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Tourism stakeholders aired their concerns about proposed changes to Destination BC’s funding structure at an information session with the provincial tourism organization in Smithers last week. DBC announced in October it was planning a restructure to reduce duplication and align the work of regional tourism associations, such as Northern BC Tourism, with the provincial marketing strategy. After the announcement, Smithers tourism stakeholders voiced

concerns the changes could downsize existing tourism groups and reduce access to funding for locallysupported projects. To provide more information about the changes, and its new marketing brand, DBC is holding information sessions at 15 different communities throughout the province. DBC partnership marketing director Peter Harrison, global marketing vice president Maya Lange and destination and industry development vice-president Grant Mackay travelled to Smithers for last Monday’s presentation at the Hudson Bay Lodge. Mackay and Lange started the presentation by

providing a summary of DBC’s marketing approach, both internationally and within Canada, with a campaign that aims to conjure emotion surrounding nature and wilderness in B.C. Harrison then presented the details of how the proposed new funding model would work. An application-based program, it would consist of two funding pools, one reserve and one open. Groups could apply to the reserve funding pool for projects that align with DBC’s three priority areas of skiing, Aboriginal tourism, and touring and exploring. See TOURISM on A5

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A Smithers-area taxidermist pleaded guilty to two counts under the Wildlife Act in a Smithers courtroom Wednesday after admitting to shooting a grizzly bear on his Babine Lake Road property. Clint Moon, owner of Canyon Creek Taxidermy, shot the bear in October 2013. He was fined $2,500 for making a false statement on a license,

and $250 for unlawful possession of a grizzly bear. Moon was also handed a twoyear hunting license suspension. The rifle used to shoot the bear and the carcass were seized. The total Moon has to pay comes close to $3,300 when the victim surcharge is included. The two-year suspension allows Moon to accompany other hunters after one year, as long as he does not take part. See CONSERV on A10


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Igniting entrepreneurship with tour of the North

By Chris Gareau

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A meeting of the entrepreneurial minds took place in Smithers Thursday, joining the area’s business present with its future. The Ignite the North tour is the brainchild of Prince George councillor and Omineca Beetle Action Coalition board executive Dr. Albert Koehler. His team has been travelling northern B.C. promoting the need to bring business and municipal leaders together with community youth to stem the flow of young talent to cities across Canada. A report will

Telkwa’s Matt Peeters, 16, ponders a future as an entrepreneur at Ignite the North Thursday. The Smithers Secondary student shared ideas with local business leaders. Chris Gareau photo be released after Christmas. “The reason behind it is so the rural communities don’t shrink, but

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Good enough to work and live here This month the Canadian of Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) made a strong, sensible call for an overhaul of Canada’s temporary foreign worker program. These small and mid-sized businesses examined the program and came to the same conclusion as New Democrats, labour leaders, and human rights advocates – we need a program with a clearer path to citizenship, not the current program that is abused as an opportunity for cheap labour. Unfortunately Premier Clark does not agree, and is instead trying to use the program as an option for multinational companies to sidestep B.C. workers and access cheap labour for LNG development. That flies in the face of Premier Clark’s promises to voters. New Democrats have always said that British Columbians, no matter when they arrived here, need to be first in line to benefit from LNG. If these companies want to benefit from our resources they need to offer something in return. If we need more workers for LNG or any sector we should invite workers to move here permanently and make a life in B.C. Continuing to expand the exploitative program is contrary to the best interests of our province and our country. Temporary foreign workers in entry level positions have no path to citizenship under B.C.’s policies. For most the only way to get citizenship is through the Provincial Nominee Program. But in order to qualify they must earn at least $21,282 a year. That’s more money than they could earn working full-time at minimum wage. If they have dependents – even if they remain in their country of origin – the income requirement is higher still, making it harder to unite families. And if temporary workers are in certain occupations, such as retail, they’re disqualified entirely. Unlike Premier Clark, whose only solution to these issues has been to suggest that the name of the program be changed, the CFIB, New Democrats and labour movement are calling for massive changes that would protect the rights of these workers and offer a clearer path to citizenship. These businesses are tired of having to either cycle through worker after worker, or go through a lengthy, expensive and complicated process to get their temporary workers permanent citizenship. Businesses are also tired of competing with unscrupulous employers who take advantage of temporary foreign workers, refusing to pay them their full wages, breaking labour and safety laws, and other abuses. These workers are tied to a single employer. If they quit their job they have to leave the country. This power imbalance, combined with lax enforcement of labour laws, puts them in a precarious position and vulnerable to exploitation. These kind of labour practices are also bad for Canadian workers and businesses that play by the rules. By allowing these kind of abuses to go unchecked, the B.C. Liberals have created perverse incentives for unscrupulous employers hoping to save on basics like holiday pay and overtime, turning to temporary foreign workers over local workers. New Democrats have long said that anyone who is good enough to work here is good enough to stay here. We know traditional immigration is good for Canada, and a chance for families to make a permanent life in this country. Shane Simpson is the New Democrat labour spokesperson

Mental health for children and youth: how to get the help you need For children and teenagers in B.C., coping well with the demands of schoolwork, busy schedules and social relationships in today’s chaotic world reflects resilient mental health. But some B.C. children and youth are unable to cope well with the daily stresses of their lives and the results can be debilitating or tragic. An estimated 13 per cent of youth in B.C. each year experience a mental health issue —that means up to 83,700 children under the age of 19 in B.C. may be suffering. Studies show that receiving appropriate help at the right time may enable a child or youth to return to good health or prevent the escalation of symptoms, warding off larger crises or more chronic illnesses, and even at times saving young lives. But unfortunately, the majority of youth experiencing

a mental health issue, or their families, do not seek help. There are likely a number of key factors: youth and family may lack understanding about mental health issues or may be unable to recognise the symptoms of a mental health problem; they may not know how to access the right services, who to see, or how to navigate B.C.’s mental health system; they may be worried about possible stigma, or labelling, and hoping it is simply a “phase” that will pass. As an adolescent and adult psychiatrist working for the last 11 years in Interior Health (IH), I appreciate how frightening and worrying it can be for youth and families when a mental health issue arises. But I also know that the right help can make all the difference and that good recovery is possible even with some of the most

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serious of mental health concerns. And “help” does not always mean treatment with medication. In fact, many mental health problems in children and youth can be very successfully treated with other techniques, particularly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which, in essence, teaches skills to address the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that underlie a mental health problem. Working with a group of mental health colleagues in the Interior —including families with lived experience, mental health clinicians from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, IH professionals, school counsellors, family doctors, pediatricians and others — we have come up with a series of short columns to run in this paper to help youth and families recognize and understand some common

mental health concerns. Over the next few months, we will talk about issues like anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and suicidal thoughts. We will help you recognize the symptoms and know when and how to seek help. We will talk about successful skills, actions and treatments. A few excellent provincial sites to check out include:; mindcheck. ca,, and Dr. David Smith is an adolescent and adult psychiatrist, the medical director of the Okanagan Psychiatric services for Interior Health, and a contracted psychiatrist for Child and Youth Mental Health for the Ministry of Children and Family Development.


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L etters New club seeks members Editor: You are invited to the Club of the Overwhelmed and Paralyzed regarding climate change I just formed the club for overwhelmed and paralyzed people regarding climate issues. So far, I am the only official member but I can easily say that 99 per cent of us could be declared members in absentia. This club requires members who are tired of feeling helpless and who will commit to do their bit. No action is too small, no issue is more important. We know that: Global climate warming is happening and we can clearly see its early effects. It is man-made. We can still avoid the worst and most catastrophic effects. 2020 will mark the turning point. Knowing that we have a precious window of opportunity to act has shaken me out of my torpor. Also I find it more frightening to do nothing than to face my fear and use it as a source of energy to act. The club is looking for members interested in bringing their ideas forward. Please contact Josette Wier at josettecp@ Josette Wier Smithers

Eternal Light takes people to places of peace Editor: WOW. Just WOW! Soulful talent. Meltin-your-mouth music. Vibrant celebratory performances. If you missed last week’s Eternal Light and Enchanted Carols concert, you missed a slice of heaven. These artists

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and musicians took us to places deep into our hearts to expand and grow the only important things in life when everything else falls away: peace and love. This concert illustrated beautifully how music can take us to places of profound peace and love. We are blessed to live in a community with this calibre of talent and soulfulness. Bravo. Bravo. Kathy Graham Telkwa

New Telkwa mayor a bully Editor: When one puts their name forward to run for municipal council, they do it with the idea of helping their town move forward in a positive way. Even if that means making tough decisions that may not be popular, but are necessary. What you don’t expect is to have your family attacked and slandered during an election campaign. That is what has happened in my hometown of Telkwa. Darcy Repen and his supporters took it upon themselves


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to attack my mother and father, 40-year residents of our town, to further his negative campaign. Accusing myself and other council members of collusion in ensuring that they would receive contracts from the village. The village has a policy that has our local suppliers used for services when the village needs it. We buy our concrete from the local supplier, building supplies from the local store, and gas and oil from the local service station, whose owner now sits on the new council. It’s what you do when you want to keep your community vibrant, and support our local businesses which are in such short supply in Telkwa. It’s not in any way based on anything else. It’s left my 67-year-old mother, and my 70-yearold father shocked and saddened that someone


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would ever think their 40 years of providing service to their community could ever be questioned as being part of some conspiracy or corruption. Mr. Repen on his Facebook page alluded to all of this and participated and encouraged the accusations freely. It has since been removed. But I guess it’s to be expected from Mr. Repen. He has for years been bullying the ladies in our village office. To the point where the police were called. It’s dirty politics, based on innuendo and slander, and I never in my wildest dreams thought it could happen in my town. I’m proud of the contributions my family and I have made to this community. And will continue to provide, like we have long before Mr. Repen moved here, and will continue to do long after he is gone. That’s who we are. Mr. Repen

might recognize this, but as he has never given anything back to his community, besides his own self aggrandizing time on the fire department, I’ve never seen him at any of the projects we have donated time and equipment to, not once. So what are we left with? Has there ever been any truth to Mr. Repen’s corruption accusations? Absolutely not. Have I ever asked or tried to have two councils collude with me to further my family’s interests? Never. So all we are left with is not facts, but Mr. Repen’s opinions. And knowing what I know of Mr. Repen, there are few things on God’s green earth that I could care less about, than his opinion. Rick Fuerst Telkwa

What is the effect of lower oil prices? Editor: Okay, lots going on so right to it. First tasty bit of info comes from Barkley’s Bank, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, IHS Herold: Breakeven cost prices (Brent price range, US$,


2014): Oilsands (SAGD): $45-$85 Oilsands mining and upgrading: $95-$118 Oilsands stand-alone mining: $75-$95 Today the oil prices are at $72. So, it appears that the oilsands in general are selling with little profit or at a loss. How’s that affect the new project pipelines (like NG/KM/EE), on Alberta, how’s that affect the environmental movement to wean ourselves off of oil? There seems no consensus on the effect to proposed pipelines. Stay tuned. After an initial surge of 22 per cent increase of Canadian oil-by-rail to the U.S. in the third quarter, companies like Canexus are now shipping at half capacity. And many that work in the oil/oilsands industry are now looking at lay-offs and maybe a very long winter holiday. A quarter of all Alberta revenues are from the oil industry, so hard times ahead there. Sadly, Alberta has pretty well spent/squandered most of its Heritage Fund. As for the environmental movement, do low oil prices help or hinder the cause? It’s a mixed bag. Obviously cheap oil will mean more oil being consumed, especially in third world countries, and thus less desire to invest in clean/alternative energies. But on the other hand, this does slow the oilsands expansion, thus perhaps prompting them to invest in the new energies, more stable local/national energies, where the future seems headed. A recent report (Clean Energy Canada) shows that more Canadians are now hired by clean energy than by the oilsands, though this is being disputed by the oilsands industry. More to Victory in Burnaby, The Wall of Quebec and Alberta’s finance minister “we have to get off the oil train.” Keith Cummings Telkwa

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Police Beat Nov. 28 – At approximately 8:30 p.m., Smithers RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated male staggering on the sidewalk on Broadway Avenue. Police attended and located the male, who was subsequently arrested for public intoxication. While dealing with the male, Police observed another intoxicated male yelling nearby. That male was also arrested. Both males were held in Smithers cells until sober. Nov. 28 – Smithers RCMP received a report from the Moricetown Fire Department of a house fire on Seaton View Road. Police attended and were informed that the sole occupant was being treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is not known at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Nov. 29 – Smithers RCMP

received a report of a van stuck in the ditch on Slack Road. Police attended and located two females next to the van. Police identified the driver, who displayed symptoms of liquor impairment. The female subsequently provided a breath sample into the approved screening device, which resulted in a fail reading. The driver was issued a 90 day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 20 days under the Motor Vehicle Act. Dec. 2 – At 1 p.m., Smithers RCMP received a call that a male was intoxicated and causing a disturbance in a local restaurant. Police attended but the male had left. Patrols were made and the male was located intoxicated and urinating in public. He was arrested and taken to cells where he was held until sober.

Correction: Regarding Smithers Steelheads game on Dec. 13 In a story entitled “Miracle on Main Street” on Page A15 of the Dec. 3 edition, The Interior News wrote that entry to the Smithers Steelheads game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 would be free with a donation to the

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Smithers fire crews arrive at the scene of a three-vehicle accident at Old Babine Road and Viewmont Road South. Leaking fuel from a truck hauling a house had to be cleaned up after a van crashed into a pick-up truck, causing the pick-up to hit the transport truck according to witnesses at the scene. There appeared to be no serious injuries. Chris Gareau photo

RCMP seek help to ID suspects

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Smithers RCMP say they have responded to several break and enter complaints the last month. Suspect(s) have broken into homes during the day while the homeowner is out. They target cash and other small valuables which are easy to carry, hide or pawn. The residences are randomly selected and are usually unoccupied. Police are actively investigating these break ins, and are requesting the public’s assistance to identify any and all possible suspects. Police say if it appears someone was in your home or you notice anything missing, to contact them immediately, no matter how insignificant or

small the items taken may seem. Police are also asking for reports on any suspicious people in your neighbourhood: either on foot or in a vehicle, approaching houses where it is known the homeowners are out. If someone knocks on your door and you don’t know the individual or their inquiry is suspect, police ask that you call, saying this is how some criminals find out if anyone is home before they break in. Homes in residential and rural areas are being targeted. Police want to emphasize that there has been no report of any violence or threats during the break ins. If the suspect(s) believe someone is home, they move on to another location. If anyone has any information, contact Smithers RCMP at (250) 847-3233 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Highway of Tears documentary wins award

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Montreal, was on a family trip to northern B.C. when he first heard about the disappearances along the Highway of Tears. A film about the Highway Around a campfire in the of Tears has won the Best wilderness outside Prince Documentary accolade at George, Smiley heard how the Malibu Film Festival on 25-year-old tree planter Nicole Saturday, just days after the B.C. Hoar was hitchhiking from government released its final Prince George to Smithers when update report on improving the she vanished in 2002. notorious stretch of Highway Moved by her story, Smiley, 16. who has a background in Highway of Tears, a film by commercial film and television, L.A.-based director Matt Smiley returned to L.A. with an idea for and producer Carly Pope, has a feature film about a family’s been screened a handful of times struggle to find their daughter. since it premiered at the TIFF He started to piece together Human Rights Watch Film more information about the Festival in Toronto in March. Highway of Tears and contacted Through interviews with family members of the missing family members of victims, First and murdered women to find Nations leaders and the RCMP, out more. the film tackles the connection But a few phone calls later, between missing Aboriginal Smiley had abandoned his women and issues such as fiction concept. generational poverty, residential “I had thought of a fiction schools, systemic violence and film that I wanted to do out high unemployment rates in there and the more I started to reserves. research, there was really an Rather than graphically immediate shift when I spoke to retelling what happened to the two or three family members,” victims, Smiley said the finished he said. film aimed to provide a platform “I’d never had an intention of for people connected to the making a documentary film but Highway of Tears to tell their there was sort of a necessity that stories. people would know about this.” The director also wanted He met with his co-producer to give a voice to some of the Carly Pope and started planning powerful women in the affected a three-week filming trip to communities. northern B.C. He said a lot of people at the Before he returned with a screenings had been shocked crew, the director embarked on because they had not heard of a solo trip to meet some of the the Highway of Tears. family members of victims. “Especially here in Los Smiley’s vision for the Angeles, we did one private film was to let the story Valley Credit Union“organically” through screening but still Bulkley people were unfold EPSof Logos to be supplied to Newspapers like, we always think Canada interviews. as this super safe place,” he said. “As far as my vision the most Pantone colours: Pantone 287 trying Blue to “To a certain degree it is, but important part was Green when you start diving deep into dig into Pantone the root356 causes of the some of these issues, especially issue,” hePantone said. 139 Harvest with regards to transportation, “I think there will always poverty or going to visit some of be, sadly, murders and violence these First Nations reservations, among ourselves but that you start to quickly realize some huge disconnect as far as the of the dangers that not only the sheer number of missing and young women live with but the murdered women, especially just young men as well.”Black/Grey Logo filein the North, was the nucleus of Smiley, who is originally from where I started and it’s definitely

grown from there.” As he became closer to the issue, Smiley was increasingly driven to raise awareness about the Highway of Tears. Smiley said the reaction from First Nations representatives who had seen the film, including activist Gladys Radek whose niece disappeared on the Highway of Tears, had been positive to date. He said he hadn’t anticipated how much impact the film would have in highlighting the issue of missing and murdered women in Canada. “I went into this whole experience in a very naive fashion,” he said. “I’ve always worked whether it be with commercials or acting or working with other directors on bigger motion pictures but I’d never really worked with, I would say, a cause. “I didn’t really realize, although I went in with my heart, that it would actually make people pay attention to it ... I’m very surprised at how it’s starting to bring people together.” Last week the B.C. government released its final report on its progress implementing 56 recommendations of the Missing Women Commission Inquiry. Better transportation along Highway 16 is discussed in the report, although it does not include a commitment to a shuttle service, which has been widely called for by relevant parties. Smiley said transportation 2007 of what was just oneJuly element was needed to improve safety along the Highway of Tears and beyond. He is also supporting the push for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. “There does need to be some sort of continued investigation by an independent group to continue finding obviously the Colour Logo File and murdered names of missing women that are not documented

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and to keep ourselves in check to make sure there is proper education for the young women, especially with regards to transportation and safety, and to build more awareness,” he said. “I think my biggest challenge to tackle is, with regards to the national inquiry, is getting all the various different First Nations

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HAZELTON HAS NEW TRUSTEE Coast Mountains school district secretary treasurer Alanna Cameron, left, swears in Hazelton trustee Shar McCrory at a ceremony in Terrace Dec. 2. McCrory replaces Lynn Newbery, who travelled to Terrace for the swearing in. Anna Killen photo

Montreal massacre vigil held in Smithers

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A vigil to commemorate the 25th anniversary

Brenda Shaffer rings a bell in memory of Montreal massacre victims. Chris Gareau photo

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of the Montreal Massacre was held outside the Smithers Public Library Saturday. “This event is two things: one it’s an opportunity to remember these 14 lives, and on the other hand it’s a chance to reflect on the very disturbing truth behind that tragedy. That’s a truth that runs through all of our communities, all across Canada. When we talk to the RCMP, they say a disturbing number of the crimes they deal with are domestic violence against women. We need to do more,” said mayor Taylor Bachrach at the vigil, before calling on men to be part of the solution. “It’s a reminder to be vigilant, to speak out, to say it’s wrong when we know things are wrong,” Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson told the crowd.

Sgt. Kevin Nixon, supervisor of the Bulkley Stikine zone for the Conservation Officer Service, said his office received an anonymous tip that Moon shot the bear on his property. Moon originally claimed to have shot the bear east of Dease Lake near a mining road, where he would have been allowed to. “He stuck with that story for quite some time. Eventually he changed that story and he admitted he shot it out back, and that he had shot it in protection of his livestock,” said Nixon. An investigation into the tip led conservation officers to believe Moon was being misleading, including the date he said he killed the bear. Nixon said advances in DNA collection would have also likely identified the bear as being from the Bulkley Valley, using the database built up for over a decade. “One of the reasons he didn’t want to turn the bear over to us or admit to illegally killing the bear is that he felt we would just destroy or dispose of it,” said Nixon, who added that is not the case with this bear. “We do handle a lot of bears every year, that goes without saying, and there are lots of them

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period with a win almost certain. But three minutes into the third, Devin Palmer got one by Little and the momentum shifted. “After the second period, we got kind of relaxed . . . they scored the third goal and they had a big crowd, then they had the momentum,” said DeVries. From then on, it was an uphill battle for the Steelheads, with 18 penalty minutes and the Rampage scoring five unanswered goals to lift them to a 6-5 victory, their first since the beginning of October. Sunday’s game started off much in the same fashion. This time the Rampage struck first with a goal from Jared Meers. But deVries would score just nine seconds after.

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The Smithers Steelheads split the weekend with a win and loss against the Prince Rupert Rampage in a double-header on the road over the weekend. Heading into the weekend, the Steelheads were 1-3-0 on the road, but were hot off a sweep of the Rampage during another double-header at home a few weeks ago. The Rampage have struggled immensely this year, going into Saturday’s game on an eight-game losing streak. Hoping to best their east division foes, the Steelheads came out slow against the young, fast-skating Rampage team. Forward Adam DeVries opened the scoring at 8:06, but the Rampage answered

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Nicole Bateman is quite possibly one of the luckiest girls in Smithers right now. The six-year-old is getting the opportunity to fly to Vancouver to skate with players from the Canucks this weekend. “It’s awesome,” she said excitedly. Colin Bateman, Nicole’s dad, entered her name into a draw a few weeks ago for the Canucks’ annual First Strides Initiation Program. “We saw an ad on their webpage just saying that they had this opportunity for initiation kids to come down and skate with the Canucks,” said Bateman. “We put Nicole’s name in, but we didn’t expect anything of it.” This was the first time they’ve entered contests like this; when they didn’t hear anything from the organization after the draw a few weeks ago, they assumed she wasn’t selected. “We thought it wasn’t going to happen and then I got an email last night saying she’s heading down there,” said Bateman. Nicole is one of 80 kids across the province who have been invited to skate with the team. According to the Canucks’ website, as part of the program, local minor hockey association coaches will work side by side with qualified BC Hockey course conductors to teach young players the first strides in becoming accomplished athletes. Nicole, along with her parents and her older brother Liam, are heading down this Friday for the two-day camp. “She’ll be on the ice and the Canucks will be on the ice with them, and then the following day there’s a coaching session with Willie

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The Smithers Secondary senior girls’ volleyball team jumped in the rankings by two spots to 14th from 16th during the AA provincials in Mill Bay at the end of November.

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Gryphons finish season in 14th place at provincials By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The Smithers Secondary senior girls’ volleyball team ended their season with a bang, finishing with the best results they’ve had since 2009. The Gryphons finished 14th of 16 teams in the AA provincials in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island at the end of November. “The AA tier is the strongest, the winning team is the best in the province. Every other match was pretty close, tight games all the way down. It was a very tight tournament,” said head coach Neal Currie. “Overall we were happy . . . I think they were very happy with the outcome.” Going into the tournament, the Gryphons were ranked last, but stepped up their game in the pool play against some high calibre teams from the south. Although they lost all pool games, they were close matches, losing to D.P. Todd

16-25 and 21-25, Surrey Christian 1925 and 20-25, and the host team, Brentwood College 15-25 and 21-25. “The pool had very tough competition,” said Currie. “We lost all the games in the pool, but we played really well against D.P. Todd and Surrey Christian.” Against stronger

who was armed with one of the strongest hitters in the tournament. “Everything just needed to be a little bit better — the blocks needed to be faster, the defence needed to get into position faster and we did everything we could to get them out of that system because they had really big

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teams such as Prince George and Surrey Christian, the team’s offensive and defensive systems were running like a well-oiled machine. “We played really well against the strong teams,” said Currie. “Really good offence. Good blocking, and then just being athletic, scrambling to make the saves and plays.” The Gryphons really showed their offensive talent in the second game against Surrey Christian,

hitters,” said Currie. “We just tried to push them out of that system and cause problems so they couldn’t run their offence and they did a good job of that.” The team lost that tight match 21-25, and Surrey Christian went on to win bronze later in the tournament. Other than D.P. Todd, Smithers Secondary was the only team from the northwest to compete at provincials. Senior Morgan Monkman said the

team held their own against teams from down south. “It’s hard for us coming from the North to compete against teams down south. The calibre down there is much higher,” she said. “I think it went great, we were all proud. We competed really hard with some of the best teams in the province.” For Monkman and 11 other senior players who have been playing together since Grade 8, the end of the season is bittersweet. “[It is my] last high school season, but volleyball is the ultimate team sport and to be able to share my experience with all my teammates was awesome,” said Monkman, noting that she’ll miss the camaraderie between her fellow players the most. “I think that everyone grew over the course of the season. From our first match of the year to the last match, there’s so much personal and team growth.” Only four players will be returning next season, added Currie.

The mountain biking season may be over, but a new website is trying to bring local trails, trail reports and videos to riders’ fingertips for next season. Trailforks, which officially launched in September, is a trail management system for riders, builders and associations. They currently have more than 13,000 trails logged from around the world, including 25 trails from the Bluff, Piper and Ptarmigan recreation areas. “We wanted to create this one system that will give the same tools to all these places to allow them to manage their own trail network, have statistics of trail usage and have the tools that they can go to their local communities to show how much these local trails have an impact on the community . . . and therefore get support to build more trails,” said Radek Burkat, the founder of PinkBike. Riders can post content such as

photos, videos, trail reports, maps and ride logs. “It will give riders an amazing tool to explore, get out more and ride more,” said Burkat. “For the local association, it allows them to manage trails efficiently and build more trails and hopefully bring tourism and business to the local cities.” According to Brent Hillier, community manager at PinkBike and TrailForks, as more trails get added to the site, administrative duties will be handed over to the trail associations. “Trails that aren’t sanctioned or in illegal areas won’t end up on the website,” said Hillier. “The trail association will have the final say.” So far, no one from the Smithers Mountain Biking Association’s executive had heard about the website. “Some of our members may have heard of it or may be placing information into the database,” said the association’s Leanne Helkenberg in a Facebook message. “We will have to look into it and see what it’s all about.”

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The Smithers Figure Skating Club was back on the ice for their first official competition of the season last weekend. The club took nine skaters ranging in age from pre-junior skaters all the way up to the senior levels to the Kla How Ya Jamboree in Prince Rupert on Saturday and Sunday. More than 50 figure skaters from all over northwest B.C., including Kitimat, Hazelton, Quesnel and Terrace competed in the annual winter jamboree. The club’s figure skaters rounded out the middle of the pack this year, which is normal according to head coach Tyler Dykens. “Everybody had strong skates and represented the club really well. We were proud of that,” said Dykens. “It’s always fairly consistent, everyone usually places or fits into the middle of the pack. It was on

par with other competitions that they’ve had.” Skaters across the board stepped up their training in preparation for the competition and it showed in their skates. “Everybody was really strong in their solos and everyone worked really hard to prepare for this weekend,” said Dykens. “Even if they haven’t placed very well, they’re able to reflect and take a look at the things that they now need to continue working on.” The competition was also good practice for the club’s first major competition in January. In the new year, they will head to Quesnel for regionals. “We’ll just continue to work on the other solos and programs that we would be registering for, for the competition,” added Dykens. Final competition results were not available before press time. The club has a skate with Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 17; skaters will scale back practices over the holidays, but will return in full force when school starts up again.

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TORCH COMES TO TOWN Photos left to right: Baby Fox hangs out with Canada Winter Games mascot Nanguz at the Telkwa Elementary School during the presentation of the torch on Tuesday. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach and Northern Health’s Cormac Hikisch with the torch in Smithers. Hikisch will be carrying the torch in Prince George.

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Smithers Steelheads continue playoff push next week From STEELHEADS on Front Starting the second, the Steelheads were down 3-2, but after some line shuffling, the team seemed re-energized. “Our first two lines were a little bit more powerful and that added a bit more pressure to put pucks in the net,” said DeVries. The Steelheads’ special teams was the deciding factor in the game with two goals from Smith and DeVries off the powerplay.

They had a strong finish with Calvin Johnson and DeVries scoring two empty netters to seal the deal. DeVries also picked up his second hat trick of the season. In total, Little faced 50 shots on net over two games, while Rampage netminder Devin Gerrits saw 61. “It was pretty good. But losing a 5-2 lead (in the first game) was disappointing and is something we have to work on as a team to secure a lead, especially coming into the latter part of

the year,” said DeVries. Next weekend, the Steelheads will get a taste of teams from both the east and west division at home heading into the second half of the season. First, they face off against the Kitimat Ice Demons on Saturday night. Then they have a date with the Lac La Hache Tomahawks on Sunday, both are currently struggling in the standings. The Ice Demons head into the weekend with a 2-7-1 record, while Lac

La Hache are 3-8-0 after dropping their double-header against the Williams Lake Stampeders last weekend. “We’re not going to take them lightly just because they’ve lost a couple of times,” said DeVries, adding that this is the first time they’ve played the Ice Demons this season. “I think we need two or three more wins to cinch a playoff spot for sure,” said DeVries, adding that it’s all about finding the right lineup, something they’ve been struggling with this season.

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The 2015 model year vehicles are rolling into dealerships, with just a few stragglers set for later arrival in the New Year. This week, the Driveway team takes a look at what’s new, in print and online at, starting with our chief test driver Zack Spencer.

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This sixth generation Explorer marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic SUV, with over 350,000 sold in Canada so far.

Mazda MX-5 2015 Jeep Renegade Over the last few years Mazda has been introducing There is no question that the merger of Fiat and vehicles with its new Skyactiv technology but there is Chrysler has helped to introduce many new vehicles. one car that will signify the culmination of all the things The small car segment is a perfect example; the Fiat Mazda does well, the next generation MX-5 (Miata). 500 and its variations has been a plus The MX-5 will come in 2015 as a 2016 for Chrysler’s bottom line. Built in Europe model and all eyes are on Mazda to see on the Fiat 500L platform, this smaller what it can deliver. The bodywork is more Jeep Renegade replaces the Compass dramatic and having seen it in person, and Patriot models. Powered by either the dimensions look fanatic but the new a 160hp, 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder front grille might take a while to adapt too. or a larger 184hp, 2.4L 4-cylinder, Jeep The two-seat cockpit is roomier, thanks to claims that this compact crossover is a wider body and longer wheelbase but still a capable vehicle because of two the overall length is 105mm shorter and by Zack Spencer available all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems. 20mm lower. The standard models will be available with front-wheelThe 2.0L Skyactiv direct injection 4-cylinder will power drive (FWD), with either a 6-speed manual or 9-speed this lightweight car and power will go to the rear automatic transmission. wheels though a 6-speed manual transmission. Engine Styling is all-American; the signature Jeep grille is maroutput has not been announced, neither has the price, ried perfectly into the boxy design, as too are other Jeep but expect the car to be competitive with the 2015 styling cues. The interior is has a rugged, yet upscale model on price. design that features all of Jeep’s latest technology, Ford Explorer including the award winning Uconnect infotainment The sixth generation Ford Explorer will arrive in 2015 system. Pricing has not been announced but expect it as a 2016 model, now with new 2.3L EcoBoost engine shortly as it is due at dealerships very soon. available on the base and XLT trim. This replaces the older 2.0L Ecoboost and provides a 270hp, a 13 per cent bump over the last version. The 290hp 3.5L V6 is carried over but the Sport trim and new Platinum trim will be fitted with the 365hp Ecoboost V6. Ford claims that styling is the number one purchase consideration so the shape was retained but new grille and LED headlamps help refresh the look.

Honda HR-V Coming in 2015 is another SUV, smaller than the CR-V, helping to define the new subcompact SUV market. This little runabout is built off the excellent Honda Fit platform and will include many of the features that make that car a standout. The first is the interior of the HR-V. It will also feature Honda’s Magic Seats that flip

and fold for amazing versatility. The same 1.8L 4-clinder engine with 138hp will power this vehicle, either with FWD or AWD, through a continuously variable transmission or 6-cpeed manual. Pricing will be introduced closer to the introduction this coming spring. Built in Mexico, the HR-V will give Honda the same leg up that the original CR-V did for the small SUV segment. Chevrolet Volt It might surprise many people that the best selling electric car in Canada is the Chevrolet Volt, not the sexy Tesla Model S. There are many reasons for this, mainly the fact that the Volt provides all-electric transportation for 65 kms but with the aid of a small 4-cylinder generator to extend the range over 300 kms. This car has all of the upside of an electric car with none of the range limiting restrictions. In 2015, Chevrolet will introduce the second generation of Chevrolet Volt, one that hopes to improve on the usability of the car in terms of comfort and electric driving range. General Motors will showcase the next generation car in January at the Detroit Auto Show and the company’s CEO has stated that the new car “will store more energy in its battery pack with fewer cells, yet go further on a charge.” General Motors claims that 80 per cent of current Volt owners commute entirely on electric power, so any improvement to range will help increase this number. The Volt isn’t a huge volume seller for General Motors but this new model will help the company to showcase what it can do technologically. General Motors has the capability to produce some the most advanced cars on the road.

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Safety Tip: On average, there are almost double the crashes resulting in injury or fatality in B.C. due to driving too fast for conditions in December. In poor conditions, slow down, increase your following distance and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

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Photos left to right: Yoga instructor Shannon Gorbahn (centre) practices the mountain pose with her class during a session at the studio located above Gone Hollywood video store last week.

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Yoga loft offers classes for all body types By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Shannon Gorbahn is not a big fan of going to the gym. “You do feel judged, you do feel looked at,” she said. “It’s just uncomfortable for some people. There is a place for that, we need those gyms . . . But for someone like myself, that’s just not my level.” After a few months of enduring rather than enjoying workouts at the gym, the Smithers resident tried a fitness yoga class at a local studio. The class would be the catalyst for

Gorbahn to open a new yoga studio in town with classes for all body types. “I felt that there was a bit of a hole for people who are just starting out with yoga or felt intimidated by a regular fitness class,” said Gorbahn, who earned her yoga certification in Penticton last month. “I thought I could bring a different element to the fitness world and have a class for larger women, people who have never exercised before, people who are shy about a big class, provide a more intimate class, that is non-judgemental and for literally every

body.” The Smithers Yoga Loft, located just above Gone Hollywood on 1st Avenue, opened recently and is

a mom and daughter class. “I’m not shy about going to a fitness class, but a lot of my friends are and this is a safe,

she said. Gorbahn fell into teaching yoga a year ago and decided to take the course to teach yoga for her own benefit.

“I felt that there was a bit of a hole for people who are just starting out with yoga or feel intimidated by a regular fitness class,” -Shannon Gorbahn Owner of Smithers Yoga Loft

offering a host of new, non-traditional yoga classes throughout the week, including yoga fitness, teen yoga fitness, yoga for round bodies, and

cozy, environment to practice yoga. That’s what yoga is, it’s practice, it’s not perfection. We’re here to practice something that reduces stress,”

“I found it hard to find exercise that I liked to do consistently. This is the one form of exercise that I’ve enjoyed doing. Instead

of enduring, I’ve enjoyed doing it,” she said. Since then, she has opened her own yoga studio, fully-equipped with mats, blocks and bolsters. Megahn Kilpatrick recently attended one of the practice yoga sessions at the studio. “She’s very good at motivating people and you don’t feel intimated,” said Kilpatrick. “Shannon doesn’t make you feel like you’re the odd one out. It doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, she makes you feel like you belong and that makes you want to do it more and that makes it fun.”

For Gorbahn, it’s all about encouraging people to enjoy the exercise that they’re doing. “You’re still working muscles and working your body. You can feel successful and see improvement quickly when you practice yoga. It’s amazing how quickly you see progress and see the benefits,” said Gorbahn, adding that she hopes to provide classes for couples and partner yoga in the future. “It’s been a really fun journey for me,” she said. To register for classes, visit www. smithersyogaloft. com.

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VIEW FROM THE PORCH Lorraine Doiron Sunday, Dec. 14, Open House 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the atrium, Northwest Community College. Join the world’s biggest human rights event, more than 3 million Amnesty International supporters worldwide will be writing letters, signing petitions, lighting candles to mark International Human Rights Day. Questions: Beth Richardson, 250847-1448. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. at the seniors’ centre, the annual Ceremony of Remembering, sponsored by BV Hospice Society. Take time to

remember your lost loved one. Refreshments. Information Denise Kalina, 250-846-9613, bvhospicesociety@ The Honourable Judith Guichon, lieutenant governor of British Columbia, is bringing back her “Sing Me A Song” program for a second season. Promoting music and community spirit across the province, an opportunity for musical groups of all ages and genres to write and sing an original song in the lead up to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017. Write a song about what Canada’s 150th birthday means to you or your community. Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of musicians from around the province and an award of $1,000 is granted annually in each of three age categories. Entries will be posted on the Sing Me a Song YouTube channel, Sing Me A Song BC, to be viewed by all British Columbians. You have until March

31, 2015: a copy of the entry form and criteria for entering at Scotiabank has set up their 4th Annual Mitten Tree to be decorated with donations of warm items for kids and adults: gloves, mittens, scarves, hats. Don’t have to be homemade, just anything warm. All items will be sent out with the Community Services Christmas Hampers, only a week left, fill that tree! Pictures with Santa will not be done this year, instead they will be accepting cash donations, funds raised by the Christmas kettle at the branch will be matched by Scotiabank to a total of $10,000 and donated to the Salvation Army. A special Christmas tradition: A Child’s Christmas in Wales written by Dylan Thomas and read by Barri Blix and Valerie Laub with music by Theresa Mohr. Appetizers prepared by GRENDELivery. A fundraiser for the Grendel Group, Thursday Dec. 11,

7 p.m. at Grendel Place, 3768 2nd Ave. Tickets at Mountain Eagle, adults $10, children $6. You are invited to the Club of the Overwhelmed and Paralyzed regarding climate change. Commit to do something, no action too small, no issue more important. We have a precious window of opportunity to act, bring your ideas, contact Josette Wier: josettecp@bulkley. net. One of a Kind Artisan Christmas Gift Shop until Dec. 20 at the art gallery. Unique gifts, Tuesday – Friday 12 – 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A prize draw for a $500-value custom window treatment of your choice, valid for one year, donated by One of a Kind Window Fashions. Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5. Draw will be Saturday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Closing with: Facing it — always facing it — that’s the way to get through. Face it - Joseph Conrad

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To list your nonprofit coming events please drop off your listing at The Interior News, 3764 Broadway Ave., fax us at 250-847-2995, or email More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone. Second Annual BV Kinnettes Community Christmas Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Everything donated by the community. Free dinner for all. Lions Club Skate with Santa Friday, Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission with a cash or non-perishable food item donation. Heartstrings is taking donations to the Smithers Food Bank Saturday, Dec. 13. Smithers Pro-life Annual Bake Sale Saturday, Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Extra Foods Mall. Proceeds support local projects. Climb with Santa Saturday, Dec. 13, 2:30-4 p.m., ages 6-12, $10. Pre-registration recommended. Children under 6 welcome with adult supervision. Smithers Film Series Sunday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre, Boyhood, a sprawling investigation of the human condition. BV Hospital Auxiliary Regular Meeting with a Potluck Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. at the Healthy Living Centre on Main St. One of a Kind: Artisan Christmas Gift Shop Dec. 2-20, Smithers Art Gallery. The place in the Bulkley Valley to shop for beawutiful, unique gifts handmade by local and regional artisans.

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Smithers Christmas Bird Count Sunday, Dec. 28, dawn to dusk. Participants must register to be assigned a count area by Dec. 20 at 250-847-9429 or New birders welcome. Community Ladies’ Coffee Break Bible Study. Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. OR evening 7:30 p.m. at 1471 Columbia Drive, ongoing till May. ONLY morning has Childcare. Morning: Fruits of the Spirit. Evening: Beth Moore DVD. 250-847-2333. Free Computer Tutoring at Smithers Public Library. Lost on the Information Highway? Book a free one on one appointment ongoing to March 2015: Wednesday to Fridays 1-5 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (subject to change). Call 250-847-3043. Ground 2 Griddle Neighbourhood Kitchen every Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Anglican Church Hall. Call SCSA 250-847-9515 to join this free life skills literacy program. Childcare provided. Evelyn Community Association meetings first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Evelyn Hall. New members welcome. Scrabble at the Smithers Library, 7 p.m. Every Wednesday except the third Wednesday of the month October to May. Everyone welcome.

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Nikki Tarasoff and Warren Kluss’s restaurant Off My Griddle will be open this week. Menu items include frozen yogurt and donairs.

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New restaurant fills holes in food industry By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Starting this week, Smithers residents will have the option of allday breakfast, donairs or frozen yogurt at a new restaurant opening in town. Off My Griddle, which opens this week, is located on Main Street (between First Avenue and Broadway) and offers a variety of food options that are currently lacking in town. The menu includes floats, frozen yogurt, Italian soda, pancakes, bubble tea, smoothies, donairs, wraps, waffles and pancakes, among other things. “There’s a lot of places to eat in Smithers already. What we needed to do was offer stuff that isn’t here already,” said Warren Kluss, owner of Off My Griddle. “The idea with our menu is that we’ll hopefully

have something for everybody.” He added that elementary and high school kids are excited about frozen yogurt and bubble tea, while all-day breakfast is appealing to a wide demographic. Some of their menu items have even been passed down through generations and Kluss is excited about sharing his family recipes with the town that he has lived in his whole life. “Darra’s Hot Cakes are a recipe that has been passed down through my family,” said Kluss. “My grandfather made them and his father in-law before him made it . . .The name Darra also comes from what I called my grandfather when I was little.” Kluss decided to make the transition from teacher to restaurant owner after being in the same career for nearly two decades. “It’s a change for

us. I’ve been in the same career for the past 17 years and we thought it’s time for a change,” he said. “We had often talked about opening a place in Smithers and we finally went through with it.” In just four short months, Kluss and his partner Nikki Tarasoff came up with a concept, found a space, renovated and transformed it from a former clothing store into a restaurant. According to Tarasoff, they didn’t want to offer items that would take business away from other restaurants. “We hit a variety of markets and we’re not taking away from other restaurants either. We’re not in direct competition with anyone else,” she said. In total, there will be eight staff on hand, including Kluss. Off My Griddle will be open from Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Smithers Merchants congratulate Shannon Gorbahn and Tanya Dandenault; this year’s winners of our Christmas in the Valley Draws ! Thank you to everyone who shopped our stores and made the evening such a wonderful part of the Christmas season .

NORTHWEST GUIDE OUTFITTERS ASSOCIATION The Northwest Guide Outfitters Association would like to thank the following people and businesses for their generous donations. Your contribution is greatly appreciated! • Sherry Day • Trails North Power Sports • Hoskins Ford • Tukkii Lodge • WildSheep Foundation • Spark Design • Northern WildlifeDesign / Darren Eakin • Canfor • Outdoor Essentials • Canadian Helicopters • Janice Gilbert • Collingwood Bros. • Alpine Lakes Air • Country Wide Sports • Majestic Mounts Taxidermy

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C OMMUNITY Grants inspired by Games Northern Health

Northern Health has been presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leverage the positive impact of the upcoming 2015 Canada Winter Games and promote a sustainable legacy of increased health and wellness for our northern communities that will last well beyond the two week event. One of the best ways for us to achieve this goal is through our IMAGINE grant funding. We know that health happens in communities where people live, work, learn and play and believe that prevention of chronic disease and injury is everyone’s responsibility. The grants fund community based projects across the whole region, supporting health promotion and prevention, and the health and wellness of our populations.  These community grants are available to all community partners, organizations, schools and service agencies. Projects are funded to move ideas into action. In the spirit of the Games coming to northern B.C., the grants focused on projects promoting increased physical activity and decreased sedentary behaviours.

Northern Health is excited to be part of the upcoming Games and the torch relay celebrations taking place throughout the region, and would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our 2014 /15 IMAGINE grant recipients in Smithers: – The Biathlon Mat Replacement Project (Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski ClubBiathlon Program) – Strategies for Stress Project (Bulkley Valley Learning Centre) – Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Community Kitchen (Dze L’ Kant Friendship Centre Society) – Get Fit Club (Kyah Wiget Education Society) – The Road to Good Health Project (Kyah Wiget Education Society) – Wheelchair Basketball Integrated Schools Program (BC Wheelchair Basketball Society) – My Wellness Toolbox (Smithers Secondary School) – Youth Fitness Initiative Training (project in Houston by Smithers Community Services Association)

SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER Mike Wyllie, with the Smithers Community Services Association, collects food donations in the annual Stuff the Bus campaign outside Safeway on Saturday. In total, 400-500 pounds of non-perishable food items will be put towards the association’s Christmas hamper program. Kendra Wong photo


Mom Jody, Linden, 1, dad Rob, and Alexis, 3, strike a pose with Santa at the Hudson Bay Lodge during the 15th annual Santa’s Meal for Kids Sunday morning. Chris Gareau photo

Yvonne Lush, Brenda Brame and George Whitehead stand guard a the Salvation Army kettle last week. The mitten tree at Smithers Scotiabank still has plenty of room for clothing donations before Dec. 19 that will be part of hampers given out by Smithers Community Services Association. Cash donations to the Salvation Army will be matched by the bank for a total up to $10,000. Chris Gareau photo

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Muheim students collect food donations for animal shelter By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

A Muheim Elementary School student is proving that even the smallest person can make a big difference. Over the past few weeks, eight-year-old Claire McAulay has been spearheading a project to gather bottles of dish soap, bleach, fruits and vegetables to donate to the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter to help the 34 bears currently in residence. “I’m super happy that this happened,” said Claire, an animallover. “The cubs were so cute and I just wanted to do something to help.” Claire and Madame Pesce’s Grade 3 class made the presentation to the shelter’s owner, Angelika Langen last week. By last Thursday, the class had collected seven large bottles of dish soap, a few containers of bleach, and three large boxes of fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples, cabbage and zucchini to give to the shelter. “One little boy brought an apple from his lunch because he wanted to contribute something,” said teacher Liliana Pesce.

Madame Pesce’s Grade 3 class gathered dish soap, bleach, fruits and vegetables to donate to the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter Thursday.

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“I think the kids just saw this as a way of pitching in for a community member who did a lot for the

“I saw in the newspaper that there were 30 little cubs and they looked so cute,” she said. “[The article]

do something.” That night, she made a poster and brought it to show the class. The following day, she

“The cubs were so cute and I just wanted to do something to help,” -Claire McAulay Grade 3 student

community and with the animals.” Claire first came up with the idea to help the cubs after reading an article in The Interior News a few weeks ago.

said they needed food for them to hibernate and they were supposed to be 70 pounds, but they’re only 20. They’re really underweight and I just really wanted to

plastered them around the school and went to all the intermediate classes seeking donations. “[Claire’s] a very sensitive little girl and

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very in tune to the needs of others,” said Pesce, adding that it’s important to support kids who come up with ideas to help others. Langen said the donation is a big help to the shelter, especially with the addition of four more cubs over the past few weeks. “Young kids reaching out and wanting to help animals, that’s what we want to instill in them,” said Langen. “For them to make an effort, that is just incredible . . . every little bit helps to take care of the animals.” Claire’s mother Sandra said she has always had a knack for helping others. “She’s always been very interested in helping others and taking on initiatives that she could do to help in the classroom or at her school,” said Sandra, noting that over the summer they visited the shelter during their open house. “She had a connection to what was happening there. It was her excitement for it that was really key, she was motivated to do something. “We’re always really proud of her, she does lots of amazing things. This is lovely, but it’s really no surprise.”


Moose rescued after getting caught in fence By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter had to free a moose that got caught in a fence in Smithers last week. The calf was discovered by a volunteer with the shelter who was out for a walk. “We rushed out there and we found this baby moose tangled in the fence, pretty exhausted. He had been there at least two or three hours,” said Angelika Langen, owner of the shelter. Angelika and her husband Peter cut the wire and released the calf just before its mother appeared. They identified the moose as Rain, who came to the shelter in 2011. “She was very calm, she just stood there as we got the calf out of the fence,” said Angelika. After some pushing and prodding, the calf eventually stood up and wandered off with its mother, receiving only minor injuries. “He’s all good. He’s jumping over fences again,” she said. On Sunday, the shelter also travelled to Golden to rescue a grizzly cub that was captured by conversation officers. The Langens made the trip in a borrowed truck as their old truck is not safe for long-distance trips and they’re short on funds to purchase a new one. The Dawson’s Lights campaign, which kicked off last weekend, aims to raise money for the shelter to help purchase supplies and care for the cubs. With each $25 donation, another light bulb will be lit on a tree outside the Smithers Feed Store, with the purpose of lighting up the entire tree by Christmas.


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Kimberley’s Kitchen to build new facility By Kendra Wong Telkwa/Interior News

Kimberley’s Kitchen is expanding in popularity and now her kitchen will be expanding with her. Through a Kickstarter campaign, Telkwa’s Kimberley Mulla has raised just over $6,000 to build a kitchen in her basement to help produce hand-crafted artisan confections, such as brittle and gourmet marshmallows. “I’m extremely grateful for the support from local fans who really did a wonderful job of sharing the project on Facebook and chatting with me about it at the market,” said Mulla. “I genuinely appreciate the community’s support for the project and look forward to sharing the finished results.” Currently, Mulla produces numerous flavours of marshmallows including chai, vanilla bean, peppermint, strawberry and pumpkin spice from a rented kitchen in the village. Now she’ll be able to make

them whenever she wants from a certified commercial kitchen in the comfort of her own home. Pledges, which came locally and from as far away as Germany, will be used to purchase appliances and furnishings, and pay for trades people to renovate the space for the kitchen. Mulla started the campaign in mid-November. Fundraising efforts started off slow, but really picked up in December. With only three days to go before the campaign closed on Sunday, the project was roughly half funded. In less than 24 hours, mostly through social media, Mulla was able to raise close to $1,000. “I was just actively sharing my story on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, not only letting people know about the project, but also sharing with people why I do what I do,” said Mulla. The next phase includes doling out rewards to her backers. “I’ll be busy making marshmallows for people,” she laughed. Construction is set to begin in the new year.

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SPICE OF LIFE Brenda Mallory This beautiful sunny day had begun just as most of us like. A bright red sunrise and not so cold. Beautiful day I said to my old dogs. This happy feeling didn’t last too long. I went about my morning chores. First I go to the pigeons. @##@$! Excuse my language. For the second day in a row a weasel had killed two of my very old pigeons. There he was, the beady-eyed creature licking his

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chops over a pigeon. Another dead one was there as well. How many left? Two! What to do? I transferred them to a greenhouse. We’ll see how that works out. On the brighter side of this week, I was listening to a friend describe his childhood Christmas in Switzerland. Good old St. Nicholas and Black Peter worked their magic for the children. St. Nicholas is not the fat Coca Cola fellow we see everywhere. This one looks more like a priest. Very interesting. Since I was almost in a good mood after hearing the story of Christmas far away I decided to share this shortbread recipe my grandmother and mother used. It is dated 1928! Maybe some of you who work hard on the cookie exchange idea

might like to try this. This shortbread is not light and fluffy like the stuff I see in the store. Not even a sprig of plastic holly could take away the memory of this cookie. Shortbread Cream together 2 cups butter and 1 cup brown sugar then add the yolk of 1 egg stirring well. Add 5 cups of flour a little at a time. Work until the consistency of putty. Roll 1 inch thick, prick with a fork, then cut into shapes. Bake at 350 degrees until firm and golden brown. Should be about 30 minutes. I hope you enjoy this old fashioned goodie. Feel free to send along your favourite holiday recipe. You could call 250-846-5095 or email to mallory@bulkley. net.

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The holiday season is about more than just buying: It’s also about giving. If you’re wondering where your Christmas contributions will have the most benefit this year, here are a few local organizations doing important work in the community to help those who need it most.

says Margaret Bobick, who coordinates the program with her husband, Bruce. They accept donations of homemade soup or ingredients, such as canned tomatoes, canned milk and canned corn, as well as items like dish soap. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating can contact the Bobicks at 250-847-9147.

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SCSA Christmas Hampers

The Salvation Army at 1065 Main Street hosts the food bank and a drop-in centre serving coffee, snacks and soup on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It sees 30 to 40 people a day. Non-perishables, like canned fruit and instant noodles, are welcome at the thrift store or the drop-in centre.

The Christmas Hampers program delivers packages containing food, toys and books to hundreds of homes in Moricetown, Smithers and Telkwa. This year, donations can be made at 1292 Main Street, at the corner of Fourth Avenue, from Dec. 1 to 18. Always in demand are food items containing protein (such as tuna), Christmas treats and gifts for teenagers. To volunteer visit, call program coordinators Dawn Hanson or Anne Harfenist at 250-877-9405 or drop in at the depot.

Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society hosts its annual community Christmas dinner on Dec. 11 at the Friendship Centre hall. The event serves up to 400 people and community donations are welcome. Included in the list of needed supplies are turkeys, hams, cranberry sauce, salad ingredients, bread and potatoes. For more information or to volunteer, contact Genevieve Poirier at 250-847-5211. St. James’ Soup Kitchen St. James Anglican Church hosts a soup kitchen every Saturday from 10:45 to 12:45, which can attract up to 100 visitors in one sitting. “Some people just come for socialization,”

Broadway Place Broadway Place Emergency Shelter offers more than just beds. It provides clients with meals and hygiene services and helps them connect to other appropriate supports throughout the community. During the cold weather client numbers increase and have almost doubled this past year. Donations such as blankets, mittens, toques, socks and warm clothing are appreciated and can be dropped at the shelter, located on Broadway Avenue off Main Street, between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

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School students spread Christmas cheer at Carolfest By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Soulful and joyful voices filled the halls of the Smithers Secondary School at the annual Carolfest concert last Wednesday. Students of all ages travelled from throughout the Bulkley Valley to perform at the concert, which was taken in by a big

crowd. Carols sang by the students ranged from classics such as Jingle Bells to contemporary favourites like Do You Want to Build a Snowman. Songs in different languages were also performed, including Lake Kathlyn Elementary School’s traditional Gitxsan welcome of Wee Oh and a Hawaiian song by Muheim Memorial Elementary School.

GETTING CRAFTY Brit and little Booker Cruise check out what the vendors have to offer at the annual Smithers Secondary Craft Fair on Saturday. Kendra Wong photo

Students from the Smithers Secondary Combined Choirs perform Jesu Ueja at Carolfest last Wednesday.

Lake Kathlyn Elementary School performs the traditional Gitxsan welcome song Wee Oh.

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The Community Christmas Choir fills the Smithers Canadian Reformed Churchwith heavenly voices during the Eternal Light and Enchanted Carols performace Thursday night. The choir and Classical Strings society enchanted audiences over three nights, Thursday to Saturday. Chris Gareau photo

A surfer catches a ride at North Beach during the sixth annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session last month, and Smithers’ Jeff Kyba catches the surfer on camera to win the event’s first photo contest. Jeff Kyba photo

One of a Kind: Artisan Christmas Gift Shop “One of a Kind” is the place in the Bulkley Valley to shop for beautiful, unique gifts – every December the Smithers Art Gallery is turned into a gift shop of arts and crafts handmade by local and regional artisans. This year we have pottery, jewellery, moccasins, fine woodworking, crocheted animal toques for kids, knitwear, felted clothing, baby booties and bibs, raku Christmas ornaments, quilted table

runners, fine art, cards, stained glass, carvings and much more. Come on in and browse around at your leisure. We have many exclusive items that you won’t find at the craft fairs or anywhere else in Smithers, and most are limited stock – when they’re gone they’re gone so don’t wait too long before dropping in. The gift shop is only open for three weeks – don’t miss it! Bask in the warm glow of buying local this Christmas and giving exceptional gifts to the special people in your life!


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LNG protest blockades Highway 16 By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Gitxsan hereditary chiefs from the Spookw and Luutkudziiwus groups led a blockade of Highway 16 in New Hazelton last Saturday to protest environmental approvals issued by the provincial government for three LNG projects in northern B.C. More than 50 people, some wearing traditional Gitxsan button blankets, gathered outside the Skeena Bakery with banners and signs before blockading the highway at about 2 p.m. New Hazelton RCMP Corp. Robert Donovan said the blockade, which lasted about 10 minutes,

had minimal impact on highway traffic because most motorists were able to make their way around the protest. He said the protesters were peaceful and responded to RCMP requests to clear the highway. Spookw chiefs said the blockade was held to send a message to the provincial government that they oppose LNG developments on their territories. The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office last month issued environmental assessment certificates to the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility on Lelu Island south of Prince Rupert, and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline. Chiefs said all land access to industrial projects west of New Hazelton must pass through their

territory, and that their opposition to the LNG projects was non-negotiable. Hereditary chief Guuhadakwa (Norm Stephens) said he opposed the developments because of the potential impacts on salmon populations in the Skeena estuary. “The importance of the salmon to the Gitxsan people far outweighs any of the financial benefits that are and may be offered in the future for these LNG pipelines,” he said. “The risk to the salmon is far to great to allow any pipelines to cross our territories and none will. “We will not lose the salmon on our watch.” Luutkudziiwus hereditary chiefs, who have been blocking access to their Madii Lii territory since August, were also present at the blockade. See GITXSAN on B5

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Push for new iCount school in Hazeltons By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Two social workers are leading the push for an independent school for at-risk First Nations students to be built in the Hazeltons area, where they say students are slipping through gaps in the public school system. Inspired by the iCount High School in Moricetown, Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre workers Jim Woodward and Arlene Morrison are meeting with band councils and local governments to try to rally support for a similar school in the Hazeltons. The Moricetown iCount High School follows the public school curriculum but students receive personalized education which is more forgiving of their individual circumstances and learning disadvantages. Launched in 2012, it was created for students who were failing in the public school system, or not attending school at all.

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In late November, Woodward and Morrison toured the Moricetown school with cofounders Lorna and Tom Butz and were impressed by the demeanour of the students they met. The social workers, who both work in the Hazeltons, believe communities in the Upper Skeena need an iCount school to provide for students who are unable to thrive at a normal school. They say the public school system is not working for at-risk First Nations students. “I feel there’s a need because the kids are not going to school, they are not going to the regular public schools and I really feel there is a huge disconnect between the youth and the schools,” Morrison said. She said she had seen first-hand the benefits of the iCount model. Her son’s girlfriend, who has been living with her in Kispiox Village since she was 14, has been attending the Moricetown school for two years. See SUPPORT on B4

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Cancellation fears for Kispiox music festival By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Some of northern B.C.’s biggest names in music have spoken out to help save the 2015 Kispiox Valley Music Festival, which will be cancelled if organizers cannot find more people to help coordinate the event. Smithers-based artist Alex Cuba and rock band The Racket, whose members are from the Hazeltons, Kispiox and Smithers, last week expressed their disappointment at news next year’s festival might be cancelled. Held in July, the annual event attracts about 2,000 people and has a budget of about $50,000. Next year would mark the festival’s 20th anniversary, but the Kispiox Valley Music Society announced last week it may be forced to cancel the event due to a lack of personnel. The society has been unable to fill a number of board and committee positions left vacant by long-standing members who have stood down.


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Society spokesperson Darren Pierzchala said an emergency meeting on Nov. 30 had failed to garner more interest from the community. “There was a group of people there that cared deeply about the Kispiox Valley Music Festival, people who have been there since the beginning,” he said. “The feeling in the room was there’s not the energy to carry this festival. “To put on a festival is a huge thing and it is very much a community event and there just wasn’t an accurate representation of what is needed from the community to make that feel like ‘okay we are going ahead in 2015’.” The society needs a new secretary and a performance committee to help choose and coordinate the musical acts. According to Pierzchala, work on some aspects of the festival was already two months behind. He said there was still time to revive next year’s festival, but new blood was needed to bring it to life. See FESTIVAL on B11

Eli Larsen (left) and Simon Stockner (far right) from The Racket perform at last year’s Kispiox Valley Music Festival.

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Gitsegukla shows support for iCount school concept

From iCOUNT on B2 Morrison said the teenager had struggled at school before she started going to iCount. “She was just falling too far behind and she was not wanting to go anymore so she was just at home, so I suggested that she enrol in Moricetown,” she said. “[At iCount] she just started thriving ... personally and academically. “She’s more into it, she’s sharing what she’s learned or whatever she hears from the teachers there, whatever she’s taught.” Last week, Woodward presented the iCount concept to the Gitsegukla Education Society. President Sadie Howard said the society supported Woodward’s push for an iCount school and it would assist as needed. “Based on what we’ve been told of the iCount school, it is something that would be quite beneficial to the area’s youth, including those from Gitsegukla,” Howard said. “We’re aware of the practices and successes occurring in Moricetown and would look forward to Gitsegukla youth being able to achieve such success.” Since late November, the iCount school in Moricetown has received significant exposure from a movie it made about its successes to date. Originally presented at a Smithers District Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Nov. 20, it went viral after it was posted online on Nov. 24. It has now been watched more than 23,000 times. iCount prides itself on its “family” environment. Students at the school are provided with breakfast and lunch and meet for a daily “huddle”, where they can talk as a group about any problems they are experiencing. iCount co-founder Tom Butz said the biggest difference between his school and public schools was how personalized the teaching was. “We really work with the kids at their level,” he said. “There’s time to help them, there’s a real family atmosphere, I think that’s the biggest difference.”

Orvall Jr. Michell, 17, has been at the iCount school for two years. He said he felt more comfortable at the school because he knows the teachers there and feels that he can confide in them. “The teachers they make it so you actually understand, they actually explain it perfectly so you can actually understand it,” he said. “It makes me feel more comfortable with people that I know and that’s the kind of environment that is best because then I don’t feel like I’m being discriminated [against] or I’m not worth anything.” Another student, 15-year-old Cain Michell, said he had stopped attending school altogether when he was enrolled in iCount. He said his grades had improved from Fs to As since he transitioned. Coast Mountains School District superintendent Katherine McIntosh said the public system had a range of programs designed for students with learning disadvantages. Rehabilitation workers, educational assistants, breakfast and lunch programs, homework clubs, after school sports and fine arts programs were among the initiatives she said were in place. McIntosh said part-time attendance and learning programs, such as Back to the Land in Hazelton, were also available. “Students don’t attend school for a variety of reasons, including personal, home and school factors,” she said. “Certainly one of them is how relevant they feel the program is and the level of success they experience.” Regarding the proposed iCount school, she said it was beneficial for students and families to have choice in educational programs. “Students benefit when we listen carefully to what they are saying and respond in a manner that engages them in school and provides them with a relevant quality education.”

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Gitxsan chiefs protest From BLOCKADE on Front Chief Luutkudziiwus (Charlie Wright) said TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline would not be allowed on Madii Lii territory. “Our Madii Lii territory is not for sale or use by the province of B.C. or TransCanada, a mere third party developer that has no understanding of what they are proposing to do, has no idea of our culture, no idea of our heritage,” he said. The Gitxsan Development

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Corporation is currently facilitating negotiations between Gitxsan chiefs and the B.C. government over an LNG benefit agreement which would guarantee financial benefits for the Gitxsan nation. The Spookw and Luutkudziiwus hereditary chiefs said they denounced the offer because it attempted to bind the entire Gitxsan nation against taking action against the pipeline projects.

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New Hazelton-based torchbearer Shirley Belisle (left) and local children had a chance to hold the torch at a presentation at Allen Park last week.


Winter Games torch travels north By Alicia Bridges

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The Canada Winter Games torch passed through the Hazeltons last Wednesday as part of the Illuminate the North tour of northern B.C. The Rory McLenahan torch represents the cultural, athletic, and functional elements of the games, which will be held in Prince George in February 2015. Shirley Belisle and Dominique Melanson were last week preparing to represent New Hazelton as torchbearers at a relay event in Terrace on Saturday, Dec. 6. Belisle, who is a runner, said she was excited about taking part in the torch relay. She was also pleased that northern B.C. would gain some exposure by hosting the games. “Prince George gets to host them and I’m sure the city is just dressed right up and ready,” she said. Reprsentatives from the Canada Winter Games took the torch to four schools in the Hazeltons. District of New Hazelton chief administrative officer Wendy Hunt and Northern Health public health nurse Yvonne Augustine welcomed the torch.

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Santa Claus comes to New Town By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The festive spirit was thriving in New Hazelton last weekend when hundreds of people converged on Allen Park for the Winterfest celebration. Festival-goers chatted over free hotdogs, hamburgers, cupcakes and popcorn, while children lined up to share their Christmas wishes with Santa. More than 15 hampers were given away on the night. Marshmallows roasting around the bonfire kept the crowd warm while they waited for fireworks.

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Northern musicians step in to help save Kispiox festival From KISPIOX on B3 “A lot of [the previous organizers] have been dedicated to the Kispiox Valley Music Festival since the beginning and so we’ve gone 20 years now and 20 years is a long time to uphold things,” he said. “The reality is what we need to see a future of the Kispiox Valley Music Festival is new energy getting involved, is young energy getting involved, is people who are passionate about Kispiox and willing to offer their dedication to realize it.” The Racket vocalist Eli Larsen grew up in South Hazelton and his bandmate, drummer Simon Stockner, lived a five-minute drive from the

Christmas lights up Hazelton Historic Old Town will celebrate Christmas with a range of festive activities and the lighting of the tree tonight. Shops and cafes will open their doors and activities will be held throughout the village after the festival starts at 5 p.m. Drop-in arts and crafts will be held for children of all ages at the Hazelton District Public Library, with stories and songs every half hour between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Gift-wrapping will be available in exchange for a donation to the food bank at the Upper Skeena Development Centre, where there will also be tree decoration crafts, appetizers and three hamper draws between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. A range of local arts and crafts, including wreaths and preserves, will be for sale at the Storytellers’ Foundation, and there will be a movie showing at the Tri-Town Theatre at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Between activities, festival-goers can also warm up with a bonfire with s’mores, hotdogs and la sirop au tir (syrup on a stick). There will also be pictures with Santa and outdoor skating.

music festival grounds. Along with Smithers-raised bassist Stephen DeWit, they are currently studying music at Selkirk College in Nelson, B.C. Larsen said he and his bandmates “grew up on this festival.” “Simon hasn’t missed a year since he’s been alive, and he’s going to be turning 20 this year,” Larsen said. “Honestly I think it would be a huge shame, both for musicians, because I know musicians love this festival ... everybody wants to come to Kispiox.” Before he moved to Nelson, Larsen was on the performance committee for two years. He said even then the festival had been on the brink of

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He said his role on the performance committee had also been an opportunity to network with other musicians. Latin Grammy and Juno Award-winning musician Alex Cuba, who is based in Smithers, played at the festival in 2005. He said if next year’s festival had to be cancelled it would impact the capacity for local bands to gain exposure performing alongside wellknown acts. “They have done a really good job at allowing young musicians to play and making an interesting line-up that goes from beginners to fairly wellknown artists,” he said. “It’s important because experience on the stage, from a musician’s perspective, in

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order to become a really good performer you have to do it, the more you do it the better. “If they don’t have those opportunities I’m afraid that the incentive for young people to become performers ... will also be compromised.” Cuba also said locallyrun festivals like the KVMF helped to keep communities strong. “Music is a very powerful, unifying thing that brings people together and festivals do that very well,” he said. “I would be sad to see it go and I will speak whenever possible to try to save it and bring it back. For more information about the festival and how to volunteer visit

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Don’t drink and drive: RCMP issues a reminder this Christmas

New Hazelton RCMP has issued a reminder to the public not to drink and drive this holiday season. Citing statistics from

ICBC, the police are urging people to remember the road rules as the holidays approach. They said on average, 22

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during the month of December throughout B.C., an average of 24,000 crashes occur with 7,100 people injured and 27 people killed.

During New Year’s Eve throughout B.C. an average of 600 crashes occur with 200 people injured and two people killed.

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New Hazelton RCMP responded to 81 calls between Nov. 20-26 Nov. 27 - Police attended a report of a disturbance in the village of Glen Vowell. As police entered the home a male ran out the back door and tried to hide. The male was apprehended and arrested on an outstanding warrant and three counts of breaching his Probation Order. Nov. 27 - Police attended a report of a possible assault in the village of Gitsegukla. An intoxicated male was arrested for breaching his bail condition not to consume alcohol. The male was held in custody to appear before a judge. Nov. 28 - Police attended a break and enter at the hockey arena. Large amounts of candy along with approximately 250 dollars in cash were stolen. Please contact the New Hazelton RCMP if you have any information. Nov. 29 - Police attended the village of Gitwangak on a report of an assault. The suspect was located and arrested for the assault and impaired driving.

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