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CARVING OUT THE SLOPES Tosh Krauskopf carves out the slopes of Hudson Bay Mountain during the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club’s annual Shamrock Cup competition last weekend. For the full story, see page A5 and for a list of the winners, visit Kendra Wong photo

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Minister defends regulation to stop oil flowing in LNG pipelines By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman has defended a new regulation which prohibits the conversion of LNG pipelines for transporting oil amid claims it could be easily reversed unless it is legislated. On Jan. 6 the B.C. government enforced a new regulation forbidding companies from converting natural gas infrastructure to transport oil or diluted bitumen. The new measure, established under the Oil and Gas Activities Act,

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prohibits the BC Oil and Gas Commission from approving LNG pipeline conversions. Six proposed pipelines will be subject to the regulation, including Spectra’s Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project and TransCanada’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission and Coastal GasLink pipelines. It will also apply to the Pacific Trail Pipelines, Pacific Northern Gas Looping and Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas projects. The regulation was a response to First Nations concerns that permitting LNG development

could open the doors for companies to use pipelines to transport oil without needing further permissions. Coleman said it prevented industry from simply adjusting permits to move to oil, ensuring economic growth was developed responsibly. “Any conversion of a pipeline without an OGC permit would be a violation of the Oil and Gas Activities Act, and enforcement actions would follow,” he said. The announcement came with the endorsement of Moricetown Band chief Barry Nikal, who said it helped allay the community’s environmental

concerns. “This regulation provides our community with peace of mind so that we can focus on discussing the benefits that natural gas will bring without worry that oil will flow through the pipelines,” he said. But Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson, who introduced a private member’s bill restricting LNG pipeline conversions in the legislature last November, said the regulation was too easy to reverse. He said Minister Coleman specifically said restrictions on pipeline conversions would be introduced as legislation at a public forum in

Moricetown last April. “In April of 2014 I witnessed Minister Coleman at a public forum in Moricetown saying that they would deal with this topic through legislation,” Donaldson said. “Lo and behold, instead of legislation, when it came down to it they introduced a regulation to prohibit the transmission of diluted bitumen in natural gas pipelines. “The reason that’s not good enough is that regulation can be created or destroyed behind closed doors at the whim of the cabinet and at the signature of a cabinet minister.” See LEGISLATION on A2

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From LNG on Front Donaldson said the government last year used the regulation process to make some natural gas projects exempt from environmental assessment, a move that Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief John Ridsdale (Na’moks) has said damaged trust with First Nations. The MLA plans to reintroduce the legislation as a private member’s bill when the legislature meets in February. “I think that’s the type of certainty people are looking for and it’s certainly the certainty the Wet’suwet’en are looking for,” he said. “I just don’t understand why

Minister Coleman and the B.C. Liberals are so fearful of introducing legislation.” Ridsdale, who did not return this newspaper’s calls, has been outspoken about his belief the prohibition should be legislated. “We accept legislation, but we don’t accept regulation because it is too easy to change,” he told The Interior News in November last year. But Coleman said regulations required the same government review and approval as legislative amendments. “Although the process of developing or amending statutes is more


time intensive, both types of legislative change require full government approval to implement,” he said. He said regulations created legal certainty for First Nations and industry, and that they could be enacted quickly to make new pipelines subject to the prohibition. “If there are new, additional pipelines proposed for LNG projects, they can be added to the regulation,” he said. “A statute would take a longer time to introduce and debate, and it would be difficult to add pipelines over time as they are proposed for development.”

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Telkwa Fire Rescue is starting up a new fire fighting program for youth aged 14-17. The first meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the main fire hall at 1234 Highway 16. The plan is to run it every week. It has been about 10 years since such a program existed in Telkwa. Fire chief Randy Cunningham said he was inspired to get it back up and running because of the success he saw other communities had with it. “I decided it was time to start it back up and start to generate some interest in the


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NDP want easier access to mining reports

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The report on the Mount Polley tailings pond breach is due on Jan. 31. Mount Polley and Red Chris are both owned by Imperial Metals. “In the Mount Polley case, it took the diggings of a reporter who through happenstance at a Williams Lake library, discovered that these documents were buried deep in the shelves. “So things will be safer if this bill is accepted by the government because it will be more open and transparent, and people will know the history of incidents and also what’s been done to remedy them,” said Donaldson, who added that the opposition has resorted to using Freedom of Information requests to get

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Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson expects a private member’s bill designed to make it easier to access B.C. mining reports and notices to be reintroduced soon after the legislature is back in session Feb. 10. This would come after the environmental approval of the KSM mine, which would be one of the largest gold mines in the world, and strong opposition from aboriginal and environmental groups to the Red Chris mine.

more documents about Mount Polley. The MLA said he believes Imperial Metals is, “doing what it’s meant to do under the process and legislation.” “I think what the bigger issue is that people just have a lack of trust in the B.C. Liberals to manage development responsibly,” said Donaldson. “We know that British Columbians support the sustainable development of our natural resources, but when the public loses confidence that environmental values are supported, they lose confidence in the industry as a whole,” NDP energy and mines spokesperson Norm Macdonald said in a statement.


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Granisle Hunting Guide Outfitter Stewart Berg is facing a $20,425 fine for hunting violations. Sentenced in Smithers court Jan. 6, Berg was found guilty for guiding a client to shoot a grizzly in the wrong management area in the fall of 2011. “He received a number of letters from the Wildlife Branch saying his quota had changed, indicating that he was no longer able to harvest grizzly bears in a particular management unit,” said Kevin Nixon, Conservation Sergeant for the Bulkley-Stikine Zone. “For whatever reason, he continued to hunt there and had a client harvest a grizzly bear in an area where he was told he could not harvest a grizzly bear anymore.” The grizzly was shot by a Mexican client on the east side of Babine

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Stanley Cup coming to Smithers By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Photos left to right: U12 ski winners Clara Marko, Sage Murphy and Claire Temblyn accept their medals on Hudson Bay Mountain. Jason Oliemans takes a tight turn in the race on Saturday.

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Ski and snowboard season in full swing with Shamrock Cup By Kendra Wong

volunteers helping organize 120 runs and Katie Peterson won. in total. The club also saw a record number In the fourth annual event, Jason of kids on the slopes in just the first Oliemans took home the top prize in leg of the cup competition. The Smithers Ski and Snowboard the U18 category finishing in 18.77 According to Wengelin, they have Club kicked off the first leg of the seconds, the fastest racer of the event. 127 kids in the program this season, annual Shamrock Cup with a record “I thought I did pretty well, it’s up from last year’s numbers. number of participants last weekend. a fun little course . . . I thought I He said events like the Shamrock Thirty skiers and snowboarders did a good job of staying early and Cup help promote club awareness in between the ages of 10 and 19 took to just having a smooth run down the the community. the slopes of Hudson Bay Mountain course. It was a good day for me,” said “It’s that healthy competitive spirit racing head-to-head on parallel Oliemans, who has participated in between parents showing up, having a courses in perfect conditions on other cup competitions as well. laugh and kids going down the course Saturday. “The soft course was a bit of a side by side or individually,” said “It was unreal — sunny skies,Credit freshUnion challenge because it quickly becomes Wengelin, Bulkley Valley July 2007 adding that he may consider groomed, lots of people showed up,” up and there becomes holes turning it into a larger competition in EPS Logos to be supplied torudded Newspapers said head coach Jan Wengelin. “I and lumps in it and when you’re skiing the coming years. couldn’t have asked for a better around, can really “We want to grow that knowledge Pantone colours:day. Pantoneit287 Blue buck you around “It’s getting competitive, but in a bunch.” that ‘hey, this is what we’re working Pantone 356 Green good spirits. They’re not looking so For the139 maleHarvest skiers, Darcy Fraser, on.’ We want to create skilled athletes Pantone much at who is going to win the race. Liam Huxtable, Kalum Huxtable, in this program . . . it’s huge for us to You know when you race someone else and Oliemans won their respective run these events.” and they’re side by side and you can categories. This was just the kickoff for hear them breathing down your neck For the female skiers, Sage Murphy, the second and third parts of the and they’re like ‘oh, I’m going to beat Hannah Buchanan, and Chantel Shamrock Cup that will continue in you next time!’ It’s fun to see.” Wickson had the fastest times. February and March. Each racer participated inLogo four file In the snowboard categories: ToshLogo FileFor the full list of winners, visit Black/Grey Colour runs, with roughly two dozen Krauskopf, Cole Pali, Loui Lecourt Smithers/Interior News

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Year ahead to shape B.C.’s new LNG industry

The tragedy remains with us

After three years of planning, we Certificates have been issued for anticipate British Columbia’s liquefied three LNG projects – the Westcoast natural gas (LNG) industry will take Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, flight in 2015 as leading proponents the Pacific NorthWest LNG export make final decisions to move forward facility in Port Edward and the Prince with some of the largest capital Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline. projects in our province’s history. One project signed an agreement with This will be great news for many BC Hydro to use clean renewable British Columbians who will be first electricity, and a number of pipeline in line for many well-paying jobs benefit agreements have been signed created by these investments. Over with First Nations, paving the way for time, we project as many as 100,000 pipelines to bring natural gas from new jobs could be created through northeast B.C. to LNG facilities on diversification with the natural-gas our coast. sector. New drilling activity in our The job creation and economic upstream sector demonstrates opportunities will be far reaching, investors remain confident in creating a brighter B.C.’s long-term natural future for our gas potential. One of our communities and their province’s largest Crown people. land sales in history occurred First Nations also near the end of 2014 with stand to gain from the industry contributing over promise of LNG with $209 million for exploration the finalization of many rights alone. new benefit agreements While the interest has in 2015, similar to the been tremendous, our goal one recently signed with remains to meet the BC the Nisga’a Nation Jobs Plan target of three that allows them to LNG facilities by 2020. This UEST IEW collect property tax would increase natural gas on their land for Min. Rich Coleman production and provincial industrial operations. revenues. The agreement builds Realizing British on an earlier agreement for the Prince Columbia’s LNG goal will take time, Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd., which and a lot has already been achieved. will see the construction and operation Progress made in 2014 clearly shows of LNG pipeline infrastructure on we are ready for unprecedented their traditional land. growth. Over the last year, the Province Today, our natural gas industry in has put in place a competitive policy B.C. employs more than 13,000 people framework that defines the playing and generates billions of dollars field. The LNG income tax framework in revenue – more than $15 billion gives companies the certainty they over the last 10 years. This revenue need to make investment decisions, supports vital programs and services while legislation has been passed to for British Columbia. establish greenhouse gas emission Our government wants to build on targets that will make B.C. LNG this foundation and is doing the work facilities the cleanest in the world. required to create a brighter future for We’ve done the work needed our province. to enter the global LNG market LNG will build on a 50-year and bring new revenues, jobs and tradition established by our existing economic security to B.C. residents. oil and gas industry by turning an Industries’ responses have been abundant domestic resource into a positive. LNG proponents have told global exportable commodity. We have us that B.C. remains competitive enough natural gas to help fuel our and the prospects of growth and world for the next 150 years. investment remain strong as Asia’s I look forward to a remarkable need for energy grows. 2015 as we reinvent a mature industry We now have 18 proposals for and turn a vast supply of natural gas LNG export operations. Provincial into Canada’s next economic success Environmental Assessment story.

In a recent copy of The Interior News, for local government to be fully involved and statements from mayors and other local concerned, still holds out the offer of help residents responded to the outcomes of in this quote from the Final Status Update: the final report from Victoria’s Final “As we (the provincial government) carry on Status Update Report in Response to: with implementing the recommendations, Forsaken: The Report of The Missing we will continue to consult with our partners Women Commission of Inquiry, written and key stakeholder groups to ensure by then commissioner Wally Oppal, and an effective and meaningful approach released in December, 2012, discussing the to completing this work.” I was further provincial government planned action. encouraged this summer by the targeted The particular subject referred specifically study of the Highway 16 missing women by to the possibility of a local transit system the Ministry of Transport which sponsored that would fill the gaps that present an investigation carried out by an ADM of transportation companies fail to fill, leaving the ministry, who spent time travelling from many of our local residents without safe community to community visiting those travel options. The provincial government who had been affected and bereaved. The was not prepared to fund such a venture individual who completed this effort was and local stakeholders felt that deeply moved by the tragedy and such a system would not be understood fully that we in this feasible for any government northwest corner lack essential to fund; there was also a services that are part of everyday question of how useful it would life in more populated areas. actually be. Others felt that the To those of us who have whole issue was being passed lost friends and family and on to our local governments community members along to solve the situation. My our highways, this is a glimmer reported response, that our of hope. We feel that at least, village “didn’t have enough this year, we are no longer money this year”, while terse just a story in the papers, but and true,certainly lacked have finally made it onto some UEST IEW intelligence, and in no way agendas within government reflected my true feelings about Mayor Alice Maitland itself. Perhaps now the real the situation, nor about the job of local government is to ability of local governments to push this factor forward to tackle this national issue alone. In light of the cabinet level and further to the federal the fact that this problem is not going away, government to see that this becomes as I am compelled to enlarge on that statement, important an issue as pipelines and income so that I do not leave the impression that I tax changes. These are our children, our am convinced that the situation is in good mothers, aunties and other loved ones who hands and will be solved. our governments are sacrificing to other The tragedy remains with us, and most programs of their choosing. While they are especially with the families of those who pointing to initiatives like the compensation have disappeared, never to be found. The fund, the Giving Voice initiative, changing council of the Village of Hazelton, along to better standards of investigation into with all local governments, municipal missing person cases, etc., our job is to make and First Nations along Highway 16, has sure that this new interest never flags and always supported and lobbied for action that this issue is finally given the emergency from every source to prevent, not just the status it deserves. The province, in this disappearances, but the other offences that report, talks about completing this job, but accompany the need to hitchhike between reality is that the first step is to raise the our residential and commercial centres. importance of these missing Canadians. In our communities, every agency and Completion of solving this problem is most individuals take the responsibility of still very unlikely until every government providing safe transport whenever they can. insists that our politicians make the choice The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine’s of continuing to battle this scourge with expensive and well-used transit systems the same consistent financial and political remain in place because of the necessity to energy that they employ to battle other help alleviate the absolute need that exists in scourges. A large piece of this work needs to the Northwest for safe transportation from be investing more consistently and effectively point to point. in the establishment of healthy communities I am encouraged by the fact that the in these more remote reaches of our government report, while reiterating the need highways.




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L ETTERS No such thing as Crown land Editor: Issue about Crown Land in British Columbia, Canada: in my view in British Columbia, the Government of B.C. should review the Crown land because their is no such thing as Crown land in British Columbia, it’s owned by the aboriginal people. We as the Wetsu’wet’en Nation have no treaty with the Government of British Columbia, so I think that the Western people should work with us aboriginal people and save what’s left of the natural resource in the Bulkley Valley district. We can do it, by working together, for the future. Kneekap H. Nikal Smithers

EnergyEast looks like it’s in trouble Editor: TransCanada Pipeline and the federal Conservative government’s blustery “Nationbuilding” pipeline advocacy appears mere PR hyperbole rather than factual, and in this energy discussion, a discussion that will determine Canada’s economic wealth, humanity’s next generations’ well-being, and our planet’s climatic future, truth should be at a premium. Let’s take a peek at TransCanada’s EnergyEast website: well-crafted corporate articles refuting statements by The Council of Canadians, The Cornwall

Standard-Freeholder, the Kenora Daily Miner, and “If Alberta oil heads east benefits for Ontario are hard to see” economist Jeff Rubin‘s article about TransCanada’s proposed Energy East crude oil pipeline. It’s there, front and centre, headlining their website. TransCanada is attacking the national press, local newspapers, concerned Canadians and economists from one end of the pipeline to the other who stand opposed to this project. This is a corporation under siege. Add in the mix, twothirds of Quebecers polling against the EnergyEast pipeline, there is no social license nor regional


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political will to allow the proposed pipeline project. A familiar story to those of us in B.C. EnergyEast looks like it’s in trouble. Truth in these matters is not about jobs and corporate profit, government coffers and political points, the truth is we pay for what we get. And thanks to the wonders of modern

technology and fossil fuels, we’ve reached our debt limit, and it’s payback time. Mother Nature will not fool around if we don’t start to reimburse her soon. She’s already made that clear in flooded Calgary, in burning Australia, in drought-ridden California, in the devastated Philippines and New Jersey


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seaboard. How many more years of devastation will we sustain before we reverse our expansion of the oilsands and stop planning pipelines here in Canada and likewise around this globe? If history is any indication, it will be too late. Keith Cummings Telkwa

Eliminating the long form census was a costly mistake and it’s high time Parliament fix it and restore it by passing Bill C-626. In 2011, Stephen Harper replaced the traditional long form census with a voluntary survey that cost taxpayers more — $22 million more — and produced inferior data. Its numbers were unusable for 25 per cent of our towns and weren’t comparable to past surveys. Worse still, groups like rural residents, the poor and youth were undercounted


because of low response rates. That bias not only compromised the census, but it damaged other surveys which rely on census data to correct their sampling. These errors make it harder for businesses to understand markets, governments to deliver services and researchers to get facts. The census is used to design better public transit through its data on commuting patterns. It helps determine where religious groups, minorities and immigrants live, which tells us what services and businesses could succeed in their neighbourhood. It is the only source of data on small communities’ skill needs and labour shortages. Groups like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Canadian Medical Association have been calling for a fix. That’s why I proposed C-626 to restore the long form census. It would save money and produce better data for everyone. This bill also ensures the census produces quality data that is comparable over time, and empowers the chief statistician to protect the integrity of the survey design and data collection process. Canadians need the basic data that is essential to good planning. I hope Members of Parliament will vote to pass C-626 this winter so that we can stop paying more for less. Ted Hsu, MP Liberal Party of Canada Science Critic

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S PORTS Steelheads trade wins with Ice Demons, set sights on playoffs By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

For the fourth year in a row, the Smithers Steelheads are on their way to the CIHL playoffs. The Steelheads split weekend wins against the Kitimat Ice Demons on the road, winning Saturday’s game 7-4 before losing 8-7 on Sunday to clinch a playoff spot. “The games really didn’t mean much in terms of the standings,” said head coach Tom Devries. “We took a casual approach to the weekend, but I still think we did really well. Kitimat seemed to be a little relaxed too.” The Steelheads have been on a four-game winning streak since late November. “We had a little bit of a short bench, but we played to our systems [Saturday night] a little better than we did [on Sunday] and it worked out pretty good for us,” said defenceman Ian Smith. With only two more games left in the season (both at home against the Ice Demons and the Quesnel Kangaroos

this weekend), the Steelheads will turn their sights on capturing the CIHL title for the fourth consecutive year. With the departure of the Houston Luckies from the league earlier this season, only the top two teams in the west and east divisions move on to the playoffs. In the east, the Williams Lake Stampeders topped the division with 26 points, followed by the Quesnel Kangaroos with 13. Division rivals the Terrace River Kings have 24 points, while the Steelheads have 18. In the first round of play, the Steelheads will get set to face the River Kings at home in roughly three weeks. The Steelheads have played the River Kings four times this season, each game involving a huge number of penalty minutes. “We’ve had some pretty good battles with Terrace, we’ve won two and they’ve won two. We had the same thing last year, so we’re excited about going at her again with them,” said Devries.

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Rams win PG tournament By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The Smithers Midget Frontier Rams started off the new year right with a decisive 6-1 victory over Williams Lake to win the house tournament in Prince George. The Rams asserted their dominance early in the annual northwest tournament, winning all three round robin games 8-1, 12-3 and 5-2 between Jan. 3-4. “The team really came together during this tournament and played some of our

best hockey so far this year,” said coach Jerry Watson in an email. “I’m very pleased with the effort the players put out.” In Sunday’s final against Williams Lake, the Rams held the lead throughout the fast-paced game, going up 2-0 in the first frame, 4-1 in the second and piling on two more in the final. According to assistant coach Norm Fallows, the team played at a higher level, cycling the puck down low effectively and were aggressive on the backcheck. “Our team played really well. They

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played beyond our expectations. It was probably the best tournament that they’ve played all year,” said Fallows. “Their passing was amazing, it was some of the best passing I’ve seen them do. Overall, they played some really smart hockey.” Netminder Lucas Wray had a strong performance between the pipes over the weekend. “Lucas Wray made a lot of key saves when he had to,” said Fallows. “He was focused, he stayed on top of his game and his positioning was

really good. He had his head in the game.” Defence Rachael Giddings and forwards Hannah Groot and Carly Vanderhayden also contributed to the team’s success; while co-captains Caleb Wray and Bryce Deveau provided leadership for the team. The Rams improved since their last tournament in Williams Lake when they finished third of 10 teams in November. The next tournament is in Houston at the end of the month.

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But this year, organizers are preparing for the event to be larger than the last, with some hockey legends set to tee off as well. “We have Bobby Orr coming for our golf tournament as one of the big celebrities, him and Dan Hamhuis which is really big for our community,” said Delwisch, adding that Global BC anchor Steve Darling

will return as MC and Todd Talbot from the show Love It or List It has also expressed interest in returning. Details are still being finalized and will be released later this week, but Delwisch confirmed the celebrity hockey game will be on Thursday, Aug. 13 and the golf tournament will be on Saturday, Aug. 15. Proceeds from the tournament go toward the Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation.

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Smithers teacher takes home lessons from Kenyan effort By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The students and teachers at a special needs project in Migwani, Kenya gave something intangible back to Karen Love. The Lake Kathlyn teacher was part of a group of volunteers who travelled with Smithers-based Kenyan charity Child Focus Africa to help at a special needs dormitory that serves as a home and school for 80 children. She was granted a one-month leave by the school district to go this past October and November. Personal space and boundaries are very different at the dorm in Migwani than they are in Love’s experience teaching in Canada. “I think that makes me a warmer teacher to the students I work with at Lake Kathlyn School. “I also have a lot of special needs kids at my own school, and I noticed when I came back that I always had my children kind of at bay — they sit there and I sit here. So when I’ve come back now, I have them closer to me. “I want to emulate the teachers in Kenya that I learned from. They really love the children. I care for the children here in Canada that I work with, but in Kenya... they just have a much closer emotional and physical attachment,” explained Love. Patience was another lesson learned by

Karen Love with students in Migwani, Kenya. The Lake Kathlyn teacher volunteered to help with Child Focus Africa’s dormitory project, where special needs students get a place to live and learn. Contributed photo the teacher. “I think that patience is something that school kids in my school now, and my own children, lack really significantly,” said Love, who admitted that she falls into the habit of wanting things right away as well. Teaching in Migwani, Love was able to avoid the urge to run to each student in need by changing how they learned.

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“What I learned in Kenya was I was allowed to sit and teach one child how to do something, and the rest of the children would watch me teach that child, without interrupting, being exceptionally respectful to that child,” said Love, explaining the observers would learn through the one child’s lesson. The journey included a safari trip,

photos of which Love said helped her connect more deeply with African students back home. “I saw that little boy in my class light up like ‘you’ve seen a part of my world’,” said Love, who hopes to teach a better sense of community and appreciation to her other students at home. “They’re all helping each other, and they all matter so much to each other. I’ve been trying to teach kids in my class, if you notice someone has trouble with something, instead of just backing away and making that child stand alone,let’s stand beside them and help,” said Love, adding Bulkley Valley teachers try to pass that on, but it was very evident in Kenya. Love spent two weeks in Migwani. She was joined by, among others, a nurse from Prince George and Smithers’ Dr. Biz Bastion delivering medical aid. A ceramic Jiko cooking stove was also donated. The other part of Love’s trip was the safari, which donates proceeds to the special needs project started up by local residents Jim and Judy Senka. The new second dormitory is named after Jim. The safari and other African trips that benefit the project — including a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro — are organized by locals Len and Irene Vanderstar. Len can be reached at len.vanderstar@ or by phone at 250-847-9729.

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SPICE OF LIFE Brenda Mallory I am starting to think my snow shovel is another appendage. Goodness that is a lot of snow! Even with help coming my way I still seem to be moving too much of the white stuff. Enough of the pity party. Photos left to right: Skiers and snowboarders line up on Hudson Bay Mountain Thursday to take advantage Have you seen the of the fresh powder. Sabrina McConnell and Audette Beckley have plenty of snow to play in after 34 centicommercials for a fast metres of snow fell from Sunday to Tuesday, measured at the Smithers Airport. food joint that touts healthy hamburgers? Maybe they are a health Submitted photos food but my question is what is this business of talking with a mouth full of food? My next question for you this week is did you watch Downton Abbey? I am fascinated by the storyline, the interesting outfits, the old cars. I am also in awe of the research that must have By Alicia Bridges a voluntary agreement made in 2003 soon as possible and avoid riding gone into the drama Smithers/Interior News not to use certain backcountry areas. within sight of the caribou. to show the standards The agreement, created by the It is estimated less than 20 animals of the time. Standards provincial government, is supported remain in the Telkwa caribou herd, like manners and basic Backcountry skiers and by 15 local stakeholder groups which the provincial government is politeness. I have yet to snowmobilers are being urged to including snowmobile clubs, working to recover. see anyone pushing a big take care not to disrupt threatened naturalists and hunters. Information about the whereabouts lump of food in their northern caribou populations. A spokesperson at the ministry of collared caribou, which can be mouth then chatting to Encounters between caribou and said today’s request was a seasonal used to plan trips to avoid them, their table mate. people can displace the animals from reminder and was not prompted by a can be found online at the Telkwa Another question: their preferred winter habitats, forcing specific incident. Caribou Recovery Facebook page. who teaches those simple them into steeper terrain where The ministry also offered some For information on snowmobiling codes of manners? foraging is less efficient and avalanche advice for snowmobilers and skiers regulations, visit www.snowmobile. Always have a firm hazards are higher. who encounter the animals. or contact a local handshake for instance. The Ministry of Forests, Lands It said not to approach them and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Nothing worse than and Natural Resource Operations to turn off all snowmobile engines to Natural Resource Operations office, a limp hand in mine. last week called on people taking give them a chance to move away. snowmobile club or FrontCounter BC Equally unpleasant is part in winter recreation to abide by People should leave the area as office. if the limp hand shake


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is accompanied by dampness. On the hand I mean. Always remove gloves before shaking hands. Maybe this rule of etiquette has gone since we fear that the hand extended might harbour germs. I don’t have to tell you in-the-know basic rules for removing a hat indoors. This is for the males of course. How many times have I seen a fork heading for an open mouth upsidedown? How to cut meat at the dinner table? Which fork for this or that? Which spoon for thin soup or thick? As I write this and ponder the times I realize how things have changed. So much food is consumed with hands. China plates are gone and replaced by paper or plastic. A crystal wine glass? Not often. A sippy cup or bottle will do. I suppose I should get off my high horse and let sleeping dogs sleep. Still I will wonder when I see folks eating in a mucky manner. I will consider the manner of eating with the end of a knife or a fork in the wrong direction. Maybe all this etiquette business should be reserved for Downton Abbey or if there is a chance the Queen will invite you for high tea. I say all this and it was just moments ago I was eating soup in a plastic bowl. I was sitting close to my little TV on an old beer parlour chair. This picture is completed with a bib so I don’t dribble. Talk about manners and etiquette! I ask politely that you call with your ideas. Just dial 250-846-5095. You could send a note to

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Hip with hip-hop stars and seniors too Inside When Chrysler resurrected the 300 It is amazing to see how much has nameplate (originally sold from the mid changed inside a modern sedan in the 50s until the late 70s) back in 2005, it was past 10 years. When the 2005 Chrysler met with the kind of enthusiasm of which 300 was introduced, the company was automakers can only dream. still addicted to hard, cheap looking plasHip-hop stars all the way to seniors chose tic. Today, the 300 is fitted with upscale the car with aggressive exterior styling materials and the latest infotainment. and full-size dimensions. In fact, the 2005 The changes for 2015 include a new inChrysler 300 wasn’t just a sales hit — it Much has strument cluster display that is bold and won more awards than any other vehicle bright. My preference would be to have to date. When Chrysler updated the car for changed in 10 years the ability to dial down the brightness 2011, the intention was to make the car for the 300, but the of the glowing instrument rings during less “brutal” looking, making it more ele- same goodness that the day, something that can be adjusted gant and sophisticated. This was achieved was in the 2005 at night when the headlamps are on. by opening up the glass area for better The award winning 8.4-inch uConnect outward visibility and minimizing the model is still here; infotainment screen is standard on all bold front grille. Now, for 2015, Chrysler is it is the refinement trim levels and it is a snap to learn. Also retracing its choices and going back to a that makes this a included now, on all models, is the rotary blunt look again. modern sedan. transmission controller, something that Looks becomes second nature after a few days The people who drove the 2005 model Zack Spencer of use. The rest of the interior is tailored welcomed some of the changes made in depending on the trim. The sportier S 2011. The glass area was improved by 15 model is covered in black with bold white stitching. It is per cent and the top of the front window was raised, the top Platinum models that get the opulent diamond making it easier to see traffic lights. This has not been stitching in the seats, a two-tone leather steering wheel adjusted for 2015; the revisions are kept to the front and open grain wood accents. and rear of the 300. The most noticeable update is the Drive return of a big, bold grille, which is 30 per cent bigger The reason for the standard transmission controller is than the aggressive grille found on the 2005 model. the standard 8-speed automatic transmission for both The way it is integrated is more polished, thanks to V6 and V8 equipped cars. The base engine is the same three distinct grille inserts depending on the trim level. 3.6L V6 with 292hp. The optional 363hp Hemi V8 is a The S trim (seen above) receives more black trim, not powerful upgrade but this car is no longer available just on the grille, but also the side window trim and with all wheel drive (AWD), this is something previous smoked 20-inch alloy wheels. This car has some of the V8 owners didn’t choose in great numbers, so it was attitude of the Dodge Charger in a slightly more upscale dropped. The 300 is now available with a sport setting package. Other refinements include LED lighting for for the transmission, engine management and steering daytime running lights, rear tail lamps and available feel, taking advantage of computer algorithms to LED fog lights. The rear bumper has been raised slightly extract the most out of the car’s strong engines. Unlike to make it look less heavy and integrated exhaust tips the sportier Dodge Charger, there is not an adjustable help refine the look.



suspension but the S model does run on 20-inch wheels and tires making it feel very connected to the road. This will not be the choice of traditional luxury buyers; they will like the more upscale 300C for grand touring. Verdict Starting at $37,395 and maxing out at $45,295 for an AWD platinum V6 model, there are many trims to choose (V8 equipped cars run roughly $2,000 more). The base is the value leader, the S is the sporty model, with standard 20-inch wheels, and the 300C Platinum is the one featuring the opulent interior. Chrysler believes that the S model will be the volume leader thanks to the aggressive black trim and chunky wheels. This is a surprise because the Dodge Charger is based on the same platform and has the whole “bad boy” attitude in spades, something the 300 looks to be mimicking. The top Platinum would be my choice because it’s interior is so different from the Dodge, something that truly separates the two cars plus it has all the latest safety features including the autonomous braking system when a crash is detected. Much has changed in 10 years for the 300 but the same goodness that was in the 2005 model is still here; it is the refinement that makes this a modern sedan. The Lowdown Power: 2.4L 185hp or 2.0L Turbo with 245hp Fill-up: 9.8L/6.7L/100km (city/highway) Sticker price: $23,999-$34,799

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If you leave your vehicle with your tools or valuables in it for just a moment and you might as well advertise free equipment for the taking. At job sites, fences have to be erected to keep people out and many end up hiring security guards so crooks can’t get at the valuable building products at night. Despite the level of awareness for the need for tighter security at building sites, too often it doesn’t extend to the vehicles used to transport the valuable equipment and materials. I have seen trucks and vans with upwards of $50,000 worth of equipment lying on the floor without any real security. People that drive open bed pickup trucks have a real challenge when it comes to security. You can buy a canopy and secure it that way, but sometimes you need to carry large and unusual shape objects and the rear gate of most canopies are not designed to be left open while driving. There are a few ways you can solve this problem. One way is to install a permanent toolbox that mounts to the rails of your truck box, and has either two lids or one large lid that opens from either side or back to front. These toolboxes are available in plastic, steel, and aluminum. I recommend steel or aluminum, which will cost you between $550 and $850. This type of toolbox works well for

people that carry smaller amount of tools and supplies around. If you transport larger amounts of these items, then I suggest a job-site box, which is a large container that can be left at a job site. They are very secure and come in a variety of sizes. Van drivers can outfit their vehicles with shelving units down one or both sides. These also come in differing sizes and configurations enabling you to tailor them to your specific needs. You can also incorporate small parts bins to organize fittings and larger ones to house small tools – they will keep your stuff from rolling around on the floor. You should also think about installing a steel bulkhead partition behind the driver seat, because I have seen tools launch themselves like missiles toward the driver as the vehicle comes to a sudden stop. Actually, it’s not really a matter of choice because Worksafe BC requires companies to install these protective barriers in commercial vehicles. To secure a van from intruders you can buy what’s called a haspn-lock. This type of lock is a puck style lock with two plates of steel around it. When installed correctly, it is almost impossible to remove and keeps your tools and equipment safe. It is available at most locksmiths and costs about $175. One more idea is to install window screens to prevent any smash and grabs from happening. It sounds like a lot of work, but remember, it just takes a split second and everything is gone. Be proactive instead of reactive and stop crime before it happens. For a good overview of what is available in toolboxes, van shelving and bulkheads check out www.knaacksecure. com.


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WolakDonnelly duo comes to town Pianist Chris Donnelly and clarinetist Kornel Wolak are coming to the Della Herman Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 18. The accomplished musicians tour as the Wolak-Donnelly Duo, playing a remarkable blend of classical and jazz music rarely heard in live performance. Since their first performance in 2011, Chris and Kornel have toured Canada from coast to coast with a reportedly warm and charming stage presence. From revered classical pieces such as Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, to Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue, and Oscar Peterson’s classic Hymn to Freedom, Chris and Kornel captivate audiences with virtuosity, familiar melodies, and a profound passion for music and


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performing. Throughout the program, Chris and Kornel also showcase their talent as solo artists. Highly praised on two continents for his glorious tone, precise technical control, and musical imagination, Polish-born Kornel Wolak is well on his way to a major career as a soloist and chamber musician. Canadian-born Chris Donnelly is a Juno-nominated pianist, composer, and improviser known for his ventures into jazz and classical music. The Bulkley Valley Concert Association is hosting the musicians as the third of four acts in the 2014-15 concert series. The final concert of the season is a full ballet performance of Cinderella by Ballet Jorgen in March. Mountain Eagle Books is selling tickets for both events. -Submitted

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Jokes at the Snowed in Comedy Tour in Smithers last Thursday were as fresh as the powder the four comedians rode on Hudson Bay Mountain before their show. Dan Quinn, Paul Myerhog, Arj Barker and Craig Campbell spent their visit tackling doubleblack runs at the ski hill

as part of their combined snowboarding and standup tour of northern British Columbian ski towns. It was Myerhog’s first time visiting Smithers and the keen snowboarder wasted no time seeking out challenging runs to explore at Hudson Bay Mountain. He said the performers dedicated most of their time on the hill to the steep run called Cold Smoke. “I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on a run that steep

without it being considered to be a cliff,” he said. “I was just like, this is phenomenal. “It was really challenging, if there wasn’t fresh powder I think I would have died.” The performers collected more than just notches on their snowboarding belt at the ski hill. Experiences on the Hudson Bay T-bar, and the no-frills approach

of some local skiers and snowboarders, provided prime comedy fodder for the show. Myerhog performed a joke about the ski hill he had written just before his set. “As a stand-up, when you’re having a great time on tour, that just kicks in that joke writing machine,” he said. “Your eyes are wide open, you are looking for fun new ideas and stuff.”

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Jospeh Goble founded the Go Bull Theatre company with his wife Noelle Antonsen in Victoria with this performance in mind. They had been producing less adult fare on the island for the last few years with their company Epiphany Productions. “It’s not a focus on doing weird, twisted theatre now, but this show we really wanted to produce,” said Goble. Spring Awakening is a performance that comes with language and brief nudity warnings. It also took home eight Tony Awards including best musical in 2007 after going on Broadway. “You kind of have to see it to get it. It’s a really, really powerful piece... It’s incredibly emotional,” explained Goble. By Chris Gareau “It talks about these kids growing Smithers/Interior News up and going through a lot of the same things as modern kids do, but in a society where no one can talk about it.” A Smithers-raised director and Goble described the musical as two choreographer is coming back to put on worlds combined: 19th century Germany four exclusive performances of an award- and the young inner minds that break out winning folk-rock musical based on a into more modern rock. 19th century German play. “I think audiences that come see it Spring Awakening is the coming-ofare going to be incredibly surprised and age story of teenagers discovering their touched,” said Goble. sexuality in a sexually repressed society. The artist got his performing start Bank-issued, CDIC-insured to $100,000 Smithers Secondary School graduate with Creative Roots ballet.

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It appears that your mom was right all along, you can catch a cold from cold weather. Scientists and professors from Yale University have done a study which shows that some people have the rhinovirus in their nose that the immune system usually takes care of. But colder body temperatures and colder temperatures in the nose could impair the immune system and we start sniffling and sneezing. It seems that people should keep warm and even cover their noses to avoid catching colds. Remember as a child being wrapped in a scarf covering not only your forehead but your mouth and nose? This was brought on by a mother’s instinct. Met Pat, a woman who is passionate about music and teaching. She and her husband retired to Smithers in 2004. Both their children live in Smithers and there is one grandchild. Pat says she loves to sing and can play a guitar and piano, both only well enough to accompany herself while she sings. She is a member of Sweet Harmony, a local women’s barbershop group. Two of the members, Phyllis and Marg have competed in international competitions with the Sweet Adeline’s Group and will be competing in Las Vegas this year. Pat has attended several competitions, traveling to Hawaii and Texas to sit in the audience and enjoy the music. Pat is also a member of the Local Vocals and a gospel group and is a music resource for the Girl Guides. She has been attached to the Girl Guides for most of her life. Pat was born with a deformed foot and had many surgeries over her lifetime. After replacing her right knee, a decision was made to amputate her left leg below the knee. She now wears a prosthetic, new to her and requiring some practice. She feels this new leg is awesome, and she is pain free. Her plan now is to form a support group in the North to provide information on resources available for those who are facing or have had an amputation.

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Gitxsan acquires Telkwa traffic business By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The business arm of the Gitxsan Nation has purchased a Telkwa traffic control company as part of an “aggressive” expansion strategy for its existing road safety business. The Gitxsan Development Corporation (GDC), which conducts business negotiations on behalf of hereditary chiefs, announced last Thursday it had acquired all assets belonging to D&R Traffic Control Ltd. The purchase was made

through GDC’s wholly owned subsidiary Gitxsan Safety Services Inc. (GSS), a safety, first aid and traffic control service which had 16 staff before the expansion. As a result of the acquisition, GSS has absorbed 35-yearold D&R, its assets and 47 staff, including its founder and manager Diane Bell. To coincide with the expansion it has also hired and trained an additional 15 new part-time workers for flagging contracts. Incorporating the new assets, GSS will operate out of

traditional Gitxsan territory in the Hazeltons. GDC president and chief executive Rick Connors said the purchase was a strategic move aimed at providing a platform for GSS to establish itself in the traffic control business. “We’ve got a very aggressive plan to expand,” Connors said. “We’re looking at servicing more [extensively] the Terrace and Kitimat area. “We’ve got a number of people already that we’ve put through some training courses to get them up to speed,

particularly on the flagging aspect of it.” Under the acquisition, GSS inherits D&R’s existing business, including a flagging contract with Billabong Road and Bridge Maintenance. Connors said the move not only gave GSS additional contracts but also an established administrative system, something the Gitxsan company had been seeking. He said D&R’s founder, Bell would lead the company’s sales expansion. “Her role is to literally be the face of GSS and go out

there and develop the business for GSS,” he said. “She’s taken on a sales role within the organization. “We’ve brought the mind and management, the intellectual property, the physical assets, the trucks and flagging equipment along with her.” Bell said she was pleased to remain with the company under new ownership. “I am very proud of what was accomplished with D&R and look forward to working with the Gitxsan organization,” Bell said.

Family remembers Hazelton man killed in Surrey police shooting By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

A gentle spirit. An animal lover. A beacon of light. That’s how Hazelton resident Tracey Woods remembers her brotherin-law Naverone Woods, who was killed in a confrontation with transit police in the Lower Mainland on Dec. 28. The 23-year-old Hazelton man was shot by South Coast B.C. Transit Authority officers during an incident at a Safeway store in Surrey, south of Vancouver, and was pronounced dead soon after he arrived at hospital. The officers had heard

about a man with a knife causing a disturbance at the grocery store. As the B.C. Coroners Service and the Independent Investigations Office continue to investigate Woods’ death, his family in Hazelton are struggling to comprehend what could have happened. Tracey Woods said Naverone, who lived with her and his stepbrother Ed Patsey for three years, was a “gentle giant” who had no history of mental illness. She said he had never shown a violent side, despite facing significant challenges in his life. Born at the Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton in 1991,

Naverone Christian Landon Woods was the son of Gwen Woods and Ron Patsey. He had a difficult childhood, losing his mother at the age of 12, but he thrived as a teenager playing soccer and hockey while attending Hazelton Secondary School. He graduated from HSS in 2009 and worked as a carpentry labourer with his dad and brothers before moving to Surrey. Tracey said he enjoyed city life, and had been working part-time in construction before he died. “He was quite proud of that,” she said. See NAVERONE on A26

Hazelton man Naverone Woods, who was killed in a transit police shooting in Surrey, was remembered at a funeral service in Hazelton last week.

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By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

A chilli cook-off and traditional Gitxsan bone games will be among the activities at a Winter Fun Day aimed at bringing together communities in the Hazeltons this Sunday. The second annual event, which is being coordinated by the Indian Residential School Resolution Support Program, will be held at the field adjacent to the Gitanmaax Hall on Highway 62 starting at 11 a.m. Drumming, singing, tug-of-war games and an afternoon matinee are among the other activities on the program, which organizer Stephanie Morrison said was designed to span generations. Morrison, who works for the Gitxsan Health Society, said the event brought together youth and elders from the three Gitxsan communities of Gitanmaax, Sik-e-dakh and Kispiox. “We’re uniting all communities [within] 20 minute drives away,” Morrison said. “We invite all of the [Gitxsan Health Society] Brighter Future programs to come with us so that means they bring all of their young kids.” After a successful debut that attracted 70 people in 2014, this year’s event has been

expanded to include more activities, such as a matinee screening starting at 3 p.m. Lahal games, a traditional Gitxsan bone game, will also be held and people are encouraged to bring their slides to make use of the snow on John Field Hill. Businesses will be donating door-prizes for the event and there will be a $75 cash prize for winner of the chilli cook-off. Hotdogs and hot chocolate will be available and a campfire will be burning to keep the cold at bay. For more information contact Stephanie Morrison or Cindy Martin on 250-842-6876.

“He had told us he got a parttime job and then within a week he had a message on Facebook saying he was offered full-time employment.” Since his death, Tracey said it had been difficult for the family to grieve in the media spotlight. She said negative publicity and social media comments had painted her brother-in-law as a “monster,”,which she said was simply untrue. “It was hard, it angered a lot of us because they had painted him out to be this disturbed young man and he isn’t,” she said. “He’s had lots of challenges in his life and none of it has ever affected him to a point where he is going to be violent.” At a funeral service at Gitanmaax Hall in Hazelton last Wednesday, Naverone was remembered as a “truly gentle spirit.” “He walked softly,” read the eulogy written by Tracey and Naverone’s sister Melanie.

“Nav was respectful to all he came into contact with ... he had jokes to share and big hugs to give to whoever needed one.” Tracey said she did not want to speculate

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Drumming at last year’s Winter Fun Day.

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Naverone Woods remembered From FAMILY on A25

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what happened on the day Naverone died. Instead, she is waiting for more information from the Independent Investigations office. In the meantime, she said the family

wanted the public to know the Naverone that she knew. “He was just a big, friendly giant,” she said. “That’s what everybody remembers him as.”

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Jan. 1 — Hazelton RCMP are calling for witnesses to an assault at a New Year’s dance that left a 20-year-old Kitwanga man with serious facial injuries. The incident occurred at 3 a.m. on Jan. 1 outside the Gitwangak Hall after an event held to ring in the New Year. The victim’s jaw was broken and his right eye-socket was fractured during the assault, which police said was committed by a lone attacker. The RCMP is seeking additional witnesses to come forward to assist with their investigation. They can be contacted on 250-8425244. Jan. 1 — In the early morning hours, police responded to a complaint of a male breaching his curfew conditions. The male was located at a bar in Hazelton and arrested. Upon arrest a small amount of marijuana was seized. Several breach charges are before the courts. Jan. 4. —Police responded to a threevehicle collision at the junction of Hwy 16 and Hwy 37. A semitruck was travelling westbound on Hwy 16 during a snow storm. As it slowed to enter the PetroCanada gas station, it was rear- ended by a second semi-truck. A third vehicle, an SUV, was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the second semi. No injuries were sustained, however the SUV was rendered immobile from the collision. Weather and road conditions were factors in the collision. Happy New Year from the Hazelton RCMP.

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