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Recycling contract leads to layoffs By Ryan Jensen

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Add the Smithers and Area Recycling Society to the long list of organizations that are upset with the way Multi Material BC is handling the roll-out of curbside recycling in communities across the province. At the regular Town of Smithers council meeting on March 25, society members Earnie Harding and Art Mortensen made a presentation and said under the MMBC contract, the group’s facility on Tatlow

Road and their equipment will go to waste, and 10 of their 12 staff will have to be laid off. Harding and Mortenson expressed frustration with council over the signing of the contract and the fact their group wasn’t successful in becoming the post-collection facility for the Bulkley Valley. “We’ve established the largest single employment base for special needs people in the northwest,” Harding said. “They’re involved in sorting, shredding, pick-up services

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and loading the recyclables. “Everything we worked for over the last 12 years is gone. The opportunity to expand and create more jobs is gone. It’s gone.” When the town signed on with MMBC, the organization would

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only say the postcollection facility would be located within 60 kilometres of Smithers. Groups had to apply to become the MMBCapproved site. At the meeting, Harding admitted the Smithers and Area Recycling Society submitted their

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application two days too late to become the area’s post-collection facility and was ultimately not selected by MMBC to provide the service. Harding said they are in talks to secure a contract from another business to collect and ship the recycling materials but as a single-stream recycling program, all that is required is collection. The Smithers and Area Recycling Society provides employment opportunities to adult with developmental disabilities and employs about , paying out more than

$80,000 in wages. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said he was taken aback by the tone of the group’s presentation. “This is coming a little bit out of left field for us, it certainly is for me,” Bachrach said. “I’m quite surprised because this is a council that has prided itself on keeping the community informed about what’s going on. We’ve been talking about this for months. I was under the impression that you folks knew what we were considering. See MMBC on A9




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After years of neglect, the Smithers Mall is being renovated. The project will be completed this fall.

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The Smithers Mall is getting a facelift. Last week, Smithers town council approved a proposal by Proline Properties to begin work on an extensive

renovation that will see the creation of new retail spaces. Mark’s Work Wearhouse and Sport Chek have signed on as new tenants, joining BC Liquor Store and Scotiabank. “Once completed, the new Smithers Mall will be a revitalization to a shopping centre that was once an

important part of the town of Smithers,” Proline Properties’ Adam Battistelli and Dixon Chow said in a press release. “We are very excited to bring you the new Smithers Mall and look forward to working with community stakeholders to deliver a project that the entire town of

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Town of Smithers increasing fines By Ryan Jensen Smithers/Interior News

Traffic fines are going up in the Town of Smithers. At the regular council meeting on March 25, the first three readings of a bylaw to increase traffic fines was passed. “The amounts currently being charged by the Town of Smithers do not offset

the cost of conducting regular patrols,” said prevention and community safety officer Matt Davey in a March 18 report to councillors. Davey said he found the base ticket amounts in northwest communities varies greatly. Tickets in Terrace start at $100 and in Prince Rupert it’s $35. The purpose of the

bylaw, explained Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach, is to bring the fine amounts up to date. The current fine amounts were set in 1985. “We’re in a situation now where the size of the fines don’t even really justify going out there,” Bachrach said. “The staff report showed our fines are miniscule when compared to other communities. It’s trying

to update the bylaw and modernize the fine structure.” Under the new fee structure, tickets will start at $25, up from $10, for payment within 24 hours of receipt. If a ticket is paid within seven days, it will cost $40, up from $15. No public hearing is required before the bylaw goes up for adoption at the April 8 council meeting.

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The Town of Smithers and the Village of Telkwa are hosting their 2014 budget open house meetings. In Smithers, the

public discussion on the 2014-2018 FiveYear Financial Plan goes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 8 in council chambers. Each councillor will speak on a component of the budget and

there will be a question and answer period. The Village of Telkwa has also been hosting a series of Committee of the Whole meetings in the lead-up to their

annual budget meeting which will take place at 6 p.m. on April 14, before the regularly scheduled village council meeting. Residents are encouraged to come out and voice their

opinions to help form policy. For more information, call the Town of Smithers at 250-847-1600 or the Village of Telkwa at 250-846-5212, or visit their websites.


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Event details Saturday April 12th Telkwa Mayor and Council celebrate National Volunteer Week, 11:30 Mayor’s ribbon cutting of our successful district heating system at our Hankin Corner/municipal office building 1415 Hankin Avenue 12:00 - 2:00 free BBQ lunch served at Community Hall, 1:00 performance inside hall by the Ewk Hiya Hozdli Witsit Wini Dance Group. District heating system tours will be occurring throughout day – 1130 – 2, for the public.

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

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Child development centre moving By Ryan Jensen Smithers/Interior News

The Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre continues its evolution. After 15 years in their current location just outside of Smithers on Poplar Rd., the BVCDC now has its building up for sale and is near to completing the purchase of a new one within town limits. The BVCDC also operates a leased office on Fourth Ave. The new location will allow the BVCDC to consolidate its services into one building, said executive director Kerri Kluss. The timing is right for the move, Kluss said, as some of their programs have outgrown the spaces they have for them. “The numbers in our drop-in programs have increased significantly and so have the play groups. This is the time to move forward and find another location where we can be more accessible and have all of our services under one roof,” she said. “We found, sometimes, this was an isolated location. It was great 15 years ago because at that time we had transportation that could pick up families and children. Now, it’s become more of an office space and a place for different clinical

appointments.” Tiffany Houle, whose youngest child has special needs, was involved with the BVCDC as a parent and now sits as a board member. She knows first hand how vital the organization is to children and families in the Bulkley Valley. “[The BVCDC] was my whole world for five years,” Houle said. “These people have become really good friends and they’ve helped my child so much. They’re lifesavers.” Houle said she is thrilled the BVCDC’s services will now be more accessible to the people who need them. “I think the move will have a really positive effect,” she said. “It was nice to go out to the country, let your hair down but you can be a little isolated sometimes when you have a child with special needs. It will be nice to be able to stay in town and get the same great services.” The current building was purchased through the assistance of a number of individuals and community groups, like the Smithers’ Lions Club, Kluss said. Without that support, the organization would not be where it is today, she said, and in the position it is where it can look at expanding

their facility and services. “We’ve been able to use this building as an investment to move us to the next stage of development,” said Kluss. “We’re excited about the possibilities.” The BVCDC covers the area from Topley up to Kitwanga. They see more than 450 children, youth and families on a yearly basis. The building’s listing agent Leo Lubbers, with Remax Bulkley Valley, said he has already had some interest in the building. It’s listed for $559,000 and is 5,380 square feet on just more than an acre. “We’ve had a couple of calls,” Lubbers said. “It could be someone who wanted to use it for a residential purpose or it could appeal to anyone who has crews in the area,” Lubbers said “It’s a pretty nice facility—it has bedrooms, offices, a meeting area, a common kitchen and a big lounge area. It’s always been a desirable thing to have a large building like that in a rural area.” The BVCDC is now working on a fundraising campaign strategy to raise funds to assist with the purchase of a new building and to complete renovations. Kluss said they hope to be in the new building by late fall.

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Brown Bag Lunch Thursday, April 3 at noon at the Healthy Living Centre features Alice Christensen, RN talking about the “New Colon Screening Program.” Beginner Bridge Lessons offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings in April, starting Thursday, April 3, at Smithers Sec. School. The ABC Bookmobile at the Seventh Day Adventist Church Parking Lot on the corner of King St. & 4th Ave., Thursday, April 3, 5-6 p.m. Selling Christian books, music, vegetarian food supplies. Coffee House at Round Lake Hall Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Adam Gagnon, Keith Cummings, Ransome E. Slaughter, Peter Dawson, Elli Scott. $5 at the door. Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society AGM Monday, April 7, 7-9 p.m. in the Creekside Meeting Room at the Aspen Inn. Various projects and developments and looking for new executive members. Taize Style Prayer Service Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-7:15 p.m. at the Smithers United Church. Simple sung prayers, scripture readings and extended periods of silent meditation. Family Fun Movie Night at the BV Pool Friday, April 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Extended swim time, extra pool toys and space to play. Bring extra floaties to sit on while you watch Up.

Smithers Rodeo Club’s Spring Dance, Saturday, April 12 at Evelyn Hall. Tickets, $15 at BV Insurance & Smithers Feed Store. Music by Dueces Wild. Talent Auction Fundraiser Saturday, April 12 at Smithers Canadian Reformed Church Fellowship Hall. Fun Wild West-themed night. Please dress accordingly. See items on the blog: Campfire Songs Sunday, April 13, 2-4 p.m. Round Lake Community Hall with Dave Conway and friends, Four Strong Winds, Farewell to Nova Scotia, Tom Dooley...and more! Call Judy van der Meulen at 250-846-5296. Smithers Film Society presents The Past, Sunday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. A finely crafted drama that anatomizes clotted and complex relationships. Standard admission. Ground to Griddle Neighbourhood Kitchen Tuesday, April 22 & June 17, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at St. James Anglican Church Kitchen. Community kitchen sharing and learning cooking skills, cultures, and local food producers. Round Lake Dinner and Dance East Indian buffet by Quick Eats. Refreshments served. Two bands, Shaggy Manes, Six Feet Over. Tickets $30/person at Speedee Interior Stationery, Mountain Eagle Books and Betsy at B.V. Home Centre. Limited number of tickets!

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Telkwa showing off biomass system By Marisca Bakker Smithers/Interior News

The Village of Telkwa’s new biomass heating system has proven its worth after a successful first winter season. The wood waste to green heat system has kept the municipal building, nearby residences, a business and Telkwa Elementary School warm this winter. The state-of-theart system has been up and running since November of last year. Scott Beck, engineering Scott Beck shows Mayor Carman Graf the system running smoothly. Marisca Bakker photo technologist for the village, said it has improved energy cost about $644,000 by around 40 per cent first municipality efficiency and reduced to install, along with a year, and will collect in Canada to heat carbon dioxide upgrades to the village added revenue from its municipal office emissions by almost office’s insulation and selling the heat to the building with a 10 tonnes this year. exterior walls. other users. biomass heating The However, that Exactly how much system of this size. environmentallymoney came from money comes in won’t Mayor Carman friendly initiative also a federal grant. The be known until next Graf said he is pleased saves Telkwa taxpayers villageCredit can expect year. with how all came Bulkley Valley Unionto Julyit2007 a lot of money. It EPS Logos cut their heatings bills Telkwa is the together. to be supplied to Newspapers Pantone colours:

“I’m extremely proud of the initiative our council and staff took, it was quite outstanding,” he said. “We took a pretty dilapidated old building and got a pretty substantial grant to retrofit it. It’s now probably one of the greenest buildings in the Bulkley Valley.” To show off the renovated building, the Village of Telkwa is hosting an open house on April 12. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Hankin corner building. A BBQ will take place afterwards, from 12-2 p.m., at the community hall for Volunteer Appreciation Day. Tours of the heating system will be given, along with other activities scheduled for the afternoon. There’s no cost to attend.

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Liberals have no mandate for farmland protection


he BC Liberals introduced legislation last week that will drastically reduce protection for farmland in Stikine and the north. The Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act raises the issue of trust in the current government. Already in this legislative sitting, BC Liberals used their majority to ram through Bill 4, which gives the environment minister the discretion to open up our provincial

parks to industrial feasibility studies like geotechnical drilling for pipelines. Now the farmland changes mean the Agricultural Land Reserve is being split into two zones with different levels of protection. Zone 2 includes 90 per cent of the ALR and covers the North, Interior and Kootenay areas of the province. Non-farming activities on those lands will have a higher priority of getting approved. In Zone 1, the Fraser Valley, Okanagan and

Vancouver Island, the status quo will remain, meaning agriculture use is the highest priority. Under this legislation, 4.5 of the 5 per cent of land in the province that is under the ALR could open up for development other than agriculture (“other prescribed considerations” is the wording). Cabinet minister Bill Bennett said they are doing this for farmers. Did they consult with farmers across B.C. before making these changes? No. Did they hold any public consultations?

GUEST VIEW Doug Donaldson No. Did they say changes to the ALR were on their agenda before the May election? No. So now we have provincial parkland

that can be subject to research activities for pipelines, roads, transmission lines, and this current legislation will open up farmland in the north for these types of nonagriculture uses as well. Contempt the BC Liberals have for the ALR was demonstrated by agriculture minister Pat Pimm last summer. The Agricultural Land Commission, the body in charge of ALR, admonished Pimm for “inappropriate” representations in

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trying to get 70 acres of farmland removed from the reserve for a rodeo ground and parking lot in his constituency. The project got built even though the ALC hasn’t approved the removal of the land. ALC chair Richard Bolluck said at the time the commission doesn’t have the resources to do “everything were being asked to do” as far as oversight on all the farmland in BC. That was before this legislation. You can expect things to get much worse if the BC

Liberals push these changes through. There is an existing process for farmland owners to apply to the ALC to have land removed from the ALR for non-farm use. If that process isn’t working well, then look at improving it. Instead, the BC Liberals went for this wholesale makeover without any prior notice of intent or consultation. That isn’t the way for good government to work. Makes you wonder what the BC Liberals are up to.


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ARENA PROGRESS The walls are almost up on the exterior of the new arena. For a weekly progress report, check the next edition of The Interior News.

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Move toward the light, Tom Editor: I do not normally waste time reading Tom Fletcher’s “Guest View.” Long familiarity with The Interior News has taught me that he is dependably inaccurate, elitist and endlessly negative. Alas, the header “Green Machine” sucked me into his March 19 rant, which basically turned out to be an espousal of federal minister Joe Oliver’s environmental conspiracy theory, also known as any Canadian citizen who questions the federal Conservatives oil-based, corporation-controlled agenda, if not actually an enemy of the state, is for sure either an American millionaire radical environmentalist (cleverly disguised as your long-time neighbour at the Bike Swap) or at best funded/duped by some American-millionaire-radicalenvironmentalist. In a province where as much as 50 per cent of the populace is strongly opposed to the whole


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Northern Gateway project, this level of conspiracy paranoia would appear to be of truly Stalinist proportions. To prove his point, Mr. Fletcher daringly “exposed” a list of those attending an entirely open, annual conference in Victoria. In the interests of balanced journalism he might perhaps have listed the domestic and international oil And LNG lobbyists in Victoria and Ottawa. I concede that such a list would render his article too long to print. How about a shocking exposé on


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T HE E DITOR how many millions Enbridge has squandered on propaganda in our province, magically eliminating troublesome coastline or full page advertisements in our newspapers, featuring Janet Holder’s smiling face and trials in poetry? This is a Columnist who is well-paid to bark scurrilous drivel at us but if he really believes his own petty, rancorous tirades, one can only feel sorry for him. You don’t have to be dead to move toward the light, Tom. Alicen Keamarden Smithers


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Proud of Douglas Channel Watch Editor: So far I have not been a member of an environmental group, but last week I signed up with Kitimat’s Douglas Channel Watch. It’s not a group of radical treehuggers but a collection of concerned long-time community volunteers who sincerely believe that saying no to Enbridge is worth their time and struggles. I have heard so many wellresearched and reasoned points

from the dedicated and sincere members of Douglas Channel Watch that I am proud to identify with this group. The love of our community and the amazing pristine wilderness and waters surrounding us motivate Douglas Channel Watch to spend hours of their free time in the battle for the environment. I am motivated by my northern values to work hard to protect the unique habitat of the B.C. coast and to stand united with the coastal First Nations in the pursuit of sustainable long-term jobs and development. No pipelines, no tankers, no problem. Please vote No to the plebiscite question. FACT: a very large crude carrier coming into the narrow Douglas Channel carries almost half the oil (2.2 million barrels) that was released into the Gulf of Mexico from the broken Maconda well (4.9 million barrels due to human error!) Patricia Lange Kitimat

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BC Innovation Council Venture Acceleration Program Comes to Smithers The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) and the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association (BVEDA) have teamed up to bring the Venture Acceleration Program to Smithers. The Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) is a paid structured venture growth program designed to guide, coach and grow ambitious early‐stage technology entrepreneurs and effectively grow their technology ventures. The Venture Acceleration Program helps entrepreneurs accelerate the process of defining a proven business model based on a set methodology and set of best practices for growing technology companies. The technological innovations aren’t limited to software innovations. The technological innovation can be in any field such as the natural resources sector. The goal of the program is to drive economic development and job creation in the province of BC by accelerating the commercialization of technology, resulting in the rapid growth of technology ventures. The Venture Acceleration Program is delivered by a team of Executives in Residence (EiRs) and supported by a province‐wide network of mentors through the BCIC Mentor Program. Together, they make up the BC Acceleration Network, an alliance of regional partners, EiRs and executive-level mentors.

The 31-unit seniors’ housing development, Ptarmigan Meadows, received the go-ahead from Smithers town council last week.

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Spring set to be a busy construction season By Ryan Jensen Smithers/Interior News

Some major construction projects will be starting soon. At the regular March 25 Town of Smithers council meeting, three development projects received the go ahead from councillors. One development is a 31-unit seniors’ housing complex called Ptarmigan Meadows located just behind the Smithers Mall on Princess Crescent. Another is an office building at 3875 Broadway Ave. that will be the new home of the displaced Perry and Co. Law Firm Office. And, as detailed on Page 2, the

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Smithers Mall is finally receiving a much-needed facelift after years of the building sitting nearly empty. “There are a huge number of projects this spring that are all coming to fruition which is great to see, some new construction,” said Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach. “The mall project, the adult housing unit and the new office building that we approved tonight

so it’s going to be a busy spring—with the arena as well. Things are really happening.” The new Perry and Co. location allows the business more room, said lawyer and partner Sean Rowell. The office is going from about 4,000 square feet to nearly 6,000, he said. “We had one lot on Main Street and now we have a number of lots we can build on so we can get a much nicer building,” said Rowell. “We’re

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working towards [starting construction this spring] but we have a number of steps to get through first.” The law company’s previous building on Main St. was torn down this fall after being destroyed in the August fire that also consumed the building housing Hometown Furniture. After the fire, the law firm moved into the old Boston Pizza space, and now into an office on Third Ave. “It’s been an interesting year, to be sure,” Rowell said. “Our clients have been excellent in being patient with us. There’s a lot of organization and time that has to go into moving a law office.”

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Union workers set for strike vote By Ryan Jensen Smithers/Interior News

About 160 Smithers members of the Hospital Employees’ Union and the BC Government Employees’ Union are set to take a strike vote in a bid to end their contract stalemate with the province. One of the main sticking points in the negotiation is the contracting out of union member jobs, said Bonnie Pearson, Facilities Bargaining Association chief negotiator. “Health employers’ demands for more contracting out will cause uncertainty and instability in our hospitals, care facilities and in the community,” Pearson said in a HEU news release, adding the move would open up health care for further

privatization. The Facilities Bargaining Association represents 11 unions and about 47,000 employees across B.C. The Hospital Employees’ Union represents about 85 per cent of those employees. A strike vote will be scheduled in the next few days, said Mike Old, HEU communications director, and will not take place before mid-April. There are about 70 HEU members employed at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital and 90 BCGEU members working at the Bulkley Lodge. Their roles are varied and include ambulance paramedics, maintenance workers, administrative and cleaning staff and IT specialists. The current collective agreement expires March 31.

Smithers recycling society frustrated From LAYOFFS on Front “The fact that recycling as we know it is being turned on its head is certainly not the doing of this council. That’s been a direction from the provincial government and from Multi Material BC. Our hope from the beginning was that whatever we did as council would complement and support what your organization is doing.” “You know that we kicked up a fuss about the way the program was being rolled out as did communities all across British Columbia but we weren’t really successful in changing the shape of the program.”

Councillor Phil Brienesse said he was also confused because members of the Smithers and Area Recycling Society were involved throughout the process and never before expressed concerns. “Your organization missed the deadline to become the postcollection facility and you’re expressing frustration with this council that you didn’t get a contract,” Brienesse said. “It’s hard for me to understand why, at the eleventh hour, we have this frustration from you.” Late last year, the Town of Smithers agreed to sign a contract with MMBC to begin a curbside recycling service this May. Garbage collection is being

reduced to once every two weeks, with recyclables being picked up in between. Because MMBC is providing funding for communities on a per capita basis, any additional costs for running the program in Smithers will be offset and residents will not see an increase in property taxes linked to the new curbside recycling service. The Village of Telkwa, who has been providing the service for the last three years, also signed on with MMBC. The curbside recycling service begins May 19. A special meeting between the Town of Smithers and the Smithers and Area Recycling Society has been set up on April 8 at 5 p.m. to discuss the matter further.




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has been tabulated. Fun race (closest guessed time) 1) ZZ Boomers (Norma Stokes, Dick Eastmure, George Stokes): .20 seconds 2) Wildu (Tyler Wilson, Andre Dube, Elise Dube): .23 seconds 3) We Go This! (Patrick Dunbar, Trent Schibili, Jeff Hume): .38 4) Queen of the Mountain (Jayson Chaplin, Greg Graham, Ryan Holmes): .66 5) Team Fan-TuckingFast-ic (Jeremy Roscoe, Erin Hall, Larua Bakermans: .81 Team race times: 1) Schuss Boomer Dream Team 2) The Meat 3) Blown to Smithereens Individual best times (all age groups) Need for speed (women’s): 1) Claire Challen: 130.93, 2) Erin Holtzman: 1:33.45, 3) Heidi Westfall: 1:37.9, 4) Chantel Wickson: 1:39.57, 5) Janet Wilson: 1:54.25 Need for speed (men’s): 1) Philippe Bernier: 1:26.42, 2) Gary Huxtable: 126.5, 3) Jeff Hume: 1:27.14, 4) Cormac Hikisch: 1:28.21, 5) Peter Krause: 1:30.01 U14 boys: 1) Kalum Huxtable: 1:37.98, 2) Liam Buchanan: 1:44.8, 3) Liam Huxtable: 1:47.82 15-19 boys: 1) Andres Person: 1.30.69 U14 girls: 1) Chantel Wickson: 1:39.57, 2) Kallien Smale: 1:59.9, 3) Clara Marko: 2:42.47.

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The Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club hosted the 30th annual Schuss Boomer downhill race over the weekend. “It went really well,” organizer Heidi Westfall said. “Everyone had successful races, we had a great auction and we had lots of participants. Everyone had a fantastic time.” Thirty-one teams totalling just under 100 skiers and snowboarders took to the Twinkle Toes run at the top of the Skyline chairlift in an attempt to win a myriad of prizes. As always, the majority of riders dressed in costume and placed the emphasis on fun over competition, though there were a few out to settle some old scores. “There are a lot of long time rivalries,” Westfall said. “Most of us have been skiing against each other for the better part of 25 years. There are lots of friendly family rivalries. It shows that this is a sport that you can do for your entire life.” But the majority were there for the camaraderie and the fun. “I’m here to enjoy myself,” Schuss Boomer veteran Debi Smith said, of the Powder Dyers. “This year everyone has gone

Skiers and snowboarders dressed up in their best costumes on Saturday afternoon to compete in the 30th annual Schuss Boomer downhill race.

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to town with their costumes, there’s been a lot of effort put in.” The big prize was awarded to the team that, after their first run, guessed the closest total time on their second run. The ZZ Boomers won the competition and six Central Mountain Air tickets, with a guess that was just .20 seconds off

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their total time. The Schuss Boomer Dream Team took home first place in the fastest team event, while Claire Challen finished as the fastest women’s skier and Phillipe Bernier was the fastest male skier. Elise Dube, David Anthony and Brady Stokes had the fastest snowboard times.

After each team finished their second run, the teams retreated to the lodge for dinner, drinks and prizes. Westfall, who has been organizing the event for years, was thankful for the support she received putting the event together. “As usual, the town of Smithers turned out to support the race.

It’s a great testament to the ski club, the ski community and the community at large. We had great volunteers and the race course was packed. It helps our club gain exposure and it’s an event that no other club in B.C. or Canada can boast.” There was also a silent and live auction after the completion of Box 5266 Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0

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Kate Woods and Gabriel Price wrapped up their junior careers in style, taking home two medals from Canadian Nationals last week in Newfoundland. Both went in hoping to medal, but faced an uphill battle after they each got off to a rocky start. The weather didn’t help. Strong winds and rain provided slushy conditions that made it difficult for the skiers to find the right set up. “There were challenging waxing conditions,” Woods said. “And skiing on slushy snow isn’t something I’m used to. You have to change your technique, but I wasn’t able to change mine enough.” Woods placed 22nd in her first race, the 7.5 km classic. “It was definitely one of my weaker events, and last year I finished top-10 in every event, so I was a bit disappointed.” Two days later, Woods was back at it in the 10 km skate. She placed 10th, but, again, the conditions weren’t ideal.” “People were saying there were 100 km winds,” Woods said. “It didn’t get that bad on the track, but it was definitely windy.” In her third race, Woods qualified for the finals in the 1.2 km sprint, but got tangled up with another skier and placed 18th. Woods saved her best for the last race of her junior career, the 7.5 km mass start. The 50 plus racers stayed close together for the first half of the race, but at the beginning of the third lap a pack of five shot out from the main group. Woods stuck with them. One girl moved far ahead of the pack. With silver in her sights, Woods made her move and separated from the remaining three in the lead group. She cruised to a second place finish, the first national podium finish of her career. “I was so excited

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afterwards,” Woods said. “I couldn’t believe it.” Her teammate’s week followed a similar trajectory. Price was looking to build upon a fourth place finish at nationals two years ago. “I was definitely hoping I would get a medal,” Price said. “When I went to Quebec I was pretty stoked about finishing fourth and I wanted to see if I could do better than that.” In his first race of the week, Price finished 14th, while battling difficult conditions. “It went okay. It was raining sideways, and that made conditions really tricky.” Two days later, Price moved up three spots to 11th in the 7.5 km skate. The following day, he failed to qualify for the 1 km sprint. With the week of competition winding down, Price had only one chance left to get on the podium. “I just decided that I was going to go for it in the final race and give it everything I had.” The 15 km mass start provided him with the chance. He started two rows back, but managed to break free of the main pack and get into the lead group.

Throughout, Price continued to stay out front as skier after skier fell off the pace and by the third lap he was all alone in third place. “I was just trying to stay ahead of the guy behind. Eventually I had a look around and there wasn’t anybody around.” Price maintained his lead the rest of the way, crossing the finish line in third place. “It was a great way to end the season, for sure. I was really happy.” Both skiers were quick to credit their coaches and the local cross country club for their success. “I just want to thank all the coaches, the track setters and everyone else at the club” Price said. “It’s been a really good experience.” “It’s been a lot of fun,” Woods echoed. “Chris and my dad and all of the coaches have been great.” Price will head to the University of Victoria next fall after graduating Smithers Secondary this year. He’s planning on trying out for the university soccer team, but that might be it for his competitive cross country career. “I think I’ll continue to do it, but just for fun. Maybe hit up

some of the local races.” As for Woods, she is either planning on going to university next

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Club set to Shred the North

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The film Northern Grease features Smithers’ environmentalists.

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Beyond Boarding here By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

The Beyond Boarding organization is coming to Smithers to screen two feature length documentaries on April 6 at the Della Herman Theatre. The films feature footage of B.C. born Dave MacKinnon and Tamo Campos, who are trying to bridge the gap between adventure sports, and environmentalism Their first film, Beyond Boarding, took them to Peru, where they saw, the effects of climate change on a small village in the Amazon. “The locals were describing how

conditions were getting worse every year, and we had this revelation that many of their problems were derived from climate change,” Beyond Boarding’s Desiree Wallace said. “We came back home and starting looking into our own back year.” The second film, Northern Grease, has a more local flavour. Last year the Beyond Boarding group retrofitted a bus to use vegetable oil as fuel and drove it around B.C. and Alberta, to various environmentally sensitive areas. They exposed some of the major climate change issues facing western Canada and explored solutions. The film features

locals like the Egenolf family, and the owners of Dawn to Dusk, who power their homes and businesses with solar power. Though currently there is a tenuous connection between adventure sports and environmentalism, Wallace hopes that the films will bring the demographics together. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re just trying to create an avenue to engage new folks on important issues like environmentalism.” The film will also air in Hazelton on April 1 and across the northwest over the coming weeks. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

All 15 of the riders from the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club found themselves on the podium at Tabor Mountain two weeks ago, but for their head coach Jan Wengelin, the results were secondary to the bigger picture. “I see 20 people down there, parents gate-keeping and acting as referees, that’s what stands out to me. The cohesiveness and the work ethic put in by Kaillian Smale gets some air during the skicross event at Tabor the volunteers and the Mountain. parents, without them we couldn’t do it.” Contributed photo The team also rented a cabin on the prepared and he skis Saturday with their snowboard: 1) mountain for their stay. really well,” Wengelin second annual Shred Luke Pali, 2) Toan “It was a fantastic said. the North snowcross Krauskopf event and a fantastic “He’s put in a lot of event. With many skiers Girls 12 and under time. We all waxed our work and deserves the from around the north snowboard: skis and snowboards success.” already in town, the 2) Kaitlyn Peterson, 3) together, cooked Oliemans is currently Shred the North event Megan Fraser together, and everyone down in the Lower could turn into one of Girls ski, 13 and over: came to me and said Mainland, competing the biggest open events 1) Chantal Wickson, 2) what a fun weekend in the Keurig Cup. in the province. Kaillian Smale they had. That’s what a Rather than “We are hoping for Boys ski, 10 and under: Thorncliffe Park Drive their usual Docket: 23302 ski club is all 115 about.” holding between 90 and 120 1) Darcy Fraser, 2) Toronto Ontario - JWT On the course, skier BC Alpine race this Client: 247 participants,” Wengelin Calev Smale, 3) Parker M4H 1M1 Job Name: Participation Ads Jason Oliemans coming weekend, the said. Nassichuk Tel stole 416•696•2853 Production Contact: Lara Vanderheide the show, with his first Ski and Snowboard “If we get those Boys 16 and under: place finish in the Men’s Club has moved it to numbers, that would be 3) Kalum Huxtable 16 and over event. the April 12 weekend. B:5.8125” huge.” Men’s 16 and over: “He always goes in They’ll combine the Tabor results: 1) Jason Oliemans, T:5.8125” with a plan, he comes sanctioned ski race on Eight and under 2) Jeff Scholz S:5.8125”

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Chrysler wheels out its 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 standard set of rear LED tailamps, and the interior craftsmanship is much more impressive than before. This mid-size sedan is hoping to play ball – 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 topof-the-line C model. Regardless of trim, each comes with an industry first, 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.

a dynamic The interior feel, you’d reflects that need to of thoughtful opt for the craftsmanship S or C trim and design. to put it in Soft touch the Sport materials are mode. In used throughthat case, out and the Along with its you get a layout is easy new bodywork and different on the eyes. suspension Not to mention insides, there are setup and the abundance over 60 standard steering of cubbyholes and available safety feel to rein which to place personal features to keep both ally allow you and the 200 you to items. have more On a side note, looking good and in fun in the the interior one piece. captain’s colour combiAlexandra Straub chair. nations drew Back to inspiration the 2.4L from various though. American In the city, I felt I didn’t cities. For example, the all need much more power. black interior pays homage Steering feel is light and to New York City, the Linen and Black is Sausalito, allows to car the move with ease at slow speeds and California and the Blue and gingerly into parking spots. Black on the S model to Overall, a pleasant drive. Detroit. The second half of my day The centre stack can be was consumed with the V6. adorned with either a Yum. 5-inch touch screen or the The award winning 3.6L, optional 8.4-inch. To me, Pentastar V6 packs 295 the 5-inch screen seemed a horsepower underneath its little small, so I’d invest in the larger version. That said, sparkling new hood. For a driver’s car, this is the one it was still highly functional I’d pick. and easy to use. What’s more, you can On the road, the 2.4L Limconfigure this engine on all ited shines brightest when trims except the base LX. on the highway and on long stretches of pavement. Additionally, you can opt for an all-wheel drive setup It has ability in the twists too. and turns, but to really get



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. 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 for more info.

Faster than a speeding bullet . . . almost The McLaren 650S Coupe made its North American debut this week at the Vancouver International Auto Show. The British-made super car can accelerate from zero to 200km/h in just 8.4 seconds. The 4-litre, twin turbo V8, boasts a surprisingly good fuel consumption rate of 11.7

L/100K. Mind you, perform a few burnouts and you will be visiting the gas pumps with more frequency. At press time, there was no sticker price available other than the European price, which is in excess of $350,000.

Drives-U-Crazy Rural vehicle choices questioned

Are rural readers mathematically challenged? Fellow reader Dave Rush wonders, he writes: “I have never been able to understand why people living outside urban areas usually drive less fuel-efficient vehicles. When forced to travel greater distances, why do North Americans choose vehicles that guzzle more fuel?” I am convinced that our math skills or transportation logic is impaired. Do you have an explanation for him? And what drives-u-crazy?

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Fiesta put the bounce back in Ford

2014 Ford Fiesta

Some extra (passing) power would Ford bounced back into the Canadian be nice at higher speeds, but small car market in a big way with the there’s no problem getting a Fiesta return of Fiesta for the 2011 model year. up to a freeway cruising speed. It’s Sleek, modern styling lines, peppy surprisingly quick off its mark from performance, great fuel economy and a standing start and the mid-range an attractive price made the new Fiesta power available is also impressive, was a hit straight out of the gate. for a small engine. Ford claimed it set new industry benchGood looking and The standard transmission is a marks in small car safety and in-car 5-speed manual but the optional media connectivity. Although it has fun to drive, Ford strong European roots, the North Ameri- Fiesta is a miserly fuel PowerShift six-speed automatic was a completely new (dican version of Fiesta is made in Mexico. rect-shift) high-efficiency unit. It comes in a five-door hatchback body user and small car Fundamentally, it is two manual style plus a four-door sedan, which was with a lot to offer. transmissions inside one gearbox not sold in Europe. The 2011 Fiesta also Bob McHugh with shifts that are electronically came in S, SE, SEL and SES trim levels. activated using a dual-clutch feaPower comes from a Ti-VCT 1.6-litre ture, similar to the Audi/VW DSG 4-cylinder engine with twin variable transmission. camshaft timing that can provide up Inside, the centre dash layout (audio etc.) was to 120 horsepower and peek torque is 112 ft-lb at cell phone inspired, with an eye to attracting 5000 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.9 L/100 younger buyers. SES and SEL trim levels also come km in the city and 5.1 L/100 km on the highway with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a (which is about 56 mpg) with the optional automulti-function info screen and a unique ambient matic.



By Nigel Matthews tainous terrain, and driving is scheduled The Hagerty Spring Thaw is a budget-minded during daylight hours. Car wash facilities are driving adventure through British Columbia available at each overnight stop. for pre-1979 touring and sportscars. The Morgan and Holt Driveway team will And that was all cost conscious Driveway photograph the event and their journey editor Keith Morgan needed to know to take along the spectacular 1,200km route over part in this un-scored, non-competitive event, I spend the entire three days. The account of their adventure which takes place next month entirely within will appear in Driveway and online at driveyear driving new cars the province of British Columbia. in early May. so this seemed like “I spend the entire year driving new cars so Squamish Classic Car Adventures and the a fun way to spend this seemed like a fun way to spend some West Coast Rally Association organize some fun time in a fun time in a classic,” Morgan explained. the Spring Thaw and follow the BC Rally classic. “My old friend George Holt, from Gabriola Regulations. Island, has a rather fine 1954 Jaguar XK120 The event is open to sport, touring and Keith Morgan roadster so I’m going to ‘nagivate’ for him. classic cars from 1979 and earlier. The orgaYes, knowing George I will be doing more nizers say that if people believe they have ‘nag’ than ‘nav’!” a unique car that fits, but doesn’t meet the The drive starts on Friday, April 25, in Squamish and finishes age category they should make contact, regardless. in Hope, on Sunday, April 27. To ensure an “adventure”, the Entry information can be found at: www.classiccaradvenroute will remain secret until competitors receive their entry packages at registration. Nigel Matthews is the director of sales and marketing for Way-finding instructions will be detailed and clear, and will Hagerty Insurance Canada. not require any calculations or rally knowledge. The event consists of 100 percent paved roads, with some mounE-mail him at:


and audio equipment and the transmission (some lighting system allows drivers to choose between software glitches/automatic). seven interior accent lighting colors. Good looking and fun to drive, Ford Fiesta is a Rear legroom is limited, like most in this class, and miserly fuel user and small car with a lot to offer. the seat is a 60/40 split-fold design. Nothing clever here, the seatbacks simply flop forward on top of the seat cushion and allow more cargo space, it’s Price Check: more a more useful feature in the hatchback. 2011 to 2013 Ford Fiesta (March 2014) Fiesta comes with seven standard airbags, one more than the norm. The extra driver’s knee airbag Year Edition Expect to Pay helps prevent leg injuries and better positions the 2011 Hatchback SE $9,000 to $12,000 driver to survive a serious frontal impact. It’s also 2012 Hatchback SE $11,000 to $14,000 constructed to comply with European pedestrian 2013 Hatchback SE $13,000 to $16,000 (impact) safety requirements. Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes came standard on all Prices vary depending on a used vehicle’s condition, trim levels, which is unusual in an ultra cost-conmileage, usage and history. A complete mechanical scious market segment. check should always be performed by a reliable A tilt and telescopic steering wheel is another unex- auto technician prior to purchase. pected standard on all versions of Fiesta. The electric-assist steering system has progressively firmer Safety Recalls: 2010 to 2013 Ford Fiesta: feel as vehicle speed increases. It also incorporates 2013: The Tire and Loading Information Label may ‘pull-drift compensation’ feature to help the Fiesta contain incorrect tire size and inflation pressure intrack straighter in strong side winds and another formation. Dealers will inspect and install a revised feature, called ‘active nibble control,’ dampens label, if necessary. wheel/road vibrations at the steering wheel. 2011/2012/2013: The Restraint Control Module While changes for 2012 were minor, they did may turn OFF the right side air curtain, as well include an integrated driver’s seat armrest on SE, as the front passenger seat-mounted side airbag, SEL and SES trim levels. Remote start and keypad when the Occupant Classification System (OCS) entry also became new options on SE, SEL and SES. senses the right front seat is not occupied. This The top SEL and SES trim levels were replaced with could increase the risk of injury to a right rear seat a new Titanium trim package for 2013. occupant in a collision. Dealers will reprogram the Both sedan and hatchback versions of Fiesta got Restraint Control Module. “Top Safety Pick” ratings based of crash test results done by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). On the down side, Consumer Reports rated Fiesta “below just can’t keep it anymore,” I lied. It’s only been a month, but I can see myself average” for In reality, I imported the car from Washington. selling cars for a long, long time. I feel like a reliability. It came with documents that mentioned New new man. The most York State. The title was clean, so I assumed it One evening, I was in line at the superstore. troublesome was in good condition. An elderly gentleman saw my shopping cart. areas appear I priced the vehicle quite high – well over its I had a new digital tire gauge that I was to be power value. But he didn’t know, and he didn’t ask going to give to my next buyer.

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Confessions of a Curber 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.”

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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Audi sport ute has design appeal 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 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.


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 in terms of appeal and design that is the envy of many other luxury brands. The Q5 has been a cornerstone of the Audi brand helping couples and families get into an 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 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


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.


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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 softtouch 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

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.

The Lowdown Power: 3.0L supercharged V6 with 347hp Fill-up: 13.2L/8.5L/100km (city/highway) Sticker price: $57,000

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

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Steve Nash league The Town of Smithers spring Steve Nash Youth Basketball League is back again. Kids from seven to 14 practice and play games until May 3. The event also features a threeon-three tournament on April 12 at the Smithers Secondary School gym. Call 250-8471600 for more information. Nolan Kelly photo

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The Town of Smithers would like to thank the following Bulkley Valley Community Foundation for its generous contribution towards the Affordable Recreation Fund. The Foundation’s donation will be used to assist children to take part in local recreation and sport programs.

The Town of Smithers is now taking registration for its Spring/Summer 2014 Programs.

Smithers Volunteer Firefighters for their excellent work maintaining the ice at the outdoor arena in Central Park this winter. The many hours of care are greatly appreciated by local families and individuals. Department of Recreation, Parks & Culture would like to thank the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation for its generous donation. It has allowed many children and youth to attend many local winter sport programs.

They include: • Ranger Park Licensed Preschool ages 3-5 • Adult Yoga • After school programs ages 6-12 (art/cooking/ sports) • Adult Bellydance classes • Steve Nash Youth Basketball League • BC Volleyball Camp • British Soccer Camps • British Multi Sports Camp • BC Sailing Camp • Recreation Hockey Camps Financial donations are being accepted now. 250-847-1600


The Town of Smithers would like to remind residents to; Please pick up after your dog while on the trails and in the parks AND please wear your bicycle helmet while cycling around Town.

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It has been a busy 2013-2014 season. The Town would like to thank the following groups for offering great opportunities for children and adults to stay active over the winter months; Smithers Minor Hockey Smithers Figure Skating Club Smithers Rec Hockey Smithers Women’s Hockey Smithers Oldtimers Hockey Smithers Rubber Puckers CN Rusty Rails The Monday/Friday morning adult hockey group The Steelheads Hockey Club BVHA Christian Kids Hockey

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TO ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2014 Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Scholarships and Bursaries The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation provides scholarships and bursaries for 2014 graduating students who attend high school in Smithers, Houston and Hazelton. Former Prince George Cougars defenceman Dan Hamhuis is part of a six-person investment group that has purchased the WHL team. Contributed photo

Hamhuis joins Cougars as part of investment group By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

Former Prince George Cougars defenceman Dan Hamhuis is now a current Prince George Cougars owner, after finalizing a purchase for the club as part of an investment group that includes current NHLer and Cougar alumni Eric Brewer and businessman Greg Pocock. “I’ve got a real close attachment with Prince George because I played junior there,” Hamhuis told The Prince George Citizen last week. “It’s also a place personally that means a lot to me, meeting my wife (Sarah) there, getting married, having our first kid. “We still go back every summer for

our charity golf tournament and from being up north (Smithers) there are just a lot of close personal ties.” The Cougars have struggled at the gate of late, with the second lowest attendance figures in the CHL at just under 2,000 per game, the result of an 18 per cent decline over the last two seasons. They’ve also missed the playoffs in five of the last seven seasons. Those numbers, have sparked speculation that the club was set to pack up and move to Winnipeg or Nanaimo next season. But with the local purchase, those rumours can be put to bed. Hamhuis told

SMITHERS BUDGET 2014 INFORMATION SESSION Mayor Bachrach and Council would like to invite all interested members of the public to attend an information session about the Town’s 2014-2018 Five-Year Financial Plan. This will be held in the Council Chambers of the Smithers Town Office from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 8, 2014. A brief presentation will be given by Council, followed by a question and answer period. Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to contact the Town Office at 250-847-1600 if you would like more information regarding the Town’s Five-Year Financial Plan. Leslie Ford Director of Finance

The Citizen that the it could be a good investment group is investment,” he said. committed to keeping “I believe in the the team in Prince city and we hope to George. get the building full “It is two guys again. (Hamhuis and “And I think Brewer) that have we can do it. It’s a played there, both great hockey city guys have their wives up there, there are from there and the so many hockey businessmen that are fans. Hopefully, this involved are all Prince renews some interest George guys so with the change of obviously that’s the ownership.” goal,” Hamhuis said. Earlier this month “It’s never been The Citizen reported discussed in our that the team was group to move the purchased for team. We believe that between $7 and $8 Prince George is a million place where it can Hamhuis spent work.” four seasons with the But Hamhuis sees Cougars, beginning in this as a business 1998. opportunity as much He played in 247 as a games over four Though the team seasons, tallying 156 is losing money, points. Hamhuis still sees it According to The as a solid financial Citizen, Hamhuis move. expects the sale to be “On the business Bank-issued, CDIC-insured completed to $100,000 the next side 1-Year it looks like two weeks.

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St. Joseph’s Parish celebrates centennial By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

The St. Joseph’s Parish is turning 100 this year. Throughout its tenure, the church has endured, contributing a long and storied history to the town of Smithers. Parishioner, Eileen Bouvier, who moved to Smithers in 1960 and has been a member of the church ever since, is chairing the 100th anniversary celebrations. “Time flew by,” Bouvier said. “I’ve seen a lot of changes, from mud streets to paved ones. The town has grown so much over the past 100 years, so it’s nice to know that the church has always been here.” More than 50 priests have spent time as head of the church in Smithers, serving thousands of Catholics. “It was the centre of our social life growing up,” fellow parishioner Meta Bolster said. “It was the big thing in our family, to dress up and go to mass.” Bolster fondly remembers Father Gordon, who organized community sports, dances, parties and choirs, and not just for the church, but for the whole community. The current parish Father, Rectorino Tolentino Jr., was scheduled to leave the parish a year ago, but asked to stay on be a part of the centennial celebrations. The origin of the Catholic church in Smithers traces back to the Oblates of Mary

Clockwise: The new church, built in 1967, the old church - burned down in 1969 and Parishioners Meta Bolster and Eileen Bouvier.

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Immaculate, who came from France, through Oregon and Vancouver Island. The Oblates travelled from trading post to trading post, up the Fraser River, establishing missions in towns along the way. Father Nabili was the first missionary to reach the Babine Lake area. In the mid 19th century, he came, travelling by foot, dog sled, canoe and horseback, carrying with him an altar stone that weight upwards of 100 lbs. After Nabili left, the Bulkley Valley was without a regular priest for 21 years, until Father Godfrey

Eichelsbacher, travelled to the area after serving in the Yukon during the gold rush. The first Catholic church in Smithers was built on four lots purchased by Godfrey in 1913, on the corner of Queen Street and First Ave., where the current Bulkley Valley Credit Union building stands. After 50 years of service, the church was demolished in 1969 when the Smithers Fire Department was allowed to burn it down for practice. The building of the new church and rectory finished in 1967. The cost of the church and the adjacent school totalled $190,000.

Prior to dismantling the old church, the steeple was removed and set up in front of the new public library as part of a Smithers centennial project. Currently, the steeple is being restored by Clare Moisey and will be returned to the church grounds when the work is complete. The current church was officially dedicated on Oct. 4, 1967, with an estimated 350 people in attendance. A quote from the Oct. 11, 1967 edition of the Smithers Interior News reads: “During his sermon, Bishop O’Grady congratulated the congregation in the completion of

a beautiful church and commended it to their use as a centre of prayer and a focal point for the practice of their faith.” Over the new church’s tenure, the St. Joseph’s school has remained. Remarkably, the church today is virtually unchanged from the one that was built in 1967. In almost 50 years, only two benches have been removed, both for the installation of a new organ. Throughout the years, the church has fostered a number charitable organizations. The Catholic Women’s League was created in

1957. They’ve been active in many areas within the community. Local hospital boards, town council, hospital auxiliary, cancer association and Red Cross. The members have also supported community services such as the Meals on Wheels, food hampers, food banks and the Passage House. The Catholic Men’s Club began shortly after the women’s league, in 1959. The Men’s Club has been responsible for fundraising socials, bingos and communion breakfasts. As well, the Knights of Columbus

began in 1982 as a fundraising arm of the church. Each year, they sell tickets to the annual Knight’s Charity Appeal, donating proceeds to the Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre and the Learning Disabilities Association. In honour of the centennial, the parish has planned a yearlong jubilee, featuring a series of events that will culminate on May 24th with a dinner and social at the St. Joseph’s school gym. Tickets are $40. For more information, contact Eileen Bouvier at 250847-3478, or the parish office at 250-847-2012.

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Everyone needs a helping hand once in awhile Thoenn Glover’s Vancouver Dance Collective and the SSS Arts Academy presented Pastiche on Friday night at the Della Herman Theatre. The event featured contemporary dance, lighting and sound design.

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roasted chicken, stuffing, cranberry sauce, a box of mandarin oranges and even chocolate. Books were included for each child. A lot of the work done by SCSA is rounded up by volunteers and donors. Great community agency! Round Lake Fundraiser: Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m. Dinner and dance, East Indian

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rom the Smithers Community Services Association (SCSA) newsletter: Did you know that SCSA supports community members through its programs? I for one use the Helping Hands program. An awesome fellow comes and shovels out my driveway in the winter and mows my grass in the summer. There are programs offering life and parenting skills. I don’t know if there were any programs on parenting skills when my kids were babies. Sure would have helped ease my constant worry that I wasn’t doing the best for them.

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Tea bags have a number of uses


ou just never know. You wake up in the morning and there it is! A new ache and pain has surfaced, or a darn fool headache. Maybe it is a sore throat. Who knows until you face the light of day. That was me yesterday. I started my day, finished all I have to do inside and out. I mean as far as chores are concerned. Time to brave the mirror. For goodness sake I have a very red eye! So attractive! I could easily have found a part in a horror film. It didn’t hurt, no blurred vision—just ugly. Since I am off to have coffee at Midway with friends I need to fix things. I tried eye drops, no luck. No cucumber on hand. So I went for the old tea bag trick. I have an idea I have already told you about the benefits of drinking black or green tea. Things like it fights  cancer, reduces risk of stroke. It also revitalizes the body cells. That must be why all the British TV shows have the plan to offer tea for

SPICE OF LIFE Brenda Mallory any event bad or good. Tea bags? Other than helping me out with my red ey,e tea can be used to flavour meat. You can rub on the tea leaves or just use some liquid tea as a marinade. I am told that liquid tea can remove grease and grime off mirrors and stoves. Smelly shoes in your house? Put a tea bag in a running shoe. Not a wet one of course. Here is a good one for you. A wet tea bag applied to a wart will remove it over time. Never had a wart so I have not tried that. Do you get canker sores? I am told that if you bite down on a tea bag it will help. Also helps with

the pain from oral surgery etc. How about that? Bleeding gums might get better from a good old tea bag. Here is one I like. Add tea or tea leaves to your house plants and it works as a fertilizer. I have used coffee grounds for plants in my greenhouse and that works too. I have to admit I don’t drink a lot of tea. I have friends who come here who prefer herbal tea. I like that too, but I have to say I do enjoy and good cup of black tea. Cream and sugar added. I make it in a teapot and use a china cup and saucer to complete the scenario.  A cookie is a must. How did my red eye do after its tea bag treatment? One night of plopping a wet bag on my eye and I was ready for public scrutiny again. It comes down to it is always worth trying to find a simple solution to problems. Good luck with your problems. You can tell me all about it when you call 250-846-5095 or just e-mail to mallory@

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Hudson Babes need new members From HAND on A20 The Arthritis Society has identified priorities for action in the “Erase the Pain” program. Cure: cracking the code, the off switch, next is Care: closing the gap. Community plays a huge role. More information Every wanted to join in a roller derby bout? The Hudson Babes are looking for members. They are gearing up for the first full season of training and bouting.

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They welcome all skill levels and interests, even if you just want to join in the cheering! Learn to skate, rev up you skills, become a referee (you need to get fit and skate well too), help out as a non-skating official doing score keeping and penalty box management. Check out the action for free Monday evenings at the Legion until May. After that they will move into the arena.

Invitation to Submit Proposals

Downtown Smithers Storefront Spruce-Up Program The Town of Smithers invites all downtown commercial businesses to submit proposals for the above program. The Town has secured $20,000 grant funding available for commercial property owners in the downtown core that are wishing to improve their facades. Selected projects will be reimbursed up to 50% of the eligible renovation costs to a maximum of $5,000. Application packages can be found on the Town's website www.smithers. ca and are available at the Town office. The application deadline is May 8th, 2014. Every application will be reviewed by the Façade Improvement Advisory Committee and selections are expected to be announced by end of May.

Sunday, April 13, 2pm – 4-pm. A chance to sing along with Dave Conway and friends as they lead you in campfire songs while sitting comfortably in the Round Lake Hall. Remember Four Strong winds, Farewell to Nova Scotia, Tom Dooley? Spend a lovely Sunday afternoon in the country. Questions: Judy 250846-5296 Sending out a quick heartfelt thank you to the fellows at

the Canadian Tire Service Department. They have been so good about my recent car repairs. Supportive, helpful, even drew me a picture of what was wrong, took me in to see for myself and it wasn’t as costly as I was worried it would be. Thanks guys, truly showing what customer service means! Closing with: I learn by going where I have to go. Theodore Roethke.

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Downtown Telkwa

Façade Improvement Program

The Village of Telkwa invites all downtown commercial businesses to submit proposals for the above program. The Village has secured $20,000 grant funding available for commercial property owners in the downtown core that are wishing to improve their facades. Selected projects will be reimbursed up to 50% of the eligible renovation costs to a maximum of $5,000. Application packages can be found on the Villages's website www.telkwa. com and are available at the Village’s office. The application deadline is May 8th, 2014. Every application will be reviewed by the Façade Improvement Advisory Committee and selections are expected to be announced by end of May.

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Big sister Emma, twins Kynslee Grace and Claire Alyssa and parents Jesse and Melissa Butler look over the basket of goodies provided by Welcome Wagon representative Laura Botten on Saturday.

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Welcome Wagon program returns By Ryan Jensen Smithers/Interior News

After a four-year absence, the Welcome Wagon program is back in the Bulkley Valley. The previous representative had to leave the position suddenly and no one had stepped up to replace her. Through her job at The Interior News, Laura Botten was used to

dealing with the Welcome Wagon representative and noticed the absence of the program in the community. “I felt strongly that the Welcome Wagon needed to have a presence in the community, even if it meant doing it myself,” she said. After spending months gathering materials to fill the welcome basket, Botten started making her first visits as a Welcome Wagon

representative earlier this year. It’s been a learning experience for her, but Botten said she has enjoyed every visit. “I’m a little shy with new people so it’s a bit out of my comfort zone sometimes, but I’m proud of my community so I’m able to make the extra effort.” As a long-time resident, Botten is well qualified to be the one to welcome new people to

the Bulkley Valley. Her grandparents, Stan and Laura Flint, moved here in 1949. “The Bulkley Valley is a wonderful place and I’m very proud of my home,” Botten said. She also has two children of her own, Ryan and Lisa, so she’s well-versed in what new parents can expect as well. “The best part for me is meeting the new people and hearing their stories

about what brought them here,” she said. “And of course seeing the new babies.” The goodies in the Welcome Wagon basket are sponsored by businesses in Smithers and Telkwa. They include general information about the area, maps, gift certificates and other small items. The program has been around in Canada for more than 80 years.


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“Each visit has the same basket but the all are a very different experience.” A typical Welcome Wagon visit takes about 20 minutes. Botten is always on the look-out for new sponsors and new residents and babies to visit. She’s available on Wednesday, Saturday and most evenings. For more information on the program, call Laura at 250-846-5742.

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Dancing Around Town

Jonina Cawsey, left, steps lightly with the Adult Tap group duing the Divas and Friends Variety Show at the Della Herman Theatre on Saturday night. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Smithers Art Gallery. Casey Masset, above, rocks his baby to Jack Pine and His One Man Band’s music on Friday night at the Smithers Art Gallery. Marisca Bakker and Ryan Jensen photos

Creative Roots’ dancer Nyah MacDonald finished in first place for her Hip-hop solo in the 8 years and Under category at the Pacific Northwest Music Festival in Terrace last weekend. Brooke Huxtable, inset, competed in the 16 years and Under category and came in second place for her contemporary solo. Contributed photos


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Arson suspected in Kispiox Gas Bar blaze By Marisca Bakker Smithers/Interior News

New Hazelton RCMP is investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed the Kispiox Gas Bar on March 27. Lana Johnson, who lives down the block from the gas bar, was woken up by her husband who noticed the flames shortly after 6 a.m. He rushed out to try and put out the fire while Johnson called 9-1-1. “It started on the side and then the flames came out of the top of the building and were shooting across, everything happened so fast and everyone was scrambling,” Johnson said. “No one expected a fire so early in the morning. We were both running like chickens with our heads cut off. “It was a rude awakening, a big fire. We thought about the store and everything that was in there. But we didn’t see anything or anyone else around at the time,” she said.

The Glen Vowell and the Kispiox Volunteer Fire Departments were both called out to battle the blaze. The gas bar was closed when the fire began and there are no injuries to report. The convenience store was the only place in the area to fuel up and now residents will have to travel about 20 minutes to get gas and other supplies. The building, owned by the Kispiox Band, was undergoing extensive renovations. NetZero Structures Limited had put an addition on that almost doubled the size of the building, put a new roof and siding on and added a builtin walk-in cooler. Company owner, Michael Sawyer says they were about a week away from being done with project. He says the fire was not caused by the construction or his crews. New Hazelton RCMP suspect arson. Anyone with information is asked to call the detachment at (250) 842-5244 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The Kispiox Gas Bar, which was in the middle of extensive renovations, was set on fire the morning of March 27. New Hazelton RCMP suspect arson.

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’m excited to join the team here. I’ve been a journalist for about four years now and am looking forward to writing for The Interior News. I have a passion for politics, love breaking news and writing about community events. I moved to Smithers

I’ve since settled in, gotten married and adopted a puppy. One of my favourite places in Smithers is Twin Falls. I love to hike up there and enjoy the scenery, it never gets old. I also like gardening and get beyond excited when the tulips start coming up. I haven’t figured

out how to grow tomatoes here but if anyone has any tips, I’d love to hear them! The annual perennial plant sale is coming up in Smithers soon and you can bet that I’ll be there. Each year, I can’t believe how many people donate a part of their plant and how many

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Literacy coordinator fears funding cuts By Marisca Bakker Smithers/Interior News

The funding for community literacy coordination in Hazelton may be in jeopardy. The provincial dollars given last year were slashed in half and now Hazelton Literacy Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Panofsky, is worried that nothing will be allocated for next year. The community literacy work includes providing support to children, adults, families, youth and seniors who struggle with the formal system and who need support to move ahead. Panofsky said she organizes workshops around different aspects of literacy and provides

The Learning Shop is a storefront learning centre in Old Hazelton. Marisca Bakker photo

a literacy lens to different community tables in Hazelton. She adds it’s important to widen the conversation about literacy. “Literacy is often


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have the skills and the knowledge to be active and engaged citizens. It’s something that comes up in all aspects of community life. So what I’ve been doing

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in Hazelton. She is hoping the provincial government will find room for it in the 2014/2015 budget but said so far it isn’t looking like that will be the case. “There is an awful lot of good stuff happening here, for example the book bus, with the literacy outreach group through the college and different things but the piece that I do as the coordinator is bring these efforts together. That would be the real shame, especially in a small community like this. To have the time and resources to build relationships, network and collaborate, that’s what is at stake.” Panofsky said she is hoping enough people pressure the government to keep the funding flowing.

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The Village of Telkwa is seeking applications for a temporary, full-time Labourer (Groundskeeper) in the public works department from May 5th to September 26th, 2014. Proponents must be skilled in landscaping and groundskeeping and be physically able to perform the duties necessary to maintain Village parks and grounds. Candidates must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license. A detailed job description is available on the Village of Telkwa website www. The hourly rate of pay for this position is $22.30 plus 13% in lieu of benefits. Please submit a resume with at least two references to Jim Harding, Superintendent of Public Works by email to utility@ , by fax to (250) 846-9572 or drop off at the Village Office at 1415 Hankin Ave., Telkwa, BC by April 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm. The Village of Telkwa thanks everyone who applies for this position, but regrets that we are unable to reply to all applicants.

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The Village of Hazelton is accepting applications from students for up to 3 temporary positions for summer work in the Village. Positions run from mid-June until the end of August 2014. Students must be enrolled in high school or a post secondary program in the fall of 2014.

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Maybe the best news in an otherwise disappointing ski season is that the Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski Club is planning an underpass beneath Hudson Bay Mountain Road, connecting its upper trails to the Pine Creek and Pooch Paradise trails. This contribution to safety and skier experience is one Wetzin’kwa Community Forest supports, both in principle and with a $20,000 grant. “Hudson Bay Mountain Road can be very busy in winter with traffic to the ski resort and industrial traffic, and an underpass would allow cross-country skiers and their dogs to safely pass from the parking area to the ski trails on the south side,” Wetzin’kwa general manager Bill Golding says. “The cross-country ski trails are a tremendous community asset and Wetzin’kwa is pleased to participate in initiatives that contribute to outdoor recreation and public safety.”

Last week, lights were installed on the Hagwilget Bridge.

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The Hagwilget Bridge is now lit up. Last week it was closed for a couple of days with limited openings so construction crews could install lights

on the towers for pedestrians and cyclists. The work started on March 25 and wrapped up on March 27. The bridge is a 140 metre long steel and cable, single-lane structure linking communities in the Hazeltons.

Carl Lutz with the Ministry of Transportation said the new lighting will improve safety for those walking and biking across. The Hagwilget Bridge was originally constructed in 1931 and reinforced in 1990.

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According to project coordinator and long-time club member Steve Howard, discussions started last year with talk about using the lower trails for the Wetzin’kwa Marathon: “We quickly realized what we really should be talking about was the safety issue of kids and dogs and adults crossing the road,” Howard says. The club took its idea to the Ministry of Transportation, who not only supported

it in principle but will contribute about half the cost. In addition, Wetzin’kwa’s $20,000 contribution is “very significant,” Howard says: “It indicates support from Wetzin’kwa, which is critical.” The community forest maintains a mutually beneficial relationship with BV Nordic, which lies within its tenure area. The community forest consults with the club on logging close to ski trails that will enhance recreation, and the club receives annual logging revenues. The ski club has pledged $35,000 to the underpass project, although a final budget won’t be known until plans— which are currently underway—are finalized. The underpass is estimated at $150,000 and Howard says the club will look to other community organizations for funding once costs are confirmed. “We will be looking for in-kind contributions from club members,” he adds, estimating more than $15,000 will be donated in volunteer time. “That’s one of the very significant contributions that the club will make.” Construction is planned for August, and guardrails will also be installed alongside the underpass. With a second road crossing at the Nordic centre’s far end, slowing traffic in the area will remain a priority.

Wetzin’kwa is helping to fund an underpass that will connect BV Nordic’s Pine Creek and dog trails to the parking area, eliminating this road crossing.

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Free Range Writers meeting Monday The Hazelton Free Range Writers are getting together next Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverboat in Old Hazelton. Participants will be led through a writing course for the next several

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skaters return from jamboree Fifteeen Hazelton Skaters attended the Prince Rupert Jamboree March 14-16, competing in a variety of events from Creative, Individual solos, Elements and pairs. Contributed photo

Soccer registration kicks off By Marisca Bakker Hazelton/Interior News

The soccer season is ramping up and the Hazelton Youth Soccer Club is putting a call out for volunteers. Volunteer coordinator, Tammy Baskin said she is hoping community members sign up soon. “Last year we had around 146 kids registered so in order for it to run fluently we need 10 head coaches and 22 assistant coaches.” Unfortunately at the moment, they don’t have anyone signed

on to help but Baskin assumes some of the coaches from last year will step forward again this season. “Volunteers can be older teenagers that have leadership skills and are familiar with the sport, whether they play or spectate or just simply enjoy it. Adults, parents or people who have coached before or there are people who are well versed in the sport that have come out before. We are also looking for referees, you can never have too many of those. “We’ve never said no to a child before in the past but this year

we are really working towards a set number, 15 or 16 kids per team. Otherwise you have 28 kids running around on the field with one coach and one assistant, it gets a bit ridiculous. So we are trying to avoid that and have a more structured program but in order to do that we need volunteers.” Baskin said the club is extremely important to youth in the area and she would hate to turn down anyone because of the lack of volunteers. “The rates are cheaper, we are not affiliated with B.C. Soccer, so our rates are

considerably cheaper. It allows kids to play the game. It’s just fun, its recreation. What we envision this year is a limit to the rosters with one coach and two assistants per team. That is our goal.” The club will be running a coaching clinic at the end of April and organizers need volunteers to sign up two weeks in advance. The soccer season begins early May. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Baskin at 250-842-4133 or Pansy Wright Simms at 250842-5062.

Whooping cough confirmed in area By Marisca Bakker Hazelton/Interior News

Northern Health is reminding residents in northern B.C. to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from whooping

cough after seven cases were found in the region recently. Six laboratory-confirmed cases of the highly contagious bacterial disease were discovered in the northwest and one in the northern interior of Northern Health’s region. There are also

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SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT PAINTING CONTRACT: #2014-10 Request for Quotation (RFQ) bid forms for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sewage Treatment Plant Painting Contract # 2014-10â&#x20AC;? will be received at the Smithers Town Hall up to: 2:00 p.m. Tuesday April 29, 2014 The general scope of work for this contract is to prepare and paint the walls, doors, trims and flashings at the Sewage Treatment Plant, 2301 Dohler Road. RFQ forms and more detailed Scope of Work documents are available at www. or upon request through the Municipal Office at no charge but with the requirement to register. All RFQ forms must be submitted on the provided form in a sealed envelope marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT PAINTING CONTRACT: #2014-10 Care of Mark Allen, Director of Development Servicesâ&#x20AC;? The Town of Smithers reserves the right to waive informalities in or reject any or all completed RFQ forms, or to accept the completed RFQ form deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purchasing policy shall apply. The lowest or any completed RFQ form may not necessarily be accepted. Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Roye Lovgren Building Inspector Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone (250) 847-1600 Fax (250) 847-1601 E:

TOWN OFFICE EXTERIOR PAINTING CONTRACT: #2014-03 Request for Quotation (RFQ) bid forms for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Town Office Exterior Painting Contract # 2014-03â&#x20AC;? will be received at the Smithers Town Hall up to: 2:00 p.m. Tuesday April 29, 2014 The general scope of work for this contract is to prepare and stain the decorative brackets, fascia, window, door and corner trims and guardrail boards on the Town Office Building, 1027 Aldous Street. RFQ forms and more detailed Scope of Work documents are available at www. or upon request through the Municipal Office at no charge but with the requirement to register. All RFQ forms must be submitted on the provided form in a sealed envelope marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;TOWN OFFICE EXTERIOR PAINTING CONTRACT: #2014-03 Care of Mark Allen, Director of Development Servicesâ&#x20AC;? The Town of Smithers reserves the right to waive informalities in or reject any or all completed RFQ forms, or to accept the completed RFQ form deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purchasing policy shall apply. The lowest or any completed RFQ form may not necessarily be accepted. Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Roye Lovgren Building Inspector Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone (250) 847-1600 Fax (250) 847-1601 E:

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing regarding changes to Section 219 Covenant No. CA1634238 registered on title of the property legally described as Lot B, Section 14, Township 1A, Range 5, Coast District, Plan EPP25548, will be held on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 7:00 P.M in the West Fraser Room at the Smithers Municipal Office, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers, B.C. The subject property is located west of the Smithers Regional Airport at 8794 Highway 16 W. Covenant No. CA1634238 was placed on title of the land in association with the adoption of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smithers Telkwa Official Rural Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1530, 2009â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Rezoning Bylaw No. 1531, 2009â&#x20AC;?. The bylaws allow a light industrial use to occur on a 3 ha portion of the subject property.


At the time of rezoning, covenant CA1634238 was registered on title by the applicant to address concerns regarding the potential impacts associated with the industrial use. The covenant contains restrictions regarding the location of the industrial use, further subdivision and tree removal. The property owner has asked the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako to amend the covenant terms by changing the use restrictions allowing tree removal and requiring the construction of earth berms surrounding the industrial use area. LOCATION MAP

At the Public Hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed covenant amendments shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present a written submission respecting the covenant amendments that are the subject of the Public Hearing. Written submissions sent by mail to P.O. Box 820, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0; by fax to (250) 692-1220; or by e-mail to must be received by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako no later than April 9, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. to be ensured of consideration at the Public Hearing. Copies of the proposed covenant amendments and other relevant information may be inspected at the office of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako between the hours of 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from March 24 to April 9, 2014 inclusive. A copy of the proposed covenant amendments and other relevant information will also be made available at the Smithers Public Library. For further information please call the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Planning Department at 250692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339. This is the second of two publications.


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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Police Beat On March 20, police stopped a vehicle in the Kispiox Village for failing to signal while turning. The driver was found to be intoxicated and charged with driving while prohibited, driving while under the influence of alcohol and refusal of breath demand.    On March 23, police received information of a assault that had occurred on March 20 and the victim was currently in the hospital in Vancouver for injuries. Police were able to obtain a statement from the victim and will be investigating the aggravated assault.

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From COUGH on B7 Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a respiratory condition that starts with a common cold and progresses into a cough. It can become severe and can also include a fever and vomiting. Northern Health spokesperson, Jonathon Dyck said the best way to protect yourself is to get immunized. “The Pertussis vaccine is part of the normal childhood vaccinations that are given at two months, four months, six months and 18 months old, and then again before Kindergarten. There is another vaccine given to teens in grade nine in British Columbia.” He said, adding that adults who have been vaccinated as a child should still look into getting a booster shot to help stop the spread.” People can contact their local health unit or doctor to discuss their need for a vaccine. Those who have had contact with someone that has whooping cough are encouraged to call their health-care provider or HealthLink B.C. at 8-1-1.

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Lot 4 Ambleside Avenue

3625 Sixteenth Avenue

Old Babine Lake Road

3608 Fourth Avenue

4356 Third Avenue

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Excellent ridge lot Smithers Mountain views, green space Walking trails nearby No GST applicable


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5 bedroom, 2 storey + full basement Private yard, storage, RV parking Paved driveway, open design Large decks, patio and hot tub

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+/-185 acres, mostly cleared Hydro & telephone available Public road access creek

Leo Lubbers

Donna Grudgfield

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Near new 3 level split 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Custom built, large kitchen Woodstove, carport, fenced yard mls n234282



3 bedrooms, den, 2 full bathrooms Near high school, pool & arenas Big sundeck, fenced back yard


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Lot 2 Slack Road

3835 Third Avenue

1741 Tower Street, Telkwa

#3 – 95 Laidlaw Road

3350 Poplar Road

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Unique park like property Extremely close to town Two creeks and a spring 6.96 acres

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3 bdrm, 2 bath home on 5.05 acres Heated kitchen floor, central vac Updates to flooring, lighting, paint 40x60 barn, fenced, double carport

Karen Benson

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Well maintained and solid 4 bedrooms, fenced yard Excellent commercial location Zoned residential or commercial

Sandra Hinchliffe

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4 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home Gorgeous river & mountain views 2 sundecks, double carport, sauna Updates to furnace, hot water, floor

Karen Benson

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4 bdrm, 2 bathrm, immaculate home Sundeck, sauna, new windows Beautifully landscaped, views Close to hospital, shopping, schools

Karen Benson

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Trail Avenue, Telkwa

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Donna & Leo

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Leo Lubbers

Quick School

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5380 sf building on 1.07 acres Zoned P-1, 6 km from Smithers 7 offices/bedrooms, kitchen, lounge Meeting room, washrooms




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Kiesha Matthews

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3192 Railway Avenue 2 bedroom rancher New hot water, furnace, electrical New flooring, new bathroom Fenced yard, storage/workshop

1993 2 bedroom mobile Located in Mountain View Park Vaulted ceilings, open & bright Huge bathroom with soaker tub

Very private building lot 320x200, tucked away Surrounded by Aspen trees Located off Tower Street ridge

Donna Grudgfield



3744 Broadway Avenue

1072 Cedar Street

1400 Columbia Drive, Smithers

5264 Nouch Road

13 Pavilion Place

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3 bedroom, downtown area C-1A zoned res, retail, offices, etc Includes appliances and furnishings

Ron Lapadat

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Tidy rancher in popular Wildwood 3 bdrm, 2 bathroom, vaulted ceilings Landscaped yard with patio/deck

Ron Lapadat


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Quick possession available 4 bdrm, 2 bathroom, suite potential Open layout, spacious, new kitchen Fenced yard, large sundeck

Ron Lapadat

3 bedroom log home, 5 acres Glacier view, 24x32 shop 20x40 equipment shed, very private

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1600sf 2 bedroom+den, 3 bathrooms Great lake and mountain views Energy efficient, water frontage

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1406 Highway 16, Telkwa

12 Pavilion Place

7351 Boundary Road

5166 Nielson Road

3125 Hasting Street, Hazelton

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Leo & Sandra

Built in 2012 Three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Great kitchen, modern design Lakefront at Watson’s Landing

Sandra Hinchliffe


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157 acre farm property 1988, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home Large garage, barn & machine shed View, hay and cross fencing

Sandra Hinchliffe

Country home, 1080 sf, 2 bedroom Pristine setting 5 min to town Vaulted ceilings,rock fp, open design Detached sauna building

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Ideal for contractor/home business 2 homes, 4452sf industrial shop Graveled work area,landscaped lawn Six 50x115 lots = 300’ x 115’

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3985 Seventh Avenue

3336 Railway Avenue

1590 Aldermere Ridge

1022 Malkow Road

17771 Highway 16, Smithers

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Charlie McClary

Peter Lund Res. 847-3435

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Donna Grudgfield Cell. 847-1228

Affordable 1240 sf rancher 3 bedrooms, new bathroom, updates New decks, new fenced yard Move in ready starter home

Charlie McClary

Leo Lubbers Cell. 847-1292

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Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335

3/4 bedroom, custom built home Hardwood and tile floors Gas fireplace. Huge decks 20x40 garage, heated and wired

Donna Grudgfield

mls n232156

Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

158.46 acres, south facing slope Breathtaking views of the valley Established hay fields, small ponds Fully fenced and cross fenced

Jantina Meints

Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

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Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

900 sf well built & clean home 2.23 acres, 8 minutes from town 2 bedrooms, full basement Quick possession

Jantina Meints

Jantina Meints Cell. 847-3144

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Interior News

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

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

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

Janet Holder, Leader of Northern Gateway

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

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