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A man who became unconscious shortly after he was arrested by Smithers RCMP on Valentine’s Day died in hospital on Feb. 21. The deceased, who was arrested at a Smithers residence at about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, had told police he was having difficulty breathing before he lost consciousness while in custody. Investigators from the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. were in Smithers last week conducting interviews about the incident. In a statement released on Monday, the IIOBC said police arrested the man after they were called to a complaint at a local residence. “According to police, officers located the affected person; he appeared distraught, in emotional distress and did not comply with officers’ commands,” said the IIOBC. The man was pepper-sprayed during the arrest before reporting he was having difficulty breathing. The officers called emergency health services and, after assessing the man, he was cleared to be transported to police cells. “While being booked into cells, the affected person reportedly became uncooperative and a physical struggle took place,” said the IIOBC. “The affected person lost consciousness. “He was transported to hospital where he remained until his death on Feb. 21, 2015.” IIOBC was notified of the incident about an hour after it took place. Its primary investigator and another investigator were in Smithers last week to conduct interviews with civilians and police and collect information such as paramedic crew reports and radio transmissions. A family support worker travelled with them. An IIOBC spokesperson said there would be no forensic investigation because there was no “scene” to examine.

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Three dead after influenza outbreak at care facility By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

An influenza outbreak that killed three people at the Bulkley Lodge nursing home this month has been contained, according to Northern Health. The deceased were among nine people infected with the virus at the long-term care facility from Feb. 5-15. Family and friends of the lodge’s 67 residents were

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Eagle Spirit Energy gathers support for oil pipeline

By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

A number of Northern chiefs have put their support behind a planned oil pipeline that would carry crude from Alberta to the west coast. The Eagle Spirit plan differs from the Northern Gateway plan in a few ways. It includes building a refinery so that the pipeline would not have to transport bitumen oil. Spokesperson Marc Storms also said that there was an emphasis on gaining social license from First Nations before moving forward. “We won’t do this project unless you’re on board,” said Storms. The inevitability of oil reaching the coast one way or another was a reason to support the project according to Storms. “We’ve had enough meetings, oil is going to flow... Part of the First Nation concern is oil by rail, also part of the province’s concern probably,” said Storms. “So you combine things where First Nations actually have a meaningful economic

ownership stake, they also get to lead the environmental process and create new environmental stewardship laws based on traditional laws. “It’s sort of the first time someone has come and said ‘we need you, we know we can’t get any project done without you. So if you’re interested we’re ready to go further, if you’re not, byebye.’ “We’ve got something like $3.8 billion worth of investments in First Nations projects in the Lower Mainland anyway.” Vancouver-based Aquilini Group, a large construction company and owner of the Vancouver Canucks, is a driving force behind the project. “My basic understanding is Luigi Aquilini basically said why aren’t people doing this the right way? It just makes total sense,” said Storms. “This is a family business. They don’t have corporate structures that put profits over people. They don’t have shareholders who are going to pound their fists down and say ‘I don’t care, we’re

going to get this done, we’re invested.’ “They are banking a project like this because they believe the First Nations will lead it.” Not all Gitxsan chiefs are impressed. “You’ve got two chiefs there and that’s it. If they had more [support] they would have had more chiefs with them,” said hereditary Chief Norman Stephens, who does not want any pipelines coming through the territory. “I don’t want gas pipelines going across, but most certainly can’t have an oil pipeline going across.” Gitxsan Niist/Basxhalaha hereditary Chief William Blackwater said there is not enough information to support the pipeline. “They were here in the spring last year, and they couldn’t answer a lot of questions. “As a matter-of-fact we asked them where is the pipeline right away. They told us ‘we’re just following the Enbridge [route],” said Blackwater. “When all the pipelines are in the ground, the ab-

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From THREE on Front Increased cleaning of the facility, isolation of sick people and visitation restrictions were among the precautionary measures taken. “They’re a very vulnerable group and that’s why we really encourage precautionary measures and doing the best that we can to prevent influenza from getting into those facilities given the compromised immune status of the elders that are in those facilities,” Fumerton said. There were no inf luenza-related deaths in the Northern Health region last winter. However, B.C. Centre for Disease Control deputy provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said deaths from outbreaks were common.

“The people who are in long-term care homes are people who have both medical conditions and by virtue of their age are must more at risk of having severe cases of influenza so every

ness with it and tend to be affected by it,” she said. Flu vaccines were not as effective against H3N2 compare with other strains of influenza, she added. But Henry stressed

ple,” she said. “As young healthy people ... we can do our best to be immunized and to keep it away from those who are most vulnerable.” Northern Health spokesperson

“Every time we have outbreaks in long-term care we do see deaths,” -Dr. Bonnie Henry B.C. Centre for Disease Control

time we have outbreaks in long-term care we do see deaths,” she said. Henry said the elderly were also more susceptible to this winter’s dominant influenza strain: H3N2. “The one thing we know about this strain is that for reasons that we aren’t entirely clear on, older people tend to get more severe ill-

the importance of the wider community being vaccinated to help stop the virus spreading. “Older people with long-term chronic illnesses tend not to respond as well to the vaccine so the very people that are most vulnerable and need the protection don’t get as good a response as young healthy peo-

Jonathon Dyck praised the staff at Bulkley Lodge for their work containing the outbreak. “At Bulkley Lodge we continued the outbreak declaration for a period of time after it appeared to be contained to ensure it did not spread further,” he said. “The staff work extremely hard to con-

tain these outbreaks, and we would like to thank them for their hard work.” He added Northern Health tracked influenza outbreaks to ensure it was improving its practices as needed. “We’re always trying to learn and look at these types of situations and make sure that we are improving our practices not just here in northern B.C. but across the province and nation as well,” he said. There were 145 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in the Northern Health region in the winter of 2013/2014, and 136 in 2012/2013. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, between two to 8,000 people die annually from influenza and about 20,000 are hospitalized.

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Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says the proposed AntiTerrorism Act goes too far, and suggests the bill giving more powers to police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is politically motivated. The Act allows those suspected of plotting an attack to be more easily detained or have their movements restricted. Cullen pointed to recent arrests of suspected terrorists before they were able to carry out acts of terror as evidence that the current system need not change. “Obviously the powers that are there now seem sufficient, and no one has come forward to say they’re not pow-

erful enough, and now they’re going to extend that much beyond any classic definition of terrorism for what can only be assumed to be political motivation,” said Cullen. The MP said broad definitions including potential threats to ill-defined infrastructure and economic interests point to that motivation. “If people are trying to petition against a pipeline or a bridge project, or something that the government decides is economic, then they can be spied on with no oversight, no protection of our civil rights. “These are basic rights. These are freedom to assembly, freedom of speech. The powers given to the spy agency would be able to trample all of those with no judge or Parliament

involved at all,” said Cullen. There is a section in Bill C-51 that states works of art and “legal” protest are exempt. Despite that, former Liberal and Progressive Conservative prime ministers, and four former Supreme Court

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Hudson Bay Mtn GM steps down By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Hudson Bay Mountain general manager Dikran Zabunyan resigned from his post last week citing medical issues. “He was a strong addition to the team right from his arrival in the fall of 2014; however, recent developments with his health have encouraged him to step away from the resort and move home to Vancouver to focus on his health,” said a press release from Hudson Bay Mountain. Staff were notified last Thursday afternoon. “We were concerned about his health, we just want him to be better,” said Chrissy Chapman, re-

Dikran Zabunyan sort services manager. “We never had a GM for five months since Nancy [Treiber] departed.” But the day-to-day operations shouldn’t be affected by his sudden departure. They have upper level management including Chapman, manager of trails and hills Frank McBride, and controller Mi-

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chael Huffman who have almost 30 years of combined experience with the mountain and will continue to keep it operational. “We’re confident the resort will keep operating as is,” said Chapman. “It’s business as usual. We’re halfway through [the season]. We all work very well together, the team is just awesome up there. We’re just going to keep going and look forward to keep the mountain running smoothly.” The mountain will be open until April 12 and they will not be hiring a replacement GM. Before coming to the ski hill in September, Zabunyan worked in the hospitality industry across Canada for the past 25 years.

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Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy – even with a winning case – and it can cost you. Suppose you’re a pedestrian crossing an intersection on a green light. A car turns left into your marked crosswalk and hits you. You see the car coming and push off its hood. An eye witness says you’re lifted up into the air some five to eight feet and land on the road 10 feet away. The driver admits it’s her fault. An ambulance and the police are called, and you’re rushed to hospital. There’s no question you should get compensation – so how could you damage your case? By exaggerating the accident and your injuries, telling different stories to different health professionals, not being upfront about your job history – in short, by destroying your credibility. A recent case shows that, while the court will still give you fair compensation for your actual injuries, your exaggerations will undermine your experts’ evidence. And though you win, the court might award legal costs against you too, which could eat significantly into your compensation. Here, Sean (name changed) told his doctors he was thrown 15 feet up into the air, and landed 30 to 40 feet away from the car that struck him. Though he spoke to the police and ambulance personnel at the scene, and the hospital recorded he never lost consciousness, he also told one doctor that he became unconscious. Various hospital tests done the night of the accident showed no broken bones or cuts, only blunt trauma and bruises. His accident injuries were soft-tissue ones which healed over time. Neurological (brain) tests and doctors’ reports didn’t support any claims of concussion or post-traumatic stress disorder. Since so much of what Sean told his doctors was, at best, a huge stretch, the medical opinions based on that information were heavily discounted. Said the court: “The difficulty with such inconsistent reporting of the accident, specifically the distance that [Sean] might have been thrown… is that subsequent expert reports… were based on an exaggerated set of facts… The weight to be given to those reports is significantly diminished – perhaps to a level where they are almost worthless.” Sean also told his doctors he couldn’t go back to work due to his car accident injuries. In fact, he’d been fired from his job for persistent absenteeism, a problem pre-dating his car accident. Sean claimed roughly one-half to one million dollars for a supposedly catastrophic accident. But he received $32,500 for pain and suffering, about $15,000 for past wage loss and $3,000 for out-of pocket costs, for what was a minor accident without significant injuries. And rather than reimbursing Sean for some of his legal fees by awarding legal costs in his favour (normal for a winning claimant), the court left the question of such costs – substantial in a 12-day trial – open for later argument. If you’re involved in a car accident, seek legal advice, and make sure you don’t hurt your own case. Written by Janice and George Mucalov, LL.B.s with contribution by GILLESPIE & COMPANY LLP. This column provides information only and must not be relied on for legal advice. Please contact GILLESPIE & COMPANY LLP at 250.374.4463 or for legal advice concerning your particular case. Lawyer Janice Mucalov is an award-winning legal writer. “You and the Law” is a registered trade-mark. © Janice and George Mucalov

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Lack of vision impacts budget decision on Hwy of Tears


s is the practice, the BC Liberals set out their vision for the province for the coming year with a throne speech to begin this legislative sitting, followed a week later by a budget Feb. 17 to support that vision. On the throne speech, one long-time mainstream media columnist reported, UEST IEW “Feb. 10, 2015: On this day Doug Donaldson in provincial history, the BC Liberals admitted they MLA for Stikine had pretty much run out of new ideas.” That concisely summed it up. So when the budget speech was delivered, expectations were not high about backing up any great ideas from this government for the coming year. But one item struck me as a tell-tale sign of the priorities of Premier Clark, her cabinet and caucus. Surplus for this fiscal year, 2014/15: $879 million. Investment ear-marked for coming year, 2015/16, to improve safety for women by providing a public transportation system, as recommended by experts, along Hwy 16, the Highway of Tears: 0. It made me contemplate a different vision for a government that would address that stark contrast. Imagine for a moment, what it would be like to have a government in power whose vision is founded in ‘we are all in this together’, rather than ‘every person for themselves’. A government who believes in reciprocity – that every person has a gift to give as well as the need to receive and fostering opportunities for this exchange to happen results in healthier individuals and stronger relationships between community members.  A vision that recognizes we are part of the ecosystems in which we live, not apart from them.  A vision that the depth and breadth of relationships people have in their lives are what ultimately matters over everything else. A government that recognizes that people who are healthy, and who feel secure, make sound decisions about taking care of where they live, and are better able to participate in the economy, making this a stronger province for all. I didn’t see, hear or read that type of vision in this government’s throne speech.  That’s a disappointment because it translates into budget decisions like the one of not investing what amounts to a small amount of the surplus into such an important service as a co-ordinated public transportation system along the Hwy 16 corridor.




Canada should be caring, not killing

was at the Supreme Court hearing on Oct. 15 and was able to listen to Joseph Arvay of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) make the case for state-approved killing. Like their full-page opinion piece in The Interior News, their arguments were laden with misinformation and rhetoric. In many ways the proeuthanasia is a wolf in sheepskin, claiming to be about dignity and compassion but ultimately denying what we all need most — love and care. Mr. Arvay argued before the court that Parliament has been unable to deal with this issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia so it is time for the court to take the lead. What he failed to acknowledge was that Parliament has examined this issue at least six times, and has always voted against changes to the law. It is not that they were unable or unwilling. It is that the BCCLA, and the Supreme Court judges, were simply unhappy with Parliament’s leadership. Just in this past year, there was almost unanimous support for a motion by NDP MP Charlie Angus to promote a national palliative care strategy. When Bulkley Valley ARPA met with Mr. Angus and our MP Nathan Cullen in Ottawa, Mr. Angus was clear that the direction our nation needed to go was promoting palliative care, not killing. This is clear leadership from Parliament. The Supreme Court is supposed to interpret the law that Parliament

has made. One of the supreme principles of law has always been that it is wrong to intentionally kill innocent human life, regardless of how justified we feel. When our society decides that worth or dignity is lost when we aren’t able to live as we please (because of illness or disability etc.), what we are really saying is that our value comes from what we can do, and how we measure up to someone else’s measuring stick. This is a violation of fundamental human rights. We don’t have to look hard into history to find examples of millions of lives that have been killed because some humans believe that other humans don’t measure up, and would be better off dead. In this decision, our court has crossed a line. The value of human life has moved from objective (based on simply being human) to subjective (based on how someone feels about themselves or someone else). Once this objective line is crossed, it is impossible for any Parliament or legislature or court to come up with new standards which will be able to withstand future challenges. This court has said euthanasia should be possible for adults who are suffering. But why should they have to suffer? And why should they have to be adults? Just last year Belgium widened their law to include children. Recently a 63-year-old gentleman from the Netherlands was approaching retire-

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ment and could not stand the thought of life without his job. His answer to the problem was to request that the state kill him. How did his society respond? Colleagues threw a party at his favourite tea house and gave him trinkets to “take with him.” The next day he was killed. This may sound extreme but it is a logical progression once society determines that the right to life is subjective. I’m not advocating that human life has to be sustained through all medical means possible. There are times to stop active treatment. There is a fundamental moral distinction between letting natural death take its course, and killing someone. But I am advocating that Canadian society put more emphasis on caring for those who are suffering and dying – being a neighbour to each other in our most difficult times. Palliative care goes a long way in this direction. But the only ultimate answer to death is spiritual, and found in Jesus Christ. This isn’t something that can be legislated. The court gave Parliament only one year. We will be looking to Nathan Cullen and all MPs to pass a law quickly which upholds life to the greatest extent possible. — Mark Penninga and his family live in Smithers. He is the executive director of the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada which was an intervenor in this Carter Supreme Court case.


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L ETTERS A shakedown of the governments by Canada Editor: We are in the stage of time in our lives where there is going to be a big change in our future. It is a very delicate situation and we need to come together and plan for the future. We know what we have, our rights and title, our morals, principles and values. The two governments, federal and provincial, have staged a platform in breach and have deliberately used an unessential approach to negotiate with the Gitxsan Nation. They have imposed improper consultation tactics of offering money to influence a small group of Gitxsan chiefs whom in turn have never consulted with their house groups. How we negotiate has to change to sustain our Gitxsan Nation’s future. Like subsidiary agreements and revenue sharing, it’s our resource and royalty. This land is not for sale. We need to dialogue with diplomacy amongst our people. We need to be up front with our young people; this is their language, their future. We need to dialogue with other nations in exchange of ideas on political issues. How governments approach on agreements should be mandatory. William Blackwater Gitxsan hereditary chief Niist/Basxhalaha

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Too often we take the time to complain as a society, seldom taking the time to praise. I would personally like to take the opportunity publicly to thank local dog groomer Penny of Penny Lane Pet Care and Grooming for the professional and personal caring that she has provided for our dog Brandy over the years. I can honestly say that Brandy dances when she recognizes that she is going to get the dreaded “Haircut” when we arrive at Penny’s door. Her facility is clean and her affection for the animals that she provides excellent grooming services to is obvious. We are very fortunate to have her as a dog groomer in our local community. I would highly recommend Penny Lane Pet Care and Grooming to the proud owners of their special pals when they may be in need of the services that Penny so ably provides. Elaine Thompson Smithers

Time to talk tree service Editor: This is a letter to all the people complaining about the Asplundh tree service in town. This is a good time to write this, after the big storm in Terrace and Kitimat that put the power out for two days. Hydro called in Asplundh to help get the power on and deal with the hazard trees that had fallen across the lines, putting the power out. Asplundh is here to take down hazard trees or trees growing too close to the power line.  For your own good. Have you ever taken a good look at where the trees


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Beating yet bloodied hearts Editor: Lots going on recently with Enbridge.... Line 9/9B from Sarnia to Montreal:  the NEB has dropped its mandated shut-off valve requirement  (one valve within a  kilometre  of each side of a significant waterway, an industry standard) agreeing with Enbridge’s submitted plan of only 17 new shut-off valves, which would cover only six of the 104 significant waterways. The Montreal Metropolitan  Community  of 82 cities and towns are Jim Butler (right) from the Smithers Rotary Club presents Brooke still fighting to stop this Bandstra and Jason Krauskopf from Boarding 4 Brant with a pipeline because En$18,000 cheque to help with the expansion of the skatepark. The bridge hasn’t revealed money will go towards phase one, which involves creating a its emergency plan in conceptual design for the park. case of a spill, which is the same issue Premier Kendra Wong photo Clark has with Kinder Morgan, which is the same issue numerous cities and towns in Ontario have with EnergyEast. A common thread indeed, which becomes more interesting considering an  unreleased  2013  federal Letters to the editor policy report on bitumen reLetters are welcomed up to a maximum of 250 words. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, brevity and legality. All letters must include the writer’s name, daytime telephone vealed:  number and hometown for verification purposes. Anonymous, or pen names will not be “Very little informapermitted. Not all submissions will be published. Letters may be e-mailed to: editor@ tion is available on the physical and chemical characteristics of are growing? Or if they your own good. They where they are within oilsands-related prodare burning into the line keep the risk of fires inches of a power line ucts following a spill already?  Would you and outages lower by and can hear the energy into water...Research rather have the power doing their job. My zinging through the regarding how bituout for a few hours?  Or husband comes home wires.  Again.  For your men products will furdays? They are the rea- from work every night safety. I would think ther biodegrade in the son the power stays on and fields calls from there would be more environment is insuffihere in town!   Hydro irate home owners for important things to be cient...” gives Asplundh the doing his job. He is concerned about than The study added authority to cut down highly skilled and has complaining about there is little informathese trees, on your been a certified CUA having your hazard- tion on the combined property or not.   You for many years.  Work- ous trees maintained. effects of bitumen and do not own the power ing in this field for 15 Think about that the dispersants (used to lines. And if you grow years.   Again. They next time your power clean up spills) nor the trees near the power are doing their job. goes out and hydro effects of condensate lines. They need to be Why not thank them and Asplundh are out (the thinner in bitupruned. To keep your for helping keep you there in the dark and men) on aquatic life. A power on! Maybe safe?  No.  They are not all kinds of weather to mix of bitumen/water think about this when going to prune your bring it back on for you.   was found to be 300 you plant a tree that is tree like it’s some extimes more toxic to fish surely going to grow, otic bonsai tree. They Lana Vanderwijk than heavy oil. It furright next to, or under do the best they can. Smithers ther comments on how a   power line. These It’s hard and dangerous bitumen weathers and guys are doing this for work.  There are times interacts with sediment





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in a water column is still inconclusive. Locally, popular Prince George musician Raghu Lokanathan pulled out from performing at the Canada Winter Games in PG when he found out that Enbridge was a sponsor. Hundreds of musicians and artists around B.C. have been banding together performing to stop Northern Gateway and the Kinder Morgan Expansion, many may remember the 4,000 Reasons Festival to stop Northern Gateway right here in Smithers. They are the eyes, mouths and ears of our culture, exposing the pride and shame of our doings, the beating yet bloodied hearts of our society’s joyous but sometimes jagged follies. The College of New Caledonia has accepted $250,000 from Enbridge, in stark contrast to our local Northwest Community College’s position not to accept funding from Enbridge. The faculties at UBC have voted to divest their stock holdings in pipeline and fossil fuel corporations.  Along with the new anti-terrorist Bill C-51, which until further clarification may potentially threaten any person’s right to public dissent, including veterans, pensioners, First Nations and anyone who is dissatisfied with a government’s action or lack of action, comes Bill C-639, a private members bill introduced by MP Wai Young, which makes it a Criminal Code offence to “obstruct, interrupt or interfere” with a critical infrastructure, two to ten years in jail. Interestingly, Conservative MP Wai Young represents the community next to Burnaby Mountain.  Keith Cummings Telkwa

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The B.C. government expects budget surpluses for the next three years, and ended the deduction of spousal child support from social assistance payments and provided modest benefits for low-income earners. The “clawback” of child support payments ending Sept. 1 is expected to leave $32 million more over the next three years in pockets of parents receiving child support along with income assistance and disability payments. A two-year increase of 2.1 per cent tax on income over $150,000 a year ends, returning the rate to 14.7 per cent.

At the low end of the income scale, exemption from paying personal income tax goes to the first $19,000 earned, up from $18,000. An early childhood tax benefit begins Apr. 1, with up to $660 a year for each child up to the age of six for child care costs. This year B.C.’s training and education savings grant begins to be paid out for children who reach six years old. It is a one-time payment of $1,200 to be placed in a registered education savings plan. This fiscal year is expected to have a surplus of almost $900 million, due mainly to better than expected personal and corporate income tax revenues, strong retail sales and a one-time federal tax payment adjustment. After an additional $3 billion to health care and $576 million

for education, mostly to teachers, over the next three years, the surplus for 2015-16 is projected to be $284 million. “It’s a telling sign where this government’s priorities are,” said Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson. He pointed out that $5 million is going to low income earners, compared to $230 million for the higher income tax reduction. The MLA said some of the surplus should be reinvested in keeping rates low for Hydro, among others like ICBC and medical premiums seen going up. He added school districts took a $29 million shock. “Responsible school districts are trying to reduce costs so they can put that money that they saved directly into the classroom, and now that’s been taken away.”

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LNG tax breaks By Chris Gareau and Tom Fletcher Smithers/Interior News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday that the federal government would be offering tax breaks for liquefied natural gas production infrastructure. LNG producers will be granted capital cost allowances of 30 per cent on equipment and 10 per cent on buildings, reducing income tax to offset construction costs. The standard rate for is eight per cent for equipment and six per cent for buildings B.C. took a similar approach with its LNG income tax, offering credits on corporate income tax until initial plant investments are paid off. Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and Opposition finance critic Nathan Cullen said he wants to take a closer look at the idea before supporting it.

“I don’t necessarily believe the costs the prime minister said, that seems very low... The other thing he said is these projects wouldn’t go ahead without this proposal. I don’t think that’s true, and if that is true boy this industry’s hanging by a thread already. “In all my conversations with just about every company up here, that has never been their argument: that they need this in order to be viable. That’s just not true,” said Cullen, adding that Canada also recently signed a G20 agreement to not subsidize the oil and gas industry. Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson said more jobs can be created by supporting clean energy, calling out Premier Christy Clark’s promise to have an LNG plant running by 2015. “If you’re going to believe in government incentives and subsidies, then I think a broader picture has to take place,” said Donaldson.

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Mining industry experts converge on Smithers to help the Rocks Talk By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Geologists and other mining stakeholders in ski pants were at Hudson Bay Mountain Friday to talk rocks. Dubbed Ski Day and Core Shack, it was the last event of a three-day mining industry gettogether in Smithers last week. About 90 people from mining-related organizations from across B.C. attended the 26th annual Rock Talk put on by the volunteer Smithers Exploration Group (SEG). Wednesday was an education day focusing on safety, followed by Thursday’s technical talks and a reception at the Smithers Curling Centre, and Friday’s mix of rocks and skis. SEG president and UTM Exploration Services operations manager Rob Maurer said about half of the 90 attendees were from outside the region. In 2014, there were 137 mining projects in B.C. that spent $338.4 million.

“Smithers definitely punches above its weight class,” said Maurer. The province is divided into six mining regions, with the Northwest under the name Skeena. The northwest region accounted for 54 of those projects, with investment of $161 million. “A wonderful thing about the exploration industry is you have to go out there and spend money looking around. “So there are jobs created and economic opportunity going out and looking for something with complete understanding that you might get out there and find nothing. “You might spend a couple million dollars and find something, it’s just not enough to really keep looking for it now. “How many industries operate successfully by going out, spending a ton of money, hiring a bunch of people, and then leaving and cleaning up their little mess and going away? “There’s going to be hundreds of those happening

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for every time you get a mine. I think that’s great. I think a lot of people in the Northwest embrace that,” said Maurer. Mining representatives also apparently embrace skiing, as evidenced by the number taking to the hill Friday. That part of the event was sponsored by Bureau Veritas (BV) Minerals, formerly Acme Labs, which has had a Smithers branch since 2008. “Each individual brings up their own rocks,” said BV Minerals lab supervisor Dan Graves. “Any company that has rocks wants to show them off. That’s kind of their baby.” Dolly Varden mapping consultant Chris Sebert was showing his “babies” off Friday during his first visit to Smithers. He had a collection of minerals from the Kitsault Valley that included what he called indicator rocks. “This is what we find close to the mineralization, especially the veining. It’s called potassic alteration,” explained Sebert as he held a sample stained bright yellow. “It’s an associated alteration with the mineralization. So when you go and you prospect and map, you look for this type of thing happening and you say ‘aha, I’m coming close to something’.” Telkwa’s Hans Smit is one of those prospectors who embraces the search. He was on the mountain with a table of core samples he hauled in from a site about 30 kilometres southwest of Prince George. Building on the work of long-time prospector Rupert Seel, Smit has been working on the project for about three years. Smit insisted the potential for successful mining operations in the Prince George area was high, but the search for gold would be more difficult in some

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ways. He explained that what had been tested in the past is not necessarily what is actually in the ground due to the lack of exposed rock in the area. “It’s quite inexpensive [in other areas] because you just walk and smack apart rocks. In that whole Prince George area there is very low rock outcrop. What you have there is glacial till,” said Smit. “It’s got the right big scale geology to have big scale deposits. The challenge is to find them.” Smit said it would take time, pointing out that the recently approved KSM gold and copper mine north of Stewart has been worked on since the 1970s. “That’s the fun of it: you get a little bit of evidence and you do some more work,” said Smit.

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Men do it, as do women. It doesn’t seem to matter how old or young you are. People just go right ahead and do it. It’s hugging for heaven’s sake. Those who know me well are quite aware that I am not a big hugger. But I do know that it is good for all of us to have a good hug from time to time. In fact, it has been said that at least eight hugs a day is what we need

to get all the health benefits. A hug can help the immune system, and ease depression and loneliness. It could boost self-esteem, take away pain and maybe even help heal sickness. I read that it is “four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs a day for maintenance, 12 hugs a day for growth.” I came to this topic today after hearing good news about a friend who has come out of cancer treatment tumor free!  This lovely person is a serial hugger. She does it because she cares. I have seen people ask her for a special hug. I remember when my old friend Al was closing in  on the end of his days; he would see this friend coming into his hospital room wearing a white warm and fuzzy coat. He would raise his arms from under the covers and say “hug.” It was always warmly given. I just have an idea

that all the hugs given and received have been integral in this friend’s  recovery. It certainly isn’t a cureall but it is  human contact that many might not have. There are long hugs and short hugs. Half hugs and full ones. I gather the best result from a hug is when the heart of the hugger and the huggee are pressed together. I am on the tall side of things so my area of heart contact is not even close. Am I about to turn into a hugger? Probably not. Just not my style, but I appreciate the sincerity of the hugs I do get. Hugs they say are like a “handshake from the heart.” So if you know someone is suffering or feeling sad and lonely — share a hug. How about a phone call hug that comes to 250-846-5095? You can email warm and fuzzy feelings to

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Microbes are not usually at the top of most people’s cleaning supply lists, but it is microbes that Dr. Sue Baldwin believes can help make the environments around mines pristine. “Basically all the technologies we’re looking at are involved with treatment of mineinfluenced water. Those that are based on the biological process, they don’t always work properly; and it’s kind of a disaster when they don’t work properly. “That’s why we’re really doing this, because it gives us access to information we weren’t really able to get at before,” said the University of British Columbia professor from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Baldwin was at Northwest Community College last Wednesday to explain her work with Genome British Columbia. The non-profit research organization works on research projects in human health, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, energy

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Dr. Sue Baldwin (left) explains how genomics is changing the mining industry in B.C. at NWCC last Wednesday.

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and mining and agri-food. Genome BC’s major funding partners include the provincial and federal governments. It also receives funds from other public and private sources, including Imperial Metals, which has Genome BC testing ways at its mine sites to stop pollutants from spreading into the ecosystem using metal eating micro

organisms. Genome BC has also just started research on tailings ponds. Genome BC sector development manager Aniko TakacsCox also attended last week’s mining event Rock Talk. “[Genome BC] is moving more in that end, where we’re really trying to solve problems for industry,” said Takacs-Cox.

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that shows you are willing to have a little fun. If you haven’t mastered the waltz but enjoy a little quick step now and again, feel free to choose a tune that shows your excitement and love for each other. • Encourage couples to dance together. It’s often customary for the bridal party to join the bride and groom on the dance floor midway through the first dance. However, that leaves spouses or significant others waiting in the wings while their dates tango with groomsmen or bridesmaids. Instead, don’t have assigned partners. Rather, encourage your bridal party members to dance with whomever they choose.

Use the bouquets of the bridal party as the centerpieces of some of the reception tables as one way to bring something different to your wedding. • Skip the big entrance. Those who were kind enough to attend the ceremony have already been introduced to the newly minted happy couple. Instead of spending the cocktail hour in the isolation of the wedding suite, mingle with your guests from start to finish. So much time is spent posing for pictures or being out of touch with guests, the cocktail hour can be a great time to sit

and chat. Being with guests during the cocktail hour means you don’t have to make that big entrance from behind closed doors. Guests will have all eyes on you when you step on the dance floor for your first dance together. • Dance to an upbeat number. Guests are expecting a slow, sappy tune. What they may not expect is an upbeat song

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• Swap the garter/bouquet toss for something more meaningful. If you’re part of a couple who feels the garter and bouquet toss has become trite, there are other ways to create special moments in your celebration — ones that don’t single out the singletons who haven’t yet found their special someones. Use this time to present a small gift or token of your affection to someone on the guest list who has served as a mentor or source of inspiration. • Choose one special component as an extra goodie for guests. Some couples feel the more they offer the better guests will view their wedding. Spending more money doesn’t necessarily mean guests will have a better time. If you want to go above and beyond the ordinary, find one thing that you absolutely love and offer that at the party. It could be a flambé presentation, a chocolate or candy bar, a carving station

with your all-time favorite food (even if that’s PB&J), or a carnival-inspired automatic photo booth. • Hire a live performer. Although it’s hard to beat the performance quality of your wedding song being performed by the original artist, unless you’re cousins with Celine Dion, chances are she won’t be available to sing “My Heart Will Go On” at your reception. However, a live band adds a certain level of excitement that a disk jockey may not be able to provide. Those who are adding a cultural or ethnic component to their wedding may want to hire a dance troupe or another type of performer, like a bagpiper, as an added measure of entertainment for guests. • Let them eat … cookies? Some people just don’t like cake. Therefore, why should a couple have to cut a seven-tiered white confection? Towers of different types of treats can be created from just about anything and serve as the perfect backdrop for that classic cake-cutting photo. A pyramid of cream puffs, stacks of brownies, a cookie castle, or cereal-cake concoctions can work. Some bakeries will decorate a “dummy” styrofoam cake, and then you can serve apple pie a la mode, if you desire. • Stage a costume switch. Let’s face it, dancing all night in a long gown takes some stamina. As the bride, have a more comfortable cocktail dress available to switch into for the latter part of the reception. It will also add some variety to your wedding photos.

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Braving the winter in search of summer wine The long straights in Through rain, fog, snow Manning Park temptand ice, we drove in ed me to open up the search of Syrah in the 3.5-litre SOHC, V6 and Okanagan Valley. let all 290 horses roar. A The 1,000-kilometre sudden slip towards the journey was a good winter ditch and a rear sway put test of the all-wheel-drive paid to that notion and I 2015 Acura MDX elite was grateful for traction edition. But it was also a control. quest to collect examRain swept us through ples of the fermented Drinking and Similkameen homegrown Syrah grape driving don’t mix but the Valley but cleared as to be poured by Okanafor this Okanagan we dropped down into gan winemakers at next Osoyoos. First stop would week’s Vancouver Interna- wine fan, the reward be Black Hills Estate tional Wine Festival. came at day’s end. Winery, on Black Sage Drinking and driving Road, in Oliver. It has don’t mix but for this Keith Morgan magnificent views of Okanagan wine fan, the the Okanagan valley. Its reward came at day’s end interpretation of Syrah is mouth-filling or when somebody else took the wheel and much closer to its Rhone Valley at midday! origins than that Oz style. The same can The idea for the jaunt came when I be said of that served by TIME Estate learned Honda’s premium brand was Winery across the road, which opens to a festival sponsor. My focus sharpened the public this summer. when Syrah was named the feature Minutes later, we had swept across the grape and it was revealed that 55 valley to the castle-like structure that wineries from Australia would show off is Road 13, where owners Mick and their version of the French grape – the Pam Luckhurst entertained and sent big and often fruity Shiraz. Past tastings us packing with a variety of blends. told me B.C. could hold its own in this The overnight stop was neighbouring duel. Indeed 16 of our best winemakers Tinhorn Cellars, where its generous cowill uncork Syrah. owner and winemaker Sandra Oldfield The Driveway car pulled into eight of extracted a delicious Syrah from her those vineyards but it was not an easy private cellar. drive. Though the forecast snow did not The next day, a yellow orb appeared materialize in the Fraser Valley, gusts did above while passing by the beautiful test surefootedness. The true winter test Vaseaux Lake and into Okanagan Falls. was found along the twisty Hope-PrincWe spun onto Eastside Road and skirted eton highway. In the summer, it’s a fun Skaha Lake to Penticton. It’s a quiet, roller coaster ride but hidden black ice fast road and it enabled me to play with and patches around every corner made paddle shifters. it a steering wheel gripper.



The view from Poplar Grove over Okanagan Lake is spectacular as is the Syrah, which, like the best of the winery’s reds, benefits from the extra aging afforded by cellaring it for a couple of years longer than the norm. A three-kilometre side trip to Red Rooster netted a Reserve Syrah, which exuded yummy plum and cherry from its neck, once opened! One more stop before a relaxing evening spent staring over the lake while sipping on a suite balcony at the Summerland Waterfront Resort. The snowy and very icy single track to the new Sage Hills Vineyard in Summerland required careful navigation. The reward was a barrel tasting with winemaker Andrea Lee and vineyard manager Keenan Thrussell. The new vintage had yet to be bottled but a rosé version hit the spot later! Time to return to the coast via Sandhill Wines in Kelowna. Howard Soon, a B.C. born industry pioneer, makes Syrah from vineyards in the south of the valley and a special ‘small lots’ version from a

single vineyard. By the time the rear two rows were lowered to accommodate the purchased cases of wine, the seven-seat MDX was strictly a two-seater. Despite its load, it leapt up to the Pennask Summit on the Okanagan Connector as fast the outside temperature dropped to minus five. The Coquihalla Highway was bathed in sunlight and the descent to Hope was smooth and quiet but for the rattle from the bottles. Bring on the Aussies! If you can’t get to the festival tasting room, tour Okanagan wine country this summer… with a designated driver, of course. Power: 3.5-litre SOHC, V6, 290 hp, with 6-speed auto paddle shifters and grade control. Fill-up: 12.7/8.5L/100km (city/hwy) Price as tested: $63,990 Base price: $49,990

Que Syrah, Syrah! Of the 27 BC wineries featured at the upcoming Vancouver International Wine Festival (February 20 until March 1), 16 Okanagan Valley vineyards will pour wine made from this year’s featured grape – Syrah. Our Search for Syrah in an Acura MDX took us to eight of those wineries. ▸ Black Hills Estate Winery: 4318 Black Sage Road, Oliver ( ▸ Road 13 Vineyards: 799 Ponderosa Road, Road 13, Oliver ( ▸ Tinhorn Creek Vineyards: 537 Tinhorn Creek Road, Oliver ( ▸ TIME Estate Winery: 30861 Black Sage Road, Oliver ( ▸ Sage Hills Vineyard: 18555 Matsu Drive, Summerland ( ▸ Poplar Grove Winery: 425 Middle Bench Road North, Penticton ( ▸ Red Rooster Winery: 891 Naramata Road, Penticton ( ▸ Sandhill Wines: 1125 Richter St, Kelowna, (

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Smithers finally meets its namesake By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Sir Alfred Smithers never laid eyes on the town that now bears his name. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway board director was based in his homeland of England and, although he did visit Canada, he never made it to the company’s “divisional headquarters” of Smithers. But last month, more than 100 years after Smithers adopted his name, a local man came face-to-face with the town’s namesake when he received a surprising parcel from Farnham, England. The package was addressed to Kerry Guenter, a Bulkley Valley Museum volunteer who had been emailing Smithers’ descendants to try to locate a portrait that could be displayed prominently in the town. He was inspired to look for an image of the Englishman because there was no local tribute to him and the museum only had a blurred copy of a photograph. “When Smithers had its centennial last year I thought, since Smithers didn’t have a statue of Sir Alfred Smithers, that an idea might be to see if his family still had an oil painting portrait of [him],” he said. “That’s what gave me the idea of contact-

ing the descendants of Sir Alfred Smithers.” After some proactive digging with the help of another local volunteer, Lorne Wasylishen, he struck gold with Smithers’ great-granddaughter Liz Webster. She replied by email to say she had some old photographs of Sir Alfred and promised to send scans of the images to Guenter. But when the envelope arrived, Guenter was surprised by what he found inside. “In January she emailed to say that the photographs were on their way,” Guenter said. “When I opened up the package, lo and behold she had Bulkley Valley Museum curator Kira Westby (above) with a negative of a portrait of Sir Alfred Smithers donated by his sent the original por- family, and with Kerry Guenter (below) and the original portrait. trait.” Alicia Bridges photos Guenter suspects the photograph, taken isted until our faith- Heritage Week, which by the famous Montre- ful treasure hunter had the theme of al photographers Not- and history detective “Main Street: At the man & Son, was taken (Guenter) went and Heart of the Commucirca 1914. found it for us.” nity” in 2015. Also included in The portrait will be To celebrate, the Webster’s parcel was exhibited at the muse- museum held a free a copy of a Smith- um and Smithers May- presentation by local ers family photo and or Taylor Bachrach historians Harry Kruisa negative of the por- hopes to display a copy selbrink, Joan Warmertrait. of it at the town office. dam, Jackie Hoskins She has donated “I’m almost positive and Redge Collingall of the items to the we can find a spot for it wood last Wednesday Bulkley Valley Mu- somewhere, it’s a really at the Old Church. seum. high quality photo,” Kruisselbank disCurator Kira West- Bachrach said. cussed the history by said the photo“It’s the best photo of Main Street and graphs were a great ad- of him that I’ve seen Warmerdam spoke dition to the museum ... I think it would look about the history of the archives. good in our council library, while Hoskins “It’s just a great chambers or some- and Collingwood treasure,” she said. where in our town talked about Tommy “We never would hall.” Walker and the Spatsizi have imagined it exLast week was B.C. area.

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Melba Shanoss didn’t let the cold get in the way of a pony ride at the Winter Fun Day at Kispiox on Feb. 6.

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was a hit with the children. “Some of them didn’t even care that it was cold out, they just wanted to sit there and enBulkley Valley Credit Union joy and love the animals,” she said.July 2007 EPS Logos to be and supplied to Newspapers Pony rides, a chilli cook-off a lip-synRamona Blackwater won the chilli cookching competition were among the activities at off, while Alex Harris impressed the judges of colours: Pantone Blue an event aimed atPantone connecting Kispiox families the287 lip-synching competition with his rendition Pantone Green earlier this month. of356 Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa. Pantone 139 Harvestsaid the activities were aimed at More than 90 people braved sub-zero temMorrison peratures to take part in the festivities on Feb. bringing people together. 6. “It was more of a family event to reconnect Arranged by the Gitxsan Health Society, families and have an event where they can have the event also included cupcake decorating ac- something memorable,” she said. tivities and a scavenger hunt. “I see it as always being something that Sik-e-dakh Health Centre worker Stephanie brings families together and they can say ‘hey, Black/Grey Logothe fileevent, said I remember you’ and develop Colour Logo File relationMorrison, who helped organize strong the Double D-Lux Trail Ride and Petting Zoo ships.” Hazeltons/Interior News

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The Coast Mountains School District board has buckled to community pressure and delayed indefinitely a plan to move elementary grade students to the Hazelton Secondary School. Responding to backlash from parents and teachers, the school board last week voted to absolve the Hazelton/ Kitwanga Grade Reconfiguration Committee mandated to “reconfigure” grades at schools in the area. The committee of teachers and parents had been created by the school district to help implement a plan to move some elementary school students to the high school. The decision to absolve the committee was made after it presented its progress in a report at the Feb. 18 school board meeting. In the report, chairperson Janet Meyer put forward a motion that the district office carry out more consultation before establishing a

middle school model but it was defeated. Instead, the board adopted a new motion put forward by Hazelton school board trustee Shar McCrory, who was also acting board chair at the meeting. The new mandate absolves the reconfiguration committee and makes no mention of changing grade configuration at Hazeltons schools. “Coast Mountains School District 82 strives for improved graduation rates for all learners, including those in the Hazelton/ Kitwanga region,” it reads. “In an attempt to address the graduation rates in the Haz elton/Kitwanga area, public community consultation will be explored for possible interventions.” McCrory said she put forward a new motion because she wanted the phrasing to be more specific. “I wanted it to be very clear ... where we are going from here, that it was to community consultation and I didn’t feel that was quite reflected in the original motion,” she said.

McCrory said she could not comment on why there was a perceived lack of consultation in the first instance because she was not a trustee when the reconfiguration plan was made. She said a reconfiguration would still take place but any changes would be informed by more community consultation. “The [gist] of it is that we’re striving to improve graduation rates and that the Hazelton/Kitwanga area needs to look at public community consultation in order to improve those graduates rates,” she said. “The community has spoken and what I’ve heard from community groups, members and various organizations and individuals is that they were not consulted for this reconfiguration scenario that was put forward by the board. “I think there was just different perception. The board thought that they were consulted and the communities didn’t feel that they were.” See BOARD on A24

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Storytellers’ Foundation executive director Anne Docherty, who won the Premier’s Award for her literacy work in the Hazeltons last year, has dedicated her career to helping the community thrive.

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Literacy is the key to Docherty’s story By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

In 1981, Anne Docherty arrived in the Hazeltons from Northern Ireland, fresh out of university and eager to travel the world. More than 30 years later, she not only remains in the community, but she has dedicated her career to helping its people thrive amid the challenges presented by poverty and the residual impacts of colonization. Late last year Docherty, who is the executive director of the Storytellers’ Foundation, received a Premier’s Award for her work promoting literacy in the Hazeltons. Although she is quick to point out the foundation’s work is a team effort, she talks passionately about the foundation’s unique approach to promoting learning. Storytellers’ interprets literacy less as reading and writing than helping people to fulfill their potential. Its workshops and programs tackle literacy from a broader perspective. “Sometimes reading and writing might not be the most important (thing),” she said. “Especially here, working on Gitxsan

territories with Gitxsan people, to know how to harvest and hunt and do traditional acts of reciprocity requires more relationship building and a cultural knowledge of an oral culture.” For members of the Gitxsan First Nation, for whom the Hazeltons area is their traditional territory, Docherty said literacy was closely tied to culture. Until the relatively recent introduction of a cash-based economy to the Upper Skeena, she said there was a “sustenance economy” of skills and artisanship. Docherty said giving people the skills to build a sustenance economy was one of the foundation’s main goals. “Sustenance economy is people living with the land,” she said. “A sustenance economy in Hazelton, until probably 150 years ago, didn’t involve cash at all. “The whole economy really wasn’t here.” Storytellers focuses on community development and citizenship. One of its programs help youth volunteer in a way that earns them credit at school or recognition from community leaders. Another, the week-

ly community kitchen, aims to empower people to become engaged citizens. “It’s those noncash economy skills of artisanship and craftsmanship and food and the unpaid work,” said Docherty. “That’s what keeps people alive here.” The flow-on effects from helping people to thrive in this way, she said, were both local and global. She said the financial impact on social services such as health care, education and social supports would be reduced when people were able to thrive in their communities. The $300 Docherty won from the award will be set aside to help people overcome “real life” issues that could be a barrier to accessing literacy programs. The money will cover problems like replacing a person’s winter coat, contributing to their dental care or putting food on their table. Docherty said it would help replace funding it used to receive from a small government grant that is no longer available. She said government support was more difficult to come by now than ever before. “It’s a very political statement but I do think that ... we’ve

never lived in a time when our provincial and federal governments seem to be so intent on destroying the world-view of how to be economically sound here, in the Hazeltons,” she said. “They seem to be unfriendly to us and not willing to entertain a different way of economic well-being.” However, she said the resilience of the Hazeltons communities was mind-blowing. “The depth of relationships and the capacity for people to have hope and take care of each other, even though we see statistics in the outside world saying that

we’re the poorest community in B.C., the violence, the suicide. “There’s no doubt our youth are hurting and yet there’s no doubt the caring and the love and passion that people have for this place, that’s not changed.”

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To list your nonprofit coming events please drop off your listing at The Interior News, 3764 Broadway Ave., fax us at 250-847-2995, or email More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone. BV Museum AGM Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. at The Old Church. Only active memberships vote. Memberships available at the BV Museum, or at the event. Movie Bella Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Seniors Activity Hall by Pioneer Place. A powerful and inspiring story. Donations to the Smithers Prolife Society. Ages 13+. Free Computer Tutoring at Smithers Public Library. Lost on the Information Highway? Book a free oneon-one apt ongoing to March 2015: Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 250-847-3043. Smithers Film Series Two Days, One Night Sunday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. A timely message of honesty and clear-eyed compassion. Tim Neufeld & The Glory Boys Concert Wednesday, March 4, 7-9 p.m. at Della Herman Theatre. Joyride Tour, Bluegrass-infused modern worship music. Brown Bag Lunch Health Talk Thursday, March 5,

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Kispiox water woes

By Alicia Bridges Kispiox/Interior News

The First Nations Health Authority has assured Kispiox village residents that white, milky water coming from the town’s drinking water supply earlier this month was safe to drink. Kispiox residents turned to social media to voice their concerns about opaque water coming from their household taps this month. Comments on a community Facebook page described the water as being “creamy white with suds on top and fizzing” and looking like milk. Although no public health warning was issued, some concerned residents had been boiling their tap water or buying bottled water. Kispiox resident Bill Blackwater Jr. was among those who chose not to consume the water. “For a whole month there the water was milky white,”

he said. “The crud in there was sticking to the dishes when you rinsed your dishes, you could see it sticking to your dishes, some sort of film.” He said the community did not receive any advice from the health authority or the Kispiox

and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). FNHA spokesperson Trevor Kehoe said the authority had determined there was no public health risk from the village drinking water after it was contacted by the band council for information.

“The water quality does not pose a public health threat,” -Trevor Kehoe First Nations Health Authority

Band Council about whether the water was safe. Blackwater said he would continue to buy bottled water until he received advice that the water was safe. Water quality monitoring at Kispiox village is carried out by the Kispiox Band Council with guidance and support from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and Aboriginal Affairs

“A review of the water quality data that FNHA has for this system indicate(s) that the results comply with the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines and therefore the water quality does not pose a public health threat,” Kehoe said. “The bacteriological results do not indicate pathogen contamination and therefore no boil water advisory was issued.”

Kehoe said the drinking water was routinely tested to ensure that there was no contamination. FNHA said on Friday it had been informed the problems, which were attributed to a leaky water main, appeared to be resolved. But Virginia Fowler said the water coming from her tap was still white. Her husband, who has Lupus, had been boiling their water to ensure it was safe. “We’re not sure how good it is, I don’t know, we haven’t heard,” she said. “My husband has an illness that, he has to be in good health ... he can’t be in direct contact with anything that’s not healthy.” AANDC has protocols and standards for drinking water management but there are no regulations in place to enforce them on First Nations lands. Kispiox Band Council did not return this newspaper’s calls.

Funding to stop violence By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Projects combating violence against aboriginal women in the Hazeltons have received a $15,000 funding boost from the provincial government’s Giving Voice Initiative. The Storytellers’ Foundation was one of 37 communitybased organizations to receive a share in about $350,000 in grants from the initiative, which aims to stop violence by changing behaviours and attitudes and mobilizing communities. In the Hazeltons, the funding will go towards the delivery of activities under the foundation’s

K’yuuskxw: Waking Up to Change project. Projects which will benefit from the grant include co-ordinating monthly inter-agency meetings and events, designing and delivering cultural competency training for front-line providers, and supporting a men’s campaign to end violence. The Foundation will also use the funding to help advise a holistic program that supports youth and families recovering from violence and trauma, and implementing an Intra-Agency Case Assessment Team to facilitate sharing of information. Although the funding is distributed

via Storytellers’, the projects will be delivered by the Violence and Relations Committee of social workers from relevant local agencies. Storytellers’ executive director Anne Docherty said the grant would help the committee achieve its goals of ending violence and promoting family well-being. “It’s pretty exciting to actually have a bit of money that can be specifically put to really seeing the work of a grassroots committee come out into the community and I think it really will make a difference in education around violence,” she said. “That’s the reality of community development organiza-

tions, that’s a good chunk, we’ll do a lot with that bit of money.” Giving Voice is an initiative of the Minister’s Advisory Council for Aboriginal Women (MACAW). MACAW member Paulette Flamond said the council breaks the silence around violence and abuse by supporting innovative, culturally-based programs. “Nothing changes when it is not talked about,” Flamond said. “Silence and lack of outrage enables violence and abuse against aboriginal women and girls to continue as if it were normal. “It is not normal.”


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Board decision welcomed From GRADE on A21 McCrory said the board was still working towards a solution to low graduation numbers in the Hazeltons but it would not necessarily involve changes to grades. “I can say that there will be some sort of transition,” she said. “When that happens I don’t know what that looks like I don’t know because we have to consult with communities. “Will it be the Grade 7s moving to the high school? I

don’t know. Will it be a middle school concept? I don’t know.” Andrea Vickers represented the Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School Parent Advisory Council on the disbanded committee. Her daughter would also have been among the first cohort of Grade 7s to attend HSS. She was among those who aired frustrations over a lack of consultation from the district so she was pleased with last week’s decision. Vickers said McCrory’s motion im-

proved on what the committee had recommended. “This way it allows everyone to get together and discuss what the real issue is ... I’m not saying that a middle school and a high school is absolutely wrong, I’m saying it’s great that we can all get together and discuss the possibilities, what is the problem and brainstorm other ideas of possible solutions,” she said. “I’m happy and I’m thankful that the board listened to our community and our committee.” Terrace District

Teachers’ Union president Cathy Lambright said the board’s decision was the best possible outcome. “I think what they are going to do is go back and look at what strategies are going to ensure the students in the Hazeltons achieve better success and better graduation rates,” she said. “I think that I heard quite clearly from most of the trustees at the table that they are willing to listen to the communities and I think that’s wonderful too.”

Resources a draw at careers fair By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The resources industry is expected to have a strong presence at a careers fair in the Hazeltons on Friday. Organized by the Gitanmaax Band, the third annual event is expected to attract about 400 people to the Gitanmaax Hall during the opening hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The fair will be arranged into groups of potential employers, educational institutes and funding sources to help pay for tuition or train-

ing. Gitanmaax Band director of corporate affairs Monica Simms said the event has attracted groups from neighbouring communities as far as Burns Lake. She said it was an opportunity for people to access information and opportunities that were not readily available in the community. “A lot of our students don’t have transportation,” she said. “They can’t go to Prince George and visit College of New Caledonia or the University of Northern B.C. “[At the fair] they get an

opportunity to get all of that information in one place, a one-stop-shop type of deal.” TransCanada, Seabridge Gold and Smithers Exploration Group will be among the groups with booths at the fair. Simms said the resources industry would be well-represented at the event. “Right now that is one of the larger employers that is looking for skilled labour so there is a fairly big focus [on that].” After the fair there will be a performance by Edmonton dance group Much Video Dance.

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New Hazelton RCMP responded to 76 calls from Feb. 12-18 Police Beat Feb. 13 — At 11:30 p.m., RCMP received several calls concerning a distressed male on Highway 62 near the Royal Bank between New Hazelton and Hazelton. The male had allegedly been blocking traffic and may have struck several passing vehicles. He was arrested without incident by police. If any motorists witnessed this incident and received damage to their vehicle as a result, please make a report to the New Hazelton RCMP. Charges are pending. Feb. 15 — At 2:03 a.m., RCMP responded to a twovehicle collision at Barcalow Road on Highway 37 in Kitwanga. A blue Ford F150 had been travelling northbound and was attempting to negotiate a turn from Highway 37 onto Barcalow Rd. A second vehicle, a grey Honda Pilot, was also travelling northbound and failed to stop in time resulting in a rearend collision. Nobody was injured however both vehicles sustained substantial damages. The crash is still under investigation. Feb. 18 — At 10:30 a.m., police responded to a twovehicle collision on Highway 16 approximately 500 metres west of New Hazelton. A Ford Escape was rear-ended by a GMC Sierra, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. A passenger in the Escape was bleeding from the nose and taken to hospital. The matter is still under investigation. Feb. 18 — At 2 p.m., police observed a vehicle on

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Local dancers to perform with Ballet Jörgen By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Four local dancers are getting a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to perform alongside some of the best professional dancers in the country. Olivia Nixon, Hannah Kluss, Alyssa Margerm and Katie Larson were selected to perform in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen performance of Cinderella in Smithers on March 1. “I’m excited and nervous. It’s a great opportunity,” said Alyssa, 17. “It’s a once-in-alifetime opportunity,” added Nixon, 13. Ballet Jörgen’s version of Cinderella is a different take on the classic fairy tale and begins when Cinder-

ella encounters an old lady, a magic seed and enchanting fairies. With each performance in the company’s all-province tour, two to four local student dancers are asked to participate. Amanda Dorscht, owner of Creative Roots, chose the four girls because of their dedication to dance. “[I chose them] based on their inclass focus, dedication and attendance,” said Dorscht. “Just based on their ballet experience and some of them are graduating so I wanted them to have a really neat opportunity here at Creative Roots. “I’m so excited for them, they’re going to do awesome.” So far, the girls do not know much about

Olivia Nixon, Hannah Kluss, Alyssa Margerm and Katie Larson wil be performing in Ballet Jörgen’s production of Cinderella on March. 1.

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their roles in Cinderella. “We don’t know a whole lot about it, but I think we’ll be in

the background,” said 17-year-old Hannah who has been dancing for roughly 14 years. “We’ll either be

tree fairies or ballroom guests,” noted Alyssa. Not only will they have to do costume

fittings the day of, but they will also need to nail down the choreography in the few short hours leading up to the performance. But they do not seem nervous to be performing in front of a sold-crowd at Della Herman Theatre. “I think that will be plenty of time for us to pick up what we’re going to be doing in the show,” said Hannah. “I think it will be manageable.” All girls have experience dancing in front of large crowds, having been performing for a combined 37 years. For Hannah and Alyssa, in particular, it is a special experience, since they will be graduating from

high school this year. “It’s almost like they’re going to experience the professional company and that gives them a neat experience too, if that’s something they choose to do after school,” said Dorscht. “It gives them a window into professional companies.” Alyssa believes the performance will give her more experience dancing on a largerstage since she hopes to continue her passion in university. “I’m going to try and dance in university because they offer classes there,” she said. Ballet Jörgen kicked off its tour earlier this month in Thunder Bay, Ontario and is spending six weeks travelling across the country.

Praised bluegrass coming to Smithers By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Juno Award-winning band Tim Neufeld and The Glory Boys is bringing their brand of pop-infused bluegrass gospel to Smithers Mar. 4 as part its national Joy-Ride Tour. It is the first visit to Smithers for Neufeld, who made a name for himself playing big city arenas with his other Winnipeg-based band Starfield. “This new band is really more

about getting to the smaller places, with that comes the goal of playing everywhere in Canada to sustain a show. We’ve been doing that for the last two years,” said Neufeld, who described the genesis of the new band as an experiment. “We’ve been surprised night after night by the enthusiasm for what we’re doing, from all the generations.. There’s very little that you can attend with your grandma and actually enjoy it I think these days. “Culturally, we tend to siphon

everyone off into groups: the youth groups and the 55-pluses, the young families and the adult singles... there’s something really great about it. Whether you’re Christian or not, seeing multiple churches working together for the greater good is always an inspiring thing,” said Neufeld. There will be chances to sponsor children through World Vision at the show. “We’re trying to be a positive voice,” said Neufeld. The all ages concert is at Della Herman Theatre and starts at 7.

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On the road in wine country with an Acura MDX…

Twelve Creative Roots dancers and six pianists from Broadway Music Studio performed hip hop, ballet, jazz and tap solos in front of more than 50 people during the second annual Performing Company Showcase at the Della Herman Theatre Saturday night.

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Smithers secondary curlers win provincials By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

It was a clean sweep for the Smithers Secondary boys’ curling team after they went undefeated to win the provincial championships for the first time in two decades in Creston over the weekend. It was an impressive weekend for the team, which included skip Glyn Doyle, Adam Hartnett at third, second Sean Turney, lead Matthew Steventon and Evan Doyle as fifth. They were the only team to go 7-0 at the Creston Curling Centre during the tournament. “It was a team performance, that’s what the biggest part was,” said head coach

Laurence Turney. “They just knew they had to play as well as they could and when one person faltered a bit, the rest of the team picked it up and continued on.” For seniors Doyle and Hartnett, who made their fifth and final appearance at provincials this year, the win was years in the making. “For me, it’s been five years that we’ve been trying to win this so it’s very exciting for us,” said Doyle. “My team played amazing.” Hartnett echoed Doyle’s excitement. “It’s kind of a surreal feeling,” he said. “It’s our last year in high school, so it’s a nice feeling to win. It still hasn’t really kicked in yet that we

Matthew Steventon (centre) prepares to throw a rock alongside Adam Hartnett (left) and Sean Turney during provincials in Creston.

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won.” Nerves ran high at the start of the tournament on Saturday, as the Gryphons took

on Centennial Secondary School from the Lower Mainland in the first draw. Centenntial was up

3-1 at the beginning of the fifth end, but Smithers responded with a triple to take the advantage.

“We changed strategies halfway through the first game,” said Doyle. “We came in getting the rocks in the rings and then putting up guards. We switched to putting up guards and then putting rocks in the rings.” That change in strategy helped them pull off the win 7-4. “We knew [Centennial] was going to be tough. That was the one they were the most worried about,” said Turney. “Once they got into a rhythm, it was smooth sailing. We had a few hiccups, but it didn’t seem to bother us much.” And smooth sailing it was. The team went on to defeat Kwalikum Secondary 6-3, Lord Tweedsmuir 9-2,

Kelowna Secondary 8-1, David Thompson 10-2, Grand Forks Secondary 9-7 and Fraser Lake Secondary 13-4. “Our front end was pretty much better than any other team there,” said Hartnett. The team has been to provincials for five consecutive years (they finished third last year), but had not won since 1995. According to Turney, the team was more mentally and physically prepared this year. “We didn’t think we were overconfident. We didn’t even talk about winning until the seventh game when we were saying ‘I think we can do it now’,” said Turney. See CURLERS on B11

Royals capture zone banner for fourth year in a row By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The Bulkley Valley Christian School’s senior boys’ basketball team defeated GM Dawson 76-45 to capture the zone A banner for the fourth year in a row over the weekend. “We played well tonight for sure. We kind of had a strategy in mind and the boys bought in,” said head coach Chris Steenhof. The Royals entered the zone championships ranked first and met the Houston Christian School in the first game. After defeating Houston, the

Royals moved on to a more challenging opponent, GM Dawson Secondary school from Haida Gwaii. It was a high-energy match up between the two teams. The Royals set the tone early with several fast-break layups from Aaron Steenhof and a threepointer from shooting guard Caleb Groot that got the crowd roaring. “We knew they had a couple real strong weapons and we just had a team defensive strategy that shut those two guys down,” said Steenhof. The Royals got the rebounds and continued aggressively on of-


fence to finish the first half with a commanding 38-22 lead. In the last two quarters, the Thunder tried to claw their way back with several players netting three-pointers. But their defence was still unable to shut down the Royals, who closed out the game strong. They defeated the Thunder 7645. Aaron Steenhof led the team in scoring with 46 points. “We kept it together. Our key to the game was just pushing the ball and fast-break it,” said the tournament MVP. See PROVINCIALS on B4

The Royals defeated GM Dawson from Haida Gwaii 76-45 to win the zone championship on Saturday.

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SWEEPING UP Lance Sterling (left) and Tanner Olson pound the brushes during the men’s bonspiel at the Smithers Curling Arena on Saturday. More than 50 people participated in this year’s men and women’s bonspiel.

By Kendra Wong Moricetown/Interior News

A hockey team in Moricetown is ramping up fundraising efforts to send players to the annual all-native hockey championships in Prince George. The Moricetown Junior Bears have set up an online Facebook auction to help raise roughly $850, which will help pay for entry fees for the Aboriginal Youth Hockey Championships in Prince George in April. Tamara Williams, the team manager, said she got the idea for the online auction from her sister. “My sister did an online auction last year for her son’s team and I noticed how well it did for fundraising, so I decided to try it this year and it’s working out really well,” she said. Since the group was set up on Feb. 13, it has 388 new members where people can bid on anything from clothing and gift certificates, to cameras and oil changes. For the past five years, the players, who play separately with Smithers Minor Hockey, have teamed up to play at the all-native hockey championships. “They look forward to this tournament every year. They have a lot of fun there,” said Williams. “It’s lots of work to get them there, but once they get there, they have a blast.” Last year the team placed third against roughly eight other teams in the atom division. “I’m pretty overwhelmed with the amount of support that we’ve been getting,” said Williams. “It’s really good to see.” The Facebook auction called Moricetown Jr. Bears Online Auction closes on Mar. 2 at 4 p.m. For more information or to donate, email Williams at

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Special O athletes compete By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Two local Special Olympic athletes performed well during the 2015 Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in Sun Peaks last weekend. Luke Smith and Torben Schuffert travelled to Kamloops to race in three timed alpine skiing events: super giant slalom, giant slalom and slalom. “The races went great, the boys did really well, but they did not get any medals,” said head coach Eric Person. “The boys had a lot of fun. I watched them ski all year and they skied as good

or better than they have been. It’s excellent.” Smith said he was not nervous to compete on a larger stage, and enjoyed the Super G race the most. “No, I wasn’t nervous . . . It went well. I was happy with how well I did,” said Smith. “It was fast, there’s less turning, and less gates.” Despite the fact that the races were much longer than the courses they had been training on, Schuffert said he did a good job with the turns. “I had fun, but the races were long,” he said. This year was the largest group of alpine skiers the Games have ever seen with 59 competitiors from eight

regions. Though neither athlete found the podium, they were happy with their performance and the experience interacting with athletes from all over the province. During the opening ceremonies, some 700 athletes were paraded into the Tournament Capital Centre. “I was really happy about that and I liked it very much,” said Torben. His mother Sandra also travelled with them to the Games. “As a parent of a special needs child, you’re always told what they cannot do, and you see how hard they have to work to achieve

something and to finally have a moment where it’s all about them, it’s just so rare,” she said. “There were quite a few parents sitting there and you could see it was quite emotional for them to see their children walking in there like important people.” The athletes also received a warm welcome home at the Smithers Airport on Sunday night, as people from the community came out to celebrate their success. “A lot of people came to the airport when I came home last night,” said Torben. “I was really happy when I saw those people outside.”

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Boarders find podium in provincial competition By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Members of the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club at Big White earlier this month.

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Snowboarders with the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club returned with a handful of medals after a strong performance at a provincial competition at Big White. Eight members competed in the Like Me Snowboard Series competition in Kelowna from Feb. 14-15. “Every one of those kids did 100 per cent of what they were capable of,” said Warren Pali, head snowboard coach. “I was extremely proud of every single one of them. It was our first big road trip for the snowboard side of the club, so it was amazing to see the effort they put out.” Local snowboarders swept the po-

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dium in the U10 boys category, with Tosh and Toan Krauskopf finishing first and second, while Luke Pali placed third. Pali said the trio remained focused on memorizing the course and getting a feel for the terrain. “They spent a bunch of time on Friday going over their rides for the courses and knowing exactly what banks were coming at them; they were very focused for their age,” he said. Jack Moran and Jasper Rysavy were also semi-finalists in the U10 boys and Cole Pali was a semi-finalist in the U13/14 category. Jason Belisle took home silver in the 19+ men’s category. According to Pali, it was the girls’ races that surprised him the most, with Megan Fraser finishing second on Saturday’s race and Brianna Belisle

capturing bronze during Sunday’s race in the U13 category. “It’s [Brianna’s] first year in the club, I thought it was going to be a learning experience for her, a great first step to be on a new mountain,” said Pali. “She went there and performed beyond everybody’s expectations and managed to pull a medal out of the weekend, which is pretty unheard of for someone’s first year in the club.” Belisle admitted she was nervous before the race. “It was my first race, I was really nervous at first, but there wasn’t really much to be worried about,” said the 11-year-old. “When I first got there I thought I was going to crash a lot of times, but I did way better than I thought.”

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Smithers Secondary’s senior girls’ basketball team finished third in their AA zone competition after defeating Kitimat in a nail-biting game last weekend. The Gryphons started off the tournament against a strong team from Caledonia Senior Secondary on Friday night. The team battled through it, but were no match for Caledonia’s strong offence. They dropped the game 75-21. “We were a little nervous playing Caledonia because they have such a good program there and they have a lot of good players,” said Kristen Johnson, who plays post. “We pulled through it and had a couple really good shifts.” On Saturday, in the push to place third in zones, the Gryphons tipped off against Mount Elizabeth Secondary School. It was a tight game all the way through as the Gryphons finished the first half up by a

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5380 sf building on 1.07 acres Zoned P-1, 6 km from Smithers 7 offices/bedrooms, kitchen, lounge Meeting room, washrooms

Leo Lubbers

mls n4506691


9200 sf guest lodge, 114 acres 8 bedrooms, great rooms, B&B Ideal B&B, weddings, reunions

Leo Lubbers

mls n234404

7 acres, river front Partially fenced for horses 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 18x24 shop

Leo Lubbers



mls n241358



5097 Lake Kathlyn Road

#28 Watsons Landing

1320 Coalmine Road, Telkwa

#2 - 3274 Railway Avenue

4391 Reiseter Avenue

3757 Thirteenth Avenue

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2.5 acres, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom Community water & sewer Nat gas forced air heat, paved road

Leo Lubbers

mls n240242

Pristine, 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Vaulted ceilings, huge 2 car garage Lake access, mountain views

Ron Lapadat

mls n238376

Large residential lot Subdivision potential, 3 lots Multi family potential Cleared with services available

Peter Lund



mls n235403

Well kept 5 bdrm, 2 bath, ½ duplex Large kitchen, spacious open plan Fenced yard, paved drive, big shed Includes appliances,quick possession

Ron Lapadat

mls n242009


Impeccable rancher, walk out bsmt Vaulted ceilings, 4 bdrms, 3 baths West exposure, Silvering subdivision

Ron Lapadat


mls n242062


Immaculate 3/4 bdrm, 2 bath house All the more costly updates are done Big backyard with beautiful view

Ron Lapadat


mls n238229


1428 Highway 16, Telkwa

330 Cherry Crescent, Telkwa

4740 Manton Street

13064 Neal Road, Quick

3348 Highway 16 W, Smithers

3223 Laurier St, New Hazelton

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Bulkley Riverfront Character and many upgrades Treed lot, great view Garage and workshop

Sandra Hinchliffe

mls n238530

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Garage, concrete driveway Heated floors, HRV system Built in vacuum, newer sundeck

Donna Grudgfield

mls n241969

5 bedroom family home Rental investment Large fenced yard Great view

Sandra Hinchliffe



mls n241876

149 acre farm near Round Lake Developed hay fields, beautiful view 4 bdrm home, several outbuildings

Ron & Charlie


mls n239722

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

Ron & Charlie


mls n4507093

1845 sf, 4 bedroom rancher New Hazelton prime residential area Open design, wheelchair friendly Huge park like lot

Ron & Charlie


mls n237285


316 Swan Lake Road, Kispiox

1435 Columbia Drive

3840 Ninth Avenue

2200 Hankin Ave, Telkwa

#13-9265 George Frontage Rd

2690 Bulkley Street

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

Ron & Charlie

mls n241413

Peter Lund Res. 847-3435

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

Charlie McClary

Donna Grudgfield Cell. 847-1228

mls n241322

Leo Lubbers Cell. 847-1292

Affordable 5 bdrm+den family home Well maintained & immaculate Central location, new flooring Established gardens/greenhouse

Karen Benson

Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335

mls n242081

Unique home, converted church Living area has 14’ ceilings Many upgrades including furnace Pellet stove, OSBE, garage

Karen Benson

Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

mls n237700

Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

Affordable river front living 3 bedrooms, large fully fenced yard Beautifully renovated, great view Quick possession possible

Jantina Meints

Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

mls n242071

Jantina Meints Cell. 847-3144

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

Jantina Meints

Kiesha Matthews Cell. 876-8420

mls n234999


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Interior News

Listening to your feedback has helped us to design

a one-of-a-kind marine infrastructure to protect fish and fish habitat in the Skeena Estuary.

The suspension bridge ensures the smallest possible marine footprint.

Protecting Flora Bank and our marine environment

As a result of what you told us, we submitted design changes to our regulators in late 2014. What Has Changed? • A unique suspension bridge and trestle will connect the LNG plant on Lelu Island to our LNG carrier berths, reducing the amount of marine infrastructure adjacent to Flora Bank • LNG carrier berths are planned to be located in naturally deep water in Chatham Sound, requiring no dredging Key Facts About Our Proposed Design • No infrastructure on Flora Bank • World-class marine studies conducted and committed to ongoing fish monitoring • Enough clearance for fishing vessels to continue to use their traditional routing north of Flora Bank and travel under the bridge • Two marine berths located approximately 2.7 kilometres west of Lelu Island in naturally deep water • Unlike other petroleum products, liquefied natural gas evaporates into the atmosphere if it warms above -162° Celsius and does not sink or coat the marine environment

Canadian Energy. Global Reach.

Smithers Interior News, February 25, 2015  

February 25, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News

Smithers Interior News, February 25, 2015  

February 25, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News