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Mother kills autistic son Later commits suicide, family blames provincial services

Feature Heart of our city: Dave Walker Page A7


“Services available for autistic children and families... are very limited.”

Community Retracing the path of the Grand Trunk Page A17

GET IT Kevin Campbell / The Northern View

There was plenty of action on the pitch this week as the Charles Hays Rainmakers hosted Kitimat and Terrace for a season-opening play day. For more on the game, see Page A11.

Haida Gwaii School board feeling ferry cuts Page B1

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The family of the mother and son whose bodies were discovered at their home on Ebert Street on April 3 are calling into question services offered to autistic children and their families in Prince Rupert. The family of the two confirm that 4 0 - y e a r old Angie Robinson and her 16-yearold son Robert were found in their home. - Robinson family P r i n c e R u p e r t RCMP have confirmed it was a murder-suicide, with Angie taking the life of Robert before committing suicide.

See MURDER on Page A2

Revenue sharing not an LNG endorsement $15 million deal with government, not industry BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece says he wants to make one thing clear: The recent revenue sharing agreement between the Coast Tsimshian and the Province of British Columbia is not an endorsement of the LNG industry. “People are looking at it as though we have signed an agreement with LNG companies. We have not signed any agreement with any LNG projects being proposed. We have signed an agreement with the province, and the province is not going to be building an LNG terminal ... LNG companies have paid the province to go to Grassy Point and see if it is feasible to build there. What we did is go after the government to

“We have not signed any agreement with any LNG company.” - Garry Reece get our share of that,” he said, noting there are still no projects that have been given the stamp of approval by the band. “I have made it clear that we have to look at the environment, our sea resources and the safety of our people. We have our own teams looking at that and making sure these projects will not harm those ... there is no money in the world that will

get us to agree to a project that puts those at risk.” According to Reece, the government offered the Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla bands $15 million from the money paid by Woodside LNG and Aurora LNG for exclusivity rights to the north and south ends of Grassy Point. In terms of sharing information with the people of Lax Kw’alaams, Reece said the agreement was also brought up during a meeting earlier this year. While not endorsing the industry or any of the projects, Reece acknowledged that the benefits would be significant if one or more projects could be built in such a way to meet the environmental and resource needs of the band. “The impact-benefits agreements we are discussing are huge and would make a big difference for Lax Kw’alaams,” he said.

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A2 • Northern View • April 16, 2014

Robinson family seeking answers Autism support lacking: Family

AUTISM from Page A1 In a statement, the family describes the relationship between Angie and Robert as being filled with the kind of love that typically exists between a mother and her son. “Angie was a single mother, very shy, loving, and kind-hearted. Her beautiful boy Robert was diagnosed with autism at a very early age,” explained the family. “Angie and Robert were always together, whether it was walking around Prince Rupert or on the Butze Rapids trail.” Given the closeness of the two, the family said they are determined to look further into the circumstances that led to the tragic events of April 3. “The services available for autistic children and families of autistic children are very limited in Prince Rupert,” wrote the family. “A complete assessment of current services and services required are at the forefront of the family’s investigation -so that the hopelessness felt by a mother who wanted nothing but help with her son so that he could live with her forever will not be felt by another family.”

The family of Angie and Robert Robinson say the lack of support for families of autistic children needs to be investigated in light of the April 3 murder-suicide.

At this time, Const. Matt Ericson said RCMP will not be releasing any additional details regarding the circumstances surrounding the two deaths out of respect for the family. The

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family, meanwhile, said it has appreciated the work done by RCMP on this case. “The family would like to thank the Prince Rupert RCMP and Coroners Service for the respectful, compassionate

professionalism shown to us in this very difficult time,” read the family’s statement, which also acknowledged the Gitxaala band, the Prince Rupert School District and friends and family.


April 16, 2014 • Northern View • A3

Board balances district budget BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The Prince Rupert School District (SD52) board of education had to find more than $360,000 in savings, but were able to balance the 2014/2015 school year budget on Tuesday. Due to an expected student decline and a reduction in funding protection, SD52 will be receiving more than $350,000 less from the provincial government next school year. Along with other factors, such as increased employee benefits and a need for additional support staff, the budget was presented to the board of education last Tuesday and showed a shortfall of $368,615. Given the need to balance the budget, Prince Rupert School District secretary-treasurer Cam McIntyre presented a number of options that would create $443,000 in savings. Among the ideas adopted by trustees was taking $160,000 from the teacher staffing reserve, which are funds set aside in case additional teaching positions are needed, and taking $99,000 that was to be set aside for a second much-needed Speech Language Pathologist. The board also agreed to reduce the education supplies budget by 20 per cent, saving $67,000. McIntyre noted the district has been budgeting more than has been necessary for its flex funds, legal fees and consulting fees for a number of years and suggested $30,000 be removed from each for a combined savings of $60,000.

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Perry, Bender take national awards


he Northern View is pleased to announced that some of the best articles in the country in 2013 appeared within these pages. The Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA), an organization that represents publications of all sizes from coastto-coast, earlier this month announced the winners of its National Newspaper Awards and both Quinn Bender and Martina Perry were recognized for their outstanding writing over the past year. China Syndrome: Prince Rupert’s Island of Dreams and Nightmare was chosen as the Best Feature in the country. Complete with photos capturing the state of the derelict pulp mill, Bender’s piece looked at the financial challenges facing the City of Prince Rupert after taking ownership of the site from Sun Wave Fores Products. Almost a year after it was published, and five years removed from the city ownership of Watson Island, the story remains relevant to the taxpayers of Prince Rupert as the city now faces a legal challenge from would-be buyers Watson Island Development Corporation. Also bringing an national award to the North Coast is Martina Perry, who placed third in the Best Environmental Writing category. B.C.’s new Coal Harbour, which provided an in-depth examination of coal dumping allegations at Ridley Terminals, was recognized as being one of the best in the country by a panel of industry experts for not only the quality for writing but for the impact it had. Following the publication of the story, both Environment Canada and the Prince Rupert Port Authority launched investigations into activities at the terminal while sources on-site said work began on addressing concerns with the settling pond. The article is also a finalist for the B.C./ Yukon Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray Award for Environmental Writing, the winner of which will be announced later this month during a gala in Richmond. The Northern View is extremely proud of the accomplishments of both Martina Perry and Quinn Bender in bringing this recognition to the North Coast. Winning a national award is always something to be celebrated. This type of award-winning writing is something the Northern View will continue to bring to the region week in and week out.

Driver’s licences go digital

Have you got one of the new B.C. driver’s routine prescription renewals are a cash cow for licences yet? today’s doctors, generating guaranteed billings but By now most drivers have the one with the often little or no health benefit. unsmiling black and white mug shot, to conform Most people will still think of it as a driver’s to passport standards so it could be used for licence, but it’s intended as an all-purpose border identification with the magnetic swipe strip government ID. If you don’t drive, you are spared on the back. the $75 licence renewal fee, and within a couple of About one million of us now have the newest years the cards will start providing online access to version, with a credit-card style digital chip that a wide range of government services. proves your residence and eligibility for our By the end of 2015, Wilkinson says about famously “free” medical care. two million people will have the new cards, Tom Fletcher The motor vehicle office started issuing them roughly half of B.C.’s population. Application about a year ago, as five-year licences expire. They forms converted to online access will include replace the old “CareCard” that has no expiry date. Over student loans, birth, death and marriage certificates, voter the years there were more than nine million CareCards registration and even criminal record checks. issued, twice the population of B.C., as people held onto All this will be costly to set up, but the savings from their access to our defenseless, overworked medical system having customers do their own data entry are well known, from wherever they moved to. as any banker or supermarket owner can tell you. Positive identification is only the start for this card. It also means a decline in the number of government Each will be assigned a password that gives access to online office jobs, and the potential for further outsourcing medical records, so when patients show up at an ER, their of services, as we have seen with Medical Services Plan eligibility is confirmed and any previous conditions or administration and the back-office functions of BC Hydro. medications are accurately matched. (Note that medical Some older readers won’t be thrilled to hear about this. information is not stored on the card, just an access code They don’t want a “smart phone,” just a phone. But they that goes with the password.) will also see their great-grandchildren becoming adept with Patients will be able to call up their own files at home, tablet computers before they can even speak. Seniors will book medical appointments and even renew prescriptions, get the hang of it pretty quickly, and their lives will become which is where the efficiency comes in. In-person visits for easier.

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April 16, 2014 • Northern View • A5

On the street

What’s your favourite spring activity in Prince Rupert?

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“I’m not sure yet. I’m new to Prince Rupert. I moved from the Philippines a month ago.”

“Walking around and being outdoors.”

“Going for walks.”

Photo courtesy Prince Rupert Port Authority FRUITS OF THE EARTH: Barry Martin is one of many Canadian farmers whose agricultural products are shipped through the Port of Prince Rupert. Their livelihood depends on a sophisticated supply chain that moves cargo to market efficiently and reliably.

Grain farmers value Some pipeline perspective Rupert’s advantages

Letters to the editor

Editor: In Canada in February 2014, there were 17,504,000 employed people. Mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction jobs numbered 319,400. Of these, 195,200 were oil jobs. This breaks down to 1.1 per cent of the jobs in Canada. The point made here is that more than 98.5 per cent of jobs are in the other sectors. As to job creation regarding the Northern Gateway pipeline, Robyn Allen quotes Enbridge, “There will be 3,000 construction jobs at the peak of construction.” She says that in their report, the peak of construction is a three-month period in the third year of a fiveyear project. These are temporary jobs. Did you know that 4,300 permanent jobs on the B.C coast would be lost if there was an oil spill? Canada has the eighth largest commercial fishing and seafood industry in the world. First Nations would be disastrously impacted if there was an oil spill or an oil leak from the proposed pipelines? Do we not owe it to all of these people to not increase the potential for environmental disaster by transporting bitumen to Kitimat and exporting it? In North America there have been, on average, 250 (never less than 220) pipeline incidents per year for the past 20 years costing $6.3 billion in property damage. To mention a few, there’s Marshall, Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, the Athabasca pipeline north of Edmonton and two leaks in Red Deer, one in 2008 and June 2012. The list goes on and on.

“How does exporting oil warrant the negative effect for B.C.?”

Editor: Our Energy Policy is based on exporting energy to create jobs. Instead of developing an Energy Policy of self sufficiency, we’ve developed a make work project that’s called the Alberta Tar Sands, which is subsidized by the Canadian taxpayer to the tune of $1.2 billion a year. This particular project has a net energy loss, which means, it takes more than a barrel to make a barrel. It’s all done in the pretext of job creation, which it does, high paying jobs, which me and you pay for. This is what fuels the Asian economy, cheap North American energy combined with

“This is what fuels the Asian economy, cheap North American energy.”

- Wanda Bristol

Double-hull tankers have oil spills. How about the Eagle Atome in Port Arthur, Texas and the Bunga Kelona in Singapore in 2010? The Northern Gateway pipeline would carry Alberta oil to Kitimat for export, not domestic use. We are not benefiting from our own supply. We are not building refineries and creating jobs. This is good money for the oil corporations and Alberta. How does exporting oil warrant the negative effects for B.C.? Exactly who would pay for a Northern Gateway pipeline leak or a tanker spill? How much would they pay? Will B.C. taxpayers have to foot the bill? The Canadian government ship-source oil pollution fund only has to pay out $161 million per spill, and this is only if certain conditions are met. Remember the Exxon Valdez spill? Cleanup costs were more than $3.8 billion. Why would B.C. even contemplate a deal where the environment, the livelihood of First Nations and permanent jobs would be compromised with minuscule benefit? Wanda Bristol Armstrong

Exporting jobs to Asia

- Art Green slave and child labour, with no environmental restrictions, and they in return supply us with cheap non essential consumer goods. Art Green, Hope, BC



he county of Grande Prairie, Alberta is within the northernmost farming region in North America, and is home to some of the richest soil in Canada. Because of this, Grande Prairie is one of the few places in Canada where land is still being cleared for agricultural development. Its farmers are currently celebrating a grain harvest that may go down in history as one of the Canada’s largest. Greg Sears’s family was one of the first to farm in Grande Prairie. His grandfather built a log cabin and began clearing his land over a century ago. Today, the Sears family farm is a modest 2,400 acres and is worked primarily by Greg, his father, father-in-law, and two farmhands. Compared to other farms in the area that can be as large as 10,000 acres, it is a manageable size for the tight-knit crew. They produce roughly 3,600 tonnes of grain each year. The farms grows a mix of wheat, barley and canola, the latter of which accounts for close to half their crop. A significant amount of crop production from farms like the Sears’s travels by rail to the Port of Prince Rupert, since Grande Prairie’s location allows it to take advantage of CN Rail’s BC North Line to the Prince Rupert Grain export terminal. Harry Shudlow is another Grande Prairie farmer with 3,000 acres in the community of Sexsmith. He is very optimistic about crop yields this year. He’s also pleased that the end of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly has given Canadian farmers newfound freedom to market their own product. “Being able to market all grains in the open market, we can improve our equipment, storage, and purchase more land for our children with our profit,” said Harry. “In the past, you were spinning to pay the bills. I now market my own grain and I’m happy for doing it. I never get the best price, but I’m lucky to get the average price.” With their crop sold for the best price they can get, farmers have little influence over where their product is shipped. But farmers like Greg and Harry have an appreciation for the advantages offered by an uncongested northern rail line and an efficient marine export terminal with capacity for growth. “Prince Rupert is the closest port to us, and that’s good for us,” said Greg. “When you realize how much volume we export as a country, it’s a massive quantity of grain and the logistics required to get it from my farm to the port is kind of amazing. It’s important to us that every part of that supply chain and network is running seamlessly so the whole system doesn’t get bottlenecked. As farmers, it’s not something we think about every day, but we’re certainly very proud of the industry we’re in, and we realize that our part is only one of many that drives the agricultural economy.” Re:port is a collaborative promotional venture by the Prince Rupert Port Authority and The Northern View.


A6 • Northern View • April 16, 2014

CBSA securing the Port of Prince Rupert BY MARTINA PERRY

“We’re looking for potential weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.”

PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

At Your Service

The Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) outlined the step they take to ensure the security of containers entering Prince Rupert during a Trade Talks event on Thursday. The many ways in which CBSA works within port operations was the topic of the event, the second hosted by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and the focus was on protocols and methods the agency uses for container inspections. Dan Bubas, CBSA chief of operations for the West Coast and Yukon District, said the CBSA has three key strategies for managing the boarder. “We receive vast electronic information on what is coming to Canada. Before the goods have even left we’re getting information on what they are and where they’re coming from. With that information, we turn it into intelligence and use risk assessment systems,” he said. “Thirdly, we build programs to expedite low-risk training and facilitate business.”

- Dan Bubas Bubas said the CBSA analyzes the risk assessment of 100 per cent of containers heading to Prince Rupert. “What we’re looking for in particular is anything that would be considered a danger to people. We’re looking for potential weapons of mass destruction, and acts of terrorism,” he said. “By and large, most freight is low risk.” When containers reach Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert, radiation levels are tested. Bubas explained the process to those in attendance, overviewing the various methods CBSA officers use to ensure cargo is safe. If containers are still considered risky, CBSA must destuff containers at the container examination facility. Bubas said

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Dan Bubas of the Canadian Border Service Agency outlines some of the steps the organization takes to ensure the security of containers entering Prince Rupert.

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April 16, 2014 • Northern View • A7

Heart of our City

Wearing many hats Dave Walker does it all in Prince Rupert


After spending nine years as a musician enrolled in the Canadian Forces in his hometown of Victoria, Dave Walker arrived in Prince Rupert. His first impression of the city was, to say the least, nothing to write home about. “The day I got into town, it was pouring rain. The rain was coming down about an inch per hour and the wind was blowing about 100 kilometres per hour and I thought, ‘welcome to Prince Rupert Dave. I am going to stick this out for a year and then I am gone’,” he recalls. “That was 43 years ago and there is no way I am going anywhere now.” What brought Dave to Prince Rupert is the same thing that brought many in the community to Kaien Island: he was lured to the North Coast with a job at the Watson Island Pulp Mill. But his wasn’t just an ordinary trade, Walker spent his time as fire chief for what was then Prince Rupert’s largest employer. “I designed and bought ambulances, fire engines, proper industrial equipment and dealt with some horrific accidents and fires. One fire we had did $170,000 damage in 75 seconds at the powerhouse,” he said, noting the company was very welcoming and thankful for his work. “They treated me really well. I showed a little initiative and worked hard and they went out of their way to treat me nicely. They sent me all over North America to go to school and learn my trade.” It was that spirit of welcoming that drove Dave to get involved in the community. While he may have come to Prince Rupert for the job, most in the community will know Dave Walker for his volunteer work. One example of the many ways he gives back to the place he calls home is the Jingle Bell Express, the annual train ride with Santa Claus that Walker started and organized for 15 years. “That is why I have so much white hair. It got pretty hairy at times and lots of strange things happened with that,” he joked. “There were a couple of times when there just about wasn’t a train. You know, winter time and they had to get the train from Terrace to Prince Rupert in the middle of the night and there were avalanches and road blocks. Here I am at 8 p.m. looking down the tracks because the next morning is the train – all these tickets are sold, Santa Claus is on his way and I’m out there in the snow waiting. When the headlights showed up, I just thought ‘Oh, thank God’.” But as much work as it was, Dave will quickly tell you that it was worth every white hair it caused. He recalls two particular instances, one where he met the first baby to use new jaundice lights purchased through the funds raised by the ride eight years previously, and one child who was won over by Saint Nick. “There was a kid who said, ‘I’m not going to ride with Santa Claus on the stupid train’. He was about

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Dave Walker stands next to an army uniform that is on display at the Royal Canadian Legion.

“I thought, ‘I am going to stick this out for a year and then I am gone.’ That was 43 years ago.” - Dave Walker two years old in his dad’s arms and they were walking down the platform toward the train and he happens to look up and see Santa Claus standing there. He went from a screaming, kicking kid to just jaw dropped in awe in a matter of seconds. That is what it’s all about,” he said with a smile. “It was a lot of work organizing it, but train day was a whole different story. It was always such a blast. I had a uniform I wore and we just had a ball.” While his involvement in the community is almost impossible to keep track of — he has overseen the train display at North Pacific Cannery since its inception 30 years ago, helped train the volunteer fire department in Port Edward, fought off gale force winds to help place the Kwinitsa Station, maintained the old chair lift and served on boards as varied as the Prince Rupert Regional Archives to Northern Savings Credit Union to the Prince Rupert Music Society — Dave’s current passion is rejuvenating the Prince Rupert branch of the Royal Canadian Legion as its current president.

“Right now my focus is getting the Legion going again after its near demise a few years ago ... it is important that any city this size, and even smaller, has a Legion. There are smaller places than Prince Rupert in B.C. and Canada that have a Legion,” he said. “People got the misconceived idea that when the Legion sold the property on the waterfront that it was the end of the Legion, that the Legion was gone. There was no more Legion in Prince Rupert. That is not the case at all. The Legion had its membership and we had our monthly meeting in different locations since we didn’t have our own,” he said. The Legion now has a new location on 3rd Ave. West, which includes exhibits of old army and navy equipment. “If we have a place to hang our shingle, people will come back. Not only will people come back, new ones will come,” he said. “We have a great board of directors in place and if they can look after this place, it will be good for another 100 years no problem.” After 43 years and countless hours of volunteering, Dave said what he loves most about Prince Rupert comes down to one thing. “It’s the people. It really is ... they’re people that care and in the big city you don’t get that. You don’t get people that care. I care, so that is why I got involved with all of the volunteering,” he said. “I would never leave. There is no way. Not a chance.”


A8 • Northern View • April 16, 2014

Port tonnage drops BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

While most of Prince Rupert’s terminals saw increases in product in March compared to last March, overall tonnage dropped by more than 17 per cent year-over-year. Last month, 43,451.5 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) were moved through Fairview Terminal, which is up nearly 22.7 per cent from March 2013’s total of 35,424 TEUs. That included 24,125 TEUs imported through the operation, up 44.9 per cent from last March when 16,646.25 TEUs were, and 19,326.5 TEUs exported, up nearly three per cent from 18,777.75. Of the exports, there were close to 22 per cent more loaded TEUs shipped in March and a 30 per cent decrease in empty TEUs. In the first quarter of 2014 there has been nearly 128,368.8 TEUs through Fairview, which is down 4.9 per cent when compared to the first three months of 2013 when nearly 134,974.8 went through the operation. There has been a five per cent increase in the number of imports at Fairview and nearly a 16.9 per cent decrease in exports. However, there has been a 15 per cent increase in the number of loaded TEUs being exported so far this year and a 53 per cent decrease in empty TEUs. Outside of Fairview, nearly all other port operations saw improvements in March. Harbour Terminal saw a huge tonnage increase last month, with 45,186 tonnes going through the operation compared to 21,649 tonnes in March, 2013. There was also a 127 per cent upturn in the first quarter of 2014, with 124,423 tonnes going through Harbour Terminal so far this year compared to 54,711 in 2013. Prince Rupert Grain saw the second largest increase year-overyear in March, with 500,079.8 tonnes moving through the operation last month, a five per cent increase over the 476,156 tonnes moved in March 2013. But there was a nearly 3.5 per cent drop in the year-todate total, with 1,357,357 tonnes being handled so far this year in contrast to 1,406,449 by this point in 2013. There were significant declines at Ridley Terminals, with the coal export facility seeing a 53.25 per cent drop last month at 673,391 tonnes, compared to 1,440,334 tonnes in March 2013. In the first quarter of 2014 there has been 34.7 per cent less coal moving through the operation, with 2,042,545 tonnes so far this year in contracts to 3,126,761 in 2013. In March, 28,145 tonnes were handled at Westview Terminal, which brings the year to date total to 81,277 tonnes. Combined, port of Prince Rupert tonnage dropped 26 per cent this March, with 1,681,316 tonnes being moved through operations compared to 2,292,379 in March 2013. So far this year there has been close to 17.6 per cent fewer tonnes handled compared to last year, with 4,908,513 tonnes being moved so far in 2014 and 5,952,250 tonnes being moved in the same time in 2013.

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Pacific NorthWest LNG asked for feedback on its proposed LNG terminal on Lelu Island during two open houses last week and people on the North Coast were happy to respond. The number of people attending the April 7 meeting in Port Edward and the April 8 meeting in Prince Rupert rose from previous open houses, with this being the first open house following the submission of the project’s environmental assessment application. Pacific NorthWest LNG senior advisor of corporate affairs Spencer Sproule estimating a 50 per cent jump in attendance in Prince Rupert. “It was really encouraging to see people come in to get information on the project, to see new visuals and new designs and to learn about the regulatory process going forward,” he said. While boards at the open house covered everything from marine mammals to on-island vegetation, Sproule said what interested people the most related to vessel movement around the terminal and employment. “The (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX thing I heard the most was on the revised


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April 16, 2014 • Northern View • A9

Region’s labour Credit union boasts growth force declining BY MARTINA PERRY


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Fewer people are working in the region now than the same period in 2013, indicates the latest information from Statistics Canada. Information for March 2014 states 36,600 people are working, a drop from 39,500 in March 2013 for the area from the North Coast to just west of Vanderhoof. Accordingly, the labour force, which is defined as the number of people who consider themselves as part of the labour force whether working or not, has also dropped – from 42,900 in March 2013 to 39,800 in March 2014. At the same time, the number of people who are unemployed has also declined, from 3,500 in March 2013 to 3,200 in March 2014. The result is a March 2014 jobless rate of eight per cent compared to 8.2 per cent in March 2013. The drop in the workforce comes at a time when province-wide, more people were working in March than the month before. Statistics Canada reports an 18,000-person rise in the March 2014 workforce in B.C. The Northwest’s March 2014 jobless rate of 8 per cent puts it in the middle of provincial economic regions. The highest jobless rate, surprisingly, is in the Northeast where it was 8.6 per cent in March, much higher than the 4.6 per cent recorded in March 2013. The lowest March 2014 regional jobless rate was 6.1 per cent and that was in the Cariboo.

Northern Savings Credit Union (NSCU) had a prosperous year in 2013, increasing its earnings, assets and the amount given out in loans. “2013 was a really successful year for the credit union, one that saw strategic realignment and solid business growth as we continue building a promising future in the Northwest region,” said Ken Doleman, president and chief executive officer of Northern Savings. Last year, the financial institution had $2.58 million in earnings, up from $1.9 million in 2012. Aside from the year-to-year profits, the increase came from there being fewer unpaid loans in 2013. NSCU set aside $1 million to cover unpaid loans last year, with about half of that not being used. Additionally, NSCU sold an insurance agency on Vancouver Island and a piece of property in Prince Rupert. Cash and cash equivalents were also up, with NSCU having $42,847,364 last year compared to $22,433,123 in 2012. The financial institution increased its cash and cash equivalents by not seeking more deposits as aggressively as it usually would, but instead loaning out some of its surplus funds for a higher return. This translated to a drop of more than $36 million in Northern

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Savings assets in 2012. Despite successes, Doleman admitted there were some challenging changes in 2013 like heighten competition, margin compression and regulatory changes. “Our staff and directors have not only met today’s challenges, but have also prepared the way for a brighter future,” Doleman said, adding NSCU works hard to be prepared as new projects come to fruition in the region. “Our region is in the early stage of what is a significant growth cycle when we look at what’s on the plate. We need to be ready for that.” Northern B.C.’s economic growth is shown in the number of loans NSCU

gave out last year. In 2013 Northern Savings saw a 13.4 per cent increase in its total amount of loans, going from $674,900,035 in 2012 to $763,253,411 last year. Personal loans and mortgages were up by approximately11 per cent, with commercial loans growing by 19.5 per cent. Although there was a boost in loans the company handed out last year, NSCU’s financial income was lower in 2013 at $30,596,134 compared to2012’s $31,679,024 income. The acquisition of Key West on Haida Gwaii and other purchases by the company’s IT department meant there was an increase in operating expenses last year of about $2.6 million.

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Golf club preparing for transition year BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

After being hit hard by the departure of expresident Dave Tough and the retirement of club pro Moe Hays and Pro Shop manager Pam Hays, the Prince Rupert Golf Club is on the rebound for their 2014 season. Operating with a $25,538 loss from last year and a leaky roof to deal with, the club is treading new ground. “It’s a transition year for us,” said general manager Judy Fraser last week. “We’re certainly hoping to increase membership, but the support from our (current) members has been really good as far as paying early. It’s a real learning curve.” As of last weekend, the club had 84 members signed up for the season, down from 163 last year. But the Prince Rupert Golf Society, the new operators of the club, have a plan. The signs are there for a rejuvenation, says Fraser, including a financial contract with the City. “We had a very good meeting with them last Friday. The executive made a presentation and it was well-received by councillors so we expect to have an agreement shortly. I think the next meeting is April 14, so we expect to have that signed shortly after that,” she said. The roof will cost approximately $20,000 to fix. Fraser said the club is setting up a donation account with the city and contributors can claim a tax receipt for their generosity. The society, made up of the members of the club and an executive committee headed by president Fred Hainstock, bought some Pro Shop stock from Hays’ sellout last year, including balls, tees, gloves and other paraphernalia. To attract more youth members to the greens, the club has lowered the yearly cost to approximately $100 for 15-and-under members and are offering two-forone green fees on Mondays and ladies nights to get women who don’t normally hit the links to get out and try their hand at it. With February’s Fundraising Dinner and Loonie Auction, organized by Fraser, the club raised close to $9,000 from items such as jewellery, suitcases, driving passes, plane trips and boxing and fitness lessons. The general manager is already seeing some growth outside Prince Rupert’s borders as well. “We’ve definitely had a lot of calls from out of town like Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers,” explained Fraser. “Their courses aren’t open so they’re all chomping at the bit to get golfing.”

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Henzle Masocol (right) battles for the ball with Tanveen Randhawa (centre) against Kitimat in the season-opening weekend.

Rainmakers fall in season opener BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Down 1-0 in her second game in five hours and with her team struggling to find offence, Tanveen Randhawa found a through-ball midway through the first half of Charles Hays’ girls soccer match against Kitimat’s Mount Elizabeth Secondary. Randhawa made a move to split the surrounding defence, but was hauled down. The ref’s arm shot up. A penalty kick was awarded just outside the 18-yard box. Randhawa didn’t miss. The forward blasted a strike past a leaping Kitimat goalkeep and Charles Hays tied the affair at one. That’s how the first half would end, and for the home side, the closest they would come to winning their first match of the season. Mount Elizabeth pulled away in the second half, scoring twice to take the 3-1 victory over a Charles Hays squad who earlier fell to Terrace’s Caledonia Senior Secondary in their first match of the season. CHSS’s Henzle Masocol scored in that game and was a large threat in the first half of her second before Kitimat posted double coverage on Charles Hays’ most consistent

lethal option. She’s not the tallest player, but she’s also not afraid to challenge for possession. “I went for the ball and they just pummelled me down, but I got up,” said the striker. Masocol highlighted a solid effort from the group’s first weekend of competitive play. Coach Kyla Ragan was impressed after her first good look at this year’s squad. “I think they did really well,” said Ragan. “There’s a few things with positioning that we’ve got to sort out and then we haven’t touched on penalty kicks or anything, so we’re going to go over how not to get them.” The back-end played well and suffered only a few mental lapses when Kitimat was able to break through their defences for the second half game-winning marker and their third insurance goal to seal the game away. The goal to start the second half was a shot that found the top-left corner of the mesh behind a busy second-half Charles Hays goalkeeper, who did a fine job stopping the majority of the shots sent her way. A scramble in the penalty area found a wide open Kitimat forward who slid one into an open net for the 3-1 lead. The team next plays after the Easter break. “I think we played good for our first games,” said Masocol.

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Rainbow Chrysler Caps sweep finals BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

It’s not the Stanley Cup, but a golden chalice sits on Paul Vendittelli’s desk as a result of two recently-victorious, gruelling playoff series. It’s the Prince Rupert Pick-up Hockey League’s crowning achievement and Vendittelli is seeing the most recent team gets its plaque on the trophy after the league’s third season wrapped up earlier this month. Vendittelli plays wing for the Rainbow Chrysler Capitals, the 2014 champions after a 2-0 series win over the Oceanside Thrashers, including a 6-5 overtime series-clinching victory on April 2. “Both teams were trading chances and at one point we felt, you know eventually these have got to start going in,” said the winger last week. Down 4-1 in the game, the Capitals slung on their rally caps and mounted the comeback. “[Oceanside] had a shorter bench, meaning they did have a couple less players that weren’t there and so they started getting tired and we could feel a bit of that momentum start to swing,” said Vendittelli. Down 5-4 with 30 seconds left and the goalie pulled, Rainbow Chrysler pressured the Thrashers in their own zone and pulled out the game-tying

goal by Greg Blair. “We kind of started going off that momentum and just playing basic hockey, getting it in deep, and behind their net and cycling it,” said Vendittelli. Kendal Stace-Smith notched the overtime-winner shortly after that to add to his two-goal game, and the Capitals had claimed glory after getting a taste of the finals but falling short in the league’s inaugural season two years ago. The Pick-up Hockey League plays 40 games between the Thrashers, Capitals, the Prince Rupert Grain Flyers and the Chances Regulators. Each member pays a $500 fee to participate, though the league has been forced to be more selective with their registration, as it’s really the only option for players not on the Prince Rupert Rampage roster or the 35+ Oldtimers’ league. “We’re trying to fill the void with as many people as we can between 18 and 35 to give everybody a chance to have ice time,” said Vendittelli, who added the league has pretty much reached its capacity. “We’re running out of options for ice time. We can’t take it from minor hockey or figure skating, otherwise we can easily add another team or two.” The forward, who notched two assists in Game 2 of the finals, says

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Back row from left: Chris Colussi, Keith Movold, Mike Cote, Jordan Vendittelli, Kendal Stace-Smith, Raymond Kierce. Front from left: Mike Coolin, Brady Youngman, Curtis Duck, Greg Blair, Paul Vendittelli, Aaron Armstrong, Goalie: Jordan Vanderwiel, Missing: Giang Ngyuen, Josh Armstrong, Mike Pearce.

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Stava leads SeaSport in U12 soccer match BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Nolan Stava draws a lot of comparisons between hockey and soccer. Mainly the fact that he likes to play centre in both and the forward is quite adept at scoring, in the summer at least. Stava had two goals in his SeaSport Outboard Marina team’s debut versus 3rd. Ave. Car Wash. SeaSport cruised to a 5-3 win, and had the majority of the pressure during the match, but 3rd. Ave. was not to be outmatched. No. 9, Ferryn Collins, notched two goals of his own in response to SeaSport’s

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April 16, 2014 • Northern View • A17

Trap/neuter program funded

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PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View


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After years of pushing for a trap, neuter and release program, the Prince Rupert SPCA recently received financial backing. “It’s extremely rewarding [to see the process start]. I’ve been working so hard and lobbying people for support; all the hard work has come to fruition,” said Prince Rupert SPCA branch manager Anna Terebka. Prince Rupert’s branch received $4,300 from the BCSPCA legacy fund, with McLehenney Consulting contributing $500. The money will go to spaying and neutering a colony of feral and free-roaming cats, which Terebka says will “reduce the pain and suffering of unwanted litters”. All together, the $4,800 will spay or neuter about 30 cats. But that number could be affected by complications. “Even though it’s just a little step, at least it’s a step in the right direction,” said Terebka. “It’s just the beginning.” Terebka didn’t reveal the colony’s whereabouts, stating its caretakers are not comfortable with it being made public. “The success of the program is dependent on a good relationship between the SPCA and colony caretakers,” she explained, adding she and the caretakers will do the trapping. Terebka met with the Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital on April 8 to come up with an arrangement where any stray cats caught as part of the program will be able to be operated on quickly. “Pet owners might have to wait a month, but we can’t do that with feral and freeroaming cats,” she said, adding capturing began later that day.

Everyone has their own way of falling asleep. Whether it be warm milk, white noise, rainfall or music, people use different strategies to catch some Z’s. For Terrace’s Chantal Meijer, it’s the deafening roar of a locomotive. “We lived in those types of stations like the Kwinitsa Station when I was growing up,” explained Meijer outside the Museum of Northern British Columbia last week. “So I’m very familiar with trains rumbling by the station and rumbling me to sleep. We had such a unique way of life.” Meijer was in town with several other Terrace residents to be part of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway’s 100th anniversary tour of the last spike. The railway historian of the group, Meijer joined other Terrace celebration committee members, city councillors and area enthusiasts as they boarded the train with the anniversary’s special coaches last Monday night and arrived into Prince Rupert early Tuesday morning. It was all a part of Rail Travel Tours’ two-week train trip running from Toronto, ON to Prince Rupert and back. “I’m really doing this because of my father,” said Meijer. Richard Rinaldi was the Terrace foreman, and the last foreman at the Kwinitsa station. Before her dad’s passing in 2008, Meijer documented his 35 years of

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Wearing outfits appropriate to the era, this group gathered in Prince Rupert last Tuesday night after revisiting historic points of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

history as part of the “steel gangs”. Rinaldi worked nine months of the year from 1952 to 1987 in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, and he came from France to do it. It was hard work with long days and involved blasting rubble and laying new track for Canadian National Railways (CNR). “He told me that he worked 14-16 hour days and they worked many weeks where they could get a few days off. A few days off meant driving to Terrace to be with the family and spending just a day or two [with us],” said Meijer. Rinaldi came to Kwinitsa from Paris, and his wife and three daughters followed. “It was quite a shock,” said Meijer, who still speaks with the hint of a French accent.

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“My dad started as a sectionman, but he progressed quite quickly to become program supervisor. He took a lot of pride in laying new steel and these gangs were very difficult to marshall. There was hundreds of men and heavy equipment and all the responsibility of the tracks. I have that part in me now that I’ve recorded his history.” Each year, Rinaldi would travel to Edmonton to do all the hiring and from there, CNR would issue his designation for the coming months. In the winter months, Rinaldi would be the foreman at Terrace. In 1975, Rinaldi was away from home and Meijer was about to get married. “He drove 22 hours from Red Deer, Alberta just to make it to the wedding and he only stopped once for half an hour so he wouldn’t fall asleep at the wheel,” said Meijer. “He just made it and then he had to turn around and drive another two hours back to the gang, but he was not going to miss his daughter’s wedding.” With the gangs, he was popular and he demanded the best. “My dad had a reputation of being a real tough railroader. A lot of them came back to work for him who had worked for him in previous years and a lot of them were university students. They liked the pay. They got paid extra for the long hours and I think they also respected my dad,” said Meijer. “He was a soldier in the war and he ran the gangs with a sort of military precision. I think maybe his war experience in France helped him to marshall these gangs with a kind of iron fist.” Rinaldi had one top priority. “I knew he was driven by love for family but he was also driven as a perfectionist to see that the trains did pass safely, and no man was injured year after year [on his watch],” said Meijer “I asked him why did you do it dad, why did you spend all those years working outside so hard, and he said, ‘I did it so the trains could pass safely’.”


A18 • Northern View • April 16, 2014

Conference focuses on rising above BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

COAT CHEQUE John Paterson, Odd Eidsvik and Crystal Lorette present an $8,000 cheque to Jim Whaley of the Lutheran Church in support of a program that provides jackets and clothing to the less fortunate.

Seniors Centre notes BY DONNA PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Whist Winners Mon:Ladies’ 1st - M. Weir and D. Currie, Pool - M. Arneson; Men’s 1st and Pool - R. Basso, 2nd - J. Christison. Thursday :Ladies’ 1st - M. Weir, 2nd - L. Martinson, Pool - L. Martinson and M. Weir; Men’s 1st - E. Page, 2nd - M. Arneson, Pool - D. Eby. Easter Weekend: The centre will be closed on Friday, April 18 and again on Monday, April 21 for the Easter Break.

Spring tea and bazaar: Thank you everyone for supporting our fundraising efforts. We have a month to go and our hampers are very empty. Please don’t forget about our towel and grocery hampers. Thanks so much. We have a new computer using the Windows 8 operating system in our lounge, it is a beauty. Please feel free to come down and try it out. The screen is extra large, there is no tower and the mouse is wireless. Apparently you can flail away on it without doing any permanent damage so fear not. We have wireless Internet as well.

A Christian conference hopes to restore hope in victims of abuse this summer, with registration now taking place. The Rising Above Organization will host its National Healing Conference in Prince Rupert this June, in partnership with the Prince Rupert Salvation Army. Led by First Nations speakers, main conference sessions will address the impacts and recovery of sexual abuse and residential school experiences, with other prevalent issues like suicide, self-esteem and grief also being discussed. Speakers will include Howard Jolly, Selma Poulin, Mervin Cheechoo, Steve Masterson and Cindy Molacek, who will share their personal stories of abuse and their healing process. Through sharing circles and individual professional counseling sessions, participants will have the opportunity to share their stories to help further their healing journeys and equip them with the skills to help others. First Nations Christian rapper Fresh IE will open the conference with a performance and will be

facilitating youth workshops and activities throughout the four day event. The recording artist runs a mentorship program in Winnipeg and is dedicated to helping aboriginal youth. Fresh IE was the first Christian rapper to be nominated for a Grammy in Canada, and has toured Northern B.C. He has held various shows in Prince Rupert in the recent past. The Rising Above band, featuring singer and facilitator Jolly, will also provide musical entertainment throughout Prince Rupert’s conference. The Rising Above Organization formed in 1992 by First Nations Christian leaders to address significant issues caused by abuse among aboriginal people. The organization planned a conference to give people and churches tools to help restore hope to those in need. The National Healing Conference will take place at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre in Prince Rupert from June 4-7. People seeking more information or to register are encouraged to contact the Rising Above Organization at registration@ or 1-888-777-1380, or the Prince Rupert Salvation Army at 250-624-6180 ext. 23.





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“Northern Gateway’s Habitat Restoration Plan will ensure that caribou ranges are left in better condition than they were found.” - Paul Anderson, President of RPS HMA and Northern Gateway’s Director of Environment

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Northern Gateway understands and respects the important northern environments. The caribou ranges present a set of challenges that we will meet with world-class solutions and sensitivity. WE TURNED TO LEADING EXPERTS FOR ADVICE Northern Gateway consulted with experts like Paul Anderson to help us develop caribou habitat plans. Paul has more than 25 years of experience supporting major projects and has extensive knowledge of regulatory and stakeholder engagement practices in Canada. Over the past five years, Paul has been responsible for developing the environmental and socio-economic impact assessment for the Project. “There have been a multitude of industrial projects over the course of the last few decades that have put tremendous pressure on caribou habitat and populations.” Based on the experts’ recommendations, Northern Gateway has committed to detailed caribou habitat assessment and restoration

plans that go beyond requirements. One of our commitments in British Columbia is to build the pipeline on or adjacent to previously disturbed lands, where possible, in the ranges of the Narraway, Quintette, Hart and Telkwa caribou herds. Overall approximately 70 per cent of the proposed pipeline route utilizes previous disturbances. Furthermore, Northern Gateway has committed to reclaiming these areas of previously disturbed land by planting trees, creating berms and otherwise restricting access for predators and hunters along the right-of-way. Our goals for habitat renewal will be accomplished through close consultation and communications with federal and provincial regulatory agencies, local stakeholders and Aboriginal communities. CONDITIONS FOR THE BETTER Northern Gateway’s voluntary commitments to undertake specific mitigation for the protection of caribou and caribou habitat were endorsed by the Joint Review Panel. They are now reflected in 16 of the 209 conditions that we must meet for Project approval. Paul adds, “Northern Gateway’s Habitat Restoration Plan will ensure that caribou ranges are left in better condition than they were found.” This is another example of how Northern Gateway is doing everything possible in order to build a safer, better project.

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A20 • Northern View • April 16, 2014

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After years of pushing from municipal governments on Haida Gwaii, the stretch of Highway 16 between Masset and Port Clements will be repaved in the coming months. Work on approximately 44 kilometres - Andrew Merilees of the highway is scheduled to start in early May, the last section of Highway 16 to be upgraded with new asphalt on Haida Gwaii. Andrew Merilees, mayor of the Village of Masset, said the stretch of highway has been “well travelled” and said Masset has been calling on the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to repave it for four or five years. “They’ve been promising to get ours done, so we’re very happy it is finally being repaved,” Merilees said. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure told the Northern View “this resurfacing work will extend the life of the highway, protecting and strengthening the road infrastructure to provide safer driving conditions for residents, businesses and commercial users”. The ministry awarded the $5.7 million project contract to Adventure Paving, a division of YCS Holdings Ltd. in Prince Rupert. The project is expected to be complete in July. But Merilees said before the contractors leave Haida Gwaii they will pave the parking lot and entrance way into the new airport terminal building in Masset on the village’s dime, although it will save money as the village won’t have to pay to bring the contractors over to do the work at a later date.

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“School in Skidegate has to finish five minutes earlier every day.” - Angus Wilson staff from holding meetings, as the principal of Agnes L. Mathers Elementary doesn’t live in the community and is also part-time vice-principal of Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary in Skidegate and teaches classes every day. “For her to attend a meeting with parents in Sandspit, she would have to spend the night,” said Wilson, adding it would also be difficult for himself and members of the board. Additionally, Sandspit students will be hindered from taking part in after-school activities like sports teams, cultural events or clubs. “We have a reading club that’s

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starting in a few weeks time and working out how to get the kids from Sandspit to it and back has been really tricky,” said Wilson, adding students will either have to shorten their time at the club or stay much longer after it’s over. With less than 600 students in the Haida Gwaii School District, another area of concern is cuts affecting the Haida Gwaii economy, which in turn could affect the number of students within the district. “The whole tourism industry is getting [hit] by this, and maybe that means someone closes up shop and moves,” said Wilson, adding each student loss means less funding for the district. The Haida Gwaii School District highlighted these concerns in a letter it sent to Peter Simpson of BC Ferries at the end of March, with a copy of the letter also being sent to B.C.’s Transportation Minister Todd Stone. The district had sent a previous letter to Stone in November.

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Class to teach students benefits of volunteerism BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

HELPING HANDS RBC employee volunteers presented a cheque for $1,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil fundraising program. RBC staff members participated along side other volunteers last weekend at the Rupert Square Mall, taking donations in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. RBC staff were able to help support this cause by applying for a grant under the RBC Day of Service program. During the next two months RBC staff can help registered charities to raise money by volunteering their time. Any registered charities looking for this kind of support, stop by the branch.

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A new course developed by Prince Rupert teacher Anna Ashley is aiming to inspire young people to become leaders and volunteers in the community. Service Learning and Leadership will combine the study of volunteerism, service and governance through practical experience served in Prince Rupert. Grade 11 and 12 students will be able to take the course, taking part in classroom discussions and community projects aiming to instil a sense of personal, social and political awareness. “Through my volunteering as a coach at the school and becoming involved on city council, I’ve noticed volunteering has been on the decline. I think a reason could be that people become so busy when they’re younger that often they might miss the opportunity of seeing the rewards volunteering can bring,” Ashley said, adding she believes the course will help develop skills and allow students to see a range of volunteering activities and the benefits they provide. “There’s lots of things that go into

“I’m hoping students gain that sense of wanting to give back.” - Anna Ashley volunteering that people don’t think about, like time and stress management for example,” she added. Aproximately half of the course will take place within the timetable and half volunteering within the community. Projects will involve planning, fundraising, presenting, budgeting and running events. Furthermore, students will be certified in World Host and will take part in other workshops related to learning outcomes during the course. Ashley hopes the class will establish civic awareness and pride in students, inspiring them to become involved in their community. “I’m hoping students gain that sense of wanting to give back ... it makes communities a better place to live,” she said.

Easter schedule released


PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The City of Prince Rupert Recreation Department is gearing up for a busy weekend of Easter activities this Sunday. Following the Prince Rupert Rotary Club’s Community Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the department will hold two hunts of its own on Sunday. The first will be for children six and under, which will run from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the second

will take place from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. for children between the ages of seven and 12. Staff will then shift their focus from hunting to swimming with the Annual Easter Swim. This year’s event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre with games, prizes and other fun activities. Look for coverage of the Easter weekend in next week’s issue of the Northern View.

Weekend Escape Photo courtesy of the Prince Rupert City & Regional Archives

Then - Although North Coast canneries employed a diverse workforce, work

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Now - A few years after North Pacific Cannery ceased canning operations in

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Full and Part time for Coastal Taxi Send resume & driver’s abstract to PO Box 56 Kitimat, BC V8C 2G6 No phone calls PR: Green Island Lawn and Garden is seeking a full-time landscape labourer for seasonal employment. Must be capable of physical labour and possess a valid driver’s license. Ideal candidate would enjoy working outside, be selfmotivated. Experience with lawn care and equipment preferred. Email cover letter & resume to


Looking for journeymen carpenter $25/hr and labourer $15/hr. Please apply before April 25/14 to File #326 C/O Terrace Standard 3210 Clinton St Terrace, B.C V8G 5R2

Prince Rupert Subway Full-time or part-time permanent food counter attendants needed for day and night shift work. Starting wage $10.75/hr. No experience required. No minimum education required. Should be able to speak and write English. Duties: greeting customers, taking orders, food prep, making sandwiches, sweeping & mopping, etc. Submit resume to: Sahdra Ent. Ltd. D.B.A. Subway Mr. Naripjit Sahdra 601 2nd Avenue West, P.R. Phone - 250-627-1561 Fax - 250-627-8881 Email -



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MECHANIC RESIDENT MECHANIC FOR PRINCE RUPERT Cullen Diesel Power Ltd has an opening for a resident Mechanic for Prince Rupert and surrounding areas to Service the Industrial & Marine markets. Heavy Duty or Commercial Transport experience is required. Previous Diesel Engine experience with DDC & MTU products will be considered an asset. Strong electrical and computer skills. Safety driven. For additional information contact: Stephen Palm 1-604-455-2208 or email resume:

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Come grow with us. At Catalyst, the opportunities are endless. We challenge and reward you to stretch your abilities, improve your personal and career prospects and get ahead. We are western North America’s largest specialty paper manufacturer and producer of some of the world’s most environmentally responsible paper and pulp. Our Powell River division is now accepting résumés for a:

2nd Class Power Engineer You’ll be contributing your skills to a workplace that encourages continuous learning, development and advancement. A BC-certified Power Engineer, you bring a solid technical understanding of steam and power production as well as effluent and water treatment. As you’ll be called on to oversee other employees, previous supervisory or training experience will be essential for this role. A pulp and paper background would be an asset. If you have the skills we're looking for and would like to join us for a strong future together, apply online at

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WE ARE EXPANDING OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM Competitive, creative customer oriented people with a desire for advancement are encouraged to apply for the following positions

CUSTOMER SERVICE FLOORING / CABINETS We offer a comprehensive medical and dental plan, wages are based on experience. If you would like to be a part of the Tyee Team please apply in person with a resume to Sharon Rothwell Tyee Building Supplies 405 third Avenue East Only accepted applicants will be contacted

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Summer Student Maintenance Tradesperson (Carpenter/Painter) School District No. 52 (Prince Rupert) is accepting applications for a qualified tradesperson (carpentry/painting). This is a full-time continuing position, 40 hours per week, effective May 1, 2014. Requirements include Grade 12 or equivalent plus a BCTQ or Inter-Provincial carpentry or painting certification; a valid B.C. driver’s licence; and the physical ability to perform the job duties. Preference will be given to an applicant with carpentry skills. The salary is as per the Collective Agreement between the School District and the IUOE Local 882-B. Interested applicants must complete a school district application form which is available on the School District website or at the School Board Office. Please submit this application with complete resume, employment references including up-to-date contacts and certificates attached, to: Human Resources Department School District 52 (Prince Rupert) 634 – 6th Avenue East Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1X1 Email: Fax: 250-624-6517 Closing date for applications is Monday noon, April 28, 2014. For more information contact Frank Shale, Director of Operations, at 250-624-4841.

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The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District invites applications for the term position of Recycling Summer Student. This position, working under the supervision of the Regional Recycling Operations Manager, will plan and undertake a variety of public education and awareness initiatives, as well as attend various public events to promote recycling. Based out of Prince Rupert the successful applicant will have an opportunity to travel to Haida Gwaii to promote public education for the Island communities as well. This position is from early May to late August 2014. Hours of work will require some flexibility and may include some evenings or weekends. To apply, send your resume and cover letter, no later than 4:00 PM (PST) by Thursday, April 17th, 2014 to: Joan Merrick, Chief Administrative Officer Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District 100 – 1st Ave East. Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1A6 Telephone: (250) 264-2002 Fax: (250) 627-8493 E-mail:

Help Wanted PR: Moby Dick Inn is taking applications for all positions. Experience wanted but not required. Please drop off resumes at the front desk. No phone calls please.

Wanted: Fishing Guide for a small lodge on Haida Gwaii. Suitable applicant should possess people skills and be a team player. Experience with salt water fishing techniques for Salmon and bottom fish would be an asset. Will be operating 24’ Thunder jet boats, experience with jet boats would be a plus. Must have or be able to obtain their SVOP, MED A3, ROC-M courses. Season will run June 1 to end of August. Resumes can be sent to or

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Housing Coordinator The Gitksan Government Commission requires a full-time Housing Coordinator to provide on-going assistance to Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell, Kispiox and Gitanyow communities. Headquartered in scenic Hazelton, B.C. this position will be of interest to someone who would enjoy the challenging role of providing assistance and advice to First Nations in the coordination, planning and implementation of community based housing plans; review and assist with the processing of applications for CMHC On-Reserve Social Housing and Residential Rehabilitation Programs; ensuring that all residential construction is carried out to Building Codes; assisting communities identify other sources of funding for housing construction; the provision of on-site training related to housing file maintenance; monitoring and assisting with the provision of housing budgets to communities; assisting and ensuring enforcement of housing policies; and participating in the overall project management responsibilities of the Commission. The successful candidate will have: • a minimum of five years experience managing multiple housing projects from the development of design through to construction; formal training will be an asset • excellent organizational, presentation and communication skills, experience in networking, building and maintaining community relationships and have the ability to liaise effectively with multiple stakeholders; • innovation and be self motivated; • strong inter-personal skills, team player and the ability to work independently; • computer experience in MS Excel, Word and Outlook; • working knowledge of Indian and Northern Affairs program requirements and experience working with First Nation communities; • must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to carry out a criminal record check. Qualified candidates are requested to submit a covering letter, resume and a minimum of three references with salary expectations to:

Gitksan Government Commission

P.O. Box 335, HAZELTON, B.C. V0J 1Y0 Phone: 250-842-2248 or Fax: 250-842-6299 Email: Deadline for receipt of applications is 4:00 pm April 17, 2014 ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

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Garage Sales PR: Numerous house hold items incl. electronics, stereo equip, CDs, TV, DVD, Wii and acc, baby items. Sat Apr. 19 129 Parry Place. 10 am - 2 pm

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The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District is seeking an experienced, highly motivated grant writer on a contract basis. Duties would include researching grant funding opportunities, preparing applications and proposals, and completing reports required as part of funding agreements. Please send a cover letter outlining your experience in grant writing to: Joan Merrick, CAO Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District 100 – 1st Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1A6 250-624-2002 ext 23

Recycling Depot - Casual Labourer The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District is now accepting application for casual labourers interested in working at the Regional Recycling Depot in Prince Rupert. Applicants must meet the following qualifications: Minimum Grade 10; Valid Class 5 Drivers License; Proficient in the English Language; Good physical condition to meet the demands of the job. Current rate of pay is $13.24 per hour Applications may be dropped off at: Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District Administration Office 100-1st Ave East, Prince Rupert; Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

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2)),&($66,67$175(&(37,21,67 Rainbow Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd. has an opening for a progressive and motivated individual to join our team as an Office Assistant/Receptionist. Candidates require a very strong work ethic with a professional, courteous, customer focused background. Applicant must have experience in an office environment although we are willing to train. Qualifications: -Experience with Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and General Ledger. -Strong computer and typing skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications. -Dynamic self starter, detail focused, extremely well organized with excellent time management skills -Ability to work independently with a flexible work schedule, be punctual and reliable. -Solid command of the English language and strong communication and telephone skills Benefits: We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package as well as employee purchase pricing. Apply with driver’s abstract in person, by email, mail or fax to: Sonia Duffus - Office Manager Closing Date: April 23, 2014 Thank you to all who apply but only those considered for interview will be contacted


Black Press has a very unique opportunity for the right person.

We currently have an opening for a sales person to help us with our paid distribution newspapers across B.C. This position means getting out in the community and talking to subscribers about our newspapers and working to build stronger relationships with existing readers of our newspapers. It also includes finding new subscribers for our newspapers and helping introduce them our award winning host of community newspapers. This is not a year-around position and will run from March to October each year. We offer a spectacular compensation package and bonus incentives. Your own vehicle is required, but we cover all travel expenses. This is really a great opportunity for the right person. It is a different type of job, but definitely has different types of rewards. If you feel this position would be the perfect fit for you, then we would love to hear from you. Please email all enquiries to Michelle Bedford at



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



PR: 2 or 3 bdrm townhouse for rent in quiet complex. Spacious, nicely renovated. Located near Civic Centre/Pool. In suite laundry. N/S, N/P. 2 bed $950, 3 bed $1200. Hydro not incl. Avail. May 1st. Phone 250-628-9433 PR: Very nice 3 brdm hse. Upgraded inside. Gas or elect. heat. Deck, F/S/DW, off-street parking, full basement w/ work shop. Good neighborhood. $1700 + Call Joe 250-6244598

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Heat and hot water included.

Rooms Starting At $69/Daily, $349/Weekly, $899/Monthly, Contractors Welcome All-Inclusive. 250-600-1680

No smoking. No pets $850 per month. References required.

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

Commercial/ Industrial Rupert Rentals / Commercial * Package offices with receptionist, video conference board room, nicely renovated. From $300 per month and up. Centrally located. * Two 2500 sq ft. Offices available immediately. Central downtown location. * Workshop/Storage heated. * Two 2500 sq ft. Unfinished offices available. Will build to suit.

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Suites, Lower PR: 2 bdrm suite. Available now. N/P, N/S, no pets. Call 250-627-7617 or 778-8842583 for info.

Townhouses PINE CREST 3 Bdrm. 2 Level T/H 1 ½ bath No pets Call Jenn 622-4304

1 bdrm suite. Furnished, very spacious with brand new kitchen on East side.$1200/ mo. N/P, N/S. Must have ref. Avail. May 1

PRINCE RUPERT Harbourview Apts. 2 & 3 Bdrm, 1 bath, Start at $600 No pets 627-6697 or 622-2699





Sealed tenders marked “Bristol Road Upgrade Construction Contract 2013-1439-1” will be received no later than 3:00 pm local time on Monday May 5, 2014 by the Terrace Kitimat Airport Society at the office of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. Suite #1 – 5008 Pohle Avenue, Terrace, BC V8G 4S8. This tender is for the construction of storm water, sanitary sewer, water main, shallow utilities and road construction on Bristol Road. The owner reserves the right to reject any or all of the Tenders and the lowest tender will not necessarily be accepted. Tender Documents may be viewed at the TerraceKitimat Airport Administration Office or at McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. Suite #1 – 5008 Pohle Avenue, Terrace, B.C on or after April 10, 2014. A recommended pre-tender meeting will be held on April 29, 2014 at the Terrace Kitimat Airport Administration Building at 10:00 a.m. Tender documents may be obtained at no cost in PDF on or after April 10, 2014 from McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., Suite #1 – 5008 Pohle Avenue, Terrace, BC V8G 4S8, or by hard copy for a non-refundable deposit of $150.00 made payable to McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. Project Engineer contact: Joel Barkman, P.Eng. Phone: (250) 631-4071 or





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2011 23’ Wellwood Trailer Sleeps 6 - 7 people. Brand new condition. Used for only 2 weeks. $18,000 Firm Call 250-624-3250

5 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath, spacious, over 2000 sq.ft. renovated, close to hospital, car port, N/S, N/P. $1500/ per mo. Ref. req’d. Avail May 1. Crew House 5 Bdrm. Very Spacious. Large kitchen & living room. N/P, N/S. Inquire at



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

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Recreational/Sale 2006 INNSBRUCK travel trailer 26’6”. Excellent condition. With slide. $13,750.00 Phone: (250) 695-6962 or (250) 6926013.

White 2010 Springdale Trailer by Keystone. Power awning, stabilizers, large slide and jack. Rear kitchen, 2 swivel rocker arm chairs, TV, Air, 2 way fridge, queen, sleeps 6, stereo, pass-thru storage. Sleeps 6. No bunks. Used a few times each season. Excellent condition. GVWR (lbs/kgs) 9570/4341. $20,000 Firm. Call/text 250-600-1283

1989 SUN RUNNER boat. 21.5 feet, 125 aq Volvo inboard motor, Merc leg, excellent running condition. $7000 (250) 698-7533 leave a message we will call you back. Pictures available. FOR SALE: 2005 Nissan Titan Air conditioning, Anti-theft alarm system, Chrome bumpers, 4 Wheel ABS. Tire pressure monitoring system, 6 passenger seating, heated exterior mirrors, leather steering wheel, leather gear shift, back power window and low miles in mint condition. Asking $13,500. Please contact Bill Parmar @ 250-600-7515 For further inquiries and test drives

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Welcome to the driver’s seat

The Impala is roomy inside with Business Class legroom in the rear — and the theme continues with the use of quality materials throughout. Keith Morgan

Impala leaps impressively to the top contemporary style favoured by The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is the many competitors. Its lines actubest domestic sedan ever, really? ally lean closer towards classy, That was the question front of rather than sporty. mind when I heard such a boast Let’s open the driver’s door. As its from a General Motors execuoutward appearance suggests, tive recently. Well, he’s paid to it is roomy inside with Business say that, I thought, but then he Class legroom in the rear! And the backed up the assertion with business class theme continues something that surprised me more. After spending a with the use of quality materials throughout. The hypercritical Consumer ReControls are logically placed ports organization had just given week in an Impala, I have to admit it and easy to operate with one the full-size sedan a 95-point score: No other domestic car had softened my cynicism exception. The standard infotainment system, which features an ever topped the sedans ratings to the point of almost eight-inch touch screen, is not in 20 years of rating cars by buying the hype. nearly as intuitive as I would like. bothsegment and style. And, just I would need to spend an hour to offer a bit more perspective to Keith Morgan with the manual to get it to perthis remarkable score: the fourform for me. The reason I don’t door was just behind the expendo that ahead of time is because I want to test sive Tesla Model S ultra-luxury hatchback with these systems against my iPad/iPod. Apple is 99 points and the BMW 1 Series coupe at 97. the benchmark. Get over it, guys! Mimic Apple After spending a week in an Impala, I have rather than try to reinvent the wheel and come to admit it softened my cynicism to the point up with a pale imitation. There’s a nifty secuof almost buying the hype. Explanation of my rity feature offered though that I must praise. continued reservations to follow. The screen emerges from the dash, revealing It wouldn’t take much imagination for designers a small storage bin that can be secured with a to turn out a more handsome Impala than its four-digit code. predecessor. But this long-looking car manages Let’s roll. The tester was equipped with a to look sharp and streamlined but not so overly 3.6-litre V6 DI with FlexFuel capability, including aggressive in stance, which is more often the



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variable valve timing, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The two base engines available are a solid 2.4-litre four-cylinder and a 2.5 version, both of which are likely adequate for commuter use. I headed straight for Highway One and it positively purred along the long, clear stretches open to the daytime driver. Great acceleration in take-off and passing with limited lean and sway when cornering at speed. Back in urban madness, it offered a good view of fast encroaching vehicles from side streets and the rear. I mention this because I expected the sleek window profiles might hinder views, especially to the rear. Hence, it was also not as much of a beast to park at the supermarket as I had feared. Light steering also assisted in that manouevre. On the urban performance front, the transmission took the annoyance out of stop-go traffic. Have to think it was gulping gas though in smoothing out the urban trek. The Impala with the V6 starts at $32,945 (around $3,000 more than the 4-cylinder-equipped versions) but the test car options, which included rear park assist, rear vision camera, collision and lane departure alerts, premium audio, sunroof, added another $7,000. It will compete with the Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus domestically and a host of imports. Now to my reservations: the fuel economy for the V6 is 11.1/6.9L 100km (city/highway) and while that is not bad for a large car, it’s not the best in its segment. The four-cylinder eco version is impressive at 8.7/5.8L 100km (city/ highway). That said,I don’t think fuel economy will be a deal breaker for most people. My continued reservations really boil down to reliability. It’s a brand new car and we should wait a couple or three years before anointing this car as the best domestic sedan ever. That caution should not stop you from taking one for a spin.


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A Ford European car Ford has done an excellent job of using its worldwide expertise to bring some very practical, yet fun to drive, small cars to North America. Using Europeans to build the Ford Focus The Fiesta ST and Fiesta for a worldis a gem in the wide market enabled subcompact class, the manufacturer to bring these superb delivering great handling cars virtually economy, fabulous unchanged to our shores. On top of that, interior and plenty of Ford is also selling smiles. their sportiest ST versions of both these Zack Spencer cars. The Focus ST was introduced last year and this year we get the Fiesta ST “hot hatch”. I’ve been a huge fan of the Fiesta. In fact, I prefer it to the bigger Focus — it is a perfect city runabout with go-cart like handling and a stylish little package. Looks For 2014, all Fiesta models get a minor facelift with a new front grille and headlights. The ST is easy to spot because of the black honeycomb grille with an ST badge, bigger alloy wheels, a rear spoiler hanging over the rear window, a bigger rear air diffuser with twin exhaust tips and blacked out trim around the



windows. The ST looks like it means business. There are two exterior options that might be worth the money. Upgraded paint colours like ‘Molten Orange’ or ‘Green Envy Metallic’ cost $400 and the smoked grey wheels with red brake calipers cost $500 more. The base ST at $24,999 comes very well equipped and is ready to cause some trouble. Inside The first thing that pops right out on the ST interior are the two heavily bolstered Recaro sports seats. These are not meant for big people, you just won’t fit. They are snug and supportive but lack some simple, yet important adjustments. The front of the seat sits much higher than the back so your backside is very low with your knees pointing up. This produces a sporty feel initially but on longer trips, the lack of adjustment prevents the driver from being able to stretch their legs. The dash has been updated to include a MyFord Touch screen for radio, phone, navigation and climate functions. The screen is rather small and far away from the driver, which makes accessing the small, virtual buttons on the screen a challenge. However, it does look much better than the older Fiesta dash. The ST comes standard with very powerful front seat heaters, automatic climate control, a fat leather steering wheel with redundant radio controls and a leather covered manual shifter. The back seat has always been tight in the Fiesta; this is perfect for a single person or couple, not the best for a family.

driveway designed for North America

The 2014 Ford Fiesta brings European features to the North American market. Drive In an era of cars that almost drive themselves, the Fiesta ST is a throwback to a timewhen the driver felt connected to the machine. The suspension is much firmer than the regular Fiesta, almost harsh over bumpy roads but the feedback to the driver through the tight steering ratio, firm chassis and the grippy Recaro seats is superb. The turbocharged, direct injection 1,6L Ecoboost engine pumps out 197hp. Only sold with a super-slick manual transmission that shifts with no effort at all and the clutch is precise. In such a small car, this engine lets the driver do pretty much anything at will. Want to pass on the highway? No problem. Want to scoot away from a


traffic light? No effort at all. This really is a car that does everything very well, including getting good fuel economy when the throttle is used lightly: using only 7.8L/100km in the city and 5.6L on the highway. Verdict At $24,999, the price might seem a bit steep for a subcompact car but this little machine comes almost fully loaded for that price. The options available are not “must have” items so the price can be kept in check. This Fiesta ST is a gem in the subcompact class, delivering great economy, fabulous interior and plenty of smiles. The ST just delivers much bigger smiles..

Confessions of a Curber Hot laps with a world champion driving Thank goodness, the stolen vehicle was behind me. Did I feel bad? Yes. Does it make me a bad person for selling a stolen vehicle? Probably. But to outsiders, my life hasn’t changed. I’m still the same old Walt. Oh, if they only knew. I was on a roll. To my disbelief, I’d sold seven cars already. I guess you could say it was a part of me now – I “flip” cars on the side. And, I was branching out – with a truck and camper. The truck had been rebuilt. It was roadworthy again. I even had the inspection records to prove it. And the camper? That was marketing genius. When I put it up for sale, I fibbed. But only a little bit. “Truck for sale. Fixed after fender bender, looks new. Includes camper. It’s been in an accident, so I’m selling both for a low price. Great for family adventures. Call if interested.” Shortly after, I got a call. The man had a distinct, charming accent. He asked me what a “fender bender” was. I explained that it was a small accident. He seemed pleased and asked to meet me the next day. I assumed he was relatively new to the country, so I thought this would be an easy sale. Boy was I wrong! He’d gone to “new immigrant” welcome classes, where they shared information about life in Canada. I think this was where he developed an interest in camping Canadian style. He knew all the right questions to ask. But, I

gave him all the wrong answers. And, I didn’t tell him the camper was way too heavy for the truck to be safe. He also asked for a vehicle history report. I pulled the CarProof report out. I mean, I had nothing to hide. He asked me what “rebuilt*” meant. I told him that, because of the small accident, the transmission needed to be rebuilt. Oh, but I’d altered the sections detailing the amount of damage. Judging from his English skills, I’m sure he didn’t understand the difference. At least he was trying. He got an “A” for effort. I hope he figures out that the truck and camper would be unsafe on the road when he gets it fully loaded with passengers, fuel and gear. Good thing I have my “no returns” policy! Yes, I know what you’re all thinking. This is the lowest of the low. But you have to understand. I was slightly manic about this whole thing. At this point, I would do anything to make a sale and get myself another wallet full of cash.

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Ojai, CA. - Four-time World Rally Champion (WRC), Tommi Mäkinen, is behind the wheel of the 2015 Subaru WRX STI at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in the middle of nowhere, California. I’m riding shotgun along with two others in the back. The ease and effortlessness in which he wrangles the 305 turbocharged horses of The ease and the Subaru via the 6-speed effortlessness ... is really manual gearbox is really no no surprise. surprise. After all, he’s not a champion because he looks Alexandra Straub good doing it. So, if the pro can make it look and feel as perfect as a summer’s day, I should be able to as well, right? I slip into the captain’s chair of the STI – without Tommi in the car, thank goodness – and take to the 3.1-mile track. Prior to the hot laps, I had driven the outgoing 2014 Subaru STI on the same course. I’d be back-to-back testing these all-wheel drive machines to see how the engineering prowess has, yet again, continued to make a vehicle with a cult-like following even better. Rewind a few hours to the start-of-the-day’s press conference. Masuo Takatsu, WRX STI Project General Manager, mentioned the modus operandi of the fourth generation STI was to create a vehicle that behaves as the drivers expects it to. Mission accomplished. Though I didn’t even come close to Tommi’s performance, that wasn’t my goal. The goal was to experience first-hand how docile yet potent Subaru’s famed sedan took to the high speeds and corners of the club track. I had no desire to hand the keys over to my colleagues as they eagerly anticipated their time in the Rally Blue beauty. It would be sacrilege if I didn’t insert some technical jargon into the reasoning why the STI scored big points on the road test. Without getting too deep into the engineering, here are the top three take-home points of this incredible vehicle. One: the increased use of high-strength steel makes for a stiffer and stronger body, and decreases its tendency to twist and bend in corners. The result? A more predictable handling sedan that isn’t easily irked and stays firmly planted to the ground. Furthermore, the 2015 STI achieves 16 percent less body roll than before. Two: You have the practicality of added dimensions. There is



Thumbs up from Alexandra and Tommi. 25mm added to wheelbase, there is 900mm more legroom in back and you get 20L more cargo space (from 320L to 340L.) Three: The Base WRX and STI don’t have a rear spoiler. The Sport and Sport-tech WRX has a trunk lip spoiler and the corresponding STI trims have the “table for six” or very large spoiler! Perhaps it’s also sacrilege to not put the emphasis of this review on the design and engineering of this new generation of STI. After all, it has been reimagined on both the inside and out. But anyone who knows the vehicle is aware that it is in a class of its own, with few competitors that can come close to the emotional appeal that this sedan brings to the market. And anyone not familiar with it should be aware that, despite its 2.5L turbocharged engine, which produces the aforementioned 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, it is as gracious and powerful as a samurai soldier and his sword. Now, for those who are looking for similar excitement but not as many ponies, Subaru has their WRX to captivate you. Also completely redesigned on the inside and out, you have the magic of the Japanese brand’s 2.0L, turbocharged engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and also the choice of a manual or a Sport Lineartronic transmission (a CVT with 8 virtual gears; similar to that found on the new Forester but tailored specifically to the WRX). It too has the dynamism and pedigree to impress on the road and track. Performance, good times, outstanding engineering and hot colours equate to the new 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI. WRC driver not included.


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2014 Ford F150 The all-new 2015 Ford F150 turned some heads at the Vancouver International Auto show including mine. Here’s close look at what’s new and different. I think We saw glimpses the first thing that impresses is the new of this with Ford’s styling. The LED back concept truck but lit headlights are a did not expect it to real stand out and the grille is a three- become reality so bar traveling all the soon. way down to the bumper, very nice. Ian Harwood Next noteworthy change is the super lightweight military grade aluminum alloy body, weighing almost 318 kgs less than the previous model. We saw glimpses of this with Ford’s concept truck, the Atlas, but did not expect it to become reality so soon. No waste of materials building this new truck. Any unused aluminum during manufacture is reclaimed. When it goes on sale late this year, there will be five trims available: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. Chrome appearance packages are available with them all. Monochromatic sport appearance packages are available with all but the King. Optional power running boards drop down into position only when the doors are opened



guaranteed to turn some heads on the highway

and remain tight against the body. Some of the safety concerns expressed around driving a pickup are addressed with the use of sensors in the advanced personal safety system that control deployment of the dual stage front airbags, front seat side airbags, and side canopy air bags. Advance-Trac and roll stability control comes standard. MyKey technology allows you to program the ignition keys with reminders to drive at appropriate speeds, limit the volume on audio system, limiting the vehicles top speed, muting the audio system until the front seatbelts are fastened. There are second-row inflatable safety belts, which work like a traditional belt but include a tubular airbag that inflates in the event of a crash and distributes the force of the impact across a wider area of the passenger’s chest A feature called Curve control, automatically provides more aggressive four-wheel braking when the truck is going into a corner too fast. There are host of safety systems. Adaptive cruise control, allows drivers to set a cruising speed and use radar technology to monitor traffic ahead and maintain a safe distance between vehicles. The lane keeping system is designed to help avert unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside the intended driving lane. It automatically detects the left or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rear-view mirror. The Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert uses radar hidden in the taillights to detect a vehicle entering a driver’s blind spot while driving or backing up.

Even in the showroom, the F150 gets a second look. Can’t believe I’ve got this far talking about a truck without mentioning power! - One of the engine choices is a new 2.7L EcoBoost engine that has undergone more than 16 million kilometres of testing. The other motors are the new 3.5L V6 EcoBoost that combines the efficiency of twin independent variable camshaft timing, and flex fuel capabilities, a 3.5L EcoBoost engine, which we are familiar with and a 5.0L V8. The trucks equipped with EcoBoost engines will

benefit from standard Active Grille Shutters. Active Grille Shutters stay open when extra engine cooling is needed, such as during lowspeed stop-and-go driving or while working in hot weather. They automatically close to reduce aerodynamic drag at cruising speed. Fuel economy numbers and prices should be released soon.

Nearly new: The 2010 Nissan Altima Nissan substantially revamped the Altima, its popular family sedan, for the 2010 model year. In addition to external front and rear The Nissan Altima styling changcan be a reliable, es, its roomy interior got a hard to beat used once-over in a car purchase in the refurbish that also included family sedan class. two important Bob McHugh new standard active safety features, electronic stability and traction control systems. The base engine in a 2010 Altima sedan or coupe is a robust 2.5-litre four cylinder and a 3.5-litre V6 was an option. A six-speed manual transmission was available with the four-cylinder and the continuously variable transmission option was standard with the V6 engine. The fuel-frugal 2.5 litre four-cylinder (175 horsepower) can get 8.9 L/100km in the city and 6.1 L/100km on the highway and runs on regular gasoline. The 3.5 litre V6 can produce a whopping 270 horsepower,



yet it still provides decent city/highway fuel consumption (rated at 10.6/7.7 L/100km). It does, however, have a craving for premium quality fuel. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is more efficient than a conventional automatic and is designed to always provide best fuel economy, however, some drivers dislike the way it holds engine speed at an optimal level. On the plus, it has a solid reputation for reliability and a nice feature of this CVT is a sequential manual mode that provides six speed settings. There’s also a less popular hybrid version of Altima, which claims an outstanding city fuel consumption rating of 5.8 L/100km. This full-hybrid powertrain was jointly developed with Toyota and can run for short distances completely on battery power. Like most hybrid sedans the battery pack is stored in the trunk. As a result, the rear seats do not fold-down to expand the cargo area and there’s a reduced amount of cargo space in the trunk. A push-button intelligent key system is standard on this generation Altima. It’s a convenient feature that allows you to start the engine without actually inserting a key in the switch barrel. The key fob must, of course, be inside the car and is best kept on your person. Altima got the coveted “recommended buy” rating from Consumer Reports. Although higher than usual incidence of brake


Changes to the Nissan Altima in 2010 make it a good choice. and electrical repair did show up on owner surveys, the overall rating for reliability was still better than average, with major mechanical issues showing up. A rear-view camera was added to select packages on the sedan and coupe models in 2011 and three new exterior colours are available. Except for Bluetooth connectivity with the optional Luxury Package on the sedan, Altima was unchanged for 2012. The Altima Hybrid, however, was discontinued. In crash tests performed by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) this generation Altima performed well and


got good ratings. However, it only got an “acceptable” rating in a roof crushability test, which simulates a roll-over. Another test of the front seats and head restraints, which simulates a rear-end impact, also resulted in an “acceptable” rating. The next generation 2013 Altima, performed better in both of these tests and earned an overall “Top Safety Pick” rating. Good to look at, technically sophisticated and economical to drive, the Nissan Altima can be a reliable, hard to beat used car purchase in the family sedan class.

The biggest automotive dissapointments By Rob Sass Some new cars sneak into the world under the radar with little baggage in the form of expectations (realistic or otherwise). Others are so heavily touted that even the best can sink under the weight of unrealistic pressures. Here are some that, in addition to being under the microscope when intro-

duced, suffered from many glitches. MINIVAN 1990-93 Pontiac Trans Sport: GM perceived an unexploited niche for a minivan with some style, much like the European Renault Espace. The concept car was brilliant, with gullwing doors and a glass roof. Unfortunately, none of these features translated

into the production model, whose awkward profile resembled a Black and Decker Dustbuster mini vacuum. The nickname “Dustbuster” stuck, and sales were modest. SMALL CAR 1971-77 Chevrolet Vega: The Vega was supposed to be the small car that sent the new wave of Japanese imports back across


the Pacific. Instead, it pushed a giant wave of buyers into Toyota and Datsun showrooms. The aluminum engine, which was prone to overheating and oil burning, and the hideously rust-prone bodies were often just the tip of the misery iceberg for Vega owners. Even the air in the tires seemed substandard.

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Six surefire tips Because new cars are such a significant investment, vehicle owners are looking for ways to extend the life of their vehicles. The longer a car can stay on the road, the better an investment that vehicle becomes. Fortunately, there are several steps vehicle owners can take that should ensure their vehicles stay on the road for years to come. * Scale back on short trips. The toll cold starts take on a vehicle can add up over time. When a car is started, condensation builds up in the vehicle’s exhaust system. On longer trips, that condensation will gradually evaporate. However, on short trips, that condensation often does not have enough time to evaporate, and over time too many short trips will lead to an accumulation of water in the muffler that can lead to rust and rust holes on the muffler. Short trips also can negatively affect gas mileage. When possible, leave your car at home on trips into town when you can just as easily walk or ride a bicycle. Over time, reducing the amount of short trips you take in your car will greatly reduce wear and tear on your vehicle and improve your fuel efficiency as well. * Stick to the recommended maintenance schedule. Adhering to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule serves many purposes, including improving the its durability and protecting various components, including its cooling system and drivetrain. While many manufacturers used to recommend changing a vehicle’s oil every 5,000 kilometres, many of today’s newer automobiles need their oil changed less frequently. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations regarding oil changes, and don’t forget to replace the oil filter when changing your vehicle’s oil. * Pay attention to brake pads. Brake pads that are allowed to wear down can cause damage to the brakes’ rotors and calipers. That damage can prove costly and

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make things harder on your vehicle. Keep an eye on your vehicle’s brake pads, which are far less expensive to replace than rotors and calipers, and do not allow them to wear down to metal. * Keep your tires properly inflated. Tires that are under-inflated will negatively impact your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. In addition, the tires’ life expectancy is reduced considerably when tires are not properly inflated. Routinely check your tire pressure, especially if you drive a lot, and keep tires inflated at the pressure recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. * Be mindful when filling up your tank. Many people do not pay much attention to their surroundings when pulling into the filling station. But when you fill up can impact your car’s life expectancy. Perhaps the worst time to fill your tank is when the fuel tanker is in the gas station refilling the underground tanks. That’s because the process of filling the underground tanks can stir up sediment that had settled at the bottom of those tanks. If that sediment finds its way into your vehicle’s gas tank, it can clog filters and fuel injectors and negatively affect the vehicle’s performance. So unless your car is running on empty, avoid refilling its gas tank when the tanker is still in the station. * Take care of your vehicle’s interior, too. Caring for a car is not just about being good to what’s under the hood. Caring for the car’s interior will not necessarily impact its performance, but a well-kept interior will improve how you look at your vehicle and how much you enjoy driving it. The longer you enjoy driving your vehicle, the longer you are likely to keep it. Preserve the vehicle’s door and window seals; clean the dashboard, including the gauges, vacuum the floor mats; and wipe down the vehicle’s interior, whether it’s cloth or leather. Keeping up the appearance of the car’s interior will make the vehicle more enjoyable to drive and increase its value at resale

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Oil change timing When it comes to taking care of their vehicles, many motorists prefer to be overly cautious. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, there are times when being too cautious can unnecessarily cost you money. Motor oil, and when to change that oil, has long been a point of contention. Many drivers grew up being told that motor oil should be changed every 5,000 kilometres. However, that myth has been debunked for many of today’s vehicles, which should come with suggested intervals between oil changes. According to, the average interval for oil changes was over 12,000 kilometres In addition to changing a car’s motor oil less frequently, there are other things drivers should know about motor oil. * Oil does not necessarily need to be changed before a long trip. Taking a trip? While it’s good to have your car examined before embarking, if the recommended oil change interval is not up, then you do not need to preemptively change your oil. Such a change is likely unnecessary and will not improve the performance of your vehicle during the trip. * Black oil does not necessitate a change. Conventional wisdom once suggested if the oil on the dipstick is black then it needs to be changed. But nowadays automotive professionals are noting that black oil is doing its job and different additives might be changing the oil’s color, which means the oil doesn’t need to be changed. * You can use petroleum-based oil after using synthetic. Another longstanding myth regarding motor oil was that once you use a synthetic motor oil instead of a petroleum-based oil you have to continue using synthetic oil, which is often more expensive than more traditional motor oil, in order to avoid harming the vehicle. However, automotive professionals have noted that these two types of oils are now often blended, meaning switching back and forth from one to the other is not likely to cause any damage to your vehicle. Just be sure to use motor oil that meets the standards set forth in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. * Consider an earlier oil change after buying a new vehicle. Sometimes a new vehicle will need an oil change after its first 5,000 kilometres. However, this does not mean your vehicle will need one every 5,000 kilometres. According to Blackstone Laboratories, who study motor oil, oil samples taken from engines during their initial 5,000 kilometres of driving had elevated metal levels from the camshafts and pistons. These elevated levels will not necessarily be harmful, but some auto manufacturers recommend a shorter initial interval just to be safe. Honda, however, includes an anti-wear additive in their break-in oil and advises against changing their oil early. Consult your owner’s manual to determine if it’s best to change your oil after the initial 5,000 kilometres or to let it go until the recommended interval.

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Tires are the link between a vehicle and the roadway, and tire quality has a direct impact on the performance and safety of an automobile. But tire maintenance is easy to overlook. However, ignoring tire maintenance can threaten driver and passenger safety and make a vehicle operate inefficiently. Steering, breaking ability and traction are all governed by good tires. Worn tread can result in longer stopping times and make it difficult to brake immediately in an emergency situation. Although driving tends to be the primary culprit behind worn down tires, sometimes bald or unevenly worn out tread is indicative of a larger problem, such as a misaligned wheelbase, improperly aligned tires or tires that are underinflated. The following are some common problems associated with tires and how to address these issues should they arise. Blowouts Worn tire treads increase the risk of punctures, which can lead to blowouts. Bald tires also may blowout as a result of friction on roadways that is met with minimal rubber. Getting caught on the side of the road with a tire blowout can be a hassle, so routinely check tire treads and replace tires accordingly. Tread depth Average new tires on cars usually start with 10/32 inch to 11/32 inch of original tread depth. When tread reaches a depth of 2/32 inch, they are considered worn out. There are different ways to gauge tread depth. Insert a penny into the tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it is time to replace the tires. Another coin test is to insert a quarter into the groove. If the tread touches Washington’s head, you have at least 4/32 inch of tread left. Don’t have any currency on hand? Then look at the treadwear indicator bar molded into the tires. When these bars become flush with the adjacent ribs of the tire, the tires should be replaced. Alignment According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, improper alignment causes rapid or uneven treadwear. Tires

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Get road-trip ready The return of warm weather marks the return of road trips for millions of motorists across the country. Whether going to the beach, going to visit family or heading off to parts unknown, hitting the open road with the windows down is a time-honored tradition for drivers of all ages. But such road trips can prove disastrous if drivers don’t take the right steps to prepare their vehicles for spring and summer travel. The following are a few ways motorists can ensure their car is ready to tackle the open road. * Tighten things up. Loose parts, such as exhaust clamps, license plates, and interior trim panels, can create rattles and cause parts to get damaged or fall off. What’s more, rattling sounds can be a noisy nuisance for drivers and passengers alike. * Wash your car. A newly washed car not only looks good, but it’s often much safer as well. Take your car to a car wash a few days before the trip and have the vehicle thoroughly cleaned. A thorough cleaning will remove dirt and grime from the vehicle’s undercarriage, not to mention unsightly bird droppings and water spots or salt stains leftover from winter. * Fix foggy headlight lenses. Many spring and summer road trippers travel at night so their days can be spent soaking up some sun at the beach or lake. Before heading off for parts unknown, motorists should inspect their headlight lenses to reduce risk of accident. If the lenses are yellowed and foggy, that’s likely because salt, ozone and road debris has dulled them to a point where vision can be impaired, placing drivers and their passengers at risk. But foggy lenses don’t mandate an expensive headlight replacement. * Check the battery. Over time, battery terminals and cables will start to corrode. Such corrosion will eventually eat away at the battery’s parts, creating a bad connection that sooner or later will require the battery be replaced. Check the battery before your trip and remember to clean the battery periodically as part of routine vehicle maintenance. * Address windshield nicks and bullseyes. Nicks and chips in the windshields are a common problem regardless of the season. But such damage is most prevalent in the winter because of the extra debris that’s on the road. These nicks and cracks need to get fixed as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading and resulting in the need for a windshield replacement. Getting the windshield properly fixed can not only increase visibility for the driver, but decrease vehicle damage in the event of an accident.



Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can wreak havoc on automobiles. While cars and trucks are designed to be reliable under various conditions, sometimes the weather can get the best of even the most reliable vehicle. Many people associate car troubles with cold weather. However, cars are susceptible to breakdowns when it is hot outside. Extreme heat adds to an already high temperature under the hood, requiring ventilation and cooling systems to work that much harder. Batteries, alternators, starters, fan motors, and cooling systems are particularly vulnerable to high heat. It’s easy for a car to overheat and breakdown. Proper maintenance and some hot weather guidelines can keep drivers safe and on the road when temperatures soar, whether drivers are going on a quick ride or an extended road trip. * Be sure the radiator is working properly and is filled with fluid at all times. This helps prevent overheating, which can strand a vehicle on the side of the road. * Hot temperatures cause items to expand, such as the air molecules inside of the tires. Make sure the tires are properly inflated so blowouts do not occur. * Keep up-to-date with oil changes and other routine maintenance. Vehicles that are well maintained are less likely to be susceptible to heat strain. * Proper air flow is essential to cool an engine and keep a vehicle air conditioning system operating efficiently. If the cooling system has not recently been serviced, have it done before the hot weather arrives. * Replace an old battery, and top off a functioning battery with distilled water when necessary, particularly if evaporation has occurred. * Clean the vehicle so that it will better reflect the sun’s rays, cutting down on radiant heat. * When the vehicle is parked, use a car cover or a reflective shade in the windshield to protect the interior from sun damage and excessive heat. * Tinted windows can help block out more of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Make sure that tint is legal and applied properly if it

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Sun can impact vehicles in a number of ways. is done after-market. * Plan road trips for early in the morning or late at night to cut down on the amount of time spent driving during the peak heat and sunshine. * Passengers should wear appropriate clothing and apply sunscreen. Car windows do not block UV light, and passengers may be susceptible to sunburn even when they’re in the car. * Park in the shade whenever possible. * Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even for short moments. * If the temperature gage inside of the car reads hot, pull over, open the hood and turn the heat on inside the car to expel some of the pent-up heat. * Keep plenty of water on hand in the event of a breakdown to prevent dehydration until help arrives

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Spring Car Care driveway

Restoring headlights The road can be unpredictable, and many things can compromise driver safety. Though some of these things, like smartphones and loud music, are easily avoided distractions, some safety risks require a little more effort to overcome. Such is the case with cloudy headlights. Cloudy headlights can compromise a driver’s vision, putting motorists and their passengers at risk of accident and injury. Though it’s easy to overlook headlights when performing routine vehicle maintenance, drivers should know that, as headlights age, they become discolored and develop a hazy or yellowed appearance due to exposure to the sunlight, pollution, ozone and chemicals used in

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car washes. As headlights become increasingly hazy, they emit less light and glare increases significantly. Fortunately, ensuring optimal headlight performance can be relatively simple and dramatically improve visibility, ensuring the safety of drivers and their passengers. * Clean headlights before driving in inclement weather. Drivers know to clean their windshields before hitting the road in snowstorms, but few drivers exercise the same caution with their headlights. Salt from snowy roads or debris blown about from seasonal winds can accumulate on headlight lenses, decreasing their effectiveness and

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Headlight maintenance can make a huge difference when it comes to driving at night. light output as a result. So before hitting the road in inclement weather, be sure to remove any dirt or film from headlight lenses that might have built up over time. * Address headlight issues before they appear. Though headlights will inevitably wear down over time, drivers can still take preventative measures to improve the performance of their headlights so their visibility is not compromised. The Philips Headlight Restoration Kit includes a pre-treatment that provides long-lasting UV protection for headlight lenses. Thanks to the kit, which also includes a cleaner/polish and restorer/protector, drivers can restore a headlight lens in as little as 30 minutes. Drivers hesitant to perform their own restoration can calm their nerves by taking advantage of a short how-to video that shows motorists how to restore headlight lens clarity in a matter of minutes. * Replace headlight bulbs. Much like light bulbs used in a home, headlight bulbs tend to wear down over time. Humidity, electrical resistance, filament fatigue and general usage combine to reduce the light output of headlight bulbs, which experts recommend should be replaced every two years. When replacing headlight bulbs, drivers can

upgrade existing bulbs with a new generation of high performance light bulbs that mark a dramatic improvement over the traditional halogen bulbs which are standard on many vehicles. Philips Upgrade Headlight Bulbs are designed to put substantially more light on the road while creating a better beam pattern that is much longer than that produced by standard halogen bulbs. Available in a variety of brands, these uniquely designed bulbs are even tailored to meet specific driver’s needs, ensuring commuters, soccer moms and sports enthusiasts won’t fall victim to poor visibility no matter where their travels take them. * Routinely clean your vehicle’s glass and mirrors. Dirty and aging headlight lenses are not the only thing that can compromise a driver’s vision on the road. Debris and film buildup on windshield glass and on rear- and side-view mirrors can reduce vision, especially for drivers who smoke inside their vehicles. Make cleaning the glass and mirrors inside and outside of your vehicle part of your routine vehicle maintenance. Such cleaning won’t take very long, but it will significantly improve visibility. When cleaning side-view mirrors, be sure to properly adjust them to eliminate blind spots.


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CROSSWORD APRIL 17 - 6 pm Maundy Thursday- Seder Meal and Potluck at the First United Church. Service at 7pm APRIL 18 - 10 am The Prince Rupert and Area Ministerial Community Good Friday Service @ the Fellowship Baptist Church, 651 7th Ave East. APRIL 18 - 7 pm Good Friday Service at the First United Church. APRIL 19 - 11 am The Rotary Club of Prince Rupert will be hosting a free community Easter egg hunt at Mariners Park. Rain or shine. Fun for all. Bring the kids and search for eggs in the park. APRIL 20 - 7 am Easter Sunrise Service provided by the First United Church at the Waterfront, APRIL 20 - 10:30am Easter Family Service at the First United Church


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4. Converted into leather 5. Boundary 6. Predominated 7. Royal Observatory 8. Promotion 9. Rich multilayered cake 10. River between Iran and Armenia 13. Carrier’s invention 14. Banes 15. Catastrophe 20. Atomic #77 21. A note appended to a letter 22. Licks 23. Adam’s wife 27. Counterbalance 29. Brokeback star’s initials 30. Golf score 31. Manuscripts (abbr.) 32. Old English 33. Pod legume 34. Upper arm muscle 35. Japanese warrior 36. Oh, God! 37. A Scottish cap 38. Expresses surprise 40. Carbon particles 41. 4th cognomen 42. “Joy Luck Club” actress Irene 44. Holds 45. Favorable factors 46. Bird enclosure 47. Act of pay for usage 48. St. Francis of __ 50. Aussie bear 51. Day-O singer’s initials 52. One of the six noble gases 54. Apiary inhabitants 55. Proboscis 57. “Titanic” star’s initials 61. Lincoln’s state 62. Atomic #28

APRIL 21 - 1-2 pm Diabetes Support Group is meeting in Room 429 in the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital. APRIL 26 - Senior’s games some 10 meeting will be held at 1 pm at the Prince Rupert Seniors Centre, 21 Grenville Crescent. There will be an important vote at this meeting. All Prince Rupert members should attend. APRIL 27 - 7 pm Gideons Festival of Praise at The Salvation Army Community Church. Guest speaker is Tues Kappers, Chaplain at Lighthouse Harbour Ministries, North Vancouver BC.

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MAY 6 - 7-9pm Transition Prince Rupert presents a course on Beyond Gardening. This course covers an introduction to permaculture and wildcrafting versus gardening. Room 155 @ NWCC. Admission by donation. MAY 10 - 11 am - 1 pm Prince Rupert Seniors Centre Tea and Bazaar. Many inhouse raffles. Contact Donna 250-627-1900 MAY 12 - 1- 2 pm Diabetes Support Group is meeting in Room 429 in the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital MAY 23 - 7 pm The Ice House Gallery in Atlin Terminal will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary and will be holding an Art Show titled “North Coast”. The public is invited to come and help celebrate the anniversary by attending the opening of the event. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. JUNE 9 - 1-2pm Diabetes Support group is meeting in Room 429 in the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital. ONGOING The Prince Rupert & District Hospice Society is once again sponsoring their 9 week support group “Journey though Grief”, Wednesday evenings from April 2nd-June 4th. This group is for adults 19+, who are grieving the death of a loved one. Learn what to expect and gain skills to manage your grief while connecting with others who share a similar journey. Pre-registration is required. For more information, to register, or for 1:1 support, please call the Hospice office @ 250-622-6204.

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Annual General Meeting on April 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm at the Civic Center.

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The Northern View, April 16, 2014  

April 16, 2014 edition of the The Northern View

The Northern View, April 16, 2014  

April 16, 2014 edition of the The Northern View