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Search halted for man in the Fraser The search for a person who either jumped or fell off the Yellowhead Bridge into the Fraser River Tuesday has been called off. At 8:26 a.m. on Tuesday the Prince George RCMP received multiple reports of a person in the Fraser River just north of Fort George Park in Prince George. Multiple units from the Prince George RCMP, Prince George Fire / Rescue and the BC Ambulance responded to various points along the river shore immediately. Prince George Search and Rescue and RCMP Air Services were called out to assist. Additional boat resources were provided by BC Parks, the Fish & Wildlife branch of the Ministry of Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, and the Prince George Jet Boat Club. At 3 p.m. Tuesday, 16 kilometres of the Fraser River had been searched by water. Air search by plane and helicopter went significantly further. No trace of the person has been located. All search efforts were called off at that time. Witnesses believe the person was male. The Prince George RCMP continue to investigate.
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Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press These slash piles are two of about 20 located on a 16-acre parcel of land adjacent to College Heights. Less than 100 metres through the trees in the background are the backyards of several homes.
Clean-up order given in October, piles still remain Bill Phillips email@example.com Jan and Ron Manning fear their house will burn down. In fact, they fear their entire College Heights neighbourhood is at risk. Not because there is anything wrong with their house or their neighbourhood, but because of 20 slash piles of drying logging debris piled less than 100 metres from their backyard. The Mannings live on Newcastle Crescent off of Malaspina Avenue in the upper end of College Heights. Their backyard, along with several of their neighbours, backs onto Parkside Creek, a fish-bearing stream that empties into the Fraser River. About a year ago the Shane Garner, who owns a 16-acre parcel directly across the creek, cleared the lot and left the slash piles. The area, accessed at the end of Domano Boulevard, is a favourite haunt of motorcyclists, ATVers, hikers, and bush parties. A truck on the property has been set on fire twice, according to the Mannings, and last fall those attending a bush party had a bonfire going in the middle of the cluster of slash piles. They feel it’s only a matter of time before those piles go up in smoke and, with their houses less than 100 metres away, their homes too. But it wasn’t the slash piles that originally concerned the Mannings. They were concerned the logging was encroaching on the Parkside Creek riparian zone. They raised the issue and say that a stop work order was issued August 9, 2013. “(The city) didn’t enforce it,” said Ron Manning. “They called us to monitor it and the next day they were logging in there again.” Getting answers seems to be tough for everyone involved in this issue. The matter came before council on November 18, 2013 when the Mannings presented a 113-name peti-
tion calling for the piles to be cleaned up. When Coun. Brian Skakun asked staff, at the November 18 meeting, whether the city actually issued a stop work order, the response from the city’s director of planning and development, Ian Wells, was: “It may be best not to talk about some of these items due to potential legal issues.” Wells did say, at the November 18 meeting, that the city had been working with Garner on seeking a development permit for the property and acknowledged that the work did involve “leave strips” in order to keep riparian zones intact. He said, at that time, it was not known whether the clearing had impacted the riparian Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press zone. Charred remains of a truck adjacent to a slash pile windrow. A McElhanney Consulting Services report, prepared for Kristina Watt at the city in November, states that the riparian zone was impacted. Fire Chief John Iverson toured the site on Monday. The report says approximately 80 per cent of Because the property is inside city limits, the Prince George the 400-metre long property was logged and that while the fire department will respond to fires on the property, which riparian zone area was flagged, “in at least eight instances is not serviced by a fire hydrant. And because there is a the 10-metre minimum was not followed.” City director Rob Whitwham told council, at the Novem- provincial jurisdiction, “my role is just monitoring for the fire department,” Iverson said. ber 18 meeting, that the Ministry of Forests had issued an That leaves the question of whether the slash piles will be order October 10, 2013 for the owner to “come into complicleaned up as fire season approaches. ance,” by March 31. “That’s none of your business and none of their (the When the Free Press contacted the city this week to get neighbours’) business,” Garner told the Free Press Wednesan update on why the piles had not been removed, we were day. “It’s private property. I already have all my permits in referred to the Ministry of Forests. place with the agencies I need to.” Jill Kelsh, communications officer for the ministry, conWhen asked again whether he would clean up the slash firmed that it had issued the order and, as it is past the date, piles, Garner responded: “Why would you need to know it has been to their compliance and enforcement departthat?” ment. Apparently Garner has now been given until the That leaves the Mannings frustrated with a pile of documiddle of June to clean up the slash piles. mentation three inches high. As for issues regarding encroaching on the riparian zone, “We really have tried to do this the right way,” Jan ManKelsh referred the Free Press to the Ministry of Environning said. ment. Calls to the ministry were not returned at press time.
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Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress. com It’s the middle of winter. You’ve just skied into your remote cabin, back in the wilderness, far away from ‘civilization’. You take off your pack, go inside, get a good fire going in the wood stove, then go to bed for a well-deserevd sleep. You get up the next morning, flip on the lights and fire up the coffee machine. Wait a minute. You’re out in the middle of nowhere, and you can casually flip on lights and a coffee machine? That’s the way Oro Barton sees things happening in the possibly near future. Barton is a researcher with the Applied Research and Innovation Department at the College of New Caledonia, and his most recent project was producing electricity from the heat of a wood stove. On May 7, he and power engineering co-ordinator Stephen Davis demonstrated the first results. “We had to get special permission from the city to hook up this stove inside city limits,” Barton explained. “It’s non-compliant with regulations because of the modifications we’ve made.” He said the research was funded by a grant from the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition. “In many way, we feel this is a better source of
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energy than solar panels.” he said. “You can control how much wood you use and how much energy you get.” Davis said it was also a case of taking something you were using already and getting extra benefits out of it. “A lot of times in winter, you’ll be running the stove 24-7 for heating the building, but you don’t need power all the time. This system would let you store that power in a generator for when you need it.” Barton and Davis got the fire going in the stove and, within a few minutes, a light came on, powered by the energy produced by the fire. “We’re also going to be able to now start powering up this generator,” Barton said. “We’ve already put some power into it, because it does take a while to power up, and we wanted to have it available for this demonstration.” He plugged in another
set of lights, which he said were the kind normally used in greenhouses to provide light for the plants outside of daylight hours. “This is the main function we were asked to look at,” he said. “Could we produce enough power from the stove to provide a couple of extra hours of light a day for greenhouses?” Having produced a working prototype, he said they were ready to move onto the next step.
“The first phase is inventing the technology. That was already done before we started. The second phase is making it work, which is what we have been doing. “The third phase, the next one, is to deploy the technology for people to use.” CNC researchers are now looking for industry partners to help further develop the technology. For more information, call 250562-2131, local 5541.
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Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press Nicole Wheele (left) and Noemie Touchette, farm manager for the Northern Lights Estate Winery, plant three different varieties of apple trees at the winery on the north bank of the Nechako River. Winery owner Pat Bell says work is progressing and hopes construction of the actual winery building will begin soon.
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issue causes council confusion Some councillors may think it’s goofy, but they will have to wait a few more weeks to make a decision on whether to rescind another controversial core review recommendation. Coun. Frank Everitt brought forward a notice of motion in March, asking to take a second look at a bylaw governing secondary suites. Council had implemented the core review recommendation last year that resulted in property owners requiring individual business licences for secondary suites or rental properties. There was immediate backlash as, for example, a resident with three rental homes would be forced to pay the $155 business licence fee for each property while the owner of an apartment block would only be required to have one business licence. At the April 14 meeting, council decided to repeal the controversial bylaw, but when the matter came before council for the first two readings on Monday, there was a certain amount of confusion. City manager Beth James told council that when it decided to repeal the bylaw, staff stopped
working on finding any alternatives to simply going back to the previous bylaw. Several councillors were apparently under the impression staff would return with options. Coun. Dave Wilbur put forward a motion to delay, for a couple of meetings, a decision on repealing the bylaw calling for the extra fees, giving city staff some time to explore other options. “If we want to look really goofy in front of the citizens, then we can have a bylaw that started, then a repeal, then another bylaw that isn’t satisfactory to the community,” said Everitt. Mayor Shari Green, however, said the concerns were too late. “Councillor Everitt thought this will make council look goofy,” Green said. “I think we’re already there because we’re a little bit all over the map. There’s a difference between correcting it and undoing it. Don’t have a problem correcting it.” If the bylaw is repealed, the city will have to refund approximately $183,000 collected since the new bylaw came into effect last fall to 1,187 landlords.
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There is a lot of paperwork involved, but it’s finally underway. I know the guy who basically started it just graduated, but he should get a chance to see it before he leaves the school.” The area for the greenhouse is 24 feet square, with the greenhouse itself being 22 feet square. “What we’re hoping to do is supply the Thirsty Moose with as much produce as possible,” Rach said. “What they would like to be able to do is have a full salad with all produce from the greenhouse.” She says the greenhouse will also
show students at the school the importance of local food production, and will also have space for research if students or staff want to use it. “The community support has just been incredible,” she said. “I’m the only paid employee, everything else has been done by volunteers, and we’ve received a lot of donations from local companies as well.” Now that the greenhouse is starting to take shape, Rach hopes her phone traffic will slow down a bit. “I’ve been getting a lot of calls, mostly from students, asking when it’s going to be finished.”
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Together, we’ve built Canada. Together, we’ll build Gateway.
When working people benefit, Canada benefits. That’s why we support Northern Gateway. Canada’s trade unions have always fought to ensure working people and their families benefit from economic growth. That’s why the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada and four national unions—representing the most experienced construction workforce anywhere in the world—are proud to support the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
The Memorandum Of Understanding our unions signed with Northern Gateway ensures the project is built to the highest possible environmental and safety standards. It supports Northern Gateway’s commitment to jobs and lasting social benefits for Aboriginal communities. And it helps ensure new training opportunities for young people— opportunities that will last them a lifetime.
Northern Gateway is a nation-building project that has the potential to secure long-term energy and economic security for the next 100 years. But only—and this is critical—if it is built right and for the benefit of average families and the communities in which we live.
As trade union members, we place a high value on protecting our natural environment. We have been building pipelines for over 60 years and know what it takes to protect the environment we all value. The Joint Review Panel process was
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Cycling in the fast lane Took a drive along the Boundary Road connector the other day. The $28 million road was officially opened last fall, but I hadn’t actually driven it until this week. A couple of things struck me as I drove along the road, through a magnificent forest. Firstly, the land used to be in the Agricultural Land Reserve. With all the hoopla these days about the ALR standing in the way of development, here’s an example of where it didn’t stand in WRITER’S BLOCK the way. The second BILLPHILLIPS thing that struck me was there is a wonderful bike lane that runs the entire length of the road. Good on the city for insisting that it include a bike lane, even if cyclists don’t use it. I suppose, it struck me because of the current debate over paving North Nechako and Otway roads this year … roads that cyclists actually use. Council, with chests puffed out, have proudly proclaimed they will spend more on paving this year than ever. Good for them.
The Prince George Cycling Club, however, raised the issue of why, in their paving zeal, the plans didn’t include bike lanes along North Nechako … once again, where cyclists actually frequent. Council took the issue to heart and have directed staff to report back to council by May 26 with some costs. This won’t solve the problem along Otway, however, half of which was paved last year with the rest slated for this year … without a bike lane. It’s probably an even more critical issue on Otway because it is also home to two gravel pits and two asphalt plants, so thrown in the mix with cyclists on a narrow road is a plethora of heavy industrial traffic. The proverbial accident waiting to happen. It’s only makes sense that when it comes time to repave roads, such as North Nechako and Otway, that bike lanes are included from the start. Going back and re-jigging things makes council look, well … goofy. ••• Carri Hunter, owner of Mothers ‘N’ More Maternity, the business that was destroyed in the George Street fire a couple of weeks ago, is overwhelmed by the support she has received. She posted the following on her Facebook page: “I am amazed by the well-wishers and generosity of Prince George. Ted Price
from Theatre North West went out of his way to find my home address and deliver some goodies for my family and I after he read about my business in the newspaper. Trish From PG Designs contacted me offering to manage my website and Facebook page at no charge until I can get back on my feet. Carla from the DBIA has gone the extra mile helping locate a potential new home for my business as well as offering to help with the marketing as the business comes together. These are only a few examples of the generosity expressed to my family and I since the loss of our business. I think we are making a good decision to put down roots in Prince George and call this city home.” Hopefully she, and all those affected by the fire, will be back in business before long. ••• There is no doubt that being an MLA involves a lot of travel. Even moreso if you’re a cabinet minister. So how much do we spend on our northern MLAs for travel and to compensate them for accommodations while in Victoria? From April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 Shirley Bond billed $64,052, John Rustad $87,618, Coralee Oakes $60,536, and Mike Morris $49,034. Bear in mind that for Oakes and Morris, their numbers are for 10 months.
Tea and symphony ... and sympathy The Prince George Symphony Orchestra put on a memorable the women at my table with her “finger baton” in the air followconcert Sunday. ing along as guest conductor Alexander Cannon (PGSO’s acting Honestly, we should be so proud to have this very high calibre principal trumpet) led the orchestra in a triumphant Pirates of of community musicians playing for us. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, Penzance Overture. I felt just like British royalty sipping tea from bone china cups and Moments like that last a lifetime. listening to a “command” performance. I don’t know if we ever really truly show our admiration and Tea and Symphony. appreciation for this wonderful orchestra that enriches our lives The circular seating arrangement allowed guests to see the in the North. Only by attending the season’s concerts, donating orchestra from a different vantage point so we all felt part of the to their fundraising efforts and perhaps volunteering can we help sound-surround experience. keep the PGSO vibrant and thriving. It can start Thank you PGSO for a perfect performance. with the very young. I’ve often heard the phrase that a musician seems to Like the little “lady” at my table. be “coaxing” sound or notes out of an instrument. Well Anyway, I expected tea on Sunday – but not I’d say Jose Delgado-Guevara “seduces” sweet sounds sympathy. from his violin. You really have to watch his fingers During intermission, I talked with some people caressing the strings and hear him play to understand who’d read last Friday’s column about my high what I mean. blood pressure. They offered all sorts of tips on how His voice is his violin. to deal with hypertension: “Have you tried magEven if you know nothing about the violin or what it nesium? low dose aspirin? beet juice? herbal teas? takes to play it – I don’t – and you don’t know what munaturopathic remedies? quiet relaxation or yoga sical heights the instrument can reach under a master’s techniques? glass of red wine?” Or my favourite: Try tender touch, Delgado-Guevara takes you (and I think TEA WITH TERESA listening to classical music. himself) on a journey that momentarily lifts you up to a That one I took to heart. TERESAMALLAM beautiful place. The orchestra gave us tastings from Gilbert and Or a bigger place. Sullivan comedy operas Mikado and Pirates of Penzance, Andrew When I lived in Vancouver, I used to spend my days off walkLloyd Webber’s Evita with soaring vocals from soprano Beverley ing down Robson Street exploring the local arts scene with its Smith and tenor Jon Russell, and on to Gerald Finzi’s Introit (for galleries, street musicians, artisans and architecture. I could often violin and small orchestra) and Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite. find beautiful chamber music or lively barbershop quartets which The nice lady who told me an evening glass of red wine is “good appeared to pop up out of nowhere. for the arteries” – and indeed I have read and researched that noEven in boutiques, fine restaurants and retail areas or exhibit tion – made me think that when I was listening to the orchestra openings, I’d find a surprise event going on with a concert pianist, on Sunday. hip-hop dancer, a flamenco guitarist or a talented tenor – all lendIt truly was much like sipping on a glass of fine red wine. ing their music for the joy of others. The beautiful bouquet of the music left me with a lovely warm It was like that on Sunday. sensation that still lingers – and I think I may still be blissfully A little girl at my table was holding her china teacup carefully intoxicated. So Cheers! to the musicians with the Prince George to her lips, then she replaced it even more carefully on its saucer. Symphony Orchestra who made music and memories for everyHer mother told me this was her first tea party. She charmed all one in the room.
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Apparently my voice is louder than I think it is. A couple of times on the weekend, I was out in my car, driving along nicely at, or very slightly above, the speed limit when another vehicle came charging up behind me, with a driver obviously in a huge hurry to get somewhere because of a massive failure in their ability to organize their life. In each case, I glanced at the rearview mirror and said, quietly: “This lane is for the intelligent, law-abiding drivers.” In both cases, the driver behind me obviously heard me and realized they were in the wrong lane, as they almost immediately moved to the other lane, for the less-intelligent, nonlaw abiding drivers. As I say, though, I’m surprised my voice carried that well, especially from inside my vehicle. • I was happy to see a collision averted on the weekend at the intersection of 15th Avenue and Foothills Boulevard. An eastbound ALLAN’S AMBLINGS vehicle on 15th was ALLANWISHART making a left-hand turn on Foothills and the driver decided, as a number of them do, that she was going to turn into the curb lane instead of the closest (and legal) lane. I can only imagine the shock on her face when a west-bound vehicle made a perfectly legal right-hand turn into that same lane. “The nerve of them,” I could imagine the other driver saying. “Turning legally in to the lane that I wanted to turn illegally into. How dare they.” I could tell all this, because I was sitting on the other side of the intersection, heading north on Foothills. I saw the sudden correction made by the left-hand turning driver. It’s one I have seen, and sometime forced, a few times myself as the driver making the right-hand turn. • Ponder this statistic from the three-day, seven-round, 256-player NFL draft last week. There were two players each taken from the noted football powerhouses of Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern. There were single players taken from Maine, Saginaw Valley State, Lindenwood and McGill (yes, the Canadian school). There were no players taken from the University of Texas. As a reasonably close follower of American college football, I find that a remarkable occurrence. Not so much players being taken from so many small schools, but not one player being taken from a traditional powerhouse like Texas. • For those of you heading out to the cabin this weekend to do some clean-up or enjoy the long weekend, please be careful. There will be a lot of traffic on the road, some of it trying to get someplace a lot faster than it should, and the woods in the Prince George region are still pretty dry.
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Vision and mission
uccess in hockey is simple, it’s just not easy. All you have to do is put a contender on the ice. Have a vision and a mission statement. The vision is winning a championship, that’s the simple part. The mission is putting all the pieces together to achieve it. That’s the hard part. The Prince George Cougars, over the past few years, may not have lost sight of their vision, but the mission aspect was certainly lacking. The community, by and large, put the blame on owner Rick Brodsky and the senior management team consisting of his daughter Brandi Brodsky and her husband Dallas Thompson. How much of that is warranted depends on who you talk to. Plus, a long string of losing seasons meant more and more fingers pointing to the ownership. What can’t be denied is that the community loves the Prince George Cougars. That was evident by the fact more people came out to meet the new owners Tuesday than would show up at games last season. What also can’t be denied is the fact that our much-loved Cougars were brought to Prince George by the Brodskys. For that, at the very least, the community should say thanks. And the community should, and already has, say welcome to the new ownership group, headed up by Greg Pocock and including NHL players Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer. They were hailed as conquering heroes Tuesday as about 1,200 fans flocked to CN Centre to see the new owners. Now it comes back to the vision and mission statement. We’re sure the new ownership group has the same vision and mission statement as the old. The challenge ahead of them is to cobble the pieces together to achieve the mission. The hard part is just beginning. The community is anxiously looking for the team to start working on the mission. New owners will breathe new life into the franchise. There is no doubt about that. And, for the new owners, the task is not an easy one. If they put a team on the ice that is, at the very least, a contender in the WHL, the fans will be happy and return to the rink this fall. Simple. Be a part of your community paper. Comment online.
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A solo spring trip One of the joys of living in a part of British Columbia is remodelling and getting me out of the house was a good winter and all that goes with it. strategy. Although not said, the thought was likely there just You can do things with snow that you cannot do with rain. below the surface that the project would speed to compleWe use snow for a lot of good healthy fun. We ski on it, tion in far less time if I was not there to contribute my comride sleds and toboggans, snowshoe and walk. We use it as ments and suggestions. a roadway to explore new places on our ski machines. We It was a good, logical and effective decision. can even have the occasional snowball battle to release our Rather than drive, the challenge was to get to wherever aggressions in a benign way. Sometimes we get to shovel it I wished to go by utilizing the transportation system. The and benefit from as fine a workout as one can overall objective was to travel about and visit famget in any gym. ily and friends, some of whom I had not visited If you are stuck living in the southwestern with in person for some time. corner of the province, you get rain instead A very quick airline flight brought me to the of snow. There is little you can do with rain Vancouver area just at the time the cherry trees other than watch it run down the hill into were in full bloom. Have to admit the flowers, some drain or creek. Walking in the rain is green grass and trees and bushes covered in wellfrequently more a misery than a joy. Rain developed leaves was nice to see. runs down your collar in a creeping, chilling From visiting with a friend and my three manner. Snow just doesn’t do that. You may grandsons (and their parents), a ferry ride took not have to shovel rain, but it can creep into me to Nanaimo, Duncan and surrounding areas. your shoes, saturate your clothes and generVancouver Island is a gardener’s paradise and ally make one feel cold and miserable. Rain there are thousands of gardeners taking advantage ONSIDE brings cold, darkness and despair, while snow VICBOWMAN of the climate they have. Some combine their orbrings fun, healthy activity and brightness. namental portion of their gardens with vegetables It is the very end of winter that is not so nice. The once and herbs. It is a rather neat idea that combines good looks pristine snow covering the ground begins to turn a dirty with good food. grey colour. Garbage, debris and the occasional lost pieces A few days of visiting in the Vancouver area, where getof garden equipment emerge from the snow. All around ting around by public transport is a breeze, was followed by us takes on a depressing dullness. The trees may show the a few days in Pemberton. Pemberton is nestled in a valley promise of summer with tiny new buds showing, but we surrounded by mountains. The area has a beauty that is are far away from seeing the fresh green leafing out of late pleasantly relaxing; it is a spot where anyone could live quite spring. happily. It is a good time to take a break and head to the southThe trip was finished with a bus trip from Vancouver to ern part of the province where temperatures are somewhat Prince George. It had been many years since I had taken a warmer and spring is at its most glorious. longer trip by bus and the experience was worth it, but 12 This spring, instead of the usual family trip, it was decided hours is a little long and the decision to fly or ride will likely that I should make a solo trip. We are doing some kitchen see me at the airport the next time. firstname.lastname@example.org | 250-564-0005
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Opposition isn’t NIMBY Editor: I am responding to a recent local editorial wherein the opposition to Enbridge Northern Gateway and other destructive resource projects were called NIMBYs. That editorial stated that if not here, then these resource projects will take place in Third World countries instead where there are less environmental standards. First I would like to point out, many of our supposed environmental protections have been dismantled in large part to the Harper government’s pro-big oil polices which have seen the gutting of fisheries legislation and personnel and other losses of environmental protections coming out of his omnibus budget bills passed without parliamentary debate. I am not sure how self-righteous we are entitled to be anymore about environmental protection at the government level. This editorial suggests we who stand
opposed to these projects are living in blissful ignorance. What the writer fails to acknowledge is that opposition to this destructive trajectory for our collective future includes and embraces an emerging Earth Revolution and return to the commons. I see it in the people who are downsizing their stuff and starting to view their position in Canada as more than “consumers.” I see it in the growing farmers’ market downtown Prince George, which is a beautiful community gathering place to be on Saturdays to support local farmers. I see it in the 200 people who recently showed up on their bikes to demand a safe bike route into their neighbourhood. I see it in the many people taking shovels to dirt in their backyards and community gardens, growing their own food and understanding that spraying pesticides and others poisons will not only jeopardize their health but also kill
the beneficial creatures who help their gardens grow. I see it in the many people who are taking ownership over their health and are turning to healthy diets, exercise, traditional forest and herbal medicines and claiming self-replenishing spiritual practices for themselves. I see it in the people heading out to the wilderness to recreate and connect with nature. It is happening. The Earth Revolution is here and only gaining momentum. Destructive projects like massive carbon-emitting/ bulldozing boreal forest tar sands, dangerous oil pipelines and unaccountable corporate control of our lives with offers of short term jobs at the most don’t have a place in this new world. We don’t need to accept the destructive status quo which positions us as no more than desperate consumers. Power to the people. Mary MacDonald Prince George
Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press Sea to Sands spokesperson Mary MacDonald speaks during a rally Saturday opposing Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
No losers in Were there any victors in Haldi ruling the recent Kitimat plebiscite? Editor: I was on my couch and my tired eyes were closing on me in front of the television but before I took a deserved rest, I opened the main door again and checked if the usual newspaper was placed on the rack below my mailbox. No, it was not there, but it actually was inside the mailbox, folded a few times and wrinkled. Nevertheless, lo and behold, finally, I got it. Whom should I thank for this, the editor, the newspaper carrier, the Divine Providence? I went on my knees and did this to all. Thank you. Then, I went back and read the front page, the second page, the third page and so on. It had (I think) a better effect on me than drinking a cop of freshly made coffee. I became alert almost immediately and I achieved this without any caffeine circulating throughout my body. It happened on Friday night but my eyes were wide opened again and the remained like that until very late. I went to your informative article from the front page “Court ruling goes against Haldi residents,” then I started writing. Technically, the court ruling in the Haldi case went against Haldi residents, but I do not really see losers here as long as nobody foolishly will insist to go on an elevation and proclaim other the losers and them the winners. In this case, there is selective elevation; the elevation is for all. The winners are those who will know how to enrich
themselves from this experience. The Haldi Road residents’ committee expressed, in their statement, that community bonding took place during the process of protecting it. This is definitely a winner. The judge pointed out the city council’s flexible approach as a positive force. That is also a winner. The women who will go to the former school to receive a battery of treatments on different levels are the winners too. The fire of different opinions initially looked like a devastation that tried to scorch what each party held precious for them. But with the help of judicial ruling, I see all parties as winners. Perhaps by the force of sentiment to the opposite gender (I hope it is not foolish sentiments or strictly Freudian) I have a special consideration for the women who will go to this facility. Trying to sweep this problem under the carpet with the message “go somewhere else” will not work in the long run. It will only create a bigger hump under the carpet and perhaps a cause for someone to trip over it. Dealing with it in an open way that creates a constructive, longterm solution and (hopefully) resolution, is the way for success. Other ways are just deflecting tactics. Rather than pushing a problem under a carpet, it should be allowed be allowed to rise, or even shine, and I see that the judge, in his superior ruling, allowed this to happen. Chris Trumpauska-Trumpowski Prince George
Dylan Jones Canada West Foundation In April, the people of Kitimat voted 58 per cent against in a plebiscite on whether to support the Northern Gateway project. The anti-pipeline crowd has been celebrating their victory over “big oil” loudly and widely. They see it as a victory both in protecting the B.C. coast and in building a new relationship between progressive groups in Kitimat and the Haisla First Nation. What is confusing is the lack of acknowledgement of the environmental and human costs of this “victory.” At best, this is a win-lose outcome. All across western Canada, resource development partnerships are creating tangible improvements in the quality of life for First Nations and remote communities. Companies like Rio Tinto Alcan, Suncor and Cameco have supported Aboriginal economic and skills development, while also building prosperity that pays for schools and hospitals and services all over the West. The confidence and satisfaction that come from high-quality employment – and the opportunity to shape environmental standards – are creating many scenarios that appeal to the best values of westerners. At the same time, in the emerging economies of the world, people are climbing out of poverty and demanding higher quality food, energy and materials. This reduction in poverty is reducing family size, which in turn offers the best hope for the environmental future of the planet. In fact, the most important environmental question we face is whether the benefits of lowering population growth through poverty reduction will happen quickly enough to counter the increased environmental footprint of global industrialization. The answer to that question isn’t starving the developing world of necessary natural resources and raw materials. Rather, it lies with technology and partnerships. None of that is advanced by simply
opposing pipelines. It is tragic that environmentalists are often cast as ignorant zealots. We should celebrate the values of people who care deeply about, for example, the precious Douglas Channel. At the same time, it is absurd to think of oil companies as evil and greedy. What I see is a lot of people across Western Canada trying to do the right thing. Casting these complex issues as battles of good versus evil just means we all lose. Also, we should not celebrate a community process that just further polarizes a difficult discussion. The non-binding plebiscite exercise seemed a long distance from the ideal of a community gathering and taking the time to learn about and grapple with some complex questions. So, was there a win here at all? Will Douglas Channel be saved? With the adoption of doublehulled tankers, the risks presented by oil tankers are radically lower than in the days of the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound. It is extremely unlikely that there would be any harm to the marine ecosystem from Northern Gateway. At the same time, there is some risk. It is a legitimate view to say that risk is unacceptable. What is not legitimate is to deny the benefits in what is a very complex debate. The opportunities to help eliminate global poverty, to create meaningful employment across the West, to build new positive partnerships between industry, community and First Nations people, to fund schools and hospitals and services, are meaningful. More resources should also be directed to technologies that can help reduce carbons in emerging economies. Others will have different views on what to do with the proceeds of our oil, but no one should think that simply “beating big oil” and avoiding these potential wins is anything but a pyrrhic victory. Dylan Jones is President & CEO of the Canada West Foundation, which exclusively focuses on policies that shape the quality of life in western Canada.
Friday, May 16, 2014
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TAPESTRY District 57 Tapestry Singers present I Will Sing, a concert celebrating joyful voices on Saturday, May 24 starting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church. Concert tickets are $10 (free admission five years and under) available at Studio 2880. Carolyn Duerksen, artistic director and Maureen Nielsen, pianist.
CANDO EVENT The Cando Committee (Handy Circle and PG Multiple Sclerosis) presents the 17th annual Cando Social Event on Saturday, May 31 at CNC. Doors open at 4 p.m. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets free for people with disabilities ($5 returnable deposit required) general price $26, children $14. Entertainment provided by Elk’s Elastic Band and Peggy-Jo’s DJ Service.
PGSS PLAY Students from Prince George Secondary School theatre arts group will be presenting their new play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, next month. The play runs June 4 to 7 at Vanier Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, most of the proceeds go to the Leora Fund.
Dobson dancing dreams include big city lights and becoming a prince Teresa Mallam email@example.com Brett Dobson is dreaming big. His future in dance may be even bigger. One day he wants to own a dance studio in a big city like New York or L.A. Next year he plans on choreographing his own dance number for junior competition. When he’s 15 or so he hopes to snag a lead ballet role – the prince in Judy Russell’s production of Nutcracker. Right now, though, the 11-year-old is focused on dance – dance practise, dance classes, dance routines, dance competitions and an upcoming Judy Russell dance recital. He may also need to clear off more shelf space for his new trophy. Dobson just returned from the B.C. Annual Dance Competition in Prince Rupert where he claimed the title Junior Performer of the Year. The actual trophy stays in Prince Rupert and Dobson gets to keep a smaller-sized version. The category is open to competitors aged nine to 12 (they can win the title only once.) To win, competitors are judged on average of top marks, (50 per cent) dance performance (30 per cent), an interview (10 per cent) and participation in rehearsals for the opening number of the Gala. There is a cash prize of $1,000. Dobson was dazzling in his classical ballet solo, he doesn’t know for sure how the judges felt about his
response to the question he remembers as: How does dance help outside of the dance centre? But for him, it was the right answer. “Since I was little, my grandpa (Roland Jean) has been bringing me to dance classes and rehearsals and he’s been taking me to dance at birthday teas for seniors and other events. So when they heard that, [judges] said, ‘He must be proud of you’ and I said ‘I’m proud of him.’” That likely melted hearts in the audience. Dobson says his grandfather [who suffered a stroke several years ago and had to work hard during his recovery and relearn things] is a true inspiration. “He’s been a really big help to my dancing career all along.” Jean, along with the young dancer’s mom and studio family, is the main reason Dobson says he feels confident to get up and perform in front of adjudicators or big audiences. “I get nervous sometimes,” he confesses. “But I just want to thank Judy [Russell] and all the studio teaching staff, and my dance family, for really encouraging me and making it possible for me to perform on stage.” Dance was not always his whole life, he says. “At age seven, I was still playing sports: hockey, baseball and soccer. At age eight, I took up ballet and hip hop.” Then it came time to “pick one.” “At nine, I got way more serious about my dancing so I just kept up with the
Courtesy Clarke Action Photography Brett Dobson does a dance number with Kristan Tabora.
hockey. At age 10, I really wanted to travel and compete – so I quit hockey to focus on dance.” Dobson has been “shadowing” and learning from award-winning dancer Tristan Ghostkeeper (he won the 2012 Senior Performer of the Year), his hip hop and ballet instructor. He’s also being taught by other dance teachers and
mentors at Judy Russell’s. Ghostkeeper is leaving Prince George later this year to attend the Arts Umbrella in Vancouver where he will further his career studying ballet and contemporary dancing. He sees lots of promise in young Dobson. “Brett has definitely improved a lot this year with being on stage (and practis-
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Support for autism spectrum Walker hopes to lead the way for others firstname.lastname@example.org Corey Walker, 35, wants to get word out to people that if they are on the autism spectrum, they are not alone. They have support in the community. Walker was 23 years old and attending university when he decided to search for his own answers about what was â€œwrongâ€? with him. He consulted with professionals and found out he has Aspergerâ€™s, a highfunctioning form of autism. The news was unexpected because throughout his childhood, doctors had told Walkerâ€™s worried parents their son didnâ€™t have autism â€“ because he had verbal skills. That was â€œold-schoolâ€? thinking, says Walker. â€œItâ€™s like anything else, heart disease... cancer... we know a lot more about it now in every respect that we did 30 years ago. â€œWhen I was a young boy my parents were told that I didnâ€™t have autism. I had lots of signs of autism like repetitive behaviour... but I could talk. So they ruled that out.â€? The real challenge for people with autism is relating to the outside world, says Walker. â€œFirst signs are typically when children are aged about three and they have reached their normal milestones â€“ but then start to lose ground. They show repetitive movements. With some children, itâ€™s repetitive rocking motion or head banging. With me, I was always flapping my hands around.â€? That atypical type behaviour raises red flags and concerns for family members, but in the past, children often went through life undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, he says. Some researchers believe there may be a genetic or environmental component. Walkerâ€™s younger brother, who does not have autism, often had
to defend him against callous and can Psychiatric Association first becruel remarks. gan using the term autism spectrum â€œGrowing up, I got teased in grade disorder to reflect its range from low school, and high school, but by then to high-functioning â€“ about 50 per I had learned to handle it better. cent are non verbal. Life improved a lot at People with Aspergerâ€™s university when we are have it a little better more mature, smarter â€“ than most, says Walker, we hope â€“ than in high because they can comschool. But 30 years municate and be aware ago, it was bad. of what is going on â€œMy brother had to around them. Havlisten to kids calling ing done research into me â€˜weirdoâ€™ and he was autism and followed any always having to stick advances, Walker says up for me â€“ so it was he doesnâ€™t believe the hard on him growing theory brought forth by COORDINATOR up too.â€? some concerned parents COREY WALKER that childhood vaccines Walker was diagnosed as having Tourette Syncan cause autism. drome and ADHD (attention deficit â€œIâ€™ve never seen any scientific hyperactivity disorder). Then came proof of that,â€? he says simply. the third diagnosis, much later on. Despite his diagnosis, Walker â€œI was taking English and History prides himself in being socially acin Vancouver and I took a reduced tive and taking on leadership roles. course load spreading out the B.C. Heâ€™s very community-minded. from four to seven years,â€? says In addition to his job with the AuWalker, who hopes to study for his tism Society which takes up much of Masters one day. â€œSo it wasnâ€™t until his time, he volunteers with Operathen (2001) that I found out that I tion Hunger Relief and CFIS radio. had Aspergerâ€™s.â€? And he sits on the boards of two Then in 2008, Walker was advised non-profit groups. that Aspergerâ€™s was actually the priâ€œI always feel like there arenâ€™t mary or dominant diagnosis of his enough hours in the day,â€? he says. â€œsyndrome mixâ€?. One of the topics he hopes to He notes that last year, the Ameri- address with his support groups for
people on the autism spectrum is being productive and holding down a job. â€œA lot of people with autism spectrum are very smart, they are very gifted but they have social interaction challenges. â€œThey often find it hard to make eye contact, they are focused and have repetitive interests, so they donâ€™t know how to talk with coworkers and bosses. They find it hard keeping a job â€“ not because they donâ€™t want to work but because they lack social skills.â€? Support groups are open for anyone who wants to share stories and learn from the stories and experiences of others. The group meets the first Thursday of the month from January to June and September to November, at 7 p.m. at AimHi on Kerry Street. Meetings are open to any parent of a child on the autism spectrum or any adult on the autism spectrum. Parents are welcome to bring both their autistic and non-autistic chil-
dren with them to the group session. There is also a newly formed Young Adultâ€™s Social Group for people with Aspergerâ€™s Syndrome. This group is struggling to get off the ground, despite hard work being put in by a young man and his parents. The service is offered free of charge to members and their families. â€œI have had people interested in coming in and speaking to our support group as a guest speaker,â€? said Walker, â€œbut Iâ€™ve had to turn them down because I donâ€™t want them speaking to an empty room. I think thereâ€™s a great potential for these support groups to really help families and individuals struggling with autism.â€? Walker is local branch coordinator for the Autism Society of B.C. Heâ€™s based in Prince George but he provides services to people all over northern B.C. For more information contact Corey Walker at cwalker@autismbc. ca or phone 250-961-7620 or visit the website at www.autismbc.ca.
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With topics ranging from mining to outer space, there was something for everyone at the Regional Heritage Fair at the Civic Centre on Friday. More than 30 students from across the region brought their own research into a special part of heritage to display for judges and the public. Some took a look at topics with no immediate connection to themselves, such as a Canadian Arctic expedition or Chris Hadfield, while others delved into their family history for a topic. One of those who worked from family was Lia Huggett, a Grade 5 student at Pinewood Elementary. Her project was on her grandmother, Elsie Gorbat, who was a reporter with the Prince George Citizen in the 1950s. “This is my Grandma’s typewriter,” she said. “She bought it with her first paycheque.” Lia had photos of her grandmother and copies of stories she had written as part of the display, along with the typewriter (with a conspicuous ‘Please do not touch’ sign on it). “She started in Grade 10, writing a column for a school newspaper, then got a job writing a high school section for the Citizen. When she finished school, she started working for the paper full-time. “She was one of the first women reporters they had.” Although this was her first time at the Heritage Fair, Lia was quickly becoming a
Allan WISHART/Free Press Regional Heritage Fair judges Nowell Senior, left, and Jeff Elder talk to Pinewood Elementary student Lia Huggett about her project, which was on her grandmother, Elsie Gorbat, who was a reporter on the Prince George Citizen in the 1950s.
pro at explaining her display. “We had to do a project for social studies, and we had a mini-Heritage Fair in the library. They picked the best to go on to the regional fair here. “I was really nervous and excited about being chosen.” Madeline Philpott also looked at family history for her project, but she chose clothing instead of a family member. The McBride-Centennial Elementary Grade 6 student chose ‘My Family Tartan’ as her topic. “I was interested in the topic, and I found it easy to talk to my Grandpa and Grandma about the tartan. It took a while to under-
stand how Grandpa wore the kilt for special occasions.” It had been a while since McBride had entries in the Regional Heritage Fair. “Mrs. (Marlene) Walchuk said we would be proud if we showed our heritage. I had seen my sisters do projects with poster boards, so I got some tips from her, and Mrs. Walchuk showed us ideas for better posters.” With the students enjoying a variety of activities on their day at the fair, including workshops at the library and art gallery and a field trip to the Railway and Forestry Museum, Melanie summed up the feelings of the students involved. “It’s fun being here.”
Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project
Open House and Invitation to Comment Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. (Proponent), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, is proposing the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (proposed Project), an approximately 900 km natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Paciﬁc NorthWest LNG liqueﬁed natural gas export facility on Lelu Island, within the District of Port Edward. The proposed Project would involve the construction and operation of a 48-inch (1,219 mm) diameter pipeline, metering facility, and three compressor stations, with provision for up to an additional ﬁve compressor stations to allow for future expansion. The proposed Project will have an initial capacity of approximately 2.0 billion cubic feet (bcf/day) with potential for expansion to approximately 3.6 bcf/day. The proposed Project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act. The Proponent has now submitted its application (Application) to obtain an environmental assessment certiﬁcate, which is required before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. In order to provide information to the public about the Application, and to receive comments from the public, the Environmental Assessment Ofﬁce of British Columbia (EAO) invites the public to attend Open Houses at the following locations. All open houses will be held between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 16 – Terrace Open House Best Western Plus Terrace, Skeena Ballroom 4553 Greig Avenue, Terrace
June 17 – Port Edward Open House Community Centre 770 Paciﬁc Avenue, Port Edward June 18 – Hazelton Open House New Hazelton Elementary School 3275 Bowser Street, New Hazelton
EAO accepts public comments through the following ways: •
By Online Form at: http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca
By Mail: Nathan Braun Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Ofﬁce PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1
June 19 – Smithers Open House Hudson’s Bay Lodge, Ferguson Room 3251 Highway 16 East, Smithers June 23 – Hudson’s Hope Open House Community Hall 10310 Kyllo Street, Hudson’s Hope June 24 – Mackenzie Open House St. Peter’s Church Hall 599 Skeena Drive, Mackenzie June 25 – Fort St. James Open House Music Maker’s Hall 255 2nd Avenue East, Fort St. James There are 45 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to the Application. The comment period will begin on May 26, 2014 and end on July 10, 2014. All comments received during this comment period will be considered. The intention of seeking public comments on the Application for an environmental assessment certiﬁcate is to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project are identiﬁed for consideration as part of the assessment process.
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An electronic copy of the Application and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at www.eao.gov. bc.ca. Paper copies of the Application are available for viewing at public libraries in Prince Rupert, Granisle, Hazelton and Fort St. James, as well as TransCanada ofﬁces: •
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Digital copies are available at libraries in Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, Mackenzie, Prince George, Stewart and Terrace. For community members interested in paper copies libraries will redirect you to other resources.
Park Boundary Adjustment Application Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. is preparing a Park Boundary Adjustment application for Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a, the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. As part of this process, BC Parks requires Prince Rupert Gas Transmission to undertake public consultation, including open houses. A distance of 12.1 kilometres of the proposed natural gas transmission line is proposed to follow Highway 113 through Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. An adjustment to the park boundary will be required if the project is to proceed along the proposed route. As part of the open houses, information on the proposed boundary adjustment will be available. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input to inform Prince Rupert Gas Transmission’s Application to BC Parks. A summary of the application is available for viewing at www.princerupertgas.com. Public comments on the proposed boundary adjustment should be submitted to Prince Rupert Gas Transmission via an online form at www.princerupertgas.com. Comments will be accepted between May 26 to July 10. Prince Rupert Gas Transmission will provide a summary of comments to BC Parks.
NOTE: All submissions received by EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public and will be posted to EAO website.
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at Prince George’s Relay for Life The 2014 Prince George Relay For Life is on pace to be yet another record-breaker, and Helen Owen may be in for a hair-razing experience. During Sunday’s closing ceremony at Masich Place Stadium, Davy Greenlees, leadership chair of the organizing committee, announced that $520,000 had been raised. Sunday’s amount is $20,000 higher than the figure announced on the same day in 2013, and that Relay For Life went on to raise a best-ever local total of $548,000 - second-highest in Canada. “Just because we’re saying $520,000 right Allan WISHART/Free Press now does not mean we’re Relay for Life participants who weren’t currently on the track took done,” Greenlees said. the time Saturday afternoon to spell out where Prince George intend“There’s still money com- ed to finish when it came to fundraising at this year’s event for the Canadian Cancer Society. At the end of the walk Sunday morning, it ing in and we can still was announced the total raised was $520,000 – and growing. fundraise [until the end of August].” Owen has promised to shave This year’s winner, Rob Muxlow Nationally, the Relay For Life her head if the total reaches of Prince George, took home a is the Canadian Cancer Society’s $600,000. For now, she’s safe from 2014 Jeep Cherokee valued at largest fundraiser. Money goes to- the razor. But when local busimore than $27,500. ward cancer research and preven- nessman Brent Marshall spoke to Muxlow’s name was pulled tion and is used to support those the crowd during Sunday’s closout of a draw barrel that had 461 who are battling the disease. ing ceremony, he made it clear tickets inside. Registered relay Owen, who coordinates the he has every intention of helping participants earned one raffle Prince George relay on behalf separate Owen from her hair. ticket for every $500 they raised. of the Canadian Cancer Society, “I’d appreciate any help beMuxlow was part of the Crazy called the event an “amazing” tween now and August and then I Daizies team for the relay. success in all respects. pledge to top [the amount] up [to This year’s top individual fund“What a sense of commu$600,000] so we can make sure raiser was Crystal Styler of Team nity,” she said. “I continue to Helen gets to shave her hair off Diller, who collected $10,503. She be blown away by the support and set a new goal.” got a Uniglobe Travel voucher, from this community. I think Marshall owns the local North- good for a a trip for two to any Prince George truly is Relay City. land Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealer- Air Canada destination. She also Our teams and participants, we ship and, for the second consecu- got to ride in the Yellowhead wouldn’t be anything without tive year, donated a vehicle to be Helicopter flyover of the stadium them.” raffled off at the Relay For Life. on Saturday afternoon.
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Read-to-me Storytime, Fridays, 10-10:45 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-6140684.
Nechako Public Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd.
Al-Anon New Hope AFG meets Fridays, 1:152:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 483 Gillett St. Information: 250-5613244.
Meat draw, Saturdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, 1116 Sixth Ave.
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.
A Butler’s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.
Bible talks, Sundays, 4 p.m., Columbus Community Centre, 7201 Domano Blvd.
hike, May 18, meet at city hall parking lot 8:50 a.m. Information: Tim Gardner 250-301-8247.
Roast beef and pork dinner, May 18, 5 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. 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 Canasta, May 19, 7 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.
Cariboo Toastmasters meet Mondays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, 444 George St. Information: caribootoastmasters.com or Laura (250) 961-3477.
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Crib, May 18, 1 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre.
Dance, Saturdays, 8 p.m.-midnight, Royal Canadian Legion, 1116 Sixth Ave.
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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.
Center City Toastmasters meet Tuesday, noon, City Hall Annex. Information: 9164.toastmastersclubs. org. Al-Anon PG Beginners AFG meets Tuesdays, 7-7:45 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-5613244.
ACBL duplicate bridge, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., 425 Brunswick St. Information: 250-561-1685. Buddhist meditation
Norm Papick of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus presents Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation CEO Judy Neiser with a cheque for $1,000. The donation, from the group’s gaming revenue, will go toward SPECT CT imaging technology for the University Hospital of Northern B.C.
Proud to recognize those who give in our community.
A U T O B O D Y LT D . 2065 - 1st Ave. • 250-563-0883 www.csninc.ca class, Tuesdays, 7:158:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250-962-6876 or www. kmcvancouver.org. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402. Sweet Adelines 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: 250-561-3244.
Hart Toastmasters, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer
Centre. Information: harttoastmasters.ca CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:309:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250-963-9462 or Andrew 250-981-8270.
Thursday Bingo, May 22, 12:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Whist, May 22, 7 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Crown Market, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 3955 Hart Highway. Little Artists, Thursdays, 10:3011:30 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-6140684. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays,
Thank You Prince George For Voting Us Best Auto Body Shop! 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250564-8561.
ACBL duplicate bridge, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., 425 Brunswick St. Information: 250-561-1685. 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: 250-5613244. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. toastmastersclubs.org/ or 250-564-5191. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information: pgtoastmasters.com, Joyce 250-964-0961. Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec
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“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” PG Symphony Orchestra - May 14-27 PGSO book sale – looking for book sorters, production team members and sales staff to help us make a great fundraiser. Please email email@example.com 250-562-0800
Can-Do Committee - May 31 Can-Do Event at CNC, doors open 4 pm. Dinner & Dancing. Free for people with disabilities. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Lorraine 250-563-1852
Immigrant & Multicultural Services Looking for a volunteer who can do 4 – 1 hour ﬁtness sessions at IMSS for women in month of June on every Wednesday noon hour. Contact Pawan at email@example.com 250-562-2900
Blackburn Community Association - May 31 Garage Sale at 2451 Blackburn Road. Rent or donate or volunteer! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Autumn 250-963-3292
For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-proﬁt organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George
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 email@example.com
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Two tiny white mice (made by potter Karen Healthman) are among a room full of beautiful and whimsical garden-themed pottery on display May 8 at the opening of a new Studio 2880 exhibit called Stories in the Garden, Too. The exhibit, which runs until July 2, features pieces by members of the Prince George Potters Guild.
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Vaisakhi parade Saturday The Guru Nanak Darbar Society of Prince George invites the local community to join Sikhs as they celebrate Vaisakhi this weekend. The annual Nagar Kirtan – Vaisakhi Parade and celebrations take place Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade procession starts out at 10 a.m. from 4298 Davis Road and stops at CN Centre parking lot for public announcements, displays and food booths. As key organizer Bally Bassi explains, Vaisakhi, also spelled Baisakhi, is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. “It is the Sikh New Year festi-
val celebrated on April 13 or 14. It also commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith,” says Bassi. Vaisakhi is a long-established harvest festival in the Punjab, one that had been celebrated long before it gained an added dimension for Sikhs. During the celebrations, gurdwaras (place of workship) are decorated and visited. There are parades and singing to mark the event and many Sikhs choose to be baptized into the Khalsa brotherhood on this day. The festival also includes nagar kirtan processions through the streets that are an important part of Sikh culture and reli-
gious celebrations. Kirtan means the singing of hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. Celebrations include music, singing and chanting scriptures and hymns. The Guru Granth Sahib is carried in the procession into the gurdwara and the processions are led by traditionally dressed Panj Piaras. Join in the colour and ceremony of Vaisakhi celebrations Saturday by watching the parade and enjoying cultural food, traditional attire, displays and entertainment at the CN Centre parking lot. Enjoy tastings at food booths between 12:30 and 2 p.m.
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Description We are seeking a team player with a professional attitude to work and learn in a fast paced, business environment. Quali¿cations The ideal candidate must be motivated and take the initiative to sell multiple media products, including on-line advertising and special products, work with existing customers and develop new customers. Strong interpersonal skills and a strong knowledge of sales and marketing are required. Above average communication skills, valid driver’s licence and a reliable vehicle are necessary. If a rewarding challenge resonates with you, contact us today. Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Ron Drillen, General Manager Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street Prince George, B.C., V2N 1T3, Canada Tel: (250) 564-0005 Ext.115 Fax: (250) 562-0025 Email: email@example.com
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October 31, 1932 – May 5, 2014 Fulltime Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Family Member/Leader, and Friend; no matter what else she may have been doing these relationships always came first for Ursula. First born of Gus and Gertrude Nagel, born on the farm at LaGlace, Alberta and raised in the Woking area. As with a lot of the people of Ursula’s generation much of her childhood was spent working around the home and on the farm with her family performing chores and helping with her two younger brothers Hartmann and Hans. When she finished High School in Spirit River she travelled to Vancouver and obtained her degree as a psychiatric nurse. Upon graduation she returned to Alberta to visit her parents and met a brash and dashing young man by the name of Len McAvany. The two fell in love and married and started a family of their own. They had Five (5) children: Lorraine, Kathleen, Marianne, Lee, and Ian. Ursula and Len made the decision that Ursula would stay at home to be a full time home-maker and that she did exceptionally well, creating a home that was full of love and laughter and a haven for lost souls. Ursula was an outgoing person who volunteered at the school, at the Legion, and wherever her assistance was needed. She was always there for family and friends to listen, provide guidance if asked for, cry with, and always to provide a loving environment, as a result she forged many deep and loving relationships with family members and friends wherever she went. Ursula took great pride in watching her family grow. She was proud of her children, partners, their children and partners and great grandchildren. She would cheer their accomplishments, and be there to listen about how their day or week went. They will all miss the phone calls that ended with “I love you”. Ursula was there to stand up for the less privileged or the under-dog. Long before laws came into being to protect people from bullying, Ursula was in the forefront advocating equal rights and protection for all from cruelty and bullying. She would be the one at the social gathering to approach perfect strangers to make them feel comfortable and welcome. Her heart and home was always open to those that wanted to enter. She was also fiercely loyal and protective of her family and friends and could always be depended on to defend them and provide them with life lessons if they required them. Ursula was never too busy for family and friends and made sure that they all knew that her home was their home. There was a lot of love in Ursula’s life and though physically she has left us and joined Len, her legacy of love and kindness will live on thru her family and friends. Ursula was pre-deceased by her husband Len McAvany in 2008, her parents, Gus and Gertrude Nagel, her Son in law’s JR and Ron, many extended family members and friends. She leaves to remember her with love her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren: Lorraine (Rick)(Lorraine’s children: Trevor (Talia, Trinity, Teagan, Trianna; Shayna ((Aron), Ayden and Emma); Kathy , (Kathy’s children: Troy ((Brittany), Grayson and Breckyn); Kristal ((Doug), Kade); Marianne; Lee (Megan and Ryan); and Ian (Peggy); her brothers: Hartman (Eileen) and family; Hans (Audrey) and family; In-Laws: Edwin (Alice) and family, Rose and family, Keith (Donna) and family; Pat (John) and family; Jeanette (Cecil)and families; Lillian; many extended family members and many friends, too numerous to name that Ursula brought into her heart and home. A tea was held to celebrate Ursula with the residents of her last home at Laurier Manor on Tuesday, May 13th. Ursula will be laid to rest with her late husband Len on June 13th, 11:00am at the Prince George Cemetary with a celebration of life to follow for family and friends.
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Pittman Asphalt, part of the YCS Holdings Ltd. group, is seeking a Junior Project Manager / Estimator. YCS Holdings Ltd. is a division of Terus Construction Ltd., a leader in the construction industry in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. The applicant will work with the assistance and required approvals of a Senior Manager to bid, plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction project. This is a full time position. Duties/Tasks • Estimating - Procure tenders, carry out quantity take offs, prepare tenders for Operations Manager to review, submit tenders • Administers contract agreements, cost codes, subcontract agreements, additional pricing, quantity control, force accounts, invoicing, construction completion certimcates, mnal acceptance certimcates and the bill of materials and supplies • Coordinates month end information with accounting staff • Coordinates and schedules all work activities with operations and other project supervisors to ensure timely completion of projects • Monitors and actively participates in managing cash now and receivables • Supervises, directs and supports operations in performing sound operating principles, company policies and procedures • Responsible for developing safe behavior in safety and health compliance • Ensures that all operations are performed with the utmost regard for the safety and health of all personnel involved • Ensure work is carried out as per owner’s specimcations with regard to safety and quality • Provide external customers with full value product and quality service • Communicate with owners and consultants using the best possible approach to optimize the relationship • Travel as necessary to view projects during tender period Employment Requirements: • P. Eng or CET in Civil Construction with 1 to 2 years experience. • Relevant experience in the construction industry. • Ability to read and understand engineered plans and contract documents. • To be able to work well with others, “people skills”. • Good communication skills both verbal and written. • Valid class 5 driver’s license and clean current drivers abstract. • Surveying skills required. • Computer skills: Excel, Word, Project and engineering programs. • We offer a competitive compensation package with a comprehensive benemt plan and a pension plan. In addition the Company offers many development opportunities through tailored training programs. For more information visit our website at: www.terusconstruction.ca. Please send your resume stating position to the Human Resources department at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at: 604 575-3691 We would like to thank all applicants for submitting their resume. However, only applicants selected to be interviewed will be contacted. Posting closing June 9th.
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DIRECTOR OF HEALTH 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. Woyenne, with approximately 940 residents, 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. 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: 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: email@example.com Fax: 250-692-4790 Only those short listed will be interviewed
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An Alberta Oilﬁeld Company is hiring experienced dozer and excavator operators, meals and lodging provided. Drug testing required. 1-(780)7235051.
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BESTMARK Inc. (BBB accredited), is looking for Customer Experience Evaluations for a local auto dealership. Reimbursement up to $65 for minor service +$45 for your participation and feedback (Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Buick GMC, or Chevy only). Questions? Call (800)9698477 or apply at www.shop. bestmark.com. ESSO GAS Station in Prince George, BC is in need of one Assistant Manager on a f/time, perm. basis to start ASAP. Salary $13.50/hr. Duties incld assist in hiring and training, keep track of inventory, place orders for new stock when needed. Must have min. Grade 12 and either few yrs exp or study in related ﬁeld. Apply firstname.lastname@example.org. No drop-ins or phone calls please. 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 Vernon Service Company requires Journeyman Service Plumbers/Gasﬁtters, $36.00/hr Call (250)549-4444 or fax 250-549-4416
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Prince George Association for Community Living
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: email@example.com
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Medical/Dental RESOURCE Ability, an accredited nursing program, is searching for contract FT/PT/Casual RN’s to provide paediatric respite care to a child in home with fragile medical needs in Prince George. Union wages, travel reimbursement and more provided. If interested, please email a resume/CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Jennifer Hols or fax to 250846-9817
Home Improvements Lou’s Renos Decks, fences, basements rental units. For all your home reno needs. References available. Free estimates call 250-964-6106 or Ivan at 250-552-8106
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WOODLANDS ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT ΈTerm PosiƟonΉ Williams Lake, B.C. POSITION OVERVIEW:
As part of a team of AccounƟng Professionals, the Woodlands AccounƟng Assistant will play a key role in providing support to the Woodlands AccounƟng staī. The candidate for this twelve month term posiƟon will possess a good understanding of basic accounƟng principles and concepts and will apply this knowledge to various accounƟng duƟes, pracƟces and procedures.
• Some accounƟng experience and knowledge required • ProĮcient in MS Excel • AccounƟng experience in a similar role would be an asset • Experience using JDE and LIMS would be an asset • Forest industry accounƟng experience would be an asset • Excellent organizaƟonal skills • Desire to work in a team environment Tolko oīers an uncompromising focus on safety performance, compeƟƟve compensaƟon packages, sustainable business pracƟces, and a progressive environment. We are an industry leader in world markets and we are looking for some great people to join our team! Closing date May 25th, 2014
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GARAGE Sale Saturday May 17 & Sunday May 18, 2014. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Household goods, stove, dining room table set, sofa table, coffee table, costume jewelry and more. 4393 1st Avenue, Prince George. No Earlybirds!
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Misc. for Sale 6 lg. d/r chairs, 1 computer desk w/upright shelf $100. ea. Call 250-564-2057 A- STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’ 53’ and insulated containers all sizes in stock. SPECIAL Trades are welcome. 40’ Containers under $2500! Also JD 544 &644 wheel Loaders JD 892D LC excavator Ph Toll free 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper? KILL BED bugs & their eggs! Buy Harris Bed Bug Killer Complete Treatment Program or Kit. Available: Hardware Stores, Buy Online: homedepot.com KILL ROACHES! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Eliminate bugs- guaranteed. No mess, odorless, long lasting. Available at Ace Hardware & The Home Depot. LARGE ANTIQUE AUCTION Centennial Farm, Salmon Arm, June 14, photos & info avail. www.valleyauction.ca or call (250)832-1372 RESTLESS LEG Syndrome & leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Website: www.allcalm.com Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw mills.com/400OT 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT.
2666 Upland Street 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Rent includes: hydro, heat, hot water, appliances, drapes and parking. Quiet, no pets
250-564-3162 HOUSE FOR SALE 3300 sq ft, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house on 7.4 acres, 3 minutes east of Burns Lake. Large kitchen with 2 islands and Jenn-Air cooktop stove. French doors leading to deck. Sunken living room and family room with ﬁreplace and sliding doors to deck. Maple and tile ﬂoors throughout. 30’x40’ shop, 2 car garage attached to the house. Paved driveway. Minutes from world class mountain biking trails, incredible lakes and the most beautiful outdoor recreation area. Asking $345,000 obo. Call or text 250-692-0825/250-692-0506
Real Estate 20 ACRES $0 down, only $119/mo. Owner ﬁnancing, no credit checks! Near El Paso, Texas. Beautiful mountain views! Money back guarantee. Call 866-882-5263 Ext. 81 or online www.sunsetranches.net
Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL A • RET Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT
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250-561-1447 1 bdrm. apt. $590. 2 bdrm. apt. $690. Includes heat & h/w 1601 Queensway St. 250-612-7199 250-596-4275 HARDWOOD MANOR 1575 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Heat/hot water included
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Will buy unwanted gold & silver, coins, quality watches, Rolex. Will meet or beat any reasonable competitors rate, local buyer. 250-612-1828, Prince George.
JUBILEE Apt’s 1 bdrm, small 2 bdrm Adult orientated, close to downtown & bus route. N/S, N/P. Parking.
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Legal Notices NOTICE OF SALE REPAIRER’S LIEN ACT Notice is hereby given to RLP INDUSTRIAL LTD. and 0830856 B.C. LTD. that the 2007 Kenworth T800B, s/n 1NKDX4EX67R931729 can be sold after 9:00 am on June 3, 2014 at Prince George, BC to recover the sum of $27,792.42 plus the cost of seizure, storage and sale. This sale will be conducted by virtue of the Repairer’s Lien Act of British Columbia. INLAND KENWORTH 1995 QUINN STREET PRINCE GEORGE, BC V2N 2X2
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Friday, May 16, 2014
CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORKER VANDERHOOF, BC - FULL TIME Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is looking for a Child and Family Social Worker. The CFSW will be responsible for recruiting, developing and maintaining a range of family care resources in which to place Children in Care and to promote and ensure the safety and well-being of children throughout their stay in care.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Bachelors of Child and Youth Care, or equivalent
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COMMUNITY SAFETY COORDINATOR PRINCE GEORGE, BC FULL TIME, TERM Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is looking for a full time, 2-year term Community Safety Coordinator to join the Highway of Tears Initiative. The CSC will provide violence and victim prevention and awareness education for individuals, communities and service providers situated along the Highway of Tears corridor.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent
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• Background in Education, Therapeutic Life Skills, Social Services, Health Sciences or equivalent
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES • A strong understanding of the history of the Highway of Tears and its initiatives • Extensive experience in victim assistance, community development, emergency response planning and education and awareness programing
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• Work experience through completion of a practicum in family and child welfare and completion of the Child Protection Worker Pre-Employment Program
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• Experience as a social worker responsible for providing a full range of child protection duties under provincial or equivalent child welfare legislation
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: Better at Home Program - Groundskeeper Closing date: May 20, 2014 Learning Circle Literacy Program - Coordinator - Learning Assistant Closing date: May 26, 2014
TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume to
To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to:
CLOSING DATE: May 23, 2014 at 4:30pm
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FAMILY WELLNESS PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT: Aboriginal Supported Child Development - Coordinator Closing date: May 29, 2014 A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualiﬁcations of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at www.pgnfc.com (click on Join Our Team / Careers).
To learn more about our organization, visit www.csfs.org
For a more detailed description of this opportunity, please visit www.csfs.org
YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT: Friendship Home - Coordinator Closing date: May 19, 2014
Copies of required certiﬁcates, diplomas or degrees, a class 5 driver’s licence and a criminal record check will be requested from the successful applicant.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (250)563-3376
• Must possess a C4 or greater delegation under the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA), or the ability to attend training to obtain C4 delegation
Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: email@example.com Applications will be accepted until dates noted on posting, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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
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s homeowners search for reliable local businesses to help them complete home improvement projects this season, they’ll turn to our Spring Home special section as a trusted resource. This themed section gives your ad targeted local distribution and features a wealth of helpful articles about home improvement projects and budgeting, making it a great place to showcase your valuable products or services. With forecasts that homeowner spending on major projects will be up 20.2% from last year’s total, there’s no time like the present to lay the foundation for a successful advertising strategy. For help getting started or to reserve your ad space, contact your sales rep or call 250.564.0005 ext 115.
A Special Section From Friday, May 23rd is the last day to reserve your spot in Spring Home, so call your sales rep or 250.564.0005 ext 115 today! This special section will run in print and online beginning Friday, May 30th.
• 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: • Safe work habits and a working knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations • Grade 12 or equivalent, College an asset • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving skills
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Friday, May 16, 2014
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Impala is a handsome beast let split grille that was so warmly received on this car that they borrowed it and graphed it into the smaller Malibu. The side has sweeping front windshield and rear window with a high rear deck that provides a sleek silhouette. Prices start at just over $28,000 and the 2LT is fitted with the V6 engine and starts at almost $33,000. Inside It looks and works well, showcasing what GM is doing right. The mixture of materials shapes and colours really makes this cabin pop. The seats can be covered in cloth on the base car, faux suede seats or leather on the top models. The dash is covered in soft touch materials; I especially like the textured aluminum look around the window buttons and cup holders. The MyLink infotainment system is easy to use and the graphics look good and the screen pops up for access to the hidden storage area with a USB jack. Standard features in-
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“I look at Northern Gateway and see a project that will build families and communities for generations. That’s what I’m most proud of.” - Catherine Pennington, Senior Manager, Community Beneﬁts & Sustainability
Meet the expert: Catherine Pennington spearheads our community beneﬁts and sustainability initiatives which include education and skills development. For over 10 years, she has lived and worked in Northern B.C. with First Nation and Métis communities, creating partnerships and programs that focus on improving employment and social outcomes for the long term.
We at Northern Gateway are committed to ensuring that jobs and business opportunities will be available to people living near the Project’s right-of-way.
IT ALL ADDS UP TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT In Catherine’s experience, removing barriers to employment has a huge impact – not just on individual job seekers, but on their communities as well. When you connect someone to a job, you also build individual and social pride, enhanced connections, dignity and ultimately, stronger sustainable communities. “As a trained social worker with experience in community development, I have found it very rewarding to work in Industry. You have the opportunity to create really meaningful outcomes that are mutually beneﬁcial. Our model of shared responsibility for working with communities is unique and is being emulated by other companies.”
DEDICATED TO MEANINGFUL ABORIGINAL INCLUSION Catherine connects willing job seekers with existing and emerging opportunities. She is focused on helping the Project meet its goal of having Aboriginal people comprise 15 per cent of the construction workforce. “Many Northern communities are experiencing or have experienced desperate cycles of poverty, in part due to a lack of the necessary skills for the existing employment opportunities. I believe people in Northern and North Western B.C. have yet to fully realize their enormous potential. By actively investing in better education and skills training, opportunities for advancement and connections to good, steady jobs, we know we can make a real diﬀerence.”
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Now, the real work starts The Prince George Cougars new ownership group made a favorable first impression to a crowd in excess of 1,000 when they held their “meet and greet” Tuesday at CN Centre. “A New Ice Age” theme is the slogan and fans appear eager to buy in. The Cougars have retained their nickname, the head coach, much of their office staff and expect to have many returning players but “Change” is the name of the game. With change there is hope and a welcome site for P.G. hockey enthusiasts. Instead of one family controlling the operation, there are now six men in the ownership group, led by team president Greg Pocock. Well-known city resident Andy Beesley has been hired as VP of Business Operations and there are other new faces that are determined to help make this WHL team succeed. On-ice performance will always be paramount to success. Once the new GM is hired, that individual will lead the hockey operations department, one that has faltered in comparison to nearly every other team in the league. Then again, that is the past and this is the “new era”. Off-ice perception cannot be understated. This is a key element to getting local and regional fans on board. Important aspects to winning the off ice venture appear obvious and include: • Strong relationship with the fans: This doesn’t mean ownership has to agree with every ticket holder. All it means is be courteous and respectful to those attending games. A simple explanation to an answer of a question helps and the manner in which it is delivered is vital. • Promotions: Going to the game should be a fun experience. Have creative contests that fans will want to be part of and not bored with. • Be visible: Every owner and management/ staff member doesn’t have to stand at the entrance way and greet each customer coming through the turnstiles, but there are many ways to interact with the public that leads to goodwill. • Staff on the same page: One vision, one theme, working together for joint goals in a
relaxed, yet professional environment will translate into a strong rapport with clients. • Our Cougars: Most importantly, create an aura whereby fans feel it is “their” team, the city’s team, the community’s team, the one team everybody can and will feel proud of. There is instant respect and credibility with the new owners. Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer have developed a positive reputation of being down to earth NHL’ers, who genuinely have a strong interest in the Cougars, much more than just a financial investment. Hamhuis was given a standing ovation just prior to addressing the crowd. “We’re really excited to have a local group of guys committed to making this franchise a success on and off the ice,” stated the Canucks defenceman and former Cougars captain. Pocock and his other partners (John Pateman, Raymond Fortier, and Ernest Ouellet) are P.G. businessmen who have been long term residents of the city and now have the opportunity to embrace local ownership, leading by example. “We are Prince George guys. Our businesses are here; our families are here. We do not want to leave Prince George and we did not buy the Prince George Cougars to move it. This team is here to stay,” said Pocock, who admitted he is still trying to adjust to the media spotlight. With the season ticket drive in full swing, there is no reason why one of the owners/management cannot personally thank every season ticket holder for their support. On ice, the Cougars should improve but will not turn their image around in one season. Off ice, things should move rapidly in this entertainment oriented business. A positive upbeat at-
titude is crucial to filling seats at CN Centre. More fans leads to more excitement which certainly will rub off on the players. Yes, the new owners and their team get a thumbs up for their initial public gathering. However, this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. The honeymoon period is alive and well. It is important to build on the momentum. It’s a huge task but doable. From 1999 to 2002 Prince George won the Best Fans’ category in the Best of the West poll that was conducted by the Tri-City Herald
with votes from players, coaches, managers and broadcasters from all WHL Western Conference teams. It will take plenty of time to get back to that stature, but the “goal” should be a lofty one and hopefully one day Prince George residents can feel like they have “scored” big time. Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio station 94X. He also writes for hqprincegeorge. com. Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on twitter: @Hartley_Miller
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Allan WISHART/Free Press Brendan Bellavance, left, Grace Northrop, Lorna-Jane Simmons and Lavanna Laass will be representing the Hart Judo Academy at the Canadian Championships this week in Quebec, along with coach Bruce Kamstra.
Four members of the Hart Judo Academy are at the nationals in Quebec this week, and all four have experience at this level. This will be anywhere from their second to fifth trip, and coach Bruce Kamstra, who will be with them as the head coach for Team B.C., ran out of fingers and toes at Monday’s practice when one of the younger students asked him how many times he had been to nationals. After a few minutes of going back over the years, he came up with the answer: “43”. That would put him 40 ahead of Grace Northrop, who will be competing in her third nationals in the U18 female minus-52kg division. “I Know there are two other girls on the B.C. team who I’ve fought before,” she says, “and I recognize the names of all the others in my class. “They’ve posted the names of all the people in each division, but they haven’t posted who I’ll be fighting.” Northrop is in her sixth year of judo, and got in through a family connection. “My brother was in judo, and Mom thought I should join. He quit a little while later, but I kept going.” Lorna-Jane Simmons went to Vancouver last year for her first nationals. “I’m really looking forward to the trip and the championships this year in Quebec. I recognize a lot of the names of the other girls.” Simmons will be fighting in the U16 female minus-52kg division, and is in her eighth year in judo. “My parents signed me up and I
liked it, so I’m still here.” For Brendan Bellavance, knowing who he might go up against is nice. “This is my fourth trip to the nationals, and it’s nice to know what I’m getting into.” Bellavance, in his 11th year of judo, is competing in the U21 male minus-100kg. “I won bronze in 2010, but haven’t had much luck otherwise. It’s going to be a lot of the same competitors.” The fourth member of the Hart group, Lavanna Laass, is doubling up in her fifth trip to the nationals. “I’ll be competing in the U21 female minus-63kg and the senior event as well. We do the senior first, and I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to fight some of the same girls there who I’ll fight in the age group.” She’s had a lot of opportunities this year to learn more about her possible competition. “I went to the Quebec Open earlier this season. I got a little nervous, because this is my first year in each of these divisions. “I used it for experience as well, because I knew I had time to prepare after that before I might face them again at nationals.” Kamstra says the four athletes going from the club this year represents one of the smaller contingents they’re had in recent years. “It varies from four to about 10, depending on how things go for them.” Eight athletes from the Prince George Judo Club will also be at nationals: Taylor Schaus, Ryan Russell, Branden Edwards, Levi Price, Kyle Wilkinson, Lisa Russell, Kristen Yawney and Quinn Clemas. They will be joined in Quebec by coach Aline Strasdin.
Football, golf scramble on tap The Northern Eagles juvenile football team is hosting North Delta at Masich Place
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There were more than 80 people throwing off-centre balls at targets which sometimes moved last week at the Hart Pioneer Centre – and loving every minute of it. The Provincial Seniors Carpet Bowling Championships were in the city last week, and Rudy Wortman of the B.C. Carpet Bowling Association says things went great. “This is the third year we’ve had the provincial here,” he said Friday as the final events wrapped up. “We’ve got three different events – fours, threes and pairs, and people can play in two of the events, but not all three.” He said a lot of people from other parts of the province liked the idea of all the provincials being at one site. “People travelling, especially from places like the Island, like only having to go to the provincial once, instead of making two separate trips.” He said the players were getting a lot of games in in the different events. “In the fours, they each played nine games, so it was six games one day and three the next. Some of these players are getting up there, so they were getting kind of tired by the end of the six games.”
Carpet bowling has been compared to curling for the ability of the player to make the ball bend, much like a curler can make the rock turn. Of course, Wortman says, there is one big difference between the two sports. “In curling, the target doesn’t move. In carpet bowling, the target can be moved by the other balls.” While some of the participants at the provincials will continue carpet bowling all year, some will switch to floor curling, and others will take advantage of the change in the weather to get out and do some lawn bowling. One things everyone last weekend seemed to agree on, Wortman said. “Everybody is enjoying themselves, and they all want to come back next year.” Winners 4s 1- Little Fort 2 - Granisle 3 - Port Alberni 3s 1 - Barriere (undefeated) 2 - Little Fort 3 - Moose Pairs 1 - Barriere 2 - Qualicum Beach 3 - Port Alberni
King Becomes Yellow Jacket
Free Press file photo Bryant Christian, right in white, of the Prince George Spruce Kings will be playing hockey this fall for the American International College Yellow Jackets of the NCAA Atlantic Hockey Conference. The team announced on May 12 that Christian had committed to the team, based in Springfield, Mass.
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Allan Wishart firstname.lastname@example.org It’s a race where it doesn’t matter when you start, but when you finish. This year’s Gathering 5km, an annual event hosted by the Prince George Road Runners, will be held on May 18, and will be a Predictor Run. Jim Van Bakel, one of the organizers of the race, said it’s a fairly simple concept. “We’ll have the clock facing the start line at Masich Place Stadium when it starts counting down at 9 a.m.,” he said. “The runners decide when they want to start the run.” The idea is to cross the finish line back at Masich Place as soon after 10 a.m. as possible. “After the last runner leaves, we’ll turn the clock around so they can’t see it when they come back in.” The clock will be set for 60 minutes when it starts counting down at 9 a.m., and will immediately start counting up at 10 a.m. The trick isn’t to be the fastest runner, but the runner who can best predict their own time on the course. “It’s the same course as we’ve used for the Gathering the last few years,” Van Bakel said. “We hope everybody will be crossing the finish line right around 10 a.m.” The Road Runners decided to change the format this year to make the Gathering more of a fun event for the first real local run of the season. “Our hope is to get more people out for a non-competitive run instead of a full race.” He says there will be prizes for different categories as well as first overall finisher. For more information on the Gathering Predictor Run, go to www.pgroadrunners.ca. To register, go to www.strideandglide.ca/ events.
There’s a New Ice Age coming to Prince George, and the Cougars are leading the way. On Tuesday afternoon, the new owners of the WHL team held an open media conference at CN Centre in front of about 1,200 people. Team president Greg Pocock took the stage to a standing ovation, and said people shouldn’t expect this sort of conference all the time. “It’s pretty overwhelming for people who aren’t used to publicity and usually try to avoid it.” He went through the process of EDGEPRo Sports and Entertainment Ltd. purchasing the Cougars, starting with a contact made last September by a representative of then-owner Rick Brodsky. “On Oct. 1, I had my first gettogether with Rick Brodsky. On Oct. 2, I talked to Ray Fortier. We had talked years ago about purchasing the team. “Now was our chance.” Former Cougar and current Vancouver Canuck Dan Hamhuis came on board in November. “He wanted to make sure this was a genuine opportunity,” Pocock said. “Once he was in, he was over-thetop enthusiastic.” Pocock had commissioned a business evaluation of the team, and the report came back in December with a glowing recommendation of the purchase. At the end of December, they held a “shareholders” meeting in Vancouver. “That was when Dan commented we should bring Eric (Brewer) in. I held hours of conversation with Eric over time, and his commitment to being part of this was incredible.” Hamhuis and Brewer both spoke at the conference, Hamhuis live and Brewer by a taped message. “I want to thank Dan and Greg for this wonderful opportunity,” Brewer said. “As a young 16 year old coming to Prince George, it was a wonderful community to grow up in. The crowd was so into the game.” He closed his remarks by thank-
Allan WISHART/Free Press New Cougars president Greg Pocock speaks to about 1,200 fans at the team’s press conference Tuesday. The team introduced the new ownership group, including former Cougars Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer, and announced the theme for the upcoming season as A New Ice Age.
ing the fans who had stuck by the team. Hamhuis also talked about the atmosphere in the CN Centre he remembered from when he played with the Cougars. “The place was so loud when the other team called a timeout, the coach couldn’t make himself heard. Sometimes they would go back down the tunnel, but the fans would start stomping their feet, so that didn’t help.” He talked about how much the community had given him, and how much he enjoyed, as a Cougar, giving back to the community. Now, he’s found another way to give back. “I’ve talked to some of our latest draft picks by phone, telling them what a great place this is. I figure on spending some time here during training camp, talking to the players. “It’s a privilege to be back in the WHL with a great set of owners.” The new owners weren’t the only people on stage at the conference, as Pocock, in what he called “probably
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the second-worst kept secret about today”, introduced Andy Beesley as the club’s vice-president and business manager. “We need to start something new here again,” Beesley said. “We think it’s appropriate that we’re here today, in CN Centre, on the surface under the ice. “When the ice goes back in again, it will mark the start of A New Ice Age in Prince George.” WHL Commissioner Ron Robison was in Portland on Monday to present the Edmonton Oil Kings with the league trophy after they downed the Winterhawks in game seven of the league final. He made one thing clear to the fans at CN Centre. “The WHL never, ever considered leaving the community of Prince George. The league prides itself on being world-class in developing players and citizens. “It’s important to put together the best ownership groups we can, and we believe we have that here.” Pocock said he hoped to see Ro-
bison back at CN Centre in about a year to present the league championship trophy. “The difference is this time, he’ll be presenting it to the home team.” Before the press conference started, many of the fans took advantage of a free barbecue outside the arena. Frank Snider said he had been a Cougars’ fan for years, “but the last few years, I drifted away.” “It didn’t seem like they were going anywhere, there was no real drive to get a winning team. Now, there’s already a new feeling to the team.” Grace Kooney agreed, saying she and a friend had season tickets until about three years ago. “I’m going to have to call her and suggest we start coming to the games again.” If they decide to do so, Beesley had some good news for them. Season-ticket prices will remain the same for the upcoming season. While no schedule has been set up yet by the WHL, fans can make a deposit on season tickets now.
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