Kim Stanley is a lifelong Prince George resident, one of 40 employees working at the Prince George terminal. Her husband was involved in the construction of the facility as a crane operator. Even before joining the company she saw how CN was growing in the community and across the region. Thanks to her aggressive pursuit of any potential employment opportunities, she joined the CN workforce two years ago as a member of the terminal’s administrative staff. As the leadhand clerk, Kim is responsible for interacting with customers, ensuring appropriate paperwork is filed, releasing loaded container trains bound for Prince Rupert, and other duties related to the logistics side of operations. “The learning curve can be a little overwhelming at first given all the systems CN has in place to make sure things flow the way they’re supposed to,” said Kim. “But it’s very rewarding to be a part of the connection between CN and our customers, and the other communities that rely on the services we provide. Seeing how intertwined we are with people on both ends of the supply chain, from the sawmills to the port and even beyond, it’s amazing how the work each of us does is so important to keeping the entire industry moving.” Re:port is a collaborative promotional venture by the Prince Rupert Port Authority and The Northern View.


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A6 • Northern View • April 2, 2014

Condo rezoning approved

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Prince Rupert Living Concepts is one step closer to making its proposed condominium development at the end of Graham Ave. a reality after council voted to rezone the necessary land. However, those living in the area do have concerns about what the three-story, 11 unit complex means for Atlin and Graham Ave. In speaking to council during the public hearing on the matter, city planner Zeno Krekic said he had one person very opposed to the project due to traffic concerns and another opposed due to issues surrounding the impact to water pressure in the area, the sewer capacity of the area and influx of traffic. While Krekic said the engineering department had confirmed adequate water pressure and sewer capacity to support the additional housing, some of those sentiments were echoed by resident Helen Moore, who spoke with a number of her neighbours about the idea. “If the proposal was to go ahead, traffic is certainly the biggest concern ... some have

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Heart of our City From fish to finance North Coast people at the ...

Odd Eidsvick a proud Rupertite

BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Ivar and Ella Eidsvick were newlyweds when they arrived in Prince Rupert from Norway and they brought with them an undeniable love of the country they called home. It was a love so strong that when Ella became pregnant, the two travelled back to Norway so that their first son, Odd, would be born on Norwegian soil. Shortly after, though, that Ivar and Ella returned to the North Coast. It was back in Prince Rupert that Odd Eidsvick set down his roots and he has been a staunch supporter and booster of the community his whole life. After working as a labourer, Ivar was given the opportunity to join the fishing industry and the family moved to Dodge Cove as it was easier to go fishing from the small community on Digby Island than it was from Prince Rupert. Surrounded by nature and with the Prince Rupert harbour at their doorstep, Odd and his younger brother enjoyed a childhood filled with play and adventure. As well as fishing and crabbing off the docks, the boys would spend hours playing in the water, constructing make-shift boats and sailing whatever was around. That love of boats was something that the boys picked up from Ivar, who purchased the Keno and Keno II after years working alongside other fishermen in the region. But that love of boats also almost cost young Odd his life. When he was about five years old, Odd and his brother were enjoying a sunny day in a rowboat when Odd fell overboard. Fortunately, Ed Wahl came out for lunch and noticed Odd was missing from the boat. When he asked the other kids, they casually said “he fell over”. Looking around, Ed spotted a pair of gumboots sticking out of the water — and that is how Ed Wahl saved Odd’s life. Odd took to the fishing industry from a young age, going with Ivar on the water when he was just two and helping clean the boat when he was eight. That work eventually translated into a career in the fishing industry, a very lucrative career at the time. Odd’s character and work ethic caught the attention

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A painting of his childhood home, Dodge Cove, hangs from the wall of Odd Eidsvick’s office.

of chartered accountant Alf Bell, who offered him a position in the firm. But since fishing was still more lucrative, the two reached an agreement that he could fish during the season and work in accounting during the off-season. The importance that offer and arrangement made in the life of Odd Eidsvick cannot be understated. While working with Bell, he completed the seven years of necessary courses and earned his Chartered Accountant degree. The two worked side-by-side for more than a decade when Odd began to long for a practice of his own. Despite opening up new competition in the market, Bell agreed to help Odd set up his own practice and agreed to let him have some of the clients, with Odd paying him back when it was possible. That wouldn’t happen for another 10 years. When Odd met Nancy, his future wife, Eidsvick and Associates began to really take off and grew into one of the largest chartered accountant offices in Prince Rupert. The business handled most of the audits for corporations on the North Coast and as far away as Bella Bella and Stewart. The office eventually shifted focus to tax work for fishermen and small businesses, which proved to be the backbone of the current office.

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But the success of Eidsvick and Associates extends beyond Prince Rupert and the Northwest as a whole as Odd and Nancy also oversee an Eidsvick and Associates office in Richmond. And while some would be drawn to the larger city and the amenities offered by the Lower Mainland, Prince Rupert is where the couple calls home and where they intend to finish their careers. Odd has ventured to give back as much to the community as it has given to him. He has served two terms as a city councillor, oversaw the development of Fairview Terminal as a member of the Prince Rupert Port Authority board of directors and was a finalist for the Better Business Award for Community Service from the Province of B.C. and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. A proud Rotarian, Odd is a multi-time Paul Harris Fellow recipient and he has received the Distinguished Service Award from Rotary District 5040. According to Odd and Nancy, it is the sense of community and the friendliness of the people who call Prince Rupert home that keep them proud and active members of the community. From fishing to finance and from community involvement to municipal leadership, Odd Eidsvick has done it all in Prince Rupert.

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B.C. not prepared for major quake: government report PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

A government report released on March 24 states that B.C. is simply not ready for a major earthquake. B.C. auditor general Russ Jones penned Catastrophic Earthquake Preparedness, which found that Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the organization responsible for emergency response in the province, isn’t prepared for a disastrous earthquake. The audit also found the province and EMBC haven’t made preparing for a quake a priority. A similar conclusion was made by the same office in a 1997 report on emergency management, with Jones claiming EMBC has not made significant progress since. EMBC’s operating budget for emergency activities is currently approximately $6.2 million, the same amount provided to PEP in 2006. “Successive governments have decided to allocate scarce public resources to meet more immediate pressing demands, rather than to adequately prepare the province for a catastrophic earthquake that may or may not occurs,” said Jones. “EMBC staff is busy with daily emergencies such as floods and fires, so catastrophic earthquake planning is done as a side-of-desk activity.” The report outlines several areas in need of improvement in EMBC’s

preparedness, from risk analysis, to training and public education and from plans and procedures to integration of stakeholders. The report states that EMBC is lacking critical positions, such as a logistics planner, which constrains the organization’s ability to deliver on its catastrophic earthquake mandate. “EMBC could improve its catastrophic earthquake planning by applying a more rigorous management framework to identify and help achieve its desired results,” reads the report. The report recommended the provincial government develop long-term goals for earthquake preparedness, and ensure EMBC has the capacity to address gaps. It advised EMBC to develop a strategic plan to meet the province’s goals, as well as identify, rank and prioritize its own plans to make sure it’s prepared for the big one. The report also suggested EMBC review its earthquake program to determine gaps and risks to come up with actions to address them. Other recommendations include how EMBC should work with stakeholders in reviewing and evaluating their emergency plans and conducting exercises to ensure they can deliver proper response. The final recommendation in the audit was to report on the state of catastrophic earthquake preparedness annually.

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RCMP block off the waterfront following the magnitude 7.7 earthquake in October 2012.

Unlike many British Columbia communities, Prince Rupert was prepared during the October 2012 and January 2013 earthquakes and following tsunami scares. Fire chief Dave Mckenzie, who is responsible for Prince Rupert’s emergency plan, didn’t wait to hear from the provincial government or EMBC before putting the plan into action. Mckenzie said the report will help other British Columbian communities be as prepared as Prince Rupert for major earthquakes. “The government recognizes there is a problem and is trying to resolve how to deal with it to get prepared,” he said. “It’s a step in the right direction. Earthquakes aren’t going away, so it’s a good thing the government is stepping up to the plate to make people more aware.”

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The B.C. government will take immediate action on all of the recommendations, with EMBC already developing a long-term plan that sets provincial goals and a phased approach to achieving them. “A tough report offers a great opportunity and this one in particular will help us continue to identify what work needs to be done to best prepare B.C. communities and families for a major earthquake,” said Suzanne Anton, attorney general and minister of justice. Mckenzie said people need to be ready to be self-sufficient for 72 hours in case of a major earthquake, and should have food, beverages, clothing, cash, batteries and other items in an earthquake kit.

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The Skeena — Queen Charlotte Regional District (SQCRD) has been awarded a Leader in Sustainability designation for its commitment to the recycling of batteries and cell phones through the Call2Recycle program. The designation was accepted on behalf of the regional district by Tim Des Champ, recycling operations manager of the SQCRD on March 21. Call2Recycle is a program of Rechargeable Battery Recycling, a non-profit public service organization that promotes environmental sustainability by providing free battery and cell phone recycling in North America. “Thanks to support from organizations like yours, Call2Recycle had an extraordinary 2013. We diverted more than five million kilograms of batteries from landfills, a 12 per cent increase over 2012,” said Call2Recycle Canada executive director Joe Zenoobic in presenting the award. “Your organization’s support has helped expand Call2Recycle networks so much that 89 per cent of the North American population now lives within 16 kilometres of a battery drop-off location.” The regional district anticipates even more recyclable materials will be diverted from landfills in 2014 with the construction of a 24/7 recycling transfer station. That station is expected to be open in mid-May or early June. “We are proud to be recognized for this program for a third year in a row. It is a reflection of the continued efforts of regional district residents toward building a sustainable and environmentally conscious community,” said regional district chair Barry Pages.

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LNG licences Pacific NorthWest LNG files with EA office get approval By Shaun Thomas

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Both Pacific NorthWest LNG and the BG Group have been given the go ahead to export Canadian LNG. Federal Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford announced the approval of the export licence application for the Lelu Island and Ridley Island terminals on March 26. For Pacific NorthWest LNG, the licence includes exporting up to 19.68 million metric tonnes of gas per year over a 25-year period while the BG Group’s licence includes the export of up to 21.6 million tonnes per year over the course of 25 years. “World energy demand is on the rise and Canada has the unprecedented energy supply to meet that demand. The approval of these licences is a major step forward in opening the door for Canada’s natural gas industry to access world markets. Opening new markets for our energy products supports our government’s top priority: Creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” said Minister Rickford in a statement. As well as approving the export licences for the two companies developing projects in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, the government approved an export licence for WCC LNG. A partnership between Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil, WCC is proposing an LNG export facility “in the vicinity of either Kitimat or Prince Rupert”.

The formal environmental assessment of Pacific NorthWest LNG’s Lelu Island terminal kicked off last week with the company filing for the environmental impact statement and environmental assessment certificate. The full document was posted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office website on March 25, with the public comment period beginning today through to May 1. The online document is comprised of 58 PDF files covering everything from community health and economic impacts to archaeological and First Nations studies to potential impacts on the marine and terrestrial environment. The filing is for a natural gas liquefaction facility capable of producing 19.2 million tonnes of LNG per year, complete with three LNG storage tanks capable of holding 180,000 cubic metres of LNG, three LNG trains capable of producing 6.4 million tonnes per year, a 2.7 kilometre trestle leading to the loading berths and gas turbines that produce up to 1,100 Megawatts of electrical power. The terminal would operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Environmentally, Pacific NorthWest LNG indicates “the cumulative effect on air quality is not significant”, that the

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terminal will release 5.28 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year to raise the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by 8.5 per cent, and that light and sound impacts will not be significant. While the report notes that “cumulative effects on direct mortality or physical injury are potentially high” for marine mammals, it said the effect is not significant because this injury or mortality is unlikely to happen as mammals will be driven away from the area by the underwater noise of piledriving. The project description includes consideration of 680 permanent jobs being created by the terminal — with 260 direct employees, 140 direct-contract positions, 120 indirect positions and 160 induced positions — while 3,500 to 4,000 construction jobs would be created during the peak

construction period. The majority of the construction workers would be housed in the construction camp on Lelu Island. In terms of a timeline, the company hopes to begin site clearing and the construction of the access road and bridge to Lelu Island in the first quarter of 2015, building the construction camp in the second quarter of 2015 and beginning construction of the jetty-trestle and marine terminal in the third quarter of 2015. Construction of the initial two trains would begin in quarter three and quarter four of 2016, respectively, and all construction would be complete by the end of 2018. Operations at the site would begin in the first three months of 2019. Anyone wishing to comment can email GNLPacificNorthwestLNG@ ceaa-acee.gc.ca or phone 604-666-2431.

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PTI Group outlines worker housing plans BY SHAUN THOMAS PORT EDWARD / The Northern View

Rezoning of the land purchased by the PTI Group for worker lodging in Port Edward has passed the first hurdle, with the project now being put to the public for feedback. Council gave two readings to a bylaw to rezone the five hectare site behind Jubilee Crescent. Although no date has been set for a public hearing on the matter, which will need approval by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, PTI Group vice-president of business development Sean Crockett

said the company is preparing for the upcoming dialogue. “We do expect to host public consultations where we will provide more details on the project. We’re very much looking forward to talking with the community,” he said. “We are also going to make sure our team locally is fully accessible to residents ... we do have a local representative based in Kitimat who also works in Port Edward and we have office space in the community.” While the timeline for development of the site is dependent upon when major projects in the region move forward,

Crockett said people shouldn’t expect a camp of trailers like the one used at the Rio Tinto Alcan Modernization site. “It is absolutely not ATCO trailers. Our type of business develops semi-permanent structures that really focus on a superior level of lodging ... we build lodges that are very much turn-key with recreation facilities, dining facilities and high-end accommodations,” he said, noting previous PTI developments have included threestory modular lodging. “By purchasing land and investing in a community, we can create fully operational lodging that also meets the long-term

infrastructure needs of the community.” Crockett estimates that the site would create housing for between 1,500 and 2,000 workers, with one employee being hired for every 10 tenants to create between 15 and 20 direct jobs. In passing the zoning, Mayor Dave MacDonald said he encourages people to come out and share their opinion of the proposal. “I would invite people to come out to the hearings whether they are a ‘yay’ or a ‘nay’ ... I think this is very important and I am glad to have this process in place,” he said.

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The Charles Hays Rainmakers senior boys basketball team display their medals and trophies for fans back home at the CHSS celebration luncheon last week. The Rainmakers claimed the 2014 AAA national silver medal earlier in March.

Rainmakers triumphantly return to Charles Hays

BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Tenth-grade Rupertite basketball star Justin McChesney and the rest of the Charles Hays Rainmakers heard the same four words before every game from coach Mel Bishop. “We’re in the hunt.” “After we won that first game, people started realizing [what we were about],” said McChesney in front of an auditorium full of students, parents, fans and teachers. The ‘underdog’, 14th-ranked Rainmakers listened to Bishop’s sage advice and before long, they found themselves in the senior boys’ AAA championship game versus Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Knights. The Rainmakers would later fall 53-38 to the fourth-ranked squad and claim silver. It was a process following the Rainmaker’s run, as the parents and school administration found out. Some followed on Twitter and some followed their text messages. However they kept track of the team, the city rallied around the group of boys that, for one season operated as a singular unit. Indeed, the Rainmakers’ secret weapon is parent support and the support of local businesses and Charles Hays administration. “The community support overall was unbelievable,”

“I had a good feeling about the team.” - Coach Mel Bishop said Bishop. “Some (parents) have travelled, but it’s more the fundraising. All that stuff is huge.” And the unity of the players may be what coach Bishop is most proud of. Chemistry isn’t something you can teach. It’s something intangible. It comes naturally, or it doesn’t at all. Sitting at the front of the auditorium at Charles Hays, the boys were like brothers. Legs dangling over the cafe-torium benches and (for some) hair overflowing beneath their caps, the team was warbattered, and they had gone through it together. “We’re a multi-cultural team, I mean everybody gets along,” said Bishop. “We have great chemistry, it’s just tremendous. Everybody likes each other and that’s half the battle.” Bishop would know. The coach is in his 34th year, and he’s seen it all. With this group, it was all about managing expectations. “I had a good feeling about the team,” said the

bench boss. “During the pre-season, the kids worked really hard. They were in the weight room lots and a lot of guys committed to the training.” The Rainmakers knocked off the tournament’s No. 3, 6 and 7 seeds on their way to the final. But the resources and funds aren’t always plentiful for the Rainmakers to match up versus their Lower Mainland competitors. Geography makes getting the team down to the area harder than most of the schools in the province. Part of the success was that during the tournament, Bishop experimented by placing the 6’9” McChesney at different positions. To become a better all-around player at the next level of basketball, Bishop put McChesney at the four position, which is the team’s power forward. McChesney adapted to the changes during the season, but as the tournament winded down, the coach gave McChesney the freedom to cut to the middle.. “All big guys want to be point guards right,” said Bishop. “That’s just the way it is. But his overall skill level is really improving (like) his perimiter work.” With most of the core returning for next year’s team, it’ll be hard to top 2014’s roller-coaster ride. “I think it’s going to be a good year,” said McChesney. “You know we’re confident. We know what it takes.”

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Slubowski shines at WMU Spring sports take over CHSS BY KEVIN CAMPBELL

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Ask Western Michigan Broncos’ goaltender Frank Slubowski what the biggest difference is playing in the team’s new higher-tiered NCAA division and his first answer isn’t the skill level. “Longer road trips,” the Rupertite sighed over the phone. Indeed, anyone who’s ever played minor and school sports can relate to Slubowski’s claustrophobic bus rides. Though the stiff competition does come to mind in NCAA’s Division 1, even if after the sore bottom. “I’d say it’s a lot more skill throughout the four lines,” said the third-year. “It’s a really competitive league.” Slubowski’s Broncos were elevated to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) after their old conference was disbanded thanks to a re-alignment of the divisions. WMU’s new NCHC division features the deadly University of North Dakota, which has won seven national championships, most recently in 2000. The division also hosts the University of Denver, the guilty culprits who eliminated the Broncos from playoff contention in 2014. That loss to the Denver Pioneers stung. “It was a tough one,” said Slubowski. “It was back and forth the whole game, and then the last goal that they scored late in the third (period) was tough. (The puck) took a bad bounce off a defenceman and it was kind of a breakaway there, so a bit of a heartbreaker.” Slubowski stopped 19 shots in that game, but it was timely scoring that propelled the Pioneers over Slubowski’s Broncos, 4-3. The Broncos finished tied for fourth in the NCHC with a 19-16-5 record. “I think some of the pre-season polls

For students at Charles Hays Secondary School, it can sometimes feel like the days can be be defined by basketball. And for good reason. After the Rainmakers’ senior boys’ ball squad reached the provincial finals in midMarch, the sports buzz has been in full throttle at the school. But according to athletics director Mel Bishop, the transition to the school’s spring’s programs is right around the corner. “We’ve got girls’ soccer, golf and track and field (starting up),” said Bishop last Thursday. Kyla Ragan, the coach of the girls’ soccer team, had the squad out last week practicing drills and finely-tuning the students’ fitness for the new season. There haven’t been too many students come out for soccer, Ragan explained, as basketball is mostly top-of-mind for students around the school. “It’s all combined (into one team),” Ragan said, regarding the split junior and senior teams. “There’s not enough girls for two. Soccer hasn’t been a big deal here for awhile, but we’re getting more girls out.” Approximately 20 players took part in the meet and Ragan had them working on their conditioning. “That’s what the last 15 minutes of practice is for,” said Ragan. “For fitness and going all-out cardio-wise.” The group knows each other well enough as they share classes and lunch breaks together. On-field chemistry is another challenge. The short season is interspersed with three tournament

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put us last in this conference so it was a big step for us to come out with the season we had even though we didn’t get the finish we wanted,” said Slubowski. Slubowski won 10 of those games, which was a drop off from last year, but last year the goalie played every single game, which is extremely uncommon. “(Our other goalie) Lukas Hafner battled and worked hard all summer, so he deserved to play. And it’s good for a team to have to have two goalies who can go,” said Slubowski. “It’s only to our advantage.” Coached by the tenured Andy Murray, the veteran bench boss of 10 NHL seasons, Slubowski has thrived at WMU. “I think I’ve always known I wanted to go the college route,” said Slubowski. “As a goalie, just playing more years of hockey will give me a better chance of playing pro hockey,” said Slubowski, who will look for an NHL contract this year while also returning to the North Coast. “I’ll probably go back home for a little break (this summer). The fishing’s better there.”

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weekends, one hosted by the Rainmakers and zone championships taking place in May to punctuate the year. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for long-term growth. But Ragan’s practice days will focus on plays and drills to instill a singular playbook with the team. “These girls have been playing soccer all their lives and they know all the plays. It’s just getting them to play as a team is the part we struggle with with the short season,” said the coach. Golf, rugby and badminton operate a few days a week, according to Bishop. “We have golf here. There was actually no team last year, but every other year there have been teams. It’s just a matter of kids that (want to) play,” he said. The track and field program is just beginning its season as well, and coach Dighton Haynes has pegged five meets between April and May. Many students play more than one sport and the spring presents one last chance for the students to play before their summer break.

Notice to Gitga’at Members The Council of Gitga’at First Nation will be hosting a “Gitga’at Members” meeting the first Sunday of every month effective April, 2014. Meetings will center on Education, Training and Resource Development which impacts Gitga’at Title and Right. All meetings will be held at the Highliner Hotel, 815 1st Ave, Prince Rupert. Topics and presenters will vary each week.

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Diving club resurfaces after 13 years BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The last time Calvin Grav operated the Prince Rupert Orca Diving Club, Jean Chretien was in his second term as Prime Minister of Canada and the European currency ‘Euro’ was just introduced. In 1999, Grav had to shut down the club when he was promoted to look after the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre. More than 13 years later, Grav, the only provincial coach in the area now has more time and resources to commit to the club, which had eight active members attend the meet on Friday. “Yeah, it’s been awhile ... I just didn’t have the time to operate the club and operate the swimming pool at the same time back then,” said Grav last week during a dive meet for the club. “Life has changed since then. I’m a manager now and I’ve got things under control a little better at the facility. My personal life is a little different than it was back then ... It felt great to start it back up again. I had a bunch of people come to me in the summer and ask me to restart the club, so I re-formed it and here we are” Two of those people were Jordan and Kennedy Weir, twin sisters who had seen the club operate all those years ago and decided they wanted some first-hand experience on the board. “When Jordan and I were in swim

“I had a bunch of people come to me ... to restart it.” - Calvin Grav club, we’d do flutter kicks with the board and I remember seeing the old dive team do all their cool routines, so that’s when I realized I wanted to try starting it once it started up again,” said Kennedy. Along with the club’s dismantlement, some of the diving equipment was accidentally sold off, so Grav is working on getting some dry-land resources, like a trampoline and dry-board, with the help of donations. For those interested in diving there haven’t been a whole lot of options, but as Grav points out, the interest drives the club. “I tried a couple times to do some learn-to-dive (programs) during the 13 years but between here and probably Kamloops there really is no clubs operating right now,” said Grav. Eight regulars participated Friday in some stretching and limited dry-land exercises. They then took part on some routine dives off the one-metre (high) board, one of two diving boards the Aquatic Centre houses. “It’s way different,” said Kennedy of

Sisters back on pace Since its doors opened back in 2003, Sisters Pace Fitness has been Prince Rupert's lone women's-only fitness centre. Sisters Pace Fitness has been closed for a few months as it moves into and renovates a brand-new space at 421 3rd Ave. West (Across from City Hall). Eleven years after first opening, the centre celebrated a significant milestone when it reopened its expanded, refreshed location on April 1. “I am ready to welcome all our loyal members back, as well as new members,” said Michelle Seiden, who has owned and operated Sisters Pace Fitness for the past five and a half years. Sisters Pace Fitness has traditional cardio equipment, including brand new machines and three televisions as well as a four-person infrared sauna. There is also a spacious stretching and weight area, change rooms, and a new, modern bathroom with a shower for customer convenience. The women's-only fitness centre will continue to offer the Pace Circuit Program, an exercise routine that easily fits into a busy, fast-paced lifestyle. Ladies can achieve the fitness and weight loss results they want to accomplish through the program in just 30 minutes, three times a week. “In the Pace Program you are receiving the benefits of weight training that tones muscles and strengthens your bones and the aerobic workout, which is cardiovascular, to burn calories,” explained Seiden, who has more than 20 years experience in the service industry and enjoys interacting with people as part of

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Jordan Weir dives off the one-metre diving board at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre with the Prince Rupert Orca Diving Club last week.

the three-metre board. “This (one-metre) board, you have less time to do (the dive) so when you’re falling you usually end up going over and it just smacks and it really hurts. It’s scary at first.” Kennedy’s favourite dive is the backflip, perhaps the scariest of them all. “I like them. They’re just really fun to do because you get lots of momentum swinging yourself backwards ... Calvin almost had to push us (off the board) to

get us to do it, but once you do it you realize how much fun it is,” said Kennedy. Both Weir sisters took part in the February B.C. Winter Games in Mission and came away with more knowledge of the sport. “It was cool seeing the dives because here we don’t have older divers who already know how to do most of the stuff except for our coach, so seeing everyone do them made it a lot clearer for us to try and do them too,” said Jordan.

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The Prince Rupert Youth Soccer Association and BC Soccer have made it easier than ever to get a grassroots initiative going to acquire new coaches, and that initiative was on full display at Charles Hays Secondary School on the weekend. Mike Cavin, the district chair of BC Soccer in Prince Rupert put out the call for a coaches’ clinic and Brad Stewart answered. “It’s based on availability,” said Stewart, a tutor for BC Soccer. “There’s tutors all over the province and

if a town wants a clinic, they just pick up the phone (to see) who can get there and we send somebody.” Part of the registration fee to enter a child in Prince Rupert Youth Soccer goes to BC Soccer, which is then distributed into programs like the free coaching clinics. Over the weekend, Stewart led multiple clinics, each aimed to lead different soccer team age groups. He brought with him traffic cones, soccer balls, a power-point projector, nets, and knowledge to give the parents and even teens that came out the skills needed to lead games and practices. “They walk out of here comfortable about running a practice, and ‘I know what

to do because I’ve got my bible here’ and it sets out the practice for you. You don’t even need to know what the theme of the practice, or what to do within it. It’s all laid out for you,” said Stewart. Stewart’s ‘bible’ is the practice session booklet each coach receives after finishing their training. The coaches takes part in the drills they’ll be leading themselves, and learn what to do to be inclusive of every athlete, how to challenge them and how to manage conflict. Each coaching applicant must pass a criminal record check, and learn to delegate responsibilities like snack schedules, equipment managing and

practice scheduling times to create a teamlike atmosphere. “We were really happy with the number of people that attended,” said Cavin. “I think it’s the most in quite a few years, especially for the younger groups so we’re excited about that.” If anyone is interested in coaching, Cavin says there’s a checkbox on the Youth Soccer registration form that parents or anyone else have the option of checking. “They can look at and decide how they want to help youth soccer and from there (you get) your coaches and division coordinators and equipment managers and so on,” he said.

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PubLiC CommENt PEriod ANd iNformAtioN SESSioNS Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd. proposes to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine terminal near Prince Rupert, within the District of Port Edward. The Pacific NorthWest LNG facility would be located on Lelu Island. The proposed project would convert natural gas to LNG for export to Pacific Rim markets in Asia. The Pacific NorthWest LNG Project is subject to review under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Act and is undergoing a coordinated environmental assessment process. Public Comment Period The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) are inviting the public to comment on the ongoing environmental assessment of the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project. The Proponent has recently submitted its Application / Environmental Impact Statement (Application / EIS) which describes the project and the potential environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects of all phases of the project. The Application / EIS, as well as a summary of the document and additional information regarding the environmental assessment process are available online at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca and at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. The 30-day public comment period is from April 2, 2014 to May 1, 2014. The Agency and the EAO accept public comments submitted by any of the following means: Mail: Ken Howes, Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9V1

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Next Steps After taking public comments into account, the Agency and the EAO will consider these comments along with the information in the Application / EIS in preparing the environmental assessment reports. The environmental assessment process for the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project will also include one last federal public comment period on the draft federal environmental assessment report, which will be advertised at a later date. All submissions received by the Agency and the EAO during the comment period in relation to the Pacific northwest lng Project are considered public. they will be posted to the EAO website and will become part of the Agency project file.


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Although it has officially turned down a $15,000 student bursary donation from Enbridge, Northwest Community College remains committed to having the money go to deserving students, says its chair. Speaking on March 26, Rhoda Witherly said it’s talking with Enbridge to establish a method whereby qualifying students can still apply for six $2,500 bursaries without being officially involved. Her comments follow a March 21 college board meeting in which it decided to return the money to Enbridge, which wants to build the Northern Gateway pipeline to carry crude oil from Alberta to a marine terminal at Kitimat. The project, final approval of which is expected by the federal government in June, has been heavily criticized for a number of reasons, including the potential for environmental harm should there be a leak from the pipeline or from tankers that will carry the crude oil overseas. The bursaries were first announced by the college March 3 and 71 student applications were received leading up the March 21 decision. Witherly said it’s important to remember that the bursaries were meant for students and not to support the college itself. “We are committed to providing educational programs and to assisting our students,” she said.

The City of Prince Rupert will be pushing for the provincial government to take over maintenance of the airport access road, and possibly the ferry, but the Ministry of Transportation says it has no intention of doing so. The issue was brought forward at the March 24 council meeting by former mayor Don Scott, who said the province needs to be more involved as it is in other communities. “What, if anything, are staff and council doing to cover the cost of the ferry service? The province, I believe, has legislation saying access to airports is provincial jurisdiction,” he said. “Right now we’re taking responsibility, but it is theirs. Is there no legal steps we can take ... I think it is important to take another look at it. Others have their access taken care of while we do not.” Noting the province did provide money for the Tsimshian Peninsula Access Project, which would move the ferry terminal to the lower end of Digby Island and cut sailing time by approximately 10 minutes, Mayor Jack Mussallem said they have had a similar discussion with the government.

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“The province has disputed that ... they refuse to take any ownership of that road,” he said. In an email the Northern View, Ministry of Transportation spokesperson Robert Adam said all responsibility for the airport falls to the city. “The airport is a private facility owned and operated by the City of Prince Rupert through the Prince Rupert Airport Authority (PRAA),” he explained, noting past transactions also put the road in the city’s jurisdiction. “The 4.8 kilometre access road

connecting Tobey point (ferry landing) to the airport was built under federal jurisdiction between 1957 and 1959, and began operating under the jurisdiction of Transport Canada in 1961 ... the airport was transferred from Transport Canada to the PRAA in 1997; the City of Prince Rupert owns the airport through the incorporation of the PRAA.” Regardless, council passed a motion to write the ministry a letter requesting they take over the road maintenance and potentially the cost of running the Digby Island ferry.

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If you are a highly motivated, multi tasking, enthusiastic self starter with dispatching experience, we invite you to visit our website for a complete copy of the job description at: www.princerupert.ca “Career Opportunities” Or you can pick up a complete copy at: Prince Rupert Fire Hall 200 – 1st Avenue West Prince Rupert, BC Applications must be submitted to the Fire Hall, attention Dave McKenzie, by 4:00 pm on Monday, April 7th, 2014. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Employment

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Pets & Livestock

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Real Estate

Rentals

Transportation

Livestock

Other Areas

Merchandise for Sale

20 ACRES $0 Down, Only $119/mo. Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Near El Paso, Texas. Beautiful Mountain Views! Money Back Guarantee Call 1-866-8825263 Ext. 81 www.sunsetranches.net

Shared Accommodation

Trucks & Vans

REGISTERED Polled Hereford yearling bulls call Ed 250365-3270 or Murray 604-5823499 or visit our website www.kootenayph.com

Building Supplies

Rentals

CEDAR Shingles for sale. 18�or 24� Masset, Haida Gwaii. Call Toll free @ 866303-5286

Apt/Condo for Rent

Garage Sales

PR: Mature person wanted to share fully furnished home. Move-in ready. $600 including utilities. Perfect for seasonal worker. Ref. Req. Call or Text 250-615-9925

Suites, Lower PR: 1 1/2 bdrm furnished suite with w/d, fenced yard, ocean view. Single, working person only. MUST love dogs. Well behaved pets allowed. Contractors welcome. $700/mon. plus hydro. Call 250.624.8298 between 6-7:30pm

PR: Garage sale 2067 Graham Ave. Sat 9 am. Few tools, mostly junk and a bit of graut.

Suites, Upper

Misc. for Sale

PR: Cozy, clean 3 bdrm. Dishwasher included, laundry hook-up, Laminate flooring. N/P, N/S, no pets Avail. April 15th. Randall North 250-627-1414.

CLIFF SIDE APARTMENTS

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STEEL BUILDINGS, metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206; www.crownsteelbuildings.ca.

1123-1137 Borden Street Adult-oriented. Quiet location with harbour view. Heat and hot water included. Minutes walking to downtown and hospital. References required. 1, 2, or 3 bedroom suites. Some furnished. Prince Rupert

250-624-9298

ROOSEVELT HEIGHTS APARTMENTS Exteriors renovated 3 bedroom apartments. Heat and hot water included. No smoking. No pets $850 per month.

Misc. Wanted

References required.

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Real Estate Duplex/4 Plex PR: Half duplex for sale. 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Call Kim 778-884-6912

Phone between 9am - 6pm 250-627-8123

Homes for Rent

Real Estate

PR: 4 Bdrm 2 bath 622 8th Ave West. $1400/mon. 1 year lease req. Call 604-767-0252

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Rooms Starting At $59/Daily, $299/Weekly, $799/Monthly, Contractors Welcome All-Inclusive. 250-600-1680

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1989 SUN RUNNER boat. 21.5 feet, 125 aq Volvo inboard motor, Merc leg, excellent running condition. $7000 (250) 698-7533 leave a message we will call you back. Pictures available.

Townhouses PINE CREST 3 Bdrm. 2 Level T/H 1 ½ bath No pets Call Jenn 622-4304 PRINCE RUPERT Harbourview Apts. 2 & 3 Bdrm, 1 bath, Start at $600 No pets 627-6697 or 622-2699

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Transportation

Cars - Domestic 2009 PONTIAC VIBE

excellent condition, 60,000 kms, fully loaded with a set of winter tires. Manual, front wheel drive. $9800

Call (250) 251-4500 or (250) 698-7533

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PR: 1 Bdrm basement suite 447B 7th Ave W. N/P, N/S, recently renovated. $600/mo. Ref Req. Call 250-627-9307

Rooms for Rent

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. www.copperridge.ca

Boats

3BDR 1 Bth, House for rent in great condition with recent additions.$1150 per month. phone: 604657-7233 more info: www.HouseRentalsPrinceRupert.com

PR: Renovated 3 brdm Avail. April 1st. $1200/mo. Elec. heat not incl. Call Lynn @ 250-627-1414 prince-rupert-real-estate.com

Mobile Homes & Parks

FOR SALE: 2005 Nissan Titan Air conditioning, Anti-theft alarm system, Chrome bumpers, 4 Wheel ABS. Tire pressure monitoring system, 6 passenger seating, heated exterior mirrors, leather steering wheel, leather gear shift, back power window and low miles in mint condition. Asking $13,500. Please contact Bill Parmar @ 250-600-7515 For further inquiries and test drives

Houses For Sale

Buying or Selling Real Estate?

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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that the District of Port Edward have applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (FLNRO), Smithers, for a r Crown Grants for Roadway purposes situated on Provincial Crown land located THAT PART OF DISTRICT LOT 46, RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT, CONTAINING 3.75 HECTARES, MORE OR LESS. r Temporary Permit for Roadways purposes situated on Provincial Crown land located THAT PART OF DISTRICT LOT 446, RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT, CONTAINING 6.8 HECTARES, MORE OR LESS. The Lands file for both of these applications is 6408649. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Coast Mountains Land Officer, FLNRO, at Suite 200 5220 Keith Ave. Terrace, BC V8G 1L1. Comments will be received by FLNRO up to May 9, 2014. FLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/ index.jsp for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Office in Smithers.

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Crossword APRIL 5 - 6 pm First Presbyterian Church is hosting their annual Ham and Salad dinner. Enjoy delicious salads, ham and desserts. Silent auction to follow. Call 250-624-3683. APRIL 8 - 7-9 pm Transition Prince Rupert presents a course on Gardening Essentials. It’s all about planting and what plants do well in Prince Rupert, microclimates, weeding and pest control. Room 155 @ NWCC. Admission by donation. APRIL 17 - 6 pm Maundy Thursday- Seder Meal and Potluck at the First United Church. Service at 7pm APRIL 18 - 7 pm Good Friday Service at the First United Church. APRIL 20 - 7 am Easter Sunrise Service provided by the First United Church at the Waterfront. 10:30am Easter Family Service at the First United Church

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APRIL 21 - 1-2 pm Diabetes Support Group is meeting in Room 429 in the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital. MAY 6 - 7-9 pm Transition Prince Rupert presents a course on Beyond Gardening. This course covers an introduction to permaculture and wildcrafting versus gardening. Room 155 @ NWCC. Admission by donation. MAY 12 - 1-2 pm Diabetes Support Group is meeting in Room 429 in the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital. JUNE 9 - 1-2 pm Diabetes Support group is meeting in Room 429 in the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital. ONGOING GROW YOUR OWN FRESH ORGANIC PRODUCE! Kaien Anti-Poverty Society Community Garden has raised garden plots available for rent. Open to anyone interested in planting and tending to a garden.  Call the KAPS office at 627-5277 for further information. The Prince Rupert & District Hospice Society is once again sponsoring their 9 week support group “Journey though Grief”, Wednesday evenings from April 2-June 4. This group is for adults 19+, who are grieving the death of a loved one. Learn what to expect and gain skills to manage your grief while connecting with others who share a similar journey. Pre-registration is required. For more information, to register, or for 1:1 support, please call the Hospice office @ 250-622-6204. Please leave your name and number and your call will be returned.

Seafest

Community Planning Meeting Everyone welcome with ideas & plans! Monday April 7 at 7 pm Special Events Office 250-624-9118 www.prspecialevents.com

The Prince Rupert Regional Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Granting Process and the deadline for submissions is Midnight on March 31st. The grant criteria and grant applications can be downloaded at www.prfoundations.ca and then the applications can be mailed to Box 66, Prince Rupert, B.C. V8J3P4 or dropped off to the attention of Karen Basso at Quadra Travel in the Rupert Square Mall. Applications can also be emailed to prfoundation@citytel.net. The Prince Rupert & District Hospice Society is dedicated to “The care and support of those experiencing the dying and grieving process” For more information, support or to become a volunteer please call 250-622-6204 BC Metis Federation of Prince Rupert meets the third Monday of every month at 1702 Atlin Ave. New people welcome. Refreshments provided. For more information call 250-627-4013 Canadian Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to help with the daffodil campaign in April. Please contact Judy Rea at (250) 624-3913 for more details. Prince Rupert Seniors Centre Bingo Fridays 13pm. Everyone 19 years and older welcome. Prince Rupert Alcoholics Anonymous If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. Prince Rupert A.A, 250627-1119 Al-Anon Meetings: First Presbyterian Church, 233 4th Ave. E in basement. Tues. 8pm. All are welcome. Call 250-627-4899 Narcotics Anonymous DRUG PROBLEM? We Can Help Mondays 8-9 pm, 223 4th Ave East, Presbyterian Church (side door). Join the YWCA for a 2 day FREE-Train-theTrainer course on taking action against abuse of older adults. For more info. contact Project Co-ordinator Renu at rchaudhry@ywcavan.org or 604-895-5790. The Prince Rupert Breast Cancer Support Group invites any woman living with cancer to attend our monthly luncheons every 3rd Saturday each month at 12 noon at the Crest Hotel. Friendship House of Prince Rupert Hosts: AamaGoot Power Puff Girlz Club (ages 7-12) Tues. 3- 5pm, 3rd floor meeting rm. AamaGoot Ladyz Club (18yrs +) Learn new artistic designs through sewing, beading, etc. Fridays 1- 4pm, 3rd floor meeting room. Call Carol Doolan at the Friendship House 250-627-1717, ext. 64 for more info. P.R. Royal Canadian Legion meets the 3rd Monday of every month. Come visit the Military Museum Thursday - Sunday from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Call 250-622-2917 for more information. School District 52 Band Program is looking for donations of band instruments! Help us bring music to all students by donating that trumpet you have in your basement or the saxophone in your coat closet! If you have an instrument no one is playing, please call School District office @ 250-627-6717 for pick up. Calling all Musicians! Prince Rupert Community Band and Choir are seeking new members No Auditions necessary! PR Community Band meets Mon. 7:30- 9pm at PRMS (formerly PRSS) Band Room. PR Comm. Choir meets Wed. 7:30-9pm at PRMS Band Room. Contact Peter Witherly at 250-624-9634


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Arts and Entertainment

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Arts community brings Les Misérables to Rupert By Martina Perry PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The many talents of the Prince Rupert arts community were proudly on display last week as Les Misérables took over the Lester Centre stage. The producer, directors, orchestra, cast and crew members of Les Misérables spent hundreds of hours working on the production and it showed throughout three performances that pleased audiences’ eyes, ears and minds. Producer Crystal Lorette, general manager of the Lester Centre, and artistic director Michael Gurney guided 60 Prince Rupert cast members in 117 roles included in the production. Based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, the Lester Centre of the Arts presented Alain Boublil and Claude-Michael Schönberg’s musical version of Les Misérables that follows the story of Jean Valjean (Andy Enns). Released on parole after serving 19 years on the chain gang, Jean is an outcast. But a kind act motivates him to change his life, breaking parole and changing his identity to become Monsieur Madeleine. Eight years later he is a respected factory owner and mayor. An unrelated act will change Jean’s life once more, when factory worker Fantine’s (Lauren Armstrong) secret is announced: She is sending her wages to inn-owner Thénardier (Keith Lambourne) and his Madame (Lonni Bryant) to pay for an illegitimate daughter. Fantine is dismissed from Factory of Montreuil, and begins selling herself to continue paying the innkeepers. Following an altercation with an unwanted customer, Fantine is nearly arrested by lawman Javert (Graeme McNish) before the mayor arrives and demands she be taken to the hospital instead. When Jean realizes what happened to Fantine, he promises to care for her young daughter Cosette (Emily Cavin while young and later Heather McRae). Jean must go on the run again after Javert recognizes him, but first he pays off Thénardier for custody of Cosette. Nine years later Jean and Cosette are in Paris where there is political unrest because of the impending death of General Lamarque, the only man in government who shows mercy for the poor. The Thénardiers have lost their inn, with Thénardier becoming the leader of a street gang, who along with the daughter Éponine (Caitlund Catherall) prepare to rob Jean and Cosette. Marius (Jeff Saunders), a student who is friends with Éponine, is warned to stay away but instead shields Cosette until Javert thwarts the robbery. After they have fled, Javert once again recognizes Jean and vows to recapture him. After their brief encounter, Marius and Cosette fall for each other. Marius turns to Éponine, who grew up with Cosette on the inn, to help him find his new love. Despite her own feelings for

Marius, so obliges. Marius rejoins his friends, a group of idealistic students who are preparing for revolution. Leader Enjoiras (Jasper Nolos) encourages all of Paris to join the revolution as he and other students prepare for battle by setting up a barricade. Javert disguises as a student to spy on the revolutionaries, with Éponine also disguising herself as a boy to be with Marius. When Marius discovers Éponine, he sends her to deliver a goodbye letter to Cosette, which is intercepted by Jean who learns of his daughter’s romantic relationship. He decides to join students at the barricade where Éponine has been shot, the first to die. Gavroche (Erik Langille), one of the young revolutionists, outs Javert as a spy and Enjoiras tells Jean to kill him. But instead, Jean allows Javert to leave the barricades. Then the battle begins, and all of the rebels are killed except Jean and the wounded Marius. Moving through the sewers, Thénardier and other looters gain access into the barricades and begin looting bodies, taking a ring from the unconscious Marius. To escape, Jean carries Marius through the same sewers and once again comes across Javert. Jean bags him for an hour to bring Marius to a doctor, with Javert agreeing. He finds himself unable to come to terms with the fact that Jean is a criminal, yet has so much mercy, and decides to throw himself into the Seine. After Marius becomes conscious, he confines in Cosette over the loss of his friends, and wonders who saved his life following the battle. Jean later confesses he is an escaped convict and must leave to not endanger Cosette. A few months later Marius and Cosette marry, with the Thénardiers crashing their wedding. Thénardier tries to blackmail Marius, claiming Jean is a murderer that he saw carrying a dead body in the sewers after the barricade fell. As proof, he shows him a ring that Marius recognized as his own, making him realize it was Jean who saved his life. At a convent, Jean is awaiting his death when the spirit of Fantine appears thanking him for raising her daughter. Cosette and Marius arrive just in time to say goodbye before Jean passes. Musical director Peter Witherly led the 15-person orchestra in a marathon of music lasting nearly the whole duration of the more than three hour performance, accompanied by cast members in favourites like One More Day and Do You Hear the People Sing? Every song needs a little dance, with Jewel Jerstad choreographing Prince Rupert’s production of Les Misérables. While the production stuck close to the musical version, it did include some North Coast elements like the incorporation of North Pacific Cannery artifacts in the scene set at Factory of Montreuil.

From top: Marius (Jeff Saunders) and Cosette (Heather McRae) get married; Javert (Graeme McNish) is taken prisoner after trying to spy on the student revolutionaries; Student revolutionaries, from left, Dallas Allison, Erik Langille and Josh McIntyre prepare for battle; Jean Valjean (Andy Enns) joins Enjoiras (Jasper Nolos) and other idealist students behind the barricade. Martina Perry / The Northern View


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“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.

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Everything we touch turns to SOLD! PRINCE RUPERT

Keith Lambourne

250-622-8546

Heather Bullock

250-627-9416

NEW LISTING 533 Cassiar Ave

Victor Prystay

250-624-1202

$419,000

Dorothy Wharton

250-600-7876

Emily Kawaguchi

250-600-7343

NEW LISTING 1715 - 11th Ave E

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250-600-2334

$185,000

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250-600-4959

NEW LISTING 1129 - 8th Ave E

$249,000

This beautiful 4 bed/3 bath home features vaulted ceilings in the kitchen, living and dining rooms. The large kitchen has newer stainless steel appliances, and access to the front deck. The lower level has a 3 pce. bathroom, office and access to the garage. There is a giant rumpus room with a pellet stove and covered patio area including a built in dog kennel. and fenced backyard.

This 3 bedroom family home has great bones. It has a a 50x100 lot, fenced backyard, off street parking, vinyl siding, 7 yr old roof and a full concrete basement. Inside are hardwood floors, fireplace, updated kitchen, rec room, 2 bathrooms, lots of storage and a bonus room for hobbies. This home is located in a sun exposed, friendly, quiet neighbourhood.

Inside this 4-level, 4 bed, 2 full bath home you’ll find a living room with wood burning fireplace, a large rec room and tons of storage. There is an amazing fenced backyard with beautiful garden and patio. Other features include a new roof, a storage shed, and a playhouse in the yard with electricity/heat for the kids. Included is a greenhouse and a 3-level compost system for gardening.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014

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Driver tears up soccer field BY CPL. GLEN BRECKON MASSET / Masset RCMP

Between March 18 and March 24, Masset RCMP responded to 22 calls for service. These calls for service included four incidents of causing a disturbance by being intoxicated in public. Overall it was another relatively quiet week for the Masset RCMP in Northern Haida Gwaii. Over the night on March 21, someone drove onto the Village of Masset Soccer field and tore up the grass on portions of the field. If you have any information on who did this please contact the Masset RCMP. On the evening of March 23, Masset RCMP received a report of some overdue travellers who had been out to Rose Spit and had not returned home. As RCMP were mobilizing, word was received that the travellers had returned to their place of residence a short time later. The travellers indicated that they had vehicle troubles which caused their delay. Please remember, it takes a community to police a community. Any suspicious activity can be reported to the Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991 or anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www. bccrimestoppers.com.

DARE GRADS Chris Bellamy’s Grade 5-7 class at Tahayghen Elementary in Port Clements marked the completion of the Drug Abuse Resistance Eduction (DARE) program on March 25. The program was taught over the course of 10 classes by Const. Bryan Schultz and is the first DARE grad class from Port Clements in three years.

Emergency responders react to quake report BY MARTINA PERRY HAIDA GWAII / The Northern View

While a recent report sites the 2012 earthquake and tsunami warning in Haida Gwaii as an example of how unprepared the province is to respond to an event, not all emergency coordinators on the islands agree. Catastrophic Earthquake Preparedness, a recent report by the B.C. auditor general, determined Emergency Management BC (EMBC) isn’t prepared for a major earthquake, citing “many of EMBC’s deficiencies in its earthquake response capabilities were highlighted in their 2012 response to a potential tsunami in Haida Gwaii” (see Page A6 for more details on the report). Following the 7.7 magnitude earthquake, EMBC drafted an “after action” report of that identified shortcomings in the province’s response and ways to address them. EMBC noted it did not have enough experienced personnel, knowledge and training to effectively respond to an event, that some local governments’ plans weren’t adequate and a number of communities lacked information and education on what they and local responders should do. The report stated “EMBC is concerned that without additional resources and program enhancements communities will continue to be at risk”. But Peter Weeber, who is part of Queen Charlotte’s emergency planning group, believes the province fulfilled its mandate during the 2012 event. According to Weeber, he was in communication with provincial and regional

“A great deal of responsibility now rests with you as an individual to be prepared to care for yourself.” - Carol Kulesha EMBC operations within minutes for support. Weeber said resources for emergency planning are available through EMBC, but it’s up to communities to know what to do if a major earthquake occurs. “There’s not much the province can do for us, other than let us know there’s a threat,” he said. “If the earth shakes, we know there’s a threat.” “I did hear a lot of complaints up and down the coast, but I don’t agree with any of it. [Some communities] were outraged about the province not notifying everybody. It was a 7.7 earthquake, I don’t think you need a notification to tell you there’s a potential for a tsunami or major issues,” said Weeber. “I would dare to say that anyone who made a big fuss during that last event was not adequately prepared.” Queen Charlotte City Mayor Carol Kulesha said communication and timely response from the province was an issue in the 2012 earthquake, so she is pleased the report is sparking change. She would like to see funding for early notification devices like tsunami sirens and weather alert radios, or for emergency personnel

training, radios, first aid instruction and equipment within remote communities, something Weeber agreed be useful. “A great deal of responsibility now rests with you as an individual to be prepared to care for yourself and your municipality to organize its service and carry you through until help can arrive if needed,” said Kulesha. “When I think about the Lower Mainland being impacted, I don’t believe we can expect assistance for a very long time and we need to be prepared for that.” Trevor Jarvis, Masset’s CAO and emergency coordinator, declined to comment directly on the report or its recommendations stating he didn’t read the entire 40-page report, but said the 2012 earthquake helped Masset adjust its emergency plans. “Fortunately there was no damage that resulted from that earthquake and it raised awareness for people in this area,” said Jarvis, adding the key to earthquake preparedness anywhere in the world starts with individuals. “Having a personal emergency kit is the best way you can be prepared for any emergency. Participating in the annual Shakeout BC Drill is another way to improve awareness and education ... these will always be a key part of emergency planning for the Village of Masset.” Countless earthquakes of smaller magnitudes have been occurring near Haida Gwaii since October 2012, the most recent being a 4.5 magnitude earthquake 160 kilometres south of Masset on Wednesday, March 27. No tsunami was generated from the shake.


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BC Housing units nearing end of life BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The answer to social housing issues in Prince Rupert may just rest in the hands of project developers. At the March 24 meeting of council, BC Housing senior project development officer Stephanie Allen outlined a program the organization has in place that turns to industry to create affordable housing for future generations in the community their project is located in. “We share your concerns about housing, especially as it relates to the impact of the economic boom times that are coming from resource development in the north. It is happening from the northeast to the northwest and we are seeing the early indicators of this across the north,” she told council. “We reach out to industry directly through our partners and ask them to consider developing housing

opportunities in the course of them developing their projects. Mines and utilities and LNG all have different housing needs, they all have different build out time lines, but there are opportunities where they can partner. If they don’t need to create purposeful housing, they could also look at leasing from purpose-built housing ... to look at using some of that housing and to turn it over to affordable housing stock.” In some cases, industry creates legacy housing through donations to existing providers to create affordable housing. In the case of BC Hydro, BC Housing is working with them in preparation for potential construction of the Site C Dam to create purpose-built housing that will be donated back to the community as affordable housing. While there are no proposals to partner with BC Housing to develop affordable rentals in Prince Rupert at the moment, Coun. Joy Thorkelson said

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housing that supports those facing life challenges is definitely a need. “Supportive housing is something we need before the influx of a large number of construction workers and new people because these people will be forgotten about,” she said. “We don’t need to increase problems in our community.” Allen noted that the current

housing stock also lends itself to new development. “There are a number of units that are starting to reach the end of their lives and it is no longer viable for renovations. When that happens you need to look at redevelopment,” she said. “The costs of redevelopment are significant and that takes partnerships.”

Government defends MMBC BY JEFF NAGEL VANCOUVER / Black Press

B.C.’s small business minister defended the province’s shift to a new recycling system Wednesday after a continuing attack in the Legislature by the Official Opposition. Naomi Yamamoto said the Multi Material BC program transfers recycling costs from taxpayers to the producers who generate packaging and printed paper and challenged New Democrats to state whether or not they oppose that principle. “How many of us have come home after purchasing a relatively small item, struggled to unpackage the item and then found yourself with a mountain of waste material that we have no control over?” Yamamoto responded in Question Period. “This program actually provides an incentive to producers to reduce their packaging.” The new system, led by Multi Material BC, is being resisted as too costly by various business sectors, including the newspaper industry and Black Press, which owns this newspaper. Yamamoto said the province asked MMBC to work with the small business community and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, adding that led to a series of exemptions that absolve 99 per cent of small businesses of requirements to report and pay recycling fees under the new program. NDP small business critic Lana Popham cited

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severe business impacts and demanded to know if the province will halt the scheduled May 19 rollout pending better consultation with businesses, municipalities and environmental organizations. “The premier is chucking B.C.’s recycling system into a giant dumpster by completely botching the implementation,” Popham said. “British Columbia deserves to get our recycling right.” Earlier in the week, Popham denounced MMBC as a “red tape monster” controlled by Ontario-based corporations and multinational firms that aren’t sufficiently accountable to B.C. stakeholders. Newspaper industry representatives have warned newspaper closures and large-scale job losses are likely if the MMBC rollout is unchanged. Not Advertising Is like locking the door to your future

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Driveway readers to spend billions to buy a new set of wheels Driveway readers are in the mood to splash out an astonishing $3.6 billion-plus of their hard-earned cash to buy new vehicles this year. This is not some by Keith Morgan wild, optimistic prediction but a solid forecast based on what our readers revealed in a comprehensive survey conducted on behalf of Black Press by Pulse Research, a company with 30 years of experience in asking the right questions of consumers. In a series of wide-ranging interviews, Black Press newspaper readers from all over the province gave Pulse a comprehensive account of their spending plans. Their intention to spend $53.1 million on fish and chips, $45.8 million on tooth whitening, $13.1 million on tattoos or piercing, $9.1 million on pet toys and $1.9 million on tuxedos, raised some smiles. But the auto spending intent grabbed our serious attention. A massive 123,275 households will take vehicles for a spin and sign on the dotted line. A massive 51,895 will park a new car on their driveway, 32,312 will house a sport ute in their garage, while another 28,395 will opt for a truck out front. Most people surveyed knew what kind of wheels they would be looking for and what they were prepared to pay.

The sticker price range for most folks is $25Reacting to the Black Press/Pulse report he said: “Customers today are clearly taking advantage $30,000. However, premium car sellers will be of one of the most exciting times in automotive pleased that 13,708 plan to spend an average history. Dealers across BC are focusing like of $45,000 on one of their products. Another never before on creating a better buying expe7,883 will shell out an average of $64,413 for rience – a more enjoyable, more informed and refined vehicles in the $50-$75,000 price range. entertaining experience on-site and In addition, 2,937 more will spend online. It’s almost as if dealers are an average of $82,448 on luxury putting on mini Auto Shows every marques. day of the week!” An eco-conscious 11,750 houseHe continued: “There are more holds will fork out more than than 350 new car dealerships $30 grand for a hybrid or electric across the province, and new vehicle. Utilitarian minivans top ones popping up all the time, the shopping list at 9,791 homes, making this industry one of BC’s with budgets a shade under $30,000. Customers today most important. Not only because they generate more than $10 bilWe even discovered that readers are clearly taking lion annually in economic activity, would spend another $2 billion advantage of one but also because they employ on car servicing, preventive of the most exciting directly and indirectly, more than maintenance, oil changes and times in automotive 34,000 full-time people in the after-market products. Good more than 50 communities that history. news for used car sales: 105,750 they serve. The buying intent of households are prepared to spend Blair Qualey Black Press readers is terrific President of the New Car $1.69 billion on pre-owned, Dealers Association of BC news for our members and the nearly new, or whatever the curBC economy. rent parlance is for second-hand “I can hardly wait for the next few years. vehicles as they used to be called! Buckle up; it’s going to be an exciting ride.” Last week, Blair Qualey, the president of the Count on the Driveway team to supply you the New Car Dealers Association of BC, talked best and most current information each week, about the importance of his industry to this and on the drivewaycanada site, to help you province in his column here about the Vanmake the right decision in your car purchase. couver International Auto Show, which runs kmorgan@drivewaybc.ca until Sunday,

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Confessions of a Curber... Meet Walt. He lives with his wife and two teenagers in a quiet neighbourhood. Walt goes to work every morning, neighbours. provides for his family and chats with his neighbou from“Breaking Walt has a secret. He’s no Walter White from“Brea Bad.” But, his lov Bad. love for quick cash and high profits ddrive less him to a sideline that makes k s uus all a little le some savings. safe and costs som me their savin curber. Walt is a curbe er. See Walt S ee story st ry sto y inside – W imports but imp im po ortts a car, bu h s buyer his bu uyer y pays price! ap ric ce! e

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Chrysler’s sedan segment slugger Louisville, KY. - The 200 is not a new nameplate for Chrysler but the 2015 model is all-new from the ground up. This generation of 200 debuts the new “face of Chrysler” with its signature grille and logo. There’s also a Along with its new standard set of rear LED tailamps, and the bodywork and insides, interior craftsmanship there are over 60 is much more impres- standard and available sive than before. safety features. This mid-size sedan is hoping to play ball Alexandra Straub – and win – against competitors like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda6 and Toyota Camry, in an ever-aggressive segment. Using the baseball analogy with the 200 seemed apropos since the drive event took place in Louisville, Kentucky, the home of the Louisville slugger. Nevertheless, here are the meat and potatoes for the all-new vehicle. There are four trims of 200 available. First is the LX and that has a starting MSRP of $22,995. Then there’s the Limited, the S and the top-of-the-line C model. Regardless of trim, each comes with an industry first,

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also known as a 9-speed automatic transmission. My day started behind the wheel of the Limited trim with the 2.4L, 4-cylinder MultiAir engine (MSRP $24,995). This powerplant produces 184 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. The interior reflects that of thoughtful craftsmanship and design. Soft touch materials are used throughout and the layout is easy on the eyes. Not to mention the abundance of cubbyholes in which to place personal items. On a side note, the interior colour combinations drew inspiration from various American cities. For example, the all black interior pays homage to New York City, the Linen and Black is Sausalito, California and the Blue and Black on the S model to Detroit. The centre stack can be adorned with either a 5-inch touch screen or the optional 8.4-inch. To me, the 5-inch screen seemed a little small, so I’d invest in the larger version. That said, it was still highly functional and easy to use. On the road, the 2.4L Limited shines brightest when on the highway and on long stretches of pavement. It has ability in the twists and turns, but to really get a dynamic feel, you’d need to opt for the S or C trim to put it in the Sport mode. In that case, you get a different suspension setup and steering feel to really allow you to have more fun in the captain’s chair. Back to the 2.4L though. In the city, I felt I didn’t need much more power. Steering feel is light and allows to car the move with ease at slow speeds and gingerly into parking spots.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 looks as good as it drives. Overall, a pleasant drive. The second half of my day was consumed with the V6. Yum. The award winning 3.6L, Pentastar V6 packs 295 horsepower underneath its sparkling new hood. For a driver’s car, this is the one I’d pick. What’s more, you can configure this engine on all trims except the base LX. Additionally, you can opt for an all-wheel drive setup too. However, the AWD system needs to be paired with the V6. Getting into the sport mode, or fun mode as I call it, requires pushing down and turning the central dial/ gear selector to the right. Make sure you push it down, otherwise it won’t go anywhere. And less fun will be had.

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When accelerating, there’s a little bit of a throaty gurgle that comes standard out of the twin exhaust pipes around back. It’s a nice sound and one that I enjoyed hearing over and over again. One thing I did notice is that the A pillar did have width to it, so visibility is a little trickier out the front. And with its sloping roofline, visibility out the rear could have been better. Thank goodness for the rearview camera. Along with its new bodywork and insides, there are over 60 standard and available safety features to keep both you and the 200 looking good and in one piece. The 2015 Chrysler 200 will be available in the second quarter of 2014. Visit www.chrysler.ca for more info alexandra.straub@drivewaybc.ca

Confessions of a Curber Memories of my very first truck It’s only been a month, but I can see myself selling cars for a long, long time. I feel like a new man. One evening, I was in line at the superstore. An elderly gentleman saw my shopping cart. I had a new digital tire gauge that I was going to give to my next buyer. Turns out he was looking for a used car as he’d recently given his car to his grandson. He just needed something basic. “This is your lucky day!” I told him. The old fellow was around my father-in-law’s age – close to 80. He walked with a cane and had two ear pieces. I was practically shouting to him. What an easy sale. I decided to give him a ride and show him the car. He went on to tell me about his young granddaughter, too. At any rate, we got to the car – it was a base model with an automatic transmission. “It’s perfect for you, sir!” I exclaimed. He got in and sat at the wheel. His face lit up right away. I could tell that he’d been a car enthusiast in his younger days. “Where’d you get this car, son?” he asked me. “It’s my dad’s old car – he passed away and I

“Somewhere along the line, the rebuilt status was dropped.”

just can’t keep it anymore,” I lied. In reality, I imported the car from Washington. It came with documents that mentioned New York State. The title was clean, so I assumed it was in good condition. I priced the vehicle quite high – well over its value. But he didn’t know, and he didn’t ask any more questions. I told him I had another buyer interested (another lie), and that he had to make a decision right away. With no hesitation, he got a bank draft and I gave him the keys. Like I promised, I threw in the new tire gauge. Marty gave me a wink and slowly drove off. Another foolish customer, I thought. No history report to keep me on my toes. And worse, he needs to get it inspected, registered and insured within 30 days - I didn’t bother. I just got my buddy in Bellingham to help me get it across. That evening, I took out the papers I’d received with the car. I decided to go over them more thoroughly. I guess I was a bit bored. Turns out, the vehicle had been registered in four U.S. states. Somewhere along the line, the rebuild* status was dropped. Probably intentionally. The inspection and ICBC will catch that. And who knows if the odometer is right? At least it’s no longer mine. *Rebuild – A vehicle written off as a total loss by an insurance company, then rebuilt and certified for use. This term does not describe a vehicle that has a new or repaired motor, transmission or other major part. Rebuilds offer savings when repaired well, but a buyer has a right to know it was rebuilt. But this buyer didn’t and Walt walked away with the cash.

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I can remember buying my first truck in 1986 like it was yesterday. It had to be a specific make and model: I was looking for. A Toyota 4x4 pick-up, black in color and it had to be in good shape. I wanted it to be bone stock with as little mileage as It was worth every possible. penny of the $12,000 I I found one in the paper that was on the lot at a dealership put into it. in Surrey. Quickly I called them Ian Harwood to inquire and they said they had a couple of people with deals written up, but it didn’t look like they were going to go through, so if I wanted it I had better get down there right away (Naive at that age to fall for and old trick like this). I had to get a ride from a friend and I remember it was snowing so it was slow getting there. When I arrived it was running and they were anxious for me to drive it. I took it around the block and parked it in a vacant lot, hopped out and started to inspect it. I immediately noticed rust and some body damage. Clearing the snow off inside the truck box, I could see more damage. It looked like someone had dropped a bowling ball into it from about a high ledge. I could smell antifreeze and noticed some oil leaks. I headed back to the dealership disappointed. The salesman was there to greet me. He asked if I had any concerns and I started to point out the obvious. He quickly dismissed them as cosmetic and said do you want to write a deal on it because he has people in the showroom wanting to buy it. I told him I was not interested. On the ride home, I thought how quickly I had to grow up and look at everything as if someone was going to take advantage of me, sad reality. The next day I picked up the latest copy of Truck Trader and spotted the exact make and model I was looking for. I bought the 1983 edition for $9,000 from a family that only used it once a week to drive to Abbotsford and back to Coquitlam for supplies. It was perfect; funny how God puts things in your path and everything works out in the end. A week later I started to work on it. I acquired some used 33 inch tires and installed a 4” lift kit. I drove that truck every night after work to show it off. I washed it so many times I thought the paint was going to come off. A year had past and I purchased many more items for the truck. A major car show was coming up soon and I decided I would put it in the back of the shop and work on it so

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I could enter it into the show. Giving up my truck for a month was tough and I had to make a few sacrifices to get around. My first car show was a hit. I came in second place and I was determined the following year I would be back with something they have never seen before. I poured most of my paychecks into my truck and took it off the road for two months to prepare for its transformation. I called up the owner of Interco Tire and asked about some Supper Swamper tires. He said he had a set of 44x18.5x15 tires in his office that nobody has seen before. At that time the largest they made were 42”. I told him to send them to me I would figure out what I had to do to fit them under the truck. When they came in they looked big. So big I was getting worried. The custom leaf springs came back from the spring shop and I knew my calculations were correct. With all the multiple shocks in place, chassis freshly painted, motor work done, a lower gears installed it was ready for the tires. I cleared away the debris pile that accumulated around my truck. Placed the floor jack under the rear axle and started to jack it up. With the rear tires on and clearing the fenders it was time to move to the front. When I started to lift the front I noticed how high the hood was getting, at that point I knew I had built a monster. With all the tires in place I slowly drove it out of the shop. The sun gleaming down on the freshly polished paint and the smell of paint burning off the exhaust system still sticks in my mind. Outside it looked like a beast; people were slowing down to take a look. The show was a week later and I came home with first place. Mission accomplished. It was worth every penny of the $12,000 I put into it. Then I sold it for $15,500 in 1990 so that I could afford to get married . . . need I say any more? Tell me your truck story and please send pictures. ian.harwood@drivewaybc.ca


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Audi’s sport utility Audi is the fastest growing luxury brand in Canada likely due to excellent styling, impressive interior design and advanced engineering. Audi seems to be hitting the sweet spot The SQ5 is the top in terms of appeal and of the line Q5; it comes design that is the envy of many other luxury with just a few options and makes an already brands. The Q5 has been a cornerstone excellent product oh so of the Audi brand helping couples and much fun families get into an Zack Spencer Audi product but retain the functionality that is needed to move people and cargo around in style. Compact SUVs are growing so quickly in popularity that they might overtake compact cars in sales. The Q5 is sold with a turbocharged 4-cylinder, a turbocharged V6 diesel or two supercharged V6 gasoline models that will rip the tarmac off the road. The SQ5 is the top of the line Q5; it comes with just a few options and makes an already excellent product oh so much fun. Looks When I picked up my test SQ5, something looked different. I quickly realized that the 20-inch wheels had been replaced by 19-inch wheels, fitted with winter tires. The stance of the SQ5 looks so much better with 20-inch wheels or the optional 21-inch

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wheels for just $1,000 more. The SQ5 has a slightly lower ride than the other Q5 models and comes with splash of grey trim inside the front air intakes, side mirrors, rear air diffuser, plus subtle badging. It could be argued that the SQ5 is a little too subtle for the $57,000 starting price. Inside Audi has been referenced as the high point in interior design. I would agree that the latest products have some wonderful materials and design but this SQ5 is starting to show its age a bit. The screen in the dash is on the small side compared to huge screens from BMWs X3 and domestic brands like the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The lower parts of the dash and doors still have hard plastic bits, where BMW does a better job of covering theirs in soft-touch materials. Even on this top model, Audi still charges a whopping $3,200 for navigation and $1,000 for the Bang & Olufson sound system. In this day of navigation-equipped smartphones, the obscene amounts car companies charge for navi-equipped cars will soon end. On the positive side, the SQ5 is fitted with superb seats that are bolstered perfectly and covered in ultra-soft leather. The seating position is first rate as is outward visibility, cargo space and rear seat room. Drive The base Q5 is fitted with a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder with 220hp. This model is a nice balance of fuel economy and driving pleasure. The SQ5 comes with a supercharged 3.0L V6 with a heart stopping 347hp. The base car will take a run to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds, the SQ5 in just 5.3 seconds, almost a full 2 seconds quicker. What is the most impressive

Nearly new: Ford bounced back into the Canadian small car market in a big way with the return of Fiesta for the 2011 model year. Sleek, modern styling lines, Good looking and peppy performance, great fun to drive, the Ford fuel econoFiesta is a miserly my and an fuel user. attractive price made the new Bob McHugh Fiesta was a hit straight out of the gate. Ford claimed it set new industry benchmarks in small car safety and in-car media connectivity. Although it has strong European roots, the North American version of Fiesta is made in Mexico. It comes in a five-door hatchback body style plus a fourdoor sedan, which was not sold in Europe. The 2011 Fiesta also came in S, SE, SEL and SES trim levels. Power comes from a Ti-VCT 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with twin variable camshaft timing that can provide up to 120 horsepower and peek torque is 112 ft-lb at 5000 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.9 L/100 km in the city and 5.1 L/100 km on the highway (which is about 56 mpg) with

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The Audi Q5 has a lot more going for it than just a sleek design. part of the SQ5 is just how good it is to drive in any situation, thanks to the standard Audi Drive Select system. Being able to change the sensitivity of the steering, throttle response, transmission changes and even the sound of the engine, makes this SQ5 a pleasure in stop and go driving or full throttle passing on the highway. I found the comfort setting to be best in the city and the dynamic setting for open road cruising. The ride is firm and very responsive without being too choppy and combined with the potent engine can be placed into corners and is sucked to the pavement thanks to a sophisticated Quattro AWD system.

Verdict The Q5 is a solid choice for anyone looking for a premium compact SUV. The base 4-cylinder model starts at $40,900 and is the best seller. This SQ5 is the powerhouse version and does everything so well, point it where you want to go and it will get the driver there with a smile on their face. What might be the best of both worlds in the 3.0L turbocharged diesel Q5 with 428 lb.-ft. of thunderous torque that makes it very quick, but also more fuel-efficient, or the detuned 3.0L supercharged V6 with 272hp. zack.spencer@drivewaybc.ca

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the optional automatic. Some extra (passing) power would be nice at higher speeds, but there’s no problem getting a Fiesta up to a freeway cruising speed. It’s surprisingly quick off its mark from a standing start and the mid-range power available is also impressive, for a small engine. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual but the optional PowerShift sixspeed automatic was a completely new (direct-shift) high-efficiency unit. Fundamentally, it is two manual transmissions inside one gearbox with shifts that are Bob Mchugh electronically activated using a dual-clutch The Ford Fiesta is a good choice for fuel efficiency. feature, similar to the Audi/VW DSG did include an integrated driver’s seat armknee airbag helps prevent leg injuries and transmission. rest on SE, SEL and SES trim levels. Remote better positions the driver to survive a seriInside, the centre dash layout (audio start and keypad entry also became new ous frontal impact. It’s also constructed to etc.) was cell phone inspired, with an eye options on SE, SEL and SES. The top SEL comply with European pedestrian (impact) to attracting younger buyers. SES and and SES trim levels were replaced with a safety requirements. Electronic stability SEL trim levels also come with steercontrol and anti-lock brakes came standard new Titanium trim package for 2013. ing wheel-mounted audio controls, a Both sedan and hatchback versions of on all trim levels, which is unusual in an multi-function info screen and a unique Fiesta got “Top Safety Pick” ratings based ultra cost-conscious market segment. ambient lighting system allows drivers of crash test results done by the IIHS (InsurA tilt and telescopic steering wheel is anto choose between seven interior accent ance Institute for Highway Safety). On the other unexpected standard on all versions lighting colors. down side, Consumer Reports rated Fiesta of Fiesta. The electric-assist steering system Rear legroom is limited, like most in this “below average” for reliability. The most has progressively firmer feel as vehicle class, and the seat is a 60/40 split-fold troublesome areas appear to be power speed increases. It also incorporates ‘pulldesign. Nothing clever here, the seatbacks and audio equipment and the transmission drift compensation’ feature to help the simply flop forward on top of the seat cush- Fiesta track straighter in strong side winds (some software glitches/automatic). ion and allow more cargo space, it’s more a and another feature, called ‘active nibble Good looking and fun to drive, Ford Fiesta more useful feature in the hatchback. is a miserly fuel user and small car with a control,’ dampens wheel/road vibrations at Fiesta comes with seven standard airbags, lot to offer. the steering wheel. one more than the norm. The extra driver’s bob.mchugh@drivewaybc.ca While changes for 2012 were minor, they

Driveway team warms to Spring Thaw event By Nigel Matthews The Hagerty Spring Thaw is a budget-minded driving adventure through British Columbia for pre-1979 touring and sportscars. And that was all cost conscious Driveway editor Keith Morgan needed to know to take part in this un-scored, non-competitive event, which takes place next month entire-

ly within the province of British Columbia. “I spend the entire year driving new cars so this seemed like a fun way to spend some fun time in a classic,” Morgan explained. “My old friend George Holt, from Gabriola Island, has a rather fine 1954 Jaguar XK120 roadster so I’m going to ‘nagivate’ for him. Yes, knowing George I will be doing more

‘nag’ than ‘nav’!” The drive starts on Friday, April 25, in Squamish and finishes in Hope, on Sunday, April 27. To ensure an “adventure”, the route will remain secret until competitors receive their entry packages at registration. Way-finding instructions will be detailed and clear, and will not require any

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calculations or rally knowledge. The event consists of 100 percent paved roads, with some mountainous terrain, and driving is scheduled during daylight hours. Car wash facilities are available at each overnight stop. The Morgan and Holt Driveway team will photograph the event and their journey along the spectacular 1,200km route.

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Shining a day light

Brian Burnet, of Coldsream, writes: “What drives me crazy are the number of late model cars and trucks without operating Daytime Running Lights, as required by Canadian law. The reason to have them is for visibility. I would like to see road checks by police. What drives-u-crazy? kmorgan@blackpress.ca


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Spectrum gets a taste of Broadway By Martina Perry PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Big dreams, big city. Spectrum City Dance students got to see what the heart of the American theatre industry has to offer during a trip to New York City earlier this month. Ten dancers between the ages of 11 and 17 trained at a Broadway dance studio and got to see a number of Broadway performances while they were in the Big Apple. “It was such a positive experience,” said Ella Ferland, Spectrum City Dance owner and teacher, who was one of the chaperones of the trip. “The purpose of the trip was to broaden horizons and let students know they’re part of a larger world.” Each day of the trip students attended musical theatre workshops

and participated in daily vocal training sessions at Steps on Broadway, the largest dance studio in NYC. The Prince Rupert dancers also participated in daily technique classes for ballet, jazz, lyrical or tap, learning from some of the studio’s highly-trained faculty. The dancers also met up with Calen Kurka, a former Rupertite who used to train at Spectrum City Dance. Kurka is now the executive/artistic director of “:pushing progress” in New York City, which Ferland said was a good motivator for the young dancers. “It was exceptionally encouraging for the kids because they got to talk to somebody from our small town who’s made it in New York and is working in the field that they all love. He talked to them about having a dream and holding onto it and the discipline that takes,” she said.

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The 2014 Dancers on Broadway prepare at Steps on Broadway Studio.

“It just happened that one of his groups was part of a performance on Saturday night, so we went to his rehearsal ... that was an awesome experience on its own.” Aside from honing their dancing skills, the group attended Broadway

Productions including Matilda, Pippin and Newsies, went on a New York City bus tour and visited the American Museum of Natural History. Spectrum dancers returned to Prince Rupert on March 22.

Festival success

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Then - North Pacific Cannery was established in 1889 by John Carthew who

Dance Academy of Prince Rupert students, from left, Jyllian Lussier as Snow White, Lola Clouthier as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Samantha Budnisky as a minorette all competed in the demi character category at the Pacific Northwest Music Festival in Terrace. Lussier and Clouthier came first and Budnisky got second.

constructed the original canning building with a crew of 12 men. Outside the main building was a working dock that received goods, cargo, labourers, and fish during the canning season. North Pacific Cannery processed salmon continuously from 1889-1968, making it the oldest intact salmon cannery on the west coast of North America with the longest running canning operation.

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