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Pre-construction clearing for the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project is expected to start before the leaves start falling this autumn. The LNG pipeline route travels just north of the Hazeltons on its way from northeast B.C. to Lelu Island near Prince Rupert. Project president Dean Patry told the crowd gathered at the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Thursday that prime contractors for the TransCanada pipeline will likely be hired in the second quarter of this year. Community outreach for local subcontractors and employees for the pre-construction is set for the third quarter. Assuming Patry’s hope that permits from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission are given soon, construction camps would be built about every 100 kilometres along the 900-kilometre route. He said part of the deal with contractors includes having a detailed plan to hire locally for the labour, pipefitting, operating engineer, driving, and administrative jobs that will need to be filled. Challenges to the project include First Nation and environmental opposition, and waiting for an investment decision from PETRONAS, the Malaysianbased energy company that would export the liquified natural gas once construction of the pipeline was completed. Construction would take three to five years and is set to begin in 2016. See STRONG OPPOSITION on A2

PILING ON THE PAINT Quinten Remillard, Ashton Wille and Kalum Parker douse their snow volcano in blue and red paint during Muheim Elementary School’s Carnaval De Quebec last Friday. Students spent the day participating in sledge rides and bin races. For more photos, see page A13. Kendra Wong photo

Two Smithers men facing drug charges By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Two Smithers men have been charged in connection with a major $5-million drug seizure in Calgary earlier last week. On Feb. 12, seven search warrants were executed in Calgary, resulting in the arrest of 12 suspects in connection to

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also seized along with a total of $600,000 cash and five high-end luxury vehicles. Twelve people are facing 66 charges, including conspiracy, organized crime, drugs, weapons and proceeds of crime; of the suspects thirtyone-year-old Todd Randall Chapman and twenty-sevenyear-old Dennis Galen Ross, of Smithers are facing charges in connection with seizure.





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From PR LNG on Front Patry said he is “cautiously optimistic” that PETRONAS will make its final investment decision soon. Lowering costs and addressing the problems getting federal environmental approval for the terminal at Lelu Island are what makes Patry optimistic. “They’ve gone from a jetty design and a marine terminal very close to the island to a concept that has a suspension bridge that basically leapfrogs most of the infrastructure completely away from and over top of the flow bank. It takes the marine terminal more than two kilometres from off the island to eliminate what would have been one of the largest dredges in North American history,” Patry told the business crowd.

TransCanada’s president of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project Dean Patry speaking at a Chamber luncheon Thursday.

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N EWS No warning has grandmother discharged from hospital in slippers By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

An 85-year-old Telkwa great-grandmother was left wondering what to do after she was discharged from a Prince George hospital in her nightshirt and slippers. The patient, who did not wish her name to be published, was transferred from Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers to Prince George at the end of January for gallbladder surgery. After her surgery was delayed and fasting for several days, the patient asked another doctor if surgery was still necessary. When told it was not, she was ready to be sent back home or to Smithers. She was surprised when she found out that would not be happening and that she would have to find her own way home. “They didn’t say ‘you better take clothes to come home, or anything else’,” said the woman. “They told us when we

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where we could go,” she said. “I don’t know what I would have done; I was pretty weak because I hadn’t had anything to eat.” Smithers-based Cormac Hikisch is Northern Health’s

“I just thought I’m going by plane, they must have arrangements to come back.” -Northern Health patient by plane, they must have arrangements to come back,” she said. She had left a change of clothes at the hospital in Smithers. Social workers did help her find a jacket and scarf to cover her head. Her granddaughter helped arrange for her stay in Prince George while a ride home was arranged. “I’d have been absolutely lost without her. You can’t go running around trying to find things. She was the one that got all the help and found out

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It looks like a community within a community. A walking path leads from Second Avenue through a collection of small homes opposite Northwest Community College. A communal yard will be landscaped in the spring, adding to the feel of a mini community in the heart of Smithers. These six new houses were built by the Smithers Community Services Association (SCSA) as a way to fill a bit of the need for affordable rental housing in the area. No government grants were used to construct the cozy abodes. “The idea was

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Paintball guns could help moose

By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A Smithers wildlife shelter is investigating whether paintball guns could be used to shoot treatment powder at moose with tick infestations. Winter ticks are a common problem for B.C. moose populations, which are believed to be declining in some parts of the province. Infestations are believed to reduce survival rates in affected populations but there is no known treatment. That’s why the Northern Lights Wildlife Society and shelter in Smithers is looking into innovative solutions to help the animals. Owner Angelika Langen said she had contacted the University of Northern B.C. to help her look into the feasibility of using paintball guns to shoot cattle lice

powder at the rumps of affected animals. “We are trying to figure out if we can create a paintball gun with powder in it which we could shoot onto the moose and it would disperse the powder and that would kill the ticks,” said Langen. “It’s just an idea and it is in its infant stages so we are a long way away from having something but [we are doing it] because it’s such a serious problem and because it’s believed to cause a lot of death. “Ticks can take a lot out of the moose.” Langen said cattle lice powder had been successful treating moose that live at the shelter property, although it had not been administered with a gun. She stressed the concept might not work and more information was needed before it could be safely tested. A paintball company is also

helping the shelter look into the concept. Biologist Mike Bridger is running the Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program, launched last week by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Aimed at identifying the impact that winter ticks are having on moose throughout the province, it asks the public to report sightings of infested moose through an online survey. They can be identified because the ticks cause them to lose hair. Bridger said using paintball guns to treat wild animals would be difficult to do on a big scale but he was open to Langen’s idea. “I think it’s an innovative idea, something worth pursuing maybe, looking into more because as of now there is really not a whole lot of treatment options for moose

directly,” he said. Until a solution is found, he said his project would help the ministry investigate how ticks are distributed and the severity of infestations in different regions. The survey asks participants to observe the amount of hair loss on the animal they saw by checking a box which best described it, ranging from “no loss” to “ghost.” Bridger said it was believed the problem was more common and severe in the Smithers area but moose ticks posed no danger to humans. Meat from infected animals was also safe, he said. Winter tick infestations usually occur between February and April. To obtain a copy of the survey contact Mike Bridger at or phone 250-961-5869. The survey can also be found online at

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any people cannot live without their cell phone and I am definitely not an exception to this. My entire life is on my iPhone — everything from music and podcasts to photos and five years worth of contacts. I’m not being dramatic when I say it’s literally my lifeline to my co-workers, how I keep in constant communication with my friends and family back home in Vancouver and it gives me the ability to consistently stay on top of the news. Imagine my dismay when I returned from a cross-country skiing lesson at the Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre last week only to discover that it was no longer nestled safely in my coat pocket. In the past 10 years that I’ve had a cell phone, not once have I lost or broken it. This was a serious blow.              But to my surprise (and the surprise of nearly everyone I told), I received an email from a gentleman named Simon Franklin whose wife Sharon had found my phone while she and her son were skiing on the trails last weekend. When I picked up my phone the next day, I was even more surprised by what I found out after. To get the phone working after it had shut off from being in the snow for three days, Simon put it in a bowl of rice to help absorb moisture. Then he plugged it into his computer to try and find the owner of the phone. Simon went above and beyond to not only ensure that I got my phone back, but that I got it back in working condition again. He was even charging it when I came to pick it up. After being in Smithers for nine months, the generosity of Smithereens never ceases to amaze me. I grew up in Vancouver, where people scurry about their business often too busy to even glance at you; where if you lost your phone, the person’s first instinct might be how much they can sell it for on Craigslist. So to know that there is a decent family that is willing to go above and beyond to help a complete stranger, makes me think maybe the world isn’t so bad after all. When I was leaving Simon said, “It sounds like you have good karma.” But really, this story has a happy ending thanks to him and his family and the immeasurable generosity and willingness to not only take care of people in their community, but to make them happy as well. Many thanks again to the Franklin family — you are one of the reasons why this community continues to inspire me. — Kendra Wong, reporter

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he Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia is disappointed that the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations changed the earlier harvest allocation policy decision. We believe the minister’s first decision was the correct decision. We are even more disappointed that the amendment was based on a campaign of misinformation and rhetoric attacking the guide outfitting industry. It is our opinion this attack has moved well beyond wildlife allocations and is an attempt to marginalize or eliminate the guide outfitting industry.  The guide outfitting industry in British Columbia receives about 12

per cent of the tags for allocated big game species. In total, approximately 47,000 animals are harvested by hunters each year. Only six per cent of the big game animals are taken by guided clients. This decision will cause further hardship to many family businesses who offer important jobs in the guide outfitting sector. Almost all of this revenue is spent in British Columbia on labour, improvements, infrastructure, equipment, supplies, services, and taxes. These earnings benefit all British Columbians including the non-hunting public. Since 2007, the most significant cause for the reduction in nonresident licences sales was the implementation of the new harvest

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allocation policy. The decrease in licence sales has been approximately 30 per cent over this period. Unfortunately, this file is getting more complicated with both the NDP and the BC Conservatives providing opinions. This has put additional burden on an already difficult file.   To close the complex file we encourage the minister to push forward with the goal of putting the allocation percentages in legislation. This will allow the stakeholders to start to rebuild bridges and shift the focus to growing more wildlife. Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia


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L ETTERS Measlemania Editor: Under pressure to immunize your children? Feeling guilty because ‘they’ say your non-immunized child might get measles and give it to others? Which others? Their playmates who are immunized are supposedly protected. Nothing to worry about there. Their non-immunized friends’ parents might feel their own children’s immune systems are capable of dealing with a communicable childhood disease such as measles, or they might feel more confident about nursing a sick child back to health, or they may be more willing or able to quarantine and care for their child until well. If your child is immunized, why worry? Those parents who buy into the media’s fear-mongering, or have been taught to believe their family’s health is best left to the professionals, or who implicitly trust the industry, should do what they must, but fully informed of the statistical risks; because if their child is damaged by the vaccine, in the eyes of the pharmaceutical companies, the health departments, and the doctors, they are, at best, only a statistic. Most incidents are met with denial. Children have been damaged by measles and children have been damaged by vaccines. Most vaccines contain adjuvants whose safety is debatable. Ask for, and retain, the batch number, if single or multi-dose, expiry date, brand, and country of origin. Some professionals say the immunized child can

still get measles, but with a disrupted symptom picture, making it difficult to diagnose. There are many reasons people decide to vaccinate or not to, but neither ignorance, bullying, fear nor media panic should be among them. Do investigate before you vaccinate. Elaine Taylor Telkwa

Payback time for eastern Canada Editor: There is an interesting scenario playing out right now with Premiers Wynne of Ontario and Coulliard of Quebec putting the breaks on the Energy East Pipeline, which proposes to transport tar sands bitumen to Atlantic tidewater. Twenty-five years ago, one of the main proposals included in Pierre Trudeau’s much maligned National Energy Program was an eastern oil pipeline that would allow maritime and eastern provinces to share in the benefits of Alberta’s oil boom instead of having to rely on imported OPEC oil. At the time Alberta screamed blue murder because they could make more money shipping oil south to the US, and so the program was scrapped. Had Alberta’s politicians been a bit more visionary and magnanimous (not to say selfish and greedy) that oil pipeline would have been in place by now and Canada would have been in a much better position to weather the economic storm caused by low oil prices. Pierre Trudeau


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Hats off to Hawkair Editor: We are very fortunate in the Smithers area to have two airlines competing for customers, Hawkair and Air Canada. Hawkair was and continues to be a strong community supporter and I have yet to hear

of anyone looking for support in fundraising being turned down by Hawkair. They are always willing to be one of the first to offer round trip tickets tickets from Smithers to Vancouver to help in the “cause.” There have been times when I have seen Air Canada fly with a full load from Smithers, and Hawkair leaving with much smaller loads. Because Hawkair aircraft overnight in Smithers, we can be assured we will get out at the time and day necessary, unlike others that have to fly into our airport and at


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time to thank some very special people. It was very cold that morning, -25 C or so. I was heading to work in Houston when my car started stalling near the flats past Hungry Hill. There was a lot of snow from the night before. I thank the two guys who stopped and asked if I was warm enough and if I had gotten some help. Then there was a kind woman and her child who wanted to help me, but she was going the opposite direction. Thank-you so much kind lady. There were a few other people who stopped to see if I had gotten help. Thankyou all so much. I found out, that cold January morning, that there is some kindness in this world. I am so grateful to the beautiful people that stopped for me. I thank you all again for your consideration and kindness. Many blessings from our Creator will come your way, if it hasn’t yet. I made it to work. Then I had to try and work on my car. I made it as far as Vic’s Garage; the car kept on heating up. Then these two fellows picked me up and drove me all the way to Smithers. I thank you, and your kindness has made a difference in my life. Doug Pete Smithers

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CFIB’s Vancouver office at noon on Sunday. Apparently, they have taken offence to CFIB opposing their call to immediately raise B.C.’s minimum wage by 46 per cent to $15 per hour.   Since it is Sunday, our office, as usual, was closed. Therefore, we have issued this statement to clarify our position on the minimum wage issue.  A massive hike in the minimum wage to $15 would mean far fewer resources for small businesses to invest into hiring, training, and equipment. Many businesses would be forced to close. For workers, it means fewer employment opportunities, less paid hours available, and in many cases, their jobs would at risk.   CFIB has done extensive research on the employment effects of increases to the minimum wage.  We estimate a 46 per cent increase in the minimum wage in B.C. to $15 per hour would result in the elimination of between 54,000 to 196,000 jobs.  A much better way of helping people working in entry-level positions would be to increase the basic amount someone can earn before paying personal income taxes. And if there are people feeling stuck in minimum wage jobs, then governments should help through targeted skills training, workforce development programs, and better information about where new job opportunities exist. Richard Truscott Vice President, BC and Alberta Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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Local earns two gold, bronze at World Master Games in Quebec By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

A local woman has returned from a world-class biathlon competition in Quebec with some impressive new hardware. Callie Lancaster, who was the only athlete from the Bulkley Valley to compete, brought home two gold medals and one bronze from the biathlon races at the Winter World Masters Games in Quebec City two weeks ago. “It was cold conditions, it was challenging,” said Lancaster. “It was such an amazing experience to Smithers’ Callie Lancaster takes aim during one of her biathlon races at participate in a world the Winter World Master Games in Quebec from Jan. 31 to Feb. 8. Contributed photo masters event. I was just delighted to be there. It was such a first place in the 7.5 Etienne Letondeur, She’s one of the best in great experience . . . It kilometre race with a the head coach of the her age group in Canada just gives you a lot of time of 37:29. Sea to Sky Nordics that for sure,” he said. techniques to work on in “It was really cold, Lancaster trained with Though she was a real positive way.” but still the experience in Quebec said she holds the only competitor in Roughly 1,500 people was fantastic,” she said. her own against the top the 40-44 age category, from all around the world “I survived Quebec in -18 biathletes in the world. Lancaster is still proud descended on Canada to skiing. In our first race, “She did really well of her performance compete in nine winter they Credit actuallyUnion shortened and skied really fast,” racing athletes Bulkley Valley July alongside 2007 sports at this year’sEPS Logos ittoabe bit, we usually come said Letondeur. “She from all over the world. supplied to Newspapers Winter World Masters into the range four times, really managed her race “There was a great Pantone colours: Blue she didn’t start Games, including alpine but they shortenedPantone it to 287smartly, big group of people Pantone skiing, cross-country three times because it was 356tooGreen fast.” from Finland, a big Pantone 139 Harvest skiing, curling, ice so cold.” He added she’ll have group of Slovakians and hockey, long and short She also finished the to work on her standing Russians and it was so track, marathon skating, five kilometre biathlon shooting and skiing, but amazing to see them and snowshoeing and sprint in 32:24 to win was quick to note her meet them and share triathlon. gold, and skied alongside enthusiasm for the sport. podiums with some of In Lancaster’s athletes from Whistler “She’s really keen and them,” she said. first race, she battled and Italy in the six already talking about This is not the first -18 degrees Celsius Black/Grey kilometre going to another event race that Lancaster has Logo filebiathlon relay Colour Logo File conditions to finish in race to capture bronze. like this next year . . . done well in.

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In preparation for the World Masters, she competed in the local B.C. Cup races earlier this year and finished first in her respective category. While Lancaster is quite ambitious, competing in several races a year and practicing at the Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre roughly five to six times a week, her passion for the sport flourished only three years ago. She initially took on skate skiing before trying her hand at biathlons. “I tried the biathlon after and thought ‘this is so fun,’ I have a lot to work on, but I’m up there at a competing level now so I’m quite happy about it,” she said. “It’s a challenging thing — you’re skiing as fast as you can ski and then you have to calm your heart rate down and get yourself in your zone to shoot. It’s just an incredible combination of sport. I think one of the most challenging and rewarding sports that you can do in the winter.” Since the World Masters only happen once every four years, Lancaster will be in the older age category next time, but that isn’t going to stop her. “In four years, I definitely want to try and do it again,” she said.

Gryphons capture zone banner By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

It’s a fairy tale ending to a nearperfect season. After going almost undefeated this season, the Smithers Secondary Grade 8 girls’ basketball team can call themselves champions after capturing the northwest zone banner for the first time in recent memory. The Gryphons defeated the Prince Rupert Middle School Storm with a convincing 49-13 victory at home last weekend. “In the morning I thought we were a bit sluggish, but in this game in particular after the first couple of minutes, I thought we played the best three quarters of our season and that’s what you want,” said head coach Chris van der Mark. The team kicked off the northwest zone championships with a convincing 52-20 win over their cross-town rivals, the Bulkley Valley Christian School to lift them to the finals. In the finals, the Gryphons tipped off against the Prince Rupert Storm. They took an early lead, finishing the first quarter up 15-2, including a three-pointer from Ivy Bell. In the second, the Storm had many opportunities to even up the scoring, but were unable to finish around the basket. They were no match for the Gryphons’ offence and went almost the entire second quarter without scoring. The Gryphons on the other hand were aggressive on the rebounds, making interceptions and had a number of fast-break layups from Mackinley Unruh and Haley Hanchard to finish the first half 26-6. See ZONES on A9

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The second half of the game, the home team continued to dominate play and they closed out the victory 49-13. “Our team played really good and it was fun,” said Unruh, who was named tournament MVP. “I worked hard for it.” According to van der Mark, Unruh’s emergence in the finals as one of the team’s lead scorers earned her the title. “Mackinley’s improvement over the year has been staggering. Both offensively and defensively, she was sensational,” he said. “They’re a very dedicated group . . . You see it in their passing and their footwork and they do stuff that some Grade 8s don’t and that’s because they work really hard.” Point guard Haley Hanchard also had a monster game, but despite her success, she was quick to point

Grade 8 boys from BVCS and Smithers Secondary also battled for the northwest zone banner last weekend. The Gryphons fell in their first game against Centennial 5224, while the Royals also lost 58-21 to Hazelton. The cross-town rivals met each other to play for third place and in the end, the Royals squeaked by with the win 36-25. “They definitely showed improvement, even today as they went along,” said Royals head coach Ben Dejong. “When they remember their role in the team, that’s when they get the most points.” Smithers Secondary finished fifth. “They definitely worked hard, they’re a very enthusiastic group,” said Gryphons head coach Glyn Doyle. “Their defence tightened up a lot today.”

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out their victory was a team one. “I thought everyone did really well in both games,” she said. “We worked together in that we had so much friendship and teamwork.” This year’s all-star group included Lexa Steenhof from BVCS (who finished third overall after defeating Hazelton 26-25) and

Austin Carroll from SSS. Angela Jennings was named the top defensive player. Up next, the team will decide if they will go to Grade 8 provincial invitationals in Pitt Meadows. “They could be a force if they keep working. They’re very high-end athletes for young girls,” added van der Mark.


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Royals place second at zones By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The Bulkley Valley Christian Schools junior boys’ basketball team came close to winning zones this season, but were cut short in three close games against Terrace Centennial Christian School last week. The Royals started the best-of-three series on the right foot, with a 48-41 win over Centennial, despite losing Curtis Ripmeester after he sprained his ankle in the first half of the game. Two players were also sick, but they managed to battle through it for the win. “We played great” said head coach Tom Stolte. “They played hard even though they were sick, they were very brave and

they played really hard. I’m really proud of them, they did a wonderful job and they were all close games.” After losing Ripmeester, Centennial came back strong in the next two

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games and was the lead scorer for the Royals. “We all played well. We just couldn’t get buckets down the stretch,” said Steenhof. “They came back in almost every game. We beat them in the first game but in the second and third

games, we weren’t so lucky.” “I was able to hit some threes . . . I was able to get to the basket easier and get some high quality shots from under the hoop,” he said. Zones marks the end of the Royals’ season and both athletes and coaches believed the team played hard. “I think it went really well. We had a lot of fun, lost to Caledonia by only two points, played Smithers Secondary a couple of times too. We learned a lot and we improved and we got better throughout the whole season,” said Stolte. Steenhof agreed. “Based on our Grade 8 year, next year should be pretty good,” he said. The last time the Royals won zones was in the 2009/2010 season.

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The Smithers Storm are one step closer to becoming champions. The Storm swept the Prince Rupert Sea Wolves 11-0 and 12-0 on home ice to advance to the zone finals last weekend. In the opening game on Saturday morning, the Storm took an early lead with defenceman Carson Golder netting his first of four just two minutes into the first. The Storm piled on three more that period with goals from Golder, Kaien Tait and Matthew Sutherland. For the better half of the game, the Sea Wolves were on the defensive and were unable to stop the Storm’s powerhouse offence. In the end, all three lines generated points, with a total of eight players tallying multiple points in the

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The Smithers Storm swept the Prince Rupert Sea Wolves 11-0 and 12-0 at the Smithers arena over the weekend.

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blowout victory. Netminder Torin Cumiskey, who wasn’t very busy through all three periods, earned himself a shutout. “I thought they played well,” said head coach Cody Campbell. “We’re trying to generate offence off the rush and get a lot of shots on goal. The kids are getting quite a bit bigger, faster and

stronger and we were able to play in the other team’s end quite a bit.” Up next, the team will take on Kitimat or Vanderhoof this weekend at home. But Campbell expects the competition will be stiff in the next round of the playoffs. “We expect a pretty intense match up moving forward,” he

said. “I think trying to replicate that in practice is the most important thing; practice hard and keep building on the things that we’ve been working on since September.” He added they hope to work on generating chances off the rush and working the puck down low.

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CARNAVAL DE MUHEIM Photos left to right: Hannah Booth learns how to roll a syrup stick during Muheim Elementary School’s third annual Carnaval De Quebec last Friday. Sevenyear-old Wren Williston pushes Nicolas Gagnon in the bin races. As part of the carnaval, which also conicided with Quebec’s Winter Carnival, the school set up a variety of outdoor activities such as sledge skiing, ice-breaker races and building snow castles for students to participate in. Kendra Wong photos

SSS students take a stand against bullying By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Shane Berg has always looked up to his older brother. “He always loved to joke around and tell funny stories at home and he loved hanging out with his friends,” said Berg. “He always seemed like a positive, upbeat person. He had the character to hold his own, from my perspective, that’s what it always seemed.” It wasn’t until last year that Berg discovered that his brother was bullied in high school. “It was definitely a blow to me. He was one of my role models, so to find out that he had been through something like

that was a real blow.” Last year Berg, along with roughly 30 other students at Smithers Secondary, decided to take a stand against bullying and formed the studentrun group Stand Up as part of the Erase Bullying campaign. “We felt that bullying was definitely a problem, maybe not directly in everyone’s eyes. But in every school, there’s bound to be bullying,” said the Grade 12 student. Earlier this year, Berg was contacted by a group called Me to We and was invited to facilitate group sessions in Prince George around bullying initiatives in northern B.C. schools. Roughly 350 students from the region attended the seminars on Jan. 16 to share videos and action plans that they’ve

Shane Berg, along with 30 other Smithers Secondary students started Stand Up last year to stop bullying.

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implemented in their schools. It also allowed Berg and seven other Smithers Secondary students to share several initiatives they organized last year.

One of their most popular plans included handing out coloured hand-crafted bracelets to students who exhibited positive qualities, such as respect, passion and

individuality. “By the end of the year, bullying wasn’t as prominent,” said Berg. “I think it helped.” Perry Rath, a teacher advisor with the high school’s Gay Straight Alliance, said the program has played a role in decreasing bullying against the LGBTQ community at school as well. “It’s important to have groups around to be visible about [bullying],” said Rath. “It made the idea of bullying more visible, making people aware of the subtle facets that bullying exists in, making people just check their behaviours and just making people accountable for the things they do.” However, since the new school year started,

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many students who spearheaded the program have graduated or changed schools, leaving the future of the program in question. “We definitely want to put a new energy into it,” said Berg, adding they are also organizing a school assembly to reintroduce students to the program. “That’s the doubleedged thing about student-led groups,” said Rath. “Shane’s an amazing kid. This year that group did kind of lose some energy.” Although Berg noted he will be taking a step back from the program to focus on his studies, he said he will continue to contribute ideas and be someone that students can talk to about their experiences.


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Local falls short in Global Degree By Kendra Wong Telkwa/Interior News

Kelley Hilton may not have won the prize she was hoping for, but the Telkwa woman has gained dozens of potential new travel companions. Last week, Hilton applied for Global Degree, a popular web series hosted by YouTube stars Michael Graziano and Alex Hennessy where they try to visit 193 countries in the United Nations. As part of Global Degree, which will start filming its second season soon, the trio will weave 35 countries in seven months including Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Airfare and accommodations are covered by the show. In the last few weeks, the web series has been gaining traction online and has had more than 187 women from 13 different countries apply. After several weeks, a woman from Vancouver won the challenge. But Hilton was not entirely surprised that she didn’t win. “I wasn’t surprised. I was just happy for her,” said Hilton. “It was kind of relieving knowing that now because I have these connections and these options, I can travel with some of my own friends. It’s exciting knowing that.” A Facebook group was created specifically for the contestants and Hilton said everyone was supportive of each other. “They actually wanted to get to know each other and a lot of people have started to plan trips together with people they’ve never even met before,” she said. Hilton, who is originally from Telkwa but moved to Montreal recently to spend time with family, applied after hearing about the contest on Facebook.

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Olympian helps promote healthy living at high school By Alicia Bridges Moricetown/Interior News

In a display of skills that won her Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008, professional wrestler Carol Huynh flipped giggling teenagers on their backs and stomachs in a demonstration at the Moricetown Multiplex last week. An audience of young children and teenagers from the iCount High School watched intently as Huynh showed them wrestling techniques including the “fireman’s carry” and the “high crotch.” After the presentation, the athlete told them what she loves about her sport. “You can have a tonne of fun in wrestling because all you have to do is figure out yourself, figure out how best to use what you have, what is already within you, to use that to [your] advantage,” she said. Originally from New Hazelton, the Calgarybased athlete was brought back to the North by the iCount High School to speak to students and promote some of the school’s healthy living initiatives. The iCount school is for at-risk First Nations teens, including students who were failing or not attending the public school system. Its students follow the public school curriculum but they receive personalized education which is more forgiving of their individual

circumstances and learning disadvantages. The school also provides breakfast and lunch and facilitates a daily “huddle” where students can share what’s going on in their personal lives. Bringing Hunyh to Moricetown last week was part of the school’s push to encourage students to live healthier lives and avoid chronic illensses like diabetes and obesity. During her visit, the school officially launched an outdoor gym which students helped to build. It also facilitated a presentation about three “tower gardens” the school has purchased so students can grow vegetables in the classroom year-round. iCount co-founder Lorna Butz said the initiatives were part of the school’s “holistic” approach to education. “The physical, the mental, the spiritual, the emotional, all together, it’s the whole person so we work from the inside out and the outside in so to speak,” said Butz. “We want to give them all the tools, we want them to be able to experience everything in life and offer them good choices for tomorrow.” The outdoor gym is already proving popular with students, who have started a regular exercise group called the “Winter Warriors.” Butz said the school was already starting to change student eating behaviours by providing a healthy breakfast and lunch.

Bringing Olympic wrestler Carol Huynh (above) to Moricetown and purchasing indoor gardens for classrooms (below) are among the ways the iCount High School is promoting healthy lifestyles to its students.

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The new tower gardens, which are designed to be used indoors with minimal maintenance, will work hand-in-hand with the gym to promote healthier lifestyles. “With First Nations schools, we all know that obesity and diabetes, there are very high percentages and we want to be able to address that,” she said. “When we first started iCount school kids were eating potato chips and pop for breakfast. “These last couple of years with these kids and you’re seeing some really definite changes in food choices. “Now with the students being able to grow their own foods and seeing right from seed right back to

plate, it’s just very, very important and we really think this is going to be a catalyst for them to be healthy.” Butz said iCount was working with the Wet’suwet’en people and Canadian Schools Health Solutions (CSHS), which sells the towers, to develop a science-based curriculum around the edible garden. The same equipment is being used in schools in the Bronx, in New York City, to reduce obesity and improve school attendance. Speaking at Moricetown last week, Hyunh praised the school for its unique approach to helping young people. “It seems like in areas like Moricetown and

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No parking signs dot Zobnic Road near the end of Rotary Community Trail. Unfortunately, so do vehicles that often spend a whole day sitting in front of the signs on weekends. “There were so many last weekend

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Vancouver band The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer are backed up by Miss Quincy Sunday night at Della Herman Theatre. Smithers was the last stop before the blues-infused band finished off their Northern Exposure Tour at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George Monday.

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS Artists Mark Thibeault (left) and Mark Tworow let thier brushes move to the sounds of the cello, played by Dorothy Giesbrecht during the Two Brushes and a Bow event at the Smithers Art Gallery last Thursday. Alicia Bridges photo

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Local artist’s work on display at Canada Winter Games By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

A local artist has the opportunity to showcase his work on a larger stage during the Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Perry Rath, a Smithers Secondary School teacher, was one of 19 artists from

northern B.C. selected to have their work on display at the Two Rivers Art Gallery located in downtown Prince George in the main Canada Games square. According to Rath, the theme of the show is to represent the North artistically. “I was one of the ones furthest out from that centre,” he said.

Five of Rath’s paintings, which he created for a show in Prince Rupert last year, are on display and represent his signature style. “It’s an interpretive landscape painting where I use topographical maps as under layers and then photographs that I’ve taken of local areas when I’m on hikes,” he said. “I embed photographs in

the paintings and use a lot of texture to also convey a sense of the landscape and the way I divide up the picture plain and the canvas. “There’s multiple elements of how humans comprehend a landscape.” Rath travelled to Prince George late last week for the gallery opening last Saturday. He said he has already had

a lot of exposure and positive feedback from viewers. “It was quite crowded with viewers and lots of people approached me to talk to me about the artwork,” said Rath. “The show looks great there.” The Canada Winter Games run from Feb. 13-Mar. 2, but the art exhibit will be on display until April 26.

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Village seeks public input on strategy By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The Village of Hazelton is seeking public input on a marketing strategy aimed at promoting economic and population growth in the community. Using funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the municipality has hired a consultant to prepare a “community marketing strategy” for the village. The strategy will include tactics to attract tourists, business

investors, entrepreneurs and families to the community. Village chief administrative officer Tanalee Hesse said council initiated the project in 2013 to try to expand the community’s limited opportunities for economic development. “We have limited businesses, we have limited land for development and limited reasons for people wanting to actually come and develop or start businesses,” she said.

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Excitement over marketing strategy From VILLAGE on A18 “What council wanted to look at was, well, let’s take a snapshot of what it is that we want to accomplish and what are the initiatives we can undertake to grow our economy a little bit and to make the village sustainable.” The strategy will also incorporate feedback from residents. Ecotactix, the Okanagan-based company hired to prepare the strategy, is interviewing local leaders and a community meeting is scheduled for April. The company has also prepared a six-question online survey which asks participants for their thoughts on the village’s best business and tourism attributes. Hesse said community input was crucial to the process. “It has to be supported by the community otherwise it’s not going to work otherwise it’s just another study that we do and it sits on the

shelf,” she said. “There are lots of good ideas out there, there are lots of creative and connected people in our community and council wanted to tap into that and involve them in the process and see what it is that they want.” Small business owner Leah Pipe, who runs the Art + Antler studio and shop in Hazelton, said she was excited the village was taking steps to give the community more exposure. She said a lot of people from other northern communities drove past the community, which is about 7 km from New Hazelton on Highway 16, because they did not know how much it had to offer. “It’s such a wonderful, charming historic little town with great culture so I think one of the big challenges of the village and our businesses down there is to get the word out and really

communicate to travellers and the northern region that Old Hazelton is amazing,” Pipe said. “The village ... has so much potential and it already has so many things to offer in terms of beauty and charm and history and culture and all it really needs is for us to all be working together, I think that’s what the Village of Hazelton is trying to do with this questionnaire going out ... we are all going to start communicating and working together,” she said. “That’s of super importance to me and really exciting.” The online survey and interviews with community leaders are scheduled to be completed by the end of February. The village hopes to table the final report and strategy at its May 12 council meeting. To take the survey visit the village website at www.

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Music a family affair for West By Alcia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

When musician Joel West was at risk of sinking to rockbottom, two things helped him stay afloat: his family and his music. With the help of his loved ones, the Burns Lake man conquered alcohol and drug addiction during a two-month stint at a Kitimat treatment centre. Now two years sober, the frontman of Joel West & Company last week played at the Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremony with his father Alec West Sr. “Three years ago today I would never even think I’d be opening for the Winter Games and I’m doing that tomorrow,” he said in an interview with The Interior News last week. The musician, who plays classic country and rock, grew up listening to those styles of music. His father Alec Sr. and older brother Alec Jr. used to play in a

band called Today’s Image. West said he was inspired to play because he saw the way music brought joy to his family. “When I was younger my dad would be playing a lot of music and I would see how happy it made everybody,” he said. “They have way more fun when they saw my dad play or heard him play, he would bring out the guitar or the piano and I thought it was cool how much joy and happiness it brought everybody.” But West had to earn his stripes before he was accepted into the family band. Even when he thought he was ready, the musician had to wait until his older relatives, quite literally, gave him the nod of approval. When his brother rejected him, West started practicing more to prove he was ready. “I kept playing and jamming and jamming and jamming and a couple of months later we were jamming

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(concession beside Rudolph’s Sausage) The management of Henry’s Hot Dogs would like to thank our customers who supported us our full season in business. It was an awesome year! There will be quite a few new items on the menu, The Telkwa Burger, Houston Burger, Walcott Hotdog and the Perow Hotdog. May 16 to 18 we’re going to have Chinese Supper in sunny downtown Telkwa. Look for our trailer next to Rudolph’s Sausage.

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New local jobs will give young people and future generations more opportunities to stay in northern BC instead of having to move away to find good jobs.

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JOBS AND TRAINING We’re committed to hiring as many local workers as possible for construction and operations jobs at our facility. To support this important goal, we are developing training programs for local workers interested in working in the LNG sector. Pacific NorthWest LNG will create new vendor opportunities for businesses and contractors in the northwest. We will be posting more details of these programs, including how to apply, on our website in the near future.


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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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RAM designed to challenge the top dog trucks The full size truck market is big that lowers for easier entry into the RAM or loading into the bed. business for automakers and a big This system also automatically deal for the businesses and people lowers at speeds over 100 km/h who depend on them. reducing aerodynamic drag and, For almost five decades, the Ford yet again, improving fuel econoF-150 has been the best selling my. The opposite is true, at lower truck, with little chance they will speeds and for off-road duties; squander that crown soon. In the air suspension can be raised fact, Ford finished 2014 with over RAM has seen for better ground clearance. 126,000 F-Series sold and that set huge sales growth a new record. Inside RAM was the second best-selling over the last few Today’s modern truck is no longer vehicle with more than 88,000 years due to constant just a vehicle for work; the level sold. What has been happening, of refinement and luxury found over the last few years, is a strong improvements instead in today’s rigs is something to shift from General Motors to behold. My test unit RAM 1500 of waiting years to RAM in terms of establishing the LaRAMie Quad Cab 4X4 had a update its rigs. second best-selling truck brand. starting price of $51,595 but with The rise in RAM popularity traces Zack Spencer a long list of extras from keyless back to a few key changes over entry and start, to full leather the last several years, from muscular styling seats, power moon roof and the larger 8.4-inch to class-leading interiors, a refined ride, plus uConnect screen, the total came to just over engine and transmission advancements. New for $63,000. Not cheap, but man the RAM line is a V6 turbocharged diesel in the there is a lot of truck here. 1500 or half-ton segment. The interior is rich looking and feels first rate, from the Looks buttons to the switches and What RAM has been able to do is capture materials covering the cabin. And the room is buyer’s imaginations with styling. The big and impressive for all passengers, front and back. bold grille is even bigger than last models but In addition to the optional 8.4-inch Uconnect has been integrated better into the front of the communications and entertainment screen, truck. Depending on the trim the grille finish can there is a standard large 7-inch screen behind be chrome, painted or with a different insert. Bethe steering wheel for fully customizable instant hind the grille are “active shutters” that close at information readouts. higher speeds to help send the wind around the vehicle to improve aerodynamic efficiency. There Drive is now a longer side step, which helps reduce The biggest change for RAM includes the first buffeting down the side of the trucks, also to diesel engine found in a light duty 1500 pickup aid in fuel economy. One option that makes life truck. This is an Italian designed engine that has been used extensively in Europe in Jeep prodeasier to live with is the $1,500 air suspension



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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Wise customers read the fine print: *, ≥, §, ≈ The First Big Deal Sales Event offers are limited time offers which apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating dealers on or after February 3, 2015. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. All pricing includes freight ($1,695) and excludes licence, insurance,

$114 for a total obligation of $28,658. Some conditions apply. Down payment is required. See your dealer for complete details. √Based on 2014 Ward’s Small Sport Utility segmentation. »Jeep Grand Cherokee has received more awards over its lifetime than any other SUV. TMThe SiriusXM logo is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC.

and a total obligation of $28,658/$45,855. §Starting from prices for vehicles shown include Consumer Cash Discounts and do not include upgrades (e.g. paint). Upgrades available for additional cost. ≈Sub-prime financing available on approved credit. Financing example: 2015 Jeep Cherokee Sport with a purchase price of $24,998 financed at 6.99% over 60 months, equals 260 weekly payments of

Cherokee FWD/2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo through RBC, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Examples: 2015 Jeep Cherokee Sport FWD/2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with a Purchase Price of $24,998/$39,998 financed at 3.49% over 96 months with $0 down payment equals 416 weekly payments of $69/$110 with a cost of borrowing of $3,660/$5,857

registration, any dealer administration fees, other dealer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Dealer may sell for less. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on select new 2015 vehicles and are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. ≥3.49% purchase financing for up to 96 months available on the new 2015 Jeep

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The Interior News

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Feb. 18-24, 2015


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Sun-Rype Apple Juice 1 Litre

Long English Cucumbers





Dragon King Long Grain Rice 20 lb





Kraft Dinner

Mini Watermelons


Original or Pouches 4.5 kg, 12x225 g





Boneless Pork Sirloin Roast 5.49 / kg



Plus Deposit, Plus Eco-Fee

Tomatoes on the Vine





Chicken Drumsticks

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Outside Round Steak

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China Lily Soya Sauce


2 for

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483 ml


Western Family Bamboo Shoots

Chun King Oriental Vegetable Mix


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O’Tasty Dumplings Assorted Varieties, 567 g



Tazo Chai Latte Concentrate 3x946 ml



Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes, 1120 count



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Wong Wing Frozen Entrees Assorted Varieties, 400-680 g



Starbucks Café Verona K-Cups 54 count



Nestle Graduates Baby Snacks Assorted Varieties, 42 g

2 for



Kong Moon Rice Stick Vermicelli 400 g

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Golden Dragon Oyster Sauce 455 ml

299 Western Family Green Tea

Western Family Classics Sauces

Assorted Varieties, 350 ml


V-H Rib Sauces

Assorted Varieties, 341 ml


Mazola Corn Oil 1.42 litre

Assorted Varieties, 80’s


La Restaurante Salsa 1.89 litre

Western Family Tortilla Chips






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Purina Maxx Cat Litter



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Smithers Interior News, February 18, 2015  

February 18, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News

Smithers Interior News, February 18, 2015  

February 18, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News