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FOOD: Final article in our series Can we feed the need? | newsline: 250.564.0005

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Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press Onlookers survey the damage after a fire ripped through two buildings on George Street Monday, destroying them and damaging several others. Below: A photo of the fire posted on Facebook by Coun. Brian Skakun.

Fire on George St. Bill Phillips The Copper Pig Barbecue House has posted on its Facebook page a link to Elton John’s song “I’m still standing.” It’s luckier than Mothers ‘N’ More Maternity, which, along with another adjacent building being used for storage on George Street, were destroyed by fire Sunday night. The alarm sounded about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and destroyed the buildings nestled between the Copper Pig and the building housing EDI Environmental Dynamics. The two buildings, along with Simmy’s Bistro across the street, all suffered damage. Mothers ‘N’ More Maternity, owned by Carri Hunter, had been open for just three weeks. The other destroyed building was being used for storage, according to Dan McLaren of Commonwealth Financial,

which owns the two destroyed buildings and one housing EDI. “It’s very sad,” McLaren said of the Mothers ‘N’ More Maternity. “They put a lot of time and effort into developing the store. They did a wonderful job.” He says Commonwealth was getting ready to do some façade work on the buildings. He said there is smoke damage in the EDI building, water in the basement, and the front door was shattered. McLaren says he plans to eventually bebuild. As for the Copper Pig, they are awaiting word on how badly damaged the building is.

Police are requesting help identifying the person or persons responsible for a series of grass fires Tuesday. Prince George Fire Rescue and Prince George RCMP responded to no less than seven reported grass fires in the VLA area and along the Hudson’s Bay Slough. The fires were all extinguished immediately and are believed to have been deliberately set. Although no one was injured and there was no apparent structure damage, both agencies take these fires seriously. Police are requesting the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible. If you have any information about these criminal offences, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)5613300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips.”

INSIDE TODAY: Voices........................................P13 Datebook..................................P16 Community...............................P17 Classifieds................................P26 “Copper Pig is still standing and assessments need to be made by engineers, etc.,” they Tweeted Wednesday. “We will be closed this week, but not two months.” A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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Court ruling goes against Haldi residents Bill Phillips Mayor Shari Green says the only winners in a recent court ruling are women who need the services of a recovery centre. Haldi Road residents, who fought long and hard against plans to have women’s addictions recovery centre approved at the old Haldi school, were dealt a final blow Wednesday when Supreme Court Judge Ron Tindale dismissed a lawsuit filed by area resident Torre Pettersen.

An initial lawsuit contended that the city’s rezoning of the property was invalid because it contravened the Official Community Plan. Area residents won that lawsuit, but the city amended the Official Community Plan, prompting a second lawsuit. This one went in the city’s favour. “An OCP is not meant to be a static document but rather is fluid and develops over time,” Tindale wrote in his ruling. “Surely a municipal council can revise and change its policies and visions to accommodate an ever-changing community. Certainly one of the objectives of council could be to provide special-needs housing in a rural area. It is up to

council to determine whether special needs housing fits in the rural setting.” The issue has drawn out over three years and, for Green, she is glad the Northern Supportive Recovery Centre can finally proceed. It’s a ruling that was also being eyed by other municipalities around the province as it pertained to how council’s can change their Official Community Plans. “It’s a very significant ruling for municipalities,” said Green. “It clearly outlines that the city authority (to change an Official Community Plan) … Council can make changes


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Can we feed the need? We try: “Prince George people give until it hurts” The face of poverty is changing and the number of mouths to feed is growing. This is the final article in the Free Press examination of this topic from the perspective of the users, providers and observers. Is our present system of providing food for our most vulnerable population in Prince George working?

Have you eaten today? Dale Simmonds owner, Simmy’s Bistro, asks this question and gives a freshly made sandwich to a man on George Street Wednesday. Simmonds helps out regularly by providing nutritious soup and sandwiches to those in need in the downtown area.

Teresa Mallam Two former volunteers with the Prince George Salvation Army, who also found themselves needing to access the food bank, say they will no longer go there. The reason? According to the volunteers, recent regulations that require Salvation Army-approved identification mean more obstacles for poverty-stricken people who are “already stressed to the max.” They also say they’ve seen too many instances at the food bank where “good food is going out the door to feed pigs when it should be going to people.” One woman who worked at the food bank for three years, told the Free Press it “broke her heart” to see “perfectly good food” going to the farmers to feed their pigs while people who could not meet certain criteria, but who she saw were in need, had to be turned away. Salvation Army Capt. Neil Wilkinson earlier said (Free Press March 31) there is an arrangement with local pig farmers to provide donated food not suitable for human consumption but still good for livestock in exchange for fresh farm produce. “We do that so we’re not throwing away perfectly good food in the garbage,” he explained. Florence (not her real name) volunteered with the annual Christmas Kettle campaign and several food drives. She doesn’t do the work anymore. Florence said her work was her way of “giving back” to the community for her own visits to the food bank during times when her family, faced with unemployment or illness, ran out of groceries. “I don’t even want to go there (food bank) anymore because of the new rules. I’ve got government photo I.D., driver’s licence with photo and medical card but they asked me for a piece of mail showing my address and they wanted to take my picture for their own I.D. That I don’t understand.” As a volunteer, her identity was well known, she said. “When you volunteer with the Kettle campaign, you have a photo I.D. made up, so they already have that which makes me think the whole thing is a needless hassle.” In the past, people who did yet qualify for a food hamper could always get bread, she said. Now that has changed. “I asked and they said I couldn’t even access the bread lines. (Salvation Army staff ) said I had to set up a time and go for an interview and that means more bus fare.”

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Teresa MALLAM/ Free Press The point system is flawed too, she said. “In my case, as a single person, I get 35 points, and that’s just not enough to get food for the whole month. You can’t manage on that.” Wilkinson said bus fare is available, upon request and demonstrated need, for people who use the food bank. The point system was put in place in the fall, he said, to make it possible to provide food for everyone who needs it and prevent abuses of the system. Florence now goes to places like the Fire Pit that serve hot meals. But having her own groceries would mean she could cook for herself – and be sure how much sugar and additives she’s getting in her diet. “Being diabetic, I don’t want sugared cereal and last time I was at the food bank, [staff ] said I had to take what was there. It’s a hassle now, just going there and running around to get identification. These people are already dealing with so much stress in their lives, they don’t need this stress on top.” Wilkinson said the new identification cards allow a guest to access the food bank for six months before having their situation reviewed by staff to see how they are doing. In most cases, they continue to use the food bank. Meanwhile, local big-box stores, businesses and individuals continue to support the Salvation Army and other local organizations such as St. Vincent’s de Paul in their effort to try to keep hunger at bay for Prince George citizens. But is it enough?

“Prince George people give until it hurts,” said one former volunteer. “I’ve seen people drive up in what looks like a battered-up old ‘Fred Flintstone’ car, barely held together, to bring in bags and bags of food donations. People give cash and regularly volunteer their time to help. The S.A. has a truck that goes out every day to pick up food, there’s lots of food, I just don’t think it gets distributed in the right way.” Prince George Wal-Mart manager Don Sumaik said their store probably gives $100 or more worth of food every day to the local food bank. “We check the expiry dates on everything we donate and we don’t give anything even close to the expiry date,” he said. “Most canned foods have a very clear code date on them, not like some perishable items. We are very careful particularly with baby food which has to be way under the 30-day expiry.” Costco manager Colin Folk says their store gives daily to the Salvation Army, mostly bakery items and other food stuffs that are still good to eat. Then there are philanthropists like Dale Simmonds of Simmy’s Bistro on George Street who gives leftover soup and sandwiches of the day to people who are hungry and on the street or in shelters. Their generosity helps feed the need in Prince George and, along with groups such as Community Partners for Affordable Housing, works towards a common community goal of seeing no one goes hungry – ever.

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WA N T E D Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following person who is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant. AAs of 0900hrs this 7th day of May 2014, Shawn Lorne BERLAND (B: 1974-06-29) is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant for UTTERING THREATS, THFT UNDER $5000, Shawn Lorne and BREACH OF UNDERTAKING. BERLAND BERLAND is described as a First Na178 cm or 5’10” tions male, 178 cm or 5’10” tall and 77 kg or 170 lbs. weighs 77 kg or 170 lbs. BERLAND has black hair and brown eyes. BERLAND should be considered violent.

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of bulky items such as furniture and mattresses dumped at transfer stations. Regional transfer stations are designed to receive bagged

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Focusing on seniors’ health Northern Health will use report to develop strategies Bill Phillips It’s could be the first step towards developing a seniors’ health strategy for the North. Northern Health released a report Monday, entitled Let’s talk about Healthy Aging and Senior’s Wellness, detailing input received through months of consultations about seniors’ health throughout the North. However, it doesn’t outline specific actions to take.

“This kind of consultation process isn’t about getting people to give us recommendations, it’s to give us their perceptions of what’s going well and what their hopes and desires are,” said Cathy Ulrich, CEO for Northern Health. She said the plan will be used as Northern Health develops its plans, which will eventually include developing a seniors’ strategy for the North. The report provides a summary of the consultation, including themes and outcomes, and also breaks down

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the comments by community. “One of the striking things that came out of this for me is nobody is saying we need more institutions and institutionalized care,” said Dr. Charles Jago, Northern Health board chair. “They said ‘we want to remain in our homes, we want to remain close to our family.’” That puts the onus on Northern Health, he said, of finding ways to accomplish that. Doing that in the more rural and remote communities is definitely a challenge. “There’s no question, there are challenges,” said Ulrich, adding

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Mikkelsen adds new designation Teresa Mallam Glen Mikkelsen, manager of CN Centre, and still the “go-to guy” responsible for bringing in the big acts and events, has a new professional designation. Since last week, he’s been signing off his professional emails with the letters CFE after his name. The new designation, Certified Facility Executive, only applies to about a dozen people in Canada. To get it you have to have several years in the industry before making application, writing an intensive exam, and also writing an essay and being interviewed before a panel of peers. Apart from one CFE in Vancouver, Mikkelsen holds the only other CFE designation in British Columbia. The process is rigorous but rewarding. “This is a professional designation that involves a lot of things – you have to have been working in the industry for a number of years and you have to go through a number of steps to receive it,” said Mikkelsen on Monday. “There is a three-and-a-half hour exam. This designation is through the National Association of Venue Managers, so the exam included answering questions on convention centres, performing arts centers, arenas, stadiums as well as amphitheatres.” There’s a lot of studying you have to do for this, he adds. The professional designation is another “feather in the cap” for Mikkelsen who took on a new title and role at CN Centre earlier this month. The former marketing and entertainment manager is now Manager, CN Centre, a more encompassing role which will include some duties once assumed by Andy Beesley plus his job of bringing in top names and entertainment. Beesley resigned as associate director of recreation and cultural services reportedly to take up a new position with the Cougars organization, which is also now under new ownership. “He [Beesley] was involved in a whole lot of aspects of CN Centre that I will need to look after and assist with.” How big does that make his job? “It’s very big right now – but we hope to get some help with the events and marketing aspect of it,” he said, adding his high praise for Beesley’s work and contribution to CN Centre – something he expects to continue because Beesley has not “left the building.” “We’ve been very fortunate to have Andy Beesley working with us. He’s been a great mentor for us all and he’s provided some great leadership. We’re very fortunate that he’ll be working in an office just down the hall from us... and doing more great things now that he’ll be involved with the Cougars.” While he’s excited about his new CFE professional designation, Mikkelsen has been too busy with his new job title and duties at CN Centre to do any real

Fire Centre gets busy The Wildfire Management Branch responded to seven new wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre over a 24-hour recently. It’s suspected that all were caused by people. Prince George Fire Centre crews helped several local fire departments deal with escaped yard fires and also responded to multiple wildfires resulting from poorly planned or inadequately monitored open burns. If you are planning to do any large-scale industrial burning or conduct a grass burn over 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires), you must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1 888 797-1717. (9(5<6$785'$< 8:30am to 2:00pm YEAR-ROUND:

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self-promotion. “It all came down last week,” he said. “I was trying to keep a low profile about it.” Besides his own personal reasons to celebrate, Mikkelsen is also at the helm to help celebrate CN Centre’s 20th anniversary this year.

YOUR CITY MATTERS May 9, 2014 Applications are available on the City’s web site committees/, or may be picked up at City Hall, 5th Floor, 1100 Patricia Boulevard. For further information or to have an application form mailed to you, please call 250.561.7602. Deadline for Applications: 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014

CITY COUNCIL MEETING Regular Council Meeting Monday, May 12, 2014 – Council Chambers – 6:00 p.m.

COUNCIL, COUNCIL COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS, AND BOARDS MEETINGS Standing Committee on Finance & Audit Committee Monday, May 12, 2014 – 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m. Advisory Committee on Accessibility Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – 2nd Floor Conference Room – 5:00 p.m.

APPLY FOR A COUNCIL COMMITTEE Prince George is a City full of volunteers willing to give their time to ensure their community is a better place to live, work and play. Council Committees provide residents of our community the opportunity to participate on the development of our municipality. At this time the City Manager’s Office is accepting applications for Membership on the following Council Committees: • *NEW* Advisory Committee on Council Remuneration • Advisory Committee on Accessibility • Advisory Committee on Development Design • Board of Variance The Advisory Committees meet monthly, do research and provide information and recommendations to Council and City Staff.

Applications or resumes received by the City Manager’s Office by the deadline will be considered by City Council at its Closed Meeting of May 26, 2014. **Applications in their entirety, will be included in a Regular Council Meeting Agenda, and forwarded to Council for consideration. Those Agendas may become public and the City of Prince George will use personal information collected for the purposes of committee appointments and committee member listings.**

PUBLIC NOTICE Real Estate Services NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions of Section 26(3) of the Community Charter that the City of Prince George intends to lease 1074 6th Avenue Prince George, BC legally described as Part of Lots 9 and 10, Block 166, District Lot 343, Cariboo District, Plan 1268 to the Prince George Farmers’ Market Association for a term of 5 years at a rent of $13,200.00 per year, plus applicable taxes. Ian Wells, Director, Planning and Development

MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY AND MAUSOLEUM 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).

PROCLAMATIONS • May 2014 is proclaimed “Falun Dafa Month” – “Honouring Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance” • May 2014 is proclaimed “Speech and Hearing Awareness Month” • May 2014 is proclaimed “National Missing Children’s Month”

JOB POSTINGS Civic Facilities Construction Supervisor (#14/043) – Full Time Public Safety & Civic Facilities Department Closing Date: May 9, 2014 Engineering Assistant (#14/007) – Full Time Operations Closing Date: May 16, 2014 Associate Director, Recreation & Cultural Services (#14/046) – Full Time Recreation & Cultural Services Closing Date: May 23, 2014 Manager, Information & Systems Technology (#14/044) – Full Time IT Services Closing Date: May 23, 2014 For more information on these positions, and other job opportunities with the City of Prince George, please visit

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 Blackburn Community Centre Garage Sale Saturday, May 31, 2014 All proceeds of this event go towards the Blackburn Community Association and the Blackburn Li’l Rascals Preschool & Out of School Care. For more information please call 250-963-3292 or Sanna at 250-552-0343.

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Local drones take to the air Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress. com John Rankin eyed the skies over Cottonwood Island Park uneasily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to rain today,â&#x20AC;? said the president of J.R. Canadian Mapping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can go if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raining, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better if it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Rankin was hoping for good weather on April 30 as he prepared to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone. As he waited for a break in the intermittent drizzle, Rankin said this was a public demonstration of the drone, but it also was serving a purpose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing a job here for EDI. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re mapping Cottonwood Island Park, and specifically looking to map the course of a stream which runs through the park. It dries up every summer, resulting in a fair bit of fish kill, and they want to see where the stream runs so they might be able to come up with a way to stop it from drying up.â&#x20AC;? He glanced back up at the clouds above the park, then pulled out a walkie-talkie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are the parking lots clear yet?â&#x20AC;? he asked a couple of other people who were at the other parking lots in the park along the river. â&#x20AC;&#x153;NavCan regulations say we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fly over areas where people are, so we have to make sure the parks and parking lots are empty before we take off.â&#x20AC;?

Allan WISHART/Free Press J.R. Canadian Mapping president John Rankin gives an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, a last check before launching it on a mapping run at Cottonwood Island Park on April 30.

The pair of drones look like they are made of styrofoam, and Rankin explains thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a form of styrofoam, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tougher and more durable. We sometimes have crashes.â&#x20AC;? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cut down the number of crashes over the past two years, since they started the drone project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically building them from scratch, so we had no idea what kind of flight parameters we had. We had to experiment to find out what their stall speed was, how much of a bank they could make, everything. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a fair number of crashes.â&#x20AC;? The good news, he says, is the body of the drone is â&#x20AC;&#x153;semi-disposableâ&#x20AC;?, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not crucial that it hold together after a flight. The important stuff is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a camera in there, a GPS system, the motor for the drone, a whole bunch of other stuff which is

needed to collect the data during the flight.â&#x20AC;? All the flights, including the one today, have all been carefully mapped out, and the route is stored in the droneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Just in case there are any problems, though, there is a back-up system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do have a handheld remote controller we can switch to at any time,â&#x20AC;? Rankin says. Last year, J.R. Canadian Mapping had worked on a pilot project with the College of New Caledonia to map one of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research forests, then compare its data to that from a ground-based mapping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That part didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go well,â&#x20AC;? Rankin says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It turns out there was no area there to launch or land the aircraft. Most of our flights ended with a controlled crash.â&#x20AC;? They switched target areas to another CNC area on the Hart Highway.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We gathered some quite nice data from that work. We were able to generate 3D images right down to the individual tree branches.â&#x20AC;? They havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to compare maps, though, since the ground mapping hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been done yet. He checks over the radio one more time. All the areas are clear. And while the sky isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t clear, at least it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raining right now. Rankin and project development manager Christina Tennant run one more series of tests on the drone, making sure all the controls are functioning and the camera is working. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can I get everyone to move that way about 30 metres?â&#x20AC;? Rankin asks the crowd of about 30 people who have gathered to watch the demonstration. When everyone is out of the flight path, he winds the launching mechanism up, places the drone in place, and, while Tennant holds the launcher steady on target, he pushes the control to get the drone airborne. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We developed a launcher,â&#x20AC;? he had said earlier, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because it makes things easier. We can still launch by hand, but having that propeller spinning that fast can be scary when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re holding it.â&#x20AC;? The drone launches cleanly and sets off on its programmed path. It will be airborne for about 40 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then the real work starts,â&#x20AC;? Rankin says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hook the computer with the images up at the office and the computers there will probably go non-stop for a day or two to process all the information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got.â&#x20AC;?

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Mixture of thoughts after U.S trip on where America is headed A traveller takes away mixed impressions from a two-week trip within the northwestern United States – some of them troubling but some offering grounds for hope. The California drought is in fact having a significant impact, including in the far northeastern part of the state, which, at about 4,300 feet above sea level, has a climate and vegetation reminding a person of Osoyoos. The owner of the Super 8 in the small town of Alturas said the district had only two inches (five centimetres) of precipitation all winter. Ranchers were selling off calves because there would be little feed for them. No construction was going on in Alturas and district, but she said she was certain the motel would be full of firefighters this summer when range and forest fires seem inevitable. Many former café and gas station properties along U.S. Highway 395 were closed and for sale. One at the hamlet of Termo, about 100 kilometres south of Alturas, was starting to fall into ruin. Yet on the step of the front door was a new sign, with the message of “SOVEREIGN CITIZEN” spray-painted in green in the middle of it and a green cross painted just below that message. Nevada was one of the states worst hit by the collapse of the real estate market during the crash of 2008-09. It’s said the Reno market is firming up and home prices are rising, but in the alternative free weekly newspaper, Reno News and Review, there was an article about 14,000 foreclosed home in the district still haunting the market. The view is that banks are withholding some of these foreclosed homes from sale in order to avoid depressing the local market by putting them up for

sale all at once. The latest issue of the American take over and assume ownership of federal lands social-democratic magazine, Dissent, includes an administered by the BLM. article that, among other observations, points out What comes to mind for this columnist is the Canada’s better-managed banks and economic Whiskey Rebellion of the early 1790s under the system allowed this country to avoid a similar government of George Washington. real-estate crash. Ralph Nader, American consumer advocate and Radio station 2000 presidential candidate, KNEWS 103.7 FM offers some hope that America ran a slanted story is not hopelessly divided and Ralph Nader, American favourable to the that its citizens do not always southeastern Nevada think of themselves as being consumer advocate rebel rancher Cliven sympathetic to either conserand 2000 presidential Bundy. It gave details vative Red States or liberal candidate, offers some about how his sons and Blue States. He says these divihope that America is friends had gone to sions are over-emphasized by the authorities in Las the corporate, centre-right not hopelessly divided. Vegas to file complaints national media. In fact, many against the Bureau of left liberals and libertarian Land Management (BLM) officials who had tried fiscally conservative Republicans agree on such to seize his cattle after 20 years of non-payment issues as the excessive invasions of privacy under of grazing-lease fees. There was no context about the Patriot Act and drug-law enforcement stratehow Bundy’s supporters had trained guns on the gies, and it is possible for them to find common BLM officials. KNEWS is not a crackpot talkground despite their many differences, Nader radio station but an NBC (National Broadcasting says in his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Corporation) affiliate. Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate Cliven Bundy’s dangerously provocative actions State. with firearms, his racist remarks about African“Many major changes can be accomplished in Americans in Las Vegas, and his views about the areas where self-described liberals, conservatives, supposed virtues of slavery at first bring to mind libertarians, and progressives all agree on a goal, the Confederates’ firing on Fort Sumter in South not because they are pushed to these stands by Carolina that started the American Civil War in pressure groups, but because they feel it is the 1861. Maybe this is a parallel that Bundy has in right thing to do,” Nader writes. “But beyond the back of his mind. Or maybe he is inspired words, it requires what Republican Bruce Fein by the Sagebrush Rebellion of the late 1970s and calls ‘advocacy without an agenda’.” early 1980s in which some ranchers and minI’m not so optimistic, but I still hope Nader is ing corporations in Western states wanted to right.




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Man arrested with stolen mobility aid A local woman featured in the Free Press community pages (April 25) has had her stolen mobility aid, an electric three-wheeled bike, returned after RCMP found a man riding the stolen bike. On April 22, the Prince George Detachment received a report that the bike was missing from Upland Street. A lock had been cut to get to it. On April 29, an alert general duty officer patrolling on Redwood Street, just a few blocks from where the theft occurred, saw an adult male riding

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what looked to be the stolen bike. The male was found to be in breach of conditions and in possession of marijuana. A nearby B.C. Hydro crew assisted police in transporting the tricycle back to the detachment. The stolen tricycle was returned to its owner. Jamie Michael Rogers, 31, is facing charges of possession of property obtained by crime and breach of conditions. Rogers was held in custody until his scheduled appearance in court May 1.

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Garden of delight “There is a garden in every childhood, an n enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant antt than ever again.” -Elizabeth Lawrence en nce For me, there couldn’t be a truer quote.. The garden of my childhood was a place of of wonder, magic, and hard work. My mother’s er’’s garden was huge. ge. When I say huge, ge, I mean it. The plow that att we used to till the th he fields didn’t turn na single piece of sod d on the back-40 until the old man, an, or one of us kids, ds, turned the garden deen first. That’s how w WRITER’S BLOCK big it was, literally all llyy BILLPHILLIPS and figuratively. It took a two-bottom plow to turn it in the spring. Granted, it only took a handful of turns, but, nonetheless, we got the plow out … and the disk. Then my mother went to work … planting, weeding, fighting slugs and caterpillars, and trying to keep us kids out of the pea patch. My father had cut pea sticks out of cedar shakes and, as kids, the peas were high enough for us to hide between the rows as we had pea-pod fights … gobbling down the peas and trying to put a welt on one of your siblings’ faces with a well-tossed pod. How many peas were there? Well, after

ids gott th id through h our pea b att ttlles my us kkids battles, mother’s goal was usually 40 pints of peas that got shelled, blanched, and then frozen for winter consumption. As much as my mother loved to garden, our garden was really for sustenance. In addition to the peas, there were enough potatoes and carrots put away in the root cellar to keep us through most of the winter. Cabbages were often turned into sauerkraut (which no one other than my parents ate) and fresh radishes and green onions were almost always on the dinner table throughout the summer. For us kids, it truly was an enchanted place. We would stand in the garden, seem-

ingly l for for hours hours b utt li lik kelly much h less, less eating eati ting ingly but likely fresh peas, radishes, and onions. Talk about never having to get us to eat our vegetables, except the cabbage, of course. Other than my university days, I think I’ve planted a garden, of some sort, every spring since I was a youngster. Mine are never quite as enchanting as the garden of my childhood, but they are still worth it. And now’s the time. Get out and get some plants in the ground. Who knows, you might not have to force-feed vegetables on your kids and you might be able to create something for them that is “more fragrant than ever again.”

The silent killer and the loquacious reporter Not as sexy or exciting as being a memup my sleeve and put the cuff on me – only ber of the Mile High Club. one, not two, like the cops – I had high But too high to ignore. hopes it would be a low reading. As a reporter who has interviewed many But no, there it was. people diagnosed with a number of diseases Two consecutive blood pressure readings from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple in the high range, staring me in the face. sclerosis (MS), muscular dysWhat a shocker. I do want to trophy, COPD, most forms of make it clear to readers that I cancer, heart disease, anorexia, know high blood pressure is diabetes, AIDS and HIV, I connot funny, it is very serious. In fess that – much like a first-year fact, it can be life-threatening medical student – when I hear if not attended to. However, about the early symptoms, I am humour has always been my sure I have every one of them. way of coping. Before leaving the office So that’s why, when I came Tuesday to see my doctor about back to the newsroom I anmy recent headaches (not worknounced to the team that I related,) I had just read a letter was now part of the elite club in my inbox from the heart and TEA WITH TERESA in which our two other news stroke people inviting me to TERESAMALLAM reporters already have memsend out a special Mother’s Day bership. They too have been card – basically it was a message to loved diagnosed with high blood pressure and ones reminding them to keep heart-healthy take medication and/or have restricted diets and watching for signs of high blood presand exercise routines. sure and stroke. High blood pressure or hypertension can How thoughtful. trigger stroke and lead to kidney failure So given the letter was the last thing and other health problems. They call it the on my mind, I was not surprised at what “silent killer” because quite often there are happened next. When the doc first rolled no symptoms leading up to sudden death.

In my case, there is a family history. My grandfather Dalton died of a stroke in his 50s in England. He was a family physician who enjoyed life, sailing and flying. He was in all his glory too because his son had just joined the practice as its newest doctor. One afternoon, without warning, Dr. Dalton Mallam fell down dead – and my father got his first introduction to the silent killer. Today I meet more and more people who have overcome strokes, some very slowly with lingering paralysis, others more quickly with full recovery. But they survived. So I think that you have to be just a little concerned – not panicky or paranoid (that could raise the blood pressure) – but watchful for this real-life bogeyman that might be out to get you. As for me, the high blood pressure numbers mean I have to be careful – and I have one more thing to add to my growing list of failing and flawed body parts. But I’m thankful for the warning, not everyone gets that. And while I was never a child to worry about monsters or bogeymen under my bed or have to sleep with the light on, I will be keeping an eye out for the silent killer. I don’t want to be his next “person of interest.”

Going sub-zero If I find this cold I’ve had for the last couple of weeks is still hanging on this week, I know exactly who I’m going to blame. Tom Masich. It turns out it was his idea to name the track meet held in Prince George at the beginning of May each year the Sub-Zero Meet. Well, this year the weather gods obviously looked down and said, “If they want it to be sub-zero, we can arrange that.” And they sent overcast skies and brisk winds to cause suffering, not so much to the athletes, who were at least running and jumping and throwing things around to keep warm, but to the officials and spectators, many of whom didn’t have a chance to move (and after a while in the weather, probably couldn’t have moved even if ALLAN’S AMBLINGS ALLANWISHART they wanted to). One suggestion I heard, which could have been done when the stadium was first built many years ago and might still be doable now, is to have a row of trees along the fence by the parking lot. It would shield the track area from the coldest winds without blocking the line of sight of any spectators. It didn’t help my cold that I was also up and out reasonably early on Sunday, heading to the sporting clays shoot on Hartman Road. By the way, as I am fond of reminding co-workers, the Internet doesn’t know everything. I printed out a set of instructions for getting to the Rod and Gun Club, and it included an instruction to turn off Hartman Road onto Simpson Road to get there. I thought that was kind of strange, but I know there are some places that face two different streets, so the parking lot could be off Simpson even if the address was on Hartman. It wasn’t. I did a loop around Simpson onto Westside and Shad to get back to Hartman, then followed it up and around to find the club. It was sunnier there than it had been at Masich Place Stadium, but just as cold when the wind picked up. Several of the shooters told me it had been pretty bad the day before, the first day of the meet. “I was shivering so bad at times, it was a wonder I could hit anything,” was a comment I heard a couple of times. OK, so I think we’ve all had just about enough of this cold weather and miserable north winds, so how about if we start to see some spring weather? It would be really nice it it happened for this weekend, since I will once again be spending a fair bit of time at Masich Place Stadium, this time for the Relay for Life. I would prefer not to have to wear six layers of clothing for the Luminaries ceremony at midnight.


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ack in those dastardly 1990s, there was a wonderfully effective image from the forest industry regarding the red tape the NDP government had for them. The image was of a forest worker, standing in a clearcut, with a stack of binders dwarfing the erstwhile forest exec. The message was simple – the binders were how much technical mumbo-jumbo forest companies had to wade through to get permits and go to work. The opposition Liberals made hay with it, saying the onerous regulatory regime was killing the industry. When the Liberals got elected in 2001, they set about to rewrite the Forest Act and in 2004 made the changes. The changes were controversial with one of the most contentious items the removal of appurtenance … essentially mills’ social contract linking production to the area harvesting occurred. It’s been 10 years, so how has the new act been working? “Our work shows that forest practices generally comply with the legislation, subject to the recent increase in noncompliances we have been finding in audits and investigations,” said Forest Practices Board chair Tim Ryan in releasing a report on how well the act is working. “But the determination of whether those practices achieve government’s objectives is still a work in progress.” The report provides observations and ratings for the components of the legislative framework concluding that: • Government objectives for forest and range values have not been fully established, and some are unclear. • Forest stewardship plans required under Forest and Range Act have limited usefulness for either planning or the public engagement they are supposed to encourage. • Some forest practice requirements are not clear. • Government compliance and enforcement is not as thorough as it once was. • Monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of practices could do more to encourage improvement to the regulations and operational performance. Well, they got rid of the red tape.

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griculture Minister Norm Letnick’s tweaks to the Agricultural Land Commission act are only minor. The most contentious change, changing the province into two agricultural zones, remains. In Zone 2, which includes the Prince George area, Agricultural Land Commission members will have to take into account, among other issues, social and economic concerns when deciding whether land can be taken out. They will be mandated to have preserving farmland and farming activities as their main priorities. However, the fact remains. Changing to two zones is designed to make it easier to put land out of the ALR. Letnick’s tweaks don’t change that.

Mail change inevitable For those who still have mail nicely delivered to your door, In most households it is difficult to even find a stamp. enjoy it while you can. Despite the protests of many groups, Most have made the transition to electronic communicaas well as the postal workers themselves, residential door-to- tions and those numbers will only increase. door mail delivery will become a thing of the past. Group mailboxes are somewhat ugly and far less conveIt is not the fault of those usually very diligent men and nient than door-to-door delivery and they can be opened women who trudged through wicked northern winter with a screwdriver. Unfortunately a large proportion of the weather, unbearable hot summer days and rain storms that mail we now receive is advertising for numerous products approached monsoon strength to cover their rounds. The we have little interest in. Most of it goes from the mail into service they give their clients is very good with the recycle bins or into the garbage for those exceptionally few complaints. They are victims who don’t care. As environmental consciousness of change and the burden will impact their lives increases, the bulk mail method of advertisdramatically. ing will become less acceptable and it also will The Internet and the convenience of e-mail decline and further diminish postal revenue. has taken the place of the, now old-fashioned, The delivery of small parcels has migrated to paper letter. Few of us can even recall the last the courier companies. The postal system has time we sat down with pen and paper and failed to remain competitive with the private wrote a letter. Instead, we dash off an e-mail, carriers in both cost and service. That is the raw text or even a Twitter. It is convenient, quick nature of the competitive world. and costs very little. Most e-mail messages canThe unions representing their members will not compare to a well-thought out letter carecontinue to extol the virtues and the advantages ONSIDE fully crafted by the author, but it is the route of maintaining door-to-door delivery. So they VICBOWMAN most of us have chosen to take. should, that is their job and survival into the fuOur bills for services and goods supplied ture. Perhaps some of their claims, such as being to our households are increasingly electronic. We then pay the guardians of the elderly and shut-ins, are a bit of a reach those bills using our online banking system. Increasingly, but when you have an uphill battle for survival you use what many businesses are charging an additional fee to those weapons you have at hand even if they are just small pebbles who want a printed and mailed bill. Telus was one of the against heavy artillery. earlier adopters of the additional fee, but many are followGood for city council rapidly jumping on board to support ing. Electronic billing eliminates paper, printing, envelopes the postal workers. The decision cost them nothing and elecand postage. It saves significant cost to suppliers and there tions are just around the corner so they need all the friends is every indication that electronic billing will increase rather they can find. Other than reaffirm motherhood, apple pie than decline. It is interesting how companies add a fee for a and the joy of spring flowers the time spent accomplished paper invoice rather than offer a discount for accepting an nothing. electronic invoice instead of a mailed paper invoice. Making Times change and we adapt to the new order. We can the switch must plump those profit margins a fair bit. impede change, but we can never stop it. | 250-564-0005

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Photo submitted Members of the Yalenka Ukrainian Dancers had a strong showing at the BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival in Mission this past weekend. Yalenka’s senior dancers (aged 13-18) and the adult group danced their way to nine medals, in total – six gold and three silver. In addition to receiving a gold medal for their Volyn dance, the Seniors also received the trophy for highest mark in that category. Both groups are taught by Yalenka’s head instructor, Darcia Pryce, who was pleased with their weekend showing.

Editor: I fully agree that we are obligated to care for our planet and its environment. However that doesn’t mean we should blindly and unquestioningly accept everything coming at us from the environmentalism industry as Free Press editor Bill Phillips appears to have done (An Earth Day Debate, Free Press, April 25). I take issue with almost everything he wrote, but there is one notable exception with which I fully agree. Mr. Phillips says what we really need in this country is a robust debate about the environment, about climate. Right on. Global-warming alarmists have been avoiding such a debate like the plague, doing everything they can to prevent contrary opinions from being heard. Some even go so far as to demand that skeptics who speak out be jailed. That’s tantamount to an admission that they’re wrong, for if they really believed they were right they would be eager for debate. How about it, Bill? This is your chance to do your part. You have the power to stage such a debate in this paper, a civil exchange of point and counterpoint. You come across as being absolutely certain of your position. I’ll be happy to take you on. Art Betke Prince George

Politicians’ China trips are an unnecessary extravagance Editor: I have been a skeptic of our city leaders visiting China since the very first mention of it. In my opinion, mayors Colin Kinsley, Dan Rogers, and Shari Green (and her friends) flew off to a tourist resort on our dollars for a personal holiday under the guise of city business. Mayors and staff do not have a mandate to approach China. They can’t even fill the potholes here. Jiangmen is located

in a subtropical zone with a mild climate and abundant rainfall. Its average annual temperature ranges between 22.2 and 22.9 degrees Celsius and its annual rainfall averages 2,055mm. It has about 1,700 hours of sunshine annually and its frost-free period lasts more than 360 days. The population is 4.8 million (hardly a “sister” of Prince George). Jiangmen is “China’s outstanding tourist city” and “land of hot springs”, and ranked among the 2011 “100 China Top Cities in

Tourism Competitiveness.” Read here: These visits were a sham; another pleasure of “entitlement” not unlike the Canadian Senate. A Jiangmen delegation will visit Prince George shortly. Please take note that the delegation consists of doctors and professional people not mayor and friends. The media reported: “An expected $4.2 billion worth of development projects in

Jiangmen’s Yangtze River delta region could also provide opportunities for local scientific, technical services and construction businesses.” What? In a city of 4.8 million, which is very high tech, they cannot find people for scientific and technical services and will consequently get people from here? Run for mayor and win an all-expense paid trip to China. Mike Hawryluk Prince George

Area-based tenures and government Editor: The Babine Lake Community Forest Society holds an area-based tenure. The society is a joint venture between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people. The tenure agreement determines how the society will govern its activities on the area of public land managed by the Ministry of Forests. The tenure is nothing about land ownership; it could be thought of as a very conditional lease. The land within the area is for multiple uses. Mining and other operations can take place, as well the land can be used for public recreation, trapping and mostly any other use just so long as it does not seriously impinge upon the forest. The government objectives for a community forest are as follows: By providing communities with greater flexibility to manage local forests, government seeks to: • Provide long-term opportunities for achieving a range of community objectives, values and priorities • Diversify the use of and benefits derived from the community forest agreement area • Provide social and economic benefits to British Columbia • Undertake community forestry consistent with sound principles of environmental stewardship that reflect a broad

spectrum of values • Promote community involvement and participation • Promote communication and strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities and persons • Foster innovation • Advocate forest worker safety The government objectives are very good. A community forest could do under the terms of the objectives many innovative economic initiatives. But there is a problem. Those are the government’s objectives but somehow are inaccessible to the community forest. Two documents that govern a community forest and most other entities doing business in the forest are; the Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) and the Management Plan (MP). These documents determine how the harvesting of trees will take place and what will take place after the harvest. There is no doubt that there has to be an orderly process of harvesting that protects the land and maintains some sort of environmental standard. These documents also determine that trees will be planted soon after the harvest, very specific trees, they will all be conifers. In fact you will plant a tree farm. If the board of directors decided that they would like to

plant some hardwood trees, birch, aspen, oak, to plant berry bushes and medicinal plants or willows they will be disappointed because our experience has been this: Thou shalt plant only acceptable conifer trees. The government objectives for area-based community forest tenures are very good. The problem is that they are not being used, at least not in our case. Our friends within forestry staff tell us it is a political matter and that we will have to deal with the minister. Government legislation about “on the ground management” prevent the objectives for a community forest from becoming a reality. The objectives could mean a strong focus on community development, the greater community and economic development. There seems to be more about a holistic approach to the future for community forests than there is now. It is less about templates and emulation of the way large corporations do business and should be more about innovation and a great opportunity for diversification and small business development. All that is needed is for Minister Thomson and his senior staff to start a process of paving the road that will enable community forests to have a wider community and economic development mandate than they do now. Frederick J. Clarke General Manager, Babine Lake Community Forest Society


Friday, May 9, 2014

Datebook Friday Read-to-me Storytime, Fridays, 10-10:45 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-614-0684. Al-Anon New Hope AFG meets Fridays, 1:15-2:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 483 Gillett St. Information: 250-561-3244. Meat draw, Fridays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, 1116 Sixth Ave. Dance, Fridays, 8 p.m.-midnight, Royal Canadian Legion, 1116 Sixth Ave.

Saturday Plant sale and strawberry tea, May 10, ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m., tea 1:30-3:30 p.m. Information: 250-5619381. Mother’s Day brunch, May 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.. Parkinson’s Support Group meets, May 10, 2 p.m., The Chateau (Fifth and Tabor). Information: 250-564-8955.

Dance to Elastic Band, May 10, 8 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Over 19 only. Nechako Public Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Meat draw, Saturdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, 1116 Sixth Ave.

Bible talks, Sundays, 4 p.m., Columbus Community Centre, 7201 Domano Blvd. Dance, Saturdays, 8 p.m.-midnight, Royal Canadian Legion, 1116 Sixth Ave.

Sunday Fort George Canyon easy hike, May 11, meet at city hall parking lot 8:50 a.m. Information: Carolyn Ibis 250-5621826. Nechako Public Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Meat draw, Sundays, 3-5 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, 1116 Sixth Ave.

Monday “GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Alzheimer Society of BC May 16 Investors Group Walk for Memories Committee Chair Volunteer needed. Deadline to apply, May 16. Visit Daphne Tsai, 604-681-6530

Canadian Mental Health Association June 22 Ride with us! June 22 – celebrate mental health supporting women and their families. CN Centre South Parking Lot. 9 am to 12 noon.1 km to 20 km ride options. Registration, $35, virtual riders and children free. 250-564-8644

Variety – The Children’s Charity June 18 & 19 Volunteers are needed to answer phones at Variety Children’s Radiothon, June 18-19 on Country 97FM and 94X. They are also welcome to participate in coin drives, gold heart pin sales and spearhead their own fundraising events. Email Maureen Toll Free: 310-KIDS (5437)

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Canasta, May 12, 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: or Laura (250) 961-3477. Al-Anon Hart Serenity AFG meets Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-561-3244. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250- 563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740.

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

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Center City Toastmasters meet Tuesday, noon, City Hall Annex. Information: 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. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s four-part chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathy 250563-5170.

Wednesday 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.

Randy Olexyn, second from left, presents Helen Owen of the Relay for Life with a cheque for $980 outside the Country 97 offices. Olexyn was one of the finalists for a prize package to go to a Luke Bryan concert in Kelowna, and said he would donate the money (the equivalent cost of the trip) to Relay for Life if he won the online vote. He did, and Country 97 Morning Crew members Kyle Wightman, left, and Carol Gass as well as Davy Greenlees and Stan Gordy from the Relay for Life were there to see the donation.

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Thursday Bingo, May 15, 12:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Potluck, May 15, 5 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Whist, May 15, 7 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Crown Market, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 3955 Hart Highway.

Hart Toastmasters, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Information: CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928.

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 250564-8561.

Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:309:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra

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. Michael’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. or 250-564-5191. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information:, Joyce 250-964-0961. 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.

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Thank You Prince George For Voting Us Best Auto Body Shop! 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 – 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 250-612-0499. Hospital retirees meet, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-5637497 or 250-563-2885. Wednesday evening Tops (take off pounds sensibly), Spruceland Baptist Church, 1901 Ogilvie St. Information: Leona 250-962-8802. Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles

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P.G. COPD Support Group meets Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., AIMHI gymnasium, 950 Kerry St. Information: www. 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. La Leche League breast feeding support group meets the second Thursday of every month 7 p.m., 176 Aitken Cres. Information: Tammy 250-612-0085. PGRH retirees breakfast, first Tuesday of the month, Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Information: 250563-2885. Prince George ATV Club meets third Tuesday of month, 7 p.m. Carmel Restaurant meeting room. Information: George 250-964-7907.

The Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Friday. Submissions are accepted in written form only – dropped off, mailed or emailed – No Phone Calls please. Datebook runs as space allows, there is no guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George BC V2N 1T3. E-mail

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TERESA MALLAM | 250.564.0005 | | ICE TRUCKER History Channel’s Ice Road Trucker Alex Debogorski will be at Artspace Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Besides his talent for driving big rigs over rough terrain, Debogorski is a stellar storyteller who knows how to get big laughs. Tickets for the show are $20, available from Books and Company.

ECRA TEA ECRA seniors will host their annual Plant Sale/ Strawberry Tea Saturday, May 10. Plant sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (outside the front door) and tea time is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 1692 Tenth Ave. Tickets for the tea are available at the door for $5.

Photographer Moira Neal with her captivating image North to Alaska that wowed judges. Along with three other pieces by Neal, the work was honoured and displayed at the 2014 Professional Photographers of Canada Canadian Imaging Conference held in Winnipeg.

AUTISM WALK The third annual Autism Awareness Walk is on May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. starting at Cottonwood Park and ending at Fort George Park. There are treats for the kids, raffles and prizes. Connect up on Facebook with a parent support site, Northern Interior Autism Society. Phone Hillary Lewis at 250-613-7841.

MELANIE RAY Storyteller Melanie Ray will be presenting stories by Emily Carr in a May 15 show called A Song of Small. This is a return visit for Ray who did Tristan and Iseult at Artspace years ago. A Song of Small starts at 7:30 at Artspace. Tickets are $10 at Books and Company.

BEMUSED Bemused, directed by Kevin McKendrick, runs at Theatre North West in Parkhill Centre until May 14. Show starts at 8 p.m. Matinee at 2 p.m. on May 11. Tickets for Bemused are at Books and Company or for phone orders 250-614-0039.

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Neal is picture-perfect Teresa Mallam Moira Neal has just reached another pinnacle in her photography career. She is now likely one of the most highly decorated professional photographer in the North. In April, she was named finalist for the prestigious Photographic Artist of the Year award at the 2014 Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Canadian Imaging Conference held in Winnipeg last week. Four of her exceptional images were accepted and exhibited in the National Image Salon, two earned her merits awards. Images are judged by master photographers from across Canada prior to their annual conference held to acknowledge the winners and display their work.

Neal clearly remembers “coming up the ranks” in a photography career that spans 35 years including studio work, portraiture, on-location work, and teaching photography classes at CNC. “I came up through the years of film photography to digital and I’m happy to have seen the industry grow to what it is today. I think that I had the right kind of personality for it,” said Neal. “I always wanted to please people and with my photographs and With Memories by Moira (her photography business) I want to create images they will love forever – and that will become really beautiful family heirlooms.” One of the hardest things about the national competition, she says, is having to choose just four images out of a year’s worth of her work – images she hopes will have all the desired elements and appeal to the judges.

She is most proud this year of her image, North to Alaska, which shows a stretch of highway with banks of snow, beautifully and magically illuminated by the evening sun. “I was out driving and I always have my camera in the car, when I saw this breathtaking scenery in front of me. I love the North, I’ve lived here for 50 years and yet there’s still so much to see. “So I pulled over to the side of the road and when I got out, I thought how peaceful this was, how it evoked a real emotion in me and made me realize, ‘This is where I live and it’s so beautiful.’ So I wanted to capture that and share it with others.” The photograph is one of four by Neal selected and exhibited in the 2014 National Image Salon. Being selected is important because the photographer earns



merits towards other designations such as Craftsman of Photographic Arts and Master of Photographic Arts. Neal already has several designations including MPA (Master of Photographic Art), SPA (Service of Photographic Art) and F/PPABC (Fellowship with PPABC). She gives back to her association and to her field by volunteering with the PPOC executive and in the community, teaching/ lecturing about photography, photo work for Theatre North West and showing her work. Neal is an international award winning photographer who is now working on her third master bar. Neal’s 2014 images are displayed in SpeeDee Printers showcase window. See also related story about local photographer Terrill Bodner on the our website:




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Two shows in two cities for DesBrisay Teresa Mallam Visual artist Judith DesBrisay, who was raised in the Kootenay region and travels extensively, has a new Arctic art exhibit called Polar Perceptions,

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High school shop classes get money from construction group The Construction Foundation of BC has distributed close to $50,000 to four local area high schools through its Project Shop Class initiative. The Prince George Construction Association hosted an evening reception in conjunction with their Heavy Metal Rocks event in the shop class wing of Prince George

Secondary School where cheques were presented to College Heights, Kelly Road, Prince George and Dawson Creek Secondary Schools. “These funds are coming directly from industry, confirming their commitment to invest in the future our youth,” said Rosalind Thorn, president of the Prince

George Construction Association, in a press release. “This is the type of collaborative initiative between industry and the schools that we need in northern B.C. in order to open up access to new opportunities for our local students”. Shane Kelly of Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines,

major contributor to the initiative, was on hand to speak to a crowd of individuals from local schools, school districts, industry and businesses. Currently, only one in 32 B.C. high school graduates enter the trades and B.C. needs that number to be as high as one in five, according to BuildForce Canada.

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Potters throw a big show Teresa Mallam Turning clay into beautiful art or functional objects – or both – is a challenge that many local artisans have taken to heart. Members of Prince George Potters’ Guild will show and sell their unique, handcrafted pottery pieces at a special show, Stories in the Garden Too. The show runs May 9 to July 2 at Studio 2880 Feature Gallery. “This show is in time for Mother’s Day so there will be lots of nice gift pottery items to pick up,” says Prince George and District Community Arts Council project manager Lisa Redpath. “There will be everything from art pieces to functional bowls among the handmade pottery items, so there’s something that will interest everyone.” Joanne Mikkelsen has been doing pottery with the guild for about 10 years, taking time off now and then, but always returning to her passion for creating interesting and functional pieces of pottery. Some “misses” or seconds, she likes to keep, she says. Most of her creative pieces, however, are sold to the public in galleries, art shows and annual events like Artist in the Garden. And sometimes the clay ends up as a unique piece, whimsical art or bowl in new shapes she hadn’t planned on when she began. The creative process is like magic, she says, even when it isn’t perfect. “Some times there are glazing issues or small cracks that make the pottery imperfect but still quite usable. I have a few of those around the house like that,” she says, laughing. Mikkelsen’s work, along with that of four

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Joanne Mikkelsen, a Prince George Potters’ Guild member for 10 years, with some of the beautiful birdhouses, masks, bells and other beautiful pottery for viewing and for sale as P.G. and District Community Arts Council presents Stories in the Garden Too from May 9 to July 2.

other Guild potters, will be featured in Stories in the Garden Too. The P.G. Potters’ Guild has about 50 members who meet as a group once a month to work on various projects. Stories in the Garden Too showcases work by potters Karen Lefrancois, Leanna


Carlson, Karen Heathman, Elizabeth Tobin and Joanne Mikkelsen. Whimsical stick houses, hanging birdfeeders, sunflowers, teapots, birds, bells, masks and fish are among the handcrafted, garden-themed, brightly coloured or earthtone pottery pieces.

For the gilded garden or indoor decor, there are some tall and elegant, goldfired decorative bulrushes. The P.G. and District Community Arts Council presents Stories in the Garden Too from May 9 to July 2 at the Feature Gallery in Studio 2880.



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Lutheran quilters work for others

Thousands of squares of colourful fabric, countless spools of thread, and hours and hours of cutting and sewing went into the over 150 quilts packed and ready for shipment last week at Our Saviourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church. The colourful quilts are distributed by the Canadian Lutheran World Relief program. Providing comfort, warmth and perhaps even a sense of security to less fortunate people around the world, the quilts are gathered, sorted and packed in bales in Clearbrook, B.C. then sent on to Abbotsford for packing into 20-foot containers destined for Africa. Since 1946, the CLWR has made relief shipments to those in need around the world. The Lutheran Ladies quilting group sent 154 quilts, 30 layettes and two lap blankets to the West African nation of Mauritania. All year round, the group works on quilts that are donated locally (some went to the recent condo fire victims in Prince George) and overseas. Last year the group

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Gertie Buse, left, Louise Stephenson and Jean Nycholat, who belong to a quilting group from Our Saviourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, sit beside boxes of quilts destined for Third World countries.

shipped 170 quilts, seven baby blankets, four lap blankets, 10 sewing kits, 32 layettes and 36 school kits to Tanzania. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of sewing and organizing, but the women, mostly retirees, are more than happy to help out. The group is made up of 12 to 20 woman of all ages, some from outside the church membership. They meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from mid-September to midMay. New members are always welcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our quilting sessions offer a great way to meet new people and chat while we work on our projects and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also time for coffee and goodies,â&#x20AC;? says member Carolyn Wedman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We take great satisfaction in knowing we are accomplishing something by helping people in other countries who have less than we do. Our quilters also donate quilts locally to charity and fire (or other disaster)

victims.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, they donated quilts to people who were evacuated from their homes after the recent Westwood Drive condo fire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes we sell our quilts at our fall fair to help cover costs for sewing supplies,â&#x20AC;? said Wedman. The group also gets donations of fabric and other supplies from businesses and members of the public, she said. Recently they got bolts of fabric and a sewing machine from a local store that had closed its doors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like to thank everyone for their donations of material, sheets, old blankets, etc. which we use to make some of the quilts, so many thanks to the hotels, motels, hospitals and private individuals for your generous donations. Without these materials and the help of our quilters, we would not be able to achieve such an important mis-

sion.â&#x20AC;? Bandstra Transportation takes the quilts to Clearbrook, she said. The Lutheran Ladies group welcomes new members and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be expert seamstresses to join. For more information phone the office at Our Saviourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church at 250-564-4336. For more information about Canadian Lutheran World Relief, visit - with notes from the Lutheran Ladies Quilting Group

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“I thought to try to write a novella because it’s a form I’ve always admired. Some of my favorite books are novellas – Hemingway’s the Old Man and The Sea, Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and because it’s a shorter form (10,000 to 30,000 words) I felt brave enough to try it.” She found she enjoyed the change – and the challenge. “Poetry is what I’ve mostly published and surprisingly, novellas are not that far a departure

from poetry: both are concise, careful forms where not a word can be out of place.” She loved writing Grayling. “The experience was challenging but it brought me moments of delight as well. It was such fun that I’ve written two more novellas since.” Grayling, by Gillian Wigmore, was launched April 3 in Victoria, April 5 in Vancouver and April 12 at Nancy O’s in Prince George. The book published by

Mona Fertig, Mother Tongue Publishing Ltd. Wigmore has won many awards and garnered acclaim for her writing. She was a finalist for 2014 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, finalist in the 2013 Victoria Butler Book Prize, finalist for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award and winner of the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In 2008, she won the ReLit Award (Caitlin Press, 2007).

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A Walk of Honour, on Saturday, May 31 at Fort George Park Bandshell. The walk is to show support for our troops. Proceeds raised will go to Winch House, a home for veterans, first responders and associate organizations. The five-kilometre walk or run starts at 10 a.m. Registration is $20 and includes a red shirt. Pledge sheets are available through the Royal Canadian Legion, 1116 Sixth Ave. Registration starts at 9 a.m. the day of the event. There will be a concession by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary and entertainment. This is a wonderful family event to show support for our troops. Committee organizers are Dianne Parnell, Betty Pearson, Steven Goes, Wendy and Harry Ulch and Floyd Crowley.

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Sailing club celebrates 50 years Judy Mackay Special to Free Press Sailing is their passion and the Prince George Yacht Club, formed in 1964, will celebrate their 50th anniversary in July. They hope past and present members will attend a special barbecue event at the club property on Guest Road on Saturday, July 5. The history of the sailing club began with members building a clubhouse and docks at Sandy Point on Cluculz Lake. The club’s first commodore, or president, was Don Ruhl. A variety of boats have sailed over the years. In the ‘60s club members raced boats called flatties. The ‘70s saw many members sailing Fireballs, Lasers and Enterprises on many summer weekends. Cruiser-style boats shared the docks with the smaller boats in the ‘80s. Like all organizations, the club experienced highs and lows in membership numbers. Another change occurred when board sailors joined in 1988. The yacht club was renamed the Prince George Sailing Association, reflecting this change. In years since, people can see a variety of sizes of boats sailing from the club. Boats range from approximately four metres through eight metres in length. Board sailors are still active. Member Russell Vander Ende notes that Hobie Cat catamarans were also popular at the club for a few years starting in the late 90s. “These days cruiser-style sailboats in the 90-foot range with small cabins dominate the beach,” he said. For information on the Prince George Sailing Association and its activities or to confirm your attendance at the July 5 event, phone Wendy Girard at 250-562-8725. Judy Mackay is a member of the Prince George Sailing Association.

Courtesy Prince George Sailing Association Sailing is a passion for local enthusiasts who belong to the Prince George Sailing Association. Club members plan to meet July 5 for a 50th celebration barbecue and reunion with past members.

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Participants in one of the indoor bike rides at The Movement Group Fitness Mecca do some stretching at the end of an hour on the bikes. The indoor rides were part of a fundraiser Sunday for the Wheelin’ Warriors of the North, who are preparing for the Ride to Conquer Cancer from Vancouver to Seattle in June.

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Karin Piche echoed the thoughts of many who had events planned last weekend. “I would have liked the weather to be nicer.” The Wheelin’ Warriors of the North, a local team which takes part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, had a Ride-athon on Sunday, and while the turnout was good, Piche feels it could have been better. “A lot of the ride was the inside stuff, so that was OK, but if the weather was nicer, we probably would have gotten more people out for the kids’ rides outside.” The Wheelin’ Warriors will be heading down to Vancouver next month, ready to ride for the second year in the Canadian Cancer Foun-

dation fundraiser from Vancouver to Seattle. Piche says the Ride-athon was a success, despite the weather. “We don’t have all the numbers figured out yet, but we had probably 100 riders in the indoor events. That was a minimum $20 donation, and a lot of people donated more.” There were also burgers for sale, donated by Mr. Mike’s, and Evolve Bike/Board/Ski did bike tune-ups for a donation. Piche says this was probably the last major fundraiser for the Wheelin’ Warriors before the June 14 and 15 ride. “We may have a fun event when we get our jerseys, kind of a team get-together.” Anyone interested in donating to a member of the Wheelin’ Warriors for the Ride to Conquer Cancer can go to and follow the links.

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The Prince George Symphony Orchestra (PGSO) has some magical music in store for audiences. On Sunday, May 11, afternoon tea and British music come together in concert as the orchestra performs in Tea and Symphony, the last concert of the season with Courtesy PGSO Al Cannon will be the guest conductor for the guest conductor Al PGSO this weekend. Cannon, the acting principal trumpet “We purchased 12 pre-fabricated violin with the PGSO. The audience will also tops and two cello tops. Local artists have be treated to the vocals of Jon Russell and painted them and we are going to have a Beverly Smith. silent auction May 15 at Groop Gallery. Baked goods from Good Food CaterLocal artists (who worked on the project) ing will be served. The concert is at the include Keith Kerrigan, Corey HardeColumbus Community Centre and starts man, Cara Roberts and Wendy Young, at 3 p.m. whose top is made of fused glass.” Marnie Hamagami, general manager There is also a semi-annual PGSO PGSO, says the orchestra group is also book sale that gets underway Friday, May excited about an upcoming Violin Top 16 and runs over 10 days to give people Fundraiser next week. lots of time to browse and buy.


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MILLWRIGHT • WELDER • PIPE-FITTER Cariboo Pulp & Paper has exciting opportunities within Quesnel BC. We are a forerunning producer of NBSK pulp as well as clean “green” energy. Forward thinking ownership, capital investment and movement towards bio-product growth ensures a secure life long career opportunity as Cariboo Pulp & Paper has a bright future. Our ideal candidate possesses: • A valid Inter-Provincial or BC Provincial Journeyperson Millwright, Journeyperson Welder (A Ticket) or Journeyperson Pipe-Àtter certiÀcation • Heavy industry experience • Commitment to working safely and creating a safe work place • Strong communication and interpersonal skills • Able to work independently and as part of a team • Flexible schedule for various shifts Our employees drive our success. We believe in providing opportunities for growth and advancement and are looking for someone who wants to build their career in our company.

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Help Wanted An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring experienced dozer and excavator operators, meals and lodging provided. Drug testing required. 1-(780)7235051. LOOKING for contract logging trucks to haul in the Vernon, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Malakwa area. Steady work. Please call 250-597-4777 Salon 727 requires licensed full time hair stylists, or chair rental available. Apply in person with resume to #203-4299 1st Ave. (Tabor Plaza) Tease Hair is looking for full or part time stylists. Please apply with resume to 7582 Hart Highway. 250-962-0212

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We are seeking a team with aa professional attitude to grain Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. player operates world-class, high-speed export situated Prince Rupert on the scenic north coast of British workterminal and learn in ainfast paced, business environment. Columbia. The Maintenance department is currently seeking qualified uali¿forcations applicants the following position.


The ideal candidateMillwright must be(Industrial motivated and take the initiative Mechanic) to sell multiple media products, including on-line advertising The idealproducts, candidate should high degree of troubleshooting and special work have with aexisting customers and experience and possess the ability to resolve hydraulic system faults. develop new customers. Strong skills a Experience in fabrication would be interpersonal a definite asset. You willand be able to demonstrate technical background and the desire to strong knowledgea superior of sales and marketing are have required. Above work in industrial maintenance. Ideally the successful candidate will average skills, validgeneral driver’s licence andwith a bring communication 10 years of experience performing Millwright duties, a proven safety and health record. You must hold a valid drivers license reliable vehicle are necessary. and an Interprovincial Red Seal Millwright ticket. Shift work will be If a rewarding challenge resonates with you, contact us today. required. Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Currently the position is paid $40.30/hr, in addition, PRG General Manager offersRon a Drillen, comprehensive hourly employee benefit program. A pre-employment medical is required. Interested individuals who Prince George Free Press want to join a great team are invited to submit their resumes in 1773toSouth Lyon confidence us by May 23,Street 2014:

Prince George, B.C., V2N 1T3, Canada Human Resources Department Tel: (250) 564-0005 PrinceExt.115 Rupert Grain Ltd. PO Box 877 Fax: (250) 562-0025 Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3Y1 Email: or Fax: (250) 624-8541 or email Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer 778-754-5722

ŏ LOGGING TRUCK DRIVERS ŏ OWNER OPERATOR LOGGING TRUCK DRIVERS The KDL Group is currently looking for Log Truck Drivers and Independent Owner Operator Logging Trucks in its Fort St. James and Mackenzie operating areas. Trucks are required for the 2014 season with deliveries into Fort St James, Vanderhoof, Prince George and Mackenzie. There is a need for long loggers, short loggers and off highway hayracks.

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CAREGIVER OPPORTUNITIES We are currently recruiting six male and female employees with full time or part time availability and 12 relief staff to create a positive home life, support people when participating in community events and assist with planning and delivery of skill building opportunities. You will also assist people with daily living skills which may include personal care. Requirements Regular employees must complete Community and School Support (CASS) Courses 140, 145, 130, & 150 within two years. Related experience and ability to organize activities, establish rapport with clients, observe and recognize changes, and work as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s License and Driving Abstract; work may require the use of a personal vehicle. Basic computer skills and physical ability to carry out the duties are also required. Paid orientation/training; excellent benemts and Municipal Pension Plan provided. With over 400 dedicated employees, AiMHi is an accredited organization providing advocacy, support and service to people who have special needs. 950 Kerry Street Prince George, BC V2M 5A3 Phone: 250-564-6408 Fax: 250-564-6801 Email:


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Students get taste of trades

The Lake Babine Nation, located 230 kilometers west of Prince George, is one of the largest First Nations in British Columbia. The Territory is home to approximately 2,300 members and holds 27 Reserves, three of which are home to the majority of members: Woyenne, Tachet, Fort Babine, Pinkut Lake / Donald’s Landing and Old Fort. The Lake Babine Nation Administration office is situated on the Woyenne Reserve.

Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress. com

Woyenne, with approximately 940 residents,[1] is adjacent to the community of Burns Lake, British Columbia, but has its own preschool, kindergarten, daycare, and adult learning centre. The Nation’s main band office is located in Woyenne.

There were some big rigs rolling last week, with some young operators at the controls. It was the 10th anniversary of Heavy Metal Rocks, a workexperience program which sees high-school students get a taste of what working with heavy equipment is like. Garrett Buxton, a PGSS student, was working the controls of a crane, trying to lower a large truck tire over a pylon, one of four spaced around the vehicle. “It’s kind of neat,” he said. “It’s fun.” Craig Weatherly of Sterling Crane was in charge of that station, and he said he had seen different levels of skill. “There’s been a couple just dropped it on their first try,” he said. At one of the other stations, Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers training co-ordinator Karen Anderson was giving Ruark Clinton and Justin Bennett a rundown on scaffold safety before they started putting anything together. She walked them through the colourcoded system used after erecting a scaffold, then checked and made sure their safety harnesses were fitting properly. After that, they were ready to start putting the pieces together. Abigail Fulton, vicepresident of the B.C. Construction Association, said her group is actively working to improve trades training in high schools. “The P.G. Construction Association [one of the sponsors of Heavy Metal Rocks] is one of our associations,

Allan WISHART/Free Press Karen Anderson, left, and Don Melanson of the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers go over the basics of scaffolding with Ruark Clinton of PGSS and Justin Bennett of DP Todd at Heavy Metal Rocks.

The political governing structure now consists of one elected Chief and nine elected Council members who make decisions on program policies and negotiations on behalf of the Lake Babine Nation. Under the Chief and Council are the Executive Director and department program managers who develop budgets and work plans for implementation and completion at year end. The Lake Babine Nation Administration Department is responsible for delivery of Health, Social Development, Economic Development, Education, Employment & Training, Justice, Child and Family, Forestry and Natural Resources, Housing & Infrastructure, Finance, and Membership programs to members2. The Lake Babine Nation (LBN) is seeking an experienced/ qualified Health Director who will take on a variety of challenges and opportunities and play an integral role in the continued reinforcement of a vision for a healthy and prosperous community. THE CANDIDATE:

and we handed out the first cheques from our new Project Shop Class last night to three Prince George schools and one in Dawson Creek.” Project Shop Class is an initiative of the Construction Foundation of B.C. and is looking to raise funds to

upgrade skills-training equipment. “All these big projects the government is talking about,” Fulton said, “are all going to need trades. Right now, about one in 32 students goes into trades. “To fill the job openings there will be, we need one in five.”

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: Summer Kids Camp - Camp Leader Closing date: May 12, 2014 at noon Native Healing Centre - Youth Alcohol & Drug Counsellor Closing date: May 12, 2014 at noon Better at Home Program - Groundskeeper Closing date: May 20, 2014

Brink Forest Products is an integrated lumber remanufacturing plant located in Prince George, BC producing a range of structural, industrial and value-added wood products destined for local and international markets. We are looking for

Production Supervisors As a Production Supervisor you will be expected to: • Maintain the highest standards with respect to safety at all times, leading by example and ensuring the team follows all policies, procedures, practices and Occupational Health & Safety regulations • Identify opportunities to improve and look for opportunities to reduce cost, while safely meeting production targets • Coach, train and support team members to maximize performance • Ensure the timely implementation of key Corporate and operational initiatives The successful candidate must have:

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• Safe work habits and a working knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations

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• Grade 12 or equivalent, College an asset

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 (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: 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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The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director and provide leadership, direction, and guidance to the Health Department staff in the provision of health promotion and education as well, compliment social development programs to the LBN citizenship. While leading the overall planning, development and implementation of new health initiatives, the Director of Health will also oversee the continuous monitoring, evaluation and improvement to current Program service delivery. This opportunity will be attractive to a senior Health Director passionate about providing innovative and culturally relevant preventative health programs for First Nations and who possesses the following key requirements: • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Health Administration, Business, Public Administration, or any other relevant field combined with minimum 5 years of direct management experience in program planning and community development in the areas of health, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; • Strong knowledge of best practices in First Nations health education and promotion through community based programs and experience developing strategies for effective service delivery to First Nations; • A proven ability, desire and commitment to mentor and train staff while building community capacity; • Demonstrated senior management and administrative skills including: leadership, coaching and team building, financial management / budgeting, strategic planning, policy development, human resource management and project management; • Strong working knowledge of pertinent Federal, provincial laws, codes and regulations. • Effective written, verbal and reporting skills. • Standard working knowledge of Computers / Programs & Xyntax Program, Time Management skills. • Superb verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work closely with a variety of stakeholders including health organizations and professionals, senior levels of government, and community members; • Strong negotiation skills with a demonstrated ability to secure as well as maintain funding for community based health programs and services; • Strong knowledge & understanding of the Lake Babine Nation, its history, culture and language, is a definite asset; • Class 5 driver’s license. • Ability to travel as required, willingness to relocate and work in Burns Lake, BC area. • Provide a criminal records check. A competitive compensation package with full benefits is offered for this senior health management opportunity located in the Burns Lake, BC area. If you are interested in this exciting role, please provide a cover letter, resume and 3 references in complete confidence by Friday, May 23, 2014 to: Beatrice MacDonald, Human Resources Email: Fax: 250-692-4790 Only those short listed will be interviewed


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In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On July 8, 2011, at Milburn Avenue and Spruce Street, Prince George, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the Prince George RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $160 CAD, on or about 21:40 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by the commission of an offence (or offences) under section 5(2) (Possession for purpose of trafficking) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2014-1991, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture unless a notice of dispute

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Discovering beautiful B.C. in a classic car adventure Only mad dogs and Englishmen drive We donned many layers of clothing, open top cars in the extremely chilly including leather aviator jackets and B.C. high country at this time of year. fetching, matching yellow helmets, then in. George at the wheel wheel, me But taking part in the three-day Hagerty strapped in by his side as his nagivator. We pulled Spring Thaw rally, staged by Classic Car Adventures, certainly turned on this out on the Sea to Sky highway and that Limey to the idea of a B.C. summer journey to Whistler brought tears to my ‘staycation’ on roads that show natural eyes, as did the rushing wind. The twisty beauty at its awe inspiring best. Duffey Lake Road beyond Pemberton Since my old U.K. friend, George Holt, The rally certainly was no challenge for the mighty Jag. It moved to Gabriola Island a few years stuck like glue to the hairiest hairpins turned on this Limey down to Seton Lake. A rest stop at that ago, he’s pestered me to join him on watery stretch of tranquility brought the a rally. Wild tales of his racing exploits to the idea of a BC persuaded me that my participation sounds of silence to our ears. summer ‘staycation’ might make it the last wish on my buckGeorge broke the silence: “It goes like on roads that show et list. Literally. stink, Sid.” I completed his sentence. When Hagerty Insurance invited me to natural beauty at its “And stops eventually.” Recalling a recent bit of hard braking that had me take part in the non-competitive rally awe inspiring best. worried for a while. for pre-1979 touring and sports cars, It was then on to Cache Creek and descovering almost 1,100 kilometres, I fig- Keith Morgan ert country before climbing to the snow ured this was the time to invite George. line towards Logan Lake where my face “I’m up for it, Sid, and I have the froze. The shower at the Kamloops hotel perfect car,” George responded. You get brought back some colour to my cheeks. used to him calling every male, Sid, and female, Doris. The second day would take us by Monte Lake and He worked day and night to ready his 1954 XK 120 Falkland and on to Vernon – in the pouring, icy rain. Jaguar roadster – it rolled off the production line in The rains stopped as we stopped to look at a ‘car the same year I did. It cranks out 200 horses from graveyard’ where rusty examples of steel steeds past an inline straight-six cylinder 3.4-litre engine housed caught George’s eye. “Look, Sid, my first car – a Ford under that long hood. Prefect.” The gleaming blue roadster with a large number 54 I then misdirected us to a second graveyard near Armemblazoned on each side drew much attention at the strong, populated by Sunbeams, Hillman and even old rally start point in Squamish. The warming sun showed Zodiacs. He took careful note of the location so that off the almost 80 other classics to their best, too. he might return for his next restoration project. There were Alfa Romeos, many Minis circa mid-1960s, The sun peeped out as we were welcomed by the rugPorsches, Jags, MGs, Aston Martins – including a ged northern end of the Okanagan Valley. We buzzed stunning 1934 Mk II owned by a gentleman from the along the Lake Country lanes that run alongside same neck of the woods as George and me – plus a Okanagan Lake, between the vineyards. rare Noble M400.



Then we bypassed Kelowna and headed for Beaverdell, admiring the evidence of the now defunct historic Kettle Valley railway. Then the chilling hail hit but a single glass of beer at Rock Creek restored us us. We weaved our way north along the valley, through wine country, to Penticton. “Piece of cake,” said George the next day as he looked at the route to Hope. The winding back road trail to Princeton was a joy but the last stretch home was not. First, we were hit by snow, then hail that numbed our faces as we descended from Manning Park. I thought I had made a significant anatomical discovery when it appeared that the icy wind blasting up my right nostril seemed to exit through my left ear. Of course, it could have been the hole in the left side of my helmet. There was one other little challenge. The panel failed so I had to peer at my handheld GPS to figure out what speed we were doing then shout at the top of my voice when George exceeded the posted limit. We made it safe and sound. “Next year, Sid?” “I’ll get back to you, George.”

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During a recent short stay in Los Angeles, I drove a Mazda3i Grand Touring. It’s a trim level that’s not available in Canada, even though Mazda3 is more popular (comparatively) in Canada than in the US. And price, well, that also turned out to be a surprisingly interesting comparison. It’s easy to understand why so many Canadians already love Mazda3. The 2014 edition is an improved all-new generation car that’s already been voted Canada’s Best New Small Car, by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Softer, more flowing body styling lines cover a new SkyActiv structure that’s lighter yet, according to Mazda, offers a 30 per cent improvement in torsional rigidity. The 3’s

output. It’s definitely better, but still not great. That said, overall I really like this engine and crisp-shifting manual transmission combination and the fuel economy was outstanding. There was 312 miles (502 km) on the trip meter when I pulled into a gas station, for the first time, at the end of my stay. It took less than 9 gallons ($35) to fill the tank. That’s 34.8 mpg (US), or 41.8 mpg (Imp gal) or 6.9 L/100 km, if you prefer metric and brilliant by any measure. My driving was a mix of city/highway and usual traffic hold-ups that are commonplace in the LA area. The EPA official combined fuel economy rating for this vehicle is 33 mpg. Canada vs US: Small cars are number one in Canada and we

wheelbase has also been stretched by 6 cm, yet it’s a tad shorter in overall length. Inside the cabin there’s more room, especially leg and head room for the rear passengers. Mazda3i GT Sedan: A top-line GT (Grand Touring) edition of Mazda3 is available in Canada, but only with a larger 2.5-litre SkyActiv engine and an automatic transmission. The 3i GT that I drove in LA came with the smaller 2.0-litre SkyActiv engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic is an option in the US and there’s also a 3s GT edition with the 2.5-litre engine (manual and automatic). The 2.0-litre engine was available last year in Mazda3, but the new body allows a larger exhaust manifold and this improves its mid-range torque

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bought over 40,000 Mazda3 models last year, making it the fourth most popular small car. Mid-size cars traditionally out-sell small cars in the US, and Mazda3 was only the tenth best seller in the small car segment, however, that’s still 100,000 plus sales. A no-frills, stripped base model is also the norm in the US, but not in Canada (got to have those seat heaters). In fact, our American friends have a choice of six Mazda3 trim levels, while Canadians have only three. “We have a less complicated trim level strategy,” countered Sandra Lemaitre (National Manager, Public Relations at Mazda Canada). “One, to make it less complicated for consumers and two, to allow our dealers

priced Mazda3 sold in the US, the SV (stripped edition), at $16,945. At the top end, a Mazda3 Sky GT is $25,855 in Canada. The equivalent US model is a Mazda3s GT (automatic) at $25,995. “When we price our vehicles in Canada we look primarily at the competition and then at exchange rates with Japan. Our top priority is making it competitively priced within our market,” added Lemaitre. Looking ahead: The bad news is that there won’t be a direct equivalent to the Mada3i GT (2.0-litre) in Canada next year (for the 2015 model year). However, I did learn that a manual transmission will be available with the GT (2.5-litre) sold in Canada, in 2015. It’s anybody’s guess where prices will be next year, but one thing is for sure, the Mazda3 is great little car and a great value in Canada right now.

carry inventory that consumers want. We also offer more option packages that allow consumers to add on, rather than making them commit to a specific trim” Pricing: You’ve probably read (on the inter-web) or heard of people saving thousands of dollars by buying a vehicle in the US. That may be true for some high-end luxury or specialty products, but not so in the price-competitive lower end of the market. Dollar for dollar a Canadian pays about the same, or less, than a US buyer, for a similar new Mazda3. So, you will definitely save money by buying a new Mazda3 in Canada, when you also factor in the current 10 to 12 per cent difference in currency exchange rates and importation costs. The base Mazda3 GX, with a start price of $15,995 in Canada, is a real bargain. That’s $950 below the lowest










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Time for P.G. to prove it’s a hockey town Is Prince George a hockey town? ners are high-profile and very wellSome may say “Yes” while others state respected NHL players (Dan Hamhuis “No”. and Eric Brewer) who have roots to One may easily suggest “Yes” having the team. The other four are local supported two junior teams the last 20 residents (Greg Pocock, Ernest Ouellet, years, one of those (the Spruce Kings) Raymond Fortier and John Pateman) double that amount of time. who plan on getting a return on their One could also suggest investment knowing that “No” since the Cougars will only happen if crowds have remained at the dramatically increase. bottom of WHL attenHamhuis and Brewer dance the last few years remember playing for while the Spruce Kings the Cougars in front of have played many of their a building that was filled home games the last few many nights, but that goes seasons in front of a halfback to the late 90’s and empty P.G. Coliseum. early 2000’s. Attendance at loThe feedback I have cal games isn’t the only received indicates that criteria which determines HART BEAT since the change at the top whether a city is hockey HARTLEYMILLER became a reality, many crazy but it certainly plays fans are ready to return a weighty role. Let’s use attendance to and support the Cougars, either by gauge and examine the issue: purchasing season tickets or by going The P.G. Cougars are getting a much to many more WHL games than they needed fresh start. Fans showed their have in recent years. Does this mean atdispleasure and frustration with the tendance will double, triple or possibly previous regime by staying away from even increase more? This is where it games in droves. CN Centre was only gets tricky. No one is really sure. It’s one filled to 29.2 per cent of capacity in thing for fans to say in casual conversathe 2013-14 regular season sporting tion they are returning, but perhaps an average of 1,693. The next smallest another to put their money where their was Swift Current at 2,119 although mouth is. it should be pointed out the Broncos Capacity crowds on opening night played to 73.6 per cent capacity. and Teddy Bear night are realistic Only four of the 22 WHL teams had but what’s the number going to be on an average crowd of less than 3,000. a cold Tuesday night in December The league average was 4,488.With new against a team like Tri-City? ownership comes new enthusiasm, Meanwhile, it’s no secret that the especially since two of the six partSpruce Kings are struggling financially

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and have strongly indicated they need more fans at their games at the Coliseum because revenue from the House Lottery doesn’t pay all the bills. In 31 home dates (including three in the playoffs) the Spruce Kings only averaged 1,112 fans (about the league average) but down from 1,175 the previous season. Having paid close attention to hockey in P.G. as a member of the media for the last 35 years, my guess is



the Cougars in the 2014-15 season will see a massive jump in attendance that will average in excess of 3,000 a game. The Spruce Kings may also see a small bump but only if they can capitalize on the overall increase in the city’s hockey enthusiasm. I have no doubt Prince George is a hockey town, in fact, one of the best in the country. However, our city is no different than most others in that results are important. Winning and competitiveness are all an important part of the equation. The Cougars’ sizzle, new ownership or not, will quickly evaporate if recent trends continue where they have missed the playoffs in five of the last seven years. The Spruce Kings haven’t won a playoff round in nine years. Fans in P.G. have been more than patient. A banner will be welcome but just taking significant steps toward success, both on and off the ice, will help ensure the long term viability for both teams in the city. Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio station 94X. He also writes for Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to Follow him on twitter: @Hartley_Miller

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of the ones who has been here since we started.” Simunac says he got into gymnastics because “I enjoy tumbling.” While that’s what got him into the sport, he says his favourite event now is the high bar. As for his least favourite . . . “Mushroom,” he says with a grimace. Kaminski laughs. “That’s the pommel horse. They call it the ‘mushroom’ because of the shape they use.” Simunac says he focused on one thing at the end of the competition. “I did better than I did last year, so that was good.” For Oke, 10, gymnastics has been his sport for the last seven years. “My brother was in a higher grade, and I didn’t have any other activities. Mom thought I would enjoy it.” Obviously he has, in large part because, “you can do a lot of tricks in gymnastics.” With that in mind, it’s no surprise his favourite event is the floor exercise. He couldn’t think of an event he doesn’t enjoy. “I like them all.” Like Simunac, he focused on the positives from the competition. “I was happy with the weekend.” The next competition for Simunac and Oke will be the Ogopogo Invitational in Penticton at the end of the month.


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The only Prince George player picked in last week’s WHL Bantam Draft was on the road when he found out. “I was driving to Salmon Arm with my dad,” Myles Mattila says. “I was checking the phone a lot, and I found out the Giants had picked me.” The Vancouver Giants chose Mattitla, who played last year with the Tier 1 Bantam Cougars, in the ninth round of the draft. “I got lots of texts and e-mails from my friends and teammates when they found out.” The Giants had been one of two WHL teams to contact

Mattila before the draft. “The WHL teams don’t usually contact you during the season, but Vancouver and Swift Current contacted me before the draft started to talk to me.” Chris Bond, who coached Mattila last season, is a scout with the Giants, and says he had some of the qualities teams look for. BANTAM “He has a good MYLES work ethic with a bit of an edge. Later on in the draft, you’re looking for some other qualities in a player, like character, and Myles has lots of that.” Mattila has been active with, a website oper-

ated by the provincial government to help youth and young adults check out how they’re feeling and quickly connect to mental health resources and support. He is also taking an active role with this year’s Ride Don’t Hide, a bike ride to raise awareness of mentalhealth issues. “We’re aiming for more riders this year. I’m MATTILA getting some of my teammates and others to join up.” This year’s ride in Prince George will be held on June 22, starting at the CN Centre parking lot. Bond says he was in touch

with the Giants throughout the draft on May 1, and knew they had Mattila on their radar. He also knows that the bantam draft is not an instantgratification thing, for players or scouts. “It takes a few years. We’re hoping to see some of these players as 18 year olds to see how we did.” Mattila says the next step for him is a Giants training camp in August. “They want to get a look at how we play together and with some of the players they have now. “I know I’m going to be back in Prince George next season. I’m hoping to be on the Cariboo Cougars (of the B.C. Major Midget League), but if I don’t make it, I’ll play Tier 1 Midget here.”

Cougars take 10 players in WHL Bantam Draft Allan Wishart It was four days after the annual WHL Bantam Draft, but Prince George Cougars head scout Todd Harkins said he was still recovering. “I’m still a little tired,” he said Monday with a laugh. “It was a good draft for us. Everything went pretty much according to the board we had set up.” That started with their first selection, the fifth overall pick, in Justin Almeida, who played last season with the North Shore Winter Club. Almeida is from Kitimat. “We had zeroed in on Justin as we went along,” Harkins said. “He has a very high hockey IQ. He’s very quick, and he likes to go to the net and make plays.”

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In 70 games last season with North Shore, Almeida had 80 goals, 67 assists and 190 penalty minutes. Picking defenceman Max Martin from the Winnipeg Monarchs in the second round felt like a bit of a bonus, Harkins said. “We were looking for a puck-moving defenceman, and Max fell to us. For the majority of the year, we had him ranked as the top defenceman in the draft.” It was pretty much the same with the team’s third-round pick, forward Ethan O’Rourke from Penticton. “We had him at the end of the first round,” Harkins said, “so to get him at the top of the third was a pleasant surprise.” The Cougars traded Alex Forsberg to Saskatoon on draft day in exchange for the pick used for O’Rourke and forward Haydn Hop-

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kins, a 12th-round pick of the Blades in the 2012 draft. Hopkins, from Victoria. played last season with the South Island Royals of the B.C. Major Midget League, and had 17 goals and 48 points in 36 games. He also picked up one assist in four games with the Blades. Harkins said with the picks falling so nicely for the Cougars to that point, “We just started picking things we needed.” “We seemed to keep getting the players we wanted.” The Cougars ended up picking six forwards and four defencemen in the draft. Harkins said the lack of goaltender selections was not a surprise. “We have two 1998-born goalies on our list we feel can play for us. We did some research on how other teams drafted, and found they tended to spread out their goalies, so that was the route we went this year.” With the draft over, it’s still not time to relax for Harkins and the rest of the scouting staff. “With the transition in ownership, we’ll probably be holding some meetings with the new owners. We’ll also be contacting the players we drafted and looking at possible free agents to invite to camp.” Harkins will also be in Buffalo, N.Y. in June for the U.S. National Camp. “We’ll maybe take some time in July off,” he says, “and then start going again.”


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Sub Zero a cool start to season The Prince George Track and Field Club got its season off to a hot start on a cool day. The local club hosted the Sub Zero Meet at Masich Place Stadium on Saturday, and were easy winners in the team scores, racking up 1,183 points to the 426 of Lake City Secondary of Williams Lake. Athletics North from Prince George was third with 281 points. Close to 180 athletes from 13 clubs across northern B.C. took part in the meet. Club locations ranged from Williams Lake to Mackenzie and from McBride to Prince Rupert. Several members of the Prince George Track and Field Club got the outdoor season off to a flying start. Colburn Pearce picked up four firsts in the boys 14-15 age group, as he won the 100 and 300 metre races as well as the long and triple jumps. Teammate Cole Laing matched that in the boys 10-year-old age group, as he won the 100 and 600 metre races as well as the long jump and shot put. On the girls’ side, three PGTFC members picked up three firsts each. Taigan Wheele, 12, won the 100 and 300 metre races and the long jump. Lindsay King, 14, won the 80 metre hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Carly Frankel, 18, won the long jump, triple jump and discus. There had been concerns in the weeks leading up to the meet that the field events would not be able to be held because of poor field conditions, but everything fell into place. The next major meet is the Centennial Meet in Kamloops on May 17 and 18, while the Spruce Capital Meet will be at Masich Place on June 7 and 8.

Allan WISHART/Free Press Maria Newton, left, of Athletics North and Jessica Ells of Houston duel down the stretch of the girls 14-15 1200m run at the Sub Zero Meet on Saturday at Masich Place Stadium. Ells won the race by .32 seconds.

Cougars hold open press conference May 13 There’s a new Ice Age coming to Prince George, and it starts on May 13. The Prince George Cougars will hold a major media conference at the CN Centre that day, and all fans are invited to participate. Starting at 11:30 a.m., an outdoor barbeque will be held outside the rink with free food. Fans are then encouraged to stay for the media conference, which starts at 12:15 p.m. inside the CN Centre. Seating will be

available on a first-come, firstserved basis. During the media conference, Cougars fans and media will be introduced to all members of the new ownership group. Information will be released about “A New Ice Age” theme, ticket information, Cougars staffing and much more. NHLers Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer, along with new team president Greg Pocock will be speaking, as will WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and Prince George Mayor



Shari Green. At the end of the event, fans are invited to a cake-cutting ceremony and a meet and greet with the new ownership group. The new ownership group and staff will be available for oneon-one media interviews at that time. The new Prince George Cougars could not be more excited about “A New Ice Age” and look forward to welcoming everyone to the CN Centre on May 13 for these exciting announcements.

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Having a blast at the club First sanctioned sporting clays shoot draws a crowd Allan Wishart It started, appropriately, with a shotgun start. Tony Manuge fired a pair of shots Sunday morning to get the second day of the Mountain Man Sporting Clays Shoot underway. “This is our first registered shoot with the Canadian National Sporting Clays Association,” Manuge explained. “We have held some fun shoots in the past in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited to raise money for their habitat work.” The weekend shoot attracted shooters from the region, as well as from far away as Golden, Vancouver and Edmonton. “We had a fairly good turnout Saturday, about 45 shooters, and we’ll probably have the same today.” One thing they had no control over was the weather, and it wasn’t good shooting weather, especially on Saturday. “That weather played havoc with the shooters at times. The wind played tricks with the targets at times, and it was so cold, a lot of the shooters were having trouble holding their guns steady at times.” The sport has been called “golf with a shotgun”, and there were some clear connections between the sports, looking around on Sunday. There was the shotgun start, a traditional way of starting golf tournaments with different groups on different holes, or stations, as they’re called in sporting clays. There were a number of the competitors using golf carts to carry their guns, ammo and other equipment between stations. And there were the stations themselves.

Allan WISHART/Free Press Wayne Carlson tracks a “rabbit” target at one of the stations of the Sporting Clays Shoot at the Prince George Rod and Gun Club on Sunday.

“We like to set a course for the average shooter,” Manuge said, “someone who shoots between 65 and 70 per cent. We’ll use some standard sets, and then we’ll have some specialty ones.” Among the stations set for Sunday was a ‘rabbit’ station, which saw two targets released simultaneously along the ground, with the shooter picking up first one then the other with the gun. Other stations saw a single trap released into the air, with the second trap released (from the same location

or a different one) after the first shot was fired. “That tries to simulate grouse,” Manuge said. “You fire at the first one, and then again when the rest take off.” With the wind and the bumpy terrain at the club on Hartman Road, sometimes the targets didn’t behave the way they were intended to. One shooter was heard to comment that one of his ‘rabbits’ hit something in the ground and ended up bouncing about three feet high.

“I still got it,” he said proudly. Manuge said the shooters generally didn’t know much about the course before they started it. “The first shooter in each group can ask for a pair to be thrown so they can get a look at how they run. He can shoot if he wants, but that pair doesn’t count. “Then at the next station, the next person, who has rotated up to shoot first, gets the same chance.” There is already a good corridor of sporting clay events running

from Fort St. John to Williams Lake, he says, and he hopes to get the Prince George event running annually and add it to the calendar. The next event is at the end of the month in Mackenzie, with one the following weekend in Fort St. John. The provincial championships will be held in August in Williams Lake. For more information on the local sporting clays group, e-mail

UNBC Timberwolves get full membership in Canada West conference Now they’re in for good. Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) members voted in favour of UNBC athletic programs moving from a probationary member to full membership status at the annual general meeting in Harrison, B.C. on Tuesday. “Receiving a positive vote is extremely exciting for UNBC and the Timberwolves program,” says UNBC Interim President Mark Dale in a press release. “Academically UNBC is recognized as one of the top research intensive institutions in the country. Now, as members of Canada West, we will compete both academically and athletically with some of the top schools in Canada.”

The Timberwolves submitted their first application to join Canada West in 2008. It wasn’t until 2010 that the Timberwolves received a majority vote bringing them on as a probationary member to start competition during the 2012-13 season. “This move is the product of the support of numerous people and demonstrates the growth of the university’s athletic department,” says Loralyn Murdoch, UNBC’s Director of Athletics and Recreation, who has been involved in the process from the beginning. “The hard work of so many people over the past seven years has finally paid off. I am thankful to them for beginning this initiative and for their continued

support. The future is bright for UNBC Athletics.” Canada West policy requires a minimum three-quarters majority vote to grant full membership to a probationary school. Mount Royal University joins UNBC to become the 15th and 16th institutions to join schools from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in Canada West. Over the past two seasons as probationary members with Canada West, the Timberwolves have continued to be competitive academically as well as athletically. During the 2012-13 season, 13 of 60 UNBC student-athletes were recognized as Academic All-Canadians, earning a grade

point average of 3.67 (equivalent to an A-) or higher in full-time studies. “Our athletes are great ambassadors for UNBC, both athletically and academically,” says Murdoch. “Now as members of Canada West our student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements alongside the top student-athletes from across the country.” The final step for the Timberwolves will be at the CIS annual general meeting from June 9 to 11 in Vancouver. This meeting will indicate whether UNBC will be accepted as a full member of the CIS, rather than its current position as a probationary member.

Prince George Free Press, May 09, 2014  

May 09, 2014 edition of the Prince George Free Press