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An early childhood learning centre will open at Columbia Drive in Smithers next month despite controversy last year over its new location in a residential neighbourhood. The Smithers B.C. Early Years Centre, which will be run by the Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre (CDC), will provide a range of services to children between the ages of 0-6. Services include communitybased play groups, a toy and resource lending library, consultation services and referrals for early child development services and resources. “People are very excited about our new location and that it will be more accessible to the community,” said Kerri Bassett, executive director of the CDC. “I think that location will be ideal for families to just come on by and come and participate in play groups or take some resources out of the lending library or if they have other questions about the community. We will be that kind of hub of information for early childhood development services.” The centre is part of a pilot project with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and will receive $52,000 this year as part of $5.5 million allocated to the project over three years. Currently, the CDC has two locations. The first on Fourth Avenue houses drop-in programs and the Child Care Resource and Referral program. The second location is situated between Smithers and Telkwa on a facility at the Old Experimental Farm. See CDC on A3

ONE HILL OF A SPORT Jenny Burgess takes a corner during the annual Wetzin’Kwa Loppet at the Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre Saturday. Burgess came first in the 18 kilometre women’s race finishing in 56:17. For more photos and results, see Pg. A9 or visit Kendra Wong photo

Hunters, guides unimpressed by new wildlife allocations By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Northern B.C. hunters opposed to changes to big game allocations are rallying public support, claiming the new policy favours guides and outfitters. Under provincial policy, resident hunters and commercial guides receive a percentage split of the total number of animals allowed to be hunted in B.C., which are categorized by species and region. For example, resident hunters might be allocated 75 per cent of moose allowed to be hunted in the north Skeena Region, while outfitters would receive 25 per cent. On Feb. 6, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced a revised version of an allocations policy implemented in December. The revision came in response to outcry from resident hunters across the province, who said the percentage of animals given to commercial guides was too high. The updated policy claims to transfer a total 60 animals across the province to outfitters, less than the December

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policy which would have given them more than 100. But the change did little to reassure concerned resident hunters like Mike O’Neill, who believes the decision is part of a shift towards commercializing the sport. The Smithers-based member of the Skeena Hunters’ Advisory Committee fears younger generations will not have the opportunities to hunt that he did growing up. If the total number of animals allowed to be hunted in B.C. was reduced for conservation reasons, he said, the percentages in the policy might not be enough for noncommercial hunters. For that reason, he said the government’s claim that the policy gives outfitters an additional 60 animals is incorrect. “Some people will say, ‘well this isn’t going to affect you next year’,” said O’Neill. “Well that doesn’t matter, if it’s going to affect us five years from now or 10 years from now and it’s legislated, now’s the time for us to stand up and say no this is not fair.” O’Neill believes the ministry should revert to a policy it implemented in 2007 based on negotiations that started in 2003. See SPLIT on A5





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with more than 80 local government, municipal and First Nations leaders from June to July. Smithers, Hazelton and New Hazelton were among the communities consulted. Information Access Operations acknowledged Rice’s FOI request on Nov. 25, then on Dec. 16 it extended the usual 30 day deadline citing a need for consultation with a third party. On Feb. 13 it asked for another extension because there were handwritten notes that needed transcribing before closing the case on Feb. 20. IAO said it had not found any records relating to the request. Rice raised the issue with Minister of Transportation Todd Stone at the legislature on Feb. 24. “The Minister of Transportation told the public that the people on the highway didn’t want safe, affordable transportation,”

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North Coast NDP MLA Jennifer Rice is pressing the Ministry of Transportation about the existence of records from consultations with community leaders about safety along Highway 16 last summer. On Nov. 19, 2014, Rice submitted a Freedom of Information request asking for all government records “that make reference to the issue of missing women along Highway 16” and “specifically including records related to meetings held by the ministry on this issue.” The time frame for the request was May 15-Nov. 19 last year. Rice wanted to find out more about consultations which the province said helped inform its decisions about how to address the need for safe transport along the notorious highway. The meetings were held

said Rice. “He said no one thought it was practical. Yet that’s not what people have told me. “People up and down the highway all want the same thing: safe, affordable public transportation.” Stone responded in parliament that the government was following through on its commitment to identify safer transportation options and invited Rice to appeal through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. “If the members opposite feel that they have not been provided information that they’ve asked for, there is that process, and they’re more than welcome to engage,” said Stone. Responding to questions from The Interior News about why there were no records, Stone said “trusted public servants processed the original request.” He said through the meetings, the ministry heard about transportation challenges that residents face

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CDC to move services to Columbia From CENTRE on Front The new centre at 1471 Columbia Drive will allow the CDC to slowly amalgamate its programs from both locations into one centralized location. “We will have a person who will be the early years resource consultant and they will help navigate families through all the different resources and services that are offered here in Smithers, Moricetown or Telkwa and how families connect with those services,” said Bassett. She added that renovations will begin this week and the centre should be open by the second week of April. Kathy Petursson is the co-ordinator with MOST for Children (standing for Moricetown, Smithers and Telkwa), an early childhood development committee. She helped write the proposal for the centre, along with Bassett. “Anything that government does for kids, especially 0-6, is great just because there have been tons of studies that show that every $1 you spend on children 0-6 pays off

Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre executive director Kerri Bassett in August. The centre will relocate to 1471 Columbia Drive. Chris Gareau photo

seven fold or something later on in their lives,” said Petursson. “So anything that can be put into kids’ early childhood development I think is great and definitely worth the investment.” But the CDC’s journey to find a new home has not been without controversy. The building on 1471 Columbia Drive (close to the Bulkley Valley Hospital) was previously a Christian Reformed Church with a P3 zone designation, which only allowed

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have minimal impact for all hunters. He said he did not understand the Measures from that policy were reaction from resident hunters. phased-in over a number of years, but “I just try and keep the positive Submit a 500 word ARE YOU 13 TO 18 in March 2011 the ministry received a stuff and keep that forward and I essay on one or more report indicating that guides would be don’t bicker about a moose tag here of the following. YEARS OLD AND adversely affected by it. and there because it depends what • How do take care of your The 2007 policy remained under the winter is [how many animals die]. WANT TO SEE mental health? review until December, when the “A train can wipe out 11 moose The Prize • How do see others taking minister announced Are new allocations. in one night so when you put it all in you 13 to 18 years 2 Tickets to the April 11, 2015 Vancouver DAN HAMHUIS Last month’s decision changed perspective is it a big• deal?” care of their mental health ? Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers game (young see NDP MLA those ratios again. old and want to Stikine Doug • How do you help others person and parent/guardian) The B.C. Wildlife Foundation Donaldson does not believe the AND THE VANCOUVER with mental health? Dan Hamhuis provincial and thegovernment • 2 return Hawkair tickets represents resident hunters in B.C. has accurate • 1 nighton accommodation (double occupancy) Regional directorVancouver Mike Langegger Canucks wildlife inventory numbers which CANUCKS HOW TO ENTER : • Canucks merchandise believes a 90/10 split between resident to base its decisions relating to in action? Submit your entry to Doug Donaldson, hunters and outfitters respectively hunting allocations. How to enter IN ACTION ? would be fair. “I think it starts with good Member of Legislative Assembly for Stikine. Mail: Doug Donaldson, Member of Legislative Submit a 500 word essay on one or more of the He too believesfollowing the policy will science, it starts withAssembly respectforwhich Box 895 Smithers V0J 2N0, Stikine,I Box 895 Smithers BC themes: favour commercial guides in the long- don’t think has beenV0J2N0 shownorto Boxeither 227 Hazelton BC V0J1Y0 or Box 227 Hazelton, BC V0J 1Y0 • How do you take care of your mental term. the guide outfittersFax: or 250-847-8846 the resident or 250-842-6349 health? Fax 250.847.8846 or 842.6349 “When you have a business sector hunters, and it startsEmail: with looking at • How do you see others taking care of their which is ultimately outmental therehealth? trying to the current system,” he said. e.mail delivery at the MLA office in Smithers privatize and, in my words ‘steal’, a Thomson stood In byperson the decision, (1175 Main Street) or Hazelton (4345 Field St.) • How do you help others struggling with or in person at the MLA Office 1175 Main St common public property from claiming it was balanced and mentalaway health? Smithers or 4345 Field St. Hazelton us we’re really having to shift our focus considered the needsDeadline of both guides Submissions must include: your name, phone Submissions mustthe be received by 3:00 pm on in defending our heritage right to and residents while prioritizing number, address, email, age and grade. QUESTIONS? 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Women entrepreneurs boost B.C.’s economy It was International Women’s Day on March 8 and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate women entrepreneurs for their leadership in building successful businesses. As a former small-business owner and current cabinet minister, I have worked side-by-side with talented, hard-working and intelligent women inside and outside of government. Nine of B.C.’s 20 provincial cabinet ministers are women, including our premier, Christy Clark. Many of these women have a background in business and involvement in local chambers of commerce. The Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Legislature are also women. This year’s International Women’s Day theme of “Make It Happen” encourages us to celebrate achievements while calling for greater equality. Every day, I’m impressed with business women who take the time to network and facilitate success for other women. In 2013, women accounted for almost 38 per cent of self-employed people in B.C. That is above the national average of 36.3 per cent. Between 2008 and 2013, the number of women who were self-employed rose 6.6 per cent in the province. We want to continue to be leaders in the country when it comes to supporting women in business and to provide the tools and support they need to succeed. That’s one of the reasons why Premier Clark created the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council. The council offers advice on strategies and potential actions to tap into economic opportunities for women that will help strengthen B.C.’s economy and create jobs. Organizations like the Women’s Enterprise Centre — a leading business resource centre for women who are starting, purchasing or growing a business in British Columbia — have been instrumental in helping women entrepreneurs launch successful businesses. Other organizations such as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs are dedicated to providing visionary women with the education, empowerment, and energy they need to become successful. I hope you help #MakeItHappen by supporting women entrepreneurs in your community to keep B.C. diverse, strong and growing.

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Simple lunches for your workday Do you find packing a lunch challenging? Time-consuming? Turns out you are not alone. According to a recent survey, 45 per cent of Canadians feel that eating healthy meals and snacks at work is challenging. The Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research found that only 37 per cent of Canadians say they prepare lunch at home and 36 per cent of Canadians skip lunch altogether. Lunch is an important meal in your workday that shouldn’t be missed. As part of a balanced diet, a healthy lunch helps give your body and mind important nutrition to keep you awake and productive for the rest of your day. What to put in your lunch bag Keep variety in mind when you are planning your lunch. Choose foods low in salt, sugar and fat from three out of four food groups from Canada’s Food Guide. Here are a few ideas to build your lunch: 1. Meat and alternatives (choose one option)

Two to three ounces of lean meat like chicken breast or turkey, or fish like tuna or salmon. Meat alternatives like two eggs, ¾ cup beans, or two tablespoons of nut butter. 2. Milk and alternatives (choose one option) Dairy products like one cup milk or 1.5 oz hard cheese. Milk alternatives like one cup fortified soy milk or non-dairy yogurt. 3. Grain products (choose two whole grain options) One slice whole grain bread, ½ bagel, 4-6 crackers, ½ cup of pasta. 4. Vegetables and fruit (choose one to two colourful vegetables and fruit and try to eat a rainbow) One cup raw leafy greens like lettuce, ½ cup raw or cooked vegetables like cucumber, carrots, or bell peppers. 5. Half cup fresh, frozen, or unsweetened canned fruits like grapes, apples, or berries. Quarter cup dried fruit like apricots

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L ETTERS Do your bit for recycling e-waste Editor: For the past three years, I have been making two to three trips per week to our Re-Use Shed and transfer station to gather old TVs and electronics e-waste to take back to our bottle depot for recycling. That helps to keep the toxic four to eight lbs of lead, plus mercury, barium, cadmium, nickel, chromium, arsenic, beryllium, gallium arsenide, PVC — polyvinyl chlorides, and brominated flame retardants out of the land fill. My average is approximately 250 lbs per week/1,000 lbs per month. I’m not saying that to impress anyone, but to highlight that we still have some people who are ignoring the posted signs and dumping their old electronics rather than taking them to the Bulkley Valley Bottle Depot. The good news, shared with me recently by Earnie Harding of the Bulkley Valley Bottle Depot and the Smithers and Area Recycling Society, is that in 2014 they shipped 65 tonnes of electronics waste south for processing. My thanks to the many people who are doing their part for recycling, including the helpful staff at the bottle depot and the transfer station. I encourage you to check that your community and area is doing all it can to ensure that toxic electronics e-waste is properly recycled. Thank you for all that you do.       Ingo Oevermann Smithers

Dark days for bitumen pipelines Editor: It’s been pretty dark days for bitumen pipelines. As oil corporations lay off thousands of workers, close mine

SWEET CREATIONS Ten-year-old Cassidy Connors sprinkles the finishing touches on her “strawberry twist” creation during the Iron Chef: Dessert Edition at the Smithers Public Library Friday night. Connors’ dessert was made from graham crackers, marshmallows, M&Ms, skittles, banana chips and coconut. Kendra Wong photo

sites, shut down rigs and sell oil for less than it costs them to produce it, the pipeline companies are facing a hostile oil market and increasing hostility from Canadians wherever a new pipeline is being proposed. What’s up? Let’s look at the inyour-pocket pipeline benefits and jobs. In B.C., it was calculated each individual would receive less than $10 per year in B.C. tax revenues from Northern Gateway. For all those who think pipelines will mean fistfuls of money in their laps, $10 per year just doesn’t cut it. Like they say, there is no free lunch. Jobs? Enbridge asked Chinese pipeline companies (as Chinese interests are a major investment partner in Northern Gateway) to submit proposals for manufacturing the pipe in China and shipping it here for Chinese corporations to build it. While Enbridge says their pipeline will create jobs, it is uncertain how many jobs will be jobs for Canadians, especially considering that the


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Temporary Foreign Workers program allows corporations to pay foreign workers considerably less than their Canadian counterparts. And in a project whose costs are exponentially raising well beyond budget, cheap foreign manufacturing and labour overrides possibly well-meant promises and slick promotion. In its year-end 2014 report, Enbridge estimated the initial cost of $6.5 billion, compared with the 2013 cost of $7.9 billion. Now Northern Gateway’s construction estimates have again significantly increased. Like a nail in the coffin, in Enbridge’s last Q4 report, there was not a single mention of North-


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ern Gateway. There is now speculation by insiders that Northern Gateway has been shelved. Enbridge is still having big problems with line 9B around Toronto and pushback from the National Energy Board (NEB). Cities in the Greater Toronto Area are questioning Enbridge about why spill response plans will not be made public and why Enbridge insists on cities signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to receive spill response information. The NEB’s chief executive Peter Watson wrote Enbridge about Line 9B: “Both officials expressed concerns about signing the (non-disclosure agreement), and questioned how they could justify doing so to

their citizens, who are expecting transparency. I am concerned that Enbridge’s practice of requesting NDAs is not consistent with the principle of regulatory transparency that guides the board’s approach.” It appears the carte blanche that Enbridge enjoyed with the NEB has ended, and now the NEB is listening to the growing rancour of Canadians and Canadian towns, cities and provinces who feel these projects are being rammed through their back yards without adequate safeguards, oversight or information. Keith Cummings Telkwa

Antibiotics not always needed to stay healthy Editor: On March 5 we watched David Suzuki’s Nature of Things: “The Antibiotic Hunters.”


I want to share my story. In 1967 my doctor in Burnaby suggested I have my tonsils removed. Otherwise I was quite healthy. Since there was a threemonth wait to get a place in the hospital, my doctor prescribed antibiotics. I had to take antibiotics for three months. Well, I had my tonsils out. However, after that, I caught every cold and flu that was going around. The bouts of flu were lengthy and combined with severe headaches and joint pains. During that time we moved to Vancouver Island and then back to Smithers to no avail. The headaches became very frequent. Then years later in 1995, my oldest son told me about blue-green algae powder harvested from Klamath Lake in Oregon. It was supposed to boost the immune system. I was skeptical, but I had to show some trust in my son. I faithfully took these capsules for a few months and then realized my headaches were becoming less and the last episode of flu didn’t affect me. Since that time, I have not had one episode of flu, cold or severe headaches. I’m not telling my story to get you to go out and get blue-green algae. However, I also do all I can to stay away from antibiotics. What I don’t understand is, on the one hand Health Canada is now trying to restrict the import of bluegreen algae, while they are quite happy to accept meat and eggs from animals fed with antibiotics. We are actively breeding superbugs. Is that just so the doctors and pharmacies ensure that they have a job in future? We are spending billions in searching for new antibiotics. Why not spend billions searching for more ways to boost our immune system? Raw milk is illegal in B.C. My wife and my daughter have found that the only milk they can digest is raw milk. Why do they need to defy the law to stay healthy? JG Duerichen Smithers

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A local ski cross competitor is quickly becoming one of the best in his age group in the province. Eighteen-year-old Jason Oliemans skied his way to an impressive second place finish on the second day of racing in the Western Canada Ski Cross Series event held at Lake Louise at the end of February. “The first day I didn’t do quite as well, and then the second day I was able to get ahead of some of them. I was quite happy with my results,” he said. Oliemans, who was one of the youngest racers in the 16 plus age category, was able to try his hand skiing against much older and more experienced competitors from B.C. and Alberta.

“A bunch of the guys that I was facing were from the Alberta Ski Cross team . . . they’re all pretty much my level or a little better,” he said. On the first day of racing, he finished fifth in his heat, but Oliemans set his sights higher and decided to change his game plan going into day two. “I got a hold of some video footage of some of the starts and I saw that all the other competitors got to the first bank turn ahead of me out of the start,” he said. “They had a quicker start and after watching that on the second day I focused on my starts and I was able to be quicker there which led to me doing better.” According to Jan Wengelin, head coach of the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club, Olieman’s ability to learn quickly has helped him become one of

the best in the sport in his age category. “He’s a very coachable athlete. He’s a quick learner and a bit of a perfectionist when he tries things,” said Wengelin. “He doesn’t have a ton of ski cross experience and didn’t start alpine skiing with gates until seven or eight years ago. It’s quite amazing that he’s been able to do that so well . . . He’s probably one of the top five in the province in his age category.” Oliemans has found success at other races as well. Last year, he finished first in both days in his category at a race in Prince George. But it was only recently that the teenager made the transition from alpine racing to ski cross.

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The Sunderbans and Kaziranga National Park, India Thursday, March 12, 7:30-9 p.m. NWCC, Smithers Join Rosemary Fox for a slide show of her boat trip through the waterways of the Sunderbans; inlcuding Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Community Seed Swap Saturday, March 14, 9-12 at BV Farmers Market, Smithers Curling Rink. Bring garden seeds to trade or drop off for packaging at the Smithers Public Library until Thursday, March 12. Sherry Nielsen & Dawn Remington, and David Mio Feb. 3 to March 14 at Smithers Art Gallery. The show features northern landscapes and “expressiveness.” 250-847-3898. Smithers Film Series Mr. Turner Sunday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. A stunning encapsulation of the theme of our lasting worth on a planet that will keep spinning long after we’re gone. BVD Hospital Auxiliary Monthly Meeting Tuesday,

March 17, 7 p.m. at the Healthy Living Centre. Guest speaker Wendy Marion-Orienti, Dietician. Northern Saddle Club Bingo, 7 p.m. at The Old Church. Thursdays, March 19, April 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Prizes up to $1,400. Smithers Spring Home-based Business Show Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Hall. Angela or Nakita 250-847-5211. Free Senior Income Tax Clinic Saturday, March 21, 1-4 p.m. at Pioneer Activity Centre Senior Hall. Staffie 250-847-2380 for apt. Some restrictions may apply. Divas & Friends Variety Show presents Songs from the Silver Screen Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Della Herman Theatre. Showcasing an amazing range of talent. Tickets at Mountain Eagle Books, Interior Stationery, and at the door. Proceeds to the Art Gallery.


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From NATIONALS on A8 It was only within the past few years when Wengelin brought a ski cross course to Hudson Bay Mountain that Oliemans made the switch. “It gave us the chance to race ski cross and host local races. It’s really hard to race ski cross if you don’t have a course on your home hill,” said Oliemans. “It’s one of those sports where I find it’s super exciting because you get to the start gate and anything can happen. “You have to go out there

and give it your all. As well, when you get to the bottom you automatically know how you did and also how you did compared to your competitors.” His love and devotion to ski cross is clear and he is even considering staying behind for an extra year to see how the sport progresses in the region. “Right now, there isn’t a B.C. ski cross team, but they might get one started in Prince George and I might go and be a part of that,” he said. Next, Oliemans will get set to race against some stiff competition at nationals this

month. With a podium finish on his mind, Oliemans said he’ll have a big advantage over his competitors. “I’m going to be heading down to a second western series ski cross series on the same course where nationals will be,” he said. “I’ll have two or three days to ski the same course so when I come down for nationals, I’m already comfortable with the course instead of seeing it for the first time.” Nationals are in Prince George from March 17-19.


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Take the situation Mr. F (59 at the time) found himself in after his vehicle was rear-ended at a red light. He didn’t think he’d been seriously injured at first, and didn’t take any time off work. But when his initial soreness got worse, he saw a doctor. Over the next year, the pain and soreness in his left shoulder persisted. And he felt his job performance was slipping. This was a job he’d held for 38 years which involved occasional heavy lifting. While he wasn’t reprimanded at work (apart from the occasional co-worker jibe), his pride made him feel he was cheating by doing less than he could before. So he decided to take early retirement a year and a half after the car accident. In the four years before the trial, he saw his doctor, visited a chiropractor, did physiotherapy and also saw a medical specialist about his ongoing shoulder problems, which limited what he could do. Before the accident, he’d been an avid gardener, a skilled handyman working on projects around the house and a fly-fisherman. He’d planned to pursue all these things more after his retirement at 65, and his good health before the car accident would have allowed that. But despite following the recommendations of his medical and other therapists, his ability to enjoy his hobbies was curtailed. Mr. F didn’t get compensation for lost wages or loss of future earning capacity – quitting his job, however reluctantly, before 65 was his own choice. But the BC Supreme Court pointed out that when a physically active person loses some physical function later in life, they may not enjoy their retirement years as much and be less able to replace their planned retirement activities with other life interests. And what may be a small loss of function for a younger person may be more significant for an older one, whose activities are already constrained by age. The court awarded Mr. F $45,000 to compensate him for his loss of enjoyment of life. He also got $41,500 for the cost of future care and treatment. Of course, age is only one factor considered when deciding the proper compensation for loss of enjoyment of life – type and severity of injury and pain, disability and emotional suffering are some others. Also, an older person is more likely to already have other physical problems or pre-existing conditions for which the defendant cannot be held responsible. If you’re facing an injury caused by someone else, seek out good legal and medical help – the “golden years” rule is just one of many things to be aware of. 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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Paraplegic athlete fundraising for new set of racing wheels By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

A paraplegic athlete from Smithers has started a campaign to help him get to one of the most prestigious sporting competitions in the world: the Paralympic Games. Jonathan Dieleman, a T4 paraplegic athlete who grew up in Smithers, started an online campaign last week with the goal of raising $5,000 to purchase a much-needed racing wheelchair. “I’m trying to get a new racing wheelchair for doing the triathlon part and they’re really expensive and I didn’t quite have the savings here to do it,” said Dieleman. Last year he managed to purchase a used racing hand cycle and is currently renting a racing wheelchair from the B.C. Wheelchair Sports Association. But a customized racing wheelchair will allow him to be more competitive. Dieleman was seriously injured in a motocross accident in 2010. Prior to the accident, he had been training to get into motocross racing. Since then, he has

transferred his competitive drive from motocross racing to paratriathlons. And the 29-year-old has proven his commitment to the sport. Dieleman moved to Vancouver earlier this year to begin training for a series of sporting events in the Lower Mainland. He has even enlisted the help of paralympian Scott Patterson to help him train. “I knew a mutual friend of ours who told me to get in contact with Scott and he said ‘yep, let’s go swimming’,” said Dieleman. “It’s pretty cool that I’ve got some pretty high-calibre training competition I guess you could call it.” Not only does he train at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre five to six days a week, but he rides his hand cycle and racing wheelchair twice a week each as well. “I’m definitely getting lots of training in,” he said. Before competing in the paratriathlon later this year, he will compete in a handful of swimming competitions as well. In a few weeks, Dieleman will travel east for the selection

trials to qualify for the Parapan Am Games in Toronto this summer. He has high goals for that as well. “I’m actually working on beating a national record right now,” he said. “I’ve been really close to it in practice lately . . . The national record that I’m trying to break is just over a minute even. My fast stroke is the 50-metre breast stroke and I’ve been swimming that in 600th of a second faster than the national record.” So far, the campaign has raised just over $1,200 in three days. Dieleman is optimistic that training for the paratriathlon and participating in swimming competitions will give him a decent shot at making it to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio or the 2020 Games in Tokyo. “My thing is I hate being in a wheelchair and I have a goal to do everything that I can to make it so that I can walk again,” he said. “Staying in shape helps with it and I have this drive where I’m all or nothing. So I’m going to try and be the best athlete that I can.” To donate, visit www.

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Grade 8 girls awarded most sportsmanlike at provincials By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

The Smithers Secondary Grade 8 girls’ basketball team did not finish provincials the way they wanted to, but they did bring home an award that says a lot more about their character: the most sportsmanlike award. “There were lots of great comments on their conduct and their behaviour. It’s easy when you’re winning and it’s tough when you’re losing,” said head coach Chris van der Mark. “From a coach’s perspective I’m very proud of how the girls represented their community.” With a zone victory in their pocket last month, the girls went into provincials in Pitt Meadows ranked sixteenth. First up, they tipped off against Walnut Grove, the topranked team in the province. “We knew they were very good. They had a player who was ultimately MVP and could start on senior boys’ team,”

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laughed van der Mark. “They’re a much bigger school and that’s part of the experience.” In a tough first match, the Gryphons dropped the game 63-18. “We were all working well together. We gave it 100 per cent,” said guard Olivia Davey. “The score didn’t even matter. We just never gave up.” Coming off a rough loss, the team tried to rebound in the second game against Vernon. Despite an “apocalyptically bad” second quarter, they closed out that game with a closer loss 41-26. According to guard Aleigha Young-Lowry, the noisy and distracting environment was one that the team had trouble adapting to. “There were lots of whistles going on because there’s two sides of the gym that were being played on,” she said. “It was confusing sometimes because both sides had whistles. We got used to it.” The Gryphons also played

Lord Byng and the host team, Pitt Meadows, dropping both 33-21 and 34-32. Though the Gryphons went win-less over the weekend, the players believe it was a learning experience. “Now we know what it feels like and we don’t want it to happen again,” said Davey. Van der Mark said the girls needed to know what it’s like to play against higher-calibre teams. “Part of the reason they needed to go down was because they needed to lose, which sounds bad,” he said. “They were very successful up here and they can stay up here and continue to be successful, but it’s easy to win. Losing adds a bit of character and helps you figure out what’s next.” Young-Lowry agreed with her coach. “I thought it was good to experience it and watch the other girls play because we got to learn from them,” she said.

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The Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club was busy this weekend bringing home a handful of medals from two separate events in Prince George and Kelowna. On Tabor Mountain in Prince George, 11 ski cross racers took part in the Western Ski Cross series against competitors from B.C. and Alberta. Darcy Fraser and Caleb Smale finished in second and third place in the U12 men’s final on Saturday and Sunday’s races. While Chantel Wickson and Kaillian Smale also placed first and second. Madeline Kelson placed fourth on the second day of competition, U18 racer Jason Oliemans finished eighth on both days, and Hanna Buchanan came third in the U14 women’s category and fourth on the second day. “It was incredible,” said head coach Jan Wengelin, adding that the racers had the chance to compete on the same course that was used during the Canada Winter Games.

“It’s a lot of work with these courses, you can’t just glide through it. [Chantel] started well and worked every jump and bump quite well and so did Kaillian Smale.” Snowboarders also travelled to Big White for the B.C. Snowboard Like Me Series Snowboard finals. Tosh Krauskopf placed first in the under 13 category, while younger brother Toan finished sixth in the first day of competition. “You end up with a really soft track [in Big White],” said head snowboard coach Warren Pali “It’s not something that the kids were used to racing in. It was a bit of a game-changer and they had to change their plans midway and they were able to ride to different conditions.” For Sunday’s races, Katie Peterson placed third in the U13 girls, while Tosh, Luke Pali and Toan swept the podium again. This was the last provincial race for many snowboarders and Pali said other clubs are taking notice of the results they’ve had this season. “After our last performance, we got a lot of comments and people were wondering what we have going on here with our program,” he said.

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Wildlife conference encourages exchange of ideas By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Wildlife enthusiasts from around the province gathered in Smithers to exchange ideas and solutions regarding wildlife rehabilitation over the weekend. Roughly 30 people from as far as the Yukon and Vancouver Island travelled to Smithers for the 2015 Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference, hosted by the Northern Lights Wildlife Society. “This is the first time we’re hosting it and the first time the [Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Network of British Columbia] has ever come this far North,” said Angelika Langen, who helped organize the event. Topics included everything from behavioural studies of pre-release red foxes, interpreting the body language of animals, and a detailed description of native animals

and plants in the region by local naturalist Rosamund Pojar. The Sunday morning necropsy also shed light on how an animal in the Bulkley Valley died. “We had a dead deer and we didn’t know how it died,” said Langen. “Once we opened it up, we clearly established what happened and what the problems were. It shows the need of following up once something dies and understanding what’s happening so you can prevent it.” According to Langen, the conference allowed rehabilitators to exchange ideas. “It’s brainstorming and sharing ideas and methods that work for some people and helping those ones that are still trying to establish a program,” she said. Peggy Brackett, with the Raptor Rescue Society on Vancouver Island, said the conference allowed her to network with other organizations and she learned techniques that

she can take back to her fellow volunteers. “We learned some really good techniques for determining if a baby deer is orphaned or if its mom has just gone for a couple of hours,” said Brackett. “Baby deer get kidnapped all the time.” While Diane Shaw, with the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society also on Vancouver Island, liked how the conference focused on animals in the region such as bears, moose and deer. Langen hoped the conference will give these organizations more confidence in the work they’re doing. “Reassurance that what they’re doing is right and more tools and information to expand on what they’re already doing,” she said. “The more we share, the better we’re going to be. Every animal isn’t the same, what works with one doesn’t work with the other.”

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Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson is partnering with Vancouver Canuck Dan Hamhuis to raise awareness around youth mental wellness. As part of the contest, Donaldson is encouraging Stikine youth between the ages of 13 and 18 to submit a 500-word essay on mental wellness. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to see the Canucks play the Edmonton Oilers on April 11, along with two return Hawkair tickets, one night accommodation and some Canucks swag. Donaldson, who spent time asking community members, teachers and local RCMP what issues youth are facing, said that 2.3 million teens in Canada are at risk of developing depression. “We know that anxiety and stress are felt much more by young people than they were by their parents,” said Donaldson. “It’s not just a trend locally, but it’s a bit of a trend overall, so we wanted to look at some of the positive ways teenagers are dealing with that.” The essay must address one of three questions: how do you take care of your mental health, how do you see others taking care of their mental health and how do you help others struggling with mental health. “It brings up awareness that there are ways of dealing

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VIEW FROM THE PORCH Lorraine Doiron CICK, Smithers Community Radio, 93.9 FM is hosting their 2015 Royale at the Legion, Saturday, March 28 starting at 8 p.m. The theme is Diamonds Are Forever. It’s an opportunity to dress up, listen to great music and dance the night away. Tickets at Mountain Eagle Books. CICK is also involved in the Extreme Everest Challenge, March 13-15. Watch for posters around town and join in the challenge. Spoke to Tina and Shirley, two local ladies who went to Sultana, close to Fresno, California for two weeks at the beginning of February. Along with Ken and George, they all donated their time helping put dried fruit and vegetables donated by local farmers into sealed packages of trail mix and soup mix. The dried goods are sent to places like Eastern Europe, parts

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The Red Chris mine has started trucking copper concentrate to the Port of Stewart, ramping up its operation 80 kilometres south of Dease Lake off Highway 37. The first uninterrupted 12hour shift by a mining crew took place at the end of February. The Imperial Metals mine is expected to extract gold and copper for close to 30 years. “We’ll hopefully achieve full commercial production here in the coming months,” said Imperial Metals vice president of corporate affairs Steve Robertson. “Obviously the more hiccups you have the longer it takes to get to full commercial production. We are hoping it would be some time in (the second quarter of this year), that’s about as specific as we want to be, but so far everything has gone very well.” Negotiations with Tahltan First Nation people are ongoing, despite strong opposition from a Tahltan group, the Klabona Keepers, who had blocked access to the mine site last year after the tailings dam breach at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine. “The Tahltan Central Council was the party that negotiated with the Klabona Keepers a settlement in that blockade,” said Robertson. The mining company met with Tahltan representatives in Smithers on Feb. 22. “That was a closed community meeting open only to the Tahltan members,” explained Robertson. The company also met with the Tahltan in Fort St. John later that week in a series of nine community meetings with the First Nation. “It’s part of our consultation to keep the local Tahltan community up to speed with what’s going on

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The public can this month call a meeting with Town of Smithers councillors to share their vision for the future of the town. The Table Talks initiative aims to give the community an opportunity to provide feedback about what they believe should be priorities for the town. Throughout the month of March, members of the public can form small groups of six to 10 friends or colleagues and request an informal meeting with the municipality to discuss the future of Smithers. The town will in turn send two councillors to meet with the group and ask for their feedback on a set list of questions. Information collected from the consultations will be compiled in a report and used by council to guide discussions at its priority sitting on March 31. The sitting, usually held at the beginning of a new council’s term, is a brainstorming session to identify priorities for the coming years. Mayor Taylor Bachrach said the council wanted to improve on public consultations held before the last priority sitting. “Last time we did it three years ago with previous council there wasn’t a lot of public engagement in the lead up to the priority

sitting,” Bachrach said. “This time we felt like we wanted to hear from the community first so that our priorities would be informed by where the community was at.” He said the new format was more flexible and less intimidating than large public meetings, a format used

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Pilot celebrates 30 years with Canadian Helicopters By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

It’s no surprise why Tom Brooks loves his job. The 62-year-old Smithers resident has had the rare opportunity to fly helicopters on a variety of jobs with Canadian Helicopters Limited for the past three decades. Since the early 1980s, Brooks has been at the helm of countless jobs in the forestry, firefighting, mining, and wildlife sectors. The senior pilot base manager has flown on specialty jobs involving drip torches for slash burning to prepare an area to be replanted and cone collecting where you use a power rig to cut the cones off trees to be used in reforestation projects. He has also done mining exploration support and forest firefighting jobs where water buckets are used. He has been involved with salmon fish counting for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, net capturing work of caribou, moose and dartcapturing of wolves. Brooks has seen mines spring up and develop such as Huckleberry Mine, DuPont Baker Mine and the Kemess Mine in northcentral B.C. He has even done location scouting for films such as The Grey with Liam Neeson and the Disney movie Eight Below. According to Brooks, the diversity of the region allows pilots to experience a range of different jobs. “I’ve gotten to know the northwest quarter of B.C. pretty darn well,” he said. “You kind of take it for granted after a while, but it’s a pretty big area and to be able

Pilot Tom Brooks has spent the last 40 years flying helicopters, 30 of which was with Canadian Helicopters Limited in Smithers.

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to fly around and go this way and that, without ever pulling out a map — that’s been a real blessing and it’s been fun.” Brooks, who has logged roughly 26,500 hours of flying (the most of some roughly 230 pilots in the company), is celebrating 30 years with Canadian Helicopters. Howard Robertson is the supervisory base engineer and has worked with Brooks for the past eight years. “He knows the area really well, if he were to fly over something, he would know

what’s this and that,” said Robertson. “He’s a good pilot and the customers love him.” But when he was growing up, Brooks had no desire to fly helicopters. “I didn’t have a burning desire to fly helicopters as a kid,” said Brooks. He became interested as a teenager, when he did some support work at Agro Copters at the Springbank Airport just west of Calgary. “I went out for a couple of flights with dual controls with an instructor and that’s what

gets you hooked,” he said. “Once you get at the controls, it makes you think ‘If I could do this for a living, I think that might be fun and enjoyable’.” After that, Brooks went on to get his commercial helicopter license and worked for four years with the company before eventually moving to Smithers in 1980. “My wife and I moved here in February 1980. We were young and had the world ahead of us. We came to Smithers on the five year-plan, but here we are 35 years later,” he said.


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“We’ve become part of the community and put down roots and raised up a family.” He added he plans on slowly winding down his involvement with the company, but admitted he won’t stop flying. “I’m going to enjoy some plane flying for a few years before I hang em’ up,” he said. Robertson added it will be sad when Brooks eventually does leave the company. “It’ll be sad to see him go when he retires,” said Robertson. “He just wants to fly, he likes to fly.”


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SPICE OF LIFE Brenda Mallory Just another day at this place of birds, deer and other critters. Excuse me, I have to correct myself. There is a difference today. I now know if someone comes down the long driveway. I can be pretty sure the dog next door is barking. The deer might be here soon. How do I know these things? I have a new dog on patrol. This is a good thing since my other rescue dog

does not bark. Tuffy came to me yesterday from the Northwest Animal Shelter. Not sure how many dogs were swimming in Tuffy’s gene pool but I can see this little fellow has some Sheltie and maybe a bit of spaniel, or not. Anyway, he is darn cute. When my old Cody died a short time ago I vowed to get another dog. A bigger one that would live outdoors. You see how things go. I already have a small dog with a long-haired coat like a Sheltie and a wide, pug nose with freckles on it. Tuffy also has short sturdy legs. How is he doing? Couldn’t be better. He walks well on a leash, comes when I call him and stays where he should, which is outside. I am told by the folks at the shelter that he had a bit of a tough time and there is a good chance that he is not well house-trained.


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I can hear you asking, why did I take this dog? Tuffy is 12 years old. Some folks don’t want a pet that old since they might not live too long. I guess in Tuffy’s case he might just be thinking the same thing about me. If for some reason you feel out of sorts because you no longer have a dog or cat for company, why not check the Northwest Animal Shelter website? They could have a pet that just might be the very thing for you. Granted, rescue dogs and cats often come with issues you might have to sort out. Just the same, a pooch small or large could be the very thing that will make your own life more rewarding. When you get a dog from the shelter they will give you and the dog a two-week trial period. The dog will be spayed or neutered and generally vet-checked. You will sign a contract that will say for sure you will

care for the animal and if your circumstances change the dog will be returned to the shelter. You could get an older dog like Tuffy or a younger more perky variety. There are often older dogs that have been surrendered because the owner can no longer look after their family pet. Take a chance like I did. Make a new friend that will bring happy moments to your life. I have to tell you, this little tyke is pleasing my other rescue dog, Shea. What could be better than that? Thanks for at least considering a rescue pet. If you want to ask me questions just call 250-8465095. You could email me at Check the Northwest Animal Shelter website at or Turtle Gardens in Topley. Many rescue dogs have come here over the years. I have to say in all truth I have never had a bad dog.

The 4-H Files The 2015 4H year kicked off in February with our annual elections. We have elections so the club members can vote on who they want to fill the executive positions for the year. Positions include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officers, Club Reporter, and this year we added Social Conveners. Our club grew to over 30 members this year so there were lots of people who had a vote and lots of people to vote for. Elections weren’t the only thing going on in February. The local clubs would have held their Club Speech events. The first and second place winners from each age category (junior and senior) will be representing their club at the district communication event in March. Con-

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New faces on the stage at Divas and Friends Variety By Kendra Wong

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Campsite bookings open By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Smithers residents dreaming about summer camping trips can start planning when the provincial government begins taking campsite reservations this month. Discover Camping

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announced last week it would start taking bookings for campsites across B.C. at 9 a.m. on March 15. Up to three reservations can be made in one transaction on the government’s website, which includes information about availability, layout and amenities at 115 campgrounds in 99 provincial parks.

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At some campgrounds all of the sites can be reserved, while others offer a number of sites on a first-come first-served basis. The online system is accessible from any internet device at www. Bookings can also be made by phoning 1-800-689-9025.

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Hazeltons screening of new Highway of Tears film By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

SHOOTING RANGE ON TARGET Hunters in the Hazeltons finally have a place to test their shooting skills after the Hazelton Gun Club finished building the town’s only shooting range. Full story, Page 30.

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A documentary about missing and murdered women along Highway 16 will be screened in Hazelton and Smithers this month. Featuring local stories and interviews, the Highway of Tears documentary will screen at the Tri Town Theatre in Hazelton at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 and at the Roi Theatre in Smithers on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. The film investigates the connection between missing Aboriginal women and issues such as generational poverty, residential schools, systemic violence and high unemployment rates.

Family demands footage of Naverone’s last hours By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The family of a Hazelton man killed during an altercation with transit police in the Lower Mainland last year has appealed to the public to help piece together the

last 24 hours of his life. Naverone Woods, 23, was shot by South Coast B.C. Transit Authority officers at a Safeway store in Surrey on Dec. 28. The officers had been called about a man with a knife causing a disturbance. Woods was pronounced dead

soon after he arrived at hospital. Both the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIOBC) and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating the Gitxsan man’s death but few details have been released. A vigil held at the Surrey SkyTrain Station

on Feb. 28, two months since Woods’s death, doubled as an appeal for more transparency about the investigation. In a statement on behalf of the family, Nadleh Whut’en woman Cheryl Bear said Woods had been admitted and discharged from

the Surrey Memorial Hospital twice on the night before his death. She said Woods’s family had information that he received medical assistance two times between 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 and 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 28. The incident at Safeway occurred at

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about 8 a.m. According to the statement, Woods was taken to hospital after being picked up by paramedics from the SkyTrain station after he had been reported unconscious. See ANSWERS on A31

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Gun enthusiasts using a new shooting range in the Hazeltons have a choice. They can look down the barrel of their gun and through the sight to a target, or look up at a spectacular mountain backdrop of forest and snowy peaks. Target shooting at the new Hazelton Gun Club (HGC) range comes with a million dollar view, but until recently the town didn’t have access to a facility at all. Local hunters wanting to test the accuracy of their guns were forced to travel to shooting ranges in Smithers, Terrace or Houston. After five years of planning, the club finally built its own shooting shed and a rifle range last October. Club member George Burns said building the structure was a community effort. “Much of the materials, all of the labour and all of the heavy equipment time were donated by people from the Hazeltons,” Burns said. “It has been a great effort by a lot of people from the Hazeltons to get the range to


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where it is today.” The project was also made possible by club fundraising and a grant of $1,000 from the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation. The new facility consists of three shooting benches and a 275 yard range. Currently it is only suitable for hunting rifles but the club is also working towards certification for handguns to be used there as well. Burns said the new range would service the high number of hunters in the Hazeltons. The benefit of having a shooting range, he said, was that people could test the

accuracy of their guns. “I target shoot so that I know how well my gun is shooting,” he said. “When I go hunting I don’t want to take a bad shot on game. “I don’t want to miss or wound it so the more confident I am with how the gun is shooting the happier I am with what’s going to go on in the field.” This summer, the club also hopes to build a trapshooting facility on an adjacent block. Burns hopes the facilities will not only boost the club’s small membership but attract visitors from Smithers,

Terrace and beyond. He said the club would also welcome community groups and newcomers wanting to try shooting as a sport. For Burns, the appeal of hunting is that it embraces the outdoors. “[Hunting] is one of the outdoor activities that interests me the most,” he said. “There’s lots to learn, lots to see and it’s just nice spending time in the field. “Frankly, most of the time I don’t care if I don’t get anything.” Club memberships are available from Sidina Sales & Service in New Hazelton.

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New Hazelton RCMP responded to 77 calls from Feb. 26-March 4. March 2 — A green Chevrolet was observed

travelling on Kispiox Valley Road with a burnt-out headlight. Police stopped the vehicle in Glen Vowell and the driver was found to be displaying signs of impairment by alcohol. A breath sample was obtained which resulted in a ‘fail’ test result. The driver was issued a 90 day prohibition from driving and a 30 day vehicle impound. March 2 — A stolen grey 2016 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck was recovered at the Petro Canada gas station at the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 37. The vehicle was determined to have

been stolen from the Skeena Rent-aCar in Terrace. The investigation is ongoing. March 2 — Police and the fire department were called to attend a chimney fire on the 1400 block of Peter Brown Drive in Glen Vowell. No one was injured and the damages were reported as minor. March 4 — At 9:13 p.m., police responded to a collision between a moose and a semi-trailer on Highway 37 north of Kitwanga. The occupants of the vehicle were not injured and the moose was found deceased at the scene.

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Request for Proposals Chandler Park Field Upgrades

Proposals for the Chandler Park Field Upgrades will be received by the Town of Smithers up to 2:00pm Thursday, April 2, 2015. The Town of Smithers (“the Town”) is seeking an experienced consultant to complete a detailed soccer field design, redevelopment plans and maintenance plans for Chandler Park. Terms of Reference for the RFP are available at the Town Office or electronically on the Town’s website or on BC Bid. All proposals will be examined as to their sufficiency and submitted to Town Council for selecting a consultant. The Town reserves the right to waive informalities in or reject any or all proposals, or to accept the proposal deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The lowest fee, or any proposal, may not necessarily be accepted. In no event will the Town of Smithers be responsible for the costs of preparation and submission of a Proposal. The Town’s Purchasing Policy applies. Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Mark Allen, P.Eng. Director of Development Services Town of Smithers 1027 Aldous Street, P.O. Box 87 Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone 250 847 1600 Fax 250 847 1601

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Family seeks answers

From FAMILY on A29 She said he was later treated for a problem with his legs. Surrey Memorial Hospital could not confirm these details for privacy reasons. Bear demanded the IIOBC, which looks into deaths where police are involved, release video footage from the Surrey SkyTrain Station. The family believes Woods had a seizure before his first hospital admission, and might have been assaulted earlier in the evening. “All we can do is hope and pray that IIO establishes a timeline of Nav’s last 24 hours and does a complete and thorough investigation,” said Bear. “The family is appealing to the IIO to obtain SkyTrain footage of the night of Dec. 27, 2014 as Nav was picked up by paramedics.” She also appealed

to the public for information about Woods’ whereabouts in the hours before his death. Bear stressed that Woods was not known to have a mental illness, a sentiment echoed by his family in northern B.C. Naverone lived with his step-brother Ed Patsey and Patsey’s partner Tracey Woods for three years in his hometown of Hazelton. Patsey and (Tracey) Woods travelled to Vancouver to attend the Feb. 28 vigil, where a Gitxsan cleansing ceremony known as a smudge was also performed. Tracey said she hoped the appeal would lead to more answers about Woods’ final hours. “It seems like we’re being told it’s going to take so long for the investigation to happen and we haven’t really had any updates on the investigation

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that’s being done,” she said. “There’s just so many unanswered questions.” IIOBC told The Interior News it was waiting for specialized analysis on firearms and a final autopsy report. Spokesperson Kellie Kilpatrick said it was not unusual for its investigations to take many months. “This investigation is only two months old, forever to the family, but not long in terms of these types of investigations into critical incidents,” she said. Kilpatrick said case evidence would not be disclosed until the investigation concluded and video footage from the SkyTrain Station might never be released publicly. That decision would be made by either IIOBC’s chief civilian director or the Ministry of Justice depending on whether any charges are filed as a result of the investigation.

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