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Houston’s annual Cram the Cruiser was a smashing success! Four RCMP cruisers were packed full of food donations from this community for the Salvation Army Christmas hampers. Above are Houston kids Oliver, Lucas, Rebecca and Desirae with teddys to thank them for their food donations. For more on Cram the Cruiser see page 15.

Houston council is planning $250,000 of capital projects for 2015. They have an an additional $100,000 for water projects and $50,000 for sewer projects, said William Wallace, District of Houston Director of Finance. The projects were discussed by Houston’s new council at a finance meeting Dec. 4. Mayor and council will tour District facilities in January to get a better understanding of department needs, and then revisit the proposed project list in February. District projects were chosen based on priorities that council brought to the Union of B.C. Municipalities ( U B C M ) Convention, and major items from

meetings in 2014. Several top priorities were advocating for 24/7 health care and resources for community services, upgrading infrastructure and community branding and revitalization. It also included implementing plans from the HFP transition, including the Economic Development Plan and Labour Market Strategy. The following are the projects included in the draft 2015 District of Houston budget. Buying a new $447,500 fire truck is the biggest expense, with $47,500 from reserves and $400,000 borrowed. Next they budgeted up to $275,000 for a new garbage truck, and Wallace says there are always options to buy a used truck. See BUDGET on Page 2

Kitimat oil refinery to focus on financing By Cameron Orr Black Press

With a design and feasibility study in tow, David Black now needs to secure government support to make further in-roads in his plan to build an oil refinery in the Kitimat— Terrace area. Black announced

December 4 that Hatch Ltd. had completed the study for him, which sets out how the proposed refinery would process 550,000 barrels of diluted bitumen a day in to 460,000 barrels of day of refined fuel — gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. In a press release,

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“Potential for up to 3,000 jobs with refinery.”

Black said that lenders are willing to put up money for the refinery but are insisting on “skin-in-the-game” from the government.

Black has been seeking debt guarantees from the federal government, and said he is offering compensation to the federal


and provincial governments to obtain them. Black told the Sentinel he was not ready to go in to further detail at the moment on what “compensation” looks like in this context, although he did say “it’s substantial.” That said, he says he does have condi-

tional support for debt guarantees from the federal Minister of Finance Joe Oliver. Reached for comment to confirm, the Department of Finance says they do not comment or speculate on possible actions. S ke e n a - B u l k l e y Valley MP Nathan

Cullen, who is also the finance critic, said he’s spoken to people on the issue and said that the reception he’s seen has been lukewarm. “The loan guarantees did not seem to be something they were enthusiastic about,” he said. See OIL on Page 3

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BUDGET from Page 1 The truck purchase is needed by 2016, but the truck type depends on whether the District signs a contract with Multi-Materials B.C. (MMBC) and the collection agency The MMBC discussions in 2013 contracted the District to do curb side recycling in return for an annual $25,000, Wallace said. Nothing was decided in 2013 because it was unknown where the Distrcict would deliver recycled material. Green By Nature won the collection contract for B.C. with MMBC, and Wallace says they agreed to set up a transfer point in Houston. Council will continue discussions with MMBC in 2015. The District is budgeting $65,000 for a Jamie Baxter Park project, with $40,000 coming from the District and $25,000 from grant funding.

Wallace says the park is important because it’s central in town, close to the Leisure Facility, arena and curling rink, and by facilities like the college, library, health centre and seniors centre. The project is to upgrade the park which is “not in good shape,” Wallace said. It may include things like new turf for the baseball park, new washroom facilities, trails, playground upgrades. The amount they spend on the park will depend on what is available in the budget when they revisit projects in February, Wallace said. Council budgeted $150,000 for paving roads. Where they pave will be decided in spring 2015. Another $50,000 will be for Forest Fire Management Programs, with $40,000 covered by grants. Next they have

$43,400 set to implement the Age-friendly plan, with $38,400 from a variety of government grants. They also budgeted $41,362 to implement several projects in the new Economic Development Plan. Other projects under $30,000 range from implementing plans to keeping up infrastructure to leisure services. The $50,000 sewer budget covers repairs, maintenance projects and lagoon tests and plans. The water budget has $1,250,000 from grants and gas tax money for finishing the water treatment plant. Other water projects total $50,000 and include planning for a new water tower and upgrading the old water tower, as well as other repair and maintenance projects. Houston Council will adopt a final capital project list in February 2015.

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The District of Houston is developing a vision for the community to guide future development. Colourful maps and information covered the walls at a District of Houston Open House in November, where people discussed the proposed Land Use Plan. Hired in March, consultant Fraser Blyth from Selkirk Planning & Design gave a presentation about the plan. It was developed based on the Official Community Plan (OCP), other relevant plans, population projections for this area, and public input from an open house last June. The purpose of the plan is to form a map of the community vision and use that to guide future development, Blyth said. The draft plan includes three key initiatives. First is placemaking. Part of that is not expanding infrastructure beyond the need.

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Consultant Fraser Blyth from Selkirk Planning & Design explains the Houston Land Use plan to Houston residents at a November District Open House. “Houston has water and sewer capacity for 6,000 people, so you’re sitting at half your capacity right now,” Blyth said. Place-making also includes promoting infill on vacant land downtown. A second initiative in the draft plan is to celebrate natural assets and market green energy. “The natural beauty isn’t celebrated as much as I think it should be,” Blyth said. “You’ve got great access to the river and beautiful landscapes, so part of the Land

Use Plan is to build in some strategies to help celebrate those natural assets.” Houston has a really unique opportunity to create an ecovillage, something “different from other communities in B.C.” Blyth said. It fits well with the new brand, “Houston, naturally amazing,” he added. There are also lots of ideas in the OCP about “being a local leader in green energy,” so the plan includes policies and ideas to do that. A third initiative

is to use existing infrastructure as much as possible and incorporate future development into what is already here. Blyth says the land use plan is a big vision, which includes redevelopment ideas for downtown, the duckpond, Buck Creek, and more. “The idea is to dream big and don’t be scared by the dreams, just realize it’s not going to happen all at once and you need to implement it slowly and annually,” he said. After the land use plan is finalized, it will

Hatch Ltd. completes study on Kitimat oil refinery OIL from Page 1 Cullen said Black has struggled in getting Canadian backers, from the supply side to the financial side, and it would never get built if he can’t get producers on board. That said the question of valueadded remains important, he said, and the public could be more inclined to pipelines if benefit came back to the people. Black admits that finances are where he has to put his efforts at the moment. “I really think I have to tie down more money here,” he said.



“I’ve got to focus on who’s going to provide the money.” He said with this study now done, he really needs the government “to tell me whether they’re coming to the party or not.” With an estimated 3,000 person workforce for the refinery, Black said Hatch’s report puts directly-employed jobs at up to 1,500, while another 1,500 would work at the refinery on a contract basis. He cites potential for up to 3,000 other jobs with possible petrochemical plants that could open up in

conjunction with the refinery. He points out that large volumes of sulphur extracted during the refining process could be used to supply a fertilizer plant, for instance. He said he didn’t know exactly what the particular emissions estimates would be but that carbon dioxide emissions would be about one-third of a normal heavy oil refinery, and would be about 10 million tonnes per year. Black said it has been awhile since he has spoken with the Haisla or Kitselas about the project, who he specifically

names as governments he’ll have to work out economic benefit deals with, but he said he has felt positive based on early conversations with them. Absent from his December 4 release was talk about how he’d get product to his refinery and he said he hasn’t focused on that question recently, but is still hoping for a pipeline, but has not ruled out rail. “CN wants to do it, that’s for sure,” he said. Black is the Chairman of Black Press, which owns, among others, this newspaper.

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he plummeting price of oil may have a big impact on the Canadian and B.C. economies in the next year

or two. Some of that will be positive, but it is likely that it will be mainly negative. The price of gasoline (but not diesel fuel) is falling, and that means more money in the pockets of consumers. This helps them meet other obligations, such as rent, credit card bills and child care. If the provincial and regional governments can avoid the temptation to tax this newly-found money out of people’s pockets, the fall in prices will be a good thing. One other bright spot may be a boost in exports if the dollar remains low. The negative implications are widespread. There will almost certainly be a fall in economic activity, and particularly jobs. Many well-paying jobs are concentrated in the oilsands. Many B.C. residents either work there or work for companies that supply the oilsands. There will be no new construction projects in that area, as long as oil prices stay at the $60 to $70 per barrel level. It simply costs too much to produce oil from the oilsands. As economic activity is reduced, it impacts taxation to the federal and provincial governments. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and B.C. are all dependent on revenue from oil and natural gas. In B.C., one LNG project has been delayed by the falling price of oil, as Asian natural gas prices are tied to oil prices. More could be delayed or even cancelled. It is significant that none of the major LNG players are ready to commit. A fall in economic activity likely means that 2015 will see much lower growth than anticipated, which won’t help the overall Canadian economy. - Black Press

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Growing pains for police investigation unit By Tom Fletcher Black Press

B.C. police forces have undergone a “sea change” in the two years since a civilianled unit was put in charge of investigating police-involved deaths and serious injuries, says the man in charge of the Independent Investigations Office. But the road to a new system that is moving away from police investigating other police has not been smooth, former U.S. prosecutor Richard Rosenthal acknowledged in his report to a committee of B.C. MLAs Thursday. The office started up in the fall of 2012 with 36 investigators, about

half and half civilians and former police officers. Its mandate was to move to allcivilian investigations, and Rosenthal said progress has been made, with two thirds of staff in the two investigative teams being people who have never worked as police officers. This year four former officers were fired from the IIO, and five more resigned, Rosenthal told the committee. Two civilian staff also quit this year after three civilians resigned in 2013. Another former officer was “separated from the organization” in 2012, Rosenthal said. He cited three reasons for the high

turnover: “cultural conflicts,” the struggles of a new organization and evolution of jobs that causes people to look for something new. A one-time Los Angeles deputy district attorney who worked on the 1999 Rampart case involving violence and drug dealing in the city’s police force, Rosenthal set up independent police oversight in Portland and Denver before coming to B.C. He was asked about a survey of his operation that referred to a lower-than expected case load. Rosenthal said that was done before the office dealt with four fatal officer-involved shootings in less than

three months. “I don’t believe there is a single person in the office who would say that today,” he said. Rosenthal said video cameras for police dog handlers, general-duty officers and police Tasers would help in some cases, but that is a decision for police services due to cost and privacy concerns. The B.C. g o v e r n m e n t committed to a civilian-led agency after a string of incidents involving RCMP and city police forces. The office was recommended by inquiries into the 2007 deaths of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at


Vancouver airport, and Frank Paul, who was removed from the Vancouver Police drunk tank in 1998 and left unconscious in an alley. The 2005 gunshot death of Ian Bush at the RCMP detachment in Houston, B.C. was another case that pushed the B.C. government to end the practice of police incidents being investigated by other police forces. The independent office also brought B.C. RCMP officers under civilian oversight. The B.C. Police Complaints Commissioner is continuing to handle public complaints against police forces in the province.

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“Playing outside with my kids and eating holiday baking.”

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“Remembering the birth of our Saviour Jesus and embracing our time in this new, tight-knit community.”

“I’m looking forward to my son’s first Christmas. It’s a new experience to enjoy as a family and we have a chance to establish new Christmas traditions.”

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Diesel price stays stubbornly up as crude drops By Tom Fletcher Black Press

Pity the poor diesel truck owner. While regular gasoline prices have dropped significantly with the plunging price of oil, the pump price for diesel has remained stubbornly high. According to b c g a s p r i c e s. c o m , regular gas fell below $1 a litre at a Costco station in Prince George this week, with

other prices around the B.C. Interior nearly as low. One of the best deals on diesel was $119.9 at the No Frills station in Port Alberni, with diesel prices as high as $145.9 at the Esso and Shell stations in Kitimat. “It shouldn’t be that high,” said John Whittall, a West Kelowna retiree who bought his diesel pickup for the fuel savings. “Typically,

diesel hasn’t been more than gas. When gas was low it was lower.” That’s historically true. But early 2009 – when diesel was 85 cents a litre and gas was nearly $1 – is the last time diesel drivers enjoyed big savings. The price gap closed and since 2012 diesel has cost a few cents a litre more than gas most of the time, according to statistics maintained

by petroleum industry analysts MJ Ervin and Associates. For the last three years, diesel has been stuck between $1.30 and $1.50 in Vancouver, costing a few cents more than regular gas for most of that time. Jason Parent, vicepresident of consulting at MJ Ervin, says the reason for the disparity is diesel and gasoline are two very different commodities that

don’t move together in lockstep. “They each have their own supply and demand fundamentals and they can move in different directions,” he said. Unlike gasoline, which jumps in price towards summer as more drivers hit the road, diesel tends to rise in the winter. The reason, Parent said, is that diesel is virtually identical to heating oil, which is in

high demand to heat homes in the winter. “In the winter season when it gets colder, demand for heating oil spikes and that causes a demand pull on both heating oil prices and diesel prices.” The drop in crude oil prices has put downward pressure on diesel, he said, but that has been largely offset by the increase in winter demand – much to the irritation

of diesel users. “The guys who use diesel are all wondering why they’re not seeing the same benefit as everyone else.” Whittall said he has difficulty believing Parent’s explanation. He said diesel prices never seem to budge, no matter if it’s summer, winter or crude oil prices are collapsing. “I bet you it hasn’t moved a penny up here,” he said.

B.C. oil refinery backers move ahead By Tom Fletcher Black Press

Backers of a third large oil refinery proposal for B.C.’s North Coast made some high-profile appointments Wednesday, naming former Assembly of First Nations national chiefs Shawn Atleo and Ovide Mercredi as advisors to their team. Pacific Future Energy, proposing what it calls the world’s greenest refinery near Prince Rupert, announced the appointments Wednesday at a Vancouver Board of Trade event hosted by Stockwell Day, the

former Conservative trade minister who has been the group’s public face since August. Pacific Future’s proposal is similar to Kitimat Clean, a refinery bid launched in 2012 by David Black, chairman of Black Press. Both would be constructed from modules manufactured offshore to produce diesel, gasoline and other fuels for sale, avoiding the transport of heavy oil by tankers to reach export markets. The third proposal is called Eagle Spirit Energy, headed by aboriginal author and lawyer Calvin Helin with financial backing

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Kitimat Clean CEO David Black from the Aquilini Group, the Vancouver family business that owns the Vancouver Canucks and extensive real estate and farm holdings.

Eagle Spirit is proposing a pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to an upgrader that would produce synthetic crude oil for export by tankers,

likely from the Prince Rupert area. Black announced last week that engineering firm Hatch Ltd. has completed a design and feasibility study for a refinery at an estimated cost of $22 billion, making it one of the 10 biggest in the world. Black said in an interview he sees obvious similarities with the Pacific Future proposal, which describes new technology and carbon capture to reduce its environmental impact. Kitimat Clean proposes a new refining process that avoids production of petroleum coke, a

coal-like byproduct of conventional heavy oil refining that is used in steel making. Black said the entry of Pacific Future, headed by an executive of Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas, shows the business case for a B.C. refinery is sound and there is capacity for more than one plant. All proposals for B.C. North Coast refining require oil transport to the coast, either by rail or in some version of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, which received a federal environmental

certificate this year and awaits approval by the federal cabinet. All proposals also face opposition to transport of heavy oil. Pacific Future has appointed Atleo as a senior advisor for partnerships, months after Premier Christy Clark appointed him as an advisor for dialogue between First Nations, government and industry. Black said his next steps include negotiating “ a c c e p t a b l e compensation” for his project with the Kitselas and Haisla First Nations for use of their traditional territory.


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Local snowmobilers save a life in Telkwa Range rescue

Three local snowmobilers rescued two men missing in the Telkwa Range Dec. 5. One of the missing men had diabetes and says he would have died if the snowmobilers hadn’t

found them. The two men went snowmobiling Friday, Dec. 5, planning to return by 6 p.m. They were reported missing to police at 9:50 p.m. Police contacted

Houston Search and Rescue (SAR), who were unable to search the dense mountain range in the dark as they were unfamiliar with the area. Instead, SAR President Frank

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Local snowmobilers Roger Poirier and Brent Long helped save the life of a man who went missing in the Telkwa Range on Friday, Dec. 5.

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Stephen Ringland was one of three local snowmobilers involved in an overnight weekend rescue.

McDonald enlisted help from local snowmobilers Roger Poirier, Stephen Ringland and Brent Long. These three are avid snowmobilers, members of the Houston Snowmobile Club and very familiar with the Telkwa Range. They agreed to

go out in the snowy weather conditions to search for the missing men. At 4 a.m., the searchers found some faint snowmobile tracks which led them to the men, who’s snowmobiles had gotten stuck. The man with diabetes was in critical condition. Both men

were cold as they’d been unable to start a fire with the green wood around them. The rescuers gave the man with diabetes some food and sugary drinks to revitalize him and bring up his blood sugar levels. Then they took the two men to the snowmobile cabin to warm up before heading back home. The two rescued men are very thankful for the rescue from Poirier, Ringland and Long.

“They saved my life” claims the man with diabetes. The next day, the rescuers headed back up the range and pulled out the stuck snowmobiles. This isn’t the first rescue these men have made. Over the years, other people and families have greatly appreciated their rescue and knowledge of the snowmobile country around Houston. Way to go guys!

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Police are planning roadblocks throughout the Christmas season, looking for impaired drivers. RCMP Sgt. Stephen Rose says they’ll partner with Traffic Services and CN police and ask the public to plan ahead when going to parties. “To avoid the naughty list, don’t drink and drive,” said Sgt. Rose. *** Police arrested a male for assaulting a female at a home on Hagman Crescent at 4 a.m. Dec. 5. Sgt. Rose says the male is

caught with a female he was not to contact. The male was sentenced to three days jail for breach. *** Someone stole a laptop from a home on Omineca Crescent at 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Sgt. Rose says the house was left unlocked and the theft occurred between noon and 4 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact Houston RCMP at 250845-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477. *** A vehicle hit a deer and spun into the ditch on Hungry Hill at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 7. Sgt. Rose says the driver and passenger


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Houston pro-lifers challenged to get involved By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

Parliament Hill was covered with 100,000 pink and blue flags this October. Each flag represented one life lost this year because of abortion. That campaign was led by Mike Schouten, director of the pro-life awareness campaign Schouten and John Hof, United for

Life, spoke to over 40 Houston residents at a recent pro-life event. We N e e d a L a w. ca is part of the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada. Schouten says ARPA has three strategies. (1) They work to support and come alongside pregnant women and those suffering from post-

abortive trauma. (2) They educate and bring public awareness to the issue. (3) They take political action and work alongside Members of Parliament to get regulations on abortion in Canada. “Canada, China and North Korea are the only countries in the world with no abortion laws,” Schouten said. Jackie Lieuwen/Houston Today

Pro-life advocates Mike Schouten and John Hof spoke at recent pro-life meeting in Houston. Schouten is director of the pro-life awareness campaign, and Hof is president of United for Life B.C., a political activist group seeking rights for the unborn.



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“Canada, China and North Korea are the only countries in the world with no abortion laws,”

Abortion was completely illegal in Canada up until 1969, when Pierre Trudeau allowed abortion under certain regulations. In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Canada’s abortion law as unconstitutional in the Morgentaler case. That’s when abortion in Canada became completely legal anytime during a woman’s pregnancy. Schouten notes that the Supreme

- Mike Schouten the pre-born. Several polls show that 60 to 75 percent of Canadians are not comfortable with having no abortion laws (Abacus Data, Angus Reid Public Opinion). Shouten says communities across Canada like Houston need to “engage the culture to change the culture.” “Nothing is going to change unless we get involved,” he said. To get involved go to

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Northern BC opened their hearts & freezers for a group of orphaned and injured bear cubs rescued by the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter in Smithers. Being a volunteer with the shelter here in Prince George, I had seen what a group

from Terrace had done for the shelter and decided I wanted to get Prince George and points North including Houston involved. So Elena Penrose, one of Petland’s kennel techs and myself left PG on Nov 22 with Elena’s Jeep and a donated trailer already packed with donations from our area. During a lengthy breakdown just outside of Prince George, Cathy Rae Malo, who had organized things in Vanderhoof, and her husband, Marcel, drove the donations out to where we were. Their truck was packed with items that filled our trailer up nicely. Once we got mobile, stops were made in Brookside, Fraser Lake, Stellako and Endako. All these communities had substantial donations for NLWS. Unfortunately we missed the group in Burns Lake but were met out on the highway by another couple with a donation of meat. The trailer was so heavy that we acquired another flat tire as well as became short on fuel five minutes out of Houston. We were very happy when Kevin Himech and his wife, Marni Laroque stopped to help us.

Kevin called Eric Bishop at UHaul. By then, Stanley Norman Flint , one of the NLWS volunteers, had contacted those waiting for us and put out an SOS!! Thank you Derk Sali for bringing us fuel!! We then limped into Houston where Eric met us with a new tire. Ellen Scott Henrickson arrived at the shop with a significant load of donations from the waiting group. Simon Zanderbergen, the district manager for UHaul, very graciously, got us a hotel room for the night in Smithers. Sunday morning we were picked up to go for breakfast by Angelika Langen. who along with her husband, Peter, are the founders of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society. We got to meet the crew from Northern Lights and then headed out to the shelter with them. Once there, our UHaul didn’t want to back in so after a slip into a shallow ditch, Mike and Shawn were able to tow the rig in behind the tractor. Then the fun began!! The trailer was so packed that we had to watch for falling donations!! We had everything from meat & fish and fruit & veggies to dog food and cleaning supplies along with lumber, fencing, medical supplies and donations for the online fundraiser that started on Nov 30. The crew at Northern Lights were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and wanted us to say thank you so…


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Houston Community Services collected over 103 turkeys for the Salvation Army Christmas hampers this year. Above: Community Services Coordinator Diane Batley hands off a cart full of turkeys to Rachel Chapman, Christmas hamper coordinator. Batley says they wanted to do something for the community this season, and when they learned there was no more turkey bucks at Super Value, they stepped up to collect turkeys. “Our goal was to provide a turkey for every family,” she said. “I’m so proud of the people in this town. The generosity is overwhelming.”

Endako Mine suspends operations It will be a bleak Christmas for about 400 workers at the Endako Mine west of Prince George. Thompson Creek Metals, which holds a 75 per cent stake in Endako, announced last Wednesday that the Endako molybdenum mine will be on temporary suspension starting December 31. “This is devastating news for Fraser Lake, especially just before the holiday season,” said Fraser Lake Mayor Dwayne Lindstrom. “The suspension impacts more than 350

employees and their families here in Fraser Lake. Our thoughts are with them at this time. In the coming days Council will meet with representatives the Province of British Columbia, the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and other community leaders to find ways to limit the impacts on the workers, their families and Fraser Lake.” The reason for the suspension is the continued weakness in the molybdenum market, said a company press release. About half of the

salaried employees at the Endako Mine will be laid off, resulting in estimated severance costs of approximately $1.7 million. Hourly employees at the mine were notified Thursday that their employment will be temporarily suspended in 60 days. “We expected that the operational improvements that we implemented in 2014 would have been sufficient to keep the Endako Mine operating profitably during this prolonged volatility in the molybdenum market, but as a result

of the current and expected molybdenum price weakness in the near term, we have no other option but to place the mine on temporary suspension,” said Jacques Perron, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thompson Creek. “We will continue to closely monitor market conditions and re-evaluate the status of the mine as market conditions warrant.” Thompson Creek continues to operate Mount Milligan, its open pit copper/gold mine north of Fort St. James.

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Christmas is almost upon us. It has become a time of great celebration in the western world. We in the north have the awesome privilege of having a white Christmas with a dreamlike layer of snow on the ground, on most Christmas mornings. Leading up to Christmas day we see signs in the store windows. “Happy Holidays”, “Season’s Greetings” or “May the Magic of Christmas Be Yours”. Sometimes we see a sign that says “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”. As we stop and think of it, this is exactly what the Bible tells us. Jesus is the reason for every season, Jesus is the reason we are here. Jesus is the reason for me. Jesus is the reason for the universe. Jesus is the Creator. If he did not exist, neither would we. (John 1:1-5) Jesus is not only the Creator, he is also God in human flesh. He came for the specific purpose of dying on a wooden cross for the sins of all those who would receive him (John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:15). This is really something to celebrate! All my sins gone! I now can live a life in intimate relationship with the Almighty God. As we contemplate the wonder of the Creator being formed as a child in the womb of the virgin Mary, being born into the human race and becoming one of his creation and ultimately purchasing us back from the pits of hell, we celebrate Jesus who is called Immanuel (which means God with us)! The greatest tragedy is to miss the meaning of Jesus Christ’s visit to this earth by being distracted by all the trappings of the Christmas season; Santa, Frosty, the gifts, the shopping, the Christmas trees, the turkey dinner, the worries of life; missing the real reason why Jesus came and thus missing Jesus too. Jesus “came to seek and to save those who are lost” Luke 19:10 NLT. He came to call those who know they are sinners and to save all who will turn to him and to give us life everlasting (Matthew 9:13). Do you want something to celebrate not only at Christmas, but every day of the rest of your life? Surrender to Jesus, give all your sins, worries and cares, your very life to him and he will set you free to celebrate as you never have before! “And this is what God has testified; He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son does not have life.” 1 John 5:11,12 NLT Submitted by Ken Penner

Silverthorne Elementary School is teaching students to selfregulate during school and bring themselves to a state of being ready to learn. Whether they are tired or excited or frustrated or angry, students are taught exercises to do to get themselves back to a calm and focused state where they are ready to learn. Here, grade two students demonstrate some of their selfregulating exercises to parents at a recent luncheon.

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Cassidy takes her turn sitting with Santa under the Christmas Tree.

Houston celebrates


April Auger and her family Dylan, Marshal, Elizabeth and Haillie wait for a chance to see Santa at the mall last Saturday. Jackie Lieuwen photos/Houston Today

Left: Bulkley Valley Credit Union handed out popcorn at Cram the Cruiser this year. Shown L-R are: Bernie Barker, Ainslie Stacey, Laury Williams, Tanya Amonson and Paul Batley. Right: Eryn gets a high-five from Safety Bear after donating to the cause.

Houston’s annual Cram the Cruiser event drew hundreds of people and packed four RCMP cruisers full of food. A Salvation Army kettle was also crammed with cash and teddy bears were given out to kids. This year RCMP partnered with Emergency Health Services, Victim’s Services, the Bulkley Valley Credit Union and Moose FM to collect donations for the cause.


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