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LETTERS TO SANTA Local children share their Christmas wishes.

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A CHRISTMAS STORY St. Joseph’s School’s message of remembering the reason for the season culminates in the appearance of the star Himself, baby Jesus Christ, at the end of an entertaining performance of A Play in a Manger. See more photos of school performances on A26-27. Chris Gareau photo

ELDERS LUNCHEON Gitxsan elders celebrate Christmas.

KSM receives federal environmental approval

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Seabridge Gold’s KSM gold, copper, silver, and molybdenum mine received approval from federal Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq on Friday. This comes after provincial approval at the end of July, according to Seabridge Gold vice president of environmental affairs Brent Murphy. The environmental assessment review was a joint venture by the two levels of government under the Environmental

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Assessment Act. “We’re very happy about the decision (Friday) because this represents a culmination of seven-and-a-half years of work of a very dedicated team of professionals,” Murphy said. Construction, which does not have a planned start date, would not be done by Seabridge Gold. Murphy explained that a joint venture partner and feasibility study need to be done before whoever the partner becomes starts digging. He said Seabridge’s role was to get the permits needed to start operations before passing the mine on to an

operator. The project is expected to have an average ore extraction rate of approximately 130,000 tonnes per day over an anticipated 52year mine life. Ore would be mined by a combination of open pit and underground mining methods from four mineral deposits Seabridge Gold has an office in Smithers, and Murphy invited anyone who had questions about the project to stop by. “It’s our belief it will become an anchor for economic development in northwestern B.C.,” said Murphy. See FIRST NATIONS on A4


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Kinsmen to upgrade playgrounds By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The Bulkley Valley Kinsmen are getting the ball rolling on upgrades to playgrounds in Telkwa and Smithers. The Kinsmen are hoping to install two pieces of concrete climbing rocks for bouldering, first at the playground on the Telkwa Barbecue Grounds, as well as parks in Smithers and Rough Acres. “We wanted to do more in the community and this was something that was brought forward as a possibility,” said Neil Bailey, secretary with the Kinsmen. “We had talked with Stoney Stoltenberg before he retired. It was a project that he seemed to be interested in as well.” They would install two boulders, one for kids aged two to five and another for kids five and up in each of the parks. “What that does is it gives people a range to play on; you have a range for younger

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The Bulkley Valley Kinsmen are raising money to install concrete climbing rocks in parks similar to these ones.

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kids and a range for the older kids,” said Bailey. Right now, plans are in the early stages and the Kinsmen are raising funds for the roughly $150,000-project. According to Bailey, they’re hoping to get partial

funding from the gas tax to help them buy equipment; they also want to raise funds to buy the things they need to install it such as the cedar edging, gravel and concrete footings. Bailey noted he just put in a grant application with the

regional district for help. “Hopefully we can expand it and do Smithers and Rough Acres as well,” said Bailey. “It is something we’re going to move forward with through different grant funding or through our own funding.” They hope to get the project completed within the next six or eight months, depending on how much funding comes in. “There is support in the community. People seem to want this,” said Bailey. “It’s going to give the kids something positive to do. I think we need to provide things for our kids and youth.” Kinsmen president Anthony Noonan said the upgrades will bring some unique equipment to the area. “It’s going to be an area for the kids to go to. The park up there is used quite a bit. It is a really neat tool. It’s a pretty unique playground, I’ve never seen one like that before,” said Noonan.

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Standing in the ice-cold Bulkley River on a subzero morning might seem like madness but there is a logical and life-saving reason a group of men did just that last week. Delivered by Smithersbased company Raven Rescue, the ice safety and rescue technician course is for those whose work requires them to work on or travel over frozen water. It teaches people techniques to identify hazards and rescue themselves and others, along with other important safety lessons for working in frozen environments. As part of their training on the Bulkley River last week, the group learned how to safely rescue a person from the water. The exercises simulated scenarios where the trainees needed to rescue people in both conscious and unconscious states,

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TAKING THE OATH Telkwa’s new mayor Darcy Repen is sworn in at the council meeting last Monday. New councillors Leroy Dekens, Coralee Karrer, Annette Morgan and re-elected Brad Layton were also sworn in. Dekens was selected as the village’s deputy mayor. Kendra Wong photo

First Nations part of negotiations From KSM on Front “The capital costs for the development of this project is $5.3 billion. Seabridge from day one has said we will not construct this project; we will advance it, we will permit it, de-risk it, and then move it forward with a joint venture partner because we’re a midtier development exploration company, and our strengths are in the exploration and permitting side of things,” said Murphy. The mine will release water as part of its operations, but in the wake of the Mount Polley spill earlier this year, Murphy made assurances that the mine KSM would operate differently. “We’re completely different. Our facility is contained within a natural valley which offers confining pressures. “We will only have dams at the ends of the valley; and we will operate it differently in that water will never be

up at the crest of the dams, it will be well away because of tailings beaches. “We’re also a discharge facility,” explained Murphy. “We will be discharging water on a continuous basis annually, whereas Mount Polley, their water was accumulating within their tailings facility.” Murphy added that a third party reviewed the tailings set-up, and that a geo-technical review board would also evaluate and propose construction and operational methods. “It’s a body that will be associated with the project from now until the end of the project life,” said Murphy. The project was also subject to requirements under the Nisga’a Final Agreement, a modern treaty signed by the governments of Canada, British Columbia and the Nisga’a Nation. It includes provisions to mitigate adverse environmental effects on the Nisga’a

Nation. “There was essentially a twolevel approval (Friday). There was the approval from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and then the approval under the Nisga’a Final Agreement,” said Murphy. The Final Agreement will provide the Nisga’a with a total of $211.5 million, comprising a capital transfer of $190 million, as well as other financial benefits of $10 million for the establishment of the Lisims Fisheries Conservation Trust and $11.5 million to participate in the general commercial fishery. Other First Nations are in negotiations, including the Tahltan, Gitanyow, and Gitxsan. “We have an environmental agreement with the Gitanyow, and we’re hoping to move discussions on with the other parties.”

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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, 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 conditional 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. Skeena-Bulkley 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. 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 value-added 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 directlyemployed 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.

RCMP breakthrough in B &E crime By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Police made a breakthrough last week in solving a spate of break and enter crimes in Smithers over the past month. The Smithers RCMP charged

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Climate talks end 2014 in disarray By Tom Fletcher Black Press

In case you missed the outcome of the latest United Nations climate change conference in Lima, Peru, it was another costly, embarrassing failure. This one is likely to be remembered mostly for a staggeringly stupid stunt by Greenpeace employees, who were threatened with prosecution for defacing the Nazca Lines, a world heritage site in the Peruvian desert. These vast 1,500-year-old petroglyphs, visible from space, are among the great mysteries of archaeology. “Time for a change!” blared huge yellow letters dragged across the sacred site by paid protesters trampling the delicate terrain. I’ll say it’s time for a change, starting with scratching Greenpeace off your

Christmas card list. Earlier there was the spectacle of Canada’s national media, reflexively denouncing Ottawa’s supposed inaction on greenhouse gases after U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a surprise climate agreement with China in advance of Peru. “Over to you, Mr. Prime Minister,” chirped CBC anchor Wendy Mesley, joining other TV networks in falsely portraying the U.S. deal as a breakthrough. This non-binding gesture soon produced many cartoons, one of which shows Obama stripped to his underwear in a poker game with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is surrounded by a pile of chips and an American flag. The U.S.-China announcement served as a preview of Peru, where developing countries would

again refuse any substantive restrictions on their fuel use. China graciously agreed to continue ramping up its world-leading greenhouse gas emissions until 2030, while lame-duck Obama pretended he could commit the U.S. to further reductions. Between them, the U.S. and China account for about half of global human-caused carbon emissions. Due mostly to the surge from China and India, Canada’s share has fallen from two per cent to 1.5, which should help put all those “tar sands” protests into perspective. Days later, Environment Canada released its latest national emission statistics, an event ignored by most media. “Between 2005 and 2012, total Canadian GHG emissions decreased by 5.1 per cent, while the economy grew by 10.6 per cent over the same period,” the

report states. B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak joined the throngs who jetted to Lima. There she met officials from California and other U.S. states to reannounce their modest efforts to put a price on carbon emissions. TV anchors and other wideeyed innocents might have been left with the mistaken impression that the huge U.S. petroleum industry is cutting back, when in fact it has grown enormously thanks to shale oil and gas production. And California continues to produce, by its own state government measure, the most carbon-intensive heavy crude in North America. Overshadowing all of this is the drop in the world price of oil, mainly the result of Saudi Arabia flooding the market in an effort to push competitors out of business. In the latest

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L ETTERS Site C is an economic asset Editor: I’m glad to see that the Site C Dam project is finally moving ahead after 50 years of talk. The dam is going to take a full 10 years to build before it produces a single megawatt of power, so the sooner we get things going the better. After all, who can imagine what the clean energy demands on our province’s power grid will be a decade from now in 2024. It could be LNG, it could be new, next generation mines and processing plants, it could be something that’s not even on the radar yet. Whatever it is, having a robust supply of reliable, cleanly generated energy is an economic asset that gives us an ongoing edge in a world dealing with climate change and the need to lower carbon emissions. Bravo to all those who worked to make Site C a reality. Jimmy Pelk Langley, B.C.

Site C not built with B.C. residents in mind Editor: Let’s look at electrical production and the respective costs of oil/coal, hydro, and alternative energies. Here are some specific examples of various costs in Canada. Quebec, which is almost entirely hydro, the domestic rate is $0.05 per kwh (up to 30kw/day). In Alberta, which is mostly coal/oil, the domestic rate is presently $0.07 per kwh. In California, large array (utility scale) solar power is being delivered at less than $0.10/kwh., less than even relatively cheap natural gas for peak generators (peak

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power generation is used when traditional power sources are experiencing high loads, and generally the power is a considerably higher priced than base loads). Again in California, wind turbines are in the range of 5 to 6 cents/kwh, a couple cents cheaper than coal (again peak power pricing). Here in B.C. we have the Site “C” debate going on, and at issue is that the new dam is being constructed with really only one purpose in mind, to supply the prospective LNG pipeline compressors and pumps. Some power will feed northern communities, and the mining in the North is going to likely benefit too. But it is not being built with supplying B.C. residences in mind, even though Ms. Clark toots the project as being able to supply 450,000 homes a year. Some view this project as subsidizing the LNG industry. Keith Cummings Telkwa

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Commerce welcomes the B.C. government’s decision to approve Site C. “B.C.’s economy has been built on reliable, lowcost power — but our aging infrastructure threatens that,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber. “By committing to building Site C, government is investing in B.C.’s continued access to the energy we need to take B.C. forward.” Winter noted that reliable, low-cost power has long been a major competitive advantage for B.C. as a business jurisdiction. “Reliable, affordable power allows our businesses to compete nationally and globally and to create jobs right here in B.C.” Winter said. “It’s a key factor in our province’s economic success.” Winter commended government for making a tough but critical decision. “Site C is the largest

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investment decision our province will make in a generation. But let’s be clear: Today’s decision was the right decision for our economy and our future,” Winter said. The BC Chamber’s province-wide membership has recognized the need for aggressive action on both the supply and demand side of the province’s energy mix. As part of this, BC Chamber members have long backed Site C as a strategic investment in reliable, publicly-owned energy infrastructure. Winter added that B.C.’s future energy needs will go beyond Site C. “Site C will have a significant role to play, however we anticipate that B.C. will need to leverage its full basket of energy options including oil, natural gas, renewable energy and hydro assets to power our economy.” Site C will be the third dam and hydroelectric gen-

erating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C. It will generate clean and renewable power, produce low amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and have a relatively small reservoir footprint for the 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy it will produce — enough to power 450,000 homes a year. BC Hydro estimates that the project will generate approximately 10,000 direct jobs and an additional 23,000 indirect jobs, and contribute $3.2 billion to B.C.’s GDP. In addition, Site C will generate firm power for more than a century. BC Chamber of Commerce

Sierra BC Club’s statement on Site C decision Editor: Sierra Club BC’s statement on Site C decision Sierra Club BC is extremely disappointed at the B.C. government’s decision to proceed with the proposed Site C dam, despite vehement opposition from Treaty 8 First Nations, local landowners, and the findings of the Joint Review Panel. The cabinet had a chance to apply the brakes to a proj-

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ect dominated by overblown demand projections and a high likelihood of runaway costs. Only last week, the Premier tacked another $600 million to Site C’s price tag, bringing it to $8.78 billion. Unfortunately, the cabinet has chosen to expose British Columbians to spiralling debt and legal risk from First Nations lawsuits — in order to produce electricity we currently don’t need and will have to sell at a loss. In addition to the $8.78 billion that British Columbians will be shelling out up-front, B.C. will be losing big time on the jobs front. Building geothermal plants to the same capacity would employ almost 1,900 people — compared to only 165 for Site C. And this doesn’t even take into account development of the agricultural sector in the valley. Site C’s $8.78 billion price tag, BC Hydro’s ballooning debt, and the risk of further slippage of the province’s credit rating present a bleak picture for taxpayers and ratepayers for decades to come. The people of the Peace Valley, both native and non-native, have lived in the shadow of Site C for nearly two generations. Three successive reviews have exposed fundamental flaws that are not going to go away, from the impact on First Nations Treaty rights to the proponent’s failure to even demonstrate the need for the power. Destroying a fertile, biodiverse valley capable of feeding one million people simply makes no sense in the context of climate change. The drought in California demonstrates all too clearly that British Columbia must look within to ensure a secure food supply, yet Site C would destroy the last major undeveloped tract of productive farmland in the province. Sierra Club BC will continue to oppose this decision in every way we can, including support for opposition from Treaty 8 Nations. Ana Simeon Site C campaigner

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Site C dam given green light By Tom Fletcher Black Press

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Smithers crash injures driver By Alicia Bridges

called to the scene of the crash at the intersection of King Street and Highway 16 at about 10 a.m. Two semi-trailers were also involved in the accident. RCMP believes one of them went through a red light. Police were still investigating after the crash.

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The male driver of an SUV was taken to hospital with non lifethreatening injuries after a three vehicle crash in Smithers on Thursday. RCMP, paramedics and the fire department were

The B.C. government has given the go-ahead for BC Hydro to start construction on a third dam on the Peace River, with a delay of six months to try to work out settlements with area aboriginal communities and landowners whose properties will be flooded or cut off. Energy Minister Bill Bennett said last Tuesday a review of construction costs upheld the $7.9 billion estimate for the Site C dam that was developed in 2010, but the overall price tag has risen. Delaying the project six months from its original start date adds inflation and interest costs, and calculating the effect of the provincial sales tax replacing the HST brings the total to $8.34 billion. The province is establishing a “project reserve” of $440 million to bring the total estimated cost to $8.77 billion. The project reserve is in case of unforeseen events such as a rise interest rates during the eight-year construction period. BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald said the six-

Energy Minister Bill Bennett, BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald and Premier Christy Clark announce the decision to proceed with the Site C dam on the Peace River last Tuesday at the B.C. legislature. Tom Fletcher photo month delay provides time to work out compensation agreements with Treaty 8 First Nations who have declined settlement offers. The federal-provincial environmental review panel gave the go-ahead for the project in May, but noted its unavoidable impacts on aboriginal hunting, fishing and trapping rights that are assured by the 1899 treaty. A group of Peace Valley landowners has already started legal action against the project, having refused offers from BC Hydro to

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buy their land. Aboriginal groups in Alberta, downstream of the project, have also started court action against it. NDP leader John Horgan called the decision “a $9 billion gamble” and repeated his call for a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission to see if the additional power is going to be needed by the time the dam is operating in 2025. The BCUC will determine BC Hydro rates in the years ahead, and how much they will go up to pay

for the most expensive public construction project in B.C. history. The government plans to mitigate BC Hydro rate impact by reducing the dividend the government takes from the power company’s operations each year. Bennett said a review of alternative clean energy sources, including wind, solar and geothermal power, showed they can’t compete on price because they are intermittent sources that would require backup power.

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Following are highlights from Tom Fletcher’s yearend interview with NDP leader John Horgan. For an extended version, see the Opinion section at interior-news.com. TF: The B.C. Liberal government has given every indication they’re going to proceed with the Site C dam on the Peace River. What do you think? JH: I’ve always maintained that it’s a good project, but it’s a question of when to add another $8-9-10-12 billion onto the backs of ratepayers. First of all, go to the B.C. Utilities Commission and find out if this is the power you need and if this is the time to build it. The government refuses to do that, and I think that’s just an Achilles heel in this process. TF: You voted for the liquefied natural gas income tax to provide certainty, and then you immediately said you would work to increase the LNG tax in 2017, before any major project could be started. How is that certainty? JH: I thought it was important that the investment

John Horgan at the B.C. Legislature. community in this sector knew there was bipartisan support for LNG in British Columbia. But we went from a seven per cent [tax] to a 3.5 per cent because of a softening market. If there is a decline in return to the province because of a

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softening market, then surely over a 25-year period – not just between now and 2017, but if the market conditions change and prices go up – I think British Columbians would want their government to make sure they were getting a fair share of

that benefit. TF: Why did you vote against the LNG environmental legislation? JH: They said prior to the election that LNG would be the greenest in the world. And then when they tabled legislation they left out 70 per cent of the emissions from upstream activity. TF: Gordon Campbell’s great goal for greenhouse gases, 33 per cent reduction by 2020, can that be reached assuming a substantial LNG development? JH: I find it difficult to believe that they’re going to achieve those results. [Environment Minister] Mary Polak has a different point of view, and our job as opposition is to hold them accountable to the numbers that they passed into law, and we’re going to do that. One of the three sectors, housing, energy and transportation, where emission profiles can be managed downward is transportation. And the government has wasted 18 months talking about a referendum on [Metro Vancouver transit.] TF: What’s your top priority

for 2015? JH: I think the public is going to increasingly find affordability issues to be the challenge. We didn’t spend as much time as I had hoped to on hydro rate increases, ICBC. When the government balanced the budget, they did it by selling assets, and by increasing costs at their Crown corporations and then pulling that revenue in for budget purposes. We’re going to have to use new technologies and means of communication to better explain to people what the government’s doing to them. TF: What should happen with the agricultural land reserve? JH: I don’t think there was a groundswell of opposition to the ALR, quite the opposite in fact, and the commission has in my opinion, infinite flexibility to meet the demands of development in northern areas as well as urban centres. I’m going to make sure that [agriculture critic] Lana Popham, who as you know is fearless on this issue, is let loose on [Agriculture Minister] Norm Letnick, and we’re going to dog this issue up to the next election.


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Zabunyan teaches life skills on the court By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Dikran Zabunyan is one of those rare basketball coaches who cares more about giving back to the sport of basketball and improving the development of his athletes. “I think I owe something to the game. It made me the person I am today,” said Zabunyan. “I’m a fivefoot-eleven player, underdog always, I feel like I need to make a contribution to the game because I owe the game a lot.” Zabunyan is the new general manager of Hudson Bay Mountain and is also the new assistant coach with the Smithers Secondary senior boys’ basketball team. “These young men are thankful that you coach them, whereas the higher you go, there’s no thankyous,” said Zabunyan. “I’ve been blessed to coach some amazing players in Smithers.” Zabunyan comes to Smithers after working at various hotels around the country, including

Ontario and the Yukon. While he has loads of experience in the hotel industry, Zabunyan’s secret talent is in basketball. He moved to Canada from Turkey when he was 13 years old. When Zabunyan and his family moved to Toronto, he decided to join a recreational soccer league, a sport that is big in his homeland, Turkey. But his dreams of playing soccer were short-lived when he was cut from the team. “I attended the Armenian church, they had a junior team and I enrolled there and picked up a basketball,” he said. Only a few years later, Zabunyan would meet Armenak Alajajian, a Russian coach who played on the Soviet national team in the Tokyo Olympics and a point guard with the Russian Red Army team. “He was my first real coach who taught me values on the court and also it helped me out in future business,” said Zabunyan. “He taught me good values, winning habits, he

Dikran Zabunyan is the new assistant coach of the Gryphons senior boys’ basketball team and brings 17 years of coaching experience.

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taught me to control the intensity that you had to maintain during games and I continued that through my career in business as well.”

Zabunyan went on to play high school and college basketball before returning to Turkey where he would spend five years playing pro-

basketball with the team Fenerbahce. With nearly 15 years of playing hoops, he went on to do something that most people don’t

even consider — starting his own promen’s basketball team and hand-picking all the players himself. In 1994, in Windsor, Ontario, Zabunyan formed the Royal City Express (it was later renamed the GT Express when Zabunyan moved back to Toronto and continued the team there). According to Zabunyan, the team was ranked the number two team in Canada behind the Toronto Raptors. In an almost unheard of feat, the team also travelled to the United States to compete against several NCAA Division 1 teams, including Michigan, Pittsburgh and Rhode Island. In total, he walked away with 387 wins and 168 losses. Zabunyan stopped coaching the GT Express in 2006 when he moved to the Yukon for new work opportunities. Now, at 55 years old, Zabunyan is dedicating his time and coaching abilities to helping out the Gryphons this season. Matt Lowndes, head coach of the Gryphons, said

Zabunyan called him after seeing MiniGryphs posters and offered to help out “You can’t replace experience and the passion. He’s been living the game his entire life,” said Lowndes. “It’s sort of rubbed off on our kids, they like having him in the gym. “We’re pretty lucky to have someone of his quality in this town.” Lowndes also hopes Zabunyan’s connections will help local kids get nods for college basketball scholarships. “All I can provide them with is that there is a future after basketball,” said Zabunyan. “Teach them good habits and good values and share my life experience with them, that basketball can be a possibility, but it’s not the only thing.” Though he’s taken a back seat to coaching, his passion for basketball remains. “When I walk in the gym, I get shivers,” he said, adding that soon he’ll take a step back after 17 years of coaching, but will continue to support the sport.

One of the greatest joys of this holiday season is saying THANK YOU!!

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HOCKEY IN FULL SWING A Aqua North Plumbing player tries to get one by a player from Dan’s Source for Sports during a game on Saturday morning.

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Judo club raises funds for Canada Games By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The Smithers Judo Club is raising money to help send its junior athletes to the Canada Winter Games in February. The club hopes to send Simbiyez and Say-ez Wilson and Josh Reid to the Winter Games in Prince George. “The Winter Games are very exciting,” said Simbiyez Wilson, who helped organize the fundraiser. “We’ve been to other tournaments leading us up to this moment.

This is what we’ve been working on since we got our orange belts.” The club held a fundraiser at the Old Church last Saturday night where local artists such as Agent Button and Azedeh Gagnon, Nameless and Split Seconds performed. The fundraiser also included a silent auction, door prizes and a dance off. All proceeds go toward travel and tournament fees. The event was also to raise money to send athletes to a winter training camp to help prepare them for the 2014/15 competitive

season and as part of the qualifier for the Canada Winter Games selection. The three-day camp also includes instruction from Sensei Nakamura, who has coached at five Olympic Games. “Sensei Nakamura is an incredible instructor,” said head coach Bernie Mattie in an email. “This is a rare opportunity for the kids to train under one of the best coaches in Canada and arguably the world.” For more information email simbiyez1998@ hotmail.com.

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Otters find podium, break club records at Kitimat meet By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Several Bulkley Valley Otters had podium finishes, broke club records and set personal bests at a meet in Kitimat against roughly 150 swimmers from around the northwest two weeks ago. “I wasn’t expecting some of the drops in times from three weeks previous, but we had some really good drops in time,” said head coach Tom Best. The club took eight swimmers down, one of them being Tanner Espersen. Tanner qualified for two national events including the western national meet and the age-group championship in Quebec in the 50-metre backstroke. “He’s been trying to get that for quite a while and he finally nailed it,” said Best, adding that the

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16-year-old also broke the club record in that race with a time of 28.65. In total, he swam in seven events, and achieved personal bests in all of them. Thirteen-year-old River Stokes-DeYoung qualified for AAA provincials with the 200 and 400 freestyle, and broke the club record in the 200 as well. The young swimmer also walked away with an impressive nine firstplace finishes. “He swam controlled the way that he was supposed to,” said Best. “He swam very, very well.” Tanner’s brother Bailey also qualified for western nationals in the 200 individual medley and set a personal best in the 200 breaststroke, shaving five seconds off his previous time. Monica Joseph also came first place in the 50 backstroke and the 50 fly and second in the 100 breaststroke. Gabby Correia, who

has been out of the water for a while due to illness, finished second place overall in the senior girls age group, with first or second place finishes in all her races. “Gabby showed that what we’re doing with our breaststroke is really not too darn bad because she won the girls 100 breaststroke for senior and she took about four seconds off her best time,” said Best. Zane StokesDeYoung was named the club’s swimmer of the meet; while Tanner, Bailey and another kid tied for first overall in the senior age group. Luke Berarducci swam into fourth. The club finished third behind Kitimat and Prince Rupert. “It just goes to show that a small group can do very well,” said Best. He noted that the athletes have been working on swimming tactically, holding back at the beginning

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Tales of a CIHL referee By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

They’re out there skating on the ice for as long as hockey players are; they must stand their ground and occasionally get booed for controversial calls on the ice; and they must get in the thick of things during line brawls between teams. CIHL referees deal with many things on and off the ice. But for CIHL referee Michael Mehr, who has been officiating for the past 12 years, reffing is more than just making those controversial calls. “I love being part of the game,” said Mehr. “I love to have a role in it, it’s the best

seat in the house to watch a game from.” Mehr started reffing when he was a teenager after a short stint as a player. “It teaches you so many important life skills. Officiating is fantastic in teaching you how to make quick decisions, you get conflict management, you get exercise,” he said. “I also think it allows you to build a fair amount of selfconfidence that you can handle those situations.” He temporarily stepped away from officiating to pursue his studies at university, but then returned to the ice when the Smithers Steelheads were formed roughly 12 years ago. Though travel times between towns has decreased

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According to Raphael, the organization is stepping up efforts to find out why there is a disparity in reffing numbers in certain regions. One of those ways is through the minor supervision program, where they will send a supervisor to roughly 100 minor hockey associations across the province to provide further education to officials and staff. As for Mehr, he has taken a small step back from officiating, but his desire to stay in the game outweighs everything. “I really respect what the guys in the CIHL level bring and I try and return that. I don’t have any agenda to be on the ice other than to be in the game . . . it’s really great hockey,” he said. There are roughly 4,300 certified officials in the province this year. For more information, visit www.bchockey.net.

But over the years, Mehr has seen a decrease in the number of young officials involved with the league. “We’re not seeing a lot of continuing good young officials into a good supply of adult officials. We’re good at the minor hockey level, but we could use more young adults that are still in town and we could certainly use more adult referees,” he said. Sean Raphael, BC Hockey’s referee in chief, said preliminary numbers show there are roughly 150-170 referees in the North, a drop from the 20112013 levels when they had just over 200. “This year in particular, we’ve seen an increase in officials in the south Okanagan and north and south Vancouver Island, yet we’ve seen declines in the north central and northwest,” he said. “In the North particularly it’s hard

to say, in general, we’ve seen various reasons, with some of our young officials, the ones that are progressing from the program from the 16-20-year-old range . . . lots of things whether it be other career paths, schooling, possible re-location for either of those two things. We’ll see a lot of turnover and attrition at those levels due to those things.” Glyn Doyle, a young official who recently received his level two certification from BC Hockey, officiated his first CIHL game two weeks go. “It’s more intense than most of the games I’ve ever done. It’s a higher pace and the guys like to talk to you a little bit. I didn’t get too much hassle from the coaches or the players,” said Doyle, who has been reffing with the minor league for the past five years. “I’d love to continue reffing higher-level hockey.”

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A group of Wet’suwet’en and Nedut’en women are empowering First Nations women with a photography project that showcases their natural beauty. Makeup artist Shannon Alec, hairdresser Deanna Nolan and photographer Carla Lewis have been giving First Nations women free makeovers and taking their photographs. The project was inspired by Alec’s experience having her portrait taken and the positive impact it had on her. Driven by a desire to “pay it forward,” she put the idea to Nolan and Lewis. Lewis said the concept reflected her own desire to make her photography a reflection of her activism, promoting education and wellness in the community. When Alec approached her about

the project, she did not hesitate to get involved. “We are constantly told as women, native or not, that we must uphold this standard of beauty that is seen in the magazines. “These models and celebrities are professionally made over, airbrushed, and photoshopped. “This simply isn’t reality and it was great for everyone to see that with a team of pros pampering you that the results can be stunning.” She said during the makeovers, the organizers talked to the women about selfesteem, what beauty means and that true beauty was on the inside. Before the photoshoots were complete, she said the women’s confidence grew. “As I did the photos, I brought each individual outside and encouraged their shyness to turn into pride and as they got more comfortable and were posing with ease,” “I would ask them to think of their

happiest moment and to look for it in the lens and many people have commented on the powerful look in everyone’s eyes.” Although the original project took place in Burns Lake, Lewis said all that would be needed to expand the project to the Bulkley Valley would be an invitation. “We are Wet’suwet’en and Nedut’en so I would like to think that our ‘local’ area encompasses our traditional territories as they are defined by our hereditary systems so we can share connections and stories throughout our territory as well,” she said. “To make this happen outside of Burns Lake, we would probably just need an invitation to do a workshop or a makeover/photo shoot.” For more information about the project visit the Honzu Makeovers Facebook page.

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A box of thanks and good wishes

SPICE OF LIFE Brenda Mallory

Winter has come and Christmas is here. Each one does not have much to do with the other of course. By now I suppose the stockings have been hung somewhere with care. I see such big stockings to buy. Never had one of those. We always had a stocking that we could wear after we took out the little things in it. The stocking would have a candy cane, some oranges and a small gift. The chance of the lump of coal was on our minds. Of course, we could not ignore the second sock stuck in the toe of the first.

We thought it was a big deal since we could have the stocking contents on Christmas Eve. I was trying to think of something meaningful to say to you in this column. I know there are many in my age group who have lost someone this past year. It might have been your life partner or a pet that is making Christmas difficult for you. What to do? For me, Christmas has lost its glow but I do enjoy the spirit of it all. I will light some candles, find an old movie to watch — that’s it. I was thinking about a story sent to me about a little girl who went to great difficulty to wrap a big box. She picked the most beautiful golden paper. Bright ribbons were added. She presented the big box to her father. He anticipated a special gift. Inside the box — was nothing. The little girl had an answer to her dad’s question about the contents. She told him it was

filled with kisses to show him how much she loved him. Most of you I don’t know well enough to send a box of kisses but just the same I am sending a big box of gratitude to all of you who have read my words and take time to comment. Let me add some thanks to the box for those who have stood by me over these last three years of widowhood. Everything has made it possible for me to stay in my cabin in the woods. If there is enough room left in the box I add a load of good wishes and happiness for your Christmas and the coming year. Whatever sadness or illness you have had I can only hope you will have some good days to come. The lid is on this box which I send to all of you. Let me add something outside the box. That is “Peace on Earth and good will to men” – and women. Call when you feel like it. The number is 250846-5095. You could e-mail to mallory@bulkley.net

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The cast and crew of our local radio station MOOSEFM were full of the Christmas Spirit as they helped raised over $44,000 and tons of food for area food banks from The Hazeltons to Burns Lake. They thank the Bulkley Valley Credit Union who was their partner in the event and sponsors Safeway, Bulkley Valley Insurance Services, Bulkley Restorations, Smithers Lumber Yard, Bandstra Transportation, McDonald’s, Aksenz Studios (Burns Lake) and Home Hardware in Smithers, Houston and Burns Lake.

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C OMMUNITY Smithers happenings VIEW FROM THE PORCH Remember Christmas Song by the Chipmunks in 1958? That takes a person back a few years. Events to mark on your 2015 calendar: Sunday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Della Herman Theatre, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer. Check them out on YouTube. Their sound, a mix of blues, soul, and funk, is anything but common. The Smithers Art Gallery will be closed during January. From Mar. 17 – Apr. 25 there will be a members’ show, a non-juried exhibition for artists of all experience levels. The only criteria is to be a member of the gallery by the start of the show. They will accept three to five pieces of visual art, in any medium, per member. The gallery is also putting together a new line-up for the Divas & Friends Variety Show, held at the Della Herman Saturday,

Mar. 21. The Theme is “Silver-Screen Classics.” An annual fundraising concert, it comprises two hours of music, song, dance and theatre by local performers of all ages and styles. To audition contact Poppy Dubar fundraiser@ smithersart.org. BC Healthy Communities Society and Northern Health are hosting the Citizens Series webinar starting Thursday, Jan. 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The webinar is called Risky Business: Why Communities, Government and Industry Need to Work Together To Support a Healthier Approach to Resource Development. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., there is another webinar called Partnering for Change: Building New Relationships for the Health and Wellbeing of Northern First Nations People and Communities. For more information: Angela Bello, 250387-4470, angela@ bchealthycommunities. ca For a Christmas gift you could pick up tickets to the WolakDonnelly Duo, who are performing at the Della Herman

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Theatre on Sunday Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $16 for students. There will also be a performance by Ballet Jorgen’s Cinderella on Sunday, Mar. 1 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for students. Youtube will show you a preview if you enter the text “Ballet Jorgen, Cinderella.” All tickets available at Mountain Eagle. Something for 2014. On December 31, great dance band, the Soul Proprietors, play at historic Glenwood Hall. Gourmet snacks will be provided by Small Potatoes Farm and there will be fireworks at midnight. A shuttle service is available. Tickets are $40 from Mountain Eagle Books. Are you an ecovator, that person who innovates to make a difference for the environment? Here is a chance to superpower your school. The 2015 Staples Superpower Your School Contest, in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, will run from Jan. 5 -31. For more information visit earthday.ca/powereco, questions powereco@ earthday.ca.

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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 laura@interior-news.com. More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at www.interior-news.com. Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone. News Years Eve Social at The Telkwa Senior Hall. Music by The Just Us Band & CDs, Priced $10. Lunch will be served. For tickets call 846-5346. Special General Meeting of the Kispiox Valley Music Festival Society 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 at The Meeting Place at 3226, Bowser Street, New Hazelton. One of the things to be decided at this meeting is whether or not a Kispiox Valley Music Festival as we’ve known it will take place in 2015. BV Hospital Auxiliary AGM Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. at the Healthy Living Centre on Main St. Everyone 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. Free Adult On-on-One Tutoring for Math, English, GED, driving and more. Visit SCSA located at the train station or call 250-847-9515. BV Genealogical Society meets the last Tuesday every month, Sunshine Inn meeting room, 7 p.m. Guest speakers and programs are presented to assist family root researchers. All welcome.

Whistler Road Cheese Co. would like to thank our customers for the overwhelming support and enthusiasm in our first few months of selling locally produced cheese. Thank you for supporting local businesses and families. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you again at the curling rink for the indoor Bulkley Valley Farmers Market in 2015. You can also find our cheese at the Sausage Factory, Maverick Foods, and Gwyn’s Green Grocer.

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Aleesha is in good standing as a registrant with the College of Massage Therapists of BC. She completed her training at Okanagan College of Massage Therapy and passed her board exams with distinction in 2009. Since then Aleesha has been practicing full-time at a multidisciplinary clinic in Creston BC. With her husband’s move to the Bulkley Valley for his career, Aleesha was looking for a new place to put her skills to good work and we are glad to have her here at Cloud Nine. Aleesha is focused on her client’s needs to ensure that she is using the most effective methods to enhance overall health. This can include Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Breayhign Exercises, Trigger Point Release, Stretching, Joint Mobilizations, Swedish Techniques, Heat and Cryotherapy, Active Release, Kinesio Taping, Graston Technique (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), Passive and Active Range of Motion, Postural Education and Remedial Exercises.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas I love Christmas specials. My family and I will gather together and watch Christmas classics of days past and it has become somewhat of a tradition in our house. One of my favorites is called “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” You are probably familiar with this special. They key scene

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for me is when Charlie Brown goes out to pick a tree and brings back a sad, little tree that earns him instant mockery from all of his friends. In the midst of this, Charlie Brown wonders what Christmas is all about. Linus, standing alone on the stage, states that he can tell him, and recites Luke 2:8-14.

He then says, “... That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” As we celebrate Christmas this year, let’s look beyond the tinsel, the trees, the presents and the parties and look to the real “And there were in the same country reason we should shepherds abiding celebrate. God gave us the best in the field, keepgift of all, a Savior, ing watch over their flock by night. Christ the Lord. And, lo, the angel In the words of of the Lord came Linus, “that’s what upon them, and the Christmas is all glory of the Lord about!” shone round about them: and they

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were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.”

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Westby dedicated to preserving Smithers’ past By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

From a young age, Kira Westby decided to dedicate herself to preserving the past. “I was really big into dinosaurs as a kid. I think somewhere there’s a Grade 8 project that asked me what I was going to be when I grew up and I picked an archaeologist and stuck with that,” said Westby. “I remember going to museums when I was a kid and thinking it was really cool.” Since then, she has grown out of dinosaurs and has moved on with the purpose of reinvigorating the past through the presentation of artifacts. “I’ve always been interested in history and in the past. Museums are a great place for that because not only do you come into physical contact with pieces from history, whether it’s documents or artifacts, it’s a great place for sharing history,” she said. Westby is the Bulkley Valley Museum’s new curator. The Ontario-native studied archaeology and history at Wilfred Laurier University and completed her masters at the

Kira Westby is the Bulkley Valley Museum’s new curator. She moved from Ontario to Smithers for the position.

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University of Western Ontario. As part of that program, she completed a 12-week internship at the museum in Peterborough. She also spent three years at the collections repository at the university doing database development and collections management. Westby spent some time in the field doing excavation, but prefers being on the interpretive side of things and piecing together the past. “It’s the interpretation that’s

important. Without the context, that china cup is just a china cup. Once you know the story

she said. “It’s all about the interpretive value of these pieces, otherwise, they’re not as significant without

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“I’ve always been interested in history and in the past,” -Kira Westby Curator of the Bulkley Valley Museum

behind it, that china cup was brought by the first settler who arrived here, and they brought it back with them from the east,”

their stories” As the museum curator (the museum is staffed by Westby and another fulltime staff member),

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is undergoing some changes, and so far, Westby has been up to the challenge. “She had this vibrant personality and excellent qualifications,” said McKenzie. “We felt that she could do a really good job. She has discovered things that we didn’t know about. She’s been getting right in there . . . She’s bringing a fresh outlook to the position.” While she’s been on the job for just under two months, she already has big plans for the museum.

According to Westby, one of the biggest challenges that the museum faces is its lack of storage space for its roughly 3,000 artifacts ranging from barber scissors to mining equipment. Currently, some artifacts are stored in-house, while some of the larger pieces are stored in facilities around town; but she hopes to change that. “[The museum] doesn’t have one storage location where it can have all of its stuff stored at the right temperature and secure from mice getting in,” said Westby. “The collections will be a focus for us in the new year. We need to do some re-housing in our back storage room here.” Starting in January, there are also plans to slowly bring out all the artifacts for public display in the gallery, and updating their archival database. “I think it’s important that people care about history. People feel that connection to their grandparents or generations older than that and the museum is a place where those things are kept and held,” she said. “It’s like you’re the keeper of the past.” There are roughly 5,535 people who have come through the museum this year.


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Songs of the season ring out through the Bulkley Valley, as schoolchildren sing and dance before heading home for the holidays last week. Pictured on A26 are moments from Muheim’s Magical Christmas last Tuesday. On the top of A27 are performers from St. Joseph’s telling of the reason for the season during its A Play in a Manger Thursday. At bottom are the big kids at Wednesday’s Smithers Secondary and District Elementary Christmas Band Performance.

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Help save lives on Highway of Tears By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

A Hazelton lawyer is urging the public to help keep Highway 16 safe for hitchhikers by staying alert and contacting the RCMP when they see vulnerable people. Through her work at the Upper Skeena Counselling and Legal Assistance Society, manager and QC Linda Locke deals with people living in disadvantage in the Hazeltons. After the Ministry of Transportation last week quashed hopes for a shuttle bus service

along the route, also known as the Highway of Tears, she said it was important that motorists remained vigilant to help save lives on the notorious road. She encouraged people to make a mental note when they saw a hitchhiker being picked up, write down number-plates where possible and call police if a hitchhiker looks drunk or vulnerable. “It’s really important for people to be aware that they too can be proactive in these situations if they see someone in distress, they don’t have to pick up the person,” Locke

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said. “They can simply call the RCMP. “If they know the person they can call family. “It’s thinking about it and being [alert] to it.” Locke said there were a number of reasons people in the Hazeltons needed to hitchhike. The BC Transit bus travels between Smithers and Kispiox three times a day on Tuesday and Friday, however there is no public transport between the two towns on any other day.

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Gitxsan elders were among those who performed at a recent Christmas luncheon held at Gitanmaax Hall.

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Elders sing in Christmas By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Gitxsan culture melded with Christmas traditions at a festive luncheon held at the Gitanmaax Hall on Dec. 4. About 100 elders from the villages of Kispiox, Sik-e-Dakh and Gitanmaax joined about 50 friends and family at a Christmas luncheon organized by the Better at Home program. The day before the celebration, three hair stylists were made available for the elders so they could look their best at the event, where a professional photographer was taking pictures. Santa Claus, who spoke the Gitxsan language of Gitxsenimix, posed for professional

photographs with dinner-goers. Alf Brady, Dave Hockins, Tom Harris and Angela Smith played live music and the elders sang along to Christmas carols. Some of the elders also performed for the crowd, singing songs in both English and Gitxsenimix. Better at Home Program coordinator Linda Matthews said the atmosphere at the hall was powerful. “This event was truly an event where elders were leading elders,” she said. “Elders participated and brought the microphone around to elders in the crowd. “The energy was powerful in the hall with all the wisdom, friendship, sharing amongst all of our elders who are in essence a university

in themselves collectively with all that knowledge and experience.” The Better at Home Program aims to help seniors remain in their own homes by providing them with non-medical support such as doing their grocery shopping, yard work, home repair and snow removal. Funded by the Ministry of Health and United Way, the program also helps people with transportation to appointments and events. The fees for the service are on a sliding scale based on income. Earlier in the month, 12 elders went to Terrace to shop Black Friday sales through a one-off bus service provided by the program.

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Highway vigilance From HELP on Front A Greyhound bus stops at New Hazelton and Smithers daily, and travel between two towns costs between $20.60 and $23.60. The same route using VIA Rail costs $21. Locke said not everybody could afford to use commercial services and, on days when the public transit was not available, some people resorted to hitchhiking. She said she also knew of cases where people had needed to hitchhike to avoid dangerous situations. “Oftentimes people running away are women, boys, kids, children whatever, in the middle of the night are running away from something that’s not their fault or their creation and they are running away to somewhere that might be safe to them,” she said. “They are in that flight mode so they are going to take any ride that they can get and they are not looking at who is in the car or who is driving or what they are looking like. “They are just trying to get away from a bad situation.” She said in these situations, a shuttle bus would have helped by providing people with options. If a person knew they could escape

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a bad environment the next day, they might weigh the risks and wait to catch that bus. Increased public transit would also provide for people attending appointments in Smithers, she said. In the meantime, she encouraged people to be empathic towards hitchhikers and to call the RCMP if they saw a person who could be in danger. “If the public could become more sensitive and less judgmental I think that would open up a whole new business of saving lives,” she said. She said she had been impressed with the RCMP response when she had called them about people she saw on the road. In one case she called them about a woman who was intoxicated while hitchhiking. In another instance it was a man walking along an isolated stretch of highway in freezing conditions. She said both men and women could be vulnerable to attack. New Hazelton RCMP Cpl. Wenda Leask said police did receive communications from concerned motorists. “We do get calls and we do respond because we take it very seriously,” she said.

FUNKY FRESH AT HSS A hip-hop dance with a difference (above), daring magic tricks, music performances and a food-fight were among the festivities at the Hazelton Secondary School’s Christmas assembly last Thursday. It was a busy day at the school, with the annual Christmas dinner and dance also held that evening at at 7 p.m.

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Nickelodeon and Toyota have collaborated to transform everyone’s porous pal into a new 3-D concept car based on Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ upcoming film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The SpongeBob Movie 2015 Toyota Sienna features a custom three-dimensional SpongeBob SquarePants exterior, complete with the character’s Superhero Incredibubble mask that blows real bubbles at the top of the car. The interior features seating inspired by each of SpongeBob’s Bikini Bottom pals, along with a wood-grain dashboard, a custom Captain’s steering wheel, a blue-sky head liner and a sand-inspired floor. The one-of-a-kind vehicle is now featuring in a cross-country promotional tour leading up to The SpongeBob Movie’s Feb. 6, 2015 premiere. keith.morgan@drivewaybc.ca

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Christmas gifts for the car lover in your life Well, you get a super gift but “super” doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune. Here are some festive ideas under $100 that will surely make Christmas even merrier.

Dash Cam (Upwards of $50) Dashboard cameras are becoming more commonplace. What are they? They’re cameras that record what’s going on around you while you’re driving. You can tuck them behind the rearview mirror, mount them straight onto the dash or mount them in any direction you like. Different makes and models use different sizes of screens but most are compact enough (in and around 3-inches) that it won’t interfere with forward visibility. Furthermore, most use wide-angle lenses so you have quite a panoramic view. They tend to come in handy if you get into a fender bender and it wasn’t your fault. Hitting the track? – It can be used to film your accomplishments. Memory is stored on SD cards. Depending on how large your SD card is, you can film for hours or program your device to loop every so often. Available online or at your local tech store.

OBD2 Bluetooth Connector/ Apps (Under $40 for both) So, you want to know what’s going on with your car via your smartphone. I have the gadgets for you. You’ll need an OBD2 Bluetooth Connector (you can get them as cheap as $10 online) and then an app. Try TorquePro (for Android $4.95) or DashCommand for Apple ($9.99 on the iTunes app store). Simply connect the OBD2 connector into your car’s OBD2 port (usually found underneath the dash) and pair the device with your smartphone. Within the app, you can set certain parameters; i.e. what you want to be displayed. Torque, rpms, power, boost, speed, engine temperatures, you name it. The connector then reads the car’s data and sends it, in real time, to your phone. A cool feature found on TorquePro is the ability to use it as a Head’s Up Display at night. You just place it on your dash, let it reflect of the windshield, and read the

data that’s being displayed.

Universal Dashboard and Windshield Mount ($50) Handsfree calling has never been easier. Especially with the Logitech [+] drive universal mount. The actual mount will suction to any window in your car or your dash, and your phone/ GPS/device is then held in place by a strong magnet. You simply adhere a small thin metal plate onto your tech toy of choice for the magnet to grab. Your device then stays firmly in place even on rougher or the sinuous roads. The great part about it is that when you have attached your phone, you don’t have to fumble with clasps, clamps or rubber bands to make sure it’s secure. You just press it against the mount, the magnetic force does the rest. It just stays in place and doesn’t move. Brilliant. And when you’re done driving, you just pull it off and take it with you. Check out http://www. logitech.com/en-ca/product/ plus-drive

Wheel/Rim Protectant (Approx. $10) Now that the inclement weather abounds, keeping our cars sparkling and clean is getting harder and harder. Not to mention dreaded brake dust. But there are some ways to fight back at winter, or even throughout the year. Perhaps stuff someone’s stocking with Armor All Wheel Protectant. Brake dust can make your beautiful aluminum alloy wheels look far less attractive. So as you’re maintain your vehicle over the colder months or in the summer, using this brake dust repellent will not only protect the wheels, but also help repel the grime that comes along with this wonderful time of year. Available at your local car care store.

Make a Playlist. Go for a Drive (The sky is the limit/Priceless) Most cars these days will have either an aux jack or a USB port (or even Bluetooth) to allow you to stream music from your various devices. And if the holidays are all about spending time with the ones you love – and if you love driving – how about going for a winter’s eve drive? The twist? Create a playlist for the ride. Get the kids involved and get each of them to pick a song

or two. Then put the playlist on shuffle to mix things up! If you’re going for a drive with that special someone, perhaps put songs that remind you of the fun times you’ve had. Or even what you deem as “your” song. And maybe a Christmas carol or two! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and stay safe (and warm) out there. alexandra.straub@ drivewaybc.ca

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