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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TAKING FLIGHT Feature Heart of our city: Steve Milum Page A5


Desi Collinson of the Skidegate Saints takes flight in the Seniors Division final of the 56th Annual All Native Basketball Tournament. The Saints would win the game 87-76 for their fourth straight title. For full results from the tournament, see Pages A9-A12 Kevin Campbell / The Northern View

Conversion of church raises questions Information session March 4 BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

City council has allowed for discussions of converting an old church into a housing complex to move forward, but not without concern. Greenwell Asset M a n ag e m e n t purchased property on India Avenue that used to house the Bethel-First Baptist Church with the intention of converting it into a - Barry Cunningham high-end, multi-unit housing complex for industrial executive workers and, later, for seniors. The company plans to spend approximately $1.8 million on the project, constructing 18 suites, all 400-sq. ft. in size, with private bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces. One of the suites would be reserved for the on-site manager. See GREENWELL on Page A2

“I don’t want someone ... blowing smoke up our butt.”

Sports Rupert rookies turning heads Page A17

Alaska ferry sailing cuts proposed for Rupert Summer schedule would drop to two trips per week

Community Pro tells kids to follow their dreams Pages A19

Business Pacific NorthWest LNG talks future Page A25 ing

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One year after BC Ferries reduced sailings on the North Coast, the Alaska government is proposing to cut the number of sailings to Prince Rupert in half. The State of Alaska’s transportation department is proposing reductions to Alaska Marine Highway System service as part of an effort to cut costs. The subject was brought up in a House Finance Committee overview of the department’s budget on Feb. 9. It has been estimated that by reducing mainliner service to communities in southeast Alaska and pushing back the start of service between Prince Rupert and Juneau, the Alaskan government could save $3 million a year. “The department has proposed delaying the return to service date for the M/V Taku, which

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“15,000 passengers travel between our two nations.” - John Farrell would effectively reduce the summer port calls to Prince Rupert from four sailings per week to two sailings per week,” explained Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities communications officer Jeremy Woodrow. “It’s important to note that the department has proposed service reductions, but that these are not final until the State of Alaska Operating Budget has been finalized and passed by the legislature this April,” said Woodrow. Tourism Prince Rupert chair Scott Farwell said the group is always concerned when transportation

to and from the community is reduced, but the group is remaining hopeful. “I understand most of the cuts are resulting from the decline in the price of oil and the challenge that creates for the Alaskan economy. Hopefully it’s short-lived,” Farwell said. “A low dollar and a low price of fuel should help with the visitors in our region as well, so it’s kind of a good/bad scenario.” Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce president John Farrell said it’s too early to know how the cuts would impact the business community. “The Alaskan Marine Highway sees 15,000 passengers travel between our two nations every year. That’s an important connector,” he said. “I understand that the Alaskan government is dealing with a projected multi-million dollar budget deficit and that cuts to services are a solution. These are choices that need to be made.”

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Anti-tanker bill Former church to house executives vote coming BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Skeena - Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen will soon know the fate of his bill that would keep oil tankers off the North Coast. “The bill is up for debate this month and will be up for a vote at the end of next month. That is the timeline I have been given” said Cullen of his Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest. While Cullen has been going around the province to meet with people and discuss the bill and what it entails, including a stop in Powell River on Feb. 13, he acknowledges there are still challenges ahead before the act receives approval. “The support for it has been strong. I have the support of the Green Party, the Liberals and independents, now the focus is on the 10 Conservatives we need to get support from,” he said, adding his target has been Conservatives who hold a seat in B.C. “I have been in a lot of their ridings and the support for this has been overwhelming ... now the goal is to get 10,000 signatures from constituents to encourage their MPs to support the bill.” Along with banning oil tankers, the Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest would make the National Energy Board give greater weight to public feedback on proposed projects.

GREENWELL from Page A1 Because the property isn’t currently zoned for multi-family dwellings, Greenwell Asset Management submitted a rezoning application for the city’s consideration. City councillors had a number of concerns with the project, including parking. The site plan includes 18 parking spots: Fourteen in the main lot, two on the building’s south side and two in the back. Geoff Greenwell of Greenwell Asset Management noted the spaces meet the city’s size requirements and conform to setback requirements. But Coun. Barry Cunningham was doubtful. “I went and looked at that lot. I drive a full-size pick-up truck. If this is going to be an apartment block for executives from construction companies, they’re going to be driving pick-up trucks ... I found when parking my truck in that lot you’d be lucky to get another seven in,” said Cunningham. Coun. Joy Thorkelson said she’s in favour of housing densification, but worried that the building would have a lot of wear and tear from project workers by the time it was ready for seniors. But Greenwell assured council the company wouldn’t allow a $1.8 million investment to become rundown. Cunningham questioned why the design didn’t include an elevator if the intention is to convert it into a seniors’

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Greenwell Asset Management is proposing to construct an 18-unit complex.

facility eventually. “I don’t want somebody coming in here and blowing smoke up our butt about them doing something down the road and just building an ordinary apartment,” he said. Coun. Blair Mirau noted regardless of whether or not the facility will be converted into seniors housing down the line, the proposal is to make use of a currently under-used property. Greenwell said the main floor would always be accessible to wheelchairs, adding that the building plan includes leaving space for an elevator shaft on the south side when the time comes to convert it into a seniors’ facility. Greenwell also noted the existing design includes space for a commercial kitchen and lounge, which wouldn’t be necessary for the rooming house or

regular apartment building. The company also intends to have pre-wiring done so each room can have panic buttons in the future. “It’s costing us about $180,000 more than we’d need to spend if we weren’t going to [convert it for seniors],” he said, adding if no major projects go ahead the group still intends to build the complex just for seniors. All members of council were in favour of doing first reading of the rezoning bylaw in order to learn more about the project. Greenwell Asset Management will host a public information session on their proposed project between 5 and 7 p.m. on March 4. The event will be held at the building in question, located at 1433 India Avenue.

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City lays groundwork for housing committee BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The City of Prince Rupert is one step closer to forming groups to address housing shortages within the community. Council approved the creation of a Select Standing Committee on Housing at the Jan. 12 meeting, requesting that staff come up with a terms of reference. However instead of discussing the terms presented in the report from city manager Robert Long, council considered framework created and presented by Coun. Joy Thorkelson. Mayor Lee Brain explained that upon review of the terms of reference it was decided that Thorkelson’s suggestions were more in-line with the direction the city would like to go in to address housing issues. Thorkelson suggested the city focus on identifying and ranking housing needs to prioritize its involvement in finding solutions. She said this work could best be done by splitting the committee into two groups. “One from the side of the people who are in need of housing and one from the side of people who are

in charge of or have to deal with supplying housing,” Thorkelson said. The first committee would help the city prioritize its efforts by engaging all sectors of the community to identify the extent of critical housing needs, urgent or looming housing needs, necessary but not urgent and future housing desires. This committee would also gather feedback on how these needs could be met. The second committee’s purpose would be to determine rental availabilities by working with housing providers and realtors in Prince Rupert. Thorkelson suggested both committees be obliged to report their findings to council at an April meeting, at which point the city could decide on its next plan of action. “The timeline is aggressive which is great. It gives us incentive to move the energy forward,” Brain said. In the end, council agreed to table passing the framework until the Feb. 23 meeting to give members of council time for review and to brainstorm names of individuals to appoint to each committee.

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Heart of our City

A cannery’s hero and Rupert’s trailblazer BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The first time Steve Milum rode through Prince Rupert, it was on a motorcycle on a journeyman’s trek north along the coast. It was 2006 and the Vancouver resident, originally from Armstrong, B.C. in the Okanagan, was looking to reinvest some funds. After he’d heard the port was being developed, he decided to take a look around town. “I put an offer in on a house when I drove through town because they were really affordable and halfway home I found out that the sale went through and I bought this house,� said Steve last week. “It was a nicer town than I imagined on the way up and I thought it would be a good investment, if nothing else, but the more time I spent here the more I fell in love with it. So I moved up a year later ... and it’s been home ever since. I just had this connection since day one,� he said. And anyone who’s ever gazed at the magnificent view out on the North Pacific Cannery’s dock in Port Edward, shredded some powder at Shames Mountain through My Mountain CoOp in Terrace, or wanted to access more of Rupert’s pristine outdoor trails and coastline waterfront has Steve to thank in a very large way. Steve is the cannery’s conservation manager and, up until this year, had taken on the operations manager role within the historical society, bringing the oldest intact salmon cannery on North America’s west coast to life once again. But Steve didn’t know about the cannery once he had moved into town. It was through a buddy that he would find his permanent place of belonging in his new town. “A friend of mine was on the board and he knew I was a handyman so he asked me to come out and do a two-week inventory of things that needed urgent repairs so I did that,� said Steve. “Basically everything was in really bad shape. This was several years ago and everything was literally at risk of falling

down or leaking ... and it wasn’t a matter of saying this [section] is worse than this one, it was everything. So [I said] let’s just start somewhere and get one area kind of safe and stable and go from there. That’s what we’ve been doing the last few years.� Walk into the historic site and the work that Steve and the society governing the cannery’s revitalization have done is immediately evident through the signage, artifacts and authentic creaky wooden floorboards that have come to define the place. Designated a national historic site by Parks Canada but not actually benefitting from being under its regular funding umbrella, Steve’s tireless work in writing grants and finding sources of monetary flow for the site’s makeover is what’s making the 125-year-old building thrive. “We’ve stabilized a lot of the buildings and put a lot of paint on and replaced probably 400 [wooden] piles [supporting the building along the water’s edge] mostly by hand, which is pretty amazing, and that’s been a really rewarding process,� he said. Going hand-in-hand with the renovations is a project that Steve is perhaps most proud of helping coordinate, which is the Job Creation Partnership, developed in part by the cannery’s society and the Province of B.C. “We take people on E.I. (Employment Insurance) or running out of E.I. and we give them new skills by teaching them carpentry. So [with trained carpenters providing the direction], we have a six to 10 month project where these guys who have been fishermen want to change careers ... and it’s hands-on experience,� said Steve. “[There’s] lots of safety training and they fix up the cannery and it’s something that they’re proud of because a lot of them have relatives or someone [who has some relation to the site in its existence]. We get a huge amount of work out of it and they get confidence and the skills to find other work.� “It’s writing grants here and there and

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Since 2007, Steve Milum has filled his years in Prince Rupert to the brim with community projects such as revitalizing the North Pacific Cannery, pioneering Shames Mountain’s Co-op structure and starting the process to develop a Kaien Island trail network.

trying to create a project out of nothing, so it’s a lot of work. I have my stressful days but in hindsight it’s like ‘Oh, well, look what we’ve done and what other people have gotten out of it too’.� The My Mountain Co-op developed at Shames was also a structure that was largely developed by the Rupertite, thanks to the expertise he brought with him from Vancouver by working on the board of directors of the city’s Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). “I was part of the original committee that helped form the current co-op structure [at Shames] ... and I just feel a huge sense of pride in that accomplishment and seeing it succeed the way it is right now – seeing it building and growing [is satisfying],� said Steve. “Some of the board members at MEC, their jobs now is consulting on how to start up a co-op and ... they helped us and gave us that guidance and told us about the structure that would give us the flexibility to be able to write grants and get special funding.� Not stopping with the salmon or snow, Steve has also taken upon a director’s role with the Prince Rupert Back-Country Society and last year spearheaded an ambitious new project with a multi-year timeline to develop a scaled trail network that would connect Kaien Island in ways

never before seen. “We’re basically creating loops that would take you through different areas of town or the coastline and be accessible for all Rupert residents like bikers or seniors or athletes or families,� said Steve. Mostly, Steve came for the outdoors, the affordability and the people and he hasn’t been let down yet. There’s nothing he feels he can’t accomplish if he doesn’t put his mind to it and he’s doing everything he does not just for the benefit of himself but for his town and the inhabitants he feels a deep connection with. “It’s just such a neat place where you’re not working for a corporation, where you’re just making a CEO a lot of money. I’m working for a society that’s preserving the heritage of a whole community or region and it’s something I really can’t let go of,� he said. “[In years past] I was part-owner of a skateboard and snowboard shop [on the Lower Mainland] and it ingrained in me this sense of ownership and pride in whatever I did – I’d be kind of obsessed where I can’t let things go. So the cannery is a good example. I can’t let it go because who else is going to do this? So I really want to see things through. It wears me down at times and I get stressed out but its rewarding all the same.�

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Time for the feds to step up


he recent Alaska Marine ferry terminal debacle — you know, the one where the federal government chose to protect jobs in Ontario over helping grow the economy of Prince Rupert under the guise of Canadian sovereignty — could not have come at a worse time. While the talking heads in Ottawa were busy enacting legislation to protect the steel industry, a move that eventually led to the delay of a $15 million project, the Alaska State Department of Transportation was looking at ways to save millions of dollars per year. Their recommendations have now become public and key among them is reducing summer sailing to Prince Rupert from four per week down to two per week. Shaun Thomas The two may not be related, and in fact any connection seems questionable at best, but by preventing the Alaskan government from moving ahead with this multi-million dollar project, the feds have given Alaskans all the ammo they need to make those cuts a reality. Realistically, if I were in Alaska right now, reducing service to Prince Rupert would be the number one priority when it comes to saving the state money: If Canadians want to protect their own at the expense of the Alaska Marine Highway, then the Alaskan government should be putting Canada at the bottom of their list. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the reality - we didn’t take their wishes into account, why should they take ours into account? The unfortunate thing in this is I highly doubt that same federal government will be standing up for Prince Rupert businesses and tour operators. While Tourism Prince Rupert, the Chamber of Commerce and city council will undoubtedly be making their voices heard and fighting to maintain service levels, I’m not at all optimistic we will see any federal politicians getting involved to defend the economy of Prince Rupert. They’re undoubtedly too busy highlighting their “success” with the steel workers in Ontario. If the government cares about Prince Rupert and the Highway 16 corridor, they will make the fight to save service as public as the fight to support steel.

Annual health care crisis grips B.C.


he annual ritual of declaring a crisis in throw up, so off to ER they went, blithely assuming health care is upon us, with the B.C. Liberal that this is where you bring a kid with a cold. government boasting that we have the best This week’s B.C. budget brings us a step closer to system in Canada, while the NDP and the B.C. the moment when half of all provincial revenues go to Nurses’ Union try to portray it as the worst. keep the health care system running. The BCNU is the last big public sector union still In the legislature, NDP health critic Judy to settle in the latest round of contract talks. Feeding Darcy blasted Health Minister Terry Lake for the horror stories to the media is part of its strategy, government’s failure to keep its 2010 promise to find Tom Fletcher and this time it was a patient at Abbotsford Hospital everyone in B.C. a family doctor. assigned a bed in a small shower room for a month Lake allowed they’re still working on that, and then due to chronic overcrowding. Hospital officials said his care plugged the latest Conference Board of Canada study showing wasn’t compromised. B.C. ranks third in the world in health care outcomes, second Many people still don’t understand what “the flu” is, only to Switzerland and Sweden. beyond the notion that it sounds serious enough to tell the We also have more elderly people, as Premier Christy Clark boss you won’t be in to work. And as fewer doctors choose the argued in 2011 when the federal government changed its endless demands of family practice, the expectation that all financing formula. problems must be dealt with quickly and for free seems to grow After years of increasing transfers by six per cent per year, as inexorably as the health care budget. the late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty announced that An emergency physician of my acquaintance provided a starting in 2014, increases would be tied to economic growth, typical scenario for night shift at the ER. Where once nights but wouldn’t fall below three per cent. were quiet, now there are patients waiting for hours, around This of course was treated as a cut, rather than continued the clock. Several are drunk, and one has urinated on the increases above inflation. But there it is, and all provinces have floor. Surveys show as many as half of ER visits are alcoholto deal with it. related, from overdoses to fights, falls, car crashes and chronic Darcy is quite right that personal responsibility is the key, conditions. something to remember as the usual squabbling of special Into this chaos comes a mother with her young child, who interests continues. has nasal and chest congestion. The child’s cough led her to Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press

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On the street

Do you agree with oil by rail? With Martina Perry






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“I don’t agree with any of it.”

Letters to the editor

LNG threatens retirement Editor: My name is Tom Spiller. I’ve lived in Dodge Cove for most of 43 years. I’ve worked extensively right here saw milling, boatbuilding and working out here in various commercial fisheries. I’ve raised a family and built a fine house and home here. Living in such a place as Dodge Cove can be considerably less expensive than living in a town or city; much lower taxes, larger properties enabling functional vegetable gardens, ability to catch fish 10 minutes from my door and virtually free heat with driftwood that usually floats right onto my beach. I’m now 63 years old and think that I should be able to retire in the fashion I’ve envisioned for many years. There’s not a retirement plan in the world that’s worth squat if one doesn’t have one’s health. The lifestyle we live by necessity in Dodge Cove is conductive to good health. Not everyone is capable or would want to live this way. I need to live this way. Obviously, financial stability needs to be part of my retirement plan. Other than CPP and OAS I have no pension on the way. However, I have no mortgage or debts. I have a very small amount of savings plus the afore mentioned benefits of living in Dodge Cove relatively inexpensively. It’s been proven and we know anyway that excessive, continual noise is detrimental to one’s health ... duuh. We already have a huge noisy container facility across the harbour from us. When the terminal was in the planning stage we were assured the noise levels in operation would be kept to an acceptable minimum … lies. At this phase of the terminal development there is a very seldom break in noise when there is no ship in. When the next phase is completed there will be no

“How much will it be worth when it’s sitting in the middle of a noise and light polluted toxic cesspool?” - Tom Spiller breaks. An LNG facility will produce continuous noise from construction phase to the end of my life. Since summer of 2014 there have been many hours of helicopter operation to do with planning and site assessment of the proposed site immediately to the south of us. The noise is a severe impediment to normal conversation on the footpath which transits Dodge Cove. As the site has no road connection to Prince Rupert, helicopter traffic will be very frequent from construction and all through operation until the end of my days. We are directly downwind and under the plume of poison the facility will belch into our watershed and gardens. If I were allowed to live here without being subjected to this terrible nightmare I would reach an age where I might not want or be able to live the lifestyle here. When I decide to leave I would hope to realize enough of a return on my investment to assist living out the duration in modest comfort. How much will it be worth when it’s sitting in the middle of a noise and light polluted toxic cesspool? Tom Spiller Dodge Cove

Let’s hit a home run, Canada Editor: Did you know that children in Africa, indeed the future of that vast continent, are going deaf due to the use of archaic drugs used to fight tuberculosis and MDR (multiple drug resistant) TB? Well of course that is far away from here and doesn’t affect you, so why would you know? This is inexcusable at a time when there are new technologies available to fight TB. Here’s hoping that we get the message sometime soon, however, otherwise the MDR-TB or XDR (Extra drug resistant) TB will come a-knockin’, right on our back door, and that itchy and scratchy vaccine you

received as a child (and hopefully obtained for yours) will be of no use. Canada is a leader in the fight against TB. Yes, though our reputation is suffering when it comes to the environment, Canada established TB REACH in 2009 and has helped to save countless lives as a result. Of this we should be proud. It is time to replenish our pledge to TB REACH. Mere pennies to us: $120 million, will help to prevent the horrible side effects of 40-year-old drugs used to combat TB in the poorer nations. C’mon Canada, we are up to bat and it is time to hit a home run! Connie Lebeau, Victoria

Photo courtesy Prince Rupert Port Authority FROM C TO SEA: The Quickload Logistics C-Loader, at the Port of Prince Rupert, stuffs containers with forest products before they are exported to Asian markets through Fairview Container Terminal. Filling containers on their return trip is known as “backhaul.”

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he geographic and strategic advantages of the Port of Prince Rupert have enabled the Fairview Container Terminal to become one of the fastest-growing container terminals in the world. This achievement reflects the exponential growth in volume moving through the terminal during each of its first five years of operation. North American demand for high-value Asian goods—as well as time-sensitive cargos like seasonal apparel—was the primary force driving those volumes ever higher, but by the end of the third full year of operation in 2010, Asian demand for North American goods was escalating and began contributing in earnest to the growth of containerized trade through the Port of Prince Rupert. At any container terminal on the west coast of North America, nearly every container inbound from Asia is “laden” or “loaded,” meaning it is stuffed with cargo. The same is not true for all the containers being shipped back across the Pacific. Depending on the port, a certain number of containers make the return trip empty, as an equal demand for our goods in Asia does not exist. Filling these returning containers (known as the “backhaul”) poses a significant competitive challenge for ports and their terminals, one that the Port of Prince Rupert improves upon every year. In its first two years of operation, only 35% of containers exported through Fairview were loaded. As the number of exported containers increased through 2010 and 2011, so did the ratio of loaded/empty containers. By 2012, more than 50% of total exports were loaded with domestic goods, and in 2013 that figure jumped to 65%. This remarkable growth is largely due to increasing demand for BC forest products in China and Japan, and the ability of Canadian industry to respond to that demand. The opening of CN’s intermodal terminal in Prince George meant forest products from the central interior could be stuffed into containers and sent directly by rail to Fairview Container Terminal. Quickload Logistics, a local company, has enabled this growth through its transloading operation at Watson Island, where a C-Loader machine stuffs packaged lumber into containers for export. Today, more than 90% of Prince Rupert’s exported containers are destined for China, the majority of which are stuffed with lumber and wood products derived from spruce, pine and fir trees. China’s booming recycling industry provides a strong market for wastepaper from North America and Europe. Chinese industries use it to create the paper and paper board products that package light manufactured goods for export. This scrap paper represents the second-most exported product through Fairview for the last four years. Agricultural products like wheat, soybeans and livestock feed are also exported in containers through Fairview, and this category makes up more than 20% of the Port of Prince Rupert’s containerized exports. Scrap metal exports continue to grow, due to strong demand from developing countries like China, which alone imported more than $160 billion in non-iron scrap metal in 2011. Other categories of goods exported in containers through Fairview in low volumes include logs, pulp, scrap plastics, textiles and chemicals. Re:port is a collaborative promotional venture by the Prince Rupert Port Authority and The Northern View.

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Support coming for youth, seniors at risk community. “The seniors working group, their whole focus is how seniors stay independent in A group of stakeholders in the region our community. My work and all of our are taking steps to improve the quality discussion with seniors has confirmed of life for seniors and youth at risk, with for us that the majority of seniors in our concrete actions beginning to take place. community want to stay in their homes. Health services administrator Sheila That is their number one ask for us, it’s not Gordon-Payne was at Port Edward ‘build me somewhere to live’ it’s ‘give me council on Feb. 10 to talk about the efforts what I need so I can stay at home’.They of the Healthy Communities working are also looking at things like going over group, which includes representation advanced care planning with seniors and from not just Northern Health and local members of the community,” she said, governments but organizations such as adding a well-known outside organization the North Coast Transition Society, the has stepped forward to help out. RCMP, the Salvation Army and the Prince “There is a Better At Home program Rupert School District. underway now in the community On the seniors side of things, Gordonsupported by the United Way ... this is Payne said those involved had a common an organization that is able to provide goal based on feedback from both the types of services health authorities the elderly and their caregivers in the can’t provide. In home support we can do certain things to support you, but we can’t drive you for social visits, we can’t get your groceries. Years Prince Rupert Performing ago they could do that, but now this Arts Centre Society group is providing those types of services for seniors. Some of what they are working on now is just going to visit seniors and keeping them company.” With others in Prince Rupert Monday Feb 23 @ 7pm – lobby working to help youth, GordonInfo call 250-627-8888 Payne said those gathered at the table decided the best way to help BY SHAUN THOMAS

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was through a financial contribution. “We started with a $20,000 grant that was to focus on youth. We have just made a motion that we will turn over $17,500 of that to a youth working group that has partners with School District 52, has partners with the RCMP and has partners in the civic centre,” she said. “It revolves totally around what youth said they wanted, what they want it to look like, and the primary objective has been safe spaces for youth. The feedback was gathered through surveys that were


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February 18, 2015 • Northern View • A9

56th All Native Basketball Tournament Review Skidegate Saints make it four in a row BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

They didn’t quite look like the same team that had won three straight All Native Basketball Tournament (ANBT) championships. Not in the early going of Saturday’s All Native Basketball Tournament final did the Skidegate Saints Senior men’s team resemble any part of the dynasty who have become so loved by their Haida Gwaii community. Taking on the Ahousat Suns, a team they had beaten by 15 points in the round robin, the Saints’ shots just weren’t falling in the first quarter and by the time the buzzer went, the Suns had stunned the crowd with a 2511 lead. But once the Saints’ comeback started, it was like trying to pull back a full-speed freight train with your teeth. Skidegate woke up fast and dominated play the rest of the way, earning themselves the 87-76 win and their fourth-straight ANBT Seniors title in the process. “Eventually [we were thinking] the shots we were missing are going to start to hit,” said Saints’ star Duane Alsop. “We were a little too slow and lazy on defence to start but we got our energy up, a few shots started to fall and the momentum of the game switched. We had faith the whole time. We just knew it was a matter of time before it happened.” Alsop’s four three-pointers in the second quarter were a huge part of that comeback. His hot hand got the Saints back within striking distance of taking the lead. With the game still in Ahousat’s control at 33-23 in the second quarter, Skidegate turned it on with a 14-6 run to pull within two points for the 39-37 deficit at the half. From there, it was game on for the islanders. A nine-point lead was never relinquished in the dominant third quarter. With the Suns trailing 60-51, they could never find their footing and ultimately fell to the powerhouse Saints in the end. “We practice three times a week. We play every Friday just having fun and we weren’t having fun at the start but we started clicking and having fun and it felt like we were back home,” said Alsop who notched 22 points in the

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Seniors division MVP Darcy Pearson drives the lane in the final game against Ahousat.

“The last thing you want to do is lose that game.” - Duane Alsop win. “It’s a bit of a relief, really. We come here and it’s the last game of the tournament and the last thing you want to do is lose that game, so there’s a sense of relief that we were able to pull it off but we never once thought that we weren’t going to come out on top.” Jason Alsop had 17 points for Skidegate, while Seniors tourney MVP Darcy Pearson had 15. Jared Casey sank 11 points, Tyler York had 10 and last year’s Seniors MVP Desi Collinson had five points for the Saints. Responding for Ahousat was Waylon Swan, an all-

star and winner of Most Inspirational Senior player, with 27 points, Luke and Devin Robinson with 12 points and tourney bBest Defensive Player Travis Thomas with 16. “There’s a lot of community support behind this whole event for us and we wouldn’t be here without [our fans] so we take that pride and representing our village and our nation and we want to make them proud. This is for them, not us,” said Duane. Cole Edinger and Tyler York of Skidegate took home the Sixth Man and Mr. Hustle awards respectively and Kyle Cline of the Prince Rupert Chiefs was the tournament’s high scorer. Tournament all-stars included Desi Collinson and Jason Alsop from Skidegate, Luke Robinson and Waylon Swan from Ahousat, Justin Adams and Graham Watts from Kincolith, Charlie Leeson and Jordan Vickers from Kitkatla, Kyle Cline from the Prince Rupert Chiefs and Shawn Gladstone from Bella Bella.

Sid Edenshaw takes his place in the Hall of Fame BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Never one to talk about himself to any great extent, it was refreshing and unique to see Hydaburg’s Sid Edenshaw speak at his All Native Basketball Tournament (ANBT) Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday night. A Haida Warrior ceremonial dance by members of his team capped off a terrific night for the big man. Just 24 hours later, Edenshaw captured the 2015 ANBT Masters championship with that same team. The reverence and adoration that fill his peers’ voices when they speak of him is unmatched in any modern player still playing the game. “It’s impressive when you consider his age (51) that he’s still able to compete against guys who are 20 years younger than him,” said Hydaburg teammate and basketball apprentice Matt Carle. “The Hall of Fame induction ... meant a lot to me personally and to our community because it recognizes somebody that we consider the best player of all time at

this tournament so it was really a night to remember.” Edenshaw scored 13 points in the final versus Old Massett, but it’s not all about the numbers. Even if it was, Edenshaw’s credentials more than gain him a pass to elite ANBT status. “I talked about it in my speech but I missed all the friendships. The first year we weren’t here I struggled all week, every day. It was just a big struggle and it bothered me for quite awhile to not be here, but it’s definitely good to be back,” said the big man after winning. His career, spanning four decades, and winning 20 titles with MVP nods in seven of those years, Edenshaw transformed the game and the modern ANBT player into what many see now – an athlete who not only can put up points, but can play defence, call out plays and really think about the game at a higher level than what the audience or even his mates and opposition on the court can perceive. The Haida Warrior has been to a lot of big-name basketball tournaments across North America, but his induction at the ANBT in 2015 will leave a lasting impression on the athlete who revolutionized what it

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Sid Edenshaw of Hydaburg was the lone inductee into the All Native Basketball Tournament Hall of Fame in 2015.

meant to be a native basketball player. “It’s a very proud day and it’s a big honour,” he said. “I’ve been playing ball here for a lot of years and it’s one of the biggest honours in basketball I’ve ever received.”

All Native Basketball

A10 • Northern View • February 18, 2015

56th All Native Basketball Tournament Review Chiefs stun powerhouse Saints, win Intermediates BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

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The big ticket of the All Native Basketball Tournament (ANBT) might have been the Senior’s division match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night, but it was the game just before — the Intermediate division finals — that stole the show and all the drama of the tourney’s final day. Facing the defending champion intermediate Skidegate Saints, a team that had not lost all week and one who plays together on Haida Gwaii almost every day, one could forgive the Metlakatla, Alaska crew from having a little stage fright, having once played them before in the round robin earlier in the week and losing 74-62. And they were right to be hesitant about their chances in the early-going. Down 20-10 after the first quarter and with the Saints going almost Harlem Globetrotters on them, with quad-A high school star Jesse Barnes and fellow Saint Joel Richardson scoring 14 points between them in that quarter alone, Metlakatla was reeling. But they dug deep and soon found the stuff they knew they were made of in the second frame. The Taquan Chiefs went on an 11-0 run, fuelled by Todd Yliniemi, voted Best Defensive Player and Intermediate tourney MVP, Erik Hudson and Moses Nix, to catch up and even take the lead over their Skidegate rivals 21-20. From there, it was a game of inches as each team traded baskets up until the final minutes of the fourth quarter where the three key Chiefs outlasted the Saints and pulled away with the closest-won match of all the divisional finals in their 79-74 victory, toppling the defending champs. “You know, we heard about [the Saints] coming into the

tournament so we knew it was going to be tough. And that first loss to them made us come through the back door to win,� said Hudson, who was named a tournament all-star and scored 16 points in the pivotal third quarter. “We got an idea of who their big guys were and we focused on those players and we just tried to shut them down. They ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.� Hudson’s 29 points paced the Chiefs with Nix garnering 16 points and Yliniemi sinking 14 to lead the team in blue. The heavily pro-Saints crowd was silenced when Hudson made both of his free throws to put the game out of reach with three seconds left and Barnes’ 27 points and Richardson’s 23 came up short, as they paced the Saints offensively. Grant Moody had 12 points and Kostan Levirs sank six for the Saints as well in the effort. “We just found the guys that had hot hands and we gave them the ball. We just played intense basketball. We’ve done this all our lives and [told ourselves] let’s not forget what we know how to do,� said Hudson. “It’s exciting. We haven’t been to this tournament since 2008. We haven’t won it since 2005 so it’s been quite a few years. Our community’s probably going nuts at home. They’re streaming the games right now and they’re watching ... It means so much to our community. “We fundraise for it coming up to it – we’ve put in a lot of practice, a lot of work. It feels good to have that final result.� Moses Nix was named Mr. Hustle. Jesse Barnes of Skidegate was Tournament High Scorer and teammate Joel Richardson was named Most Inspirational. Jakob Henry from the Sons of Kincolith was named Most Inspirational


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All Native Basketball

February 18, 2015 • Northern View • A11

56th All Native Basketball Tournament Review Hydaburg untouchable in Masters victory BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

It wasn’t only entirely fitting that Sid Edenshaw’s Hydaburg team made it to the All Native Basketball Tournament’s (ANBT) finals on Saturday afternoon in the Master’s division, it was almost necessary. That is, if you ask any of the Alaskan Haida squad’s members. “That’s the goal,” said the legendary and still active Edenshaw after his team pulled out a 90-68 win over their two-time defending champion Haida brethren from Old Massett to win the Masters team’s first title since 2009. “We always expect to win ... sometimes guys get caught up in hoping to win. We expect it,” he said. It’s a tough task for any team in the hyper-competitive ANBT, but the Hydaburg squad is well-known for picking apart their opponents thanks to having played together all over North America for years and years in various invitationals. The team went undefeated all week, securing wins over Port Simpson, Kitamaat, Bella Bella and, of course, the Haida Watchmen in the final – no slouches of their own, carrying such studs as last year’s Masters MVP Abe Brown, and Trevor and Eddie Russ. “You always want to win at the end of the tournament,” said tourney all-star Matt Carle. “You want to be the team standing with the trophy ... we’ve played against [the Watchmen] for 20-plus years so we know that they’re always going to compete. They’re always going to come out with a lot of heart. They’re Haida, so it’s in the DNA to compete and play hard so

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Both the Haida Hydaburg, AK and Old Massett teams joined after the game and gathered in a circle together.

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Hydaburg’s Joe Young blows by Trevor Russ, left, in the Alaskan team’s 90-68 win over their Haida opposition, Old Massett. Young was named tournament MVP and Best Defensive Player while scoring 41 points in the final versus Old Massett.

we knew they weren’t going to quit.” Hydaburg came out like gangbusters and before the Watchmen could blink, they were 20 points behind before the first quarter had even ended. Edenshaw’s group clogged up the passing lanes and took away any sort of breakout and offensive zone planning that the Watchmen wanted to run. But to Old Massett’s credit, the team switched gears and preyed on a vulnerable Hydaburg side that may have gotten too caught up in their sizable lead as they made it a six-point game by the time the second quarter came around with a 19-5 run to put the score at 31-25. “I think we got a little complacent after [our big lead]. We were up 20 at one point early and you expect your shots to keep falling, but they made a good adjustment. They went zone on us and they took away our shooters,” said Carle. Brown finished the day with 17 points while teammate Trevor had 18 and Eddie notched 13 for the Watchmen. Edenshaw, while slowed a little due to Father Time (he played in the 25th annual ANBT as an Intermediate 31 years ago), still sank 13 points. Carle scored 18,

including 12 in the first quarter alone and Joe Young, tournament MVP, scored an incredible 41 points by game’s end. “It’s always good the day you win a championship,” said Edenshaw. “It’s been exciting for me since day one, but this is big for us because we haven’t been back here in a few years.” Along with being named tournament MVP, Young was also chosen as the Masters’ Best Defensive Player as well as Mr. Hustle. His teammate John Carle was awarded the Sixth Man distinction. Old Massett’s Brown won the coveted tournament high-scorer award and was also named the Most Inspirational Master. The Most Sportsmanlike Team from the division was Hydaburg, AK. The plethora of all-stars from the competitive conference included Matt Carle and Anthony Lindoff from Hydaburg, AK, Abe Brown and Trevor Russ from Old Massett, Bella Bella’s Daryl Easterbrook and Burt Gladstone and Prince Rupert’s Will Sheppard and Dan Walter, Alex Stevens from Greenville and Ellis Ross from Kitamaat.

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56th All Native Basketball Tournament Review Bella Bella goes from qualifiers to champions BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

It’s been a long road for the Bella Bella Women’s All Native 2015 team. They came through the qualifying tournament in November last year, impressing fans who got an early taste of what was to come in their convincing victory over New Aiyansh. And it was a duo who hadn’t even played together before the All Native Basketball Tournament (ANBT) kicked off last week who vaulted the unexpected Heiltsuk ladies to the throne, beating Kitamaat 71-59. Jasmine Reid and Shayla Schooner, close in number, 15 and 13 on the court respectively, dazzled the Saturday afternoon crowd with their innate ability to find each other on the court and hook up for more than a few reverse layups and shots from inside the box. “We’ve never played together,� said Schooner, with flowers in hand after the game. “We’ve just been mentally talking. And she’s like ‘Shay, you’ve got to do this. I’ll give it right back to you and I’ll be there. I’ll be wide open’, and it just worked. It clicked.� Reid was named Player of the Game and Schooner tournament MVP. The duo combined for 36 points, with Reid collecting 29, including 12 in the fourth quarter. “She killed it. She really did,� said Schooner. Bella Bella defeated Old Massett, New Aiyansh, Kitamaat again and Hazelton to give them the semifinals bye and the right to meet Kitamaat in the final. Through two quarters, Kitamaat matched the women in red basket for basket, as there was no bigger lead than the four-point cushion Kitamaat had at the halftime buzzer, 31-27. A big three-pointer by Bella Bella’s Lisa Grant pulled them to within one point of the Haisla ladies starting the third and it wasn’t until Denise White and Yvonne Campbell hit back-to-back shots inside the box that the Heiltsuk team really started to pull away.

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Player of the Game Jasmine Reid looks to the basket during Bella Bella’s 71-59 championship victory.

“Bella Bella has never won a championship ... so it’s huge.� - Shayla Schooner Reid dominated the fourth quarter and Kitamaat couldn’t find an answer to the Player of the Game’s relentless attack with deadly-accurate shots and a tenacity to find her own rebounds. Grant finished with 12 points for Bella Bella while White and Campbell scored eight. Schooner notched seven of her own. Kailee Gardnier had 19 points for Kitamaat and Kierra Stevens sank 15. “Bella Bella has never won a championship. This is

the first time they’ve been to the final for 23 years, so it’s huge,� said Schooner. Along with being named tourney MVP, Schooner also earned the Ms. Hustle award. Her Bella Bella teammate Reid was named Best Defensive Player. The Most Inspirational Player was Kitamaat’s Marlayna Amos and the Most Promising Award was handed to New Aiyansh’s Faith Nisyok. Hazelton’s Kylie Johnson took home the Sixth Woman honour and the tournament high-scorer was Mariah Charleson from Hesquiaht, which was also named the Most Sportsmanlike Team. All-stars were Bella Bella’s Reid and Grant, Kitamaat’s Stevens and Amos, Hazelton’s Brooke and Brittany Simpson, Hesquiaht’s Charleson and Shaneal Ignace, Prince Rupert’s Natalie Harris and Kayla Vickers from New Aiyansh.

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NWCC reaches City hoping for grant money ABE solution Addressing BY ANNA KILLEN



Northwest Community College (NWCC) has been given a reprieve of one year to figure out how to deal with changes to how it offers high school equivalency courses. The provincial government announced Friday that it would give NWCC a one-time allocation of $494,000 for adult basic education (ABE) programs in 2015/2016, part of $6.9 million to be distributed to colleges around the province. That’s the amount the college was set to lose from its operating grant when the Ministry of Advanced Education announced late last year that colleges and universities will no longer receive provincial money to provide ABE classes tuition-free. Instead, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, colleges and universities could charge tuition fees for the courses. And low-income students could then apply for provincial grants to cover all or part of that tuition and other costs. Colleges and universities, as well as students’ unions, pushed back at the move, saying that tuition-free ABE classes removed a significant barrier to education and was a critical step toward further post-secondary learning opportunities. NWCC communications director Sarah Zimmerman said earlier this month that the college did not anticipate it would be able to recoup the expected reduction in its operating grant through charging tuition.


The City of Prince Rupert hopes that by applying for grants it will be able to check off a few major projects on its wish list. The city’s engineering department recommended requesting grants from two funding sources to help complete some of its to-do projects and to minimize the costs for taxpayers. The city will apply for money from the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund (NBCFSCF) Program, launched by the provincial and federal governments to support infrastructure projects in communities with less than 100,000 people, and the Gas Tax General Strategic Priorities Fund, open to local governments outside of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, with funding streams to support infrastructure and capacity building projects. Council approved asking for assistance from both programs for its raw water supply project, a complete replacement of the city’s raw water supply. Council agreed to appoint the

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“None of these projects are guaranteed.” - Richard Pucci estimated $15-16 million project as its priority for any funding it many receive. “None of these projects are guaranteed (to be funded) at this time. Strategically, we feel that the raw water supply project is the number one priority for the City of Prince Rupert,” Richard Pucci, engineering coordinator, said.

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ucts like the Grand Cherokee. With 420 lb.-ft. or torque, this new “EcoDiesel” has the same output as Ford’s Ecoboost but not the same towing capacity. Rated at 9200 lbs. this truck will be perfect for buyers who want impressive fuel economy and good towing capacity; a balance of usability and thriftiness. This engine has not been rated yet for fuel economy but, thanks to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the new EcoDiesel is going to get better numbers than the already class-leading gasoline V6 RAM. Having driven both the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel and this RAM, I find the gearing and attitude of the RAM much more dynamic and actually inspiring to drive. In real world driving situations, this big luxurious truck can actually return fuel economy of 10L/100km without babying the engine. Verdict RAM has seen huge sales growth over the last few years due to constant improvements instead of waiting years to update its rigs. It started with dynamic exterior design, followed by class leading interior, then an 8-speed automatic and now a Diesel. There is even an off-road ready RAM, just shown in Detroit, due to arrive called the Rebel. The RAM EcoDiesel has been selling very well and Chrysler claims they will put this truck up against the new aluminum F-150 for top dog in the fuel economy race. Good times to be looking for a truck. The Lowdown Power: 3.0L V6 turbo diesel Fill-up: 10.6L/7.4L/100km (city/highway) Sticker price as tested: $65,195

Grave G rave D Digger igge er may suffer a Northern Nightmare Kelowna’s Monster Jam driver Cam McQueen hopes his Northern Nightmare truck will give the Grave Digger bad dreams on February 28. That’s when the World Freestyle Champion will steer his Maple Leaf themed truck into a head-to-head battle at BC Place Stadium with the powerhouse of the circuit. “Vancouver is my home show, I have lots of family and friends planning to attend so I want to do well,” says the determined 36-year-old man. “We built a brand new chassis so I can go bigger in freestyle and be a much better contender in racing.” The car-crushing monster truck action featuring 12 trucks gets under way at 7 p.m. Monster Jam royalty Tom Meents, the 11-time World Champion driver of Max-D; will be in the lineup and Scarlet Bandit returns after a 12-year hiatus. Die-hard fans can enjoy the Party in the Pits preshow experience from 2 p.m. Regular tickets range from $25 to $50 and some children’s tickets are available for $10 each at Ticketmaster. All Access Pass packages are $125 and Pit Passes $10. More info at .com.

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Junior girls ’Makers, Storm win 2015 zones Girls make the most of home court advantage BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

A bye is a valuable thing in sports. And home court advantage isn’t something to be taken lightly either. The Charles Hays Rainmakers junior girls’ team had both on Saturday afternoon to propel them to the Northwest Zones championship, defeating Smithers 48-22 in the semifinals and Caledonia 42-27 in the final match hours later. “I think [our team] can take it but the girls are going to have to play really smart, really hard and it’s going to come down to who comes to play,” said Ashley before the games kicked off at noon. The girls must have taken their coach’s words to heart as the team, led by Ruby Mason got off to a dominant 20-point run over Smithers and held off a pressing Terrace in the last quarter of the final. Ruby Mason was named tourney MVP. “Ruby’s going to make a difference. Suttira has stepped up and she can take

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Coach Anna Ashley’s crew defeated Smithers and Terrace for the zones title on Saturday.

that point guard role too so that will make a difference. Brooke Andreesen is going to make a huge difference for us,” said

Ashley. The Prince Rupert Middle School Grade 8 Storm boys captured their zones

banner as well, beating Hazelton 69-38. Langley hosts CHSS and the junior girls provincials March 4 - 7.

McChesney, Guadagni turn heads in rookie seasons BY KEVIN CAMPBELL NANAIMO / The Northern View

She’s been invited to swim in the event before, but this year is the first in which Sarah McChesney will actually attend the Speedo Western Canadian Open. Taking place in Edmonton from Feb. 19 – 22, the annual competition hosts the best of the best junior swimmers from Canada’s western provinces and through Thompson Rivers University’s (TRU) Wolfpack swim team, McChesney will have a shot at a few races. “I think I’m swimming 50, 100, 200, 800 free[style], 100 backstroke and 50 fly,” said the Rupertite. “[TRU coach] Brad [Dalke] and I picked my event about two weeks ago.” The Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club (PRASC) has had a few competitors qualify for the Western Canadians but usually couldn’t attend. To boot, McChesney’s old coach and current PRASC head coach Chris Street

will be guiding the first-year student-athlete this week when the two meet up. Matching McChesney’s impressive season in the pool is her good friend and ex-Charles Hays Rainmakers teammate, Celina Guadagni’s year on the basketball court. Guadagni, a first-year student at Vancouver Island University (VIU) plays mostly the point guard and shooting guard positions for the varsity Mariners women’s basketball squad – a team in contention for finishing first overall in the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) and who are ranked No. 9 in Canada in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association. “I think our success comes from our team’s determination,” said Guadagni. “No matter what the circumstance we are all willing to do whatever it takes to win.” The 13-3 Mariners are 1.5 games back of the PACWEST first-placed 16-0 Quest Kermodes and are expecting some more tough competition when nationals come

around in March. “We get the chance to compete against the best teams in Canada for a national championship in our own gym with a home crowd,” said the guard. VIU will play host to the best teams across the country March 18-21 and the rookie Guadagni will soak it all in to prepare her for the next three years as she takes on a larger and larger role on the fourth- and fifth-year athlete-dominated league. “It really depends on the game and circumstances as to how much I play. I could not play at all or I could play up to five, 10 minutes. For me, it’s not really about that, though. I always just try to give my 100 per cent whether that’s in playing or supporting my teammates,” said the athlete on her first year with the veteran-heavy team. All that experience with a championshipcontending team will only help Guadagni’s game pay off in spades in the coming weeks and seasons with VIU, all while balancing

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Celina Guadagni is riding high with the 13-3 Vancouver Island University Mariners.

essays and exams. “It’s definitely not easy being a student athlete. You have to manage your time effectively with practices and travel every weekend,” she said. “It’s been a challenge but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I work best when I’m constantly on the go and so far, it’s been going great.”

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Lax Kxeen’s Genevieve Sampson passes the ball off as she’s double covered by Conrad Cougars’ Madison (second from left) and Kwiadda (far right). Keona St. Louis (far left) looks on for the Lax Kxeen girls in their basketball game last Thursday at Conrad Elementary. Kevin Campbell / The Northern View


CHSS qualifies for lower ‘AA’ tier Rainmakers to submit application to play up to AAA for 2015-16 and 2016-17 BY KEVIN CAMPBELL



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The Prince Rupert Peewee rep hockey team prepare to see three names drawn from their raffle fundraiser. Prizes included a trip with Hawkair and a signed Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks jersey. The team will head to the Hometown Heros’ Spring “A” Tournament from March 6 -9 after raising $9,995 from the raffle and close to $18,000 altogether. Kevin Campbell / The Northern View

The B.C. High School Boys Basketball Association (BCHSBBA) have released their tiered list for which schools are designated AAAA, AAA, AA and A for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons based on the number of enrolled male students at each high school and Charles Hays, who currently play in the AAA tier, have dropped to AA due to being 10 male students short of qualifying for the tougher and more competitive conference. The school will have 158 enrolled males next year, while the cutoff for next year’s AAA tier is 168. However, the decision to place the senior boys’ in the AA tier is yet to be finalized because the team can still submit an application to move up into the next tier, due by Feb. 19. The application, dubbed the “Request to Play-up Form”, enables the applicant school to play in a tier above their designation and must be signed by the coach, athletic director and principal. Senior boys coach Mel Bishop plans to continue playing in AAA, should the school’s request be approved. “I think we’ll probably stay triple. I would have to talk to the other coaches here, but that’s what I’m leaning towards,” said the long-time coach. But consistently playing in a high tier for the next two years could have its drawbacks as Bishop outlined last week. “The problem is, you could lose a kid, right? I mean in the offseason or springtime, you’re looking pretty good and then some kid moves out of town or a kid gets injured ... in a small school like we have, one key guy is a huge difference [when you lose him]. It’s not like we’re a big school that has all this depth,” he said. “It’s a numbers thing.” Larger Lower Mainland schools have also qualified for AAA like Pitt Meadows, who are currently playing quad-A, the highest level of B.C. high school basketball. If they don’t move back into quad-A, the team would be playing Charles Hays in the playoffs should both teams reach provincials and should the Rainmakers have their AAA application approved. Bishop also said this is the first time in recent memory he’s had to submit such an application, but with Charles Hays’ historic success in basketball relative to its size, the coach is used to playing in higher tiers with a student population disadvantage. “We’ve always been at the low end of all these [tiers] with our numbers. Even when we were AA we were just double, we were never big double or big triple,” he said. The second deadline for play-up submissions is Feb. 27.


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The Coastal Training Centre would like to invite any person that is interested in taking Trades Training to aƩend our Trades Training InformaƟon Sessions. The sessions will take place at the Coastal Training Centre, 501 Dunsmuir Street, (old Islander Hall) every Monday and Wednesday throughout the months of February and March, 2015 from 10:00 am to Noon. The sessions will include discussions on a variety of trades and the skills and training needed to become qualiĮed to perform a speciĮc trade. The sessions will also include an opportunity for parƟcipants to log onto the ITABC website and make a selecƟon of a trade that interests them and take an assessment test to determine their readiness to become an apprenƟce in that trade. If you are interested, please call 250.627.8822 and leave your name and phone number with the RecepƟonist or on the answering machine. As we have limited seaƟng in the classroom, we will get back to you with informaƟon on the date of the session you can aƩend. We look forward to seeing you.


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Dream big and work hard. That was the message of professional basketball player Damen Bell-Holter during presentations at three North Coast schools last week. The 24-year-old went from playing on small basketball courts in his hometown of Hydaburg, Alaska to playing in the NBA and international leagues. “I grew up in a town of 300 people,” he said. “So all I grew up doing was playing basketball.” During his upbringing there were a lot of distractions, including alcohol and drugs. While many of Bell-Holter’s friends succumbed to temptation, he remained focused on his dream of being a professional basketball player. And it paid off. Bell-Holter went on to play college basketball at Oral Roberts University for four years while majoring in business administration. “If you work hard, everything is going to fall into place,” he told students. Then in 2013, Bell-Holter played with the Boston Celtics in training camp and preseason, being the first Native American to play in the NBA in 30 years. “If I can make it coming from a town of 300 people in the middle of nowhere to touch the NBA ... anything is possible,” he said. Bell-Holter has been able to

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themselves in order to achieve their dreams. “It’s going to be dark and it’s going to be difficult, but the road to being successful in anything is going to require not giving up no matter what,” he said. Bell-Holter challenged students to listen to and respect their parents and teachers, strive to be a good role model to the people around them and to never give up on their ambitions. “If you have dreams and goals that seem crazy, keep pushing for them,” Bell-Holter said. “If I had listened to all of the critics ... I’d be back home in Hydaburg.”

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Businesses grappling with getting their name out in a crowded and noisy market have a champion. Business growth expert Clemens Rettich advises Northwest businesses that word-ofmouth alone is not enough to promote your business with scores of new companies vying for market position as the region prepares for an energy boom. And Prince Rupert is seeing a weekly dose of newcomers. According to the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce, its membership has increased by 49 per cent in less than a year – the vast majority being new to Prince Rupert. But the promises of marketing are only half the battle. “People think the worst case scenario for a new business is opening the door and nobody shows up,” said Rettich, the principal, lead consultant and trainer at The Great Performances Group — a company specializing in supporting small and medium businesses. “But far worse is when you open the doors and everybody shows up. Few businesses are actually prepared for success. It’s like inviting everyone to your party but forgetting to order the food or hire the band.” To grow a business in a competitive environment takes not only great marketing but great delivery. And there is no great delivery without attracting and retaining employees, Rettich said. Both activities start from the same place. It’s all about how you show up and what you have to offer in terms of values and fit. “Do your values, your recruiting messages and your marketing messages line up?” asks Rettich, one of the speakers at the Northwest Growth Conference in Prince Rupert on March 6-7. “If you don’t live new economy values – things like triple bottom line, greater transparency,  a general sense of fun – then your efforts in social media like Facebook will be a farce.” Rettich said choosing the appropriate medium for that communication – radio spots vs television vs the Internet – is as important

“Few businesses are actually prepared for success.” - Clemens Rettich as deciding how much money to spend on promotion. No two businesses, target markets, or industries are the same so being strategic about where you invest your marketing dollar has real impact on your bottom line. Rettich will also be available for free coaching during the two–day conference to be held at the North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre and the Crest Hotel. To register go to http:// HSEDS.CA/2015NWGC or search Northwest Growth Conference.

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The B.C. government is giving WorkSafeBC new powers to shut down workplaces, impose penalties on the spot, collect evidence and compel payment of fines against employers who don’t comply with safety rules. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond has introduced legislation to complete the overhaul of WorkSafeBC in the wake of the 2012 sawmill explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George that killed four workers and injured


44 more. The amendments will give the B.C. Supreme Court authority to order work to stop due to unsafe conditions and “expand the court’s authority to bar the worst offenders from continuing to operate in an industry,” Bond told the legislature last Wednesday. Bond ordered a review of WorkSafeBC investigation procedures after Crown prosecutors said they would not lay charges, because potential court evidence was not adequately protected in the Babine and Lakeland sawmill investigations.

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The Northern View is proud to publish at no charge community coming events. The coming events section is reserved soley for non-profit, non-governmental or non-political groups and organizations. All events advertised in the Coming Events section must be free of charge and open to the public. The Coming Events section is published as space permits. Coming Events Cornerstone MB Church: Sunday celebration weekly at 10:30 a.m. Coffee mornings 10 a.m. - noon on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Mid-week meeting all are welcome! Hymn Sing February 8th 7-8 p.m The Prince Rupert and District Hospice Society sponsors a nine week Support Group, “Journey through Grief”’, Wednesday evenings, 2 - 3 times per year according to need. Our group is for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. We believe that grief has no time limit so therefore your loss need not be a recent one. We do however recommend that there be at least 3 months from the time of your loss to joining the group. Learn what to expect and gain skills to manage your grief while connecting with others who share a similar journey. Pre-registration is required. For further information, to register, or for 1:1 support call the Hospice Office at 250-622-6204. Please leave your name and number and your call will be returned.

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Prince Rupert Seniors Centre Bingo Fridays 1- 3 pm. Everyone 19 years and older welcome. The Prince Rupert Garden Club will be meeting Friday January 30 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on 4th Ave East. This will be the yearly planning meeting to discuss Sunken Gardens and other projects. All past and present members are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information call Andree at 250624-3666 or email New members are welcome. Don’t forget your mug for tea. The Prince Rupert Breast Cancer Support Group invites any woman living with cancer to attend our monthly luncheons every 3rd Saturday each month at 12 noon at the Crest Hotel. P.R. Royal Canadian Legion meets the 3rd Monday of every month. Come visit the Military Museum Thursday - Sunday from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Call 250-6222917 for more information. River and Ocean Metis Society of Prince Rupert meets the third Monday of every month at 1702 Atlin Ave. New people welcome. Refreshments provided. For more information call 250-627-4013 Genealogy Club meets every first Tuesday of every month. Phone Josie at 250624-3279 for the location.

This is not church! No expectations of financial support or service. Join us in a celebration of faith in Jesus Christ, Sundays 7 pm, for praise, prayer and proclamation at the Salvation Army, 25 Grenville Court. Friendship House of Prince Rupert Hosts: AamaGoot Power Puff Girlz Club (ages 7-12) Tuesday 3 - 5 pm, 3rd floor meeting room. AamaGoot Ladyz Club (18 yrs. +) Learn new artistic designs through sewing, beading, etc. Fridays 1- 4 pm, 3rd floor meeting room. Call Carol Doolan at the Friendship House 250-627-1717, ext. 64 for more info. Calling all Musicians! Prince Rupert Community Band and Choir are seeking new members No Auditions necessary! PR Community Band meets Mon. 7:30 pm - 9 pm at PRMS (formerly PRSS) Band Room. PR Comm. Choir meets Wed. 7:30 - 9 pm at PRMS Band Room. Contact Peter Witherly at 250-624-9634 Women in Business breakfast meet on the 4th Wed each month, 7:30 am Highliner Plaza. We offer women in business an opportunity to network with other women in an informative and fairly informal environment. Interested in attending? Call the Chamber Office 250-624-2296 Volunteers Needed The Prince Rupert Hospital Auxiliary Society is looking for new members. Meetings are held once a month,for further information please call Lila @250-627-1886.

Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver hot meals to people in Prince Rupert on Mon. Wed. and Fri. from 11 am - 12 noon. Call Andrea Vogt 250622-6375 for further info. Become a member of the Prince Rupert Salmon Enhancement Society to get exciting hands on experience with Salmon at the Oldfield Creek Fish Hatchery and in their natural habitat. You will play a vital role in everything from community education to spawning, raising, and releasing Salmon to local streams. We welcome any level of experience and will provide the necessary training to turn you into a Salmon expert! Call 250-624-6733 or email for more information. Kaien Anti-Poverty Society is seeking persons interested in becoming members of a group who wish to make positive changes for those living below the poverty line. For more info, call KAPS 250-627-5277, leave message. Donations Needed * No cash requests. School District 52 Band Program is looking for donations of band instruments! Help us bring music to all students by donating that trumpet you have in your basement or the saxophone in your coat closet! If you have an instrument no one is playing, please call School District office @ 250-627-6717 for pick up.

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WCMRC is seeking a Casual Administrative Assistant in Prince Rupert B.C. (approx. 16 hrs. per week). The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the accurate and timely completion of a variety of administrative tasks required to support the Prince Rupert ofďŹ ce, area manager and staff. Requirements: 1 to 3 years of experience in an administrative role, post-secondary education in ofďŹ ce administration, a team player able to prioritize, detailed oriented and proďŹ cient with all MS OfďŹ ce applications. To apply, send a cover letter and detailed resume by email to or by fax to 604-293-3021. We thank you for your response and regret that only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Know more about us at or on YouTube @WCMRC.

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NOTICE OF AVAILABLE GITGA’AT FISHING LICENCES Gitga’at First NaƟon is accepƟng applicaƟons from individuals, or companies, interested in leasing the following Gitga’at Įshing licences for the 2015 annual Įshing season. • Halibut Quota Licences • Salmon Seine Licence • Prawn Licence • ROK Licence To obtain an applicaƟon and a copy of leasing requirements, please contact: Bruce Reece Director Aboriginal Fishing Strategy Gitga’at First NaƟon 445 Hayimiisaxaa Way, Hartley Bay, BC V0V 1A0 Cell 778 884 8313 Email: Only applicaƟons received on or before 4:30 PM March 13th, 2015 will be considered.

Notice of a Public information Session Regarding a Rezoning Application for 1433 India Avenue, Prince Rupert BC - from R2 to RM3 The BC Company 1025105 B.C. Ltd. has applied to the City of Prince Rupert to rezone the former Bethel Baptist Church at 1433 India Avenue from R2 to RM3 to allow for the operation of an Executive Suites Rental Facility. The City of Prince Rupert gave First Reading to the project at the February 10th, 2015 Council meeting and asked that the developer hold a public information session. This Public Information session will be held from 5 pm – 7 pm on March 4th, 2015 at 1433 India Avenue, Prince Rupert BC. The general public are welcome to attend the information session to find out more about the proposed development. If you have questions please contact the developer’s agent - Geoff Greenwell – Toll Free 1-866-284-8322

CITY OF PRINCE RUPERT NOTICE TO DEMOLISH VEHICLES Notice is hereby given that the city of Prince Rupert intends to demolish the following abandoned vehicles: Vehicle Description 1997 Blue Plymouth Breeze 1996 Green Chevy Lumina 2002 Red Chrysler Concord 1987 Blue Plymouth Voyager 1994 Orange Flat Deck Trailer Brown Toyota Hatchback 1991 Blue Toyota Tercel 1974 Black Ford Truck 1965 Red Chevrolet Impala 2001 Blue Ford Explorer Brown Ford F250 Truck Maroon Mercury Cougar 1987 Green Cadillac Deville 1991 Red Plymouth Sundance Boat Trailer Ford F250 Truck

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February 18, 2015 • Northern View • A25

Pacific NorthWest LNG talks final investment decision Oil prices not a major concern for company BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

Pacific NorthWest LNG may have delayed a final investment decision last year, but community relations advisor Derek Baker told Port Edward council work on the project is still very much alive. “We deferred that decision for a number of different reasons, including not having regulatory approval and other approvals from the government. There is a view that once we are done the environmental assessment process that is it, but really there are a number of other permits through other agencies that we need to get as well,” he said at the Feb. 10 meeting, noting there is no definitive timeline for a decision. “We really are hesitant to put a date on it because we are not in control of what the clock is, it’s to their [Canadian Environmental Assessment Office’s] discretion. If there is an additional information request, that could stop. I don’t know what day we’re on, but we’re a good portion of the way through and we’re certainly hopeful for a decision this year ... the early part of this year.” Baker said a positive investment decision would begin the ramp up of a four or five year construction window that would peak with 4,500 workers, but the first step

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A rendering of an LNG tanker being berthed at the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal on Lelu Island.

would be deciding which company and which design would move forward. “Following an investment decision we would look at selecting our engineering, procurement and construction contractor. There are three companies that we are currently reviewing bids from, which are Bechtel, Technip and KBR. We would anticipate announcing which contractor we would be engaging following the final investment decision,” he said. While some have expressed concerns about the liquefied natural gas industry due to the drop in global oil prices, Baker said the company isn’t as concerned

about what is happening at the moment. “Oil prices are something that we have to take a look at, but the thing is that this is a long-term project. We anticipate being in operation in 2019, so we’re not really looking at what the oil price is doing today in a small window of time. We’re looking at what it is going to be doing in the years moving forward. With no regulatory approval, we have been granted time to take our time and see what those scenarios could look like,” he said. “While that does create a little bit more caution on mega-projects, if a project is economical in its own right then it is likely to proceed.”

Eagle Spirit finds support BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The company planning to build an oil export facility at Grassy Point near Lax Kw’alaams has garnered the backing of three Northwest First Nations. At a press conference in Calgary on Feb. 11, Eagle Spirit Energy announced it had received declarations of support from Chief Dan George of the Ts’il Kaz Koh First Nation (Burns Lake Band), Chief Archie Patrick of the Stellat’en First Nation near Fraser Lake and two Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs: Larry Marsden, Head Chief on behalf of the Gitsegukla Hereditary Chiefs, and Art Mathews, head chief on behalf of the Gitwangak Hereditary Chiefs. Many of those chiefs said the reason for backing the project had to do with how Eagle Spirit Energy approached First Nations with the project and the potential equity in the $14 billion to $16 billion project which would carry refined light crude to an export terminal on the coast. “This project supports and shares the vision and declaration of First Nations, as it proposes to put ownership and control over the environment in the hands of the rightful landowners. The proposed Eagle Spirit Energy Corridor provides a business

platform that puts First Nations in a critical decision-making role. The opportunity for First Nations to define and express themselves in a commercial context has arrived,” read a statement signed by the chiefs. “We are declaring that we are united in our thinking around natural resource commerce in our territories and in continuing our consideration for the First Nations’ led and owned commercial stewardship opportunity presented by Eagle Spirit Energy.” The chiefs also state that this declaration, coupled with the Tsilhoqut’in decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada last year, sends a strong message to other companies looking to do business in their territories. “This declaration of support provides evidence that, in fact, we First Nations intend, can and will work together; and he or she who wishes to do resource business in our territory needs to work with us,” read the statement. “The attitudes and approach to the process of working together must change ... we have confirmed rights and title to economically valuable land and are prepared to work with business leaders who understand this new post-Tsilhoqut’in legal landscape.”

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A26 • Northern View • February 18, 2015

New firm joins LNG race BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

A new player has entered the LNG fray on the North Coast. NewTimes Energy has filed with

the National Energy Board for a 25-year export licence for a floating terminal near Prince Rupert that would export up to 12 million tonnes of LNG per year. The company hopes to start operations in 2019.

SPECIAL “GITGA’AT MEMBERS” ONLY MEETING Gitga’at Leadership Council through its administraƟve, legal, and technical team, have been engaging with various LNG proponents over the past three years to review the the impacts of such projects on Gitga’at’s way of life and to Įnd ways and means to miƟgate those impacts on Gitga’at’s cultural, social and economic sectors whenever possible. ON February 25 and 26, 2015 Gitga’at Leadership will host a “Gitga’at Members” only meeƟng to discuss the end results of the engagement process and subsequent negoƟaƟons. The “Member Only” meeƟngs will be held on the following dates and places

Hartley Bay Date: February 25th, 2015 Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Place: Cultural Center Prince Rupert Date: February 26th, 2015 Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Place: Highliner Hotel The meeƟngs are opened to all registered Gitga’at Members ages 18 and over Members are invited to parƟcipate at either one or both

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Prince Rupert Grain saw a tonnage increase of more than 38 per cent compared to last January.

Port tonnage up to start 2015 BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

The Port of Prince Rupert is off to a strong start in 2015 with the majority of terminals seeing a year-over-year increase in tonnage. Following a record year in 2014, Fairview Terminal saw the number of TEUs handled increase by 23.5 per cent, climbing from 49,191.75 last January to 60,758.75 this January. Included in that number is a 14.9 per cent increase in imports, from 30,480.75 last year to 36,021 this January, and an export increase of 37.55 per cent. However, the number of loaded containers being exported through Prince Rupert fell 21.25 per cent, dropping from 13,308 TEUs last year to 10,480 TEUs last month. Along with Fairview Terminal, Prince Rupert Grain saw year-over-year increases following record volumes in 2014. Last month the terminal handled 604,833.75 tonnes of product






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compared to 436,992 tonnes last January, an increase of 38.41 per cent led by a 106 per cent increase in canola volumes handled. The harbour, which ended last year down more than 15 per cent, saw log exports increase 6.38 per cent from 60,145 tonnes to 63,981 tonnes this year. However, both Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI) and Westview Terminal saw a drop in tonnage. RTI, which ended last year down 41.09 per cent compared to 2013, had a 24.55 per cent drop in tonnage from 617,031 tonnes to 465,576 tonnes. Thermal coal was behind the drop, with tonnage falling from 311,030 tonnes to 74,862 tonnes, a drop of more than 75 per cent. Westview Terminal tonnage dropped by more than 10 per cent, falling from 53,132 tonnes to 47,441 tonnes this January. Overall tonnage through the Port of Prince Rupert was up slightly from 1.66 million tonnes last January to 1.79 million tonnes this year, a jump of 7.65 per cent.

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