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Millions to flow into Moricetown after divisive LNG agreements

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The Moricetown Band has signed on to receive millions of dollars in payments from two LNG deals, including one which gives Chevron Apache the last First Nations signature needed to start work on the Pacific Trails Pipeline. The band announced on Friday it had entered into two LNG agreements, one with the province and another with industry. Under the first agreement, Moricetown Band will receive an immediate payment of $1.1 million as the 16th and final First Nation to enter into the First Nations Limited

Partnership (FNLP) with Chevron Apache. The FNLP provides immediate and longterm financial rewards totaling $55.4 million in exchange for support of the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline from Summit Lake to Kitimat. The second deal, a provincial government benefits agreement, pertains to TransCanada’s Coastal Gaslink Pipeline and consists of a combination of employment and environmental funds and legacy payments. Under that agreement Moricetown will receive about $6 million in benefits including forested land from the deal, called a Reconciliation Agreement, which will also help fund

social programs. The deal also includes the establishment of an environmental and cultural accord aimed at ensuring the pipeline meets the 43 Environmental Assessment Certificate conditions relating to Wet’suwet’en territory. A third deal being offered to the band, which is a participation agreement with the provincial government relating to the Coastal Gaslink project, has not yet been signed. Moricetown Band Chief Barry Nikal said more community consultation was needed before a decision on the TransCanada project would be made. Before today’s announcement, the chief

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and council had been in negotiations for more than a week since an emotional public meeting at the Moricetown multiplex last Thursday. The band council voted to sign the agreements five to four, with Nikal making the tie-breaker vote in favour of the developments. Two councillors abstained from voting due to conflicts arising from their roles as hereditary chiefs. Chief Nikal said the decision, which has been a divisive issue in the Moricetown community and the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, came after a year of intense meetings and negotiations which had been hard on his community.

By entering the FNLP, he said Moricetown band members would have priority access to jobs, skills, training and contracting opportunities. “It’s no secret that health and employment outcomes among First Nations are lower than the rest of Canada,” he said. “We have been no different and the social implications of poverty has weighed heavy on our minds. “Our band members can now actively participate in the local and regional economy which will have an immense positive effect on our community. See CHIEF on A3

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State of the region discussed at Chamber’s Outlook 2015 By Chris Gareau

institutional categories. “Everyone has seen Ptarmigan Meadows — the new condo development, the facelift that was given to the Smithers Mall, very much needed and really changed the character of the town as you drive through it. I think that it looks like good things are happening,” Bachrach told the gathered business crowd. The mayor went on to describe the surge in the value of permits handed out in 2014. With December numbers yet to come in, town staff reported over $21 million in building permits for the year.

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Since 2010, the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce has used its first luncheon of the year to give the region’s leaders a chance to update their communities on their status and outlook, serving as a sort of business-focused state of the region. For the first time, Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson was able to give his view at the annual meeting, joining Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s new Smithers rural director.

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Smithers rural director Mark Fisher (left to right), Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson and Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach give updates on the direction of the region.

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Not so much about money: Chief Nikal The benefits in brief:

$1.14 million Immediate payment to Moricetown Band for joining FNLP. Segment of proposed route of the Pacific Trail Pipeline. From MILLIONS on Front “It’s not so much about the money, but rather creating increased opportunity for our members and renewed hope for our youth and elders as we begin to reconcile with the legacy impacts of the Indian Act.” Nikal said the band had also secured a “no oil” commitment from both the B.C. government and Chevron Apache to ensure LNG pipelines could not be converted without First Nations consent. Chevron spokesperson Gillian Robinson said Moricetown’s FNLP signature was a positive step for the Pacific Trails Pipeline project but the company required three key components before it could begin construction. “These include completion of the front end engineering and design for the project, including the PTP, execution of LNG marketing agreements and a stable fiscal framework from the B.C. government,” Robinson said. She added that the company was still working on its engineering design but it had completed some early works on the western side of the proposed route.

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Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad praised the Moricetown chief and council, saying the decision was courageous. “LNG development in B.C. has the potential to bring positive, sweeping changes for many communities and First Nations in the North, environmentally, economically, and through access to quality, well-paying jobs and training opportunities,” he said. But with tensions running high over the issue, Chief Nikal was expecting backlash to the decision. “These projects and agreements are very complex and we recognize a diverse range of views and opinions in the community,” Nikal said. “There is a very vocal minority that is aggressively opposed to these projects and we respect their concerns.“But what we’ve found is that those who support our decisions are less vocal out of fear of being verbally attacked. Freda Huson, who has been an outspoken opponent of LNG development on Wet’suwet’en land, was among those who said they would protest LNG development. See DEBATE on A4

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The PTP route crosses her traditional territory, where she lives at the Unist’ot’en Camp pipeline blockade. Huson said only hereditary chiefs had the authority to make decisions about traditional territory that is not on a reservation. She said the landmark Delgamuukw case, in which the Supreme Court of Canada determined that aboriginal title did exist, would help them protest any court injunctions.

“We know our rights and Delgamuukw was already won and we spoke to legal counsel and they said go ahead and let them try to charge us for trespassing, we would win our case,” Huson said. Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson echoed Huson’s comments about stewardship. “The general understanding, especially through aboriginal title, is that the hereditary chiefs are the stewards of the traditional territories,” Donaldson said.

Telkwa awarded agefriendly grant By Kendra Wong Telkwa/Interior News

The Village of Telkwa is making good on its name as an age-friendly community by conducting an assessment to see how to make it easier for seniors to get around. The village received a $6,100 age-friendly planning grant from the provincial government late last year to carry out the Telkwa Trails Assessment and Action Plan. “It’s in response to and continued work with being declared an official agefriendly community and we want to not stop there, we want to keep going and ensure that we’re doing whatever we can to look at things like stairs, sidewalks, establishing railings or anything we can in the village to continue to improve,” said Jane Stevenson, the economic development officer with the village. Specifically, the assessment will look at how seniors get around the village such as walking, biking, wheelchairs or with canes and provide

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recommendations to make transportation easier for them. “[We’re going to] look at pathways, sidewalks, trails and corridors from one neighbourhood to the other or from downtown to different neighbourhoods where people are moving,” said Stevenson, adding that they received letters of support from the Telkwa Seniors Society and the Telkwa Seniors Housing Society. Stevenson said they hope to hire someone and start the new assessment in the spring and will have it ready to be presented to council by the end of fall or early winter. Following the last age-friendly assessment in 2012, which looked at a variety of topics, the village implemented a number of agefriendly initiatives in the community, including the installation of five grit boxes to prevent seniors from falling and injuring themselves in the winter. The village was named an agefriendly community by the province after implementing those initiatives last year.

LNG talk in Hazelton By Chris Gareau Hazelton/Interior News

The Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research is co-hosting a public discussion on LNG development in Hazelton and Terrace next week. Invited to the event open to the public in Hazelton are local First Nations and local governments, and organizations working in the health and social sectors including the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Gitxsaan

Health Society, other public health groups, victim services, and Upper Skeena Legal Aid among others. Northwest Institute executive director Pat Moss said meetings were held in Kitimat and Prince Rupert as part of the sessions, but Terrace and Hazelton will host the first ones open to the public. “We’re doing it because we’re concerned about the whole approach to LNG, the fact that we have all these different projects... and we’ve been calling for a strategic environmental assessment that would look comprehensively

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A “more realistic” design for a sportsplex beside Smithers Secondary School will be released to the public in March according to Bulkley Valley School District 54 superintendent Chris van der Mark. “The architect in the first rendition put everything that we were interested in... and when you start to do the math on that you go ‘well that’s great,’ but we certainly can’t pull that type of a project off. You start looking at a $9-10 million project if you go down that route,” said van der Mark, describing the first draft as a starting point.

The primary focus is still to have a year-round facility with turf for soccer and rugby, and a walking track, multi-purpose classroom space, and an option to add basketball and volleyball courts in the future. Two versions, one with two levels and another with one, will be drawn up by Vancouver’s KMBR Architects Planners Inc. according to van der Mark. It was also revealed at last Tuesday’s school board meeting that enrolment is down again this year. Funding for this school year will not be greatly affected because of the province’s enrolment protection, but next year’s budget will take a hit if the 15-year trend continues.

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There are 118 fewer students in Bulkley Valley schools than in December 2013. That number represents $1.1 million in funding according to board vice chair Frank Farrell. He said schools in Houston and Smithers have seen a drop in enrolment from declining birth rates, but that the school district is finding ways to ensure programming is not negatively affected. “We have a mechanics course in Houston for example, and we’re busing people from Smithers to go into that course... I think more of that might occur in the future in terms of some course at one school that other students in other schools can come and take part of,” said Farrell.

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Aboriginal training funds announced at PG Natural Resources forum By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The federal and provincial governments made a joint announcement Thursday on funding for Aboriginal skills training at the B.C. Natural Resources Forum last week in Prince George. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford made the announcement on behalf of Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt. Over three years, $3.5 million was designated for the New Relationship Trust for the Aboriginal Labour Market Community Navigators initiative. The project is meant for training institutions to help Aboriginals obtain skills needed for jobs such as those in the liquefied natural gas sector according to the federal government. The province is a partner in the initiative, helping with its initial design and supporting its implementation. “B.C. is taking a comprehensive approach to partnerships with First Nations on liquefied natural gas opportunities, including the development of skills training and environmental stewardship projects. Through Navigators and other programs, we are pleased to work with the Government of Canada in achieving this goal. “Access to well-paying jobs, economic growth and collaboration on the development of a long-term environmental legacy are all part of the opportunity for First Nations,” said B.C. Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad in a release. Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson

was at the forum Wednesday. He said the provincial government was hurting opportunities in other sectors like forestry and agriculture by diverting resources and putting all its eggs in the LNG basket. “Agriculture was not on the agenda anywhere at the Natural Resource Forum, and I think that’s a major oversight, especially for the North because the potential’s there,” said Donaldson. “Anyone who knows anything about agriculture knows it depends on the natural resource of clean soil, good water and good air, so I think it should be on there.” Another take away from the forum for Donaldson was on Aboriginal title and relations with First Nations. “The premier and the minister maintain that they’ve made great strides in (aboriginal title and relations with First Nations in the province), and that the Tsilhqot’in decision was a new opportunity — that’s what she said, an opportunity in the Supreme Court of Canada decision last summer. “Well, the same day that she made that statement, the news was released that the government had extended the license for the New Prosperity mine, which is in Tsilhqot’in territory and which the Tsilhqot’in national government responded that was disrespectful and in their opinion unlawful; so you can’t have it both ways. You can’t say you’re doing something great and then treat people with that kind of disrespect,” said Donaldson, adding that also applied to the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en, whom he said were the steward the province has to deal with in LNG development.


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id you know that car accidents, not sports injuries, are the most common source of concussions? A recent decision of the Supreme Court of BC dealt with a case with life-long effects.

“Helen” (not her real name), 17, was a passenger in a truck that drove off the road and hit a tree. Although she was wearing her seatbelt, her forehead struck the windshield, starring the windshield. She suffered a mild concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), as well as neck, back and soft tissue injuries. The case was prudently brought to trial seven years after the accident, when Helen was still suffering from after-effects. This allowed the court to evaluate the longer term consequences that can follow from such brain injuries. Before the mishap, Helen was a delight to her family and friends. She had a fun-loving outgoing personality, did well in school and put most of her energy into her first love, sports. The supervisor at her first part-time job described her as “fun loving, chatty, crazy, a joy to have around.” She wanted to be a police officer and likely could have become one or succeeded at an alternative career. But after the accident, a different picture emerged. While she worked hard to regain her former self, Helen was no longer organized, punctual or reliable. On college and university team projects, she was disorganized and always late, and her written communications were poor. Unlike before, she needed study aids like cue cards and frequent note reviews. She could only handle a reduced course load and took longer to earn her college diploma and university degree. She lost her first job after university because of performance difficulties. Her emotional and social profile also changed. She was seriously depressed for months after the accident. Long term, her personality became volatile. Her temperament could change quickly and she could become mean. She would sometimes say hurtful things, without realizing it. She became moody and a sometimes difficult person to be around. Helen’s career prospects, as well as her ability to enjoy life and carry out ordinary tasks without assistance, were much reduced. In short, her life changed permanently for the worse. The court pointed out that “mild” concussion or MTBI refers to the physical damage to the brain not the potential consequences, which in exceptional cases can be long-lasting and severe. There is no single objective test to establish MTBI, which may exist even if, as here, it wasn’t detected by an MRI scan. The court assessed Helen’s lost career opportunities and reduced earning capacity at $1 million. It also awarded her compensation for the future care costs and other losses. This case shows it’s important to have a thoroughly prepared and well-presented case in order to bring out the sometimes subtle consequences of a concussion – before-and-after differences in cognitive abilities plus changes in social skills, behaviour, mood and personality – all brought about by a “mild” concussion. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you. Written by Janice and George Mucalov, LL.B.s with contribution by GILLESPIE & COMPANY LLP. This column provides information only and must not be relied on for legal advice. Please contact GILLESPIE & COMPANY LLP at 250-374-4463 or for legal advice concerning your particular case. Lawyer Janice Mucalov is an award-winning legal writer. “You and the Law” is a registered trade-mark. © Janice and George Mucalov

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Cracked eggs Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson last week accused the B.C. government of putting all its eggs in the LNG basket, at a cost to other industries. Sticking with the poultry theme, it seems the chickens have come home to roost for the province. Natural gas prices have plummeted, taking with them projected revenue windfalls from the web of pipelines planned to cross the North. Donaldson may well have also been speaking of the federal government’s drooping surplus, at this point more a wish than a reality with the huge drop in oil prices. The two senior governments should not be faulted for exploiting fossil fuel resources, but they were definitely reckless when it came to the full-speed-ahead mentality.

A peek out the window to see what could lie ahead would have been prudent. Some sort of plan to use the shortterm windfalls to invest in technologies and infrastructure that would wean the country off its fossil fuel dependence would have been nice as well. Instead what Canadians have is the inevitable bust that comes after the boom. In British Columbia it may even be worse than that, as the new LNG pipelines pushed by the province have not even been built, giving no chance to save for a rainy day as other suppliers shower the market with natural gas and drive down the price. Prices will eventually go up again. It will be interesting to see what the governments fill their baskets with when that chicken crosses the road. Chris Gareau

Debunking common myths about chicken pox Varicella Zoster, more commonly known as chicken pox, was historically a common childhood illness. It was an extremely common illness for many prior to the introduction of British Columbia’s publicly funded varicella vaccination program, which began in 2004 for susceptible school aged children and subsequently also included routine vaccination of infants 12 months of age in 2005. So what is chicken pox anyway, and why is it important to provide protection through vaccination? Chicken pox is an illness that causes an itchy rash and red spots or blisters (pox) all over the body. The illness can sometimes begin with a fever, headache, and sore throat. It is most common in children, however, teens and adults can get chickenpox if they have never had the vaccine or illness as a child. This illness can spread easily from an infected person who sneezes, coughs, shares food or drinks as well as from touching the fluid of a

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Myth: My child had the chicken pox vaccine and still got the illness so the vaccine doesn’t work. Fact: About three out of 20 children may get chicken pox even after being immunized. This illness will be much milder than if they had not been immunized at all. The vaccine contains a weakened form of the virus that does not cause the disease but triggers an effective immune response. When you get you or

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L ETTERS Leave decisions to hereditary chiefs and European neighbour My last comment to the Moricetown Band and Chief Council, and the band councilors about decision-making on the Wet’suwet’en territory is questionable to some of the people in the community and the surrounding area. Let’s leave the decision making to our hereditary chiefs and the Wet’suwet’en people, and the surrounding area. The Moricetown chief council, and the band councillors are elected bodies to administrate and for decision-making for the community of Moricetown, and all businesses at the band level. To me this is all about control. Now a reminder of the Moricetown Band chief and council: tried to work together, it didn’t work out; again it’s about control. Moricetown Band chief and councillors indecision making is questionable. The authority of decision for the territory should be up to the hereditary chiefs and the Wet’suwet’en people, and our European neighbour. Thank-you and bless you all. Kneekap Nikal Smithers

Moricetown may move ahead now Moricetown chief and council: Thanks for stepping up to the plate and taking us out of the dark ages and giving us a democracy. It’s about time that the land is going to benefit the reserves, too many times I have

need leadership on conservation, alternative energy, greenhouse gas reduction, food security and sustainable development. At the very least we need leaders prepared to look squarely at the world as it is, rather than as how they want us to see it. It’s our future Coleman is gambling with. It is long past time for him to put the pompoms down and get in the game.

heard of people needing assistance and the band has limited funds from the government and cannot help and people have nowhere to turn. This may be a starting point for the band to be open for business and the reserve to prosper and move ahead like some of the other bands that are doing well and not relying on the government. Harvey Gunanoot Moricetown Band member

Coleman needs to put pompoms down Editor: Rich Coleman’s opinion piece in the Jan. 14 edition of The Interior News is beyond disappointing given that we, as a province, have entrusted him with a key leadership role in defining our future. He talks about “three years of planning” coming to fruition, but other than throwing the province wide open to development proposals by foreign multinationals and allowing the subsequent free-for-all of speculation to unsettle and divide Northern communities while hoping for a miraculous spillover of local jobs when the dust settles, there is little evidence of any serious planning at all. Instead we are treated to cheerleading presumably in the belief that a big “we are open for business” smile will somehow create the conditions needed to ensure a good and sustainable future for B.C. However, if one looks at the field in a realistic, responsible way, the LNG game is not going well. The North American natural gas is at $4 MMBtu (million


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British Thermal Units), $2 less than the cost of drilling and fracking it in many shale gas fields, and there is a glut of both product and suppliers in Australia, Russia, the U.S., and Qatar, all of which have advantages over B.C., especially as the price gets lower. It might be said that lowering revenue expectations, as the premier has done, could be construed as a form of planning. However, lowering the LNG tax from three per cent to 1.5 per cent and deducting capital costs from normal corporate taxes amounts to a subsidy to the LNG

industry which will pay fewer taxes than most industries in the province. Worse, the royalties are so low that revenues from national gas extraction have declined from $1.4 billion in 2003 to $238 million in 2012. Last year, B.C.’s auditor general reported that the government provided more financial incentives to the shale gas fracking industry ($587 million) than it earned back in royalties. And we have not mentioned the big carrot of the undocumented claimed 100,000 jobs, many of which will be temporary during the construction


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phase only, and which will require five plants by 2023, not three by 2020 as mentioned. Never mind also that none of the LNG proponents have made a final investment decision towards building a plant in B.C. Global warming is the overwhelming problem we all face. Doubling down on fossil fuels is the least useful strategy we could possibly adopt. Shale gas extraction is damaging priceless groundwater sources and is increasingly seen as problematic from a sustainability perspective. We desperately

North Bay turning into mini Smithers Editor: Northern Gateway: MP Nathan Cullen has been touring the province in an effort to stop oil tanker traffic on northern B.C.’s coast (specifically the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, Queen Charlotte Sound), and also give municipalities, First Nations, territories and the provinces, a greater legal voice in the certification of pipelines (Bill C-628). This would affect all new pipelines in Canada under NEB jurisdiction. Large crowds at his tour speeches. Kinder Morgan expansion: Christy Clark has stated recently that the B.C. government does not support the Kinder Morgan expansion due to Kinder Morgan not being forthcoming with their oil spill response plans. At the NEB hearings, second round, of the 2,700 questions put to KM by interveners such as the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver and Port Moody, the NEB indicated only 107 needed to be answered by KM.


EnergyEast: North Bay, Ont. is turning into a mini Smithers with residents’ fierce opposition to the EE pipeline. At a packed Ontario Energy Board meeting in North Bay last week, locals voiced strong objection to lack of information forthcoming by EnergyEast’s TransCanada and the numerous questions unanswered. John McGrath, an OEB communications consultant, has said there had not been enough information in the pipeline application to ensure that the highest environmental standards were being met. To further enliven the crowd, the planned route of the pipeline runs too close to the drinking water treatment plant and the OEB’s proposal to relocate the pipeline away from the plant was rejected by TransCanada officials. OEB pipeline hearings in Thunder Bay and Kenora have had significant concerns also. Remarkable in the photos of these meetings is the sea of bald heads and grey hair in the audience. At present 14 Quebec municipalities have signed resolutions against EnergyEast. South Portland, Maine, the second-largest oil port on the East Coast, voted by a wide margin to stop Alberta oilsands crude oil/ bitumen being loaded onto tankers sent via the Montreal-Portland pipeline, a potential route for EnergyEast to get crude oil/bitumen to tidewater, especially if the government of Quebec or their independent environmental assessment turn down the EnergyEast proposal... a very distinct possibility. Keith Cummings Telkwa

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A change in contractor may slightly delay construction of Smithers adult living condominium complex Ptarmigan Meadows.

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The construction of a new adult living condominium complex across the street from Smithers Mall has been delayed as a yet-tobe-named new contractor is signed on. Re/Max Bulkley Valley owner in charge of marketing the condos Peter Lund said local developer Ray Collingwood, owner of RayLin Holdings Ltd., is looking to hire a local contractor. NGC and Pacific Homes had been working on the project, which was scheduled to be completed early this summer.

“This switchover is taking a little bit of time so we might be into July or August,” said Lund, who added that it could still be finished earlier. So far 13 of 31 units have been sold since its approval from town council last April. There are 20 two-bedrooms and 11 onebedroom units inside. The building is being marketed to the 50-plus crowd. Three floors high with a wheelchair accessible elevator, it also features scooter storage. Other amenities include balconies for every unit, a reading room, an exercise room, a drop off canopy, 31 paved parking spots and additional visitor parking.

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Bulkley Stikine District Road Closure Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Section 60 of the Transportation Act, Act, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has received an application to discontinue and close an unamed, unconstructed and unmaintained road near Boundary Road adjacent to Block B of Section2, Township 3, Range 5 Coast District within the Bulkley Nechako Regional District. A plan showing the proposed road closure may be viewed at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Bulkley Stikine District Office, at 3726 Alfred Avenue, Smithers, B.C., during the office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A copy of the plan can be e-mailed if requested. The identity of any respondents and the contents of anything submitted in relation to this application will become part of the public record. Any person(s) having objections to this road closure should indicate their concerns in writing to the address above or by e-mail to no later than February 8, 2015. For more information about this closure, please contact District Development Technician Leanne Helkenberg, Bulkley Stikine District Phone: 250 847-7443 Facsimile: 250 847-7219 Mailing Address: Bag 5000, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0

Permit values were driven by commercial ($8.7 million), institutional ($4 million) and multi-family residential ($5.7 million) properties. Single family residential climbed slightly to $2.3 million, while there were no industrial permits approved within town boundaries. Big projects boosted those numbers, as the number of permits was actually down six to 85 when compared to last year’s $5.6 million in permits. One of those big projects was of course the second arena, which Bachrach said would be a draw for events like the Minerals North 2016 conference, awarded to co-hosts Smithers and Telkwa, and a proposed expanded trade show that could use both arenas. Looking forward, Bachrach highlighted two priorities of the last council he hopes the new council will pick up on: concentrating more residential homes in the downtown area, and a master development plan

for Central Park. “The last council consolidated a bunch of the properties around Central Park and rezoned it... There’s an opportunity there to come up with a master development plan and really think through the use of that property,” said Bachrach. The airport affects the Bulkley Valley as a whole, and Bachrach confirmed the town is applying for a Building Canada Fund grant for its expansion. The total cost is likely to be over $4.5 million after council decided to add addressing baggage area congestion to the plan at a meeting last Monday. The grant if approved would split the cost evenly between the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Donaldson used his turn at the microphone to tout the success and business diversity of the area. The MLA also brought up provincial issues that greatly affected the region. Aboriginal title court decisions that are now playing a role in northern

resource extraction, and public transit on Highway 16 that Donaldson sees as a need were two topics. What the MLA saw as a failure in child care, worker safety in the aftermath of mill fatalities, and his belief that control over the tourism industry should stay local were discussed, as was what he believes is the overreliance on the natural gas industry. “I think putting all our eggs in one basket isn’t necessarily a great idea, and I think the global commodity price for LNG has collapsed, so I’m just looking for an honest discussion about the benefits and risks,” said Donaldson. Director Mark Fisher wants more community input on how to spend Gas Tax funds, informing the crowd the district has followed Smithers’ example and hired a grant writer to suggest where some money should be spread. He also said he had some “outside the box” ideas for waste management. “It’s a huge part of the budget,” said Fisher.

Hired Equipment Registration Bulkley Stikine District

The Bulkley Stikine District of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is creating its list of registered Equipment for Hire for the 2015/2016 fiscal year, which begins April 1, 2015. All individuals or companies registered this past year through the District Office in Smithers will receive invitations to re-register their equipment for the coming fiscal year by mail. Any individuals who were not registered in 2014, but wish to have their equipment listed, are hereby invited to contact the District Office to obtain the appropriate registration forms. Note that while you do not need to have Commercial (Comprehensive) General Liability Insurance or up to date WorkSafeBC coverage to register, you will have to meet these requirements prior to working on any ministry projects. Only owned or lease-to-own equipment is eligible for registration. Equipment can only be registered in one area in any given year. Seniority is not transferable from area to area. Full details of equipment, including serial number and proof of ownership, are required for registration. The deadline for new registrations is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015. Late registrations will be accepted, but will be put at the bottom of the open list. Note that there is no charge for registering new equipment or for changing or removing equipment information already listed.

To have equipment registration forms mailed, faxed or e-mailed to you, please contact the local District Office in Smithers by mail at Bag 5000, 3726 Alfred Avenue, Smithers, British Columbia, V0J 2N0, by phone at 250 847-7403 or by fax at 250 847-7219. You can also register online at

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Staff Sergeant bids fond farewell to Smithers By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

From the moment she finished her training to become an RCMP officer, outgoing local Staff Sergeant Kirsten Marshall had always wanted to work in Smithers. As a newly minted officer applying for her first posting, she put Smithers as her first choice. She said she had been charmed by the Bulkley Valley during previous visits. “I just have always loved the look of the community,” Marshall said. “The few times I visited I found it very welcoming and friendly, and having a family it really sort of spoke to that side of me, as a great family community.” Although her first posting was not to Smithers, Marshall finally made it here in 2009. The staff sergeant was last week getting ready to relocate to Penticton, where she has taken a new job to be closer to family. As she prepared to handover to Corporal Dean Klubi, who will be acting in her role until a replacement is found, Marshall reflected on the highlights of her time in Smithers, and the circumstances that brought her here. The daughter of an RCMP officer herself, Marshall grew up living and travelling throughout northern B.C., Alberta and the Yukon. Later, when she

it wasn’t physically in town, it was as a result of being here and being allowed to stretch my wings as a leader. “That was really cool ... to march with all these other police officers around the world and just to be given that opportunity and to represent Canada, that was amazing.” Marshall’s new role as staff sergeant, rural operations in Penticton will be shared with another officer, working under a superintendent in an integrated detachment. Although she said it would be RCMP Staff Sergeant Kirsten Marshall said it would be hard to leave Smithers, her favourite posting, after five years in hard to say goodbye the community. Alicia Bridges photo to Smithers, she was excited about graduated from the northern community investigations and I White, left the relationship with developing in her RCMP program at the because a lot of my like [being] logical, detachment in 2012. the community and new role overseeing organization’s training growing up had been rational, putting Six years later, its involvement in Penticton’s outlying facility at Regina, done in northern pieces together,” Marshall said the local events like communities. she was hopeful for a communities so it was Marshall said. community had Remembrance Day “I think it will be posting somewhere in no surprise, it’s what I “Doing those types lived up to her high and Santa’s Breakfast. an interesting change “the North.” knew.” of investigations expectations. She said a tightand some things Although she In stark contrast to also gave me an “We came to knit team and close maybe I’ve never wasn’t granted her time working solo opportunity to Smithers looking to partnerships with dealt with before,” her first choice of in Chetwynd, her next really explore all the really connect with the the RCMP’s partner she said. Smithers, Marshall posting was to the resources that are out community and we agencies had made the “Osoyoos is close did get an opportunity big, busy station at there to use. did,” she said. experience even more to the border so to work in a northern Williams Lake. “Once you start “We moved valuable. from my perspective, community when she There she worked having more complex here and our One personal being able to develop was posted to the the first year as a investigations you neighbourhood was highlight that came that part of me, small industrial town constable and a really start thinking amazing, we had about through her that I don’t know a of Chetwynd. supervisor before outside the box.” people approaching work in Smithers was lot about because As a young officer being assigned to the After more than us immediately and being one of only I’ve never lived in working primarily Serious Crimes Unit. five years in Williams engaging. 10 RCMP officers a community that alone in a remote Her case load in Lake, a promotion “It was just a chosen to attend a borders another industrial town, she that role included took Marshall to very, very welcoming leadership conference country. said the learning curve drug crimes, Kitimat, where she community and in South Africa. “I guess I’m was steep. homicides and serious spent one year before that’s exactly what “There were about looking at it as, I “We spent five-and- sex offences. being promoted again we’d hoped so our 1,500 police officers would like to bring a-half years there and She said she had to a role in Smithers. time here has been there from around what I have to the a lot of on-call time enjoyed the problemShe was employed incredible.” the world and we table but I’m also working on my own solving aspects of as a sergeant then Marshall said were all in Durban, hoping to develop and just learning how her work in Williams promoted to the Smithers had been her South Africa,” she myself as well.” to do my job,” she Lake. detachment’s most favourite posting. said. Marshall’s last said. “I really liked the senior role of staff Most of her “I would say that day at the Smithers “It’s what I wanted, complexity of some sergeant when her highlights related to was really a highlight detachment was last I wanted to work in a of those larger scale predecessor, Sheila the RCMP’s close for me. Even though Thursday.

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View from the Porch Lorraine Doiron I was told that eating a few walnuts daily would help with arthritis. I felt it couldn’t hurt so have been eating a few, kind of like dessert, after my lunch. Now I read that a handful of walnuts per day can improve my memory. Walnuts have lots of vitamins, minerals, omega-3s, antioxidants, all good for a person. Now my lunch time dessert will help me remember what I did

yesterday and what I need to do today. Word of the day: railbird — any kibitzer or self-styled critic or expert. Can also mean a horse racing fan who watches races or workouts from the railing along the track. Went to a horse race once. My friend and I went down to where the horses were getting ready and saw this kind of older, tired looking white horse. All the other horses were wired and excited, this one just seemed not caring. We felt sorry for it and decided to place a bet on it, thinking it would at least get some money for care and feeding. The race started off and we watched in screaming excitement as that white horse, starting from the back of the pack, just ran around the bunch of them and came in first! Never put someone down by their appearance. You will be surprised! Guaranteed good food

and great music! Round Lake Coffee House, Feb. 7, $10 Moroccan dinner prepared by Quick Eats, doors open at 6 p.m., meal served at 6:30. Music, $5, starts at 7:30 with the talents of Juanita McIntyre, Duncan Wards, Ransom E. Slaughter and Jon Bjorgan. Stress before Christmas: in a store heard a six- or seven-yearold child’s voice repeating “mom mom mom mom” over and over. Suddenly heard mom’s voice, at the end of her patience “Stop moming me!” Silence for a minute or two and then the “mom mom” started up again. Patience is a virtue; sometimes one needs a ton of virtue. Laugh from the Belly; Play from the Heart. Four evenings of theatre games, exercises and wacky improvisations. Valerie Laub and Nicole DeWolf present Theatre for the Terrified, Central Park Building Dance Studio,

Fridays, Jan. 30 – Feb. 20, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Ages 16 and up. Suggested donation: $35 for the four weeks. If interested in creating theatre or to preregister contact Valerie at 250-847-0150. Learn about mindfulness, consciousness and how healing our mentality and behaviours can heal our bodies! Join Bodytalkers Kim Hunter DVM CBP, a local veterinarian of 30 years, and Laura Cook CBP to explore and find health in ourselves and our pets. Course is Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and a practical Feb. 2. There is a free talk Jan. 30, 7 p.m. at the Lodge with senior instructor Terryanne Nikides. To register call 250-643-4052. Closing with: “Once the ‘what’ is decided, the ‘how’ always follows. We must not make the ‘how’ an excuse for not facing and accepting the ‘what’.” — Pearl S. Buck

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This week is Family Literacy Week and the first week of our bi-weekly food challenge! Here is a picture of the hearty apple-bacon coleslaw we made at the G2G Neighbourhood Kitchen this winter. Do you have a “go-to” winter salad? Email submissions by Sunday, February 1st to, including:   

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Hats off to the gentle travelling vet I am going to take my hat off! As many of you know I seldom take my hat off. Today it is off!! A couple days ago I had to make a decision about my 15-year-old dog. Poor old Cody was having massive seizures during the day and through the long night. He could not walk at all. The night went on in agony for the dog and lack of sleep for me. As morning came

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to this place I called a local vet. Barb Veale is a vet who travels to the homes of pet owners to help them with issues. Let me tell you, I had a big issue. Dr. Veale called back saying she would be here quite soon. True to her word, she was here to make sure that the passing of this old dog was done with kindness and respect. A good friend, Stoney, came along as well to help comfort the dog and

me. The process began with the old dog resting on his bed outside. Injections were given to calm the dog. Words of comfort came to him as well. The gentle approach to this old dog was very much appreciated. The process took a bit longer than we would have liked but finally my old companion had died. Stoney carried Cody to the vet’s truck in one of his bed

blankets. He was on his final journey to be cremated. I tell you all about this since I know there are many who have an old dog or some other pet who might need help. Often going to one of our excellent clinics is tough to manage. You are on your own, the animal is too sick or big. What can you do? Call the travelling vet. You will feel better. Dr. Veale can do immunization shots,

minor surgery, blood tests etc. Or, if the time has come your special pet to be put to rest in the peacefulness of your home, she can help you there. Something to consider. So, on this very mild night when my other old dog is wondering where her friend went I will go outside and talk to her, then we will walk together in the dark remembering the goofy old dog who came here many years ago from Turtle

Gardens. Will I get another rescue dog? Absolutely! I will wait for the snow to leave this land before I apply to adopt another dog. I was about to put my hat back on but before I do that I must thank other friends who brought their dogs here so the old female would not feel out of sorts. You can call me at 250-846-5095 or feel free to just email your dog stories to

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FREE Thursday after-school public skate at the old arena 230 - 330 pm. Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society (BBSS) and Smithers Snowmobile Association present a FREE Avalanche Awareness evening at the Hudson Bay Lodge. 7 pm - 9 pm.

Family Fun Spirit Swim at BV Pool, 5 - 8 pm, $2. Children under 7 must be supervised. FREE Friday night Public skate at the old arena 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

FREE wagon rides with B & T Wagon Rides. 11 am - 3 pm. Main street area. Backcountry Film Festival/fundraiser. FREE Kiddies Snowmobile races (use 120’s) ages 10 and under contact Trails North to register LOCATION Heritage Park at 1 pm. Family Play Day 2015 put on by MOST. 11 am - 2 pm Dze L’Kant Friendship Centre Hall 3955 3rd Ave. FREE, fun, interactive event for families with children 0-6 years old. Annual Buchfink Lodge Day hosted by The BV Cross Country Ski Club, including a a Spot Ski morning social, hot drinks & snacks, 10 am. It’s a FREE Ski day to try out xc skiing without the cost of a day pass. Steelhead Playoff hockey game, 7-10 pm at old arena.

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Valentine’s Day

Gift&DiningGuide Make the most of your night out this Valentine’s Day

Expect Valentine’s Day to be a busy night for dining out and plan ahead.


hocolates and flowers may be staples of Valentine’s Day, but many couples take it one step further and dine out on February 14. According to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, 34.6 percent of respondents indicated that dining out would be part of their Valentine’s Day agenda. A romantic dinner is an ideal capper for a day geared around love and affection. But Valentine’s Day is a busy night for many restaurants, so it pays to heed the following advice to ensure this special night is memorable for all the right reasons. Make reservations well in advance. Dining out is especially popular on Valentine’s Day, so call several weeks in advance to secure your spot. Also, do not underestimate the draw of all types of restaurants on Valentine’s Day. People who were not able to get a table at their first choices may trickle into chain restaurants or smaller establishments in search of an easy meal. If you think your lesser-known haunt will not be packed, think again. Always play it safe by making a reservation early. Expect some crowding. Restaurants tend to add extra tables on Valentine’s Day, when they expect an influx of customers. Dining rooms may be more packed than usual, and you may not have a choice of where you will be seated. Even a reservation does not guarantee you won’t have to wait for a table. Be patient upon arriving at the restaurant, and consider wait time when factoring in childcare. Be flexible with the menu. Price-fixed menus are commonplace on nights when there will be a large turnover of customers in a short amount of time. These menus allow restaurants to stock up on the necessary ingredients and cook

en masse. Diners may find that price-fixed menus offer a limited selection, and their favorite dishes may not be available. But knowing this in advance can reduce feelings of disappointment. Rest assured there should be several options that appeal to different palates. Be patient with servers. Valentine’s Day is a busy night for staff at the restaurant, particularly servers who must be the liaison between the kitchen staff and diners. The sheer volume of customers can test the skills of even the most veteran servers. Many Valentine’s Day diners do not eat out regularly and will need extra guidance. Servers may be called on to snap photos of couples with cell phones or linger at certain tables. Use idle time at your table to engage in romantic conversation and plan the rest of the evening. Consider your budget. Diners can expect to pay a premium for dining out on Valentine’s Day. Select a lower-priced restaurant if your budget is on the smaller side. Be on time. Being respectful of your reservation will not only benefit you, but also it is a courtesy to fellow diners who will be sitting at your table later in the evening. While you may want to linger over dessert, try not to linger too long. Promptly store leftovers. If you take a doggie bag home from dinner, stash it in the refrigerator as soon as possible to prevent foodborne illnesses. If you will be going out dancing or to a movie after dinner, it may be best to skip the doggie bag altogether. Valentine’s Day is a busy night for dining out. Patience, courtesy and flexibility are traits that can keep your evening moving along smoothly.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Detroit Auto Show: New wheels, big dollar price tags Detroit, MI – The daddy of all auto shows isn’t offering The fully equipped XD promises a towing capability much new for folks with lean budgets this year. of more than 12,000 pounds, and payload capacity But if you are in the market for trucks, super cars or of 2,000 pounds with the fuel-efficiency of a half-ton green vehicles, then there’s plenty to feast your eyes pickup. Looking forward to later this year when we can upon at the North American International Auto Show. put our truck expert Ian Harwood into a production In recent years, new compact cars have version of the Cummins 5.0-litre V8 Turbo been heavily featured but there was Diesel Crew Cab example on show here. none of significance launched here No prices yet or news of a rollout for the during this year’s press preview days. rest of the new Titan range. Asian manufacturers tend to dominate Our Zack Spencer shares his thoughts on that market segment and increasingly another truck grabbing some limelight at they choose to launch their new wares at the show: “the Detroit-three automakers other shows such as the now important might have the lion’s share of full size Los Angeles extravaganza in November pickup sales but it’s the Toyota Tacoma (of the preceding model year). mid-size pickup that rules the road, outBut those whose work demands truck selling the competition two-to-one. In recent years, ownership will not be disappointed with “Toyota is offering a heavily updated compact cars have new offerings populating the stands Tacoma with a new 3.5L V6, replacing here. Traditionally, domestic manufacthe old 4.0L V6, and choice of either a heavily featured turers have dominated the truck market 6-speed manual or automatic transmisbut there was none but now the so-called import manufacsion. The engine features direct injection of significance turers (most of whom now operate full technology and should vastly improve production lines and design centres here launched here. fuel economy. These and other updates in Canada and the U.S.) are mounting a should ensure the latest Tacoma remains Keith Morgan serious challenge. dominant.” The introduction of the Nissan Titan at Hybrid and electric powered-vehicles the turn of the century caused some ripare no longer a novelty feature here and ples in the full-size truck market but the 2016 Nissan now an increasing share of the floor space. Virtually Titan XD could make some more substantial waves. It every manufacturer has a production model to sell or a takes its design lead from the Big Guys, with a bold and promise of more for the near future. bulky design because that’s what consumers want. NisThe second generation Chevrolet Volt looks nearly as san doesn’t threaten to be number one in performance sharp as the artist’s impression of the first model, which and fuel economy because it believes you can’t have it didn’t live up to its promised looks when it rolled off both ways. Arguing that excelling in one often comes at the production line. More importantly, the new version a cost to the other. Listening to its existing owners and delivers much more in fuel economy new customers, it determined being “up there” in both Alexandra Straub reports on its compact sibling: “For areas will check more consumer boxes. the EV enthusiast or those looking for alternative fuel,



Chevrolet expands its electrifying portfolio with the Bolt EV Concept. With a range of more than 300 kilometres, this all-electric stylish crossover is aimed for the masses, not just the select few. “While it’s still a concept, pricing for this type of vehicle will be in the $30,000 range. Not cheap, but certainly attainable. It even allows you to use a smartphone to perform as the key fob.” Acura is showing off the return of its simply beautiful NSX sports car to the market. The Porsche-loving Jerry Seinfeld was flown in to add some celebrity power but there was no — because this $150,000-plus super car speaks loudly for itself. It will be powered by a new Honda V6 mated to a ninespeed dual clutch transmission, assisted greatly by three electric motors — one for each of the front wheels and another to add torque while the turbos get up to speed. Interesting that Honda should be getting back into F1 racing; now it features hybrid power plants! Ford is teasing showgoers with a stunning new 600-horsepower Ford GT, which will more than likely have a price sticker similar to that of the NSX. The Infiniti Q60 concept’s premiere appearance was somewhat overshadowed by the aforementioned machines in the media here. However, Alfonso Albaisa, the Infiniti executive director of design, delivered a passionate description of the high-performance sports coupe that will come to market within the next year, with a price tag somewhat lower than the Ford and Acura products. View our team’s Detroit gallery and complete show reports online at

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The 2015 Honda Pilot is a reliable/ spacious SUV and is a real joy to drive.


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Pack everything into the Honda Pilot and there is still surprisingly enough room for eight people.

Looks The vehicle was re-designed in 2009 yet it still fits today’s market and has a unique style to it. It rally resembles no other competitor which is more than can be said of many in this market segment.

In The Cab There is plenty of room in this eight-passenger sport ute. The second row has an extra 25 millimetres, the third has 50 millimetres and there’s a slight an increase to the cargo area. The 60/40 second row and third row bench seats fold flat to give a good surface to transport larger items. Another added improvement is the rear glass that can be opened independently from the hatch. If you go for the EX-L RES or Touring edition there is a power lift gate. A 229-watt audio system with seven speakers and a subwoofer is available on the LX, SE and EX-L RES model while the Touring comes with a 650-watt, AM/FM/CD Premium audio system with MP3/Windows media and 10 speakers including a 5.1 surround sound theater mode, also a 15 GB hard drive (HDD) audio storage. There is an available Honda DVD rear entertainment system with 9-inch display. An available Honda satellite-linked navigation system with trilingual voice recognition that responds to over 800 verbal commands, as I do at home. Safety first The 2015 Pilot’s standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist, commonly known as electronic stability control with traction control and ABS. There are three-row side curtain airbags with roll over sensor; dual stage front air bags, a driver’s front side air bag, and a passenger’s front side air bag with occupant position detection system. There is also hill start assist on all models. The VTM-4 system directs power to the front differential when extra traction is not required, helping with the fuel economy, when more traction is required, the system engages the rear differential.

Roadworthy I had the opportunity to take the SE 4WD along some logging roads in Squamish. It was incredibly smooth as it glided over potholes and dodged ditches. Although they were not rough roads it is certainly nice to know that you could take your family camping knowing you can travel to most locations without experiencing problems because you left the pavement. The Pilot has variable cylinder management (VCM), which shuts down two or three cylinders when not required. The five speed automatic transmission runs smoothly and very quietly when shifting. When the green ECO light comes on, I noticed the transmission was a little noisier as the engine decreased the number of cylinders in operation. The Pilot has a tow rating of 2045 kg (4500 lb).

Verdict The 2015 Honda Pilot is a reliable/spacious SUV and is a real joy to drive.


Power The 3.5 litre, 24 valve, SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine delivers 250 hp and 253 ft lbs of torque with variable cylinder management (VCM).

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City Express excluded at outset of program; will be eligible once residuals become available. General Motors of Canada will pay the first two bi-weekly lease payments as defined on the lease agreement (inclusive of taxes). After the first two bi-weekly payments, lessee will be required to make all remaining scheduled payments over the remaining term of the lease agreement. PPSA/RDPRM is not due. Consumer may be required to pay dealer fees. Insurance, license, and applicable taxes not included. Additional conditions and limitations apply. GM reserves the right to modify or terminate this offer at any time without prior notice. See dealer for details. †† Offer applies to eligible current owners or lessees of any model year 1999 or newer car that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six (6) months. Credit valid towards the retail purchase or lease of one eligible 2015 model year Chevrolet car, SUV, crossover and pickup models delivered in Canada between January 12 and February 2, 2015. Credit is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive) and credit value depends on model purchased: $750 credit available on eligible Chevrolet vehicle (except Colorado 2SA, Corvette, Camaro Z28, Malibu LS, Silverado 1500 and HD). Offer applies to eligible current owners or lessees of any Pontiac/Saturn/SAAB/Hummer/Oldsmobile model year 1999 or newer car or Chevrolet Cobalt or HHR that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six (6) months. Credit valid towards the retail purchase or lease of one eligible 2015 model year Chevrolet car, SUV, crossover and pickups models delivered in Canada between January 12 and February 2, 2015. 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Flamenco workshop brings exotic flair to town By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The art of flamenco isn’t just about stomping your feet and waving your arms. It’s a style of dance that requires rhythmic movements, delicate but powerful arms and strong and precise leg work. Roughly a dozen locals learned just how challenging flamenco can be in a two-day workshop taught by Amity Skala, an instructor from Victoria, at Creative Roots last weekend. Flamenco is an art form that comes from the province of Andalusia and encompasses traditional song,

dance and guitar from southern Spain. Skala, who has been teaching flamenco for the past 15 years, said the movements are all about personal expression and contrast. “It’s a coordination puzzle. If you talk to any of the ladies in the class, they’ll tell you it’s a little like rubbing their tummies and patting their heads,” she said, noting she performs roughly eight to 10 times a year. “I think there’s a real separation and contrast in flamenco. Movements go from fast to slow from big to small. There’s even a contrast with my own body. From my waist down, I’m really grounded and

Instructor Amity Skala (right) teaches flamenco to a dozen people at Creative Roots on Saturday. Kendra Wong photo

earthy and from the waist up, I’m reaching and stretching up. It’s having two opposing

styles that make it look dynamic.” According to Skala, it’s a form that

Freedom to Read By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

People of all ages are invited to bring questions, including difficult ones, on the topic of censorship to the Smithers Public Library this February during Freedom to Read Week. Every year, libraries, schools and community groups across Canada celebrate freedom of expression during the last week of February with events like the informal discussion being held in Smithers on Monday,

Feb. 23. “I’d like to have a community discussion. There are people who want to protect people from ideas, and others who feel strongly the other way,” explained library director Wendy Wright. Questions asked are expected to revolve around children’s access, hate literature, and the recent attack in Paris on writers and cartoonists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. “It’s to raise awareness of free speech and ideas, even if they’re

unpopular,” said Wright. The event will run from 7-8 p.m. Freedom to Read Week is a project started by the Book and Periodical Council, an umbrella organization for associations involved in the writing and editing, publishing and manufacturing, distribution, and selling and lending of books and periodicals in Canada. More information can be found at Smithers library events can be found http://

anyone can learn to perform. “It’s open to people of all ages, all body

types, you see entire families dancing together. It doesn’t really matter if you’re good at it, it’s just that you get out there and you do it, that you dance like you or sing like you or improvise around the steps that you know. It’s very inclusive,” she said. Over the past few years, flamenco has grown in popularity, which Skala believes is because of its exotic nature. “Thinking about sunny southern Spain when you’re in the middle of a snow bank is appealing for people,” she said. “I think the music is very captivating. The guitar music appeals to people and the rhythms. There’s this exotic appeal about flamenco that

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captures people’s imagination,.” This is the first time Creative Roots has brought a flamenco workshop to Smithers. Amanda Dorscht, the owner of Creative Roots who also participated in the workshop, said it was an opportunity to introduce something new to the community. “It just draws people in, people who have different interests but don’t want the pressure of committing to a full year,” she said. “I loved it, it’s definitely a brain workout. Once you get the steps and the rhythm, I can see how it can be very easy to add your own flare to it.”


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Nickers aims to help children and adults through therapeutic riding By Kendra Wong Telkwa/Interior News

A therapeutic riding society in Telkwa is using horses as therapy for children and adults with special needs by forming deep relationships between riders and horses. The Nick Memorial Therapeutic Equestrian Riders Society, or Nickers, was formed five years ago by Krysia and Mike Van Arem and uses horserelated activities for therapeutic purposes and is the first of its kind in the Bulkley Valley. “The horse is the closest thing to the human gait . . . for every minute that you’re on the horse, it produces roughly 110 multidimensional movements. It moves you forward and backward, up and down, every angle and it actually is so beneficial because our bodies are designed to move,” said Krysia Van Arem, the program director and certified riding instructor. “It will help you physically, psychologically and mentally. It has helped people who

Photos left to right: Leone pets her horse after a riding lesson. Alex Chapman rides a horse for the first time at the Nick Memorial Therapeutic Equestrian Riders Society in Telkwa.

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haven’t talked in nine years. It can help kids that have had an abused background. It helps in many different ways.” For roughly an hour a week, riders learn to groom, care for and ride the horse. Van Arem said she lets riders work at their own pace and doesn’t rush them so they build a connection with the animal. “We try to empower them as much as possible. I want the rider to get there, versus getting picked up and putting them on,” she said,

adding that riders are fitted with helmets, boots and a safety belt. “It’s all about building a relationship with the animal.” The society has become a big part of Van Arem’s life and is something very close to her heart. Her son Nick (whom the society was named after) was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. He had to be fitted with a mechanical shunt just five days after his

birth. Nick had rightsided challenges and starting riding when he was nine years old. According to Van Arem, they could see a difference within a month of riding. “He was starting to sit better, he was walking a little better,” she said. “It’s just seeing how much it helped him and I knew that it could help so many other people.” Five years later, Nick passed away as a result of a shunt blockage at the age of 14.

Van Arem used the very horses that helped her son to help her through her grief. “I would just sit on them. They knew. They would come up to me in the field,” she said. “There was a huge void to fill. If I’m having a bad day, I’ll go out and brush one. There’s a lot of things that I can’t describe, but it does happen.” Now, Van Arem, along with roughly a dozen volunteers, run the society for two months in the spring, and September to October at her


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property. They have three horses on the farm and borrow additional horses when needed. “It helps the individuals. Some kids will learn a routine and when they come out into the community, especially in school, they can start following a routine better,” said Van Arem. “There’s something about the horse that brings them out of their shell. They feel better about themselves.” Theresa Mohr’s then 16-year-old son Alex was in the

program for a season and learned to ride a horse for the first time. “He was definitely really proud of himself, he couldn’t believe he had done that,” said Mohr. “There’s something magical about horses.” “The biggest thing is the reward. The rewards aren’t measurable, they’re not monetary, it’s the smiles, it’s the sudden build in confidence or the physical improvement,” said Van Arem. Mohr is also organizing a benefit concert next month to help raise money for the not-for-profit society. There will be performances by local musicians Mohr, Jenny Lester and Juanita McIntyre, along with a raffle and 50/50 draw at the Old Church on Valentine’s Day beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Mountain Eagle Books for $25 or $30 at the door. All the proceeds go towards the society and will be used to sponsor a child in the program or to buy necessary therapeutic equipment. For more information, visit the Facebook page Nickers.


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Premier Clark plans pitch to laid-off oil workers

By Tom Fletcher Black Press

Premier Christy Clark says the sudden drop in oil and gas prices might delay her government’s push for liquefied natural gas exports, but she is sticking to her latest prediction of three LNG export facilities in B.C. by 2020. In a speech to the annual Truck Loggers’ Association convention in Victoria Thursday, Clark put a brave face on the global skid in energy markets and emphasized the need for more forestry workers. As she did the previous day at a natural resources forum in Prince George, Clark mentioned her government’s

Premier Christy Clark addresses the Truck Loggers’ Association convention in Victoria Thursday.

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tentative plan to place ads at Fort McMurray airport urging B.C. workers to “come home” for job openings expected here as oil sands operations slow down.

Retirements and a recovery in the U.S. housing market will open up thousands of jobs in the forest industry, which will compete with LNG developments for

equipment operators and other skilled workers, Clark told logging company executives. Optimism for LNG is harder to find in the current world

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C OMMUNITY Ministry says no plans for wolf cull in Telkwa region By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

The Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is investigating the impacts of wolves on the Telkwa caribou herd, but a spokesperson said extending its wolf cull to this region would be premature. The province announced on Jan. 15 it was starting a cull of up to 160 wolves in the South Peace region to save threatened caribou herds. Wolves are among the factors being investigated in the decline of a small herd of caribou in the Telkwa region, whose population dropped dramatically between 1965 and 1995.

The ministry said an increased human presence in their habitat, predator populations and an increase in low-elevation habitat were among the potential causes. Local monitoring of the Telkwa mountain region is focused on the number of caribou, humans and wolves. Caribou movements are already being tracked with GPS collars and an aerial survey will be conducted in late winter to count the animals and look into calf survival rates. The ministry wants to expand its monitoring to include wolves. This would involve putting GPS collars on the predators to learn more about how much time they spend near the caribou or using human-

created trails. The ministry did not rule out a cull in the region but said it would be premature at this time because it was not clear if wolves were the primary cause of the caribou decline. The number of wolves in the Skeena region is estimated to be about 2,450 but only a small number of these would share habitat with the Telkwa caribou herd. “We do not have specific data on wolf population levels or pack sizes in the Telkwa area, but this research will help yield that information, as well as their movement patterns relative to the Telkwa caribou herd’s range,” a spokesperson for the ministry said.

Students clothing homeless By Chris Gareau

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High-speed Internet which is 10 times faster than the existing service is being rolled out in Gitanmaax, Old Hazelton and Kispiox for the first time. Prince Rupert-based company CityWest last week completed its first installation of fibre-to-the-home Internet, which it plans to introduce street-bystreet from Gitanmaax Food and Fuel to the Village of Old Hazelton. The service will then be extended to Kispiox village. Replacing an aging cable service, the new technology was installed

through a partnership between CityWest and the All Nations Trust Company (ANTCO). An aboriginalowned financial institution, ANTCO runs a “Pathways to Technology initiative aimed at connecting or enhancing highspeed Internet access in remote First Nations communities in B.C. CityWest director of sales and marketing Donovan Dias said ANTCO approached his company about replacing the old cable infrastructure. “They came over to us and asked us if we would be interested in rebuilding that plant over there,” he said. “When we looked at all our options, cable

technology is starting to die away and there’s not really a whole lot of places that it can go so we decided to embark on fibre-to-thehome as an option for them which they really bought into.” The new service raises the Internet speed at Gitanmaax from five megabits per second to 50, a speed that CityWest does not yet offer in Smithers. Dias said customers who sign on to a monthly phone, television and Internet bundle could access the service for about $105 per month, and installation for new customers would be free.

LOCAL SKILLS ON SHOW IN TERRACE Grade 12 Hazelton Secondary Student Cora Wale, left, was one of the students from around the northwest taking part in the regional Skills Canada competition held Jan. 23 at Northwest Community College in Terrace. Wale was competing in the carpentry portion of the competition. Winners have a chance to go to provincial competitions in Abbotsford.

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The Kispiox Valley Rodeo Club would like to wish all their supporters and sponsors a Happy New Year!! We welcome you all to our 68th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo on June 6th & 7th, 2015. THE BIGGEST LITTLE RODEO IN THE WEST!!!!!!! Tsetsaut Ventures Bulkley Electric Gitanmaax Market Driftwood Diamond Drilling Rob’s Restaurant Hoskins Ford Northwest Fuels Pete Vandergaag Canadian Helicopters BC Insulators Bulkley Valley Credit Union Bulkley Browser Bell Brothers Skeena Chiropractic Bird Bud McDonald Store Gitanmaax Food & Fuel Old Town Cold Beer & Wine Northwest Guide Outfitters Association Allwest Glass Smithers Lumber Smithers Feed Store Beertema’s Smithers Frontier Chrysler McRae Family Aardvark Towing Upper Skeen Development Center Kispiox Fishing Company Sawyer Smith Firesteel Contracting Granny Nash Shannon & Steve McPhail Family Chuck Johnson Full Curl Saddlery Marcella Love Love Brothers & Lee Tahltan Outfitters Leland Jasper Wilfred Lee P/E Ranch Billabong Pacific Trucking Roy Henry Vickers Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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Hats off to the best rodeo club members EVER!! Gene & Joy Allen, John Allen, Kaleigh Allen, Henny, Kia, Max & Scott Beertema, Andy & Judy Calhoun, Mikey, Bruce, Wyatt & Rene Chandler, Mary Charlebois, Julia Corbett, John de Boer, Ron Fleming, Silas Fleming, John & Sandra Forsyth, Anna Frezell, Chuck Hayden, Deb Jackson, Yet Klare, Kelly Kranz, Carol, Graham, Keifer Larson, Brooke Wale, Liz & Sarah Lazzarroto, Kim Lee, Ashley, Cohen, Megan, Keith, Geraldine & Breanna Marshall, Brenda Nelson, John Pelsma, Abby Stevens, Sheryl & Cassie Penfold, Rena Ponath, Jordyn, Mikayla, Megan, Kaitlyn Bartlett, Trey, Dytah, Barbara and Willi Schmmid, Cathy, Paul and Wayne Simms, Pansy, Tanika, Chante & Roche Wright-Simms, Eryn, Jules, Fallon Stokes, Francis & Lawrence Stokes, Phil Trombley, Janelle, Peter, Marika & Janaya Van Tunen, Andrea, Grace, Wakas & Roy Vickers, Kassie, Rick & Landon Vipond, Marlise Zurbrugg, Levi Turner. Honorary Members include: Bernice & Dave Aspeslet, Howard Ennis, Betty Hagen, Henry Hagen, Pete Heit, Peter Hincliffe, Patsy & Earl Hobenshield, Glen & Linda Lavery, Wilfred Lee, Lil, Esther, Marcella Love, Ruth Mesich, June Nash, Pete Ness, Neil Sterritt, Mel stokes, Allan & Dorothy Weston, Pat & Les Witwer, Glynn Wookey, June Larson Nash & Pat Wookey.

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SUNDAY FUNDAY FOR ALL AGES This young sledder was one of more than 60 people who gathered at the Gitanmaax Hall last weekend to celebrate the local lifestyle and culture at Winter Fun Day. Children took part in sliding, racing and traditional games, while the adults sampled the entrants to a chili cook-off. Tyrell Harris was the winner, judged by Mae Martin, Roger Martin, Kitty Mowatt and Florence Mowatt. In addition to singing Gitxsan songs, the group roasted hot dogs and marshmallows in the Wolf Long house at ‘Ksan Historical Village. More than 90 people also watched a matinee screening of the Disney film Brother Bear.

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The fees are the same as in bigger communities like Prince Rupert and Terrace. Dias said there was already a waiting list of about 150 people who wanted to access the service. CityWest will contact residents after the cable was installed on their street. ANTCO community relations officer Jamie Sterritt said high-speed Internet access was important to remote communities. “By providing reliable high-speed Internet services, these communities will benefit from opportunities for education, health care, culture and economic development for First Nations people,” Sterritt said. “We partnered with CityWest because they’re a local company that understands the people of

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northwest B.C.” Hazelton Public Library librarian Tara Williston said she was hopeful the library would be able to introduce more services, such as free wi-fi, which are standard at most libraries. “It will positively impact our service,” she said. “It looks like we’ll finally be able to afford to offer free wi-fi which we’ve never had in the past and that’s something that almost every library has and we’re way behind on that.” Williston said at CityWest’s advertised cost, which was much lower than that of their current service, the library would be able to introduce multiple phone lines and email addresses. “It’s just catching up to basic librarian office standards that other people have had for years,” she said.

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Lawyers talk land rights By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs are divided over whether to launch an aboriginal title claim that capitalizes on a 2014 landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada. Aboriginal rights lawyers Louise Mandell and Bertha Joseph were in Hazelton last week to deliver a presentation about two court cases which could influence how the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en proceed with land rights claims. The Delgamuukw decision, made by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1997, was a landmark case which determined that aboriginal title did exist. Led by Gitxsan chief Delgamuukw, whose English name is Earl Muldoe, the case pertained to Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en territories. In June last year, a Supreme Court case involving the Tsilhqot’in Nation determined aboriginal Canadians still owned their traditional land unless they had waived that ownership in a treaty with the government. Both cases were outlined in detail at last week’s meeting, which was attended by about 200 people including Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en chiefs. Although the Delgamuukw decision gave First Nations the capacity to negotiate treaty deals, the Tsilhqot’in decision ruled that aboriginal groups would waive their inherent ownership of the land by signing a treaty. A group of hereditary chiefs known as the Gitxsan United Chiefs, who oppose the signing

of any treaty, believe their aboriginal title claim should rest on the findings of the Tsilhqot’in decision. They believe a treaty deal would sign away the ownership that the Tsilhqot’in ruling awards them. Hereditary chief Guuhadakw (Norman Stephens) said negotiating a treaty after last year’s Supreme Court decision would be “ludicrous.” He and the GUC are rallying support to launch a title claim that capitalizes on that ruling. “After the Tsilhqot’in decision we had all assumed that the nation would be chomping at the bit to actually get back into court and it seemed to be taking a little too long,” he said. “With the Gitxsan Treaty Society pushing for treaty negotiations we started to get very concerned that the momentum has been lost from the Tsilhqot’in decision. “The Tsilhqot’in decision brings us so close to getting the title issues settled that to do nothing is to do an injustice to our ancestors.” He said there were “things that are in progress right now that would lead to a title launch,” but would not provide more detail. If there was enough support to launch a claim, estimating and securing finances would be the next step, Guuhadakw added. “Most people consider the Gitxsan and the Wet’suwet’en, to be in the strongest position of anyone in the province of actually completing the title question,” he said. But chief negotiator Gwaans (Beverley Clifton-

Percival) from the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs, which represents many but not all hereditary chiefs, said the Delgamuukw case was the best legal basis on which to launch a claim. Gwaans, who is also the negotiator for the Gitxsan Treaty Society, said the GHC was unique to other First Nations groups. “The public must understand that the Tsilhqot’in case is a band council case and not founded on a hereditary system,” she said. “As well, the Tsilhqot’in case relied on the principles from the Gitxsan case to establish title. “As a result, the legal test for title and rights in the Delgamuukw case is still what the Gitxsan will rely on, not the Tsilhqot’in case. Although Gwaans said it would be a huge undertaking to recommence the land rights claim that was initiated through the Delgamuukw case, she added leaders were ready for a “new challenge.” “Some of the lawyers are retired,” she said. “The main witnesses for the Gitxsan has passed on and some of the chiefs now rely on band councils as their strength, ie. the Spookw plaintiffs. “However, the earlier Simgiigyet paved the way and new leaders are ready for any new challenge as the inheritance laws through the Gitxsan mother is still strong.” A representative of the Office of the Wet’suwet’en did not return this newspaper’s calls. Lawyers Louise Mandell and Bertha Johnson could not be reached.

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To list your nonprofit coming events please drop off your listing at The Interior News, 3764 Broadway Ave., fax us at 250-847-2995, or email More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone. Smithers Film Series The Theory of Everything Sunday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. The extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. Northern Saddle Club AGM Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. at the Hudson Bay Lodge. BVFMS Midsummer Festival Planning Team meets Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. at Norma’s house, 3744 14th Ave., Smithers. All coordinators and interested volunteers please attend. Northern Saddle Club Bingo, 7 p.m. at The Old Church. Wednesdays, Feb. 5 & 19, March 5 & 19, April 2. Doors open at 6:30. Prizes up to $1,400. Know your limit, play within it. Brown Bag Lunch Health Talk, noon, Thursday, Feb. 5, at Smithers Healthy Living Centre features Adbhuta Ananda, RMT talking about using Quantum Touch when dealing with personal or

family health challenges or injuries. 250-877-4424. Spring Awakening – The Musical Feb. 6, 7, 12, 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Della Herman Theatre. Presented by Victoria BC’s Go Bull Theatre.Tickets at Interior Stationery, Mountain Eagle Books and at the door. Round Lake Coffee House, Saturday, Feb. 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. Moroccan dinner by Quick Eats served at 6:30 p.m. ($10) Music ($5) at 7:30 p.m. by Juanita McIntyre, Duncan Ward, Ransom E. Slaughter, Jon Bjorgan. Kispiox Valley Music Festival Society General Meeting Sunday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. at The Meeting Place in New Hazelton. Important positions are still to be filled. New members welcome. Symphony of the Soil Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. at NWCC. Marc Shuffert Range Officer, Skeena Stikine District, MFLNRO will be showing a video about how important soil and soil ecosystems are.

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Correction: “Roof Inspection for Arena”

A story with the headline “Roof Inspection for Arena” in last week’s edition of The Interior News said the District of New

Hazelton had commissioned an engineering study to inspect the roof of the Upper Skeena Ice Arena. The story said that district

Police Beat Jan. 17 — At approximately 2 a.m. while on routine patrol, police conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 16 near Seeley Lake. A driver was found to be prohibited from driving. The vehicle was impounded and charges are pending. Jan. 17 — At 2:15 p.m., RCMP responded to a local retail store for an intoxicated male wearing red pajamas The male was promptly located and arrested. He was later released from cells without charge. Jan. 20 — At 3 a.m., while on patrol, RCMP came across a single vehicle collision on Hwy 62 near Two Mile. A red Dodge Stratus had struck a hydro pole and a female was located behind the wheel Police escorted the driver to the hospital where she was cleared by medical staff. An impaired investigation was initiated and breath samples obtained. Charges are pending. Jan. 21 — At approximately 5 a.m., police responded to a complaint of an intoxicated and disturbed female on Barcalow Rd in Kitwanga. Police attended and located the female in a residence armed with a knife and having suffered from minor injuries to her hand. Police successfully intervened and brought her to the hospital for assessment and treatment. Charges are pending. New Hazelton RCMP will hold its annual RCMP Junior Youth Academy on March 7 at the Gitwangak Community Hall between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Any and all youths aged 5-12 are invited to attend to learn about policing duties and training.


council had agreed to the inspection at its January council meeting. This is incorrect. The study is being

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Key Facts about Pacific NorthWest LNG WHAT IS LNG? LNG is short for “liquefied natural gas” – which is natural gas that has been chilled to -162 degrees Celsius, converting it from gas to a liquid.

WHAT’S NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT? Natural gas produced in northeast BC would be transported to our proposed facility in Port Edward by the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline. The pipeline would carry natural gas in its vapour state, which would not cover or coat surfaces if a pipeline event occurred.

WHY IS BC EXPORTING NATURAL GAS TO ASIA? The demand for energy is increasing, and natural gas is a cleaner fuel source than other fossil fuels. Liquefying natural gas allows us to access new markets for BC-produced natural gas, creating and protecting jobs for BC families.

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The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) has recently received funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) to inform the development of a BC Regional Plan. The purpose of the BC Regional Plan is to increase the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy. In order to inform the development of the Regional Plan, the Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre has spent the past several months surveying youth, Elders, service providers, and businesses.

Surveys are now complete. The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre would like to thank the following organizations for providing their support in getting surveys submitted:

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Thank you for meeting with us, providing networking opportunities, and where applicable, completing surveys (both in-person and online).

Special thanks to all the youth who completed surveys at the Bulkley Valley Learning Centre, iCount, Northwest Community College, and Smithers Secondary School.

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Skiers pick up medals at Big White By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Ten-year-olds Katie Peterson (left) and Tosh Krauskopf compete in the annual Legendary Banked Slalom at Mount Baker in Washington earlier this month. Krauskopf and Peterson will both move on compete in the finals next month.

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Snowboarders win big in Washington By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Two local snowboarders are carving their way to the top and are heading to the finals of one of the most well-known international snowboarding competitions in the sport. Ten-year-olds Tosh Krauskopf and Katie Peterson competed at the Legendary Banked Slalom qualifiers at Mount Baker in Washington earlier this month, finishing second and third in their respective categories against snowboarders from around the world. “It went great,” said Tosh, who finished the Next Generation Boys, ages 11 and under category in 42.53 seconds. “I practiced here in Smithers and I practiced with my friends and raced against them a

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couple of times.” Katie did just as well in the Next Generation Girls, ages 11 and under category, finishing third with a time of 47.85 seconds. She said it was all about practice. “Just lots of practice here and practice at different places on Mt. Baker. Practicing on that sort of snow. Their snow is different than ours. Our snow is more dry and theirs is heavier,” she said. “It was a bit different because we’re not used to it. It made it a little harder because we’re used to racing in our snow.” In both races, the duo qualified for the finals, which will take place at Mt. Baker next month. Coach Jason Krauskopf said their training with the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club helped them with the race.

“I was super happy with all of them,” said Krauskopf. “[The club] does these mini races all the time with gates, and snowboarding isn’t usually about that . . . this course was a lot of those skills.” “It’s about who has good technique and proper waxing skills that will make up the point five of a second. These kids are very solid and they have flawless runs. Good edge control, good confidence, they know when to enter gates and when to exit and good body positioning and that comes from them starting at such a young age.” Tosh’s dedication to the sport started when he was under two years old; while Katie started when she was five because she wanted to snowboard with her older brother. While they often travel to competitions together (each

compete in roughly five to six across the province annually), they have very different end goals. “I want to make it to the Olympics and I want to compete against some people who have been there before,” said Tosh. While Katie is hoping to continue with it in the future. “I just want to stay in snowboarding, lots of people when they get older they just don’t think it’s interesting anymore,” said Katie. Tosh’s eight-year-old brother Toan is one of the younger competitors and finished 10th of 15, just five seconds behind his older brother. Over the next few weeks, Tosh and Katie will work on fine-tuning their techniques to hopefully shave seconds off their time before heading back out to Washington for the finals on Feb. 21 and 22.

Skiers from the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club returned with a handful of medals from a competition in Kelowna last weekend. The club took 13 athletes to the Western Canada Open Ski Cross Series at Big White to compete against skiers from B.C. and Alberta. “It was a good event, the kids did well,” said head coach Jan Wengelin. Sage Murphy made the podium with a third-place finish in the U12 women’s category, with fellow skier Clara Marko, just behind her in fourth. Caleb Smale and Scott Marko also had podium finishes in the U12 men’s and men’s 18+ categories, respectively. The skiers battled challenging weather conditions on Friday and Saturday. “It was pouring rain, it was foggy, it was a real big white out, so to speak, to the point where they barely pulled the race off,” said Wengelin. On Sunday, warm weather caused the snow to melt and some of the heats had to be cancelled; Harrison McAlonan, Liam Huxtable, Chantel Wickson, Kalum Huxtable, Jason Oliemans and Wengelin were unable to finish their heats. Despite the uncontrollable weather, Wengelin said the athletes performed well. “They skied smart because it was tough conditions. They were making the best of the opportunities that they had,” said Wengelin. “They’re starting to understand the nature of the sport, it’s about thinking ahead and tactically thinking about your run.” Calum Huxtable, Ryan Johnson, Chantel Wickson and Caleb Smale also competed to qualify for the Canada Winter Games, unfortunately none of them made the cut.

Registration for Spring Session of Gymnastics at the Smithers Saltos Club starts January 16. New registration for the Spring session takes place at the gym club (1621 Main Street): 3:30 to 6:30 pm - Monday to Friday. Please come in and register your child for the new session. Remember to bring care cards! Check us out on Facebook Smithers Saltos Call 250-847-3547 for more information.


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S PORTS Rugby player fundraising to Figure skating club head to international tourney competes at regionals By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

A former Smithers Secondary rugby player has been selected to represent B.C. at an upcoming international tournament in Las Vegas, but he needs a little help getting there. Former Smithers resident Jason Gagnier, who currently plays with the Victoria rugby club Velox, was one of 12 players selected to play on Team B.C. at the U23 Vegas 7’s tournament next month. “I was pretty excited,” said Gagnier about making the team. “They took 30 of us to the tryouts and picked 12 people and four went on a long list and I was one of the

Jason Gagnier is hoping to raise $1,500 to help send him to the U23 Vegas 7’s.

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first ones selected.” Gagnier will play prop in the seven-a-side games. “It’s a lot faster and is now part of the Olympics,” he said, adding that he has experience playing seven-a-side during the off-season.

The province covers half of the $3,000-trip to the States, but Jason and his roommate Josh, who was also selected to play with the team, must raise roughly $1,500 each to pay for the remainder of the trip. Gagnier created the

Go Fund Me page two weeks ago to help raise money. So far, they’ve raised $725. The funds raised will go toward travel expenses, tournament fees and food. For the 21-year-old, the tournament isn’t just about playing, but it could open the doors to competing at a higher level as well. “My end goal is to play for Team Canada and this will actually give us a lot of exposure to the Team Canada selectors because they will be playing at a different division in the tournament and they’ll have a lot of guys watching us,” said Gagnier. For more information, visit k7t300.

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The Smithers Figure Skating Club picked up medals at the CNCR regionals in Quesnel this weekend. “It was a really successful weekend,” said head coach Tyler Dykens, noting that competition included skaters from Williams Lake through to Prince Rupert. Smithers’ Chantel Gammie, Samantha Fallows, Becky, Miranda and Millie Huxtable, competed in the weekend-long competition, along with five other skaters from Hazelton.

“They competed in lots of different types of events,” said Dykens. “Samantha and Chantel did best in their free skate event.” Dykens said this is also Samantha’s last competition of the year. For Millie Huxtable, this was her first competition. “This was just a stepping stone for her,” said Dykens. “Everyone skated really well.” Up next, the club will focus on a jamboree in Terrace at the end of February and the annual Smithers Figure Skating Club Carnival on Friday, Mar. 13.

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The Bulkley Valley Otters swam their way to 10 pool records at a regional meet in Terrace last weekend, and it was the young athletes who rose to the top. The club brought 14 swimmers (one of the smallest teams at the meet) to the Northwest B.C. Regional Swimming Championships and finished third overall just behind Prince Rupert and Kitimat. “We had a very good meet,” said head coach Tom Best. “The little guys looked so different from everybody else’s kids. They looked like swimmers, technically they were just so much better.” Eight-year-old

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Jordyn Vertue, one of the youngest swimmers of the meet, kicked her way to six pool records, competing against athletes who were roughly three years older than her. “She had to swim against the 11-yearolds . . . Some of those records are more than 20 years old,” said Best. “She is a tough kid. She outperformed the other kids on the fly with technique,” said Best. She also captured first in the 100-metre fly, second place in the 200-metre free, and third-place finishes in the 400-metre free, 100back, 50-breast, and 200-individual medley (IM). Thirteen-year-old River Stokes-DeYoung walked away with four first-place finishes in


the 100-free, 400-free, 100-fly and 400-IM. On top of that, he also finished third in the 100 breaststroke and third place overall. “He tried to work on the things that we’ve been working on despite the fact that he hasn’t been feeling well,” said Best. “He’s a tough kid . . . he’s developing quite nicely.” Bailey Espersen was battling the flu, but still managed to swim to first place in the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 free; while brother Tanner had wins in the 100 back and 100 IM. Tanner, Bailey and Gabby Correia also set pool records. Up next, a few club members will head to Edmonton for the 2015 Speedo Western Champs in February.


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SMBA helps pedal new bike park into town By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The local mountain bike association is getting the wheels turning on upgrades to a new bike skills park — the first of its kind in the Bulkley Valley. The Smithers Mountain Bike Association has started upgrades to the bike park on Pacific Way beside Elks Field, which will include graduated drops, a jump track, berms and table tops for people of all skill levels. The bike park is several years old and the existing structures, such as the skinnies that bikers ride on have begun to rot. “We demolished it a couple of years ago in hopes of rebuilding it so it’s much more suitable for families and other people wanting to use the park,” said Leanne Helkenberg, president of the association. “It just needed a little bit of sprucing up, and upgrading compared to what was there before. It was quite old and getting a bit decrepit.” Derek Pelzer, the trails director with the association who also helped design the new park, said it will utilize more space. “[We’re] going to change it to be gravity-fed, so it can basically utitlize the whole area of the park,” said Pelzer. “In the places where people would lose their speed, they wouldn’t utilize the rest of the park. Just to make it easier to spend more time there, rather than having to pedal to access all the features, they can do it with gravity.” The total cost of the project is estimated at $25,000. So far, through fundraisers, raffles and a $10,000 grant from the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation, they’ve

raised $13,000. They are in the process of applying for a grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust as well. The club has already started putting in fill, but

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advanced. The design is made for our ridership to build their skills. There’s going to be graduated drops, it’ll be a place for them to build their skills before they head out onto the hills,” said Pelzer.

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The park is also the first of its kind in the Bulkley Valley, the next closest bike skills park is in Burns Lake, said Helkenberg. The park should be completed by the summer.

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3248 Third Ave

#71 Hudson Bay MHP

5425 Lake Kathlyn Road

3557 Sixteenth Avenue

Old Babine Lake Road

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Located in Willowvale Subdivision 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms 7 years young, 5 appliances included Paved drive, enclosed garage

Donna Grudgfield

mls n241850

3 bedrooms, 14’ wide mobile 8x12 addition, huge kitchen Roof, furnace & windows new 2007 Covered porch, quick possession

Donna Grudgfield

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Steps to the beach, mountain view Updated 3 bdrm mobile, big shop 2.5 acres,duck pond,landscaped yard

Ron Lapadat



Immaculate 5 bedroom home Many upgrades, windows, doors Roof, siding, flooring & paint Large fenced yard & gardens

Peter Lund

mls n239884

mls n237276


238 acres, creek, legal access Borders crown land, view Established access

Leo Lubbers


mls n230485


3524 Fifteenth Avenue

2035 Aveling Coalmine Road

Lot 1 Victoria Street

3869 Fourteenth Avenue

3757 Thirteenth Avenue

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4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 storey + bsmt Shop, paved drive, fenced yard Family room & rec, f/p, ensuite

Leo Lubbers

mls n240406

4 bdrm home, quiet area 4.94 acres, nicely landscaped Lots of upgrades, recreational area

Leo Lubbers

mls n239358

3.38 acres, serviced Currently zoned P-3 Land is level and mostly cleared

Leo Lubbers



Awesome location, no through road Big west facing yard, lane access Updated 2 bdrm rancher, shop

Ron Lapadat

mls n4506605

mls n238323


Immaculate 3-4 bdrm, 2 bath house Updated, move in condition Big back yard with beautiful view

Ron Lapadat

mls n238229



26 Starliter Way

1666 Princess Street

4252 Second Avenue

4256 Broadway Avenue

8 Aurora Avenue

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2.5% 5 year mortgage, OAC Landscaping, 5 appliances included Bright design, 10’ ceilings

Ron Lapadat

mls n233232

Updated 4 bdrm, 2 bathroom home Great location near shopping centre High eff furnace, low heating costs

Ron Lapadat

mls n240761

One owner, 5 bdrm, 2½ bathroom Beautiful 99x125 fenced/hedged yd Vaulted ceiling, hardwood, fireplace Quick possession available

Ron Lapadat



Updated & spacious 5 bdrm, 2 baths Lg modern kitchen, appliances incl Big fenced yard, quick possession

Ron Lapadat

mls n240649


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Lot 8 slopes towards the lake Great Hudson Bay Mountain view Lakefront subdivision Swim, paddle, skate the lake

Sandra Hinchliffe


mls n226282


1637 Queen Street

DL 2291 Highway 16 West

1308 Morice Drive

3064 Highway 16, Smithers

3348 Highway 16 W, Smithers

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Large modern rancher w/ basement Huge 132x122 lot Great hill section location Updates too numerous to mention

Sandra Hinchliffe

mls n239848

Timbered ¼ section of land Zoned R-1 and only part is ALR Mixture of tree species 20 min west of Smithers

Sandra Hinchliffe

mls n231055

Great family neighbourhood Four bedrooms, covered deck Updates incl new furnace & hw tank Paved drive, carport, fenced yard

Sandra Hinchliffe



High exposure, central location C-3 zoned 3+ acres, 6300sf building Open design, 18’ high ceilings

Ron & Charlie

mls n241449

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Far west building, prime location C-3 zoned, ½ acre lot 10,500 square ft divided into 3 units Shop bays, 2 storeys of office space

Ron & Charlie


mls n4507093


316 Swan Lake Road, Kispiox

1435 Columbia Drive

24 Chapman Street, Granisle

2690 Bulkley Drive

Lot 2 Chestnut Street, Telkwa

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Private 125 acres with great views Beautiful 4bdrm open concept home Close to river over crown land Fences, barn and pasture for horses

Ron & Charlie

Peter Lund Res. 847-3435

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Donna Grudgfield Cell. 847-1228

3 bdrm, 3 bath rancher, fenced yard 2810 sf of quality living space Many features, oak hardwood floors Spacious 20x30 attached garage

Charlie McClary

Leo Lubbers Cell. 847-1292

mls n241322

Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335

Clean & bright 3 bedroom home New elec furnace, newer windows Large master bdrm w/ large ensuite Strawberry & saskatoon plants, shed

Jantina Meints

mls n234369

Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

Affordable country living, 4.6 acres 1995 2 bdrm mobile, mud room Minutes to Smithers, trail to river Partially fenced, vaulted ceilings

Jantina Meints

Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

mls n234999

Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

Large .314 acre building lot In Woodland Park in Telkwa Slightly sloped Hudson Bay Mountain views

Kiesha Matthews

Jantina Meints Cell. 847-3144


Kiesha Matthews Cell. 876-8420


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


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The Smithers Secondary School’s curling team is headed to provincials for the fifth year in a row. The team defeated Charles Hayes Secondary School during regionals in the best-of-three series in Prince Rupert, winning both games 8-2 and 8-3 earlier this month to lift the team to provincials. “The boys played really well, they’re very consistent players even on a new ice surface,” said head coach Laurence Turney. “There were some really nice shots late in the game to make it work for them.” Prince Rupert was the only team the team had to defeat to move on to provincials in February since no other regional teams were available to compete. All five players, Evan Doyle, Sean Turney, Adam Hartnett, Matthew Steventon and Glyn Doyle who travelled west were able to get experience playing. “We played very well against Prince Rupert. They’re a

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weaker team for sure, it wasn’t much of a challenge, but it was still good to get those games done,” said senior Glyn Doyle. This year, the team has set their sights on winning it all with a core group of players who have made numerous appearances at provincials. “They’re pretty keen, they came in third last year in provincials, so they’re hoping to at least go that well. They’ve got the skills, I think, to go all the way this year,” said Turney, adding that Hartnett, Steventon, Doyle and Turney all have experience competing at provincials. “They know what

to expect, they know the teams, they know it can go sideways, but they also know how to actually win, which is a big part of it.” In the coming weeks, Turney said the team will continue to practice and stay sharp. “Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to work on how to deal with pressure,” he said. “There are a number of teams who have done well, teams out of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are strong.” Doyle believes their experience will give the team from the North an advantage. The team will travel to Creston on Feb. 18-22.

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January 28, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News

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January 28, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News