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CONDOS RAZED Canfor puts $30M into Polar mill

Allan WISHART/Free Press Firefighters from all Prince George halls were at the scene of a huge blaze Wednesday morning. The upper floors of a multi-storey condo at 3271 Westwood Drive were engulfed in flames. All residents were accounted for, and there were no reports of injuries.

Cougars sale OK’d Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com It was a 15-year journey, it was a sevenmonth journey, or maybe it was a four-month journey. “I’ve mused about it with buddies for maybe 15 years,” Prince George businessman Greg Pocock said Wednesday afternoon from Calgary. “The process itself took about seven months, which was much longer than anyone anticipated.” Earlier Wednesday, the Western Hockey League board of governors unanimously approved the sale of the Prince George Cougars to a group led by Pocock. Pocock is the leader of EDGEPRO Sports and Entertainment Ltd, along with Ernest Ouellet, Raymond Fortier and John Pateman. Current NHL players Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer, both former Cougars, are also members of the new ownership group. The transfer marks the end of the Rick Brodsky ownership era. Brodsky brought the team to Prince George in 1994 and had

owned it since. Pocock said the key moment came in December. “We commissioned a business evaluator to determine a fair price for the franchise. This was a guy I had worked with in the past, and I trusted his judgment. “He came back and said, ‘Greg, you’ve got to do this deal.’” WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said there were no surprises at the meeting Wednesday. “They had a very solid plan in place. They have a lot of work to do, though. “We’re always looking for prominent local businessmen to be the owners, and having a pair of former Cougars in the group as well is great.” Although Pocock doesn’t expect the transfer of ownership to be complete until sometime next week, he and his partners are already being involved in the team’s future. “We’re going to be meeting with the scouting staff tonight (Wednesday) for the Bantam Draft, which starts Thursday morning. They’ve done a real nice job of including us in

their operations already.” The Cougars’ first pick in Thursday’s draft was fifth overall and head scout Todd Harkins announced the team had chosen centre Justin Almeida, who played last year with the North Shore Winter Club. Speaking to Shaw TV after the selection, Harkins said: “We’re very excited to have him. He likes to get to the net.” The new ownership group has scheduled a media conference and public welcome for May 13 at the CN Centre. There will be free refreshments outside the arena from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. At 12:15 p.m., the media conference will take place, followed at about 1 p.m. by a cake-cutting ceremony and a meetand-greet with the new owners. Also on Wednesday, the WHL board approved the sale of the Regina Pats to Queen City Sports and Entertainment Group Ltd. Robison said he didn’t anticipate any more franchise announcements in the near future. “We continue to be focused on making our franchises viable in their current communities. There are not other ownership transfers or franchise moves on the horizon.”

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Canfor will be spending approximately $30 million to improve infrastructure, productivity and cost performance at its Polar sawmill at Bear Lake. The project will include upgrades to log processing, lumber handling and residual systems, as well as replacing electrical components and the sawmill building structure. The capital improvement scope includes design and technologies to enhance the mitigation of combustible dust. Work related to these capital projects will commence in May 2014.

For the record Our story, They were good guys, Prince George Free Press April 25, 2014 requires correcting. The story should have read that Lakeland employee John Engstrom suffered two compressed vertebrae in his back when he lifted a wall off injured workers during the April 23, 2012 blast at the mill. In addition, the story should have stated that his neck was injured when the blast hit him, and that injury could have been worse had it not been for his strong neck muscles. We apologize for any misunderstanding.

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One who didn’t die Mark Johnson speaks on Day of Mourning Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com Mark Johnson is one of the lucky ones. He survived a workplace incident to talk about his experiences Monday at the Day of Mourning in Prince George. And he doesn’t know how survived. In September of 2006, Johnson was 21, working in a sawmill in Maple Ridge, just back from holidays. “I was good at what I did, clean-up,” he told a crowd of close to 100 people at the memorial on Patricia Boulevard. “The boss always asked me if I needed anything, and I just said, ‘Give me more work to do’.” On this day, he went under the chipper to do some cleanup. “I didn’t shut the machine off. My motto was, ‘What’s best for the mill.’ If the chipper was shut down, the rest of the line would get backed up, so I didn’t shut it off.” It was a job he had done before, but this time something went wrong. “There were some chips stuck hard between the belts, so I reached in to knock them loose. “The belt grabbed my glove and pulled my left arm in. “I lost all feeling in the arm, but I could still feel the pain everywhere else.” Then he got pulled in to the point where one of the moving belts was against his back. “It didn’t hurt right away, because I had on a safety vest and a short, but it ate through them.” Johnson was trapped there for about 20 minutes. “The machine was still running, I kept yelling, but I

Allan WISHART/Free Press Mark Johnson, who lost almost the full use of his left arm in a sawmill accident in Maple Ridge in 2006, speaks to about 100 people at the National Day of Mourning ceremony in Prince George on Monday.

figured no one could hear me.” Then he started praying. “I remember saying, ‘God, please make it stop’.” And the machine stopped. “A buddy of mine came over to see why the machine had stopped, and I yelled at him. He heard me, and got help.”

Afterwards, Johnson found out nobody had stopped the machine. It had apparently stopped on its own. “I remember in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, asking the attendant, ‘Do you think I’ll play baseball again?’ That was the most important

thing on my mind.” He had four surgeries in 15 days, and three months of home visits from nurses to pull the bandages off his back, taking off the scabs at the same time. “I was suicidal, but then I decided to do something good with my life.” He went back to school, got his diploma, and found a passion to share his story with others. “How many young people do you know who just fly into their job?” he said to the crowd. “I’m here to tell you, don’t let a young worker tell you, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know what I’m doing.’ “Make sure they know they can refuse a job if they have safety concerns.” Many of the speakers at the ceremony called for government to do more to criminally prosecute companies with unsafe working conditions, with Lakeland Mills and Babine Forest Products, the sites of two deadly blasts in 2012, coming under scrutiny. Ronda Roche’s husband, Glen, was one of those killed at Lakeland Mills. “You never imagine the possibility of him not returning home,” she said. “He called home to say goodnight to me and my son. “I wish I had known it was the last time. There was so much I wish I had said.” Last year in B.C., there were 128 work-related death claims accepted by WorkSafeBC. Of these, 67 were from occupational disease, mainly due to exposure to asbestos. Bob Matters, the president of the United Steelworkers Wood Council, summed up the purpose of the Day of Mourning simply. “Mourn for the dead, fight for the living.”

BEESLEY LEAVES Andy Beesley is leaving city hall. Recently appointed to the new post of associate director of recreation and cultural services, Beesley has decided to take on another job. “Andy Beesley has decided to return to the private sector,” said Mike Kellett, the city’s corporate communications specialist. His last day of work will be May 2. Speculation is he will be the business manager for the Prince George Cougars.

MOVE COMPLETE The Prince George RCMP have completed their move into the brand new City of Prince George municipal detachment. As of 6 p.m. on Sunday April 27, all services provided by the Prince George RCMP were now based out of the new location at 455 Victoria Street. Front counter services were open for the first time on Monday April 28, at 8 a.m. and will close as usual at 6 p.m. Phone lines will remain the same, including the non-emergency customer service line, (250)561-3300.

CUPW SUPPORTED Following a presentation from Canadian Union of Postal Workers representatives Tammy Brushey and Janet Watson, council has voiced concerns about Canada Post’s plan to eliminated door-to-door mail service in Prince George. Council was told there are 150 CUPW workers in Prince George. Council supported a letter from the City of Burnaby opposing cuts to Canada Post and that the matter be pursued through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

COUNCIL PAY Council has appointed former city councillor Anne Martin, former Prince George Chamber of Commerce president Michael Kerr, former city employee Tom Madden, and local businessman Dave Yarmish to a committee tasked with figuring out how much to pay the mayor and council. Currently, the mayor is paid $92,787.89 per year and each councillor received onethird of that amount, $30,929.30. The committee will report to council by June 30 and will examine rates at several comparably-sized communities.

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In Provincial Court on Jan. 23: Andrew D. Gifford was found guilty of resisting a peace officer, sentenced to 56 days in jail and fined $100. Gifford was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 30 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Brandon D.W. Latta was found guilty of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, sentenced to one day in jail, placed on probation for 12 months, assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Latta was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Melanie C. Lyons was found guilty of theft of property with a value under $5,000 and placed on probation for two years. Lyons was also found guilty of failing to appear in court when ordered to do so and sentenced to one day in jail. Jake T. Patrick was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to seven days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. In Provincial Court on Jan. 24: Ashley J. Ford was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to four months in jail. Kassandra A. Joseph was found guilty of failing to

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Kurt W. Steinhauser was found guilty of possession of stolen property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 55 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. In Provincial Court on Jan. 28: Donna M. Alec was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Anthony S.H. Assu was found guilty of break and enter and theft of property with a value less than $5,000, received a conditional sentence of 18 months, was assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Ryan T.C. Gloslee was found guilty of break and enter and theft of property with a value less than $5,000, received a conditional sentence of two years less a day, was assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Philip M. Rossetti was found guilty of of break and enter and theft of property with a value less than $5,000, received a conditional sentence of 18 months, was assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Travis I. Basil was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 21 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100.


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The meeting opened with a news clip from Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick. The newly appointed minister acknowledged that government hadn’t adequately consulted the public before changing the Agricultural Land Reserve Act and that he would be holding a townhall to gather feedback. The 40 people, mostly farmers, attending the Thursday meeting to discuss Bill 24 were appreciative of the chance to express their views at the meeting, and likely appreciative of the news the agriculture minister was willing to listen. However, it is likely all for naught. Core Review Minister Bill Bennett, who initiated the controversial changes to the Agricultural Land Commission and Agricultural Land Reserve, told the Vancouver Sun Thursday that, even with Letnick’s promise of consultation, Bill 24 will not be substantially changed. That won’t stop UNBC professor David Connell, who hosted the Thursday meeting, from submitting comments given at the meeting to the minister. While the results aren’t really scientific, a straw poll held at the meeting didn’t support the changes. Attendees were asked to pin their vote on a board with options ranging from strengthening the ALR to enacting Bill 24, as is. The vast majority voted to either strengthen the ALR, keep it the way it is, or tweak it slightly. Enact Bill 24 had only one vote. Farmer Brock McElroy had one of the most poignant comments, saying he would support Bill 24 if the changes were going to help farmers, not other interests looking to develop farmland. “The farming community has to have incentive to stay on the farm,” he said. In announcing the changes, Forest Minister Steve Thomson said it is about allowing “homebased” businesses on farms, however when asked what constitutes a home-based business or what kinds of non-farm activities would be allowed, he said those are yet to be determined. Connell opened the meeting with a brief explanation of the changes, which will see the creation of two ALC administered zones. In Zone 1 (the Island, South Coast and Okanagan), ALC decisions will continue to be made on the basis of the original principle of preserving agricultural land. In Zone 2 (the Interior, Kootenays, and the North), ALC decisions will now, in addition to the original principle, include the consideration of non-farm uses. The ALC panels, of which there will be one in each of six regions, will, in Zone 2, be required to consider economic, cultural and social values when determining whether land can be removed from the ALR. They will also have to take into consideration regional and community planning processes and other “prescribed considerations.” In announcing the creation of two zones, government has suggested that agricultural quality of land in Zone 2 is lesser than Zone 1, where changes won’t be made. Connell, and most of the

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“The 2015 Canada Winter Games provide the opportunity to initiate key sustainability initiatives such as carbon reduction, sustainable procurement, waste reduction, and social inclusion,” said Harrison. “It also provides a foundation for these initiatives to be adopted after the 2015 Games and contribute to community health for years to come.” Harrison brings expertise in International Development to this unique position, including experiences working in Tanzania engaging diverse stakeholders in sport and community development, as well as working at the University of Central Asia, a development initiative building campuses in the region’s most remote mountainous communiIIf someone you know is in pain, ties of Kazakhstan, the don’t just stand there. Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. Walk with us Sunday, June 8, 2014. The sustainability manager position was Rainbow Park, Prince George developed thanks to Rainbow Drive & Ospika Boulevard support from a number of stakeholders, including Registration: 9:00 am | Start: 10:00 am UNBC, Integris Credit Union, the Fraser Basin Presented by Register and donate today at Council, the Province of walktofightarthritis.ca BC-Climate Action Secretariat, Prince George Local Sponsors Community Forest, the City of Prince George, and the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

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Bill Phillips editor@pgfreepress. com Want to go for a walk? There’s a brand new walking trail now open in Prince George. The Hudson’s Bay Wetland Trail was officially opened Tuesday. The Prince George Naturalists Club, in conjunction with The Exploration Place and the city, has been working to enhance the wetland (near The Exploration Place) for some time. “Wetlands do not simply have a vital role in providing habitat for native flora and fauna, but are magnets for learning about nature,” said Clive Keen of the Naturalists Club. “The natural world is important for the healthy emotional and intellectual development of our children, and wetlands are learning classrooms.” Thanks to a $10,000 donation from Coastal GasLink, phase 1 of the two-kilometre trail is now complete. It involves a footbridge and a length of trail along the Hudson’s Bay Wetland. When complete, the trail will form a circular route around Hudson’ Bay Slough involv-

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ing two footbridges an observation tower, observation platform, and observation blind along its route. “We have many gems in this city,” said Mayor Shari Green at the opening. “This is one of them.” Karen Etherington of Coastal GasLink was also on hand for the official opening. “At TransCanada environmental responsibility is more than just talk,” she said. “We take actions each and every day that demonstrate our commitment to environmental protection.”

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The City of Prince George will be hosting our annual Mother’s Day Open House on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum.Visitors can access information on Cemetery and Mausoleum Services as well as plot locations and adornment information. Staff will be on site from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. providing information, site maps, coffee, and refreshments. The Memorial Park Administration Building is located at 3300 Memorial Park Lane (inside the cemetery gates).

INVITATION TO BID Invitation to Tender: T14-13 Supply and Deliver One (1) 2014 – Three Quarter Ton Cargo Van Closing Date: May 15, 2014 T14-24 Supply and Deliver One (1) New Plug Valve Closing Date: May 13, 2014

Request for Proposal: T14-09 Tire Management Program – Fleet Services Closing Date: May 14, 2014 For information concerning City of Prince George bidding opportunities visit BC Bid at www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca

PROCLAMATIONS - May 8, 2014 is proclaimed “World Ovarian Cancer Day” - May 2014 is proclaimed “Be Kind to Animals Month”

JOB POSTINGS Civic Facilities Construction Supervisor (#14/043) – Full Time Public Safety & Civic Facilities Department Closing Date: May 9, 2014 For more information on this position, and other job opportunities with the City of Prince George, please visit www.princegeorge.ca

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS Beaverly West Leisure Society T-Ball Registration (Ages 5 – 7) Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 12 to June 15 Cost: $20 Softball Registration (Ages 8 – 12) Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 15 to June 18 Cost: $20

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When the Prince George Airport Authority decided it had to become more energy efficient, the decision had more benefits than just reducing its utility costs. In conjunction with the an-

nual Earth Day celebration this week, the PGAA was presented with a rebate cheque of $33,452 as a gift for its energy reduction resulting from the replacement of boilers. PGAA eliminated several old boilers in the last year and replaced them with more efficient ones, four in the terminal and three in the combined services

building. Jamie Smith, manager of operations at PGAA, said the new boiler system uses condensing boilers, which use less fuel than the old atmospheric boilers while producing more heat. The numbers are still being crunched but Smith said the

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WANT TO BE BUSINESS-READY FOR THE GAMES? VOTRE ENTREPRISE EST-ELLE PRÊTE POUR LES JEUX? The 2015 Canada Winter Games and Initiatives Prince George are hosting three business readiness workshops on May 6 to help businesses in northern BC leverage the 2015 Games for their business.

Le 6 mai prochain, les Jeux d’hiver du Canada 2015 et Initiatives Prince George organisent trois ateliers de préparation entrepreneuriale afin d’aider les entreprises du nord de la Colombie-Britannique à bien tirer parti des Jeux 2015.

Workshop 1: For Potential Suppliers and Contractors Time: Session A - 8 am until 10 am Session B - 10 am until 12 pm Location: Prince George Civic Centre Cost: $40 + GST

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Workshop 2: Understanding VIP and Customer Hosting Opportunities for Businesses Time: 10 am until 12 pm Location: Prince George Civic Centre Cost: $40 + GST

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the summer months. airport has saved about 30 per cent In the last year the cameras have in costs with the new system. captured many sightings, mainly of With the savings, plus the rebate coyotes and rabbits. cheque from Fortis BC, the PGAA “Most of the mega fauna (bears, has been able to invest in its environ- deer and moose) has all been mental program, including hiring an restricted to the airport property intern in partnership with UNBC to through their initiative to fence off study wildlife patterns and to use one-way gates so there’s around the airnot a lot of wildport perimeter. life left within the “Wildlife airport that can Wildlife control control in cause damage,” in general is a general is a said Scheideman. big part of our big part of our “The most unusual operations. operations thing we captured here and we’ve is a picture of a lynx – Jamie Smith been working because they’re not with UNBC commonly seen for 10 years on different types of within the Prince George city limits.” things, we’ve done some agricultural The project has helped the PGAA experiments and monitoring on our trace wildlife patterns in the area so wildlife has also been a benefit for they can have plans on dealing with us,” said Smith. it and keeping the animals away UNBC student Matt Scheideman from the planes and runways. started as the PGAA intern last After graduating from UNBC this summer as part of his studies in the year, Scheideman said he’d like to natural resource management fish obtain his masters in wildlife ecology and wildlife program. and continue studying the patterns “I was brought onto this project of wildlife at the Prince George to take care of the cameras and airport. then do research on them to make Meanwhile, Smith said with the sure they’re working well and to see new boilers in place the PGAA is what animals they’re capturing and already working on its next energycompare them to what the airport savings project – to find a new bulb personnel is seeing,” said Scheidefor its approach lights. man. “We’re hoping there might be an The 23-year-old student has inLED alternative,” said Smith, “whatstalled five cameras on the airport’s ever we use will be better than the perimeter – for safety reasons the system we currently have in place.” cameras cannot be within 100 yards The rebate from Fortis BC is a part of the airport runways – which are of their $35 million a year energy operating 24/7 all year and are trigefficient conservation initiative gered by body heat and motion. Scwhich is intended to help customers heideman monitors the cameras all save energy and save money on their year, while analyzing the data during energy bills.

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Blame it on Basserman Took a quarter-inch drill to a birch tree in my backyard Sunday. I blame the carnage on Don Basserman. He gave me the idea. Honest. He was the one who suggested to me, and a few others, that drilling holes in trees is a good thing to do. Well, birch trees, in particular. Maple, if you got ’em. Took in Basserman’s talk on urban gardening at the Home Show on Sunday and one of the items he gave away at his talk was about a four-litre jug of birch sap that was tapped the day before. Since I came away from his talk with a bottle of Basserman Estates Saskatoon wine and a jar of canned blueberries, I was on my own if I wanted some birch Allan WISHART/Free Press Don Basserman, centre, chats with a couple of people at the CHBA of Northern B.C. Home Show on Saturday sap. Actually, after listening to before taking the stage for his presentation on Urban Farming. Basserman talk about how much food you can grow in your backPrince George will embrace urban gardening. Not only is it some extra money, but it hearkens to the notion that we yard, I thought I’d try for some good for your belly, it can be good for your pocketbook too. should eat more natural food and more locally produced birch sap. Wasn’t that difficult and Basserman has proven that. food. in just a few hours had a couple of Basserman is making a few extra bucks selling produce A good portion of Basserman’s talk was showing, and cups of the nectar of the birch. giving away, wonderful products that are locally grown and/ In case you’re wondering, birch from his and his family’s gardens using an ‘honour cart.’ Basically, he puts fresh produce or homemade jams, jellies, or produced. And, as he pointed out, all the products come sap pretty much tastes like water etc. in a cart at the end of his driveway. There is a can on the from items that grow naturally in the North. A lot of them WRITER’S BLOCK with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. It cart where customers can pay for produce they purchase we consider to be weeds. For example, stinging nettle is a BILLPHILLIPS is chock full of a lot of the good by dropping money in the can. Surprisingly to some but great source of nutrients and makes wonderful tea. Just use nutrients we need. In addition, not Basserman, the system works. People will actually pay your gloves when you harvest it. you can make birch syrup from the sap. However, the ratio rather than simply steal. It doesn’t take a lot of room in your backyard to grow is about 95:1, so you need 95 litres of sap to make one litre In the end, he pocketed a few thousand dollars selling some fresh vegetable or even grow some rhubarb, which of syrup. Suffice to say, I’m not making syrup … at least not stuff he’s grown himself. makes great wine. yet. His hope is that there will be many honour carts springYou’ll be a little healthier and you might even make a few Basserman’s talk was well worth it (and not just for the ing up in Prince George. Not only is it a great way to make dollars as well. wine and the blueberries). His hope is that lots of people in

Caviar and cupcakes Living the life of the rich and famous on Planet Luxury A week without caviar is too depressing to contemplate. Those words were uttered in a crisp British accent, at a splendid table with crisp white table linens and an array of black caviar set out for rich people who have a rich palate and live the lifestyle of the fabulously rich. Pity the poor sturgeon. Planet Luxury is a program that makes me feel like a paper pauper. Why then do I watch it and torture myself? I don’t know, why do we buy lottery tickets? Oh yes, so that I can interview the Prince George couple who actually won a million dollars in last month’s lottery. See, it can happen. So maybe Costco will put out caviar on its free sample tables.

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The same segment of Planet Luxury featured an exclusive store that caters to rich dead people – or at least the people left behind to dispose of them in the grandiose style to which they were accustomed in life. At this store they build custom caskets, you can order an elegant, carved, rosewood casket for a mere $200,000 plus tax. Well, you know, death and taxes, in that order. Another part of the show shows off one of the accessories in a multi-million dollar mansion, a two million dollar Egyptian vase – I don’t think it’s available at Winners. TEA WITH TERESA Seriously, I don’t pay Shaw to endure this kind TERESAMALLAM of mental torture. Just changing the channel, I know that is an option but that would require serious repackaging of my already bare bones TV

programming. Then again, as Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, so famously said, “A woman can never be too rich or too thin.” Easy for her to say, she didn’t have to dine in England on the watery thin gruel fed to pauper lads like Oliver Twist. Caviar was likely more to her acquired taste, caviar with perhaps a gin and tonic – and twist of lime on the side. Which brings me back to Planet Luxury. If you can’t live the life of luxury for real, borrowing one for an hour is the next best thing. So get a life – and enjoy the fish eggs. See already, that doesn’t sound so appetizing. How about we save the sturgeon, save the planet. Earth Day (marked April 22) is about saving our planet, not spending money on pricey caviar and caskets. In a perfect world. Hand me the remote. Let me dream.

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Singing about McGuinn

MEDITATION & MODERN BUDDHISM

Let’s start the Amblings this week with a couple of trivia questions, one musical and the other geographical and historical. Let’s start with music. Roger McGuinn was known as a very good guitarist in groups like the Byrds. Can you name two songs by different artists that both feature McGuinn’s name in the lyrics? Both songs made the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, in different decades. Now on to the history/ geography questions. I remember being in school and ALLAN’S AMBLINGS ALLANWISHART learning about the seven Teresa MALLAM/Free Press seas. What was funny at Patti Chen, 9 and her brother Eden, 10, attend Open Studio on times was listening to the teachers try to explain what Sunday at Two Rivers Gallery. The siblings were working on a project for the weekly theme Umbrellas: Singing in the Rain. the seven seas were, which usually involved splitting the Atlantic and Pacific into two separate bodies each (north and south). It never felt right. Well, it turns out What I love is that our modern information age has made there was an original “Seven Seas” and it makes sense from both trivia so much handier to find and to learn. If there’s a question a geographic and historical point of view. Can you name the that’s cropped up about an episode of a TV show you saw 10 Seven Seas? years ago, you can probably find an answer on line. Answers to both questions at the end of the column (and no Speaking of answers, I’ll wrap things up with the answers to peeking). the trivia questions I posed at the top of the column. It’s questions like that I think of as trivia. Pieces of informaThe two songs I was thinking of which both made it to No. 5 tion which have absolutely no real relevance to the occurrences on the Billboard charts and mentioned Roger McGuinn’s name of the world around us, but are neat to know. in the lyrics were Creeque Alley by the Mamas and the Papas in I have an amazing collection of trivia in my head, usually 1967 and Gold by John Stewart in 1979. Stewart was a member elbowing aside less-important pieces of information like where I of the Kingston Trio for several years, and also wrote Daydream parked my car. Much of my trivia deals with music, movies and Believer, which both the Monkees and Anne Murray had hits sports, but there’s aren’t too many other areas I don’t have at least with. a smattering of trivia. The original Seven Seas were large (relatively speaking) bodIt helps, at times, in my job to be reading your notes for a ies of water which sailors in ancient Europe would have been story and suddenly have something that seems totally unrelated likely to encounter. The list I have seen in a couple of places has come to mind, after which you realize you might actually be able five bodies we still refer to as seas – the Red, Adriatic, Black, to tie that trivia into the story, and maybe find a way to “hook” Mediterranean and Caspian – as well as the Indian Ocean and readers into the story. the Persian Gulf.

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Common sense from the farm

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he good news is that newly-appointed Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says he is willing to gather input on changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act. The bad news is that the minister driving the changes is Core Review Minister Bill Bennett and he seems to be higher up in the political power food chain in Victoria. Bennett has made it clear that he’s not interested in listening to those who oppose his tinkering with Agricultural Land Commission nor is he keen on making any substantive changes. It’s too bad because if he actually listened to the agricultural community he might discover some “good ol’ common sense” suggestions. Bennett, of course, has built his reputation on being a “good ol’ boy” (Rob Ford style without the drugs and alcohol). He likes to espouse using “common sense.” He should been at the public meeting in Prince George last week on the proposed changes to the Agricultural Land Commission because actual common sense reared its head. One of the changes to the ALR devised by government is to split the province into two agricultural zones. The first zone will be comprised of mostly the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan where some of the best agricultural land in the province is found. The rest of the province, Zone 2, will be subject to new rules which are designed to make things easier to exclude land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. One of the fallacies of the government argument is that Zone 2 is less productive farmland and, thus, shouldn’t be as stringently protected. That simply isn’t the case. Farmland is rated into classes, with Class 1 being the best and Class 6 being not so good. While it’s true most of the Class 1 farmland, not all, is located in the Lower Mainland and Okanagan, there is lots of Class 2 and Class 3 farmland throughout the rest of the province. Now comes the common sense part. Phil Myatovic of Cariboo Growers suggested last week that rather than splitting the province into two zones and having more stringent protections on one zone but not the other, why not put the more stringent protections on the better quality farmland … regardless of where it is in the province? He suggested having the stronger protections on Class 1-3 farmland and less stringent protections on the farmland of lesser quality. Makes a lot more sense than what our politicians are suggesting. Be a part of your community paper. Comment online.

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City vote skewers rural recycling Editor: Probably one of the most important Regional District issues reported in your paper received some very mediocre coverage. “RDFFG looks at future recycling options.” On April 17 the environment and parks standing committee discussed multi-material recycling services with three options proposed. Option #1 was to terminate the recycling services contract the end of May. That would mean that all drop bins around the city, Peden Hill, Mackenzie, Valemount, Mcbride,and the rural area will be gone.If you wanted to recycle your only hope would be a Return It Depot. The city supported this. Option#2 would see status quo until MMBC takes over. Option #3 would see an increase in rural recycling services once MMBC begins curbside pickup in the city. The rural directors supported this option and the committee passed a motion to recommend that to the board. During the lunch hour the rumor circulated that the city was going to exercise its weighted vote when it came to board in the afternoon, the “do nothing attitude” set in, and a motion was made to postpone any decision to the May 15 board meeting. Oh yes, let’s seek more information. It won’t change anything. It makes me wonder how seriously city councilors take recycling. Last fall the regional district had a meeting with the Minister of the Environment to argue that MMBC was not doing its job especially as it pertained to curbside recycling in Prince George. When we showed up at the meeting no city councillor was present. As I stumbled trying to explain the city’s issues Minister Shirley Bond stepped in and helped us present the issues. (Thank you, Shirley). What happens now is the city will be getting curbside recycling by the fall. MMBC is quite candid when it comes to the rest of the area: “there is nothing in the short term.” However they will continue to collect ecofees on every product rural residents buy. Last year we collected 300 tonnes of recyclable material in those drop boxes outside the city. If the city has its way, on June 1 all that material is bound for the landfill. Don’t be fooled by those who would hand this off to MMBC as they do not care. Their set goal is 75 per cent recovery so all they need to do is concentrate on the Lower Mainland and a few large Interior cities. They have no incentive to concentrate on the rural area where recovery is way more expensive. Come on people, make sure your elected representative know how you feel about recycling. It makes no sense to me that we BURY our mistakes! Terry Burgess Chair Environment and Parks Standing Committee

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Teresa MALLAM/Free Press George Thorogood and the Destroyers gave 2,600 fans at CN Centre the real deal, rock n’ roll concert Wednesday night. Their 40-year-strong tour took Prince George by storm and Thorogood – who last visited with his band nine years ago – promised to come back.

School district budget dilemma coming to the fore Editor: It’s budget time again for the school district, and they are facing a dilemma. What more can they cut? Our school districts have to fund increased BC Hydro and MSP costs, and raises for CUPE staff, with no additional funding. We have already closed 14 schools, and cut learning assistant, special education, support, ESL, and other specialist teachers, librarians, counsellors, education assistants, and services for special needs children. Our district has tried to keep class sizes down and keep minimal supports in place for our most vulnerable children, but that costs money. Are you okay with putting more kids in crowded classrooms? Do you want your child in a class with 30 or more kids? How many special needs kids should be left unsupported in each classroom? How much attention do you think your child will get with unlimited numbers of special needs kids in a class? Or maybe you are OK with spending money to put your child in private school, or have him learn at home on a computer through on-line learning? What about cutting busing, heat, lights, cleaning, music, sports, computers, books, lawn or building mainte-

nance, snow removal, gym equipment, special events, drama, trades, etc.? Or would you rather see our education system adequately funded? Despite what Minister Fassbender tells you, it is not. B.C. spends about $1,000 less per student than the national average. In 2001, the government spent 29.26 per cent of total spending expenses on education. In 2013-2014, they are spending 27.1 per cent, a difference of about $960 million dollars, which would more than cover all the shortfalls school districts in B.C. are facing. Whether or not you have children in school, we all need an educated workforce to sustain a healthy economy and maintain our quality of life in our communities. If you are concerned about education, go to your neighbourhood school and talk to the teachers and attend PAC meetings. Write your MLAs and Minister Fassbender. Teachers have been trying to prop up the system with fewer and fewer resources for over ten years now, but they need parents and other citizens to speak up. Our future depends on it. Ron Byman Prince George

Everitt clarifies mill inquiry statement Editor: I wish to clarify my statement made to the media on April 16, 2014 regarding the need for a public inquiry into the Babine and Lakeland mill explosions. The statement by itself does not accurately reflect my position. My intent was to express my concern that action needs to be taken now on many fronts and not just on the public inquiry, because if the government delays a public inquiry and only succumbs to public pressure after many years, or does not have one, it would negatively affect all families and

not bring closure to all those affected. Action needs to be taken, such as having a dust audit of all operations to ensure workers’ safety, while we continue the push for a comprehensive public inquiry. Our union has been very clear in demanding that the government conduct a public inquiry. It has been my personal view, and that of our union and membership that a public inquiry is the only way to bring closure for families. Further, it is a mechanism that will provide a much clearer picture of what led to the disasters, what could have been

done to avoid the tragic events, provide insight on what went wrong during the failed investigations by WorkSafeBC, provide clearer reasons why Crown did not pursue charges, and hopefully allow for implementation of recommendations that may ensure nothing like this happens again. My continued commitment and of our union in lobbying the government for a public inquiry for both disasters has and will continue to be unwavering. Frank Everitt President USW Local 1-424


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TERESA MALLAM | 250.564.0005 | arts@pgfreepress.com | www.pgfreepress.com FELTING Two Rivers Gallery offers workshops on a variety of art mediums and techniques. On May 3 between 1 and 5 p.m., learn basic felting techniques from Kathy Juncker and Hugh Perkins, make a felted hat or handbag. There is a fee to attend. Call 250-6147800 to register for the workshop or register online at www.tworiversgallery.ca.

ZAHIRAH’S Zahirah Dance Studio is celebrating the 20th year of being involved in Middle Eastern entertainment in Prince George with its annual Zahirah’s Student Extravaganza. Saturday, May 3, starting at 6 p.m. at PG Civic Centre. Tickets are at Shhhh for Her and at the Zahirah Dance Studio, 2582 Queensway. For more information visit www.zahirahbellydance.net.

WALK A MILE There is an opening reception for a new exhibit, Walk a Mile, on Thursday, May 8 starting at 7:30 p.m. The 2014 Senior High School Art Exhibition is organized by Two Rivers Gallery Young Associates. Come out and see the art work of talented local young artists. Walk a Mile exhibit runs May 8 to June 1 at Two Rivers Gallery. For more information visit www.tworiversgallery.ca.

AUTISM WALK The third annual autism awareness walk is on May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. starting at Cottonwood Park and wrapping up at Fort George. Treats for the kids, raffles and prizes. You can connect up on Facebook with parent support site Northern Interior Autism Society, phone Hillary Lewis at 250-613-7841.

Bemused and amused TNW audience is treated to world premiere Teresa Mallam arts@pgfreepress.com How often do you get to say you attended the world premiere of a new Canadian play? Prince George audiences got to experience that “warm, fuzzy” feeling Saturday night. Bemused playwrights Peter Fenton and Scott White (he also wrote the music and lyrics) were there too. In the row where I was seated, people were slow to react to funny opening lines. Then they began to relax and enjoy themselves – and gales of laughter erupted all over. Something new, they liked it. Bemused has all the right elements of a play that will endure. It has clever lines, very funny scenes, tight scripting, terrific songs and music performed by talented artists. And – most important for me – a story line that holds together despite the apparent “screwball” antics unravelling on stage. The set by scenic designer Ted Price evokes the very lavish and “overstuffed” opulence of the grand old hotels circa the 1940s. In the story, it’s a luxury suite, home to rich and famous composer Cole Porter and, for TNW audiences, a perfect backdrop and playground for a zany cast of characters. First up, frantic and fading Broadway producers Arthur Green and Iris Langdon (Tim Koetting and Deb Williams). They live out their dream of revamping their careers and sagging finances with plans for a hit Broadway show. One that still needs 17 original songs – and some real talent. Koetting from Hamilton and Williams of Vancouver, both with impressive careers and credits, are well-matched and well-cast. With over half a century of acting experience between them, they carry off with ease the slick, old-style, tried and true slapstick comedy routines we love about this genre of theatre.

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press George Walcott (Steven Greenfield), Carol Walcott (Ksenia Thurgood), a “secret” under the sheet and Beatrice Odette (Jenni Burke) in a rehearsal scene from Theatre North West’s production of Bemused. The play, written by Peter Fenton and Scott White, made its world premiere at TNW on Saturday.

As their characters Green and Langdon, the actors team up well against Steven Greenfield as George Walcott and Ksenia Thurgood as his wife Carol, a struggling, financially strapped songwriting duo hired to create the music. Greenfield totally hits the mark as George, a panic-attack prone pianist who composes jingles for a living. Thurgood is also a gifted comedic actor with a lovely voice. There are moments in the play where she gets to just sing. Toronto actor Jenni Burke is absolutely priceless as Beatrice Odette, the maid – you could call her that in 1944. She has a true talent for sweeping entrances (no pun intended), a real sense of comedy, with perfect timing and vibrant vocals that makes her one to watch on stage. Burke is a

real asset to the cast. Ontario actor Barrie Wood gives a refreshingly cheeky performance as Marcel Fitzsimmons, the eccentric 73-year-old bell hop who jumps, literally, at the chance to put on his old tapdancing shoes again. His well-honed comedic skills, elastic, exasperated, facial expressions and his exhausting display of physicality – he runs, climbs out windows, dances, and jumps on furniture – are reminiscent of old shows like I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners. I got tired just watching him. Erica Clow is fresh and spirited as Mary Walcott, the songwriters’ young daughter, and does her best to look and act the part of a much younger person – and she succeeds. But for me, it would have been fun to see a child actor in the role.

Like the old Cracker Jack boxes, Bemused is full of surprises, gags, pop-ups and props. It is very fast moving and keeps you guessing until the end. And that all adds up to a farcical, fun, and entertaining piece of theatre. Bravo to a team of forward-thinking Canadian writers who looked backward and beyond to create a new play that evokes everything we love about those blemished, bungling, beguiling – and, yes, bemused characters. Bemused by Peter Fenton and Scott White (music and lyrics by Scott White) runs until May 14 at Theatre North West in Parkhill Centre. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on May 4 and 11. Tickets are available at Books and Company, 1685 Third Avenue or for phone orders 250-614-0039.

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plays Prince George on May 24 Barefoot Caravan hails from the Okanagan but they play music that comes from around the world. They also write and perform original music. The five-piece band’s upright bass player, who goes by the social media nickname “Stand-up Steve”, spoke to the Free Press Monday. “We’re based out of Vernon and we’ve been together for about two years now. Right now we’re busy working, randomly, on four to six songs for a new EP and we hope to have the release party before we leave so they should hopefully be ready when we get to Prince George,” he said. Barefoot Caravan plays Artspace above Books and Co. May 24. For their visit to P.G., the band will perform as a four-piece with Steve on bass, “Moot” on guitar, Angela Roy on vocals and Taylor Poffenroth on drums. All accomplished musicians, the band members have a unique way with rhythm and harmony that magically turns songs in several languages into universal

Courtesy Barefoot Caravan World music band Barefoot Caravan plays Artspace on May 24. Tickets are at Books and Company

music that is both danceable and easy to listen to sitting down – although it’s likely to pull you onto the dance floor. Barefoot Caravan plays on outdoor stages and indoor venues, summer festivals, and in winter, they perform at house concerts, carnivals and in schools as part of artists in residency programs. “Music and the arts are a gateway to knowing ourselves,” it says on the band’s website. Besides playing music for enjoyment, the band writes that their goal is to re-connect people to the world we live in together. Steve, the band’s primary songwriter, agrees. “We take world music and traditional folk songs and we put our own arrangements to them, making them more upbeat and kind of reggae sounding. A lot of what we do is

Afro-Cuban music or African. Last time we were in P.G., Earl [Krushelnicki] got us radio play on CFUR and so we’re happy to come up there again.” Roy is a talented vocalist who sings in several different languages. “Angela sings songs in four African languages – as well as English, French and a language of the Caribbean,” says Steve. “Moot’s sister was friends with Angela and I met Moot at a jam session, an open mic, and we all just starting working together. You will hear three-part harmonies on the EP from our band. Moot does a lot of ritual music, I do a lot of the songwriting and it all fits with the world theme and with reggae.” How did they get their name? “We needed a band name so we brainstormed and bounced around

Local group celebrates Mental Health Week Canadian Mental Health celebrates mental health week from May 5 to 11. CMHA’s Mental Health Week is a national event that takes place the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. This week is designed as a celebration of mentally healthy lifestyles and positive attitudes, as well a as source of information and support. Mental Health is more than the absence of mental illness, it is a state of well-being and Mental Health Week reminds Canadians that mental health is an important part of their overall health. The local Canadian Mental Health Association centre is located at

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The Prince George Construction Association, partners School District #57, College of New Caledonia and WorkSafeBC are delighted to announce that this year’s milestone 10th annual “Heavy Metal Rocks” event is underway. From its inception in 2005, “Heavy Metal Rocks has now provided a decade of hands-on heavy equipment work experience for over 300 Grade 11 and 12 students from School District #57. This event is designed to promote career awareness, provide work experience opportunities, and foster that spark of interest in construction within the youth in our community. PGCA President Rosalind Thorn says, “It’s career promotion for the construction industry, and it’s a great way to introduce young people to the industry and to provide them with information on all the career paths that are available. Operating equipment is an exciting place to start. It’s as close to real life as you’re going to get.” “We try to pick kids that haven’t had the opportunity to run equipment so they get a firsthand feeling for what it’s really like,” Committee Chair and Sterling Crane Branch Manager Ken Morland says. “We try to focus on the kids who haven’t had the experience and make it a good experience for them.” Jesse Fentie is a graduate of “Heavy Metal Rocks” who now is completing a Crane Operating Apprenticeship at Sterling Crane. “It’s a huge community of people you can really talk to and get ideas of what to expect,” he says. “I recommend it to anybody.”

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The project has evolved each year with new presentations, site and shop tours and safety demonstrations being added. From the very beginning, there is an emphasis on a “safety first” philosophy that will instill students with a solid workplace safety foundation in their future careers. “I really believe in this, getting to the young people and explaining the health and safety aspect and what their rights are as workers,” says Bruce Clarke, Regional Prevention Manager for North Centre and Northwest B.C. “It’s a real win-win for everybody. It pulls the whole community together.” Community support has grown exponentially as the event becomes increasingly well-known, both at home in Prince George and throughout the Province. The project has become a greater success each year due to the dedicated support of local businesses, organizations, individuals. We are proud to have watched the project “grow up” over the past decade!

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Each year, 32 students are carefully selected through an application and interview process. They are required to complete the Construction Safety Training System (CSTS09), providing them with the safety certification they will require in order to work on active construction sites in the future. Site tours and presentations are conducted on the first day of the event, followed by three days of heavy equipment instruction and experience. A variety of educational and safety demonstrations are provided over the course of the event, including apprenticeship and career information ensuring that these students are well on their way to a rewarding career, and it is a blast! Committee member Cory Klein, VP for RF Klein & Sons has hired eight HMR students since the start of the program. “It gives them quite an advantage. Industry itself is intimidating, but once they get their hands on it and they meet real operators, managers and owners, they feel more confident and excited about the industry.” This program is incredibly beneficial, both to the students involved, and to the Construction Industry as a whole. Bruce Northrop, Committee Member of the Career Programs Office says of the event, “School District #57 very much appreciates the tremendous number of opportunities that the “Heavy Metal Rocks” program has provided for local students over the years.”

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Construction contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and allied service firms benefit from programs such as “Heavy Metal Rocks”, as the initiative provides students with the building blocks they require to launch a career in heavy equipment operation as well as sparking interest in other construction related careers within this necessary and fulfilling industry. School District #57 Superintendant Brian Pepper notes, “It’s an enriching and engaging learning experience for our students. They come out of it with credentials that they can use toward getting a job in the construction field once they finish school.” The event has also garnered the support of Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and local Prince George-Valmount MLA, who comments, “This is exactly the type of program we need across the province. This program gets young people excited about pursuing a career in the trades. I attend the event each year and it is obvious that students and their families value the experience and the opportunity.” With a million job openings in B.C expected by 2020, 43% requiring trades or technical training, the B.C. government is making significant investments to ensure British Columbians are first in line for the jobs of tomorrow. The potential for personal and professional fulfilment within the Construction Industry right now, right here in BC is unlimited!

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The Prince George Construction Association, partners School District #57, College of New Caledonia and WorkSafeBC are delighted to announce that this year’s milestone 10th annual “Heavy Metal Rocks” event is underway. From its inception in 2005, “Heavy Metal Rocks has now provided a decade of hands-on heavy equipment work experience for over 300 Grade 11 and 12 students from School District #57. This event is designed to promote career awareness, provide work experience opportunities, and foster that spark of interest in construction within the youth in our community. PGCA President Rosalind Thorn says, “It’s career promotion for the construction industry, and it’s a great way to introduce young people to the industry and to provide them with information on all the career paths that are available. Operating equipment is an exciting place to start. It’s as close to real life as you’re going to get.” “We try to pick kids that haven’t had the opportunity to run equipment so they get a firsthand feeling for what it’s really like,” Committee Chair and Sterling Crane Branch Manager Ken Morland says. “We try to focus on the kids who haven’t had the experience and make it a good experience for them.” Jesse Fentie is a graduate of “Heavy Metal Rocks” who now is completing a Crane Operating Apprenticeship at Sterling Crane. “It’s a huge community of people you can really talk to and get ideas of what to expect,” he says. “I recommend it to anybody.”

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The project has evolved each year with new presentations, site and shop tours and safety demonstrations being added. From the very beginning, there is an emphasis on a “safety first” philosophy that will instill students with a solid workplace safety foundation in their future careers. “I really believe in this, getting to the young people and explaining the health and safety aspect and what their rights are as workers,” says Bruce Clarke, Regional Prevention Manager for North Centre and Northwest B.C. “It’s a real win-win for everybody. It pulls the whole community together.” Community support has grown exponentially as the event becomes increasingly well-known, both at home in Prince George and throughout the Province. The project has become a greater success each year due to the dedicated support of local businesses, organizations, individuals. We are proud to have watched the project “grow up” over the past decade!

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Each year, 32 students are carefully selected through an application and interview process. They are required to complete the Construction Safety Training System (CSTS09), providing them with the safety certification they will require in order to work on active construction sites in the future. Site tours and presentations are conducted on the first day of the event, followed by three days of heavy equipment instruction and experience. A variety of educational and safety demonstrations are provided over the course of the event, including apprenticeship and career information ensuring that these students are well on their way to a rewarding career, and it is a blast! Committee member Cory Klein, VP for RF Klein & Sons has hired eight HMR students since the start of the program. “It gives them quite an advantage. Industry itself is intimidating, but once they get their hands on it and they meet real operators, managers and owners, they feel more confident and excited about the industry.” This program is incredibly beneficial, both to the students involved, and to the Construction Industry as a whole. Bruce Northrop, Committee Member of the Career Programs Office says of the event, “School District #57 very much appreciates the tremendous number of opportunities that the “Heavy Metal Rocks” program has provided for local students over the years.”

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Construction contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and allied service firms benefit from programs such as “Heavy Metal Rocks”, as the initiative provides students with the building blocks they require to launch a career in heavy equipment operation as well as sparking interest in other construction related careers within this necessary and fulfilling industry. School District #57 Superintendant Brian Pepper notes, “It’s an enriching and engaging learning experience for our students. They come out of it with credentials that they can use toward getting a job in the construction field once they finish school.” The event has also garnered the support of Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and local Prince George-Valmount MLA, who comments, “This is exactly the type of program we need across the province. This program gets young people excited about pursuing a career in the trades. I attend the event each year and it is obvious that students and their families value the experience and the opportunity.” With a million job openings in B.C expected by 2020, 43% requiring trades or technical training, the B.C. government is making significant investments to ensure British Columbians are first in line for the jobs of tomorrow. The potential for personal and professional fulfilment within the Construction Industry right now, right here in BC is unlimited!

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Cheers to the first 10 years of “Heavy Metal Rocks”, and the promise of many more years to come!

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MIWORTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY PARK PROPERTY The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George intends to proceed with final passage and adoption of the Miworth Community Park Property Use Agreement Bylaw No. 2893, 2014 at its meeting of May 15, 2014. Bylaw No. 2893 will authorize the Regional District to enter into a 5-year agreement with the Miworth Community Association for the use of property located at the corner of Keppel and Lindsay roads in Electoral Area C. The property contains a skating rink and other improvements and is described as Lot B of District Lot 2165, Cariboo District Plan 19425. In consideration of the entitlements given, the Regional District will receive a nominal sum of $1.00 for the specified term of the agreement. A copy of Bylaw No. 2893 is available for viewing at: http://tinyurl.com/RDFFG-MCP-BL-2893 or in hard copy at the Regional District Service Centre at 155 George Street, Prince George, BC during regular business hours. Persons wishing to file a written submission in respect of Bylaw No. 2893, 2014 should do so not later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014. C. Paton Service Centre Representative

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TNW set for next year Theatre North West (TNW) has announced its exciting line-up of plays for its 20th anniversary 2014/15 season. Billy Bishop Goes to War, written and composed by John Gray in collaboration with Eric Peterson, runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 15. This Governor General’s award-winning musical adventure revolves around central character World War I flying ace Billy Bishop. The Patron Saint of Stanley Park by Hiro Kanagawa runs November 20 to December 10 and is a Christmas fable for the whole family, set in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The Black Bonspiel of Wullie Mac Crimmon runs Feb. 12 to March 4, 2015 and features in the lead role a smalltown shoemaker who is also a curling fanatic. The last play of the season is a comedic drama, The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe which runs April 23 to May 13 and is the story of a man and his estranged son who, after 40 years apart, must step in and become his caregiver. With the conclusion of the current season, artistic producer Samantha MacDonald bids adieu to Theatre North West. At the helm for three years, MacDonald paid tribute to the enthusiastic Prince George audiences at the world premiere and opening of Bemused on Saturday. In her artistic producer’s notes, she said: “Bemused is a perfect way to wrap up my time here at TNW... Truly, you are an extraordinary group of theatre supporters – no one could ask for better.” Season passes for the entire upcoming season (four plays) are now available. Tickets for TNW plays can be purchased at Books and Company, 1685 Third Ave. phone orders 250-614-0039.

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Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Oboe player Erica Skowron joins PGSO orchestra members Laslo Klein on horn and Indra Igan on piano at Two Rivers Gallery on Sunday along with Jose DelgadeGuevara, who performed a viola solo written by Bach.

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Heritage Fair May 9 Students from across School District 57 will put their knowledge of heritage on display at the Prince George Civic Centre on May 9. The fair is open to students from Grades 4 to 10, and these projects will be ones which have already been displayed at their school’s Heritage Fair. Heritage Fair is a great opportunity for students to practice research, writing and presentation skills. It allows for multi-media and multidisciplinary projects, which makes it a great fit for French and English language arts and social studies. Because students have free rein in choosing their project, they will choose projects they are passionate about, and this passion shines through in the finished product. Students whose projects are selected among the best at the May 9 Regional Heritage Fair will be allowed to move on to the Provincial Fair, which will be held this year in Kamloops. Top projects at the Provincial Fair will go on to the National Heritage Fair. The fair starts at 9 a.m. on May 9, and the awards and recognition event is set for 5 p.m.


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Allan WISHART/Free Press Relay for Life team lead Helen Owen, left, Allnorth representative Richard Fairservice and Relay leadership chair Davy Greenlees show off the special draw boxes which will be used to determine the winners of some awards at this year’s Relay, set for May 10 and 11 at Masich Place Stadium.

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ready to go Vegas-style this year Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com Call it the Relay that never sleeps. This year’s Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society will feature more lights and more fun when it takes to the track at Masich Place Stadium for 24 hours on May 10 and 11. At a press conference on Tuesday morning, Richard Fairservice of Allnorth, the event sponsor, said the numbers are looking good so far for the 22nd annual event. “At last count, we had 1,450 participants on 145 teams, and have raised $180,000 so far. That’s a great start.” Relay leadership chair Davy Greenlees said with the Las Vegas theme for this year’s Relay, there are some changes coming. “We’re going to keep things going through the evening and early morning,” he said. “The ‘Strip’ will be lit up Saturday night, and we’re looking at having live music in the evening, where we usually go to canned music.”

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He also suggested those in attendance might want to keep their eyes open. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see some celebrities, like Elvis, showing up at some point.” As a matter of fact, participants are being encouraged to break out their own glitz and glamour as they walk around the track, raising funds for cancer research. And you don’t have to walk, as team lead Helen Owen suggests. “”Anyone who’s interested in doing a marathon will be able to do it. It would be 110 laps of the track at Masich Place.” There will also be a photo booth for individuals and teams, a Monopoly tournament for youngsters as well as a children’s tent, and a Closed Event blackjack tournament, with the top seven contestants advancing to the final table – at 3 a.m. on May 11. Many of the familiar parts of the Relay for Life are still in place, including the Survivors Lap at 10 a.m. on May 10, the Fight Back ceremony at 7 p.m., the Luminaries Ceremony at midnight, and the Celebrate ceremony to wrap things up at 10 a.m. on May 11.

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Thorogood rocks CN Centre crowd to the core sides great music – managing to slip “Prince George” into song lyrics and dedicating Get A Haircut to “sophisticated” rock fans. That kind of Now THAT was a rock natural ease and showmanship concert. George Thorogood is not just only comes at this level of a good, he’s one of the best in the solid music career that spans decades and includes hundreds business. and hundreds of Time – 40 years live performances. of albums and To be honest, concerts, and rockers have a counting – has reputation. done nothing but They like to party make this “Born and play around. to be Bad” blues But I’ve never rocker even better. yet seen one who He looks good, he can flirt with an sounds good, he entire audience. plays guitar like he Thorogood does. was born with one He turns his back, in his hands. ROCKIN’ And if he wasn’t GEORGE wiggles his bum, born to be bad, he THOROGOOD combs his hair with his back to the learned to act bad... audience, turns around and, just for show. like a black panther, he paces Dressed in black, he’s lean across the stage with the mike and full of energy. He jokes in one hand and the audience around with the crowd, flashes in the other. lots of smiles and tells them Opening with Born To Be what they want to hear – be-

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Bad, he had 2,600 fans in delirious frenzy in less than five minutes. He told the audience it had been “nine long years” since he and the band last played Prince George – too long, he said. Later on, he promised us to keep coming back here until the day he died. George Thorogood and The Destroyers left us all in a tizzy Wednesday night at CN Centre with their 40 Years Strong concert. What a rock party. This one will be hard to top.

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Celebrating the role of the midwife Registered midwife Jane Hedges said in a news release that Prince George midwives will be joining other worldwide celebrations on May 5 with an event at Pine Centre Mall. This year’s theme is Changing the world one family at a time. Good maternity care has far-reaching effects

for families, communities and the wider economy, says Hedges. “Inviting colleagues and supporters to join them in recognizing the far-reaching value of good maternity care,” she said. “Midwives attend the births of over 16 per cent of the babies born each year in British Columbia and demand is growing. Instant Patronage Days Here in B.C. registered midwives are highly trained, educated and regulated professionOnly Sale als who provide quality prenatal, birth and post Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op thanks its members for their natal care.” support by offering instant cash off in all departments in this ad on Midwifery services Friday May 9 & Saturday May 10, 2014 are covered by the provIf you’re not a member, join now and enjoy the benefits! ince’s Medical Services All sales Cash, Cheque, Debit Card or Credit Card in order to receive these discounts % Plan, she said. 10 off % Midwives practise in 10 off clinics, hospitals and homes and provide 24% 10 off 10%off hour service. Midwives Food Store 250-567-4406 provide care and guidGroceries, Bakery, Deli, Meat, Produce and Housewares ance from early preg% We have a large selection of small appliances. 10 off Mon - Thurs 9:00am -7:00pm, Fri 9:00am - 9:00pm nancy and throughout Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday & Stat Holidays labour and birth until 9:00am - 6:00pm about six weeks postHome Centre 250-567-4464 partum. Midwives offer Hardware, Building Materials, Flooring, a full range of maternity Major Appliances, Agro, Feed, Fertilizer care services includNo Discounts on Bulk Feed, Bulk Fertilizer or Special Orders Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sunday and ing prenatal laboratory Stats 9am-5pm tests, genetic screening and diagnosis options, Gas Bar/C-Store 250-567-4486 Summer Hours: Monday - Sunday 6am - 9pm ultrasound imaging, Inside Lane - Full Service, Outside Lane - 24 Hour Small procedures and medicaVehicle Cardlock tions and access to a full We have a large selection of sandwiches, subs, pastries, range of comfort and cold drinks, Kool-aid slushies, specialty coffee, cappuccino, snacks and automotive accessories. pain relief options for Come in and pick up your Co-op Coffee Card labour. Buy 5 cups of coffee and receive the 6th cup FREE. Local registered midBulk Petroleum/Hwy 16 Cardlock 250-567-4488 wives will gather to help Hours: Monday - Saturday 8am-5pm celebrate International Clear and Dyed Gas, Clear and Dyed Diesel, Oil & Grease. Day of the Midwife at No Discounts on Bulk Petroleum Pine Centre Mall on May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op 2:30 p.m. CO-OP EQUITY AND CASH BACK QUALITY CO-OP LABEL PRODUCTS

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District of Kitimat, exempt staff position, with competitive compensation and full benefit package. Reporting to the Operations Manager, assists in planning, implementing and tracking the operations, repair and maintenance of the municipality’s infrastructure, including water and sewer, buildings, roads, parking lots, traffic control, drainage, signage, sidewalks, parks, grass cutting,, cemetery, and equipment fleet. Candidates will have several years of experience in a municipal or similar work environment and post-secondary education in Civil, Building or Water Quality Technology, EOCP Sewage Treatment and Water Distribution certification, or related Trade Qualification. Submit resumes by May 15, 2014, 4:30 p.m., to Personnel, District of Kitimat, 270 City Centre, Kitimat, B.C. V8C 2H7, Fax 250-632-4995, email dok@kitimat.ca

MCELHANNEY seeks a JR/INT BIOLOGIST for our Prince George location. 3-5 yrs exp with eviro legislation, fisher ies/watercourse/habitat/riparian assessments, preparing gov applications. Inf o / a p p l y : www.mcelhanney.com/careers SERVICE Writer/Warranty Administrator required immediately for busy Heavy Truck repair shop in Kelowna, BC. Parts and/or service experience in the industry an asset. Attention to detail, clear communication and organization skills a must. Competitive wages and benefits reflecting experience. Please forward all resumes to jdiesel1@telus.net.

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In loving memory of our Husband, Father & Grandfather, Keith McGachen Andrews born June 14, 1936 and passed away on April 17, 2014. Keith fell in love with and married Greta Berg in 1961. They lived in Prince George, where they had 3 children and then later moved to Lower Nicola. Keith worked for the Prince George Fire Department for 32 years. He retired in 1991 from the position of Assistant Fire Chief. Keith loved life. He & Greta purchased a cabin at Fraser Lake and spent any spare time they could there with family & friends. They also had numerous opportunities to Áy into Namu, a BC Packers Àshing village where they enjoyed many a day Àshing on the ocean. In 2000 they sold Fraser Lake and moved to Lower Nicola where they lived for 14 years. During this time Keith & Greta spent many years RVing and travelling throughout the United States. Keith was preceded in death by his parents Jack & Mary, son Rick, wife Kim and 2 grandsons Joshua & Daniel. Keith is survived by his wife Greta, daughters Bev, Sherry (Mark), granddaughter Nicole (Myles) Cameron & Connor. Brothers; Rob (Debbie), Chris and sister Heather (Wayne), the Almgren family and many friends. A special thank you to the Home Support workers and staff at Gillis House in Merritt. A celebration of Keith’s life will be held at a later date at the family home. In lieu of Áowers please make a donation to Gillis House.

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Kispiox Community School Job Vacancy: Principal Kispiox Community School is accepting applications from enthusiastic educators for the position of Principal beginning September 2014. The ideal candidate will have considerable experience to assume leadership of the school and guide a staff of 15 employees. 4uali¿cations The successful applicant should possess the following: • A valid BC Professional Teaching Certi¿cate. • A Master’s Degree or enrolled in one. • Considerable experience in the position of Principal or Vice-Principal. • Demonstrated teaching experience. • Sensitivity to First Nations issues. • Excellent communication and leadership skills. • Administrative and budgeting experience would be an asset. Kispiox Community School is a progressive Independent First Nations School with an enrollment of 100 students from Pre-school to Grade 7. It is located in Kispiox approximately 15 km north of Hazelton. We offer a comprehensive bene¿t package, competitive wages and excellent working conditions. Interested applicants should send their resume, the latest teaching report and 3 professional references to: Kispiox Community School 1439 Mary Blackwater Dr. Kispiox, BC V0-1<4 Or email to: rsteinbeisser@kispioxschool.ca Deadline for submission of applications: May 9, 2014

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EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. operates a world-class, high-speed grain export terminal situated in Prince Rupert on the scenic north coast of British Columbia. The Maintenance department is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following position. Millwright (Industrial Mechanic) The ideal candidate should have a high degree of troubleshooting experience and possess the ability to resolve hydraulic system faults. Experience in fabrication would be a definite asset. You will be able to demonstrate a superior technical background and have the desire to work in industrial maintenance. Ideally the successful candidate will bring 10 years of experience performing general Millwright duties, with a proven safety and health record. You must hold a valid drivers license and an Interprovincial Red Seal Millwright ticket. Shift work will be required. Currently the position is paid $40.30/hr, in addition, PRG offers a comprehensive hourly employee benefit program. A pre-employment medical is required. Interested individuals who want to join a great team are invited to submit their resumes in confidence to us by May 23, 2014: Human Resources Department Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. PO Box 877 Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3Y1 or Fax: (250) 624-8541 or email hr@prgrain.bc.ca Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer

Employment Medical/Dental RESOURCE Ability, an accredited nursing program, is searching for contract FT/PT/Casual RN’s to provide paediatric respite care to a child in home with fragile medical needs in Prince George. Union wages, travel reimbursement and more provided. If interested, please email a resume/CV to jhols@western.ca, attention Jennifer Hols or fax to 250846-9817

Trades, Technical LICENSED REFRIGERATION TECHNICIAN REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY. Must have experience with both residential and commercial service. Looking for someone who is ambitious, reliable and self-motivated. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and references. Good wages and benefits. Relocation allowance available. Contact Darryl at Canadian Western Mechanical, Quesnel, BC (250)992-9807 STUCCO APPLICATORS to start immediately for a busy stucco company located in West Kelowna area. Position starts at $29.00/hr. Contact Kevin @ 250-862-7418 or email acestuccoltd@gmail.com Transportation / Heavy Duty Mechanic required in Nakusp, BC. Must be Red Seal Certified, able to work on a variety of makes, models of trucks, trailers, components. A CVIP Certificate, welding skills an asset. Full time position with flexible hours. Group benefits. Competitive wages. Fax or email resumes to: 250-2653853 or whrepair@telus.net

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Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – The B.C. government has unveiled its plan to match up skills training with emerging jobs in resource development, by redirecting post-secondary funding and financial aid toward occupations in demand. The plan emphasizes industrial skills such as welding, pipefitting, heavy equipment operation, truck driving and concrete finishing, but ministers and officials stressed that it also includes engineering, health care and other occupations where jobs are projected to increase. The main shift for colleges and universities is that within four years, a quarter of their operating grants will be targeted to programs with identified demand from the job market. Employment data will determine post-secondary funding, instead of the tradition of block grants to post-secondary schools. Ministers avoided identifying areas that will lose funding, but have previously cited far more teaching graduates than there are jobs in the school system. Premier Christy Clark has lamented a system where students receive a bachelor’s degree and then must take additional training to qualify for jobs. Education Minister Peter Fassbender outlined a plan for K-12 schooling that aims to double the number of spaces for high school students taking industrial training in high school to 5,000 in two years. Students in these courses get college credits while still in high school, allowing them to go to work more quickly. The ministry is also revamping its kindergarten to grade nine curriculum to give it more emphasis on “hands-on learning” and exposing students in earlier grades to the range of jobs they can expect when they graduate. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond said the Industry Training Authority will soon get a new board of directors and industry advisory councils to provide up-to-date information on job market needs. NDP leader Adrian Dix said the overhaul of the ITA to restore union representation on its board shows that the model set up 10 years ago has been a failure. He also questioned how the education system can be restructured without adding new resources. “We need investment in skills training,” Dix said. “Instead what we have is a ministry of reallocation, which will cause considerable problems in the system and will not, I think, cumulatively give young people what they need.” Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk said the student loan program will also be adjusted to market demand, with loans reduced or forgiven for students who graduate with in-demand skills and are willing to move to get work.

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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43 years. We are seeking candidates for the following position within our organization HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Camp Leader Closing date: May 12, 2014 at noon HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Youth Alcohol & Drug Counsellor Closing date: May 12, 2014 at noon YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT: Youth Care Workers Closing date: May 12, 2014 at 4 pm A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at www.pgnfc.com (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: employment@pgnfc.com Applications will be accepted until dates noted on posting, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Saturday Garage, bake, craft and book sale, May 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Information: 250-5619381. Nechako Public Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Bible talks, Sundays, 4 p.m., Columbus Community Centre, 7201 Domano Blvd.

Sunday Blue Spruce Trail easy hike, May 4, meet at city hall parking lot 8:50 a.m. Information: Melony Karjala 250981-4605. Pancake breakfast, May 4, 9-11 a.m., Hart Pioneer Centre.

Urban ride, May 4, 10 a.m., Nechako Public Market. Hosted by Prince George Cycling Club. Nechako Public Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

Monday Canasta, May 5, 7 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Cariboo Toastmasters meet Mondays, 7:309:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, 444 George

St. Information: caribootoastmasters. com or Laura (250) 9613477. Al-Anon Hart Serenity AFG meets Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-5613244. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250962-2740.

Tuesday Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Center City Toastmasters meet Tuesday, noon, City Hall Annex. Information: 9164. toastmastersclubs.org. Al-Anon PG Beginners AFG meets Tuesdays, 7-7:45 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-5613244. ACBL duplicate bridge, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., 425 Brunswick St. Information: 250-5611685. Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays, 7:158:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250-962-6876 or www. kmcvancouver.org. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402. Sweet Adelines womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-part chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathy 250563-5170.

Wednesday Mental Health Consumer Council meets, May 7, 11 a.m., Activity Centre for Empowerment. Bingo, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Spruce Capital Senior Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Whist, Wednesdays,

7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Al-Anon Hart Courage AFG meets Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-5613244.

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Thursday Crown Market, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 3955 Hart Highway. Little Artists, Thursdays, 10:3011:30 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-6140684. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561.

ACBL duplicate bridge, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., 425 Brunswick St. Information: 250-5611685. DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-649-9591. Al-Anon Mustard Seed AFG meets Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m., St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican Church, 1505 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-561-3244. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. toastmastersclubs.org/ or 250-564-5191. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m.,

Kiwanis Club of Prince George members were busy Saturday cleaning up Ferry Avenue from Highway 16 to Ospika Boulevard. The club cleans the stretch of road twice a year and this time it coincided with the city-wide clean-up.

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Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave.

Support Groups Royal Purple meets second and fourth Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250-596-0125 or Jeanette 250-563-9362. Metis Elders Craft group, Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon, Prince George Metis Elders Society office, 117 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1600 Third Ave. (Prince George Native Friendship Centre). Prince George Quilters Guild meets fourth Tuesday of the month, Connaught Youth Centre, 1491 17th Ave. Registration 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Information: Echo 250612-0499.

Hospital retirees meet, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250563-7497 or 250-5632885.

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Wednesday evening Tops (take off pounds sensibly), Spruceland Baptist Church, 1901 Ogilvie St. Information: Leona 250-962-8802.

Prince George Stroke Survivors Group meets Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. Information: Julia 250-563-3819, Roland 250-562-1747.

Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles Presbyterian Church,

P.G. COPD Support Group meets Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., AIMHI gymnasium, 950 Kerry St. Information: www. pgcopdsupportgroup.ca.

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It’s spring car cleaning time, inside and out If a road trip is part of your vacation An easy check and repair item is plans this summer, it’s time to get lighting. You may need some help the horseless chariot prepared. confirming that the brake and That means cleaning it inside and backup lights are functioning at out and performing some important the rear. Otherwise, it’s a simple maintenance to ensure you get the walk-around check that should best fuel economy. include the turn signals and headIn most parts of B.C., the swap lights (both low and high beams) Unnecessary from winter tires to all-season or weight increases fuel and don’t forget the license plate summer tires is already well under and those little side marker lights. consumption and way (studded winter tire removal is If you’ve got a vehicle with a mandatory by April 30). Winter tires some of that extra headlight (clear plastic) cover are made with a softer and stickier weight could be in that’s showing its age, there are rubber compound that wears faster the form of mud and some good products on the market and increases fuel consumption at now that help restore clarity. dirt on your vehicle’s Wiper blades are another easy higher temperatures. They also tend to be noisier and you’ll hear them undercarriage. check and replace item. A buildeven more, now that you can finally Bob McHugh up of grease or grim on the roll down the windows. windshield will also reduce the You may also be dragging around effectiveness of the wipers. Clean too much junk in the trunk, like that snow shovel the rubber wiper blade with a soft cloth soaked you always pack during in the winter months. in the glass cleaner. In B.C., those windshield Unnecessary weight increases fuel consumption wipers typically work harder than anywhere else and some of that extra weight could be in the in Canada and life expectancy can be less than form of mud and dirt on your vehicle’s undercara year. If they’re still streaking, chattering or riage. Road salt is probably also trapped in that generally not doing the job – replace them. muddy mess, which is a corrosion accelerant that Getting back to tires, a loaded vehicle driven at your vehicle’s body doesn’t need. highway speeds for prolonged periods in hot While you’re poking around in the trunk, take a weather conditions can be a punishing test for look under the floor cover. Water leaking into the tires and the dreaded blow-out is a real concern. vehicle tends to accumulate in the lowest spots, Even a tire that looks okay and has plenty of or maybe that’s why it’s called a spare-wheel tread remaining may not be in great shape. The well. If the spare is a conventional tire, check its “best before” date on most passenger tires is inflation pressure and, while you’re at it, make eight years old and you should be able to find sure that the emergency jack and tool kit are a date of manufacture stamped somewhere on also in good working order. sidewall of the tire.

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Picking the right ride for you Life of two wheels is incredible. Just ask anyone who rides. But part of that appeal is finding a riding style that fits your personal preference. There are many different ways to get you on the open (or dirt) road to enjoy the best of the great outdoors. I’ll suggest some new makes and models to consider in each category, but by no means are these the be-all-end-all of choices. Cruisers Cruisers have mass appeal because of their low seat heights, generally comfortable ergonomics and ability to get you from

riders. Bikes: Honda CTX700, Yamaha Bolt, Harley-Davidson Superlow 1200T, Suzuki Boulevard C50 Sport Tourer Want a sportier edge while still maintaining the comfort associated with riding for extended periods of time? Consider a sport touring motorcycle. They’re generally not as heavy or as elaborate as a full on touring bike, so you get the best of both worlds. Bikes: BMW K1300S, BMW K1600GT, Yamaha FJR1300, Honda VFR1200 Touring When asked how I’d describe a Touring bike

Cruiser: Honda CTX700 (Photo: Bill Petro) point A to B in style. Some models have the foot pegs stretched forward, some don’t. They might not be the most nimble bikes around but they certainly do have mass appeal. Better yet, they come in all different sizes, shapes and displacements making it even more accessible to

I say: not small! These machines are typically heavy, but come equipped with the technology and luxuries that can take you across the country and further. Their fuel tanks are generally much bigger so you can keep going for longer. Furthermore, storage compartments,

Cruiser: Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback (Photo: Alexandra Straub) relatively speaking, are quite generous. Bikes: Harley-Davidson Electra Glide/Ultra Limited, Honda Goldwing, Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. Trials Those looking into trying riding without the high speeds might fall in love with trials riding. But get ready for a workout. If you look, there’s no seat. That’s because you’re meant to stand. Trials is a slow speed type of thrill where you manage obstacles and find ways to do things that even you didn’t think was possible. Think: riding up huge logs, up steep hills and over some interesting terrain. Either way, it’s a lot of fun and both physically and mentally challenging.

Bikes: Montesa Cota 4RT, Beta 200, Gas Gas TXT Pro Dirt Playing in the dirt has never been so much fun! No, really. It’s true. Whether you’re young or young at heart, dirt bikes are a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Dirt bikes are restricted to the dirt, meaning, unless you have a dual sport bike that has a license plate, you can’t ride them in the road. That said, they’re generally quite affordable and are extremely durable. Since there are so many different kinds to choose from, I’ll list the manufacturers that make them Bikes: Honda, KTM, Yamaha, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Aprilia Adventure

Luxury sport ute with emphasis on safety first By Ian Harwood The 2014 Infiniti QX60 is a luxurious sport utility vehicle that puts safety above everything else. Looks: The QX60 is a very attractive vehicle to these eyes; it has distinctive Infiniti looks. The projector style headlights flow with the body lines and the fog lights look like they belong instead of an afterthought. The side body lines almost give the appearance of waves moving up the vehicle. LED rear brake lights and center high mounted stoplight sit atop the rear power lift-gate. Chrome accents around the windows give it a sense of elegance. In The Cab: The cabin seemed large to me at first, but after climbing in and getting comfortable it is really not that big. If you are a . . . now how can I put this delicately? – If you are an amply proportioned person really spend some time trying out all of the seat positions. Once in the driver’s seat I found the controls well positioned and easy to operate. I liked the navigation screen with 3D mapping, the monitor offers a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and detects moving objects thus providing more help in backing up in a tight parking lot.

It features an 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, 6 way power front passenger’s seat, 60/40 split folding and sliding second row bench seat that allows easy entry/exit even with a child seat installed, 50/50 split folding third row seat that reclines. The audio system is a 6 speaker, AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability and has a speed sensitive volume control. The AWD model receives a Bose 13 speaker premium system. Safety first: The QX60 includes dual stage front airbags with seatbelt and occupant sensors, driver and front passenger side impact supplement airbags, roof mounted curtain side impact airbags with rollover sensor for all row outboard occupant head protection. Infiniti recognizes how important it is to have children secure in their vehicles. They have developed a latch system that securely anchors a compatible child seat. Intelligent brake assist system is a safety feature that continuously monitors and analyzes closing speeds to a vehicle ahead and provides warnings. If a collision is immanent, it will also apply the brakes. There is also a lane departure warning and prevention system. Power: A 3.5 litre, 24 valve V6 engine

with 265 horsepower and 248 foot pounds of torque power this vehicle. The transmission is an electronically continuously variable (CVT) with manual shift capabilities. Pump frequency: 10.5/7.6 L/100km (city/highway) 10.9/7.8 L/100km (city/highway) AWD Model Warranty support: 48 month/ 100,000 km Roadworthy: Excellent handling to this vehicle, steering was quick and responsive, and body roll was at a minimum. Even though the engine was more than adequate providing plenty of power, the CVT transmission was continuing to make adjustments and I found at times sudden bursts of power followed by a hard up shift. Defiantly not something I expected with this type of luxury. Verdict: I was excited to drive this vehicle but disappointed by the size of the interior space and performance. The safety features of this vehicle are incredible and I think most people would feel very safe driving it. Sticker price: QX60 3.5 $43,000 QX60 3.5 AWD $45,500 Price as tested $62,950 ian.harwood@drivewaybc.ca

Take the road less traveled, but take the road when you want! Adventure bikes have an uncanny ability to get you through some incredible terrain. Bikes: BMW F700GS/ F800GS/R1200GS, Suzuki V-Strom, KTM 1190 Adventure Sport

If you’re looking for the ultimate performance machine, a sport bike is the way to go. These are the bikes that are generally designed with the racetrack in mind but are street legal. They have more horsepower than you’ll ever need and harness the engineering prowess of the best of the best. That said, they have an aggressive seating position and aren’t always suited for taller riders. Then again, if we really want something to work, we make it work! Bikes: Ducati Panigale 899/1199, MV Agusta F3, Honda CBR600RR/1000RR, Suzuki GSX-R 750/1000, Yamaha R6/R1, Kawasaki Ninja Naked No, I’m not suggesting riding in your birthday suit! Naked bikes tend to have a more upright seating and handlebar position and are devoid of fancy bodywork covering the

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Confessions of a Curber I was getting good at this, so I purchased a used vehicle in the U.S. and imported it. It didn’t have any airbags, so the warning lights were on. But I wasn’t picky. I knew, based on my other tricks, I could solve that before I had it inspected and registered. You just couldn’t be too worried about the truth. I Googled airbags. I saw I had three options. Get certified replacements installed at a repair shop. Buy some and install them myself. Or, override the warning light. I called and found that the first option was out of the question. Way too expensive. But, option two had some promise. There were cheap ones online. Of course, there were some warnings about dangerous fake airbags. Option three, overriding the warning lights, went too far – even for me. You can find how-to videos about anything on the web. So, I ordered cheap ones and had them sent to my U.S. mailbox. I used a buddy’s garage and put them in. Bingo! The warning lights went off and I was on my way. Soon, I had an ad up on several classified websites: Great car for sale. Moving out of the country and need to sell fast! Good condition. Recently inspected. Call cell. I’m flexible on price!! I couldn’t believe how many calls I had. I found my buyer not long after. A nice man about my age; divorced with three kids. That’s all I know about him – I don’t like getting too personal. I was actually honest about the vehicle this time. I told him that the car had been in an

accident and was from the U.S. I asked if he wanted a vehicle history report*, but he declined. He appreciated my honesty, as he’d gone through a few bad deals. With the transaction done, we parted ways. Then I got a call from my buddy. Being a curious person, he’d read the boxes the airbags came in that I’d left at his shop. “You installed counterfeit airbags,” he said. “So? They look identical to the original airbags,” I said. “I’ve seen videos of bogus airbags catching fire and with metal bits exploding when they deploy. They’re not safe,” he scolded. I’ll take my chances, I thought. It would only be a problem in an accident. The next day, my buddy left a message. He ended our friendship. Whoa, chill out. A guy’s got a right to make a few bucks.

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NHL’s first round of playoffs had a lot of everything Each year the first round of record 10 games had the winning the Stanley Cup playoffs provides team erase a two-goal deficit. The dazzling games from the players following are some other stats who are filled with raw emotion that emphasize how competitive and passion. This the opening round results in remarkturned out to be: able highs and lows, (Does not include and intangibles that the three Wednesday add up to superior games) match-ups. • 23 of the 45 At this time last games were decided year, I was conby one goal. Seven vinced there wasn’t others were one goal much of a chance games plus an empty that the 2013 opennetter(s). In essence ing round could be that’s 30 games that topped. The one stat HART BEAT were decided at the HARTLEYMILLER end or a whopping that stood out was 17 of the 47 games 66.7 per cent. in the Conference quarter-finals • 13 games were determined in went into overtime, breaking overtime, two of them needing the record of 16 set the previous multi overtime. year. • For only the 13th time in Well, overtime games were Stanley Cup playoff history, one down slightly, but the overall series (St Louis and Chicago) quality and intensity was unprec- required four overtimes. edented. • In the first five games of the If comebacks are the baromPittsburgh-Columbus series, the eter, this year’s first round prolosing team had the lead. vided the most entertainment. • There were only two short Of the 45 games played (after series; Montreal swept Tampa, Tuesday), 28 had the winning although three of those four team come back from at least a games were decided by just a one-goal deficit. A first-round goal. Boston won in five over

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people already thought she was in it. “For years, people were asking if I ever did roller derby. I played ringette for a couple of years, and I did some roller-skating as a kid, but that was about it. “It didn’t take long to adjust when I started playing.” She has also found she enjoys being a jammer, the skater on the team who breaks away from the pack at the beginning of each jam and attempts to score points by lapping the players on the other team. “Jamming is not for everybody,” she says with a laugh. “A lot of times, it’s five against one when all of their skaters set up a wall to stop you getting by.” Her occasional feelings of frustration about this outnumbering wasn’t helped at a boot camp she attended in Kamloops. “We had a pro coach from the U.S., and all they were talking about to start with was ways for the wall to stop the jammer. “I eventually put up my hand and asked, ‘When are we going to get some tips on how to beat the wall?’” YardSale says it’s funny some of the things you notice when you go on the road. “Up here, you can take a look at a player’s skates and get a good idea for how much experience they have and maybe how good they are. “Down south, everyone has access to a skate shop, so they’ve all got nice

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The season hasn’t started yet for the Prince George Pisces Summer Swim Club, but some of the swimmers have already hit the water. On Saturday, the team hosted a fun time trial, the first time they’ve done this. Head coach Jessica Ballantyne says it was an attempt to ease the swimmers into the summer program. “We have a winter intersession which some of the swimmers take part in, and having something like this may get more of them into the summer program.” This is Ballantyne’s third year as a coach with the Pisces, but her first as the head coach. “I swam from ages 4 to 16, a lot of that with the Barracudas. A lot of the swimmers in our club I’ve swum with and coached over the last couple of years.” She says the biggest thing she and

the other coaches have to do early in the season is re-evaluation of the swimmers. “A lot of these kids swim in the summer club, and then they don’t come back to the pool until we start up again. They can change so much over those months they’re gone. “It’s not just a matter of whether they’re still in swimming shape, a lot of times they’ve grown, and they may have to change their technique.” The Pisces are hosting the first meet of the season at the Aquatic Centre on May 24 and 25, and Ballantyne says by then, the coaches will have a better idea of where the different swimmers are. “With some of them, you have to establish a new technique level. Within the first quarter of the season, we can figure out what strokes each of them is going to excel at.” Registration for the Pisces will take place May 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and May 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Aquatic Centre.

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Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com Mike Rositano will see some familiar faces among more than 200 football players he’ll be working with on the May long weekend. Six players from the Duchess Park Condors team Rositano coaches in the high-school season in Prince George are among those invited to the Team BC tryout camps for the U16 and U18 teams. “I think we’re one of the bestrepresented schools at the camp,” Rositano says of the half-dozen players invited. “They’re a pretty good group.” The three U18 invitees from Duchess are quarterback Rylan Matters, running back Daneil Stratton and wide receiver Caleb Cruse. “I’ve been coaching the older boys since 2008, for the most part,” Rosi-

tano says. “They know my system pretty well.” At the U16 camp, Condors Jake McLeod (defensive back), Zachary Bundock (linebacker) and Brett Stubbs (offensive line) will be joined by linebacker Joey Pike of the Kelly Road Roadrunners. The tryout camps are in Richmond, and Rositano says the coaching staff will be looking for a few things. “They need to have done their offseason training, they need to be in football shape. Their football knowledge is also key.” With players coming from so many different schools and systems, the Team BC coaches keep the playbook for the final squad fairly simple. For any Condors who make the squad, it may be even a bit easier to learn. “I also coach the Northern B.C. team,” Rositano says, “and we use pretty much the same playbook.” In 2013, the U16 Team BC com-

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250.564.0005 | sports@pgfreepress.com | www.pgfreepress.com CLAY SHOOT It’s been called “golf with a shotgun”, and this weekend, people in Prince George will get a chance to see what sporting clays is all about. The Prince George Rod and Gun Club is hosting a shoot, its first to be sanctioned by the Canadian National Sporting Clays Association, on May 3 and 4 at the range at 9444 Hartman Road. Sporting clays involves shooters progressing through a number of stations, with the clay targets coming from a variety of directions and speeds. Start time is 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.

TENNIS TIME Last year was a transition for the Prince George Tennis Club as they moved to their new courts behind the Prince George Golf and Culring Club clubhouse. This year, all systems are go, and they’re inviting everyone out for a free day of tennis on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you don’t have anyone to play with, don’t worry. Club members will be at the courts all day and will be more than happy to hit some balls back and forth with you. You can also enter a draw for a free one-year membership to the club.

PROVINCIALS The provincial carpet bowling championships will be held at the Hart Pioneer Centre from May 6 to 9. Top bowlers from across B.C. will try their luck with the weighted balls and constantly moving jack, or target, Play gets underway at 9 a.m. each day.

FIFTH IN B.C. It was a good weekend for the Kodiak Red U14 Club Volleyball team, as they finished fifth at the provincials in Abbotsford. The team, coached by Jay Guillet and Todd Kuc, put together a 5-1 record during the tournament.

Wilson best on bar and beam at Western Canadian Championships Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com Alia Wilson lets her work on the gymnastics equipment do the talking for her. The soft-spoken 11-year-old member of the Prince George Gymnastics Club sums up her trip last weekend to the Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon simply. “I think I did well.” That could be considered an understatement, since she came home with golds in Level 4 bar and beam as well as third on floor and the all-around. And while this was her third trip to Western Canadians, she says she was still a little nervous about one of her events. “I was nervous about the beam. I was doing the same routine I’ve been doing. I don’t know what it was, but I was a bit worried.” Coach Jenn Schwandt, who travelled with Alia to Saskatoon, feels it may have been somewhat unfamiliar surroundings that contributed to her nerves. “The beam is the same width, the same length, the same height off the floor, but their beam was a different make than the one we have here,” she said. “I think with beam, as well, there’s always a bit of a fear of falling. “Having different surroundings may have been a factor as well. In our gym, she’s used to seeing certain things on the wall, and she might use them as guides for doing things in her routines.” Schwandt went a step further than Alia did in assessing her performance. “She did great. She improved her vaults (where she finished 11th), but the ones she does still aren’t of a really high difficulty, so she doesn’t get big scores. On bar and beam, though, she was flawless. “I was very impressed with how she did.” This weekend, the hometown fans will get a chance to see Alia and the other local gynasts in action, as the club is hosting an Invitational meet on Saturday and Sunday. Head coach Jodie Hinks says there will be a lot of gymnasts here. “We’re expecting about 160 gymnasts. Thee will be clubs from Fort St. John, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Smithers, Kitimat and Terrace. “We’re really excited about having the meet this year. We didn’t have one last year because we were hosting the provincials.” This weekend’s meet will also be the Zone 8 meet for the boys, while the girls will go to Fort St. John later this month for their zone championships. “The zone is Quesnel, Williams Lake, Fort St. John and us. We figured there aren’t enough boys competing to justify having a judge come here this weekend and up to Fort St. John later in the month, so we’re hosting their zones here.” After the girls have their zone meet, the season wraps up with a meet in Kelowna at the end of the month. Well, it sort of wraps up. “There aren’t any more meets,” Hinks says, “but the competitive gymnasts run pretty much all summer. There’s usually about a two-week break in August, and some of them have other holidays scheduled during the summer, but most of them will be going all summer.” And how does Alia feel about competing in front of friends and family this weekend? “It will be nice to compete at home.”

Allan WISHART/Free Press Alia Wilson of the Prince George Gymnastics Club came back from the Western Canadian Championships with two gold medals, including one on beam.


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